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  ABA  



DMV Warriors still #1, Mobile Bay Tornados close 2nd - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) today released its Power Rankings for the week ending Sunday, February 12th and the DMV Warriors edged out the Mobile Bay Tornados to maintain the #1 ranking. "With only 3 weeks left in the regular season, the battle of playoff positioning is getting very competitive," stated ABA co-founder Joe Newman . "We are looking very closely at not only the records, but the difficulty of schedule the teams are playing. The last weeks of the season should be great." 11 games were needed to be Power Ranked.

1. DMV Warriors 14-0
2. Mobile Bay Tornados 12-0
3. Austin Bats 12-1
4. Windy City Groove 11-1
5. South Florida Gold 17-3
6. Orlando Waves 14-2
7. Jacksonville Giants 10-2
8. Chicago Steam 10-2
9. Salina Saints 13-0
10. Chicago Fury 13-2
11. Richmond Elite 9-2
12. Grand Rapids Danger 12-4
13. Universal City Seraphim 13-5
14. Orange County Novastars 10-3
15. Atlantic City Cardinals 9-2
16. Kentucky Enforcers 12-6
17. Carolina Cougars 9-4
18. Steel City Yellow Jackets 11-7
19. West Michigan Lake Hawks 9-5
20. Alabama Pro Elite Flyers 8-4
21. Springfield Sting 8-3
22. Jersey Express 10-8
23. Columbus Blackhawks 10-6
24. Baltimore Hawks 9-7
25. T-PG Valor 7-6, Laredo Swarm 7-5
Teams to watch: Elmira Eagles, New England Anchors, Virginia Storm, Fredericksburg Grizzlies, Georgia Kingz. For more information, visit www.abaliveation.com



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  ABA LEAGUE  

Standings

Adriatic League Standings
 1 Crvena Zvezda 21-1 
 2 Buducnost 16-6 
 3 Cedevita 16-6 
 4 Partizan 16-6 
 5 Cibona 11-11 
 6 Igokea 10-12 
 7 FMP 9-13 
 8 Karpos Sokoli 9-13 
 9 Un.Olimpija 9-13 
 10 Mega Leks 8-14 
 11 MZT Skopje 8-14 
 12 Mornar Bar 7-15 
 13 Krka 7-15 
 14 Zadar 7-15 

Regular Season: Round 22

Feb. 11: Buducnost - Karpos Sokoli 95-61
Feb. 11: FMP - Un.Olimpija 89-79
Feb. 12: MZT Skopje - Krka 89-65
Feb. 10: Zadar - Mornar Bar 80-62
Feb. 12: Cedevita - Partizan 79-67
Feb. 12: Crvena Zvezda - Cibona 69-56
Feb. 12: Mega Leks - Igokea 101-84

Regular Season: Round 23

Feb. 21: FMP - MZT Skopje
Feb. 21: Un.Olimpija - Buducnost
Feb. 21: Karpos Sokoli - Crvena Zvezda
Feb. 21: Cibona - Cedevita
Feb. 21: Partizan - Zadar
Feb. 21: Mornar Bar - Mega Leks
Feb. 21: Igokea - Krka


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ante ZIZIC
  Cibona
  (210-F/C-97)
  Avg: 20
 1. Zizic, Cibona20.0 
 2. Marinkovic, Zadar18.5 
 3. Boatright, Cedevita17.3 
 4. Lukovic, Krka16.9 
 5. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija16.0 
 6. Labovic, Karpos S.15.0 
 7. Hatcher, Partizan15.0 
 8. Jefferson, Un.Olimp.15.0 
 9. Waller, Mornar Bar14.8 
 10. Covic, FMP14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante ZIZIC
  Cibona
  (210-F/C-97)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Zizic, Cibona9.2 
 2. Lukovic, Krka8.1 
 3. Kaba, Mega Leks8.0 
 4. Oliver, Un.Olimpija7.6 
 5. Bilan, Cedevita7.3 
 6. Klassen, Buducnost7.3 
 7. Bolden, FMP7.1 
 8. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija7.0 
 9. Scott, MZT Skopje6.9 
 10. Zagorac, Mega Leks6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Scottie REYNOLDS
  Cibona
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Reynolds, Cibona6.7 
 2. Jackson, Cedevita6.6 
 3. Covic, FMP6.5 
 4. Williams, Buducnost6.4 
 5. Jovic, Crvena Z.6.3 
 6. Rebec, Krka6.1 
 7. Bakic, Mornar Bar4.9 
 8. Vladovic, Zadar4.8 
 9. Diabate, MZT S.4.6 
 10. Babic, Cedevita4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jakov VLADOVIC
  Zadar
  (187-PG-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Vladovic, Zadar1.9 
 2. Pavic, Mornar Bar1.8 
 3. Labovic, Karpos S.1.7 
 4. Hrovat, Un.Olimpija1.7 
 5. Perry, Karpos S.1.7 
 6. Reynolds, Cibona1.7 
 7. Kaba, Mega Leks1.7 
 8. Ramljak, Zadar1.6 
 9. Waller, Mornar Bar1.5 
 10. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Partizan
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Lukovic, Partizan1.9 
 2. Austin, FMP1.8 
 3. James, Buducnost1.6 
 4. Ellis, Mornar Bar1.5 
 5. Scott, MZT Skopje1.4 
 6. Zizic, Cibona1.2 
 7. Begic, Cedevita1.2 
 8. Zagorac, Mega Leks1.1 
 9. Davidovac, FMP1.1 
 10. Pavic, Mornar Bar1.0 


ABA League round 22 best performance: Josh Scott - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Josh Scott (208-F-93, agency: Pensack Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for MZT Skopje, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds, while his team crushed Krka (#13, 7-15) with 24-point margin 89-65. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. MZT Skopje is placed at 11th position in ABA League. MZT Skopje is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-14 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Scott as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Josh Scott averages this season 12.0ppg and 6.6rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was young Dejan Davidovac (202-SF-95, agency: BeoBasket) of FMP. Davidovac had a very good evening with 28 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course FMP cruised to a 89-79 relatively comfortable win over Un.Olimpija (9-13). This victory allowed FMP to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-13 record. Davidovac is well-known at FMP and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Ryan Boatright (183-PG-92) of Cedevita (#3). Boatright scored 21 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Cedevita, leading his team to a 79-67 win against #4 ranked Partizan in a game of the week. Cedevita needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 6 lost games. Boatright has a great season in ABA League. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.0ppg (3rd best). He also has FGP: 51.9% and 3PT: 50.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. J.R. Reynolds (188-G-84) of Buducnost - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Owen Klassen (208-C/F-91) of Buducnost - 14 points and 10 rebounds
6. Nikola Jankovic (207-PF-94) of Un.Olimpija - 19 points and 8 rebounds
7. Miro Bilan (213-C-89) of Cedevita - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Antabia Waller (191-G-88) of Mornar Bar - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Gregor Hrovat (196-G/F-94) of Un.Olimpija - 11 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Xavier Thames (191-G-91) of MZT Skopje - 16 points, 4 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)



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  ANTIGUA  

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 10

Feb. 12: Cutie Ovals Ojays - Flyers 92-78
Feb. 12: Stingerz - Baldwin Braves 72-69

Regular Season: Round 11

Feb. 16: Stingerz - Cutie Ovals Ojays
Feb. 16: Baldwin Braves - Flyers


ABBA Round 10: Cutie Ovals Ojays defeat Flyers - by Eurobasket News

Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Flyers (3-1) on the court of top-ranked Cutie Ovals Ojays on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Cutie Ovals Ojays 92-78. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Flyers. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-78. Undefeated Cutie Ovals Ojays (6-0) have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 6 victories in a row. Flyers at the other side dropped to the fourth place with one game lost. Cutie Ovals Ojays are looking forward to face Stingerz (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Flyers will play against the league's second-placed Baldwin Braves and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in St.John's. Top-ranked Stingerz (3-0) saved a 3-point victory at home edging much higher ranked Baldwin Braves (4-1) 72-69 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Baldwin Braves. Stingerz have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Baldwin Braves at the other side keep the second position with one game lost. Stingerz will play against league's leader Cutie Ovals Ojays in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Baldwin Braves will play against Flyers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Cutie Ovals Ojays - Flyers 92-78

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Flyers (3-1) on the court of top-ranked Cutie Ovals Ojays on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Cutie Ovals Ojays 92-78. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Flyers. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-78. Cutie Ovals Ojays (6-0) have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 6 victories in a row. Flyers at the other side dropped to the fourth place with one game lost. Cutie Ovals Ojays are looking forward to face Stingerz (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Flyers will play against the league's second-placed Baldwin Braves and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Stingerz - Baldwin Braves 72-69

Important game to mention about took place in St.John's. Top-ranked Stingerz (3-0) saved a 3-point victory at home edging much higher ranked Baldwin Braves (4-1) 72-69 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Baldwin Braves. Baldwin Braves were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Stingerz have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Baldwin Braves at the other side keep the second position with one game lost. Stingerz will play against league's leader Cutie Ovals Ojays in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Baldwin Braves will play against Flyers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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  ARGENTINA  

Standings - LigaA

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

Regular Season: Round 33

Feb. 13: Ferrocarril - GECR Indalo 99-81
Feb. 12: Hispano Am. - Obras Basket 95-92
Feb. 12: Atenas - Quimsa 86-89
Feb. 13: Estudiantes C. - Libertad S. 85-73
Feb. 12: La Union - Regatas C. 78-76
Feb. 12: Boca Jrs - San Lorenzo 73-60
Feb. 14: Instituto - Quimsa
Feb. 14: Penarol - Weber Bahia
Feb. 15: Obras Basket - GECR Indalo
Feb. 15: Echague - Libertad S.
Feb. 15: Estudiantes C. - San Lorenzo
Feb. 15: Olimpico LB - La Union
Feb. 16: Quilmes MP - Weber Bahia
Feb. 16: San Martin C. - Hispano Am.


Standings - TNA

TNA Standings
Center North
 1. Union SF 19-5 
 2. San Isidro 16-10 
 3. Barrio Parque 13-9 
 4. BHY Tiro Federal 9-14 
 5. Independiente BBC 9-17 
 6. SP Las Parejas 6-18 
Center South
 1. Ciclista 15-10 
 2. Parque Sur 15-11 
 3. Platense 13-10 
 4. Temperley 12-12 
 5. Rocamora 11-12 
 6. Gimnasia LP 7-18 
 7. La Union 6-19 
North
 1. Hindu 20-4 
 2. Comunicaciones 18-7 
 3. Villa Angela 14-9 
 4. Salta Basket 9-13 
 5. Villa San Martin 9-17 
 6. Obera TC 8-16 
 7. Mitre Tuc. 6-17 
South
 1. Estudiantes O. 16-8 
 2. Olimpo BB 15-8 
 3. Alianza Viedma 15-11 
 4. Huracan 13-11 
 5. Atenas Carmen 13-13 
 6. Petr.Argentino 8-16 

Regular Season: Round 25

Feb. 13: Alianza Viedma - Parque Sur 96-73
Feb. 9: Union SF - SP Las Parejas 91-65
Feb. 11: Gimnasia LP - La Union 89-75
Feb. 11: Obera TC - Hindu 86-75
Feb. 8: Gimnasia LP - Petr.Argentino 84-78
Feb. 12: BHY Tiro Federal - Villa San Martin 82-76
Feb. 9: Olimpo BB - Parque Sur 82-69
Feb. 11: Atenas Carmen - Parque Sur 81-67
Feb. 13: Rocamora - Platense 80-81
Feb. 13: Obera TC - Comunicaciones 80-74
Feb. 8: San Isidro - Villa Angela 80-72
Feb. 10: Temperley - Alianza Viedma 77-83
Feb. 8: Independiente BBC - Mitre Tuc. 77-63
Feb. 12: Barrio Parque - Salta Basket 76-78
Feb. 9: Comunicaciones - Hindu 72-77
Feb. 12: Temperley - Petr.Argentino 71-66
Feb. 8: Barrio Parque - Villa San Martin 71-60
Feb. 8: Ciclista - Estudiantes O. 70-78
Feb. 10: Independiente BBC - Salta Basket 69-67
Feb. 13: Ciclista - La Union 63-80
Feb. 10: BHY Tiro Federal - Villa Angela 63-65
Feb. 10: San Isidro - Villa San Martin 63-61
Feb. 8: La Union - Alianza Viedma 102-110
Feb. 14: SP Las Parejas - Salta Basket


Standings - Liga B

TFB Standings
Bonaerense
 1. Chivilcoy Racing 11-4 
 2. Belgrano SN 10-4 
 3. Sarmiento 9-5 
 4. Villa Mitre BB 9-7 
 5. Sportivo E. 6-7 
 6. Argentino PRG 5-10 
 7. Atletico Pilar 4-10 
 8. U.Mar del Plata 4-12 
Centro
 1. Ameghino 13-3 
 2. Atletico Tostado 12-6 
 3. Deportivo Norte A. 11-4 
 4. Union Sunch. 10-5 
 5. Central SJ 7-9 
 6. Independ. Oliva 7-10 
 7. H.San Javier 6-9 
 8. San Justino 5-11 
 9. Olimpico Ceres 4-12 
Mesopotamia
 1. C.Entrerriano 10-5 
 2. Gualeguay 10-5 
 3. Union Goya 9-7 
 4. Atletico Tala 7-7 
 5. Regatas U. 7-8 
 6. Penarol 7-8 
 7. Saladas 6-8 
 8. Ferrocarril C. 6-10 
 9. Capuchinos 5-9 
Metropolitana
 1. River Plate 12-4 
 2. P.Echague 12-5 
 3. Ramos Mejia 12-5 
 4. H.San Justo 11-6 
 5. Union Vecinal 8-8 
 6. RC Avellaneda 8-9 
 7. Lanus 6-8 
 8. Villa Mitre CF 6-11 
 9. Estudiantil 4-13 
 10. Estudiantes LP 2-15 
Noa
 1. Talleres TV 15-0 
 2. San Martin LR 10-4 
 3. Amancay LR 9-5 
 4. N.Avellaneda Tuc. 8-8 
 5. Olimpia Catam. 7-8 
 6. Union Oran 6-9 
 7. Hindu BBC 4-11 
 8. Rio Grande 0-14 
Oeste
 1. C.Espanol P. 12-3 
 2. Perfora 12-3 
 3. Rivadavia M. 11-6 
 4. Independ.N. 5-9 
 5. M.Junin 5-12 
 6. Anzorena 1-15 

Regular Season: Round 15

Bonaerense

Feb. 10: Chivilcoy Racing - Argentino PRG 80-73
Feb. 10: U.Mar del Plata - Sarmiento 77-83
Feb. 10: Sportivo E. - Atletico Pilar 32-46

Centro

Feb. 12: Deportivo Norte A. - Olimpico Ceres 98-73
Feb. 9: H.San Javier - Deportivo Norte A. 92-82
Feb. 10: Ameghino - San Justino 88-72
Feb. 12: Atletico Tostado - Independ. Oliva 75-74
Feb. 10: Central SJ - Atletico Tostado 74-58
Feb. 12: Central SJ - San Justino 68-86
Feb. 10: Olimpico Ceres - Independ. Oliva 64-66

Mesopotamia

Feb. 10: Capuchinos - Atletico Tala 98-79
Feb. 12: Saladas - Ferrocarril C. 85-72
Feb. 12: C.Entrerriano - Capuchinos 78-66
Feb. 10: Gualeguay - Regatas U. 73-81
Feb. 10: Union Goya - Ferrocarril C. 70-56
Feb. 10: Penarol - C.Entrerriano 64-54

Metropolitana

Feb. 10: Villa Mitre BB - Estudiantes LP 84-70
Feb. 10: RC Avellaneda - Lanus 83-94
Feb. 10: Ramos Mejia - Union Vecinal 81-62
Feb. 10: Villa Mitre CF - P.Echague 75-72
Feb. 10: River Plate - Estudiantil 74-66

Noa

Feb. 10: N.Avellaneda Tuc. - Talleres TV 63-68
Feb. 10: Hindu BBC - Olimpia Catam. 56-66

Oeste

Feb. 10: Independ.N. - M.Junin 82-59
Feb. 12: Perfora - M.Junin 77-57
Feb. 12: Independ.N. - Rivadavia M. 72-64
Feb. 10: C.Espanol P. - Rivadavia M. 59-56


TFB Round 15 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The round was exceptionally exciting as three games ended with a tiny margin. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Fifth defeat of league's leader P.Echague (12-5) against eighth ranked Villa Mitre CF (6-11) 75-72 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of P.Echague. Villa Mitre CF maintains eighth place in Metropolitana with 6-11 record. P.Echague at the other side dropped to the second position with five games lost. They share it with Ramos Mejia. They were replaced at the leadership position by C.Entrerriano. P.Echague will play next round against strong Atletico Tostado trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Villa Mitre CF will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Estudiantes LP in La Plata.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Chivilcoy Racing as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Bonaerense. Chivilcoy Racing defeated 6th ranked Argentino PRG at home 80-73. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Argentino PRG at the other side keeps the sixth place with ten games lost. Argentino PRG will play next round against strong Sarmiento trying to get back on the winning streak. Chivilcoy Racing will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Belgrano SN at San Nicolas.
Leading Gualeguay (10-5) recorded its fifth loss at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Regatas CU (7-8) 81-73. Regatas CU maintains fifth place in Mesopotamia with 7-8 record, which they share with Penarol. Newly promoted Gualeguay still keeps top position with five games lost. They share it with C.Entrerriano. Regatas CU will meet at home higher ranked Atletico TL (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gualeguay will play against Ferrocarril in Concordia and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in . It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Rivadavia M. (11-6) to first ranked C.Espanol P. (12-3) 59-56 on Friday evening. C.Espanol P. have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted C.Espanol P. maintains first place in Oeste with 12-3 record, which they share with Perfora. Rivadavia M. at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. C.Espanol P.'s next round opponent will be Anzorena (#6) in Mendoza which should be theoretically an easy game. Rivadavia M. will play at home against the league's leader Ameghino and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Sixth-ranked Independ. Oliva (7-10) was very close to win a game against second ranked Atletico Tostado (12-6) on Sunday. Atletico Tostado managed to secure only one-point victory 75-74. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Independ. Oliva. Atletico Tostado maintains second place in Centro with 12-6 record having just five point less than leader C.Entrerriano. Newly promoted Independ. Oliva keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. Atletico Tostado will face Olimpico (#9) in Ceres in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Independ. Oliva will play at home against San Justino and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 15:
In Bonaerense Atletico Pilar beat Sportivo E. on the road 46-32. U.Mar del Plata lost to Sarmiento on its own court 77-83.
In Centro Olimpico Ceres was outscored by Deportivo Norte A. in a road game 73-98. Central SJ recorded a loss to San Justino at home 68-86. San Justino was defeated by Ameghino on the opponent's court 88-72. Olimpico Ceres was beaten by Independ. Oliva in a home game 64-66. Atletico Tostado lost to Central SJ on the road 58-74. H.San Javier managed to outperform Deportivo Norte A. on its own court 92-82.
In Mesopotamia Ferrocarril C. recorded a loss to Saladas in a road game 85-72. C.Entrerriano defeated Capuchinos at home 78-66. Ferrocarril C. was beaten by Union Goya on the opponent's court 70-56. Penarol won against C.Entrerriano in a home game 64-54. Atletico Tala was outscored by Capuchinos on the road 98-79.
In Metropolitana Ramos Mejia rolled over Union Vecinal on its own court 81-62. Lanus defeated RC Avellaneda in Buenos Aires 94-83. Villa Mitre BB beat Estudiantes LP at home 84-70. Estudiantil lost to River Plate on the opponent's court 66-74.
In Noa Hindu BBC unfortunately lost to Olimpia Catam. in a home game 56-66. Talleres TV managed to beat N.Avellaneda Tuc. on the road 68-63.
In Oeste Perfora crushed M.Junin on its own court 77-57. Rivadavia M. was beaten by Independ.N. in Neuquen 72-64. Independ.N. destroyed M.Junin at home 82-59.

Bonaerense
Chivilcoy Racing - Argentino PRG 80-73

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Chivilcoy Racing as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Bonaerense. Chivilcoy Racing defeated 6th ranked Argentino PRG at home 80-73. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Argentino PRG at the other side keeps the sixth place with ten games lost. Argentino PRG will play next round against strong Sarmiento trying to get back on the winning streak. Chivilcoy Racing will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Belgrano SN at San Nicolas.
gschID: 511697


Sportivo E. - Atletico Pilar 32-46

There was a small surprise when eighth ranked Atletico PL (4-10) beat on the road 5th ranked Sportivo E. (6-7) 46-32 on Friday. Atletico PL moved-up to seventh place in Bonaerense. Newly promoted Sportivo E. keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Atletico PL will face league's second-placed Belgrano SN in San Nicolas in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sportivo E. will play again on the road against Atletico PL in Buenos Aires and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511696


U.Mar del Plata - Sarmiento 77-83

Very expected game when 7th ranked U.Mar del Plata (4-12) lost at home to third ranked Sarmiento (9-5) 83-77 on Friday. Sarmiento have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place in Bonaerense with 9-5 record behind leader C.Entrerriano. Newly promoted U.Mar del Plata dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. Sarmiento will face Argentino PRG (#6) on the road in the next round.
gschID: 511695


Centro
Deportivo Norte A. - Olimpico Ceres 98-73

Very predictable result when third ranked Deportivo Norte A. (11-4) rolled over at home 9th ranked Olimpico (4-12) 98-73 on Sunday. Newly promoted Deportivo Norte A. maintains third place in Centro with 11-4 record having just one point less than leader C.Entrerriano. Olimpico lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 12 games lost. Deportivo Norte A. will face Union de Sunchales (#4) on the road in the next round. Olimpico will play against Union de Sunchales (#4) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511877


Atletico Tostado - Independ. Oliva 75-74

Sixth-ranked Independ. Oliva (7-10) was very close to win a game against second ranked Atletico Tostado (12-6) on Sunday. Atletico Tostado managed to secure only one-point victory 75-74. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Independ. Oliva. Atletico Tostado maintains second place in Centro with 12-6 record having just five point less than leader C.Entrerriano. Newly promoted Independ. Oliva keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. Atletico Tostado will face Olimpico (#9) in Ceres in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Independ. Oliva will play at home against San Justino and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511875


Central SJ - San Justino 68-86

There was a minor upset when 5th ranked Central SJ (7-9) lost to eighth ranked San Justino (5-11) in San Javier 68-86 on Sunday. San Justino maintains eighth place in Centro with 5-11 record. Loser Central SJ keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. San Justino will face higher ranked Independ. Oliva (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Central SJ will play against H.San Justo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511876


Ameghino - San Justino 88-72

Everything went according to plan when first ranked Ameghino (13-3) defeated 8th ranked San Justino (5-11) in Villa Maria 88-72 on Friday. Ameghino have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place in Centro with 13-3 record. Loser San Justino keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Ameghino will face M.Junin (#5) in the next round. San Justino will play against Independ. Oliva and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511873


Olimpico Ceres - Independ. Oliva 64-66

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Olimpico (4-12) was edged by sixth ranked Independ. Oliva (7-10) in Ceres 66-64 on Friday. Newly promoted Independ. Oliva maintains sixth place in Centro with 7-10 record. Olimpico lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 12 games lost. Independ. Oliva will face San Justino (#8) in San Justo in the next round. Olimpico will play on the road against Union de Sunchales and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511874


Central SJ - Atletico Tostado 74-58

There was a small surprise when fifth ranked Central SJ (7-9) beat second-best Atletico Tostado (12-6) in San Javier 74-58 on Friday. Central SJ maintains fifth place in Centro with 7-9 record. Loser Atletico Tostado keeps the second position with six games lost. Central SJ will face higher ranked H.San Justo (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Atletico Tostado will play against Olimpico in Ceres and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511872


H.San Javier - Deportivo Norte A. 92-82

There was an upset when 3rd placed Deportivo Norte A. (11-4) lost on the road to seventh ranked H.San Javier (6-9) 92-82 on Thursday. H.San Javier have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted H.San Javier maintains seventh place in Centro with 6-9 record. Deportivo Norte A. lost third consecutive game. Deportivo Norte A. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the third position with four games lost. H.San Javier will have a break next round. Deportivo Norte A. will play on the road against Union de Sunchales and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511871


Mesopotamia
Saladas - Ferrocarril C. 85-72

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked Saladas (6-8) won against at home 7th ranked Ferrocarril (6-10) 85-72 on Sunday. Saladas have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place in Mesopotamia. Ferrocarril lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Saladas will face higher ranked Regatas CU (#5) in Concepcion del Urug. in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ferrocarril will play against the league's second-placed Gualeguay where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
gschID: 511477


C.Entrerriano - Capuchinos 78-66

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked Capuchinos (5-9) lost to second ranked C.Entrerriano (10-5) in Gualeguaychu 66-78 on Sunday. C.Entrerriano keeps a position of Mesopotamia leader, which they share with Gualeguay. Loser Capuchinos dropped to the ninth place with nine games lost. C.Entrerriano will have a break next round. Capuchinos will play at home against Penarol (#6) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511475


Union Goya - Ferrocarril C. 70-56

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Union Goya (9-7) defeated at home 7th ranked Ferrocarril (6-10) 70-56 on Friday. Union Goya maintains third place in Mesopotamia with 9-7 record behind leader C.Entrerriano. Ferrocarril lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Union Goya will face Penarol (#6) in Rosario del Tala in the next round. Ferrocarril will play against the league's second-placed Gualeguay and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511474


Gualeguay - Regatas U. 73-81

Leading Gualeguay (10-5) recorded its fifth loss at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Regatas CU (7-8) 81-73. Regatas CU maintains fifth place in Mesopotamia with 7-8 record, which they share with Penarol. Newly promoted Gualeguay still keeps top position with five games lost. They share it with C.Entrerriano. Regatas CU will meet at home higher ranked Atletico TL (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gualeguay will play against Ferrocarril in Concordia and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 511472


Penarol - C.Entrerriano 64-54

There was an upset when second-best C.Entrerriano (10-5) lost to seventh ranked Penarol (7-8) in Rosario del Tala 54-64 on Friday. Penarol moved-up to fifth place in Mesopotamia, which they share with Regatas U. Loser C.Entrerriano still keeps top position with five games lost. Penarol will face higher ranked Union Goya (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 511473


Capuchinos - Atletico Tala 98-79

There was a surprise result when eighth ranked Capuchinos (5-9) crushed 4th placed Atletico TL (7-7) in Concordia 98-79 on Friday. Despite that victory Capuchinos went down to ninth position (Mesopotamia) due to points difference. Loser Atletico TL keeps the fourth place with seven games lost. Capuchinos will face higher ranked Penarol (#6) in Rosario del Tala in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Atletico TL will play on the road against Regatas CU in Concepcion del Urug. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511471


Metropolitana
Villa Mitre CF - P.Echague 75-72

Fifth defeat of league's leader P.Echague (12-5) against eighth ranked Villa Mitre CF (6-11) 75-72 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of P.Echague. Villa Mitre CF maintains eighth place in Metropolitana with 6-11 record. P.Echague at the other side dropped to the second position with five games lost. They share it with Ramos Mejia. They were replaced at the leadership position by C.Entrerriano. P.Echague will play next round against strong Atletico Tostado trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Villa Mitre CF will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Estudiantes LP in La Plata.
gschID: 511600


Ramos Mejia - Union Vecinal 81-62

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Union Vecinal (8-8) was smashed on the road by third ranked Ramos Mejia (12-5) 81-62 on Friday. Ramos Mejia have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place in Metropolitana, which they share with P.Echague. Union Vecinal lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with eight games lost. Ramos Mejia will face league's leader River Plate in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Union Vecinal will play at home against H.San Justo (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511601


RC Avellaneda - Lanus 83-94

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when seventh ranked Lanus (6-8) won against on the road 6th ranked RC Avellaneda (8-9) 94-83 on Friday. Lanus maintains seventh place in Metropolitana with 6-8 record. RC Avellaneda lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. Lanus' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Buenos Aires to the arena .
gschID: 511599


Villa Mitre BB - Estudiantes LP 84-70

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Estudiantes LP (2-15) lost on the road to fourth ranked Villa Mitre BB (9-7) 84-70 on Friday. Villa Mitre BB maintains fourth place in Metropolitana with 9-7 record. Loser Estudiantes LP keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. Villa Mitre BB will have a break next round. Estudiantes LP will play on the road against Villa Mitre CF (#8) in Buenos Aires and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511597


River Plate - Estudiantil 74-66

Everything went according to plan when second ranked River Plate (12-4) defeated 9th ranked Estudiantil (4-13) in Buenos Aires 74-66 on Friday. River Plate keeps a position of Metropolitana leader. Estudiantil lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 13 games lost. River Plate will face Ramos Mejia (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Estudiantil will play against RC Avellaneda (#6) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511598


Noa
Hindu BBC - Olimpia Catam. 56-66

There was no surprise when 7th ranked Hindu BBC (4-11) lost to fifth ranked Olimpia Catam. (7-8) in Catamarca 56-66 on Friday. Olimpia Catam. maintains fifth place in Noa with 7-8 record. Hindu BBC lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. Olimpia Catam. will face league's second-placed San Martin LR in La Rioja in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hindu BBC will play at home against Amancay LR (#3) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511371


N.Avellaneda Tuc. - Talleres TV 63-68

No shocking result in a game when leader Talleres TV (15-0) beat on the road 4th placed N.Avellaneda Tuc. (8-8) 68-63 on Friday. Talleres TV have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They maintain first place in Noa with 15-0 record. Newly promoted N.Avellaneda Tuc. keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. Talleres TV will face UD Nueva Oran (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. N.Avellaneda Tuc. will play against Rio Grande in La Mendieta and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511372


Oeste
Perfora - M.Junin 77-57

Rather expected game when 4th placed M.Junin (5-12) was smashed by second ranked Perfora (12-3) in Plaza Huincul 77-57 on Sunday. Perfora keeps a position of Oeste leader, which they share with C.Espanol P. M.Junin lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the fifth place with 12 games lost. Perfora will face Anzorena (#6) in Mendoza in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. M.Junin will play at home against the league's leader Ameghino and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511788


Independ.N. - Rivadavia M. 72-64

There was a small surprise when fifth ranked Independ.N. (5-9) won against 3rd placed Rivadavia M. (11-6) in Neuquen 72-64 on Sunday. Independ.N. moved-up to fourth place in Oeste. Loser Rivadavia M. keeps the third position with six games lost. Independ.N. will face league's second-placed Perfora in Plaza Huincul in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rivadavia M. will play at home against the league's leader Ameghino and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511787


Independ.N. - M.Junin 82-59

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 4th placed M.Junin (5-12) was outscored by fifth ranked Independ.N. (5-9) in Neuquen 82-59 on Friday. Independ.N. moved-up to fourth place in Oeste. M.Junin lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the fifth position with 12 games lost. Independ.N. will face league's second-placed Perfora in Plaza Huincul in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. M.Junin will play at home against the league's leader Ameghino and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511786


C.Espanol P. - Rivadavia M. 59-56

A very interesting game took place in . It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Rivadavia M. (11-6) to first ranked C.Espanol P. (12-3) 59-56 on Friday evening. C.Espanol P. have a solid series of four victories in a row. Newly promoted C.Espanol P. maintains first place in Oeste with 12-3 record, which they share with Perfora. Rivadavia M. at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. C.Espanol P.'s next round opponent will be Anzorena (#6) in Mendoza which should be theoretically an easy game. Rivadavia M. will play at home against the league's leader Ameghino and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511785





BHY Tiro Federal inks Leonardo Strack - by Eurobasket News

BHY Tiro Federal y Deportivo Morteros (TNA) signed 24-year old shooting guard Leonardo Strack (189-93) from Villa Angela Basket. In 21 TNA games he had 4.8ppg and 1.5rpg this season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Strack won Argentinian Torneo Federal (Northeastern) championship title in 2015. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian Torneo Federal Guard of the Year in 2015.
Strack has played previously for three other teams: Deportivo Roca de Rio Negro, Alma Juniors and Asociacion Italiana.

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Nicolas Laprovittola selected the top Argentinian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nicolas Laprovittola
Nicolas Laprovittola
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Nicolas Laprovittola (193-90, currently plays in Spain). He led Baskonia to a 1-point victory against one of league's weakest teams Blusens Monbus (5-14) 87-86 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Laprovittola scored 15 points and added 6 assists (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 27 minutes on the court. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (14-6) is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa. This year Laprovittola averages: 4.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.5apg, 3FGP: 42.9% in two games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Andres Nocioni
Andres Nocioni
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international small forward Andres Nocioni (203-79, currently plays in Spain). Nocioni led Real Madrid to an easy victory against the 15th-ranked UCAM Murcia (6-14) crushing them 89-61 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He scored 11 points. Real Madrid (15-4) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Nocioni's overall stats this season are: 5.5ppg, 1.9rpg, 2FGP: 40.7%, 3FGP: 54.1%(20-37). He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Ex-Penarol Mar del Plata player is in the roster of the Argentinian senior national team.

Facundo Campazzo
Facundo Campazzo
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Facundo Campazzo (181-91, currently plays in Spain). Campazzo could not help one of league's weakest teams UCAM Murcia (6-14) in their last game. Despite his very good performance UCAM Murcia was edged 86-84 on the road by the higher-ranked (#14) Joventut. Campazzo was the top scorer with 22 points. He also added 7 assists in 29 minutes. Campazzo has relatively good stats this year: 14.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 6.1apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 49.1%, 3FGP: 28.1% and FT: 82.8% in 18 games. He is also a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Fabricio Vay
Fabricio Vay
   #4. Forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) led Arkadia Lions to a victory over the closely-ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (10-11) 85-66 in the Austrian A Bundesliga last Sunday. Vay was MVP of the game. He scored 31 points (!!!) and grabbed 8 rebounds in 35 minutes. Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions (9-11) are placed seventh in the A Bundesliga. It's Vay's fourth season with the team. Vay has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.8ppg, 8.3rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg in 20 games. Vay is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. He used to play for the Argentinian national team back in 2009.

Nicolas Brussino
Nicolas Brussino
   #5. International swingman Nicolas Brussino (202-93, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Orlando Magic (20-36) crushing them 112-80 in the NBA on Saturday night. Brussino scored 10 points and added 3 passes. The Dallas Mavericks have 22-32 record this season. It's Brussino's first year with the team. His overall stats this year are: 2.0ppg and 1.3rpg. Brussino plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Manu Ginobili
Manu Ginobili
   #6. Guard Manu Ginobili (198-77, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the San Antonio Spurs (41-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance the San Antonio Spurs (41-13) lost 74-89 in Memphis to the Grizzlies. Ginobili recorded 12 points and added 3 assists in a mere 17 minutes. Ginobili is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his 15th year in Spurs' roster. This season he has relatively solid stats: 8.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg in 46 games. Ginobili is an international player who is currently on the senior Argentinian National Team roster.

