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  ABA  



ABA announces the Final Eight - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) announced that the ABA Championship Series, the Final Eight, will be held from March 29th to April 2nd in Baltimore, MD. The series will feature the top surviving eight teams following three weeks of play-in rounds and for the first time in several years, will be a sudden death tournament similar to the NFL and NCAA format.
The event will be hosted by the Baltimore Hawks which will receive a bye and which will play the #8 team in Baltimore for the final spot. The #1 team in the final ABA Power Rankings will receive an automatic bye to the finals. "We are very excited to be hosting the Final Eight," stated Baltimore Hawks owner, Gregory Brown . "We hosted the ABA All Star Game last year, the league was impressed with the way that event was handled and awarded us this year's tournament. I want to add that Andre Vaughn , owner of the DMV Warriors and currently the #1 team in the Power Rankings has been exceptionally helpful in putting together what will be a stellar event.
"We are very excited about this year's tournament," stated ABA co-founder Joe Newman . "There are so many excellent teams this year, including the defending ABA Champion Jacksonville Giants. I don't think there will be a clear cut favorite this year."
The Final Eight will be played at the Woodlawn Gymnasium, 1801 Woodlawn Drive, Baltimore, MD. Ticket prices will be General Admission ($20), Courtside Seats ($40),
Tournament Pass: ($50). There are only 2000 seats available.
For more information, visit www.baltimorehawks.com or www.abaliveaction.com



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  ALBANIA  


Rashaun Broadus selected the top Albanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Rashaun Broadus
Rashaun Broadus
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international point guard Rashaun Broadus (183-84, agency: Octagon Europe, college: BYU, currently plays in Germany). He could not help SC Rasta Vechta (1-20) to beat Telekom Baskets (12-8). Broadus recorded 8 points and added 5 passes in 18 minutes on the court. SC Rasta Vechta lost 70-77 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#7) Telekom Baskets. It was SC Rasta Vechta's 15th consecutive loss in a row. This year Broadus averages: 5.6ppg, 1.6rpg, 5.6apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 34.8%, 3FGP: 18.8% and FT: 75.0% in five games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Broadus is currently a member of the Albanian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Albania.

Elvisi Dusha
Elvisi Dusha
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Elvisi Dusha (188-94, currently plays in United Kingdom). Dusha was not able to help Plymouth Raiders in their game against Glasgow Rocks (15-5) in the British BBL. He scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Plymouth Raiders was defeated 86-75 in Glasgow by the higher-ranked Rocks (#3). It was Plymouth Raiders' third consecutive loss in a row. Dusha's overall stats this season are: 2.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 25.0%, 3FGP: 28.6%. He has a dual citizenship: Albanian and British. Despite Dusha played previously for the British U20 national team, he is currently a member of the Albanian senior national team.

Franko Bushati
Franko Bushati
   #3. The Albanian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international shooting guard Franko Bushati (189-85, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Italy). Bushati was not able to secure a victory for Brescia (9-10) in their game against Armani Milano (16-3) in the Italian Serie A. He recorded only 4 points in 11 minutes. Brescia lost 79-93 in Milano to the leading Armani. This year Bushati averages just 2.5ppg, 2FGP: 44.0%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 53.3% in 19 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Albanian and Italian. Bushati played for the Albanian national team five years ago.

Vildan Mitku
Vildan Mitku
   #4. Forward Vildan Mitku (200-83, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Tuebingen II (7-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance the 11th-placed Tuebingen II (7-13) was badly defeated 87-70 at home by the higher-ranked Karlsruhe SC (#6) in the South-West group. Mitku was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. It's Mitku's sixth season with the team. Mitku has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.6ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.6apg and 1.6spg. Mitku used to play for the Albanian national team back in 2011.

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

   #1. Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94, currently plays in ABA League). He could not help Krka (7-15) to beat MZT Skopje (8-14). Kastrati's contribution was not very remarkable in Sunday's game. He recorded only 3 points. Krka was crushed 89-65 on the road by the higher-ranked MZT Skopje (#11). There are only four games left until the end of the ABA League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Kastrati's fifth season with the team. Kastrati's overall stats this year are: 3.5ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.1apg. He has a dual citizenship: Kosovan and Albanian.

   #2. Shkelzen Bekteshi (185-G-91, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Kirchheim Knights in their game against ETB Wohnbau (6-18) in the German ProA (second division). Bekteshi scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 19 minutes. But Kirchheim Knights was edged 93-92 in Essen by the one of league's weakest teams (#15) ETB Wohnbau. It's Bekteshi's seventh season with the team. This year he averages only 0.5ppg in two games he played so far. Bekteshi is another player who holds two passports: Albanian and German.

   #3. Klaudio Patani (197-F/C-96, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a 2-point Isernia's victory against the seventh-ranked Matera (11-8) 88-86 in the Italian Serie B (third division) in Sunday night's game. He scored 9 points in 28 minutes. Il Globo Basket Isernia (7-13) is placed 11th in Group D. This year Patani's overall stats are: 9.4ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.1spg in 20 games. He has both Albanian and Italian nationalities.

Other top Albanian players, who play abroad:

Klaudio Ndoja (201-F/G-85) plays for Virtus Bologna in Italian Serie A2
Besnik Bekteshi (191-G-93) plays for SC Rasta Vechta in German BBL
Celis Taflaj (201-SF-98) plays for Viola RC in Italian Serie A2
Ergys Rrapi (200-C-83) plays for Ermis Lagkada in Greek B
Bruno Zyka (184-SG-97) plays for Francavilla in Italian Serie C Silver
Frenki Lilaj (201-C-98) plays for GBA Sparta in Czech Republic 1Liga
Nderim Pelaj (182-PG-88) plays for Halle USV in German 2.Regionalliga
Saha Milanovic (198-F-99) plays for Porto SG Virtus in Italian Serie C Silver
Ferdi Bedini (184-SG-99) plays for Bergamo in Italian Serie B

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



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  ANTIGUA  

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 12

Feb. 18: Ottos - Freetown T. 52-51
Feb. 18: Yorks Crushers - HL Rockersville 20-0

Regular Season: Round 14

Feb. 23: Freetown T. - HS Outlaws
Feb. 23: Ottos - Stingerz



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  ARGENTINA  

Standings - LigaA

LigaA Standings
Norte
 1. San Martin C. 25-9 
 2. Estudiantes C. 24-12 
 3. Instituto 21-13 
 4. Regatas C. 19-12 
 5. Quimsa 19-14 
 6. Olimpico LB 17-16 
 7. Libertad S. 17-17 
 8. La Union 16-18 
 9. Atenas 11-21 
 10. Echague 5-28 
Sur
 1. San Lorenzo 25-9 
 2. Ferrocarril 21-11 
 3. Weber Bahia 20-13 
 4. GECR Indalo 16-18 
 5. Obras Basket 16-18 
 6. Argentino 15-18 
 7. Quilmes MP 15-19 
 8. Penarol 14-21 
 9. Boca Jrs 10-24 
 10. Hispano Am. 10-25 

Regular Season: Round 34

Feb. 17: Quimsa - La Union 99-87
Feb. 18: Boca Jrs - Olimpico LB 89-86
Feb. 18: Estudiantes C. - Penarol 89-71
Feb. 19: Libertad S. - San Lorenzo 84-53
Feb. 19: San Martin C. - Atenas 83-80
Feb. 17: Argentino - GECR Indalo 78-67
Feb. 17: Quilmes MP - Weber Bahia 75-68
Feb. 17: Echague - San Lorenzo 74-85
Feb. 18: Regatas C. - Hispano Am. 107-93
Feb. 20: Obras Basket - Olimpico LB
Feb. 20: Echague - Penarol
Feb. 20: La Union - Hispano Am.
Feb. 21: Ferrocarril - Instituto
Feb. 21: Regatas C. - Atenas


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Tucker, Estudian.21.4 
 2. Green, Instituto19.9 
 3. Quinteros, Regat.18.7 
 4. Sims, Regatas C.18.7 
 5. Solano, Echague18.4 
 6. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 7. Horner, Obras B.16.7 
 8. Reed, Penarol16.5 
 9. Mickeal, Atenas16.2 
 10. Vildoza, Quilm.16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.4 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.5 
 3. Clancy, Instituto10.3 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.9 
 5. Wood, San M.9.1 
 6. Johnson, Atenas8.9 
 7. Justiz, Estudian.8.5 
 8. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.4 
 9. Horner, Obras B.8.4 
 10. Francis, La Union8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Franco BALBI
  Ferrocarril
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.3 
 2. Barral, Obras B.6.1 
 3. Stanic, Olimpico.6.0 
 4. Konsztadt, La Union5.4 
 5. Aguirre, San L.5.3 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.1 
 7. Perez, Boca Jrs4.6 
 8. De-l., GECR I.4.5 
 9. Ciorciari, Instituto4.5 
 10. Hopson, Quimsa4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Reynaldo GARCIA
  San M.
  (187-G-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 2. Solano, Echague2.0 
 3. Basualdo, Quilm.1.9 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.1.9 
 5. De-l., GECR I.1.8 
 6. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 7. Massey, Libertad.1.5 
 8. Lescano, San M.1.5 
 9. Vildoza, Quilm.1.5 
 10. Flor, Quilmes MP1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.2 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.1 
 3. Crawford, Argen.1.7 
 4. Richard, Obras B.1.5 
 5. Marriaga, Estudian.1.3 
 6. Battle, Quimsa1.2 
 7. Calfani, San L.1.1 
 8. Meyinsse, San L.1.1 
 9. Clancy, Instituto1.1 
 10. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 


Standings - TNA

TNA Standings
Center North
 1. Union SF 20-6 
 2. San Isidro 17-10 
 3. Barrio Parque 14-11 
 4. Independiente BBC 11-17 
 5. BHY Tiro Federal 9-16 
 6. SP Las Parejas 6-21 
Center South
 1. Parque Sur 16-11 
 2. Ciclista 16-11 
 3. Platense 13-11 
 4. Temperley 12-12 
 5. Rocamora 11-13 
 6. Gimnasia LP 7-19 
 7. La Union 6-20 
North
 1. Hindu 20-5 
 2. Comunicaciones 20-7 
 3. Villa Angela 15-9 
 4. Salta Basket 11-13 
 5. Villa San Martin 10-17 
 6. Obera TC 8-17 
 7. Mitre Tuc. 6-18 
South
 1. Estudiantes O. 18-8 
 2. Alianza Viedma 16-11 
 3. Olimpo BB 15-10 
 4. Huracan 15-11 
 5. Atenas Carmen 14-13 
 6. Petr.Argentino 8-17 

Regular Season: Round 26

Feb. 18: Huracan - Rocamora 97-91
Feb. 18: Gimnasia LP - Alianza Viedma 97-102
Feb. 19: Atenas Carmen - Platense 93-83
Feb. 18: Comunicaciones - Union SF 93-70
Feb. 15: Estudiantes O. - La Union 87-70
Feb. 16: Obera TC - Union SF 83-88
Feb. 17: Villa Angela - SP Las Parejas 80-57
Feb. 17: Estudiantes O. - Olimpo BB 79-77
Feb. 19: Independiente BBC - BHY Tiro Federal 79-75
Feb. 19: Salta Basket - Barrio Parque 78-75
Feb. 19: Villa San Martin - SP Las Parejas 76-67
Feb. 15: Independiente BBC - Barrio Parque 75-74
Feb. 15: Ciclista - Olimpo BB 74-68
Feb. 18: Parque Sur - Ciclista 72-61
Feb. 17: Mitre Tuc. - Barrio Parque 66-77
Feb. 15: Hindu - Comunicaciones 64-80
Feb. 15: BHY Tiro Federal - San Isidro 57-63
Feb. 15: Petr.Argentino - Huracan 56-71
Feb. 21: Villa Angela - BHY Tiro Federal
Feb. 21: Hindu - SP Las Parejas
Feb. 22: Barrio Parque - Mitre Tuc.
Feb. 22: San Isidro - Comunicaciones


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Barovero, Union SF23.5 
 2. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista20.7 
 3. Matthews, Salta B.19.8 
 4. Brown, La Union19.7 
 5. Martin Jr., Alianza .19.6 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.19.5 
 7. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.19.0 
 8. Montes-C., Obera T.18.3 
 9. Pais, Platense18.1 
 10. Villa, Gimnasia LP17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Santiago GONZALEZ
  San I.
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Gonzalez, San I.12.7 
 2. Matthews, Salta B.10.1 
 3. Graham, Temperley9.4 
 4. Cutley, Atenas C.9.0 
 5. Lockett, BHY T.8.6 
 6. Lauria, Comunica.8.6 
 7. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.5 
 8. Joseph, Obera TC8.2 
 9. Granado, Olimpo BB7.7 
 10. Coleman, Alianza .7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Victor Hugo CAJAL
  Independ.
  (179-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Cajal, Independ.7.3 
 2. La Bella, Gimnasia.7.3 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.5 
 4. Gandoy, Obera TC5.2 
 5. Paletta, Hindu5.2 
 6. Cequeira, Villa A.4.9 
 7. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.4.5 
 8. Franco, Alianza .4.3 
 9. Correa, BHY T.4.3 
 10. Schoppler, Olimpo B.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Felipe PAIS
  Platense
  (185-G-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Pais, Platense2.5 
 2. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.2.2 
 3. Cequeira, Villa A.2.1 
 4. Brown, Mitre Tuc.2.1 
 5. Correa, BHY T.2.1 
 6. Lopez, Independ.2.0 
 7. Merlo, Ciclista1.9 
 8. Punet, Huracan1.8 
 9. Eseverri, Salta B.1.8 
 10. Tabarez, Union SF1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Huracan
  (200-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Heyward, Huracan2.5 
 2. Lockett, BHY T.1.5 
 3. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.5 
 4. Deck, Obera TC1.3 
 5. Nwogbo, Alianza .1.3 
 6. Okoye, Salta Basket1.1 
 7. Stroud, Parque Sur1.0 
 8. Lauria, Comunica.0.9 
 9. Granado, Olimpo BB0.9 
 10. Tabarez, Union SF0.9 



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  ASEAN LEAGUE  

Standings

ASEAN League Standings
 1 Singapore S. 10-5 
 2 Hong Kong ELL 9-2 
 3 Alab Pilipinas 7-5 
 4 Kaohsiung 5-8 
 5 Saigon H. 3-7 
 6 KL Dragons 3-10 

Regular Season: Round 10

Feb. 17: Alab Pilipinas - KL Dragons 87-79
Feb. 19: KL Dragons - Alab Pilipinas 79-77
Feb. 19: Kaohsiung - Singapore S. 79-75
Feb. 18: Saigon H. - Hong Kong ELL 72-97

Regular Season: Round 11

Feb. 22: Hong Kong ELL - Kaohsiung
Feb. 24: KL Dragons - Saigon H.
Feb. 26: KL Dragons - Hong Kong ELL
Feb. 26: Singapore S. - Kaohsiung
Feb. 26: Saigon H. - Alab Pilipinas


Round 10: Kaohsiung defeat leader Singapore Slingers - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Singapore Singapore Slingers (10-5) in Kaohsiung City on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked Taiwanese Kaohsiung (5-8) 79-75. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-16. But Singapore Slingers won second period 25-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Hungarian power forward Derek Hall (211-90, college: Albright) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Chris Oliver (201-85, college: Radford) contributed with 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American guard Xavier Alexander (198-88, college: S.Nazarene) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for Singapore Slingers. Kaohsiung maintains fourth position with 5-8 record. Singapore Slingers at the other side still keep top place with five games lost. Kaohsiung are again looking forward to face league's leader Singapore Slingers on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Singapore Slingers will have a break next round.
Important game to mention about took place in Kuala Lumpur. Sixth ranked Malaysian KL Dragons (3-10) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 3rd ranked Filipino Alab Pilipinas (7-5) 79-77 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Alab Pilipinas. American power forward Skylar Spencer (208-94, college: San Diego St.) had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 22 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and Kiwi Gardner chipped in 21 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals during the contest. At the losing side American forward Sampson Carter (203-90, college: Massachusetts, agency: Haylett Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. KL Dragons maintains sixth position with 3-10 record. Alab Pilipinas at the other side keep the third place with five games lost. KL Dragons will play against league's second-placed Hong Kong ELL at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Alab Pilipinas will play against Saigon Heat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Saigon supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Hong Kong Hong Kong ELL (9-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (3-7). Hong Kong ELL smashed Saigon Heat 97-72 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Saigon Heat. Marcus Elliott notched 22 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort. Hong Kong ELL's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 32 points and 9 rebounds (on 14-of-18 shooting from the field) by Lenny Daniel did not help to save the game for Saigon Heat. Hong Kong ELL have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 9-2 record behind leader Singapore S. Loser Saigon Heat keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. Hong Kong ELL will meet bottom-ranked KL Dragons (#6) in the next round. Saigon Heat will play against Alab Pilipinas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 10 bottom-ranked KL Dragons were beaten by Alab Pilipinas on the road 87-79.

Kaohsiung - Singapore S. 79-75

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Singapore Singapore Slingers (10-5) in Kaohsiung City on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked Taiwanese Kaohsiung (5-8) 79-75. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-16. But Singapore Slingers won second period 25-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Hungarian power forward Derek Hall (211-90, college: Albright) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Chris Oliver (201-85, college: Radford) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American guard Xavier Alexander (198-88, college: S.Nazarene) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and Australian center Luke Schenscher (216-82, college: Georgia Tech) added 17 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Singapore Slingers. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kaohsiung maintains fourth position with 5-8 record. Singapore Slingers at the other side still keep top place with five games lost. Kaohsiung are again looking forward to face league's leader Singapore Slingers on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Singapore Slingers will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Kaohsiung: D.Hall 20+13reb+5ast, R.Jose 14+6reb, M.Reyes 13+2reb+2ast, C.Oliver 13+10reb+2ast, A.Inigo 9+1reb+2ast, W.Lee 5+1reb
Singapore S.: W.Long Wong 19+1reb+4ast, X.Alexander 19+10reb+5ast, L.Schenscher 17+12reb+3ast, L.Kwek Wei 14+3reb+1ast, H.Ng 6+4reb+1ast, K.Lim 0
gschID: 520726


KL Dragons - Alab Pilipinas 79-77

Important game to mention about took place in Kuala Lumpur. Sixth ranked Malaysian KL Dragons (3-10) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 3rd ranked Filipino Alab Pilipinas (7-5) 79-77 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Alab Pilipinas. The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 25-15 Alab Pilipinas' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 79-77 at the end of the game. KL Dragons made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. American power forward Skylar Spencer (208-94, college: San Diego St.) had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 22 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import point guard Kiwi Gardner (170-93, college: Providence) chipped in 21 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals during the contest. At the losing side American forward Sampson Carter (203-90, college: Massachusetts, agency: Haylett Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds and forward Robby Celiz (193-88) scored 23 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. KL Dragons maintains sixth position with 3-10 record. Alab Pilipinas at the other side keep the third place with five games lost. KL Dragons will play against league's second-placed Hong Kong ELL at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Alab Pilipinas will play against Saigon Heat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KL Dragons: S.Spencer 22+22reb, K.Gardner 21+6reb+5ast, J.Munzon 20+2reb+1ast, I.Yeo 8+11reb+1ast, C.Hong Ting 4+2reb, T.Yuan Kuek 2+2reb
Alab Pilipinas: R.Celiz 23+4reb+3ast, S.Carter 21+15reb+1ast, J.Fortuna 12+3reb+3ast, J.Cawaling 9+4reb+1ast, B.Ray Parks 8+8reb+1ast, K.Dieter 2+2ast
gschID: 520725


Saigon H. - Hong Kong ELL 72-97

The game in Saigon supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Hong Kong Hong Kong ELL (9-2) played at the court of 5th ranked Vietnamese Saigon Heat (3-7). Hong Kong ELL smashed Saigon Heat 97-72 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Saigon Heat. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-72. American guard Marcus Elliott (191-84, college: Louisiana Tech) notched 22 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import guard Tyler Lamb (196-91, college: Long Beach St.) supported him with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Four Hong Kong ELL players scored in double figures. Hong Kong ELL's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 32 points and 9 rebounds (on 14-of-18 shooting from the field) by American Lenny Daniel (203-87, college: CS Northridge) did not help to save the game for Saigon Heat. American-Panamanian center Jordan Henriquez-Roberts (214-89, college: Kansas St.) added 16 points and 14 rebounds for lost side. Hong Kong ELL have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 9-2 record behind leader Singapore S. Loser Saigon Heat keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. Hong Kong ELL will meet bottom-ranked KL Dragons (#6) in the next round. Saigon Heat will play against Alab Pilipinas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hong Kong ELL: M.Elliott 22+7reb+3ast, T.Lamb 21+5reb+3ast, P.Sullivan 17+8reb+4ast, K.Lee 13+2reb+3ast, S.Yee Fong 8+7reb+2ast, S.Wing Chan 7+1reb
Saigon H.: L.Daniel 32+9reb+3ast, J.Henriquez-Roberts 16+14reb, D.Arnold 13+3reb+3ast, M.Morgan 6+4reb+1ast, H.Nguyen Van 3+2ast, T.Nguyen 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 520724


Alab Pilipinas - KL Dragons 87-79

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Filipino Alab Pilipinas (7-5) beat bottom-ranked Malaysian KL Dragons (3-10) in Manila 87-79 on Friday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But KL Dragons won fourth quarter 22-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded KL Dragons 53-39 including a 38-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. American players dominated the game. Center James Hughes (211-83, college: N.Illinois, agency: Haylett Sports) notched a double-double by scoring 14 points and 18 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Sampson Carter (203-90, college: Massachusetts, agency: Haylett Sports) supported him with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Five Alab Pilipinas players scored in double figures. Even 30 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists by point guard Kiwi Gardner (170-93, college: Providence) did not help to save the game for KL Dragons. Power forward Skylar Spencer (208-94, college: San Diego St.) added 17 points and 17 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Alab Pilipinas maintains third position with 7-5 record having 3 victories less than leader Singapore S. KL Dragons lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with ten games lost. Alab Pilipinas will meet Saigon Heat (#5) on the road in the next round. KL Dragons will play against the league's second-placed Hong Kong ELL and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Alab Pilipinas: S.Carter 15+11reb+2ast, B.Ray Parks 15+1reb+5ast, J.Hughes 14+18reb, R.Celiz 14+2reb+1ast, J.Cawaling 14+6reb+1ast, L.Domingo 8+6reb+2ast
KL Dragons: K.Gardner 30+5reb+4ast, J.Munzon 20+3reb+5ast, S.Spencer 17+17reb, K.Hou Teo 4, Y.Hou Wong 4+2reb+1ast, C.Kheun Ma 2+1ast
gschID: 520723





Luke Schenscher (ex Townsville H.) is a newcomer at Singapore Slingers - by Eurobasket News

Jobstreet.com Singapore Slingers (ASEAN League) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 35-year old Australian ex-international center Luke Schenscher (216-120kg-82, college: Georgia Tech). He played last summer at Townsville Heat in Australian QBL. In 11 games he recorded 14.6ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.6apg. Schenscher helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. The last season he played at Townsville Crocodiles (NBL) in Australian league where in 13 games he averaged 4.1ppg and 3.2rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Schenscher received Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Center of the Year award back in 2011.
He was a member of Australian international program for some years. Schenscher was called to Australian Senior National Team between 2001 and 2011 and previously for U21 National Team in 2001.
He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Schenscher's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America) in four different countries. Schenscher has played previously professionally in Germany (Brose Baskets), NBA (Chicago Bulls), Australia (Adelaide 36ers, Perth Wildcats and Eastern Mavericks) and D-League (Ft.Worth F.).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Singapore Slingers.
Schenscher attended Georgia Tech until 2005 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Intelligent player who became a consistent scorer around the basket, an excellent passer and a solid defender in the post ... Excellent passer for a big man, and can score with either hand.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Singapore



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  AUSTRALIA  

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Bryce COTTON
  Wildcats
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Cotton, Wildcats23.1 
 2. Ware, United22.1 
 3. Randle, 36ers21.1 
 4. Prather, Wildcats19.4 
 5. Dillard, Breakers18.1 
 6. Newley, Kings17.6 
 7. Penney, Breakers17.3 
 8. Clarke, Hawks17.0 
 9. Goulding, United16.9 
 10. Lisch, Kings16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Josh BOONE
  United
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Boone, United9.3 
 2. Craig, Bullets8.0 
 3. Ogilvy, Hawks7.6 
 4. Mitchell, Breakers7.2 
 5. Johnson, 36ers7.2 
 6. Pledger, Breakers6.8 
 7. Bairstow, Bullets6.5 
 8. Whittington, Kings6.4 
 9. McKay, Wildcats6.2 
 10. Knight, Wildcats6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Ben WOODSIDE
  Breakers
  (180-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Woodside, Breakers5.5 
 2. Jackson, United5.4 
 3. Randle, 36ers5.3 
 4. Dillard, Breakers4.8 
 5. Ware, United4.5 
 6. Stockton, Breakers4.2 
 7. Newley, Kings4.1 
 8. Sobey, 36ers4.1 
 9. Gibson, Bullets3.8 
 10. Lisch, Kings3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin LISCH
  Kings
  (188-C-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Lisch, Kings1.9 
 2. Prather, Wildcats1.7 
 3. Dillard, Breakers1.6 
 4. Martin, Wildcats1.6 
 5. Whittington, Kings1.5 
 6. Jackson, United1.4 
 7. Ware, United1.3 
 8. Trice, Taipans1.2 
 9. Gliddon, Taipans1.2 
 10. Newley, Kings1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew James OGILVY
  Hawks
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Ogilvy, Hawks1.6 
 2. McKay, Wildcats1.4 
 3. Pledger, Breakers1.2 
 4. Boone, United1.1 
 5. Whittington, Kings0.9 
 6. Jervis, Bullets0.8 
 7. Powell, Kings0.8 
 8. Hodgson, 36ers0.7 
 9. Maric, Kings0.7 
 10. Jacobsen, 36ers0.7 


Luke Schenscher (ex Townsville H.) is a newcomer at Singapore Slingers - by Eurobasket News

Jobstreet.com Singapore Slingers (ASEAN League) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 35-year old Australian ex-international center Luke Schenscher (216-120kg-82, college: Georgia Tech). He played last summer at Townsville Heat in Australian QBL. In 11 games he recorded 14.6ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.6apg. Schenscher helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. The last season he played at Townsville Crocodiles (NBL) in Australian league where in 13 games he averaged 4.1ppg and 3.2rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Schenscher received Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Center of the Year award back in 2011.
He was a member of Australian international program for some years. Schenscher was called to Australian Senior National Team between 2001 and 2011 and previously for U21 National Team in 2001.
He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Schenscher's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America) in four different countries. Schenscher has played previously professionally in Germany (Brose Baskets), NBA (Chicago Bulls), Australia (Adelaide 36ers, Perth Wildcats and Eastern Mavericks) and D-League (Ft.Worth F.).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Singapore Slingers.
Schenscher attended Georgia Tech until 2005 and it will be his twelfth (!!!) season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Intelligent player who became a consistent scorer around the basket, an excellent passer and a solid defender in the post ... Excellent passer for a big man, and can score with either hand.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Singapore



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  AUSTRIA  

Standings - A Bundesliga

A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Oberwart 17-3 
 2. Gmunden 15-6 
 3. Kapfenberg 13-9 
 4. Wels 11-9 
 5. Vienna 10-10 
 6. Furstenfeld 10-12 
 7. Arkadia 9-12 
 8. UBSC Graz 5-16 
 9. Klosterneuburg 4-17 

Regular Season: Round 23

Feb. 18: Kapfenberg - Furstenfeld 99-92
Feb. 19: UBSC Graz - Oberwart 59-100
Feb. 19: Klosterneuburg - Wels 56-74
Feb. 19: Gmunden - Vienna


