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Dar Tucker claims Argentinian LigaA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American-Jordanian Dar Tucker (193-SG-88) had a great game in the last round for league's second-best Estudiantes C. and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 34.
The 28-year old shooting guard had a double-double of 31 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team crushed Penarol (#8, 14-23) with 18-point margin 89-71. Estudiantes C. maintains the 2nd position in their group in Argentinian LigaA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Estudiantes C. will need more victories to improve their 24-12 record. In the team's last game Tucker had a remarkable 58.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Estudiantes C.'s top player in his first season with the team. De Paul University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Tucker is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.4ppg. Tucker is in league's top in and averages solid 57.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 33-year old Greek power forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-PF-83) of Boca Jrs. Lampropoulos impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Boca Jrs to edge slightly higher-ranked Olimpico LB (#7, 17-18) by 3 points 89-86. This victory allowed Boca Jrs to move up to 9th position in Norte. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-24 record. Lampropoulos is a newcomer at Boca Jrs 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 Austin (203-F-88) of Hispano Am. (#10). Austin scored 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Austin's great performance Hispano Am. lost 93-107 to the higher-ranked Regatas C. (#4, 20-12). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Hispano Am. not to end season at such low position in Sur, however are less than slim as they have already lost 25 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Austin could try to bring Hispano Am.'s a little bit higher in the standings. Austin has a very solid season. In 36 games in Argentina he scored 12.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gelvis Solano (185-G-94) of Echague - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Javier Justiz (205-C-92) of Estudiantes C. - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Ramon Clemente (200-PF-85) of Ferrocarril - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Dennis Horner (205-F-88) of Obras Basket - 22 points and 9 rebounds
8. Leonardo Mainoldi (203-PF-85) of San Martin C. - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Justin Williams (206-F/C-84) of Olimpico LB - 19 points and 9 rebounds
10. Gabriel Deck (199-F-95) of San Lorenzo - 27 points and 4 rebounds

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



TNA Round 26: Parque Sur lose to Gimnasia LP - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in TNA is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 6 rounds. The round was exceptionally exciting as five games ended with a tiny margin. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Round 26 in TNA means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in La Plata where host Gimnasia LP (8-19) crushed league's leader Parque Sur (16-12) 90-71 on Tuesday evening. Gimnasia LP dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Parque Sur's 40. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was Juan Lancieri (190-95) who scored 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. point guard Leonardo La Bella (180-86) chipped in 9 points and 14 assists. Gimnasia LP's coach Cesar Adriani used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Sebastian Bernasconi (203-86) produced 16 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Gimnasia LP maintains sixth position with 8-19 record. Parque Sur at the other side dropped to the second place with 12 games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Union SF. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top ranked Ciclista (17-11) recorded its eleventh loss in Concepcion de Urug.. Visitors were defeated by first ranked Parque Sur (16-12) 72-61. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Guard Elnes Bolling (189-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Pablo Alderete contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Aaron Harrison (198-93, college: Lynn) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds for Ciclista. Despite that victory Parque Sur went down to second position due to points difference. Ciclista at the other side still keeps top place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Alianza Viedma. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Sixth-ranked Petr.Argentino (8-18) made lots of trouble for first ranked Ciclista (17-11) in Juninense on Wednesday. Ciclista managed to secure only one-point victory 71-70. However their fans expected much easier game. Alvaro Merlo scored 13 points and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Darnell Dodson responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Ciclista maintains first position with 17-11 record, which they share with Alianza Viedma. Petr.Argentino lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 18 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
A very interesting game took place in Olavarria. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Olimpo (15-10) to first ranked Estudiantes O. (18-8) 79-77 on Friday evening. Diego Figueredo notched 23 points to lead the effort. Olimpo's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Estudiantes O. have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-8 record. Olimpo at the other side dropped to the third place with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Important game to mention about took place in San Francisco. Second ranked San Isidro (18-11) saved a 1-point victory at home edging second-ranked Comunicaciones (20-8) 72-71 in the game for the second place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Comunicaciones. The best player for the winners was Santiago Gonzalez who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 21 rebounds. San Isidro maintains second position with 18-11 record having just three point less than leader Union SF which they share with defeated Comunicaciones. Loser Comunicaciones keeps the second place with eight games lost. San Isidro will face league's leader Union SF in Santa Fe in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Comunicaciones will play on the road against BHY Tiro Federal in Morteros and hope to win that game.

Rest of the games of round 26 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Huracan was defeated by La Union in Colon 79-74. Barrio Parque beat Mitre Tuc. at home 79-68. Platense lost to Alianza Viedma on the opponent's court 90-101. Hindu managed to outperform SP Las Parejas in a home game 81-64. BHY Tiro Federal recorded a loss to Villa Angela on the road 80-67. Temperley defeated Rocamora on its own court 101-84. Mitre Tuc. beat San Isidro in Tucuman 84-73. Atenas Carmen won against Platense at home 93-83. Barrio Parque unfortunately lost to Salta Basket on the opponent's court 75-78. Independiente BBC managed to beat BHY Tiro Federal in a home game 79-75. SP Las Parejas was defeated by Villa San Martin on the road 76-67. Gimnasia LP was beaten by Alianza Viedma on its own court 97-102. Rocamora lost to Huracan in Trelew 91-97. Comunicaciones outscored Union SF at home 93-70. SP Las Parejas was rolled over Villa Angela on the opponent's court 57-80. Mitre Tuc. was defeated by Barrio Parque in a home game 66-77. Union SF beat Obera TC on the road 88-83. Estudiantes O. won against La Union on its own court 87-70. Olimpo BB unfortunately lost to Ciclista in Juninense 68-74. Petr.Argentino recorded a loss to Huracan at home 56-71. San Isidro defeated BHY Tiro Federal on the opponent's court 63-57. Independiente BBC beat Barrio Parque in a home game 75-74. Comunicaciones won against Hindu on the road 80-64.
The best stats of 26th round was 20 points and 12 rebounds by Facundo Mendoza of La Union.

San Isidro - Comunicaciones 72-71

Important game to mention about took place in San Francisco. Second ranked San Isidro (18-11) saved a 1-point victory at home edging second-ranked Comunicaciones (20-8) 72-71 in the game for the second place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Comunicaciones. The best player for the winners was center Santiago Gonzalez (203-83) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 21 rebounds. Naturalized Italian Juan Kelly (190-88) chipped in 15 points and 9 assists. Forward Nicolas Lauria (202-88) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists and Cameroonian power forward Gaston Essengue (203-83, college: UNLV) added 14 points respectively for the guests. Four San Isidro and five Comunicaciones players scored in double figures. San Isidro maintains second position with 18-11 record having just three point less than leader Union SF which they share with defeated Comunicaciones. Loser Comunicaciones keeps the second place with eight games lost. San Isidro will face league's leader Union SF in Santa Fe in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Comunicaciones will play on the road against BHY Tiro Federal in Morteros and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Comunicaciones: G.Essengue 14+4reb, J.De Felippo 13+3reb+1ast, M.Aristu 13+3reb, N.Lauria 13+16reb+5ast, S.Ferreyra 11+3reb+4ast, G.Torres 4+3reb+3ast
San Isidro: J.Kelly 15+1reb+9ast, M.Corzo 11+1reb+1ast, G.Sciutto 11+1reb+1ast, M.Muller 11+2reb+3ast, S.Gonzalez 11+21reb+1ast, S.Acevedo 8+6reb+2ast
gschID: 523916


La Union - Huracan 79-74

There was a minor upset in Colon where 4th ranked Huracan (15-12) was defeated by seventh ranked La Union (7-20) 79-74 on Wednesday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was center Facundo Mendoza (200-84) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. American Rakim Brown (198-91, college: Humboldt St.) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Martin Melo (197-82) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and American forward Jerome Hill (198-94, college: Gardner-Webb) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. La Union maintains seventh position with 7-20 record. Loser Huracan keeps the fourth place with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Huracan: J.Hill 15+7reb+2ast, M.Melo 15+10reb+1ast, L.Ruiz Moreno 14+3reb+4ast, J.Coronado 12+8reb+1ast, G.Maranguello 9+4reb+1ast, G.Acosta 5
La Union: F.Mendoza 20+12reb+1ast, R.Brown 16+9reb+1ast, P.Bogado 11+4reb+1ast, M.Solanas 10+5reb, C.Buendia 8+3reb+6ast, P.Bilat 5
gschID: 537279


Ciclista - Petr.Argentino 71-70

Sixth-ranked Petr.Argentino (8-18) made lots of trouble for first ranked Ciclista (17-11) in Juninense on Wednesday. Ciclista managed to secure only one-point victory 71-70. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 13 points after three quarters before their 31-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Point guard Alvaro Merlo (182-95) scored 13 points and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American swingman Aaron Harrison (198-93, college: Lynn) chipped in 18 points during the contest. American forward Darnell Dodson (201-89, college: S.Mississippi, agency: DTMones) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Cedric Blossom (198, college: Morgan St., agency: DTMones) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Ciclista maintains first position with 17-11 record, which they share with Alianza Viedma. Petr.Argentino lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 18 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Petr.Argentino: D.Dodson 22+9reb+3ast, C.Blossom 17+10reb, L.Diaz 11+3reb+2ast, F.Gago 6+2reb, D.Pineda 5+2reb, S.Gandolfo 5+1reb+2ast
Ciclista: A.Harrison 18+3reb+1ast, J.Fahnbulleh 14+6reb+1ast, A.Merlo 13+3reb+9ast, M.Tamburini 8+1reb+1ast, P.Martinez 8+8reb+1ast, M.Araujo 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 537278


Barrio Parque - Mitre Tuc. 79-68

No shocking result in a game in Cordoba where third ranked Barrio Parque (15-11) defeated 7th ranked Mitre Tuc. (7-19) 79-68 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-68. Barrio Parque looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was Andres Mariani (188-87) who had a triple-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Point guard Esteban Cantarutti (185-88) chipped in 23 points and 4 assists. Four Barrio Parque players scored in double figures. Barrio Parque's coach Alejandro Lotterio allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Power forward Luis Arganaraz (199-85) produced 18 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Tirrell Brown (198-93, college: Ouachita Baptist) added 8 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the guests. Barrio Parque maintains third position with 15-11 record having just three points less than leader Union SF. Newly promoted Mitre Tuc. keeps the seventh place with 19 games lost. Barrio Parque will face league's second-placed Comunicaciones in Mercedes in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mitre Tuc. will play against Independiente BBC (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Mitre Tuc.: L.Arganaraz 18+8reb+1ast, R.Banegas 14+3reb, F.Toia 9+2reb+6ast, T.Brown 8+11reb+1ast, J.Muruaga 7+4reb+4ast, G.Gorostiaga 7+5reb+3ast
Barrio Parque: E.Cantarutti 23+4reb+4ast, E.Rossi 16+3reb+3ast, E.Martina 12+4reb, A.Mariani 11+11reb+11ast, L.Guerra 7+3reb+3ast, S.Cabello 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 523915


Gimnasia LP - Parque Sur 90-71

Round 26 in TNA means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in La Plata where host Gimnasia LP (8-19) crushed league's leader Parque Sur (16-12) 90-71 on Tuesday evening. Gimnasia LP dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Parque Sur's 40. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was Juan Lancieri (190-95) who scored 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Point guard Leonardo La Bella (180-86) chipped in 9 points and 14 assists. Gimnasia LP's coach Cesar Adriani used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Sebastian Bernasconi (203-86) produced 16 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Guido Mariani (193-94) added 17 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Gimnasia LP maintains sixth position with 8-19 record. Parque Sur at the other side dropped to the second place with 12 games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Union SF. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Parque Sur: G.Mariani 17+2reb, S.Bernasconi 16+8reb+1ast, P.Alderete 11+4reb+2ast, J.Stroud 11+1reb, E.Martinez 6+2reb+2ast, E.Bolling 5+1reb+1ast
Gimnasia LP: L.Villa 21+2reb+1ast, J.Lancieri 21+7reb+4ast, R.Salvatierra 13+5reb+1ast, M.Segon 10+3reb+1ast, L.La Bella 9+2reb+14ast, R.Rosende 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 537190


Alianza Viedma - Platense 101-90

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 3rd ranked CA Platense's (13-12) road loss to second ranked Alianza Viedma (17-11) 90-101 on Tuesday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Alianza Viedma shot 24 for 32 from the free-throw line, while CA Platense only scored six points from the stripe. CA Platense was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion, agency: DTMones) who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. Point guard Alexis Knecht (183-87) chipped in 22 points. Puerto Rican forward Kevin Young (203-90, college: Kansas, agency: SDJ Sports) produced 21 points and 8 rebounds and guard Felipe Pais (185-90) added 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. Five Alianza Viedma and four CA Platense players scored in double figures. CA Platense's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Alianza Viedma have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Ciclista. Loser CA Platense keeps the third place with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Platense: K.Young 21+8reb+1ast, F.Pais 20+3reb+1ast, A.Pappalardi 14+5reb, S.Suarez 11+4reb, F.Lopez 8+1reb+5ast, I.Romani 8+4reb+2ast
Alianza Viedma: O.McCullough 23+5reb+2ast, A.Knecht 22+3reb+2ast, M.Gaynor 16+4reb+2ast, P.Franco 14+3reb+7ast, L.Nwogbo 12+4reb, M.Tabieres 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 537189


Hindu - SP Las Parejas 81-64

Very predictable result in Chaco where first ranked Hindu (21-5) beat 6th ranked Sportivo (6-22) 81-64 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Hindu. Sportivo was better in second period 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was center Pablo Moya (203-83) who scored 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: DTMones) chipped in 12 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Four Hindu players scored in double figures. Hindu's coach Jeronimo Trezza allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Marco Luchi (198-82) produced 18 points and 8 rebounds and Manuel Olocco (198-88) added 7 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Hindu maintains first position with 21-5 record. Sportivo lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth place with 22 games lost. Hindu will face Villa Angela (#3) in Villa Angela in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sportivo will play at home against Villa San Martin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SP Las Parejas: M.Luchi 18+8reb+2ast, A.Rossi 8+3reb+3ast, A.Pautasso 8+2reb+1ast, A.Carlachiani 7+3reb, M.Olocco 7+5reb+2ast, U.Pasqualetto 6+6reb
Hindu: P.Moya 17+6reb+2ast, K.Jones 12+7reb+4ast, N.Paletta 12+2reb+1ast, S.Picton 12+4reb+4ast, F.Vieta Stechina 8+2reb+4ast, A. Ghidini 7+3reb
gschID: 523914


Villa Angela - BHY Tiro Federal 80-67

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked BHY Tiro Federal (9-17) was defeated on the road by third ranked Villa Angela (16-9) 80-67 on Tuesday. The best player for the winners was naturalized Italian forward Mariano Garcia (201-86) who scored 22 points. Cesar Avalle (189-85) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. Point guard Emiliano Correa (189-91) produced 16 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and power forward Diego Brezzo (206-84) added 19 points respectively for the guests. Villa Angela have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 16-9 record having just three points less than leader Union SF. BHY Tiro Federal lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 17 games lost. Villa Angela will face league's leader Hindu in Chaco in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BHY Tiro Federal will play at home against the league's second-placed Comunicaciones (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
BHY Tiro Federal: D.Brezzo 19+3reb, E.Correa 16+6reb+7ast, L.Cecchi 14+6reb+1ast, P.Lockett 8+10reb+2ast, M.Maximiliano 5+3reb+2ast, L.Strack 5+2reb
Villa Angela: M.Garcia 22+4reb+1ast, C.Avalle 20+5reb+1ast, A.Spalla 11+3reb+1ast, M.Cequeira 7+11reb+7ast, N.Carter 6+3reb+3ast, A.Zago 6+7reb+4ast
gschID: 523913


Temperley - Rocamora 101-84

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked CA Temperley's (13-12) home victory over 5th ranked Rocamora (11-14) 101-84 on Monday. They outrebounded Rocamora 36-23 including 29 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Delwan Graham (203-88, college: Jacksonville) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Power forward Martin Trimboli (196-85) chipped in 21 points. Swingman Matias Cuello (190-91) produced 22 points and American power forward Antwan Space (206-93, college: Massachusetts) added 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Rocamora's coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. CA Temperley moved-up to third place, which they share with Platense. Rocamora lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
ROCAMORA: M.Cuello 22+3reb, I.Davico 15+4reb+1ast, M.Novello 14+3reb+1ast, A.Space 13+9reb+1ast, F.Pag 6+1reb+1ast, F.Benitez 6+4reb
TEMPERLEY: M.Trimboli 21+1reb+1ast, L.Ortiz 19+3ast, S.Chaine 14+3reb+1ast, D.Graham 12+12reb+3ast, A.Eiguren 9+5ast, L.Ibanez Paz 9+5reb+3ast
gschID: 536913


San Isidro - Mitre Tuc. 73-84

There was an upset in San Francisco where second-ranked San Isidro (18-11) was defeated by seventh ranked Mitre Tuc. (7-19) 84-73 on Monday. The best player for the winners was American forward Tirrell Brown (198-93, college: Ouachita Baptist) who scored 32 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Jose Muruaga (188-84) chipped in 18 points and 6 assists. Center Santiago Gonzalez (203-83) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) and naturalized Italian Juan Kelly (190-88) added 15 points and 7 assists respectively for the hosts. San Isidro's coach Julian Pagura tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Newly promoted Mitre Tuc. maintains seventh position with 7-19 record. Loser San Isidro keeps the second place with 11 games lost. Mitre Tuc. will face higher ranked Independiente BBC (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. San Isidro will play against the league's leader Union SF and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
San Isidro: S.Gonzalez 25+10reb+1ast, J.Kelly 15+2reb+7ast, A.Landoni 11+1reb, G.Sciutto 9+4reb+3ast, M.Corzo 7+2reb+1ast, M.Muller 2+3reb+8ast
Mitre Tuc.: T.Brown 32+9reb+2ast, J.Muruaga 18+3reb+6ast, F.Toia 12+1reb+4ast, L.Ortiz 8+3reb+1ast, L.Arganaraz 6+5reb+3ast, G.Gorostiaga 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 536912


Atenas Carmen - Platense 93-83

There was a small surprise in Carmen de Patagones where fifth ranked Atenas (14-13) defeated 3rd ranked CA Platense (13-12) 93-83 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Atenas. CA Platense was better in fourth quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Scott Cutley (196-85, college: CS Fullerton) who had a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 15 rebounds and 7 assists. Agustin Giarraffa (188-94) chipped in 17 points. Cutley is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Guard Felipe Pais (185-90) produced 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and center Dario Mansilla (207-82) added 19 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) respectively for the guests. Five Atenas and four CA Platense players scored in double figures. Atenas have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 14-13 record. Loser CA Platense keeps the third place with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Platense: F.Pais 24+7reb+4ast, D.Mansilla 19+2reb, K.Young 13+6reb+1ast, A.Pappalardi 10+8reb, I.Romani 7+1reb+2ast, V.Facundo 7+2reb+4ast
Atenas Carmen: S.Cutley 33+15reb+7ast, A.Giarraffa 17+2reb, E.Agostino 12+4reb, H.Wilkerson 10+4reb+2ast, B.Oprandi 10+2reb+4ast, M.Percaz 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 523912


Salta Basket - Barrio Parque 78-75

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when one of their biggest challengers Barrio Parque (15-11) was edged on the road by fourth ranked Salta Basket (11-13) 78-75 on Sunday. Barrio Parque was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Nigerian-American power forward Ike Okoye (206-86, college: Boise St., agency: Aspire Sports) who scored 22 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Swingman Gregorio Eseverri (194-87) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Center Emiliano Rossi (200-88) produced 18 points and 5 rebounds and guard Lautaro Rivata (188-87) added 8 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Salta Basket have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 11-13 record. Loser Barrio Parque keeps the third place with 11 games lost. Salta Basket will face Independiente BBC (#4) in the next round. Barrio Parque will play against the league's second-placed Comunicaciones and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Barrio Parque: E.Rossi 18+5reb, G.Marozzi 14+1reb+2ast, E.Martina 12+1reb+1ast, A.Mariani 11+5reb+2ast, E.Cantarutti 9+3reb, L.Rivata 8+8reb+3ast
Salta Basket: I.Okoye 22+9reb+2ast, M.Fioretti 15+4reb+1ast, G.Eseverri 14+8reb+2ast, R.Haag 10+1reb+2ast, L.Prowell 7+4reb+1ast, S.Punet 6+2reb+5ast
gschID: 523910


Independiente BBC - BHY Tiro Federal 79-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Independiente BBC's (11-17) home victory over 5th ranked BHY Tiro Federal (9-17) 79-75 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was power forward Bruno Ingrata (201-85) who scored 25 points and 7 rebounds. Point guard Victor-Hugo Cajal (179-80, agency: DTMones) chipped in 12 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. Point guard Emiliano Correa (189-91) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists and the former international swingman Mariano Ceruti (194-79) added 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Independiente BBC have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted Independiente BBC maintains fourth position with 11-17 record. BHY Tiro Federal lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 17 games lost. Independiente BBC will face Mitre Tuc. (#7) in Tucuman in the next round. BHY Tiro Federal will play at home against the league's second-placed Comunicaciones and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
BHY Tiro Federal: M.Ceruti 22+5reb+4ast, E.Correa 17+8reb+10ast, P.Lockett 15+6reb+1ast, D.Brezzo 11+6reb+2ast, M.Maximiliano 9+3reb+3ast, L.Cecchi 1+6reb
Independiente BBC: B.Ingrata 25+7reb+1ast, J.Angel Lopez 14+3reb+5ast, V.Hugo Cajal 12+9reb+9ast, M.Vittar 11+2reb+3ast, J.Aprea 8+8reb, R.Fernandez 4+2reb
gschID: 523909


Villa San Martin - SP Las Parejas 76-67

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Sportivo's (6-22) road loss to fifth ranked Villa San Martin (10-17) 67-76 on Sunday. Sportivo was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Villa San Martin forced 20 Sportivo turnovers. Sportivo was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was point guard Martin Cabrera (181-96) who scored 23 points. Italian point guard Gustavo Mascaro (185-80) chipped in 17 points and 5 assists. Manuel Olocco (198-88) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Juan-Ignacio Rodriguez-Suppi (178-91) added 16 points and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Newly promoted Villa San Martin maintains fifth position with 10-17 record. Sportivo lost sixth consecutive game. Sportivo at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the sixth place with 22 games lost. Villa San Martin will face again Sportivo (#6) in Las Parejas in the next round. Sportivo will play at home against the league's second-placed San Isidro and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
SP Las Parejas: M.Olocco 19+12reb+1ast, J.Ignacio Rodriguez Suppi 16+2reb+5ast, A.Pautasso 10+5reb+1ast, A.Rossi 9+4reb+4ast, A.Carlachiani 4+2reb, U.Pasqualetto 4+4reb+1ast
Villa San Martin: M.Cabrera 23+2reb+3ast, G.Mascaro 17+5ast, J.Morales 14+5reb+1ast, C.Geffrard 8+6reb, A.Toledo 8+6reb+2ast, F.Aldama 3+6reb+1ast
gschID: 523911


Gimnasia LP - Alianza Viedma 97-102

Everything went according to plan in La Plata where second ranked Alianza Viedma (17-11) won against 6th ranked Gimnasia LP (8-19) 102-97 on Saturday. Alianza Viedma had a 36-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. Gimnasia LP was plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Nigerian-American power forward Lotanna Nwogbo (203-93, college: Longwood) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. Point guard Pedro Franco (187-81) chipped in 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Spanish-Brazilian center Jose Victor Jeronimo (208-91) produced 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks and forward Maximiliano Segon (200-91) added 19 points and 13 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Gimnasia LP's coach Cesar Adriani tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Alianza Viedma have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Ciclista. Loser Gimnasia LP keeps the sixth place with 19 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Gimnasia LP: J.Victor Jeronimo 23+9reb+2ast, M.Segon 19+13reb+1ast, L.Villa 17+2reb, L.La Bella 13+3reb+13ast, E.Rusconi 10+3reb+3ast, R.Salvatierra 7+8reb
Alianza Viedma: L.Nwogbo 22+13reb, P.Franco 19+8reb+4ast, M.Gaynor 18+7reb+1ast, O.McCullough 14+7reb, F.Grun 13+6reb+4ast, A.Knecht 9+3reb+6ast
gschID: 536782


Huracan - Rocamora 97-91

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Rocamora's (11-14) road loss to fourth ranked Huracan (15-12) 91-97 on Saturday. Huracan outrebounded Rocamora 48-28 including a 36-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Jerome Hill (198-94, college: Gardner-Webb) who scored 29 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Martin Melo (197-82) chipped in 25 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Center Matias Novello (198-85) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and American power forward Antwan Space (206-93, college: Massachusetts) added 22 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. They have an impressive ten-game winning streak. Huracan maintains fourth position with 15-12 record. Rocamora lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
ROCAMORA: F.Medina 24+2reb, A.Space 22+6reb+1ast, M.Novello 18+12reb, M.Cuello 14+1reb+3ast, I.Davico 11+7reb+3ast, L.Podesta 2+1reb
HURACAN: J.Hill 29+6reb+1ast, M.Melo 25+6reb+1ast, J.Coronado 13+9reb+2ast, F.Cosolito 11+1reb+2ast, J.Ignacio Laterza 10+2reb+6ast, G.Acosta 3+1reb
gschID: 536783


Parque Sur - Ciclista 72-61

Top ranked Ciclista (17-11) recorded its eleventh loss in Concepcion de Urug.. Visitors were defeated by first ranked Parque Sur (16-12) 72-61. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Parque Sur dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Ciclista's 24. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Guard Elnes Bolling (189-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Pablo Alderete (196-93) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Aaron Harrison (198-93, college: Lynn) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds and guard Mauro Araujo (186-94) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Ciclista. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Despite that victory Parque Sur went down to second position due to points difference. Ciclista at the other side still keeps top place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Alianza Viedma. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
CICLISTA: A.Harrison 16+14reb, P.Martinez 13+5reb, M.Araujo 13+5reb+2ast, R.Di Perna 10+3reb+2ast, A.Merlo 6+1reb+5ast, X.Carreras 2+2reb
PARQUE SUR: P.Alderete 19+6reb+3ast, S.Bernasconi 15+7reb+1ast, A.Richard 13+4reb+5ast, E.Bolling 12+8reb+8ast, J.Stroud 5+5reb, A.Jure 5
gschID: 536784


Comunicaciones - Union SF 93-70

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Mercedes where second ranked Comunicaciones (20-8) smashed top-ranked Union SF (20-6) 93-70 on Saturday. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Comunicaciones shot 61.5 percent from the field. Comunicaciones outrebounded Union SF 32-21 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. The best player for the winners was forward Nicolas Lauria (202-88) who scored 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Ariel Pau (184-84) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. Four Comunicaciones players scored in double figures. Center Fernando Podesta (205-92) produced 21 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and forward Patricio Tabarez (195-91) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Comunicaciones maintains second position with 20-8 record having just 2 victories less than leader Union SF. Loser Union SF still keeps top place with six games lost. Comunicaciones will face BHY Tiro Federal (#5) in Morteros in the next round. Union SF will play at home against the league's second-placed San Isidro (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Union SF: F.Podesta 21+4reb+2ast, P.Tabarez 12+9reb+1ast, T.Ligorria 8, M.Isola 8+2reb, T.Acosta 8+1reb+3ast, M.Borsatti 6+1reb
Comunicaciones: A.Pau 21+1reb+4ast, N.Lauria 20+8reb+3ast, C.Romero 14+3reb+2ast, G.Essengue 12+4reb, S.Ferreyra 8+1reb, M.Aristu 6+3reb
gschID: 523908


Estudiantes O. - Olimpo BB 79-77

A very interesting game took place in Olavarria. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Olimpo (15-10) to first ranked Estudiantes O. (18-8) 79-77 on Friday evening. The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 27-17 Olimpo's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 79-77 at the end of the game. Point guard Diego Figueredo (185-91) notched 23 points to lead the effort and guard Leandro Portillo (185-85) supported him with 18 points and 6 assists. Four Estudiantes O. players scored in double figures. Even 29 points by guard Christian Schoppler (185-86) did not help to save the game for Olimpo. Center Franco Pennacchotti (202-90) added 18 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Olimpo's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Estudiantes O. have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-8 record. Olimpo at the other side dropped to the third place with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Olimpo BB: C.Schoppler 29+2reb+3ast, F.Pennacchotti 18+8reb, D.Smith 13+5reb, J.Fabio 8+8reb+2ast, R.Iglesias 6+4reb+5ast, L.Marin 3+1ast
Estudiantes O.: D.Figueredo 23+3reb+3ast, L.Portillo 18+6ast, E.Dominguez 11+2reb+2ast, R.Sanchez 10+11reb+1ast, J.Gamazo 7+7reb+2ast, I.Galardo 4+5reb
gschID: 536761


Villa Angela - SP Las Parejas 80-57

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Sportivo (6-22) was rolled over on the road by third ranked Villa Angela (16-9) 80-57 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 17-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-57. Villa Angela dominated on the defensive end, holding Sportivo to just 4 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Sportivo 43-28 including 35 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Nate Carter (200-83, college: Oklahoma) who scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Ariel Zago (200-85) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Villa Angela's coach Leandro Ramella felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Manuel Olocco (198-88) produced 17 points and forward A Meinero (198-96) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Villa Angela have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 16-9 record having just three points less than leader Union SF. Sportivo lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth place with 22 games lost. Villa Angela will face league's leader Hindu in Chaco in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sportivo will play at home against Villa San Martin (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SP Las Parejas: M.Olocco 17+4reb, A.Pautasso 15, A. Meinero 9+7reb+2ast, U.Pasqualetto 5+3reb+1ast, J.Ignacio Rodriguez Suppi 4+4reb+3ast, A.Rossi 3+2reb
Villa Angela: N.Carter 16+7reb+2ast, A.Zago 15+5reb+2ast, J.Federico Giarrafa 14+1reb+2ast, A.Spalla 7+4reb+1ast, J.Roumec 6+5reb+1ast, M.Garcia 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 523907


Mitre Tuc. - Barrio Parque 66-77

Rather predictable result in Tucuman where third ranked Barrio Parque (15-11) beat 7th ranked Mitre Tuc. (7-19) 77-66 on Friday. Barrio Parque had a 12-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was power forward Emiliano Martina (200-83) who scored 22 points. Forward Gaston Marozzi (190-95) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. Four Barrio Parque players scored in double figures. Guard Jose Muruaga (188-84) produced 22 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and American forward Tirrell Brown (198-93, college: Ouachita Baptist) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Mitre Tuc.'s coach Gabriel Albornoz tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Barrio Parque maintains third position with 15-11 record having just three points less than leader Union SF. Newly promoted Mitre Tuc. keeps the seventh place with 19 games lost. Barrio Parque will face league's second-placed Comunicaciones in Mercedes in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mitre Tuc. will play against Independiente BBC (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Mitre Tuc.: J.Muruaga 22+3ast, T.Brown 12+8reb, F.Toia 11+1reb+1ast, L.Arganaraz 7+1reb, P.Osores 7+3reb+1ast, R.Banegas 5+3reb+2ast
Barrio Parque: E.Martina 22+4reb+2ast, E.Cantarutti 14+3reb+3ast, G.Marozzi 13+8reb+2ast, L.Guerra 10+4reb+2ast, A.Mariani 9+2reb+1ast, E.Rossi 6+8reb+1ast
gschID: 523906


Obera TC - Union SF 83-88

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Obera TC (8-17) was defeated at home by first ranked Union SF (20-6) 88-83 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-83. The best player for the winners was center Fernando Podesta (205-92) who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Point guard Guillermo Aliende (178-97, agency: DTMones) chipped in 10 points and 6 assists. American center Arkeem Joseph (206-94, college: Texas A&M Int.) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and forward Joaquin Deck (198-92) added 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Union SF have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 20-6 record. Loser Obera TC keeps the sixth place with 17 games lost. Union SF will face league's second-placed San Isidro in San Francisco in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Obera TC will play at home against Villa Angela (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Obera TC: J.Deck 19+5reb+1ast, J.Montero 18+4reb+1ast, A.Joseph 17+13reb+1ast, L.Quinteros 9+1ast, I.Luna 6+7reb+1ast, M.Gandoy 6+2reb+2ast
Union SF: F.Podesta 17+7reb+1ast, M.Borsatti 12+1reb+1ast, G.Aliende 10+2reb+6ast, B.Barovero 9+2reb+2ast, J.Godoy 9+1reb+1ast, T.Ligorria 8+3reb
gschID: 523905


Estudiantes O. - La Union 87-70

Everything went according to plan in Olavarria where first ranked Estudiantes O. (18-8) won against 7th ranked La Union (7-20) 87-70 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Estudiantes O.. La Union was better in third quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Estudiantes O. dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to La Union's 28. They outrebounded La Union 44-32 including 36 on the defensive glass. Estudiantes O. looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was point guard Diego Figueredo (185-91) who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Italian center Emilio Dominguez (202-87) chipped in 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Point guard Carlos Buendia (178-95) produced 14 points and American Rakim Brown (198-91, college: Humboldt St.) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Estudiantes O. have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-8 record. Loser La Union keeps the seventh place with 20 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
La Union: C.Buendia 14+4reb+3ast, S.Ravina 11+3reb+2ast, J.Pegues 10+3reb, P.Bogado 10+2reb+1ast, R.Brown 10+6reb, F.Mendoza 7+5reb
Estudiantes O.: D.Figueredo 19+5reb+2ast, R.Sanchez 13+4reb+2ast, J.Gamazo 11+4reb+3ast, S.Arese 10+6reb+3ast, E.Dominguez 10+7reb+4ast, L.Portillo 9+3reb+2ast
gschID: 536605


Ciclista - Olimpo BB 74-68

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second-ranked Olimpo's (15-10) road loss to first ranked Ciclista (17-11) 68-74 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Ciclista led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Olimpo's players. The best player for the winners was American power forward Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-85) who scored 31 points and 8 rebounds (on 13-of-15 shooting from the field). Point guard Alvaro Merlo (182-95) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 assists. Canadian forward Dwayne Smith (198-89, college: G.Washington, agency: Interperformances) produced 22 points and 6 rebounds and center Franco Pennacchotti (202-90) added 7 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Ciclista maintains first position with 17-11 record, which they share with Alianza Viedma. Loser Olimpo dropped to the third place with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Olimpo BB: D.Smith 22+6reb, C.Schoppler 15+1reb+3ast, T.Granado 8+6reb, J.Fabio 7+9reb, F.Pennacchotti 7+11reb+5ast, V.Bettiga 5+2reb
Ciclista: J.Fahnbulleh 31+8reb+2ast, A.Merlo 14+1reb+11ast, M.Araujo 9+2reb+3ast, A.Harrison 7+7reb+4ast, R.Di Perna 6+1ast, P.Martinez 4+5reb+3ast
gschID: 536604


Petr.Argentino - Huracan 56-71

No shocking result in a game in Plaza Huincul where fourth ranked Huracan (15-12) defeated 6th ranked Petr.Argentino (8-18) 71-56 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Huracan. Petr.Argentino was better in third quarter 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Petr.Argentino to just 7 points in second quarter. The best player for the winners was Venezuelan forward Juan Coronado (203-90, college: Liberty) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. American forward Jerome Hill (198-94, college: Gardner-Webb) chipped in 13 points. American forward Cedric Blossom (198, college: Morgan St., agency: DTMones) produced 13 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized Italian point guard Mariano Castets (183-83) added 16 points respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Huracan have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 15-12 record. Petr.Argentino lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 18 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Petr.Argentino: M.Castets 16+2reb+2ast, C.Blossom 13+8reb+1ast, M.Lambrisca 7, L.Diaz 5+4reb, F.Gago 5+2reb+1ast, D.Pineda 4+5reb
Huracan: J.Hill 13+4reb, J.Coronado 12+11reb+1ast, M.Gomez 11+1reb, G.Maranguello 11+2reb, M.Melo 7+4reb+2ast, J.Ignacio Laterza 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 536606


BHY Tiro Federal - San Isidro 57-63

Rather expected game in Morteros where 5th ranked BHY Tiro Federal (9-17) was defeated by second ranked San Isidro (18-11) 63-57 on Wednesday. The game without a history. San Isidro led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was center Santiago Gonzalez (203-83) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 17 rebounds. Naturalized Italian Juan Kelly (190-88) chipped in 13 points. Five San Isidro players scored in double figures. San Isidro's coach Julian Pagura allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Point guard Emiliano Correa (189-91) produced 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized American power forward Phillip Lockett (202-88, agency: DTMones) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. San Isidro maintains second position with 18-11 record having just three point less than leader Union SF. BHY Tiro Federal lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 17 games lost. San Isidro will face league's leader Union SF in Santa Fe in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BHY Tiro Federal will play at home against the league's second-placed Comunicaciones (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
BHY Tiro Federal: E.Correa 20+8reb+4ast, P.Lockett 14+5reb+2ast, M.Maximiliano 6+9reb+1ast, D.Brezzo 6+4reb+1ast, J.Xynos 6+1ast, L.Cecchi 3+4reb+1ast
San Isidro: J.Kelly 13+1reb+3ast, A.Landoni 11+3reb, M.Corzo 10+1reb, S.Gonzalez 10+17reb+1ast, G.Sciutto 10+1reb, M.Muller 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 523903


Independiente BBC - Barrio Parque 75-74

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fourth ranked Independiente BBC (11-17) edged at home one of their biggest challengers Barrio Parque (15-11) 75-74 on Wednesday. Barrio Parque was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Independiente BBC made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was point guard Victor-Hugo Cajal (179-80, agency: DTMones) who scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Center Julian Aprea (209-87) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds. Luciano Guerra produced 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and forward Gaston Marozzi (190-95) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Independiente BBC have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted Independiente BBC maintains fourth position with 11-17 record. Loser Barrio Parque keeps the third place with 11 games lost. Independiente BBC will face Mitre Tuc. (#7) in Tucuman in the next round. Barrio Parque will play at home against the league's second-placed Comunicaciones (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Barrio Parque: L.Guerra 16+1reb+3ast, G.Marozzi 13+5reb+1ast, E.Martina 10+5reb, E.Cantarutti 9+3reb+1ast, A.Mariani 8+5reb+4ast, L.Rivata 8+4reb+1ast
Independiente BBC: J.Aprea 19+7reb, V.Hugo Cajal 15+5reb+9ast, M.Vittar 14+5reb+1ast, B.Ingrata 9+5reb+5ast, J.Angel Lopez 7+5reb+4ast, M.Martinez 7+2reb
gschID: 523904


Hindu - Comunicaciones 64-80

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Chaco where top-ranked Hindu (21-5) was defeated by second ranked Comunicaciones (20-8) 80-64 on Wednesday. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Comunicaciones made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Hindu turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was forward Nicolas Lauria (202-88) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Cameroonian power forward Gaston Essengue (203-83, college: UNLV) chipped in 18 points. American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: DTMones) produced 21 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Nicolas Paletta (180-87) added 12 points, 5 assists and 6 steals respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Comunicaciones maintains second position with 20-8 record having just 2 victories less than leader Union SF. Loser Hindu still keeps top place with five games lost. Comunicaciones will face BHY Tiro Federal (#5) in Morteros in the next round. Hindu will play at home against Villa Angela (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hindu: K.Jones 21+7reb+2ast, S.Picton 12+2reb, N.Paletta 12+4reb+5ast, P.Fernandez 11+5reb+2ast, P.Moya 7+4reb+1ast, F.Vieta Stechina 1+1reb
Comunicaciones: G.Essengue 18+3reb+2ast, N.Lauria 16+10reb+4ast, C.Romero 11+2reb+1ast, G.Torres 10+2reb+5ast, M.Aristu 8+2reb+1ast, A.Pau 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 523902





Steffphon Pettigrew agreed terms with Penarol - by Facundo Iatzky

Penarol Mar del Plata (LigaA) inked 28-year old American forward Steffphon Pettigrew (196-100kg-89, college: W.Kentucky, agency: HMS) from GECR Indalo. Pettigrew also played earlier that season for Abejas in Mexican LNBP where in 25 LigaA games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.1ppg, 6.2rpg and 2.4apg this season. A very good year in his career as he was voted to Mexican LNBP All-Star Game.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Uruguay LUB Semifinals in 2012. Pettigrew received also Latinbasket.com All-Mexican LNBP 2nd Team award back in 2014.
He is a very experienced player. Pettigrew has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to six different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Pettigrew has played previously professionally in France (Chorale de Roanne), Philippines (TNT Ka Tropa), Puerto Rico (Santeros), Venezuela (Marinos), Uruguay (Aguada) and Mexico (Frayles de Guasave).
He attended Western Kentucky University until 2011 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Vanoli Cremona lands Ariel Ibarra - by Eurobasket News

Vanoli Cremona (Serie A) tabbed experienced 36-year old naturalized Argentinian point guard Ariel Ibarra (183-81, agency: Interperformances). He started the season at Bondi Ferrara in the Serie A2. In 19 games he averaged just 2.5ppg this season. The last season Ibarra played also at Bondi Ferrara where in 11 Serie A games he had 3.6ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.7apg.
His team won Argentinian Super 8 Cup in 2014.
And here thanks to pro basketball Ibarra experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Ibarra has played previously professionally in Spain (Palma Air Europa II, Gandia, Meridiano Alicante, La Palma and Santa Pola) and Argentina (Penarol, Libertad Sunchales, La Union and Olimpico de La Banda).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Vanoli Cremona.

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Emanuel Pellot (ex Calero) is a newcomer at Villa San Martin - by Eurobasket News

TNA newcomer Club Atletico Villa San Martin strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old Puerto Rican power forward Emanuel Pellot (206-104kg-93, college: Florida A&M). He played in the summer at Calero in Bolivian Libobasquet.
Pellot received All-Suncoast Conference Honorable Mention award back in 2014 at his college time.
Pellot was a member of Puerto Rican U16 National Team in 2009.
He has played also professionally in Puerto Rico (Aguadilla).
Pellot attended Florida A&M University until 2015 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

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Jermaine Beal (ex Bullets) is a newcomer at Ironi Nes-Ziona - by Eurobasket News

Ironi Nes-Ziona (National League) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American guard Jermaine Beal (191-92kg-87, college: Vanderbilt). He played recently at Bullets in Australian NBL league, but left the team last month. In 23 games he recorded 11.2ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.1apg this season. Beal ended the last season at Telenet BC Oostende (Scooore League) in Belgium where in 18 games he averaged 3.6ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.9apg. Beal helped them to win the Belgian League title (twice) (also twice). But the most of that year he spent at Perth Wildcats (NBL) in Australian league. In 33 games he had very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.6apg. Beal contributed to his team winning the NBL title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Great season indeed as he was voted to Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he received Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL 1st Team award back in 2014.
Beal is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on five different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia and of course North America) in six different countries. Beal has played previously professionally in Brazil (Minas), Poland (Trefl), Puerto Rico (Manati), Saudi Arabia (Al Ittihad), Belgium (VOO Verviers Pepinster) and D-League (Austin Spurs and Erie Bay Hawks).
He attended Vanderbilt University until 2010 and it is his seventh season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Long, physical guard with court savvy and ability to distribute the basketball.

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Short re-signs at Ballarat Miners - by Eurobasket News

Ballarat Miners (SEABL) confirmed in their roster 19-year old guard Samuel Short (193-98). He has played there for the last three seasons. In 22 SEABL games he had 3.9ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.2apg last season.
Short was a member of Australian U19 National Team last year.

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NBL Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Illawara join Perth in Grand Final - by Eurobasket News

36ers - Hawks 98-106

Illawara rallied past Adelaide in the decisive third game of the semifinal series to reach Grand Final. Adelaide 36ers trailed by 14 points at halftime and as many as 18 after three quarters before a 34-24 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 98-106 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American point guard Rotnei Clarke (183-89, college: Butler) who scored 20 points. His fellow American import guard Marvelle Harris (193-93, college: Fresno St.) chipped in 17 points. Five Illawarra Hawks players scored in double figures. Illawarra Hawks' coach Rob Beveridge used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Ukrainian point guard Jerome Randle (175-87, college: California) who recorded 26 points and 6 assists and guard Nathan Sobey (190-90, college: Wyoming) added 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists respectively.
Top scorers:
36ers: J.Randle 26+4reb+6ast, N.Sobey 22+7reb+6ast, M.Creek 10+6reb+2ast, A.Drmic 10+1reb, D.Johnson 9+5reb, B.Teys 9+8reb+3ast
Hawks: R.Clarke 20+2reb+2ast, M.Harris 17+3reb+1ast, R.Martin 13+1reb+4ast, C.Ellis 11+2reb+3ast, M.Holyfield 10+6reb, T.Coenraad 10+4reb+4ast
gschID: 536804





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Premier League Round 3 (Second Stage): Al Manama hands first loss to Al Ahli - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Al Ahli (2-1) at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by Al Manama (3-0) 81-65. The game without a history. Al Manama led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Al Manama are looking forward to face Al Hala (#5) in Muharraq in the next round. Al Ahli will play on the road against Nuwaidrat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of Al Hala (1-2) against Al Muharraq (2-1) on Wednesday night. Visiting Al Hala was crushed by Al Muharraq in Al Muharraq 112-64. Al Muharraq will play against Al Najma (#6) in Manama in the next round. Al Hala will play at home against Al Manama to get more than just one victory in their record.

In the last game of round 3 winless Al Najma was beaten by Nuwaidrat on the road 73-66.

