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  ANTIGUA  



ABBA Round 14: Freetown T. beat HS Outlaws by two 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 hosts won their games.

The most exciting game of round 14 in the ABBA took place in St.John's. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked HS Outlaws (3-3) to sixth ranked Freetown T. (3-4) 84-82 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of HS Outlaws. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 22-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Freetown T. maintains sixth position with 3-4 record. HS Outlaws at the other side keep the fifth place with three games lost. Freetown T.'s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in to the arena .
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Stingerz (4-2) against seventh ranked Ottos (2-5) on Thursday night. Visiting Stingerz was defeated by Ottos in a tough game on the road 75-80. Newly promoted Ottos maintains seventh position with 2-5 record. Stingerz at the other side keeps the third place with two games lost. They share the position with Flyers. Ottos will play against Yorks Crushers (#8) in the next round. Stingerz will play against HS Outlaws (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Ottos - Stingerz 80-75

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Stingerz (4-2) against seventh ranked Ottos (2-5) on Thursday night. Visiting Stingerz was defeated by Ottos in a tough game on the road 75-80. It looked good early as Stingerz took a 17-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Ottos took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 5 points. Newly promoted Ottos maintains seventh position with 2-5 record. Stingerz at the other side keeps the third place with two games lost. They share the position with Flyers. Ottos will play against Yorks Crushers (#8) in the next round. Stingerz will play against HS Outlaws (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Freetown T. - HS Outlaws 84-82

The most exciting game of round 14 in the ABBA took place in St.John's. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked HS Outlaws (3-3) to sixth ranked Freetown T. (3-4) 84-82 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of HS Outlaws. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 22-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Freetown T. maintains sixth position with 3-4 record. HS Outlaws at the other side keep the fifth place with three games lost. Freetown T.'s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in to the arena .
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  ARGENTINA  


Scott Cutley claims Argentinian TNA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Scott Cutley (196-F-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Atenas Carmen and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com TNA Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 31-year old forward had a double-double of 33 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team beat Platense (#3, 13-12) 93-83. Atenas Carmen maintains the 5th position in their group in Argentinian TNA. Atenas Carmen is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 14-13 record. In the team's last game Cutley had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Atenas Carmen's top player in his first season with the team. California State University, Fullerton graduate has very impressive stats this year. Cutley is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 9.3rpg) and averages solid 51.7% FGP. Worth to mention Cutley played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old American Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-C/F-85) of league's best team Ciclista. Fahnbulleh impressed basketball fans with 31 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Ciclista to edge slightly lower-ranked Olimpo BB (#3, 15-10) by 6 points 74-68. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in South. Ciclista consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team has currently 17-11 record. Fahnbulleh is a newcomer at Ciclista and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.5ppg (#2). He also registered 8.4 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Santiago Gonzalez (203-C-83) of second-ranked San Isidro. Gonzalez scored 25 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Gonzalez's great performance San Isidro lost 73-84 to the lower-ranked Mitre Tuc. (#7, 7-19). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing San Isidro needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in North. Their record is 18 victories and 11 lost games. Gonzalez has a great season in Argentina. After 29 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 12.9rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jose Victor Jeronimo (208-C-91) of Gimnasia LP - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Juan Lancieri (190-SG-95) of Gimnasia LP - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Ike Okoye (206-F/C-86) of Salta Basket - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Tirrell Brown (198-F-93) of Mitre Tuc. - 32 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Nicolas Lauria (202-F-88) of Comunicaciones - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Bruno Ingrata (201-F/C-85) of Independiente BBC - 25 points and 7 rebounds
10. Victor Hugo Cajal (179-PG-80) of Independiente BBC - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists

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



Carlos Delfino may sign at Boca Jrs - by Eurobasket News

Aerochaco Boca Juniors Capital Feder (LigaA) is about to tab experienced 35-year old Argentinian international small forward Carlos Delfino (198-104kg-82) who played last time at Los Angeles Clippers in NBA. He has a double citizenship as he also holds Italian passport. He also spent pre-season at the Bucks in NBA that year.
In 2003 Delfino was drafted by Detroit Pistons (NBA) in first round (25th overall).
Among other achievements he played in the final of Russian A Superleague in 2009. Delfino received also Eurobasket.com All-Olympic Games Honorable Mention award back in 2012.
He has been also a member of Argentinian international program for some years. Delfino has regularly played for Argentinian senior team since 2003 and previously for U21 National Team between 2000 and 2001.
He also represented Argentina at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) five years ago. Delfino's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 8 games: 15.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 62.5%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 65.2%.
Delfino is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in five different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Delfino has played previously professionally in Spain, NBA (Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors), Italy (Reggio C. Vis and Fortituto Kontatto Bologna), Argentina (Olimpia Venado Tuerto Santa Fe and La Union) and Russia (Khimky).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Boca Jrs.
Let's have closer look into Delfino's outlook: Has shooting range of more than 8 metres, some which could allow him to play even the 2 position in future, but now he plays forward 3 or 4, because is yet enough strong to battle under tthe boards, but above all he has the typical mental skills of S.American players, never surrenders. Mostly a scorer and able to play both wing spots, but not a great shooter with range, yet. He is still very young and has a big upside.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Echague inks John Millsap - by Eurobasket News

Atletico Echague Parana (LigaA) agreed terms with experienced 35-year old American forward John Millsap (198-100kg-82, college: UTSA, agency: Interperformances). He will still stay in Argentina where he played last season at Lanus (). In 34 LigaA games he had 13.0ppg and 5.8rpg.
Millsap ended the previous (2014-15) season at Sionista. In 15 LigaA games he recorded 13.7ppg and 5.5rpg. But the most of that year he spent at Gigantes in Mexican LNBP. In 22 games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 21.3ppg and averaged 8.3rpg, 3.3apg and 1.1spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Latinbasket.com All-Mexican LNBP Honorable Mention.
In 2008 (three years after he left the college) Millsap was drafted by Reno Bighorns (D-League) in first round (151th overall).
The former Univ.of Texas - San Antonio standoutis in his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Millsap has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the CIBACOPA Semifinals in 2014. Millsap was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Mexican LNBP Forward of the Year back in 2012.
He is quite experienced player. Millsap has played also professionally in China, Dominican Rep., Puerto Rico (Caciques), Venezuela (Guaros), D-League (Sioux Falls Skyforce), Argentina (Boca Juniors), Mexico (Bucaneros, Frayles de Guasave and Pioneros), Dominican Republic (Titanes Licey) and ABA (Salt Lake S.).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Echague.
Millsap is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league on the market.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @Web_Basketball)

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Shaquille Thomas signs at GECR Indalo - by Eurobasket News

Gimnasia-Indalo Esgr.Comodoro Rivadavia (LigaA) landed 25-year old American forward Shaquille Thomas (201-96kg-92, college: Cincinnati). He started the season at Austin Spurs (D-League) in the U.S. But in 5 games he averaged just 0.6ppg this season.
The previous (12-13) season Thomas played at another team Bearcats in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1 where in 33 games he had 3.0ppg and 2.2rpg.
His team made it to the AAC Tournament Semifinals in 2014.
Thomas graduated from University of Cincinnati in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.
His game is described as: The 6'7 (SF) Thomas is known for his athleticism and a consistent jump shot. ESPN 100 coming out of High School and will be a quality addition to any professional club with what he bring sto the table! He is the son of Amanda Thomas and Joseph Carson ... has a brother, Isiah, and sister, Essence Carson, a forward/guard for the WNBA's New York Liberty ... nephew of long-time NBA veteran Tim Thomas.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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  AUSTRALIA  


Igor Hadziomerovic left Araberri - by Eurobasket News

25-year old Australian ex-international guard Igor Hadziomerovic (193-94kg-92, college: Boise State) left Saenz Horeca Araberri (LEB Gold). But in four games in Spain he had just 0.5ppg this season.
His team won Australian NBL Regular Season in 2016.
He is a dual citizen owning also Bosnia and Herzegovina passport.
Hadziomerovic was also a member of Australian international program for some years. He played for Australian Senior National Team back in 2009 and previously for University National Team in 2013.
Hadziomerovic also represented Australia at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago. His team won Silver.
Hadziomerovic has played also professionally for other Australian teams like United and Australian Institute Sport.
He attended Boise State until 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Round 3 (Second Stage): Feni Industries hand first loss to Beroe - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Second Stage in Balkan League.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Bulgarian Beroe (4-1) in Stara Zagora on Thursday night. Hosts were edged by FYR Macedonian Feni Industries (2-3) 68-66. Beroe was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 23-17 charge of Feni Industries, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for Serbian power forward Branislav Djekic (209-91) who led his team to a victory with 11 points and 9 rebounds. point guard Jane Petrovski (181-87) contributed with 11 points and 6 assists for the winners. American guard Shane Gibson (188-90, college: Sacred Heart) answered with 21 points for Beroe. Beroe's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Feni Industries is looking forward to face Kozuv (#6) in Gevgelija in the next round. Beroe will play on the road against Sutjeska in Niksic and is hoping to win this game.
The game in Gevgelija supposed to be also worth to mention about. Montenegrin Sutjeska (2-3) played at the court of FYR Macedonian Kozuv (2-3). Kozuv smashed Sutjeska 94-65. It was a great evening for American point guard Kenyon McNeaill (185-91, college: Louisiana Tech) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. Milivoje Mijovic helped adding 17 points and 9 rebounds. Kozuv's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Serbian center Djoko Salic (213-95) with 25 points. Kozuv will play against Feni Industries (#7) in Kavadarci in the next round. Sutjeska will play at home against Beroe and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last game of round 3
In Group D Peja was beaten by Kumanovo on the road 80-76.
The most impressive performance of 3rd round was 31 points and 11 rebounds by Danilo Mijatovic of Kumanovo.

Group C
Beroe - Feni Industries 66-68

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Bulgarian Beroe (4-1) in Stara Zagora on Thursday night. Hosts were edged by FYR Macedonian Feni Industries (2-3) 68-66. Beroe was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 23-17 charge of Feni Industries, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for Serbian power forward Branislav Djekic (209-91) who led his team to a victory with 11 points and 9 rebounds. Point guard Jane Petrovski (181-87) contributed with 11 points and 6 assists for the winners. American guard Shane Gibson (188-90, college: Sacred Heart) answered with 21 points and Croatian power forward Stjepan Tesija (206-89) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Beroe. Beroe's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Feni Industries is looking forward to face Kozuv (#6) in Gevgelija in the next round. Beroe will play on the road against Sutjeska in Niksic and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Feni Industries: M.Ceskovic 12+3reb+3ast, J.Petrovski 11+2reb+6ast, B.Djekic 11+9reb, A.Magdevski 9+4reb+3ast, G.Sharabidze 8+9reb+1ast, K.Nikolovski 7+1reb+4ast
Beroe: S.Gibson 21+1reb+1ast, S.Tesija 10+8reb+2ast, A.Jones 9+8reb, O.Gudul 9+9reb+1ast, B.Raley-Ross 8+6reb+2ast, T.Zhelev 7+2reb+2ast
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Kozuv - Sutjeska 94-65

The game in Gevgelija supposed to be also worth to mention about. Montenegrin Sutjeska (2-3) played at the court of FYR Macedonian Kozuv (2-3). Kozuv smashed Sutjeska 94-65. The game was mostly controlled by Kozuv. Sutjeska was better in fourth quarter 22-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Kozuv outrebounded Sutjeska 40-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a great evening for American point guard Kenyon McNeaill (185-91, college: Louisiana Tech) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. Serbian Milivoje Mijovic (200-91) helped adding 17 points and 9 rebounds. Four Kozuv players scored in double figures. Kozuv's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Serbian center Djoko Salic (213-95) with 25 points and Nikola Djokovic (190-89) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Kozuv will play against Feni Industries (#7) in Kavadarci in the next round. Sutjeska will play at home against Beroe and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kozuv: K.McNeaill 24+5reb+10ast, M.Mijovic 17+9reb+3ast, L.Hall 15+6reb+2ast, B.Krstevski 13+5reb+2ast, N.Djurasovic 9+9reb+1ast, A.Shterjov 6+3reb+1ast
Sutjeska: D.Salic 25+2reb, N.Djokovic 14+6reb+2ast, J.James 9+2reb+3ast, I.Cvorovic 7+2reb, Z.Boskovic 4+5reb+1ast, D.Thomas 4+2reb+1ast
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Group D
Kumanovo - Peja 80-76

No shocking result in a game when FYR Macedonian Kumanovo (4-1) beat at home Kosovan Peja (2-3) 80-76. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 22-12. But Peja won second period 20-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kumanovo made 27-of-34 charity shots (79.4 percent) during the game, while Peja only scored nine points from the stripe. Peja was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Serbian power forward Danilo Mijatovic (206-83) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds. Slovenian center Radoslav Pekovic (215-94) helped adding 10 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was forward Alban Veseli (202-90) with 28 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Noah Dahlman (201-89, college: Wofford) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four Peja players scored in double figures. Kumanovo will play against Karpos Sokoli (#12) in Skopje in the next round. Peja will play at home against Teodo Tivat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kumanovo: D.Mijatovic 31+11reb+1ast, D.Karadzovski 10+3reb+3ast, R.Pekovic 10+9reb+1ast, N.Karakolev 8+3reb+1ast, M.Pekovic 8+7reb+2ast, Y.Brown 7+1reb+4ast
Peja: A.Veseli 28+6reb+2ast, M.Ahmetbasic 13+6reb, N.Dahlman 12+7reb, C.Rundles 10+1reb+2ast, A.Qallaku 4+2reb+1ast, J.Skeen 4+8reb+1ast
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  BALTIC LEAGUE  


Basketball history was made in Estonia - by Janar

On the 99th birthday of Estonian Republic, a historic episode was written in Estonian, European as well as world basketball history. 26 years after Dino and Andrea Meneghin faced each other in Italian league, a father played against son in a top-tier league. The all-time top scorer of Estonian basketball league, Valmo Kriisa (192-PG-74) (42) and a member of Estonian U16 NT Kerr Kriisa (187-PG-01) (16) faced each other for the first time as professionals as Tartu Ulikool hosted Valga in KML.
Tartu took a firm 85:69 win with 19+9rb from Janari Joesaar and 17+11rb from Janar Talts. Kerr Kriisa scored 2 points and dished 3 assists in 18 minutes. Valmo Kriisa had 4 points and 4 assists in 33 minutes in losing effort.



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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


Banco di Srd inks David Lighty - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Banco di Sardegna Sassari (Serie A) signed 29-year old American swingman David Lighty (195-98kg-88, college: Ohio State) from Dolomiti Energia Trento. In 15 Serie A games in Italy he had 13.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.4apg and 1.5spg this season. The last season Lighty played at ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket in French ProA where in 45 games he recorded 8.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.3apg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice). Lighty also played 14 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 9.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Lighty was selected to French ProA All-Star Game back in 2014.
He has played previously professionally in Italy (AV Cantu and Vanoli Cremona) and France (JSF Nanterre).
Lighty attended Ohio State until 2011 and it is his sixth season as a professional player.
He could be described: A very versatile player, who plays with intenstity and athleticism at both ends of the court. Defends very well on the perimeter.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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MMCITE Brno lands Ermin Jazvin - by Eurobasket News

JBC MMCITE Brno (NBL) tabbed experienced 37-year old Bosnian ex-international center Ermin Jazvin (209-117kg-80, agency: Mansfield and Associates). He played recently at Bashkimi in Kosovan SuperLeague, but left the team last month. In 5 games he averaged 11.8ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.0apg this season. Jazvin also played 4 games in Balkan League where he had 7.8ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.3apg.
The most of last season he spent at Kaposvari in Hungarian A Division. In 23 games he recorded 11.4ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.3apg. Jazvin also spent pre-season at Vienna in Austrian A Bundesliga earlier that year. In three games he got 10.7ppg, 7.7rpg and 3.0apg.
His team won Romanian Cup in 2014.
Jazvin also represented Bosnia at the European Championships in Lithuania six years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 0pts, 1.0rpg.
Jazvin is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Croatia (Jolly), Germany (EnBW Ludwigsburg), Greece (Iraklis), Italy, Poland (Energa Czarni), Russia (Spartak Primorie Vladivostok), Spain (CB Granada), Ukraine (DniproAzot), Romania (UBT Cluj Napoca and CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu) and Bosnia (HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at MMCITE Brno.
Let's have closer look into Jazvin's outlook: He has ease hand what gives him high percent of realisation. Very strong and tough defence player. His speed and technics of the play are on a high level that's why he is good shooting guard.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @marcocalise)

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  BRAZIL  


Stallworth's 33-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

36-year old shooting guard Shamell Stallworth (195-SG-80, agency: Interperformances) put on an amazing game in the last round for Mogi and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had the game-high 33 points adding seven rebounds and three assists for Mogi in his team's victory, helping them to beat B.Cearense (#11, 9-11) 85-77. Mogi is placed at 5th position in Brazilian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Mogi will need more victories to improve their 13-8 record. In the team's last game Stallworth had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Mogi, through which he has constantly improved. University of San Francisco graduate has very impressive stats this year. Stallworth is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.3ppg. Stallworth is in league's top in and averages solid 54.5% FGP and 48.5% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Betinho Nardi Duarte (195-SG-88) of Campo Mourao. He is former international guard in his first season at Campo Mourao. In the last game Nardi Duarte recorded impressive 25 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Campo Mourao lost that game 79-86 to the higher-ranked Vitoria (#3, 14-6). This loss caused Campo Mourao to drop to 9th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Nardi Duarte is a newcomer at Campo Mourao and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard George Lucas (195-PG-96) of Paulistano (#10). Lucas scored 26 points and passed four assists. He was a key player of Paulistano, leading his team to a 85-65 easy win against the lower-ranked Macae (#15, 4-18). Paulistano needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 11 lost games. Lucas has a very solid season. In 19 games in Brazil he scored 11.9ppg. He also has 4.3rpg and 4.2apg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lucas Mariano (208-C/F-93) of Brasilia - 24 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Desmond Holloway (191-G-90) of Pinheiros - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Arthur Bernardi (206-F-90) of Caxias do Sul - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Jefferson Andrade (207-PF-83) of Bauru - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Guilherme Giovannoni (203-PF-80) of Brasilia - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) of Vasco Da G. - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Diego Conceicao (200-F-87) of Caxias do Sul - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Brusque inks Kaue Santos - by Paulo Freire

Brusque Basquete/ADB (Liga Ouro) signed 21-year old small forward Kaue Santos (191-96). just played at Internacional in Brazilian Paulista. Santos missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
He has played previously for Palmeiras.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BULGARIA  


Shaheed Davis (ex Al Nift) agreed terms with Academic Plovdiv - by BGbasket

Akademic Bultex 99 Plovdiv (NBL) inked 23-year old American big man Shaheed Davis (206-95kg-94, college: Cent.Florida). He had signed to play at Al Nift in the Iraqi Superleague, but is now moving to Bulgaria. Davis also started the season at DBL Sharks Sheffield in the British BBL earlier that year, where in 4 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.0ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.5bpg. In Plovdiv he was brought in to replace Dimitar Dimitrov, who left the team to join Lukoil Academic two days ago.

