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  ALPE ADRIA CUP  



Komarno beat Zlatorog in semifinals opener - by Eurobasket News

Rieker Komarno - Zlatorog 80:68

Rieker Komarno rolled past Zlatorog in the opening leg of the semifinal stage. Farad Cobb (183-PG-93, college: Cincinnati, agency: Three Eye Sports) nailed 19 points to pace the Slovakian team.
Komarno nailed 23 points in the opening quarter to take an 8-point lead. The hosts stayed aggressive offensively throughout the second term. They poured in 27 points to establish a 50:35 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term as Komarno stayed up by 15 points entering the fourth frame. Zlatorog narrowed the deficit in the final term but could not avoid the loss. Sinisa Bilic (201-F-89, agency: 011 Sports) posted 14 points, while Boban Tomic (190-G-88) contributed 13 points for the winners. Matej Krusic (208-C-87) responded with 22 points and 16 boards for Zlatorog. Igor Tratnik (207-F-89) tossed in 16 points in the loss.

Rieker Komarno: Farad Cobb 19, Sinisa Bilic 14, Boban Tomic 13
Zlatorog: Matej Krusic 22, Igor Tratnik 16



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  ANGOLA  


Libolo outscore Atletico Sport Aviacao - by Eurobasket News

Libolo outscore Atletico Sport Aviacao to keep the perfect record in the League. They posted an easy 107-70 win as Je'Kel Foster (194-G-83, college: Ohio St., agency: Inception Sports) was the most valuable player of the game with 21 points.
Trailing 1 point at the end of the first period, Libolo pushed the tempo in the second frame to take a 41-36 half-time advantage. They never looked behind after and increased the win to the final 37 points difference.
Olimpio Cipriano (194-F-82) netted 18 points, while Roberto Fortes (193-G-84, college: Illinois St.) nailed 12. Walter Tadeu (178-PG-90, college: Texas Wesleyan) replied with 18 points in the losing effort.



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National 3x3 youth basketball team departs for St.Lucia this weekend - by Eurobasket News

The Historic National 3x3 Youth Basketball Team, comprising of Judah Ferris, Sheldon Gomes, Eric Joseph, and Ahmani Browne, is set to depart this Friday to compete in the International Basketball Foundation (IBF) Lesser Antilles 3x3 International Youth Championships. The competition, slated for Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th, February 2017 will be held in St. Lucia, and will feature other countries such as, Aruba, Barbados, Guyana, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, France (Guadeloupe, Martinique), and the Netherlands (Curacao, Saint Maarten). The young men, who will represent Antigua and Barbuda, were afforded this opportunity after emerging victorious in the National 3x3 Qualifiers held last year. Meanwhile, Ahmani Brown, who represented another team in the National Qualifiers, was selected as the 4th player to complete the team. After months of intense practice, the team is confident that they will make their country proud, and return home with nothing less than the Gold. The Antigua and Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA) is encouraging the general public and stakeholders to support the youths on their journey to the IBF 3x3 International Youth Championships slated for this weekend.
Courtesy of: antiguabasketball.com



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LigaA Round 34: San Lorenzo surrender against Libertad Sunchales - by Eurobasket News

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

Top ranked San Lorenzo (25-9) recorded its ninth loss on the court of seventh ranked Libertad Sunchales on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by Libertad Sunchales 84-53. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of San Lorenzo. Libertad Sunchales forced 19 San Lorenzo turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by San Lorenzo's players. Swingman Lucas Goldenberg (190-93) fired 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. International point guard Juan Brussino (185-91) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Libertad Sunchales' coach Facundo Muller felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Gerald Fitch (191-82, college: Kentucky) produced 20 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Libertad Sunchales (17-17) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Olimpico LB. Defending champion San Lorenzo still keeps top position with nine games lost. They share it with San Martin C.. Libertad Sunchales is looking forward to face Penarol (#8) in Mar del Plata in the next round. San Lorenzo will play at home against the league's second-placed Ferrocarril (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Ninth-ranked Atenas (11-22) made lots of trouble for first ranked San Martin Corrientes (25-9). San Martin Corrientes managed to secure only three-point victory 83-80. However their fans expected much easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of international Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 5 rebounds. Lucas Faggiano contributed with 14 points, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American power forward Roquez Johnson (201-92, college: Mississippi St.) replied with 14 points and 9 rebounds for Atenas. Atenas' coach Osvaldo Arduh rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. San Martin Corrientes have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 25-9 record. Atenas lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 22 games lost. San Martin Corrientes will play against Quilmes MP (#7) in Mar del Plata in the next round where they are favorite. Atenas will play on the road against La Union in Formosa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Buenos Aires between Obras Basket and Olimpico de La Banda. Fifth ranked Obras Basket (17-18) got a very close home victory over 6th ranked Olimpico de La Banda (17-17). Obras Basket managed to escape with a 2-point win 92-90 on Monday evening. Dennis Horner scored 22 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side David Nesbitt responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Obras Basket moved-up to fourth place. Olimpico de La Banda lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Libertad S.. Obras Basket's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Buenos Aires to the arena Boca Juniors.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Weber Bahia (20-13) against seventh ranked Quilmes MP (15-19) on Friday night. Visiting Weber Bahia was defeated by Quilmes MP in a tough game in Mar del Plata 68-75. Luca Vildoza notched 19 points, 5 assists and 4 steals (made all of his seven free throws) to lead the effort. Weber Bahia's coach Sebastian Ginobili tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Quilmes MP maintains seventh position with 15-19 record. Weber Bahia at the other side keeps the third place with 13 games lost. Quilmes MP's next round opponent will be higher ranked Regatas Corrientes (#4) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Weber Bahia will play against Boca Juniors and hope to win that game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Buenos Aires. Second ranked Ferrocarril faced one of their biggest challengers Instituto. Host Ferrocarril (22-11) defeated guests from Cordoba (21-14) 74-60. Ramon Clemente fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Ferrocarril maintains second position with 22-11 record having four points less than leader San Lorenzo. Loser Instituto keeps the third place with 14 games lost. Ferrocarril will face league's leader San Lorenzo in Almagra in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Instituto will play on the road against Hispano Am. in Rio Gallegos and hope to win that game.

Rest of the games of round 34 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Atenas was crushed by Regatas C. in Corrientes 96-77. La Union was beaten by Hispano Am. at home 74-84. Penarol lost to Echague on the opponent's court 69-71. Boca Jrs managed to outperform Olimpico LB in a home game 89-86. Hispano Am. recorded a loss to Regatas C. on the road 107-93. Estudiantes C. defeated Penarol on its own court 89-71. La Union was beaten by Quimsa in Santiado Estero 99-87. Echague lost to defending champion San Lorenzo at home 74-85. GECR Indalo unfortunately lost to Argentino on the opponent's court 67-78.

Regatas C. - Atenas 96-77

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Atenas (11-22) was crushed on the road by fourth ranked Regatas Corrientes (20-12) 96-77 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Regatas Corrientes. Atenas was better in second period 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Regatas Corrientes dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Atenas' 30. The former international Paolo Quinteros (188-79) fired 26 points and 5 assists for the winners. The former international forward Pablo Espinoza (200-87) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. American swingman Muhammad El-Amin (196-87, college: Stony Brook, agency: Inception Sports) produced 21 points and 4 assists and the former international point guard Bruno Labaque (178-77, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Five Regatas Corrientes and four Atenas players scored in double figures. Atenas' coach Osvaldo Arduh let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Regatas Corrientes maintains fourth position with 20-12 record. Atenas lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 22 games lost. Regatas Corrientes will face Quilmes MP (#7) in Mar del Plata in the next round. Atenas will play on the road against La Union in Formosa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: P.Quinteros 26+2reb+5ast, J.Saiz 15+5reb+1ast, D.Sims 14+1reb+4ast, F.Ramirez 12+7reb+3ast, P.Espinoza 12+9reb+3ast, C.Troutman 10+8reb+2ast
Atenas: M.El-Amin 21+2reb+4ast, D.Lo Grippo 14+1reb, B.Labaque 14+3reb+5ast, L.Lema 10+2reb+1ast, L.Rasio 6+8reb+2ast, R.Johnson 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 523549


Ferrocarril - Instituto 74-60

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Buenos Aires. Second ranked Ferrocarril faced one of their biggest challengers Instituto. Host Ferrocarril (22-11) defeated guests from Cordoba (21-14) 74-60. Instituto was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 27-9 charge of Ferrocarril, which allowed them to win the game. American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St.) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American center Andrew Feeley (206-83, college: UMBC) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. American swingman Rodney Green (196-88, college: La Salle) produced 25 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import John DeGroat (201-85, college: Pittsburgh) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Ferrocarril maintains second position with 22-11 record having four points less than leader San Lorenzo. Loser Instituto keeps the third place with 14 games lost. Ferrocarril will face league's leader San Lorenzo in Almagra in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Instituto will play on the road against Hispano Am. in Rio Gallegos and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ferrocarril: R.Clemente 20+11reb+3ast, A.Feeley 16+5reb+2ast, A.Lucas 11+4reb, J.Ignacio Alessio 8+1ast, M.Cuello 7+3reb+5ast, F.Balbi 5+4reb+6ast
Instituto: R.Green 25+5reb+2ast, J.DeGroat 12+9reb+3ast, S.Clancy 6+8reb, A.Zilli 6+5reb+1ast, G.Whelan 5+2reb+2ast, M.Gerlero 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 523548


Obras Basket - Olimpico LB 92-90

A very close game took place in Buenos Aires between Obras Basket and Olimpico de La Banda. Fifth ranked Obras Basket (17-18) got a very close home victory over 6th ranked Olimpico de La Banda (17-17). Obras Basket managed to escape with a 2-point win 92-90 on Monday evening. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American forward Dennis Horner (205-88, college: N.Carolina St.) scored 22 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Tomas Zanzottera (192-93) chipped in 20 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side Bahamas forward David Nesbitt (200-91, college: St.Thomas, FL) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds and American power forward Justin Williams (206-84, college: Wyoming, agency: DTMones) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Four Obras Basket and five Olimpico de La Banda players scored in double figures. Obras Basket moved-up to fourth place. Olimpico de La Banda lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Libertad S.. Obras Basket's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Buenos Aires to the arena Boca Juniors.
Top scorers:
Obras Basket: D.Horner 22+9reb, T.Zanzottera 20+2reb+4ast, P.Barral 12+2reb+8ast, M.Leiva 11+6reb, M.Bortolin 8+3reb, J.Richard 8+6reb
Olimpico LB: A.Boccia 19+3reb+2ast, D.Nesbitt 18+9reb+1ast, J.Williams 17+11reb, M.Stanic 13+3reb+8ast, F.Van Lacke 11+3reb+4ast, D.Guaita 9+5reb+1ast
gschID: 523545


La Union - Hispano Am. 74-84

There was a small surprise in Formosa where tenth ranked Hispano Am. (11-25) defeated 8th ranked La Union (16-19) 84-74 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Hispano Am.. La Union was better in third quarter 26-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Hispano Am. won last quarter 20-11. American Larry O'Bannon (192-83, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) fired 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners (made all of his seven free throws). Power forward Gonzalo Torres (202-94) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American-Jamaican center Torin Francis (210-83, college: Notre Dame) produced 18 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Alejandro Konsztadt (191-89) added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists respectively for lost side. Four La Union players scored in double figures. Hispano Am. moved-up to ninth place. Loser La Union keeps the eighth position with 19 games lost. Hispano Am. will face higher ranked Instituto (#3) in Cordoba in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Hispano Am.: L.O'Bannon 23+5reb, G.Torres 18+8reb, M.Fierro 11+6reb+3ast, J.Treise 9+4reb+2ast, M.Byro 7+3reb+1ast, M.Bernardini 6+2reb+2ast
La Union: T.Francis 18+9reb+2ast, A.Elsener 16+4reb+2ast, A.Konsztadt 11+6reb+8ast, F.Pinero 10+4reb+3ast, D.Garcia 8+1reb+1ast, E.Gamboa 6+1reb
gschID: 523547


Echague - Penarol 71-69

There was a minor upset in Parana where 8th ranked Penarol (14-22) was edged by tenth ranked Echague (6-28) 71-69 on Monday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Penarol won third quarter 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Penarol was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Dominican guard Gelvis Solano (185-94, college: Merrimack, agency: Basket Management Solutions) fired 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American center Derrick Caracter (206-88, college: UTEP) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. The former international forward Leonardo Gutierrez (200-78) produced 15 points (made all of his seven free throws) and Alejandro Diez (201-87) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Penarol's coach Marcelo Richotti tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Newly promoted Echague maintains tenth position with 6-28 record. Penarol lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 22 games lost. Echague will face higher ranked Olimpico de La Banda (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Echague: G.Solano 23+9reb+4ast, D.Caracter 16+12reb+1ast, J.Ayarza 12+4reb+1ast, B.Davis 9+4reb, J.Baeza 6+1reb+1ast, S.Uranga 3+3reb
Penarol: L.Gutierrez 15+3reb, A.Diez 12+5reb+1ast, R.Acuna 9+8reb, F.Giorgetti 8+2reb, J.Ignacio Marcos 7+4reb+3ast, R.Reed 6+5reb+4ast
gschID: 523546


San Martin C. - Atenas 83-80

Ninth-ranked Atenas (11-22) made lots of trouble for first ranked San Martin Corrientes (25-9). San Martin Corrientes managed to secure only three-point victory 83-80. However their fans expected much easier game. San Martin Corrientes players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of international Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 5 rebounds. Point guard Lucas Faggiano (189-89, college: LIU Brooklyn) contributed with 14 points, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American power forward Roquez Johnson (201-92, college: Mississippi St.) replied with 14 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Muhammad El-Amin (196-87, college: Stony Brook, agency: Inception Sports) added 17 points and 5 assists in the effort for Atenas. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Atenas' coach Osvaldo Arduh rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. San Martin Corrientes have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 25-9 record. Atenas lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 22 games lost. San Martin Corrientes will play against Quilmes MP (#7) in Mar del Plata in the next round where they are favorite. Atenas will play on the road against La Union in Formosa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San Martin C.: L.Mainoldi 28+5reb+2ast, L.Faggiano 14+4reb+6ast, J.Wood 12+9reb+2ast, F.Aguerre 12+2reb+2ast, M.Lescano 8+3reb+4ast, J.Pablo Cantero 3+6ast
Atenas: M.El-Amin 17+3reb+5ast, B.Labaque 16+1reb+5ast, D.Lo Grippo 15+2reb, R.Johnson 14+9reb+2ast, L.Rasio 8+12reb+2ast, L.Lema 3+1reb
gschID: 523544


Libertad S. - San Lorenzo 84-53

Top ranked San Lorenzo (25-9) recorded its ninth loss on the court of seventh ranked Libertad Sunchales on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by Libertad Sunchales 84-53. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of San Lorenzo. Libertad Sunchales forced 19 San Lorenzo turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by San Lorenzo's players. Swingman Lucas Goldenberg (190-93) fired 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. International point guard Juan Brussino (185-91) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Libertad Sunchales players scored in double figures. Libertad Sunchales' coach Facundo Muller felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Gerald Fitch (191-82, college: Kentucky) produced 20 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import center Jerome Meyinsse (207-88, college: Virginia, agency: Stealth Sport) added 12 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Libertad Sunchales (17-17) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Olimpico LB. Defending champion San Lorenzo still keeps top position with nine games lost. They share it with San Martin C.. Libertad Sunchales is looking forward to face Penarol (#8) in Mar del Plata in the next round. San Lorenzo will play at home against the league's second-placed Ferrocarril (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: J.Vildoza 15+4ast, L.Goldenberg 15+9reb+3ast, J.Brussino 13+5reb+4ast, J.Massey 12+5reb+5ast, A.Alloatti 11+6reb+3ast, F.Vieta 8+3reb+1ast
San Lorenzo: G.Fitch 20+6reb+2ast, J.Meyinsse 12+7reb+2ast, S.Scala 8+2reb+1ast, G.Deck 5+2reb+1ast, C.Matias Sandes 4+6reb+1ast, L.Cerminato 2+1reb
gschID: 523543


Boca Jrs - Olimpico LB 89-86

There was a surprise result in Buenos Aires where tenth ranked Boca Juniors (10-24) edged higher ranked Olimpico de La Banda (17-17) 89-86 on Saturday. Greek Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Center Eduardo Vassirani (200-91) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. American power forward Justin Williams (206-84, college: Wyoming, agency: DTMones) produced 19 points, 9 rebounds and 7 blocks (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the former international Diego Guaita (203-83) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Boca Juniors maintains tenth position with 10-24 record. Olimpico de La Banda lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 17 games lost. Boca Juniors will face higher ranked Weber Bahia (#3) in Bahia Blanca in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: F.Lampropoulos 24+10reb+6ast, L.Perez 18+1reb+1ast, F.Funes 15+5reb, E.Vassirani 13+11reb+1ast, L.Gargallo 9+2reb+7ast, N.Gianella 8+1reb+4ast
Olimpico LB: J.Williams 19+9reb+1ast, A.Boccia 15, F.Van Lacke 14+6reb+3ast, D.Guaita 13+7reb+3ast, M.Cosolito 12+2reb+2ast, D.Nesbitt 9+5reb
gschID: 523540


Regatas C. - Hispano Am. 107-93

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Hispano Am. (11-25) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Regatas Corrientes (20-12) 107-93 on Saturday. Regatas Corrientes shot 61.5 percent from the field. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The former international Paolo Quinteros (188-79) fired 24 points and 6 assists for the winners. American guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St., agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 20 points and 8 assists. Five Regatas Corrientes players scored in double figures. American forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside) produced 26 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) and point guard Jonatan Treise (185-85) added 22 points and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Regatas Corrientes maintains fourth position with 20-12 record. Newly promoted Hispano Am. dropped to the ninth place with 25 games lost. Regatas Corrientes will face Quilmes MP (#7) in Mar del Plata in the next round. Hispano Am. will play at home against Instituto and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: P.Quinteros 24+6ast, C.Troutman 21+3reb+1ast, D.Sims 20+1reb+8ast, F.Ramirez 16+1reb+3ast, P.Espinoza 11+10reb+3ast, J.Saiz 6+2reb+1ast
Hispano Am.: K.Austin 26+8reb+2ast, J.Treise 22+3reb+6ast, M.Fierro 11+2reb+1ast, M.Byro 8+3reb+2ast, M.Bernardini 6, G.Morales 5+5reb+5ast
gschID: 523542


Estudiantes C. - Penarol 89-71

Everything went according to plan in Concordia where second ranked Estudiantes C. (24-12) won against 8th ranked Penarol (14-22) 89-71 on Saturday. They outrebounded Penarol 43-26 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. American-Jordanian Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) fired a double-double by scoring 31 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Cuban center Javier Justiz (205-92, agency: Pro Sports) chipped in 25 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). American guard Rob Reed (185-90, college: Concord) produced 18 points and international center Roberto Acuna (208-90) added 11 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Estudiantes C. maintains second position with 24-12 record behind leader San Lorenzo. Penarol lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 22 games lost. Estudiantes C. will face Quimsa (#5) in Santiado Estero in the next round. Penarol will play on the road against Libertad Sunchales and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes C.: D.Tucker 31+17reb+5ast, J.Justiz 25+8reb+2ast, S.Orresta 10+1reb+4ast, J.Slider 9+1reb+1ast, P.Calderon 6+7reb+1ast, L.Vildoza 3+3reb+2ast
Penarol: R.Reed 18+1reb+1ast, R.Acuna 11+4reb+2ast, J.Baron 9+6reb, J.Manuel Torres 9+2reb, F.Giorgetti 7+3reb+1ast, J.Figueroa 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 523541


Quimsa - La Union 99-87

There was no surprise in Santiado Estero where 8th ranked La Union (16-19) was defeated by fifth ranked Quimsa (19-14) 99-87 on Friday. Quimsa outrebounded La Union 40-29 including 25 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists. The former international forward Nicolas Romano (200-87) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington) chipped in 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Quimsa players scored in double figures. American-Jamaican center Torin Francis (210-83, college: Notre Dame) produced 16 points and 9 rebounds and the former international swingman Alexis Elsener (196-88) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Quimsa have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 19-14 record. Loser La Union keeps the eighth place with 19 games lost. Quimsa will face league's second-placed Estudiantes C. in Concordia in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. La Union will play at home against Atenas (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: A.Harper 20+2reb+2ast, N.Romano 18+12reb+5ast, R.Battle 17+2reb+3ast, C.Elliott 17+6reb+6ast, L.Gonzalez 11+1reb+3ast, P.Hopson 6+7reb+3ast
La Union: A.Elsener 19+6reb+1ast, D.Garcia 18+2reb+3ast, T.Francis 16+9reb+3ast, F.Pinero 9+4reb, A.Konsztadt 8+3reb+3ast, E.Gamboa 8+2ast
gschID: 523539


Echague - San Lorenzo 74-85

No shocking result in a game in Parana where first ranked San Lorenzo (25-9) defeated 10th ranked Echague (6-28) 85-74 on Friday. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-74. It was a great shooting night for San Lorenzo especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. Echague was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. International forward Gabriel Deck (199-95) fired 27 points for the winners. The former international forward Carlos-Matias Sandes (201-84) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. Sebastian Uranga (200-89) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds and Panamanian forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four San Lorenzo and five Echague players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains first position with 25-9 record, which they share with San Martin C. Echague lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth place with 28 games lost. San Lorenzo will face league's second-placed Ferrocarril in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Echague will play on the road against Olimpico de La Banda (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
San Lorenzo: G.Deck 27+4reb+1ast, S.Scala 17+3reb, C.Matias Sandes 15+9reb+3ast, S.Safar 13+2reb+4ast, G.Fitch 6+6reb+5ast, J.Meyinsse 5+8reb+1ast
Echague: J.Ayarza 18+5reb+2ast, G.Solano 16+3reb+3ast, B.Davis 12+3reb+2ast, S.Uranga 11+12reb+3ast, D.Caracter 11+4reb, M.Nocedal 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 523538


Quilmes MP - Weber Bahia 75-68

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Weber Bahia (20-13) against seventh ranked Quilmes MP (15-19) on Friday night. Visiting Weber Bahia was defeated by Quilmes MP in a tough game in Mar del Plata 68-75. International guard Luca Vildoza (190-95) notched 19 points, 5 assists and 4 steals (made all of his seven free throws) to lead the effort and international power forward Ivan Basualdo (202-90) supported him with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Even 20 points and 4 assists by international guard Lucio Redivo (183-94) did not help to save the game for Weber Bahia. International Juan-Pablo Vaulet (198-96) added 17 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Weber Bahia's coach Sebastian Ginobili tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Quilmes MP maintains seventh position with 15-19 record. Weber Bahia at the other side keeps the third place with 13 games lost. Quilmes MP's next round opponent will be higher ranked Regatas Corrientes (#4) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Weber Bahia will play against Boca Juniors and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Quilmes MP: L.Vildoza 19+4reb+5ast, I.Basualdo 14+9reb+1ast, I.Clark 11+7reb, E.Ruiz 9+3reb, T.Robinson 7+2reb+3ast, E.Flor 7+3reb+5ast
Weber Bahia: L.Redivo 20+4reb+4ast, J.Pablo Vaulet 17+10reb+1ast, M.Fjellerup 9+7reb+1ast, A.Laveal Johnson 7+11reb+3ast, F.Thygesen 4+1ast, J.Levy 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 536675


Argentino - GECR Indalo 78-67

There was a minor upset in Junin where one of their biggest challengers GECR Indalo (16-18) was defeated by sixth ranked Argentino (15-18) 78-67 on Friday. Argentino outrebounded GECR Indalo 33-21 including 22 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Argentino especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. American guard Novar Gadson (201-89, college: Rider, agency: DTMones) fired 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Italian swingman Juan Cangelosi (197-81) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. The former international Carlos Schattmann (193-87) produced 17 points and American power forward Matthew Shaw (203-88, college: UNLV) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Argentino maintains sixth position with 15-18 record. Loser GECR Indalo dropped to the fifth place with 18 games lost. Argentino will face again higher ranked GECR Indalo (#5) in Comodoro R. in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. GECR Indalo will play at home against Olimpico de La Banda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Argentino: E.Basabe 15+3reb, N.Gadson 14+7reb+2ast, M.Bolivar 13+3reb+1ast, J.Cangelosi 13+6reb+2ast, C.Crawford 8+10reb+2ast, F.Zarate 7+1ast
GECR Indalo: C.Schattmann 17+1reb+3ast, D.Romero 12+5reb, J.Manuel Rivero 12+2reb, M.Shaw 11+6reb+1ast, N.De los Santos 8+3reb+3ast, E.Vargas 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 523537





Gary Forbes signs at Boca Jrs - by Eurobasket News

Aerochaco Boca Juniors Capital Feder (LigaA) landed 32-year old Panamanian swingman Gary Forbes (201-100kg-85, college: Virginia). He started the season at Long Island Nets (D-League) in the U.S. In 19 games he averaged 7.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.3apg this season. The last season Forbes played at another team Drive in U.S. semi-pro league D-League where in three games he had 3.0ppg and 2.3rpg.
In 2008 Sioux Falls Skyforce selected him as fourth overall pick in D-League draft.
Forbes attended University of Virginia and it is his ninth season in pro basketball.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
Among other achievements Forbes' team made it to the Venezuelan LPB Semifinals in 2009. He received also Latinbasket.com All-FIBA Americas Honorable Mention award back in 2011. Forbes was a member of Panamanian Senior National Team between 2007 and 2009.
He is a very experienced player. Forbes has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to eight different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Forbes has played previously professionally in China (Zhejiang Guangsha Lions), Israel (Ironi Ramat Gan), Italy (Vanoli Cremona), Philippines (TNT Ka Tropa), Puerto Rico (Manati), NBA (Houston Rockets and Brooklyn Nets), Venezuela (Trotamundos) and D-League (Springfield A.).
His game is described as: Very good scorer, with a lightning-quick first pace, who is a great offfensive weapon. Should improve his outside shooting, while his rebounding skills are yet OK. Defensively, he needs to adapt to pro level, now he seems too much foul-prone.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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Kevin Dillard (ex Breakers) is a newcomer at Maccabi Ashdod - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Ashdod (Winner League) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American point guard Kevin Dillard (183-83kg-89, college: Dayton). He played recently at Breakers in Australian NBL league. Dillard managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year (!!!). In 9 NBL games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.8apg and 1.6spg. He also played earlier that season for Pinar Karsiyaka in Turkish BSL where in 9 NBL games he averaged 12.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.9apg and 1.0spg. Dillard also played 7 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 7.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.7apg and 1.4spg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Among other achievements Dillard received NABC Division I All-District 4 2nd Team award back in 2012 and 2013 at his college time.
Dillard is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Antwerp Giants), France (Pau Lacq Orthez and Cholet Basket), Germany (EnBW Ludwigsburg), Greece (Apollon Patras), Italy (Novipiu Casale) and Latvia (VEF Riga).
Dillard attended University of Dayton until 2013 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bogic Vujosevic claims Austrian A Bundesliga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Serbian Bogic Vujosevic (190-PG-92, agency: Octagon Europe) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Kapfenberg and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 24-year old playmaker got a double-double of 22 points and thirteen assists, while his team beat Furstenfeld (#6, 10-12) 99-92. Kapfenberg maintains the 3rd position in Austrian A Bundesliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kapfenberg will need more victories to improve their 13-9 record. In the team's last game Vujosevic had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Kapfenberg's top player in his first season with the team. Vujosevic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 5.7apg) and averages solid 53.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American guard Andell Cumberbatch (196-G-93, agency: Octagon Europe) of league's best team Oberwart. Cumberbatch impressed basketball fans with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he led Oberwart to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked UBSC Graz (#8, 5-16) 100-59. Of course Oberwart still keep the league's top spot. His team lost just three games this season, while they won 17 matches. Cumberbatch is a newcomer at Oberwart 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 Oberwart's star - American Jamari Traylor (203-F-92). Traylor scored 13 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was another key player of Oberwart, helping his team with a 100-59 easy win against the lower-ranked UBSC Graz (#8, 5-16). Oberwart confirms their top position in the standings. Traylor has a great season in Austria. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.2rpg (8th best). He also has 1.6bpg and FGP: 54.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Enis Murati (194-F-88) of Gmunden - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Marko Car (188-SG-85) of Furstenfeld - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists
6. Carl Baptiste (208-F/C-90) of Kapfenberg - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Marino Sarlija (207-C-89) of Furstenfeld - 23 points and 3 rebounds
8. Derek Jackson (185-PG-91) of Oberwart - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Anthony Clemmons (186-PG-94) of Vienna - 24 points and 4 rebounds
10. Jozo Rados (208-C-93) of Klosterneuburg - 13 points, 19 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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Antwan Wilkerson (ex Al Ittihad) is a newcomer at Al Noor !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Newly promoted Al Noor Mecca (SBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American forward Antwan Wilkerson (201-100kg-91, college: Johnson C. Smith). He started the season at Al Ittihad in Bahrain Premier League and was second best scorer in the league there. The last season Wilkerson played at Al Salam.
His team was regular season runner-up in CIAA Southern Division in 2012.
Wilkerson has played previously professionally in Cyprus (Omonia) and Bolivia (Bolmar).
He attended Johnson C. Smith University until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Round of 16 is set - by Eurobasket News

Strasbourg - Aris 81-70

Aris protected the lead from the opening leg and advanced into the next round. The game was mostly controlled by Strasbourg IG. Aris managed to win fourth quarter 26-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American point guard Erving Walker (173-90, college: Florida, agency: Two Points) notched 19 points to lead the effort and American-Polish point guard A.J. Slaughter (191-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: BeoBasket) supported him with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Even 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) by American guard Will Cummings (188-92, college: Temple) did not help to save the game for Aris. Guard Thodoris Zaras (197-88) added 19 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the guests. Aris' coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: E.Walker 19+3reb+2ast, F.Ntilikina 15+4reb+2ast, A.Slaughter 13+6reb+2ast, J.Leloup 8+5reb+5ast, E.Murphy 8+2reb, P.Lacombe 8+7reb+4ast
Aris: T.Zaras 19+1reb, W.Cummings 14+5reb+4ast, V.Jankovic 11+5reb+2ast, J.Jackson 7+5reb, M.Jenkins 6+1reb+1ast, T.Dragicevic 4+3reb
gschID: 534371


Umana VE - Ventspils 70-61

Umana Venezia knocked down Ventspils to reach Round of 16 stage. Ventspils were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Umana Venezia forced 20 Ventspils turnovers and had a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Greek-American swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Canadian-Nigerian forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St.) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. Umana Venezia's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American-Bulgarian point guard Willie Deane (188-80, college: Purdue, agency: Higher Vision Sports) produced 18 points and 4 assists and American swingman Folarin Campbell (189-86, college: George Mason) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Umana VE: M.Ejim 18+5reb+1ast, M.Bramos 17+11reb+1ast, T.McGee 16+3reb+2ast, J.Hagins 5+7reb+1ast, M.Haynes 5+4reb+5ast, J.Viggiano 5+6reb+1ast
Ventspils: W.Deane 18+4reb+4ast, F.Campbell 15+6reb+3ast, R.Zakis 9+2reb+1ast, I.Jakovics 6+1reb, K.Janicenoks 4+2reb+1ast, M.Gulbis 4+6reb
gschID: 534372


Ludwigsburg - Maccabi Rishon 84-82

Ludwigsburg eked out a narrow home win over Maccabi Rishon to seal their next round birth. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 2 points. EnBW Ludwigsburg made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. American power forward Jack Cooley (206-91, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). The other American import swingman Kelvin Martin (195-89, college: Charleston So.) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. EnBW Ludwigsburg's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Javon McCrea (201-92, college: Buffalo) replied with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Shawn Dawson (198-93) added 21 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) in the effort for Maccabi Rishon. Four Maccabi Rishon players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Ludwigsburg: J.Cooley 20+8reb, K.Martin 15+7reb, T.Cotton 11+6reb+3ast, D.McCray 8, R.Trice 8+2reb+3ast, D.Crawford 7+1reb+1ast
Maccabi Rishon: S.Dawson 21+3reb, J.McCrea 18+8reb+4ast, M.Wayns 16+6ast, P.Richard 10+5reb+2ast, I.Zalmanson 5+4reb, E.Kadir 4+3reb+4ast
gschID: 534376


Partizan - PAOK 78-82

PAOK surprised Partizan in Belgrade and stole the next round tickets from the hosts. The guests were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 28-18 Partizan's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 82-78 at the end of the game. PAOK forced 22 Partizan turnovers. Strangely Partizan outrebounded PAOK 43-31 including 16 on the offensive glass. Partizan was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Thaddus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) scored 26 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Latvian swingman Zanis Peiners (203-90) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Four PAOK players scored in double figures. PAOK's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Novica Velickovic (205-86, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds and guard Stefan Pot (196-94) scored 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists.
Top scorers:
PAOK: T.McFadden 26+5reb+7ast, J.Sibert 16+1ast, Z.Peiners 15+6reb+1ast, V.Margaritis 12+3reb+2ast, K.Clanton 8+10reb+2ast, L.Chrysikopoulos 2+2reb+1ast
Partizan: N.Velickovic 19+8reb+2ast, S.Pot 11+6reb+6ast, M.Andric 11+1ast, S.Bircevic 11+7reb+1ast, A.Vrabac 8+4reb+2ast, F.Robinson 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 534375


EWE Baskets - Avtodor 98-89

EWE Baskets outlasted visiting Avtodor to seal their Round of 16 appearance. Avtodor trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 21 after three quarters before a 31-19 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 89-98 at the end of the game. EWE Baskets dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Avtodor's 42. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. American center Brian Qvale (210-88, college: Montana) orchestrated the victory by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds (on 16-of-18 shooting from the field). The other American import guard Chris Kramer (191-88, college: Purdue) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. American Nick Minnerath (207-88, college: Detroit Mercy) replied with 21 points and 8 rebounds and guard Sergey Bykov (190-83) added 19 points and 8 assists in the effort for Avtodor. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: B.Qvale 34+8reb+3ast, R.Paulding 16+3reb+4ast, C.Kramer 14+7reb+10ast, P.Schwethelm 11+1ast, F.Massenat 10+4reb+6ast, D.Kramer 7+2reb+1ast
Avtodor: N.Minnerath 21+8reb+1ast, S.Bykov 19+1reb+8ast, E.Kolesnikov 15+3reb+2ast, B.Frazier 11+3reb+4ast, V.Hunter 11+5reb+1ast, A.Makiev 4+3reb
gschID: 534373


CEZ Nymburk - Banco di Srd 84-63

CEZ Nymburk crushed visitin Banco di Sardegna but could not avoid the elimination. The game was mostly controlled by CEZ Nymburk. Banco di Srd was better in fourth quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CEZ Nymburk looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Banco di Srd's players. Banco di Srd was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Eugene Lawrence (184-86, college: St.John's) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. The other American import forward Diamon Simpson (204-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. American guard Trevor Lacey (190-91, college: N.Carolina St.) replied with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Serbian Dusko Savanovic (204-83, agency: BeoBasket) added 14 points in the effort for Banco di Srd. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: D.Simpson 18+12reb+1ast, B.Allen 18+3reb+6ast, E.Lawrence 16+5reb+10ast, H.Sant-Roos 15+5reb+3ast, S.Holt 6+2reb+1ast, P.Benda 6+3reb
Banco di Srd: T.Lacey 17+6reb+5ast, D.Savanovic 14+4reb+3ast, G.Lawal 9+6reb, R.Stipcevic 7+2ast, D.Bell 6+3reb, T.Lydeka 5+5reb
gschID: 534378


AEK Athens - Juventus 75-54

AEK coasted past Juventus in Athens to punch Round of 16 tickets. The game was mostly controlled by AEK Athens. Juventus was better in second period 18-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. AEK Athens looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American-Georgian guard Michael Dixon (186-90, college: Memphis, agency: Diamond Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 5 assists. Nigerian power forward Chinemelu Elonu (206-87, college: Texas A&M) contributed with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four AEK Athens players scored in double figures. Guard Vytautas Sulskis (200-88, college: Youngstown St., agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 4 points and 11 rebounds and power forward Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-89, agency: Interperformances) added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Juventus. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
AEK Athens: C.Elonu 14+6reb+1ast, M.Dixon 14+2reb+5ast, D.Haritopoulos 11+2reb+1ast, D.Sakota 10+2reb+2ast, K.Vasiliadis 9+2reb+2ast, D.McGrath 8+3reb+4ast
Juventus: O.Galdikas 11+4reb, J.Diggs 10+3reb+2ast, V.Cepukaitis 9+8reb, G.Sirutavicius 7+3reb, V.Sulskis 4+11reb+3ast, A.Best 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 534374


Pinar Karsiyaka - Fraport SKY 72-52

Pinar Karsiyaka eliminated Fraport SKY following a 20-point home win. The game was mostly controlled by Pinar Karsiyaka. Deutsche Bank Skyliners was better in fourth quarter 18-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pinar Karsiyaka dominated on the defensive end, holding Deutsche Bank Skyliners to just 6 points in first quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Deutsche Bank Skyliners' 22. Pinar Karsiyaka forced 19 Deutsche Bank Skyliners turnovers. American players dominated the game. Point guard J'Covan Brown (188-90, college: Texas) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 9 assists. Point guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Four Pinar Karsiyaka players scored in double figures. Forward Mike Morrison (206-89, college: George Mason, agency: Interperformances) replied with 12 points and 8 rebounds and guard Quantez Robertson (188-84, college: Auburn, agency: Interperformances) added 6 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Pinar Karsiyaka: M.Green 18+1reb+1ast, J.Brown 17+2reb+9ast, J.Owens 13+6reb, A.Egemen Guven 10+4reb, M.Ponitka 6+6reb+3ast, M.Baygul 4+2reb
Fraport SKY: M.Morrison 12+8reb, K.Vaughn 10+2reb+1ast, S.Huff 9+3reb, S.Shields 9+3reb+1ast, Q.Robertson 6+5reb+4ast, A.English 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 534377





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Araberri land Nedim Djedovic - by Eurobasket News

Saenz Horeca Araberri (LEB Gold) agreed terms with 20-year old naturalized Bosnian small forward Nedim Djedovic (205-97, agency: BeoBasket) on loan from FC Barcelona. He started the season at FC Barcelona Lassa II in the LEB Gold. Djedovic has played there for the last three years. In 22 LEB Gold games he had 7.1ppg and 2.9rpg this season. The last season he played also at Barca II where in 30 LEB Gold games he recorded 4.1ppg and 2.1rpg.
Despite young age Djedovic had impressive career. He was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Honorable Mention in 2015.
He represented Spain at the European Championships U18 in Volos (Greece) two years ago. Djedovic's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 9 games: 4.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.0spg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Marko Popovic (ex Start Lublin) joins Tabriz - by Eurobasket News

Shahrdary Tabriz (Superleague) agreed terms with 33-year old guard Marko Popovic (193-84, agency: Stealth Sport). He is a dual citizen owning also Bosnia and Herzegovina passport. Popovic played last season at Start Lublin in Polish PLK league. In 16 games he had 7.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.6apg and 1.0spg.
Part of previous (2014-15) season he spent at Dinamo Tbilisi in Superleague where in 7 games he recorded 10.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.9apg and 1.9spg. Popovic helped them to win the cup. He also spent pre-season at Smederevo in Serbian KLS that year. But in only one game he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound. Popovic was a member of Bosnia and Herzegovina Senior National Team back in 2009.
He is quite experienced player. Popovic has played also professionally in Greece (Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas), Slovenia (Zlatorog), Spain (UCAM Murcia), Montenegro (Ibon Niksic) and Serbia (Vojvodina, Vojvodina Srbijagas, Sloga, Radnicki KG 06 and KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Joinville signs Matheus Silva - by Paulo Freire

Basquete Joinville/AABJ (Liga Ouro) signed 23-year old forward Matheus Silva (195-94). He just played at Trem Desportivo in the .
Silva has played previously for two other teams: Macae and Basquete Curitiba.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dimitrov is back at Lukoil Academic Sofia - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Lukoil Academic Sofia (NBL) agreed terms with 24-year old international power forward Dimitar Dimitrov (203-93, agency: Interperformances). It is actually his comeback to Sofia as he has played here before. Dimitrov just played at Akademik Bulteks 99 Plovdiv in Bulgarian NBL league. In 6 games he had very impressive stats: 16.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg this season. Dimitrov also played earlier that season for Arkadia Lions in Austrian A Bundesliga where in three NBL games he recorded 7.7ppg and 5.0rpg. Dimitrov also spent pre-season at Lukoil Academic Sofia earlier that year. He helped them to make it to the Bulgarian Cup Semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Dimitrov won Bulgarian League championship title for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). He was selected to Bulgarian League All-Star Game in 2016.
Dimitrov has been also a member of Bulgarian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Bulgarian senior team since 2012 and previously for U16 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
Dimitrov also represented Bulgaria at the European Championships U20 in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) two years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 1.1ppg.
Dimitrov has played previously professionally also in Italy (Rimini).
On Dimitrov: A very promising forward, who reads yet the game situations very well and has good scoring and passing skills. Immense upside fo the SF position, but if he grews up more he can become a very good PF.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Araberri split ways with Durchev - by Eurobasket News

LEB Gold newcomer Saenz Horeca Araberri parted ways with 30-year old Bulgarian small forward Martin Durchev (203-90kg-87). In 18 LEB Gold games he averaged 5.0ppg and 1.2rpg this season.
The last season Durchev played at Balkan in Bulgarian NBL where in 35 games he had 11.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.7apg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.
Among other achievements Durchev received Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League 2nd Team award back in 2012.
He was also a member of Bulgarian international program for some years. Durchev played for Bulgarian Senior National Team between 2012 and 2013 and previously for U20 National Team in 2007.
He represented Bulgaria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 four years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 0pts, 1.5rpg, 1.0spg.
Durchev is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Lithuania, Serbia (Konstantin) and Bulgaria (BC CSKA Interlogic Sophia, Yambol and Chernomorets) and Spain (Navarra).
Let's have closer look into Durchev's outlook: Left handed small forward can score in a number of ways. Very good shooter, but also very efficient with putting the ball on the floor. Is a great passer as well, as he can easily find the open man and create.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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KITCHENER-WATERLOO WELCOMES ANOTHER BIG MAN - by John Gary

COURTESY OURSPORTSCENTRAL.COM George Blakeney arrives just in a nick of time for the KITCHENER-WATERLOO TITANS. The giant sized power forward will help take some of the burden off Titans big man Paul Cooper as the team readies for a swing through the National Basketball League of Canadas eastern division,' cooper had carried a sizeable load inside the paint for the expansion Titans and was starting to show the wear and tear,' said team GM, STU Jullius.' Weve been tracking George on our radar for a couple of months,' SAID Julius. He is goining to be a good fit for us. The six foot nine 255 pound Blakeney said hes happy to bang and crash under the boards. The North Caroloina NATIVE LANDED HERE AFTER A STINT playing in Portugal, ' I feel like IM a good inside presence inside and out, I can stretch the floor, I can adjust on the fly.' bLAKENEY 25, said following Tuesdays practice at RIM Park. ' Everbody tells me its a physical league. ' Im excited to see what I can do. ' The Titans released forward Jamell Harris last week to make room for Blakeney. Harris was sidelined with a mysterious nerve injury in his leg that left him with little feeling in his foot. He is expected to be sidelined for at least a month.Blakeney joins the 8-11 Titans halfway into their 40 game regular season schedule. But he already has a built in support system with his good friend Titans forward Kevin FOSK. ' George will bring a pyiscal impact in practice too,' SAID Titans head coach Serge Langs. 'Cooper is going to be smoking into a guy in practice who is bigger and more mobile. ' ' Blakeney is going to be a good piece,' Langis said of the former Division 3 player at the University of Noth Carolina at Pembroke. The Titans were to fly out to Saint John N.B. on Wednesday for their next game against the Riptide on Thursday K-W then boards the bus for a match in Cape Breton on sunday. The Titans return to Kitchener AUD. ON March 11 to do battle with the Orangeville AS


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Nets To Trade Bojan Bogdanovic To Wizards - by Eurobasket News

The Nets and Wizards have agreed to a deal that will send Bojan Bogdanovic (6'8''-SF-89) to Washington, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. Wojnarowski had previously identified the Wizards and Kings as teams with interest in the Brooklyn sharpshooter.Bojan Bogdanovic horizontal. In exchange for Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough (6'10''-F-95, college: Syracuse), who will also head to Washington in the deal, the Nets will receive Andrew Nicholson (6'9''-PF-89, college: St.Bonaventure), Marcus Thornton (6'4''-G-87, college: LSU, agency: Pensack Sports), and the Wizards' 2017 first-round pick, according to Wojnarowski. The pick will be lottery protected, per ESPN's Zach Lowe. Bogdanovic, who will turn 28 in April, was the 31st overall pick in the 2011 draft and eventually arrived stateside to join the Nets in 2014. The 6'8″ forward is is enjoying a career year this season, with 14.2 PPG and a .357 3PT% in 55 games so far. Although Bogdanovic is on an expiring deal, he'll be eligible for restricted - rather than unrestricted - free agency this summer. His matching rights will now be held by the Wizards, rather than by Brooklyn, and that has some value. The Nets know first-hand that it can be difficult to steal an RFA away from another team - the club had offer sheets for Allen Crabbe, Tyler Johnson, and Donatas Motiejunas matched in 2016. Depending on whether the Wizards want to commit to Bogdanovic beyond the 2016/17 season, they may have to worry about re-signing two key RFAs in the summer, as Otto Porter is also on track for restricted free agency. From the Nets' perspective, the club gets another first-round pick in what's expected to be a deep and talented draft. That probably makes the deal a win for GM Sean Marks, even though the Wizards' pick currently projects to fall just 24th overall, as our reverse standings show. The Nets, of course, don't have their own first-rounder, but they'll also get Boston's pick, setting them up for two selections in the 20s. As for the financial details of the trade, the Nets had been well below the salary floor, but they'll inch about $2.3MM closer to that mark by taking on Nicholson and Thornton, who combine to earn more than $7MM. Meanwhile, the Wizards will cut costs a little by taking on Bogdanovic ($3.57MM) and McCullough ($1.19MM). Washington should also be able to create a traded player exception in the deal worth about $2.5MM. While Bogdanovic and Thornton are free agents at season's end, Nicholson and McCullough are controllable through the 2018/19 season. McCullough will be eligible for restricted free agency in the summer of '19, while Nicholson has a player option for the '19/20 season.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



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LSB Round 8: Tigres are upset by Capitalinos - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in La Habana between third ranked Tigres (4-4) and fourth ranked Capitalinos (5-3) on Sunday night. Tigres were defeated by Capitalinos on the road 71-61. The game was mostly controlled by Capitalinos. Tigres managed to win fourth quarter 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Capitalinos dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Tigres' 26. They outrebounded Tigres 51-15 including a 18-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was power forward Arlen Alorda (198-86) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. International forward Karel Guzman (188-95) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. point guard Vladimir Francis (185-83) produced 19 points and 4 steals (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Capitalinos have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Tigres at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Matanzas. Capitalinos are looking forward to face league's second-placed Pinar in Rio in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tigres will play on the road against Ciego in Avila and are hoping to win this game.
Undefeated leader Villa Clara delivered the eighth consecutive victory. This time they beat 6th ranked Santiago (3-5) 102-88 in Santa Clara. Guard Neslier Abreu (187-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points. Yoel Cubillas contributed with 12 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. Villa Clara's coach Carlos Valle allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international forward Esteban Martinez (192-87) replied with 31 points for Santiago. Undefeated Villa Clara (8-0) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 8 victories in a row. Santiago at the other side keeps the sixth place with five games lost. Villa Clara will play against bottom-ranked Guantanamo (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Santiago will play against Guerreros and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Avila was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Guerreros (4-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Ciego (1-7). Guerreros did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 79-62 on Sunday. Worth to mention a great performance of Yuniskel Molina who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Yasser Rodriguez responded with 24 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guerreros moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Camaguey. Ciego lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. Guerreros will meet at home Santiago (#6) in the next round. Ciego will play against Tigres and hope to win that game.

