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  3X3  



Saskatoon to host FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters - by Eurobasket News

Saskatoon Sports Tourism, in partnership with Canada Basketball, is pleased to announce that Saskatoon will host the only FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters event in North America in 2017. This professional 3x3 basketball event will take place in conjunction with Taste of Saskatchewan on July 14 - 16, 2017 in downtown Saskatoon (4th Avenue & 21st Street). In addition to the 2017 event, Saskatoon will host the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters in 2018 and 2019, securing the rights to the event for three years. Saskatoon's own foursome of Michael Linklater, Michael Lieffers, Nolan Brudehl and Steve Sir (Edmonton) will participate in the tournament. The squad finished the 2016 season in 10th place and are each ranked in the top 20 globally. Together, with former member Willie Murdaugh, they have a combined 378 games representing Canada at events around the world, including three consecutive FIBA 3x3 All Stars from 2014-16. "For the last four years, Team Saskatoon has contributed to put the city on the 3x3 basketball map," said Alex Sanchez, FIBA 3x3 Managing Director. "It's an absolute delight for us to witness the support from the local community. We're thrilled to have the opportunity to see one of the World Tour's most successful teams compete in their home town in front of their fans and supporters." "Not only will Saskatoon have the opportunity to showcase our city internationally, but we have the unique opportunity to showcase the skill of Team Saskatoon, one of the best FIBA 3x3 teams in the world," said Todd Brandt, President & CEO of Tourism Saskatoon. "Saskatoon is incredibly excited to host the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters in our downtown and we can't wait to see basketball fans from across Canada join us in Saskatoon in July." The Saskatoon FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters will be comprised of 12 teams of four players from around the world participating in a two day tournament. In addition to the main event, a slam dunk contest and a shoot-out contest will take place in between games. Live music, cheerleaders, dance teams and other entertainment will be held throughout the weekend. An amateur 3x3 tournament is also being planned to take place on satellite courts alongside the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters. "We're excited to have Saskatoon hosting the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters in Canada, showcasing our nation as a world class destination for international basketball events," said Michele O'Keefe, President & CEO, Canada Basketball."3x3 basketball has experienced rapid growth and notoriety around the world as a key motor in advancing the game and we look forward to further developing it here at home." In the lead up to the 3x3 World Tour Masters, seven regional events will take place across the country as part of Canada Basketball's 3x3 Canada Quest series. The winners of the elite division in each of the seven regionals, along with an additional wild card team, will qualify for the 3x3 Canada Quest Finals. The top two finals teams will then qualify directly to the FIBA 3x3 World Tour Masters in Saskatoon.
Courtesy of: basketball.ca



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  ABA  


SE Pro Elite Flyers join the ABA - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) announced that the SE Pro Elite Flyers, located in Shelby County AL, have switched from being an ABA travel team to full membership and will be eligible to compete in the ABA playoffs beginning in March. Timothy Frye and the Pro Elite Flyers have played quite a few games already this season," stated ABA co-founder Joe Newman . "Not only have they been very competitive on the court, but they have run a very professional organization and we're pleased they decided to become full members."
Timothy Frye, SE Pro Elite Flyer owner, added: "The mission of the SE Pro Elite Flyers team is to foster a team of sportsmanship, teamwork and excellence while serving as role models to youth in the southeastern Alabama communities. Our program promotes sports participation and provides a gateway for local athletes to progress to higher levels of basketball competition by showcasing their talents and abilities to recruiters and scouts from various professional teams."
"SE Pro Elite Flyers recruit players from our local community, neighboring universities and internationally," continued Frye. "Each player is committed to giving back and being a mentor to local youth. We do this by offering free basketball camps, motivational seminars, reading initiatives, and mentoring in local schools in addition to participation in local community events."
Home games are held at BlackWatch Sports Performance training facility on the edge of Birmingham's South 280 corridor highway.
For more informatioln, email proeliteflyers@teamapp.com, or call 205 299 6523



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  ALPE ADRIA CUP  


Kormano is the first semi-finalist - by Eurobasket News

Komarno - Levicki Patrioti 103-75

Komarno had a very successful game, especially in the terms of offence. From the very first minute of the game the home team had a high effectivity of throws and the fans were able to see very attractive basketball, which was also visible in the score after the first quarter (24:18). The second quarter was no exception, and after the sequence of 3point shoots Komarno left for the 15 minute break with the score 56:39. Keeping the sequence of the attractive and successful game Komarno continued in the lead (86:55 for the 3rd quarter) and erased the -6points disadvantage from the previous AAC game against Levice with a high score (103:75). Even though Levice arrived to Komarno with an unfortunately decreased number of players, the home team performed a quality offense in merely all of the activities, thus deservedly advancing to the semifinals.
Wayne Langston (201-F-93, college: Murray St.) scored 19 points, while Roman Vido (204-PF-88) added 17 points, 9 boards and 4 assists for the winners. Mychal Ammons (198-F-92, college: S.Alabama) responded with 36 points and 10 boards for Levicki Patrioti.
Courtesy of: alpeadriacup.com



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  ARGENTINA  

Standings - LigaA

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

Regular Season: Round 30

Jan. 29: Instituto - Penarol 96-85
Jan. 30: Estudiantes C. - Echague 95-64
Jan. 28: Olimpico LB - San Martin C. 90-85
Jan. 30: Quilmes MP - Ferrocarril 88-99
Jan. 30: Quimsa - San Martin C. 88-76
Jan. 31: Instituto - GECR Indalo 84-81
Jan. 28: Libertad S. - Boca Jrs 84-73
Jan. 29: Hispano Am. - Weber Bahia 76-87
Feb. 1: Penarol - Ferrocarril 73-75
Jan. 29: La Union - Argentino 72-65
Feb. 1: La Union - Obras Basket 70-74
Jan. 31: Boca Jrs - Weber Bahia 60-67

Regular Season: Round 31

Feb. 2: Atenas - GECR Indalo
Feb. 2: Estudiantes C. - Quilmes MP
Feb. 3: Argentino - Instituto
Feb. 3: San Martin C. - Obras Basket
Feb. 4: Echague - Quilmes MP
Feb. 4: Estudiantes C. - La Union
Feb. 4: Olimpico LB - Boca Jrs
Feb. 5: Weber Bahia - Instituto
Feb. 5: Regatas C. - Obras Basket
Feb. 6: Echague - La Union
Feb. 6: Atenas - San Martin C.
Feb. 6: Libertad S. - Quilmes MP
Feb. 6: Quimsa - Boca Jrs


Standings - TNA

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

Regular Season: Round 24

Feb. 1: SP Las Parejas - Obera TC 95-90
Jan. 31: Estudiantes O. - Atenas Carmen 91-81
Jan. 31: La Union - Ciclista 83-91
Feb. 1: Villa Angela - Villa San Martin 77-64
Jan. 31: Rocamora - Alianza Viedma 74-79
Jan. 31: Platense - Gimnasia LP 73-77
Jan. 31: Mitre Tuc. - Comunicaciones 70-82
Jan. 31: Independiente BBC - San Isidro 62-64
Feb. 2: Salta Basket - Comunicaciones
Feb. 2: Hindu - BHY Tiro Federal
Feb. 3: SP Las Parejas - Independiente BBC
Feb. 3: Union SF - Obera TC
Feb. 4: San Isidro - Barrio Parque
Feb. 4: Villa San Martin - BHY Tiro Federal
Feb. 5: Union SF - Independiente BBC


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Barovero, Union SF24.1 
 2. Brown, La Union20.4 
 3. Brown, Mitre Tuc.20.1 
 4. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista19.9 
 5. Matthews, Salta B.19.8 
 6. Rodriguez Su., SP Las P.19.6 
 7. Martin Jr., Alianza .19.6 
 8. Montes Cardo., Obera T.18.5 
 9. Pais, Platense18.5 
 10. Villa, Gimnasia LP18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Santiago GONZALEZ
  San I.
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Gonzalez, San I.12.3 
 2. Matthews, Salta B.10.1 
 3. Cutley, Atenas C.9.6 
 4. Graham, Temperley8.7 
 5. Lockett, BHY T.8.6 
 6. Lauria, Comunica.8.4 
 7. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.1 
 8. Joseph, Obera TC7.9 
 9. Granado, Olimpo BB7.9 
 10. Smith, Olimpo BB7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Victor Hugo CAJAL
  Independ.
  (179-PG-80)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Cajal, Independ.6.9 
 2. La Bella, Gimnasia.6.7 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.1 
 4. Paletta, Hindu5.5 
 5. Cequeira, Villa A.4.9 
 6. Correa, BHY T.4.6 
 7. Franco, Alianza .4.5 
 8. Rodriguez Su., SP Las P.4.2 
 9. Figueredo, Estudian.4.0 
 10. Iglesias, Olimpo B.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Felipe PAIS
  Platense
  (185-G-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Pais, Platense2.6 
 2. Correa, BHY T.2.3 
 3. Brown, Mitre Tuc.2.2 
 4. Merlo, Ciclista2.1 
 5. Cequeira, Villa A.2.1 
 6. Lopez, Independ.2.0 
 7. Eseverri, Salta B.1.9 
 8. Rodriguez Su., SP Las P.1.9 
 9. Gago, Petr.Arg.1.9 
 10. Punet, Huracan1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Huracan
  (200-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Heyward, Huracan2.5 
 2. Nwogbo, Alianza .1.6 
 3. Lockett, BHY T.1.5 
 4. Stroud, Parque Sur1.3 
 5. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.3 
 6. Deck, Obera TC1.1 
 7. Granado, Olimpo BB1.0 
 8. Lauria, Comunica.0.9 
 9. Moya, Hindu0.9 
 10. Johnson, Estudian.0.8 


Standings - Liga B

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

Regular Season: Round 14

Bonaerense

Feb. 3: Sarmiento - Villa Mitre BB
Feb. 3: Argentino PRG - Sportivo E.
Feb. 3: Atletico Pilar - U.Mar del Plata
Feb. 3: Belgrano SN - Chivilcoy Racing
Feb. 5: Belgrano SN - Argentino PRG
Feb. 5: Sportivo E. - U.Mar del Plata
Feb. 5: Chivilcoy Racing - Villa Mitre BB

Centro

Feb. 3: Independ. Oliva - Union Sunch.
Feb. 3: Atletico Tostado - Ameghino
Feb. 3: Central SJ - Deportivo Norte A.
Feb. 3: San Justino - H.San Justo
Feb. 5: Olimpico Ceres - Ameghino

Mesopotamia

Feb. 3: C.Entrerriano - Union Goya
Feb. 3: Ferrocarril C. - Atletico Tala
Feb. 3: Regatas U. - Penarol
Feb. 3: Saladas - Capuchinos
Feb. 5: Gualeguay - Union Goya

Metropolitana

Feb. 3: Estudiantes LP - RC Avellaneda
Feb. 3: P.Echague - Estudiantil
Feb. 3: River Plate - Union Vecinal
Feb. 3: Atletico Tostado - Ramos Mejia
Feb. 3: H.San Justo - Villa Mitre CF

Noa

Feb. 3: Olimpia Catam. - Amancay LR
Feb. 3: Talleres TV - Rio Grande
Feb. 3: Union Oran - N.Avellaneda Tuc.
Feb. 3: San Martin LR - Hindu BBC

Oeste

Feb. 1: C.Espanol P. - Perfora 72-59
Feb. 3: M.Junin - Rivadavia M.
Feb. 3: Independ.N. - Anzorena
Feb. 5: Perfora - Anzorena


Bucaneros land Walter Baxley, ex Atenas - by Eurobasket News

Bucaneros de La Guaira (LPB) landed 33-year old American shooting guard Walter Baxley (193-90kg-84, college: Mars Hill). He played recently at Atenas in Argentinian LigaA, but left the team last month. In 26 games he averaged impressive 17.7ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.0apg this season. The last season Baxley played at Quilmes (also in LigaA) where in 56 games he was the best scorer with remarkable 23.7ppg and recorded 4.6rpg, 2.2apg and 1.0spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian LigaA Guard of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team.
Among other achievements Baxley's team made it to the LigaA Semifinals in 2015. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Finnish 1st Division Player of the Year award back in 2012.
Baxley is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in nine different countries playing on four different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Baxley has played previously professionally in Chile (Puerto Montt), Dominican Rep., Germany (ratiopharm Ulm and Saar-Pfalz Braves), Iran (Shahrdari Gorgan), Poland (Gornik), Uruguay (Defensor and Hebraica), Finland (Kauhajoen Karhu and Lapuan Korikobrat), Dominican Republic (Indios de San Francisco) and ABA (Salem Storm).
He attended Mars Hill College until 2006 and it is his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Shamell Stallworth named Latin America Player of the Month: January 2017 - by Greg

Shamell Stallworth (195-SG-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) of Mogi (BRA) has been chosen by latinbasket.com as the Latin America MVP for January. American (has also Brazilian passport) guard played 8 games last month averaging 22.0ppg , 4.6rpg, 4.0apg while shooting impressive 61.4 from 2 and 49.1% from behind the arc! His best game was on Jan.6 when he scored 31 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Worth to mention his amazing 7/7 from behind the arc!

Second best performer of January was Jeremiah Wood (200-C/F-85, agency: Inception Sports) of San Martin C. American big man played 5 games in Argentinain League averaging 20.0ppg, 13.0rpg, 3.2apg and 1.2bpg. He had impressive 63.8% from 2pt. In 4 out of 5 games he recorded double-double.

Third best performer of the month was Anthony Laveal Johnson (203-C-88, college: Fairfield) of Weber Bahia (ARG). In 7 games he averaged 18.9 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.1 bpg, 2FGP: 48.4%, FT: 63.5%.



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Standings

ASEAN League Standings
 1 Singapore S. 8-2 
 2 Hong Kong ELL 6-2 
 3 Alab Pilipinas 5-3 
 4 Kaohsiung 3-6 
 5 KL Dragons 2-6 
 6 Saigon H. 1-6 

Regular Season: Round 8

Feb. 1: Kaohsiung - Saigon H. 85-71
Feb. 3: Kaohsiung - Singapore S.
Feb. 5: Kaohsiung - KL Dragons
Feb. 5: Singapore S. - Hong Kong ELL
Feb. 5: Alab Pilipinas - Saigon H.



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BC Hallmann Vienna welcomes back Shawn Ray - by Stefan Prager

BC Hallmann Vienna inked one of the most important players in the clubs history. As the capital city ball club announced Vienna has brought back Shawn Ray (194-G/F-80, college: N.C.Central). Ray was voted ABL Finals MVP in 2013 when BC Vienna won the first and until now only championship. After the title Ray went back to where he came from. The last three years he played fpr the Kapfenberg Bulls. His contract didn't not get renewed but Ray wasn't done with his playing career. Ray is an ABL legend by definition. He has played in 432 league games for Oberwaltersdorf, Oberwart, Kapfenberg, Furstenfeld and BC Vienna. He won an ABL championship in 2013 earning the Finals MVP. He has won four cup trophies in Austria and was named Final FOur MVP twice. Ray is a nine time ABL All Star. Ray turned 37 years old a few days ago making him the third oldest ABL player after Tilo Klette of Gmunden and teammate Stjepan Stazic, both aged 39. Ray is expected to debut on february 13th when BC Vienna will host the Traiskirchen Lions.


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  BAHAMAS  

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 12

Jan. 30: Bahamas Univ. - Stingers 94-87
Feb. 1: Regulators - Pirates 89-82
Feb. 3: Stingers - Cleaners
Feb. 3: Giants - Regulators


NPBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Clayton MILLER
  Legends
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Miller, Legends27.5 
 2. Bain, Regulators25.0 
 3. Sylvestre, Bahamas .23.0 
 4. Smith, Bahamas .22.9 
 5. Farrington, Rockets21.8 
 6. Bain, Giants20.2 
 7. Dean, Shockers18.5 
 8. Leadon, Pros17.5 
 9. Ferguson, Pros17.1 
 10. Woodside, Cleaners16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eugene BAIN
  Regulators
  (195-C/F-88)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Bain, Regulators13.4 
 2. Farrington, Rockets12.3 
 3. Munnings, Cybots11.9 
 4. Francis, Pros11.9 
 5. Williams, Rebels11.3 
 6. Fernander, Pirates10.9 
 7. Sylvestre, Bahamas .10.9 
 8. Dean, Shockers10.5 
 9. Leadon, Pros9.3 
 10. Woodside, Cleaners9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Ramon DAMES
  Bahamas .
  (-G-93)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Dames, Bahamas .6.8 
 2. Williams, Rebels5.8 
 3. Jones, Legends5.7 
 4. Wright, Pirates4.6 
 5. Bain, Regulators4.4 
 6. Mackey, Regulators4.3 
 7. Armaly, Shockers4.2 
 8. Lewis, Shockers4.0 
 9. Miller, Legends4.0 
 10. Bain, Giants3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Kemsy SYLVESTRE
  Bahamas .
  (--)
  Avg: 2
 1. Sylvestre, Bahamas .2.0 
 2. Lafuler, Stingers2.0 
 3. Rolle, Pros1.6 
 4. Dames, Bahamas .1.6 
 5. Smith, Bahamas .1.3 
 6. Wright, Pirates1.3 
 7. Williams, Rebels1.3 
 8. Jennings, Bahamas .1.3 
 9. Thompson, Regul.1.0 
 10. Wilmore, Shockers1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Livingston MUNNINGS
  Cybots
  (-C-)
  Avg: 3
 1. Munnings, Cybots3.0 
 2. Dean, Shockers2.1 
 3. Farrington, Rockets1.8 
 4. Williams, Rebels1.8 
 5. Sylvestre, Bahamas .1.7 
 6. Morley, Rockets1.4 
 7. Culmer, Cleaners1.4 
 8. Atkins, Cybots1.2 
 9. Francis, Pros1.1 
 10. Munroe, Bahamas .1.1 


Scott Farrington claims Bahamas NPBA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Former international Forward Scott Farrington (202-F-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Rockets and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 28-year old forward had a double-double of 33 points and twenty four rebounds, while his team edged out Bahamas Univ. (#6, 6-3) 94-92. Rockets maintains the 7th position in Bahamas NPBA. Rockets 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 5-7 record. In the team's last game Farrington had a remarkable 54.2% from 2-point range. He turned to be Rockets' top player in his first season with the team. Scott Farrington averages this season 21.8ppg and 12.3rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old Kemsy Sylvestre of Bahamas Univ.. Sylvestre impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 34 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Bahamas Univ. was edged by slightly lower-ranked Rockets (#7, 5-7) 94-92. This loss caused Bahamas Univ. to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Sylvestre is a newcomer at Bahamas Univ. and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.7ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 10.7rpg and 3.1apg.

The third best performed player last round was international Eugene Bain (195-C/F-88) of second-ranked Regulators. Bain scored 29 points and grabbed nineteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Bain's great performance Regulators lost 74-81 to #3 ranked Shockers. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Regulators had another "accident". It may be a crucial game and cause dropping from the group of top ranked teams. The record is still good, but 2nd lost game is hopefully really an accident. Bain's teammates are also very good. That's why having such high stats is even more impressive. Bain has a great season in Bahamas. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 28.0ppg (best scorer), rebounds with 14.7rpg (#1 in league) and assists with 2.1apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Eugene Bain (195-C/F-88) of Regulators - 31 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Dion McPhee) of Regulators - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Domonique Fernander) of Pirates - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Jeffrey Henfield (193-PG-85) of Giants - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Livingston Munnings (C) of Cybots - 14 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Michael Bain (SG) of Giants - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Cordarro Pinder) of Cybots - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  BALKAN LEAGUE  

BIBL standings

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

Second Stage: Round 1

C

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

D

Feb. 1: Teodo Tivat - Peja 104-84
Feb. 1: Karpos Sokoli - Kumanovo 101-106

Second Stage: Round 2

C

Feb. 7: Feni Industries - Beroe
Feb. 7: Sutjeska - Kozuv

D

Feb. 8: Peja - Kumanovo
Feb. 8: Teodo Tivat - Karpos Sokoli



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  BELARUS  

Standings - Premier League

Premier Standings
 1. Grodno-93 19-1 
 2. COR-Borisfen 17-1 
 3. Tsmoki II 13-5 
 4. Vitebsk 12-8 
 5. Impuls BGUIR 11-9 
 6. BSEU-GrandPrint 6-18 
 7. Prinemanye 5-15 
 8. GOCOR-Sozh 3-15 
 9. Brest 2-16 
Play in international cups:
 1. Tsmoki-Minsk 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 23

Jan. 31: BSEU-GrandPrint - Grodno-93 66-77
Feb. 1: BSEU-GrandPrint - Grodno-93 52-86
Feb. 3: Grodno-93 - Prinemanye
Feb. 3: Brest - GOCOR-Sozh
Feb. 3: COR-Borisfen - Vitebsk
Feb. 3: Impuls BGUIR - Tsmoki II


Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Sergej VABISCHEVICH
  BSEU-Gr.
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.21.4 
 2. Sugonyako, COR-Bori.18.8 
 3. Viaroukin, GO.18.5 
 4. Aladko, Vitebsk17.8 
 5. Shustov, Impuls B.17.3 
 6. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.17.3 
 7. Suvorov, Prine.17.1 
 8. Roslikau, BSEU-Gr.16.8 
 9. Navoichyk, Prine.15.9 
 10. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dmitriy DMITRUK
  Brest
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Dmitruk, Brest12.9 
 2. Vashkevich, Vitebsk9.4 
 3. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.8.8 
 4. Liutych, Tsmoki II8.6 
 5. Kopacev, GO.8.5 
 6. Zahar, Impuls B.8.0 
 7. Ignatev, Impuls B.7.9 
 8. Chumakov, Grodn.7.8 
 9. Sugonyako, COR-Bori.7.7 
 10. Chumakov, Prine.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Maksim SHUSTOV
  Impuls B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Shustov, Impuls B.5.9 
 2. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.5.8 
 3. Nazarov, BSEU-Gr.5.0 
 4. Kuzmin, Grodno-934.9 
 5. Aladko, Vitebsk4.6 
 6. Korzh, Grodno-934.5 
 7. Volodkin, Impuls B.4.4 
 8. Stavrovskiy, Tsmoki I.4.4 
 9. Sapegin, Vitebsk4.4 
 10. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Vitaliy LEBEDEV
  BSEU-Gr.
  (200-F/C-99)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Lebedev, BSEU-Gr.2.5 
 2. Shustov, Impuls B.2.4 
 3. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk2.3 
 4. Chumakov, Grodn.2.3 
 5. Suvorov, Prine.2.3 
 6. Viaroukin, GO.2.2 
 7. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.2.1 
 8. Malkov, COR-Bori.2.0 
 9. Stavrovskiy, Tsmoki I.1.9 
 10. Kuzmin, Grodno-931.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Evgeniy KOPYLOV
  COR-Bori.
  (199-F-91)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kopylov, COR-Bori.0.0 
 2. Adaskov, GO.0.0 
 3. Kopacev, GO.0.0 
 4. Navoichyk, Prine.0.0 
 5. Konovchuk, Brest0.0 
 6. Morozov, Brest0.0 
 7. Kisel, Brest0.0 
 8. Mishukov, Grodn.0.0 
 9. Kirilyuk, Brest0.0 
 10. Milashevskiy, BSEU-Gr.0.0 



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  BELGIUM  

Standings - Division I

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

Regular Season: Round 17

Feb. 1: Leuven - Aalstar 83-99
Feb. 1: Brussels - Liege 83-79
Feb. 1: Mons-Hainaut - Limburg United 82-91
Feb. 1: Kangoeroes - Spirou 70-88
Feb. 1: Antwerp - Oostende 68-75

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 3: Limburg United - Brussels
Feb. 3: Liege - Leuven
Feb. 3: Spirou - Mons-Hainaut
Feb. 4: Aalstar - Antwerp
Feb. 4: Oostende - Kangoeroes


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Jason CLARK
  Antwerp
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 19
 1. Clark, Antwerp19.0 
 2. Miller-M., Leuven16.7 
 3. Bowman, Spirou16.7 
 4. Tuttle, Limburg .15.9 
 5. Tofi, Aalstar15.9 
 6. Simpson, Liege15.0 
 7. Samhan, Leuven14.9 
 8. Ware, Antwerp14.5 
 9. Simmons, Brussels14.5 
 10. Fields, Liege14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gavin WARE
  Antwerp
  (206-C/F-93)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Ware, Antwerp6.9 
 2. Amis, Aalstar6.8 
 3. Fields, Liege6.7 
 4. Anderson, Antwerp6.7 
 5. Samhan, Leuven6.6 
 6. Tuttle, Limburg .6.5 
 7. Simmons, Brussels6.5 
 8. Dowe, Brussels6.0 
 9. Ubel, Brussels5.9 
 10. Mann, Mons-Hainaut5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Codi MILLER-MCINTYRE
  Leuven
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Miller-M., Leuven5.5 
 2. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.2 
 3. Channels, Kango.5.1 
 4. Loubry, Brussels5.0 
 5. Bosco, Mons-Hai.4.3 
 6. Clark, Antwerp4.0 
 7. Marnegrave, Spirou4.0 
 8. Anderson, Limburg .3.9 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .3.7 
 10. Simpson, Liege3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Bryan DAVIS
  Spirou
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Davis, Spirou1.8 
 2. Miller-M., Leuven1.7 
 3. Bowman, Spirou1.5 
 4. Swing, Limburg United1.5 
 5. Tuttle, Limburg .1.4 
 6. Simpson, Liege1.4 
 7. Bosco, Mons-Hai.1.4 
 8. Channels, Kango.1.3 
 9. Gugino, Liege1.3 
 10. Hertay, Liege1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin TUMBA
  Spirou
  (205-C/F-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Tumba, Spirou2.5 
 2. Amis, Aalstar1.5 
 3. Fusek, Spirou1.0 
 4. Fields, Liege1.0 
 5. Gugino, Liege1.0 
 6. Bako, Leuven1.0 
 7. Boukichou, Oostende0.9 
 8. Ubel, Brussels0.8 
 9. Bray, Brussels0.7 
 10. Blair, Aalstar0.7 



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  BRAZIL  

Standings - BNL

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

Regular Season: Round 18

Jan. 31: Pinheiros - Macae 97-90
Jan. 31: Franca - L.Sorocaba 90-68
Jan. 31: Bauru - Paulistano 78-68
Feb. 1: Brasilia - Vitoria 70-78
Feb. 1: Minas - B.Cearense 62-66

Regular Season: Round 19

Feb. 2: Pinheiros - Flamengo
Feb. 2: Bauru - L.Sorocaba
Feb. 2: Mogi - Caxias do Sul
Feb. 2: Franca - Paulistano
Feb. 2: Campo Mourao - Vasco Da G.
Feb. 3: Brasilia - B.Cearense
Feb. 3: Minas - Vitoria
Feb. 4: Mogi - Vasco Da G.
Feb. 4: Campo Mourao - Caxias do Sul


Shamell Stallworth named Latin America Player of the Month: January 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Shamell Stallworth (195-SG-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) of Mogi (BRA) has been chosen by latinbasket.com as the Latin America MVP for January. American (has also Brazilian passport) guard played 8 games last month averaging 22.0ppg , 4.6rpg, 4.0apg while shooting impressive 61.4 from 2 and 49.1% from behind the arc! His best game was on Jan.6 when he scored 31 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Worth to mention his amazing 7/7 from behind the arc!

Second best performer of January was Jeremiah Wood (200-C/F-85, agency: Inception Sports) of San Martin C. American big man played 5 games in Argentinain League averaging 20.0ppg, 13.0rpg, 3.2apg and 1.2bpg. He had impressive 63.8% from 2pt. In 4 out of 5 games he recorded double-double.

Third best performer of the month was Anthony Laveal Johnson (203-C-88, college: Fairfield) of Weber Bahia (ARG). In 7 games he averaged 18.9 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.1 bpg, 2FGP: 48.4%, FT: 63.5%.
TOP 10 PLAYERS FOR January 2017
1. Shamell Stallworth of Mogi (BRA): 50.2, 8 games: 20 ppg, 6 rpg, 0 apg, 0.1 bpg, 2FGP: 64%, 3PT: 41%, FT: 73%
2. Jeremiah Wood of San Martin C. (ARG): 42, 5 games: 20.0 ppg, 10 rpg, 2 apg, 2 bpg, 2FGP: 68%, FT: 55%
3. Anthony Laveal Johnson of Weber Bahia (ARG): 49, 7 games: 19 ppg, 7 rpg, 1 apg, 1 bpg, 2FGP: 44%, FT: 65%
4. Guilherme Giovannoni of Brasilia (BRA): 42, 5 games: 16 ppg, 4 rpg, 0 apg, 0.2 bpg, 2FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 31%, FT: 90.5%
5. Trevante Drye of Sayago (URU): 47, 6 games: 23 ppg, 12 rpg, 2 apg, 0.8 bpg, 2FGP: 61%, 3PT: 33%, FT: 60.0%
6. Tyrone Curnell of Mogi (BRA): 45, 8 games: 13 ppg, 5 rpg, 5 apg, 0.3 bpg, 2FGP: 52%, 3PT: 45%, FT: 65%
7. Anthony Young of Larre Borges (URU): 44, 6 games: 22 ppg, 3 rpg, 3 apg, 0.3 bpg, 2FGP: 46%, 3PT: 38%, FT: 95%
8. Olivinha Rodriguez of Flamengo (BRA): 43, 6 games: 15 ppg, 10 rpg, 0 apg, 0.5 bpg, 2FGP: 60%, 3PT: 24%, FT: 60.6%
9. Desmond Holloway of Pinheiros (BRA): 43, 5 games: 20.2 ppg, 2 rpg, 2 apg, 2FGP: 53%, 3PT: 38%, FT: 74%
10. Lucio Redivo of Weber Bahia (ARG): 45, 7 games: 19 ppg, 9 rpg, 3 apg, 2FGP: 41%, 3PT: 36%, FT: 86%



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  CANADA  

CIS men standings

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

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 1: Ryerson - York 79-53
Feb. 1: Brock - Waterloo 66-63
Feb. 2: Bishop's - McGill
Feb. 2: Laval - Concordia
Feb. 3: York - Toronto
Feb. 3: UNB - UPEI
Feb. 3: St.Francis X. - St.Mary's
Feb. 3: Memorial - Dalhousie
Feb. 3: Cape Breton - Acadia
Feb. 3: Lakehead - Laurentian
Feb. 3: Guelph - Nipissing
Feb. 3: Western - Algoma
Feb. 3: Queen's - Ryerson
Feb. 3: Alberta - Saskatchewan
Feb. 3: Manitoba - Brandon
Feb. 3: Regina - Winnipeg
Feb. 3: UBC Okanagan - MacEwan
Feb. 3: TWU - Mount Royal
Feb. 3: Calgary - TRU
Feb. 3: Victoria - UFV
Feb. 3: UNBC - UBC



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  CHINA  


Andray Blatche named Asian Player of the Month: January 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Andray Blatche (211-F/C-86) of Xinjiang FT has been chosen by asia-basket.com as the Asian MVP for January. American big man played 8 games last month averaging double-double of 22.5ppg and 10.9rpg. He also added 3.1apg and 2.1bpg and had 58.6% 2FGP. His best game was on Jan.24 when he averaged monster double-double of 20 points and 20 rebounds. Xinjiang FT won 7 games and remains on top of the standings (same 25-6 record as Shanghai S.)

