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Standings - LigaA

LigaA Standings
Norte
 1. San Martin C. 23-9 
 2. Estudiantes C. 23-12 
 3. Instituto 21-13 
 4. Regatas C. 18-12 
 5. Quimsa 18-14 
 6. Olimpico LB 17-15 
 7. Libertad S. 16-17 
 8. La Union 16-17 
 9. Atenas 11-20 
 10. Echague 5-27 
Sur
 1. San Lorenzo 24-8 
 2. Ferrocarril 21-11 
 3. Weber Bahia 20-12 
 4. GECR Indalo 16-17 
 5. Obras Basket 16-18 
 6. Argentino 14-18 
 7. Quilmes MP 14-19 
 8. Penarol 14-20 
 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. 15: Echague - Libertad S. 90-95
Feb. 12: Atenas - Quimsa 86-89
Feb. 13: Estudiantes C. - Libertad S. 85-73
Feb. 14: Instituto - Quimsa 78-93
Feb. 12: La Union - Regatas C. 78-76
Feb. 15: Obras Basket - GECR Indalo 75-79
Feb. 12: Boca Jrs - San Lorenzo 73-60
Feb. 15: Olimpico LB - La Union 70-83
Feb. 15: Estudiantes C. - San Lorenzo 69-80
Feb. 15: Penarol - Weber Bahia 58-80
Feb. 16: Quilmes MP - Weber Bahia
Feb. 16: San Martin C. - Hispano Am.


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Tucker, Estudian.21.1 
 2. Green, Instituto19.8 
 3. Sims, Regatas C.18.7 
 4. Quinteros, Regat.18.5 
 5. Solano, Echague18.2 
 6. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 7. Reed, Penarol16.8 
 8. Horner, Obras B.16.7 
 9. Mickeal, Atenas16.2 
 10. Vildoza, Quilm.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.3 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.6 
 3. Clancy, Instituto10.2 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.9 
 5. Wood, San M.9.2 
 6. Johnson, Atenas8.9 
 7. Justiz, Estudian.8.6 
 8. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.4 
 9. Horner, Obras B.8.4 
 10. Francis, La Union8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Franco BALBI
  Ferrocarril
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.3 
 2. Barral, Obras B.6.0 
 3. Stanic, Olimpico.5.9 
 4. Konsztadt, La Union5.4 
 5. Aguirre, San L.5.3 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.0 
 7. Perez, Boca Jrs4.7 
 8. Hopson, Quimsa4.6 
 9. Ciorciari, Instituto4.5 
 10. De-l., GECR I.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Gelvis SOLANO
  Echague
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Solano, Echague2.1 
 2. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 3. Basualdo, Quilm.1.9 
 4. De-l., GECR I.1.8 
 5. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 6. Johnson, Weber B.1.7 
 7. Massey, Libertad.1.5 
 8. Lescano, San M.1.5 
 9. Flor, Quilmes MP1.5 
 10. Calfani, San L.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.0 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.1 
 3. Crawford, Argen.1.7 
 4. Battle, Quimsa1.3 
 5. Richard, Obras B.1.3 
 6. Marriaga, Estudian.1.3 
 7. Clancy, Instituto1.2 
 8. Meyinsse, San L.1.1 
 9. Calfani, San L.1.1 
 10. Basualdo, Quilm.1.0 


Standings - TNA

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

Regular Season: Round 26

Feb. 15: Estudiantes O. - La Union 87-70
Feb. 15: Independiente BBC - Barrio Parque 75-74
Feb. 15: Ciclista - Olimpo BB 74-68
Feb. 15: Hindu - Comunicaciones 64-80
Feb. 15: BHY Tiro Federal - San Isidro 57-63
Feb. 15: Petr.Argentino - Huracan 56-71
Feb. 16: Obera TC - Union SF
Feb. 17: Mitre Tuc. - Barrio Parque
Feb. 17: Villa Angela - SP Las Parejas
Feb. 18: Comunicaciones - Union SF
Feb. 19: Independiente BBC - BHY Tiro Federal
Feb. 19: Salta Basket - Barrio Parque
Feb. 19: Villa San Martin - SP Las Parejas
Feb. 20: San Isidro - Mitre Tuc.
Feb. 21: Villa Angela - BHY Tiro Federal
Feb. 21: Hindu - SP Las Parejas
Feb. 22: Barrio Parque - Mitre Tuc.
Feb. 22: San Isidro - Comunicaciones


TNA Round 25: #1 Ciclista are surprised by La Union - by Eurobasket News

The round was exceptionally exciting as four games ended with a tiny margin. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Ciclista (15-10) in Juninense on Monday night. Hosts were defeated by seventh ranked La Union (6-19) 80-63. The game without a history. La Union led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American Rakim Brown (198-91, college: Humboldt St.) stepped up and scored 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and guard Matias Solanas (192-98) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American power forward Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds. Ciclista's coach Facundo Sucatzky rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. La Union moved-up to sixth place, which they share with SP Las Parejas. Ciclista lost third consecutive game. They still keep top position with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Fourth-ranked Villa San Martin (9-17) gave a tough game to second ranked San Isidro (16-10) in San Francisco. San Isidro managed to secure only two-point victory 63-61. However their fans expected easier game. Center Santiago Gonzalez (203-83) nailed 6 points and 19 rebounds for the winning side and Martin Muller accounted for 11 points and 4 assists. American-Haitian forward Clide Geffrard (198-94, college: SF Austin) came up with 15 points and 9 rebounds for Villa San Martin in the defeat. San Isidro have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 16-10 record having just two point less than leader Union SF. Villa San Martin lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the fifth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Independiente BBC. San Isidro will play against league's second-placed Comunicaciones in Mercedes in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Villa San Martin will play at home against Sportivo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Rocamora between CA Platense and Rocamora. Third ranked CA Platense (13-10) got a very close victory on the road over 5th ranked Rocamora (11-12). CA Platense managed to escape with a 1-point win 81-80 on Monday evening. Felipe Pais fired 25 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. Matias Cuello produced 17 points for lost side. CA Platense maintains third place with 13-10 record having four points less than leader Union SF. Rocamora at the other side keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
A very interesting game took place in Cordoba. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 3rd placed Barrio Parque (13-9) to fourth ranked Salta Basket (10-13) 78-76 on Sunday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Ike Okoye who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Salta Basket maintains fourth place with 10-13 record. Barrio Parque at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. Salta Basket will have a break next round. Barrio Parque will play at home against Mitre Tuc. and hope to win that game.
Fifth-ranked BHY Tiro Federal (9-14) gave a tough game to third ranked Villa Angela (14-9) in Morteros on Friday. The visitors from Villa Angela managed to secure only two-point victory 65-63. However their fans expected easier game. Nate Carter stepped up and scored 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Villa Angela maintains third place with 14-9 record having just three points less than leader Union SF. BHY Tiro Federal lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with 14 games lost. Villa Angela will face Sportivo (#6) in Las Parejas in the next round. BHY Tiro Federal will play again on the road against Villa Angela in Villa Angela and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 25: Salta Basket destroyed SP Las Parejas on the opponent's court 91-70. Alianza Viedma outscored Parque Sur in a home game 96-73. Comunicaciones recorded a loss to Obera TC on the road 80-74. Obera TC defeated Hindu on its own court 86-75. Petr.Argentino was beaten by Temperley in a road game 71-66. BHY Tiro Federal won against Villa San Martin at home 82-76. Parque Sur unfortunately lost to Atenas Carmen on the opponent's court 67-81. Gimnasia LP managed to beat La Union in a home game 89-75. Alianza Viedma defeated Temperley on the road 83-77. Independiente BBC beat Salta Basket on its own court 69-67. Parque Sur lost to Olimpo BB in Bahia Blanca 69-82. Union SF outscored SP Las Parejas at home 91-65. Hindu managed to beat Comunicaciones on the opponent's court 77-72. San Isidro defeated Villa Angela in a home game 80-72. Mitre Tuc. was beaten by Independiente BBC on the road 77-63. Gimnasia LP won against Petr.Argentino on its own court 84-78. Estudiantes O. managed to outperform Ciclista in Olavarria 78-70. La Union recorded a loss to Alianza Viedma at home 102-110. Villa San Martin was defeated by Barrio Parque on the opponent's court 71-60.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 29 points and 5 rebounds by O'Louis McCullough of Alianza Viedma.

SP Las Parejas - Salta Basket 70-91

Rather expected game in Las Parejas where 6th ranked Sportivo (6-19) was crushed by fourth ranked Salta Basket (10-13) 91-70 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Salta Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Salta Basket forced 24 Sportivo turnovers. American forward LaQuan Prowell (203-84, college: Auburn) stepped up and scored 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners and guard Rodrigo Haag (193-95) chipped in 14 points and 5 assists. Four Salta Basket players scored in double figures. At the losing side Manuel Olocco (198-88) responded with 14 points and 5 rebounds and forward A Meinero (198-96) scored 12 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. Salta Basket maintains fourth place with 10-13 record. Sportivo lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with 19 games lost. Salta Basket will face higher ranked Barrio Parque (#3) in Cordoba in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sportivo will play on the road against the league's leader Hindu in Chaco and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Salta Basket: L.Prowell 22+8reb, R.Haag 14+2reb+5ast, G.Eseverri 13+2reb+1ast, M.Fioretti 10+1reb+3ast, N.Copello 10+1reb+5ast, I.Okoye 9+7reb+1ast
SP Las Parejas: M.Olocco 14+5reb+2ast, A. Meinero 12+5reb+1ast, M.Luchi 10+3reb+1ast, A.Rossi 8+3reb+2ast, J.Ignacio Rodriguez Suppi 7+3reb+5ast, A. Mato 5+2reb
gschID: 523901


Rocamora - Platense 80-81

A very close game took place in Rocamora between CA Platense and Rocamora. Third ranked CA Platense (13-10) got a very close victory on the road over 5th ranked Rocamora (11-12). CA Platense managed to escape with a 1-point win 81-80 on Monday evening. CA Platense made 24-of-27 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Guard Felipe Pais (185-90) fired 25 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. Center Dario Mansilla (207-82) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Swingman Matias Cuello (190-91) produced 17 points and Uruguayan guard Facundo Medina (190-94) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Four Rocamora players scored in double figures. CA Platense maintains third place with 13-10 record having four points less than leader Union SF. Rocamora at the other side keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Platense: F.Pais 25+5reb+1ast, D.Mansilla 17+5reb+1ast, S.Suarez 11+4reb+1ast, A.Pappalardi 9+6reb, V.Facundo 8+2reb+2ast, J.Lugrin 7+6reb
Rocamora: M.Cuello 17+3reb+1ast, F.Medina 16+3reb+1ast, F.Pag 11+1reb+2ast, I.Davico 11+1reb+3ast, L.Podesta 8+2reb, A.Space 7+9reb
gschID: 536206


Alianza Viedma - Parque Sur 96-73

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Rio Negro where third ranked Alianza Viedma (15-11) smashed their biggest opponent Parque Sur (15-11) 96-73 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Alianza Viedma. Parque Sur was better in second period 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Alianza Viedma dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Parque Sur's 32. Alianza Viedma forced 20 Parque Sur turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion, agency: DTMones) stepped up and scored 29 points and 5 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winners and swingman Mateo Gaynor (199-90) chipped in 12 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Alianza Viedma players scored in double figures. Alianza Viedma's coach Leandro Hiriart felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side point guard Agustin Jure (183-91) responded with 19 points and 5 assists and guard Elnes Bolling (189-91) scored 17 points. Alianza Viedma have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Parque Sur. Parque Sur lost third consecutive game. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Alianza Viedma: O.McCullough 29+5reb+2ast, A.Knecht 17+2ast, M.Gaynor 12+7reb+6ast, L.Nwogbo 11+4reb, M.Tabieres 10+3reb+3ast, F.Grun 7+4reb+1ast
Parque Sur: A.Jure 19+2reb+5ast, E.Bolling 17+3reb+3ast, S.Bernasconi 13+3reb+1ast, P.Alderete 8+6reb+1ast, G.Mariani 6+4reb+2ast, A.Richard 5+5reb+4ast
gschID: 536207


Ciclista - La Union 63-80

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Ciclista (15-10) in Juninense on Monday night. Hosts were defeated by seventh ranked La Union (6-19) 80-63. The game without a history. La Union led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American Rakim Brown (198-91, college: Humboldt St.) stepped up and scored 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and guard Matias Solanas (192-98) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American power forward Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds and guard Mauro Araujo (186-94) scored 9 points and 6 assists. Ciclista's coach Facundo Sucatzky rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. La Union moved-up to sixth place, which they share with SP Las Parejas. Ciclista lost third consecutive game. They still keep top position with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
La Union: R.Brown 21+8reb+4ast, M.Solanas 20+5reb+1ast, S.Ravina 11+1reb+3ast, C.Buendia 9+4reb+6ast, P.Bogado 6+2reb+1ast, F.Mendoza 6+8reb
Ciclista: J.Fahnbulleh 25+13reb, M.Araujo 9+3reb+6ast, R.Di Perna 7+2reb+2ast, N.Paciotti 6+1ast, A.Merlo 5+1reb+5ast, M.Tamburini 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 536205


Obera TC - Comunicaciones 80-74

There was an upset when much higher ranked Comunicaciones (18-7) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Obera TC (8-16) 80-74 on Monday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 25-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American center Arkeem Joseph (206-94, college: Texas A&M Int.) stepped up and scored 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and guard Martin Gandoy (194-91) chipped in 10 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. At the losing side Cameroonian power forward Gaston Essengue (203-83, college: UNLV) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds and forward Nicolas Lauria (202-88) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Obera TC maintains sixth place with 8-16 record, which they share with Petr.Argentino. Loser Comunicaciones keeps the second position with seven games lost. Obera TC will face league's leader Union SF in Santa Fe in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Comunicaciones will play on the road against the league's second-placed San Isidro in San Francisco and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Obera TC: J.Montero 18+2reb+1ast, A.Joseph 18+9reb, J.Deck 13+7reb+1ast, A.Montes Cardozo 13+2reb, M.Gandoy 10+8reb+6ast, S.Luduena 8+8reb+4ast
Comunicaciones: G.Torres 15+2reb+4ast, G.Essengue 14+8reb+3ast, M.Aristu 11+3reb, N.Lauria 10+10reb+5ast, J.De Felippo 9+2reb, A.Pau 9
gschID: 523900


Obera TC - Hindu 86-75

There was a surprise result when sixth ranked Obera TC (8-16) beat at home leader Hindu (20-4) 86-75 on Saturday. American center Arkeem Joseph (206-94, college: Texas A&M Int.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and guard Alejo Montes-Cardozo (188-91) chipped in 22 points. Four Obera TC players scored in double figures. At the losing side American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: DTMones) responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Favio Vieta-Stechina (184-96) scored 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Obera TC maintains sixth place with 8-16 record, which they share with Petr.Argentino. Loser Hindu still keeps top position with four games lost. Obera TC will face league's leader Union SF in Santa Fe in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hindu will play at home against Sportivo and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Obera TC: A.Montes Cardozo 22+1reb+3ast, A.Joseph 18+11reb+1ast, M.Gandoy 12+5reb+3ast, J.Montero 11+2reb+3ast, L.Quinteros 8+1reb+2ast, S.Luduena 7+2reb+6ast
Hindu: F.Vieta Stechina 17+3reb+2ast, S.Picton 16+2reb+1ast, K.Jones 15+9reb+2ast, J.Mas Delfino 8+4reb+1ast, M.Robledo 6, P.Moya 5+4reb
gschID: 523897


Temperley - Petr.Argentino 71-66

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Petr.Argentino's (8-16) road loss to fifth ranked CA Temperley (12-12) 66-71 on Sunday. CA Temperley outrebounded Petr.Argentino 43-31 including 33 on the defensive glass. American forward Delwan Graham (203-88, college: Jacksonville) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and center Sebastian Chaine (201-86) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Four CA Temperley players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Darnell Dodson (201-89, college: S.Mississippi, agency: DTMones) responded with 25 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Damian Pineda (194-88) scored 10 points and 9 rebounds. CA Temperley moved-up to fourth place. Loser Petr.Argentino keeps the sixth position with 16 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Temperley: A.Eiguren 19+5reb+1ast, D.Graham 15+13reb+2ast, S.Chaine 14+6reb+7ast, L.Ortiz 13+1reb+3ast, S.Egas 7+2reb+1ast, L.Ibanez Paz 3+5reb
Petr.Argentino: D.Dodson 25+9reb+2ast, C.Blossom 17+3reb, D.Pineda 10+9reb+3ast, S.Gandolfo 6, M.Castets 4+3reb, F.Gago 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 536122


Barrio Parque - Salta Basket 76-78

A very interesting game took place in Cordoba. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 3rd placed Barrio Parque (13-9) to fourth ranked Salta Basket (10-13) 78-76 on Sunday evening. Barrio Parque was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 25-14 third quarter run of Salta Basket. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian-American power forward Ike Okoye (206-86, college: Boise St., agency: Aspire Sports) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Rodrigo Haag (193-95) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Andres Mariani (188-87) answered with 19 points and 4 assists and power forward Emiliano Martina (200-83) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Barrio Parque. Salta Basket maintains fourth place with 10-13 record. Barrio Parque at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. Salta Basket will have a break next round. Barrio Parque will play at home against Mitre Tuc. and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Salta Basket: R.Haag 21+1reb+3ast, G.Eseverri 17+3reb+2ast, I.Okoye 17+8reb+1ast, M.Fioretti 7+4reb+1ast, N.Copello 7+4reb+2ast, L.Prowell 6+7reb+3ast
Barrio Parque: A.Mariani 19+4reb+4ast, E.Martina 16+5reb, E.Rossi 13+3reb+2ast, G.Marozzi 8+6reb+1ast, S.Cabello 8+4reb+1ast, E.Cantarutti 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 523898


BHY Tiro Federal - Villa San Martin 82-76

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Morteros where fifth ranked BHY Tiro Federal (9-14) won against 4th placed Villa San Martin (9-17) 82-76 on Sunday. Villa San Martin was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Emiliano Correa (189-91) stepped up and scored 28 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and naturalized Spanish swingman Martin Maximiliano (189-90) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. At the losing side American-Haitian forward Clide Geffrard (198-94, college: SF Austin) responded with 14 points and 5 rebounds and Agustin Carnovale (195-86) scored 15 points. Five Villa San Martin players scored in double figures. BHY Tiro Federal moved-up to fourth place. Villa San Martin lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the fifth position with 17 games lost. BHY Tiro Federal will face higher ranked Villa Angela (#3) in Villa Angela in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Villa San Martin will play at home against Sportivo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BHY Tiro Federal: E.Correa 28+6reb+3ast, M.Maximiliano 21+3reb+4ast, P.Lockett 11+11reb+3ast, D.Brezzo 8+7reb+1ast, M.Ceruti 6+5reb+4ast, L.Cecchi 5+4reb+1ast
VILLA SAN MARTIN: A.Carnovale 15+4reb+2ast, C.Geffrard 14+5reb+3ast, M.Cabrera 14+1reb+2ast, G.Saavedra 13+3reb, J.Morales 11+7reb, F.Aldama 7+3reb
gschID: 523899


Atenas Carmen - Parque Sur 81-67

There was a minor upset in Carmen de Patagones where much higher ranked Parque Sur (15-11) was defeated by fifth ranked Atenas (13-13) 81-67 on Saturday. Atenas forced 20 Parque Sur turnovers. Emiliano Agostino (191-84) stepped up and scored 25 points (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners and American forward Scott Cutley (196-85, college: CS Fullerton) chipped in 9 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Cutley is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side Pablo Alderete (196-93) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Sebastian Bernasconi (203-86) scored 10 points and 8 rebounds. Four Parque Sur players scored in double figures. Atenas have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 13-13 record. Parque Sur lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Atenas Carmen: E.Agostino 25+1ast, A.Giarraffa 12+1ast, C.Lavoratornuovo 11+2reb, S.Cutley 9+6reb+7ast, H.Wilkerson 8+7reb+1ast, M.Percaz 5+6reb+3ast
Parque Sur: P.Alderete 19+6reb+1ast, E.Bolling 12+4reb+3ast, S.Bernasconi 10+8reb+2ast, J.Stroud 10+7reb+1ast, G.Mariani 9+4reb+4ast, A.Richard 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 535980


Gimnasia LP - La Union 89-75

Everything could happen in La Plata at the game between two tied teams. Both sixth ranked Gimnasia LP and 7th ranked La Union had identical 6-18 record. This time Gimnasia LP used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Colon 89-75 on Saturday night. Gimnasia LP dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to La Union's 30. Point guard Leonardo La Bella (180-86) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners and Juan Lancieri (190-95) chipped in 20 points and 4 assists. At the losing side point guard Carlos Buendia (178-95) responded with 22 points (made all of his seven free throws) and American Rakim Brown (198-91, college: Humboldt St.) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Gimnasia LP have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 7-18 record which they share with defeated La Union. La Union lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 19 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Gimnasia LP: L.La Bella 24+6reb+10ast, J.Lancieri 20+3reb+4ast, J.Victor Jeronimo 10+11reb, M.Segon 10+4reb, R.Salvatierra 9+9reb, L.Capponi Febo 6+1reb
La Union: C.Buendia 22+2reb+2ast, S.Ravina 14+3reb+1ast, R.Brown 13+7reb+2ast, F.Mendoza 10+8reb+1ast, M.Solanas 7+3reb+2ast, P.Bogado 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 535981


Temperley - Alianza Viedma 77-83

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked CA Temperley (12-12) was defeated at home by third ranked Alianza Viedma (15-11) 83-77 on Friday. Nigerian-American power forward Lotanna Nwogbo (203-93, college: Longwood) stepped up and scored 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and point guard Alexis Knecht (183-87) chipped in 24 points. At the losing side American forward Delwan Graham (203-88, college: Jacksonville) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and center Sebastian Chaine (201-86) scored 22 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Alianza Viedma have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Parque Sur. CA Temperley lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the fourth position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Alianza Viedma: A.Knecht 24+1reb+1ast, L.Nwogbo 18+9reb, P.Franco 12+2reb+2ast, O.McCullough 11+5reb+1ast, F.Grun 8+3reb+1ast, M.Gaynor 5+5reb
Temperley: S.Chaine 22+4reb+2ast, D.Graham 16+13reb+4ast, L.Ortiz 14, A.Eiguren 11+4reb+1ast, S.Egas 7+1reb, L.Ibanez Paz 4+7reb+4ast
gschID: 535952


BHY Tiro Federal - Villa Angela 63-65

Fifth-ranked BHY Tiro Federal (9-14) gave a tough game to third ranked Villa Angela (14-9) in Morteros on Friday. The visitors from Villa Angela managed to secure only two-point victory 65-63. However their fans expected easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But BHY Tiro Federal won fourth quarter 16-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Villa Angela made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Villa Angela outrebounded BHY Tiro Federal 42-29 including 34 on the defensive glass. BHY Tiro Federal was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Nate Carter (200-83, college: Oklahoma) stepped up and scored 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Cesar Avalle (189-85) chipped in 16 points. At the losing side naturalized American power forward Phillip Lockett (202-88, agency: DTMones) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds and the former international swingman Mariano Ceruti (194-79) scored 17 points. Villa Angela maintains third place with 14-9 record having just three points less than leader Union SF. BHY Tiro Federal lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with 14 games lost. Villa Angela will face Sportivo (#6) in Las Parejas in the next round. BHY Tiro Federal will play again on the road against Villa Angela in Villa Angela and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Villa Angela: N.Carter 19+8reb+1ast, C.Avalle 16+3reb, M.Garcia 9+6reb+1ast, J.Roumec 6+2reb+1ast, A.Zago 6+10reb, M.Cequeira 5+7reb+4ast
BHY Tiro Federal: P.Lockett 19+8reb+2ast, M.Ceruti 17+4reb+1ast, D.Brezzo 10+2reb, J.Xynos 8+2reb+1ast, M.Maximiliano 7+2reb, E.Correa 2+3reb
gschID: 523896


Independiente BBC - Salta Basket 69-67

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifth ranked Independiente BBC (9-17) edged at home 4th placed Salta Basket (10-13) 69-67 on Friday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Center Julian Aprea (209-87) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and swingman Juan-Angel Lopez (190-84, agency: DTMones) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side Nigerian-American power forward Ike Okoye (206-86, college: Boise St., agency: Aspire Sports) responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds and American forward LaQuan Prowell (203-84, college: Auburn) scored 16 points. Newly promoted Independiente BBC maintains fifth place with 9-17 record, which they share with Villa San Martin. Loser Salta Basket keeps the fourth position with 13 games lost. Independiente BBC will face higher ranked BHY Tiro Federal (#4) in Morteros in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Salta Basket will play at home against Barrio Parque and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Independiente BBC: J.Aprea 16+11reb+2ast, B.Ingrata 16+3reb+3ast, J.Angel Lopez 15+5reb+4ast, M.Vittar 8+4reb, V.Hugo Cajal 6+8reb+8ast, M.Martinez 4+1reb+1ast
Salta Basket: L.Prowell 16+4reb+2ast, I.Okoye 15+9reb+2ast, N.Copello 13+3reb+5ast, G.Eseverri 9+4reb+2ast, M.Fioretti 7+7reb, R.Haag 5+1reb
gschID: 523895


San Isidro - Villa San Martin 63-61

Fourth-ranked Villa San Martin (9-17) gave a tough game to second ranked San Isidro (16-10) in San Francisco. San Isidro managed to secure only two-point victory 63-61. However their fans expected easier game. Villa San Martin was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 17-14 charge of San Isidro, which allowed them to win the game. Center Santiago Gonzalez (203-83) nailed 6 points and 19 rebounds for the winning side and guard Martin Muller (191-85) accounted for 11 points and 4 assists. American-Haitian forward Clide Geffrard (198-94, college: SF Austin) came up with 15 points and 9 rebounds and Agustin Carnovale (195-86) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Villa San Martin in the defeat. San Isidro have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 16-10 record having just two point less than leader Union SF. Villa San Martin lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the fifth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Independiente BBC. San Isidro will play against league's second-placed Comunicaciones in Mercedes in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Villa San Martin will play at home against Sportivo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San Isidro: A.Landoni 13+3reb, G.Sciutto 13+2reb, M.Muller 11+1reb+4ast, S.Gonzalez 6+19reb, H. Feder 5+2reb, S.Acevedo 5+5reb+2ast
Villa San Martin: C.Geffrard 15+9reb+2ast, A.Carnovale 12+5reb+2ast, J. Corvalan 9+4reb, F.Aldama 6+5reb+1ast, G.Saavedra 6+3reb, G.Mascaro 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 523894


Olimpo BB - Parque Sur 82-69

There was a minor upset in Bahia Blanca where much higher ranked Parque Sur (15-11) was defeated by second ranked Olimpo (15-8) 82-69 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Olimpo. Parque Sur was better in second period 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Olimpo dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Parque Sur's 34. Olimpo forced 21 Parque Sur turnovers. Guard Christian Schoppler (185-86) stepped up and scored 16 points and 5 assists for the winners and Canadian forward Dwayne Smith (198-89, college: G.Washington, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Olimpo's coach Franco Maceratesi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Pablo Alderete (196-93) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds and guard Elnes Bolling (189-91) scored 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his seven free throws). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Olimpo maintains second place with 15-8 record behind leader Union SF which they share with defeated Parque Sur. Parque Sur lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Olimpo BB: D.Smith 16+5reb+1ast, C.Schoppler 16+1reb+5ast, J.Fabio 14+4reb, T.Granado 11+10reb+1ast, F.Pennacchotti 9+4reb+1ast, L.Marin 8+1reb+3ast
Parque Sur: P.Alderete 19+8reb+3ast, E.Bolling 14+7reb+6ast, A.Jure 11+1reb+2ast, J.Stroud 10+3reb, E.Martinez 7+2reb+2ast, A.Richard 5+4reb+6ast
gschID: 535871


Union SF - SP Las Parejas 91-65

No shocking result in a game in Santa Fe where first ranked Union SF (19-5) outleveled 6th ranked Sportivo (6-19) 91-65 on Thursday. Union SF forced 21 Sportivo turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Sportivo's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Union SF made 7 blocks. Forward Patricio Tabarez (195-91) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 7 blocks for the winners and center Fernando Podesta (205-92) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. Union SF's coach Daniel Beltramo felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Manuel Olocco (198-88) responded with 16 points and 6 rebounds and guard Agustin Pautasso (192-97) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Five Union SF and four Sportivo players scored in double figures. Union SF have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 19-5 record. Sportivo lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with 19 games lost. Union SF will face league's second-placed Comunicaciones in Mercedes in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sportivo will play on the road against the league's leader Hindu (#1) in Chaco and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Union SF: F.Podesta 19+6reb+3ast, P.Tabarez 15+12reb+2ast, M.Isola 14+4reb+1ast, M.Borsatti 12+5reb+2ast, T.Acosta 11+7reb+7ast, P.Bandeo 9+4reb
SP Las Parejas: M.Olocco 16+6reb+3ast, A.Pautasso 14+6reb, J.Ignacio Rodriguez Suppi 13+3reb+2ast, A. Meinero 12+2reb, M.Luchi 4+9reb, U.Pasqualetto 4+4reb
gschID: 523893


Comunicaciones - Hindu 72-77

The game between closely ranked teams ended with their biggest opponent Comunicaciones' (18-7) home loss to first ranked Hindu (20-4) 72-77 on Thursday. Comunicaciones was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: DTMones) stepped up and scored 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and point guard Nicolas Paletta (180-87) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists. At the losing side forward Nicolas Lauria (202-88) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and Ariel Pau (184-84) scored 17 points and 4 assists. Hindu have an impressive series of twenty victories in a row. They maintain first place with 20-4 record. Loser Comunicaciones keeps the second position with seven games lost. Hindu will face Sportivo (#6) in Las Parejas in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Comunicaciones will play on the road against the league's second-placed San Isidro (#2) in San Francisco and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hindu: K.Jones 23+5reb+1ast, N.Paletta 13+3reb+5ast, P.Moya 11+5reb+1ast, P.Fernandez 9+11reb, M.Coronel 8+5reb+1ast, S.Picton 7+2reb
Comunicaciones: N.Lauria 18+10reb+2ast, A.Pau 17+1reb+4ast, G.Essengue 10+3reb+1ast, C.Romero 9+3reb, V.Burgos 6, J.De Felippo 6+6reb
gschID: 523892


San Isidro - Villa Angela 80-72

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second ranked San Isidro's (16-10) home victory over 3rd placed Villa Angela (14-9) 80-72 on Wednesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Villa Angela won fourth quarter 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Center Santiago Gonzalez (203-83) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and power forward Sebastian Acevedo (198-90, agency: DTMones) chipped in 13 points. Four San Isidro players scored in double figures. San Isidro's coach Julian Pagura used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side power forward Ariel Zago (200-85) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Martin Cequeira (180-88) scored 8 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. San Isidro have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 16-10 record having just two point less than leader Union SF. Loser Villa Angela keeps the third position with nine games lost. San Isidro will face league's second-placed Comunicaciones in Mercedes in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Villa Angela will play at home against BHY Tiro Federal and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San Isidro: G.Sciutto 14+1reb+2ast, M.Corzo 13+2reb, S.Acevedo 13+4reb, S.Gonzalez 11+10reb+2ast, J.Kelly 8+2reb+3ast, M.Muller 6+3reb+5ast
Villa Angela: N.Carter 18+3reb+1ast, A.Zago 15+8reb+1ast, C.Avalle 13+4reb+1ast, A.Spalla 9+1reb, M.Cequeira 8+8reb+7ast, M.Garcia 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 523890


Independiente BBC - Mitre Tuc. 77-63

Not a big story in a game when 7th ranked Mitre Tuc. (6-17) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Independiente BBC (9-17) 77-63 on Wednesday. Independiente BBC looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Center Julian Aprea (209-87) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and swingman Juan-Angel Lopez (190-84, agency: DTMones) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Tirrell Brown (198-93, college: Ouachita Baptist) responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Facundo Toia (179-94) scored 12 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Mitre Tuc.'s coach Gabriel Albornoz tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Independiente BBC maintains fifth place with 9-17 record, which they share with Villa San Martin. Mitre Tuc. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh position with 17 games lost. Independiente BBC will face higher ranked BHY Tiro Federal (#4) in Morteros in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mitre Tuc. will play on the road against Barrio Parque in Cordoba and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Independiente BBC: J.Angel Lopez 21+5reb+2ast, J.Aprea 20+10reb+2ast, B.Ingrata 15+3reb, M.Martinez 12+1reb+1ast, M.Balteiro 4+2reb+1ast, V.Hugo Cajal 2+3reb+15ast
Mitre Tuc.: T.Brown 13+5reb+1ast, F.Toia 12+3reb+4ast, J.Muruaga 11+5reb+1ast, P.Osores 10+2reb+2ast, R.Banegas 7+6reb, L.Arganaraz 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 523891


Gimnasia LP - Petr.Argentino 84-78

There was a small surprise in La Plata where sixth ranked Gimnasia LP (7-18) beat 6th ranked Petr.Argentino (8-16) 84-78 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-78. Gimnasia LP outrebounded Petr.Argentino 37-24 including 30 on the defensive glass. Power forward Lisandro Villa (198-87) stepped up and scored 29 points and 6 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) for the winners and point guard Leonardo La Bella (180-86) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists. At the losing side American forward Cedric Blossom (198, college: Morgan St., agency: DTMones) responded with 19 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward Darnell Dodson (201-89, college: S.Mississippi, agency: DTMones) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Five Petr.Argentino players scored in double figures. Gimnasia LP have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 7-18 record which they share with defeated Petr.Argentino. Loser Petr.Argentino keeps the sixth position with 16 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Gimnasia LP: L.Villa 29+6reb+2ast, M.Segon 20+4reb+1ast, L.La Bella 14+5reb+11ast, R.Salvatierra 8+8reb, J.Victor Jeronimo 7+6reb, E.Rusconi 6+4reb+5ast
Petr.Argentino: C.Blossom 19+9reb, D.Dodson 17+5reb+1ast, M.Castets 14+1reb+3ast, F.Gago 11+2reb+4ast, D.Pineda 11+4reb+2ast, L.Diaz 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 535838


Ciclista - Estudiantes O. 70-78

There was a minor upset in Juninense where leader Ciclista (15-10) was defeated by first ranked Estudiantes O. (16-8) 78-70 on Wednesday. Ciclista trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 21-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 70-78 at the end of the game. Ciclista was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Italian center Emilio Dominguez (202-87) stepped up and scored 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and point guard Diego Figueredo (185-91) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side American power forward Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import swingman Aaron Harrison (198-93, college: Lynn) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Estudiantes O. maintains first place with 16-8 record which they share with defeated Ciclista. Ciclista lost third consecutive game. They still keep top position with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes O.: E.Dominguez 19+6reb, D.Figueredo 16+6reb+2ast, R.Sanchez 15+7reb, J.Gamazo 10+4reb+1ast, L.Portillo 7+2reb+2ast, S.Arese 6+7reb
Ciclista: J.Fahnbulleh 16+11reb, A.Harrison 15+9reb+2ast, P.Martinez 12+6reb+3ast, A.Merlo 10+2reb+11ast, R.Di Perna 8, M.Tamburini 7
gschID: 535837