Ciego de Avila - Matanzas 62-79

The game in Avila was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Guerreros (4-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Ciego (1-7). Guerreros did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 79-62 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Guerreros. Ciego managed to win third quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Ciego 38-23 including a 34-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Yuniskel Molina (185-93) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Lazro Sanchez who added 19 points during the contest. International point guard Yasser Rodriguez (187-88) responded with 24 points and the former international William Granda (189-85, agency: Pro Sports) scored 12 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Guerreros moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Camaguey. Ciego lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. Guerreros will meet at home Santiago (#6) in the next round. Ciego will play against Tigres and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ciego de Avila: Y.Rodriguez 24+3reb, W.Granda 12+1reb, D.Granados 7+1ast, D.Martinez 6+2ast, A.Hernandez 5+3reb, R.Luis Vera 2+1ast
Matanzas: L.Sanchez 19+2reb+1ast, Y.Molina 13+9reb+4ast, D.Torrientes 10+1reb, Y.Moralez 8+4reb, Y.Deschapelles 8+2reb+3ast, H.Garcia 7+10reb
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Capitalinos - Camaguey 71-61

The most important game in the last round took place in La Habana between third ranked Tigres (4-4) and fourth ranked Capitalinos (5-3) on Sunday night. Tigres were defeated by Capitalinos on the road 71-61. The game was mostly controlled by Capitalinos. Tigres managed to win fourth quarter 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Capitalinos dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Tigres' 26. They outrebounded Tigres 51-15 including a 18-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was power forward Arlen Alorda (198-86) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. International forward Karel Guzman (188-95) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Point guard Vladimir Francis (185-83) produced 19 points and 4 steals (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and forward Yoanis Baldo (191-89) added 12 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Capitalinos have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Tigres at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Matanzas. Capitalinos are looking forward to face league's second-placed Pinar in Rio in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Tigres will play on the road against Ciego in Avila and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Camaguey: V.Francis 19+1reb+1ast, Y.Baldo 12+4reb, Y.Lopez 10+2reb+2ast, C.Villegas 8+2reb, K.Cala 7+1reb, J.Sanchez 3+3reb
Capitalinos: K.Guzman 12+6reb+2ast, A.Alorda 12+10reb, F.Maria 8+4reb+2ast, L.Borlot 8+5reb, N.Coutin 7+4reb+1ast, R.Castillo 7+2ast
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Villa Clara - Santiago 102-88

Undefeated leader Villa Clara delivered the eighth consecutive victory. This time they beat 6th ranked Santiago (3-5) 102-88 in Santa Clara. The game was mostly controlled by Villa Clara. Santiago was better in fourth quarter 28-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-15 charity shots (120.0 percent) during the game. Villa Clara outrebounded Santiago 31-18 including 23 on the defensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Guard Neslier Abreu (187-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points. International center Yoel Cubillas (204-94) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. Five Villa Clara players scored in double figures. Villa Clara's coach Carlos Valle allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international forward Esteban Martinez (192-87) replied with 31 points and Gonzalo Terres added 22 points in the effort for Santiago. Villa Clara (8-0) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 8 victories in a row. Santiago at the other side keeps the sixth place with five games lost. Villa Clara will play against bottom-ranked Guantanamo (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Santiago will play against Guerreros and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Santiago: E.Martinez 31, G.Terres 22+2reb+1ast, R.Ochoa 8+3reb, L.Bueno 7+1reb+1ast, J.Heredia 6+2reb+1ast, E.Siria 6+4reb
Villa Clara: N.Abreu 24+4reb+2ast, A.Boffil 20+5ast, O.Perez 19+4reb+2ast, Y.Cubillas 12+17reb, M.Troyano 10+2reb+1ast, M.Mons 6+2reb
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Shavon Shields selected the top Danish playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Shavon Shields
Shavon Shields
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Shavon Shields (201-94, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He could not help Deutsche Bank Skyliners (7-7) to beat Pinar Karsiyaka (9-5). Shields scored 9 points in 28 minutes on the court. But the fifth-placed Deutsche Bank Skyliners (7-7) was badly defeated 72-52 on the road by the second-ranked Pinar Karsiyaka in the group A of Basketball Champions League. It's Shields' first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 13.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.1apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 57.7%(60-104), 3FGP: 40.8% and FT: 78.7% in 16 games he played so far. Shields played for the Danish senior national team two years ago.

Chanan Colman
Chanan Colman
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola JC, currently plays in Israel). He managed to help Hapoel Eilat to win against the closely-ranked Hapoel Holon (13-6) 81-66 in the Israeli Winner League last Sunday. Colman recorded only 3 points and added 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Hapoel Eilat (11-8) is placed fourth in the Winner League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Colman averages: 7.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.9apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3FGP: 35.4%. He has a dual citizenship: Danish and Israeli. Former Roskilde BC starter played for the Danish national team in 2008.

Sebastian Petersen
Sebastian Petersen
   #3. The Danish player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international guard Sebastian Petersen (188-95, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Sweden). Petersen was not able to help Malbas (1-8) in their last game. Despite his good performance Malbas was badly defeated 89-72 in Sodertalje by the higher-ranked (#3) Kings. Petersen was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 3 assists in 30 minutes. This year Petersen has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.2apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 47.2%, 3FGP: 35.9% and FT: 89.5% in 25 games. He played for the Danish U20 national team two years ago.

Christian Benzon
Christian Benzon
   #4. Guard Christian Benzon (193-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Evansville (4-9) in their game against the Bradley University (5-8) in the NCAA. Benzon scored 7 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. The Evansville was defeated 84-72 at home by the Bradley University. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Benzon has been at the team for four years. Benzon's overall stats this season are: 5.5ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Danish national team back in 2013.

Jonas Bergstedt
Jonas Bergstedt
   #5. International center Jonas Bergstedt (210-91, currently plays in Switzerland) couldn't help Massagno (5-11) in their game against Geneve Lions (10-6) in the Swiss LNA, despite his very good performance last Saturday. Bergstedt scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 33 minutes. But Massagno was crushed 85-64 on their home court in Massagno by the higher-ranked (#4) Geneve Lions. It was Massagno's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Bergstedt has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 9.4rpg and 1.5apg in 16 games. Bergstedt plays currently for the Danish national team.

Peter Moller
Peter Moller
   #6. Guard Peter Moller (190-94, currently plays in NCAA2) led Metropolitan State College of Denver to a victory against the Univ.of Colorado at Colorado Springs 65-59 in the NCAA2 on Saturday night. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Metropolitan State College of Denver has a solid 10-6 record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA2 Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Moller has reliable stats this season: 12.0ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.6apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Danish senior team two years ago.

   #7. Former U18 international swingman Nicklas Jonsson (195-96, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Lander University (5-10) in their game against the Francis Marion University in the NCAA2, despite his very good performance in Wednesday night's game. Jonsson recorded 15 points in 27 minutes. But the Lander University lost 77-88 in Florence to the Francis Marion University. It was Lander University's third consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA2 Regular Season. This year Jonsson's overall stats are: 5.2ppg and 1.3rpg in 17 games. He used to play for the Danish U18 national team three years ago.

Kevin Larsen
Kevin Larsen
   #8. Power forward Kevin Larsen (207-93, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Mitteldeutscher BC's victory against the 14th-ranked Baunach (7-17) 79-70 in the German ProA (second division) last Friday. Larsen scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (21-3) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Larsen's total stats this season are: 3.4ppg and 3.0rpg. He used to play for the Danish national team back in 2015.

Mikkel Plannthin
Mikkel Plannthin
   #9. Former international guard Mikkel Plannthin (195-88, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Sweden) helped Norrkoping Dolphins win their game against the closely-ranked Sodertalje Kings (16-7) 73-62 in the Swedish Basketligan on Friday night. Plannthin recorded only 3 points in 21 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Norrkoping Dolphins (17-7) is placed second in the Basketligan. This year Plannthin's total stats are: 6.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.0apg and 1.3spg in 24 games. He used to play for the Danish national team two years ago.

Jonathan Gilling
Jonathan Gilling
   #10. Forward Jonathan Gilling (203-91, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Spain) helped Leche Rio Breogan win their game against the 11th-ranked Oviedo CB (7-12) 107-104 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Saturday night's game. Gilling scored 7 points. Cafes Candelas Breogan Lugo (15-8) is placed fifth in the LEB Gold. Gilling averaged so far 10.9ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.5apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Danish National Team roster.

   #11. International center Lasse Elbaek (208-94, currently plays in Sweden) is a teammate of previously mentioned Sebastian Petersen. But that was another game of his team in Swedish Basketligan which we would like to mention. Elbaek couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Malbas in their game against Nassjo. He recorded 8 points. His team was crushed by 24 points 103-79. Elbaek averaged so far 10.1ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.1apg. He plays currently for the Danish national team.

   #12. Former international forward Daniel Mortensen (203-94, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Barry University in their game against the Rollins College in the NCAA2. He recorded 7 points. His team was defeated 90-85 in the NCAA2. Mortensen averaged so far 10.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1bpg. He used to play for the Danish national team back in 2015.

   #13. International guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Viola RC in their game against Rieti in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Voskuil recorded 5 points in 25 minutes. His team lost 96-104. Voskuil has averaged so far 6.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg in four games. He is a naturalized American. Voskuil is also Danish national team player. He used to play for Horsens IC in Danish league.

   #14. Former U18 international guard August Haas (185-97, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Wisc.-Milwaukee in their game against the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay in the NCAA. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Haas scored only 3 points and added 4 passes in 20 minutes. His team was crushed by 24 points 80-56. Haas has averaged so far 5.8ppg, 3.1rpg and 3.8apg in 26 games. He used to play for the Danish U18 national team back in 2015.

   #15. Former U18 international guard Sikander Nielsen (188-97, currently plays in NCAA2) helped Newberry College win their game against the Tusculum College 99-88 in the NCAA2 on Saturday night. Nielsen recorded 5 points and added 4 assists. Nielsen has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 2.1rpg. He used to play for the Danish U18 national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Mads Rasmussen (198-G-88, currently plays in Sweden) could not help Helsingborg (7-7) in their last game. Despite Rasmussen's very good performance Helsingborg (#3) lost 79-92 at home to the second-ranked Eskilstuna in the BEHS forts group. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Rasmussen also added 5 boards, passed 5 assists and added 3 steals in 29 minutes. Rasmussen's stats this year are: 10.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.2apg and 1.8spg in five games he played so far.

   #2. Toby Christensen (201-F, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to help the one of league's weakest teams Southern Connecticut State University in their game against the New Haven University in the NCAA2. Christensen recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 30 minutes. his team lost 68-79 on the road to the New Haven University. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA2. Christensen has averaged so far 5.5ppg and 4.0rpg in 16 games.

   #3. Fred Brondsted (198-G/F, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to secure a victory for the West Virginia Wesleyan College (8-9) in their game against the West Liberty State College (17-2) in the NCAA2. Brondsted scored 6 points. The West Virginia Wesleyan College was crushed 92-69 in West Liberty by the State College. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA2 Regular Season. Brondsted averaged so far 10.1ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.5apg.



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Trevor Ariza selected the top Dominican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Trevor Ariza (203-85, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). Ariza could not help the Houston Rockets (40-18) to beat the Miami Heat (25-32). He recorded 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 36 minutes on the court. The Houston Rockets (40-18) lost 109-117 on the road to the Heat. It was Rockets' first loss after four consecutive victories. Ariza has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 11.7ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.2apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 53.7%, 3FGP: 35.4% and FT: 71.8% in 58 games he played so far. Ariza has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. He played for the Dominican Republic senior national team twelve years ago. Strangely Ariza has never played in Dominican Republic.

Rodrigo Madera
Rodrigo Madera
   #2. Second place goes to former U17 international center Rodrigo Madera (208-90, currently plays in Chile). He was not able to help CD Castro (1-1) in their last game on Friday. Despite Madera's good performance the third-placed CD Castro (1-1) was defeated 75-67 in Valdivia by the lower-ranked Las Animas (#4) in the Conferencia Sur. He recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 15 rebounds. Madera also added 4 assists. The Elimination Round already ended. Madera's overall stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 2FGP: 56.5%(95-168). He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and Chilean. Madera played for the Dominican Republic U17 national team in 2007.

Jose Cabrera
Jose Cabrera
   #3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international power forward Jose Cabrera (206-84, currently plays in Spain). He managed to help Feimat Mataro in a victory against the seventh-ranked Cornella (8-9) 76-63 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Sunday night's game. Cabrera scored only 4 points in 14 minutes. Feimat Mataro (5-12) is placed 13th in Group C-A. This year Cabrera's overall stats are: 6.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 2FGP: 41.7% in six games. He played for the Dominican Republic national team eleven years ago.

Gregorio Adon
Gregorio Adon
   #4. Forward Gregorio Adon (198-91, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Marin (6-18) in their game against Ourense (14-10) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Adon cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points. Marin was defeated 86-78 at home by the much higher-ranked Ourense (#8). It's Adon's first season with the team. Adon's total stats this year are: 4.5ppg and 3.3rpg. He used to play for the Dominican Republic U17 national team back in 2007.

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

   #1. Karl-Anthony Towns (213-F/C-95, college: Kentucky, currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in a Minnesota Timberwolves' victory against the Denver Nuggets (25-31) 112-99 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 19 rebounds in 39 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Towns' second season in pro basketball. The Minnesota Timberwolves have 22-35 record this season. Towns has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 23.7ppg, 11.8rpg, 2.9apg and 1.4bpg in 57 games he played so far. Towns has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #2. Eloy Vargas (211-C-88, agency: Duran International, college: Kentucky, currently plays in Argentina) led GECR Indalo to a victory against the fourth-ranked Obras Basket (17-18) 79-75 in the Argentinian LigaA last Wednesday. Vargas recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. Gimnasia-Indalo Esgr.Comodoro Rivadavia (16-18) is placed fifth in Sur group. Vargas has relatively good stats this season: 12.6ppg and 6.0rpg.

   #3. Ronald Ramon (183-G-86, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Brazil) contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Liga Sorocaba (4-17) crushing them 90-58 in the Brazilian NBB on Tuesday night. He recorded 9 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 25 minutes. Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (15-5) is placed second in the NBB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Ramon's first season with the team. This year Ramon averages: 8.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.4apg and 1.2spg in 19 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Strangely Ramon has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #4. Gelvis Solano (185-G-94, agency: Basket Management Solutions, college: Merrimack, currently plays in Argentina) led Echague to a 2-point victory over the eighth-ranked Penarol (14-22) 71-69 in the Argentinian LigaA in Monday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Solano recorded 23 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Atletico Echague Parana (6-28) is placed tenth in Norte group. It was his team's first victory after five consecutive loses. It's Solano's first year with the team. This season Solano has very high stats. He averages: 18.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.0apg and 2.0spg.

   #5. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Boston Celtics' victory against the Philadelphia 76ers (20-36) 116-108 in the NBA last Wednesday. Horford recorded 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 29 minutes. The Boston Celtics have a solid 37-20 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Horford's first year with the team. He has very impressive stats this season: 14.6ppg, 6.6rpg, 4.9apg and 1.5bpg in 45 games.

   #6. M.J. Rhett (206-PF-92, college: Mississippi, currently plays in Lebanon) could not help Tadamon (1-6) in their last game on Friday. Despite Rhett's very good performance Tadamon was defeated 116-106 on the road by the lower-ranked Champville (#8). He scored 16 points, had 8 boards, handed out 6 passes and blocked 2 shots. Rhett has relatively good stats this season: 13.3ppg, 9.0rpg, 3.0apg and 1.7bpg. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Rhett used to play for Leones de Santo Domingo in Dominican Republic league.

   #7. O'Darien Bassett (189-G-86, college: Troy, currently plays in South Korea) helped Goyang Orions win their game against the closely-ranked Samsung Thunders 96-90 in the South Korean KBL in Wednesday night's game. He scored 10 points and added 9 passes in 25 minutes. Bassett has relatively good stats this year: 14.0ppg, 3.6rpg and 4.1apg in 42 games. He also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Bassett used to play for Huracanes del Atlantico in Dominican Republic league.

   #8. Dagoberto Pena (198-F/G-88, also represented by Duran International, college: Marshall, currently plays in Spain) led Barca II to a surprising victory over the tenth-ranked Palma crushing them 86-63 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. Pena scored 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 4 rebounds. This season he has very high stats. Pena averages: 26.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.5spg.

   #9. Luis Santos (206-F-94, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the S.Florida (1-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the S.Florida was crushed 94-71 at home by the Tulane University. Santos scored 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 31 minutes. This year he averages: 5.7ppg and 3.9rpg in 25 games.

   #10. Lewis Clinch (191-G-87, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Iceland) led Grindavik to a victory over the closely-ranked Njardvik 87-79 in the Icelandic Dominos League in Friday night's game. Clinch was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 3 blocks (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). This season Clinch has very high stats. He averages: 20.5ppg, 6.9rpg, 5.3apg and 1.3spg. Clinch holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.



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Elegant Sagesse Get Past Egyptian National Team - by Eurobasket News

Sagesse took on the Egyptian national team as both teams pursued the win to put one foot in the semi-finals. Sagesse started the game off well with good box outs, switching on defense, and hustle on every play. Todd was able to score from his favorite spot on couple of occasions. Michael Efevberha (193-G-84, college: CS Northridge) and Terrell Stoglin (185-G-91, college: Maryland) were able to find spaces in the Egyptian zone to knock down their shots. Sagesse were focused and energetic on both sides of the floor. The best first quarter for Sagesse in this tournament ended in their favor 26-14. In the second q, the Egyptians tried to get back into the game with a full-court defense and some quick plays with their HULK opening spaces under the rim ( Yeah a 2.25m guy is definitely a HULK, not a man). They were able to close the gap to 5 points. The Egyptians kept on pounding and found their touch from behind the arc to tie the game at 40. With 2 seconds left Bashir gave his team a 42-40 lead going into HT. In the beginning of the third, both teams traded buckets as the Egyptian defense started to suffocate the Lebanese offense. Todd O'brian continued his excellent performance to keep his team in the game. Terrell was being pushed and shoved all game long but was still able to score some hard buckets. Sagesse were able to maintain their lead 59-56. In the last q, Sagesse kept on fighting to maintain their lead. Couple of Terrell buckets and some great defending from Todd, Patrick and Bashir kept the lead with 5 min left. Sagesse shared the ball greatly with double teams always placed on Terrell and Mike. Players like Patrick found the gap to score a crucial shot and get the lead up to 5 with 3 min left. In the dying minutes, Sagesse looked for their go-to guy, none other than Terrell Stoglin who put the game to bed with couple of free throws. The game ended 81-75 in Sagesse's favor.
Courtesy of: sports-961.com



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Liga MB Round 2: Santa Tecla keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in Liga MB. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

Santa Tecla smashed Cojute at home 103-59. Santa Tecla forced 25 Cojute turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 37 assists comparing to just 17 passes made by Cojute's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Santa Tecla made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was naturalized American point guard Robert Martinez (185-91, college: Our Lady Lake) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 assists. Center Carlos Arias (200-89) chipped in 19 points and 10 rebounds. American Kenny Demouchet (198-89, college: Jackson St.) produced 28 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Cojute will play next round against strong Canarios trying to get back on the winning streak. Santa Tecla will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Sonsonate (0-1) recorded a loss on the court of Quezaltepeque. Visitors were rolled over by Quezaltepeque 88-69. American Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) orchestrated the victory by scoring 32 points and 6 rebounds. Douglas Bairez contributed with 19 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 10 steals for the winners. Quezaltepeque's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American-Panamanian forward Adalberto Rojas (198-86) replied with 19 points and 9 rebounds for Sonsonate. Quezaltepeque will play against Arcense (#10) in San Salvador in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sonsonate will play on the road against Halcones in Sonzacate to get more than just one victory in their record.
Very important is a road loss of El Rapido (1-1) against Denver-FAS (1-0) on Sunday night. Visiting El Rapido was defeated by Denver-FAS in a tough game in San Salvador 79-84. Luis-Damian Morales scored 34 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners. Denver-FAS's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Manuel Guevara responded with 31 points and 8 rebounds. Denver-FAS will meet Brujos Izalco (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. El Rapido will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 2 winless San Miguel lost to undefeated Canarios in Ahuachapan 88-94.
The best stats of 2nd round was 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists by Lisvan Valdez of Santa Tecla.

Santa Tecla - Cojute 103-59

Santa Tecla smashed Cojute at home 103-59. Santa Tecla forced 25 Cojute turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 37 assists comparing to just 17 passes made by Cojute's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Santa Tecla made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was naturalized American point guard Robert Martinez (185-91, college: Our Lady Lake) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 assists. Center Carlos Arias (200-89) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Martinez is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Santa Tecla players scored in double figures. American Kenny Demouchet (198-89, college: Jackson St.) produced 28 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import Anthony Calhoun (203-89, college: Western St.) added 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Cojute will play next round against strong Canarios trying to get back on the winning streak. Santa Tecla will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
Santa Tecla: L.Valdez 20+6reb+4ast, C.Arias 19+10reb+1ast, R.Martinez 17+3reb+12ast, O.Torres 12+6reb+2ast, J.Mancia 8+6reb, C.Gonzalez 7+4reb+1ast
Cojute: K.Demouchet 28+8reb+2ast, A.Calhoun 12+9reb+4ast, R.Melendez 10+4reb+3ast, B.Garcia 6+12reb+2ast, B.Reyes 2+1reb+1ast, A.Alvarado 1+1reb
gschID: 536945


Quezaltepeque - Sonsonate 88-69

Sonsonate (0-1) recorded a loss on the court of Quezaltepeque. Visitors were rolled over by Quezaltepeque 88-69. Quezaltepeque forced 27 Sonsonate turnovers. Strangely Sonsonate outrebounded Quezaltepeque 44-31 including 30 on the defensive glass. American Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) orchestrated the victory by scoring 32 points and 6 rebounds. Douglas Bairez (180-88) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 10 steals for the winners. Quezaltepeque's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American-Panamanian forward Adalberto Rojas (198-86) replied with 19 points and 9 rebounds and Panamanian forward Manuel Gudino (195-95) added 13 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Sonsonate. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Quezaltepeque will play against Arcense (#10) in San Salvador in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sonsonate will play on the road against Halcones in Sonzacate to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Quezaltepeque: Q.Scates 32+6reb+2ast, D.Bairez 19+5reb+6ast, S.Brackett 17+6reb+3ast, L.Portal 10+3reb+2ast, T.Hampton 6+7reb+2ast, R.Miranda 4+3reb+1ast
Sonsonate: A.Rojas 19+9reb+2ast, M.Gudino 13+12reb, Y.Haiti 12+10reb+1ast, J.Loucel 12+6reb, C.Valle 5+2ast, B.Denald 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 536937


Denver-FAS - El Rapido 84-79

Very important is a road loss of El Rapido (1-1) against Denver-FAS (1-0) on Sunday night. Visiting El Rapido was defeated by Denver-FAS in a tough game in San Salvador 79-84. Denver-FAS looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Puerto Rican forward Luis-Damian Morales (191-88) scored 34 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Anthony Brown (193-89, college: Imperial Valley JC) chipped in 29 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. Denver-FAS's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Panamanian Manuel Guevara (186-81) responded with 31 points and 8 rebounds and Panamanian Daniel King (203-87, college: Texas Southern) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists. Denver-FAS will meet Brujos Izalco (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. El Rapido will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Denver-FAS: L.Damian Morales 34+9reb+3ast, A.Brown 29+6reb+8ast, O.Adedoyin 9+6reb, E.Aguilar 8+7reb+6ast, R.Iglesias 4+6reb+2ast, N.Avalos 0
El Rapido: M.Guevara 31+8reb+3ast, D.King 19+17reb+5ast, C.Hall 14+7reb+3ast, F.Martinez 6+5reb+2ast, O.Coreas 5+9reb+6ast, M.Benavides 4+2reb
gschID: 536938


Canarios - San Miguel 94-88

There was no surprise in Ahuachapan where San Miguel (0-2) was defeated by Canarios (1-0) 94-88 on Sunday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Canarios made 8 blocks. American point guard David Lawson (185-89, college: Reinhardt) scored 37 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Guyanese center Reginald Brown (202-91) chipped in 19 points and 29 rebounds during the contest. Lawson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward Nduka Ezeamii (203, college: Avila) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 19 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Jordan Johnson (183-92, college: Tenn Tech) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. San Miguel's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Canarios will meet Cojute (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. San Miguel will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Canarios: D.Lawson 37+5reb+8ast, W.Hepburn 22+10reb+4ast, R.Brown 19+29reb+1ast, I.Sandoval 10+7reb+2ast, J.Linares 3+1reb, J.Lima 2+1ast
San Miguel: J.Cruz 25+10reb+1ast, J.Johnson 20+13reb+3ast, N.Ezeamii 18+19reb+3ast, M.Aguilar 14+6reb, J.Guillen 5+4reb, E.Guzman 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 536936



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Alexela KML Round 18: Top-ranked TU/Rock wins another game - by Eurobasket News

Alexela KML top team - TU/Rock (16-2) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed sixth ranked TLU/Kalev (6-12) in Tallinn 110-63. The game without a history. TU/Rock led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to TLU/Kalev's 24 and made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. TU/Rock had a 33-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by TLU/Kalev's players. 25 personal fouls committed by TLU/Kalev helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Lithuanian center Dominykas Milka (203-92, college: St.Rose, NY) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The former international point guard Tanel Sokk (187-85) contributed with 15 points and 7 assists for the winners. Serbian center Djordje Dzeletovic (205-93, agency: AproK Sports Group) replied with 12 points for TLU/Kalev. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. TU/Rock have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-2 record. TLU/Kalev at the other side keeps the sixth place with 12 games lost. TU/Rock are looking forward to face Valga (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. TLU/Kalev will play against Rapla and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Bottom-ranked Noorteliiga is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 14th consecutive match to eighth ranked Valga (6-13) 108-53. The former international point guard Valmo Kriisa (192-74) scored 26 points and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Rain Raadik chipped in 12 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Taavi Jurkatamm (201-97) with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Noorteliiga's coach Indrek Visnapuu gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Valga moved-up to seventh place. Noorteliiga at the other side still closes the standings with 14 games lost. Valga will play against league's leader TU/Rock in Tartu in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Noorteliiga will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Noorteliiga is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 14th consecutive match to fourth ranked Rapla (11-6) 83-57 on Saturday evening. Thomas van-der-Mars notched a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 12 points and 8 rebounds by Taavi Jurkatamm did not help to save the game for Noorteliiga. Rapla moved-up to third place. Loser Noorteliiga still closes the standings with 14 games lost. Rapla will meet TLU/Kalev (#6) in the next round. Noorteliiga will have a break next round.

Valga - Noorteliiga 108-53

Bottom-ranked Noorteliiga is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 14th consecutive match to eighth ranked Valga (6-13) 108-53. The game was mostly controlled by Valga. Noorteliiga was better in fourth quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Noorteliiga 41-26 including a 33-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Valga shot the lights out from three nailing 21 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 32 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Noorteliiga's players. The former international point guard Valmo Kriisa (192-74) scored 26 points and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Rain Raadik (208-89) chipped in 12 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Five Valga players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Taavi Jurkatamm (201-97) with 16 points and 6 rebounds and forward Karl-Robin Jurjens (202-96) scored 7 points. Noorteliiga's coach Indrek Visnapuu gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Valga moved-up to seventh place. Noorteliiga at the other side still closes the standings with 14 games lost. Valga will play against league's leader TU/Rock in Tartu in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Noorteliiga will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Valga: V.Kriisa 26+4reb+8ast, S.Silavs 19+3reb+4ast, V.Veski 17+3reb+1ast, R.Raadik 12+15reb+5ast, I.Rihards Zvigurs 12+5reb+6ast, B.Paidra 9
Noorteliiga: T.Jurkatamm 16+6reb+1ast, K.Luus 8+1reb, R.Pehka 8+1reb+1ast, K.Jurjens 7+3reb+1ast, T.Kaldre 4+3reb+2ast, O.Suurorg 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 534974


Rapla - Noorteliiga 83-57

Bottom-ranked Noorteliiga is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 14th consecutive match to fourth ranked Rapla (11-6) 83-57 on Saturday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Rapla. Noorteliiga managed to win third quarter 13-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rapla forced 21 Noorteliiga turnovers. Dutch center Thomas van-der-Mars (208-90, college: Portland) notched a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort and swingman Sven Kaldre (197-91) supported him with 19 points and 4 assists. Four Rapla players scored in double figures. Even 12 points and 8 rebounds by Taavi Jurkatamm (201-97) did not help to save the game for Noorteliiga. Point guard Ron-Arnar Pehka (185-98) added 13 points. Rapla moved-up to third place. Loser Noorteliiga still closes the standings with 14 games lost. Rapla will meet TLU/Kalev (#6) in the next round. Noorteliiga will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Rapla: S.Kaldre 19+3reb+4ast, I.Kajupank 14+6reb, T.van der Mars 12+13reb+3ast, R.Suarez 11+3ast, D.Bratoz 8+2reb+1ast, K.Voolaid 7+6reb+6ast
Noorteliiga: R.Pehka 13+4reb+3ast, T.Jurkatamm 12+8reb+1ast, O.Suurorg 12+1ast, K.Jurjens 8+3reb+1ast, H.Engelbrecht 4+3reb, J.Sein 2+2ast
gschID: 534973


TLU/Kalev - TU/Rock 63-110

Alexela KML top team - TU/Rock (16-2) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed sixth ranked TLU/Kalev (6-12) in Tallinn 110-63. The game without a history. TU/Rock led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to TLU/Kalev's 24 and made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. TU/Rock had a 33-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by TLU/Kalev's players. 25 personal fouls committed by TLU/Kalev helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Lithuanian center Dominykas Milka (203-92, college: St.Rose, NY) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The former international point guard Tanel Sokk (187-85) contributed with 15 points and 7 assists for the winners. Five TU/Rock players scored in double figures. Serbian center Djordje Dzeletovic (205-93, agency: AproK Sports Group) replied with 12 points and Montenegrin center Stefan Knezevic (204-89) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for TLU/Kalev. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. TU/Rock have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-2 record. TLU/Kalev at the other side keeps the sixth place with 12 games lost. TU/Rock are looking forward to face Valga (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. TLU/Kalev will play against Rapla and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
TU/Rock: D.Milka 22+10reb+3ast, M.Rosenthal 16+3reb+1ast, T.Sokk 15+4reb+7ast, J.Talts 14+4reb+2ast, G.Dorbek 11+2reb+3ast, K.Meister 9+2reb+3ast
TLU/Kalev: D.Dzeletovic 12+4reb+3ast, S.Knezevic 11+7reb, R.Tamm 8+2reb+1ast, J.Vahter 7+1reb+2ast, S.Laur 7+1reb, M.Kurg 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 534972





Kristjan Kitsing selected the top Estonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kristjan Kitsing
Kristjan Kitsing
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Kristjan Kitsing (205-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Denmark). He was the major contributor in Bakken's victory against the closely-ranked Svendborg (12-12) 97-85 in the Danish Ligaen in Tuesday night's game. Kitsing scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 31 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Bakken Bears (18-3) is placed second in the Ligaen. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Kitsing's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 2FGP: 63.2%(48-76), 3FGP: 32.8% and FT: 85.7% in 16 games he played so far. Kitsing is currently a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Jaan Puidet
Jaan Puidet
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Jaan Puidet (191-92, currently plays in Sweden). He led KFUM Jamtland to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Sodertalje Kings (16-7) crushing them 107-73 in the Swedish Basketligan last Tuesday. Puidet scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. KFUM Jamtland Basket (13-12) is placed fifth in the Basketligan. This season Puidet averages: 7.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 46.2%, 3FGP: 34.7% and FT: 85.7%. He is in the roster of the Estonian senior national team.

Siim-Sander Vene
Siim-Sander Vene
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international small forward Siim-Sander Vene (201-90, currently plays in VTB United League). Vene could not help BC Nizhny Novgorod (5-12) to beat Unics Kazan (11-6). He scored 5 points and added 4 passes in 16 minutes. BC Nizhny Novgorod lost 98-112 on the road to the higher-ranked (#5) Unics Kazan. This year Vene has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 58.0%(47-81), 3FGP: 35.0% and FT: 76.5% in 17 games. He played for the Estonian national team two years ago.

Tanel Kurbas
Tanel Kurbas
   #4. Guard Tanel Kurbas (197-88, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Malbas (2-23) 89-72 in the Swedish Basketligan in Tuesday night's game. Kurbas scored 10 points and had 3 steals. Sodertalje Kings (16-7) is placed third in the Basketligan. Kurbas' overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.2apg. He is also Estonian national team player.

Rauno Nurger
Rauno Nurger
   #5. Former international center Rauno Nurger (208-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Wichita St. to an easy victory against the Southern Illinois University (6-6) 87-68 in the NCAA last Wednesday. Nurger scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 15 minutes. The Wichita State University has a very good 12-1 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Nurger's overall stats are: 5.8ppg and 3.0rpg in 28 games. He used to play for the Estonian national team two years ago.

Maik-Kalev Kotsar
Maik-Kalev Kotsar
   #6. Forward Maik-Kalev Kotsar (208-96, currently studies in the States) was not able to help the S.Carolina in their game against the The University of Arkansas (2-11) in the NCAA. Kotsar did not beat the league record on Wednesday evening. He scored only 2 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The S.Carolina was defeated 83-76 in Fayetteville by the The University of Arkansas. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Kotsar's total stats this season are: 6.4ppg and 5.4rpg. He is a former university international player as he played for the Estonian team two years ago.

Kristian Kullamae
Kristian Kullamae
   #7. U18 international guard Kristian Kullamae (190-99, currently plays in Germany) managed to help BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha in a victory against the league outsider Titans (2-23) 87-68 in the German ProA (second division) in Sunday night's game. Kullamae scored only 4 points in 14 minutes. BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (13-11) is placed sixth in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Kullamae averages just 3.1ppg in 11 games. He is also Estonian U18 national team player.

Henri Drell
Henri Drell
   #8. An experienced small forward Henri Drell (198-0, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Baunach (7-17) in their game against Crailsheim Merlins (19-5) in the German ProA (second division). Drell cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. Baunach was crushed 103-60 in Crailsheim by the second-ranked Merlins. It was Baunach's third consecutive loss in a row. This season Drell averages just 2.0ppg. He plays currently for the Estonian U18 national team.

Rait-Riivo Laane
Rait-Riivo Laane
   #9. International point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (179-93, currently plays in Greece) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Pagrati (2-16) 100-82 in the Greek A2 (second division) on Saturday night. Laane scored only 2 points and added 6 passes in 22 minutes. Ethnikos Piraeus (9-9) is placed seventh in the A2. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. This year Laane's total stats are: 8.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.2apg and 1.4spg in 17 games. He is also in the roster of the Estonian national team.



Maks Adam Konate (ex Zaporizhya) joins TU/Rock - by Eurobasket News

Tartu Ulikool/Rock (Alexela KML) agreed terms with 26-year old Ukrainian power forward Maks Adam Konate (202-104kg-91, agency: Alti Sport). He started the season at Zaporizhya in Ukrainian Superleague. In 26 games he had very impressive stats: 18.7ppg, 9.1rpg and 1.5apg this season. The last season Konate played at Krasny Oktyabr in Russian league where in three Eurocup games he recorded 14.0ppg, 9.0rpg and 2.0apg. He also played 18 games in VTB United League where he averaged 6.6ppg and 3.4rpg. The other team Konate played that season for was Sakhalin in Russian VTB. In 8 games he got 9.1ppg and 9.9rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Ukrainian Cup final in 2014. Konate was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Forward of the Year in 2015.
He was a member of Ukrainian U20 National Team back in 2010.
Konate has played previously professionally also in Belarus (BSEU-GrandPrint).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Top 5 Richest NBA Players - by Eurobasket

There's great wealth in sports, and basketball is not lagging behind in any way. NBA players have been known for some of the most fascinating success stories. However, they definitely took the phrase 'from rags to riches' literally. With astounding amounts of money overflowing their bank accounts, these people are living proof that talent can get you a long way.
With frequent ups and downs, NBA players go through their careers with one goal only - scoring. The astounding amounts of money they make along the way are just an added benefit. Now, where do the greatest riches lie?