In his college career, he won the Southern Conference of NJCAA Region 8, when he was playing for Eastern Florida State College in 2014. Davis graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2016 and this is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CANADA  


Golden Bears roll past 'Horns in series opener - by Eurobasket News

The University of Alberta Golden Bears basketball team cruised past the visiting Lethbridge Pronghorns 80-59, winning Game 1 of their best of three Canada West quarter-final series, Thursday night at Saville Community Sports Centre. This was the first Canada West playoff meeting between the provincial foes since 2000, when the Golden Bears knocked off Lethbridge in Game 3 of the conference final. Fourth-year forward Mamadou Gueye (198-F-93) finished with a double-double, recording game-high's of 20 points and 10 boards. Geoff Pippus (196-G), Austin Waddoups (188-PG, college: Salt Lake CC) and Dwan Williams also scored in the double digits, with Pippus' 14 points the next highest on the Bears. Zac Overwater (203-G) led the 'Horns with 18 points on just 4/15 shooting, but made 10 of his 13 free throws on Thursday. Elliott Sentance (193-F-94, college: Mineral Area CC) also had himself a strong outing in the loss, totalling 14 points, nine boards and an assist. Despite entering Game 1 riding a three game win streak, including a series sweep last weekend and a double overtime win over Alberta in the conference finale, the Lethbridge Pronghorns came out completely flat on Thursday. The 'Horns scored just six first quarter points, shooting a paltry 2/17 in the opening quarter. The Bears took advantage of a 42% shooting quarter, thanks to six from Pippus on a pair of threes, to take a 20-6 lead. Neither team shot well in the second frame, as the Bears allowed the visitors to get back into the game with a stronger showing in the second. Overwater scored seven of his 18 in the quarter, while Dejon Burdeaux dropped in four points, as an 8-0 Lethbridge run cut the Alberta lead to just eight at the half. The teams exchanged runs throughout the third, with the Bears going up by as much as 14, before a pair of late rallies by Lethbridge cutting the Alberta lead back to eight entering the fourth. However, the depth of the Bears proved to be too much for Lethbridge to overcome, as they suffered a 29-16 beating in the fourth. Gueye went off in the final quarter, scoring 10 points alone on 5/6 shooting, adding six rebounds and an assist. Waddoups, Williams and Pippus also combined for 10 of the Bears 29 points in the dominating quarter. The Golden Bears will set their sights on a Canada West Final Four berth tomorrow night, with Game 2 set for 8:00 p.m. at Saville Community Sports Centre.
Courtesy of: canadawest.org



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The Journey To the CBL For Minneapolis Native Mohamed - by Scott Ludwig

Minor league basketball in North America is about as unorganized as any 'major' sport. The NBA D-League is now established as the top stop before the league. Outside the D-League there are dozens of regional leagues, some more professional than others.

North of the border the National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC) is currently playing its sixth season with ten teams. It has grown from the original seven teams in 2011 to now include teams from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Ontario.

A new Canadian league was first formed in 2014 by former Toronto Raptors coach Butch Carter . The Canadian Basketball League opened its first season in November 2016 with four teams, all based in Ontario.

One player who has made the trek north is Mohamed Mohamed (6'6''-F-93, college: Wisc.-Parkside), a 2011 graduate of Minneapolis South High School. Mohamed was signed after attending a pro exposure camp in November and plays with Hamilton BC. After ten games played the versatile forward is averaging 5.8 points and 1.4 rebounds a game.

The road to the CBL has been a process for Mohamed who spent two years playing JUCO basketball with North Iowa Area CC. He then transferred to NCAA Division II school UW-Parkside competing in one of the top conferences in the nation. Three of his college teammates are currently playing professionally in Europe.

Two years and 60 games played at UWP helped his game grow to what he now hopes will lead to a career. At 6'6″ and 205-pounds the swingman has the size and frame to play several positions. So far this season Mohamed has shown the ability to shoot the three on occasion as well. He scored a season-high 12 points on January 21 against Scarborough.

His coach, Indiana native Mark D. Anderson , has taken his own unique path in the world of coaching. From 1997 to 2002 Anderson guided the University of Akron Wayne College before moving on to Cuyahoga Community College where he won the NJCAA Division II National Championship in 2004. Minor league stints in the UBA, OVBL and PBL preceded his job in Hamilton.

Anderson has high praise for Mohamed saying, 'Mohamed is one of the guys you love to have on a team! He comes to learn everyday! He's a team guy and everyone enjoys being around him. He does what I ask in practice and in games. Off the court he's one of our best community players whether it's going to mini-ballers or to a soup kitchen.'

Hamilton United won their most recent game on February 17 over Durham United 97-83. With just four games remaining in the CBL regular season the team has its sights set on the CBL Cup.

Mohamed is excited about his team and looking forward to the challenges ahead.

'We're definitely coming together now. We had some bumps early on in the season, but we got all the pieces now so hopefully we can keep that going.'




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Cibona never trailed in a 98-86 win over Kvarner 2010 - by Zeljko Zule

Cibona never trailed in a 98-86 road win over Kvarner 2010 in the opening game of Croatian A1 League Round 18. Andrija Coric (199-F/G-95) scored 16 points, Ante Gospic (203-F-90, college: Flagler) 15, both off the bench, Luka Zoric (211-C-84) added 14 points, Petar Maric (196-F-87) 13 and Domagoj Bosnjak (201-F/G-95) 11. Cibona opened the game with six consecutive points and took their first double-digit lead of the night at 27-15 late in the first quarter. Kvarner used a 10-0 run to cut the deficit to two, but the visitors responded with six straight points to ignite a decisive 20-4 run for a 47-29 lead before the halftime break. Petar Maric scored nine consecutive points in that span. Cibona led by as many as 20 points with seven minutes remaining. Mauro Veljacic (183-PG-93) led Kvarner with a game-high 20 points, Dino Butorac (191-G-90) scored 17 and Mario Pesut (184-PG-90) 11.


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LSB Round 10: Villa Clara defeat Ciego in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

Seventh-ranked Ciego (1-8) gave a tough game to top-ranked Villa Clara (10-0) in Avila on Tuesday. The visitors from Santa Clara managed to secure only three-point victory 87-84. However their fans expected much easier game. The former international swingman Andy Boffil (190-82) scored 30 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international center Yoel Cubillas (204-94) chipped in 13 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks during the contest. At the losing side the former international William Granda (189-85, agency: Pro Sports) responded with 31 points and 5 steals. Ciego's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Undefeated Villa Clara have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 10-0 record. Ciego lost fourth consecutive game. Defending champion dropped to the sixth place with eight games lost. Villa Clara are looking forward to face Capitalinos (#3) in La Habana in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Ciego will play at home against Santiago and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Tigres (0-9) against sixth ranked Santiago (3-6) on Tuesday night. Visiting Tigres were defeated by Santiago in Santiago 80-70. The former international forward Esteban Martinez (192-87) notched 26 points to lead the effort and Roigelis Ochoa supported him with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Even a double-double of 19 points and 10 steals by point guard Vladimir Francis (185-83) did not help to save the game for Tigres. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Santiago moved-up to fifth place. Tigres at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. Santiago will play against Ciego (#6) in Avila in the next round. Tigres will play at home against the league's second-placed Pinar and hope to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Guantanamo (0-8) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their eighth consecutive match to fourth ranked Capitalinos (5-4) 89-60 on Tuesday evening. Arlen Alorda fired 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Capitalinos' coach Rainel Panfet felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Raudelis Guerra produced a double-double by scoring 26 points, 5 assists and 12 steals for lost side. Capitalinos have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Matanzas. Loser Guantanamo still closes the standings with eight games lost. Capitalinos will meet at home league's leader Villa Clara in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Guantanamo will play against Guerreros (#4) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 10 Matanzas lost to Pinar del Rio on the opponent's court 56-67.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 26 points, 6 assists and 15 steals by Osmel Oliva of Pinar del Rio.

Ciego de Avila - Villa Clara 84-87

Seventh-ranked Ciego (1-8) gave a tough game to top-ranked Villa Clara (10-0) in Avila on Tuesday. The visitors from Santa Clara managed to secure only three-point victory 87-84. However their fans expected much easier game. The former international swingman Andy Boffil (190-82) scored 30 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international center Yoel Cubillas (204-94) chipped in 13 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks during the contest. At the losing side the former international William Granda (189-85, agency: Pro Sports) responded with 31 points and 5 steals and guard Davisley Granados (185-83) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ciego's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Villa Clara have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 10-0 record. Ciego lost fourth consecutive game. Defending champion dropped to the sixth place with eight games lost. Villa Clara are looking forward to face Capitalinos (#3) in La Habana in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Ciego will play at home against Santiago and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ciego de Avila: W.Granda 31+2reb+2ast, Y.Rodriguez 14+4ast, D.Granados 13+7reb, D.Martinez 10+1reb, R.Oviedo 6+6reb+2ast, G.Clark 4+3reb+1ast
Villa Clara: A.Boffil 30+1reb+4ast, O.Perez 17+3reb, N.Abreu 14+3reb+8ast, Y.Cubillas 13+14reb, M.Mons 6+2reb+1ast, M.Troyano 2+1reb+1ast
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Pinar del Rio - Matanzas 67-56

Rather expected game in Rio where 5th ranked Guerreros (5-4) were defeated by second ranked Pinar (8-1) 67-56 on Tuesday. The former international point guard Osmel Oliva (178-87) fired a double-double by scoring 26 points, 6 assists and 15 steals for the winners. Jaciel Martinez (190-91) chipped in 13 points and 7 steals. The former international guard Yuniskel Molina (185-93) produced 20 points and 7 rebounds and Yosniel Moralez added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Guerreros' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Pinar have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 8-1 record having just three points less than leader Villa Clara. Loser Guerreros dropped to the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Capitalinos. Pinar will meet bottom-ranked Tigres (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Guerreros will play against Guantanamo (#7) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Matanzas: Y.Molina 20+7reb+3ast, Y.Moralez 13+9reb+1ast, Y.Deschapelles 8+6reb+2ast, D.Torrientes 7+2reb, L.Sanchez 4+1reb+1ast, H.Garcia 2+1reb
Pinar del Rio: O.Oliva 26+2reb+6ast, J.Martinez 13+4reb, Y.Monterrey 10+3reb+3ast, Y.Suarez 9+2reb, D.Vazquez 5+2reb+2ast, E.Quintana 4+8reb
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Guantanamo - Capitalinos 60-89

Bottom-ranked Guantanamo (0-8) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their eighth consecutive match to fourth ranked Capitalinos (5-4) 89-60 on Tuesday evening. Capitalinos outrebounded Guantanamo 44-26 including 32 on the defensive glass. Power forward Arlen Alorda (198-86) fired 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Hector Martinto (197-94) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Five Capitalinos players scored in double figures. Capitalinos' coach Rainel Panfet felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Raudelis Guerra (191-93) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points, 5 assists and 12 steals and the former international swingman Yoanis Soria (195-86) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Capitalinos have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Matanzas. Loser Guantanamo still closes the standings with eight games lost. Capitalinos will meet at home league's leader Villa Clara in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Guantanamo will play against Guerreros (#4) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Guantanamo: R.Guerra 26+3reb+5ast, Y.Soria 14+6reb+2ast, L.Odelin 8+3reb+2ast, E.Pons 8+5reb, Y.Tito 4+7reb, D.Aymericte 0
Capitalinos: H.Martinto 15+6reb, A.Alorda 15+8reb, A.Ferran 13+3reb+2ast, F.Maria 12+6reb+1ast, R.Castillo 11+3reb+3ast, L.Borlot 10+2reb+1ast
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Santiago - Camaguey 80-70

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Tigres (0-9) against sixth ranked Santiago (3-6) on Tuesday night. Visiting Tigres were defeated by Santiago in Santiago 80-70. The game was mostly controlled by Santiago. Tigres was better in fourth quarter 31-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Santiago forced 27 Tigres turnovers. The former international forward Esteban Martinez (192-87) notched 26 points to lead the effort and guard Roigelis Ochoa (190-93) supported him with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Four Santiago players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 19 points and 10 steals by point guard Vladimir Francis (185-83) did not help to save the game for Tigres. Forward Yoanis Baldo (191-89) added 13 points and 11 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Santiago moved-up to fifth place. Tigres at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. Santiago will play against Ciego (#6) in Avila in the next round. Tigres will play at home against the league's second-placed Pinar and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Camaguey: V.Francis 19+3reb+3ast, R.Carmenato 14+2reb+1ast, Y.Baldo 13+11reb, C.Lara 7+1ast, Y.Jimenez 4+1reb, Y.Lopez 4+1ast
Santiago: E.Martinez 26, R.Ochoa 15+10reb+1ast, R.Giron 11+3reb+2ast, J.Heredia 11+2reb+5ast, E.Hechevarria 6+2reb, E.Siria 4+10reb+3ast
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Perez's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

Osvaldo Perez had a great game in the last round for league's best team Villa Clara and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
He had a double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds, while his team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Guantanamo (#7, 0-8) with 17-point margin 97-80. It allowed Villa Clara to consolidate first place in the Cuban league. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far into the season and Villa Clara keeps a perfect 10-0 record. In the team's last game Perez had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Villa Clara's top player in his first season with the team. Perez has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 6.1rpg) and averages solid 1.1bpg,4.8spg and 56.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Esteban Martinez (192-F-87) of Santiago. He is former international forward in his first season at Santiago. In the last game Martinez recorded impressive 34 points and 2 assists. Bad luck as Santiago lost that game 73-100 to slightly higher-ranked Matanzas (#4, 5-4). Despite lost game Santiago moved up to 5th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-6 record. Martinez is one of the most experienced players at Santiago and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 31.0ppg (#1).