La Union - Alianza Viedma 102-110

No shocking result in a game in Colon where third ranked Alianza Viedma (15-11) won against 7th ranked La Union (6-19) 110-102 on Wednesday. Alianza Viedma made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Alianza Viedma outrebounded La Union 41-27 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. La Union was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion, agency: DTMones) stepped up and scored 42 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the winners and Nigerian-American power forward Lotanna Nwogbo (203-93, college: Longwood) chipped in 21 points and 12 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). At the losing side American Rakim Brown (198-91, college: Humboldt St.) responded with 30 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and center Facundo Mendoza (200-84) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four Alianza Viedma and five La Union players scored in double figures. Alianza Viedma have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Parque Sur. La Union lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 19 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Alianza Viedma: O.McCullough 42+7reb+2ast, M.Gaynor 27+6reb, L.Nwogbo 21+12reb+1ast, F.Grun 13+7reb+3ast, P.Franco 4+4reb+7ast, A.Knecht 3+1reb+1ast
La Union: R.Brown 30+6reb+6ast, F.Mendoza 14+8reb+2ast, M.Solanas 13+4reb+1ast, C.Buendia 12+1ast, S.Ravina 11+2reb+4ast, J.Pegues 9+3reb
gschID: 535839


Barrio Parque - Villa San Martin 71-60

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 4th placed Villa San Martin's (9-17) road loss to third ranked Barrio Parque (13-9) 60-71 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Barrio Parque. Villa San Martin was better in third quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Point guard Esteban Cantarutti (185-88) stepped up and scored 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and guard Lautaro Rivata (188-87) chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American-Haitian forward Clide Geffrard (198-94, college: SF Austin) responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds and forward Julian Morales (195-95) scored 7 points and 8 rebounds. Barrio Parque maintains third place with 13-9 record having five points less than leader Union SF. Villa San Martin lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the fifth position with 17 games lost. Barrio Parque will face Mitre Tuc. (#7) in Tucuman in the next round. Villa San Martin will play at home against Sportivo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Barrio Parque: E.Cantarutti 13+5reb+4ast, L.Guerra 10+2reb+2ast, L.Rivata 10+7reb+3ast, G.Marozzi 9+6reb+1ast, E.Martina 9+3reb+5ast, S.Cabello 7+5reb
Villa San Martin: C.Geffrard 18+5reb+3ast, A.Carnovale 11+4reb+2ast, F.Aldama 8+4reb, G.Saavedra 7+8reb, J.Morales 7+8reb+2ast, M.Cabrera 6+2reb+5ast
gschID: 523889





Pedro Rubbera (ex Benidorm) is a newcomer at Teramo - by Eurobasket News

Serie B newcomer Basket Teramo 2015 added to their roster experienced 36-year old naturalized Argentinian swingman Pedro Rubbera (81). He started the season at Servigroup Benidorm in Spanish EBA league. In 11 games he recorded 8.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg this season. The last season Rubbera played at Pallacanestro San Michele Maddaloni where in 6 Serie B games he averaged 14.8ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.7spg.
He has played previously professionally in Spain (Calpe, Cordoba, Meridiano Alicante and La Vila) and Italy (Lucera, Sassari Torres and Trani).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Teramo.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko CAR
  Furstenfeld
  (188-SG-85)
  Avg: 20
 1. Car, Furstenfeld20.0 
 2. Miletic, Vienna19.9 
 3. Vay, Arkadia19.1 
 4. Clemmons, Vienna18.8 
 5. McNealy, Oberwart17.5 
 6. Lamesic, Wels17.1 
 7. Rados, Klostern.16.7 
 8. Murati, Gmunden16.3 
 9. Jackson, Oberwart16.3 
 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. Draskovic, Arkadia8.5 
 4. Vay, Arkadia8.4 
 5. Lamesic, Wels7.8 
 6. Baptiste, Kapfe.7.5 
 7. Ferguson, Vienna7.5 
 8. Sarlija, Furstenfeld7.4 
 9. Traylor, Oberwart7.0 
 10. Gaidys, Gmunden6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Danek, Arkadia6.8 
 2. Car, Furstenfeld5.6 
 3. Vujosevic, Kapfe.5.3 
 4. Stazic, Vienna5.2 
 5. Jackson, Oberwart5.1 
 6. Maresch, UBSC G.4.9 
 7. Friedrich, Gmunden4.8 
 8. Clemmons, Vienna4.5 
 9. O''Neal, Wels4.3 
 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, Vienna2.0 
 4. Miletic, Vienna1.7 
 5. Payton, Wels1.6 
 6. Cumberbatch, Oberw.1.6 
 7. Koch, Vienna1.6 
 8. Stazic, Vienna1.5 
 9. Ferguson, Vienna1.5 
 10. Trmal, Arkadia1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jamari TRAYLOR
  Oberwart
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Traylor, Oberwart1.6 
 2. Ferguson, Vienna1.5 
 3. Rados, Klostern.1.4 
 4. Chan, Wels1.2 
 5. Draskovic, Arkadia1.1 
 6. Kuakumensah, Oberw.1.0 
 7. Baptiste, Kapfe.0.9 
 8. Steed, Gmunden0.9 
 9. Naylor, UBSC G.0.8 
 10. Cigoja, Wels0.7 


Austrian A Bundesliga round 22 best performance: Carl Baptiste - by Eurobasket News

American Power forward Carl Baptiste (208-F/C-90, agency: Diamond Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Kapfenberg, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds, while his team crushed Wels (#4, 10-9) with 18-point margin 86-68. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Kapfenberg maintains the 3rd position in Austrian A Bundesliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kapfenberg will need more victories to improve their 12-9 record. In the team's last game Baptiste had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Kapfenberg and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former University of Delaware star has very solid stats this year. Baptiste is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 7.5rpg) and averages impressive 54.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Andell Cumberbatch (196-G-93, agency: Octagon Europe) of league's leader Oberwart. Cumberbatch had a very good evening with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he led Oberwart to another comfortable win 84-68 over the lower-ranked Klosterneuburg (#9, 4-16) being unquestionably team leader. Of course Oberwart still keep the league's top spot. His team lost just three games this season, while they won 16 matches. Cumberbatch is a newcomer at Oberwart, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Serbian guard Predrag Miletic (193-SG-84) of Vienna (#5). Miletic scored 29 points. He was a key player of Vienna, leading his team to a 81-69 win against slightly lower-ranked Arkadia (#7, 9-12). Vienna needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 10 lost games. Miletic has a great season in Austria. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.4ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chris McNealy (194-G-92) of Oberwart - 26 points and 5 rebounds
5. Marko Car (188-SG-85) of Furstenfeld - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists
6. Tilo Klette (206-C/F-77) of Gmunden - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Michael Ojo (195-G-89) of Gmunden - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78) of Vienna - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Filip Kramer (202-SF-92) of Kapfenberg - 16 points and 11 rebounds
10. Jozo Rados (208-C-93) of Klosterneuburg - 19 points, 12 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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  BAHAMAS  

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 7-7 
 8. Pirates 6-8 
 9. Pros 2-11 
 10. Legends 1-7 
 11. Cleaners 1-8 
 12. Rebels 1-12 

Regular Season: Round 14

Feb. 15: Rockets - Pros 79-70
Feb. 13: Bahamas Univ. - Pros 78-64
Feb. 11: Stingers - Rebels 70-59
Feb. 13: Stingers - Giants 64-67
Feb. 17: Stingers - Legends
Feb. 17: Bahamas Univ. - Rebels



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  BELGIUM  

Standings - Division I

Euromillions League Standings
 1. Oostende 16-4 
 2. Antwerp 13-7 
 3. Spirou 11-9 
 4. Brussels 11-9 
 5. Kangoeroes 10-10 
 6. Limburg United 10-10 
 7. Aalstar 10-11 
 8. Mons-Hainaut 8-12 
 9. Leuven 6-14 
 10. Liege 6-15 

Regular Season: Round 20

Feb. 15: Kangoeroes - Aalstar 85-73
Feb. 15: Liege - Limburg United 73-91
Feb. 15: Leuven - Oostende 70-87
Feb. 15: Brussels - Spirou 65-64
Feb. 15: Mons-Hainaut - Antwerp 54-70

Regular Season: Round 21

Feb. 24: Spirou - Limburg United
Feb. 25: Kangoeroes - Mons-Hainaut
Feb. 25: Aalstar - Liege
Feb. 25: Oostende - Brussels
Feb. 25: Antwerp - Leuven


De Cock's double-double lands him Top Division I Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old center Pieter De Cock (198-C-93) had an amazing evening in the last round for Ekeren and receives a Eurobasket.com Top Division I Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Houthalen (#5, 11-9) 72-66. Ekeren maintains the 13th position in Belgian Top Division I. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 14 games and recorded just five victories. In the team's last game De Cock had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Ekeren, through which he has constantly improved. Pieter De Cock averages this season 11.4ppg and 5.6rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Nick Celis (196-G-88) of Oxaco. He is a guard in his second season at Oxaco. In the last game Celis recorded impressive 24 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Oxaco was edged by slightly higher-ranked Gent Hawks (#1, 16-3) 85-82. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Oxaco still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 14-6 record is not bad at all. Celis is well-known at Oxaco and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.6ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 7.1rpg and 4.3apg.

Third place about best performers goes to center Bert Van Den Broek (201-C-92) of Giants B (#7). Van Den Broek scored 22 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Van Den Broek's great performance Giants B lost 68-93 to the lower-ranked RPC Anderlecht (#12, 6-13). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Giants B ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 11 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Van Den Broek could help Giants B to bring them higher in the standings. Van Den Broek has a very solid season. In 17 games in Belgium he scored 9.6ppg. He also has 6.2rpg and FGP: 54.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mitchel Gorremans (191-F/G-85) of Soba - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Gregory De Pooter (197-F-84) of Gent Hawks - 18 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Gilles Dierickx (213-C-92) of Ieper - 11 points and 21 rebounds
7. Dave Van den Brande (189-G-82) of Ekeren - 22 points and 7 rebounds
8. Patrick Hilliman (206-F/C-82) of Melsele - 25 points and 6 rebounds
9. Tomas Goethaert (183-G-83) of Gembo BBC - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Francois Lhoest (196-F/C-85) of Ninane - 13 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Brazilian NBB round 20 best performance: Betinho Nardi Duarte - by Eurobasket News

Former international Shooting guard Betinho Nardi Duarte (195-SG-88) had a very impressive game in the last round for Campo Mourao, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, five rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Macae (#15, 3-16) 91-78. Campo Mourao is placed at 7th position in Brazilian NBB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Campo Mourao will need more victories to improve their 11-8 record. In the team's last game Nardi Duarte had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Campo Mourao's top player in his first season with the team. Betinho Nardi Duarte averages this season 20.0ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 36-year old American Shamell Stallworth (195-SG-80, agency: Interperformances) of Mogi. Stallworth had a very good evening with 29 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Mogi lost that game 87-96 to the higher-ranked Flamengo (#2, 13-5). This loss caused Mogi to drop to 9th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Stallworth is one of the most experienced players at Mogi and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.3ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 4.3rpg and 3.4apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international Murilo Becker (211-C/F-83) of Vasco Da G. (#6). Becker scored 20 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Vasco Da G., leading his team to a 82-77 win against Campo Mourao (11-8). Vasco Da G. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 8 lost games. Becker has a very solid season. In 19 games in Brazil he scored 10.7ppg. He also has 5.0rpg and FGP: 51.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Fulvio de Assis (188-PG-81) of Brasilia - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Olivinha Rodriguez (203-F-83) of Flamengo - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Jefferson Andrade (207-PF-83) of Bauru - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Isaac Thornton (190-G-91) of Campo Mourao - 22 points and 3 assists
8. Alex Garcia (191-G-80) of Bauru - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Marquinhos Vieira (207-SF-84) of Flamengo - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Guilherme Giovannoni (203-PF-80) of Brasilia - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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



NBB Round 20: No surprise as #1 Brasilia rally past Paulistano - by Eurobasket News

The round 20 was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results.

NBB top team - Brasilia (14-5) managed to deliver another win on Tuesday. This time they beat tenth ranked Paulistano (8-11) 85-76. Brasilia looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Brasilia made 8 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by Paulistano helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international point guard Fulvio de-Assis (188-81) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and international Guilherme Giovannoni (203-80) who added 19 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Argentinian Daniel Hure (200-85) responded with 21 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Paulistano's coach Gustavo Conti rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Brasilia maintains first position with 14-5 record. Paulistano lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Minas. Brasilia are looking forward to face Liga Sorocaba (#13) in Sorocabana in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Paulistano will play on the road against Minas in Belo Horizonte and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
15th ranked Macae (3-16) was defeated at home by ninth ranked Campo Mourao (11-8) with the biggest margin this round 91-78. The winners were led by the former international Betinho Nardi-Duarte (195-88) who scored that evening 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Isaac Thornton supported him with 22 points. Even 20 points and 5 assists by American point guard Kendall Anthony (173-93, college: Richmond) did not help to save the game for Macae. Macae's coach Leonardo Costa tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Campo Mourao moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Macae lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Campo Mourao will play against league's second-placed Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Macae will play at home against Mogi (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 20: L.Sorocaba lost to Minas on the opponent's court 61-68. Bauru managed to outperform Pinheiros in a home game 74-64. Mogi recorded a loss to Flamengo on the road 87-96. Campo Mourao was defeated by Vasco Da G. on its own court 77-82.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 20 points and 12 rebounds by Murilo Becker of Vasco Da G..

Minas - L.Sorocaba 68-61

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 13th ranked Liga Sorocaba's (4-15) road loss to twelfth ranked Minas (8-11) 61-68. They made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Minas had a 28-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by American forward Drew Maynard (200-89, college: Rochester, MI) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and the former international guard Danilo Fuzaro (193-94) supported him with 17 points. Minas' coach Luiz Fernando Nery Leao allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 20 points and 5 rebounds by guard Rafael Castellon (192-85) did not help to save the game for Liga Sorocaba. Argentinian point guard Enzo Cafferata (187-88) added 10 points and 4 assists for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Minas moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Paulistano. Liga Sorocaba lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 15 games lost. Minas will play against Paulistano (#10) in Sao Paolo in the next round. Liga Sorocaba will play on the road against the league's leader Brasilia and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
L.Sorocaba: R.Castellon 20+5reb+2ast, T.Bento 11+3reb+1ast, E.Cafferata 10+4reb+4ast, A.de Souza 10+5reb+3ast, M.Tavares 4+4reb, L.Farina 4+3reb+2ast
Minas: D.Maynard 20+10reb+1ast, D.Fuzaro 17+3reb+1ast, S.Rodgers 10+3reb+5ast, P.Boracini 10+3reb+3ast, A.Mosso 7+5reb, A.Pinheiro 3+1reb
gschID: 495513


Bauru - Pinheiros 74-64

Rather predictable result when third ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (13-6) defeated at home 5th ranked Pinheiros (11-8) 74-64. The winners were led by international guard Alex Garcia (191-80, agency: Interperformances) who scored that evening 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international Jefferson Andrade (207-83) supported him with 22 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Even 15 points and 6 assists by American guard Cordero Bennett (188-88) did not help to save the game for Pinheiros. Germerson Barbosa (202-93) added 14 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Pinheiros' coach Cesar Guidetti tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Paschoalotto/Bauru have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 13-6 record behind leader Brasilia. Pinheiros at the other side dropped to the sixth place with eight games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Paschoalotto/Bauru will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pinheiros will play on the road against Vivo/Franca (#5) in Sao Paulo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pinheiros: A.Neto 18+1reb+2ast, C.Bennett 15+4reb+6ast, G.Barbosa 14+8reb+2ast, R.Ansaloni 7+7reb, G.Teichmann 4+6reb, D.Holloway 3+6reb+1ast
Bauru: J.Andrade 22+8reb+2ast, A.Garcia 22+8reb+5ast, L.Meindl 14+7reb+7ast, G.Yeye Torres 8+1reb+1ast, S.Santos 6+8reb+1ast, G.Pereira 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 495516


Brasilia - Paulistano 85-76

NBB top team - Brasilia (14-5) managed to deliver another win on Tuesday. This time they beat tenth ranked Paulistano (8-11) 85-76. Brasilia looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Brasilia made 8 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by Paulistano helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international point guard Fulvio de-Assis (188-81) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and international Guilherme Giovannoni (203-80) who added 19 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Brasilia players scored in double figures. Argentinian Daniel Hure (200-85) responded with 21 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the former international center Guilherme Hubner (208-87) scored 8 points and 12 rebounds. Paulistano's coach Gustavo Conti rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Brasilia maintains first position with 14-5 record. Paulistano lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Minas. Brasilia are looking forward to face Liga Sorocaba (#13) in Sorocabana in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Paulistano will play on the road against Minas in Belo Horizonte and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Paulistano: D.Hure 21+4reb+1ast, R.Carbonari 12+2reb+2ast, L.Dias Silva 11+5reb+4ast, G.Lucas 9+3reb+1ast, G.Hubner 8+12reb+1ast, J.Luz dos Santos 7+4reb+3ast
Brasilia: F.de Assis 20+5reb+8ast, G.Giovannoni 19+6reb+3ast, L.Mariano 13+6reb+1ast, D.Ramos 10+2reb+1ast, D.Castellar 8+5reb, J.Campos 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 495517


Flamengo - Mogi 96-87

Not a big story in a game in Rio de Janeiro where 6th ranked Mogi (11-8) was defeated by second ranked Flamengo (13-5) 96-87. Flamengo had a 30-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. The winners were led by the former international forward Olivinha Rodriguez (203-83) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and the former international Marquinhos Vieira (207-84) supported him with 20 points and 6 assists. Even 29 points by naturalized American Shamell Stallworth (195-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Mogi. The former international point guard Larry Taylor (185-80, college: Missouri Western) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains second position with 13-5 record behind leader Brasilia. Defending champion Mogi keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Flamengo will play against Campo Mourao (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Mogi will play against Macae and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Mogi: S.Stallworth 29+3reb+3ast, L.Taylor 13+6reb+8ast, G.Filipin 12+2reb+1ast, T.Curnell 11+4reb+2ast, J.de Oliveira 8+2reb+4ast, F.Russo 8+4reb
Flamengo: M.Vieira 20+3reb+6ast, O.Rodriguez 16+10reb+3ast, R.de Souza 15+4reb+1ast, J.Paulo Lopez 11+5reb+3ast, R.Ramon 9+3reb+6ast, R.Fischer 9+2reb+4ast
gschID: 495515


Macae - Campo Mourao 78-91

15th ranked Macae (3-16) was defeated at home by ninth ranked Campo Mourao (11-8) with the biggest margin this round 91-78. Campo Mourao made 29-of-36 charity shots (80.6 percent) during the game. Macae was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by the former international Betinho Nardi-Duarte (195-88) who scored that evening 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Isaac Thornton (190-91, college: Fairmont St.) supported him with 22 points. Even 20 points and 5 assists by American point guard Kendall Anthony (173-93, college: Richmond) did not help to save the game for Macae. Guard Guilherme Schneider (193-86) added 22 points for the hosts. Macae's coach Leonardo Costa tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Campo Mourao moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Macae lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Campo Mourao will play against league's second-placed Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Macae will play at home against Mogi (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Macae: G.Schneider 22+4reb, K.Anthony 20+2reb+5ast, I.Avelino 11+1reb+1ast, L.Paulo Dos Santos 6+5reb+3ast, E.Camilo 6+2reb+1ast, R.Da Silva 4+1reb+2ast
Campo Mourao: B.Nardi Duarte 26+5reb+4ast, I.Thornton 22+3ast, V.Oliveira 12+3reb+1ast, W.Henrique 10+1reb, C.Freitas 8+9reb+4ast, R.Souza 6+2reb
gschID: 495514


Campo Mourao - Vasco Da G. 77-82

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked Vasco Da G. (11-8) beat on the road 9th ranked Campo Mourao (11-8) 82-77. The winners were led by the former international power forward Murilo Becker (211-83) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and the former international point guard Welington Dos-Santos (185-81) supported him with 19 points and 5 assists. Four Vasco Da G. players scored in double figures. Vasco Da G.'s coach Dede Barbosa allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds by Vinicius Oliveira (200-90) did not help to save the game for Campo Mourao. The former international Betinho Nardi-Duarte (195-88) added 19 points and 4 assists for the hosts. Vasco Da G. moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Campo Mourao. Vasco Da G. will play against SKY/Basquete (#12) in Aldeota in the next round where they are favorite. Campo Mourao will play on the road against the league's second-placed Flamengo (#2) in Rio de Janeiro and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Campo Mourao: V.Oliveira 21+10reb+2ast, B.Nardi Duarte 19+4reb+4ast, G.Brown 14+2reb+2ast, D.Nunes 9+6reb+2ast, C.Freitas 4+5reb+5ast, R.Souza 4+3reb+1ast
Vasco Da G.: M.Becker 20+12reb+2ast, W.Dos Santos 19+4reb+5ast, D.Jackson 14+9reb+2ast, G.Zilmer 10+4reb, H.Vitor Lima 8+1reb+3ast, B.Fiorotto 6+6reb+3ast
gschID: 535043





Soles sign Jason Robinson, ex Flamengo - by Eurobasket News

Soles de Mexicali (LNBP) signed experienced 37-year old American small forward Jason Robinson (198-102kg-80, college: Pikeville). He played last season at Flamengo in Brazilian NBB league. In 40 games he had 7.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.3apg. Robinson helped them to win the league title.
The previous (14-15) season he played at Tecnyconta Zaragoza in Spanish Liga Endesa where in 33 games he recorded 9.8ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.2apg. Robinson also played 15 games in Eurocup where he averaged 8.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg.
He is quite experienced player. Robinson has played on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Argentina (GECR Indalo), Portugal (Sangalhos and Belenenses), Spain (Valencia Basket, Blancos de Rueda, Melilla_Baloncesto, Gandia and Gipuzkoa) and South Korea (KCC Egis).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Soles.
Robinson attended Pikeville College until 2003 and it will be his 14th (!!!) season as a professional player.
He could be described: Physical & Mental: Has a very good team attitude. Works and communicates well with teammates. Good condition physically. Smart.
Ball Skills: Needs improvement to create his own shot.
Offense: Could be more aggressive. Shooting stroke and range could improve.
Rebounding: Needs to be more aggressive on the blocks.
Defense: Very good foot work. Vision could be better.
Game Knowledge: Understands the game.
Strengths: Has uncanny ability to get his teammates open.
Opportunities for Improvement: Needs to be more aggressive. Concentrate on increasing foot speed.
Overall Comments: Good condition physically. Runs the floor well. Integrates well with teammates. Very coachable. Good versatility at the next level, with size and athleticism
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bulgarian U16 National Team 2017 - by Greg


Slav Georgiev01
Nikolay Ivanov 180-PG-01

Mihail Modlov 01
Aleksander Stoykov 01
Emil Stoilov 02
Emilian Grudev 01
Pavel Mangurov 01
Aleksander Vitanov 02
Aleksander Stoimenov 01
Adrian Belishki 01
Martin Yordanov 02
Boyan Boyanov 01




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  CANADA  

CIS men standings

CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. Dalhousie 13-4 
 2. UNB 12-6 
 3. St.Mary's 11-6 
 4. Memorial 11-7 
 5. Acadia 8-8 
 6. St.Francis X. 8-9 
 7. UPEI 5-12 
 8. Cape Breton 0-16 
CanWest Explorer Division
 1. UFV 11-9 
 2. Mount Royal 8-12 
 3. TRU 8-12 
 4. MacEwan 7-13 
 5. UNBC 4-16 
 6. UBC Okanagan 2-18 
CanWest Pioneer Division
 1. UBC 19-1 
 2. Calgary 16-4 
 3. Alberta 14-6 
 4. Saskatchewan 14-6 
 5. Lethbridge 13-7 
 6. Manitoba 12-8 
 7. Winnipeg 12-8 
 8. Brandon 9-11 
 9. Victoria 9-11 
 10. Regina 9-11 
 11. TWU 3-20 
OUA Central
 1. Brock 13-4 
 2. McMaster 8-10 
 3. Lakehead 5-12 
 4. Guelph 5-13 
OUA East
 1. Ryerson 16-1 
 2. Toronto 11-6 
 3. Queen's 6-12 
 4. York 4-13 
OUA North
 1. Carleton 16-0 
 2. Ottawa 15-2 
 3. Nipissing 9-9 
 4. Laurentian 8-10 
OUA West
 1. Windsor 10-9 
 2. Laurier 8-11 
 3. Waterloo 6-11 
 4. Western 6-13 
 5. Algoma 4-14 
Quebec League
 1. McGill 10-3 
 2. Concordia 9-4 
 3. UQAM 7-7 
 4. Laval 5-8 
 5. Bishop's 2-11 

Regular Season: Round 25

Feb. 15: Windsor - McMaster 91-87
Feb. 15: Western - Brock 65-80
Feb. 16: McGill - Concordia
Feb. 17: Cape Breton - UNB
Feb. 17: St.Mary's - Dalhousie
Feb. 17: St.Francis X. - Acadia
Feb. 17: Laurentian - Algoma
Feb. 17: Ryerson - Carleton
Feb. 17: York - Queen's
Feb. 17: Toronto - Ottawa
Feb. 17: Waterloo - Lakehead
Feb. 17: UQAM - Laval
Feb. 18: Brock - Windsor
Feb. 18: McMaster - Western
Feb. 18: Bishop's - McGill
Feb. 18: Acadia - Dalhousie
Feb. 18: Ryerson - Ottawa
Feb. 18: Laurier - Lakehead
Feb. 18: Toronto - Carleton
Feb. 18: Nipissing - Algoma
Feb. 18: Waterloo - Guelph
Feb. 19: Cape Breton - UPEI



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Cazorla adds Nakidjim to their roster - by Eurobasket News

CB Cazorla Jaen Paraiso Interior (EBA) added to their roster 23-year old Chadian center Placide Nakidjim (205-94). He just played at Moron in Spanish LEB Silver. In 10 games he recorded 9.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.0spg and 1.0bpg this season. EBA will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Nakidjim also played for Basket Globalcaja Quintanar (also in LEB Silver) earlier that season where in 7 games he averaged impressive 19.3ppg, 12.3rpg, 1.7apg and 2.3bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team was regular season runner-up in Spanish EBA Group B in 2016. Nakidjim was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish EBA Center of the Year in 2016.
He has played previously for four other teams: Real Madrid, Real Madrid II, Movistar Estudiantes Madrid B and Cambados.
The scouts decsribe him following way: An undersized center with great athletic skills. A great leaper and slasher, he indimitades yet a lot in the paint.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Standings - CBA

CBA Standings
 1. Xinjiang FT 30-6 
 2. Shanghai S. 29-7 
 3. Liaoning H. 28-8 
 4. Guangdong ST 28-8 
 5. Guangsha L. 28-8 
 6. Shenzhen L. 24-13 
 7. Sichuan BW 21-15 
 8. Shandong FB 21-15 
 9. Beijing D. 20-16 
 10. Jiangsu D. 19-17 
 11. TianJin S. 19-18 
 12. Qingdao E. 16-20 
 13. Shanxi Zh. 14-22 
 14. Jilin NE T. 12-24 
 15. Fujian QB 11-25 
 16. Zhejiang CB 10-26 
 17. North Control B. 9-27 
 18. Jiangsu TX 8-28 
 19. Guangzhou 8-28 
 20. Bayi R. 6-30 

Regular Season: Round 36

Feb. 15: Sichuan BW - Shandong FB 97-90
Feb. 15: Jilin NE T. - Guangsha L. 96-118
Feb. 15: Bayi R. - Xinjiang FT 83-100
Feb. 15: Guangdong ST - Jiangsu TX 123-85
Feb. 15: TianJin S. - Fujian QB 116-102
Feb. 15: Jiangsu D. - Guangzhou 111-98
Feb. 15: Qingdao E. - Shanxi Zh. 105-98
Feb. 15: Zhejiang CB - Shenzhen L. 105-119
Feb. 15: North Control B. - Liaoning H. 104-119
Feb. 15: Shanghai S. - Beijing D. 104-107

Regular Season: Round 37

Feb. 17: Shanxi Zh. - Guangzhou
Feb. 17: Guangdong ST - Jiangsu D.
Feb. 17: Bayi R. - Qingdao E.
Feb. 17: Shenzhen L. - Jiangsu TX
Feb. 17: Jilin NE T. - Zhejiang CB
Feb. 17: Xinjiang FT - Shandong FB
Feb. 17: Liaoning H. - Guangsha L.
Feb. 17: Sichuan BW - TianJin S.
Feb. 17: Shanghai S. - North Control B.
Feb. 17: Fujian QB - Beijing D.


Game Result - by Robert Wang

New round just finished tonight. Guangdong 123:85 Tongxi. Bayi 83:100 Xinjiang. Qingdao 105:98 Shanxi. Tianjin 116:102 Fujian. Jiangsu 111:98 Guangzhou. Julian 96:118 Guangsha. Beikong 104:119 Liaoning. Zhejiang 105: 119 Shenzhen. Shanghai 104 : 107Beijing . Si Chuan 97 : 90 Shandong . Yi Jianlian got 36 pets and 13 rebounds. Guo Ailun received 22 pets and 8 assists. Fortson from guangsha team received 35 pets , 6 rebounds and 9 assists.


CBA Round 35: Bottom-ranked Guangzhou win against Jiangsu TX - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

Bottom-ranked Guangzhou managed to get the second consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time they won against eighteenth-ranked Jiangsu TX 109-102. Guangzhou made 25-of-28 free shots (89.3 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Jiangsu TX helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Iranian forward Mohammad-Samad Nikkhah-Bahrami (199-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 34 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 5 assists. American swingman DJ Kennedy (198-89, college: St.John's) contributed with 27 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Jordanian forward Zaid Abbas (203-83) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for Jiangsu TX. Guangzhou (7-28) moved-up to nineteenth place. Jiangsu TX lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighteenth position with 27 games lost. Guangzhou are looking forward to face higher ranked Jiangsu Dragons (#10) in Nanjing in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jiangsu TX will play on the road against Guandong Tigers (#4) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
CBA top team - Shanghai Sharks (29-6) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eleventh ranked TianJin Steel (18-18) in Tianjin 113-102. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of TianJin Steel. It was a great evening for American point guard Jimmer Fredette (188-89, college: BYU) who led his team to a victory scoring 45 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Guerschon Yabusele helped adding 17 points and 10 rebounds. Palestinian center Sani Sakakini (204-88) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shanghai Sharks have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 29-6 record, which they share with Xinjiang FT. TianJin Steel at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 18 games lost. Shanghai Sharks will play against Beijing Ducks (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. TianJin Steel will play against Fujian and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Beijing was also quite interesting. Third ranked Liaoning Hunters (27-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Beijing Ducks (19-16). Liaoning Hunters defeated Beijing Ducks 98-84 on Sunday. It was an exceptional evening for Lester Hudson who led the winners and scored 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Grant Jerrett came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for Beijing Ducks in the defeat. Beijing Ducks' coach rotated eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. Liaoning Hunters maintains third place with 27-8 record having just two points less than leader Shanghai S., which they share with Guangdong ST and Guangsha L. Loser Beijing Ducks dropped to the ninth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Jiangsu D.. Liaoning Hunters will meet North Control (#17) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Beijing Ducks will play against the league's leader Shanghai Sharks (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Jilin Tigers (12-23) and North Control (9-26), which took place in Beijing. 14th ranked Jilin Tigers lost to seventeenth ranked North Control in a road game 118-124. The best player for the winners was Errick McCollum who had a double-double by scoring 60 points (!!!), 10 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. North Control's coach XiDong Wang allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. North Control maintains seventeenth place with 9-26 record. Jilin Tigers lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 23 games lost. North Control's next round opponent will be higher ranked Liaoning Hunters (#3) in Yingkou and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game between 19th ranked Bayi Rockets (6-29) and ninth ranked Sichuan BW (20-15) in Ningbo on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Sichuan outscored Bayi Rockets 96-72. Hamed Haddadi orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion moved-up to eighth place. Bayi Rockets lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom. Sichuan BW will face higher ranked Shandong Bulls (#7) in Jinan in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bayi Rockets will play at home against the league's second-placed Xinjiang Flying Tige (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 35: Fujian QB were beaten by Shandong FB on the road 124-113. Qingdao E. lost to Xinjiang FT on its own court 102-110. Shenzhen L. unfortunately lost to Guangsha L. in Hangzhou 90-97. Zhejiang CB recorded a loss to Guangdong ST at home 93-108. Shanxi Zh. was defeated by Jiangsu D. on the opponent's court 100-95.
The most impressive performance of 35th round was 24 points and 13 rebounds by Maciej Lampe of Shenzhen L..