#5 - Kobe Bryant ($280 million)

This player's golden talent got him straight out of high school and into the ball court. Ever since he was drafted in 1996, Kobe has kept a loyal position with the Los Angeles Lakers.
With numerous recognitions and awards behind him, he basically gets paid for existing, as his income from endorsements is as big as his paycheck with the Lakers. Despite a sexual assault lawsuit to damp his career, it seems like his account doesn't mind any publicity.

#4 - LeBron James ($300 million)

Known as 'King' James, he holds the fourth position on our list due to the many smart decisions he has made both on and off the court. LeBron is another high school draftee whose life simply skyrocketed through the greatest number of endorsements that a single player could handle.
Back in 2014, LeBron took a chance with his share in Beats Audio which some of us wouldn't do with our bet365 bonus code. Keeping to the same policies as in basketball, this player is definitely headed up the list.

#3 - Shaquille O'Neal ($350 million)

'Shaq' is known as NBA's most recognizable public figure and a proud symbol of the great wealth in this business. Although he no longer plays, you can often find him on the commentator's place.
When he's not dealing with anything basketball-related, Shaquille is present elsewhere on the air. His numerous big screen and TV appearances, as well as on-going endorsements keep his wealth on a steady rise.

#2 - Magic Johnson ($500 million)

Understandably it's not Magic, but did you know his real name is Earvin? Mr. Earvin Johnson is a legendary NBA player, no short of imagination in his moves, rightfully defending his title.
Half a billion dollars deep, he still keeps a spark lit in his games and sticks to what he knows, choosing the LA Dodgers for one of his greatest business investments.

#1 - Michael Jordan ($1.1 billion)

The greatest of them all, Michael Jordan, has accumulated riches beyond a billion dollars, and still counting (if you could count them all). His skills earned him this rightful place, just as they have earned him one of the most valuable contracts in history.
Jordan's commercial and sports career have proven his many talents, making him the first billionaire in NBA history. And as all financial forecasts seem to show, this is not the end.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Toni BIZACA
  Sodertalje
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Bizaca, Sodertalje19.9 
 2. Allen, Kormend19.7 
 3. Jeter, Groningen19.4 
 4. Clark, Chalon19.3 
 5. Cobbs, Gravelines18.9 
 6. Burnett, BK Pardu.18.7 
 7. Hollis, Benfica17.6 
 8. Denmon, Gaziantep17.1 
 9. Roberson, Chalon16.9 
 10. Edwards, Alba16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martynas ECHODAS
  Siauliai
  (204-C/F-97)
  Avg: 11
 1. Echodas, Siauliai11.0 
 2. Jefferson, Gazia.9.9 
 3. Elegar, Enisey9.7 
 4. Zack, Lukoil Acad.9.1 
 5. Washburn, FC Porto9.0 
 6. Gagic, Tsmoki-Minsk8.2 
 7. Fall, Chalon8.0 
 8. Lipkevicius, Vytautas7.6 
 9. Mobley, Apoel7.4 
 10. Adrien, Bnei H.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.9.2 
 2. Martinic, Targu M.8.5 
 3. Joyce, Tsmoki-M.8.3 
 4. Roberson, Chalon6.8 
 5. Petty, Kormend6.8 
 6. Jeter, Groningen6.4 
 7. Hinds, Sigal P.6.0 
 8. Massamba, Soder.5.6 
 9. Long, Steaua CSM5.5 
 10. Parker, Rilski5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Torey THOMAS
  AEK
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Thomas, AEK3.0 
 2. Gajovic, Targu M.2.6 
 3. Jackson, Oberwart2.6 
 4. Lawrence, Sigal P.2.4 
 5. Bozov, Rilski2.2 
 6. Petty, Kormend2.2 
 7. Cumberbatch, Oberw.2.2 
 8. Hinds, Sigal P.2.2 
 9. Martinic, Targu M.2.1 
 10. Sabeckis, Siauliai2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kervin BRISTOL
  Kataja B.
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Bristol, Kataja B.5.0 
 2. Lessort, Nanterre1.7 
 3. Mobley, Apoel1.7 
 4. Fall, Chalon1.6 
 5. Elegar, Enisey1.6 
 6. Korniyenko, Lukoil A.1.6 
 7. Lazar, Targu Mures1.4 
 8. Traylor, Oberwart1.4 
 9. Fieler, Groningen1.2 
 10. West, Siauliai1.2 


Cibona, Chalon, Enisey, Oostende, Usak, Nanterre, Telekom Bsk and Ironi Nahariya reach quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Nanterre - Spirou 86-78

Nanterre knocked down Spirou to advance into the quarterfinal stage. The game without a history. JSF Nanterre led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. JSF Nanterre outrebounded Spirou Charleroi 30-18. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 53.6 percentage. The best player for the winners was American point guard Chris Warren (178-88, college: Mississippi) who scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. German point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84) chipped in 14 points and 7 assists. Four JSF Nanterre players scored in double figures. American guard DJ Richardson (190-91, college: Illinois, agency: Inception Sports) produced 23 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and Serbian power forward Ivan Radenovic (209-84, college: Arizona) added 16 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: C.Warren 23+5reb+4ast, H.Invernizzi 15+2reb, H.Schaffartzik 14+1reb+7ast, M.Riley 10+5reb, M.Lessort 6+6reb+1ast, B.Tchouaffe 5+2reb+2ast
Spirou: D.Richardson 23+1reb+2ast, I.Radenovic 16+2reb+3ast, J.Shepherd 16+3reb+1ast, I.Iarochevitch 6+6reb+1ast, D.Harris 6+1reb, M.Gaudoux 5
gschID: 534318


Usak - Oradea 108-82

Usak fired past Oradea to seal their next round appearance. The game without a history. Usak Sportlif led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 62.9 percent from the field. Usak Sportlif shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 53.6 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Oradea helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Greek-American center Zach Auguste (208-93, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 12 rebounds. Lithuanian point guard Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-89, agency: Players Group) contributed with 28 points and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) replied with 21 points and Serbian-Bulgarian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: 011 Sports) added 15 points and 4 assists in the effort for Oradea. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Oradea's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Usak: Z.Auguste 30+12reb, S.Vasiliauskas 28+1reb+5ast, S.McKissic 17+4reb+5ast, B.Candan 12+1reb+2ast, R.Freimanis 10+2reb, D.Harrison 9+4reb+7ast
Oradea: M.Zeno 21+2reb+1ast, B.Mirkovic 15+3reb+4ast, B.Tibirna 11+4reb+1ast, S.Denison 11+1reb, A.Mandache 10+3reb+7ast, U.Lucic 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 534319


Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Oostende 72-70

Oostende clinched the quarterfinal birth despite a narrow road loss to Pau-Lacq-Orthez. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 20-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American point guard DJ Cooper (183-90, college: Ohio) had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import Ronald Lewis (193-84, college: Ohio St., agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 17 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Serbian center Rasko Katic (208-80, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 26 points and 9 rebounds and Serbian guard Dusan Djordjevic (193-83, agency: BeoBasket) scored 15 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Oostende's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: D.Cooper 22+14ast, R.Lewis 17+10reb, J.Mipoka 15+5reb, A.Koffi 8+4reb+1ast, Y.Bokolo 5+5reb+1ast, V.Chikoko 4+5reb
Oostende: R.Katic 26+9reb+1ast, D.Djordjevic 15+8reb+9ast, D.Newbill 12+6reb, V.Kesteloot 5+5reb+1ast, C.Walden 4+1reb, M.Jagodic Kuridza 3+1reb
gschID: 534317


Chalon - Kormend 82-82

Chalon tied their return leg clash versus Kormend to ice their quarterfinal appearance. Chalon/Saor was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 26-21 charge of Kormend, which allowed them to tie the game. American forward Terry Allen (203-93, college: Richmond) notched a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and American-Guinea-Bissau point guard Perry Petty (185-88, college: UTRGV) supported him with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Petty is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even 23 points and 6 assists by American point guard John Roberson (180-88, college: Texas Tech) did not help to save the game for Chalon/Saor. Center Moustapha Fall (218-92) added 15 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the hosts. Five Kormend and four Chalon/Saor players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:

Chalon: J.Roberson 23+1reb+6ast, M.Fall 15+12reb, C.Clark 10+4reb+4ast, L.Harris 10+5reb+2ast, J.Nzeulie 9+3reb+3ast, A.Bouteille 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 534316


Cibona - Stelmet ZG 102-83

Cibona cruised past Stelmet ZG to ease into the next round. The game was mostly controlled by Cibona. Stelmet was better in fourth quarter 30-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cibona shot 60.3 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 65.2 percentage. Cibona looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American point guard Scottie Reynolds (188-87, college: Villanova) scored 19 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Slovenian Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-81) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Cibona players scored in double figures. American forward Armani Moore (193-94, college: Tennessee) responded with 22 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard James Florence (185-88, college: Mercer, agency: Three Eye Sports) scored 9 points and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Cibona: S.Reynolds 19+2reb+4ast, N.Joksimovic 17+4reb+4ast, L.Zoric 14+3reb, P.Maric 12+1reb+3ast, N.Slavica 7+2reb+3ast, E.Sulejmanovic 7+6reb+1ast
Stelmet ZG: A.Moore 22+8reb+3ast, L.Koszarek 12+2ast, J.Florence 9+1reb+4ast, V.Dragicevic 9+1reb+1ast, K.Gruszecki 9+2reb+2ast, A.Hrycaniuk 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 534321


Kataja Basket - Telekom Bsk 84-88

Telekom Baskets upset Kataja Basket on the road to sweep the series. The guests trailed by 12 points after three quarters before their 28-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Telekom Baskets made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Telekom Baskets made 7 blocks. American power forward Julian Gamble (208-89, college: Miami, FL) scored 27 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Jamarr Sanders (193-88, college: UAB, agency: Two Points) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American forward Joey King (206-93, college: Minnesota) responded with 29 points and Canadian guard Daniel Mullings (188-91, college: N.Mexico St.) scored 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
Telekom Bsk: J.Gamble 27+6reb, J.Sanders 18+5reb+5ast, J.Mayo 13+2reb+3ast, K.Horton 9+6reb+1ast, O.Silins 9+2reb, R.Thompson 6+2ast
Kataja Basket: J.King 29+3reb, D.Mullings 15+6reb+4ast, R.Brown 15+5reb+2ast, T.Rannikko 9+7ast, V.Makalainen 8+1reb+2ast, T.Huolila 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 534322


Gaziantep - Ironi Nahariya 80-65

Ironi Nahariya withheld a furious charge from Gaziantep to stay in the title hunt. The game was mostly controlled by Gaziantep. Ironi Nahariya was better in second period 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Ironi Nahariya was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Marcus Denmon (191-90, college: Missouri) scored 26 points, 7 assists and 4 steals (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and Canadian-American guard Andrew Rautins (193-86, college: Syracuse) chipped in 26 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) during the contest. Swedish-Israeli power forward Jonathan Skjoldebrand (204-83) responded with 18 points and 6 rebounds and American point guard Derwin Kitchen (194-86, college: Florida St.) scored 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Ironi Nahariya players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Gaziantep: M.Denmon 26+4reb+7ast, A.Rautins 26+5reb+2ast, W.Cherry 9+4reb+2ast, M.Haislip 8+6reb, D.Jefferson 7+8reb+3ast, T.Ruzic 2+2reb
Ironi Nahariya: J.Skjoldebrand 18+6reb+2ast, N.Faust 13+3reb+1ast, Y.Gates 11+6reb+2ast, D.Kitchen 10+7reb+5ast, T.Nash 9+8reb+2ast, N.Berkowitz 2+3reb+3ast
gschID: 534315


Demir IBB - Enisey 104-96

Enisey used overtime to beat Demir IBB on aggregate. Enisey was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Kazakhstan point guard Jerry Johnson (182-82, college: Rider, agency: BeoBasket) scored 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Kenneth Hayes (188-87, college: Miami, OH, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 26 points during the contest. U.S. Virgin Islands-Guyanese center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and American swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) scored 20 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Demir IBB: K.Hayes 26+3reb+3ast, J.Johnson 22+6reb+7ast, A.Caloiaro 16+6reb+3ast, A.Stipanovic 13+8reb+1ast, M.Akpinar 8+3reb+1ast, C.Altay 6+7reb+1ast
Enisey: F.Elegar 23+11reb+1ast, A.Hilliard 20+4reb+2ast, S.Braimoh 14+9reb+1ast, A.Vzdykhalkin 10+2reb, V.Zavoruev 10+3reb+8ast, V.Trushkin 8+5reb+2ast
gschID: 534320





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

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

Emir Sulejmanovic
Emir Sulejmanovic
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Emir Sulejmanovic (204-95, currently plays in ABA League). He could not help Cibona (11-12) in their last game. Despite Sulejmanovic's very good performance Cibona lost 85-89 in a derby game to the second-ranked Cedevita. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Sulejmanovic also added 6 rebounds in 22 minutes on the court. It was Cibona's sixth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the ABA League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Sulejmanovic averages: 7.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 2FGP: 59.0%(49-83), 3FGP: 28.1% and FT: 51.9% in 20 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Finnish. Sulejmanovic played for the Finnish senior national team four years ago.

Lauri Markkanen
Lauri Markkanen
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Lauri Markkanen (213-97, currently plays college basketball in the States). He led Arizona to a victory against the The University of Washington (12-2) 76-68 in the NCAA last Saturday. Markkanen recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 13 rebounds. The University of Arizona has a very good 11-1 conference record this season. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Markkanen's first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Markkanen averages: 15.8ppg, 7.4rpg, 2FGP: 53.1%, 3FGP: 46.8%(58-124) and FT: 84.3%. He is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team.

Shawn Huff
Shawn Huff
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international small forward Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Huff was not able to help Deutsche Bank Skyliners in their game against Pinar Karsiyaka (9-5) in the Basketball Champions League. He scored 9 points in 22 minutes. But the fifth-placed Deutsche Bank Skyliners (7-7) was badly defeated 72-52 on the road by the second-ranked Pinar Karsiyaka in the group A of Basketball Champions League. This year Huff's overall stats are: 5.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 3FGP: 33.3% in five games. He is also a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Alexander Madsen
Alexander Madsen
   #4. Power forward Alexander Madsen (207-95, currently plays in Czech Republic) was not able to secure a victory for USK Praha (20-0) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Madsen's good performance USK Praha was defeated 65-59 in Opava by the lower-ranked BK Opava (#5) in the Places 1-6 group. He scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. It's Madsen's first season with the team. Madsen has relatively good stats this year: 11.3ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4bpg. He is also Finnish national team player.

Roope Ahonen
Roope Ahonen
   #5. International guard Roope Ahonen (186-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Greece) managed to help Kolossos H Hotels in a victory against the 11th-ranked Koroivos (6-12) crushing them 86-66 in the Greek A1 last Thursday. Ahonen scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 19 minutes. Kolossos H Hotels (10-8) is placed sixth in the A1. This year Ahonen's total stats are: 7.6ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.2apg in 18 games. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Tuukka Kotti
Tuukka Kotti
   #6. Power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Baunach (7-17) crushing them 103-60 in the German ProA (second division) on Sunday night. Kotti scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Crailsheim Merlins (19-5) is placed second in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Kotti has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.8apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

Alex Murphy
Alex Murphy
   #7. International forward Alex Murphy (206-93, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Northeastern (7-7) in their last game. Despite Murphy's good performance the Northeastern lost 71-85 in Charleston to the College of. He scored 10 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 36 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Murphy has relatively solid stats: 14.2ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.9apg in 28 games. He is a naturalized American. Murphy is also Finnish national team player. Strangely he has never played in Finland.

Harold Fiifi Aidoo
Harold Fiifi Aidoo
   #8. Point guard Harold Fiifi Aidoo (187-96, is currently at the American university) contributed to a Grand Canyon's surprising victory against the Utah Valley University (3-6) 77-71 in the NCAA last Saturday. Aidoo scored 8 points and had 3 steals. The Grand Canyon State University has a solid 6-3 conference record this season. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Aidoo has averaged so far 4.8ppg and 2.0rpg. He used to play for the Finnish national team back in 2015.

Oskar Michelsen
Oskar Michelsen
   #9. International forward Oskar Michelsen (206-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Davidson win their game against the The George Washington University (9-3) 74-63 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. He scored only 2 points. The Davidson College has 5-7 conference record this season. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. Michelsen has averaged so far 1.3ppg and 1.1rpg. He is also in the roster of the Finnish national team.

Henri Ventoniemi
Henri Ventoniemi
   #10. Forward Henri Ventoniemi (208-95, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the University of West Florida (12-7) in their game against the University of Alabama in Huntsville (15-4) in the NCAA2. Ventoniemi recorded 5 points in 13 minutes. The University of West Florida lost 70-76 in Huntsville to the University of Alabama in. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA2 Regular Season. This year Ventoniemi averages only 1.9ppg in 17 games. He is a former U20 international player as two years ago he still played for the Finnish national team.

   #11. Former University international forward Julius Rajala (206-94, currently plays in NCAA2) helped University of Southern Indiana win their game against the University of Illinois at Springfield crushing them 90-57 in the NCAA2 on Thursday night. Rajala scored only 4 points. Rajala has averaged so far 8.8ppg and 4.1rpg. He used to play for the Finnish university national team two years ago.

   #12. U20 international forward Joonas Tahvanainen (198-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Utah Valley in their game against the Cal State - Bakersfield in the NCAA. Tahvanainen cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 6 minutes on the court. His team lost 71-80. Tahvanainen has averaged so far 2.2ppg and 1.5rpg in 23 games. He is also in the roster of the Finnish U20 national team.

   #13. Former U20 international swingman Vesa Heinonen (194-91, currently plays in Germany) helped Aschersleben win their game against the tenth-ranked Hannover Korbjaeger crushing them 122-92 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Saturday. Heinonen scored 8 points and added 4 assists. Heinonen has averaged so far 3.7ppg and 1.8rpg. He used to play for the Finnish U20 national team six years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international center Mika Nuolivirta (211-94, currently plays in NAIA) couldn't help the Freed-Hardeman University in their game against the William Woods University in the NAIA. Nuolivirta recorded 6 points. His team was defeated 79-69 in the NAIA. He has averaged so far 6.3ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.5bpg. Nuolivirta used to play for the Finnish U20 national team back in 2014.

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

   #1. Remu Raitenan (206-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help University of San Francisco in a victory against the University of Portland (3-10) 65-51 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Raitenan scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 14 minutes. The University of San Francisco has 7-6 conference record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. Raitenan has averaged so far 4.7ppg and 3.6rpg in 27 games he played so far.

   #2. Anton Kankaanpaa (196-G-92, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to an easy victory against the SW Oklahoma State University crushing them 82-55 in the NCAA2 on Monday night. Kankaanpaa scored 5 points in 22 minutes. The Southern Nazarene University has a solid 12-7 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA2 Regular Season. Kankaanpaa has been at the team for four years. He has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 2.0rpg in 22 games.



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  FRANCE  


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

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

Nando De Colo
Nando De Colo
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Nando De Colo (196-87, currently plays in VTB United League). He led his Russian team CSKA to a victory over the closely-ranked Lokomotiv (13-3) 83-77 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. De Colo was MVP of the game. He scored 21 points and added 3 assists (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!) in 24 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. CSKA Moscow (15-2) is placed first in the VTB United League. De Colo has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.3apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 70.5%(43-61), 3FGP: 41.7% and FT: 90.9%(60-66) in 10 games he played so far. De Colo is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Guerschon Yabusele
Guerschon Yabusele
   #2. Second place goes to former U20 international power forward Guerschon Yabusele (201-95, currently plays in China). He could not help Shanghai Sharks (30-8) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Yabusele's very good performance Shanghai Sharks were edged 107-104 on the road by the much lower-ranked Beijing Ducks (#9). He recorded a double-double by scoring 30 points and getting 16 rebounds. Yabusele also added 3 assists and 3 blocks. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Yabusele's first season with the team. This year he has very high stats. Yabusele averages: 21.5ppg, 9.5rpg, 2.1apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 63.1%(214-339), 3FGP: 38.8% and FT: 68.9%. He played for the French U20 national team in 2015.

Fabien Causeur
Fabien Causeur
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Fabien Causeur (195-87, currently plays in Germany). Causeur was the major contributor in a Brose Baskets' victory against the tenth-ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (9-12) 84-75 in the German BBL on Wednesday night. He recorded 17 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals in 30 minutes. Brose Baskets Bamberg (20-1) is placed second in the BBL. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Causeur has relatively good stats this year: 11.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.2apg, 2FGP: 57.9%(44-76), 3FGP: 46.0%(23-50) and FT: 78.4% in 17 games. He is also a member of the French senior national team.

Rudy Gobert
Rudy Gobert
   #4. Center Rudy Gobert (216-92, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Portland Trail Blazers (23-32) crushing them 111-88 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Gobert recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks. The Utah Jazz has a solid 35-22 record this season. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. This year Gobert has very high stats. He averages: 12.9ppg, 12.6rpg and 2.5bpg. Gobert is also French national team player.

Alexis Ajinca
Alexis Ajinca
   #5. International center Alexis Ajinca (215-88, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a New Orleans Pelicans' victory against the Memphis Grizzlies (34-24) 95-91 in the NBA last Wednesday. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. Ajinca also added 2 blocks and 3 steals in 35 minutes. The New Orleans Pelicans have 23-34 record this season. Ajinca has been at the team for four years. This year his overall stats are: 4.7ppg and 4.5rpg in 23 games. Ajinca plays currently for the French national team.

Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum
   #6. Small forward Nicolas Batum (203-88, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Charlotte Hornets (25-31) in their last game. Despite Batum's good performance the Charlotte Hornets (25-31) lost 85-90 in Toronto to the Raptors. He recorded 10 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in 31 minutes. It was Hornets' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Batum has very impressive stats this year: 15.0ppg, 7.1rpg, 6.1apg and 1.1spg in 53 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

Evan Fournier
Evan Fournier
   #7. Former international shooting guard Evan Fournier (198-92, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Orlando Magic (21-37) in their game against the San Antonio Spurs (43-13) in the NBA. Fournier recorded 9 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 34 minutes. But the Orlando Magic (21-37) was crushed 107-79 in San Antonio by the Spurs. Fournier has very impressive stats this year: 16.8ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.4apg in 45 games. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

Kevin Seraphin
Kevin Seraphin
   #8. Center Kevin Seraphin (208-89, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Indiana Pacers (29-28) in their game against the Washington Wizards (34-21) in the NBA. Seraphin scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. But the Indiana Pacers (29-28) were defeated 111-98 in Washington by the Wizards. It was Indiana Pacers' sixth consecutive loss in a row. Seraphin's total stats this season are: 4.6ppg and 3.2rpg. He used to play for the French national team back in 2015.

Joffrey Lauvergne
Joffrey Lauvergne
   #9. International power forward Joffrey Lauvergne (210-91, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) helped Oklahoma City Thunder win their game against the New York Knicks (23-34) 116-105 in the NBA on Wednesday night. He recorded 9 points in 17 minutes. The Oklahoma City Thunder has 32-25 record this season. This year Lauvergne's total stats are: 5.7ppg and 3.7rpg in 50 games. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

Tony Parker
Tony Parker
   #10. An experienced point guard Tony Parker (188-82, currently plays in NBA) faced previously mentioned Evan Fournier in the NBA last game. Parker managed to help San Antonio Spurs to win against the Orlando Magic (21-37) crushing them 107-79. He recorded 5 points and added 8 passes. Parker is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his 16th year in Spurs' roster. This season Parker has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 1.8rpg and 4.8apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

   #11. Former international power forward Ian Mahinmi (211-86, currently plays in NBA) faced previously mentioned Kevin Seraphin in the NBA last game. Mahinmi helped Washington Wizards win their game against the Indiana Pacers 111-98. He scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 13 minutes. Mahinmi has averaged so far 2.4ppg and 2.6rpg in five games. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international shooting guard Angelo Tsagarakis (191-84, currently plays in Greece) helped Aiolos Trikallon win their game against one of league's weakest teams Kymis 76-58 in the Greek A1 on Wednesday night. Tsagarakis scored 9 points. He has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.9apg. Tsagarakis used to play for the French U20 national team back in 2003.

   #13. Former U18 international point guard Renathan Ona Embo (195-98, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Tulane win their game against the University of South Florida crushing them 94-71 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He scored 11 points and added 6 passes in 25 minutes. Ona Embo has averaged so far 6.4ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.3apg in 27 games. He used to play for the French U18 national team two years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international swingman Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (201-95, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Philadelphia 76ers in their game against the Boston Celtics in the NBA. He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. Luwawu-Cabarrot recorded only 3 points in 14 minutes. His team lost 108-116 in the NBA. He has averaged so far 3.7ppg and 1.4rpg in 43 games. Luwawu-Cabarrot used to play for the French U20 national team back in 2015.

   #15. International power forward Boris Diaw (203-82, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Rudy Gobert and both played together in the last NBA game. Diaw helped Utah Jazz win their game against the Portland Trail Blazers crushing them 111-88. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. Diaw has averaged so far 4.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.2apg in 48 games. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

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

   #1. Elishay Kadir (202-PF-87, currently plays in Israel) contributed to an easy victory against the second-ranked Maccabi Ashdod (14-2) crushing them 80-58 in the Israeli Winner League on Sunday night. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (10-9) is placed seventh in the Winner League. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Kadir's total stats this season are: 7.6ppg, 6.3rpg and 2.2apg. He has a dual citizenship: French and Israeli.

   #2. Experienced Afik Nissim (185-PG-81, currently plays in Israel) led Hapoel Eilat to a victory over the closely-ranked Hapoel Holon (13-6) 81-66 in the Israeli Winner League in Sunday night's game. Nissim was the best player in that game. He recorded 18 points in 20 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Hapoel Eilat (12-8) is placed fourth in the Winner League. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Nissim is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Hapoel's roster. This season Nissim's total stats are: 8.5ppg and 1.5apg in 17 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: French and Israeli.

   #3. Mattia Udom (200-F-93, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an Angelico Biella's victory against the fourth-ranked Treviglio (13-9) 84-80 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Sunday. Udom recorded 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Angelico Biella (17-5) is placed first in West group. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. This season Udom has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg and 5.4rpg. He has both French and Italian nationalities.

   #4. Anthony Chada (196-G/F-89, currently plays in Belgium) was the major contributor in Kangoeroes' victory against the closely-ranked Okapi Aalstar (10-11) 85-73 in the Belgian Euromillions League in Wednesday night's game. Chada scored 18 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Kangoeroes Basket Willebroek (10-10) is placed fifth in the Euromillions League. This season Chada has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.6apg. He also holds two passports: French and Belgian. Despite Chada's French nationality, he previously played for the Belgian U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the French team.

   #5. Navid Niktash (203-G/F-91, currently plays in United Kingdom) could not help London Lions (12-9) in their last game. Despite Niktash's very good performance London Lions lost 91-99 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) Worcester Wolves. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. This year Niktash has relatively solid stats: 13.2ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.5apg in 11 games. He has dual citizenship: French and Iranian.

   #6. Herve Lamizana (208-F/C-81, agency: Basket Management Solutions, college: Rutgers, currently plays in Taiwan) was the main contributor in a Yulon Luxgen's victory against the closely-ranked Fubon Braves 90-84 in the Taiwanese SBL last Saturday. Lamizana was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 34 points and getting 10 rebounds. Lamizana also added 2 blocks and 3 steals. Lamizana has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.7ppg, 9.3rpg, 2.7apg, 3.0bpg and 1.6spg. Lamizana holds both Ivorian and French passports.

   #7. Marc Gosselin (201-F, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the W.Carolina (2-11) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Gosselin's very good performance the W.Carolina was defeated 74-62 in Greenville by the Furman University. He scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Gosselin has averaged so far 8.1ppg and 6.0rpg.

   #8. Natan Jurkovitz (199-F-95, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Neuchatel 89-74 in the Swiss LNA in Sunday night's game. He scored 7 points and had 3 steals. Jurkovitz has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg. He has dual citizenship: French and Swiss.

   #9. Thomas Tshikaya (201-F-92, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to secure a victory for the Angelo State University (5-7) in their last game. Despite Tshikaya's good performance the Angelo State University was edged 93-90 in Odessa by the University of Texas - Permian Basin. He scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Tshikaya has reliable stats this year: 11.0ppg, 8.8rpg and 1.1bpg in 21 games.

   #10. Rodrigue Maza (208-PF-91, college: Academy of Art, currently plays in Switzerland) couldn't help Monthey in their game against Lugano Tigers in the Swiss LNA. He scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 74-70. Maza has averaged so far 5.3ppg and 2.1rpg.



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

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

Michael Dixon
Michael Dixon
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Michael Dixon (186-90, agency: Diamond Sports, college: Memphis, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He was the major contributor in an AEK Athens' victory against the fourth-ranked Juventus (8-6) crushing them 75-54 in the Basketball Champions League in Tuesday night's game. Dixon scored 14 points and added 5 passes in 24 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. AEK Athens (9-5) is placed second in group E. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Dixon's first year with the team. Dixon has relatively good stats this season: 14.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.7apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 56.3%(49-87), 3FGP: 44.6% and FT: 75.0% in 16 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Dixon is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Georgia.

Taurean Green
Taurean Green
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Taurean Green (183-85, college: Florida, currently plays in Israel). Green led Bnei Hasharon to a victory against the league leader Maccabi T-A (14-5) 99-92 in the Israeli Winner League on Tuesday night. He scored 21 points and added 4 passes in 26 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Bnei Hertzeliyya (12-7) is placed third in the Winner League. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Green's first season with the team. This year Green has relatively solid stats: 14.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.3apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 35.1% and FT: 77.6% in 19 games. He is a naturalized American. Green played for the Georgian national team in 2010. Apparently he has never played in Georgia.

Marquez Haynes
Marquez Haynes
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Haynes managed to help Umana Reyer Venezia to win against the fifth-ranked Ventspils (7-7) 70-61 in the Basketball Champions League in Wednesday night's game. He scored 5 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Umana Reyer Venezia (9-5) is placed third in group B. This season Haynes averages: 8.1ppg, 1.8rpg, 4.4apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 41.1%, 3FGP: 22.1% and FT: 83.3%. He is a naturalized American. Haynes played for the Georgian national team six years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Georgia.

Jacob Pullen
Jacob Pullen
   #4. Point guard Jacob Pullen (184-89, college: Kansas St., currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Unics Kazan (11-6) crushing them 98-73 in the VTB United League last Monday. Pullen scored 7 points and added 5 assists in 20 minutes. BC Khimky Moscow Region (13-3) is placed third in the VTB United League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Pullen's overall stats are: 8.8ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.1apg in 13 games. He is a naturalized American. Pullen used to play for the Georgian national team back in 2015. However he has never played in Georgia.

Shota Gelazonia
Shota Gelazonia
   #5. Former U20 international center Shota Gelazonia (205-94, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked L'Hospitalet (8-13) crushing them 91-68 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Sunday night. Gelazonia scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Xuven Cambados (14-7) is placed fifth in the LEB Silver. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Gelazonia's total stats this season are: 10.0ppg and 5.0rpg. He used to play for the Georgian U20 national team four years ago.

Nika Metreveli
Nika Metreveli
   #6. Power forward Nika Metreveli (211-91, currently plays in Italy) could not help Scafati (6-16) in their last game. Despite Metreveli's good performance the 14th-placed Scafati (6-16) lost 77-87 on the road to the higher-ranked (#13) FCM Ferentino in the West group. He recorded 10 points in 16 minutes. This year Metreveli's total stats are: 6.8ppg and 1.8rpg in four games. He is a former international player as he played for the Georgian senior team two years ago.

Merabi Mirziashvili
Merabi Mirziashvili
   #7. Former U20 international center Merabi Mirziashvili (207-94, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Innova Chef in their game against Gijon (6-11) in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). He scored 6 points in only 14 minutes. Innova Chef (#9) lost 73-77 at home to the lower-ranked (#12) Gijon in the Group A-B. Mirziashvili has averaged so far 2.4ppg and 2.8rpg in 16 games. He used to play for the Georgian U20 national team three years ago.

Willy Isiani
Willy Isiani
   #8. Power forward Willy Isiani (203-97, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Gran Canaria B (11-9) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Isiani's very good performance Gran Canaria B (#7) was defeated 81-71 in Villaviciosa by the second-ranked Casvi in the Group B. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Isiani also added 4 rebounds. Isiani has averaged so far 8.2ppg and 4.3rpg. He plays currently for the Georgian U20 national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Quinton Hosley (201-F-84, college: Fresno St., currently plays in Iran) led Arak to a victory over the eighth-ranked Army (6-12) 87-75 in the Iranian Superleague last Thursday. Hosley was MVP of the game. He scored 26 points (!!!), had 6 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 4 balls. Shahrdary Arak (11-7) is placed fourth in the Superleague. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. It's Hosley's first season with the team. Hosley has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.2ppg, 6.0rpg, 3.6apg and 3.1spg. Hosley is a naturalized American. Apparently he has never played in Georgia.

   #2. Grigol Shvangiradze (196-F-91, currently plays in Spain). Shvangiradze could not help Quintanar (10-9) to beat Villarrobledo (10-10). He scored 8 points. Quintanar (#9) was edged 65-62 on the road by the lower-ranked Villarrobledo (#10) in the Group B. Shvangiradze has averaged so far 5.6ppg and 2.8rpg.



Peter Alexis claims Georgian A League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Peter Alexis (213-F/C-92) had a very impressive game in the last round for Arena-76 and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com A League Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 24-year old power forward had a double-double of 22 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team edged out BC Titebi (3-2) 70-67. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Arena-76 is placed at 3rd position in Georgian A League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost two games earlier this season. Arena-76 will need more victories to improve their 3-2 record. Alexis just recently signed at Arena-76, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Philadelphia University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Alexis is in league's top in points (8th best: 15.6ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 9.6rpg) and averages solid 1.2bpg and 55.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old Levan Eliadze (198-SF-92) of league's best team DELTA. Eliadze impressed basketball fans with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he led DELTA to another comfortable win outscoring SEU Tbilisi (#6, 0-5) 93-72. This victory allowed DELTA to move up to 1st position in the standings. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 4 matches. Eliadze is one of the most experienced players at DELTA and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Armani Flannigan (203-F-92) of BC Titebi (#4). Flannigan scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Flannigan's great performance BC Titebi lost 67-70 to #3 ranked Arena-76. 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 BC Titebi needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 3 victories and 2 lost games. Flannigan has a great season in Georgia. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.2ppg (6th best), rebounds with 8.6rpg (8th best) and assists with 4.0apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Christopher Anderson (170-PG-92) of Hyundai-TSU - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Eric Gaines (193-F-92) of SEU Tbilisi - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Konstantine Bitsadze (195-F-97) of Arena-76 - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Dmitry Sviridov (212-C-85) of Tskaltubo - 12 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Ioseb Lezhava (185-PG-91) of DELTA - 10 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists
9. Deondre Ray (196-SF) of DELTA - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Travante Williams (197-F-93) of Tskaltubo - 23 points and 8 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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German ProA round 24 best performance: Albert Kuppe - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized Russian Forward Albert Kuppe (200-F-88) had a great game in the last round for Heidelberg, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, four rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Nuernberg (#13, 8-15) with 30-point margin 101-71. Heidelberg maintains the 5th position in German ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Heidelberg will need more victories to improve their 16-8 record. In the team's last game Kuppe had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 7 attempts. It's his second year at Heidelberg and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Albert Kuppe averages this season 9.1ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Seth Hinrichs (201-SF-93, agency: Duran International) of Kirchheim. Hinrichs had a very good evening with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Bad luck as Kirchheim was edged by the lower-ranked ETB Wohnbau (#15, 6-18) 93-92. Kirchheim managed to keep the same 3rd spot in the standings. His team's 17-7 record is not bad at all. Hinrichs is a newcomer at Kirchheim, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Kirchheim's star - American forward Jonathon Williams (198-F-90). Williams scored 29 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Williams' great performance Kirchheim lost 92-93 to the lower-ranked ETB Wohnbau (#15, 6-18). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The last thing Kirchheim needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 17 victories and 7 lost games. Williams has a great season in Germany. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.0ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Hugh Robertson (195-G-89) of Koeln Rh.Stars - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Andreas Kronhardt (205-C-89) of Kirchheim - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Vance Hall (193-PG-91) of Heidelberg - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Robin Christen (203-F-91) of Koeln Rh.Stars - 17 points and 8 rebounds
8. Till Gloger (204-F-93) of Uni Baskets - 22 points and 4 rebounds
9. Robert Oehle (209-C-88) of Oettinger R. - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Alasdair Fraser (201-F-92) of Ehingen - 19 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)



Patrick Richard (Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion)It's Never Over And We Will Fight Until The End Against Ludwigsburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Patrick Richard (196-G/F-90, college: McNeese St., agency: Inception Sports) is a 27 year old 196cm swingman from Carencro, Louisania that is playing his fifth professional season and first with Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (Israel-Winner League). He played four years at Mc Neese St. (NCAA) and as a senior played 32 games: 18.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.2apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 27.9%, FT: 76.9%. In 2012-2013, he started his professional basketball career being drafted by the Iowa Energy (D-League) and played at Sandringham Sabres (Australia-SEABL-East, starting five): 24 games: 18.5ppg, 6.4rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 42.7%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 80.7%. In the 2013-2014 season he played in Holland for Matrixx Magixx Wijchen (Holland-Eredivisie) playing 38 games: Score-4 (15.3ppg), 4.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 78.9%. In the 2014-2015 season he played for the Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (Germany-BBL) playing 32 games: 13.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 44.7%, 3PT: 40.8%, FT: 76.1%. Last season he played for Champagne Chalons-Reims Basket (France-ProA) playing 34 game averaging 9.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 40.8%, FT: 79.3%. He spoke to eurobasket before the Champions League game against the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg.

Patrick thanks for talking to eurobasket.com.2017 is here and did you make any new years resolutions or are you the kind of guy that doesn't waste his time?

I'm not one for New Years resolutions I just try to be the best player, husband, and father daily!


Your playing your first season for Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (Israel-Winner League) and your first experience in international club play in the basketball Champions League. What kind of an experience has it been for you being able to play against the best as well as see Europe and it's many fine countries?

This is my first year playing in Europe so it's been a great experience! Playing against high level competition and being able to prove myself on this level can help me for the future!


Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (Israel-Winner League) advanced to the playoffs and are facing the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg. They beat you badly in the first game at home 83-66. Do you feel the win for the guests had more to do with their strong scouting or how you presented itself as a team?

That loss was a very very tough one! They did a great job of making us pay for mistakes made on defense and we turned the ball over 20 times. Against them that hurts Big time


The MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg and John Patrick are known for their pressing defense something that you as a team could never get adjusted to.Was it possible to make better adjustments throughout the game? It seemed like Ludwigsburg were able to step up their defense even more in the second half?


I thought we could have done a few things differently. In the second game we can learn from mistakes in the first even though the loss was a big margin and now the pressure is on us even more


They hurt you with their shooters with Chad Toppert, but also the inside dup of Cooley and Thiemann also killed you with 27 points combined. How vital was their inside presence for them being able to get this seemingly easy win?

Toppert was actually the key. We know what he is good at and we still allowed him to hurt us with his strengths.


These 2 game playoff series has 80 minutes. You have to win in Ludwigsburg by 18 points which is no easy matter. Are the New England Patriots a good example for the team going in that nothing is lost yet and that it aint over until fat lady sings?

It's never over and I and my team will fight until the end no doubt


It is obvious that Macabbi Rishon will need a total team effort to advance, but what will be key in advancing?

The key for us is taking it one possession at a time. Despite the deep hole we are in we have to just play each possession


How was it for you playing against the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg a team you played against two seasons ago with MBC. What was your impression of this team. Was this team's version better than what they had two years ago?

Playing against them was the same as before. Relentless pressure defense which is what they hang their hat on.


You faced against your friend Kelvin Martin. Do you expect there too be heightened trash talking as the next game draws nearer?

Me and Kelvin trash talk on a daily basis. It was great to go against him and see we both are playing at a high level in Europe


Your playing your first season with Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (Israel-Winner League) and are near the top with many stats. The team has many talented players, but are you one of the main leaders?

I try to be a leader here vocally and by action. Always can be better and I tend to do so as the season progresses


How important has the arrival of Shawn Dawson been who came late due to playing with the New Orleans Pelicans in pre season? How valuable is his all around game and what do you appreciate most about his game?

In Israel Shawn is HUGE for us because of the Russian rule. With him healthy we are a deeper team in both competitions


You have played in three strong leagues BBL, France Pro A and Winner League in Israel. Is the BBL still a league that is stronger and has more skill level than what you have experienced this season and last?

The BBL to me was the deeper league. Each league has its positives and some negatives.


You have scored in double figures in the last 18 games in both the Winner League and Champions league. Is this the most consistent and successful basketball that you have played as a professional?

This season has been pretty good but I honestly want to WIN so getting wins is my goal!


You are known as a very good outside shooter and was at 40% the last two seasons in Germany and France, but currently your at 35%. How confident are you tat your shooting will continue to heighten as the second half of the season moves on?

I think my 3 point percentage will balance itself out by seasons end. I've had some pretty bad shooting games but I continue to work


You lost by 20 points to Hapoel Jersulaem and you had the opportunity to play against NBA legend Amare Stoudemire. Have you been professional too long and seen a lot to be in awe or was it just another game for you with a guy that once played in the NBA?

Honestly I'm not in awe of anyone I play against. I respect everyone. He was an amazing player in the NBA for years and still has game.


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

My Mount Rushmore would be (MJ, KOBE,MAGIC,KAREEM)

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?

Lebron is not my favorite but he is the best right now. Best small forward ever in my eyes and top 10 all time


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

Kevin Garnett probably was 2nd or 3rd best PF. Behind Tim Duncan and I'm not sure another guy

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

That Klay Thompson performance had to be too 3 all time behind Wilt (100) and kobe (81)


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?

.Westbrook I like him a lot. Averaging a triple double is no easy task. But James Harden MVP right now for me


What was the last movie that you saw?


Last movie I saw was trolls. (2 daughters will do that to you lol )


Thanks Pat for the chat.