Third place about best performers goes to another Villa Clara's star - center Yoel Cubillas (204-C-94). Cubillas scored 19 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Villa Clara, helping his team with a 97-80 easy win against Guantanamo (#7, 0-8). Villa Clara have amazing season winning all 10 games without a single defeat. Cubillas turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Cubillas has a great season in Cuba. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.0rpg (#1 in league). He also has 5.2spg, 2.2bpg and FGP: 58.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andy Boffil (190-G/F-82) of Villa Clara - 29 points and 3 assists
5. Elvis Pons (194-G/F-83) of Guantanamo - 21 points and 4 rebounds
6. Lazro Sanchez) of Matanzas - 24 points and 4 rebounds
7. Lazaro Odelin (190-G-94) of Guantanamo - 14 points and 4 assists
8. Carlos Villegas (197-G-94) of Camaguey - 12 points and 2 rebounds
9. Yasmany Deschapelles (181-PG-85) of Matanzas - 12 points and 2 assists
10. Yosiel Monterrey (185-PG-88) of Pinar del Rio - 23 points and 3 assists

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



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MMCITE Brno lands Ermin Jazvin - by Eurobasket News

JBC MMCITE Brno (NBL) tabbed experienced 37-year old Bosnian ex-international center Ermin Jazvin (209-117kg-80, agency: Mansfield and Associates). He played recently at Bashkimi in Kosovan SuperLeague, but left the team last month. In 5 games he averaged 11.8ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.0apg this season. Jazvin also played 4 games in Balkan League where he had 7.8ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.3apg.
The most of last season he spent at Kaposvari in Hungarian A Division. In 23 games he recorded 11.4ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.3apg. Jazvin also spent pre-season at Vienna in Austrian A Bundesliga earlier that year. In three games he got 10.7ppg, 7.7rpg and 3.0apg.
His team won Romanian Cup in 2014.
Jazvin also represented Bosnia at the European Championships in Lithuania six years ago. His stats at that event were 2 games: 0pts, 1.0rpg.
Jazvin is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Croatia (Jolly), Germany (EnBW Ludwigsburg), Greece (Iraklis), Italy, Poland (Energa Czarni), Russia (Spartak Primorie Vladivostok), Spain (CB Granada), Ukraine (DniproAzot), Romania (UBT Cluj Napoca and CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu) and Bosnia (HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at MMCITE Brno.
Let's have closer look into Jazvin's outlook: He has ease hand what gives him high percent of realisation. Very strong and tough defence player. His speed and technics of the play are on a high level that's why he is good shooting guard.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @marcocalise)

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Danish Ligaen round 25 best performance: Marvin Dominique - by Eurobasket News

American-Haitian Power forward Marvin Dominique (201-PF-91, agency: Duran International) had a very impressive game in the last round for Horsholm, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, eight rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Naestved (#5, 11-12) 71-68. Horsholm is placed at 3rd position in Danish Ligaen. Horsholm is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-11 record. In the team's last game Dominique had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be Horsholm's top player in his first season with the team. Former St.Peter's College star has very solid stats this year. Dominique is in league's top in points (9th best: 16.5ppg) and averages impressive 50.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-G-93) of league's second-best Bakken Bears. Akoon-Purcell had a very good evening with 31 points and 8 rebounds. Of course he led Bakken to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked SISU (#6, 10-14) 102-82. Bakken's second position in the standings has not changed. His team lost just four games this season, while they won 18 matches. Akoon-Purcell is a newcomer at Bakken, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Stefan Bonneau (177-PG-87) of Svendborg (#4). Bonneau showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, five rebounds and seven assists in the last round. He was a key player of Svendborg, leading his team to a 91-77 easy win against #1 ranked Horsens IC in a game of the week. Svendborg needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 12 lost games. Bonneau has a very solid season. In 11 games in Denmark he scored 14.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Phillip Nolan (210-C/F-93) of Naestved - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Mike Gesell (188-G-93) of Bakken - 15 points and 7 assists
6. Anders Haas (185-G-92) of SISU - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Asbjorn Midtgaard (210-C/F-97) of Horsholm - 15 points and 6 rebounds
8. Vedran Borovcanin (200-G/F-85) of Horsens IC - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Adjehi Baru (206-F-91) of SISU - 10 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Will Artino (211-C/F-92) of Horsens IC - 16 points and 8 rebounds

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



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Austin Spurs Defeat Sioux Falls Skyforce 122-105 - by Eurobasket News

The Austin Spurs (16-19), presented by SWBC, defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce (23-14), 122-105, at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park Thursday evening. On assignment from San Antonio, Bryn Forbes (6'3''-G-93, college: Michigan St.) set a new team season-high with 36 points (13-17 FG, 6-8 3P, 4-4 FT) and paced the Spurs with 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 36 minutes. Patricio Garino (6'6''-G/F-93, college: G.Washington) added 18 points and 3 rebounds in 31 minutes, while Charles Garcia contributed 15 points (5-9 FG, 5-10 FT), 3 rebounds, and 3 assists in 21 minutes off the bench. In his first game back from All-Star Weekend, Cory Jefferson (6'9''-F-90, college: Baylor) recorded his thirteenth double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds in 28 minutes. Austin held the lead throughout the game, up by as many as 20 points in the second quarter. The Spurs finished the half ahead 63-50, paced by Forbes' 27 points. In the second half, Sioux Falls attempted a comeback, but could only pull within 12 points. For the night, Austin shot .547 from the field and .476 from beyond the arc, while holding Sioux Falls to .411 and .200, respectively. For Sioux Falls, Patrick Miller (6'1''-PG-92, college: Tennessee St.) finished with 22 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 assists in 33 minutes, while Bubu Palo (6'1''-G-91, college: Iowa St.) chipped in with 18 points, 3 rebounds, and 4 assists in 34 minutes.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



D-Fenders Fall Flat against Texas - by Eurobasket News

In their first game back from the all-star break, the D-Fenders fell to the Texas Legends on Wednesday at the Dr. Pepper Arena, 135-120. Los Angeles (27-9) was led by 22 points from Vander Blue (6'5''-SG-92, college: Marquette), who added seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Rookie David Nwaba (6'4''-G-93, college: Cal Poly - SLO) totaled 20 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks for his seventh double-double of the season. Justin Harper (6'10''-F-89, college: Richmond) and Troy DeVries (6'4''-G-82, college: N.Mexico) each chipped in 14 points for the away team, and Josh Magette helped to facilitate the offense with his 13 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Newly-acquired center DeJuan Blair (6'7''-F/C-89, college: Pittsburgh) finished with four points, four rebounds and one assist in 12 minutes of action. Texas (16-18) was guided by a 30-point, 14-rebound performance from Jameel Warney, while C.J. Williams (6'5''-G-90, college: N.Carolina St.) led all scorers with 32 points. Pierre Jackson followed closely with 20 points and 12 assists. Former D-Fenders Manny Harris (6'5''-F/G-89, college: Michigan) (22 points, nine rebounds) and Stephane Lasme (6'8''-C-82, college: Massachusetts) (11 points, 10 rebounds) rounded out the home team's double-digit scorers. The D-Fenders trailed 72-69 at halftime, despite 18 first-half points from Blue. A lopsided third quarter proved costly for Los Angeles as the team was outscored 35-21 out of the break. The Legends led by as much as 23 in the third period - their largest lead of the day - before maintaining a double-digit margin for the remainder of the evening. Overall, Los Angeles shot 41.9 percent from the field but connected on only 27.0 percent of their three-point attempts. Powered by a starting unit that combined for 115 points, Texas converted on 52.7 percent of their attempts on the day.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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Liga MB Round 3: Brujos Izalco keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

This is still too early stage of the Regular Season in Liga MB and we should expect many changes in upcoming rounds.

Brujos Izalco defeated Denver-FAS at home 98-87. Brujos Izalco dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Denver-FAS's 34. They outrebounded Denver-FAS 44-31 including 16 on the offensive glass. Brujos Izalco looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Denver-FAS's players. It was a good game for American guard Christopher Blake (197-88, college: Detroit Mercy) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. Guard Ricardo Mendez (184-84) contributed with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American point guard Anthony Brown (193-89, college: Imperial Valley JC) answered with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists for Denver-FAS. Denver-FAS will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Brujos Izalco will try to continue on its current victory against San Miguel on the road.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Santa Ana (0-1) at the home court. Hosts were defeated by Isidro Metapan (2-0) 78-71. It was a great evening for Spanish-American forward Duane James (196-83, college: Binghamton) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Michael Hinestroza-Javes helped adding 22 points and 16 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American Maliek Daniels (193-88, college: Trevecca Naz.) with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds. Isidro Metapan will play against Arcense (#10) in San Salvador in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Santa Ana will play on the road against El Rapido in La Union and hopes to get finally their first victory.
A very close game took place in Quezaltepeque between Quezaltepeque and Arcense. Quezaltepeque (2-1) got a very close home victory over Arcense (0-1). Quezaltepeque managed to escape with a 3-point win 80-77 on Tuesday evening. It was an exceptional evening for Shahmel Brackett who led the winners and scored 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Yordany Jaca came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds for Arcense in the defeat. Quezaltepeque will meet Giants (#11) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Arcense will play against Isidro Metapan and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Very important is a road loss of 11 Lobos (1-1) against Brujos Izalco (2-0) on Tuesday night. Visiting 11 Lobos were defeated by Brujos Izalco in a tough game in Izalco 75-80. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was Christopher Blake who scored 26 points, 6 assists and 7 steals. Brujos Izalco's next round opponent will be San Miguel (#15) on the road which should be an easy win for them. 11 Lobos will play against Santa Ana (#12) and hope to win that game.
The game between Cojute (0-2) and Canarios (2-0) in Cojutepeque on Thursday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Ahuachapan outscored Cojute 108-75. American players dominated also this game. It was a good game for David Lawson who led his team to a victory with 39 points (!!!), 9 assists and 7 steals. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 3 Sonsonate beat Halcones on the road 99-93.

Cojute - Canarios 75-108

The game between Cojute (0-2) and Canarios (2-0) in Cojutepeque on Thursday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Ahuachapan outscored Cojute 108-75. Canarios dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Cojute's 50. Canarios forced 21 Cojute turnovers. American players dominated also this game. It was a good game for point guard David Lawson (185-89, college: Reinhardt) who led his team to a victory with 39 points (!!!), 9 assists and 7 steals. Guard Wali Hepburn (193-89, college: Lock Haven) contributed with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Lawson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Canarios players scored in double figures. Kenny Demouchet (198-89, college: Jackson St.) answered with 35 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and Anthony Calhoun (203-89, college: Western St.) added 13 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Cojute. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Cojute: K.Demouchet 35+7reb+4ast, A.Calhoun 13+11reb+2ast, B.Reyes 8+2reb+1ast, L.Quintanilla 5+2reb+2ast, A.Alvarado 4+8reb, J.Cruz 4
Canarios: D.Lawson 39+4reb+9ast, W.Hepburn 29+16reb+4ast, R.Brown 13+17reb+2ast, I.Sandoval 12+2reb, W.Quijano 5+6reb+1ast, C.Vanegas 4+2reb
gschID: 536941


Brujos Izalco - Denver-FAS 98-87

Brujos Izalco defeated Denver-FAS at home 98-87. Brujos Izalco dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Denver-FAS's 34. They outrebounded Denver-FAS 44-31 including 16 on the offensive glass. Brujos Izalco looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Denver-FAS's players. It was a good game for American guard Christopher Blake (197-88, college: Detroit Mercy) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. Guard Ricardo Mendez (184-84) contributed with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Brujos Izalco players scored in double figures. American point guard Anthony Brown (193-89, college: Imperial Valley JC) answered with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists and Puerto Rican forward Luis-Damian Morales (191-88) added 39 points (!!!) in the effort for Denver-FAS. Denver-FAS will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Brujos Izalco will try to continue on its current victory against San Miguel on the road.
Top scorers:
Denver-FAS: L.Damian Morales 39+3reb+3ast, A.Brown 29+11reb+9ast, E.Aguilar 8+6reb+1ast, J.Maria Rivas 2+2reb, R.Iglesias 0, R.Chicas 0+1reb
Brujos Izalco: C.Blake 31+10reb+9ast, R.Mendez 20+9reb+5ast, D.Bryant 18+9reb+2ast, G.McArthur 14+8reb+7ast, D.Thompson 9+4reb+2ast, E.Navarrete 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 536940


Santa Ana - Isidro Metapan 71-78

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Santa Ana (0-1) at the home court. Hosts were defeated by Isidro Metapan (2-0) 78-71. It was a great evening for Spanish-American forward Duane James (196-83, college: Binghamton) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Venezuelan-Colombian forward Michael Hinestroza-Javes (208-90, college: UALR) helped adding 22 points and 16 rebounds. James is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The best for the losing side was American Maliek Daniels (193-88, college: Trevecca Naz.) with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import point guard SerDana Wright (191) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Isidro Metapan will play against Arcense (#10) in San Salvador in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Santa Ana will play on the road against El Rapido in La Union and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Santa Ana: M.Daniels 25+13reb+1ast, S.Wright 22+11reb+4ast, I.Kirk 7+9reb+1ast, E.Molina 7+1reb+2ast, F.Salazar 4+2reb+3ast, E.Guevara 2+1ast
Isidro Metapan: D.James 24+12reb+4ast, E.Mijares 23+7reb+3ast, M.Hinestroza Javes 22+16reb, C.Gonzalez 6+1reb+3ast, H.Navas 2+5reb, A.Regalado 1+3reb
gschID: 536942


Halcones - Sonsonate 93-99

But Halcones were not able to use a home court advantage and were defeated by the opponent from 99-93 on Wednesday night. Sonsonate outrebounded Halcones 83-36 including a 60-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Halcones were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Yoan Haiti who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 20 rebounds and 7 assists. American-Panamanian forward Adalberto Rojas (198-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Sonsonate players scored in double figures. American point guard Jeremee Davis (191-90, college: Georgia Coll.) answered with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import Jeffery Moss (193-93, college: Murray St.) added 27 points and 5 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in the effort for Halcones. Halcones' coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Sonsonate will have a break next round. Halcones will play at home against Giants (#11) and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Halcones: J.Moss 27+5reb+2ast, J.Davis 25+7reb+6ast, J.Cathey-Macklin 15+7reb+1ast, M.Ramos 7+1reb+2ast, M.Orellana 7+3reb+1ast, J.Angulo 5+3reb+3ast
Sonsonate: Y.Haiti 21+20reb+7ast, M.Lahud 21+7reb+3ast, M.Gudino 18+14reb+2ast, A.Rojas 17+19reb+4ast, J.Loucel 10+6reb+2ast, B.Denald 8+11reb+3ast
gschID: 536943


Brujos Izalco - 11 Lobos 80-75

Very important is a road loss of 11 Lobos (1-1) against Brujos Izalco (2-0) on Tuesday night. Visiting 11 Lobos were defeated by Brujos Izalco in a tough game in Izalco 75-80. Brujos Izalco forced 23 11 Lobos turnovers and outrebounded them 45-34 including a 22-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Brujos Izalco players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was guard Christopher Blake (197-88, college: Detroit Mercy) who scored 26 points, 6 assists and 7 steals. Forward Garland McArthur (197-88, college: Voorhees) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was center Marc Montavious (206-90, college: Georgetown, KY) who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points, 19 rebounds and 6 blocks and point guard Thaddeus Fauntleroy (180-89, college: Miss.Valley St.) added 24 points and 9 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Brujos Izalco's next round opponent will be San Miguel (#15) on the road which should be an easy win for them. 11 Lobos will play against Santa Ana (#12) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
11 Lobos: T.Fauntleroy 24+3reb+9ast, A.Ruano 18+1reb+1ast, M.Montavious 15+19reb+2ast, M.Gonzalez 11+4reb+10ast, R.Aguiar 4+1reb, K.Campos 3+1reb+1ast
Brujos Izalco: C.Blake 26+2reb+6ast, G.McArthur 15+16reb+3ast, D.Thompson 14+7reb+3ast, D.Bryant 10+6reb, R.Mendez 9+9reb+6ast, E.Navarrete 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 536939


Quezaltepeque - Arcense 80-77

A very close game took place in Quezaltepeque between Quezaltepeque and Arcense. Quezaltepeque (2-1) got a very close home victory over Arcense (0-1). Quezaltepeque managed to escape with a 3-point win 80-77 on Tuesday evening. It was an exceptional evening for American point guard Shahmel Brackett (183-91, college: UNC Pembroke) who led the winners and scored 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) accounted for 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Cuban Yordany Jaca (195-83) came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds and Teodoro Romero added 20 points and 13 rebounds respectively for Arcense in the defeat. Quezaltepeque will meet Giants (#11) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Arcense will play against Isidro Metapan and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Arcense: M.Fernandez 29+3reb+3ast, Y.Jaca 21+14reb+2ast, T.Romero 20+13reb+3ast, C.Torres 5+6reb+6ast, R.Rodriguez 2+1reb, R.Cardona 0+1reb+1ast
Quezaltepeque: S.Brackett 24+7reb+4ast, Q.Scates 20+10reb+2ast, D.Bairez 15+2reb+3ast, T.Hampton 8+18reb, L.Portal 8+2reb+4ast, R.Miranda 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 536944





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Valga signs Deandre Mathieu - by Janar

BC Valga-Valka/Maks&Moorits (Alexela KML) signed American point guard Deandre Mathieu (175-73kg, college: Minnesota, agency: Two Points). He played recently at Iowa Energy (D-League) in the U.S., but was released by the team earlier this month. In 6 D-League games he had 4.7ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg this season.
Last year (a year after his graduation) Mathieu was drafted by Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League) in third round (65th overall).
He graduated from University of Minnesota in 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Mathieu won NIT championship title in 2014. He was also voted NJCAA D1 All-America 1st Team back in 2013 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Basketball history was made in Estonia - by Janar

On the 99th birthday of Estonian Republic, a historic episode was written in Estonian, European as well as world basketball history. 26 years after Dino and Andrea Meneghin faced each other in Italian league, a father played against son in a top-tier league. The all-time top scorer of Estonian basketball league, Valmo Kriisa (192-PG-74) (42) and a member of Estonian U16 NT Kerr Kriisa (187-PG-01) (16) faced each other for the first time as professionals as Tartu Ulikool hosted Valga in KML.
Tartu took a firm 85:69 win with 19+9rb from Janari Joesaar and 17+11rb from Janar Talts. Kerr Kriisa scored 2 points and dished 3 assists in 18 minutes. Valmo Kriisa had 4 points and 4 assists in 33 minutes in losing effort.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Unics
  (193-SG-83)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Langford, Unics22.2 
 2. De-Colo, CS.20.1 
 3. Goudelock, Maccabi .17.3 
 4. Llull, Real Madrid17.1 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA16.5 
 6. Wanamaker, Darussaf.15.1 
 7. Rice, FC Barcelona14.1 
 8. Heurtel, Anadolu .14.1 
 9. James, Panathin.13.8 
 10. Beaubois, Baskonia13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante ZIZIC
  Darussafaka
  (210-F/C-97)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Zizic, Darussafaka7.9 
 2. Kuzmic, Crvena Z.7.7 
 3. Voigtmann, Basko.7.7 
 4. Melli, Brose Bask.7.7 
 5. Udoh, Fenerbahce7.5 
 6. Honeycutt, Anadolu .7.5 
 7. Birch, Olympiacos6.5 
 8. Dorsey, FC Barce.6.3 
 9. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.1 
 10. Brown, Anadolu .6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  CSKA
  (195-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Teodosic, CSKA7.4 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiacos6.2 
 3. Llull, Real Madrid6.1 
 4. Heurtel, Anadolu .6.0 
 5. Calathes, Panathin.5.9 
 6. Larkin, Baskonia5.9 
 7. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.9 
 8. Colom, Unics5.5 
 9. Rice, FC Barcelona5.4 
 10. Guler, Galatasaray5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Charles JENKINS
  Crvena Z.
  (191-SG-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Jenkins, Crvena Z.2.1 
 2. Calathes, Panathin.1.7 
 3. Wilbekin, Darussafaka1.5 
 4. Wanamaker, Darussaf.1.5 
 5. Fernandez, Real M.1.4 
 6. Larkin, Baskonia1.4 
 7. Jovic, Crvena Z.1.3 
 8. Hanga, Baskonia1.3 
 9. Lazic, Crvena Z.1.2 
 10. Singleton, Panathin.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce2.2 
 2. Tyus, Galatasaray1.5 
 3. Parakhouski, Unics1.4 
 4. Dunston, Anadolu .1.2 
 5. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.1 
 6. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 7. Randolph, Real Madrid1.0 
 8. Singleton, Panathin.1.0 
 9. Honeycutt, Anadolu .1.0 
 10. Theis, Brose Bask.0.9 