Shandong FB - Fujian QB 124-113

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Shandong Bulls (21-14) beat 15th ranked Fujian (11-24) in Jinan 124-113 on Sunday. Shandong Bulls dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Fujian's 44. Shandong Bulls forced 19 Fujian turnovers and outrebounded them 52-39 including 19 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Jason Thompson (211-86, college: Rider) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import point guard Justin Dentmon (183-85, college: Washington) contributed with 38 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American point guard Dwight Buycks (191-89, college: Marquette) answered with 29 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists and international Zhelin Wang (215-94) added 12 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Fujian. Five Shandong Bulls and four Fujian players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Shandong Bulls maintains seventh place with 21-14 record. Loser Fujian keeps the fifteenth position with 24 games lost. Shandong Bulls will face Sichuan BW (#8) on the road in the next round. Fujian will play against TianJin Steel (#11) in Tianjin and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Fujian QB: B.Dwight 29+8reb+7ast, C.Linjian 24+2reb+1ast, Z.TaiLong 18+1reb+1ast, W.Zhelin 12+13reb+5ast, P.Sun-Chun 7+1reb, G.Lei 6+5reb+2ast
Shandong FB: D.Justin 38+5reb+5ast, T.Jason 27+18reb+4ast, W.Ke 17+6reb, L.JingYu 13+3reb+2ast, T.HanLin 10+7reb+1ast, D.Yanyuhang 9+3reb+2ast
gschID: 514044


Qingdao E. - Xinjiang FT 102-110

Very expected game when 12th ranked Qingdao Eagles (15-20) lost at home to second ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (29-6) 110-102 on Sunday. American-Bulgarian point guard Darius Adams (188-89, college: Indianapolis, agency: Stealth Sport) orchestrated the victory by scoring 42 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 6 assists. International center Qi Zhou (217-96) contributed with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. Greek center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84) answered with 33 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and American guard Dominique Jones (193-88, college: S.Florida) added 14 points and 8 assists in the effort for Qingdao Eagles. 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. Xinjiang Flying Tige have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Shanghai S. Qingdao Eagles lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 20 games lost. Xinjiang Flying Tige will face bottom-ranked Bayi Rockets (#20) in Ningbo in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Qingdao Eagles will play at home against Shanxi Zhongyu (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Qingdao E.: M.Loukas 33+7reb+6ast, S.Jie 17+4reb+2ast, J.Dominique 14+4reb+8ast, Z.Zan 13+4reb+1ast, Y.GengLin 8+2reb+1ast, C.Han Jun 6+1reb
Xinjiang FT: A.Darius 42+6reb+6ast, Z.Qi 26+15reb+2ast, B.Andray 17+7reb+2ast, L.Gen 10+2reb+3ast, S.TongLin 6+2reb, K.Makan 4+2reb
gschID: 514046


Guangsha L. - Shenzhen L. 97-90

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' (27-8) home victory over 6th ranked Leopards (23-13) in Hangzhou 97-90 on Sunday. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions made 17-of-18 free shots (94.4 percent) during the game. Leopards were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Courtney Fortson (180-88, college: Arkansas, agency: Three Eye Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. His fellow American import power forward Elijah Holman (208-89, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Pensack Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Zhejiang Guangsha Lions players scored in double figures. Polish-Swedish power forward Maciej Lampe (211-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds and American point guard Jeremy Pargo (188-86, college: Gonzaga) added 23 points and 4 assists in the effort for Leopards. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions moved-up to third place, which they share with Guangdong ST and Liaoning H. Loser Leopards keep the sixth position with 13 games lost. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will face Jilin Tigers (#14) in Changchun in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Leopards will play on the road against Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (#16) in Hangzhou and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Shenzhen L.: L.Maciej 24+13reb+1ast, P.Jeremy 23+4reb+4ast, M.Duo 19+3reb+1ast, L.Muhao 7+6reb, S.Zijie 5+4reb+1ast, G.QuAn 5+1reb+1ast
Guangsha L.: F.Courtney 23+10reb+7ast, L.Chih-Chieh 20+6reb+3ast, H.Elijah 18+11reb, H.Jinqiu 16+7reb+1ast, L.Jinglong 11+1reb+1ast, L.Cheng 4+1reb
gschID: 514052


Zhejiang CB - Guangdong ST 93-108

Not a big story in a game when 16th ranked Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (10-25) lost to fourth ranked Guandong Tigers (27-8) in Hangzhou 93-108 on Sunday. Guandong Tigers dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank's 48. They outrebounded Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank 58-41 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. American power forward Carlos Boozer (206-80, college: Duke) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international Jianlian Yi (212-87) contributed with 26 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Guandong Tigers players scored in double figures. American point guard Willie Warren (193-89, college: Oklahoma) answered with 19 points and the other American import guard Lorenzo Brown (196-90, college: N.Carolina St.) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Guandong Tigers have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Liaoning H. and Guangsha L. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth position with 25 games lost. Guandong Tigers will face Jiangsu TX (#18) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank will play against Leopards and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang CB: W.Willie 19+2reb+2ast, B.Lorenzo 12+6reb+5ast, L.Fengbo 12+1reb, W.Qian 12+4reb+3ast, X.Yubo 10+2reb, L.Junhao 8+8reb
Guangdong ST: Y.Jianlian 26+6reb, B.Carlos 18+13reb+5ast, Z.Peng 16+6reb+2ast, R.JunFei 13+10reb+2ast, G.Shang 9+3reb+1ast, Z.Rui 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 514051


North Control B. - Jilin NE T. 124-118

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Jilin Tigers (12-23) and North Control (9-26), which took place in Beijing. 14th ranked Jilin Tigers lost to seventeenth ranked North Control in a road game 118-124. North Control made 32-of-42 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 Jilin Tigers turnovers. 31 personal fouls committed by Jilin Tigers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American point guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen) who had a double-double by scoring 60 points (!!!), 10 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Uruguayan-Spanish power forward Esteban Batista (208-83, agency: Duran International) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists. North Control's coach XiDong Wang allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Malcolm Thomas (206-88, college: San Diego St.) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points, 24 rebounds and 8 assists and the other American import swingman Jabari Brown (193-92, college: Missouri) added 36 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. North Control maintains seventeenth place with 9-26 record. Jilin Tigers lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 23 games lost. North Control's next round opponent will be higher ranked Liaoning Hunters (#3) in Yingkou and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Jilin NE T.: B.Jabari 36+5reb+3ast, T.Malcolm 23+24reb+8ast, C.Zhangyi 18+1reb+2ast, Z.Biao 18+2reb+1ast, Z.Cheng 12+11reb+5ast, C.Lilong 5+2reb+1ast
North Control B.: M.Errick 60+10reb+8ast, H.Xining 22+7reb+1ast, B.Esteban 11+18reb+4ast, T.Heqi 10+1reb, Y.Liang 10+2reb, S.KangMing 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 514050


Beijing D. - Liaoning H. 84-98

The game in Beijing was also quite interesting. Third ranked Liaoning Hunters (27-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Beijing Ducks (19-16). Liaoning Hunters defeated Beijing Ducks 98-84 on Sunday. Liaoning Hunters dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Beijing Ducks' 42. It was an exceptional evening for American Lester Hudson (190-84, college: Tenn-Martin) who led the winners and scored 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) accounted for 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. American forward Grant Jerrett (208-93, college: Arizona) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and international guard Shuo Fang (188-90) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Beijing Ducks in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Beijing Ducks' coach rotated eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. Liaoning Hunters maintains third place with 27-8 record having just two points less than leader Shanghai S., which they share with Guangdong ST and Guangsha L. Loser Beijing Ducks dropped to the ninth position with 16 games lost. They share it with Jiangsu D.. Liaoning Hunters will meet North Control (#17) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Beijing Ducks will play against the league's leader Shanghai Sharks (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Beijing D.: J.Grant 17+10reb, Z.Xiaochuan 16+5reb, F.Shuo 12+6reb+3ast, J.Zhe 11+4reb, D.JiangPeng 7+2reb+1ast, Z.Qingpeng 6+1reb
Liaoning H.: H.Lester 27+6reb+4ast, R.Shavlik 19+9reb+2ast, G.Ailun 19+10reb+1ast, H.Dejun 15+11reb, L.Ming 6+7reb, L.Zhixuan 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 514049


Jiangsu D. - Shanxi Zh. 100-95

Everything went according to plan when tenth ranked Jiangsu Dragons (19-16) defeated 13th ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (14-21) in Nanjing 100-95 on Sunday. American swingman MarShon Brooks (196-89, college: Providence) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 43 points (!!!), 18 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 13-for-13 from the free throw line !!!). The former international forward Lin Chang (206-88, college: Long Beach St.) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Jiangsu Dragons players scored in double figures. American Jamaal Franklin (196-91, college: San Diego St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 45 points (!!!), 13 rebounds and 4 assists and Haitian-Canadian center Samuel Dalembert (211-81, college: Seton Hall) added 6 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Shanxi Zhongyu. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Jiangsu Dragons have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Beijing D. Loser Shanxi Zhongyu keeps the thirteenth position with 21 games lost. Jiangsu Dragons will face Guangzhou (#19) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Shanxi Zhongyu will play against Qingdao Eagles (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shanxi Zh.: F.Jamaal 45+13reb+4ast, Y.PengFei 13+7reb, X.Zhiqiang 11+7reb, D.Samuel 6+14reb+2ast, Y.Shuai 5+1reb, Z.LingXu 4+2reb+3ast
Jiangsu D.: B.MarShon 43+18reb+5ast, L.Wei 14+5reb, C.Lin 12+5reb+3ast, Y.Li 11+4reb, L.Yuanyu 8+2reb+4ast, M.Will 7+8reb
gschID: 514048


TianJin S. - Shanghai S. 102-113

CBA top team - Shanghai Sharks (29-6) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat eleventh ranked TianJin Steel (18-18) in Tianjin 113-102. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of TianJin Steel. Shanghai Sharks dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to TianJin Steel's 50. It was a great evening for American point guard Jimmer Fredette (188-89, college: BYU) who led his team to a victory scoring 45 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 5 assists. French Guerschon Yabusele (201-95) helped adding 17 points and 10 rebounds. Palestinian center Sani Sakakini (204-88) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Jeremy Tyler (208-91, college: Louisville) scored 28 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shanghai Sharks have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 29-6 record, which they share with Xinjiang FT. TianJin Steel at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 18 games lost. Shanghai Sharks will play against Beijing Ducks (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. TianJin Steel will play against Fujian and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
TianJin S.: T.Jeremy 28+7reb, J.Eugene 19+4reb+6ast, S.Sani 18+16reb+4ast, S.DeShuai 11+13reb, L.Rongpei 11+3reb+1ast, Z.Zhihan 11+3reb+3ast
Shanghai S.: F.Jimmer 45+8reb+5ast, Y.Guerschon 17+10reb, Z.Yi 15+6reb+2ast, Z.ZhaoXu 12+10reb, L.XiaoYu 10+2reb+4ast, T.Wen-Ting 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 514047


Guangzhou - Jiangsu TX 109-102

Bottom-ranked Guangzhou managed to get the second consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time they won against eighteenth-ranked Jiangsu TX 109-102. Guangzhou made 25-of-28 free shots (89.3 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Jiangsu TX helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Iranian forward Mohammad-Samad Nikkhah-Bahrami (199-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 34 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 5 assists. American swingman DJ Kennedy (198-89, college: St.John's) contributed with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Jordanian forward Zaid Abbas (203-83) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and the former international center ZhengDong Zhengdong (213-82) added 18 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Jiangsu TX. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Guangzhou (7-28) moved-up to nineteenth place. Jiangsu TX lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighteenth position with 27 games lost. Guangzhou are looking forward to face higher ranked Jiangsu Dragons (#10) in Nanjing in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jiangsu TX will play on the road against Guandong Tigers (#4) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu TX: C.Jared 30+1reb+1ast, D.Ikechukwu 21+7reb+3ast, Z.ZhengDong 18+12reb+2ast, A.Zaid 17+12reb+3ast, M.Zhuang 5+1ast, S.JianYe 4+1reb
Guangzhou: N.Bahrami Mohammad Samad 34+9reb+5ast, K.D.J. 27+15reb+4ast, Z.Zhun 21+4reb+1ast, F.Ziming 18+7reb+3ast, J.Mingxin 7+3reb, Z.Xuhang 2+4reb
gschID: 514045


Bayi R. - Sichuan BW 72-96

The game between 19th ranked Bayi Rockets (6-29) and ninth ranked Sichuan BW (20-15) in Ningbo on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Sichuan outscored Bayi Rockets 96-72. They outrebounded Bayi Rockets 44-33 including a 36-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Iranian center Hamed Haddadi (218-85) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks. Guard Ruheng Wang (191-90) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Sichuan BW players scored in double figures. Center Hao Fu (206-97) answered with 11 points and 8 rebounds and guard Lei Meng (193-95) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Bayi Rockets. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion moved-up to eighth place. Bayi Rockets lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom. Sichuan BW will face higher ranked Shandong Bulls (#7) in Jinan in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bayi Rockets will play at home against the league's second-placed Xinjiang Flying Tige (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Bayi R.: H.Liu 14+1reb+1ast, M.Lei 13+5reb, F.Hao 11+8reb, X.ZhongHao 8+5reb+1ast, L.Tian-he 8+3reb+3ast, Z.Yuchen 4+2reb
Sichuan BW: H.Hamed 21+15reb+5ast, W.Ruheng 17+5reb+2ast, M.Da 11+2reb, L.Wei 10+2reb+6ast, Z.ChunJun 9+2reb+2ast, T.Chen 7+5reb
gschID: 514043





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  CUBA  

Standings - LSB

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


LSB Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Esteban MARTINEZ
  Santiago
  (192-F-87)
  Avg: 31.3
 1. Martinez, Santiago31.3 
 2. Boffil, Villa Clara29.7 
 3. Guzman, Capitalinos24.1 
 4. Oliva, Pinar del Rio23.0 
 5. Monterrey, Pinar d.18.4 
 6. Torrientes, Matan.18.1 
 7. Abreu, Villa Clara17.7 
 8. Lopez, Camaguey14.4 
 9. Molina, Matanzas14.3 
 10. Baldo, Camaguey13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Roigelis OCHOA
  Santiago
  (190-G-93)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Ochoa, Santiago7.7 
 2. Siria, Santiago6.9 
 3. Cubillas, Villa Clara6.0 
 4. Font, Capitalinos5.6 
 5. Reyes, Ciego de Avila5.4 
 6. Martinez, Santiago5.4 
 7. Perez, Villa Clara5.3 
 8. Tito, Guantanamo4.9 
 9. Hernandez, Ciego d.4.7 
 10. Pons, Guantanamo4.6 
Assists Per Game
 Yosiel MONTERREY
  Pinar d.
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Monterrey, Pinar d.3.7 
 2. Heredia, Santiago3.3 
 3. Oliva, Pinar del Rio2.9 
 4. Abreu, Villa Clara2.6 
 5. Giron, Santiago2.1 
 6. Deschapelles, Matan.2.0 
 7. Troyano, Villa Clara2.0 
 8. Martinez, Ciego d.1.9 
 9. Francis, Camaguey1.8 
 10. Gomez, Santiago1.6 
Steals Per Game
 Yosiel MONTERREY
  Pinar d.
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Monterrey, Pinar d.6.4 
 2. Deschapelles, Matan.6.0 
 3. Cubillas, Villa Clara6.0 
 4. Oliva, Pinar del Rio5.3 
 5. Giron, Santiago5.0 
 6. Perez, Villa Clara4.7 
 7. Abreu, Villa Clara4.4 
 8. Baldo, Camaguey4.3 
 9. Hernandez, Ciego d.4.3 
 10. Ibanez, Camaguey4.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Roigelis OCHOA
  Santiago
  (190-G-93)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Ochoa, Santiago2.1 
 2. Font, Capitalinos2.1 
 3. Cubillas, Villa Clara2.1 
 4. Garcia, Matanzas1.1 
 5. Quintana, Pinar d.1.1 
 6. Perez, Villa Clara1.0 
 7. Castellanos, Ciego d.1.0 
 8. Romero, Villa Clara0.8 
 9. Cala, Camaguey0.8 
 10. Machado, Villa Clara0.7 


LSB Round 7: No surprise as #1 Villa Clara defeat Guerreros - by Eurobasket News

LSB top team - Villa Clara (7-0) managed to deliver another win on Thursday. This time they beat sixth ranked Guerreros (3-4) in Santa Clara 98-85. The game was mostly controlled by Villa Clara. Guerreros managed to win second period 26-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Villa Clara shot 63.6 percent from the field. It was a great evening for the former international swingman Andy Boffil (190-82) who led his team to a victory scoring 35 points (!!!) (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). Guard Neslier Abreu (187-93) helped adding 25 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side Lazro Sanchez responded with 27 points and 5 rebounds. Guerreros' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Undefeated Villa Clara have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-0 record. Guerreros lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Santiago.
Bottom-ranked Guantanamo (0-7) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their seventh consecutive match to third ranked Tigres (4-3) 68-46. It was an exceptional evening for Angel Ibanez who led the winners and scored 15 points and 8 steals. Carlos Villegas accounted for 9 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Elvis Pons (194-83) came up with 13 points for Guantanamo in the defeat. Guantanamo's coach Yuniel Cruz gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Tigres maintains third place with 4-3 record having just three points less than leader Villa Clara, which they share with Capitalinos. Guantanamo lost their seventh game in a row. They still close the standings with seven games lost.
The game in Avila supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Capitalinos (4-3) played at the court of 7th ranked Ciego (1-6). Capitalinos smashed Ciego 76-51 on Thursday. Abel Font fired 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Capitalinos' coach Rainel Panfet felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ricardo Oviedo produced 8 points for lost side. The victory was the third consecutive win for Capitalinos. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Camaguey. Defending champion Ciego keeps the seventh position with six games lost.

In the last game of round 7 Santiago lost to Pinar del Rio on the opponent's court 67-79.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 15 points by Karel Guzman of Capitalinos.

Villa Clara - Matanzas 98-85

LSB top team - Villa Clara (7-0) managed to deliver another win on Thursday. This time they beat sixth ranked Guerreros (3-4) in Santa Clara 98-85. The game was mostly controlled by Villa Clara. Guerreros managed to win second period 26-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Villa Clara shot 63.6 percent from the field. It was a great evening for the former international swingman Andy Boffil (190-82) who led his team to a victory scoring 35 points (!!!) (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). Guard Neslier Abreu (187-93) helped adding 25 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side Lazro Sanchez responded with 27 points and 5 rebounds and the former international guard Danys Torrientes (190-85) scored 19 points and 6 steals. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Guerreros' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Villa Clara have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-0 record. Guerreros lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Santiago.
Top scorers:
Villa Clara: A.Boffil 35, N.Abreu 25+5reb+2ast, O.Perez 13+4reb+1ast, Y.Cubillas 10+9reb+3ast, D.Valdes 2, M.Mons 0+1reb
Matanzas: L.Sanchez 27+5reb+2ast, D.Torrientes 19+2ast, Y.Deschapelles 13+2ast, Y.Molina 11+2reb+1ast, H.Garcia 6+7reb+3ast, J.Daudinot 4
gschID: 534684


Ciego de Avila - Capitalinos 51-76

The game in Avila supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Capitalinos (4-3) played at the court of 7th ranked Ciego (1-6). Capitalinos smashed Ciego 76-51 on Thursday. The game without a history. Capitalinos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ciego to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Capitalinos forced 19 Ciego turnovers and had a 23-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. International center Abel Font (206-97) fired 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. International forward Karel Guzman (188-95) chipped in 15 points. Capitalinos' coach Rainel Panfet felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Ricardo Oviedo (193-89) produced 8 points and the former international William Granda (189-85, agency: Pro Sports) added 11 points and 4 steals respectively for lost side. The victory was the third consecutive win for Capitalinos. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Camaguey. Defending champion Ciego keeps the seventh position with six games lost.
Top scorers:
Capitalinos: A.Ferran 16+1reb, K.Guzman 15+1reb+2ast, A.Font 11+8reb, R.Castillo 9, N.Coutin 8+2reb+2ast, D.Soltero 6+1ast
Ciego de Avila: W.Granda 11, D.Martinez 10+1reb, R.Oviedo 8+3reb+1ast, C.Reyes 7+1reb, V.Reyes 7+3reb, A.Hernandez 4
gschID: 534687


Pinar del Rio - Santiago 79-67

Rather expected game in Rio where 5th ranked Santiago (3-4) was defeated by second ranked Pinar (6-1) 79-67 on Thursday. Strangely Santiago outrebounded Pinar 29-16. The former international point guard Osmel Oliva (178-87) fired 28 points and 6 steals for the winners. The former international center Elieser Quintana (205-91) chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds. Point guard Julio Heredia (183-93) produced 22 points and 5 assists and guard Roigelis Ochoa (190-93) added 8 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Pinar maintains second place with 6-1 record behind leader Villa Clara. Santiago at the other side keeps the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with Matanzas.
Top scorers:
Pinar del Rio: O.Oliva 28+2ast, Y.Suarez 11+4reb, E.Quintana 10+8reb, D.Vazquez 8+2reb+2ast, Y.Monterrey 7+1reb+6ast, T.Blanco 7
Santiago: J.Heredia 22+1reb+5ast, G.Terres 18+1ast, E.Martinez 8+1reb, R.Ochoa 8+12reb, R.Giron 5+6reb, E.Siria 4+6reb
gschID: 534685


Guantanamo - Camaguey 46-68

Bottom-ranked Guantanamo (0-7) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their seventh consecutive match to third ranked Tigres (4-3) 68-46. The game was mostly controlled by Tigres. Guantanamo was better in fourth quarter 8-7. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tigres held Guantanamo to an opponent 22.7 percent shooting from the field compared to 36.9 percent accuracy of the winners. Strangely Guantanamo outrebounded Tigres 29-12. It was an exceptional evening for Angel Ibanez who led the winners and scored 15 points and 8 steals. Guard Carlos Villegas (197-94) accounted for 9 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Swingman Elvis Pons (194-83) came up with 13 points and guard Raudelis Guerra (191-93) added 11 points and 5 steals respectively for Guantanamo in the defeat. Guantanamo's coach Yuniel Cruz gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Tigres maintains third place with 4-3 record having just three points less than leader Villa Clara, which they share with Capitalinos. Guantanamo lost their seventh game in a row. They still close the standings with seven games lost.
Top scorers:
Camaguey: A.Ibanez 15+1reb+3ast, R.Carmenato 14+1reb+1ast, Y.Lopez 12+1ast, C.Villegas 9+7reb+3ast, Y.Jimenez 8, J.Sanchez 4+2reb
Guantanamo: E.Pons 13+4reb, R.Guerra 11+3reb+2ast, L.Fuentes 7+5reb+2ast, A.Matos 4+1reb, Y.Soria 4+1reb, Y.Mena 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 534686





Martinez's 55-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

29-year old forward Esteban Martinez (192-F-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Santiago and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
He had the game-high 55 points adding six rebounds and three assists for Santiago in his team's victory, helping them to beat Guantanamo (#8, 0-6), the league's bottom-ranked team 96-84. Santiago is placed at 5th position in Cuban league. 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 3-3 record. In the team's last game Martinez had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Santiago, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Martinez has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 31.2ppg. Martinez is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 6.2rpg), assists (5th best: 0.2apg) and averages solid 2.8spg.

Second best performed player last round was Andy Boffil (190-G/F-82) of top-ranked Villa Clara. He is former international swingman in his 6th season at Villa Clara. In the last game Boffil recorded impressive 37 points. Of course Villa Clara cruised to a 91-80 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Camaguey (#3, 3-3). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Villa Clara consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 6 games without any defeat. Boffil is one of the most experienced players at Villa Clara and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 27.2ppg (#3).

Third place about best performers goes to another Villa Clara's star - center Yoel Cubillas (204-C-94). Cubillas scored 16 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Villa Clara, helping his team with a 91-80 win against #3 ranked Camaguey. Villa Clara started extremely well this year. They recorded 6 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. Osvaldo Perez) of Villa Clara - 11 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Yoanis Soria (195-G/F-86) of Guantanamo - 30 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Eddy Siria) of Santiago - 9 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Danys Torrientes (190-G-85) of Matanzas - 26 points and 2 assists
8. Yaudelier Suarez (193-F-91) of Pinar del Rio - 13 points and 3 rebounds
9. William Granda (189-SG-85) of Ciego de Avila - 21 points and 2 rebounds
10. Legismel Borlot (195-F-87) of Capitalinos - 23 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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Standings - Basketligaen

Ligaen Standings
 1. Horsens IC 19-2 
 2. Bakken 16-3 
 3. Naestved 11-10 
 4. Horsholm 11-11 
 5. Svendborg 11-12 
 6. SISU 9-13 
 7. Randers 9-14 
 8. Stevnsgade 0-21 

Regular Season: Round 24

Feb. 14: Svendborg - Bakken 85-97
Feb. 15: Horsholm - Stevnsgade 79-65
Feb. 17: Naestved - Bakken
Feb. 17: Stevnsgade - Randers



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Pierre JACKSON
  Texas L.
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 29.6
 1. Jackson, Texas L.29.6 
 2. Harris, Texas L.26.5 
 3. Cook, Canton C.25.7 
 4. Blue, Los A.25.2 
 5. Patterson, Reno B.24.0 
 6. Crawford, Grand R.23.2 
 7. Murphy, Grand R.22.4 
 8. Nader, Maine RC22.2 
 9. Jones, Maine RC21.5 
 10. Holland, Canton C.21.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joel BOLOMBOY
  Salt L.
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Bolomboy, Salt L.13.2 
 2. Moreland, Canton C.11.9 
 3. Costello, Iowa E.11.6 
 4. Benson, Sioux F.10.9 
 5. Long, Delaware.10.9 
 6. Onuaku, Rio G.10.4 
 7. Wood, Greensbo.10.0 
 8. McKinnie, Windy C.9.2 
 9. Jones, Maine RC9.1 
 10. Webb-III, Delaware.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Magette, Los A.9.4 
 2. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 3. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.7 
 4. Dinwiddie, Windy C.8.1 
 5. McCallum, Grand R.7.4 
 6. Weber, Sioux F.7.3 
 7. VanVleet, Raptors .7.3 
 8. Pressey, Santa C.7.0 
 9. Jackson, Texas L.6.7 
 10. Cook, Canton C.6.6 
Steals Per Game
 Briante WEBER
  Sioux F.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Weber, Sioux F.3.3 
 2. Tokoto, Rio G.2.6 
 3. McCallum, Grand R.2.4 
 4. Harris, Texas L.2.3 
 5. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.3 
 6. Fells, Westches.2.1 
 7. Payton-II, Rio G.2.1 
 8. Pressey, Santa C.2.1 
 9. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
 10. Millsap, N.Arizon.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Keith BENSON
  Sioux F.
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Benson, Sioux F.2.6 
 2. Wood, Greensbo.2.6 
 3. Tavares, Raptors .2.4 
 4. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.3 
 5. Moreland, Canton C.2.2 
 6. Obekpa, Santa C.2.2 
 7. Diallo, Austin S.2.1 
 8. Acy, Texas L.2.0 
 9. Hammons, Texas L.2.0 
 10. Foster, Los A.1.9 


Vipers Complete Second Half Comeback to Strike Legends - by Eurobasket News

The Texas Legends (15-18) played their final game before the All-Star break in the Rio Grande Valley Tuesday night, but Cupid seemed to side with the Vipers (21-14), who returned from a 17-point deficit to take the game in the second half 141-133. Texas got off to a hot start shooting 67% for 44 points in the first, led by Ben Gordon (6'3''-G-83, college: Connecticut) with 13. The Legends grabbed the first points in the second to take their largest lead of the night (+17) before the Vipers responded with eight straight. Texas continued fighting for their double-digit lead, but the Vipers chipped away at the gap until regaining the lead with seconds on the clock by a three-ball from JP Tokoto. The Legends responded with a long shot of their own and the two teams repeated the exchange before Manny Harris (6'5''-F/G-89, college: Michigan) signed off with a dunk to give the Legends a four-point advantage at the break. The teams exchanged threes again to start the third, but Kyle Wiltjer (6'10''-F-92, college: Gonzaga) continued rolling, finishing the quarter with 23 points. The Vipers outscored Texas 39-20 to go up by 15 heading to the final quarter. The Legends pulled within six with a minute and a half to play, but the Vipers ran through six straight points to push the victory outside Texas' reach. Gordon led the Legends with 29 points, hitting 6-of-9 from outside. CJ Williams finished with 21 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists. Jameel Warney (6'8''-F-94, college: Stony Brook) came off the bench for 20 points while Harris joined him adding 18 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists. Wiltjer hit a game-high 7 threes to lead the Vipers with 29 points. Darius Morris (6'4''-G-91, college: Michigan) added 26 points and dished out 14 assists and Chinanu Onuaku added a second double-double for the home team with 26 points, 12 rebounds.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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Standings - KML

Alexela KML Standings
 1. TU/Rock 15-2 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 13-2 
 3. Parnu 11-9 
 4. Rapla 10-6 
 5. TTU 10-7 
 6. TLU/Kalev 6-11 
 7. Tarvas 5-13 
 8. Valga 5-13 
 9. Noorteliiga 0-12 

Regular Season: Round 17

Feb. 11: Valga - Parnu 89-99
Feb. 10: TTU - Rapla 85-78
Feb. 10: Tarvas - Kalev/Cramo 77-103
Feb. 14: Parnu - TTU 76-67
Feb. 15: Tarvas - Rapla 61-91

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 18: TLU/Kalev - TU/Rock
Feb. 18: Rapla - Noorteliiga
Feb. 21: Valga - Noorteliiga


Siim-Sander Vene selected the top Estonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Siim-Sander Vene
Siim-Sander Vene
   #1. This week's number one is former international small forward Siim-Sander Vene (201-90, currently plays in EuroCup). He could not help BC Nizhny Novgorod (1-5) in their last game. Despite Vene's good performance BC Nizhny Novgorod lost 73-81 on the road to the leading Hapoel Jerusalem. He scored 14 points in 31 minutes on the court. It was BC Nizhny Novgorod's fifth consecutive loss in a row. The Second Stage already ended in the Eurocup. It's Vene's first season with the team. Vene has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3FGP: 37.2% and FT: 75.0% in 14 games he played so far. He played for the Estonian senior national team two years ago.

Kristjan Kitsing
Kristjan Kitsing
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Kristjan Kitsing (205-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Denmark). Kitsing was the major contributor in Bakken's victory against the closely-ranked Svendborg (11-12) 97-85 in the Danish Ligaen last Tuesday. He scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Bakken Bears (16-3) is placed second in the Ligaen. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Kitsing has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 4.1rpg, 2FGP: 62.7%(37-59), 3FGP: 36.5% and FT: 85.7%. He is in the roster of the Estonian senior national team.

Jaan Puidet
Jaan Puidet
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Jaan Puidet (191-92, currently plays in Sweden). Puidet led KFUM Jamtland to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (11-10) crushing them 83-59 in the Swedish Basketligan on Tuesday night. He scored 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 30 minutes. KFUM Jamtland Basket (12-12) is placed sixth in the Basketligan. This year Puidet averages: 7.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 42.1%, 3FGP: 32.6% and FT: 89.7% in 20 games. He is also a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Tanel Kurbas
Tanel Kurbas
   #4. Guard Tanel Kurbas (197-88, currently plays in Sweden) led Sodertalje Kings to a 3-point victory against the closely-ranked Uppsala Basket (13-10) 71-68 in the Swedish Basketligan in Saturday night's game. Kurbas scored 11 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Sodertalje Kings (15-6) is placed third in the Basketligan. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Kurbas' overall stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.2apg. He is also Estonian national team player.

Maik-Kalev Kotsar
Maik-Kalev Kotsar
   #5. Former University international forward Maik-Kalev Kotsar (208-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to S.Carolina's surprising victory against the Mississippi State University (11-1) 77-73 in the NCAA last Saturday. Kotsar recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 32 minutes. The University of South Carolina has a very solid 10-2 conference record this season. This year Kotsar's overall stats are: 6.5ppg and 5.4rpg in 26 games. He used to play for the Estonian university national team two years ago.

Rauno Nurger
Rauno Nurger
   #6. Center Rauno Nurger (208-93, currently studies in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Missouri State University (8-3) 80-62 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Nurger scored 10 points. The Wichita State University has a very good 12-1 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Nurger's total stats this season are: 5.6ppg and 3.0rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Estonian senior team two years ago.

Other top Estonian players, who play abroad:

Sander Raieste (200-F/G-99) plays for Baskonia in Spanish Liga Endesa
Kristjan Kangur (201-SF-82) plays for Openjobmetis VA in Italian Serie A
Karl Karpin (205-C-0) plays for Joventut in Spanish Liga Endesa
Robert Valge (192-SF-97) plays for Palencia Baloncesto in Spanish LEB Gold
Kregor Hermet (204-PF-97) plays for Lleida Basquet in Spanish LEB Gold
Kristian Kullamae (190-G-99) plays for Oettinger Rockets Gotha in German ProA
Henri Drell (198-SF-0) plays for Baunach in German ProA
Rait-Riivo Laane (179-PG-93) plays for Ethnikos in Greek A2
Artur Arhangelski (185-G-97) plays for Combine Academy in the
Kaspar Treier (203-F-99) plays for Moncalieri in Italian Serie B



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Brose Baskets extend deal with Nikolaos Zisis - by Eurobasket News

Nikolaos Zisis and Brose Baskets have agreed on terms of contract extension. The Greek guard will stay with the German champions through 2019. Nikolaos Zisis joined Bamberg back in 2015. He averages 7.7 points, 4.5 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game in EuroLeague. In BBL Zisis notches 8.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists per appearance. Nikolaos Zisis has been the member of the Greek National Team since 2002.


Spanoulis out two weeks for Olympiacos - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos Piraeus has confirmed that team captain Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: BeoBasket) will miss the next two weeks with an injury. The three-time Final Four MVP was hurt in a domestic league game on Monday and underwent an MRI on Tuesday that showed an adductor adductor strain in his right thigh. With his recovery expected to last 15 days, Spanoulis will miss at least his team's Game of the Week showdown on February 23 at Fenerbahce Istanbul. Olympiacos must travel again one week later to face Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv, a game for which Spanoulis is now considered questionable. Olympiacos has been one of the hottest teams in the competition, winning 11 of its last 13 to climb into third place. Of its remaining eight games, Olympiacos plays five on the road, among them fourth-place Fenerbahce, second-place CSKA Moscow and sixth-place Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade.
Courtesy of: euroleague.net



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  FINLAND  

Standings - Korisliiga

Korisliiga Standings
 1. Helsinki Seagulls 20-6 
 2. Salon Vilpas 19-7 
 3. Kauhajoki 18-10 
 4. Kataja Basket 17-8 
 5. Lapua 14-13 
 6. Kouvot 11-15 
 7. BC Nokia 11-16 
 8. KTP Basket 10-17 
 9. Pyrinto 9-18 
 10. Korihait 4-23 

Regular Season: Round 30

Feb. 15: Kouvot - Salon Vilpas 97-100
Feb. 15: Kauhajoki - Lapua 87-75
Feb. 15: Kataja Basket - BC Nokia 86-70
Feb. 15: Helsinki Seagulls - Korihait 80-73
Feb. 17: Pyrinto - Kouvot
Feb. 18: KTP Basket - Salon Vilpas


Standings - Division I

1st Standings
Division A
 1. Lahti 18-4 
 2. Espoo United 15-6 
 3. ToPo 13-8 
 4. Jyvaskyla BA 11-9 
 5. Oulun NMKY 11-10 
 6. Porvoon Tarmo 10-11 
 7. FoKoPo 8-13 
 8. HBA-Marsky 7-14 
 9. Jarvenpaa 7-14 
 10. Pyrinto II 5-16 
Division B
 1. TuNMKY 17-4 
 2. PuHu Juniorit 16-4 
 3. Ura Basket 15-5 
 4. Korikouvot 13-7 
 5. Espoo Basket 13-8 
 6. HyPo 12-8 
 7. Raholan Pyrkiva 12-8 
 8. HNMKY U23 8-13 
 9. PeU-Basket 7-13 
 10. Karkkila 6-14 
 11. Munkkiniemen 5-16 
 12. JyWe 4-16 
 13. Namika Lr 4-16 

Regular Season: Round 19

Division A

Feb. 15: Pyrinto II - HBA-Marsky 75-101
Feb. 17: Jyvaskyla BA - FoKoPo
Feb. 17: ToPo - Jarvenpaa
Feb. 18: Espoo United - Porvoon Tarmo

Division B

Feb. 14: Munkkiniemen - HyPo 85-90
Feb. 19: Ura Basket - HyPo
Feb. 19: Raholan Pyrkiva - Namika Lr
Feb. 19: Karkkila - PuHu Juniorit
Feb. 19: HNMKY U23 - Korikouvot
Feb. 19: Espoo Basket - PeU-Basket
Feb. 19: TuNMKY - JyWe


Sasu Salin selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Sasu Salin (191-91, currently plays in EuroCup). He led his Spanish team Gran Canaria to a victory over the closely-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (2-4) crushing them 100-76 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Salin was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points in 21 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Herbalife Gran Canaria (4-2) is placed second in the Eurocup. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. This year Salin averages: 9.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 2FGP: 52.6%, 3FGP: 46.9%(30-64) in 14 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88, currently plays in Euroleague). Koponen could not help FC Barcelona (8-14) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the 12th-placed FC Barcelona (8-14) was defeated 69-62 at home by the lower-ranked Galatasaray (#15) in the group A of Euroleague. Koponen was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 5 rebounds. It's Koponen's first season with the team. Koponen has relatively good stats this year: 10.1ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 35.5% and FT: 88.6%. Ex-Honka Espoo Playboys player is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team.

Emir Sulejmanovic
Emir Sulejmanovic
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Emir Sulejmanovic (204-95, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup). He was the major contributor in Cibona's victory against the fourth-ranked Stelmet 81-69 in the FIBA Europe Cup on Wednesday night. Sulejmanovic 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 a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Finnish. He played for the Finnish national team four years ago.

Matti Nuutinen
Matti Nuutinen
   #4. Forward Matti Nuutinen (202-90, agency: Blacktop Management, currently plays in France) was the main contributor in a Chorale de Roanne's victory against the 15th-ranked ALM Evreux (8-10) crushing them 95-65 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. Nuutinen was the best player in that game. He scored 21 points and had 3 steals. Chorale de Roanne Basket (9-9) is placed seventh in the ProB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Nuutinen's overall stats this season are: 7.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.1apg. He is also Finnish national team player.

Erik Murphy
Erik Murphy
   #5. International power forward Erik Murphy (208-90, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Florida, currently plays in France) was not able to help Strasbourg IG in their game against Limoges CSP Elite (9-10) in the French ProA. Murphy recorded 8 points in only 10 minutes. Strasbourg IG lost 76-83 on the road to the lower-ranked (#9) Limoges CSP Elite. This year Murphy's overall stats are: 9.2ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.6apg in 19 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Murphy played previously for the USA U18 national team, he is currently in the Finnish national team roster. Strangely Murphy has never played in Finland.

Antti Kanervo
Antti Kanervo
   #6. Shooting guard Antti Kanervo (192-89, also represented by Blacktop Management, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Matti Nuutinen and both played together in the last French ProB game. Kanervo contributed to an easy victory against the 15th-ranked ALM Evreux (8-10) crushing them 95-65. He scored 16 points and added 4 passes. Kanervo's total stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.4apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

Roope Ahonen
Roope Ahonen
   #7. International guard Roope Ahonen (186-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Greece) was not able to secure a victory for Kolossos HH (9-8) in their game against Olympiacos (17-1) in the Greek A1. Ahonen scored 8 points in 22 minutes. Kolossos HH lost 59-70 on their home court in Rodou to the leading Olympiacos. This year Ahonen's total stats are: 7.8ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.3apg in 16 games. He is also Finnish national team player.