Places 1-6
Al Muharraq - Al Hala 112-64

Very important is a road loss of Al Hala (1-2) against Al Muharraq (2-1) on Wednesday night. Visiting Al Hala was crushed by Al Muharraq in Al Muharraq 112-64. The game without a history. Al Muharraq led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Al Muharraq will play against Al Najma (#6) in Manama in the next round. Al Hala will play at home against Al Manama to get more than just one victory in their record.
gschID: 535055


Nuwaidrat - Al Najma 73-66

Nuwaidrat used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Manama 73-66. The hosts were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 27-17 run, which allowed them to win the game. Nuwaidrat will play against Al Ahli in Manama in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Al Najma will play at home against Al Muharraq (#3) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 535054


Al Ahli - Al Manama 65-81

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Al Ahli (2-1) at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by Al Manama (3-0) 81-65. The game without a history. Al Manama led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Al Manama are looking forward to face Al Hala (#5) in Muharraq in the next round. Al Ahli will play on the road against Nuwaidrat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 535053





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Recap of return leg of 1/8 Finals. Quarterfinalists determined - by Eurobasket News

Kalev/Cramo - TTU 92-72

Kalev/Cramo cruised past TTU to sweep the eighth-final series. Kalev/Cramo looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Belarusian Vitali Liutych (198-92) scored 23 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Erik Keedus (198-90) chipped in 12 points during the contest. Kalev/Cramo's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Serbian center Nikola Vujovic (210-93, college: Georgian Court) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Sander Saare (184-94) scored 14 points. Four TTU players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: V.Liutych 23+7reb+2ast, E.Keedus 12+4reb+2ast, R.Veideman 11+3ast, M.Tollefsen 11+3reb, M.Dorbek 9+3reb+2ast, T.Eichfuss 8+4reb+3ast
TTU: S.Saare 14+2reb+3ast, T.Raadik 14+3reb, J.Jarvelainen 14+2reb+2ast, N.Vujovic 13+6reb+1ast, S.Olmre 8+7reb+3ast, S.Viilup 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 534272


Nevezis - Jekabpils 77-80

Jekabpils eked out a narrow road win over Nevezis but it was not enough to reach the next round of competition. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 32-23 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Jekabpils looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was center Jurijs Aleksejevs (202-85) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Point guard Rinalds Sirsnins (186-85) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 assists. Jekabpils' coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Croatian guard Toni Prostran (182-91) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists and forward Vaidotas Volkus (203-85, college: Redlands CC) added 21 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Jekabpils: J.Aleksejevs 20+12reb+2ast, P.Veselovs 17+3reb, R.Sirsnins 13+2reb+11ast, J.Antrops 10+5reb+3ast, A.Selakovs 7+5reb+1ast, A.Vitins 6+3reb
Nevezis: V.Volkus 21+4reb+2ast, K.Petrukonis 14+6reb, T.Prostran 11+5reb+12ast, P.Petrilevicius 11+3reb, I.Smiljanic 8+8reb+5ast, I.Vaitkus 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 534277


Barons Riga - Jurmala 80-82

Jurmala upset Barons Riga on the road but the hosts easily advanced into the next round thanks to a massive road win in Game 1. Barons Riga was ahead by 9 points after three quarters before a 29-18 charge of Jurmala, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Barons Riga outrebounded Jurmala 41-27 including a 19-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Barons Riga was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Center Marcis Saulitis (207-97) notched 15 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and forward Janis Dilevka (200-88) supported him with 8 points and 10 rebounds. Even a double-double of 16 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks by center Davis Rozitis (215-90, college: Hawaii) did not help to save the game for Barons Riga. American guard Tyler Larson (190-91, college: S.Dakota) added 21 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Jurmala: M.Saulitis 15+7reb+1ast, A.Duselis 14+4reb, E.Elksnis 14+2reb+3ast, D.Gutmanis 9+1reb+1ast, E.Jeromanovs 8+2reb+6ast, J.Dilevka 8+10reb+2ast
Barons Riga: T.Larson 21+8reb+2ast, D.Rozitis 16+14reb+3ast, D.Krestinin 12+8reb+1ast, D.Geks 9+4reb+3ast, R.Freimanis 8+3reb+1ast, S.Metra 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 534275


P.Zvaigzdes - BK Ogre 97-64

Pieno Zvaigzdes outgunned BK Ogre to seal their quarterfinal appearance. The game without a history. P.Zvaigzdes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. P.Zvaigzdes shot 32 for 47 from the free-throw line, while BK Ogre only scored sixteen points from the stripe. They outrebounded BK Ogre 47-28 including a 37-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. P.Zvaigzdes looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by BK Ogre's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when P.Zvaigzdes made 7 blocks. 31 personal fouls committed by BK Ogre helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Osvaldas Olisevicius (200-93) scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Ukrainian Andriy Agafonov (208-86, agency: AproK Sports Group) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four P.Zvaigzdes players scored in double figures. Center Guntis Sipolins (206-93) responded with 12 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Kristaps Plavnieks (183-95) scored 13 points. BK Ogre's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
P.Zvaigzdes: E.Zabas 20+2reb+4ast, S.Babrauskas 18+5reb+2ast, A.Agafonov 17+8reb+1ast, O.Olisevicius 13+7reb+6ast, N.Balashov 9+4reb, I.Fiodorovas 8+2reb+3ast
BK Ogre: K.Plavnieks 13+1reb+1ast, R.Zebergs 13+2ast, G.Sipolins 12+5reb, K.Apsitis 8+2reb+1ast, R.Niedra 6+4reb+2ast, G.Antrops 5+7reb
gschID: 534274


Liepaja/Triobet - TLU/Kalev 86-73

Liepaja/Triobet swept the eighth-final series versus TLU/Kalev. It looked good early as TLU/Kalev took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Liepaja/Triobet had a 25-15 second period charge getting the lead and TLU/Kalev was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 73-86. Power forward Artjoms Butjankovs (205-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Malcolm Griffin (193-91, college: Fresno Pacific, agency: Promotex) contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Serbian center Djordje Dzeletovic (205-93, agency: AproK Sports Group) replied with 13 points and 9 rebounds and Montenegrin center Stefan Knezevic (204-89) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for TLU/Kalev. Five TLU/Kalev players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Liepaja/Triobet: A.Butjankovs 23+9reb, A.Ausejs 21+1reb+3ast, M.Griffin 13+5reb+8ast, C.Montgomery 8+2reb, K.Pauls Lasmanis 7+3reb+1ast, R.Krastins 5+4reb+1ast
TLU/Kalev: S.Knezevic 15+8reb+1ast, K.Saks 14+2reb, D.Dzeletovic 13+9reb+3ast, R.Tamm 13+6reb+2ast, K.Saage 10+2reb+3ast, J.Vahter 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 534273


Parnu - Vytautas 54-89

Vytautas marched past Parnu on the road to advance into the quarterfinal stage. The game without a history. Vytautas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Vytautas outrebounded Parnu 43-31 including 31 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Power forward Regimantas Miniotas (206-96) had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 18 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Paulius Ivanauskas (195-87) chipped in 14 points and 9 assists during the contest. Four Vytautas players scored in double figures. Forward Mihkel Kirves (190-96) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and Lithuanian swingman Edvinas Seskus (196-95, agency: Players Group) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Vytautas: T.Klimavicius 18+6reb, P.Ivanauskas 14+4reb+9ast, R.Miniotas 12+18reb+2ast, D.Seskus 11+2reb+4ast, S.Kulvietis 11+2reb+1ast, T.Michnevicius 9+6reb+1ast
Parnu: S.Sutt 14+2reb, M.Kirves 13+10reb+2ast, E.Seskus 11+7reb+3ast, D.Bubalo 8+7reb+2ast, R.Hallik 4+3reb+4ast, H.Parrol 2+1reb
gschID: 534271


Valmiera - Rapla 87-81

Valmeira held off Rapla to punch their quarterfinal tickets. Valmiera looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Rapla's players. Martins Laksa (200-90) scored 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Damier Pitts (177-89, college: Marshall) chipped in 15 points and 7 assists during the contest. Pitts is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Dutch center Thomas van-der-Mars (208-90, college: Portland) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!) and Puerto Rican guard Rasham Suarez (190-92, college: S.Mississippi) scored 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: M.Laksa 23+6reb+4ast, D.Pitts 15+4reb+7ast, A.Berzins 12+6reb, E.Jonats 11+9reb+1ast, L.Blaus 10+5reb, H.Karlis 6+1reb
Rapla: T.van der Mars 26+12reb+1ast, I.Kajupank 14+3reb, M.Paasoja 12+1reb+1ast, R.Suarez 11+8reb+4ast, D.Bratoz 9+5reb+2ast, S.Kaldre 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 534276


TU/Rock - Barsy Atyrau 74-45

TU/Rock left no chance for Barsy Atyrau and eased into the next round. The game was mostly controlled by TU/Rock. Barsy Atyrau was better in third quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Barsy Atyrau to just 6 points in first quarter and to 14 points in first half. TU/Rock held Barsy Atyrau to an opponent 25.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 41.5 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Barsy Atyrau 48-31 including 16 on the offensive glass. Lithuanian center Dominykas Milka (203-92, college: St.Rose, NY) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Mandell Thomas (188-93, college: Fordham) chipped in 17 points and 6 assists during the contest. American point guard Trevin Parks (180-91, college: Johnson C. Smith) responded with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Russian-Kazakhstan forward Pavel Micheev (201-83) scored 7 points and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
TU/Rock: M.Thomas 17+2reb+6ast, D.Milka 15+13reb+2ast, K.Meister 8+2reb+2ast, J.Joesaar 7+1reb, V.Jois 5+9reb+1ast, H.Eelmae 5+5reb
Barsy Atyrau: T.Parks 18+6reb+5ast, M.Yevstigneyev 9+4reb, P.Micheev 7+8reb, P.Ilin 5+3reb+3ast, R.Utegen 4+2reb, V.Savchenko 1+2reb
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Daiquan Walker (ex Etha) signs at Nevezis - by Eurobasket News

Nevezis Kedainiai (LKL) landed 24-year old American point guard Daiquan Walker (188-84kg-93, college: Cent.Florida). He started the season at Etha in Cypriot Division A. In 14 games he averaged 13.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.0apg this season.
The previous (12-13) season Walker played at another team Golden Knights in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1 where in 31 games he had 4.0ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.6apg.
He graduated from University of Central Florida in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

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Hoop Stars outgun Thundercats - by Eurobasket News

In Island Basketball League action inside the CedarBridge Gymnasium, saw the League Season enter it's final week of regular season with another double header this time producing 249 points.
The Hoop Stars won the opener defeating the Thundercats 71 - 58. Jonathan Lowe scored a game high 24 points for the Hoop Stars, while Yaniek Smith scored 19 points for the Thunder Cats.
In game two of the evening the Rim Rockers defeated the Court Kings 62 - 58, Jamie Cedenio scored 13 points for the Rim Rockers, while Cameron James scored 13 points for the Court Kings.
Courtesy of: islandstats.com



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Spars Sarajevo U18 start their Euroleague ANGT tournament tomorrow - by Miljan Veskovic

A new edition of EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL ADIDAS NEXT GENERATION TOURNAMENT Qualifying Tournament - Belgrade is set to tip off on Friday, February 24 in the Serbian capital. It is the fourth and final qualifier in this year ANGT tournaments series. Zvezda will open the tournament play on Friday morning against Group A opponent U18 Porsche Basketball Academy Ludwigsburg, before another home team U18 Partizan NIS Belgrade faces U18 Stellazzurra Basketball Academy Rome. Group B games open with U18 Mega Bemax Belgrade playing U18 Maccabi Teddy Tel Aviv, before U18 Spars Sarajevo faces off against U18 Get Better Academy Prague. The remaining four Group B games, and the last two Group A games are scheduled for Saturday, determining group winners who will square off in Sunday's title game. Tournament winner, just like the other three qualifying tournament winners, will punch a ticker to the ANGT Finals, which will be held during the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Final Four in Istanbul, Turkey from May 18 to 21, 2017.


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Sixers, Hawks trade Ersan Ilyasova, Tiago Splitter - by Eurobasket News

The Philadelphia 76ers have acquired center Tiago Splitter (6'11''-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances), a second-round pick, and the option to swap a second-round pick from the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for forward Ersan Ilyasova (6'10''-F-87), President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo announced today. The Sixers will also receive a second-round pick from Atlanta (via Miami) and the right to swap the least favorable of the 2017 second-round picks received in the Sixers trade with the Utah Jazz with Atlanta's 2017 second-round pick. 'I want to thank Ersan Ilyasova for his positive contributions to this organization both on and off the basketball court,' Colangelo said. 'Ersan is a true professional whose daily examples of hard work, focus and consistency have helped facilitate the ongoing growth of our program and culture.' 'We are excited to welcome Ersan, and his family, to the Atlanta Hawks. He's a high-character, proven veteran who we've liked for many years and believe fits well within our system,' Hawks President of Basketball Operations/Head Coach Mike Budenholzer said. 'We also want to thank Tiago for his contributions on and off the court. We wish him all the best in the future.'
Ilyasova was acquired by Philadelphia on November 1, 2016 in a deal with Oklahoma City. In the midst of his ninth NBA season, he has appeared in 583 career games (353 starts) and holds averages of 11 points and six rebounds in 24 minutes per game. A native of Turkey, Ilyasova played in 53 games (40 starts) with the Sixers this season, averaging 15 points and six rebounds on 44 percent shooting from the field.
Splitter, a veteran of six NBA seasons, has appeared in 347 career games (153 starts) with San Antonio and Atlanta. He holds career averages of eight points and five rebounds in 19 minutes per game, while shooting 56 percent from the floor. Originally selected in the first round (28th overall) of the 2007 NBA Draft by the Spurs, the Brazilian native spent the first five seasons of his career in San Antonio (2010-15). During the Spurs' run to the 2014 NBA title, Splitter saw action in all 23 playoff games (18 starts), posting eight points and six rebounds per contest.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



NBB Round 22 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

NBB round 22 caused change at the leadership position. Sixth defeat of league's leader Brasilia (15-6) against eighth ranked Pinheiros (12-9) 86-78 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Brasilia. Pinheiros looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Brasilia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Desmond Holloway (191-90, college: Co.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 5 rebounds. The other American import guard Cordero Bennett (188-88) contributed with 11 points and 6 assists for the winners. Pinheiros' coach Cesar Guidetti used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International power forward Lucas Mariano (208-93) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds for Brasilia. Pinheiros moved-up to seventh place. Brasilia at the other side dropped to the second position with six games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Flamengo. Brasilia will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Pinheiros will try to continue on its current victory against twelfth ranked Minas in Belo Horizonte.
The game between 13th ranked Liga Sorocaba (4-17) and second ranked Flamengo (15-5) in Sorocabana ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Rio de Janeiro outscored Liga Sorocaba 90-58. American power forward Hakeem Rollins (201-83, college: Washington, agency: DTMones) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Marcelo Machado chipped in 11 points and 6 assists during the contest. At the losing side Ted Bento (199-80) responded with 21 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Flamengo have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Liga Sorocaba lost tenth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 17 games lost. Flamengo will play against Paulistano (#10) in Sao Paolo in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Liga Sorocaba will play at home against Macae and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games in round 22 were not that significant. Campo Mourao was beaten by Vitoria on the road 86-79. B.Cearense lost to defending champion Mogi on its own court 77-85. Franca managed to outperform Caxias do Sul in Sao Paulo 100-95. Paulistano rolled over Macae at home 85-65. Bauru crushed Vasco Da G. on the opponent's court 90-64.
The most impressive performance of 22th round was 25 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists by Betinho Nardi-Duarte of Campo Mourao.

Vitoria - Campo Mourao 86-79

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Universo/Vitoria (14-6) beat 7th ranked Campo Mourao (11-10) in Salvador 86-79. American forward Christopher Hayes (203-87, college: Detroit Mercy) had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international Arthur Silva (196-82) chipped in 17 points during the contest. Hayes is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Universo/Vitoria players scored in double figures. Universo/Vitoria's coach Regis Marrelli allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side the former international Betinho Nardi-Duarte (195-88) responded with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and Vinicius Oliveira (200-90) scored 14 points and 4 assists. Universo/Vitoria have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Bauru. Campo Mourao at the other side dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Universo/Vitoria will play against Mogi (#6) in Mogi das Cruzes in the next round. Campo Mourao will play on the road against SKY/Basquete in Aldeota and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Campo Mourao: B.Nardi Duarte 25+7reb+6ast, G.Brown 17+2ast, V.Oliveira 14+4reb+4ast, F.Taddei 8+3reb, W.Henrique 6+3reb, R.Souza 6+3reb+1ast
Vitoria: A.Silva 17+4reb+1ast, C.Hayes 14+10reb+2ast, A.Bresolin 13+4reb+4ast, K.Dawkins 13+4reb+5ast, K.Sheard 11+2reb+3ast, R.Scholz 10+1reb+1ast
gschID: 495536


B.Cearense - Mogi 77-85

Very expected game when 11th ranked SKY/Basquete (9-11) lost to sixth ranked Mogi (13-8) in Aldeota 77-85. Mogi made 20-of-21 charity shots (95.2 percent) during the game. Naturalized American Shamell Stallworth (195-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) scored 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international point guard Larry Taylor (185-80, college: Missouri Western) chipped in 10 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side the former international Luis-Felipe Gruber (206-85) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds and the former international point guard David Rossetto (180-93) scored 11 points and 4 assists. Four Mogi and five SKY/Basquete players scored in double figures. SKY/Basquete's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion maintains sixth position with 13-8 record. SKY/Basquete at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 11 games lost. Mogi will play against higher ranked Universo/Vitoria (#4) in Salvador in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. SKY/Basquete will play at home against Campo Mourao (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
B.Cearense: L.Felipe Gruber 13+6reb+1ast, F.Ribeiro 13+4reb, M.Vinicius Toledo 12+3reb, D.Rossetto 11+4reb+4ast, E.Machado 10+1reb+4ast, R.McLemore 6+2reb+2ast
Mogi: S.Stallworth 33+7reb+3ast, T.Curnell 17+4reb+1ast, G.Filipin 14+2reb+1ast, L.Taylor 10+9reb+5ast, J.de Oliveira 7+7reb+2ast, G.Santo 4+5reb
gschID: 495534


Pinheiros - Brasilia 86-78

NBB round 22 caused change at the leadership position. Sixth defeat of league's leader Brasilia (15-6) against eighth ranked Pinheiros (12-9) 86-78 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Brasilia. Pinheiros looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Brasilia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Desmond Holloway (191-90, college: Co.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 5 rebounds. The other American import guard Cordero Bennett (188-88) contributed with 11 points and 6 assists for the winners. Pinheiros' coach Cesar Guidetti used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International power forward Lucas Mariano (208-93) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and international Guilherme Giovannoni (203-80) added 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Brasilia. Four Brasilia players scored in double figures. Pinheiros moved-up to seventh place. Brasilia at the other side dropped to the second position with six games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Flamengo. Brasilia will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Pinheiros will try to continue on its current victory against twelfth ranked Minas in Belo Horizonte.
Top scorers:
Brasilia: L.Mariano 24+11reb+2ast, F.de Assis 15+2reb+8ast, G.Giovannoni 15+10reb+4ast, J.Campos 11+2reb+3ast, P.Alves 7+4reb+1ast, D.Castellar 4+2reb+1ast
Pinheiros: D.Holloway 23+5reb+2ast, G.Barbosa 12+4reb+2ast, C.Bennett 11+3reb+6ast, R.Ansaloni 9+5reb+2ast, A.Neto 8+1reb+3ast, G.Teichmann 7+8reb+5ast
gschID: 495533


Caxias do Sul - Franca 95-100

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Vivo/Franca (13-7) won against on the road 14th ranked Caxias do Sul (3-18) 100-95. Vivo/Franca made 34-of-45 charity shots (75.6 percent) during the game. Caxias do Sul was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international Lucas Cipolini (206-86, college: BYU-Hawaii) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Antonio Ferreira (178-94) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side forward Arthur Bernardi (206-90, college: Houston Baptist) responded with 21 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals and forward Diego Conceicao (200-87) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Five Vivo/Franca and four Caxias do Sul players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Vivo/Franca have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 13-7 record. Caxias do Sul lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 18 games lost. They share the position with Macae. Vivo/Franca will play against Vasco Da G. (#9) in Rio de Janeiro in the next round. Caxias do Sul will play at home against Paschoalotto/Bauru (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Caxias do Sul: A.Bernardi 21+5reb+5ast, F.Lima 18+3ast, D.Conceicao 16+7reb+2ast, P.Vieira 15+2reb, G.Pereira 8+1reb+1ast, R.Stabile 6+5reb
Franca: L.Cipolini 18+12reb+1ast, P.Lima 18+3reb+3ast, A.Ferreira 16+9reb, A.Stefanelli 15+8reb, A.Borges 12+5reb+3ast, H.Coelho 11+3reb+6ast
gschID: 495532


L.Sorocaba - Flamengo 58-90

The game between 13th ranked Liga Sorocaba (4-17) and second ranked Flamengo (15-5) in Sorocabana ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Rio de Janeiro outscored Liga Sorocaba 90-58. Flamengo made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Flamengo had a 32-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. American power forward Hakeem Rollins (201-83, college: Washington, agency: DTMones) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international Marcelo Machado (201-75, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 11 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four Flamengo players scored in double figures. At the losing side Ted Bento (199-80) responded with 21 points and guard Rafael Castellon (192-85) scored 7 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. Flamengo have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Liga Sorocaba lost tenth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 17 games lost. Flamengo will play against Paulistano (#10) in Sao Paolo in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Liga Sorocaba will play at home against Macae and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
L.Sorocaba: T.Bento 21+2reb+1ast, E.Cafferata 10+1reb+2ast, R.Castellon 7+6reb+2ast, A.de Souza 5+4reb+3ast, L.Moraes 4+5reb+3ast, L.Moraes 4+3reb+1ast
Flamengo: M.Vieira 15+1reb+3ast, H.Rollins 14+8reb, R.de Souza 14+4reb+1ast, M.Machado 11+4reb+6ast, R.Ramon 9+4reb+3ast, O.Rodriguez 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 495531


Paulistano - Macae 85-65

Not a big story in a game when 15th ranked Macae (3-18) was outscored by eleventh ranked Paulistano (10-11) in Sao Paolo 85-65. Paulistano made 22-of-25 charity shots (88.0 percent) during the game. Paulistano outrebounded Macae 30-19 including 23 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Point guard George Lucas (195-96) scored 26 points and 4 assists (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Guilherme Hubner (208-87) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side guard Guilherme Schneider (193-86) responded with 17 points and power forward Luiz-Paulo Dos-Santos (210-89, college: Slippery Rock) scored 7 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Paulistano moved-up to tenth place. Macae lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. They share it with Caxias do Sul. Paulistano will play against league's leader Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Macae will play on the road against Liga Sorocaba (#13) in Sorocabana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Macae: G.Schneider 17+4reb+2ast, R.Da Silva 11+1reb+1ast, E.Camilo 8+5reb+2ast, M.de Mattos 7+3ast, L.Paulo Dos Santos 7+5reb+4ast, W.Borges 6+1reb
Paulistano: G.Lucas 26+2reb+4ast, G.Hubner 15+6reb+1ast, J.Luz dos Santos 11+7reb+1ast, A.Pecos 9+2reb+9ast, W.Alves 7+1reb, Y.Dos Santos 5+4ast
gschID: 495530


Vasco Da G. - Bauru 64-90

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (14-6) outplayed 9th ranked Vasco Da G. (11-11) in Rio de Janeiro 90-64. They outrebounded Vasco Da G. 37-24 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Paschoalotto/Bauru players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The former international Jefferson Andrade (207-83) had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international point guard George-Yeye Torres (188-91) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side the former international point guard Welington Dos-Santos (185-81) responded with 20 points, 7 assists and 4 steals and the former international Marcio Dornelles (196-75) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Paschoalotto/Bauru have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 14-6 record behind leader Flamengo, which they share with Vitoria. Vasco Da G. lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 11 games lost. Paschoalotto/Bauru will play against Caxias do Sul (#14) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Vasco Da G. will play against Vivo/Franca (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Vasco Da G.: W.Dos Santos 20+3reb+7ast, M.Dornelles 15+8reb, H.Vitor Lima 14+2reb, D.Palacios 5+3reb, W.Mattos 4+2reb+1ast, W.Drudi 2+1reb
Bauru: J.Andrade 23+10reb+5ast, G.Pereira 18+6reb+2ast, G.Yeye Torres 17+5reb+5ast, A.Garcia 9+4reb+7ast, S.Santos 8+7reb+1ast, L.Meindl 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 495529





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Osorno lands Reggie Okosa - by Greg

Osorno Basquetbol (Liga Nacional) tabbed experienced 37-year old American (has also Nigerian passport) center Reggie Okosa (208-107kg-80, college: La Salle). He just played at Correcaminos in Mexican LNBP. In 6 games he had 14.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg this season. Okosa also played earlier that season for Union Atletica in Uruguayan LUB where in two LNBP games he recorded 11.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg.
He is quite experienced player. Okosa has played in seventeen different countries on three different continents (Asia, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Argentina (Penarol), Dominican Rep., Germany, Iraq (Al Karkh), Japan (Sendai 89ers), Korea, Kosovo, Lebanon, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, UAE, Venezuela (Gaiteros), United Arab Emirates (Al Wasl), Ecuador (Universidad Tecnologica Equinoc. Quito), Dominican Republic (Cupes, La Cancha and Leones de Santo Domingo) and China (Xinjiang Flying Tige).
Okosa attended La Salle University until 2002 and it is his 15th (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Yoel Cubillas claims Cuban LSB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

International Center Yoel Cubillas (204-C-94) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader Villa Clara and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 22-year old center had a double-double of 12 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team beat Santiago (#6, 3-6) 102-88. It allowed Villa Clara to consolidate first place in the Cuban LSB. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is already in a full swing and Villa Clara still have not lost a single game, getting all 9 victories. Cubillas turned to be Villa Clara's top player in his first season with the team. Cubillas has impressive league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 8.0rpg. Cubillas is in league's top in and averages solid 2.2bpg,5.2spg and 58.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Villa Clara's star - -year old Osvaldo Perez. Perez impressed basketball fans with 19 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course together with Cubillas he helped Villa Clara with another comfortable win 102-88 over the lower-ranked Santiago (#6, 3-6) being unquestionably team leader. Of course Villa Clara still keep the league's top spot. He plays for the best team in the league and Villa Clara managed to win all 9 games keeping a perfect record. Perez is a newcomer at Villa Clara 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 Vladimir Francis (185-PG-83) of Camaguey (#3). Francis scored 19 points. Despite Francis' great performance Camaguey lost 61-71 to #4 ranked Capitalinos. 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 Camaguey needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 5 victories and 4 lost games. Francis has a great season in Cuba. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 2.0apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Neslier Abreu (187-G-93) of Villa Clara - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Esteban Martinez (192-F-87) of Santiago - 31 points
6. Yuniskel Molina (185-G-93) of Matanzas - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Humberto Garcia (203-C-85) of Matanzas - 7 points and 10 rebounds
8. Arlen Alorda (198-F/C-86) of Capitalinos - 12 points and 10 rebounds
9. Andy Boffil (190-G/F-82) of Villa Clara - 20 points and 5 assists
10. Lazro Sanchez) of Matanzas - 19 points and 2 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)



LSB Round 9: Pinar defeat Capitalinos in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

An interesting game for Pinar (7-1) which played road game in La Habana against 3rd placed Capitalinos (5-4). Second ranked Pinar managed to get a 10-point victory 64-54. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Capitalinos. The game was mostly controlled by Pinar. Capitalinos managed to win fourth quarter 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Capitalinos outrebounded Pinar 34-6 including a 13-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for the former international point guard Yosiel Monterrey (185-88) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 4 steals. The former international point guard Osmel Oliva (178-87) contributed with 16 points and 5 steals for the winners. point guard Yoel Sanchez (180-90) answered with 9 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals for Capitalinos. Capitalinos' coach Rainel Panfet rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Pinar have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 7-1 record having just three points less than leader Villa Clara. Capitalinos at the other side keep the third position with four games lost. They share it with Camaguey and Matanzas. Pinar are looking forward to face Guerreros (#5) in the next round. Capitalinos will play against Guantanamo and are hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
LSB top team - Villa Clara (9-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat eighth ranked Guantanamo (0-8) in Santa Clara 97-80. Osvaldo Perez stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and Yoel Cubillas chipped in 19 points and 13 rebounds. The best for the losing side was swingman Elvis Pons (194-83) with 21 points and 7 steals. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated Villa Clara have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 9-0 record. Guantanamo at the other side still closes the standings with eight games lost. Villa Clara will play against Ciego (#7) in Avila in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Guantanamo will play at home against Capitalinos and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Avila was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Tigres (5-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Ciego (1-8). Tigres managed to secure a 7-point victory 71-64 on Monday. Yoanis Baldo nailed 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. William Granda came up with 23 points and 5 steals for Ciego in the defeat. Ciego's coach tested twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Tigres moved-up to third place, which they share with Capitalinos and Matanzas. Ciego lost their fourth game in a row. Defending champion keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Tigres will meet Santiago (#6) on the road in the next round. Ciego will play against the league's leader Villa Clara and hope to win that game.
The game between fifth ranked Guerreros (5-4) and 6th ranked Santiago (3-6) in ended with biggest points difference. Guerreros outscored guests from Santiago 100-73. The best player for the winners was Lazro Sanchez who scored 24 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Guerreros moved-up to third place, which they share with Capitalinos and Camaguey. Santiago lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with six games lost. Guerreros' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Pinar in Rio and it will be for sure the game of the week. Santiago will play at home against Tigres (#3) and hope to win that game.

Villa Clara - Guantanamo 97-80

LSB top team - Villa Clara (9-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat eighth ranked Guantanamo (0-8) in Santa Clara 97-80. Osvaldo Perez stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and international center Yoel Cubillas (204-94) chipped in 19 points and 13 rebounds. The best for the losing side was swingman Elvis Pons (194-83) with 21 points and 7 steals and the former international swingman Yoanis Soria (195-86) scored 16 points and 4 steals. Five Villa Clara and four Guantanamo players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Villa Clara have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 9-0 record. Guantanamo at the other side still closes the standings with eight games lost. Villa Clara will play against Ciego (#7) in Avila in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Guantanamo will play at home against Capitalinos and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Villa Clara: A.Boffil 29+3ast, O.Perez 20+14reb+1ast, Y.Cubillas 19+13reb+2ast, M.Troyano 14+2ast, N.Abreu 11+2reb+5ast, M.Mons 2+2reb
Guantanamo: E.Pons 21+4reb+1ast, Y.Soria 16+2reb+3ast, L.Odelin 14+1reb+4ast, R.Guerra 10+3reb+5ast, I.Contreras 9+2reb+2ast, D.Aymericte 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 536650


Matanzas - Santiago 100-73

The game between fifth ranked Guerreros (5-4) and 6th ranked Santiago (3-6) in ended with biggest points difference. Guerreros outscored guests from Santiago 100-73. The game without a history. Guerreros led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Santiago's 52. They outrebounded Santiago 29-10 including a 19-8 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Lazro Sanchez who scored 24 points. Luis Curtiz chipped in 12 points and 4 assists. Four Guerreros players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Esteban Martinez (192-87) who recorded 34 points (!!!) and swingman Reider Giron (188-91) added 14 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Guerreros moved-up to third place, which they share with Capitalinos and Camaguey. Santiago lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with six games lost. Guerreros' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Pinar in Rio and it will be for sure the game of the week. Santiago will play at home against Tigres (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Matanzas: L.Sanchez 24+4reb+1ast, Y.Molina 17+1reb, J.Daudinot 14+4reb+1ast, L.Curtiz 12+3reb+4ast, Y.Deschapelles 12+2ast, D.Torrientes 10+1reb+2ast
Santiago: E.Martinez 34+1reb+2ast, R.Giron 14+1reb+2ast, L.Bueno 8+1reb+3ast, E.Hechevarria 8+2reb, G.Terres 5+1reb+3ast, L.Arencibia 4
gschID: 536648


Capitalinos - Pinar del Rio 54-64

An interesting game for Pinar (7-1) which played road game in La Habana against 3rd placed Capitalinos (5-4). Second ranked Pinar managed to get a 10-point victory 64-54. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Capitalinos. The game was mostly controlled by Pinar. Capitalinos managed to win fourth quarter 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Capitalinos outrebounded Pinar 34-6 including a 13-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for the former international point guard Yosiel Monterrey (185-88) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 4 steals. The former international point guard Osmel Oliva (178-87) contributed with 16 points and 5 steals for the winners. Point guard Yoel Sanchez (180-90) answered with 9 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals and swingman Reinier Castillo (185-76) added 16 points in the effort for Capitalinos. Capitalinos' coach Rainel Panfet rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Pinar have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 7-1 record having just three points less than leader Villa Clara. Capitalinos at the other side keep the third position with four games lost. They share it with Camaguey and Matanzas. Pinar are looking forward to face Guerreros (#5) in the next round. Capitalinos will play against Guantanamo and are hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Pinar del Rio: Y.Monterrey 23+3ast, O.Oliva 16+3reb+1ast, D.Vazquez 9+1reb+2ast, E.Quintana 8+1reb+1ast, J.Martinez 6+1reb, Y.Suarez 2+1ast
Capitalinos: R.Castillo 16+2reb+1ast, A.Font 9+3reb, Y.Sanchez 9+5reb+6ast, L.Borlot 8+5reb, A.Alorda 7+3reb, N.Coutin 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 536647


Ciego de Avila - Camaguey 64-71

The game in Avila was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Tigres (5-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Ciego (1-8). Tigres managed to secure a 7-point victory 71-64 on Monday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 36-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Forward Yoanis Baldo (191-89) nailed 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and Yoimar Lopez (-96) accounted for 13 points and 4 steals. The former international William Granda (189-85, agency: Pro Sports) came up with 23 points and 5 steals and guard Dainier Martinez (184-96) added 20 points and 4 steals respectively for Ciego in the defeat. Ciego's coach tested twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Tigres moved-up to third place, which they share with Capitalinos and Matanzas. Ciego lost their fourth game in a row. Defending champion keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Tigres will meet Santiago (#6) on the road in the next round. Ciego will play against the league's leader Villa Clara and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Camaguey: Y.Lopez 13+3reb+2ast, C.Villegas 12+2reb, Y.Baldo 11+9reb, V.Francis 9+4reb+4ast, Y.Jimenez 8, L.Rodriguez-Gallo 6+2reb
Ciego de Avila: W.Granda 23+4reb+1ast, D.Martinez 20+2reb+2ast, R.Oviedo 6+5reb, D.Castellanos 4+2reb, D.Granados 4+5reb+2ast, L.Castillo 3+1ast
gschID: 536649





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Daiquan Walker (ex Etha) signs at Nevezis - by Eurobasket News

Nevezis Kedainiai (LKL) landed 24-year old American point guard Daiquan Walker (188-84kg-93, college: Cent.Florida). He started the season at Etha in Cypriot Division A. In 14 games he averaged 13.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.0apg this season.
The previous (12-13) season Walker played at another team Golden Knights in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1 where in 31 games he had 4.0ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.6apg.
He graduated from University of Central Florida in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ligaen Round 25: #1 Horsens IC is defeated by Svendborg - by Eurobasket News

The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season.

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Horsens IC (19-4) at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Svendborg (12-12) 91-77. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-77. American point guard Stefan Bonneau (177-87, college: LIU Post) stepped up and scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and Cameroonian forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side Bosnian swingman Vedran Borovcanin (200-85) responded with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Svendborg moved-up to fourth place. Defending champion Horsens IC still keeps top position with four games lost. Svendborg are looking forward to face Randers (#7) on the road in the next round. Horsens IC will play against the league's second-placed Bakken (#2) in Aarhus and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Horsholm. Fourth ranked Horsholm (12-11) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Naestved (11-12) 71-68 on Wednesday evening. American-Haitian Marvin Dominique (201-91, college: St.Peter's, agency: Duran International) nailed 29 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and Jyles Smith accounted for 12 points and 11 rebounds. American power forward Phillip Nolan (210-93, college: Connecticut, agency: Two Points) came up with 14 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!) for Naestved in the defeat. Horsholm have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Naestved lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. Horsholm will play against bottom-ranked Stevnsgade (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Naestved will play against SISU in Copenhagen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Second ranked Bakken (18-3) crushed at home 6th ranked SISU (10-14) by 20 points 102-82, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of SISU. Devaughn Akoon-Purcell fired 31 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Anders Haas produced 19 points for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bakken have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 18-3 record behind leader Horsens IC. SISU at the other side keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost. Bakken will meet at home league's leader Horsens IC in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. SISU will play against Naestved (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Horsholm - Naestved 71-68

Important game to mention about took place in Horsholm. Fourth ranked Horsholm (12-11) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Naestved (11-12) 71-68 on Wednesday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Naestved won third quarter 15-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American-Haitian Marvin Dominique (201-91, college: St.Peter's, agency: Duran International) nailed 29 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and American Jyles Smith (209-92, college: Savannah St.) accounted for 12 points and 11 rebounds. American power forward Phillip Nolan (210-93, college: Connecticut, agency: Two Points) came up with 14 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!) and American-Nigerian forward Patrick Onwenu (198-93, college: Alcorn St.) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Naestved in the defeat. Horsholm have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Naestved lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. Horsholm will play against bottom-ranked Stevnsgade (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Naestved will play against SISU in Copenhagen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Horsholm: M.Dominique 29+8reb, A.Midtgaard 15+6reb, J.Smith 12+11reb, D.Harder 9+2reb+1ast, M.Nielsen 2+4ast, A.Meilby 2
Naestved: P.Onwenu 16+5reb, P.Nolan 14+6reb+3ast, P.Hertz 11+3reb+1ast, D.Mitchell 7+4reb+3ast, E.Ross 7+6reb, D.Daly 7+2reb
gschID: 489098


Horsens IC - Svendborg 77-91

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Horsens IC (19-4) at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Svendborg (12-12) 91-77. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-77. American point guard Stefan Bonneau (177-87, college: LIU Post) stepped up and scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and Cameroonian forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side Bosnian swingman Vedran Borovcanin (200-85) responded with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and American power forward Will Artino (211-92, college: Creighton) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Four Horsens IC players scored in double figures. Svendborg moved-up to fourth place. Defending champion Horsens IC still keeps top position with four games lost. Svendborg are looking forward to face Randers (#7) on the road in the next round. Horsens IC will play against the league's second-placed Bakken (#2) in Aarhus and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Svendborg: H.NaNa 20+5reb+2ast, S.Bonneau 19+5reb+7ast, A.Porta 12+2ast, A.Aboubakar Zaki 11+9reb+1ast, C.Jones 9+7reb, A.Bak 6+1reb
Horsens IC: V.Borovcanin 16+8reb+5ast, W.Artino 16+8reb+1ast, D.Trist 13+3reb, L.Alexander 11+7reb+2ast, G.Lundberg 8+2reb+3ast, F.Rungby 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 489097


Bakken - SISU 102-82

Second ranked Bakken (18-3) crushed at home 6th ranked SISU (10-14) by 20 points 102-82, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of SISU. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 54-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Bakken forced 19 SISU turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 51.7 percentage. Bakken looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American-Trinidad and Tobago guard Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-93, college: Illinois St.) fired 31 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86) chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international guard Anders Haas (185-92, college: Barry) produced 19 points and American Kyle Dranginis (195-92, college: Gonzaga) added 18 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bakken have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 18-3 record behind leader Horsens IC. SISU at the other side keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost. Bakken will meet at home league's leader Horsens IC in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. SISU will play against Naestved (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bakken: D.Akoon-Purcell 31+8reb+1ast, M.Gesell 15+1reb+7ast, A.Darboe 13+6reb+5ast, E.Palm 11+5ast, M.Sahlertz 8+4reb+3ast, K.Kitsing 8+3reb+1ast
SISU: A.Haas 19+3reb+3ast, K.Dranginis 18+2ast, D.Wilson 11+3reb+6ast, A.Touray 11, A.Baru 10+8reb+2ast, A.Hjorth 6+8reb
gschID: 489096





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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  


San Lazaro lands Jack Michael Martinez - by Eurobasket News

San Lazaro tabbed experienced 36-year old Dominican forward Jack Michael Martinez (201-107kg-81, agency: Basket Management Solutions). He played in the summer at Caciques de Humacao in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 33 games he averaged 9.7ppg, 8.6rpg and 2.3apg. Martinez also played that season for Metros de Santiago where in three Liga Americas games he had 4.3ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.0apg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the LNB Semifinals in 2014. Martinez received also Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB Honorable Mention award in 2015.
He represented Dominican Republic at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz (Mexico) three years ago. Martinez's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 5 games: Score-5 (15.0ppg), 7.6rpg, 1.8apg, Blocks-5 (1.0bpg), FGP: 39.3%, 3PT-1 (57.1%), FT: 51.7%.
Martinez is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Argentina, Chile, France, Italy, Spain, Venezuela (Trotamundos and Guaros), Puerto Rico (Capitanes), Dominican Republic (San Carlos, Soles de Santo Domingo, La Mattica and Leones de Santo Domingo) and Mexico (Halcones UV Xalapa).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at San Lazaro.
Let's have closer look into Martinez's outlook: The nephew of Soterio Ramirez, who has yet made a name of himself; great rebounding skills, both in offense and in defense; has yet to develop his offensive skills;
Personal: The nephew of Soterio Ramirez, who has yet made a name by himself; a car accident in late 2000 nearly killed him and could have left him paralyzed. He suffered a slipped disk and was outfitted with a plastic body cast from his neck to his lower waist. He was bedridden for nearly three months, then worked hard to get back on top and has now fully recovered from his injuries.
change his Outlook as follows:
Started playing inside, thanks to his great rebounding skills at both sides of the court; now, he is well adapting to the PF position; he again excels at the offfensive rebound for timing and hustle; good scorer inside, has now developed a very good shot from the middle distance, and can hit some 3 pointer too; he's undersized, but very strong, and excels in dirty work; good defender inside, even versus higher opponents; he is also a superb ball-distributor, always looking for and finding the open man when double-teamed; his perimetral skills are further improving;
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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  EL SALVADOR  


Reginald Brown claims Salvadorean Liga MB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Guyanese Reginald Brown (202-C-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for Canarios and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 25-year old center had a double-double of 19 points and twenty nine rebounds, while his team beat San Miguel (#15, 0-2), the league's bottom-ranked team 94-88. Canarios is placed at 5th position in Salvadorean Liga MB. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Canarios won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Brown just recently signed at Canarios and it was his first game, where he immediately became new team's leader. Brown has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (6th best: 19.0ppg) and assists (5th best: 1.0apg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old Douglas Bairez (180-SF-88) of Quezaltepeque. Bairez impressed basketball fans with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he led Quezaltepeque to another comfortable win 88-69 over Sonsonate (1-1) being unquestionably team leader. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Bairez is a newcomer at Quezaltepeque 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 Puerto Rican Luis Damian Morales (191-F-88) of Denver-FAS (#6). Morales got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds . He was a key player of Denver-FAS, leading his team to a 84-79 win against El Rapido (#8, 1-1). Denver-FAS has a very good start of the season. But there was just one game played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Morales also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Morales as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. David Lawson (185-PG-89) of Canarios - 37 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Quincy Scates (197-SF-89) of Quezaltepeque - 32 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Daniel King (203-PF-87) of El Rapido - 19 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Carlos Arias (200-C-89) of Santa Tecla - 19 points and 10 rebounds
8. Manuel Guevara (186-SG-81) of El Rapido - 31 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Lisvan Valdez (200-PF-88) of Santa Tecla - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Josue Cruz) of San Miguel - 25 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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Milka's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old center Dominykas Milka (203-C-92) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's best team TU/Rock and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, while his team outclassed TLU/Kalev (#6, 6-12) with 47-point margin 110-63. It allowed TU/Rock to consolidate first place in the Estonian league. TU/Rock have a solid 16-2 record. Milka turned to be TU/Rock's top player in his first season with the team. College of Saint Rose graduate has very impressive stats this year. Milka is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 8.3rpg) and averages solid 56.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Valmo Kriisa (192-PG-74) of Valga. He is Estonian guard in his first season at Valga. In the last game Kriisa recorded impressive 26 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists. Of course he led Valga to another comfortable win outscoring Noorteliiga (#9, 0-14) 108-53. This victory allowed Valga to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-13 record. Kriisa is a newcomer at Valga and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to another Valga's star - center Rain Raadik (208-C-89). Raadik showcased his all-around game by recording 12 points, fifteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was another key player of Valga, helping his team with a 108-53 easy win against Noorteliiga (#9, 0-14). The chances of Valga not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 13 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Raadik could try to bring Valga's a little bit higher in the standings. Raadik has a very solid season. In 19 games in Estonia he scored 5.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ivars Rihards Zvigurs (198-SF-95) of Valga - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Thomas van der Mars (208-C-90) of Rapla - 12 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Sandis Silavs (194-G-88) of Valga - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Tanel Sokk (187-PG-85) of TU/Rock - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Taavi Jurkatamm (201-SG-97) of Noorteliiga - 16 points and 6 rebounds
9. Indrek Kajupank (200-F-88) of Rapla - 14 points and 6 rebounds
10. Sven Kaldre (197-F/G-91) of Rapla - 19 points, 3 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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  EUROLEAGUE  


Jerel McNeal stays in Bamberg until the end of the season - by Eurobasket News

Jerel McNeal (191-G-87, college: Marquette) will remain until the end of the season in Germany for Brose Bamberg as the club announced. It's not a surprise, considering the injury woes of the team. McNeal was signed in December and Brose Bamberg picked up the option to keep him until the end of the season. The players has so far been used in five German BBL and seven EuroLeague games for Bamberg. In the domestic league he scores 8.8 points on average, grabs 2.4 rebounds and distributes 2.2 assists. In the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, he has 1.3 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.
Courtesy of: eurohoops.net



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  FINLAND  


Korisliiga Round 31: Leader Helsinki Seagulls lose to KTP-Basket - by Eurobasket News

Top ranked Helsinki Seagulls (20-7) recorded its seventh loss at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by eighth ranked KTP-Basket (11-18) 88-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Helsinki Seagulls. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-16. But Helsinki Seagulls won second period 20-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman, agency: Court Side) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. His fellow American import guard Antwan Scott (188-92, college: Colorado St.) chipped in 23 points and 4 assists. The former international point guard Antto Nikkarinen (185-91, agency: Blacktop Management) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 assists for lost side. KTP-Basket maintains eighth place with 11-18 record. Helsinki Seagulls at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. KTP-Basket are looking forward to face higher ranked BC Nokia (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Helsinki Seagulls will play against Kauhajoen Karhu (#3) in Kauhajoki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Nokia. Sixth ranked BC Nokia (12-16) saved a 1-point victory at home edging much higher ranked Salon Vilpas (20-8) 98-97 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Salon Vilpas. Worth to mention a great performance of Senegalese forward Papa Dia (208-87, college: SMU) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. Eldar Skamo contributed with 15 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. International Mikko Koivisto (194-87, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Blacktop Management) answered with 22 points and 6 rebounds for Salon Vilpas. Salon Vilpas' coach Joonas Iisalo rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BC Nokia maintains sixth place with 12-16 record. Salon Vilpas at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. BC Nokia will play against KTP-Basket (#8) in Kotka in the next round. Salon Vilpas will play at home against Tampereen Pyrinto (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Uusikaupunki. Local UU-Korihait (4-24) lost to third ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (19-10) 81-70 on Wednesday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Austin Hollins who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. At the losing side Mikko Jalonen responded with 12 points and 9 assists. UU-Korihait's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Kauhajoen Karhu have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain third place with 19-10 record behind leader Helsinki Seagulls. UU-Korihait lost sixteenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 24 lost games. Kauhajoen Karhu will meet at home league's leader Helsinki Seagulls in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. UU-Korihait will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 31 Pyrinto was defeated by Lapua in a road game 91-82.