Recap of Round 23 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid - Darussafaka 101-83

Euroleague top team - Spanish Real Madrid (18-5) had no problems winning another game. This time they beat ninth ranked Turkish Darussafaka (11-12) 101-83. The game was mostly controlled by Real Madrid. Darussafaka was better in third quarter 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Real Madrid shot the lights out from three nailing 16 long-distance shots on high 53.3 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. It was a quality performance for Sergio Llull (190-87) who led the winners and scored 26 points and 8 assists. Liberian-American power forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee Services) accounted for 14 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winning side. American guard Brad Wanamaker (193-89, college: Pittsburgh) came up with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Croatian power forward Ante Zizic (210-97, agency: BeoBasket) added 11 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Darussafaka in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Real Madrid have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending Spanish champion maintains first place with 18-5 record. Darussafaka at the other side keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. Real Madrid will play against bottom-ranked Galatasaray (#16) in Istanbul in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Darussafaka will play at home against Panathinaikos (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Real Madrid: S.Llull 26+2reb+8ast, O.Hunter 14+5reb+1ast, T.Thompkins 14+2reb, A.Randolph 13+5reb, J.Maciulis 9+1reb, J.Carroll 8+3reb+3ast
Darussafaka: J.Anderson 18+1reb+1ast, B.Wanamaker 15+5reb+4ast, A.Zizic 11+10reb+2ast, S.Wilbekin 9+2reb+2ast, A.Moerman 9+4reb, D.Bertans 9+6ast
gschID: 473857


Panathinaikos - Unics 83-82

Fourteenth-ranked Russian Unics Kazan (7-16) gave a tough game to fifth ranked Greek Panathinaikos (14-9) in Athens. Panathinaikos managed to secure only one-point victory 83-82. However their fans expected much easier game. Unics Kazan was ahead by 9 points after three quarters before a 31-21 charge of Panathinaikos, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Chris Singleton (206-89, college: Florida St.) saved the victory by scoring 14 points and 8 rebounds. Center Ioannis Bourousis (214-83) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) answered with 21 points and 7 assists and the other American import Latavius Williams (203-91, agency: BeoBasket) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Unics Kazan. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Panathinaikos. They maintain fifth place with 14-9 record. Unics Kazan lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with 16 games lost. Panathinaikos' next round opponent will be Darussafaka (#9) in Istanbul. Unics Kazan will play at home against Anadolu Efes (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Panathinaikos: I.Bourousis 15+6reb+1ast, C.Singleton 14+8reb+1ast, K.Rivers 13+1reb+2ast, A.Gentile 10+3reb, K.Gabriel 10+4reb, M.James 8+3ast
Unics: K.Langford 21+4reb+7ast, J.Colom 17+3reb+3ast, L.Williams 13+9reb+3ast, P.Antipov 11+4reb, D.Andjusic 8+1reb, C.Clarke 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 473856


Brose Bask. - Zalgiris 86-91

Rather expected game in Bamberg where 12th ranked German Brose Baskets (8-15) were defeated by tenth ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris (10-13) 91-86 on Friday. Brose Baskets were trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 24-18 charge of Zalgiris, which allowed them to win the game. They made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. Brose Baskets were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for point guard Lukas Lekavicius (180-94) who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). Paulius Jankunas (205-84) helped adding 24 points and 6 rebounds. Daniel Theis (204-92, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds and Italian Nicolo Melli (205-91) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Defending Lithuanian champion maintains tenth place with 10-13 record. Defending German champion Brose Baskets keep the twelfth position with 15 games lost. Zalgiris will face higher ranked Fenerbahce (#4) in Istanbul in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Brose Baskets will play on the road against Crvena Zvezda (#6) in Beograd and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: L.Lekavicius 29+3reb+3ast, P.Jankunas 24+6reb+2ast, E.Ulanovas 11+5reb+1ast, K.Pangos 8+1reb+5ast, A.Kavaliauskas 6+1reb+1ast, B.Motum 6+3reb+1ast
Brose Bask.: N.Melli 17+6reb+1ast, D.Theis 17+6reb+2ast, D.Miller 15+2reb+3ast, L.Radosevic 10+7reb+1ast, A.Nikolic 9+2ast, N.Zisis 5+3reb+5ast
gschID: 473855


Anadolu Efes - Baskonia 96-85

The game in Istanbul was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Spanish Baskonia (12-11) played at the court of eighth ranked Turkish Anadolu Efes (12-11). Anadolu Efes defeated Baskonia 96-85 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Anadolu Efes. Baskonia managed to win fourth quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Anadolu Efes looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was French guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 assists. American-Armenian center Bryant Dunston (203-86) chipped in 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks. Hungarian Adam Hanga (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe) produced 20 points and German center Johannes Voigtmann (211-92) added 10 points and 13 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Anadolu Efes and four Baskonia players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Anadolu Efes. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated Baskonia. Baskonia lost their third game in a row. Anadolu Efes will meet Unics Kazan (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Baskonia will play against Armani Milano (#14) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Anadolu Efes: T.Heurtel 21+2reb+11ast, T.Honeycutt 16+5reb+1ast, B.Dunston 15+7reb+2ast, B.Paul 14+2reb+1ast, D.Brown 12+5reb+4ast, D.Thomas 9+1ast
Baskonia: R.Beaubois 23+2reb, A.Hanga 20+4reb+3ast, K.Tillie 15+4reb+1ast, J.Voigtmann 10+13reb+3ast, S.Larkin 7+4reb+6ast, C.Budinger 4+1ast
gschID: 473854


EA7 Armani - FC Barcelona 78-83

Rather predictable result when twelfth ranked Spanish FC Barcelona (9-14) defeated on the road 15th ranked Italian Armani Milano (7-16) 83-78 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 24-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for Croatian center Ante Tomic (217-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 9 rebounds. Cypriot-Bulgarian Alexander Vezenkov (206-95) helped adding 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Point guard Andrea Cinciarini (193-86) responded with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Lithuanian point guard Mantas Kalnietis (195-86, agency: Players Group) scored 10 points and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. FC Barcelona moved-up to eleventh place. Defending Italian champion Armani Milano dropped to the fourteenth position with 16 games lost. FC Barcelona will face league's second-placed CSKA in Moscow in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Armani Milano will play on the road against Baskonia (#8) in Vitoria and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
FC Barcelona: A.Tomic 19+9reb+1ast, P.Koponen 16+2reb, A.Vezenkov 13+5reb+5ast, T.Rice 10+6ast, V.Faverani 9+1reb, A.Renfroe 7+3reb+4ast
EA7 Armani: A.Abass 14+4reb, A.Cinciarini 11+5reb+4ast, M.Macvan 10+4reb+1ast, M.Kalnietis 10+3reb+6ast, J.McLean 8+3reb+1ast, S.Fontecchio 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 473852


Fenerbahce - Olympiacos 67-64

The most exciting game of round 23 in the Euroleague took place in Istanbul. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Greek Olympiacos (16-7) to fourth ranked Turkish Fenerbahce (15-8) 67-64 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Olympiacos. Olympiacos were trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 9-point lead after three quarters before a 20-8 charge of Fenerbahce, which allowed them to win the game. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for Serbian swingman Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-92) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 4 assists. Italian forward Luigi Datome (203-87) helped adding 17 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Kostas Papanikolaou (206-90) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds and American point guard Erick Green (190-91, college: Virginia Tech) scored 17 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending Turkish champion maintains fourth place with 15-8 record. Defending Greek champion Olympiacos keep the third position with seven games lost. Fenerbahce are looking forward to face Zalgiris (#10) in Kaunas in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Olympiacos will play on the road against Maccabi T-A (#13) in Tel-Aviv and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Fenerbahce: B.Bogdanovic 27+3reb+4ast, L.Datome 17+6reb, B.Dixon 8+7reb+3ast, E.Udoh 6+6reb, J.Vesely 5+5reb+1ast, N.Kalinic 4+3reb+2ast
Olympiacos: E.Green 17+1reb+1ast, K.Papanikolaou 13+8reb, G.Printezis 10+7reb, E.Mantzaris 6+2reb+6ast, K.Birch 5+1reb+1ast, M.Lojeski 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 473853


Crvena Zvezda - Galatasaray 77-58

Sixth ranked Serbian Crvena Zvezda (13-10) crushed at home 16th ranked Turkish Galatasaray (7-16) by 19 points 77-58, which is the biggest margin this round on Thursday night. The game was mostly controlled by Crvena Zvezda. Galatasaray was better in fourth quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Crvena Zvezda forced 21 Galatasaray turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of Bosnian-Serbian center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-90) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Branko Lazic (195-89, agency: BeoBasket) helped adding 17 points (perfect from the field making all six shots). Five Crvena Zvezda players scored in double figures. Serbian forward Vladimir Micov (201-85, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 11 points and American forward Austin Daye (211-88, college: Gonzaga, agency: Alti Sport) scored 8 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Serbian champion maintains sixth place with 13-10 record. Loser Galatasaray stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Crvena Zvezda will face Brose Baskets (#12) in Bamberg in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Galatasaray will play at home against the league's leader Real Madrid (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: B.Lazic 17+2reb+1ast, O.Kuzmic 16+8reb+3ast, M.Simonovic 12+5reb+1ast, C.Jenkins 11+3reb+3ast, D.Thompson 10+6reb+1ast, S.Jovic 6+1reb+8ast
Galatasaray: V.Micov 11+2reb+1ast, B.Fitipaldo 8+2ast, S.Guler 8+1reb+2ast, A.Daye 8+3reb+2ast, G.Koksal 5, C.Korkmaz 5+1ast
gschID: 473850


CSKA - Maccabi T-A 93-81

Not a big story in a game in Moscow where 13th ranked Israeli Maccabi T-A (8-15) was defeated by second ranked Russian CSKA (17-6) 93-81 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by CSKA. Maccabi T-A was better in second period 34-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. CSKA looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Maccabi T-A was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for French Nando De-Colo (196-87) who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). American power forward Kyle Hines (198-86, agency: BeoBasket) helped adding 14 points and 10 rebounds. CSKA's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American-Israeli swingman Sylven Landesberg (198-90, college: Virginia) responded with 19 points and American forward Victor Rudd (205-91, college: S.Florida) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending Russian champion maintains second place with 17-6 record behind leader Real Madrid. Loser Maccabi T-A dropped to the twelfth position with 15 games lost. CSKA will face FC Barcelona (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maccabi T-A will play against Olympiacos and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
CSKA: N.De Colo 29+1reb+3ast, K.Hines 14+10reb, M.Teodosic 11+4reb+8ast, N.Kurbanov 10+4reb+1ast, J.Augustine 9+7reb, V.Fridzon 7+5reb+1ast
Maccabi T-A: S.Landesberg 19+2ast, V.Rudd 14+5reb+1ast, C.Iverson 12+4reb+1ast, D.Smith 11+9reb, I.Segev 10+4reb+1ast, Y.Ohayon 8+4reb+5ast
gschID: 473851





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Jamal Jones claims Finnish Korisliiga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Jamal Jones (203-G-93, agency: Stealth Sport) had an amazing evening in the last round for Lapua and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 31.
The 23-year old guard had the game-high 29 points adding six rebounds for Lapua in his team's victory, helping them to beat Pyrinto (#9, 10-19) 91-82. Lapua maintains the 5th position in Finnish Korisliiga. Lapua is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 15-13 record. In the team's last game Jones had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be Lapua's top player in his first season with the team. Texas A&M University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Jones is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.5ppg. Jones is in league's top in and averages solid 51.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old Senegalese forward Papa Dia (208-F-87) of BC Nokia. Dia impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for BC Nokia to edge the higher-ranked Salon Vilpas (#2, 20-8) by 1 point 98-97. BC Nokia's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-16 record. Dia is a newcomer at BC Nokia 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 Monyea Pratt (196-SF-85, agency: Court Side) of KTP-Basket (#8). Pratt showcased his all-around game by recording 13 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and nine assists in the last round. He was a key player of KTP Basket, leading his team to an 88-80 win against the higher-ranked Helsinki Seagulls (#1, 20-7). The chances of KTP Basket not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 18 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Pratt could try to bring KTP Basket's a little bit higher in the standings. Pratt has individually a great season in Finland. After 28 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.1rpg (4th best) and assists with 7.1apg (2nd best). He also has 2.3spg and FGP: 59.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dom Morris (201-F-90) of Lapua - 19 points and 6 rebounds
5. Mikko Koivisto (194-SG-87) of Salon Vilpas - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Austin Hollins (195-F/G-91) of Kauhajoki - 24 points and 7 rebounds
7. Eldar Skamo (198-F-86) of BC Nokia - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Damon Williams (201-F-73) of Lapua - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Antwan Scott (188-G-92) of KTP Basket - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Mario Edwards (191-G-88) of Lapua - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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The Bucks ink Axel Toupane - by Eurobasket News

Milwaukee Bucks to sign 25-year old French swingman Axel Toupane (197-92) to a 10-day deal. He started the season at Raptors 905 Missisauga. In 28 D-League games he had very impressive stats: 16.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.3apg and 1.2spg this season. The last season Toupane played at the Nuggets where in 21 NBA games he recorded 3.6ppg and 1.5rpg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
Toupane's team won French Cup in 2015.
He was also a member of French international program for some years. Toupane played for French Senior National Team in 2014 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2010.
He represented France at the European Championships U20 in Slovenia five years ago. Toupane's team won Silver and his stats at that event were 6 games: 10.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 53.8%, FT: 85.0%.
Toupane has played also professionally in Italy, France (Pau Lacq Orthez and Strasbourg IG) and other NBA team (Toronto Raptors).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Start of Season 10! - by Torey Thomas

The season is here. It is season number ten for me. I am extremely excited. I started out with MZT Skopje it was a short stint. It included a triumphant supercup victory 87-84 which was my first supercup in my 10 year career. I'm excited about it but things didn't start out well in the ABA league so we both made changes.
In the European basketball world things happen fast. You can be holding the trophy with your teammates one week and the next week you could be looking for a new job. Many times it's not just about your performances but also if you fit within the coaches system. If the coach gets fired the new coach usually wants to pick up players of his choice.
I feel it is better to focus on everything that you can do. It's not healthy to focus on the what ifs of a situation. I have learned that my character will supersede any situation. If I am true to my character and my work ethic I can turn around any negative situation.
I am now going to play for AEK Larnaca in the Cyprus Top League as well as the FIBA Europe Cup. I am extremely excited about the opportunity to continue my playing career. To all my other hoopers have a healthy and prosperous season!
I will be following up with another Blog on the company Globall Life www.globall.life it's an opportunity to play professionally and earn a degree in the United Kingdom.



KK Ohrid AV inks Kaylen Shane, ex Dinamo B. - by Dragan Ristov

KK Ohrid AV (Prva Liga) agreed terms with 24-year old American center Kaylen Shane (208-129kg-93, college: N.Mexico Highlands). He played recently at CS Dinamo Bucuresti in Romanian Liga Nationala. It will be good help for Ohrid in the rest of the competition. With his arriving, Ohrid hopes that will stay in the First League and next season.
Shane graduated from N.Mexico Highlands University in 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Corey ALLEN
  Mgzavrebi
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Allen, Mgzavrebi19.2 
 2. Miller, Sokhumi18.2 
 3. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi17.7 
 4. Shemosiuk, Batumi17.4 
 5. Lathan, Sokhumi17.2 
 6. Jintcharadze, Bat.16.1 
 7. Berishvili, Dinamo T.15.6 
 8. Lezhava, Batumi15.1 
 9. Rogava, Olimpi15.1 
 10. Chlaidze, Cactus T.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FLORVEUS
  Cactus T.
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Florveus, Cactus T.13.4 
 2. Pelcher, Batumi10.9 
 3. Spagnolo, Rustavi9.5 
 4. Atuashvili, Rustavi9.4 
 5. Burnette, Olimpi8.9 
 6. Tishchenko, Sokhu.8.7 
 7. Bekauri, Kutaisi8.1 
 8. Murphy, Mgzavrebi7.6 
 9. Bridgeman, Cactus T.7.5 
 10. Lewis-Briggs, Rustavi7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi TSINTSADZE
  Kutaisi
  (192-PG-86)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi5.9 
 2. Miller, Sokhumi5.8 
 3. Lee, Rustavi5.5 
 4. Vaughn, Dinamo T.5.1 
 5. Ransom, Mgzavrebi5.0 
 6. Mikeladze, Olimpi4.6 
 7. Berishvili, Dinamo T.4.4 
 8. Pashaev, Kutaisi4.1 
 9. Rogava, Olimpi4.1 
 10. Tsivtsivadze, Mgzav.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Corey ALLEN
  Mgzavrebi
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Allen, Mgzavrebi4.4 
 2. Miller, Sokhumi2.8 
 3. Burnette, Olimpi2.6 
 4. Rogava, Olimpi2.3 
 5. Peters, Mgzavrebi2.3 
 6. Ransom, Mgzavrebi2.2 
 7. Baqradze, Olimpi2.1 
 8. Pkhakadze, Mgzav.2.0 
 9. Lathan, Sokhumi1.9 
 10. Lee, Rustavi1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Terik BRIDGEMAN
  Cactus T.
  (198-G-)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Bridgeman, Cactus T.1.8 
 2. Bekauri, Kutaisi1.8 
 3. Jgerenaia, Sokhumi1.6 
 4. Florveus, Cactus T.1.5 
 5. Atuashvili, Rustavi1.5 
 6. Tubak, Kutaisi1.4 
 7. Pelcher, Batumi1.2 
 8. Murphy, Mgzavrebi1.1 
 9. Rychlyuk, Sokhumi1.1 
 10. Krivtsov, Batumi1.0 


Superleague Round 18: Mgzavrebi hands first loss to Dinamo Tbilisi - 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.