Marcos Delia
Marcos Delia
   #7. International center Marcos Delia (211-92, currently plays in EuroCup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Facundo Campazzo. But that was another game of his team in Eurocup which we would like to mention. Delia was not able to secure a victory for UCAM Murcia (1-5) in their game against Lokomotiv (5-1). He scored 5 points in 19 minutes. UCAM Murcia lost 77-85 at home to the leading Lokomotiv. It's Delia's first season with the team. This year Delia's overall stats are: 3.6ppg and 2.6rpg in 14 games. He is also Argentinian national team player.

Juan Fernandez
Juan Fernandez
   #8. Guard Juan Fernandez (193-90, college: Temple, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Magia Huesca (5-18) crushing them 86-65 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. He scored 6 points. Cafes Candelas Breogan Lugo (14-8) is placed fifth in the LEB Gold. Fernandez's total stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.1apg. He used to play for the Argentinian national team back in 2014.

Antonio Porta
Antonio Porta
   #9. Former international point guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Denmark) couldn't help Svendborg (11-11) in their game against SISU (9-13) in the Danish Ligaen. Porta cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points. Svendborg was crushed 94-68 on their home court in Svendborg by the lower-ranked SISU (#6). It was Svendborg's third consecutive loss in a row. Porta has reliable stats this season: 10.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.5apg and 1.2spg. He used to play for the Argentinian national team nine years ago.

Juan Manuel Caceres
Juan Manuel Caceres
   #10. Small forward Juan Manuel Caceres (199-84, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) was the main contributor in Valmontone's victory against the eighth-ranked Forli Tigers (10-12) crushing them 86-64 in the Italian Serie B (third division) in Saturday night's game. Caceres was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 11 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Virtus Valmontone (17-3) is placed second in Group C. Caceres averaged so far 11.1ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.3apg. He is a former U16 international player as fifteen years ago he still played for the Argentinian national team.

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

   #1. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy). Filloy could not help Umana Venezia (12-7) to beat Dolomiti En. TR (10-9). He scored 5 points and added 6 passes. Umana Venezia was defeated 65-57 on the road by the lower-ranked Dolomiti En. TR (#6). It was Umana Venezia's third consecutive loss in a row. It's Filloy's first season with the team. Filloy's overall stats this year are: 6.1ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.5apg. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #2. Damian Palacios (177-PG-85, currently plays in Brazil) contributed to a 1-point CR Vasco Da Gama Rio de Janeiro's victory against the league outsider Macae (3-15) 77-76 in the Brazilian NBB last Tuesday. He recorded 9 points. CR Vasco Da Gama Rio de Janeiro (11-8) is placed eighth in the NBB. Palacios' overall stats this season are: 3.9ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.6apg.

   #3. Andres Forray (187-PG-86, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Dolomiti En. TR's victory against the closely-ranked Betaland Cdo (10-9) 71-63 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. He recorded 7 points in 23 minutes. Dolomiti Energia Trento (10-9) is placed sixth in the Serie A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Forray has been at the team for six years. This season Forray's overall stats are: 5.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg in 18 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #4. Experienced Omar Canton (206-C-82, currently plays in Liga Americas) managed to help Hebraica Macabi Montevideo to win against the closely-ranked Bucaneros (0-3) 82-77 in the Liga Americas in Sunday night's game. Canton scored only 2 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Hebraica Macabi Montevideo (2-1) is placed tenth in the Liga Americas. The Regular Season already ended in the Liga Americas. Canton's overall stats this season are: 6.3ppg and 6.0rpg. He has both Italian and Argentinian nationalities.

   #5. Santiago Boffelli (197-G/F-83, currently plays in Italy) led Scauri to a surprising victory over the third-ranked Palestrina (17-4) 66-63 in the Italian Serie B (third division) last Sunday. Boffelli was the best player in that game. He had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 10 rebounds in 34 minutes. Basket Scauri (9-10) is placed ninth in Group C. It's Boffelli's first season with the team. Boffelli has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.4ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg in 17 games. Similarly like Canton and Forray above Boffelli also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #6. Bernardo Musso (193-G-86, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help FCM Ferentino (8-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the 13th-placed FCM Ferentino was defeated 78-69 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Tortona in the West group. Musso was the top scorer with 19 points. He has reliable stats this season: 13.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.4apg and 1.6spg. Similarly like three previous players above, Musso has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #7. Demian Filloy (198-F-82, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) helped Lighthouse TR edge the third-ranked Treviglio 92-90 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. He scored 9 points, had 9 boards, passed 6 assists and added 4 steals in 36 minutes. This year Filloy's overall stats are: 5.8ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.6apg in 19 games. He has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #8. Erik Thomas (196-F-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) led New Orleans to a victory against the Southeastern Louisiana University 60-52 in the NCAA last Saturday. Thomas recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 12 rebounds. This season he has very high stats. Thomas averages: 19.7ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.9apg and 1.6spg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Thomas has never played in Argentina.

   #9. Min-Soo Kim (200-C-82, currently plays in South Korea) helped SK Knights win their game against the closely-ranked LG Sakers 82-70 in the South Korean KBL in Wednesday night's game. Kim scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His total stats this season are: 8.6ppg and 4.7rpg. Kim has dual citizenship: South Korean and Argentinian.

   #10. Juan Luis Abeiro (196-C/F-88, currently plays in Chile) was not able to secure a victory for CD Tinguiririca San Fernando (20-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the first-placed CD Tinguiririca San Fernando lost 75-83 in Concepcion to the second-ranked Universidad de in the Conferencia Centro. Abeiro was the top scorer with 27 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 40 minutes. Abeiro has very impressive stats this year: 25.5ppg, 10.9rpg, 3.4apg and 1.7spg in 38 games.



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  ASEAN LEAGUE  


Xavier Alexander claims ASEAN League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Xavier Alexander (198-G-88) had a great game in the last round for league's leader Singapore S. and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 28-year old guard had a double-double of 34 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team edged out KL Dragons (#6, 2-9) 113-110. It allowed Singapore S. to consolidate first place in the ASEAN League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Singapore S. has a very solid 10-4 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. It's Alexander's second year at Singapore S. and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Southern Nazarene University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Alexander is in league's top in assists (4th best: 5.3apg) and averages solid 1.4bpg and 2.1spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American power forward Lenny Daniel (203-PF-87) of Saigon H.. Daniel impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 32 points and 15 rebounds. Of course Saigon H. cruised to a 85-76 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Kaohsiung (#4, 4-8). Saigon H.'s 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-6 record. Daniel is a newcomer at Saigon H. and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.1ppg (#6). He also registered 12.9 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Kiwi Gardner (170-PG-93) of KL Dragons (#6). Gardner got into 30-points club by scoring 37 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds and eight assists. Despite Gardner's great performance KL Dragons lost 110-113 to the higher-ranked Singapore S. (#1, 10-4). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. KL Dragons can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-9 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Gardner he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. The season just started for Gardner as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcus Elliott (191-G-84) of Hong Kong ELL - 33 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Justin Howard (209-C-81) of Singapore S. - 32 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Skylar Spencer (208-F/C-94) of KL Dragons - 27 points and 16 rebounds
7. Justin Howard (209-C-81) of Singapore S. - 28 points and 14 rebounds
8. Chris Oliver (201-F-85) of Kaohsiung - 22 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Patrick Sullivan (206-F/C-88) of Hong Kong ELL - 21 points and 14 rebounds
10. Christien Charles (216-F/C-81) of Saigon H. - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Bryce COTTON
  Wildcats
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Cotton, Wildcats22.1 
 2. Ware, United22.1 
 3. Randle, 36ers21.0 
 4. Prather, Wildcats19.3 
 5. Dillard, Breakers18.1 
 6. Newley, Kings17.6 
 7. Penney, Breakers17.3 
 8. Clarke, Hawks17.3 
 9. Goulding, United16.9 
 10. Lisch, Kings16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Josh BOONE
  United
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Boone, United9.3 
 2. Craig, Bullets8.0 
 3. Ogilvy, Hawks7.5 
 4. Johnson, 36ers7.3 
 5. Mitchell, Breakers7.2 
 6. Pledger, Breakers6.8 
 7. Bairstow, Bullets6.5 
 8. Whittington, Kings6.4 
 9. McKay, Wildcats6.3 
 10. Knight, Wildcats6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Ben WOODSIDE
  Breakers
  (180-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Woodside, Breakers5.5 
 2. Jackson, United5.4 
 3. Randle, 36ers5.3 
 4. Dillard, Breakers4.8 
 5. Ware, United4.5 
 6. Stockton, Breakers4.2 
 7. Newley, Kings4.1 
 8. Sobey, 36ers4.1 
 9. Gibson, Bullets3.8 
 10. Lisch, Kings3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin LISCH
  Kings
  (188-C-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Lisch, Kings1.9 
 2. Martin, Wildcats1.7 
 3. Dillard, Breakers1.6 
 4. Prather, Wildcats1.6 
 5. Whittington, Kings1.5 
 6. Jackson, United1.4 
 7. Ware, United1.3 
 8. Woodside, Breakers1.3 
 9. Harris, Hawks1.3 
 10. Newley, Kings1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew James OGILVY
  Hawks
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Ogilvy, Hawks1.5 
 2. McKay, Wildcats1.5 
 3. Pledger, Breakers1.2 
 4. Boone, United1.1 
 5. Whittington, Kings0.9 
 6. Jervis, Bullets0.8 
 7. Powell, Kings0.8 
 8. Jacobsen, 36ers0.7 
 9. Craig, Bullets0.7 
 10. Egwu, Taipans0.7 


Australian NBL round 19 best performance: Casey Prather - by Eurobasket News

American Swingman Casey Prather (198-F/G-91) had a great game in the last round for Wildcats, receiving a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, four rebounds and six assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Kings (#7, 13-15) with 27-point margin 101-74. Wildcats is placed at 3rd position in Australian NBL. Wildcats 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 15-13 record. In the team's last game Prather had a remarkable 56.3% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Wildcats and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former University of Florida star has very solid stats this year. Prather is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.0ppg).

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old American Josh Boone (208-F/C-84) of United. Boone had a very good evening with a double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as United was edged by the higher-ranked Wildcats (#3, 15-13) 96-94. United is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-15 record. Boone is a newcomer at United and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Torrey Craig (198-F-90) of Bullets (#8). Craig got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for eighteen rebounds . Despite Craig's great performance Bullets lost 79-106 to the higher-ranked Hawks (#4, 15-13). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Bullets not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 18 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Craig could try to bring Bullets' a little bit higher in the standings. Craig has individually a great season in Australia. After 28 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.0rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Casey Prather (198-F/G-91) of Wildcats - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 11 assists
5. Casper Ware (178-PG-90) of United - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Rotnei Clarke (183-PG-89) of Hawks - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88) of Hawks - 22 points and 6 rebounds
8. Mitch Creek (195-F/G-92) of 36ers - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jameel McKay (206-F/C-92) of Wildcats - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Bryce Cotton (185-G-92) of Wildcats - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Brad Newley (ex Kings) is a newcomer at AEK Athens - by Eurobasket News

AEK Athens (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old Australian international swingman Brad Newley (199-93kg-85, agency: BeoBasket). He started the season at Kings in Australian NBL league. In 23 games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.6ppg, 5.0rpg, 4.1apg and 1.2spg this season. The last season Newley played at Gran Canaria in Spanish Liga Endesa where in 35 games he averaged 8.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.5apg. He helped them to make it to the final and Supercup semifinals. Newley also played 22 games in Eurocup where he had 8.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3apg.
In 2007 he was drafted by Houston Rockets (NBA) in second round (54th overall).
Newley was selected to Lithuanian League All-Star Game back in 2011.
He has been also a member of Australian international program for some years. Newley has regularly played for Australian senior team since 2006 and previously for U21 National Team between 2004 and 2005.
He also represented Australia at the FIBA Oceania Championships two years ago. Newley's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 2 games: 4.0ppg, 3.0rpg.
Newley is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America) in five different countries. Newley has played previously professionally also in Turkey (Besiktas), Spain (Valencia Basket), Greece (Panionios and Panellinios), Lithuania (Lietuvos rytas) and Australia (Townsville Crocodiles, Australian Institute Sport and Forestville Eagles).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Matias Muzio for NBADraft.net in 2007)
Wing with a good feel for the game and great intangables ... Good shooter with range out to 3 point ... Has a winning attitude, a leader ... Smart without the ball, moves well to get himself open ... Knows how to create his own shot ... When he's not shooting well, he finds ways to contribute with defense and hustle plays: a defensive rebound, an assist, draw a charge ... Very solid player ... Has good court vision ..
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By Eurobasket Data Center (via @miskoraznatovic)

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Hobart Chargers sign Chris Whitehead - by Hugh McAuliffe

By Adam Smith
February 10, 2017

An attacking guard who attended the same school as last year's SEABL MVP Jeremy Kendle has been revealed as the Hobart Chargers' first official import signing

American Chris Whitehead (175-PG-92, college: Bellarmine), a 175cm playmaker who can excel at both back-court positions, was officially confirmed alongside fellow new signing Mathiang Muo.

Whitehead attended Bellarmine University - the same college as Kendle - and in 2015 was named to the first-team in the All-Great Lakes Valley Conference after leading the Knights in assists (5.3) and steals (a program-record 70), while ranking second in scoring (15ppg).

He shot 57.8 per cent from the floor and 74.1 per cent from the free throw line.

The Indiana native also replaced Kendle at the Toowoomba Mountaineers in the QBL last year after Kendle was signed by the Bendigo Braves.

Kendle went on to not only win the SEABL season MVP but was also crowned player of the final after leading the Braves past Mt Gambier in the championship match, before signing with Brisbane in the NBL.

He starred with a season high 24 points last weekend against the Sydney Kings, filling in for injured Tasmanian Adam Gibson and Bullets import Jermaine Beale.

Whitehead, who averaged 29.4 points, 6.6 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 2.4 steals a match for the Mountaineers, will join Tiri Masunda in an exciting guard combination for the Chargers, who have lost last season's captain Tom Wright and cult figure Jarrad Weeks.

Courtesy of themercury.com.au



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Standings - A Bundesliga

A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Oberwart 16-3 
 2. Gmunden 15-6 
 3. Kapfenberg 12-9 
 4. Wels 10-9 
 5. Vienna 10-10 
 6. Furstenfeld 10-11 
 7. Arkadia 9-12 
 8. UBSC Graz 5-15 
 9. Klosterneuburg 4-16 

Regular Season: Round 22

Feb. 12: Oberwart - Klosterneuburg 84-68
Feb. 13: Vienna - Arkadia 81-69
Feb. 12: Wels - Kapfenberg 68-86
Feb. 12: Furstenfeld - Gmunden 68-74

Regular Season: Round 23

Feb. 18: Kapfenberg - Furstenfeld
Feb. 19: Klosterneuburg - Wels
Feb. 19: Gmunden - Vienna
Feb. 19: UBSC Graz - Oberwart


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko CAR
  Furstenfeld
  (188-SG-85)
  Avg: 20
 1. Car, Furstenfeld20.0 
 2. Vay, Arkadia19.8 
 3. Clemmons, Vienna19.5 
 4. Miletic, Vienna19.4 
 5. McNealy, Oberwart17.5 
 6. Lamesic, Wels17.1 
 7. Rados, Klostern.16.7 
 8. Jackson, Oberwart16.3 
 9. Murati, Gmunden16.3 
 10. Iliev, Furstenfeld15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jozo RADOS
  Klostern.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Rados, Klostern.11.3 
 2. Naylor, UBSC G.10.5 
 3. Vay, Arkadia8.3 
 4. Draskovic, Arkadia8.3 
 5. Lamesic, Wels7.8 
 6. Baptiste, Kapfe.7.5 
 7. Sarlija, Furstenfeld7.4 
 8. Ferguson, Vienna7.1 
 9. Traylor, Oberwart7.0 
 10. Gaidys, Gmunden6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Danek, Arkadia6.9 
 2. Car, Furstenfeld5.6 
 3. Stazic, Vienna5.3 
 4. Vujosevic, Kapfe.5.3 
 5. Jackson, Oberwart5.1 
 6. Maresch, UBSC G.4.9 
 7. Friedrich, Gmunden4.8 
 8. O''Neal, Wels4.3 
 9. Clemmons, Vienna4.3 
 10. Payton, Wels3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Derek JACKSON
  Oberwart
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jackson, Oberwart2.6 
 2. Jandl, Furstenfeld2.3 
 3. Clemmons, Vienna1.9 
 4. Miletic, Vienna1.7 
 5. Koch, Vienna1.6 
 6. Ferguson, Vienna1.6 
 7. Payton, Wels1.6 
 8. Cumberbatch, Oberw.1.6 
 9. Stazic, Vienna1.4 
 10. Vay, Arkadia1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris FERGUSON
  Vienna
  (206-F-89)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Ferguson, Vienna1.7 
 2. Traylor, Oberwart1.6 
 3. Rados, Klostern.1.4 
 4. Draskovic, Arkadia1.2 
 5. Chan, Wels1.2 
 6. Kuakumensah, Oberw.1.0 
 7. Baptiste, Kapfe.0.9 
 8. Steed, Gmunden0.9 
 9. Naylor, UBSC G.0.8 
 10. Cigoja, Wels0.7 


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

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

David Kramer
David Kramer
   #1. This week's number one is former U16 international point guard David Kramer (191-97, currently plays in EuroCup). He could not help the league outsider ratiopharm Ulm (0-6) to beat Lietkabelis (2-4). Kramer scored 9 points in 16 minutes on the court. But ratiopharm Ulm lost 81-86 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Lietkabelis. So far ratiopharm Ulm lost all six games in the Second Stage. The Second Stage already ended in the Eurocup. This year Kramer averages: 2.1ppg, 1.4rpg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3FGP: 11.1% in nine games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Austrian and German. Despite Kramer played previously for the German U20 national team, he played also for the Austrian U16 national team in 2013.

Rasid Mahalbasic
Rasid Mahalbasic
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Rasid Mahalbasic (210-90, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain). Mahalbasic was not able to help Sevilla (7-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Sevilla was edged 102-99 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Zaragoza (#13). Mahalbasic scored 14 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists. It's Mahalbasic's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 67.7%(44-65) and FT: 86.2%. Mahalbasic is another player who holds two passports: Austrian and Slovenian. Ex-kelag Worthersee Piraten player is in the roster of the Austrian senior national team.

Benjamin Ortner
Benjamin Ortner
   #3. The Austrian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Ortner was not able to secure a victory for Umana Venezia (9-5) in their game against Ventspils (7-7) in the Basketball Champions League. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The third-placed Umana Venezia (9-5) was defeated 74-67 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Ventspils (#5) in the group B of Basketball Champions League. Ortner's overall stats this season are: 4.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 46.8% and FT: 61.5%. He played for the Austrian national team four years ago.

Thomas Schreiner
Thomas Schreiner
   #4. Point guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Andorra (10-9) in their game against Baskonia (14-6) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Schreiner scored 6 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals in 24 minutes. Andorra lost 82-91 at home to the higher-ranked (#5) Baskonia. Schreiner has been at the team for five years. This season his overall stats are: 4.4ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.4apg in 19 games. Schreiner is also Austrian national team player.

Moritz Lanegger
Moritz Lanegger
   #5. International point guard Moritz Lanegger (190-90, currently plays in Denmark) was the major contributor in Naestved's victory against the closely-ranked Svendborg (11-11) 86-78 in the Danish Ligaen on Thursday night. He recorded 16 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists (made all of his six free throws). It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Team FOG Naestved (11-10) is placed third in the Ligaen. Lanegger's total stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.0apg and 1.4spg. He plays currently for the Austrian national team.

Marvin Ogunsipe
Marvin Ogunsipe
   #6. Forward Marvin Ogunsipe (204-96, currently plays in Germany) managed to help FC Bayern Muenchen in a victory against the closely-ranked ALBA Berlin (14-7) crushing them 80-56 in the German BBL in Sunday night's game. Ogunsipe recorded only 2 points in 1 minutes on the court. FC Bayern Muenchen (17-3) is placed third in the BBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Ogunsipe's total stats are: 6.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.0apg and 1.4spg in 12 games. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Austrian team two years ago.

Jakob Poeltl
Jakob Poeltl
   #7. Former international forward Jakob Poeltl (213-95, college: Utah, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Toronto Raptors (32-23) in their game against the Detroit Pistons (25-29) in the NBA. Poeltl recorded 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors (32-23) were edged 102-101 in Detroit by the Pistons. Poeltl has averaged so far 2.2ppg and 2.7rpg. He used to play for the Austrian national team two years ago.

Maximilian Hopfgartner
Maximilian Hopfgartner
   #8. Forward Maximilian Hopfgartner (206-92, also represented by Dynamics Global Management, college: John Brown, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Navarra (10-10) in their game against L'Hospitalet (8-12) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division), despite his very good performance on Sunday night. Hopfgartner was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 26 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Hopfgartner's second season in pro basketball. But Navarra lost 77-85 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#12) L'Hospitalet. It was Navarra's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Hopfgartner has relatively solid stats: 13.1ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.6apg in 20 games. He plays currently for the Austrian national team.

Thomas Klepeisz
Thomas Klepeisz
   #9. International point guard Thomas Klepeisz (186-91, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Braunschweig (3-14) in their game against ratiopharm Ulm (20-0) in the German BBL. Klepeisz cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. Braunschweig was crushed 100-76 on their home court in Braunschweig by the leading ratiopharm Ulm. Klepeisz has averaged so far 6.8ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.5apg. He is also in the roster of the Austrian national team.

Valentine Bauer
Valentine Bauer
   #10. Point guard Valentine Bauer (183-94, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Mars Hill College (3-14) in their game against the Queens College (NC) (12-0) in the NCAA2. Bauer cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points and added 3 passes in 18 minutes. The Mars Hill College was crushed 119-78 in Charlotte by the Queens College (NC). There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA2 Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Bauer has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 3.5rpg and 4.4apg in 17 games. He is a former U20 international player as three years ago he still played for the Austrian national team.

   #11. Former U20 international forward Mladen Perak (203-94, currently plays in NAIA) couldn't help the St.Gregory's University in their game against the Wayland Baptist University in the NAIA. Perak cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was defeated 92-87 in the NAIA. Perak has averaged so far 2.0ppg and 2.8rpg. He used to play for the Austrian U20 national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Bryce Douvier (201-F-91, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Portugal) led Ovarense to a victory over the closely-ranked Galitos-Barreiro (12-7) 94-90 in the Portuguese LPB on Friday night. He was MVP of the game. Douvier had a double-double by scoring 30 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals in 38 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Douvier's third season in pro basketball. Ovarense Dolce Vita (9-10) is placed eighth in the LPB. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Douvier has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.8ppg, 10.6rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg in 18 games he played so far. Douvier is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Austria.

   #2. Luka Asceric (202-SG-97, currently plays in France). Asceric could not help Lille Metropole (10-8) to beat STB Le Havre (10-8). He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Asceric scored only 3 points in 17 minutes. Lille Metropole lost 65-72 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) STB Le Havre. Asceric has averaged so far 5.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.7apg in 15 games.

   #3. Experienced Michael Kaiser (195-G/F-82, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Herzogenaurach (4-15) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Herzogenaurach (#13) was edged 89-88 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Rosenheim (#9) in the South-East group. Kaiser scored 17 points and added 3 passes. Kaiser is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his ninth year in Herzogenaurach's roster. He has reliable stats this season: 13.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.7apg and 1.4spg.



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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 14

Feb. 13: Bahamas Univ. - Pros 78-64
Feb. 11: Stingers - Rebels 70-59
Feb. 13: Stingers - Giants 64-67
Feb. 15: Rockets - Pros
Feb. 17: Stingers - Legends
Feb. 17: Bahamas Univ. - Rebels


NPBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Clayton MILLER
  Legends
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Miller, Legends27.5 
 2. Bain, Regulators24.3 
 3. Sylvestre, Bahamas .23.0 
 4. Smith, Bahamas .22.9 
 5. Farrington, Rockets21.8 
 6. Bain, Giants19.6 
 7. Dean, Shockers18.5 
 8. Woodside, Cleaners17.9 
 9. Ferguson, Pros17.9 
 10. Fernander, Pirates15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eugene BAIN
  Regulators
  (195-C/F-88)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Bain, Regulators14.1 
 2. Farrington, Rockets12.3 
 3. Fernander, Pirates12.1 
 4. Munnings, Cybots11.8 
 5. Francis, Pros11.5 
 6. Williams, Rebels11.3 
 7. Sylvestre, Bahamas .10.9 
 8. Leadon, Pros10.4 
 9. Dean, Shockers10.2 
 10. Woodside, Cleaners9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ramon DAMES
  Bahamas .
  (-G-93)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Dames, Bahamas .6.8 
 2. Williams, Rebels6.5 
 3. Jones, Legends5.7 
 4. Wright, Pirates4.4 
 5. Mackey, Regulators4.3 
 6. Armaly, Shockers4.2 
 7. Bain, Regulators4.1 
 8. Bain, Giants4.0 
 9. Lewis, Shockers4.0 
 10. Miller, Legends4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mekel ROLLE
  Rebels
  (--)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Rolle, Rebels3.5 
 2. Rolle, Pros2.9 
 3. Humes, Cleaners2.5 
 4. Williams, Rebels2.1 
 5. Cooper, Rebels2.0 
 6. Sylvestre, Bahamas .2.0 
 7. Lafuler, Stingers2.0 
 8. Leadon, Pros1.8 
 9. Ferguson, Stingers1.6 
 10. Dames, Bahamas .1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Livingston MUNNINGS
  Cybots
  (-C-)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Munnings, Cybots3.1 
 2. Dean, Shockers2.1 
 3. Williams, Rebels1.9 
 4. Farrington, Rockets1.8 
 5. Sylvestre, Bahamas .1.7 
 6. Morley, Rockets1.4 
 7. Culmer, Cleaners1.3 
 8. Francis, Pros1.2 
 9. Munroe, Bahamas .1.1 
 10. Atkins, Cybots1.0 


Buddy Hield selected the top Bahamian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Buddy Hield
Buddy Hield
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Buddy Hield (193-93, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in NBA). Hield led New Orleans Pelicans to an easy victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves (21-34) 122-106 in the NBA last Friday. He scored 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Hield's third season in pro basketball. The New Orleans Pelicans have 21-34 record this season. Hield has relatively good stats this year: 8.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 42.0%, 3FGP: 36.8%. He played for the Bahamas senior national team three years ago.

Travis Munnings
Travis Munnings
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Travis Munnings (198-94, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA. He could not help the La-Monroe (0-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Munnings' very good performance the La-Monroe was edged 66-63 on the road by the University of South Alabama. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. This season Munnings has relatively solid stats: 12.3ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 48.7%, 3FGP: 32.3% and FT: 63.6%. He is in the roster of the Bahamas senior national team.

J.R. Cadot
J.R. Cadot
   #3. The Bahamas player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman J.R. Cadot (196-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: TCU, currently plays in Spain). Cadot was the major contributor in Zornotza's victory against the closely-ranked Agustinos-Leclerc (9-11) 90-85 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 29 minutes. Ametx Zornotza (10-10) is placed tenth in the LEB Silver. It's Cadot's first season with the team. This year Cadot averages: 9.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 54.5%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 39.3% in eight games he played so far. He is also a member of the Bahamas senior national team.

Michael Carey Jr.
Michael Carey Jr.
   #4. Guard Michael Carey Jr. (196-93, currently studies in the States) led Wagner to a 2-point victory against the St.Francis University (PA) (4-2) 76-74 in the NCAA last Thursday. Carey Jr. recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. The Wagner College has 3-3 conference record this season. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Carey Jr. has reliable stats this season: 12.5ppg, 8.9rpg and 1.7apg. He is also Bahamas national team player.

Lourawls Nairn
Lourawls Nairn
   #5. Former U17 international point guard Lourawls Nairn (179-94, is currently at the American university) contributed to a Michigan St.'s victory against the University of Iowa (1-1) 77-66 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He recorded 6 points. The Michigan State University has a solid 4-2 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Nairn's overall stats this season are: 3.9ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.7apg. He has a dual citizenship: Bahamas and American. Nairn used to play for the Bahamas U17 national team six years ago.

Bennet Davis
Bennet Davis
   #6. An experienced forward Bennet Davis (206-84, agency: Inception Sports, college: Northeastern, currently plays in France) helped SAP Vaucluse win their game against the closely-ranked UB Chartres (10-13) 90-72 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. Davis scored 10 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 22 minutes. Sorgues-Avignon-Le Pontet Vaucluse (10-13) is placed 15th in the NM1. Davis' stats this year are: 10.9ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.3apg in seven games. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He is a former international player as he played for the Bahamas senior team three years ago.

Shamar Burrows
Shamar Burrows
   #7. Former U16 international guard Shamar Burrows (190-97, currently plays in Canada) was not able to help the Laurier University in their game against the Lancers (15-3) in the Canadian university league CIS. Burrows scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Laurier University (#2) was edged 89-86 in Windsor, ON by the Lancers. It was Laurier University's third consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Burrows' overall stats this season are: 5.9ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.2apg and 1.5spg. He used to play for the Bahamas U16 national team four years ago.

Christopher Turnquest
Christopher Turnquest
   #8. Power forward Christopher Turnquest (203-83, college: Miles CC, currently plays in Spain) helped Arenys edge the ninth-ranked Castellbisbal (7-9) 75-74 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 11 minutes. Arenys Basquet Joventut (9-7) is placed sixth in Group C-A. Turnquest averaged so far 10.4ppg and 6.1rpg in 15 games. He used to play for the Bahamas national team back in 2006.

Mikhail Rolle
Mikhail Rolle
   #9. Former U17 international guard Mikhail Rolle (190-94, currently plays in NAIA) led Saint Thomas University to a victory against the Thomas University (0-3) 85-77 in the TSC last Saturday. He scored 12 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 21 minutes. The Saint Thomas University has record this season. This year Rolle's overall stats are: 2.6ppg and 1.7rpg in 11 games. He used to play for the Bahamas U17 national team six years ago.

Jaraun Burrows
Jaraun Burrows
   #10. Forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW, currently plays in Israel) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Hap.Haifa (7-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Hap.Haifa was badly defeated 85-66 in Afula by the higher-ranked (#10) Hapoel. Burrows was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 8 rebounds (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 32 minutes. It was Hap.Haifa's sixth consecutive loss in a row. Burrows has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 23.4ppg, 10.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.9spg in 18 games. Burrows is an international player who is currently on the senior Bahamas National Team roster.

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

   #1. Klay Thompson (201-G-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA) led Golden State Warriors to a victory over the Memphis Grizzlies (33-23) 122-107 in the NBA in Friday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Thompson scored 36 points (!!!) and added 3 assists in 38 minutes. The Golden State Warriors have a very good 46-8 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Thompson's sixth year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Thompson averages: 21.8ppg, 3.8rpg and 2.0apg in 53 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Bahamas and American.

   #2. Jonathan Fairell (201-F-93, agency: Duran International, college: Murray St., currently plays in France) was the main contributor in a SPO Rouen's victory against one of league's weakest teams SO Maritime Boulogne (6-12) 82-78 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. Fairell was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 28 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Fairell's second season in pro basketball. SPO Rouen Basket (7-11) is placed 16th in the ProB. It's Fairell's first year with the team. This season he has relatively solid stats: 14.1ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg in 18 games. Fairell is another player who holds two passports: Bahamas and American.

   #3. Zane Knowles (208-C-92, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Poland) could not help Stabill (3-17) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Stabill was defeated 73-65 on the road by the much higher-ranked Stal Ostrow Wlkp. (#4). Knowles recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 14 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 2 blocks. It's Knowles' first season with the team. This year Knowles has relatively solid stats: 12.9ppg, 10.9rpg and 1.7bpg.

   #4. Shaquille Cleare (203-C-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Texas' surprising victory against the Iowa State University (3-3) 67-65 in the NCAA last Tuesday. He scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 24 minutes. The The University of Texas have 1-4 conference record this season. This year Cleare averages: 8.5ppg and 4.8rpg in 25 games.

   #5. Trevon Grant (185-G, currently plays in Canada) was not able to help the Acadia University (8-8) in their last game. Despite Grant's good performance the Acadia University (#5) was edged 93-90 in Halifax, NS by the Huskies. He had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 10 rebounds in 32 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Grant's stats this year are: 12.0ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.1apg and 1.5spg in 12 games.

   #6. Brad Nairn (198-F, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to secure a victory for the Henderson State University in their game against the Southern Arkansas in the NCAA2. Nairn scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. His team lost 64-74 in the NCAA2. This year Nairn's overall stats are: 5.2ppg and 4.3rpg in 18 games.

   #7. Dynile Forbes (190-G-87, college: La-Monroe, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Gandia's shocking victory against the seventh-ranked Alcazar 76-64 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). Forbes averaged so far 14.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3apg.

   #8. Prince Cooper (193-G-93, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the La-Monroe in their game against the University of South Alabama in the NCAA. Cooper recorded only 4 points. His team was edged 66-63. Cooper's overall stats this season are: 2.6ppg and 1.7rpg.

   #9. Willis Mackey (201-F/C, currently plays in NAIA) managed to help University of Northwestern Ohio to win against the Indiana Tech 85-73 in the WHAC on Saturday night. Mackey scored only one point. Mackey's total stats this season are: 2.6ppg and 1.7rpg.

   #10. McDonald Jean-Louis (190-F, currently plays in NAIA) couldn't help the Webber International University in their last game. Despite his good performance his team was crushed 91-67 in Lake Wales by the Warner University. Jean-Louis recorded 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 20 minutes. This year Jean-Louis' total stats are: and 2.5rpg in two games.



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TLU/Kalev tabs Stefan Knezevic, ex Jedinstvo - by Janar

Tallinna Ulikool/Kalev (Alexela KML) inked 28-year old Montenegrin center Stefan Knezevic (204-89). He started the season at Jedinstvo in Montenegrin Erste Liga. Knezevic has played there for the last three years. In 14 Erste Liga games he recorded 12.6ppg and 7.2rpg this season. The last season he played also at Jedinstvo (also in Erste Liga) where in 22 games he averaged 3.9ppg and 3.2rpg.
Knezevic has played previously professionally also in Bosnia (Leotar) and Montenegro (KK ABS Primorje 1945 Herceg Novi and KK Centar Bijelo Polje).
TLU/Kalev is currently on 6th position in Estonian KML but the recent form of the team is promising and the team will definitely keep fighting for medals.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Maalik Wayns selected the top Belarusian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Maalik Wayns
Maalik Wayns
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Maalik Wayns (185-91, college: Villanova, currently plays in Israel). He could not help Maccabi Rishon (9-9) in their last game. Despite Wayns' very good performance Maccabi Rishon lost 77-92 on the road to the second-ranked Hapoel Holon. He was the second best scorer with 19 points in 29 minutes on the court. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Wayns' first season with the team. Wayns has relatively good stats this year: 14.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.6apg, 1.1spg, 3FGP: 41.8% and FT: 67.9% in 10 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Despite Wayns played previously for the USA U18 national team, he is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team. Strangely Wayns has never played in Belarus.