Lapua - Pyrinto 91-82

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (10-19) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (15-13) 91-82 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 25-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Lapuan Korikobrat made 26-of-30 free shots (86.7 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American guard Jamal Jones (203-93, college: Texas A&M, agency: Stealth Sport) who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Mario Edwards (191-88, college: Co.Carolina, agency: Mansfield and Associates) helped adding 18 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his twelve free throws !!!). At the losing side American guard Kelvin Lewis (195-88, college: Houston) responded with 17 points and the former international point guard Antero Lehto (185-84) scored 10 points and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Lapuan Korikobrat maintains fifth place with 15-13 record. Loser Tampereen Pyrinto keeps the ninth position with 19 games lost. Lapuan Korikobrat will meet Kouvot (#7) in the next round. Tampereen Pyrinto will play against the league's second-placed Salon Vilpas and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: K.Lewis 17+4reb+2ast, J.Bullock 14+4reb, T.Palmi 13+1reb+3ast, A.Lehto 10+2reb+6ast, R.Minard 9+1reb+4ast, J.Caven 7+3reb
Lapua: J.Jones 29+6reb+1ast, D.Morris 19+6reb+1ast, M.Edwards 18+6reb+3ast, D.Williams 16+6reb+3ast, M.Van Andringa 8+2reb+2ast, T.Viertola 1+1reb
gschID: 488060


BC Nokia - Salon Vilpas 98-97

Important game to mention about took place in Nokia. Sixth ranked BC Nokia (12-16) saved a 1-point victory at home edging much higher ranked Salon Vilpas (20-8) 98-97 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Salon Vilpas. The hosts were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 7-point deficit before their 32-25 run, which allowed them to win the game. BC Nokia made 28-of-37 charity shots (75.7 percent) during the game. Salon Vilpas was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Senegalese forward Papa Dia (208-87, college: SMU) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Eldar Skamo (198-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Five BC Nokia players scored in double figures. International Mikko Koivisto (194-87, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Blacktop Management) answered with 22 points and 6 rebounds and American point guard Juwan Staten (185-92, college: W.Virginia) added 19 points in the effort for Salon Vilpas. Salon Vilpas' coach Joonas Iisalo rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BC Nokia maintains sixth place with 12-16 record. Salon Vilpas at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. BC Nokia will play against KTP-Basket (#8) in Kotka in the next round. Salon Vilpas will play at home against Tampereen Pyrinto (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: M.Koivisto 22+6reb+3ast, J.Staten 19+1reb+1ast, D.Williams 12+7reb+2ast, M.Pounds 10+1reb+2ast, M.Ojala 8+1ast, J.Nenonen 7+3reb
BC Nokia: P.Dia 24+11reb+3ast, E.Skamo 15+11reb+5ast, I.Wilkerson 15+2reb+2ast, J.Duren 14+4reb+1ast, N.Mattila 10+1reb+2ast, S.Barrett 9+2reb+1ast
gschID: 488061


Korihait - Kauhajoki 70-81

The game with biggest result difference took place in Uusikaupunki. Local UU-Korihait (4-24) lost to third ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (19-10) 81-70 on Wednesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Kauhajoen Karhu. UU-Korihait managed to win third quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a quality performance of American swingman Austin Hollins (195-91, college: Minnesota) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. Juho-Matti Lehtoranta (195-89) helped adding 13 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side point guard Mikko Jalonen (186-82) responded with 12 points and 9 assists and American power forward Marcus Van (201-87, college: Cent.Michigan) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Five Kauhajoen Karhu and four UU-Korihait players scored in double figures. UU-Korihait's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Kauhajoen Karhu have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain third place with 19-10 record behind leader Helsinki Seagulls. UU-Korihait lost sixteenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 24 lost games. Kauhajoen Karhu will meet at home league's leader Helsinki Seagulls in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. UU-Korihait will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Korihait: E.Holloway 13+2reb+3ast, M.Van 12+11reb+1ast, M.Jalonen 12+4reb+9ast, M.Herbert 10+6reb, E.McAlister 9, A.Alanen 7+1reb+1ast
Kauhajoki: A.Hollins 24+7reb+1ast, K.Holsey 15+5reb+1ast, J.Lehtoranta 13+6reb+3ast, T.Unruh 12+2reb+1ast, D.Washington 10+2reb+1ast, B.Sarcevic 5+1reb+6ast
gschID: 488059


Helsinki Seagulls - KTP Basket 80-88

Top ranked Helsinki Seagulls (20-7) recorded its seventh loss at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by eighth ranked KTP-Basket (11-18) 88-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Helsinki Seagulls. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-16. But Helsinki Seagulls won second period 20-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman, agency: Court Side) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. His fellow American import guard Antwan Scott (188-92, college: Colorado St.) chipped in 23 points and 4 assists. Four KTP-Basket players scored in double figures. The former international point guard Antto Nikkarinen (185-91, agency: Blacktop Management) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 assists and American swingman Raymond Cowels-III (193-90, college: Santa Clara) added 22 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. KTP-Basket maintains eighth place with 11-18 record. Helsinki Seagulls at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. KTP-Basket are looking forward to face higher ranked BC Nokia (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Helsinki Seagulls will play against Kauhajoen Karhu (#3) in Kauhajoki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Helsinki Seagulls: R.Cowels III 22+7reb, A.Nikkarinen 17+3reb+10ast, D.Upson 16+6reb+1ast, R.Abell 7+4reb+1ast, T.Heinonen 6+5reb, C.Lindbom 6+4reb+4ast
KTP Basket: A.Scott 23+4reb+4ast, S.Gay 21+3reb+1ast, V.Kopio 16+1reb, M.Pratt 13+12reb+9ast, D.Bailey 7+8reb+2ast, M.Aalto 5+1ast
gschID: 488058





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  FRANCE  


Pau-Lacq-Orthez lands Taquan Dean, ex Iberostar Tener. - by Eurobasket News

Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (ProA) landed experienced 34-year old American guard Taquan Dean (193-90kg-83, college: Louisville, agency: Two Points). He started the season at Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias in Spanish Liga Endesa. But in 8 games he averaged just 1.9ppg this season. Dean also played 6 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 4.5ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.0apg. The last summer he was tested by Hoops Club (Pepsi LBL) in Lebanese league.
Among other achievements Dean won Iranian Superleague championship title for two years in a row (2015 and 2016).
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Dean experienced life in six different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Dean has played previously professionally in Greece (Kavala), Italy (Scandone Avellino), Russia, Turkey (Aliaga and Socar Petkim) and Iran (Petrochimi and Mahram).
He attended University of Louisville until 2006 and it is his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Dean's outlook: A tough player who brings a great energy on the court. Shoots extremely well from long distance, he's the ideal man to serve just out from screens. Thanks to his great hustle and shooting skills, he can build a succesful career in the European leagues, while he could have size problems (true height is around 6-3) in playing the 2 position at NBA level.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GEORGIA  


Spartak Primorie Vladivostok inks Jeremy Bynum, ex Olimpi - by Eurobasket News

Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (Superleague 1) agreed terms with 29-year old American guard Jeremy Bynum (193-89kg-88, college: Jacksonville State). He played last season at Olimpi in Georgian Superleague. In 27 games he had very impressive stats: 16.7ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Georgian League 3rd Team.
The previous (14-15) season Bynum was tested by Arkadia Lions (A Bundesliga) in Austrian league.
He has played also professionally in Portugal (Galitos-Barreiro).
Bynum is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league on the market.
He attended Jacksonville State until 2012 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GERMANY  


Jerel McNeal stays in Bamberg until the end of the season - by Eurobasket News

Jerel McNeal (191-G-87, college: Marquette) will remain until the end of the season in Germany for Brose Bamberg as the club announced. It's not a surprise, considering the injury woes of the team. McNeal was signed in December and Brose Bamberg picked up the option to keep him until the end of the season. The players has so far been used in five German BBL and seven EuroLeague games for Bamberg. In the domestic league he scores 8.8 points on average, grabs 2.4 rebounds and distributes 2.2 assists. In the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, he has 1.3 points and 1.3 rebounds per game.
Courtesy of: eurohoops.net



Itzehoe Eagles Announce Deji Adekunle For Playoff Push - by Dockers Hoops

The Itzehoe Eagles have announced the signing of big man Deji Adekunle (209-F/C-92, college: Kaiser).

The 208cm center signed with the Eagles prior to the German Pro B transfer deadline in early January while still recovering from an injury.

Adekunle comes from the Plymouth Raiders in the UK BBL, where he was let go in December after sustaining what was thought to be a serious groin injury. He has since made a timely recovery and will return to action in near future as Itzehoe prepares for a playoff push.

Athletic and mobile, Adekunle will provide the Eagles with depth and an inside presence around the rim on both ends as the north German club looks to improve upon a 9-11 win-loss record with just two games remaining in the Pro B regular season.

'I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to help Itzehoe win any way that I can,' Adekunle, in his first professional season, said,

'It's a great situation to develop my game under a big-time coach (Patrick Elzie) and for a high-level club.'



Travis Thompson Unravels The Acrobatic Lay In Leading The Fraport Skyliners Juniors Past BG Karlsruhe 66-63 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It really doesn't matter in what gym Ricky Easterling has played in Germany the last 11 years, you can be as sure as Donald Trump thinks he is always correct that the Baltimore native of BG Karlsruhe has lit it up no matter what circumstances there were. In his six seasons in the Regionalliga with Saarlouis, the American had Michael Jordan consistent season scoring averages including averaging 32,3ppg and 34,5ppg in two seasons and averaged 29,0ppg each season. He needed absolute no kind of transition period when he moved up to the Pro B in 2014 with Saarlouis as he prompt led the league in scoring two years in a row and had a spectacular streak of scoring in double figures in 55 of 56 games as he dominated the Pro B like he did in the Regionalliga. This season the guy who's middle name could be Mr mid distance as he is as lethal from anywhere form the mid distance the way Anthony Davis is in the paint doesn't roam around on offense as freely as his days with Saarlouis mainly because BG Karlsruhe have many more viable scoring options. Currently his Pro B scoring in double figures streak is 70 out of 74 times and not only was he and BG Karlsruhe coming off a huge win against city rival PS Karlsruhe, but the American was returning back to a special stomping ground as in the last two seasons he shot out the lights connecting for 36 and 31 points and also had a massive game years before in the Regionalliga against Eintracht Frankfurt. This time however the Fraport Skyliners Juniors not only had Easterling under control limiting him to a hard to believe 6 points, but were fortunate to come out alive with a grind out 66-63 victory. After the game the usual soft voice of Easterling sounded more like that of an elderly gentleman as the Baltimore native seemed a bit broken and was trying to reflect on his return back to an old stomping ground. 'Frankfurt really had me under control tonight. I give a lot of credit to them as they really knew how to come off the screen and roll and slow me down. I am now 1-2 in the Pro B in this gym. It is not as good as I would like, but I am just thankful to get that opportunity to play here again. Stats are fine and dandy, but I am just happy to be able to play and get a win here and there', smiled ex Saarlouis guard Ricky Easterling.

The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were playing good basketball having won three of their last four games and were coming off a huge win against top team ScanPlus Baskets Elchlingen and continued their hot streak winning their fourth game in their last five games. Despite having everyone on board including four players that had played in the crushing 72-52 Champions League loss in Turkey 24 hours earlier, the club struggled to a grind out win, but everyone knows that in the game of basketball a win is a win no matter how they come. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors relied on routine and experience in crunch-time and grinded out the win. After the game, Mahir Agva was stretching and looking fresh that one would have never guessed he had just had a short 48 hour trip to Turkey and back, but his jovial expression on his face was one thing while his pooped body was letting him feel the after effects of the Champions League trip. 'It wasn't an easy game for me and the other guys that went to Turkey. We got back at 2.30 this afternoon and had an hour to get back down and then were on the court again. Our legs were heavy, but even if it was tough physically and mentally, we tried to blend it out. It was a real grind out win tonight. Both teams deserved to win. It wasn't a nice game to watch and we were lucky to have won the game. Both teams didn't shoot well, but these type of games happen. Key for the win was how we attacked the zone and how successful we were. We did a better job of one on one defense in the second half. Max Merz did a supper job on Ricky Easterling', stressed Fraport Skyliner Mahir Agva. BG Karlsruhe played a hard fought game, but were missing that tad of luck in the crunch-time and were just overwhelmed by the non-stop weapons of the Fraport Skyliners Juniors. 'This was a real grind out game with both teams fighting extremely hard to win. Both teams want to get the best position for the playoffs so defense played a big role. Defense wins titles and that was what both teams were focused on. We didn't communicate as well on defense and on offense when our plays weren't working, we went too much into 1-1 play', expressed Baltimore native Ricky Easterling.

BG Karlsruhe got off to a blazing start leading 6-2 as Easterling started off showing why he is so thankful to high school coach Kevin Peiser for helping him develop his deadly mid distance shot making an easy one, 2004 Euroleague winner with Maccabi Tel Aviv Anton Kazarnovski scored on a lay in and ex Dragons Rhondorf guard Aaron Schmitz snuck inside for a lay in. Frankfurt wasn't connecting from outside, so they went inside to ex Tuebingen center Mahir Agva who scored on back to back buckets to tie the game at 6-6. BG Karlsruhe had found their groove on offense and continued to execute at a sound rate as they also like Frankfurt banged the ball inside to 205cm Kazarnovski who won the 2008 Regionalliga with FC Bayern Munich making two lay ins for the 10-8 advantage. Frankfurt then sped out on a brutal 9-0 run to take the 15-10 lead. They took advantage of BG Karlsruhe's weakness of transition defense as Max Merz and Niklas Kiel scored on the break and Agva hit a floater and Alaska native Travis Thompson hit his first trey as he was fed a lightening pass from Isaac Bonga on the ball reversal. BG Karlsruhe was able to put a dent into the run as Georgia native Kenneth Fluellen dropped two treys. Frankfurt didn't allow that flash of offense affect them as Agva closed out the first quarter with two buckets as the Fraport Skyliners Juniors led 21-16. 'We had problems hitting our outside shots. Had we had more success with that then we would have led by 10 points. We had problems giving up easy baskets inside. We had problems on one on one defense', stated Fraport Skyliners assistant coach Sebastian Gleim. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were shooting 41% from the field and 11% from outside while BG Karlsruhe was shooting 47% from the field and 29% from outside. Frankfurt had the 12-19 rebound edge and two turnovers while the opponent had five turnovers.

After both teams had found a healthy rhythm on offense in the first quarter and been able to score on a regular basis, the second quarter turned more into a defensive battle as scoring was more limited. BG Karlsruhe had the better start and like to begin in the first quarter had a 4-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 21-20 as ex Giessen 46er Anton Kavarnoski continued to wreck havoc inside as he connected on a hook shot and Berlin native Shawn Gulley who's basketball inspiration is Dirk Nowitzki hit a beautiful fade away bank shot that couldn't have been mastered any more beautifully than Kevin Mchale did back in the day. One thing the Fraport Skyliners Juniors have thrown into the faces of their opponents all season long has been that whenever they get threatened, Frankfurt always seems to have the needed weapons and versatility in their rotation to keep their lead ahead as ex Ludwigsburg German Stefan Ilzhoefer nailed a trey upping their lead to 24-20. Then Tampa Native Jeremy Black made a free throw and Easterling was his lethal self making a fake inside then making a stutter step and turning around for the mid distance shot to cut the Frankfurt lead to 24-23. Then German Tim Oldenburg and German Marcel Davis traded buckets but Frankfurt still had their nose ahead 26-25. BG Karlsruhe continued to be aggressive on offense and got to the free throw line twice as Fluellen and Gulley nailed free throws to dead-lock the game at 28-28. Then came the best example why the Fraport Skyliners Juniors are so deep and talented and can throw anybody at you at anytime as little used German and NBBL standout Cosmo Gruehn scored inside after Agva found him back door and then connected on a trey sending his team into half-time with the 33-28 lead. 'Frankfurt weren't aggressive enough at both ends of the court and were too passive against their zone. It was refreshing to see Cosmo Gruehn come in at the end and give the team that energy with two baskets. He has been playing great the last week in the Oberliga and NBBL. He gave a big spark from the bench', stressed Sebastian Gleim. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were shooting 37% from the field and 20% from the three point line while BG Karlsruhe was shooting 42% from the field and 18% from the three point line. BG Karlsruhe had the 20-17 rebound lead, but 10 turnovers while Frankfurt had seven turnovers.

In the third quarter the Fraport Skyliners Juniors made adjustments fixing their offense against the BG Karlsruhe zone and stepping up their defense on the 1-1 situations. 2014 NBBL rookie of the year Niklas Kiel scored in bunches leading off the third quarter getting a pass from Agva and then hitting free throws as Frankfurt extended their lead to 37-28. Ex Lich forward Shawn Gulley kept BG Karlsruhe in the game with two lay ins, but the team couldn't make any ground as the Fraport Skyliners Juniors now were executing at a better rate against the BG Karlsruhe zone as Ilzhoefer hit a jumper and runner for the 41-32 and seemed to be breaking away slowly. However BG Karlsruhe continued to chip away and fight and claw back going on a 5-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 41-37. Gulley continued to be a menace inside getting a lay up and free throws as his athleticism proved to be off the charts. After Thompson and Black traded baskets, Frankfurt closed out the third quarter with a forceful 5-0 run as a quiet Garai Zeeb drilled home a three pointer as if it was the easiest thing as his calmness from downtown was scary and Kiel hit free throws as the Fraport Skyliners Juniors led 48-39 after 30 minutes. 'Our goal in the third quarter was to get the ball more into the high post and attack the zone better. We didn't want to focus too much on outside shooting but just get the ball inside to Niklas Kiel', stressed Mahir Agva, 'Frankfurt were more aggressive against our zone. We switched up our defense going straight to man and doing some traps and it worked for a while', stressed Ricky Easterling. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors shot 35% from the field and 19% from the parking lot while BG Karlsruhe shot 39% from the field and 13% from the parking lot. Both teams had 29 rebounds, but BG Karlsruhe had coughed up the ball 17 times and Frankfurt only 11 times.

In the fourth quarter, BG Karlsruhe made a comeback and were able to bring it to the last play as they continued to fight and never give up, but the aggressive Frankfurt defense at the end was too much for BG Karlsruhe. BG Karlsruhe stopped the momentum of Frankfurt from the end of the third quarter and raced out on a harsh 7-0 run cutting the Frankfurt lead to 48-46. In the run, BG Karlsruhe played team basketball as three different players scored as Kazarnovski scored inside again, Easterling made his trademark mid distance shot and Davis nailed a three as the few BG Karlsruhe fans that had made the trip were going nuts. Frankfurt had lost their rhythm on offense while BG Karlsruhe was playing fine team basketball and sharing the basketball the way it should be. After a Thompson bucket, it was Kazarnovski that hit another running hook shot to cut the Frankfurt lead to 53-50. Frankfurt then broke out on a 4-0 run and seemed they might cruise to the victory extending their lead to 57-50 as Merz went coast to coast for the pretty lay in and Tim Oldenburg buried a 25 footer, but BG Karlsruhe never had their heads in the sand. They then grinded out a hard 9-1 run to regain the lead 59-58 as they battled and clawed themselves to the free throw line as Kazarnovski got their twice. However the big energizer in this faze was
German/American Shawn Gulley who continues to play with a huge chip on his shoulder. After never finding a real home in Rostock and Lich, he has really come to life with BG Karlsruhe and Plays every game the way you should playing as if it was his last always sensing the need to prove himself over and over. He was huge in the latter half of the run getting a lay in, free throw and then producing the steal and coast to coast run and two handed throw down. 'Gulley is a very good player. He is always the last to leave the gym. He always wants to get better and win. I am very proud of how he has played with us. He was instrumental in our come back at the end', stressed Ricky Easterling. Thompson got Frankfurt the lead back with free throws and 60-59 lead, but Gulley tied the score at 60-60 with one free throw. Oldenburg then muscled home a tip in for the 62-60 Frankfurt advantage, but with 30 seconds to go Kazarnovski dropped a fierce three pointer showing nothing but net as BG Karlsruhe stole the lead back 63-62 with 18 seconds remaining. Thompson then supplied the heroics as he fooled everyone not executing on one of his typical three point bombs, but winning the game with a hard acrobatic penetration lay in in traffic that showed he was even more athletic than anyone had ever known. BG Karlsruhe had one last possession with 18 seconds to play, but threw the ball away. Nikals Kiel iced the win with free throws. 'Thompson is more of a shooter, but finished nicely inside surprising everyone. He wanted to show responsibility and that is why we signed him. We defended well on the last play forcing the turnover', stated Mahir Agva. 'We gave up 14 offensive rebounds and had 20 turnovers. That was why we lost', stressed BG Karlsruhe head coach Jibril Hodges. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors were led by Travis Thompson with 14 points. Niklas Kiel and Mahir Agva added 10 points apiece. BG Karlsruhe were led by Anton Kazarnovski with 17 points. Shawn Gulley added 16 points and Kenneth Fluellen had 10 points. The Fraport Skyliners Juniors shot 35% from the field and 16% from outside while BG Karlsruhe shot 43% from the field and 20% from outside. Frankfurt won the rebound edge 37-36 and had 14 turnovers and BG Karlsruhe had 20 turnovers.



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EuroLeague: Fenerbahce spark late, silence Olympiacos - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce - Olympiacos 67:64

Fenerbahce went on a furious fourth-quarter run and beat Olympiacos for the 15th victory in regular season. Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) nailed 27 points to pace the Turkish team.
Fenerbahce and Olympiacos went neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 22:22 after ten minutes. Fenerbahce pulled ahead in the second term. The hosts jumped to a 40:34 halftime advantage. Olympiacos however turned things around in the third term. The Greek team ignited a 22:7 rally to secure a 56:47 advantage at the final break. But Fenerbahce responded with a massive 20:8 run in the fourth quarter to tame the visitors. Luigi Datome (203-F-87) provided 17 points, while Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, college: Troy, agency: BeoBasket) had 8 points for the home side. Erick Green (190-PG-91, college: Virginia Tech) responded with 17 points for Olympiacos. Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) tossed in 13 points in the loss.

Fenerbahce: Bogdan Bogdanovic 27, Luigi Datome 17, Bobby Dixon 8
Olympiacos: Erick Green 17, Kostas Papanikolaou 13



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

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

Dontay Thomas
Dontay Thomas
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international point guard Dontay Thomas (187-84, agency: Octagon Europe, college: La Salle, currently plays in Montenegro). Thomas contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Danilovgrad (3-14) crushing them 114-53 in the Montenegrin Erste Liga last Wednesday. He recorded 10 points and added 4 assists. KK Sutjeska Niksic (12-5) is placed second in the Erste Liga. This season Thomas averages: 6.6ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 37.7% and FT: 78.9%. He is a naturalized American. Thomas played for the Hungarian senior national team three years ago. He used to play for Gunaras KC Dombovar in Hungarian league.

Gyorgy Goloman
Gyorgy Goloman
   #2. Second place goes to former U18 international forward Gyorgy Goloman (211-96, currently plays college basketball in the States). He managed to help Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles in a victory against the University of Southern California (4-10) crushing them 102-70 in a derby game in the NCAA last Saturday. Goloman scored only 4 points in 12 minutes. The Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles have a solid 9-3 conference record this season. This year Goloman's overall stats are: 4.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2FGP: 63.9%(39-61), 3FGP: 16.7% and FT: 60.9% in 24 games he played so far. He played for the Hungarian U18 national team in 2013.

Gergely Hosszu
Gergely Hosszu
   #3. The Hungarian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international guard Gergely Hosszu (190-86, currently plays in Germany). He led Kaiserslautern to a surprising victory over the second-ranked Limburg (14-6) 76-67 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. Hosszu was MVP of the game. He scored 29 points (!!!) and grabbed 7 rebounds in 35 minutes. 1. FC Kaiserslautern (8-12) is placed eighth in South-West group. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Hosszu has relatively good stats this year: 13.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.9apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 65.7%(44-67), 3FGP: 35.4% and FT: 66.7% in 18 games. He played for the Hungarian U20 national team eleven years ago.

Balint Mocsan
Balint Mocsan
   #4. Guard Balint Mocsan (190-97, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Idaho St. (3-9) to beat the University of Northern Colorado (11-2). Mocsan cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. The Idaho St. was defeated 87-81 on the road by the University of Northern Colorado. It's Mocsan's first season with the team. Mocsan's total stats this year are: 4.8ppg and 1.3rpg. He is also Hungarian U20 national team player.

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

   #1. Nebojsa Dukic (206-C/F-88, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Portugal) was the major contributor in a Vitoria SC's victory against the ninth-ranked Ovarense (4-12) 102-95 in the Portuguese LPB in Friday night's game. He scored 17 points and added 7 passes in 40 minutes. Vitoria SC/Costa Guerreiro Lda. (15-6) is placed third in the LPB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Dukic's first season with the team. Dukic has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.0apg in 20 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Hungarian.

   #2. Damian Hollis (203-F-88, agency: Inception Sports, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Portugal) led Benfica to a victory over the ninth-ranked Lusitania (5-16) crushing them 100-65 in the Portuguese LPB on Saturday night. Hollis was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points and blocked 3 shots in 24 minutes. Sport Lisboa Benfica (16-5) is placed second in the LPB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. It's Hollis' first season with the team. Hollis has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.5apg in 19 games. Hollis is a naturalized American. Despite his Hungarian passport, Hollis previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Hungarian team. He used to play for Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar in Hungarian league.

   #3. Experienced Zoltan Kurinczky (181-G-82, currently plays in Norway) could not help Persbraten (2-23) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Kurinczky's very good performance the bottom-ranked Persbraten was defeated 85-78 at home by the leading Kongsberg. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Kurinczky also added 9 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This season Kurinczky has very high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.5apg and 1.2spg. Kurinczky is another player who holds two passports: Hungarian and Swedish.

   #4. Marko Popadic (189-G-89, currently plays in Greece) contributed to Holargos' victory against the 12th-ranked Doxa Pefkon (7-11) 101-96 in the Greek A2 (second division) on Saturday night. Popadic scored 14 points. Holargos B.C. (9-9) is placed sixth in the A2. It's Popadic's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.3apg. Popadic has both Serbian and Hungarian nationalities. Despite his Hungarian passport, Popadic previously played for the Serbian U18 national team and probably cannot be called to the Hungarian team.

   #5. Nikola Fekete (192-SG-91, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a 1-point BV Villingen-Schwenningen's victory against the 11th-ranked Mainz (2-15) 86-85 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. Fekete scored 14 points in 24 minutes. wiha Panthers Villingen-Schwenningen (17-3) is placed first in South-West group. This year Fekete has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.7apg in 20 games. He also holds two passports: Serbian and Hungarian.

   #6. Tamas Okros (201-F-95, currently plays in NCAA2) managed to help Post University to win against the Dominican College, NY 73-65 in the NCAA2 in Wednesday night's game. Okros recorded only one point. Okros' total stats this season are: 8.1ppg and 3.7rpg. He has dual citizenship: Hungarian and British.



MAFC Budapest lands Uros Duvnjak - by Eurobasket News

MAFC Budapest (A Division) tabbed 31-year old Serbian shooting guard Uros Duvnjak (190-86, agency: BeoBasket). He played recently at Apollon Patras in Greek A1 league. Duvnjak managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year (!!!). In 8 A1 games he averaged 4.1ppg and 1.3apg. He also played earlier that season for Karpos Sokoli in FYR Macedonian league where in 9 A1 games he had 5.2ppg. Duvnjak also played 2 games in Balkan League where he recorded 9.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.5spg. His team made it to the Macedonian final.
Duvnjak was a member of Serbian University National Team back in 2007.
He is a very experienced player. Duvnjak has played also professionally in Germany (Braunschweig), Poland (Poznan PBG Basket) and Serbia (Atlas, Vojvodina Srbijagas, Crvena Zvezda, Radnicki KG 06 and Mega Leks).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Uros is one of the most Promising Player in Yugoslavia. He should continue to play and develop as a playmaker. Uros is very fast, good jumper and great fighter in the court. He has great technical abilities with a great sense for the game and assists, good in shooting and penetrating, responsible in defense.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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KUBS BC tabs Corbin Jackson, ex Njardvik - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted KUBS BC (Super League) inked 25-year old American forward Corbin Jackson (203-95kg-92, college: Florida Tech). He started the season at UMFN Njardvik in Icelandic Dominos League. In four games he averaged impressive 17.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3bpg this season.
Among other achievements Jackson's team made it to the SAC Tournament Semifinals in 2013. He received also All-SSC Defensive Player of the Year award in 2014, 2015 and 2016 at his college time.
Jackson graduated from Florida Institute of Technology in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jakob Sigurdarson selected the top Icelandic playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jakob Sigurdarson
Jakob Sigurdarson
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international point guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birm.Southern, currently plays in Sweden). He could not help one of league's weakest teams Boras Basket (13-12) in their last game. Despite Sigurdarson's very good performance Boras Basket lost 79-93 on the road to the higher-ranked (#5) KFUM Jamtland. He was the top scorer with 23 points. Sigurdarson also added 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 32 minutes on the court. Sigurdarson has relatively good stats this year: 13.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 52.1%, 3FGP: 32.1% and FT: 96.2%(76-79) in 25 games he played so far. He played for the Icelandic senior national team two years ago.

Kristofer Acox
Kristofer Acox
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Kristofer Acox (198-93, currently plays college basketball in the States). Acox led Furman to a victory against the Western Carolina University (2-9) 74-62 in the NCAA last Wednesday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 14 rebounds. Acox also added 4 assists and 4 steals. The Furman University has a very good 12-2 conference record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Acox's fourth year with the team. This season Acox has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.4apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 61.2%(164-268) and FT: 56.0%. He is in the roster of the Icelandic senior national team.

Jon Gudmundsson
Jon Gudmundsson
   #3. The Icelandic player who performed third best last week abroad was U20 international guard Jon Gudmundsson (193-96, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA. Gudmundsson was not able to help the Davidson (5-7) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Davidson lost 76-84 at home to the University of Richmond. Gudmundsson scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 32 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Gudmundsson averages: 8.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 49.2%, 3FGP: 31.6% and FT: 71.4% in 25 games. He is also a member of the Icelandic U20 national team.

Elvar Fridriksson
Elvar Fridriksson
   #4. Guard Elvar Fridriksson (183-94, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to secure a victory for the Barry University (12-5) in their game against the Rollins College in the NCAA2. Fridriksson recorded 5 points and added 11 passes. The Barry University was defeated 90-85 in Winter Park by the Rollins College. It was Barry University's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA2 Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Fridriksson has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 7.3apg and 1.3spg. Fridriksson is also Icelandic national team player.

Kristinn Palsson
Kristinn Palsson
   #5. U20 international swingman Kristinn Palsson (198-97, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Marist (3-13) in their game against the Iona College (10-5) in the NCAA. He recorded 6 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 26 minutes. The Marist lost 88-95 in New Rochelle to the Iona College. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. This year Palsson's overall stats are: 4.5ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.4apg in 28 games. He plays currently for the Icelandic U20 national team.

Aegir Steinarsson
Aegir Steinarsson
   #6. Point guard Aegir Steinarsson (185-91, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Newberry, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Burgos (16-8) in their game against Melilla Baloncesto (15-9) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Steinarsson scored 5 points and added 3 passes. Burgos was defeated 77-66 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Melilla_Baloncesto (#6). They ended the series of three consecutive victories. It's Steinarsson's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 5.4ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.6apg. Steinarsson is an international player who is currently on the senior Icelandic National Team roster.

Ragnar Nathanaelsson
Ragnar Nathanaelsson
   #7. International center Ragnar Nathanaelsson (218-91, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Albacete (5-16) in their game against CB Granada (16-6) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). He scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 22 minutes. Albacete was crushed 92-57 in Granada by the leading CB Granada. It was Albacete's sixth consecutive loss in a row. This year Nathanaelsson's total stats are: 4.4ppg and 5.2rpg in five games. He is also Icelandic national team player.

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

   #1. Gunnar Olafsson (190-G/F-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the St.Francis, NY (2-12) to beat the Wagner College (2-12). Olafsson cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The St.Francis, NY was badly defeated 73-55 on the road by the Wagner College. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. Olafsson has averaged so far 4.4ppg and 5.1rpg.

   #2. Gunnar Hardarson (185-SG-96, currently plays in NCAA2) managed to help Belmont Abbey College in a victory against the Southern Wesleyan University crushing them 100-69 in the NCAA2 on Saturday night. He recorded 5 points in 10 minutes. The Belmont Abbey College has 8-9 record this season. Hardarson's team will play only one more game in the NCAA2 Regular Season. Hardarson has averaged so far 7.2ppg and 1.5rpg in 24 games he played so far.



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Indian UBA League round 6 best performance: Dermaine Crockrell - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Dermaine Crockrell (185-G-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Punjab S., receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (51 points, seven rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Mumbai Ch. (2-1) 125-123. Punjab S. is placed at 2nd position in their group in Indian UBA League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Punjab S. will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. In the team's last game Crockrell had a remarkable 73.9% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Punjab S., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Bemidji State University star has very solid stats this year. Crockrell is league's best scorer averaging so far 39.0ppg. Crockrell is in league's top in assists (8th best: 6.3apg) and averages impressive 4.3spg and 65.4% FGP. Worth to mention Crockrell played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Ronald March (196-G-93) of Delhi C.. March had a very good evening with a double-double of 41 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Delhi C. cruised to a 107-99 relatively comfortable win over Haryana G. (#4, 0-3). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in North. Delhi C. consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team's 2-1 record is not bad at all. March is one of the most experienced players at Delhi C. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 36.0ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 8.0rpg and 6.0apg. Former Philander Smith College star March is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard De'Sean Mattox (185-G) of Haryana G. (#4). Mattox got into 30-points club by scoring 36 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds and seven assists. Despite Mattox's great performance Haryana G. lost 99-107 to #3 ranked Delhi C.. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Haryana G. can only dream about fighting for top spots in North. They have awful season losing so far all 3 games. Too bad for Mattox he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Mattox has individually a great season in India. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 37.7ppg (4th best), rebounds with 8.7rpg (5th best) and assists with 6.3apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jimmy Scroggins) of Mumbai Ch. - 33 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Janbandhu Vinay) of Delhi C. - 32 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Alex Scales (192-G-78) of Mumbai Ch. - 33 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Inderbir Gill (193-F-87) of Mumbai Ch. - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Eban Hyams (196-G-81) of Haryana G. - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Yadwinder Singh (198-PF-86) of Haryana G. - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Jaskaran) of Haryana G. - 14 points and 15 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)



UBA League Round 7 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The biggest surprise of round 7 in UBA League took place in Delhi where guest Mumbai Ch. (#1) crushed lower ranked Delhi C. (#2) by 23 points 129-106 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Delhi C.. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Mumbai Ch.. Delhi C. managed to win third quarter 29-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mumbai Ch. shot 60.2 percent from the field. They also forced 22 Delhi C. turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. Mumbai Ch. looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American guard Alex Scales (192-78, college: Oregon) fired 45 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 steals for the winners. Forward Inderbir Gill (193-87, college: Georgian) chipped in 17 points and 9 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American guard Ronald March (196-93, college: Philander Smith) produced 62 points (!!!), 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 blocks for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Mumbai Ch. maintains first place with 3-1 record. Delhi C. at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. They share it with Punjab S.. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Punjab S. (2-2) against fourth ranked Haryana G. (1-3) on Thursday night. Visiting Punjab S. was defeated by Haryana G. in a tough game in Chandigarh 71-77. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Australian guard Eban Hyams (196-81, college: Georgia Perimeter) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists. Jaskaran contributed with 16 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. American guard Dermaine Crockrell (185-89, college: Bemidji St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 45 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds for Punjab S.Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. It was the only win of host team this round and in all other games visitors recorded victories. Haryana G. maintains fourth place with 1-3 record. Punjab S. at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. They share it with Delhi C.. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Haryana G. - Punjab S. 77-71

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Punjab S. (2-2) against fourth ranked Haryana G. (1-3) on Thursday night. Visiting Punjab S. was defeated by Haryana G. in a tough game in Chandigarh 71-77. It looked good early as Punjab S. took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Haryana G. had a 25-16 second period charge getting the lead and Punjab S. was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 71-77. They outrebounded Punjab S. 49-37 including a 22-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Australian guard Eban Hyams (196-81, college: Georgia Perimeter) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists. Jaskaran contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Four Haryana G. players scored in double figures. American guard Dermaine Crockrell (185-89, college: Bemidji St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 45 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds and international point guard Akilan Pari (180-89) added 6 points, 6 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Punjab S.Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. It was the only win of host team this round and in all other games visitors recorded victories. Haryana G. maintains fourth place with 1-3 record. Punjab S. at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. They share it with Delhi C.. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Haryana G.: P.Mishra 20+3reb, Jaskaran 16+15reb+1ast, Y.Singh 14+9reb+2ast, E.Hyams 12+14reb+8ast, D.Mattox 8+2reb+6ast, B.Singh 5+4reb
Punjab S.: D.Crockrell 45+11reb+3ast, R.Bharadwaj 11+2reb, A.Pari 6+3reb+6ast, G.Singh Gill 5+7reb, I.Bryan 2+1reb, R.Singh 1+9reb
gschID: 536714


Delhi C. - Mumbai Ch. 106-129

The biggest surprise of round 7 in UBA League took place in Delhi where guest Mumbai Ch. (#1) crushed lower ranked Delhi C. (#2) by 23 points 129-106 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Delhi C.. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Mumbai Ch.. Delhi C. managed to win third quarter 29-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mumbai Ch. shot 60.2 percent from the field. They also forced 22 Delhi C. turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. Mumbai Ch. looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American guard Alex Scales (192-78, college: Oregon) fired 45 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 steals for the winners. Forward Inderbir Gill (193-87, college: Georgian) chipped in 17 points and 9 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Five Mumbai Ch. players scored in double figures. American guard Ronald March (196-93, college: Philander Smith) produced 62 points (!!!), 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 blocks and international forward Amjyot Singh (203-92, agency: Octagon Europe) added 27 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Mumbai Ch. maintains first place with 3-1 record. Delhi C. at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. They share it with Punjab S.. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Mumbai Ch.: A.Scales 45+7reb+4ast, J.Scroggins 19+2reb+3ast, I.Gill 17+4reb+9ast, J.Bains 16+5reb+1ast, N.Kumar 11+3reb, Jeevenathan 5+2reb
Delhi C.: R.March 62+9reb+8ast, A.Singh 27+9reb+3ast, R.Rachit 4, J.Vinay 4+1reb+4ast, S.Settu 4+2reb+1ast, A.Pratap 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 536715





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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Dillon STITH
  Belfast Star
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 27.4
 1. Stith, Belfast Star27.4 
 2. Wilson, UL Eagles24.0 
 3. Pemberton, Tralee22.4 
 4. Turner, Killester20.5 
 5. Lawrence, Moycu.20.3 
 6. Provizors, DCU S.20.3 
 7. Bonaparte, Templ.19.5 
 8. Murphy, Templeogue17.9 
 9. Killeen, Templeogue17.3 
 10. Gil, Swords T.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martins PROVIZORS
  DCU S.
  (202-C-87)
  Avg: 16.1
 1. Provizors, DCU S.16.1 
 2. Garrow, UCD Marian15.4 
 3. Moreira, UCD M.14.0 
 4. Turner, Killester12.9 
 5. Freeman, Moycullen11.8 
 6. Pantovic, Tralee11.6 
 7. Killeen, Templeogue11.4 
 8. Donaghy, Tralee10.8 
 9. Gil, Swords T.10.7 
 10. Lawson, UCC Demons10.7 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UCD M.
  (175-PG-87)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Kinevane, UCD M.9.6 
 2. Westbrooks, Swords T.8.4 
 3. Drumm, UCD Marian8.2 
 4. Meany, UCD Marian7.5 
 5. Downey, UCC Demons6.3 
 6. Bonaparte, Templ.6.2 
 7. Hosford, UCC D.5.2 
 8. Roe, Killester5.1 
 9. Donaghy, Tralee4.5 
 10. O''Hanlon, DCU S.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Mike GARROW
  UCD Marian
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Garrow, UCD Marian5.8 
 2. Drumm, UCD Marian5.1 
 3. Westbrooks, Swords T.3.3 
 4. Donaghy, Tralee2.7 
 5. Murphy, Templeogue2.5 
 6. James, Templeogue2.5 
 7. O''Hanlon, DCU S.2.4 
 8. Dolenko, Swords T.2.3 
 9. Darling, DCU Saints2.3 
 10. Calvo, Swords T.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Jason KILLEEN
  Templeogue
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Killeen, Templeogue2.9 
 2. Lawson, UCC Demons2.9 
 3. Gil, Swords T.2.7 
 4. Freeman, Moycullen2.3 
 5. Goldsborough, Swords T.2.0 
 6. Pantovic, Tralee2.0 
 7. Garrow, UCD Marian1.9 
 8. Turner, Killester1.8 
 9. Moreira, UCD M.1.6 
 10. Bogdanovic, Tralee1.5 


KUBS BC tabs Corbin Jackson, ex Njardvik - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted KUBS BC (Super League) inked 25-year old American forward Corbin Jackson (203-95kg-92, college: Florida Tech). He started the season at UMFN Njardvik in Icelandic Dominos League. In four games he averaged impressive 17.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3bpg this season.
Among other achievements Jackson's team made it to the SAC Tournament Semifinals in 2013. He received also All-SSC Defensive Player of the Year award in 2014, 2015 and 2016 at his college time.
Jackson graduated from Florida Institute of Technology in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Ireland



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Jermaine Beal (ex Bullets) is a newcomer at Ironi Nes-Ziona - by Eurobasket News

Ironi Nes-Ziona (National League) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American guard Jermaine Beal (191-92kg-87, college: Vanderbilt). He played recently at Bullets in Australian NBL league, but left the team last month. In 23 games he recorded 11.2ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.1apg this season. Beal ended the last season at Telenet BC Oostende (Scooore League) in Belgium where in 18 games he averaged 3.6ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.9apg. Beal helped them to win the Belgian League title (twice) (also twice). But the most of that year he spent at Perth Wildcats (NBL) in Australian league. In 33 games he had very impressive stats: 15.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.6apg. Beal contributed to his team winning the NBL title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Great season indeed as he was voted to Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Honorable Mention.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he received Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL 1st Team award back in 2014.
Beal is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on five different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia and of course North America) in six different countries. Beal has played previously professionally in Brazil (Minas), Poland (Trefl), Puerto Rico (Manati), Saudi Arabia (Al Ittihad), Belgium (VOO Verviers Pepinster) and D-League (Austin Spurs and Erie Bay Hawks).
He attended Vanderbilt University until 2010 and it is his seventh season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Long, physical guard with court savvy and ability to distribute the basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Israel



EuroLeague: CSKA ease past Maccabi in Moscow - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Maccabi Tel Aviv 93:81

CSKA stormed past Maccabi Tel Aviv for the 17th victory in EuroLeague regular season. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) was pivotal with 29 points for the hosts.
CSKA sank 26 points in the opening frame to gain a 12-point lead. Maccabi tried to live up to the challenge in the second quarter. The visitors drained 34 points to get within 6 points at halftime 48:54. CSKA however improved defensively in the third term. They limited Maccabi to just 12 points in the quarter and opened a 9-point lead at the final break. CSKA nailed 24 points in the fourth stanza and rallied to the win. Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86, agency: BeoBasket) finished with 14 points and 10 boards, while Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) added 11 points and 8 assists for the winners. Sylven Landesberg (198-F/G-90, college: Virginia) responded with 19 points for Maccabi. Victor Rudd (205-F-91, college: S.Florida) banked in 14 points in the defeat.