The most surprising game was the first loss of Dinamo Tbilisi (17-1) on the court of eighth ranked Mgzavrebi on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by Mgzavrebi 80-77. It ended at the same time the 17-game winning streak of Dinamo Tbilisi. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-77. Mgzavrebi looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for American point guard Corey Allen (185-92, college: S.Florida) who led his team to a victory with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import center Reggie Murphy (208-91, college: Henderson St.) contributed with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American guard Deonta Vaughn (185-86, college: Cincinnati, agency: Interperformances) replied with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists for Dinamo Tbilisi. Dinamo Tbilisi's coach Irakli Khoshtaria rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Mgzavrebi maintains eighth position with 4-14 record. Dinamo Tbilisi at the other side still keeps top place with one game lost. Mgzavrebi are looking forward to face higher ranked Energy Invest (#3) in Rustavi in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Cactus Tbilisi.
Another interesting game for Cactus Tbilisi (8-10) which played on the court of Sokhumi (7-11). Fourth ranked Cactus Tbilisi won 101-93. The former international swingman Beqa Chikviladze (196-91) had a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Irakli Chlaidze chipped in 29 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was Otari Buliava (202-94) with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Cactus Tbilisi maintains fourth position with 8-10 record. Sokhumi lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Batumi. Cactus Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Dinamo Tbilisi.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Energy Invest (10-8) against sixth ranked Batumi (7-11) on Wednesday night. Host Energy Invest was defeated by Batumi in a tough game in Rustavi 89-96. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Energy Invest. Besik Lezhava notched 29 points to lead the effort. Even 28 points and 6 rebounds by Revaz Chachanidze did not help to save the game for Energy Invest. Batumi moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Sokhumi. Loser Energy Invest keeps the third position with eight games lost. Batumi will meet at home league's second-placed Kutaisi in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Energy Invest will play against Mgzavrebi and hope to secure a win.
The game between second ranked Kutaisi (13-4) and 7th ranked Olimpi (5-12) in Kutaisi ended with biggest points difference. Kutaisi beat guests from Tbilisi 85-74. The best player for the winners was Giorgi Tsintsadze who scored 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Defending champion maintains second position with 13-4 record having five points less than leader Dinamo Tbilisi. Olimpi at the other side keeps the seventh place with 12 games lost. Kutaisi's next round opponent will be Batumi (#6) on the road. Olimpi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Sokhumi.

The most impressive performance of 18th round was 12 points and 7 rebounds by Giorgi Barbakadze of Kutaisi.

Kutaisi - Olimpi 85-74

The game between second ranked Kutaisi (13-4) and 7th ranked Olimpi (5-12) in Kutaisi ended with biggest points difference. Kutaisi beat guests from Tbilisi 85-74. Olimpi was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 28-11 charge of Kutaisi, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Olimpi 40-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was international point guard Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-86) who scored 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Giorgi Barbakadze (203-91) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Five Kutaisi players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Revaz Rogava (191-93) who recorded 25 points and 5 rebounds and American guard Tre Burnette (196, college: S.Dakota) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Defending champion maintains second position with 13-4 record having five points less than leader Dinamo Tbilisi. Olimpi at the other side keeps the seventh place with 12 games lost. Kutaisi's next round opponent will be Batumi (#6) on the road. Olimpi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Sokhumi.
Top scorers:
Kutaisi: A.Lomouri 14+4reb, G.Barbakadze 12+7reb+2ast, G.Tsintsadze 12+5reb+5ast, Z.Pashaev 12+3reb+2ast, B.Bekauri 10+7reb+4ast, L.Tsekvava 9+3reb+5ast
Olimpi: R.Rogava 25+5reb+1ast, T.Burnette 12+7reb+1ast, G.Baqradze 12+3reb+5ast, N.Schlitzer 7+3reb, L.Maskhulia 7+1reb+2ast, I.Mikeladze 7+1reb+5ast
gschID: 532309


Rustavi - Batumi 89-96

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Energy Invest (10-8) against sixth ranked Batumi (7-11) on Wednesday night. Host Energy Invest was defeated by Batumi in a tough game in Rustavi 89-96. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Energy Invest. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-15. But Energy Invest won second period 28-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Energy Invest outrebounded Batumi 36-23 including 24 on the defensive glass. International Besik Lezhava (192-86, agency: Octagon Europe) notched 29 points to lead the effort and international Kakhaber Jintcharadze (195-93) supported him with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Even 28 points and 6 rebounds by point guard Revaz Chachanidze (183-90) did not help to save the game for Energy Invest. American point guard Charlie Lee (175-92, college: Cleveland St.) added 13 points and 5 assists. Five Batumi and four Energy Invest players scored in double figures. Batumi moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Sokhumi. Loser Energy Invest keeps the third position with eight games lost. Batumi will meet at home league's second-placed Kutaisi in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Energy Invest will play against Mgzavrebi and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Batumi: B.Lezhava 29+3reb+2ast, K.Jintcharadze 23+6reb+2ast, I.Shemosiuk 18+2reb+2ast, C.Pelcher 12+6reb+1ast, I.Krivtsov 10+5reb, I.Maisuradze 4+1reb+1ast
Rustavi: R.Chachanidze 28+6reb+1ast, C.Kasperbauer 16+2reb+3ast, S.Atuashvili 13+7reb+2ast, C.Lee 13+4reb+5ast, M.Lewis-Briggs 9+8reb, T.Spagnolo 8+7reb+1ast
gschID: 532307


Mgzavrebi - Dinamo Tbilisi 80-77

The most surprising game was the first loss of Dinamo Tbilisi (17-1) on the court of eighth ranked Mgzavrebi on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by Mgzavrebi 80-77. It ended at the same time the 17-game winning streak of Dinamo Tbilisi. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-77. Mgzavrebi looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for American point guard Corey Allen (185-92, college: S.Florida) who led his team to a victory with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import center Reggie Murphy (208-91, college: Henderson St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American guard Deonta Vaughn (185-86, college: Cincinnati, agency: Interperformances) replied with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists and the former international Levan Patsatsia (198-88, college: Troy) added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Dinamo Tbilisi. Five Dinamo Tbilisi players scored in double figures. Dinamo Tbilisi's coach Irakli Khoshtaria rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Mgzavrebi maintains eighth position with 4-14 record. Dinamo Tbilisi at the other side still keeps top place with one game lost. Mgzavrebi are looking forward to face higher ranked Energy Invest (#3) in Rustavi in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Cactus Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
Mgzavrebi: C.Allen 20+6reb+4ast, A.Lominashvili 11+4reb+1ast, R.Murphy 10+10reb, G.Tsirekidze 10+3reb+1ast, O.Pkhakadze 9+4reb+5ast, D.Taylor 8+6reb+4ast
Dinamo Tbilisi: M.Berishvili 16+2reb+1ast, I.Londaridze 16+5reb, L.Patsatsia 12+8reb+3ast, D.Vaughn 11+8reb+9ast, N.Maravic 10+3reb, M.Tchotchua 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 532306


Sokhumi - Cactus Tbilisi 93-101

Another interesting game for Cactus Tbilisi (8-10) which played on the court of Sokhumi (7-11). Fourth ranked Cactus Tbilisi won 101-93. Sokhumi was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international swingman Beqa Chikviladze (196-91) had a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international swingman Irakli Chlaidze (198-89, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 29 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was Otari Buliava (202-94) with 23 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Oleksandr Tishchenko (205-89) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Cactus Tbilisi maintains fourth position with 8-10 record. Sokhumi lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Batumi. Cactus Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Dinamo Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
Cactus Tbilisi: I.Chlaidze 29+1reb+2ast, B.Chikviladze 25+10reb+6ast, T.White 15+3reb+2ast, V.Baakashvili 12+3reb+2ast, J.Florveus 10+19reb, T.Bridgeman 6+5reb+1ast
Sokhumi: O.Buliava 23+7reb+2ast, D.Lathan 20+2reb+2ast, M.Bokolishvili 16+1reb+3ast, O.Tishchenko 14+12reb+2ast, D.Barbakadze 13+5reb+1ast, K.Tomaradze 3+2reb
gschID: 532308





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  GERMANY  


Rocky Trice (MHP Riesen)I Have Always Been That Guy That Does Just About Everything Even The Little Things. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Roderick Trice (185-SG-84, college: S.Carolina) Is a 32 year old 185cm shooting guard playing his 10th professional season and his seventh in Germany. He played as a rookie with the Cuxhaven BasCats (Germany-ProA) in 2007 an dthen made the jump to the BBL playing a season for BG Goettingen and then played three seasons for ratiopharm Ulm. He then played two seasons for Energa Czarni Slupsk (Poland-TBL) and a season with WKS Slask Wroclaw (Poland-TBL). Last season he played for MHP RIESEN Ludwigsburg (Germany-BBL) playing 29 games averaging 11.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.6apg, Steals-5 (1.6spg), FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 79.3%; Eurocup: 15 games: 8.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.7apg, Steals-2 (2.2spg), FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 84.0%. This season he started with MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (Poland-TBL) playing 3 games averaging 7.7ppg, 1.0rpg, 2.7apg, 2.3spg, 1.0bpg. He spoke to eurobasket before the EasyCredit BBL cup weekend in Berlin.

Rocky thanks for talking to eurobasket.com You started the season with MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (Poland-TBL) playing only 3 games averaging 7.7ppg, 1.0rpg, 2.7apg, 2.3spg, 1.0bpg. The team is playing a solid season and fighting for the playoffs. Why was your stay so short in Poland this time around?

I had to deal with some health issues. I wanted to go back home and get a second opinion from a doctor back home. we cancelled the contract from here.


Was the short stay at least a bit worthwhile since you were teammates once again with Kerron Johnson who had been in Ludwigsburg the last two seasons. He had two very solid statistical seasons in Germany and now is doing the same in Poland. Do you see him being able to make that next step again and move to an even higher level in the future?

Yes it was good seeing KJ and playing with him again even though it was short lived. and yes if he keeps putting in work, like I know he will he will make it to an even higher level.


How thankful are you that you are back in a known environment like Ludwigsburg? I guess you didn't need much time to say yes to the offer from head coach John Patrick?

Its always good to go back to an environment where you are comfortable and know the system already.


I guess of all the coaches you have ever played with you know best what to expect when playing for John Patrick?

haha you can say that. This will be my 3rd stint with John.


Did you have a little doubt about getting sufficient minutes since John Patrick as usual has a very strong 12 man roster? So far you are averaging 23 minutes in the Champions League and 25 minutes in the EasyCredit BBL. Are you happy with your minutes and role?

Before I came back JP and I talked and he told me what role he wanted me to play and how many minutes he would want me to play. i am very happy with the minutes. i'm not looking to play 30 plus minutes ever game. Getting older now and we do have a lot of guards so there is no need for me to play that long.


It is no secret that you can fill up the stat sheet, give 180% energy, are an excellent defender and is still as athletic as in the past at age 32. Was it more the versatility in your game at both ends that got you this job or being a man that will give the defensive principles an added push?

Well some of the athleticism is leaving as I get older but I think its always been my versatility that gets me jobs. I have always been that guy that does just about everything even the little things. I think every team needs at least one of those guys.


The MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg haven't been playing their best basketball in the EasyCredit BBL, but from what you have seen in the last few weeks how confident are you that this team will be one of the top 8 teams in May 2017?

I am very confident. As a team we have to buy into the system, believe in each other, and keep working to get better.


The club has a lot of experience and you're the oldest on the team as Cliff Hammonds and Chad Toppert are a year younger than you, not to mention experienced German veteran David Mccray has joined the 30 club. Do you guys just individually do the best possible to make the team better with your overall knowledge of the game or is there one specific guy that is the true vocal leader?

Yea its crazy this is the first time I have been the oldest on a team. man I am getting old haha but yea I think its more of a collective thing rather than one guy who talks all the time.


He is only five years younger than you, but what has it been seeing the Athletic craziness of Kelvin Martin? Does his athleticism sometimes amaze you?

Man this guy can get up!! I saw some highlights from some earlier champions league game. I was amazed.


The club has 2 chances to win a title with the Champions League and the EasyCredit BBL cup this weekend in Bamberg. How excited are you for having the chance to win your first professional title with Ludwigsburg?

It's always exciting when you have a chance to win a championship.


In 2015 you were a Super Cup finalist with WKS Slask Wroclaw (Poland-TBL). Now you have the chance to win another title, but it won't be an easy hurdle as you have to get by Germany's best basketball team Brose Bamberg. In the BBL, you have a 3-8 record. You won twice with BG Goettingen and once with ratiopharm Ulm. You must remember your first ever BBL game in 2008 against Bamberg winning 71-69. What do you remember most from that game?

Honestly I don't that was like 8 or 9 years ago. but I know at that time they were not as good and dominant as they are now.


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

Thats tough!! I would say, Micheal Jordan, Bill Russell, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson


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

He is up there but MJ is still the best

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

He is in the top five for sure.


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

One if in not the greatest shooting performance I have ever seen.

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

Honestly I didn't think that would happen and how often does anyone get 10 steals?


What was the last movie that you saw?

Nocturnel animals.

Thanks for the chat Rocky.



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All Nations University tops UPAC Zone B in opening round - by Yaw Mintah

All Nations University College has made a big impression in its maiden appearance in the UPAC Basketball Championship by qualifying to the quarter finals after topping Zone B qualifiers played earlier today.

The side won all three games against Valley View University (VVU), KAAF University College and host Koforidua Technical University (KTU) to claim the zone's sole quarter final spot; the quarter finals are to be played on April 6 and 7 in Accra.

All Nations tipped off this year's edition of the Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championship by beating KTU 28-26 in a close game before delivering a stunning display to beat pre game favorite Valley View 33-27.

That result which came at the expense of last year's quarter finalist was more remarkable taking into account the side trailed in the first half. This put the All Nations in the running for a shock quarterfinal spot heading into the final game against KAAF University; the latter lost 17-24.

Host KTU lost all three games and finished bottom in the zone with VVU placing second.



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Thomas van der Mars' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Dutch players playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Thomas van der Mars
Thomas van der Mars
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Thomas van der Mars (208-90, college: Portland, currently plays in Baltic League). van der Mars could not help Rapla (8-4) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance the third-placed Rapla (8-4) was defeated 87-81 on the road by the second-ranked Valmiera in the group A of Baltic League. van der Mars recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 12 rebounds (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!). It's van der Mars' first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. van der Mars averages: 17.6ppg, 11.4rpg, 2FGP: 59.4%(95-160) and FT: 69.1%. He is currently a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Charlon Kloof
Charlon Kloof
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, agency: Octagon Europe, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in ABA League). Kloof was not able to help MZT Skopje (8-15) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance MZT Skopje was badly defeated 101-82 in Beograd by the higher-ranked FMP (#7). Kloof scored 12 points and added 6 assists. There are only three games left until the end of the ABA League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Kloof has relatively good stats this season: 10.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 46.3%, 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 69.1%. He has a dual citizenship: Surinamese and Dutch. Kloof is in the roster of the Dutch senior national team.

Jeroen van der List
Jeroen van der List
   #3. The Dutch player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Jeroen van der List (213-89, college: Indian Hills CC, currently plays in Japan). He led Shinshu BW to a 1-point victory over the third-ranked Kumamoto Vorters (29-9) 83-82 in the Japanese B League D2 last Sunday. van der List was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 13 rebounds in 28 minutes. Shinshu Brave Warriors Nagano (11-28) is placed sixth in Central group. They ended the series of nine consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. van der List has very impressive stats this year: 17.6ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.6apg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 47.9%, 3FGP: 39.3% and FT: 73.0% in 10 games he played so far. He played for the Dutch national team three years ago.

Niels Bunschoten
Niels Bunschoten
   #4. Forward Niels Bunschoten (206, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Indiana St. to a victory against the University of Northern Iowa (11-2) 69-59 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. Bunschoten scored 20 points and added 3 passes. The Indiana State University has rather weak 4-8 conference record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Bunschoten's overall stats this season are: 4.9ppg and 1.4rpg. He used to play for the Dutch U20 national team back in 2014.