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko CAR
  Furstenfeld
  (188-SG-85)
  Avg: 20
 1. Car, Furstenfeld20.0 
 2. Miletic, Vienna19.9 
 3. Vay, Arkadia19.1 
 4. Clemmons, Vienna18.8 
 5. McNealy, Oberwart17.4 
 6. Lamesic, Wels17.1 
 7. Rados, Klostern.16.7 
 8. Jackson, Oberwart16.4 
 9. Murati, Gmunden16.3 
 10. Iliev, Furstenfeld15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jozo RADOS
  Klostern.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Rados, Klostern.11.3 
 2. Naylor, UBSC G.10.5 
 3. Draskovic, Arkadia8.5 
 4. Vay, Arkadia8.4 
 5. Lamesic, Wels7.8 
 6. Baptiste, Kapfe.7.5 
 7. Ferguson, Vienna7.5 
 8. Traylor, Oberwart7.2 
 9. Sarlija, Furstenfeld7.2 
 10. Gaidys, Gmunden6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Danek, Arkadia6.8 
 2. Car, Furstenfeld5.8 
 3. Vujosevic, Kapfe.5.7 
 4. Jackson, Oberwart5.2 
 5. Stazic, Vienna5.2 
 6. Maresch, UBSC G.4.8 
 7. Friedrich, Gmunden4.8 
 8. Clemmons, Vienna4.5 
 9. O''Neal, Wels4.3 
 10. Payton, Wels3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Derek JACKSON
  Oberwart
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jackson, Oberwart2.6 
 2. Jandl, Furstenfeld2.0 
 3. Clemmons, Vienna2.0 
 4. Cumberbatch, Oberw.1.7 
 5. Miletic, Vienna1.7 
 6. Payton, Wels1.6 
 7. Koch, Vienna1.6 
 8. Stazic, Vienna1.5 
 9. Ferguson, Vienna1.5 
 10. Trmal, Arkadia1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jamari TRAYLOR
  Oberwart
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Traylor, Oberwart1.6 
 2. Ferguson, Vienna1.5 
 3. Rados, Klostern.1.4 
 4. Chan, Wels1.2 
 5. Draskovic, Arkadia1.1 
 6. Baptiste, Kapfe.1.0 
 7. Kuakumensah, Oberw.1.0 
 8. Steed, Gmunden0.9 
 9. Naylor, UBSC G.0.8 
 10. Cigoja, Wels0.7 


Standings - 2.Bundesliga

2.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Mustangs 13-2 
 2. Rocks 12-3 
 3. Lions 10-5 
 4. Raiders 10-5 
 5. Dragons 10-5 
 6. Timberwolves 8-8 
 7. BBU S. 6-9 
 8. KOS 6-9 
 9. Flames 5-9 
 10. Warriors 3-12 
 11. Piraten 0-16 

Regular Season: Round 17

Feb. 18: KOS - Timberwolves 84-108
Feb. 18: BBU S. - Dragons 77-84
Feb. 18: Lions - Raiders 68-82
Feb. 19: Warriors - Mustangs 49-91
Feb. 18: Rocks - Piraten 112-55


2.Bundesliga Round 17: Lions are upset by Raiders - by Eurobasket News

The game between third ranked Lions (10-5) and fifth ranked Raiders (10-5) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Lions were defeated by Raiders in Dornbirn 82-68. The game was mostly controlled by Raiders. Lions managed to win third quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Raiders have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Dragons and Lions. Raiders is looking forward to face BBU S. (#7) in Salzburg in the next round. Lions will play at home against Flames (#9) and are hoping to win this game.
Leader Mustangs delivered the thirteenth victory. This time they crushed 10th ranked Warriors (3-12) 91-49. Mustangs maintains first place with 13-2 record. Newly promoted Warriors keep the tenth position with 12 games lost. Mustangs will play against league's second-placed Rocks in Mattersburg in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Warriors will play on the road against UBC St. Polten (#5) in St.Polten and hope to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Worthersee Piraten (0-16) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 112-55 loss to second ranked Rocks (12-3) in Mattersburg on Saturday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Rocks maintains second place with 12-3 record behind leader Mustangs. Worthersee Piraten at the other side still closes the standings. Rocks will meet league's leader Mustangs in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Worthersee Piraten's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Klagenfurt KOS.
The game in Salzburg was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked UBC St. Polten (10-5) played at the court of 7th ranked BBU S. (6-9). UBC St. Polten managed to secure a 7-point victory 84-77. UBC St. Polten moved-up to third place, which they share with Lions and Raiders. BBU S. at the other side keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. UBC St. Polten's next round opponent will be Warriors (#10) and are hoping to win another game. BBU S. will play against Raiders in Villach and hope to win that game.
The game in Klagenfurt supposed to be also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Timberwolves (8-8) played at the court of 8th ranked KOS (6-9). Timberwolves smashed KOS 108-84 on Saturday. Timberwolves maintains sixth place with 8-8 record. KOS lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Timberwolves will have a break next round. KOS's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Klagenfurt to the arena Worthersee Piraten.

Warriors - Mustangs 49-91

Leader Mustangs delivered the thirteenth victory. This time they crushed 10th ranked Warriors (3-12) 91-49. The game was mostly controlled by Mustangs. Warriors was better in second period 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Warriors to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Mustangs maintains first place with 13-2 record. Newly promoted Warriors keep the tenth position with 12 games lost. Mustangs will play against league's second-placed Rocks in Mattersburg in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Warriors will play on the road against UBC St. Polten (#5) in St.Polten and hope to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 495180


BBU S. - Dragons 77-84

The game in Salzburg was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked UBC St. Polten (10-5) played at the court of 7th ranked BBU S. (6-9). UBC St. Polten managed to secure a 7-point victory 84-77. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 26-20. But BBU S. won second period 21-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. UBC St. Polten moved-up to third place, which they share with Lions and Raiders. BBU S. at the other side keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. UBC St. Polten's next round opponent will be Warriors (#10) and are hoping to win another game. BBU S. will play against Raiders in Villach and hope to win that game.
gschID: 495179


Lions - Raiders 68-82

The game between third ranked Lions (10-5) and fifth ranked Raiders (10-5) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Lions were defeated by Raiders in Dornbirn 82-68. The game was mostly controlled by Raiders. Lions managed to win third quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Raiders have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Dragons and Lions. Raiders is looking forward to face BBU S. (#7) in Salzburg in the next round. Lions will play at home against Flames (#9) and are hoping to win this game.
gschID: 495178


Rocks - Piraten 112-55

Bottom-ranked Worthersee Piraten (0-16) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 112-55 loss to second ranked Rocks (12-3) in Mattersburg on Saturday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. The game without a history. Rocks led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Rocks maintains second place with 12-3 record behind leader Mustangs. Worthersee Piraten at the other side still closes the standings. Rocks will meet league's leader Mustangs in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Worthersee Piraten's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Klagenfurt KOS.
gschID: 495177


Kosovo - Timberwolves 84-108

The game in Klagenfurt supposed to be also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Timberwolves (8-8) played at the court of 8th ranked KOS (6-9). Timberwolves smashed KOS 108-84 on Saturday. The game without a history. Timberwolves led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Timberwolves maintains sixth place with 8-8 record. KOS lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Timberwolves will have a break next round. KOS's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Klagenfurt to the arena Worthersee Piraten.
gschID: 495176





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  BAHAMAS  

Standings

NPBA Standings
 1. Giants 12-2 
 2. Regulators 12-3 
 3. Cybots 10-5 
 4. Stingers 9-5 
 5. Shockers 9-5 
 6. Bahamas Univ. 8-3 
 7. Rockets 7-7 
 8. Pirates 6-8 
 9. Pros 2-11 
 10. Legends 1-7 
 11. Cleaners 1-9 
 12. Rebels 1-13 

Regular Season: Round 15

Feb. 18: Cleaners - Regulators 70-113
Feb. 20: Cleaners - Rockets
Feb. 20: Pros - Legends
Feb. 22: Bahamas Univ. - Regulators
Feb. 24: Cleaners - Legends
Feb. 24: Pirates - Bahamas Univ.


NPBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Clayton MILLER
  Legends
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Miller, Legends27.5 
 2. Bain, Regulators24.3 
 3. Smith, Bahamas .23.2 
 4. Sylvestre, Bahamas .22.4 
 5. Farrington, Rockets21.2 
 6. Bain, Giants18.9 
 7. Dean, Shockers18.5 
 8. Woodside, Cleaners17.9 
 9. Ferguson, Pros16.9 
 10. Rolle, Rebels16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eugene BAIN
  Regulators
  (195-C/F-88)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Bain, Regulators14.4 
 2. Munnings, Cybots12.5 
 3. Fernander, Pirates12.1 
 4. Sylvestre, Bahamas .11.5 
 5. Farrington, Rockets11.4 
 6. Williams, Rebels11.3 
 7. Francis, Pros11.2 
 8. Leadon, Pros10.4 
 9. Dean, Shockers10.2 
 10. Woodside, Cleaners9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Rashard WILLIAMS
  Rebels
  (183-PG-)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Williams, Rebels6.4 
 2. Dames, Bahamas .6.4 
 3. Jones, Legends5.7 
 4. Mackey, Regulators4.7 
 5. Wright, Pirates4.4 
 6. Armaly, Shockers4.2 
 7. Bain, Regulators4.0 
 8. Miller, Legends4.0 
 9. Lewis, Shockers4.0 
 10. Saunders, Cybots3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Mekel ROLLE
  Rebels
  (--)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Rolle, Rebels3.4 
 2. Sylvestre, Bahamas .3.0 
 3. Rolle, Pros2.8 
 4. Smith, Bahamas .2.2 
 5. Williams, Rebels2.2 
 6. Lafuler, Stingers2.0 
 7. Dames, Bahamas .1.8 
 8. Cooper, Rebels1.8 
 9. Leadon, Pros1.8 
 10. Ferguson, Stingers1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Livingston MUNNINGS
  Cybots
  (-C-)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Munnings, Cybots2.9 
 2. Dean, Shockers2.1 
 3. Williams, Rebels1.9 
 4. Farrington, Rockets1.6 
 5. Sylvestre, Bahamas .1.6 
 6. Morley, Rockets1.4 
 7. Culmer, Cleaners1.3 
 8. Francis, Pros1.2 
 9. Burrows, Pros1.1 
 10. Munroe, Bahamas .1.1 


Justin Smith claims Bahamas NPBA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Justin Smith had a great game in the last round for Bahamas Univ. and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The had the game-high 29 points adding six rebounds and three assists for Bahamas Univ. in his team's victory, helping them to beat Pros (#9, 2-11) 78-64. Bahamas Univ. maintains the 6th position in Bahamas NPBA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Bahamas Univ. will need more victories to improve their 8-3 record. In the team's last game Smith had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Bahamas Univ.'s top player in his first season with the team. Smith has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 23.5ppg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old international Eugene Bain (195-C/F-88) of second-ranked Regulators. Bain impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 36 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Regulators lost that game 101-108 to slightly lower-ranked Cybots (#3, 10-5). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Regulators still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. It was just his team's 3rd loss this season, while they won 12 other games. Bain is a newcomer at Regulators 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 24.3ppg (#2). He also registered 14.1 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Bahamas Univ.'s star - Kemsy Sylvestre. Sylvestre scored 24 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Bahamas Univ., helping his team with a 78-64 easy win against the lower-ranked Pros (#9, 2-11). Bahamas Univ. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 3 lost games. Sylvestre has a great season in Bahamas. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.1ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 11.4rpg (4th best). He also has 2.3spg, 1.6bpg and FGP: 52.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Livingston Munnings (C) of Cybots - 20 points and 21 rebounds
5. Anthony Williams) of Rebels - 13 points and 21 rebounds
6. Ernest Saunders (188-G) of Cybots - 29 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Domnick Bridgewater) of Stingers - 21 points and 3 assists
8. Devon Ferguson) of Stingers - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Duran Burrows) of Pros - 11 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Trent Cox (196-F) of Giants - 8 points and 11 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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  BELARUS  

Standings - Premier League

Premier Standings
 1. Grodno-93 24-2 
 2. COR-Borisfen 22-2 
 3. Tsmoki II 17-7 
 4. Vitebsk 15-11 
 5. Impuls BGUIR 14-10 
 6. BSEU-GrandPrint 6-18 
 7. Prinemanye 5-19 
 8. Brest 4-20 
 9. GOCOR-Sozh 3-21 
Play in international cups:
 1. Tsmoki-Minsk

Regular Season: Round 28

Feb. 18: Vitebsk - Grodno-93 69-90
Feb. 18: Brest - COR-Borisfen 64-110
Feb. 18: GOCOR-Sozh - Tsmoki II 55-83

Regular Season: Round 29

Feb. 24: BSEU-GrandPrint - GOCOR-Sozh
Feb. 25: BSEU-GrandPrint - GOCOR-Sozh


Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Sergej VABISCHEVICH
  BSEU-Gr.
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.21.4 
 2. Viaroukin, GO.19.6 
 3. Sugonyako, COR-Bori.18.8 
 4. Aladko, Vitebsk18.3 
 5. Shustov, Impuls B.17.9 
 6. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.17.5 
 7. Suvorov, Prine.17.1 
 8. Roslikau, BSEU-Gr.16.8 
 9. Navoichyk, Prine.15.8 
 10. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dmitriy DMITRUK
  Brest
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Dmitruk, Brest12.3 
 2. Zahar, Impuls B.9.3 
 3. Liutych, Tsmoki II9.1 
 4. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.8.7 
 5. Vashkevich, Vitebsk8.6 
 6. Kopacev, GO.8.5 
 7. Chumakov, Prine.7.8 
 8. Ignatev, Impuls B.7.7 
 9. Malysh, COR-Bori.7.2 
 10. Chumakov, Grodn.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Maksim SHUSTOV
  Impuls B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Shustov, Impuls B.6.0 
 2. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.5.6 
 3. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.2 
 4. Nazarov, BSEU-Gr.5.0 
 5. Stavrovskiy, Tsmoki I.4.7 
 6. Korzh, Grodno-934.5 
 7. Volodkin, Impuls B.4.4 
 8. Aladko, Vitebsk4.4 
 9. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.4.3 
 10. Suvorov, Prine.4.0 
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. Viaroukin, GO.2.4 
 4. Suvorov, Prine.2.2 
 5. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk2.1 
 6. Malkov, COR-Bori.2.0 
 7. Stavrovskiy, Tsmoki I.1.9 
 8. Roslikau, BSEU-Gr.1.9 
 9. Stankevich, GOCOR-S.1.9 
 10. Chumakov, Grodn.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Evgeniy KOPYLOV
  COR-Bori.
  (199-F-91)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kopylov, COR-Bori.0.0 
 2. Adaskov, GO.0.0 
 3. Kopacev, GO.0.0 
 4. Navoichyk, Prine.0.0 
 5. Konovchuk, Brest0.0 
 6. Morozov, Brest0.0 
 7. Kisel, Brest0.0 
 8. Mishukov, Grodn.0.0 
 9. Kirilyuk, Brest0.0 
 10. Milashevskiy, BSEU-Gr.0.0 


Premier League Round 28: Vitebsk lose to Grodno-93 in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all visitors won their games.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Vitebsk. 4th ranked host Vitebsk (15-11) was smashed by first ranked Grodno-93 (24-2) 90-69. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Vitebsk. The game was mostly controlled by Grodno-93. Vitebsk managed to win third quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Grodno-93 looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Viachaslau Korzh (195-86) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists and forward Andrei Navoichyk (200-91) who added 25 points during the contest. At the losing side Russian center Marsel Ovsepyan (200-90) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Grodno-93 maintains first position with 24-2 record. Vitebsk at the other side keeps the fourth place with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Brest supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked COR-Borisfen (22-2) played at the court of 8th ranked Brest (4-20). COR-Borisfen smashed Brest 110-64. The winners were led by Lithuanian point guard Vytautas Kamarunas (178-89) who scored that evening 22 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and Sergey Tatur supported him with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Even 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by forward Dmitriy Dmitruk (198-81) did not help to save the game for Brest. Brest's coach Edward Vasiliuk gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. COR-Borisfen maintains second position with 22-2 record having 2 victories less than leader Grodno-93. Brest lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth place with 20 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 28 Tsmoki II destroyed GOCOR-Sozh on the opponent's court 83-55.

GOCOR-Sozh - Tsmoki II 55-83

Very expected game in Gomel where 9th ranked GOCOR-Sozh (3-21) was crushed by third ranked Tsmoki II (17-7) 83-55. The game was mostly controlled by Tsmoki II. GOCOR-Sozh was better in second period 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tsmoki II dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to GOCOR-Sozh's 28. They outrebounded GOCOR-Sozh 47-16 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by guard Anton Zaretski (188-98) who scored that evening 17 points and 7 rebounds and forward Timofey Porolev (202-97) supported him with 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Even 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists by point guard Tsimafei Viaroukin (186-93) did not help to save the game for GOCOR-Sozh. Guard Egor Dudov (190-98) added 9 points for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Tsmoki II have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 17-7 record having nine points less than leader Grodno-93. GOCOR-Sozh lost sixth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. Tsmoki II will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. GOCOR-Sozh will play on the road against BSEU-GrandPrint (#6) in Minsk and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
GOCOR-Sozh: T.Viaroukin 23+5reb+4ast, K.Satsuk 11+1reb, I.Scherba 9+1ast, E.Dudov 9+3reb+1ast, A.Kharitonov 2+1reb, V.Filipenko 1+3reb
Tsmoki II: A.Zaretski 17+7reb+2ast, T.Porolev 17+3reb, M.Liutych 11+9reb, G.Pogrebickiy 9+3reb+2ast, A.Stavrovskiy 7+6reb+4ast, A.Rogozenko 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 530027


Vitebsk - Grodno-93 69-90

The game between Top Four teams took place in Vitebsk. 4th ranked host Vitebsk (15-11) was smashed by first ranked Grodno-93 (24-2) 90-69. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Vitebsk. The game was mostly controlled by Grodno-93. Vitebsk managed to win third quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Grodno-93 looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Viachaslau Korzh (195-86) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists and forward Andrei Navoichyk (200-91) who added 25 points during the contest. Four Grodno-93 players scored in double figures. At the losing side Russian center Marsel Ovsepyan (200-90) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and point guard Ivan Aladko (193-95) scored 17 points and 5 assists. Grodno-93 maintains first position with 24-2 record. Vitebsk at the other side keeps the fourth place with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Vitebsk: M.Ovsepyan 18+8reb+1ast, I.Aladko 17+2reb+5ast, A.Vashkevich 10+6reb, A.Pishchulenok 7+4reb, P.Kadol 6+3ast, A.Kachan 6+1reb+2ast
Grodno-93: A.Navoichyk 25+3reb, I.Kaliayev 18+2reb+4ast, V.Korzh 15+5reb+9ast, D.Kuzmin 13+6reb+7ast, V.Ilyukevich 10+4reb, K.Chumakov 6+6reb+3ast
gschID: 530026


Brest - COR-Borisfen 64-110

The game in Brest supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked COR-Borisfen (22-2) played at the court of 8th ranked Brest (4-20). COR-Borisfen smashed Brest 110-64. The game without a history. COR-Borisfen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Brest's 44 and made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. COR-Borisfen forced 19 Brest turnovers and outrebounded them 43-27 including a 31-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. The winners were led by Lithuanian point guard Vytautas Kamarunas (178-89) who scored that evening 22 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and guard Sergey Tatur (194-91) supported him with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Five COR-Borisfen players scored in double figures. Even 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by forward Dmitriy Dmitruk (198-81) did not help to save the game for Brest. Guard Anton Shchurko (188-97) added 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for lost side. Brest's coach Edward Vasiliuk gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. COR-Borisfen maintains second position with 22-2 record having 2 victories less than leader Grodno-93. Brest lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth place with 20 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Brest: A.Shchurko 19+1reb+1ast, K.Solyshko 13+4reb+2ast, D.Dmitruk 10+8reb+4ast, R.Matusevich 8+6reb+1ast, D.Solyshko 6+1reb, A.Stepura 4+1reb+1ast
COR-Borisfen: V.Kamarunas 22+5reb+8ast, S.Tatur 16+6reb+4ast, E.Ivanov 15+6reb, A.Aheyenka 15+6reb+4ast, A.Kharkevich 14+3reb+7ast, A.Malysh 10+6reb+2ast
gschID: 530028





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  BELGIUM  

Standings - Division II

Top Division I Standings
 1. Gent Hawks 16-4 
 2. Waregem 15-6 
 3. Oxaco 15-6 
 4. Gembo BBC 15-6 
 5. Houthalen 12-9 
 6. Soba 12-9 
 7. Giants B 9-12 
 8. Melsele 9-12 
 9. Royal Brussels 9-12 
 10. Ninane 8-12 
 11. Ieper 8-13 
 12. RPC Anderlecht 6-14 
 13. Gistel Oostende 6-15 
 14. Ekeren 5-15 

Regular Season: Round 22

Feb. 17: Ninane - Ieper 94-87
Feb. 19: Oxaco - RPC Anderlecht 92-68
Feb. 19: Royal Brussels - Gembo BBC 78-94
Feb. 19: Melsele - Ekeren 78-77
Feb. 19: Houthalen - Gent Hawks 73-71
Feb. 17: Giants B - Soba 70-86
Feb. 18: Waregem - Gistel Oostende 64-86

Regular Season: Round 23

Mar. 4: Gent Hawks - Waregem
Mar. 4: RPC Anderlecht - Royal Brussels
Mar. 4: Ekeren - Giants B
Mar. 5: Soba - Oxaco
Mar. 5: Gistel Oostende - Ninane
Mar. 5: Gembo BBC - Ieper
Mar. 5: Houthalen - Melsele

Round 14

Feb. 25: RPC Anderlecht - Gent Hawks

Round 3

Feb. 26: Royal Brussels - Giants B


D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stephane MORIS
  Royal Brussels
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Moris, Royal Brussels19.4 
 2. Celis, Oxaco19.3 
 3. Lhoest, Ninane18.8 
 4. Lambrecht, Gistel O.17.6 
 5. Van-Hoey, Oxaco16.7 
 6. Baptista, Gistel O.16.6 
 7. Wachowiak, Gembo B.16.5 
 8. Hilliman, Melsele16.2 
 9. Guillemyn, Waregem16.1 
 10. Gorremans, Soba16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Francois LHOEST
  Ninane
  (196-F/C-85)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Lhoest, Ninane14.1 
 2. Dierickx, Ieper11.6 
 3. Hilliman, Melsele9.6 
 4. Lambrecht, Gistel O.9.2 
 5. Moris, Royal Brussels8.1 
 6. Fall, Ieper7.8 
 7. Celis, Oxaco7.4 
 8. Gorremans, Soba7.4 
 9. De-Pooter, Gent H.7.2 
 10. Vermeersch, Gembo B.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Laurent LHOTE
  Gent Hawks
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Lhote, Gent Hawks4.7 
 2. Hemeleers, Gistel O.4.6 
 3. Celis, Oxaco4.3 
 4. Goethaert, Gembo B.4.1 
 5. Mwendanga, Giants B.3.9 
 6. Lhoest, Ninane3.3 
 7. Kanda-K., Giants B3.2 
 8. Snyers, Houthalen3.1 
 9. Maesen, Houthalen2.9 
 10. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Lars DE LEPELEIRE
  Wareg.
  (175-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.2.2 
 2. Goethaert, Gembo B.2.0 
 3. Benzouien, Royal B.1.9 
 4. Celis, Oxaco1.6 
 5. Van-Hoey, Oxaco1.6 
 6. Van-d., Ekeren1.6 
 7. Wachowiak, Gembo B.1.5 
 8. Riahi, RPC A.1.5 
 9. Hall, Royal Brussels1.4 
 10. Hilliman, Melsele1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Malick FALL
  Ieper
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 1
 1. Fall, Ieper1.0 
 2. Hilliman, Melsele1.0 
 3. Vermeersch, Gembo B.0.9 
 4. Dierickx, Ieper0.8 
 5. Van-d., Gent Hawks0.7 
 6. Samaey, Waregem0.7 
 7. De-Pooter, Gent H.0.7 
 8. Wachowiak, Gembo B.0.6 
 9. Rogiers, Giants B0.6 
 10. Iliaens, Gembo BBC0.5 


Fifth consecutive Cup for BC Telenet Oostende - by Patrick Ceulemans

At Forest National (6,000 spectators) BC Oostende won versus Hubo Limburg United the Final of the Bpost Cup with 60-76 (halftime 29-35). It was Ostend 18th Belgian Cup, the fifth in a row. For coach Dario Gjergja the tenth price, even with five consecutive Belgian titles. Corey Walden was topscorer with 13 points at telenet Ostend. Dusan Djordjevic (9 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists) was MVP of the game. Seth Tuttle from Hubo Limburg United accounted for 17 points and 8 rebounds. Telenet Ostend is with 18 wins in 64 editions record holder in the Belgium Cup.
Hubo Limburg United-Telenet Oostende 60-76
Hubo Limburg United: Mukubu 4, Proesmans 0, Lemaire 0, Simons 8, Jansen 5, Vanwijn 7, Tuttle 17, Swing 11, Anderson 4, Desiron 0, Miltenburg 0, Lodwick 4
Telenet Oostende: Lambrecht 0, Walden 13, Hemeleers 0, Mwema 10, Keselj 3, Gillet 2, Katic 6, Boukichou 11, Djordjevic 9, Kuridza 4, Kesteloot 9, Newill 9
Quarters: 18-25, 11-10, 14-14, 17-27




Belgian Euromillions League round 20 best performance: Daniel Jansen - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Daniel Jansen (206-F-94) had a very impressive game in the last round for Limburg United, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 22-year old player was the main contributor (20 points, five rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Liege (#10, 6-15) with 18-point margin 91-73. Limburg United is placed at 6th position in Belgian Euromillions League. Limburg United is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-10 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Jansen as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Daniel Jansen averages this season 10.9ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Yoann Hertay (186-PG-90) of Liege. Hertay had a very good evening with 19 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Liege lost that game 73-91 to the higher-ranked Limburg United (#6, 10-10). Liege are still at the very bottom. 15 lost games are too many comparing to just six victories Liege managed to get this year. Hertay is one of the most experienced players at Liege and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Limburg United's star - American forward Benjamin Simons (203-F-91). Simons scored 24 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was another key player of Limburg United, helping his team with a 91-73 easy win against the lower-ranked Liege (#10, 6-15). Limburg United needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 10 lost games. Simons has a very solid season. In 20 games in Belgium he scored 11.3ppg. He also has FGP: 62.5% and 3PT: 47.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. John Tofi (203-C/F-84) of Aalstar - 17 points and 6 rebounds
5. Wesley Channels (190-PG-88) of Kangoeroes - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Corey Hawkins (190-G-91) of Antwerp - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Jason Clark (188-G-90) of Antwerp - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Rasko Katic (208-C-80) of Oostende - 16 points and 2 assists
9. Ryan Anderson (206-F-92) of Antwerp - 13 points and 7 rebounds
10. Anthony Chada (196-G/F-89) of Kangoeroes - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  BELIZE  

Standings

NEBL Standings
 1. San Pedro T. 4-1 
 2. Orange Walk RR 2-1 
 3. Cayo Western B. 2-2 
 4. Belmopan B. 2-2 
 5. Dangriga W. 2-2 
 6. Smart Belize H. 2-3 
 7. Belize City NL 1-4 

Regular Season: Round 5

Feb. 18: Belize City NL - Smart Belize H. 75-70
Feb. 17: Dangriga W. - San Pedro T. 57-52

Regular Season: Round 6

Feb. 25: Cayo Western B. - Belmopan B.
Feb. 25: Dangriga W. - Belize City NL
Feb. 25: San Pedro T. - Orange Walk RR


NEBL Round 5: San Pedro T. lose their first game against Dangriga W. - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most surprising game was the first loss of San Pedro T. (4-1) on the court of sixth ranked Dangriga W. on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by Dangriga W. 57-52. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of San Pedro T.. San Pedro T. was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Dangriga W. dominated on the defensive end, holding San Pedro T. to just 6 points in first quarter. Dangriga W. (2-2) moved-up to third place, which they share with Belmopan B. and Cayo Western B. San Pedro T. at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Dangriga W. is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Belize City NL (#7) at home in the next round. San Pedro T. will play against the league's second-placed Orange Walk RR (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Belize City: Belize City NL (#7) and Smart Belize H. (#3). Belize City NL (1-4) won against visiting Smart Belize H. (2-3) 75-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Smart Belize H.. Belize City NL maintains seventh place with 1-4 record. Defending champion Smart Belize H. dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. Belize City NL will play against higher ranked Dangriga W. (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Smart Belize H. will have a break next round.