Aliaksandr Pustahvar
Aliaksandr Pustahvar
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-85, currently plays in Hungary). He led Falco KC to a victory over the tenth-ranked Szedeak (8-10) 74-69 in the Hungarian A Division last Saturday. Pustahvar was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Falco KC Szombathely (12-6) is placed second in the A Division. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Pustahvar has relatively solid stats: 13.7ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 66.1%(39-59), 3FGP: 46.4%(45-97) and FT: 85.0%. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. Ex-Tsmoki-Minsk player is in the roster of the Belarusian senior national team.

Artsiom Parakhouski
Artsiom Parakhouski
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (211-87, college: Radford, currently plays in Euroleague). Parakhouski was not able to help Unics Kazan (7-15) in their last game. Despite his good performance the 14th-placed Unics Kazan (7-15) lost 77-81 in Madrid to the leading Real in the group A of Euroleague. Parakhouski was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 22 minutes. It was Unics Kazan's fifth consecutive loss in a row. Parakhouski has reliable stats this year: 12.1ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 65.4%(102-156) and FT: 79.4% in 21 games. He is also a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Vladimir Veremeenko
Vladimir Veremeenko
   #4. An experienced forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, currently plays in Germany) managed to help Brose Baskets Bamberg to win against the 15th-ranked s Oliver Baskets (5-15) 88-78 in the German BBL in Sunday night's game. Veremeenko scored only 4 points. Brose Baskets Bamberg (19-1) is placed second in the BBL. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Veremeenko's overall stats this season are: 5.3ppg and 2.5rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Russian. Veremeenko used to play for the Belarusian national team back in 2007.

Anton Astapkovich
Anton Astapkovich
   #5. Former U18 international forward Anton Astapkovich (202-94, currently plays in VTB United League) was not able to secure a victory for Avtodor (5-10) in their game against CSKA (14-1) in the VTB United League. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 18 minutes. Avtodor lost 80-95 in Moscow to the leading CSKA. This year Astapkovich averages: 1.7ppg and 1.9rpg in 12 games. He used to play for the Belarusian U18 national team six years ago.

Vitali Liutych
Vitali Liutych
   #6. Shooting guard Vitali Liutych (198-92, currently plays in Estonia) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked BC Rakvere (5-12) crushing them 103-77 in the Estonian Alexela KML on Friday night. Liutych scored 6 points. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (13-2) is placed second in the Alexela KML. It was his team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Liutych averaged so far 12.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.2apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Belarusian National Team roster.

Roman Rubinshteyn
Roman Rubinshteyn
   #7. International guard Roman Rubinshteyn (195-96, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider LTH Castings (1-17) crushing them 89-63 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM in Saturday night's game. Rubinshteyn scored only 2 points and added 3 passes in 21 minutes. Zlatorog Lasko (15-4) is placed first in the Liga Nova KBM. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Rubinshteyn's overall stats are: 1.6ppg and 1.2rpg in 16 games. He is also Belarusian national team player.

Maksim Salash
Maksim Salash
   #8. Power forward Maksim Salash (206-96, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an AZS Polfarmex's victory against the closely-ranked AZS Koszalin (6-14) 71-60 in the Polish PLK last Sunday. Salash scored 8 points. AZS Polfarmex Kutno (4-15) is placed 15th in the PLK. Salash's total stats this season are: 3.9ppg and 3.1rpg. He plays currently for the Belarusian national team.

Valery Gandlin
Valery Gandlin
   #9. Former international guard Valery Gandlin (192-86, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Ironi Ramat Gan (2-16) in their game against Hasharon (7-7) in the Israeli National League (second division), despite his good performance on Tuesday night. Gandlin scored 12 points in 29 minutes. But the bottom-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan lost 72-78 in Ramat Hasharon to the much higher-ranked (#4) Hasharon. It was Ironi Ramat Gan's eighth consecutive loss in a row. Gandlin's stats this year are: 11.0ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.7apg in three games. He used to play for the Belarusian national team three years ago.

Vladzimir Krysevich
Vladzimir Krysevich
   #10. Center Vladzimir Krysevich (209-91, currently plays in Portugal) couldn't help Galitos-Barreiro (12-7) in their game against Ovarense (9-10) in the Portuguese LPB. Krysevich scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Galitos-Barreiro was defeated 94-90 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Ovarense (#8). It was Galitos-Barreiro's fifth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Krysevich's total stats this season are: 3.0ppg and 2.1rpg. He is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Belarusian senior national team.

   #11. U18 international power forward Denis Vikentsyeu (203-98, currently plays in Latvia) was the major contributor in a Ventspils Augstskola's victory against the ninth-ranked BJBS Riga crushing them 96-44 in the Latvian LBL2 (second division) last Thursday. Vikentsyeu scored 18 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 4 blocks in 23 minutes. Vikentsyeu has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 10.8rpg, 2.2apg and 1.5spg in 20 games. Vikentsyeu plays currently for the Belarusian U18 national team.

   #12. U18 international forward Yauhen Massalski (204-99, currently plays in Lithuania) contributed to an overtime Perlas-MRU's victory against the fourth-ranked Rasai 103-96 in the Lithuanian NKL (second division) in Friday night's game. Massalski scored 8 points, had 6 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 23 minutes. This year Massalski's total stats are: 3.9ppg and 4.2rpg in 28 games. He is also in the roster of the Belarusian U18 national team.

   #13. U18 international guard Vlad Mikulskiy (192-98, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Denis Vikentsyeu. But that was another game of his team in Latvian LBL2 which we would like to mention. Mikulskiy couldn't help Ventspils Augstskola in their game against LU/BS Riga. He scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. His team was crushed by 35 points 92-57. Mikulskiy averaged so far 14.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 3.6apg and 2.9spg. He is also Belarusian U18 national team player.

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

   #1. Vladislav Solopa (202-PF-95, currently plays in Romania) managed to help SCM CSU Craiova to win against the closely-ranked Targu Mures (9-10) 91-72 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Saturday night. He scored 5 points and added 3 assists. SCM CSU Craiova (5-14) is placed second from the bottom (#10) in the Liga Nationala. It was Craiova's first victory after six consecutive loses. Solopa's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Solopa's total stats this season are: 3.1ppg and 2.4rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Moldovan.



Premier League Round 26: COR-Borisfen lose to Impuls BGUIR - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Mogilev between second ranked COR-Borisfen (20-2) and fifth ranked Impuls BGUIR (14-10) on Saturday night. COR-Borisfen was defeated by Impuls BGUIR in a tough game at home 82-90. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of COR-Borisfen. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 8 points. Impuls BGUIR dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to COR-Borisfen's 36. Impuls BGUIR forced 25 COR-Borisfen turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by COR-Borisfen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Genadziy Zahar (200-92) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 18 rebounds. Russian guard Alexander Matveev (194-91) contributed with 8 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. International point guard Artem Malkov (185-88) replied with 28 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals for COR-Borisfen. Impuls BGUIR moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Vitebsk. COR-Borisfen at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. Impuls BGUIR is looking forward to face Prinemanye (#7) in Grodno in the next round. COR-Borisfen will play on the road against Brest (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Premier League top team - Grodno-93 (23-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked GOCOR-Sozh (3-19) in Gomel 96-67. The former international center Yuri Mishukov (205-85) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Ivan Kaliayev chipped in 8 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. point guard Ilya Scherba (176-95) responded with a triple-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Grodno-93 have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 23-1 record. GOCOR-Sozh lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 19 lost games. Grodno-93 will play against Vitebsk (#4) on the road in the next round. GOCOR-Sozh will play against Tsmoki II (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between third ranked Tsmoki II (15-7) and 8th ranked Brest (4-18) in Minsk on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Tsmoki II outscored guests from Brest 106-63. Anton Zaretski notched 17 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 18 points and 4 steals by Anton Shchurko did not help to save the game for Brest. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Tsmoki II maintains third position with 15-7 record having ten points less than leader Grodno-93. Newly promoted Brest keeps the eighth place with 18 games lost. Tsmoki II will meet bottom-ranked GOCOR-Sozh (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. Brest will play against the league's second-placed COR-Borisfen and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 26 Prinemanye was beaten by Vitebsk on the road 73-67.

Vitebsk - Prinemanye 73-67

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Vitebsk (14-10) beat at home 7th ranked Prinemanye (5-19) 73-67 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-67. Vitebsk forced 23 Prinemanye turnovers. Point guard Ivan Aladko (193-95) notched 25 points and 5 assists to lead the effort and naturalized Armenian forward Victor Ovsepyan (204-91) supported him with 11 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Even 23 points and 7 rebounds by point guard Aliaksei Navoichyk (190-1) did not help to save the game for Prinemanye. Forward Dmitriy Chumakov (203-93) added 18 points and 14 rebounds for the guests. Four Prinemanye players scored in double figures. Vitebsk moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Impuls BGUIR. Prinemanye lost tenth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 19 games lost. Vitebsk will meet at home league's leader Grodno-93 in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Prinemanye will play against Impuls BGUIR (#5) in Minsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vitebsk: I.Aladko 25+2reb+5ast, R.Pishcheyko 15+9reb, V.Ovsepyan 11+7reb+7ast, A.Pishchulenok 7+1reb+1ast, A.Kachan 5+1reb+3ast, P.Kadol 4+6reb
Prinemanye: A.Navoichyk 23+7reb+3ast, D.Chumakov 18+14reb+1ast, P.Suvorov 13+5reb+6ast, R.Kutskevich 10+3reb+1ast, A.Vasilenko 2+1reb, V.Svakel 1+3ast
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Tsmoki II - Brest 106-63

The game between third ranked Tsmoki II (15-7) and 8th ranked Brest (4-18) in Minsk on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Tsmoki II outscored guests from Brest 106-63. The game without a history. Tsmoki II led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Brest to just 6 points in second quarter. Tsmoki II dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Brest's 20. Tsmoki II forced 24 Brest turnovers and outrebounded them 51-21 including a 35-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Brest's players. Guard Anton Zaretski (188-98) notched 17 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and point guard Maksim Koratcov (171-98) supported him with 6 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Even 18 points and 4 steals by guard Anton Shchurko (188-97) did not help to save the game for Brest. Guard Alexei Stepura (189-93) added 9 points 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. Tsmoki II maintains third position with 15-7 record having ten points less than leader Grodno-93. Newly promoted Brest keeps the eighth place with 18 games lost. Tsmoki II will meet bottom-ranked GOCOR-Sozh (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. Brest will play against the league's second-placed COR-Borisfen and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Tsmoki II: A.Zaretski 17+6reb+1ast, D.Kuratnik 11+2reb+3ast, M.Liutych 10+8reb+1ast, A.Rogozenko 10+2reb+2ast, A.Kulikov 10+3reb, A.Stavrovskiy 9+4reb+5ast
Brest: A.Shchurko 18+1reb, K.Solyshko 11+1reb+1ast, A.Stepura 9+3reb+2ast, K.Ermakovich 8+1reb+1ast, R.Matusevich 5+2reb+1ast, D.Dmitruk 4+6reb
gschID: 530019


GOCOR-Sozh - Grodno-93 67-96

Premier League top team - Grodno-93 (23-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked GOCOR-Sozh (3-19) in Gomel 96-67. The game was mostly controlled by Grodno-93. GOCOR-Sozh was better in fourth quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Grodno-93 dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to GOCOR-Sozh's 28. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 33 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by GOCOR-Sozh's players. The former international center Yuri Mishukov (205-85) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Ukrainian forward Ivan Kaliayev (200-87) chipped in 8 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. Point guard Ilya Scherba (176-95) responded with a triple-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists and swingman Evgeniy Rybkin (195-96) scored 22 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Grodno-93 have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 23-1 record. GOCOR-Sozh lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 19 lost games. Grodno-93 will play against Vitebsk (#4) on the road in the next round. GOCOR-Sozh will play against Tsmoki II (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Grodno-93: Y.Mishukov 19+6reb+2ast, K.Chumakov 15+5reb, M.Legchilin 14+3reb+4ast, D.Kuzmin 12+2reb+9ast, T.Evsievich 10+1ast, A.Navoichyk 9+8reb+4ast
GOCOR-Sozh: E.Rybkin 22+4reb+2ast, T.Viaroukin 11+1reb+1ast, I.Scherba 10+10reb+11ast, E.Dudov 8+8reb, V.Filipenko 8+4reb, A.Kovalev 4+4reb
gschID: 530018


COR-Borisfen - Impuls BGUIR 82-90

The most important game in the last round took place in Mogilev between second ranked COR-Borisfen (20-2) and fifth ranked Impuls BGUIR (14-10) on Saturday night. COR-Borisfen was defeated by Impuls BGUIR in a tough game at home 82-90. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of COR-Borisfen. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 8 points. Impuls BGUIR dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to COR-Borisfen's 36. Impuls BGUIR forced 25 COR-Borisfen turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by COR-Borisfen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Genadziy Zahar (200-92) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 18 rebounds. Russian guard Alexander Matveev (194-91) contributed with 8 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. International point guard Artem Malkov (185-88) replied with 28 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals and Ukrainian center Maksym Kozlovets (205-90) added 23 points and 14 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) in the effort for COR-Borisfen. Impuls BGUIR moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Vitebsk. COR-Borisfen at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. Impuls BGUIR is looking forward to face Prinemanye (#7) in Grodno in the next round. COR-Borisfen will play on the road against Brest (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Impuls BGUIR: G.Zahar 32+18reb+3ast, Y.Ignatev 17+4reb+1ast, M.Shustov 10+4reb+6ast, A.Radishevskiy 9+3reb+2ast, Y.Kurapau 8+4reb+2ast, A.Matveev 8+17reb+7ast
COR-Borisfen: A.Malkov 28+8reb+5ast, M.Kozlovets 23+14reb, S.Tatur 9+3reb+3ast, A.Kharkevich 8+2reb+3ast, A.Aheyenka 6+13reb+1ast, V.Kamarunas 6+3reb+8ast
gschID: 530020





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  BELGIUM  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Jason CLARK
  Antwerp
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Clark, Antwerp18.9 
 2. Bowman, Spirou16.7 
 3. Tofi, Aalstar16.2 
 4. Simpson, Liege16.2 
 5. Tuttle, Limburg .15.7 
 6. Miller-M., Leuven15.5 
 7. Samhan, Leuven14.5 
 8. Ware, Antwerp14.5 
 9. Simmons, Brussels14.4 
 10. Billbury, Leuven14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ANDERSON
  Antwerp
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Anderson, Antwerp7.1 
 2. Amis, Aalstar6.9 
 3. Ware, Antwerp6.8 
 4. Simmons, Brussels6.7 
 5. Tuttle, Limburg .6.6 
 6. Samhan, Leuven6.6 
 7. Fields, Liege6.5 
 8. Ubel, Brussels6.2 
 9. Mann, Mons-Hainaut5.8 
 10. Dowe, Brussels5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Dusan DJORDJEVIC
  Ooste.
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.4 
 2. Miller-M., Leuven5.2 
 3. Loubry, Brussels5.1 
 4. Channels, Kango.5.1 
 5. Bosco, Mons-Hai.4.3 
 6. Anderson, Limburg .4.3 
 7. Marnegrave, Spirou4.0 
 8. Clark, Antwerp3.9 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .3.9 
 10. Simpson, Liege3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Bryan DAVIS
  Spirou
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Davis, Spirou1.8 
 2. Miller-M., Leuven1.7 
 3. Billbury, Leuven1.5 
 4. Bowman, Spirou1.5 
 5. Simpson, Liege1.4 
 6. Tuttle, Limburg .1.4 
 7. Channels, Kango.1.4 
 8. Swing, Limburg United1.4 
 9. Bosco, Mons-Hai.1.3 
 10. Hertay, Liege1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin TUMBA
  Spirou
  (205-C/F-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Tumba, Spirou2.5 
 2. Amis, Aalstar1.4 
 3. Boukichou, Oostende1.1 
 4. Gugino, Liege1.0 
 5. Fusek, Spirou1.0 
 6. Fields, Liege0.9 
 7. Bako, Leuven0.9 
 8. Radenovic, Spirou0.8 
 9. Ubel, Brussels0.7 
 10. Blair, Aalstar0.7 


D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nick CELIS
  Oxaco
  (196-G-88)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Celis, Oxaco19.6 
 2. Moris, Royal Brussels19.5 
 3. Lhoest, Ninane18.5 
 4. Lambrecht, Gistel O.17.5 
 5. Van-Hoey, Oxaco16.9 
 6. Baptista, Gistel O.16.7 
 7. Wachowiak, Gembo B.16.5 
 8. Guillemyn, Waregem16.2 
 9. Maesen, Houthalen15.9 
 10. De-Pooter, Gent H.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Francois LHOEST
  Ninane
  (196-F/C-85)
  Avg: 13
 1. Lhoest, Ninane13.0 
 2. Hilliman, Melsele9.7 
 3. Lambrecht, Gistel O.9.4 
 4. Fall, Ieper8.1 
 5. Moris, Royal Brussels8.1 
 6. De-Pooter, Gent H.7.2 
 7. Celis, Oxaco7.1 
 8. Vermeersch, Gembo B.6.9 
 9. Gorremans, Soba6.9 
 10. Van Herzeele, Eke.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Sam HEMELEERS
  Gistel O.
  (180-G-95)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Hemeleers, Gistel O.4.8 
 2. Lhote, Gent Hawks4.7 
 3. Celis, Oxaco4.3 
 4. Goethaert, Gembo B.3.9 
 5. Mwendanga, Giants B.3.6 
 6. Kanda-K., Giants B3.2 
 7. Snyers, Houthalen3.1 
 8. Maesen, Houthalen2.9 
 9. Wachowiak, Gembo B.2.8 
 10. Pegg, Oxaco2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Lars DE LEPELEIRE
  Wareg.
  (175-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.2.2 
 2. Benzouien, Royal B.2.0 
 3. Goethaert, Gembo B.1.9 
 4. Van-Hoey, Oxaco1.7 
 5. Celis, Oxaco1.6 
 6. Van-d., Ekeren1.6 
 7. Riahi, RPC A.1.6 
 8. Wachowiak, Gembo B.1.5 
 9. Hilliman, Melsele1.4 
 10. Hall, Royal Brussels1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Malick FALL
  Ieper
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Fall, Ieper1.1 
 2. Hilliman, Melsele1.1 
 3. Vermeersch, Gembo B.1.0 
 4. Dierickx, Ieper0.8 
 5. De-Pooter, Gent H.0.7 
 6. Van-d., Gent Hawks0.7 
 7. Samaey, Waregem0.7 
 8. Iliaens, Gembo BBC0.6 
 9. Rogiers, Giants B0.6 
 10. Wachowiak, Gembo B.0.6 


Marnegrave's 31-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

29-year old point guard Niels Marnegrave (191-PG-87, agency: Promotex) had a great game in the last round for Spirou and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
He had the game-high 31 points adding four rebounds and four assists for Spirou in his team's victory, helping them to beat Liege (#10, 6-14) 80-74. Spirou maintains the 3rd position in Belgian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Spirou will need more victories to improve their 11-8 record. In the team's last game Marnegrave had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Marnegrave has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in assists (7th best: 4.0apg) and averages solid 55.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was John Tofi (203-C/F-84, agency: Pensack Sports) of Aalstar. He is Samoan-American in his 5th season at Aalstar. In the last game Tofi recorded impressive 29 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as Aalstar lost that game 82-90 to slightly higher-ranked Brussels (#4, 10-9). This loss caused Aalstar to drop to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Tofi is one of the most experienced players at Aalstar and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.2ppg (#4). He also registered 5.4 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Ryan Anderson (206-F-92) of league's second-best Antwerp. Anderson scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Anderson's great performance Antwerp lost 83-88 to the lower-ranked Kangoeroes (#6, 9-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Antwerp needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 12 victories and 7 lost games. Anderson has a great season in Belgium. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.1rpg (#1 in league) and assists with 0.8apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Korey Billbury (193-G-93) of Leuven - 28 points and 4 rebounds
5. Pape Badji (208-F/C-92) of Kangoeroes - 17 points and 12 rebounds
6. Jason Clark (188-G-90) of Antwerp - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Brandon Ubel (209-F/C-91) of Brussels - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Dennis Donkor (193-G-91) of Kangoeroes - 26 points
9. Abe Lodwick (201-F-88) of Limburg United - 11 points and 6 rebounds
10. Vincent Simpson (185-PG-88) of Liege - 26 points and 4 assists

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



Matt Lojeski selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Matt Lojeski
Matt Lojeski
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Greece). He led Olympiacos to a victory over the league outsider Doxa Lefkadas (3-14) crushing them 84-60 in the Greek A1 in Sunday night's game. Lojeski was MVP of the game. He recorded 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!) in 25 minutes on the court. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (14-0) is placed first in the A1. So far his team won all fourteen games in the Regular Season. It's Lojeski's fourth season with the team. Lojeski has relatively good stats this year: 13.5ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 67.9%(36-53), 3FGP: 49.3%(33-67) and FT: 86.1% in 15 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Lojeski is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team. He used to play for Okapi Aalstar in Belgian league.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in EuroCup). Van Rossom was the major contributor in a Valencia Basket's victory against the closely-ranked ALBA Berlin (1-5) crushing them 99-73 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. He scored 17 points and added 4 passes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Valencia Basket (6-0) is placed first in the Eurocup. So far his team won all six games in the Second Stage. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Van Rossom has been at the team for four years. This season Van Rossom averages: 4.4ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3FGP: 28.6%. He is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Retin Obasohan
Retin Obasohan
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Retin Obasohan (185-93, college: Alabama, currently plays in Italy). Obasohan contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked VL Pesaro (6-13) 79-62 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 22 minutes. Scandone Avellino (13-6) is placed second in the Serie A. This year Obasohan's overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3FGP: 22.6% and FT: 65.4% in 18 games. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Nigerian. Obasohan is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Maxime De Zeeuw
Maxime De Zeeuw
   #4. Power forward Maxime De Zeeuw (206-87, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He could not help EWE Baskets (10-4) to beat Avtodor (7-7). De Zeeuw recorded 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The third-placed EWE Baskets (10-4) was edged 87-84 on the road by the lower-ranked Avtodor (#4) in the group C of Basketball Champions League. De Zeeuw's total stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.4apg. He is also Belgian national team player.

Jonathan Tabu
Jonathan Tabu
   #5. International point guard Jonathan Tabu (189-85, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a RETAbet BB's surprising victory against the third-ranked FC Barcelona (14-5) 76-68 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Tabu scored 10 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 8 assists in 27 minutes. RETAbet Bilbao Basket (9-10) is placed ninth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Tabu's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 8.1ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.1apg in 17 games. Tabu is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Congolese. He plays currently for the Belgian national team.

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #6. An experienced forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jonathan Tabu and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Hervelle managed to help RETAbet Bilbao Basket to win against the third-ranked FC Barcelona (14-5) 76-68. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Hervelle plays seventh season for the team. Hervelle has averaged so far 5.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Belgian National Team roster.

Kevin Tumba
Kevin Tumba
   #7. International power forward Kevin Tumba (205-91, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams UCAM Murcia in their game against Joventut (6-14) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Tumba scored 6 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 24 minutes. UCAM Murcia was edged 86-84 in Badalona by the higher-ranked (#14) Joventut. Tumba has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 4.0rpg in three games. He is also Belgian national team player.

Manu Lecomte
Manu Lecomte
   #8. Point guard Manu Lecomte (180-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Baylor win their game against the Texas Christian University (0-2) 70-52 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Lecomte recorded 17 points. The Baylor University has 4-1 conference record this season. It was his team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. This season Lecomte has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg, 1.9rpg and 4.2apg. He plays currently for the Belgian national team.

Kamal Tall
Kamal Tall
   #9. Former U20 international forward Kamal Tall (203-95, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to secure a victory for the one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Montana St. - Billings (7-8) in their game against the Alaska-Fairbanks (6-8) in the NCAA2. Tall recorded 5 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The Montana St. - Billings were defeated 83-74 on the opponent's court by the Alaska-Fairbanks. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA2 Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Tall has averaged so far 5.8ppg and 4.9rpg. He used to play for the Belgian U20 national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Ruphin Kayembe (200-F/C-92, currently plays in France) led Souffelweyersheim to a victory over the ninth-ranked Saint Vallier (11-12) 77-72 in the French NM1 (third division) on Tuesday night. Kayembe was the best player in that game. He recorded 16 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. BC Souffelweyersheim (17-6) is placed second in the NM1. This season Kayembe has relatively solid stats: 12.3ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.8apg. He has a dual citizenship: DR Congolese and Belgian.

   #2. Andrija Coric (199-F/G-95, currently plays in ABA League). Coric could not help Cibona (11-11) to beat Buducnost (16-6). He scored 6 points and added 3 assists in only 14 minutes. Cibona lost 87-94 at home to the second-ranked Buducnost. It was Cibona's fifth consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the ABA League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Coric has averaged so far 3.9ppg and 1.6rpg in 11 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Croatian. Despite Coric's Belgian nationality, he previously played for the Croatian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belgian team.

   #3. Leigh Enobakhare (206-C-86, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Holland) managed to help Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden in a victory against one of league's weakest teams Rotterdam (3-16) 80-74 in the Dutch Eredivisie last Saturday. Enobakhare recorded only 2 points in 10 minutes. Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden (13-6) is placed second in the Eredivisie. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Enobakhare has averaged so far 4.8ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.5bpg in six games. He has both Nigerian and Belgian nationalities.

   #4. Jonathan Dubas (204-F/C-91, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to Monthey's victory against the ninth-ranked Massagno (5-10) 82-71 in the Swiss LNA on Sunday night. Dubas scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. BBC Monthey (12-2) is placed second in the LNA. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Dubas has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4spg. He also holds two passports: Belgian and Swiss.

   #5. Stan Leemans (205-C-92, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Swiss Central (6-10) crushing them 91-69 in the Swiss LNA in Friday night's game. Leemans recorded only 4 points in 8 minutes on the court. Fribourg Olympic (13-3) is placed first in the LNA. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Leemans averages just 1.5ppg in 11 games. He has dual citizenship: Belgian and Swiss.

   #6. Christopher Jones (186-G-90, currently plays in Luxembourg) contributed to T71's victory against the fourth-ranked Etzella 78-69 in the Luxembourg Total League on Sunday night. Jones recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. Jones has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 5.0apg and 2.0spg in two games. Jones has Belgian and Luxembourg nationalities.

   #7. Alhassan Barrie (196-F-95, currently plays in NAIA) was not able to help the Goshen College in their game against the Mt.Vernon Nazarene University in the CrRdsL. He scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was defeated 75-70 in the CrRdsL. This season Barrie has very high stats. He averages: 20.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 5.0apg and 2.0spg.



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  BOSNIA  

Standings - BIH League

Division Standings
 1. Bosna-Royal 11-3 
 2. Zrinjski HT 10-4 
 3. Spars Sarajevo 9-6 
 4. Kakanj 8-6 
 5. Sloboda Tuzla 8-6 
 6. Leotar 6-8 
 7. Siroki Primorka 6-9 
 8. Gradjanski 5-9 
 9. Mladost 5-10 
 10. Bosnjak 4-11 
Play in international cups:
 1. Igokea

Regular Season: Round 15

Feb. 11: Spars Sarajevo - Siroki Primorka 91-63
Feb. 11: Bosna-Royal - Bosnjak 87-79
Feb. 11: Leotar - Kakanj 82-80
Feb. 11: Gradjanski - Sloboda Tuzla 78-71
Feb. 11: Mladost - Zrinjski HT 73-77

Regular Season: Round 16

Feb. 25: Kakanj - Mladost
Feb. 25: Zrinjski HT - Spars Sarajevo
Feb. 25: Bosnjak - Gradjanski
Feb. 25: Sloboda Tuzla - Leotar
Feb. 25: Siroki Primorka - Bosna-Royal


Dzanan Musa selected the top Bosnian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Dzanan Musa
Dzanan Musa
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Dzanan Musa (204-99, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Croatia). He led Cedevita to a victory over the closely-ranked KK Vrijednosnice Osijek (10-7) crushing them 98-70 in the Croatian A1 in Monday night's game. Musa was MVP of the game. He recorded 22 points, 5 assists and 3 steals in 31 minutes on the court. KK Cedevita Zagreb (12-4) is placed fifth in the A1. Musa has relatively good stats this year: 14.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.6apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 50.6%, 3FGP: 35.7% and FT: 75.6% in 11 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Ognjen Kuzmic
Ognjen Kuzmic
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-90, currently plays in ABA League). Kuzmic was the major contributor in a Crvena Zvezda's victory against the fifth-ranked Cibona (11-11) 69-56 in the ABA League last Sunday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (21-1) is placed first in the ABA League. There are only four games left until the end of the ABA League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Kuzmic's first season with the team. This year Kuzmic averages: 9.5ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 64.3%(72-112) and FT: 71.2%. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian. Kuzmic played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team in 2012.

Nihad Djedovic
Nihad Djedovic
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Nihad Djedovic (196-90, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in EuroCup). He contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Khimky (4-2) crushing them 96-74 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. Djedovic scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. FC Bayern Muenchen (6-0) is placed first in the Eurocup. So far his team won all six games in the Second Stage. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Djedovic has been at the team for four years. This season his overall stats are: 5.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 2FGP: 54.3%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 71.4% in 13 games. Djedovic is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and German. He is also a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Elmedin Kikanovic
Elmedin Kikanovic
   #4. Center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany) could not help ALBA Berlin (14-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance ALBA Berlin was crushed 80-56 on the road by the higher-ranked Bayern Muenchen (#3). Kikanovic was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 7 rebounds. Kikanovic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.0ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.4apg. Kikanovic is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Emir Sulejmanovic
Emir Sulejmanovic
   #5. International power forward Emir Sulejmanovic (204-95, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) contributed to Cibona's victory against the fourth-ranked Stelmet 81-69 in the FIBA Europe Cup in Wednesday night's game. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 20 minutes. It was his first game for Cibona this season. His team is placed first in group Q. Sulejmanovic has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Finnish nationalities. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Miralem Halilovic
Miralem Halilovic
   #6. Forward Miralem Halilovic (205-91, currently plays in Croatia) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked H.Analitica (3-14) 93-75 in the Croatian A1 last Thursday. Halilovic scored 16 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, passed 4 assists and added 2 blocks. GKK Sibenik (13-4) is placed fourth in the A1. This season Halilovic has relatively solid stats: 14.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 3.4apg, 1.5bpg and 1.3spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

Muhamed Pasalic
Muhamed Pasalic
   #7. International guard Muhamed Pasalic (192-87, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) was the main contributor in Oradea's victory against the third-ranked Usak Sportlif 82-72 in the FIBA Europe Cup in Wednesday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Pasalic recorded 25 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. It was his first game for Oradea this season. His team is placed seventh in group Q. Pasalic is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Mirza Teletovic
Mirza Teletovic
   #8. Forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Indiana Pacers (29-25) 116-100 in the NBA last Saturday. He scored 19 points in a mere 17 minutes. The Milwaukee Bucks have 23-30 record this season. Teletovic has reliable stats this year: 7.2ppg and 2.5rpg in 44 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Zack Wright
Zack Wright
   #9. International guard Zack Wright (191-85, college: Central Mo., currently plays in France) contributed to Monaco's victory against the 16th-ranked Olympique Antibes (6-13) 91-84 in the French ProA on Friday night. Wright recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. AS Monaco Basket (17-2) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Wright's total stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.1apg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Wright is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. Strangely he has never played in Bosnia.

Aleksandar Lazic
Aleksandar Lazic
   #10. Swingman Aleksandar Lazic (201-96, currently plays in Serbia) was not able to help Dynamic BG (13-4) in their last game. Despite Lazic's good performance Dynamic BG lost 69-78 at home to the lower-ranked (#5) Dunav SB. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 12 rebounds. Lazic also added 2 blocks in 28 minutes. This year Lazic's total stats are: 9.5ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.3apg and 1.5spg in 14 games. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

   #11. Former U18 international forward Dejan Jeftic (197-89, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Umea crushing them 83-62 in the Swedish Basketligan last Thursday. Jeftic was the top player that evening. He scored 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds. Jeftic averaged so far 12.5ppg and 4.3rpg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 national team ten years ago.

   #12. U20 international center Markus Loncar (211-96, currently plays in Croatia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Dzanan Musa and both played together in the last Croatian A1 game. Loncar contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked KK Vrijednosnice Osijek crushing them 98-70. He recorded 6 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Loncar has averaged so far 6.3ppg and 3.4rpg. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 national team.

   #13. International center Andrija Stipanovic (209-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) was not able to secure a victory for Demir IBB (5-1) in their last game. Despite Stipanovic's good performance the first-placed Demir IBB lost 81-91 in Krasnoyarsk to the lower-ranked (#3) Enisey in the group L of FIBA Europe Cup. He recorded 13 points in 23 minutes. Stipanovic's stats this year are: 11.6ppg, 6.5rpg and 2.3apg in 13 games. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

   #14. Former U16 international swingman Dejan Sakotic (195-93, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Portoroz crushing them 108-58 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM in Friday night's game. He scored 14 points and added 6 passes in 24 minutes. Sakotic has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.5apg in 16 games. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 national team back in 2009.

   #15. Former international guard Marko Josilo (200-92, currently plays in Serbia) couldn't help Metalac (7-10) in their last game. Despite Josilo's very good performance Metalac lost 68-74 in Subotica to the higher-ranked (#8) Spartak. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Josilo also added 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 37 minutes. Josilo averaged so far 14.0ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg in nine games. Despite he played previously for the Serbian U19 national team, Josilo is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

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

   #1. Domagoj Bosnjak (201-F/G-95, currently plays in Croatia) led Cibona to a victory over the tenth-ranked KK Skrljevo (5-12) crushing them 98-71 in the Croatian A1 in Friday night's game. Bosnjak was the best player in that game. He scored 23 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (13-4) is placed third in the A1. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Bosnjak's total stats this season are: 4.4ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.5apg.