Second best performer of January was Blatche's team mate - Darius Adams (188-PG-89, college: Indianapolis, agency: Stealth Sport). The product of the University of Indianapolis had another great month and finished it with the averages of 32.3ppg, 5.6rpg, 6.1apg while shooting 55.4% from the field. On Jan.15 Adams was close to triple-double as he had 49 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists.

Third best performer of the month was Guerschon Yabusele (201-PF-95) of Shanghai S. In 8 games his stats were: 27.8 ppg, 12.9 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.1 bpg, 2FGP: 70.9%, 3PT: 39.2%, FT: 74.1%.
TOP 10 PLAYERS FOR January 2017
1. Andray Blatche of Xinjiang FT (CHN): 53, 8 games: 25 ppg, 9 rpg, 1 apg, 1 bpg, 2FGP: 56%, 3PT: 23%, FT: 75%
2. Darius Adams of Xinjiang FT (CHN): 51, 8 games: 33 ppg, 6 rpg, 1 apg, 2FGP: 54%, 3PT: 34%, FT: 83%
3. Guerschon Yabusele of Shanghai S. (CHN): 47, 8 games: 28 ppg, 19 rpg, 4 apg, 1 bpg, 2FGP: 70.9%, 3PT: 32%, FT: 71%
4. Hamed Haddadi of Sichuan BW (CHN): 48, 8 games: 29 ppg, 10 rpg, 6 apg, 9 bpg, 2FGP: 65%, 3PT: 26%, FT: 62%
5. Jasmon Youngblood of Byblos (LEB): 43, 4 games: 28 ppg, 0 rpg, 5 apg, 0.3 bpg, 2FGP: 62%, 3PT: 43%, FT: 90.9%
6. Courtney Fortson of Guangsha L. (CHN): 49, 8 games: 23 ppg, 3 rpg, 9 apg, 0.3 bpg, 2FGP: 51%, 3PT: 41%, FT: 88%
7. Ricardo Ratliffe of Samsung Th. (KOR): 45, 10 games: 26 ppg, 13 rpg, 0 apg, 9 bpg, 2FGP: 69%, FT: 86%
8. Marcus Bell of Al Rayyan (QAT): 45, 7 games: 20 ppg, 13 rpg, 7 apg, 3 bpg, 2FGP: 72%, FT: 68%
9. Ndudi Ebi of Byblos (LEB): 48, 4 games: 25 ppg, 18 rpg, 3 apg, 0 bpg, 2FGP: 45%, 3PT: 36%, FT: 70%
10. Nick Fazekas of Toshiba BT (JPN): 45, 5 games: 26 ppg, 18 rpg, 6 apg, 0.8 bpg, 2FGP: 47%, 3PT: 37%, FT: 94%



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  COSTA RICA  


Ripool is back at Coopenae - by Eurobasket News

Coopenae ARBA San Ramon (LBS) agreed terms with 31-year old Costa Rican international forward Amaurys Ripool (196-86). It is actually his comeback to San Jose as he has played here before. Ripool is a dual citizen owning also Dominican Rep. passport. He just played at Canarios in Salvadorean Liga MB.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Ripool's team made it to the El Salvador Liga Mayor Clausura Semifinals in 2016. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-El Salvador Liga Mayor Torneo Clausura 2nd Team in 2016. Ripool has been regularly called to Costa Rican Senior National Team since 2016.
He is quite experienced player. Ripool has played also professionally in Nicaragua (Sinsa-Tigres and Leones), Costa Rica (Cartago and Escazu), Dominican Republic (Indios de San Francisco) and El Salvador (Isidro Metapan).
On Ripool: A solid forward, who can spend time in the post and shoots well from outside.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CZECH REPUBLIC  

Standings - D2

1Liga Standings
Group A
 1. Sokol H.K. 13-3 
 2. Slavoj Litom. 12-4 
 3. Nymburk B 11-4 
 4. Sokol Prazky 9-7 
 5. Loko Plzen 8-8 
 6. Basket Kosice 7-10 
 7. USK Praha B 6-9 
 8. GBA Sparta 5-10 
 9. Sokol Pisek 5-11 
 10. Vysocina 3-13 
Group B
 1. Zlin 15-1 
 2. Olomouc SK 12-4 
 3. Opava B 11-5 
 4. Sokol Slapanice 9-7 
 5. Olomouc Bbal 9-7 
 6. Pardubice 7-9 
 7. Prostejov B 6-10 
 8. Novy Jicin 5-11 
 9. Ostrava 5-11 
 10. Havirov 1-15 

Regular Season: Round 17

Group A

Feb. 1: GBA Sparta - Loko Plzen 46-64
Feb. 3: Sokol Pisek - Nymburk B
Feb. 5: Sokol H.K. - Slavoj Litom.
Feb. 5: Vysocina - USK Praha B
Feb. 3: Loko Plzen - Basket Kosice

Group B

Feb. 3: Zlin - Novy Jicin
Feb. 3: Havirov - Olomouc SK
Feb. 3: Pardubice - Ostrava
Feb. 3: Olomouc Bbal - Opava B
Feb. 3: Prostejov B - Sokol Slapanice

Round 14

Feb. 2: Nymburk B - USK Praha B


1Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Petr SLECHTA
  Sokol Pisek
  (192-G/F-95)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. Slechta, Sokol Pisek24.9 
 2. Svoboda, Nymburk B24.3 
 3. Novak, Olomouc SK22.9 
 4. Peterka, Nymburk B22.6 
 5. Potocek, Pardubice22.6 
 6. Fait, Sokol Pisek20.4 
 7. Streba, USK P.19.2 
 8. Sebela, Sokol S.19.1 
 9. Nehoda, Zlin17.9 
 10. Bujnoch, Opava B17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin PETERKA
  Nymburk B
  (205-C-95)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Peterka, Nymburk B12.6 
 2. Novak, Olomouc SK10.7 
 3. Klimes, Slavoj Litom.10.4 
 4. Kolonicny, Havirov10.2 
 5. Voslajer, Zlin9.6 
 6. Kvapil, Opava B9.5 
 7. Pelikan, Novy Jicin9.3 
 8. Bujnoch, Opava B9.0 
 9. Streba, USK P.8.9 
 10. Novak, Vysocina8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jan SOTNAR
  Slavoj L.
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Sotnar, Slavoj L.8.4 
 2. Jakubu, Novy Jicin5.0 
 3. Klecka, Opava B5.0 
 4. Petric, Pardubice5.0 
 5. Pumprla, Zlin4.7 
 6. Jancik, Havirov4.6 
 7. Kotasek, Nymburk B4.5 
 8. Honomichl, Loko Plzen4.4 
 9. Dragoun, Opava B3.8 
 10. Goga, Prostejov B3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jiri DEDEK
  Olomouc .
  (190-SG-95)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Dedek, Olomouc .3.8 
 2. Kozina, Zlin2.8 
 3. Rotrekl, Sokol S.2.7 
 4. Nehoda, Zlin2.4 
 5. Potocek, Pardubice2.3 
 6. Pumprla, Zlin2.1 
 7. Novak, Vysocina2.0 
 8. Branda, Opava B2.0 
 9. Zlamal, Olomouc SK2.0 
 10. Dragoun, Opava B2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Roberts BLUMBERGS
  GBA S.
  (204-F/C-97)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Blumbergs, GBA S.1.8 
 2. Kolonicny, Havirov1.7 
 3. Skranc, Pardubice1.7 
 4. Englicky, Sokol Pisek1.6 
 5. Szabo, Prostejov B1.2 
 6. Goga, Prostejov B1.1 
 7. Kozak, GBA Sparta1.1 
 8. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.1 
 9. Kvapil, Opava B1.0 
 10. Soska, Novy Jicin1.0 


Howard Sant-Roos claims Czech Republic NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Cuban Howard Sant-Roos (200-F-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader CEZ Nymburk and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 25-year old forward had a double-double of 34 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team beat MMCITE Brno (#12, 5-16) 82-75. It allowed CEZ Nymburk to consolidate first place in the Czech Republic NBL. CEZ Nymburk has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 20-1. In the team's last game Sant-Roos had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. It's his second year at CEZ Nymburk and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Howard Sant-Roos averages this season 13.4ppg and 5.6rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 36-year old David Machac (205-C/F-80) of BK Kolin. Machac impressed basketball fans with 26 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as BK Kolin lost that game 85-96 to slightly higher-ranked BK Opava (#4, 12-9). This loss caused BK Kolin to drop to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Machac is one of the most experienced players at BK Kolin and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was former international forward Petr Bohacik (205-F-85) of NH Ostrava (#11). Bohacik showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of NH Ostrava, leading his team to a 102-82 easy win against slightly higher-ranked J.Hradec (#9, 7-14). NH Ostrava can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 6-15 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Bohacik he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Bohacik has individually a great season in Czech Republic. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 11.5ppg (2nd best). He also has FGP: 62.9% and 3PT: 42.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mladen Primorac (210-C-90) of USK Praha - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Malcolm Brooks (196-G-92) of J.Hradec - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Sterling Smith (193-G-93) of NH Ostrava - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Dominez Burnett (196-F-92) of BK Pardubice - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Martin Gniadek (203-C-90) of BK Opava - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Kevin Mays (193-F-92) of NH Ostrava - 17 points and 9 rebounds
10. Jakub Sirina (186-PG-87) of BK Opava - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 9 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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  DENMARK  

Standings - Basketligaen

Ligaen Standings
 1. Horsens IC 16-2 
 2. Bakken 13-2 
 3. Svendborg 11-9 
 4. Naestved 10-9 
 5. Horsholm 9-10 
 6. Randers 9-12 
 7. SISU 7-13 
 8. Stevnsgade 0-18 

Regular Season: Round 21

Jan. 27: Stevnsgade - Svendborg 84-106
Feb. 1: Horsholm - Naestved 82-77
Feb. 1: Svendborg - Randers 77-80
Feb. 2: Horsens IC - Bakken


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Devaughn AKOON-PURCELL
  Bakken
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Akoon-P., Bakken21.9 
 2. Burgess, Randers19.4 
 3. Mack, Horsens IC18.9 
 4. Haas, SISU17.8 
 5. Bello, Randers17.5 
 6. McGrew, SI.17.0 
 7. Nielsen, Randers16.9 
 8. Dominique, Horsholm16.8 
 9. Champagnie, Stevn.16.5 
 10. Sandager, Stevn.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanner MCGREW
  SI.
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. McGrew, SI.10.8 
 2. Sane, Naestved9.7 
 3. Smith, Horsholm8.5 
 4. Champagnie, Stevn.8.4 
 5. NaNa, Svendborg7.5 
 6. Moten, Svendborg7.2 
 7. Midtgaard, Horsh.7.1 
 8. Trist, Horsens IC7.1 
 9. Carter, Randers7.0 
 10. Baru, SISU7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Frederik NIELSEN
  Horsholm
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Nielsen, Horsholm6.5 
 2. Burgess, Randers5.9 
 3. Dranginis, SISU4.5 
 4. Gesell, Bakken4.4 
 5. Lundberg, Horse.4.1 
 6. Mack, Horsens IC3.9 
 7. McGrew, SI.3.8 
 8. Lanegger, Naestved3.7 
 9. Nielsen, Randers3.7 
 10. Porta, Svendborg3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Myles MACK
  Horsens IC
  (175-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Mack, Horsens IC2.6 
 2. Bello, Randers2.5 
 3. Burgess, Randers2.1 
 4. Akoon-P., Bakken2.0 
 5. Borovcanin, Horse.1.9 
 6. Smith, Horsholm1.9 
 7. Nielsen, Horsholm1.9 
 8. Gesell, Bakken1.9 
 9. Adjehi, SISU1.7 
 10. Baru, SISU1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jyles SMITH
  Horsholm
  (209-PF-92)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Smith, Horsholm1.3 
 2. Sane, Naestved1.2 
 3. Aboubakar Za., Svendbor.1.2 
 4. Colas, Randers1.1 
 5. Diouf, Bakken1.1 
 6. Christoffers., Bak.1.0 
 7. Adjehi, SISU1.0 
 8. Dranginis, SISU1.0 
 9. Baru, SISU1.0 
 10. Moten, Svendborg0.9 



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  D-LEAGUE  

Standings

D-League Standings
Atlantic Division
 1. Maine RC 19-11 
 2. Delaware 87ers 15-13 
 3. Westchester K. 13-15 
 4. Long Island N. 12-19 
 5. Greensboro S. 10-20 
 6. Erie Bay H. 7-21 
Central Division
 1. Raptors 905 22-7 
 2. Ft.Wayne MA 17-10 
 3. Canton C. 16-12 
 4. Grand Rapids D. 14-16 
 5. Windy City B. 10-16 
Pacific Division
 1. Los Angeles D. 23-6 
 2. Santa Cruz W. 16-12 
 3. N.Arizona S. 12-15 
 4. Reno B. 11-19 
 5. Salt Lake City S. 9-20 
Southwest Division
 1. Oklahoma City B 21-9 
 2. Sioux Falls S. 20-10 
 3. Rio Grande VV 17-13 
 4. Austin S. 13-16 
 5. Texas L. 12-15 
 6. Iowa E. 7-21 

Regular Season: Round 72

Feb. 1: N.Arizona S. - Salt Lake City S. 92-115
Feb. 1: Grand Rapids D. - Westchester K. 132-117
Feb. 1: Long Island N. - Windy City B. 117-109
Feb. 1: Texas L. - Los Angeles D. 114-116
Feb. 1: Reno B. - Iowa E. 104-106

Regular Season: Round 73

Feb. 2: Ft.Wayne MA - Erie Bay H.
Feb. 2: Maine RC - Delaware 87ers
Feb. 2: Rio Grande VV - Sioux Falls S.
Feb. 2: Austin S. - Los Angeles D.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Pierre JACKSON
  Texas L.
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 29.6
 1. Jackson, Texas L.29.6 
 2. Harris, Texas L.26.9 
 3. Blue, Los A.25.5 
 4. Cook, Canton C.25.5 
 5. Patterson, Reno B.24.0 
 6. Crawford, Grand R.22.9 
 7. Nader, Maine RC22.6 
 8. Brown, Erie Bay H.21.6 
 9. Murphy, Grand R.21.4 
 10. Jones, Maine RC21.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joel BOLOMBOY
  Salt L.
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 13
 1. Bolomboy, Salt L.13.0 
 2. Moreland, Canton C.11.7 
 3. Costello, Iowa E.11.6 
 4. Long, Delaware.10.9 
 5. Benson, Sioux F.10.6 
 6. Onuaku, Rio G.10.4 
 7. Wood, Greensbo.10.0 
 8. Webb III, Delaware.9.3 
 9. McKinnie, Windy C.9.2 
 10. Jones, Maine RC9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Magette, Los A.9.9 
 2. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 3. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.5 
 4. Dinwiddie, Windy C.8.1 
 5. McCallum, Grand R.7.4 
 6. Weber, Sioux F.7.4 
 7. VanVleet, Raptors .7.0 
 8. Pressey, Santa C.6.7 
 9. Jackson, Texas L.6.7 
 10. Murray, Austin S.6.3 
Steals Per Game
 Briante WEBER
  Sioux F.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Weber, Sioux F.3.2 
 2. Tokoto, Rio G.2.6 
 3. Harris, Texas L.2.5 
 4. McCallum, Grand R.2.4 
 5. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.3 
 6. Pressey, Santa C.2.1 
 7. Murray, Austin S.2.1 
 8. Evans, Canton C.2.1 
 9. Payton II, Rio G.2.0 
 10. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Keith BENSON
  Sioux F.
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Benson, Sioux F.2.7 
 2. Wood, Greensbo.2.6 
 3. Tavares, Raptors .2.5 
 4. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.4 
 5. Moreland, Canton C.2.4 
 6. Diallo, Austin S.2.1 
 7. Williams, Iowa E.2.0 
 8. Acy, Texas L.2.0 
 9. Jones, Santa C.1.9 
 10. Hammons, Texas L.1.9 



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  ESTONIA  

Standings - KML

Alexela KML Standings
 1. TU/Rock 14-2 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 12-2 
 3. Rapla 9-4 
 4. TTU 8-6 
 5. Parnu 8-8 
 6. Tarvas 5-9 
 7. TLU/Kalev 5-11 
 8. Valga 5-12 
 9. Noorteliiga 0-12 

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 27: TTU - Valga 98-87
Jan. 27: Tarvas - Noorteliiga 83-65
Jan. 28: Rapla - TU/Rock 73-79
Jan. 29: Parnu - Kalev/Cramo 71-74
Jan. 31: TLU/Kalev - Kalev/Cramo 64-88
Feb. 1: TTU - TU/Rock 54-85
Feb. 1: Tarvas - Parnu


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Djordje DZELETOVIC
  TL.
  (205-C-93)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Dzeletovic, TL.21.4 
 2. Baker, Tarvas20.1 
 3. van der Mars, Rap.19.6 
 4. Jarvelainen, TTU18.7 
 5. Volkus, Parnu18.1 
 6. Olmre, TTU17.9 
 7. Bubalo, Parnu16.2 
 8. Strupovics, Valga16.0 
 9. Bratoz, Rapla14.0 
 10. Seskus, Parnu13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas VAN DER MARS
  Rap.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. van der Mars, Rap.14.2 
 2. Baker, Tarvas9.2 
 3. Jarvelainen, TTU9.1 
 4. Jois, TU/Rock8.7 
 5. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.8.4 
 6. Milka, TU/Rock8.4 
 7. Bubalo, Parnu8.0 
 8. Soodla, Noorteliiga7.9 
 9. Dzeletovic, TL.6.8 
 10. Marshall, TL.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Norman KABIN
  Parnu
  (188-PG-97)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Kabin, Parnu4.7 
 2. Bratoz, Rapla4.5 
 3. Harper, Kalev/Cr.4.4 
 4. Post, Tarvas4.4 
 5. Sokk, TU/Rock4.3 
 6. Olmre, TTU4.2 
 7. Saage, TL.4.1 
 8. Jones, TL.4.0 
 9. Paiste, Tarvas3.9 
 10. Okereafor, Parnu3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Taavi JURKATAMM
  Noorteli.
  (201-SG-97)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.2.1 
 2. Kabin, Parnu2.0 
 3. Okereafor, Parnu2.0 
 4. Paiste, Tarvas1.8 
 5. Dzeletovic, TL.1.8 
 6. Sutt, Parnu1.8 
 7. Olmre, TTU1.7 
 8. Bratoz, Rapla1.7 
 9. Tamm, TL.1.7 
 10. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kalev/Cr.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.1.4 
 2. Bubalo, Parnu1.2 
 3. van der Mars, Rap.1.2 
 4. Upshaw, Kalev/Cr.1.0 
 5. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.1.0 
 6. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 7. Marshall, TL.0.8 
 8. Raadik, TTU0.8 
 9. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.0.7 
 10. Saks, TL.0.7 


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

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Estonians who are currently playing 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 one of league's weakest teams BC Nizhny Novgorod (1-3) in their last game. Despite Vene's good performance BC Nizhny Novgorod was crushed 99-73 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Lietuvos rytas. He recorded 10 points in 21 minutes on the court. It was BC Nizhny Novgorod's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. It's Vene's first season with the team. Vene has relatively good stats this year: 10.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 54.1%, 3FGP: 35.1% and FT: 75.0% in 12 games he played so far. He played for the Estonian senior national team two years ago.

Tanel Kurbas
Tanel Kurbas
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Tanel Kurbas (197-88, currently plays in Sweden). Kurbas led Sodertalje Kings to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Umea (4-18) crushing them 100-78 in the Swedish Basketligan last Tuesday. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Sodertalje Kings (12-5) is placed third in the Basketligan. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Kurbas averages: 9.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 55.8%(43-77), 3FGP: 34.7% and FT: 78.6%. He is in the roster of the Estonian senior national team.

Maik-Kalev Kotsar
Maik-Kalev Kotsar
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former University international forward Maik-Kalev Kotsar (208-96, currently plays college basketball in the States). Kotsar contributed to an S.Carolina's surprising victory against the Auburn University (1-0) crushing them 98-69 in the NCAA on Tuesday night. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 25 minutes. The University of South Carolina has 4-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all four games in the conference. This year Kotsar's overall stats are: 6.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 2FGP: 51.1% and FT: 46.9% in 22 games. He played for the Estonian university national team two years ago.

Jaan Puidet
Jaan Puidet
   #4. Swingman Jaan Puidet (191-92, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Umea (4-18) crushing them 103-71 in the Swedish Basketligan in Friday night's game. Puidet scored 8 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). KFUM Jamtland Basket (10-10) is placed seventh in the Basketligan. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Puidet's total stats this season are: 7.5ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.3apg. He is also Estonian national team player.

Kristjan Kitsing
Kristjan Kitsing
   #5. International forward Kristjan Kitsing (205-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) was not able to help Bakken in their game against Banvit (11-3) in the Basketball Champions League. Kitsing did not have that impressive stats last Wednesday. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 16 minutes. The eighth-placed Bakken (1-13) was crushed 92-68 at home by the second-ranked Banvit in the group A of Basketball Champions League. It was Bakken's ninth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the Basketball Champions League. This year Kitsing's total stats are: 6.2ppg and 2.8rpg in 12 games. He plays currently for the Estonian national team.

Rauno Nurger
Rauno Nurger
   #6. Center Rauno Nurger (208-93, currently studies in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Southern Illinois University (1-1) crushing them 87-45 in the NCAA on Tuesday night. Nurger recorded 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Wichita State University has a very solid 5-1 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Nurger has averaged so far 5.6ppg and 3.1rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Estonian senior team two years ago.

Rait-Riivo Laane
Rait-Riivo Laane
   #7. International point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (179-93, currently plays in Greece) was not able to secure a victory for Ethnikos (8-7) in their game against Kavala (5-9) in the Greek A2 (second division). Laane cannot count it as his best performance. He scored only 2 points, had 5 boards, passed 5 assists and added 3 steals in 30 minutes. Ethnikos lost 70-76 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#12) Kavala. Laane has averaged so far 8.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.2apg and 1.3spg in 15 games. He is also Estonian national team player.

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
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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Eurocup Standings

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

Second Stage: Round 5

E

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

F

Feb. 1: Lietkabelis - Khimky 77-89
Feb. 1: B.Muenchen - Ratiopharm 101-98

G

Feb. 1: Zenit - N.Novgorod 90-66
Feb. 1: Hapoel J-M - Lietuvos rytas 84-77

H

Feb. 1: Unicaja - ALBA 83-77
Jan. 31: Valencia - Cedevita 71-58

Second Stage: Round 6

E

Feb. 8: Gran Canaria - Fuenlabrada
Feb. 8: UCAM Murcia - Lokomotiv

F

Feb. 8: Khimky - B.Muenchen
Feb. 8: Ratiopharm - Lietkabelis

G

Feb. 8: Lietuvos rytas - Zenit
Feb. 8: N.Novgorod - Hapoel J-M

H

Feb. 8: ALBA - Valencia
Feb. 8: Cedevita - Unicaja


Alexey Shved gets MVP of the Week award for EuroCup (Top 16) - by Eurobasket News

Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's second-best Khimky and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Second Stage).
The 28-year old guard had the game-high 23 points adding three rebounds and eight assists for Khimky in his team's victory, helping them to beat Lietkabelis (#3, 1-4) 89-77. Khimky maintains the 2nd position in EuroCup Group F. They are still close to the very top. Khimky would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 4-1 record. In the team's last game Shved had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. It's his second year at Khimky and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Shved has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.7ppg. Shved is in league's top in and averages solid 59.1% FGP and 41.9% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old Montenegrin power forward Nemanja Radovic (208-F/C-91, agency: BeoBasket) of UCAM Murcia. Radovic impressed basketball fans with 26 points and 6 rebounds. Bad luck as UCAM Murcia lost that game 69-85 to slightly higher-ranked Fuenlabrada (#3, 2-3). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. UCAM Murcia still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. 4 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory UCAM Murcia managed to get this Second Stage. Radovic is one of the most experienced players at UCAM Murcia and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Tarence Kinsey (202-G/F-84) of top-ranked Hapoel J-M. Kinsey scored 23 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Hapoel J-M, leading his team to an 84-77 win against #3 ranked Lietuvos rytas. Hapoel J-M confirms their top position in the standings. Kinsey has a very solid season. In 12 games in EuroCup he scored 10.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. DeAndre Kane (193-G-89) of N.Novgorod - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Miro Bilan (213-C-89) of Cedevita - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Devin Booker (205-C-91) of B.Muenchen - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Evgeny Valiev (205-F-90) of Zenit - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Earl Rowland (188-PG-83) of Khimky - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Stefan Markovic (196-G-88) of Zenit - 10 points, 5 rebounds and 13 assists
10. Robbie Hummel (203-F-89) of Khimky - 20 points and 6 rebounds

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



Recap of Round 5 of Top 16 - by Eurobasket News

Group E
Fuenlabrada - UCAM Murcia 85-69

Very important is a road loss of third ranked UCAM Murcia (1-4) against fourth ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (2-3) on Tuesday night. Visiting UCAM Murcia was defeated by Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Madrid 85-69. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 41-22 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada forced 19 UCAM Murcia turnovers. Mexican guard Francisco Cruz (190-89, college: Wyoming) stepped up and scored 16 points and 4 assists for the winners and Croatian point guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 13 points. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Montenegrin power forward Nemanja Radovic (208-91, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 26 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and Brazilian Vitor Benite (194-90, agency: Interperformances) scored 11 points and 5 assists. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada moved-up to third place in Group E. UCAM Murcia lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada will meet league's second-placed Gran Canaria in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. UCAM Murcia will play against the league's leader Lokomotiv and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Fuenlabrada: F.Cruz 16+2reb+4ast, M.Popovic 13+3reb+2ast, B.Sekulic 9+6reb+1ast, L.Rupnik 9+5reb+4ast, R.Hettsheimer 9+3reb, D.Wear 7+2reb+2ast
UCAM Murcia: N.Radovic 26+6reb, V.Benite 11+4reb+5ast, M.Delia 10+3reb, B.Baron 9+2reb+1ast, F.Campazzo 8+1reb+6ast, P.Llompart 2+1reb+3ast
gschID: 525664


Lokomotiv - Gran Canaria 66-68

Russian Lokomotiv (4-1) recorded its first loss in Kuban on Tuesday night. Hosts were edged by second ranked Spanish Gran Canaria (3-2) 68-66. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Lokomotiv. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in Group E. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 19-7 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Gran Canaria dominated on the defensive end, holding Lokomotiv to just 7 points in third quarter. The best player for the winners was FYR Macedonian-American point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans) who scored 13 points and 5 assists. American-Slovakian swingman Kyle Kuric (193-89, college: Louisville) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Mardy Collins (198-84, college: Temple) produced 12 points and 9 rebounds and Greek power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis) added 5 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Gran Canaria have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place in Group E with 3-2 record having just eight point less than leader Lokomotiv. Lokomotiv at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Gran Canaria are looking forward to face Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (#3) in Madrid in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Lokomotiv will play on the road against UCAM Murcia and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Gran Canaria: K.Kuric 13+5reb+1ast, B.McCalebb 13+3reb+5ast, A.Pasecniks 12+4reb, R.Hendrix 9+5reb+1ast, A.Oliver 5+3ast, E.Baez 5+6reb+2ast
Lokomotiv: M.Janning 12+1reb+3ast, M.Collins 12+9reb, R.Broekhoff 10+3reb+2ast, A.Zubkov 9+3reb, K.Jones 8+4reb+3ast, E.Baburin 6+2reb
gschID: 525665