Belize City NL - Smart Belize H. 75-70

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Belize City: Belize City NL (#7) and Smart Belize H. (#3). Belize City NL (1-4) won against visiting Smart Belize H. (2-3) 75-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Smart Belize H.. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Smart Belize H. won third quarter 15-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Belize City NL maintains seventh place with 1-4 record. Defending champion Smart Belize H. dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. Belize City NL will play against higher ranked Dangriga W. (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Smart Belize H. will have a break next round.
gschID: 535897


Dangriga W. - San Pedro T. 57-52

The most surprising game was the first loss of San Pedro T. (4-1) on the court of sixth ranked Dangriga W. on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by Dangriga W. 57-52. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of San Pedro T.. San Pedro T. was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Dangriga W. dominated on the defensive end, holding San Pedro T. to just 6 points in first quarter. Dangriga W. (2-2) moved-up to third place, which they share with Belmopan B. and Cayo Western B. San Pedro T. at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Dangriga W. is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Belize City NL (#7) at home in the next round. San Pedro T. will play against the league's second-placed Orange Walk RR (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 535898





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Igokea roll past Bosna-Royal for Cup title - by Eurobasket News

Igokea - Bosna-Royal 79:67

Igokea claimed the Bosnian Cup title. They overcame Bosna-Royal in the title clash tonight. Danilo Sibalic (202-F-88, agency: BeoBasket) accounted for 17 points and 6 boards for the winners.
Igokea got to a quick start. They poured in 30 points in the first period to take a 13-point lead. Bosna-Royal narrowed the gap in the second frame. They slowed Igokea and cut the deficit at 6-point mark 34:40. However Igokea got back into the driver's seat in the third term. They ignited a 25:12 run to secure a 19-point lead at the final intermission. Bosna-Royal tried to put up a comeback run in the fourth frame but Igokea held on to the lead and rallied to the win. James Robinson (190-PG-94, college: Pittsburgh) and Vuk Radivojevic (196-G-83) added 12 points each for Igokea. Sasa Vasiljevic (183-PG-79, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 19 points for Bosna-Royal. Maksim Sturanovic (209-C-88, agency: 011 Sports) had 16 points in the loss.

Igokea: Danilo Sibalic 17, James Robinson 12, Vuk Radivojevic 12
Bosna-Royal: Sasa Vasiljevic 19, Maksim Sturanovic 16



How does Ivica Dukan survive year after year for the Chicago Bulls? - by Chris Mathieu

How does Ivica Dukan survive year after year for the Chicago Bulls?

The bio of Ivica shows he has been with the Bulls organization for 25 years scouting international players and occasionally scouting in the US in colleges and the NBA. He's a man who was with the team through the Bulls dynasty years under Jerry Krause and a man who has survived the regimes since then. The Bulls organization are known for their loyalty sometimes over competence and no one represents this more than Dukan who has survived years, hard times and multiple regime changes.

His son Duje Dukcan was a non-descript role player for the Wisconsin Badgers coming off the bench mostly as a college player. After college he played in Croatia before that didn't pan out for him. The fact that he wasn't able to cut it in the low level Croatian League didn't prevent the Bulls from signing him to their D-League affiliate where he currently resides, working for an organization known to put friendships and relationships before competency.

He's often credited with discovering Toni Kukoc but this is very misleading, by the time Kukoc was selected in the second round of the 1990 draft by the Bulls he was already established as one of the best talents in Europe. Kukoc was known as the European Magic Johnson and was a bright light in European basketball. The only problem still existing at that point was how much European players wanted to come to the NBA and take on that challenge in their career. Moving to the NBA in 1990 still meant abandoning your home countries international representation, something few where willing or able to do at that point. The story goes that Dukan was instrumental in the Bulls signing Kukoc because of the relationship between him and his fellow countryman.

Dukan's record of scouting and the Bulls results of drafting European players have not been good over the years. The team has missed on almost all of their European picks and one of the few bright spots was the forgettable Kornel David who played a key role on some of the worst teams in Bulls history. Andres Nocioni who was a nice role player as the Bulls finally re-established themselves in the mid-2000s after years of poor play and lottery selections. Again in the case of Nocioni he was well established as one of the best players in Europe when he came to the NBA so he deserves little credit for signing a player of his caliber. The case for Dukan is made worse when you consider that he wasn't the director of international scouting when the Bulls selected Kukoc in 1990.

A review of the international players the Bulls have drafted in the last 25 years…

2 (31) 1995 Dragan Tarlac: The Bulls finally select an international player after years of passing on players like Predrag Danilovic and Zeljko Rebraca, players that should have been well known considering they played in his former homeland of Yugoslavia. Tarlac was an absolute failure for the Bulls. Too stiff, un-athletic and unskilled he was obviously not up to being an NBA player. He finally came to the NBA in 2001 and averaged 14mpg 2.4ppg 2.8rbpg while shooting 39.4% from the field. PGs Tyus Edney and Eric Snow as well as current Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg were picked in the draft after the Bulls selected Tarlac.

2 (57) 1997 Robert Duenes: The Bulls embrace of un-athletic players extends to its international drafting. Duenes was a 218cm center who was stiff and lacking physical skills that had a non-descript European career mostly coming off the bench for his teams in Spain. He never made it to the NBA.

1 (24) 2000 Dalibor Bagaric: We have a pattern immerging here. Bagaric couldn't play at all, not only was he an embarrassment in the NBA he was a minor role player in Europe. He played 3 years in the NBA, his best year he averaged 3.7ppg 40.4% from the field and played awful defense. Picked behind him where former Yugoslavians Marko Jaric and Primoz Brezec both who went on to have long NBA careers.

1 (13) 2006 Thabo Sefolasha : He turned into a solid pro who has had a long NBA career as a role player. Kyle Lowry and Rajon Rondo where both available that year but the Bulls didn't have a great need at PG at that time.

2 (36) 2008 Omer Asik: He was a key part of the Bulls bench mob for the Bulls. After the front office guaranteed they would match any offers, they didn't and let him walk to the Rockets for no compensation. The Rockets eventually flipped him for an unprotected first round pick from the Pelicans.

1 (17) 2010 Kevin Saraphin: a non-descript role player who bounced around the NBA who was moved along with Kirk Hinrich for cap space… Immediately picked after him was Eric Bledsoe and Avery Bradley.

1 (16) Jusuf Nurkic: Bulls drafted Nurkic and Gary Harris and immediately traded them for the rights to Doug McDermott who has not exactly panned out for the Bulls. Players available when the Bulls drafted where Dario Saric, Zach LaVine, Clint Capela, Bojan Bogdanovic to name a few, all better options for the team.

2 (48) Paul Zipser: A player the Bulls are high on but once again appears to be a low ceiling, low floor type of a player who is likely to never to develop into anything more than a role player in the NBA.

Some of the international players the Bulls missed on over those years included Manu Ginobili, Gordan Giricek, Mehmet Okur, ZaZa Pachulia, Goran Dragic, Rudy Gobert to name just a few…



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  BRAZIL  

Standings - BNL

NBB Standings
 1. Brasilia 15-5 
 2. Flamengo 14-5 
 3. Bauru 13-6 
 4. Vitoria 13-6 
 5. Franca 12-7 
 6. Mogi 12-8 
 7. Campo Mourao 11-9 
 8. Pinheiros 11-9 
 9. Vasco Da G. 11-10 
 10. B.Cearense 9-10 
 11. Paulistano 9-11 
 12. Minas 8-12 
 13. L.Sorocaba 4-16 
 14. Caxias do Sul 3-17 
 15. Macae 3-17 

Regular Season: Round 21

Feb. 16: Franca - Pinheiros 99-78
Feb. 18: B.Cearense - Vasco Da G. 89-80
Feb. 16: B.Cearense - Caxias do Sul 88-78
Feb. 16: Minas - Paulistano 85-96
Feb. 16: Brasilia - L.Sorocaba 79-77
Feb. 16: Flamengo - Campo Mourao 79-69
Feb. 18: Vitoria - Caxias do Sul 76-67
Feb. 16: Vitoria - Vasco Da G. 73-64
Feb. 16: Macae - Mogi 69-90

Regular Season: Round 22

Feb. 21: Vasco Da G. - Bauru
Feb. 21: Paulistano - Macae
Feb. 21: L.Sorocaba - Flamengo
Feb. 21: Caxias do Sul - Franca
Feb. 22: Pinheiros - Brasilia
Feb. 22: B.Cearense - Mogi
Feb. 22: Vitoria - Campo Mourao


Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Rafael HETTSHEIMER
  Bauru
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 2. Nardi-Duarte, Campo M.19.8 
 3. Stallworth, Mogi19.7 
 4. Vieira, Flamengo19.1 
 5. Garcia, Bauru18.8 
 6. Holloway, Pinheiros18.5 
 7. Anthony, Macae18.4 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia17.9 
 9. Machado, Flamengo17.0 
 10. Dawkins, Vitoria16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.11.6 
 2. de-Souza, L.Sor.7.9 
 3. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.8 
 4. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 5. Maynard, Minas7.4 
 6. Ansaloni, Pinheiros7.4 
 7. Lopez, Flamengo7.1 
 8. Klassmann, B.Cea.6.6 
 9. Mariano, Brasilia6.6 
 10. Holloway, Pinheiros6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. de-Assis, Brasilia6.7 
 2. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.8 
 3. Garcia, Bauru5.6 
 4. Anthony, Macae5.6 
 5. Borges, Franca5.3 
 6. Rodgers, Minas5.3 
 7. Dawkins, Vitoria5.3 
 8. Cafferata, L.Sor.4.9 
 9. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.4.9 
 10. Pecos, Paulistano4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Alex GARCIA
  Bauru
  (191-G-80)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Garcia, Bauru2.1 
 2. Rodgers, Minas1.9 
 3. Dawkins, Vitoria1.8 
 4. Curnell, Mogi1.7 
 5. Toledo, B.Cearense1.7 
 6. Holloway, Pinheiros1.6 
 7. Lima, Vasco Da G.1.6 
 8. Stallworth, Mogi1.6 
 9. Jackson, Vasco D.1.6 
 10. Cafferata, L.Sor.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Renan LENZ
  Pinheiros
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Lenz, Pinheiros1.1 
 2. Nunes, Campo M.0.9 
 3. Castellar, Brasilia0.8 
 4. Klassmann, B.Cea.0.7 
 5. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.7 
 6. Camilo, Macae0.7 
 7. Freitas, Campo M.0.7 
 8. Dias-Silva, Pauli.0.7 
 9. Mariano, Brasilia0.7 
 10. de-Souza, L.Sor.0.6 


NBB Round 21: Brasilia edge Liga Sorocaba by two points - by Eurobasket News

Thirteenth-ranked Liga Sorocaba (4-16) made lots of trouble for first ranked Brasilia (15-5) on Thursday. Brasilia managed to secure only two-point victory 79-77. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Fulvio de-Assis (188-81) who scored 13 points and 7 assists. International power forward Lucas Mariano (208-93) chipped in 15 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Ted Bento (199-80) who recorded 18 points and 5 rebounds. Brasilia have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 15-5 record. Liga Sorocaba lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. Brasilia are looking forward to face Pinheiros (#8) in Sao Paolo in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Liga Sorocaba will play at home against the league's second-placed Flamengo (#2) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Aldeota, where 8th ranked Vasco Da G. (11-10) lost to eleventh ranked SKY/Basquete (9-10) in a road game 80-89. It was a good game for the former international guard Eduardo Machado (193-82) who led his team to a victory with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Felipe Ribeiro contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. SKY/Basquete's coach Alberto Bial allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international point guard Welington Dos-Santos (185-81) answered with 20 points and 7 assists for Vasco Da G.SKY/Basquete moved-up to tenth place. Vasco Da G. at the other side dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. SKY/Basquete will play against higher ranked Mogi (#6) in Mogi das Cruzes in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vasco Da G. will play at home against Paschoalotto/Bauru and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Sao Paulo. Local Vivo/Franca (12-7) outscored 8th ranked Pinheiros (11-9) 99-78 on Thursday night. Antonio Ferreira stepped up and scored 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Vivo/Franca's coach Helinho Garcia felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Ralfi Ansaloni with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Vivo/Franca have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 12-7 record. Pinheiros lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Campo Mourao. Vivo/Franca will meet Caxias do Sul (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pinheiros will play against the league's leader Brasilia (#1) and hope to secure a win.

Other games of round 21 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Caxias do Sul was defeated by Vitoria in Salvador 76-67. B.Cearense beat Caxias do Sul at home 88-78. Vasco Da G. lost to Vitoria on the opponent's court 64-73. Flamengo managed to outperform Campo Mourao in a home game 79-69. Mogi rolled over Macae on the road 90-69. Minas was defeated by Paulistano on its own court 85-96.
The best stats of 21th round was 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists by Frederico Lima of Caxias do Sul.

B.Cearense - Vasco Da G. 89-80

We should mention about the upset which took place in Aldeota, where 8th ranked Vasco Da G. (11-10) lost to eleventh ranked SKY/Basquete (9-10) in a road game 80-89. SKY/Basquete made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Vasco Da G. was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for the former international guard Eduardo Machado (193-82) who led his team to a victory with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international forward Felipe Ribeiro (201-79) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. SKY/Basquete's coach Alberto Bial allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international point guard Welington Dos-Santos (185-81) answered with 20 points and 7 assists and the former international power forward Murilo Becker (211-83) added 12 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Vasco Da G.Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. SKY/Basquete moved-up to tenth place. Vasco Da G. at the other side dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. SKY/Basquete will play against higher ranked Mogi (#6) in Mogi das Cruzes in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vasco Da G. will play at home against Paschoalotto/Bauru and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Vasco Da G.: W.Dos Santos 20+3reb+7ast, H.Vitor Lima 15+1reb+2ast, M.Dornelles 12+2reb, M.Becker 12+10reb, W.Drudi 6+4reb, G.Zilmer 6+4reb
B.Cearense: E.Machado 24+5reb+5ast, F.Ribeiro 19+6reb+2ast, L.Felipe Gruber 12+5reb+1ast, L.Klassmann 11+2reb+1ast, R.McLemore 10+1reb+2ast, M.Vinicius Toledo 9+5reb+1ast
gschID: 495527


Vitoria - Caxias do Sul 76-67

There was no surprise in Salvador where 14th ranked Caxias do Sul (3-17) was defeated by fourth ranked Universo/Vitoria (13-6) 76-67 on Saturday. Universo/Vitoria forced 19 Caxias do Sul turnovers. American guard Keyron Sheard (188-86, college: Chattanooga, agency: Haylett Sports) stepped up and scored 21 points for the winners and his fellow American import point guard Kenny Dawkins (175-87, college: Lamar) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The best for the losing side was point guard Frederico Lima (183-80) with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and center Marcao Vinicius (205-84) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Four Caxias do Sul players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Universo/Vitoria have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Bauru. Caxias do Sul lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Macae. Universo/Vitoria will meet at home Campo Mourao (#7) in the next round. Caxias do Sul will play against Vivo/Franca (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Caxias do Sul: F.Lima 21+6reb+5ast, A.Bernardi 12+3reb, D.Conceicao 11+5reb, M.Vinicius 10+6reb+1ast, R.Stabile 7+3reb+2ast, G.Pereira 5+1reb+2ast
Vitoria: K.Sheard 21+3reb+2ast, K.Dawkins 17+2reb+4ast, C.Hayes 15+8reb, A.Bresolin 4+3reb+3ast, A.Silva 4+2reb+2ast, A.Coimbra 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 495528


Franca - Pinheiros 99-78

The game with biggest result difference took place in Sao Paulo. Local Vivo/Franca (12-7) outscored 8th ranked Pinheiros (11-9) 99-78 on Thursday night. Vivo/Franca shot 60.7 percent from the field and made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. Vivo/Franca outrebounded Pinheiros 32-20 including a 23-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Antonio Ferreira (178-94) stepped up and scored 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and guard Caue-Borges dos-Santos (180-91) chipped in 19 points. Vivo/Franca's coach Helinho Garcia felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was center Ralfi Ansaloni (211-87) with 18 points and 5 rebounds and Germerson Barbosa (202-93) scored 12 points. Five Vivo/Franca and four Pinheiros players scored in double figures. Vivo/Franca have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 12-7 record. Pinheiros lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Campo Mourao. Vivo/Franca will meet Caxias do Sul (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pinheiros will play against the league's leader Brasilia (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Pinheiros: R.Ansaloni 18+5reb, G.Barbosa 12+3reb+2ast, A.Neto 11+5ast, D.Holloway 10+1reb+2ast, G.Scaglia 7+2reb+1ast, G.Teichmann 7+6reb+1ast
Franca: C.Borges dos Santos 19+3reb+1ast, A.Stefanelli 15+5reb+1ast, A.Ferreira 15+6reb+3ast, H.Coelho 14+2reb+5ast, A.Borges 11+4reb+6ast, L.Cipolini 9+5reb+2ast
gschID: 495524


Brasilia - L.Sorocaba 79-77

Thirteenth-ranked Liga Sorocaba (4-16) made lots of trouble for first ranked Brasilia (15-5) on Thursday. Brasilia managed to secure only two-point victory 79-77. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Fulvio de-Assis (188-81) who scored 13 points and 7 assists. International power forward Lucas Mariano (208-93) chipped in 15 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Ted Bento (199-80) who recorded 18 points and 5 rebounds and Argentinian point guard Enzo Cafferata (187-88) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Four Liga Sorocaba players scored in double figures. Brasilia have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 15-5 record. Liga Sorocaba lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. Brasilia are looking forward to face Pinheiros (#8) in Sao Paolo in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Liga Sorocaba will play at home against the league's second-placed Flamengo (#2) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
L.Sorocaba: T.Bento 18+5reb+2ast, E.Cafferata 16+5reb+2ast, R.Castellon 11+6reb+1ast, M.Tavares 10+5reb, L.Farina 7+2reb+3ast, L.Moraes 6
Brasilia: D.Ramos 16+2reb+2ast, L.Mariano 15+4reb+3ast, F.de Assis 13+3reb+7ast, J.Bernardi 9+4reb+2ast, J.Campos 8+3reb+1ast, D.Castellar 7+3reb
gschID: 495523


B.Cearense - Caxias do Sul 88-78

No shocking result in a game in Aldeota where eleventh ranked SKY/Basquete (9-10) defeated 14th ranked Caxias do Sul (3-17) 88-78 on Thursday. The former international point guard David Rossetto (180-93) stepped up and scored 19 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and the former international Luis-Felipe Gruber (206-85) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. Five SKY/Basquete players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Diego Conceicao (200-87) with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Frederico Lima (183-80) scored 16 points and 4 assists. Caxias do Sul's coach Rodrigo Barbosa rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. SKY/Basquete moved-up to tenth place. Caxias do Sul lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Macae. SKY/Basquete will meet at home higher ranked Mogi (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Caxias do Sul will play against Vivo/Franca (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Caxias do Sul: D.Conceicao 16+9reb+4ast, F.Lima 16+3reb+4ast, M.Vinicius 15+8reb, R.Stabile 9+1reb+1ast, A.Bernardi 6+1reb+2ast, F.Ferreira 5+2reb+1ast
B.Cearense: D.Rossetto 19+9reb+7ast, L.Felipe Gruber 18+7reb+3ast, E.Machado 13+2reb+4ast, L.Klassmann 12+7reb, F.Ribeiro 11+6reb+1ast, S.Da Silva 9
gschID: 495525


Vitoria - Vasco Da G. 73-64

Very expected game in Salvador where 8th ranked Vasco Da G. (11-10) was defeated by fourth ranked Universo/Vitoria (13-6) 73-64 on Thursday. American point guard Kenny Dawkins (175-87, college: Lamar) stepped up and scored 17 points for the winners and the former international Arthur Silva (196-82) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Universo/Vitoria's coach Regis Marrelli used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was the former international point guard Welington Dos-Santos (185-81) with 20 points and 6 assists and the former international power forward Murilo Becker (211-83) scored 9 points and 9 rebounds. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Universo/Vitoria. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Bauru. Loser Vasco Da G. dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. Universo/Vitoria will meet at home Campo Mourao (#7) in the next round. Vasco Da G. will play against Paschoalotto/Bauru and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Vasco Da G.: W.Dos Santos 20+3reb+6ast, M.Becker 9+9reb+2ast, G.Zilmer 9+5reb+1ast, H.Vitor Lima 8+2reb, B.Fiorotto 7+1reb+1ast, W.Mattos 6+10reb+1ast
Vitoria: K.Dawkins 17+3reb+3ast, A.Silva 14+6reb+1ast, C.Hayes 11+5reb, K.Sheard 8+2ast, R.Scholz 7+7reb, E.de Oliveira 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 495526


Flamengo - Campo Mourao 79-69

Very predictable result in Rio de Janeiro where second ranked Flamengo (14-5) beat 7th ranked Campo Mourao (11-9) 79-69 on Thursday. Flamengo made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. The former international forward Olivinha Rodriguez (203-83) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and the former international power forward Joao-Paulo Lopez (205-81, college: Gonzaga) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Flamengo's coach Jose Neto used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was American guard Greg Brown (188-94, college: St.Francis, PA) with 23 points and Douglas Nunes (208-87) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Flamengo. Defending champion maintains second place with 14-5 record behind leader Brasilia. Loser Campo Mourao keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Pinheiros. Flamengo will meet Liga Sorocaba (#13) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Campo Mourao will play against Universo/Vitoria (#4) in Salvador and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Campo Mourao: G.Brown 23+4reb+3ast, V.Oliveira 11+4reb+1ast, B.Nardi Duarte 10+2reb+1ast, D.Nunes 10+11reb+1ast, W.Henrique 7+5reb+1ast, C.Freitas 5+6reb+1ast
Flamengo: O.Rodriguez 15+12reb, M.Machado 14+2reb+4ast, M.Vieira 14+3reb+1ast, J.Paulo Lopez 12+8reb+1ast, H.Rollins 12+3reb, R.Ramon 9+2reb+5ast
gschID: 495521


Macae - Mogi 69-90

Not a big story in a game when 15th ranked Macae (3-17) was outplayed at home by ninth ranked Mogi (12-8) 90-69 on Thursday. Mogi looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Naturalized American Shamell Stallworth (195-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 17 points and 8 assists for the winners and American forward Tyrone Curnell (203-88, college: Valdosta St.) chipped in 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Mogi players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American point guard Kendall Anthony (173-93, college: Richmond) with 20 points and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and guard Guilherme Schneider (193-86) scored 14 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion moved-up to sixth place. Macae lost their sixth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 17 games lost. They share it with Caxias do Sul. Mogi will meet SKY/Basquete (#10) in the next round. Macae will play against Paulistano (#11) in Sao Paolo and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Macae: K.Anthony 20+4reb+4ast, G.Schneider 14+3reb+1ast, I.Avelino 9+5reb, E.Camilo 8+3ast, L.Paulo Dos Santos 7+6reb+2ast, W.Borges 4+4reb
Mogi: S.Stallworth 17+4reb+8ast, E.Corazza 15+2reb+4ast, L.Taylor 14+7reb+2ast, T.Curnell 13+8reb+4ast, G.Filipin 11+1reb+1ast, J.de Oliveira 9+6reb+1ast
gschID: 495520


Minas - Paulistano 85-96

Everything could happen in Belo Horizonte at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Paulistano and 11th ranked Minas had identical 8-11 record. But Minas was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Sao Paolo 96-85 on Thursday night. Paulistano shot 69.8 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Paulistano looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists. Argentinian Daniel Hure (200-85) stepped up and scored 23 points (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) for the winners and forward Lucas Dias-Silva (209-95) chipped in 18 points. Four Paulistano players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Danilo Fuzaro (193-94) with 33 points (!!!) (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) and American guard Scott Rodgers (191-87, college: Drexel, agency: DTMones) scored 17 points and 7 assists. Despite that victory Paulistano went down to eleventh position due to points difference. Loser Minas dropped to the twelfth place with 12 games lost. Paulistano will meet at home bottom-ranked Macae (#15) in the next round. Minas will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Minas: D.Fuzaro 33+2reb+3ast, D.Maynard 19+7reb+1ast, S.Rodgers 17+4reb+7ast, R.Oliveira 4+7reb+1ast, A.Pinheiro 3+1reb+2ast, A.Alves 3+1reb
Paulistano: D.Hure 23+3reb+2ast, L.Dias Silva 18+2reb+3ast, G.Hubner 16+5reb+2ast, A.Pecos 13+3reb+6ast, Y.Dos Santos 8+1reb+1ast, W.Alves 6+1reb+4ast
gschID: 495519





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  BULGARIA  


Beroe beat Academic Sofia to seal Bulgarian Cup title - by Eurobasket News

Beroe - Academic Sofia 78-62

Beroe beat Academic Sofia 78-62 to seal Bulgarian Cup title. They dominated the majority of the game for the 16-point total success. Beroe grabbed a 23-20 lead after the first period and added a 16014 rally in the second frame. The third period was decisive in the game as Beroe needed a 23-10 surge to seal the victory.
Aaron Jones (206-F-93, college: Mississippi, agency: Agency) stepped up with 19 points and 17 rebounds for the winners, while Shane Gibson (188-G-90, college: Sacred Heart), Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93, agency: Interperformances) and Omari Gudul (208-F-94, college: Angelo St., agency: Two Points) posted 11 each. Danny Gibson (177-PG-84, college: S.Indiana) produced 17 in a loss and Hristo Zahariev (197-G/F-90) delivered 12.
In the game for the third place Balkan edged Akademik Plovdiv 83-62.