   #2. Boris Barac (205-F-92, currently plays in Croatia) was the main contributor in a KK Zadar's victory against the eighth-ranked KK Zagreb (9-8) 94-86 in the Croatian A1 last Wednesday. He was the best player in that game. Barac recorded 25 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists in 32 minutes. KK Zadar (8-6) is placed fourth in the A1. This year Barac has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 3.9rpg and 2.3apg in 14 games he played so far.

   #3. Dragan Djuranovic (203-C/F-88, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Portoroz (1-16) crushing them 108-58 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM on Friday night. Djuranovic was the best player in that game. He scored 18 points, had 5 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots in 23 minutes. Rogaska Crystal (12-6) is placed fifth in the Liga Nova KBM. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Djuranovic has reliable stats this year: 10.7ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg in 18 games.

   #4. Goran Suton (208-C-85, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a Movil Estudiantes' victory against the 12th-ranked Sevilla (7-13) 77-73 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Suton had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds in 26 minutes. Movistar Estudiantes (13-5) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Suton has averaged so far 6.8ppg and 5.1rpg in 19 games. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #5. Aleksandar Todorovic (206-C/F-87, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to Borac's victory against the closely-ranked Vrsac (10-7) 78-68 in the Serbian KLS on Friday night. Todorovic scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. KK Borac Mozzart Cacak (12-5) is placed third in the KLS. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Todorovic averaged so far 13.6ppg and 6.4rpg.

   #6. Suad Sehovic (197-G/F-87, currently plays in ABA League) contributed to Buducnost's victory against the closely-ranked Cibona 94-87 in the ABA League last Monday. Sehovic was the top player that evening. He scored 17 points. Sehovic averaged so far 10.3ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.5apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegrin.

   #7. Dino Pita (195-G-88, currently plays in Poland) contributed to Krosno's victory against the closely-ranked Anwil 78-71 in the Polish PLK on Sunday night. He recorded 14 points. Pita has averaged so far 5.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.2apg. He has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Swedish nationalities.

   #8. Experienced Dejan Cup (202-PF-83, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Slovenia) could not help Hopsi Polzela (12-6) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Cup's good performance Hopsi Polzela was defeated 70-64 at home by the second-ranked Krka. He was the top scorer with 14 points. Cup also added 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Cup averaged so far 14.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg. He also holds two passports: Serbian and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

   #9. Nedim Muslic (197-F-99, currently plays in Qatar) contributed to an Al Gharafa's victory against the league outsider Al Khor 83-70 in the Qatari D1 on Sunday night. Muslic scored 6 points, grabbed 7 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots in 28 minutes. Muslic has averaged so far 6.3ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg in 15 games. He has Bosnia and Herzegovina and Qatari nationalities.

   #10. Simo Atanackovic (206-F-90, currently plays in Slovenia) was not able to help Helios (10-8) in their last game. Despite Atanackovic's good performance Helios lost 71-79 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Un.Olimpija. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Atanackovic also added 4 rebounds in 22 minutes. Atanackovic averaged so far 10.9ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.2spg in 18 games. He holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian passports. Despite Atanackovic's Bosnia and Herzegovina nationality, he previously played for the Slovenian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina team.



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Santos/Macapa inks Luiz Nepomuceno - by Paulo Freire

Santos Basquete/Macapa (Liga Ouro) signed 22-year old forward Luiz Nepomuceno (200-95). He played last summer at Remo in the Para State.

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Vitor Faverani selected the top Brazilian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Vitor Faverani
Vitor Faverani
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Vitor Faverani (212-88, currently plays in Spain). He led FC Barcelona to an easy victory against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (3-17) crushing them 92-72 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Faverani scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes on the court. FC Barcelona Lassa (14-5) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. This year Faverani averages: 10.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 2FGP: 64.7%(11-17) and FT: 61.5% in three games he played so far. He played for the Brazilian senior national team four years ago.

Rafael Freire Luz
Rafael Freire Luz
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Rafael Freire Luz (188-92, currently plays in Spain). Freire Luz contributed to a 1-point Baskonia's victory against one of league's weakest teams Blusens Monbus (5-14) 87-86 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He scored 8 points. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (14-6) is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa. Freire Luz's overall stats this season are: 3.1ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 68.2%(15-22) and FT: 66.7%. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish. Freire Luz is in the roster of the Brazilian senior national team.

Vitor Benite
Vitor Benite
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Vitor Benite (194-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain). He could not help one of league's weakest teams UCAM Murcia (6-14) in their last game. Despite Benite's very good performance UCAM Murcia was edged 86-84 on the road by the higher-ranked (#14) Joventut. He was the second best scorer with 17 points in 22 minutes. Benite has relatively good stats this year: 12.9ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 50.5%, 3FGP: 42.5% and FT: 84.4% in 20 games. He is also a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Leandro Barbosa
Leandro Barbosa
   #4. An experienced point guard Leandro Barbosa (190-82, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Phoenix Suns (17-38) in their last game on Monday. Despite Barbosa's good performance the Phoenix Suns (17-38) were defeated 111-106 at home by the New Orleans Pelicans. He recorded 14 points. Barbosa's overall stats this season are: 5.7ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.2apg. He is also Brazilian national team player.

Augusto Lima
Augusto Lima
   #5. International center Augusto Lima (207-91, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to secure a victory for Zalgiris (9-13) in their game against Olympiacos (16-6) in the Euroleague. Lima recorded only 4 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks in 28 minutes. The tenth-placed Zalgiris (9-13) lost 64-73 in Athens to the much higher-ranked (#3) Olympiacos in the group A of Euroleague. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. It's Lima's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 4.9ppg and 3.8rpg in 22 games. Lima plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

Nene Hilario
Nene Hilario
   #6. Center Nene Hilario (211-82, currently plays in NBA) led Houston Rockets to an easy victory against the Orlando Magic (20-36) crushing them 128-104 in the NBA on Tuesday night. He scored 13 points. The Houston Rockets have a solid 40-17 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Hilario has relatively solid stats: 8.1ppg and 3.7rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

Lucas Nogueira
Lucas Nogueira
   #7. Former international center Lucas Nogueira (213-92, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Toronto Raptors' victory against the Los Angeles Clippers (33-21) 118-109 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Nogueira recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 26 minutes. The Toronto Raptors have 32-23 record this season. This year Nogueira's total stats are: 5.3ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.8bpg in 45 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team six years ago.

Jonathan Tavernari
Jonathan Tavernari
   #8. Small forward Jonathan Tavernari (197-87, college: BYU, currently plays in Italy) led Mens Sana 1871 to a victory over the seventh-ranked Agrigento (12-9) 79-72 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Sunday. Tavernari was MVP of the game. He scored 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Mens Sana 1871 Siena (12-9) is placed sixth in West group. Tavernari has reliable stats this season: 10.2ppg and 4.1rpg. He used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2010.

Rafael Hettsheimer
Rafael Hettsheimer
   #9. International center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86, 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. Hettsheimer scored 8 points in 17 minutes. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was crushed 100-76 in Las Palmas by the second-ranked Gran Canaria. The Second Stage already ended in the Eurocup. Hettsheimer has averaged so far 8.5ppg and 3.0rpg in two games. He is also in the roster of the Brazilian national team.

Marcelinho Huertas
Marcelinho Huertas
   #10. Point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Los Angeles Lakers (19-37) in their game against the Detroit Pistons (25-29) in the NBA. Huertas scored 8 points. The Los Angeles Lakers (19-37) were badly defeated 121-102 in Detroit by the Pistons. Huertas has averaged so far 2.8ppg, 1.1rpg and 2.3apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international center Hatila Passos (211-85, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in Uruguay) couldn't help Malvin in their game against Larre Borges in the Uruguayan LUB. Passos scored 5 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 35 minutes. His team lost 72-80. Passos has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 10.6rpg and 1.2apg in 23 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team seven years ago.

   #12. Former U18 international center Lucas Siewert (202-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Colorado win their game against the The University of Washington 81-66 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Siewert scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Siewert has averaged so far 2.4ppg and 2.0rpg. He used to play for the Brazilian U18 national team back in 2014.

   #13. Former U18 international forward Tulio Da Silva (201-96, currently studies in the States) helped S.Florida win their game against the East Carolina University 64-57 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Da Silva recorded 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 34 minutes. Da Silva has averaged so far 10.0ppg and 6.8rpg in 24 games. He used to play for the Brazilian U18 national team three years ago.

   #14. International power forward Cristiano Felicio (206-92, college: Oregon, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Chicago Bulls in their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA. Felicio recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team were crushed by 28 points 117-89 in the NBA. Felicio has averaged so far 4.6ppg and 4.8rpg. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

   #15. Former international center Lucas Tischer (208-83, currently plays in Chile) was the main contributor in an overtime CD Tinguiririca San Fernando's victory against the second-ranked Universidad de Concepcion 85-81 in the Chilean Liga Nacional on Friday night. Tischer was the best player in that game. He had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 13 rebounds in 42 minutes. Tischer has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.5ppg, 10.0rpg and 3.0apg in two games. Tischer used to play for the Brazilian national team eleven years ago.

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

   #1. Diego Soarez (205-C-87, currently plays in Uruguay) managed to help Urunday Universitario in a 1-point victoryagainst the fourth-ranked Bigua (4-4) 94-93 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB last Thursday. He scored only 4 points in 17 minutes. Urunday Universitario (7-2) is placed first in Promocional 1 group. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Soarez has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 3.3rpg in 22 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Uruguayan.

   #2. Gabriel Andrade (185-G-93, currently plays in NCAA2) could not help the BYU-Hawaii (3-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Andrade's good performance the BYU-Hawaii was defeated 92-81 at home by the University of Hawaii at Hilo. He scored 14 points and had 3 steals (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA2 Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Andrade is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in BYU-Hawaii's roster. Andrade has averaged so far 7.1ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.5apg and 1.6spg.

   #3. Rafael Barbosa (191-F-91, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Barbera's victory against the tenth-ranked Muro Basquet (7-9) 86-82 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Barbera Team Values (11-5) is placed fourth in Group C-B. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Barbosa has averaged so far 5.9ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.1apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Spanish.

   #4. Felipe Dos Anjos (218-C-98, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Oviedo CB in their game against Lleida Basquet (13-10) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Dos Anjos scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 18 minutes. Oviedo CB was edged 70-68 on the road by the much lower-ranked (#9) Lleida_Basquet. Dos Anjos has averaged so far 8.9ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.1bpg in 23 games.

   #5. Lucas Doria (201-F-97, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to secure a victory for the St.Edward's University (7-6) in their game against the Texas A&M International University (13-10) in the NCAA2. He recorded 5 points in 13 minutes. The St.Edward's University lost 78-88 in Laredo to the Texas A&M International University. Doria has averaged so far 3.0ppg and 2.0rpg in 16 games.

   #6. Jose Libiano (206-F, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the SE Oklahoma State University in their game against the East Central University in the NCAA2. He scored only 4 points. His team was crushed by 37 points 101-64 in the NCAA2. Libiano has averaged so far 1.0ppg and 2.0rpg.

   #7. Clement Faroux (188-G-93, currently plays in France) couldn't help Lorient (9-14) in their last game. Despite his good performance Lorient lost 75-80 on the opponent's court to the much higher-ranked (#10) Vitre. Faroux recorded 11 points and added 4 passes in 20 minutes. Faroux has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2spg in 20 games. He has both Brazilian and French nationalities. Despite Faroux's Brazilian passport, he previously played for the French U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Brazilian team.

   #8. Renato Ribeiro (190-F-95, currently plays in Portugal) couldn't help Guifoes in their game against Sangalhos in the Portuguese Proliga (second division). Ribeiro cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only one point. His team was defeated 76-72. Ribeiro has averaged so far 5.6ppg and 3.9rpg.

   #9. Victor Demetrio (206-F-95, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Ohio Valley University in their game against the Bluefield State College in the NCAA2. He cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. Demetrio scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 8 minutes on the court. His team was badly defeated by 19 points 96-77 in the NCAA2. Demetrio has averaged so far 1.6ppg and 3.2rpg in 17 games.

   #10. Breno Schmidt (203-F/C, currently plays in NAIA) couldn't help the Friends College in their game against the Southwestern College, KS in the KCAC. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Schmidt scored only 2 points in 3 minutes on the court. His team was edged 69-67 in the KCAC. Schmidt has averaged so far 1.6ppg and 3.2rpg in 17 games.



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Carey scores 17 - by David Edole

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ - Jimmie Taylor (Branford, FL/Suwannee) scored a career-high 37 points on 12-of-17 shooting, including 7-of-8 from long range, as the Rider University men's basketball team outran Quinnipiac, 112-107, Saturday afternoon at Alumni Gymnasium. The 112 points are tied for the second-most by a Rider team in regulation behind the 1954-55 squad, which cruised past Lincoln, 121-82. Rider teams also scored 112 in regulation in 1995-96 (vs. LIU Brooklyn) and 1960-61 (vs. Montclair St.).

The Broncs (14-12, 7-8 MAAC) shot a season-high 58.6 percent (34-58), including 68.4 percent (13-19) from long range. The last time Rider shot better from the floor was Feb. 14, 2013 (.591 vs. Saint Peter's) and the last time the Broncs shot better from long range came on Jan. 24, 2008 (.700 vs. Manhattan). Quinnipiac slipped to 10-16 (7-9 MAAC) with the setback.

Kahlil Thomas (Parkway, FL/Blanche Ely) added 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds before fouling out in 27 minutes. Kealen Washington-Ives (Providence, RI/Classical/Putnam Science) posted his second-straight double-double with career-highs of 19 points and 12 assists, while also grabbing five rebounds. Norville Carey (201-F-93) (British Virgin Islands/Red Lion Christian [Southern Miss]) also added 17 points, eight rebounds and five steals. Xavier Lundy (Paulsboro, NJ/Paulsboro) chipped in with eight points and six assists.

Chaise Daniels scored a team-high 23 points and added five assists for Quinnipiac. Phil Winston added 19 points and eight assists, while Peter Kiss and Andrew Robinson had 17 points apiece. Mikey Dixon also had 15 points, but shot just 5-of-18 and missed all seven of his shots from inside the three-point arc.

'First and foremost, I'm just glad to get the win,' said Rider Head Coach Kevin Baggett. 'A lot of things we can go back and correct, especially our defense giving up 107 points. I can't say it was fun, but we found a way to win and that's most important. We really needed to win for a number of different reasons - for the league and just for us to get back up in the league and hopefully build some momentum.'

The Broncs came out red hot offensively in the first half, hitting on 60 percent (18-30) from the floor and 80 percent (8-10) from long range. The Broncs knocked down their first eight three-point attempts and led by as many as 11 points on three occasions. But an 8-2 Quinnipiac spurt to end the half cut the Broncs lead to 47-42. Quinnipiac shot 51.5 percent (17-33) in the first half and turned 11 Rider turnovers into 13 points.

Thomas led the Broncs with 15 points and six rebounds at the break, while Taylor hit all four of his three-point attempts en route to 14 points. Carey added seven points and two steals, while Washington-Ives added five points and seven assists. Daniels led Quinnipiac with 12 points, while Kiss added 10 points and Dixon chipped in with nine.

'[Taylor] is the best shooter on our team,' said Washington-Ives. 'So when you see a couple go through, you know you've got to get him the next one. As they keep going in, you just build more confidence in him and want to get him the ball.'

Quinnipiac's hot play to end the first half continued into the second as the Bobcats started the period on a 13-2 run. Winston scored the first five points to tie the game at 47-47 and after a Thomas bucket inside, Dixon gave the Bobcats their first lead of the game on a three-pointer. The lead swelled to six on a Daniels jumper and another Dixon three.

'I thought they did a good job of making their run. And then our seniors gathered our guys and did a good job of rallying guys and just saying, 'stay together.' We talked about that early this morning, about staying together through adversity, through the highs and lows of the game. I thought Jimmie and Kealen and Lilly and Norville and X, I thought they all did a good job of just huddling and staying together.'

Washington-Ives made a pair of threes to get the Broncs back to within one, before Taylor followed suit with two trifectas of his own to put the Broncs back on top by three. Daniels and Kiss followed with buckets in the paint to put Quinnipiac back in front by one, but Taylor scored a fast-break bucket at the 12:06 mark to spark a 17-0 Rider run. The Broncs would build the lead to as many as 18 points.

A series of three-pointers from Quinnipiac would whittle the Rider lead to as few as five points twice in the final 10 seconds, but that's as close as the Bobcats could draw.

'This is what we were at the beginning of the year when we were having success and the leadership that our seniors bring,' said Baggett. 'I thought they got back to doing that. I think guys are in the right mind frame. Sometimes when you go through some lulls and things don't go your way, you have to find a way to make them go your way.'

For the game, the Broncs outshot the Bobcats, 58.6 percent (34-58) to 48.7 percent (38-78) from the floor, 68.4 percent (13-19) to 42.1 percent (16-38) from long range and 86.1 percent (31-36) to 68.2 percent (15-22) from the free-throw line. The Broncs took a 36-34 edge on the boards and outscored Quinnipiac, 20-2, on fast-break points. The Bobcats enjoyed a 26-9 edge in second-chance points.

The Broncs return to action Monday, when they travel to Fairfield. Tip-off from George Bisacca Court at Alumni Hall is scheduled for 7 p.m.



Eral Penn scores 20 - by David Edole

St. Frances found a bright spot in a season in which they missed the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference tournament for the first time since 2004.

The host Panthers (13-16, 5-10) became the third team this year, the others being St. Maria Goretti and Calvert Hall, to beat No. 1 Mount Saint Joseph. St. Frances rallied from a 15-point deficit to force overtime and win, 69-67, in basketball Friday night.

Elijah Epps made a 3-pointer with 57 seconds left to force overtime. Epps finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Eral Penn also scored 20 points for St. Frances and freshman Adrian Baldwin and Jordan Toles combined for 23 points and 13 rebounds.

The Gaels (28-3, 15-0) were without Jalen Smith, who was injured before the game.

Mount Saint Joseph "dominated the first half," according to St. Frances assistant coach Damon Fisher. But a switch to man-to-man defense sparked the rally. Coach Nick Myles switched the defense back to zone in the final minute of overtime and the Gaels did not get a shot off on the last two possessions.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 D.J. SHELTON
  Rilski
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 25.6
 1. Shelton, Rilski25.6 
 2. Semple, Akademik.21.6 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More19.4 
 4. Ivanov, Levski19.4 
 5. Petkov, Yambol18.5 
 6. Sekulovic, Balkan17.9 
 7. Marincheshki, Spartak .17.1 
 8. Smith, Akademik PL16.3 
 9. Bozov, Rilski16.0 
 10. Dimitrov, Akademik.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Semple, Akademik.12.3 
 2. Shelton, Rilski10.4 
 3. Marincheshki, Spartak .9.3 
 4. Savic, Spartak .9.1 
 5. Zack, Lukoil Acad.8.9 
 6. Sekulovic, Balkan8.8 
 7. Varbanov, Yambol8.8 
 8. Yanev, Cherno More8.3 
 9. Delic, Rilski7.6 
 10. Petkov, Yambol7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Oscar BELLFIELD
  Akademik.
  (187-PG-90)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Bellfield, Akademik.6.6 
 2. Karamfilov, Cherno M.5.9 
 3. Hott, Balkan5.6 
 4. Gruev, Spartak .5.4 
 5. Parker, Rilski4.8 
 6. Gibson, Lukoil Acad.4.7 
 7. Aleksiev, Beroe4.6 
 8. Raley-Ross, Beroe4.5 
 9. Marinov, Balkan4.0 
 10. Ostrev, Yambol3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Deyan KARAMFILOV
  Cherno M.
  (180-PG-94)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Karamfilov, Cherno M.2.3 
 2. Bellfield, Akademik.2.0 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More1.9 
 4. Zahariev, Lukoil A.1.9 
 5. Parker, Rilski1.9 
 6. Semple, Akademik.1.9 
 7. Hott, Balkan1.8 
 8. Marinov, Balkan1.8 
 9. Gibson, Beroe1.7 
 10. Gibson, Lukoil Acad.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Semple, Akademik.1.7 
 2. Jones, Beroe1.3 
 3. Varbanov, Yambol1.1 
 4. Savic, Spartak .0.9 
 5. Doychinov, Levski0.9 
 6. Zack, Lukoil Acad.0.9 
 7. Korniyenko, Lukoil A.0.9 
 8. Shelton, Rilski0.8 
 9. Daniels, Balkan0.8 
 10. Veselinov, Levski0.8 


Darius Adams' 42 points make him top Bulgarian player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Darius Adams
Darius Adams
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Darius Adams (188-89, agency: Stealth Sport, college: Indianapolis, currently plays in China). He led Xinjiang Flying Tige to a victory over the 12th-ranked Qingdao Eagles (15-20) 110-102 in the Chinese CBA in Sunday night's game. Adams was MVP of the game. He scored 42 points (!!!), grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 42 minutes on the court. Xinjiang Flying Tigers (29-6) are placed second in the CBA. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Adams has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 32.6ppg, 5.7rpg, 6.1apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 56.1%(239-426), 3FGP: 35.3% and FT: 87.1% in 33 games he played so far. Adams is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team. Strangely Adams has never played in Bulgaria.

Dee Bost
Dee Bost
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Dee Bost (188-89, agency: BeoBasket, college: Mississippi St., currently plays in France). He was the main contributor in Monaco's victory against the 16th-ranked Olympique Antibes (6-13) 91-84 in the French ProA last Friday. Bost was the best player in that game. He recorded 21 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!). AS Monaco Basket (17-2) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Bost has relatively good stats this season: 12.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 43.4%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 79.7%. He is a naturalized American. Bost is in the roster of the Bulgarian senior national team. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Alexander Vezenkov
Alexander Vezenkov
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Alexander Vezenkov (206-95, currently plays in Euroleague). Vezenkov could not help FC Barcelona (8-14) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the 12th-placed FC Barcelona (8-14) lost 62-69 at home to the lower-ranked (#15) Galatasaray in the group A of Euroleague. Vezenkov was the top scorer with 18 points in 25 minutes. It was FC Barcelona's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Vezenkov's overall stats are: 7.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 66.7%(38-57), 3FGP: 52.4%(22-42) and FT: 85.7% in 22 games. He has a dual citizenship: Cypriot and Bulgarian. Despite Vezenkov played previously for the Cypriot U16 national team, he is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team.

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #4. An experienced point guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in EuroCup) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Khimky (4-2) in their last game. Despite his good performance Khimky was crushed 96-74 on their home court in Khimky by the leading Bayern Muenchen. Rowland was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 38 minutes. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. It's Rowland's first season with the team. This year Rowland has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.7apg and 1.5spg in 13 games. He is a naturalized American. Rowland used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2011. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons
   #5. Former international power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in VTB United League) was not able to secure a victory for Kalev/Cramo (4-12) in their game against BC Nizhny Novgorod (5-10) in the VTB United League. Despite his very good performance on Monday night Simmons recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds. Simmons' total stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1bpg. He is a naturalized American. Simmons used to play for the Bulgarian national team five years ago. However he has never played in Bulgaria.

Pavel Marinov
Pavel Marinov
   #6. Small forward Pavel Marinov (199-88, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Romania) contributed to a 2-point Pitesti's victory against one of league's weakest teams Craiova (5-14) 101-99 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Monday night's game. Marinov was the top player that evening. He scored 21 points and added 5 passes in 38 minutes. BCM U Pitesti (12-8) is placed fourth in the Liga Nationala. Marinov's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Marinov has reliable stats this year: 14.3ppg, 4.9rpg and 4.2apg in 20 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Bulgarian senior team three years ago.

Kaloyan Ivanov
Kaloyan Ivanov
   #7. Former international power forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) was the major contributor in Tofas' victory against the closely-ranked Demir IBB (6-12) 73-69 in the Turkish BSL last Saturday. Ivanov scored 11 points. Tofas Bursa (8-10) is placed tenth in the BSL. Ivanov averaged so far 12.4ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.8apg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team four years ago.

Earl Calloway
Earl Calloway
   #8. Guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Istanbul BBSK (6-12) in their game against Besiktas (9-8) in the Turkish BSL. Calloway scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 32 minutes. Istanbul BBSK lost 73-86 in a derby game to the much higher-ranked (#5) Besiktas. It was Istanbul BBSK's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Calloway's stats this year are: 11.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 5.1apg and 1.7spg in 16 games. He is a naturalized American. Calloway used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2010.

Branko Mirkovic
Branko Mirkovic
   #9. Former international guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) managed to help CSM CSU Oradea in a victory against the third-ranked Usak Sportlif 82-72 in the FIBA Europe Cup in Wednesday night's game. Mirkovic recorded 5 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists in 21 minutes. It was his first game for Oradea this season. His team is placed seventh in group Q. Mirkovic used to play for the Bulgarian national team four years ago.

Aleks Simeonov
Aleks Simeonov
   #10. Forward Aleks Simeonov (200-93, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Gipuzkoa (16-7) in their game against Burgos (7-9) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Despite his good performance last Friday He scored 10 points. Simeonov's total stats this season are: 5.5ppg and 2.9rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster.

   #11. International shooting guard Ivan Lilov (194-88, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Hungary) couldn't help Szedeak in their game against Falco KC in the Hungarian A Division, despite his very good performance on Saturday night. Lilov was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 3 passes (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 34 minutes. But his team lost 69-74. Lilov has very impressive stats this year: 21.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.1apg and 1.5spg in 18 games. He plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

   #12. Former international power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Yesilgiresun Bld in their game against Fenerbahce in the Turkish BSL. Ivanov scored 5 points. His team was defeated 76-65. Ivanov averaged so far 11.6ppg and 6.6rpg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2013.

   #13. Former international small forward Atanas Penev (195-85, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Hertener Loewen in their game against Muenster in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). Penev scored 6 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. His team was defeated 80-74. Penev's total stats this season are: 8.5ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.1apg and 1.4spg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team sixteen years ago.

   #14. Former international forward Sim Iliev (204-89, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) couldn't help Furstenfeld Panthers in their game against Gmunden Swans in the Austrian A Bundesliga. Iliev recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 39 minutes. His team lost 68-74. Iliev has very impressive stats this year: 15.4ppg, 5.9rpg and 2.0apg in 21 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2014.

   #15. Former U20 international guard Milen Zahariev (190-92, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Hagen BG's victory against the 14th-ranked Bielefeld 100-89 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Saturday. Zahariev recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and making 11 passes. He also added 6 rebounds and 6 steals. Zahariev averaged so far 11.7ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.9apg and 1.6spg. He used to play for the Bulgarian U20 national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) led his Latvian team Ventspils to a victory over the third-ranked Umana Venezia (9-5) 74-67 in the Basketball Champions League in Tuesday night's game. Deane was the top player that evening. He recorded 16 points, 3 assists and 3 steals. BK Ventspils (7-7) is placed fifth in group C. This season Deane has relatively solid stats: 12.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.1apg and 1.7spg. He is a naturalized American. Deane used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #2. Pero Antic (211-F/C-82, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague). Antic could not help Fenerbahce (14-8) to beat Darussafaka (11-11). He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Antic recorded only 3 points in 8 minutes on the court. Fenerbahce (#4) lost 65-72 in a derby game to the lower-ranked (#9) Darussafaka in the group A of Euroleague. It was Fenerbahce's first loss after four consecutive victories. This year Antic's total stats are: 4.9ppg and 2.4rpg in 20 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian.

   #3. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in France) was not able to help Cholet Basket (6-13) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Evtimov's good performance Cholet Basket was defeated 79-66 on the road by the second-ranked Chalon/Saor. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Evtimov also added 4 assists. Evtimov averaged so far 11.4ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.9apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bulgarian and French.

   #4. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Balkan League) was not able to secure a victory for Kumanovo (3-1) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Karadzovski's good performance Kumanovo was badly defeated 85-68 in Peje by the one of league's weakest teams Peja (#11). He scored 10 points and added 5 passes. There are only two games left until the end of the Balkan League Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Karadzovski's total stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.1apg. He has both Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian nationalities.

   #5. Kiril Pavlovski (210-C-85, also represented by Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Ohrid AV (2-9) crushing them 97-61 in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga last Saturday. Pavlovski scored 6 points in only 13 minutes. KK Rabotnicki AD Skopje (10-2) is placed first in the Prva Liga. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. This year Pavlovski's total stats are: 2.4ppg and 2.4rpg in five games. He also holds two passports: Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian.

   #6. Musa Gunes (201-C-85, currently plays in Turkey) managed to help Istanbulspor Beylikduzu to win against the 15th-ranked Gelisim 87-74 in the Turkish TBL (second division) on Friday night. Gunes scored only 2 points. Gunes' total stats this season are: 2.8ppg and 1.9rpg. He has Bulgarian and Turkish nationalities.

   #7. Kristoffer Gafor (195-G-92, currently plays in Sweden) couldn't help Trelleborg in their game against Wetterbygden in the Swedish Basketettan (second division). Gafor recorded 8 points in 30 minutes. His team lost 63-78. This year Gafor's total stats are: 2.8ppg and 1.9rpg in 15 games. He has dual citizenship: Bulgarian and Swedish.

   #8. Juliy Arabadzhiyski (204-F-93, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Bielefeld in their game against Hagen BG in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). Arabadzhiyski scored 8 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and made 2 blocks. His team was defeated 100-89. Arabadzhiyski's total stats this season are: 9.0ppg and 6.7rpg.

   #9. Boyan Tenev (204-F-88, college: Lincoln Memorial, currently plays in Germany) contributed to Aschersleben's victory against the seventh-ranked Westerstede 102-91 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 8 points. Tenev's total stats this season are: 8.9ppg and 1.2rpg.

   #10. Georgi Krastev (195-SF-94, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Karlsruhe SC's victory against the 13th-ranked Saarlouis/Dillingen 99-87 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Saturday. He scored 7 points in 16 minutes. This year Krastev's total stats are: 5.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg in 18 games.



Bulgarian NBL round 18 best performance: Evan Bruinsma - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Evan Bruinsma (202-F-92, agency: Inception Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Rilski, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Akademik PL (#2, 11-5) 94-82. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Rilski is placed at 4th position in Bulgarian NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Rilski will need more victories to improve their 9-7 record. In the team's last game Bruinsma had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He turned to be Rilski's top player in his first season with the team. Evan Bruinsma averages this season 12.0ppg and 6.9rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old Martin Marinov (191-SG-85, agency: 011 Sports) of Spartak Pleven. Marinov had a very good evening with 29 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists. Of course he led Spartak Pleven to another comfortable win 93-77 over slightly lower-ranked Cherno More (#7, 5-11) being unquestionably team leader. Spartak Pleven's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Marinov is a newcomer at Spartak Pleven, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Rilski's star - American forward D.J. Shelton (208-F-91). Shelton got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for eleven rebounds . He was another key player of Rilski, helping his team with a 94-82 win against #2 ranked Akademik PL in a game of the week. Rilski needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 7 lost games. Shelton has a great season in Bulgaria. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 25.6ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 10.4rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dimitar Marincheshki (200-F/C-90) of Spartak Pleven - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Mihailo Sekulovic (206-C-91) of Balkan - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Milovan Savic (205-C-87) of Spartak Pleven - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Yordan Bozov (191-G-79) of Rilski - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Stoyan Petkov (198-F-85) of Yambol - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Stjepan Tesija (206-F/C-89) of Beroe - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Vasil Bachev (195-SG-92) of Akademik PL - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists

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



NBL Round 18: Academik Plovdiv is defeated by Rilski - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most important game in the last round took place in Samokov between second ranked Academik Plovdiv (11-5) and fifth ranked Rilski (9-7) on Saturday night. Academik Plovdiv was defeated by Rilski on the road 94-82. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Academik Plovdiv. Rilski dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Academik Plovdiv's 34. Rilski forced 19 Academik Plovdiv turnovers and outrebounded them 41-21 including 26 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American forward D.J. Shelton (208-91, college: Washington St.) had a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Evan Bruinsma (202-92, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 19 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was international Dimitar Dimitrov (203-93, agency: Interperformances) with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Rilski have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Balkan. Academik Plovdiv at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Balkan (9-7) against fourth ranked Beroe (10-6) on Saturday night. Visiting Balkan was crushed by Beroe in Stara Zagora 87-61. Croatian power forward Stjepan Tesija (206-89) notched 15 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and Brandis Raley-Ross supported him with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Even 23 points and 6 rebounds by Montenegrin center Mihailo Sekulovic (206-91) did not help to save the game for Balkan. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Beroe moved-up to third place. Balkan at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with Rilski.
Bottom-ranked Yambol managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the ten-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they won against eighth-ranked Levski 78-67. The best player for the winners was Ventsislav Petkov who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Evgeni Hadjirusev who recorded 16 points. Yambol (4-12) moved-up to eighth place. Loser Levski dropped to the bottom position with 13 games lost.

In the last game of round 18 Cherno More lost to Spartak Pleven on the opponent's court 77-93.