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

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

Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the Dallas Mavericks (22-34) in their last game. Despite Nowitzki's very good performance the Dallas Mavericks (22-34) lost 91-98 on the road to the Detroit Pistons. He had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 10 rebounds. Nowitzki also added 3 assists in 30 minutes on the court. It's Nowitzki's 19th season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Nowitzki averages: 13.9ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 38.7% and FT: 87.0% in 30 games he played so far. He played for the German senior national team two years ago.

Heiko Schaffartzik
Heiko Schaffartzik
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup). He led his French team JSF Nanterre to a victory against the fifth-ranked Spirou Charleroi 86-78 in the FIBA Europe Cup on Wednesday night. Schaffartzik scored 14 points and added 7 passes in 24 minutes. JSF Nanterre (4-2) is placed second in group N. It's Schaffartzik's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.8apg, 2FGP: 32.1%, 3FGP: 45.9%(45-98) and FT: 82.8% in 14 games. Schaffartzik played for the German national team in 2015.

Dennis Schroeder
Dennis Schroeder
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Dennis Schroeder (181-93, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA). He was not able to help the Atlanta Hawks (32-24) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Schroeder's very good performance the Atlanta Hawks (32-24) were defeated 99-84 in Los Angeles by the Clippers. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Schroeder also added 4 rebounds and 7 assists. Schroeder is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Hawks' roster. This season he has very high stats. Schroeder averages: 17.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 6.3apg, 2FGP: 49.4%, 3FGP: 34.3% and FT: 83.2%. He played for the German national team two years ago.

Cameron Neubauer
Cameron Neubauer
   #4. Forward Cameron Neubauer (202-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a 2-point San Diego's victory against the Santa Clara University (6-7) 60-58 in the NCAA last Saturday. Neubauer had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 10 rebounds in 44 minutes. The University of San Diego has rather weak 4-9 conference record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Neubauer has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.3apg in 27 games. He used to play for the German U20 national team back in 2014.

Moritz Wagner
Moritz Wagner
   #5. Former U18 international forward Moritz Wagner (208-97, currently studies in the States) contributed to Michigan's victory against the University of Wisconsin (10-2) 64-58 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Wagner scored 21 points. The University of Michigan has 6-6 conference record this season. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Wagner has reliable stats this season: 12.3ppg and 4.1rpg. He used to play for the German U18 national team three years ago.

Kostja Mushidi
Kostja Mushidi
   #6. Swingman Kostja Mushidi (195-98, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League) contributed to a Mega Leks' victory against the league outsider Mornar Bar (7-16) 89-81 in the ABA League in Wednesday night's game. Mushidi scored 7 points in 20 minutes. BC Mega Leks (9-14) is placed tenth in the ABA League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the ABA League Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Mushidi's overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.6apg in 22 games. He is U20 international player who is currently on the German National Team roster.

Michael Kessens
Michael Kessens
   #7. Former U20 international forward Michael Kessens (206-91, agency: Court Side, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the FIU (2-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Kessens' very good performance the FIU was badly defeated 77-61 at home by the Louisiana Tech University. He scored 18 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Kessens' stats this season are: 13.4ppg, 9.2rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the German U20 national team six years ago.

Christian Sengfelder
Christian Sengfelder
   #8. Forward Christian Sengfelder (201-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Fordham win their game against the Rhode Island University (8-4) 53-43 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. Sengfelder had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 13 rebounds in 36 minutes. The Fordham University has not so impressive 4-8 conference record this season. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. Sengfelder's stats this year are: 12.2ppg and 4.9rpg in 27 games. He used to play for the German U20 national team back in 2015.

Roland Nyama
Roland Nyama
   #9. Former U16 international swingman Roland Nyama (198-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Stony Brook win their game against the University of Hartford (6-6) 66-54 in the NCAA last Wednesday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. The State University of New York,Stony Brook has a very good 10-2 conference record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. Nyama has been at the team for four years. Nyama averaged so far 10.4ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.5apg. He used to play for the German U16 national team eight years ago.

Kenneth Ogbe
Kenneth Ogbe
   #10. Guard Kenneth Ogbe (198-94, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Utah Valley (3-6) in their last game. Despite Ogbe's good performance the Utah Valley lost 71-77 in Phoenix to the Grand Canyon State University. He scored 11 points in a mere 17 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. Ogbe averaged so far 10.9ppg and 2.5rpg in 25 games. He is a former U20 international player as three years ago he still played for the German national team.

   #11. Former U22 international power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Austria) helped Gmunden Swans win their game against the closely-ranked Vienna 83-71 in the Austrian A Bundesliga in Monday night's game. Klette scored 6 points. Klette averaged so far 13.1ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.5apg. He used to play for the German U22 national team eighteen years ago.

   #12. Former U18 international forward Max Hoetzel (206-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help San Diego State University in a victory against the Utah State University 66-62 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. This year Hoetzel's total stats are: 7.9ppg and 4.2rpg in 21 games. He is a naturalized American. Hoetzel used to play for the German U18 national team back in 2013. Strangely he has never played in Germany.

   #13. Former international center Bjoern Schoo (213-81, college: Northern St., currently plays in Switzerland) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Starwings in their game against Winterthur in the Swiss LNA. Schoo scored only 4 points in 11 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 19 points 88-69. Schoo has averaged so far 6.4ppg and 4.3rpg in 16 games. He used to play for the German national team eleven years ago.

   #14. Former U18 international center Kalidou Diouf (206-94, currently plays in NCAA2) helped California Baptist University win their game against the Notre Dame de Namur University 67-62 in the NCAA2 last Saturday. Diouf recorded 24 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 31 minutes. Diouf has very impressive stats this year: 15.5ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2bpg in 23 games. He used to play for the German U18 national team back in 2012.

   #15. Former U20 international forward Kevin Bryant (196-94, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Newman University (6-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Bryant's good performance the Newman University was crushed 104-74 in Dallas by the Baptist University. He recorded 10 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Bryant has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.1apg. He used to play for the German U20 national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Kiril Wachsmann (203-C-84, college: Iona, currently plays in Uruguay) was the major contributor in Defensor's victory against the sixth-ranked Larre Borges (4-6) 100-93 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB last Friday. Wachsmann recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. Defensor Sporting Club Montevideo (4-7) is placed seventh in Promocional 1 group. The Second Stage already ended. Wachsmann's overall stats this season are: 7.4ppg, 8.7rpg and 1.4apg.

   #2. Bar Timor (190-PG-92, currently plays in Israel). Timor could not help Hapoel Jerusalem (11-9) to beat Maccabi Haifa (9-10). He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Timor recorded only 3 points. Hapoel Jerusalem was badly defeated 86-69 on the road by the lower-ranked Maccabi Haifa (#8). There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Timor's total stats this season are: 9.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.7apg. He has a dual citizenship: German and Israeli.

   #3. Sven Stammberger (198-F, currently plays in Canada) led Dalhousie University to a victory against the Huskies (14-4) 88-83 in a derby game in the Canadian university league CIS last Friday. Stammberger recorded 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 34 minutes. The Dalhousie University has a very solid 15-4 record this season. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Stammberger has been at the team for five years. He averaged so far 14.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg in 18 games he played so far. Stammberger is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and German.

   #4. Christopher Razis (194-PG-89, currently plays in Greece) managed to help A.G.O Rethymno Aegean to win against the third-ranked AEK Athens (14-4) 72-65 in the Greek A1 on Wednesday night. He scored only 4 points. A.G.O Rethymno Aegean (8-10) is placed seventh in the A1. This season Razis averages just 1.9ppg. He has both Cypriot and German nationalities.

   #5. Philipp Hartwich (216-C-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an Portland's surprising victory against the Walla Walla College (14-4) crushing them 96-58 in the NCAA in Monday night's game. Hartwich recorded 8 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks in 23 minutes. The University of Portland has rather weak 2-12 conference record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. This year Hartwich's total stats are: 1.8ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.7bpg in 27 games.

   #6. Tyree Chambers (188-G-94, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to an easy victory against the New Haven University crushing them 72-41 in the NCAA2 last Tuesday. Chambers recorded 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes. This year Chambers' total stats are: 6.2ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.6apg in 21 games.

   #7. Javon Baumann (203-F-92, currently studies in the States) was not able to help the St.Joseph's in their game against the La Salle University in the NCAA. He scored 7 points. His team was defeated 83-68. Baumann's total stats this season are: 2.8ppg and 3.4rpg.

   #8. Frederik Joerg (214-C-92, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to secure a victory for the St.Martin's University in their game against the Montana St. - Billings in the NCAA2. Joerg recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. His team was defeated 92-83 in the NCAA2. Joerg has averaged so far 8.4ppg and 5.3rpg.

   #9. Jonathan Baehre (206-F-96, is currently at the American university) contributed to an easy victory against the Presbyterian College crushing them 89-48 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. He scored only 4 points in 17 minutes. Baehre has averaged so far 2.0ppg and 1.5rpg in 10 games.

   #10. Malik Eichler (213-C-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Detroit Mercy in their game against the Valparaiso University in the NCAA. He scored 5 points. His team was badly defeated by 20 points 83-63. Eichler has averaged so far 2.2ppg and 1.1rpg. He also holds two passports: German and British.



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Giannis Antetokounmpo's 33 points make him top Greek player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo (211-94, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA). He led Milwaukee Bucks to a victory over the Brooklyn Nets (9-47) 129-125 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Antetokounmpo was MVP of the game. He recorded 33 points (!!!), 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals in 40 minutes on the court. The Milwaukee Bucks have 25-30 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Antetokounmpo's fourth year with the team. Antetokounmpo has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 23.4ppg, 8.7rpg, 5.4apg, 1.9bpg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 57.2%(417-729), 3FGP: 27.5% and FT: 79.2% in 54 games he played so far. Antetokounmpo has a dual citizenship: Greek and Nigerian. He is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Michael Bramos
Michael Bramos
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Bramos was the major contributor in an Umana Venezia's victory against the fifth-ranked Ventspils (7-7) 70-61 in the Basketball Champions League last Wednesday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 11 rebounds. Umana Reyer Venezia (9-5) is placed third in group B. Bramos' overall stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 40.9%, 3FGP: 44.8% and FT: 84.6%. He is a naturalized American. Bramos played for the Greek national team in 2013. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Fotios Lampropoulos
Fotios Lampropoulos
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former U18 international power forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83, currently plays in Argentina). He was the main contributor in a 3-point Boca Juniors' victory against the seventh-ranked Olimpico de La Banda (17-18) 89-86 in the Argentinian LigaA in Saturday night's game. Lampropoulos was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 10 rebounds. Lampropoulos also added 6 assists. Aerochaco Boca Juniors Capital Feder (11-24) is placed ninth in Sur group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Lampropoulos' first season with the team. This year he has very high stats. Lampropoulos averages: 15.6ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 57.4%(206-359), 3FGP: 29.6% and FT: 85.3%. He played for the Greek U18 national team fourteen years ago.

Loukas Mavrokefalidis
Loukas Mavrokefalidis
   #4. Center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84, currently plays in China) contributed to a Qingdao Eagles' victory against the closely-ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (16-22) 105-98 in the Chinese CBA last Wednesday. Mavrokefalidis had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 4 assists in 35 minutes. Qingdao Double Star Eagles (16-22) are placed 12th in the CBA. The Regular Season already ended. Mavrokefalidis has very impressive stats this year: 20.0ppg, 9.1rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg in 20 games. He used to play for the Greek national team back in 2013.

Ian Vougioukas
Ian Vougioukas
   #5. Former international power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in VTB United League). Vougioukas could not help Lokomotiv (13-3) to beat CSKA (15-2). He scored 6 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Lokomotiv was defeated 83-77 on the road by the leading CSKA. They ended the series of thirteen consecutive victories. Vougioukas' overall stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Greek national team three years ago.

Leonidas Kaselakis
Leonidas Kaselakis
   #6. Small forward Leonidas Kaselakis (202-90, currently plays in VTB United League) helped his Kazakhstan team Astana win their game against the closely-ranked Tsmoki-Minsk (4-12) 80-70 in the VTB United League last Sunday. He scored 16 points (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line). BK Astana (7-10) is placed eighth in the VTB United League. It was his team's first victory after five consecutive loses. Kaselakis' overall stats this season are: 6.5ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.3apg. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Greek team seven years ago.

Tyler Dorsey
Tyler Dorsey
   #7. International shooting guard Tyler Dorsey (193-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Oregon win their game against the University of Utah (3-10) 79-61 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Dorsey scored 16 points in 26 minutes. The University of Oregon has quite an impressive 11-2 conference record this season. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Dorsey has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.9apg in 28 games. He is a naturalized American. Dorsey is also Greek national team player. Apparently he has never played in Greece.

Dimitrios Katsivelis
Dimitrios Katsivelis
   #8. Guard Dimitrios Katsivelis (196-91, currently plays in VTB United League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Leonidas Kaselakis and both played together in the last VTB United League game. Katsivelis helped his Kazakhstan team Astana win their game against the closely-ranked Tsmoki-Minsk (4-12) 80-70. He scored 9 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Katsivelis' overall stats this season are: 7.9ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.5apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Greek national team back in 2013.

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
   #9. International center Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St., currently plays in NBA) managed to help Sacramento Kings in a 1-point victoryagainst the Los Angeles Lakers (19-39) 97-96 in the NBA last Tuesday. Koufos scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. The Sacramento Kings have 24-33 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Koufos' overall stats are: 6.1ppg and 5.4rpg in 57 games. He is a naturalized American. Koufos is also in the roster of the Greek national team. Interesting that he has never played in Greece.

Georgios Papagiannis
Georgios Papagiannis
   #10. Center Georgios Papagiannis (217-97, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kostas Koufos. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Papagiannis was not able to help the Sacramento Kings in their game against the Golden State Warriors (47-9). He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Sacramento Kings (24-33) were crushed 109-86 in Oakland by the Golden State Warriors. Papagiannis' total stats this season are: 1.5ppg and 1.3rpg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Greek National Team roster.

   #11. Former U19 international forward Konstantinos Mitoglou (208-96, currently studies in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Wake Forest in their game against the Duke University in the NCAA. Mitoglou scored 8 points. His team was defeated 99-94. Mitoglou's total stats this season are: 9.1ppg and 5.9rpg. He used to play for the Greek U19 national team two years ago.

   #12. Former U18 international center Ioannis Dimakopoulos (218-94, is currently at the American university) helped Cal-Irvine win their game against the University of California, Riverside 79-60 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Dimakopoulos scored 9 points and blocked 2 shots. This season he has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1apg. Dimakopoulos used to play for the Greek U18 national team back in 2012.

   #13. Former U20 international forward Ilias Theodorou (201-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Pacific win their game against the University of Portland 76-65 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Theodorou scored only 3 points. His total stats this season are: 1.6ppg and 1.3rpg. Theodorou used to play for the Greek U20 national team two years ago.

   #14. Former U18 international swingman Haris Plioukas (200-89, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Hagen BG (16-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance the second-placed Hagen BG lost 76-85 at home to the leading SG Schwelmer Baskets in the West group. Plioukas scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. He has reliable stats this year: 11.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg in 21 games. Plioukas used to play for the Greek U18 national team back in 2007.

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

   #1. Zach Auguste (208-C-93, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) led his Turkish team Usak Sportlif to a victory over the seventh-ranked Oradea crushing them 108-82 in the FIBA Europe Cup on Wednesday night. Auguste was the best player in that game. He had a double-double by scoring 30 points and getting 12 rebounds in 31 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Auguste's third season in pro basketball. Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbolis placed third in group Q. It's Auguste's first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Auguste averages: 19.5ppg, 11.5rpg and 1.5spg in two games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Auguste has never played in Greece.

   #2. Nazareth Mitrou-Long (193-G-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an Iowa St.'s surprising victory against the Texas Christian University (4-9) 84-71 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Mitrou-Long scored 25 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 33 minutes. The Iowa State University has 7-5 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Mitrou-Long is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Iowa St.'s roster. He has very impressive stats this season: 15.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.7apg and 1.2spg in 27 games. Mitrou-Long has a dual citizenship: Greek and Canadian. Despite his Greek passport, Mitrou-Long previously played for the Canadian U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.

   #3. Maximiliano Sole (198-F-88, agency: Duran International, currently plays in Spain) was the main contributor in a Real Madrid II's victory against the leader Alcobendas (15-4) 75-60 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Wednesday night's game. Sole was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 18 rebounds in 32 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group B. Real Madrid II (15-5) is placed third. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Sole has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 8.6rpg, 2.8apg and 1.6spg in 20 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Uruguayan and Greek.

   #4. Georgios Angelou (185-G-94, currently studies in the States) contributed to a St.Francis, PA's victory against the Central Connecticut State University (8-6) 80-71 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Angelou scored 11 points in 21 minutes. The St.Francis University (PA) has 8-6 conference record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Angelou is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in St.Francis, PA's roster. This season his total stats are: 7.9ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.0apg in 27 games.

   #5. Theodor Aliferis (183-G-88, currently plays in Norway) helped Persbraten win their game against one of league's weakest teams Ammerud Bskt (5-21) 73-66 in a derby game in the Norwegian BLNO last Friday. He scored 8 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 19 minutes. Persbraten BBK Oslo (2-23) is located at the very bottom in the BLNO. But the situation may improve as they ended a series of eleven consecutive loses. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Aliferis is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Persbraten's roster. This season Aliferis' total stats are: 8.7ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.1apg in 23 games. He has both Greek and Norwegian nationalities. Despite Aliferis' Greek passport, he previously played for the Norwegian U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Greek team.

   #6. Andreas Katopodis (188-G, currently plays in NCAA2). He could not help the Mansfield, PA to beat the Bloomsburg St.. Katopodis cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points. His team was defeated 81-77 in the NCAA2. Katopodis' total stats this season are: 2.1ppg and 1.3rpg.

   #7. Gerasimos Koutoufas (196-F, currently plays in NCAA2) is a teammate of previously mentioned Andreas Katopodis and both played together in the last NCAA2 game. Koutoufas was not able to help the Mansfield, PA in their game against the Bloomsburg St.. He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. Koutoufas recorded only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. His team lost 77-81 in the NCAA2. This year his total stats are: 4.6ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.1apg in 19 games.

   #8. Kosta Karamatskos (194-G-86, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Itzehoe in their game against Iserlohn in the German ProB (third division). Karamatskos scored 5 points and added 5 passes. His team was edged 79-78. Karamatskos' total stats this season are: 4.9ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.6apg. He also holds two passports: Greek and German.

   #9. Experienced Alexandros Sarikas (195-G-81, currently plays in Sweden) couldn't help Trelleborg in their game against Djurgarden in the Swedish Basketettan (second division). Sarikas scored only 4 points in 11 minutes. His team lost 86-94. This year Sarikas' total stats are: 3.3ppg and 1.7rpg in three games. He holds both Canadian and Greek passports.

   #10. Dimitris Sousa (198-F-94, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the The University of Virginia Coll. Wise (5-13) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Sousa's very good performance the The University of Virginia Coll. Wise was defeated 88-83 on the road by the Urbana University. He recorded 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. This season Sousa has very high stats. He averages: 17.5ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1apg. Sousa has Brazilian and Greek nationalities. Despite his Greek passport, Sousa previously played for the Brazilian U19 national team.



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Colts draw 1st blood over Ravens...League of Champions 2017 - by Eurobasket News

The Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association organized League of Champions 2017 entered the final stage of competition with Bounty Colts' senior and Under 23 sides recording resounding victories in the first round of the best of three finals. Playing at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, Homestretch Avenue on Saturday, the Under-23 Colts took on the challenge from Dyna's Ravens. Both teams entered the finals with only one defeat. However, Colts showed why they were the table toppers at the end of the round robin stages as they thrashed Ravens 66-55. In the first quarter Ravens were on top of their game, gaining an early three point lead with the score 11-14. That lead was further extended to five points with Colts trailing 24-29 by the half way stage. Much did not change for Colts in the penultimate quarter even though they secured a one point advantage that ultimately reduced the deficit to four. But the game changer was a massive 26 point final quarter that saw them bamboozle Ravens as the Dyna's boys were strangled for an 11-point period that saw them lose the game 66-55.
Meanwhile, in the second match of the night, the Senior Ravens team shared the same faith as their Under-23 counterparts, going down to Colts 58-45. In the first period of proceedings both teams were evenly poised showing their solid defensive work, only managing eight points each. The second period saw Colts take a marginal four point lead as the score stood at 24-20 by the half way mark. The third quarter did not offer much justice to a Ravens side who looked to be slipping away slowly as the lead was lengthened to six with the score at 36-30. Like the first game, the final quarter was also the last nail in the coffin and Ravens sunk further behind as Colts netted a 22 point period, seven more than Ravens to lose 58-45. The action continues with the second of the best out of three contest tonight at the same venue from 19:00h.
Courtesy of: guyanabasketball.com



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Cole Dickerson is back at Kormend - by Winter Gabor

Egis Kormend (A Division) agreed terms with 26-year old American forward Cole Dickerson (201-104kg-91, college: USF). It is actually his comeback to Kormend as he has played here before. Dickerson supposed to play at Mornar Bar in Montenegrin Erste Liga, but left the team in Dec.'16. In 10 games he had 9.3ppg and 3.3rpg this season. Dickerson also played 8 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 4.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.0spg. The last season Dickerson played at Egis Kormend. In 38 A Division games he averaged 12.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.4apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention. Dickerson also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 11.2ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.7apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Dickerson was voted All-WCC 1st Team back in 2013 and 2014 at his college time.
Dickerson has played previously professionally in Finland (Lapuan_Korikobrat) and Holland (Den Helder).
He attended University of San Francisco until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Best players of Icelandic Dominos League round 18 - by Eurobasket News

American Flenard Whitfield (200-F-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Skallagrimur and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 26-year old forward had a double-double of 41 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team edged out Snaefell (#12, 0-18), the league's bottom-ranked team 122-119. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on top of the standings. Skallagrimur maintains the 10th position in Icelandic Dominos League. Skallagrimur is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-11 record. In the team's last game Whitfield had a remarkable 52.2% from 2-point range. He turned to be Skallagrimur's top player in his first season with the team. Western Michigan University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Whitfield is in league's top in points (3rd best: 28.8ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 15.5rpg) and averages solid 1.2bpg and 54.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American forward Amin Stevens (203-F-90) of Keflavik. Stevens impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 36 points and 16 rebounds. Of course Keflavik cruised to a 92-85 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Grindavik (#5, 10-8). This victory allowed Keflavik to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Stevens is a newcomer at Keflavik 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 30.3ppg (#1). He also registered 15.6 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Christian Covile (193-G-93) of Snaefell (#12). Covile got into 30-points club by scoring 48 points in the last round. He went also for sixteen rebounds and five assists. Despite Covile's great performance Snaefell lost 119-122 to slightly higher-ranked Skallagrimur (#10, 7-11). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Snaefell can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 18 games. Too bad for Covile he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Covile has a very solid season. In 4 games in Iceland he scored 24.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Eyjolfur Halldorsson (194-F/G-98) of Skallagrimur - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Petur Birgisson (185-G-96) of Tindastoll - 21 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Tobin Carberry (193-G-91) of Thor Thorl - 31 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
7. P.J. Alawoya (203-F-88) of KR - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Antonio Hester (198-F-90) of Tindastoll - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Olafur Olafsson (194-G-90) of Grindavik - 27 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Johann Olafsson (193-F/G-86) of Njardvik - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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UBA League Round 6: Mumbai Ch. lose their first game against Punjab S. - by Eurobasket News

UBA League is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 6 rounds left. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Mumbai Ch. (2-1) in Amritsar on Tuesday night. Visitors were edged by Punjab S. (2-1) 125-123. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mumbai Ch.. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 38-25 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Punjab S. made 27-of-31 free shots (87.1 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 Mumbai Ch. turnovers. Strangely Mumbai Ch. outrebounded Punjab S. 42-22 including a 29-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by Mumbai Ch. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Dermaine Crockrell (185-89, college: Bemidji St.) scored 51 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 5 assists (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and international point guard Akilan Pari (180-89) chipped in 10 points and 8 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Alex Scales (192-78, college: Oregon) with 33 points (!!!) and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Punjab S. keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Mumbai Ch. Punjab S. is looking forward to face Haryana G. (#4) in Chandigarh in the next round. Mumbai Ch. will play on the road against Delhi C. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Delhi. Second ranked host Delhi C. (2-1) defeated 4th ranked Haryana G. (0-3) 107-99. American guard Ronald March (196-93, college: Philander Smith) notched a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and Janbandhu Vinay supported him with 32 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Delhi C.'s coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 36 points (!!!), 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals by American guard De'Sean Mattox (185, college: E.Oregon) did not help to save the game for Haryana G.. Delhi C. keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Haryana G. at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Bengaluru. Delhi C. will play against league's leader Mumbai Ch. at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Haryana G. will play against the league's second-placed Punjab S. and hopes to get finally their first victory.

Delhi C. - Haryana G. 107-99

The game between Top Four teams took place in Delhi. Second ranked host Delhi C. (2-1) defeated 4th ranked Haryana G. (0-3) 107-99. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 36-33 Haryana G.'s run in the last quarter cut the lead to 107-99 at the end of the game. Delhi C. made 29-of-36 charity shots (80.6 percent) during the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Haryana G. was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Ronald March (196-93, college: Philander Smith) notched a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and Janbandhu Vinay supported him with 32 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). March is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Delhi C.'s coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 36 points (!!!), 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals by American guard De'Sean Mattox (185, college: E.Oregon) did not help to save the game for Haryana G.. Jaskaran added 14 points and 15 rebounds. Four Delhi C. and five Haryana G. players scored in double figures. Delhi C. keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Haryana G. at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Bengaluru. Delhi C. will play against league's leader Mumbai Ch. at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Haryana G. will play against the league's second-placed Punjab S. and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Delhi C.: R.March 41+11reb+3ast, J.Vinay 32+6reb+2ast, M.Bek 11+5reb+4ast, A.Singh 11+7reb, A.Anil 4+1reb+1ast, A.Singh 4+7reb+2ast
Haryana G.: D.Mattox 36+8reb+7ast, Y.Singh 16+7reb+5ast, E.Hyams 16+7reb+3ast, Jaskaran 14+15reb, H.Sharma 11+1ast, P.Mishra 3+1reb
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Punjab S. - Mumbai Ch. 125-123

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Mumbai Ch. (2-1) in Amritsar on Tuesday night. Visitors were edged by Punjab S. (2-1) 125-123. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Mumbai Ch.. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 38-25 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Punjab S. made 27-of-31 free shots (87.1 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 Mumbai Ch. turnovers. Strangely Mumbai Ch. outrebounded Punjab S. 42-22 including a 29-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by Mumbai Ch. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Dermaine Crockrell (185-89, college: Bemidji St.) scored 51 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 5 assists (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and international point guard Akilan Pari (180-89) chipped in 10 points and 8 assists during the contest. Crockrell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Punjab S. players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Alex Scales (192-78, college: Oregon) with 33 points (!!!) and 4 assists and Canadian Jimmy Scroggins (, college: Regina) scored 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Punjab S. keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Mumbai Ch. Punjab S. is looking forward to face Haryana G. (#4) in Chandigarh in the next round. Mumbai Ch. will play on the road against Delhi C. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Punjab S.: D.Crockrell 51+7reb+5ast, R.Singh 15+1reb+1ast, S.Sandhu 12+2ast, G.Singh Gill 12+1reb, R.Kumar 10+5reb+2ast, A.Pari 10+2reb+8ast
Mumbai Ch.: A.Scales 33+4reb+4ast, J.Scroggins 33+6reb+2ast, I.Gill 27+4reb+3ast, J.Bains 9+6reb+1ast, P.Venkatesh 7+4reb+3ast, Jeevenathan 6+7reb
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Kelly's 39-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

Tevin Kelly had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Hydrabad S. and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
He had the game-high 39 points adding six rebounds and seven assists for Hydrabad S. in his team's victory, helping them to beat Chennai S. (#3, 1-2) 93-84. Hydrabad S. is placed at 2nd position in their group in Indian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Hydrabad S. will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. In the team's last game Kelly had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He just recently signed at Hydrabad S., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Kelly has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 38.3ppg), assists (6th best: 6.3apg) and averages solid 66.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (192-G-91) of Bengaluru. He is international guard in his first season at Bengaluru. In the last game Bhriguvanshi recorded impressive 25 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Bad luck as Bengaluru was edged by South's leader Pune P. (#1, 3-0) 96-94. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in South. Bengaluru still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. 3 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Bhriguvanshi is one of the most experienced players at Bengaluru and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 28.3ppg (#9). His other stats are also decent: 10.3rpg and 7.0apg.

Third place about best performers goes to Amritpal Singh (212-C/F-91) of league's leader Pune P.. Singh scored 26 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Pune P., leading his team to a 96-94 win against #4 ranked Bengaluru. Pune P. started extremely well this year. They recorded 3 victories without losing a single game in South. Singh turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Singh has a great season in India. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 13.3rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Pierre Newton (196-G-93) of Pune P. - 27 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Agu Chukwunanu) of Chennai S. - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Mahesh Padmanabhan) of Hydrabad S. - 29 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Ram Kumar Cr) of Chennai S. - 26 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Mak Boskailo (206-F) of Hydrabad S. - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Visu Palani) of Bengaluru - 9 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Kaif Zia) of Bengaluru - 12 points, 2 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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Marko Popovic (ex Start Lublin) joins Tabriz - by Eurobasket News

Shahrdary Tabriz (Superleague) agreed terms with 33-year old guard Marko Popovic (193-84, agency: Stealth Sport). He is a dual citizen owning also Bosnia and Herzegovina passport. Popovic played last season at Start Lublin in Polish PLK league. In 16 games he had 7.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.6apg and 1.0spg.
Part of previous (2014-15) season he spent at Dinamo Tbilisi in Superleague where in 7 games he recorded 10.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.9apg and 1.9spg. Popovic helped them to win the cup. He also spent pre-season at Smederevo in Serbian KLS that year. But in only one game he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound. Popovic was a member of Bosnia and Herzegovina Senior National Team back in 2009.
He is quite experienced player. Popovic has played also professionally in Greece (Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas), Slovenia (Zlatorog), Spain (UCAM Murcia), Montenegro (Ibon Niksic) and Serbia (Vojvodina, Vojvodina Srbijagas, Sloga, Radnicki KG 06 and KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Petar Mijovic signs with Iraqi Basketball Federation to be head coach of U18 & U16 National Teams !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Iraqi Basketball Federation agreed terms with Montenegrin Coach Petar Mijovic to be head of U18 & U16 National teams in the upcoming competitions. The montenegrin coach arrived to Baghdad yesterday and he already started the preparations with his new team for WABA U16 which be held in Iran in April.
This will be the 35 years old coach first experience in Middle east but he has very successful career in Europe with Montenegro National Teams or with the team that he coached, he was assistant coach of Montenegro U16 NT in 2007 and assistant coach of U18 NT between 2009 until 2011, also with Montenegro Senior NT he was assistant coach of Luka Pavicevic between 2012 until 2014, while he was working with U18 National teams he won the bronze Medal of European U18 Division B two times in 2009 and in 2010, also reached the semi final of competition in 2011.
He started this season with Sigal Prishtina in Kosovo superleague but left in October about management problems, last season he coached KB Bashkimi Prizren in Kosovo superleague and he succeeded with the team to reach the semifinal of the league !! he also worked as assistant coach for Senior team and head coach of U20 team in Chorale de Roanne Basket in France Pro A season 2013-2014. he won Montenegro U18 Championship four times while he was working in youth programs of KK Mornar Bar & KK Podgorica in Montenegro 1A league.



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Ewing is back at Neptunas, ex Maccabi Ashdod - by Eurobasket News

Neptunas Klaipeda (LKL) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old American shooting guard Daniel Ewing (191-83, college: Duke, agency: Stealth Sport). It is actually his comeback to Klaipeda as he has played here before. Ewing started the season at Maccabi Ashdod in Israeli Winner League. In 19 games he had 9.5ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.5apg and 1.6spg this season. Ewing helped them to make it to the Israeli Cup Semifinals. The last season he played at Neptunas where in 49 LKL games he recorded 13.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.6apg and 1.2spg. Ewing contributed to his team making it to the final and Cup semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Import Player of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team. Ewing also played 15 games in Eurocup where he averaged 14.8ppg, 2.1rpg, 4.0apg and 1.3spg.
In 2005 Ewing was drafted by Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) in second round (32nd overall). He attended Duke University and it is his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Ewing won Polish League championship title for three years in a row (between 2009 and 2011). He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Player of the Year back in 2011.
Ewing is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in France (Paris Levallois and Le Mans), Russia (Khimky), Turkey (Besiktas), Ukraine (Azovmash) and Poland (Asseco).
On Ewing: Great shooter with the ability to slash to the basket... Not a pure point guard.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kevin Dillard (ex Breakers) is a newcomer at Maccabi Ashdod - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Ashdod (Winner League) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American point guard Kevin Dillard (183-83kg-89, college: Dayton). He played recently at Breakers in Australian NBL league. Dillard managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year (!!!). In 9 NBL games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.8apg and 1.6spg. He also played earlier that season for Pinar Karsiyaka in Turkish BSL where in 9 NBL games he averaged 12.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.9apg and 1.0spg. Dillard also played 7 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 7.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.7apg and 1.4spg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Among other achievements Dillard received NABC Division I All-District 4 2nd Team award back in 2012 and 2013 at his college time.
Dillard is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Antwerp Giants), France (Pau Lacq Orthez and Cholet Basket), Germany (EnBW Ludwigsburg), Greece (Apollon Patras), Italy (Novipiu Casale) and Latvia (VEF Riga).
Dillard attended University of Dayton until 2013 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Best players of Japanese B League D3 round 14 - by Eurobasket News

Ghanian-British Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-F-88) had a great game in the last round for league's leader Fukuoka Rizing and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com B League D3 Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 28-year old forward had the game-high 36 points adding nine rebounds for Fukuoka Rizing in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Tokyo Cinq R. (#6, 10-16) with 27-point margin 84-57. It allowed Fukuoka Rizing to consolidate first place in the Japanese B League D3. Fukuoka Rizing have a solid 23-3 record. In the team's last game Bryan-Amaning had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Fukuoka Rizing's top player in his first season with the team. Matthew Bryan-Amaning averages this season 16.9ppg and 6.9rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old Panamanian forward Tony Bishop (201-F-89) of second-ranked Kanazawa Sam.. Bishop impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 30 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he led Kanazawa Sam. to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Aisin AW (#5, 12-14) 103-57. Kanazawa Sam.'s second position in the standings has not changed. His team belongs to top of the standings with 22-2 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Bishop is a newcomer at Kanazawa Sam. and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Kyle Richardson (201-F-91) of Otsuka A. (#3). Richardson scored 28 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Otsuka A., leading his team to a 98-63 easy win against the lower-ranked Tokyo Big Blue (#9, 2-22). Otsuka A. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 8 lost games. Richardson has a great season in Japan. After 34 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.4ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 11.1rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrew Fitzgerald (202-C/F-90) of Kanazawa Sam. - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Ray Raymond (203-F-84) of Otsuka A. - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Gyno Pomare (203-F-86) of Kanazawa Sam. - 19 points and 13 rebounds
7. Joe Wolfinger (216-C-85) of Otsuka A. - 15 points and 10 rebounds
8. Josh Peppers (201-F-85) of Fukuoka Rizing - 20 points and 4 rebounds
9. Cyrus Tate (203-F/C-85) of Saitama Bron. - 14 points and 12 rebounds
10. R.J. Slawson (206-F-92) of Tokyo Cinq R. - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Kazakhstan Higher League round 5 (Second Stage) best performance: Vasiliy Petrashinets - by Eurobasket News

Forward Vasiliy Petrashinets (198-F-89) had a very impressive game in the last round for top-ranked Tobol, receiving a Asia-basket.com Higher League Player of the Week award for round 5 (Second Stage).
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 34 points and 15 rebounds, while his team outclassed Kazygurt (#4, 3-12) with 50-point margin 117-67. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Tobol to consolidate first place in the Kazakhstan Higher League. Tobol have a solid 12-3 record. In the team's last game Petrashinets had a remarkable 88.2% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Tobol and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Vasiliy Petrashinets averages this season 14.8ppg and 5.1rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was another Tobol's star - 27-year old Anton Bykov (200-F-89). Bykov had a very good evening with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course together with Petrashinets he helped Tobol with another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Kapshagay (#2, 9-6) 92-67. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Tobol consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team lost just three games this Second Stage, while they won 12 matches. Bykov is a newcomer at Tobol, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.9ppg (#4). He also registered 10.8 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Russian center Vsevolod Fadeikin (206-C-85) of Almat.Legion (#3). Fadeikin scored 27 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Fadeikin's great performance Almat.Legion lost 95-96 to #4 ranked Kazygurt. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The chances of Almat.Legion ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Fadeikin could help Almat.Legion to bring them higher in the standings. Fadeikin has a great season in Kazakhstan. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.8ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 7.8rpg (4th best). Vsevolod Fadeikin has also Kazakhstan passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zhandos Kaliyev (197-F-93) of Kazygurt - 25 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Leonid Voronushkin (185-G-97) of Kapshagay - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Yuriy Kozhanov (190-G-90) of Almat.Legion - 32 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Kirill Nikulochkin (190-G/F-88) of Kazygurt - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Mikhail Shvab (187-G-90) of Tobol - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Viktor Sotov (173-PG-78) of Kazygurt - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Andrey Moroy (198-F-99) of Kapshagay - 14 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)



Sean Hill (ex Badajoz) agreed terms with Kaspiy Aktau - by Eurobasket News

BK Kaspiy Aktau (National League) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American guard Sean Hill (188-82kg-92, college: Chicago State). He played most recently at GBP Badajoz in Spanish EBA league. In 20 games he recorded 13.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg last season.
Hill's team won WHAC Regular Season in 2013.
He graduated from Chicago State in 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Three teams share the top - by Eurobasket News

Three teams share the top of the league with 5-0 records. Politekhnik remained undefeated after an easy 102-35 win against Naryn. The favorites managed to win all the quarters of the game to seal the victory. Guiness-29 outscored Alga 70-63 in a thriller. Trailing 12 points at the end of the first period, they managed to win the game and improved to a 5-0 record. Tulpar-SKIF edged KNU 87-40 to remain the third team on top.


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Elegant Sagesse Get Past Egyptian National Team - by Eurobasket News

Sagesse took on the Egyptian national team as both teams pursued the win to put one foot in the semi-finals. Sagesse started the game off well with good box outs, switching on defense, and hustle on every play. Todd was able to score from his favorite spot on couple of occasions. Michael Efevberha (193-G-84, college: CS Northridge) and Terrell Stoglin (185-G-91, college: Maryland) were able to find spaces in the Egyptian zone to knock down their shots. Sagesse were focused and energetic on both sides of the floor. The best first quarter for Sagesse in this tournament ended in their favor 26-14. In the second q, the Egyptians tried to get back into the game with a full-court defense and some quick plays with their HULK opening spaces under the rim ( Yeah a 2.25m guy is definitely a HULK, not a man). They were able to close the gap to 5 points. The Egyptians kept on pounding and found their touch from behind the arc to tie the game at 40. With 2 seconds left Bashir gave his team a 42-40 lead going into HT. In the beginning of the third, both teams traded buckets as the Egyptian defense started to suffocate the Lebanese offense. Todd O'brian continued his excellent performance to keep his team in the game. Terrell was being pushed and shoved all game long but was still able to score some hard buckets. Sagesse were able to maintain their lead 59-56. In the last q, Sagesse kept on fighting to maintain their lead. Couple of Terrell buckets and some great defending from Todd, Patrick and Bashir kept the lead with 5 min left. Sagesse shared the ball greatly with double teams always placed on Terrell and Mike. Players like Patrick found the gap to score a crucial shot and get the lead up to 5 with 3 min left. In the dying minutes, Sagesse looked for their go-to guy, none other than Terrell Stoglin who put the game to bed with couple of free throws. The game ended 81-75 in Sagesse's favor.
Courtesy of: sports-961.com



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Ewing is back at Neptunas, ex Maccabi Ashdod - by Eurobasket News

Neptunas Klaipeda (LKL) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old American shooting guard Daniel Ewing (191-83, college: Duke, agency: Stealth Sport). It is actually his comeback to Klaipeda as he has played here before. Ewing started the season at Maccabi Ashdod in Israeli Winner League. In 19 games he had 9.5ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.5apg and 1.6spg this season. Ewing helped them to make it to the Israeli Cup Semifinals. The last season he played at Neptunas where in 49 LKL games he recorded 13.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.6apg and 1.2spg. Ewing contributed to his team making it to the final and Cup semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian LKL Import Player of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Imports Team. Ewing also played 15 games in Eurocup where he averaged 14.8ppg, 2.1rpg, 4.0apg and 1.3spg.
In 2005 Ewing was drafted by Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) in second round (32nd overall). He attended Duke University and it is his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Ewing won Polish League championship title for three years in a row (between 2009 and 2011). He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Player of the Year back in 2011.
Ewing is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in France (Paris Levallois and Le Mans), Russia (Khimky), Turkey (Besiktas), Ukraine (Azovmash) and Poland (Asseco).
On Ewing: Great shooter with the ability to slash to the basket... Not a pure point guard.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Adriatic League: Union Oimpija rally past Buducnost - by Eurobasket News

Union Olimpija - Buducnost 81:79

Union Olimpija celebrated the 10th victory in Adriatic League regular season. They nipped Buducnost in Ljubljana tonight. Nikola Jankovic (207-PF-94, agency: BeoBasket) and Brandon Jefferson (175-PG-91, college: Metro St.) provided 24 points each to pace the hosts.
Union Olimpija sank 23 points in the opening quarter to take a 4-point lead. The Slovenian team maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They built a 45:40 halftime lead. Buducnost narrowed the deficit in the third term. They got within two points at the final intermission. Union Olimpija however hung on to a slim lead throughout the fourth term and eked out a narrow win. Gregor Hrovat (196-G/F-94) chipped in 12 points for the winners. J.R. Reynolds (188-G-84, college: Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) responded with 17 points for Buducnost. Owen Klassen (208-C/F-91, college: Acadia) had 15 points in the loss.