Beroe: Aaron Jones 19 points+17 rebounds, Shane Gibson, Tencho Tenchev 11, Omari Gudul 11
Academic Sofia: Danny Gibson 17, Hristo Zahariev 12



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  CANADA  

CIS men standings

CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. Dalhousie 15-4 
 2. UNB 13-6 
 3. Memorial 11-7 
 4. St.Mary's 11-7 
 5. Acadia 9-9 
 6. St.Francis X. 8-10 
 7. UPEI 6-12 
 8. Cape Breton 0-18 
CanWest Explorer Division
 1. UFV 11-9 
 2. Mount Royal 8-12 
 3. TRU 8-12 
 4. MacEwan 7-13 
 5. UNBC 4-16 
 6. UBC Okanagan 2-18 
CanWest Pioneer Division
 1. UBC 19-1 
 2. Calgary 16-4 
 3. Alberta 14-6 
 4. Saskatchewan 14-6 
 5. Lethbridge 13-7 
 6. Manitoba 12-8 
 7. Winnipeg 12-8 
 8. Brandon 9-11 
 9. Victoria 9-11 
 10. Regina 9-11 
 11. TWU 3-20 
OUA Central
 1. Brock 14-4 
 2. McMaster 8-11 
 3. Guelph 6-13 
 4. Lakehead 6-13 
OUA East
 1. Ryerson 17-2 
 2. Toronto 11-8 
 3. Queen's 7-12 
 4. York 4-14 
OUA North
 1. Carleton 18-0 
 2. Ottawa 16-3 
 3. Nipissing 9-10 
 4. Laurentian 9-10 
OUA West
 1. Windsor 10-10 
 2. Laurier 9-11 
 3. Western 7-13 
 4. Waterloo 6-13 
 5. Algoma 5-15 
Quebec League
 1. McGill 12-3 
 2. Concordia 9-5 
 3. UQAM 7-8 
 4. Laval 6-8 
 5. Bishop's 2-12 

Regular Season: Round 25

Feb. 17: UNB - Cape Breton 99-93
Feb. 18: Western - McMaster 95-89
Feb. 15: Windsor - McMaster 91-87
Feb. 18: McGill - Bishop's 89-71
Feb. 18: Ottawa - Ryerson 88-94
Feb. 18: Algoma - Nipissing 88-87
Feb. 17: Dalhousie - St.Mary's 88-83
Feb. 17: Acadia - St.Francis X. 88-82
Feb. 19: UPEI - Cape Breton 86-82
Feb. 17: Carleton - Ryerson 82-77
Feb. 18: Guelph - Waterloo 76-74
Feb. 18: Lakehead - Laurier 75-78
Feb. 18: Dalhousie - Acadia 75-63
Feb. 17: Ottawa - Toronto 74-54
Feb. 17: Laval - UQAM 73-62
Feb. 17: Queen's - York 70-60
Feb. 18: Windsor - Brock 69-91
Feb. 17: Lakehead - Waterloo 66-62
Feb. 15: Western - Brock 65-80
Feb. 17: Algoma - Laurentian 64-87
Feb. 16: Concordia - McGill 45-72
Feb. 18: Carleton - Toronto 100-36

Regular Season: Round 26

Feb. 22: Concordia - Bishop's
Feb. 23: McGill - Laval
Feb. 24: Memorial - Acadia
Feb. 24: St.Mary's - Cape Breton
Feb. 24: UNB - St.Francis X.
Feb. 24: UPEI - Dalhousie
Feb. 25: Memorial - Acadia
Feb. 25: Laval - Concordia
Feb. 25: UPEI - St.Francis X.
Feb. 25: St.Mary's - Cape Breton
Feb. 25: Bishop's - UQAM


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kadre GRAY
  Laurentian
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Gray, Laurentian23.2 
 2. Morgan, UBC23.1 
 3. Cooper, Calgary22.7 
 4. Scott, UPEI21.0 
 5. Jean-Louis, Cape B.20.5 
 6. Bercy, St.Franc.20.5 
 7. Johnson, Toronto20.5 
 8. Clayton, St.Mary''s19.5 
 9. Gilmore, McMaster19.5 
 10. Kokko, Laurier19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dut DUT
  UPEI
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Dut, UPEI11.5 
 2. Pereira, Waterloo11.2 
 3. Bercy, St.Franc.11.2 
 4. Osayande, Saskatch.10.6 
 5. Ross, Mount Royal9.8 
 6. Elgadi, Brock9.6 
 7. Nissen, Acadia9.6 
 8. Dinkins, Lakehead9.5 
 9. Graham, Queen''s9.5 
 10. Layton, Mount R.9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Javon MASTERS
  UNB
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Masters, UNB6.1 
 2. Mata, Dalhousie5.9 
 3. Keane, Carleton5.2 
 4. Miller, Acadia4.9 
 5. Bonhomme, Manitoba4.8 
 6. Dulay, UFV4.7 
 7. Burdeaux, Lethb.4.5 
 8. Rocca, Windsor4.5 
 9. Farkic, Western4.3 
 10. Agyeman, UNBC4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Dejon BURDEAUX
  Lethb.
  (183-PG-)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Burdeaux, Lethb.3.6 
 2. Jenkins, Western3.0 
 3. Agada, Ottawa2.9 
 4. Kapinga, Calgary2.5 
 5. Mata, Dalhousie2.3 
 6. Bermillo, Bishop''s2.3 
 7. Small, Ryerson2.3 
 8. Ogundokun, McGill2.2 
 9. Dulay, UFV2.2 
 10. Masters, UNB2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane OSAYANDE
  Saskatch.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Osayande, Saskatch.2.5 
 2. Graham, Queen''s2.3 
 3. Nissen, Acadia1.9 
 4. Oirbans, Winnipeg1.9 
 5. Paul, Brandon1.8 
 6. Layton, Mount R.1.7 
 7. Debache, UQAM1.6 
 8. Morgan, UBC1.5 
 9. James, MacEwan1.5 
 10. Yengue, Laurentian1.5 



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  CHILE  

Stats Leaders - DIMAYOR

Points Per Game
 Durrell SUMMERS
  CD Valdi.
  (193-SF-89)
  Avg: 30
 1. Summers, CD Valdi.30.0 
 2. Taylor, Las Animas26.9 
 3. Dickson, CDU C.26.6 
 4. Abeiro, Tinguiri.26.0 
 5. Robinson, Osorno22.6 
 6. McCombs, CDE T.21.4 
 7. Cheek, Las Animas21.0 
 8. Larry, AB Ancud20.9 
 9. Munks, Puerto M.20.1 
 10. Harrison, CDU C.19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Osorno
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Coleman, Osorno13.7 
 2. McCombs, CDE T.13.4 
 3. Okoye, CD Valdivia12.4 
 4. Taylor, Las Animas11.7 
 5. Crawford, CDU C.11.6 
 6. Thomas, CD Castro11.2 
 7. Harrison, CDU C.10.9 
 8. Bowdry, Los Leones10.8 
 9. Abeiro, Tinguiri.10.8 
 10. Austin, Puente Alto10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Erik CARRASCO
  CD Valdi.
  (181-G-83)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Carrasco, CD Valdi.9.6 
 2. Morales, Las A.6.1 
 3. Bravo, CDE Talca5.9 
 4. Munoz, Osorno5.2 
 5. Thomas, CD Castro4.9 
 6. Saez, Tinguiri.4.7 
 7. Figueroa, AB Ancud4.3 
 8. Scott, CDU C.4.0 
 9. Marechal, Los L.3.9 
 10. Cruces, CD Castro3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  CDU C.
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Scott, CDU C.2.9 
 2. Carrasco, CD Valdi.2.0 
 3. Pavez, Tinguiri.2.0 
 4. Kirkland, Osorno1.9 
 5. Cheek, Las Animas1.7 
 6. Munks, Puerto M.1.7 
 7. Soto, CDU Catolica1.6 
 8. Abeiro, Tinguiri.1.6 
 9. Thomas, CD Castro1.6 
 10. Diaz, Puente Alto1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Damian SAUNDERS
  CDU C.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Saunders, CDU C.2.1 
 2. Louis, CD Valdivia1.5 
 3. McCombs, CDE T.1.4 
 4. Phillips, Puerto M.1.3 
 5. Phillip, CDU C.1.3 
 6. Lee, CD Castro1.2 
 7. Lopez, Puente Alto1.1 
 8. Centeno, AB Ancud0.9 
 9. Harrison, CDU C.0.9 
 10. Tischer, Tinguiri.0.8 



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  CHINA  

Standings - CBA

CBA Standings
 1. Xinjiang FT 32-6 
 2. Shanghai S. 30-8 
 3. Guangdong ST 30-8 
 4. Guangsha L. 30-8 
 5. Liaoning H. 29-9 
 6. Shenzhen L. 26-13 
 7. Sichuan BW 23-15 
 8. Shandong FB 22-16 
 9. Beijing D. 21-17 
 10. Jiangsu D. 19-19 
 11. TianJin S. 19-20 
 12. Qingdao E. 16-22 
 13. Shanxi Zh. 16-22 
 14. Jilin NE T. 14-24 
 15. Fujian QB 12-26 
 16. Zhejiang CB 10-28 
 17. North Control B. 9-29 
 18. Jiangsu TX 8-30 
 19. Guangzhou 8-30 
 20. Bayi R. 7-31 

Regular Season: Round 38

Feb. 19: Shanxi Zh. - Bayi R. 99-92
Feb. 19: Shenzhen L. - Jiangsu D. 97-93
Feb. 19: Jiangsu TX - Jilin NE T. 89-106
Feb. 19: Liaoning H. - Zhejiang CB 155-95
Feb. 19: Guangsha L. - Shanghai S. 135-132
Feb. 19: Fujian QB - North Control B. 124-118
Feb. 19: Xinjiang FT - TianJin S. 123-83
Feb. 19: Guangdong ST - Guangzhou 117-96
Feb. 19: Beijing D. - Sichuan BW 113-114
Feb. 19: Shandong FB - Qingdao E. 112-111


Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Errick MCCOLLUM
  North C.
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 37.2
 1. McCollum, North C.37.2 
 2. Brooks, Jiangsu D.36.4 
 3. Fredette, Shanghai.36.3 
 4. Cunningham, Jiang.34.0 
 5. Franklin, Shanxi Zh.33.8 
 6. Brown, Jilin NE T.33.3 
 7. Hudson, Liaoning H.32.1 
 8. Adams, Xinjiang FT32.0 
 9. Jones, Qingdao E.30.3 
 10. Warren, Zhejiang.29.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Malcolm THOMAS
  Jilin N.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Thomas, Jilin N.16.5 
 2. Haddadi, Sichu.16.0 
 3. Thompson, Shandong.14.3 
 4. Hickson, Fujian QB13.4 
 5. Sakakini, TianJ.13.3 
 6. Lampe, Shenzhen L.12.7 
 7. Batista, North C.12.7 
 8. Dalembert, Shanxi Z.12.3 
 9. Han, Liaoning H.12.2 
 10. Diogu, Jiangsu TX11.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal FRANKLIN
  Shanxi Zh.
  (196-SG-91)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Franklin, Shanxi Zh.8.7 
 2. Fortson, Guangsha.8.4 
 3. Jeter, TianJin S.8.0 
 4. Pargo, Shenzhen L.6.9 
 5. Buycks, Fujian QB6.4 
 6. Sloan, Guangdong ST6.4 
 7. Jones, Qingdao E.6.0 
 8. Adams, Xinjiang FT6.0 
 9. Warren, Zhejiang.5.8 
 10. Brown, Zhejiang CB5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jamaal FRANKLIN
  Shanxi Zh.
  (196-SG-91)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Franklin, Shanxi Zh.3.3 
 2. Sui, Shandong FB2.8 
 3. Brown, Zhejiang CB2.7 
 4. Fortson, Guangsha.2.6 
 5. Blatche, Xinjiang.2.5 
 6. Kamrani, Jilin N.2.4 
 7. Hudson, Liaoning H.2.4 
 8. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.3 
 9. Kennedy, Guangzhou2.3 
 10. McCollum, North C.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Yuchen ZOU
  Bayi R.
  (203-F-96)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Zou, Bayi R.2.6 
 2. Zhou, Xinjiang FT2.2 
 3. Dalembert, Shanxi Z.2.0 
 4. Haddadi, Sichu.2.0 
 5. Smith, Sichuan BW2.0 
 6. Kirk, Guangzhou1.9 
 7. Blatche, Xinjiang.1.7 
 8. Sun, Beijing D.1.6 
 9. Lalanne, Zhejiang.1.5 
 10. Yi, Guangdong ST1.5 


Hamed Haddadi's triple-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

Iranian Center Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Sichuan BW, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 37.
The 31-year old player recorded a triple-double of 37 points adding also 19 rebounds and 12 assists, while his team beat TianJin S. (#11, 19-19) 117-109. Sichuan BW maintains the 7th position in Chinese CBA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sichuan BW will need more victories to improve their 22-15 record. In the team's last game Haddadi had a remarkable 73.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Sichuan BW's top player in his first season with the team. Hamed Haddadi has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 16.0rpg) and averages impressive 2.0bpg and 61.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Jamaal Franklin (196-SG-91) of Shanxi Zh.. Franklin had a very good evening with a triple-double of 22 points, 12 rebounds and 16 assists. Of course he led Shanxi Zh. to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Guangzhou (#19, 8-29) 124-89. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Shanxi Zh. keeps 13th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 15-22 record. Franklin is a newcomer at Shanxi Zh., but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 33.8ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 10.3rpg and 8.7apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international forward Xiaochuan Zhai (205-F-93) of Beijing D. (#8). Zhai got into 30-points club by scoring 35 points in the last round. He went also for eleven rebounds and four assists. He was a key player of Beijing D., leading his team to a 110-98 win against the lower-ranked Fujian QB (#15, 11-26). Beijing D. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 21 victories and 16 lost games. Zhai has a very solid season. In 27 games in China he scored 17.0ppg. He also has 5.9rpg and FGP: 63.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dominique Jones (193-G-88) of Qingdao E. - 39 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jabari Brown (193-G/F-92) of Jilin NE T. - 40 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Andray Blatche (211-F/C-86) of Xinjiang FT - 21 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Guerschon Yabusele (201-PF-95) of Shanghai S. - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Jeremy Pargo (188-PG-86) of Shenzhen L. - 40 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Maciej Lampe (211-C/F-85) of Shenzhen L. - 31 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Malcolm Thomas (206-F-88) of Jilin NE T. - 18 points, 16 rebounds and 7 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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  CROATIA  


Helios Suns inks Juraj Segaric (ex Jazine Arbanasi) - by Zeljko Zule

A few weeks after bringing aboard a new coach Dejan Cikic , Slovenian champion Helios Suns has made the first change in their roster by signing Croatian Juraj Segaric (185-PG-93) for the remainder of the season.
Segaric started the season with Bulgarian side Beroe, where he averaged 7.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 0.5 steals in just two Bulgarian NBL League games. Segaric in January moved to Jazine Arbanasi, for whom he produced 6.3 points per game in 4 appearances in Croatian A2 League Divison South.
Segaric has already played for Borik Puntamika, Zadar, Zagreb and Jolly Sibenik in his native Croatia plus Siroki in Bosnia. He was a member of Croatian U20 national team at 2013 European Championship.



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  CYPRUS  

Div.A stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Maxie ESHO
  Etha
  (206-F-91)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Esho, Etha18.8 
 2. Franklin, Apollon18.4 
 3. Jaxen, Etha17.6 
 4. Ray, Enosis15.9 
 5. Brezec, AEK15.2 
 6. Abukar, Keravnos15.2 
 7. Marshall, Apollon15.1 
 8. Bussey, Apoel14.5 
 9. Blakes, Enosis14.4 
 10. Burnatowski, Apoel14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cadarian RAINES
  Apollon
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Raines, Apollon8.4 
 2. Esho, Etha8.4 
 3. Thomas, Enosis8.3 
 4. Brezec, AEK7.4 
 5. Mobley, Apoel7.3 
 6. Parks, Keravnos6.7 
 7. Blakes, Enosis6.3 
 8. Wright, Apoel6.2 
 9. Burnatowski, Apoel6.1 
 10. Dasic, AEK5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny BARKER
  Keravnos
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Barker, Keravnos5.9 
 2. Thomas, AEK5.5 
 3. Washington, Enosis4.8 
 4. Bussey, Apoel4.6 
 5. Ross, Keravnos3.8 
 6. Koronides, Apollon3.7 
 7. Jaxen, Etha3.5 
 8. Brown, Apoel3.4 
 9. Colimon, Etha3.2 
 10. Jones, Apollon3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Keravnos
  (188-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Ross, Keravnos2.3 
 2. Dasic, AEK1.9 
 3. Washington, Enosis1.8 
 4. Pittakas, Apollon1.7 
 5. Franklin, Apollon1.7 
 6. Thomas, AEK1.6 
 7. Burnatowski, Apoel1.6 
 8. Barker, Keravnos1.5 
 9. Blakes, Enosis1.4 
 10. Marshall, Apollon1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin THOMAS
  Enosis
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Thomas, Enosis1.3 
 2. Mobley, Apoel1.1 
 3. N''Doye, Apollon1.0 
 4. Marshall, Apollon1.0 
 5. Raines, Apollon0.9 
 6. Suleiman, Apollon0.8 
 7. O''Brien, Keravnos0.7 
 8. Burnatowski, Apoel0.7 
 9. Parks, Keravnos0.7 
 10. Brezec, AEK0.6 



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  DENMARK  

Standings - Basketligaen

Ligaen Standings
 1. Horsens IC 19-3 
 2. Bakken 18-3 
 3. Horsholm 11-11 
 4. Naestved 11-11 
 5. Svendborg 11-12 
 6. SISU 10-14 
 7. Randers 9-15 
 8. Stevnsgade 1-21 

Regular Season: Round 25

Feb. 19: Bakken - SISU 102-82
Feb. 21: Horsens IC - Svendborg
Feb. 22: Horsholm - Naestved


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Devaughn AKOON-PURCELL
  Bakken
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Akoon-P., Bakken22.3 
 2. Bello, Randers19.0 
 3. Burgess, Randers18.6 
 4. Nielsen, Randers17.7 
 5. Mack, Horsens IC17.5 
 6. Haas, SISU17.2 
 7. Sandager, Stevn.16.5 
 8. McGrew, SI.16.5 
 9. Champagnie, Stevn.16.4 
 10. Dranginis, SISU16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanner MCGREW
  SI.
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. McGrew, SI.10.9 
 2. Champagnie, Stevn.10.0 
 3. Sane, Naestved9.7 
 4. Smith, Horsholm8.6 
 5. Baru, SISU7.9 
 6. NaNa, Svendborg7.6 
 7. Moten, Svendborg7.2 
 8. Midtgaard, Horsh.7.0 
 9. Trist, Horsens IC6.5 
 10. Artino, Horsens IC6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Frederik NIELSEN
  Horsholm
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Nielsen, Horsholm6.7 
 2. Burgess, Randers5.8 
 3. Dranginis, SISU4.3 
 4. Gesell, Bakken4.2 
 5. Lundberg, Horse.4.1 
 6. Lanegger, Naestved3.9 
 7. Wilson, SISU3.8 
 8. Nielsen, Randers3.8 
 9. Mack, Horsens IC3.7 
 10. Porta, Svendborg3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Myles MACK
  Horsens IC
  (175-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Mack, Horsens IC2.5 
 2. Bello, Randers2.0 
 3. Burgess, Randers2.0 
 4. Borovcanin, Horse.1.9 
 5. Nielsen, Horsholm1.8 
 6. Gesell, Bakken1.8 
 7. Smith, Horsholm1.7 
 8. Akoon-P., Bakken1.7 
 9. Mitchell, Naestved1.5 
 10. Lundberg, Horse.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jyles SMITH
  Horsholm
  (209-PF-92)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Smith, Horsholm1.3 
 2. Sane, Naestved1.2 
 3. Aboubakar Za., Svendbor.1.1 
 4. Diouf, Bakken1.1 
 5. Christoffers., Bak.1.0 
 6. Colas, Randers1.0 
 7. Adjehi, SISU1.0 
 8. Moten, Svendborg0.9 
 9. Onwenu, Naestved0.9 
 10. Dranginis, SISU0.8 


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

26-year old power forward Davie Champagnie (206-F/C-90) had a great game in the last round for Stevnsgade and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 19 rebounds, while his team beat Randers (#7, 9-15) 106-92. Stevnsgade maintains the 8th position in Danish league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 21 games and recorded just one victory. Champagnie turned to be Stevnsgade's top player in his first season with the team. Martin Methodist College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Champagnie is in league's top in points (9th best: 16.4ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 10.0rpg) and averages solid 51.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Tanner McGrew (203-F-93, agency: Duran International) of SISU. He is American forward in his first season at SISU. In the last game McGrew recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 18 rebounds. It was enough for SISU to edge the higher-ranked Horsens IC (#1, 19-3) by 5 points 91-86. SISU's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-13 record. McGrew is a newcomer at SISU and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.9ppg (#7). His other stats are also decent: 10.7rpg and 3.6apg.

Third place about best performers goes to another Stevnsgade's star - forward Alonzo Brooks (201-PF-84). Brooks scored 28 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Stevnsgade, helping his team with a 106-92 easy win against slightly higher-ranked Randers (#7, 9-15). Stevnsgade can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 1-21 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Brooks he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Brooks has a very solid season. In 2 games in Denmark he scored 16.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chris Nielsen (193-G/F-85) of Randers - 32 points and 5 assists
5. Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-G-93) of Bakken - 31 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Gabriel Lundberg (193-G-94) of Horsens IC - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Dan Trist (206-F-92) of Horsens IC - 23 points and 4 rebounds
8. Thomas Laerke (195-G/F-91) of Bakken - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Adjehi Baru (206-F-91) of SISU - 17 points and 12 rebounds
10. Derrick Wilson (185-PG-92) of SISU - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 7 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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Carolina Thunder Roster Additions - by Scott Ludwig

The Carolina Thunder are gearing up for their first season in the East Coast Basketball League. Coach Page is putting the finishing touches to the roster for season tipoff. Recently the Thunder added some firepower with the addition of Patrell Rogers (6'2''-G). From the looks of the preseason games that played he gonna be an household name for sure. The combo guard coming off back-to-back performances in which he scored well over 30 points. With his ability to attack the defense with his dribble and shooting teams will have a tough assignment. Definitely will be one of the most explosive players to watch in league play.

Bobby Crawford (6'3''-G) Jr., who is the younger brother of Andrew Crawford (6'4''-G, college: Benedict) should be a nice role player. The former Newberry Indians football player is back on the hardwood now causing problems defensively. Since Coach Page is not on the court to guard the top perimeter players he can send BJ to do the job. Here is a guy who can guard 1-5 with the heart of a lion. The ECBL is guard-loaded with talent so keep an eye on this guy.

The latest addition to the Thunder is Deonte Johnson (6'4''-F-87, college: Benedict), better known as Radio. Now this is one of those pickups where you say wow. Radio is gonna bring so many intangibles to the team. Another explosive player that will give teams fits in the post. With how the Thunder like to play he should have plenty of chances to work the post. Once again Andrew Crawford and Radio are teammates and we know what that meant at Benedict Tigers. Can they work that magic in the ECBL?

One more addition includes the pledge of Kenny Wayne, a 6'8" guy who can post and shoot the triple.

Keep up with the Carolina Thunder by following the team on Twitter at @CaroThunder.



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Riyadi Breeze Past The Egyptian National Team in their Opening Game - by Eurobasket News

After a slow start to the game, Riyadi trailed for the majority of the first quarter but a late surge from Ismael and co allowed Riyadi to get back and tie the game at 19 after the first 10 minutes. In the second quarter, the Egyptian national team pounded the Lebanese basket down low as their frontcourt scored bucket after bucket. Yet Alade Aminu (210-F/C-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) and Amir Saoud kept their team in contention with great hustle and resilience. The half finished with Riyadi leading by just one, 37-36. The introduction of Ken Brown (180-PG-89, college: Philander Smith, agency: Octagon Europe) was very helpful for Riyadi as the offense was flowing freely with either Wael or Amir at the SG position. In the third quarter, Riyadi tried to play a faster offense to try and surpass the Egyptian defense before they get positioned. This Egyptian defense was hard to overcome with players standing at 2.27m and 2.18m under the basket. Speed and outside shots from Ismael, Jean, and Branko were the best solutions to break the Egyptian wall. Aminu was exceptional on both ends of the court as he limited second chance points for the opponent and scored his shots down low to give Riyadi a 66-50 3rd quater lead. It was same old same old in the fourth quarter as Riyadi took control of the game. Amir showed off his skills with Ken Brown doing whatever he likes on the court. The Lebanese champions won the game 85-69.
Courtesy of: sports-961.com



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Cojute signs Kenny Demouchet - by Greg

Club de Baloncesto Cojute (Liga MB) signed 28-year old American swingman Kenny Demouchet (198-93kg-89, college: Jackson State). He played last summer at Leones in Nicaraguan LNB league. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Demouchet also played that season for Nogaleros (Chihuahua Vive) in Mexican league.
Demouchet attended Jackson State until 2013 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.
He could be described: Demouchet is a very athletic guard with great reach that shoots 46% from out as well as plays in the post. He is strong and knows how to use the pick and roll very well, using his body to gain position on defenders. Very versatile playing 4 positions, from point guard to power forward. His game has wide flexibility; shooting the ball extremely well from behind the 3 point line, lock down defense and rebounding. He exudes willingness and pride in guarding the point guard from baseline to baseline. He loves to guard the best player no matter if his opponent is 5'8 or 7'. Demouchet is a TEAM player that brings a lot of energy to every game; a guard for all intense purposes. Demouchet has excellent athleticism and reach which also allows him to play small forward.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Djordje DZELETOVIC
  TL.
  (205-C-93)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Dzeletovic, TL.19.4 
 2. Baker, Tarvas19.3 
 3. van-der-Mars, Rap.18.5 
 4. Strupovics, Valga18.3 
 5. Volkus, Parnu18.1 
 6. Jarvelainen, TTU18.1 
 7. Olmre, TTU18.1 
 8. Bubalo, Parnu16.6 
 9. Zvigurs, Valga14.3 
 10. Post, Tarvas14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas VAN DER MARS
  Rap.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. van-der-Mars, Rap.13.9 
 2. Jarvelainen, TTU9.2 
 3. Baker, Tarvas8.7 
 4. Jois, TU/Rock8.5 
 5. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.8.4 
 6. Milka, TU/Rock8.3 
 7. Bubalo, Parnu8.0 
 8. Soodla, Noorteliiga7.9 
 9. Marshall, TL.6.5 
 10. Keedus, Kalev/Cr.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Norman KABIN
  Parnu
  (188-PG-97)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Kabin, Parnu4.6 
 2. Sokk, TU/Rock4.4 
 3. Harper, Kalev/Cr.4.4 
 4. Jones, TL.4.0 
 5. Olmre, TTU4.0 
 6. Post, Tarvas3.9 
 7. Bratoz, Rapla3.9 
 8. Okereafor, Parnu3.8 
 9. Paiste, Tarvas3.7 
 10. Saage, TL.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Taavi JURKATAMM
  Noorteli.
  (201-SG-97)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.2.1 
 2. Bratoz, Rapla2.0 
 3. Okereafor, Parnu2.0 
 4. Lips, Tarvas2.0 
 5. Kabin, Parnu1.8 
 6. Paiste, Tarvas1.8 
 7. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 8. Tamm, TL.1.6 
 9. Sutt, Parnu1.6 
 10. Thomas, TU/Rock1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kalev/Cr.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.1.3 
 2. van-der-Mars, Rap.0.9 
 3. Raadik, TTU0.9 
 4. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.0.9 
 5. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 6. Marshall, TL.0.8 
 7. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 8. Bubalo, Parnu0.8 
 9. Lips, Tarvas0.7 
 10. Perine, Tarvas0.7 



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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jamal JONES
  Lapua
  (203-G-93)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Jones, Lapua22.2 
 2. Gay, KTP Basket20.3 
 3. Pledger, Kouvot19.4 
 4. Brown, Kataja B.17.9 
 5. Morris, Lapua17.4 
 6. Hollins, Kauhajoki17.4 
 7. Bullock, Pyrinto16.4 
 8. Holsey, Kauhajoki16.3 
 9. Buckles, Kouvot15.5 
 10. Dia, BC Nokia15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Korihait
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Van, Korihait10.7 
 2. Buckles, Kouvot9.8 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto9.3 
 4. Pratt, KTP Basket9.0 
 5. Kaunisto, Kouvot8.7 
 6. Coleman, Salon Vilpas8.5 
 7. Morris, Lapua8.1 
 8. Williams, Lapua8.0 
 9. Bullock, Pyrinto7.9 
 10. Bristol, Kataja B.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Teemu RANNIKKO
  Kataja B.
  (189-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Rannikko, Kataja B.7.3 
 2. Nikkarinen, Helsinki.7.0 
 3. Pratt, KTP Basket7.0 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.9 
 5. Edwards, Lapua4.7 
 6. Williams, Lapua4.6 
 7. Jalonen, Korihait4.5 
 8. Appleby, Kouvot4.3 
 9. Minard, Pyrinto4.3 
 10. Hirvonen, Kouvot4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Monyea PRATT
  KTP Basket
  (196-SF-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Pratt, KTP Basket2.3 
 2. Mullings, Kataja B.2.2 
 3. Horne, Kouvot1.9 
 4. Minard, Pyrinto1.8 
 5. Hollins, Kauhajoki1.8 
 6. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.7 
 7. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki1.7 
 8. Barrett, BC Nokia1.6 
 9. Sanders, BC Nokia1.6 
 10. Gay, KTP Basket1.4 
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.1.6 
 4. Johnson, Kataja B.1.3 
 5. Judge, Pyrinto1.1 
 6. Van, Korihait1.0 
 7. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.0 
 8. Upson, Helsinki.0.9 
 9. Bailey, KTP Basket0.8 
 10. Walker, KTP Basket0.8 


Standings - Division I

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

Regular Season: Round 19

Division A

Feb. 17: Jyvaskyla BA - FoKoPo 99-89
Feb. 17: ToPo - Jarvenpaa 82-59
Feb. 15: Pyrinto II - HBA-Marsky 75-101
Feb. 18: Espoo United - Porvoon Tarmo 111-71

Division B

Feb. 19: Raholan Pyrkiva - Namika Lr 92-97
Feb. 19: Espoo Basket - PeU-Basket 89-72
Feb. 14: Munkkiniemen - HyPo 85-90
Feb. 19: Karkkila - PuHu Juniorit 69-98
Feb. 19: HNMKY U23 - Korikouvot 67-69
Feb. 19: Ura Basket - HyPo 105-72
Feb. 19: TuNMKY - JyWe 103-72