Group F
B.Muenchen - Ratiopharm 101-98

Fourth-ranked ratiopharm Ulm (0-5) made lots of trouble for leader Bayern Muenchen (5-0). Bayern Muenchen managed to secure only three-point victory 101-98. However their fans expected easier game. Bayern Muenchen made 25-of-30 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Bayern Muenchen had a 32-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. ratiopharm Ulm was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. Center Devin Booker (205-91, college: Clemson) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Bryce Taylor (194-86, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Forward Da'Sean Butler (201-88, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) answered with 19 points and power forward Raymar Morgan (203-88, college: Michigan St.) added 16 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) in the effort for ratiopharm Ulm. Four ratiopharm Ulm players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Bayern Muenchen have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place in Group F with 5-0 record. ratiopharm Ulm at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. Bayern Muenchen will play against league's second-placed Khimky on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. ratiopharm Ulm will play against Lietkabelis and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: D.Booker 18+8reb+5ast, B.Taylor 17+3reb+1ast, R.Redding 14+2reb+3ast, M.Kleber 10+5reb, A.Gavel 10+2reb+2ast, N.Johnson 9+4reb+5ast
Ratiopharm: D.Butler 19+4reb+2ast, R.Morgan 16+4reb+2ast, B.Hobbs 12+2reb+5ast, A.Rubit 11+6reb+1ast, T.Braun 8+1reb, C.Babb 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 525667


Lietkabelis - Khimky 77-89

An exciting game was played in Panevezys. Second ranked Russian Khimky faced 3rd placed Lithuanian Lietkabelis. Guests from Khimky (4-1) defeated host Lietkabelis (1-4) 89-77. The game was mostly controlled by Khimky. Lietkabelis was better in third quarter 27-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Khimky forced 26 Lietkabelis turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Guard Alexey Shved (198-88, agency: Alti Sport) nailed 23 points, 8 assists and 4 steals for the winning side and American forward Robbie Hummel (203-89, college: Purdue) accounted for 20 points and 6 rebounds. Australian swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta) came up with 23 points and 6 rebounds and American point guard Lorenzo Williams (190-84, college: Rice) added 9 points and 12 assists respectively for Lietkabelis in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Khimky. They maintain second place in Group F with 4-1 record having just nine point less than leader Lokomotiv. Lietkabelis lost their third game in a row. They keep the third position with four games lost. Khimky's next round opponent will be league's leader Bayern Muenchen at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lietkabelis will play against ratiopharm Ulm and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Khimky: A.Shved 23+3reb+8ast, R.Hummel 20+6reb, E.Rowland 18+3reb+5ast, J.Pullen 12+1reb+8ast, M.Todorovic 9+4reb, D.Sokolov 4+1reb
Lietkabelis: B.Madgen 23+6reb+3ast, S.Galdikas 14+3reb, D.Lavrinovic 11+7reb+2ast, Z.Skucas 10+6reb+2ast, L.Williams 9+3reb+12ast, G.Leonavicius 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 525666


Group G
Hapoel J-M - Lietuvos rytas 84-77

An exciting game was played in Jerusalem. First ranked Israeli Hapoel Jerusalem faced 3rd placed Lithuanian Lietuvos rytas. Host Hapoel Jerusalem (4-1) defeated guests from Vilnius (2-3) 84-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Lietuvos rytas. Lietuvos rytas were trailing by 8 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 23-15 charge of Hapoel Jerusalem, which allowed them to win the game. They made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Lietuvos rytas were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American swingman Tarence Kinsey (202-84, college: S.Carolina) who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import Amare Stoudemire (208-82) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. American-Senegalese point guard Clevin Hannah (179-87, college: Wichita St.) produced 14 points, 5 assists and 4 steals and Rokas Giedraitis (198-92) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Hapoel Jerusalem and four Lietuvos rytas players scored in double figures. Hapoel Jerusalem maintains first place in Group G with 4-1 record. Loser Lietuvos rytas keep the third position with three games lost. Hapoel Jerusalem will face BC Nizhny Novgorod (#4) on the road in the next round. Lietuvos rytas will play against the league's second-placed Zenit and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: T.Kinsey 23+5reb+3ast, L.Eliyahu 14+2reb+2ast, T.Peterson 13+3reb+1ast, A.Stoudemire 12+11reb, C.Jerrells 12+2reb+8ast, Y.Halperin 4+3reb+6ast
Lietuvos rytas: C.Hannah 14+4reb+5ast, R.Giedraitis 12+6reb+2ast, D.Logan 10+1reb+5ast, C.Fisher 10+2reb+3ast, A.Jomantas 9+4reb, D.Gordon 8+8reb
gschID: 525669


Zenit - N.Novgorod 90-66

There was no surprise in Saint Petersburg where 4th placed BC Nizhny Novgorod (1-4) was crushed by second ranked Zenit (3-2) 90-66 on Wednesday. Zenit dominated on the defensive end, holding BC Nizhny Novgorod to just 4 points in third quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to BC Nizhny Novgorod's 34. Zenit looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists comparing to just 19 passes made by BC Nizhny Novgorod's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Zenit made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was Serbian guard Stefan Markovic (196-88) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points, 5 rebounds, 13 assists and 4 steals. Latvian Janis Timma (201-92) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Zenit players scored in double figures. American guard DeAndre Kane (193-89, college: Iowa St., agency: BeoBasket) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists and Croatian power forward Tomislav Zubcic (208-90) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Zenit maintains second place in Group G with 3-2 record having just eight point less than leader Lokomotiv. BC Nizhny Novgorod lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fourth position with four games lost. Zenit will face Lietuvos rytas (#3) in Vilnius in the next round, which may be the game of the day. BC Nizhny Novgorod will play at home against the league's leader Hapoel Jerusalem and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Zenit: E.Valiev 17+5reb+3ast, J.Timma 16+5reb+4ast, S.Karasev 15+1reb+1ast, K.Landry 11+2reb+4ast, S.Markovic 10+5reb+13ast, R.Toolson 9+4reb+3ast
N.Novgorod: D.Kane 16+12reb+8ast, T.Zubcic 15+5reb+3ast, P.Gubanov 13+4reb+2ast, S.Vene 6+1reb+2ast, K.Boynton 4+2reb+2ast, I.Viktorov 4+1reb
gschID: 525668


Group H
Unicaja - ALBA 83-77

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second ranked Spanish Unicaja Malaga's (3-2) home victory over 3rd placed German ALBA Berlin (1-4) 83-77 on Wednesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But ALBA Berlin won third quarter 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded ALBA Berlin 36-21 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Unicaja Malaga shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 53.6 percentage. The best player for the winners was Serbian point guard Nemanja Nedovic (191-91, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 16 points and 4 assists. American point guard Kyle Fogg (190-90, college: Arizona) chipped in 20 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). American point guard Peyton Siva (183-90, college: Louisville) produced 15 points and 9 assists and the other American import Tony Gaffney (206-84, college: Massachusetts, agency: Octagon Europe) added 8 points and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Unicaja Malaga maintains second place in Group H with 3-2 record having just eight point less than leader Lokomotiv. Loser ALBA Berlin keeps the third position with four games lost. Unicaja Malaga will face Cedevita (#4) in Zagreb in the next round. ALBA Berlin will play at home against the league's leader Valencia Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Unicaja: K.Fogg 20, N.Nedovic 16+3reb+4ast, A.Waczynski 14+1reb, A.Omic 7+8reb+3ast, D.Musli 7+5reb+3ast, J.Brooks 7+5reb+3ast
ALBA: P.Siva 15+3reb+9ast, D.Milosavljevic 11+1reb+3ast, E.Kikanovic 10+4reb, T.Gaffney 8+3reb+5ast, C.English 8+1reb, E.Atsur 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 525670


Valencia - Cedevita 71-58

Rather expected game when 4th placed Croatian Cedevita (1-4) was defeated on the road by leader Spanish Valencia Basket (5-0) 71-58 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 71-58. Valencia Basket dominated on the defensive end, holding Cedevita to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Cedevita's 36. The best player for the winners was Montenegrin Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 8 points and 10 rebounds. Power forward Pierre Oriola (206-92) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. Center Miro Bilan (213-89, agency: BeoBasket) produced 17 points and 9 rebounds and American-Lithuanian forward John Shurna (204-90, college: Northwestern) added 14 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Valencia Basket. They maintain first place in Group H with 5-0 record. Defending Croatian champion Cedevita dropped to the third position with four games lost. Valencia Basket will face ALBA Berlin (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Cedevita will play against the league's second-placed Unicaja Malaga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Valencia: P.Oriola 13+5reb, F.San Emeterio 11+2reb+3ast, J.Sastre Morro 9+2reb+1ast, L.Sikma 8+8reb+2ast, B.Dubljevic 8+10reb+1ast, A.Diot 7+2reb+4ast
Cedevita: M.Bilan 17+9reb+2ast, J.Shurna 14+3reb, R.Boatright 8+3reb+1ast, T.Katic 7+1reb+1ast, M.Arapovic 4+7reb, K.Zganec 4+1reb
gschID: 525671





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Maccabi Tel-Aviv release Sonny Weems - by Andrea Centenari

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv officially announced the cut of Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv-Fox-Tel-Aviv/102012">Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas).
The american forward, according to Israeli Media, refused to take an antidoping test and then failed to show up at practice some days ago.

Weems returned to EuroLeague after a season in the NBA with Kings and 76ers. In this Euroleague season he was averaging 11.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.



Nando De Colo named Europe Player of the Month: January 2017 - by Eurobasket Center

Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of CSKA Moscow (Russia) has been chosen by eurobasket.com as the Europe MVP for January. French combo played 8 games last month averaging 18.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 4.1apg while shooting impressive 69.4% from 2pt! He led his team to 3-0 record in VTB League and 3-3 in Euroleague this past month. His best game was on Jan.19 against Brose Baskets when he scored 26 points, had 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals.

Second best performer of January was Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) of Khimky Moscow (Russia). Russian combo guard averaged impressive 23.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 6.1apg while shooting 2FGP: 54.5% and 3FGP: 42.3%. Khimki registered 3-1 record in Eurocup and the same 3-1 in VTB League.

Third best performer of the month was Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) of Real Madrid (ESP). In 9 games he averaged 16.7 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 7.1 apg, 2FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 81.0%
TOP 10 PLAYERS FOR January 2017
1. Nando De Colo of CSKA (RUS): 50.8, 8 games: 14 ppg, 1 rpg, 1 apg, 2FGP: 64%, 3PT: 39%, FT: 90.2%
2. Alexey Shved of Khimky (RUS): 42, 8 games: 20 ppg, 8 rpg, 1 apg, 0.6 bpg, 2FGP: 55%, 3PT: 43%, FT: 70.8%
3. Sergio Llull of Real Madrid (ESP): 48, 9 games: 17 ppg, 8 rpg, 1 apg, 2FGP: 42%, 3PT: 24%, FT: 80%
4. Gustavo Ayon of Real Madrid (ESP): 45, 9 games: 1 ppg, 1 rpg, 8 apg, 0.7 bpg, 2FGP: 75%, FT: 40%
5. Vladimir Stimac of Besiktas (TUR): 42, 7 games: 14 ppg, 3 rpg, 3 apg, 0.1 bpg, 2FGP: 67%, FT: 62%
6. Brad Wanamaker of Darussafaka (TUR): 47, 8 games: 13 ppg, 3 rpg, 0 apg, 0.1 bpg, 2FGP: 41%, 3PT: 56%, FT: 82%
7. Khem Birch of Olympiacos (GRE): 47, 8 games: 8 ppg, 3 rpg, 0.4 apg, 0.6 bpg, 2FGP: 70%, FT: 53%
8. Aaron Doornekamp of Iberostar Tener. (ESP): 43, 8 games: 11 ppg, 8 rpg, 3 apg, 0.1 bpg, 2FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 58%, FT: 80%
9. K.C. Rivers of Panathinaikos (GRE): 42, 7 games: 11 ppg, 9 rpg, 1 apg, 2FGP: 55%, 3PT: 53%, FT: 100.0%
10. James Augustine of CSKA (RUS): 43, 7 games: 6 ppg, 9 rpg, 0 apg, 0.7 bpg, 2FGP: 71%, FT: 70%



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Standings - Korisliiga

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

Regular Season: Round 27

Feb. 1: Kauhajoki - Korihait 95-72
Feb. 1: KTP Basket - Pyrinto 92-72
Feb. 1: BC Nokia - Kouvot 78-76
Feb. 1: Kataja Basket - Salon Vilpas 65-68

Regular Season: Round 28

Feb. 3: Pyrinto - BC Nokia
Feb. 3: Lapua - KTP Basket
Feb. 3: Helsinki Seagulls - Kataja Basket
Feb. 5: Kouvot - Kauhajoki


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jamal JONES
  Lapua
  (203-G-93)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Jones, Lapua22.3 
 2. Gay, KTP Basket20.2 
 3. Pledger, Kouvot20.0 
 4. Morris, Lapua18.1 
 5. Wesley, Kataja B.17.5 
 6. Hollins, Kauhajoki17.5 
 7. Brown, Kataja B.17.5 
 8. Bullock, Pyrinto17.0 
 9. Holsey, Kauhajoki16.5 
 10. Dia, BC Nokia15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Korihait
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Van, Korihait10.8 
 2. Buckles, Kouvot10.2 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto9.3 
 4. Pratt, KTP Basket9.0 
 5. Kaunisto, Kouvot8.7 
 6. Coleman, Salon Vilpas8.6 
 7. Morris, Lapua8.3 
 8. Williams, Lapua8.3 
 9. Bullock, Pyrinto7.9 
 10. Johnson, Kataja B.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Teemu RANNIKKO
  Kataja B.
  (189-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Rannikko, Kataja B.7.3 
 2. Nikkarinen, Helsinki.7.2 
 3. Pratt, KTP Basket6.9 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki6.0 
 5. Edwards, Lapua4.8 
 6. Williams, Lapua4.7 
 7. Minard, Pyrinto4.4 
 8. Jalonen, Korihait4.4 
 9. Hirvonen, Kouvot4.0 
 10. Stringer, Pyrinto3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Monyea PRATT
  KTP Basket
  (196-SF-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Pratt, KTP Basket2.3 
 2. Mullings, Kataja B.2.0 
 3. Hollins, Kauhajoki1.9 
 4. Horne, Kouvot1.9 
 5. Barrett, BC Nokia1.8 
 6. Minard, Pyrinto1.7 
 7. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.7 
 8. Sanders, BC Nokia1.6 
 9. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki1.6 
 10. Holloway, Korihait1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  KTP Basket
  (201-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gay, KTP Basket2.0 
 2. Alexander, BC Nokia1.7 
 3. Bristol, Kataja B.1.4 
 4. Johnson, Kataja B.1.3 
 5. Van, Korihait1.1 
 6. Judge, Pyrinto1.1 
 7. McAlister, Korihait0.9 
 8. Coleman, Salon Vilpas0.9 
 9. Kinnard, Lapua0.8 
 10. Upson, Helsinki.0.8 


Erik Murphy 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.

Erik Murphy
Erik Murphy
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Erik Murphy (208-90, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Florida, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He led his French team Strasbourg IG to a victory over the eighth-ranked Mornar Bar (3-11) 83-70 in the Basketball Champions League in Wednesday night's game. Murphy was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points in 23 minutes on the court. Strasbourg IG (9-5) is placed third in group D. There are only two games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Murphy's first season with the team. This year Murphy averages: 8.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 2FGP: 58.0%(29-50), 3FGP: 48.6%(17-35) and FT: 73.3% in 14 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Despite Murphy played previously for the USA U18 national team, he is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team. Strangely Murphy has never played in Finland.

Shawn Huff
Shawn Huff
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international small forward Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Germany). He was the main contributor in a Deutsche Bank Skyliners' victory against the 16th-ranked Walter Tigers (6-16) crushing them 84-64 in the German BBL last Sunday. Huff was the best player in that game. He scored 21 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (8-11) is placed tenth in the BBL. Huff has relatively good stats this season: 15.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 3FGP: 38.1% and FT: 83.3%. He is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team.

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88, currently plays in Euroleague). Koponen could not help FC Barcelona (8-12) in their last game. Despite his good performance the tenth-placed FC Barcelona (8-12) lost 65-71 on the road to the higher-ranked (#7) Panathinaikos in the group A of Euroleague. Koponen recorded 10 points and added 3 assists in 28 minutes. This year Koponen's overall stats are: 9.7ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 30.8%, 3FGP: 50.7%(34-67) and FT: 88.6% in 17 games. Ex-Honka Espoo Playboys player is also a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #4. Guard Sasu Salin (191-91, currently plays in EuroCup) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked UCAM Murcia (1-4) 83-67 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. He recorded 9 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Herbalife Gran Canaria (3-2) is placed second in the Eurocup. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Eurocup Second Stage. And now that game is very crucial. Salin's total stats this season are: 8.2ppg and 1.4rpg. He is also Finnish national team player.

Jamar Wilson
Jamar Wilson
   #5. International point guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Movil Estudiantes' victory against one of league's weakest teams Blusens Monbus (4-13) 81-73 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Wilson recorded 10 points and added 3 assists in 20 minutes. Movistar Estudiantes (11-5) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Wilson's total stats are: 8.8ppg and 1.6apg in 17 games. He is a naturalized American. Wilson plays currently for the Finnish national team. He used to play for Honka Espoo Playboys in Finnish league.

Antti Kanervo
Antti Kanervo
   #6. Shooting guard Antti Kanervo (192-89, agency: Blacktop Management, currently plays in France) helped Chorale de Roanne win their game against the 16th-ranked Saint-Quentin (6-10) crushing them 86-56 in the French ProB (second division) on Tuesday night. Kanervo recorded 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Chorale de Roanne Basket (7-9) is placed 11th in the ProB. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Kanervo has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.1apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

Emir Sulejmanovic
Emir Sulejmanovic
   #7. Former international power forward Emir Sulejmanovic (204-95, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) was not able to help Cibona in their game against Oostende (6-8) in the Basketball Champions League. Sulejmanovic cannot count it as his best performance. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 14 minutes. Cibona (#6) lost 71-77 at home to the higher-ranked (#5) Oostende in the group D of Basketball Champions League. The Regular Season already ended in the Basketball Champions League. Sulejmanovic has averaged so far 7.7ppg and 5.3rpg in 13 games. He used to play for the Finnish national team four years ago.

Lauri Markkanen
Lauri Markkanen
   #8. Power forward Lauri Markkanen (213-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Arizona win their game against the Washington State University (1-2) 79-62 in the NCAA last Thursday. Markkanen recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 13 rebounds. The University of Arizona has 4-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all four games in the conference. Markkanen has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.0ppg and 7.5rpg. Markkanen plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Alexander Madsen
Alexander Madsen
   #9. International power forward Alexander Madsen (207-95, currently plays in Czech Republic) was the major contributor in a 3-point USK Praha's victory against the seventh-ranked BK Usti nad Labem (9-12) 69-66 in the Czech Republic NBL on Saturday night. He scored 8 points, had 4 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 36 minutes. USK Praha (17-0) is placed first in the NBL. So far his team won all seventeen games in the Regular Season. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Madsen has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.7apg and 1.4bpg in 21 games. He is also in the roster of the Finnish national team.

Alex Murphy
Alex Murphy
   #10. Forward Alex Murphy (206-93, currently studies in the States) helped Northeastern win their game against the Towson University (0-1) 69-62 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Murphy scored 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Northeastern University has a very good 5-1 conference record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Murphy has reliable stats this season: 14.4ppg, 5.7rpg and 2.0apg. He is a naturalized American. Murphy is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster. Apparently he has never played in Finland.

   #11. International forward Matti Nuutinen (202-90, also represented by Blacktop Management, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Antti Kanervo and both played together in the last French ProB game. Nuutinen helped Chorale de Roanne win their game against the 16th-ranked Saint-Quentin crushing them 86-56. He recorded 6 points. Nuutinen has averaged so far 6.6ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.1apg. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.

   #12. International forward Oskar Michelsen (206-95, is currently at the American university) managed to help Davidson College in a victory against the Fordham University 84-66 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Michelsen scored 5 points in 16 minutes. This year Michelsen averages only 1.3ppg in 15 games. He is also in the roster of the Finnish national team.

   #13. Former U20 international forward Henri Ventoniemi (208-95, currently plays in NCAA2) helped University of West Florida edge the University of West Alabama 79-77 in the NCAA2 last Thursday. Ventoniemi scored only 2 points. This season Ventoniemi averages just 1.8ppg. He used to play for the Finnish U20 national team two years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international center Mika Nuolivirta (211-94, currently plays in NAIA) helped Freed-Hardeman University win their game against the Crowley's Ridge College crushing them 104-56 in the NAIA on Tuesday night. Nuolivirta recorded 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 blocks in 21 minutes. Nuolivirta has averaged so far 7.3ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.9bpg in 11 games. He used to play for the Finnish U20 national team back in 2014.

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) led USF to an easy victory against the University of Pacific (2-0) crushing them 81-60 in the NCAA last Saturday. Raitenan scored 12 points and added 4 assists in 23 minutes. The University of San Francisco has not so impressive 2-4 conference record this season. Raitenan has averaged so far 4.9ppg and 3.5rpg in 22 games he played so far.

   #2. Anton Kankaanpaa (196-G-92, currently plays in NCAA2) managed to help Southern Nazarene University to win against the Henderson State University (6-6) crushing them 81-57 in the NCAA2 in Saturday night's game. Kankaanpaa scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. The Southern Nazarene University has 7-5 record this season. Kankaanpaa has been at the team for four years. He has averaged so far 3.2ppg and 2.4rpg.



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Thomas Heurtel 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.

Thomas Heurtel
Thomas Heurtel
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help Anadolu Efes (9-11) in their last game. Despite Heurtel's very good performance the ninth-placed Anadolu Efes (9-11) was edged 80-77 on the road by the second-ranked CSKA in the group A of Euroleague. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Heurtel also added 4 passes (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 28 minutes on the court. Heurtel has relatively good stats this year: 13.8ppg, 1.9rpg, 5.3apg, 2FGP: 51.3%, 3FGP: 38.7% and FT: 86.7% in 20 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Nando De Colo
Nando De Colo
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Nando De Colo (196-87, currently plays in VTB United League). De Colo led his Russian team CSKA to a victory over the seventh-ranked Astana (6-8) 81-63 in the VTB United League last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. De Colo scored 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. CSKA Moscow (13-1) is placed first in the VTB United League. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. De Colo has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 5.6apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 72.7%(32-44), 3FGP: 42.3% and FT: 87.2%. De Colo 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). He was not able to help Shanghai Sharks (25-6) in their last game. Despite Yabusele's very good performance the league leader Shanghai Sharks lost 95-109 in Urumqi to the second-ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige. He was the top scorer with 30 points. Yabusele also added 6 rebounds in 35 minutes. Yabusele has very impressive stats this year: 21.1ppg, 9.4rpg, 2.1apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 62.1%(174-280), 3FGP: 38.1% and FT: 69.3% in 31 games. He played for the French U20 national team two years ago.

Adrien Moerman
Adrien Moerman
   #4. Power forward Adrien Moerman (202-88, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to secure a victory for Darussafaka (11-5) in their last game on Monday. Despite Moerman's very good performance Darussafaka was badly defeated 83-66 in Bursa by the lower-ranked Tofas (#10). He was the top scorer with 18 points. Moerman also added 8 rebounds. It's Moerman's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 13.0ppg, 7.4rpg and 2.2apg. Moerman is also French national team player.

Antoine Diot
Antoine Diot
   #5. International point guard Antoine Diot (193-89, currently plays in EuroCup) was the major contributor in a Valencia Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga (3-2) crushing them 86-62 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. Diot recorded 14 points and had 4 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Valencia Basket (5-0) is placed first in the Eurocup. So far his team won all five games in the Second Stage. They will play only one more game in the Eurocup Second Stage. And that game will be critical. Diot's overall stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 1.6rpg, 4.4apg and 1.6spg. He plays currently for the French national team.

Rodrigue Beaubois
Rodrigue Beaubois
   #6. Guard Rodrigue Beaubois (185-88, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Baskonia (12-6) in their last game. Despite Beaubois' good performance Baskonia lost 84-92 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) FC Barcelona. He recorded 13 points in 24 minutes. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. Beaubois has reliable stats this year: 13.3ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.6apg in 12 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

Fabien Causeur
Fabien Causeur
   #7. International shooting guard Fabien Causeur (195-87, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help Brose Baskets (7-13) in their last game on Friday. Despite Causeur's good performance Brose Baskets (#12) was defeated 83-77 in Athens by the much higher-ranked Olympiacos (#3) in the group A of Euroleague. He scored 12 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Causeur averaged so far 10.2ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.2apg. He is also French national team player.

Nobel Boungou-Colo
Nobel Boungou-Colo
   #8. Forward Nobel Boungou-Colo (202-88, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in EuroCup) contributed to a 1-point Khimky's victory against the closely-ranked ratiopharm Ulm (0-5) 85-84 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. Boungou-Colo recorded 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 28 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Khimky Moscow Region (4-1) is placed second in the Eurocup. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Eurocup Second Stage. And now that game is very crucial. This year Boungou-Colo's overall stats are: 8.3ppg and 3.2rpg in 13 games. He used to play for the French national team back in 2015.

Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum
   #9. International small forward Nicolas Batum (203-88, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Charlotte Hornets (24-25) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Batum's very good performance the Charlotte Hornets (24-25) were edged 109-106 in Sacramento by the Kings. He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Batum also added 7 rebounds and 7 assists. This season Batum has very high stats. He averages: 14.9ppg, 7.4rpg, 6.0apg and 1.1spg. Batum is also in the roster of the French national team.

Leo Westermann
Leo Westermann
   #10. Guard Leo Westermann (197-92, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to Zalgiris' surprising victory against the second-ranked CSKA (15-5) 79-74 in the Euroleague last Tuesday. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and making the same number of passes in 23 minutes. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (8-12) is placed 11th in group A. This year Westermann's total stats are: 8.3ppg, 3.4rpg and 5.3apg in 20 games. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the French senior national team.

   #11. International center Rudy Gobert (216-92, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Utah Jazz (30-19) in their last game. Despite Gobert's very good performance the Utah Jazz lost 95-102 in Memphis to the Grizzlies. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) in 38 minutes. Gobert has very impressive stats this year: 12.8ppg, 12.5rpg and 2.6bpg in 49 games. He plays currently for the French national team.

   #12. U20 international power forward Alpha Kaba (209-96, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) couldn't help Mega Leks (4-10) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Kaba's good performance Mega Leks (#7) was crushed 98-73 on their home court in Sremska Mitrovica by the leading CB Canarias in the group D of Basketball Champions League. He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 16 rebounds. Kaba averaged so far 10.7ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.2bpg and 1.6spg. He is also in the roster of the French U20 national team.

   #13. Former U20 international forward Amath M'Baye (206-89, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a 1-point Enel Brindisi's victory against the closely-ranked The Flexx PT 86-85 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. M'Baye scored 14 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, passed 4 assists and added 3 blocks in 36 minutes. M'Baye has very impressive stats this year: 19.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.6apg and 1.4bpg in 17 games. He used to play for the French U20 national team eight years ago.

   #14. Former international shooting guard Edwin Jackson (190-89, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) was the main contributor in a Movil Estudiantes' victory against one of league's weakest teams Blusens Monbus 81-73 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Jackson was the best player in that game. He recorded 19 points and added 3 assists in 23 minutes. Jackson has very impressive stats this year: 21.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.1apg and 1.2spg in 18 games. He used to play for the French national team back in 2015.

   #15. An experienced international point guard Tony Parker (188-82, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the San Antonio Spurs (37-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Parker's very good performance the San Antonio Spurs were defeated 105-101 in Dallas by the Mavericks. He scored 16 points and added 4 assists. This season Parker has very high stats. He averages: 11.2ppg, 2.0rpg and 4.7apg. Parker 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) led his Spanish team Baskonia to a victory against the tenth-ranked FC Barcelona (8-12) 93-79 in the Euroleague last Friday. He scored 13 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 22 minutes. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (12-8) is placed sixth in group A. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. This year Tillie's overall stats are: 5.5ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.1apg in 19 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and French.

   #2. Jordan Semple (201-F-92, college: Chico St., currently plays in Bulgaria) contributed to a 2-point Academik Plovdiv's victory against the sixth-ranked Spartak Pleven (6-8) 90-88 in the Bulgarian NBL on Saturday night. Semple recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 6 assists and 2 blocks; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Semple's second season in pro basketball. Akademik Bulteks 99 Plovdiv (10-4) is placed second in the NBL. 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. Semple has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 21.8ppg, 12.1rpg, 3.7apg, 1.7bpg and 1.8spg. Semple is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in France.

   #3. Mattia Udom (200-F-93, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an Angelico Biella's victory against the sixth-ranked Roma Virtus (11-8) 90-86 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Udom recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. Angelico Biella (14-5) is placed first in West group. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Udom averaged so far 11.2ppg and 5.2rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: French and Italian.

   #4. Elishay Kadir (202-PF-87, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a Maccabi Rishon's victory against the closely-ranked Ironi Nahariya (8-9) 97-85 in the Israeli Winner League in Wednesday night's game. He scored 8 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (9-8) is placed fifth in the Winner League. Kadir has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 6.4rpg and 2.2apg. He has both French and Israeli nationalities.

   #5. Navid Niktash (203-G/F-91, currently plays in United Kingdom) could not help London Lions (10-7) in their last game. Despite Niktash's very good performance London Lions was crushed 98-66 at home by the lower-ranked (#8) Bristol Acadamy Flyers. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Niktash also added 6 rebounds in 29 minutes. It was London Lions' third consecutive loss in a row. Niktash's stats this year are: 15.0ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.4apg in seven games. He also holds two passports: French and Iranian.

   #6. Anthony Chada (196-G/F-89, currently plays in Belgium) was not able to help Kangoeroes in their game against Limburg United in the Belgian Euromillions League. Chada recorded 9 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks in 22 minutes. His team was edged 85-84. Chada's stats this year are: 10.4ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.6apg in 16 games. He has 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.