CSKA: Nando De Colo 29, Kyle Hines 14+10 boards, Milos Teodosic 11
Maccabi: Sylven Landesberg 19, Victor Rudd 14



Anton Kazarnovski selected the top Israeli playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Anton Kazarnovski
Anton Kazarnovski
   #1. This week's number one is former University international power forward Anton Kazarnovski (206-85, currently plays in Germany). Kazarnovski led BG Karlsruhe to a victory over the leader Karlsruhe PS (14-6) 79-75 in a derby game in the German ProB (third division) last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Kazarnovski scored 19 points, grabbed 7 boards, handed out 7 passes and blocked 2 shots. BG Karlsruhe (11-9) is placed sixth in South group. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Kazarnovski's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Kazarnovski averages: 15.4ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 58.1%(68-117) and FT: 85.4%. He has a dual citizenship: Russian and Israeli. Former 1.1ppg - Hapoel Haifa/Ramat Hasharon starter played for the Israeli university national team ten years ago.

Egor Koulechov
Egor Koulechov
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Egor Koulechov (196-94, currently plays college basketball in the States). Koulechov contributed to Rice's victory against the The Univ.of Texas - San Antonio (6-5) 80-68 in the NCAA on Thursday night. He scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 21 minutes. The Rice University has 7-5 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. Koulechov has very impressive stats this year: 18.4ppg, 8.7rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 49.5%, 3FGP: 48.4%(61-126) and FT: 80.7% in 27 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Russian and Israeli. Ex-Wingate Academy Netanya player is in the roster of the Israeli senior national team.

Roman Sorkin
Roman Sorkin
   #3. The Israeli player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international power forward Roman Sorkin (205-96, currently studies in the States). Sorkin managed to help University of Oregon in a victory against the University of Colorado (4-10) crushing them 101-73 in the NCAA last Saturday. He scored only 3 points in 8 minutes on the court. The University of Oregon has a very good 11-2 conference record this season. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Sorkin's overall stats are: 3.3ppg, 2.1rpg, 3FGP: 45.0% and FT: 93.8%(15-16) in 20 games. He played for the Israeli U20 national team two years ago.

Ido Flaisher
Ido Flaisher
   #4. Center Ido Flaisher (206-98, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Hawaii (6-5) to beat the Univ. of California-Santa Barbara (7-4). Flaisher scored 5 points. The Hawaii was edged 56-54 at home by the Univ. of California-. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Flaisher's total stats this season are: 3.6ppg and 2.9rpg. He is also Israeli U20 national team player.

Yuval Naimy
Yuval Naimy
   #5. Former international point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Scafati in their game against FCM Ferentino (9-13) in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Naimy recorded only 4 points and added 4 passes in 28 minutes. The 14th-placed Scafati (6-16) lost 77-87 on the road to the higher-ranked (#13) FCM Ferentino in the West group. Naimy has very impressive stats this year: 16.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 7.6apg and 1.2spg in 18 games. He used to play for the Israeli national team two years ago.

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

   #1. TJ Leaf (208-F-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) led UCLA to an easy victory against the University of Southern California (4-10) crushing them 102-70 in a derby game in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He scored 19 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 30 minutes. The Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles have a solid 9-3 conference record this season. It's Leaf's first year with the team. Leaf has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.5ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1bpg in 25 games he played so far. Leaf is a naturalized American. Despite his Israeli passport, Leaf previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Israeli team. Strangely he has never played in Israel.

   #2. Marios Matalon (186-G-89, college: Wyoming, currently plays in Greece) 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) in Saturday night's game. Matalon scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (17-1) is placed first in the A2. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Matalon's overall stats this season are: 7.6ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.8apg. He has a dual citizenship: Israeli and Greek. Despite Matalon's Israeli passport, he previously played for the Greek U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Israeli team.

   #3. Alon Hemsani (201-F, currently plays in NAIA). Hemsani could not help the Culver Stockton College (0-20) to beat the Central Methodist University. He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. Hemsani scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Culver Stockton College was badly defeated 88-69 on the road by the Central Methodist University. So far Culver Stockton College lost all twenty games in the Regular Season. His team will play only one more game in the NAIA Regular Season. Hemsani's total stats this season are: 6.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1bpg.

Other top Israeli players, who play abroad:

Alex Tyus (203-C-88) plays for Galatasaray in Turkish BSL
Omri Casspi (206-SF-88) plays for Sacramento Kings in the NBA
D'or Fischer (211-C-81) plays for Capitanes in Puerto Rican BSN
Anton Shoutvin (206-C-89) plays for Iskra Svit in Slovakian SBL
Guy Aud (186-G-89) plays for USC Leipzig in German ProB
Mor Menashe (188-G-92) plays for Lakehead University in Canadian university league CIS
Aner Levron (192-G-84) plays for Aschersleben in German Regionalliga
Juan Carlos Bergel (188-SG-89) plays for C.Entrerriano in Argentinian TFB
Freddie Goldstein (178-PG-88) plays for KL Dragons in Malaysian ASEAN League



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Alessandro Gentile selected the top Italian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Alessandro Gentile
Alessandro Gentile
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Alessandro Gentile (200-92, currently plays in Greece). Gentile contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Doxa Lefkadas (3-15) crushing them 90-61 in the Greek A1 on Wednesday night. He scored 6 points in 15 minutes on the court. Panathinaikos Athens (11-4) is placed second in the A1. It's Gentile's first season with the team. This year Gentile averages: 6.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.9apg and FT: 30.8% in seven games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Italian senior national team.

Marco Belinelli
Marco Belinelli
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Marco Belinelli (196-86, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the Charlotte Hornets (25-31) to beat the Toronto Raptors (33-24). Belinelli cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points in 22 minutes. The Charlotte Hornets (25-31) lost 85-90 on the road to the Raptors. It was Hornets' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Belinelli has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 48.5%, 3FGP: 37.6% and FT: 88.5% in 51 games. He is in the roster of the Italian senior national team.

Giovanni De Nicolao
Giovanni De Nicolao
   #3. The Italian player who performed third best last week abroad was U20 international guard Giovanni De Nicolao (190-96, currently plays college basketball in the States). De Nicolao was not able to help the UTSA in their game against the University of North Texas (6-5) in the NCAA. He scored 7 points, made 5 passes and 3 steals in 26 minutes. The UTSA lost 73-83 at home to the University of North Texas. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year De Nicolao's overall stats are: 8.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.2apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 33.7%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 66.7% in 27 games. He is also a member of the Italian U20 national team.

Nicola Akele
Nicola Akele
   #4. Forward Nicola Akele (203-95, currently studies in the States) managed to help Rhode Island University in a 3-point victoryagainst the George Mason University (5-8) 77-74 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Akele scored 5 points in 15 minutes. The Rhode Island University has a solid 8-4 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 is very crucial. This year Akele's total stats are: 3.3ppg and 2.7rpg in 26 games. He has a dual citizenship: Italian and DR Congolese. Akele used to play for the Italian U20 national team back in 2015.

Scott Ulaneo
Scott Ulaneo
   #5. U18 international forward Scott Ulaneo (208-98, is currently at the American university) was not able to secure a victory for the Seattle (4-5) in their game against the Grand Canyon State University (4-5) in the NCAA. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Ulaneo scored only 2 points, had 4 rebounds and made 3 blocks. The Seattle was edged 61-58 in Phoenix by the Grand Canyon State University. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Ulaneo has averaged so far 4.0ppg and 3.5rpg. He plays currently for the Italian U18 national team.

Mattia Da Campo
Mattia Da Campo
   #6. Guard Mattia Da Campo (196-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Scott Ulaneo. But that was another game of his team in NCAA which we would like to mention. Da Campo couldn't help the Seattle (4-5) in their game against the Cal State - Bakersfield (6-3). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Da Campo scored only 3 points. The Seattle was edged 51-48 in Bakersfield by the Cal State -. Da Campo has averaged so far 1.6ppg and 1.3rpg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Italian National Team roster.

Giacomo Zilli
Giacomo Zilli
   #7. Former U20 international forward Giacomo Zilli (206-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Presbyterian College (8-5) crushing them 89-48 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. Zilli scored only 2 points in 8 minutes on the court. The University of North Carolina - Asheville has a very good 13-2 conference record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Zilli has been at the team for four years. He has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 2.0rpg in 20 games. Zilli used to play for the Italian U20 national team two years ago.

Roberto Vercellino
Roberto Vercellino
   #8. Forward Roberto Vercellino (201-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the N.Colorado (4-9) in their game against the Weber State University (6-6) in the NCAA. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Vercellino scored only 2 points. The N.Colorado was defeated 69-63 on their home court in Greeley by the Weber State University. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. Vercellino has averaged so far 2.3ppg and 2.4rpg. He used to play for the Italian U18 national team back in 2015.

Amar Alibegovic
Amar Alibegovic
   #9. Former U20 international forward Amar Alibegovic (206-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the St.John's (6-7) in their game against the Marquette University (10-5) in the NCAA. Alibegovic cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points in 11 minutes. The St.John's was crushed 93-71 on their home court in Jamaica by the Marquette University. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. Alibegovic has averaged so far 1.6ppg and 1.6rpg in 21 games. He used to play for the Italian U20 national team three years ago.

Federico Mussini
Federico Mussini
   #10. Guard Federico Mussini (188-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Amar Alibegovic. However that was another game of his team in NCAA which brought him to that list. Mussini, who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the St.John's (6-7) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance the St.John's was crushed 110-86 on their home court in Jamaica by the Butler University. Mussini scored 20 points and added 3 assists. Mussini has averaged so far 8.0ppg and 1.7rpg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Italian National Team roster.

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

   #1. Experienced Guilherme Giovannoni (203-PF-80, currently plays in Brazil) could not help Brasilia (15-6) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Brasilia lost 78-86 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) Pinheiros. Giovannoni had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 3 steals in 38 minutes. It was Brasilia's first loss after three consecutive victories. It's Giovannoni's eighth season with the team. Giovannoni has relatively good stats this year: 14.8ppg, 7.9rpg and 3.2apg in 20 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Italian and Brazilian.

   #2. Fulvio de Assis (188-PG-81, currently plays in Brazil) is a teammate of previously mentioned Guilherme Giovannoni and both played together in the last Brazilian NBB game. de Assis was not able to help Brasilia (15-6) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Brasilia was defeated 86-78 in Sao Paolo by the lower-ranked Pinheiros (#7). de Assis was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 8 passes. de Assis has relatively good stats this season: 11.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 6.8apg and 1.1spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Italian and Brazilian.

   #3. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, agency: Pro Sports, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in Uruguay) led Hebraica to a victory over the second-ranked Aguada (7-4) 87-83 in the Uruguayan LUB on Friday night. Garcia Morales was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points and added 5 assists in 37 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Promocional 1. Hebraica Macabi Montevideo (6-3) is placed third. The Second Stage already ended. Garcia Morales has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.6apg and 1.5spg in 17 games. Garcia Morales has both Italian and Uruguayan nationalities.

   #4. Angelo Caloiaro (205-F-89, agency: Pensack Sports, college: USF, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) contributed to a Demir IBB's victory against the third-ranked Enisey 104-96 in the FIBA Europe Cup in Wednesday night's game. He scored 16 points, grabbed 6 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls. Demir Insaat Buyukcekmece Basket (5-1) is placed first in group L. It's Caloiaro's first season with the team. Caloiaro has relatively good stats this year: 11.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.6apg and 1.6spg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Caloiaro has never played in Italy.

   #5. Mauricio Aguiar (199-F-83, also represented by Pro Sports, currently plays in Uruguay) was the main 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. He was MVP of the game. Aguiar scored 18 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 27 minutes. Defensor Sporting Club Montevideo (4-7) is placed seventh in Promocional 1 group. The Second Stage already ended. Aguiar has very impressive stats this year: 17.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.5apg in 24 games. He also holds two passports: Italian and Uruguayan.

   #6. Federico Bavosi (186-G-81, another player represented by Pro Sports, currently plays in Uruguay) helped Malvin win their game against the fourth-ranked Bigua 69-57 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB on Friday night. Bavosi was MVP of the game. He scored 16 points and added 6 assists. Bavosi has relatively good stats this season: 10.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.7apg and 1.1spg. He has Italian and Uruguayan nationalities.

   #7. Luis Felipe Gruber (206-SF-85, currently plays in Brazil) was the major contributor in SKY/Basquete's victory against one of league's weakest teams Caxias do Sul 88-78 in the Brazilian NBB in Thursday night's game. Gruber scored 18 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 35 minutes. This year Gruber averages: 9.0ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.4apg in 17 games. He has dual citizenship: Italian and Brazilian.

   #8. Marcos Marotta (180-G-89, currently plays in Uruguay) faced previously mentioned Mauricio Aguiar in the Uruguayan LUB last game. Marotta was not able to secure a victory for Larre Borges (4-6) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the sixth-placed Larre Borges was defeated 100-93 in a derby game by the lower-ranked Defensor (#7) in the Promocional 1 group. Marotta scored 16 points and added 3 assists. This season Marotta averages: 9.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.7apg and 1.1spg. He holds both Italian and Uruguayan passports. Despite Marotta's Italian nationality, he previously played for the Uruguayan U17 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Italian team.

   #9. Nicolas Mazzarino (184-G-75, currently plays in Uruguay) is a teammate of previously mentioned Federico Bavosi and both played together in the last Uruguayan LUB game. Mazzarino helped Malvin win their game against the fourth-ranked Bigua 69-57 in a derby game. He scored 9 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 6 assists. This season Mazzarino has very high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 1.4rpg and 5.2apg. Mazzarino has dual citizenship: Italian and Uruguayan.

   #10. Mike DiNunno (180-PG-90, agency: Interperformances, college: E.Kentucky, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help Cheshire Phoenix (4-15) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Cheshire Phoenix lost 110-116 in Plymouth to the higher-ranked (#6) Raiders. DiNunno was the second best scorer with 31 points. He also added 6 assists and 3 steals in 48 minutes. It was his first game for Cheshire Phoenix this season. DiNunno is a naturalized American.



Serie A2 Round 22 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

There was a change at the Serie A2 leadership position after last games. Round 22 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Treviso Basket (15-7). They were defeated by thirteenth ranked Bondi Ferrara (9-13) 82-73 on Sunday night. Bondi Ferrara shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. American Terrence Roderick (196-88, college: UAB) scored 21 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Laurence Bowers (203-90, college: Missouri) chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side swingman Matteo Negri (194-91, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Bondi Ferrara moved-up to twelfth place in A2. Treviso Basket at the other side dropped to the second position with seven games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Angelico Biella. Treviso Basket will play next round against Roseto trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Bondi Ferrara will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Ravenna on the road.
Important game to mention about took place in Trapani. Second ranked Tortona (15-7) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 9th ranked Lighthouse TR (11-11) 83-80 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. American point guard Phil Greene-IV (187-92, college: St.John's) notched 30 points (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Glenn Cosey supported him with 21 points. Tortona's coach Demis Cavina allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 22 points and 6 rebounds by American forward Jeffrey Crockett (201-91, college: Texas Tech) did not help to save the game for Lighthouse TR. Tortona maintains second position in A2 with 15-7 record having just two points less than leader Angelico Biella. Lighthouse TR at the other side dropped to the eleventh place with 11 games lost. Tortona will play against league's leader Angelico Biella on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lighthouse TR will play against Scafati (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Castellanza between Legnano and Mens Sana 1871. Fourth ranked Legnano (14-8) got a very close home victory over 6th ranked Mens Sana 1871 (12-10). Legnano managed to escape with a 2-point win 57-55 on Friday evening. Matteo Martini fired 16 points for the winners. KT Harrell produced 23 points for lost side. Legnano moved-up to third place in A2. Loser Mens Sana 1871 dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Legnano will meet Roma Virtus (#6) on the road in the next round. Mens Sana 1871 will play against Rieti and hope to secure a win.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Treviglio. 3rd ranked host Treviglio (13-9) lost to first ranked Angelico Biella (17-5) 84-80. Worth to mention a great performance of Jazzmarr Ferguson who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 7 assists. Angelico Biella maintains first position in A2 with 17-5 record. Treviglio at the other side dropped to the fourth place with nine games lost. Angelico Biella's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Tortona at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Treviglio will play against Agrigento and hope to win that game.
Serie A2 top team - Virtus Bologna (16-6) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Udine APU (10-12) 80-57. Gabriele Spizzichini scored 11 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals to lead the charge for the winners. Udine APU's coach Lino Lardo gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Virtus Bologna maintains first position in A2 with 16-6 record. Newly promoted Udine APU dropped to the eleventh place with 12 games lost. Virtus Bologna will face Jesi (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Udine APU will play against Verona and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 22:
In A2 Alma Trieste won against Unieuro Forli on the opponent's court 67-63. Imola unfortunately lost to Chieti in a home game 72-75. Ravenna managed to beat Piacenza on the road 68-59. Roseto defeated Recanati on its own court 81-65. Jesi was beaten by F.Kontatto BO in Bologna 86-74. Verona won against Mantova at home 78-69. Virtus Bologna managed to outperform Chieti on the opponent's court 69-64. Agropoli recorded a loss to Roma Virtus in a home game 73-85. Viola RC was defeated by Rieti on the road 104-96. Novipiu Casale smashed Agrigento on its own court 82-59. Scafati lost to FCM Ferentino in a road game 77-87. Eurobasket Roma managed to outperform Latina Basket at home 80-71.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 23 points and 5 rebounds by Michael Umeh of Virtus Bologna.

East
Virtus Bologna - Udine APU 80-57

Serie A2 top team - Virtus Bologna (16-6) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Udine APU (10-12) 80-57. Virtus Bologna looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Guard Gabriele Spizzichini (195-92) scored 11 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals to lead the charge for the winners and the former international swingman Guido Rosselli (198-83) chipped in 12 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. Five Virtus Bologna players scored in double figures. At the losing side Nigerian-American swingman Stan Okoye (198-91, college: VMI) responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds and Ousmane Diop scored 8 points and 6 rebounds. Udine APU's coach Lino Lardo gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Virtus Bologna maintains first position in A2 with 16-6 record. Newly promoted Udine APU dropped to the eleventh place with 12 games lost. Virtus Bologna will face Jesi (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Udine APU will play against Verona and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Virtus Bologna: M.Umeh 21+2ast, G.Rosselli 12+6reb+7ast, G.Spizzichini 11+7reb+8ast, M.Spissu 10+3reb+1ast, A.Michelori 10+5reb, D.Bruttini 8+4reb+1ast
Udine APU: S.Okoye 13+7reb, A.Fall 12+2reb, O.Diop 8+6reb+1ast, D.Mastrangelo 7+1reb+1ast, V.Nobile 6+2reb, M.Ferrari 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 485718


Unieuro Forli - Alma Trieste 63-67

Very expected game when 16th ranked Unieuro Forli (4-17) was defeated at home by third ranked Alma Trieste (15-7) 67-63 on Sunday. Alma Trieste outrebounded Unieuro Forli 38-25 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Jordan Parks (201-94, college: N.C.Central, agency: Two Points) scored 30 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and forward Matteo Da-Ros (204-89) chipped in 13 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side British point guard Ogooluwa Adegboye (182-87, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Melvin Johnson (193-93, college: VCU) scored 19 points. Alma Trieste maintains third position in A2 with 15-7 record having just two points less than leader Angelico Biella. Newly promoted Unieuro Forli keeps the sixteenth place with 17 games lost. Alma Trieste will face Recanati (#15) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Unieuro Forli will play against F.Kontatto BO and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Alma Trieste: J.Parks 30+7reb+1ast, M.Da Ros 13+12reb+3ast, S.Bossi 10+11reb+2ast, A.Coronica 7, A.Cittadini 4+5reb+1ast, A.Pecile 2+2reb
Unieuro Forli: M.Johnson 19+1reb+1ast, O.Adegboye 14+5reb+4ast, R.Castelli 9+4reb+1ast, R.Amoroso 8+6reb+1ast, M.Ferri 5+1reb+1ast, D.Bonacini 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 485713


Imola - Chieti 72-75

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when thirteenth ranked Chieti (8-14) edged on the road 12th ranked Imola (8-14) 75-72 on Sunday. They outrebounded Imola 38-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. American guard Quenton DeCosey (196-93, college: Temple) had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Mattia Venucci (185-90) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side American guard Brandon Norfleet (196-93, college: Indiana, PA, agency: Inception Sports) responded with 18 points and 6 assists and his fellow American import point guard Travis Cohn (188-89, college: Jacksonville, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Despite that victory Chieti went down to fourteenth position (A2) due to points difference. Chieti will face higher ranked Piacenza (#10) in Casalpusterlengo in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Chieti: Q.DeCosey 22+11reb+1ast, T.Golden 16+1reb+1ast, M.Venucci 15+4reb+4ast, C.Mortellaro 9+11reb+2ast, M.Fallucca 6+3reb, L.Sergio 5+6reb
Imola: B.Norfleet 18+2reb+6ast, T.Cohn 17+5reb+3ast, N.Hassan 14+5reb, M.Maggioli 9+5reb+1ast, A.Ranuzzi 8+8reb+1ast, J.Preti 3+1reb
gschID: 485715


Bondi Ferrara - Treviso Basket 82-73

There was a change at the Serie A2 leadership position after last games. Round 22 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Treviso Basket (15-7). They were defeated by thirteenth ranked Bondi Ferrara (9-13) 82-73 on Sunday night. Bondi Ferrara shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. American Terrence Roderick (196-88, college: UAB) scored 21 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Laurence Bowers (203-90, college: Missouri) chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side swingman Matteo Negri (194-91, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Davide Moretti (188-98) scored 16 points. Four Treviso Basket players scored in double figures. Bondi Ferrara moved-up to twelfth place in A2. Treviso Basket at the other side dropped to the second position with seven games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Angelico Biella. Treviso Basket will play next round against Roseto trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Bondi Ferrara will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Ravenna on the road.
Top scorers:
Bondi Ferrara: R.Cortese 22+4reb+2ast, T.Roderick 21+7reb+8ast, L.Bowers 20+9reb+2ast, L.Molinaro 9+4reb, Y.Moreno 6+2reb+5ast, M.Mastellari 3
Treviso Basket: M.Negri 17+5reb+3ast, D.Moretti 16+3reb+2ast, J.Perry 14+5reb+1ast, T.Rinaldi 13+3reb, A.Ancellotti 7+3reb+1ast, M.Fantinelli 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 485712


Piacenza - Ravenna 59-68

Not a big story in a game in Casalpusterlengo where 9th ranked Piacenza (10-11) was defeated by fourth ranked Ravenna (14-8) 68-59 on Saturday. Ravenna made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Piacenza was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Taylor Smith (199-91, college: SF Austin) scored 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Matteo Tambone (192-94) chipped in 12 points and 5 assists during the contest. Four Ravenna players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Tommaso Raspino (200-89, agency: Players Group) responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds and guard Stefano Borsato (193-86, agency: Two Points) scored 17 points. Piacenza's coach Marco Andreazza rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ravenna maintains fourth position in A2 with 14-8 record. Loser Piacenza dropped to the tenth place with 11 games lost. Ravenna will face Bondi Ferrara (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Piacenza will play against Chieti and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ravenna: T.Smith 18+9reb+1ast, A.Chiumenti 14+4reb+1ast, G.Sabatini 12+3reb+1ast, M.Tambone 12+3reb+5ast, S.Masciadri 7+7reb+1ast, D.Marks 5+3reb+1ast
Piacenza: S.Borsato 17+2reb+3ast, T.Raspino 12+8reb+3ast, L.Infante 9+5reb, M.Formenti 7+5reb+2ast, R.Jones 6+2reb+2ast, K.Hasbrouck 5+1reb
gschID: 485711


Roseto - Recanati 81-65

Everything went according to plan when seventh ranked Roseto (13-9) beat at home 15th ranked Recanati (6-16) 81-65 on Sunday. American power forward Brandon Sherrod (198-92, college: Yale) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international power forward Valerio Amoroso (204-80, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Roseto's coach Emanuele Di Paolantonio used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Swedish-American Erik Rush (196-88, college: Montana St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and American guard Travis Bader (196-91, college: Oakland) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. Roseto moved-up to sixth place in A2. Loser Recanati keeps the fifteenth position with 16 games lost. Roseto will face league's second-placed Treviso Basket on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Recanati will play against Alma Trieste (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Roseto: A.Smith 19+2reb+2ast, B.Sherrod 16+13reb+2ast, V.Amoroso 15+6reb+2ast, N.Mei 10+1ast, G.Fattori 9+7reb+3ast, R.Fultz 6+2reb+4ast
Recanati: T.Bader 18+5reb, R.Bolpin 12+2reb+2ast, E.Rush 12+10reb+5ast, F.Infante 8+3reb+1ast, L.Marini 6+2reb, S.Spizzichini 5+5reb
gschID: 485716


F.Kontatto BO - Jesi 86-74

There was no surprise in Bologna where 8th ranked Jesi (11-11) was defeated by sixth ranked F.Kontatto BO (13-9) 86-74 on Sunday. F.Kontatto BO shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American-Jordanian guard Alex Legion (195-88, college: FIU, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 22 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Justin Knox (205-89, college: N.Carolina, agency: Two Points) chipped in 18 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Knox is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four F.Kontatto BO players scored in double figures. F.Kontatto BO's coach Matteo Boniciolli used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American forward Dwayne Davis (196-89, college: S.Mississippi) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Timothy Bowers (188-82, college: Mississippi St.) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. F.Kontatto BO moved-up to fifth place in A2. Loser Jesi keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. F.Kontatto BO will face Unieuro Forli (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Jesi will play against the league's leader Virtus Bologna (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
F.Kontatto BO: A.Legion 22+4reb+4ast, J.Knox 18+10reb, M.Montano 16+2reb+1ast, N.Italiano 12+5reb+4ast, S.Mancinelli 6+7reb+3ast, M.Ruzzier 4+2reb+3ast
Jesi: D.Davis 27+10reb+3ast, T.Bowers 19+11reb+3ast, A.Benevelli 14+6reb, F.Alessandri 8+2reb+3ast, M.Maganza 6+8reb+1ast, S.Mentonelli 0
gschID: 485714


Verona - Mantova 78-69

There was a surprise result when eleventh ranked Verona (11-11) won against at home higher ranked Mantova (12-10) 78-69 on Saturday. The former international power forward David Brkic (210-82, agency: Interperformances) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Marco Portannese (192-89) chipped in 13 points during the contest. At the losing side American forward DeAndre Daniels (206-92, college: Connecticut) responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Alessandro Amici (200-91) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Verona moved-up to ninth place in A2. Loser Mantova dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Verona will face Udine APU (#11) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Verona: D.Brkic 14+6reb, M.Portannese 13+3reb+3ast, M.Frazier 12+3ast, A.Amato 11+1reb+3ast, G.Pini 8+8reb, D.Diliegro 8+8reb
Mantova: L.Corbett 15+3reb+2ast, D.Daniels 12+8reb+1ast, A.Amici 11+6reb+3ast, F.Candussi 9+4reb+1ast, A.Casella 8, L.Gergati 6
gschID: 485717


Round 13
Chieti - Virtus Bologna 64-69

Very expected game when 13th ranked Chieti (8-14) was defeated at home by first ranked Virtus Bologna (16-6) 69-64 on Wednesday. Nigerian-American point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV) scored 23 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international swingman Guido Rosselli (198-83) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side naturalized American power forward Cristopher Mortellaro (207-82, college: Drury) responded with 9 points and 16 rebounds and American guard Trae Golden (188-91, college: Georgia Tech) scored 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Virtus Bologna maintains first position in A2 with 16-6 record. Loser Chieti dropped to the fourteenth place with 14 games lost. Virtus Bologna will face Jesi (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Chieti will play against Piacenza (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Virtus Bologna: M.Umeh 23+5reb+1ast, G.Rosselli 13+9reb+3ast, M.Spissu 9+5reb+4ast, D.Bruttini 8+10reb+1ast, A.Michelori 8+1reb+1ast, G.Spizzichini 5+3reb+1ast
Chieti: M.Allegretti 19+4reb, T.Golden 14+7reb+4ast, Q.DeCosey 12+7reb+3ast, C.Mortellaro 9+16reb+1ast, M.Fallucca 8+3reb+2ast, D.Zucca 2+3reb
gschID: 529138


West
Lighthouse TR - Tortona 80-83

Important game to mention about took place in Trapani. Second ranked Tortona (15-7) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 9th ranked Lighthouse TR (11-11) 83-80 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. American point guard Phil Greene-IV (187-92, college: St.John's) notched 30 points (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and the other American import point guard Glenn Cosey (183-92, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Three Eye Sports) supported him with 21 points. Tortona's coach Demis Cavina allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 22 points and 6 rebounds by American forward Jeffrey Crockett (201-91, college: Texas Tech) did not help to save the game for Lighthouse TR. The former international power forward Andrea Renzi (207-89, agency: Players Group) added 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Four Lighthouse TR players scored in double figures. Tortona maintains second position in A2 with 15-7 record having just two points less than leader Angelico Biella. Lighthouse TR at the other side dropped to the eleventh place with 11 games lost. Tortona will play against league's leader Angelico Biella on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lighthouse TR will play against Scafati (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Tortona: P.Greene IV 30+3ast, G.Cosey 21+4reb+2ast, G.Ricci 15+8reb, V.Cucci 6+3reb+1ast, L.Garri 5+7reb+2ast, M.Sanna 4
Lighthouse TR: J.Crockett 22+6reb+1ast, A.Renzi 18+7reb+4ast, K.Mays 15+2reb+3ast, K.Viglianisi 14+2reb+1ast, R.Tavernelli 9+3reb+3ast, D.Filloy 2+1reb+5ast
gschID: 485957


Agropoli - Roma Virtus 73-85

Very predictable result when eighth ranked Roma Virtus (12-10) defeated on the road 16th ranked Agropoli (5-17) 85-73 on Sunday. Naturalized American point guard Anthony Raffa (185-89, college: Co.Carolina) scored 24 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward John Brown (203-92, college: High Point) chipped in 19 points during the contest. Four Roma Virtus players scored in double figures. At the losing side American power forward Kevin Langford (204-85, college: TCU) responded with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 13 rebounds and forward Giovanni Carenza (202-88, college: St.Anselm, agency: Interperformances) scored 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Roma Virtus moved-up to sixth place in A2. Loser Agropoli keeps the sixteenth position with 17 games lost. Roma Virtus will face higher ranked Legnano (#3) in Castellanza in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Agropoli will play on the road against Novipiu Casale (#9) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Roma Virtus: A.Raffa 24+5reb+3ast, J.Brown 19+4reb+1ast, A.Landi 15+8reb, T.Baldasso 10+3reb+4ast, D.Sandri 8+6reb+2ast, J.Vedovato 6+2reb
Agropoli: K.Langford 32+13reb+1ast, G.Carenza 14+8reb+4ast, A.Delas 9+4reb, R.Santolamazza 7+6reb+2ast, M.Contento 6+1ast, G.Romeo 5
gschID: 485951


Rieti - Viola RC 104-96

Not a big story in a game when 15th ranked Viola RC (6-16) was defeated on the road by twelfth ranked Rieti (10-12) 104-96 on Sunday. Rieti shot 60.3 percent from the field and made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Viola RC was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American Dalton Pepper (196-90, college: Temple) scored 30 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized Argentinian point guard Marcos Casini (188-80) chipped in 23 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Five Rieti players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Marcus Gilbert (198-93, college: Fairfield) responded with 31 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized Argentinian swingman Agustin Fabi (199-91) scored 25 points. Rieti maintains twelfth position in A2 with 10-12 record. Loser Viola RC keeps the fifteenth place with 16 games lost. Rieti will face higher ranked Mens Sana 1871 (#8) in Siena in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Viola RC will play at home against Eurobasket Roma (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Rieti: D.Pepper 30+7reb+9ast, M.Casini 23+5reb+2ast, D.Sims 17+5reb+2ast, A.Zanelli 16+1reb+4ast, V.Pipitone 12+5reb+1ast, M.Chillo 4+5reb+4ast
Viola RC: M.Gilbert 31+8reb+1ast, A.Fabi 25+4reb+3ast, R.Marulli 11+4ast, L.Caroti 9+3reb+5ast, T.Guariglia 8+1reb+1ast, P.Baldassarre 7+5reb+4ast
gschID: 485956


Novipiu Casale - Agrigento 82-59

There was a small surprise when tenth ranked Novipiu Casale (11-11) outscored at home 7th ranked Agrigento (12-10) 82-59 on Sunday. Novipiu Casale dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Agrigento's 32. The former international power forward Niccolo Martinoni (203-89) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Jordan Tolbert (201-92, college: SMU) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Five Novipiu Casale players scored in double figures. Novipiu Casale's coach Marco Ramondino felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American swingman Perrin Buford (198-94, college: Middle Tenn.St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Alessandro Piazza (175-87) scored 10 points. Novipiu Casale moved-up to ninth place in A2. Loser Agrigento keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Novipiu Casale will face Agropoli (#16) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Novipiu Casale: J.Tolbert 16+7reb+1ast, N.Martinoni 15+9reb+3ast, F.Di Bella 12+3reb+4ast, B.Blizzard 11+2reb+3ast, G.Tomassini 10+2reb+1ast, M.Nikolic-Smrdelj 8+1ast
Agrigento: P.Buford 15+10reb+2ast, A.Piazza 10+2reb+3ast, D.Bell-Holter 10+2reb+1ast, Q.De Laurentiis 6+2reb, M.Evangelisti 6+1reb+2ast, R.Zugno 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 485952


FCM Ferentino - Scafati 87-77

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 14th ranked Scafati's (6-16) road loss to thirteenth ranked FCM Ferentino (9-13) 77-87 on Sunday. FCM Ferentino made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. FCM Ferentino outrebounded Scafati 39-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for FCM Ferentino especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. Scafati was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American swingman Benjamin Raymond (198-87, college: Xavier) scored 19 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized Argentinian guard Bernardo Musso (193-86, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 21 points and 5 assists during the contest. Four FCM Ferentino players scored in double figures. At the losing side power forward Marco Ammannato (203-88, agency: Players Group) responded with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and naturalized American swingman Anthony Dobbins (192-81, college: Richmond) scored 15 points. FCM Ferentino maintains thirteenth position in A2 with 9-13 record. Loser Scafati keeps the fourteenth place with 16 games lost. FCM Ferentino will face higher ranked Latina Basket (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Scafati will play against Lighthouse TR (#11) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
FCM Ferentino: B.Musso 21+3reb+5ast, B.Raymond 19+8reb+3ast, I.Radic 11+9reb, M.Imbro 11+4reb+3ast, A.Gigli 9+13reb+1ast, T.Carnovali 5
Scafati: M.Ammannato 18+7reb+5ast, A.Dobbins 15+3reb+2ast, N.Metreveli 10+2reb, T.Fantoni 10+5reb+1ast, D.Jackson 9+2reb+3ast, N.Crow 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 485954


Eurobasket Roma - Latina Basket 80-71

There was a surprise result when eleventh ranked Eurobasket Roma (11-11) won against at home higher ranked Latina Basket (12-10) 80-71 on Sunday. Latina Basket was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American center Tony Easley (206-87, college: Murray St.) had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import point guard Michael Deloach (185-86, college: Norfolk St.) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his seven free throws) during the contest. Four Eurobasket Roma players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Jonathan Arledge (206-91, college: ODU, agency: Two Points) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds and the former international point guard Marco Passera (180-82) scored 9 points and 7 rebounds. Eurobasket Roma moved-up to tenth place in A2. Loser Latina Basket keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Eurobasket Roma will face Viola RC (#15) in Reggio Calabria in the next round where they are favorite. Latina Basket will play at home against FCM Ferentino (#13) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Eurobasket Roma: T.Easley 23+15reb+3ast, M.Deloach 15+6reb+5ast, E.Fanti 12+7reb+3ast, A.Righetti 11+5reb, N.Stanic 7+2reb+1ast, A.Iannilli 6+1reb+1ast
Latina Basket: J.Arledge 22+9reb+2ast, L.Uglietti 15+1ast, M.Poletti 11+7reb, M.Passera 9+7reb+2ast, K.DeShields 6+8reb+4ast, G.Allodi 6+1reb
gschID: 485953


Treviglio - Angelico Biella 80-84

The game between Top Four teams took place in Treviglio. 3rd ranked host Treviglio (13-9) lost to first ranked Angelico Biella (17-5) 84-80. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Jazzmarr Ferguson (185-89, college: IU Southeast) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 7 assists. American-Irish forward Mike Hall (203-84, college: G.Washington, agency: Interperformances) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized American guard Adam Sollazzo (198-90, college: E.Tenn.St.) replied with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Lithuanian Paulius Sorokas (202-92, agency: Players Group) added 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Treviglio. Angelico Biella maintains first position in A2 with 17-5 record. Treviglio at the other side dropped to the fourth place with nine games lost. Angelico Biella's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Tortona at home and it will be for sure the game of the week. Treviglio will play against Agrigento and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Angelico Biella: J.Ferguson 25+4reb+7ast, M.Hall 14+16reb+2ast, M.Udom 12+7reb+2ast, A.Tessitori 10+1reb, L.Pollone 9+3reb, M.Venuto 6+3reb+3ast
Treviglio: A.Sollazzo 26+7reb+5ast, P.Sorokas 22+7reb+4ast, E.Rossi 14+10reb+1ast, T.Marino 6+3reb+4ast, L.Cesana 6+1reb+3ast, P.Marini 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 485958


Legnano - Mens Sana 1871 57-55

A very close game took place in Castellanza between Legnano and Mens Sana 1871. Fourth ranked Legnano (14-8) got a very close home victory over 6th ranked Mens Sana 1871 (12-10). Legnano managed to escape with a 2-point win 57-55 on Friday evening. Legnano held Mens Sana 1871 to an opponent 24.6 percent shooting from the field compared to 39.3 percent accuracy of the winners. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Legnano made 7 blocks. Guard Matteo Martini (195-92, agency: Players Group) fired 16 points for the winners. American Nikolas Raivio (192-86, college: Portland, agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard KT Harrell (193-92, college: Auburn) produced 23 points and his fellow American import forward Mike Myers (206-92, college: Md-E Shore) added 13 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Legnano moved-up to third place in A2. Loser Mens Sana 1871 dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. Legnano will meet Roma Virtus (#6) on the road in the next round. Mens Sana 1871 will play against Rieti and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Legnano: M.Martini 16+2reb+1ast, M.Frassineti 15+1ast, N.Raivio 9+6reb+4ast, M.Palermo 6+10reb+1ast, W.Mosley 5+8reb, F.Ihedioha 3+3reb+1ast
Mens Sana 1871: K.Harrell 23+4reb+2ast, M.Myers 13+12reb+2ast, B.Mascolo 5+4reb, S.Flamini 5+9reb, J.Tavernari 5+8reb+1ast, L.Saccaggi 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 485955





Angelo Luzza joins Domodossola - by Armando Caporaso

Rosmini Domodossola (Serie B) agreed terms with 22-year old power forward Angelo Luzza (202-95) from Basket Scauri. But in 11 Serie B games he had just 1.2ppg and 1.8rpg this season. The last season Luzza played at Oasi di Kufra Fondi where in 28 Serie B games he recorded 9.4ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg.
He has played previously for Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria.

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Vanoli Cremona lands Ariel Ibarra - by Eurobasket News

Vanoli Cremona (Serie A) tabbed experienced 36-year old naturalized Argentinian point guard Ariel Ibarra (183-81, agency: Interperformances). He started the season at Bondi Ferrara in the Serie A2. In 19 games he averaged just 2.5ppg this season. The last season Ibarra played also at Bondi Ferrara where in 11 Serie A games he had 3.6ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.7apg.
His team won Argentinian Super 8 Cup in 2014.
And here thanks to pro basketball Ibarra experienced life on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Ibarra has played previously professionally in Spain (Palma Air Europa II, Gandia, Meridiano Alicante, La Palma and Santa Pola) and Argentina (Penarol, Libertad Sunchales, La Union and Olimpico de La Banda).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Vanoli Cremona.

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Mattia Soloperto left Bondi Ferrara - by Eurobasket News

Experienced 37-year old center Mattia Soloperto (208-105kg-80) left Bondi Ferrara (Serie A2). In 21 games he had 4.1ppg and 4.1rpg this season. Soloperto played there also last season where in 16 Serie A games he recorded 5.7ppg and 3.8rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the Italian A dilettanti Cup Final Four in 2011. Soloperto was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Italian LNP Silver Honorable Mention back in 2014.
He has spent his entire career in Italy playing for eight other teams: Reggio C. Vis, Unieuro Forli, Banco di Srd, Lighthouse Conad Trapani, Imola, Chieti, Scandone Avellino and Scafati.
Soloperto could be described: A promising big man who needs to play; good low post moves, wide body, great time for shot blocking; is adding a nice middle range jumper, and can also hit some three pointers; needs to improve his decision making, however, and to keep the right concentration during all the game;.

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Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria signs Riccardo Rossato - by Eurobasket News

Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria (Serie A2) signed 21-year old point guard Riccardo Rossato (190-85kg-96, agency: Players Group) from Piacenza. In 18 Serie A2 games he had 5.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.1apg this season.
Rossato's team was regular season runner-up in Italian Serie B Group A in 2015.
He represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Helsinki (Finland) last year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 6.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT-1 (57.1%), FT: 77.8%.
Rossato has played previously for Cecina.
He could be described: A very talented player with international experience at Juvenile NT level. Has a bright future.

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Nunzio Sabbatino leaves FCM Ferentino - by Eurobasket News

25-year old point guard Nunzio Sabbatino (190-92, agency: Players Group) left FMC Ferentino (Serie A2). In 18 games he recorded just 2.4ppg this season.
Sabbatino ended the last season at Palestrina (Serie B) where in 9 games he averaged 7.9ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.6apg. Sabbatino helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. But the most of that year he spent at Napoli Basket (Serie B). In 25 games he had 7.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.2apg.
Sabbatino represented Italy at the European Championships U18 in Vilnius (Lithuania) seven years ago.
He has played previously for five other teams: Mens Sana 1871 Siena, Napoli Megaride, Agrigento, Quid CUS Siena and Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabria.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A combo guard with a bruising first step and a 1-vs-1 offensive skills. Has almost ended his maturation as scoring PG, has great personality and good defensive mentality.

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Mattia Soloperto signs at Agropoli - by Eurobasket News

BCC Corvengenze Agropoli (Serie A2) landed experienced 37-year old center Mattia Soloperto (208-105kg-80). He played recently at Bondi Ferrara in the Serie A2, but left the team earlier this month. In 21 games he averaged 4.1ppg and 4.1rpg this season. The last season Soloperto played also at Bondi Ferrara (Serie A) where in 16 games he had 5.7ppg and 3.8rpg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Italian A dilettanti Cup Final Four in 2011. Soloperto received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian LNP Silver Honorable Mention award back in 2014.
He has spent his entire career in Italy playing for eight other teams: Reggio C. Vis, Unieuro Forli, Banco di Srd, Lighthouse Conad Trapani, Imola, Chieti, Scandone Avellino and Scafati.
Soloperto is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Agropoli.
Let's have closer look into Soloperto's outlook: A promising big man who needs to play; good low post moves, wide body, great time for shot blocking; is adding a nice middle range jumper, and can also hit some three pointers; needs to improve his decision making, however, and to keep the right concentration during all the game;.