Regular Season: Round 20

Division A

Feb. 24: Jarvenpaa - Jyvaskyla BA
Feb. 24: FoKoPo - Pyrinto II
Feb. 26: Jyvaskyla BA - Lahti
Feb. 26: Porvoon Tarmo - ToPo
Feb. 26: Oulun NMKY - FoKoPo

Division B

Feb. 26: HNMKY U23 - PeU-Basket
Feb. 26: HyPo - Munkkiniemen
Feb. 26: Namika Lr - Ura Basket
Feb. 26: Korikouvot - Karkkila
Feb. 26: PuHu Juniorit - JyWe
Feb. 26: TuNMKY - Raholan Pyrkiva


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 De''Andre UPCHURCH
  HyPo
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 35.7
 1. Upchurch, HyPo35.7 
 2. Bratton, Namika Lr29.4 
 3. Moultrie, PuHu J.28.3 
 4. Rasi, Raholan Pyrkiva24.7 
 5. Heinonen, Munkkini.24.4 
 6. Maxhuni, HBA-M.24.3 
 7. Vinson, Pyrinto II23.5 
 8. Cartharn, Espoo B.23.5 
 9. Daniels, PeU-Basket23.1 
 10. Jones, Oulun N.22.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.16.7 
 2. Daniels, PeU-Basket13.7 
 3. Jallow, Jarvenpaa13.3 
 4. Harvey, Oulun N.12.7 
 5. Harris, Ura Basket12.1 
 6. Towa, Jarvenpaa11.5 
 7. Flemings, FoKoPo11.4 
 8. Stahl, Oulun N.11.2 
 9. Knihtinen, Korikouvot11.1 
 10. Bratton, Namika Lr10.9 
Assists Per Game
 Janne KINNUNEN
  Karkkila
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Kinnunen, Karkkila6.9 
 2. Kantonen, Korik.5.5 
 3. Salonen, Porvoon .5.4 
 4. Upchurch, HyPo5.2 
 5. Innamaa, TuNM.4.9 
 6. Ivey, Espoo United4.9 
 7. Ikavalko, Lahti4.4 
 8. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.4.2 
 9. Latvala, Ura Basket4.1 
 10. Kaaresvirta, Ura B.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Reginald BRATTON
  Namika Lr
  (193-G/F-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Bratton, Namika Lr2.8 
 2. Upchurch, HyPo2.8 
 3. Cartharn, Espoo B.2.7 
 4. Gouch, Espoo Basket2.6 
 5. Juvonen, Jyvaskyl.2.3 
 6. Moore, ToPo2.3 
 7. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.3 
 8. Ceesay, Espoo B.2.2 
 9. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.2.2 
 10. Heinonen, Munkkini.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Jerrah YOUNG
  Pyrinto II
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Young, Pyrinto II2.0 
 2. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.0 
 3. Reed, FoKoPo1.6 
 4. Rainamaa, PuHu J.1.4 
 5. Ekimov, JyWe1.4 
 6. Fields, Lahti1.4 
 7. Sandberg, TuNM.1.4 
 8. Polla, HBA-Marsky1.3 
 9. Harvey, Oulun N.1.3 
 10. Harris, Ura Basket1.1 


Korisliiga Round 30: Salon Vilpas defeat Kouvot in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

Sixth-ranked Kouvot (11-16) gave a tough game to second ranked Salon Vilpas (20-7) in Kouvola on Wednesday. The visitors from Salo managed to secure only three-point victory 100-97. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kouvot won third quarter 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Salon Vilpas looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American guard Desmond Williams (199-91, college: S.Connecticut) scored 25 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Al'Lonzo Coleman (201-89, college: Presbyterian) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Michael Cuffee (195-83, college: Middle Tenn.St.) with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Salon Vilpas maintains second position with 20-7 record having just one point less than leader Helsinki Seagulls. Defending champion Kouvot keeps the sixth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with BC Nokia. Salon Vilpas are looking forward to face BC Nokia (#6) on the road in the next round. Kouvot will have a break next round.
Korisliiga top team - Helsinki Seagulls (20-6) added another victory to their record. This time they beat tenth ranked UU-Korihait (4-23) 80-73. American swingman Raymond Cowels-III (193-90, college: Santa Clara) notched 26 points (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) to lead the effort and Devonte Upson supported him with 8 points and 10 rebounds. Even 21 points and 4 assists by point guard Mikko Jalonen (186-82) did not help to save the game for UU-Korihait. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Helsinki Seagulls maintains first position with 20-6 record. UU-Korihait lost fifteenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 23 lost games. Helsinki Seagulls will play against KTP-Basket (#8) in Kotka in the next round and are hoping to win another game. UU-Korihait will play at home against Kauhajoen Karhu and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Kotka was also quite interesting. Second ranked Salon Vilpas (20-7) played at the court of 8th ranked KTP-Basket (10-18). Salon Vilpas managed to secure a 9-point victory 92-83 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Juwan Staten who scored 24 points and 7 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Monyea Pratt who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists. Salon Vilpas maintains second position with 20-7 record having just one point less than leader Helsinki Seagulls. KTP-Basket at the other side keeps the eighth place with 18 games lost. They share the position with Pyrinto. Salon Vilpas will meet BC Nokia (#6) on the road in the next round. KTP-Basket will play against the league's leader Helsinki Seagulls and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Tampere where 6th ranked Kouvot (11-16) was upset on the court of ninth ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (10-18) 83-78. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a good game for Ricky Minard who led his team to a victory with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Kouvot's coach Pieti Poikola rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tampereen Pyrinto moved-up to eighth place, which they share with KTP Basket. Defending champion Kouvot keeps the sixth position with 16 games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto's next round opponent will be higher ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (#5) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.
Fourth ranked Joensuun Kataja (17-8) crushed at home 7th ranked BC Nokia (11-16) by 16 points 86-70, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BC Nokia. Rion Brown scored 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Joensuun Kataja have a solid three-game winning streak. Joensuun Kataja maintains fourth position with 17-8 record. Loser BC Nokia dropped to the sixth place with 16 games lost. Joensuun Kataja will have a break next round. BC Nokia will play at home against the league's second-placed Salon Vilpas (#2) and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 30 Lapua lost to Kauhajoki on the opponent's court 75-87.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 19 points and 13 rebounds by Sherman Gay of KTP Basket.

KTP Basket - Salon Vilpas 83-92

The game in Kotka was also quite interesting. Second ranked Salon Vilpas (20-7) played at the court of 8th ranked KTP-Basket (10-18). Salon Vilpas managed to secure a 9-point victory 92-83 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 22-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Salon Vilpas made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American point guard Juwan Staten (185-92, college: W.Virginia) who scored 24 points and 7 assists. The other American import guard Desmond Williams (199-91, college: S.Connecticut) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman, agency: Court Side) who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists and Jamaican-American power forward Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) added 19 points and 13 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Salon Vilpas maintains second position with 20-7 record having just one point less than leader Helsinki Seagulls. KTP-Basket at the other side keeps the eighth place with 18 games lost. They share the position with Pyrinto. Salon Vilpas will meet BC Nokia (#6) on the road in the next round. KTP-Basket will play against the league's leader Helsinki Seagulls and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: J.Staten 24+2reb+7ast, D.Williams 17+12reb+1ast, A.Coleman 12+11reb+4ast, B.Edwards 11+7reb, M.Pounds 7+1reb+2ast, M.Koivisto 7+3reb+1ast
KTP Basket: S.Gay 19+13reb, D.Bailey 19+10reb+1ast, M.Pratt 17+11reb+9ast, A.Scott 16+3reb+3ast, M.Barnes 6+2reb, V.Kopio 6+2reb+1ast
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Pyrinto - Kouvot 83-78

An interesting game took place in Tampere where 6th ranked Kouvot (11-16) was upset on the court of ninth ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (10-18) 83-78. 24 personal fouls committed by Kouvot helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a good game for swingman Ricky Minard (196-82, college: Morehead St., agency: SDJ Sports) who led his team to a victory with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St.) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Tampereen Pyrinto players scored in double figures. Forward Rakeem Buckles (203-90, college: FIU) replied with 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and guard Steven Pledger (193-90, college: Oklahoma) added 20 points and 4 assists in the effort for Kouvot. Kouvot's coach Pieti Poikola rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tampereen Pyrinto moved-up to eighth place, which they share with KTP Basket. Defending champion Kouvot keeps the sixth position with 16 games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto's next round opponent will be higher ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (#5) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: R.Minard 18+7reb+5ast, J.Bullock 13+5reb+1ast, T.Palmi 13+2reb+1ast, T.Nelson 10+6reb, A.Lehto 10+2reb+5ast, K.Lewis 7+1reb+2ast
Kouvot: R.Buckles 23+5reb, S.Pledger 20+3reb+4ast, M.Luosmaa 18+6reb, M.Cuffee 8+4reb+2ast, O.Heinonen 3+1reb, N.Andersen 2+1ast
gschID: 488056


Kauhajoki - Lapua 87-75

Rather expected game in Kauhajoki where 5th ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (14-13) was defeated by third ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (18-10) 87-75 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Kauhajoen Karhu. Lapuan Korikobrat was better in fourth quarter 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bosnian guard Bojan Sarcevic (190-88) scored 27 points and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward DeVaughn Washington (202-89, college: Ohio, agency: Mansfield and Associates) chipped in 14 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Jamal Jones (203-93, college: Texas A&M, agency: Stealth Sport) with 18 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo, agency: Two Points) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Kauhajoen Karhu have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 18-10 record despite having the same number of points like the leader Helsinki Seagulls. Loser Lapuan Korikobrat keeps the fifth place with 13 games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu will face bottom-ranked UU-Korihait (#10) in Uusikaupunki in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lapuan Korikobrat will play at home against Tampereen Pyrinto (#9) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kauhajoki: B.Sarcevic 27+4reb+7ast, A.Hollins 23+2reb+4ast, D.Washington 14+14reb+1ast, D.Giles 9+3reb+1ast, J.Lehtoranta 6+2reb+4ast, T.Unruh 5+4reb+1ast
Lapua: J.Jones 18+6reb, M.Edwards 14+1reb+4ast, D.Williams 14+7reb+2ast, D.Morris 9+7reb+1ast, A.Conerly 8+6reb+5ast, M.Van Andringa 7
gschID: 488054


Kouvot - Salon Vilpas 97-100

Sixth-ranked Kouvot (11-16) gave a tough game to second ranked Salon Vilpas (20-7) in Kouvola on Wednesday. The visitors from Salo managed to secure only three-point victory 100-97. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kouvot won third quarter 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Salon Vilpas looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American guard Desmond Williams (199-91, college: S.Connecticut) scored 25 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Al'Lonzo Coleman (201-89, college: Presbyterian) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Michael Cuffee (195-83, college: Middle Tenn.St.) with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international point guard Tuomas Hirvonen (181-96) scored 25 points and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Salon Vilpas maintains second position with 20-7 record having just one point less than leader Helsinki Seagulls. Defending champion Kouvot keeps the sixth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with BC Nokia. Salon Vilpas are looking forward to face BC Nokia (#6) on the road in the next round. Kouvot will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: D.Williams 25+8reb+3ast, A.Coleman 19+6reb+2ast, J.Staten 11+2reb+6ast, M.Ojala 11+5reb+1ast, B.Edwards 9+3reb+1ast, M.Koivisto 9+2reb+3ast
Kouvot: T.Hirvonen 25+1reb+6ast, M.Cuffee 23+13reb+4ast, R.Buckles 17+6reb+2ast, R.Appleby 10+6ast, S.Pledger 8+2reb, M.Luosmaa 8+4reb
gschID: 488052


Kataja Basket - BC Nokia 86-70

Fourth ranked Joensuun Kataja (17-8) crushed at home 7th ranked BC Nokia (11-16) by 16 points 86-70, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BC Nokia. The game was mostly controlled by Joensuun Kataja. BC Nokia was better in fourth quarter 24-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded BC Nokia 43-21 including a 31-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Joensuun Kataja made 7 blocks. American Rion Brown (198-91, college: Miami, FL) scored 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import swingman Jarekious Bradley (196-90, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Diamond Sports) chipped in 17 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Four Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Javier Duren (193-93, college: Yale) with 14 points and Canadian Sefton Barrett (196-83, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Blacktop Management) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Joensuun Kataja have a solid three-game winning streak. Joensuun Kataja maintains fourth position with 17-8 record. Loser BC Nokia dropped to the sixth place with 16 games lost. Joensuun Kataja will have a break next round. BC Nokia will play at home against the league's second-placed Salon Vilpas (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kataja Basket: R.Brown 18+9reb+4ast, J.Bradley 17+11reb+3ast, I.Seppala 16+2reb+2ast, V.Makalainen 12+3reb, D.Mullings 10+3reb+4ast, K.Bristol 8+9reb+2ast
BC Nokia: J.Duren 14+4reb+2ast, D.Dolenc 13+2reb, S.Barrett 11+5reb+2ast, I.Wilkerson 8+1reb, E.Skamo 7+4reb+2ast, P.Dia 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 488055


Helsinki Seagulls - Korihait 80-73

Korisliiga top team - Helsinki Seagulls (20-6) added another victory to their record. This time they beat tenth ranked UU-Korihait (4-23) 80-73. It looked good early as UU-Korihait took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Helsinki Seagulls had a 22-12 second period charge getting the lead and UU-Korihait was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 73-80. Helsinki Seagulls players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. UU-Korihait was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American swingman Raymond Cowels-III (193-90, college: Santa Clara) notched 26 points (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) to lead the effort and the other American import center Devonte Upson (206-93, college: SE Louisiana) supported him with 8 points and 10 rebounds. Even 21 points and 4 assists by point guard Mikko Jalonen (186-82) did not help to save the game for UU-Korihait. American power forward Marcus Van (201-87, college: Cent.Michigan) added 7 points and 15 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Helsinki Seagulls maintains first position with 20-6 record. UU-Korihait lost fifteenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 23 lost games. Helsinki Seagulls will play against KTP-Basket (#8) in Kotka in the next round and are hoping to win another game. UU-Korihait will play at home against Kauhajoen Karhu and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Helsinki Seagulls: R.Cowels III 26+3reb+1ast, C.Lindbom 12+2reb, A.Nikkarinen 11+1reb+6ast, D.Upson 8+10reb+1ast, A.Vaenerberg 6+1reb+8ast, R.Abell 5+4reb
Korihait: M.Jalonen 21+3reb+4ast, G.Johnson 10+3reb+2ast, E.McAlister 8+2reb+2ast, E.Holloway 8+4reb+3ast, M.Van 7+15reb+2ast, P.Peltokangas 6+3reb
gschID: 488053





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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Jerrold BROOKS
  ALS Basket
  (183-PG-91)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Brooks, ALS Basket18.2 
 2. Bradford, St Vallier18.2 
 3. Craion, Lorient17.3 
 4. Vaty, Lourdes16.9 
 5. Smith, Orchies16.8 
 6. Geiger, SAP V.16.8 
 7. Newson, Lorient16.2 
 8. Thondique, Gries/Ob.16.1 
 9. Mitchell, Chartres16.1 
 10. Doumbia, Gries/Ob.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Gries/Ob.
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Thondique, Gries/Ob.9.8 
 2. Kovanusic, ALS B.9.0 
 3. Staniulis, Souffel8.9 
 4. Gourari, RAC Basket7.9 
 5. Blackwell, ALS B.7.8 
 6. Craion, Lorient7.5 
 7. Alliman, SAP V.7.5 
 8. Anderson, RAC B.7.5 
 9. Cox, Challans7.5 
 10. Quincy-Jones, Vitre7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Xane D''ALMEIDA
  Lourdes
  (181-PG-83)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Dalmeida, Lourdes7.3 
 2. Romain, Chartres6.8 
 3. Rathieuville, Rennes5.5 
 4. Delhomme, St Vallier5.5 
 5. Varanauskas, Gries/Ob.5.3 
 6. Bichard, RAC Basket5.0 
 7. Suhard, Angers BC4.8 
 8. Siegwarth, Vitre4.6 
 9. Choplin, Quimper4.5 
 10. Gourari, RAC Basket4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Michael CRAION
  Lorient
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Craion, Lorient3.1 
 2. Gibson, Challans2.3 
 3. Davis, Rennes2.3 
 4. Cornely, Caen2.2 
 5. Demuynck, Lourdes2.0 
 6. Neri, ALS Basket2.0 
 7. Newson, Lorient1.9 
 8. Dalmeida, Lourdes1.9 
 9. Damachoua, Lorient1.7 
 10. Gourari, RAC Basket1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Demond WATT
  Angers BC
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Watt, Angers BC1.3 
 2. Jakstas, Gries/Ob.1.3 
 3. Rakocevic, Orchies1.0 
 4. Bobrov, Quimper1.0 
 5. Negrobar, Rennes1.0 
 6. Monteiro, Caen1.0 
 7. Diarra, Caen0.9 
 8. Kayembe, Souffel0.9 
 9. Soumaoro, SAP V.0.9 
 10. Felder, RAC Basket0.8 


Monaco conquer Leaders Cup, Gladyr MVP - by Eurobasket News

Monaco - ASVEL 95:91

Monaco conquer Leaders Cup at the Disneyland Events Arena. They repeated as the champions beating ASVEL 95-91.
Sergii Gladyr (196-F/G-88, agency: BeoBasket) was named MVP of the Leaders Cup tournament and led his team with 22 points overall.
Monaco and ASVEL exchanged the wins in the first two quarters as the board showed 48-46 for Monaco at the halftime. The latter added a 22-20 rally in the third period and managed to escape with a 4-point total win.
Dee Bost (188-PG-89, college: Mississippi St., agency: BeoBasket) also scored 22 points, while Jamal Shuler (191-SG-86) added 17. Nikola Dragovic (206-F-87, college: UCLA, agency: BeoBasket) and Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) posted 18 points each in the losing effort, whilst DeMarcus Nelson (193-G-85, college: Duke) poured in 17.

Monaco: Sergii Gladyr 22, Dee Bost 22, Jamal Shuler 17
ASVEL: Nikola Dragovic 18, Walter Hodge 18, DeMarcus Nelson 17



Roanne celebrate ProB Leaders Cup - by Eurobasket News

Roanne - Boulogne 88-80

Roanne celebrate ProB Leaders Cup as they edged Boulogne 88:80. Joe Burton (201-F-90, college: Oregon St.) collected massive 22 points and 17 rebounds to get MVP award.
Roanne took 24-16 lead at the start of the game and led 45-27 at the halftime. They reached 70-53 with 10 minutes to go, while Boulogne made the final push to reduce to 8 final points.
Andre Hollins (186-G-92, college: Minnesota, agency: Three Eye Sports) poured in 20 points and Clement Cavallo (200-SF-90) delivered 16. Grismay Paumier (204-C/F-88) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort, whilst Worthy de Jong (194-SG-88) posted 16. Teddy Gipson (191-G-80, college: Arkansas, agency: Court Side) followed them with 14 points in defeat.

Roanne: Joe Burton 22+17 rebs, Andre Hollins 20, Clement Cavallo 16
Boulogne: Grismay Paumier 17, Worthy de Jong 16, Teddy Gipson 14



NM1 Round 24: Caen keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Caen as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Caen smashed 11th ranked Union Rennes at home 71-50. The game was mostly controlled by Caen. Union Rennes managed to win third quarter 12-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Caen forced 21 Union Rennes turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of center Moustapha Diarra (204-87, college: USF) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds and American-Cape Verdean swingman BJ Monteiro (196-90, college: Duquesne) who added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Caen's coach Herve Coudray felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was center Ludovic Negrobar (207-91) with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Caen (18-6) have an impressive nine-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Union Rennes lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted Union Rennes dropped to the fourteenth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Angers BC and SAP Vaucluse. Union Rennes will play next round against UB Chartres trying to get back on the winning streak. Caen will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Orchesien BC in Orchies.
Important game to mention about took place in Challans. Thirteenth ranked Vendee Challans (11-13) saved a 3-point victory at home edging second-best Quimper UJAP (17-7) 75-72 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. The winners were led by American center Demarco Cox (203-90, college: Georgia Tech) who scored that evening 15 points and 8 rebounds and Djordje Petrovic supported him with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Even 14 points and 7 rebounds by naturalized Cameroonian guard Ralph Temgoua (194-87, college: St.Lawrence) did not help to save the game for Quimper UJAP. Quimper UJAP's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Vendee Challans moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Quimper UJAP at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. They share it with Souffel. Vendee Challans will play against higher ranked Lourdes-Tarbes (#7) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Quimper UJAP will play against Rueil (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Souffelweyersheim (17-7) against sixth ranked Orchesien BC (15-9) on Saturday night. Host Souffelweyersheim was defeated by Orchesien BC in a tough game in Souffelweyersheim 69-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Souffelweyersheim. The best player for the winners was Joffrey Verbeke who scored 8 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Fabien Ateba who recorded 16 points. Orchesien BC have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Loser Souffelweyersheim dropped to the second position with seven games lost. They share it with Quimper. Orchesien BC will meet at home league's leader Caen in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Souffelweyersheim will play against Lorient and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the ProB just one year after relegation.
Bottom-ranked CFBB (0-24) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 24th consecutive match to sixteenth ranked Angers BC (10-14) 90-60. It was a good game for Rokas Uzas who led his team to a victory with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Angers BC moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Rennes and SAP Vaucluse. CFBB at the other side still closes the standings. Angers BC's next round opponent will be higher ranked Gries/Oberhoffen (#12) in Bischwiller and it may be quite challenging game. CFBB will play at home against ALS Basket (#8) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 24: Gries/Oberhoffen won against Vitre on the opponent's court 77-63. RAC Basket managed to outperform GET Vosges in a home game 90-84. Lorient recorded a loss to ALS Basket on the road 74-69. Chartres defeated St Vallier on its own court 81-72. SAP Vaucluse was smashed by Lourdes in Tarbes 93-72.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 15 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists by Karim Gourari of RAC Basket.

Challans - Quimper 75-72

Important game to mention about took place in Challans. Thirteenth ranked Vendee Challans (11-13) saved a 3-point victory at home edging second-best Quimper UJAP (17-7) 75-72 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. The hosts were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 7-point deficit before their 27-17 run, which allowed them to win the game. Vendee Challans made 22-of-27 charity shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Quimper UJAP was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by American center Demarco Cox (203-90, college: Georgia Tech) who scored that evening 15 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian Djordje Petrovic (202-84) supported him with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Even 14 points and 7 rebounds by naturalized Cameroonian guard Ralph Temgoua (194-87, college: St.Lawrence) did not help to save the game for Quimper UJAP. American forward Dwight Burke (202-86, college: Marquette) added 16 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Quimper UJAP's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Vendee Challans moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Quimper UJAP at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. They share it with Souffel. Vendee Challans will play against higher ranked Lourdes-Tarbes (#7) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Quimper UJAP will play against Rueil (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Challans: I.Saounera 16+2reb+2ast, D.Cox 15+8reb+1ast, D.Gentil 15+2ast, D.Petrovic 15+5reb+2ast, E.Monceau 7+11reb+1ast, B.Thomas 4+4reb+1ast
Quimper: D.Burke 16+3reb+2ast, R.Temgoua 14+7reb+2ast, V.Bobrov 11+4reb+2ast, M.Choplin 10+3reb+5ast, J.Bluntt 10+2reb+1ast, M.Tensorer 7+3reb+4ast
gschID: 484964


Vitre - Gries/Oberhoffen 63-77

There was a minor upset when 9th ranked Vitre (11-13) was defeated at home by twelfth ranked Gries/Oberhoffen (11-13) 77-63. It looked good early as Vitre took a 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Gries/Oberhoffen took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 14 points. They made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Gries/Oberhoffen forced 20 Vitre turnovers. It was a good game for American forward Gregg Thondique (201-87, college: Virginia Union, agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Lithuanian forward Rolandas Jakstas (202-92) contributed with 20 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Gries/Oberhoffen players scored in double figures. Forward Guillaume Merie (198-83) replied with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and Montenegrin guard Nikola Korac (185-86) added 19 points and 6 assists in the effort for Vitre. Gries/Oberhoffen have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Vitre. Gries/Oberhoffen's next round opponent will be Angers BC (#16) at home and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Gries/Oberhoffen: R.Jakstas 20+2reb+3ast, G.Thondique 18+12reb+4ast, O.Varanauskas 17+2reb+5ast, G.Duro 10+4reb+1ast, A.Doumbia 7+3reb+2ast, R.Delar 3+1reb
Vitre: N.Korac 19+2reb+6ast, A.Radulovic 13+11reb+1ast, G.Merie 12+9reb+6ast, S.Cretaux 5+1reb+1ast, M.Claveau 5+3reb+1ast, A.Belkessa 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 484967


Souffel - Orchies 69-74

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Souffelweyersheim (17-7) against sixth ranked Orchesien BC (15-9) on Saturday night. Host Souffelweyersheim was defeated by Orchesien BC in a tough game in Souffelweyersheim 69-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Souffelweyersheim. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-69. Orchesien BC outrebounded Souffelweyersheim 44-31 including 17 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was swingman Joffrey Verbeke (195-87) who scored 8 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. American Marquise Simmons (203-89, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Fabien Ateba (192-91) who recorded 16 points and Valentin Correia (192-93) added 8 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Orchesien BC have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Loser Souffelweyersheim dropped to the second position with seven games lost. They share it with Quimper. Orchesien BC will meet at home league's leader Caen in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Souffelweyersheim will play against Lorient and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the ProB just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Orchies: M.Simmons 13+7reb+1ast, H.Dumortier 12+6reb+1ast, S.Cisse 11+3reb+4ast, J.Verbeke 8+6reb+9ast, Z.Rakocevic 8+8reb+3ast, C.Cairo 8+8reb
Souffel: F.Ateba 16+3reb+1ast, G.Staniulis 9+7reb, J.Delmas 8+4reb+3ast, R.Kayembe 8+2reb, V.Correia 8+8reb+3ast, E.Mendy 6+3reb
gschID: 484966


RAC Basket - GET Vosges 90-84

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Rueil's (16-8) home victory over 5th ranked GET Vosges (14-10) 90-84. The hosts were already 18 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 29-17 GET Vosges' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 90-84 at the end of the game. Rueil dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to GET Vosges' 38. Rueil forced 20 GET Vosges turnovers. It was a good game for forward Karim Gourari (204-89) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. American power forward Ron Anderson (205-89, college: S.Florida) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American center Kyle Tresnak (208-92, college: Weber St.) replied with 13 points and forward Masse Doumbe (203-87, college: Kaiser) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for GET Vosges. Five Rueil and four GET Vosges players scored in double figures. GET Vosges' coach Laurent Mathis tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Rueil maintains fourth position with 16-8 record. GET Vosges lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with ten games lost. Rueil's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Quimper UJAP on the road and it may be the game of the week. GET Vosges will play against Vitre (#13) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
RAC Basket: D.Sencanski 21+1reb+1ast, W.Felder 18+2reb+2ast, R.Anderson 16+8reb+2ast, K.Gourari 15+11reb+7ast, J.Bichard 10+2reb+3ast, L.Sambe 8+3reb+2ast
GET Vosges: G.Boucard 15+3reb+1ast, M.Gountas 14+2reb+2ast, K.Tresnak 13+4reb+2ast, M.Doumbe 13+5reb+1ast, U.Adjagba 8+1reb+6ast, I.Sidibe 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 484971


ALS Basket - Lorient 74-69

Not a big story in a game in Andrezieux where 17th ranked Lorient (9-15) was defeated by eighth ranked ALS Basket (12-12) 74-69. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Lorient was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 21-10 third quarter run of ALS Basket. They outrebounded Lorient 43-23 including a 20-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a good game for point guard Jerrold Brooks (183-91, college: S.Mississippi, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 4 assists. Forward Perris Blackwell (205-91, college: Washington) contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Michael Craion (195-89, college: ORU) replied with 19 points and 8 rebounds and forward Jared Newson (196-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Inception Sports) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Lorient. Four Lorient players scored in double figures. Newly promoted ALS Basket maintains eighth position with 12-12 record. Lorient at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventeenth place with 15 games lost. ALS Basket's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked CFBB (#18) in Paris and are hoping to win another game. Lorient will play at home against Souffelweyersheim and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
ALS Basket: J.Brooks 15+4reb+4ast, N.Kovanusic 13+6reb+1ast, P.Blackwell 12+9reb+1ast, Y.Bassine 11+1reb+2ast, J.Christnel 9+9reb+3ast, S.Neri 5+7reb+5ast
Lorient: M.Craion 19+8reb, D.Damachoua 13+2reb+4ast, M.Bigote 13+3ast, J.Newson 12+5reb+3ast, M.Oluic 4+1reb, J.Bach 4+2ast
gschID: 484969