   #7. Karim Mouliom (198-F, currently plays in NCAA2) helped SW Baptist University win their game against the Emporia State University crushing them 84-62 in the NCAA2 in Saturday night's game. Mouliom scored 24 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Mouliom has averaged so far 4.9ppg and 2.9rpg.

   #8. Experienced Afik Nissim (185-PG-81, currently plays in Israel) helped Hapoel Eilat win their game against the league outsider Maccabi K/G crushing them 96-74 in the Israeli Winner League on Monday night. He recorded 9 points. Nissim has averaged so far 8.2ppg and 1.4apg. He has French and Israeli nationalities.

   #9. Marc Gosselin (201-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped W.Carolina win their game against the Wofford College 68-62 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Gosselin scored 15 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 2 blocks in 33 minutes. Gosselin has averaged so far 7.6ppg and 5.7rpg in 23 games.

   #10. Rytis Juknevicius (187-SG-93, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Lithuania) helped Suduva-Mantinga win their game against the third-ranked Telsiai 92-73 in the Lithuanian NKL (second division) on Saturday night. He scored 15 points, had 6 boards, dished 9 assists and stole 3 balls in 32 minutes. Juknevicius' stats this year are: 11.2ppg, 2.4rpg, 5.0apg and 2.2spg in 19 games.



Dijon inks Goran Gajovic - by Eurobasket News

JDA Dijon Bourgogne (ProA) signed 29-year old Montenegrin small forward Goran Gajovic (199-88, agency: 011 Sports). He just played at Targu Mures in Romanian Liga Nationala. Gajovic managed to play in four leagues in two countries this year (!!!). In 5 Liga Nationala games he had very impressive stats: 17.6ppg, 3.2rpg and 3.6apg. Gajovic also played 5 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded also remarkable stats: 16.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.2apg and 2.6spg. The other team he played shortly was Sutjeska in Montenegrin Erste Liga. In 7 Liga Nationala games he averaged 10.4ppg, 5.6rpg, 3.0apg and 1.7spg. Gajovic also played 6 games in Balkan League where he got 14.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.8apg and 1.7spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Romanian League for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). Gajovic was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Honorable Mention back in 2011.
He represented Montenegro at the European Championships U20 in Riga (Latvia) nine years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 2.0ppg, 1.6rpg.
Gajovic has played also professionally in Montenegro (Ibon Niksic, Danilovgrad and Mediteran), FYR Macedonia (Feni Industries) and Bosnia (Igokea and KK HEO Bileca).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ilievski number one in FYR Macedonia for round 10 - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized Slovenian Point guard Vlado Ilievski (188-PG-80, agency: BeoBasket) had a very impressive game in the last round for top-ranked Rabotnicki, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 36-year old player was the main contributor (20 points, six rebounds and eight assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Vardar (#8, 0-10), the league's bottom-ranked team 82-73. It allowed Rabotnicki to consolidate first place in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. Rabotnicki has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 9-1. It was one of impressive evenings for Ilievski as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Vlado Ilievski has solid league stats. He is league's best passer with 7.4apg. Ilievski is in league's top in and averages impressive 57.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was another Rabotnicki's star - 32-year old Serbian Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84). Misanovic had a very good evening with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Rabotnicki cruised to a 82-73 relatively comfortable win over Vardar (#8, 0-10). Of course Rabotnicki still keep the league's top spot. His team belongs to top of the standings with 9-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Misanovic is a newcomer at Rabotnicki, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was international guard Andrej Magdevski (192-PG-96) of league's second-best Feni Industries. Magdevski showcased his all-around game by recording 11 points, six rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Feni Industries, leading his team to a 88-51 easy win against the lower-ranked Pelister Bitola (#5, 4-6). Many experts and fans count Feni Industries as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 9 victories and only one lost game. Magdevski has a great season in FYR Macedonia. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.0apg (8th best). He also has FGP: 61.5% and 3PT: 42.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gjorgi Cekovski (203-PF-79) of Rabotnicki - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Jetmir Zekjiri (200-SF-96) of Vardar - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Mihajlo Mitev (190-G-97) of Vardar - 11 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Deji Ibitayo (193-G-93) of Vardar - 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Viktor Efremovski (191-SF-98) of Rabotnicki - 14 points and 4 rebounds
9. Boban Stajic (185-PG-93) of Feni Industries - 9 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Dimitar Mirakovski (177-PG-81) of Rabotnicki - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Standings - Reserve League

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

Regular Season: Round 2

Feb. 2: Hyundai-TSU - DELTA
Feb. 2: Arena-76 - Tskaltubo
Feb. 2: BC Titebi - SEU Tbilisi


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

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

Michael Dixon
Michael Dixon
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Michael Dixon (186-90, agency: Diamond Sports, college: Memphis, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He led his Greek team AEK Athens to a victory over the seventh-ranked Stelmet (4-10) 71-64 in the Basketball Champions League in Wednesday night's game. Dixon was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points in 28 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Dixon's 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. There are only two games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Dixon's first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 15.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.6apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 56.0%(42-75), 3FGP: 44.4% and FT: 75.0% in 14 games he played so far. Dixon is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team. Strangely Dixon has never played in Georgia.

Marquez Haynes
Marquez Haynes
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington, currently plays in Italy). He could not help Umana Venezia (12-5) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Haynes' very good performance Umana Venezia was defeated 90-82 on the road by the lower-ranked Betaland Cdo (#5). He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Haynes also added 4 rebounds. This season Haynes has relatively solid stats: 13.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.1apg, 2FGP: 35.1% and FT: 83.3%. He is a naturalized American. Haynes played for the Georgian national team in 2011. Apparently he has never played in Georgia.

Corey Fisher
Corey Fisher
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova, currently plays in EuroCup). Fisher contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod (1-4) crushing them 99-73 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. He recorded 14 points and added 8 passes in 23 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (2-3) is placed third in the Eurocup. Fisher's team will play only one more game in the Eurocup Second Stage. And now that game is very crucial. It's Fisher's first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 11.5ppg, 1.4rpg, 3.4apg, 2FGP: 47.1%, 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 86.4% in 13 games. Fisher is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA university national team, Fisher played also for the Georgian national team in 2012. Interesting that he has never played in Georgia.

Jacob Pullen
Jacob Pullen
   #4. Point guard Jacob Pullen (184-89, college: Kansas St., currently plays in EuroCup) contributed to Khimky's victory against the closely-ranked Lietkabelis (1-4) 89-77 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Pullen scored 12 points, made 8 passes and 3 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Khimky Moscow Region (4-1) is placed second in the Eurocup. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Eurocup Second Stage. And now that game is quite important. Pullen's stats this season are: 10.5ppg, 2.9apg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Pullen used to play for the Georgian national team back in 2015. However he has never played in Georgia.

Taurean Green
Taurean Green
   #5. Former international point guard Taurean Green (183-85, college: Florida, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) was not able to help Bnei Hasharon (1-5) in their last game. Despite Green's good performance the fourth-placed Bnei Hasharon (1-5) was edged 91-88 on the opponent's court by the leading Kormend in the group N of FIBA Europe Cup. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and making 10 passes. Green also added 7 rebounds in 34 minutes. The Second Stage already ended in the FIBA Europe Cup. Green's stats this year are: 11.5ppg, 1.8rpg and 5.4apg in 12 games. He is a naturalized American. Green used to play for the Georgian national team seven years ago.

Richard Hickman
Richard Hickman
   #6. Guard Richard Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to secure a victory for Armani Milano (6-14) in their game against Real Madrid (15-5) in the Euroleague. Hickman scored 9 points. But Armani Milano (#15) was defeated 94-89 in Madrid by the leading Real in the group A of Euroleague. Hickman's overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.1apg. He is a naturalized American. Hickman is a former international player as he played for the Georgian senior team three years ago.

Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
   #7. An experienced international center Zaza Pachulia (211-84, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a 2-point Golden State Warriors' victory against the Portland Trail Blazers (22-27) 113-111 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. Pachulia scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. The Golden State Warriors have a very good 41-7 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Pachulia averages: 5.9ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.0apg in 44 games. He is also Georgian national team player.

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #8. Center Giorgi Shermadini (217-89, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Andorra (10-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Shermadini's good performance Andorra was defeated 74-59 in Badalona by the much lower-ranked Joventut (#15). He was the top scorer with 12 points. Shermadini also added 2 blocks. Shermadini averaged so far 14.3ppg and 7.7rpg. He plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Duda Sanadze
Duda Sanadze
   #9. International guard Duda Sanadze (196-92, college: San Diego, currently plays in Slovenia) couldn't help KK Primorska (8-8) in their last game. Despite Sanadze's very good performance KK Primorska lost 67-73 in Polzela to the higher-ranked (#4) Hopsi. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Sanadze also added 4 rebounds in 26 minutes; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was KK Primorska's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Sanadze has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg in 15 games. Sanadze is also in the roster of the Georgian national team.

Beka Burjanadze
Beka Burjanadze
   #10. Power forward Beka Burjanadze (201-94, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Giorgi Shermadini and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Burjanadze couldn't help Andorra (10-8) in their game against Joventut (5-13). He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 18 minutes. Andorra lost 59-74 in Badalona to the much lower-ranked (#15) Joventut. Burjanadze averaged so far 10.1ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1apg in 18 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster.

   #11. International center Giorgi Sharabidze (210-90, agency: Mansfield and Associates, currently plays in Balkan League) couldn't help Feni Industries in their game against Karpos Sokoli in the Balkan League. Sharabidze recorded 6 points. His team was badly defeated by 16 points 79-63. Sharabidze averaged so far 12.0ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.2apg. He plays currently for the Georgian national team.

   #12. Former U20 international center Shota Gelazonia (205-94, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Meridiano Alicante 87-69 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game. Gelazonia scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in only a mere 14 minutes. This year Gelazonia's overall stats are: 9.6ppg and 4.4rpg in 18 games. He used to play for the Georgian U20 national team back in 2013.

   #13. Former international forward Giga Janelidze (199-95, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Aurora Basket Jesi to win against the 14th-ranked Chieti 110-96 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Sunday. Janelidze recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Janelidze's total stats this season are: 3.4ppg and 3.4rpg. He used to play for the Georgian national team two years ago.

   #14. Former international power forward Akaki Dvalishvili (207-91, currently plays in Russia) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Spartak Primorie Vladivostok 87-69 in the Russian Superleague 1 (second division) on Monday night. Dvalishvili scored only 2 points in 3 minutes on the court. This year Dvalishvili's total stats are: 6.9ppg and 3.3rpg in 18 games. He used to play for the Georgian national team back in 2014.

   #15. Former international power forward Nika Metreveli (211-91, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Scafati in their game against Rieti in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Metreveli recorded only one point and grabbed 4 rebounds in 18 minutes. It was his first game for Scafati this season. His team was edged 76-74. Metreveli used to play for the Georgian national team two years ago.

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 14th-ranked Gran Canaria (3-14) 86-81 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Saturday night's game. He recorded 5 points. Valencia Basket (13-5) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. Thomas' overall stats this season are: 6.6ppg and 5.0rpg. 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). Shvangiradze could not help Quintanar (9-7) to beat Viten Getafe Fuenlabrada (2-14). He scored 6 points. Quintanar (#8) was badly defeated 74-54 on the road by the much lower-ranked Viten Getafe Fuenlabrada (#15) in the Group B. Shvangiradze has averaged so far 5.4ppg and 2.9rpg.



A League Round 1: Hyundai-TSU defeat SEU Tbilisi - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in A League just started.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of SEU Tbilisi (0-1) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were rolled over by Hyundai-TSU (1-0) 85-60. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Hyundai-TSU forced 19 SEU Tbilisi turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of South African center Christopher Gabriel (210-88, college: San Diego) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. point guard Sandro Sanadze (188-95) contributed with 16 points for the winners. American point guard Jamal Wilson (195-90, college: Rhode Island) answered with 20 points and 7 rebounds for SEU Tbilisi. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hyundai-TSU is looking forward to face DELTA in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. SEU Tbilisi will play against BC Titebi and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Another exciting game for DELTA (1-0) which played on the court of Arena-76 (0-1). DELTA won 74-68. American center Laron Griffin (205-89, college: E.Washington) stepped up and scored 8 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners and Zviad Antadze chipped in 18 points. At the losing side Ukrainian power forward Oleksandr Rychlyuk (208-84) responded with 8 points and 20 rebounds. DELTA will play against Hyundai-TSU (#3) in Tbilisi in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Arena-76 will play at home against Tskaltubo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game was also tough home loss of Tskaltubo in a game versus BC Titebi (#2) 76-73. Tskaltubo was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. American players dominated the game. Armani Flannigan nailed 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. BC Titebi's coach Amrosi Ormotsadze used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Travante Williams came up with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds for Tskaltubo in the defeat. BC Titebi will meet at home SEU Tbilisi (#5) in the next round. Tskaltubo will play against Arena-76 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

SEU Tbilisi - Hyundai-TSU 60-85

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of SEU Tbilisi (0-1) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were rolled over by Hyundai-TSU (1-0) 85-60. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Hyundai-TSU forced 19 SEU Tbilisi turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of South African center Christopher Gabriel (210-88, college: San Diego) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Point guard Sandro Sanadze (188-95) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Gabriel is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Hyundai-TSU players scored in double figures. American point guard Jamal Wilson (195-90, college: Rhode Island) answered with 20 points and 7 rebounds and the former international center Richard Matiashvili (207-89, agency: Aspire Sports) added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for SEU Tbilisi. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hyundai-TSU is looking forward to face DELTA in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. SEU Tbilisi will play against BC Titebi and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
SEU Tbilisi: J.Wilson 20+7reb+1ast, E.Gaines 11+8reb+1ast, R.Matiashvili 10+10reb+3ast, G.Tsirikidze 7+2reb, V.Koguashvili 6+6reb+3ast, I.Jankhoteli 4+1reb+1ast
Hyundai-TSU: C.Gabriel 21+11reb, S.Sanadze 16+3reb+2ast, L.Giorgadze 14+2reb+2ast, G.Korsantia 10+7reb, C.Anderson 9+8ast, D.Aphkhazava 7+2reb+2ast
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Arena-76 - DELTA 68-74

Another exciting game for DELTA (1-0) which played on the court of Arena-76 (0-1). DELTA won 74-68. Arena-76 was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 38-29 second half run of DELTA. DELTA shot 23 for 32 from the free-throw line, while Arena-76 only scored five points from the stripe. DELTA forced 20 Arena-76 turnovers. Arena-76 was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American center Laron Griffin (205-89, college: E.Washington) stepped up and scored 8 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners and forward Zviad Antadze (198-88, college: Monroe Coll.) chipped in 18 points. At the losing side Ukrainian power forward Oleksandr Rychlyuk (208-84) responded with 8 points and 20 rebounds and American guard Rodnerius Lewis (193-93, college: Stillman) scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. DELTA will play against Hyundai-TSU (#3) in Tbilisi in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Arena-76 will play at home against Tskaltubo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Arena-76: R.Lewis 14+5reb+5ast, M.Abaishvili 12+3reb+4ast, K.Bitsadze 12+6reb+1ast, P.Alexis 10+4reb, O.Rychlyuk 8+20reb+3ast, Z.Maisuradze 5+1reb+1ast
DELTA: Z.Antadze 18+3reb+1ast, S.Lobjanidze 12+1reb+3ast, L.Eliadze 11+7reb, D.Ray 10+3reb, I.Alkhanaidze 10+3reb+1ast, L.Griffin 8+12reb+2ast
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Tskaltubo - BC Titebi 73-76

An interesting game was also tough home loss of Tskaltubo in a game versus BC Titebi (#2) 76-73. Tskaltubo was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-16. But Tskaltubo won fourth quarter 23-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Titebi dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Tskaltubo's 34. American players dominated the game. Forward Armani Flannigan (203-92, college: N.Texas) nailed 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and guard Ryan Aaron (190-91, college: S.Nazarene) accounted for 26 points and 6 rebounds. BC Titebi's coach Amrosi Ormotsadze used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Travante Williams (197-93, college: Alaska-Fairb., agency: Duran International) came up with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Brian Blackmon (188-89, college: Martin Methodist) added 25 points respectively for Tskaltubo in the defeat. BC Titebi will meet at home SEU Tbilisi (#5) in the next round. Tskaltubo will play against Arena-76 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tskaltubo: T.Williams 29+10reb+2ast, B.Blackmon 25+4reb+2ast, D.Dvalishvili 12+5reb, D.Sviridov 5+14reb+2ast, G.Kandelaki 2+5reb, G.Arutinov 0+5reb+1ast
BC Titebi: R.Aaron 26+6reb+1ast, A.Flannigan 22+8reb+5ast, N.Drayton 11+12reb+1ast, G.Gugeshashvili 8+3reb, R.Didia 6+4reb+3ast, N.Chanturia 3+1reb+1ast
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Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. MBC 18-2 
 2. Crailsheim 16-5 
 3. Kirchheim 15-5 
 4. Chemnitz 14-5 
 5. Hanau 12-7 
 6. Heidelberg 12-8 
 7. Koeln Rh.Stars 11-10 
 8. Oettinger R. 10-10 
 9. Trier 10-10 
 10. Uni Baskets 9-11 
 11. Hamburg 8-12 
 12. Nuernberg 7-13 
 13. Ehingen 6-14 
 14. Baunach 5-14 
 15. ETB Wohnbau 5-15 
 16. Dresden 2-19 

Regular Season: Round 21

Feb. 3: MBC - Hanau
Feb. 3: Trier - Chemnitz
Feb. 4: Dresden - Nuernberg
Feb. 4: Oettinger R. - Heidelberg
Feb. 4: ETB Wohnbau - Baunach
Feb. 4: Crailsheim - Ehingen
Feb. 4: Hamburg - Uni Baskets
Feb. 8: Koeln Rh.Stars - Kirchheim

Round 16

Feb. 8: Baunach - Hanau

Round 23

Feb. 1: Crailsheim - Koeln Rh.Stars 63-71


Johannes Voigtmann selected the top German playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Johannes Voigtmann
Johannes Voigtmann
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Johannes Voigtmann (211-92, currently plays in Spain). He could not help Baskonia (12-6) in their last game. Despite Voigtmann's very good performance Baskonia lost 84-92 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) FC Barcelona. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Voigtmann also added 5 rebounds in 23 minutes on the court. It was Baskonia's first loss after four consecutive victories. This year Voigtmann averages: 8.4ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 62.0%(44-71), 3FGP: 34.1% and FT: 70.4% in 18 games he played so far. He 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). Schroeder led Atlanta Hawks to a 3-point victory against the New York Knicks (21-29) 142-139 in the NBA last Sunday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and making 15 passes. Schroeder also added 4 rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks have 28-20 record this season. It's Schroeder's fourth year with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Schroeder averages: 17.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 6.5apg, 2FGP: 49.3%, 3FGP: 36.3% and FT: 82.4%. He played for the German national team in 2015.

Tibor Pleiss
Tibor Pleiss
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Tibor Pleiss (217-89, currently plays in Euroleague). Pleiss led his Turkish team Galatasaray to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Maccabi T-A (7-13) crushing them 102-63 in the Euroleague on Tuesday night. He recorded 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 22 minutes. Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (6-14) is located at the very bottom in group A. This year Pleiss' overall stats are: 7.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 59.1%(55-93), 3FGP: 66.7% and FT: 74.3% in 18 games. He is also a member of the German senior national team.

Heiko Schaffartzik
Heiko Schaffartzik
   #4. An experienced point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) was not able to help JSF Nanterre (4-2) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Schaffartzik's very good performance the second-placed JSF Nanterre (4-2) was defeated 88-82 on the road by the lower-ranked Tsmoki-Minsk (#3) in the group N of FIBA Europe Cup. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Schaffartzik also added 9 passes. There are only two games left until the end of the FIBA Europe Cup Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. It's Schaffartzik's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.4ppg, 2.3rpg and 4.8apg. Schaffartzik used to play for the German national team back in 2015.

Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
   #5. Former international forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78, currently plays in NBA) led Dallas Mavericks to a victory against the New York Knicks (21-29) 103-95 in the NBA last Wednesday. He recorded 19 points, 4 rebounds and 3 blocks in 25 minutes. The Dallas Mavericks have 18-30 record this season. Nowitzki is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his 19th year in Mavericks' roster. Nowitzki has very impressive stats this season: 13.1ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.4apg in 22 games. He used to play for the German national team two years ago.

Paul Zipser
Paul Zipser
   #6. Swingman Paul Zipser (203-94, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Chicago Bulls (24-25) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Chicago Bulls (24-25) lost 88-100 in Miami to the Heat. Zipser scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 27 minutes. This year Zipser's total stats are: 4.1ppg and 2.1rpg in 19 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior German National Team roster.

Robin Benzing
Robin Benzing
   #7. International forward Robin Benzing (208-89, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Zaragoza (6-12) in their game against RETAbet BB (7-10) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Despite his very good performance last Sunday Benzing recorded 17 points. This season Benzing has relatively solid stats: 13.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg. He is also German national team player.

Tilo Klette
Tilo Klette
   #8. Power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Austria) couldn't help Gmunden Swans (13-6) in their game against Arkadia Lions (8-11) in the Austrian A Bundesliga. Despite his very good performance in Friday night's game Klette was the second best scorer with 19 points. He also added 7 assists. Klette has reliable stats this season: 12.9ppg, 4.7rpg and 2.4apg. He used to play for the German U22 national team back in 1999.

Christian Sengfelder
Christian Sengfelder
   #9. Former U20 international forward Christian Sengfelder (201-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the one of league's weakest teams Fordham (1-4) in their game against the University of Dayton (1-1) in the NCAA, despite his very good performance last Tuesday. Sengfelder scored 21 points in 37 minutes. But the Fordham lost 66-75 in Dayton to the University of. Sengfelder's stats this year are: 12.3ppg and 4.3rpg in 22 games. He used to play for the German U20 national team two years ago.

Moritz Wagner
Moritz Wagner
   #10. Forward Moritz Wagner (208-97, currently studies in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Indiana University (2-3) crushing them 90-60 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Wagner scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The University of Michigan has 2-3 conference record this season. Wagner averaged so far 11.9ppg and 3.8rpg. He is a former U18 international player as three years ago he still played for the German national team.

   #11. Former U20 international guard Kenneth Ogbe (198-94, is currently at the American university) contributed to an Utah Valley's surprising victory against the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley 92-81 in the NCAA last Thursday. Ogbe scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Ogbe's stats this season are: 10.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the German U20 national team three years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international forward Michael Kessens (206-91, agency: Court Side, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the FIU in their game against the Florida Atlantic University in the NCAA, despite his very good performance on Thursday night. Kessens scored 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 27 minutes. But his team was badly defeated by 18 points 83-65. Kessens averaged so far 13.7ppg and 9.4rpg in 21 games. He used to play for the German U20 national team back in 2011.

   #13. Former U18 international forward Max Hoetzel (206-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the San Diego St. in their game against the U.S. Air Force Academy in the NCAA. Despite his good performance in Tuesday night's game Hoetzel recorded 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Hoetzel has averaged so far 9.2ppg and 4.9rpg. He is a naturalized American. Hoetzel used to play for the German U18 national team four years ago. Strangely he has never played in Germany.

   #14. U20 international swingman Kostja Mushidi (195-98, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League) couldn't help Mega Leks in their game against MZT Skopje in the ABA League. Mushidi cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points. His team was edged 75-74. Mushidi has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.6apg. He plays currently for the German U20 national team.

   #15. Former U20 international forward Cameron Neubauer (202-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the University of Portland 68-52 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Neubauer scored 16 points (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 24 minutes. Neubauer averaged so far 10.8ppg, 5.2rpg and 2.3apg in 22 games. He used to play for the German U20 national team three 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 (2-4) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Wachsmann's good performance Defensor (#6) was defeated 96-91 in a derby game by the higher-ranked Bigua (#4) in the Promocional 1 group. He scored 11 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Wachsmann's total stats this season are: 6.5ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.3apg.

   #2. Bar Timor (190-G-92, currently plays in Israel) was not able to help Hapoel Jerusalem in their game against Hapoel Holon (12-5) in the Israeli Winner League. Timor recorded 8 points in 25 minutes. Hapoel Jerusalem lost 79-85 on the road to the second-ranked Hapoel Holon. Timor has reliable stats this year: 10.1ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.9apg in 17 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: German and Israeli.

   #3. Robert Tomaszek (205-C-81, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Rosa (8-9) crushing them 82-61 in the Polish PLK in Saturday night's game. Tomaszek recorded 6 points in only 10 minutes. BM Slam Stal Ostrow Wlkp. (10-8) is placed eighth in the PLK. Tomaszek has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 2.2rpg in 12 games. He is another player who holds two passports: German and Polish.

   #4. Adam Ariel (192-G/F-94, currently plays in Israel) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Maccabi Ashdod (10-2) in their game against Maccabi T-A (13-3) in the Israeli Winner League. Ariel recorded 8 points in 18 minutes. Maccabi Ashdod lost 85-91 in Tel-Aviv to the leading Maccabi T-A. It was Maccabi Ashdod's first loss after seven consecutive victories. Ariel has averaged so far 6.9ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.5apg in 17 games. He has both German and Israeli nationalities.

   #5. Frederik Joerg (214-C-92, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the St.Martin's University (4-7) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Joerg's very good performance the St.Martin's University was defeated 67-63 in Anchorage by the University of Alaska at. He scored 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Joerg has averaged so far 9.8ppg and 4.9rpg.

   #6. Sven Stammberger (198-F, currently plays in Canada) led Dalhousie University to a victory over the Capers 85-67 in the Canadian university league CIS on Friday night. He was MVP of the game. Stammberger recorded 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 31 minutes. Stammberger averaged so far 13.8ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.6apg in 13 games. He also holds two passports: Canadian and German.

   #7. Joachim Thoss (201-C-81, currently plays in Philippines) was the major contributor in an Alaska Aces' victory against the eighth-ranked Rain or Shine 94-89 in the Filipino PBA in Wednesday night's game. Thoss recorded 13 points. Thoss has averaged so far 5.2ppg and 1.8rpg. He has dual citizenship: German and Filipino.

   #8. Marco Sanders (202-F-79, college: Point Park, currently plays in Norway) couldn't help Ammerud Bskt (5-17) in their last game. Despite Sanders' very good performance Ammerud Bskt was crushed 87-56 at home by the leading Kongsberg. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 16 rebounds in 32 minutes. Sanders has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.2ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg in 16 games. Sanders is a naturalized American. He used to play for EnBW Ludwigsburg in German league.

   #9. Tyree Chambers (188-G-94, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Le Moyne College in their game against the Southern New Hampshire University in the NCAA2. Chambers scored 9 points and had 3 steals in 18 minutes. His team lost 73-78 in the NCAA2. Chambers has averaged so far 5.9ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.7apg in 15 games.

   #10. Philip Jalalpoor (188-PG-93, college: Lower Columbia CC, currently plays in Canada) contributed to an easy victory against the Bobcats crushing them 87-53 in the Canadian CIS last Saturday. He scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 21 minutes. Jalalpoor has averaged so far 6.2ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.5apg in 15 games.



Ludwigsburg's issues - by Nicola Egidio

Since the beginning of the season, Ludwigsburg's head coach John Patrick drew attention to the youth of his guys, the main reason of some defeats, according to him. The first thing I would like to remark is the notable number of changes about the roster; a lot of players arrived during the summer are not part anymore of the team, such as Wes Washpun (185-PG-93, college: N.Iowa), Alex Ruoff (198-F/G-86, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports), David Gonzalvez (193-G-87, college: Richmond) and Bazoumana Kone (190-G-93, college: Bremerhaven), without forgetting TJ Bray (197-G-92, college: Princeton). About Washpun, I think the truth is that Patrick has never been entirely sure about him, although he is a guy with an important potential, but maybe not ready to put on the floor the same continuity yet. This, moreover, is a normal stuff for a player outside from the USA and that basketball's context for the first time. Perhaps it needs saying Washpun has not been so lucky for getting into this team - especially if we consider his role as creator of the game - because Ludwigsburg represents an ambitious team that does not have much time to wait. If I had to make a judgement about him, I would say that if I was a GM I would look him with great interest because he possesses athleticism and good physicality that could be make him a defender with boundless possibilities, but he needs to work a lot improving different aspects, comprehension of the game and shooting range first of all. Instead Ruoff didn't like the way in which John Patrick wanted to use him on the field. American head coach likes a lot mixing his lineups, alternating in the power forward's position players with more physicality and athleticism - such as Kelvin Martin (195-G/F-89, college: Charleston So.) - and lineups with a stretch four to widen and open the field with a higher dangerousness behind the arc, such as Chad Toppert (199-F/G-85, college: N.Mexico). At first, Ruoff has been designed to cover that role, but Alex didn't feel comfortable, possessing different features and having to hold a role he never had before. So he asked to leave the team and then he joined BG Gottingen. Gonzalvez is a good role-player, an efficient defender who has also good percentages from 3-point line, bringing energy to the team when he is on the court. Recently he reached an agreement with Bayreuth and sincerely I don't know why Ludwigsburg decided to part ways with the the only one real shooter they had. Bazou Kone went on loan to Giessen, hoping to increase his minutes on the floor; Bazou has extraordinary legs to put pressure on the ball, but the offensive part of his game is still incomplete too much: very good at running the court in a fastbreak's situation, but bad shooter and not so good as passer and especially at reading defensive choices, too.