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Zornotza inks Khalid Mutakabbir - by Eurobasket News

Ametx Zornotza (LEB Silver) signed 26-year old American (has also Jamaican passport) guard Khalid Mutakabbir (193-86kg-91, college: Presbyterian, agency: Duran International). He played recently at Palma in the LEB Gold, but was released by the team last month. In 6 games he had 5.5ppg and 3.2rpg this season. LEB Silver will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Mutakabbir played also at Palma (also in LEB Gold) where in 8 games he recorded 8.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.0spg.
He has played previously professionally also in Greece (Aiolos Trikallon).
Mutakabbir attended Presbyterian College until 2013 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

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B League Round 40 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most interesting game of round 40 in the B League was only one-point a home defeat of their biggest opponent Toyota Alvark (29-8) to first ranked Tochigi Brex (30-7) 77-76 in the game for the first place. It ended the two-game winning streak of Toyota Alvark. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 18-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Tochigi Brex outrebounded Toyota Alvark 49-34 including a 22-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 11 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import forward Jeffrey Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) who added 13 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Tochigi Brex's coach Thomas Wisman used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side the former international forward Daiki Tanaka (191-91) responded with 29 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Tochigi Brex have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 30-7 record. Toyota Alvark at the other side keeps the second place with eight games lost. Tochigi Brex are looking forward to face Toyama Grouses (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Toyota Alvark will play against Shiga L-Stars (#6) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Nagoya. Fifth ranked Ryukyu GK (17-22) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging much higher ranked Diamond Dolphins (21-18) 77-75 on Wednesday evening. The winners were led by American forward Reyshawn Terry (203-84, college: N.Carolina) who scored that evening 23 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and Lamont Hamilton supported him with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Ryukyu GK's coach Tsutomu Isa allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even a double-double of 19 points and 15 rebounds by American forward Jerome Tillman (201-87, college: Ohio, agency: Inception Sports) did not help to save the game for Diamond Dolphins. Ryukyu GK maintains fifth position with 17-22 record. Diamond Dolphins lost third consecutive game. They keep the second place with 18 games lost. Ryukyu GK will play against higher ranked Chiba Jets (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Diamond Dolphins will play against the league's second-placed Sanen Neophoenix in Hamamatsu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fifth-ranked Akita Happinets (11-28) gave a tough game to third ranked Chiba Jets (26-13) on Wednesday. Chiba Jets managed to secure only three-point victory 67-64. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Akita Happinets. Americans were the main players on the court. Tyler Stone fired 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Evan Ravenel produced 22 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Chiba Jets have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 26-13 record having seven points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Loser Akita Happinets keep the fifth place with 28 games lost. They share the position with Sendai 89ers. Chiba Jets will meet Ryukyu GK (#5) in the next round. Akita Happinets will play against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Osaka Evessa (19-20) against sixth ranked Shiga L-Stars (9-30) on Wednesday night. Host Osaka Evessa was defeated by Shiga L-Stars in Osaka 84-68. It was a very good performance for Tomonobu Hasegawa who helped to win the game recording 24 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shiga L-Stars maintains sixth position with 9-30 record. Osaka Evessa at the other side keeps the third place with 20 games lost. Shiga L-Stars' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Toyota Alvark in Tokyo and it may be quite challenging game. Osaka Evessa will play on the road against Niigata Albirex and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Niigata Albirex (19-20) against fourth ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (18-19) on Wednesday night. Visiting Niigata Albirex was defeated by Hitachi Sunrockers in Tokyo 94-84. Worth to mention a great performance of Ira Brown who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Hitachi Sunrockers maintains fourth position with 18-19 record. Loser Niigata Albirex keeps the third place with 20 games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers will face Kyoto Hannar. (#4) at home in the next round. Niigata Albirex will play against Osaka Evessa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 40: SeaHorses won against Kyoto Hannar. on the opponent's court 101-87. Toyama Grouses unfortunately lost to Toshiba BT in a home game 88-95. Sanen managed to beat Yokohama BC on the road 85-73. Hokkaido L. was defeated by Sendai 89ers on its own court 84-90.

Osaka Evessa - Shiga L-Stars 68-84

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Osaka Evessa (19-20) against sixth ranked Shiga L-Stars (9-30) on Wednesday night. Host Osaka Evessa was defeated by Shiga L-Stars in Osaka 84-68. The game was mostly controlled by Shiga L-Stars. Osaka Evessa was better in fourth quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a very good performance for guard Tomonobu Hasegawa (184-90) who helped to win the game recording 24 points. American Craig Brackins (208-87, college: Iowa St.) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Josh Harrellson (208-89, college: Kentucky) replied with 16 points and 8 rebounds and Naoaki Hashimoto (183-92) added 9 points in the effort for Osaka Evessa. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shiga L-Stars maintains sixth position with 9-30 record. Osaka Evessa at the other side keeps the third place with 20 games lost. Shiga L-Stars' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Toyota Alvark in Tokyo and it may be quite challenging game. Osaka Evessa will play on the road against Niigata Albirex and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: J.Harrellson 16+8reb+2ast, S.Konno 10+4reb, R.Roby 9+3reb+2ast, N.Hashimoto 9+3reb+2ast, S.Negoro 8+2reb, T.Soma 6+3reb
Shiga L-Stars: T.Hasegawa 24+3reb, C.Brackins 16+8reb+2ast, J.Mavunga 14+7reb+4ast, Y.Karino 8, R.Kobayashi 8+2reb+3ast, N.Namizato 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 475113


Kyoto Hannar. - SeaHorses 87-101

Rather expected game when 4th ranked Kyoto Hannar. (19-20) was defeated at home by first ranked Aishin Sea Horses (28-9) 101-87 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Aishin Sea Horses. Kyoto Hannar. was better in second period 18-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Kyoto Hannar. 40-26 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Aishin Sea Horses shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Ryoma Hashimoto (178-88) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 4 assists and the former international center JR Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who added 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Four Aishin Sea Horses players scored in double figures. Aishin Sea Horses' coach Kimikazu Suzuki used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side American Marcus Dove (206-85, college: Oklahoma St.) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Lawrence Hill (203-87, college: Stanford) scored 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Aishin Sea Horses maintains first position with 28-9 record. Loser Kyoto Hannar. dropped to the third place with 20 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will face Akita Happinets (#5) at home in the next round. Kyoto Hannar. will play against Hitachi Sunrockers in Tokyo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: M.Dove 18+7reb+2ast, Y.Okada 16+1ast, K.Kotzur 15+5reb+1ast, S.Utsumi 12+1reb+1ast, L.Hill 9+8reb+4ast, S.Murakami 9+1reb+5ast
SeaHorses: R.Hashimoto 30+4reb+4ast, K.Kanamaru 26+3reb, J.Sakuragi 17+10reb+6ast, M.Hiejima 14+1reb+3ast, I.Butts 7+10reb+1ast, G.Edwards 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 475112


Nagoya DD - Ryukyu GK 75-77

Important game to mention about took place in Nagoya. Fifth ranked Ryukyu GK (17-22) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging much higher ranked Diamond Dolphins (21-18) 77-75 on Wednesday evening. Diamond Dolphins cut a 13-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. The winners were led by American forward Reyshawn Terry (203-84, college: N.Carolina) who scored that evening 23 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and the other American import power forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) supported him with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Ryukyu GK players scored in double figures. Ryukyu GK's coach Tsutomu Isa allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even a double-double of 19 points and 15 rebounds by American forward Jerome Tillman (201-87, college: Ohio, agency: Inception Sports) did not help to save the game for Diamond Dolphins. The former international point guard Takumi Ishizaki (188-84) added 13 points and 4 assists for lost side. Ryukyu GK maintains fifth position with 17-22 record. Diamond Dolphins lost third consecutive game. They keep the second place with 18 games lost. Ryukyu GK will play against higher ranked Chiba Jets (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Diamond Dolphins will play against the league's second-placed Sanen Neophoenix in Hamamatsu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nagoya DD: J.Tillman 19+15reb+1ast, T.Ishizaki 13+3reb+4ast, S.Funyu 9+4reb+2ast, T.Harimoto 8+3reb, Y.Fujinaga 8+4reb+2ast, D.Weaver 6+4reb
Ryukyu GK: R.Terry 23+4reb, L.Hamilton 15+7reb+5ast, S.Kitagawa 14+3reb, R.Kishimoto 10+6reb+4ast, N.Tashiro 5+1reb+2ast, K.Hatano 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 475111


Toyama Grouses - Toshiba BT 88-95

Very predictable result when first ranked Toshiba Thunders (33-6) defeated on the road 6th ranked Toyama Grouses (8-31) 95-88 on Wednesday. Toyama Grouses trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 27-23 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 88-95 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Toyama Grouses 38-27 including 30 on the defensive glass. Toyama Grouses were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Nick Fazekas (211-85, college: Nevada) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and international point guard Ryusei Shinoyama (178-88) who added 25 points and 5 assists during the contest. Toshiba Thunders' coach Takuya Kita used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side forward Naoki Uto (188-91) responded with 24 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and American center Dexter Pittman (208-88, college: Texas, agency: Inception Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Four Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. Toshiba Thunders maintains first position with 33-6 record. Toyama Grouses lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 31 games lost. Toshiba Thunders will have a break next round. Toyama Grouses will play on the road against the league's leader Tochigi Brex (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: N.Uto 24+2reb+3ast, D.Pittman 15+10reb, D.Viney 15+1reb, Y.Miyanaga 13+2reb+4ast, T.Mito 8+1reb+2ast, K.Hilke 7+2reb
Toshiba BT: R.Shinoyama 25+3reb+5ast, N.Fazekas 24+7reb+4ast, Y.Fujii 15+5reb+4ast, T.Kurihara 9+4reb, K.Hareyama 5+2reb, M.Diouf 5+10reb+5ast
gschID: 475110


Yokohama BC - Sanen 73-85

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked Yokohama BC (14-25) was defeated at home by second ranked Sanen Neophoenix (23-16) 85-73 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Sanen Neophoenix. Yokohama BC was better in second period 15-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Yokohama BC 43-29 including 28 on the defensive glass. Sanen Neophoenix looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Yokohama BC's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Josh Childress (203-83, college: Stanford) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists and Nigerian-Canadian Olu Ashaolu (200-88, college: Oregon) who added 23 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Sanen Neophoenix players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and international center Pape Faye (200-87) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Sanen Neophoenix maintains second position with 23-16 record having ten points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Yokohama BC lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 25 games lost. Sanen Neophoenix will face league's second-placed Diamond Dolphins in Nagoya in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Yokohama BC will play on the road against Hokkaido L. in Saporro and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: J.Parmer 17+11reb+3ast, P.Faye 16+12reb, K.Yamada 8+1ast, K.Takeda 7+2reb, T.Kawamura 7+2reb, A.Minatoya 6+2reb+2ast
Sanen: O.Ashaolu 23+10reb+1ast, J.Childress 17+17reb+5ast, S.Tawatari 17+2reb+2ast, T.Suzuki 12+3reb+7ast, S.Okada 8+4reb+4ast, A.Ota 5+5reb
gschID: 475109


Hitachi SR - Niigata Albirex 94-84

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Niigata Albirex (19-20) against fourth ranked Hitachi Sunrockers (18-19) on Wednesday night. Visiting Niigata Albirex was defeated by Hitachi Sunrockers in Tokyo 94-84. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 52-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Hitachi Sunrockers outrebounded Niigata Albirex 46-28 including 17 on the offensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 55.6 percentage. Hitachi Sunrockers looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Niigata Albirex's players. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Ira Brown (193-82, college: Gonzaga) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and American power forward RT Guinn (208-81, college: Baylor) who added 24 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American power forward Clint Chapman (208-89, college: Texas) responded with a double-double by scoring 44 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 4 blocks and the former international guard Kei Igarashi (180-80) scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Hitachi Sunrockers maintains fourth position with 18-19 record. Loser Niigata Albirex keeps the third place with 20 games lost. Hitachi Sunrockers will face Kyoto Hannar. (#4) at home in the next round. Niigata Albirex will play against Osaka Evessa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: C.Chapman 44+10reb, K.Igarashi 17+5reb+7ast, S.Van Treese 7+6reb, T.You 7+2reb, K.Sato 6+1reb+1ast, K.Morii 3+1reb+2ast
Hitachi SR: R.Guinn 24+7reb+1ast, I.Brown 22+11reb+4ast, Y.Mitsuhara 17+5reb+4ast, L.Vendrame 10+3reb+3ast, K.Hirose 8+7reb+2ast, T.Ito 5+5reb+9ast
gschID: 475108


Toyota Alvark - Tochigi Brex 76-77

The most interesting game of round 40 in the B League was only one-point a home defeat of their biggest opponent Toyota Alvark (29-8) to first ranked Tochigi Brex (30-7) 77-76 in the game for the first place. It ended the two-game winning streak of Toyota Alvark. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 18-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Tochigi Brex outrebounded Toyota Alvark 49-34 including a 22-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 11 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import forward Jeffrey Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) who added 13 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four Tochigi Brex players scored in double figures. Tochigi Brex's coach Thomas Wisman used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side the former international forward Daiki Tanaka (191-91) responded with 29 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and swingman Zack Baranski (193-92) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Tochigi Brex have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 30-7 record. Toyota Alvark at the other side keeps the second place with eight games lost. Tochigi Brex are looking forward to face Toyama Grouses (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Toyota Alvark will play against Shiga L-Stars (#6) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: D.Tanaka 29+6reb+1ast, Z.Baranski 16+6reb+1ast, D.Garrett 11+4reb+4ast, T.Shonaka 6+4reb, J.Takeuchi 6+9reb+2ast, S.Kikuchi 6+1reb+1ast
Tochigi Brex: T.Furukawa 18+3reb, J.Gibbs 13+8reb+2ast, R.Rossiter 11+18reb+5ast, K.Takeuchi 10+8reb, Y.Suda 8+1reb, Y.Tabuse 8+2reb+6ast
gschID: 475107


Chiba Jets - Akita NH 67-64

Fifth-ranked Akita Happinets (11-28) gave a tough game to third ranked Chiba Jets (26-13) on Wednesday. Chiba Jets managed to secure only three-point victory 67-64. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Akita Happinets. Americans were the main players on the court. Tyler Stone (203-91, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Diamond Sports) fired 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Evan Ravenel (203-89, college: Ohio St.) produced 22 points and 6 rebounds and forward Deshawn Stephens (203-89, college: San Diego St.) added 8 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Chiba Jets have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 26-13 record having seven points less than leader Tochigi Brex. Loser Akita Happinets keep the fifth place with 28 games lost. They share the position with Sendai 89ers. Chiba Jets will meet Ryukyu GK (#5) in the next round. Akita Happinets will play against the league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: E.Ravenel 22+6reb+2ast, D.Taniguchi 11+1reb, S.Ando 10+4reb, S.Taguchi 9+3reb+2ast, D.Stephens 8+8reb+2ast, R.Shirahama 2+5reb+2ast
Chiba Jets: T.Stone 24+9reb+2ast, H.Armstrong 13+6reb, M.Parker 12+8reb+1ast, R.Ono 8+7reb+3ast, K.Ishii 6+2reb, T.Abe 2+3ast
gschID: 475106


Hokkaido L. - Sendai 89ers 84-90

There was a small surprise in Saporro where sixth ranked Sendai 89ers (11-28) beat one of their biggest challengers Hokkaido L. (12-27) 90-84 on Wednesday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Hokkaido L. won third quarter 21-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Sendai 89ers won last quarter 33-28. They made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. Hokkaido L. was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 8 rebounds and South African center Tshilidzi Nephawe (208-89, college: N.Mexico St.) who added 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Canadian center Jordan Bachynski (218-89, college: Arizona St.) responded with 24 points and 7 rebounds and American center Daniel Miller (211-91, college: Georgia Tech) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sendai 89ers moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Akita NH. Loser Hokkaido L. keeps the fourth position with 27 games lost. Sendai 89ers will have a break next round. Hokkaido L. will play at home against Yokohama BC (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hokkaido L.: J.Bachynski 24+7reb, T.Nishikawa 13+2reb+1ast, T.Orimo 11+1ast, D.Miller 10+6reb+1ast, R.Sakurai 9+2reb+6ast, D.Noguchi 8+2reb+1ast
Sendai 89ers: W.White 20+8reb+3ast, M.Kataoka 19+2reb+1ast, T.Nephawe 15+7reb, T.Kumagai 10+2reb+1ast, M.Kikuchi 9+3reb+1ast, F.Satoh 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 475105





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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Trevin PARKS
  Barsy Atyrau
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Parks, Barsy Atyrau22.1 
 2. Hill, Kaspiy Aktau20.0 
 3. Lowery, Astana18.5 
 4. Kaselakis, Astana17.8 
 5. Miller, Astana17.6 
 6. Odom, Astana15.5 
 7. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.15.2 
 8. Yagodkin, Kaspiy A.14.7 
 9. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau13.8 
 10. Yargaliev, Astana12.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leonidas KASELAKIS
  Astana
  (202-SF-90)
  Avg: 8
 1. Kaselakis, Astana8.0 
 2. Krubally, Astana7.5 
 3. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.6.7 
 4. Lowery, Astana5.8 
 5. Micheev, Barsy A.5.8 
 6. Ponomaryov, Astana5.6 
 7. Hill, Kaspiy Aktau5.0 
 8. Kazantcev, Kaspiy A.5.0 
 9. Gavrilov, Astana5.0 
 10. Lapchenko, Kaspiy A.4.9 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitrios KATSIVELIS
  Astana
  (196-G-91)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Katsivelis, Astana6.8 
 2. Lowery, Astana6.2 
 3. Miller, Astana5.8 
 4. Yagodkin, Kaspiy A.5.1 
 5. Kaselakis, Astana5.0 
 6. Parks, Barsy Atyrau3.7 
 7. Hill, Kaspiy Aktau3.5 
 8. Yargaliev, Astana3.3 
 9. Savchenko, Barsy A.3.0 
 10. Murzagaliyev, Ast.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Sean HILL
  Kaspiy Aktau
  (188-G-92)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Hill, Kaspiy Aktau4.5 
 2. Lowery, Astana3.8 
 3. Yagodkin, Kaspiy A.3.2 
 4. Parks, Barsy Atyrau3.1 
 5. Miller, Astana3.0 
 6. Katsivelis, Astana2.8 
 7. Krubally, Astana2.0 
 8. Savchenko, Barsy A.2.0 
 9. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau1.8 
 10. Yargaliev, Astana1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Nikolay BAZHKIN
  Barsy A.
  (198-G/F-90)
  Avg: 0.5
 1. Bazhkin, Barsy A.0.5 
 2. Odom, Astana0.5 
 3. Kaselakis, Astana0.4 
 4. Yevstigneyev, Barsy A.0.4 
 5. Gavrilov, Astana0.4 
 6. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau0.3 
 7. Kazantcev, Kaspiy A.0.3 
 8. Lowery, Astana0.3 
 9. Pan, Kaspiy Aktau0.3 
 10. Matyukevych, Barsy A.0.3 


National League Round 10: Kaspiy Aktau and Barsy Atyrau exchange wins - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in D1.

Very significant was Barsy Atyrau's (#2, 5-7) victory against one of their biggest challengers Kaspiy Aktau (1-13) 83-60. The game without a history. Barsy Atyrau led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Kaspiy Aktau to just 5 points in third quarter. Barsy Atyrau dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Kaspiy Aktau's 24. Barsy Atyrau forced 21 Kaspiy Aktau turnovers and outrebounded them 38-23 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Barsy Atyrau looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The former international swingman Pavel Ilin (196-92) scored 23 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international forward Pavel Micheev (201-83) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side point guard Azim Yagodkin (185-92) responded with 18 points and 6 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains second position with 5-7 record having eleven points less than leader Astana. Kaspiy Aktau at the other side stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost. Barsy Atyrau are looking forward to face league's leader Astana on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kaspiy Aktau will have a break next round.
Very significant was Kaspiy Aktau's (#3, 1-13) victory against their biggest opponent Barsy Atyrau (5-7) 86-80. American guard Sean Hill (188-92, college: Chicago St.) notched 32 points and 8 steals to lead the effort and Azim Yagodkin supported him with 15 points and 5 assists. Even a double-double of 24 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals by the former international power forward Mikhail Yevstigneyev (201-84) did not help to save the game for Barsy Atyrau. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kaspiy Aktau maintains third position with 1-13 record having thirteen points less than leader Astana. It was Barsy Atyrau's third loss in a row. Defending champion keeps the second place with seven games lost. Kaspiy Aktau will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Barsy Atyrau will play on the road against the league's leader Astana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Kaspiy Aktau - Barsy Atyrau 60-83

Very significant was Barsy Atyrau's (#2, 5-7) victory against one of their biggest challengers Kaspiy Aktau (1-13) 83-60. The game without a history. Barsy Atyrau led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Kaspiy Aktau to just 5 points in third quarter. Barsy Atyrau dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Kaspiy Aktau's 24. Barsy Atyrau forced 21 Kaspiy Aktau turnovers and outrebounded them 38-23 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Barsy Atyrau looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The former international swingman Pavel Ilin (196-92) scored 23 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international forward Pavel Micheev (201-83) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side point guard Azim Yagodkin (185-92) responded with 18 points and 6 assists and American guard Sean Hill (188-92, college: Chicago St.) scored 8 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains second position with 5-7 record having eleven points less than leader Astana. Kaspiy Aktau at the other side stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost. Barsy Atyrau are looking forward to face league's leader Astana on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kaspiy Aktau will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Barsy Atyrau: P.Ilin 23+7reb+3ast, P.Micheev 18+8reb+2ast, M.Yevstigneyev 15+5reb+5ast, V.Savchenko 9+6reb+5ast, N.Bazhkin 9+7reb+4ast, R.Utegen 6+3reb
Kaspiy Aktau: A.Yagodkin 18+2reb+6ast, V.Lapchenko 10+3reb+1ast, D.Degtyarev 9+2reb, S.Hill 8+6reb+4ast, R.Pan 4+3reb+1ast, V.Formazonov 3+1ast
gschID: 511124


Kaspiy Aktau - Barsy Atyrau 86-80

Very significant was Kaspiy Aktau's (#3, 1-13) victory against their biggest opponent Barsy Atyrau (5-7) 86-80. Kaspiy Aktau forced 24 Barsy Atyrau turnovers. Barsy Atyrau was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Sean Hill (188-92, college: Chicago St.) notched 32 points and 8 steals to lead the effort and point guard Azim Yagodkin (185-92) supported him with 15 points and 5 assists. Even a double-double of 24 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals by the former international power forward Mikhail Yevstigneyev (201-84) did not help to save the game for Barsy Atyrau. The former international swingman Pavel Ilin (196-92) added 21 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kaspiy Aktau maintains third position with 1-13 record having thirteen points less than leader Astana. It was Barsy Atyrau's third loss in a row. Defending champion keeps the second place with seven games lost. Kaspiy Aktau will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Barsy Atyrau will play on the road against the league's leader Astana and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kaspiy Aktau: S.Hill 32+4reb+3ast, A.Yagodkin 15+2reb+5ast, R.Marchuk 12+4reb, S.Kazantcev 6+6reb, R.Pan 5+2reb+1ast, S.Kuanov 5+1ast
Barsy Atyrau: M.Yevstigneyev 24+13reb+5ast, P.Ilin 21+5reb+2ast, P.Micheev 18+4reb+2ast, V.Savchenko 7+5reb+1ast, K.Gubashev 3+3ast, N.Bazhkin 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 511123





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LBL2 Round 14 (Second Stage): Kekava hand first loss to Turiba - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Turiba (17-1) on the court of second ranked Kekava on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Kekava 86-77. It ended at the same time the 23-game winning streak of Turiba. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Forward Nauris Miezis (189-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. Forward Niks Saknitis (203-92) contributed with 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. point guard Elvis Endzels (188-94) replied with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for Turiba. Turiba's coach Ziedonis Jansons rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kekava (16-1) have an impressive five-game winning streak. Newly promoted Kekava maintains second position having just 3 victories less than leader Turiba. Turiba at the other side still keeps top place with one game lost. Kekava are looking forward to face ViA (#4) in Valmiera in the next round. Turiba will play on the road against Jelgava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked BJBS Riga is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 11th consecutive match to fourteenth ranked DSN/SB (10-4) 78-64. Forward Janis Gertners (206-99) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Kristaps Salmins chipped in 15 points during the contest. DSN/SB's coach Martins Fomins allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Ingus Lapans (196-98) responded with 23 points and 4 assists. DSN/SB maintains fourteenth position with 10-4 record. BJBS Riga at the other side still closes the standings with 11 games lost. DSN/SB will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. BJBS Riga will play against Madona (#15) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 14: DSN/SB beat Riga/Ridzene on the road 91-80. Gulbenes Buki lost to Jelgava on its own court 77-87. Madona managed to outperform VEF skola in a road game 94-82.

Riga/Ridzene - DSN/SB 80-91

No shocking result in a game when fourteenth ranked DSN/SB (10-4) beat on the road 20th ranked Riga/Ridzene (1-11) 91-80. The game was mostly controlled by DSN/SB. Riga/Ridzene was better in second period 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when DSN/SB won last quarter 30-20. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Riga/Ridzene's 36. DSN/SB forced 19 Riga/Ridzene turnovers and outrebounded them 47-30 including a 23-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Guard Kristaps Salmins (192-98) scored 40 points (!!!) and 7 steals to lead the charge for the winners and guard Niks Salenieks (180-0) chipped in 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Guard Karlis Ozolins (191-98) responded with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and guard Kristaps Bremers (175-98) scored 24 points and 5 rebounds. Four Riga/Ridzene players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. DSN/SB maintains fourteenth position with 10-4 record. Riga/Ridzene lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the twentieth place with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Riga/Ridzene: K.Bremers 24+5reb+1ast, K.Ozolins 19+6reb+7ast, K.Ostvalds 15+4reb+3ast, E.Roncs 10+3reb+3ast, E.Lacis 8+9reb+4ast, N.Atanasovs 2
DSN/SB: K.Salmins 40+4reb+3ast, N.Salenieks 19+6reb+6ast, J.Gertners 10+8reb, R.Ozolins 7+3reb, R.Tipans 7+3reb+2ast, E.Barbejs 5+3reb+4ast
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Kekava - Turiba 86-77

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Turiba (17-1) on the court of second ranked Kekava on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Kekava 86-77. It ended at the same time the 23-game winning streak of Turiba. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Forward Nauris Miezis (189-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. Forward Niks Saknitis (203-92) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Kekava players scored in double figures. Point guard Elvis Endzels (188-94) replied with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and power forward Rihards Adins (200-94) added 11 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Turiba. Turiba's coach Ziedonis Jansons rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kekava (16-1) have an impressive five-game winning streak. Newly promoted Kekava maintains second position having just 3 victories less than leader Turiba. Turiba at the other side still keeps top place with one game lost. Kekava are looking forward to face ViA (#4) in Valmiera in the next round. Turiba will play on the road against Jelgava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Turiba: E.Endzels 22+5reb+7ast, A.Ate 16+2reb+2ast, R.Adins 11+14reb+2ast, E.Miculis 9+5reb+1ast, D.Muiznieks 7+5reb+1ast, A.Stikuts 6+1reb
Kekava: N.Miezis 40+7reb+3ast, M.Gundegs 17+3reb+3ast, N.Saknitis 12+11reb+1ast, M.Steinbergs 10+4reb+3ast, A.Cavars 3+7reb+6ast, J.Arents 2+2reb
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Gulbenes Buki - Jelgava 77-87

Very expected game when 11th ranked Gulbenes Buki (2-15) lost to third ranked Jelgava (15-4) in Riga 77-87. The guests were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 24-11 run, which allowed them to win the game. Swingman Edgars Krumins (194-86) scored 29 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Kalvis Krumins (185-90) chipped in 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Jelgava players scored in double figures. American point guard Michael Panaggio (183, college: Lander) responded with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and center Maris Baranovskis (198-79) scored 4 points and 8 rebounds. Jelgava have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 15-4 record having just seven point less than leader Turiba. Gulbenes Buki at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 15 games lost. Jelgava will play against league's leader Turiba at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gulbenes Buki will play against Ogre/Kumho Tyre (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Gulbenes Buki: M.Panaggio 23+6reb+6ast, G.Dikis 12, N.Rikveilis 10+1reb, M.Caupjonoks 8+2reb+2ast, N.Lisiks 6+2reb+2ast, R.Mednis 6+3reb+2ast
Jelgava: E.Krumins 29+5reb+6ast, R.Elksnis 16+5reb+3ast, K.Krumins 11+11reb+4ast, A.Justovics 11+7reb+1ast, J.Berzins 10+2ast, J.Rozins 8+2reb+2ast
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DSN/SB - BJBS Riga 78-64

Bottom-ranked BJBS Riga is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 11th consecutive match to fourteenth ranked DSN/SB (10-4) 78-64. BJBS Riga was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 43-25 second half run of DSN/SB. They also forced 19 BJBS Riga turnovers and outrebounded them 50-29 including a 19-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Forward Janis Gertners (206-99) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Kristaps Salmins (192-98) chipped in 15 points during the contest. DSN/SB's coach Martins Fomins allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Ingus Lapans (196-98) responded with 23 points and 4 assists and guard Aivars Dambis (183-0) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. DSN/SB maintains fourteenth position with 10-4 record. BJBS Riga at the other side still closes the standings with 11 games lost. DSN/SB will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. BJBS Riga will play against Madona (#15) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
BJBS Riga: I.Lapans 23+1reb+4ast, A.Dambis 10+7reb+2ast, R.Blankveins 7+4reb+6ast, T.Bergmanis 7+8reb+3ast, D.Bigestans 7+3reb, J.Veldre 5+2reb
DSN/SB: J.Gertners 16+15reb+2ast, K.Salmins 15+4reb+2ast, R.Tipans 15+5reb, N.Salenieks 9+4reb+3ast, P.Tomass Berzins 9+6reb+1ast, V.Mikelsons 6+9reb+2ast
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VEF skola - Madona 82-94

There was a small surprise when seventeenth ranked Madona (8-5) won against 15th ranked VEF skola (8-6) in Riga 94-82. It looked good early as VEF skola took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Madona had a 26-18 second period charge getting the lead and VEF skola was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 82-94. Madona forced 28 VEF skola turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. American swingman Martin Barrett (196, college: Mount Olive) had a triple-double by scoring 29 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists and 4 steals (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Arturs Skute (202-86) chipped in 22 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Barrett is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Guard Oskars Hlebovickis (197-0) responded with 19 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and guard Rainers Hermanovskis (188-0) scored 11 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Madona moved-up to fifteenth place. VEF skola at the other side dropped to the sixteenth position with six games lost. Madona will play against bottom-ranked BJBS Riga (#21) at home in the next round where they are favorite. VEF skola will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
VEF skola: O.Hlebovickis 19+7reb+5ast, N.Zotovs 15+4reb+6ast, M.Hudins 15+3reb, R.Hermanovskis 11+8reb+6ast, N.Linis 8+2reb, R.Bumeisters 7+3reb+2ast
Madona: M.Barrett 29+10reb+12ast, A.Skute 22+10reb+2ast, J.Juska 12+4reb+3ast, R.Cakstins 12+2reb+1ast, D.Tonnis 6+3reb+2ast, E.Petersons 6+5reb+3ast
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Janis Timma selected the top Latvian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Janis Timma
Janis Timma
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Janis Timma (201-92, currently plays in VTB United League). He led his Russian team Zenit to a victory against the league leader CSKA (15-2) 90-77 in the VTB United League in Thursday night's game. Timma scored 14 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 28 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Zenit Saint Petersburg (14-3) is placed second in the VTB United League. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Timma has relatively good stats this year: 13.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.9apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 61.4%(43-70), 3FGP: 35.8% and FT: 83.3% in 16 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Zanis Peiners
Zanis Peiners
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Zanis Peiners (203-90, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Peiners contributed to PAOK's victory against the closely-ranked Partizan (8-6) 82-78 in the Basketball Champions League last Wednesday. He scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). PAOK Thessaloniki (7-7) is placed fourth in group C. It's Peiners' first season with the team. This year Peiners averages: 8.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 3FGP: 17.1% and FT: 77.8%. He is in the roster of the Latvian senior national team.

Janis Strelnieks
Janis Strelnieks
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89, currently plays in Germany). Strelnieks contributed to a Brose Baskets' victory against the tenth-ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (9-12) 84-75 in the German BBL on Wednesday night. He recorded 12 points and added 3 passes in a mere 17 minutes. Brose Baskets Bamberg (20-1) is placed second in the BBL. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. This year Strelnieks' overall stats are: 9.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.5apg, 2FGP: 60.5%(26-43), 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 79.3% in 17 games. He is also a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Ojars Silins
Ojars Silins
   #4. Power forward Ojars Silins (203-93, currently plays in Germany) helped Telekom Baskets win their game against the third-ranked s Oliver Baskets (11-5) 101-84 in the German BBL in Sunday night's game. Silins scored 13 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Telekom Baskets Bonn (12-8) is placed seventh in the BBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Silins' total stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg. He is also Latvian national team player.

Kristaps Porzingis
Kristaps Porzingis
   #5. International power forward Kristaps Porzingis (221-95, currently plays in NBA) could not help the New York Knicks (23-34) in their last game. Despite Porzingis' good performance the New York Knicks (23-34) lost 105-116 on the road to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He recorded 11 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in 33 minutes. Porzingis has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.3ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.9bpg in 49 games. Porzingis plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Rolands Freimanis
Rolands Freimanis
   #6. Power forward Rolands Freimanis (208-88, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) helped his Turkish team Usak Sportlif win their game against the seventh-ranked Oradea crushing them 108-82 in the FIBA Europe Cup on Wednesday night. He scored 10 points and blocked 2 shots. Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbolis placed third in group Q. This season Freimanis has relatively solid stats: 13.0ppg and 3.0rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

Sandis Silavs
Sandis Silavs
   #7. Former U20 international guard Sandis Silavs (194-88, currently plays in Estonia) was the major contributor in Valga's victory against the league outsider Noorteliiga (0-14) crushing them 108-53 in the Estonian Alexela KML in Tuesday night's game. Silavs scored 19 points and added 4 passes in 24 minutes. BC Valga-Valka/Maks&Moorits (6-13) is placed seventh in the Alexela KML. They ended the series of five consecutive loses. Silavs has reliable stats this year: 10.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.4apg in 19 games. He used to play for the Latvian U20 national team nine years ago.

Ivars Rihards Zvigurs
Ivars Rihards Zvigurs
   #8. Small forward Ivars Rihards Zvigurs (198-95, currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Sandis Silavs and both played together in the last Estonian Alexela KML game. Zvigurs helped Valga win their game against the league outsider Noorteliiga (0-14) crushing them 108-53. He scored 12 points, had 5 boards, dished 6 assists and stole 3 balls. Zvigurs averaged so far 14.2ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg. He used to play for the Latvian U20 national team back in 2015.

Davis Lejasmeiers
Davis Lejasmeiers
   #9. International guard Davis Lejasmeiers (192-91, currently plays in Sweden) helped Sodertalje Kings win their game against the league outsider Malbas (2-23) 89-72 in the Swedish Basketligan on Tuesday night. Lejasmeiers scored 13 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 26 minutes. Sodertalje Kings (16-7) is placed third in the Basketligan. Lejasmeiers' stats this year are: 10.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 4.3apg in 22 games. He is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

Klavs Cavars
Klavs Cavars
   #10. Center Klavs Cavars (205-96, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to help Pertevniyal (8-16) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Cavars' very good performance Pertevniyal was badly defeated 86-69 in Petkim by the much higher-ranked Socar (#3). He was the top scorer with 17 points. Cavars averaged so far 12.0ppg and 3.5rpg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Latvian National Team roster.

   #11. International forward Davis Bertans (208-92, currently plays in NBA) managed to help San Antonio Spurs in a victory against the Orlando Magic crushing them 107-79 in the NBA last Wednesday. Bertans recorded 5 points in 16 minutes. This year Bertans' total stats are: 4.3ppg and 1.4rpg in 47 games. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

   #12. An experienced former international guard Edmunds Gabrans (188-79, currently plays in Norway) was not able to secure a victory for Froya Basket (15-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Gabrans' very good performance Froya Basket was defeated 72-63 in Oslo by the lower-ranked Centrum (#4). He was the top scorer with 16 points. Gabrans also added 4 rebounds. Gabrans averaged so far 13.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.6apg and 1.5spg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2002.

   #13. Former U16 international small forward Rodions Kurucs (206-98, currently plays in Spain) helped Barca II win their game against the tenth-ranked Palma crushing them 86-63 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Sunday night's game. Kurucs scored 11 points in 20 minutes. Kurucs has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.2apg in 17 games. He used to play for the Latvian U16 national team three years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international point guard Reno Silavs (180-91, currently plays in Norway) is a teammate of previously mentioned Edmunds Gabrans. But that was another game of his team in Norwegian BLNO which we would like to mention. Silavs helped Froya Basket win their game against the closely-ranked Nidaros Jets 84-67. He scored 12 points and added 6 assists in 31 minutes. Silavs averaged so far 12.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg in 21 games. He used to play for the Latvian U20 national team back in 2011.

   #15. Former U20 international guard Kristaps Kanbergs (189-88, currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Sandis Silavs. He played also in the last Estonian Alexela KML game facing Ivars Rihards Zvigurs (above) in the other team. Kanbergs helped Valga win their game against the league outsider Noorteliiga crushing them 108-53. He scored only 3 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Kanbergs has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Latvian U20 national team nine years ago.

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

   #1. Alvis Eglitis (195-F-85, currently plays in Norway) could not help Asker Aliens (12-13) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Eglitis' very good performance Asker Aliens was crushed 98-77 at home by the higher-ranked Centrum (#4). He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 19 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Eglitis is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Asker Aliens' roster. Eglitis has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 10.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg.

   #2. Martins Provizors (202-C-87, currently plays in Ireland) was not able to help DCU Saints (6-12) in their last game. Despite Provizors' very good performance DCU Saints was badly defeated 85-69 in a derby game by the second-ranked Swords Thunder. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 24 rebounds. Provizors also added 2 blocks in only a mere 7 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Provizors has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.3ppg, 16.1rpg, 2.9apg and 1.4bpg in 16 games he played so far.

   #3. Arkadijs Makarenko (194-F, currently plays in Ireland) is a teammate of previously mentioned Martins Provizors and both played together in the last Irish Super League game. Makarenko was not able to secure a victory for DCU Saints (6-12) in their game against Swords Thunder (16-2). He recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. DCU Saints was badly defeated 85-69 in a derby game by the second-ranked Swords Thunder. Makarenko is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in DCU Saints' roster. Makarenko has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 7.1rpg, 2.4apg, 1.1bpg and 1.9spg.

   #4. Aksels Skaistlauks (195-SG-97, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Tuebingen II (7-13) in their game against Karlsruhe SC (13-7) in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Skaistlauks scored only 2 points and added 3 assists in 20 minutes. The 11th-placed Tuebingen II (7-13) was badly defeated 87-70 on their home court in Tuebingen by the higher-ranked (#6) Karlsruhe SC in the South-West group. It was Tuebingen II's third consecutive loss in a row. Skaistlauks has averaged so far 5.6ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.1apg in 19 games.



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Daiquan Walker (ex Etha) signs at Nevezis - by Eurobasket News

Nevezis Kedainiai (LKL) landed 24-year old American point guard Daiquan Walker (188-84kg-93, college: Cent.Florida). He started the season at Etha in Cypriot Division A. In 14 games he averaged 13.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.0apg this season.
The previous (12-13) season Walker played at another team Golden Knights in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1 where in 31 games he had 4.0ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.6apg.
He graduated from University of Central Florida in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Suns trade P.J. Tucker to the Raptors for 2nd-round picks, Jared Sullinger - by Eurobasket News

Phoenix Suns small forward P.J. Tucker (6'6''-F-85, college: Texas), the longest-tenured player on the roster, is leaving the Valley. Tucker has been traded to the Toronto Raptors, The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski first reported. In exchange, Phoenix will receive Toronto's unprotected second-round picks for 2017 and 2018, according to Arizona Sports 98.7 FM's John Gambadoro, and the expiring $5.6 million contract of Jared Sullinger (6'9''-F-92, college: Ohio St.), who has battled injuries this year, is averaging 3.4 points and 2.5 rebounds in just 11 games this season. The Suns were attempting to hold out for a first-round pick in exchange for Tucker, but those were hard to come by in a deep draft and with teams interested in Tucker not having a first-rounder to give. The Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics and Utah Jazz all also reportedly had interest in the Suns veteran. Tucker, 31, is averaging seven points and six rebounds per game in a newfound bench role for the Suns this season. His defensive prowess, rebounding and intangibles - not to mention his expiring contract - made him a good fit for teams looking to win. Tucker signed with the Suns in 2012 after spending multiple seasons overseas. He was originally drafted by the Toronto Raptors in the second round of the 2006 NBA Draft but didn't stay in the league past his rookie season. Seeking a return to the NBA in 2012-13, Tucker was brought to camp by then-general manager and fellow Texas product Lance Blanks and impressed for the Suns' summer league team. He was signed and then went on to start in 45 games. In the next three seasons, Tucker would start in 224 of his 241 games. This season, Tucker has taken a backseat to starting small forward T.J. Warren (6'8''-F-95, college: N.Carolina St.). He has started 17 of his 57 games this year, filling in for Warren when his teammate missed time with a minor head injury. Since joining the team, Tucker has missed only eight games in four-plus seasons while providing constant energy to the Suns that made him a fan favorite. In 2014, Tucker was arrested in Scottsdale for an extreme DUI and was suspended for the first three games of the 2014-15 season. Later in that same season, he was suspended for violating team rules. He has won the Dan Majerle Hustle Award five straight years. Tucker is one of the driving forces behind the Suns leading the league in technical fouls this season. He has eight this season and 37 in his career.
Courtesy of: arizonasports.com




Suns trade for Mike Scott, send cash to Hawks - by Eurobasket News

The Phoenix Suns moved closer to the salary cap floor at the trade deadline by acquiring forward Mike Scott (6'8''-F-88, college: Virginia) from the Atlanta Hawks for cash, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski. Scott is on an expiring deal worth $3.3 million. 'Basically it's a salary cap move to get closer there,' The Vertical's front office expert Bobby Marks said on the site's trade deadline webcast. The 6-foot-8, 237-pound Scott is averaging 2.5 points and 2.1 rebounds per game in 18 appearances. He had a breakout campaign with Atlanta in 2013-14, playing in 80 games with six starts while averaging 9.6 points and 3.6 rebounds. The four-year veteran shot 48 percent overall that season. Last year, he played 75 games and became a 39-percent stretch power forward while averaging 6.2 points and 2.7 rebounds per outing. Atlanta found Scott expendable after acquiring Ersan Ilyasova and giving Scott's playing time to stretch big Mike Muscala this season.
Courtesy of: arizonasports.com



Lakers acquire Tyler Ennis from Rockets - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles Lakers have acquired guard Tyler Ennis (6'2''-G-94, college: Syracuse) from the Houston Rockets, league sources told The Vertical. The Lakers sent guard Marcelinho Huertas (6'3''-PG-83) to Houston in exchange for Ennis, sources said. The Rockets will waive Marcelinho Huertas. Houston also traded guard K.J. McDaniels (6'6''-G/F-93, college: Clemson) to the Brooklyn Nets just before the deadline. That move freed $3 million in salary-cap space for the Rockets to use on the buyout market. Ennis, 22, averaged 1.9 points and 1.1 assists in limited minutes over 31 games for the Rockets this season. He was the No. 18 pick in the 2014 NBA draft.
Courtesy of: yahoo.com



Bucks trade Roy Hibbert to Nuggets - by Eurobasket News

The Milwaukee Bucks have traded Roy Hibbert (7'2''-C-86, college: Georgetown) to the Denver Nuggets, per the Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski. The Nuggets will send a heavily protected second-round pick in return. Milwaukee is not likely to ever see that pick. The deal is a salary dump for Milwaukee, and Denver is willing to take the money to get closer to the salary floor. Hibbert's game is outdated as centers are more mobile than ever in today's game. He's no longer worth the value he once was. He was traded by the Charlotte Hornets earlier in the month with Spencer Hawes in exchange for Miles Plumlee (6'11''-PF-88, college: Duke). Hibbert is averaging five points and four rebounds in 16 minutes per game this season, and never touched the floor in Milwaukee. It's unclear if he will find time on the floor for Denver either behind Nikola Jokic (6'10''-C-95, agency: BeoBasket) and and newly-acquired Mason Plumlee (6'11''-F-90, college: Duke). This deal seems to have been made for pure financial reasons.
Courtesy of: sbnation.com



Deron Williams Could Agree To Buyout With Mavs - by Eurobasket News

Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) could agree upon a buyout with the Dallas Mavericks. Williams was linked with a return to the Utah Jazz at the deadline. The Cleveland Cavaliers could have interest in Williams if he's waived. The Mavericks would like to give Yogi Ferrell an extended look as their starting point guard. According to Shams Charania, Williams will consider the Jazz, Cavaliers and Hawks if he's bought out.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Sixers, Hawks trade Ersan Ilyasova, Tiago Splitter - by Eurobasket News

The Philadelphia 76ers have acquired center Tiago Splitter (6'11''-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances), a second-round pick, and the option to swap a second-round pick from the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for forward Ersan Ilyasova (6'10''-F-87), President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo announced today. The Sixers will also receive a second-round pick from Atlanta (via Miami) and the right to swap the least favorable of the 2017 second-round picks received in the Sixers trade with the Utah Jazz with Atlanta's 2017 second-round pick. 'I want to thank Ersan Ilyasova for his positive contributions to this organization both on and off the basketball court,' Colangelo said. 'Ersan is a true professional whose daily examples of hard work, focus and consistency have helped facilitate the ongoing growth of our program and culture.' 'We are excited to welcome Ersan, and his family, to the Atlanta Hawks. He's a high-character, proven veteran who we've liked for many years and believe fits well within our system,' Hawks President of Basketball Operations/Head Coach Mike Budenholzer said. 'We also want to thank Tiago for his contributions on and off the court. We wish him all the best in the future.'
Ilyasova was acquired by Philadelphia on November 1, 2016 in a deal with Oklahoma City. In the midst of his ninth NBA season, he has appeared in 583 career games (353 starts) and holds averages of 11 points and six rebounds in 24 minutes per game. A native of Turkey, Ilyasova played in 53 games (40 starts) with the Sixers this season, averaging 15 points and six rebounds on 44 percent shooting from the field.
Splitter, a veteran of six NBA seasons, has appeared in 347 career games (153 starts) with San Antonio and Atlanta. He holds career averages of eight points and five rebounds in 19 minutes per game, while shooting 56 percent from the floor. Originally selected in the first round (28th overall) of the 2007 NBA Draft by the Spurs, the Brazilian native spent the first five seasons of his career in San Antonio (2010-15). During the Spurs' run to the 2014 NBA title, Splitter saw action in all 23 playoff games (18 starts), posting eight points and six rebounds per contest.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