Chartres - St Vallier 81-72

There was a surprise result when thirteenth ranked UB Chartres (11-13) beat at home higher ranked Saint Vallier (11-13) 81-72. Saint Vallier was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 28-13 third quarter run of UB Chartres. They made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by Saint Vallier helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American-British power forward Tafari Toney (202-86) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Point guard Olivier Romain (180-88) contributed with 9 points and 9 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners. Four UB Chartres players scored in double figures. American point guard Omar Strong (175-90, college: Texas Southern) replied with 33 points (!!!) and 4 assists and his fellow American import power forward Steffon Bradford (198-77, college: Nebraska) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Saint Vallier. Saint Vallier's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. UB Chartres moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Saint Vallier. Saint Vallier lost fifth consecutive game. UB Chartres' next round opponent will be Union Rennes (#14) on the road where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Chartres: J.Mitchell 17+4reb, T.Toney 17+5reb+3ast, M.Ruikis 13+4reb+2ast, H.Disy 13+3reb, O.Romain 9+4reb+9ast, K.Bichard 7+3reb+5ast
St Vallier: O.Strong 33+4ast, S.Bradford 12+6reb+2ast, V.Ateba 8+2reb, W.Gradit 6+1reb+1ast, S.Aded Hussein 5+3reb+1ast, P.Njiba 2+7reb+1ast
gschID: 484970


Caen - Rennes 71-50

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Caen as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Caen smashed 11th ranked Union Rennes at home 71-50. The game was mostly controlled by Caen. Union Rennes managed to win third quarter 12-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Caen forced 21 Union Rennes turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of center Moustapha Diarra (204-87, college: USF) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds and American-Cape Verdean swingman BJ Monteiro (196-90, college: Duquesne) who added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Caen's coach Herve Coudray felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was center Ludovic Negrobar (207-91) with 13 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Anthony Hill (204-88, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) scored 9 points and 8 rebounds. Caen (18-6) have an impressive nine-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Union Rennes lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted Union Rennes dropped to the fourteenth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Angers BC and SAP Vaucluse. Union Rennes will play next round against UB Chartres trying to get back on the winning streak. Caen will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Orchesien BC in Orchies.
Top scorers:
Caen: B.Monteiro 12+5reb+4ast, B.Pope 11+3reb+1ast, M.Diarra 10+12reb+2ast, S.Cape 9+6ast, R.Gordon 7+5reb+3ast, T.Cornely 7+6reb+2ast
Rennes: L.Negrobar 13+9reb+1ast, J.Rathieuville 12+3reb+5ast, A.Hill 9+8reb+3ast, J.Sclear 6+6reb, S.Dia 6, E.Kabir Pene 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 484968


Lourdes - SAP Vaucluse 93-72

There was no surprise when 15th ranked SAP Vaucluse (10-14) was outplayed on the road by seventh ranked Lourdes-Tarbes (13-11) 93-72. It looked good early as SAP Vaucluse took a 3-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Lourdes-Tarbes had a 29-18 second period charge getting the lead and SAP Vaucluse was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 72-93. Lourdes-Tarbes made 22-of-26 charity shots (84.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 SAP Vaucluse turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. It was a good game for the former international point guard Xane d'Almeida (181-83) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. The former international center Ludovic Vaty (206-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) contributed with 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Lourdes-Tarbes players scored in double figures. American point guard Deremy Geiger (180-90, college: Idaho, agency: Blacktop Management) replied with 22 points and Bahamas forward Bennet Davis (206-84, college: Northeastern, agency: Inception Sports) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for SAP Vaucluse. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lourdes-Tarbes have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 13-11 record. SAP Vaucluse at the other side dropped to the fourteenth place with 14 games lost. Lourdes-Tarbes' next round opponent will be Vendee Challans (#11) on the road. SAP Vaucluse will play against Saint Vallier and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Lourdes: L.Vaty 22+5reb+3ast, J.Demuynck 18+6reb+3ast, M.Kazonas 16+2ast, X.d'Almeida 14+10reb+8ast, F.Lesca 10+1reb+7ast, M.Virbalas 7+1ast
SAP Vaucluse: D.Geiger 22+1reb+2ast, B.Davis 13+7reb+3ast, R.Lopez 9+2reb+1ast, C.Soumaoro 8+2reb+1ast, D.Kaba 5+4reb+3ast, B.Pierard 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 484963


Angers BC - CFBB 90-60

Bottom-ranked CFBB (0-24) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 24th consecutive match to sixteenth ranked Angers BC (10-14) 90-60. It looked good early as CFBB took a 4-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Angers BC had a 23-13 second period charge getting the lead and CFBB was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 60-90. Angers BC forced 25 CFBB turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. It was a good game for Lithuanian forward Rokas Uzas (202-88) who led his team to a victory with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. American forward Auston Calhoun (201-90, college: Bowling Green, agency: HMS) contributed with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Angers BC players scored in double figures. Guard Sofiane Briki (190-99) replied with 17 points and 5 assists and forward Ivan Fevrier (203-99) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for CFBB. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Angers BC moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Rennes and SAP Vaucluse. CFBB at the other side still closes the standings. Angers BC's next round opponent will be higher ranked Gries/Oberhoffen (#12) in Bischwiller and it may be quite challenging game. CFBB will play at home against ALS Basket (#8) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Angers BC: T.Lonzieme 15+3reb+2ast, R.Uzas 14+7reb+9ast, A.Calhoun 12+6reb+4ast, A.Gabsi 11+1reb+4ast, H.Suhard 11+3reb+2ast, J.Douillet 10+11reb
CFBB: S.Briki 17+4reb+5ast, I.Fevrier 13+6reb+1ast, T.Bazille 9+9reb+1ast, J.Ayayi 6+3reb+3ast, J.Randriamananjara 4+2reb+1ast, T.Maledon 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 484965





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  FYR MACEDONIA  


Karpos Sokoli and Feni Industries will fighjt for trophy in the Macedonian Cup - by Mario Divanisov

The domination of the eternal Skopje rivals KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom and KK Rabotnicki AD Skopje in the Macedonian Cup will finally be ended as Macedonia will name a new crown standing on top of Cup competition following the defeats of the two biggest clubs in the country in the semifinals.

KK Rabotnicki AD Skopje - Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje 78-92

The first game of the semifinals went fully by its expectations. Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje managed to control the game from start to finish to make it one step away from the first club trophy.
The strong start from Dragan Nikolic 's men followed by the wonderful performance by Dominik Mavra (195-G-94) gave Sokoli a double digit lead by the seventh minute of the game (18-8). KK Rabotnicki AD Skopje started playing better in the defense and managed to cut the difference by five points, but their bad percentage from the free throw line and the fair numbers of turnovers had a main role in the first quarter (25-18). KK Rabotnicki AD Skopje managed to cut the difference by only three points (33-30) in the second quarter with two three pointers by Petar Nikolic (G-93) and Viktor Efremovski (191-SF-98), but on the other side of the court Bojan Trajkovski (208-F/C-88, agency: Mansfield and Associates) and Dragan Labovic (207-F/C-87, agency: Alti Sport) answered with their series to give Sokoli even a bigger lead of 12 points (42-30). By the end of the first half both teams exchanged baskets, but did not make an impact on the scoreboard. At the half time buzzer the score was set at 48-37.
However, the most interesting period of the game was jet to follow. Both sides came out of the locker room with "snipers" in their hands and there we had it. The great shooting challenge was "called out" by Bojan Trajkovski with two triples in a row. Dime Tasovski answered even better, the experienced Forward scored 12 points from four triples for a 12-2 series, but then another guy stepped on the court. Dominik Mavra continued his excellent performance and sinked down two triples to neutralize the score. At the end of the exciting shooting performance Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje was the team that managed to grab an eleven point lead (73-61) at the end of the third quarter. The last 10 minutes were only a formality. Sokoli played much better and filled their margin for a new final, two years in a row.
Dominik Mavra was the first name in the game. The Croatian international led Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje with 27 points, 8 assists and 3 steals, while Bojan Trajkovski added 17 points and 7 rebounds. For the loosing side, Dime Tasovski scored 23 points and 4 rebounds and assists, and both Petar Nikolic and Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) added 12 points. The Serbian center was one rebound away from a double-double performance.

KK Feni Industries - KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom 80-79


The thriller in Kavardarci noone expected, not as KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom had a 4 point lead with 26 seconds to follow.
The game started as many expected. KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom dominated in the rebound section (10-1) in the opening minutes and by managing to keep KK Feni Industries on 3 points for 6 and a half minutes the side from Skopje already had a double digit lead (13-3). The things turned around quickly as Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93, agency: Octagon Europe) injured his leg in a bad landing after a scored basket. This here was a turning point in the game. With Charlon Kloof (190-G-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) injured, KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom did not have a playmaker to organize their attack and the ball did not circle easily as it did. Feni Industries got back in the game on the wings of the shooting performance by Boban Stajic (185-PG-93), but KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom was the team that had the better score after 10 minutes of play (22-16). The second period started with a 10-2 series by the home team to give KK Feni Industries a 25-24 lead and after several minutes of hard play in both sides of the field on the scene stepped Kiril Nikolovski (210-F/C-88) who scored two three pointers to give Feni a 6 point lead (39-33). Ljupcho Malinkov 's men continued with their excellent performance and kept their lead till the end of the first half (42-38).
At the start of the second half it was all KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom on both sides of the field. On the wings of Djordje Drenovac (201-G/F-92) and Josh Scott (208-F-93, college: Colorado, agency: Pensack Sports) the side from Skopje managed to turn the result in their favor, but did not use the bad period of the game for the Kavadarci side. KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom won the third quarter with 25-17 and grabbed a 63-59 point lead before the final quarter. KK Feni Industries straightened their defense once again and kept KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom with only 2 scored points in four minutes, only to make 9-2 streak and grab the lead again (68-65). KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom managed to even the score at 71-71. Feni answered with a 4-0 series, but KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom did even better. A series of 8-0 put KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom on 4 points lead (79-75) with 26 seconds left on the clock. Matija Ceskovic (192-G-81) scored a three point shot from the inbound and in an interesting situation Jure Lalic (211-C-86) made a foul in the position battle so the ball was again for KK Feni Industries. Giorgi Sharabidze (210-C-90, agency: Mansfield and Associates) scored underneath the basket and gave Feni a 80-79 lead, Djordje Drenovac missed the last shoot of the game, Josh Scott touched the ball underneath the basket, but did not manage to put it trough and KK Feni Industries won the game.
The former players of KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom had their blessing moments in the opposition jersey as Kiril Nikolovski and Boban Stajic led KK Feni Industries with 22 points and 6 rebounds, and 16 points and 4 assists.
Jure Lalic was the first name on the team sheet for KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom with 19 points and 7 rebounds, while Djordje Drenovac added 16 points and 8 rebounds.

In the trophy game Karpos Sokoli 2000 Skopje will fight KK Feni Industries today at 19:00.



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  GEORGIA  

Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Corey ALLEN
  Mgzavrebi
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 19
 1. Allen, Mgzavrebi19.0 
 2. Miller, Sokhumi18.2 
 3. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi18.1 
 4. Shemosiuk, Batumi17.3 
 5. Lathan, Sokhumi17.0 
 6. Ransom, Mgzavrebi16.8 
 7. Lewis-Briggs, Rustavi16.0 
 8. Jintcharadze, Bat.15.6 
 9. Berishvili, Dinamo T.15.5 
 10. Florveus, Cactus T.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FLORVEUS
  Cactus T.
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 13
 1. Florveus, Cactus T.13.0 
 2. Pelcher, Batumi11.3 
 3. Spagnolo, Rustavi9.6 
 4. Atuashvili, Rustavi9.5 
 5. Burnette, Olimpi9.1 
 6. Tishchenko, Sokhu.8.3 
 7. Bekauri, Kutaisi8.1 
 8. Bridgeman, Cactus T.7.8 
 9. Murphy, Mgzavrebi7.5 
 10. Tubak, Kutaisi6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi TSINTSADZE
  Kutaisi
  (192-PG-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi6.0 
 2. Miller, Sokhumi5.8 
 3. Lee, Rustavi5.5 
 4. Vaughn, Dinamo T.4.9 
 5. Ransom, Mgzavrebi4.8 
 6. Berishvili, Dinamo T.4.6 
 7. Mikeladze, Olimpi4.6 
 8. Rogava, Olimpi4.3 
 9. Pashaev, Kutaisi4.2 
 10. Tsivtsivadze, Mgzav.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Corey ALLEN
  Mgzavrebi
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 5
 1. Allen, Mgzavrebi5.0 
 2. Miller, Sokhumi2.8 
 3. Burnette, Olimpi2.6 
 4. Peters, Mgzavrebi2.3 
 5. Rogava, Olimpi2.3 
 6. Ransom, Mgzavrebi2.0 
 7. Pkhakadze, Mgzav.2.0 
 8. Baqradze, Olimpi2.0 
 9. Lee, Rustavi1.9 
 10. Lathan, Sokhumi1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Terik BRIDGEMAN
  Cactus T.
  (198-G-)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Bridgeman, Cactus T.1.9 
 2. Bekauri, Kutaisi1.8 
 3. Jgerenaia, Sokhumi1.6 
 4. Tubak, Kutaisi1.6 
 5. Atuashvili, Rustavi1.5 
 6. Florveus, Cactus T.1.4 
 7. Pelcher, Batumi1.3 
 8. Allen, Mgzavrebi1.3 
 9. Murphy, Mgzavrebi1.1 
 10. Krivtsov, Batumi1.1 


Superleague Round 17: Olimpi beat Mgzavrebi in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Superleague is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 4 rounds.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Olimpi (#7) and Mgzavrebi (#8). Mgzavrebi was defeated at home 73-79 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mgzavrebi. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 26-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Olimpi forced 27 Mgzavrebi turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Nick Schlitzer (198-92, college: Philadelphia) who scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. The former international guard Revaz Rogava (191-93) chipped in 21 points and 4 steals. Olimpi's coach Leonid Ivatin used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Corey Allen (185-92, college: S.Florida) produced 25 points for the hosts. Olimpi maintains seventh place with 5-11 record. Mgzavrebi at the other side stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Olimpi are looking forward to face league's second-placed Kutaisi on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mgzavrebi's supporters also look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Dinamo Tbilisi.
Another exciting game was again a derby between two teams from Tbilisi: Dinamo Tbilisi (#1) and Sokhumi (#4). Sokhumi was crushed at home by 18 points 86-104 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The former international Mikheil Berishvili (204-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Nikola Maravic contributed with 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American guard Dwayne Lathan (190-89, college: Indiana St.) answered with 20 points and 5 assists for Sokhumi. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Undefeated Dinamo Tbilisi (17-0) have an impressive series of seventeen victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 17 victories in a row. Sokhumi at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. They share it with Cactus Tbilisi. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Mgzavrebi.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Rustavi. Third ranked Energy Invest faced second-ranked Kutaisi. Host Energy Invest (10-7) defeated guests from Kutaisi (12-4) 75-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kutaisi. Sergo Atuashvili stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Akaki Lomouri responded with 10 points and 8 rebounds. Kutaisi's coach Kote Tugushi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Energy Invest maintains third place with 10-7 record having seven points less than leader Dinamo Tbilisi. Defending champion Kutaisi keeps the second position with four games lost. Energy Invest will meet at home Batumi (#6) in the next round. Kutaisi will play against Olimpi (#7) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Tbilisi was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Batumi (6-11) played at the court of sixth ranked Cactus Tbilisi (7-10). Cactus Tbilisi did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 85-68. Beqa Chikviladze nailed 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Cactus Tbilisi moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Sokhumi. Batumi lost their sixth game in a row. They dropped to the sixth position with 11 games lost. Cactus Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Sokhumi.

Mgzavrebi - Olimpi 73-79

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Olimpi (#7) and Mgzavrebi (#8). Mgzavrebi was defeated at home 73-79 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mgzavrebi. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 26-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Olimpi forced 27 Mgzavrebi turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Nick Schlitzer (198-92, college: Philadelphia) who scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. The former international guard Revaz Rogava (191-93) chipped in 21 points and 4 steals. Four Olimpi players scored in double figures. Olimpi's coach Leonid Ivatin used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Corey Allen (185-92, college: S.Florida) produced 25 points and Avtandili Lominashvili (204-92) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Olimpi maintains seventh place with 5-11 record. Mgzavrebi at the other side stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Olimpi are looking forward to face league's second-placed Kutaisi on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mgzavrebi's supporters also look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Dinamo Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
Olimpi: R.Rogava 21+2reb+3ast, N.Schlitzer 20+6reb+1ast, T.Burnette 13+4reb+5ast, W.Pitchford 11+6reb, I.Mikeladze 6+5reb+3ast, G.Bakradze 4+1ast
Mgzavrebi: C.Allen 25+4reb+2ast, A.Lominashvili 16+6reb+2ast, R.Murphy 11+5reb+1ast, O.Pkhakadze 6+1reb+1ast, K.Ransom 5+3reb+2ast, D.Taylor 4+3reb+4ast
gschID: 532305


Sokhumi - Dinamo Tbilisi 86-104

Another exciting game was again a derby between two teams from Tbilisi: Dinamo Tbilisi (#1) and Sokhumi (#4). Sokhumi was crushed at home by 18 points 86-104 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The game was mostly controlled by Dinamo Tbilisi. Sokhumi was better in fourth quarter 33-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Sokhumi 43-28 including a 33-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Dinamo Tbilisi players were unselfish on offense dishing 33 assists comparing to just 19 passes made by Sokhumi's players. The former international Mikheil Berishvili (204-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Serbian center Nikola Maravic (212-89, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Five Dinamo Tbilisi players scored in double figures. American guard Dwayne Lathan (190-89, college: Indiana St.) answered with 20 points and 5 assists and naturalized Azerbaijani forward Davit Barbakadze (203-82) added 20 points and 4 assists in the effort for Sokhumi. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Dinamo Tbilisi (17-0) have an impressive series of seventeen victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 17 victories in a row. Sokhumi at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. They share it with Cactus Tbilisi. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Mgzavrebi.
Top scorers:
Dinamo Tbilisi: M.Tchotchua 21+3reb+3ast, N.Maravic 18+11reb+2ast, M.Berishvili 16+8reb+9ast, I.Londaridze 14+5reb+4ast, L.Patsatsia 12+6reb+8ast, N.Gogodze 7+1reb+3ast
Sokhumi: D.Lathan 20+4reb+5ast, D.Barbakadze 20+2reb+4ast, O.Tishchenko 12+10reb+1ast, M.Bokolishvili 6+1ast, D.Zabirchenko 6+3reb+3ast, R.Woodson 5+3reb+5ast
gschID: 532304


Cactus Tbilisi - Batumi 85-68

The game in Tbilisi was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Batumi (6-11) played at the court of sixth ranked Cactus Tbilisi (7-10). Cactus Tbilisi did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 85-68. The game was mostly controlled by Cactus Tbilisi. Batumi was better in third quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cactus Tbilisi forced 20 Batumi turnovers. The former international swingman Beqa Chikviladze (196-91) nailed 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and the former international swingman Irakli Chlaidze (198-89, agency: Octagon Europe) accounted for 21 points. Five Cactus Tbilisi players scored in double figures. Ukrainian forward Igor Krivtsov (201-86) came up with 24 points and 6 rebounds and international Kakhaber Jintcharadze (195-93) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Batumi in the defeat. Cactus Tbilisi moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Sokhumi. Batumi lost their sixth game in a row. They dropped to the sixth position with 11 games lost. Cactus Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Sokhumi.
Top scorers:
Cactus Tbilisi: I.Chlaidze 21+3reb+3ast, B.Chikviladze 21+6reb+2ast, J.Florveus 13+11reb+1ast, D.Lomidze 12+5reb+2ast, T.Bridgeman 11+3reb+3ast, V.Baakashvili 5+2reb+3ast
Batumi: I.Krivtsov 24+6reb, K.Jintcharadze 11+9reb+1ast, B.Lezhava 10+4reb+3ast, I.Shemosiuk 9+3reb+3ast, N.Tenieshvili 6+6reb+1ast, L.Revazashvili 4+1reb
gschID: 532303


Rustavi - Kutaisi 75-63

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Rustavi. Third ranked Energy Invest faced second-ranked Kutaisi. Host Energy Invest (10-7) defeated guests from Kutaisi (12-4) 75-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kutaisi. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 24-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Center Sergo Atuashvili (223-85) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and American guard Casey Kasperbauer (185, college: S.Dakota, agency: SDJ Sports) chipped in 16 points. Five Energy Invest players scored in double figures. Forward Akaki Lomouri (198-91) responded with 10 points and 8 rebounds and the former international Beka Bekauri (207-91) scored 11 points. Kutaisi's coach Kote Tugushi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Energy Invest maintains third place with 10-7 record having seven points less than leader Dinamo Tbilisi. Defending champion Kutaisi keeps the second position with four games lost. Energy Invest will meet at home Batumi (#6) in the next round. Kutaisi will play against Olimpi (#7) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Rustavi: C.Kasperbauer 16+4reb+1ast, S.Atuashvili 15+11reb+1ast, R.Chachanidze 15+2reb+3ast, C.Lee 12+1reb+6ast, T.Spagnolo 10+8reb, M.Lewis-Briggs 7+5reb+2ast
Kutaisi: B.Bekauri 11+4reb+1ast, D.Tubak 10+5reb, A.Lomouri 10+8reb+2ast, G.Tsintsadze 8+1reb+3ast, V.Kadaria 8+4reb+1ast, G.Barbakadze 5+2reb
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Standings - 1. Bundesliga

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

Regular Season: Round 23

Feb. 19: ALBA - Ludwigsburg 84-70
Feb. 19: Jena - Goettingen 102-92
Feb. 19: Telekom Bsk - Wuerzburg 101-84
Feb. 24: Bremerhaven - Goettingen
Feb. 25: Fraport SKY - Wuerzburg
Feb. 25: EWE Baskets - Ratiopharm
Feb. 25: ALBA - Jena
Feb. 25: Telekom Bsk - Bayreuth
Feb. 25: Giessen 46ers - Walter Tigers
Feb. 25: Vechta - Ludwigsburg
Feb. 27: Brose Bask. - Braunschweig


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Raymar MORGAN
  Ratiopharm
  (203-F/C-88)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Morgan, Ratiopharm19.3 
 2. Knight, Jena18.4 
 3. Bell, Phoenix Hagen18.3 
 4. Kikanovic, ALBA16.8 
 5. Jenkins, Jena16.2 
 6. Qvale, EWE Baskets15.9 
 7. Thompson, Telekom .15.7 
 8. Ruoff, Goettingen15.5 
 9. Babb, Ratiopharm15.4 
 10. Paulding, EWE B.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Owen KLASSEN
  Phoenix .
  (208-C/F-91)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Klassen, Phoenix .7.8 
 2. Pierre, Braunsch.7.4 
 3. Plaisted, Phoenix .7.3 
 4. Cooley, Ludwigsb.7.1 
 5. Eatherton, Goett.7.0 
 6. McGhee, Walter T.7.0 
 7. Morgan, Ratiopharm6.9 
 8. Knight, Jena6.7 
 9. Standharding., Vec.6.5 
 10. Searcy, Vechta6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Walter T.
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Jordan, Walter T.8.6 
 2. Machado, Vechta8.2 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.6.8 
 4. Bell, Phoenix Hagen6.1 
 5. Hobbs, Ratiopharm6.1 
 6. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.5.8 
 7. Odum, Wuerzburg5.8 
 8. Siva, ALBA5.4 
 9. Ruoff, Goettingen5.0 
 10. Mayo, Telekom Bsk4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Chris KRAMER
  EWE B.
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Kramer, EWE B.2.6 
 2. Robertson, Fraport .2.5 
 3. Machado, Vechta2.0 
 4. Anderson, Bayreuth1.8 
 5. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.8 
 6. Scrubb, Giessen .1.8 
 7. Siva, ALBA1.7 
 8. Redding, B.Mue.1.7 
 9. Bowlin, Giessen 46ers1.6 
 10. Stewart, Walter T.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel THEIS
  Brose Bask.
  (204-PF-92)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Theis, Brose Bask.1.6 
 2. Groselle, Braunsch.1.3 
 3. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.2 
 4. Gamble, Telekom .1.1 
 5. Qvale, EWE Baskets1.1 
 6. Lane, Wuerzburg1.1 
 7. Horton, Telekom .1.0 
 8. Plaisted, Phoenix .1.0 
 9. Gaffney, ALBA0.9 
 10. Southerland, Wuerz.0.9 


Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. MBC 21-2 
 2. Crailsheim 19-5 
 3. Kirchheim 17-7 
 4. Chemnitz 16-7 
 5. Heidelberg 16-8 
 6. Oettinger R. 13-11 
 7. Trier 13-11 
 8. Hanau 12-12 
 9. Koeln Rh.Stars 11-12 
 10. Uni Baskets 11-13 
 11. Hamburg 10-14 
 12. Ehingen 9-16 
 13. Nuernberg 8-15 
 14. Baunach 7-17 
 15. ETB Wohnbau 6-18 
 16. Dresden 2-23 

Regular Season: Round 24

Feb. 19: Kirchheim - ETB Wohnbau 92-93
Feb. 19: Chemnitz - Hamburg 77-66
Feb. 19: Dresden - Oettinger R. 68-87
Feb. 19: Ehingen - Uni Baskets 67-72
Feb. 19: Trier - Hanau 66-58
Feb. 19: Crailsheim - Baunach 103-60
Feb. 19: Heidelberg - Nuernberg 101-71
Feb. 20: Koeln Rh.Stars - MBC


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Jonathon WILLIAMS
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Williams, Kirchheim19.6 
 2. Alexander, ETB W.19.1 
 3. Pinkins, Hanau18.3 
 4. Watkins, Nuernberg18.2 
 5. Nikolic, Baunach17.9 
 6. Kerusch, MBC17.3 
 7. Spearman, Trier16.3 
 8. Holt, Dresden16.0 
 9. Warren, MBC15.9 
 10. Canty, Hamburg15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leon KRATZER
  Baunach
  (210-C-97)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Kratzer, Baunach12.9 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau9.6 
 3. Oppland, Nuernberg8.5 
 4. Jahn, Ehingen8.5 
 5. Thompson, ETB W.8.4 
 6. Sturner, Dresden7.2 
 7. Lawson, Chemnitz7.2 
 8. Williams, Kirchheim6.9 
 9. Pressley, Dresden6.9 
 10. Wolf, Hamburg6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksej NIKOLIC
  Baunach
  (191-PG-95)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Nikolic, Baunach6.9 
 2. Moore, Ehingen6.1 
 3. Love, Kirchheim6.0 
 4. Carter, Chemnitz5.4 
 5. Watkins, Nuernberg5.3 
 6. Hatten, MBC5.3 
 7. Vest, Uni Baskets5.3 
 8. Adams, Uni Baskets5.2 
 9. Zazai, MBC5.2 
 10. Dunn, Crailsheim5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus HATTEN
  MBC
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Hatten, MBC2.7 
 2. Love, Kirchheim2.7 
 3. Adams, Uni Baskets2.6 
 4. Tiggs, Crailsheim2.5 
 5. White, Heidelberg2.3 
 6. Carter, Chemnitz2.2 
 7. Watkins, Nuernberg2.1 
 8. Robertson, Koeln R.1.9 
 9. Vest, Uni Baskets1.8 
 10. Dunn, Crailsheim1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Oettinge.
  (206-PF-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Muldrow, Oettinge.2.8 
 2. Pressley, Dresden2.3 
 3. Kratzer, Baunach1.6 
 4. White, Heidelberg1.5 
 5. Keppeler, Baunach1.3 
 6. King, Koeln R.1.3 
 7. Grim, Uni Baskets1.2 
 8. Pantelic, MBC1.1 
 9. Fraser, Ehingen1.1 
 10. Wolf, Hamburg1.1 


Standings - Pro B

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

Regular Season: Round 20

North

Feb. 18: Wolfenbuettel - Stahnsdorf 97-77
Feb. 18: Rostock - Bochum 87-75
Feb. 18: Iserlohn - Itzehoe 79-78
Feb. 18: Oldenburg - Schalke 75-67
Feb. 18: Recklinghausen - Rist Wedel 75-61
Feb. 18: Art.Dragons - Bernau 66-86

South

Feb. 19: Bayer Giants - Noerdlingen 95-79
Feb. 19: Weissenhorn - Leipzig 86-87
Feb. 17: FC Bayern II - Wuerzburg 85-84
Feb. 18: Fraport SKY II - Elchingen 82-71
Feb. 18: Dragons - Licher Baeren 77-70
Feb. 18: Karlsruhe PS - Karlsruhe BG 75-79


Gibbs' 13 points and 7 assists give him ProA Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old guard Grant Gibbs (196-G-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Oettinger R. and receives a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 23.
He had the game-high 13 points adding six rebounds and seven assists for Oettinger R. in his team's victory, helping them to beat Uni Baskets (#11, 10-13) 82-68. Oettinger R. maintains the 7th position in German ProA. Oettinger R. 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 12-11 record. In the team's last game Gibbs had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Grant Gibbs averages this season 10.0ppg and 4.5apg.