Samuel Haanpaa
Samuel Haanpaa
   #8. Swingman Samuel Haanpaa (203-86, another player represented by Blacktop Management, currently plays in Argentina) couldn't help Obras Basket (16-17) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Haanpaa's good performance Obras Basket (#4) was edged 95-92 in Rio Gallegos by the lower-ranked Hispano Americano de (#9) in the Sur group. He scored 10 points. Haanpaa has averaged so far 4.1ppg and 1.3rpg. He used to play for the Finnish national team back in 2014.

Alexander Madsen
Alexander Madsen
   #9. International power forward Alexander Madsen (207-95, currently plays in Czech Republic) couldn't help USK Praha (19-0) in their last game. Despite Madsen's good performance USK Praha lost 59-65 in Opava to the lower-ranked (#4) BK Opava in the Places 1-6 group. He scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 32 minutes. This year Madsen has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4bpg in 22 games. He is also in the roster of the Finnish national team.

Tuukka Kotti
Tuukka Kotti
   #10. An experienced power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Crailsheim Merlins' victory against the 11th-ranked Chemnitz (5-12) 96-87 in the German ProA (second division) in Saturday night's game. Kotti recorded 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Crailsheim Merlins (18-5) is placed second in the ProA. Kotti has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.9apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

   #11. International forward Alex Murphy (206-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Northeastern edge the College of Charleston 73-72 in the NCAA last Thursday. Murphy scored 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 37 minutes. Murphy has reliable stats this year: 14.4ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.8apg in 26 games. He is a naturalized American. Murphy plays currently for the Finnish national team. Apparently he has never played in Finland.

   #12. International small forward Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Deutsche Bank Skyliners in their game against Brose Baskets in the German BBL. Huff recorded 6 points. His team was badly defeated by 19 points 76-57. Huff averaged so far 10.6ppg and 3.4rpg. He is also in the roster of the Finnish national team.

   #13. International power forward Lauri Markkanen (213-97, currently studies in the States) helped Arizona win their game against the Stanford University 74-67 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. Markkanen recorded 8 points in 28 minutes. Markkanen has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg and 7.0rpg in 25 games. Markkanen is also Finnish national team player.

   #14. Former international point guard Harold Fiifi Aidoo (187-96, is currently at the American university) managed to help Grand Canyon State University in a victory against the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley 76-57 in the NCAA on Thursday night. He scored 5 points in 19 minutes. Aidoo has averaged so far 4.7ppg and 2.1rpg in 23 games. He used to play for the Finnish national team back in 2015.

   #15. Former University international forward Julius Rajala (206-94, currently plays in NCAA2) helped University of Southern Indiana win their game against the Maryville University 82-66 in the NCAA2 in Saturday night's game. Rajala scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Rajala has averaged so far 9.5ppg and 4.5rpg. He used to play for the Finnish university national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Remu Raitenan (206-F, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the one of league's weakest teams USF (7-6) to beat the Brigham Young University (10-4). He recorded 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The USF was badly defeated 68-52 on the road by the Brigham Young University. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Raitenan has averaged so far 4.8ppg and 3.6rpg.

   #2. Anton Kankaanpaa (196-G-92, currently plays in NCAA2) led Southern Nazarene University to an easy victory against the Oklahoma Baptist University crushing them 81-60 in the NCAA2 in Monday night's game. Kankaanpaa scored 11 points in a mere 15 minutes. The Southern Nazarene University has 10-7 record this season. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA2 Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Kankaanpaa has been at the team for four years. He has averaged so far 2.9ppg and 2.0rpg in 18 games he played so far.



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Nando De Colo selected the top French playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nando De Colo
Nando De Colo
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Nando De Colo (196-87, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Russian team CSKA to a victory over the sixth-ranked Crvena Zvezda (12-10) crushing them 102-80 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. De Colo was MVP of the game. He recorded 25 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists in 25 minutes on the court. CSKA Moscow (16-6) is placed second in group A. De Colo has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 56.0%(70-125), 3FGP: 42.1% and FT: 95.2%(80-84) in 15 games he played so far. De Colo is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Thomas Heurtel
Thomas Heurtel
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague). He was the main contributor in an Anadolu Efes' victory against the bottom-ranked Armani Milano (7-15) 90-86 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Heurtel was the best player in that game. He recorded 17 points and added 6 passes (made all of his five free throws). Anadolu Efes Istanbul (11-11) is placed eighth in group A. Heurtel has relatively good stats this season: 13.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 5.7apg, 2FGP: 52.1%, 3FGP: 39.4% and FT: 88.0%. He is in the roster of the French senior national team.

Guerschon Yabusele
Guerschon Yabusele
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international power forward Guerschon Yabusele (201-95, currently plays in China). Yabusele contributed to a Shanghai Sharks' victory against the league outsider Bayi Rockets (6-30) 98-91 in the Chinese CBA on Wednesday night. He was the top player that evening. Yabusele scored 30 points (!!!) and grabbed 8 rebounds in 23 minutes. Shanghai Dongfang Sharks (29-7) are placed second in the CBA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Yabusele has very impressive stats this year: 21.4ppg, 9.4rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 62.7%(200-319), 3FGP: 37.2% and FT: 69.7% in 35 games. He played for the French U20 national team two years ago.

Rodrigue Beaubois
Rodrigue Beaubois
   #4. Guard Rodrigue Beaubois (185-88, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in Baskonia's victory against one of league's weakest teams Blusens Monbus (5-14) 87-86 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Beaubois scored 18 points. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (14-6) is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa. This season Beaubois has relatively solid stats: 13.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.7apg. He is also French national team player.

Evan Fournier
Evan Fournier
   #5. Former international shooting guard Evan Fournier (198-92, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Orlando Magic (21-36) in their last game. Despite Fournier's very good performance the Orlando Magic (21-36) was edged 112-111 on the road by the Philadelphia 76ers. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Fournier also added 9 rebounds and 8 assists (made all of his five free throws) in 43 minutes. It was Magic's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Fournier has very impressive stats this year: 16.8ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.3apg in 43 games. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum
   #6. Small forward Nicolas Batum (203-88, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Charlotte Hornets (25-30) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Batum's very good performance the Charlotte Hornets (25-30) were defeated 107-102 in Los Angeles by the Clippers. He was the top scorer with 25 points. Batum also added 6 rebounds and dished 8 assists. This season Batum has very high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 7.3rpg, 6.1apg and 1.1spg. Batum is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

Rudy Gobert
Rudy Gobert
   #7. International center Rudy Gobert (216-92, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Utah Jazz (34-22) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Utah Jazz (34-22) lost 105-112 at home to the Dallas Mavericks. Gobert had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 2 blocks in 36 minutes. It was Utah Jazz's third consecutive loss in a row. Gobert has very impressive stats this year: 13.0ppg, 12.6rpg and 2.5bpg in 55 games. He is also French national team player.

Edwin Jackson
Edwin Jackson
   #8. Shooting guard Edwin Jackson (190-89, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) helped Movil Estudiantes win their game against the 12th-ranked Sevilla (7-13) 77-73 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Jackson was the top player that evening. He scored 23 points and added 5 assists. Movistar Estudiantes (13-5) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This season Jackson has very high stats. He averages: 22.8ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.2apg and 1.2spg. Jackson used to play for the French national team back in 2015.

Antoine Diot
Antoine Diot
   #9. International point guard Antoine Diot (193-89, currently plays in EuroCup) helped his Spanish team Valencia Basket win their game against the closely-ranked ALBA Berlin (1-5) crushing them 99-73 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. He scored 8 points and added 5 passes in 15 minutes. 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 is very crucial. This year Diot's overall stats are: 8.7ppg, 1.6rpg, 4.4apg and 1.6spg in 14 games. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

Joffrey Lauvergne
Joffrey Lauvergne
   #10. Power forward Joffrey Lauvergne (210-91, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Oklahoma City Thunder (31-25) in their last game on Monday. Despite Lauvergne's very good performance the Oklahoma City Thunder (31-25) was crushed 120-98 in Washington by the Wizards. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Lauvergne also added 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists. It's Lauvergne's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 5.4ppg and 3.7rpg. Lauvergne is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

   #11. Former international center Kevin Seraphin (208-89, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Indiana Pacers (29-26) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Indiana Pacers lost 107-112 in Washington to the Wizards. Seraphin was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 25 minutes. This year Seraphin's total stats are: 4.2ppg and 3.1rpg in 31 games. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

   #12. An experienced international point guard Tony Parker (188-82, currently plays in NBA) helped San Antonio Spurs win their game against the Philadelphia 76ers 111-103 in the NBA on Wednesday night. Parker scored 18 points and added 5 assists. He has reliable stats this season: 10.8ppg, 1.9rpg and 4.8apg. Parker is also in the roster of the French national team.

   #13. International shooting guard Fabien Causeur (195-87, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help Brose Baskets in their game against Panathinaikos in the Euroleague. He recorded 5 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in 29 minutes. His team lost 72-81. Causeur has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.2apg in 21 games. He is also French national team player.

   #14. U20 international power forward Alpha Kaba (209-96, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League) helped his Serbian team Mega Leks win their game against the sixth-ranked Igokea 101-84 in the ABA League last Sunday. Kaba recorded 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. His stats this season are: 11.2ppg, 7.9rpg and 1.6spg. Kaba plays currently for the French U20 national team.

   #15. International power forward Adrien Moerman (202-88, currently plays in Euroleague) helped his Turkish team Darussafaka win their game against the second-ranked Fenerbahce 72-65 in a derby game in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. Moerman recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Moerman has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.1apg. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

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

   #1. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, college: Utah, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help Baskonia (12-10) to beat Maccabi T-A (8-14). Tillie recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. The seventh-placed Baskonia (12-10) was edged 85-84 on the road by the lower-ranked (#13) Maccabi T-A in the group A of Euroleague. Tillie has averaged so far 5.4ppg and 3.7rpg in 21 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and French.

   #2. Mattia Udom (200-F-93, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an Angelico Biella's victory against the 16th-ranked Agropoli (5-16) 88-78 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Udom scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. Angelico Biella (16-5) is placed first in West group. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Udom averaged so far 11.0ppg and 5.4rpg in 17 games. He is another player who holds two passports: French and Italian.

   #3. Anthony Chada (196-G/F-89, currently plays in Belgium) led Kangoeroes to a victory against the closely-ranked Antwerp Giants (12-7) 88-83 in the Belgian Euromillions League last Saturday. Chada recorded 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (made all of his six free throws) in 28 minutes. Kangoeroes Basket Willebroek (11-3) is placed fifth in the Euromillions League. It was Kangoeroes' fifth consecutive victory in a row. Chada averaged so far 10.6ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.5apg in 19 games. He has both French and Belgian nationalities. Despite Chada's French passport, he previously played for the Belgian U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the French team.

   #4. Natan Jurkovitz (199-F-95, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to Fribourg's victory against the sixth-ranked Lugano Tigers (9-7) 88-75 in the Swiss LNA on Sunday night. Jurkovitz recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 8 assists, 3 blocks and 3 steals. 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 will be critical. Jurkovitz has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg. He also holds two passports: French and Swiss.

   #5. Experienced Roy Samaha (205-C-84, currently plays in Lebanon) managed to help Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut in a victory against the closely-ranked Louaize (6-6) crushing them 118-69 in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL in Saturday night's game. Samaha scored only 4 points and had 3 steals in 10 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (6-0) is placed first in the Pepsi LBL. So far his team won all six games in the Regular Season. Samaha has averaged so far 3.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.5spg in two games. He has dual citizenship: French and Lebanese.

   #6. Elishay Kadir (202-PF-87, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) was not able to help Maccabi Rishon in their game against EnBW Ludwigsburg in the Basketball Champions League. Kadir recorded 6 points. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 83-66. Kadir has averaged so far 4.8ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.6apg. He holds both French and Israeli passports.

   #7. Mikael Maruotto (201-SF-91, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to Monthey's victory against the ninth-ranked Massagno 82-71 in the Swiss LNA on Sunday night. Maruotto scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 24 minutes. Maruotto averaged so far 11.6ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.1apg in 14 games. He has French and Swiss nationalities.

   #8. Navid Niktash (203-G/F-91, currently plays in United Kingdom) was not able to secure a victory for London Lions in their game against Leicester Riders in the British BBL. Niktash scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 33 minutes. His team lost 80-84. Niktash averaged so far 13.8ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.6apg in nine games. He has dual citizenship: French and Iranian.

   #9. Alexis Dargenton (203-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an Utah St.'s surprising victory against the University of Wyoming 81-74 in the NCAA last Saturday. Dargenton recorded 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks (made all of his five free throws). Dargenton has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3bpg.

   #10. Herve Lamizana (208-F/C-81, agency: Basket Management Solutions, college: Rutgers, currently plays in Taiwan) contributed to a Yulon Luxgen's victory against the closely-ranked Taiwan Beer 83-77 in the Taiwanese SBL last Sunday. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 11 rebounds. Lamizana also added 4 assists and 8 blocks in 40 minutes. Lamizana has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.9ppg, 9.3rpg, 2.8apg, 3.0bpg and 1.6spg in 28 games. Lamizana holds both Ivorian and French passports.



Mark Holmes (ex Chateauroux) joins Villars - by Luca Maffioli

Villars Basket (LNB) added to their roster 26-year old American forward Mark Holmes (198-91, college: Mississippi Valley State). He played last season at Chateauroux in French NM3 league.
The previous (14-15) season Holmes played at BC Winterthur where in 20 LNB games he had very impressive stats: 22.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.9apg and 2.8spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com Swiss LNB All-Imports Team and 2nd Team.
He graduated from Mississippi Valley State in 2011 and it is his sixth season as a professional player.

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Chris Warren claims French ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Chris Warren (178-PG-88) had a great game in the last round for Nanterre and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 28-year old playmaker had the game-high 29 points adding two rebounds and eight assists for Nanterre in his team's victory, helping them to beat Le Mans (#11, 9-10) 85-75. Nanterre maintains the 4th position in French ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Nanterre will need more victories to improve their 13-6 record. In the team's last game Warren had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Nanterre's top player in his first season with the team. Chris Warren averages this season 14.4ppg and 4.2apg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 33-year old former international Gary Chathuant (190-SF-83) of Le Portel. Chathuant impressed basketball fans with 26 points and 3 assists. Of course he led Le Portel to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Nancy (#18, 4-15) 98-64. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Le Portel keeps 12th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-11 record. Chathuant is one of the most experienced players at Le Portel and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Dee Bost (188-PG-89, agency: BeoBasket) of top-ranked Monaco. Bost scored 21 points and passed eight assists. He was a key player of Monaco, leading his team to a 91-84 win against the lower-ranked Antibes (#16, 6-13). Monaco confirms their top position in the standings. Bost has a great season in France. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.4apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mark Payne (203-G/F-88) of Chalons-Reims - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Dario Hunt (206-F-89) of Nancy - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Justin Cobbs (191-G-91) of Gravelines - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Jason Rich (191-G-86) of Paris-Levallois - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Darrin Dorsey (188-PG-87) of Le Portel - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Myles Hesson (198-F-90) of Gravelines - 18 points and 6 rebounds
10. David Holston (168-PG-86) of Dijon - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists

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



St Vallier inks William Gradit - by Philippe Burstert

Saint Vallier Basket Drome (NM1) signed experienced 35-year old ex-international small forward William Gradit (197-92kg-82, college: Hill JC). He played recently at Paris-Levallois (ProA), but left the team earlier this month. In 12 games he had 3.8ppg and 1.9rpg this season. NM1 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Gradit played at Chalon/Saor (also in ProA) where in 27 games he recorded just 3.0ppg and 1.2rpg. He helped them to make it to the cup final. Gradit also played 14 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged only 2.5ppg and 1.3rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the FIBA Europe Cup Final Four.
Gradit represented France at the Qualifications to European Championships 2009 nine years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 2.2ppg, 1.8rpg.
Gradit has spent his entire career in France playing for eight other teams: Cholet Basket, Mulhouse Basket, Chorale de Roanne, Besancon, Rueil, JA Vichy, Stade Clermont and Boulazac Basket.
It's very possible he may end his playing career at St Vallier.
Gradit attended Hill College until 2002 and it is his 15th (!!!) season as a professional player.
He could be described: William is a real Small Forward. Very athletic player with good fundamentals. Can shoot from outside and is very agile in traffic. High level player in defense, who knows how to contain the scorers of the opposing team. Versatile player who can also play Shooting Guard. Real teamplayer, who knows how to be valuable and effective without scoring! Works hard on both ends of the floor.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Chamberlain Oguchi (ex Soles) signs at Boulazac - by Eurobasket News

Boulazac Basket Dordogne (ProB) landed 31-year old Nigerian international shooting guard Chamberlain Oguchi (196-86, college: Illinois State). He started the season at Soles in Mexican LNBP. In 30 games he averaged 13.5ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.2apg this season. The last season Oguchi played at Anwil in Polish TBL where in 11 games he had 13.7ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.0spg.
In 2010 (a year after he left the college) Oguchi was drafted by Maine Red Claws (D-League) in second round (14th overall).
He attended Illinois State until 2009 and it is his eighth season in pro basketball.
Oguchi has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Polish Cup Final Four in 2016. Oguchi received also Afrobasket.com All-African Championships 1st Team award in 2015.
He represented Nigeria at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 8.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 14.3%, 3PT: 30.6%.
Oguchi is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to seven different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Oguchi has played previously professionally in Iraq, Lebanon, Philippines (Meralco Bolts), Russia (Spartak Primorie Vladivostok), Spain (Gran Canaria), Venezuela (Panteras) and France (STB Le Havre).
His game is described as: Long and athletic explosive scorer, Dangerous three point threat. Has no conscience whatsoever -- for better or for worse -- and will hoist up shots instantaneously if you give him an inch of daylight. Excellent coming off screens thanks to his heady off the ball movement and possesses very nice elevation on his jump-shot complimented by a lightning quick release, a pretty follow through and the excellent elevation he gets off the floor.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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Tiny Gallon left Limoges - by Eurobasket News

26-year old American forward Tiny Gallon (206-132kg-91, college: Oklahoma, agency: Three Eye Sports) left Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) after try-outs.
The last summer Gallon played at Hebei Xianglan in Chinese NBL where in 15 games he had very impressive stats: 25.9ppg, 10.9rpg, 3.3apg and 1.1spg.
In 2010 he was drafted by Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) in second round (47th overall). Gallon attended University of Oklahoma and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the NBL Semifinals in 2015. Gallon was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL Center of the Year in 2015.
He is quite experienced player. Gallon has played in four different countries on three different continents (Asia, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Puerto Rico (Atleticos), NBA (Phi.76ers), China (Heilongjiang and Henan) and D-League (Northern Arizona Suns and Delaware 87ers).
Gallon could be described: (by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2010)
Incorporates an effective drop step, covering a lot of ground and physically dislodging his defender out of position … … Comfortable making counter moves in the post; he has good footwork and is able to turn and make secondary moves without losing his balance … Has the ability to turn to both shoulders and can finish with either hand around the basket.
His main strength is also a weakness, as his size and weight are major limiting factors … He is not a great athlete and does not get off the ground well
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Standings - Reserve League

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

Regular Season: Round 4

Feb. 14: Tskaltubo - SEU Tbilisi 99-94
Feb. 14: DELTA - BC Titebi 66-67
Feb. 15: Arena-76 - Hyundai-TSU 62-67

Regular Season: Round 5

Feb. 21: SEU Tbilisi - DELTA
Feb. 21: Hyundai-TSU - Tskaltubo
Feb. 21: BC Titebi - Arena-76


Marquez Haynes selected the top Georgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Marquez Haynes
Marquez Haynes
   #1. This week's number one is former international point guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington, currently plays in Italy). He could not help Umana Venezia (12-7) in their last game. Despite Haynes' very good performance Umana Venezia was edged 74-73 on the road by the lower-ranked (#5) Grissin Bon RE. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Haynes also added 5 assists and 5 steals in 34 minutes on the court. It was Umana Venezia's third consecutive loss in a row. Haynes has relatively good stats this year: 12.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.1apg, 2FGP: 36.4%, 3FGP: 37.7% and FT: 84.3% in 19 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Haynes played for the Georgian senior national team six years ago. Strangely he has never played in Georgia.

Michael Dixon
Michael Dixon
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Michael Dixon (186-90, agency: Diamond Sports, college: Memphis, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Dixon led his Greek team AEK Athens to a 1-point victory over the fourth-ranked Juventus (8-6) 78-77 in the Basketball Champions League last Wednesday. He was MVP of the game. Dixon recorded 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. AEK Athens (9-5) is placed second in group E. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Dixon has relatively solid stats: 15.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 55.6%(45-81), 3FGP: 44.8% and FT: 75.0%. He is a naturalized American. Dixon is in the roster of the Georgian senior national team. Apparently he has never played in Georgia.

Richard Hickman
Richard Hickman
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Richard Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro, currently plays in Euroleague). Hickman was not able to help Armani Milano in their game against Anadolu Efes (11-11) in the Euroleague. He recorded 9 points, 8 assists and 3 steals in 27 minutes. But the 16th-placed Armani Milano (7-15) lost 86-90 in Istanbul to the much higher-ranked (#8) Anadolu Efes in the group A of Euroleague. It's Hickman's first season with the team. This year Hickman averages: 9.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.3apg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 32.9% and FT: 80.5% in 22 games. He is a naturalized American. Hickman played for the Georgian national team three years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Georgia.

Corey Fisher
Corey Fisher
   #4. Point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova, currently plays in EuroCup) was the major contributor in a 2-point Lietuvos rytas' victory against the closely-ranked Zenit (3-3) 86-84 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Fisher scored 17 points and added 4 passes (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line). It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (3-3) is placed third in the Eurocup. The Second Stage already ended in the Eurocup. Fisher has reliable stats this season: 11.9ppg, 1.4rpg and 3.4apg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Fisher played previously for the USA university national team, he is currently in the Georgian national team roster. However Fisher has never played in Georgia.

Taurean Green
Taurean Green
   #5. Former international point guard Taurean Green (183-85, college: Florida, currently plays in Israel) was not able to secure a victory for Bnei Hasharon (11-7) in their last game. Despite his good performance Bnei Hasharon lost 73-79 in Rosh Pina to the much lower-ranked (#10) Galil Gilboa. Green was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 34 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Green's stats this year are: 13.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.4apg and 1.6spg in 17 games. He is a naturalized American. Green used to play for the Georgian national team seven years ago.

Duda Sanadze
Duda Sanadze
   #6. Guard Duda Sanadze (196-92, college: San Diego, currently plays in Slovenia) led KK Primorska to a victory over the closely-ranked Helios (10-8) 65-49 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM in Saturday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Sanadze scored 14 points (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in a mere 15 minutes; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Sixt Primorska (10-8) is placed sixth in the Liga Nova KBM. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Sanadze has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.4ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.1apg in 17 games. Sanadze is an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster.

Giorgi Sharabidze
Giorgi Sharabidze
   #7. International center Giorgi Sharabidze (210-90, agency: Mansfield and Associates, currently plays in Balkan League) couldn't help Feni Industries (1-3) in their game against Beroe (4-0) in the Balkan League. Despite his very good performance last Tuesday He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds. Sharabidze also added 4 assists. There are only two games left until the end of the Balkan League Second Stage. So now every game will be important. Sharabidze's stats this season are: 12.2ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.5apg. He is also Georgian national team player.

Jacob Pullen
Jacob Pullen
   #8. Point guard Jacob Pullen (184-89, college: Kansas St., currently plays in EuroCup) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Khimky (4-2) in their game against Bayern Muenchen (6-0) in the Eurocup. Pullen scored 7 points in 17 minutes. Khimky was crushed 96-74 at home by the leading Bayern Muenchen. 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 will be extremely important. Pullen averaged so far 10.2ppg, 2.7apg and 1.1spg in 14 games. He is a naturalized American. Pullen used to play for the Georgian national team back in 2015.

Goga Bitadze
Goga Bitadze
   #9. U18 international power forward Goga Bitadze (210-99, currently plays in Serbia) couldn't help Smederevo (2-15) in their game against KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac (9-8) in the Serbian KLS. Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game Bitadze was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 4 rebounds and made 3 blocks. Bitadze averaged so far 10.3ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.2bpg. He is also in the roster of the Georgian U18 national team.

Shota Gelazonia
Shota Gelazonia
   #10. Center Shota Gelazonia (205-94, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Cambados' victory against the closely-ranked Sammic ISB (14-6) 79-70 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. Gelazonia scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes. Xuven Cambados (13-7) is placed fifth in the LEB Silver. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Gelazonia's overall stats are: 10.0ppg and 5.1rpg in 20 games. He is a former U20 international player as four years ago he still played for the Georgian national team.

   #11. Former international forward Giga Janelidze (199-95, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) contributed to Jesi's victory against the ninth-ranked Piacenza 75-61 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) on Sunday night. Janelidze scored 7 points. Janelidze's total stats this season are: 3.4ppg and 3.2rpg. He used to play for the Georgian national team two years ago.

   #12. Former international power forward Nika Metreveli (211-91, currently plays in Italy) contributed to Scafati's surprising victory against the fourth-ranked Legnano 91-84 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Metreveli scored 14 points (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in a mere 17 minutes. This year Metreveli's total stats are: 5.7ppg and 1.7rpg in three games. He used to play for the Georgian national team back in 2015.

   #13. Former U20 international center Merabi Mirziashvili (207-94, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Innova Chef's victory against the 13th-ranked Vigo VGO 75-63 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Sunday. Mirziashvili recorded 9 points. Mirziashvili has averaged so far 2.2ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.1bpg. He used to play for the Georgian U20 national team three years ago.

   #14. Former international power forward Akaki Dvalishvili (207-91, currently plays in Russia) managed to help BC Novosybirsk to win against one of league's weakest teams Khimky-Podmoskoye 67-53 in the Russian Superleague 1 (second division) in Wednesday night's game. He scored only 2 points. Dvalishvili has averaged so far 6.7ppg and 3.2rpg. He used to play for the Georgian national team back in 2014.

   #15. U20 international power forward Willy Isiani (203-97, currently plays in Spain) helped Gran Canaria B win their game against the 15th-ranked Viten Getafe Fuenlabrada 72-57 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday. Isiani recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. Isiani has averaged so far 7.6ppg and 4.3rpg in 15 games. He is also in the roster of the Georgian U20 national team.

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

   #1. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Valencia Basket to win against the 13th-ranked Zaragoza (7-13) crushing them 100-67 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Thomas scored only 2 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Valencia Basket (14-5) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. Thomas' overall stats this season are: 6.4ppg and 5.1rpg. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.

   #2. Grigol Shvangiradze (196-F-91, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Quintanar's victory against the 16th-ranked Rivas (2-17) 95-83 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night. Shvangiradze recorded 8 points in 29 minutes. Basket Globalcaja Quintanar (10-8) is placed eighth in Group B. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Shvangiradze has averaged so far 5.5ppg and 2.9rpg in 18 games he played so far.



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  GERMANY  

Standings - 1. Bundesliga

BBL Standings
 1. Ratiopharm 21-0 
 2. Brose Bask. 20-1 
 3. B.Muenchen 18-3 
 4. Bayreuth 15-5 
 5. ALBA 14-8 
 6. EWE Baskets 13-8 
 7. Telekom Bsk 11-8 
 8. Giessen 46ers 10-11 
 9. Ludwigsburg 9-11 
 10. Jena 9-12 
 11. Fraport SKY 8-13 
 12. Walter Tigers 8-16 
 13. Goettingen 7-14 
 14. Bremerhaven 6-14 
 15. Wuerzburg 5-15 
 16. Braunschweig 4-17 
 17. Vechta 1-20 
 18. Phoenix Hagen 0-11 

Regular Season: Round 22

Feb. 10: Bayreuth - Bremerhaven 95-83
Feb. 14: B.Muenchen - Goettingen 86-71
Feb. 15: Brose Bask. - Ludwigsburg 84-75
Feb. 11: Ludwigsburg - Giessen 46ers 83-77
Feb. 12: Wuerzburg - Walter Tigers 77-87
Feb. 12: Braunschweig - Ratiopharm 76-100
Feb. 15: ALBA - Jena 73-74
Feb. 12: Vechta - Telekom Bsk 70-77
Feb. 14: Bremerhaven - Ratiopharm 66-106
Feb. 11: Goettingen - EWE Baskets 63-83
Feb. 12: Fraport SKY - Brose Bask. 57-76
Feb. 12: ALBA - B.Muenchen 56-80
Feb. 17: Jena - Goettingen


Kevin Tiggs claims German ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Kevin Tiggs (196-G/F-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's second-best Crailsheim and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 32-year old swingman had the game-high 20 points adding six rebounds for Crailsheim in his team's victory, helping them to beat Chemnitz (#4, 14-7) 96-87. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Crailsheim maintains the 2nd position in German ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Crailsheim will need more victories to improve their 18-5 record. Tiggs turned to be Crailsheim's top player in his first season with the team. Kevin Tiggs averages this season 13.6ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American power forward Joe Lawson (201-F/C-92, agency: Interperformances) of Chemnitz. Lawson impressed basketball fans with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Chemnitz lost that game 87-96 to slightly higher-ranked Crailsheim (#2, 18-5). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Chemnitz still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 14-7 record is not bad at all. Lawson is a newcomer at Chemnitz and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. University of Indianapolis alumni Lawson played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was another Crailsheim's star - American Nimrod Hilliard IV (183-PG-93). Hilliard IV scored 22 points. He was another key player of Crailsheim, helping his team with a 96-87 win against #4 ranked Chemnitz. Crailsheim needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 18 victories and 5 lost games. Hilliard IV has a very solid season. In 21 games in Germany he scored 8.3ppg. He also has 3.1apg and FGP: 58.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andreas Kronhardt (205-C-89) of Kirchheim - 20 points and 7 rebounds
5. Kruize Pinkins (203-F-93) of Hanau - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Chase Adams (177-PG-88) of Uni Baskets - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Robert Ferguson (203-F/C-85) of Hamburg - 13 points and 9 rebounds
8. Jonathon Williams (198-F-90) of Kirchheim - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Andrew Warren (196-G-87) of MBC - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Eric Thompson (204-F-93) of ETB Wohnbau - 14 points and 14 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)



Johannes Voigtmann's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Germans playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Johannes Voigtmann
Johannes Voigtmann
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Johannes Voigtmann (211-92, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help Baskonia (12-10) in their last game. Despite Voigtmann's good performance the seventh-placed Baskonia (12-10) was edged 85-84 on the road by the lower-ranked (#13) Maccabi T-A in the group A of Euroleague. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. Voigtmann also added 3 assists in 31 minutes on the court. It's Voigtmann's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.9ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 63.1%(70-111), 3FGP: 34.0% and FT: 75.0% in 22 games he played so far. Voigtmann is currently a member of the German senior national team.

Dennis Schroeder
Dennis Schroeder
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Dennis Schroeder (181-93, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA). He led Atlanta Hawks to a victory over the Denver Nuggets (25-30) 117-106 in the NBA last Wednesday. Schroeder was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and making 10 passes. Schroeder also added 5 rebounds and 3 steals. The Atlanta Hawks have 32-23 record this season. Schroeder is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Hawks' roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Schroeder averages: 17.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 6.4apg, 2FGP: 49.8%, 3FGP: 34.6% and FT: 83.5%. He played for the German national team in 2015.

Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78, currently plays in NBA). Nowitzki was not able to help the Dallas Mavericks (22-33) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Dallas Mavericks (22-33) were edged 114-113 in Portland by the Trail Blazers. Nowitzki was the second best scorer with 25 points. He also added 5 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) in 30 minutes. Nowitzki has been at the team for nineteen years. Nowitzki has very impressive stats this season: 13.4ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 43.0%, 3FGP: 38.0% and FT: 85.9% in 28 games. He played for the German national team two years ago.

Isaiah Hartenstein
Isaiah Hartenstein
   #4. Power forward Isaiah Hartenstein (211-98, currently plays in Lithuania) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Dzukija (6-17) crushing them 96-68 in the Lithuanian LKL in Sunday night's game. Hartenstein scored 8 points, grabbed 9 boards, passed 3 assists and added 4 steals. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (21-2) is placed first in the LKL. Hartenstein's overall stats this season are: 4.8ppg and 4.3rpg. He is also German U18 national team player.

Tibor Pleiss
Tibor Pleiss
   #5. International center Tibor Pleiss (217-89, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to secure a victory for Galatasaray (13-4) in their game against Banvit (13-5) in the Turkish BSL. Pleiss scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 22 minutes. Galatasaray lost 64-79 in Balikesir to the lower-ranked (#4) Banvit. They ended the series of five consecutive victories. This year Pleiss has relatively solid stats: 10.2ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.1bpg in 15 games. He plays currently for the German national team.

Kostja Mushidi
Kostja Mushidi
   #6. Swingman Kostja Mushidi (195-98, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League) was the major contributor in a Mega Leks' victory against the sixth-ranked Igokea (10-12) 101-84 in the ABA League in Sunday night's game. He recorded 15 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 26 minutes. BC Mega Leks (8-14) is placed tenth 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. This year Mushidi's overall stats are: 9.2ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.6apg in 21 games. He is U20 international player who is currently on the German National Team roster.

Heiko Schaffartzik
Heiko Schaffartzik
   #7. Former international point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) couldn't help JSF Nanterre (4-2) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Schaffartzik's good performance JSF Nanterre (#2) was edged 85-84 in Charleroi by the lower-ranked Spirou (#5) in the group N of FIBA Europe Cup. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Schaffartzik has reliable stats this season: 12.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 4.6apg. He used to play for the German national team two years ago.

Tilo Klette
Tilo Klette
   #8. Power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Austria) was the main contributor in a Gmunden Swans' victory against the sixth-ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (10-11) 74-68 in the Austrian A Bundesliga on Sunday night. Klette was the best player in that game. He recorded 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 31 minutes. Basket Swans Gmunden (15-6) is placed second in the A Bundesliga. Klette's stats this year are: 13.4ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.6apg in 21 games. He used to play for the German U22 national team back in 1999.

Moritz Wagner
Moritz Wagner
   #9. Former U18 international forward Moritz Wagner (208-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Michigan State University (8-5) crushing them 86-57 in the NCAA in Tuesday night's game. Wagner scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The University of Michigan has 6-6 conference record this season. Wagner averaged so far 11.9ppg and 4.0rpg. He used to play for the German U18 national team three years ago.

Roland Nyama
Roland Nyama
   #10. Swingman Roland Nyama (198-93, currently studies in the States) contributed to a Stony Brook's surprising victory against the University of Maine (8-5) 67-66 in the NCAA last Sunday. Nyama scored 26 points (!!!), grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 37 minutes. The State University of New York,Stony Brook has a very good 10-2 conference record this season. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Nyama plays fourth season for the team. He averaged so far 10.4ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.6apg in 25 games. Nyama is a former U16 international player as eight years ago he still played for the German national team.

   #11. International forward Robin Benzing (208-89, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Zaragoza in their game against Valencia Basket in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He scored 6 points. His team was crushed by 33 points 100-67. Benzing averaged so far 13.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg. He plays currently for the German national team.

   #12. Former U20 international forward Cameron Neubauer (202-94, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the San Diego (4-9) in their last game. Despite Neubauer's very good performance the San Diego was edged 61-58 at home by the University of Pacific. He scored 18 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 36 minutes. Neubauer averaged so far 10.8ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.4apg in 25 games. He used to play for the German U20 national team back in 2014.

   #13. Former U20 international guard Kenneth Ogbe (198-94, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Utah Valley (3-6) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Ogbe's very good performance the Utah Valley was defeated 84-76 on their home court in Orem by the Univ.of Missouri - Kansas City. He scored 24 points. Ogbe averaged so far 11.0ppg and 2.6rpg. He used to play for the German U20 national team three years ago.

