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  3X3  



24 teams to participate in FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup 2017 - by Eurobasket News

Twenty-four teams from 13 different countries will take part in the FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup 2017, when the second edition of the competition takes place in the Chinese city of Shenzhen from November 14-16. The event - organised by FIBA in cooperation with private promoter SunsSports - will be the second edition of the FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup (previously known as FIBA Asia 3x3 Championships). The inaugural edition was held in Doha, Qatar on May 15-16 2013 and saw Qatar's men and India's women win the event. Shenzhen has been the playground of several premium 3x3 basketball events like the 2016 FIBA 3x3 Shenzhen Challenger. It will be one of the eight host cities of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019. Twelve men's teams and 12 women's will compete at the event with every game - as well as the mixed shoot-out contest - being played on the same court. All eligible Asian National Federations were invited to register a team for the FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup 2017.
Participating teams:
Men: Bahrain, China (hosts), Chinese Taipei, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Qatar, Sri Lanka and Turkmenistan.
Women: Bahrain, China (hosts), Chinese Taipei, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mongolia, Qatar, Sri Lanka and Turkmenistan.
Courtesy of: fiba.com



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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  


Zimbabwe and Zambia to host FIBA AfroBasket 2017 Zone 6 Qualifiers - by Eurobasket News

Eight teams from FIBA Africa's Zones 6 and 7 will battle it out in Harare and Lusaka for two places in the Final Round of FIBA AfroBasket 2017. The draw took place on Wednesday in Maputo, Mozambique. While the Zambian capital Lusaka will see Angola, South Africa, Madagascar and the host nation competing in Group G, Harare is set to be the backdrop for Group H, which includes Mozambique, Seychelles, Botswana and hosts Zimbabwe. Both Seychelles and Madagascar are members of FIBA Africa Zone 7 but have been drawn in Zone 6. Group G will be played from 12-18 March, while Group H will run from 19-25. The qualifiers will be played in a round-robin format with each team taking on its two opponents. The winner of each group will secure automatic qualification for Africa's flagship competition taking place in Brazzaville, while the teams that finish second in Groups G and H will face each other for the remaining qualification spot. Zambia, who last featured in the Final Round of the continental event in 1989, are looking at the Qualifiers as an opportunity of changing the course of their basketball history. Zimbabwe, meanwhile, ended a two-decade long absence from FIBA AfroBasket two years ago when they played in Tunisia and returned home with a 0-5 mark.
Courtesy of: fiba.com



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  ALPE ADRIA CUP  


The Final Four is set - by Eurobasket News

The Final Four is set in Alpe-Adria-Cup as four teams advanced to the final stage. Helios and Komarno ensured the victories earlier, while Zlatorog and Rogaska joined them on Wednesday and Thursday.
Zlatorog overcame Arkadia 62-53 after a loss by 6 points. Rogaska edged Kapfenberg 87-69 to clinch the last spot. Tadej Ferme (185-PG-91) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Dejan Sakotic (195-G/F-93) and Matic Grusovnik (198-F-95) posted 17 each. Carl Baptiste (208-F/C-90, college: Delaware, agency: Diamond Sports) replied with 15 points in the losing effort.



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  ANGOLA  


Athlete Joaquim Gomes eyes victory against Petro - by Eurobasket News

The captain of the basketball senior men's team of 1 de Agosto, Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80, college: Valparaiso), Thursday said he was confident of victory against Petro de Luanda in the 15th round match of the national championship (Bic Basket), on Friday at Luanda's pavilion Victorino Cunha. The athlete was speaking to Angop at the end of the morning training session, pledging the team's highest concentration and motivation possible to deal with all the quality and technical ability of opponent. As for Saturday's match against Recreativo Libolo, Joaquim Gomes said that the team are aware of a tough game to be played in the opponent's field. 1 de Agosto, third placed with 22 points, will have a difficult task on this double round. The team host Petro de Luanda Friday, second ranked with the same points, and on Saturday will face the leader Libolo, with 24. With Petro and Libolo, 1 de Agosto will try their best to make up for the defeats suffered in the first round, where they lost 97-86 and 91-88, respectively.
Courtesy of: angop.ao



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  ANTIGUA  

Standings

ABBA Standings
 1. Cutie Ovals Ojays 5-0 
 2. Baldwin Braves 4-0 
 3. Flyers 3-0 
 4. Stingerz 2-0 
 5. HS Outlaws 2-2 
 6. Freetown T. 1-3 
 7. HL Rockersville 1-4 
 8. Yorks Crushers 0-4 
 9. Ottos 0-5 

Regular Season: Round 8

Feb. 9: Ottos - HS Outlaws 62-68
Feb. 9: Freetown T. - HL Rockersville 54-48

Regular Season: Round 9

Feb. 11: Yorks Crushers - Freetown T.
Feb. 11: HL Rockersville - HS Outlaws


ABBA Round 8: Freetown T. win their first game - by Eurobasket News

Freetown T. can celebrate finally their first win this season after three consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat HL Rockersville (1-4) 54-48 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 28-21 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was the only win of host team this round and in all other games visitors recorded victories. Freetown T. (1-3) left bottom position moving up to sixth place. It was HL Rockersville's fourth loss in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. Freetown T. are looking forward to face Yorks Crushers (#8) in the next round. HL Rockersville will play against HS Outlaws and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Ottos (0-5) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 68-62 loss to fifth ranked HS Outlaws (2-2) in . HS Outlaws maintains fifth position with 2-2 record. Newly promoted Ottos still closes the standings with five games lost. HS Outlaws will play against HL Rockersville (#7) in the next round. Ottos will have a break next round.

Ottos - HS Outlaws 62-68

Bottom-ranked Ottos (0-5) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 68-62 loss to fifth ranked HS Outlaws (2-2) in . The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. HS Outlaws maintains fifth position with 2-2 record. Newly promoted Ottos still closes the standings with five games lost. HS Outlaws will play against HL Rockersville (#7) in the next round. Ottos will have a break next round.
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Freetown T. - HL Rockersville 54-48

Freetown T. can celebrate finally their first win this season after three consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat HL Rockersville (1-4) 54-48 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 28-21 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was the only win of host team this round and in all other games visitors recorded victories. Freetown T. (1-3) left bottom position moving up to sixth place. It was HL Rockersville's fourth loss in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the seventh position with four games lost. Freetown T. are looking forward to face Yorks Crushers (#8) in the next round. HL Rockersville will play against HS Outlaws and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Kurt Looby (ex Anwil) is a newcomer at Vichy Clermont - by Eurobasket News

Jean D'Arc Vichy Clermont Metropole (ProB) strengthened their roster with addition of 33-year old Antiguan international center Kurt Looby (210-109kg-84, college: Iowa, agency: Court Side). He played most recently at Anwil in Polish PLK league, but left the team in Nov.'15. In two games he recorded just 2.0ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.5bpg last season.
The previous (14-15) season Looby played at Panelefsiniakos in Greek A1 where in 16 games he averaged 8.9ppg and 8.7rpg (#3 in the league).
In 2008 he was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in third round (44th overall).
Looby attended University of Iowa. It is his ninth season in pro basketball.
He received All-D-League Honorable Mention award back in 2009.
Looby also represented Antigua at the CBC Championships in Tortola (British Virgin Islands) two years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: 5.8ppg, Reb-5 (8.7rpg), 1.2apg, 1.3spg, Blocks-4 (2.7bpg), FGP: 38.9%, FT: 36.8%.
Looby is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in five different countries. Looby has played previously professionally also in Germany (EnBW Ludwigsburg and Telekom Baskets), Puerto Rico (Vaqueros, Caciques and Mets), Greece (Peristeri GS Athens) and D-League (N.Mexico T. and Maine Red Claws).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ARGENTINA  

Standings - LigaA

LigaA Standings
Norte
 1. San Martin C. 22-9 
 2. Estudiantes C. 22-11 
 3. Instituto 21-12 
 4. Regatas C. 18-11 
 5. Olimpico LB 17-14 
 6. Quimsa 16-14 
 7. Libertad S. 15-15 
 8. La Union 14-17 
 9. Atenas 11-19 
 10. Echague 5-26 
Sur
 1. San Lorenzo 23-7 
 2. Ferrocarril 20-11 
 3. Weber Bahia 19-12 
 4. Obras Basket 16-16 
 5. GECR Indalo 15-16 
 6. Argentino 14-18 
 7. Penarol 14-19 
 8. Quilmes MP 14-19 
 9. Hispano Am. 9-23 
 10. Boca Jrs 8-24 

Regular Season: Round 32

Feb. 8: Instituto - San Martin C. 85-83
Feb. 8: Libertad S. - La Union 84-62
Feb. 9: Obras Basket - Ferrocarril 83-61
Feb. 9: Quimsa - Argentino 78-56
Feb. 9: GECR Indalo - San Lorenzo 77-79
Feb. 7: Penarol - Hispano Am. 76-81
Feb. 7: Olimpico LB - Argentino 76-71
Feb. 9: Boca Jrs - Estudiantes C. 69-74
Feb. 7: Ferrocarril - Estudiantes C. 67-76
Feb. 9: Quilmes MP - Hispano Am. 100-83
Feb. 10: Libertad S. - San Martin C.


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Tucker, Estudian.21.3 
 2. Green, Instituto19.8 
 3. Sims, Regatas C.18.6 
 4. Quinteros, Regat.18.5 
 5. Solano, Echague18.2 
 6. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 7. Horner, Obras B.17.1 
 8. Reed, Penarol16.8 
 9. Mickeal, Atenas16.2 
 10. Vildoza, Quilm.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.3 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.6 
 3. Clancy, Instituto10.2 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.9 
 5. Wood, San M.9.3 
 6. Horner, Obras B.8.5 
 7. Johnson, Atenas8.5 
 8. Justiz, Estudian.8.4 
 9. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.3 
 10. Francis, La Union8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Franco BALBI
  Ferrocarril
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.3 
 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.5.0 
 7. Perez, Boca Jrs4.7 
 8. Ciorciari, Instituto4.5 
 9. Hopson, Quimsa4.5 
 10. De-l., GECR I.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Gelvis SOLANO
  Echague
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Solano, Echague2.1 
 2. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 3. Basualdo, Quilm.1.9 
 4. De-l., GECR I.1.8 
 5. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 6. Johnson, Weber B.1.7 
 7. Tucker, Estudian.1.5 
 8. Lescano, San M.1.5 
 9. Flor, Quilmes MP1.5 
 10. Calfani, San L.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.0 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.1 
 3. Crawford, Argen.1.7 
 4. Battle, Quimsa1.3 
 5. Marriaga, Estudian.1.3 
 6. Clancy, Instituto1.2 
 7. Calfani, San L.1.1 
 8. Richard, Obras B.1.1 
 9. Meyinsse, San L.1.1 
 10. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 


Standings - TNA

TNA Standings
Center North
 1. Union SF 19-5 
 2. San Isidro 15-10 
 3. Barrio Parque 13-8 
 4. BHY Tiro Federal 8-13 
 5. Independiente BBC 8-17 
 6. SP Las Parejas 6-18 
Center South
 1. Ciclista 15-9 
 2. Parque Sur 15-9 
 3. Platense 12-10 
 4. Rocamora 11-11 
 5. Temperley 11-11 
 6. Gimnasia LP 6-18 
 7. La Union 5-18 
North
 1. Hindu 20-3 
 2. Comunicaciones 18-6 
 3. Villa Angela 13-9 
 4. Villa San Martin 9-15 
 5. Salta Basket 8-12 
 6. Obera TC 6-16 
 7. Mitre Tuc. 6-17 
South
 1. Estudiantes O. 16-8 
 2. Olimpo BB 15-8 
 3. Alianza Viedma 13-11 
 4. Huracan 13-11 
 5. Atenas Carmen 12-13 
 6. Petr.Argentino 8-15 

Regular Season: Round 25

Feb. 9: Union SF - SP Las Parejas 91-65
Feb. 8: Gimnasia LP - Petr.Argentino 84-78
Feb. 9: Olimpo BB - Parque Sur 82-69
Feb. 8: San Isidro - Villa Angela 80-72
Feb. 8: Independiente BBC - Mitre Tuc. 77-63
Feb. 9: Comunicaciones - Hindu 72-77
Feb. 8: Barrio Parque - Villa San Martin 71-60
Feb. 8: Ciclista - Estudiantes O. 70-78
Feb. 8: La Union - Alianza Viedma 102-110
Feb. 10: San Isidro - Villa San Martin
Feb. 10: Independiente BBC - Salta Basket
Feb. 10: BHY Tiro Federal - Villa Angela
Feb. 11: Obera TC - Hindu
Feb. 12: Barrio Parque - Salta Basket
Feb. 12: BHY Tiro Federal - Villa San Martin
Feb. 13: Obera TC - Comunicaciones
Feb. 14: SP Las Parejas - Salta Basket


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 24.2
 1. Barovero, Union SF24.2 
 2. Brown, La Union20.4 
 3. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.20.1 
 4. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista20.1 
 5. Matthews, Salta B.19.8 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.19.8 
 7. Martin Jr., Alianza .19.6 
 8. Montes Cardo., Obera T.19.2 
 9. Villa, Gimnasia LP18.4 
 10. Cutley, Atenas C.17.8 
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.9.2 
 4. Graham, Temperley9.0 
 5. Lockett, BHY T.8.7 
 6. Lauria, Comunica.8.5 
 7. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.3 
 8. Granado, Olimpo BB8.0 
 9. Joseph, Obera TC7.9 
 10. Coleman, Alianza .7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Victor Hugo CAJAL
  Independ.
  (179-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Cajal, Independ.7.2 
 2. La Bella, Gimnasia.6.9 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.4 
 4. Paletta, Hindu5.3 
 5. Cequeira, Villa A.5.0 
 6. Correa, BHY T.4.6 
 7. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.4.5 
 8. Franco, Alianza .4.4 
 9. Schoppler, Olimpo B.4.1 
 10. Davico, Rocamora3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Felipe PAIS
  Platense
  (185-G-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Pais, Platense2.5 
 2. Correa, BHY T.2.3 
 3. Cequeira, Villa A.2.2 
 4. Merlo, Ciclista2.1 
 5. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.2.1 
 6. Lopez, Independ.2.1 
 7. Brown, Mitre Tuc.2.1 
 8. Eseverri, Salta B.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. Lockett, BHY T.1.5 
 3. Nwogbo, Alianza .1.4 
 4. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.4 
 5. Deck, Obera TC1.2 
 6. Stroud, Parque Sur1.1 
 7. Tabarez, Union SF1.0 
 8. Lauria, Comunica.0.9 
 9. McCullough, Alianza .0.9 
 10. Granado, Olimpo BB0.9 



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  AUSTRALIA  

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. 36ers 17-10 
 2. Taipans 14-13 
 3. Hawks 14-13 
 4. Wildcats 13-13 
 5. United 13-13 
 6. Kings 13-14 
 7. Breakers 13-14 
 8. Bullets 10-17 

Regular Season: Round 19

Feb. 9: Taipans - 36ers 89-85
Feb. 10: Wildcats - Kings
Feb. 10: Breakers - United
Feb. 11: Hawks - Bullets
Feb. 11: 36ers - Taipans
Feb. 12: United - Wildcats


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Bryce COTTON
  Wildcats
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Cotton, Wildcats22.6 
 2. Ware, United21.7 
 3. Randle, 36ers20.9 
 4. Prather, Wildcats18.6 
 5. Dillard, Breakers18.4 
 6. Newley, Kings17.5 
 7. Goulding, United17.3 
 8. Penney, Breakers17.3 
 9. Clarke, Hawks17.1 
 10. Lisch, Kings16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Josh BOONE
  United
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Boone, United8.7 
 2. Craig, Bullets7.7 
 3. Ogilvy, Hawks7.5 
 4. Johnson, 36ers7.4 
 5. Mitchell, Breakers7.2 
 6. Pledger, Breakers6.8 
 7. Bairstow, Bullets6.5 
 8. Whittington, Kings6.4 
 9. McKay, Wildcats6.2 
 10. Majok, United6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Ben WOODSIDE
  Breakers
  (180-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Woodside, Breakers5.5 
 2. Jackson, United5.4 
 3. Randle, 36ers5.4 
 4. Ware, United4.6 
 5. Dillard, Breakers4.4 
 6. Stockton, Breakers4.2 
 7. Newley, Kings4.2 
 8. Sobey, 36ers4.0 
 9. Gibson, Bullets3.8 
 10. Lisch, Kings3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin LISCH
  Kings
  (188-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Lisch, Kings2.0 
 2. Martin, Wildcats1.9 
 3. Prather, Wildcats1.6 
 4. Dillard, Breakers1.6 
 5. Whittington, Kings1.5 
 6. Jackson, United1.4 
 7. Ware, United1.3 
 8. Woodside, Breakers1.3 
 9. Harris, Hawks1.3 
 10. Trice, Taipans1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew James OGILVY
  Hawks
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Ogilvy, Hawks1.5 
 2. McKay, Wildcats1.5 
 3. Boone, United1.2 
 4. Pledger, Breakers1.2 
 5. Whittington, Kings1.0 
 6. Powell, Kings0.8 
 7. Jacobsen, 36ers0.7 
 8. Craig, Bullets0.7 
 9. Jervis, Bullets0.7 
 10. Wesley, United0.7 


Bowie is back at Tigers, ex Surrey S. - by Hugh McAuliffe

Willetton Tigers (SBL) signed 25-year old American swingman Jay Bowie (196-95kg-92, college: Marist). It is actually his comeback to Tigers as he has played here before. Bowie played recently at Surrey Scorchers in British BBL league, but left the team last month. In 11 games he had 9.7ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg this season. The last summer Bowie played at Tigers where in 31 SBL games he recorded very impressive stats: 24.7ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.9apg and 1.7spg. Great season as he was named to Australian SBL All-Star Game.
Bowie's team made it to the SBL Semifinals in 2015.
He has played previously professionally in Australia (Giants) and D-League (Delaware 87ers).
Bowie attended Marist College until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ray Turner (ex Falco KC) is a newcomer at Tigers - by Hugh McAuliffe

Willetton Tigers (SBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American forward Ray Turner (206-104kg-90, college: Texas A&M). He played most recently at Falco KC Szombathely in Hungarian A Division, but left. In 11 games he recorded 9.4ppg and 5.2rpg this season. The last summer Turner played at Rockhampton Rockets (QBL) where in 11 games he averaged impressive 22.5ppg, 12.3rpg, 1.3spg and 1.7bpg.
Three years ago (a year after he left the college) Turner was drafted by Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League) in third round (53rd overall).
He attended Texas A&M University until 2013 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Turner won Australian QBL championship title in 2014.
He represented USA at the District Championship- 09 eight years ago.
Thanks to Turner's pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Australia and of course North America). Turner has played previously professionally in Cyprus (Apollon), Japan (Akita Happinets) and Australia (Redbacks).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Very athletic (PF) with the ability to score on the block or from mid-range. Runs the floor like a deer and has NBA potential. was also recruited by Oklahoma State, Memphis, Missouri, Marquette, Baylor, Nebraska and New Mexico. Wore #35 for his good friend and 2010 Aggie signee Tobi Oyedeji who was killed in a Houston car accident in May 2010.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BAHRAIN  

Standings

Premier Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Al Manama 1-0 
 2. Al Ahli 0-0 
 3. Al Hala 0-0 
 4. Al Muharraq 0-0 
 5. Nuwaidrat 0-0 
 6. Al Najma 0-1 
Places 7-11
 1. Sitra 1-0 
 2. Al Bahrain 1-0 
 3. Issa Town 0-0 
 4. Al Ittihad 0-1 
 5. Samaheej 0-1 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 1

Places 1-6

Feb. 8: Al Najma - Al Manama 61-76
Feb. 9: Al Muharraq - Nuwaidrat
Feb. 9: Al Ahli - Al Hala

Places 7-11

Feb. 6: Sitra - Samaheej 91-56
Feb. 8: Al Bahrain - Al Ittihad 60-58



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  BALKAN LEAGUE  


Round 2 (Second Stage): Peja hands first to Kumanovo - by Eurobasket News

FYR Macedonian Kumanovo (3-1) recorded a loss in Peje on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Kosovan Peja (2-2) 85-68. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-68. Peja looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was forward Alban Veseli (202-90) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. American point guard Cameron Rundles (188-88, college: Wofford) chipped in 25 points and 5 assists. Serbian power forward Danilo Mijatovic (206-83) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Peja is again looking forward to face Kumanovo (#9) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kumanovo will have a break next round.
Important game to mention about took place in Kavadarci. Bulgarian Beroe (4-0) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging FYR Macedonian Feni Industries (1-3) 85-84 on Tuesday evening. American forward Aaron Jones (206-93, college: Mississippi, agency: Two Points) saved the victory by scoring 27 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Brandis Raley-Ross contributed with 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Beroe's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Georgian center Giorgi Sharabidze (210-90, agency: Mansfield and Associates) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for Feni Industries. Beroe will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Feni Industries will play again on the road against Beroe (#5) in Stara Zagora to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game in Niksic was also quite interesting. FYR Macedonian Kozuv (1-3) played at the court of Montenegrin Sutjeska (2-2). Sutjeska managed to secure a 8-point victory 84-76 on Tuesday. Jayon James scored 24 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 steals (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners. Milivoje Mijovic responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. Sutjeska will again meet Kozuv (#7) in the next round. Kozuv will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 2 In Group D Karpos Sokoli was defeated by Teodo Tivat in a road game 98-81.
The best stats of 2nd round was 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists by Petar Kusovac of Teodo Tivat.

Group C
Feni Industries - Beroe 84-85

Important game to mention about took place in Kavadarci. Bulgarian Beroe (4-0) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging FYR Macedonian Feni Industries (1-3) 85-84 on Tuesday evening. Feni Industries were ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 26-17 charge of Beroe, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Feni Industries outrebounded Beroe 34-19. American forward Aaron Jones (206-93, college: Mississippi, agency: Two Points) saved the victory by scoring 27 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). The other American import guard Brandis Raley-Ross (191-87, college: S.Carolina) contributed with 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Beroe's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Georgian center Giorgi Sharabidze (210-90, agency: Mansfield and Associates) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Kiril Nikolovski (210-88) added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Feni Industries. Beroe will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Feni Industries will play again on the road against Beroe (#5) in Stara Zagora to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Beroe: A.Jones 27+4reb+1ast, B.Raley-Ross 19+4reb+3ast, S.Gibson 12+2reb+5ast, S.Tesija 7+1reb, O.Gudul 5+4reb+5ast, T.Tenchev 5+1reb
Feni Industries: K.Nikolovski 18+6reb+1ast, G.Sharabidze 14+11reb+4ast, M.Ceskovic 13+4ast, B.Stajic 9+2ast, B.Djekic 8+3reb, G.Markovski 7+5reb
gschID: 534333


Sutjeska - Kozuv 84-76

The game in Niksic was also quite interesting. FYR Macedonian Kozuv (1-3) played at the court of Montenegrin Sutjeska (2-2). Sutjeska managed to secure a 8-point victory 84-76 on Tuesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 26-21. But Kozuv won second period 16-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sutjeska forced 24 Kozuv turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American swingman Jayon James (198-92, college: La-Monroe) scored 24 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 steals (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Nikola Djokovic (190-89) chipped in 17 points during the contest. Four Sutjeska players scored in double figures. Serbian Milivoje Mijovic (200-91) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and American point guard Kenyon McNeaill (185-91, college: Louisiana Tech) scored 27 points. Sutjeska will again meet Kozuv (#7) in the next round. Kozuv will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Sutjeska: J.James 24+5reb+7ast, N.Djokovic 17+3reb+3ast, M.Perovic 14+1ast, D.Salic 12+4reb+1ast, D.Thomas 9+2reb+4ast, I.Cvorovic 4+2reb+1ast
Kozuv: K.McNeaill 27+1reb+2ast, M.Mijovic 23+11reb+3ast, L.Hall 12+3reb+1ast, B.Krstevski 8+1reb+1ast, N.Djurasovic 4+3reb+2ast, I.Dimcevski 2+4reb
gschID: 534334


Group D
Teodo Tivat - Karpos Sokoli 98-81

Teodo Tivat used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Skopje 98-81 on Wednesday night. The game without a history. Teodo Tivat led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Karpos Sokoli's 28. They outrebounded Karpos Sokoli 37-21 including 24 on the defensive glass. Teodo Tivat looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Forward Petar Kusovac (195-93, college: S.Centar, agency: AproK Sports Group) scored 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Milos Popovic (197-98) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Five Teodo Tivat players scored in double figures. Serbian Filip Sepa (198-90) responded with 22 points and 5 assists and Serbian power forward Dragan Labovic (207-87, agency: Alti Sport) scored 14 points. Karpos Sokoli's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Teodo Tivat will again meet Karpos Sokoli (#12) in the next round. Karpos Sokoli will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Teodo Tivat: P.Kusovac 22+6reb+4ast, M.Popovic 19+7reb, R.Marojevic 14+5reb+1ast, M.Djurisic 13+6reb+7ast, M.Stanojevic 10+1reb+9ast, M.Damjanovic 9+1reb+2ast
Karpos Sokoli: F.Sepa 22+3reb+5ast, D.Labovic 14+3reb+1ast, B.Trajkovski 12, D.Sokolov 8+3reb+3ast, D.Zekovic 8+5reb, I.Penov 6+1reb
gschID: 534336


Peja - Kumanovo 85-68

FYR Macedonian Kumanovo (3-1) recorded a loss in Peje on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Kosovan Peja (2-2) 85-68. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-68. Peja looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was forward Alban Veseli (202-90) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. American point guard Cameron Rundles (188-88, college: Wofford) chipped in 25 points and 5 assists. Serbian power forward Danilo Mijatovic (206-83) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds and American point guard Yonel Brown (175-94, college: Kennesaw St., agency: BeoExcell) added 19 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Peja is again looking forward to face Kumanovo (#9) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kumanovo will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Peja: C.Rundles 25+3reb+5ast, A.Veseli 22+10reb+3ast, J.Skeen 16+5reb+3ast, A.Qallaku 6+8reb+2ast, M.Ahmetbasic 6+3reb+4ast, S.Miljanic 4+2reb+1ast
Kumanovo: Y.Brown 19+4ast, D.Mijatovic 16+7reb+1ast, D.Karadzovski 10+1reb+5ast, S.Zivanovic 9+1reb+3ast, M.Pekovic 6+9reb+2ast, M.Janevski 4+8reb+1ast
gschID: 534335





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Results and Stats from Round 1 of 1/8 Finals - by Eurobasket News

TTU - Kalev/Cramo 63-101

Kalev/Cramo fired past TTU in the eighth-finals opener. The game without a history. Kalev/Cramo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Kalev/Cramo outrebounded TTU 42-28 including a 34-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by TTU's players. Guard Rain Veideman (192-91) stepped up and scored 21 points and 4 assists for the winners and forward Erik Keedus (198-90) chipped in 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. At the losing side Serbian center Nikola Vujovic (210-93, college: Georgian Court) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds and forward Joonas Jarvelainen (202-90, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 7 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: R.Veideman 21+2reb+4ast, S.Sokk 15+1reb+5ast, E.Keedus 13+8reb+4ast, M.Gladness 12+8reb, D.Harper 9+2reb+4ast, M.Dorbek 8+5reb+1ast
TTU: N.Vujovic 16+13reb+2ast, S.Olmre 10+1reb+1ast, R.Koort 10+2reb, J.Jarvelainen 7+6reb+2ast, S.Viilup 6, R.Kuimet 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 534269


BK Ogre - P.Zvaigzdes 83-75

BK Ogre overcame Pieno Zvaigzdes in the opener. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 46-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. BK Ogre looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by P.Zvaigzdes helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Italian-Latvian forward Gints Antrops (201-82, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and point guard Marcis Vitols (183-92) chipped in 16 points. BK Ogre's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side swingman Steponas Babrauskas (197-84) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and American point guard Derrick Low (191-86, college: Washington St., agency: Octagon Europe) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 assists. Four BK Ogre and five P.Zvaigzdes players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
BK Ogre: R.Zebergs 17+3reb, M.Vitols 16+3reb+3ast, G.Antrops 15+7reb+2ast, G.Sipolins 12+2reb+1ast, K.Apsitis 11+5reb+2ast, L.Mizis 7+4reb+2ast
P.Zvaigzdes: S.Babrauskas 16+10reb, A.Agafonov 11+9reb+3ast, E.Dimsa 11+6reb+1ast, E.Zabas 10+4reb+4ast, D.Low 10+3reb+10ast, I.Fiodorovas 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 535840


Jekabpils - Nevezis 74-78

Nevezis upset Jekabpils in Latvia to move closer to the quarterfinal stage. Jekabpils trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 28-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 74-78 at the end of the game. Nevezis dominated down low during the game scoring 38 of its points in the paint compared to Jekabpils' 18 and made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Jekabpils 36-22 including 25 on the defensive glass. Jekabpils were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Jermaine Love-Roberts (188-89, college: Ill.-Springfield) stepped up and scored 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and forward Vaidotas Volkus (203-85, college: Redlands CC) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side center Jurijs Aleksejevs (202-85) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Rinalds Sirsnins (186-85) scored 20 points and 4 assists. Jekabpils' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Nevezis: J.Love-Roberts 17+5reb+1ast, V.Volkus 16+7reb, I.Smiljanic 11+2reb, I.Vaitkus 9+6reb+2ast, K.Petrukonis 8+7reb+1ast, P.Petrilevicius 7+3reb+2ast
Jekabpils: R.Sirsnins 20+1reb+4ast, J.Aleksejevs 20+6reb+1ast, R.Stumbris 17+2reb, J.Antrops 9+3reb+4ast, A.Selakovs 4+5reb, E.Stelmahers 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 534268


Jurmala - Barons Riga 54-85

Barons Riga left no chance for Jurmala in the playoffs opener. The game without a history. Barons Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-18 charity shots (94.4 percent) during the game. Barons Riga had a 31-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Barons Riga especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of center Davis Rozitis (215-90, college: Hawaii) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks. American guard Tyler Larson (190-91, college: S.Dakota) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. Rozitis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Barons Riga players scored in double figures. Latvian center Jekabs Rozitis (205-86) answered with 9 points and 8 rebounds and center Viktors Iljins (212-91) added 8 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Jurmala. Jurmala's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Barons Riga: T.Larson 18+7reb+3ast, D.Rozitis 13+11reb+4ast, D.Geks 13+4reb+2ast, R.Freimanis 13+4reb+3ast, K.Mediss 12+1reb+1ast, D.Krestinin 7+4reb+3ast
Jurmala: J.Rozitis 9+8reb, A.Duselis 9+5reb, V.Iljins 8+8reb, D.Gutmanis 8+2reb+2ast, U.Feldmanis 5+1reb+1ast, U.Pinete 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 534266


Rapla - Valmiera 65-78

Valmiera upset Rapla to grab the lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Valmiera. Rapla was better in second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Rapla's 34. American point guard Damier Pitts (177-89, college: Marshall) nailed 21 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winning side and his fellow American import guard Ashton Mitchell (183-88, college: Sam Houston St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) accounted for 17 points. Pitts is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Valmiera players scored in double figures. Martin Paasoja (191-93) came up with 22 points and 6 rebounds and Slovenian point guard Domen Bratoz (189-93) added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Rapla in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: D.Pitts 21+3reb+5ast, A.Mitchell 17+4reb+1ast, A.Berzins 14+6reb+1ast, L.Blaus 10+4reb, M.Laksa 7+4reb+1ast, J.Kaufmanis 7+3reb+1ast
Rapla: M.Paasoja 22+6reb+1ast, T.van der Mars 10+5reb, D.Bratoz 9+6reb+4ast, I.Kajupank 8+3reb+5ast, R.Suarez 7+4reb, K.Voolaid 4+3reb
gschID: 534267


Vytautas - Parnu 100-55

Vytautas stormed past Parnu in the opening leg of eighth-final series. The game without a history. Vytautas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Parnu's 32. Vytautas forced 23 Parnu turnovers and outrebounded them 37-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Parnu's players. Point guard Domantas Seskus (180-92) stepped up and scored 22 points and 4 assists for the winners and forward Vytenis Lipkevicius (196-89) chipped in 13 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. Four Vytautas players scored in double figures. At the losing side Lithuanian swingman Edvinas Seskus (196-95, agency: Players Group) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Saimon Sutt (200-95) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Vytautas: D.Seskus 22+1reb+4ast, S.Kulvietis 18+3reb+1ast, V.Lipkevicius 13+4reb+6ast, T.Klimavicius 11+7reb+1ast, T.Delininkaitis 11+4reb+8ast, A.Valeika 10+2reb+4ast
Parnu: E.Seskus 17+5reb+3ast, S.Sutt 14+6reb+1ast, M.Kirves 11+6reb+1ast, D.Bubalo 7+5reb+3ast, R.Hallik 3+1reb+2ast, N.Kabin 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 534263


TLU/Kalev - Liepaja/Triobet 75-92

Liepaja/Triobet rolled past TLU/Kalev in Game 1. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-75. Liepaja/Triobet looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Guard Roberts Krastins (195-94) fired 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Arturs Ausejs (192-90) chipped in 20 points and 6 assists. Point guard Kristo Saage (186-85) produced 23 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals and Serbian center Djordje Dzeletovic (205-93, agency: AproK Sports Group) added 17 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Liepaja/Triobet: R.Krastins 24+6reb+1ast, A.Ausejs 20+4reb+6ast, R.Berzins 17+1reb+1ast, I.Aizpurs 10+1reb, C.Montgomery 6+5reb+5ast, K.Pauls Lasmanis 6+12reb+3ast
TLU/Kalev: K.Saage 23+8reb+9ast, D.Dzeletovic 17+11reb+2ast, R.Tamm 11+3reb+3ast, K.Saks 8+3reb, M.Jurtom 6+2reb+1ast, I.Stankevits 4+5reb
gschID: 534264


TU/Rock - Barsy Atyrau 83-49

TU/Rock dropped Barsy Atyrau for the opening win in the series. TU/Rock led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Barsy Atyrau's 18 and made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Barsy Atyrau 43-25 including 16 on the offensive glass. Janari Joesaar (198-93, college: UTRGV, agency: Three Eye Sports) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Lithuanian center Dominykas Milka (203-92, college: St.Rose, NY) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American point guard Trevin Parks (180-91, college: Johnson C. Smith) responded with 17 points and the other American import guard Ryan Cook (191-90, college: UMBC, agency: HMS) scored 11 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
TU/Rock: J.Joesaar 19+10reb+1ast, D.Milka 16+7reb+1ast, M.Thomas 16+1reb+3ast, V.Jois 8+9reb, T.Sokk 7+2reb+4ast, J.Talts 7+5reb+5ast
Barsy Atyrau: T.Parks 17+1reb+1ast, R.Cook 11+4reb+2ast, P.Ilin 4+3reb+1ast, M.Yevstigneyev 4+2reb+2ast, N.Bazhkin 4+2reb+1ast, I.Zhunussov 3+1reb
gschID: 534262