Second best performed player last round was Jervon Pressley (203-F/C-95) of Dresden. He is American forward in his first season at Dresden. In the last game Pressley recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Dresden lost that game 65-78 to the higher-ranked Ehingen (#12, 9-15). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Dresden is still at the dead bottom 16th position. 22 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Dresden managed to get this year. Pressley is one of the most experienced players at Dresden and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Simon Schmitz (188-PG-90) of Trier (#8). Schmitz got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He was a key player of Trier, leading his team to a 85-82 win against slightly lower-ranked Hamburg (#10, 10-13). Trier needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 11 lost games. Schmitz has a very solid season. In 21 games in Germany he scored 12.0ppg. He also has 4.9apg and FGP: 51.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vance Hall (193-PG-91) of Heidelberg - 25 points and 2 assists
5. Seth Hinrichs (201-SF-93) of Kirchheim - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Andre Calvin (201-F-85) of Nuernberg - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Sergio Kerusch (195-F-89) of MBC - 22 points and 9 rebounds
8. Anthony Canty (183-PG-91) of Hamburg - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Joe Lawson (201-F/C-92) of Chemnitz - 18 points and 6 rebounds
10. Maurice Creek (196-SF-90) of ETB Wohnbau - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Anderson's 30-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old point guard Kyan Anderson (180-PG-92, agency: Pensack Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Bayreuth and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had the game-high 30 points adding four assists for Bayreuth in his team's victory, helping them to beat Bremerhaven (#14, 6-14) 95-83. Bayreuth maintains the 4th position in German league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Bayreuth will need more victories to improve their 15-5 record. In the team's last game Anderson had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Bayreuth's top player in his first season with the team. Kyan Anderson averages this season 13.1ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Devin Searcy (208-C/F-89) of Vechta. He is American in his first season at Vechta. In the last game Searcy recorded impressive 23 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as Vechta lost that game 70-77 to the higher-ranked Telekom Bsk (#7, 11-8). Vechta is still in a red zone at 17th spot in the standings. 20 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Vechta managed to get this year. Searcy is a newcomer at Vechta and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Brian Qvale (210-C-88) of EWE Baskets (#6). Qvale scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of EWE Baskets, leading his team to a 83-63 easy win against the lower-ranked Goettingen (#13, 7-14). EWE Baskets needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 8 lost games. Qvale has a great season in Germany. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.9ppg (6th best). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 61.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Raymar Morgan (203-F/C-88) of Ratiopharm - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Chris Babb (196-G-90) of Ratiopharm - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Drew Crawford (196-G-90) of Ludwigsburg - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Da'Sean Butler (201-F-88) of Ratiopharm - 19 points and 8 rebounds
8. Fabien Causeur (195-SG-87) of Brose Bask. - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Barry Stewart (193-SG-88) of Walter Tigers - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Geoffrey Groselle (212-C-93) of Braunschweig - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Matt Vest (Uni Baskets Paderborn) My Defense Was A Big Reason Why I Got Opportunities To Play In Gotha And Paderborn - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Matt Vest (195-G-92, college: Wright St.)s a 24 year old 195cm guard from Kettering, Ohio playing his third professional season and second with the Uni Baskets Paderborn (Germany-ProA): Last season with the Uni Baskets Paderborn (Germany-ProA), he played 22 games averaging 9.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 60.5%. As a rookie in 2014, he played with BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (Germany-ProA): 38 games: 6.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 58.2%, 3PT: 27.4%, FT: 67.6%. He played at Wright State from 2010-2014 playing a total of 114 NCAA games and as a senior played 29 games: 7.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 65.4%, 3PT: 43.1%, FT: 64.9%. He spoke to Eurobasket after the 82-72 win against the Dresden titans.

Time really flies, it has been more than two and a half years ago since I gave you a welcome to Germany interview when you signed with Gotha. Is playing basketball overseas and the lifestyle what you thought it would be when you came over in the summer of 2014?

Living and playing in Germany the last two and a half years has been an absolute blessing. I have met some life-long friends and mentors here, and it has become a second home for me. It has been all I could've imagined and more.


Congrats on the 82-72 win against the Dresden Titans. Did this game prove despite that team having only one win, that if you don't play for 40 minutes that you can lose to any team?

There is never an easy win in this league, period. The balance and competitiveness in the Pro A is unlike any league I've seen.


Dresden played very well for 25 minutes, but then gave up a 14-3 run in the third quarter letting Paderborn back into the game which gave the momentum to you. What was key for making this turn around in the game which led you on to winning the game?

The key for us in the third quarter was all about the defensive end. We stepped up our activity level and were able to put Dresden in some uncomfortable situations. Our defense is always the key to our offense because when we get stops we are able to play at a higher pace.


How crucial were the back to back three's by Chase Adams and you in the fourth quarter and bucket from German Til Glogger which sealed the win for you?

That was a critical stretch for us, which really busted the game open. As simple as it seems, making shots is extremely important especially in the fourth quarter, and we definitely have guys who are comfortable taking shots in the big moments.

The Dresden Titans have had a terrible season, but are a lot better than their record shows. Are they just a perfect example of a team that has talent, but just can't round out wins this season?

Dresden is much better than their record indicates, but sometimes things can snowball on you in a league as competitive as this one. Both of our games against Dresden this year have been very close. I would not be surprised to see Dresden get a few more wins this year.

Paderborn is currently in 11th place, but only two points away from the last playoff place. Your teammate Chase Adams stated early on that this will be an unforgettable season. How confident are you that Paderborn will make the playoffs?

I'm extremely confident in our chances to make the playoffs because I think we have the roster to do it and with 8 games left we are still in control of our own destiny. I look forward to the challenge of going up against some of the very good teams who are just above us in the table.


Paderborn has a 3-4 record in the last seven games, but lost three close games to Heidelberg, Kirchheim and Trier combined by only 11 points difference. How much did those games hurt your standings position? They could be the difference at the end between making the playoffs and not.

Those were heartbreaking losses for us, but we understand this is a league of runs. There will be stretches of losing 3 out of 4 and there will be stretches of winning 3 out of 4. The most important thing is that we continue to keep ourselves in position to be right there come March.


Paderborn has been defending pretty well as of late. With the stretch run coming up in the regular season, what will be most vital to do well on the defensive end to reach the playoffs?

Defense is a huge key for us. Without getting too specific I think our focus must be on energy and activity on the defensive end. Playing extremely hard on defense has a way of covering up a lot of mistakes. When we are active, creating deflections, and getting steals we are a hard team to beat.


How much of a delight has it been playing with German Til Glogger. He is leading the team in scoring. How much did his NCAA experience benefit him and what do you appreciate most about his game?

Playing with Til has been great, he has been a huge part of our team's success thus far. Til is a very unique player. What separates him from a lot of players is his ability to make shots at a high level. He is great finishing around the basket, in the mid-range, and is also a very good free throw shooter.


Your playing your second season with American Chase Adams with Paderborn. He is the leader of the team and playmaker. How much does a guy like him deserve to make the playoffs. Have you seen more of a hard nosed competitor than him in the Pro A?

It would be great to make the playoffs with a guy like Chase. He is such a competitor and we have become good friends over the last year and a half. I don't think there is a guy better than Chase in our league at making a ball handler uncomfortable in the full court.


Your leading the team in rebounding and assists and second in scoring. How is Matt Vest the player different and better now than when he started as a rookie with Gotha?

I have improved in so many ways over the last few years thanks to some great coaches and people in
my life. My offensive game has expanded quite a bit as I've improved my ability to create for others and myself. The biggest gains for me have come mentally. After playing overseas almost three years now I have been able to really improve some of my mental skills that have taken my game to another level.


You shot 43% as a senior at Wright State, but have shot a lot less as a professional, but have improved your outside shooting percentage each season. Are you still finding yourself as a shooter now as a professional?

Shooting is a skill that you can never stop working on. I definitely feel like my consistency from 3 has gotten better each year, and I know that is going to continue.


In our first interview, you stated that a hidden strength in your game is your defense. Do you feel as if your defense has been appreciated and noticed in Gotha and Paderborn?

I think that it has been. It was a big reason why I got opportunities to play in both Gotha and Paderborn, and it is always something that is important to me as a player. I am extremely grateful for the way I was taught the game by my dad, my high school coach Joe Staley, and my college coach Billy Donlon.


You have improved your scoring each season in the Pro A and continue to be an all-around player that fills up the stat sheet. Where do you see career going in the future. Many Pro A players have reached the EasyCredit BBL. Do you see yourself being able to make an impact at that level?

I certainly see myself as a BBL caliber player on both ends of the floor. It gets difficult at times, but I also try not to worry about things outside of my control. Most important thing is that I continue to grow and improve as a player and person each year, and I know that the career opportunities will follow. The thing I am most proud of about my career has been my ability to show improvement each year. If I continue to stay committed to my personal growth and keep adding and improvement elements of my game each year, I know that the sky is the limit for me.


In our first interview, you said this about your ex Wright State (NCAA) teammate Vaughn Duggins. 'Vaughn is a warrior. He taught me so many things on the court, and even more off of it. The most important thing I learned from Vaughn on the court was how to be relentless in effort, energy, and competitiveness. His mental and physical toughness are unmatched and that is what I really admire and try to imitate about Vaughn'. Have you been able to catch some games of Vaughn being that Paderborn isn't that far from Oldenburg and treated him for dinner?

Vaughn and I follow each other's careers pretty closely and I was able to go visit him and watch him play earlier this year before his surgery. I was able to watch Oldenburg beat Goettingen at home and spend a day with Vaughn, his wife, and his son. Vaughn wouldn't let me pay for anything when I visited, but we ordered pizza one night and he didn't have any cash for a tip. All I had was a 20 euro bill. The pizza man got a nice tip that night.

Your ex head coach Chris Ensminger was recently let go by Gotha. Even though he was a center, how thankful are you for having him as head coach as a rookie and how was that big guy able to help a guard rookie the most with your game?

I will always be grateful for Chris Ensminger and Steve Esterkamp for giving me my first opportunity to play at the professional level. They taught me things that I will keep with me as long as I continue to play this game. It was unfortunate what happened to them in Gotha, but I know they both have very bright coaching futures ahead of them.


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

Jordan, Wilt, Bill Russell, and Larry Bird.


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?

That title against Golden State really elevates Lebron as an all-time great. It is hard to say where he will end up because I still think he has 3-4 high level seasons left in him, but a top 5 player all time is definitely realistic.

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

Kevin Garnett is a top 3 power forward ever and one of the fiercest competitors in the history of the NBA. KG was a guy that I loved watching as a kid, and I think I even had a Timberwolves jersey.

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

60 points is a crazy game, but how he did it was amazing. He is a special player that fits perfectly within the Golden State system. Klay Thompson is someone I like to study because of how effective he is while also keeping it very simple.

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

I think stat wise there is no arguing that Westbrook is at the top of league. He is a beast that cannot be stopped. His relentless mentality, mixed with his ridiculous athletic ability and skill set are a recipe for the types of numbers he is putting up this year.

Draymond Greene recently had a triple double without scoring 10 points or more. Why do you believe has it taken long for someone to do this?

Triple doubles without points are extremely unique because of how offensive-minded the NBA is. If anyone in the NBA could do it, I think Draymond Greene is the guy people would think of. Similar to Klay Thompson, Greene is a great example of a perfect fit in a system.

What was the last movie that you saw?

The last movie I saw was actually an older movie recommended to me by a teammate of mine called Mystic River. Very good, and also on Netflix!

Thanks Matt for the chat.



The Fraport Skyliners Junior's EasyCredit BBL Presence Overpower The ScanPlus Baskets 82-71 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It seems like it was almost yesterday where a young German talent by the name of Filmore Beck was practicing in the BCM gym which is the practice gym od EasyCredit BBL team Fraport Sklyiners and the game gym of pro B team Fraport Skyliners Juniors, but his short stay in Frankfurt was from 2009-2011 where he was seen as a huge talent, but after a satisfying first season where he averaged 13.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 76.9 in the Pro B, he was unable to develop further as an injury cost him the second half of his second season and the next season which quietly ended his career there. In the last five seasons, he has had a solid but quiet Pro B career having played in Hanau and in Langen, but for TV Langen was fired in the 2014-2015 season after only eight games after he served up a nasty sucker punch to Australian Paul Brotherson that gave him unending headaches and hospital bills for a while. However the German was able to resurrect his basketball career last season with the ScanPlus Baskets Elchingen (ProB) playing 23 games averaging 10.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 42.7%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT: 59.3%. This season he is holding his own in a team stocked with unending explosive offensive power and averaging 9,2ppg and serving as the ultimate role player. He came back to Frankfurt with gigantic ambition as last season, he lit up his ex team with 28 points, but walked off the court on the short end of a 91-80 loss. The German who can shoot out the lights on any night wanted revenge for the loss last season, but didn't as he lost again 82-71 against his ex team despite scoring 13 points. After the loss, the German reflected on coming back and having to experience another loss. 'It isn't nice to come back here and lose again. I loved playing in Frankfurt the most. It gave me a lot of motivation to play against my old teammates Tim Oldenburg and Max Merz', stressed ex TV Langen guard Filmore Beck. Oldenburg contemplated about his ex teammate Flimore Beck and what he wished he had from him. 'It is always nice playing against an old teammate. He is really the only good shooter on his team and when he gets hot, he can hit from all over the place. I wish that I had his shooting ability', stressed Fraport Skyliner Junior Tim Oldenburg. With EasyCredit BBL team Fraport Skyliners off, the Pro B team almost had their complete roster except for Isaac Bonga who was in New Orleans at the NBA Allstar weekend taking part at the Basketball Without Boards Global Camp and after a tight battle in the first half, the Home team ran away with the win in the second half. 'We gave up too many offensive rebounds in the first half and only gave up three in the second half. It was a total team performance where everyone brought energy. Everyone plays for the team especially Travis Thompson which isn't always typical for an American. On defense our game plan was too let them shoot and not let them get easy baskets inside and rebounds', added Fraport Skyliners Junior Mahir Agva. The ScanPlus Baskets came into the game overwhelmed by the deep Frankfurt roster with unending BBL license players and fell apart in the second half. 'It was tough playing against this smart tough squad that had many BBL players we couldn't scout. We had many ups and downs in the game and Frankfurt closed out the third quarter well which was the turning point of the game. They had the momentum and kept it up in the fourth quarter', said St Louis, Missouri native Brandon Lockhart.

The BCM gym was filled well with some Fraport Skyliners taking in the contest like Quantez Robertson, Mike Morrison, Shawn Huff, AJ English and Shavon Shields. The first quarter was tight with five lead changes, but the Fraport Skyliners Juniors had the slight lead after one quarter 24-20. It didn't faze anyone that defense would take a back seat as the ScanPlus Baskets averaged 86 points per game and had an arsenal of offensive weapons while the Fraport Skyliners Juniors had extra offensive firepower and both teams didn't waste any time getting to work. Ex Nordlingen point guard Brandon Lockhart got the first points of the contest with a slick finger tip roll lay in showing no stress, but extreme coolness as if he was on a Sunday stroll in his old home Nordlingen. However Frankfurt struck on their first possession as 2014 NBBL rookie of the year Niklas Kiel (207-PF-97, agency: Octagon Europe) drilled home a trey for the 3-2 lead. 29 year old German Kristian Kuhn gave the ScanPlus Baskets the lead back with a dunk finishing the pick and roll off perfectly with ex Alba Berlin 2 German Marko Krstanovic for the 4-3 lead. Frankfurt then got the lead back 7-4 with Max Merz free throws and a Mahir Agva lay in who connected after missing his first three field goal attempts. Ex Giessen 46er Adrian Didovic tied the game7-7 with a deep three. Frankfurt continued to keep the lead with a Kiel trey and Tim Oldenburg lay in, but the ScanPlus Baskets continued to execute with a mid distance jumper from 2017 EasyCredit BBL slam dunk champion Brian Butler to tie the score at 12-12. Frankfurt continued to score and keep the lead with a Travis Thompson trey, Merz lay in and Kiel dunk 19-16. Thompson drilled home his second trey of the first quarter and Tim Oldenburg ended the first quarter with free throws. 'Frankfurt was at an advantage in that they had many of the BBL players who were fine tuning their game. Kiel was very active and we rebounded very well on the offensive glass', stressed Florida native Mike Morrison. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were shooting 40% from the field and 67% from outside while the ScanPlus Baskets were shooting 50% from the field and 25% from outside. Frankfurt had the 15-5 rebound edge, but five turnovers while the ScanPlus Baskets had two turnovers.

In the second quarter, the Fraport Skyliners Juniors slowly took control of the game forcing the ScanPlus Baskets to elect come back mode as that would haunt them until the final buzzer. The guests got off to the better start as Beck drilled home a trey cutting the Frankfurt advantage to 24-23. However then came a 5-0 run by the Fraport Skyliners Juniors giving them the 31-23 lead as Kiel scored inside and ex Bremerhaven guard Garai Zeeb nailed a trey. However the ScanPlus Baskets were able to match Frankfurt with a run of their own as Beck made free throws and hit another three cutting the Frankfurt lead to 31-28. A big strength of Frankfurt is their deep roster and guys always stepping up as Merz hit a jumper, Agva scored inside and Oldenburg hauled down an offensive rebound and put back giving Frankfurt their biggest lead of the game at 39-30. Before Frankfurt could totally run away with the lead, Brandon Lockhart stepped up scoring 5 points in a row to somewhat slow down the Frankfurt offensive machine as he scored on a pretty lay up, and hit three free throws. It was a tough day at the office for the American as he wouldn't score again in the game finishing with seven points and only one assist. He had one assist also against Rhondorf, but at least had 16 points and the win. 'It was tough. Frankfurt forced us to take tough shots and there was more one on one play which limited our assists', said ex Drury (NCAA2) guard Brandon Lockhart. Merz finished the second quarter with a nifty lay in as Frankfurt went into the break with the 41.35 lead. 'After getting two quick fouls in the first quarter, Agva got better involved. The opponent rebounded better as they attacked very well and we had problems staying in front of them', added Mike Morrison. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were shooting 48% from the field and 56% from the three point line while the ScanPlus Baskets were shooting 34% from the field and 30% from the three point line. Frankfurt had the 22-17 rebound edge, but had 13 turnovers while the guests had eight turnovers.

In the third quarter the ScanPlus Baskets continued to be in comeback mode fighting back, but a bitter 12-0 run in the last few minutes broke their back and something they couldn't recover from until the last minutes of the fourth quarter, but were ultimately ousted by the clock. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors did a good job getting easy buckets inside as Agva connected twice and ex Alaska-Anch. (NCAA2) guard Thompson also showed that he can do more than be a sniper penetrating hard and scoring as Frankfurt led 47-40. However the ScanPlus Baskets stayed in the game because Didovic stayed aggressive scoring five points in a 7-0 run and Canadian Taevauun Prince who had been kept under control well escaped for a two handed dunk to dead lock the game at 47-47. The ScanPlus Baskets did a good job executing on one on one plays, stepped up their defense forcing Frankfurt to tough shots and got Prince involved. After Thompson and Butler traded buckets, Frankfurt closed out the third quarter with a game deciding 12-0 run to lead 61-49 after 30 minutes. In the run, the Fraport Skyliners Juniors were fortified by Niklas Kiel who had five points and ex Ludwigsburg guard Stefan Ilzhoefer drilled home a trey. 'We did a good job getting easy baskets inside and just overran them and kept the momentum into the fourth quarter', added Mahor Agva. 'They defended very well forcing us to miss shots. They have very good rotations. When you beat one guy then comes the next and next guy', added Brandon Lockhart. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were shooting 48% from the field and 38% from the parking lot while the ScanPlus Baskets were shooting 35% from the field and 29% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the 31-24 rebound edge, but 15 turnovers while the guests had 13 turnovers.

The fourth quarter had two tales in that the Fraport Skyliners Juniors started off with a devastating 17-2 run to decide the game and the ScanPlus Baskets closed out the game with a 20-4 run. In the 17-2 run for Frankfurt, the home team poured it on hitting three consecutive trey's from Zeeb, Thompson and Kiel. Frankfurt continued to be aggressive inside as Thompson scored and Oldenburg hit a hook shot and Agva made free throws as Frankfurt led 78-51. The game was more than decided, but there were still four minutes to play and the ScanPlus Baskets felt they still had a chance and with a little more time on the clock might of made the game interesting going on a 20-4 run to lose 82-71. In the gigantic ScanPlus run, they got good production from the athletic 19 year old German Didiovic who showed his inside out basketball skills. Beck and 36 year old Marin Petric connected on three's and Kuhn closed out the game with a reverse lay up. 'We tried some things at the end letting Ilzhoefer play point guard. We lost some concentration and gave up easy baskets. We have to be focused to close out games better', added Mahir Agva. 'It is always hard to stop a run when you aren't making shots. We stopped their momentum at the end with our run getting easy shots and making them', stressed Brandon Lockhart. 'We weren't mentally ready and we need to do the little things to be able to win games', warned Taevaunn Prince. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were led by Niklas Kiel with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Travis Thompson added 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Tim Oldenburg contributed 12 points and Max Merz and Mahir Agva had 10 points apiece. The ScanPlus Baskets were led by Adrian Didiovic with 14 points. Filmore Beck had 13 points and Brian Butler 10 points. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors shot 48% from the field and 43% from outside while the ScanPlus Baskets shotv40% from the field and 35% from outside. Frankfurt won the rebound duel 39-31, but had 22 turnovers while the guests had 19 turnovers.



Brose Bamberg celebrate Cup title in front of more than 10000 spectators - by Eurobasket News

FC Bayern Munchen-Brose Bamberg 71-74

Brose Bamberg seal Cup title in front of more than 10000 spectators as they defeated FC Bayern Munchen in a thriller. In a back-to-back game Brose Bamberg Darius Miller (202-G-90, college: Kentucky) scored two free throws at the end of the game for the final success.
Brose Bamberg looked better in the first half and posted two narrow wins for a 9-point advantage. FC Bayern Munchen reduced to 7 after a 12-10 rally in the third period and cut it to 56-57 later in the fourth period. Brose Bamberg however managed to save the lead and grabbed the valuable victory.
Fabien Causeur (195-SG-87) top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Daniel Theis (204-PF-92, agency: Octagon Europe) netted 17. Maodo Lo (191-G-92, college: Columbia) followed them with 9 points in the winning effort. Nick Johnson (191-G-92, college: Arizona, agency: Diamond Sports) answered with 13 in a loss and Reggie Redding (195-F/G-88, college: Villanova) brought 11.