Yannick Franke
Yannick Franke
   #5. International guard Yannick Franke (194-96, currently plays in ABA League) was not able to secure a victory for KK Zadar (7-16) in their game against Partizan (17-6) in the ABA League. He scored 5 points. The bottom-ranked KK Zadar was edged 87-86 in Beograd by the much higher-ranked Partizan (#3). There are only three games left until the end of the ABA League Regular Season. Franke's overall stats this season are: 7.5ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.3apg. He plays currently for the Dutch national team.

Kevin van Wijk
Kevin van Wijk
   #6. Forward Kevin van Wijk (203-89, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Spain) led Melilla Baloncesto to a victory over the closely-ranked Burgos (7-10) 77-66 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. van Wijk was the best player in that game. He scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 22 minutes. Melilla Baloncesto (15-9) is placed sixth in the LEB Gold. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year van Wijk's overall stats are: 6.8ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.3apg in 24 games. He is a former U16 international player as he played for the Dutch team twelve years ago.

Luuk Van Bree
Luuk Van Bree
   #7. Former U18 international forward Luuk Van Bree (203-96, currently studies in the States) contributed to Bradley's victory against the Missouri State University (8-3) 77-68 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. Van Bree scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Bradley University has rather weak 4-9 conference record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. Van Bree's total stats this season are: 6.5ppg and 3.2rpg. He used to play for the Dutch U18 national team three years ago.

Shane Hammink
Shane Hammink
   #8. Guard Shane Hammink (201-94, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Valparaiso (10-2) in their game against the Oakland University (8-6) in the NCAA, despite his very good performance last Friday. Hammink recorded 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 36 minutes. But the Valparaiso lost 71-82 at home to the Oakland University. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. Hammink has very impressive stats this year: 15.4ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.7apg in 28 games. He used to play for the Dutch national team back in 2014.

Menno Dijkstra
Menno Dijkstra
   #9. Former U20 international center Menno Dijkstra (213-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Cal-Riverside (5-6) in their game against the California State University, Fullerton (1-10) in the NCAA. Despite his very good performance on Thursday night Dijkstra scored 17 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. Dijkstra's total stats this season are: 5.6ppg and 2.5rpg. He used to play for the Dutch U20 national team two years ago.

Kevin Bleeker
Kevin Bleeker
   #10. Center Kevin Bleeker (208-93, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Navarra (10-11) in their game against Fontedoso Carrefour (14-7) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Bleeker scored only 2 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. Navarra was defeated 64-59 in Avila by the higher-ranked Fontedoso Carrefour (#4). It was Navarra's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Bleeker's total stats this season are: 6.1ppg and 4.6rpg. He is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Dutch senior national team.

   #11. Former international point guard Leon Williams (189-91, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help BG Goettingen in their game against Science City Jena in the German BBL. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Williams scored only 2 points in 14 minutes. His team lost 92-102. This year Williams' total stats are: 5.8ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.4apg in 20 games. He used to play for the Dutch national team two years ago.

   #12. Former international forward Julius van Sauers (203-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Long Island University in a victory against the Mt.Saint Mary's University, MD 62-58 in the NCAA on Thursday night. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 23 minutes. van Sauers has averaged so far 3.0ppg and 3.1rpg in 30 games. He used to play for the Dutch national team back in 2014.

   #13. Former U18 international center Marinus Lucas N'Guessan (210-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an Oklahoma St.'s victory against the The University of Oklahoma 96-92 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. N'Guessan scored only 2 points. N'Guessan has averaged so far 2.4ppg and 1.8rpg. He used to play for the Dutch U18 national team two years ago.

   #14. Former U16 international guard Stefan Topalovic (193-95, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Hannover Korbjaeger crushing them 122-92 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. Topalovic scored only 2 points and added 3 assists in 10 minutes. Topalovic has averaged so far 1.7ppg and 1.3rpg in three games. He used to play for the Dutch U16 national team back in 2011.

   #15. Former U20 international guard Boy Van Vliet (193-94, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to a Dallas Baptist University's victory against the St.Edward's University 93-85 in the NCAA2 in Thursday night's game. Van Vliet scored 5 points and added 8 passes. Van Vliet has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.5apg. He used to play for the Dutch U20 national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, college: Utah, currently plays in Euroleague) could not help Baskonia (12-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the eighth-placed Baskonia (12-11) lost 85-96 on the road to the higher-ranked (#7) Anadolu Efes in the group A of Euroleague. Tillie scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. It was Baskonia's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Tillie averages: 5.9ppg and 3.7rpg in 22 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and French.

   #2. Ryan Broekhoff (200-F-90, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in VTB United League) was not able to help Lokomotiv in their game against CSKA (15-2) in the VTB United League. It was not Broekhoff's best game last Sunday. He scored only 3 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 25 minutes. Lokomotiv lost 77-83 in Moscow to the leading CSKA. It was Lokomotiv's first loss after thirteen consecutive victories. This year Broekhoff's overall stats are: 7.0ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.1apg in 16 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Australian and Dutch.

   #3. Emmanuel Nzekwesi (203-F, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the ORU (4-7) in their last game. Despite Nzekwesi's very good performance the ORU lost 72-86 at home to the University of South Dakota. He scored 17 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 33 minutes. Nzekwesi's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Nzekwesi's overall stats are: 9.8ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.2apg in 30 games.

   #4. Christal Malalu (203-F-93, currently plays in NCAA2) led Slippery Rock University to a victory against the Edinboro University 64-60 in the NCAA2 in Wednesday night's game. Malalu had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 12 rebounds in 25 minutes. The Slippery Rock University has 8-10 record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA2 Regular Season. This year Malalu's total stats are: 7.7ppg and 7.5rpg in 24 games.

   #5. Daniel Pieper (198-F-96, currently plays in Canada) contributed to an easy victory against the Rouge et Or (6-9) 62-45 in the Canadian university league CIS on Thursday night. Pieper scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. The McGill University has a very good 13-3 record this season. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. This year Pieper's total stats are: 3.4ppg and 2.4rpg in 14 games. He is a naturalized American.

   #6. Kai Edwards (206-F-97, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the N.Colorado (4-9) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Edwards' good performance the N.Colorado was defeated 69-63 on their home court in Greeley by the Weber State University. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Edwards' total stats this season are: 3.9ppg and 4.9rpg.

   #7. Derrik Smits (218-C-95, is currently at the American university) contributed to an easy victory against the University of Detroit Mercy crushing them 83-63 in the NCAA last Sunday. He scored 8 points in 16 minutes. This year Smits' total stats are: 3.4ppg and 2.0rpg in 28 games.

   #8. Joey van Zegeren (208-F-90, college: Northwestern, currently plays in Germany) managed to help ROMERSTROM Gladiators Trier to win against the 11th-ranked Hamburg 85-82 in the German ProA (second division) on Friday night. He scored only 3 points. van Zegeren's total stats this season are: 6.2ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1bpg.

   #9. Shaquille Doorson (213-C-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Rutgers in their game against the Northwestern University in the NCAA. Doorson cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. His team was defeated 69-65. Doorson has averaged so far 1.3ppg and 1.6rpg.

   #10. Tom Slutsky (193-G-92, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Hapoel Afula in their game against Maccabi Rehovot in the Israeli National League (second division). Slutsky cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 11 minutes. His team lost 67-74. This year Slutsky averages just 4.1ppg in 20 games. He has both Dutch and Israeli nationalities.



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Jordan Loveridge agreed terms with Lausanne - by Luca Maffioli

Newly promoted BBC Lausanne (LNA) inked 24-year old American forward Jordan Loveridge (198-101kg-93, college: Utah). He started the season at Egis Kormend in Hungarian A Division. In 17 games he recorded 10.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg this season. Loveridge also played 13 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 11.7ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3spg.
The previous (12-13) season he played at another team Runnin' Utes in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1. In 32 games he had 12.1ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.0apg.
Among other achievements Loveridge played in the final of Pac-12 Tournament in 2016. He received also All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention award in 2016 at his college time.
Loveridge graduated from University of Utah in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jordan Loveridge (ex Kormend) agreed terms with Lausanne - by Luca Maffioli

Newly promoted BBC Lausanne (LNA) inked 24-year old American forward Jordan Loveridge (198-101kg-93, college: Utah). He started the season at Egis Kormend in Hungarian A Division. In 17 games he recorded 10.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg this season. Loveridge also played 13 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 11.7ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3spg.
The previous (12-13) season he played at another team Runnin' Utes in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1. In 32 games he had 12.1ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.0apg.
Among other achievements Loveridge played in the final of Pac-12 Tournament in 2016. He received also All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention award in 2016 at his college time.
Loveridge graduated from University of Utah in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Best players of Indian UBA League round 7 - by Eurobasket News

American Ronald March (196-G-93) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's second-best Delhi C. and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 23-year old guard had the game-high 62 points adding nine rebounds and eight assists for Delhi C. as his team lost the game against Mumbai Ch. (#1, 3-1) 106-129. Delhi C. maintains the 2nd position in their group in Indian UBA League. Delhi C. is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 2nd lost game this season out of 4 games. In the team's last game March had a remarkable 74.1% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Delhi C., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Philander Smith College graduate has very impressive stats this year. March is league's best scorer averaging so far 42.5ppg. March is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 8.3rpg), assists (4th best: 6.5apg) and averages solid 3.3bpg,3.5spg and 61.0% FGP. Worth to mention March played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American guard Dermaine Crockrell (185-G-89) of Punjab S.. Crockrell impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 45 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Punjab S. lost that game 71-77 to slightly lower-ranked Haryana G. (#4, 1-3). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in North. Punjab S. still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 2-2 record is not bad at all. Crockrell is one of the most experienced players at Punjab S. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 40.5ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 7.3rpg and 5.5apg. Bemidji State University alumni Crockrell played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was American Alex Scales (192-G-78) of top-ranked Mumbai Ch.. Scales got into 30-points club by scoring 45 points in the last round. He went also for seven rebounds and four assists. He was a key player of Mumbai Ch., leading his team to a 129-106 easy win against #2 ranked Delhi C.. Mumbai Ch. confirms their top position in North. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 1 lost games. Scales has a great season in India. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 40.3ppg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Amjyot Singh (203-F-92) of Delhi C. - 27 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Inderbir Gill (193-F-87) of Mumbai Ch. - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Jaskaran) of Haryana G. - 16 points and 15 rebounds
7. Eban Hyams (196-G-81) of Haryana G. - 12 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Jimmy Scroggins) of Mumbai Ch. - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Yadwinder Singh (198-PF-86) of Haryana G. - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jagdeep Bains) of Mumbai Ch. - 16 points and 5 rebounds

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



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D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Daequan COOK
  Chemidor
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. Cook, Chemidor24.9 
 2. Koljevic, Kashan22.6 
 3. Buljan, Kashan22.5 
 4. Robinson, Petrochimi20.4 
 5. Hosley, Arak19.6 
 6. Prince, Azad19.2 
 7. Toncinic, Gorgan18.6 
 8. Gacesa, Tabriz17.1 
 9. Marshall, Gorgan16.2 
 10. Jovanovic, Naft A.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arsalan KAZEMI
  Army
  (200-SF-90)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Kazemi, Army11.4 
 2. Buljan, Kashan10.1 
 3. Hassanzadeh, Naft A.9.9 
 4. Williams, Tabriz9.1 
 5. Toncinic, Gorgan8.8 
 6. Kardoust, Arak8.3 
 7. Cukinas, Chemidor7.4 
 8. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.7.3 
 9. Mirzaei, Naft A.7.2 
 10. Jones, Azad7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Ivan KOLJEVIC
  Kashan
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Koljevic, Kashan5.3 
 2. Robinson, Petrochimi4.9 
 3. Aslani, Army4.8 
 4. Davarpanah, Naft A.4.1 
 5. Hosley, Arak3.6 
 6. Prince, Azad3.6 
 7. Perkins, Naft A.3.5 
 8. Marshall, Gorgan3.3 
 9. Nasajpour, Tabriz3.1 
 10. Jamshidi, Petrochimi3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Arak
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Hosley, Arak3.1 
 2. Kazemi, Army2.8 
 3. Perkins, Naft A.2.7 
 4. Nasajpour, Tabriz2.7 
 5. Prince, Azad2.5 
 6. Beigi, Army2.3 
 7. Davarpanah, Naft A.2.2 
 8. Mashayekhi, Naft A.1.9 
 9. Robinson, Petrochimi1.9 
 10. Jones, Azad1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Tabriz
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Williams, Tabriz4.1 
 2. Taherpour, Shiraz a.1.1 
 3. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.1.1 
 4. Kardoust, Arak1.1 
 5. Mijovic, Kashan1.0 
 6. Toncinic, Gorgan0.9 
 7. Marshall, Gorgan0.7 
 8. Moradkhani, Azad0.7 
 9. Nabipour, Petrochimi0.7 
 10. Hassanzadeh, Naft A.0.7 


Superleague Round 1 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

The Second Stage in Superleague just started.

The biggest surprise of round 1 in Superleague took place in Abadan where host Naft Abadan (1-0) beat Army (0-1) 87-79 on Thursday evening. Army trailed by 17 points at halftime and as many as 20 after three quarters before a 38-26 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 79-87 at the end of the game. Naft Abadan forced 20 Army turnovers. The former international center Meisam Mirzaei (210-92) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. The former international point guard Sajjad Mashayekhi (180-94) chipped in 17 points and 5 assists. The former international Arsalan Kazemi (200-90, college: Oregon) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Army will play next round against Chemidor trying to make it back to the top of the standings. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tehran - Chemidor. Naft Abadan will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Petrochimi smashed Kashan in Bandar Imam 97-66. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Gerald Robinson (185-89, college: Georgia) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 6 assists and 7 steals. James White contributed with 8 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Petrochimi's coach Mehran Shahintab felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. The former international center Masoud Soleimani (207) answered with 21 points and 8 rebounds for Kashan. Kashan will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Petrochimi will try to continue on its current victory against Kashan on the road.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Tabriz (0-1) at the home court on Thursday night. Hosts were defeated by Arak (1-0) 91-80. Quinton Hosley stepped up and scored 25 points and 4 assists for the winners. At the losing side Nikola Gacesa responded with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games.
We should not miss the game where Azad (1-0) against Chemidor (0-1) where Azad won on the road by seven points 76-69. Ali-Armen Allahverdi nailed 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Chemidor's coach Javad Rahmatipour rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Azad will have a break next round. Chemidor's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tehran to the arena Army.

The best stats of 1st round was 26 points by Javad Davari of Chemidor.

Group 1
Tabriz - Arak 80-91

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Tabriz (0-1) at the home court on Thursday night. Hosts were defeated by Arak (1-0) 91-80. The game was mostly controlled by Arak. Tabriz managed to win fourth quarter 28-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They shot 60.4 percent from the field. Arak forced 21 Tabriz turnovers. American-Georgian forward Quinton Hosley (201-84, college: Fresno St.) stepped up and scored 25 points and 4 assists for the winners and American guard Daniel Williams (195-87, college: Lewis-Clark St.) chipped in 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Arak players scored in double figures. At the losing side Serbian forward Nikola Gacesa (206-87, college: TCU) responded with 18 points and 6 rebounds and the former international point guard Erfan Nasajpour (177-84) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Tabriz: N.Gacesa 18+6reb+1ast, E.Nasajpour 14+6reb+3ast, A. Taherkhani 10+4reb+2ast, M.Falahat 9+3reb+1ast, V.Hajian 7+3reb+1ast, S.Reyhani 6+6reb
Arak: Q.Hosley 25+3reb+4ast, D.Williams 21+6reb+5ast, H.Sohrabnejad 13+4reb+1ast, A.Davoudi 10+3reb+3ast, H.Afagh 8+2reb+1ast, A.Kardoust 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 537364


Petrochimi - Kashan 97-66

Petrochimi smashed Kashan in Bandar Imam 97-66. The game without a history. Petrochimi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Petrochimi outrebounded Kashan 39-21 including 24 on the defensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Gerald Robinson (185-89, college: Georgia) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 6 assists and 7 steals. His fellow American import swingman James White (201-82, college: Cincinnati, agency: Three Eye Sports) contributed with 8 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Petrochimi's coach Mehran Shahintab felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. The former international center Masoud Soleimani (207) answered with 21 points and 8 rebounds and international swingman Mohammad Shahrian (193) added 16 points in the effort for Kashan. Four Kashan players scored in double figures. Kashan will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Petrochimi will try to continue on its current victory against Kashan on the road.
Top scorers:
Kashan: M.Soleimani 21+8reb, M.Shahrian 16+1reb+2ast, M.Khaleghifar 13+4reb+1ast, A.Najafi 10+1reb+2ast, H.Rahmati 4+3reb+1ast, M.Salehi-Bozorgi 2+4ast
Petrochimi: G.Robinson 22+4reb+6ast, O.Sahakian 15+2reb+1ast, R.Arghavan 13+2reb, J.White 8+12reb+3ast, R.Lotfi 7+3reb+2ast, B.Yakhchali 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 537363


Group 2
Chemidor - Azad 69-76

We should not miss the game where Azad (1-0) against Chemidor (0-1) where Azad won on the road by seven points 76-69. The guests were ahead by 5 points but lost the second period ending it with a 4-point deficit before their 25-14 run, which allowed them to win the game. International forward Ali-Armen Allahverdi (197-95) nailed 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and international Adnan Doraghi (190-89) accounted for 16 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Four Azad players scored in double figures. The former international guard Javad Davari (185-83) came up with 26 points and American guard Daequan Cook (195-87, college: Ohio St.) added 20 points respectively for Chemidor in the defeat. Chemidor's coach Javad Rahmatipour rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Azad will have a break next round. Chemidor's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tehran to the arena Army.
Top scorers:
Chemidor: J.Davari 26+4reb+2ast, D.Cook 20+2reb, P.Cukinas 10+7reb+1ast, A.Amini 6+6reb+2ast, A.Sedighi 5+5reb+3ast, I.Zandi 2+3reb
Azad: A.Armen Allahverdi 17+8reb+2ast, A.Doraghi 16+3reb+5ast, M.Yousofvand 15+4reb+1ast, A.Baheran 12+4reb+2ast, S.Hadizadeh 8+6reb, F.Sabouri 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 537366


Naft Abadan - Army 87-79

The biggest surprise of round 1 in Superleague took place in Abadan where host Naft Abadan (1-0) beat Army (0-1) 87-79 on Thursday evening. Army trailed by 17 points at halftime and as many as 20 after three quarters before a 38-26 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 79-87 at the end of the game. Naft Abadan forced 20 Army turnovers. The former international center Meisam Mirzaei (210-92) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. The former international point guard Sajjad Mashayekhi (180-94) chipped in 17 points and 5 assists. Four Naft Abadan players scored in double figures. The former international Arsalan Kazemi (200-90, college: Oregon) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds and the former international power forward Saleh Foroutannik (207-94) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Army will play next round against Chemidor trying to make it back to the top of the standings. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tehran - Chemidor. Naft Abadan will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
Army: A.Kazemi 15+13reb+2ast, S.Foroutannik 14+5reb+1ast, M.Tavana 9, V.Dalirzahan 9+3reb+3ast, N.Farahani 7+2reb+1ast, F.Aslani 6+3reb+3ast
Naft Abadan: S.Mashayekhi 17+4reb+5ast, M.Mirzaei 17+14reb, E.Salmani 11+5reb+5ast, M.Reza Akbari 10+2reb+1ast, R.Richards 10+7reb, D.Perkins 8+3reb+7ast
gschID: 537365





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Shaheed Davis (ex Al Nift) agreed terms with Academic Plovdiv - by BGbasket

Akademic Bultex 99 Plovdiv (NBL) inked 23-year old American big man Shaheed Davis (206-95kg-94, college: Cent.Florida). He had signed to play at Al Nift in the Iraqi Superleague, but is now moving to Bulgaria. Davis also started the season at DBL Sharks Sheffield in the British BBL earlier that year, where in 4 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.0ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.5bpg. In Plovdiv he was brought in to replace Dimitar Dimitrov, who left the team to join Lukoil Academic two days ago.