Rilski - Akademik PL 94-82

The most important game in the last round took place in Samokov between second ranked Academik Plovdiv (11-5) and fifth ranked Rilski (9-7) on Saturday night. Academik Plovdiv was defeated by Rilski on the road 94-82. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Academik Plovdiv. Rilski dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Academik Plovdiv's 34. Rilski forced 19 Academik Plovdiv turnovers and outrebounded them 41-21 including 26 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American forward D.J. Shelton (208-91, college: Washington St.) had a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Evan Bruinsma (202-92, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 19 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was international Dimitar Dimitrov (203-93, agency: Interperformances) with 25 points and 5 rebounds and American point guard Oscar Bellfield (187-90, college: UNLV) scored 18 points and 8 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Rilski have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Balkan. Academik Plovdiv at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost.
Top scorers:
Rilski: D.Shelton 30+11reb, E.Bruinsma 19+12reb+6ast, Y.Bozov 19+3reb+4ast, N.Stoyanov 11+4reb+5ast, K.Parker 9+3reb+7ast, Z.Georgiev 4+3reb
Akademik PL: D.Dimitrov 25+5reb, O.Bellfield 18+3reb+8ast, V.Bachev 17+2reb+4ast, S.Smith 16+3reb+4ast, V.Mihaylov 3+5reb+1ast, S.Vaklinov 2+2reb
gschID: 496089


Yambol - Levski 78-67

Bottom-ranked Yambol managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the ten-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they won against eighth-ranked Levski 78-67. They outrebounded Levski 36-24 including 28 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was guard Ventsislav Petkov (188-91, agency: Interperformances) who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Stoyan Petkov (198-85) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Yambol players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was international guard Evgeni Hadjirusev (193-95) who recorded 16 points and the former international swingman Pavel Ivanov (200-88, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points respectively. Yambol (4-12) moved-up to eighth place. Loser Levski dropped to the bottom position with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Yambol: V.Petkov 19+6reb+2ast, S.Petkov 17+6reb+2ast, S.Govedarov 14+3reb+5ast, N.Varbanov 14+7reb+1ast, E.Ivanov 8+1reb+2ast, T.Ostrev 6+4reb+3ast
Levski: E.Hadjirusev 16+3reb+3ast, V.Veselinov 15+3reb+1ast, P.Ivanov 14+4reb+3ast, A.Peychinov 7+5reb, S.Slaveykov 7+5reb+2ast, K.Doychinov 5+3reb
gschID: 496087


Spartak Pleven - Cherno More 93-77

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 7th ranked Cherno More's (5-11) road loss to sixth ranked Spartak Pleven (8-8) 77-93 on Saturday. Spartak Pleven forced 19 Cherno More turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was Martin Marinov (191-85, agency: 011 Sports) who scored 29 points and 8 assists. Power forward Dimitar Marincheshki (200-90) chipped in a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Deyan Karamfilov (180-94) who recorded 14 points and 5 assists and naturalized Cypriot guard Angel Natskin (184-93) added 13 points and 4 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Cherno More's coach Spas Natov rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Spartak Pleven maintains sixth position with 8-8 record. Loser Cherno More keeps the seventh place with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
Spartak Pleven: M.Marinov 29+3reb+8ast, D.Marincheshki 23+10reb+3ast, M.Savic 15+9reb+3ast, M.Dudev 15+2reb+7ast, K.Koev 7+2reb+2ast, V.Galabov 2+2reb
Cherno More: D.Karamfilov 14+3reb+5ast, S.Tsonkov 14+3reb+2ast, A.Natskin 13+3reb+4ast, M.Markovic 10+4reb+1ast, N.Djuric 9+6reb, T.Kurtev 7
gschID: 496088


Beroe - Balkan 87-61

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Balkan (9-7) against fourth ranked Beroe (10-6) on Saturday night. Visiting Balkan was crushed by Beroe in Stara Zagora 87-61. Croatian power forward Stjepan Tesija (206-89) notched 15 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (191-87, college: S.Carolina) supported him with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Beroe players scored in double figures. Even 23 points and 6 rebounds by Montenegrin center Mihailo Sekulovic (206-91) did not help to save the game for Balkan. Serbian power forward Dusan Cvetkovic (205-89, agency: BeoBasket) added 16 points and 8 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. Beroe moved-up to third place. Balkan at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with Rilski.
Top scorers:
Beroe: S.Tesija 15+7reb+2ast, B.Raley-Ross 15+5reb+4ast, O.Gudul 13+6reb+2ast, S.Gibson 13+4reb+2ast, A.Jones 10+7reb+2ast, T.Zhelev 8+1reb
Balkan: M.Sekulovic 23+6reb+2ast, D.Cvetkovic 16+8reb+1ast, A.Hott 7+5reb+5ast, S.Marinov 5+4reb+2ast, T.Daniels 4+1reb+1ast, R.Kochev 4+3reb
gschID: 496090





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  CANADA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Conor MORGAN
  UBC
  (203-G/F-94)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Morgan, UBC23.1 
 2. Gray, Laurentian22.8 
 3. Cooper, Calgary22.7 
 4. Johnson, Toronto21.9 
 5. Clayton, St.Mary''s20.5 
 6. Jean-Louis, Cape B.20.4 
 7. Scott, UPEI20.3 
 8. Bercy, St.Franc.20.3 
 9. Gilmore, McMaster19.8 
 10. Kokko, Laurier19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dut DUT
  UPEI
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Dut, UPEI11.8 
 2. Bercy, St.Franc.11.0 
 3. Pereira, Waterloo10.8 
 4. Osayande, Saskatch.10.6 
 5. Elgadi, Brock9.9 
 6. Nissen, Acadia9.9 
 7. Ross, Mount Royal9.8 
 8. Graham, Queen''s9.5 
 9. Dinkins, Lakehead9.4 
 10. Layton, Mount R.9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Javon MASTERS
  UNB
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Masters, UNB6.1 
 2. Mata, Dalhousie5.9 
 3. Keane, Carleton5.3 
 4. Miller, Acadia5.0 
 5. Bonhomme, Manitoba4.8 
 6. Dulay, UFV4.7 
 7. Burdeaux, Lethb.4.5 
 8. Rocca, Windsor4.4 
 9. Farkic, Western4.4 
 10. Clayton, St.Mary''s4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Dejon BURDEAUX
  Lethb.
  (183-PG-)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Burdeaux, Lethb.3.6 
 2. Jenkins, Western3.1 
 3. Agada, Ottawa3.1 
 4. Small, Ryerson2.6 
 5. Kapinga, Calgary2.5 
 6. Bermillo, Bishop''s2.4 
 7. Mata, Dalhousie2.3 
 8. Masters, UNB2.2 
 9. Dulay, UFV2.2 
 10. Ogundokun, McGill2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane OSAYANDE
  Saskatch.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Osayande, Saskatch.2.5 
 2. Graham, Queen''s2.1 
 3. Oirbans, Winnipeg1.9 
 4. Paul, Brandon1.8 
 5. Layton, Mount R.1.7 
 6. Debache, UQAM1.6 
 7. Nissen, Acadia1.6 
 8. Morgan, UBC1.5 
 9. Yengue, Laurentian1.5 
 10. James, MacEwan1.5 


Tre Brewer is a newcomer at Los Mochis - by Greg

Pioneros de Los Mochis (CIBACOPA) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American shooting guard Tre Brewer (196-94kg-90, college: Youngstown State). He played most recently at AMK Bravehearts in Singapore Pro-Am-SBL where he averaged 27ppg, 8.2rpg and 3.2apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Brewer is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit four different continents, while he played in seven different countries. Brewer tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Canada, China, Colombia (Bayside), Cyprus (Omonia), Qatar (Al Ahli), UAE, Bolivia (Bolmar) and IBL (Santa Barbara WCBL) Brewer attended Youngstown State until 2011 and it will be his 4th season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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EXPRESS WIN 3RD STRAIGHT 85-74 - by John Gary

COURTESY OURSPORTSCENTRAL.CO M The Windsor Express, coming off one of their most thrilling games to date, needed a win to begin their longest winning streak of the year. It was only four short days ago, that the Express defeated the Kitchener- Waterloo Titans at Clash at the Coliseum 4. Since then both teams have gone on the road and defeated the Orangeville AS, winners of two games in a row. Windsor invited Kitchener-Waterloo to the WFCU Centre sunday afternoon. Returning to the lineup for Windsor was Nick Evans and Clinton Springer, who served one game suspensions in Orangevile. It was all Kicnder-Waterloo for a majority of the first half. Kichner Waterloo began the game on a 18-6 run. It was not until the second quarter that Windsor hit its first three point shot. They would go on to hit only two in the half an uncommon occurrence for Windsor who is one of the NBL Canadas best three point shooting teams. Windsor took its first lead of the game with four minutes to play in the first half courtesy of Nick Evans elbow jumper. That shot was in the mist of a 16-7 Windsor run which closed out the half and gave the Express a 44-38 halftime lead. Windsor had trouble carrying its moementum into the second half and the two teams traded leads for most of the third quarter. It was not until late in the third quarter when Warren Ward began heating up from beyond the arch. Ward was fouled in the act of shooting a three point shot but was unable too make the shot and add the free throw,all part of a four point play of the day. Juan Patillo took the game over in the fourth quarter. Patillo had five points, two rebounds and was 2-4 from the field in the tweleve minutes of the game. Windsor came out with an 85-74 victory.


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  CBL  

CBL Standings

CBL Standings
 1. Scarborough 9-2 
 2. Durham 5-4 
 3. Hamilton 4-6 
 4. Wellington 2-8 

Regular Season: Round 7

Feb. 12: Wellington - Hamilton 99-106
Feb. 11: Scarborough - Durham 94-74
Feb. 10: Hamilton - Wellington 92-83

Regular Season: Round 8

Feb. 17: Hamilton - Scarborough
Feb. 18: Scarborough - Wellington
Feb. 20: Wellington - Durham



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Liga Nacional Round 7 of Play-Offs. CDU Concepcion roll past Tinguiririca - by Eurobasket News

CDU Concepcion - Tinguiririca S.F. 83-75

CDU Concepcion fired past Tinguiririca SF to advance into the next round of playoffs. Tinguiririca S.F. was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 24-13 charge of Universidad de Concepcion, which allowed them to win the game. They made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Universidad de Concepcion forced 21 Tinguiririca S.F. turnovers. British-American Darren Phillip (201-78, college: Fairfield, agency: DTMones) fired a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Jamaican-American guard Akeem Scott (185-83, college: High Point) chipped in 26 points and 6 rebounds. Scott is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Argentinian power forward Juan-Luis Abeiro (196-88) produced 27 points and 6 rebounds and Brazilian center Lucas Tischer (208-83) added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Four Tinguiririca S.F. players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
CDU Concepcion: A.Scott 26+6reb+3ast, D.Phillip 26+12reb+2ast, M.Cisternas 14+1reb, C.Lauler 6+8reb+2ast, S.Saez 5+1reb+5ast, M.Villagran 4
Tinguiririca S.F.: J.Luis Abeiro 27+6reb+1ast, L.Tischer 15+6reb+5ast, F.Pavez 14+6reb+4ast, P.Saez 12+4reb+5ast, M.Ernst 7+2reb+1ast, F.Gonzalez 0
gschID: 535959





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  CROATIA  

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Luka BOZIC
  KK Zagreb
  (199-PG-96)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Bozic, KK Zagreb22.4 
 2. Johnson, Alkar Sinj22.3 
 3. Smajlagic, Zabok21.2 
 4. Novacic, Jolly JBS18.6 
 5. Marcinkovic, KK Za.18.4 
 6. Hopson, Cedevita17.9 
 7. Veljacic, Kvarner .17.6 
 8. Konjevic, Skrljevo17.0 
 9. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek16.7 
 10. Sakic, Cibona16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jalen ROBINSON
  Vrij.Osijek
  (206-F/C-93)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek7.4 
 2. Novacic, Jolly JBS7.3 
 3. Bozic, KK Zagreb7.2 
 4. Mazalin, Zadar6.9 
 5. Smajlagic, Zabok6.6 
 6. Halilovic, GKK S.6.5 
 7. Marcinkovic, KK Za.6.3 
 8. Rajic, H.Analitica5.9 
 9. Marinkovic, Zadar5.9 
 10. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Scottie REYNOLDS
  Cibona
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Reynolds, Cibona9.3 
 2. Johnson, Alkar Sinj8.1 
 3. Scott, Jolly JBS6.8 
 4. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.5 
 5. Stockton, Cedevita6.0 
 6. Veljacic, Kvarner .5.9 
 7. Filipovic, KK Split5.9 
 8. Vrbica, Gorica5.1 
 9. Petani, GKK Sibenik4.8 
 10. Kapusta, Zabok4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj2.9 
 2. Stockton, Cedevita2.8 
 3. Babic, Zabok2.8 
 4. Jurlina, Zabok2.5 
 5. Veljacic, Kvarner .2.3 
 6. Katic, Cedevita2.0 
 7. Sirko, KK Split2.0 
 8. Brzoja, Zadar1.7 
 9. Mazalin, Zadar1.7 
 10. Novacic, Jolly JBS1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Miralem HALILOVIC
  GKK S.
  (205-F-91)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Halilovic, GKK S.1.5 
 2. Bundovic, Cedevita1.2 
 3. Krolo, Zabok1.1 
 4. Turkyilmaz, GKK S.1.1 
 5. Vukovic, Vrij.Osijek1.0 
 6. Bilan, Cedevita0.8 
 7. Zrnic, Zabok0.8 
 8. Vlaic, KK Zagreb0.7 
 9. Vitali, KK Zagreb0.7 
 10. Vucic, Kvarner 20100.6 


Standings - A2 League

A2 Standings
Center
 1. Vern 17-2 
 2. Rudes 12-7 
 3. Mladost ZG 12-7 
 4. Bosco 12-7 
 5. Zaprude 11-8 
 6. Agrodalm 10-9 
 7. Samobor 10-10 
 8. Zapad 9-10 
 9. Dubrava 8-11 
 10. Sesvete 8-11 
 11. Maksimir 5-15 
 12. Fortuna 1-18 
East
 1. Belisce 12-3 
 2. Borovo 11-3 
 3. Osjecki Sokol 10-4 
 4. Rekord Tim 8-7 
 5. Vukovar 8-7 
 6. Zupanja 7-7 
 7. Djakovo 7-8 
 8. Pozega 6-9 
 9. Vinkovci 2-12 
 10. VROS Darda 2-13 
North
 1. Graficar 14-2 
 2. Podravac Virje 13-2 
 3. Medjimurje C. 12-3 
 4. Ivanic 8-7 
 5. Radnik 8-7 
 6. Petar Zrinski 7-8 
 7. Mladost D. 7-9 
 8. Ivancica 3-11 
 9. Bjelovar 2-13 
 10. Koprivnica 1-13 
South
 1. Jazine 14-1 
 2. Ribola Kastela 13-1 
 3. Diplomus 10-5 
 4. Omis-Cagalj T. 10-5 
 5. Puntamika 10-5 
 6. Adriatic S. 5-10 
 7. Dubrovnik 5-10 
 8. Sukosan 4-10 
 9. Solin 3-12 
 10. Cetina 0-15 
West
 1. Sanac 16-2 
 2. Istrauni 14-5 
 3. Crikvenica 13-5 
 4. Ghia Staff 12-7 
 5. Labin 11-6 
 6. Pula 1981 11-7 
 7. Kastav 11-8 
 8. Stoja Pula 7-11 
 9. Jadranka 7-11 
 10. Zamet 4-15 
 11. Rovinj 2-16 
 12. Kraljevica 2-17 

Regular Season: Round 19

Center

Feb. 11: Dubrava - Sesvete 87-82
Feb. 11: Vern - Fortuna 86-59
Feb. 8: Samobor - Maksimir 79-64
Feb. 11: Agrodalm - Samobor 74-77
Feb. 11: Rudes - Zaprude 62-75
Feb. 11: Zapad - Mladost ZG 56-88
Feb. 11: Maksimir - Bosco 52-75

East

Feb. 11: Borovo - Rekord Tim 84-72
Feb. 11: Belisce - Vinkovci 80-58
Feb. 11: Pozega - Djakovo 74-63
Feb. 11: Osjecki Sokol - Zupanja 68-59
Feb. 11: VROS Darda - Vukovar 59-88

North

Feb. 11: Ivanic - Radnik 88-66
Feb. 11: Medjimurje C. - Koprivnica 86-48
Feb. 11: Mladost D. - Ivancica 76-85
Feb. 11: Bjelovar - Graficar 50-102
Feb. 8: Graficar - Mladost D. 116-64
Feb. 11: Podravac Virje - Petar Zrinski 106-53

South

Feb. 11: Ribola Kastela - Adriatic S. 83-53
Feb. 11: Solin - Diplomus 75-81
Feb. 11: Puntamika - Jazine 68-84
Feb. 11: Dubrovnik - Sukosan 60-35
Feb. 11: Omis-Cagalj T. - Cetina 116-97

West

Feb. 11: Crikvenica - Kastav 87-70
Feb. 11: Istrauni - Ghia Staff 80-67
Feb. 8: Stoja Pula - Istrauni 76-86
Feb. 11: Jadranka - Pula 1981 75-80
Feb. 11: Zamet - Kraljevica 75-62
Feb. 8: Ghia Staff - Rovinj 75-56
Feb. 8: Zamet - Sanac 74-76
Feb. 8: Kraljevica - Kastav 72-98
Feb. 10: Jadranka - Sanac 60-86
Feb. 15: Sanac - Stoja Pula


Ivan Novacic claims Croatian A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Former international Forward Ivan Novacic (201-F-85, agency: XL Basketball Agency) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's leader Jolly JBS and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 31-year old forward had a double-double of 31 points and ten rebounds, while his team crushed KK Zagreb (#8, 9-8) with 17-point margin 96-79. It allowed Jolly JBS to jump to the first place in the Croatian A1. Jolly JBS have a solid 15-2 record. In the team's last game Novacic had a remarkable 90.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Jolly JBS's top player in his first season with the team. Novacic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (6th best: 17.8ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 7.1rpg) and averages solid 55.5% FGP and 46.2% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old international forward Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88, agency: BeoBasket) of Cibona. Sakic impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he led Cibona to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Skrljevo (#10, 5-12) 98-71. This victory allowed Cibona to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 13-4 record is not bad at all. Sakic is a newcomer at Cibona 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 Roko Badzim (197-G-97, agency: XL Basketball Agency) of GKK Sibenik (#4). Badzim scored 23 points and passed five assists. He was a key player of GKK Sibenik, leading his team to a 93-75 easy win against the lower-ranked H.Analitica (#12, 3-14). GKK Sibenik needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 4 lost games. Badzim has a very solid season. In 17 games in Croatia he scored 12.1ppg. He also has FGP: 54.3% and 3PT: 46.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Domagoj Samac (206-F-93) of H.Analitica - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Mauro Veljacic (183-PG-93) of Kvarner 2010 - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Domagoj Bosnjak (201-F/G-95) of Cibona - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Filip Krajina (209-C-92) of Vrij.Osijek - 14 points and 11 rebounds
8. Jakov Mustapic (193-G-94) of Vrij.Osijek - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Pavle Marcinkovic (199-G/F-89) of KK Zagreb - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Ive Ivanov (200-C-85) of GKK Sibenik - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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



AKK Vern already win A2 League Central Division title - by Zeljko Zule

There are three rounds remaining in A2 League Central Division and AKK Vern already won the title. Second-placed Bosco have parted ways with coach Luka Jovanovic and replaced him with Neven Nikolic, who started the 2016/17 with A1 League side Gorica.

Central Division - Round 19: Dubrava-Sesvete 87-82 (Smolic 24, Culic 15 - Papak 35, Raguz 19), Maksimir-Bosco 52-75 (Skrinjaric 14, Maksic 12 - Reljanovic 14, Culek 13), AKK Vern-Fortuna 86-59 (Zivko 19, Simunic 16 - Martinjak 12), Rudes-Zaprudje 62-75 (Uljarevic 12, Cvitkovic 11 - Gasparac 21, Stanic 17), Agrodalm-Samobor 74-77 (Matic 23, Beran 16 - Mandalinic 22, Gril 16), Zapad-Mladost 56-88 (Markocic 11, Dugandzic 10 - Barisic 30, Buljevic, Perkovic 14).
Postponed game of Round 18: Samobor-Maksimir 79-64 (Mandalinic 27, Gionechetti-Prahin 17 - Mandic 14, Stojanovic 12).
Standings: Vern 17-2, Rudes 12-7, Bosco 12-7, Mladost 12-7, Zaprudje 11-8, Agdrodalm 10-9, Zapad 9-10, Samobor 9-10, Dubrava 8-11, Sesvete 8-11, Maksimir 5-14, Fortuna 1-18.

Eastern Division - Round 15: Pozega-Djakovo 74-63 (Calis 31, Pejnovic 10 - Rados 14, Hajdukovic 13), Osjecki sokol-Zupanja 68-59 (Boras 18, Kovac 15 - Tomic14, Smajic 11), Belisce-Vinkovci 80-58 (Bicvic 25, Vidakovic 11 - Popovic 21, Ostovic 16), Borovo-Rekord Tim 84-72 (Rajsic 18, Bekavac 18 - Radosavljevic 16, Zivkovic 15), Vrijednosnice Osijek II-Vukovar 59-88 (Bacic 19, Paskaljevic 10 - Kovacevic 22, Bjelanovic 19).
Standings: Belisce 12-3, Borovo 11-3, Osjecki sokol 10-4, Rekord Tim 8-7, Vukovar 8-7, Zupanja 7-7, Djakovo 7-8, Pozega 6-9, Vrijednosnice Osijek II 2-12, Vinkovci 2-13.

Western Division - Round 18: Stoja-Istrauni 76-86 (Lesic 25, Bulesic 16 - Sljuka 23, Sertic 19), Zamet-Sanac 74-76 (Antunovic 26, Bjelanovic 10, Klasan 10, Vukic 10 - Josipovic 29, Panjevic 28), Ghia Staff-Rovinj 75-56 (Krstinic 30, Ravnic 16 - Djerman 20), Kraljevica-Kastav 72-98 (Djuric 17, Konjevic 14 - Miletic 20, Ferencic 19), Pula 1981-Crikvenica 16/02, Rudar-Jadranka 21/02
Round 19: Jadranka-Pula 1981 75-80 (Tariba 27, Kremenovic 13 - Bozic 19, P.Graso 16), Crikvenica-Kastav 87-70 (M.Benic 31, Samanic 18 - Gusic 23, Ferencic 12), Zamet-Kraljevica 75-62 (Delpin 20, Antunovic 19, Protega 29), Istrauni-Ghia Staff 80-67 (Sertic 15, Sljuka 15 - Krstinic 26, Grbic 15), Sanac-Stoja 15/02.
Postoponed game of Round 14: Jadranka-Samac 60-86 (Kremenovic 15, Muzic 14 - Panjevic 26, Beber 17).
Standings: Sanac 16-2, Istrauni 14-5, Crikvenica 13-5, Rudar 12-6, Ghia Staff 12-7, Pula 1981 11-7, Kastav 11-8,Stoja 7-11, Jadranka 7-11, Zamet 4-15, Kraljevica 2-17, Rovinj 2-17.

Northern Division - Round 15: Ivanic-Radnik 88-66 (Grobotek 20, Kralj 19 - Jukic 26, Tomas 25), Bjelovar-Graficar 50-102 (Vrinjanin 16 - Petrovic 18, Novak 17, Prpovic 17), Mladost-Ivancica 76-85 (Golub 24, Pavlovic 19 - Smontara 18, Bigec 16), Podravac-Petar Zrinski 106-53 (S.Zadravec 18, Ferencevic 17, J.Zadravec 17 - Cusek 16, Prstec 15), Medjimurje-Koprivnica 86-48 (Mar.Novak 15, Mat.Novak 15 - Vedris 13, Bajusic 11).
Postponed game of Round 14: Graficar-Mladost 116-64 (Novak 22, J.Petrovic 22 - Golub 18, S.Petrovic 14).
Standings: Graficar 13-2, Podravac 13-2, Medjimurje 12-3, Ivanic 8-7, Radnik 8-7, Petar Zrinski 7-8, Mladost 7-8, Ivancica 3-11, Bjelovar 2-13, Koprivnica 1-13.

Southern Division - Round 15: Solin-Diplomus 75-81 (Vukovic 20, Kujundzic17 - Marin 22, Maric 16), Omis Cagalj Tours-Cetina 116-97 (Mimica41, Zonjic 29 - Mulic 36, Zaper 24), Dubrovnik-Sukusan 60-35 (Raguz 16, Vujicic 12 - Devic 12), Sonik Puntamika-Jazine Arbanasi 68-84 (Segaric 16, Knezevic 13 - Fodor 22, Mrva 21), Ribola Kastela-Adriatic 83-53 (Glavinic 20, Sipic 14 - Skaro 10).
Standings: Jazine Arbanasi 14-1, Ribola Kastela 13-1, Diplomus 10-5, Sonik Puntamika 10-5, Omis Cagalj Tours 10-5, Dubrovnik 5-10, Adriatic 5-10, Sukosan 4-10, Solin 3-12, Cetina 0-15.



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  CUBA  

Standings - LSB

LSB Standings
 1. Villa Clara 6-0 
 2. Pinar del Rio 5-1 
 3. Camaguey 3-3 
 4. Capitalinos 3-3 
 5. Santiago 3-3 
 6. Matanzas 3-3 
 7. Ciego de Avila 1-5 
 8. Guantanamo 0-6 


LSB Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Esteban MARTINEZ
  Santiago
  (192-F-87)
  Avg: 31.2
 1. Martinez, Santiago31.2 
 2. Guzman, Capitalinos27.4 
 3. Boffil, Villa Clara27.2 
 4. Oliva, Pinar del Rio23.2 
 5. Monterrey, Pinar d.21.4 
 6. Abreu, Villa Clara17.8 
 7. Baldo, Camaguey16.6 
 8. Martinez, Ciego d.16.6 
 9. Torrientes, Matan.16.4 
 10. Molina, Matanzas16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Roigelis OCHOA
  Santiago
  (190-G-93)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Ochoa, Santiago6.4 
 2. Hernandez, Ciego d.6.3 
 3. Martinez, Santiago6.2 
 4. Siria, Santiago5.8 
 5. Reyes, Ciego de Avila5.4 
 6. Perez, Villa Clara4.8 
 7. Font, Capitalinos4.6 
 8. Coutin, Capitalinos4.4 
 9. Quintana, Pinar d.4.2 
 10. Cubillas, Villa Clara4.2 
Assists Per Game
 Yosiel MONTERREY
  Pinar d.
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Monterrey, Pinar d.3.6 
 2. Oliva, Pinar del Rio3.4 
 3. Heredia, Santiago3.2 
 4. Giron, Santiago2.8 
 5. Martinez, Ciego d.2.6 
 6. Abreu, Villa Clara2.4 
 7. Boffil, Villa Clara2.0 
 8. Francis, Camaguey2.0 
 9. Troyano, Villa Clara2.0 
 10. Deschapelles, Matan.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Yoel CUBILLAS
  Villa Clara
  (204-C-94)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Cubillas, Villa Clara6.8 
 2. Monterrey, Pinar d.6.4 
 3. Deschapelles, Matan.6.0 
 4. Oliva, Pinar del Rio5.4 
 5. Hernandez, Ciego d.5.3 
 6. Abreu, Villa Clara5.0 
 7. Giron, Santiago4.8 
 8. Perez, Villa Clara4.8 
 9. Boffil, Villa Clara4.6 
 10. Guzman, Capitalinos4.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Yoel CUBILLAS
  Villa Clara
  (204-C-94)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Cubillas, Villa Clara2.4 
 2. Font, Capitalinos2.2 
 3. Ochoa, Santiago1.8 
 4. Castellanos, Ciego d.1.4 
 5. Romero, Villa Clara1.3 
 6. Garcia, Matanzas1.2 
 7. Quintana, Pinar d.1.2 
 8. Coutin, Capitalinos1.0 
 9. Machado, Villa Clara1.0 
 10. Cala, Camaguey0.8 


Cuban LSB round 4 best performance: Roigelis Ochoa - by Eurobasket News

Guard Roigelis Ochoa (190-G-93) had a great game in the last round for Santiago, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Ciego de Avila (#7, 0-4), the league's bottom-ranked team 96-90. Santiago is placed at 4th position in Cuban LSB. Santiago is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 2-2 record. It's Ochoa's second year at Santiago and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Roigelis Ochoa averages just after three games 5.3ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old Luis Curtiz of Matanzas. Curtiz had a very good evening with 20 points and 5 assists. Of course he led Matanzas to another comfortable win outscoring Guantanamo (#8, 0-4) 90-49. This victory allowed Matanzas to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 3-1 record is not bad at all. Curtiz is one of the most experienced players at Matanzas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international guard Osmel Oliva (178-PG-87) of league's top team Pinar del Rio. Oliva got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for four assists. He was a key player of Pinar del Rio, leading his team to a 84-79 win against the lower-ranked Camaguey (#5, 2-2). Pinar del Rio started extremely well this year. They recorded 4 victories without losing a single game. Oliva turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Oliva has a great season in Cuba. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.7ppg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lazro Sanchez) of Matanzas - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Joice Daudinot (194-F/G-85) of Matanzas - 19 points and 5 rebounds
6. Alfredo Hernandez (192-G-85) of Ciego de Avila - 24 points and 6 rebounds
7. Osvaldo Perez) of Villa Clara - 18 points and 5 rebounds
8. Esteban Martinez (192-F-87) of Santiago - 32 points and 8 rebounds
9. Neslier Abreu (187-G-93) of Villa Clara - 23 points and 3 assists
10. Julio Heredia (183-PG-93) of Santiago - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Karel Guzman claims Cuban LSB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Talented International Forward Karel Guzman (188-F-95) had a very impressive game in the last round for Capitalinos and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 21-year old forward had the game-high 38 points for Capitalinos in his team's victory, helping them to beat Santiago (2-3) 85-79. Capitalinos is placed at 5th position in Cuban LSB. Capitalinos is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 2-3 record. In the team's last game Guzman had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Capitalinos, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Guzman has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 27.4ppg) and averages solid 4.0spg and 59.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old former international point guard Osmel Oliva (178-PG-87) of second-ranked Pinar del Rio. Oliva impressed basketball fans with 27 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists. Bad luck as Pinar del Rio was edged by league's leader Villa Clara (#1, 5-0) 80-77. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Pinar del Rio still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. It was just his team's 1st loss this season, while they won 4 other games. Oliva is one of the most experienced players at Pinar del Rio and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.2ppg (#4). He also recorded 3.4 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was international center Yoel Cubillas (204-C-94) of top-ranked Villa Clara. Cubillas scored 14 points. He was a key player of Villa Clara, leading his team to a 80-77 win against #2 ranked Pinar del Rio. Villa Clara started extremely well this year. They recorded 5 victories without losing a single game. Cubillas turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Cubillas has a very solid season. In 5 games in Cuba he scored 12.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Luis Castillo) of Ciego de Avila - 18 points and 3 rebounds
5. Yoanis Baldo (191-F-89) of Camaguey - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Neslier Abreu (187-G-93) of Villa Clara - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Elieser Quintana (205-C-91) of Pinar del Rio - 10 points and 10 rebounds
8. Andy Boffil (190-G/F-82) of Villa Clara - 21 points and 4 assists
9. Yosiel Monterrey (185-PG-88) of Pinar del Rio - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Reinier Castillo (185-F/G-76) of Capitalinos - 16 points

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



LSB Round 5: Leader Pinar loses to Villa Clara - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in LSB.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Pinar (4-1) in Rio on Tuesday night. Hosts were edged by Villa Clara (5-0) 80-77. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Pinar. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Pinar trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 26-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-80 at the end of the game. Villa Clara forced 23 Pinar turnovers and outrebounded them 70-20 including a 64-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Andy Boffil (190-82) who scored 21 points and 4 assists. Osvaldo Perez chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. The former international point guard Osmel Oliva (178-87) produced 27 points, 8 assists and 5 steals for the hosts. Undefeated Villa Clara have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Pinar at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. Villa Clara are looking forward to face Tigres (#3) in Camaguey in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Pinar will play on the road against Ciego in Avila and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Guerreros (3-2) against fifth ranked Tigres (3-2) on Tuesday night. Visiting Guerreros were defeated by Tigres in Camaguey 82-64. Forward Yoanis Baldo (191-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 8 rebounds. Julio Sanchez contributed with 18 points for the winners. Lazro Sanchez answered with 20 points for Guerreros. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tigres moved-up to third place, which they share with Matanzas. Tigres will play against league's leader Villa Clara in Santa Clara in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Guerreros will play at home against Capitalinos and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Ciego can celebrate their first win this season after four consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Guantanamo (0-5) 77-69 on Tuesday. Luis Castillo stepped up and scored 18 points and 7 steals for the winners. Raudelis Guerra responded with 18 points. Guantanamo's coach Yuniel Cruz rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion maintains seventh place with 1-4 record. It was Guantanamo's fifth loss in a row. They still close the standings with five games lost. Ciego will meet at home league's second-placed Pinar in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Guantanamo will play against Santiago (#6) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 5 Capitalinos defeated Santiago in La Habana 85-79.