When there are a lot of leavings and many new arrivals it is not easy to find the right balance; Drew Crawford (196-G-90, college: Northwestern), Clifford Hammonds (191-PG-85, college: Clemson) and Roderick Trice (185-SG-84, college: S.Carolina) arrived to replace waived players. Probably Patrick wanted to carry some experience, but he has not solved the biggest issue of his team: perimetric dangerousness. Doubtless Hammonds is a capable game's creator and a smart player, able to play the pick and roll and good at finding his teammates, but he is not a reliable shooter so it happens he's often "called" to the shot by his opponents. In today's basketball when you don't have important perimetric shooters you've got a trouble. If we take a look to Ludwigsburg's back-court, we realize there are a bunch of good players, extraordinary and tenacious defenders but also players that have the same limits: few people able to create - except for Hammonds - and especially a lot of players that can not guarantee dangerousness behind the arc. John Patrick 's ideas are truly clear: he demands energy and a "cling" defense from his players, a basketball made of aggressiveness and defensive substantiality, trying to find energies for the offense starting by defense and taking advantage of transitions and fast-breaks. For sure Tekele Cotton (189-G-93, college: Wichita St.) has been the most positive note so far: strong on-ball defender due to his extraordinary physical strenght - that allows him also to struggle against the opposing big-men in mis-matches' situations - and so good at making efficient close-outs, but also a personality on offense that is increasing game after game. He's not a great shooter and he does not have an excellent ball-handling, but he's working hard to improve his fundamentals and he's showing slight improvements about his shooting range, in particulary if we consider that his shooting mechanic is not bad, but probably he has to acquire more confidence with that fundamental. David McCray (187-G-86) is an other excellent defender, but his offensive possibilities are really restricted: not a great ability with the ball in his hands, not a finisher, not a good shooter. He brings defensive energy, possessing good physicality and he feels comfortable at running the court but these are the same skills of the others: many players with the same characteristics. Drew Crawford added athleticism and physicality, but I'm not too much sure he represents the type of player Ludwigsburg needed.

Coming to talk about the front-court, I believe some words need to be said about Jack Cooley (206-F/C-91, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports) and Johannes Thiemann (204-PF-94). American center faced up to different difficulties last year in Malaga and he didn't find the right dimension. I love Jack Cooley due to the energy he puts on the floor and to the effort and production he brings also in few minutes: he thinks every loose ball or rebound could be grabbed, he's a natural fighter. But he's also showing a remarkable technique: compared to last year, he improved at checking his body in dynamic situations, despite not being athletic and explosive, a better moves' coordination that allows him to avoid traveling violations or charging fouls. And also a better use of his left hand, so important to finish in close spaces in addition to a good technique near to the rim, where he likes finishing with a spin after receiving the ball and he can also take advantage of his body and his size to receive the ball in the post, although he has to widen his technical luggage in that situation. He can also put the ball on the floor starting from 9-10 feet; I think if he improves his shooting range he'll become an even more interesting player. About his defensive side, good presence at helping, he has a discreet feet-speed considering his size that makes him a capable containment's defender, while in static situations he can enforce his physicality to struggle with the opponents; naturally his lateral quickness could be a weakness to play in a top-team, but he represents a player I would always have in my team if I was a head-coach, because of his energy and attitude and due to his ability to be productive: he's averaging 13.1 points in addition to 7.1 boards in only 19 minutes. Thiemann is an other interesting guy: extraordinary physicality, good defender at helping and at containing, he possesses an important feet-speed, so he can also make deep "shows" on the perimeter and good switches. He's a substantial defender in 1-on-1 situations, too; I think he has to become more dangerous about his offensive side. Working hard to improve his post up's skills and his range, in order to become more unpredictable for the opponent defense. He usually produce points in dynamic situations, being a quick cutter, but he needs to get better his technique. Kelvin Martin skipped from the second Italian division to play with an important BBL's team; great leaper and verticality but also a technique that is not enough. I like the way he plays, because he always tries to help his teammates with small but at the same time fundamental stuffs: deflections and desire to fight on defense, offensive rebounds and hustle plays on offense. He's a great offensive rebounder due to his ability to deny a clear reference point to the defender and his great athleticism. Great strenght in his legs, great ability at switching and at denying pass-lines, he certainly puts on the floor every single energy, but I believe he has to become a better game's reader and to acquire discipline on the floor. When he decides to attack frontally, he often doesn't know what he has to do, so it often happens he stops the dribble without knowing what to do and an important number of turnovers can grow. He loves playing around the rim with energy's plays, but he needs to extend his game, otherwise he's too much predictable. Chad Toppert is the only one natural shooter of the team; spot-up's shooter, he loves receiving and knocking down in catch-and-shoot's situation, he's not so much efficient if he has to put the ball on the floor; he's a role-player with a specialist's job, often used by his coach as a stretch-four. Not a great defender due to his poor physicality and attitude to defend, but an important player in Ludwigsburg's balances.

In conclusion: John Patrick wants his team plays a tough basketball, made of aggressiveness, defensive concentration, great pressure all over the court and hustle plays. If we take a look to the players, we can note there are many players with these features; defense is a part important to win the matches, but I think Ludwigsburg has two important issues to solve. They have got enormous problems to attack when the opponents are setted on defense, that often decide to play a zone-defense to challenge poor shooters, as mentioned before. Second problem: few people able to read and to create, in addition to a not fluid offense with the ball that remains stationary for too much seconds and not a great spacing in different situations. If your back-court does not possess a high IQ, you have to possess some phosphorus with your number "4", a role become prior in today's basketball, but this is not Ludwigsburg's case. To continue to amaze, they have to solve these issues.



David Hicks (ex Liepaja/Triobet) joins Oettinger Rockets Gotha - by Eurobasket News

BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (ProA) agreed terms with 29-year old American point guard David Hicks (184-86kg-88, college: LIU Brooklyn). He played last season at Liepaja/Triobet in Latvian LBL league. In 24 games he had 13.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.4apg and 1.0spg. Hicks helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Latvian League All-Star Game. Hicks also played 4 games in Baltic League where he recorded 14.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3spg. Hicks also spent pre-season at Ironi Nahariya (Winner League) in Israel that year.
His college team won NEC Tournament in 2011.
Hicks has played previously for three other Germany teams: Muenster, Science City Jena and SG Schwelmer Baskets.
He attended Long Island University until 2012 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Istanbulspor inks Elijah Johnson, ex Wuerzburg - by Eurobasket News

Istanbulspor Beylikduzu (TBL) signed 27-year old American guard Elijah Johnson (192-88kg-90, college: Kansas). He just played at s.Oliver Wuerzburg in German BBL league. Johnson managed to play in four leagues in two countries this year (!!!). In only one BBL game he recorded 6 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists and 1 steal. He also spent pre-season at Hapoel Tel-Aviv (Winner League) in Israel earlier that year. Johnson was also tried-out by Cibona in Croatian A1. The team played in three different competitions that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In four BBL games he had 11.5ppg, 1.3rpg, 4.8apg and 1.0spg. Johnson also played 9 games in ABA League where he averaged 9.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.9apg. He also played 5 games in Basketball Champions League where he got 9.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.8apg.
Johnson has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won Big 12 Tournament in 2010, 2011 and 2013. Johnson was also voted All-Big 12 Honorable Mention back in 2013.
He has played also professionally in Greece (Panelefsiniakos), Poland (Anwil and Rosa) and Turkey (Anadolu Efes and Pertevniyal).
Johnson attended University of Kansas until 2013 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.
He could be described: An explosive guard who can play either one or two guard spots. Can get to the basket, yet has solid range from beyond the arc… Has an above average vertical leap, making him one of few guards that can finish plays above the rim.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kofi Josepths (Herten) I Am British To The Core And It Will Always Be That Way - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Kofi Josephs (198-G-91, college: Fort Lewis) is a 25 year old 198cm forward playing his first season with the Hertener Loewen Basketball (Germany-Regionalliga). He got valuable experience at three schools starting with UALR (NCAA), and then moved to John Brown (NAIA) where he played two seasons playing 65 games and then finished at Fort Lewis (NCAA2) where he played two season amassing 34 games and as a senior played 31 games averaging 8.0ppg, 2.1rpg, FGP: 40.1%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 74.1%. He recently spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

Kofi thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. 2017 has come and are you the type of guy that makes new year's resolutions or don't you bother with that?

Thank you for having me, I'm not really the type of player to make new years resolutions, I am more so at anytime decide and something I need to work on it and start on it there and then.


You're a rookie from England playing your first season in Germany with the Herten Lions. You recently beat the Telekom Baskets Bonn 2 107-98 and you poured home 49 points. Was this a once in a lifetime game for you or do you feel like you have the ability to score like that again?

No it wasn't a once in a life time game, I know I have the ability to shoot and score like this again, I've had other good games this year. I just have to stay confident and find my groove early.


How quickly did you know after hitting a'few buckets that this would be a huge day for you?

I didn't know how big of a game this was going to be, I really wanted to win after losing a close game to them earlier the season. I just focused on my defense and found my spots to take good smart shots. Getting a bucket early in the game certainly helped.


Last season as a senior at Fort Lewis (NCAA2) you made seven three's once and six three's in a game twice while this year with Herten you had five trey's against BG Hagen. You lit up Bonn with 11 three pointers. How big was the basket looking to you on this day?

The basket looked huge, I am surprised I didn't make all 15. Every shot I believe is going in and they all felt good.


How much fun was it overall playing this game as you continued to knock down shot after shot. Were you counting and did you know when you had hit 40 points or was your teammates staying calm not to disrupt your concentration?

This game was a lot of fun, it was a close fought game and a lot of emotion since we had our great fans behind us, I led every bit of it. I wasnt counting,I didn't know how many points I had or anything, I was lost in the game and trying to win. My teammates were telling me to stay aggressive and not take my foot off the pedal, so I didn't.


Did your confidence continue to rise as the game progressed and you kept making shots? Were you at the point just wanting the ball all the time, because you knew that you would make shots?

My confidence is usually pretty high since I know I can get going at any moment, but it certainly was growing the more I got to the basket and was finding my teammates. I was contributing outside of shooting the ball. I wasnt chasing the ball, I didn't know how great of a game I was having so I was just playing basketball.


When you look back at this 49 point performance and think of some of the amazing big point games in the NBA, what NBA player performance over the years has always stayed in your mind?

The NBA player performance that will always stay in my mind is when Kobe Bryant had 62 points in three quarters and the whole Dallas Mavericks team had 61 as a team.


Despite scoring 49 points, you also led the team in assists with six and four other guys scored in double figures on your team. Are you a lot better playmaker and passer than what you get credit for?

Yeah I am, I can create for myself and for the team since I'm a 6'6 guard and can see over the defense and attack. I think it gets down played because of my jump shooting ability.


Herten is currently in 10th place with a record of 6-10. What have been the main reasons for the team not being higher up in the standings?

The team has had a lot of player changes, which makes it hard to find an identity. I don't think everybody was on the same page earlier in the season and the changes made it difficult at times, while other teams core players were set.

The team is giving up 81 points per game. Does the team have the potential to be a better team and on what things does the team still need to work on to carve down points per game?

We definitely have the potential to be a better team, were working hard everyday and fine tuning the mistakes that we made earlier in the season, while also learning how to play as a unit. I think we have to work on transition defense and our communication but its getting better each and every day.


Your having a very solid rookie season, but have had some ups and downs as well. Do you feel like the 49 point explosion was your serious break out game that will help elevate your game to a new level in the Regionalliga?

The European style of basketball is a lot different to the American style that I am used to, so I feel it has just been growing pains. I have had some good moments and bad moments in terms of consistency but I think this will be the thing to get me over the hump.


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

I think my defense doesn't get noticed right away, having a huge wing span and being athletic I can get in the passing lanes and cause deflections or turn overs.


You probably have checked out some Pro B games this season. Many guys make the jump from the Regionalliga to the Pro B. Will we see you playing at a higher level next season?

I have seen some Pro A and Pro B games this year, I would like to think after the season I can make the jump to a higher level.


After playing for the Reading Rockets (EBL) in the 2009-2010 season, you went overseas and played 6 years in the United states at a high school and three different colleges. How Americanized did you get in these 6 years or did your British heritage not let you get Americanized?

I was in the USA for a very long time, these are the prime years for a young person so i definitely changed as a person. I don't think i became too americanized but my friends and family might think differently, my accent has changed a little bit but not enough for 6 years in America. I am British to the core, it will always be that way.


You played two seasons at John Brown (NAIA) playing 65 games and then moved to Fort Lewis (NCAA2). You put up good stats there. What were the main reasons for moving?

I had some issues with the NCAA clearing house coming out of high school that stopped me going NCAA D1, so I had to take another route to still develop as a player, but ultimately I always knew I wanted to return to high level NCAA basketball, whether D1 or a ranked D2 program.


How difficult was it coming back as a senior at Fort Lewis where you played 31 games averaging 8.0ppg, 2.1rpg, FGP: 40.1%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 74.1% from an injury your junior year? How do you feel did you develop further as a player as a senior?

It was very tough coming back, I had dealt with a serious injury for about 2 seasons but the great trainers at my school helped get me healthy, and a great summer of work outs with my uncle helped me get my body and game back to where it needed to be. The hardest part was trusting my body to not fail me. I felt I developed a lot as a senior, I dealt with a lot of ups and downs while still having a positive season, it built me as a person to deal with challenges and to stay consistent.


How did head coach Bob Hofman groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?

Coach Bob Hofman, Coach Pietrack and Coach Steffensen all helped me to become professional, they got me at the later stages of my collegiate career but they gave me confidence and helped change my mindset about certain things and situations in basketball. They always told me they thought every shot I took was going in, having coaches that believe in you like that still helps me today as a professional

Who won a one on one game in practice you or Kody Salcido?

I am not actually sure, but I think it might of been Kody. Sauce ( Kody) has a spin move that was unstoppable.


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

That is a tough question, I would choose Kobe Bryant, Ray Allen, Hakeem Olajuwon and Magic Johnson.


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?

I think Lebron is definitely up there in the debate for greatest all time, it is hard to determine a players position when they are still playing but the fact he is in the conversation and still playing shows that he will be top 3. I think it depends on what you're basing the greatest as, as to where he will finally end up.

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

I think Kevin Garnett is top 6 all time. It is a very tough position since there are so many great forwards, but the safest bet would be top 5, for me personally.


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

This was the best performance of the season for me, 90 seconds of actually touching the ball is incredible. His movement off the ball, staying shot ready and always on the move are the things that make it incredible to me. Obviously he had to hit the shots but his movement off the ball and his balance make this performance the best of the season.


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

Stats wise Russell is a monster, he is a complete stat filler but I feel James Harden might be the best stat filler in the world right now.


What was the last movie that you saw?

The last movie I saw was Hidden Figures


Thanks Kofi for the chat.




AJ English Is A Slithering Snake That Isn't The Saviour Of The Fraport Skyliners But Just Another Piece To The Puzzle - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


From November 2014 until October 2016, the Fraport Skyliners were able to have a very stable time in that there was little roster movement as head coach Gordon Herbert had brought in the right mix of players which translated into a Eurochallenge Final 4 appearance, Fiba Europe Cup title and two BBL playoff appearances in a row. In this time, the club had grown massively with their team chemistry as the two point guards Justin Cobbs and Jordan Theodore as well as the big German 3 of Johannes Voigtmann, Danilo Barthel and Konstantin Klein were the main components that held the team together and in a way guaranteed success. However this season was another story as suddenly head coach Gordon Herbert who has been known for reeling in the right point guards in the last years with guys like Dashaun Wood, Justin Cobbs and Jordan Theodore was dealt the wrong card in Markel Starks who had to depart early as another American Kwame Vaughn was brought in. Overall players coming and goings continued to be as prevalent the way new American President Trump has fired cabinet employees in his first two weeks of office as ex Maryland (NCAA) forward Ekene Ibekwe and buzzer beater champion Antonio Graves had to pack their bags. On December 11th, the Fraport Skyliners were sinking quickly in the standings after a brutal 77-57 loss against FC Bayern Munich at home and head coach Gordon Herbert had 10 long days to figure something out until the next game in the Champions League against Slovenian team Helios. Herbert had some candidates to choose from and also heard the same normal bla bla from agents telling how great their clients were and in the end chose A.J. English (192-G-92, college: Iona) who like Justin Cobbs two years ago was also a rookie and known to having shot out the lights at Iona (NCAA).Ex Skyliner Sean Armand surely didn't play a role in helping make Herbert's appetite grow for his ex teammate and the 2004 BBL champion decided to haul in English and one could carefully say the rest is history for the time being. English very much like Cobbs two years ago has been Veni, Vidi Vici as he has come seen and conquered. Since the arrival of English, he has been nothing short of spectacular helping the team to an 8-0 record and helped move to the Champions League playoffs and has scored in double figures in each game, made a buzzer beater and in the lone game Frankfurt lost in Oldenburg, he was unable to play. During the Pro B game of Fraport Skyliners farm team Juniors against the Dragons Rhondorf where the BBL players often watch and support when they have time, English was able to deny in his soft voice that he is the savior for the team. 'I don't believe that I am the savior, but just another piece to the puzzle. You need to have the right pieces for success. The team just has been meshing together in the time that I have been here", warned A.J. English.

English is a 24 year old 192cm combo guard from Middletown, Delaware who is the son of ex NBA player A.J. English who played for the Washington Bullets from 1990-1992 and is playing his rookie season and started his professional career in Italy with Enel Basket Brindisi (Italy-Serie A) playing 8 games averaging 7.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.6apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 38.7%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 75.0%. In his time there, the team went 4-4 and decided to make changes. The club had talented rookie Nicolas Moore who had a stellar career at SMU (NCAA) and was also on the radar of some NBA teams and also experienced 33 year old guard Phil Goss who has made a name for himself in Italy having played in Rome and Venice and English seemed to have gotten lost a bit in the mix and found himself unemployed in mid December. In his eight games with Enel Basket Brindisi, he was able to score in double figures in three games including 15 point games against Brescia and VF Pescaro. He started his professional career against Dolomiti with a 0/6 performance from the Parking lot, and was never able to fully gain a rhythm with his bread and butter as he shot only 32% from outside. Despite only being with Enei Basket Brindisi for a short time, the American didn't see his departure as one that was due to poor play. 'I didn't necessarily have to go, but I had just come out of school and they wanted me to play a certain role. I can play the positions 1-3. They wanted me to play one position like you see in the NBA where guys are signed for one particular strength. I guess I wasn't ready for that role, but I am happy that Frankfurt took me and saw me as a point guard, but also a guy that can also play the two position', commented ex Iona (NCAA) guard A.J. English.

English was picked up by the Fraport Skyliners in December 2016 to help turnaround the season and one has to think what could have been in the teams season had he been reeled in earlier as there had been interest from them. Head coach Gordon Herbert didn't even need to talk to ex player Sean Armand who had been teammates with English at Iona (NCAA) about his qualities as his son Daniel had seen him play last April. 'Daniel saw English play at the last Portsmouth Invitational, but Brindisi had been very quick in signing him for this season. Later I spoke to Brindisi's general manager and he had told me that he might become available soon', stressed Gordon Herbert. The American needed no time to make his mark in Germany as he impressed in his first game against Helios scoring 12 points and connecting on four three's and six days later in his first BBL game hit Science City Jena for 12 points and filled up the stat sheet for the second game in a row with a steal and block. English credits not only his quick start, but 8-0 record with Frankfurt to head coach Gordon Herbert. 'The BBL suits my style and I give a lot of credit to coach who has shown that guys like Armand and Theodore could function under him and I see the same with me. It is easy to work with coach as he explains everything which makes my job easier. Coach pushes me and gets the best out of me', warned A.J. English. Coach Herbert also sees a lot of potential in English and also sees something very special in the American that one doesn't see often and makes comparisons to two ex Skyliners who definitely left their mark in Frankfurt. 'English has fit in well and is a good player. He reminds me of an Andy Rautins and Jordan Theodore in that he is so mentally tough. He always wants the ball and is never afraid. He wants to be a difference maker', warned Gordon Herbert.

There have been those moments in Skyliner history where certain players have made a lasting impression with one shot as guys like Eric Chadfield and Justin Gray won games with buzzer beaters against ratiopharm ulm and the s.Oliver Wurzburg and even an ex Skyliner in Antonio Graves hitting them with one with the Artland Dragons a few years ago. It didn't take A.J. English long to permanently become enshrined in Skyliner Nostalgia as he made an incredible buzzer beater in Tuebingen which was the most incredible ending to a contest there since the amazing Romeo Travis alley-oop shot that beat Bamberg seven years ago. With 1,5 seconds to play, it was English that had the ball and knew from coach Herbert that he had time for that one dribble and shot an off balance shot in traffic that saw nothing but net. It was surprising that English hadn't been blinded all night long by the pig pink colors of the Paul Horn arena, but it wasn't so much the colors of the arena that he remembers most, but the way from above down to the court. 'That arena reminded me of a pit and that feeling we had when we played at Northern Iowa. That was my first real buzzer beater that I made. I remember making one at the boys and girls club. It was a great feeling and I am just glad that it went in. All I remember was coach telling me that I would have enough time to square my feet and be able to shoot it', added A.J. English. English finished the game with 21 points on six three's and his success with Frankfurt continued after that as he helped beat Giessen 65-61 and steered 14 points in the win. Then in a span of a little more than two weeks when the BBL was celebrating the Allstar break, English was an instrumental figure in the club advancing to the Champions League playoffs. The Fraport Skyliners were in a dog fit with Israeli team Ironi Nahariya, but stayed mentally tough disposing of Bakken at home, then made the biggest surprise overcoming the Greek hell in the loud Aris arena and winning on the road and then beating Ironi Nahariya in a do or die game in Frankfurt. In the three games, English contributed with 24,19 and 14 points. One guy who has really profited from the presence of English is Kwame Vaughn. He had been very up and down and notorious for holding onto the ball too long which had the shot clock down one too many times, but in the last few weeks has really shone especially in the Champions league and had his best game as a Skyliner in the crushing win of the Walter Tigers Tuebingen last weekend scoring 19 points dishing out nine assists, grabbing five rebounds and getting four steals. Vaughn now can concentrate more on the playmaking with English on the court and not force as much. 'We help each other out and push each other. I think that I take pressure off him with my game so he can concentrate more on his game', added A.J. English. Gordon Herbert also has seen a change in the game of Vaughn since the arrival of English. 'They have both played very well in the last four games. They both can score, pass, create for others and simply compliment each other well. They play off each other well and are a lot better when they are together on the court than when they are not', stressed Gordon Herbert.

When inspecting the game of A.J. English closely, he is more than just a pure scorer. The best example was from the last big win at home against the Walter Tigers Tuebingen. English didn't have any last second buzzer beater heroics this time, but still played an instrumental part in the game as he was a major force coming into the game in the first quarter with Frankfurt down 11-2 and stinking up the Fraport arena with their play worse than a dead skunk could on the side of the road. English didn't play as many minutes as teammates Kwame Vaughn or Shawn Huff or have their stats, but the American made key plays, shots, passes and got the team ball movement rolling in the last 5.08 of the first quarter which helped turn around the game and lead the team on the right path to victory where they would never look back: English defines himself as a combo guard, but his masterful passing skills have already stood out this season as he has made some great passes, but great passer's haven't been a rarity with the Fraport Skyliners as Johannes Voigtmann belonged to the top BBL passing big men in the past and 17 year old German gem Isaac Bonga has already sparkled with his typical unreadable no look passes. Despite having impressed many with his passing, he still sees that basketball trait as one that goes unnoticed. 'A hidden strength in my game is my passing. I really like to pass the ball. I played pitcher and quarterback in the past so passing is something I know how to do. I always looked up to the passing abilities of a Chris Paul or Rajon Rondo, but also to guys like James Harden and Russell Westbrook who aren't flashy, but get the triple doubles', smiled A.J. English. Another thing that doesn't get noticed right away in his game, but if you look closely, English has a keen sense of knowing how to fool his defender in that he uses his upper body to perfection. He has the ability to beat his defender on most occasions simply, because he goes where he wants to without letting his upper body reveal what direction he will go. He doesn't tend to lose his balance and is adept as drawing fouls. 'He uses his body very well. He is a lot stronger than what people think', stressed Gordon Herbert. Ex Telekom Baskets Bonn point guard Jared Jordan described English best by saying that he is like a snake slithering to the basket. Herbert also has been pleased by the defense of English in the last games and is excited to see how his defense along with that of Vaughn with Quantez Robertson in the middle will continue to develop to make an already very harmonious defense even better.

Before turning professional, English played at Iona (NCAA) from 2012-2016 playing a total of 112 NCAA games and was able to improve his scoring stats each season. He played his first two seasons with ex Fraport Skyliner Sean Armand and after averaging only 7,0ppg as a freshman, he really broke out in his second year playing 33 games and averaging 17.2ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 40.6%, 3PT: 35.4%, FT: 76.6%. He won the MAAC tournament as a freshman with Armand and in their second season together and last with Armand, English even had a higher scoring average, but never was able to eclipse the three point accuracy of Armand at Iona (NCAA), but still cherishes the two years in New York with Sean Armand. 'He was the first guy I came across at Iona. We lived together that first summer and he took me under his wing. He showed me the ropes at Iona (NCAA) and I am really thankful for that', added A.J. English. In his last two years with Armand testing the professional ranks, English really took off making big strides in his stats as in his junior year, he averaged 20.1ppg, 5.2rpg, 5.1apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 48.2%, 3PT: 37.7%, FT: 78.5%. That season he played 34 games scoring in double figures in 30 games and scored 20 points or more in 17 games and had massive outings against Northern Texas with 37 points and poured in 32 points against Siena. As a senior his game took another huge leap as he averaged 22.6ppg, 5.0rpg, 6.2apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 83.6%. He scored in double figures in 27 of 28 games and scored 20 points or more 18 times. He had two massive explosions as he tore up Fairfield with 46 points on 13 trey's and hit Monmouth for 45 points. Even if high scoring Sean Armand was gone his last two years, his huge stats weren't self-evident as he was surrounded with massive talent. 'I still had a lot of scorers around like David Laurey and others. The biggest difference between my last two years and first two years was that I was older and had the ball more and my teammates helped me. My teammates looked at me to pick up the team when it was down. I knew that I had to keep the team together so it wouldn't collapse', stressed A.J. English. He surpassed 2000 points in his last NCAA game as Iona lost to Iowa State 94-81 as he steered home 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the loss. He also finished his senior season as the MAAC leading scorer and assist man. English will also always be grateful to being taught the basketball language on and off the court by Iona head coach Tim Cluess. 'He let me know every day that every game was a big one', added A.J. English. After Iona he played at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft) playing 3 games and putting up very respectable numbers with 17.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 6.7apg, 1.3spg, 1.0bpg, but remained undrafted but Sports Illustrated named him one of the countries 10 best players that went undrafted. He then played NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas (Golden State Warriors): 5 games: 4.0ppg, 1.2rpg. The whole experience was important, but he understood that the NBA is still too early. 'Every game was packed and we usually played in prime time. I learned that I had to be aggressive at all times and you have to show up every night and throw the punches because your always alone. I understood that I wasn't ready for the NBA, but it is still my dream to play in the NBA', warned A.J. English.

So far A.J. English has been spared the big guns and Tiger type teams, but seen the BBL antelope teams like Science City Jena and the Walter Tigers Tuebingen, but in the next two weekends, the American will be put to the test of what he is really made of as he will face top teams FC Bayern Munich and the Brose Bamberg. Will English be able to continue to put up solid numbers or will he succumb to the pressure somewhat and the tougher quality of players as his perfect 8-0 record with the Fraport Skyliners seems to be in danger. Four days before the big game in Munich, Gordon Herbert was relaxing on his couch at home, but still had some strength left after the nightly practice to stay positive about the teams chances and English being a factor in MUnich 'I was talking about this game with assistant Klaus Perwas and we know that we will face a very physical team that have very good players and are well coached. I believe that this will be a good challenge for English in moving forward. English is the type of guy that wants to take on that challenge. It will be interesting to see how he can deal with the physicality of Munich', warned Gordon Herbert. There is one similarity that Sean Armand and A.J. English have had at Iona and now as professionals and that is their deadly three point shooting. Armand had some huge scoring games, but surprisingly in his rookie season with Frankfurt he never hit for more than six three's and that was in the 22nd game in a win against ratiopharm Ulm while English hit for six trey's already in his third game. English probably hasn't studied the Frankfurt head to head stats between Armand and himself, but one thing remains for sure, he has a sense of humor and has that ability to blurt out funny lines as if he had been secretly an intern for Jimmy Fallon at the Tonight Show last summer. When informed that I had had used the nickname for his ex teammate Sean 'you want buckets here you go' Armand two seasons ago in the Eurochallenge telecasts and that I would use this nickname for him AJ ' You want three point bombs from the parking lot here you go' English, he countered with this funny remark. 'You can't say bombs overseas. I don't want to get in trouble', smiled A.J. English. One thing is for sure, bombs or not, English will be firing away from downtown all season long and at the end of each shot, it will be a ball that will be dropping through the hole destroying his opponent only with points which in basketball is deadlier than bombs.