   #14. Former international center Bjoern Schoo (213-81, college: Northern St., currently plays in Switzerland) helped Starwings win their game against the closely-ranked Boncourt 88-76 in the Swiss LNA on Sunday night. Schoo scored 14 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 23 minutes. This year his total stats are: 6.5ppg and 4.5rpg in 15 games. Schoo used to play for the German national team back in 2006.

   #15. Former U20 international forward Christian Sengfelder (201-95, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Fordham (4-8) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Fordham lost 67-73 on their home court in Bronx to the George Mason University. Sengfelder recorded 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 32 minutes. He averaged so far 12.0ppg and 4.5rpg in 25 games. Sengfelder used to play for the German U20 national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Kiril Wachsmann (203-C-84, college: Iona, currently plays in Uruguay) could not help Defensor (3-6) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Wachsmann's good performance Defensor (#7) was defeated 96-89 at home by the higher-ranked Aguada (#3) in the Promocional 1 group. He recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Wachsmann's overall stats this season are: 6.5ppg, 8.2rpg and 1.3apg.

   #2. Mateo Zovko (192-SG-98, currently plays in Bosnia) led Zrinjski HT to a victory against the ninth-ranked Mladost (5-10) 77-73 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I in Saturday night's game. He scored 11 points. HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar (10-4) is placed second in the Division I. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Zovko has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg. He has a dual citizenship: German and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Despite Zovko's German passport, he currently plays for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 national team and is not eligible to play for the German team.

   #3. Christopher Razis (194-PG-89, currently plays in Greece) managed to help A.G.O Rethymno Aegean in a victory against the third-ranked AEK Athens (14-4) 72-65 in the Greek A1 last Wednesday. Razis scored only 4 points in 9 minutes on the court. A.G.O Rethymno Aegean (8-10) is placed seventh in the A1. This year Razis averages just 1.8ppg in 12 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Cypriot and German.

   #4. Sven Stammberger (198-F, currently plays in Canada) was the major contributor in a Dalhousie University's victory against the X-Men (1-16) 77-65 in the Canadian university league CIS on Tuesday night. Stammberger scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Dalhousie University has a very good 13-4 record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Stammberger plays for the team since 2012. He averaged so far 14.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.6apg. Stammberger has both Canadian and German nationalities.

   #5. Dimitris Cheilaris (206-F-90, currently plays in Greece) contributed to Iraklis' victory against the 12th-ranked Arkadikos (6-11) 70-64 in the Greek A2 (second division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 13 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. GS Iraklis Thessaloniki (13-2) is placed third in the A2. Cheilaris has averaged so far 6.4ppg and 2.7rpg. He also holds two passports: German and Greek. Despite Cheilaris' German nationality, he previously played for the Greek U16 national team and probably cannot be called to the German team.

   #6. Javon Baumann (203-F-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the St.Joseph's in their game against the University of Massachusetts in the NCAA. Baumann recorded 8 points, 4 rebounds and 3 blocks in only 12 minutes. His team lost 76-87. Baumann has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 3.6rpg in 23 games.

   #7. Max Eisele (193-G-96, currently plays in Canada) contributed to an easy victory against the Griffins crushing them 101-74 in the Canadian CIS in Friday night's game. He scored 9 points in 19 minutes. Eisele has averaged so far 3.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg in 20 games.

   #8. Nils Lehmann (196-F-96, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to a Rollins College's victory against the Lynn University 92-80 in the NCAA2 last Saturday. He scored 8 points and added 3 passes. Lehmann has averaged so far 4.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.2apg.

   #9. Jonathan Baehre (206-F-96, currently studies in the States) helped NC-Asheville win their game against the Longwood College crushing them 91-69 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 16 minutes. Baehre has averaged so far 1.4ppg and 1.4rpg in eight games.

   #10. Philipp Hartwich (216-C-95, is currently at the American university) was not able to secure a victory for the one of league's weakest teams Portland in their game against the Loyola Marymount University in the NCAA. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Hartwich recorded only 2 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks. His team was defeated 66-60. Hartwich has averaged so far 1.5ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.5bpg.



ProA Round 22: MLP Academics Heidelberg edge Koeln Rh.Stars by two points - by Eurobasket News

There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 22 in the ProA took place in Heidelberg. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked Koeln Rh.Stars (11-12) to fifth ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg (14-8) 77-75 on Sunday evening. MLP Academics Heidelberg made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Center Phillipp Heyden (206-88) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. American guard Bernard Thompson (191-93, college: FGCU) chipped in 17 points. American-Cypriot power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami, FL) produced 13 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Koeln Rh.Stars' coach Arne Woltmann tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. MLP Academics Heidelberg maintains fifth position with 14-8 record. Koeln Rh.Stars at the other side dropped to the ninth place with 12 games lost. MLP Academics Heidelberg are looking forward to face ETB Wohnbau (#15) in Essen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Koeln Rh.Stars will have a break next round.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Chemnitz. Second ranked Crailsheim Merlins faced 4th ranked Chemnitz. Guests from Crailsheim (18-5) defeated host Chemnitz (14-7) 96-87. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Nimrod Hilliard-IV (183-93, college: N.C.Central) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 4 steals. Kevin Tiggs contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners. American power forward Joe Lawson (201-92, college: Indianapolis, agency: Interperformances) replied with 24 points and 8 rebounds for Chemnitz. Chemnitz's coach Rodrigo Pastore let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Crailsheim Merlins maintains second position with 18-5 record having just one point less than leader MBC. Chemnitz at the other side keeps the fourth place with seven games lost. Crailsheim Merlins will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Chemnitz will play on the road against White Wings (#6) in Hanau and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Mitteldeutscher BC delivered the twentieth victory on Sunday night. This time they crushed 7th ranked Gladiators (11-11) 95-70 in Weissenfels. Andrew Warren scored 21 points to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Brandon Spearman responded with 25 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. Mitteldeutscher BC (20-2) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Loser Gladiators keep the seventh place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Oettinger R.. Mitteldeutscher BC will meet Baunach (#14) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Gladiators will play against Hamburg (#10) and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Allmendingen. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 15th ranked ETB Wohnbau (5-17) to fourteenth ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (7-15) 75-74 on Saturday evening. Alasdair Fraser notched 16 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Ehingen/Urspringschule moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Baunach. ETB Wohnbau lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. Ehingen/Urspringschule's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Titans (#16) in Dresden. ETB Wohnbau will play at home against MLP Academics Heidelberg and hope to win that game.
Important game to mention about took place in Nurnberg. Tenth ranked Hamburg (10-12) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 12th ranked Nuernberg (7-14) 70-68 on Saturday evening. Anthony Canty fired 25 points for the winners. Hamburg maintains tenth position with 10-12 record, which they share with Uni Baskets. Nuernberg lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 14 games lost. Hamburg will face higher ranked Gladiators (#8) in Trier in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Nuernberg will play on the road against Kirchheim Knights (#3) and hope to win that game.

Rest of the games of round 22 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Hanau were defeated by Oettinger R. in Gotha 87-74. Baunach was beaten by Kirchheim at home 68-79. Bottom-ranked Dresden lost to Uni Baskets on the opponent's court 72-82.
The best stats of 22th round was 22 points and 6 rebounds by Kruize Pinkins of Hanau.

Oettinger R. - Hanau 87-74

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked White Wings (12-10) were defeated on the road by ninth ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (11-11) 87-74 on Tuesday. Oettinger Rockets Gotha made 20-of-21 free shots (95.2 percent) during the game. American point guard David Hicks (184-88, college: LIU Brooklyn) fired 23 points for the winners. American-Ivorian forward Dane Watts (203-86) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Kruize Pinkins (203-93, college: USF) produced 22 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Eugene Harris (187-86, college: High Point) added 18 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. White Wings' coach gave the chance to play for ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Oettinger Rockets Gotha moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Trier. White Wings lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with ten games lost. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will face Uni Baskets (#11) in Paderborn in the next round.
Top scorers:
Oettinger R.: D.Hicks 23+4reb+1ast, R.Oehle 18+4reb, D.Watts 16+6reb+1ast, D.Mitchell 10+1reb+1ast, M.DiLeo 7+1reb+4ast, G.Gibbs 6+6reb+4ast
Hanau: K.Pinkins 22+6reb+3ast, E.Harris 18+1reb+5ast, T.Joenke 11+5reb+5ast, B.Sullivan 9+1reb+1ast, I.Sykes 6+6reb+4ast, C.von Fintel 3+3reb
gschID: 474183


Heidelberg - Koeln Rh.Stars 77-75

The most exciting game of round 22 in the ProA took place in Heidelberg. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked Koeln Rh.Stars (11-12) to fifth ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg (14-8) 77-75 on Sunday evening. MLP Academics Heidelberg made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Center Phillipp Heyden (206-88) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. American guard Bernard Thompson (191-93, college: FGCU) chipped in 17 points. American-Cypriot power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami, FL) produced 13 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Hugh Robertson (195-89, college: S.Florida) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Koeln Rh.Stars' coach Arne Woltmann tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. MLP Academics Heidelberg maintains fifth position with 14-8 record. Koeln Rh.Stars at the other side dropped to the ninth place with 12 games lost. MLP Academics Heidelberg are looking forward to face ETB Wohnbau (#15) in Essen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Koeln Rh.Stars will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Heidelberg: B.Thompson 17+3reb+2ast, P.Heyden 14+14reb+1ast, V.Hall 12+4reb+4ast, N.Wuerzner 12+4reb+1ast, H.Kovacevic 10+4reb+4ast, D.White 8+2reb+1ast
Koeln Rh.Stars: C.Eversley 13+2reb+1ast, R.Williams 13+3ast, A.King 13+7reb+3ast, R.Christen 10+2reb+2ast, H.Robertson 10+7reb+3ast, A.Foster 8+3reb
gschID: 474182


MBC - Trier 95-70

Leader Mitteldeutscher BC delivered the twentieth victory on Sunday night. This time they crushed 7th ranked Gladiators (11-11) 95-70 in Weissenfels. Mitteldeutscher BC made 33-of-34 free shots (97.1 percent) during the game, while Gladiators only scored twelve points from the stripe. American guard Andrew Warren (196-87, college: Bradley, agency: Interperformances) scored 21 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and Canadian forward Tyson Hinz (201-91) chipped in 14 points during the contest. At the losing side American swingman Brandon Spearman (196-91, college: Hawaii) responded with 25 points and point guard Simon Schmitz (188-90) scored 15 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Mitteldeutscher BC (20-2) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Loser Gladiators keep the seventh place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Oettinger R.. Mitteldeutscher BC will meet Baunach (#14) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Gladiators will play against Hamburg (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
MBC: A.Warren 21+3reb+2ast, T.Hinz 14+4reb+1ast, D.Johnson 14+1reb+1ast, S.Kerusch 12+5reb, D.Pantelic 11+5reb, M.Hatten 8+4reb+5ast
Trier: B.Spearman 25+4reb+1ast, S.Schmitz 15+2reb+1ast, T.Gruen 10+1ast, R.Hennen 9+2reb+1ast, J.van Zegeren 5+4reb+1ast, S.Herrera 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 474180


Baunach - Kirchheim 68-79

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Kirchheim Knights (17-5) defeated on the road 12th ranked Baunach (7-15) 79-68 on Sunday. Kirchheim Knights dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Baunach's 32. American forward Jonathon Williams (198-90, college: Wagner) fired 23 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Center Andreas Kronhardt (205-89) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. Slovenian point guard Aleksej Nikolic (191-95) produced 15 points and 5 assists and guard Malik Mueller (190-94, college: Virginia Tech) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Baunach players scored in double figures. Kirchheim Knights have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 17-5 record having just three points less than leader MBC. Loser Baunach dropped to the thirteenth place with 15 games lost. Kirchheim Knights will face Nuernberg (#12) in Nurnberg in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Baunach will play at home against the league's leader Mitteldeutscher BC and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kirchheim: J.Williams 23+7reb+3ast, A.Kronhardt 20+7reb+1ast, P.Medlin 11+5reb+9ast, S.Hinrichs 8+7reb+2ast, B.Wenzel 6+3reb+1ast, T.Koch 6+6reb+3ast
Baunach: A.Kulboka 17+1reb+2ast, A.Nikolic 15+4reb+5ast, M.Mueller 14+6reb+3ast, T.Taras 11+3reb+1ast, L.Olinde 5+9reb+1ast, M.Fichtner 4
gschID: 474181


Chemnitz - Crailsheim 87-96

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Chemnitz. Second ranked Crailsheim Merlins faced 4th ranked Chemnitz. Guests from Crailsheim (18-5) defeated host Chemnitz (14-7) 96-87. Crailsheim Merlins made 25-of-33 charity shots (75.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Chemnitz turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Nimrod Hilliard-IV (183-93, college: N.C.Central) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 4 steals. The other American import swingman Kevin Tiggs (196-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners. American power forward Joe Lawson (201-92, college: Indianapolis, agency: Interperformances) replied with 24 points and 8 rebounds and guard Malte Ziegenhagen (198-91, college: Kaiser) added 21 points in the effort for Chemnitz. Five Crailsheim Merlins and four Chemnitz players scored in double figures. Chemnitz's coach Rodrigo Pastore let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Crailsheim Merlins maintains second position with 18-5 record having just one point less than leader MBC. Chemnitz at the other side keeps the fourth place with seven games lost. Crailsheim Merlins will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Chemnitz will play on the road against White Wings (#6) in Hanau and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Crailsheim: N.Hilliard IV 22+2reb+3ast, K.Tiggs 20+6reb+1ast, T.Kotti 14+7reb+2ast, K.Wysocki 12+1reb+2ast, C.Griffin 11+1reb+4ast, M.Bogdanov 9+1reb+4ast
Chemnitz: J.Lawson 24+8reb+3ast, M.Ziegenhagen 21+4reb+2ast, M.Fleischmann 16+5reb+1ast, C.Carter 12+3reb+5ast, J.Richter 5+1reb, D.Mixich 3
gschID: 474176


Nuernberg - Hamburg 68-70

Important game to mention about took place in Nurnberg. Tenth ranked Hamburg (10-12) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 12th ranked Nuernberg (7-14) 70-68 on Saturday evening. Point guard Anthony Canty (183-91, agency: Octagon Europe) fired 25 points for the winners. American power forward Robert Ferguson (203-85, college: St.Joseph's) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. American point guard Diante Watkins (174-90, college: Robert Morris) produced 22 points and 4 assists and his fellow American import guard Joshua Young (185-88, college: Drake) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Hamburg maintains tenth position with 10-12 record, which they share with Uni Baskets. Nuernberg lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 14 games lost. Hamburg will face higher ranked Gladiators (#8) in Trier in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Nuernberg will play on the road against Kirchheim Knights (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hamburg: A.Canty 25+1reb+1ast, R.Ferguson 13+9reb+1ast, R.Camphor 11+4reb+1ast, J.Raffington 6+4reb+2ast, E.Wolf 6+4reb+1ast, R.Kindzeka 5+1reb+1ast
Nuernberg: D.Watkins 22+3reb+4ast, J.Young 13+5reb, S.Schroeder 12+2reb, A.Calvin 7+7reb+2ast, B.Bennett 6+1reb+1ast, A.Njei 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 474177


Uni Baskets - Dresden 82-72

Very expected game in Paderborn where 16th ranked Titans (2-20) were defeated by eleventh ranked Uni Baskets (10-12) 82-72 on Saturday. Uni Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Forward Till Gloger (204-93, college: Maine) fired 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Chase Adams (177-88, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 19 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Helge Baues (205-94) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and American point guard RJ Price (180-93, college: Radford) added 13 points and 8 assists respectively for lost side. Five Titans players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Uni Baskets moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Hamburg. Titans lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 20 lost games. Uni Baskets will face higher ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#7) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Titans will play against Ehingen/Urspringschule (#13) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Uni Baskets: T.Gloger 19+9reb+2ast, C.Adams 19+3reb+7ast, M.Vest 11+5reb+10ast, M.Kuhle 9+1ast, I.Buntic 7+6reb, P.Daubner 7+3reb+3ast
Dresden: H.Baues 15+10reb+5ast, J.Bertrand 14+2reb+1ast, R.Price 13+1reb+8ast, M.Coleman 13+5reb+1ast, J.Dunbar 10+2reb+2ast, D.Sturner 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 474178


Ehingen - ETB Wohnbau 75-74

A very interesting game took place in Allmendingen. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 15th ranked ETB Wohnbau (5-17) to fourteenth ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (7-15) 75-74 on Saturday evening. Ehingen/Urspringschule players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Scottish forward Alasdair Fraser (201-92, college: Maine, agency: Court Side) notched 16 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and American forward Daniel Berger (203-90, college: BYU-Hawaii, agency: Three Eye Sports) supported him with 16 points. Even a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) by American forward Eric Thompson (204-93, college: Pacific) did not help to save the game for ETB Wohnbau. His fellow American import point guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) added 21 points and 4 assists for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Ehingen/Urspringschule moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Baunach. ETB Wohnbau lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. Ehingen/Urspringschule's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Titans (#16) in Dresden. ETB Wohnbau will play at home against MLP Academics Heidelberg and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ehingen: A.Fraser 16+5reb+2ast, D.Berger 16+3reb+2ast, J.Aminu 11+5reb+4ast, K.Taylor 9+1reb+4ast, R.Tomasevic 6, T.Jahn 5+14reb+1ast
ETB Wohnbau: M.Creek 21+4reb+2ast, C.Alexander 21+2reb+4ast, E.Thompson 14+14reb+1ast, L.Vrkas 5+2reb, A.Carraway 5+1reb+1ast, R.Lodders 4+3reb
gschID: 474179





Brose Baskets extend deal with Nikolaos Zisis - by Eurobasket News

Nikolaos Zisis and Brose Baskets have agreed on terms of contract extension. The Greek guard will stay with the German champions through 2019. Nikolaos Zisis joined Bamberg back in 2015. He averages 7.7 points, 4.5 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game in EuroLeague. In BBL Zisis notches 8.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists per appearance. Nikolaos Zisis has been the member of the Greek National Team since 2002.


Isaiah Sykes (Hebeisen White Wings) I Can Play Different Positions And Impact The Game In Many Different Ways - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Isaiah Sykes (198-G-91, college: Cent.Florida) is a 26 year old 198cm forward from Detroit, Michigan playing his third professional season and first with the Hebeisen White Wings Hanau. He started this season with Hapoel Gilboa Afula (Israel-National League) playing 4 games averaging 11.5ppg, 11.5rpg, 2.8apg, 1.5spg. Last season he played with accabi Hod Hasharon (Israel-National League) playing 25 games averaging 19.9ppg, Reb-2 (14.3rpg), 4.9apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 59.9%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 34.5%. He started his professional basketball career in 2014 with U.S. Basket Recanati (Italy-A2 Silver) playing 28 games averaging 17.2ppg, 8.2rpg, 3.6apg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 12.5%, FT: 55.2%; A2 Gold Playoffs: 3 games: 17.3ppg, 7.0rpg, 3.0apg. He played at Cent.Florida (NCAA) from 2010-2014 playing a total of 125 NCAA games and as a senior played 30 games averaging 17.2ppg, 7.2rpg, 3.5apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 54.0%. He spoke to eurobasket after his arrival in Hanau recently.

Thanks Isaiah for talking to eurobasket.com. 2017 has come and gone and we are already into February. Did you make any new years resolutions or are you the type of guy that doesn't believe in that?

Just to continue to grow and take care of my daughter while building on my career.


Welcome to Germany and the Hebeisen White Wings Hanau. After a year in Italy and Israel, you have arrived to your third tour of duty now in Germany. What do you in general about the country and it's basketball?

The style of play is different and more aggressive I love it and will adapt to it as the season progresses.


Do you have any friends playing in Germany and did anyone give you some useful advice about coming to Germany?

Yes I have some friends playing here in Pro A and Pro B as well as the BBL


After a big win against the Hamburg Towers, Hanau had to travel to Weissenfels and play against MBC in their annoying small loud arena. Was this your first welcome to how spirited an away arena can be?

Loved the atmosphere they are a great team and playing in games like that is what us athletes love to do


The Hebeisen White Wings Hanau lost a tough 77-61 game and lost in almost every important statistical category except the rebounding. How key was their 14/27 accuracy from downtown? Was this one of the key factors for the loss?

Just have to keep competing things won't always go as planned


You have come to a very motivated team that have gone through so much drama this season with injuries, 6-7 man rotations and the departure of Jordan Wild on account of personal reasons. How quickly have you noticed that this team is all about heart and winning?

Very quick this team has a great group of guys that's all about winning


It really starts with head coach Simon Cote who has built something very special in Hanau. What has been your early impression of him and what has impressed you most about his basketball philosophy?

How he brings energy and passion into practice and games and prepares us for our game plan as well as other teams


You are a 198cm forward that can pretty much do it all and fill up the stat sheet. What kind of role do you see yourself having this season with the Hebeisen White Wings?

Being a creator and making things easy for other guys getting shooters shots, scoring and rebounding the ball.


You have seen the dominance already of American Kruzie Pinkins. Do you see him and you developing into a dominating rebounding duo on both ends of the court as the season progresses?

Yes we definitely can impact the game on both ends rebounding the ball


You are a guy that fill up the stat sheet each weekend, but what do you feel is a hidden strength in your game that doesn't get noticed right away on the court?

Being able to play different positions and impact the game in many different ways


How would you compare the German pro A second division with the Italian and Israel second divisions? How would you rank the three from top to bottom in skill and talent?

It's more competitive here in Germany. The Italian league was as well but was at a much slower pace. Israel is more of a skilled league with not so much physical play being allowed


You started the season with Hapoel Gilboa Afula (Israel-National League, starting five): 4 games: 11.5ppg, 11.5rpg, 2.8apg, 1.5spg. You had very good stats. Why was your stay so short?

Family issues that needed to be handled and taken care of.


Last season you played for Maccabi Hod Hasharon (Israel-National League, starting five): 25 games: 19.9ppg, Reb-2 (14.3rpg), 4.9apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 59.9%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 34.5%. These stats should of easily warranted you a ticket to many first division teams in Europe. How disappointing was the fact that you landed back in the Winner League?

I let God handle these types of situations I felt I had a great season I had some first division teams offers during the season but the team wouldn't release me because of their situation


As a rookie you played for U.S. Basket Recanati (Italy-A2 Silver) playing 28 games: 17.2ppg, 8.2rpg, 3.6apg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 12.5%, FT: 55.2%; A2 Gold Playoffs: 3 games: 17.3ppg, 7.0rpg, 3.0apg. What was your wake up call to being a rookie in Europe where you knew that you were very far away from home in Detroit, Michigan?

I've always been away from home playing basketball and traveling it was just tough being away from my daughter but she got to visit when I was there playing and it helped a lot seeing her and having her get to experience it with me


You had a triple double last season in Israel and almost had one in Italy. What do you feel are you doing more on the court when you get a triple double than when you aren't, but are still filling up the stat sheet like crazy.

Being able to play my game and play freely within the team I think some coaches are very strict on players and won't let them to do what they feel is best for the team and I'm a team type guy I put the team before individual goals

You played at Cent.Florida (NCAA) from 2010-2014 and had two triple doubles as a junior against Stetson and East Carolina to become only the second player in NCAA history to achieve multiple triple doubles in a season. What does this achievement mean to you? Just another story in front of the fire on a Christmas Eve for the grand children down the road?

It was a honor I worked extremely hard all summer and the results paid off during the season


How did head coach Donnie Jones groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career at Central Florida (NCAA)?

He did a great job of teaching me how to work as a pro and being a leader on and off the court and prepared me for life after basketball on how to approach it


Last season you had massive numbers with 43 points and 36 boards against your ex teammate Keith Clanton In Israel, but he came away the winner in both games. How was it facing him again and how much better had he gotten over the years?

It's always good going up against a former teammate we will be able to set back and talk about these memories for a lifetime. He got the best of us but it wasn't easy for them it was a grind.


In your second season with Central Florida, you beat UCONN and had 10 points where you faced 6 future NBA players. When you look back at a game like that and remember the talent is the bridge between the NBA and your ability very little?

The focus and preparation and chemistry they had for the game was a great bond that helped them be a top team


Who was the toughest player that you battled in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?

I'm not sure I've faced many great players in colle


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

He's definitely at the top with the greats I respect his game and things he does off the court for our generation and being a leader/role model


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

Top 5 he's a player you'd always want on your team because he will compete every night with passion


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

That was unbelievable just shows how good of a shooter and team they have there


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

I love Westbrooks game and he puts his all into every game and possession and backs down from no one


What was the last movie that you saw?

I'm not sure I love watching movies daily.

Thanks Isaiah for the chat.




The Teka And Noeres Crunch-Time Show Propell Team Urspring Past Eintracht Frankfurt 71-65 in NBBL Play - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The middle of the week days are usually reserved for the international club games where a Brose Bamberg is usually battling away at home against a Real Madrid or CSKA Moscow's or are tingling around somewhere in Europe at a Macabbi Tel Aviv or FC Barcelona, but this week there were also other teams in action from the easyCredit BBL, but also in the NBBL there was a make up game between two teams Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners and Team Urspring that could be classified at the moment belonging to the top basketball schools as in the last years both teams have developed big talents like Johannes Voigtmann, Danilo Barthel and now Isaac Bonga while Team Urspring have brought out talent after talent like Lucca Staiger, Christian Standhardinger, Gavin Schilling or Mahir Agva that played his first BBL game at age 16 and now plays for the Fraport Skyliners and is fighting for minutes from head coach Gordon Herbert. Team Urspring came to Frankfurt with 5 NBBL titles in their baggage and only a disappointing 4-6 record this season, but a lot of self confidence as they had dismantled TV Langen for the second time this season holding them to only 53 points while Eintracht Frankfurt/Fraport Skyliners were reeling off a hard 76-57 loss to ratiopharm Ulm where all their stars didn't suit up. The club played a lot of their bench players giving them abundant minutes and the club fought with heart cutting down a double digit lead to six points with four minutes to go, but then ran out of gas giving up a 15-2 run to end the game. Both Eintracht Frankfurt and Team Urspring were motivated to finish the season strong as the home team had already qualified for the playoffs while the guests need a good run in the last games to reach the promised land. Team Urspring controlled the first quarter, but Eintracht Frankfurt improved their play in the second and third quarters and were on the same level as the guests, but lost control in crunch-time as the Teka And Noeres Show took control extending their losing streak to two games losing to Team Urspring 71-65. After the game an old known face of the region Sebastian Barth who played many years in Langen was coaching only his second NBBL game was content about the win, but also felt that his team has a realistic chance of reaching the NBBL playoffs. 'We defended long phases with heart, but we didn't have consistent ball movement in the game. It was a hard fought game, but in the end the three pointer by Patrick Teka (182-PG-98) was big and we did a good job forcing them to difficult shots. I think that this win will give us added self confidence to reach the playoffs. I think we need at least one win against either ratiopharm Ulm or Ludwigsburg', expressed Team Ursping head coach Sebastian Barth. Eintracht Frankfurt 17 year old swing man Oliver Babitsch had his best game in the NBBL netting 19 points and was disappointed that the club couldn't get the easy things done on the court and not surprised that he could deal with the responsibility having to take over for the top players out of action. 'We didn't play for 40 minutes and had too many up and down phases. We woke up too late in the first quarter. The second half was a lot better. The little things killed us at the end. Team defense was good and we played with a lot of heart, but our one on one defense wasn't good. In Hanau, I was a player that my team relied on to have good games. So needing to step up now was nothing new for me', expressed Oliver Babitsch.

For the second straight game in a row, Eintracht Frankfurt were handicapped as a majority of their star players were absent like Isaac Bonga, Cosmo Gruehn and Niklas Pons. Konstantin Schubert who had been absent last weekend against ratiopharm was back in the lineup which helped the dynamics on offense. Team Urspring got off to a rising start leading 4-0 as point guard Patrick Teka who was averaging 6,3apg coming into the game scored and team top scorer Noah Kamdem connected on a hook shot. Eintracht Frankfurt got on the board with a Leon Pullen lay in on the fast break, but had to watch as 15 year old German Jason George connected on a trey for the 7-4 lead. Team Urspring was doing a good job in the first minutes being present on the offensive glass hauling down some offensive rebounds and Kamdem muscled one down and made the put back for the 11-8 lead. Konstantin Schubert then got his first bucket making a floater cutting the Team Urspring lead to 11-10. After both teams had found their rhythm, came the first run of the contest as Team Urspring sped away on a 9-0 run to extend their lead to 20-10. In the run, the club stayed active in the paint drawing three fouls as Teka, Noeres and George hit free throws. Tkka also dropped a trey. Eintracht Frankfurt closed out the first quarter strong with a 7-3 run to trail only 23-17. In the run, they got a lay in by Pullen, 16 year old energy spark plug Aris Letsios hit a jumper and Oliver Babitsch excited the crowd with a buzzer beating three. Eintracht Frankfurt was shooting 30% from the field and 14% from outside while Team Urspring was shooting 38% from the field and 67% from outside. Team Urspring had the slight 12-11 rebound edge and both teams had two turnovers apiece.

The second quarter belonged to Eintracht Frankfurt as they continued to chip away at the Team Urspring lead and simply played with more intensity and got good support from their role players. One of these was 15 year old Tim David Schradt who was only playing his second NBBL game scored on transition and Letsios scored on a lay in to cut the Team Urspring lead to 25-21. The first quarter buzzer beater from Babitsch must of carried over into the second quarter as the team was playing better on both ends of the court and went on a 9-2 run to take their first lead of the game 30-27 as they had the momentum. In the run, the home team got vital support from the young kids Schradt and Letsios with a jumper and coast to coast run and lay in and Babitsch connected on another three pointer. After Letsios and Kamden traded buckets deadlocking the game at 32-32, Eintracht Frankfurt closed out the second quarter strong going on a 8-3 run to lead 40-35 at the break. Eintracht Frankfurt played with a lot of intensity in the last two minutes as Schubert scored inside using his arsenal of fakes to his advantage, Babitsch also finished strong in the paint and Fabien Bender nailed a clutch trey leading his team into half-time. 'We let up in the second quarter and lost intensity on defense', stressed Team Urspring head coach Sebastian Barth. Eintracht Frankfurt was shooting 39% from the field and 30% from the three point line while Team Urspring was shooting 35% from the field and 33% from the three point line. Eintracht Frankfurt had the slim 22-21 rebound lead and five turnovers while Team Urspring had seven turnovers.

Both teams came out in the third quarter content to defend better and did as all of a sudden both team's offense's were locked up well as the game became more of a defensive battle. Team Urspring started off the second half with a 8-4 run closing in on the Eintracht Frankfurt's lead slimming it down to 44-43. They were hurting Eintracht Frankfurt in the paint as Moritz Noeres made a hook shot, Kamdem got an offensive rebound and made the put back, Arthur Gutmann also scored in the lane and George scored on the fast break. Team Urspring was playing with more intensity than Frankfurt forcing them to lose their rhythm of the second quarter and Kamdem was owning the paint. Despite the Team Urspring come back run, Eintracht Frankfurt didn't lose the lead as they continued to defend hard and got important baskets form Schubert and Letsios to preserve the lead. George and Kamdem also hit key buckets down the stretch, but Eintracht Frankfurt had the 50-48 advantage after 30 minutes. 'The third quarter was a good defensive game. We got stronger again and had good pick and roll defense and kept Schubert out of the game', stressed Sebastian Barth. Eintracht Frankfurt was shooting 35% from the field and 25% from the parking lot while Team Urspring was shooting 35% from the field and 22% from the parking lot. Team Urspring had the 35-30 rebound edge, but 12 turnovers while Eintracht Frankfurt had nine turnovers.

The fourth quarter was tight, but Team Urspring had the better nerves, better decisions and better shooting accuracy which propelled them to the victory. Yannick Olma tied the game at 50-50 making a hook shot. Letsios then made one of two free throws giving Eintracht Frankfurt the 51-50 lead. Team Urspring then got the lead back 54-51 on Nill Bergmann free throws and a typical inside basket from Kamdem. Eintracht Frankfurt then got a burst of energy from the two blondes Schubert and Babitsch who continued to score inside giving Eintracht Frankfurt the 55-54 lead. Patrick Tekka then used his overall experience and smart play scoring inside and getting to the free throw line twice keeping Team Urspring ahead 61-56 as they had capped off a 7-0 run. Babitsch and Noeres then swapped back to back trey's as Team Urspring still led 64-59 with two minutes to play. Eintracht Frankfurt had one last gasp of energy going on a brutal 6-0 run to recapture the lead 65-64. In the run, they got big production from 17 year old Beat Weichsler who snuck inside for a quick two points, Babitsch hit a trey and Alvin Onyia made a seemingly impossible finger tip roll in in traffic. Then came the turning point of the game as offense led too great defense as Teka buried a three pointer for the 67-65 lead and then on the next Eintracht Frankfurt possession, Moritz Noeres blocked Oniya on the penetration as he wasn't allowed through the lane for a second time in a row. Noeres and Kamden closed out the contest with consecutive free throws. 'Noeres woke up at the end. He didn't have the necessary positive body language the last games, but he showed in crunch-time just how important he can be. Teka made good decisions and brought Kamden into the game well', added Team Urspring head coach Sebastian Barth. 'Our small players were hung up on the blocks leaving Tekka wide open. We should of used more energy in crunch-time. We were missing the needed energy to get the win', stressed Oliver Babitsch. Team Urspring was led by Noah Kamdem with 20 points and nine rebounds. Patrick Teka had 15 points and Moritz Noeres added 11 points and seven rebounds. Eintracht Frankfurt was led by Oliver Babitsch with 19 points. Konstantin Schubert contributed 12 points and nine rebounds and Aris Letsios had 11 points. Team Urspring shot 36% from the field and 29% from outside while Eintracht Frankfurt shot 37% from the field and 22% from outside. Team Urspring won the rebound duel 47-38 and had 13 turnovers while Eintracht Frankfurt had 12 turnovers.