In his college career, he won the Southern Conference of NJCAA Region 8, when he was playing for Eastern Florida State College in 2014. Davis graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2016 and this is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Storm WARREN
  Maccabi .
  (201-PF-88)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Warren, Maccabi .24.8 
 2. Burrows, Hap.Haifa22.8 
 3. Aska, Ironi R.22.5 
 4. Huertas, Hap.Haifa21.8 
 5. Pointer, Ironi K-A21.6 
 6. Relphorde, Hapoel M.20.9 
 7. Livingston, Hapoel K.20.8 
 8. Teel, Maccabi H/H20.6 
 9. Brown, Ironi R.20.2 
 10. Jordan, Galil Elion19.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Germain JORDAN
  Galil Elion
  (198-C/F-86)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Jordan, Galil Elion11.4 
 2. Warren, Maccabi .11.2 
 3. Watson, Hapoel K/S11.2 
 4. Livingston, Hapoel K.10.8 
 5. Pointer, Ironi K-A10.6 
 6. Burrows, Hap.Haifa10.4 
 7. Yates, Macc.Reh.10.4 
 8. Cannon, Hapoel A.10.0 
 9. McShepard, Ironi N.9.6 
 10. Gaston, Hapoel M.9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan NANIKASHVILI
  Hap.H.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Nanikashvili, Hap.H.8.5 
 2. Teel, Maccabi H/H6.4 
 3. Lavie, Maccabi .6.1 
 4. Cohen, Hapoel K/S6.1 
 5. Bet-Yosef, Ironi R.5.5 
 6. Honig, Ramat H.4.8 
 7. Niv, Hap.Haifa4.8 
 8. Dunne, Ironi N.4.7 
 9. Hofman, Ironi N.4.6 
 10. Fisher, Hapoel B/S4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Maccabi H/H
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Teel, Maccabi H/H2.9 
 2. Lavie, Maccabi .2.6 
 3. Addison, Macc.Reh.2.6 
 4. Relphorde, Hapoel M.2.5 
 5. Warren, Maccabi .2.4 
 6. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.2 
 7. Livingston, Hapoel K.2.0 
 8. Burrows, Hap.Haifa2.0 
 9. Olasewere, Hap.R/G.2.0 
 10. Asbury, Ramat H.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sir''Dominic POINTER
  Ironi K-A
  (198-G/F-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.6 
 2. Livingston, Hapoel K.2.2 
 3. Watson, Hapoel K/S1.7 
 4. Gaston, Hapoel M.1.6 
 5. Caracter, Ramat H.1.5 
 6. Givens, Maccabi .1.5 
 7. Warren, Maccabi .1.4 
 8. Treadwell, Hapoel A.1.3 
 9. Labanowski, Ironi R.1.3 
 10. Joyner, Ironi K-A1.1 


National League Round 20: Hapoel Kfar Saba lose to Ironi Kiryat Ata - by Eurobasket News

The most important game in the last round took place in Kiryat Ata between third ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (13-7) and sixth ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (12-8) on Tuesday night. Hapoel Kfar Saba was defeated by Ironi Kiryat Ata on the road 62-72. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Hapoel Kfar Saba. Strangely Hapoel Kfar Saba outrebounded Ironi Kiryat Ata 46-33 including 35 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American power forward Dallis Joyner (203-90, college: Stony Brook) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Noam Matalon (197-87) contributed with 19 points and 6 assists for the winners. American guard Denzel Livingston (193-93, college: Incarnate Word) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 18 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for Hapoel Kfar Saba. Ironi Kiryat Ata have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Macc.Rehovot. Hapoel Kfar Saba at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. They share it with Hap.R/G Givat.. Ironi Kiryat Ata is looking forward to face Hapoel Migd.H. (#9) in Tarshicha in the next round. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play at home against Galil Elion (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
National League top team - Hapoel B/S (14-6) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (11-9) in Beer Sheva 77-68. Worth to mention a quality performance of American power forward Jeff Allen (201-87, college: Virginia Tech) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds and Jason Williams who added 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Naturalized Welsh Tal Michael Dunne (196-87) responded with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Hapoel B/S maintains first position with 14-6 record, which they share with Maccabi Raanana. Ironi Nes-Ziona lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with nine games lost. Hapoel B/S will play against Maccabi Rehovot (#5) on the road in the next round. Ironi Nes-Ziona will play against Ironi Ramat Gan and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between fourth ranked Hap.R/G Givat. (13-7) and 12th ranked Hap.Haifa (7-13) in Givataim on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. Hap.R/G Givat. outscored guests from Haifa 93-73. The winners were led by Yaniv Solomon who scored that evening 24 points and 9 rebounds. Even a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds by Jaraun Burrows did not help to save the game for Hap.Haifa. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hap.R/G Givat. moved-up to third place, which they share with Hapoel K/S. Hap.Haifa lost eighth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Hap.R/G Givat. will meet Hapoel Afula (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hap.Haifa will play against the league's second-placed Maccabi Raanana and hope to secure a win.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 20: Hapoel Migd.H. beat Ramat Hasharon on the road 81-74. Maccabi Raanana won against Maccabi H/H on its own court 94-90. Hapoel Afula unfortunately lost to Macc.Rehovot in a road game 67-74. Galil Elion managed to beat Ironi Ramat Gan at home 100-89.

Ramat Hasharon - Hapoel Migd.H. 74-81

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Hapoel Migd.H. (10-10) beat 13th ranked Hasharon (4-16) in Ramat Hasharon 81-74 on Thursday. Hapoel Migd.H. made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. The winners were led by American swingman Marcus Relphorde (198-88, college: Colorado) who scored that evening 24 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and American-Puerto Rican Chris Gaston (201-89, college: Fordham) supported him with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Four Hapoel Migd.H. players scored in double figures. Even 20 points and 7 rebounds by American forward Lorenzo Gordon (201-83, college: Oklahoma City) did not help to save the game for Hasharon. His fellow American import forward Maxie Esho (206-91, college: Massachusetts) added 17 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Hapoel Migd.H. moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Maccabi H/H. Loser Hasharon keeps the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. Hapoel Migd.H. will meet at home higher ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hasharon will play against Hasharon (#8) in Hod Hasharon and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Migd.H.: M.Relphorde 24+6reb+6ast, C.Gaston 21+7reb+1ast, C.Rosenberg 13+7reb+4ast, L.Ariely 10+1reb, E.Ohanon 7+5reb, Y.Holodov 4+1reb+1ast
Ramat Hasharon: L.Gordon 20+7reb+3ast, M.Esho 17+7reb+2ast, R.Cornelius 14+2reb, A.Honig 8+9reb+9ast, A.Navon 7+2ast, J.Shtarkman 3+4reb+2ast
gschID: 498499


Hapoel B/S - Ironi Nes-Ziona 77-68

National League top team - Hapoel B/S (14-6) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fifth ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (11-9) in Beer Sheva 77-68. Worth to mention a quality performance of American power forward Jeff Allen (201-87, college: Virginia Tech) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import swingman Jason Williams (198-83, college: UTEP) who added 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Naturalized Welsh Tal Michael Dunne (196-87) responded with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and American power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay, OH) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Hapoel B/S maintains first position with 14-6 record, which they share with Maccabi Raanana. Ironi Nes-Ziona lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with nine games lost. Hapoel B/S will play against Maccabi Rehovot (#5) on the road in the next round. Ironi Nes-Ziona will play against Ironi Ramat Gan and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Hapoel B/S: A.Fisher 20+2reb+5ast, J.Williams 18+5reb+5ast, J.Allen 15+14reb+2ast, T.Ariely 9+1reb+4ast, B.Eisenhardt 6+6reb, D.Shamriz 5+3reb+2ast
Ironi Nes-Ziona: L.Roberts 17+5reb, T.Michael Dunne 13+5reb+6ast, A.Ben David 11+4reb+1ast, E.Hofman 9+1reb+3ast, G.Gutt 9+4reb+2ast, J.Beal 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 498500


Maccabi Raanana - Maccabi H/H 94-90

Very expected game when 8th ranked Hasharon (10-10) lost on the road to second ranked Maccabi Raanana (14-6) 94-90 on Tuesday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Maccabi Raanana made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The winners were led by American forward Samme Givens (198-89, college: Drexel) who scored that evening 21 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Benny Gil (199-98) supported him with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 29 points and 17 rebounds by American Storm Warren (201-88, college: LSU, agency: Octagon Europe) did not help to save the game for Hasharon. His fellow American import guard Vernon Teel (193-87, college: Loyola Mary) added 19 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists for the guests. Five Maccabi Raanana and four Hasharon players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Maccabi Raanana keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Hapoel B/S. Loser Hasharon keeps the eighth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Hapoel Migd.H.. Maccabi Raanana will meet Hap.Haifa (#12) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Hasharon will play against Hasharon (#13) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Raanana: S.Givens 21+8reb+3ast, Y.Zoosman 16+5reb+4ast, G.Karni 15+3reb+3ast, J.Hairston 13+8reb+2ast, G.Beni 10+3reb+6ast, G.Lavie 7+1reb+4ast
Maccabi H/H: S.Warren 29+17reb+1ast, V.Teel 19+6reb+10ast, I.Simin 16+2ast, C.Bouchman 10+6reb+1ast, O.Shaashoua 8+5ast, O.Menskey 3
gschID: 498498


Macc.Rehovot - Hapoel Afula 74-67

Rather predictable result when seventh ranked Maccabi Rehovot (12-8) won against at home 9th ranked Hapoel Afula (9-11) 74-67 on Tuesday. Maccabi Rehovot forced 19 Hapoel Afula turnovers. The winners were led by American forward Evan Yates (198-91, college: Ashland) who scored that evening 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and swingman Inam Eiram (194-88) supported him with 12 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. Yates is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Maccabi Rehovot's coach Avner Yeor used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 25 points and 16 rebounds by American forward Demetrius Treadwell (201-91, college: Akron) did not help to save the game for Hapoel Afula. His fellow American import forward Jalen Cannon (198-93, college: St.Francis, NY) added 15 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Maccabi Rehovot have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Ironi K-A. Loser Hapoel Afula dropped to the tenth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Galil Elion. Maccabi Rehovot will meet at home league's leader Hapoel B/S in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hapoel Afula will play against Hap.R/G Givat. (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Macc.Rehovot: E.Yates 21+9reb+6ast, M.Addison 16+5reb+1ast, I.Eiram 12+7reb+4ast, D.Drapic 9+1reb+1ast, Y.Levi 5+2reb+1ast, G.Eitan 4+1reb+1ast
Hapoel Afula: D.Treadwell 25+16reb, J.Cannon 15+8reb, O.Tal 12+1reb+3ast, R.Sabag 4+1reb+2ast, A.Gershon 4+3reb+2ast, O.Lev 3+6reb+4ast
gschID: 498497


Galil Elion - Ironi Ramat Gan 100-89

Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (2-18) lost to eleventh ranked Galil Elion (9-11) in Kazrin 89-100 on Tuesday. Galil Elion shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 60.7 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The winners were led by American power forward Germain Jordan (198-86, college: Dillard) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Yaniv Strauss (190-92) supported him with 26 points. Galil Elion's coach Avishay Gordon used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 19 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists by naturalized American Sean Labanowski (205-92) did not help to save the game for Ironi Ramat Gan. American power forward Anthony Lee (206-91, college: Ohio St.) added 19 points and 12 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Galil Elion have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Hapoel Afula. Ironi Ramat Gan lost tenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 18 lost games. Galil Elion will meet higher ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Ironi Ramat Gan will play against Ironi Nes-Ziona (#7) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Galil Elion: Y.Strauss 26+3reb+2ast, G.Jordan 18+15reb+6ast, C.Bowers 17+3reb+2ast, M.Kikus 15+7reb+3ast, R.Geffen 13+5reb+8ast, G.Farber 5+4reb+1ast
Ironi Ramat Gan: A.Lee 19+12reb, S.Labanowski 19+11reb+7ast, V.Gandlin 18+3reb+3ast, Y.Bet-Yosef 15+2reb+7ast, O.El-Al 13+4reb+4ast, M.Ralby 3+1ast
gschID: 498496


Ironi K-A - Hapoel K/S 72-62

The most important game in the last round took place in Kiryat Ata between third ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (13-7) and sixth ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (12-8) on Tuesday night. Hapoel Kfar Saba was defeated by Ironi Kiryat Ata on the road 62-72. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Hapoel Kfar Saba. Strangely Hapoel Kfar Saba outrebounded Ironi Kiryat Ata 46-33 including 35 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American power forward Dallis Joyner (203-90, college: Stony Brook) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Noam Matalon (197-87) contributed with 19 points and 6 assists for the winners. American guard Denzel Livingston (193-93, college: Incarnate Word) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 18 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and guard Gal Gilinski (195-95) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Hapoel Kfar Saba. Ironi Kiryat Ata have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Macc.Rehovot. Hapoel Kfar Saba at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. They share it with Hap.R/G Givat.. Ironi Kiryat Ata is looking forward to face Hapoel Migd.H. (#9) in Tarshicha in the next round. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play at home against Galil Elion (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Ironi K-A: N.Matalon 19+2reb+6ast, D.Joyner 16+11reb+1ast, Y.Ainhorn 10+2reb+7ast, S.Pointer 9+9reb+2ast, R.Yehia 8+5reb+4ast, S.David 6+2reb
Hapoel K/S: D.Livingston 18+18reb+5ast, G.Gilinski 14+6reb+2ast, A.Cohen 11+5reb+2ast, E.Rotemberg 9+7reb, T.Watson 8+9reb+1ast, B.Azoulay 2
gschID: 498495


Hap.R/G Givat. - Hap.Haifa 93-73

The game between fourth ranked Hap.R/G Givat. (13-7) and 12th ranked Hap.Haifa (7-13) in Givataim on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. Hap.R/G Givat. outscored guests from Haifa 93-73. Hap.R/G Givat. made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. Hap.R/G Givat. outrebounded Hap.Haifa 45-28 including a 34-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The winners were led by Yaniv Solomon (201-94) who scored that evening 24 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Rashad Madden (196-92, college: Arkansas) supported him with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Even a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds by Bahamas forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW) did not help to save the game for Hap.Haifa. American guard Rashad Anderson (196-83, college: Connecticut) added 11 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hap.R/G Givat. moved-up to third place, which they share with Hapoel K/S. Hap.Haifa lost eighth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Hap.R/G Givat. will meet Hapoel Afula (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hap.Haifa will play against the league's second-placed Maccabi Raanana and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hap.R/G Givat.: Y.Solomon 24+9reb+2ast, J.Olasewere 24+5reb+3ast, R.Madden 23+8reb+2ast, U.Kokia 6+8reb+3ast, S.Leshem 5+5reb+2ast, J.Nir 4+3reb+2ast
Hap.Haifa: O.Zinderman 14+1ast, J.Burrows 14+10reb+3ast, R.Anderson 11+6reb+1ast, T.Parselani 10+3ast, I.Nanikashvili 9+4reb+4ast, M.Niv 7+2reb+6ast
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Omri Casspi Suffers Broken Thumb - by Eurobasket News