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  BELIZE  


San Pedro Tiger Sharks wins again in Elite Basketball play - by Eurobasket News

The 2017 National Elite Basketball League competition continued over the last weekend with a number of games across the country. On Saturday 28th January, 2017, out at the San Pedro High School Auditorium in San Pedro Town, the former champions San Pedro Tiger Sharks continued its dominance of the young season so far when it won handily over the defending champions the Smart Belize Hurricanes by the score of 85-75. With this win, the San Pedro Tiger Sharks have improved their record to 3-0 while the defending champions the Smart Belize Hurricanes have dropped to 0-2. The top scorers for the San Pedro Tiger Sharks were George Williams (198-G-90, college: Wayland Baptist) with 27 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal; Ashton Edwards (SG-89) who scored 21 points to go along with 1 assist and a steal; Raul Roches who tallied 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists and Kurt Burgess (196-F-82) who scored 9 points but pulled down 14 rebounds while dishing out 5 assists to go along with a steal. Meanwhile, the top scorers for the Smart Belize Hurricanes were Akeem Watters (186-F-95) with 17 points, 3 rebounds and a steal; Leroy Louriano who contributed 14 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals and Andrew Ortiz who scored 13 points, had 5 rebounds and an assist.
At the Stann Creek Ecumenical High School Auditorium in Dangriga Town, the visiting Cayo Western Ballaz pick up its first win of the 2017 campaign when it won over the host team Dangriga Dream Ballers by the score of 82-70. The top scorers for the Cayo Western Ballaz were Darwin Leslie (191-SF-81) with 26 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists and 5 steals; Daniel Nolberto with 17 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal and Brandon Flowers with 13 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal. For the Dangriga Dream Ballers, their top scorers were Dillmore Conorquie with 20 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals; Tahj Wells who contributed 14 points, 11 rebounds, to go along with 2 assists and 2 steals and Quinton Bowen who scored 12 points to go along with his 15 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. And in the game played at the Belize Elementary School Gymnasium between the Belize City No Limit Team and the visiting Belmopan Bandits, it was the Bandits winning over the No Limit squad by the score of 92-65. The top scorers for the Belmopan Bandits were Gregory Rudon with 18 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists; Jamal Harris who scored 15 points along with an assist and a steal and Stephen Williams who also scored 15 points, along with 2 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.
The competition will continue this coming weekend with three more games on the schedule.
Courtesy of: guardian.bz



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Division I Round 14: Leader Bosna-Royal lose to Sloboda Tuzla - by Eurobasket News

Top ranked Bosna-Royal (10-3) recorded its third loss on the court of fifth ranked Sloboda Tuzla on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Sloboda Tuzla 77-64. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Bosna-Royal. 29 personal fouls committed by Bosna-Royal helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Serbian power forward Bozo Djumic (208-92) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Devonte Brown (188-92, college: Indiana St.) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists. International Haris Delalic (202-94, agency: AproK Sports Group) produced 15 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Bosna-Royal's coach Dusan Gvozdic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sloboda Tuzla (8-5) moved-up to third place, which they share with Kakanj. Newly promoted Bosna-Royal still keeps top position with three games lost. Sloboda Tuzla is looking forward to face Gradjanski (#9) in Bijeljina in the next round where they are favorite. Bosna-Royal will play at home against Bosnjak (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kakanj. Third ranked Kakanj faced second-ranked Zrinjski HT. Host Kakanj (8-5) defeated guests from Mostar (9-4) 87-75. Center Emir Zimic (218-86) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds. Aldin Dzelmo contributed with 14 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Ivan Begic (194-92) replied with 20 points for Zrinjski HT. Kakanj maintains third position with 8-5 record having just two points less than leader Bosna-Royal, which they share with Sloboda Tuzla. Zrinjski HT at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost. Kakanj will play against Leotar (#7) in Trebinje in the next round. Zrinjski HT will play on the road against Mladost (#8) in Mrkonjic Grad and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Siroki Brijeg supposed to be also quite interesting. 6th ranked Mladost (5-9) played at the court of seventh ranked Siroki Primorka (6-8). Siroki Primorka smashed Mladost 100-77 on Saturday. Franko Kastropil scored 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Siroki Primorka's coach Romeo Bilinovac felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bojan Stanojevic responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Siroki Primorka moved-up to sixth place. Mladost lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. Siroki Primorka will meet higher ranked Spars Sarajevo (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Mladost will play against the league's second-placed Zrinjski HT and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Trebinje. Local Leotar (5-8) outscored 8th ranked Gradjanski (4-9) 83-59. Vladimir Aleksic notched 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Leotar moved-up to seventh place. Gradjanski at the other side dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. Leotar's next round opponent will be higher ranked Kakanj (#3) at home and it may be quite challenging game. Gradjanski will play against Sloboda Tuzla (#4) and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 14 Spars Sarajevo defeated Bosnjak in a road game 91-76.
The best stats of 14th round was 27 points and 7 rebounds by Mujo Tuljkovic of Bosnjak.

Kakanj - Zrinjski HT 87-75

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kakanj. Third ranked Kakanj faced second-ranked Zrinjski HT. Host Kakanj (8-5) defeated guests from Mostar (9-4) 87-75. Kakanj outrebounded Zrinjski HT 38-21 including 26 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Kakanj brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Zrinjski HT was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Center Emir Zimic (218-86) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds. Swingman Aldin Dzelmo (196-92) contributed with 14 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Kakanj players scored in double figures. Guard Ivan Begic (194-92) replied with 20 points and Croatian center Ljubo Samadan (207-83, agency: XL Basketball Agency) added 12 points and 6 assists in the effort for Zrinjski HT. Kakanj maintains third position with 8-5 record having just two points less than leader Bosna-Royal, which they share with Sloboda Tuzla. Zrinjski HT at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost. Kakanj will play against Leotar (#7) in Trebinje in the next round. Zrinjski HT will play on the road against Mladost (#8) in Mrkonjic Grad and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kakanj: E.Zimic 18+16reb+2ast, T.Vranjes 14+2reb, A.Dzelmo 14+4reb+2ast, H.Curevac 12+3reb+1ast, Z.Palavra 10+4reb+3ast, V.Svilar 8+1reb+7ast
Zrinjski HT: I.Begic 20+2ast, I.Barac 16+1reb+1ast, L.Samadan 12+4reb+6ast, T.Brummitt 9+9reb+1ast, V.Princ 6+3reb+4ast, D.Knezevic 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 520913


Bosnjak - Spars Sarajevo 76-91

There was no surprise in Hadzici where 10th ranked Bosnjak (4-10) was defeated by fifth ranked Spars Sarajevo (8-6) 91-76. Spars Sarajevo players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Power forward Ibrahim Durmo (201-97) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, agency: BeoExcell) supported him with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Four Spars Sarajevo players scored in double figures. Spars Sarajevo's coach Marko Trbic used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 27 points and 7 rebounds by the former international forward Mujo Tuljkovic (202-79, agency: BeoBasket) did not help to save the game for Bosnjak. Bojan Lulic (196-95) added 14 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. Spars Sarajevo maintains fifth position with 8-6 record. Bosnjak at the other side stay at the bottom place with ten games lost. Spars Sarajevo's next round opponent will be Siroki Primorka (#6) in Siroki Brijeg. Bosnjak will play on the road against the league's leader Bosna-Royal (#1) in Sarajevo and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Spars Sarajevo: I.Durmo 21+11reb+2ast, M.Kovacevic 19+7reb+4ast, Z.Jovanovic 17+6reb+9ast, F.Manjgafic 14+4reb+3ast, A.Stepanovic 9+4reb+2ast, I.Djukovic 5+2ast
Bosnjak: M.Tuljkovic 27+7reb+3ast, E.Mujic 15+3reb+1ast, B.Lulic 14+9reb+3ast, A.Sarajlic 7+1reb+1ast, S.Damjanovic 6+2reb+6ast, D.Petkovic 4+4reb
gschID: 520917


Siroki Primorka - Mladost 100-77

The game in Siroki Brijeg supposed to be also quite interesting. 6th ranked Mladost (5-9) played at the court of seventh ranked Siroki Primorka (6-8). Siroki Primorka smashed Mladost 100-77 on Saturday. Siroki Primorka forced 19 Mladost turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. Croatian center Franko Kastropil (212-84) scored 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Croatian center Ivan Karacic (202-96) chipped in 19 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Siroki Primorka's coach Romeo Bilinovac felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian center Bojan Stanojevic (203-88) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Djordje Aleksic (187-97, agency: BeoBasket) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Siroki Primorka moved-up to sixth place. Mladost lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. Siroki Primorka will meet higher ranked Spars Sarajevo (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Mladost will play against the league's second-placed Zrinjski HT and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Siroki Primorka: F.Kastropil 22+8reb+5ast, I.Karacic 19+12reb, M.Dreznjak 15+2reb+5ast, D.Persic 14+1reb+4ast, D.Dreznjak 12+1reb+1ast, J.Mocnik 6+1reb+8ast
Mladost: B.Stanojevic 16+7reb+1ast, D.Aleksic 15+4reb+4ast, O.Nisavic 10+3reb+2ast, A.Vuckovic 10+8reb+3ast, F.Patkovic 8+2reb, M.Sutulovic 8+1reb+3ast
gschID: 520914


Leotar - Gradjanski 83-59

The game with biggest result difference took place in Trebinje. Local Leotar (5-8) outscored 8th ranked Gradjanski (4-9) 83-59. Leotar dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Gradjanski's 26. They outrebounded Gradjanski 50-25 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Leotar players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Swingman Vladimir Aleksic (198-87) notched 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and guard Stefan Mijovic (196-95) supported him with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Leotar players scored in double figures. Even 14 points and 4 assists by Montenegrin point guard Nenad Vukovic (188-94) did not help to save the game for Gradjanski. Serbian swingman Milos Markovic (201-84, agency: 011 Sports) added 13 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Leotar moved-up to seventh place. Gradjanski at the other side dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. Leotar's next round opponent will be higher ranked Kakanj (#3) at home and it may be quite challenging game. Gradjanski will play against Sloboda Tuzla (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Leotar: V.Aleksic 17+8reb+4ast, B.Pelkic 13+9reb, S.Mijovic 12+6reb+5ast, M.Luzajic 11+3reb+8ast, L.Radmilovic 8+3reb+1ast, M.Stevanovic 8+6reb+1ast
Gradjanski: D.Negovanovic 19+2reb, N.Vukovic 14+4reb+4ast, M.Markovic 13+7reb+1ast, N.Milesic 6+6reb+1ast, D.Milosevic 4+1reb+1ast, A.Vasilic 2+1reb
gschID: 520915


Sloboda Tuzla - Bosna-Royal 77-64

Top ranked Bosna-Royal (10-3) recorded its third loss on the court of fifth ranked Sloboda Tuzla on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Sloboda Tuzla 77-64. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Bosna-Royal. 29 personal fouls committed by Bosna-Royal helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Serbian power forward Bozo Djumic (208-92) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Devonte Brown (188-92, college: Indiana St.) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists. International Haris Delalic (202-94, agency: AproK Sports Group) produced 15 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian Strahinja Dragicevic (203-86, agency: AproK Sports Group) added 8 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Bosna-Royal's coach Dusan Gvozdic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sloboda Tuzla (8-5) moved-up to third place, which they share with Kakanj. Newly promoted Bosna-Royal still keeps top position with three games lost. Sloboda Tuzla is looking forward to face Gradjanski (#9) in Bijeljina in the next round where they are favorite. Bosna-Royal will play at home against Bosnjak (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Sloboda Tuzla: D.Brown 14+2reb+4ast, B.Djumic 13+10reb+1ast, A.Hasandic 13+3reb+1ast, M.Hrncic 11+1reb+1ast, M.Rikalo 8+5reb+1ast, N.Muratovic 7+9reb
Bosna-Royal: G.Ikonic 16+1reb+1ast, H.Delalic 15+6reb+1ast, M.Sturanovic 10+4reb, S.Dragicevic 8+8reb+3ast, S.Vasiljevic 8+1reb+5ast, E.Residovic 3+2reb
gschID: 520916





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  BRAZIL  


Contagem adds Romualdo to their roster - by Paulo Freire

Contagem Towers (Liga Ouro) added to their roster experienced 34-year old point guard Eric Romualdo (185-83). He has played for the last two seasons at Rio Claro Basquete in the Paulista. In 36 games he recorded 12.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.8apg and 1.5spg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Romualdo's team won Paulista League Group A Regular Season in 2015. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Paulista League Honorable Mention in 2015.
Romualdo was a member of Brazilian U18 National Team back in 2000.
He has spent his entire career in Brazil playing for eight other teams: COC Ribeirao, Paschoalotto/Bauru, Paulistano, Casa Branca, Winner/Limeira, Brasilia, Winner/ Limeira and Liga Sorocaba.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CANADA  

CIS men standings

CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. Dalhousie 13-4 
 2. St.Mary's 10-6 
 3. UNB 10-6 
 4. Memorial 9-7 
 5. St.Francis X. 8-7 
 6. Acadia 8-7 
 7. UPEI 5-10 
 8. Cape Breton 0-16 
CanWest Explorer Division
 1. UFV 9-9 
 2. Mount Royal 8-10 
 3. TRU 8-10 
 4. MacEwan 7-11 
 5. UNBC 4-14 
 6. UBC Okanagan 2-16 
CanWest Pioneer Division
 1. UBC 17-1 
 2. Calgary 14-4 
 3. Alberta 13-5 
 4. Saskatchewan 12-6 
 5. Winnipeg 12-6 
 6. Lethbridge 12-6 
 7. Manitoba 10-8 
 8. Brandon 9-11 
 9. Regina 7-11 
 10. Victoria 7-11 
 11. TWU 3-18 
OUA Central
 1. Brock 11-4 
 2. McMaster 7-9 
 3. Lakehead 4-11 
 4. Guelph 4-12 
OUA East
 1. Ryerson 15-1 
 2. Toronto 11-5 
 3. Queen's 6-10 
 4. York 4-11 
OUA North
 1. Carleton 14-0 
 2. Ottawa 13-2 
 3. Nipissing 8-9 
 4. Laurentian 8-9 
OUA West
 1. Windsor 9-8 
 2. Laurier 8-10 
 3. Waterloo 5-11 
 4. Western 5-12 
 5. Algoma 4-12 
Quebec League
 1. McGill 10-3 
 2. Concordia 8-4 
 3. UQAM 7-6 
 4. Laval 4-8 
 5. Bishop's 2-10 

Regular Season: Round 20

Feb. 9: McGill - UQAM 99-70
Feb. 8: Windsor - Laurier 89-86
Feb. 8: Western - Waterloo 77-96
Feb. 7: St.Francis X. - Dalhousie 65-77
Feb. 10: St.Francis X. - UNB
Feb. 10: Toronto - Ryerson
Feb. 10: Lakehead - Guelph
Feb. 10: Ottawa - York
Feb. 10: Laurentian - Nipissing
Feb. 10: Carleton - Queen's
Feb. 10: Algoma - Brock
Feb. 10: Mount Royal - Manitoba
Feb. 10: TRU - Regina
Feb. 10: MacEwan - Calgary
Feb. 10: UBC - TWU
Feb. 10: Winnipeg - Victoria
Feb. 10: UFV - UBC Okanagan
Feb. 10: Saskatchewan - UNBC


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Conor MORGAN
  UBC
  (203-G/F-94)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Morgan, UBC24.3 
 2. Gray, Laurentian22.4 
 3. Johnson, Toronto22.0 
 4. Cooper, Calgary21.9 
 5. Jean-Louis, Cape B.20.4 
 6. Clayton, St.Mary''s20.3 
 7. Bercy, St.Franc.20.2 
 8. Scott, UPEI20.1 
 9. Gilmore, McMaster19.8 
 10. Nissen, Acadia19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dut DUT
  UPEI
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Dut, UPEI11.9 
 2. Bercy, St.Franc.11.3 
 3. Osayande, Saskatch.10.8 
 4. Pereira, Waterloo10.6 
 5. Elgadi, Brock10.0 
 6. Nissen, Acadia10.0 
 7. Graham, Queen''s9.9 
 8. Ross, Mount Royal9.8 
 9. Gilmore, McMaster9.3 
 10. Dinkins, Lakehead9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Javon MASTERS
  UNB
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Masters, UNB6.1 
 2. Mata, Dalhousie5.9 
 3. Keane, Carleton5.2 
 4. Miller, Acadia4.9 
 5. Dulay, UFV4.8 
 6. Bonhomme, Manitoba4.6 
 7. Burdeaux, Lethb.4.6 
 8. Rocca, Windsor4.4 
 9. Clayton, St.Mary''s4.3 
 10. Farkic, Western4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Dejon BURDEAUX
  Lethb.
  (183-PG-)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Burdeaux, Lethb.3.6 
 2. Agada, Ottawa3.1 
 3. Jenkins, Western2.9 
 4. Small, Ryerson2.6 
 5. De Ciman, Saskatch.2.4 
 6. Bermillo, Bishop''s2.4 
 7. Kapinga, Calgary2.4 
 8. Mata, Dalhousie2.3 
 9. Masters, UNB2.3 
 10. Beaulieu, Concordia2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane OSAYANDE
  Saskatch.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Osayande, Saskatch.2.5 
 2. Graham, Queen''s2.2 
 3. Oirbans, Winnipeg2.0 
 4. Layton, Mount R.1.8 
 5. Paul, Brandon1.8 
 6. Elgadi, Brock1.6 
 7. Yengue, Laurentian1.6 
 8. Debache, UQAM1.5 
 9. Voll, Ryerson1.5 
 10. James, MacEwan1.5 



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  CHINA  

Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Errick MCCOLLUM
  North C.
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 36.4
 1. McCollum, North C.36.4 
 2. Fredette, Shanghai.36.4 
 3. Brooks, Jiangsu D.36.2 
 4. Franklin, Shanxi Zh.34.5 
 5. Cunningham, Jiang.33.8 
 6. Brown, Jilin NE T.33.6 
 7. Adams, Xinjiang FT33.0 
 8. Hudson, Liaoning H.32.6 
 9. Jones, Qingdao E.30.8 
 10. Warren, Zhejiang.28.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hamed HADDADI
  Sichu.
  (218-C-85)
  Avg: 16.1
 1. Haddadi, Sichu.16.1 
 2. Thomas, Jilin N.16.1 
 3. Thompson, Shandong.14.0 
 4. Blair, Jiangsu TX13.6 
 5. Hickson, Fujian QB13.4 
 6. Sakakini, TianJ.13.4 
 7. Batista, North C.12.9 
 8. Dalembert, Shanxi Z.12.5 
 9. Lampe, Shenzhen L.12.5 
 10. Han, Liaoning H.12.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal FRANKLIN
  Shanxi Zh.
  (196-SG-91)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Franklin, Shanxi Zh.8.7 
 2. Fortson, Guangsha.8.2 
 3. Jeter, TianJin S.7.7 
 4. Pargo, Shenzhen L.7.0 
 5. Sloan, Guangdong ST6.3 
 6. Warren, Zhejiang.6.3 
 7. Buycks, Fujian QB6.2 
 8. Jones, Qingdao E.6.1 
 9. Adams, Xinjiang FT6.1 
 10. Brown, Zhejiang CB5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jamaal FRANKLIN
  Shanxi Zh.
  (196-SG-91)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Franklin, Shanxi Zh.3.5 
 2. Brown, Zhejiang CB2.8 
 3. Sui, Shandong FB2.8 
 4. Blatche, Xinjiang.2.6 
 5. Hudson, Liaoning H.2.5 
 6. Kamrani, Jilin N.2.4 
 7. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.3 
 8. Fortson, Guangsha.2.3 
 9. Cunningham, Jiang.2.2 
 10. Kennedy, Guangzhou2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Yuchen ZOU
  Bayi R.
  (203-F-96)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Zou, Bayi R.2.7 
 2. Zhou, Xinjiang FT2.2 
 3. Dalembert, Shanxi Z.2.0 
 4. Huang, Sichuan BW2.0 
 5. Kirk, Guangzhou1.9 
 6. Haddadi, Sichu.1.9 
 7. Sun, Beijing D.1.8 
 8. Blatche, Xinjiang.1.7 
 9. Yi, Guangdong ST1.6 
 10. Thomas, Jilin N.1.5 


CBA Round 33: No surprise as #1 Shanghai Sharks defeat Bayi Rockets - by Eurobasket News

The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season.

CBA top team - Shanghai Sharks (27-6) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat nineteenth ranked Bayi Rockets (6-27) 98-91. 27 personal fouls committed by Bayi Rockets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. French Guerschon Yabusele (201-95) stepped up and scored 30 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and the former international guard XiaoYu Liu (191-89) chipped in 16 points and 7 assists. The best for the losing side was international forward Yuchen Zou (203-96) with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shanghai Sharks maintains first place with 27-6 record, which they share with Xinjiang FT. Bayi Rockets at the other side keep the nineteenth position with 27 games lost. Shanghai Sharks is looking forward to face Shandong Bulls (#7) in Jinan in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Bayi Rockets will play on the road against Fujian (#15) in Jinjiang and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
An interesting game took place in Jinjiang where higher ranked Qingdao Eagles (15-18) were upset on the court of sixteenth ranked Fujian (10-23) 123-117. American point guard Dwight Buycks (191-89, college: Marquette) nailed a double-double by scoring 49 points (!!!), 13 rebounds and 8 assists for the winning side and Zhelin Wang accounted for 27 points and 20 rebounds. American guard Dominique Jones (193-88, college: S.Florida) came up with a triple-double by scoring 46 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 11 assists for Qingdao Eagles in the defeat. Qingdao Eagles' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fujian moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Zhejiang CB. Qingdao Eagles at the other side keep the twelfth position with 18 games lost. Fujian will play against Bayi Rockets (#19) in Ningbo in the next round. Qingdao Eagles will play at home against Sichuan BW (#9) and hope to get back on the winning track.
9th ranked Sichuan BW (18-15) was outscored at home by second ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (27-6) with the biggest margin this round 108-86 on Wednesday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sichuan BW. The best player for the winners was Andray Blatche who had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 8 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was Hamed Haddadi who recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and 19 rebounds. Sichuan BW's coach XueZeng Yang gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Xinjiang Flying Tige have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Shanghai S. Defending champion Sichuan BW dropped to the eighth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Beijing D.. Xinjiang Flying Tige will meet at home Shanxi Zhongyu (#13) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Sichuan BW will play against Qingdao Eagles (#12) and hope to secure a win.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 33: Beijing D. lost to Shenzhen L. on the opponent's court 85-92. Guangsha L. outscored Guangzhou in a home game 119-100. Shandong FB recorded a loss to Liaoning H. on the road 101-93. Jilin NE T. was defeated by TianJin S. on its own court 126-131. Zhejiang CB was beaten by Jiangsu D. in Nanjing 121-116. Guangdong ST won against North Control B. at home 114-104. Jiangsu TX unfortunately lost to Shanxi Zh. on the opponent's court 114-127.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 25 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists by Courtney Fortson of Guangsha L..

Shenzhen L. - Beijing D. 92-85

Rather expected game in Shenzhen where 8th ranked Beijing Ducks (18-15) were defeated by sixth ranked Leopards (22-12) 92-85 on Wednesday. Leopards outrebounded Beijing Ducks 50-38 including a 39-28 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American point guard Jeremy Pargo (188-86, college: Gonzaga) who scored 33 points (!!!) and 6 assists. Polish-Swedish power forward Maciej Lampe (211-85) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds. Four Leopards players scored in double figures. Leopards' coach Qun Li used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Grant Jerrett (208-93, college: Arizona) who recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and 17 rebounds and the former international forward Xiaochuan Zhai (205-93) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Leopards maintains sixth place with 22-12 record. Loser Beijing Ducks keep the eighth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Sichuan BW. Leopards will meet at home North Control (#17) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Beijing Ducks will play against Jilin Tigers (#14) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Shenzhen L.: P.Jeremy 33+4reb+6ast, L.Maciej 17+16reb+1ast, M.Duo 13+4reb+1ast, L.Muhao 13+9reb, D.Huaibo 7+2reb, G.QuAn 5+3reb+2ast
Beijing D.: J.Grant 29+17reb, Z.Xiaochuan 14+7reb+1ast, S.Yue 9+3reb+5ast, J.Zhe 9+1reb+1ast, F.Shuo 9+2reb+3ast, Z.YanXi 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 514025


Fujian QB - Qingdao E. 123-117

An interesting game took place in Jinjiang where higher ranked Qingdao Eagles (15-18) were upset on the court of sixteenth ranked Fujian (10-23) 123-117. They made 24-of-27 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Fujian outrebounded Qingdao Eagles 53-38 including a 37-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. Qingdao Eagles were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Dwight Buycks (191-89, college: Marquette) nailed a double-double by scoring 49 points (!!!), 13 rebounds and 8 assists for the winning side and international Zhelin Wang (215-94) accounted for 27 points and 20 rebounds. American guard Dominique Jones (193-88, college: S.Florida) came up with a triple-double by scoring 46 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 11 assists and the former international center Wei Su (212-89) added 21 points and 13 rebounds respectively for Qingdao Eagles in the defeat. Four Fujian and five Qingdao Eagles players scored in double figures. Qingdao Eagles' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fujian moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Zhejiang CB. Qingdao Eagles at the other side keep the twelfth position with 18 games lost. Fujian will play against Bayi Rockets (#19) in Ningbo in the next round. Qingdao Eagles will play at home against Sichuan BW (#9) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Fujian QB: B.Dwight 49+13reb+8ast, W.Zhelin 27+20reb+2ast, Y.Yichao 22+7reb+2ast, Z.TaiLong 13+1reb+1ast, G.Lei 7+3reb, C.Linjian 3+3reb+1ast
Qingdao E.: J.Dominique 46+12reb+11ast, S.Wei 21+13reb+1ast, T.JiaFu 20+1reb, Z.Chengyu 13+1reb+1ast, S.Jie 11+2reb+2ast, M.Loukas 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 514031


Guangsha L. - Guangzhou 119-100

Very predictable result in Hangzhou where fourth ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (26-7) smashed bottom-ranked Guangzhou (5-28) 119-100 on Wednesday. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American point guard Courtney Fortson (180-88, college: Arkansas, agency: Three Eye Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists. His fellow American import power forward Elijah Holman (208-89, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 25 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman DJ Kennedy (198-89, college: St.John's) who recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Mingxin Ju (200-93) added 19 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Liaoning H. Guangzhou lost fifth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 28 lost games. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will meet at home Guandong Tigers (#5) in the next round. Guangzhou will play against Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (#16) in Hangzhou and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Guangsha L.: F.Courtney 25+7reb+11ast, H.Elijah 25+8reb+2ast, H.Jinqiu 15+4reb+2ast, Z.Yanhao 14+1reb, S.MingHui 10+1reb+4ast, L.Jinglong 8+2reb+1ast
Guangzhou: K.D.J. 23+11reb+3ast, J.Mingxin 19+7reb+2ast, N.Bahrami Mohammad Samad 17+6reb+5ast, F.Ziming 13+7reb+2ast, Z.Xuhang 12+2reb, Z.Zhun 8+2reb
gschID: 514032


Shanghai S. - Bayi R. 98-91

CBA top team - Shanghai Sharks (27-6) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat nineteenth ranked Bayi Rockets (6-27) 98-91. 27 personal fouls committed by Bayi Rockets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. French Guerschon Yabusele (201-95) stepped up and scored 30 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and the former international guard XiaoYu Liu (191-89) chipped in 16 points and 7 assists. The best for the losing side was international forward Yuchen Zou (203-96) with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and the former international forward Yan Cao (196-91) scored 18 points. Four Shanghai Sharks and five Bayi Rockets players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shanghai Sharks maintains first place with 27-6 record, which they share with Xinjiang FT. Bayi Rockets at the other side keep the nineteenth position with 27 games lost. Shanghai Sharks is looking forward to face Shandong Bulls (#7) in Jinan in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Bayi Rockets will play on the road against Fujian (#15) in Jinjiang and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Shanghai S.: Y.Guerschon 30+8reb, F.Jimmer 20+1reb+2ast, L.XiaoYu 16+3reb+7ast, L.Wei 11+6reb+2ast, C.Liang 6+3reb, Z.ZhaoXu 4+6reb
Bayi R.: Z.Yuchen 23+10reb+1ast, C.Yan 18+4reb+3ast, H.Shuo 14+8reb+2ast, X.ZhongHao 13+9reb+2ast, M.Lei 12+4reb+3ast, S.Azat 5
gschID: 514030


Sichuan BW - Xinjiang FT 86-108

9th ranked Sichuan BW (18-15) was outscored at home by second ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (27-6) with the biggest margin this round 108-86 on Wednesday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sichuan BW. Xinjiang Flying Tige made 26-of-32 free shots (81.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American-Filipino power forward Andray Blatche (211-86) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 8 steals. American-Bulgarian point guard Darius Adams (188-89, college: Indianapolis, agency: Stealth Sport) chipped in 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Iranian center Hamed Haddadi (218-85) who recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and 19 rebounds and the former international point guard Wei Liu (190-80) added 20 points and 4 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sichuan BW's coach XueZeng Yang gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Xinjiang Flying Tige have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Shanghai S. Defending champion Sichuan BW dropped to the eighth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Beijing D.. Xinjiang Flying Tige will meet at home Shanxi Zhongyu (#13) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Sichuan BW will play against Qingdao Eagles (#12) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang FT: B.Andray 23+12reb+4ast, A.Darius 22+8reb+5ast, L.Gen 20+3reb, Y.Changdong 12+8reb+3ast, Z.Qi 11+2reb+1ast, M.Xirelijiang 9+8reb
Sichuan BW: H.Hamed 24+19reb+3ast, L.Wei 20+4reb+4ast, M.Da 17+2reb+3ast, T.Chen 13+2reb+1ast, W.Ruheng 7+4reb+1ast, X.Tao 5+4reb
gschID: 514029


Liaoning H. - Shandong FB 101-93

Not a big story in a game in Yingkou where 7th ranked Shandong Bulls (20-13) were defeated by third ranked Liaoning Hunters (26-7) 101-93 on Wednesday. Liaoning Hunters forced 20 Shandong Bulls turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was American Lester Hudson (190-84, college: Tenn-Martin) who scored 39 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds. International guard JiWei Zhao (185-95) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Jason Thompson (211-86, college: Rider) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 18 rebounds and the other American import point guard Justin Dentmon (183-85, college: Washington) added 25 points respectively. Four Shandong Bulls players scored in double figures. Shandong Bulls' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Liaoning Hunters have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain third place with 26-7 record behind leader Shanghai S., which they share with Guangsha L. Loser Shandong Bulls keep the seventh position with 13 games lost. Liaoning Hunters will meet at home TianJin Steel (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Shandong Bulls will play against the league's leader Shanghai Sharks (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Liaoning H.: H.Lester 39+9reb+2ast, H.Dejun 20+10reb+1ast, Z.JiWei 18+5reb+10ast, G.Ailun 8+5reb+1ast, L.Zhixuan 5+4reb+7ast, R.Shavlik 5+5reb+1ast
Shandong FB: D.Justin 25+2reb, L.JingYu 21+2reb+1ast, T.Jason 16+18reb+2ast, W.Ke 13+5reb+1ast, S.Ran 7+4reb+8ast, T.HanLin 6+5reb
gschID: 514028


Jilin NE T. - TianJin S. 126-131

Everything went according to plan in Changchun where eleventh ranked TianJin Steel (17-17) beat 14th ranked Jilin Tigers (12-21) 131-126 on Wednesday. TianJin Steel looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was American-Ukrainian point guard Eugene Jeter (180-83, college: Portland) who had a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 15 assists and 4 steals. Palestinian center Sani Sakakini (204-88) chipped in a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds. TianJin Steel's coach Rajko Toroman used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Jabari Brown (193-92, college: Missouri) who recorded 43 points (!!!) and 7 assists and the other American import forward Malcolm Thomas (206-88, college: San Diego St.) added 31 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. TianJin Steel maintains eleventh place with 17-17 record. Jilin Tigers lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 21 games lost. TianJin Steel will meet higher ranked Liaoning Hunters (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jilin Tigers will play against Beijing Ducks (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
TianJin S.: S.Sani 39+17reb+3ast, J.Eugene 38+7reb+15ast, T.Jeremy 17+7reb+1ast, L.Rongpei 12+3reb+2ast, L.Tian 11+2reb+2ast, M.XiangLong 8+5reb
Jilin NE T.: B.Jabari 43+4reb+7ast, T.Malcolm 31+9reb+3ast, C.Lilong 15+3reb+1ast, Z.Biao 15+6reb+2ast, C.Jinming 12+5reb+6ast, C.Zhangyi 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 514027


Jiangsu D. - Zhejiang CB 121-116

There was no surprise in Nanjing where 15th ranked Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (10-23) was defeated by tenth ranked Jiangsu Dragons (17-16) 121-116 on Wednesday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Jiangsu Dragons outrebounded Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank 51-35 including a 36-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American swingman MarShon Brooks (196-89, college: Providence) who had a triple-double by scoring 41 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Center Yuanyu Li (206-91) chipped in a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds. Five Jiangsu Dragons players scored in double figures. Jiangsu Dragons' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Willie Warren (193-89, college: Oklahoma) who recorded 39 points (!!!) and the other American import guard Lorenzo Brown (196-90, college: N.Carolina St.) added 29 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Jiangsu Dragons maintains tenth place with 17-16 record. Loser Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank keeps the fifteenth position with 23 games lost. They share it with Fujian QB. Jiangsu Dragons will meet Jiangsu TX (#18) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank will play against Guangzhou and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu D.: B.MarShon 41+11reb+10ast, L.Yuanyu 25+13reb+3ast, Y.Li 20+4reb+3ast, M.Will 13+11reb+1ast, H.XueFeng 10+6reb+4ast, Y.Chang 5
Zhejiang CB: W.Willie 39+3reb+2ast, B.Lorenzo 29+6reb+4ast, W.Qian 14+4reb+4ast, Y.Lu 9+1reb+2ast, L.Junhao 8+4reb+1ast, Z.Yongpeng 7+7reb+2ast
gschID: 514026


Guangdong ST - North Control B. 114-104

No shocking result in a game in Dongguan where fifth ranked Guandong Tigers (25-8) won against 17th ranked North Control (8-25) 114-104 on Wednesday. Guandong Tigers looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by North Control's players. The best player for the winners was American guard Donald Sloan (190-88, college: Texas A&M) who scored 22 points and 5 assists. The former international Jianlian Yi (212-87) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Five Guandong Tigers players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen) who recorded 59 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and Uruguayan-Spanish power forward Esteban Batista (208-83, agency: Duran International) added 18 points and 13 rebounds respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guandong Tigers maintains fifth place with 25-8 record. Loser North Control keeps the seventeenth position with 25 games lost. They share it with Jiangsu TX. Guandong Tigers will meet higher ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. North Control will play against Leopards (#6) in Shenzhen and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Guangdong ST: S.Donald 22+3reb+5ast, Z.FangYu 15+3reb+1ast, Z.Peng 14+1reb, Y.Jianlian 14+6reb+2ast, R.JunFei 11+4reb+6ast, B.Carlos 10+9reb
North Control B.: M.Errick 59+6reb+2ast, B.Esteban 18+13reb+1ast, S.WeiBo 9+4reb+1ast, Y.Liang 8+1reb+1ast, Y.Chin-Min 3, T.Heqi 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 514024


Shanxi Zh. - Jiangsu TX 127-114

Very expected game in Taiyuan where 18th ranked Jiangsu TX (8-25) was defeated by thirteenth ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (14-19) 127-114 on Wednesday. Shanxi Zhongyu made 40-of-44 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. Shanxi Zhongyu outrebounded Jiangsu TX 46-35 including a 38-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Haitian-Canadian center Samuel Dalembert (211-81, college: Seton Hall) who had a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!), 22 rebounds and 4 blocks (went 14 for 14 at the free throw line !!!). Guard LingXu Zeng (193-87) chipped in 25 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Four Shanxi Zhongyu players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Jared Cunningham (193-91, college: Oregon St.) who recorded 39 points (!!!) and 8 steals and Jordanian forward Zaid Abbas (203-83) added 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Shanxi Zhongyu maintains thirteenth place with 14-19 record. Loser Jiangsu TX dropped to the seventeenth position with 25 games lost. They share it with North Control B.. Shanxi Zhongyu will meet league's second-placed Xinjiang Flying Tige in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jiangsu TX will play against Jiangsu Dragons (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Shanxi Zh.: D.Samuel 41+22reb+2ast, W.Lei 29+7reb+2ast, Z.LingXu 25+6reb+9ast, Y.Shuai 11+3reb+1ast, S.Tiangui 9+2reb+2ast, Y.PengFei 6+5reb+1ast
Jiangsu TX: C.Jared 39+2reb+2ast, D.Ikechukwu 29+6reb, A.Zaid 23+9reb+4ast, F.Xin 6+4reb+6ast, Z.CaiBao 6+2reb+2ast, Z.ZhengDong 5+2ast
gschID: 514023





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  COLOMBIA  


TIME FOR ACADEMIA DE LA MONTANA IN THE LIGA DE LAS AMERICAS - by Victor Garcia

Academia de la Montana is already in Ponce , Puerto Rico, to be the Colombian team in the Liga de Las Americas 2017, Academia will face a tough challenge in the Group D against powerful teams like the host Leones de Ponce with a stars loaded roster headed by Carlos Arroyo (188-PG-79, college: FIU, agency: Interperformances) and the american Hakim Warrick (206-F/C-82, college: Syracuse) a NBA and Euroleague experienced forward, Puerto Rico season has not started yet so the game rythm will be an issue of the Leones; Weber Bahia from Argentina with the classic Argentinean school and in great competitive rhythm currently ranked third in the south conference of the argentinean league with a 19-12 record the american big man Anthony Laveal Johnson (203-C-88, college: Fairfield) is their prime player; and the champions of Venezuela the Cocodrilos de Caracas just starting their season and without big americans names but still a threat thanks to the continuity of the process, Cesar Garcia (193-G/F-90, agency: Pro Sports) will be their leader.