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Standings - A1

A1 Standings
 1. Olympiacos 17-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 17-1 
 3. AEK Athens 14-4 
 4. PAOK 10-8 
 5. Aris 10-8 
 6. Kolossos HH 9-8 
 7. AGOR 8-10 
 8. Lavrio 7-11 
 9. Promitheas 7-11 
 10. Trikalla 7-11 
 11. Koroivos 6-11 
 12. Apollon Patras 5-13 
 13. Kymis 5-13 
 14. Doxa Lefkadas 3-15 

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 15: Panathinaikos - Doxa Lefkadas 90-61
Feb. 15: PAOK - Lavrio 85-80
Feb. 15: Trikalla - Kymis 76-58
Feb. 15: AGOR - AEK Athens 72-65
Feb. 15: Olympiacos - Aris 69-55
Feb. 15: Promitheas - Apollon Patras 65-58
Feb. 16: Koroivos - Kolossos HH


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Dezmine WELLS
  Doxa L.
  (196-G-92)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Wells, Doxa L.16.8 
 2. Brown, Koroivos16.3 
 3. Barlow, Trikalla13.9 
 4. Young, Lavrio13.8 
 5. Hall, Koroivos13.7 
 6. Punter, Lavrio13.2 
 7. Milutinovic, Koroivos13.1 
 8. Cummings, Aris13.1 
 9. Dixon, AEK Athens12.8 
 10. Gotcher, Koroivos12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keith CLANTON
  PAOK
  (205-C/F-90)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Clanton, PAOK10.2 
 2. Morgan, Kymis9.0 
 3. Basabe, Doxa L.8.9 
 4. Fitzpatrick, AGOR7.4 
 5. Hall, Koroivos6.9 
 6. Reddic, Kolossos HH6.7 
 7. Biruta, Trikalla6.5 
 8. Toutziarakis, Kymis6.4 
 9. Faye, Promitheas5.9 
 10. Gotcher, Koroivos5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos7.3 
 2. Calathes, Panathin.5.6 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympiacos5.6 
 4. Starks, Koroivos5.4 
 5. Young, Lavrio4.8 
 6. Talton, AGOR4.4 
 7. Scott, Doxa L.4.1 
 8. Nixon, Lavrio4.0 
 9. El-Amin, Kymis3.9 
 10. Hall, Kolossos HH3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Lucky JONES
  Promitheas
  (198-G-93)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jones, Promitheas2.0 
 2. Scott, Doxa L.1.9 
 3. Singleton, Panathin.1.8 
 4. Xanthopoulos, Aris1.8 
 5. Brown, Koroivos1.8 
 6. Hickey, Apollon .1.8 
 7. Young, Lavrio1.7 
 8. Releford, Kolossos.1.6 
 9. Gotcher, Koroivos1.5 
 10. Ivanovic, AEK A.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin JACKSON
  Aris
  (204-C/F-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jackson, Aris2.0 
 2. Kok, Lavrio1.5 
 3. Johnson, Promi.1.4 
 4. Raines, Apollon .1.3 
 5. Buckner, Aris1.2 
 6. Clanton, PAOK1.2 
 7. Milutinov, Olympiacos1.1 
 8. Reddic, Kolossos HH1.0 
 9. Kavvadas, Aris1.0 
 10. Kravic, AGOR1.0 


Div.B Standing

B Standings
North
 1. Kastoria 17-1 
 2. Karditsas 13-5 
 3. Evropi 12-6 
 4. Ermis Agias 12-6 
 5. Anatolia 11-7 
 6. Agriniou 10-8 
 7. Ermis Lagkada 10-8 
 8. Gefyra 9-9 
 9. Stratoni 9-9 
 10. Charilaos TM 8-10 
 11. Xanthis 7-11 
 12. Polygirou 7-11 
 13. Filippos Veroias 6-12 
 14. HANTH 5-13 
 15. Periko/Arhelaos 5-13 
 16. Aias Evosmou 3-15 
South
 1. Peristeri GS 14-4 
 2. Koropi 13-5 
 3. Panerythraikos 13-5 
 4. Marousi 12-6 
 5. Papagou 12-6 
 6. Ionikos Nikaias 10-8 
 7. Nea Kifisia 9-9 
 8. Panelefsiniakos 9-9 
 9. Mandraikos 9-9 
 10. Tritonas S. 9-9 
 11. Zografou 8-10 
 12. Proteas V. 7-11 
 13. Ergotelis 7-11 
 14. Kronos AD 6-12 
 15. Apollon Sm. 4-14 
 16. KAP 2-16 

Regular Season: Round 18

North

Feb. 12: Evropi - HANTH 92-79
Feb. 12: Polygirou - Charilaos TM 83-79
Feb. 12: Filippos Veroias - Karditsas 73-78
Feb. 12: Xanthis - Kastoria 70-78
Feb. 12: Stratoni - Periko/Arhelaos 70-65
Feb. 12: Agriniou - Ermis Agias 67-74
Feb. 12: Gefyra - Anatolia 63-78
Feb. 15: Aias Evosmou - Ermis Lagkada 59-55

South

Feb. 12: Papagou - Mandraikos 99-80
Feb. 12: Peristeri GS - KAP 99-73
Feb. 12: Ergotelis - Apollon Sm. 83-73
Feb. 12: Tritonas S. - Zografou 73-65
Feb. 12: Ionikos Nikaias - Proteas V. 70-66
Feb. 12: Koropi - Kronos AD 70-57
Feb. 12: Marousi - Panerythraikos 66-73
Feb. 12: Panelefsiniakos - Nea Kifisia 53-52


B Round 18 of Regular Season - 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.

B League round 18 most important game was a victory of Panerythraikos over one of their biggest challengers Marousi 73-66 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Marousi. Panerythraikos (13-5) moved-up to second place in South, which they share with Koropi. Newly promoted Marousi keeps the fourth position with six games lost. They share it with Papagou. Panerythraikos is looking forward to face league's leader Peristeri GS in Athens in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Marousi will play on the road against Apollon Sm. in Smyrnis and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
B League top team - Kastoria (17-1) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eleventh ranked Xanthis (7-11) 78-70. Kastoria have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position in North with 17-1 record. Newly promoted Xanthis keeps the eleventh place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Polygirou. Kastoria will play against Agriniou (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Xanthis will play against Periko/Arhelaos (#15) in Perikos and hopes to get back on the winning track.
B League top team - Peristeri GS (14-4) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed sixteenth ranked KAP (2-16) in Athens 99-73. Peristeri GS have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position in South with 14-4 record. KAP lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixteenth place with 16 games lost. Peristeri GS will meet Panerythraikos (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. KAP will play against Panelefsiniakos (#8) and hope to secure a win.
The game in was also worth to mention about. Seventh ranked Anatolia (11-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Gefyra (9-9). Anatolia defeated Gefyra 78-63. Anatolia moved-up to fifth place in North. Newly promoted Gefyra keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. Anatolia's next round opponent will be Aias Evosmou (#16) at home which should be an easy win for them. Gefyra will play against HANTH (#14) and hope to win that game.
The game in was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Ermis Agias (12-6) played at the court of 5th ranked Agriniou (10-8). Ermis Agias managed to secure a 7-point victory 74-67 on Sunday. Ermis Agias moved-up to third place in North, which they share with Evropi. Agriniou at the other side dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Ermis Agias will face Polygirou (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Agriniou will play against the league's leader Kastoria (#1) and hope to win that game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 18:
In North Ermis Lagkada was beaten by Aias Evosmou on the road 59-55. Filippos Veroias lost to Karditsas on its own court 73-78. HANTH unfortunately lost to Evropi in a road game 79-92. Polygirou managed to beat Charilaos TM at home 83-79. Periko/Arhelaos was defeated by Stratoni on the opponent's court 70-65.
In South Papagou smashed Mandraikos in a home game 99-80. Nea Kifisia lost to Panelefsiniakos on the road 52-53. Ergotelis managed to outperform Apollon Sm. on its own court 83-73. Proteas V. recorded a loss to Ionikos Nikaias in a road game 70-66. Koropi defeated Kronos AD at home 70-57. Zografou was beaten by Tritonas S. on the opponent's court 73-65.

Group North
Aias Evosmou - Ermis Lagkada 59-55

There was a surprise result when sixteenth ranked Aias Evosmou (3-15) beat at home higher ranked Ermis Lagkada (10-8) 59-55 on Wednesday. Newly promoted Aias Evosmou maintains sixteenth position in North with 3-15 record. Ermis Lagkada at the other side keeps the sixth place with eight games lost. Aias Evosmou will face higher ranked Anatolia (#5) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
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Filippos Veroias - Karditsas 73-78

Very expected game when 12th ranked Filippos Veroias (6-12) lost at home to second ranked Karditsas (13-5) 78-73 on Sunday. Karditsas have an impressive five-game winning streak. Newly promoted Karditsas maintains second position in North with 13-5 record having four points less than leader Kastoria. Filippos Veroias lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth place with 12 games lost. Karditsas will face Ermis Lagkada (#7) in Lagadas in the next round where they are favorite. Filippos Veroias will play at home against Stratoni (#9) and hope to win that game.
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Gefyra - Anatolia 63-78

The game in was also worth to mention about. Seventh ranked Anatolia (11-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Gefyra (9-9). Anatolia defeated Gefyra 78-63. Anatolia moved-up to fifth place in North. Newly promoted Gefyra keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. Anatolia's next round opponent will be Aias Evosmou (#16) at home which should be an easy win for them. Gefyra will play against HANTH (#14) and hope to win that game.
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Evropi - HANTH 92-79

Very predictable result when third ranked Evropi (12-6) won against at home 14th ranked HANTH (5-13) 92-79 on Sunday. Newly promoted Evropi maintains third position in North with 12-6 record having five points less than leader Kastoria, which they share with Ermis Agias. HANTH at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourteenth place with 13 games lost. Evropi will face Charilaos TM (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. HANTH will play against Gefyra (#8) and hope to win that game.
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Polygirou - Charilaos TM 83-79

There was a minor upset when 10th ranked Charilaos TM (8-10) lost on the road to thirteenth ranked Polygirou (7-11) 83-79 on Sunday. Polygirou moved-up to eleventh place in North, which they share with Xanthis. Newly promoted Charilaos TM keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. Polygirou will face higher ranked Ermis Agias (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
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Agriniou - Ermis Agias 67-74

The game in was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Ermis Agias (12-6) played at the court of 5th ranked Agriniou (10-8). Ermis Agias managed to secure a 7-point victory 74-67 on Sunday. Ermis Agias moved-up to third place in North, which they share with Evropi. Agriniou at the other side dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Ermis Agias will face Polygirou (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Agriniou will play against the league's leader Kastoria (#1) and hope to win that game.
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Xanthis - Kastoria 70-78

B League top team - Kastoria (17-1) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eleventh ranked Xanthis (7-11) 78-70. Kastoria have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position in North with 17-1 record. Newly promoted Xanthis keeps the eleventh place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Polygirou. Kastoria will play against Agriniou (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Xanthis will play against Periko/Arhelaos (#15) in Perikos and hopes to get back on the winning track.
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Stratoni - Periko/Arhelaos 70-65

Everything went according to plan when ninth ranked Stratoni (9-9) defeated at home 15th ranked Periko/Arhelaos (5-13) 70-65 on Sunday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Stratoni moved-up to eighth place in North, which they share with Gefyra. Loser Periko/Arhelaos dropped to the fourteenth position with 13 games lost. Stratoni will face Filippos Veroias (#13) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Periko/Arhelaos will play against Xanthis and hope to win that game.
gschID: 496751


Group South
Papagou - Mandraikos 99-80

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Mandraikos' (9-9) road loss to fifth ranked Papagou (12-6) in Athens 80-99 on Sunday. Papagou moved-up to fourth place in South, which they share with Marousi. Newly promoted Mandraikos dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Papagou will face Tritonas S. (#10) in the next round where they are favorite. Mandraikos will play against Nea Kifisia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Panelefsiniakos - Nea Kifisia 53-52

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked Panelefsiniakos (9-9) edged 7th ranked Nea Kifisia (9-9) in Eleusina 53-52 on Sunday. Panelefsiniakos moved-up to seventh place in South, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Nea Kifisia. Nea Kifisia lost fourth consecutive game. Panelefsiniakos will face KAP (#16) in Paraskevis in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
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Peristeri GS - KAP 99-73

B League top team - Peristeri GS (14-4) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed sixteenth ranked KAP (2-16) in Athens 99-73. Peristeri GS have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position in South with 14-4 record. KAP lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixteenth place with 16 games lost. Peristeri GS will meet Panerythraikos (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. KAP will play against Panelefsiniakos (#8) and hope to secure a win.
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Marousi - Panerythraikos 66-73

B League round 18 most important game was a victory of Panerythraikos over one of their biggest challengers Marousi 73-66 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Marousi. Panerythraikos (13-5) moved-up to second place in South, which they share with Koropi. Newly promoted Marousi keeps the fourth position with six games lost. They share it with Papagou. Panerythraikos is looking forward to face league's leader Peristeri GS in Athens in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Marousi will play on the road against Apollon Sm. in Smyrnis and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
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Ergotelis - Apollon Sm. 83-73

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 15th ranked Apollon Sm.'s (4-14) road loss to fourteenth ranked Ergotelis (7-11) 73-83 on Sunday. Ergotelis moved-up to twelfth place in South, which they share with Proteas V. Apollon Sm. lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifteenth position with 14 games lost. Ergotelis will face Proteas V. (#12) in Voulas in the next round. Apollon Sm. will play at home against Marousi where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
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Ionikos Nikaias - Proteas V. 70-66

Rather predictable result when eighth ranked Ionikos Nikaias (10-8) won against at home 12th ranked Proteas V. (7-11) 70-66 on Sunday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Ionikos Nikaias have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place in South. Newly promoted Proteas V. keeps the twelfth position with 11 games lost. Ionikos Nikaias will face Kronos AD (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Proteas V. will play against Ergotelis and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Koropi - Kronos AD 70-57

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked Kronos AD (6-12) lost on the road to second ranked Koropi (13-5) 70-57 on Sunday. Koropi have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain second position in South with 13-5 record having four points less than leader Kastoria, which they share with Panerythraikos. Kronos AD lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth place with 12 games lost. Koropi will face Zografou (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kronos AD will play against Ionikos Nikaias and hope to win that game.
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Tritonas S. - Zografou 73-65

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Tritonas S. and 10th ranked Zografou had identical 8-9 record. This time Tritonas S. used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from 73-65 on Sunday night. Tritonas S. (9-9) moved-up to seventh place in South, which they share with 3 other teams. Zografou at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the eleventh position with ten games lost. Tritonas S. will face higher ranked Papagou (#5) in Athens in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Zografou will play against the league's second-placed Koropi (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
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Spanoulis out two weeks for Olympiacos - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos Piraeus has confirmed that team captain Vassilis Spanoulis (193-SG-82, agency: BeoBasket) will miss the next two weeks with an injury. The three-time Final Four MVP was hurt in a domestic league game on Monday and underwent an MRI on Tuesday that showed an adductor adductor strain in his right thigh. With his recovery expected to last 15 days, Spanoulis will miss at least his team's Game of the Week showdown on February 23 at Fenerbahce Istanbul. Olympiacos must travel again one week later to face Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv, a game for which Spanoulis is now considered questionable. Olympiacos has been one of the hottest teams in the competition, winning 11 of its last 13 to climb into third place. Of its remaining eight games, Olympiacos plays five on the road, among them fourth-place Fenerbahce, second-place CSKA Moscow and sixth-place Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade.
Courtesy of: euroleague.net



Brose Baskets extend deal with Nikolaos Zisis - by Eurobasket News

Nikolaos Zisis and Brose Baskets have agreed on terms of contract extension. The Greek guard will stay with the German champions through 2019. Nikolaos Zisis joined Bamberg back in 2015. He averages 7.7 points, 4.5 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game in EuroLeague. In BBL Zisis notches 8.1 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists per appearance. Nikolaos Zisis has been the member of the Greek National Team since 2002.


Giannis Antetokounmpo's 41 points make him top Greek player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo (211-94, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the Milwaukee Bucks (24-30) in their last game. Despite Antetokounmpo's very good performance the Milwaukee Bucks (24-30) lost 114-122 on the road to the Los Angeles Lakers. He was the top scorer with 41 points. Antetokounmpo also added 8 rebounds, passed 6 assists and added 3 blocks in 42 minutes on the court. It's Antetokounmpo's fourth season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Antetokounmpo averages: 23.5ppg, 8.8rpg, 5.5apg, 2.0bpg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 57.6%(402-698), 3FGP: 28.1% and FT: 79.3% in 52 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Nigerian. Antetokounmpo is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Loukas Mavrokefalidis
Loukas Mavrokefalidis
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84, currently plays in China). He was not able to help Qingdao Eagles (16-20) in their last game on Friday. Despite Mavrokefalidis' very good performance Qingdao Eagles were edged 101-100 in Sichuan by the higher-ranked Sichuan BW (#7). He was the top scorer with 37 points. Mavrokefalidis also added 8 rebounds and 4 assists. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Mavrokefalidis' first season with the team. This year he has very high stats. Mavrokefalidis averages: 20.3ppg, 8.8rpg, 2.5apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 55.8%(101-181), 3FGP: 35.0%. Former Panathinaikos Athens starter played for the Greek national team in 2013.

Michael Bramos
Michael Bramos
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH, currently plays in Italy). He was not able to secure a victory for Umana Venezia (12-7) in their game against Grissin Bon RE (11-8) in the Italian Serie A. Bramos recorded 9 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 35 minutes. But Umana Venezia was edged 74-73 in Reggio Emilia by the lower-ranked (#5) Grissin Bon RE. It was Umana Venezia's third consecutive loss in a row. Bramos has relatively good stats this year: 10.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 48.8%, 3FGP: 43.9% and FT: 84.0% in 19 games. He is a naturalized American. Bramos played for the Greek national team four years ago. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Giorgos Bogris
Giorgos Bogris
   #4. Center Giorgos Bogris (210-89, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help CB Canarias (15-5) in their game against Gran Canaria (12-8) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Bogris scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. CB Canarias was defeated 70-60 in Las Palmas by the lower-ranked Gran Canaria (#7). They ended the series of six consecutive victories. Bogris' overall stats this season are: 7.1ppg and 4.0rpg. He is also Greek national team player.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #5. Former international guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Germany) led Brose Baskets to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (8-13) 76-57 in the German BBL last Sunday. Zisis recorded 12 points (made all of his seven free throws) in only a mere 14 minutes. Brose Baskets Bamberg (19-1) is placed second in the BBL. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. This year Zisis' overall stats are: 8.1ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.7apg in 16 games. He used to play for the Greek national team two years ago.

Stratos Perperoglou
Stratos Perperoglou
   #6. Small forward Stratos Perperoglou (203-84, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help FC Barcelona (8-14) in their game against Galatasaray (7-15) in the Euroleague. Perperoglou did not beat the league record on Friday evening. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. The 12th-placed FC Barcelona (8-14) was defeated 69-62 at home by the lower-ranked Galatasaray (#15) in the group A of Euroleague. It was FC Barcelona's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Perperoglou's total stats this season are: 5.1ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.5apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.

Fotios Lampropoulos
Fotios Lampropoulos
   #7. Former U18 international power forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83, currently plays in Argentina) couldn't help Boca Juniors (9-24) in their last game. Despite Lampropoulos' very good performance Boca Juniors (#10) lost 69-74 in Concordia to the second-ranked Estudiantes in the Sur group. He was the top scorer with 22 points. Lampropoulos also added 8 rebounds in 35 minutes. It was Boca Juniors' seventh consecutive loss in a row. Lampropoulos has very impressive stats this year: 15.4ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.7apg in 33 games. He used to play for the Greek U18 national team fourteen years ago.

Leonidas Kaselakis
Leonidas Kaselakis
   #8. Small forward Leonidas Kaselakis (202-90, currently plays in Kazakhstan) led Astana to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Barsy Atyrau (4-6) 80-67 in the Kazakhstan National League last Saturday. Kaselakis was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 6 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BK Astana (14-0) is placed first in the National League. So far his team won all fourteen games in the Regular Season. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Kaselakis has very high stats. He averages: 17.8ppg, 8.0rpg, 5.0apg and 1.6spg. Kaselakis used to play for the Greek U20 national team back in 2010.

Ian Vougioukas
Ian Vougioukas
   #9. Former international power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in EuroCup) contributed to Lokomotiv's victory against the closely-ranked UCAM Murcia (1-5) 85-77 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Vougioukas scored 9 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lokomotiv Kuban (5-1) is placed first in the Eurocup. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Second Stage. So now every game will be important. Vougioukas' total stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.8apg. He used to play for the Greek national team three years ago.

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
   #10. Center Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St., currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Boston Celtics (36-19) 108-92 in the NBA last Wednesday. Koufos scored 6 points, had 11 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 27 minutes. The Sacramento Kings have 24-32 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Koufos' total stats are: 6.2ppg and 5.5rpg in 55 games. He is a naturalized American. Koufos is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster. Apparently he has never played in Greece.

   #11. Former international guard Dimitrios Katsivelis (196-91, currently plays in Kazakhstan) is a teammate of previously mentioned Leonidas Kaselakis. But that was another game of his team in Kazakhstan National League which we would like to mention. Katsivelis was the major contributor in Astana's victory against one of league's weakest teams Barsy Atyrau 79-64. He scored 16 points, had 4 boards, passed 6 assists and added 6 steals. Katsivelis has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 6.8apg and 2.8spg. He used to play for the Greek national team four years ago.

   #12. International shooting guard Tyler Dorsey (193-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Oregon's victory against the University of Southern California 81-70 in the NCAA last Saturday. Dorsey recorded 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. This season he has relatively solid stats: 13.1ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.9apg. Dorsey is a naturalized American. He is also in the roster of the Greek national team. Interesting that Dorsey has never played in Greece.

   #13. Former U18 international center Ioannis Dimakopoulos (218-94, currently studies in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Univ. of California-Santa Barbara 64-47 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. Dimakopoulos recorded 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Dimakopoulos has reliable stats this season: 11.5ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Greek U18 national team five years ago.

   #14. Former U19 international forward Konstantinos Mitoglou (208-96, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the one of league's weakest teams Wake Forest in their game against the Clemson University in the NCAA. Mitoglou recorded 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 28 minutes. His team lost 83-95. Mitoglou has averaged so far 9.3ppg and 6.0rpg in 25 games. He used to play for the Greek U19 national team back in 2015.

   #15. Former U18 international swingman Haris Plioukas (200-89, currently plays in Germany) was the main contributor in a Hagen BG's victory against the eighth-ranked Bielefeld 100-89 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. He was the best player in that game. Plioukas scored 26 points (!!!), grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 28 minutes. Plioukas' stats this year are: 11.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg in 19 games. He used to play for the Greek U18 national team ten years ago.

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

   #1. Zach Auguste (208-C-93, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup). He could not help Usak Sportlif to beat Oradea. Auguste recorded 9 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 22 minutes. It was his first game for Usak Sportlif this season. But Usak Sportlif (#3) lost 72-82 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) Oradea in the group Q of FIBA Europe Cup. Auguste is a naturalized American. Apparently he has never played in Greece.

   #2. Nazareth Mitrou-Long (193-G-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Iowa St. to an easy victory against the The University of Oklahoma (11-3) 80-64 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Mitrou-Long recorded 23 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 28 minutes. The Iowa State University has 7-5 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Mitrou-Long is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Iowa St.'s roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Mitrou-Long averages: 15.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg in 24 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Canadian. Despite Mitrou-Long's Greek passport, he previously played for the Canadian U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.

   #3. Patrick Calathes (207-F-85, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help AV Cantu in their game against Banco di Srd (11-8) in the Italian Serie A. He recorded 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. AV Cantu lost 65-80 in Sassari to the much higher-ranked (#4) Banco di Srd. Calathes has reliable stats this year: 12.4ppg and 8.4rpg in five games. He is a naturalized American. Calathes used to play for Costa Cafe Marousi in Greek league.

   #4. Nikolaos Stylianou (198-F-88, college: W.Texas A&M, currently plays in Cyprus) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Apollon (3-13) crushing them 78-44 in the Cypriot Division A in Saturday night's game. He scored 9 points. Keravnos Strovolou (12-1) is placed first in the Division A. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Stylianou has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Cypriot.

   #5. Maximiliano Sole (198-F-88, agency: Duran International, currently plays in Spain) led Real Madrid II to a victory over the 11th-ranked Alcobendas (8-10) 75-60 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Wednesday. Sole was the best player in that game. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 18 rebounds in 32 minutes. Real Madrid II (14-5) is placed third in Group B. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Sole has reliable stats this year: 10.9ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.9apg and 1.7spg in 18 games. He has both Uruguayan and Greek nationalities.

   #6. Vaggelis Loukas (196-F, currently plays in Canada) was not able to secure a victory for the University of Northern British Columbia (6-14) in their last game on Friday. Despite Loukas' good performance the University of Northern British Columbia (#3) was crushed 89-59 in Saskatoon, SK by the Huskies. He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Loukas also added 5 rebounds. Loukas has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.7apg and 1.4spg.

   #7. Nikolas Cirkovic (200-F-96, currently plays in Serbia) managed to help OKK Beograd to win against the closely-ranked Beovuk 72 93-84 in a derby game in the Serbian KLS in Sunday night's game. Cirkovic scored only 2 points. This season Cirkovic averages just 1.3ppg. He also holds two passports: Greek and Serbian.

   #8. Georgios Angelou (185-G-94, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the St.Francis, PA in their game against the Wagner College in the NCAA. Angelou scored 8 points in 19 minutes. His team was edged 76-74. Angelou has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.1apg in 25 games.

   #9. Theodor Aliferis (183-G-88, currently plays in Norway) couldn't help Persbraten (1-22) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Persbraten was crushed 103-74 at home by the higher-ranked Gimle BBK (#4). Aliferis was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Aliferis has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.0apg. He has Greek and Norwegian nationalities. Despite Aliferis' Greek passport, he previously played for the Norwegian U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Greek team.

   #10. Gerasimos Koutoufas (196-F, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Mansfield, PA in their game against the Kutztown University in the NCAA2. Koutoufas scored 7 points in 18 minutes. His team lost 79-83 in the NCAA2. Koutoufas has averaged so far 4.8ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.1apg in 18 games.



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Adam Hanga selected the top Hungarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Adam Hanga
Adam Hanga
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Adam Hanga (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Spain). He led Baskonia to a 1-point victory over one of league's weakest teams Blusens Monbus (5-14) 87-86 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Hanga was MVP of the game. He scored 22 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 34 minutes on the court. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (14-6) is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa. Hanga has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.9apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 56.1%(55-98), 3FGP: 31.5% and FT: 74.1% in 19 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Hungarian senior national team.

Marcell Pongo
Marcell Pongo
   #2. Second place goes to U20 international point guard Marcell Pongo (194-97, currently plays in EuroCup). Pongo could not help the league outsider ratiopharm Ulm (0-6) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance ratiopharm Ulm was defeated 86-81 on the road by the higher-ranked Lietkabelis (#3). Pongo scored 10 points. The Second Stage already ended in the Eurocup. It's Pongo's first season with the team. This year he averages: 2.7ppg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 33.3%, 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 83.3%. Pongo is in the roster of the Hungarian U20 national team.

Jarrod Jones
Jarrod Jones
   #3. The Hungarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Jarrod Jones (205-90, college: Ball St., currently plays in Italy). He was not able to help VL Pesaro in their game against Scandone AV (13-6) in the Italian Serie A, despite his very good performance on Sunday night. Jones was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 31 minutes. But VL Pesaro was badly defeated 79-62 in Avellino by the second-ranked Scandone AV. Jones has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.2ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 52.5%, 3FGP: 27.0% and FT: 80.5% in 19 games. Jones is a naturalized American. He is also a member of the Hungarian senior national team. Jones used to play for Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar in Hungarian league.

Obadiah Trotter
Obadiah Trotter
   #4. An experienced point guard Obadiah Trotter (188-84, college: Alabama A&M, currently plays in Poland) was not able to secure a victory for Twarde Pierniki (15-5) in their game against Trefl (10-10) in the Polish PLK. He recorded 7 points. Twarde Pierniki was crushed 94-62 in Sopot by the much lower-ranked Trefl (#11). This season Trotter has relatively solid stats: 12.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.6apg and 1.6spg. He is a naturalized American. Trotter used to play for the Hungarian national team back in 2013. He played also for Szolnoki Olajbanyasz in Hungarian league.

Rosco Allen
Rosco Allen
   #5. Former international forward Rosco Allen (207-93, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Stanford, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Adam Hanga in the Spanish Liga Endesa last game. Allen couldn't help Blusens Monbus (5-14) in their game against Baskonia (14-6). He scored 7 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 22 minutes. Blusens Monbus was edged 87-86 in Vitoria by the much higher-ranked (#5) Baskonia. Allen has reliable stats this year: 11.6ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1apg in 20 games. He used to play for the Hungarian national team two years ago.

Dontay Thomas
Dontay Thomas
   #6. Point guard Dontay Thomas (187-84, also represented by Octagon Europe, college: La Salle, currently plays in Montenegro) managed to help KK Sutjeska Niksic to win against the sixth-ranked S.Centar (7-9) crushing them 96-72 in the Montenegrin Erste Liga in Sunday night's game. Thomas scored only 4 points and added 4 passes. KK Sutjeska Niksic (12-5) is placed second in the Erste Liga. Thomas' overall stats this season are: 6.3ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.0apg. He is a naturalized American. Thomas is a former international player as he played for the Hungarian senior team three years ago. He used to play for Gunaras KC Dombovar in Hungarian league.

Gyorgy Goloman
Gyorgy Goloman
   #7. Former U18 international forward Gyorgy Goloman (211-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Oregon State University (12-2) 78-60 in the NCAA on Sunday night. Goloman scored 7 points and had 3 steals. The Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles have a solid 9-3 conference record this season. Goloman's overall stats this year are: 4.0ppg and 2.7rpg. He used to play for the Hungarian U18 national team four years ago.

Balint Mocsan
Balint Mocsan
   #8. Guard Balint Mocsan (190-97, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the one of league's weakest teams Idaho St. (3-9) in their game against the Portland State University (4-8) in the NCAA. He scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. The Idaho St. lost 69-74 at home to the State University. This year Mocsan's overall stats are: 5.1ppg and 1.3rpg in 20 games. He plays currently for the Hungarian U20 national team.

Gergely Hosszu
Gergely Hosszu
   #9. Former U20 international guard Gergely Hosszu (190-86, currently plays in Germany) led Kaiserslautern to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked TV Langen (9-10) 83-66 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Sunday night. He scored 12 points and added 5 passes. 1. FC Kaiserslautern (7-12) is placed ninth in South-West group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Hosszu averaged so far 12.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg. He used to play for the Hungarian U20 national team eleven years ago.

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

   #1. Nemanja Miscevic (200-F-94, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to Spartak's victory against the 11th-ranked Metalac (7-10) 74-68 in the Serbian KLS last Saturday. Miscevic scored 6 points and added 4 assists in 30 minutes. KK Spartak Subotica (11-6) is placed fourth in the KLS. This year Miscevic's overall stats are: 4.9ppg and 2.1rpg in 17 games he played so far.

   #2. Damian Hollis (203-F-88, agency: Inception Sports, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Portugal) could not help one of league's weakest teams Benfica (14-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Benfica was defeated 81-74 at home by the second-ranked Oliveirense. Hollis was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Hollis has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.4apg. Hollis is a naturalized American. Despite his Hungarian passport, Hollis previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Hungarian team. He used to play for Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar in Hungarian league.

   #3. Nebojsa Dukic (206-C/F-88, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Portugal) was not able to help Vitoria SC in their game against FC Porto Ferpinta (16-3) in the Portuguese LPB. Dukic scored 8 points. Vitoria SC was crushed 92-71 on the road by the leading FC Porto_Ferpinta. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Dukic's stats this season are: 10.7ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Hungarian.

   #4. Srdjan Stojanovic (197-SG-91, currently plays in Serbia) was not able to secure a victory for Radnicki 1950 (12-6) in their game against Velika Plana (7-11) in the Serbian 2MLS (second division). Stojanovic scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 31 minutes. But Radnicki 1950 lost 64-74 in Velika Plana to the lower-ranked (#10) Velika Plana. Stojanovic has very impressive stats this year: 17.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.6apg and 1.3spg in 18 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Hungarian and Serbian.

   #5. Roland Torok (203-F/C-90, agency: HMS, currently plays in Romania) managed to help U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca in a victory against the closely-ranked Oradea (6-6) crushing them 75-55 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Saturday. Torok scored only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 16 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (17-2) is placed first in the Liga Nationala. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Torok's overall stats are: 8.3ppg and 4.8rpg in 19 games. He has both Hungarian and Romanian nationalities.

   #6. Laszlo Lazar (210-C-87, also represented by 011 Sports, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help Targu Mures in their game against Craiova in the Romanian Liga Nationala. Lazar scored 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 23 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 19 points 91-72. This year Lazar's overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.6bpg in 17 games. He also holds two passports: Hungarian and Romanian.

   #7. Experienced Zoltan Kurinczky (181-G-82, currently plays in Norway) couldn't help Persbraten (1-23) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Kurinczky's very good performance the bottom-ranked Persbraten was defeated 85-78 on their home court in Oslo by the leading Kongsberg. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Kurinczky also added 9 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). This season Kurinczky has very high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.1apg and 1.2spg. Kurinczky holds both Hungarian and Swedish passports.

   #8. Marko Popadic (189-G-89, currently plays in Greece) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked AE Larissas crushing them 85-55 in the Greek A2 (second division) in Saturday night's game. Popadic scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Popadic averaged so far 12.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.3apg. He has dual citizenship: Serbian and Hungarian. Despite Popadic's Hungarian passport, he previously played for the Serbian U18 national team and probably cannot be called to the Hungarian team.

   #9. Kornel Tokolyi (201-F-94, college: Barstow CC, currently plays in Canada) contributed to an easy victory against the Wolfpack crushing them 81-54 in the Canadian university league CIS last Friday. Tokolyi scored only 2 points in 6 minutes on the court. This year Tokolyi's total stats are: 2.0ppg and 1.2rpg in 14 games.

   #10. Nikola Fekete (192-SG-91, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help BV Villingen-Schwenningen in their game against Koblenz in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). Fekete scored 7 points in 20 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 18 points 79-61. Fekete averaged so far 10.3ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.7apg in 19 games. He has dual citizenship: Serbian and Hungarian.