Nets To Waive Marcus Thornton - by Eurobasket News

The Nets will waive Marcus Thornton (6'4''-G-87, college: LSU, agency: Pensack Sports), a source tells Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical reports. Thornton came to Brooklyn in the Bojan Bogdanovic (6'8''-SF-89) deal earlier today. Thornton is on a one-year, $1.3MM deal, which is fully guaranteed. He was seeing regular minutes for the Wizards before rookie Sheldon McClellan (6'5''-G-92, college: Miami, FL) took his role off the bench and the 29-year-old shooting guard didn't play in Washington's last 21 games. In the 33 appearances this season, Thornton averaged 6.6 points and 1.2 assists per game while shooting 35% from the field. He's also sported a 10.5 player efficiency rating.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



The Pelicans add Thompson to their roster - by Eurobasket News

New Orleans Pelicans (NBA) added to their roster 26-year old small forward Hollis Thompson (203-96kg-91, college: Georgetown). He just played at Austin Spurs. In 8 D-League games he recorded very impressive stats: 17.0ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.4apg this season. Thompson was called during the season by the Philadelphia 76ers where in 31 D-League games he averaged 5.5ppg and 2.6rpg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Thompson played in the final of Big East Tournament in 2010. He was also voted NABC Division I All-District 5 2nd Team back in 2012 at his college time.
Thompson has played previously professionally in other NBA team (Oklahoma City Thunder) and other D-League team (Oklahoma City Blue).
He attended Georgetown University until 2012 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: Full name is Keith Hollis Thompson II ... A native of Pasadena, California ... The son of Debra Shaw and Keith Thompson ... Has two older siblings, Bryan and Brandi, and two younger, Courtney and Christian.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Thunder Trade With Bulls, Get Gibson, McDermott & Draft Pick - by Eurobasket News

The Oklahoma City Thunder has traded Cameron Payne (6'2''-G-94, college: Murray St.), Anthony Morrow (6'5''-G-85, college: Georgia Tech) and Joffrey Lauvergne (6'11''-PF-91, agency: BeoBasket) to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Taj Gibson (6'9''-F-85, college: USC), Doug McDermott (6'8''-F-92, college: Creighton) and a 2018 second round pick, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical. Gibson is in his eighth year in the NBA out of the University of Southern California. He's averaging over 11 points and seven rebound per game. McDermott is averaging over 10 points and 37 percent from three per game in his third year in the league.
Courtesy of: kfor.com



Sixers To Trade Nerlens Noel To Mavericks - by Eurobasket News

The Sixers are in agreement with the Mavericks on a deal that will send Nerlens Noel (6'11''-F-94, college: Kentucky, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) to Dallas, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. According to Wojnarowski, Philadelphia will receive Justin Anderson (6'6''-G-93, college: Virginia) and a first-round pick from the Mavs. ESPN's Marc Stein adds that the Sixers will also get Andrew Bogut (7'0''-C-84, college: Utah)'s expiring contract. According to Stein, the first-round pick heading to the Sixers in the deal will be top-18 protected in 2017, which makes it unlikely that it will change hands this year. As our 2016/17 Reverse Standings show, Dallas currently projects to have the No. 7 overall pick, though Noel should help improve this year's team. Future protections on the first-rounder have not yet been reported. Noel, who will turn 23 in April, was frequently mentioned as a trade candidate earlier this season, particularly after he publicly questioned the Sixers' decision to head into camp with a logjam at center. However, the former sixth overall pick had played well as of late, averaging 8.9 PPG, 5.0 RPG, and a career-best .611 FG% in less than 20 minutes per game for the season. Recent trade rumors had focused more on Jahlil Okafor than Noel, so it will be interesting to see if the Sixers end up moving Okafor today as well. In his full report on the trade, Wojnarowski suggests Okafor is now likely to stay put. For the Mavs, Noel represents a substantial upgrade at center, giving the team the sort of athletic, rim-protecting big man it had been seeking. As Wojnarowski tweets, Dallas has 'long been intrigued' by Noel, and will look to lock him up this summer. The Kentucky product will be a restricted free agent, so the Mavs will have the opportunity to match any offers he receives from other teams. From the Sixers' perspective, the move represents a chance to pick up a young player and a draft pick while also potentially not having to worry about reaching the salary floor. Anderson has yet to make a real impact in his two NBA seasons, but he's still just 23 years old and won't be a restricted free agent until the summer of 2019. Meanwhile, the combined salaries for Bogut ($11MM+) and Anderson ($1.51MM) are worth approximately $8MM more than Noel's salary, allowing Philadelphia to surpass the salary floor. However, if the Sixers were to flip Bogut in another deadline deal, that could change the equation, and the team has yet to decide what they'll do with the veteran center, per Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. ESPN's Chris Haynes reports that Bogut and the Sixers are expected to engage in buyout talks, with potential suitors like the Cavs keeping a close eye on the situation. However, TNT's David Aldridge suggests Philadelphia could reroute the former No. 1 pick to another team, with the Celtics as one possibility. A couple final bookkeeping notes on the swap: Dallas should have the opportunity to create a pair of trade exceptions in the deal. One would be worth about $6.64MM (the difference between Bogut's and Noel's salaries), while the other would be worth approximately $1.51MM (Anderson's salary). The Mavs should also now comfortably avoid the luxury tax this season, having previously been about $1MM away from the tax threshold.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



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Martin, No. 22 Butler rally to stun No. 2 Villanova, 74-66 - by Eurobasket News

Butler coach Chris Holtmann told his players to expect to be punched in the mouth playing on the road against one of the best teams in the nation. The Bulldogs took the punch - and then delivered a knockout blow few people saw coming. Kelan Martin (6'6''-PF) scored 22 points and fueled a stunning second-half rally to lead No. 22 Butler past No. 2 Villanova 74-66 on Wednesday night, snapping the Wildcats' on-campus home winning streak at 48 games. Kamar Baldwin (6'0''-G) added 15 points for the Bulldogs (22-6, 11-5 Big East), who have handed the defending national champion Wildcats two of their three losses this season. "We've never won here," Holtmann said. "Not many people have. It's certainly a significant regular-season win for our program to beat a top two team on the road." Jalen Brunson (6'2''-PG-96) scored 24 points and Josh Hart (6'5''-G-95) had 18 for Villanova (26-3, 13-3), which came into the game having already clinched at least a share of their fourth straight Big East regular-season championship. The game marked the first time Hart and fellow seniors Kris Jenkins (6'6''-F-93) and Darryl Reynolds (6'8''-F-93) lost a game at the Pavilion in their four-year careers. "I'm really proud of them," Villanova head coach Jay Wright said. "You can tell a lot about guys when they get beat how they compete. And our guys competed until the last second. We've got great seniors."
Courtesy of: ctpost.com



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Demir IBB inks Thomas Abercrombie - by Eurobasket News

Demir Insaat Buyukcekmece Basket (BSL) agreed terms with 30-year old New Zealander international forward Thomas Abercrombie (198-87kg-87, college: Washington State). He started the season at Breakers in Australian NBL league. In 21 games he had 11.9ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.2apg this season. The last season Abercrombie played at Pinar Karsiyaka where in 11 BSL games he recorded 10.2ppg and 3.7rpg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Abercrombie played in the final of Australian NBL in 2016. He was also voted Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Honorable Mention in 2011, 2013 and 2016.
Abercrombie has been also a member of New Zealand international program for some years. He has regularly played for New Zealand senior team since 2006 and previously for University National Team back in 2007.
Abercrombie also represented New Zealand at the FIBA Oceania Championships two years ago.
His career allowed him to visit three different continents. Abercrombie tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Australia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in France (ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket), Spain (Gipuzkoa) and New Zealand (Sharks).
Abercrombie attended Washington State until 2008 and it is his ninth season as a professional player.
On Abercrombie: A very athletic wing, with great leaping ability and scoring skills. He can spend time at the 2 and 3 positions as well, he's for sure the best young player now in the NZBL- His recent imrovements could grant him a contract at higher level.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Osorno lands Reggie Okosa - by Greg

Osorno Basquetbol (Liga Nacional) tabbed experienced 37-year old American (has also Nigerian passport) center Reggie Okosa (208-107kg-80, college: La Salle). He just played at Correcaminos in Mexican LNBP. In 6 games he had 14.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg this season. Okosa also played earlier that season for Union Atletica in Uruguayan LUB where in two LNBP games he recorded 11.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg.
He is quite experienced player. Okosa has played in seventeen different countries on three different continents (Asia, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Argentina (Penarol), Dominican Rep., Germany, Iraq (Al Karkh), Japan (Sendai 89ers), Korea, Kosovo, Lebanon, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, UAE, Venezuela (Gaiteros), United Arab Emirates (Al Wasl), Ecuador (Universidad Tecnologica Equinoc. Quito), Dominican Republic (Cupes, La Cancha and Leones de Santo Domingo) and China (Xinjiang Flying Tige).
Okosa attended La Salle University until 2002 and it is his 15th (!!!) season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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FIBA officially announces host and dates for the FIBA Melanesian Basketball Cup - by Eurobasket News

The FIBA Melanesian Basketball Cup will see the best teams from the region battle it out for their chance at glory by claiming the coveted Melanesian Cup and earning their spot in the Pacific Games Basketball Tournament. The FIBA Melanesian Basketball Cup is one of the three new Oceania sub-zone competitions comprising of the Melanesian, Micronesian and Polynesian regions. Papua New Guinea will play host to Fiji, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu from the 24th of September to the 1st of October, 2017. As part of FIBA's new competition system, the Oceania region will be hosting these championships in every sub-zone for the first time ever. Micronesia leads the way as the only sub-zone to have previously hosted competition. 'This [sub-zones] has been spoken about for a number of years,' said FIBA Oceania President, Burton Shipley. 'The benefits of more competition for our National Federations will be for all to see in the coming years. With FIBA's New Competition System starting later this year for Men now is the perfect time to introduce this new sub-zone tournament. I want to thank PNG for putting their hand up to run this tournament for Melanesia.' Papua New Guinea has a proven track record hosting events with the very successful 2015 Pacific Games being held in Port Moresby. 'It's shaping up to be a massive year for PNG Basketball, especially with us hosting the inaugural FIBA Melanesian Basketball Cup,' commented Basketball Federation of Papua New Guinea Executive Officer, Joel Khalu. 'We'll need to make sure our national teams are well equipped to do battle on-court against Fiji, New Caledonia, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.' 'We are excited for PNG to host the first Melanesian Basketball Cup in September this year,' added FIBA Oceania Executive Director, David Crocker. 'PNG have a fantastic facility and cohort of volunteers from the 2015 Pacific Games who are all eager to contribute to another international event.' The inclusion of sub-zone competition offers greater preparation opportunities for national teams. 'This event provides National Federations with another opportunity for their best players to come together and compete as a team at the highest level,' said Crocker. 'With a spot in the 2019 Pacific Games on the line, the cup is sure to be fiercely contested' The stakes are very high for the Melanesian Cup as the top three (3) teams from the tournament will represent their region at the 2019 Pacific Games in Tonga. From this event the top two (2) teams will qualify to the 2025 FIBA Asia Cup Pre-Qualifiers. These two teams will start their 2025 FIBA Asia Cup qualifying campaign during the 2023 qualification windows. On the Women's side, the top two (2) teams from the 2019 Pacific Games will qualify for the FIBA Women's Asia Cup 2021 - Level II. With the inclusion of FIBA's new competition system and sub-zone cups, basketball fans around the world will be exposed to more national level basketball than ever before.
Courtesy of: fiba.com



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Emanuel Pellot (ex Calero) is a newcomer at Villa San Martin - by Eurobasket News

TNA newcomer Club Atletico Villa San Martin strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old Puerto Rican power forward Emanuel Pellot (206-104kg-93, college: Florida A&M). He played in the summer at Calero in Bolivian Libobasquet.
Pellot received All-Suncoast Conference Honorable Mention award back in 2014 at his college time.
Pellot was a member of Puerto Rican U16 National Team in 2009.
He has played also professionally in Puerto Rico (Aguadilla).
Pellot attended Florida A&M University until 2015 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  RUSSIA  

Higher League stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Andrey SEMENOV
  Runa B.
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Semenov, Runa B.20.7 
 2. Ageev, Stroitie.17.5 
 3. Pisarchuk, Burevest.15.4 
 4. Zhukanenko, Cheb.Yas.14.4 
 5. Zuev, Spartak SP14.3 
 6. Gladyshev, Dyn-Magn.13.9 
 7. Hloponin, Spart.13.7 
 8. Kaytukov, Dynam.13.5 
 9. Babushkin, Spart.13.4 
 10. Tkachenko, Cheb.Yas.13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nikita GRESEV
  Tambov
  (204-F-88)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Gresev, Tambov9.1 
 2. Zaykin, Stroitie.8.3 
 3. Semenov, Runa B.7.4 
 4. Pisarchuk, Burevest.7.1 
 5. Dubinin, Dyn-Magn.6.9 
 6. Tarasov, Runa B.6.8 
 7. Vertelov, Dyn-Magn.6.3 
 8. Gafarov, Dynam.6.2 
 9. Babushkin, Spart.6.1 
 10. Voron, Tambov6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Vasiliy GLADYSHEV
  Dyn-Magn.
  (189-PG-83)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Gladyshev, Dyn-Magn.4.6 
 2. Osokin, Dyn-Magn.4.6 
 3. Getmanov, Cheb.Yas.4.2 
 4. Ageev, Stroitie.4.0 
 5. Ilmenkov, Burevest.4.0 
 6. Metreveli, Runa B.3.9 
 7. Zhukanenko, Cheb.Yas.3.6 
 8. Zagnoyko, Tambov3.5 
 9. Zuev, Spartak SP3.4 
 10. Tumanov, Tambov3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Vasiliy GLADYSHEV
  Dyn-Magn.
  (189-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Gladyshev, Dyn-Magn.2.8 
 2. Metreveli, Runa B.2.4 
 3. Getmanov, Cheb.Yas.2.2 
 4. Bartunov, Spart.1.9 
 5. Ageev, Stroitie.1.7 
 6. Sokolov, Runa B.1.7 
 7. Ilmenkov, Burevest.1.6 
 8. Zvarykin, Stroitie.1.6 
 9. Semenov, Runa B.1.6 
 10. Osokin, Dyn-Magn.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Illya MARCHENKO
  Cheb.Yas.
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Marchenko, Cheb.Yas.1.4 
 2. Babushkin, Spart.1.2 
 3. Gresev, Tambov1.1 
 4. Epanov, Dyn-Magn.1.0 
 5. Voronchikhin, Stroitie.1.0 
 6. Sazonov, Burevest.1.0 
 7. Magan, Cheb.Yas.0.9 
 8. Pershin, Tambov0.9 
 9. Semenov, Runa B.0.9 
 10. Pugachev, Runa B.0.8 


EuroLeague: CSKA ease past Maccabi in Moscow - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Maccabi Tel Aviv 93:81

CSKA stormed past Maccabi Tel Aviv for the 17th victory in EuroLeague regular season. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) was pivotal with 29 points for the hosts.
CSKA sank 26 points in the opening frame to gain a 12-point lead. Maccabi tried to live up to the challenge in the second quarter. The visitors drained 34 points to get within 6 points at halftime 48:54. CSKA however improved defensively in the third term. They limited Maccabi to just 12 points in the quarter and opened a 9-point lead at the final break. CSKA nailed 24 points in the fourth stanza and rallied to the win. Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86, agency: BeoBasket) finished with 14 points and 10 boards, while Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) added 11 points and 8 assists for the winners. Sylven Landesberg (198-F/G-90, college: Virginia) responded with 19 points for Maccabi. Victor Rudd (205-F-91, college: S.Florida) banked in 14 points in the defeat.

CSKA: Nando De Colo 29, Kyle Hines 14+10 boards, Milos Teodosic 11
Maccabi: Sylven Landesberg 19, Victor Rudd 14



Spartak Primorie Vladivostok inks Jeremy Bynum, ex Olimpi - by Eurobasket News

Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (Superleague 1) agreed terms with 29-year old American guard Jeremy Bynum (193-89kg-88, college: Jacksonville State). He played last season at Olimpi in Georgian Superleague. In 27 games he had very impressive stats: 16.7ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Georgian League 3rd Team.
The previous (14-15) season Bynum was tested by Arkadia Lions (A Bundesliga) in Austrian league.
He has played also professionally in Portugal (Galitos-Barreiro).
Bynum is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league on the market.
He attended Jacksonville State until 2012 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Nikita Gresev gets MVP of the Week award for Russian Superleague 2 - by Eurobasket News

Nikita Gresev (204-F-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's leader Tambov and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Superleague 2 Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 28-year old forward had a double-double of 16 points and eleven rebounds, while his team crushed Cheb.Yastreby (#2, 20-10) with 20-point margin 82-62. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Tambov to consolidate first place in the Russian Superleague 2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Tambov has a very solid 22-7 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Gresev has many years of experience at Tambov, through which he has constantly improved. Gresev has impressive league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 9.1rpg. Gresev is in league's top in and averages solid 1.1bpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 33-year old point guard Vasiliy Gladyshev (189-PG-83) of Dyn-Magn.ChL. Gladyshev impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Dyn-Magn.ChL was edged by the lower-ranked Spartak SP (#7, 13-17) 70-68. Dyn-Magn.ChL managed to keep the same 3rd spot in the standings. His team's 17-13 record is not bad at all. Gladyshev is well-known by Dyn-Magn.ChL fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 13.9ppg (#6). He also recorded 4.7 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was Alexei Kotishevskiy (198-F-85) of Stroitiel Engels (#5). Kotishevskiy showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, six rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Kotishevskiy's great performance Stroitiel Engels lost 69-77 to slightly higher-ranked Dynamo-CBK (#4, 15-14). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Stroitiel Engels needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 15 victories and 15 lost games. Kotishevskiy has a very solid season. In 29 games in Russia he scored 10.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Artem Pisarchuk (205-C/F-92) of Burevestnik - 19 points and 5 rebounds
5. Nikolay Dolmatov (202-F-88) of Cheb.Yastreby - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Ilya Luppo (200-C-94) of Spartak SP - 20 points and 5 rebounds
7. Vyacheslav Voronchikhin (208-C-91) of Stroitiel Engels - 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Pavel Gromyko (197-SF-89) of Burevestnik - 23 points and 7 rebounds
9. Nail Gafarov (198-F-88) of Dynamo-CBK - 13 points and 7 rebounds
10. Sergei Dubinin (206-C-85) of Dyn-Magn.ChL - 18 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)



Superleague 2 Round 28: Tambov top Dynamo-CBK in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

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

An interesting game for Tambov (22-7) which hosted in Tambov 4th ranked Dynamo-CBK (15-14). First ranked Tambov had an easy win 71-52. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Dynamo-CBK. They outrebounded Dynamo-CBK 51-27 including a 38-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Tambov looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of center Andrey Voron (208-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Nikita Gresev (204-88) contributed with 13 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Tamirlan Bekkiev (204-92) replied with 16 points and 7 rebounds for Dynamo-CBK. Dynamo-CBK's coach Oleg Filin rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Tambov have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 22-7 record. Dynamo-CBK at the other side keeps the fourth place with 14 games lost. Tambov are looking forward to face Stroitiel Engels (#5) on the road in the next round. Dynamo-CBK will play against the league's second-placed Cheb.Yastreby in Cheboksari and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Engels was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Cheb.Yastreby (20-10) played at the court of 5th ranked Stroitiel Engels (15-15). Cheb.Yastreby managed to secure a 5-point victory 85-80. Worth to mention a great performance of Stepan Getmanov (200-96) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds, 13 assists and 7 steals and Anton Bogdan who added 24 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from downtown making all five shots) during the contest. At the losing side power forward Aleksandr Zaykin (206-84) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 17 rebounds. Cheb.Yastreby maintains second position with 20-10 record having just one point less than leader Tambov. Stroitiel Engels at the other side keep the fifth place with 15 games lost. Cheb.Yastreby will play against Dynamo-CBK (#4) in Stavropol in the next round. Stroitiel Engels will play at home against the league's leader Tambov and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Jaroslav supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Dyn-Magn.ChL (17-13) played at the court of 6th ranked Burevestnik (13-17). Dyn-Magn.ChL smashed Burevestnik 94-71 on Wednesday. The winners were led by Aleksey Osokin who scored that evening 16 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Even 21 points and 6 rebounds by Pavel Gromyko did not help to save the game for Burevestnik. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Dyn-Magn.ChL maintains third position with 17-13 record having four points less than leader Tambov. Loser Burevestnik keeps the sixth place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Spartak SP. Dyn-Magn.ChL will meet bottom-ranked Runa Basket (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Burevestnik will play against Spartak St.Petersburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 28 bottom-ranked Runa Basket was beaten by Spartak SP on the road 84-80.

Stroitiel Engels - Cheb.Yastreby 80-85

The game in Engels was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Cheb.Yastreby (20-10) played at the court of 5th ranked Stroitiel Engels (15-15). Cheb.Yastreby managed to secure a 5-point victory 85-80. Cheb.Yastreby made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 61.9 percentage. Cheb.Yastreby players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Stroitiel Engels were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Stepan Getmanov (200-96) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds, 13 assists and 7 steals and power forward Anton Bogdan (198-86) who added 24 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from downtown making all five shots) during the contest. Four Cheb.Yastreby players scored in double figures. At the losing side power forward Aleksandr Zaykin (206-84) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 17 rebounds and forward Alexei Kotishevskiy (198-85) scored 19 points and 6 assists. Cheb.Yastreby maintains second position with 20-10 record having just one point less than leader Tambov. Stroitiel Engels at the other side keep the fifth place with 15 games lost. Cheb.Yastreby will play against Dynamo-CBK (#4) in Stavropol in the next round. Stroitiel Engels will play at home against the league's leader Tambov and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Stroitiel Engels: A.Zaykin 26+17reb+2ast, A.Kotishevskiy 19+2reb+6ast, S.Rasskazov 15+3reb+2ast, A.Ageev 9+2reb+10ast, V.Voronchikhin 6+3reb+3ast, V.Magan 5+2reb
Cheb.Yastreby: A.Bogdan 24+5reb+3ast, S.Getmanov 19+5reb+13ast, N.Tkachenko 18+4reb, S.Zhulkov 11+1reb+2ast, E.Bogdan 8+4reb+2ast, N.Dolmatov 2+7reb+2ast
gschID: 534877


Spartak SP - Runa Basket 84-80

The game between closely ranked teams ended with seventh ranked Spartak St.Petersburg's (13-17) home victory over bottom-ranked Runa Basket (4-26) 84-80 on Wednesday. The winners were led by forward Alexey Babushkin (196-94) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and forward Denis Hloponin (206-81) supported him with 21 points. Spartak St.Petersburg's coach Alexey Vasiliev used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Even 19 points and 9 rebounds by forward Andrey Semenov (201-90, college: JMU) did not help to save the game for Runa Basket. Point guard Kirill Sokolov (192-93) added 20 points for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Spartak St.Petersburg moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Burevestnik. Runa Basket lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 26 lost games. Spartak St.Petersburg will meet at home Burevestnik (#6) in the next round. Runa Basket will play against Dyn-Magn.ChL and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Runa Basket: K.Sokolov 20+3reb+3ast, A.Semenov 19+9reb+2ast, N.Shantaley 13+3reb+1ast, A.Metreveli 11+3reb+3ast, S.Vdovin 7+4reb+1ast, V.Ivanov 6+2reb+1ast
Spartak SP: D.Hloponin 21+3reb+3ast, A.Babushkin 20+11reb+2ast, I.Luppo 10+2reb, A.Toporkov 10+4reb, F.Shpakov 6+2ast, D.Bubnov 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 534875


Burevestnik - Dyn-Magn.ChL 71-94

The game in Jaroslav supposed to be also quite interesting. Third ranked Dyn-Magn.ChL (17-13) played at the court of 6th ranked Burevestnik (13-17). Dyn-Magn.ChL smashed Burevestnik 94-71 on Wednesday. Dyn-Magn.ChL dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Burevestnik's 30. Dyn-Magn.ChL forced 20 Burevestnik turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The winners were led by point guard Aleksey Osokin (178-89) who scored that evening 16 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and center Sergei Dubinin (206-85) supported him with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Four Dyn-Magn.ChL players scored in double figures. Even 21 points and 6 rebounds by Pavel Gromyko (197-89) did not help to save the game for Burevestnik. The former international power forward Artem Pisarchuk (205-92) added 13 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Dyn-Magn.ChL maintains third position with 17-13 record having four points less than leader Tambov. Loser Burevestnik keeps the sixth place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Spartak SP. Dyn-Magn.ChL will meet bottom-ranked Runa Basket (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Burevestnik will play against Spartak St.Petersburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Burevestnik: P.Gromyko 21+6reb+1ast, I.Chernov 13+1reb+5ast, A.Pisarchuk 13+9reb+2ast, A.Isakov 8+1reb+2ast, P.Krykov 7+4reb, P.Ilmenkov 4+4reb+1ast
Dyn-Magn.ChL: S.Dubinin 16+7reb+1ast, A.Osokin 16+6reb+8ast, Y.Tikanov 15+2reb+4ast, V.Gladyshev 15+1reb+3ast, A.Kokhelnikov 12, P.Moshkovskiy 9+2reb+4ast
gschID: 534876


Tambov - Dynamo-CBK 71-52

An interesting game for Tambov (22-7) which hosted in Tambov 4th ranked Dynamo-CBK (15-14). First ranked Tambov had an easy win 71-52. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Dynamo-CBK. They outrebounded Dynamo-CBK 51-27 including a 38-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Tambov looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of center Andrey Voron (208-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Nikita Gresev (204-88) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Five Tambov players scored in double figures. Tamirlan Bekkiev (204-92) replied with 16 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized Kazakhstan forward Nail Gafarov (198-88) added 4 points and 7 assists in the effort for Dynamo-CBK. Dynamo-CBK's coach Oleg Filin rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Tambov have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 22-7 record. Dynamo-CBK at the other side keeps the fourth place with 14 games lost. Tambov are looking forward to face Stroitiel Engels (#5) on the road in the next round. Dynamo-CBK will play against the league's second-placed Cheb.Yastreby in Cheboksari and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dynamo-CBK: T.Bekkiev 16+7reb, V.Smorkachev 10+2reb+1ast, I.Kaytukov 6+2reb+2ast, M.Abyzov 6+1reb+1ast, A.Karpov 5+2reb, N.Gafarov 4+2reb+7ast
Tambov: A.Voron 17+10reb+5ast, M.Kuznetsov 14+2reb+2ast, N.Gresev 13+15reb+1ast, I.Gavrilov 12+11reb+2ast, R.Tumanov 12+4reb+4ast, O.Alferov 2
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MAFC Budapest lands Uros Duvnjak - by Eurobasket News

MAFC Budapest (A Division) tabbed 31-year old Serbian shooting guard Uros Duvnjak (190-86, agency: BeoBasket). He played recently at Apollon Patras in Greek A1 league. Duvnjak managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year (!!!). In 8 A1 games he averaged 4.1ppg and 1.3apg. He also played earlier that season for Karpos Sokoli in FYR Macedonian league where in 9 A1 games he had 5.2ppg. Duvnjak also played 2 games in Balkan League where he recorded 9.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.5spg. His team made it to the Macedonian final.
Duvnjak was a member of Serbian University National Team back in 2007.
He is a very experienced player. Duvnjak has played also professionally in Germany (Braunschweig), Poland (Poznan PBG Basket) and Serbia (Atlas, Vojvodina Srbijagas, Crvena Zvezda, Radnicki KG 06 and Mega Leks).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Uros is one of the most Promising Player in Yugoslavia. He should continue to play and develop as a playmaker. Uros is very fast, good jumper and great fighter in the court. He has great technical abilities with a great sense for the game and assists, good in shooting and penetrating, responsible in defense.

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SBL Round 34: Prievidza lose to Handlova - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in MBK Handlova between third ranked Prievidza (20-10) and seventh ranked Handlova (15-16) on Wednesday night. Prievidza was defeated by Handlova in a tough game on the road 67-75. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Nenad Milosevic (190-83, agency: 011 Sports) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 5 assists (made all of his eight free throws). The former international power forward Peter Sedmak (207-85, agency: 011 Sports) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Croatian forward Igor Maric (196-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for Prievidza. Newly promoted Handlova maintains seventh position with 15-16 record. Prievidza lost fourth consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the third place with ten games lost. Handlova are looking forward to face league's second-placed Inter Bratislava on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Prievidza will play against Iskra Svit and is hoping to win this game.
An interesting game for Kosice (25-5) which hosted in Kosice their biggest opponent Inter Bratislava (23-8). First ranked Kosice had an easy win 91-71. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Inter Bratislava. Serbian guard Stefan Matovic (203-91, agency: BeoExcell) scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Michal Batka chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side the former international power forward Radoslav Rancik (205-79, college: St.Cloud St., agency: BeoBasket) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kosice have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 25-5 record. Inter Bratislava at the other side keeps the second place with eight games lost. Kosice will play against Karlovka (#9) in Bratislava in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Inter Bratislava will play at home against Handlova (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Nitra managed to get a third victory, breaking the thirteen-game losing streak on Wednesday night. This time they won against ninth-ranked Karlovka in Bratislava 84-76. Eddi Jurjevic notched 22 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the effort. Even 14 points and 8 rebounds by Filip Lehman did not help to save the game for Karlovka. Karlovka's coach Peter Ivanovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Nitra maintains eleventh position with 3-27 record. Karlovka lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 22 games lost. Nitra will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Karlovka will play against the league's leader Kosice (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
The game in Svit was also worth to mention about. 4th ranked Levice (20-11) played at the court of sixth ranked Iskra Svit (16-15). Iskra Svit managed to secure a 8-point victory 92-84. Sasa Avramovic fired 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Iskra Svit's coach Michal Madzin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Iskra Svit have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 16-15 record. Levice at the other side keeps the fourth place with 11 games lost. Iskra Svit's next round opponent will be higher ranked Prievidza (#3) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Levice will play against Nova Ves and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 34 Lucenec beat Nova Ves on the road 77-72.

Handlova - Prievidza 75-67

The most important game in the last round took place in MBK Handlova between third ranked Prievidza (20-10) and seventh ranked Handlova (15-16) on Wednesday night. Prievidza was defeated by Handlova in a tough game on the road 67-75. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Nenad Milosevic (190-83, agency: 011 Sports) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 5 assists (made all of his eight free throws). The former international power forward Peter Sedmak (207-85, agency: 011 Sports) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Handlova players scored in double figures. Croatian forward Igor Maric (196-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and American-Swedish point guard Omar Krayem (186-86, college: Cal.Baptist) added 14 points in the effort for Prievidza. Newly promoted Handlova maintains seventh position with 15-16 record. Prievidza lost fourth consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the third place with ten games lost. Handlova are looking forward to face league's second-placed Inter Bratislava on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Prievidza will play against Iskra Svit and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Prievidza: O.Krayem 14+3reb+2ast, M.Batina 11+2reb+1ast, I.Maric 11+10reb+1ast, R.Dramicanin 10+1reb, M.Milovanovic 9+9reb+1ast, A.Jones 9+6reb+3ast
Handlova: N.Milosevic 18+4reb+5ast, P.Sedmak 17+6reb+2ast, N.Gudzic 13+9reb+1ast, P.Stamenkovic 11+3reb+5ast, I.Zejak 5+4reb, L.Stria 4+2reb+5ast
gschID: 475486


Karlovka - Nitra 76-84

Bottom-ranked Nitra managed to get a third victory, breaking the thirteen-game losing streak on Wednesday night. This time they won against ninth-ranked Karlovka in Bratislava 84-76. Nitra forced 19 Karlovka turnovers. Croatian forward Eddi Jurjevic (202-93) notched 22 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Czech forward Jakub Kasa (203-92) supported him with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Even 14 points and 8 rebounds by forward Filip Lehman (197-87) did not help to save the game for Karlovka. Center Ivan Zidzik (208-90, college: NW Nazarene) added 13 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Karlovka's coach Peter Ivanovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Nitra maintains eleventh position with 3-27 record. Karlovka lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 22 games lost. Nitra will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Karlovka will play against the league's leader Kosice (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Karlovka: F.Lehman 14+8reb, I.Zidzik 13+7reb, J.Hasan 13+1reb, M.Kozar 11+1reb+3ast, M.Podhorsky 6+5reb+2ast, D.Stransky 5+3reb
Nitra: E.Jurjevic 22+7reb+2ast, J.Kasa 14+8reb+1ast, J.Dogbo 13+5reb+1ast, A.Samek 10+3reb+1ast, P.Pipiska 8+6reb+2ast, R.Rozanek 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 475483


Kosice - Inter Bratislava 91-71

An interesting game for Kosice (25-5) which hosted in Kosice their biggest opponent Inter Bratislava (23-8). First ranked Kosice had an easy win 91-71. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Inter Bratislava. Kosice forced 22 Inter Bratislava turnovers. Inter Bratislava was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Serbian guard Stefan Matovic (203-91, agency: BeoExcell) scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Michal Batka (204-87) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Kosice players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international power forward Radoslav Rancik (205-79, college: St.Cloud St., agency: BeoBasket) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and Serbian Nemanja Barac (194-90, agency: 011 Sports) scored 11 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kosice have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 25-5 record. Inter Bratislava at the other side keeps the second place with eight games lost. Kosice will play against Karlovka (#9) in Bratislava in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Inter Bratislava will play at home against Handlova (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Inter Bratislava: R.Rancik 12+10reb+1ast, N.Barac 11+3reb+2ast, A.Radukic 9+6reb, J.Kinney 8+3reb+2ast, A.Vlahovic 7+2ast, M.Kozlik 7+2reb
Kosice: M.Batka 20+7reb, L.White 19+4reb+1ast, S.Matovic 17+5reb+5ast, S.Baldovsky 12+4reb, M.Ziak 9+2reb+7ast, N.Nikolic 7+7ast
gschID: 475487


Iskra Svit - Levice 92-84

The game in Svit was also worth to mention about. 4th ranked Levice (20-11) played at the court of sixth ranked Iskra Svit (16-15). Iskra Svit managed to secure a 8-point victory 92-84. Iskra Svit made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Levice helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian point guard Sasa Avramovic (193-93, agency: BeoBasket) fired 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Evan Singletary (185-94, college: Albany) chipped in 20 points and 5 assists. Iskra Svit's coach Michal Madzin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Serbian forward Zarko Djuric (202-89) produced 18 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian guard Dejan Djokic (187-89) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Iskra Svit have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 16-15 record. Levice at the other side keeps the fourth place with 11 games lost. Iskra Svit's next round opponent will be higher ranked Prievidza (#3) on the road and it may be quite challenging game. Levice will play against Nova Ves and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Levice: Z.Djuric 18+8reb+1ast, D.Djokic 16+2reb+3ast, J.Summers 15+3reb+1ast, J.Nofflet 10+4reb, I.Josipovic 7+5reb, J.Musil 7+3reb+1ast
Iskra Svit: E.Singletary 20+2reb+5ast, S.Jankovic 18+4reb+3ast, S.Avramovic 15+9reb+3ast, B.Belavy 12, P.Losonsky 10+11reb, J.Fleming 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 475485


Nova Ves - Lucenec 72-77

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Lucenec (14-16) beat on the road 10th ranked Nova Ves (6-25) 77-72. Serbian swingman Milic Blagojevic (200-91) fired 30 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Rashun Davis (180, college: Radford) chipped in 30 points and 5 rebounds. Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American-Jamaican Phil Henry (203-91, college: E.New Mexico, agency: Global Sports Plaza) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Vladimir Hovanak (193-82) added 10 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Four Nova Ves players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Lucenec maintains eighth position with 14-16 record. Nova Ves at the other side keep the tenth place with 25 games lost. Lucenec's next round opponent will be higher ranked Rieker KN (#5) in Komarno and it may be quite challenging game. Nova Ves will play on the road against Levice (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Nova Ves: P.Henry 15+11reb+1ast, A.Solevic 13+7reb+1ast, D.Lenart 11+1reb, M.Majercak 10+3ast, V.Hovanak 10+11reb+5ast, V.Juricek 7+6reb+1ast
Lucenec: M.Blagojevic 30+9reb+1ast, R.Davis 30+5reb+2ast, A.Rountree III 11+12reb+4ast, M.Rendla 3+7reb, J.Pressley 3+9reb, B.Pipiska 0+6reb
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Omar Krayem (ex Globalport) signs at Prievidza - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion BC Prievidza (SBL) landed 31-year old American (has also Swedish passport) point guard Omar Krayem (186-87kg-86, college: Cal.Baptist). He played in the summer at Globalport in Filipino PBA league. Krayem managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). First he played at Boras Basket in Swedish Basketligan where in 27 games he averaged impressive 16.0ppg, 4.4rpg, 6.2apg and 1.6spg. Krayem helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team. Krayem also played 10 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had very remarkable stats: 20.4ppg, 4.4rpg, 6.6apg and 1.7spg.
Among other achievements Krayem received Eurobasket.com All-Swedish BasketEttan Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Swedish BasketEttan Import Player of the Year award back in 2011 and 2014.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Krayem experienced life in five different countries playing on four different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Krayem has played previously professionally in Finland (Tapiolan Honka), Hungary (Kormend and Zalakeramia-ZTE KK), Mexico (Mineros de Caborca), Sweden (Umea and White Eagles) and Palestine (Sarriyet).
He attended California Baptist University until 2009 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Krayem's outlook: Exciting point guard with terrific leadership skills. Possesses speed and quickness. Omar can run a team and knocks down shots with consistency. Very good in pick n' roll and the open floor.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Tajfun Sentjur lands Tomaz Jereb - by Zeljko Zule

Tajfun Sentjur added another new player to their roster by inking Tomaz Jereb (192-G-91) until June 2019.
Jereb arrives from League Two (2SKL) side Konjice, where he averaged 18.5 points (ranked second), 5.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists (ranked second), 2.9 steals and 0.5 blocks in 15 games this season.
Jereb grew up with Rogla Zrece and has already played for Maribor Messer. In his last Slovenian A1 League's season, 2013-14 with Maribor Messer, Jereb averaged 6.1 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 steals in 27 games.



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Zornotza inks Khalid Mutakabbir - by Eurobasket News

Ametx Zornotza (LEB Silver) signed 26-year old American (has also Jamaican passport) guard Khalid Mutakabbir (193-86kg-91, college: Presbyterian, agency: Duran International). He played recently at Palma in the LEB Gold, but was released by the team last month. In 6 games he had 5.5ppg and 3.2rpg this season. LEB Silver will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Mutakabbir played also at Palma (also in LEB Gold) where in 8 games he recorded 8.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.0spg.
He has played previously professionally also in Greece (Aiolos Trikallon).
Mutakabbir attended Presbyterian College until 2013 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Pau-Lacq-Orthez lands Taquan Dean, ex Iberostar Tener. - by Eurobasket News

Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (ProA) landed experienced 34-year old American guard Taquan Dean (193-90kg-83, college: Louisville, agency: Two Points). He started the season at Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias in Spanish Liga Endesa. But in 8 games he averaged just 1.9ppg this season. Dean also played 6 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 4.5ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.0apg. The last summer he was tested by Hoops Club (Pepsi LBL) in Lebanese league.
Among other achievements Dean won Iranian Superleague championship title for two years in a row (2015 and 2016).
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Dean experienced life in six different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Dean has played previously professionally in Greece (Kavala), Italy (Scandone Avellino), Russia, Turkey (Aliaga and Socar Petkim) and Iran (Petrochimi and Mahram).
He attended University of Louisville until 2006 and it is his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Dean's outlook: A tough player who brings a great energy on the court. Shoots extremely well from long distance, he's the ideal man to serve just out from screens. Thanks to his great hustle and shooting skills, he can build a succesful career in the European leagues, while he could have size problems (true height is around 6-3) in playing the 2 position at NBA level.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Omar Krayem (ex Globalport) signs at Prievidza - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion BC Prievidza (SBL) landed 31-year old American (has also Swedish passport) point guard Omar Krayem (186-87kg-86, college: Cal.Baptist). He played in the summer at Globalport in Filipino PBA league. Krayem managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). First he played at Boras Basket in Swedish Basketligan where in 27 games he averaged impressive 16.0ppg, 4.4rpg, 6.2apg and 1.6spg. Krayem helped them to make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan 2nd Team and All-Domestic Players Team. Krayem also played 10 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had very remarkable stats: 20.4ppg, 4.4rpg, 6.6apg and 1.7spg.
Among other achievements Krayem received Eurobasket.com All-Swedish BasketEttan Player of the Year award and Eurobasket.com All-Swedish BasketEttan Import Player of the Year award back in 2011 and 2014.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Krayem experienced life in five different countries playing on four different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Krayem has played previously professionally in Finland (Tapiolan Honka), Hungary (Kormend and Zalakeramia-ZTE KK), Mexico (Mineros de Caborca), Sweden (Umea and White Eagles) and Palestine (Sarriyet).
He attended California Baptist University until 2009 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Krayem's outlook: Exciting point guard with terrific leadership skills. Possesses speed and quickness. Omar can run a team and knocks down shots with consistency. Very good in pick n' roll and the open floor.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Harun number one in Swedish Basketettan for round 5 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

Guard Sami Harun (192-G-98) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked KFUM Fryshuset, receiving a Eurobasket.com Basketettan Player of the Week award for round 5 (Second Stage).
The 18-year old player was the main contributor (34 points, two rebounds and seven assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat KFUM Blackeberg (#4, 3-4) 93-82. KFUM Fryshuset was forced-out from the top positions in Swedish Basketettan. They are still close to the very top. KFUM Fryshuset would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 8-2 record. In the team's last game Harun had a remarkable 68.8% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. It's his second year at KFUM Fryshuset and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Sami Harun has solid league stats. He is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 5.5apg) and averages impressive 55.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old British Oladapo Ayuba (198-PF-86) of league's leader Djurgarden. Ayuba had a very good evening with a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Djurgarden cruised to a 94-86 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Trelleborg (#4, 4-4). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in Superettan. Djurgarden consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. He plays for the best team in the league and Djurgarden managed to win all 8 games keeping a perfect record. Ayuba is a newcomer at Djurgarden, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.0ppg (#9). He also registered 8.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Marcus Friman (203-C-95) of league's top team Norrort. Friman got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds . He was a key player of Norrort, leading his team to a 88-85 win against #2 ranked KFUM Fryshuset. Many experts and fans count Norrort as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 9 victories and only one lost game. They are currently at the very top of the standings in Basketettan. Friman has a very solid season. In 15 games in Sweden he scored 18.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Franck Kouagnia (201-F-89) of Eskilstuna - 26 points and 13 rebounds
5. Ronnie Boggs (192-G-91) of Koping - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists
6. Pontus Lennartsson (198-F-93) of Eskilstuna - 18 points and 10 rebounds
7. Filip Sjostrom (200-F-90) of Hogsbo - 23 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Oliver Gehrke (198-F) of Jamtland II - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Jacob Bodin (190-G-97) of KFUM Fryshuset - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Tobias Skyttevall (196-F-95) of KFUM Uppsala - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Sixers, Hawks trade Ersan Ilyasova, Tiago Splitter - by Eurobasket News

The Philadelphia 76ers have acquired center Tiago Splitter (6'11''-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances), a second-round pick, and the option to swap a second-round pick from the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for forward Ersan Ilyasova (6'10''-F-87), President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo announced today. The Sixers will also receive a second-round pick from Atlanta (via Miami) and the right to swap the least favorable of the 2017 second-round picks received in the Sixers trade with the Utah Jazz with Atlanta's 2017 second-round pick. 'I want to thank Ersan Ilyasova for his positive contributions to this organization both on and off the basketball court,' Colangelo said. 'Ersan is a true professional whose daily examples of hard work, focus and consistency have helped facilitate the ongoing growth of our program and culture.' 'We are excited to welcome Ersan, and his family, to the Atlanta Hawks. He's a high-character, proven veteran who we've liked for many years and believe fits well within our system,' Hawks President of Basketball Operations/Head Coach Mike Budenholzer said. 'We also want to thank Tiago for his contributions on and off the court. We wish him all the best in the future.'
Ilyasova was acquired by Philadelphia on November 1, 2016 in a deal with Oklahoma City. In the midst of his ninth NBA season, he has appeared in 583 career games (353 starts) and holds averages of 11 points and six rebounds in 24 minutes per game. A native of Turkey, Ilyasova played in 53 games (40 starts) with the Sixers this season, averaging 15 points and six rebounds on 44 percent shooting from the field.
Splitter, a veteran of six NBA seasons, has appeared in 347 career games (153 starts) with San Antonio and Atlanta. He holds career averages of eight points and five rebounds in 19 minutes per game, while shooting 56 percent from the floor. Originally selected in the first round (28th overall) of the 2007 NBA Draft by the Spurs, the Brazilian native spent the first five seasons of his career in San Antonio (2010-15). During the Spurs' run to the 2014 NBA title, Splitter saw action in all 23 playoff games (18 starts), posting eight points and six rebounds per contest.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



EuroLeague: Fenerbahce spark late, silence Olympiacos - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce - Olympiacos 67:64

Fenerbahce went on a furious fourth-quarter run and beat Olympiacos for the 15th victory in regular season. Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) nailed 27 points to pace the Turkish team.
Fenerbahce and Olympiacos went neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 22:22 after ten minutes. Fenerbahce pulled ahead in the second term. The hosts jumped to a 40:34 halftime advantage. Olympiacos however turned things around in the third term. The Greek team ignited a 22:7 rally to secure a 56:47 advantage at the final break. But Fenerbahce responded with a massive 20:8 run in the fourth quarter to tame the visitors. Luigi Datome (203-F-87) provided 17 points, while Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, college: Troy, agency: BeoBasket) had 8 points for the home side. Erick Green (190-PG-91, college: Virginia Tech) responded with 17 points for Olympiacos. Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) tossed in 13 points in the loss.