Pinar del Rio - Villa Clara 77-80

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Pinar (4-1) in Rio on Tuesday night. Hosts were edged by Villa Clara (5-0) 80-77. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Pinar. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Pinar trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 26-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 77-80 at the end of the game. Villa Clara forced 23 Pinar turnovers and outrebounded them 70-20 including a 64-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Andy Boffil (190-82) who scored 21 points and 4 assists. Osvaldo Perez chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. The former international point guard Osmel Oliva (178-87) produced 27 points, 8 assists and 5 steals and the former international point guard Yosiel Monterrey (185-88) added 17 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Villa Clara have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Pinar at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. Villa Clara are looking forward to face Tigres (#3) in Camaguey in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Pinar will play on the road against Ciego in Avila and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Villa Clara: A.Boffil 21+4ast, N.Abreu 15+3reb+3ast, O.Perez 14+8reb, Y.Cubillas 14+4reb, M.Troyano 6+2reb+4ast, M.Mons 2+1reb
Pinar del Rio: O.Oliva 27+4reb+8ast, Y.Monterrey 17+2reb+4ast, J.Martinez 14+2reb+2ast, E.Quintana 10+10reb+1ast, D.Vazquez 4+1reb+1ast, T.Blanco 3
gschID: 534676


Camaguey - Matanzas 82-64

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Guerreros (3-2) against fifth ranked Tigres (3-2) on Tuesday night. Visiting Guerreros were defeated by Tigres in Camaguey 82-64. The game without a history. Tigres 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 Guerreros' 30. They outrebounded Guerreros 22-11. Forward Yoanis Baldo (191-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Julio Sanchez (200-90) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Four Tigres players scored in double figures. Lazro Sanchez answered with 20 points and the former international guard Yuniskel Molina (185-93) added 10 points in the effort for Guerreros. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tigres moved-up to third place, which they share with Matanzas. Tigres will play against league's leader Villa Clara in Santa Clara in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Guerreros will play at home against Capitalinos and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Camaguey: J.Sanchez 18+2reb+1ast, Y.Baldo 16+8reb+2ast, Y.Lopez 15+3reb+2ast, R.Carmenato 10+2reb, Y.Jimenez 8, R.Caballero 6+1reb
Matanzas: L.Sanchez 20+1reb+1ast, Y.Molina 10+2reb+1ast, D.Torrientes 9, Y.Deschapelles 8+2ast, H.Garcia 6+3reb+1ast, Y.Moralez 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 534677


Santiago - Capitalinos 79-85

There was a minor upset when 4th placed Santiago (2-3) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Capitalinos (2-3) 85-79 on Tuesday. Strangely Santiago outrebounded Capitalinos 27-12 including a 18-5 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Capitalinos made 8 blocks. International forward Karel Guzman (188-95) stepped up and scored 38 points (!!!) and 6 steals for the winners and Neysser Coutin (-96) chipped in 15 points and 5 steals. Guard Roigelis Ochoa (190-93) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Julio Heredia (183-93) scored 16 points and 6 assists. Four Santiago players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Capitalinos moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Santiago. Capitalinos will meet higher ranked Guerreros (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Santiago will play against Guantanamo and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Capitalinos: K.Guzman 38+1reb, R.Castillo 16, N.Coutin 15+3reb, A.Font 5+4reb, D.Soltero 4+5ast, A.Ferran 4
Santiago: J.Heredia 16+6ast, R.Ochoa 14+8reb, E.Martinez 13+2reb, R.Giron 10+1reb+1ast, E.Siria 6+3reb+2ast, L.Chavez 5
gschID: 534678


Ciego de Avila - Guantanamo 77-69

Ciego can celebrate their first win this season after four consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Guantanamo (0-5) 77-69 on Tuesday. Guantanamo trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 20-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 69-77 at the end of the game. Luis Castillo stepped up and scored 18 points and 7 steals for the winners and guard Dainier Martinez (184-96) chipped in 18 points and 6 steals. Four Ciego players scored in double figures. Guard Raudelis Guerra (191-93) responded with 18 points and guard Ernesto Rauseaux (192-91) scored 17 points. Guantanamo's coach Yuniel Cruz rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion maintains seventh place with 1-4 record. It was Guantanamo's fifth loss in a row. They still close the standings with five games lost. Ciego will meet at home league's second-placed Pinar in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Guantanamo will play against Santiago (#6) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Ciego de Avila: D.Martinez 18+1ast, L.Castillo 18+3reb+1ast, D.Granados 10+1reb+1ast, W.Granda 10+1reb, C.Reyes 7+1reb+2ast, G.Clark 4+1reb
Guantanamo: R.Guerra 18+2ast, E.Rauseaux 17+3reb, Y.Soria 10+5reb+3ast, E.Pons 9+2reb, Y.Mena 6+1reb+1ast, A.Bartelemis 4+1reb
gschID: 534679





LSB Round 6: Villa Clara defeat Tigres in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

An interesting game for Villa Clara (6-0) which played road game in Camaguey against 3rd ranked Tigres (3-3). Top-ranked Villa Clara managed to get a 11-point victory 91-80. The game was mostly controlled by Villa Clara. Tigres managed to win third quarter 30-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Tigres 28-15 including a 19-6 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for the former international swingman Andy Boffil (190-82) who led his team to a victory with 37 points (!!!). International center Yoel Cubillas (204-94) contributed with 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Yoimar Lopez (-96) replied with 19 points and 5 steals for Tigres. Tigres' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Undefeated Villa Clara have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record. Tigres at the other side keep the third place with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Villa Clara are looking forward to face Guerreros (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Tigres will play against Guantanamo and are hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Bottom-ranked Guantanamo is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their sixth consecutive match to sixth ranked Santiago (3-3) 96-84. The former international forward Esteban Martinez (192-87) scored 55 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Eddy Siria chipped in 9 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international swingman Yoanis Soria (195-86) with 30 points and 5 steals. Guantanamo's coach Yuniel Cruz tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Santiago moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Guantanamo at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Santiago will play against league's second-placed Pinar in Rio in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Guantanamo will play at home against Tigres (#3) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Avila was also quite interesting. Second ranked Pinar (5-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Ciego (1-5). Pinar defeated Ciego 69-55 on Wednesday. Osmel Oliva notched 17 points and 4 steals to lead the effort. Even 21 points by William Granda did not help to save the game for Ciego. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pinar maintains second position with 5-1 record behind leader Villa Clara. Defending champion Ciego keeps the seventh place with five games lost. Pinar will meet at home Santiago (#5) in the next round. Ciego will play against Capitalinos and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 6 Capitalinos beat Matanzas on the road 73-63.
The most impressive performance of 6th round was 13 points and 6 steals by Yaudelier Suarez of Pinar del Rio.

Camaguey - Villa Clara 80-91

An interesting game for Villa Clara (6-0) which played road game in Camaguey against 3rd ranked Tigres (3-3). Top-ranked Villa Clara managed to get a 11-point victory 91-80. The game was mostly controlled by Villa Clara. Tigres managed to win third quarter 30-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Tigres 28-15 including a 19-6 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for the former international swingman Andy Boffil (190-82) who led his team to a victory with 37 points (!!!). International center Yoel Cubillas (204-94) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Yoimar Lopez (-96) replied with 19 points and 5 steals and guard Carlos Villegas (197-94) added 16 points in the effort for Tigres. Five Villa Clara and four Tigres players scored in double figures. Tigres' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Villa Clara have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record. Tigres at the other side keep the third place with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Villa Clara are looking forward to face Guerreros (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Tigres will play against Guantanamo and are hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Camaguey: Y.Lopez 19+2reb+1ast, V.Francis 16+2reb+1ast, C.Villegas 16+4reb, Y.Baldo 10+3reb+1ast, Y.Jimenez 8+1reb+1ast, A.Ibanez 4+1reb+1ast
Villa Clara: A.Boffil 37+1reb, Y.Cubillas 16+12reb+1ast, M.Troyano 13+2reb+2ast, O.Perez 11+9reb+2ast, N.Abreu 10+3reb+4ast, M.Mons 0+1reb
gschID: 534682


Santiago - Guantanamo 96-84

Bottom-ranked Guantanamo is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their sixth consecutive match to sixth ranked Santiago (3-3) 96-84. It looked good early as Guantanamo took a 12-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Santiago took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 12 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Guantanamo's 46. Santiago forced 19 Guantanamo turnovers. The former international forward Esteban Martinez (192-87) scored 55 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Eddy Siria chipped in 9 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international swingman Yoanis Soria (195-86) with 30 points and 5 steals and guard Raudelis Guerra (191-93) scored 22 points and 4 assists. Guantanamo's coach Yuniel Cruz tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Santiago moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Guantanamo at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Santiago will play against league's second-placed Pinar in Rio in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Guantanamo will play at home against Tigres (#3) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Guantanamo: Y.Soria 30+3reb+3ast, R.Guerra 22+4ast, E.Rauseaux 10+2reb+1ast, Y.Tito 6+7reb, E.Pons 6+8reb+2ast, Y.Mena 4
Santiago: E.Martinez 55+6reb+3ast, J.Heredia 11+2reb+2ast, R.Ochoa 10+10reb+2ast, E.Siria 9+13reb+4ast, R.Giron 7+1ast, A.Gomez 4+4ast
gschID: 534680


Matanzas - Capitalinos 63-73

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifth ranked Capitalinos (3-3) beat on the road one of their biggest challengers Guerreros (3-3) 73-63 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-63. Forward Legismel Borlot (195-87) notched 23 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and international forward Karel Guzman (188-95) supported him with 17 points. Even 26 points and 4 steals by the former international guard Danys Torrientes (190-85) did not help to save the game for Guerreros. Yosniel Moralez added 13 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Capitalinos moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Guerreros. Capitalinos will meet Ciego (#7) in the next round. Guerreros will play against the league's leader Villa Clara (#1) in Santa Clara and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Matanzas: D.Torrientes 26+1reb+2ast, Y.Moralez 13+5reb, Y.Molina 9+2reb+2ast, H.Garcia 4+3reb, L.Curtiz 4+1reb, Y.Deschapelles 3+2ast
Capitalinos: L.Borlot 23+5reb, K.Guzman 17+3reb+2ast, N.Coutin 11+4reb, A.Font 9+8reb+1ast, D.Simon 4+1reb, D.Soltero 3+2ast
gschID: 534681


Ciego de Avila - Pinar del Rio 55-69

The game in Avila was also quite interesting. Second ranked Pinar (5-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Ciego (1-5). Pinar defeated Ciego 69-55 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Pinar. Ciego managed to win fourth quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ciego to just 5 points in second quarter. Pinar forced 20 Ciego turnovers. Strangely Ciego outrebounded Pinar 22-6 including a 19-4 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international point guard Osmel Oliva (178-87) notched 17 points and 4 steals to lead the effort and the former international point guard Yosiel Monterrey (185-88) supported him with 15 points and 6 steals. Even 21 points by the former international William Granda (189-85, agency: Pro Sports) did not help to save the game for Ciego. Forward Dariel Castellanos (198-96) added 10 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pinar maintains second position with 5-1 record behind leader Villa Clara. Defending champion Ciego keeps the seventh place with five games lost. Pinar will meet at home Santiago (#5) in the next round. Ciego will play against Capitalinos and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ciego de Avila: W.Granda 21+2reb, D.Castellanos 10+1reb, R.Oviedo 5+1reb, L.Castillo 4+2reb, D.Granados 4+1ast, C.Reyes 3+1reb
Pinar del Rio: O.Oliva 17+1ast, Y.Monterrey 15+2ast, Y.Suarez 13+3reb, J.Martinez 7+1ast, E.Quintana 6+1reb, D.Vazquez 6
gschID: 534683





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  CYPRUS  


Cypriot Division A round 15 best performance: Tre Bussey - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Tre Bussey (190-G-91) had a very impressive game in the last round for Apoel, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds, while his team edged out Etha (#6, 3-12) 73-69. Apoel maintains the 3rd position in Cypriot Division A. Apoel is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-7 record. Bussey turned to be Apoel's top player in his first season with the team. Former Georgia Southern University star has very solid stats this year. Bussey is in league's top in assists (4th best: 4.6apg) and averages impressive 40.3% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Baden Jaxen (190-G-90) of Etha. Jaxen had a very good evening with 30 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Etha was edged by the higher-ranked Apoel (#3, 8-7) 73-69. This loss caused Etha to slide to the very bottom (6) position in the standings. 12 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Etha managed to get this year. Jaxen is a newcomer at Etha, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.6ppg (#4). He also recorded 3.6 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American Terell Parks (204-C/F-91) of league's top team Keravnos. Parks scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Keravnos, leading his team to a 78-44 easy win against the lower-ranked Apollon (#5, 3-12). Many experts and fans count Keravnos as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 14 victories and only one lost game. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Parks has a great season in Cyprus. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.9rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marios Georgiou (201-PF-91) of Apollon - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jake O'Brien (206-F-89) of Keravnos - 11 points and 4 rebounds
6. Vladimir Dasic (207-PF-88) of AEK - 8 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Gerry Blakes (193-G) of Enosis - 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Murphy Burnatowski (200-SF-90) of Apoel - 17 points and 7 rebounds
9. Kevin Thomas (203-F-92) of Enosis - 10 points and 6 rebounds
10. Eric Washington (178-PG-93) of Enosis - 7 points, 4 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)



Division A Round 15: Etha is defeated by Apoel in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Nicosia: Apoel (#3) and Etha (#5). Apoel (8-7) won against visiting Etha (3-12) 73-69. They outrebounded Etha 43-30 including 30 on the defensive glass. 28 personal fouls committed by Etha helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American guard Tre Bussey (190-91, college: Georgia South) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Canadian Murphy Burnatowski (200-90, college: Colgate) helped adding 17 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Baden Jaxen (190-90, college: N.Carolina) with 30 points and 6 rebounds (went 13 for 13 at the free throw line !!!). Apoel maintains third place with 8-7 record having six points less than leader Keravnos. Etha at the other side dropped to the bottom position with 12 games lost. They share it with Apollon. Apoel are looking forward to face Apollon (#5) in Limassol in the next round. Etha will play on the road against Enosis in Paralimni and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very significant was AEK's (#2, 11-4) victory against 4th placed Enosis (6-9) 69-54. It was an exceptional evening for Montenegrin Vladimir Dasic (207-88) who led the winners and scored 8 points and 10 rebounds. Tyrell Biggs accounted for 13 points. AEK's coach Linos Gavriel used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Gerry Blakes (193, college: Arizona St.) came up with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for Enosis in the defeat. AEK have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 11-4 record having just three points less than leader Keravnos. Enosis at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. AEK will play against league's leader Keravnos in Strovolos in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Enosis will play at home against Etha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Division A top team - Keravnos (14-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Apollon (3-12) in Limassol 78-44. The best player for the winners was Terell Parks who scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Marios Georgiou who recorded 13 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Keravnos have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-1 record. Apollon lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Etha. Keravnos will meet league's second-placed AEK in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Apollon will play against Apoel in Nicosia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Apollon - Keravnos 44-78

Division A top team - Keravnos (14-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed fifth ranked Apollon (3-12) in Limassol 78-44. The game without a history. Keravnos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Apollon to just 5 points in second quarter. Keravnos dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Apollon's 18. Keravnos forced 21 Apollon turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Apollon's players. The best player for the winners was American power forward Terell Parks (204-91, college: W.Illinois) who scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. American-Somalian forward Mohamed Abukar (208-85, college: San Diego St., agency: Two Points) chipped in 15 points. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international Marios Georgiou (201-91) who recorded 13 points and 5 rebounds and Adamos Panagidis (186-99) added 9 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Keravnos have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 14-1 record. Apollon lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Etha. Keravnos will meet league's second-placed AEK in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Apollon will play against Apoel in Nicosia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Apollon: M.Georgiou 13+5reb+2ast, A.Panagidis 9+3reb, I.Makriyiannis 8+1reb+1ast, A.Sofroniou 4+2reb+1ast, A.Koronides 3+4reb+3ast, F.Grivas 3+4reb+1ast
Keravnos: M.Abukar 15+2ast, T.Parks 14+5reb+2ast, J.O'Brien 11+4reb, N.Stylianou 9+2reb+1ast, O.Andreou 9+3reb+1ast, R.Ross 4+2reb+4ast
gschID: 533316


Apoel - Etha 73-69

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Nicosia: Apoel (#3) and Etha (#5). Apoel (8-7) won against visiting Etha (3-12) 73-69. They outrebounded Etha 43-30 including 30 on the defensive glass. 28 personal fouls committed by Etha helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American guard Tre Bussey (190-91, college: Georgia South) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Canadian Murphy Burnatowski (200-90, college: Colgate) helped adding 17 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Baden Jaxen (190-90, college: N.Carolina) with 30 points and 6 rebounds (went 13 for 13 at the free throw line !!!) and the other American import guard Leron Barnes (196-93, college: Houston) scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Apoel maintains third place with 8-7 record having six points less than leader Keravnos. Etha at the other side dropped to the bottom position with 12 games lost. They share it with Apollon. Apoel are looking forward to face Apollon (#5) in Limassol in the next round. Etha will play on the road against Enosis in Paralimni and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Etha: B.Jaxen 30+6reb+2ast, L.Barnes 19+7reb+1ast, P.Papamichael 9+5reb, C.Karampatakis 5+4reb, C.Panayiotou 4+6reb+1ast, N.Constantinou 2
Apoel: T.Bussey 21+11reb+4ast, M.Burnatowski 17+7reb+1ast, R.Brown 14+4reb+4ast, A.Wright 8+9reb+2ast, B.Mobley 7+5reb+2ast, G.Pantouris 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 533315


Enosis - AEK 54-69

Very significant was AEK's (#2, 11-4) victory against 4th placed Enosis (6-9) 69-54. The game was mostly controlled by AEK. Enosis was better in fourth quarter 17-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. AEK had a 25-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for Montenegrin Vladimir Dasic (207-88) who led the winners and scored 8 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Tyrell Biggs (203-86, college: Pittsburgh) accounted for 13 points for the winning side. AEK's coach Linos Gavriel used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Gerry Blakes (193, college: Arizona St.) came up with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and Canadian forward Kevin Thomas (203-92, college: Troy) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Enosis in the defeat. AEK have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 11-4 record having just three points less than leader Keravnos. Enosis at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. AEK will play against league's leader Keravnos in Strovolos in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Enosis will play at home against Etha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Enosis: G.Blakes 11+5reb+6ast, K.Thomas 10+6reb+1ast, J.Ray 10+2reb, I.Papadopoulos 9+2reb, E.Washington 7+4reb+5ast, N.Thoma 4+4reb+2ast
AEK: T.Biggs 13+4reb+1ast, C.Pigram 8+3reb+5ast, T.Thomas 8+4reb+4ast, V.Dasic 8+10reb+2ast, P.Brezec 7+2reb, I.Panteli 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 533317





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  CZECH REPUBLIC  

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Lukas PALYZA
  Prostejov
  (202-F-89)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Palyza, Prostejov19.2 
 2. Bohacik, USK Praha18.2 
 3. Burnett, BK Pardu.17.9 
 4. Lipkins, J.Hradec16.9 
 5. Brooks, J.Hradec16.2 
 6. Jacobs, Prostejov15.7 
 7. Bakic, BK Kolin15.5 
 8. Ware, MMCITE B.15.3 
 9. Pecka, Usti n.15.3 
 10. Allen, CEZ Nymburk15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Deshawn PAINTER
  MMCITE B.
  (205-C-90)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Painter, MMCITE B.11.2 
 2. Kerr, BK Kolin9.9 
 3. Pecka, Usti n.9.2 
 4. Norwa, Prostejov7.3 
 5. Mickelson, Svitavy7.1 
 6. Simpson, MMCITE B.7.0 
 7. Tawiah, J.Hradec6.5 
 8. Tomanec, MMCITE B.6.5 
 9. Skinner, BK Kolin6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Roman MARKO
  Prostejov
  (194-SG-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Marko, Prostejov7.6 
 2. Bannister, Svitavy6.5 
 3. Sirina, BK Opava6.1 
 4. Kouril, BK Opava5.1 
 5. Lawrence, CEZ N.5.0 
 6. Sotnar, Usti n.4.8 
 7. Glover, Usti n.4.8 
 8. Slezak, Svitavy4.6 
 9. Simmons, Prostejov4.5 
 10. Ware, MMCITE B.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin WARE
  MMCITE B.
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ware, MMCITE B.2.5 
 2. Sirina, BK Opava2.4 
 3. Sant-Roos, CEZ N.2.1 
 4. Glover, Usti n.2.1 
 5. Lipkins, J.Hradec2.0 
 6. Marko, Prostejov1.8 
 7. Burnett, BK Pardu.1.8 
 8. Pulpan, BK Pardu.1.7 
 9. Kremen, MMCITE B.1.6 
 10. Autrey, BK Pardu.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Torrence DYCK
  Prostejov
  (196-G/F-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Dyck, Prostejov2.0 
 2. Canty, J.Hradec1.6 
 3. Mickelson, Svitavy1.5 
 4. Simpson, MMCITE B.1.5 
 5. Madsen, USK Praha1.4 
 6. Ibekwe, CEZ N.1.4 
 7. Simpson, CEZ N.1.1 
 8. Ware, MMCITE B.0.9 
 9. Sevlie, NH Ostrava0.8 
 10. Painter, NH Ostrava0.7 


1Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Petr SLECHTA
  Sokol Pisek
  (192-G/F-95)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Slechta, Sokol Pisek24.7 
 2. Svoboda, Nymburk B24.3 
 3. Novak, Olomouc SK22.9 
 4. Peterka, Nymburk B22.8 
 5. Potocek, Pardubice22.6 
 6. Fait, Sokol Pisek20.0 
 7. Streba, USK P.18.9 
 8. Sebela, Sokol S.18.8 
 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. Kvapil, Opava B9.3 
 6. Pelikan, Novy Jicin9.3 
 7. Voslajer, Zlin9.2 
 8. Sebela, Sokol S.8.8 
 9. Streba, USK P.8.8 
 10. Bujnoch, Opava B8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jan SOTNAR
  Slavoj L.
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Sotnar, Slavoj L.8.1 
 2. Klecka, Opava B5.0 
 3. Jakubu, Novy Jicin5.0 
 4. Petric, Pardubice4.9 
 5. Jancik, Havirov4.7 
 6. Pumprla, Zlin4.7 
 7. Kotasek, Nymburk B4.4 
 8. Honomichl, Loko Plzen4.3 
 9. Straznicky, Vysoc.4.0 
 10. Dragoun, Opava B3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jiri DEDEK
  Olomouc .
  (190-SG-95)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Dedek, Olomouc .3.7 
 2. Kozina, Zlin2.8 
 3. Potocek, Pardubice2.4 
 4. Rotrekl, Sokol S.2.3 
 5. Nehoda, Zlin2.3 
 6. Choleva, Olomouc Bbal2.1 
 7. Novak, Olomouc SK2.1 
 8. Pumprla, Zlin2.1 
 9. Branda, Opava B2.0 
 10. Dragoun, Opava B2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Roberts BLUMBERGS
  GBA S.
  (204-F/C-97)
  Avg: 2
 1. Blumbergs, GBA S.2.0 
 2. Englicky, Sokol Pisek1.9 
 3. Kolonicny, Havirov1.7 
 4. Skranc, Pardubice1.7 
 5. Szabo, Prostejov B1.1 
 6. Kozak, GBA Sparta1.1 
 7. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.1 
 8. Goga, Prostejov B1.0 
 9. Kvapil, Opava B0.9 
 10. Vasat, Prostejov B0.9 


1Liga Round 18: #1 Sokol Hradec Kralove is defeated by USK Praha B - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in 1Liga just ended. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (14-4) on the court of sixth ranked USK Praha B on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by USK Praha B 72-66. USK Praha B outrebounded Sokol Hradec Kralove 43-26 including 32 on the defensive glass. Swingman Jan Streba (195-95) had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Lukas Festr (185-94) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. USK Praha B's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was David Sirek (195-91) with 16 points and 4 assists. USK Praha B maintains sixth position in Group A with 8-10 record. Sokol Hradec Kralove at the other side still keeps top place with four games lost.
Important game to mention about took place in Novy Jicin. Fifth ranked Olomouc Bbal (10-8) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 8th ranked Novy Jicin (6-12) 71-69 on Sunday evening. Jiri Dedek (190-95) notched 21 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals to lead the effort and Evgeni Scripcaru supported him with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Even 13 points and 7 rebounds by point guard Daniel Panak (180-95) did not help to save the game for Novy Jicin. Novy Jicin's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Olomouc Bbal moved-up to fourth place in Group B, which they share with Sokol Slapanice. Newly promoted Novy Jicin keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Ostrava.
Very important is a road loss of first ranked SKB Zlin (15-3) against fourth ranked Sokol Slapanice (10-8) on Sunday night. Visiting SKB Zlin was crushed by Sokol Slapanice in Slapnice 80-55. The best player for the winners was Zdenek Sebela who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. Sokol Slapanice's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was Michal Susak who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds. Sokol Slapanice maintains fourth position in Group B with 10-8 record, which they share with Olomouc Bbal. Loser SKB Zlin still keeps top place with three games lost.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked B&W Opava B (12-6) against sixth ranked Pardubice (9-9) on Friday night. Host B&W Opava B was defeated by Pardubice in Opava 81-67. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of B&W Opava B. It was a good game for Josef Potocek who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 5 rebounds. B&W Opava B's coach tested eleven players saving starting five for next games. Pardubice have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position in Group B with 9-9 record. B&W Opava B at the other side keeps the second place with six games lost.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Olomouc SK (12-6) against seventh ranked BK Prostejov B (8-10) on Wednesday night. Host Olomouc SK was defeated by BK Prostejov B in Olomouc 79-65. Frantisek Vana scored 22 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Newly promoted BK Prostejov B maintains seventh position in Group B with 8-10 record. Olomouc SK lost third consecutive game. Olomouc SK at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the second place with six games lost.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 18:
In Group A Loko Plzen lost to Nymburk B on the opponent's court 60-74. Slavoj Litom. managed to outperform GBA Sparta in a home game 87-80. Sokol Pisek rolled over Sokol Prazky on the road 77-54. Basket Kosice defeated Vysocina on its own court 78-69.
In Group B Havirov was beaten by Ostrava in a road game 72-57.

Group Group A
Nymburk B - Loko Plzen 74-60

Rather expected game when 5th ranked BK Loko Plzen (9-9) was defeated on the road by third ranked Nymburk B (12-6) 74-60 on Sunday. Nymburk B forced 24 BK Loko Plzen turnovers. Forward Matej Svoboda (200-96) scored 28 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Lukas Stegbauer (197-95) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Nymburk B players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Ondrej Fleischhans (189-97) with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Martin David (195-97) scored 8 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Nymburk B maintains third position in Group A with 12-6 record having just three points less than leader Zlin. Loser BK Loko Plzen keeps the fifth place with nine games lost.
Top scorers:
Loko Plzen: O.Fleischhans 13+6reb+4ast, S.Partyngl 11+4reb, M.Volf 8+2reb+1ast, M.David 8+5reb+2ast, J.Suchy 7+4reb, J.Kovanda 6+1reb+2ast
Nymburk B: M.Svoboda 28+6reb+1ast, L.Kovarik 12+4reb+1ast, L.Stegbauer 11+6reb+2ast, M.Kolar 10+6reb+2ast, T.Dlugos 5+4reb+5ast, E.Kotasek 2+2reb+6ast
gschID: 483422


Slavoj Litom. - GBA Sparta 87-80

Very predictable result when second ranked Slavoj BK Litomerice (13-5) defeated at home 9th ranked GBA Sparta (5-13) 87-80 on Sunday. They outrebounded GBA Sparta 38-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. Slavoj BK Litomerice looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. GBA Sparta was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Center Martin Klimes (203-83, college: Vermont) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Bosnian forward Admir Alic (197-84) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Slavoj BK Litomerice's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was Latvian power forward Roberts Blumbergs (204-97) with 32 points and 7 rebounds and Slovakian forward Matej Drgon (202-98) scored 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Slavoj BK Litomerice maintains second position in Group A with 13-5 record having just two points less than leader Zlin. GBA Sparta lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
GBA Sparta: R.Blumbergs 32+7reb, M.Drgon 18+7reb+4ast, M.Welsch 15+3ast, K.Majchrzak 9+2reb+2ast, M.Zeliznak 5+3reb+1ast, I.Niemtsu 1+3reb
Slavoj Litom.: M.Klimes 20+5reb, F.Kroutil 16+3reb+2ast, A.Alic 16+5reb+4ast, A.Novak 12+4reb+1ast, M.Slunecko 9+4reb+6ast, J.Karlovsky 6+5reb
gschID: 483425


Sokol Prazky - Sokol Pisek 54-77

There was an upset in Praha where higher ranked Sokol Prazky (10-8) was rolled over by eighth ranked Sokol Pisek (8-11) 77-54 on Sunday. Sokol Pisek forced 21 Sokol Prazky turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sokol Pisek made 8 blocks. Center Dalibor Fait (203-93) scored 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Petr Slechta (192-95) chipped in 18 points, 5 assists and 4 steals during the contest. The best for the losing side was power forward Jakub Tomas (200-80) with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds and center Jan Stepanek (190-83) scored 13 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Sokol Pisek have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place in Group A, which they share with Basket Kosice. Loser Sokol Prazky keeps the fourth position with eight games lost.
Top scorers:
Sokol Prazky: J.Stepanek 13+4reb+1ast, J.Tomas 11+14reb, J.Sop 7+4reb+2ast, T.Gavenda 4+5reb+4ast, T.Bruha 4+4reb+1ast, F.Cenek 4+1reb+3ast
Sokol Pisek: D.Fait 22+5reb+4ast, P.Slechta 18+2reb+5ast, P.Englicky 11+11reb+1ast, R.Duda 9+1reb+2ast, M.Voldan 7+1ast, S.Bele 3+6reb+2ast
gschID: 483426


USK Praha B - Sokol H.K. 72-66

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (14-4) on the court of sixth ranked USK Praha B on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by USK Praha B 72-66. USK Praha B outrebounded Sokol Hradec Kralove 43-26 including 32 on the defensive glass. Swingman Jan Streba (195-95) had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Lukas Festr (185-94) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. USK Praha B's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was David Sirek (195-91) with 16 points and 4 assists and power forward Tomas Kirsbaum (205-82) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. USK Praha B maintains sixth position in Group A with 8-10 record. Sokol Hradec Kralove at the other side still keeps top place with four games lost.
Top scorers:
Sokol H.K.: D.Sirek 16+4reb+4ast, T.Kirsbaum 14+5reb, L.Svandrlik 12+5reb, M.Honzak 10+3reb+2ast, P.Andres 5+2reb, S.Faifr 5+3reb
USK Praha B: J.Streba 15+12reb+3ast, L.Festr 14+5reb+4ast, M.Hajek 13+3reb, P.Grunt 13+8reb+1ast, J.Tuma 8+2reb+2ast, F.Petruzela 4+2reb
gschID: 483424


Basket Kosice - Vysocina 78-69

Everything went according to plan when eighth ranked Basket Kosice (8-11) beat at home 10th ranked Vysocina (4-14) 78-69 on Friday. Forward Jan Kratochvil (199-82) had a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Dominik Adasek (190-92) chipped in 12 points and 5 assists during the contest. Basket Kosice's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was forward Jiri Bubak (194-84) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and Martin Novak (199-93) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Vysocina players scored in double figures. Basket Kosice moved-up to seventh place in Group A, which they share with Sokol Pisek. Loser Vysocina keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Vysocina: J.Bubak 17+12reb+2ast, M.Novak 17+6reb, M.Krajcigr 15+2reb+2ast, O.Manak 11+5reb+1ast, T.Siroky 4+6reb+3ast, P.Knetl 2+1reb
Basket Kosice: J.Kratochvil 25+11reb+5ast, D.Adasek 12+3reb+5ast, J.Bohm 11+7reb, J.Nekolny 8+3reb, D.Hlavacek 8+4reb+1ast, M.Burian 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 483423


Group Group B
Ostrava - Havirov 72-57

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Havirov's (2-16) road loss to ninth ranked Ostrava (6-12) 57-72 on Sunday. Ostrava looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Guard Lukas Bukovjan (185-98) scored 22 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Richard Marek (203-78) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was center Jan Kolonicny (208-93) with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and Daniel Klimek (190-96) scored 12 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Ostrava moved-up to eighth place in Group B, which they share with Novy Jicin. Loser Havirov keeps the tenth position with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Havirov: J.Kolonicny 16+10reb+4ast, D.Klimek 12+3reb+4ast, J.Leczo 11+6reb, J. Hubacek 9+1reb+2ast, A.Urbanek 5+1ast, J.Landor 2+3reb+2ast
Ostrava: L.Bukovjan 22+1reb+6ast, R.Marek 10+6reb, O.Siko 10+1reb, J.Lycka 8+3reb+5ast, J.Ricka 7+7ast, J.Stepanek 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 483497


Sokol Slapanice - Zlin 80-55

Very important is a road loss of first ranked SKB Zlin (15-3) against fourth ranked Sokol Slapanice (10-8) on Sunday night. Visiting SKB Zlin was crushed by Sokol Slapanice in Slapnice 80-55. Sokol Slapanice looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by SKB Zlin's players. The best player for the winners was forward Zdenek Sebela (192-87) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Martin Muller (194-94) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Sokol Slapanice's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Michal Susak (203-77) who recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds and center Tomas Voslajer (211-90) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Sokol Slapanice maintains fourth position in Group B with 10-8 record, which they share with Olomouc Bbal. Loser SKB Zlin still keeps top place with three games lost.
Top scorers:
Zlin: T.Voslajer 14+9reb, M.Susak 12+13reb+1ast, D.Zumer 12+2reb, R.Stencl 6+6reb, R.Derda 5+4reb, J.Krutilek 4+9reb+4ast
Sokol Slapanice: R.Hlavacek 15+3reb, Z.Sebela 14+14reb+2ast, M.Muller 13+5reb+8ast, P.Milcak 10+4reb, I.Pavlicik 9+4reb+2ast, J.Rotrekl 8+10reb+1ast
gschID: 483498


Novy Jicin - Olomouc Bbal 69-71

Important game to mention about took place in Novy Jicin. Fifth ranked Olomouc Bbal (10-8) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 8th ranked Novy Jicin (6-12) 71-69 on Sunday evening. Olomouc Bbal forced 24 Novy Jicin turnovers. Jiri Dedek (190-95) notched 21 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals to lead the effort and Moldovan forward Evgeni Scripcaru (195-83) supported him with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Four Olomouc Bbal players scored in double figures. Even 13 points and 7 rebounds by point guard Daniel Panak (180-95) did not help to save the game for Novy Jicin. Slovakian center Ondrej Soska (208-78) added 14 points and 5 rebounds. Novy Jicin's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Olomouc Bbal moved-up to fourth place in Group B, which they share with Sokol Slapanice. Newly promoted Novy Jicin keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Ostrava.
Top scorers:
Novy Jicin: O.Soska 14+5reb+2ast, D.Panak 13+7reb+2ast, R.Medek 11+3reb+2ast, T.Janik 9+6reb+1ast, J.Kelar 7+6reb+2ast, L.Pindroch 7+5reb+1ast
Olomouc Bbal: J.Dedek 21+5reb+6ast, E.Scripcaru 14+8reb+1ast, A.Choleva 10+6reb+2ast, R.Jurka 10+4reb+4ast, V.Smerda 8+3reb+1ast, F.Pekarek 3+4reb
gschID: 535991


Opava B - Pardubice 67-81

Very important is a home loss of second ranked B&W Opava B (12-6) against sixth ranked Pardubice (9-9) on Friday night. Host B&W Opava B was defeated by Pardubice in Opava 81-67. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of B&W Opava B. Pardubice forced 24 B&W Opava B turnovers. It was a good game for forward Josef Potocek (196-96) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Center Martin Roub (206-97) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Pardubice players scored in double figures. Center Miroslav Kvapil (202-93) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and power forward Jiri Dihel (198-87) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for B&W Opava B. B&W Opava B's coach tested eleven players saving starting five for next games. Pardubice have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position in Group B with 9-9 record. B&W Opava B at the other side keeps the second place with six games lost.
Top scorers:
Opava B: M.Kvapil 22+11reb+1ast, J.Dihel 13+4reb+4ast, P.Martikan 7+4reb+2ast, J. Kavan 7+3reb, O.Kukla 6+2reb, D.Janos 3+2reb+1ast
Pardubice: J.Potocek 18+5reb+1ast, M.Roub 16+7reb, V.Nalevanko 16+2reb+4ast, S.Picka 12+4reb, K.Formanek 8+8reb+2ast, L.Vratko 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 483496


Olomouc SK - Prostejov B 65-79

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Olomouc SK (12-6) against seventh ranked BK Prostejov B (8-10) on Wednesday night. Host Olomouc SK was defeated by BK Prostejov B in Olomouc 79-65. BK Prostejov B dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Olomouc SK's 34. BK Prostejov B forced 22 Olomouc SK turnovers. Swingman Frantisek Vana (192-98) scored 22 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Adam Goga (196-97) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four BK Prostejov B players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Pavel Novak (199-83) with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 19 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals and forward Martin Vanak (198-87) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Newly promoted BK Prostejov B maintains seventh position in Group B with 8-10 record. Olomouc SK lost third consecutive game. Olomouc SK at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the second place with six games lost.
Top scorers:
Olomouc SK: P.Novak 26+19reb+5ast, R.Hein 12+3reb+1ast, M.Vanak 10+5reb+2ast, K.Sin 4+1reb, P.Langstein 4+2reb, J.Krhovsky 3+2reb
Prostejov B: F.Vana 22+6reb+1ast, A.Goga 12+5reb+3ast, M.Sehnal 11+1reb+7ast, J.Hlobil 11+6reb+1ast, V.Vasat 8+11reb, V.Ruzek 4+5reb
gschID: 535842