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  ICELAND  

Standings - D1 League

Points Per Game
 Terrance MOTLEY
  FSU
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 31.7
 1. Motley, FSU31.7 
 2. Woods, Hamar27.2 
 3. Garland, Breidablik26.6 
 4. Shouse, IA26.2 
 5. Moss, Hottur24.9 
 6. Chia-Kur, Vestri21.6 
 7. Pryor, Fjolnir21.2 
 8. King, Valur21.1 
 9. Bracey, Valur20.6 
 10. Knezevic, Vestri20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris WOODS
  Hamar
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Woods, Hamar14.3 
 2. Moss, Hottur13.3 
 3. Pryor, Fjolnir13.1 
 4. Motley, FSU12.9 
 5. King, Valur10.8 
 6. Petursson, Valur9.6 
 7. Shouse, IA9.4 
 8. Chia-Kur, Vestri9.1 
 9. Kristjansson, IA9.0 
 10. Virijevic, Hottur9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MOSS
  Hottur
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Moss, Hottur9.1 
 2. Sigurdsson, Fjolnir7.2 
 3. Garland, Breidablik5.8 
 4. Blondal, Valur5.0 
 5. Shouse, IA4.9 
 6. Bracey, Valur4.8 
 7. Olafsson, Hamar4.7 
 8. Erlingsson, Hamar4.1 
 9. Hreinsson, FSU4.0 
 10. Jonasson, Armann4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone GARLAND
  Breidablik
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Garland, Breidablik3.9 
 2. Moss, Hottur3.4 
 3. Shouse, IA2.8 
 4. Jonsson, FSU2.7 
 5. Van Kasteren, FSU2.3 
 6. Motley, FSU2.0 
 7. King, Valur1.8 
 8. Hreinsson, FSU1.8 
 9. Olafsson, Hamar1.7 
 10. Birgisson, Hottur1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Urald KING
  Valur
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. King, Valur2.2 
 2. Oliver, Fjolnir1.5 
 3. Sigurdarson, Breid.1.5 
 4. Woods, Hamar1.5 
 5. Motley, FSU1.3 
 6. Audunsson, Valur1.3 
 7. Johannesson, Breid.1.1 
 8. Virijevic, Hottur1.1 
 9. Fridriksson, Arm.1.0 
 10. Karason, Fjolnir0.9 



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  INDONESIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nate BARFIELD
  NSH G.
  (206-F/C-88)
  Avg: 28.7
 1. Barfield, NSH G.28.7 
 2. Crump, Satya W.26.0 
 3. Jacobs, NSH G.25.8 
 4. Peterson, Bima P.25.7 
 5. Smith, Hang Tuah24.0 
 6. Corbin, Bima P.24.0 
 7. Loiselle, Pacific .23.2 
 8. White, Pelita Jaya23.0 
 9. Seagers, Pacific .22.5 
 10. Brantley, Garuda22.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andre SMITH
  Hang Tuah
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Smith, Hang Tuah16.8 
 2. Barfield, NSH G.15.0 
 3. Loiselle, Pacific .14.5 
 4. Maxey, Satya W.12.8 
 5. White, Pelita Jaya12.5 
 6. Brand, JNE B.12.3 
 7. Gunawan, Garuda11.8 
 8. Henderson-N., Aspac11.2 
 9. Peterson, Bima P.10.7 
 10. McKinney, CLS K.9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Mario WUYSANG
  CLS K.
  (176-PG-79)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Wuysang, CLS K.5.8 
 2. Smith, Hang Tuah5.0 
 3. Seagers, Pacific .4.8 
 4. Jacobs, NSH G.4.5 
 5. Purwanto, Hang T.4.3 
 6. Loiselle, Pacific .4.3 
 7. Wijaya, Garuda4.2 
 8. Jewell, Satria Muda4.2 
 9. Crump, Satya W.4.0 
 10. Grays, Pelita Jaya3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrell CORBIN
  Bima P.
  (184-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Corbin, Bima P.3.6 
 2. Jewell, Satria Muda3.2 
 3. Saputra, Pacific .2.3 
 4. Barfield, NSH G.2.3 
 5. Sitepu, Satria M.2.2 
 6. Smith, Hang Tuah2.2 
 7. Seagers, Pacific .2.0 
 8. White, Pelita Jaya1.8 
 9. Asadi, Bima P.1.8 
 10. Ekayana, Hang Tuah1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Nate MAXEY
  Satya W.
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Maxey, Satya W.3.8 
 2. Brand, JNE B.3.7 
 3. Peterson, Bima P.2.0 
 4. Ware, Garuda2.0 
 5. Smith, Satria Muda1.4 
 6. Loiselle, Pacific .1.3 
 7. White, Pelita Jaya1.2 
 8. Sitepu, Satria M.1.2 
 9. Nugroho, CLS K.1.0 
 10. Regowo, Aspac0.8 


Best players of Indonesian IBL round 8 - by Eurobasket News

American-Jamaican Kore White (205-F-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Pelita Jaya and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 27-year old forward had a double-double of 32 points and sixteen rebounds, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team Satya Wacana (#11, 0-6) with 26-point margin 95-69. Pelita Jaya is placed at 6th position in Indonesian IBL. Pelita Jaya 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 3-3 record. In the team's last game White had a remarkable 53.8% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Pelita Jaya, being already a very valuable addition to the team. University of South Florida graduate has very impressive stats this year. White is in league's top in points (8th best: 23.0ppg), rebounds (6th best: 12.5rpg) and averages solid 1.2bpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American forward Carlos Smith (206-F-90) of league's best team Satria Muda. Smith impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Satria Muda cruised to a 83-76 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Hang Tuah (#7, 3-3). Of course Satria Muda still keep the league's top spot. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 5 games without any defeat. Smith is a newcomer at Satria Muda 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 13.8ppg (#5). He also registered 9.6 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Nate Barfield (206-F/C-88) of NSH GMC (#8). Barfield scored 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Barfield's great performance NSH GMC lost 74-91 to the higher-ranked Garuda (#4, 4-2). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of NSH GMC not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 4 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Barfield could try to bring NSH GMC's a little bit higher in the standings. Barfield has individually a great season in Indonesia. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 28.8ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 16.4rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nate Maxey (211-C-92) of Satya Wacana - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Andre Smith (208-C) of Hang Tuah - 21 points and 16 rebounds
6. Ponsianus Indrawan (191-PF-85) of Pelita Jaya - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Chris Ware (203-C-89) of Garuda - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Tyreek Jewell (185-G-93) of Satria Muda - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Sherrard Brantley (188-G-90) of Garuda - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Respati Pamungkas (180-SG-91) of Pelita Jaya - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists

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



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  IRELAND  

Standings - EBS Superleague

Super League Standings
 1. Templeogue 15-1 
 2. Swords Thunder 15-2 
 3. UCD Marian 14-3 
 4. Tralee 12-5 
 5. Killester 11-4 
 6. UCC Demons 8-9 
 7. Moycullen 7-10 
 8. DCU Saints 6-11 
 9. Belfast Star 5-12 
 10. Eanna 4-13 
 11. KUBS 2-14 
 12. UL Eagles 1-16 

Regular Season: Round 19

Feb. 18: Eanna - Tralee
Feb. 18: DCU Saints - Swords Thunder
Feb. 18: Belfast Star - Moycullen
Feb. 18: Killester - UCD Marian
Feb. 19: UCC Demons - UL Eagles
Feb. 19: KUBS - Templeogue



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  ISRAEL  

Standings - BSL

Winner League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 13-4 
 2. Hapoel Holon 13-5 
 3. Bnei Hertzeliyya 11-7 
 4. Hapoel J-M 11-7 
 5. Hapoel Eilat 10-8 
 6. Hapoel T-A 9-9 
 7. Maccabi Rishon 9-9 
 8. Maccabi Haifa 8-10 
 9. Ironi Nahariya 8-10 
 10. Galil Gilboa 8-11 
 11. Maccabi Ashdod 5-13 
 12. Maccabi K/G 3-15 

Regular Season: Round 19

Feb. 15: Bnei Hertzeliyya - Galil Gilboa 73-79
Feb. 19: Maccabi K/G - Maccabi T-A
Feb. 19: Hapoel T-A - Ironi Nahariya
Feb. 19: Maccabi Haifa - Hapoel J-M
Feb. 19: Maccabi Rishon - Maccabi Ashdod
Feb. 19: Hapoel Eilat - Hapoel Holon



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  ITALY  

Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Marcus LANDRY
  Brescia
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Landry, Brescia20.2 
 2. Sosa, JuveCaserta19.3 
 3. M''Baye, Enel B.19.3 
 4. Jones, VL Pesaro19.2 
 5. Johnson, AV Cantu18.5 
 6. Ragland, Scandone.17.7 
 7. White, Auxilium TO17.1 
 8. Della-Valle, Grissin.16.6 
 9. Aradori, Grissin .16.6 
 10. Scott, Enel Brindisi15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 O.D. ANOSIKE
  Openjobm.
  (203-F/C-91)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Anosike, Openjobm.11.6 
 2. Jones, VL Pesaro10.0 
 3. Washington, Auxilium.8.7 
 4. White, Auxilium TO8.3 
 5. Johnson, AV Cantu8.2 
 6. Lawal, Banco d.7.6 
 7. Watt, JuveCaserta7.6 
 8. Thomas, Vanoli CR7.5 
 9. Nnoko, VL Pesaro7.3 
 10. Jefferson, Dolomiti.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  AV Cantu
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Waters, AV Cantu7.6 
 2. Vitali, Brescia7.5 
 3. Fitipaldo, Betaland.7.5 
 4. Dowdell, AV Cantu6.3 
 5. Sosa, JuveCaserta6.1 
 6. Wright, Auxilium.5.6 
 7. Moore, The F.5.3 
 8. Ragland, Scandone.5.2 
 9. Maynor, Openjobm.4.9 
 10. Kalnietis, EA7 A.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Corey HAWKINS
  The F.
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hawkins, The F.2.5 
 2. Goss, Enel Brindisi2.1 
 3. Craft, Dolomiti.1.9 
 4. Moss, Brescia1.7 
 5. Bostic, JuveCaserta1.6 
 6. Ragland, Scandone.1.6 
 7. Green, Scandone AV1.5 
 8. Lighty, Dolomiti.1.5 
 9. Moore, Enel Brindisi1.5 
 10. Harrow, VL Pesaro1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Norvel PELLE
  Openjobm.
  (208-F-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Pelle, Openjobm.2.4 
 2. Cervi, Grissin .2.3 
 3. Watt, JuveCaserta1.7 
 4. Johnson, AV Cantu1.6 
 5. Lawal, Banco d.1.4 
 6. Putney, JuveCaserta1.3 
 7. Biligha, Vanoli CR1.3 
 8. Thomas, Vanoli CR1.2 
 9. M''Baye, Enel B.1.2 


Quenton DeCosey agreed terms with Chieti - by Eurobasket News

Proger BLS Chieti (Serie A2) inked 24-year old American guard Quenton DeCosey (196-93kg-93, college: Temple) from Treviso Basket. In 20 Serie A2 games in Italy he recorded 9.2ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.5apg this season.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Among other achievements DeCosey's team won AAC Regular Season in 2016. He received also NABC All-District 25 1st Team award in 2016 at his college time.
DeCosey graduated from Temple University in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Pedro Rubbera (ex Benidorm) is a newcomer at Teramo - by Eurobasket News

Serie B newcomer Basket Teramo 2015 added to their roster experienced 36-year old naturalized Argentinian swingman Pedro Rubbera (81). He started the season at Servigroup Benidorm in Spanish EBA league. In 11 games he recorded 8.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg this season. The last season Rubbera played at Pallacanestro San Michele Maddaloni where in 6 Serie B games he averaged 14.8ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.7spg.
He has played previously professionally in Spain (Calpe, Cordoba, Meridiano Alicante and La Vila) and Italy (Lucera, Sassari Torres and Trani).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Teramo.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Riccardo Castelli agreed terms with Unieuro Forli - by Eurobasket News

Serie A2 newcomer Unieuro 2.015 Forli strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old forward Riccardo Castelli (200-88, agency: Players Group). He started the season at GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine in Serie A2. Castelli helped his team get promotion to Serie A2. In 14 games he recorded 8.8ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.4apg this season. The last season he played also at GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine (also in Serie B) where in 41 games he averaged 12.3ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.2apg.
Castelli was a member of Italian U20 National Team between 2006 and 2008.
He has played previously for seven other teams: Bondi Ferrara, Treviglio, Piacenza, Asti, Recanati, Agrigento and Asti.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A very good athlete, with shooting accuracy and personality.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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David Logan (ex Lietuvos rytas) joins Scandone Avellino - by Eurobasket News

Scandone Avellino (Serie A) agreed terms with experienced 35-year old Polish guard David Logan (185-77kg-82, college: Indianapolis). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Logan started the season at Lietuvos rytas in Lithuanian LKL league. In 21 games he had very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.8apg and 1.1spg this season. Logan also played 14 games in Eurocup where he recorded also remarkable stats: 18.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.8apg and 1.7spg. The last season he played at Banco di Srd. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Logan was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 33 Serie A games he averaged high stats: 16.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.3apg and 1.9spg. He helped them to make it to the Supercup semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Imports Team, 2nd Team and to the All-Star Game. Logan also played 8 games in Euroleague where he got 11.4ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.9apg and 2.0spg. He also played 6 games in Eurocup where he was fifth best scorer with 12.3ppg and got 2.8rpg, 2.2apg and 1.0spg (in top 3).
In 2006 (a year after he left the college) Logan was drafted by Fort Worth Flyers (D-League) in third round (28th overall).
He attended University of Indianapolis (NCAA Div.II) until 2005 and it is his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Logan won Italian SerieA championship title in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Domestic Player of the Year back in 2010.
Logan represented Poland at the European Championships in Poland eight years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 15.5ppg, 2.2rpg, Assists-3 (4.5apg), 1.3spg, FGP: 44.7%, 3PT: 39.4%, FT: 75.0%.
Logan is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (ALBA Berlin), Greece (Panathinaikos), Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv and Hasharon), Spain (Baskonia), Poland (Anwil, PGE Turow, Asseco and Polpharma), Italy (Pavia Basket) and D-League (Ft.Worth F.).
Logan is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Scandone Avellino.
On Logan: An extremely talented guard who is not so continous at high level, even if he's improving year after year. Gives his best when he can play in up-tempo, without strictly-defined offensive plays.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rush's 25 points and 8 rebounds give him Serie A2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

28-year old Erik Rush (196-SF-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Recanati and receives a Eurobasket.com Serie A2 Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had the game-high 25 points adding eight rebounds and seven assists for Recanati in his team's victory, helping them to beat Verona (#11, 10-11) 77-69. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings in East. Recanati maintains the 15th position in their group in Italian Serie A2. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 15 games and recorded just six victories. Rush turned to be Recanati's top player in his first season with the team. Erik Rush averages just after three games 17.3ppg, 11.0rpg and 7.0apg.

Second best performed player last round was Mitchell Poletti (205-F/C-88) of Latina Basket. He is a forward in his first season at Latina Basket. In the last game Poletti recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Latina Basket to edge the lower-ranked Roma Virtus (#8, 11-10) by 2 points 93-91. This victory allowed Latina Basket to move up to 5th position in West. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Poletti is a newcomer at Latina Basket and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward John Brown (203-F-92) of Roma Virtus (#8). Brown scored 25 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Brown's great performance Roma Virtus lost 91-93 to the higher-ranked Latina Basket (#5, 12-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Roma Virtus needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in West. Their record is 11 victories and 10 lost games. Brown has a great season in Italy. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.3ppg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mattia Venucci (185-PG-90) of Chieti - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Alessandro Amici (200-G/F-91) of Mantova - 27 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Timothy Bowers (188-PG-82) of Jesi - 15 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Keron DeShields (190-PG-92) of Latina Basket - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Trae Golden (188-G-91) of Chieti - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Darryl Jackson (190-SG-85) of Scafati - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Taylor Smith (199-F/C-91) of Ravenna - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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B League D2 Round 38: Leader Toyotsu FE loses to Aomori Watts - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in B League D2 is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 4 rounds. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Top ranked Toyotsu FE (26-10) recorded its tenth loss in Nagoya on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Aomori Watts (16-20) 93-82. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Toyotsu FE. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 11 points. 26 personal fouls committed by Toyotsu FE helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Daichi Shimoyama (181-89) who scored 26 points. American forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. Aomori Watts' coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nigerian center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St.) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds for the hosts. Aomori Watts maintains fourth position with 16-20 record, which they share with Ehime OV. Toyotsu FE at the other side still keeps top place with ten games lost. Aomori Watts is looking forward to face Orange Vikings (#4) in Matsuyama in the next round. Toyotsu FE will play on the road against Cyberdyne IR in Tsukuba and is hoping to win this game.
Second-ranked Nishinomiya S. (24-12) made lots of trouble for first ranked Dragonflies (30-6) in Hiroshima. Dragonflies managed to secure only one-point victory 65-64. However their fans expected easier game. The former international forward Shogo Asayama (192-81) saved the victory by scoring 17 points. Daiji Yamada contributed with 12 points for the winners. American forward Larry Owens (201-83, college: ORU, agency: Three Eye Sports) replied with 11 points and 9 rebounds for Nishinomiya S.Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Dragonflies have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 30-6 record which they share with defeated Nishinomiya S. Nishinomiya S. at the other side still keeps top place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Gunma. Dragonflies will play against league's leader Gunma on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Nishinomiya S. will play against Iwate Big Bulls and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Sixth-ranked Shinshu BW (10-27) made lots of trouble for third ranked Yamagata (19-17) on Sunday. Yamagata managed to secure only three-point victory 65-62. However their fans expected easier game. Masanari Masanari scored 19 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Yamagata's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Chad Posthumus responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds. Yamagata maintains third position with 19-17 record having seven points less than leader Gunma. Shinshu BW lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 27 games lost. Yamagata will meet Tokyo Excel. (#4) on the road in the next round. Shinshu BW will play against Kumamoto V. and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Kumamoto V. (28-8) against fourth ranked Tokyo Excel. (13-22) on Sunday night. Host Kumamoto V. was crushed by Tokyo Excel. in Kumamoto 109-89. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kumamoto V.. Ryan Stephan notched a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds to lead the effort. Tokyo Excel.'s coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Tokyo Excel. maintains fourth position with 13-22 record. Kumamoto V. at the other side keeps the third place with eight games lost. Tokyo Excel.'s next round opponent will be higher ranked Yamagata (#3) at home and it may be the game of the week. Kumamoto V. will play against Shinshu BW in Nagano and hope to win that game.
The game in Iwate supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Shimane Magic (29-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Iwate Big Bulls (9-27). Shimane Magic smashed Iwate Big Bulls 63-38 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Josh Davis who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Shimane Magic have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 29-6 record having just two point less than leader Gunma. Iwate Big Bulls lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 27 games lost. Shimane Magic will face Tokyo Z (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Iwate Big Bulls will play against the league's second-placed Nishinomiya S. and hope to win that game.

In the last two games of round 38 Bambitious Nara defeated Kagawa FA in a road game 92-85. Kagoshima beat Cyberdyne IR at home 90-77.

Kumamoto V. - Tokyo Excel. 89-109

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Kumamoto V. (28-8) against fourth ranked Tokyo Excel. (13-22) on Sunday night. Host Kumamoto V. was crushed by Tokyo Excel. in Kumamoto 109-89. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kumamoto V.. The game without a history. Tokyo Excel. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 23-of-28 charity shots (82.1 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Kumamoto V. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American center Ryan Stephan (208-94, college: Colorado Mesa) notched a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Tatsuya Nishiyama (171-88) supported him with 26 points and 4 steals (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Tokyo Excel.'s coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Even a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds by American forward Reginald Warren (204-81, college: W.Florida) did not help to save the game for Kumamoto V.. Power forward Ryota Nakanishi (199-88) added 14 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. Four Kumamoto V. players scored in double figures. Tokyo Excel. maintains fourth position with 13-22 record. Kumamoto V. at the other side keeps the third place with eight games lost. Tokyo Excel.'s next round opponent will be higher ranked Yamagata (#3) at home and it may be the game of the week. Kumamoto V. will play against Shinshu BW in Nagano and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Excel.: T.Nishiyama 26, R.Stephan 25+14reb, H.Tobita 20+2reb+1ast, L.Evans 9+6reb+3ast, Y.Saito 8+2reb, S.Miyata 8+3reb+3ast
Kumamoto V.: T.Furuno 18+1reb+4ast, R.Warren 17+10reb+3ast, J.James 16+2reb+1ast, R.Nakanishi 14+9reb+1ast, P.Butorac 8+2reb, Y.Kanbara 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 533978


Kagawa FA - Bambitious Nara 85-92

There was a minor upset in Takamatsu where 5th ranked Kagawa FA (10-26) was defeated by fifth ranked Bambitious Nara (13-23) 92-85 on Sunday. Kagawa FA was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 29-21 charge of Bambitious Nara, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Terrance Woodbury (201-87, college: Georgia) who scored 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Nigerian forward Andy Ogide (204-87, college: Colorado St., agency: HMS) chipped in 18 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Woodbury is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Bambitious Nara players scored in double figures. American forward Chehales Tapscott (195-90, college: Portland St.) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and Jamaican power forward Adrian Forbes (211-88, college: Auburn, agency: Haylett Sports) added 8 points and 14 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Bambitious Nara have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 13-23 record which they share with defeated Kagawa FA. Kagawa FA lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 26 games lost. Bambitious Nara will face Kagoshima (#6) in Renova in the next round. Kagawa FA will play at home against the league's second-placed Fukushima and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bambitious Nara: T.Woodbury 22+9reb+5ast, A.Ogide 18+4reb+2ast, S.Komatsu 16+4reb+2ast, D.Terashita 14+4reb+1ast, J.Honda 12+2reb+2ast, R.Boykin 4+4reb
Kagawa FA: C.Tapscott 27+14reb+4ast, S.Kon 20+2reb, R.Tokunaga 10+3reb+7ast, N.Williams 9+1reb, A.Forbes 8+14reb+3ast, H.Horita 3
gschID: 533977


Yamagata - Shinshu BW 65-62

Sixth-ranked Shinshu BW (10-27) made lots of trouble for third ranked Yamagata (19-17) on Sunday. Yamagata managed to secure only three-point victory 65-62. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 21-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Guard Masanari Masanari (186-91) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American center Markhuri Sanders-Frison (203-88, college: California) chipped in 11 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Yamagata's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Canadian center Chad Posthumus (211-91, college: Morehead St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds and Dutch power forward Jeroen van-der-List (213-89, college: Indian Hills CC) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Yamagata maintains third position with 19-17 record having seven points less than leader Gunma. Shinshu BW lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 27 games lost. Yamagata will meet Tokyo Excel. (#4) on the road in the next round. Shinshu BW will play against Kumamoto V. and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Yamagata: M.Masanari 19+6reb+1ast, M.Sanders-Frison 11+11reb, S.Yamamoto 9+3reb+1ast, Y.Takahashi 8+3reb+4ast, Y.Ishikawa 8+6reb+4ast, Y.Kojima 4+4reb
Shinshu BW: C.Posthumus 17+16reb+1ast, J.van der List 16+8reb+2ast, F.Hiroki 8+4reb+1ast, D.Suzuki 8+3reb, S.Uesugi 6+9reb+1ast, Y.Yasuhiko 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 533976


Iwate Big Bulls - Shimane SM 38-63

The game in Iwate supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Shimane Magic (29-6) played at the court of 6th ranked Iwate Big Bulls (9-27). Shimane Magic smashed Iwate Big Bulls 63-38 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Shimane Magic. Iwate Big Bulls was better in third quarter 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Iwate Big Bulls to just 2 points in second quarter and to 9 points in first half. The best player for the winners was American forward Josh Davis (203-91, college: San Diego St.) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Keisuke Takabatake (183-90) chipped in 14 points. American power forward Nicchaeus Doaks (201-87, college: Chattanooga) produced 7 points and 13 rebounds and swingman Makoto Sawaguchi (184-91) added 13 points respectively for the hosts. Shimane Magic have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 29-6 record having just two point less than leader Gunma. Iwate Big Bulls lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 27 games lost. Shimane Magic will face Tokyo Z (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Iwate Big Bulls will play against the league's second-placed Nishinomiya S. and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: J.Davis 20+12reb+2ast, K.Takabatake 14+2reb, W.Marshall 8+1reb+1ast, H.Okamoto 7+4reb+4ast, R.Reid 4+3reb, J.Abe 3+4ast
Iwate Big Bulls: M.Sawaguchi 13+3reb+3ast, K.Nagata 9+2reb+2ast, N.Doaks 7+13reb, S.Chiba 5+1reb+2ast, O.Yoko 4+5reb+1ast, S.Sawaji 0
gschID: 533975


Hiroshima D. - Nishinomiya S. 65-64

Second-ranked Nishinomiya S. (24-12) made lots of trouble for first ranked Dragonflies (30-6) in Hiroshima. Dragonflies managed to secure only one-point victory 65-64. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. The former international forward Shogo Asayama (192-81) saved the victory by scoring 17 points. The former international center Daiji Yamada (200-81) contributed with 12 points for the winners. American forward Larry Owens (201-83, college: ORU, agency: Three Eye Sports) replied with 11 points and 9 rebounds and Australian center Jordan Vandenberg (216-90, college: N.Carolina St.) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Nishinomiya S.Four Nishinomiya S. players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Dragonflies have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 30-6 record which they share with defeated Nishinomiya S. Nishinomiya S. at the other side still keeps top place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Gunma. Dragonflies will play against league's leader Gunma on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Nishinomiya S. will play against Iwate Big Bulls and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hiroshima D.: S.Asayama 17+1reb+3ast, D.Yamada 12+4reb+3ast, C.Lammert 9+8reb, H.Kitagawa 6+4reb, A.Sakata 4+1reb, A.N'Diaye 4+4reb+1ast
Nishinomiya S.: J.Vandenberg 12+7reb, L.Owens 11+9reb+3ast, N.Tani 11+2reb+3ast, D.Burns 10+3reb, K.Matsuzaki 8+2reb+1ast, J.Taniguchi 4+1reb
gschID: 533974


Toyotsu FE - Aomori Watts 82-93

Top ranked Toyotsu FE (26-10) recorded its tenth loss in Nagoya on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Aomori Watts (16-20) 93-82. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Toyotsu FE. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 11 points. 26 personal fouls committed by Toyotsu FE helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Daichi Shimoyama (181-89) who scored 26 points. American forward Alan Wiggins (206-85, college: USF) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. Four Aomori Watts players scored in double figures. Aomori Watts' coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nigerian center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St.) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds and forward Shohei Kozu (191-87) added 22 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Aomori Watts maintains fourth position with 16-20 record, which they share with Ehime OV. Toyotsu FE at the other side still keeps top place with ten games lost. Aomori Watts is looking forward to face Orange Vikings (#4) in Matsuyama in the next round. Toyotsu FE will play on the road against Cyberdyne IR in Tsukuba and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Aomori Watts: D.Shimoyama 26+3reb+2ast, B.Sebirumbi 18+3reb, K.Barone 17+6reb, A.Wiggins 16+8reb+2ast, K.Aita 6+5reb+3ast, K.Tateyama 4+1reb+5ast
Toyotsu FE: S.Alabi 27+11reb+1ast, S.Kozu 22+5reb+1ast, R.Carney 16+5reb+1ast, K.Fukuzawa 6+3reb+1ast, K.Sugimoto 4+6reb+3ast, M.Narita 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 533973


Kagoshima - Cyberdyne IR 90-77

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Renova where sixth ranked Kagoshima (5-31) defeated 5th ranked Cyberdyne IR (14-22) 90-77 on Sunday. The game without a history. Kagoshima led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Kagoshima made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was Nigerian forward Chukwudiebere Maduabum (206-91) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 16 rebounds and 6 blocks. American-Panamanian forward Tymell Murphy (196-90, college: FIU) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Five Kagoshima players scored in double figures. American power forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Scootie Randall (198-90, college: Temple) added 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Kagoshima maintains sixth position with 5-31 record. Loser Cyberdyne IR keeps the fifth place with 22 games lost. Kagoshima will face higher ranked Bambitious Nara (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Cyberdyne IR will play against the league's leader Toyotsu FE and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kagoshima: C.Maduabum 16+16reb+2ast, K.Sameshima 14+1reb+4ast, T.Murphy 13+7reb+3ast, R.Nakazono 12+1reb+4ast, H.Fujita 11+3reb, R.Hayashi 8+1reb
Cyberdyne IR: R.Rickert 25+14reb+2ast, S.Randall 20+7reb+4ast, J.Maniwa 6+3reb+2ast, R.Otomo 6+1reb, S.Isshiki 5+4reb+1ast, Y.Yamaguchi 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 533972





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  JUCO  

Top 10 (DI)

Standings
 1. Danville Area CC 0-0 (0-0) 
 2. Illinois C. CC 0-0 (0-0) 
 3. John Wood CC 0-0 (0-0) 
 4. Lincoln CC 0-0 (0-0) 
 5. Lincoln Land CC 0-0 (0-0) 
 6. Parkland CC 0-0 (0-0) 
 7. Shawnee CC 0-0 (0-0) 
 8. Spoon River JC 0-0 (0-0) 
GRAC
 1. Kaskaskia JC 0-0 (0-0) 
 2. Rend Lake CC 0-0 (0-0) 
 3. SE Illinois JC 0-0 (0-0) 
 4. SW Illinois JC 0-0 (0-0) 
 5. John A.Logan CC 0-0 (-) 
 6. Wabash Valley CC 0-0 (-) 
SWAC
 1. N.Idaho JC 28-0 (-) 
 2. Colorado NW CC 0-0 (0-0) 
 3. E.Utah JC 0-0 (0-0) 
 4. S.Idaho JC (25) 0-0 (-) 
 5. Salt Lake CC (22) 0-0 (-) 
 6. Snow CC (19) 0-0 (-) 



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LBL Standing

LBL Standings
 1. Ventspils 18-2 
 2. Valmiera 13-8 
 3. Jekabpils 12-9 
 4. VEF Riga 11-2 
 5. Jurmala 10-13 
 6. Barons Riga 9-10 
 7. Liepaja/Triobet 9-12 
 8. BK Ogre 8-12 
 9. LU 5-18 
 10. Valka/Valga 3-12 

Regular Season: Round 22

Feb. 15: Jekabpils - Valka/Valga 94-62
Feb. 15: Valmiera - VEF Riga 90-95
Feb. 15: Liepaja/Triobet - Ventspils 86-96
Feb. 15: Jurmala - Barons Riga 71-76
Feb. 15: LU - BK Ogre 60-81
Feb. 18: Ventspils - LU
Feb. 18: Jurmala - Liepaja/Triobet
Feb. 19: Barons Riga - Jekabpils


Standings - LBAL

LBL2 Standings
Places 1-12
 1. Turiba 17-0 
 2. Kekava 15-1 
 3. Jelgava 13-4 
 4. ViA 12-4 
 5. Marupe 9-8 
 6. Ogre/Kumho Tyre 8-8 
 7. RSU 8-8 
 8. Limbazi 5-11 
 9. RTU 4-12 
 10. Saldus 4-14 
 11. Livani 1-13 
 12. Gulbenes Buki 1-14 
Places 13-21
 1. VeA 13-1 
 2. VEF skola 8-4 
 3. DSN/SB 8-4 
 4. LU/BS Riga 6-3 
 5. Valmiera/ORDO-2 6-5 
 6. Madona 6-5 
 7. Jekabpils II 3-10 
 8. Riga/Ridzene 1-9 
 9. BJBS Riga 0-10 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 12

Feb. 10: Valmiera/ORDO-2 - Madona 98-90
Feb. 14: VEF skola - Jekabpils II 98-71
Feb. 14: Jelgava - Gulbenes Buki 94-84
Feb. 15: Turiba - ViA 94-76
Feb. 12: LU/BS Riga - VeA 92-57
Feb. 15: Ogre/Kumho Tyre - RSU 85-60
Feb. 15: VeA - DSN/SB 82-65
Feb. 10: Saldus - Ogre/Kumho Tyre 80-68
Feb. 10: Livani - Jelgava 76-96
Feb. 12: BJBS Riga - VEF skola 75-88
Feb. 10: Kekava - RTU 75-67
Feb. 10: ViA - Marupe 70-64



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Standings - Division A

Pepsi LBL Standings
 1. Homenetmen 11-1 
 2. Byblos 9-2 
 3. Al Riyadi 9-3 
 4. Louaize 6-6 
 5. Moutahed 6-6 
 6. Tadamon 5-6 
 7. Sagesse 4-8 
 8. Champville 3-8 
 9. Mayrouba 3-8 
 10. Hoops 2-10 

Regular Season: Round 12

Feb. 12: Hoops - Sagesse 93-88
Feb. 15: Homenetmen - Moutahed 86-72
Feb. 11: Al Riyadi - Louaize 118-69
Feb. 17: Champville - Tadamon
Feb. 16: Byblos - Mayrouba


Two Lebanese Teams at the 2017 WABA Clubs Tournament - by Eurobasket News

From March 12th and until March 17th, clubs from all around West Asia will participate in the 2017 WABA Clubs Tournament. From Lebanon, last year's finalists are going to take part in the competition. Riyadi & Sagesse are indeed headed to Jordan in March, but unlike Dubai tournament, only 2 foreigners are allowed per team. Lebanon had previously won the WABA title for national teams, so let's hope the greens or yellows can add that of the clubs too.
Courtesy of: sports-961.com



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Lithuanian U16 National Team 2017 - by Greg


Henrikas Alekna194-F/G-01Perkunas-Vytrita Lithuania
Erikas Jermolajevas 01

Modestas Kancleris 01
Lukas Kreismontas G-01
Nojus Pankratjevas 01
Kasparas Jonauskas 01
Rokas Rutkus F-01
Lorenas Stoskevicius F-01
Martynas Ziukas 01
Adomas Disarevicius 01
Ernestas Narusevicius C-01
Edgaras Preibys 01
Ignas Goliancik G-01
Marek Blazevic C-01
Gytis Macionis 01

Edvinas Justas Head Coach SK Ferimsta Lithuania
Juozas Barkauskas Assistant



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Trey Zeigler signs at Worcester Wolves - by Greg

Worcester Wolves (BBL) landed 26-year old American guard Trey Zeigler (196-92kg-91, college: TCU, agency: Mansfield and Associates). He started the season at Bascharage in Luxembourg Total League. In 10 games he averaged impressive 20.4ppg, 6.5rpg, 4.1apg and 1.2spg this season. The last season Zeigler played at MMCITE Brno in Czech Republic NBL where in 13 games he had very remarkable stats: 15.9ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0spg.
Zeigler graduated from Texas Christian University in 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Soles sign Jason Robinson, ex Flamengo - by Eurobasket News

Soles de Mexicali (LNBP) signed experienced 37-year old American small forward Jason Robinson (198-102kg-80, college: Pikeville). He played last season at Flamengo in Brazilian NBB league. In 40 games he had 7.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.3apg. Robinson helped them to win the league title.
The previous (14-15) season he played at Tecnyconta Zaragoza in Spanish Liga Endesa where in 33 games he recorded 9.8ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.2apg. Robinson also played 15 games in Eurocup where he averaged 8.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg.
He is quite experienced player. Robinson has played on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Argentina (GECR Indalo), Portugal (Sangalhos and Belenenses), Spain (Valencia Basket, Blancos de Rueda, Melilla_Baloncesto, Gandia and Gipuzkoa) and South Korea (KCC Egis).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Soles.
Robinson attended Pikeville College until 2003 and it will be his 14th (!!!) season as a professional player.
He could be described: Physical & Mental: Has a very good team attitude. Works and communicates well with teammates. Good condition physically. Smart.
Ball Skills: Needs improvement to create his own shot.
Offense: Could be more aggressive. Shooting stroke and range could improve.
Rebounding: Needs to be more aggressive on the blocks.
Defense: Very good foot work. Vision could be better.
Game Knowledge: Understands the game.
Strengths: Has uncanny ability to get his teammates open.
Opportunities for Improvement: Needs to be more aggressive. Concentrate on increasing foot speed.
Overall Comments: Good condition physically. Runs the floor well. Integrates well with teammates. Very coachable. Good versatility at the next level, with size and athleticism
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Alex Franklin (ex Bayamon) joins Toros - by Eurobasket News

Toros de Nuevo Laredo (LNBP) agreed terms with 29-year old Puerto Rican international swingman Alex Franklin (198-103kg-88, college: Siena). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Franklin played last summer at Vaqueros de Bayamon in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 35 games he had 10.4ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.2spg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. The last season Franklin played at Atletico Aguada in Uruguayan LUB where in only one game he recorded very impressive stats: 16 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention back in 2011.
Franklin also represented Puerto Rico at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz (Mexico) three years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 4 games: 4.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.5spg.
Franklin is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in nine different countries. Franklin tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally also in Dominican Rep., France, Germany (Deutsche Bank Skyliners), Israel (Maccabi Raanana), Poland (AZS Koszalin), Spain (Magia_Huesca), Dominican Republic (Titanes Licey) and Mexico (Soles).
Franklin attended Siena College until 2010 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.
On Franklin: A gifted and talented forward, he plays the game above the rim. He brings a lot of energy, is athletic and has a good attitude.