Union Olimpija: Nikola Jankovic 24, Brandon Jefferson 24, Gregor Hrovat 12
Buducnost: J.R. Reynolds 17, Owen Klassen 15



Cole Dickerson is back at Kormend - by Winter Gabor

Egis Kormend (A Division) agreed terms with 26-year old American forward Cole Dickerson (201-104kg-91, college: USF). It is actually his comeback to Kormend as he has played here before. Dickerson supposed to play at Mornar Bar in Montenegrin Erste Liga, but left the team in Dec.'16. In 10 games he had 9.3ppg and 3.3rpg this season. Dickerson also played 8 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 4.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.0spg. The last season Dickerson played at Egis Kormend. In 38 A Division games he averaged 12.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.4apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention. Dickerson also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 11.2ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.7apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Dickerson was voted All-WCC 1st Team back in 2013 and 2014 at his college time.
Dickerson has played previously professionally in Finland (Lapuan_Korikobrat) and Holland (Den Helder).
He attended University of San Francisco until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Top Sleeper in C-USA Austin Ajukwa looks to lead team vs WKU - by Alan Waters

Jon Davis recorded his 12th 20-point scoring game of the season but the Charlotte 49ers (11-14, C-USA: 5-9) fell to Old Dominion (16-10, C-USA: 9-5), 72-48, on the road.

Davis led all scorers with 26 points with 19 of them coming in the second half. Austin Ajukwa recorded his 10th double-figure scoring game with 12 points. Charlotte was 12-for-13 from the free throw line.

Austin Ajukwa looks promising as a future NBA Prospect with his ability to Create of the dribble and knock down the Jumper and lock down wing defender. Look forward to see Ajukwa be used to his ability for UNC-Charlotte.

Old Dominion has three players in double-figures led by Ahmad Caver and Zoran Talley with 17 points apiece.

With Old Dominion leading 6-2, the 49ers connected on three straights three-point field goals by White, Davis and Braxton Ogbueze to take an 11-7 lead with 15:31 on the clock.

Old Dominion scored five straight points regaining the lead. Then, Ajukwa was fouled shooting a three and he went to line and made all three free throws helping the 49ers regain the lead 14-12 with 12:38 left in the first half.

Old Dominion scored six straight points regaining the lead. Charlotte scored four straight points tying the score at 18 with just over eight minutes left in the first half. Then, Old Dominion scored seven straight points taking a 25-18 lead with 7:10 on the clock. A three by Ajukwa and a basket by White cut Old Dominion's lead to 25-23 with 5:08 left in the first half. However, Old Dominion scored seven of the first half's final nine points taking a 32-25 halftime lead.

Four minutes into the second half, Old Dominion had pushed their lead to 38-27. Then, the 49ers behind the scoring of Davis and Ajukwa went on an 11-2 run over the next two minutes cutting Old Dominion's lead to 40-38 when Ajukwa knocked down two free throws with 13:08 left in the second half.

Then, Old Dominion went on an 8-0 run over the next two and half minutes pushing their lead back 48-38 with just over 10 and half minutes left in the second half.
The 49ers answered the ODU run with an 8-2 run over the next four minutes cutting Old Dominion's lead to 50-46 when Davis knocked down two free throws with 6:58 left in regulation. However that would be as close as the 49ers would get the rest of the way.

Charlotte returns to Halton Arena to play WKU, Thursday, February 23 at 7 p.m.



Nets To Trade Bojan Bogdanovic To Wizards - by Eurobasket News

The Nets and Wizards have agreed to a deal that will send Bojan Bogdanovic (6'8''-SF-89) to Washington, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. Wojnarowski had previously identified the Wizards and Kings as teams with interest in the Brooklyn sharpshooter.Bojan Bogdanovic horizontal. In exchange for Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough (6'10''-F-95, college: Syracuse), who will also head to Washington in the deal, the Nets will receive Andrew Nicholson (6'9''-PF-89, college: St.Bonaventure), Marcus Thornton (6'4''-G-87, college: LSU, agency: Pensack Sports), and the Wizards' 2017 first-round pick, according to Wojnarowski. The pick will be lottery protected, per ESPN's Zach Lowe. Bogdanovic, who will turn 28 in April, was the 31st overall pick in the 2011 draft and eventually arrived stateside to join the Nets in 2014. The 6'8″ forward is is enjoying a career year this season, with 14.2 PPG and a .357 3PT% in 55 games so far. Although Bogdanovic is on an expiring deal, he'll be eligible for restricted - rather than unrestricted - free agency this summer. His matching rights will now be held by the Wizards, rather than by Brooklyn, and that has some value. The Nets know first-hand that it can be difficult to steal an RFA away from another team - the club had offer sheets for Allen Crabbe, Tyler Johnson, and Donatas Motiejunas matched in 2016. Depending on whether the Wizards want to commit to Bogdanovic beyond the 2016/17 season, they may have to worry about re-signing two key RFAs in the summer, as Otto Porter is also on track for restricted free agency. From the Nets' perspective, the club gets another first-round pick in what's expected to be a deep and talented draft. That probably makes the deal a win for GM Sean Marks, even though the Wizards' pick currently projects to fall just 24th overall, as our reverse standings show. The Nets, of course, don't have their own first-rounder, but they'll also get Boston's pick, setting them up for two selections in the 20s. As for the financial details of the trade, the Nets had been well below the salary floor, but they'll inch about $2.3MM closer to that mark by taking on Nicholson and Thornton, who combine to earn more than $7MM. Meanwhile, the Wizards will cut costs a little by taking on Bogdanovic ($3.57MM) and McCullough ($1.19MM). Washington should also be able to create a traded player exception in the deal worth about $2.5MM. While Bogdanovic and Thornton are free agents at season's end, Nicholson and McCullough are controllable through the 2018/19 season. McCullough will be eligible for restricted free agency in the summer of '19, while Nicholson has a player option for the '19/20 season.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



Lakers Hire Rob Pelinka As GM - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles Lakers and Rob Pelinka have agreed upon a multi-year deal for him to become general manager. Pelinka will join the Lakers' front office now run by Magic Johnson following the dismissal of Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss. Pelinka was one of the NBA's most powerful agents, representing Kobe Bryant (6'6''-SG-78), James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.), Andre Iguodala (6'6''-SF-84, college: Arizona) and Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88, college: Indiana), amongst others. Pelinka will have to divest his interest in his agency to become GM of the Lakers. The Lakers initially targeted Bob Myers but he recently signed an extension with the Golden State Warriors. 'I want a [general manager] who understands the CBA, but also understands our team and wants to be here,' Johnson said during his introductory interview with Spectrum SportsNet. 'And that also knows players, knows agents, because we're going to need all of that on his resume when he comes to work here.' Pelinka will be the day-to-day executive running the organization, engineering trades, and coordinating scouting and the draft.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Top 5 Richest NBA Players - by Eurobasket

There's great wealth in sports, and basketball is not lagging behind in any way. NBA players have been known for some of the most fascinating success stories. However, they definitely took the phrase 'from rags to riches' literally. With astounding amounts of money overflowing their bank accounts, these people are living proof that talent can get you a long way.
With frequent ups and downs, NBA players go through their careers with one goal only - scoring. The astounding amounts of money they make along the way are just an added benefit. Now, where do the greatest riches lie?

#5 - Kobe Bryant ($280 million)

This player's golden talent got him straight out of high school and into the ball court. Ever since he was drafted in 1996, Kobe has kept a loyal position with the Los Angeles Lakers.
With numerous recognitions and awards behind him, he basically gets paid for existing, as his income from endorsements is as big as his paycheck with the Lakers. Despite a sexual assault lawsuit to damp his career, it seems like his account doesn't mind any publicity.

#4 - LeBron James ($300 million)

Known as 'King' James, he holds the fourth position on our list due to the many smart decisions he has made both on and off the court. LeBron is another high school draftee whose life simply skyrocketed through the greatest number of endorsements that a single player could handle.
Back in 2014, LeBron took a chance with his share in Beats Audio which some of us wouldn't do with our bet365 bonus code. Keeping to the same policies as in basketball, this player is definitely headed up the list.

#3 - Shaquille O'Neal ($350 million)

'Shaq' is known as NBA's most recognizable public figure and a proud symbol of the great wealth in this business. Although he no longer plays, you can often find him on the commentator's place.
When he's not dealing with anything basketball-related, Shaquille is present elsewhere on the air. His numerous big screen and TV appearances, as well as on-going endorsements keep his wealth on a steady rise.

#2 - Magic Johnson ($500 million)

Understandably it's not Magic, but did you know his real name is Earvin? Mr. Earvin Johnson is a legendary NBA player, no short of imagination in his moves, rightfully defending his title.
Half a billion dollars deep, he still keeps a spark lit in his games and sticks to what he knows, choosing the LA Dodgers for one of his greatest business investments.

#1 - Michael Jordan ($1.1 billion)

The greatest of them all, Michael Jordan, has accumulated riches beyond a billion dollars, and still counting (if you could count them all). His skills earned him this rightful place, just as they have earned him one of the most valuable contracts in history.
Jordan's commercial and sports career have proven his many talents, making him the first billionaire in NBA history. And as all financial forecasts seem to show, this is not the end.



Cavaliers To Re-Sign Derrick Williams To 2nd 10-Day Deal - by Eurobasket News

The Cavaliers will sign Derrick Williams (6'8''-F-91, college: Arizona) to a second 10-day contract on Wednesday, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reports. Williams' first 10-day deal with the team expired during All-Star weekend. Vardon notes that it's likely the combo forward remains with the team for the remainder of the season. It was previously reported that Williams had done enough to secure another deal with the team and LeBron James has said he wants to see him in Cleveland long-term. 'We hope that this is a long-term thing,' James said. 'He's 25-years old. It doesn't seem like it because we've been hearing his name for so long. But he's 25, he hasn't even gotten to his potential, to his prime yet. So hopefully this group, this locker room, myself, my leadership - just want to see him grow every day, and it's a good place for him.' Vardon notes that if the Cavs need a roster spot to complete a trade, they could terminate the contract and then re-sign him later for the entire season. After Williams officially signs the new 10-day deal, the team will have 14 players under contract.
Courtesy of: hooprsrumors.com



Los Angeles Lakers deal Lou Williams to Houston Rockets for Corey Brewer - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles Lakers have swung their first deal of the Magic Johnson Era, agreeing to send Louis Williams (6'1''-SG-86) to the Houston Rockets for Corey Brewer (6'9''-G/F-86, college: Florida) and a future draft pick. Brewer's agent Wallace Prather confirmed the terms of the trade, which were first reported Tuesday by Yahoo Sports. Neither team immediately revealed the trade publicly. "Thanx for the love L.A., I've enjoyed my stay," Williams wrote on Twitter. Williams led the Lakers in scoring at 18.6 points per game, playing off the bench. Brewer was averaging 4.2 points for Houston. The trade came hours after the Lakers announced the firing of general manager Mitch Kupchak and put Johnson in charge of basketball operations -- part of a massive front office shake-up. And while the draft pick will help the Lakers' future, the Rockets just got deeper. Williams has scored more points off the bench than anyone else in the NBA this season -- and Eric Gordon, the newly crowned 3-point shootout champion at All-Star weekend -- is No. 2 on that list. Reserves have three games of 35 points or more in the NBA this season, all by Williams, all in a dazzling seven-day span in early December. He had 40 points against Memphis, 38 against Utah and 35 against Phoenix. Williams has also been to the playoffs six times with three different teams, seeing action in 41 postseason contests. He's under contract for $7 million next season. Brewer is also under contract for next season, at about $7.6 million. "Thanks to everyone in the Houston Rockets organization for my time here," Brewer wrote in a statement released on Twitter. "A special thanks to all the great fans of the Rockets for making this city a special place to live and play."
Courtesy of: nba.com



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Rhode Island Rolls Past La Salle - by Carl Berman

Philadelphia, PA - Rhode Island's defense was the story of the night as the Rams smothered La Salle, holding the Explorers to just 35 percent shooting from the field in a 67-56 victory. Led by 6-9 senior forward Kuran Iverson, URI stifled La Salle's offensive flow, causing 13 turnovers, and limiting the Explorers to just nine assists. Iverson's combination of quickness and length frustrated La Salle's leading scorer, BJ Johnson, into a 4-of-12 performance from the field.

For a team looking to move into the top four of the A-10 and gain a coveted double bye into the conference tournament quarterfinals, La Salle played an uninspiring 40 minutes. The Explorers made just three 3-pointers and failed to find any semblance of rhythm offensively. The lone bright spots were guards Pookie Powell and Amar Stukes. The duo combined for 27 points and kept La Salle within striking distance.

For the Rhode Island offense, it was the Jared Terrell (6'3''-G-95) show. The explosive 6-3 junior guard lit Tom Gola arena up for a season-high 24 points off 11-of-16 from the field. Using his powerful build, quickness and athleticism, Terrell was able to get into the lane at will and finish above the trees with several acrobatic lay-ups. Terrell's higher profile backcourt mate, 6-5 junior guard EC Matthews, played an extremely efficient game. The laid-back lefty, scored 10 points off 4-of-8 from the field and added two assists, two steals and no turnovers. Matthews, who missed last season with an ACL injury, now lacks explosiveness but makes up for it with deep range and great awareness. Defensive standout Iverson added six points and ten rebounds, and 6-7 senior forward Hassan Martin added 10 points and two blocks in 13 foul-troubled minutes.

With the win, URI remains squarely on the bubble at 18-9 overall and 10-5 in conference. The Rams face VCU in Kingston on February 25th. La Salle drops to 14-13 on the year and 8-7 in the A-10. The Explorers head to Amherst on February 26th to try to complete the season sweep over UMass.

This article was written by Robert Smuckler and edited by Carl Berman of NetScouts Basketball.



No. 9 Baylor holds on 60-54 over Oklahoma to stay in 2nd - by Eurobasket News

Baylor coach Scott Drew preferred to focus on the positive aspects of the defense after the ninth-ranked Bears had to hold on to snap a two-game slide. Johnathan Motley (6'9''-F-95) had 21 points and 16 rebounds for the Bears, but they had to hold on after blowing almost all of a 15-point lead in the second half and not making a field goal over the last 6 minutes of a 60-54 victory over Oklahoma on Tuesday night. "If you like defense, you liked tonight's game, because both teams defended pretty well, or the offenses were pretty bad," Drew said. "So, let's go with the positive - great defenses tonight. I know I'm pleased to hold them to 32 percent (shooting). You don't hold many Big 12 teams to 32 percent and 54 points." The Bears (23-5, 10-5), who had lost four of their previous six games, moved back into a tie for second place in the Big 12. Oklahoma used a 21-8 run to get within 49-47 on Jamuni McNeace (6'10''-C)'s jumper with 9:21 left. But Manu Lecomte (5'11''-PG-95) then hit consecutive 3-pointers for the Bears, though those were more than 2 minutes apart and their last field goals. "That was huge. We know Manu is a big shot maker," Motley said. "When we need a big shot out of him, we know Manu is going to take it and make it." Lecomte, who finished with 11 points, had missed practice the previous two days after a loss to No. 3 Kansas on Saturday because of a sore ankle, as did lone senior Ishmail Wainright (6'5''-G-94). Jo-Lual-Acuil Jr., a 7-footer who had sat out practice because of a calf issue, had 11 points along with nine rebounds and seven blocked shots. "Shoot, he almost had a triple-double. So, I told him re-injure it," Drew said with a smile Baylor stayed even with No. 12 West Virginia and Iowa State in the conference standings with three games left in the regular season. The Bears' Big 12 title hopes likely ended with a 67-65 home loss Saturday, when were outscored 8-0 over the last 3 1/2 minutes. Kansas, which is home Wednesday night against TCU, is one win from guaranteeing at least a share of its 13th consecutive Big 12 title. Kameron McGusty (6'5''-G-97) had 13 points to lead the Sooners (9-18, 3-12), and was the only one of seven players who scored in their big run to make multiple baskets. His 3-pointer started the big spurt. "Baylor got off to a great start, and then after that I thought we battled a little bit better," Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. "Second half, came out and fought much better, Baylor's good, Baylor's really good."
Courtesy of: newsobserver.com



Top Sleeper in C-USA Austin Ajukwa looks to lead team vs WKU - by Alan Waters

Jon Davis recorded his 12th 20-point scoring game of the season but the Charlotte 49ers (11-14, C-USA: 5-9) fell to Old Dominion (16-10, C-USA: 9-5), 72-48, on the road.

Davis led all scorers with 26 points with 19 of them coming in the second half. Austin Ajukwa recorded his 10th double-figure scoring game with 12 points. Charlotte was 12-for-13 from the free throw line.

Austin Ajukwa looks promising as a future NBA Prospect with his ability to Create of the dribble and knock down the Jumper and lock down wing defender. Look forward to see Ajukwa be used to his ability for UNC-Charlotte.

Old Dominion has three players in double-figures led by Ahmad Caver and Zoran Talley with 17 points apiece.

With Old Dominion leading 6-2, the 49ers connected on three straights three-point field goals by White, Davis and Braxton Ogbueze to take an 11-7 lead with 15:31 on the clock.

Old Dominion scored five straight points regaining the lead. Then, Ajukwa was fouled shooting a three and he went to line and made all three free throws helping the 49ers regain the lead 14-12 with 12:38 left in the first half.

Old Dominion scored six straight points regaining the lead. Charlotte scored four straight points tying the score at 18 with just over eight minutes left in the first half. Then, Old Dominion scored seven straight points taking a 25-18 lead with 7:10 on the clock. A three by Ajukwa and a basket by White cut Old Dominion's lead to 25-23 with 5:08 left in the first half. However, Old Dominion scored seven of the first half's final nine points taking a 32-25 halftime lead.

Four minutes into the second half, Old Dominion had pushed their lead to 38-27. Then, the 49ers behind the scoring of Davis and Ajukwa went on an 11-2 run over the next two minutes cutting Old Dominion's lead to 40-38 when Ajukwa knocked down two free throws with 13:08 left in the second half.

Then, Old Dominion went on an 8-0 run over the next two and half minutes pushing their lead back 48-38 with just over 10 and half minutes left in the second half.
The 49ers answered the ODU run with an 8-2 run over the next four minutes cutting Old Dominion's lead to 50-46 when Davis knocked down two free throws with 6:58 left in regulation. However that would be as close as the 49ers would get the rest of the way.

Charlotte returns to Halton Arena to play WKU, Thursday, February 23 at 7 p.m.



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Top D2 Guard Pierre Hayden - by Alan Waters

Senior point guard Pierre Hayden came in from Hampton and looks to make an immediate impact as a vocal leader, distributor and scoring threat in the backcourt 'Pierre is one of our transfers, and he has the largest learning curve because he's a point guard,' Potter said. 'I probably talk to him more than I talk to any other individual player. He and I have a special relationship, because I let him know when he makes a great decision but I also have to tell him when he does something wrong. There's not a lot of time to learn everything.'
Hayden said he originally planned to transfer to Pittsburg State, but changed his mind after a campus visit to Newman in May when he met Potter and assistant coach R.J. Allen.
'When they were recruiting me, the biggest thing they said they needed was leadership,' Hayden said. 'I try to lead by example and I want to be the main leader on this team, vocally and physically.'
The point-guard position often demands a certain level of leadership, and Hayden said he's been working to craft his game away from a shoot-first mentality to fit the more traditional definition of a floor general. Newman's typically fast-paced style works best with a guard who distributes the ball, and Hayden wants to refine that skill this year.
'I've been working on being more of a true point guard,' he said. 'I really want to average a double-double. I want as many assists as points, and to do that I have to get my teammates involved. That's what I've been working on. The main thing is being a leader.'
Helping Hayden from a leadership standpoint will be a pair of returners with more experience at Newman than any other players. Senior guards Taylor Schieber and Daniel Nwosu Jr. started seven games each last year, both seeing more minutes in the second half of the season.
Where Hayden hopes to lead, Nwosu, the top returning scorer with 10.1 points, wants to motivate with volume.
'I'm a different type of leader,' Nwosu said. ' (Hayden) is more of the vocal-type guy. I'm always the loudest person, but I'm not the type of person to get on guys. I'm more of an energy, motivator guy. What I'm really trying to do this year is to be the loudest person on the court every game. My goal is to bring the most energy to the team every game.'
High-energy is a good description of a Newman program that averaged more than 83 points last season. But the pace required to maintain such a mark demands coordination and a fluidity that may not yet be there at the beginning of the season.
'One of the things we like to do is get the basketball up and down the floor,' Potter said. 'So for the possibility to score we're trying to perfect each offense we have. We hope we have guys ready to take over, but any time you have a situation like we do you're going to have a learning curve, and I think we're behind offensively right now.' Hayden looks to Prepare for Portsmouth invitational As her sits out the remainder of the 2nd half of the season due to the NCAA transfer rule.




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Top D2 Guard Pierre Hayden - by Alan Waters

Senior point guard Pierre Hayden came in from Hampton and looks to make an immediate impact as a vocal leader, distributor and scoring threat in the backcourt 'Pierre is one of our transfers, and he has the largest learning curve because he's a point guard,' Potter said. 'I probably talk to him more than I talk to any other individual player. He and I have a special relationship, because I let him know when he makes a great decision but I also have to tell him when he does something wrong. There's not a lot of time to learn everything.'
Hayden said he originally planned to transfer to Pittsburg State, but changed his mind after a campus visit to Newman in May when he met Potter and assistant coach R.J. Allen.
'When they were recruiting me, the biggest thing they said they needed was leadership,' Hayden said. 'I try to lead by example and I want to be the main leader on this team, vocally and physically.'
The point-guard position often demands a certain level of leadership, and Hayden said he's been working to craft his game away from a shoot-first mentality to fit the more traditional definition of a floor general. Newman's typically fast-paced style works best with a guard who distributes the ball, and Hayden wants to refine that skill this year.
'I've been working on being more of a true point guard,' he said. 'I really want to average a double-double. I want as many assists as points, and to do that I have to get my teammates involved. That's what I've been working on. The main thing is being a leader.'
Helping Hayden from a leadership standpoint will be a pair of returners with more experience at Newman than any other players. Senior guards Taylor Schieber and Daniel Nwosu Jr. started seven games each last year, both seeing more minutes in the second half of the season.
Where Hayden hopes to lead, Nwosu, the top returning scorer with 10.1 points, wants to motivate with volume.
'I'm a different type of leader,' Nwosu said. ' (Hayden) is more of the vocal-type guy. I'm always the loudest person, but I'm not the type of person to get on guys. I'm more of an energy, motivator guy. What I'm really trying to do this year is to be the loudest person on the court every game. My goal is to bring the most energy to the team every game.'
High-energy is a good description of a Newman program that averaged more than 83 points last season. But the pace required to maintain such a mark demands coordination and a fluidity that may not yet be there at the beginning of the season.
'One of the things we like to do is get the basketball up and down the floor,' Potter said. 'So for the possibility to score we're trying to perfect each offense we have. We hope we have guys ready to take over, but any time you have a situation like we do you're going to have a learning curve, and I think we're behind offensively right now.' Hayden looks to Prepare for Portsmouth invitational As her sits out the remainder of the 2nd half of the season due to the NCAA transfer rule.




Top Sleeper in C-USA Austin Ajukwa looks to lead team vs WKU - by Alan Waters

Jon Davis recorded his 12th 20-point scoring game of the season but the Charlotte 49ers (11-14, C-USA: 5-9) fell to Old Dominion (16-10, C-USA: 9-5), 72-48, on the road.

Davis led all scorers with 26 points with 19 of them coming in the second half. Austin Ajukwa recorded his 10th double-figure scoring game with 12 points. Charlotte was 12-for-13 from the free throw line.

Austin Ajukwa looks promising as a future NBA Prospect with his ability to Create of the dribble and knock down the Jumper and lock down wing defender. Look forward to see Ajukwa be used to his ability for UNC-Charlotte.

Old Dominion has three players in double-figures led by Ahmad Caver and Zoran Talley with 17 points apiece.

With Old Dominion leading 6-2, the 49ers connected on three straights three-point field goals by White, Davis and Braxton Ogbueze to take an 11-7 lead with 15:31 on the clock.

Old Dominion scored five straight points regaining the lead. Then, Ajukwa was fouled shooting a three and he went to line and made all three free throws helping the 49ers regain the lead 14-12 with 12:38 left in the first half.

Old Dominion scored six straight points regaining the lead. Charlotte scored four straight points tying the score at 18 with just over eight minutes left in the first half. Then, Old Dominion scored seven straight points taking a 25-18 lead with 7:10 on the clock. A three by Ajukwa and a basket by White cut Old Dominion's lead to 25-23 with 5:08 left in the first half. However, Old Dominion scored seven of the first half's final nine points taking a 32-25 halftime lead.

Four minutes into the second half, Old Dominion had pushed their lead to 38-27. Then, the 49ers behind the scoring of Davis and Ajukwa went on an 11-2 run over the next two minutes cutting Old Dominion's lead to 40-38 when Ajukwa knocked down two free throws with 13:08 left in the second half.

Then, Old Dominion went on an 8-0 run over the next two and half minutes pushing their lead back 48-38 with just over 10 and half minutes left in the second half.
The 49ers answered the ODU run with an 8-2 run over the next four minutes cutting Old Dominion's lead to 50-46 when Davis knocked down two free throws with 6:58 left in regulation. However that would be as close as the 49ers would get the rest of the way.

Charlotte returns to Halton Arena to play WKU, Thursday, February 23 at 7 p.m.



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Gary Forbes signs at Boca Jrs - by Eurobasket News

Aerochaco Boca Juniors Capital Feder (LigaA) landed 32-year old Panamanian swingman Gary Forbes (201-100kg-85, college: Virginia). He started the season at Long Island Nets (D-League) in the U.S. In 19 games he averaged 7.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.3apg this season. The last season Forbes played at another team Drive in U.S. semi-pro league D-League where in three games he had 3.0ppg and 2.3rpg.
In 2008 Sioux Falls Skyforce selected him as fourth overall pick in D-League draft.
Forbes attended University of Virginia and it is his ninth season in pro basketball.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
Among other achievements Forbes' team made it to the Venezuelan LPB Semifinals in 2009. He received also Latinbasket.com All-FIBA Americas Honorable Mention award back in 2011. Forbes was a member of Panamanian Senior National Team between 2007 and 2009.
He is a very experienced player. Forbes has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to eight different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Forbes has played previously professionally in China (Zhejiang Guangsha Lions), Israel (Ironi Ramat Gan), Italy (Vanoli Cremona), Philippines (TNT Ka Tropa), Puerto Rico (Manati), NBA (Houston Rockets and Brooklyn Nets), Venezuela (Trotamundos) and D-League (Springfield A.).
His game is described as: Very good scorer, with a lightning-quick first pace, who is a great offfensive weapon. Should improve his outside shooting, while his rebounding skills are yet OK. Defensively, he needs to adapt to pro level, now he seems too much foul-prone.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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Ben Vozzola gets MVP of the Week award for PBL - by Eurobasket News

Ben Vozzola (198-G-92) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's leader Kentucky M. and that's him to receive a Usbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 24-year old guard had the game-high 26 points adding eight rebounds for Kentucky M. in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Jamestown J. (#5, 5-5) with 45-point margin 137-92. It allowed Kentucky M. to consolidate first place in the PBL PBL. Kentucky M. has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 9-1. In the team's last game Vozzola had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Ben Vozzola averages this season 11.5ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old point guard Anthony Jackson (6'5''-G-89, college: Florida Tech) of Dubois D.. Jackson impressed basketball fans with 29 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Dubois D. lost that game 100-106 to slightly higher-ranked Washington W. (#7, 2-4). Dubois D. are still at the very bottom. 11 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Jackson is a newcomer at Dubois D. 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 Michael Oblitey of Washington W. (#7). Oblitey showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Washington W., leading his team to a 106-100 win against Dubois D. (#8, 0-11). The chances of Washington W. not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 4 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Oblitey could try to bring Washington W.'s a little bit higher in the standings. Oblitey has a very solid season. In 6 games in PBL he scored 16.2ppg. He also has 4.5rpg and FGP: 50.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Julius Francis (211-C) of Dubois D. - 20 points, 19 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Oswinn Hines (C) of Jamestown J. - 22 points and 7 rebounds
6. Mike Crain (191-G-84) of Kentucky M. - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Cordaryl Ballard (196-G-87) of Ohio Bootleggers - 30 points and 2 rebounds
8. Maurice Greene (F) of Chautauqua H. - 7 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists
9. C Symonds) of Washington W. - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Geno Green (196-F/G-88) of Chautauqua H. - 14 points and 10 rebounds

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



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Krosno tabs Devante Wallace - by Eurobasket News

Miasto Szkla Krosno (PLK) inked 25-year old American guard Devante Wallace (196-84kg-92, college: High Point) from Polfarmex Kutno. In 18 PLK games in Poland he averaged 10.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg this season. The last season Wallace played at Raiffeisen Wels in Austrian A Bundesliga where in 45 games he had 14.5ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg (in top 5). He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very good season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Austrian League Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game.
Among other achievements Wallace's team won Big South Conference North Division Regular Season for two years in a row (2013 and 2014).
He graduated from High Point University in 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Blair number one in Qatar for round 28 - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Larry Blair (183-G-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Al Wakrah, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 32-year old player got a double-double of 33 points and 16 assists, while his team outclassed Qatar Club (#8, 5-12) with 28-point margin 110-82. Al Wakrah maintains the 5th position in Qatari D1. Al Wakrah 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 7-10 record. In the team's last game Blair had a remarkable 64.3% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He just recently signed at Al Wakrah, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Liberty University star has very solid stats this year. Blair is in league's top in points (4th best: 28.8ppg) and averages impressive 3.4spg and 51.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Dairese Gary (185-PG-88) of Al Khor. Gary had a very good evening with a double-double of 41 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Al Khor lost that game 75-83 to the higher-ranked Al Shamal (#6, 6-11). Al Khor are still at the very bottom. 14 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Al Khor managed to get this year. Gary is a newcomer at Al Khor, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.9ppg (#7). His other stats are also decent: 9.2rpg and 6.1apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Dominic James (180-PG-86) of league's top team El Jaysh. James showcased his all-around game by recording 28 points, six rebounds and eight assists in the last round. He was a key player of El Jaysh, leading his team to a 86-55 easy win against #4 ranked Al Rayyan in a game of the week. El Jaysh have amazing season winning all 16 games without a single defeat. James turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. James has a great season in Qatar. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.8apg (6th best). He also has 3.9spg and FGP: 76.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sammy Monroe (198-F-85) of Al Gharafa - 23 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Deng Deng (203-F-92) of Al Shamal - 21 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Jamal Shabazz (198-G-94) of Al Rayyan - 29 points and 5 rebounds
7. Reggie Hamilton (182-PG-89) of Al Shamal - 28 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Olatunbo Ayeni (196-F-87) of Al Wakrah - 32 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Marcus Bell (206-C-90) of Al Rayyan - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. AJ West (206-F-91) of Al Sadd - 19 points, 17 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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Superleague 2 Round 27: Spartak St.Petersburg top Dyn-Magn.ChL by two points - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Superleague 2 is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 6 rounds.

The most exciting game of round 27 in the Superleague 2 took place in Cheliabinsk. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 3rd placed Dyn-Magn.ChL (16-13) to seventh ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (12-17) 70-68 on Tuesday evening. The best player for the winners was center Ilya Luppo (200-94) who scored 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Forward Denis Hloponin (206-81) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Vasiliy Gladyshev (189-83) who recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Spartak St.Petersburg maintains seventh place with 12-17 record. Dyn-Magn.ChL lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with 13 games lost. Spartak St.Petersburg are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Runa Basket (#8) in Moscow in the next round. Dyn-Magn.ChL will play on the road against Burevestnik (#6) in Jaroslav and is hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Cheboksari. First ranked Tambov faced second-best Cheb.Yastreby. Guests from Tambov (21-7) smashed host Cheb.Yastreby (19-10) 82-62. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Cheb.Yastreby. It was a good game for forward Nikita Gresev (204-88) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Dmitriy Zagnoyko contributed with 12 points, 8 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Forward Nikolay Dolmatov (202-88) answered with 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for Cheb.Yastreby. Tambov maintains first place with 21-7 record. Cheb.Yastreby at the other side keeps the second position with ten games lost. Tambov will play against Dynamo-CBK (#4) in Stavropol in the next round. Cheb.Yastreby will play on the road against Stroitiel Engels and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Moscow was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Burevestnik (13-16) played at the court of 8th ranked Runa Basket (4-25). Burevestnik defeated Runa Basket 85-70 on Tuesday. It was a great evening for Pavel Gromyko who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Kirill Sokolov with 14 points and 6 steals. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Burevestnik maintains sixth place with 13-16 record. Newly promoted Runa Basket stay dead last with 25 lost games. Burevestnik will meet at home higher ranked Dyn-Magn.ChL (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Runa Basket will play against Spartak St.Petersburg (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Stavropol was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Stroitiel Engels (15-14) played at the court of fifth ranked Dynamo-CBK (15-13). Dynamo-CBK managed to secure a 8-point victory 77-69. It was an exceptional evening for Tamirlan Bekkiev who led the winners and scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Dynamo-CBK's coach Oleg Filin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Dynamo-CBK moved-up to fourth place. Stroitiel Engels at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 14 games lost. Dynamo-CBK's next round opponent will be league's leader Tambov on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Stroitiel Engels will play against the league's second-placed Cheb.Yastreby (#2) and hope to win that game.

The best stats of 27th round was 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists by Alexei Kotishevskiy of Stroitiel Engels.

Runa Basket - Burevestnik 70-85

The game in Moscow was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Burevestnik (13-16) played at the court of 8th ranked Runa Basket (4-25). Burevestnik defeated Runa Basket 85-70 on Tuesday. They outrebounded Runa Basket 45-32 including 16 on the offensive glass. It was a great evening for Pavel Gromyko (197-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 7 rebounds. The former international power forward Artem Pisarchuk (205-92) helped adding 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). The best for the losing side was point guard Kirill Sokolov (192-93) with 14 points and 6 steals and guard Arseniy Metreveli (189-95) scored 16 points and 4 steals. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Burevestnik maintains sixth place with 13-16 record. Newly promoted Runa Basket stay dead last with 25 lost games. Burevestnik will meet at home higher ranked Dyn-Magn.ChL (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Runa Basket will play against Spartak St.Petersburg (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Burevestnik: P.Gromyko 23+7reb, A.Pisarchuk 19+5reb+1ast, I.Chernov 14+4reb+1ast, B.Dudu 9+8reb+1ast, I.Sukhinin 6+7reb+6ast, E.Marinin 6+2reb+1ast
Runa Basket: A.Metreveli 16+3reb+1ast, K.Sokolov 14+4reb+2ast, A.Semenov 11+1reb+1ast, M.Frolov 7+1reb+2ast, N.Shantaley 6+5reb+4ast, S.Vdovin 6+4reb
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Dynamo-CBK - Stroitiel Engels 77-69

The game in Stavropol was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Stroitiel Engels (15-14) played at the court of fifth ranked Dynamo-CBK (15-13). Dynamo-CBK managed to secure a 8-point victory 77-69. Dynamo-CBK made 26-of-33 charity shots (78.8 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Stroitiel Engels helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for Tamirlan Bekkiev (204-92) who led the winners and scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized Kazakhstan forward Nail Gafarov (198-88) accounted for 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Dynamo-CBK's coach Oleg Filin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Alexei Kotishevskiy (198-85) came up with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and center Vyacheslav Voronchikhin (208-91) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively for Stroitiel Engels in the defeat. Four Stroitiel Engels players scored in double figures. Dynamo-CBK moved-up to fourth place. Stroitiel Engels at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 14 games lost. Dynamo-CBK's next round opponent will be league's leader Tambov on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Stroitiel Engels will play against the league's second-placed Cheb.Yastreby (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Dynamo-CBK: T.Bekkiev 14+7reb+3ast, N.Gafarov 13+7reb+1ast, V.Smorkachev 10+2reb+5ast, S.Sarafankin 9+6reb+1ast, I.Kaytukov 8+1reb+3ast, M.Abyzov 8+1reb+2ast
Stroitiel Engels: A.Kotishevskiy 21+6reb+4ast, A.Ageev 14+4reb+3ast, A.Zaykin 11+8reb+3ast, V.Voronchikhin 11+5reb+6ast, V.Magan 7+2reb+3ast, A.Podosinnikov 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 534874


Dyn-Magn.ChL - Spartak SP 68-70

The most exciting game of round 27 in the Superleague 2 took place in Cheliabinsk. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 3rd placed Dyn-Magn.ChL (16-13) to seventh ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (12-17) 70-68 on Tuesday evening. The best player for the winners was center Ilya Luppo (200-94) who scored 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Forward Denis Hloponin (206-81) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Four Spartak St.Petersburg players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Vasiliy Gladyshev (189-83) who recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists and center Aleksandr Vertelov (205-91) added 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Spartak St.Petersburg maintains seventh place with 12-17 record. Dyn-Magn.ChL lost third consecutive game. They keep the third position with 13 games lost. Spartak St.Petersburg are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Runa Basket (#8) in Moscow in the next round. Dyn-Magn.ChL will play on the road against Burevestnik (#6) in Jaroslav and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Spartak SP: I.Luppo 20+5reb+1ast, V.Zuev 13+1reb+2ast, D.Hloponin 12+5reb+2ast, A.Babushkin 11+3reb+4ast, D.Bubnov 6+3reb+2ast, O.Bartunov 4+4reb+3ast
Dyn-Magn.ChL: S.Dubinin 18+6reb, A.Vertelov 15+8reb+4ast, V.Gladyshev 13+10reb+7ast, Y.Tikanov 7+4reb, K.Epanov 4+3reb, P.Moshkovskiy 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 534872


Cheb.Yastreby - Tambov 62-82

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Cheboksari. First ranked Tambov faced second-best Cheb.Yastreby. Guests from Tambov (21-7) smashed host Cheb.Yastreby (19-10) 82-62. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Cheb.Yastreby. Tambov players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was a good game for forward Nikita Gresev (204-88) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Dmitriy Zagnoyko (196-85) contributed with 12 points, 8 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Four Tambov players scored in double figures. Forward Nikolay Dolmatov (202-88) answered with 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and power forward Sergey Zhulkov (203-95) added 17 points in the effort for Cheb.Yastreby. Tambov maintains first place with 21-7 record. Cheb.Yastreby at the other side keeps the second position with ten games lost. Tambov will play against Dynamo-CBK (#4) in Stavropol in the next round. Cheb.Yastreby will play on the road against Stroitiel Engels and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Tambov: O.Alferov 18+5reb+1ast, N.Gresev 16+11reb+1ast, I.Gavrilov 15+6reb+2ast, D.Zagnoyko 12+4reb+8ast, R.Tumanov 9+4reb+6ast, A.Voron 7+4reb
Cheb.Yastreby: N.Dolmatov 18+7reb+2ast, S.Zhulkov 17+4reb+1ast, N.Tkachenko 8+4reb+2ast, A.Bogdan 8+3reb, S.Getmanov 5+4reb+9ast, E.Shahmetov 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 534873





Burevestnik lands Pavel Gromyko - by Eurobasket News

BK Burevestnik Jaroslav (Superleague 2) landed 28-year old small forward Pavel Gromyko (197-105kg-89). He started the season at Spartak Primorie Vladivostok in the Superleague 1. In 9 games he averaged 4.2ppg and 3.1rpg this season. Superleague 2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
Part of last season Gromyko spent at Irkut Irkutsk (also in Superleague 1) where in four games he had 11.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.5apg. He also played earlier that season for Dynamo Moscow (Superleague). In four games he recorded 11.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.5apg.
Among other achievements Gromyko's team was regular season runner-up in Russian Superleague in 2015. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague Forward of the Year award back in 2014.
Gromyko was a member of Russian U18 National Team in 2006.
He has played previously professionally also in Serbia (Crvena Zvezda) and Russia (Enisey, Khimky, Dynamo Moscow 2nd team and Dynamo St.Petersburg).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Clash of the titans as Espoir take on newcomers REG - by Eurobasket News

It promises to be an epic evening of fireworks when basketball league powerhouses Espoir and Rwanda Energy Group lock horns today at Amahoro indoor stadium. Both sides are serious contenders for the basketball league title this season. Today's game is an encounter that either side will not let go without a serious fight. Debutants REG enter today's game joint top with reigning champions Patriots, each with 15 points after eight rounds played, hence a win would see them reclaim the top spot for the first time. Coached by former Espoir head coach Jean Bahufite , pundits believe REG are favourites to carry the day, thanks to their squad of who is who in local basketball. REG squad comprises of great players in the league that includes former Espoir centre player Bievenue Ngandu, former Patriots skipper Ali Kubwimana (95) , and former Uganda's City Oilers star Kami Kabange. 'This will be our last game in the first round and we want to finish it on top. We are taking it as a final. I believe we shall win it because I know very well the opponent I am going to face,' said Bahufite. On the other hand, fourth placed Espoir with 14 points will be out to maintain their winning streak after a modest start and beating REG would confirm their status as a top title contenders. 'REG is a new club but has shown what it is capable of, we have to be cautious but we are capable of beating them. We are prepared and hope to stun them,' said Espoir head coach Maxime Mwiseneza. Meawhile, in another game, third placed APR (14 points), that last week saw their unbeaten record halted by REG, will be seeking to return to winning ways when they take on a resurgent IPRC-Kigali, currently in the fifth place with 13 points.
Courtesy of: newtimes.co.rw



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National 3x3 youth basketball team departs for St.Lucia this weekend - by Eurobasket News

The Historic National 3x3 Youth Basketball Team, comprising of Judah Ferris, Sheldon Gomes, Eric Joseph, and Ahmani Browne, is set to depart this Friday to compete in the International Basketball Foundation (IBF) Lesser Antilles 3x3 International Youth Championships. The competition, slated for Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th, February 2017 will be held in St. Lucia, and will feature other countries such as, Aruba, Barbados, Guyana, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, France (Guadeloupe, Martinique), and the Netherlands (Curacao, Saint Maarten). The young men, who will represent Antigua and Barbuda, were afforded this opportunity after emerging victorious in the National 3x3 Qualifiers held last year. Meanwhile, Ahmani Brown, who represented another team in the National Qualifiers, was selected as the 4th player to complete the team. After months of intense practice, the team is confident that they will make their country proud, and return home with nothing less than the Gold. The Antigua and Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA) is encouraging the general public and stakeholders to support the youths on their journey to the IBF 3x3 International Youth Championships slated for this weekend.
Courtesy of: antiguabasketball.com



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Antwan Wilkerson (ex Al Ittihad) is a newcomer at Al Noor !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Newly promoted Al Noor Mecca (SBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American forward Antwan Wilkerson (201-100kg-91, college: Johnson C. Smith). He started the season at Al Ittihad in Bahrain Premier League and was second best scorer in the league there. The last season Wilkerson played at Al Salam.
His team was regular season runner-up in CIAA Southern Division in 2012.
Wilkerson has played previously professionally in Cyprus (Omonia) and Bolivia (Bolmar).
He attended Johnson C. Smith University until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Adriatic League: Union Oimpija rally past Buducnost - by Eurobasket News

Union Olimpija - Buducnost 81:79

Union Olimpija celebrated the 10th victory in Adriatic League regular season. They nipped Buducnost in Ljubljana tonight. Nikola Jankovic (207-PF-94, agency: BeoBasket) and Brandon Jefferson (175-PG-91, college: Metro St.) provided 24 points each to pace the hosts.
Union Olimpija sank 23 points in the opening quarter to take a 4-point lead. The Slovenian team maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They built a 45:40 halftime lead. Buducnost narrowed the deficit in the third term. They got within two points at the final intermission. Union Olimpija however hung on to a slim lead throughout the fourth term and eked out a narrow win. Gregor Hrovat (196-G/F-94) chipped in 12 points for the winners. J.R. Reynolds (188-G-84, college: Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) responded with 17 points for Buducnost. Owen Klassen (208-C/F-91, college: Acadia) had 15 points in the loss.