Czech Republic NBL round 1 (Second Stage) best performance: Tomas Pomikalek - by Eurobasket News

Former international Forward Tomas Pomikalek (200-F-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for BK Decin, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1 (Second Stage).
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds, while his team edged out BK Opava (#5, 12-11) 112-109. BK Decin maintains the 3rd position in Czech Republic NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. BK Decin will need more victories to improve their 16-8 record. In the team's last game Pomikalek had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Ladislav Pecka (197-F-91) of Usti n/Labem. Pecka had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Usti n/Labem lost that game 61-75 to Svitavy (8-15). The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Pecka is one of the most experienced players at Usti n/Labem and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.3ppg (#8). He also registered 9.2 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Kevin Mays (193-F-92) of NH Ostrava (#12). Mays scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of NH Ostrava, leading his team to a 101-83 easy win against J.Hradec (7-16). The chances of NH Ostrava not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 16 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Mays could try to bring NH Ostrava's a little bit higher in the standings. Mays has a very solid season. In 9 games in Czech Republic he scored 7.1ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Petr Bohacik (205-F-85) of NH Ostrava - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Lukas Bazant (198-F-89) of BK Decin - 23 points and 3 rebounds
6. Malcolm Brooks (196-G-92) of J.Hradec - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Garret Kerr (194-F-92) of BK Kolin - 14 points and 13 rebounds
8. Deshawn Painter (205-C-90) of NH Ostrava - 17 points and 7 rebounds
9. Hunter Mickelson (208-F-92) of Svitavy - 22 points and 10 rebounds
10. Pavel Houska (203-F/C-84) of BK Decin - 26 points and 5 rebounds

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



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Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Devaughn AKOON-PURCELL
  Bakken
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Akoon-P., Bakken21.3 
 2. Bello, Randers19.0 
 3. Burgess, Randers18.6 
 4. Mack, Horsens IC17.5 
 5. Haas, SISU17.5 
 6. McGrew, SI.16.9 
 7. Nielsen, Randers16.9 
 8. Dominique, Horsholm16.5 
 9. Sandager, Stevn.16.4 
 10. Dranginis, SISU16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanner MCGREW
  SI.
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. McGrew, SI.10.7 
 2. Sane, Naestved9.7 
 3. Champagnie, Stevn.8.8 
 4. Smith, Horsholm8.7 
 5. NaNa, Svendborg7.6 
 6. Baru, SISU7.4 
 7. Moten, Svendborg7.2 
 8. Midtgaard, Horsh.6.8 
 9. Trist, Horsens IC6.7 
 10. Artino, Horsens IC6.6 
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. Lundberg, Horse.3.9 
 6. Lanegger, Naestved3.9 
 7. Mack, Horsens IC3.7 
 8. Nielsen, Randers3.7 
 9. McGrew, SI.3.6 
 10. Porta, Svendborg3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Myles MACK
  Horsens IC
  (175-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Mack, Horsens IC2.5 
 2. Bello, Randers2.2 
 3. Burgess, Randers2.0 
 4. Akoon-P., Bakken2.0 
 5. Borovcanin, Horse.1.9 
 6. Gesell, Bakken1.9 
 7. Nielsen, Horsholm1.8 
 8. Smith, Horsholm1.8 
 9. Adjehi, SISU1.7 
 10. Mitchell, Naestved1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jyles SMITH
  Horsholm
  (209-PF-92)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Smith, Horsholm1.3 
 2. Sane, Naestved1.2 
 3. Aboubakar Za., Svendbor.1.1 
 4. Diouf, Bakken1.1 
 5. Colas, Randers1.0 
 6. Baru, SISU1.0 
 7. Adjehi, SISU1.0 
 8. Christoffers., Bak.0.9 
 9. Moten, Svendborg0.9 
 10. Dranginis, SISU0.9 


Ligaen Round 23: Horsens IC beat Naestved in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Horsens. First ranked Horsens IC faced 3rd placed Naestved. Host Horsens IC (19-2) defeated guests from Naestved (11-10) 96-85. The game was mostly controlled by Horsens IC. Naestved managed to win fourth quarter 27-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Horsens IC dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Naestved's 32. The best player for the winners was American power forward Will Artino (211-92, college: Creighton) who scored 25 points. International guard Gabriel Lundberg (193-94) chipped in 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Horsens IC's coach Arnel Dedic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Deon Mitchell (186-93, college: N.Iowa) produced 23 points and 4 assists for the guests. Horsens IC have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 19-2 record. Naestved at the other side keeps the third position with ten games lost. Horsens IC will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Naestved will play at home against the league's second-placed Bakken and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was between seventh ranked SISU and 4th placed Svendborg where SISU (9-13) rolled over Svendborg (11-11) on the road with 26-point difference 94-68. American Kyle Dranginis (195-92, college: Gonzaga) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points and 7 rebounds. Tanner McGrew contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Nigerien center Amadou Aboubakar Zaki (214-88) answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Svendborg. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. SISU moved-up to sixth place. Svendborg lost their third game in a row. They keep the fourth position with 11 games lost. SISU will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Svendborg will play at home against the league's second-placed Bakken (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Stevnsgade (0-20) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 90-81 loss to second ranked Bakken (15-3) in Aarhus on Sunday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. It was a great evening for Thomas Laerke who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Bakken's coach Jakob Freil allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Davie Champagnie responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds. Bakken maintains second place with 15-3 record having seven points less than leader Horsens IC. Stevnsgade lost their twentieth game in a row. They still close the standings. Bakken will meet Svendborg (#4) on the road in the next round. Stevnsgade will play against Randers (#7) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 23 Randers were defeated by Horsholm in a road game 83-66.

Bakken - Stevnsgade 90-81

Bottom-ranked Stevnsgade (0-20) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 90-81 loss to second ranked Bakken (15-3) in Aarhus on Sunday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 50-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Bakken dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Stevnsgade's 38. Bakken forced 19 Stevnsgade turnovers and outrebounded them 42-29 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for the former international swingman Thomas Laerke (195-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. American guard Eric Palm (188-87, college: McKendree) helped adding 20 points and 8 assists. Five Bakken players scored in double figures. Bakken's coach Jakob Freil allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Davie Champagnie (206-90, college: Martin Methodist) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds and forward Filip Rajovic (190-97) scored 24 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Bakken maintains second place with 15-3 record having seven points less than leader Horsens IC. Stevnsgade lost their twentieth game in a row. They still close the standings. Bakken will meet Svendborg (#4) on the road in the next round. Stevnsgade will play against Randers (#7) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Bakken: E.Palm 20+2reb+8ast, T.Laerke 15+10reb+7ast, D.Akoon-Purcell 14+8reb+3ast, K.Kitsing 12+3reb, K.Thomann 12+5reb+1ast, M.Sahlertz 11+5reb
Stevnsgade: F.Rajovic 24+2reb+4ast, D.Champagnie 18+16reb+3ast, J.Sandager 17+2reb+2ast, H.Nielsen 9+2reb+2ast, J.Visaq 7+4reb+3ast, B.Vukicevic 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 489093


Horsens IC - Naestved 96-85

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Horsens. First ranked Horsens IC faced 3rd placed Naestved. Host Horsens IC (19-2) defeated guests from Naestved (11-10) 96-85. The game was mostly controlled by Horsens IC. Naestved managed to win fourth quarter 27-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Horsens IC dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Naestved's 32. The best player for the winners was American power forward Will Artino (211-92, college: Creighton) who scored 25 points. International guard Gabriel Lundberg (193-94) chipped in 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Horsens IC players scored in double figures. Horsens IC's coach Arnel Dedic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Deon Mitchell (186-93, college: N.Iowa) produced 23 points and 4 assists and Guamanian-American guard Earnest Ross (196-91, college: Missouri) added 20 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) respectively for the guests. Horsens IC have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 19-2 record. Naestved at the other side keeps the third position with ten games lost. Horsens IC will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Naestved will play at home against the league's second-placed Bakken and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Horsens IC: W.Artino 25+3reb+2ast, G.Lundberg 18+7reb+4ast, L.Alexander 15+6reb+4ast, F.Rungby 12+4reb+3ast, V.Borovcanin 9+3reb+2ast, O.Jorgensen 6+2ast
Naestved: D.Mitchell 23+3reb+4ast, E.Ross 20+5reb, P.Onwenu 10+8reb, D.Daly 8+1ast, M.Adekponya 7, M.Christensen 6
gschID: 489092


Svendborg - SISU 68-94

Another exciting game was between seventh ranked SISU and 4th placed Svendborg where SISU (9-13) rolled over Svendborg (11-11) on the road with 26-point difference 94-68. The game without a history. SISU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American Kyle Dranginis (195-92, college: Gonzaga) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Tanner McGrew (203-93, college: W.Virg.Wesl., agency: Duran International) contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four SISU players scored in double figures. Nigerien center Amadou Aboubakar Zaki (214-88) answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds and international swingman Alexander Bak (193-91, agency: Dynamics Global Management) added 10 points and 4 assists in the effort for Svendborg. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. SISU moved-up to sixth place. Svendborg lost their third game in a row. They keep the fourth position with 11 games lost. SISU will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Svendborg will play at home against the league's second-placed Bakken (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SISU: K.Dranginis 29+7reb+3ast, D.Wilson 12+3reb+1ast, A.Haas 12+2reb+4ast, T.McGrew 11+8reb+1ast, A.Baru 8+7reb+1ast, A.Hjorth 8+4reb
Svendborg: A.Aboubakar Zaki 18+9reb+1ast, C.Jones 11+3reb+1ast, A.Bak 10+4reb+4ast, M.Seilund 9+5reb+2ast, C.Magaard 8, A.Porta 3+1ast
gschID: 489090


Horsholm - Randers 83-66

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Randers' (9-14) road loss to fifth ranked Horsholm (10-11) 66-83 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Horsholm. Randers managed to win fourth quarter 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Randers 47-34 including 32 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for forward Andreas Meilby (198-92) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points. The former international point guard Mikael Nielsen (180-90) helped adding 14 points and 6 assists. Four Horsholm players scored in double figures. Nigerian-American guard Deuce Bello (193-92, college: E.Tenn.St.) responded with 26 points and 6 rebounds and American power forward Bonell Colas (207-82, college: Florida) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Horsholm maintains fifth place with 10-11 record. Loser Randers dropped to the seventh position with 14 games lost. Horsholm will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Randers will play against Stevnsgade (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Horsholm: A.Meilby 22+4reb, M.Nielsen 14+4reb+6ast, M.Dominique 11+9reb, J.Smith 11+11reb, D.Harder 11+4reb+3ast, F.Nielsen 9+4reb+6ast
Randers: D.Bello 26+6reb, B.Colas 13+8reb+1ast, E.Kibi 11+5reb+1ast, S.Carter 6+4reb+1ast, M.Mouboe 3+1reb, C.Jorgensen 3+1reb
gschID: 489091





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  D-LEAGUE  

Standings

D-League Standings
Atlantic Division
 1. Maine RC 22-13 
 2. Delaware 87ers 17-16 
 3. Westchester K. 14-19 
 4. Long Island N. 13-23 
 5. Greensboro S. 12-23 
 6. Erie Bay H. 11-23 
Central Division
 1. Raptors 905 24-9 
 2. Ft.Wayne MA 19-12 
 3. Grand Rapids D. 19-17 
 4. Canton C. 18-15 
 5. Windy City B. 14-17 
Pacific Division
 1. Los Angeles D. 27-8 
 2. Santa Cruz W. 18-15 
 3. N.Arizona S. 15-17 
 4. Reno B. 12-22 
 5. Salt Lake City S. 11-22 
Southwest Division
 1. Oklahoma City B 25-11 
 2. Sioux Falls S. 22-13 
 3. Rio Grande VV 20-14 
 4. Texas L. 15-17 
 5. Austin S. 15-19 
 6. Iowa E. 8-26 

Regular Season: Round 83

Feb. 13: Long Island N. - N.Arizona S. 108-119
Feb. 13: Iowa E. - Reno B. 100-104

Regular Season: Round 84

Feb. 14: Delaware 87ers - Maine RC
Feb. 14: Greensboro S. - N.Arizona S.
Feb. 14: Ft.Wayne MA - Canton C.
Feb. 14: Sioux Falls S. - Iowa E.
Feb. 14: Raptors 905 - Westchester K.
Feb. 14: Oklahoma City B - Santa Cruz W.
Feb. 14: Rio Grande VV - Texas L.


Last-Second Dagger Caps off D-Fenders Rally against Austin - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles D-Fenders (27-8) used a Vander Blue (6'5''-SG-92, college: Marquette) 27-foot three-pointer with two seconds remaining to knock off the Austin Spurs (15-19) on Sunday at the Toyota Sports Center, 121-118. The shot capped off a 19-point comeback for Los Angeles on a day in which the home team trailed for all but 100 seconds. Prior to Blue's hopeful heave, the D-Fenders had only led after the game's opening basket. While Blue may have been the hero of the day, it was first-time all-star pick Josh Magette (6'1''-G-89, college: Al.-Huntsville) that paced the D-Fenders offense, finishing the game with 26 points, a career-high 11 rebounds and seven assists. Rookie Julian Jacobs had his top performance of the year with a career-high 25 points. Meanwhile, Justin Harper (6'10''-F-89, college: Richmond) totaled 24 points, three rebounds and three assists while going 10-of-12 from the charity stripe, the top mark of his career. Blue finished with 16 points, five rebounds and four assists. Patricio Garino (6'6''-G/F-93, college: G.Washington) led the Spurs with 19 points. Meanwhile, forward Hollis Thompson (6'8''-SF-91, college: Georgetown) neared a double-double with 16 points and nine rebounds, and guard Jeff Ledbetter (6'3''-G-88, college: Idaho) also contributed 16 points. Austin enjoyed its best three-point showing of the season to build up the 19-point advantage at the 9:21 mark of the second quarter. In the first half, the Spurs connected on 10-of-15 (.667) three-point attempts, compared to a dismal 1-of-11 (.091) mark from the D-Fenders. By the day's end, the Spurs had knocked down a season-best 17-of-26 attempts from long range. But Los Angeles was able to cut the deficit in the game's closing moments, most notably by putting together a 15-3 spurt in the final six minutes that tied the contest at 111. Magette combined for eight points in that span, before adding more heroics in the final minute. As the D-Fenders once again trailed by three with 31.9 seconds to play, the point guard converted on a trio of free throw attempts to tie the game for the final time after drawing a foul on the perimeter. It was Magette's clutch conversions from the charity stripe that set up the eventual go-ahead bucket from Blue. Los Angeles will now have a 10-day break due to the upcoming all-star weekend. The D-Fenders will next be in action against the Texas Legends on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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  ECBL  

ECBL Standings

ECBL Standings
Exhibition Team
 1. Carolina Showtime 0-1 
North-East
 1. Carolina Thunder 1-0 
 2. High Point H. 0-0 
 3. Lumberton S. 0-0 
 4. Winston-Salem C. 0-0 
North-West
 1. Carolina K. 0-0 
 2. Hampton RW 0-0 
 3. N.Carolina C. 0-0 
 4. Petersburg C. 0-0 
South-East
 1. Florence Wildcats 1-0 
 2. Carolina C. 0-0 
 3. Savannah S. 0-0 
 4. Augusta E. 0-1 
South-West
 1. SC Upstate R. 1-0 
 2. Charlotte GB 0-0 
 3. PT Players 0-0 
 4. S.Carolina AS 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 3

Mar. 4: Charlotte GB - S.Carolina AS
Mar. 4: SC Upstate R. - PT Players
Mar. 4: Petersburg C. - Winston-Salem C.
Mar. 4: N.Carolina C. - Hampton RW
Mar. 5: Carolina Thunder - Lumberton S.
Mar. 5: Carolina K. - Hampton RW



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  ESTONIA  


TLU/Kalev tabs Stefan Knezevic, ex Jedinstvo - by Janar

Tallinna Ulikool/Kalev (Alexela KML) inked 28-year old Montenegrin center Stefan Knezevic (204-89). He started the season at Jedinstvo in Montenegrin Erste Liga. Knezevic has played there for the last three years. In 14 Erste Liga games he recorded 12.6ppg and 7.2rpg this season. The last season he played also at Jedinstvo (also in Erste Liga) where in 22 games he averaged 3.9ppg and 3.2rpg.
Knezevic has played previously professionally also in Bosnia (Leotar) and Montenegro (KK ABS Primorje 1945 Herceg Novi and KK Centar Bijelo Polje).
TLU/Kalev is currently on 6th position in Estonian KML but the recent form of the team is promising and the team will definitely keep fighting for medals.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Estonia



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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 De''Andre UPCHURCH
  HyPo
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 36.4
 1. Upchurch, HyPo36.4 
 2. Bratton, Namika Lr30.1 
 3. Moultrie, PuHu J.28.3 
 4. Rasi, Raholan Pyrkiva24.3 
 5. Maxhuni, HBA-M.24.3 
 6. Heinonen, Munkkini.23.9 
 7. Cartharn, Espoo B.23.5 
 8. Vinson, Pyrinto II23.5 
 9. Daniels, PeU-Basket23.1 
 10. Jones, Oulun N.22.9 
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.12.7 
 5. Harris, Ura Basket12.2 
 6. Towa, Jarvenpaa11.5 
 7. Flemings, FoKoPo11.4 
 8. Stahl, Oulun N.11.2 
 9. Knihtinen, Korikouvot11.1 
 10. Blomqvist, HyPo10.7 
Assists Per Game
 Janne KINNUNEN
  Karkkila
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Kinnunen, Karkkila6.9 
 2. Kantonen, Korik.5.5 
 3. Salonen, Porvoon .5.4 
 4. Upchurch, HyPo5.0 
 5. Innamaa, TuNM.4.9 
 6. Ivey, Espoo United4.9 
 7. Ikavalko, Lahti4.4 
 8. Kilpinen, Pyrin.4.2 
 9. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.4.1 
 10. Latvala, Ura Basket4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Darian CARTHARN
  Espoo B.
  (183-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Cartharn, Espoo B.2.7 
 2. Bratton, Namika Lr2.7 
 3. Upchurch, HyPo2.6 
 4. Gouch, Espoo Basket2.6 
 5. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.3 
 6. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.2.2 
 7. Ceesay, Espoo B.2.2 
 8. Moore, ToPo2.2 
 9. Heinonen, Munkkini.2.2 
 10. Blomqvist, HyPo2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.0 
 2. Reed, FoKoPo1.6 
 3. Ekimov, JyWe1.5 
 4. Rainamaa, PuHu J.1.4 
 5. Fields, Lahti1.4 
 6. Sandberg, TuNM.1.3 
 7. Harvey, Oulun N.1.3 
 8. Polla, HBA-Marsky1.2 
 9. Harris, Ura Basket1.1 
 10. Jallow, Jarvenpaa1.0 


1st Division Round 18: Jyvaskyla BA beat Espoo United by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

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

The most exciting game of round 18 in the 1st Division took place in Jyvaskyla. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-best Espoo United (15-6) to fifth ranked Jyvaskyla BA (11-9) 83-82 on Sunday evening. Espoo United trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 18 after three quarters before a 40-23 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 82-83 at the end of the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Espoo United helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Bahamas forward Winslo Barry (208-90, college: Incarnate Word) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Ville Lehtonen (185-95) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Jyvaskyla BA's coach Juuso Konttinen used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Omar Calhoun (198-93, college: Connecticut) replied with 29 points and 7 rebounds for Espoo United. Jyvaskyla BA moved-up to fourth place in Division. Espoo United at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the second position with six games lost. Jyvaskyla BA are looking forward to face Forssan Koripojat (#7) at home in the next round. Espoo United will play against Porvoon Tarmo (#6) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Jarvenpaa. Sixth ranked Porvoon Tarmo (10-11) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 8th ranked Jarvenpaa (7-14) 86-83 on Sunday evening. American forward Levi Giese (206-90, college: Lafayette) had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Cameron Clark chipped in 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward HL Coleman (202-74, college: Wyoming) with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 14 rebounds. Porvoon Tarmo maintains sixth position in Division with 10-11 record. Jarvenpaa at the other side keeps the eighth place with 14 games lost. Porvoon Tarmo will play against league's second-placed Espoo United on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Jarvenpaa will play against ToPo (#3) in Helsinki and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game for PuHu Juniorit (16-4) which played road game in Espoo against 4th ranked Espoo Basket (13-8). Second ranked PuHu Juniorit had an easy win 95-80. Sakari Salminen notched 30 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 24 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) by Justice Graham did not help to save the game for Espoo Basket. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. PuHu Juniorit maintains second position in Division with 16-4 record behind leader TuNMKY. Loser Espoo Basket dropped to the fifth place with eight games lost. PuHu Juniorit will meet Karkkila (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Espoo Basket will play against PeU-Basket (#9) and hope to secure a win.
1st Division top team - Lahti (18-4) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked Oulun NMKY (11-10) 79-64. The best player for the winners was Rashad Smith who scored 27 points and 9 rebounds. Lahti's coach Arttu Mannelin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Lahti maintains first position in Division with 18-4 record. Oulun NMKY at the other side keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
1st Division top team - TuNMKY (17-4) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Karkkila (6-14) in Turun 108-69. It was a good game for Eero Innamaa who led his team to a victory with 28 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. TuNMKY's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. TuNMKY maintains first position in Division with 17-4 record. Loser Karkkila keeps the tenth place with 14 games lost. TuNMKY will face JyWe (#12) in Jyvaskyla in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Karkkila will play at home against the league's second-placed PuHu Juniorit and hope to win that game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 18:
In Division ToPo beat FoKoPo on the road 87-77. Porvoon Tarmo won against Oulun NMKY on its own court 70-63. Jyvaskyla BA unfortunately lost to HBA-Marsky in Helsinki 51-67. HBA-Marsky recorded a loss to Pyrinto II at home 77-85. HNMKY U23 was defeated by PuHu Juniorit on the opponent's court 79-69. Korikouvot beat Espoo Basket in a home game 89-74. JyWe lost to Namika Lr on the road 72-85. HyPo outscored Raholan Pyrkiva on its own court 100-80. Munkkiniemen recorded a loss to Ura Basket in Kaarina 70-88. HNMKY U23 was crushed by TuNMKY at home 70-91. Munkkiniemen was beaten by Raholan Pyrkiva on the opponent's court 85-76. JyWe lost to HyPo in a home game 83-90. Namika Lr managed to outperform Karkkila on the road 101-92. PeU-Basket managed to beat Korikouvot on its own court 88-81.
The most impressive performance of 18th round was 25 points and 12 rebounds by Jerrah Young of Pyrinto II.

Division A
Lahti - Oulun NMKY 79-64

1st Division top team - Lahti (18-4) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked Oulun NMKY (11-10) 79-64. The game was mostly controlled by Lahti. Oulun NMKY was better in second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lahti dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Oulun NMKY's 30. Lahti forced 19 Oulun NMKY turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Rashad Smith (201-93, college: Tulsa, agency: Diamond Sports) who scored 27 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Aleksanteri Ahola (185-95) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Lahti's coach Arttu Mannelin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Zach Stahl (196, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Demondre Harvey (201-93, college: La-Monroe) added 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Four Oulun NMKY players scored in double figures. Lahti maintains first position in Division with 18-4 record. Oulun NMKY at the other side keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Lahti: R.Smith 27+9reb, M.Jamsa 14+1reb+2ast, A.Ahola 13+6reb+3ast, J.Fields 6+5reb+2ast, V.Karvonen 6+5reb, O.Aalto 5+2reb+1ast
Oulun NMKY: Z.Stahl 19+16reb+2ast, D.Harvey 14+10reb+1ast, O.Virolainen 14+2reb+3ast, V.Makalainen 13+2reb+2ast, K.Clement 4+4reb+3ast, V.Taskinen 0+3reb
gschID: 487705


FoKoPo - ToPo 77-87

No shocking result in a game when third ranked ToPo (13-8) beat on the road 7th ranked Forssan Koripojat (8-13) 87-77 on Sunday. Forssan Koripojat was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 27-16 charge of ToPo, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for guard Emil Djeen (183-94, college: High School) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 9 rebounds. American swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) contributed with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four ToPo players scored in double figures. American swingman Roderick Flemings (203-87, college: Hawaii) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 16 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Bruce Reed (202-90, college: Pikeville) added 15 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Forssan Koripojat. Newly promoted ToPo maintains third position in Division with 13-8 record having four points less than leader TuNMKY. Loser Forssan Koripojat keeps the seventh place with 13 games lost. ToPo will face Jarvenpaa (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Forssan Koripojat will play against Jyvaskyla BA and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
ToPo: E.Djeen 22+9reb+3ast, J.Kauppinen 18+1reb+2ast, C.Latimer 16+4reb+3ast, N.Moore 11+8reb+4ast, I.Pehkonen 6+1reb+5ast, R.Marttinen 6+4reb
FoKoPo: R.Flemings 23+16reb+3ast, T.Sulonen 21+1reb+2ast, B.Reed 15+15reb+5ast, J.Henttonen 9+4reb, S.Bowden 7+3reb+5ast, J.Kotavuo 2+3reb
gschID: 487703


Jarvenpaa - Porvoon Tarmo 83-86

Important game to mention about took place in Jarvenpaa. Sixth ranked Porvoon Tarmo (10-11) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 8th ranked Jarvenpaa (7-14) 86-83 on Sunday evening. The guests were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 24-20 run, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Levi Giese (206-90, college: Lafayette) had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Cameron Clark (190-93, college: Southwestern, KS) chipped in 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Giese is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Porvoon Tarmo players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward HL Coleman (202-74, college: Wyoming) with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 14 rebounds and Cameroonian forward Arsene Towa (191-81) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Porvoon Tarmo maintains sixth position in Division with 10-11 record. Jarvenpaa at the other side keeps the eighth place with 14 games lost. Porvoon Tarmo will play against league's second-placed Espoo United on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Jarvenpaa will play against ToPo (#3) in Helsinki and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Porvoon Tarmo: L.Giese 27+10reb+2ast, E.Salonen 20+3reb+4ast, B.Cardarelli 18+8reb+1ast, C.Clark 17+6reb+5ast, D.Lindqvist 2+1reb+1ast, A.Haikonen 2+4reb+1ast
Jarvenpaa: H.Coleman 31+14reb+2ast, J.Pehkonen 19+3reb+2ast, A.Towa 14+10reb+6ast, J.Mantyla 8+4reb+4ast, L.Tarjanne 7+1reb+7ast, J.Jousisto 2+5reb+3ast
gschID: 487704


Jyvaskyla BA - Espoo United 83-82

The most exciting game of round 18 in the 1st Division took place in Jyvaskyla. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-best Espoo United (15-6) to fifth ranked Jyvaskyla BA (11-9) 83-82 on Sunday evening. Espoo United trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 18 after three quarters before a 40-23 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 82-83 at the end of the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Espoo United helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Bahamas forward Winslo Barry (208-90, college: Incarnate Word) who saved his team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Ville Lehtonen (185-95) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Jyvaskyla BA's coach Juuso Konttinen used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Omar Calhoun (198-93, college: Connecticut) replied with 29 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) added 30 points in the effort for Espoo United. Jyvaskyla BA moved-up to fourth place in Division. Espoo United at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the second position with six games lost. Jyvaskyla BA are looking forward to face Forssan Koripojat (#7) at home in the next round. Espoo United will play against Porvoon Tarmo (#6) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Jyvaskyla BA: W.Barry 23+12reb, V.Lehtonen 21+4reb, V.Leppanen 15+4reb+2ast, N.Karkkainen 9+3reb+2ast, M.Marttinen 8+6reb+1ast, J.Luoma 4+5reb
Espoo United: J.Ivey 30+3reb+3ast, O.Calhoun 29+7reb+3ast, L.Gummerus 11+8reb, A.Hartikainen 4+2reb+1ast, I.Sirola 4+5reb, L.Toivonen 2+5reb
gschID: 487702


Porvoon Tarmo - Oulun NMKY 70-63

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 5th ranked Oulun NMKY (11-10) lost on the road to sixth ranked Porvoon Tarmo (10-11) 70-63 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 36-22 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American forward Levi Giese (206-90, college: Lafayette) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Esko Salonen (185-96) contributed with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Giese is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. American guard Zach Stahl (196, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Demondre Harvey (201-93, college: La-Monroe) added 14 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Oulun NMKY. Porvoon Tarmo maintains sixth position in Division with 10-11 record. Loser Oulun NMKY keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. Porvoon Tarmo will face league's second-placed Espoo United on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Porvoon Tarmo: L.Giese 21+11reb+4ast, C.Clark 18+5reb, E.Salonen 18+5reb+4ast, B.Cardarelli 5+10reb+2ast, A.Haikonen 4+2reb+1ast, K.Straih 2
Oulun NMKY: Z.Stahl 23+10reb+1ast, D.Harvey 14+13reb, O.Virolainen 9+1reb, I.Kallio 8+5reb+5ast, V.Taskinen 5+4reb, V.Makalainen 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 487701


HBA-Marsky - Jyvaskyla BA 67-51

There was a surprise result when ninth ranked HBA-Marsky (6-14) won against higher ranked Jyvaskyla BA (11-9) in Helsinki 67-51 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 25-8 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when HBA-Marsky made 7 blocks. It was a good game for center Hannes Polla (210-98) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds. Point guard Lassi Nikkarinen (184-97) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Bahamas forward Winslo Barry (208-90, college: Incarnate Word) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Robert Juvonen (185-91) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Jyvaskyla BA. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. HBA-Marsky maintains ninth position in Division with 6-14 record. Newly promoted Jyvaskyla BA dropped to the fourth place with nine games lost. HBA-Marsky will face Pyrinto II (#10) in Tampere in the next round. Jyvaskyla BA will play at home against Forssan Koripojat (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
HBA-Marsky: H.Polla 19+14reb+2ast, E.Maxhuni 19+2reb+1ast, L.Nikkarinen 13+11reb+6ast, A.Gustavson 8+3reb+2ast, E.Valtonen 4+3reb+2ast, T.Jaakkola 2+2reb
Jyvaskyla BA: W.Barry 15+12reb+1ast, R.Juvonen 13+7reb+1ast, M.Marttinen 7+3reb, J.Luoma 5+6reb+3ast, S.Oja 4+1reb, V.Leppanen 4+8reb
gschID: 487700


Division B
HBA-Marsky - Pyrinto II 77-85

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 9th ranked HBA-Marsky (6-14) lost to tenth ranked Pyrinto II (5-15) in Helsinki 77-85 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-77. Pyrinto II forced 20 HBA-Marsky turnovers. HBA-Marsky was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American forward Jerrah Young (203-85, college: Toledo) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Justus Kilpinen (193-93) contributed with 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Worth to mention Young played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped get the job in pro basketball. Point guard Edon Maxhuni (186-98) replied with 21 points and Andre Gustavson (190-99) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for HBA-Marsky. HBA-Marsky's coach Antti Koskelainen rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Pyrinto II maintains tenth position in Division with 5-15 record. Loser HBA-Marsky keeps the ninth place with 14 games lost. Pyrinto II's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tampere to the arena .
Top scorers:
Pyrinto II: J.Young 25+12reb+3ast, J.Kilpinen 21+8reb, T.Sukanen 15+3reb, L.Kilpinen 8+2reb, J.Pentti 7+5reb, R.Bellagnaoui 6+2reb+4ast
HBA-Marsky: E.Maxhuni 21+1reb+3ast, A.Gustavson 16+5reb+1ast, H.Polla 11+10reb+1ast, L.Nikkarinen 7+4ast, M.Jantunen 5+6reb, T.Pihlajamaki 5+1reb
gschID: 536121


PuHu Juniorit - HNMKY U23 79-69

Everything went according to plan when second ranked PuHu Juniorit (16-4) defeated 8th ranked HNMKY U23 (8-13) in Vantaa 79-69 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by PuHu Juniorit. HNMKY U23 was better in second period 26-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for guard Eero Lehtinen (194-85) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Eero Sahlberg (188-90) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Four PuHu Juniorit players scored in double figures. Center Petteri Ruutiainen (207-95) replied with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Ville Tahvanainen (190-0) added 9 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for HNMKY U23. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. PuHu Juniorit maintains second position in Division with 16-4 record behind leader TuNMKY. Loser HNMKY U23 keeps the eighth place with 13 games lost. PuHu Juniorit will face Karkkila (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. HNMKY U23 will play against Korikouvot and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
PuHu Juniorit: E.Sahlberg 19+1reb+3ast, E.Lehtinen 16+8reb+3ast, S.Salminen 12+8reb, O.Markkanen 10+1reb, S.Laakso 6+6reb+3ast, E.Lahdensuu 5+2reb
HNMKY U23: P.Ruutiainen 17+9reb+4ast, E.Clement 10+2reb+2ast, V.Tahvanainen 9+9reb, U.Saarinen 7+2reb, O.Nkamhoua 6+4reb, B.Vanninen 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 487866


Korikouvot - Espoo Basket 89-74

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when one of their biggest challengers Espoo Basket (13-8) lost to fifth ranked Korikouvot (13-7) in Kouvola 74-89 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-74. It was a good game for guard Henri Kantonen (197-97) who led his team to a victory with 28 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Swingman Teemu Knihtinen (195-98) contributed with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American guard Joshua Gouch (196-91, college: CS San Bernar.) replied with 25 points and 8 rebounds and Angolan guard Cesar Carapinha (183-89) added 16 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Espoo Basket. Korikouvot moved-up to fourth place in Division. Loser Espoo Basket dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Korikouvot will face HNMKY U23 (#8) in Helsinki in the next round. Espoo Basket will play at home against PeU-Basket and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Korikouvot: H.Kantonen 28+7reb+6ast, T.Knihtinen 22+10reb, E.Mombilo 9+2reb+1ast, V.Leino 9+1reb+1ast, N.Ahola 7+4reb+3ast, S.Lehtonen 6+2reb+3ast
Espoo Basket: J.Gouch 25+8reb+3ast, J.Graham 20+4reb+3ast, C.Carapinha 16+10reb+1ast, B.Ceesay 5+8reb, R.Ahman 2+2reb, E.Leikkonen 2
gschID: 487865