The Academia management did a good job and assembled a competitive roster including the core of the Colombian players:

Guards:

Kelvin Pena (193-G-80, college: Southeastern CC, agency: Basket Management Solutions)
Gianluca Bacci (187-G-89)
Simon Granados (182-PG-93)
Gary Diaz (193-G-92)

Forwards:
Michael Jackson (190-G-87)
Jonathan Rodriguez (196-F-87, college: Campbell, agency: DTMones)
Mauricio Montano (188-SF-96)
Juan Fajardo (193-F-96)

Centers:
Kentrell Gransberry (206-C-85, college: S.Florida)
Divier Perez (201-F/C-89)
John Hernandez (207-C-84)
Cristian Arboleda (205-C-91)

Bacci was the last addition replacing Stalin Ortiz who agreed terms with the team but hurt his knee a couple of weeks before the travel, John Hernandez also arrived at last time to replace Michael Hinestroza.

Despite the management efforts , the Academias roster sill has one flaw: the lack of a stretch 4, Hernan Dario Giraldo probably will try to fill the hole using a small ball line up with Jackson as a 4 but will give up size at the defensive end.

Jonathan Rodriguez should be the primary offensive option but Kelvin 'Pollito' Pena and Michael Jackson will provide good support in the scoring.
Academia will play the first game on Friday vs the locals Leones de Ponce.





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  CROATIA  

Standings - A2 League

A2 Standings
Center
 1. Vern 16-2 
 2. Rudes 12-6 
 3. Mladost ZG 11-7 
 4. Bosco 11-7 
 5. Zaprude 10-8 
 6. Agrodalm 10-8 
 7. Zapad 9-9 
 8. Samobor 8-10 
 9. Sesvete 8-10 
 10. Dubrava 7-11 
 11. Maksimir 5-13 
 12. Fortuna 1-17 
East
 1. Belisce 11-3 
 2. Borovo 10-3 
 3. Osjecki Sokol 9-4 
 4. Rekord Tim 8-6 
 5. Zupanja 7-6 
 6. Vukovar 7-7 
 7. Djakovo 7-7 
 8. Pozega 5-9 
 9. Vinkovci 2-11 
 10. VROS Darda 2-12 
North
 1. Podravac Virje 12-2 
 2. Graficar 12-2 
 3. Medjimurje C. 11-3 
 4. Radnik 8-6 
 5. Ivanic 7-7 
 6. Petar Zrinski 7-7 
 7. Mladost D. 7-7 
 8. Ivancica 2-11 
 9. Bjelovar 2-12 
 10. Koprivnica 1-12 
South
 1. Jazine 13-1 
 2. Ribola Kastela 12-1 
 3. Puntamika 10-4 
 4. Diplomus 9-5 
 5. Omis-Cagalj T. 9-5 
 6. Adriatic S. 5-9 
 7. Sukosan 4-9 
 8. Dubrovnik 4-10 
 9. Solin 3-11 
 10. Cetina 0-14 
West
 1. Sanac 15-2 
 2. Istrauni 13-5 
 3. Crikvenica 12-5 
 4. Ghia Staff 12-6 
 5. Labin 11-6 
 6. Kastav 11-7 
 7. Pula 1981 10-7 
 8. Jadranka 7-9 
 9. Stoja Pula 7-11 
 10. Zamet 3-15 
 11. Kraljevica 2-16 
 12. Rovinj 2-16 

Regular Season: Round 19

Center

Feb. 11: Agrodalm - Samobor
Feb. 11: Zapad - Mladost ZG
Feb. 11: Rudes - Zaprude
Feb. 11: Vern - Fortuna
Feb. 11: Maksimir - Bosco
Feb. 11: Dubrava - Sesvete

East

Feb. 11: Osjecki Sokol - Zupanja
Feb. 11: Pozega - Djakovo
Feb. 11: Belisce - Vinkovci
Feb. 11: Borovo - Rekord Tim
Feb. 11: VROS Darda - Vukovar

North

Feb. 11: Ivanic - Radnik
Feb. 11: Bjelovar - Graficar
Feb. 11: Mladost D. - Ivancica
Feb. 11: Podravac Virje - Petar Zrinski
Feb. 11: Medjimurje C. - Koprivnica

South

Feb. 11: Solin - Diplomus
Feb. 11: Omis-Cagalj T. - Cetina
Feb. 11: Dubrovnik - Sukosan
Feb. 11: Puntamika - Jazine
Feb. 11: Ribola Kastela - Adriatic S.

West

Feb. 8: Stoja Pula - Istrauni 76-86
Feb. 8: Ghia Staff - Rovinj 75-56
Feb. 8: Zamet - Sanac 74-76
Feb. 8: Kraljevica - Kastav 72-98
Feb. 11: Zamet - Kraljevica
Feb. 11: Sanac - Stoja Pula
Feb. 11: Istrauni - Ghia Staff
Feb. 11: Rovinj - Labin
Feb. 11: Jadranka - Pula 1981
Feb. 11: Crikvenica - Kastav



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  CZECH REPUBLIC  

1Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Petr SLECHTA
  Sokol Pisek
  (192-G/F-95)
  Avg: 25.1
 1. Slechta, Sokol Pisek25.1 
 2. Svoboda, Nymburk B24.3 
 3. Potocek, Pardubice22.9 
 4. Novak, Olomouc SK22.9 
 5. Peterka, Nymburk B22.8 
 6. Fait, Sokol Pisek19.8 
 7. Sebela, Sokol S.19.3 
 8. Streba, USK P.19.1 
 9. Nehoda, Zlin18.5 
 10. Honomichl, Loko Plzen18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin PETERKA
  Nymburk B
  (205-C-95)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Peterka, Nymburk B12.3 
 2. Novak, Olomouc SK11.0 
 3. Kolonicny, Havirov10.3 
 4. Klimes, Slavoj Litom.10.1 
 5. Pelikan, Novy Jicin9.3 
 6. Kvapil, Opava B9.2 
 7. Voslajer, Zlin9.2 
 8. Bujnoch, Opava B8.8 
 9. Streba, USK P.8.6 
 10. Novak, Vysocina8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jan SOTNAR
  Slavoj L.
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Sotnar, Slavoj L.8.1 
 2. Pulpan, Pardubice6.0 
 3. Jakubu, Novy Jicin5.0 
 4. Klecka, Opava B5.0 
 5. Petric, Pardubice4.9 
 6. Jancik, Havirov4.7 
 7. Pumprla, Zlin4.7 
 8. Kotasek, Nymburk B4.4 
 9. Honomichl, Loko Plzen4.3 
 10. Straznicky, Vysoc.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jiri DEDEK
  Olomouc .
  (190-SG-95)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Dedek, Olomouc .3.6 
 2. Kozina, Zlin2.8 
 3. Rotrekl, Sokol S.2.4 
 4. Potocek, Pardubice2.3 
 5. Nehoda, Zlin2.3 
 6. Branda, Opava B2.2 
 7. Pumprla, Zlin2.1 
 8. Novak, Olomouc SK2.1 
 9. Dragoun, Opava B2.0 
 10. Novak, Vysocina2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Roberts BLUMBERGS
  GBA S.
  (204-F/C-97)
  Avg: 2
 1. Blumbergs, GBA S.2.0 
 2. Skranc, Pardubice1.7 
 3. Kolonicny, Havirov1.7 
 4. Englicky, Sokol Pisek1.3 
 5. Kozak, GBA Sparta1.1 
 6. Szabo, Prostejov B1.1 
 7. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.1 
 8. Goga, Prostejov B1.0 
 9. Kvapil, Opava B0.9 
 10. Vasat, Prostejov B0.9 


Jakub Kasa (ex Wolmirstedt) agreed terms with Nitra - by Eurobasket News

MBK SPU Nitra (SBL) inked 25-year old Czech forward Jakub Kasa (203-100kg-92). He played recently at SBB Baskets Wolmirstedt in German 2.Regionalliga. Kasa also played for Basketball Club Rendsburg (Regionalliga) in German league earlier that season where in only one 2.Regionalliga game he had 4 points and 2 rebounds this season. He also spent pre-season at RW Cuxhaven (Regionalliga) in German league earlier that year. But in four 2.Regionalliga games he recorded just 0.5ppg.
Among other achievements Kasa played in the final of Czech Republic League in 2015. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Czech Republic 1Liga Honorable Mention award in 2016.
Kasa has played also professionally for other Czech Republic teams like BK Decin, BK Lions Hradec, Kara Trutnov, BK Kondori Liberec and BK Prostejov B.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  DENMARK  

Standings - Basketligaen

Ligaen Standings
 1. Horsens IC 18-2 
 2. Bakken 14-3 
 3. Naestved 11-9 
 4. Svendborg 11-10 
 5. Horsholm 9-11 
 6. Randers 9-13 
 7. SISU 8-13 
 8. Stevnsgade 0-19 

Regular Season: Round 22

Feb. 9: SISU - Horsholm 95-80
Feb. 9: Naestved - Svendborg 86-78
Feb. 7: Randers - Bakken 69-103
Feb. 4: Stevnsgade - Horsens IC 63-84

Regular Season: Round 23

Feb. 11: Svendborg - SISU
Feb. 11: Horsholm - Randers
Feb. 12: Horsens IC - Naestved
Feb. 12: Bakken - Stevnsgade


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Devaughn AKOON-PURCELL
  Bakken
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Akoon-P., Bakken21.3 
 2. Burgess, Randers18.6 
 3. Haas, SISU17.8 
 4. Bello, Randers17.6 
 5. Mack, Horsens IC17.5 
 6. McGrew, SI.17.2 
 7. Dominique, Horsholm16.9 
 8. Nielsen, Randers16.9 
 9. Sandager, Stevn.16.4 
 10. Champagnie, Stevn.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanner MCGREW
  SI.
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. McGrew, SI.10.8 
 2. Sane, Naestved9.7 
 3. Champagnie, Stevn.8.8 
 4. Smith, Horsholm8.6 
 5. NaNa, Svendborg7.6 
 6. Baru, SISU7.4 
 7. Moten, Svendborg7.2 
 8. Trist, Horsens IC7.1 
 9. Midtgaard, Horsh.6.9 
 10. Carter, Randers6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Frederik NIELSEN
  Horsholm
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Nielsen, Horsholm6.6 
 2. Burgess, Randers5.8 
 3. Dranginis, SISU4.5 
 4. Gesell, Bakken4.2 
 5. Lanegger, Naestved4.0 
 6. Lundberg, Horse.3.9 
 7. McGrew, SI.3.8 
 8. Mack, Horsens IC3.7 
 9. Nielsen, Randers3.7 
 10. Porta, Svendborg3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Myles MACK
  Horsens IC
  (175-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Mack, Horsens IC2.5 
 2. Bello, Randers2.0 
 3. Burgess, Randers2.0 
 4. Akoon-P., Bakken2.0 
 5. Gesell, Bakken1.9 
 6. Nielsen, Horsholm1.9 
 7. Smith, Horsholm1.8 
 8. Borovcanin, Horse.1.8 
 9. Adjehi, SISU1.7 
 10. Lundberg, Horse.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jyles SMITH
  Horsholm
  (209-PF-92)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Smith, Horsholm1.3 
 2. Sane, Naestved1.2 
 3. Baru, SISU1.1 
 4. Aboubakar Za., Svendbor.1.1 
 5. Diouf, Bakken1.1 
 6. Dranginis, SISU1.0 
 7. Adjehi, SISU1.0 
 8. Colas, Randers1.0 
 9. Christoffers., Bak.0.9 
 10. Moten, Svendborg0.9 



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Standings

D-League Standings
Atlantic Division
 1. Maine RC 21-12 
 2. Delaware 87ers 16-15 
 3. Westchester K. 13-18 
 4. Long Island N. 13-21 
 5. Greensboro S. 11-23 
 6. Erie Bay H. 10-22 
Central Division
 1. Raptors 905 23-9 
 2. Ft.Wayne MA 19-10 
 3. Canton C. 17-14 
 4. Grand Rapids D. 17-17 
 5. Windy City B. 13-17 
Pacific Division
 1. Los Angeles D. 26-7 
 2. Santa Cruz W. 17-14 
 3. N.Arizona S. 14-16 
 4. Reno B. 11-21 
 5. Salt Lake City S. 11-22 
Southwest Division
 1. Oklahoma City B 23-11 
 2. Sioux Falls S. 22-11 
 3. Rio Grande VV 18-14 
 4. Austin S. 15-17 
 5. Texas L. 14-17 
 6. Iowa E. 8-24 

Regular Season: Round 79

Feb. 9: Maine RC - N.Arizona S. 97-91
Feb. 9: Austin S. - Texas L. 115-109
Feb. 9: Iowa E. - Oklahoma City B 111-107
Feb. 9: Erie Bay H. - Reno B. 108-104
Feb. 9: Windy City B. - Raptors 905 104-113

Regular Season: Round 80

Feb. 10: Westchester K. - Maine RC
Feb. 10: Delaware 87ers - Canton C.
Feb. 10: Raptors 905 - Erie Bay H.
Feb. 10: Sioux Falls S. - Rio Grande VV


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.26.4 
 3. Cook, Canton C.25.9 
 4. Blue, Los A.25.4 
 5. Patterson, Reno B.24.0 
 6. Crawford, Grand R.23.2 
 7. Nader, Maine RC22.3 
 8. Murphy, Grand R.22.2 
 9. Holland, Canton C.21.6 
 10. Brown, Erie Bay H.21.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joel BOLOMBOY
  Salt L.
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Bolomboy, Salt L.13.2 
 2. Moreland, Canton C.11.8 
 3. Costello, Iowa E.11.6 
 4. Long, Delaware.11.2 
 5. Benson, Sioux F.10.9 
 6. Onuaku, Rio G.10.3 
 7. Wood, Greensbo.10.0 
 8. McKinnie, Windy C.9.2 
 9. Zimmerman, Erie B.9.1 
 10. Jones, Maine RC9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Magette, Los A.9.4 
 2. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 3. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.6 
 4. Dinwiddie, Windy C.8.1 
 5. McCallum, Grand R.7.4 
 6. Weber, Sioux F.7.3 
 7. VanVleet, Raptors .7.0 
 8. Pressey, Santa C.6.9 
 9. Jackson, Texas L.6.7 
 10. Cook, Canton C.6.5 
Steals Per Game
 Briante WEBER
  Sioux F.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Weber, Sioux F.3.3 
 2. Tokoto, Rio G.2.6 
 3. McCallum, Grand R.2.4 
 4. Harris, Texas L.2.3 
 5. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.3 
 6. Fells, Westches.2.1 
 7. Pressey, Santa C.2.1 
 8. Millsap, N.Arizon.2.0 
 9. Evans, Canton C.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. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.3 
 5. Moreland, Canton C.2.3 
 6. Obekpa, Santa C.2.1 
 7. Diallo, Austin S.2.1 
 8. Acy, Texas L.2.0 
 9. Hammons, Texas L.2.0 
 10. Jones, Santa C.1.9 


Drive dominate third quarter to beat Swarm - by Eurobasket News

The Grand Rapids Drive (17-17) used a great opening to the second half to pull their record back up to .500 against the Greensboro Swarm (11-23) at home on Wednesday night. Heading into the half up by one point, 62-61, they started the second half on a 21-3 run and ran away with a 109-100 win. Grand Rapids won their fifth out of their last six games and handed the Swarm their third consecutive loss. They reached a 20-point lead with that third-quarter run that the Swarm trimmed down to single digits at the end of the game but never seriously threatened. The Drive got contributions from all over the roster, helped by two Detroit Pistons assignees in Henry Ellenson (6'10''-C-97, college: Marquette) and Michael Gbinije (6'7''-F-92, college: Syracuse). Gbinije provided 20 points, 10 rebounds and three steals, while Ellenson had 12 with seven rebounds. Kevin Murphy (6'5''-G-90, college: Tenn Tech) also had 22 points and Jordan Crawford (6'4''-G-88, college: Xavier) scored 20 with eight rebounds. All in all, ten players scored for Grand Rapids. Perry Ellis (6'8''-F-93, college: Kansas) and Rasheed Sulaimon (6'4''-G-94, college: Maryland) each had 18 points for Greensboro and Cheick Diallo had 15 points and 14 rebounds (with all his points and all but two of his rebounds coming in the first half) on assignment from the New Orleans Pelicans. Grand Rapids had one of their best defensive showings in weeks, barely missing holding an opponent under 100 points for the first time since Dec. 30. Greensboro managed just 38 percent from the field while the Drive shot a relatively healthier 43 percent. The Drive also pulled down 58 rebounds, equaling their season high which was set in a double-overtime contest. Chris Horton, making his second start of the season at center, helped with 11 rebounds and four assists in just 22 minutes. The Drive are back in action at home again as they face the Erie BayHawks at the DeltaPlex on Feb. 10 for their next game.
Courtesy of: mlive.com



Charge Fly by Nets - by Eurobasket News

The Canton Charge (17-14), powered by the Cleveland Cavaliers, defeated the Long Island Nets (13-21), 136-116, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon. Canton set a season-high for points in a game with today's output, including most points in any half when they put up 73 in the first. John Holland (6'5''-F/G-88, college: Boston U.) led the onslaught with 37 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals in 39 minutes. Eric Moreland (6'10''-F-91, college: Oregon St.) posted his 16th double-double of the year by netting 24 points on 11-of-15 shooting with 13 rebounds and two steals in 37 minutes. The Charge's Quinn Cook set a franchise record for assists in a game by dishing out 16 to go along with his 28 points and two steals in 40 minutes. Cook broke a mark set during the franchise's first season in 2011-12 when T.J. Campbell had 14 in a double overtime win. Roosevelt Jones (6'4''-F-93, college: Butler) had an all-around effort of 11 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and five steals in 35 minutes. Jonathan Holmes (6'9''-F-92, college: Texas) scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds in 40 minutes as Canton starters accounted for 125 of the team's 136 points. R.J. Hunter (6'6''-G-93, college: Georgia St.) led Long Island with 30 points in 32 minutes. Boris Dallo scored 11 points and dished 10 assists in 36 minutes. Canton took the inaugural season series between the two teams, 3-1, including winning the final three matchups.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Red Claws come back to beat Suns, 97-91 - by Eurobasket News

The walk downstairs at halftime could not have been pleasant for the Maine Red Claws, who knew their less-than-inspired performance would displease their coach, Scott Morrison . Sure, fewer than 200 fans had braved the snowstorm to show up at the Expo. And yes, their D-League all-star guard Marcus Georges-Hunt had departed Wednesday night after receiving a 10-day contract from the Miami Heat. Whatever Morrison said, the Claws came out firing on all cylinders in the second half, overcoming a double-digit deficit to beat the Northern Arizona Suns 97-91 on Thursday night. Ryan Kelly (6'11''-PF-91, college: Duke) scored 32 points to lead the comeback. Jalen Jones (6'7''-G/F-93, college: Texas A&M) contributed 21 points and 15 rebounds. Abdel Nader (6'6''-F-93, college: Iowa St.) (16 points) put the Claws ahead for good on a breakaway dunk midway through the fourth quarter that made it 87-85. Maine (21-12) left by bus for Westchester after the game and will return to the Expo to face Grand Rapids on Sunday afternoon. Northern Arizona dropped to 14-16. 'Coach really fired us up,' Kelly said of Morrison's words at intermission. 'He challenged us to do the dirty work out there, make the extra pass, make the extra box-out, and just do the little things that are necessary to win. They were outworking us there, especially in the second quarter.' The Suns took a 54-41 lead on the strength of a 13-0 run keyed by the outside shooting of Xavier Silas (6'5''-SG-88, college: N.Illinois) and Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, college: UAB). It was 58-48 at the break thanks to a Kelly 3-pointer. 'I can't really repeat much of what I said,' Morrison said after the game. 'Just really disappointed in the guys' effort. There's no excuse when you get outworked. They bullied us. They punked us. They outworked us in the first half and our guys responded by not playing very smart.' Northern Arizona took 13 more shots than Maine in the first half, forcing 10 turnovers and earning a 12-2 advantage in offensive rebounds while shooting 43.8 percent from deep (7 of 16). In the second half, the Claws cut their turnovers in half and allowed the Suns only four offensive rebounds. Northern Arizona made only 1 of 14 shots from beyond the arc. 'In the second half we were tougher and made smarter plays, and played more as a team,' Morrison said. 'It gets a little frustrating at times when it's not technical things that are beating you.' Northern Arizona maintained its lead throughout the third quarter until a late flurry sparked by the newest Claw, point guard Josh Hagins, cut the margin to 78-73 entering the fourth. With Georges-Hunt called up and Demetrius Jackson (6'1''-PG-94, college: Notre Dame) returning to the Celtics, Hagins will have more opportunities, as will Cameron Ayers (6'5''-G-91, college: Bucknell) and Arthur Edwards (6'6''-G, college: Alabama). Jackson had a tough shooting night Thursday (0 of 6 from deep, six points). Edwards hit a 3-pointer that made it 83-83, then bailed out Jones by blocking a shot from behind after Jones' bad pass led to a turnover. 'If we can get him playing consistently,' Morrison said of Edwards, who had six rebounds and three blocks, 'he'll be a key guy for us to finish the season off here.' That block set up Nader's momentum-grabbing dunk, a twisting behind-the-head flush. Two minutes later, closely guarded, Nader drained a 3-pointer for a 90-85 lead. Kelly followed with a one-handed dunk in traffic and a tough bank shot to put the Claws comfortably ahead. 'It's hard not to notice,' Kelly said of the sparse crowd. 'Obviously we appreciate the people who came, but it was going to be hard on a night like (Thursday). We barely made it here so we couldn't expect many fans. 'But you have to block that out. You have to have pride. When you step out on the court, you have to play your best regardless of the situation. That's what professionals do.'
Courtesy of: pressherald.com



Late Steal Grabs BayHawks Win - by Eurobasket News

The Erie BayHawks (10-22) took down the Reno Bighorns (11-21) in the closing minutes tonight, 108-104. After a first quarter that saw the BayHawks grab a two-point lead, Reno went on a 14-0 run midway through the second quarter to pull the BayHawks' lead within two. Erie responded with a 10-0 run of their own to close the half leading 54-42. The Bighorns outscored the BayHawks 33-20 in the third quarter to retake the lead headed to the fourth. The fourth quarter saw 17 lead changes and six ties until Kalin Lucas (6'1''-G-89, college: Michigan St.) hit on a three-pointer to pull ahead by one with :49.9 to play. TJ Price sealed the win on the ensuing inbounds play when he stole the inbounds pass and went full court for an uncontested layup. Lucas led the BayHawks with 24 points on 8-of-17 shooting from the field to go with seven assists and seven rebounds. Price added 17 points and five assists. Stephen Zimmerman (7'0''-F-96, college: UNLV) posted 14 points and eight rebounds while Anthony Brown (6'7''-G/F-92, college: Stanford) notched 15 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Gary Neal (6'4''-G-84, college: Towson) paced the Bighorns with a game-high 27 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the floor. Reggie Hearn (6'4''-G-91, college: Northwestern) had 17 points and six rebounds. Kadeem Jack (6'9''-F-92, college: Rutgers) added 16 points.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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  EUROCUP  


O'Neale's 19 points and 7 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old Royce O'Neale (198-SF-93) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Gran Canaria and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Top 16).
He had the game-high 19 points adding seven rebounds and six assists for Gran Canaria in his team's victory, helping them to crush Fuenlabrada (#3, 2-4) with 24-point margin 100-76. In the team's last game O'Neale had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Royce O'Neale averages this season 10.6ppg and 5.4rpg.

Second best performed player last round was David Logan (185-G-82) of Lietuvos rytas. He is American-Polish guard in his first season at Lietuvos rytas. In the last game Logan recorded impressive 28 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists. It was enough for Lietuvos rytas to edge slightly higher-ranked Zenit (3-3) by 2 points 86-84. Logan is a newcomer at Lietuvos rytas and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.1ppg (#4). He also recorded 5.8 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) of league's second-best Khimky. Shved got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. Despite Shved's great performance Khimky lost 74-96 to #1 ranked B.Muenchen. Shved has a great season in EuroCup. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.5ppg (best scorer). He also has FGP: 58.4% and 3PT: 41.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Maximilian Kleber (207-PF-92) of B.Muenchen - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Amare Stoudemire (208-F/C-82) of Hapoel J-M - 19 points and 9 rebounds
6. Sam Van Rossom (188-PG-86) of Valencia - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Dejan Musli (213-C-91) of Unicaja - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85) of Hapoel J-M - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Sergey Karasev (201-SG-93) of Zenit - 24 points and 6 rebounds
10. DeAndre Kane (193-G-89) of N.Novgorod - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists

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



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  EUROLEAGUE  

Standings

Euroleague Standings
 1 Real Madrid 17-5 
 2 CSKA 16-6 
 3 Olympiacos 15-6 
 4 Fenerbahce 14-7 
 5 Panathinaikos 13-9 
 6 Crvena Zvezda 12-10 
 7 Baskonia 12-10 
 8 Anadolu Efes 11-11 
 9 Darussafaka 10-11 
 10 Zalgiris 9-12 
 11 FC Barcelona 8-13 
 12 Brose Bask. 8-14 
 13 Maccabi T-A 8-14 
 14 Unics 7-15 
 15 EA7 Armani 7-15 
 16 Galatasaray 6-15 

Regular Season: Round 22

Feb. 9: Anadolu Efes - EA7 Armani 90-86
Feb. 9: Maccabi T-A - Baskonia 85-84
Feb. 9: Panathinaikos - Brose Bask. 81-72
Feb. 9: Unics - Real Madrid 77-81
Feb. 9: CSKA - Crvena Zvezda 102-80
Feb. 10: Darussafaka - Fenerbahce
Feb. 10: FC Barcelona - Galatasaray
Feb. 10: Olympiacos - Zalgiris


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Unics
  (193-SG-83)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Langford, Unics22.3 
 2. De-Colo, CS.19.5 
 3. Goudelock, Maccabi .17.3 
 4. Teodosic, CSKA16.8 
 5. Llull, Real Madrid16.6 
 6. Wanamaker, Darussaf.15.2 
 7. Rice, FC Barcelona14.6 
 8. James, Panathin.14.2 
 9. Heurtel, Anadolu .13.8 
 10. Sanders, EA7 A.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicolo MELLI
  Brose Bask.
  (205-PF-91)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Melli, Brose Bask.7.8 
 2. Udoh, Fenerbahce7.7 
 3. Kuzmic, Crvena Z.7.7 
 4. Honeycutt, Anadolu .7.6 
 5. Voigtmann, Basko.7.5 
 6. Birch, Olympiacos6.8 
 7. Dorsey, FC Barce.6.3 
 8. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.1 
 9. Brown, Anadolu .6.0 
 10. Dunston, Anadolu .5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  CSKA
  (195-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Teodosic, CSKA7.4 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiacos6.4 
 3. Llull, Real Madrid6.0 
 4. Calathes, Panathin.5.9 
 5. Larkin, Baskonia5.9 
 6. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.8 
 7. Guler, Galatasaray5.7 
 8. Heurtel, Anadolu .5.7 
 9. Colom, Unics5.6 
 10. Westermann, Zalgiris5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Charles JENKINS
  Crvena Z.
  (191-SG-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jenkins, Crvena Z.2.0 
 2. Calathes, Panathin.1.7 
 3. Wilbekin, Darussafaka1.5 
 4. Larkin, Baskonia1.5 
 5. Wanamaker, Darussaf.1.4 
 6. Fernandez, Real M.1.3 
 7. Jovic, Crvena Z.1.2 
 8. Vesely, Fenerbahce1.2 
 9. Honeycutt, Anadolu .1.2 
 10. Hanga, Baskonia1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce2.1 
 2. Tyus, Galatasaray1.5 
 3. Parakhouski, Unics1.4 
 4. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.2 
 5. Randolph, Real Madrid1.1 
 6. Honeycutt, Anadolu .1.1 
 7. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 8. Theis, Brose Bask.1.0 
 9. Singleton, Panathin.1.0 
 10. Kirk, Anadolu Efes1.0 


2016-17 Euroleague Power Rankings (by Hoopfellas.gr) - by Dimitris Katsionis

We are over the 2/3 of the season and greek-based Hoopfellas.gr presents the fourth edition of this year's Power Rankings for the Euroleague, comments and evaluates the dynamics of the 16 gladiators…

http://www.hoopfellas.gr/en/

This is the 4th edition of the Power Rankings, before we get to the final matches of the regular season. Everything is still open. Let's begin our evaluation as an introduction to our discussion.

It is not a coincidence that the top four teams of the standings and the Power Rankings are teams that have invested for years in the same core players and coach, in order to run their projects.

1. Real Madrid (16-5)

In Hoopfellas Power Rankings 3: 2

Offensive Rating-Defensive Rating: 118.6-109.2

Pace: 72.9

Was it 'karmic' to see them in the first place, or maybe natural in the way things are going? Possibly the second… Donsic, the magician, and Caroll coming from behind in the backcourt, Real may outscore anyone, even at nights where their (improved this year) defense in not well. This is the difference from their main competitors (TOP-4). Lasso (he is good after all, isn't he…?) has been working for years in the same model (high tempo, efficient offense, low mistake basketball, balance basketball) and this year he has found the golden ratio with a really good team. Real has a relatively good game schedule and its greatest difficulties are in their two trips to Athens and the home game against Fener.

2. CSKA Moscow (15-6)

In Hoopfellas PR 3: 1

ORT-DRT: 117.4-108.4

Pace: 73.7

The champions cannot circulate the ball in the way they used to until now and this directly affects their performance, as it was the 'artillery' of their offensive philosophy and was able to produce the 'goods'. In six matches versus Fener (2), Anadolu, Crvena Zvezda, Real Madrid and Zalgiris, the 'Bear' had 40/142 three-pointers (32.2%) and 1 turnover for each assist (AST/TO ratio) which led to Brose stealing the title for the best Shooting Team of the competition. As a result of this weakness, important players, such as Fridzon, are nowhere to be found, and with them the ability of the team to outscore any opponent, anywhere. When talking about a team that plays at the highest Pace, this inefficient offensive nature is 'poison'. Coach Itoudis faces a great challenge.