Thompson's 32-point game gives him ProB Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old guard Travis Thompson (185-G-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for Fraport SKY II and receives a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 17.
He had the game-high 32 points adding five rebounds and five assists for Fraport SKY II in his team's victory, helping them to beat Dragons (#8, 7-10) 92-81. Fraport SKY II maintains the 10th position in their group in German ProB. Fraport SKY II is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-10 record. In the team's last game Thompson had a remarkable eight three-pointers out of 14 attempts. It's his second year at Fraport SKY II and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of Alaska at Anchorage graduate has very impressive stats this year. Thompson is in league's top in points (6th best: 20.4ppg) and averages solid 52.9% FGP and 45.5% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Brandon Nazione (202-F-94) of Bayer Giants. He is American forward in his first season at Bayer Giants. In the last game Nazione recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Bayer Giants lost that game 84-94 to the lower-ranked Licher Baeren (#7, 7-10). This loss caused Bayer Giants to drop to 4th position in South. His team's 11-6 record is not bad at all. Nazione is a newcomer at Bayer Giants and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Aaron Nelson (203-F-91) of Dragons (#8). Nelson got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds . Despite Nelson's great performance Dragons lost 81-92 to slightly lower-ranked Fraport SKY II (#10, 6-10). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Dragons ranking at the top of South, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Nelson could help Dragons to bring them higher in the standings. Nelson has a great season in Germany. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.0ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 13.1rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.4bpg and FGP: 54.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jordan Faison (201-F-94) of Leipzig - 26 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Lamar Mallory (198-F/C-90) of Licher Baeren - 16 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Khalil Kelley (203-C-91) of Wolfenbuettel - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Thomas Reuter (198-SF-92) of Iserlohn - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Taevaunn Prince (191-G/F-91) of Elchingen - 25 points and 7 rebounds
9. K.K. Simmons (191-G-93) of Licher Baeren - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Terrell Harris (191-G-93) of Iserlohn - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Konstantinos Sloukas selected the top Greek playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Konstantinos Sloukas
Konstantinos Sloukas
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Konstantinos Sloukas (197-90, currently plays in Turkey). He led Fenerbahce to a victory against the 14th-ranked Usak Sportlif (5-11) 98-89 in the Turkish BSL in Sunday night's game. Sloukas recorded 13 points and added 8 passes in 22 minutes on the court. Fenerbahce Istanbul (13-2) is placed first in the BSL. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Sloukas has relatively good stats this year: 12.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.1apg, 2FGP: 56.5%(35-62), 3FGP: 41.9% and FT: 90.5%(57-63) in 15 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Michael Bramos
Michael Bramos
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Bramos was the major contributor in an Umana Venezia's victory against the sixth-ranked Oradea (6-8) 89-78 in the Basketball Champions League last Tuesday. He scored 15 points (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). Umana Reyer Venezia (9-5) is placed third in group B. There are only two games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Bramos averages: 8.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 39.4%, 3FGP: 45.3%(24-53) and FT: 84.6%. He is a naturalized American. Bramos played for the Greek national team in 2013. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo (211-94, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA). Antetokounmpo could not help the Milwaukee Bucks (21-26) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Milwaukee Bucks (21-26) were badly defeated 102-86 on the road by the Toronto Raptors. Antetokounmpo was the second best scorer with 19 points. He also added 6 rebounds, passed 8 assists and added 3 blocks in 33 minutes. It was Bucks' third consecutive loss in a row. It's Antetokounmpo's fourth season with the team. Antetokounmpo has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 23.4ppg, 8.8rpg, 5.5apg, 2.0bpg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 57.1%(359-629), 3FGP: 29.1% and FT: 78.5% in 46 games. Antetokounmpo has a dual citizenship: Greek and Nigerian. He is also a member of the Greek senior national team.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #4. An experienced guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help Brose Baskets (7-13) in their last game on Friday. Despite Zisis' good performance the 12th-placed Brose Baskets (7-13) was defeated 83-77 in Athens by the much higher-ranked Olympiacos (#3) in the group A of Euroleague. He was the second best scorer with 13 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Zisis' overall stats this season are: 7.6ppg, 2.1rpg and 4.5apg. He used to play for the Greek national team back in 2015.

Konstantinos Kaimakoglou
Konstantinos Kaimakoglou
   #5. Former international power forward Konstantinos Kaimakoglou (206-83, currently plays in VTB United League) was not able to secure a victory for Unics Kazan (10-4) in their last game. Despite Kaimakoglou's good performance Unics Kazan lost 66-75 in Krasnoyarsk to the lower-ranked (#8) Enisey. He scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 28 minutes. It was Unics Kazan's third consecutive loss in a row. Kaimakoglou is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Unics Kazan's roster. This season Kaimakoglou has relatively solid stats: 10.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.7spg in 10 games. He used to play for the Greek national team two years ago.

Ian Vougioukas
Ian Vougioukas
   #6. Power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in EuroCup) contributed to Lokomotiv's victory against the closely-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (2-3) 91-87 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. Vougioukas recorded 15 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lokomotiv Kuban (4-1) is placed first in the Eurocup. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Eurocup Second Stage. And now that game is very crucial. It's Vougioukas' first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 8.9ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.8apg. Vougioukas is a former international player as he played for the Greek senior team three years ago.

Giorgos Bogris
Giorgos Bogris
   #7. International center Giorgos Bogris (210-89, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an CB Canarias' victory against the 11th-ranked Sevilla (7-11) 82-76 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. He recorded 8 points in 22 minutes. Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (14-4) is placed second in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Bogris' overall stats are: 6.8ppg and 3.9rpg in 18 games. He is also Greek national team player.

Stratos Perperoglou
Stratos Perperoglou
   #8. Small forward Stratos Perperoglou (203-84, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help FC Barcelona (8-12) in their game against Baskonia (12-8) in the Euroleague. Perperoglou scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. FC Barcelona (#10) was defeated 93-79 at home by the higher-ranked Baskonia (#6) in the group A of Euroleague. Perperoglou's total stats this season are: 5.2ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.2apg. He plays currently for the Greek national team.

Fotios Lampropoulos
Fotios Lampropoulos
   #9. Former U18 international power forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83, currently plays in Argentina) couldn't help Boca Juniors (8-21) in their last game. Despite Lampropoulos' very good performance Boca Juniors (#9) lost 73-84 in Sunchales to the higher-ranked (#7) Libertad in the Sur group. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Lampropoulos also added 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. It was Boca Juniors' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Lampropoulos has very impressive stats this year: 15.7ppg, 8.2rpg and 1.6apg in 29 games. He used to play for the Greek U18 national team fourteen years ago.

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
   #10. Center Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St., currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Sacramento Kings (19-30) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance the Sacramento Kings (19-30) were crushed 105-83 in Houston by the Rockets. Koufos was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 4 rebounds. Koufos' total stats this season are: 6.3ppg and 5.5rpg. 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 center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84, currently plays in China) couldn't help Qingdao Eagles in their game against Liaoning Hunters in the Chinese CBA, despite his very good performance in Tuesday night's game. Mavrokefalidis recorded 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks in 30 minutes. But his team lost 100-113. Mavrokefalidis has very impressive stats this year: 20.5ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg in 12 games. He used to play for the Greek national team four years ago.

   #12. International forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo (199-92, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Andorra in their game against Joventut in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Antetokounmpo recorded 7 points. His team was defeated 74-59. Antetokounmpo's total stats this season are: 7.3ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.1bpg. He is also in the roster of the Greek national team.

   #13. Former international guard Dimitrios Katsivelis (196-91, currently plays in Kazakhstan) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Kaspiy Aktau crushing them 92-57 in the Kazakhstan National League on Thursday night. Katsivelis scored 13 points, grabbed 5 boards, dished 9 assists and stole 6 balls in 37 minutes. This year Katsivelis' total stats are: 9.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 7.0apg and 2.8spg in four games. He used to play for the Greek national team four years ago.

   #14. International shooting guard Tyler Dorsey (193-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Oregon in their game against the University of Colorado in the NCAA. He scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 74-65. Dorsey has reliable stats this season: 12.2ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.8apg. He is a naturalized American. Dorsey plays currently for the Greek national team. Interesting that he has never played in Greece.

   #15. Former U18 international center Ioannis Dimakopoulos (218-94, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Cal-Irvine in their game against the Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo in the NCAA. Despite his very good performance last Thursday He scored 13 points. Dimakopoulos averaged so far 11.7ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Greek U18 national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Patrick Calathes (207-F-85, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Italy) led AV Cantu to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Brescia (8-9) 81-65 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Calathes recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Acqua Vitasnella Cantu (7-10) is placed 13th in the Serie A. Calathes has reliable stats this season: 15.0ppg and 8.3rpg. He is a naturalized American. Calathes used to play for Costa Cafe Marousi in Greek league.

   #2. Zach Auguste (208-C-93, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Turkey) could not help Usak Sportlif (5-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Usak Sportlif lost 89-98 on the road to the leading Fenerbahce. Auguste recorded 16 points in 21 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. This year Auguste's total stats are: 9.0ppg and 6.0rpg in 12 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Auguste has never played in Greece.

   #3. Nikolaos Stylianou (198-F-88, college: W.Texas A&M, currently plays in Cyprus) led Keravnos to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Apoel (2-10) 70-64 in the Cypriot Division A in Saturday night's game. Stylianou recorded 12 points. Keravnos Strovolou (11-1) is placed first in the Division A. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Stylianou has reliable stats this season: 11.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Cypriot.

   #4. Nazareth Mitrou-Long (193-G-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an Iowa St.'s victory against the Kansas State University (1-2) 70-65 in the NCAA last Tuesday. Mitrou-Long recorded 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 34 minutes. The Iowa State University has 3-3 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Mitrou-Long has been at the team for five years. He has reliable stats this season: 15.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.9apg and 1.1spg in 21 games. Mitrou-Long is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Canadian. Despite his Greek nationality, Mitrou-Long previously played for the Canadian U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.

   #5. Vaggelis Loukas (196-F, currently plays in Canada) was not able to help the University of Northern British Columbia (6-10) in their last game. Despite Loukas' good performance the University of Northern British Columbia (#2) lost 68-77 in Winnipeg, MB to the Bisons. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 11 rebounds. Loukas also added 3 assists in 36 minutes. It was University of Northern British Columbia's first loss after three consecutive victories. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Loukas has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 7.1rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg in 16 games.

   #6. Georgios Angelou (185-G-94, currently studies in the States) contributed to a St.Francis, PA's victory against the Wagner College 72-67 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. Angelou scored 12 points. Angelou has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.3apg.

   #7. Theodor Aliferis (183-G-88, currently plays in Norway) was not able to secure a victory for Persbraten (1-20) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Persbraten was edged 76-73 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Tromso (#8). Aliferis was the top scorer with 21 points. Aliferis has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.8apg. He has both 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.

   #8. Nikolas Cirkovic (200-F-96, currently plays in Serbia) managed to help OKK Beograd in a victory against the closely-ranked Sloga 76-60 in the Serbian KLS in Sunday night's game. Cirkovic scored only 2 points in 8 minutes on the court. This year Cirkovic averages just 1.0ppg in two games. He also holds two passports: Greek and Serbian.

   #9. Kostas Stratakis, who plays in the Serbian 2MLS (second division) couldn't help Srem (2-14) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Stratakis' good performance the bottom-ranked Srem was defeated 87-75 at home by the much higher-ranked The Ere (#7). He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Stratakis also added 8 rebounds. Stratakis averaged so far 13.5ppg and 7.8rpg.

   #10. Maximiliano Sole (198-F-88, agency: Duran International, currently plays in Spain) helped Real Madrid II win their game against the 13th-ranked Movistar Estudiantes Madrid B 73-59 in a derby game in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night. He scored 8 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 18 minutes. Sole averaged so far 11.0ppg, 8.4rpg, 2.9apg and 1.8spg in 17 games. He has Uruguayan and Greek nationalities.



Hap.Haifa adds Anderson to their roster, ex Promitheas - by Eurobasket News

National League newcomer Hapoel Haifa added to their roster experienced 34-year old American guard Rashad Anderson (196-102kg-83, college: Connecticut). He played at Promitheas in Greek A1 league. In 9 games he recorded 5.9ppg and 1.9rpg this season.
The most of last season Anderson spent at MAFC Budapest in Hungarian A Division where in 15 games he was the best scorer with impressive 24.3ppg and had 5.5rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention. He also played earlier that season for Enosis in Cypriot Division A. In 6 games he averaged remarkable 21.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0spg.
In 2009 (three years after he left the college) Anderson was drafted by Iowa Energy (D-League) in first round (9th overall).
He attended University of Connecticut until 2006 and it is his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Anderson's team won Dubai International Tournament in 2013. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague Forward of the Year back in 2012.
Anderson is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in seven different countries. Anderson has played previously professionally in France (STB Le Havre), Italy, Latvia, Lebanon (Al Riyadi, Champville and Amchit), Venezuela (Cocodrilos), Iran (Zob Ahan and Foolad Mahan) and D-League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Canton Charge).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Knows how to create his own shot, passes and hadles extremely well. Makes everithing with great confidence, and can become unstoppable when he gets hot, making shots from all angles and over taller players. Can change a game by himself, making three or four shots in a matter of minutes. Also a good defender.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  HUNGARY  

Standings - A Division

A Division Standings
 1. Alba 13-3 
 2. ZTE KK 10-5 
 3. Kaposvari 10-6 
 4. Kormend 10-6 
 5. Szolnok 9-6 
 6. Falco KC 9-6 
 7. PVSK Pannon 9-7 
 8. Sopron KC 8-8 
 9. KTE-Duna 8-8 
 10. Szedeak 8-8 
 11. Jaszberenyi 5-11 
 12. Atomeromu 5-11 
 13. Vasas 3-12 
 14. MAFC 3-13 

Regular Season: Round 16

Feb. 1: PVSK Pannon - Kormend 94-75
Feb. 1: Jaszberenyi - Kaposvari 90-94
Feb. 1: KTE-Duna - Szedeak 82-61
Feb. 1: Atomeromu - Sopron KC 72-78
Feb. 1: Alba - MAFC 101-75
Feb. 2: Vasas - Falco KC
Feb. 2: ZTE KK - Szolnok


A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ivan LILOV
  Szedeak
  (194-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Lilov, Szedeak21.3 
 2. Govens, Falco KC21.1 
 3. Vojvoda, Szolnok19.1 
 4. Pacher, Vasas18.1 
 5. Ubilla, ZTE K.17.9 
 6. Bojic, Jaszberenyi17.6 
 7. Sihota, MAFC17.3 
 8. Tiby, Atomeromu17.3 
 9. Taylor, Vasas17.2 
 10. Sejfic, PVSK P.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Atomeromu
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Tiby, Atomeromu9.9 
 2. Szabo, ZTE K.9.2 
 3. Hendlein, Kaposvari9.1 
 4. Forte, Atomeromu8.6 
 5. Gilbert, Atomeromu8.3 
 6. Drungilas, ZTE K.8.1 
 7. Bojic, Jaszberenyi7.9 
 8. Sejfic, PVSK P.7.9 
 9. Ivosev, KTE-Duna7.8 
 10. Pacher, Vasas7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  ZTE K.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.1 
 2. Boltic, Szedeak7.1 
 3. Johnson, Sopron KC7.0 
 4. Taylor, Vasas6.9 
 5. Threatt, Sopron KC6.2 
 6. Smith, MAFC6.2 
 7. Petty, Kormend6.2 
 8. Nelson, PVSK P.6.1 
 9. Govens, Falco KC6.0 
 10. Wisseh, Kaposvari5.9 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Sopron KC
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Johnson, Sopron KC3.4 
 2. Arrington, Jaszbere.2.7 
 3. Petty, Kormend1.9 
 4. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.1.9 
 5. Smith, MAFC1.9 
 6. Nelson, PVSK P.1.7 
 7. Edwards, Alba1.6 
 8. Kinney, Szolnok1.6 
 9. Boltic, Szedeak1.6 
 10. Govens, Falco KC1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan WRIGHT
  Vasas
  (206-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Wright, Vasas2.0 
 2. Andric, Szolnok1.3 
 3. Zigeranovic, Falco K.1.0 
 4. Keller, Alba0.9 
 5. Cooke, Kaposvari0.9 
 6. Simms, Kaposvari0.8 
 7. Cseh, Jaszberenyi0.7 
 8. Turner, Falco KC0.7 
 9. Ivosev, KTE-Duna0.7 
 10. Thompson, Vasas0.7 


Jaszberenyi signs Devon Saddler - by Eurobasket News

JP-Auto Jaszbereny KSE (A Division) signed 26-year old American guard Devon Saddler (183-95kg-91, college: Delaware). He played recently at Egis Kormend (A Division), but left. In 10 games he had 11.4ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.5apg this season. Saddler also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 11.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.0apg.
The most of last season he spent at Apollon Patras in Greek A1. In 18 games he averaged 9.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.6apg. Saddler also spent pre-season at Cibona (A1) in Croatian league earlier that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won CAA Tournament in 2014. Saddler was also voted NABC Division I All-District 10 1st Team back in 2013 and 2014.
He has played also professionally in Italy (Omegna).
Saddler attended University of Delaware until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

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 Euroleague). He led his Spanish team Baskonia to a victory against the tenth-ranked FC Barcelona (8-12) 93-79 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. Hanga scored 14 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 29 minutes on the court. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (12-8) is placed sixth in group A. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. This year Hanga averages: 9.9ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 54.6%, 3FGP: 31.7% and FT: 72.7% in 20 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Hungarian senior national team.

Obadiah Trotter
Obadiah Trotter
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international point guard Obadiah Trotter (188-84, college: Alabama A&M, currently plays in Poland). Trotter could not help Twarde Pierniki (14-4) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Twarde Pierniki was defeated 89-84 on the road by the much lower-ranked Rosa (#11). Trotter was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 5 boards, passed 7 assists and added 5 steals. Trotter has relatively good stats this season: 12.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.7apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%(61-110), 3FGP: 29.7% and FT: 91.7%(33-36). He is a naturalized American. Trotter played for the Hungarian national team in 2013. He used to play for Szolnoki Olajbanyasz in Hungarian league.

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). Jones was not able to help VL Pesaro (5-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance VL Pesaro was edged 66-65 at home by the much higher-ranked (#6) Auxilium TO. Jones had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 17 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 37 minutes. Jones has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.5ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.4apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 53.0%, 3FGP: 26.8% and FT: 80.3% in 17 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.

Marcell Pongo
Marcell Pongo
   #4. Point guard Marcell Pongo (194-97, currently plays in EuroCup) was not able to secure a victory for the league outsider ratiopharm Ulm (0-5) in their game against Bayern Muenchen (5-0) in the Eurocup. He scored 6 points and added 6 assists. ratiopharm Ulm was edged 101-98 in Muenchen by the leading Bayern. So far ratiopharm Ulm lost all five games in the Second Stage. Pongo's team will play only one more game in the Eurocup Second Stage. And that game will be critical. Pongo's overall stats this season are: 1.2ppg and 1.8apg. He is also Hungarian U20 national team player.

Rosco Allen
Rosco Allen
   #5. Former international forward Rosco Allen (207-93, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Stanford, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Blusens Monbus (4-13) in their last game. Despite Allen's very good performance Blusens Monbus lost 73-81 in Madrid to the much higher-ranked (#4) Movil Estudiantes. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Allen also added 5 rebounds in 24 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was Blusens Monbus' seventh consecutive loss in a row. This year Allen has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg and 4.3rpg in 18 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 Balkan League) couldn't help Sutjeska (1-2) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Thomas' good performance Sutjeska was crushed 104-76 in Stara Zagora by the higher-ranked Beroe (#5). He recorded 11 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. There are only three games left until the end of the Balkan League Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Thomas has reliable stats this season: 11.5ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.5apg. 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.

Zoltan Perl
Zoltan Perl
   #7. International swingman Zoltan Perl (195-95, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Betaland Cdo's victory against the closely-ranked Umana Venezia (12-5) 90-82 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Perl scored 7 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 18 minutes. Betaland Capo d'Orlando (9-8) is placed fifth in the Serie A. This year Perl's overall stats are: 5.4ppg and 2.7rpg in 13 games. He is also Hungarian national team player.

Balint Mocsan
Balint Mocsan
   #8. Guard Balint Mocsan (190-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Idaho St. (0-5) in their game against the Weber State University (1-1) in the NCAA. Mocsan recorded 8 points. The Idaho St. was crushed 96-74 on their home court in Pocatello by the Weber State University. So far Idaho St. lost all five games in the conference It's Mocsan's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 4.7ppg and 1.1rpg. Mocsan plays currently for the Hungarian U20 national team.

Gyorgy Goloman
Gyorgy Goloman
   #9. Former U18 international forward Gyorgy Goloman (211-96, currently studies in the States) managed to help Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles in a victory against the Washington State University (1-2) 95-79 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. He scored only 4 points in 14 minutes. The Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles have 4-1 conference record this season. This year Goloman's total stats are: 4.0ppg and 2.9rpg in 19 games. He used to play for the Hungarian U18 national team four years ago.

Gergely Hosszu
Gergely Hosszu
   #10. Guard Gergely Hosszu (190-86, currently plays in Germany) helped Kaiserslautern win their game against the eighth-ranked Fellbach (8-9) 90-80 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Sunday. He scored 6 points, had 6 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots. 1. FC Kaiserslautern (3-11) is placed tenth in South-West group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Hosszu averaged so far 12.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg. He is a former U20 international player as eleven years ago he still played for the Hungarian national team.

   #11. U16 international point guard Adam Somogyi (183-0, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Real Betis SVL 2 in their game against Huelva in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). Somogyi cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 10 minutes. His team lost 70-80. Somogyi has averaged so far 1.7ppg and 1.3apg in three games. He plays currently for the Hungarian U16 national team.

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

   #1. Roland Torok (203-F/C-90, agency: HMS, currently plays in Romania) led UBT Cluj Napoca to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Steaua CSM (12-5) 85-68 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Sunday. Torok scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (15-2) is placed first in the Liga Nationala. It was his team's fifth 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. Torok's total stats this season are: 8.7ppg and 4.8rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Hungarian and Romanian.

   #2. Srdjan Stojanovic (197-SG-91, currently plays in Serbia) could not help Radnicki 1950 (11-5) in their last game. Despite Stojanovic's very good performance Radnicki 1950 lost 88-92 at home to the lower-ranked (#4) Proleter Naftagas. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Stojanovic also added 4 rebounds and 7 assists in 36 minutes. It's Stojanovic's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Stojanovic averages: 18.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.5apg and 1.3spg in 16 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Hungarian and Serbian.

   #3. Nemanja Miscevic (200-F-94, currently plays in Serbia) managed to help KK Spartak Subotica to win against the 14th-ranked Smederevo (1-14) 86-71 in the Serbian KLS in Saturday night's game. Miscevic scored only 4 points. KK Spartak Subotica (10-5) is placed fourth in the KLS. Miscevic's total stats this season are: 5.0ppg and 2.1rpg.

   #4. Damian Hollis (203-F-88, agency: Inception Sports, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Portugal) was the major contributor in Benfica's victory against the ninth-ranked Electrico FC (4-13) crushing them 104-66 in the Portuguese LPB last Saturday. He scored 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. Sport Lisboa Benfica (13-4) is placed second in the LPB. Hollis has very impressive stats this year: 15.3ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.2apg in 15 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Hollis' Hungarian passport, he previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Hungarian team. Hollis used to play for Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar in Hungarian league.

   #5. Nebojsa Dukic (206-C/F-88, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Portugal) was not able to help Vitoria SC in their game against Oliveirense (12-5) in the Portuguese LPB. He scored 7 points. Vitoria SC was edged 67-64 on the road by the lower-ranked Oliveirense (#4). It was Vitoria SC's first loss after seven consecutive victories. Dukic averaged so far 10.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg. He has both Serbian and Hungarian nationalities.

   #6. Laszlo Lazar (210-C-87, also represented by 011 Sports, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) contributed to a Targu Mures' victory against the closely-ranked Sodertalje Kings 84-77 in the FIBA Europe Cup in Wednesday night's game. Lazar scored 6 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 19 minutes. This year Lazar's total stats are: 6.9ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.4bpg in seven games. He also holds two passports: Hungarian and Romanian.

   #7. Experienced Zoltan Kurinczky (181-G-82, currently plays in Norway) was not able to secure a victory for Persbraten (1-20) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Kurinczky's good performance the bottom-ranked Persbraten was edged 76-73 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Tromso (#8). He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Kurinczky also added 3 steals. This season Kurinczky has very high stats. He averages: 16.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.0apg and 1.3spg. Kurinczky has dual citizenship: Hungarian and Swedish.

   #8. Marko Popadic (189-G-89, currently plays in Greece) led Holargos to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Irakleio 95-76 in the Greek A2 (second division) last Saturday. He scored 12 points in a mere 15 minutes. Popadic averaged so far 12.3ppg and 2.3rpg in four games. He holds both Serbian and Hungarian passports. Despite Popadic's Hungarian nationality, he previously played for the Serbian U18 national team and probably cannot be called to the Hungarian team.

   #9. Nikola Fekete (192-SG-91, currently plays in Germany) led BV Villingen-Schwenningen to a victory over the fifth-ranked Karlsruhe SC 83-73 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. Fekete was MVP of the game. He scored 18 points. Fekete averaged so far 11.5ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.9apg. He has Serbian and Hungarian nationalities.

   #10. Kornel Tokolyi (201-F-94, college: Barstow CC, currently plays in Canada) couldn't help the Regina University in their game against the Dinos in the Canadian university league CIS. Tokolyi cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. His team was badly defeated by 16 points 86-70. Tokolyi has averaged so far 2.2ppg and 1.3rpg in 12 games.



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  IRELAND  

Standings - EBS Superleague

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

Regular Season: Round 17

Feb. 4: Swords Thunder - Eanna
Feb. 4: DCU Saints - Moycullen
Feb. 5: UCC Demons - UCD Marian
Feb. 4: Killester - UL Eagles


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Dillon STITH
  Belfast Star
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 27.8
 1. Stith, Belfast Star27.8 
 2. Wilson, UL Eagles24.3 
 3. Pemberton, Tralee21.8 
 4. Turner, Killester21.5 
 5. Lawrence, Moycu.21.2 
 6. Provizors, DCU S.19.9 
 7. Bonaparte, Templ.19.7 
 8. Murphy, Templeogue17.9 
 9. Killeen, Templeogue17.4 
 10. Moreira, UCD M.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martins PROVIZORS
  DCU S.
  (202-C-87)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Provizors, DCU S.15.8 
 2. Garrow, UCD Marian14.9 
 3. Moreira, UCD M.14.4 
 4. Turner, Killester13.5 
 5. Killeen, Templeogue12.1 
 6. Gil, Swords T.11.9 
 7. Pantovic, Tralee11.5 
 8. Freeman, Moycullen11.2 
 9. Donaghy, Tralee10.5 
 10. Lawson, UCC Demons10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UCD M.
  (175-PG-87)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Kinevane, UCD M.9.3 
 2. Drumm, UCD Marian8.6 
 3. Westbrooks, Swords T.8.0 
 4. Meany, UCD Marian7.7 
 5. Bonaparte, Templ.6.4 
 6. Downey, UCC Demons6.1 
 7. Hosford, UCC D.6.1 
 8. Roe, Killester4.9 
 9. O''Hanlon, DCU S.4.5 
 10. James, Templeogue4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mike GARROW
  UCD Marian
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Garrow, UCD Marian6.1 
 2. Drumm, UCD Marian5.2 
 3. Westbrooks, Swords T.3.2 
 4. Murphy, Templeogue2.7 
 5. Donaghy, Tralee2.7 
 6. Calvo, Swords T.2.4 
 7. O''Hanlon, DCU S.2.4 
 8. Howlin, UL Eagles2.3 
 9. Wilson, UL Eagles2.2 
 10. Darling, DCU Saints2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Jose Maria GIL
  Swords T.
  (207-C-91)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Gil, Swords T.2.9 
 2. Lawson, UCC Demons2.6 
 3. Killeen, Templeogue2.6 
 4. Goldsborough, Swords T.2.2 
 5. Freeman, Moycullen2.2 
 6. Turner, Killester2.0 
 7. Garrow, UCD Marian1.9 
 8. Pantovic, Tralee1.8 
 9. Bogdanovic, Tralee1.7 
 10. Stith, Belfast Star1.7 



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  ISRAEL  

Standings - BSL

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

Regular Season: Round 17

Feb. 1: Maccabi Rishon - Ironi Nahariya 97-85
Feb. 1: Maccabi Haifa - Hapoel Holon 73-75
Feb. 2: Hapoel T-A - Maccabi K/G
Feb. 2: Hapoel Eilat - Galil Gilboa


Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Khalif WYATT
  Hapoel H.
  (193-SG-91)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Wyatt, Hapoel H.19.7 
 2. Tucker, Hapoel T-A18.4 
 3. Milbourne, Hapoel E.17.3 
 4. Siggers, Galil Gilboa17.0 
 5. Holloway, Galil G.15.6 
 6. Simhon, Maccabi Haifa15.6 
 7. Goudelock, Maccabi .15.6 
 8. Williams, Hapoel T.15.5 
 9. Dawson, Maccabi .15.1 
 10. Taylor, Maccabi .15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karam MASHOUR
  Bnei H.
  (198-F-91)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Mashour, Bnei H.9.7 
 2. Atkins, Hapoel Holon9.4 
 3. Adrien, Bnei H.9.0 
 4. Williams, Hapoel T.8.5 
 5. Holloway, Galil G.8.5 
 6. Singleton, Maccabi .8.0 
 7. Cohen, Maccabi .7.6 
 8. Iverson, Maccabi .7.3 
 9. Buckner, Hapoel Eilat6.9 
 10. Howell, Hapoel T-A6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Gregory VARGAS
  Maccabi .
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Vargas, Maccabi .7.6 
 2. Teague, Ironi N.7.3 
 3. Lyons, Hapoel T-A6.8 
 4. Blatt, Hapoel T-A6.3 
 5. Kitchen, Ironi N.6.2 
 6. Henry, Hapoel Eilat6.1 
 7. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .5.0 
 8. Mekel, Maccabi T-A4.9 
 9. Perez Kaufma., Maccabi .4.7 
 10. Ewing, Maccabi .4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Justin CARTER
  Maccabi .
  (193-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Carter, Maccabi .2.6 
 2. Shuchman, Galil G.2.3 
 3. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .2.1 
 4. Howell, Hapoel T-A1.9 
 5. Perez Kaufma., Maccabi .1.9 
 6. Henry, Hapoel Eilat1.9 
 7. Ben-Zvi, Galil G.1.8 
 8. Workman, Maccabi .1.7 
 9. Taylor, Maccabi .1.7 
 10. Kinsey, Hapoel J-M1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Reginald BUCKNER
  Hapoel Eilat
  (206-F-91)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Buckner, Hapoel Eilat1.9 
 2. Griffin, Galil Gilboa1.7 
 3. Stoudemire, Hapoel J.1.4 
 4. Adrien, Bnei H.1.4 
 5. Jones, Hapoel J-M1.2 
 6. Chubrevich, Hapoel H.1.1 
 7. Mitchell, Maccabi .1.1 
 8. Daniels, Hapoel Eilat1.0 
 9. Holloway, Galil G.0.9 
 10. Singleton, Maccabi .0.9 