Union Olimpija: Nikola Jankovic 24, Brandon Jefferson 24, Gregor Hrovat 12
Buducnost: J.R. Reynolds 17, Owen Klassen 15



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Araberri split ways with Durchev - by Eurobasket News

LEB Gold newcomer Saenz Horeca Araberri parted ways with 30-year old Bulgarian small forward Martin Durchev (203-90kg-87). In 18 LEB Gold games he averaged 5.0ppg and 1.2rpg this season.
The last season Durchev played at Balkan in Bulgarian NBL where in 35 games he had 11.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.7apg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team.
Among other achievements Durchev received Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League 2nd Team award back in 2012.
He was also a member of Bulgarian international program for some years. Durchev played for Bulgarian Senior National Team between 2012 and 2013 and previously for U20 National Team in 2007.
He represented Bulgaria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 four years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 0pts, 1.5rpg, 1.0spg.
Durchev is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Lithuania, Serbia (Konstantin) and Bulgaria (BC CSKA Interlogic Sophia, Yambol and Chernomorets) and Spain (Navarra).
Let's have closer look into Durchev's outlook: Left handed small forward can score in a number of ways. Very good shooter, but also very efficient with putting the ball on the floor. Is a great passer as well, as he can easily find the open man and create.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sean Hill (ex Badajoz) agreed terms with Kaspiy Aktau - by Eurobasket News

BK Kaspiy Aktau (National League) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American guard Sean Hill (188-82kg-92, college: Chicago State). He played most recently at GBP Badajoz in Spanish EBA league. In 20 games he recorded 13.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg last season.
Hill's team won WHAC Regular Season in 2013.
He graduated from Chicago State in 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Araberri land Nedim Djedovic - by Eurobasket News

Saenz Horeca Araberri (LEB Gold) agreed terms with 20-year old naturalized Bosnian small forward Nedim Djedovic (205-97, agency: BeoBasket) on loan from FC Barcelona. He started the season at FC Barcelona Lassa II in the LEB Gold. Djedovic has played there for the last three years. In 22 LEB Gold games he had 7.1ppg and 2.9rpg this season. The last season he played also at Barca II where in 30 LEB Gold games he recorded 4.1ppg and 2.1rpg.
Despite young age Djedovic had impressive career. He was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Honorable Mention in 2015.
He represented Spain at the European Championships U18 in Volos (Greece) two years ago. Djedovic's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 9 games: 4.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.0spg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dida Pereira claims Spanish EBA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Brazilian Dida Pereira (203-C-92) had a very impressive game in the last round for BVM 2012 and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 24-year old center had a double-double of 27 points and sixteen rebounds, while his team beat Seis do Nadal (#14, 0-17), the league's bottom-ranked team 79-71. BVM 2012 is placed at 3rd position in their group in Spanish EBA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. BVM 2012 will need more victories to improve their 11-5 record. In the team's last game Pereira had a remarkable 58.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be BVM 2012's top player in his first season with the team. Dida Pereira averages this season 12.2ppg and 6.1rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old power forward Jose Maria Morales (205-F/C-89) of league's best team Calvia. Morales impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Calvia cruised to a 71-59 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Barna (#12, 6-11). Of course Calvia still keep Group C-A's top spot. His team has currently 13-4 record. Morales is a newcomer at Calvia 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 18.2ppg (#6). He also registered 10.4 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Francisco Santos (197-F-92) of Guadalajara (#8). Santos showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Guadalajara, leading his team to a 93-70 easy win against the lower-ranked Lanzarote (#12, 7-12). Guadalajara needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in Group B. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 8 lost games. Santos has a very solid season. In 18 games in Spain he scored 7.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Serigne Barro (208-C-95) of Azuqueca - 25 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Alvaro Lombera (202-F-84) of Univ.Burgos - 25 points and 15 rebounds
6. Daniel Garcia) of Venta de Banos - 25 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Brandon Givens (198-G-87) of Muro Basquet - 28 points and 4 rebounds
8. Paul Larsen (198-F-92) of Cantbasket - 25 points and 10 rebounds
9. Jose Miguel Perez (202-PF-96) of Casvi - 31 points and 5 rebounds
10. Pablo Sanchez (198-SF-81) of Estela - 18 points, 13 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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Basketettan Round 5 (Second Stage): KFUM Fryshuset lose to Taby Basket - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

There was a change at the Basketettan leadership position after last games. Round 5 most important game was a defeat of league's leader KFUM Fryshuset (8-2). They were edged by second ranked Taby Basket (9-1) 88-85 on Tuesday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of KFUM Fryshuset. It was a key game for the top position in BEHN forts. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 47-41 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Taby Basket dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to KFUM Fryshuset's 36. They outrebounded KFUM Fryshuset 43-30 including a 21-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Center Marcus Friman (203-95) stepped up and scored 31 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and forward Kasper Adolfsson (193-95) chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Taby Basket's coach Anders Lemmeke used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. point guard Felix Lemetti (182-99, college: High School) responded with 27 points and 4 assists. Taby Basket have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of BEHN forts leader. KFUM Fryshuset at the other side dropped to the second place with two games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by IK Eos. KFUM Fryshuset will play next round against KFUM Uppsala trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Taby Basket will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Jamtland II on the road.
Undefeated Taby Basket (9-1) recorded its first loss in Stockholm. Visitors were defeated by fifth ranked KFUM Central (3-8) 82-73. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Taby Basket. Forward Emil Haglund (201-96) nailed 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and Nils Hedstrom accounted for 14 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. Guard Mattias Herlitz (190-94) came up with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Taby Basket in the defeat. Despite that victory KFUM Central went down to sixth position (BEHN forts) due to points difference, which they share with BG Lulea. Taby Basket at the other side still keeps top place with one game lost. KFUM Central will play against higher ranked KFUM Blackeberg (#4) in Vallingby in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Taby Basket will play on the road against Jamtland II and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Jamtland II (7-4) against seventh ranked KFUM Uppsala (3-6) on Sunday night. Host Jamtland II was crushed by KFUM Uppsala in Jamtland 86-67. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Jamtland II. The best player for the winners was Oskar Ekman who scored 16 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Oliver Gehrke produced 23 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Jamtland II's coach Zeljko Brlek rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win. KFUM Uppsala moved-up to fifth place in BEHN forts. Loser Jamtland II keeps the third position with four games lost. KFUM Uppsala will meet league's second-placed KFUM Fryshuset in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jamtland II will play against the league's leader Taby Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Helsingborg. 3rd placed host Helsingborg (7-7) lost to second ranked Eskilstuna (10-1) 92-79. Franck Kouagnia orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds. Eskilstuna have a solid series of four victories in a row. They used an opportunity after IK Eos lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position in BEHS forts. Helsingborg at the other side keeps the third place with seven games lost. Eskilstuna's next round opponent will be RIG Mark (#6) in Kinna which should be theoretically an easy game. Helsingborg will play at home against RIG Mark and hope to win that game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Stockholm. First ranked host KFUM Fryshuset (8-2) defeated 4th placed KFUM Blackeberg (3-4) 93-82. Sami Harun stepped up and scored 34 points (!!!) and 7 assists for the winners. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. KFUM Fryshuset have a solid series of three victories in a row. Despite that victory KFUM Fryshuset went down to second position (BEHN forts) due to points difference. Loser KFUM Blackeberg keeps the fourth place with four games lost. KFUM Fryshuset will face KFUM Uppsala (#5) at home in the next round. KFUM Blackeberg will play against KFUM Central in Stockholm and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 5:
In Superettan Djurgarden won against Trelleborg on the opponent's court 94-86. Koping unfortunately lost to AIK in a home game 82-87. Hogsbo recorded a loss to Alvik Basket on the road 69-85.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 27 points and 10 rebounds by Oladapo Ayuba of Djurgarden.

Basketettan
Norrort - KFUM Fryshuset 88-85

There was a change at the Basketettan leadership position after last games. Round 5 most important game was a defeat of league's leader KFUM Fryshuset (8-2). They were edged by second ranked Taby Basket (9-1) 88-85 on Tuesday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of KFUM Fryshuset. It was a key game for the top position in BEHN forts. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 47-41 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Taby Basket dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to KFUM Fryshuset's 36. They outrebounded KFUM Fryshuset 43-30 including a 21-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Center Marcus Friman (203-95) stepped up and scored 31 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and forward Kasper Adolfsson (193-95) chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Taby Basket's coach Anders Lemmeke used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Point guard Felix Lemetti (182-99, college: High School) responded with 27 points and 4 assists and guard Jacob Bodin (190-97) scored 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Four KFUM Fryshuset players scored in double figures. Taby Basket have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of BEHN forts leader. KFUM Fryshuset at the other side dropped to the second place with two games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by IK Eos. KFUM Fryshuset will play next round against KFUM Uppsala trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Taby Basket will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Jamtland II on the road.
Top scorers:
Norrort: M.Friman 31+9reb+1ast, K.Adolfsson 21+7reb, M.Herlitz 16+6reb+5ast, A.Gombrii 7+4reb+2ast, K.Taylor Lundgren 7+5reb+2ast, M.Hallstrom 4+4reb
KFUM Fryshuset: F.Lemetti 27+4reb+4ast, J.Bodin 21+9reb+5ast, S.Harun 15+1reb+3ast, H.Florestedt 10+3reb, B.Fungula 7+3reb+3ast, K.Nagwere 3+3reb+6ast
gschID: 531247


Jamtland II - KFUM Uppsala 67-86

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Jamtland II (7-4) against seventh ranked KFUM Uppsala (3-6) on Sunday night. Host Jamtland II was crushed by KFUM Uppsala in Jamtland 86-67. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Jamtland II. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 19 points. KFUM Uppsala dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Jamtland II's 32. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was swingman Oskar Ekman (192-99) who scored 16 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Tobias Skyttevall (196-95) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Five KFUM Uppsala players scored in double figures. Forward Oliver Gehrke (198-0) produced 23 points and 6 rebounds and forward Daniel Johansson (198-98) added 6 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for the hosts. Jamtland II's coach Zeljko Brlek rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win. KFUM Uppsala moved-up to fifth place in BEHN forts. Loser Jamtland II keeps the third position with four games lost. KFUM Uppsala will meet league's second-placed KFUM Fryshuset in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jamtland II will play against the league's leader Taby Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KFUM Uppsala: T.Skyttevall 20+10reb+2ast, A.Zekovic 18+3reb+7ast, O.Ekman 16+9reb+7ast, J.Stalberg 14+6reb+2ast, S.Larsson 14+5reb+1ast, H.Frojdholm 4+7reb+5ast
Jamtland II: O.Gehrke 23+6reb+3ast, A.Kobylak-Berglund 13+3reb+3ast, J.Palsson 8+4reb, M.Tandberg 7+3reb+4ast, D.Johansson 6+10reb+7ast, A.Johansson 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 531246


Helsingborg - Eskilstuna 79-92

The game between Top Four teams took place in Helsingborg. 3rd placed host Helsingborg (7-7) lost to second ranked Eskilstuna (10-1) 92-79. The game was mostly controlled by Eskilstuna. Helsingborg was better in third quarter 29-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Eskilstuna shot 22 for 32 from the free-throw line, while Helsingborg only scored five points from the stripe. 24 personal fouls committed by Helsingborg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. British-Cameroonian forward Franck Kouagnia (201-89) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Pontus Lennartsson (198-93) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Anton Persson (180-97) answered with 18 points and 4 assists and guard Erik Joelsson (196-97) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Helsingborg. Four Eskilstuna and five Helsingborg players scored in double figures. Eskilstuna have a solid series of four victories in a row. They used an opportunity after IK Eos lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position in BEHS forts. Helsingborg at the other side keeps the third place with seven games lost. Eskilstuna's next round opponent will be RIG Mark (#6) in Kinna which should be theoretically an easy game. Helsingborg will play at home against RIG Mark and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Eskilstuna: F.Kouagnia 26+13reb+1ast, H.Widell 20+3reb, F.Adjei 19+6reb+2ast, P.Lennartsson 18+10reb, J.Luu 5+2reb+1ast, P.Oksman 3+3reb+5ast
Helsingborg: A.Persson 18+3reb+4ast, M.Rasmussen 15+5reb+5ast, E.Joelsson 13+9reb+3ast, E.Persson 13+6reb+4ast, P.Andersson 12+5reb, G.Claesson 6+5reb
gschID: 531245


KFUM Fryshuset - KFUM Blackeberg 93-82

The game between Top Four teams took place in Stockholm. First ranked host KFUM Fryshuset (8-2) defeated 4th placed KFUM Blackeberg (3-4) 93-82. The hosts trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-82. KFUM Fryshuset dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to KFUM Blackeberg's 34. They outrebounded KFUM Blackeberg 38-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. KFUM Fryshuset looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Guard Sami Harun (192-98) stepped up and scored 34 points (!!!) and 7 assists for the winners and point guard Felix Lemetti (182-99, college: High School) chipped in 21 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Guard Jonas Rusom (193-94, college: Hagerstown CC) responded with 25 points and 4 steals and point guard Gino Panghulan (175-90) scored 16 points and 7 assists. Four KFUM Blackeberg players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. KFUM Fryshuset have a solid series of three victories in a row. Despite that victory KFUM Fryshuset went down to second position (BEHN forts) due to points difference. Loser KFUM Blackeberg keeps the fourth place with four games lost. KFUM Fryshuset will face KFUM Uppsala (#5) at home in the next round. KFUM Blackeberg will play against KFUM Central in Stockholm and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KFUM Fryshuset: S.Harun 34+2reb+7ast, F.Lemetti 21+8reb+6ast, J.Bodin 11+4reb+3ast, B.Fungula 8+1reb+1ast, J.Bodin 5+6reb, D.Hosseini 5+9reb+3ast
KFUM Blackeberg: J.Rusom 25+3reb+2ast, G.Panghulan 16+1reb+7ast, T.Silveira Ovrebo 11+8reb+1ast, R.Habtezghi 11+4reb+3ast, D.Nilo 8+1reb, S.Schuszler 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 531241


KFUM Central - Norrort 82-73

Undefeated Taby Basket (9-1) recorded its first loss in Stockholm. Visitors were defeated by fifth ranked KFUM Central (3-8) 82-73. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Taby Basket. The hosts were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 20-15 Taby Basket's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 82-73 at the end of the game. KFUM Central forced 19 Taby Basket turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Forward Emil Haglund (201-96) nailed 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and guard Nils Hedstrom (190-83) accounted for 14 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. Five KFUM Central players scored in double figures. Guard Mattias Herlitz (190-94) came up with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Kasper Adolfsson (193-95) added 16 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Taby Basket in the defeat. Despite that victory KFUM Central went down to sixth position (BEHN forts) due to points difference, which they share with BG Lulea. Taby Basket at the other side still keeps top place with one game lost. KFUM Central will play against higher ranked KFUM Blackeberg (#4) in Vallingby in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Taby Basket will play on the road against Jamtland II and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KFUM Central: E.Haglund 15+9reb+1ast, N.Hedstrom 14+4reb+6ast, J.Bohman 13+8reb+2ast, A.Kasim 12+3reb, J.Coffi 12+4reb+1ast, E.Enjebo 7+2ast
Norrort: M.Herlitz 23+7reb+5ast, K.Adolfsson 16+9reb+2ast, M.Friman 15+11reb, C.Tjernberg 7+1reb+2ast, S.Akena 6, M.Hallstrom 4+10reb+3ast
gschID: 531239


Superettan
Trelleborg - Djurgarden 86-94

Rather expected game when 3rd placed Trelleborg (4-4) was defeated at home by leader Djurgarden (8-0) 94-86 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 49-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Trelleborg was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. British-Nigerian Oladapo Ayuba (198-86, college: UMKC) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and naturalized Serbian forward Dragan Damjanovic (203-88) chipped in 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Djurgarden players scored in double figures. Guard Papy Ndiaye (187-94) responded with 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and Australian guard John Fitzgerald (193-84, college: Lindsey Wilson) scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. Newly promoted Djurgarden maintains first place in Superettan with 8-0 record. Loser Trelleborg dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. Djurgarden will face Koping (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Trelleborg will play against LF Future in Lulea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Djurgarden: O.Ayuba 27+10reb, D.Damjanovic 15+8reb+4ast, E.Andersson 13+2reb+2ast, J.Taylor 13+7reb+1ast, M.Nakos 12+4reb+1ast, B.Barton 11+5reb+1ast
Trelleborg: P.Ndiaye 33+7reb, J.Fitzgerald 20+8reb+3ast, M.Cooper 12+3reb+3ast, A.Nilsson 7+9reb+1ast, J.Gerami Lou 6+1reb+2ast, A.Sarikas 4+1reb
gschID: 533104


Koping - AIK 82-87

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second ranked AIK's (6-1) road victory over 3rd placed Koping (4-4) 87-82 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-19. But Koping won second period 22-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international guard Serkan Inan (201-86) stepped up and scored 21 points and 8 assists for the winners and Turkish guard Erkan Inan (195-89) chipped in 24 points and 4 assists. AIK's coach Stefan Jovanovic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Ronnie Boggs (192-91, college: Jacksonville St., agency: Interperformances) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 7 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals and the other American import guard Khalil Davis (196-94, college: Austin Peay St., agency: Interperformances) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted AIK maintains second place in Superettan with 6-1 record having 4 victories less than leader IK Eos. Loser Koping keeps the third position with four games lost. AIK will face Hogsbo (#5) in Goteborg in the next round. Koping will play on the road against the league's leader Djurgarden and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
AIK: E.Inan 24+4reb+4ast, S.Inan 21+4reb+8ast, A.Holmstrom-Forster 14+6reb, J.Eliasson 13+4reb, H.Kidane 7+1ast, N.Jovanovic 6+1reb
Koping: R.Boggs 23+7reb+11ast, K.Davis 16+5reb+2ast, K.Grant 14+1reb+1ast, M.Axelsson 12+10reb, N.Sladoje 8+4reb+1ast, S.Smith 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 533103


Alvik Basket - Hogsbo 85-69

There was a minor upset in Bromma where 5th ranked Hogsbo (3-5) was defeated by eighth ranked Alvik Basket (1-7) 85-69 on Saturday. The game without a history. Alvik Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Hogsbo's 26. Alvik Basket looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. Forward Richard Hartmann (203-89) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and center Simon Lindqvist (201-97) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Alvik Basket players scored in double figures. Forward Filip Sjostrom (200-90) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and swingman Max Johansson (197-92) scored 18 points and 9 rebounds. Alvik Basket maintains eighth place in Superettan with 1-7 record. Loser Hogsbo keeps the fifth position with five games lost. Alvik Basket will face higher ranked Wetterbygden (#7) in Huskvarna in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hogsbo will play at home against the league's second-placed AIK and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Alvik Basket: J.Andersson 16+5reb+1ast, R.Hartmann 15+12reb+2ast, S.Lindqvist 14+6reb+3ast, M.Blazevic 13+3reb+5ast, A.Miller 8+3reb+5ast, J.Johansson 7+9reb+6ast
Hogsbo: F.Sjostrom 23+12reb+5ast, M.Johansson 18+9reb+1ast, D.Ruprecht 13+7reb, G.Alvesol 7+1reb+4ast, A.Nasser 5+2reb+7ast, E.Davidsson 3+5reb+2ast
gschID: 533101





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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO  


Akoon-Purcell leads T&T foreign based players - by Albert-Lee Young

Guard Devaughn Akoon-Purcell was Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) top basketball player on the international pro-circuit. In Denmark, Akoon-Purcell had a team high 31pts and 8rebs as Bakken scored a comfortable 102-82 win over SISU on February 19. Currently, Akoon-Purcell is the leading scorer in the Ligaen League averaging 22.3ppg. While, Bakken remains in second position with an 18-3 record.

Another outstanding display came from Joey Haywood. In NBL Canada games, Haywood scored 16pts, 4rebs & 3 assists for Halifax Hurricanes in a 108-123 away loss to London Lighting on February 20. It was the best performance for the former 33-year old T&T point guard since his return to the pro-circuit in Canada early this year.

Down in Japan, guard Daniel Dillon (6-4) scored 10pts and 4 assists for Hiroshima in the Japanese B League D2. But in a losing effort the 2nd ranked Hiroshima D still went under to top-ranked Gunma 82-86 on February 18. The loss ended a 12-game winning streak for the Hiroshima Dragonflies.

While in Spain, center Kyle Rowley's Araberri went under to Huesca 71-75 on February 18. Rowley finished with 6pts & 6rebs. With the unexpected loss Araberri dropped to 10th ranked with a 12-12 record. While, Huesca improved to 16th place with a 6-18 record.




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  UKRAINE  


Maks Adam Konate (ex Zaporizhya) joins TU/Rock - by Eurobasket News

Tartu Ulikool/Rock (Alexela KML) agreed terms with 26-year old Ukrainian power forward Maks Adam Konate (202-104kg-91, agency: Alti Sport). He started the season at Zaporizhya in Ukrainian Superleague. In 26 games he had very impressive stats: 18.7ppg, 9.1rpg and 1.5apg this season. The last season Konate played at Krasny Oktyabr in Russian league where in three Eurocup games he recorded 14.0ppg, 9.0rpg and 2.0apg. He also played 18 games in VTB United League where he averaged 6.6ppg and 3.4rpg. The other team Konate played that season for was Sakhalin in Russian VTB. In 8 games he got 9.1ppg and 9.9rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Ukrainian Cup final in 2014. Konate was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Forward of the Year in 2015.
He was a member of Ukrainian U20 National Team back in 2010.
Konate has played previously professionally also in Belarus (BSEU-GrandPrint).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  UNITED KINGDOM  


Matthew Bryan-Amaning's 36 points make him top British player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Matthew Bryan-Amaning
Matthew Bryan-Amaning
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-88, college: Washington, currently plays in Japan). He led Fukuoka Rizing to a victory over the sixth-ranked Tokyo Cinq Reves (10-16) crushing them 84-57 in the Japanese B League D3 in Sunday night's game. Bryan-Amaning was MVP of the game. He scored 36 points (!!!), grabbed 9 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 26 minutes on the court. Fukuoka Rizing (23-3) is placed first in the B League D3. It's Bryan-Amaning's first season with the team. Bryan-Amaning has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3bpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 57.3%(229-400), 3FGP: 28.2% and FT: 59.1% in 35 games he played so far. Bryan-Amaning has a dual citizenship: Ghanian and British. Ex-London Lions player is currently a member of the British senior national team.

Ryan Richards
Ryan Richards
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Ryan Richards (212-91, currently plays in Iran). He was the main contributor in a Naft Abadan's victory against the sixth-ranked Tabriz (9-9) 89-82 in the Iranian Superleague last Thursday. Richards was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 10 rebounds. Naft Abadan (15-3) is placed second in the Superleague. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Richards has relatively good stats this season: 13.4ppg, 5.2rpg, 2FGP: 49.3%, 3FGP: 24.0% and FT: 86.7%. He played for the British national team in 2011.

Fahro Alihodzic
Fahro Alihodzic
   #3. The British player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Fahro Alihodzic (208-89, college: UAB, currently plays in Greece). Alihodzic contributed to a 2-point Panionios' victory against the eighth-ranked Psychiko (9-9) 77-75 in a derby game in the Greek A2 (second division) on Saturday night. He was the top player that evening. Alihodzic scored 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 26 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (17-1) is placed first in the A2. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Alihodzic has relatively solid stats: 13.3ppg, 6.1rpg, 2FGP: 57.4%(89-155) and FT: 70.6% in 17 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and British. Alihodzic is also a member of the British senior national team.

Justin Robinson
Justin Robinson
   #4. Point guard Justin Robinson (185-87, agency: Promotex, college: Rider, currently plays in Greece) could not help Doxa Lefkadas (3-15) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Doxa Lefkadas was crushed 90-61 on the road by the second-ranked Panathinaikos. Robinson was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 5 passes. Robinson has reliable stats this season: 12.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.6apg. He is also British national team player.

Luol Deng
Luol Deng
   #5. Former international forward Luol Deng (206-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Los Angeles Lakers in their game against the Phoenix Suns (18-39) in the NBA. Deng recorded 9 points in 23 minutes. But the Los Angeles Lakers (19-39) were crushed 137-101 in Phoenix by the Suns. Deng's stats this year are: 7.8ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.3apg in 54 games. He has both British and South Sudanese nationalities. Deng used to play for the British national team three years ago.

Rowell Graham
Rowell Graham
   #6. Forward Rowell Graham (197-94, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 3-point Blancos de Rueda's victory against the 13th-ranked Gandia (7-14) 71-68 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. He scored 11 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Comercial Ulsa Ciudad de Valladolid (11-10) is placed eighth in the LEB Silver. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. Graham's stats this season are: 11.8ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.2bpg and 1.5spg. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the British team three years ago.

Ogooluwa Adegboye
Ogooluwa Adegboye
   #7. International point guard Ogooluwa Adegboye (182-87, agency: Octagon Europe, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Unieuro Forli (4-17) in their game against Alma Trieste (15-7) in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game Adegboye was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 5 rebounds and 4 assists. This season Adegboye has very high stats. He averages: 18.5ppg, 4.0rpg and 3.0apg. Adegboye is also British national team player.

Akwasi Yeboah
Akwasi Yeboah
   #8. Swingman Akwasi Yeboah (198-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an Stony Brook's surprising victory against the Binghamton University (7-6) crushing them 76-55 in the NCAA last Saturday. He scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes. The State University of New York,Stony Brook has a very good 10-2 conference record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Yeboah's overall stats are: 8.6ppg and 4.4rpg in 26 games. He used to play for the British U18 national team back in 2014.

Nigel Van Oostrum
Nigel Van Oostrum
   #9. Former U20 international guard Nigel Van Oostrum (196-90, agency: Court Side, college: Park, currently plays in Holland) managed to help Landstede Basketbal Zwolle to win against one of league's weakest teams Rotterdam (3-17) 88-69 in the Dutch Eredivisie on Thursday night. Van Oostrum scored only 2 points and added 5 passes. Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (14-6) is placed third in the Eredivisie. Van Oostrum's total stats this season are: 4.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.6apg and 1.5spg. He used to play for the British U20 national team seven years ago.

Carl Wheatle
Carl Wheatle
   #10. Forward Carl Wheatle (196-98, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an Angelico Biella's victory against the fourth-ranked Treviglio (13-9) 84-80 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Wheatle recorded only 2 points in 22 minutes. Angelico Biella (17-5) is placed first in West group. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. Wheatle has been at the team for four years. This season his total stats are: 5.4ppg and 3.0rpg in 21 games. Wheatle is U18 international player who is currently on the British National Team roster.

   #11. International forward Ashley Hamilton (201-88, also represented by Court Side, college: Loyola Mary, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Lavrio in their game against PAOK in the Greek A1. He scored only 4 points. His team was defeated 85-80. Hamilton has averaged so far 8.3ppg and 4.2rpg. He plays currently for the British national team.

   #12. U20 international guard Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye (190-96, currently studies in the States) contributed to Bradley's shocking victory against the University of Evansville 84-72 in the NCAA last Saturday. Lautier-Ogunleye scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. Lautier-Ogunleye has averaged so far 5.7ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.5apg in 25 games. He is also in the roster of the British U20 national team.

   #13. Former international guard Luke Nelson (190-95, is currently at the American university) contributed to an easy victory against the University of California, Riverside 79-60 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Nelson scored 14 points and added 3 passes. Nelson averaged so far 14.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.5apg and 1.9spg. He used to play for the British national team three years ago.

   #14. Former international power forward Tafari Toney (202-86, currently plays in France) contributed to an UB Chartres' victory against the closely-ranked Saint Vallier 81-72 in the French NM1 (third division) in Friday night's game. Toney was the top player that evening. He scored 17 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in a mere 15 minutes. It was his first game for UB Chartres this season. Toney is a naturalized American. He used to play for the British national team back in 2009. Toney played also for Newcastle Eagles in British league.

   #15. Former U20 international guard Jordan Spencer (188-94, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to an Augustana College, SD's shocking victory against the Upper Iowa University 92-87 in the NCAA2 last Saturday. He recorded 13 points and added 8 assists. This season Spencer has very high stats. He averages: 17.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 7.0apg and 1.6spg. Spencer used to play for the British U20 national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Kofi Josephs (198-G-91, college: Fort Lewis, currently plays in Germany) led Hertener Loewen to a victory over the 12th-ranked Frintrop (5-16) 100-82 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. He was the top player that evening. Josephs scored 27 points (!!!), had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Hertener Loewen Basketball (9-12) is placed 11th in West group. Josephs has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.6apg and 1.6spg.

   #2. Michael Ojo (195-G-89, college: Lehigh, currently plays in Austria) was the major contributor in a Gmunden Swans' victory against the closely-ranked Vienna (10-11) 83-71 in the Austrian A Bundesliga in Monday night's game. Ojo scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 28 minutes. Basket Swans Gmunden (16-6) is placed second in the A Bundesliga. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Ojo averaged so far 12.0ppg, 5.7rpg and 3.3apg in six games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Ojo used to play for Airwaves Plymouth Raiders in British league.

   #3. Nicholas Spires (210-C-94, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Malbas (2-23) 89-72 in the Swedish Basketligan on Tuesday night. Spires scored 17 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 23 minutes. Sodertalje Kings (16-7) is placed third in the Basketligan. This year Spires' overall stats are: 8.8ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.7bpg in 23 games. He has a dual citizenship: British and Swedish.

   #4. Franck Kouagnia (201-F-89, currently plays in Sweden) was the main contributor in Eskilstuna's victory against the third-ranked Helsingborg (7-7) 92-79 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) on Saturday night. Kouagnia was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 13 rebounds in 39 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group BEHS forts. Eskilstuna Basket (10-1) is placed second. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Kouagnia has very impressive stats this year: 20.9ppg, 12.6rpg, 3.3apg and 1.6spg in 16 games. He is another player who holds two passports: British and Cameroonian.

   #5. Alex Aggelakos (197-G/F-94, currently plays in Greece) managed to help Kolossos H Hotels to win against the 11th-ranked Koroivos (6-12) crushing them 86-66 in the Greek A1 in Thursday night's game. Aggelakos scored only 3 points. Kolossos H Hotels (10-8) is placed sixth in the A1. This season Aggelakos averages just 0.9ppg. He has both British and Greek nationalities.

   #6. Edward Alade (206-C, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Navy (10-3) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance the Navy was badly defeated 74-55 at home by the Lehigh University. Alade scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Alade has averaged so far 4.7ppg and 3.3rpg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Alade has never played in United Kingdom.

   #7. Andrew Ramirez (188-G-97, currently studies in the States) was not able to help the Hartford in their game against the University of New Hampshire in the NCAA. Despite his good performance last Saturday He scored 12 points. Ramirez has averaged so far 3.9ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.3apg. He also holds two passports: Spanish and British. Despite Ramirez's British nationality, he previously played for the Spanish U17 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the British team.

   #8. Joshua Palmer (201-F, college: Drury, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to a Drury University's surprising victory against the Maryville University 68-65 in the NCAA2 in Thursday night's game. Palmer scored 13 points. Palmer averaged so far 11.6ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.3apg.

   #9. Chris Tawiah (208-C-93, college: Wiley, currently plays in Czech Republic) was not able to secure a victory for BK Lions Hradec in their game against Basketbal Svitavy in the Czech Republic NBL. He scored 6 points in only 13 minutes. His team lost 76-80. Tawiah has averaged so far 5.6ppg and 6.3rpg in 24 games.

   #10. Deane Williams (203-F-96, currently plays in NCAA2) helped Augusta University win their game against the Lander University 82-66 in the NCAA2 in Saturday night's game. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Williams has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.4apg.



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Urunday leads the Super Liga - by Hector Lopez

Urunday Universitario maintained the leadership for the Uruguayan Super liga after beating Larre Borges 83-72, with 28 points by Emilio Taboada (191-F-82, agency: Pro Sports), while Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles, agency: Pro Sports) added 17 points and 8 rebounds. Also for Urunday, Shaquille Johnson (190-F-90, college: Marshall), playing just 15 minutes netted 5 points and Brian Williams (208-C-87, college: Tennessee) added 4 points and 5 rebounds. For Larre Borges, Anthony Young (200-F-89, college: Ky Wesleyan, agency: Interperformances) finihed with 26 points and 5 rebounds, and Dane Johnson (208-C-86, college: Hofstra) netted 9 points.
Other results:
Defensor Sporting 103 - Arnett Moultrie (208-F/C-90, college: Mississippi St., agency: Interperformances) 18 points 10 rebounds, Javier Mojica (190-SG-84, college: Cent.Conn.St., agency: Paris Global Sports) 18 points 3 rebounds and Kiril Wachsmann (203-C-84, college: Iona) 15 points 16 rebounds.
Aguada 91 - Jeremis Smith (203-F-86, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro Sports) 18 points Dwayne Curtis (203-C-85, college: Mississippi) 16 points 9 rebounds
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Hebraica 105 - Michael Hicks (196-F-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) 35 points and 4 rebounds, Jaime Lloreda (204-C-80, college: LSU) 12 points 10 rebounds
Bigua 102 - Ricardo Glenn (202-C-90, college: USC Upstate, agency: HMS) 27 points 11 rebounds, Richard Chaney (196-G-84, college: Troy) 13 points
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Malvin 89 Rian Pearson (193-F-90, college: Toledo) 16 points, Marcel Souberbielle (200-F-91, college: Indiana, PA) 22 points, Hatila Passos (211-C-85, college: N.Mexico St.) 17 points 13 rebounds
Trouville 79 - Ernesto Oglivie (203-F-89) 13 points Musa Abdul-Aleem (196-SG-88, college: Troy) 16 points; Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana, agency: Pro Sports) 8 points
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Results for Group B
Olimpia 95 - Rodney Alexander (201-F-87, college: Illinois) 27 points 10 rebounds, Robert Hornsby (195-F-82, college: Troy, agency: Pro Sports) 21 points 4 rebounds
Union Atletica 79 Omar Canton (206-C-82) 28 points 12 rebounds, Justin Rutty (200-F-89, college: Quinnipiac, agency: HMS) 6 points
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Goes 108 - Calvin Warner (201-F-80, college: Jacksonville) 19 points 11 rebounds, Clarence Matthews (201-PF-83, college: Tennessee St.) 16 points 4 rebounds.
Cordon 104 Tim Jennings (193-F-83, college: Gardner-Webb) 45 points 15 rebounds
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Welcome 87 - Anthony Kent (208-F/C-83, college: Ball St.) 22 points 11 rebounds,
Sayago 79 - Anthony Danridge (196-F-86, college: N.Mexico) 17 points



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE  


Shved number one in VTB United League for round 21 - by Eurobasket News

Guard Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) had an amazing evening in the last round for Khimky, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (31 points and six assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Unics (#5, 11-6) with 25-point margin 98-73. Khimky is placed at 3rd position in VTB United League. They are still close to the very top. Khimky would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 13-3 record. In the team's last game Shved had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 9 attempts. It's his second year at Khimky and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Alexey Shved has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 21.4ppg), assists (6th best: 5.5apg) and averages impressive 51.8% FGP and 42.2% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old U.S. Virgin Islands Frank Elegar (208-C-86) of Enisey. Elegar had a very good evening with a double-double of 18 points and 16 rebounds. Of course Enisey cruised to a 91-82 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Kalev/Cramo (#12, 4-13). This victory allowed Enisey to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-9 record. Elegar is a newcomer at Enisey, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Ousman Krubally (202-F-88) of Astana (#8). Krubally scored 23 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Astana, leading his team to a 80-70 win against the lower-ranked Tsmoki-Minsk (#11, 4-12). The chances of Astana ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Krubally could help Astana to bring them higher in the standings. Krubally has a great season in VTB United League. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.5rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) of Kalev/Cramo - 30 points and 5 rebounds
5. Sergey Monya (202-PF-83) of Khimky - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86) of Zenit - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Djordje Gagic (210-C-90) of Tsmoki-Minsk - 17 points and 9 rebounds
8. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of CSKA - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Marko Todorovic (209-F-92) of Khimky - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Petr Gubanov (206-PF-87) of N.Novgorod - 23 points 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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Women News


Arlenis Romero (ex Obras) is a newcomer at Santa Tecla - by Eurobasket News

Santa Tecla-Seven (Liga Superior) strengthened their roster with addition of 33-year old Cuban international point guard Arlenis Romero (176-84). She played in the summer at Obras in Argentinian Superliga. In 18 games she recorded 11.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.6apg and 1.6spg. Romero helped them to make it to the semifinals. She also played that season for Pinar in Cuban Liga Superior where in 11 games she was fifth best scorer with impressive 16.4ppg and had 2.0rpg, 8.6apg (leader !!!) and 3.7spg. Romero contributed to her team winning the Cuban Liga Superior title (twice). Great season indeed as she was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Cuban Liga Superior 1st Team.
She also represented Cuba at the Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Nantes (France) last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 5.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.5apg, Steals-5 (2.0spg), FGP: 28.6%, 3PT: 20.8%, FT: 50.0%.
Romero is a very experienced player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Kamila Stepanova selected the top Czech playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kamila Stepanova
Kamila Stepanova
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Kamila Stepanova (191-88, currently plays in France). She led Villeneuve D'Ascq to a victory against the ninth-ranked Nice (7-11) 78-70 in the French LFB in Saturday night's game. Stepanova scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 30 minutes on the court. Villeneuve D'Ascq ESB Lille Metropole (12-6) is placed fourth in the LFB. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Stepanova's first season with the team. This year she averages: 7.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 47.8%, 3FGP: 14.3% and FT: 78.9% in 18 games she played so far. Stepanova played for the Czech Republic senior national team two years ago.

Romana Hejdova
Romana Hejdova
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Romana Hejdova (184-88, currently plays in France). She could not help Hainaut (7-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Hejdova's very good performance Hainaut was defeated 81-75 at home by the second-ranked Flammes. She was the top scorer with 22 points. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Hejdova has relatively good stats this season: 11.7ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 49.4%, 3FGP: 37.1% and FT: 68.2%. She played for the Czech Republic national team in 2015.

Michaela Stara
Michaela Stara
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Michaela Stara (175-90, currently plays in Greece). Stara was not able to help Niki Lefkadas (8-7) in their last game. Despite her good performance Niki Lefkadas was badly defeated 77-57 on the road by the higher-ranked (#4) Dafni Agioy. Stara was the second best scorer with 13 points. She also added 4 rebounds in 31 minutes. This year Stara has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.2apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 47.9%, 3FGP: 36.6% and FT: 70.6% in 15 games. She played for the Czech Republic national team four years ago.

Petra Kulichova
Petra Kulichova
   #4. An experienced center Petra Kulichova (198-84, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to secure a victory for Botas (9-9) in their game against Girne Universitesi (5-13) in the Turkish KBSL. Kulichova scored 8 points and blocked 2 shots. Botas was edged 79-76 in Lefkosa by the lower-ranked Girne Universitesi (#11). They ended the series of three consecutive victories. Kulichova's overall stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.4bpg. She used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2014.

Edita Sujanova
Edita Sujanova
   #5. Former international center Edita Sujanova (190-85, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to an Adana ASKI's victory against the closely-ranked Mersin BSB (9-10) 70-58 in a derby game in the Turkish KBSL last Sunday. Sujanova scored 9 points in 27 minutes. Adana ASKI Mersin (9-9) is placed seventh in the KBSL. This year Sujanova's overall stats are: 4.4ppg and 3.1rpg in 18 games. She used to play for the Czech Republic national team six years ago.

Kamila Hoskova
Kamila Hoskova
   #6. Guard Kamila Hoskova (175-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an Rider's surprising victory against the Marist College (7-8) 65-46 in the NCAA on Tuesday night. Hoskova recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds. The Rider University has 7-9 conference record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Hoskova has reliable stats this season: 12.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg. She is a former U20 international player as she played for the Czech Republic team two years ago.

Romana Stehlikova
Romana Stehlikova
   #7. Former international power forward Romana Stehlikova (189-85, currently plays in EuroCup) managed to help Good Angels Kosice in a victory against the closely-ranked Cegledi EKK (4-2) 77-70 in the Eurocup in Thursday night's game. Stehlikova scored only 2 points and added 3 passes in 20 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group D. Good Angels Kosice (3-3) is placed second. This year Stehlikova's total stats are: 7.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.1spg in 10 games. She used to play for the Czech Republic national team nine years ago.

Petra Holesinska
Petra Holesinska
   #8. Guard Petra Holesinska (175-97, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Illinois (4-9) in their game against the The Pennsylvania State University (8-6) in the NCAA. Despite her very good performance last Tuesday Holesinska scored 17 points. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Holesinska has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.1apg. She plays currently for the Czech Republic U20 national team.