3. Olympiakos (15-6)
In Hoopfellas PR 3: 3

ORT-DRT: 111.4-104.0

Pace: 71.5

The good work of last summer is now showing and the Reds needed their role players to up their game in order to support what they have built so far and to protect their team from the wave of injuries. Olympiacos came together after the loss at Mediolanum and relied on their defence and homogeneity, which show health, and is largely the work of coach Sfairopoulos, who knows his roster and develops properly within it. Mantzaris (8.5 points, 10/15 three-pointers in the last 4 matches), Milutinov and (of course) Papanikolaou are improving their performances. They are missing Hackett's personality, but Olympiacos has won 10 out of the last 12 games, even though their offense does not have alternative sources of creation and has the lowest Assisted FG percentage (52.4) in the league. This is what counts in games that can't be completely controlled by your defence…

4. Fenerbahce (14-7)
In Hoopfellas PR3:

ORT-DRT: 112.2-109.2

Pace: 69.2

Following the usual and timelessly beloved period of complaints and concerns, we are AGAIN at the point where Zoc has brought things where he wants and is in an advantageous position. Suddenly, we all found out that with Bogdanovic on the court, the Turks are another team altogether, which we had pointed out in our discussion from day 1 of his absence. The Serbian player's importance in the function of their offence was evident in the game against CSKA, where he unlocked a well-positioned defence with his playmaking, in a night where he only had 2/11 shots. Bogdanovic and Datome are two Close Out offense killers, which is a basic ingredient of his team; at the same time, their offense is really efficient, as Bogdanovic significally decompresses their guards. Fener is currently a very strong contender for a place in the top 3, as they are 2-0 against CSKA and will be playing against Olympiacos at home on the 23rd of this month.

5. Panathinaikos: (12-9)

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In the last Hoopfellas PR: 5 (tie)

ORT-DTR: 109.2-106.5

Pace: 69.5

It is very important that Panathinaikos was left standing in a very hard time in the season, where the problems could have broken them down (important players being out of form, injuries). Pascual resorted to more practical methods, which he could read better and embraced the low mistake basketball he has brought to the 'Clover', by lowering the tempo and bringing forward the trio of James-Rivers-Singleton. This is one of the reasons for the Greens' offense remaining inefficient and the rest of the players not being easily involved in it. However, this is also the reason why Panathinaikos survived by protecting their home court. This direction cannot take you far away, although Gist's return and Calathes' comeback (which are interconnected, Gist's presence, IF he is in good shape, will be able to help many players that are not performing well at the time) may bring a power shift. A non-stop-motor backcourt of Calathes-James is a spring dream for which everyone at OAKA is praying.

-Crvena Zvezda (12-9)

In last Hoopfellas PR: 11

ORT-DTR: 105.4-103.4

Pace: 70.9

Now is the time for Crvena Zvedza to show their true colours. The bad night is here and the stardust has cleared in the Aleksandar Nikolic Arena together with the magic wands that the team was holding for their impressive 7-0 record. However, the work done by Radonic has deeper roots. Jovic is 'deactivated' ('the strongest muscle when under pressure is the brain', don't forget) the Serbian offence seems more easily read at this level, less intelligent and interactive, although they still have the best defence in the competition and are still very effective in rebounding; also, their low mistake basketball will help them in the race for the top-8.

7. Baskonia:12-9
In last Hoopfellas PR: 5

ORT-DTR: 110.2-108.3

Pace: 73.0

Sengelia's absence has proved very costly for Baskonia, who are seeking their lost balance in their game. The 25 year old Georgian was a point of reference for the Basques' offence, who, without his Post/Face up game and his ability to put the ball on the court (which would help them score when they would be stuck) show another team and they are looking to divide Sengelia's plays among other players (1-3 since his injury)

8. Anadolu Efes (10-11)
In the last Hoopfellas PR: 9 (tie)

ORT-DTR:112.8-112.9

Pace: 73.1

Anadolu had a great away win that boosts your morale and one that every team outside the top4 are dreaming of, by winning at Belgrade (where everyone has lost) and getting themselves in the top 8. It is obvious that Perasovic's team plays better, mainly due to the minor-but still noticeable- improvement of their defence, which had been their Achilles' heel so far. In the last 5 matches, Heurtel has 17.2 points and 59.4% in two pointers. The Turks have a good game schedule. They should try to become more efficient in their offence and move forward by building on their small improvement on defence.

9. Zalgiris (9-12)
In the last Hoopfellas PR: 12

ORT-DTR: 112.2-115.2

Pace: 70.2

Zalgiris' fundamental style has fascinated the true connoisseurs of basketball. The way they thoroughly set up their screens, the use of the basics for securing the rebounds (No1 in the competition) and the cooperation offense (No 2 in the competition with 66.4% Assisted FG!) with which they try to circumvent the lack of star quality is just excellent. However, their defence needs to improve. The next four matches will be difficult for them and they will probably not be as high in our next PR. Maybe not… No one is above the sport itself, and Zalgiris is truly playing it.

10. Darussafaka (10-11)
In the last Hoopfellas PR: 7

ORT-DTR: 112.1-112.3

Pace: 70.8

From a potential Dark Horse of the second half of the season, after obtaining Zizic, Darussafaka looks like a 'desperate housewife'. Wilbekin's abscence and all that the former Gator brought to his team's game, both in offence and defence, have cut the team in the middle. Blatt currently has no guards to control the games and the loss at Lombardy makes this evident. Just think how important this guard was in a team that relied very much on personal plays and 2/2 cooperation plays. Blatt is currently facing (possibly Itoudis too) the greatest challenge for his team's comeback.

-Brose Baskets (8-13)

In the last Hoopfellas PR: 8

ORT-DTR: 113.1-112.7

Pace: 70.4

Brose missed their great chance at Kazan to enter the race for the top 8, especially in this period where they are really in great shape. I personally think that their total performance and game quality deserve the eight place, although in many games they were lacking the rquired cynicism in closing. They now need two very hard away wins (Athens, Belgrade, Anadolu) in order to stay alive for the battle, given that they will be closing the regular season with 4 out of 5 matches at their home… Janis Strelnieks has 14.6 points and 56.7% in three pointers (with 5.3 shots), 4.1 assists and only 1.1 turnovers in the last 7 games. Beware…

12. Barcelona (8-13)
In the last Hoopfellas PR: 9

ORT-DTR: 106.0-110.9

Pace: 68.8

Barcelona is just 2 wins away from eight place, but based on their performance this looks so far away. The Catalans have a great offensive problem (even though they are producing cooperations), they often turn the ball over (that makes it even more difficult to find their rhythm, which shows that they have not all worked together for the required time) and are soft in the paint. Bartsokas is signing Munford for the '2' position and he will try to push in the upcoming four matches (Galata, Milan, Uniks three of them). Barcelona has 5 losses in the last 6 games…

13. Unics Kazan (7-14)
In the last Hoopfellas PR: 14

ORT-DTR: 109.7-115.9

Pace: 69.8

Without Colom and with Ponkrashov not yet back from his injury, Uniks can not follow the pace of Euroleague teams. Coach Pashutin plays Voronov at the '1' position, and I probably should stop commenting here. Stoll is not up to the task and the absence of a proper '1' and playmaking has affected the rest of the players. Even the Ninja, Keith Langford, has not scored more than 16 points in three consecutive matches. It's never been heard of…

14. EA7 (7-21)
In the last Hoopfellas PR:16

ORT-DTR: 112.0-119.7

Pace: 73.5

The fact that EA7 showed signs of life in the last 4 matches is important for the structure of the new Euroleague and the success of the project in general. Just think about it… A team with 10 consecutive defeats (and absent defence mechanisms) found their way into fighting and won 3/4 games (they fought and lost at Madrid). EA7 will remain at the bottom of the standings, but it is important to maintain this mentality and morale in order to remain competitive until the end…

-Galatasaray (6-15)

In the last Hoopfellas PR: 15

ORT-DTR: 111.0-117.5

Pace: 71.9

Really, now… For Galatasarai's roster their record and the last place is degrading. They have the firepower and a real home court. What they don't have is the proper mentality. However, they made an effort in the last five games. Guler has either Greek or Serbian ancestors. This is the only way to explain…

16. Maccabi Tel Aviv (7-14)

In the last Hoopfellas PR: 13

ORT-DTR: 106.4-113.7

Pace: 72.8

No other team has lost 10 out of 12 matches. And yet, the result is even worse. Maccabi has reached rock bottom. Zero…At all levels. The constant fines and Weems' release show what Bagatskis has had to face since he joined the team. The problem is so much deeper…

- See more at: http://www.hoopfellas.gr/en/2017/02/08/2016-17-hoopfellas-euroleague-power-rankings-4-2/#sthash.dpLJUJqD.dpuf



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  FINLAND  

Standings - Division I

1st Standings
Division A
 1. Lahti 17-4 
 2. Espoo United 15-5 
 3. ToPo 12-8 
 4. Oulun NMKY 11-8 
 5. Jyvaskyla BA 10-9 
 6. Porvoon Tarmo 8-11 
 7. FoKoPo 8-12 
 8. Jarvenpaa 7-13 
 9. HBA-Marsky 6-13 
 10. Pyrinto II 4-15 
Division B
 1. TuNMKY 15-4 
 2. PuHu Juniorit 14-4 
 3. Ura Basket 14-5 
 4. Espoo Basket 13-6 
 5. Korikouvot 12-6 
 6. Raholan Pyrkiva 11-7 
 7. HyPo 9-8 
 8. HNMKY U23 8-11 
 9. Karkkila 6-12 
 10. PeU-Basket 6-13 
 11. Munkkiniemen 5-13 
 12. JyWe 4-14 
 13. Namika Lr 2-16 

Regular Season: Round 18

Division A

Feb. 9: HBA-Marsky - Jyvaskyla BA 67-51
Feb. 11: Porvoon Tarmo - Oulun NMKY
Feb. 12: Jyvaskyla BA - Espoo United
Feb. 12: FoKoPo - ToPo
Feb. 12: Jarvenpaa - Porvoon Tarmo
Feb. 12: Lahti - Oulun NMKY

Division B

Feb. 10: Raholan Pyrkiva - Munkkiniemen
Feb. 10: JyWe - HyPo
Feb. 10: Karkkila - Namika Lr
Feb. 10: HNMKY U23 - TuNMKY
Feb. 10: PeU-Basket - Korikouvot
Feb. 10: Espoo Basket - PuHu Juniorit
Feb. 12: Ura Basket - Munkkiniemen
Feb. 12: Namika Lr - JyWe
Feb. 12: HyPo - Raholan Pyrkiva
Feb. 12: Korikouvot - Espoo Basket
Feb. 12: PuHu Juniorit - HNMKY U23
Feb. 12: TuNMKY - Karkkila


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 De''Andre UPCHURCH
  HyPo
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 36.3
 1. Upchurch, HyPo36.3 
 2. Moultrie, PuHu J.28.3 
 3. Rasi, Raholan Pyrkiva24.6 
 4. Maxhuni, HBA-M.24.3 
 5. Heinonen, Munkkini.23.6 
 6. Vinson, Pyrinto II23.5 
 7. Cartharn, Espoo B.23.5 
 8. Daniels, PeU-Basket23.1 
 9. Jones, Oulun N.22.9 
 10. Clark, Porvoon .22.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.16.7 
 2. Daniels, PeU-Basket13.7 
 3. Jallow, Jarvenpaa13.3 
 4. Harvey, Oulun N.12.8 
 5. Harris, Ura Basket12.1 
 6. Towa, Jarvenpaa11.6 
 7. Stahl, Oulun N.11.1 
 8. Flemings, FoKoPo11.1 
 9. Knihtinen, Korikouvot10.9 
 10. Blomqvist, HyPo10.7 
Assists Per Game
 Janne KINNUNEN
  Karkkila
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Kinnunen, Karkkila6.7 
 2. Salonen, Porvoon .5.6 
 3. Kantonen, Korik.5.4 
 4. Upchurch, HyPo5.2 
 5. Ivey, Espoo United5.0 
 6. Innamaa, TuNM.4.7 
 7. Ikavalko, Lahti4.4 
 8. Kantonen, JyWe4.2 
 9. Kilpinen, Pyrin.4.2 
 10. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Reginald BRATTON
  Namika Lr
  (193-G/F-86)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Bratton, Namika Lr3.2 
 2. Upchurch, HyPo2.8 
 3. Cartharn, Espoo B.2.7 
 4. Gouch, Espoo Basket2.6 
 5. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.3 
 6. Heinonen, Munkkini.2.3 
 7. Moore, ToPo2.3 
 8. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.2.2 
 9. Ceesay, Espoo B.2.2 
 10. Kuusisto, ToPo2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.0 
 2. Reed, FoKoPo1.5 
 3. Harvey, Oulun N.1.5 
 4. Sandberg, TuNM.1.4 
 5. Ekimov, JyWe1.4 
 6. Fields, Lahti1.4 
 7. Rainamaa, PuHu J.1.4 
 8. Polla, HBA-Marsky1.2 
 9. Harris, Ura Basket1.1 
 10. Jallow, Jarvenpaa1.0 



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  FRANCE  


Radulovic's 24 points and 9 rebounds give him NM1 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

33-year old center Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for Vitre and receives a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had the game-high 24 points adding nine rebounds and four assists for Vitre in his team's victory, helping them to beat Lorient (#17, 8-14) 80-75. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Vitre is placed at 11th position in French NM1. Vitre 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 10-12 record. In the team's last game Radulovic had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Aleksandar Radulovic averages this season 11.1ppg and 5.3rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Demarco Cox (203-C-90) of Challans. He is American center in his first season at Challans. In the last game Cox recorded impressive 21 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Challans lost that game 83-91 to slightly higher-ranked Gries/Oberhoffen (9-13). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Challans dropped in the standings to 14th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-13 record. Cox is a newcomer at Challans and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Jerrold Brooks (183-PG-91, agency: Interperformances) of ALS Basket (#8). Brooks showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, six rebounds and seven assists in the last round. He was a key player of ALS Basket, leading his team to a 78-69 win against the lower-ranked Rennes (#12, 10-12). ALS Basket needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 11 lost games. Brooks has a great season in France. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.8ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Xane d'Almeida (181-PG-83) of Lourdes - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 13 assists
5. Steffon Bradford (198-F/C-77) of St Vallier - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Will Felder (201-F-91) of RAC Basket - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Daviin Davis (193-G/F-85) of Rennes - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Jourdan Demuynck (198-G-90) of Lourdes - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
9. B.J. Monteiro (196-F/G-90) of Caen - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists
10. Michael Craion (195-F-89) of Lorient - 20 points, 8 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)



Kurt Looby (ex Anwil) is a newcomer at Vichy Clermont - by Eurobasket News

Jean D'Arc Vichy Clermont Metropole (ProB) strengthened their roster with addition of 33-year old Antiguan international center Kurt Looby (210-109kg-84, college: Iowa, agency: Court Side). He played most recently at Anwil in Polish PLK league, but left the team in Nov.'15. In two games he recorded just 2.0ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.5bpg last season.
The previous (14-15) season Looby played at Panelefsiniakos in Greek A1 where in 16 games he averaged 8.9ppg and 8.7rpg (#3 in the league).
In 2008 he was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League) in third round (44th overall).
Looby attended University of Iowa. It is his ninth season in pro basketball.
He received All-D-League Honorable Mention award back in 2009.
Looby also represented Antigua at the CBC Championships in Tortola (British Virgin Islands) two years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: 5.8ppg, Reb-5 (8.7rpg), 1.2apg, 1.3spg, Blocks-4 (2.7bpg), FGP: 38.9%, FT: 36.8%.
Looby is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in five different countries. Looby has played previously professionally also in Germany (EnBW Ludwigsburg and Telekom Baskets), Puerto Rico (Vaqueros, Caciques and Mets), Greece (Peristeri GS Athens) and D-League (N.Mexico T. and Maine Red Claws).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GEORGIA  

Standings - Reserve League

A League Standings
 1. DELTA 3-0 
 2. Hyundai-TSU 2-1 
 3. Arena-76 2-1 
 4. BC Titebi 2-1 
 5. SEU Tbilisi 0-3 
 6. Tskaltubo 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 3

Feb. 7: Tskaltubo - DELTA 85-87
Feb. 9: Hyundai-TSU - BC Titebi 77-71
Feb. 9: SEU Tbilisi - Arena-76 70-83

Regular Season: Round 4

Feb. 14: Tskaltubo - SEU Tbilisi
Feb. 14: DELTA - BC Titebi
Feb. 15: Arena-76 - Hyundai-TSU



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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Chris ALEXANDER
  ETB W.
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Alexander, ETB W.19.6 
 2. Williams, Kirchheim19.4 
 3. Pinkins, Hanau18.5 
 4. Watkins, Nuernberg18.3 
 5. Nikolic, Baunach18.1 
 6. Kerusch, MBC17.4 
 7. Holt, Dresden16.4 
 8. Warren, MBC16.1 
 9. Spearman, Trier15.8 
 10. Robertson, Koeln R.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leon KRATZER
  Baunach
  (210-C-97)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Kratzer, Baunach12.8 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau9.7 
 3. Oppland, Nuernberg8.5 
 4. Jahn, Ehingen8.4 
 5. Thompson, ETB W.8.0 
 6. Wolf, Hamburg7.3 
 7. Lawson, Chemnitz7.3 
 8. Sturner, Dresden7.2 
 9. Williams, Kirchheim6.8 
 10. Wild, Hanau6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksej NIKOLIC
  Baunach
  (191-PG-95)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Nikolic, Baunach6.9 
 2. Love, Kirchheim6.1 
 3. Moore, Ehingen5.8 
 4. Carter, Chemnitz5.5 
 5. Hatten, MBC5.4 
 6. Watkins, Nuernberg5.4 
 7. Williams, Koeln R.5.3 
 8. Adams, Uni Baskets5.2 
 9. Schmitz, Trier5.2 
 10. Vest, Uni Baskets5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Carrington LOVE
  Kirchheim
  (186-G-94)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Love, Kirchheim2.9 
 2. Hatten, MBC2.6 
 3. Adams, Uni Baskets2.5 
 4. White, Heidelberg2.5 
 5. Carter, Chemnitz2.2 
 6. Tiggs, Crailsheim2.1 
 7. Watkins, Nuernberg2.0 
 8. Vest, Uni Baskets1.9 
 9. Dunn, Crailsheim1.8 
 10. Hewitt, Koeln R.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Oettinge.
  (206-PF-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Muldrow, Oettinge.2.8 
 2. Pressley, Dresden2.0 
 3. White, Heidelberg1.6 
 4. Kratzer, Baunach1.6 
 5. King, Koeln R.1.4 
 6. Keppeler, Baunach1.3 
 7. van, Trier1.3 
 8. Grim, Uni Baskets1.3 
 9. Fraser, Ehingen1.1 
 10. Heinzmann, Koeln R.1.1 


Mike Morrison Explodes For 35 Owning The Paint Leading The Fraport Skyliners To 90-80 Champions League Win Over Pinar Karsiyaka - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Many Boston Celtic fans will remember the date May 22nd 1988 probably not as much as February 5th, 2017 like New England Patriots fans, but for AJ English senior who had finished his sophomore season at Virginia Union might have caught the legendary playoff game between the Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks where Boston won 118-116. Fans witnessed the fourth quarter sniper attack between legends Larry Bird and Dominque Wilkins who combined for 34 points. It was a display of scoring magic and abilities that would never be repeated again between two players in such an important setting, but amazing individual scoring masterpieces have been on the menu currently in the NBA as Isaiah Thomas can soon warrant a patent on fourth quarter magic while guys like Lebron James and Steph Curry do it on a regular basis. These feats do happen in European basketball, but not as frequently, but last weekend it happened in Munich as AJ English's potent scoring was lost in the aftermath of an embarrassing 95-70 Fraport Skyliners loss. English eclipsed the 20 points of Bird form 1988 and scored all of his teams 22 points in the fourth quarter like a slithering snake waiting to bite every time he got the ball and the only thing missing was having an opponent who also shot out the lights on a regular basis like he did. This shooting performance probably won't be remembered very long simply because it wasn't a close game, but English surely won't forget that he got his first loss in a Fraport Skyliners jersey as he had been perfect 8-0 going into the contest. However, English was able to go into the Champions League playoffs against Pinar Karsiyaka with confidence as he was still perfect in this competition at 4-0 and had scored in double figures in each game averaging 17,3ppg, 4,0rpg and 2,5apg. English was looking to have his slithering snake instincts again for the basket and stayed perfect in the competition and scored in double figures again with 10 points, but this night belonged to a player that isn't known for his scoring power, but Mike Morrison exploded owning the paint and scored a career high 35 points eclipsing his two other best marks of 28 points in Finland and Cyprus leading the Fraport Skyliners to an important 90-80 win over Pinar Karsiyaka. The big man always plays with a lot of energy, but on this night, he was a man playing against boys in the paint as it was his own domain. After the big win, Morrison was surrounded by a swarm of journalists, but the big man from St Petersburg, Florida handled the hoopla with grace and as always had an eloquent tongue while describing his unexpected burst of scoring. 'My teammates did a good job on the pick and roll finding me a lot. I am focused on being consistent and not getting caught up with the highs and the lows', smiled ex George Mason center Mike Morrison (206-F-89, college: George Mason, agency: Interperformances) Morrison finished with 35 points, seven rebounds, three assists and shot at a very high rate at 88% going 15/17. For his teammates of many years like Quantez Robertson, having a big game like this wasn't surprising. 'Mike had a very good week of practice and he is always very motivated to play. Tonight we got him going early and it carried all the way until the end. He got some easy put back dunks and moved well on the blocks to get into good position to score', added ex Auburn guard Quantez Robertson. For new Skyliner scoring sensation from Iona AJ English seeing the big man own the paint all night long also wasn't surprising as he has seen in a short time what he can do on the floor. 'Mike is more than capable to have nights like this. I think that they were focusing more on our guards, so coach told us to go inside to Mike more. I think that he belongs in the NBA', smiled AJ English. Even his ex teammates were thinking about him and had to get their two cents worth of jokes in. 'Mike was a beast tonight. Aaron Doornekamp called me two minutes after the game was over and asked me if Mike Morrison's stats were correct', added Fraport Skyliners head coach Gordon Herbert.

The Fraport Skyliners will return back to Turkey in two weeks and try to wrap up the playoffs series not allowing Pinar Karsiyaka of scoring more than ten points. The Fraport Skyliners played a solid first half, but had their problems with keeping the Turkish team under wraps as they were able to get too many easy baskets and bitter turnovers also didn't help their game. However in the second half, they picked up their defense and got more support on the offensive end keeping up their consistency despite Pinar Karsiyaka getting a potent effort from American guard J' Covan Brown dropping 29 points. Ex Fraport Skyliner Jordan Theodore may have gone to Seton Hall just down the street from Iona where AJ English went, but both players speak the same language and both use a term in Frankfurt that continues to live on. 'The key to the win was playing defense, getting the key rebounds and just playing Skyliner basketball', added AJ English. Every time the Fraport Skyliners won last year, Theodore would utter the phrase Skyliner basketball at least once after a win. Pinar Karsiyaka played a superb first round in the competition having a 9-3 record and came into the playoffs as the slight favorite and at the break looked like they had good chances to win, but in the second half, they were unable to keep the Frankfurt offense under wraps and couldn't execute in explosive style in crunch time to make the game more exciting. 'Frankfurt played well and they are very well coached and very disciplined. We were in control in the first half, but had our lapses in the second half. However this series has 80 minutes and we will go back and review the game and come back in two weeks at home', stressed 28 year old ex Stanford (NCAA) forward Josh Owens. 'Both teams played very hard and we gave it our all, but they still scored 80 points, but we also played very well offensively', added Mike Morrison

The Fraport Skyliner arena was unexpectedly very loud at an international club game as hundreds of Turkish fans were in the stands supporting their team as it is always amazing to witness just how big that community is in Frankfurt. The Fraport Skyliners didn't get irritated by the Turkish support and sped off to a lightening start leading 10-2 in the first few minutes. Mike Morrison got on fire quickly scoring eight of Frankfurt's 10 points making a left handed hook shot, two handed throw down and two tip in dunks. Frankfurt's zone was causing turmoil for the opponents offense and their strong defense led to easy buckets. However it is only a matter of time before a scoring machine like Pinar Karsiyaka get going as they rebounded going on a 11-4 run to suddenly be trailing Frankfurt only 14-13. In the run, the Turkish side got important support from their Americans as Owens made a lay up, ex Texas (NCAA) guard Brown made a sweet fade away and ex NBA player Dajuan Summers used his rugged body to score easily in traffic. Both teams would battle back and forth until the end of the first quarter, but Frankfurt would have the slight 21-20 lead. Frankfurt got key buckets from English who dropped a trey and made a floater while Morrison finished with 10 points. It would have been difficult to pick which Morrison basket in the first quarter was more prettier as each could have been a winner on ESPN, but his last one might have won as he made a powering alley-oop suff as English made a beautiful flick up to the rim. 'It was a great quarter for Morrison. He is a great player. His teammates found him many times and he was always in the right spot', stressed Fraport Skyliner young German giant Daniel Mayr. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 53% from the field and 33% from outside while Pinar Karsiyaka was shooting 70% from the field and 100% from outside. Frankfurt had the 8-4 rebound edge and had five turnovers while Pinar Karsiyaka had six turnovers.

The second quarter was a quarter of runs, but Pinar Karsiyaka were able to get into halftime better having the 41-36 advantage after 20 minutes. The Turkish squad came out roaring in the second quarter going on a quick 6-0 run to lead 26-21. In the run, it was Josh Owens who scored three consecutive times as he controlled the offensive glasses making two put backs and making a hard dunk on the pick and roll pass from Brown. Frankfurt came back going on a 7-0 run to grab back the lead 28-26 as Morrison was back to his old self staying aggressive and putting everything away that was near the rim connecting twice and ex Nebraska forward Shavon Shields who had been more of a distributor than finisher up to that point displayed his top one on one skills blowing by the Turkish defense and making an easy lay in. Then there would be three lead changes as Brown nailed a three pointer, Morrison made a difficult tip in after getting a tough pass from English and Owens made a tip in as Frankfurt trailed 31-30. Pinar Karsiyaka would hold the lead until halftime as Brown was a one man wrecking crew scoring eight of their last ten points. He drilled home two three's and also used his extreme quickness getting to the hole in Dashaun Wood manner back in the day when he was the BBL's MVP in 2011 with Frankfurt. Frankfurt got production from Shields connecting from the free throw line and making a fade away jumper while English hit a three. Owens closed out the second quarter with a dunk. 'We didn't defend badly. They hit many contested shots and there isn't too much that you can do when that happens. We let Josh Owens get too many offensive rebounds and put backs', added ex Science City Jena center Daniel Mayr. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 48% from the field and 29% from the three point line while Pinar Karsiyaka was shooting 55% from the field and 63% from the three point line. Frankfurt had the 17-14 rebound advantage, but nine turnovers while the guests had eight turnovers.

In the third quarter came the turning point as the Fraport Skyliners achieved a devastating 14-0 run which carved the way for the club being able to take the needed self confidence and close out the game strong. Shields and ex Butler (NCAA) guard Mike Green traded baskets in the first minute of the third quarter. Then it was time for Morrison to get back to work and score in bunches as one was prettier than the next. On the first basket, Shields led the fast break found Quantez Robertson on the wing and he lofted up the pass to Morrison who could of reserved a bed on the rim on this night making the hard dunk. On the next play he hit a difficult turn around 15 foot bank shot that would of even had ex Boston Celtic legend Kevin Mchale giving a wink to the Florida native as Frankfurt trailed 43-42. Brown then drove baseline and snuck under the hoop kicking out to Green who dropped a trey giving the Turkish squad the 48-42 lead. Then came the turning point of the game as the Fraport Skyliners exploded out on a 14-0 run to take control of the game leading 58-48. In the run, Frankfurt got valuable support from many players as Morrison made a left handed hook shot, Shields scored inside, young German talent Niklas Kiel got a back door pass from Vaughn for the easy lay up and Vaughn also nailed a trey and made a 25 footer crossing over his man and hitting. Frankfurt closed out the third quarter leading 63-54 as Robertson scored inside and Vaughn made a jumper. Vaughn overall was very instrumental in Frankfurt's turn around and keeping their rhythm on offense and just doing what a floor general should running the offense to near perfection. 'We executed a lot better in the third quarter even though we knew that they would be hard to stop if they got going', added Mike Morrison 'We came out flat. Frankfurt was running pick and roll well and Morrison had a heck of a game', said Josh Owens. 'We wanted to focus on locking down Brown, but he did a good job making shots', added AJ English. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 52% from the field and 33% from the parking lot while Pinar Karsiyaka shot 50% from the field and 33% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the 27-20 rebound edge and 10 turnovers while the guests had 11 turnovers.

In the fourth quarter, the Fraport Skyliners kept their cool continuing to execute well while they did a good job keeping Pinar Karsiyaka at a distance where they were unable to truly threaten Frankfurt. After both teams traded baskets, German captain Max Merz lost the handle and ex Detroit Piston Dajaun Summers retrieved the ball and went coast to coast for the hard dunk cutting the Frankfurt lead to 65-58. Merz didn't hang his head or mope around, but wasted no time striking back and doing something very unlikely as he scored in bunches making a pretty lay in and then finishing off a fast break play with a nifty floater as Frankfurt led 69-58. Morrison continued to be involved cleaning up the paint area as he scored on a lay-up and finished a dunk, but Frankfurt couldn't totally run away with the lead as Brown continued to be a thorn in the side of Frankfurt getting to the line and scoring easily inside. Summers nailed a trey and Pinar Karsiyaka continued to be in striking distance trailing only 74-67. However the fine oiled Frankfurt offense continued to operate and score at ease as Morrison drained free throws, Shields did his typical fakes getting opponents in the air and then having an open look for a mid-distance jumper and Robertson nailed a tough contested trey from the corner as Pinar Karsiyaka continued not to be able to make any ground trailing 81-69. Frankfurt got free throws from Shields and Vaughn and another hard dunk from Morrison, but Pinar Karsiyaka threatened one more time as Brown crowned his 29 point evening with back to back three's to cut the Frankfurt lead to 87-80. However the Turkish squad missed on their last three possessions to carve down the Frankfurt lead to help their chances in the return game, but couldn't execute and Vaughn put a final exclamation point in the score nailing a trey to give Frankfurt the well deserved 90-80 win. 'We continued to be aggressive and play our basketball. We played to win', warned AJ English. 'Frankfurt gained the momentum and confidence in the third quarter. We were on our heels and were trying to close the gap. The difference was that we missed some open shots while they hit shots down the stretch', warned Josh Owens. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Mike Morrison with 35 points. Kwame Vaughn added 18 points and six assists. Shavon Shields contributed 14 points,seven boards and six assists and AJ English ahd 10 points and six assists. Pinar Karsiyaka were led by J'Covan Brown with 29 points. Josh Owens added 15 points. Muhammed Baygul added 12 points and Dajuan Summers had 10 points. The Fraport Skyliners shot 54% from the field and 33% from outside while Pinar Karsiyaka shot 51% from the field and 38% from outside. Frankfurt won the rebound duel 35-24 and both teams had 13 turnovers apiece.



Xavier Roberson (ex Hamburg) agreed terms with Santos - by Eurobasket News

Santos de San Luis Potosi (LNBP) inked 27-year old American guard Xavier Roberson (186-86kg-90, college: Our Lady Lake, agency: Haylett Sports). He played most recently at Hamburg Towers in German ProA. In 32 games he recorded 10.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg last season.
Among other achievements Roberson's team was regular season runner-up in RRAC in 2014. He received also All-RRAC Newcomer of the Year award back in 2014 at his college time.
Roberson graduated from Our Lady of the Lake in 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

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ProA Round 21: Crailsheim Merlins are defeated by Koeln Rh.Stars - by Eurobasket News

The game between second ranked Crailsheim Merlins (17-5) and eighth ranked Koeln Rh.Stars (11-11) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. Crailsheim Merlins were defeated by Koeln Rh.Stars in a tough game in Crailsheim 63-71. Koeln Rh.Stars made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. American-Cypriot power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami, FL) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and American guard Hugh Robertson (195-89, college: S.Florida) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Inception Sports) with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Koeln Rh.Stars maintains eighth place with 11-11 record. Crailsheim Merlins at the other side keep the second position with five games lost. Koeln Rh.Stars are looking forward to face higher ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Crailsheim Merlins will play against Chemnitz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Chemnitz (#4) was upset in Trier by eighth ranked Gladiators 71-58. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Chemnitz. American swingman Brandon Spearman (196-91, college: Hawaii) nailed 14 points for the winning side and Simon Schmitz accounted for 13 points and 4 assists. American power forward Joe Lawson (201-92, college: Indianapolis, agency: Interperformances) came up with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Chemnitz in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Gladiators (11-10) moved-up to seventh place. Chemnitz at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Gladiators will play against league's leader Mitteldeutscher BC in Weissenfels in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Chemnitz will play at home against the league's second-placed Crailsheim Merlins where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
ProA top team - Mitteldeutscher BC (19-2) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they beat sixth ranked White Wings (12-9) in Weissenfels 77-61. The best player for the winners was Sergio Kerusch who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Kruize Pinkins who recorded 10 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Mitteldeutscher BC have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 19-2 record. Loser White Wings keep the sixth position with nine games lost. Mitteldeutscher BC will meet at home Gladiators (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. White Wings will play against Oettinger Rockets Gotha and hope to secure a win.
The game in Koeln was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Kirchheim Knights (16-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Koeln Rh.Stars (11-11). Kirchheim Knights managed to secure a 6-point victory 83-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Koeln Rh.Stars. It was a good game for Jonathon Williams who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Koeln Rh.Stars' coach Arne Woltmann rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Kirchheim Knights have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain third place with 16-5 record having just three points less than leader MBC. Koeln Rh.Stars at the other side keep the eighth position with 11 games lost. Kirchheim Knights' next round opponent will be Baunach (#13) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Koeln Rh.Stars will play against MLP Academics Heidelberg (#5) and hope to win that game.
The game in Gotha was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg (13-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (10-11). MLP Academics Heidelberg defeated Oettinger Rockets Gotha 98-86 on Thursday. Vance Hall stepped up and scored 25 points and 6 assists (went 14 for 14 at the free throw line !!!) for the winners. Oettinger Rockets Gotha's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. MLP Academics Heidelberg moved-up to fifth place. Oettinger Rockets Gotha lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. MLP Academics Heidelberg will face Koeln Rh.Stars (#8) at home in the next round. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will play against White Wings and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 21: Baunach won against ETB Wohnbau on the opponent's court 82-72. Crailsheim outscored Ehingen in a home game 115-66. Uni Baskets was rolled over Hamburg on the road 79-59. Baunach defeated Hanau on its own court 90-84.