Stats Leaders - National League

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


Israeli Winner League round 16 best performance: Michael Qualls - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Michael Qualls (198-G-94) had an amazing evening in the last round for Galil Gilboa, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 22-year old player was the main contributor (22 points, nine rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Maccabi Rishon (#7, 8-8) 93-92. Galil Gilboa is placed at 10th position in Israeli Winner League. Galil Gilboa is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-10 record. Qualls turned to be Galil Gilboa's top player in his first season with the team. Michael Qualls averages this season 14.1ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old former international swingman Shawn Dawson (198-G/F-93) of Maccabi Rishon. Dawson had a very good evening with 31 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Maccabi Rishon was edged by the lower-ranked Galil Gilboa (#10, 6-10) 93-92. This loss caused Maccabi Rishon to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Dawson is a newcomer at Maccabi Rishon, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Justin Carter (193-G/F-87, agency: Pensack Sports) of Maccabi K/G (#12). Carter showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Carter's great performance Maccabi K/G lost 74-96 to the higher-ranked Hapoel Eilat (#8, 8-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Maccabi K/G can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 3-13 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Carter he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Carter has a very solid season. In 12 games in Israel he scored 13.2ppg. He also has 5.9rpg and 2.6spg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chase Simon (198-G/F-89) of Maccabi Ashdod - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Maalik Wayns (185-PG-91) of Maccabi Rishon - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Jeff Adrien (201-F-86) of Bnei Hertzeliyya - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85) of Hapoel J-M - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Jordan Taylor (187-PG-89) of Hapoel Holon - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Landon Milbourne (201-F-87) of Hapoel Eilat - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jake Cohen (209-PF-90) of Maccabi Ashdod - 20 points and 10 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)



N'diaye comes back to Bnei Hertzeliyya - by Eurobasket News

Bnei Hertzeliyya (Winner League) inked 30-year old Senegalese international center Hamady N'diaye (213-109kg-87, college: Rutgers). It is actually his comeback to Bnei Hasharon as he has played here before. N'diaye has a double citizenship as he also holds Filipino passport. N'diaye played recently at Unicaja in Spanish Liga Endesa, but left the team. In 13 Liga Endesa games he recorded just 1.8ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.2bpg this season. N'diaye also played 10 games in Eurocup where he averaged 4.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.2bpg. The last season N'diaye played at Bnei Hertzeliyya. In 35 Winner League games he had 6.9ppg, 5.1rpg and 2.4bpg. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Defensive Player of the Year and voted to Honorable Mention.
N'diaye has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
He also represented Senegal at the Afrobasket Championships in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) four years ago. N'diaye's team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 5.3ppg, 3.7rpg, Blocks-2 (2.1bpg), FGP: 57.1%, FT: 71.4%.
N'diaye is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). N'diaye has played previously professionally in China (TianJin Steel, Guangzhou Liu Sui and Guangxi), Lebanon (Byblos), NBA (Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards and Sacramento Kings), D-League (Reno Bighorns, Maine Red Claws and Delaware 87ers) and Philippines (Mahindra).
He attended Rutgers, The State University until 2010 and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Hap.Haifa adds Anderson to their roster, ex Promitheas - by Eurobasket News

National League newcomer Hapoel Haifa added to their roster experienced 34-year old American guard Rashad Anderson (196-102kg-83, college: Connecticut). He played at Promitheas in Greek A1 league. In 9 games he recorded 5.9ppg and 1.9rpg this season.
The most of last season Anderson spent at MAFC Budapest in Hungarian A Division where in 15 games he was the best scorer with impressive 24.3ppg and had 5.5rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention. He also played earlier that season for Enosis in Cypriot Division A. In 6 games he averaged remarkable 21.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.3apg and 1.0spg.
In 2009 (three years after he left the college) Anderson was drafted by Iowa Energy (D-League) in first round (9th overall).
He attended University of Connecticut until 2006 and it is his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Anderson's team won Dubai International Tournament in 2013. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague Forward of the Year back in 2012.
Anderson is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in seven different countries. Anderson has played previously professionally in France (STB Le Havre), Italy, Latvia, Lebanon (Al Riyadi, Champville and Amchit), Venezuela (Cocodrilos), Iran (Zob Ahan and Foolad Mahan) and D-League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants and Canton Charge).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Knows how to create his own shot, passes and hadles extremely well. Makes everithing with great confidence, and can become unstoppable when he gets hot, making shots from all angles and over taller players. Can change a game by himself, making three or four shots in a matter of minutes. Also a good defender.

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Juan Pattillo (ex Maccabi H/H) is a newcomer at Windsor Express - by Eurobasket News

Windsor Express (NBL Canada) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American forward Juan Pattillo (201-102kg-88, college: W.Kentucky). He started the season at Maccabi Hod Hasharon in Israeli National League. In three games he recorded 14.7ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.7apg this season.
The most of last season Pattillo spent at Cyberdyne (B League) in Japan where in 28 games he averaged impressive 18.0ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.4apg and 1.5spg. He also spent pre-season at BG Goettingen (BBL) in German league earlier that year.
Pattillo has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Korean KBL Semifinals for two years in a row (2013 and 2014). Pattillo received also Asia-Basket.com Korean KBL All-Imports Team award back in 2013.
He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Pattillo's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in five different countries. Pattillo has played previously professionally in Finland (Salon Vilpas), Italy (Banco di Srd), Korea (Anyang KGC and Sonic Boom KT), Turkey (Balikesir) and D-League (Northern Arizona Suns).
He attended Western Kentucky University until 2011 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv waives Weems - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) waived 31-year old American swingman Sonny Weems (198-93kg-86, college: Arkansas). In 11 Winner League games he recorded 7.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.5apg and 1.0spg this season. He helped them to make it to the cup final. Weems played 19 games in Euroleague where he averaged 11.6ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.4apg.
He ended the last season at the 76ers in NBA. In 7 games he had just 2.4ppg and 1.7rpg. But the most of that year Weems spent at the Suns in NBA. In 36 games he got only 2.5ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.3apg.
In 2008 he was drafted by Chicago Bulls (NBA) in second round (39th overall). The former University of Arkansas staris in his ninth season in pro basketball.
He won Baltic League championship title in 2012.
Weems is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Lithuania (Zalgiris), Russia (CSKA Moscow), NBA (Denver Nuggets and Toronto Raptors) and D-League (Texas Legends).
On Weems: An explosive leaper who can score. Has a good outside shot (with also 3pts range) and his elevation and wingspan allow him to knock down shots over defenders. He' s also a decent rebounder and a good FT shooter, but needs to improve his ball handling and defensive skills.

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  ITALY  

Standings - Lega 2

Serie Standings
East
 1. Virtus Bologna 14-4 
 2. Treviso Basket 14-5 
 3. Alma Trieste 13-6 
 4. Ravenna 12-7 
 5. Mantova 11-8 
 6. F.Kontatto BO 11-8 
 7. Roseto 11-8 
 8. Piacenza 10-9 
 9. Jesi 9-10 
 10. Udine APU 9-10 
 11. Verona 9-10 
 12. Bondi Ferrara 7-12 
 13. Imola 7-12 
 14. Chieti 6-12 
 15. Unieuro Forli 4-15 
 16. Recanati 4-15 
West
 1. Angelico Biella 14-5 
 2. Legnano 13-6 
 3. Treviglio 12-7 
 4. Tortona 12-7 
 5. Latina Basket 11-8 
 6. Roma Virtus 11-8 
 7. Agrigento 11-8 
 8. Mens Sana 1871 11-8 
 9. Roma E-basket 10-9 
 10. Lighthouse TR 9-10 
 11. Novipiu Casale 8-11 
 12. FCM Ferentino 8-11 
 13. Rieti 7-12 
 14. Viola RC 6-13 
 15. Agropoli 5-14 
 16. Scafati 4-15 

Regular Season: Round 19

East

Jan. 29: Bondi Ferrara - Mantova 95-87
Jan. 29: F.Kontatto BO - Treviso Basket 83-53
Feb. 1: Ravenna - Virtus Bologna 76-69
Jan. 29: Piacenza - Recanati 72-84
Jan. 29: Imola - Roseto 71-83
Jan. 29: Udine APU - Unieuro Forli 70-66
Jan. 29: Alma Trieste - Verona 68-66
Jan. 29: Jesi - Chieti 110-96

Round 13

Jan. 26: Treviglio - Legnano 75-71

West

Jan. 29: Roma Virtus - Angelico Biella 86-90
Jan. 29: Lighthouse TR - Novipiu Casale 83-96
Jan. 29: FCM Ferentino - Treviglio 82-92
Jan. 29: Latina Basket - Agrigento 80-62
Jan. 29: Mens Sana 1871 - Viola RC 75-54
Jan. 29: Scafati - Rieti 74-76
Jan. 29: Tortona - Agropoli 72-66
Jan. 29: Legnano - Roma E-basket 68-76

Regular Season: Round 20

East

Feb. 5: Unieuro Forli - Piacenza
Feb. 5: Mantova - Chieti
Feb. 5: Recanati - Ravenna
Feb. 5: Treviso Basket - Jesi
Feb. 5: Alma Trieste - F.Kontatto BO
Feb. 5: Udine APU - Roseto
Feb. 5: Verona - Imola
Feb. 5: Virtus Bologna - Bondi Ferrara

West

Feb. 5: Agrigento - Viola RC
Feb. 5: Agropoli - Scafati
Feb. 5: Angelico Biella - Latina Basket
Feb. 5: Novipiu Casale - Roma E-basket
Feb. 5: FCM Ferentino - Lighthouse TR
Feb. 5: Rieti - Legnano
Feb. 5: Treviglio - Mens Sana 1871
Feb. 5: Roma Virtus - Tortona


Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Adam SMITH
  Roseto
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 25.2
 1. Smith, Roseto25.2 
 2. Davis, Jesi23.6 
 3. Golden, Chieti20.8 
 4. Lawson, Virtus B.20.7 
 5. Sims, Rieti20.4 
 6. Legion, Viola RC20.0 
 7. Ferguson, Angelico.19.7 
 8. Bowers, Bondi F.19.6 
 9. Bowers, Jesi18.9 
 10. Brown, Roma Virtus18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HALL
  Angelico Biella
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Hall, Angelico Biella12.9 
 2. Reynolds, Recanati12.2 
 3. Radic, Viola RC11.6 
 4. Mosley, Legnano9.8 
 5. Myers, Mens S.9.8 
 6. Easley, Roma E.9.7 
 7. Jones, Piacenza9.6 
 8. Perry, Treviso .9.5 
 9. Smith, Ravenna9.4 
 10. Mortellaro, Chieti9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Yuval NAIMY
  Scafati
  (188-PG-85)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Naimy, Scafati7.7 
 2. Moreno, Bondi F.5.9 
 3. Fantinelli, Treviso .5.8 
 4. Bowers, Jesi5.3 
 5. Piazza, Agrigento5.2 
 6. Imbro, FCM F.4.8 
 7. Fultz, Roseto4.7 
 8. Zanelli, Rieti4.5 
 9. Deloach, Roma E.4.4 
 10. Marino, Treviglio4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Javonte GREEN
  Alma T.
  (193-F-93)
  Avg: 3
 1. Green, Alma T.3.0 
 2. Hasbrouck, Piacenza2.2 
 3. Okoye, Udine APU2.0 
 4. Spissu, Virtus B.1.9 
 5. Brown, Roma Virtus1.8 
 6. Crockett, Unieuro .1.7 
 7. Smith, Ravenna1.7 
 8. Legion, Viola RC1.7 
 9. Musso, FCM F.1.6 
 10. Blizzard, Novipiu .1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Taylor SMITH
  Ravenna
  (199-F/C-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Smith, Ravenna2.5 
 2. Pellegrino, Bondi F.1.9 
 3. Mosley, Legnano1.9 
 4. Reynolds, Recanati1.7 
 5. Ancellotti, Treviso .1.6 
 6. Parks, Alma T.1.4 
 7. Daniels, Mantova1.2 
 8. Easley, Roma E.1.0 
 9. Tessitori, Angelico.0.9 
 10. Bowers, Bondi F.0.9 


Vanoli Cremona inks Darius Johnson-Odom - by Eurobasket News

Vanoli Cremona (Serie A) agreed terms with 28-year old American point guard Darius Johnson-Odom (187-98kg-89, college: Marquette, agency: BeoBasket). He started the season at Banco di Srd (Serie A). In 13 games he had 14.1ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.6apg and 1.0spg this season. Johnson-Odom also played 10 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 10.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.5apg and 1.5spg. The last season he played at Olympiacos in Greek A1. In 14 games he averaged 7.1ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.9apg. Johnson-Odom also played 12 games in Euroleague where he got 4.1ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.5apg. The other team he played that season for was Trabzonspor in Turkish BSL. In 13 games he got 14.0ppg, 3.1rpg and 3.5apg. Johnson-Odom also played 10 games in Eurocup where he got 7.6ppg, 3.0rpg and 3.7apg.
In 2012 he was drafted by Drafted by? Dallas Mavericks (NBA) in second round (55th overall). Johnson-Odom attended Marquette University and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team was regular season runner-up in Big East in 2012. Johnson-Odom was also voted NABC Division I All-District 5 1st Team back in 2012 at his college time.
Johnson-Odom is quite experienced player. He has played in five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Johnson-Odom has played previously professionally in China (Sichuan Blue Whales), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg), NBA (LA Lakers and Phi.76ers) and D-League (Springfield A. and Los Angeles D-Fenders).
He could be described: (by Tyler Ingle for NBADraft.net in 2012)
Runs hard in transition ... Uses speed to create easy opportunities for himself ... Solid athlete with good leaping ability ... Makes up in part for his lack of height with a strong, Gilbert Arenas-type frame and a 6'6" wingspan ... Moves well without the basketball ... Always looking to rotate to an open position on the perimeter where his teammates can find him. Solid passing ability and he moves the ball well, but he won't (or at least shouldn't) be asked to create for his teammates off the dribble
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kariniauskas left AV Cantu - by Eurobasket News

24-year old Lithuanian international point guard Vaidas Kariniauskas (197-90kg-93) left Acqua Vitasnella Cantu (Serie A). But in 14 games in Italy he recorded just 1.7ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.6apg this season.
The last season Kariniauskas played at GS Kymis in Greek A2 where in 28 games he averaged 9.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.3apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice). A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team.
Kariniauskas has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Lithuanian senior team since 2014 and two years ago for U22 National Team.
Kariniauskas represented Lithuania at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 1.5ppg, 1.0apg.
Kariniauskas has played also professionally for other Lithuanian teams like Zalgiris, LSU-Atletas, Lietkabelis and Zalgiris II Kaunas.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

30-year old center Kyrylo Fesenko (216-C-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for Scandone AV and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
He had a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat EA7 Armani (#1, 14-3) 80-68. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Scandone AV maintains the 3rd position in Italian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Scandone AV will need more victories to improve their 12-5 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Fesenko as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Kyrylo Fesenko averages this season 11.2ppg and 6.6rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Jarrod Jones (205-C/F-90) of VL Pesaro. He is American-Hungarian in his first season at VL Pesaro. In the last game Jones recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as VL Pesaro was edged by the higher-ranked Auxilium TO (#6, 9-8) 66-65. This loss caused VL Pesaro to drop to 15th position in the standings. 12 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories VL Pesaro managed to get this year. Jones is a newcomer at VL Pesaro and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.5ppg (#3). He also registered 10.2 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward O.D. Anosike (203-F/C-91) of Openjobmetis V. (#14). Anosike scored 10 points and grabbed twenty one rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Openjobmetis V., leading his team to a 86-80 win against the higher-ranked JuveCaserta (#10, 8-9). Openjobmetis V. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-12 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Anosike he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Anosike has individually a great season in Italy. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.8rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) of Umana VE - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. David Cournooh (187-G-90) of AV Cantu - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Amath M'Baye (206-F-89) of Enel Brindisi - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Riccardo Cervi (214-C-91) of Grissin Bon RE - 15 points and 11 rebounds
8. Raphiael Putney (207-F-90) of JuveCaserta - 20 points and 8 rebounds
9. Gani Lawal (205-F/C-88) of Banco di Srd - 13 points and 7 rebounds
10. Drake Diener (196-G-81) of Betaland Cdo - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Darius Johnson-Odom leaves Banco di Srd - by Eurobasket News

28-year old American point guard Darius Johnson-Odom (187-98kg-89, college: Marquette, agency: BeoBasket) left Banco di Sardegna Sassari (Serie A). In 13 games he recorded 14.1ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.6apg and 1.0spg this season. He also played 10 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 10.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.5apg and 1.5spg.
The last season Johnson-Odom played at Olympiacos in Greek A1. In 14 games he had 7.1ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.9apg. He also played 12 games in Euroleague where he got 4.1ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.5apg. The other team Johnson-Odom played that season for was Trabzonspor in Turkish BSL. In 13 games he got 14.0ppg, 3.1rpg and 3.5apg. He also played 10 games in Eurocup where he got 7.6ppg, 3.0rpg and 3.7apg.
In 2012 Johnson-Odom was drafted by Drafted by? Dallas Mavericks (NBA) in second round (55th overall). He attended Marquette University and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Johnson-Odom's team was regular season runner-up in Big East in 2012. He received also NABC Division I All-District 5 1st Team award back in 2012 at his college time.
Johnson-Odom is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in five different countries. Johnson-Odom has played previously professionally in China (Sichuan Blue Whales), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg), NBA (LA Lakers and Phi.76ers) and D-League (Springfield A. and Los Angeles D-Fenders).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Tyler Ingle for NBADraft.net in 2012)
Runs hard in transition ... Uses speed to create easy opportunities for himself ... Solid athlete with good leaping ability ... Makes up in part for his lack of height with a strong, Gilbert Arenas-type frame and a 6'6" wingspan ... Moves well without the basketball ... Always looking to rotate to an open position on the perimeter where his teammates can find him. Solid passing ability and he moves the ball well, but he won't (or at least shouldn't) be asked to create for his teammates off the dribble
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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  JAPAN  

JBL2 stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Kyle RICHARDSON
  Otsuka A.
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Richardson, Otsuka A.19.2 
 2. Peppers, Fukuoka .18.0 
 3. Fitzgerald, Kanazawa.17.8 
 4. Jennings, Saitama .16.0 
 5. Osamuakira, Tokyo B.15.7 
 6. Wade, Saitama .15.7 
 7. Bryan-A., Fukuoka .15.6 
 8. Sumihiro, Toyoda G.14.4 
 9. Pomare, Kanazawa.14.0 
 10. Kumazawa, Aisin AW13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kyle RICHARDSON
  Otsuka A.
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Richardson, Otsuka A.11.4 
 2. Pomare, Kanazawa.10.4 
 3. Kendrick, Toyoda G.10.3 
 4. McElroy, Tokyo C.10.0 
 5. Anderson, Tokyo C.9.9 
 6. Tate, Saitama .8.6 
 7. Harper, Tokyo HT8.6 
 8. Slawson, Tokyo C.8.3 
 9. Kyle, Tokyo B.8.0 
 10. Nyokozera, Aisin A.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Takeshi HASEGAWA
  Otsuka A.
  (196-F/C-84)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Hasegawa, Otsuka A.4.2 
 2. Kumazawa, Aisin AW4.1 
 3. Sumihiro, Toyoda G.3.8 
 4. Osamuakira, Tokyo B.2.8 
 5. Oogane, Tokyo HT2.6 
 6. Yamashita, Fukuoka .2.6 
 7. Narumi, Tokyo HT2.6 
 8. Tsukino, Kanazawa.2.5 
 9. Ishihara, Aisin AW2.5 
 10. Kato, Aisin AW2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Brennan MCELROY
  Tokyo C.
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. McElroy, Tokyo C.3.1 
 2. Yamashita, Fukuoka .2.1 
 3. Ikeda, Tokyo HT2.0 
 4. Ito, Tokyo Big Blue1.8 
 5. Oogane, Tokyo HT1.7 
 6. Jennings, Saitama .1.6 
 7. Takumi, Aisin AW1.5 
 8. Kumazawa, Aisin AW1.5 
 9. Kano, Fukuoka .1.5 
 10. Murray, Tokyo C.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Matthew KENDRICK
  Toyoda G.
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Kendrick, Toyoda G.2.1 
 2. Anderson, Tokyo C.1.5 
 3. Bryan-A., Fukuoka .1.4 
 4. Slawson, Tokyo C.1.1 
 5. Pomare, Kanazawa.1.1 
 6. Kyle, Tokyo B.1.1 
 7. Harper, Tokyo HT1.0 
 8. Tate, Saitama .0.8 
 9. Morris, Tokyo HT0.8 
 10. Jones, Tokyo HT0.8 


Japanese B League D2 round 34 best performance: Alan Wiggins - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Alan Wiggins (206-F-85) had a great game in the last round for Aomori Watts, receiving a Asia-basket.com B League D2 Player of the Week award for round 34.
The 31-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds, while his team edged out Nishinomiya S. (#2, 22-10) 73-72. Aomori Watts maintains the 4th position in their group in Japanese B League D2. Aomori Watts is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 15-17 record. In the team's last game Wiggins had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Aomori Watts' top player in his first season with the team. Former University of San Francisco star has very solid stats this year. Wiggins is in league's top in points (8th best: 16.1ppg).

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American Nicchaeus Doaks (201-F/C-87) of Iwate Big Bulls. Doaks had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he led Iwate Big Bulls to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Shinshu BW (#5, 10-23) 80-54. Iwate Big Bulls' 6th position in Central has not changed. 23 lost games are too many comparing to just nine victories Iwate Big Bulls managed to get this year. Doaks is a newcomer at Iwate Big Bulls, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Nigerian forward Chukwudiebere Maduabum (206-F-91) of Kagoshima (#6). Maduabum scored 19 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Maduabum's great performance Kagoshima lost 61-71 to the higher-ranked Tokyo Z (#3, 14-19). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Kagoshima can only dream about fighting for top spots in West. They have rather bad season and 3-29 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Maduabum he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Maduabum has a very solid season. In 31 games in Japan he scored 10.3ppg. He also has 7.9rpg and 2.2bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Craig Williams (206-C-89) of Ehime OV - 23 points and 16 rebounds
5. Abdullahi Kuso (206-F-84) of Gunma - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Rick Rickert (211-C/F-83) of Cyberdyne IR - 19 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Joel James (208-F-94) of Kumamoto V. - 16 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Josh Davis (203-F-91) of Shimane SM - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Kyle Barone (208-C-89) of Aomori Watts - 18 points and 13 rebounds
10. Aziz N'Diaye (213-C-88) of Hiroshima D. - 14 points and 9 rebounds

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



Best players of Japanese B League round 35 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Nick Fazekas (211-F-85) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's leader Toshiba BT and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 35.
The 31-year old forward had a double-double of 27 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team edged out Nagoya DD (#2, 20-14) 72-68. It allowed Toshiba BT to consolidate first place in the Japanese B League. Toshiba BT have a solid 29-5 record. Fazekas has many years of experience at Toshiba BT, through which he has constantly improved. The University of Nevada graduate has very impressive stats this year. Fazekas is league's best scorer averaging so far 28.1ppg. Fazekas is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 12.0rpg) and averages solid 59.3% FGP and 46.3% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American center Jason Washburn (210-C-90, agency: Pensack Sports) of Yokohama BC. Washburn impressed basketball fans with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he led Yokohama BC to another comfortable win 86-73 over slightly lower-ranked Shiga L-Stars (#6, 6-28) being unquestionably team leader. Yokohama BC's 5th position in West has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-21 record. Washburn is a newcomer at Yokohama BC and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Xavier Gibson (210-F/C-88) of Osaka Evessa (#3). Gibson scored 19 points. Despite Gibson's great performance Osaka Evessa lost 61-82 to #3 ranked Chiba Jets. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Osaka Evessa needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in West. Their record is 18 victories and 16 lost games. Gibson has a very solid season. In 32 games in Japan he scored 15.1ppg. He also has 6.2rpg, 1.0bpg and FGP: 53.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Daiki Tanaka (191-F-91) of Toyota Alvark - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Ira Brown (193-F-82) of Hitachi SR - 23 points and 10 rebounds
6. Drew Viney (204-PF-88) of Toyama Grouses - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Tyler Stone (203-PF-91) of Chiba Jets - 23 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jeffrey Parmer (203-F-85) of Yokohama BC - 20 points and 8 rebounds
9. Isaac Butts (208-C-89) of SeaHorses - 14 points and 13 rebounds
10. Samba Faye (205-C-87) of Shiga L-Stars - 16 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)



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  JORDAN  

Standings - Premier League

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

Second Stage: Round 3

Jan. 31: Anjarah - Al Jalil 70-63
Jan. 28: Al Jalil - Al Horiyah 68-53
Jan. 28: Deer Abi Sa'ed - Anjarah 55-69
Jan. 31: Al Horiyah - Deer Abi Sa'ed 41-52

Top 4: Round 1

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



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  KENYA  


Scramble for slots as Silverbacks start Zone V preps - by Eurobasket News

Norman Blick (199-F/G-83), Mark Opio, Jonah Otim (SG) and Ivan Lumanyika (F/C-92) will have another chance to influence Silverbacks coach Mandy Juruni as the national team prepares for next month's Fiba Africa Zone V basketball championship in Egypt. The quartet who all missed out as the Silverbacks made a maiden appearance at the 2015 Afro Basket were among 12 domestic league players that were due to start training yesterday at YMCA. The team is preparing for zonal tournament where the top two nations will qualify for the continental championship due August 17-31 in Congo-Brazzaville. 'We intend to have eight local based and four foreign players. At the moment we are yet to decide on who the four will be because of the number of players who have expressed interest but who might not be considered Ugandan citizens,' stated Grace Kwizera a member of the Muhammed Santur led national team committee. In 2015 US-based guard John Baligwaire who emerged MVP in the Zone V qualifiers missed out on the Afro Basket championship after Fuba failed to convince the world governing body Fiba that he was a Ugandan citizen. Consequently, Brandon Sebirumbi (205-C-90, college: Furman, agency: Dynamics Global Management) filled the spot offered to a naturalised player for each participating team as uganda finished 15th. Also on the squad is Oilers guard Ben Komakech who has since fully recovered from a serious knee problem that saw him miss large parts of the 2015 season. Fuba according to Kwizera are also planning a training camp in Egypt ahead of the zonal tournament that will take place in March 12-18.
Courtesy of: nation.co.ke



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  KYRGYZSTAN  


The season 2016/2017 starts with 16 teams - by Eurobasket News

The season 2016/2017 starts with 16 teams in Kyrgyzstan. In the League they will play 15 games each. The defending champions Tulpar overcame BK Fire-29 84-41. Runners-up Politechnik posted an easy 91-56 win over Grizzlies. In some other games Guinness-29 smashed Tokmok 111-35, while Kant won over KGYUA 72-39.