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Recap of LNBP Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Soles - Indios 87-83

Soles outgunned Indios to take 1-0 lead in the quarterfinal series. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-83. Soles looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Venezuelan forward Anthony Perez (206-93, college: Mississippi) fired 32 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. American power forward Justin Keenan (202-88, college: Ferris St.) chipped in 27 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Tony Bennett (185-84, college: Bradley) produced 19 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Jorge Camacho (203-89, college: E.Kentucky) added 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Five Ciudad players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Soles: A.Perez 32+9reb+9ast, J.Keenan 27+8reb+3ast, J.Carter 8+7reb+3ast, L.Martinez 6+6reb+2ast, R.Martinez 5+8reb+4ast, P.Meza 4+1ast
Indios: T.Bennett 19+7reb+7ast, M.Morrison 16+4reb+2ast, J.Camacho 15+10reb+4ast, A.Solares 15+9reb+1ast, L.Gibson 10+3reb+1ast, S.Garay 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 536057


Toros - Panteras 77-70

Toros beat Panteras to grab the advantage in the series. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-70. American-Puerto Rican point guard Wilfredo Pagan (184-76) fired 13 points and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Roberto Nelson (190-91, college: Oregon St.) chipped in 11 points and 4 assists. Toros' coach Jose Martinez Boglio used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international power forward Fernando Benitez (204-89) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and naturalized American swingman Karim Scott (-88) added 22 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Toros: W.Pagan 13+2reb+4ast, R.Rougeau 11+3reb+1ast, R.Nelson 11+2reb+4ast, Q.Gonzalez 10+3reb+1ast, A.Henning 9+3reb+2ast, L.Mata 8+6reb
Panteras: K.Scott 22+2reb+5ast, F.Benitez 21+11reb, I.Gutierrez 12+3reb+2ast, A.Colon 8+3reb+3ast, R.Cotto 3+1reb+1ast, K.Malpica 2+5reb+6ast
gschID: 536059


Garzas - Barreteros 93-81

Garzas prevailed against Barreteros in the opener. The game was mostly controlled by Garzas. Barreteros managed to win second period 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Barreteros 34-21 including 25 on the defensive glass. Garzas shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists. American forward Tyrone White (201-90, college: CSU Bakersfield) fired 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Naturalized American guard Martin Samarco (190-85, college: Bowling Green) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. Four Garzas players scored in double figures. American guard Paul Marigney (192-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) produced 24 points and the other American import center Benjamin Puckett (205-83, college: Clayton St.) added 19 points and 7 assists respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Garzas: T.White 25+7reb+4ast, M.Samarco 18+5reb+3ast, I.Gutierrez 15+4reb+6ast, S.Soriano 14+4reb+5ast, A.Oriakhi 8+3reb, J.Villanueva 6+3reb+1ast
Barreteros: P.Marigney 24+4reb+3ast, M.Gwynne 21+5reb+2ast, B.Puckett 19+4reb+7ast, B.Provost 8+3ast, C.Jones 4+1reb+2ast, S.Escobar 3+6reb+3ast
gschID: 536058


Fuerza Regia - Santos 84-80

Fuerza Regia came back from behind in the second half and tamed visiting Santos in the opening game. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 28-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Fuerza Regia looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Puerto Rican point guard Carlos Rivera (187-83, college: Hofstra) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists for the winners. Nigerian center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St., agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. American forward BJ West (211-89, college: Jackson St.) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import guard Xavier Roberson (186-90, college: Our Lady Lake, agency: Haylett Sports) added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Five Fuerza Regia and four Santos players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Fuerza Regia: J.Akindele 19+5reb+3ast, H.Hernandez 16+7reb+1ast, J.Anderson 16+3reb+3ast, A.Panko 16+6reb+2ast, C.Rivera 13+6reb+12ast, P.John Hernandez 2+1reb
Santos: G.Smith 19+3reb+2ast, B.West 19+11reb+2ast, X.Roberson 16+6reb+4ast, J.Gonzalez 12+1ast, I.Avalos 8+6reb+2ast, F.Rosales 6+2reb
gschID: 536056





Recap of LNBP Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Fuerza Regia - Santos 94-73

Fuerza Regia cruised past Santos to gain the second straight win in the series. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-73. Fuerza Regia dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Santos' 42. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 34 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Santos' players. The best player for the winners was American forward Andy Panko (203-77, college: Lebanon Valley, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 17 points. Puerto Rican point guard Carlos Rivera (187-83, college: Hofstra) chipped in 12 points and 7 assists. Fuerza Regia's coach Paco Olmos felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward BJ West (211-89, college: Jackson St.) produced 21 points and his fellow American import forward Greg Smith (198-91, college: Colorado St.) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Fuerza Regia: A.Panko 17+3reb+3ast, J.Akindele 14+5reb+2ast, C.Rivera 12+4reb+7ast, J.Glynn 11+3reb+1ast, C.Cortes 10+2reb+3ast, H.Hernandez 8+3reb+3ast
Santos: B.West 21+4reb+1ast, G.Smith 18+5reb+2ast, J.Gonzalez 14+3reb+3ast, I.Avalos 10+7reb, X.Roberson 6+2reb+4ast, L.Pulido 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 536584


Garzas - Barreteros 100-86

Garzas topped Barreteros to take 2-0 lead in the quarterfinal clash. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 51-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Garzas dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Barreteros' 30. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. The best player for the winners was Puerto Rican forward William Orozco (201-85, agency: Paris Global Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 19 rebounds and 4 blocks. Naturalized American guard Martin Samarco (190-85, college: Bowling Green) chipped in 29 points and 4 assists. Four Garzas players scored in double figures. Garzas' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American center Benjamin Puckett (205-83, college: Clayton St.) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import point guard Carl Jones (180-91, college: St.Joseph's, agency: DTMones) added 27 points respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Garzas: W.Orozco 36+19reb+3ast, M.Samarco 29+1reb+4ast, I.Gutierrez 14+6reb+6ast, B.Manjarres 10+1reb+7ast, S.Soriano 8+1reb+1ast, J.Villanueva 2
Barreteros: C.Jones 27+1reb+3ast, B.Puckett 22+10reb+3ast, P.Marigney 16+2reb+4ast, B.Provost 8+4reb+5ast, J.Valdez 6+1reb+4ast, M.Gwynne 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 536586


Toros - Panteras 70-54

Toros rallied past Panteras for the second straight win. The game was mostly controlled by Toros. Panteras managed to win fourth quarter 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Toros looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American swingman Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV) who scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. American-Puerto Rican swingman Alex Franklin (198-88, college: Siena) chipped in 18 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Toros' coach Jose Martinez Boglio used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The former international power forward Fernando Benitez (204-89) produced 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized American swingman Karim Scott (-88) added 15 points respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Toros: A.Franklin 18+1reb+1ast, R.Rougeau 16+6reb+2ast, A.Henning 9+1reb+4ast, R.Nelson 7+2reb+5ast, L.Mata 6+5reb+2ast, M.Ramos 6+3reb+2ast
Panteras: K.Scott 15+1reb, F.Benitez 13+5reb+4ast, R.Cotto 8, A.Colon 7+4reb+3ast, I.Gutierrez 5+6reb+2ast, J.Alfredo Casillas 4+5reb+3ast
gschID: 536587


Soles - Indios 92-73

Soles outgunned Indios to jump at 2-0 lead in the playoff series. The game was mostly controlled by Soles. Ciudad managed to win fourth quarter 24-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 23-of-26 free shots (88.5 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was naturalized American guard Luke Martinez (193-90, college: Wyoming, agency: Pro Sports) who scored 25 points and 7 rebounds. Venezuelan forward Anthony Perez (206-93, college: Mississippi) chipped in 17 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Four Soles players scored in double figures. American center Leon Gibson (206-91, college: Houston) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and forward Santiago Garay (196-92) added 14 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Soles: L.Martinez 25+7reb+1ast, J.Keenan 18+5reb+1ast, A.Perez 17+4reb+5ast, P.Meza 14+2reb+7ast, J.Robinson 9+3reb+3ast, O.Richards 4+5reb
Indios: L.Gibson 22+10reb+1ast, S.Garay 14+4reb, A.Olivas 9+5reb+1ast, J.Avalos 8+2reb, A.Solares 6+5reb+3ast, T.Bennett 6+4reb+7ast
gschID: 536585





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  MONTENEGRO  

Standings - 1A

Erste Standings
 1. Teodo Tivat 13-3 
 2. Sutjeska 12-5 
 3. Ibar Rozaje 11-5 
 4. Lovcen 10-7 
 5. Ulcinj 8-8 
 6. S.Centar 7-9 
 7. Jedinstvo 7-10 
 8. Primorje 1945 3-13 
 9. Danilovgrad 3-14 
Play in international cups:
 1. Buducnost
 2. Mornar Bar

Regular Season: Round 19

Feb. 14: Lovcen - Jedinstvo 98-64
Feb. 15: Sutjeska - Danilovgrad 114-53
Feb. 18: Ibar Rozaje - Primorje 1945
Feb. 16: Ulcinj - S.Centar


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nenad VUKOVIC
  Jedinstvo
  (188-PG-94)
  Avg: 22
 1. Vukovic, Jedinstvo22.0 
 2. Sutulovic, Danilovg.21.8 
 3. Miljanic, Primorje.19.5 
 4. Koljevic, S.Centar18.3 
 5. Jelenic, Ulcinj18.0 
 6. Latkovic, Lovcen18.0 
 7. Bogojevic, S.Centar17.4 
 8. Draskovic, Jedin.17.1 
 9. Felec, Ibar Rozaje16.4 
 10. Knezevic, Lovcen15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milos LOPICIC
  Lovcen
  (216-C-90)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Lopicic, Lovcen11.8 
 2. Jocovic, Primorje.9.5 
 3. Palameta, Danilovgrad9.0 
 4. Draskovic, Jedin.8.6 
 5. Ljujic, Ibar Rozaje8.5 
 6. Miljanic, Primorje.7.5 
 7. Bacovic, Primorje.7.5 
 8. Cekic, S.Centar7.2 
 9. Knezevic, Jedinstvo7.2 
 10. Lekovic, Jedinstvo6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Milan STANOJEVIC
  Teodo T.
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Stanojevic, Teodo T.6.1 
 2. Miljanic, Primorje.5.3 
 3. Latkovic, Lovcen5.3 
 4. Jovanovic, Lovcen5.1 
 5. Ratkovic, Danilovgrad4.1 
 6. Fisik, Jedinstvo4.1 
 7. Kalic, Ibar Rozaje4.1 
 8. Nurkovic, Ibar R.3.3 
 9. Ljujic, Ibar Rozaje3.0 
 10. Vukovic, Jedinstvo3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Milos LATKOVIC
  Lovcen
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 2
 1. Latkovic, Lovcen2.0 
 2. Stanojevic, Teodo T.2.0 
 3. Ratkovic, Danilovgrad1.8 
 4. Lalic, Sutjeska1.8 
 5. Gajovic, Sutjeska1.7 
 6. Nurkovic, Ibar R.1.7 
 7. Milosevic, S.Centar1.6 
 8. Djurisic, Teodo Tivat1.6 
 9. Felec, Ibar Rozaje1.6 
 10. Koljevic, S.Centar1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Marko LJUJIC
  Ibar Rozaje
  (207-C-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Ljujic, Ibar Rozaje2.6 
 2. Cekic, S.Centar1.8 
 3. Draskovic, Jedin.1.1 
 4. Lopicic, Lovcen1.0 
 5. Djurkovic, Sutjeska0.8 
 6. Jeknic, Ulcinj0.7 
 7. Salic, Sutjeska0.6 
 8. Kalic, Ibar Rozaje0.6 
 9. Rondovic, Ibar R.0.6 
 10. Boljevic, S.Centar0.5 


Teodo Tivat tabs Sreten Knezevic - by Darko Pekic

KK Teodo Tivat (Erste Liga) inked 23-year old Serbian power forward Sreten Knezevic (205-94). He started the season at Aurore de Vitre in French NM1 league. In 15 games he averaged 6.6ppg and 2.8rpg this season. The last season Knezevic played at Lovcen where in 24 Erste Liga games he had 12.7ppg, 8.1rpg (#2 in the league), 1.0spg and 1.0bpg. Knezevic also played 9 games in Balkan League where he recorded 9.7ppg and 6.7rpg.
His team made it to the Serbian U18 Championships Semifinals in 2011.
Knezevic was a member of Serbian U18 National Team back in 2012.
He has played also professionally for other Serbian teams like The Ere and Mladost Cacak.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  NAIA  

D1 Top 25 ranking

SSAC Standings
 1. Dalton St. (9) 12-3 (19-3) 
 2. Martin Metho 11-4 (15-8) 
 3. William Care (18) 10-3 (16-5) 
 4. Bethel, TN 9-6 (16-7) 
 5. Loyola, LA 9-6 (15-8) 
 6. Faulkner 9-7 (14-10) 
 7. Middle Georg 8-8 (11-11) 
 8. Blue Mountai 7-7 (10-9) 
 9. Mobile, AL 3-11 (7-17) 
 10. Brewton-Park 2-10 (6-11) 
 11. Co.Georgia 1-15 (2-19) 
 12. Auburn-Montg 0-1 (1-1) 

Regular Season: Round 116

Feb. 13: Philander Smith - Dillard 94-88
Feb. 13: Missouri Valley - William Penn 82-100
Feb. 13: Clarke - MidAmerica Naz. 81-83
Feb. 13: Talladega - Edward Waters 75-68
Feb. 13: J.and Wales, CO - St.Andrews 69-76
Feb. 13: Middle Georgia - Auburn-Montgomery 57-66
Feb. 13: Mobile, AL - William Carey 56-86
Feb. 13: Bob Jones - Montreat 90-88
Feb. 13: Hiwassee - Tenn Wesleyan 77-69
Feb. 13: Florida Coll. - Webber Intern. 90-82
Feb. 13: SUNO - Xavier, LA 55-58

Regular Season: Round 119

AMWC

Feb. 16: Hannibal-LG - Lyon
Feb. 16: William Woods - Williams Baptist
Feb. 16: Columbia, MO - Freed-Hardeman
Feb. 16: Harris-Stowe St. - Park

CALPAC

Feb. 16: Cal Maritime - Simpson, CA
Feb. 16: Embry-Riddle Aero - Antelope Valley
Feb. 16: Cal Merced - Pacific Union
Feb. 16: Bened.-Mesa - La Sierra

CCC

Feb. 16: Idaho Coll. - E.Oregon

FC

Feb. 16: Great Falls - MSU-Northern
Feb. 16: Montana-West - Lewis
Feb. 16: Rocky Mountain - Montana Tech

FSC

Feb. 16: Warner - Thomas Univ.
Feb. 16: St.Thomas, FL - Kaiser
Feb. 16: Webber Intern. - Ave Maria

GSAC

Feb. 16: Master's - William Jessup
Feb. 16: Westmont - Menlo

HAAC

Feb. 16: Grand View - Benedictine, KS
Feb. 16: Culver Stockton - Evangel

IND

Feb. 16: Crowleys Ridge - Fisk
Feb. 16: Cent.Christian - Haskell

KCAC

Feb. 16: Okla.Wesleyan - Sterling
Feb. 16: Bethany, KS - Friends
Feb. 16: Ottawa - McPherson
Feb. 16: Southwest - St.Mary's, KS
Feb. 16: Ks Wesleyan - Tabor
Feb. 16: Bethel, KS - York, NB

KIAC

Feb. 16: Midway - Brescia, KY

MSC

Feb. 16: Cumberlands - Lindsey Wilson
Feb. 16: Shawnee St. - Campbellsville
Feb. 16: Pikeville - Cumberland

RRAC

Feb. 16: LSU-Alexandria - St.Thomas, TX
Feb. 16: Langston - Jarvis Christian
Feb. 16: Southwest - Wiley

SAC

Feb. 16: Bacone - John Brown
Feb. 16: Oklahoma S - Oklahoma City
Feb. 16: Chicago Knights - SW Christian
Feb. 16: SAGU - Wayland Baptist
Feb. 16: Texas Wesleyan - St.Gregory

SSAC

Feb. 16: Martin Methodist - Bethel, TN
Feb. 16: Loyola, LA - Mobile, AL
Feb. 16: Dalton St. - Middle Georgia
Feb. 16: Co.Georgia - Brewton-Parker
Feb. 16: Blue Mountain - William Carey


NAIA1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jordan WASHINGTON
  Talladega
  (178-PG-)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Washington, Talladega24.1 
 2. Smith, Tougaloo22.8 
 3. Austin, Dillard19.8 
 4. Ward, Philander Smith16.7 
 5. Wallace, Tougaloo16.3 
 6. Stainbrook, Xavie.15.0 
 7. Hightower, Dillard14.1 
 8. Daniels, SUNO13.8 
 9. Thomas, Dillard13.6 
 10. Williams, Edward W.13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andravious SMITH
  Tougaloo
  (196-F-)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Smith, Tougaloo12.1 
 2. Austin, Dillard8.3 
 3. McGaughy, Dillard7.4 
 4. Maddox, Edward W.6.8 
 5. Jackson, Dillard6.7 
 6. Ward, Philander Smith6.7 
 7. Washington, Edward W.6.1 
 8. Goodin, Xavier, LA5.7 
 9. Green, Talladega5.7 
 10. Vago, SUNO5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dennis HIGHTOWER
  Dillard
  (183-PG-)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Hightower, Dillard6.9 
 2. Brown, SUNO5.7 
 3. Jackson, Dillard4.4 
 4. Spicer, Philande.3.6 
 5. Anderson, Tougaloo3.3 
 6. Washington, Talladega3.3 
 7. Armstrong, Xavie.3.1 
 8. Thomas, Dillard3.1 
 9. Daniels, SUNO2.7 
 10. Parker, Tougaloo2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Ezekiel BROWN
  SUNO
  (175-PG-)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Brown, SUNO2.6 
 2. Daniels, SUNO2.2 
 3. Brown, Talladega1.8 
 4. Washington, Talladega1.8 
 5. Stainbrook, Xavie.1.7 
 6. Hightower, Dillard1.6 
 7. Anderson, Tougaloo1.5 
 8. Martin-J., Xavie.1.4 
 9. Thomas, Dillard1.3 
 10. David, Xavier, LA1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jalen MCGAUGHY
  Dillard
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. McGaughy, Dillard3.1 
 2. Gardner-W., Talla.1.4 
 3. Smith, Tougaloo1.1 
 4. Hart, Edward W.1.0 
 5. Ward, Philander Smith0.9 
 6. Simon, Xavier, LA0.8 
 7. Der-Weer, Talla.0.8 
 8. Smith, Tougaloo0.7 
 9. Carter, Xavier, LA0.7 
 10. McCrimmon, Edward W.0.7 



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  NBA  

Standings

NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 37-19 
 2. Toronto R. 33-24 
 3. New York K. 23-34 
 4. Phi.76ers 20-36 
 5. Brooklyn N. 9-47 
Central Div.
 1. Cleveland C. 39-16 
 2. Indiana P. 29-27 
 3. Chicago B. 27-29 
 4. Detroit P. 26-30 
 5. Milwaukee B. 25-30 
Southeast Div.
 1. Washington W. 33-21 
 2. Atlanta H. 32-24 
 3. Charlotte H. 25-31 
 4. Miami Heat 25-32 
 5. Orlando M. 21-37 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Utah Jazz 35-22 
 2. Oklah.City T. 32-25 
 3. Denver N. 25-31 
 4. Portland TB 23-32 
 5. Minnesota T. 22-35 
Pacific Div.
 1. Golden St.W. 47-9 
 2. LA Clippers 35-21 
 3. Sacramento K. 24-33 
 4. LA Lakers 19-39 
 5. Phoenix Suns 18-39 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 43-13 
 2. Houston R. 40-18 
 3. Memphis G. 34-24 
 4. N.Orleans P. 23-34 
 5. Dallas M. 22-34 

Regular Season: Round 112

Feb. 15: N.Orleans P. - Memphis G. 95-91
Feb. 15: Dallas M. - Detroit P. 91-98
Feb. 15: Portland TB - Utah Jazz 88-111
Feb. 15: Sacramento K. - Golden St.W. 86-109
Feb. 15: Charlotte H. - Toronto R. 85-90
Feb. 15: Atlanta H. - LA Clippers 84-99
Feb. 15: Milwaukee B. - Brooklyn N. 129-125
Feb. 15: Miami Heat - Houston R. 117-109
Feb. 15: Minnesota T. - Denver N. 112-99
Feb. 15: Phi.76ers - Boston C. 108-116
Feb. 15: San Antonio S. - Orlando M. 107-79
Feb. 15: New York K. - Oklah.City T. 105-116
Feb. 15: Indiana P. - Cleveland C. 104-113
Feb. 15: LA Lakers - Phoenix Suns 101-137

Regular Season: Round 113

Feb. 16: Chicago B. - Boston C.
Feb. 16: Indiana P. - Washington W.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 31.1
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.31.1 
 2. Thomas, Boston C.29.9 
 3. Harden, Houston R.29.1 
 4. DeRozan, Toronto R.27.9 
 5. Davis, N.Orleans P.27.8 
 6. Cousins, Sacramen.27.8 
 7. Leonard, San A.25.9 
 8. James, Clevelan.25.8 
 9. Lillard, Portland.25.8 
 10. Durant, Golden S.25.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hassan WHITESIDE
  Miami Heat
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Whiteside, Miami Heat14.1 
 2. Drummond, Detro.13.8 
 3. Jordan, LA Clippers13.7 
 4. Howard, Atlanta H.12.9 
 5. Gobert, Utah Jazz12.6 
 6. Davis, N.Orleans P.12.1 
 7. Towns, Minnesot.11.7 
 8. Gortat, Washingt.11.4 
 9. Chandler, Phoenix .11.4 
 10. Love, Cleveland C.11.1 
Assists Per Game
 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Harden, Houston R.11.3 
 2. Wall, Washington W.10.6 
 3. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.1 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers9.7 
 5. James, Clevelan.8.8 
 6. Rubio, Minnesot.8.3 
 7. Teague, Indiana P.8.2 
 8. Holiday, N.Orlean.7.5 
 9. Green, Golden S.7.2 
 10. Lowry, Toronto R.7.0 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.3 
 2. Green, Golden S.2.1 
 3. Wall, Washington W.2.1 
 4. Covington, Phi.7.1.9 
 5. Ariza, Houston R.1.9 
 6. Butler, Chicago B.1.8 
 7. Young, Indiana P.1.8 
 8. Leonard, San A.1.8 
 9. Rubio, Minnesot.1.7 
 10. Sefolosha, Atlan.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Utah Jazz
  (216-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Gobert, Utah Jazz2.5 
 2. Davis, N.Orleans P.2.5 
 3. Embiid, Phi.76ers2.4 
 4. Whiteside, Miami Heat2.1 
 5. Turner, Indiana P.2.1 
 6. Porzingis, New Y.1.9 
 7. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.9 
 8. Lopez, Brooklyn N.1.8 
 9. Nogueira, Toron.1.8 
 10. Durant, Golden S.1.7 


Knicks Fall to Thunder, 116-105 - by Eurobasket News

Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) scored 38 points and posted his 27th triple-double of the season to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the New York Knicks 116-105 on Wednesday night. Westbrook moved into sole possession of third place for the most triple-doubles in a season, behind Oscar Robertson's 41 in 1961-62 and Wilt Chamberlain's 31 in 1967-68. The star guard had 14 rebounds and 12 assists in the 64th triple-double of his career. Victor Oladipo (6'4''-G-92, college: Indiana) scored 21 points and Jerami Grant (6'8''-F-94, college: Syracuse) added 13 for the Thunder, who snapped a two-game skid. Carmelo Anthony had 30 points for the Knicks after being selected to the All-Star Game as an injury replacement for Kevin Love (6'10''-PF-88, college: UCLA) earlier in the night. Derrick Rose (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis) scored 25 and Courtney Lee (6'5''-G/F-85, college: W.Kentucky) added 16. The Knicks jumped out to a 16-2 lead and shot 73 percent in the first quarter to take a 39-27 lead. Anthony made his first seven shots and scored 19 points in the first quarter. New York led by 17 in the second quarter before the Thunder rallied and took a 62-60 lead at halftime. Westbrook had 19 points and 10 assists at the break. Westbrook clinched his triple-double on a rebound with about seven minutes left in the third quarter. Oladipo's 3-pointer as time expired in the period put the Thunder ahead 88-80. With about five minutes remaining, Westbrook caught Anthony on a pump fake before draining a 3 that put the Thunder up 105-94.
Courtesy of: nbcnewyork.com



Bledsoe's triple-double leads Suns over Lakers, 137-101 - by Eurobasket News

The Phoenix Suns went into the NBA All-Star break flying high, soaring for 13 dunks in their most convincing win of the season. Eric Bledsoe (6'1''-PG-89, college: Kentucky) had his third career triple-double, the first for a Phoenix player since November 2015, and Devin Booker (6'6''-SG-96, college: Kentucky) scored 23 points to lead the Suns over the Los Angeles Lakers 137-101 on Wednesday night. Bledsoe got his 10th rebound with 6:06 to go and exited shortly after, finishing with 25 points and a season high-tying 13 assists. "Great energy," Bledsoe said. "It was fun to play in that game. When you've got horses running like Devin and T.J. (Warren), it racks up tons of assists." Marquese Chriss (6'9''-F-97, college: Washington) added 15 points and eight rebounds for Phoenix, with all four of his baskets on dunks. Alex Len (7'1''-C-93, college: Maryland) came off the bench to contribute 15 points and nine boards. "It's a tribute to Bled. He passes the ball when we're open," Chriss said. "The bigs were running the floor and getting in position. We had the easy part, just putting in the ball at the rim." The Suns led 102-76 after three quarters and coasted to their second victory in seven games and 11th straight over the Lakers at home. Phoenix credited a physical practice on Tuesday for its best offensive performance of the season. "The guys came in, they always respond. This group, no matter how difficult the challenge is, they come back and want to get better," coach Earl Watson said. Louis Williams (6'1''-SG-86) and D'Angelo Russell (6'5''-SG-96, college: Ohio St.) led Los Angeles with 21 points apiece. The Lakers have lost three of four. Phoenix set season highs for points, field goal shooting (55.7 percent), assists (32) and fast-break points (41). The 137 points were the most for the Suns since they scored that many against the Lakers on March 22, 2011. Phoenix made eight of its first 12 shots, two of those on lobs for dunks by Chriss and Booker. Chriss threw down another alley-oop dunk with 5:13 left in the first quarter, giving the Suns a 23-6 lead, and his putback jam off Booker's miss at the 3:25 mark made it 27-8. Phoenix was up 32-15 at the end of the first quarter, with Los Angeles making just five of 19 shots with eight turnovers. The Lakers cut the margin to 11 twice in the second quarter, but the Suns built it back to 20. Bledsoe banked in a 41-foot heave at the buzzer, and Phoenix led 68-48 at halftime behind 21 points from Booker and 10 assists from Bledsoe. Lakers coach Luke Walton said it felt as though some players on his team already had the break on their minds. "We're going to lose games and I'm OK with that and I know that," Walton said, "but when we give in like that and don't play with a certain competitive level, that's not right for anybody that's involved."
Courtesy of: abcnews.com




Whiteside helps Heat beat Rockets 117-109 - by Eurobasket News

Hours after getting a pep talk from former Heat center Alonzo Mourning, Hassan Whiteside (7'0''-C-89, college: Marshall) came through with a big game on both ends of the court. Whiteside had 23 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks to help Miami beat the Houston Rockets 117-109 on Wednesday night. The 27-year-old Whiteside said Mourning called him in the morning and told him he wanted to see him block as many shots as he could. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra liked what he saw from his young 7-footer. "When he plays with that level of physicality and effort and focus, it's plain to see that we are a much different basketball team," Spoelstra said. "He played at his highest level, imposing his size and physicality on both sides of the court." Dion Waiters (6'4''-G-91, college: Syracuse) added 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and Goran Dragic (6'3''-PG-86) had 21 points for the Heat, who ended a two-game skid that followed a 13-game win streak. Miami got back to winning by defeating the same team where that long winning streak started Jan. 17. "Guys are coming together," Whiteside said. "Guys are a family and our hearts are in the right place. We've been jelling." Dating back to last season, Whiteside has recorded at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks in a game eight times. Entering the day, no other player had more than three such games over that span. "When you have a big fellow behind you and you know that he's going to block the shot or at least he's going to contest it, it helps," Dragic said. "He just had an amazing night." James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) had 38 points 12 rebounds and 12 assists for his 15th triple-double of the season to lead the Rockets, who lost for the second time in seven games. For the first time all season, the Rockets played in a game where they never held a lead. Miami shot 13 for 35 on 3-pointers, while Houston was 13 for 40. The Rockets have lost eight of 12 this season when failing to make more 3-pointers than their opponent and 36-10 when having more. "We just didn't shoot the 3s at all in the first half and dug ourselves in a big hole," Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said. "Then everything has to go right and you know, things don't go right, then the game's over. We're going to have clunkers and that was a clunker." The Rockets' defense struggled without guard Patrick Beverley (6'1''-PG-88, college: Arkansas), who suffered a strained groin early in the second quarter. His backup, Corey Brewer (6'9''-G/F-86, college: Florida), played 27 minutes and finished with four points. Miami led 58-45 at halftime and built a lead as big as 20 points in the third quarter before Houston started making shots and trimmed the deficit late. Spoelstra said the two straight losses entering Houston served as a timely eye-opener before the break. "There's no easy way for this basketball team, but it started with everybody being open to the truth and holding each other accountable for the last two games," Spoelstra said. "That has to be how we have to play and commit to that." Miami enters the break 25-32, two games behind Detroit for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. At 40-18, Houston holds the third spot in the West behind Golden State and San Antonio. "We let a couple of games slip up, but we've got an opportunity for guys to get some rest and get their minds right and be ready to go for this push," Harden said.
Courtesy of: thestate.com



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River Lions waived Benn - by Eurobasket News

Niagara River Lions (NBL Canada) waived 31-year old American swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara). In 14 NBL Canada games he recorded 5.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.1apg and 1.1spg this season.
Two years ago (five years after he left the college) Benn was drafted by Orangeville A's (NBL Canada) in second round (13th overall).
The former Niagara University standoutis in his seventh season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Benn won Israeli National League championship title in 2013. He received also USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Honorable Mention award in 2016.
Benn is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Lithuania (Palanga), Portugal (Ovarense), PBL (Vermont FH) and Israel (Elitzur Yavne and Ironi Nes Ziona).
Worth to mention Benn played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him to get the job in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nblcanada)

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Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Chris CLEMONS
  Campbell
  (175-PG-97)
  Avg: 23
 1. Clemons, Campbell23.0 
 2. Johnson, Winthrop22.0 
 3. Thomas, NC-Ashev.17.9 
 4. Keeling, Charlest.16.3 
 5. Lane, Longwood16.2 
 6. Teague, NC-Ashev.16.0 
 7. Cooks, Winthrop15.6 
 8. Allen, Longwood14.2 
 9. Shaw, Co.Carolina14.0 
 10. Walton, Longwood13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ed POLITE JR.
  Radford
  (196-F-)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Polite Jr., Radford9.4 
 2. Bowman, High Point8.4 
 3. Cooks, Winthrop8.3 
 4. Beck, Co.Carolina8.2 
 5. Lane, Longwood7.3 
 6. Nelson, Gardner-.7.0 
 7. Keeling, Charlest.6.5 
 8. Thomas, NC-Ashev.6.3 
 9. Homesley, Liberty6.3 
 10. Ray-St-Cyr, Co.Carol.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Laquincy RIDEAU
  Gardner-.
  (185-PG-96)
  Avg: 5
 1. Rideau, Gardner-.5.0 
 2. Bradford, Radford3.7 
 3. Wright, High Point3.7 
 4. Dillard, Presbyterian3.5 
 5. Shaw, Co.Carolina3.5 
 6. Thompson, Longwood3.4 
 7. Bell, Presbyterian3.4 
 8. Potter, Charlest.3.4 
 9. Vannatta, NC-Ashev.3.3 
 10. Wiggins, Co.Carolina3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Ahmad THOMAS
  NC-Ashev.
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Thomas, NC-Ashev.3.1 
 2. Rideau, Gardner-.3.0 
 3. Walton, Longwood1.8 
 4. Polite Jr., Radford1.8 
 5. Clemons, Campbell1.7 
 6. Wright, High Point1.3 
 7. Vannatta, NC-Ashev.1.3 
 8. Shaw, Co.Carolina1.2 
 9. Lindauer, High Point1.2 
 10. Cabbil, Liberty1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew EUDY
  Campbell
  (201-F-96)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Eudy, Campbell1.7 
 2. Cooks, Winthrop1.7 
 3. Okeke, Winthrop1.6 
 4. Bolstad, Radford1.5 
 5. Lane, Longwood1.2 
 6. Smith, Longwood1.1 
 7. Polite Jr., Radford1.0 
 8. Drew, Presbyterian0.9 
 9. Niangane, Gardner-.0.9 
 10. Bamba, Co.Carolina0.8 


Virginia gets second-half chills, falls to Duke, 65-55 - by Eurobasket News

Virginia has grown painfully accustomed to close losses in recent weeks, falling to Villanova, Syracuse and Virginia Tech by a combined eight points. What the Cavaliers experienced Wednesday night at home to No. 12 Duke was something new - but no less painful. The Blue Devils simply overwhelmed Virginia in the second half, even as the Cavaliers and their touted defense largely did its work against superstar Grayson Allen (6'5''-G-95) and sharpshooter Luke Kennard (6'5''-G-96). The player Virginia didn't account for - freshman Jayson Tatum (6'8''-F-98) - single-handedly cracked the game open over the final 20 minutes, finishing with a game-high 28 points as Duke pulled away for a 65-55 win. The loss was the fourth in six games for No. 14 Virginia (18-7, 8-5 ACC). Things don't get any easier for the Cavaliers, who travel to No. 10 North Carolina on Saturday night. 'That was a big-time performance,' Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski said of Tatum. 'It's why we won, for crying out loud. Big-time performance for that kid.' Virginia has grown painfully accustomed to close losses in recent weeks, falling to Villanova, Syracuse and Virginia Tech by a combined eight points. What the Cavaliers experienced Wednesday night at home to No. 12 Duke was something new - but no less painful. The Blue Devils simply overwhelmed Virginia in the second half, even as the Cavaliers and their touted defense largely did its work against superstar Grayson Allen and sharpshooter Luke Kennard. The player Virginia didn't account for - freshman Jayson Tatum - single-handedly cracked the game open over the final 20 minutes, finishing with a game-high 28 points as Duke pulled away for a 65-55 win. The loss was the fourth in six games for No. 14 Virginia (18-7, 8-5 ACC). Things don't get any easier for the Cavaliers, who travel to No. 10 North Carolina on Saturday night. 'That was a big-time performance,' Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski said of Tatum. 'It's why we won, for crying out loud. Big-time performance for that kid.' Before two consecutive Tatum three-pointers finally broke a tight game open, John Paul Jones Arena had buzzed with energy. Security guards practiced forming a restraining wall on the floor just in case students rushed the court, and the arena's namesake, John Paul Jones, sat courtside in front of a rowdy, packed crowd. The precautions proved unnecessary, however, as the Cavaliers suffered their first double-digit loss at home since 2013 after a second half in which Duke shot 57.1 percent - compared with 33.3 percent from the floor in the first. 'We won a big-time game. . . . We played very well in that second-half. I mean, our offensive efficiency was outstanding, we made a little change to our offense that worked,' Krzyzewski said. 'And then Jayson had one of those - a few minutes, where it's what separates ordinary players from outstanding players. There's nothing about coaching there.' Virginia lost its 25-21 halftime edge early after intermission thanks to two turnovers in two minutes, both answered by baskets from Tatum. For everything but the atmosphere, much of the game felt more like a chess match between Bennett and Krzyzewski - even by Virginia's plodding standards. Both teams had nervous energy to spare at the start. Junior center Jack Salt, staring down the Blue Devils fifth-year counterpart Amile Jefferson (6'9''-F-93), jumped early at the opening tip, and Duke went 1 for 6 and had three turnovers in the first 4:50 before finding its rhythm. It climbed out of that hole with consecutive three-pointers from Kennard and Allen. The high point for the Cavaliers was a six-minute defensive showcase that held the Blue Devils without a field goal. The problem: Duke's defense was every bit as good, as Virginia was also held without a basket. Even long after the crowd had cleared and teams had retreated to the locker room, Tatum remained the center of attention. He was the last Duke player to leave the floor Wednesday, sticking around to sign autographs for a young Blue Devils fan sporting a No. 3 jersey for Grayson Allen.
Courtesy of: washingtonpost.com



Florida's John Egbunu out for the season with knee injury - by Eurobasket News

Florida announced on Wednesday that John Egbunu (6'11''-C) will be out for 10-12 months after suffering an ACL tear in Tuesday night's win at Auburn. Egbunu is averaging 7.8 points, 6.6 boards and 1.5 blocks for the Gators, who are sitting in first place tie in the SEC with Kentucky and South Carolina. This is a brutal blow, as Egbunu is a shotblocker and a defensive menace that anchors the nation's fifth-best defense. He is a piece they could not afford to lose.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



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NCAA D2 Top 25 Ranking

NSIC Standings
 1. MSU Moorhead 17-3 (19-3) 
 2. SW Minnesota 16-5 (17-5) 
 3. Upper Iowa 15-5 (17-7) 
 4. Northern St. 15-6 (17-6) 
 5. Augustana, S 14-6 (-) 
 6. Minn.St.-Man 13-7 (15-7) 
 7. St.Cloud St. 13-7 (14-7) 
 8. Mary 9-11 (10-12)