Koeln Rh.Stars - Kirchheim 77-83

The game in Koeln was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Kirchheim Knights (16-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Koeln Rh.Stars (11-11). Kirchheim Knights managed to secure a 6-point victory 83-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Koeln Rh.Stars. It was a good game for American forward Jonathon Williams (198-90, college: Wagner) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Center Andreas Kronhardt (205-89) contributed with 14 points and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Hugh Robertson (195-89, college: S.Florida) answered with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import point guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St., agency: HMS) added 16 points and 5 assists in the effort for Koeln Rh.Stars. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Koeln Rh.Stars' coach Arne Woltmann rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Kirchheim Knights have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain third place with 16-5 record having just three points less than leader MBC. Koeln Rh.Stars at the other side keep the eighth position with 11 games lost. Kirchheim Knights' next round opponent will be Baunach (#13) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Koeln Rh.Stars will play against MLP Academics Heidelberg (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Koeln Rh.Stars: H.Robertson 18+8reb+4ast, A.Foster 17+6reb+1ast, R.Williams 16+4reb+5ast, A.King 10+6reb+3ast, R.Christen 5+3reb+4ast, D.Heinzmann 4+2reb
Kirchheim: J.Williams 24+9reb, A.Kronhardt 14+4reb+5ast, C.Love 11+6reb+5ast, T.Koch 11+3reb+2ast, S.Hinrichs 11+8reb+2ast, J.Maier 6+10reb+1ast
gschID: 474175


ETB Wohnbau - Baunach 72-82

Rather expected game in Essen where 15th ranked ETB Wohnbau (5-16) was defeated by thirteenth ranked Baunach (7-14) 82-72 on Saturday. Slovenian point guard Aleksej Nikolic (191-95) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners and center Leon Kratzer (210-97) chipped in 17 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Four Baunach players scored in double figures. Baunach's coach Fabian Villmeter used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The best for the losing side was American forward Eric Thompson (204-93, college: Pacific) with 11 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import Maurice Creek (196-90, college: G.Washington) scored 16 points. Baunach maintains thirteenth place with 7-14 record. ETB Wohnbau lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifteenth position with 16 games lost. Baunach will face higher ranked Kirchheim Knights (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ETB Wohnbau will play against Ehingen/Urspringschule (#14) in Allmendingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ETB Wohnbau: M.Creek 16+3reb+1ast, E.Thompson 11+8reb+1ast, C.Alexander 10+2reb+3ast, R.Lodders 7+7reb+1ast, T.Volk 7+3reb, A.Carraway 6+3reb+1ast
Baunach: A.Nikolic 21+6reb+10ast, M.Mueller 18+3reb+3ast, L.Kratzer 17+12reb+1ast, A.Kulboka 15+6reb+1ast, L.Olinde 9+6reb+1ast, T.Taras 2
gschID: 474172


Crailsheim - Ehingen 115-66

Very predictable result when second ranked Crailsheim Merlins (17-5) smashed at home 13th ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (6-15) 115-66 on Saturday. Crailsheim Merlins shot 64.3 percent from the field. Crailsheim Merlins outrebounded Ehingen/Urspringschule 38-25 including a 30-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 19 long-distance shots on high 55.9 percentage. Crailsheim Merlins looked well-organized offensively handing out 40 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Ehingen/Urspringschule's players. American guard Chase Griffin (190-83, college: Pepperdine) stepped up and scored 23 points and 4 assists for the winners and the former international forward Konrad Wysocki (202-82, college: Princeton) chipped in 23 points. Five Crailsheim Merlins players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Joel-Sadu Aminu (193-97) with 14 points and Christopher Wolf (199-95) scored 12 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Crailsheim Merlins maintains second place with 17-5 record having just one point less than leader MBC. Newly promoted Ehingen/Urspringschule dropped to the fourteenth position with 15 games lost. Crailsheim Merlins will face Chemnitz (#4) on the road in the next round. Ehingen/Urspringschule will play against ETB Wohnbau (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ehingen: J.Aminu 14+3reb+1ast, C.Wolf 12+4reb+1ast, K.Taylor 9+2reb, D.Berger 8+3reb+1ast, T.Jahn 6+5reb, A.Onwuegbuzie 5+1reb
Crailsheim: K.Wysocki 23+3reb+3ast, C.Griffin 23+3reb+4ast, M.Jost 14+6reb+2ast, N.Hilliard IV 12+4reb+5ast, T.Kotti 10+6reb+3ast, C.Dunn 9+5reb+5ast
gschID: 474173


Hamburg - Uni Baskets 79-59

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 10th ranked Uni Baskets (9-12) were rolled over on the road by eleventh ranked Hamburg (9-12) 79-59 on Saturday. Hamburg outrebounded Uni Baskets 43-25 including a 35-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American power forward Robert Ferguson (203-85, college: St.Joseph's) stepped up and scored 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and point guard Anthony Canty (183-91, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Four Hamburg players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American point guard Chase Adams (177-88, college: Pittsburgh) with 14 points and 4 steals and forward Till Gloger (204-93, college: Maine) scored 10 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Hamburg moved-up to tenth place, which they share with defeated Uni Baskets. Hamburg will face Nuernberg (#12) in Nurnberg in the next round.
Top scorers:
Uni Baskets: C.Adams 14+4reb+1ast, M.Kuhle 11+1reb+2ast, T.Gloger 10+4reb, M.Vest 7+2reb+3ast, M.Grim 5+5reb+1ast, D.Wolf 5+5reb+1ast
Hamburg: R.Ferguson 24+7reb+2ast, A.Canty 15+5reb+5ast, R.Camphor 15+5reb+5ast, J.Raffington 11+6reb+2ast, R.Kindzeka 8+1reb+3ast, E.Wolf 3+9reb+1ast
gschID: 474174


Trier - Chemnitz 71-58

Chemnitz (#4) was upset in Trier by eighth ranked Gladiators 71-58. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Chemnitz. Gladiators forced 20 Chemnitz turnovers. American swingman Brandon Spearman (196-91, college: Hawaii) nailed 14 points for the winning side and point guard Simon Schmitz (188-90) accounted for 13 points and 4 assists. Spearman is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American power forward Joe Lawson (201-92, college: Indianapolis, agency: Interperformances) came up with 20 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Craig Bradshaw (191-93, college: Belmont) added 12 points respectively for Chemnitz in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Gladiators (11-10) moved-up to seventh place. Chemnitz at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Gladiators will play against league's leader Mitteldeutscher BC in Weissenfels in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Chemnitz will play at home against the league's second-placed Crailsheim Merlins where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: J.Lawson 20+9reb, C.Bradshaw 12+1reb+2ast, V.Matthews 10+2reb+1ast, M.Seiferth 6+6reb, M.Ziegenhagen 3+4reb, M.Fleischmann 3+4reb
Trier: B.Spearman 14+4reb+2ast, S.Schmitz 13+1reb+4ast, S.Herrera 9+8reb+1ast, J.Bucknor 8+6reb+2ast, J.van Zegeren 7+4reb, K.Dietz 7+7reb+1ast
gschID: 474169


MBC - Hanau 77-61

ProA top team - Mitteldeutscher BC (19-2) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they beat sixth ranked White Wings (12-9) in Weissenfels 77-61. Mitteldeutscher BC shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. The best player for the winners was naturalized American forward Sergio Kerusch (195-89, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Octagon Europe) who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. American point guard Marcus Hatten (185-80, college: St.John's) chipped in 10 points and 6 assists. Four Mitteldeutscher BC players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Kruize Pinkins (203-93, college: USF) who recorded 10 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Till-Joscha Joenke (193-92) added 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Mitteldeutscher BC have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 19-2 record. Loser White Wings keep the sixth position with nine games lost. Mitteldeutscher BC will meet at home Gladiators (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. White Wings will play against Oettinger Rockets Gotha and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hanau: B.Sullivan 13+1reb, E.Harris 11+3ast, K.Pinkins 10+9reb+2ast, T.Joenke 9+8reb+3ast, I.Sykes 7+8reb+2ast, R.Spoden 5+1reb
MBC: S.Kerusch 19+5reb+3ast, A.Warren 19+1ast, D.Pantelic 11+3reb+2ast, M.Hatten 10+4reb+6ast, D.Johnson 9+5reb+4ast, T.Hinz 7+5reb
gschID: 474168


Round 16
Baunach - Hanau 90-84

There was a surprise result when thirteenth ranked Baunach (7-14) beat at home higher ranked White Wings (12-9) 90-84 on Wednesday. Baunach made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. White Wings were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Lithuanian Arnoldas Kulboka (205-98) stepped up and scored 28 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and center Leon Kratzer (210-97) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. Five Baunach players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Kruize Pinkins (203-93, college: USF) with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import point guard Eugene Harris (187-86, college: High Point) scored 18 points. White Wings' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Baunach maintains thirteenth place with 7-14 record. Loser White Wings keep the sixth position with nine games lost. Baunach will face higher ranked Kirchheim Knights (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Hanau: K.Pinkins 25+11reb+4ast, E.Harris 18+2reb+3ast, B.Sullivan 9+1ast, T.Joenke 7+4reb+6ast, J.Albus 6+3reb+1ast, P.Albrecht 6+4reb
Baunach: A.Kulboka 28+5reb+2ast, L.Kratzer 15+9reb+3ast, M.Mueller 14+2reb+3ast, L.Olinde 13+8reb, A.Nikolic 11+12ast, J.Hoffmann 3+1ast
gschID: 529489


Round 23
Oettinger R. - Heidelberg 86-98

The game in Gotha was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg (13-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (10-11). MLP Academics Heidelberg defeated Oettinger Rockets Gotha 98-86 on Thursday. MLP Academics Heidelberg shot 62.5 percent from the field and made 32-of-38 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. MLP Academics Heidelberg had a 26-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. Oettinger Rockets Gotha was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Vance Hall (193-91, college: Bellarmine) stepped up and scored 25 points and 6 assists (went 14 for 14 at the free throw line !!!) for the winners and his fellow American import guard Bernard Thompson (191-93, college: FGCU) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Grant Gibbs (196-89, college: Creighton) with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and American-Ivorian forward Dane Watts (203-86) scored 15 points and 4 steals. Five MLP Academics Heidelberg and four Oettinger Rockets Gotha players scored in double figures. Oettinger Rockets Gotha's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. MLP Academics Heidelberg moved-up to fifth place. Oettinger Rockets Gotha lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. MLP Academics Heidelberg will face Koeln Rh.Stars (#8) at home in the next round. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will play against White Wings and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Oettinger R.: G.Gibbs 15+7reb+6ast, D.Hicks 15+1reb+3ast, D.Watts 15+4reb+1ast, D.Mitchell 13+3ast, J.Parker 9+2reb+1ast, J.Grof 9+2reb+1ast
Heidelberg: V.Hall 25+3reb+6ast, B.Thompson 18+6reb, D.White 13+7reb+2ast, P.Heyden 13+3reb+3ast, H.Kovacevic 12+3reb+4ast, N.Ney 7
gschID: 535039


Crailsheim - Koeln Rh.Stars 63-71

The game between second ranked Crailsheim Merlins (17-5) and eighth ranked Koeln Rh.Stars (11-11) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. Crailsheim Merlins were defeated by Koeln Rh.Stars in a tough game in Crailsheim 63-71. Koeln Rh.Stars made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. American-Cypriot power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami, FL) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and American guard Hugh Robertson (195-89, college: S.Florida) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Inception Sports) with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import swingman Kevin Tiggs (196-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Koeln Rh.Stars maintains eighth place with 11-11 record. Crailsheim Merlins at the other side keep the second position with five games lost. Koeln Rh.Stars are looking forward to face higher ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Crailsheim Merlins will play against Chemnitz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Crailsheim: C.Dunn 22+5reb+4ast, K.Tiggs 15+7reb, M.Jost 10+5reb, N.Hilliard IV 10+2reb+3ast, P.Flomo 2+4reb+1ast, M.Bogdanov 2+1reb
Koeln Rh.Stars: H.Robertson 17+5reb+2ast, A.King 14+11reb+1ast, R.Christen 12+2reb+1ast, R.Williams 12+5reb+6ast, J.Hewitt 6, A.Foster 5+1ast
gschID: 474184





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Ray Turner (ex Falco KC) is a newcomer at Tigers - by Hugh McAuliffe

Willetton Tigers (SBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American forward Ray Turner (206-104kg-90, college: Texas A&M). He played most recently at Falco KC Szombathely in Hungarian A Division, but left. In 11 games he recorded 9.4ppg and 5.2rpg this season. The last summer Turner played at Rockhampton Rockets (QBL) where in 11 games he averaged impressive 22.5ppg, 12.3rpg, 1.3spg and 1.7bpg.
Three years ago (a year after he left the college) Turner was drafted by Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League) in third round (53rd overall).
He attended Texas A&M University until 2013 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
Turner won Australian QBL championship title in 2014.
He represented USA at the District Championship- 09 eight years ago.
Thanks to Turner's pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Australia and of course North America). Turner has played previously professionally in Cyprus (Apollon), Japan (Akita Happinets) and Australia (Redbacks).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Very athletic (PF) with the ability to score on the block or from mid-range. Runs the floor like a deer and has NBA potential. was also recruited by Oklahoma State, Memphis, Missouri, Marquette, Baylor, Nebraska and New Mexico. Wore #35 for his good friend and 2010 Aggie signee Tobi Oyedeji who was killed in a Houston car accident in May 2010.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

Guard Aaron Moss (185-G, agency: Duran International) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's best team Hottur and receives a Eurobasket.com D1 Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had a double-double of 34 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Hamar (#5, 7-11) 104-98. It allowed Hottur to consolidate first place in the Icelandic D1. Hottur has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 17-1. In the team's last game Moss had a remarkable 55.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Hottur's top player in his first season with the team. Cabrini College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Moss is in league's top in points (5th best: 24.5ppg), rebounds (4th best: 12.9rpg) and averages solid 3.2spg and 55.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Yima Chia-Kur (196-F-86) of Vestri. He is American forward in his first season at Vestri. In the last game Chia-Kur recorded impressive double-double of 31 points and 15 rebounds. Of course Vestri cruised to a 80-70 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked FSU (#7, 6-13). Vestri'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 7-11 record. Chia-Kur is a newcomer at Vestri and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.6ppg (#7). He also registered 9.1 boards per game. Former Arkansas State University star Chia-Kur is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Marques Oliver (201-PF-91) of league's second-best Fjolnir. Oliver showcased his all-around game by recording 29 points, six rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Fjolnir, leading his team to a 123-73 easy win against Armann (#9, 0-19). Fjolnir needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 4 lost games. Oliver has a very solid season. In 2 games in Iceland he scored 16.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Urald King (198-F-90) of Valur - 24 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Chris Woods (195-F-89) of Hamar - 30 points, 18 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Mirko Virijevic (201-F-81) of Hottur - 36 points and 10 rebounds
7. Terrance Motley (201-F-91) of FSU - 23 points and 13 rebounds
8. Birgir Petursson (205-C-86) of Valur - 11 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Robert Sigurdsson (187-G-94) of Fjolnir - 17 points and 7 assists
10. Hinrik Gudbjartsson (185-PG-96) of Vestri - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists

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



Haukur Palsson selected the top Icelandic playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Haukur Palsson
Haukur Palsson
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Haukur Palsson (197-92, college: Maryland, currently plays in France). He could not help SPO Rouen (6-11) in their last game. Despite Palsson's good performance SPO Rouen lost 74-87 on the road to the higher-ranked (#12) ALM Evreux. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Palsson also added 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 36 minutes on the court. Palsson has relatively good stats this year: 12.6ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.6apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 39.5%, 3FGP: 45.6%(26-57) and FT: 74.5% in 14 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Jakob Sigurdarson
Jakob Sigurdarson
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international point guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birm.Southern, currently plays in Sweden). Sigurdarson led Boras Basket to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Nassjo (2-7) 77-69 in the Swedish Basketligan last Thursday. He recorded 14 points. Boras Basket (12-11) is placed fifth in the Basketligan. This season Sigurdarson has relatively solid stats: 12.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 50.5%, 3FGP: 32.0% and FT: 97.2%(70-72). He played for the Icelandic national team in 2015.

Elvar Fridriksson
Elvar Fridriksson
   #3. The Icelandic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Elvar Fridriksson (183-94, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in NCAA2). Fridriksson contributed to a Barry University's victory against the Saint Leo University (7-8) 96-91 in the NCAA2 on Saturday night. He had a double-double by scoring 23 points and making 12 passes. Fridriksson also added 5 rebounds in 32 minutes. The Barry University has a very good 12-3 record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Fridriksson has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 7.5apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 56.7%(59-104), 3FGP: 36.7% and FT: 88.9% in 17 games. Ex-UMFN Njardvik player is also a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Kristofer Acox
Kristofer Acox
   #4. Forward Kristofer Acox (198-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Furman win their game against the The Citadel (2-5) 99-91 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Acox recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. The Furman University has 3-2 conference record this season. It's Acox's fourth year with the team. Acox has reliable stats this year: 12.9ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. He is also Icelandic national team player.

Kari Jonsson
Kari Jonsson
   #5. U20 international guard Kari Jonsson (190-97, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Drexel (1-5) in their last game. Despite Jonsson's good performance the Drexel was edged 104-103 at home by the Towson University. He recorded 14 points, 3 assists and 3 steals in 33 minutes. It's Jonsson's first season with the team. This year Jonsson's overall stats are: 9.5ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.0apg in 25 games. He plays currently for the Icelandic U20 national team.

Martin Hermannsson
Martin Hermannsson
   #6. Guard Martin Hermannsson (190-94, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Charleville-Mezieres (11-6) in their last game on Friday. Despite Hermannsson's very good performance Charleville-Mezieres was edged 82-80 in Saint Chamond by the league outsider Saint Chamond (#18). He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Hermannsson also added 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. This season Hermannsson has very high stats. He averages: 18.0ppg, 4.4rpg and 6.0apg. Hermannsson is an international player who is currently on the senior Icelandic National Team roster.

Jon Gudmundsson
Jon Gudmundsson
   #7. U20 international guard Jon Gudmundsson (193-96, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the one of league's weakest teams Davidson (2-3) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Davidson lost 59-70 in Kingston to the Rhode Island University. Gudmundsson scored 10 points in 40 minutes. This year Gudmundsson's total stats are: 8.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.6apg and 1.4spg in 21 games. He is also Icelandic U20 national team player.

Axel Karason
Axel Karason
   #8. Small forward Axel Karason (193-83, currently plays in Denmark) couldn't help Svendborg (11-9) in their game against Randers (9-13) in the Danish Ligaen. He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. Karason scored only 2 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 22 minutes. Svendborg was edged 80-77 on their home court in Svendborg by the lower-ranked (#6) Randers. Karason has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 3.8rpg in 20 games. He plays currently for the Icelandic national team.

Aegir Steinarsson
Aegir Steinarsson
   #9. International point guard Aegir Steinarsson (185-91, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Newberry, currently plays in Spain) managed to help San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos to win against the 13th-ranked Castello (9-13) 87-77 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. Steinarsson recorded only 4 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos (15-7) is placed third in the LEB Gold. Steinarsson has averaged so far 5.6ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.6apg. He is also in the roster of the Icelandic national team.

Kristinn Palsson
Kristinn Palsson
   #10. Swingman Kristinn Palsson (198-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Marist (3-5) in their game against the Manhattan College (1-2) in the NCAA. Palsson scored 6 points in 32 minutes. The Marist was edged 68-67 on their home court in Poughkeepsie by the Manhattan College. Palsson has averaged so far 5.0ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.5apg in 23 games. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Icelandic National Team roster.

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

   #1. Gunnar Olafsson (190-G/F-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the St.Francis, NY (2-4) to beat the St.Francis University (PA) (4-2). Olafsson recorded 7 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. The St.Francis, NY was badly defeated 78-61 on the road by the St.Francis University (PA). Olafsson has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 5.3rpg.

   #2. Gunnar Hardarson (185-SG-96, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to help the Belmont Abbey College in their game against the Emmanuel College, GA (8-7) in the NCAA2. Hardarson scored 7 points. The Belmont Abbey College was crushed 92-56 in Franklin Springs by the Emmanuel College, GA. Hardarson has averaged so far 8.4ppg and 1.7rpg.



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Donnie McGrath selected the top Irish playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Donnie McGrath
Donnie McGrath
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international guard Donnie McGrath (193-84, agency: Diamond Sports, college: Providence, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He was the major contributor in a 1-point AEK Athens' victory against the fourth-ranked Juventus (8-6) 78-77 in the Basketball Champions League in Wednesday night's game. McGrath recorded 14 points in a mere 19 minutes on the court. AEK Athens (9-5) is placed second in group E. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. McGrath has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 28.6%, 3FGP: 58.3% and FT: 88.9% in three games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. McGrath played for the Irish senior national team nine years ago. Strangely he has never played in Ireland.

Brian Fitzpatrick
Brian Fitzpatrick
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Brian Fitzpatrick (203-89, also represented by Diamond Sports, college: Bucknell, currently plays in Czech Republic). Fitzpatrick could not help Prostejov (8-14) to beat CEZ Nymburk (21-1). He recorded 6 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. The second-placed Prostejov (8-14) was crushed 100-58 on the road by the leading CEZ Nymburk in the Places 7-12 group. It was Prostejov's sixth consecutive loss in a row. This season Fitzpatrick averages: 8.0ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 53.6%, 3FGP: 22.2% and FT: 66.7%. He is a naturalized American. Fitzpatrick is in the roster of the Irish senior national team. Apparently he has never played in Ireland.

Cian Hickey
Cian Hickey
   #3. The Irish player who performed third best last week abroad was former U18 international point guard Cian Hickey (183-96, currently plays in United Kingdom). He managed to help Manchester Magic in a victory against the ninth-ranked Leicester Warriors (6-10) crushing them 96-58 in the British NBL D1 (second division) in Saturday night's game. Hickey scored only 4 points and added 3 assists in 11 minutes. Manchester Magic (7-2) is placed third in the NBL D1. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. This year Hickey's overall stats are: 2.5ppg, 1.2apg, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 75.0% in six games. He played for the Irish U18 national team three years ago.

Conor Quinn
Conor Quinn
   #4. Guard Conor Quinn (185-95, currently plays in NAIA) was not able to help the Mayville State University (0-0) in their game against the Bellevue University (3-1) in the NStar. Quinn scored only 4 points. his team was badly defeated 73-55 in Bellevue by the University. Quinn's total stats this season are: 2.5ppg and 1.2apg. He is also Irish national team player.

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

   #1. Ian O'Leary (201-F-86, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Spain) led Baloncesto Fuenlabrada to a victory against the fourth-ranked Movil Estudiantes (12-5) 103-97 in a derby game in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Saturday. O'Leary scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Montakit Fuenlabrada (9-10) is placed ninth in the Liga Endesa. It's O'Leary's first season with the team. This year he averages: 6.1ppg and 3.5rpg. O'Leary is a naturalized American. Apparently he has never played in Ireland.

   #2. Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt, currently plays in Australia) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Cairns Taipans (13-13) 90-73 in the Australian NBL on Friday night. Ogilvy had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals in 28 minutes. Illawarra Hawks (14-13) are placed second in the NBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Ogilvy's first season with the team. This year Ogilvy has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.8apg, 1.5bpg and 1.1spg in 27 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Irish and Australian.

   #3. Ako Adams (188-G-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the University of North Texas (1-0) 95-80 in the NCAA last Saturday. Adams scored 6 points in 21 minutes. The Rice University has 2-3 conference record this season. This year Adams' overall stats are: 2.9ppg and 1.2apg in 23 games.

   #4. Patrick Carney (185-G-85, college: Chapman, currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in Schalke's victory against the second-ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (14-2) 88-81 in the German ProB (third division) on Sunday night. He scored 21 points. FC Schalke 04 (9-9) is placed sixth in North group. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Carney has relatively solid stats: 13.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.2apg. He is a naturalized American. Interesting that Carney has never played in Ireland.

Other top Irish players, who play abroad:

Will Hanley (201-G/F-90) plays for CB Canarias in Spanish Liga Endesa
Mike Hall (203-F-84) plays for Angelico Biella in Italian Serie A2
Dylan Costelloe plays for Plymouth Raiders in British BBL
Brian Voelkel (198-F-92) plays for Slammers in Australian State League
Paul Dick (193-G-91) plays for Viten Getafe Fuenlabrada in Spanish EBA
Mihajlo Pesic (206-F/C-81) plays for ALS Basket in French NM1
James Kelly (183-PG-87) plays for Arrows in British NBL D2
Max Amadasun (204-C-0) plays for Our Savior Lutheran in the
Tim Kroeber (196-PF-87) plays for Koblenz 2 in German 2.Regionalliga

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



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Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Storm WARREN
  Maccabi .
  (201-PF-88)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. Warren, Maccabi .23.9 
 2. Burrows, Hap.Haifa23.4 
 3. Aska, Ironi R.22.5 
 4. Pointer, Ironi K-A22.3 
 5. Huertas, Hap.Haifa21.8 
 6. Teel, Maccabi H/H20.9 
 7. Livingston, Hapoel K.20.9 
 8. Relphorde, Hapoel M.20.8 
 9. Brown, Ironi R.20.8 
 10. Jordan, Galil Elion19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terrence WATSON
  Hapoel K/S
  (200-F-87)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Watson, Hapoel K/S11.3 
 2. Pointer, Ironi K-A11.0 
 3. Jordan, Galil Elion10.8 
 4. Yates, Macc.Reh.10.6 
 5. Burrows, Hap.Haifa10.4 
 6. Livingston, Hapoel K.10.4 
 7. Warren, Maccabi .10.3 
 8. Cannon, Hapoel A.9.9 
 9. Gaston, Hapoel M.9.9 
 10. McShepard, Ironi N.9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Ironi R.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Teel, Ironi R.9.3 
 2. Nanikashvili, Hap.H.8.6 
 3. Lavie, Maccabi .6.4 
 4. Cohen, Hapoel K/S6.0 
 5. Bet-Yosef, Ironi R.5.3 
 6. Hofman, Ironi N.4.8 
 7. Shaashoua, Maccabi .4.6 
 8. Niv, Hap.Haifa4.6 
 9. Salz, Galil Elion4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Maccabi H/H
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Teel, Maccabi H/H2.7 
 2. Addison, Macc.Reh.2.7 
 3. Lavie, Maccabi .2.6 
 4. Warren, Maccabi .2.5 
 5. Relphorde, Hapoel M.2.4 
 6. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.1 
 7. Asbury, Ramat H.2.0 
 8. Burrows, Hap.Haifa1.9 
 9. Olasewere, Hap.R/G.1.9 
 10. Gil, Maccabi Raanana1.8 
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. Watson, Hapoel K/S1.7 
 4. Gaston, Hapoel M.1.7 
 5. Givens, Maccabi .1.5 
 6. Caracter, Ramat H.1.5 
 7. Warren, Maccabi .1.4 
 8. Labanowski, Ironi R.1.3 
 9. Joyner, Ironi K-A1.2 
 10. Roberts, Ironi N.1.1 


Alex Tyus selected the top Israeli playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Alex Tyus
Alex Tyus
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Alex Tyus (203-88, college: Florida, currently plays in Turkey). Tyus contributed to Galatasaray's victory against the tenth-ranked Tofas (7-10) 82-73 in the Turkish BSL last Monday. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (13-3) is placed second in the BSL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This season Tyus averages: 6.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 56.3%(49-87) and FT: 45.5%. He is a naturalized American. Tyus played for the Israeli senior national team four years ago. He used to play for Maccabi Ashdod in Israeli league.

D'or Fischer
D'or Fischer
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international center D'or Fischer (211-81, college: W.Virginia, currently plays in Liga Americas). Fischer contributed to Capitanes' victory against the closely-ranked Bucaneros (0-3) 85-80 in the Liga Americas on Saturday night. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 11 rebounds. Fischer also added 2 blocks in 26 minutes. Capitanes de Arecibo (1-2) is placed 11th in the Liga Americas. The Regular Season already ended in the Liga Americas. This year Fischer's overall stats are: 7.0ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.3apg, 2.3bpg, 2FGP: 53.3% and FT: 71.4% in three games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Fischer played for the Israeli national team in 2015. He used to play for Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv in Israeli league.

Anton Shoutvin
Anton Shoutvin
   #3. The Israeli player who performed third best last week abroad was former U22 international center Anton Shoutvin (206-89, currently plays in Slovakia). Shoutvin led Iskra Svit to a victory over the league outsider Nitra (2-26) crushing them 89-66 in the Slovakian SBL in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Shoutvin recorded 24 points and added 3 assists. BK Iskra Svit (14-15) is placed seventh in the SBL. Shoutvin has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 63.9%(154-241), 3FGP: 36.4% and FT: 80.8%. Shoutvin played for the Israeli U22 national team six years ago.

Egor Koulechov
Egor Koulechov
   #4. Swingman Egor Koulechov (196-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the University of North Texas (1-0) 95-80 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Koulechov scored 9 points, had 12 rebounds and dished 4 assists. The Rice University has 2-3 conference record this season. This year Koulechov has very high stats. He averages: 18.6ppg, 8.6rpg and 2.1apg. Koulechov has a dual citizenship: Russian and Israeli. He is also Israeli national team player.

Anton Kazarnovski
Anton Kazarnovski
   #5. Former University international power forward Anton Kazarnovski (206-85, currently plays in Germany) could not help BG Karlsruhe (9-8) in their last game. Despite Kazarnovski's good performance the sixth-placed BG Karlsruhe (9-8) lost 79-93 on the road to the second-ranked Weissenhorn Youngstars in the South group. He scored 11 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 25 minutes. It's Kazarnovski's first season with the team. Kazarnovski has very impressive stats this year: 15.5ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.8apg in 15 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Russian and Israeli. Kazarnovski used to play for the Israeli university national team ten years ago.

Yuval Naimy
Yuval Naimy
   #6. Point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the 15th-ranked Agropoli (5-15) crushing them 92-62 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Sunday. He scored 18 points and added 5 passes. Givova Scafati Basket (5-15) is placed 16th in West group. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. This season Naimy has very high stats. He averages: 17.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 7.5apg and 1.3spg. Naimy is a former international player as he played for the Israeli senior team two years ago.

Roman Sorkin
Roman Sorkin
   #7. Former U20 international power forward Roman Sorkin (205-96, currently studies in the States) managed to help University of Oregon in a victory against the University of Arizona (4-0) crushing them 85-58 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He scored only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. The University of Oregon has 5-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all five games in the conference. This year Sorkin's total stats are: 3.7ppg and 2.4rpg in 17 games. He used to play for the Israeli U20 national team two years ago.

Ido Flaisher
Ido Flaisher
   #8. Center Ido Flaisher (206-98, is currently at the American university) contributed to Hawaii's victory against the Cal State - Northridge 76-72 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Flaisher scored only 2 points. The University of Hawaii has 1-2 conference record this season. Flaisher has averaged so far 3.6ppg and 3.0rpg. He plays currently for the Israeli U20 national team.

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

   #1. TJ Leaf (208-F-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) led UCLA to an easy victory against the Washington State University (1-2) 95-79 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 32 points and getting 14 rebounds. Leaf also added 3 assists in 35 minutes. The Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles have 4-1 conference record this season. Leaf has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 8.7rpg and 2.6apg in 22 games he played so far. Leaf is a naturalized American. Despite his Israeli passport, Leaf previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Israeli team. Strangely he has never played in Israel.

   #2. Marios Matalon (186-G-89, college: Wyoming, currently plays in Greece) contributed to Panionios' victory against the seventh-ranked Ethnikos (8-8) 78-67 in the Greek A2 (second division) last Saturday. He recorded 10 points and added 4 passes in 20 minutes. Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (15-1) is placed first in the A2. It's Matalon's first season with the team. This year Matalon's total stats are: 7.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.9apg in 16 games. He has a dual citizenship: Israeli and Greek. Despite Matalon's Israeli passport, he previously played for the Greek U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Israeli team.

   #3. Alon Hemsani (201-F, currently plays in NAIA). Hemsani could not help the Culver Stockton College (0-17) to beat the Mount Mercy University (1-0). He scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 38 minutes. The Culver Stockton College lost 80-87 on the road to the Mount Mercy University. So far Culver Stockton College lost all seventeen games in the Regular Season. Hemsani has averaged so far 6.4ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.5apg in 18 games.



EuroLeague: Maccabi hang on to edge Baskonia - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Tel Aviv - Baskonia 85:84

Maccabi claimed the 8th victory in EuroLeague regular season. They withheld a late comeback surge from Baskonia to improve at 8-14 record. Andrew Goudelock (190-G-88, college: Charleston) nailed 21 points to pace the hosts.
Maccabi secured a 22:18 lead after the opening quarter. The Israeli powerhouse stayed in charge throughout the second period. Maccabi accumulated a 46:39 halftime advantage. Maccabi extended the gap at 14-point mark at the final intermission. However Baskonia refused to give up. The Spanish team pulled within a single point 84:85 with 39 seconds to go. But Maccabi held on to the lead and got away with a narrow victory. Sylven Landesberg (198-F/G-90, college: Virginia) chipped in 18 points, while Quincy Miller-Scott (206-F-92, college: Baylor) added 11 points for the home side. Andrea Bargnani (213-F/C-85) responded with 17 points for Baskonia. Rodrigue Beaubois (185-G-88) had 16 points in the loss.