FC Bayern Munchen: Nick Johnson 13, Reggie Redding 11
Brose Bamberg: Fabien Causeur 18, Daniel Theis 17, Maodo Lo 9



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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Dezmine WELLS
  Doxa L.
  (196-G-92)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Wells, Doxa L.16.8 
 2. Brown, Koroivos16.3 
 3. Barlow, Trikalla13.9 
 4. Young, Lavrio13.8 
 5. Hall, Koroivos13.4 
 6. Dixon, AEK Athens13.0 
 7. Cummings, Aris13.0 
 8. Milutinovic, Koroivos12.9 
 9. Punter, Lavrio12.8 
 10. Lojeski, Olympiacos12.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keith CLANTON
  PAOK
  (205-C/F-90)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Clanton, PAOK10.2 
 2. Morgan, Kymis9.0 
 3. Basabe, Doxa L.8.9 
 4. Fitzpatrick, AGOR7.3 
 5. Hall, Koroivos6.7 
 6. Reddic, Kolossos HH6.7 
 7. Biruta, Trikalla6.7 
 8. Toutziarakis, Kymis6.4 
 9. Faye, Promitheas6.2 
 10. Singleton, Panathin.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos7.3 
 2. Calathes, Panathin.5.6 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympiacos5.6 
 4. Starks, Koroivos5.0 
 5. Young, Lavrio4.8 
 6. Blassingame, Promi.4.5 
 7. Talton, AGOR4.4 
 8. Scott, Doxa L.4.2 
 9. El-Amin, Kymis3.9 
 10. Ukic, AEK Athens3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Shannon SCOTT
  Doxa L.
  (186-PG-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Scott, Doxa L.2.0 
 2. Releford, Kolossos.1.8 
 3. Brown, Koroivos1.8 
 4. Xanthopoulos, Aris1.8 
 5. Hickey, Apollon .1.7 
 6. Young, Lavrio1.7 
 7. Singleton, Panathin.1.7 
 8. Gotcher, Koroivos1.5 
 9. Barlow, Trikalla1.3 
 10. Johnson, Lavrio1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin JACKSON
  Aris
  (204-C/F-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jackson, Aris2.0 
 2. Kok, Lavrio1.5 
 3. Johnson, Promi.1.4 
 4. Clanton, PAOK1.4 
 5. Raines, Apollon .1.3 
 6. Buckner, Aris1.2 
 7. Milutinov, Olympiacos1.1 
 8. Fitzpatrick, AGOR1.0 
 9. Kravic, AGOR1.0 
 10. Birch, Olympiacos0.9 


Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Alexis KIRITSIS
  Doukas
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Kiritsis, Doukas19.3 
 2. Kokkalis, Ethnikos18.8 
 3. Karaboulas, Faros18.2 
 4. Milosevic, Holargos17.4 
 5. Redikas, Arkadikos16.5 
 6. Gagaloudis, Iraklis15.9 
 7. Gioulekas, GS Laris.14.7 
 8. Liakopoulos, Faros14.5 
 9. Rubio, Doukas14.5 
 10. Macheras, Ethnikos14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kostas MACHERAS
  Ethnikos
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Macheras, Ethnikos9.4 
 2. Rubio, Doukas8.9 
 3. Tsougarakis, Arkad.8.6 
 4. Lolas, Irakleio8.3 
 5. Jawara, Doxa P.7.7 
 6. Papanikolaou, Psyhiko7.2 
 7. Charismidis, Aiolos A.7.1 
 8. Skordilis, Faros6.3 
 9. Koukounias, Amyntas .6.2 
 10. Prodromou, Arkad.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Psyhiko
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Nikou, Psyhiko7.9 
 2. Gagaloudis, Iraklis6.1 
 3. Milosevic, Holargos5.5 
 4. Koutras, GS Laris.5.4 
 5. Liakopoulos, Faros5.2 
 6. Koukas, Doukas4.9 
 7. Vasilopoulos, Faros4.8 
 8. Koumpouras, Aiolos A.4.7 
 9. Zoupas, Amyntas .4.5 
 10. Mazurczak, Kavala4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Etinosa EREVBENAGIE
  Kavala
  (186-G-95)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Erevbenagie, Kavala2.1 
 2. Karydas, Panionios2.1 
 3. Nikou, Psyhiko2.1 
 4. Gagaloudis, Iraklis1.7 
 5. Prodromou, Arkad.1.6 
 6. Dimakos, Faros1.4 
 7. Koutras, GS Laris.1.4 
 8. Laane, Ethnikos1.4 
 9. Naoumis, Arkadikos1.4 
 10. Mazurczak, Kavala1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Antonis SKLIVAS
  Kavala
  (203-F-95)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Sklivas, Kavala1.4 
 2. Thorsteinsso., AE Laris.1.3 
 3. Karras, Doukas1.0 
 4. Gilchrist, Holargos1.0 
 5. Papadionysio., Aiolos A.0.8 
 6. Psaropoulos, Pagra.0.7 
 7. Jawara, Doxa P.0.7 
 8. Papanikolaou, Psyhiko0.7 
 9. Antonakis, Ethnikos0.7 
 10. Koutroulias, Holargos0.7 



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Dutch Eredivisie All-Star Game 2017 Rosters - by Igor Obradovic

Team Nederland All-Star

Maarten Bouwknecht
Bouwknecht

Dimeo Van Der Horst
Van Der Horst

Stefan Mladenovic
Mladenovic

Mohamed Kherrazi
Kherrazi

Nick Oudendag
Oudendag


Dutch 2 Maarten Bouwknecht (185-PG-94) of Den Bosch
Dutch 5 Dimeo Van Der Horst (197-G/F-91) of Amsterdam
Serbian-Dutch 8 Stefan Mladenovic (190-G-90) of Groningen
Moroccan-Dutch 9 Mohamed Kherrazi (200-F-90) of Leiden
Dutch 14 Nick Oudendag (210-C-87) of Zwolle
Dutch 15 Olaf Schaftenaar (208-F-93) of Zwolle MVP http://i.imgur.com/oRLobUF.png
Dutch 24 Jessey Voorn (197-SG-90) of Leiden
USA-Dutch 25 Sean Cunningham (188-PG-86) of Groningen
Dutch 44 Arvin Slagter (191-G-85) of Groningen

Team DBL All-Star

J.T. Tiller
Tiller

J.T. Yoho
Yoho

Jason Dourisseau
Dourisseau

Jeroen van Vugt
van Vugt

Daviyon Draper
Draper


USA 4 J.T. Tiller (188-G-88) of Zwolle
USA 6 J.T. Yoho (198-F-93) of Zwolle
USA 8 Jason Dourisseau (196-F/G-83) of Groningen
Dutch 9 Jeroen van Vugt (192-G-91) of Weert
USA 10 Daviyon Draper (201-F-94) of Leiden
USA 11 Jordan Gregory (188-G-92) of Leeuwarden
USA 12 La'Shard Anderson (185-G-89) of Rotterdam
USA 17 Clayton Vette (202-C-88) of Zwolle
USA 20 Chase Fieler (203-F-92) of Groningen
Croatian 33 Drago Pasalic (208-C/F-84) of Groningen
USA 34 Lance Jeter (191-PG-88) of Groningen


Best players of Dutch Eredivisie round 20 - by Eurobasket News

Maarten Bouwknecht (185-PG-94) had a very impressive game in the last round for Dukes UDB and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 22-year old playmaker had the game-high 24 points adding six rebounds and four assists for Dukes UDB in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Leeuwarden (#7, 6-14) with 48-point margin 103-55. Dukes UDB maintains the 4th position in Dutch Eredivisie. Dukes UDB is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-10 record. In the team's last game Bouwknecht had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 10 attempts. It's his second year at Dukes UDB and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Maarten Bouwknecht averages this season 10.4ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Dukes UDB's star - American forward Charles Mitchell (203-F, agency: Three Eye Sports). Mitchell impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds. Of course together with Bouwknecht he helped Dukes UDB with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Leeuwarden (#7, 6-14) 103-55. Dukes UDB's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 10-10 record is not bad at all. Mitchell is a newcomer at Dukes UDB 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 another Dukes UDB's star - American Justin Watts (196-G/F-90). Watts showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was another key player of Dukes UDB, helping his team with a 103-55 easy win against the lower-ranked Leeuwarden (#7, 6-14). Dukes UDB needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 10 lost games. Watts has a very solid season. In 11 games in Holland he scored 13.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. J.T. Yoho (198-F-93) of Zwolle - 23 points and 10 rebounds
5. Andrew Smith (206-F-92) of Groningen - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Olaf Schaftenaar (208-F-93) of Zwolle - 19 points and 7 rebounds
7. Clayton Vette (202-C-88) of Zwolle - 16 points and 10 rebounds
8. Marcel Aarts (213-C-83) of Dukes UDB - 11 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Sergio de Randamie (201-PF-84) of Amsterdam - 24 points and 5 rebounds
10. Jason Dourisseau (196-F/G-83) of Groningen - 13 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)



Orange Lions outscore DBL All-Stars, Schaftenaar MVP - by Eurobasket News

Orange Lions outscore DBL All-Stars 109-100. Olaf Schaftenaar (208-F-93, college: Oregon St.) was named MVP of the game as he posted 26 points.
DBL All-Stars looked better in the first half and posted two narrow victories to take a 6-point lead at the halftime. Orange Lions meanwhile replied with a 32-30 rally in the third quarter and then added a massive 25-12 burst in the last stanza. Chase Fieler (203-F-92, college: FGCU) poured in 18 points in a loss, whilst Drago Pasalic (208-C/F-84, agency: Court Side) delivered 17.
Daviyon Draper (201-F-94, college: FIU) won Schelde Sports Dunk Contest, while Maarten Bouwknecht (185-PG-94) was the best in Spalding 3-point shoot-out.



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Standings - Iceland Express League

Dominos League Standings
 1. KR 14-4 
 2. Stjarnan 13-4 
 3. Tindastoll 12-5 
 4. Thor Thorl 10-8 
 5. Grindavik 10-8 
 6. Keflavik 9-9 
 7. Thor AK 9-9 
 8. Njardvik 9-9 
 9. IR 8-10 
 10. Skallagrimur 7-11 
 11. Haukar 6-12 
 12. Snaefell 0-18 

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 19: KR - IR 95-73
Feb. 19: Grindavik - Keflavik 85-92
Feb. 19: Haukar - Njardvik 73-78
Feb. 19: Thor Thorl - Thor AK 73-68
Feb. 19: Skallagrimur - Snaefell 122-119
Feb. 19: Tindastoll - Stjarnan


Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Sherrod WRIGHT
  Haukar
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 30.5
 1. Wright, Haukar30.5 
 2. Stevens, Keflavik30.0 
 3. Whitfield, Skallagr.28.1 
 4. Carberry, Thor T.27.0 
 5. Hester, Tindastoll24.2 
 6. Samb, Tindastoll22.0 
 7. Beamon, Thor AK21.9 
 8. Barrett, Snaefell21.0 
 9. Odunsi, Stjarnan21.0 
 10. Clinch, Grindavik20.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amin STEVENS
  Keflavik
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Stevens, Keflavik15.5 
 2. Whitfield, Skallagr.15.4 
 3. Baeringsson, Stjar.12.9 
 4. Barrett, Snaefell11.3 
 5. Hester, Tindastoll11.3 
 6. Carberry, Thor T.11.3 
 7. Wright, Haukar9.6 
 8. Samb, Tindastoll9.5 
 9. Hankins-Cole, IR9.0 
 10. Saevarsson, Grind.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Hordur VILHJALMSSON
  Kefla.
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.6.4 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR6.4 
 3. Birgisson, Tindastoll6.2 
 4. Clinch, Grindavik5.6 
 5. Barja, Haukar5.3 
 6. Baeringsson, Stjar.5.1 
 7. Bjornsson, Skallagr.4.9 
 8. Shouse, Stjarnan4.9 
 9. Carberry, Thor T.4.8 
 10. Sigurdarson, IR4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Sefton BARRETT
  Snaefell
  (196-SF-83)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Barrett, Snaefell3.1 
 2. Hunter, IR3.1 
 3. Thomas, IR3.0 
 4. Birgisson, Tindastoll2.7 
 5. Olafsson, Grindavik2.2 
 6. Rikhardsson, Tinda.2.1 
 7. Stevens, Keflavik2.1 
 8. Wright, Haukar1.9 
 9. Barja, Haukar1.8 
 10. Jonsson, Keflavik1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Tryggvi HLINASON
  Thor AK
  (215-C-97)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hlinason, Thor AK2.6 
 2. Dempsey, Njardvik2.0 
 3. Hankins-Cole, IR1.9 
 4. Austin, Stjarnan1.5 
 5. Baeringsson, Stjar.1.5 
 6. Magnusson, Haukar1.5 
 7. Barrett, Snaefell1.4 
 8. Jackson, Njardvik1.3 
 9. Samb, Tindastoll1.3 
 10. Saevarsson, Grind.1.3 


Standings - D1 League

Points Per Game
 Terrance MOTLEY
  FSU
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 31.1
 1. Motley, FSU31.1 
 2. Woods, Hamar27.3 
 3. Garland, Breidablik26.6 
 4. Shouse, IA26.3 
 5. Oliver, Fjolnir24.3 
 6. Moss, Hottur24.2 
 7. King, Valur21.4 
 8. Pryor, Fjolnir21.3 
 9. Chia-Kur, Vestri20.5 
 10. Bracey, Valur20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris WOODS
  Hamar
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Woods, Hamar13.9 
 2. Moss, Hottur13.2 
 3. Pryor, Fjolnir12.9 
 4. Motley, FSU12.9 
 5. King, Valur11.3 
 6. Shouse, IA9.5 
 7. Petursson, Valur9.4 
 8. Kristjansson, IA9.0 
 9. Virijevic, Hottur9.0 
 10. Chia-Kur, Vestri8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MOSS
  Hottur
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Moss, Hottur9.3 
 2. Sigurdsson, Fjolnir7.4 
 3. Garland, Breidablik5.8 
 4. Blondal, Valur5.2 
 5. Shouse, IA5.1 
 6. Olafsson, Hamar4.8 
 7. Bracey, Valur4.7 
 8. Erlingsson, Hamar4.0 
 9. Hreinsson, FSU4.0 
 10. Jonasson, Armann4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone GARLAND
  Breidablik
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Garland, Breidablik3.9 
 2. Moss, Hottur3.5 
 3. Oliver, Fjolnir3.3 
 4. Shouse, IA2.9 
 5. Jonsson, FSU2.7 
 6. Van Kasteren, FSU2.3 
 7. King, Valur2.2 
 8. Olafsson, Hamar1.9 
 9. Motley, FSU1.9 
 10. Hreinsson, FSU1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Urald KING
  Valur
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. King, Valur2.3 
 2. Oliver, Fjolnir2.0 
 3. Woods, Hamar1.4 
 4. Audunsson, Valur1.2 
 5. Motley, FSU1.2 
 6. Virijevic, Hottur1.1 
 7. Johannesson, Breid.1.1 
 8. Karason, Fjolnir0.9 
 9. Kristjansson, IA0.9 
 10. Birgisson, Hottur0.8 


Dominos League Round 17 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

There was a change at the Dominos League leadership position after last games. Round 17 most important game was a defeat of league's leader KR (13-4). They were defeated by sixth ranked Thor AK (9-8) 83-65 on Friday night. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of KR. The game without a history. Thor AK led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Thor AK had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard George Beamon (193-91, college: Manhattan) stepped up and scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and international center Tryggvi Hlinason (215-97) chipped in 16 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Forward Thorir Thorbjarnarsson (196-98) responded with 12 points. KR's coach Finnur Stefansson rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Thor AK moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Thor Thorl. Defending champion KR still keeps top position with four games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Stjarnan who have the same record. KR will play next round against IR trying to make it back to the top of the standings. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will face at home their local rival from Reykjavik - IR. Thor AK will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Thor Thorl in Thorlakshofn.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Stjarnan as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (KR) loss. Stjarnan defeated 4th placed Thor Thorl at home 86-78. The former international power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82) nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 blocks (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) for the winning side and Anthony Odunsi accounted for 20 points and 12 rebounds. American guard Tobin Carberry (193-91, college: LIU Post, agency: HMS) came up with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 14 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) for Thor Thorl in the defeat. Stjarnan have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with KR. Thor Thorl at the other side dropped to the fifth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Thor AK. Thor Thorl will play next round against Thor AK trying to get back on the winning streak. Stjarnan will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Tindastoll at Sauoarkrokur.
Bottom-ranked Snaefell (0-17) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 17th consecutive match to third ranked Tindastoll (12-5) 104-59 on Thursday evening. The best player for the winners was Antonio Hester who had a double-double by scoring 43 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. Arni Hrafnsson produced 12 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Tindastoll maintains third place with 12-5 record behind leader Stjarnan. Loser Snaefell still closes the standings. Tindastoll will meet at home league's leader Stjarnan in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Snaefell will play against Skallagrimur (#11) in Borgarnes and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Njardvik was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Grindavik (10-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Njardvik (8-9). Grindavik managed to secure a 8-point victory 87-79. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Njardvik. Lewis Clinch orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Grindavik have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 10-7 record. Njardvik at the other side keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Grindavik's next round opponent will be Keflavik (#7) at home. Njardvik will play against Haukar in Hafnarfjordur and hope to win that game.

In the last two games of round 17 Haukar was destroyed by IR on the opponent's court 91-69. Keflavik managed to outperform Skallagrimur in a home game 93-80.

Njardvik - Grindavik 79-87

The game in Njardvik was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Grindavik (10-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Njardvik (8-9). Grindavik managed to secure a 8-point victory 87-79. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Njardvik. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-17. But Njardvik won second period 29-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Grindavik won last quarter 23-16. They made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 11 blocks. American-Dominican guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Olafur Olafsson (194-90) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The former international Logi Gunnarsson (190-81) answered with 20 points and guard Bjorn Kristjansson (188-92) added 12 points and 4 assists in the effort for Njardvik. Four Njardvik players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Grindavik have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 10-7 record. Njardvik at the other side keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Grindavik's next round opponent will be Keflavik (#7) at home. Njardvik will play against Haukar in Hafnarfjordur and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Grindavik: L.Clinch 21+8reb+1ast, D.Jonsson 19+2reb+6ast, O.Olafsson 17+10reb+2ast, T.Finnbogason 11+2reb, I.Thor Gudmundsson 10+1reb+3ast, T.Olafsson 5+9reb+1ast
Njardvik: L.Gunnarsson 20+3reb+3ast, J.Atkinson 12+5reb+1ast, B.Kristjansson 12+3reb+4ast, A.Asgeirsson 10+5reb, J.Olafsson 8+3reb, J.Sverrisson 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 491966


Thor AK - KR 83-65

There was a change at the Dominos League leadership position after last games. Round 17 most important game was a defeat of league's leader KR (13-4). They were defeated by sixth ranked Thor AK (9-8) 83-65 on Friday night. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of KR. The game without a history. Thor AK led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Thor AK had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard George Beamon (193-91, college: Manhattan) stepped up and scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and international center Tryggvi Hlinason (215-97) chipped in 16 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Forward Thorir Thorbjarnarsson (196-98) responded with 12 points and the former international forward Sigurdur Thorvaldsson (201-80) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. KR's coach Finnur Stefansson rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Thor AK moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Thor Thorl. Defending champion KR still keeps top position with four games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Stjarnan who have the same record. KR will play next round against IR trying to make it back to the top of the standings. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will face at home their local rival from Reykjavik - IR. Thor AK will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Thor Thorl in Thorlakshofn.
Top scorers:
Thor AK: G.Beamon 19+7reb+4ast, T.Hlinason 16+12reb, I.Rafn Ingvarsson 15+3reb+6ast, T.Johannsson 12+4reb+1ast, D.Lewis 10+6reb+3ast, R.Fridriksson 7+2reb+1ast
KR: T.Thorbjarnarsson 12+4reb+2ast, P.Alawoya 12+5reb+1ast, S.Thorvaldsson 10+7reb+1ast, D.Hilmarsson 10+2reb+2ast, J.Stefansson 10+1reb+3ast, A.Hermannsson 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 491969


IR - Haukar 91-69

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Haukar's (6-11) road loss to ninth ranked IR (8-9) 69-91. The game was mostly controlled by IR. Haukar was better in second period 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Haukar's 34 and made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. IR forced 24 Haukar turnovers. Strangely Haukar outrebounded IR 37-23 including 25 on the defensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Point guard Matthias Sigurdarson (180-94, college: Columbus St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 4 assists. American forward Danero Thomas (196-86, college: Murray St.) contributed with 23 points and 5 steals for the winners. Four IR players scored in double figures. American guard Sherrod Wright (193-91, college: George Mason) answered with 26 points and 6 rebounds and forward Hjalmar Stefansson (196-96) added 20 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Haukar. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. IR moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Keflavik and Njardvik. Haukar at the other side keeps the tenth position with 11 games lost. IR's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Reykjavik to the arena KR.
Top scorers:
IR: M.Sigurdarson 27+4reb+4ast, D.Thomas 23+4reb+2ast, H.Hjalmarsson 13+2reb, S.Claessen 12+1reb+2ast, Q.Hankins-Cole 7+6reb+6ast, D.Berg Gretarsson 4+2reb+3ast
Haukar: S.Wright 26+6reb+3ast, H.Stefansson 20+8reb, F.Magnusson 12+6reb+1ast, H.Oskarsson 7+2reb+3ast, C.Bowen 2+3reb, E.Barja 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 491967


Stjarnan - Thor Thorl 86-78

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Stjarnan as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (KR) loss. Stjarnan defeated 4th placed Thor Thorl at home 86-78. Thor Thorl was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Stjarnan players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Thor Thorl's players. The former international power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82) nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 blocks (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) for the winning side and Nigerian-American guard Anthony Odunsi (193-92, college: Houston Baptist) accounted for 20 points and 12 rebounds. Five Stjarnan players scored in double figures. American guard Tobin Carberry (193-91, college: LIU Post, agency: HMS) came up with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 14 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and naturalized Polish Maciej Baginski (195-95) added 23 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Thor Thorl in the defeat. Stjarnan have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with KR. Thor Thorl at the other side dropped to the fifth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Thor AK. Thor Thorl will play next round against Thor AK trying to get back on the winning streak. Stjarnan will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Tindastoll at Sauoarkrokur.
Top scorers:
Stjarnan: H.Baeringsson 20+12reb+7ast, A.Odunsi 20+12reb+3ast, M.Valdimarsson 18+5reb, E.Aevarsson 14+2reb+1ast, T.Tomasson 13+3reb+4ast, M.Gudmundsson 1+1reb+1ast
Thor Thorl: T.Carberry 30+14reb+3ast, M.Baginski 23+5reb+1ast, E.Einarsson 9+5reb, R.Bragason 7+7reb+2ast, O.Jonsson 6+5reb, H.Hermannsson 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 491968


Keflavik - Skallagrimur 93-80

Rather predictable result when eighth ranked Keflavik (8-9) defeated at home 11th ranked Skallagrimur (6-11) 93-80. The game was mostly controlled by Keflavik. Skallagrimur was better in fourth quarter 27-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Keflavik players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American forward Amin Stevens (203-90, college: Florida A&M) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points, 20 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international guard Hordur Vilhjalmsson (194-88) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. American forward Flenard Whitfield (200-90, college: W.Michigan) answered with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 17 rebounds and point guard Sigtryggur Bjornsson (180-93) added 23 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Skallagrimur. Skallagrimur's coach Finnur Jonsson tested twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Keflavik moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Njardvik and IR. Skallagrimur lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the tenth position with 11 games lost. Keflavik's next round opponent will be higher ranked Grindavik (#4) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Skallagrimur will play against Snaefell (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Keflavik: A.Stevens 31+20reb+4ast, G.Jonsson 22+6reb, H.Vilhjalmsson 14+8reb+11ast, D.Lar Jonsson 9+2reb+4ast, R.Dupree 6+5reb+1ast, M.Traustason 6+2reb
Skallagrimur: F.Whitfield 23+17reb, S.Bjornsson 23+7reb+1ast, M.Gunnarsson 9+2reb+3ast, E.Halldorsson 9+9reb+4ast, D.Flake 4+3reb+1ast, K.Gislason 4+3reb
gschID: 491965


Snaefell - Tindastoll 59-104

Bottom-ranked Snaefell (0-17) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 17th consecutive match to third ranked Tindastoll (12-5) 104-59 on Thursday evening. The game without a history. Tindastoll led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Snaefell's 34 and made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Tindastoll forced 27 Snaefell turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Antonio Hester (198-90, college: Mobile, AL) who had a double-double by scoring 43 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. Guard Petur Birgisson (185-96) chipped in 20 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals. Hester is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Guard Arni Hrafnsson (185-98) produced 12 points and 7 rebounds and Swedish forward Andre Michelsson (188-97) added 16 points respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Tindastoll maintains third place with 12-5 record behind leader Stjarnan. Loser Snaefell still closes the standings. Tindastoll will meet at home league's leader Stjarnan in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Snaefell will play against Skallagrimur (#11) in Borgarnes and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Tindastoll: A.Hester 43+11reb+2ast, P.Birgisson 20+6reb+8ast, B.Rikhardsson 10+8reb+6ast, H.Margeirsson 9+2reb+1ast, F.Bjarnason 9+2reb+2ast, H.Viggosson 6+3reb+2ast
Snaefell: A.Michelsson 16+1reb+2ast, A.Hrafnsson 12+7reb+3ast, T.Saethorsson 9+2reb, V.Alexandersson 8+4reb+2ast, C.Covile 5+1reb+2ast, G.Helgason 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 491964





Icelandic D1 round 22 best performance: Marques Oliver - by Eurobasket News

American Power forward Marques Oliver (201-PF-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Fjolnir, receiving a Eurobasket.com D1 Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (40 points, nine rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Valur (#3, 14-4) in overtime 104-101. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Fjolnir maintains the 2nd position in Icelandic D1. They are still close to the very top. Fjolnir would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 16-4 record. In the team's last game Oliver had a remarkable 73.3% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Fjolnir and just after two games he already turned to be a very valuable addition to the team. Marques Oliver averages just after two games 16.5ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old American Aaron Moss (185-G, agency: Duran International) of league's leader Hottur. Moss had a very good evening with a double-double of 32 points and 20 rebounds. Bad luck as Hottur lost that game 68-76 to slightly lower-ranked Valur (#3, 14-4). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Hottur still maintains its place as the top team in the standings, even despite this loss. His team belongs to top of the standings with 18-2 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Moss is a newcomer at Hottur, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.9ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 13.3rpg and 9.1apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Urald King (198-F-90) of Valur (#3). King scored 25 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). Despite King's great performance Valur lost 101-104 in overtime to #2 ranked Fjolnir. 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 Valur needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 14 victories and 4 lost games. King has a great season in Iceland. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.1ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 10.8rpg (5th best). He also has 2.2bpg and FGP: 59.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chris Woods (195-F-89) of Hamar - 28 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Derek Shouse (188-G-93) of IA - 28 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Collin Pryor (200-F-90) of Fjolnir - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Erlendur Stefansson (190-G-95) of Hamar - 31 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Mirko Virijevic (201-F-81) of Hottur - 24 points and 8 rebounds
9. Oddur Petursson (190-G-93) of Valur - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Ari Gylfason (186-PG-89) of FSU - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Standings - D1

UBA Standings
North
 1. Mumbai Ch. 2-0 
 2. Delhi C. 1-1 
 3. Punjab S. 1-1 
 4. Haryana G. 0-2 
South
 1. Pune P. 2-0 
 2. Chennai S. 1-1 
 3. Hydrabad S. 1-1 
 4. Bengaluru 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 4

Feb. 19: Delhi C. - Punjab S. 99-96
Feb. 19: Haryana G. - Mumbai Ch. 110-123

Regular Season: Round 5

Feb. 20: Bengaluru - Pune P.
Feb. 20: Hydrabad S. - Chennai S.


UBA League Round 3 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

First defeat of league's leader Chennai S. (1-1) against Pune P. (2-0) 83-71 was the most important game of the last round. The game was mostly controlled by Pune P.. Chennai S. managed to win third quarter 28-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American guard Pierre Newton (196-93, college: Minn.-Duluth) who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international power forward Amritpal Singh (212-91) contributed with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. Pune P.'s coach R Kumar used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Agu Chukwunanu answered with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists for Chennai S.Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Another interesting game for Hydrabad S. (1-1) which played on the court of Bengaluru (0-2). Hydrabad S. had an easy win 113-103. It was a great evening for American Tevin Kelly who led his team to a victory scoring 51 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Mak Boskailo helped adding 31 points and 13 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Chris Solomon (191-90, college: Kaiser) with 48 points (!!!). Bengaluru's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

The most impressive performance of 3rd round was 21 points and 10 rebounds by Rikin Pethani of Chennai S..

Bengaluru - Hydrabad S. 103-113

Another interesting game for Hydrabad S. (1-1) which played on the court of Bengaluru (0-2). Hydrabad S. had an easy win 113-103. Bengaluru was ahead by 12 points at the halftime before a 60-38 second half run of Hydrabad S.. They dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Bengaluru's 48. They outrebounded Bengaluru 52-35 including a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Hydrabad S. players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a great evening for American Tevin Kelly who led his team to a victory scoring 51 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 6 assists. His fellow American import forward Mak Boskailo (206, college: Harding) helped adding 31 points and 13 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Chris Solomon (191-90, college: Kaiser) with 48 points (!!!) and international guard Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (192-91) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Bengaluru's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Bengaluru: C.Solomon 48+4reb, V.Bhriguvanshi 19+13reb+7ast, P.Brar 12+5reb+1ast, M.Singh 10+5reb+1ast, K.Zia 6+6reb+1ast, L.Singh 5+1reb
Hydrabad S.: T.Kelly 51+7reb+6ast, M.Boskailo 31+13reb+3ast, M.Padmanabhan 16+2reb+9ast, P.Kumar 11+13reb+2ast, M.Thomas 2+8reb, A.Sharma 2+1reb
gschID: 536706


Pune P. - Chennai S. 83-71

First defeat of league's leader Chennai S. (1-1) against Pune P. (2-0) 83-71 was the most important game of the last round. The game was mostly controlled by Pune P.. Chennai S. managed to win third quarter 28-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American guard Pierre Newton (196-93, college: Minn.-Duluth) who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international power forward Amritpal Singh (212-91) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. Pune P.'s coach R Kumar used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Agu Chukwunanu answered with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists and international center Rikin Pethani (203-90) added 21 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Chennai S.Four Pune P. and five Chennai S. players scored in double figures. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Chennai S.: R.Pethani 21+10reb, A.Chukwunanu 15+9reb+9ast, Cammy 13+4reb+7ast, A.Rai 10+2reb+1ast, J.Jat 10+5reb+1ast, V.Prabhu 2+3reb+2ast
Pune P.: P.Newton 17+9reb+6ast, A.Singh 15+11reb+1ast, N.Grewal 13+4reb, A.Mane 11+3reb+4ast, S.Shinde 10+2reb+1ast, Vicky 9+2reb+5ast
gschID: 536707



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Standings - IBL

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

Regular Season: Round 10

Feb. 19: NSH GMC - CLS Knights 63-66
Feb. 19: JNE BSC - Aspac 62-65
Feb. 19: Satria Muda - Garuda 58-37
Feb. 19: Satya Wacana - Pelita Jaya 56-84

Regular Season: Round 11

Feb. 25: Hang Tuah - Pacific Caesar
Feb. 25: Satya Wacana - NSH GMC
Feb. 25: JNE BSC - Bima Perkasa
Feb. 25: Satria Muda - Aspac


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nate BARFIELD
  NSH G.
  (206-F/C-88)
  Avg: 28.9
 1. Barfield, NSH G.28.9 
 2. Jacobs, NSH G.25.5 
 3. Corbin, Bima P.24.3 
 4. White, Pelita Jaya24.3 
 5. Smith, Hang Tuah23.5 
 6. Loiselle, Pacific .23.2 
 7. Crump, Satya W.22.8 
 8. Seagers, Pacific .22.5 
 9. Smith, Hang Tuah19.6 
 10. Brantley, Garuda18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andre SMITH
  Hang Tuah
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 16.1
 1. Smith, Hang Tuah16.1