Namika Lr - JyWe 85-72

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when thirteenth ranked Namika Lr (4-16) beat 12th ranked JyWe (4-16) in Lappeenranta 85-72 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Namika Lr. JyWe was better in third quarter 20-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American swingman Reginald Bratton (193-86, college: Lenoir-Rhyne, agency: Blacktop Management) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Anttoni Tapio (193-92) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Four Namika Lr players scored in double figures. Russian point guard Sergei Chudinovskich (193-81) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals and Russian forward Dmitry Krukov (198-90, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for JyWe. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Namika Lr maintains thirteenth position in Division with 4-16 record. Namika Lr will face higher ranked Raholan Pyrkiva (#6) in Tampere in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Namika Lr: R.Bratton 20+11reb+4ast, A.Tapio 16+3reb+1ast, S.Mantynen 13+5reb+2ast, T.Turunen 13+1reb+1ast, K.Engelvuori 6+3reb, S.Laine 5+1reb+4ast
JyWe: S.Chudinovskich 23+10reb+7ast, T.Lemmetyinen 13+4reb, D.Krukov 11+7reb+2ast, A.Ekimov 9+10reb, L.Salovaara 9+5reb+3ast, J.Salmela 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 487863


HyPo - Raholan Pyrkiva 100-80

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 6th ranked Raholan Pyrkiva (12-8) was smashed by seventh ranked HyPo (11-8) in Hyvinkaa 100-80 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by HyPo. Raholan Pyrkiva was better in third quarter 25-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. HyPo forced 21 Raholan Pyrkiva turnovers and outrebounded them 51-36 including a 22-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. It was a good game for American guard De'Andre Upchurch (188-91, college: Tarleton St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 42 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds. Forward Jesper Granlund (193-0) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Bulgarian guard Angel Mavrodiev (183-91) replied with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Tommi Rasi (184-98) added 26 points in the effort for Raholan Pyrkiva. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. HyPo maintains seventh position in Division with 11-8 record. Loser Raholan Pyrkiva keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. HyPo will face higher ranked Ura Basket (#3) in Kaarina in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
HyPo: D.Upchurch 42+14reb+2ast, J.Granlund 22+2reb+3ast, I.Blomqvist 8+10reb+5ast, R.Lempio 8+7reb+1ast, M.Laitinen 5, P.Puustinen 4+4reb+1ast
Raholan Pyrkiva: T.Rasi 26+3reb+2ast, A.Mavrodiev 17+9reb+5ast, L.Tiainen 13+5reb+2ast, J.Hamalainen 9+3reb+1ast, A.Keski-Koukkari 8+6reb+4ast, S.Sukanen 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 487864


Ura Basket - Munkkiniemen 88-70

Very predictable result when third ranked Ura Basket (15-5) won against 11th ranked Munkkiniemen (5-15) in Kaarina 88-70 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-70. Ura Basket outrebounded Munkkiniemen 43-30 including 33 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Munkkiniemen's players. It was a good game for American forward Sean Harris (201, college: Utah St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Ville Hanninen (193-95) contributed with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Five Ura Basket players scored in double figures. Guard Miika Heinonen (193-99) replied with 26 points and 7 rebounds and Matias Oksa (200-97) added 14 points in the effort for Munkkiniemen. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Ura Basket maintains third position in Division with 15-5 record having just three points less than leader TuNMKY. Newly promoted Munkkiniemen keeps the eleventh place with 15 games lost. Ura Basket will face HyPo (#7) in Hyvinkaa in the next round. Munkkiniemen will play at home against HyPo (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ura Basket: S.Harris 25+14reb+2ast, J.Watson 15+8reb+2ast, J.Forsstrom 14+5reb+5ast, V.Hanninen 13+7reb+6ast, S.Kaaresvirta 10+3reb+8ast, E.Aaltonen 5+3reb
Munkkiniemen: M.Heinonen 26+7reb+2ast, M.Oksa 14+4reb, A.Hammainen 11+5reb, T.Antikainen 7+4reb+5ast, P.Marttinen 7+3reb+1ast, T.Oksa 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 487862


TuNMKY - Karkkila 108-69

1st Division top team - TuNMKY (17-4) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Karkkila (6-14) in Turun 108-69. The game was mostly controlled by TuNMKY. Karkkila was better in second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TuNMKY forced 23 Karkkila turnovers and outrebounded them 45-29 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Karkkila's players. It was a good game for guard Eero Innamaa (186-98) who led his team to a victory with 28 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Mikael Laihonen (198-94) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Five TuNMKY players scored in double figures. TuNMKY's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Point guard Janne Kinnunen (185-87) replied with 23 points and 7 assists and swingman Hannes Koskinen (198-98) added 11 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Karkkila. TuNMKY maintains first position in Division with 17-4 record. Loser Karkkila keeps the tenth place with 14 games lost. TuNMKY will face JyWe (#12) in Jyvaskyla in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Karkkila will play at home against the league's second-placed PuHu Juniorit and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
TuNMKY: E.Innamaa 28+5reb+4ast, T.Jaakkola 16+7reb+5ast, T.Lommi 12+5reb+8ast, M.Sandberg 11+2reb+2ast, M.Laihonen 11+14reb+3ast, A.Talvitie 10+2reb+1ast
Karkkila: J.Kinnunen 23+3reb+7ast, E.Kivimaki 15+5reb+2ast, H.Koskinen 11+11reb+2ast, T.Heino 8+2reb, S.Ryynanen 7+5reb+2ast, M.Nyman 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 487867


HNMKY U23 - TuNMKY 70-91

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked HNMKY U23 (8-13) was outscored by first ranked TuNMKY (17-4) in Helsinki 91-70 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by TuNMKY. HNMKY U23 was better in fourth quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TuNMKY looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by HNMKY U23's players. It was a good game for center Mikael Sandberg (210-91) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 4 assists. Forward Tomi Lommi (193-96) contributed with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Five TuNMKY players scored in double figures. Center Petteri Ruutiainen (207-95) replied with 24 points and 9 rebounds and guard Jyri Eboreime (185-98) added 12 points in the effort for HNMKY U23. HNMKY U23's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. TuNMKY maintains first position in Division with 17-4 record. Loser HNMKY U23 keeps the eighth place with 13 games lost. TuNMKY will face JyWe (#12) in Jyvaskyla in the next round which should be another easy win for them. HNMKY U23 will play at home against Korikouvot (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
TuNMKY: M.Sandberg 25+3reb+4ast, T.Lommi 17+5reb+6ast, M.Laihonen 14+5reb, E.Innamaa 13+3reb+9ast, A.Talvitie 11+4reb+1ast, J.Salatera 7+1reb+2ast
HNMKY U23: P.Ruutiainen 24+9reb, J.Eboreime 12+2reb+1ast, M.Meldo 10+2reb+1ast, E.Clement 6+5reb+1ast, K.Kallela 5+1reb, B.Vanninen 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 487859


Espoo Basket - PuHu Juniorit 80-95

An interesting game for PuHu Juniorit (16-4) which played road game in Espoo against 4th ranked Espoo Basket (13-8). Second ranked PuHu Juniorit had an easy win 95-80. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 95-80. PuHu Juniorit shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 53.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Forward Sakari Salminen (200-87) notched 30 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Eero Lehtinen (194-85) supported him with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Even 24 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) by American swingman Justice Graham (198-79, college: Glenville St.) did not help to save the game for Espoo Basket. His fellow American import guard Joshua Gouch (196-91, college: CS San Bernar.) added 11 points and 6 rebounds. Five PuHu Juniorit and four Espoo Basket players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. PuHu Juniorit maintains second position in Division with 16-4 record behind leader TuNMKY. Loser Espoo Basket dropped to the fifth place with eight games lost. PuHu Juniorit will meet Karkkila (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Espoo Basket will play against PeU-Basket (#9) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
PuHu Juniorit: S.Salminen 30+6reb, E.Lehtinen 17+5reb+6ast, S.Laakso 13+3reb+1ast, E.Sahlberg 12+3ast, J.Kyllonen 10+4reb+5ast, J.Aho 9+3reb+2ast
Espoo Basket: J.Graham 24+4reb+5ast, B.Ceesay 15+5reb, J.Gouch 11+6reb+3ast, A.Vialen 10+5reb, C.Carapinha 7+2reb+9ast, I.Kerminen 6+2reb
gschID: 487861


Raholan Pyrkiva - Munkkiniemen 85-76

Everything went according to plan when sixth ranked Raholan Pyrkiva (12-8) defeated 11th ranked Munkkiniemen (5-15) in Tampere 85-76 on Friday. Munkkiniemen trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 21-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 76-85 at the end of the game. Munkkiniemen was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Bulgarian guard Angel Mavrodiev (183-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Tommi Rasi (184-98) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Five Raholan Pyrkiva players scored in double figures. Guard Miika Heinonen (193-99) replied with 26 points and point guard Tuomo Antikainen (185-99) added 21 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Munkkiniemen. Munkkiniemen's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Raholan Pyrkiva maintains sixth position in Division with 12-8 record. Newly promoted Munkkiniemen keeps the eleventh place with 15 games lost. Raholan Pyrkiva will face Namika Lr (#13) in Lappeenranta in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Munkkiniemen will play at home against HyPo and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Raholan Pyrkiva: T.Rasi 18+4reb+2ast, S.Sukanen 17+5reb+1ast, A.Mavrodiev 16+11reb+3ast, A.Shchepkin 13+2reb+3ast, A.Keski-Koukkari 10+4reb+1ast, I.Keski-Saari 8+2reb+1ast
Munkkiniemen: M.Heinonen 26+4reb+3ast, T.Antikainen 21+8reb+3ast, A.Hammainen 7+10reb+3ast, P.Pursiainen 7+6reb+3ast, T.Oksa 5+2ast, P.Marttinen 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 487856


JyWe - HyPo 83-90

There was no surprise when 12th ranked JyWe (4-16) lost to seventh ranked HyPo (11-8) in Jyvaskyla 83-90 on Friday. JyWe trailed by 18 points after 3 quarters before a 27-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 83-90 at the end of the game. HyPo forced 19 JyWe turnovers and outrebounded them 40-27 including 16 on the offensive glass. JyWe was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American guard De'Andre Upchurch (188-91, college: Tarleton St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Pekka Puustinen (200-92) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Aleksi Kantonen (188-95) replied with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and forward Lauri Salovaara (190-94) added 18 points and 9 assists in the effort for JyWe. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. HyPo maintains seventh position in Division with 11-8 record. Newly promoted JyWe keeps the twelfth place with 16 games lost. HyPo will face higher ranked Ura Basket (#3) in Kaarina in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. JyWe will play on the road against the league's leader TuNMKY (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
HyPo: D.Upchurch 34+10reb+5ast, P.Puustinen 17+10reb+2ast, J.Granlund 12+4reb, S.Saari 10+2reb, B.Grepi 7+4reb, K.Konttinen 5+1ast
JyWe: A.Kantonen 20+6reb+6ast, L.Salovaara 18+3reb+9ast, J.Salo 11+2reb, A.Ekimov 10+6reb+2ast, V.Pyykkonen 9+3reb, T.Lemmetyinen 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 487857


Karkkila - Namika Lr 92-101

There was a small surprise when thirteenth ranked Namika Lr (4-16) beat on the road 10th ranked Karkkila (6-14) 101-92 on Friday. Karkkila trailed by 17 points after 3 quarters before a 29-21 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 92-101 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Karkkila 42-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. Namika Lr looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a good game for American swingman Reginald Bratton (193-86, college: Lenoir-Rhyne, agency: Blacktop Management) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists. Swingman Anttoni Tapio (193-92) contributed with 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Namika Lr's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Swingman Hannes Koskinen (198-98) replied with 23 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Michael King (201-74, college: Ill.-Chicago) added 23 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Karkkila. Four Namika Lr and five Karkkila players scored in double figures. Namika Lr maintains thirteenth position in Division with 4-16 record. Loser Karkkila keeps the tenth place with 14 games lost. Namika Lr will face higher ranked Raholan Pyrkiva (#6) in Tampere in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Namika Lr: R.Bratton 30+14reb+7ast, A.Tapio 23+6reb+1ast, S.Mantynen 15+4reb+4ast, L.Aavamaki 10+6reb, T.Turunen 9+7reb+7ast, S.Laine 6+1reb+4ast
Karkkila: H.Koskinen 23+8reb+3ast, M.King 23+9reb+1ast, T.Heino 18+1reb+6ast, J.Kinnunen 16+11ast, A.Nieminen 11+5reb+1ast, E.Kivimaki 1
gschID: 487858


PeU-Basket - Korikouvot 88-81

There was an upset when higher ranked Korikouvot (13-7) lost to tenth ranked PeU-Basket (7-13) in Pernio 81-88 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-81. PeU-Basket dominated on the defensive end, holding Korikouvot to just 7 points in second quarter. It was a good game for forward Riku Laine (197-97) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 15 rebounds. Point guard Aatu Kivimaki (186-97) contributed with 16 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four PeU-Basket players scored in double figures. Swingman Teemu Knihtinen (195-98) replied with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 14 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Samuli Lehtonen (175-92) added 21 points in the effort for Korikouvot. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. PeU-Basket moved-up to ninth place in Division. Loser Korikouvot dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. PeU-Basket will face higher ranked Espoo Basket (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Korikouvot will play against HNMKY U23 in Helsinki and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
PeU-Basket: R.Laine 29+15reb+3ast, A.Kivimaki 16+3reb+5ast, J.Savolainen 11+2reb+1ast, S.Himberg 10+6reb+1ast, M.Patrakka 7+2ast, J.Virtanen 6+2reb
Korikouvot: T.Knihtinen 34+14reb+6ast, S.Lehtonen 21+1reb+3ast, V.Leino 9+3reb+1ast, E.Johansson 6+11reb+4ast, T.Lofstrom 4+2reb+1ast, E.Mombilo 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 487860





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

25-year old guard Daniel Mullings (188-G-91) had a great game in the last round for Kataja Basket and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
He had a double-double of 32 points and 13 rebounds, while his team edged out KTP Basket (#8, 10-17) 82-79. Kataja Basket maintains the 4th position in Finnish league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kataja Basket will need more victories to improve their 16-8 record. In the team's last game Mullings had a remarkable 81.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Kataja Basket's top player in his first season with the team. Daniel Mullings averages this season 15.2ppg and 7.3rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Raheem Appleby (190-G-93) of Kouvot. He is American guard in his first season at Kouvot. In the last game Appleby recorded impressive 25 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. It was enough for Kouvot to edge the lower-ranked Korihait (#10, 4-22) by 6 points 87-81. This victory allowed Kouvot to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-14 record. Appleby is a newcomer at Kouvot and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Sherman Gay (201-F/C-82) of KTP Basket (#8). Gay scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Gay's great performance KTP Basket lost 79-82 to the higher-ranked Kataja Basket (#4, 16-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of KTP Basket not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 17 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Gay could try to bring KTP Basket's a little bit higher in the standings. Gay has individually a great season in Finland. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.3ppg (2nd best). He also has 2.0bpg and FGP: 62.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jamal Jones (203-G-93) of Lapua - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Raymond Cowels III (193-F/G-90) of Helsinki Seagulls - 23 points and 9 rebounds
6. Rion Brown (198-SG-91) of Kataja Basket - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Rakeem Buckles (203-F-90) of Kouvot - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Bojan Sarcevic (190-G-88) of Kauhajoki - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Dom Morris (201-F-90) of Lapua - 20 points and 8 rebounds
10. Marcus Van (201-F/C-87) of Korihait - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Bratton's double-double lands him 1st Division Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

30-year old swingman Reginald Bratton (193-G/F-86, agency: Blacktop Management) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Namika Lr and receives a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had a double-double of 30 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Karkkila (#10, 6-14) 101-92. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings in Division B. Namika Lr maintains the 13th position in their group in Finnish 1st Division. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 16 games and recorded just four victories. Bratton just recently signed at Namika Lr, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Lenoir-Rhyne College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bratton is in league's top in points (2nd best: 30.1ppg) and averages solid 2.7spg and 50.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was De'Andre Upchurch (188-G-91) of HyPo. He is American guard in his first season at HyPo. In the last game Upchurch recorded impressive double-double of 42 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he led HyPo to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Raholan Pyrkiva (#6, 12-8) 100-80. HyPo's 7th position in Division B has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Upchurch is a newcomer at HyPo and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 36.4ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 9.1rpg and 5.0apg.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Teemu Knihtinen (195-G/F-98) of Korikouvot (#4). Knihtinen got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He went also for fourteen rebounds and six assists. Despite Knihtinen's great performance Korikouvot lost 81-88 to the lower-ranked PeU-Basket (#9, 7-13). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Korikouvot needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in Division B. Their record is 13 victories and 7 lost games. Knihtinen has a great season in Finland. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.1rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. De'Andre Upchurch (188-G-91) of HyPo - 34 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
5. HL Coleman (202-F-74) of Jarvenpaa - 31 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Sean Harris (201-F) of Ura Basket - 25 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jerrah Young (203-F-85) of Pyrinto II - 25 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Sergei Chudinovskich (193-PG-81) of JyWe - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Rashad Smith (201-G-93) of Lahti - 27 points and 9 rebounds
10. Levi Giese (206-F-90) of Porvoon Tarmo - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  FRANCE  

Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Monaco 17-2 
 2. Chalon 14-5 
 3. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 14-5 
 4. Nanterre 13-6 
 5. Gravelines 11-8 
 6. Paris-Levallois 11-8 
 7. ASVEL 10-9 
 8. Strasbourg 10-9 
 9. Limoges 9-10 
 10. Hyeres-Toulon 9-10 
 11. Le Mans 9-10 
 12. Le Portel 8-11 
 13. Chalons-Reims 7-12 
 14. Dijon 7-12 
 15. Cholet 6-13 
 16. Antibes 6-13 
 17. Orleans 6-13 
 18. Nancy 4-15 

Regular Season: Round 19

Feb. 10: Le Portel - Nancy 98-64
Feb. 13: Chalons-Reims - Paris-Levallois 88-94
Feb. 10: Antibes - Monaco 84-91
Feb. 11: Limoges - Strasbourg 83-76
Feb. 12: Gravelines - ASVEL 82-81
Feb. 11: Chalon - Cholet 79-66
Feb. 10: Dijon - Hyeres-Toulon 78-72
Feb. 11: Le Mans - Nanterre 75-85
Feb. 11: Orleans - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 53-64

Regular Season: Round 20

Feb. 24: Hyeres-Toulon - Chalons-Reims
Feb. 24: ASVEL - Pau-Lacq-Orthez
Feb. 25: Monaco - Le Mans
Feb. 25: Cholet - Dijon
Feb. 25: Limoges - Chalon
Feb. 25: Nancy - Paris-Levallois
Feb. 25: Nanterre - Le Portel
Feb. 25: Orleans - Antibes
Feb. 25: Strasbourg - Gravelines


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Kyle GIBSON
  Gravelines
  (196-G-87)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Gibson, Gravelines19.1 
 2. Clark, Chalon18.2 
 3. Rich, Paris-Levallois16.7 
 4. Prepelic, Limoges16.2 
 5. Cobbs, Gravelines16.2 
 6. Roberson, Chalon15.6 
 7. Smith, Chalons-Reims15.4 
 8. Sommerville, Orleans15.1 
 9. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.14.4 
 10. Warren, Nanterre14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Fall, Chalon8.9 
 2. Poirier, Paris-Le.8.8 
 3. Hunt, Nancy7.8 
 4. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.7.8 
 5. Yeguete, Le Mans7.3 
 6. Donaldson, Le Po.7.3 
 7. Hassell, Le Portel7.2 
 8. Blue, Antibes7.0 
 9. Lessort, Nanterre6.8 
 10. Solomon, Gravelines6.6 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.11.2 
 2. Roberson, Chalon7.4 
 3. Hodge, AS.6.3 
 4. Holston, Dijon6.1 
 5. Cobbs, Gravelines5.8 
 6. Vargas, Nancy5.5 
 7. Bost, Monaco5.4 
 8. Campbell, Paris-Le.5.2 
 9. Mangin, Le Portel4.2 
 10. Warren, Nanterre4.2 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.5 
 2. Wood, Limoges2.3 
 3. Eito, Orleans1.9 
 4. Payne, Chalons-.1.8 
 5. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.7 
 6. Holston, Dijon1.7 
 7. Grant, Dijon1.6 
 8. Yeguete, Le Mans1.5 
 9. Cobbs, Gravelines1.4 
 10. Roberson, Chalon1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Fall, Chalon2.6 
 2. Fofana, Monaco1.3 
 3. Uter, AS.1.2 
 4. Hassell, Le Portel1.1 
 5. Poirier, Paris-Le.1.0 
 6. Joseph, Orleans1.0 
 7. Jaiteh, Strasbourg0.9 
 8. Jeanne, Nancy0.9 
 9. Hunt, Nancy0.9 
 10. Fair, Limoges0.9 


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Steffon BRADFORD
  St Vallier
  (198-F/C-77)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Bradford, St Vallier18.4 
 2. Brooks, ALS Basket18.4 
 3. Craion, Lorient17.2 
 4. Smith, Orchies16.8 
 5. Geiger, SAP V.16.6 
 6. Vaty, Lourdes16.6 
 7. Newson, Lorient16.5 
 8. Mitchell, Chartres16.1 
 9. Thondique, Gries/Ob.15.9 
 10. Doumbia, Gries/Ob.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Gries/Ob.
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Thondique, Gries/Ob.9.6 
 2. Kovanusic, ALS B.9.1 
 3. Staniulis, Souffel9.0 
 4. Blackwell, ALS B.7.7 
 5. Gourari, RAC Basket7.7 
 6. Alliman, SAP V.7.5 
 7. Craion, Lorient7.5 
 8. Cox, Challans7.5 
 9. Anderson, RAC B.7.5 
 10. Quincy-Jones, Vitre7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Xane D''ALMEIDA
  Lourdes
  (181-PG-83)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Dalmeida, Lourdes7.3 
 2. Romain, Chartres6.7 
 3. Rathieuville, Rennes5.5 
 4. Delhomme, St Vallier5.5 
 5. Varanauskas, Gries/Ob.5.3 
 6. Bichard, RAC Basket5.1 
 7. Suhard, Angers BC5.0 
 8. Siegwarth, Vitre4.6 
 9. Neri, ALS Basket4.5 
 10. Smith, Orchies4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Michael CRAION
  Lorient
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Craion, Lorient3.1 
 2. Gibson, Challans2.3 
 3. Davis, Rennes2.3 
 4. Cornely, Caen2.2 
 5. Neri, ALS Basket2.0 
 6. Dalmeida, Lourdes1.9 
 7. Demuynck, Lourdes1.8 
 8. Newson, Lorient1.8 
 9. Damachoua, Lorient1.7 
 10. Correia, Souffel1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Demond WATT
  Angers BC
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Watt, Angers BC1.3 
 2. Jakstas, Gries/Ob.1.3 
 3. Negrobar, Rennes1.1 
 4. Monteiro, Caen1.0 
 5. Bobrov, Quimper1.0 
 6. Diarra, Caen0.9 
 7. Soumaoro, SAP V.0.9 
 8. Rakocevic, Orchies0.9 
 9. Kovanusic, ALS B.0.8 
 10. Davis, Rennes0.8 


French ProB round 18 best performance: Joe Burton - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Joe Burton (201-F-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Roanne, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (18 points, nine rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Evreux (#15, 8-10) with 30-point margin 95-65. Roanne is placed at 7th position in French ProB. Roanne 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 9-9 record. Burton turned to be Roanne's top player in his first season with the team. Former Oregon State University star has very solid stats this year. Burton is in league's top in points (5th best: 17.0ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 9.4rpg) and averages impressive 2.4spg and 61.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young Carl Ponsar (197-PF-97) of Rouen. Ponsar had a very good evening with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Rouen to edge slightly lower-ranked Boulogne (#17, 6-12) 82-78. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Rouen keeps 16th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-11 record. Ponsar is one of the most experienced players at Rouen and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Tyreek Duren (183-PG-91) of Boulogne (#17). Duren scored 22 points and passed four assists. Despite Duren's great performance Boulogne lost 78-82 to slightly higher-ranked Rouen (#16, 7-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Boulogne not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 12 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Duren could try to bring Boulogne's a little bit higher in the standings. Duren has individually a great season in France. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.4apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Karim Atamna (196-SG-80) of Maurienne - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Frank Turner (178-PG-88) of Blois - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Charles-Henri Bronchard (200-C/F-82) of Vichy Clermont - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Mickael Var (205-F/C-90) of Poitiers - 16 points and 9 rebounds
8. Wilbert Brown (200-PF-84) of Charleville - 23 points and 4 rebounds
9. Derrick Obasohan (198-SF-81) of Provence Basket - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Sekou Omar Doumbouya (202-F/G) of Poitiers - 17 points and 4 rebounds

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



Marko Perovic (ex Sutjeska) is a newcomer at Vitre - by Philippe Burstert

Aurore de Vitre (NM1) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old Montenegrin center Marko Perovic (203-92). He started the season at Sutjeska in Montenegrin Erste Liga. In 10 games he recorded 12.7ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1spg this season. Perovic also played 10 games in Balkan League where he averaged 11.3ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.2apg. The last season he played at Mornar Bar (also in Erste Liga). In 15 games he had 7.5ppg and 2.7rpg. Perovic helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. Perovic also played 10 games in Balkan League where he got 5.8ppg and 1.7rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the final.
Perovic represented Montenegro at the European Championships U18 Division B in Israel seven years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 8 games: 6.0ppg, 1.8rpg, FGP: 69.2%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 75.0%.
Perovic has played also professionally for other Montenegrin teams like Gorstak and KK Podgorica.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Chartres tab Tafari Toney - by Philippe Burstert

Union Basket Chartres Metropole (NM1) inked 31-year old British ex-international power forward Tafari Toney (202-86). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Toney started the season at Dresden Titans in German ProA. In three games he averaged 3.0ppg and 2.3rpg this season. Toney ended the last season at JA Vichy (also in ProB) where in 7 games he had 8.7ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.1spg. But the most of that year he spent at Abejas in Mexican LNBP. In 16 games he recorded 10.8ppg, 6.3rpg and 2.2apg.
Among other achievements Toney's team made it to the French NM1 Play-Offs Semifinals in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Bosman Player of the Year award back in 2013. Toney was a member of British Senior National Team back in 2009.
He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Toney has played previously professionally in USA, United Kingdom (Sheffield Sharks, Newcastle Eagles and Basketball) and France (Charleville Mezieres and SAP Vaucluse).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FYR MACEDONIA  


KK Ohrid AV adds Brooks to their roster - by Dragan Ristov

Newly promoted KK Ohrid AV (Prva Liga) added to their roster 25-year old American guard Devin Brooks (186-73kg-92, college: Creighton). He started the season at Windy City Bulls (D-League) in the U.S. But in three games he recorded just 1.7ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.7apg this season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Brooks' team made it to the Estonian League Semifinals in 2016. He was also voted Eurobasket.com Baltic League All-Imports Team in 2016.
Brooks has played previously professionally in Estonia (Rapla) and D-League (Long Island Nets).
He attended Creighton University until 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player. It will be his first time playing in Macedonia.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Raymar MORGAN
  Ratiopharm
  (203-F/C-88)
  Avg: 19
 1. Morgan, Ratiopharm19.0 
 2. Knight, Jena18.5 
 3. Bell, Phoenix Hagen18.3 
 4. Kikanovic, ALBA17.0 
 5. Jenkins, Jena16.4 
 6. Qvale, EWE Baskets15.9 
 7. Thompson, Telekom .15.8 
 8. Ruoff, Goettingen15.5 
 9. Paulding, EWE B.15.3 
 10. Odum, Wuerzburg15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Owen KLASSEN
  Phoenix .
  (208-C/F-91)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Klassen, Phoenix .7.8 
 2. Pierre, Braunsch.7.7 
 3. Plaisted, Phoenix .7.3 
 4. Cooley, Ludwigsb.7.1 
 5. McGhee, Walter T.7.1 
 6. Eatherton, Goett.7.0 
 7. Morgan, Ratiopharm6.7 
 8. Knight, Jena6.7 
 9. Standharding., Vec.6.6 
 10. Marei, Bayreuth6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Walter T.
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Jordan, Walter T.8.6 
 2. Machado, Vechta8.2 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.6.8 
 4. Hobbs, Ratiopharm6.2 
 5. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.6.2 
 6. Bell, Phoenix Hagen6.1 
 7. Odum, Wuerzburg6.0 
 8. Siva, ALBA5.4 
 9. Ruoff, Goettingen5.0 
 10. Mayo, Telekom Bsk4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Chris KRAMER
  EWE B.
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Kramer, EWE B.2.6 
 2. Robertson, Fraport .2.6 
 3. Machado, Vechta2.0 
 4. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.9 
 5. Hobbs, Ratiopharm1.8 
 6. Scrubb, Giessen .1.8 
 7. Anderson, Bayreuth1.8 
 8. Redding, B.Mue.1.8 
 9. Siva, ALBA1.7 
 10. Stewart, Walter T.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel THEIS
  Brose Bask.
  (204-PF-92)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Theis, Brose Bask.1.5 
 2. Groselle, Braunsch.1.4 
 3. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.3 
 4. Qvale, EWE Baskets1.1 
 5. Gamble, Telekom .1.1 
 6. Horton, Telekom .1.0 
 7. Lane, Wuerzburg1.0 
 8. Plaisted, Phoenix .1.0 
 9. Elliott, Bremerhaven0.9 
 10. Gaffney, ALBA0.9 


Standings - Pro B

ProB Standings
North
 1. Bernau 14-5 
 2. Art.Dragons 14-5 
 3. Iserlohn 12-7 
 4. Oldenburg 12-7 
 5. Bochum 11-8 
 6. Schalke 10-9 
 7. Itzehoe 9-10 
 8. Rist Wedel 8-11 
 9. Rostock 8-11 
 10. Wolfenbuettel 7-12 
 11. Stahnsdorf 6-13 
 12. Recklinghausen 3-16 
South
 1. Karlsruhe PS 14-5 
 2. Weissenhorn 14-5 
 3. Elchingen 12-6 
 4. Bayer Giants 12-7 
 5. FC Bayern II 11-7 
 6. Karlsruhe BG 10-8 
 7. Dragons 8-11 
 8. Wuerzburg 8-11 
 9. Licher Baeren 7-12 
 10. Fraport SKY II 6-12 
 11. Leipzig 6-13 
 12. Noerdlingen 4-15 

Regular Season: Round 19

North

Feb. 12: Stahnsdorf - Rostock 91-83
Feb. 11: Bernau - Recklinghausen 83-64
Feb. 11: Itzehoe - Schalke 72-75
Feb. 11: Wolfenbuettel - Iserlohn 69-68
Feb. 12: Rist Wedel - Oldenburg 69-63
Feb. 11: Bochum - Art.Dragons 68-77

South

Feb. 11: Wuerzburg - Fraport SKY II 89-85
Feb. 11: Karlsruhe BG - Bayer Giants 87-79
Feb. 12: Leipzig - Karlsruhe PS 86-66
Feb. 11: Noerdlingen - Dragons 80-78
Feb. 11: Licher Baeren - FC Bayern II 67-79
Feb. 11: Elchingen - Weissenhorn 66-79

Regular Season: Round 20

North

Feb. 18: Wolfenbuettel - Stahnsdorf
Feb. 18: Oldenburg - Schalke
Feb. 18: Art.Dragons - Bernau
Feb. 18: Iserlohn - Itzehoe
Feb. 18: Recklinghausen - Rist Wedel
Feb. 18: Rostock - Bochum

South

Feb. 18: FC Bayern II - Wuerzburg
Feb. 18: Fraport SKY II - Elchingen
Feb. 18: Dragons - Licher Baeren
Feb. 18: Bayer Giants - Noerdlingen
Feb. 18: Karlsruhe PS - Karlsruhe BG
Feb. 19: Weissenhorn - Leipzig


The Fraport Skyliners Experience Black Sunday Getting Plastered By Brose Bamberg 76-57 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

In the 80's in the NBA, each teams season game that separated them from the other games was battling against top teams Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers while in the early 90's and late 90's, the big draw for each team was when the Chicago Bulls came town especially for the autograph collectors who would never see a Michael Jordan until he was in the arena because he never stayed in the same hotel with his team. Now a days the Cavs and Lebron James and Golden State Warriors with the Splash brothers and Kevin Durant excite the fans most when they come to town while in Europe, the arena's, players and excitement level may all be a tad less than in the NBA, but in the EasyCredit BBL, there is almost that yearly NBA flair with Brose Bamberg as they are always sporting that ex NBA player like the last two seasons with Kentucky Wild Cat stand out Darius Miller and this growing Euroleague team is the absolute draw in every arena in Germany as the season isn't complete with having annoyed them at least a bit or having accomplished the impossible sending them home with a loss and being disgruntled. This season, Brose Bamberg haven't been a one man show at the top, but have had fierce competition from the Rising BBL team ratiopharm Ulm that have surprised the whole league at 19-0 and have snatched away the number one position from freak city, but are still mowing down the BBL teams having a 18-1 record at the moment and have a five game winning streak and are the best ranked defensive team and third best offensive team in the league. The Fraport Skyliners continue to be a team finding itself as they rebounded off a nasty blow out loss in Munich by carving out an impressive 90-80 Champions League win five days ago and are in good position to advance thanks to the Mike Morrison show as he scored a career high 35 points owning the paint area for a day. However in the EasyCredit BBL, rebounding from their tough defeat in Munich wasn't going to be easy against defending champion Bamberg as they never had a chance on this night as the Fraport Skyliners experienced Black Sunday getting plastered by Brose Bamberg 76-57. Frankfurt started off slow and never got into the game trailing by as much as 20 plus points. They did play a better second half, but had given up too many points in the first half to have any kind of chance. 'We lost this game in the first half. Bamberg took us out of our offense. We never got into our sets as one guy always was forced to do it alone as they switched very well on defense. We had no ball movement and Bamberg did what they wanted to on offense as we weren't on the same page on defense. We played with better intensity in the second half and had a good mentality where we all defended well', stressed Fraport Skyliner German Stefan Ilzhoefer. For Brose Bamberg it was another normal day at the office as they worked hard to get a big lead and hold it for 40 minutes even if they did suffer very minor lapses in the second half. 2012 NCAA champion Darius Miller of Kentucky was pleased with the victory of his club. 'This was a good win for us. Frankfurt is a talented team and it is always hard to play here. We lost here last year and were very focused to win tonight. We were very disciplined on defense and had a normal offensive game attacking whenever it was most advantageous', said Darius Miller (202-G-90, college: Kentucky) For Quantez Robertson it was also another normal day at the office as the autograph requests were as never ending as usual after the game even after a loss and one could feel that he took this loss very hard. 'Bamberg ran their plays well. We were unable to execute on offense and didn't talk on defense or rebound the ball well. We also didn't play tough or together', added ex Auburn standout Quantez Robertson.

The Fraport Skyliners played in front of a sellout crowd and the first thing that stood out was their untypical black jerseys that they once wore before back in the 2003-2004 season, but this time it was an early promotion for the club's benefit gala to be held in March where the m