Fenerbahce: Bogdan Bogdanovic 27, Luigi Datome 17, Bobby Dixon 8
Olympiacos: Erick Green 17, Kostas Papanikolaou 13



Demir IBB inks Thomas Abercrombie - by Eurobasket News

Demir Insaat Buyukcekmece Basket (BSL) agreed terms with 30-year old New Zealander international forward Thomas Abercrombie (198-87kg-87, college: Washington State). He started the season at Breakers in Australian NBL league. In 21 games he had 11.9ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.2apg this season. The last season Abercrombie played at Pinar Karsiyaka where in 11 BSL games he recorded 10.2ppg and 3.7rpg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Abercrombie played in the final of Australian NBL in 2016. He was also voted Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Honorable Mention in 2011, 2013 and 2016.
Abercrombie has been also a member of New Zealand international program for some years. He has regularly played for New Zealand senior team since 2006 and previously for University National Team back in 2007.
Abercrombie also represented New Zealand at the FIBA Oceania Championships two years ago.
His career allowed him to visit three different continents. Abercrombie tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Australia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in France (ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket), Spain (Gipuzkoa) and New Zealand (Sharks).
Abercrombie attended Washington State until 2008 and it is his ninth season as a professional player.
On Abercrombie: A very athletic wing, with great leaping ability and scoring skills. He can spend time at the 2 and 3 positions as well, he's for sure the best young player now in the NZBL- His recent imrovements could grant him a contract at higher level.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Khallid Hart leaves impact on Marist through highs and lows - by David Edole

Khallid Hart (188-G-95) has seen it all.

In his five years in Poughkeepsie, the Marist College men's basketball team's point guard has scored 1,818 points, earning several Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference honors along the way.

He's also played under three different head coaches, missed one season and much of another due to injuries, and lost 67 more games than he's won.

Hart has been the young star guard playing alongside talented upperclassmen, and the veteran charged with helping talented underclassmen mature.

'I was actually thinking about this the other day,' Hart said on Monday after the team's practice. 'It's crazy to think I've seen everything. I watched the whole school evolve. It's almost like the end of an era here. It's going to be bittersweet.''

On Thursday that feeling might kick in again for Hart, the Red Foxes' rock amid the program's unsteady recent past. He and Kentrall Brooks will be honored during a Senior Night ceremony before the Red Foxes' game against Quinnipiac. It is Marist's second-to-last game of the regular season and its final home game this year before the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament, which starts March 2.

Hart isn't yet sure what the future holds beyond that tournament, but hopes basketball will fit somewhere into the equation. And, wherever he goes next, he plans on taking the lessons he's learned at Marist and using them when necessary.

The biggest lesson, he said, has been perseverance.

' (The experience) has taught me a lot. Even through the lows,' Hart said. 'I learned a lot about team camaraderie and sticking together. I'm going to carry that beyond Marist.'

He's already passed some of that wisdom down, albeit in subtle ways, to the younger corps of Red Foxes.

'Khallid is a really good leader, on and off the court,' said sophomore guard Isaiah Lamb. 'Just learning how to be a leader from him is good. He leads by example most of the time. He's probably not the most vocal guy, but he leads by example by doing his work in class and being the first one in gym.'

Barring a deep run in the MAAC tournament, Hart will graduate fourth on Marist's all-time scoring list. He is only behind former NBA All-Star Rik Smits (1,945 points), Steve Smith (2,077) and the all-time leader, his former teammate, Chavaughn Lewis (2,119). This year, Hart has led the team in scoring at 17.7 points per game, after averaging 20.3 points a year ago to earn Second Team All-MAAC honors.

Still, for as many highlights as he's produced, his teammates were at the center of what he called one of his fondest memories.

Hart remembered an instance in which his team exemplified perseverance: on Feb. 14, 2014 against visiting Siena in his first healthy season.

On Feb. 14, 2014, Marist trailed Siena 64-60 at home with 12 seconds left, when Chavaughn Lewis drove the length of the floor to convert a layup. Jay Bowie then stole the ensuing inbounds pass and hit a 3-pointer from the corner to give the Red Foxes a one-point lead.

The Saints couldn't score with three seconds left and Marist won 65-64, prompting a dog pile at the center of the hardwood.

'We just had a huge mosh pit on the court,' Hart said. 'It was just amazing.'

Hart won the MAAC Rookie of the Year award that season, after sitting out what would have been his freshman season with an injury.

Yet, the highs have come with lows.

Hart was recruited by coach Chuck Martin out of The Sanford School in Newark, Delaware, but never played a game for him. With Hart sidelined, Martin was removed as coach at the end of the 2012-13 season, his fifth at the helm. Hart then played one season under coach Jeff Bower, only to see Bower leave to become the Detroit Pistons' general manager. Current coach Mike Maker took the reins before the 2014-15 season.

Such turmoil, Maker said, only makes Hart's accomplishments shine brighter.

'It's really difficult because when leadership changes, the message changes. It's like learning Russian, English and Spanish,' Maker said. 'Terminology is different, approach is different, expectations are different. And I think they (Hart and Brooks) have had to deal with that on so many different levels.'

Of course, his Hart and Brooks still have time left on the clock. And, the point guard would like nothing more than for Marist to make a run in the MAAC tournament. After the Red Foxes (7-22 overall, 4-14 MAAC) play Quinnipiac (10-18, 7-11), they finish the regular season against Siena in Loudonville Sunday before the postseason commences.

'MAAC tournament is win or go home. So whoever we have on the first night, we're going to go out and play like it's our last, leave it all the court,' Hart said. 'And we'll look at the results after that.'

Maker insists Hart has what it takes to play professionally. And, the coach said, even with more than 1,800 career points, Hart's greatest impact in Poughkeepsie may only be revealed in the future.

'The thing that he has to understand is the dividends - he isn't going to see them while he's here,' Maker said. 'It's impossible for us to replace him, but he's set a wonderful example, matured a lot in the last three years, both on and off the court. I'm really proud of him.'

A.J. Martelli: amartelli@poughkeepsiejournal.com, 845-437-4836, Twitter: @AJM_PoJoSports

Marist men vs. Quinnipiac

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: McCann Arena

Radio/On the Web: WKIP (1450 AM); goredfoxes.com

Khallid Hart

Year: Redshirt senior

Position: Guard

Games:107

Points: 1,818

Rebounds: 298

Assists: 230

Steals:133



Frank Elegar's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Virgin Islanders playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Frank Elegar
Frank Elegar
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup). He could not help Enisey in their last game. Despite Elegar's very good performance the third-placed Enisey lost 96-104 on the road to the leading Demir IBB in the group P of FIBA Europe Cup. He had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 11 rebounds. Elegar also added 2 blocks in 39 minutes on the court. It's Elegar's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Elegar averages: 16.2ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.4apg, 1.6bpg, 2FGP: 68.7%(68-99) and FT: 67.7% in 11 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and Guyanese. Elegar is currently a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.

Victor Cuthbert
Victor Cuthbert
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international forward Victor Cuthbert (197-83, college: Murray St., currently plays in South Korea). Cuthbert led ET Land Elephants to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Mobis Phoebus (22-20) 78-59 in the South Korean KBL on Saturday night. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 16 rebounds. Cuthbert also added 3 blocks in 32 minutes. Inchon ET Land Elephants (20-23) are placed sixth in the KBL. Cuthbert has relatively good stats this year: 11.3ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.1apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 56.5%(182-322), 3FGP: 29.9% in 43 games. He is in the roster of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.

Ivan Aska
Ivan Aska
   #3. The U.S. Virgin Islands player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Ivan Aska (201-90, college: Murray St., currently plays in South Korea) is a teammate of previously mentioned Victor Cuthbert and both played together in the last South Korean KBL game. Aska was the major contributor in an ET Land Elephants' victory against the closely-ranked Mobis Phoebus (22-20) 78-59. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. This season Aska has very high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 53.8% and FT: 51.7%. Aska is another player who holds two passports: U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican. He is also a member of the U.S. Virgin Islands senior national team.

Craig Williams
Craig Williams
   #4. Center Craig Williams (206-89, college: TCU, currently plays in Japan) led Orange Vikings to a victory over the fourth-ranked Aomori Watts (16-22) 88-81 in the Japanese B League D2 last Sunday. Williams was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds in 30 minutes. Ehime Orange Vikings (18-20) are placed fourth in West group. It was his 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. This year Williams has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 8.1rpg and 1.5apg in 35 games. He is also U.S. Virgin Islands national team player.

Jordan Murphy
Jordan Murphy
   #5. International forward Jordan Murphy (198-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Minnesota's victory against the University of Michigan (10-2) 83-78 in the NCAA on Sunday night. Murphy recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 15 rebounds. The University of Minnesota 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. Murphy has reliable stats this season: 10.8ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.1bpg. He has both American and U.S. Virgin Islands nationalities. Murphy plays currently for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team.

Khallid Hart
Khallid Hart
   #6. Guard Khallid Hart (188-95, currently studies in the States) contributed to a 2-point Marist's victory against the Canisius College (7-9) 76-74 in the NCAA in Sunday night's game. He scored 22 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 35 minutes. The Marist College has not so impressive 3-13 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. Hart is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Marist's roster. Hart has very impressive stats this season: 17.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.2apg in 28 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior U.S. Virgin Islands National Team roster.

Justin Gray
Justin Gray
   #7. International forward Justin Gray (198-95, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Texas Tech (5-8) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Texas Tech was edged 82-80 in Ames by the Iowa State University. Gray recorded 16 points and blocked 2 shots in 39 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. Gray has been at the team for four years. This season his overall stats are: 9.0ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.8apg in 27 games. Gray is also U.S. Virgin Islands national team player.

Javier Martinez
Javier Martinez
   #8. Forward Javier Martinez (201-93, agency: DTMones, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Tenn-Martin (8-4) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance the Tenn-Martin was crushed 90-61 at home by the Southeast Missouri State University. Martinez recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. Martinez plays fourth season for the team. His stats this year are: 12.2ppg, 8.2rpg and 1.5apg. Martinez plays currently for the U.S. Virgin Islands national team.

Angel Rivera
Angel Rivera
   #9. International guard Angel Rivera (173-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Stetson (2-9) in their game against the New Jersey Institute of Technology (3-8) in the NCAA. He scored only 4 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 8 assists. The Stetson was defeated 60-56 on their home court in DeLand by the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Rivera's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. Rivera's total stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 5.5apg. He is also in the roster of the U.S. Virgin Islands national team.

LeRon Smith
LeRon Smith
   #10. Guard LeRon Smith (190, currently plays in NAIA) managed to help Stillman College to win against the Tougaloo College crushing them 100-71 in the SIAC in Saturday night's game. He recorded only 2 points. The Stillman College has a very solid - record this season. This year Smith has very high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.7apg. Smith is an international player who is currently on the senior U.S. Virgin Islands National Team roster.

The list of other players, who all have U.S. Virgin Islands passport but never been selected to any of U.S. Virgin Islands national teams:

   #1. John Collins (208-F-97, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Wake Forest (6-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the Wake Forest was defeated 99-94 at home by the Duke University. Collins recorded a double-double by scoring 31 points and getting 15 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Collins has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.1ppg, 9.8rpg and 1.6bpg.

   #2. Deon Edwin (190-G-92, currently studies in the States) led Kent St. to a 3-point victory against the The University of Akron (2-10) 70-67 in the NCAA last Friday. Edwin scored 21 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The Kent State University has 4-7 conference record this season. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. Edwin's stats this season are: 13.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg.

   #3. Tony Aska (202-F, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to help the Southern Arkansas in their game against the Ouachita Baptist University in the NCAA2. He scored 8 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 32 minutes. his team lost 82-88 on the road to the Ouachita Baptist University. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA2 Regular Season. This year Aska's total stats are: 7.5ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.9bpg in 21 games he played so far.

   #4. Jahmiah Simmons (193-G, is currently at the American university) contributed to an Arkansas St.'s victory against the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (11-1) 67-58 in the NCAA in Friday night's game. Simmons scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. The Arkansas State University has a solid 8-3 conference record this season. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. This year Simmons' total stats are: 6.2ppg and 4.7rpg in 20 games.

   #5. Kyle Clarke (196-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the University of North Florida (3-8) 85-68 in the NCAA last Saturday. He scored 8 points. The Kennesaw State University has 6-5 conference record this season. Clarke's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. Clarke's total stats this season are: 4.4ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.5apg.

   #6. Desi Rodriguez (198-F-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Seton Hall to a victory against the Xavier University 71-64 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. He scored 22 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 37 minutes. Rodriguez has very impressive stats this year: 15.4ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.7apg in 27 games.



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Andriy Khokhonyk signs at Niko-Basket - by Eurobasket News

Higher League newcomer Niko-Basket Mykolaiv landed 20-year old point guard Andriy Khokhonyk (188-75kg-97). He started the season at MBC Mykolaiv (Superleague). Khokhonyk has played there for the last three years. Superleague was a little too high level for him, where in 20 Superleague games he averaged just 1.1ppg this season. Higher League will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Khokhonyk played also at Mykolaiv (SL Favorit Sport). Superleague was a little too high level for him, where in 19 SL Favorit Sport games he had only 1.3ppg and 1.5rpg.
He represented Ukraine at the European Championships U18 in Volos (Greece) two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 0.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.0apg.
Khokhonyk has played previously for MBC Mykolaiv-2.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Itzehoe Eagles Announce Deji Adekunle For Playoff Push - by Dockers Hoops

The Itzehoe Eagles have announced the signing of big man Deji Adekunle (209-F/C-92, college: Kaiser).

The 208cm center signed with the Eagles prior to the German Pro B transfer deadline in early January while still recovering from an injury.

Adekunle comes from the Plymouth Raiders in the UK BBL, where he was let go in December after sustaining what was thought to be a serious groin injury. He has since made a timely recovery and will return to action in near future as Itzehoe prepares for a playoff push.

Athletic and mobile, Adekunle will provide the Eagles with depth and an inside presence around the rim on both ends as the north German club looks to improve upon a 9-11 win-loss record with just two games remaining in the Pro B regular season.

'I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to help Itzehoe win any way that I can,' Adekunle, in his first professional season, said,

'It's a great situation to develop my game under a big-time coach (Patrick Elzie) and for a high-level club.'



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Magnoni starts his pro career at Gaiteros - by Eurobasket News

Gaiteros de Zulia (LPB) agreed terms with Venezuelan center Stefano Magnoni (201-100kg). Magnoni just graduated from Webber International University (NAIA). He has played there for the last three years.
As mentioned above he is just out of the college and it is his first season as a pro.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Zimbabwe basketball team geared up - by Anesu Chakanetsa

Zimbabwe National Men's basketball team is ready to tackle Southern African giants in Afro Basket (African Basketball) qualifiers, says the team coach Emmanuel Mukandi.
The team will be looking forward to qualify for their second time consecutively from their maiden appearance two years ago.
Zimbabwe and Zambia will host the 2017 Afro Basket qualifiers for eight participating countries in region 6 and 7 of Federation of International Basketball Association, (FIBA).
The actual continental tournament will be held in Congo's capital Brazzaville later this year.
Afro Basket is the continental body which governs basketball affairs in Africa.
The tournament FIBA African Championships, which is held after every two years, is also called AfroBasket.
FIBA is the World governing body.
Zimbabwe is grouped together with Mozambique, Seychelles and Botswana in group H while Angola, Zambia, Madagascar and South Africa are in group G.
Zambia will host group G from 12 to 18 March while Zimbabwe will host group H from 19 to 25 March.




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Rachael McCully signs at Flames - by Eurobasket News

Townsville Flames (QBL) landed experienced 35-year old former international guard Rachael McCully (170-82). She played recently at Townsville Fire in Australian WNBL. She has played there for the last seven years.
McCully won Australian WNBL championship title in 2015. She was a member of Australian Senior National Team back in 2011.
McCully used to play for Dandenong Rangers.
She is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in her extensive career, which she may end at Flames.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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WCBA Round 5 of Semi-Finals. Bayi advance into Finals - by Eurobasket News

Shenyang - Bayi 79-83

Bayi rallied past Shenyang to advance into WCBA Finals. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 26-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Bayi Kylin made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. Bayi Kylin outrebounded Shenyang Golden Lions 34-22 including 19 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was international center Mengran Sun (197-92) who scored 28 points and 8 rebounds. International center Nan Chen (197-83) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. The former international swingman Jiabao Jin (184-93) produced 20 points and 4 assists and international forward Meng Li (185-95) added 15 points and 6 assists respectively for the hosts. Four Shenyang Golden Lions players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Shenyang: J.Jiabao 20+4reb+4ast, L.Shuai 19+2reb+2ast, L.Meng 15+4reb+6ast, Z.Shuang 11+7reb+4ast, H.Jiali 7+3reb+1ast, J.Qiujiao 7+2reb
Bayi: S.Mengran 28+8reb+2ast, C.Nan 17+10reb+3ast, W.Xue 17+5reb+1ast, S.MengXin 9+2reb+5ast, L.Yang 8+7reb+5ast, P.Zhenqi 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 537183





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Capitalinas and Guantanamo step closer to the Final - by Eurobasket News

Capitalinas and Guantanamo step closer to the Final of the Liga Superior de Baloncesto femenina. Capitalinas took 2-0 lead in the series beating Camaguey 71-58 in the opener and 90-68 in game 2. Lisdeyvis Martinez (175-SG-89) stepped up with 16 points while Anilegna Colas Ortega (163-PG-95) added 13. Leidis Oquendo (180-F-82, agency: Pro Sports) ended up with 16 points in the losing effort.
Guantanamo meanwhile is also with a one win to the Finals after two victories against Santiago de Cuba. In game 1 they posted a 69-52 win and then added a 70-49 victory. Oslaidis Rojas (180-F-91) top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Yuleimys Leiva (181-F-97) had 12.



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EuroCup Women Quarter-Finals pairings drawn - by Eurobasket News

The EuroCup Women Quarter-Finals pairings have been arrived upon, following a draw in Munich on Thursday morning. Following the completion of the EuroCup Women Round of 8 on February 16 which decided the first four Quarter-Finalists, the remaining four were confirmed following the completion of the EuroLeague Women Regular Season on Wednesday evening. The 5th and 6th placed teams from each of the two EuroLeague Women Regular Season groups round out the eight teams.
The EuroCup Women Quarter-Finals pairings are as follows (the team listed second plays the return leg at home):
Wisla Can-Pack Krakow (POL)* vs. Hatay BB (TUR)*
Good Angels Kosice (SVK) vs. Galatasaray (TUR)
ESBVA-LM (FRA)* vs. Yakin Dogu Universitesi (TUR)
BLMA (FRA)* vs. Bellona AGU (TUR)

*Denotes a EuroLeague Women Regular Season team

In accordance with the EuroCup Women regulations, in instances when a EuroCup Women team has been drawn against a EuroLeague Women team, the EuroCup Women team automatically plays the return leg at home. In the remaining pairings, the team with the higher ranking at the end of the Regular Season of the respective competition plays the return leg at home. The Quarter-Finals will be played on March 7, with the return leg on March 10.
Courtesy of: fiba.com



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Euroleague round 14 best performance: Emma Meesseman - by Eurobasket News

Belgian Center Emma Meesseman (192-C-93, agency: LBM Management) had a great game in the last round for top-ranked UMMC, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (20 points, eight rebounds and two assists) to her team's victory, helping them to outclass CCC Polkowice (#8, 2-12) with 37-point margin 94-57. It allowed UMMC to consolidate first place in the Euroleague group B. UMMC has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 13-1. It was one of impressive evenings for Meesseman as usually she does not deliver so high stats. Emma Meesseman averages this season 11.1ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Lithuanian Gintare Petronyte (196-C/F-89) of Mersin BSB. Petronyte had a very good evening with 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Mersin BSB lost that game 52-75 to the higher-ranked Fenerbahce (#2, 11-3). Mersin BSB managed to keep the same 7th spot in group A. 12 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Mersin BSB managed to get this year. Petronyte is a newcomer at Mersin BSB, but is already one of team's top players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.1ppg (#5). She also registered 7.2 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Kia Vaughn (193-F/C-87) of USK Praha (#3). Vaughn scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Vaughn's great performance USK Praha lost 63-71 to #4 ranked Familia Schio. But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing USK Praha needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in group A. Their record is 9 victories and 5 lost games. Vaughn has a very solid season. In 14 games in Euroleague she scored 11.8ppg. She also has 6.1rpg and FGP: 52.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Shenise Johnson (181-G-90) of UNIQA Sopron - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) of Wisla Can-Pack - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Brittney Griner (203-C-90) of UMMC - 15 points and 7 rebounds
7. Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-PF-88) of Familia Schio - 20 points and 2 rebounds
8. Vanessa Gidden (192-C/F-85) of Wisla Can-Pack - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Tatiana Vidmer (191-C/F-86) of Dynamo K. - 18 points and 4 rebounds
10. Virginie Bremont (177-G-87) of Villeneuve - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists

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



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Helena Ciak selected the top French playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket News

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

Helena Ciak
Helena Ciak
#1. This week's number one is an international center Helena Ciak (197-89, currently plays in Russia). She led Dynamo Kursk to a victory over the closely-ranked MBA (8-10) crushing them 83-59 in the Russian PBL in Sunday night's game. Ciak was MVP of the game. She recorded 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 21 minutes on the court. Dynamo Kursk (17-1) is placed second in the PBL. It was her team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Ciak averages: 8.1ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 57.4% (54-94) and FT: 78.7% in 18 games she played so far. She has a dual citizenship: Polish and French. Ex-Tango Bourges Basket player is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Sandrine Gruda
Sandrine Gruda
#2. Second place goes to an international center Sandrine Gruda (193-87, currently plays in Turkey). Gruda could not help Fenerbahce (14-4) in their last game on Sunday. Despite her very good performance the league leader Fenerbahce was defeated 79-74 at home by the lower-ranked Abdullah Gul (#3). Gruda was the second best scorer with 15 points. She also added 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. It's Gruda's first season with the team. Gruda has relatively good stats this year: 13.6ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 54.9% and FT: 64.7%. She is in the roster of the French senior national team.

Nwal-Endene Miyem
Nwal-Endene Miyem
#3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Nwal-Endene Miyem (188-88, currently plays in Euroleague). Miyem was the main contributor in a Familia Schio's victory against the closely-ranked USK Praha (9-5) 71-63 in the Euroleague on Wednesday night. She was the best player in that game. Miyem scored 20 points in 28 minutes. Famila Wuber Schio (7-7) is placed fourth in group A. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Miyem has relatively solid stats: 14.1ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 66.1% (80-121) and FT: 81.3% in 14 games. Ex-Cercle Jean Mace Bourges player is also a member of the French senior national team.

Rudiane Eduardo
Rudiane Eduardo
#4. Forward Rudiane Eduardo (185-93, college: UTEP, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help ADBA (5-14) in their last game on Saturday. Despite her very good performance the 13th-placed ADBA (5-14) was badly defeated 66-47 on the road by the much higher-ranked Cortegada (#3) in the Group A. Eduardo was the top scorer with 17 points. She also added 6 rebounds and 3 blocks. Eduardo has reliable stats this season: 10.3ppg and 5.4rpg. She used to play for the French U18 national team back in 2011.

Rejane Verin
Rejane Verin
#5. Former U20 international forward Rejane Verin (185-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Cal-Riverside's victory against the Univ. of California-Santa Barbara (7-4) 73-69 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. Verin scored 19 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, passed 7 assists and added 2 blocks in 38 minutes. The University of California, Riverside has 5-6 conference record this season. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Verin has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 18.0ppg, 8.8rpg, 3.9apg, 1.1bpg and 1.5spg in 23 games. Verin used to play for the French U20 national team four years ago.

Johanna Muzet
Johanna Muzet
#6. Forward Johanna Muzet (179-97, currently studies in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Washington St. (4-9) in their game against the University of Southern California (4-10) in the NCAA. She scored 9 points. But the Washington St. was badly defeated 80-64 on their home court in Pullman by the University of Southern California. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. Muzet's overall stats this season are: 2.3ppg and 1.1apg. She is a former U19 international player as she played for the French team two years ago.

Margot Vidal-Geneve
Margot Vidal-Geneve
#7. Former U20 international guard Margot Vidal-Geneve (165-95, currently plays in Germany) managed to help ChemCats Chemnitz in a 1-point victory against the tenth-ranked TH Wohnbau Angels (6-12) 92-91 in the German DBBL in Sunday night's game. Vidal-Geneve scored 5 points and added 6 passes in 45 minutes. ChemCats Chemnitz (16-7) is placed fourth in the DBBL. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Vidal-Geneve's overall stats are: 9.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.9apg and 2.3spg in 18 games. She used to play for the French U20 national team two years ago.

Lucie Bouthors
Lucie Bouthors
#8. Point guard Lucie Bouthors (174-88, agency: LBM Management, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Edirne (10-16) crushing them 80-51 in the Turkish TKBL (second division) last Saturday. Bouthors scored 6 points. Edremit Belediyesi Gurespor (20-6) is placed third in the TKBL. Bouthors' total stats this season are: 5.3ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.3apg. She used to play for the French U20 national team back in 2008.

Clemence Lefebvre
Clemence Lefebvre
#9. Former U18 international guard Clemence Lefebvre (183-95, is currently at the American university) is a teammate of previously mentioned Rejane Verin and both played together in the last NCAA game. Lefebvre contributed to Cal-Riverside's victory against the Univ. of California-Santa Barbara (7-4) 73-69. She scored 8 points in 27 minutes. This year Lefebvre's total stats are: 5.1ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.3apg in 23 games. She used to play for the French U18 national team four years ago.

Sabrina Piper
Sabrina Piper
#10. Guard Sabrina Piper (180-98, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a 2-point Siena's victory against the Niagara University (4-11) 70-68 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. Piper scored 7 points. The Siena College has 9-7 conference record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. Piper has averaged so far 2.7ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.1apg. She is a former U16 international player as three years ago she still played for the French national team.

#11. Former U16 international point guard Najat Ouardad (152-90, also represented by LBM Management, college: Auburn, currently plays in Belarus) contributed to Gorizont's victory against the third-ranked Olimpia GrGAU 58-45 in the Belarusian Premier League on Saturday night. She recorded only 2 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Ouardad has averaged so far 5.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.8apg and 2.2spg. She used to play for the French U16 national team eleven years ago.

#12. Former U19 international point guard Melanie Devaux (170-92, currently plays in Switzerland) couldn't help BBC Les Portes du Soleil Troistorrents (4-12) in their last game. Despite her very good performance BBC Les Portes du Soleil Troistorrents were crushed 77-53 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked (#5) Winterthur. Devaux was the top scorer with 25 points. She also added 4 rebounds in 37 minutes. Devaux has very impressive stats this year: 16.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg in 13 games. She used to play for the French U19 national team back in 2011.

#13. Former University international forward Carole Leclair (185-89, currently plays in Switzerland) was the major contributor in a Geneve Basket's victory against the league outsider Riva 73-64 in the Swiss LNA in Sunday night's game. Leclair scored 12 points, had 8 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 4 balls. Leclair has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.9spg. She used to play for the French university national team eight years ago.

#14. Former U18 international forward Clarisse Berranger (190-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Wake Forest in their game against the Duke University in the NCAA. Berranger cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. She scored only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. Her team was crushed by 26 points 79-53. This year Berranger averages just 1.0ppg in 20 games. She used to play for the French U18 national team back in 2011.

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

#1. Naignouma Coulibaly (191-C-89, currently plays in Spain) led Argon Uni Girona to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Zamarat (6-13) crushing them 88-61 in the Spanish LFB in Saturday night's game. She recorded 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Spar Citylift Girona (17-2) is placed second in the LFB. It was her team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Coulibaly's overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg and 7.0rpg. She has a dual citizenship: Mali and French.

#2. Soana Lucet (185-F-87, agency: LBM Management, college: Arizona, currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in a TSV 1880 Wasserburg's victory against the fifth-ranked Herner TC (10-8) 85-71 in the German DBBL last Saturday. Lucet scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 31 minutes. TSV 1880 Wasserburg (16-2) is placed first in the DBBL. It was her 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. Lucet has reliable stats this year: 11.8ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg in 16 games she played so far.

#3. Cyrielle Recoura (172-G-91, currently plays in Germany) contributed to Fireballs' victory against the seventh-ranked Hannover (8-10) 82-70 in the German DBBL last Saturday. She scored 8 points and added 3 passes. TuS Bad Aibling Fireballs (14-6) is placed third in the DBBL. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Recoura's stats this season are: 10.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.4apg.

#4. Queteline Celestin (173-G-87, currently plays in Canada) could not help the Universite de Quebec a Montreal (7-8) in their last game. Despite her very good performance the Universite de Quebec a Montreal (#3) was edged 71-70 on the road by the Rouge et Or. Celestin had a double-double by scoring 15 points and making 10 passes. She also added 9 rebounds and 3 steals in 36 minutes. It was Universite de Quebec a Montreal's third consecutive loss in a row. Celestin's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Celestin is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her fifth year in Universite de Quebec a Montreal's roster. Her stats this season are: 12.4ppg, 6.7rpg, 4.2apg and 2.5spg in 15 games.

#5. Melisa Mendes (175-G-88, college: UTEP, currently plays in United Kingdom) led Nottingham Wildcats to a victory against the closely-ranked Mystics (13-3) 82-68 in the British WBBL in Sunday night's game. Mendes scored 16 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Nottingham Wildcats (10-1) is placed first in the WBBL. It was her team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Mendes' stats this season are: 10.5ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.4apg and 2.2spg.

#6. Alexia Rol (181-F-89, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Bellinzona crushing them 77-49 in the Swiss LNA last Sunday. She scored 18 points and added 4 passes in 30 minutes. Rol has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 16.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.0apg and 2.3spg in 16 games. Rol is another player who holds two passports: French and Swiss.

#7. Clara Blachier (163-PG-98, currently plays in Canada) is a teammate of previously mentioned Queteline Celestin and both played together in the last Canadian university league CIS game. Blachier was not able to help the Universite de Quebec a Montreal in their game against the Rouge et Or. She recorded 8 points in 17 minutes. Her team was edged 71-70. Blachier has averaged so far 1.9ppg and 2.3rpg in 15 games.

#8. Malou de Kergret (181-C-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Cal-Riverside's victory against the Univ. of California-Santa Barbara 73-69 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. de Kergret scored 6 points in 23 minutes. de Kergret has averaged so far 5.1ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.8apg in 22 games.

#9. Maeva Dinalle (168-G-94, currently plays in Canada) was not able to secure a victory for the Bishop's University in their game against the Stingers in the Canadian CIS. She scored 8 points. Her team was defeated 61-53. Dinalle has averaged so far 6.6ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.1apg.



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

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

Romy Baer
Romy Baer
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Romy Baer (187-87, currently plays in France). She could not help Nice (7-11) in their last game. Despite Baer's good performance Nice lost 70-78 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Villeneuve D'Ascq. She was the second best scorer with 14 points. Baer also added 4 passes in 36 minutes on the court. It was Nice's sixth consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Baer has relatively good stats this year: 10.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 4.9apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 50.5%, 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 77.2% in 18 games she played so far. She is currently a member of the German senior national team.

Margret Skuballa
Margret Skuballa
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Margret Skuballa (186-87, currently plays in France). Skuballa was not able to help Nantes Reze (10-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite her good performance Nantes Reze was defeated 87-73 in Mont de Marsan by the higher-ranked Basket Landes (#3). Skuballa scored 11 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Skuballa's first season with the team. This year she has relatively solid stats: 13.7ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 49.5%, 3FGP: 41.2% and FT: 93.0%(53-57). Ex-BC Marburg player is in the roster of the German senior national team.

Svenja Brunckhorst
Svenja Brunckhorst
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Svenja Brunckhorst (179-91, currently plays in Spain). She was not able to secure a victory for Cadi La Seu (8-11) in their game against Araski (10-9) in the Spanish LFB. Brunckhorst recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Cadi La Seu was defeated 57-50 in Vitoria-Gasteiz by the higher-ranked Araski (#4). This season Brunckhorst averages: 5.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 39.0%, 3FGP: 20.6% and FT: 79.2%. She is also a member of the German senior national team.

Marie Gulich
Marie Gulich
   #4. Center Marie Gulich (196-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an Oregon St.'s surprising victory against the University of Colorado (4-10) 54-49 in the NCAA last Friday. Gulich scored 8 points, had 9 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 29 minutes. The Oregon State University has rather weak 0-12 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. This year Gulich's overall stats are: 9.9ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.8bpg in 28 games. She used to play for the German U20 national team back in 2014.

Lisa Koop
Lisa Koop
   #5. International center Lisa Koop (197-85, college: Winthrop, currently plays in France) contributed to a Bretagne Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Arras (11-7) 78-66 in the French LF2 (second division) on Saturday night. Koop scored 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Landerneau Bretagne Basket (12-6) is placed third in the LF2. Koop's total stats this season are: 6.3ppg and 5.6rpg. She plays currently for the German national team.

Ama Degbeon
Ama Degbeon
   #6. Center Ama Degbeon (188-95, currently studies in the States) helped Florida St. win their game against the Clemson University (3-9) crushing them 80-47 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Degbeon recorded 10 points in 17 minutes. The Florida State University has a solid 9-4 conference record this season. It was her team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. This year Degbeon's total stats are: 4.0ppg and 2.0rpg in 27 games. She is a former international player as she played for the German senior team four years ago.

Britta Daub
Britta Daub
   #7. U18 international shooting guard Britta Daub (177-99, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Houston Baptist (6-6) in their game against the Lamar University (12-3) in the NCAA. Despite her good performance last Wednesday Daub recorded 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Daub has averaged so far 3.8ppg and 1.6rpg. She is also German U18 national team player.

Patricia Brossmann
Patricia Brossmann
   #8. Forward Patricia Brossmann (183-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped San Diego edge the Santa Clara University (6-7) 60-58 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. She recorded 6 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. The University of San Diego has not so impressive 4-9 conference record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. Brossmann has averaged so far 4.8ppg and 4.9rpg. She used to play for the German U18 national team back in 2015.

Paulina Koerner
Paulina Koerner
   #9. U20 international guard Paulina Koerner (175-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Columbia University in a victory against the Dartmouth College (1-7) crushing them 69-48 in the NCAA last Saturday. Koerner recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 30 minutes. The Columbia University has 4-4 conference record this season. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. Koerner has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.7apg in 23 games. She is also in the roster of the German U20 national team.

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

   #1. Anneke Schlueter (183-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Bradley to a victory against the Missouri State University (8-3) 62-56 in the NCAA on Friday night. Schlueter scored 22 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 35 minutes. The Bradley University has rather weak 4-9 conference record this season. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Schlueter has reliable stats this year: 11.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.1apg in 22 games she played so far.

   #2. Anna Lappenkuper (173-G, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the IPFW (3-2) in their last game. Despite Lappenkuper's good performance the IPFW was crushed 77-51 at home by the Western Illinois University. She scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 39 minutes. Lappenkuper's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. Lappenkuper has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.4apg in 25 games.

   #3. Andrea Kohlhaas (180-G, is currently at the American university) was not able to help the San Jose St. in their game against the Utah State University (6-7) in the NCAA. Kohlhaas cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. She scored only 3 points. The San Jose St. was defeated 82-78 on their home court in San Jose by the Utah State University. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. Kohlhaas has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 1.8rpg.



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

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

Artemis Spanou
Artemis Spanou
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Artemis Spanou (188-93, college: Robert Morris, currently plays in Spain). She led Argon Uni Girona to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Zamarat (6-13) crushing them 88-61 in the Spanish LFB last Saturday. Spanou recorded 12 points. Spar Citylift Girona (17-2) is placed second in the LFB. It was her team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Spanou has relatively good stats this season: 11.8ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 53.2%, 3FGP: 30.8% and FT: 71.9%. She is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Katerina Sotiriou
Katerina Sotiriou
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international forward Katerina Sotiriou (186-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas, currently plays in Italy). Sotiriou could not help Battipaglia in their last game. Despite her good performance Battipaglia lost 78-87 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#9) Vigarano. Sotiriou had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds. She also added 3 assists and 5 steals in 34 minutes. It's Sotiriou's first season with the team. This year Sotiriou has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.3apg, 2.4spg, 2FGP: 35.0%, 3FGP: 27.4% and FT: 53.1% in 18 games she played so far. She is in the roster of the Greek senior national team.

Anna Stamolamprou
Anna Stamolamprou
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Anna Stamolamprou (175-95, currently plays college basketball in the States). Stamolamprou was not able to help the Robert Morris in their game against the Bryant University (7-6) in the NCAA, despite her very good performance last Monday. She scored 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 44 minutes. But the Robert Morris was edged 62-59 at home by the Bryant University. Stamolamprou's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Stamolamprou is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her fourth year in Robert Morris' roster. She has individually a very good season with high stats. Stamolamprou averages: 16.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.5apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 46.7%, 3FGP: 34.0% and FT: 70.4% in 21 games. She played for the Greek national team two years ago.

Pinelopi Pavlopoulou
Pinelopi Pavlopoulou
   #4. Point guard Pinelopi Pavlopoulou (173-96, currently studies in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Washington St. (4-9) in their game against the Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles (9-3) in the NCAA. She scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 28 minutes. The Washington St. was badly defeated 67-48 on their home court in Pullman by the Univ.of Calif.at. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. This year Pavlopoulou's overall stats are: 7.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.9apg and 1.9spg in 27 games. She is also Greek U20 national team player.

Vasiliki Karambatsa
Vasiliki Karambatsa
   #5. U20 international forward Vasiliki Karambatsa (183-96, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Baskets Grunberg (8-10) in their game against TSV Krofdorf/Gleiberg Giessen (10-8) in the German 2.Bundesliga (second division). Karambatsa scored 6 points, had 7 rebounds and made 3 blocks. The sixth-placed Baskets Grunberg (8-10) was defeated 73-68 in Giessen by the higher-ranked TSV Krofdorf/Gleiberg (#5) in the North group. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Karambatsa's total stats this season are: 9.2ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.1bpg. She plays currently for the Greek U20 national team.

Amanda Lovely
Amanda Lovely
   #6. Forward Amanda Lovely (188-94, is currently at the American university) managed to help Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo in a victory against the Long Beach State University (8-2) 69-67 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Lovely scored only 4 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, passed 4 assists and added 2 blocks in 30 minutes. The Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo has not so impressive 2-8 conference record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. This year Lovely's total stats are: 3.9ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.1apg in 25 games. She is a naturalized American. Lovely is a former U20 international player as she played for the Greek team five years ago. Strangely she has never played in Greece.

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

   #1. Jacki Gemelos (182-G-88, college: USC, currently plays in Italy) could not help Napoli (12-6) in their last game. Despite her very good performance Napoli was crushed 81-59 on the road by the second-ranked Familia Schio. Gemelos was the top scorer with 23 points. She also added 5 rebounds in 40 minutes. It was Napoli's first loss after four consecutive victories. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Gemelos' first season with the team. Gemelos has relatively good stats this year: 14.9ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.7apg and 3.3spg in nine games she played so far. She is a naturalized American. Despite Gemelos' Greek passport, she previously played for the USA university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team. Gemelos used to play for Panathinaikos Athens in Greek league.

   #2. Mariella Fasoula (193-C, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Boston Coll. (2-12) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Fasoula's very good performance the Boston Coll. was defeated 70-58 in Raleigh by the North Carolina State University. She scored 20 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 5 assists. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Fasoula has individually a very good season with high stats. She averages: 15.9ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2bpg.

   #3. Vanessa Panousis (170-G-95, currently studies in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Virginia Tech (7-6) in their game against the The University of Virginia (8-4) in the NCAA. Panousis scored 8 points. The Virginia Tech was defeated 63-55 in Charlottesville by the The University of Virginia. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Panousis has been at the team for four years. Her overall stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.9apg. Panousis has a dual citizenship: Greek and Australian. Despite her Greek passport, Panousis previously played for the Australian U22 national team and probably cannot be called to the Greek team.



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

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

Courtney Vandersloot
Courtney Vandersloot
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Courtney Vandersloot (173-89, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in EuroCup). She was the major contributor in a Yakin Dogu BGD's victory against the leader Venezia (4-2) crushing them 66-45 in the Eurocup in Thursday night's game. Vandersloot scored 21 points, grabbed 5 boards, dished 6 assists and stole 5 balls in 33 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group D. Yakin Dogu Universitesi B.G.D. (6-0) is placed first. So far her team won all six games in the 1/8 Finals. It's Vandersloot's first season with the team. She has relatively good stats this year: 14.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 7.3apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 49.2% and FT: 88.9% in seven games she played so far. Vandersloot is a naturalized American. She is currently a member of the Hungarian senior national team. Vandersloot used to play for HAT-AGRO UNI Gyor in Hungarian league.

Allie Quigley
Allie Quigley
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Allie Quigley (178-86, college: De Paul, currently plays in Euroleague). She led her Turkish team Fenerbahce to a victory over the closely-ranked USK Praha (9-5) 71-63 in the Euroleague last Wednesday. Quigley was MVP of the game. She recorded 16 points and added 6 assists. Fenerbahce Spor Kulubu Istanbul (11-3) is placed second in group A. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Quigley has relatively solid stats: 14.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 49.2%, 3FGP: 29.1% and FT: 91.2%(31-34). She is a naturalized American. Quigley is in the roster of the Hungarian senior national team. She used to play for Pecs 2010 in Hungarian league.

Anna Vajda
Anna Vajda
   #3. The Hungarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international power forward Anna Vajda (191-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas, currently plays in EuroCup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Courtney Vandersloot and both played together in the last Eurocup game. Vajda managed to help Yakin Dogu Universitesi B.G.D. to win against the leader Venezia (4-2) crushing them 66-45. She scored only 2 points. Vajda's overall stats this season are: 4.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 45.0% and FT: 25.0%. She played for the Hungarian national team two years ago.

Amadea Szamosi
Amadea Szamosi
   #4. Forward Amadea Szamosi (190-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the St.Bonaventure University (4-9) crushing them 83-61 in the NCAA last Tuesday. Szamosi had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 16 rebounds. She also added 8 assists in 31 minutes. The University of Duquesne has rather weak 2-10 conference record this season. It was her team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Szamosi has reliable stats this year: 12.9ppg, 8.6rpg and 1.9apg in 28 games. She used to play for the Hungarian national team back in 2015.

Tijana Krivacevic
Tijana Krivacevic
   #5. International forward Tijana Krivacevic (196-90, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to a 3-point Girne Universitesi's victory against the closely-ranked Botas (9-9) 79-76 in the Turkish KBSL on Saturday night. Krivacevic scored 7 points and blocked 2 shots. Girne Universitesi (5-13) is placed 11th in the KBSL. Krivacevic averaged so far 10.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.1apg and 2.1spg. She has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Hungarian. Krivacevic plays currently for the Hungarian national team.

Fanni Szabo
Fanni Szabo
   #6. Swingman Fanni Szabo (185-94, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Dartmouth (2-6) in their last game. Despite her very good performance the Dartmouth lost 57-72 at home to the Cornell University. Szabo scored 22 points and had 3 steals in 30 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Szabo is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her fourth year in Dartmouth's roster. She averaged so far 10.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg in 23 games. Szabo is an international player who is currently on the senior Hungarian National Team roster.

Nina Aho
Nina Aho
   #7. Former U18 international guard Nina Aho (178-97, is currently at the American university) is a teammate of previously mentioned Amadea Szamosi and both played together in the last NCAA game. Aho contributed to an easy victory against the St.Bonaventure University (4-9) crushing them 83-61. She recorded 7 points. Aho's overall stats this season are: 4.6ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.9apg. She used to play for the Hungarian U18 national team two years ago.

Judit Fritz
Judit Fritz
   #8. Swingman Judit Fritz (183-87, agency: Interperformances, college: St.Francis, NY, currently plays in United Kingdom) contributed to a 2-point Archers' victory against one of league's weakest teams Caledonia Pride (1-10) 73-71 in the British WBBL last Saturday. Fritz had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 12 rebounds. She also added 3 assists in 37 minutes. Cardiff Met Archers (3-10) is placed eighth in the WBBL. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Fritz has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 19.3ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.6spg in nine games. Fritz used to play for the Hungarian university national team back in 2009.

Janka Hegedus
Janka Hegedus
   #9. Former U18 international swingman Janka Hegedus (185-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the FIU in their game against the University of Southern Mississippi (8-5) in the NCAA. She scored 6 points. The FIU was crushed 75-37 on the road by the University of Southern Mississippi. Hegedus has been at the team for four years. Hegedus averaged so far 10.7ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.1apg. She used to play for the Hungarian U18 national team four years ago.

Timea Toth
Timea Toth
   #10. Forward Timea Toth (185-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the UTSA (6-6) in their game against the University of North Texas (6-5) in the NCAA. Toth recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. The UTSA was edged 58-55 in Denton by the University of North Texas. This year Toth's overall stats are: 1.4ppg and 2.2rpg in 22 games. She is a former U18 international player as two years ago she still played for the Hungarian national team.

   #11. Former University international center Viktoria Vincze (189-87, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Osnabruck SC's victory against the fourth-ranked TG Neuss 73-62 in the German 2.Bundesliga (second division) last Sunday. Vincze scored only 4 points. Vincze's total stats this season are: 6.9ppg and 3.8rpg. She used to play for the Hungarian university national team eight years ago.