Renata Brezinova
Renata Brezinova
   #9. Former U20 international center Renata Brezinova (190-90, agency: LBM Management, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help La Spezia in their game against Lucca (16-2) in the Italian Serie A1. Brezinova scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. La Spezia was badly defeated 71-52 on the opponent's court by the leading Lucca. Brezinova has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.8spg. She used to play for the Czech Republic U20 national team seven years ago.

Michaela Stejskalova
Michaela Stejskalova
   #10. Forward Michaela Stejskalova (186-87, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Gran Canaria (12-8) in their game against Socinsa Bembibre (8-11) in the Spanish LFB. Stejskalova recorded 8 points in 22 minutes. Gran Canaria lost 62-68 on their home court in Las Palmas to the lower-ranked (#9) Socinsa Bembibre. Stejskalova's stats this year are: 10.9ppg and 2.9rpg in 19 games. She is a former international player as two years ago she still played for the Czech Republic senior national team.

   #11. Former international swingman Petra Zaplatova (175-91, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Rotenburg/Scheessel in their game against BC Pharmaserv Marburg in the German DBBL. Despite her good performance on Saturday night Zaplatova scored 11 points. Zaplatova averaged so far 11.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.5apg and 1.4spg. She used to play for the Czech Republic national team two years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international guard Tereza Brantlova (172-82, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help Crusaders in their game against Riders in the British WBBL. Brantlova scored 6 points in 23 minutes. Her team lost 66-70. Brantlova has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg in nine games. She used to play for the Czech Republic U20 national team back in 2002.

   #13. U20 international center Tereza Kracikova (188-96, is currently at the American university) contributed to Drexel's shocking victory against the University of Delaware 53-49 in the NCAA last Sunday. Kracikova scored only 3 points. Kracikova has averaged so far 2.8ppg and 1.7rpg. She is also Czech Republic U20 national team player.

   #14. Former U18 international guard Karolina Severova (183-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Siena's victory against the Canisius College 77-67 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Severova recorded only 3 points in 10 minutes. Severova has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 1.3rpg in 23 games. She used to play for the Czech Republic U18 national team back in 2012.

   #15. Former international center Klara Pochobradska (186-89, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Cagliari CUS crushing them 70-44 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Saturday night's game. Pochobradska recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Pochobradska has individually a very good season with high stats. She averages: 16.3ppg, 10.2rpg and 1.6spg. Pochobradska used to play for the Czech Republic national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Katarina Flasarova (171-G-85, currently plays in Germany) led Goettingen to a victory over the 16th-ranked Braunschweig (4-17) crushing them 74-51 in the German 2.Bundesliga (second division) on Sunday night. Flasarova was MVP of the game. She scored 15 points, had 4 boards, dished 5 assists and stole 3 balls in 21 minutes. BG 74 Veilchen Ladies Goettingen (15-3) is placed second in North group. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Flasarova has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 15.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.4apg and 2.1spg in 18 games she played so far.



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Arlenis Romero (ex Obras) is a newcomer at Santa Tecla - by Eurobasket News

Santa Tecla-Seven (Liga Superior) strengthened their roster with addition of 33-year old Cuban international point guard Arlenis Romero (176-84). She played in the summer at Obras in Argentinian Superliga. In 18 games she recorded 11.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.6apg and 1.6spg. Romero helped them to make it to the semifinals. She also played that season for Pinar in Cuban Liga Superior where in 11 games she was fifth best scorer with impressive 16.4ppg and had 2.0rpg, 8.6apg (leader !!!) and 3.7spg. Romero contributed to her team winning the Cuban Liga Superior title (twice). Great season indeed as she was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Cuban Liga Superior 1st Team.
She also represented Cuba at the Olympic Games Additional Qualifying Round in Nantes (France) last year. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 5.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.5apg, Steals-5 (2.0spg), FGP: 28.6%, 3PT: 20.8%, FT: 50.0%.
Romero is a very experienced player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Merike Anderson selected the top Estonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Merike Anderson
Merike Anderson
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international guard Merike Anderson (180-81, agency: LBM Management, currently plays in Belgium). She led Castors Braine to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Laarne (4-13) crushing them 119-39 in the Belgian Top Division Women in Saturday night's game. Anderson recorded 22 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals in 21 minutes on the court. Royal Castors Braine (19-0) is placed first in the Top Division Women. So far her team won all nineteen games in the Regular Season. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Anderson's fourth season with the team. She has relatively good stats this year: 11.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.9apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 53.9%, 3FGP: 34.0% and FT: 78.0% in 19 games she played so far. Anderson is currently a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Laina Mesila-Kaarmann
Laina Mesila-Kaarmann
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Laina Mesila-Kaarmann (186-87, currently plays in Latvia). She led Rapla KK to a victory over the fourth-ranked BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite (2-4) crushing them 96-68 in the Latvian NBL last Tuesday. Mesila-Kaarmann was MVP of the game. She scored 21 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. FCR Media-Rapla KK (8-0) is placed first in Places 5-11 group. So far her team won all eight games in the Second Stage. They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is very crucial. Mesila-Kaarmann is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her fifth year in Rapla KK's roster. This season Mesila-Kaarmann has relatively solid stats: 13.1ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.1apg, 1.6bpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 45.4%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 85.4%. She is in the roster of the Estonian senior national team.

Pirgit Puu
Pirgit Puu
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Pirgit Puu (168-88, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Laina Mesila-Kaarmann. But that was another game of her team in Latvian NBL which we would like to mention. Puu was the main contributor in a 3-point Rapla KK's victory against the second-ranked KK Tallinna Ulikool (6-1) 67-64. She was the best player in that game. Puu scored 18 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 34 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 5-11. FCR Media-Rapla KK (8-0) is placed first. So far her team won all eight games in the Second Stage. Puu has reliable stats this year: 13.9ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.9apg, 2.5spg, 2FGP: 44.0%, 3FGP: 36.1% and FT: 80.9% in 17 games. She is also a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Kerdu Arbet-Lenear
Kerdu Arbet-Lenear
   #4. Forward Kerdu Arbet-Lenear (185-80, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Laina Mesila-Kaarmann and both played together in the last Latvian NBL game. Arbet-Lenear contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite (2-4) crushing them 96-68. She scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. It's Arbet-Lenear's first season with the team. This year Arbet-Lenear averages: 8.2ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1bpg in 11 games. She used to play for the Estonian national team back in 2011.

Annika Koster
Annika Koster
   #5. International power forward Annika Koster (182-92, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Laina Mesila-Kaarmann. She played also in the last Latvian NBL game facing Kerdu Arbet-Lenear (above) in the other team. Koster contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite (2-4) crushing them 96-68. She scored 12 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Koster has been at the team for six years. Koster's overall stats this season are: 6.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg. She plays currently for the Estonian national team.

Maaja Bratka
Maaja Bratka
   #6. Power forward Maaja Bratka (190-92, also represented by LBM Management, currently plays in Italy) contributed to Broni's surprising victory against the third-ranked Venezia (14-3) 65-54 in the Italian Serie A1 in Sunday night's game. Bratka scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 25 minutes. Pallacanestro Femminile Broni (5-13) is placed tenth in the Serie A1. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Bratka's overall stats are: 7.6ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.3spg in 16 games. She is an international player who is currently on the senior Estonian National Team roster.

Janne Pulk
Janne Pulk
   #7. U18 international guard Janne Pulk (172-0, currently plays in Latvia) contributed to an Audentes SG's victory against the seventh-ranked Latvijas Universitate (1-6) 56-51 in the Latvian NBL last Tuesday. Pulk was the top player that evening. She scored 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 4 rebounds. Audentese SG/Noortekoondis (2-6) is placed fifth in Places 5-11 group. Pulk's team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. Pulk averaged so far 12.6ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.2apg. She is also Estonian U18 national team player.

Nele Laurimaa
Nele Laurimaa
   #8. Forward Nele Laurimaa (178-93, currently plays in Latvia) was the major contributor in a 1-point BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite's victory against the seventh-ranked Latvijas Universitate (1-6) 77-76 in the Latvian NBL on Sunday night. Laurimaa scored 20 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 29 minutes. BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite (2-4) is placed fourth in Places 5-11 group. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. Laurimaa plays fourth season for the team. Her stats this year are: 13.6ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.6apg and 1.9spg in 14 games. Laurimaa plays currently for the Estonian national team.

   #9. U18 international point guard Sofia Kosareva (169-98, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Laina Mesila-Kaarmann. She played also in the last Latvian NBL game facing Annika Koster (above) in the other team. Kosareva contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite (2-4) crushing them 96-68. She scored 12 points and had 4 steals. Kosareva's total stats this season are: 6.1ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.4spg. She is also in the roster of the Estonian U18 national team.

Trine Kasemagi
Trine Kasemagi
   #10. Center Trine Kasemagi (190-95, currently plays in Latvia) faced previously mentioned Pirgit Puu in the Latvian NBL last game. Kasemagi could not help KK Tallinna Ulikool (6-1) in their last game. Despite her good performance the second-placed KK Tallinna Ulikool (6-1) was edged 67-64 on the road by the leading Rapla KK in the Places 5-11 group. Kasemagi was the second best scorer with 11 points. She also added 8 rebounds in 37 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. Kasemagi has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 17.4ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg in 16 games. Kasemagi is an international player who is currently on the senior Estonian National Team roster.

   #11. Former U20 international swingman Greeta Uprus (177-94, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Trine Kasemagi and both played together in the last Latvian NBL game. Uprus was not able to help KK Tallinna Ulikool in their game against Rapla KK. Despite her good performance on Friday night She scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Uprus' total stats this season are: 8.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. She used to play for the Estonian U20 national team four years ago.

   #12. International forward Mailis Pokk (186-92, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Gruner Stern Keltern in their game against Eisvogel Freiburg in the German DBBL. Pokk scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. Her team was edged 69-67. This year Pokk's total stats are: 8.1ppg and 2.7rpg in 15 games. She is also in the roster of the Estonian national team.

   #13. U18 international small forward Eleriin Vaino (177-99, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nele Laurimaa and both played together in the last Latvian NBL game. Vaino contributed to a 1-point BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite's victory against the seventh-ranked Latvijas Universitate 77-76. She scored 13 points, made 5 passes and 4 steals. Vaino has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.9apg and 1.9spg. She is also Estonian U18 national team player.

   #14. International forward Rosemary Rits (180-92, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Trine Kasemagi. However that was another game of her team in Latvian NBL which brought her to that list. Rits contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Audentes SG crushing them 74-47. She scored 9 points in 20 minutes. Rits has averaged so far 7.8ppg and 3.7rpg in 14 games. She plays currently for the Estonian national team.

   #15. Former U20 international point guard Ellen Anett Poldmaa (178-94, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Laina Mesila-Kaarmann. She played also in the last Latvian NBL game facing Pirgit Puu (above) in the other team. Poldmaa contributed to a 3-point Rapla KK's victory against the second-ranked KK Tallinna Ulikool 67-64. She scored 7 points. Poldmaa has averaged so far 6.1ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.3apg. She used to play for the Estonian U20 national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Asi Anna-gret (172-G-2, currently plays in Latvia) led BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite to a 1-point victory over the seventh-ranked Latvijas Universitate (1-6) 77-76 in the Latvian NBL in Sunday night's game. Anna-gret was the top player that evening. She recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and making 11 passes. Anna-gret also added 4 rebounds and 6 steals. BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite (2-4) is placed fourth in Places 5-11 group. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. It's Anna-gret's first season with the team. Her stats this year are: 14.6ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.8apg and 1.8spg.

   #2. Ege-ly Virma (170-G-98, currently plays in Latvia) managed to help KK Tallinna Ulikool in a victory against the fifth-ranked Audentes SG (2-6) crushing them 74-47 in the Latvian NBL on Tuesday night. Virma scored 5 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 23 minutes. KK Tallinna Ulikool (6-1) is placed second in Places 5-11 group. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. Virma plays for the team since 2013. She has averaged so far 3.1ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.9apg in 15 games she played so far.

   #3. Kaiti Vasiljeva (177-G-87, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Asi Anna-gret and both played together in the last Latvian NBL game. Vasiljeva contributed to a 1-point BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite's victory against the seventh-ranked Latvijas Universitate (1-6) 77-76. She scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Vasiljeva plays for the team since 2010. Vasiljeva has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.4apg and 1.4spg.

   #4. Karolin Lannajarv (180-C-96, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Asi Anna-gret. But that was another game of her team in Latvian NBL which we would like to mention. Lannajarv. She could not help BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite (2-4) to beat Rapla KK (8-0). Lannajarv cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. She scored only 3 points in 11 minutes. BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite (#4) was crushed 96-68 on the road by the leading Rapla KK in the Places 5-11 group. Lannajarv has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 1.7rpg in 13 games.

   #5. Tatjana Drozdova (170-G-0, currently plays in Latvia) contributed to an Audentes SG's victory against the seventh-ranked Latvijas Universitate (1-6) 56-51 in the Latvian NBL in Tuesday night's game. She scored only one point and added 5 assists. Audentese SG/Noortekoondis (2-6) is placed fifth in Places 5-11 group. Drozdova's team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. Drozdova has averaged so far 1.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.4apg and 1.6spg.

   #6. Maia Bratka contributed to Riders' victory against the closely-ranked Crusaders 70-66 in the British WBBL last Sunday. She scored only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 12 minutes. Bratka has averaged so far 2.8ppg and 3.1rpg in 10 games.



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Results and Stats from Round 14 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Wisla Can-Pack - Lattes Montp. 77-61

The game in Krakow supposed to be also quite interesting. 4th ranked French Lattes Montpellier (7-7) played at the court of sixth ranked Polish Wisla Can-Pack (5-9). Wisla Can-Pack defeated Lattes Montpellier 77-61 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Wisla Can-Pack led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Center Ewelina Kobryn (193-82) scored 21 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Spanish point guard Sandra Ygueravide (172-84) chipped in 15 points and 11 assists during the contest. Guard Gaelle Skrela (177-83) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds and guard Anael Lardy (170-87) scored 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending Polish champion maintains sixth position in Group A with 5-9 record. Defending French champion Lattes Montpellier dropped to the third place with seven games lost.
Top scorers:
Wisla Can-Pack: E.Kobryn 21+8reb+2ast, V.Gidden 16+11reb+2ast, S.Ygueravide 15+3reb+11ast, M.Simmons 12+3reb+1ast, H.Ben Abdelkader 8+4reb+3ast, A.Szott-Hejmej 5+6reb+1ast
Lattes Montp.: G.Skrela 17+5reb+3ast, E.Godin 10+6reb+3ast, A.Lardy 10+5reb+5ast, K.Mann 10+3reb+2ast, G.Robert 7+5reb, S.Michel 6+3reb
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Familia Schio - USK Praha 71-63

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Czech USK Praha (9-5) against fifth ranked Italian Familia Schio (7-7) on Wednesday night. Visiting USK Praha was defeated by Familia Schio in a tough game in Schio 63-71. USK Praha was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 44-30 second half run of Familia Schio. They made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 26 USK Praha turnovers. Strangely USK Praha outrebounded Familia Schio 41-21 including a 15-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. French Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-88) notched 20 points to lead the effort and American Jolene Anderson (175-86, college: Wisconsin) supported her with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four Familia Schio players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks by Serbian forward Sonja Petrovic (189-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas) did not help to save the game for USK Praha. American power forward Kia Vaughn (193-87, college: Rutgers) added 18 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. USK Praha's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending Italian champion moved-up to third place in Group A, which they share with 3 other teams. Defending Czech champion USK Praha keeps the third position with five games lost.
Top scorers:
Familia Schio: N.Miyem 20+2reb+1ast, L.Macchi 14+1reb+1ast, J.Anderson 14+7reb+1ast, C.Zandalasini 11+4reb+4ast, N.Martinez 8+2reb+5ast, G.Sottana 2+2ast
USK Praha: K.Vaughn 18+9reb+2ast, S.Petrovic 17+12reb+1ast, M.Xargay Casademont 10+5reb+3ast, C.Dupree 6+3reb+2ast, L.Palau 4+2reb+5ast, I.Burgrova 4
gschID: 474493


UNI Gyor - Dynamo K. 49-84

Euroleague top team - Russian Dynamo Kursk (14-0) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Hungarian UNI Gyor (1-13) 84-49. The game without a history. Dynamo Kursk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding UNI Gyor to just 6 points in first quarter. Dynamo Kursk made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. They outrebounded UNI Gyor 45-23 including a 30-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Dynamo Kursk looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was power forward Tatiana Vidmer (191-86) who scored 18 points. Nigerian-American power forward Nneka Ogwumike (189-90, college: Stanford) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Brianna Kiesel (170-93, college: Pittsburgh) produced 14 points and 4 assists and Belarusian swingman Tatsiana Likhtarovich (180-88) added 8 points and 8 rebounds 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. Dynamo Kursk maintains first position in Group A with 14-0 record. UNI Gyor at the other side stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Dynamo K.: T.Vidmer 18+4reb+1ast, N.Ogwumike 10+10reb+1ast, A.McCoughtry 9+1reb+1ast, M.Vadeeva 9+5reb+3ast, E.Prince 7+2reb+2ast, H.Ciak 7+7reb+1ast
UNI Gyor: B.Kiesel 14+1reb+4ast, T.Likhtarovich 8+8reb, Z.Hruscakova 8+1ast, C.Goree 6+6reb, V.Kovacs 5+2reb, D.Marko 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 474495


Fenerbahce - Mersin BSB 75-52

Very expected game in Istanbul where 7th ranked Mersin BSB (2-12) was crushed by second ranked Fenerbahce (11-3) 75-52 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Fenerbahce led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Fenerbahce outrebounded Mersin BSB 40-23 including 16 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Belarusian center Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-87) scored 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and French center Sandrine Gruda (193-87) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Fenerbahce's coach felt very confident using entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Lithuanian power forward Gintare Petronyte (196-89) responded with 17 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and Swedish Abdi Farhiya (188-92) scored 7 points and 7 rebounds. Defending Turkish champion maintains second position in Group A with 11-3 record having just three points less than leader Dynamo K. Loser Mersin BSB keeps the seventh place with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
Fenerbahce: A.Veremeenko 11+6reb+5ast, S.Gruda 11+8reb, J.Lavender 11+5reb+1ast, S.Stricklen 8+1reb+1ast, M.Gulcan 7+2reb+1ast, E.Ural 7+6reb+3ast
Mersin BSB: G.Petronyte 17+4reb+3ast, Y.Uslular 10+1reb+1ast, F.Bayraktar 9+3reb, A.Farhiya 7+7reb+3ast, N.Olcek 5+3reb, D.Robinson 2+2reb+3ast
gschID: 474492


Group B
Villeneuve - UNIQA Sopron 78-63

The game between closely ranked teams ended with sixth ranked French Villeneuve D'Ascq's (6-8) home victory over 7th ranked Hungarian UNIQA Sopron (4-10) 78-63 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Villeneuve D'Ascq. UNIQA Sopron was better in third quarter 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Villeneuve D'Ascq looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Guard Virginie Bremont (177-87) scored 14 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals to lead the charge for the winners and Czech center Kamila Stepanova (191-88) chipped in 16 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Villeneuve D'Ascq players scored in double figures. American guard Shenise Johnson (181-90, college: Miami, FL) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds and Serbian-Hungarian center Sara Krnjic (191-91) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. UNIQA Sopron's coach tested ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Villeneuve D'Ascq maintains sixth position in Group B with 6-8 record. UNIQA Sopron lost sixth consecutive game. Defending Hungarian champion keeps the seventh place with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
Villeneuve: A.Iagupova 16+3reb+2ast, K.Stepanova 16+4reb+3ast, V.Bremont 14+5reb+8ast, A.Gaye 11+7reb+3ast, V.Ayayi 9+10reb+3ast, M.Sy-Diop 6+7reb+2ast
UNIQA Sopron: S.Johnson 21+12reb+2ast, S.Krnjic 12+5reb+2ast, A.Crvendakic 10+3reb+3ast, Z.Fegyverneky 6+4reb+4ast, T.Ajdukovic 4+3reb, B.Hatar 4+1reb
gschID: 474498


Nadezhda O. - Avenida 65-62

The most exciting game of round 14 in the Euroleague took place in Orenburg. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Spanish Perfumerias Avenida (7-7) to second ranked Russian Nadezhda Orenburg (10-4) 65-62 in the game for the second place. The hosts trailed by 13 points after three quarters before their 26-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Nadezhda Orenburg forced 19 Perfumerias Avenida turnovers. American power forward Elizabeth Williams (190-93, college: Duke) scored 16 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Natalia Zhedik (184-88) chipped in 11 points and 4 steals during the contest. American-FYR Macedonian Chrissy Givens (180-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) responded with 11 points and 7 rebounds and Brazilian center Erika De Souza (197-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Nadezhda Orenburg maintains second position in Group B with 10-4 record having four points less than leader Dynamo K. Defending Spanish champion Perfumerias Avenida keeps the third place with seven games lost. They share the position with Bourges and Hatay.
Top scorers:
Nadezhda O.: E.Williams 16+9reb, N.Anoykina 13+3reb, N.Zhedik 11+3reb+2ast, A.Bazoukou 7+8reb+1ast, C.Ouvina 5+5reb+3ast, E.Beglova 5+1reb+6ast
Avenida: C.Givens 11+7reb+1ast, E.De Souza 10+6reb+1ast, A.Elonu 10+1reb+2ast, J.Milovanovic 8+4reb, G.Marginean 7+2reb+1ast, L.Quevedo 6
gschID: 474497


Hatay - Bourges 69-51

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when one of their biggest challengers French Bourges (7-7) were defeated on the road by fifth ranked Turkish Hatay (7-7) 69-51 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 69-51. Hatay dominated on the defensive end, holding Bourges to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They also forced 19 Bourges turnovers. American-Turkish swingman Bahar Ozturk (183-84, college: Connecticut, agency: 1x1 Sports) scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Kazakhstan-Belarusian forward Katerina Snytsina (188-85) chipped in 22 points and 5 steals during the contest. Canadian center Kayla Alexander (193-91, college: Syracuse, agency: LBM Management) responded with 12 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Marine Johannes (174-95) scored 9 points and 4 assists. Hatay moved-up to third place in Group B, which they share with Bourges and Avenida.
Top scorers:
Hatay: K.Snytsina 22+4reb+1ast, B.Ozturk 19+7reb+5ast, N.Hurst 9+3reb+5ast, C.Paris 9+10reb+2ast, D.Stankovic 6+3reb+2ast, T.Oral 2+6reb
Bourges: K.Alexander 12+5reb+1ast, M.Johannes 9+3reb+4ast, C.Dos Santos 8+3reb+1ast, P.Salagnac 6+2reb+4ast, I.Tanqueray 5+5reb+4ast, A.Filip 4+1reb
gschID: 474499


UMMC - CCC Polkowice 94-57

Euroleague top team - Russian UMMC Ekaterinburg (13-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Polish CCC Polkowice (2-12) 94-57. The game without a history. UMMC Ekaterinburg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. UMMC Ekaterinburg outrebounded CCC Polkowice 33-22 including a 25-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. Belgian center Emma Meesseman (192-93, agency: LBM Management) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Italian-American Diana Taurasi (182-82, college: Connecticut) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Four UMMC Ekaterinburg players scored in double figures. Croatian center Marija Rezan (198-89) replied with 14 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Russian power forward Raisa Musina (191-98) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for CCC Polkowice. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. UMMC Ekaterinburg have an impressive 13-game winning streak. Defending Russian champion maintains first position in Group B with 13-1 record. CCC Polkowice at the other side stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
UMMC: E.Meesseman 20+8reb+2ast, D.Taurasi 18+2reb+3ast, B.Griner 15+7reb, A.Torrens 11+4reb+4ast, K.Toliver 9+2ast, E.Belyakova 8+2reb
CCC Polkowice: M.Rezan 14+3reb, R.Musina 9+5reb+2ast, M.Ortiz 9+1reb, E.Gala 8+5reb+1ast, I.Harrison 7+4reb+1ast, J.Faulkner 6+1reb+4ast
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  FIBA AMERICAS  


Buenos Aires will host the FIBA Women's AmeriCup 2017 - by Eurobasket News

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) in the Americas confirmed Buenos Aires, Argentina as host city of the FIBA Women's AmeriCup 2017. The FIBA Women's AmeriCup 2017, formerly known as the FIBA Americas Women's Championship, will be held on August 7-13 in Buenos Aires and will award 3 spots to the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup 2018 in Spain. The host was confirmed by the FIBA Americas Zone Executive Committee, chaired by FIBA Americas President Mr. Usie Richards. "It is with great satisfaction that we announce Buenos Aires, Argentina as the host of the FIBA Women's AmeriCup 2017, an event that has given us so many wonderful and emotional basketball moments in the past and which we are confident will give us many more in the 2017 edition." said Richards. "The Argentina Basketball Confederation has been consistent in supporting women's basketball and hosting this event, giving its senior national team an opportunity to play at home, conifirms this effort and dedication to go even further in promoting our sport within the country.", added the FIBA Americas President "We are very happy. Being able to host this tournament was one of our great priorities for the year. Working with a low profile and consistency, we were able to make this dream happen in order to bring the most elite women's basketball championship in the Americas to our country Argentina", said the President of the Argentina Basketball Confederation Mr. Federico Susbielles. "We believe that our team has a lot of potential and we are confident they will put up a great performance while trying to secure a spot in the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup next year in Spain. In addition, I think, it will be a great help to continue promoting women's basketball all over the country", concluded Susbielles. The 2015 edition of the FIBA Women's AmeriCup 2017 was held in Edmonton, Canada where the hosts dominated the competition and lifted the trophy in undefeated fashion. Cuba came in second place and Argentina won the bronze medal. The venue for the FIBA Women's AmeriCup 2017 will be confirmed in the coming weeks.
Courtesy of: fiba.com



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  FINLAND  


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

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

Vilma Kesanen
Vilma Kesanen
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Vilma Kesanen (173-88, currently plays in Spain). She managed to help Universitario de Ferrol in a victory against the 11th-ranked Mann Filter (8-11) 79-71 in the Spanish LFB in Saturday night's game. Kesanen recorded only 4 points in 14 minutes on the court. Universitario de Ferrol (10-9) is placed sixth in the LFB. This year Kesanen averages: 4.3ppg, 3FGP: 42.3% and FT: 57.1% in 16 games she played so far. Ex-Catz Lappeenranta player is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Petra Noponen
Petra Noponen
   #2. Second place goes to former U16 international forward Petra Noponen (174-96, currently plays in Latvia). She contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Audentes SG (2-6) crushing them 74-47 in the Latvian NBL last Tuesday. Noponen scored 5 points and added 5 passes. KK Tallinna Ulikool (6-1) is placed second in Places 5-11 group. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. It's Noponen's first season with the team. Her overall stats this year are: 4.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 31.0%, 3FGP: 37.1% and FT: 54.5%. Noponen played for the Finnish U16 national team in 2011.

Anniina Aijanen
Anniina Aijanen
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Anniina Aijanen (188-95, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA. She could not help the Xavier (8-4) to beat the Georgetown University (7-7). Aijanen scored 9 points in 18 minutes. But the Xavier was badly defeated 81-63 at home by the Georgetown University. Her team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Aijanen's overall stats are: 3.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 2FGP: 55.6%(30-54), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 68.4% in 23 games. She played for the Finnish national team two years ago.

Marianne Kalin
Marianne Kalin
   #4. Forward Marianne Kalin (185-97, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Hofstra (5-9) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Kalin's good performance the Hofstra was defeated 72-61 on their home court in Hermpstead by the Elon University. She scored 13 points. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Kalin's total stats this season are: 4.7ppg and 2.9rpg. She used to play for the Finnish U18 national team back in 2015.

Minna Sten
Minna Sten
   #5. International forward Minna Sten (190-87, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked SIG (8-10) crushing them 70-50 in the French LF2 (second division) last Saturday. Sten scored 6 points and blocked 2 shots in 22 minutes. Avenir Basket Chartres (16-2) is placed first in the LF2. This year Sten's total stats are: 7.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.6bpg in 10 games. She plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Krista Gross
Krista Gross
   #6. Forward Krista Gross (183-90, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Scrivia (11-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Gross' good performance the seventh-placed Scrivia (11-8) was defeated 64-50 on their home court in Scrivia by the higher-ranked Orvieto (#4) in the Group A. She recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Gross also added and 5 steals. Gross has relatively good stats this season: 10.6ppg, 9.0rpg and 2.8spg. She is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

Other top Finnish players, who play abroad:

Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta (178-SG-91) plays for Castors Braine in Belgian Top Division Women
Sofia Pelander (192-C-92) plays for Norrkoping Dolphins in Swedish Damligan
Evita Iiskola (183-F-93) plays for Rotenburg/Scheessel in German DBBL
Mara Hoefer (188-C-84) plays for TG Neuss in German 2.Bundesliga



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  ISRAEL  


Hornbuckle's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

31-year old guard Alexis Hornbuckle (180-G-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Elitzur Holon and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
She had a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds, while her team beat Ramat Hasharon (#4, 8-8) 76-71. Thanks to this victory Elitzur Holon moved-up to the 5th position in Israeli D1. Elitzur Holon is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-10 record. In the team's last game Hornbuckle had a remarkable 52.9% from 2-point range. She turned to be Elitzur Holon's top player in her first season with the team. University of Tennessee graduate has very impressive stats this year. Hornbuckle is in league's top in points (5th best: 19.8ppg), assists (2nd best: 5.7apg) and averages solid 1.2bpg and 3.8spg.

Second best performed player last round was Shae Kelley (185-F-91) of top-ranked H.R. Le-Zion. She is American forward in her first season at H.R. Le-Zion. In the last game Kelley recorded impressive double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as H.R. Le-Zion lost that game 67-87 to slightly higher-ranked Maccabi R.Gan (#1, 14-2). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. H.R. Le-Zion took over leadership position moving up from 0th place. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-11 record. Kelley is a newcomer at H.R. Le-Zion and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.1ppg (#2). She also registered 10.6 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Tiffany Hayes (177-G-89) of league's second-best Maccabi Ashdod. Hayes showcased her all-around game by recording 22 points, six rebounds and six assists in the last round. She was a key player of Maccabi Ashdod, leading her team to a 87-62 easy win against the lower-ranked Hap.Petah Tikva (#8, 4-12). Maccabi Ashdod is closer and closer to top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 14-2 record is not that bad... Hayes has a very solid season. In 4 games in Israel she scored 16.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jada Payne (188-F-93) of Maccabi Raanana - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Chelsea Hopkins (173-PG-90) of Maccabi R.Gan - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Alex Harden (180-G/F-93) of Hapoel Z/MM - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Alyssa Baron (178-SG-92) of Maccabi R.Gan - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Karisma Penn (188-F/C-91) of Maccabi Raanana - 21 points and 11 rebounds
9. Atonye Nyingifa (180-PF-90) of Elitzur Holon - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Chante Black (195-C-85) of Ramat Hasharon - 16 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)



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Zarytska's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

30-year old power forward Ganna Zarytska (187-F/C-86) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's best team Astana Tigers and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
She had a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds, while her team crushed Okzhetpes (#3, 2-8) with 16-point margin 71-55. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Astana Tigers to consolidate first place in the Kazakhstan D1. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far into the season and Astana Tigers keeps a perfect 10-0 record. In the team's last game Zarytska had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. She has many years of experience at Astana Tigers, through which she has constantly improved. Zarytska has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in points (5th best: 10.8ppg), rebounds (8th best: 4.9rpg), assists (3rd best: 3.1apg) and averages solid 70.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Tolmagay Ermagambetova (176-C-95) of Okzhetpes. She is a center in her second season at Okzhetpes. In the last game Ermagambetova recorded impressive double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds. Of course she led Okzhetpes to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Irtysh (#2, 3-7) 77-48. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Okzhetpes consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. 8 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Okzhetpes managed to get this year. Ermagambetova is well-known at Okzhetpes and she already established her position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to another Okzhetpes' star - forward Tatiana Grigoryeva (178-F-90). Grigoryeva showcased her all-around game by recording 28 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the last round. She was another key player of Okzhetpes, helping her team with a 77-48 easy win against #2 ranked Irtysh. Okzhetpes can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-8 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Grigoryeva she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Grigoryeva has a very solid season. In 4 games in Kazakhstan she scored 19.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Angelina Mikhaylova (187-F-94) of Okzhetpes - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Olga Dubrovina (170-G-87) of Astana Tigers - 15 points and 2 rebounds
6. Anna Vinokurova (192-C-92) of Astana Tigers - 12 points and 5 rebounds
7. Darya Panasiuk (190-C-88) of Okzhetpes - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Daria Koroleva (179-G/F-88) of Irtysh - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Olga Kolesnikova (171-GF?-92) of Okzhetpes - 10 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Zalina Kurazova (188-F-85) of Astana Tigers - 9 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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  LEBANON  


Riyadi cruise past Chabibeh - by Eurobasket News

A game took place yesterday between the runner up Riyadi, and Chabibeh. Riyadi, who are still undefeated in the league, dominated from the first minute of the game, and grabbed an easy win against Chabibeh 86-55. It is worth mentioning that Chabibeh are one of the favorites to qualify to the final 4. Rebecca Akl (169-F-92) was close to a triple double as she scored 18 pts, grabbed 6 rebounds, and gave 13 assists with 4 steals in 35 mins.
Here are some stats of the game :
Diana Delva (188-F/C-88, college: Hartford) : 18pts 10rbds 1bs 26 mins
Sherine Chreif: 15 pts 9 rbnds 2 stls 2to in 17 mins
Lama Moukaddem: 13pts 2 rbnds 2ass 2 stls in 17mins
Nayla Jaroudi: 11pts 1rbnd 3stls in 14mins.
Courtesy of: sports-961.com



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LMKL Round 21: Suduva beat Fortuna in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

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

An exciting game was played in Klaipeda. First ranked Suduva faced 4th placed Fortuna. Guests from Marijampole (18-2) smashed host Fortuna (11-10) 85-56. The game was mostly controlled by Suduva. Fortuna managed to win fourth quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Fortuna to just 3 points in third quarter. Suduva dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Fortuna's 20. They outrebounded Fortuna 38-24 including 27 on the defensive glass. Suduva looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Fortuna's players. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Laura Svaryte (190-92) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Ukrainian guard Arina Bilocerkivska (170-89) chipped in 11 points and 7 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was international center Justina Matuzonyte (198-94) who recorded 13 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Suduva have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 18-2 record. Fortuna at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. Suduva are looking forward to face Aistes-LSU (#5) in Kaunas in the next round. Fortuna will have a break next round.
The game in Siauliai supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked Hoptrans-Sirenos Kaunas (12-9) played at the court of 6th ranked Siauliai-Univ. (6-15). Hoptrans-Sirenos Kaunas smashed Siauliai-Univ. 94-66. It was a good game for Belarusian point guard Volha Ziuzkova (172-83) who led her team to a victory with 22 points and 5 steals. Gabriele Gutkauskaite contributed with 10 points and 11 assists for the winners. Hoptrans-Sirenos Kaunas' coach Linas Salkus felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Ligita Tamutyte (176-99) answered with 10 points and 8 rebounds for Siauliai-Univ.Defending champion maintains third place with 12-9 record having five points less than leader Suduva. Siauliai-Univ. lost their tenth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 15 games lost. Hoptrans-Sirenos Kaunas will play against bottom-ranked Ukmerges (#7) on the road in the next round. Siauliai-Univ. will play against the league's second-placed Kibirkstis and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last game of round 21 bottom-ranked Ukmerges was defeated by Aistes-LSU in Kaunas 80-67.
The best stats of 21th round was 17 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists by Monika Petrauskaite of Ukmerges.

Fortuna - Suduva 56-85

An exciting game was played in Klaipeda. First ranked Suduva faced 4th placed Fortuna. Guests from Marijampole (18-2) smashed host Fortuna (11-10) 85-56. The game was mostly controlled by Suduva. Fortuna managed to win fourth quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Fortuna to just 3 points in third quarter. Suduva dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Fortuna's 20. They outrebounded Fortuna 38-24 including 27 on the defensive glass. Suduva looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Fortuna's players. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Laura Svaryte (190-92) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Ukrainian guard Arina Bilocerkivska (170-89) chipped in 11 points and 7 assists. Four Suduva players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was international center Justina Matuzonyte (198-94) who recorded 13 points and 6 rebounds and Roberta Mizgeryte (189-95) added 8 points and 8 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Suduva have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 18-2 record. Fortuna at the other side keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. Suduva are looking forward to face Aistes-LSU (#5) in Kaunas in the next round. Fortuna will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Fortuna: S.Dobrovolskyte 13+2reb+2ast, J.Matuzonyte 13+6reb+1ast, R.Mizgeryte 8+8reb+1ast, E.Kregzdyte 7+1reb+1ast, B.Gudelionyte 6+3reb+3ast, S.Kaupyte 5+1reb
Suduva: L.Svaryte 16+11reb+2ast, I.Simkute 14+5reb+2ast, A.Bilocerkivska 11+4reb+7ast, N.Skadaite 11+2reb+2ast, G.Tamasauskaite 10+1reb+2ast, L.Pikciute 8+5reb+1ast
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Aistes-LSU - Ukmerges 80-67

There was no surprise in Kaunas where 7th ranked Ukmerges (2-19) was defeated by fifth ranked Aistes-LSU (8-12) 80-67. The game was mostly controlled by Aistes-LSU. Ukmerges was better in fourth quarter 23-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aistes-LSU forced 19 Ukmerges turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Aistes-LSU brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. It was a good game for Gintare Paulauskaite (185-95) who led her team to a victory with 17 points and 5 assists. Guard Dovile Saurazaite (174-92) contributed with 15 points, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Monika Petrauskaite (182-92) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Martyna Petrenaite (181-98) added 23 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Ukmerges. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aistes-LSU maintains fifth place with 8-12 record. Newly promoted Ukmerges stay dead last with 19 lost games. Aistes-LSU will play against league's leader Suduva in Marijampole in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ukmerges will play at home against Hoptrans-Sirenos Kaunas (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ukmerges: M.Petrenaite 23+8reb+1ast, J.Marmiene 17+4reb+2ast, M.Petrauskaite 17+12reb+5ast, I.Cerniauskaite 4+1ast, G.Patumsyte 3+4reb+3ast, O.Brown 2+2reb
Aistes-LSU: G.Paulauskaite 17+4reb+5ast, K.Kazociunaite 15+5reb+1ast, D.Saurazaite 15+3reb+6ast, L.Zelnyte 9+6reb+1ast, K.Serkeviciute 8+2reb, A.Ziegyte 6+1reb+3ast
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Siauliai-Univ. - H-Sirenos 66-94

The game in Siauliai supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked Hoptrans-Sirenos Kaunas (12-9) played at the court of 6th ranked Siauliai-Univ. (6-15). Hoptrans-Sirenos Kaunas smashed Siauliai-Univ. 94-66. The game was mostly controlled by Hoptrans-Sirenos Kaunas. Siauliai-Univ. was better in third quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hoptrans-Sirenos Kaunas forced 33 Siauliai-Univ. turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. It was a good game for Belarusian point guard Volha Ziuzkova (172-83) who led her team to a victory with 22 points and 5 steals. International point guard Gabriele Gutkauskaite (175-90) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 assists for the winners. Four Hoptrans-Sirenos Kaunas players scored in double figures. Hoptrans-Sirenos Kaunas' coach Linas Salkus felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Point guard Ligita Tamutyte (176-99) answered with 10 points and 8 rebounds and Belarusian forward Katsiaryna Urbanovich (182-93) added 17 points in the effort for Siauliai-Univ.Defending champion maintains third place with 12-9 record having five points less than leader Suduva. Siauliai-Univ. lost their tenth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 15 games lost. Hoptrans-Sirenos Kaunas will play against bottom-ranked Ukmerges (#7) on the road in the next round. Siauliai-Univ. will play against the league's second-placed Kibirkstis and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Siauliai-Univ.: K.Urbanovich 17+2reb+2ast, G.Segzdaite 12+4reb+1ast, L.Tamutyte 10+8reb+3ast, A.Vaitekunaite 8+6reb+1ast, U.Bukauskaite 8+2reb+1ast, Z.Horodetskaya 6+4reb+3ast
H-Sirenos: V.Ziuzkova 22+2reb+2ast, R.Zemantauskaite-Matla 13+2reb, G.Jasiunskaite 10+2reb+3ast, G.Gutkauskaite 10+4reb+11ast, D.Belickaite 10+3ast, A.Baronenaite 8+2reb+4ast
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Kansas State women upset No. 16 Oklahoma 79-71 - by Eurobasket News

Kansas State's women may have dropped out of The Associated Press top 25 this week, but if the Wildcats keep playing the way they did Tuesday, they'll soon be right back up there. The Wildcats jumped out to a big early lead and held on for a 79-71 victory over No. 16 Oklahoma at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan. Kansas State (20-8, 10-6 Big 12) led 24-12 after the first quarter and 41-25 at halftime. The Sooners (21-7, 12-4) cut that margin to six after three periods and pulled within 61-60 with 5:14 to play, but they couldn't overcome the Wildcats despite shooting 50 percent from the field in the game. Karyla Middlebrook (5'7''-G-94) scored 19 points for the Wildcats, Breanna Lewis (6'5''-C-94) added 18 and Pleasant Hill grad Kindred Wesemann (5'7''-G-94) put in 13 points. Free throws played a key role in the outcome. K-State was 20 of 27 from the line, and Oklahoma was just 5 of 9. Vionise Pierre-Louis (6'4''-C) led the Sooners with 21 points.
Courtesy of: kansascity.com



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Superleague 1 Round 29: Dynamo-Farm edge Neftyanik in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Omsk. First ranked Dynamo-Farm faced 3rd placed Neftyanik. Guests from Kursk (30-1) defeated host Neftyanik (15-14) 66-59. Dynamo-Farm forced 22 Neftyanik turnovers. The best player for the winners was center Katerina Polyashova (188-96, agency: LBM Management) who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). point guard Anna Burovaya (172-97) chipped in 7 points. Dynamo-Farm's coach Elena Shakirova used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Kseniya Chinaeva (180-89) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) for the hosts. Dynamo-Farm have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 30-1 record. Neftyanik at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 14 games lost. Dynamo-Farm will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Neftyanik will play again at home against the league's leader Dynamo-Farm (#1) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
The game in Stavropol was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked MBA-2 (16-15) played at the court of 6th ranked Stavropol (12-17). MBA-2 managed to secure a 8-point victory 75-67. Olga Aksenova (187-96) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 8 rebounds. Yulia Kozik contributed with 13 points and 8 assists for the winners. MBA-2's coach Alexander Mikhaylyuk used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Power forward Elena Fedotova (185-90) answered with 18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for Stavropol. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for MBA-2. They moved-up to third place. Stavropol lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the seventh position with 17 games lost. MBA-2 will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Stavropol will play again at home against MBA-2 (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Syktyvkar. Local Nika (12-15) outscored 8th ranked Sparta&K-2 V (10-17) 80-51 on Tuesday night. Marina Sheveleva stepped up and scored 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Coach Olha Doronina's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play all 12 players saving starting five for next games. Maya Safiulina responded with 10 points and 6 rebounds. Nika moved-up to sixth place. Loser Sparta&K-2 V keeps the eighth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Dynamo-2 M.. Nika will again meet at home Sparta&K-2 V (#8) in the next round. Sparta&K-2 V will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 29 Samara defeated Dynamo-2 M. in a road game 71-53.
The best stats of 29th round was 20 points and 6 assists by Svetlana Kuznetsova of Stavropol.