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  LATVIA  

LBL Standing

LBL Standings
 1. Ventspils 16-2 
 2. Valmiera 13-7 
 3. Jekabpils 11-8 
 4. VEF Riga 9-2 
 5. Jurmala 9-12 
 6. Barons Riga 8-9 
 7. Liepaja/Triobet 8-11 
 8. BK Ogre 7-11 
 9. LU 4-17 
 10. Valka/Valga 3-9 

Regular Season: Round 20

Jan. 28: Valmiera - Ventspils 97-95
Jan. 29: Barons Riga - BK Ogre 84-74
Jan. 28: Jekabpils - Jurmala 83-70
Feb. 1: Liepaja/Triobet - BK Ogre 71-82
Jan. 29: LU - Liepaja/Triobet 62-67
Feb. 1: LU - Valmiera 60-78
Feb. 1: Ventspils - Valka/Valga 119-70

Regular Season: Round 21

Feb. 4: BK Ogre - Jurmala
Feb. 4: Ventspils - Jekabpils
Feb. 5: LU - Valka/Valga
Feb. 5: Barons Riga - Liepaja/Triobet
Feb. 8: Valka/Valga - VEF Riga


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tauras JOGELA
  Barons Riga
  (202-PF-93)
  Avg: 15.9
 1. Jogela, Barons Riga15.9 
 2. Larson, Barons Riga15.8 
 3. Kaufmanis, Valmiera15.0 
 4. Blums, VEF Riga15.0 
 5. Geks, Barons Riga14.6 
 6. Saage, Valka/Valga14.3 
 7. Laksa, Valmiera14.1 
 8. Zvigurs, Valka/Va.14.1 
 9. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.13.8 
 10. Pitts, Valmiera13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Davis ROZITIS
  Liepaja/.
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Rozitis, Liepaja/.8.4 
 2. Krestinin, Barons R.8.2 
 3. Iljins, Jurmala8.0 
 4. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.7.2 
 5. Selakovs, Jekabpils7.2 
 6. Jonats, Valmiera7.1 
 7. Aleksejevs, Jekabpils7.1 
 8. Strelnieks, Jurmala6.8 
 9. Zakis, Ventspils6.8 
 10. Larson, Barons Riga6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.7.4 
 2. Jeromanovs, Jurma.6.8 
 3. Sirsnins, Jekabpils5.7 
 4. Plavnieks, BK Ogre5.6 
 5. Gaddy, VEF Riga5.4 
 6. Larson, Barons Riga5.0 
 7. Pitts, Valmiera4.9 
 8. Vitols, BK Ogre4.7 
 9. Saage, Valka/Valga4.6 
 10. Dargais, Barons R.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.2.4 
 2. Skele, VEF Riga2.3 
 3. Richard, VEF Riga2.0 
 4. Gaddy, VEF Riga1.8 
 5. Larson, Barons Riga1.8 
 6. Campbell, Ventspils1.8 
 7. Sirsnins, Jekabpils1.6 
 8. Saage, Valka/Valga1.6 
 9. Krestinin, Barons R.1.6 
 10. Jogela, Barons Riga1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrejs GRAZULIS
  Ventspils
  (202-C-93)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Grazulis, Ventspils1.4 
 2. Pollard, Liepaja/.1.4 
 3. Mejeris, VEF Riga1.3 
 4. Montgomery, Liepaja/.1.2 
 5. Mbodj, Ventspils1.1 
 6. Rozitis, Liepaja/.1.1 
 7. Iljins, Jurmala0.9 
 8. Zvigurs, Valka/Va.0.8 
 9. Zelionis, Ventspils0.8 
 10. Niedra, BK Ogre0.8 


Standings - LBAL

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

Second Stage: Round 10

Feb. 1: Riga/Ridzene - Madona 61-90
Feb. 1: Limbazi - Turiba 52-101
Feb. 2: DSN/SB - Valmiera/ORDO-2
Feb. 2: Jekabpils II - VeA
Feb. 3: RTU - Marupe
Feb. 3: RSU - Livani
Feb. 3: Jelgava - ViA
Feb. 3: Limbazi - Ogre/Kumho Tyre
Feb. 4: LU/BS Riga - BJBS Riga
Feb. 4: Gulbenes Buki - Kekava
Feb. 4: Turiba - Saldus


LBL D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Barrett, Madona27.5 
 2. Krumins, Jelgava23.7 
 3. Ginters, RSU22.8 
 4. Miezis, Kekava22.7 
 5. Kaufmanis, Valmier.21.8 
 6. Stiebrins, Jekabpil.19.1 
 7. Jansons, VEF skola18.4 
 8. Saknitis, Kekava18.2 
 9. Skute, Madona17.8 
 10. Zotovs, VEF skola16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Barrett, Madona15.3 
 2. Dubults, ViA11.8 
 3. Cavars, Kekava11.4 
 4. Vikentsyeu, VeA10.8 
 5. Mednis, Gulbenes Buki10.2 
 6. Gertners, DSN/.9.4 
 7. Krumins, Jelgava9.3 
 8. Metnieks, Marupe8.8 
 9. Ginters, RSU8.7 
 10. Ramanis, Valmier.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Gatis JUSTOVICS
  Jelgava
  (184-G-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Justovics, Jelgava8.3 
 2. Buikis, Saldus7.7 
 3. Kohanovs, ViA6.5 
 4. Bikovs, RTU6.1 
 5. Osins, Limbazi5.9 
 6. Endzels, Turiba5.9 
 7. Zotovs, VEF skola5.6 
 8. Pabrieza, Livani5.4 
 9. Paze, Marupe5.4 
 10. Vecens, Marupe5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Nauris MIEZIS
  Kekava
  (189-F-91)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Miezis, Kekava3.6 
 2. Mikulskiy, VeA2.9 
 3. Kaufmanis, Valmier.2.8 
 4. Dambis, BJBS R.2.8 
 5. Bikovs, RTU2.8 
 6. Osins, Limbazi2.7 
 7. Zotovs, VEF skola2.5 
 8. Skripka, Madona2.4 
 9. Steinbergs, Kekava2.3 
 10. Berzins, Valmier.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Reinis AVOTINS
  Jekabpil.
  (202-F-98)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Avotins, Jekabpil.1.6 
 2. Engers, ViA1.5 
 3. Dembskis, LU/BS R.1.4 
 4. Skute, Madona1.3 
 5. Metnieks, Marupe1.2 
 6. Indrikovs, Ogre/Kum.1.1 
 7. Viksna, Livani1.0 
 8. Jurjans, RSU1.0 
 9. Railans, Valmier.0.9 
 10. Saknitis, Kekava0.9 


David Hicks (ex Liepaja/Triobet) joins Oettinger Rockets Gotha - by Eurobasket News

BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (ProA) agreed terms with 29-year old American point guard David Hicks (184-86kg-88, college: LIU Brooklyn). He played last season at Liepaja/Triobet in Latvian LBL league. In 24 games he had 13.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.4apg and 1.0spg. Hicks helped them to make it to the semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Latvian League All-Star Game. Hicks also played 4 games in Baltic League where he recorded 14.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3spg. Hicks also spent pre-season at Ironi Nahariya (Winner League) in Israel that year.
His college team won NEC Tournament in 2011.
Hicks has played previously for three other Germany teams: Muenster, Science City Jena and SG Schwelmer Baskets.
He attended Long Island University until 2012 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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LBL2 Round 9 (Second Stage): Livani record their first victory - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with games ending by tiny margin and even winless team recording their first victory.

Livani has finally registered their first victory this season after 11 consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Saldus (3-13) 85-59 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-59. Livani forced 27 Saldus turnovers. Guard Matiss Caune (186-93) stepped up and scored 17 points, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners and guard Daumants Pabrieza (183-87) chipped in 11 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. The best for the losing side was guard Toms Karlis Broks (188-90) with 21 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Livani maintains eleventh place with 1-11 record. Saldus at the other side keep the tenth position with 13 games lost. Livani are looking forward to face higher ranked RSU (#6) in Riga in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saldus will play on the road against the league's leader Turiba (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Bottom-ranked BJBS Riga (0-8) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their eighth consecutive match to seventeenth ranked Madona (5-4) 94-86. American swingman Martin Barrett (196, college: Mount Olive) nailed a double-double by scoring 25 points and 21 rebounds for the winning side and Jurgis Juska accounted for 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Davis Bigestans (179-99) came up with 27 points and 5 rebounds for BJBS Riga in the defeat. BJBS Riga's coach Ilgonis Pilags rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Madona have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Newly promoted Madona maintains seventeenth place with 5-4 record. BJBS Riga at the other side still closes the standings with eight games lost. Madona will play against Riga/Ridzene (#20) in the next round. BJBS Riga's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena LU/BS Riga.
A very close game took place in Riga between Saldus and Gulbenes Buki. Tenth ranked Saldus (3-13) got a very close victory on the road over 12th ranked Gulbenes Buki (1-12). Saldus managed to escape with a 1-point win 79-78 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was Toms Karlis Broks who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Saldus' coach Edgars Buikis used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was Roberts Mednis who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Saldus maintains tenth place with 3-13 record. Gulbenes Buki lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 12 games lost. Saldus will meet league's leader Turiba on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gulbenes Buki will play against the league's second-placed Kekava (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
A very interesting game took place in Jekabpils. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 19th ranked Jekabpils II (3-7) to seventeenth ranked VEF skola (6-4) 68-65 on Tuesday evening. It was a good game for Rainers Hermanovskis who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Jekabpils II's coach Andris Cerjaks tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. VEF skola moved-up to fifteenth place. Jekabpils II at the other side keeps the nineteenth position with seven games lost. VEF skola will have a break next round. Jekabpils II will play at home against Ventspils Augstskola (#13) and hope to win that game.
Sixteenth ranked LU/BS Riga (5-3) crushed at home 20th ranked Riga/Ridzene (1-7) by 32 points 93-61, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. Arvids Dambenieks stepped up and scored 28 points for the winners. LU/BS Riga maintains sixteenth place with 5-3 record. Riga/Ridzene lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the twentieth position with seven games lost. LU/BS Riga's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga BJBS Riga.

In the last game of round 9 Livani lost to Kekava on the opponent's court 74-92.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 15 points and 10 rebounds by Reinis Avotins of Jekabpils II.

Kekava - Livani 92-74

Very expected game when 11th ranked Livani (1-11) was defeated on the road by second ranked Kekava (13-1) 92-74 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 53-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Kekava made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Livani turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Forward Agnis Cavars (196-86) stepped up and scored 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and forward Nauris Miezis (189-91) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. Cavars is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Kekava players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Aigars Strelis (200-87) with 17 points and 8 rebounds and forward Eduards Viksna (198-93) scored 14 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Kekava maintains second place with 13-1 record having just seven point less than leader Turiba. Loser Livani keeps the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Kekava will face Gulbenes Buki (#12) in Riga in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Livani will play on the road against RSU in Riga and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kekava: A.Cavars 18+6reb+5ast, N.Miezis 17+4reb+4ast, N.Saknitis 15+5reb+1ast, M.Steinbergs 14+3reb+3ast, K.Steinbergs 13+3reb+2ast, R.Scerbinskis 5+1reb+1ast
Livani: A.Strelis 17+8reb+1ast, E.Viksna 14+4reb+3ast, M.Bremze 10+2reb+4ast, R.Klims 8+1ast, M.Caune 8+6reb+2ast, D.Pabrieza 7+1reb+6ast
gschID: 530252


Jekabpils II - VEF skola 65-68

A very interesting game took place in Jekabpils. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 19th ranked Jekabpils II (3-7) to seventeenth ranked VEF skola (6-4) 68-65 on Tuesday evening. Jekabpils II was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 20-9 third quarter run of VEF skola. It was a good game for guard Rainers Hermanovskis (188-0) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Francis Gustavs Lacis (200-99) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Reinis Avotins (202-98) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Edijs Stiebrins (190-96) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Jekabpils II. Jekabpils II's coach Andris Cerjaks tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. VEF skola moved-up to fifteenth place. Jekabpils II at the other side keeps the nineteenth position with seven games lost. VEF skola will have a break next round. Jekabpils II will play at home against Ventspils Augstskola (#13) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
VEF skola: R.Hermanovskis 21+11reb+3ast, F.Gustavs Lacis 15+8reb+1ast, M.Surkulis 9+6reb+1ast, G.Zomerfelds 9+7reb+1ast, M.Hudins 5+5reb+2ast, A.Emsins 5+2reb
Jekabpils II: R.Avotins 15+10reb+1ast, E.Stiebrins 13+7reb+2ast, K.Tumss 9+5reb, M.Kolesinskis 9+4reb+4ast, D.Steinarts 9+4reb, L.Upenieks 4+2reb
gschID: 530253


Gulbenes Buki - Saldus 78-79

A very close game took place in Riga between Saldus and Gulbenes Buki. Tenth ranked Saldus (3-13) got a very close victory on the road over 12th ranked Gulbenes Buki (1-12). Saldus managed to escape with a 1-point win 79-78 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 14 points after three quarters before their 33-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Saldus forced 25 Gulbenes Buki turnovers. The best player for the winners was guard Toms Karlis Broks (188-90) who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Point guard Edgars Buikis (180-84) chipped in 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Saldus' coach Edgars Buikis used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was center Roberts Mednis (205-89) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and guard Nauris Rikveilis (189-94) added 18 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Saldus maintains tenth place with 3-13 record. Gulbenes Buki lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 12 games lost. Saldus will meet league's leader Turiba on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gulbenes Buki will play against the league's second-placed Kekava (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Saldus: T.Karlis Broks 19+6reb+1ast, R.Smidrins 15+2reb+1ast, E.Buikis 13+7reb+6ast, K.Volfmanis 12+1reb, A.Slanka 7+4reb+1ast, J.Jurenovskis 5+2reb+1ast
Gulbenes Buki: N.Rikveilis 18+8reb+1ast, R.Mednis 18+14reb+3ast, A.Brunins 13+7reb+4ast, M.Caupjonoks 13+8reb+6ast, M.Rozenbergs 7+1reb+2ast, M.Baranovskis 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 530249


BJBS Riga - Madona 86-94

Bottom-ranked BJBS Riga (0-8) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their eighth consecutive match to seventeenth ranked Madona (5-4) 94-86. BJBS Riga was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Madona shot 22 for 30 from the free-throw line, while BJBS Riga only scored five points from the stripe. They outrebounded BJBS Riga 63-33 including a 22-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. Madona brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. BJBS Riga was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American swingman Martin Barrett (196, college: Mount Olive) nailed a double-double by scoring 25 points and 21 rebounds for the winning side and guard Jurgis Juska (180-88) accounted for 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Barrett is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Guard Davis Bigestans (179-99) came up with 27 points and 5 rebounds and guard Aivars Dambis (183-0) added 24 points respectively for BJBS Riga in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BJBS Riga's coach Ilgonis Pilags rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Madona have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Newly promoted Madona maintains seventeenth place with 5-4 record. BJBS Riga at the other side still closes the standings with eight games lost. Madona will play against Riga/Ridzene (#20) in the next round. BJBS Riga's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena LU/BS Riga.
Top scorers:
Madona: M.Barrett 25+21reb+2ast, R.Brants 18+3reb+2ast, A.Skute 14+8reb+2ast, J.Juska 12+10reb+4ast, E.Petersons 10+6reb+1ast, L.Lazdins 9+12reb+2ast
BJBS Riga: D.Bigestans 27+5reb+2ast, A.Dambis 24+4reb+2ast, J.Veldre 14+2reb, I.Lapans 11+7reb+7ast, N.Rimsans 5+5reb+4ast, S.Butirins 3+1reb
gschID: 530250


LU/BS Riga - Riga/Ridzene 93-61

Sixteenth ranked LU/BS Riga (5-3) crushed at home 20th ranked Riga/Ridzene (1-7) by 32 points 93-61, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by LU/BS Riga. Riga/Ridzene was better in second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. LU/BS Riga dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Riga/Ridzene's 22. LU/BS Riga forced 28 Riga/Ridzene turnovers and outrebounded them 45-31 including 30 on the defensive glass. Guard Arvids Dambenieks (186-98) stepped up and scored 28 points for the winners and power forward Daniels Minajevs (205-95) chipped in 13 points and 16 rebounds. Four LU/BS Riga players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was point guard Gustavs Karlis Kampuss (180-99) with 19 points and point guard Edgars Lacis (191-98) scored 10 points and 9 rebounds. LU/BS Riga maintains sixteenth place with 5-3 record. Riga/Ridzene lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the twentieth position with seven games lost. LU/BS Riga's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga BJBS Riga.
Top scorers:
LU/BS Riga: A.Dambenieks 28+1reb+3ast, R.Melderis 19+4reb+4ast, D.Minajevs 13+16reb, D.Klegeris 10+3reb+3ast, N.Niklavs Visnevics 10+3reb+3ast, D.Ozolins 8+15reb
Riga/Ridzene: K.Vitolins 19+2reb, G.Karlis Kampuss 19+2reb+2ast, E.Lacis 10+9reb+3ast, V.Hugo Liepnieks 4+2ast, J.Valdmanis 3, K.Ostvalds 3+5reb+2ast
gschID: 530248


Livani - Saldus 85-59

Livani has finally registered their first victory this season after 11 consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Saldus (3-13) 85-59 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-59. Livani forced 27 Saldus turnovers. Guard Matiss Caune (186-93) stepped up and scored 17 points, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners and guard Daumants Pabrieza (183-87) chipped in 11 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. The best for the losing side was guard Toms Karlis Broks (188-90) with 21 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Roberts Smidrins (190-95) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Livani maintains eleventh place with 1-11 record. Saldus at the other side keep the tenth position with 13 games lost. Livani are looking forward to face higher ranked RSU (#6) in Riga in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Saldus will play on the road against the league's leader Turiba (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Livani: M.Caune 17+2reb+6ast, D.Pabrieza 11+8reb+5ast, R.Klims 9+5reb+2ast, E.Viksna 9+2reb, M.Bremze 9+5reb+3ast, A.Strelis 8+3reb
Saldus: T.Karlis Broks 21+6reb, R.Smidrins 12+6reb, K.Volfmanis 6+4reb, J.Jurenovskis 6+3reb+1ast, G.Vasilevskis 4+2reb+1ast, M.Cukna 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 530247





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Lebanon Overcome Jordan, Crowned 2017 WABA Champions - by Eurobasket News

With one game remaining in the 2017 WABA Championship, Lebanon already claimed the title with the latest win 72-61 against Jordan. Indeed, with 4 wins out of 4 matches, Lebanon secured the gold medal with no other scenario able to reverse that. With one game remaining in the 2017 WABA Championship, Lebanon already claimed the title with the latest win 72-61 against Jordan. Indeed, with 4 wins out of 4 matches, Lebanon secured the gold medal with no other scenario able to reverse that.
Courtesy of: sports-961.com



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UBT Cluj Napoca tabs Vaidas Kariniauskas - by Eurobasket News

U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (Liga Nationala) inked 24-year old Lithuanian international point guard Vaidas Kariniauskas (197-90kg-93). He played recently at AV Cantu in Italian Serie A, but left the team earlier this month. But in 14 games he averaged just 1.7ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.6apg this season. The last season Kariniauskas played at GS Kymis in Greek A2 where in 28 games he had 9.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.3apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice). A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team.
Kariniauskas has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Lithuanian senior team since 2014 and two years ago for U22 National Team.
Kariniauskas represented Lithuania at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 1.5ppg, 1.0apg.
Kariniauskas has played also professionally for other Lithuanian teams like Zalgiris, LSU-Atletas, Lietkabelis and Zalgiris II Kaunas.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Palma inks Robertas Grabauskas - by Eurobasket News

Palma Air Europa de Palma de Mallorca (LEB Gold) signed 27-year old Lithuanian center Robertas Grabauskas (208-113kg-90, college: Northwood, agency: HMS). He just played at TLU/Kalev in Estonian Alexela KML. In 9 games he had 10.2ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.6apg this season. Grabauskas also played 4 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 10.0ppg and 9.8rpg. He also spent pre-season at Liepaja/Triobet (LBL) in Latvian league earlier that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Grabauskas was voted Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League 3rd Team in 2015.
He has played previously professionally in Romania (Gaz Metan) and Lithuania (Lietkabelis).
Grabauskas attended Northwood University until 2013 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @CompeticionFEB)

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NKL Round 6 (Second Stage): Telsiai lose to Suduva-Mantinga in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The game between Top Four teams took place in Telsiu. 3rd ranked host Telsiai (20-11) was smashed by first ranked Suduva-Mantinga (25-6) 92-73. The game was mostly controlled by Suduva-Mantinga. Telsiai managed to win third quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Telsiai 37-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. Guard Evaldas Saulys (190-93) scored 23 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and French Rytis Juknevicius (187-93, agency: Players Group) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Laurynas Kaveckis (190-90) with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Suduva-Mantinga maintains first position with 25-6 record. Telsiai at the other side keeps the third place with 11 games lost. Suduva-Mantinga are looking forward to face Silute (#5) at home in the next round. Telsiai will play against Perlas-MRU in Vilnius and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
The game in Sakiai was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Perlas-MRU (17-14) played at the court of seventh ranked Vytis (15-16). Vytis did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 74-56. Guard Paulius Beliavicius (194-88) notched 23 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Augustinas Jankaitis supported him with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Vytis' coach Virginijus Sirvydis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 10 points and 8 rebounds by forward Domantas Pipiras (203-91) did not help to save the game for Perlas-MRU. Vytis maintains seventh position with 15-16 record, which they share with Palanga. Perlas-MRU lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Silute and Zalgiris II. Vytis will play against league's second-placed Nafta-Uni. in Klaipeda in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Perlas-MRU will play at home against Telsiai and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 6: Perlas-MRU lost to Rasai on the opponent's court 66-80. Zalgiris II managed to outperform Petrochema in a home game 78-74. Mazeikiai recorded a loss to Palanga on the road 85-73. Delikatesas defeated KTU on its own court 73-62.

Rasai - Perlas-MRU 80-66

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Perlas-MRU's (17-14) road loss to fourth ranked Rasai (20-12) 66-80. Perlas-MRU was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 40-22 second half run of Rasai. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Perlas-MRU to just 7 points in third quarter. Guard Sarunas Vingelis (191-89) notched 23 points to lead the effort and point guard Tomas Galeckas (183-94) supported him with 21 points. Even a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) by forward Domantas Pipiras (203-91) did not help to save the game for Perlas-MRU. Guard Karolis Giedraitis (193-98) added 8 points and 4 assists. Perlas-MRU's coach Arvydas Gronskis rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Rasai maintains fourth position with 20-12 record. Perlas-MRU lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Silute and Zalgiris II. Rasai will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Perlas-MRU will play at home against Telsiai (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rasai: S.Vingelis 23+3reb+2ast, T.Galeckas 21+3reb+3ast, G.Stankevicius 12+3reb+1ast, A.Aleksandrovas 8+1reb+2ast, R.Grinius 6+6reb+1ast, K.Okmanas 5+4reb
Perlas-MRU: D.Pipiras 15+13reb, A.Berucka 13+1reb, K.Giedraitis 8+2reb+4ast, T.Pipiras 7+4reb+1ast, T.Vaiciunas 6+3reb, R.Keliacius 5+5reb
gschID: 533254


Telsiai - Suduva-Mantinga 73-92

The game between Top Four teams took place in Telsiu. 3rd ranked host Telsiai (20-11) was smashed by first ranked Suduva-Mantinga (25-6) 92-73. The game was mostly controlled by Suduva-Mantinga. Telsiai managed to win third quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Telsiai 37-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. Guard Evaldas Saulys (190-93) scored 23 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and French Rytis Juknevicius (187-93, agency: Players Group) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists during the contest. Five Suduva-Mantinga players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Laurynas Kaveckis (190-90) with 13 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Mindaugas Norkus (200-85) scored 15 points. Suduva-Mantinga maintains first position with 25-6 record. Telsiai at the other side keeps the third place with 11 games lost. Suduva-Mantinga are looking forward to face Silute (#5) at home in the next round. Telsiai will play against Perlas-MRU in Vilnius and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Suduva-Mantinga: E.Saulys 23+9reb+1ast, A.Udras 17+5reb, R.Juknevicius 15+6reb+9ast, G.Matulis 15+5reb+2ast, K.Rochford 11+7reb+1ast, E.Ezerskis 8+1reb+4ast
Telsiai: M.Norkus 15+3reb+1ast, I.Razutis 15+3reb+1ast, L.Kaveckis 13+6reb+3ast, E.Gumuliauskas 9+1reb, A.Maneikis 6+6reb, V.Pocius 5+3ast
gschID: 533249


Zalgiris II - Petrochema 78-74

Very predictable result in Kaunas where eighth ranked Zalgiris II (17-14) defeated bottom-ranked Petrochema (7-24) 78-74. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-14. But Petrochema won second period 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zalgiris II made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Zalgiris II outrebounded Petrochema 44-29 including a 33-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Petrochema was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Power forward Gytis Masiulis (206-98) notched 24 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Kristupas Zemaitis (192-96) supported him with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Zalgiris II players scored in double figures. Zalgiris II's coach Tomas Masiulis allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 24 points and 4 steals by point guard Lukas Grabauskas (194-95) did not help to save the game for Petrochema. Guard Ricardas Verbickas (191-95) added 16 points. Zalgiris II have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Silute and Perlas-MRU. Petrochema at the other side dropped to the bottom. They share the position with Ezerunas-Karys. Zalgiris II will play against Ezerunas-Karys (#13) in Moletai in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Petrochema will play on the road against Palanga and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris II: G.Masiulis 24+8reb+2ast, K.Zemaitis 18+6reb+6ast, L.Birutis 11+15reb+4ast, M.Jogela 10+4reb, I.Sargiunas 9+1reb+1ast, L.Uleckas 3+3reb
Petrochema: L.Grabauskas 24+2reb+1ast, R.Verbickas 16+4reb+2ast, K.Sarukas 10+3reb+3ast, M.Bulanovas 8+1reb, M.Dieninis 8+4reb+1ast, T.Milinskas 6+7reb
gschID: 533251


Palanga - Mazeikiai 85-73

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked Mazeikiai (11-20) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Palanga (15-16) 85-73. Mazeikiai was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 25-11 charge of Palanga, which allowed them to win the game. They made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. American guard Raijon Kelly (190-93, college: Angelo St.) notched 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Aurimas Urbonas (198-93) supported him with 20 points. Four Palanga players scored in double figures. Even 18 points and 6 rebounds by forward Rytis Biliartas (200-91) did not help to save the game for Mazeikiai. Swingman Kostas Jonuska (195-92) added 16 points. Palanga moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Vytis. Mazeikiai at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with 20 games lost. Palanga will play against bottom-ranked Petrochema (#14) in Jonava in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mazeikiai will play on the road against Delikatesas in Joniskis and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Palanga: R.Kelly 23+8reb+3ast, A.Urbonas 20+3reb+3ast, Z.Simonis 12+4reb+5ast, A.Bertasius 10+3reb+2ast, M.Staselis 9+4reb+4ast, A.Montrimavicius 5+4reb+1ast
Mazeikiai: R.Biliartas 18+6reb+2ast, K.Jonuska 16+4reb+2ast, J.Olechnavicius 14+2reb+1ast, A.Mikalauskas 9+7reb+2ast, T.Miskinis 8+3reb, A.Einikis 3
gschID: 533252


Delikatesas - KTU 73-62

There was a small surprise in Joniskis where twelfth ranked Delikatesas (12-19) beat 10th ranked KTU (12-20) 73-62. The game was mostly controlled by Delikatesas. KTU was better in second period 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. KTU was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Darius Griskenas (194-84) notched 24 points to lead the effort and swingman Zilvinas Petraitis (194-88) supported him with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Four Delikatesas players scored in double figures. Even 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists by point guard Martynas Zigmantavicius (187-96) did not help to save the game for KTU. Deividas Poguzinskas (202-95, college: High School) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. KTU's coach Vytautas Pliauga rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Delikatesas moved-up to tenth place. Newly promoted KTU dropped to the eleventh position with 20 games lost. Delikatesas will play against Mazeikiai (#12) at home in the next round. KTU will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Delikatesas: D.Griskenas 24+3reb+1ast, S.Kulevicius 13+4reb+1ast, Z.Petraitis 12+8reb, T.Pazera 12+5reb+2ast, D.Sabeckis 7+2ast, M.Margis 3
KTU: M.Zigmantavicius 18+5reb+4ast, D.Poguzinskas 12+6reb+5ast, M.Kuprijanovas 8+3reb+3ast, J.Kigas 7+2reb+2ast, J.Marcinkevicius 4+2reb, J.Davniukas 3+1reb
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Vytis - Perlas-MRU 74-56

The game in Sakiai was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Perlas-MRU (17-14) played at the court of seventh ranked Vytis (15-16). Vytis did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 74-56. The game was mostly controlled by Vytis. Perlas-MRU was better in second period 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Perlas-MRU to just 6 points in first quarter. Vytis forced 20 Perlas-MRU turnovers and outrebounded them 39-27 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Paulius Beliavicius (194-88) notched 23 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and forward Augustinas Jankaitis (205-94) supported him with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Vytis players scored in double figures. Vytis' coach Virginijus Sirvydis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 10 points and 8 rebounds by forward Domantas Pipiras (203-91) did not help to save the game for Perlas-MRU. Forward Arnas Berucka (195-97) added 12 points and 5 assists. Vytis maintains seventh position with 15-16 record, which they share with Palanga. Perlas-MRU lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Silute and Zalgiris II. Vytis will play against league's second-placed Nafta-Uni. in Klaipeda in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Perlas-MRU will play at home against Telsiai and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vytis: P.Beliavicius 23+3reb+1ast, S.Jackson 12+3reb+2ast, G.Radzevicius 11+7reb+1ast, A.Jankaitis 10+8reb+5ast, R.Stankevicius 8+5reb+2ast, E.Jezukevicius 6+5reb+1ast
Perlas-MRU: A.Berucka 12+2reb+5ast, D.Pipiras 10+8reb+2ast, K.Giedraitis 7+2reb+1ast, T.Pipiras 7+3reb+2ast, D.Sirvydis 6+6reb+1ast, T.Vaiciunas 6
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Kariniauskas left AV Cantu - by Eurobasket News

24-year old Lithuanian international point guard Vaidas Kariniauskas (197-90kg-93) left Acqua Vitasnella Cantu (Serie A). But in 14 games in Italy he recorded just 1.7ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.6apg this season.
The last season Kariniauskas played at GS Kymis in Greek A2 where in 28 games he averaged 9.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.3apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to win the league title (twice). A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 2nd Team and All-Bosmans Team.
Kariniauskas has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Lithuanian senior team since 2014 and two years ago for U22 National Team.
Kariniauskas represented Lithuania at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 1.5ppg, 1.0apg.
Kariniauskas has played also professionally for other Lithuanian teams like Zalgiris, LSU-Atletas, Lietkabelis and Zalgiris II Kaunas.

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Best players of Lithuanian LKL round 21 - by Eurobasket News

Vytautas Sulskis (200-G-88, agency: Octagon Europe) had an amazing evening in the last round for Juventus and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 28-year old guard had the game-high 27 points adding three rebounds and three assists for Juventus