Maccabi Tel Aviv: Andrew Goudelock 21, Sylven Landesberg 18, Quincy Miller-Scott 11
Baskonia: Andrea Bargnani 17, Rodrigue Beaubois 16



National League Round 18: #1 Hapoel B/S are defeated by Galil Elion - by Eurobasket News

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Hapoel B/S (13-5) in Beer Sheva on Tuesday night. Hosts were edged by twelfth ranked Galil Elion (7-11) 86-84. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Hapoel B/S. 26 personal fouls committed by Hapoel B/S helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Power forward Germain Jordan (198-86, college: Dillard) had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Cinmeon Bowers (201-93, college: Auburn) chipped in 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Galil Elion's coach Avishay Gordon used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was swingman Jason Williams (198-83, college: UTEP) with 19 points and 4 assists. Galil Elion moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Hap.Haifa. Hapoel B/S at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Galil Elion is looking forward to face higher ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (#5) in Nes Ziyona in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hapoel B/S will play on the road against Hapoel Afula (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Raanana. Second-best host Maccabi Raanana (12-6) lost to third ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (12-6) 88-77. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Forward Terrence Watson (200-87, college: Ball St.) notched 30 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and Denzel Livingston supported him with 24 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Even 18 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 blocks by forward Samme Givens (198-89, college: Drexel) did not help to save the game for Maccabi Raanana. Hapoel Kfar Saba have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Hap.R/G Givat. and Maccabi Raanana. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play against Hasharon (#13) in Ramat Hasharon in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Maccabi Raanana will play on the road against Hapoel Migd.H. (#9) in Tarshicha and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game took place in Kiryat Ata where one of their biggest challengers Ironi Nes-Ziona (11-7) was upset on the court of ninth ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (10-8) 89-82 on Tuesday. The best player for the winners was Sir'Dominic Pointer who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Tal Michael Dunne who recorded 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Ironi Kiryat Ata moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Macc.Rehovot. Loser Ironi Nes-Ziona dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Ironi Kiryat Ata will meet bottom-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ironi Nes-Ziona will play against Galil Elion (#12) and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the Winner League just one year after relegation.
Eleventh ranked Hapoel Afula (8-10) crushed at home 10th ranked Hap.Haifa (7-11) by 19 points 85-66, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a good game for Jalen Cannon who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds. Hap.Haifa's coach Shaked Shoham rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Hapoel Afula moved-up to tenth place. Hap.Haifa lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Hapoel Afula's next round opponent will be league's leader Hapoel B/S in Beer Sheva and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hap.Haifa will play at home against Maccabi Rehovot (#6) and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 18: bottom-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan lost to Ramat Hasharon on the opponent's court 72-78. Macc.Rehovot managed to outperform Maccabi H/H in a home game 84-80. Hapoel Migd.H. recorded a loss to Hap.R/G Givat. on the road 92-86.

Ramat Hasharon - Ironi Ramat Gan 78-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 14th ranked Ironi Ramat Gan's (2-16) road loss to thirteenth ranked Hasharon (4-14) 72-78. Hasharon forced 23 Ironi Ramat Gan turnovers. Strangely Ironi Ramat Gan outrebounded Hasharon 43-28 including a 34-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a good game for Rom Cornelius (197-93) who led his team to a victory with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. American Brian Asbury (201-86, college: Miami, FL) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized American Jermaine Hall (196-80, college: Wagner) replied with 19 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized American Sean Labanowski (205-92) added 12 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Ironi Ramat Gan. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hasharon maintains thirteenth position with 4-14 record. Ironi Ramat Gan lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 16 games lost. Hasharon's next round opponent will be higher ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (#3) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Ironi Ramat Gan will play against Ironi Kiryat Ata (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ramat Hasharon: R.Cornelius 20+5reb+5ast, M.Moscovitz 15+4reb+1ast, B.Asbury 15+9reb, L.Gordon 10+4reb+1ast, A.Honig 8+3reb+6ast, J.Shtarkman 6+1reb+5ast
Ironi Ramat Gan: J.Hall 19+8reb+3ast, A.Brown 14+3reb+1ast, S.Labanowski 12+12reb, V.Gandlin 12+3reb+2ast, Y.Bet-Yosef 6+1reb+9ast, A.Lee 5+13reb
gschID: 498485


Maccabi Raanana - Hapoel K/S 77-88

The game between Top Four teams took place in Raanana. Second-best host Maccabi Raanana (12-6) lost to third ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (12-6) 88-77. Hapoel Kfar Saba made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Hapoel Kfar Saba brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Forward Terrence Watson (200-87, college: Ball St.) notched 30 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Denzel Livingston (193-93, college: Incarnate Word) supported him with 24 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Even 18 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 blocks by forward Samme Givens (198-89, college: Drexel) did not help to save the game for Maccabi Raanana. Center Josh Hairston (203-92, college: Duke, agency: Octagon Europe) added 14 points and 11 rebounds. Five Maccabi Raanana players scored in double figures. Hapoel Kfar Saba have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Hap.R/G Givat. and Maccabi Raanana. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play against Hasharon (#13) in Ramat Hasharon in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Maccabi Raanana will play on the road against Hapoel Migd.H. (#9) in Tarshicha and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hapoel K/S: T.Watson 30+9reb+1ast, D.Livingston 24+7reb+5ast, A.Cohen 15+3reb+6ast, M.Ruina 9+7reb+2ast, I.Davidi 5+1reb+4ast, G.Gilinski 3+3reb+3ast
Maccabi Raanana: S.Givens 18+6reb+6ast, B.Gil 15+5reb+1ast, J.Hairston 14+11reb+2ast, L.Moran 14+3reb+2ast, G.Karni 13+7reb+6ast, I.Paz 3+4ast
gschID: 498484


Macc.Rehovot - Maccabi H/H 84-80

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both sixth ranked Maccabi Rehovot and 7th ranked Hasharon had identical 9-8 record. This time Maccabi Rehovot used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Hod Hasharon 84-80. It was a good game for American forward Evan Yates (198-91, college: Ashland) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Swingman Gur Porat (197-79) contributed with 15 points and 5 assists for the winners. Yates is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American guard Vernon Teel (193-87, college: Loyola Mary) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import Storm Warren (201-88, college: LSU, agency: Octagon Europe) added 19 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Hasharon. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Maccabi Rehovot maintains sixth position with 10-8 record, which they share with Ironi K-A. Hasharon at the other side dropped to the eighth place with nine games lost. Maccabi Rehovot's next round opponent will be Hap.Haifa (#11) on the road where they are favorite. Hasharon will play against Hap.R/G Givat. and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Macc.Rehovot: G.Porat 15+4reb+5ast, E.Yates 14+10reb, I.Eiram 13+1reb+5ast, M.Addison 12+3reb+3ast, Y.Levi 9+4reb+1ast, H.Chachmon 7+2reb+1ast
Maccabi H/H: V.Teel 22+10reb+5ast, S.Warren 19+8reb+1ast, O.Shaashoua 18+3reb+1ast, I.Simin 13+2reb+2ast, C.Bouchman 5+7reb+1ast, B.Matan 2
gschID: 498483


Hapoel Afula - Hap.Haifa 85-66

Eleventh ranked Hapoel Afula (8-10) crushed at home 10th ranked Hap.Haifa (7-11) by 19 points 85-66, which is the biggest margin this round. Hapoel Afula outrebounded Hap.Haifa 43-25 including a 30-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. It was a good game for American forward Jalen Cannon (198-93, college: St.Francis, NY) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds. Orel Lev (195-93) contributed with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Bahamas forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW) replied with 20 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Rashad Anderson (196-83, college: Connecticut) added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Hap.Haifa. Hap.Haifa's coach Shaked Shoham rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Hapoel Afula moved-up to tenth place. Hap.Haifa lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Hapoel Afula's next round opponent will be league's leader Hapoel B/S in Beer Sheva and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hap.Haifa will play at home against Maccabi Rehovot (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Afula: J.Cannon 22+16reb+2ast, O.Lev 15+7reb+5ast, T.Slutsky 15, D.Treadwell 12+9reb+3ast, O.Tal 8+3reb+6ast, Nathaniel 7+3reb
Hap.Haifa: J.Burrows 20+8reb+2ast, R.Anderson 16+7reb, T.Parselani 8+2reb+3ast, O.Avital 6, D.Licht 5, M.Niv 4+3reb+4ast
gschID: 498481


Hapoel B/S - Galil Elion 84-86

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Hapoel B/S (13-5) in Beer Sheva on Tuesday night. Hosts were edged by twelfth ranked Galil Elion (7-11) 86-84. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Hapoel B/S. 26 personal fouls committed by Hapoel B/S helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Power forward Germain Jordan (198-86, college: Dillard) had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Cinmeon Bowers (201-93, college: Auburn) chipped in 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Galil Elion's coach Avishay Gordon used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was swingman Jason Williams (198-83, college: UTEP) with 19 points and 4 assists and power forward Jeff Allen (201-87, college: Virginia Tech) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Four Galil Elion and five Hapoel B/S players scored in double figures. Galil Elion moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Hap.Haifa. Hapoel B/S at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Galil Elion is looking forward to face higher ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (#5) in Nes Ziyona in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hapoel B/S will play on the road against Hapoel Afula (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Galil Elion: G.Jordan 31+10reb+2ast, C.Bowers 20+7reb+5ast, M.Kikus 14+6reb+4ast, S.Salz 10+3ast, R.Geffen 4+5reb+4ast, G.Farber 3+1reb
Hapoel B/S: J.Williams 19+4reb+4ast, J.Allen 16+8reb+1ast, B.Eisenhardt 14+5reb, A.Fisher 11+6ast, D.Shamriz 10+3reb+3ast, J.Lewis 7+4reb
gschID: 498486


Ironi K-A - Ironi Nes-Ziona 89-82

An interesting game took place in Kiryat Ata where one of their biggest challengers Ironi Nes-Ziona (11-7) was upset on the court of ninth ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (10-8) 89-82 on Tuesday. Ironi Kiryat Ata outrebounded Ironi Nes-Ziona 40-29 including 27 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American swingman Sir'Dominic Pointer (198-92, college: St.John's) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Sagiv David (198-92) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Four Ironi Kiryat Ata players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Welsh Tal Michael Dunne (196-87) who recorded 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international Raviv Pitshon (201-89) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Ironi Kiryat Ata moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Macc.Rehovot. Loser Ironi Nes-Ziona dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Ironi Kiryat Ata will meet bottom-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ironi Nes-Ziona will play against Galil Elion (#12) and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the Winner League just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Ironi K-A: S.Pointer 23+10reb+2ast, S.David 18+6reb+3ast, R.Yehia 14+2reb, N.Matalon 14+1reb+2ast, Y.Ainhorn 10+9reb+7ast, D.Joyner 8+9reb+3ast
Ironi Nes-Ziona: T.Michael Dunne 22+7reb+4ast, G.Gutt 13+2ast, R.Pitshon 12+6reb, E.Hofman 11+1reb+5ast, B.McShepard 9+4reb+1ast, G.Amitay 8+4reb+4ast
gschID: 498482


Hap.R/G Givat. - Hapoel Migd.H. 92-86

Not a big story in a game in Givataim where 8th ranked Hapoel Migd.H. (9-9) was defeated by fifth ranked Hap.R/G Givat. (12-6) 92-86. Hap.R/G Givat. dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Hapoel Migd.H.'s 28. They outrebounded Hapoel Migd.H. 38-27 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. 29 personal fouls committed by Hapoel Migd.H. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Rashad Madden (196-92, college: Arkansas) who led his team to a victory with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. American-Nigerian Jamal Olasewere (201-91, college: LIU Brooklyn) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Marcus Relphorde (198-88, college: Colorado) replied with 26 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Yevgeni Holodov (178-96) added 15 points and 6 assists in the effort for Hapoel Migd.H.Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hap.R/G Givat. moved-up to second place, which they share with Hapoel K/S and Maccabi Raanana. Hapoel Migd.H. at the other side keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. Hap.R/G Givat.'s next round opponent will be Hasharon (#8) in Hod Hasharon where they are favorite. Hapoel Migd.H. will play at home against the league's second-placed Maccabi Raanana and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hap.R/G Givat.: R.Madden 25+5reb+5ast, Y.Solomon 23+5reb+2ast, J.Nir 20+10reb+2ast, J.Olasewere 20+10reb+3ast, U.Kokia 2+6reb+1ast, I.Lerer 2
Hapoel Migd.H.: M.Relphorde 26+5reb+2ast, L.Ariely 17+2reb+1ast, Y.Holodov 15+1reb+6ast, C.Rosenberg 12+5reb+4ast, C.Gaston 6+7reb+2ast, E.Ohanon 4+5reb
gschID: 498480





Mike Moser (ex Hapoel Holon) joins Sigal Prishtina - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Sigal Prishtina (SuperLeague) agreed terms with 27-year old American forward Mike Moser (203-96kg-90, college: Oregon). He played last season at Hapoel Holon in Israeli Winner League, but left the team in Feb.'16. In 19 games he had 11.5ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.4spg.
The previous (14-15) season Moser played at Lietuvos rytas in Lithuanian LKL where in 48 games he recorded 5.5ppg and 3.3rpg. He helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team. Moser also played 17 games in Eurocup where he averaged 4.8ppg and 3.2rpg.
Moser has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
He was voted All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention back in 2014 at his college time.
Moser graduated from University of Oregon in 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.

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Omegna adds Perez to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Fulgor Omegna (Serie B) added to their roster 20-year old naturalized Spaniard guard Daniel Perez (189-97, agency: Interperformances). He started the season at Givova Scafati Basket in the Serie A2. Serie A2 was a little too high level for him, where in 17 games he recorded just 1.9ppg and 1.5rpg this season. Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Perez helped them to make it to the Supercup final. The last season he played at NTS Basket Rimini Crabs. In 31 Serie B games he averaged 11.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.1apg.
Perez was a member of Italian U17 National Team in 2014.
He has played previously for another Italian team Roma S.Azzurra.

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Jeffrey Crockett joins Lighthouse Conad Trapani - by Eurobasket News

Lighthouse Conad Trapani (Serie A2) agreed terms with 26-year old American forward Jeffrey Crockett (201-95kg-91, college: Texas Tech) from Unieuro Forli. In 19 Serie A2 games in Italy he had very impressive stats: 15.7ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.7spg this season.
The most of last season Crockett spent at 5 STELLE SAM Basket Massagno in Swiss LNA where in 18 games he was second best scorer with remarkable 21.0ppg and averaged 10.8rpg (#3 in the league), 1.7apg and 1.8spg (in top 5). Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Forward of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team. He also played earlier that season for Shinshu (BJ League) in Japan. In 10 games he recorded 14.7ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg.
Crockett has played previously for another Italian team Tortona.
He attended Texas Tech University until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.
On Crockett: A very versatile forward, who can spend time in both 3 and 4 positions. Has a solid body and great athletic skills, can score in lots of ways.

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Andrea Piazza signs at Roseto - by Eurobasket News

Mec-Energy Roseto (Serie A2) landed 28-year old point guard Andrea Piazza (188-75kg-89). He started the season at Proger BLS Chieti in the Serie A2. In 19 games he averaged just 2.2ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.5apg this season. The last season Piazza played also at Chieti (Serie A) where in 30 games he had 5.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.6apg and 1.3spg.
His team was regular season runner-up in Italian Serie B Group B in 2015.
Piazza has played previously for four other teams: Pordenone, Pallacanestro Alto Sebino Volpino, GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine and Ticino.

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Crockett leaves Unieuro Forli - by Eurobasket News

26-year old American forward Jeffrey Crockett (201-95kg-91, college: Texas Tech) left Serie A2 newcomer Unieuro 2.015 Forli. In 19 Serie A2 games in Italy he averaged impressive 15.7ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.7spg this season.
The most of last season Crockett spent at 5 STELLE SAM Basket Massagno in Swiss LNA where in 18 games he was second best scorer with remarkable 21.0ppg and recorded 10.8rpg (#3 in the league), 1.7apg and 1.8spg (in top 5). It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Forward of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team. Crockett also played that season for Shinshu (BJ League) in Japan. In 10 games he had 14.7ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg.
Crockett has played previously for another Italian team Tortona.
He attended Texas Tech University until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.
Crockett's game is described as: A very versatile forward, who can spend time in both 3 and 4 positions. Has a solid body and great athletic skills, can score in lots of ways.

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EuroLeague: Anadolu Efes rally for comeback win over Emporio Armani - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes - Emporio Armani 90:86

Anadolu Efes came from behind in the second half and silenced Emporio Armani in Istanbul tonight. Thomas Heurtel (189-G-89, agency: BeoBasket) nailed 17 points to lead the hosts.
Emporio Armani dominated in the first half. The Italian team jumped to a 27:15 lead ten minutes into the game. The visitors stayed in charge throughout the second term. Emporio Armani recorded a 54:40 halftime lead. Anadolu Efes however turned the tables in the second half. The hosts unleashed 29 points in the third frame to pull within five points at the final intermission 69:74. Anadolu Efes held Emporio Armani to just 12 points in the fourth term and snatched a tough win at the end. Tyler Honeycutt (203-F-90, college: UCLA) had 16 points, while Jayson Granger (189-G-89) accounted for 12 points in the victory. Rakim Sanders (193-G/F-89, college: Fairfield) responded with 18 points for Emporio Armani. Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Players Group) tossed in 15 points in the loss.

Anadolu Efes: Thomas Heurtel 17, Tyler Honeycutt 16, Jayson Granger 12
Emporio Armani: Rakim Sanders 18, Mantas Kalnietis 15



Best players of Italian Serie A2 round 20 - by Eurobasket News

Italian-Swiss Marco Portannese (192-G-89, agency: SPORTlab Agency) had a very impressive game in the last round for Verona and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Serie A2 Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 27-year old guard had the game-high 28 points adding four rebounds and two assists for Verona in his team's victory, helping them to crush Imola (#13, 7-13) with 22-point margin 87-65. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on top of the standings in East. Verona maintains the 11th position in their group in Italian Serie A2. Verona 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 10-10 record. In the team's last game Portannese had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Marco Portannese averages this season 11.2ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old American point guard Michael Deloach (185-PG-86) of Roma E-basket. Deloach impressed basketball fans with a triple-double of 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Bad luck as Roma E-basket lost that game 66-87 to slightly lower-ranked Novipiu Casale (#11, 9-11). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in West. Roma E-basket keeps 9th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Deloach is a newcomer at Roma E-basket 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 John Brown (203-F-92) of Roma Virtus (#7). Brown scored 23 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Brown's great performance Roma Virtus lost 89-98 to the higher-ranked Tortona (#3, 13-7). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Roma Virtus needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in West. Their record is 11 victories and 9 lost games. Brown has a very solid season. In 20 games in Italy he scored 19.1ppg. He also has 8.4rpg and FGP: 61.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mitchell Poletti (205-F/C-88) of Latina Basket - 26 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Glenn Cosey (183-PG-92) of Tortona - 36 points and 6 assists
6. Angelo Gigli (209-F/C-83) of FCM Ferentino - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Timothy Bowers (188-PG-82) of Jesi - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Darryl Jackson (190-SG-85) of Scafati - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Guido Rosselli (198-F/G-83) of Virtus Bologna - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Niccolo Martinoni (203-F/C-89) of Novipiu Casale - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 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)



Andrea Bargnani selected the top Italian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Andrea Bargnani
Andrea Bargnani
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Andrea Bargnani (213-85, currently plays in Spain). He led Baskonia to a victory over the closely-ranked Andorra (10-9) 91-82 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Bargnani was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points in 24 minutes on the court. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (13-6) is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa. It's Bargnani's first season with the team. Bargnani has relatively good stats this year: 11.8ppg, 2.4rpg, 2FGP: 43.2% and FT: 89.5% in 12 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Italian senior national team.

Luigi Datome
Luigi Datome
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Luigi Datome (203-87, currently plays in Euroleague). Datome contributed to Fenerbahce's victory against the second-ranked CSKA (15-6) 77-71 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. He scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Fenerbahce Istanbul (14-7) is placed fourth in group A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Datome averages: 9.7ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 40.9%, 3FGP: 50.8%(33-65) and FT: 96.6%(28-29). He is in the roster of the Italian senior national team.

Alessandro Gentile
Alessandro Gentile
   #3. The Italian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Alessandro Gentile (200-92, currently plays in Greece). He was the main contributor in Panathinaikos' victory against the 11th-ranked Koroivos (5-11) crushing them 76-55 in the Greek A1 on Monday night. Gentile was the best player in that game. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Panathinaikos Athens (9-4) is placed second in the A1. Gentile's overall stats this season are: 6.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 63.6%(14-22) and FT: 22.2%. He is also a member of the Italian senior national team.

Nicolo Melli
Nicolo Melli
   #4. Power forward Nicolo Melli (205-91, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Maccabi T-A (7-14) 90-75 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Melli scored 8 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 32 minutes. Brose Baskets Bamberg (8-13) is placed 11th in group A. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. This year Melli has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 7.9rpg and 2.2apg in 21 games. He is also Italian national team player.

Marco Belinelli
Marco Belinelli
   #5. International guard Marco Belinelli (196-86, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Charlotte Hornets (25-27) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Belinelli's very good performance the Charlotte Hornets (25-27) were defeated 126-111 on the road by the Golden State Warriors. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Belinelli also added 7 passes. Belinelli has reliable stats this season: 11.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.9apg. He plays currently for the Italian national team.

Danilo Gallinari
Danilo Gallinari
   #6. Small forward Danilo Gallinari (208-88, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Denver Nuggets (23-29) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Gallinari's good performance the Denver Nuggets (23-29) were badly defeated 119-99 in Memphis by the Grizzlies. He was the top scorer with 14 points. Gallinari is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Nuggets' roster. Gallinari has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.2ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.2apg. Gallinari is an international player who is currently on the senior Italian National Team roster.

Giovanni De Nicolao
Giovanni De Nicolao
   #7. U20 international guard Giovanni De Nicolao (190-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an UTSA's surprising victory against the University of Alabama at Birmingham (1-1) 82-67 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He scored 12 points, made 6 passes and 4 steals. The The Univ.of Texas - San Antonio has 4-1 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. De Nicolao's overall stats this season are: 8.7ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.0apg and 1.6spg. He is also Italian U20 national team player.

Nicola Akele
Nicola Akele
   #8. Forward Nicola Akele (203-95, currently studies in the States) contributed to a Rhode Island's victory against the University of Massachusetts (0-2) 70-62 in the NCAA last Tuesday. Akele scored 12 points, had 6 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals in a mere 18 minutes. The Rhode Island University has 3-2 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Akele's overall stats are: 3.6ppg and 2.8rpg in 22 games. He used to play for the Italian U20 national team back in 2015.

Scott Ulaneo
Scott Ulaneo
   #9. U18 international forward Scott Ulaneo (208-98, is currently at the American university) helped Seattle win their game against the Utah Valley University 63-50 in the NCAA last Saturday. Ulaneo scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Seattle University has 1-2 conference record this season. Ulaneo's total stats this year are: 4.5ppg and 3.9rpg. He is also in the roster of the Italian U18 national team.

Roberto Vercellino
Roberto Vercellino
   #10. Forward Roberto Vercellino (201-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the N.Colorado (3-3) in their game against the University of North Dakota (2-0) in the NCAA. Vercellino cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points. The N.Colorado was defeated 87-77 at home by the University of North Dakota. Vercellino's total stats this season are: 2.4ppg and 2.6rpg. He is a former U18 international player as two years ago he still played for the Italian national team.

   #11. Former U20 international forward Giacomo Zilli (206-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help University of North Carolina - Asheville to win against the Charleston Southern University 91-73 in the NCAA last Wednesday. Zilli scored only 2 points. Zilli's total stats this season are: 5.3ppg and 2.3rpg. He used to play for the Italian U20 national team two years ago.

   #12. U20 international guard Federico Mussini (188-96, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the St.John's (3-4) in their last game. Despite Mussini's good performance the St.John's lost 79-92 on their home court in Jamaica to the Villanova University. He scored 11 points in 24 minutes. This year Mussini's total stats are: 7.9ppg and 1.7rpg in 22 games. He is also in the roster of the Italian U20 national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Fulvio de Assis (188-PG-81, currently plays in Brazil) could not help Brasilia (13-5) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite de Assis' very good performance the league leader Brasilia was defeated 78-70 at home by the lower-ranked Universo/Vitoria (#4). He was the top scorer with 19 points. de Assis also added 5 rebounds. This season de Assis has relatively solid stats: 10.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 6.6apg and 1.1spg. He has a dual citizenship: Italian and Brazilian.

   #2. Guilherme Giovannoni (203-PF-80, currently plays in Brazil) is a teammate of previously mentioned Fulvio de Assis and both played together in the last Brazilian NBB game. Giovannoni was not able to help Brasilia (13-5) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the league leader Brasilia lost 70-78 on their home court in Brasilia to the lower-ranked (#4) Universo/Vitoria. Giovannoni was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 28 minutes. Giovannoni is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his eighth year in Brasilia's roster. This season Giovannoni has relatively solid stats: 14.5ppg, 7.9rpg and 3.1apg in 18 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Italian and Brazilian.

   #3. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, agency: Pro Sports, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in Liga Americas) led his Uruguayan team Hebraica to a victory over the closely-ranked Capitanes (1-2) 82-75 in the Liga Americas last Friday. Garcia Morales was the best player in that game. He recorded 22 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 37 minutes. Hebraica Macabi Montevideo (2-1) is placed tenth in the Liga Americas. The Regular Season already ended in the Liga Americas. Garcia Morales has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.0apg and 2.3spg in three games. Garcia Morales has both Italian and Uruguayan nationalities.

   #4. Mauricio Aguiar (199-F-83, also represented by Pro Sports, currently plays in Uruguay) was not able to secure a victory for Defensor (3-6) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Aguiar's very good performance the sixth-placed Defensor (3-6) was defeated 96-89 on their home court in Montevideo by the higher-ranked Aguada (#3) in the Promocional 1 group. He was the second best scorer with 18 points. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. This season Aguiar has very high stats. He averages: 17.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.5apg. Aguiar also holds two passports: Italian and Uruguayan.

   #5. Jayson Granger (189-G-89, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an Anadolu Efes' victory against the fifth-ranked Crvena Zvezda (12-9) 86-72 in the Euroleague on Friday night. Granger scored 6 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 26 minutes. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (10-11) is placed eighth in group A. This year Granger's overall stats are: 8.5ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.8apg in 21 games. Similarly like Aguiar and Garcia Morales above He has Uruguayan and Italian nationalities. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

   #6. Angelo Caloiaro (205-F-89, agency: Pensack Sports, college: USF, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) couldn't help Demir IBB in their game against Enisey in the FIBA Europe Cup. Caloiaro recorded 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 25 minutes. His team lost 81-91. Caloiaro's stats this year are: 11.5ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.6apg and 1.5spg in 13 games. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Caloiaro has never played in Italy.

   #7. Paulinho Boracini (183-PG-84, currently plays in Brazil) couldn't help Minas in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Minas was defeated 82-78 on their home court in Belo Horizonte by the lower-ranked Universo/Vitoria (#4). Boracini was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 6 assists. Boracini's overall stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.6apg. He has Italian and Brazilian nationalities. Despite Boracini's Italian passport, he previously played for the Brazilian U21 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Italian team.

   #8. Luis Felipe Gruber (206-SF-85, currently plays in Brazil) was the main contributor in SKY/Basquete's victory against the closely-ranked Minas 66-62 in the Brazilian NBB in Wednesday night's game. Gruber was the top player that evening. He scored 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 15 minutes. This year Gruber's overall stats are: 7.9ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.4apg in 14 games. He has dual citizenship: Italian and Brazilian.

   #9. Kevin Lisch (188-C-86, college: St.Louis, currently plays in Australia) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Kings (13-14) in their last game. Despite his good performance Kings lost 76-89 on their home court in Sydney to the higher-ranked (#5) United. Lisch was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 4 passes in 36 minutes. Lisch has very impressive stats this year: 16.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.7apg and 2.0spg in 26 games. He has Italian and Australian nationalities.

   #10. Tyler Bernardini (198-G-88, college: Pennsylvania, currently plays in United Kingdom) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Glasgow Rocks crushing them 94-74 in the British BBL in Friday night's game. Bernardini scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. He averaged so far 13.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.5apg and 2.0spg. Bernardini is a naturalized American.



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Pape-Philippe Amagou selected the top Ivorian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Pape-Philippe Amagou
Pape-Philippe Amagou
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (186-85, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France). Amagou could not help Le Mans (9-9) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Le Mans was crushed 92-63 on the road by the higher-ranked Strasbourg IG (#8). Amagou was the second best scorer with 10 points. He also added 4 passes. This season Amagou averages: 6.8ppg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 42.6% and FT: 71.4%. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French. Despite Amagou played previously for the French U20 national team, he played also for the Ivorian national team in 2013.

Herve Lamizana
Herve Lamizana
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international power forward Herve Lamizana (208-81, agency: Basket Management Solutions, college: Rutgers, currently plays in Taiwan). Lamizana was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Yulon Luxgen in their game against Fubon Braves (15-10) in the Taiwanese SBL. Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game He recorded a double-double by scoring 33 points and getting 14 rebounds. Lamizana also added 2 blocks. Lamizana has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.5ppg, 9.3rpg, 2.7apg, 2.7bpg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 49.8%, 3FGP: 33.9% and FT: 67.5%. Lamizana is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and French. He played for the Ivorian national team in 2013.

Charles Abouo
Charles Abouo
   #3. The Ivorian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman Charles Abouo (196-89, college: BYU, currently plays in France). Abouo was not able to secure a victory for Denain Voltaire (9-8) in their game against Poitiers (7-10) in the French ProB (second division). Despite his good performance on Friday night He was the second best scorer with 10 points. Abouo also added 4 rebounds. Abouo's overall stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 2FGP: 47.8%, 3FGP: 48.0%(24-50) and FT: 57.1%. He has both American and Ivorian nationalities. Abouo played for the Ivorian national team four years ago.

Louri Frejus Zerbo
Louri Frejus Zerbo
   #4. Center Louri Frejus Zerbo (209-89, currently plays in France) contributed to a Limoges CSP Elite's victory against one of league's weakest teams Cholet Basket (6-12) 68-61 in the French ProA in Monday night's game. He scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. Limoges CSP Elite (8-10) is placed 11th in the ProA. It's Zerbo's sixth season with the team. This year Zerbo's overall stats are: 1.8ppg and 2.6rpg in 18 games he played so far. He also holds two passports: Burkinabe and Ivorian. Zerbo used to play for the Ivorian national team back in 2013.

Remi Dibo
Remi Dibo
   #5. International forward Remi Dibo (201-91, agency: Octagon Europe, college: W.Virginia, currently plays in France) managed to help ALM Evreux Basket in a victory against the 16th-ranked SPO Rouen (6-11) 87-74 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. He scored 5 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 22 minutes. ALM Evreux Basket (8-9) is placed 12th in the ProB. Dibo has relatively good stats this year: 10.9ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.7apg in 11 games. He has Ivorian and French nationalities. Dibo plays currently for the Ivorian national team.

Mohamed Kone
Mohamed Kone
   #6. Center Mohamed Kone (211-81, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in France) couldn't help Charleville-Mezieres (11-6) in their game against Saint Chamond (5-12) in the French ProB (second division). Despite his very good performance in Friday night's game He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. Kone also added 3 blocks. This season Kone has relatively solid stats: 14.2ppg, 10.4rpg, 1.1apg and 1.4spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Ivorian National Team roster.

Bryan Pamba-Juille
Bryan Pamba-Juille
   #7. International point guard Bryan Pamba-Juille (184-92, currently plays in France) helped Lille Metropole win their game against the 13th-ranked Aix-Maurienne (7-10) crushing them 83-61 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. Pamba-Juille scored 8 points. Lille Metropole Basket (10-7) is placed fourth in the ProB. Pamba-Juille's total stats this season are: 4.3ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg. Despite he played previously for the French U20 national team, Pamba-Juille is currently in the Ivorian national team roster.

Guy Landry Edi
Guy Landry Edi
   #8. Swingman Guy Landry Edi (202-88, agency: Promotex, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in France) faced previously mentioned Mohamed Kone in the French ProB last game. Edi helped Saint Chamond edge the third-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (11-6) 82-80. He scored 9 points. It was his first game for Saint Chamond this season. Edi plays currently for the Ivorian national team.

Moussa Kone
Moussa Kone
   #9. Former international forward Moussa Kone (203-93, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Germany) helped Iserlohn win their game against the fifth-ranked AstroStars (11-7) crushing them 81-59 in the German ProB (third division) on Saturday night. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Iserlohn Kangaroos (12-6) is placed third in North group. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Kone's first season with the team. This year Kone has very high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 11.5rpg and 1.7apg. Kone holds both American and Ivorian passports. He used to play for the Ivorian national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Alain Koffi (207-C-83, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) could not help Pau-Lacq-Orthez (4-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the first-placed Pau-Lacq-Orthez (4-2) lost 86-95 on the road to the lower-ranked (#6) Oostende in the group O of FIBA Europe Cup. Koffi had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds in 21 minutes. Koffi has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg and 5.3rpg in 11 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French.

   #2. Doron Perkins (189-G-83, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in Iran) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Azad (10-6) 75-60 in the Iranian Superleague on Monday night. Perkins scored 8 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals in 33 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Naft Abadan (13-3) is placed second in the Superleague. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Perkins has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg, 6.1rpg, 3.1apg and 2.6spg in nine games. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and American.

   #3. Adjehi Baru (206-F-91, college: Charleston, currently plays in Denmark) was the major contributor in SISU's victory against the second-ranked Horsholm (11-3) 95-80 in the Danish Ligaen last Thursday. Baru had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 2 blocks in 33 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Baru's second season in pro basketball. SISU Copenhagen (4-11) is placed sixth in the Ligaen. It's Baru's first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 14.9ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1bpg and 1.4spg in seven games.

   #4. Dane Watts (203-F-86, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Oettinger Rockets Gotha (10-11) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance Oettinger Rockets Gotha was defeated 98-86 in Heidelberg by the leading MLP Academics. Watts was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 4 rebounds. Watts has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg. Watts has both American and Ivorian nationalities.

   #5. Bazoumana Kone (190-G-93, college: Bremerhaven, currently plays in Germany) managed to help Giessen 46ers in a victory against the third-ranked BG Goettingen (13-3) 79-72 in the German BBL last Saturday. Kone scored only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. Giessen 46ers (10-10) is placed eighth in the BBL. This year Kone averages just 3.5ppg in two games. He also holds two passports: Ivorian and German.

   #6. Patrick Gnagbo (206-F/C-90, currently plays in NAIA) contributed to an easy victory against the Rio Grande University crushing them 90-68 in the KIAC in Saturday night's game. He scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes. This year Gnagbo's total stats are: 4.3ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg in 17 games.

   #7. Salim Gloyd (198-F-92, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Hawaii-Hilo, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for CB Tarragona 2017 (5-14) in their last game. Despite his good performance CB Tarragona 2017 lost 89-96 in Granada to the second-ranked CB Granada. Gloyd recorded 10 points in 17 minutes. Gloyd has reliable stats this year: 10.7ppg and 4.6rpg in 19 games. He holds both American and Ivorian passports.

   #8. Mohamed Toure (190-G-92, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Orzinuovi GaGa in their game against Desio in the Italian Serie B (third division). Despite his good performance in Sunday night's game Toure recorded 10 points. Toure's total stats this season are: 5.8ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.5apg. He has dual citizenship: Ivorian and Italian. Despite Toure's Ivorian passport, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Ivorian team.

   #9. Armand Anebo (194-SF-87, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help Leeds Force in their game against Bristol Acadamy Flyers in the British BBL. Anebo cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court. His team was badly defeated by 18 points 101-83. This year Anebo's total stats are: 3.5ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.3apg in six games.