Stavropol - MBA-2 67-75

The game in Stavropol was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked MBA-2 (16-15) played at the court of 6th ranked Stavropol (12-17). MBA-2 managed to secure a 8-point victory 75-67. MBA-2 made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Stavropol turnovers. Olga Aksenova (187-96) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 8 rebounds. Point guard Yulia Kozik (176-97) contributed with 13 points and 8 assists for the winners. Four MBA-2 players scored in double figures. MBA-2's coach Alexander Mikhaylyuk used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Power forward Elena Fedotova (185-90) answered with 18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and guard Svetlana Kuznetsova (174-75) added 20 points and 6 assists in the effort for Stavropol. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for MBA-2. They moved-up to third place. Stavropol lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the seventh position with 17 games lost. MBA-2 will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Stavropol will play again at home against MBA-2 (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Stavropol: S.Kuznetsova 20+2reb+6ast, E.Fedotova 18+6reb+4ast, P.Abyzova 12+3reb, G.Novoselceva 6+5reb+3ast, G.Lyashenko 5+2reb, A.Khamitova 4+2reb
MBA-2: O.Aksenova 24+8reb+1ast, Y.Kozik 13+2reb+8ast, A.Ivanova 12+6reb+2ast, V.Varlamova 10+2reb, A.Lennikova 5, E.Safonova 4+8reb+2ast
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Nika - Sparta&K-2 V 80-51

The game with biggest result difference took place in Syktyvkar. Local Nika (12-15) outscored 8th ranked Sparta&K-2 V (10-17) 80-51 on Tuesday night. Nika dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Sparta&K-2 V's 30. Nika forced 29 Sparta&K-2 V turnovers. Forward Marina Sheveleva (184-89) stepped up and scored 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and forward Kseniya Andreeva (185-92) chipped in 18 points. Four Nika players scored in double figures. Coach Olha Doronina's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play all 12 players saving starting five for next games. Forward Maya Safiulina (184-98) responded with 10 points and 6 rebounds and center Kseniia Nesterova (193-98) scored 6 points and 9 rebounds. Nika moved-up to sixth place. Loser Sparta&K-2 V keeps the eighth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Dynamo-2 M.. Nika will again meet at home Sparta&K-2 V (#8) in the next round. Sparta&K-2 V will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Sparta&K-2 V: M.Safiulina 10+6reb+1ast, S.Nuritdinova 8+1ast, A.Shishkina 7+5reb+1ast, K.Nesterova 6+9reb+1ast, P.Batishcheva 5+1ast, A.Zotkin 5+7reb
Nika: K.Andreeva 18+2reb+1ast, M.Sheveleva 14+8reb+1ast, E.Bezgodova 12+1reb+3ast, E.Terekhova 12+6reb, K.Pyatina 5+1ast, M.Kalashnikova 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 534918


Dynamo-2 M. - Samara 53-71

There was no surprise in Moscow where 9th ranked Dynamo-2 M. (10-17) was defeated by fifth ranked Samara (14-13) 71-53 on Tuesday. Samara outrebounded Dynamo-2 M. 42-30 including a 35-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Swingman Yana Matveeva (186-92) stepped up and scored 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and swingman Olga Omelchenko (183-91) chipped in 14 points. Forward Eleonora Oleynikova (178-98) responded with 17 points and center Sofia Pashigoreva (196-99) scored 13 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Samara maintains fifth place with 14-13 record. Dynamo-2 M. lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the eighth position with 17 games lost. They share it with Sparta&K-2 V. Samara will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Dynamo-2 M. will play again against Samara (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Dynamo-2 M.: E.Oleynikova 17+4reb+1ast, S.Pashigoreva 13+2reb+2ast, A.Kirina 9+3reb+2ast, E.Ryabova 7+4reb+2ast, A.Zakharova 3, A.Zaytseva 2+7reb+5ast
Samara: K.Evseytcheva 15+1reb, O.Omelchenko 14+2reb+2ast, Y.Matveeva 12+9reb+2ast, O.Ovcharenko 8+5reb+3ast, E.Melnikova 6+2reb, O.Sokolovskaya 6+5reb+4ast
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Neftyanik - Dynamo-Farm 59-66

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Omsk. First ranked Dynamo-Farm faced 3rd placed Neftyanik. Guests from Kursk (30-1) defeated host Neftyanik (15-14) 66-59. Dynamo-Farm forced 22 Neftyanik turnovers. The best player for the winners was center Katerina Polyashova (188-96, agency: LBM Management) who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Point guard Anna Burovaya (172-97) chipped in 7 points. Dynamo-Farm's coach Elena Shakirova used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Kseniya Chinaeva (180-89) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and guard Yana Panevina (167-91) added 24 points respectively for the hosts. Dynamo-Farm have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 30-1 record. Neftyanik at the other side dropped to the fourth position with 14 games lost. Dynamo-Farm will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Neftyanik will play again at home against the league's leader Dynamo-Farm (#1) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Neftyanik: Y.Panevina 24+1ast, K.Chinaeva 13+15reb+2ast, N.Matrosova 10+10reb, E.Elgina 5+2reb+1ast, A.Bazinskaya 3+5reb+2ast, M.Vorobeva 2+1reb+2ast
Dynamo-Farm: K.Polyashova 19+5reb+1ast, E.Shabanova 8+5reb, E.Golovchenko 7+2reb+2ast, A.Burovaya 7+4reb+3ast, V.Cheren 7+3reb, E.Frolkina 6+2reb+3ast
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APR beat Ubumwe to maintain perfect start to women league - by Eurobasket News

Defending champions APR women basketball club continued their perfect start to the 2016/17 season after defeating bitter rivals Ubumwe on Sunday at Amahoro indoor stadium. APR, bidding for their second league title in a row, were seeking for a revenge against reigning playoffs champions Ubumwe, which recently defeated them in the final of 2017 National Heroes' Day tournament to claim the first title in 2017. The military-side led by their skipper Charlotte Umugwaneza and point guard Sandra Kantore, outperformed Ubumwe in all the four quarters before wrapping the game up with a comfortable 74-60 win. APR won the first quarter 17-10 before claiming the second one 10-9 to go in the half time break leading 27-19. In the third quarter, APR maintained their pace and took it on 22-20 before claiming even the last one 25-21. 'We had lost to them (Ubumwe) in the final of Heroes' tournament and we could not afford to lose against them for the second time, we had studied their game before correcting all the mistakes we did and we entered the game very optimistic to win, said APR head coach Charles Mbazumutima . Centre player Umugwaneza dropped the game's high 24 points to guide his team to victory. Meanwhile, in another game, IPRC-South, led by Cecile Nzaramba, beat The Hoops Rwanda 74-47 with Nzaramba contributing a total of 24 points. After match day two, APR leads the table standings with four points followed by Ubumwe with three points joint with third placed IPRC-South while The Hoops Rwanda are fourth with two points with UR Huye at the bottom without any point so far.
Courtesy of: newtimes.co.rw



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Janina claim last Championship Stage spot - by Zeljko Zule

Janina defetaed Maribor 75-56 on road to claim the last Championship stage spot. The second part of the season will start on March, 4.

Maribor-Janina 56-75: The visitors opened the game with a 12-4 run and later scored 10 consecutive points to extend their lead to 32-17. Maribor cut the deficit to 41-46 early in third quarter. At that point, Tina Bastasic (170-PG-91) hit a 3-pointer and later Zala Belak (175-G/F-98) sank back-to-back 3-pointers that gave Janina a 61-49 lead. Martina Tomic (176-G-92) scored 22 points, Zala Belak 20, Bojana Djuric (175-G-91) had 11 points and 12 assists and Tjasa Muhovic (188-C-91) added 10 points. Maribor was led by Tina Cvijanovic (173-SG-98) with 18 points, Tjasa Galic (98) scored 10 and Ela Stergar (187-C-96) grabbed 10 rebounds.

Jezica-Ilirija 53-76: Jezica need a win to advance to the Championship Stage, but never led during the game. Ilirija opened the game with a 17-4 run. The home cut the deficit to 36-39 early in the second half and still was down by three midway through the third quarter. At that point, Ilirija went on a decisive 15-4 run for a 62-48 lead and close out the game with a 12-2 run. Ilirija used 11 players and all of them scored. All five starters finished in double figures. Polona Zalar (175-G-91) posted 15 points, Hristina Marjanovic (175-G-92) 14, Anja Klavzar (179-F-90) 13, Ziva Macura (190-F-95) and Teja Kropivsek (175-G-89) both posted 12 points. Jezica was led Gala Kramzar (163-PG-99) with game-high 17 points, Dora Mlakar (182-C-96) scored 13 and Ema Lapajne (176-G-00) 10.

Grosuplje-Domzale 76-49:
Both team opened the game with runs. Grosuplje, who never trailed, scored eight straight points for a 10-2 lead and Domzale immediately cut the deficit to one. Grosuplje used an 11-2 run to go up 38-28 midway through the second quarter and later went on a 12-2 run spanning halftime to extend their advantage to 54-34. Teja Gorsic (187-C-99) scored 21 points and Merisa Dautovic (183-F/C-99) 17. Domzale hit nine 3-pointers and only ten 2-pointers. Rebeka Kracan (173-G-98) finished with 22 points and Vanja Tajher (178-F-95) added 15 points.

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Gorsic's 21 points and 6 rebounds give her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

17-year old center Teja Gorsic (187-C-99) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Grosbasket and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
She had the game-high 21 points adding six rebounds and three assists for Grosbasket in her team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team Domzale (#9, 0-16) with 27-point margin 76-49. Grosbasket maintains the 8th position in Slovenian SKL. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 12 games and recorded just four victories. Gorsic has many years of experience at Grosbasket, through which she has constantly improved. Teja Gorsic averages this season 9.5ppg and 6.8rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Ziva Macura (190-F-95) of Ilrija. She is former international forward in her first season at Ilrija. In the last game Macura recorded impressive 12 points and 9 rebounds. Of course she led Ilrija to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Jezica (#7, 5-11) 76-53. Ilrija's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. Her team's 12-4 record is not bad at all. Macura is a newcomer at Ilrija and despite she is not a team leader yet, every game she becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Bojana Djuric (175-G-91) of Janina (#5). Djuric scored 11 points and passed twelve assists (!!!). She was a key player of Janina, leading her team to a 75-56 easy win against slightly higher-ranked Maribor (#4, 8-8). The chances of Janina ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of her teammates, Djuric could help Janina to bring them higher in the standings. Djuric has a great season in Slovenia. After 15 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 7.9apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Merisa Dautovic (183-F/C-99) of Grosbasket - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Zala Belak (175-G/F-98) of Janina - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Gala Kramzar (163-PG-99) of Jezica - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Martina Tomic (176-G-92) of Janina - 22 points and 6 rebounds
8. Anja Klavzar (179-F-90) of Ilrija - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Rebeka Kracan (173-G-98) of Domzale - 22 points and 2 rebounds
10. Tina Cvijanovic (173-SG-98) of Maribor - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Jones' double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

22-year old center Jonquel Jones (198-C-94) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's best team Woori Bank and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 31.
She had a double-double of 20 points and 25 rebounds, while her team beat S-Birds (#6, 11-20) 67-60. It allowed Woori Bank to consolidate first place in the South Korean WKBL. Woori Bank has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 29-2. In the team's last game Jones had a remarkable 58.3% from 2-point range. She turned to be Woori Bank's top player in her first season with the team. The George Washington University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Jones is in league's top in points (2nd best: 15.7ppg) and averages solid 2.8bpg and 56.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was So-Young Park (170-G-91) of league's second-best Blue Minx. She is former international guard in her 7th season at Blue Minx. In the last game Park recorded impressive double-double of 29 points and 12 rebounds. Of course she led Blue Minx to another comfortable win 87-73 over slightly lower-ranked Winnus (#4, 12-19) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Blue Minx consolidated its place in top 2 of the standings. Her team's 18-14 record is not bad at all. Park is one of the most experienced players at Blue Minx and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Kayla Thornton (185-F-92) of KEB Hanabank (#5). Thornton showcased her all-around game by recording 19 points, ten rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Thornton's great performance KEB Hanabank lost 59-60 to slightly higher-ranked KB Stars (#3, 12-18). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of KEB Hanabank not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 19 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of her teammates, Thornton could try to bring KEB Hanabank's a little bit higher in the standings. Thornton has individually a great season in South Korea. After 31 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.2ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 8.3rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ji-Su Park (195-C-98) of KB Stars - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 11 assists
5. Ha-Na Park (177-G-90) of Blue Minx - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Kimberly Roberson (178-G/F-86) of Blue Minx - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Karima Christmas (182-F-89) of Winnus - 18 points and 8 rebounds
8. Danbi Kim (180-F-90) of S-Birds - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Destiny Williams (185-F/C-91) of S-Birds - 12 points and 11 rebounds
10. Plenette Pierson (186-PF-81) of KB Stars - 6 points, 8 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)



Harris re-signs at Blue Minx - by Eurobasket News

Samsung Life Blue Minx (WKBL) confirmed in their roster 29-year old American power forward Amber Harris (195-98kg-88, college: Xavier). She played there last season. In 25 WKBL games she had 10.6ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.1bpg.
The previous (14-15) season Harris played at Energa Torun in Polish TBLK where in 14 games she recorded 4.9ppg and 3.4rpg. She helped them to make it to the semifinals.
In 2011 Harris was drafted by Minnesota Lynx (WNBA) as 4th pick overall.
The former Xavier University staris in her sixth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others her team won WNBA Western Conference Regular Season for two years in a row (2011 and 2012). Harris was also voted All-Atlantic 10 Player of the Year back in 2010 and 2011 at her college time.
Harris is quite experienced player. Her career allowed her to visit three different continents, while she played in four different countries. Harris tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. She has played previously professionally in Israel (Elitzur Ramla), Italy, Korea (KEB Hanabank) and Turkey (Besiktas).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Anna Cruz selected the top Spaniard playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Anna Cruz
Anna Cruz
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Anna Cruz (173-86, currently plays in Euroleague). She led her Russian team Dynamo Kursk to a victory over the fifth-ranked Familia Schio (6-7) 70-64 in the Euroleague in Wednesday night's game. Cruz was MVP of the game. She recorded 16 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists in 37 minutes on the court. Dynamo Kursk (14-0) is placed first in group A. So far her team won all fourteen games in the Regular Season. The Regular Season already ended in the Euroleague. This year Cruz averages: 8.7ppg, 4.6rpg, 5.7apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 36.0%, 3FGP: 48.0%(12-25) and FT: 68.2% in 13 games she played so far. She is currently a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Sancho Lyttle
Sancho Lyttle
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international center Sancho Lyttle (193-83, college: Houston, currently plays in Russia). Lyttle was the main contributor in an UMMC Ekaterinburg's victory against the eighth-ranked Spartak Vidnoye (6-12) 64-54 in the Russian PBL last Sunday. She was the best player in that game. Lyttle recorded 12 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks. UMMC Ekaterinburg (18-0) is placed first in the PBL. So far her team won all eighteen games in the Regular Season. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Lyttle's overall stats this season are: 7.4ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.1bpg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 47.1% and FT: 66.7%. She has a dual citizenship: Vincentian and Spanish. Ex-EBE Promociones P.D.V. Santa Eulalia player is in the roster of the Spanish senior national team.

Alba Torrens
Alba Torrens
   #3. The Spanish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Alba Torrens (188-89, currently plays in Russia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Sancho Lyttle and both played together in the last Russian PBL game. Torrens was the major contributor in an UMMC Ekaterinburg's victory against the eighth-ranked Spartak Vidnoye (6-12) 64-54. She recorded 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in 26 minutes. Torrens has relatively good stats this year: 12.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.5apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 56.4%(53-94), 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 88.9% in 13 games. She is also a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Astou Ndour
Astou Ndour
   #4. Center Astou Ndour (198-94, agency: Josep and Nicolas, currently plays in Italy) contributed to Ragusa's victory against the closely-ranked Umbertide (7-11) 64-58 in the Italian Serie A1 in Sunday night's game. Ndour was the top player that evening. She recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds. Passalacqua Spedizioni Ragusa (10-7) is placed sixth in the Serie A1. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Ndour's first season with the team. This year Ndour has relatively solid stats: 14.5ppg, 9.6rpg, 1.3bpg and 1.2spg. She is another player who holds two passports: Senegalese and Spanish. Ndour is also Spanish national team player.

Sandra Ygueravide
Sandra Ygueravide
   #5. International point guard Sandra Ygueravide (172-84, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to a Wisla Can-Pack's victory against the closely-ranked Mersin BSB (2-12) 83-74 in the Euroleague last Wednesday. She recorded 18 points, 4 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals in 37 minutes. TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow (4-9) is placed sixth in group A. Ygueravide's team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Ygueravide has reliable stats this year: 13.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 6.0apg and 1.2spg in 13 games. She plays currently for the Spanish national team.

Queralt Casas
Queralt Casas
   #6. Swingman Queralt Casas (177-92, currently plays in France) helped Basket Landes win their game against the seventh-ranked Nantes Reze (8-10) 87-73 in the French LFB on Saturday night. Casas scored 15 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals. Basket Landes (13-5) is placed third in the LFB. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Casas averaged so far 10.2ppg, 5.6rpg, 3.0apg and 1.8spg. She is an international player who is currently on the senior Spanish National Team roster.

Laura Nicholls
Laura Nicholls
   #7. International center Laura Nicholls (189-89, currently plays in EuroCup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Astou Ndour. But that was another game of her team in Eurocup which we would like to mention. Nicholls could not help Ragusa (5-1) in their last game. Despite her good performance the first-placed Ragusa (5-1) was edged 68-66 on the road by the leading Galatasaray in the group E of Eurocup. Nicholls scored 14 points and blocked 2 shots in 32 minutes. This year Nicholls' overall stats are: 7.9ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.1apg in eight games. She is also Spanish national team player.

Laia Palau
Laia Palau
   #8. Guard Laia Palau (177-79, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help USK Praha in their game against Fenerbahce (11-3) in the Euroleague. Palau cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. She recorded only 3 points and added 14 assists. USK Praha (#3) was defeated 71-63 at home by the second-ranked Fenerbahce in the group A of Euroleague. Palau's team will play only one more game in the Euroleague Regular Season. Palau has been at the team for four years. Her total stats this season are: 4.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 8.5apg and 1.3spg. Palau plays currently for the Spanish national team.

Cristina Ouvina
Cristina Ouvina
   #9. International point guard Cristina Ouvina (173-90, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to secure a victory for Nadezhda Orenburg (10-4) in their game against UMMC Ekaterinburg (13-1) in the Euroleague. She recorded only 4 points and added 9 assists in 33 minutes. Nadezhda Orenburg (#2) lost 81-88 in Ekaterinburg to the leading UMMC in the group B of Euroleague. The Regular Season already ended in the Euroleague. This year Ouvina's total stats are: 5.4ppg, 5.4rpg and 4.9apg in 14 games. She is also in the roster of the Spanish national team.

Marta Xargay Casademont
Marta Xargay Casademont
   #10. Point guard Marta Xargay Casademont (181-90, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Laia Palau and both played together in the last Euroleague game. Xargay Casademont couldn't help USK Praha (9-4) in their game against Fenerbahce (11-3). She recorded 8 points. USK Praha (#3) was defeated 71-63 on their home court in Praha by the second-ranked Fenerbahce in the group A of Euroleague. Xargay Casademont averaged so far 11.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.9apg and 1.3spg. She is an international player who is currently on the senior Spanish National Team roster.

   #11. Former U20 international swingman Ariadna Pujol (185-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped S.Florida win their game against the University of Houston crushing them 79-50 in the NCAA last Tuesday. Pujol had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 14 rebounds in 37 minutes. Pujol's stats this year are: 12.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 3.5apg and 1.3spg in 26 games. She used to play for the Spanish U20 national team two years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international point guard Mariona Ortiz (183-92, currently plays in Euroleague) helped her Polish team CCC Polkowice win their game against the sixth-ranked Villeneuve D'Ascq 77-68 in the Euroleague on Wednesday night. Ortiz recorded 13 points and added 3 assists. Ortiz has averaged so far 6.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.5apg and 1.9spg. She used to play for the Spanish U20 national team back in 2012.

   #13. Former international point guard Nuria Martinez (175-84, currently plays in Italy) helped Familia Schio win their game against the closely-ranked Napoli crushing them 81-59 in the Italian Serie A1 in Sunday night's game. Martinez scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. Martinez has averaged so far 5.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.2apg and 2.2spg in 13 games. She used to play for the Spanish national team two years ago.

   #14. U20 international point guard Laia Flores (170-96, currently studies in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ariadna Pujol and both played together in the last NCAA game. Flores helped S.Florida win their game against the University of Houston crushing them 79-50. She recorded 10 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. Flores has averaged so far 8.5ppg, 4.3rpg and 5.7apg. She plays currently for the Spanish U20 national team.

   #15. Former U16 international guard Estefania Ors (178-97, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Idaho St. in their game against the University of North Dakota in the NCAA, despite her very good performance last Thursday. She scored 22 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 30 minutes. But her team lost 56-63. Ors has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.4apg in 22 games. She used to play for the Spanish U16 national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Celia Garcia-Panuero (180-F-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Incarnate Word to an easy victory against the Sam Houston State University (2-11) crushing them 82-55 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Garcia-Panuero had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting the same number of rebounds. She also added 4 blocks in 37 minutes. The The University of Incarnate Word has 6-9 conference record this season. It was her team's first victory after five consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Garcia-Panuero has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 16.9ppg, 11.0rpg and 2.0apg in 23 games she played so far.

   #2. Experienced Laura Garcia (176-G-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas, currently plays in France) could not help Hainaut (7-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Garcia's good performance Hainaut was defeated 81-75 at home by the second-ranked Flammes. She scored 10 points and added 5 passes. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Garcia is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her fifth year in Hainaut's roster. Garcia has averaged so far 8.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.6apg.

   #3. Maite Cazorla (178-G, currently studies in the States) contributed to Oregon's victory against the University of Utah (3-10) 73-61 in the NCAA last Friday. Cazorla scored 6 points, made 6 passes and 3 steals. The University of Oregon has quite an impressive 11-2 conference record this season. It was her team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. Cazorla has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 1.3rpg, 4.2apg and 1.4spg.

   #4. Noelia Quintas (185-G-87, college: ORU, currently plays in United Kingdom) led Team Northumbria to a victory against the closely-ranked Hatters (8-3) 93-83 in the British WBBL on Sunday night. She scored 15 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Team Northumbria (17-3) is placed first in the WBBL. It was her team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Quintas has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.8spg.

   #5. Irene Sanchez managed to help Solar systemen-Grasshoppers Katwijk in a victory against the closely-ranked Binnenland (12-7) 62-56 in the Dutch Eredivisie in Saturday night's game. She scored 5 points in 12 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Solar systemen-Grasshoppers Katwijk (13-1) is placed first in the Eredivisie. It was her team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Sanchez has averaged so far 6.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.2apg in five games.

   #6. Ana Hernandez Gil (173-G, is currently at the American university) was not able to help the Hofstra in their game against the Elon University in the NCAA. She scored 9 points. Her team was defeated 72-61. Gil has averaged so far 6.8ppg and 1.4rpg.

   #7. Carmen Tellez (173-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to E.Illinois' victory against the Austin Peay State 78-73 in the NCAA last Saturday. She recorded 9 points in 28 minutes. Tellez has averaged so far 5.6ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.3apg in 24 games.

   #8. Mary Cuevas (193-F-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Towson in their game against the Drexel University in the NCAA. She scored 6 points. Her team was defeated 80-65. Cuevas has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 5.8rpg.

   #9. Angela Coello Perez (186-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Winthrop in their game against the Gardner-Webb University in the NCAA. She recorded 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Her team was defeated 63-57. Perez has averaged so far 4.4ppg and 4.2rpg.

   #10. Isabel Vara de Rey (180-G-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an Idaho St.'s surprising victory against the University of Northern Colorado 68-58 in the NCAA on Saturday night. She recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 19 minutes. Vara de Rey has averaged so far 6.5ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.3apg in 22 games.



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Davis number one in Switzerland for round 18 - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Jazmine Davis (170-G-93, agency: LBM Management) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Fribourg, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (34 points, three rebounds and two assists) to her team's victory, helping them to outclass Bellinzona (#7, 5-11) with 28-point margin 77-49. It allowed Fribourg to consolidate first place in the Swiss LNA. Fribourg has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 15-1. In the team's last game Davis had a remarkable ten three-pointers out of 13 attempts. It's her second year at Fribourg and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Jazmine Davis averages this season 13.6ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Jackie Nared (183-G-90, agency: LBM Management) of Riva. Nared had a very good evening with a double-double of 29 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Riva lost that game 64-73 to the higher-ranked Geneve Basket (#4, 8-8). Riva are still at the very bottom. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Riva managed to get this year. Nared is a newcomer at Riva, but is already one of team's top players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.7ppg (#6). Her other stats are also decent: 11.9rpg and 3.7apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Asia Logan (184-F-92) of Pully (#6). Logan scored 24 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Logan's great performance Pully lost 60-61 to the higher-ranked Aarau (#3, 10-6). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Pully ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of her teammates, Logan could help Pully to bring them higher in the standings. Logan has a great season in Switzerland. After 16 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.4ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 10.0rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jalinka Michaux (172-F-87) of Geneve Basket - 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Andrea Hajdune Csaszar (196-C-82) of BBC Troist. - 10 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Miriam Baumann (180-F-93) of Winterthur - 23 points and 9 rebounds
7. Sarah Halejian (175-G-92) of Winterthur - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Breanna Brock (187-F-90) of Fribourg - 7 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Melanie Devaux (170-PG-92) of BBC Troist. - 25 points and 4 rebounds
10. Carole Leclair (185-F-89) of Geneve Basket - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Costa number one in Turkish TKBL for round 26 - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Corinne Costa (193-F) had an amazing evening in the last round for Mersin Kurtulus, receiving a Eurobasket.com TKBL Player of the Week award for round 26.
The player had a double-double of 40 points and 16 rebounds, while her team crushed Orduspor (#11, 12-14) with 20-point margin 106-86. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Mersin Kurtulus maintains the 17th position in Turkish TKBL. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 20 games and recorded just six victories. Costa turned to be Mersin Kurtulus' top player in her first season with the team. Former Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles star has very solid stats this year. Costa is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.0ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 13.3rpg) and averages impressive 2.6bpg,2.4spg and 53.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Sharon Houston (191-F/C-88, agency: Gamble Sports Management) of Elazig. Houston had a very good evening with a double-double of 44 points and 17 rebounds. Of course Elazig cruised to a 80-71 relatively comfortable win over Mersin Gelisim (15-11). This victory allowed Elazig to move up to 8th position in the standings. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 15-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Houston is a newcomer at Elazig, but is already one of team's top players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.6ppg (#2). She also registered 15.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Sasha Goodlett (195-C-90) of Mersin Univ. (#6). Goodlett showcased her all-around game by recording 26 points, twenty four rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. She was a key player of Mersin Univ., leading her team to a 65-61 win against the lower-ranked Ferko Ilgaz (#12, 12-14). Mersin Univ. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 19 victories and 7 lost games. Goodlett has a great season in Turkey. After 12 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.7ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 12.4rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aisha Mohammed (191-C-85) of Ormanspor - 25 points and 19 rebounds
5. Danaejah Grant (175-G-94) of Edremit - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Marie Malone (189-C-89) of Anadolu Univ. - 24 points and 13 rebounds
7. Gozde Albayrak (180-PF-96) of Nevsehir HBVU - 25 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Shay Selby (175-G-90) of Bodrum - 31 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Marcedes Marie Walker (191-C-86) of Cankaya - 13 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Hande Celebi (90) of Cankaya - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Uro-Nile number one in Ukraine for round 14 - by Eurobasket News

International Center Miriam Uro-Nile (188-C-94, agency: LBM Management) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Tim-Scuf, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 22-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds, while her team outclassed Dynamo-NPU (#6, 9-9) with 59-point margin 118-59. Tim-Scuf maintains the 2nd position in Ukrainian Superleague. Tim-Scuf has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 16-1. In the team's last game Uro-Nile had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range. She turned to be Tim-Scuf's top player in her first season with the team. Miriam Uro-Nile has solid league stats. She is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.7ppg. Uro-Nile is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 8.9rpg) and averages impressive 53.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young international power forward Tetyana Yurkevicius (187-F/C-95) of Blyskavky. Yurkevicius had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 20 rebounds. Of course she led Blyskavky to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked HAI (#7, 4-14) 77-50. This victory allowed Blyskavky to move up to 4th position in the standings. Her team's 10-8 record is not bad at all. Yurkevicius is a newcomer at Blyskavky, but is already one of team's top players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.7ppg (#6). She also registered 15.2 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Liudmila Spyrydonova of Suzirja (#5). Spyrydonova showcased her all-around game by recording 13 points, nineteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. She was a key player of Suzirja, leading her team to a 74-58 easy win against slightly lower-ranked HAI (#7, 4-14). Suzirja needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 8 lost games. Spyrydonova has a great season in Ukraine. After 18 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.3rpg (4th best) and assists with 3.9apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Oleksandra Chek (191-C-93) of HAI - 21 points and 10 rebounds
5. Jasmine Peeples (188-C) of Dynamo-NPU - 21 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Viktoriia Khomiak (170-PG-95) of Blyskavky - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Larysa Stadnik (185-F/G-92) of Blyskavky - 24 points
8. Tetiana Havrylchyk (193-C) of Suzirja - 12 points and 11 rebounds
9. Nataliya Skorbatyuk (182-F/G-95) of Tim-Scuf - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Olga Krayevska (171-G-94) of Tim-Scuf - 14 points, 3 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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Azania Stewart selected the top British players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Azania Stewart
Azania Stewart
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Azania Stewart (195-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Florida, currently plays in Spain). She contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams CREF Hola (4-15) crushing them 93-73 in the Spanish LFB in Saturday night's game. Stewart recorded 10 points in 16 minutes on the court. Campus Promete Logrono (10-9) is placed fifth in the LFB. This year Stewart averages: 4.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 2FGP: 54.2% and FT: 65.0% in 19 games she played so far. Ex-Barking Abbey Leopards player is currently a member of the British senior national team.

Kennedy Leonard
Kennedy Leonard
   #2. Second place goes to U20 international guard Kennedy Leonard (173-96, currently plays college basketball in the States). She led Colorado to a victory against the University of Oregon (11-2) 76-66 in the NCAA on Sunday night. Leonard had a double-double by scoring 13 points and making 10 passes. She also added 5 rebounds in 40 minutes. The University of Colorado has 5-8 conference record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Leonard has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 17.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.9apg, 2.4spg, 2FGP: 44.6%, 3FGP: 26.5% and FT: 72.7% in 27 games. Leonard is in the roster of the British U20 national team.

Rachael Vanderwal
Rachael Vanderwal
   #3. The British player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international guard Rachael Vanderwal (175-83, college: Boston U., currently plays in Spain). Vanderwal could not help Mann Filter (8-11) in their last game. Despite her good performance Mann Filter lost 71-79 on the road to the higher-ranked (#6) Universitario de Ferrol. Vanderwal recorded 10 points in 22 minutes. It was Mann Filter's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Vanderwal's overall stats are: 5.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.8apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 38.6%, 3FGP: 30.3% and FT: 69.2% in 19 games. She has a dual citizenship: Canadian and British. Vanderwal is also a member of the British senior national team.

Ella Clark
Ella Clark
   #4. Forward Ella Clark (190-92, college: Long Beach St., currently plays in Italy) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Umbertide in their game against Ragusa (10-7) in the Italian Serie A1. She scored 9 points and had 3 steals. But Umbertide was defeated 64-58 at home by the higher-ranked Ragusa (#6). There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Clark's first season with the team. Clark's total stats this year are: 7.3ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.3spg. She is also British national team player.

Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott
Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott
   #5. Former international guard Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott (178-95, currently studies in the States) contributed to Toledo's victory against the The University of Akron (2-10) 61-57 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. Bravo-Harriott recorded 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds (made all of her seven free throws) in 38 minutes. The The University of Toledo has 5-7 conference record this season. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. Bravo-Harriott has relatively good stats this year: 12.1ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.9apg in 17 games. She used to play for the British national team two years ago.

Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby
Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby
   #6. Forward Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby (190-95, is currently at the American university) was not able to secure a victory for the Lafayette (3-10) in their game against the Lehigh University (4-11) in the NCAA. Despite her very good performance last Saturday Ottewill-Soulsby recorded 21 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. Ottewill-Soulsby is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her fourth year in Lafayette's roster. Her total stats this season are: 7.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2bpg. Ottewill-Soulsby is a former international player as she played for the British senior team two years ago.

Molly Taylor
Molly Taylor
   #7. Former U16 international guard Molly Taylor (175-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Loyola, MD (7-7) in their game against the Colgate University (5-9) in the NCAA, despite her very good performance on Saturday night. She recorded 19 points in 36 minutes. But the Loyola, MD lost 62-76 on their home court in Baltimore to the Colgate University. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This year Taylor's total stats are: 4.8ppg and 1.6rpg in 22 games. She used to play for the British U16 national team four years ago.

Leah McDerment
Leah McDerment
   #8. Guard Leah McDerment (178-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Massachusetts (3-9) in their game against the University of Richmond (6-7) in the NCAA. She cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. McDerment recorded only 3 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. The Massachusetts were defeated 56-45 on their home court in Amherst by the University of Richmond. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. McDerment has averaged so far 5.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 5.6apg and 1.2spg. She used to play for the British U20 national team back in 2013.

Jenelle Grant
Jenelle Grant
   #9. Former U16 international swingman Jenelle Grant (183-98, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Pacific (3-11) in their game against the University of Portland (3-10) in the NCAA. Grant scored 5 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 31 minutes. The Pacific lost 71-78 in Portland to the University of. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. Grant has averaged so far 2.0ppg and 2.3rpg in 16 games. She used to play for the British U16 national team three years ago.

Janice Monakana
Janice Monakana
   #10. Forward Janice Monakana (183-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott and both played together in the last NCAA game. Monakana contributed to Toledo's victory against the The University of Akron (2-10) 61-57. She recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Monakana has been at the team for four years. This season Monakana has relatively solid stats: 13.6ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.4spg. She is a former international player as two years ago she still played for the British senior national team.

   #11. Former U20 international forward Evelyn Adebayo (183-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Gardner-Webb in their game against the Presbyterian College in the NCAA. Adebayo scored 5 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 18 minutes. Her team lost 47-58. She has averaged so far 5.6ppg and 5.8rpg in 16 games. Adebayo used to play for the British U20 national team two years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international forward Gemma Bullard (178-92, currently plays in Canada) contributed to an easy victory against the Lions crushing them 76-52 in the Canadian university league CIS in Friday night's game. She recorded 7 points. Bullard has averaged so far 4.8ppg and 3.6rpg. She used to play for the British U20 national team back in 2012.

   #13. Former U16 international guard Shanice Norton (173-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the LSU in their game against the University of Georgia in the NCAA. She cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Norton scored only 2 points. Her team was defeated 70-65. Norton has averaged so far 4.5ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.1spg. She used to play for the British U16 national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Alexandra Bunton (198-C-93, currently plays in Russia). She could not help one of league's weakest teams Dynamo Moscow (7-10) to beat MBA (8-10). Bunton scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Dynamo Moscow was defeated 79-73 in a derby game by the higher-ranked MBA (#5). There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Bunton's first season with the team. Her overall stats this year are: 9.2ppg and 7.9rpg. Bunton has a dual citizenship: British and Australian.

   #2. Louella Tomlinson (193-F-88, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Hungary) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams MTK (1-14) crushing them 79-48 in the Hungarian A Division in Saturday night's game. She scored 6 points, had 5 rebounds and made 4 blocks. Aluinvent DVTK Miskolc (10-6) is placed sixth in the A Division. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Tomlinson's first season with the team. Tomlinson's overall stats this year are: 8.4ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.4apg and 1.7bpg. She is another player who holds two passports: British and Australian. Despite Tomlinson's British nationality, she previously played for the Australian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the British team.

   #3. Lavinia Da Silva (187-C-88, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Virtus Cagliari in their game against Carugate (4-15) in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Da Silva recorded 8 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. The tenth-placed Virtus Cagliari (6-13) was edged 55-53 on the road by the lower-ranked Carugate (#12) in the Group A. It was Virtus Cagliari's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This season Da Silva has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 11.3rpg and 1.4spg. She has both British and Portuguese nationalities.

   #4. Sarah Kershaw (178-SF-85, currently plays in Switzerland) led Helios to a victory over the closely-ranked Geneve Basket (8-8) crushing them 76-42 in the Swiss LNA last Friday. Kershaw was MVP of the game. She scored 23 points, grabbed 8 boards, passed 4 assists and added 4 steals in 32 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Helios VS Basket (13-3) is placed second in the LNA. The Regular Season already ended. Kershaw has been at the team for seven years. Kershaw has individually a very good season with high stats. She averages: 15.6ppg, 6.1rpg, 3.6apg and 1.7spg in 14 games she played so far. Kershaw also holds two passports: British and Swiss.

   #5. Mayka Pilz (183-F/C-92, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the 16th-ranked Braunschweig (4-17) crushing them 74-51 in the German 2.Bundesliga (second division) last Sunday. Pilz scored 6 points in 17 minutes. BG 74 Veilchen Ladies Goettingen (15-3) is placed second in North group. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Pilz has averaged so far 3.8ppg and 2.2rpg in 12 games.



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  WABA  


Beroe again beat Buducnost - by Zeljko Zule

For the second time this season Beroe defeated an injury-riddled reigning champion Buducnost Bemax. Triglav used a huge 27-3 run spanning halftime to beat Crvena zvezda.

Beroe-Buducnost Bemax 68-54: Buducnost opened the game with four consecutive points, but Bulgarian team responded with a 10-0 run and later went on an another 10-0 run to build a 24-11 advantage. Beroe had their largest lead of the night at 36-22 midway through the second quarter. At that point, Buducnost scored 11 straight points to ignite an 18-4 run spanning halftime to tie the score at 40-40. Beroe answered with a 17-4 run to go up 57-44. Buducnost cut the deficit to 52-57, but Beroe then went on an 11-2 run to close out the game.
Kellindra Zackery (184-F-88, college: Newman) had 23 points and 15 rebounds for Beroe and Monique Reid (185-PF-90, college: Louisville) scored 19 points in her first action since an injury. Beroe made just one of its 11 3-point attempts and Buducnost shot 3-of-17 from the 3-point range. Montenegrin team played without injured starters Irena Matovic (186-F-88) and Tamara Kapor (184-G-91), while Kristina Topuzovic (183-F/G-94) played only five minutes due to injury. Bozica Mujovic (178-G-96) finished with 17 points and Nikolina Babic (177-G-95) came off the bench for 13 points.

Triglav-Crvena zvezda 68-58: The game featured 10 lead changes until Triglav scored 16 straight points to ignite a huge 27-3 run spanning halftime for a 52-30 lead. Triglav outrebounded Serbian team 39-21.
Aida Kalusic (187-C-87) scored 21 points on shooting 9-of-11 from the field, Nikolina Sofric (186-F/C-00) came of the bench for 12 points, Urska Zibert (174-G-93) collected 11 points and 7 rebounds off the bench and Ziva Zdolsek (178-F/G-89) added 11 points. Zvezda was led by Marija Prlja (163-PG-87) with 12 points and Mina Djordjevic (186-PF-99) scored 11.



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  WNBA  


Connecticut Sun sign Danielle Adams to a training camp contract - by Eurobasket News

The Connecticut Sun signed Danielle Adams (6'1''-C-89, college: Texas A&M) to a training camp contract. 'We are excited about the opportunity to bring Danielle Adams into camp to compete for a roster spot,' Sun head coach and general manager Curt Miller said. 'She has been a proven scorer during her time in the WNBA and consistently creates matchup advantages at the offensive end. She is currently playing well in Israel and is motivated for the opportunity to rejoin the league.'
From the Sun: Originally selected in the second round with the 20th overall pick in the 2011 WNBA Draft by the San Antonio Stars after leading Texas A&M to its first NCAA National Championship, the 6-foot-1 forward earned All-Rookie Team honors that year. Appearing in 155 games with 45 starts through the 2015 season, Adams scored 1,771 points with 176 three-pointers, and also pulled down 659 rebounds. She averaged 11.4 points and 4.3 rebounds while playing 20.9 minutes per game. She had a career-high 39 points at Atlanta on September 15, 2013, and had 11 rebounds in a game three times. Currently in Israel, Adams is averaging 20.8 points and 8.8 rebounds in 16 games for Bnot Maccabi Ramat Gan. On Monday, she had 16 points and six rebounds in an 87-68 win over H.R. Le-Zion.
The Connecticut Sun open the 2017 season at home on May 13 against the Atlanta Dream.
Courtesy of: hoopfeed.com