   #12. U16 international center Kata Fulop (188-0, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help the league outsider Wolves (0-11) in their last game. Despite Fulop's very good performance the bottom-ranked Wolves lost 55-65 in Edinburgh to the one of league's weakest teams (#9) Caledonia Pride. She was the top scorer with 19 points. Fulop also added 5 rebounds in 31 minutes. This year Fulop's total stats are: 9.9ppg and 4.6rpg in nine games. She is also in the roster of the Hungarian U16 national team.

   #13. International forward Dorottya Nagy (188-97, 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 in Tuesday night's game. Nagy recorded only 2 points. Nagy has averaged so far 3.7ppg and 2.5rpg. She is also Hungarian national team player.

   #14. Former international forward Reka Fejes (186-87, currently plays in Denmark) couldn't help Lemvig in their game against Virum in the Danish Dameligaen. She cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Fejes recorded only 2 points. Her team was defeated 72-62. Fejes has averaged so far 4.8ppg and 2.5rpg. She used to play for the Hungarian national team back in 2010.

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

   #1. Andreea Olah (181-G/F-86, currently plays in Romania) led Satu Mare to a victory over the fourth-ranked Brasov (12-8) 72-61 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Wednesday night. Olah was the best player in that game. She scored 20 points and added 5 passes in 40 minutes. CS Municipal Satu Mare (9-11) is placed sixth in Places 1-6 group. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Olah has reliable stats this year: 10.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.0apg in 20 games she played so far. She has a dual citizenship: Hungarian and Romanian.

   #2. Experienced Ildiko Nagy (187-F/C-84, currently plays in Romania) managed to help BC Univ. Goldis ICIM Arad to win against the third-ranked Sirius TgM (3-16) crushing them 89-62 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Saturday. She recorded only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 7-10. BC Univ. Goldis ICIM Arad (8-11) is placed second. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Nagy's overall stats this season are: 6.8ppg and 5.1rpg. She is another player who holds two passports: Hungarian and Romanian.

   #3. Kata Takacs (184-F-91, currently plays in Germany). Takacs could not help Herner TC (10-8) to beat TSV 1880 Wasserburg (16-2). She cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Takacs scored only 3 points in 22 minutes. Herner TC lost 71-85 on the road to the leading TSV 1880 Wasserburg. It was Herner TC's first loss after three consecutive victories. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Takacs averages: 2.9ppg and 3.2rpg in 17 games. She has both Austrian and Hungarian nationalities.

   #4. Hanna Demeter (190-SF-94, currently plays in Romania) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ildiko Nagy and both played together in the last Romanian Liga Nationala game. Demeter contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked Sirius TgM (3-16) crushing them 89-62. She recorded only 2 points in 3 minutes on the court. This year Demeter averages just 0.5ppg in 11 games. She also holds two passports: Hungarian and Romanian.

   #5. Andrea Hajdune Csaszar (196-C-82, college: Kent St., currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to help BBC Les Portes du Soleil Troistorrents (4-12) in their last game on Friday. Despite Hajdune Csaszar's good performance BBC Les Portes du Soleil Troistorrents were badly defeated 67-47 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Pully (#6). She recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 15 rebounds. Hajdune Csaszar also added 3 assists. The Regular Season already ended. Hajdune Csaszar has individually a very good season with high stats. She averages: 17.0ppg, 11.9rpg, 2.4apg and 1.3spg.

   #6. Ana Nagy was not able to secure a victory for the league outsider Wolves in their game against Caledonia Pride in the British WBBL. Nagy cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. She scored only 3 points in 20 minutes. Her team lost 55-65. Nagy has averaged so far 6.6ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.7apg in nine games.



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  ICELAND  

stats leader

Points Per Game
 Carmen TYSON-THOMAS
  Njard.
  (180-G/F-91)
  Avg: 36
 1. Tyson-Thomas, Njard.36.0 
 2. Loyd, Valur27.3 
 3. Ellenberg, Snaefell27.1 
 4. James, Skallagrimur24.9 
 5. Grimes, Grindavik23.9 
 6. Mitchell, Haukar22.9 
 7. Rodriguez, Stjarnan22.9 
 8. Brown, Snaefell21.4 
 9. Williams, Haukar21.0 
 10. Moorer, Keflavik17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mia LOYD
  Valur
  (180-F-94)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Loyd, Valur17.4 
 2. Williams, Haukar16.3 
 3. Tyson-Thomas, Njard.16.0 
 4. Mitchell, Haukar13.3 
 5. Shelton, Haukar11.8 
 6. Amundadottir, Skallagr.11.0 
 7. Grimes, Grindavik10.9 
 8. Rodriguez, Stjarnan10.5 
 9. Moorer, Keflavik9.3 
 10. Brynjarsdott., Stjar.9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Danielle RODRIGUEZ
  Stjarnan
  (178-G-93)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Rodriguez, Stjarnan5.9 
 2. Halfdanardot., Stjar.5.3 
 3. Jonsdottir, Haukar5.1 
 4. Moorer, Keflavik5.1 
 5. Hudson, Keflavik4.6 
 6. Amundadottir, Skallagr.4.5 
 7. Ellenberg, Snaefell4.4 
 8. Gunnarsdotir, Njard.4.3 
 9. James, Skallagrimur4.2 
 10. Grimes, Grindavik3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Aaryn ELLENBERG
  Snaefell
  (170-G-92)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Ellenberg, Snaefell3.6 
 2. Moorer, Keflavik3.2 
 3. James, Skallagrimur3.1 
 4. Rodriguez, Stjarnan3.0 
 5. Hudson, Keflavik2.8 
 6. Tyson-Thomas, Njard.2.8 
 7. Jonsdottir, Haukar2.5 
 8. Gunnarsdotti., Kefla.2.3 
 9. Williams, Haukar2.3 
 10. Loyd, Valur2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Breezy WILLIAMS
  Haukar
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Williams, Haukar2.4 
 2. Saevarsdotti., Kefla.2.4 
 3. Rodriguez, Stjarnan1.6 
 4. Grimes, Grindavik1.4 
 5. Benonysdotti., Kefla.1.4 
 6. Gunnarsdotti., Snaef.1.1 
 7. Loyd, Valur1.1 
 8. Mitchell, Haukar1.0 
 9. Sveinsdottir, Skallagr.1.0 
 10. Tyson-Thomas, Njard.0.9 


Dominos League Round 23: Skallagrimur beat Stjarnan in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Dominos League is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 5 rounds.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Stjarnan. Third ranked Skallagrimur faced 4th placed Stjarnan. Guests from Borganes (17-6) defeated host Stjarnan (12-11) 84-79. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Skallagrimur looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Sigrun Amundadottir (181-88) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. American point guard Tavelyn James (170-90, college: E.Michigan) chipped in 32 points and 5 assists (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!). American guard Danielle Rodriguez (178-93, college: Utah) produced 31 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for the hosts. Skallagrimur moved-up to second place, which they share with Keflavik. Stjarnan at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. Skallagrimur is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Grindavik (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Stjarnan will play against Njardvik (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Snaefell delivered the eighteenth victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked Njardvik (9-14) 82-55 in Stykkisholmur. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Njardvik. American guard Aaryn Ellenberg (170-92, college: Oklahoma) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 6 rebounds. Berglind Gunnarsdottir contributed with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Karen-Dogg Vilhjalmsdottir (178-97) answered with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Njardvik. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Snaefell (18-5) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place. Newly promoted Njardvik keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost. Snaefell will play against Valur (#5) in Reykjavik in the next round. Njardvik will play at home against Stjarnan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Hafnarfjordur was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Valur (10-13) played at the court of 7th ranked Haukar (6-17). Valur defeated Haukar 74-62 on Wednesday. It was a great evening for Mia Loyd who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 22 rebounds and 4 assists. Breezy Williams responded with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Valur maintains fifth place with 10-13 record. Loser Haukar keeps the seventh position with 17 games lost. Valur will meet at home league's leader Snaefell in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Haukar will play against the league's second-placed Keflavik (#2) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Grindavik supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Keflavik (17-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Grindavik (3-20). Keflavik smashed Grindavik 87-60. It was an exceptional evening for Birna Benonysdottir who led the winners and scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. 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. Keflavik maintains second place with 17-6 record behind leader Snaefell, which they share with Skallagrimur. Grindavik lost their twelfth game in a row. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. Keflavik's next round opponent will be Haukar (#7) in Hafnarfjordur which should be theoretically another easy game. Grindavik will play on the road against Skallagrimur in Borganes and hope to win that game.

Haukar - Valur 62-74

The game in Hafnarfjordur was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Valur (10-13) played at the court of 7th ranked Haukar (6-17). Valur defeated Haukar 74-62 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Valur. Haukar managed to win third quarter 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Haukar to just 7 points in second quarter. Valur made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game, while Haukar only scored two points from the stripe. They outrebounded Haukar 51-40 including 17 on the offensive glass. It was a great evening for American forward Mia Loyd (180-94, college: N.Dakota) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 22 rebounds and 4 assists. Elin Hrafnkelsdottir helped adding 12 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Breezy Williams (180, college: N.Carolina St.) responded with 23 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Thora Jonsdottir (171-97) scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Haukar players scored in double figures. Valur maintains fifth place with 10-13 record. Loser Haukar keeps the seventh position with 17 games lost. Valur will meet at home league's leader Snaefell in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Haukar will play against the league's second-placed Keflavik (#2) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Haukar: B.Williams 23+9reb, T.Jonsdottir 12+6reb+5ast, D.Arnardottir 10+3reb+3ast, R.Bjork Petursdottir 10+8reb+4ast, R.Einarsdottir 3+4reb, T.Jona Kristjansdottir 2+1ast
Valur: M.Loyd 22+22reb+4ast, E.Hrafnkelsdottir 12+5reb+2ast, D.Karlsdottir 9+2reb, D.Samuelsdottir 9+6reb+2ast, B.Tomasdottir 8+6reb+4ast, H.Jonsdottir 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 492199


Stjarnan - Skallagrimur 79-84

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Stjarnan. Third ranked Skallagrimur faced 4th placed Stjarnan. Guests from Borganes (17-6) defeated host Stjarnan (12-11) 84-79. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Skallagrimur looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Sigrun Amundadottir (181-88) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. American point guard Tavelyn James (170-90, college: E.Michigan) chipped in 32 points and 5 assists (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!). American guard Danielle Rodriguez (178-93, college: Utah) produced 31 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists and the former international center Ragna Brynjarsdottir (188-90) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Skallagrimur moved-up to second place, which they share with Keflavik. Stjarnan at the other side keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. Skallagrimur is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Grindavik (#8) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Stjarnan will play against Njardvik (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Stjarnan: D.Rodriguez 31+9reb+7ast, R.Brynjarsdottir 12+10reb, B.Hinriksdottir 11+7reb+2ast, J.Hardardottir 9+3reb, M.Sigurdardottir 6+2reb+2ast, B.Hreinsdottir 5+2reb+2ast
Skallagrimur: T.James 32+4reb+5ast, S.Amundadottir 20+16reb+5ast, F.Gudmundsdottir 19+2ast, R.Benonisdottir 7+4reb+3ast, J.Sveinsdottir 4+5reb+4ast, K.Sigurjonsdottir 2+5reb+6ast
gschID: 492197


Grindavik - Keflavik 60-87

The game in Grindavik supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Keflavik (17-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Grindavik (3-20). Keflavik smashed Grindavik 87-60. Keflavik forced 26 Grindavik turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for center Birna Benonysdottir (189-0) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. International swingman Emelia-Osk Gunnarsdottir (174-98) accounted for 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. The former international center Maria-Ben Erlingsdottir (187-88, college: UTRGV) came up with 22 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Ingunn Kristinardottir (170-95) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Grindavik in the defeat. 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. Keflavik maintains second place with 17-6 record behind leader Snaefell, which they share with Skallagrimur. Grindavik lost their twelfth game in a row. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. Keflavik's next round opponent will be Haukar (#7) in Hafnarfjordur which should be theoretically another easy game. Grindavik will play on the road against Skallagrimur in Borganes and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Grindavik: M.Ben Erlingsdottir 22+8reb+2ast, I.Kristinardottir 15+5reb+5ast, I.Sverrisdottir 12+3reb, V.Thorhallsdottir 4+1reb+2ast, O.Oladottir 4+3reb+1ast, H.Skuladottir 2+1reb
Keflavik: B.Benonysdottir 16+8reb, E.Osk Gunnarsdottir 14+6reb, E.Hakonardottir 12+1reb, T.Agustsdottir 10+4reb+2ast, K.Gardarsdottir 9+2reb+4ast, T.Hodge-Carr 7+6reb+2ast
gschID: 492196


Snaefell - Njardvik 82-55

Leader Snaefell delivered the eighteenth victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked Njardvik (9-14) 82-55 in Stykkisholmur. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Njardvik. The game was mostly controlled by Snaefell. Njardvik was better in fourth quarter 26-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Njardvik to just 6 points in second quarter. Snaefell players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American guard Aaryn Ellenberg (170-92, college: Oklahoma) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 6 rebounds. International forward Berglind Gunnarsdottir (178-93) contributed with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Karen-Dogg Vilhjalmsdottir (178-97) answered with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Linda-Ordis Robertsdottir (179-98) added 6 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Njardvik. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Snaefell (18-5) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place. Newly promoted Njardvik keeps the sixth position with 14 games lost. Snaefell will play against Valur (#5) in Reykjavik in the next round. Njardvik will play at home against Stjarnan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Njardvik: K.Dogg Vilhjalmsdottir 13+7reb+4ast, C.Tyson-Thomas 6+2reb+1ast, L.Ordis Robertsdottir 6+8reb+1ast, H.Valdimarsdottir 5+1ast, E.Traustadottir 5+5reb+1ast, A.Bodvarsdottir-Taylor 5+1reb+1ast
Snaefell: A.Ellenberg 15+6reb+3ast, B.Gunnarsdottir 10+6reb+5ast, R.Ran Karlsdottir 10+2reb+2ast, H.Bjorgvinsdottir 9+2reb, A.Soffia Larusdottir 7+2reb+1ast, G.Gunnarsdottir 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 492198





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  IRELAND  

Stats Leaders Superleague

Points Per Game
 Sarah FAIRBANKS
  DCU M.
  (185-F-)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Fairbanks, DCU M.20.2 
 2. Sterling, P.Pan.19.4 
 3. Wells, NUIG M.18.4 
 4. O''Connor, Liffey C.18.0 
 5. Kilpatrick, Brunell17.0 
 6. Boone, Liffey Celtics17.0 
 7. Woods, DCU Mercy16.8 
 8. Neal, Meteors16.5 
 9. Rockall, Glanmire15.5 
 10. Fechko, Killester14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Monet NEAL
  Meteors
  (178-F-95)
  Avg: 16
 1. Neal, Meteors16.0 
 2. Melia, P.Panthers12.7 
 3. Wells, NUIG M.12.4 
 4. Dwyer, Glanmire10.3 
 5. Kavanagh, WIT W.9.9 
 6. Sterling, P.Pan.9.6 
 7. Waters, Brunell9.5 
 8. O''Connor, Liffey C.9.4 
 9. Fechko, Killester9.3 
 10. Fairbanks, DCU M.9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Brittney DUNBAR
  WIT W.
  (173-G-)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Dunbar, WIT W.6.9 
 2. Deegan, WIT W.5.0 
 3. Sullivan, DCU M.4.1 
 4. Nagle, Killester4.0 
 5. O''Sullivan, P.Pan.3.8 
 6. Meany, Meteors3.7 
 7. Sterling, P.Pan.3.7 
 8. Mairtin, Meteors3.5 
 9. McKenna, Glanmire3.5 
 10. Woods, DCU Mercy3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Leah FECHKO
  Killester
  (173-G-94)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Fechko, Killester5.7 
 2. Dunbar, WIT W.4.8 
 3. Sherwood, Killester3.5 
 4. Toner, DCU Mercy3.4 
 5. Boone, Liffey Celtics2.9 
 6. Woods, DCU Mercy2.8 
 7. Sullivan, DCU M.2.7 
 8. Clarke, Killester2.5 
 9. O''Connor, Liffey C.2.5 
 10. O''Connor, Liffey C.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Casey GRACE
  Glanmire
  (182-F-92)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Grace, Glanmire3.4 
 2. Melia, P.Panthers2.7 
 3. Kilpatrick, Brunell2.4 
 4. Neal, Meteors2.3 
 5. Fairbanks, DCU M.2.2 
 6. Huijsdens, DCU M.1.7 
 7. O''Connor, Liffey C.1.7 
 8. Alford, Glanmire1.6 
 9. Toner, DCU Mercy1.6 
 10. Woods, DCU Mercy1.3 



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Best players of Lithuanian LMKL round 21 - by Eurobasket News

Talented Gintare Paulauskaite (185-SF-95) had an amazing evening in the last round for Aistes-LSU and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 21-year old had the game-high 17 points adding four rebounds and five assists for Aistes-LSU in her team's victory, helping them to beat Ukmerges (#7, 2-19) 80-67. Aistes-LSU maintains the 5th position in Lithuanian LMKL. Aistes-LSU is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-12 record. In the team's last game Paulauskaite had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. It's her second year at Aistes-LSU and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Gintare Paulauskaite averages this season 6.2ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old power forward Monika Petrauskaite (182-PF-92) of Ukmerges. Petrauskaite impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Ukmerges lost that game 67-80 to slightly higher-ranked Aistes-LSU (#5, 8-12). Ukmerges are still at the very bottom. 19 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Ukmerges managed to get this year. Petrauskaite is a newcomer at Ukmerges and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another Ukmerges' star - Martyna Petrenaite (181-F-98). Petrenaite scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Petrenaite's great performance Ukmerges lost 67-80 to slightly higher-ranked Aistes-LSU (#5, 8-12). But her team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. Ukmerges can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-19 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Petrenaite she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Petrenaite has individually a great season in Lithuania. After 20 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.0ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 7.1rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Justina Matuzonyte (198-C-94) of Fortuna - 13 points and 6 rebounds
5. Laura Svaryte (190-C/F-92) of Suduva - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Dovile Saurazaite (174-G-92) of Aistes-LSU - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Gabriele Gutkauskaite (175-PG-90) of H-Sirenos - 10 points, 4 rebounds and 11 assists
8. Kornelija Balciunaite (176-SF-81) of H-Sirenos - 8 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ieva Simkute (192-F-89) of Suduva - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Neringa Skadaite (179-F-92) of Suduva - 11 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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Top-ranked UConn Routs No. 23 Temple for 102nd Straight Win - by Eurobasket News

After a closer than expected three-point win at Tulane, top-ranked UConn had a bit of motivation to play well against newly ranked Temple. Napheesa Collier (6'1''-G/F-97) scored a career-high 31 points and the Huskies routed the No. 23 Owls 90-45 on Wednesday night to extend the program's record winning streak to 102 straight games. "I tried to come out really strong, we all did coming off that game with Tulane," Collier said. "I think we were all just really focused coming in." Katie Samuelson (6'3''-G/F-97) added 19 points for the Huskies (27-0, 14-0 American), who clinched their fourth straight American Athletic Conference regular-season championship. The Huskies have never lost a conference game, either in the regular season or the conference tournament. UConn led by 22 points at halftime of this one and scored the first eight points of the second half. Sophomore Gabby Williams (5'11''-G) chipped in with 15 points, giving her 1,003 for her career. Williams picked up three first-quarter fouls, but Collier hit her first six shots from the floor and the Huskies led 23-11 after 10 minutes. The sophomore forward was 13 of 14 from the floor and pulled down 13 rebounds. It was her 11th double-double this season. "The kid never takes a bad shot," said UConn coach Geno Auriemma . "She doesn't force shots. She doesn't throw stuff up there with no intention of making it. She doesn't waste opportunities." Feyonda Fitzgerald (5'7''-G) and Donnaizha Fountain (6'0''-G) each had 12 points for the Owls (21-6, 11-3) who lost for the first time in six games. UConn outscored Temple 42-4 in the paint and 21-4 on the fast break. "We knew if we could take care of the basketball and limit transition baskets and not give up second chance points, then we might stand a chance," said Temple coach Tonya Cardoza. "But to start the game we were giving them easy transition points."
Courtesy of: usnews.com




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TBLK Round 19: Sleza Wroclaw roll past CCC Polkowice by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

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

Sixth-ranked CCC Polkowice (11-8) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Sleza Wroclaw (16-3) on Saturday. The visitors from Wroclaw managed to secure only three-point victory 59-56. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of CCC Polkowice. Sleza Wroclaw made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Sharnee Zoll-Norman (170-86, college: Virginia) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Her fellow American import power forward Nikki Greene (193-90, college: Penn St.) contributed with 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Croatian center Marija Rezan (198-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks for CCC Polkowice. CCC Polkowice's coach Maros Kovacik tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Sleza Wroclaw have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-3 record. CCC Polkowice at the other side keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with AZS UMCS. Sleza Wroclaw are looking forward to face Widzew (#11) in Lodz in the next round and are hoping to win another game. CCC Polkowice will play on the road against Basket Gdynia (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Wisla Can-Pack (15-4) which played road game in Torun against 4th placed Energa Torun (13-6). Second ranked Wisla Can-Pack had an easy win 80-57. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Energa Torun. It was a great evening for Chilean center Ziomara Morrison (194-89) who led her team to a victory scoring 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Hind Ben-Abdelkader helped adding 12 points and 4 assists. Wisla Can-Pack's coach Jose Ignacio Hernandez felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American forward Nicole Michael (188-87, college: Syracuse, agency: Two Points) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Defending champion maintains second place with 15-4 record behind leader Sleza Wroclaw. Energa Torun at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Wisla Can-Pack will play against JAS FBG (#9) in Sosnowiec in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Energa Torun will play on the road against AZS UMCS (#7) in Lublin and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between 11th ranked Widzew (3-16) and seventh ranked AZS UMCS (11-8) in Lodz on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Lublin outscored Widzew 84-52. It was a quality performance for Katerina Dorogobuzova who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Julia Drop came up with 14 points and 7 assists for Widzew in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. AZS UMCS moved-up to sixth place, which they share with CCC Polkowice. Widzew lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 16 games lost. AZS UMCS will meet at home higher ranked Energa Torun (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Widzew will play against the league's leader Sleza Wroclaw (#1) and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 19 Artego Bydg. beat JAS FBG on the road 71-62.

Widzew - AZS UMCS 52-84

The game between 11th ranked Widzew (3-16) and seventh ranked AZS UMCS (11-8) in Lodz on Wednesday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Lublin outscored Widzew 84-52. AZS UMCS made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Widzew turnovers and outrebounded them 40-23 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a quality performance for Ukrainian forward Katerina Dorogobuzova (190-90) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Australian forward Tess Madgen (180-90) accounted for 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Four AZS UMCS players scored in double figures. Guard Julia Drop (175-95) came up with 14 points and 7 assists and Klaudia Gertchen (180-96) added 10 points respectively for Widzew in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. AZS UMCS moved-up to sixth place, which they share with CCC Polkowice. Widzew lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with 16 games lost. AZS UMCS will meet at home higher ranked Energa Torun (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Widzew will play against the league's leader Sleza Wroclaw (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Widzew: J.Drop 14+1reb+7ast, K.Gertchen 10+4reb, W.Zapart 8+3reb, M.Kruszynska 6+1reb, S.Bujniak 4+1reb+1ast, R.Rogers 2+3reb
AZS UMCS: K.Dorogobuzova 19+10reb+5ast, T.Madgen 14+6reb+5ast, A.Boyd 13+4reb+2ast, U.Ugoka 11+4reb, D.Owczarzak 9+2reb+5ast, A.Dobrowolska 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 488684


JAS FBG - Artego Bydg. 62-71

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Artego Bydg. (12-7) beat 9th ranked JAS FBG (6-13) in Sosnowiec 71-62 on Saturday. It was an exceptional evening for Jamaican-American point guard Maurita Reid (172-85, college: Miami, FL) who led the winners and scored 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American Bernice Mosby (186-84, college: Baylor) accounted for 13 points for the winning side. Four Artego Bydg. players scored in double figures. American point guard Ketia Swanier (170-86, college: Connecticut) came up with 19 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals and the other American import forward Mariah King (188-90, college: E.Illinois) added 20 points and 8 rebounds respectively for JAS FBG in the defeat. Artego Bydg. maintains fifth place with 12-7 record. JAS FBG lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 13 games lost. Artego Bydg. will meet at home higher ranked AZS Gorzow Wielkopolski (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. JAS FBG will play against the league's second-placed Wisla Can-Pack (#2) in Krakow and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
JAS FBG: M.King 20+8reb, K.Swanier 19+6reb+9ast, A.Frost 11+1ast, M.Dobrowolska 6+3reb+2ast, P.Kaczor 3, P.Antczak 3+9reb+2ast
Artego Bydg.: M.Reid 13+9reb+4ast, B.Mosby 13+4reb+2ast, D.Stallworth 12+5reb+1ast, E.Miedzik 10+1reb+3ast, E.Rooney 9+4ast, M.Koc 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 488682


CCC Polkowice - Sleza Wroclaw 56-59

Sixth-ranked CCC Polkowice (11-8) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Sleza Wroclaw (16-3) on Saturday. The visitors from Wroclaw managed to secure only three-point victory 59-56. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of CCC Polkowice. Sleza Wroclaw made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Sharnee Zoll-Norman (170-86, college: Virginia) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Her fellow American import power forward Nikki Greene (193-90, college: Penn St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Croatian center Marija Rezan (198-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks and American point guard Jamierra Faulkner (168-92, college: S.Mississippi) added 11 points and 10 assists in the effort for CCC Polkowice. CCC Polkowice's coach Maros Kovacik tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Sleza Wroclaw have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 16-3 record. CCC Polkowice at the other side keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with AZS UMCS. Sleza Wroclaw are looking forward to face Widzew (#11) in Lodz in the next round and are hoping to win another game. CCC Polkowice will play on the road against Basket Gdynia (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
CCC Polkowice: V.Musina 13+2reb+2ast, M.Rezan 12+11reb+1ast, J.Faulkner 11+3reb+10ast, M.Leciejewska 7+3reb+2ast, I.Harrison 4+7reb+1ast, M.Idziorek 3+1ast
Sleza Wroclaw: N.Greene 14+11reb, S.Zoll-Norman 13+5reb+9ast, K.Rymarenko 12+10reb, A.Skobel 9+3reb+3ast, M.Kastanek 6+2reb+1ast, M.Koperwas 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 488685


Energa Torun - Wisla Can-Pack 57-80

An interesting game for Wisla Can-Pack (15-4) which played road game in Torun against 4th placed Energa Torun (13-6). Second ranked Wisla Can-Pack had an easy win 80-57. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Energa Torun. Strangely Energa Torun outrebounded Wisla Can-Pack 39-25 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Energa Torun's players. It was a great evening for Chilean center Ziomara Morrison (194-89) who led her team to a victory scoring 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Belgian point guard Hind Ben-Abdelkader (172-95, college: California) helped adding 12 points and 4 assists. Four Wisla Can-Pack players scored in double figures. Wisla Can-Pack's coach Jose Ignacio Hernandez felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American forward Nicole Michael (188-87, college: Syracuse, agency: Two Points) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import swingman Darxia Morris (172-89, college: UCLA) scored 17 points. Defending champion maintains second place with 15-4 record behind leader Sleza Wroclaw. Energa Torun at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Wisla Can-Pack will play against JAS FBG (#9) in Sosnowiec in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Energa Torun will play on the road against AZS UMCS (#7) in Lublin and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Energa Torun: N.Michael 17+13reb+2ast, D.Morris 17+4reb+1ast, K.Sosnowska 8+2reb, J.Adamowicz 6+2reb, M.Cebulska 4+2reb+1ast, E.Tlumak 3+6reb+3ast
Wisla Can-Pack: V.Gidden 12+2reb+2ast, H.Ben Abdelkader 12+3reb+4ast, M.Simmons 12+1reb+1ast, Z.Morrison 11+7reb+4ast, M.Zietara 10+2reb+3ast, A.Szott-Hejmej 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 488683





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  RUSSIA  


Superleague 1 Round 30: Dynamo-Farm defeat Neftyanik in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

An interesting game for Dynamo-Farm (31-1) which played road game in Omsk against 4th ranked Neftyanik (15-15). First ranked Dynamo-Farm managed to get a 8-point victory 62-54. Dynamo-Farm forced 28 Neftyanik turnovers and outrebounded them 36-25 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for forward Elizaveta Krymova (180-96) who led her team to a victory with 19 points. Forward Olga Frolkina (183-97) contributed with 10 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Dynamo-Farm's coach Elena Shakirova used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Viktoriya Edomakha (187-95) replied with 9 points and 8 rebounds for Neftyanik. Dynamo-Farm have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 31-1 record. Neftyanik at the other side keeps the fourth place with 15 games lost. Dynamo-Farm are looking forward to face bottom-ranked UMMC Junior (#10) in Ekaterinburg in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Neftyanik will have a break next round.
The game in Stavropol supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked MBA-2 (17-15) played at the court of 7th ranked Stavropol (12-18). MBA-2 did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 76-56. Aleksandra Ivanova (-99) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Yulia Kozik chipped in 3 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was power forward Elena Fedotova (185-90) with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. MBA-2 have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Stavropol lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 18 games lost. MBA-2 will play against BC Rostov (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Stavropol will have a break next round.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Samara (14-14) and Dynamo-2 M. (11-17), which took place in Moscow. Higher ranked Samara lost to ninth ranked Dynamo-2 M. in a road game 68-74 on Wednesday. Svetlana Boykova notched a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort. Dynamo-2 M.'s coach Dmitriy Fedoseev allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 18 points by Olga Ovcharenko did not help to save the game for Samara. Dynamo-2 M. moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Sparta&K-2 V. Loser Samara keeps the fifth position with 14 games lost. Dynamo-2 M. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Samara will play against Nika (#6) in Syktyvkar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 30 Sparta&K-2 V beat Nika on the road 72-66.

Neftyanik - Dynamo-Farm 54-62

An interesting game for Dynamo-Farm (31-1) which played road game in Omsk against 4th ranked Neftyanik (15-15). First ranked Dynamo-Farm managed to get a 8-point victory 62-54. Dynamo-Farm forced 28 Neftyanik turnovers and outrebounded them 36-25 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for forward Elizaveta Krymova (180-96) who led her team to a victory with 19 points. Forward Olga Frolkina (183-97) contributed with 10 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Dynamo-Farm's coach Elena Shakirova used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Viktoriya Edomakha (187-95) replied with 9 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Kseniya Chinaeva (180-89) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Neftyanik. Dynamo-Farm have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 31-1 record. Neftyanik at the other side keeps the fourth place with 15 games lost. Dynamo-Farm are looking forward to face bottom-ranked UMMC Junior (#10) in Ekaterinburg in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Neftyanik will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Neftyanik: K.Chinaeva 10+6reb+1ast, V.Edomakha 9+8reb+1ast, N.Matrosova 9+3reb+1ast, A.Bazinskaya 8+2reb+2ast, M.Matvienko 8+2ast, E.Elgina 8+1reb+1ast
Dynamo-Farm: E.Krymova 19+3reb+2ast, O.Frolkina 10+5reb+5ast, T.Sema 7+9reb+1ast, K.Polyashova 7+7reb+1ast, K.Safonova 6+1reb, E.Frolkina 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 534921


Stavropol - MBA-2 56-76

The game in Stavropol supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked MBA-2 (17-15) played at the court of 7th ranked Stavropol (12-18). MBA-2 did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 76-56. Aleksandra Ivanova (-99) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Yulia Kozik (176-97) chipped in 3 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was power forward Elena Fedotova (185-90) with 17 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Tatyana Ignatchenko (188-89) scored 4 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. MBA-2 have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Stavropol lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 18 games lost. MBA-2 will play against BC Rostov (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Stavropol will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Stavropol: E.Fedotova 17+6reb+1ast, P.Abyzova 7+4reb, G.Lyashenko 6+4reb+2ast, S.Kuznetsova 6+2reb+2ast, A.Kazarinskova 5+4reb, K.Nipochitaya 4+2reb
MBA-2: A.Ivanova 18+10reb+2ast, O.Aksenova 13+3reb+1ast, A.Lennikova 11+3reb+2ast, V.Varlamova 10+1reb+2ast, E.Safonova 9+3reb+2ast, A.Borovykh 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 534923


Dynamo-2 M. - Samara 74-68

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Samara (14-14) and Dynamo-2 M. (11-17), which took place in Moscow. Higher ranked Samara lost to ninth ranked Dynamo-2 M. in a road game 68-74 on Wednesday. Dynamo-2 M. outrebounded Samara 43-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. Svetlana Boykova (182-96) notched a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and power forward Anna Zaytseva (183-99) supported her with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Dynamo-2 M. players scored in double figures. Dynamo-2 M.'s coach Dmitriy Fedoseev allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 18 points by forward Olga Ovcharenko (185-79) did not help to save the game for Samara. Guard Kristina Evseytcheva (174-91) added 19 points. Dynamo-2 M. moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Sparta&K-2 V. Loser Samara keeps the fifth position with 14 games lost. Dynamo-2 M. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Samara will play against Nika (#6) in Syktyvkar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Samara: K.Evseytcheva 19+2reb+2ast, O.Ovcharenko 18+3reb+3ast, Y.Matveeva 9+5reb+1ast, E.Kozhevnikova 8+1reb, O.Omelchenko 6+5reb+1ast, L.Maltseva 4+7reb+1ast
Dynamo-2 M.: E.Oleynikova 13+3reb, A.Kirina 12+9reb+1ast, S.Boykova 11+12reb+1ast, A.Zaytseva 10+8reb+5ast, O.Petrova 8+4reb+1ast, M.Pleskevich 7
gschID: 534920


Nika - Sparta&K-2 V 66-72

There was a small surprise when eighth ranked Sparta&K-2 V (11-17) beat 6th ranked Nika (12-16) in Syktyvkar 72-66 on Wednesday. Sparta&K-2 V made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 Nika turnovers. Ksenia Sharova (178-98) notched 27 points to lead the effort and point guard Sevara Nuritdinova (163-98) supported her with 12 points and 7 rebounds. Even a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds by forward Marina Sheveleva (184-89) did not help to save the game for Nika. Guard Ekaterina Vasileva (174-89) added 6 points and 4 assists. Nika's coach Olha Doronina rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Sparta&K-2 V maintains eighth position with 11-17 record, which they share with Dynamo-2 M. Newly promoted Nika keeps the sixth place with 16 games lost. Sparta&K-2 V will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Nika will play against Samara (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nika: M.Sheveleva 19+11reb+1ast, K.Andreeva 10+1reb, K.Pyatina 8+3reb+1ast, E.Vasileva 6+4reb+4ast, E.Bezgodova 6+1reb+1ast, P.Medvedchikova 5+1reb+1ast
Sparta&K-2 V: K.Sharova 27+2reb+1ast, D.Repnikova 17+2reb+2ast, S.Nuritdinova 12+7reb+3ast, M.Safiulina 9+7reb, K.Nesterova 4+5reb, A.Komarova 3+8reb+3ast
gschID: 534922





Katerina Polyashova gets MVP of the Week award for Russian Superleague 1 - by Eurobasket News

Talented Katerina Polyashova (188-C-96, agency: LBM Management) had a great game in the last round for league's leader Dynamo-Farm and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Superleague 1 Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 20-year old center had the game-high 19 points adding five rebounds for Dynamo-Farm in her team's victory, helping them to beat Neftyanik (#4, 15-15) 66-59. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Dynamo-Farm to consolidate first place in the Russian Superleague 1. Dynamo-Farm has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 31-1. In the team's last game Polyashova had a remarkable 88.9% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for her as usually she does not deliver so high stats. Katerina Polyashova averages this season 8.7ppg and 5.5rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old power forward Kseniya Chinaeva (180-F/C-89) of Neftyanik. Chinaeva impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 13 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Neftyanik lost that game 59-66 to the higher-ranked Dynamo-Farm (#1, 31-1). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Neftyanik still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. Her team's 15-15 record is not bad at all. Chinaeva is one of the most experienced players at Neftyanik and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Svetlana Kuznetsova (174-G-75) of Stavropolchanka-Universitet Stavropol (#7). Kuznetsova scored 20 points and passed six assists. Despite Kuznetsova's great performance Stavropol lost 67-75 to the higher-ranked MBA-2 (#2, 17-15). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Stavropol ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 18 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of her teammates, Kuznetsova could help Stavropol to bring them higher in the standings. Kuznetsova has a very solid season. In 30 games in Russia she scored 10.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Elena Fedotova (185-F/C-90) of Stavropol - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Yulia Kozik (176-PG-97) of MBA-2 - 13 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Yana Matveeva (186-F/G-92) of Samara - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Olga Aksenova (187-PF-96) of MBA-2 - 24 points and 8 rebounds
8. Marina Sheveleva (184-F-89) of Nika - 14 points and 8 rebounds
9. Eleonora Oleynikova (178-F-98) of Dynamo-2 M. - 17 points and 4 rebounds
10. Kseniya Andreeva (185-F-92) of Nika - 18 points and 2 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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Extraliga Round 3 (Second Stage): MBK Ruzomberok beat Samorin in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

Extraliga is at the halfway of the Second Stage and there are still another 3 rounds left.

An exciting game was played in Ruzomberok. MBK Ruzomberok faced Samorin. Host MBK Ruzomberok (4-5) smashed guests from Samorin (0-9) 79-50. MBK Ruzomberok made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game, while Samorin only scored seven points from the stripe. MBK Ruzomberok forced 20 Samorin turnovers and outrebounded them 47-18 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Samorin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Canadian forward Taijah Campbell (190-94, college: Virginia Tech) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 15 rebounds. The former international point guard Zuzana Lazarova (168-87) chipped in 18 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Lena Slezarikova (175-93) who recorded 16 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. MBK Ruzomberok are looking forward to face Good Angels in Kosice in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Samorin will play on the road against Piestanske C. in Piestany and hopes to get finally their first victory.
An exciting game was played in Piestany. Good Angels faced Piestanske C.. Guests from Kosice (8-1) defeated host Piestanske C. (6-3) 80-65. It was a good game for American power forward Vicki Baugh (193-89, college: Tennessee) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 15 rebounds. Rebecca Allen contributed with 21 points for the winners. Good Angels' coach Peter Jankovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American point guard Tiffany Brown (165-86, college: Georgia South) answered with 19 points for Piestanske C.Good Angels will play against MBK Ruzomberok (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Piestanske C. will play against Samorin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 3 In Places 5-8 BAM Poprad defeated Banska Bystrica in a road game 51-38. UKF Nitra smashed Slovan at home 67-44.
The best stats of 3rd round was 7 points and 16 rebounds by Beata Jassova of Banska Bystrica.

Places 1-4
MBK Ruzomb. - Samorin 79-50

An exciting game was played in Ruzomberok. MBK Ruzomberok faced Samorin. Host MBK Ruzomberok (4-5) smashed guests from Samorin (0-9) 79-50. MBK Ruzomberok made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game, while Samorin only scored seven points from the stripe. MBK Ruzomberok forced 20 Samorin turnovers and outrebounded them 47-18 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Samorin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Canadian forward Taijah Campbell (190-94, college: Virginia Tech) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 15 rebounds. The former international point guard Zuzana Lazarova (168-87) chipped in 18 points. Four MBK Ruzomberok players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Lena Slezarikova (175-93) who recorded 16 points and the former international power forward Romana Vynuchalova (192-86, college: Penn St.) added 9 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. MBK Ruzomberok are looking forward to face Good Angels in Kosice in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Samorin will play on the road against Piestanske C. in Piestany and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
MBK Ruzomb.: Z.Lazarova 18+3reb+3ast, A.Baburova 15+3reb, L.Kelcikova 11, T.Campbell 10+15reb+2ast, E.Kmetova 10+4reb, A.Moravcikova 7+4reb+2ast
Samorin: L.Slezarikova 16+2reb+2ast, R.Vynuchalova 9+3reb+1ast, A.Haskova 7+4reb, T.Sujova 5+2reb+3ast, J.Lelkes 3+2reb+1ast, S.Marcova 3+2reb
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Piestanske C. - Good Angels 65-80

An exciting game was played in Piestany. Good Angels faced Piestanske C.. Guests from Kosice (8-1) defeated host Piestanske C. (6-3) 80-65. Good Angels dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Piestanske C.'s 28 and made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American power forward Vicki Baugh (193-89, college: Tennessee) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 15 rebounds. Australian guard Rebecca Allen (185-92, agency: LBM Management) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Four Good Angels players scored in double figures. Good Angels' coach Peter Jankovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American point guard Tiffany Brown (165-86, college: Georgia South) answered with 19 points and the other American import center Monique Oliver (188-91, college: Rutgers) added 7 points and 15 rebounds in the effort for Piestanske C.Good Angels will play against MBK Ruzomberok (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Piestanske C. will play against Samorin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Good Angels: R.Allen 21+3reb+1ast, A.Jurcenkova 14+7reb+2ast, T.Oblak 11+3reb+7ast, V.Baugh 11+15reb+1ast, Z.Zirkova 9+2reb+4ast, B.Balintova 8+1reb+2ast
Piestanske C.: T.Brown 19+4reb+2ast, A.Slamova 14+1ast, N.Dudasova 10+3reb, S.Oroszova 9+6reb, M.Oliver 7+15reb+2ast, T.Palenikova 4+3reb+3ast
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Places 5-8
Banska Bystrica - BAM Poprad 38-51

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when Banska Bystrica (7-10) was defeated at home by BAM Poprad (7-10) 51-38. BAM Poprad held Banska Bystrica to an opponent 20.9 percent shooting from the field compared to 33.9 percent accuracy of the winners. It was a good game for center Eva Filickova (191-95) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Lucia Hadacova (185-95) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Center Beata Jassova (190-93) answered with 7 points and 16 rebounds and guard Lucia Striesova (180-97, college: Robert Morris) added 5 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Banska Bystrica. BAM Poprad will play against UKF Nitra (#7) on the road in the next round. Banska Bystrica will play against Slovan in Bratislava and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
BAM Poprad: L.Hadacova 14+6reb, E.Filickova 12+11reb, K.Kubova 6+3reb+1ast, K.Petrikova 5+7reb, A.Theiner 5+3reb+4ast, Z.Ivancakova 3+3reb
Banska Bystrica: P.Stevulova 8+1reb, D.Pavlendova 8+5reb, B.Jassova 7+16reb+1ast, L.Striesova 5+7reb+1ast, J.Matejcikova 4+1ast, L.van Dalen 4+1reb+1ast
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UKF Nitra - Slovan 67-44

The game between closely ranked teams ended with UKF Nitra's (4-13) home victory over Slovan (1-14) 67-44. UKF Nitra held Slovan to an opponent 22.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 38.2 percent accuracy of the winners and made 21-of-24 charity shots (87.5 percent) during the game. UKF Nitra forced 25 Slovan turnovers. It was a good game for Viktoria Feherova (175-99) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. Point guard Nikola Kovacikova (175-99) contributed with 13 points and 4 assists for the winners. Center Zofia Zarevuckaa (190-95) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Nikola Turzakova (175-94) added 13 points in the effort for Slovan. Slovan's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. UKF Nitra will play against BAM Poprad (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Slovan will play against Banska Bystrica and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
UKF Nitra: V.Feherova 22+12reb, N.Kovacikova 13+4reb+4ast, P.Skublova 9+1reb+2ast, M.Migova 7+3reb+1ast, N.Martiskova 6+6reb, T.Sailerova 6+5reb+3ast
Slovan: N.Turzakova 13+3reb+1ast, Z.Zarevuckaa 13+10reb, B.Paulovicova 6+3reb+1ast, V.Dulova 5+7reb+1ast, M.Vargova 3+2reb, M.Sedlackova 2+2reb
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Athlete Celje overcome 15-point deficit to rally for yet another comeback - by Zeljko Zule

Athlete Celje rallied from a 15-point third quarter deficit to beat Play Off Ultra 88-82 in the last game of the WABA Superleague Round 6. Shante Evans (184-F/C-91, college: Hofstra) scored 29 points on shooting 11-of-16 from the field and grabbed 18 rebounds, Annamaria Prezelj (177-SG-97) posted 28 points, Zala Friskovec (174-G-99) 10 and Iva Slonjsak (183-SG-97) had 10 rebounds, 9 points and 7 assists.
Celje scored nine consecutive points to turn a two-point deficit into a 13-6 lead and the home team re-take the lead at 27-24 after an 8-0 run. Play Off finished the first half with a 3-pointer by Ines Corda (169-PG-95) for a 49-41 advantage and opened the second half with a 9-2 run to make the score 58-43, their largest lead of the game. Celje still trailed 65-72 with seven and half minutes to go. At that point, Larisa Ocvirk (184-SF-97) sank a 3-pointer and then Shante Evans scored five straight points to cut the deficit to 73-74. Zala Friskovec hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 76-76 with four minutes left. Nikolina Dzebo (186-C-95) responded with her lone 3-pointer of the night and Jovana Markovic (186-PF-97) made a pair of free throws that gave Play Off their last lead of the game, 81-80 with 2:40 left. Annamaria Prezelj hit a jumper and an additional free throw after being fouled, and on the next possession Shante Evans grabbed an offensive rebound and scored to put Celje up 85-81.
Jovana Markovic collected 20 points and 10 rebounds for Play Off Ultra, Andjela Delic (184-G-96) and Nikolina Dzebo both scored 15 points, Cierra Ceazer (178-G-92, college: Indiana St.) came off the bench for 13 points and 8 rebounds and Ines Corda added 11 rebounds.