   #10. Raydell Denis (203-F/C, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Saint Augustine's College in their game against the Johnson C. Smith University in the NCAA2. Denis cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only one point in 11 minutes. His team lost 61-66 in the NCAA2. This year Denis' total stats are: 0.8ppg and 2.2rpg in 13 games.



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Kimani Ffriend selected the top Jamaican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kimani Ffriend
Kimani Ffriend
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international center Kimani Ffriend (211-77, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Serbia). He was the major contributor in a Dynamic BG's victory against the seventh-ranked Tamis (9-7) crushing them 95-70 in the Serbian KLS in Friday night's game. Ffriend recorded 20 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and made 3 blocks in 23 minutes on the court. Dynamic BG Beograd (13-3) is placed second in the KLS. It's Ffriend's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Ffriend averages: 18.0ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.8apg, 2.0bpg, 2FGP: 67.3%(33-49) and FT: 75.0% in five games he played so far. He played for the Jamaican senior national team five years ago.

Akeem Scott
Akeem Scott
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Akeem Scott (185-83, college: High Point, currently plays in Chile). He led Universidad de Concepcion to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked CD Tinguiririca San Fernando (9-23) 106-89 in the Chilean Liga Nacional on Saturday night. Scott scored 23 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 7 assists. CD Universidad de Concepcion (20-10) is placed second in Conferencia Centro. This season Scott has very high stats. He averages: 18.9ppg, 6.3rpg, 4.0apg, 2.8spg, 2FGP: 50.2%, 3FGP: 27.4% and FT: 79.3%. Scott is a naturalized American. Worth to mention Scott played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He played for the Jamaican national team in 2014.

Adrian Uter
Adrian Uter
   #3. The Jamaican player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Adrian Uter (200-84, agency: BeoBasket, college: Hofstra, currently plays in France). Uter could not help ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (10-8) to beat JSF Nanterre (12-6). He scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 19 minutes. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket lost 74-88 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) JSF Nanterre. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. This year Uter's overall stats are: 9.4ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 50.5%, 3FGP: 27.8% and FT: 60.4% in 17 games. He is a naturalized American. Uter played for the Jamaican national team four years ago.

Jerome Jordan
Jerome Jordan
   #4. Center Jerome Jordan (215-86, college: Tulsa, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Joventut (5-14) in their last game. Despite his good performance Joventut lost 75-89 in Tenerife to the second-ranked CB Canarias. Jordan scored 10 points in 27 minutes. Jordan has relatively good stats this year: 10.1ppg and 5.1rpg in 13 games. He used to play for the Jamaican national team back in 2014.

Ryan Reid
Ryan Reid
   #5. Former international power forward Ryan Reid (204-86, college: Florida St., currently plays in Japan) contributed to an easy victory against the leader Gunma (23-11) crushing them 69-49 in the Japanese B League D2 on Saturday night. Reid scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group West. Shimane Susanoo Magic (27-6) is placed second. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. Reid's total stats this season are: 8.4ppg and 5.9rpg. He is a naturalized American. Reid used to play for the Jamaican national team six years ago.

Durand Scott
Durand Scott
   #6. Swingman Durand Scott (196-90, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Enel Brindisi (8-10) in their game against Grissin Bon RE (10-8) in the Italian Serie A. Scott scored 7 points. Enel Brindisi was defeated 98-84 in Reggio Emilia by the much higher-ranked Grissin Bon RE (#4). This season Scott has very high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.5apg and 1.2spg. Scott is a naturalized American. He is a former international player as he played for the Jamaican senior team four years ago.

Dylan Ennis
Dylan Ennis
   #7. Former international guard Dylan Ennis (187-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a 1-point Oregon's victory against the Arizona State University (1-1) 71-70 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. He recorded 10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. The University of Oregon has 5-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all five games in the conference. This season Ennis has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.3apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Jamaican national team three years ago.

Adrian Forbes
Adrian Forbes
   #8. Power forward Adrian Forbes (211-88, agency: Haylett Sports, college: Auburn, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Kagawa FA (10-24) in their game against Nishinomiya Storks (24-10) in the Japanese B League D2. He scored 5 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The fifth-placed Kagawa FA (10-24) were badly defeated 87-68 in Hyogo by the second-ranked Nishinomiya Storks in the West group. It was Kagawa FA's fifth consecutive loss in a row. Forbes' total stats this season are: 5.6ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.2bpg. He used to play for the Jamaican national team back in 2014.

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

   #1. Omari Johnson (206-F-89, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Lithuania) led Neptunas to a 3-point victory over the eighth-ranked Dzukija (6-16) 69-66 in the Lithuanian LKL last Saturday. Johnson was MVP of the game. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Neptunas Klaipeda (12-10) is placed fourth in the LKL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Johnson's overall stats this season are: 8.1ppg and 4.8rpg. He is a naturalized American.

   #2. Sek Henry (193-G-87, college: Nebraska, currently plays in France) could not help Gravelines-Dunkerque (10-8) in their last game. Despite Henry's very good performance Gravelines-Dunkerque was edged 89-87 on the road by the much lower-ranked (#14) JDA Dijon. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Henry also added 4 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 4 balls in 37 minutes. It was Gravelines-Dunkerque's first loss after three consecutive victories. Henry has relatively good stats this year: 13.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.5apg and 1.4spg in 12 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American.

   #3. Experienced Torin Francis (210-C-83, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to help La Union (5-18) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Francis' very good performance the seventh-placed La Union (5-18) was crushed 84-62 in Sunchales by the lower-ranked Libertad (#7) in the Norte group. He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds. Francis has relatively good stats this season: 13.7ppg and 8.2rpg. He is a naturalized American.

   #4. Jevohn Shepherd (196-G/F-86, college: Michigan, currently plays in Belgium) was the major contributor in a Spirou Charleroi's victory against the closely-ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (8-10) 80-61 in the Belgian Euromillions League last Friday. Shepherd scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 24 minutes. Proximus Spirou Charleroi (10-8) is placed third in the Euromillions League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Shepherd has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.7apg in 15 games. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #5. Ryan Martin (206-F-91, college: Tenn Tech, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for STB Le Havre (8-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance STB Le Havre was defeated 83-76 in Roanne by the lower-ranked Chorale de (#10). Martin scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). It was his first game for STB Le Havre this season. Martin is another player who holds two passports: Jamaican and British. Despite his Jamaican nationality, Martin previously played for the British U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Jamaican team.

   #6. Justin Rutty (200-F-89, agency: HMS, college: Quinnipiac, currently plays in Uruguay) led Union Atletica to a victory against the sixth-ranked Cordon 100-94 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB on Wednesday night. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. Rutty also added 3 assists in 34 minutes. Rutty has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.3ppg, 10.0rpg and 1.9apg in nine games. Rutty is a naturalized American.

   #7. Sherman Gay (201-F/C-82, college: Loyola Mary, currently plays in Finland) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Tampereen Pyrinto crushing them 92-72 in the Finnish Korisliiga in Wednesday night's game. He scored 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. This season Gay has very high stats. He averages: 20.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.0bpg and 1.2spg. Gay is a naturalized American.

   #8. Phil Henry (203-PF-91, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: E.New Mexico, currently plays in Slovakia) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Nova Ves in their game against Karlovka in the Slovakian SBL, despite his very good performance in Wednesday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds. Henry also added 3 assists in 37 minutes. But his team was badly defeated by 19 points 90-71. Henry has very impressive stats this year: 16.1ppg, 8.6rpg and 1.1apg in 28 games. He is a naturalized American.

   #9. Jermaine Bucknor (201-F-83, college: Richmond, currently plays in Germany) contributed to Gladiators' victory against the 11th-ranked Chemnitz 71-58 in the German ProA (second division) on Friday night. Bucknor scored 8 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 21 minutes. It was his first game for Gladiators this season. Bucknor has both Jamaican and Canadian nationalities.

   #10. Tyran De Lattibeaudiere (201-F-91, college: Lamar, currently plays in Spain) led CB Granada to a victory over one of league's weakest teams CB Tarragona 2017 96-89 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. De Lattibeaudiere was MVP of the game. He recorded 21 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. De Lattibeaudiere has reliable stats this year: 12.7ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3bpg in 20 games.



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  JAPAN  

JBL2 Standings

B League D3 Standings
 1. Fukuoka Rizing 21-2 
 2. Kanazawa Sam. 18-2 
 3. Otsuka A. 14-6 
 4. Tokyo HT 13-10 
 5. Tokyo Cinq R. 10-12 
 6. Aisin AW 10-12 
 7. Saitama Bron. 5-17 
 8. Toyoda Gosei 4-16 
 9. Tokyo Big Blue 2-20 

Regular Season: Round 13

Feb. 9: Fukuoka Rizing - Tokyo HT 81-56
Feb. 10: Tokyo Cinq R. - Saitama Bron.
Feb. 10: Fukuoka Rizing - Tokyo HT
Feb. 11: Tokyo Cinq R. - Saitama Bron.
Feb. 11: Toyoda Gosei - Aisin AW
Feb. 11: Kanazawa Sam. - Otsuka A.
Feb. 12: Kanazawa Sam. - Otsuka A.
Feb. 12: Toyoda Gosei - Aisin AW



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Mike Moser (ex Hapoel Holon) joins Sigal Prishtina - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Sigal Prishtina (SuperLeague) agreed terms with 27-year old American forward Mike Moser (203-96kg-90, college: Oregon). He played last season at Hapoel Holon in Israeli Winner League, but left the team in Feb.'16. In 19 games he had 11.5ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.4spg.
The previous (14-15) season Moser played at Lietuvos rytas in Lithuanian LKL where in 48 games he recorded 5.5ppg and 3.3rpg. He helped them to make it to both league and Cup finals after they ended regular season as second best team. Moser also played 17 games in Eurocup where he averaged 4.8ppg and 3.2rpg.
Moser has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
He was voted All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention back in 2014 at his college time.
Moser graduated from University of Oregon in 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rahoveci adds Farmer-Blanchard to their roster, ex Venta de Banos - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted KB Rahoveci (SuperLeague) added to their roster 26-year old American center Ronald Farmer-Blanchard (208-91, college: Wash.Adventist). He started the season at Baloncesto Venta de Banos in Spanish EBA league. In 7 games he recorded 8.4ppg and 5.7rpg this season.
Farmer-Blanchard's team made it to the AII Tournament Semifinals in 2016.
He graduated from Washington Adventist University in 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Trepca hosts the Final Four - by Dren Shporta

Basketball Federation of Kosovo (FBK) has announced yesterday that KB Trepca Mitrovice will host the cup Final Four of this season.

Sigal Prishtina, KB Bashkimi Prizren, KB Peja and KB Trepca Mitrovice are participants that are qualified for the final stages of Kosovan cup, while the trophy defender is Sigal Prishtina.

Two semifinal matches will be played on Friday 17th February 2017, while the cup final is scheduled for Sunday, 19th of February.

First semifinal match is KB Bashkimi Prizren vs KB Peja while the second KB Trepca Mitrovice vs Sigal Prishtina.

At quarterfinals, Sigal Prishtina beat Golden Eagle Ylli, KB Bashkimi Prizren overcome Vushtrria, KB Peja thrashed KB Drita Gjilan before KB Trepca Mitrovice qualified over KB Rahoveci.




Justin Doellman selected the top Kosovan playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Justin Doellman
Justin Doellman
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Justin Doellman (205-85, agency: BeoBasket, college: Xavier, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help FC Barcelona (8-13) in their last game. Despite Doellman's good performance the 11th-placed FC Barcelona (8-13) lost 85-89 on the road to the higher-ranked (#10) Zalgiris in the group A of Euroleague. He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes on the court. It was FC Barcelona's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Doellman averages: 7.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 40.9%, 3FGP: 53.6%(15-28) and FT: 94.7%(18-19) in 15 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Doellman is currently a member of the Kosovan senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Kosovo.

Scott Bamforth
Scott Bamforth
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Scott Bamforth (188-89, also represented by BeoBasket, college: Weber St., currently plays in Spain). Bamforth was the major contributor in a RETAbet BB's surprising victory against the third-ranked FC Barcelona (13-5) 76-68 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He scored 13 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). RETAbet Bilbao Basket (8-10) is placed tenth in the Liga Endesa. It's Bamforth's first season with the team. Bamforth has relatively good stats this year: 14.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.2apg, 2FGP: 57.9%(44-76), 3FGP: 36.5% and FT: 91.9%(68-74). He is a naturalized American. Bamforth is in the roster of the Kosovan senior national team. Apparently he has never played in Kosovo.

Gezim Morina
Gezim Morina
   #3. The Kosovan player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Gezim Morina (203-92, currently plays in Slovenia). Morina contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Portoroz (1-15) crushing them 94-61 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM on Friday night. He scored 8 points. Sixt Primorska (9-8) is placed seventh in the Liga Nova KBM. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. Morina's overall stats this season are: 7.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 2FGP: 54.1%, 3FGP: 22.2% and FT: 80.8%. He has a dual citizenship: Kosovan and Slovenian. Morina played for the Kosovan national team six years ago.

Jaren Sina
Jaren Sina
   #4. Guard Jaren Sina (188-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the G.Washington in their game against the Virginia Commonwealth University (1-1) in the NCAA. He recorded 8 points and added 4 passes. The G.Washington was edged 54-53 in Richmond by the Virginia Commonwealth University. Sina's overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 3.0apg. He is a naturalized American. Sina is also Kosovan national team player. Interesting that he has never played in Kosovo.

Arif Mehmetaj
Arif Mehmetaj
   #5. International forward Arif Mehmetaj (201-94, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to a Daemen College's victory against the New York Institute of Technology (2-9) 80-72 in the NCAA2 on Wednesday night. Mehmetaj scored 10 points in only 14 minutes. The Daemen College has a solid 9-4 record this season. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA2 Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Mehmetaj has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.5apg in 19 games. Mehmetaj is a naturalized American. He plays currently for the Kosovan national team. However Mehmetaj has never played in Kosovo.

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

   #1. Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94, currently plays in Slovenia) was the major contributor in Krka's victory against the eighth-ranked Tajfun (8-9) crushing them 67-37 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM on Wednesday night. Kastrati scored 12 points in 25 minutes. Krka Novo Mesto (15-4) is placed first in the Liga Nova KBM. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. Kastrati is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Krka's roster. This season his overall stats are: 9.4ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.3apg in 16 games he played so far. Kastrati has a dual citizenship: Kosovan and Albanian.

   #2. Shawn Jones (203-PF-92, college: Middle Tenn.St., currently plays in EuroCup) managed to help Hapoel Jerusalem to win against the closely-ranked Lietuvos rytas (3-3) 84-77 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Hapoel Jerusalem (5-1) is placed first in the Eurocup. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Jones' overall stats this season are: 5.5ppg and 3.6rpg. He is a naturalized American. Interesting that Jones has never played in Kosovo.

   #3. Kenan Sipahi (197-PG-95, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Usak Sportlif (5-12) 84-66 in the Turkish BSL last Saturday. He scored only 3 points in 9 minutes on the court. Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (13-4) is placed third in the BSL. This year Sipahi's overall stats are: 3.3ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.1apg in 15 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Kosovan and Turkish.

   #4. Lis Shoshi (211-F-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) led UALR to a victory against the Appalachian State University (4-5) 69-62 in the NCAA in Monday night's game. He scored 11 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 24 minutes. The University of Arkansas at Little Rock has 2-2 conference record this season. This year Shoshi has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3bpg in 19 games.



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  KUWAIT  

Standings

D1 Standings
 1. Al Kuwait 9-1 
 2. Kazma 9-1 
 3. Al Jahraa 8-2 
 4. Al Arabi 7-3 
 5. Al Qadsia 6-4 
 6. Al Nasar 6-4 
 7. Al Yarmook 4-6 
 8. Al Sahel 2-8 
 9. Al Tadhamon 2-8 
 10. Al Shabab 1-9 
 11. Al Sulaibikhat 1-9 

Regular Season: Round 14

Feb. 8: Al Kuwait - Al Sulaibikhat 84-41



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  KYRGYZSTAN  


BK Tulpar-SKIF tabs Andrey Kislitsin - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion BK Tulpar-SKIF (Liga Forward) inked 27-year old Turk forward Andrey Kislitsin (201-90). He played recently at Kaspiy Aktau in Kazakhstan National League.
His team made it to the League Semifinals in 2013.
Kislitsin has played also professionally in Turkey (Pertevniyal, Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi and Adanaspor).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LATVIA  

Standings - LBAL

LBL2 Standings
Places 1-12
 1. Turiba 16-0 
 2. Kekava 14-1 
 3. ViA 11-3 
 4. Jelgava 11-4 
 5. Marupe 9-7 
 6. RSU 8-7 
 7. Ogre/Kumho Tyre 7-7 
 8. Limbazi 5-11 
 9. RTU 4-11 
 10. Saldus 3-14 
 11. Livani 1-12 
 12. Gulbenes Buki 1-13 
Places 13-21
 1. VeA 12-0 
 2. DSN/SB 8-3 
 3. Madona 6-4 
 4. VEF skola 6-4 
 5. LU/BS Riga 5-3 
 6. Valmiera/ORDO-2 5-5 
 7. Jekabpils II 3-9 
 8. Riga/Ridzene 1-9 
 9. BJBS Riga 0-9 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 11

Feb. 7: Valmiera/ORDO-2 - Riga/Ridzene 96-71
Feb. 9: VeA - BJBS Riga 96-44
Feb. 8: Limbazi - RTU 82-83
Feb. 7: Jekabpils II - DSN/SB 64-98
Feb. 9: RSU - Turiba 53-82

Second Stage: Round 12

Feb. 10: ViA - Marupe
Feb. 10: Saldus - Ogre/Kumho Tyre
Feb. 10: Kekava - RTU
Feb. 11: Gulbenes Buki - Limbazi
Feb. 12: LU/BS Riga - VeA
Feb. 12: BJBS Riga - VEF skola
Feb. 14: VEF skola - Jekabpils II
Feb. 14: Jelgava - Gulbenes Buki
Feb. 15: Turiba - ViA
Feb. 15: VeA - DSN/SB
Feb. 15: Ogre/Kumho Tyre - RSU
Feb. 10: Livani - Jelgava
Feb. 10: Valmiera/ORDO-2 - Madona


LBL D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Barrett, Madona27.5 
 2. Krumins, Jelgava23.3 
 3. Ginters, RSU22.9 
 4. Miezis, Kekava22.7 
 5. Kaufmanis, Valmier.22.6 
 6. Jansons, VEF skola18.4 
 7. Saknitis, Kekava18.3 
 8. Stiebrins, Jekabpil.18.2 
 9. Skute, Madona17.8 
 10. Osins, Limbazi16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Barrett, Madona15.3 
 2. Dubults, ViA11.7 
 3. Cavars, Kekava11.3 
 4. Vikentsyeu, VeA10.8 
 5. Mednis, Gulbenes Buki10.2 
 6. Gertners, DSN/.9.8 
 7. Krumins, Jelgava9.1 
 8. Metnieks, Marupe9.0 
 9. Ginters, RSU8.8 
 10. Skute, Madona8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Gatis JUSTOVICS
  Jelgava
  (184-G-87)
  Avg: 8
 1. Justovics, Jelgava8.0 
 2. Buikis, Saldus7.6 
 3. Kohanovs, ViA6.4 
 4. Endzels, Turiba6.3 
 5. Bikovs, RTU5.9 
 6. Osins, Limbazi5.7 
 7. Zotovs, VEF skola5.6 
 8. Paze, Marupe5.4 
 9. Dulevskis, Gulbenes.5.3 
 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. Bikovs, RTU2.7 
 5. Kaufmanis, Valmier.2.6 
 6. Osins, Limbazi2.6 
 7. Zotovs, VEF skola2.5 
 8. Skripka, Madona2.4 
 9. Klegeris, LU/BS R.2.3 
 10. Berzins, Valmier.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Reinis AVOTINS
  Jekabpil.
  (202-F-98)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Avotins, Jekabpil.1.6 
 2. Engers, ViA1.4 
 3. Dembskis, LU/BS R.1.4 
 4. Skute, Madona1.3 
 5. Metnieks, Marupe1.2 
 6. Indrikovs, Ogre/Kum.1.1 
 7. Gertners, DSN/.1.1 
 8. Jurjans, RSU1.0 
 9. Railans, Valmier.0.9 
 10. Vikentsyeu, VeA0.9 


Janis Strelnieks selected the top Latvian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Janis Strelnieks
Janis Strelnieks
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his German team Brose Baskets to a victory over the closely-ranked Maccabi T-A (8-14) 90-75 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Strelnieks was MVP of the game. He scored 25 points and added 4 assists in 20 minutes on the court. Brose Baskets Bamberg (8-14) is placed 12th in group A. Strelnieks has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.5apg, 2FGP: 58.1%(54-93), 3FGP: 45.9%(39-85) and FT: 89.2% in 22 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Janis Timma
Janis Timma
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Janis Timma (201-92, currently plays in EuroCup). Timma could not help Zenit (3-3) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Zenit was edged 86-84 on the road by the lower-ranked Lietuvos rytas (#3). Timma was the second best scorer with 21 points. He also added 5 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Timma has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.8ppg, 4.7rpg, 3.1apg, 2FGP: 69.2%(36-52), 3FGP: 44.0% and FT: 75.0%. Timma is in the roster of the Latvian senior national team.

Kristaps Porzingis
Kristaps Porzingis
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Kristaps Porzingis (221-95, currently plays in NBA). He was not able to help the New York Knicks (22-32) in their last game. Despite Porzingis' very good performance the New York Knicks (22-32) lost 115-119 in Los Angeles to the Clippers. He was the second best scorer with 27 points. Porzingis also added 6 rebounds in 27 minutes. It was Knicks' third consecutive loss in a row. Porzingis has very impressive stats this year: 18.6ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.3apg, 1.9bpg, 2FGP: 48.5%, 3FGP: 38.2% and FT: 77.9% in 46 games. He is also a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Dairis Bertans
Dairis Bertans
   #4. Shooting guard Dairis Bertans (194-89, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to secure a victory for Darussafaka (10-11) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Bertans' very good performance the ninth-placed Darussafaka (10-11) was edged 89-87 in Milano by the lower-ranked Armani (#15) in the group A of Euroleague. He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Bertans also added 3 assists. Bertans' overall stats this season are: 7.2ppg and 1.4apg. He is also Latvian national team player.

Zanis Peiners
Zanis Peiners
   #5. International swingman Zanis Peiners (203-90, currently plays in Greece) was the major contributor in PAOK's victory against the closely-ranked Aris (9-7) 62-58 in a derby game in the Greek A1 last Saturday. Peiners recorded 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) in 33 minutes. PAOK Thessaloniki (9-7) is placed fifth in the A1. It's Peiners' first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.7apg in 13 games. Peiners plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Anzejs Pasecniks
Anzejs Pasecniks
   #6. Center Anzejs Pasecniks (216-95, college: VEF skola, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Gran Canaria's victory against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga (12-7) 76-71 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Saturday night. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Herbalife Gran Canaria (11-8) is placed seventh in the Liga Endesa. Pasecniks' overall stats this season are: 7.5ppg and 3.2rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

Davis Bertans
Davis Bertans
   #7. International forward Davis Bertans (208-92, currently plays in NBA) helped San Antonio Spurs win their game against the Philadelphia 76ers (17-35) 102-86 in the NBA in Thursday night's game. Bertans scored 12 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 30 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have quite an impressive 40-12 record this season. This year Bertans' overall stats are: 4.3ppg and 1.4rpg in 44 games. He is also Latvian national team player.

Rolands Freimanis
Rolands Freimanis
   #8. Power forward Rolands Freimanis (208-88, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) couldn't help Usak Sportlif in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Freimanis' very good performance Usak Sportlif (#3) was defeated 82-72 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Oradea (#7) in the group Q of FIBA Europe Cup. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Freimanis also added 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Usak Sportlif this season. Freimanis plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Ojars Silins
Ojars Silins
   #9. International power forward Ojars Silins (203-93, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) helped his German team Telekom Baskets win their game against the closely-ranked Joensuun Kataja 91-72 in the FIBA Europe Cup on Wednesday night. He recorded 12 points in a mere 15 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. Silins has reliable stats this year: 12.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.1apg in 11 games. He is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

Rolands Smits
Rolands Smits
   #10. Power forward Rolands Smits (207-95, currently plays in EuroCup) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (2-4) in their game against Gran Canaria (4-2) in the Eurocup. Smits scored 7 points. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was crushed 100-76 in Las Palmas by the second-ranked Gran Canaria. The Second Stage already ended in the Eurocup. Smits' total stats this season are: 9.4ppg and 2.8rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

   #11. An experienced former international guard Edmunds Gabrans (188-79, currently plays in Norway) couldn't help Froya Basket (13-7) in their last game. Despite Gabrans' very good performance Froya Basket lost 71-83 on the opponent's court to the leading Kongsberg. He was the top scorer with 27 points. Gabrans also added 4 assists in 38 minutes. Gabrans' stats this year are: 13.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.7apg and 1.6spg in 18 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team fifteen years ago.

   #12. U18 international small forward Arturs Strautins (198-98, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia to win against the 12th-ranked Enel Brindisi 98-84 in the Italian Serie A on Monday night. Strautins scored only 4 points. Strautins' total stats this season are: 2.6ppg and 2.1rpg. He is also in the roster of the Latvian U18 national team.

   #13. Former international small forward Rihards Kuksiks (197-88, agency: HMS, college: Arizona St., currently plays in France) was the main contributor in Nantes' victory against the ninth-ranked JA Vichy 90-79 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. Kuksiks was the best player in that game. He scored 21 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. Kuksiks averaged so far 11.5ppg and 3.3rpg in four games. He used to play for the Latvian national team four years ago.

   #14. Former international forward Ernests Kalve (200-87, also represented by HMS, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help Targu Mures (9-9) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Kalve's good performance Targu Mures was defeated in an overtime 93-87 at home by the second-ranked Steaua CSM. He scored 13 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Kalve's total stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2010.

   #15. International guard Davis Lejasmeiers (192-91, currently plays in Sweden) helped Sodertalje Kings win their game against the closely-ranked KFUM Jamtland 81-75 in the Swedish Basketligan on Friday night. Lejasmeiers recorded 12 points and added 7 assists in 37 minutes. This year Lejasmeiers' total stats are: 9.8ppg, 2.4rpg and 4.4apg in 18 games. He is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

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

   #1. Rihards Sulcs (191-F-87, currently plays in United Kingdom) led Dragons to a victory over the 12th-ranked Worthing Thunder (5-13) 88-78 in the British NBL D1 (second division) last Saturday. Sulcs was the top player that evening. He scored 24 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 30 minutes. Bradford Dragons (10-8) is placed seventh in the NBL D1. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Sulcs is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Dragons' roster. Sulcs has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.9ppg, 7.4rpg, 4.1apg and 2.5spg in 15 games he played so far.

   #2. Martins Provizors (202-C-87, currently plays in Ireland) was the main contributor in a 3-point DCU Saints' victory against the closely-ranked Moycullen (6-10) 77-74 in the Irish Super League on Saturday night. Provizors was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 13 rebounds. Provizors also added 3 assists. DCU St.Vincents Dublin (6-10) is placed seventh in the Super League. This season Provizors has very high stats. He averages: 20.6ppg, 15.6rpg, 2.9apg and 1.3bpg.

   #3. Alvis Eglitis (195-F-85, currently plays in Norway). Eglitis could not help one of league's weakest teams Asker Aliens (11-11) to beat Gimle BBK (12-10). He recorded 5 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Asker Aliens was crushed 91-66 at home by the higher-ranked Gimle BBK (#5). Eglitis is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Asker Aliens' roster. Eglitis has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 10.3rpg, 1.6apg and 1.7spg.

   #4. Arkadijs Makarenko (194-F, currently plays in Ireland) is a teammate of previously mentioned Martins Provizors and both played together in the last Irish Super League game. Makarenko contributed to a 3-point DCU Saints' victory against the closely-ranked Moycullen (6-10) 77-74. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 12 rebounds. Makarenko also added 4 assists and 2 blocks in only 4 minutes. Makarenko is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in DCU Saints' roster. He has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.1bpg and 2.0spg in 13 games.

   #5. Aksels Skaistlauks (195-SG-97, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Tuebingen II (7-11) in their last game. Despite Skaistlauks' very good performance Tuebingen II (#10) was edged 101-98 on their home court in Tuebingen by the lower-ranked (#12) Kaiserslautern in the South-West group. He was the second best scorer with 18 points in 20 minutes. It was Tuebingen II's first loss after four consecutive victories. Skaistlauks has averaged so far 5.5ppg and 1.4rpg in 17 games.



LBL Round 21 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

BK Ogre (#8) forced the game against Jurmala (#5) into an overtime, but lost by four points 84-88 on Saturday night. The game took place in Ogre. But the guests from Jurmala were better at the end. It was a good game for Arturs Duselis who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Jurmala maintains fifth place with 10-12 record. BK Ogre at the other side keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Jurmala will face Liepaja/Triobet (#6) at home in the next round. BK Ogre will play against Latvijas Universitate in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The most impressive performance of 21th round was 19 points and 10 assists by Abdul Gaddy of VEF Riga.

Valka/Valga - VEF Riga 75-112

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked VEF Riga (10-2) crushed on the road bottom-ranked Valka/Valga (3-11) 112-75 on Wednesday. The game without a history. VEF Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Valka/Valga's 32. They outrebounded Valka/Valga 35-22 including a 26-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. VEF Riga shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 59.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists. Valka/Valga was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American guard Abdul Gaddy (190-92, college: Washington) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 assists. His fellow American import guard Kris Richard (196-89, college: Tulane) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Richard is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five VEF Riga players scored in double figures. VEF Riga's coach Janis Gailitis felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Sandis Silavs (194-88) answered with 18 points and 6 assists and guard Reinis Strupovics (190-87) added 19 points and 4 assists in the effort for Valka/Valga. VEF Riga moved-up to fourth place. Valka/Valga lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. VEF Riga will face league's second-placed Valmiera on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Valka/Valga will play against Jekabpils (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Valka/Valga: R.Strupovics 19+2reb+4ast, S.Silavs 18+1reb+6ast, R.Lindments 9+5reb, V.Veski 8+2reb, R.Raadik 8+3reb+3ast, V.Kriisa 5+2reb+1ast
VEF Riga: M.Meiers 23+4reb, A.Gaddy 19+3reb+10ast, K.Richard 19+3reb+10ast, M.Mejeris 15+6reb, E.Hazners 13+3reb+3ast, A.Helmanis 9+6reb
gschID: 533033


Barons Riga - Liepaja/Triobet 81-100

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 6th ranked Barons Riga (8-10) was smashed at home by seventh ranked Liepaja/Triobet (9-11) 100-81 on Sunday. The game without a history. Liepaja/Triobet led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Liepaja/Triobet looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Barons Riga was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American guard Malcolm Griffin (193-91, college: Fresno Pacific, agency: Promotex) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 4 assists. His fellow American import forward Carl Montgomery (203, college: Chicago St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five Liepaja/Triobet players scored in double figures. Center Davis Rozitis (215-90, college: Hawaii) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and Davis Geks (192-95) added 18 points in the effort for Barons Riga. Liepaja/Triobet moved-up to sixth place. Barons Riga at the other side dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Liepaja/Triobet will face higher ranked Jurmala (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Barons Riga will play against Jekabpils and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Barons Riga: D.Geks 18+2reb+2ast, D.Rozitis 16+11reb+3ast, T.Larson 11+2reb+2ast, D.Krestinin 9+8reb+1ast, D.Zonne 9+5ast, K.Mediss 6+1reb+2ast
Liepaja/Triobet: A.Ausejs 22+1reb+4ast, M.Griffin 19+4reb+4ast, C.Montgomery 16+10reb+1ast, A.Butjankovs 14+8reb+4ast, R.Krastins 10+3reb+2ast, K.Pauls Lasmanis 9+3reb+3ast
gschID: 533032


LU - Valka/Valga 93-70

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Latvijas Universitate's (5-17) home victory over bottom-ranked Valka/Valga (3-11) in Riga 93-70 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Latvijas Universitate. Valka/Valga was better in fourth quarter 26-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Latvijas Universitate made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Latvijas Universitate had a 31-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. Valka/Valga was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for guard Edgars Lasenbergs (189-95) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Janis Eiduks (200-93) contributed with 24 points for the winners. Latvijas Universitate's coach Guntis Endzels felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Estonian point guard Valmo Kriisa (192-74) answered with 21 points and Ivars Rihards Zvigurs (198-95) added 11 points in the effort for Valka/Valga. Latvijas Universitate maintains ninth place with 5-17 record. Valka/Valga lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Latvijas Universitate will face league's leader Ventspils on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Valka/Valga will play against Jekabpils (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Valka/Valga: V.Kriisa 21+4reb, I.Rihards Zvigurs 11+3reb+1ast, R.Strupovics 8+5reb+2ast, V.Veski 8+2reb+1ast, S.Silavs 8+1reb+5ast, K.Kanbergs 6+6reb+1ast
LU: J.Eiduks 24+4reb+1ast, E.Lasenbergs 21+6reb+6ast, A.Ginters 12+10reb+1ast, R.Melderis 9+3reb+2ast, H.Rubenis 6+3reb, L.Jaunzems 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 533031


Ventspils - Jekabpils 70-61

Not a big story in a game when 3rd placed Jekabpils (11-9) lost on the road to first ranked Ventspils (17-2) 70-61 on Saturday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 19-5. But Jekabpils won second period 23-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ventspils dominated on the defensive end, holding Jekabpils to just 5 points in first quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to Jekabpils' 18. It was a good game for forward Maris Gulbis (200-85, agency: Players Group) who led his team to a victory with 13 points and 7 rebounds. The former international power forward Rolandas Zakis (206-87) contributed with 9 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Ventspils' coach Karlis Muiznieks used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international center Jurijs Aleksejevs (202-85) answered with 13 points and 5 rebounds and Roberts Stumbris (199-93) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Jekabpils. Ventspils maintains first place with 17-2 record. Jekabpils at the other side keep the third position with nine games lost. Ventspils will face Latvijas Universitate (#9) in Riga in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Jekabpils will play on the road against Barons Riga (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Jekabpils: J.Aleksejevs 13+5reb+1ast, R.Stumbris 12+7reb, R.Sirsnins 9+2reb+3ast, K.Miglinieks 9, A.Selakovs 6+7reb, J.Antrops 5+5reb+4ast
Ventspils: A.Skele 17+2ast, M.Gulbis 13+7reb+1ast, E.Zelionis 9+7reb+2ast, R.Zakis 9+9reb+3ast, A.Ate 9+3reb, F.Campbell 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 533030


BK Ogre - Jurmala 84-88 OT

BK Ogre (#8) forced the game against Jurmala (#5) into an overtime, but lost by four points 84-88 on Saturday night. The game took place in Ogre. But the guests from Jurmala were better at the end. BK Ogre was tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They were eventually defeated in overtime 10-14s. Jurmala made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. BK Ogre was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for forward Arturs Duselis (201-89) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 7 rebounds. The former international point guard Edgars Jeromanovs (186-86) contributed with 12 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Jurmala players scored in double figures. Center Guntis Sipolins (206-93) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Marcis Vitols (183-92) added 7 points and 11 assists in the effort for BK Ogre. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Jurmala maintains fifth place with 10-12 record. BK Ogre at the other side keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Jurmala will face Liepaja/Triobet (#6) at home in the next round. BK Ogre will play against Latvijas Universitate in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Ogre: G.Sipolins 24+12reb+1ast, G.Antrops 18+3reb, R.Zebergs 10+2reb+2ast, J.Poznaks 8+6reb+1ast, M.Vitols 7+4reb+11ast, K.Apsitis 7+7reb+1ast
Jurmala: A.Duselis 19+7reb+2ast, U.Pinete 14+3reb+1ast, E.Jeromanovs 12+4reb+5ast, J.Rozitis 11+2reb, E.Elksnis 11+2reb+5ast, D.Gutmanis 9+1reb+1ast
gschID: 533029





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  LEBANON  

Standings - Division A

Pepsi LBL Standings
 1. Homenetmen 10-1 
 2. Byblos 8-2 
 3. Al Riyadi 8-3 
 4. Louaize 6-5 
 5. Moutahed 6-5 
 6. Tadamon 5-6 
 7. Sagesse 4-6 
 8. Champville 3-8 
 9. Mayrouba 3-8 
 10. Hoops 1-10 

Regular Season: Round 11

Feb. 9: Tadamon - Homenetmen 92-112
Feb. 7: Moutahed - Hoops 89-76
Feb. 8: Louaize - Champville 81-78
Feb. 5: Mayrouba - Al Riyadi 64-77
Feb. 10: Sagesse - Byblos


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Sagesse
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 34.2
 1. Stoglin, Sagesse34.2 
 2. Morris, Tadamon25.3 
 3. Jackson, Homen.25.2 
 4. Rembert, Champville24.5 
 5. Johnson, Louaize23.6 
 6. Youngblood, Byblos23.4 
 7. Spencer, Moutahed23.2 
 8. Khatib, Homenetmen22.5 
 9. Daniels, Moutahed22.5 
 10. Kemp, Tadamon21.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BOHANNON
  Mayrouba
  (210-F-91)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Bohannon, Mayrouba14.8 
 2. Townes, Champville13.0 
 3. Ebi, Byblos12.3 
 4. Melvin, Moutahed12.0 
 5. Garrett, Hoops11.9 
 6. Holton, Tadamon11.9 
 7. Majok, Homenetmen11.3 
 8. Upshaw, Mayrouba11.2 
 9. Aminu, Al Riyadi9.5 
 10. Johnson, Louaize9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jad KHALIL
  Tadamon
  (186-PG-96)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Khalil, Tadamon7.9 
 2. Galloway, Homen.7.8 
 3. Mezher, Hoops6.4 
 4. Johnson, Louaize6.0 
 5. Rembert, Champville5.2 
 6. Spencer, Moutahed5.2 
 7. Cage, Mayrouba5.0 
 8. Arakji, Al Riyadi4.7 
 9. Brown, Al Riyadi4.6 
 10. Curry, Moutahed4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Geron JOHNSON
  Louaize
  (190-G-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Johnson, Louaize2.4 
 2. Jackson, Homen.2.3 
 3. Kemp, Tadamon2.2 
 4. Galloway, Homen.2.2 
 5. Thomas, Hoops2.0 
 6. Rembert, Champville1.9 
 7. Mezher, Hoops1.8 
 8. Tucker, Byblos1.7 
 9. Khalil, Tadamon1.6 
 10. Majok, Homenetmen1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert UPSHAW
  Mayrouba
  (213-C-94)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Upshaw, Mayrouba3.7 
 2. Townes, Champville2.8 
 3. Garrett, Hoops2.5 
 4. Ebi, Byblos2.3 
 5. Bohannon, Mayrouba2.3 
 6. Majok, Homenetmen2.2 
 7. Haidar, Al Riyadi1.6 
 8. Byrd, Hoops1.4 
 9. Aminu, Al Riyadi1.4 
 10. Fakhreddine, Tadam.1.4 


Darrius Garrett out of Hoops for the Rest of the Season - by Eurobasket News

Darrius Garrett (206-C-90, college: Richmond), Hoops foreigner, got injured in a game that opposed his team to Mouttahed in the Lebanese Basketball League. Just 3 minutes into the game, Garrett suffered a leg injury that kept him out of the match up. Hoops couldn't count on one of their key players in that game. However, after further examination, it appeared that Garrett wouldn't be able to continue with his team this season. He is not going to be fit and in shape for the rest of the Lebanese Basketball League. He now leaves his team in a very unpleasant situation where they have to look for a replacement for him mid-season. It is safe to say that Hoops got the short end of the stick and had to bear the brunt in this game.
Courtesy of: sports-961.com



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  LITHUANIA  


Saints sign Aaron Valdes, ex Dzukija - by Hugh McAuliffe

Wellington Saints (NBL) signed 24-year old American guard Aaron Valdes (196-86kg-93, college: Hawaii). He played recently at Dzukija in Lithuanian LKL league.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Valdes' college team won Big West Tournament in 2016. He was also voted All-Big West 2nd Team in 2016.
Valdes graduated from University of Hawaii in 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Mantas Kalnietis selected the top Lithuanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Mantas Kalnietis
Mantas Kalnietis
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Mantas Kalnietis (195-86, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help Armani Milano (7-15) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Kalnietis' very good performance the 15th-placed Armani Milano (7-15) was defeated 90-86 on the road by the much higher-ranked Anadolu Efes (#8) in the group A of Euroleague. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Kalnietis also added 4 rebounds. It's Kalnietis' first season with the team. This year he averages: 7.4ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.9apg, 3FGP: 39.3% and FT: 65.5%. Ex-B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas player is currently a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Gediminas Orelik
Gediminas Orelik
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Gediminas Orelik (199-90, currently plays in Turkey). Orelik was the major contributor in Banvit's victory against the closely-ranked Darussafaka (11-6) 76-70 in the Turkish BSL on Sunday night. He scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 28 minutes. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (12-5) is placed fourth in the BSL. Orelik has relatively good stats this year: 13.9ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 56.0%(28-50), 3FGP: 40.3% and FT: 78.7% in 17 games he played so far. He played for the Lithuanian national team in 2015.

Marius Grigonis
Marius Grigonis
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Marius Grigonis (198-94, currently plays in Spain). Grigonis led CB Canarias to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Joventut (5-14) 89-75 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. He scored 12 points. Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (15-4) is placed second in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Grigonis' overall stats this season are: 8.1ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 41.7%, 3FGP: 42.6% and FT: 79.3%. He is also a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Jonas Valanciunas
Jonas Valanciunas
   #4. Center Jonas Valanciunas (213-92, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Toronto Raptors' victory against the Los Angeles Clippers (32-21) 118-109 in the NBA last Monday. Valanciunas had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 12 rebounds in 32 minutes. The Toronto Raptors have 32-22 record this season. Valanciunas is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Raptors' roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Valanciunas averages: 12.3ppg and 9.9rpg in 52 games. He is also Lithuanian national team player.

Jonas Maciulis
Jonas Maciulis
   #5. International swingman Jonas Maciulis (198-85, currently plays in Euroleague) helped his Spanish team Real Madrid win their game against the 14th-ranked Unics Kazan (7-15) 81-77 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. Maciulis recorded 8 points. Real Madrid (17-5) is placed first in group A. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Maciulis' overall stats this season are: 6.7ppg and 2.5rpg. He plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

Martynas Gecevicius
Martynas Gecevicius
   #6. Guard Martynas Gecevicius (193-88, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) led Zaragoza to a 3-point victory over the closely-ranked Sevilla (7-12) 102-99 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Gecevicius was MVP of the game. He scored 26 points (!!!), grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) in 30 minutes. Tecnyconta Zaragoza (7-12) is placed 13th in the Liga Endesa. This year Gecevicius has relatively solid stats: 13.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.1apg in 15 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Lithuanian National Team roster.

Martynas Sajus
Martynas Sajus
   #7. U20 international center Martynas Sajus (208-96, currently plays in Poland) led Polpharma to a victory over one of league's weakest teams TBV Start (4-14) 85-70 in the Polish PLK on Thursday night. Sajus was the best player in that game. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 10 rebounds. Sajus also added 3 blocks in 29 minutes. Polpharma Starogard Gdanski (9-9) is placed 11th in the PLK. This year Sajus' overall stats are: 9.9ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.1bpg in 17 games. He is also Lithuanian U20 national team player.

Edgaras Zelionis
Edgaras Zelionis
   #8. Forward Edgaras Zelionis (207-89, currently plays in Latvia) helped Ventspils win their game against the closely-ranked Jekabpils (11-9) 70-61 in the Latvian LBL last Saturday. Zelionis scored 9 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 20 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BK Ventspils (17-2) is placed first in the LBL. Zelionis has reliable stats this year: 11.6ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.6apg in 14 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2009.

Tautvydas Slezas
Tautvydas Slezas
   #9. Former U20 international center Tautvydas Slezas (207-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) was the main contributor in Gipuzkoa's victory against the 15th-ranked Cocinas.com (6-15) 75-70 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. Slezas was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 14 rebounds. RETAbet Gipuzkoa BC San Sebastian (16-6) is placed second in the LEB Gold. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Slezas' total stats this season are: 7.6ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.6apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team seven years ago.

Tautvydas Lydeka
Tautvydas Lydeka
   #10. Center Tautvydas Lydeka (208-83, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) helped his Italian team Banco di Srd win their game against the third-ranked CEZ Nymburk (10-4) crushing them 94-72 in the Basketball Champions League in Wednesday night's game. Lydeka recorded 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 16 minutes. Banco di Sardegna Sassari (7-7) is placed fifth in group E. This year Lydeka's total stats are: 6.8ppg and 4.3rpg in 15 games. He is a former international player as eleven years ago he still played for the Lithuanian senior national team.

   #11. Former U20 international guard Dovydas Redikas (192-92, currently plays in Greece) helped Arkadikos win their game against one of league's weakest teams Irakleio 80-69 in the Greek A2 (second division) last Saturday. Redikas was the top player that evening. He recorded 22 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and made 2 blocks. This season Redikas has very high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 4.5rpg and 4.6apg. Redikas used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team five years ago.

   #12. Former University international forward Eimantas Bendzius (204-90, currently plays in Spain) helped Blusens Monbus win their game against the league outsider La ICL Manresa 89-75 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Saturday night. He scored 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 21 minutes. Bendzius has averaged so far 8.7ppg and 3.9rpg in 19 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team back in 2013.

   #13. Former international point guard Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-89, also represented by Players Group, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to help Usak Sportlif (5-12) in their last game. Despite Vasiliauskas' good performance Usak Sportlif was badly defeated 84-66 in Istanbul by the much higher-ranked (#5) Besiktas. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Vasiliauskas also added 4 assists in 28 minutes. Vasiliauskas' stats this year are: 11.6ppg, 2.3rpg and 4.6apg in seven games. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team three years ago.

   #14. Former international shooting guard Rimantas Kaukenas (192-77, college: Seton Hall, currently plays in Italy) helped Grissin Bon RE win their game against the 12th-ranked Enel Brindisi 98-84 in the Italian Serie A on Monday night. Kaukenas scored 12 points. Kaukenas has averaged so far 8.7ppg and 2.0apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team back in 2012.

   #15. Former U20 international guard Mantas Cesnauskis (189-81, currently plays in Poland) helped Energa Czarni win their game against the 13th-ranked Asseco 79-65 in the Polish PLK in Monday night's game. Cesnauskis scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 34 minutes. Cesnauskis has averaged so far 8.9ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.3apg in 18 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team seventeen years ago.

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

   #1. John Shurna (204-F-90, college: Northwestern, currently plays in Croatia) was the major contributor in Cedevita's victory against the seventh-ranked KK Vrijednosnice Osijek (9-7) crushing them 98-70 in the Croatian A1 in Monday night's game. He recorded 20 points in a mere 18 minutes. KK Cedevita Zagreb (12-4) is placed third in the A1. It's Shurna's first season with the team. Shurna has relatively good stats this year: 15.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.7spg in three games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Despite Shurna's Lithuanian passport, he previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Lithuanian team. Strangely Shurna has never played in Lithuania.

   #2. Nik Stauskas (198-SG-93, college: Michigan, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Philadelphia 76ers (17-35) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Stauskas' very good performance the Philadelphia 76ers (17-35) were defeated 111-103 on the road by the San Antonio Spurs. He scored 16 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 7 assists. Stauskas has reliable stats this season: 8.8ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.2apg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lithuanian.

   #3. Dominykas Milka (203-C-92, college: St.Rose, NY, currently plays in Baltic League) led his Estonian team TU/Rock to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Barsy Atyrau (2-10) crushing them 74-45 in the Baltic League in Tuesday night's game. Milka recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 13 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Tartu Ulikool/Rockis placed first in the Baltic League. Milka has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 10.0rpg and 1.5apg.

   #4. Vytautas Kamarunas (178-PG-89, currently plays in Belarus) led COR-Borisfen to a victory against the closely-ranked Vitebsk (12-10) 87-83 in the Belarusian Premier League in Saturday night's game. Kamarunas scored 17 points. COR-Borisfen Mogilev (19-1) is placed second in the Premier League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This season Kamarunas has very high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.3apg and 1.9spg.

   #5. Marius Runkauskas (189-G-86, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Romania) led Steaua CSM to an overtime victory over the seventh-ranked Targu Mures (9-9) 93-87 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Saturday night's game. Runkauskas was the top player that evening. He scored 31 points (!!!) and added 3 passes (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) in 39 minutes. Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti (13-5) is placed second in the Liga Nationala. Runkauskas' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Runkauskas has very impressive stats this year: 15.8ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.2apg in 16 games.

   #6. Andrius Mikutis (194-G/F-88, college: John Brown, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help SG Schwelmer Baskets (15-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance SG Schwelmer Baskets (#2) lost 86-96 on the opponent's court to the much lower-ranked (#10) Ibbenbueren in the West group. Mikutis was the top scorer with 26 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 37 minutes. Mikutis has very impressive stats this year: 18.4ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.9apg in 18 games.

   #7. Experienced Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for BG Goettingen in their game against Giessen 46ers in the German BBL. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. His team lost 72-79. Veikalas averaged so far 10.7ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.4apg in 18 games.

   #8. Paulius Satkus (203-F-94, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the JMU (4-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the JMU lost 61-67 at home to the Elon University. Satkus recorded 16 points (made all of his six free throws) in 30 minutes. Satkus has averaged so far 8.9ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.1apg in 23 games.

   #9. Martynas Kuksta (203-C-89, currently plays in Sweden) couldn't help Hoganas (2-9) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Hoganas (#8) was defeated 98-91 in Lund by the leading IK Eos in the BEHS forts group. Kuksta recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and getting 13 rebounds. This season Kuksta has very high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.4apg and 1.9bpg.

   #10. Gabas Maldunas (206-F-93, college: Dartmouth, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Palencia Baloncesto (15-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Maldunas' good performance Palencia Baloncesto was defeated 93-89 on the opponent's court by the much lower-ranked Oviedo_CB (#11). He recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Maldunas has averaged so far 5.2ppg and 4.0rpg.



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Standings - LNBP

LNBP Standings
 1. Fuerza Regia 30-3 
 2. Soles 22-12 
 3. Toros 21-13 
 4. Garzas 20-14 
 5. Panteras 18-14 
 6. Barreteros 15-18 
 7. Indios 14-20 
 8. Santos 13-22 
 9. Abejas 10-25 
 10. Correcaminos 6-28 

Regular Season: Round 34

Feb. 9: Santos - Indios 97-72
Feb. 9: Toros - Panteras 95-67
Feb. 9: Barreteros - Abejas 84-72
Feb. 9: Soles - Correcaminos 84-66
Feb. 9: Fuerza Regia - Garzas 77-81

Regular Season: Round 35

Feb. 11: Soles - Correcaminos
Feb. 11: Santos - Indios
Feb. 11: Barreteros - Abejas
Feb. 11: Fuerza Regia - Garzas
Feb. 11: Toros - Panteras


Toros add Nelson to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Toros de Nuevo Laredo (LNBP) added to their roster 26-year old American guard Roberto Nelson (190-90kg-91, college: Oregon State). He started the season at Delaware 87ers (D-League) in the U.S. In 5 games he recorded 3.0ppg and 2.0rpg this season. The last season Nelson played at Pallacanestro Alma Trieste in Italian Serie A where in 17 games he averaged 13.0ppg, 3.1rpg and 3.5apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Nelson's team made it to the Pac-12 Tournament Semifinals in 2012. He was also voted All-Pac-12 2nd Team back in 2014 at his college time.
Nelson has played also professionally in Italy (Brescia).
He attended Oregon State until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Xavier Roberson (ex Hamburg) agreed terms with Santos - by Eurobasket News

Santos de San Luis Potosi (LNBP) inked 27-year old American guard Xavier Roberson (186-86kg-90, college: Our Lady Lake, agency: Haylett Sports). He played most recently at Hamburg Towers in German ProA. In 32 games he recorded 10.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg last season.
Among other achievements Roberson's team was regular season runner-up in RRAC in 2014. He received also All-RRAC Newcomer of the Year award back in 2014 at his college time.
Roberson graduated from Our Lady of the Lake in 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Arhangai Altan post the second win at the Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Arhangai Altan posted the second win at the Semifinals beating Khovd 118-96 in game 2. Robert Turner (190-G-93, college: Texas Tech) top-scored for the winners with 24 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists, whilst Butter, Myong Kim Chol (186-G-80) and Anhbaatar posted 17 each. Menhtuvshin replied with 32 points in a loss.
Alianz Tech grabbed a 2-1 lead in the semifinal series against Erdene Orkhon after a 96-86 win in Game 3. Carl Blair (188-PG, college: Prairie View A&M) stepped up with 25 points and 7 rebounds, while Kim Chon II posted 20. Funches replied with 20 points and 14 rebounds in a loss.



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  NAIA  

D1 Top 25 ranking

SSAC Standings
 1. Dalton St. (9) 12-2 (19-2) 
 2. Martin Metho 10-4 (14-8) 
 3. William Care (18) 9-3 (14-5) 
 4. Faulkner 9-6 (14-9) 
 5. Bethel, TN 8-6 (15-7) 
 6. Loyola, LA 8-6 (14-8) 
 7. Middle Georg 8-7 (11-9) 
 8. Blue Mountai 6-7 (9-9) 
 9. Mobile, AL 3-11 (7-16) 
 10. Brewton-Park 2-9 (6-10) 
 11. Co.Georgia 1-14 (2-18) 
 12. Auburn-Montg 0-1 (0-1) 

Regular Season: Round 111

Feb. 8: Dillard - Concordia, NY 81-76
Feb. 8: Stillman - Fisk 115-72
Feb. 8: St.Andrews - Truett-McConnell 92-84
Feb. 8: Union, KY - Tenn Wesleyan 77-71
Feb. 8: Point, GA - Bryan 76-89
Feb. 8: Milligan - Allen 76-82
Feb. 8: Bluefield - Montreat 107-110
Feb. 8: Haskell - Lindenwood-Bellev. 69-74
Feb. 8: St.Ambrose - Trinity Intern. 94-104
Feb. 8: Olivet Nazarene - Governors St. 93-79
Feb. 8: Purdue NW - St.Francis, IL 91-84
Feb. 8: IU S.Bend - Calumet 78-88
Feb. 8: Judson - St.Xavier 78-83
Feb. 8: Trinity Christian - Holy Cross Coll. 75-82
Feb. 8: Roosevelt - Robert Morris 70-77
Feb. 7: Mt.Vernon Naz. - Goshen 75-70
Feb. 8: Concordia, NE - Doane 98-71
Feb. 8: Northwestern, IA - Mount Marty 97-62
Feb. 8: Dordt - Morningside 78-83
Feb. 8: Briar Cliff - Dakota Wesleyan 106-80
Feb. 8: William Penn - MidAmerica Naz. 97-59
Feb. 8: Evangel - Baker 81-83
Feb. 8: Culver Stockton - Mt.Mercy 80-87
Feb. 8: Cent.Methodist - Clarke 80-78
Feb. 8: Peru St. - Graceland 79-87
Feb. 8: Benedictine, KS - Missouri Valley 75-66
Feb. 8: Grand View - Avila 74-63
Feb. 8: IU Northwest - St.Andrews 81-78
Feb. 8: Fisher - Vermont Tech 102-84
Feb. 8: St.Thomas, TX - Texas Coll. 77-67
Feb. 8: Marygrove - Concordia, MI 98-90
Feb. 8: Davenport - Madonna 91-51
Feb. 8: Cornerstone - Mich.-Dearborn 83-54
Feb. 8: Lawrence Tech - Indiana Tech 72-80
Feb. 8: Aquinas Coll. - Siena Heights 71-72
Feb. 8: Lourdes - NW Ohio 71-67

Regular Season: Round 113

CCC

Feb. 10: NW Christian - Multnomah
Feb. 10: E.Oregon - S.Oregon
Feb. 10: Corban - Warner Pacific

IND

Feb. 10: Wash.Adventist - Apprentice
Feb. 10: Northern NM - J.and Wales, CO
Feb. 10: Welch - Ky Christian

NSTR

Feb. 10: Presentation - Waldorf
Feb. 10: Dakota St. - Dickinson
Feb. 10: Bellevue - Valley City St.
Feb. 10: Mayville St. - Viterbo

RRAC

Feb. 10: Jarvis Christian - LSU-Shreveport
Feb. 10: Wiley - LSU-Alexandria


NAIA1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Taran BUIE
  Oklahoma S&A
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Buie, Oklahoma S&A25.9 
 2. White, SW Chris.20.1 
 3. Tucker, St.Gregory19.6 
 4. Smith, St.Gregory19.5 
 5. Rogers, Texas W.19.1 
 6. Watkins, SAGU18.4 
 7. Bonhomme, Oklahoma.17.7 
 8. Rutherford, St.Gr.17.2 
 9. Simmons, SW Chris.16.8 
 10. Edwards, Oklahoma.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joshua SIMMONS
  SW Chris.
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Simmons, SW Chris.9.7 
 2. Seaton, MidAmeri.9.3 
 3. Jeffery, Texas W.9.3 
 4. Smith, Oklahoma City9.3 
 5. Timms, Wayland .8.6 
 6. Smith, Oklahoma.8.2 
 7. Rutherford, St.Gr.7.1 
 8. Harrison, Wayland .6.8 
 9. Young, Texas W.6.8 
 10. Williams, SAGU6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Naiel SMITH
  Texas W.
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Smith, Texas W.8.1 
 2. Mann, MidAmeri.4.8 
 3. Edwards, Oklahoma.4.5 
 4. Reed, Oklahoma.4.4 
 5. Smith, St.Gregory4.2 
 6. Foster, Oklahoma.4.2 
 7. Rogers, Texas W.3.9 
 8. Scott, SW Chris.3.7 
 9. Buie, Oklahoma S&A3.4 
 10. Perkins, MidAmeri.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Naiel SMITH
  Texas W.
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Smith, Texas W.2.6 
 2. Reed, Oklahoma.2.2 
 3. Scott, SW Chris.1.9 
 4. Williams, SAGU1.9 
 5. Watkins, SAGU1.8 
 6. Culver, Wayland .1.8 
 7. Buie, Oklahoma S&A1.7 
 8. Rowe, SAGU1.7 
 9. Tucker, St.Gregory1.6 
 10. Foster, Oklahoma.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Louis TIMMS
  Wayland .
  (206-F/C-91)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Timms, Wayland .3.2 
 2. Smith, Oklahoma City2.7 
 3. Alderman, Oklahoma.1.2 
 4. Young, Texas W.0.9 
 5. Chapman, Oklahoma.0.8 
 6. Rowe, SAGU0.8 
 7. Lemusu, St.Gregory0.8 
 8. Ray, SW Christian0.7 
 9. Martinez, John B.0.7 
 10. Smith, Oklahoma.0.6 



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  NBA  

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 34-19 
 2. Toronto R. 32-22 
 3. New York K. 22-32 
 4. Phi.76ers 18-35 
 5. Brooklyn N. 9-44 
Central Div.
 1. Cleveland C. 36-16 
 2. Indiana P. 29-23 
 3. Chicago B. 26-27 
 4. Detroit P. 24-28 
 5. Milwaukee B. 22-29 
Southeast Div.
 1. Washington W. 31-21 
 2. Atlanta H. 31-22 
 3. Charlotte H. 25-28 
 4. Miami Heat 23-30 
 5. Orlando M. 20-35 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Utah Jazz 34-20 
 2. Oklah.City T. 31-23 
 3. Denver N. 23-29 
 4. Portland TB 23-30 
 5. Minnesota T. 20-33 
Pacific Div.
 1. Golden St.W. 44-8 
 2. LA Clippers 32-21 
 3. Sacramento K. 21-32 
 4. LA Lakers 18-37 
 5. Phoenix Suns 16-37 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 40-12 
 2. Houston R. 39-17 
 3. Memphis G. 33-22 
 4. Dallas M. 21-32 
 5. N.Orleans P. 20-33 

Regular Season: Round 106

Feb. 9: Boston C. - Portland TB 120-111
Feb. 9: Phi.76ers - Orlando M. 112-111
Feb. 9: Cleveland C. - Oklah.City T. 109-118
Feb. 9: Houston R. - Charlotte H. 107-95
Feb. 9: Utah Jazz - Dallas M. 105-112

Regular Season: Round 107

Feb. 10: Brooklyn N. - Miami Heat
Feb. 10: Detroit P. - San Antonio S.
Feb. 10: Memphis G. - Golden St.W.
Feb. 10: Milwaukee B. - LA Lakers
Feb. 10: Minnesota T. - N.Orleans P.
Feb. 10: New York K. - Denver N.
Feb. 10: Phoenix Suns - Chicago B.
Feb. 10: Sacramento K. - Atlanta H.
Feb. 10: Washington W. - Indiana P.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 30.9
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.30.9 
 2. Thomas, Boston C.29.8 
 3. Harden, Houston R.28.9 
 4. Cousins, Sacramen.27.9 
 5. DeRozan, Toronto R.27.9 
 6. Davis, N.Orleans P.27.7 
 7. Lillard, Portland.26.1 
 8. James, Clevelan.25.9 
 9. Durant, Golden S.25.7 
 10. Leonard, San A.25.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hassan WHITESIDE
  Miami Heat
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 14
 1. Whiteside, Miami Heat14.0 
 2. Drummond, Detro.13.8 
 3. Jordan, LA Clippers13.7 
 4. Howard, Atlanta H.12.9 
 5. Gobert, Utah Jazz12.6 
 6. Davis, N.Orleans P.12.3 
 7. Towns, Minnesot.11.9 
 8. Chandler, Phoenix .11.8 
 9. Gortat, Washingt.11.5 
 10. Love, Cleveland C.11.2 
Assists Per Game
 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Harden, Houston R.11.4 
 2. Wall, Washington W.10.4 
 3. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.2 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers9.7 
 5. James, Clevelan.8.8 
 6. Rubio, Minnesot.8.2 
 7. Teague, Indiana P.8.2 
 8. Holiday, N.Orlean.7.3 
 9. Green, Golden S.7.3 
 10. Williams, Dallas M.7.1 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.3 
 2. Wall, Washington W.2.2 
 3. Ariza, Houston R.1.9 
 4. Green, Golden S.1.9 
 5. Covington, Phi.7.1.8 
 6. Young, Indiana P.1.8 
 7. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 8. Butler, Chicago B.1.8 
 9. Rubio, Minnesot.1.7 
 10. George, Indiana P.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony DAVIS
  N.Orleans P.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Davis, N.Orleans P.2.6 
 2. Gobert, Utah Jazz2.5 
 3. Embiid, Phi.76ers2.4 
 4. Turner, Indiana P.2.3 
 5. Whiteside, Miami Heat2.0 
 6. Porzingis, New Y.1.9 
 7. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.9 
 8. Nogueira, Toron.1.8 
 9. Lopez, Brooklyn N.1.7 
 10. Horford, Boston C.1.7 


Jabari Parker tears left ACL for 2nd time, will miss 12 months - by Eurobasket News

Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker (6'8''-F-95, college: Duke) suffered a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season, the team announced Thursday. Parker, 21, suffered the injury Wednesday night when his left knee appeared to buckle while he was driving to the basket. Parker fell to the floor and ultimately had to be helped off the court. The team initially said he suffered a sprained knee. In his third year, Parker is averaging career highs in points (20.1), rebounds (6.2) and assists (2.8). He also tore his left ACL during his rookie season and was able to return early last season.
Courtesy of: abc13.com



Derrick Williams signs at the Cavaliers - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers landed 26-year old forward Derrick Williams (203-107kg-91, college: Arizona) from Miami Heat. In 25 NBA games he averaged 5.9ppg and 2.9rpg this season. The last season Williams played at the Knicks where in 80 NBA games he had 9.3ppg and 3.7rpg.
In 2011 Monnesota Timberwolves selected him as second overall pick in NBA draft. Williams attended University of Arizona and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team won Pac-10 Regular Season in 2011. Williams received also NBA All-Rookie 2nd Team award back in 2012.
He has played previously for two other teams: Sacramento Kings and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Williams' game is described as: An athletic forward who runs the court extremely well and can score in multiple ways. Has a strong body to battle inside, can also hit a 3 pointer if necessary. Works hard moving without the ball, and isn't indifferent to throwing his body in his man down low to establish very deep position.

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Barnes leads Mavericks' rally to beat Jazz 112-105 in OT - by Eurobasket News

Harrison Barnes (6'8''-F-92, college: N.Carolina) scored 31 points, including eight in overtime, and the Dallas Mavericks rallied from a 21-point deficit to beat the Utah Jazz 112-105 on Thursday night. Barnes' three-point play ended an 11-0 run that began late in regulation and put Dallas ahead 107-100. Devin Harris (6'3''-PG-83, college: Wisconsin) scored the first four points of OT. Utah's Gordon Hayward (6'8''-G/F-90, college: Butler) scored a season-high 36 points, but missed a 3-point attempt from the left corner as regulation ended. The Mavericks scored the final four points of regulation, on a dunk by Barnes and a rebound basket from the edge of the foul line by Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78) with 3 seconds remaining. Nowitzki finished with 20 points. Utah's Rudy Gobert (7'1''-C-92) scored 15 points and added 15 rebounds before fouling out with 22 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
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Sixers edge Magic 112-111 after McConnell's jumper - by Eurobasket News

With Joel Embiid out of the lineup, the Philadelphia 76ers had been close but just not good enough at times lately. Things were different Thursday night. Instead of finding ways to lose in the end, the Sixers came up with enough clutch plays down the stretch to escape Orlando with a 112-111 victory. T.J. McConnell (6'1''-PG-92, college: Arizona) hit a pull-up jumper in the lane with 5.8 seconds remaining for the go-ahead basket. The victory snapped a five-game losing streak for the Sixers, who have been without Embiid for seven straight games. ''It is hard to win without Joel but we can't say that every time he is not playing,'' McConnell said. ''I think the games that we lost, we sort of stopped fighting. ''Tonight we could have easily given up but we fought and fought. It was just a good team win on the road.'' McConnell, the second-year point guard, received most of the credit from his teammates after coming up with a key steal and then the big shot. ''This is my so-called second game-winner in however many years of playing basketball, so I can't be that clutch,'' McConnell said. But he wasn't alone. The Sixers got big plays from a lot of places, most of all their bench. The reserves scored 65 points, with Dario Saric (6'10''-PF-94, agency: BeoBasket) leading the way with 24. Nik Stauskas (6'6''-SG-93, college: Michigan) contributed 13 and Sergio Rodriguez (6'3''-PG-86) added 12 after a strong first half. Ersan Ilyasova (6'10''-F-87) was the only starter in double figures with 16 points. ''We don't win tonight without the bench. They were unbelievable,'' said McConnell, who finished with eight points. ''They came in and picked us up. All credit to them, they did an incredible job.'' The Magic played with the lead for much of the game but with Frank Vogel opting to go with a three-guard lineup in the absence of Aaron Gordon for much of the night, Orlando faltered defensively at critical moments. The Magic also had 21 turnovers in a game that once led by 15 points. Evan Fournier (6'6''-SG-92) scored 24 points but also had six turnovers, while Nikola Vucevic (7'0''-C-90, college: USC) had 21 points and 11 rebounds in Orlando's third straight loss. ''We didn't get the stops,'' Fournier said. ''I feel a lot responsible because I had six turnovers tonight and all those turnovers led to easy baskets. We're upset about it.'' The Sixers, meanwhile, head home feeling like they accomplished something with a comeback in the absence of Embiid. ''There is so much belief,'' said Nerlens Noel. ''We've gone through a few games where we have been struggling but the guys have done a great job of mentally staying prepared for a game like this. We showed up, we were prepared and we did what we had to do.''
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Suns sign Ronnie Price to second 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News

The Phoenix Suns have signed guard Ronnie Price (6'2''-PG-83, college: Utah Valley) to a second 10-day contract. Currently in his third tenure with the Suns, Price has not yet appeared in a game this season since initially signing a 10-day contract with the team on Jan. 27. An 11-year NBA veteran out of Utah Valley University, Price most recently played last season with the Suns when he averaged a career-best 5.3 points while appearing in a career-high 62 games. In addition to 2015-16, he averaged 3.6 points and 1.9 assists in 36 games with Phoenix in 2011-12. For his career, the 6-2, 190-pound point guard has averaged 3.8 points and 1.8 assists in 530 games with Sacramento, Utah, Phoenix, Portland, Orlando and the Los Angeles Lakers. In the NBA's 2016-17 GM Survey, the 33-year-old floor general tied with Suns forward Jared Dudley as each received the second-most votes in response to the question, 'Which active player will make the best head coach someday?'
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