Omri Casspi (6'9''-SF-88) broke his right thumb tonight in his first game with the Pelicans since Monday's trade, tweets Justin Verrier of ESPN.com. Doctors are projecting that the injury will sideline him for four to six weeks. Casspi was sent from Sacramento to New Orleans along with DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-C/F-90, college: Kentucky) in a five-player deal. His injury capped an overall bad night for the Pelicans, who suffered a 30-point loss to Houston in front of a sold-out Smoothie King Center. Casspi played 23 minutes and scored 12 points before being hurt. New Orleans was counting on him to provide some wing depth after shipping Buddy Hield (6'4''-G-93, college: Oklahoma), Tyreke Evans (6'6''-PG-89, college: Memphis) and Langston Galloway (6'2''-G-91, college: St.Joseph's) to the Kings. Casspi is making $3MM this season in the final year of his contract, so he is a candidate to be waived or bought out if the Pelicans don't want to wait for his return. New Orleans waived Lance Stephenson in a similar situation in November when the team felt like it needed a healthy player. The Pelicans filled one final roster spot today when they signed Hollis Thompson to a 10-day contract, but opened another when they waived Terrence Jones.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



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Banco di Srd inks David Lighty - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Banco di Sardegna Sassari (Serie A) signed 29-year old American swingman David Lighty (195-98kg-88, college: Ohio State) from Dolomiti Energia Trento. In 15 Serie A games in Italy he had 13.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.4apg and 1.5spg this season. The last season Lighty played at ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket in French ProA where in 45 games he recorded 8.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.3apg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice). Lighty also played 14 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 9.6ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Lighty was selected to French ProA All-Star Game back in 2014.
He has played previously professionally in Italy (AV Cantu and Vanoli Cremona) and France (JSF Nanterre).
Lighty attended Ohio State until 2011 and it is his sixth season as a professional player.
He could be described: A very versatile player, who plays with intenstity and athleticism at both ends of the court. Defends very well on the perimeter.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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EuroLeague: FC Barcelona upset Emporio Armani in Milan - by Eurobasket News

Emporio Armani - FC Barcelona 78:83

FC Barcelona snapped four-game losing skid in EuroLeague regular season. They beat Emporio Armani in Milan to improve at 9-14 record. Ante Tomic (217-C-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency) delivered 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners.
The teams traded baskets throughout the first term. FC Barcelona and Emporio Armani were tied at 22 at the first break. The hosts pulled ahead in the second period. Emporio Armani jumped to a 45:41 halftime advantage. However FC Barcelona went on a stunning 24:10 run in the third term to take the lead. The hosts dropped 23 points in the fourth frame but could not avert the defeat. Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88) delivered 16 points, while Alexander Vezenkov (206-PF-95) added 13 points for FC Barcelona. Awudu Abass (199-SF-93, agency: Players Group) responded with 14 points for Emporio Armani. Andrea Cinciarini (193-PG-86) tossed in 11 points in the loss.

Emporio Armani: Awudu Abass 14, Andrea Cinciarini 11
FC Barcelona: Ante Tomic 19, Petteri Koponen 16, Alexander Vezenkov 13



Italian Serie A2 round 22 best performance: Tony Easley - by Eurobasket News

American Center Tony Easley (206-C-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for Eurobasket Roma, receiving a Eurobasket.com Serie A2 Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 23 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Latina Basket (#5, 12-10) 80-71. Eurobasket Roma is placed at 10th position in their group in Italian Serie A2. Eurobasket Roma is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 11-11 record. Easley turned to be Eurobasket Roma's top player in his first season with the team. Former Murray State University star has very solid stats this year. Easley is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 9.5rpg) and averages impressive 1.1bpg and 71.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old American Kevin Langford (204-F/C-85) of Agropoli. Langford had a very good evening with a double-double of 32 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Agropoli lost that game 73-85 to the higher-ranked Roma Virtus (#6, 12-10). Agropoli managed to keep the same 16th spot in West. 17 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Agropoli managed to get this year. Langford is a newcomer at Agropoli, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Adam Sollazzo (198-G-90) of Treviglio (#4). Sollazzo showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Sollazzo's great performance Treviglio lost 80-84 to #1 ranked Angelico Biella. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Treviglio needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in West. Their record is 13 victories and 9 lost games. Sollazzo has a very solid season. In 22 games in Italy he scored 15.7ppg. He also has 4.2apg and FGP: 56.0%. Adam Sollazzo has also Italian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dalton Pepper (196-SF-90) of Rieti - 30 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Jordan Parks (201-F-94) of Alma Trieste - 30 points and 7 rebounds
6. Brandon Sherrod (198-F/C-92) of Roseto - 16 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Taylor Smith (199-F/C-91) of Ravenna - 18 points and 9 rebounds
8. Marcus Gilbert (198-F-93) of Viola RC - 31 points and 8 rebounds
9. Marcos Casini (188-PG-80) of Rieti - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Quenton DeCosey (196-G-93) of Chieti - 22 points and 11 rebounds

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



Cento tabs Nunzio Sabbatino - by Eurobasket News

Benedetto XIV Cento (Serie B) inked 25-year old point guard Nunzio Sabbatino (190-92, agency: Players Group). He played recently at FCM Ferentino in the Serie A2, but left the team earlier this month. In 18 games he averaged just 2.4ppg this season. Serie B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Sabbatino ended the last season at Palestrina where in 9 Serie B games he had 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. In 25 Serie B games he recorded 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.
Sabbatino's game is described as: 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.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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GianMarco Ianuale joins FCM Ferentino - by Eurobasket News

FMC Ferentino (Serie A2) agreed terms with 21-year old swingman GianMarco Ianuale (200-96). He started the season at Stella Azzurra Viterbo in the Serie B. In 20 games he had 7.2ppg and 2.6rpg this season. The last season Ianuale played at Nuova Pallacanestro Monteroni (also in Serie B) where in 28 games he recorded 6.2ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.2apg.
He has played previously for two other teams: Scandone Avellino and Bottegone.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Betaland Cdo inks Andrea Donda - by Eurobasket News

Betaland Capo d'Orlando (Serie A) agreed terms with 18-year old center Andrea Donda (207-99). He played last season at the junior team of Alma Trieste in the Serie A2. But in four games he did not score anything and had only 1 rebound.
The previous (14-15) season Donda played at Trieste Servolana (C2).
He represented Italy at the European Championships U16 in Kaunas (Lithuania) two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 0.3ppg, 1.7rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Japanese B League round 40 best performance: Clint Chapman - by Eurobasket News

American Power forward Clint Chapman (208-F/C-89) had a very impressive game in the last round for Niigata Albirex, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 40.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 44 points and 10 rebounds, while his team Niigata Albirex maintains the 3rd position in their group in Japanese B League. Niigata Albirex is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 20th lost game this season out of 39 games. In the team's last game Chapman had a remarkable 64.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Niigata Albirex's top player in his first season with the team. Former The University of Texas star has very solid stats this year. Chapman is in league's top in points (5th best: 18.9ppg) and averages impressive 1.9bpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old Nigerian Olu Ashaolu (200-PF-88) of league's second-best Sanen. Ashaolu had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Sanen cruised to a 85-73 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Yokohama BC (#5, 14-25). Sanen's second position in Central has not changed. His team's 23-16 record is not bad at all. Ashaolu is a newcomer at Sanen 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 on the list of top players last round was international guard Ryoma Hashimoto (178-G-88) of league's top team SeaHorses. Hashimoto got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for four assists. He was a key player of SeaHorses, leading his team to a 101-87 easy win against #4 ranked Kyoto Hannar. in a game of the week. SeaHorses confirms their top position in West. Their record at this point is 28 victories and 9 lost games. Hashimoto has a very solid season. In 37 games in Japan he scored 5.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Josh Childress (203-F/G-83) of Sanen - 17 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Ryusei Shinoyama (178-PG-88) of Toshiba BT - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Jordan Bachynski (218-C-89) of Hokkaido L. - 24 points and 7 rebounds
7. Naoki Uto (188-F-91) of Toyama Grouses - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jerome Tillman (201-F-87) of Nagoya DD - 19 points and 15 rebounds
9. Daiki Tanaka (191-F-91) of Toyota Alvark - 29 points and 6 rebounds
10. Pape Faye (200-C-87) of Yokohama BC - 16 points and 12 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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Al Riyadi win U16 championship - by Eurobasket News

Al Riyadi won U16 championship as they swept the final series against Orthodox. They posted three victories in a row. Al Riyadi won the first game 80-68, then added a 85-60 in game 2 and triumphed with a 53-46 in game 3.
In the game for the third place Galilee overcame Freedom. At the start of the league there were 8 participants in the standings.



Al Awdah beat Al Riyadi to tie the records - by Eurobasket News

Al Awdah beat Al Riyadi to tie the records on top of Final Four top stage at 3-1. Al Awdah posted a narrow 75-74 win in the latest round. Orthodox meanwhile overcame Kofer Yoba 83-57 to grab a 2-2 record on the third place. Kofer Yoba meanwhile is winless with a 0-4 record.
On February 25th Al Riyadi will take on Kofer Yoba, while Al Awdah will play against Orthodox.



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Kazakhstan D1 round 10 best performance: Sean Hill - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Sean Hill (188-G-92) had a very impressive game in the last round for Kaspiy Aktau, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (32 points, four rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Barsy Atyrau (#2, 5-7) 86-80. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Kaspiy Aktau maintains the 3rd position in Kazakhstan D1. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 13 games and recorded just one victory. In the team's last game Hill had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He just recently signed at Kaspiy Aktau and just after two games he already turned to be a very valuable addition to the team. Former Chicago State University star has very solid stats this year. Hill is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.0ppg), rebounds (7th best: 5.0rpg), assists (7th best: 3.5apg) and averages impressive 4.5spg and 45.5% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old former international power forward Mikhail Yevstigneyev (201-F/C-84) of league's second-best Barsy Atyrau. Yevstigneyev had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Barsy Atyrau lost that game 80-86 to slightly lower-ranked Kaspiy Aktau (#3, 1-13). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Barsy Atyrau still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-7 record. Yevstigneyev is well-known at Barsy Atyrau and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.2ppg (#7). He also registered 6.7 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Kaspiy Aktau's star - guard Azim Yagodkin (185-PG-92). Yagodkin scored 18 points and passed six assists. Despite Yagodkin's great performance Kaspiy Aktau lost 60-83 to #2 ranked Barsy Atyrau. But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Kaspiy Aktau can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 1-13 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Yagodkin he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Yagodkin has individually a great season in Kazakhstan. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.7ppg (8th best) and assists with 5.1apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Pavel Ilin (196-F/G-92) of Barsy Atyrau - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Nikolay Bazhkin (198-G/F-90) of Barsy Atyrau - 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Pavel Micheev (201-F-83) of Barsy Atyrau - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Roman Marchuk (198-F-93) of Kaspiy Aktau - 12 points and 4 rebounds
8. Vassiliy Savchenko (190-PG-87) of Barsy Atyrau - 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Sergei Kazantcev (210-C-84) of Kaspiy Aktau - 6 points and 6 rebounds
10. Robert Pan (202-C-95) of Kaspiy Aktau - 5 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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Martin Barrett's triple-double lands him LBL2 (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

Swingman Martin Barrett (196-F/G) had a great game in the last round for Madona/BJSS (they play in Places 13-21) and receives a Eurobasket.com LBL2 Player of the Week award for round 14 (Second Stage).
He recorded a triple-double of 29 points adding also 10 rebounds and 12 assists, while his team beat VEF skola (#16, 8-6) 94-82. Madona is placed at 3rd position in Latvian LBL2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Madona will need more victories to improve their 8-5 record. In the team's last game Barrett had a remarkable 55.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Madona's top player in his first season with the team. Mount Olive College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Barrett is league's best scorer averaging so far 28.0ppg and leads league in rebounds with 12.6rpg. Barrett is in league's top in and averages solid 2.4spg and 50.3% FGP. Worth to mention Barrett played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

Second best performed player last round was Kristaps Salmins (192-G-98) of Places 13-21 second-ranked DSN/SB. He is a guard in his 3rd season at DSN/SB. In the last game Salmins recorded impressive 40 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course DSN/SB cruised to a 91-80 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Riga/Ridzene (#20, 1-11). DSN/SB's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 10-4 record is not bad at all. Salmins is one of the most experienced players at DSN/SB and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Nauris Miezis (189-F-91) of second-best Kekava. Miezis got into 30-points club by scoring 40 points in the last round. He went also for seven rebounds. He was a key player of Kekava, leading his team to a 86-77 win against #1 ranked Turiba in a game of the week. Many experts and fans count Kekava as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 16 victories and only one lost game. Miezis has a great season in Latvia. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.6ppg (2nd best). He also has 3.5spg and FGP: 59.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Arturs Skute (202-C/F-86) of Madona - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Edgars Krumins (194-G/F-86) of Jelgava - 29 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Janis Gertners (206-F-99) of DSN/SB - 16 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Elvis Endzels (188-PG-94) of Turiba - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Michael Panaggio (183-PG) of Gulbenes Buki - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Karlis Ozolins (191-G-98) of Riga/Ridzene - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Kristaps Bremers (175-G-98) of Riga/Ridzene - 24 points and 5 rebounds

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



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Dubai International Tournament: Homenetmen Edge Sagesse To Go Third - by Eurobasket News

Homenetmen took on Sagesse as they both eye 3rd spot so they could avoid Riyadi in the semis. Homenetmen started the game off well, taking a 17-8 lead as Sagesse found troubles in finding their way to the bucket. Michael Taylor (186-G-86, college: Iowa St.) changed the tempo of the game, cutting through Sagesse's defense as a knife through butter. The greens slow transition was obviously causing them trouble. Taylor and co were running like they never did before. The introduction of Nadim Hawi (205-C/F-83) and Hayg was very efficient as Homenetmen went into the half leading 39-46. The 2nd half started well for Sagesse, they defended well and found the open man to take the shot. On the other hand, Fadi was never going to let Sagesse come back into the game. He was always the guy to score to stop the green break. Fadi El Khatib (198-F/G-79) and Dewayne were up to the challenge scoring from behind the arc to create a 12 point deficit. Sagesse can take one positive thing from this q, Mohammad Ibrahim was back in form, scoring threes and turning the ball less. It was going Homenetmen's way, Sagesse seemed to lose interest as their energy was running low. It was all roses as Homenetmen won easily the game with a final score 96-67.
Courtesy of: sports-961.com



Pavle Cvetinovic on his way to Middle East? - by Eurobasket Center

Despite his young age (19-year old) Serbian center Pavle Cvetinovic (215-110kg-97) who currently plays KK Elektra Sostanj in Slovenia is close to sign a contract in Middle East. Sources close to the players claim the deal is going to be signed in next few days. Young prospect is a leader of the team and one of the league's best players averaging 14.9ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.4bpg playing 33mpg this season.
Pavle Cvetinovic is a product of Serbian Crvena Zvezda and is expected to enter next NBA Draft.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sarunas Vasiliauskas selected the top Lithuanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Sarunas Vasiliauskas
Sarunas Vasiliauskas
   #1. This week's number one is former international point guard Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-89, agency: Players Group, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup). He was the major contributor in a Usak Sportlif's victory against the seventh-ranked Oradea crushing them 108-82 in the FIBA Europe Cup in Wednesday night's game. Vasiliauskas scored 28 points (!!!) and added 5 passes in 34 minutes on the court. Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbolis placed third in group Q. It's Vasiliauskas' first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Vasiliauskas averages: 18.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.5apg, 2FGP: 75.0%, 3FGP: 55.6% in two games he played so far. Former Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys starter played for the Lithuanian senior national team three years ago.

Mantas Kalnietis
Mantas Kalnietis
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Mantas Kalnietis (195-86, also represented by Players Group, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help Armani Milano (7-16) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Kalnietis' good performance the 16th-placed Armani Milano (7-16) was defeated 83-78 on the road by the higher-ranked FC Barcelona (#11) in the group A of Euroleague. He scored 10 points and added 6 assists. Kalnietis' overall stats this season are: 7.5ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.0apg, 3FGP: 38.8% and FT: 65.5%. Ex-B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas player is in the roster of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Edgaras Zelionis
Edgaras Zelionis
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international forward Edgaras Zelionis (207-89, currently plays in Latvia). He led Ventspils to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Latvijas Universitate (2-6) crushing them 96-60 in the Latvian LBL last Saturday. Zelionis had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds in 22 minutes. BK Ventspils (19-2) is placed first in the LBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Zelionis has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 57.1%(52-91), 3FGP: 34.6% and FT: 81.5% in 16 games. He played for the Lithuanian U20 national team eight years ago.

Martynas Sajus
Martynas Sajus
   #4. Center Martynas Sajus (208-96, currently plays in Poland) led Polpharma to an easy victory against the league outsider Stabill (3-18) 77-62 in the Polish PLK in Monday night's game. Sajus scored 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 21 minutes. Polpharma Starogard Gdanski (11-10) is placed 12th in the PLK. This year Sajus has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg and 6.2rpg in 19 games. He is also Lithuanian U20 national team player.

Michailis Anisimovas
Michailis Anisimovas
   #5. An experienced former University international center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84, currently plays in Ukraine) led Budivelnyk to a 2-point victory against the closely-ranked Khimik (19-4) 76-74 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Thursday. Anisimovas scored 12 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Budivelnyk Kyiv (22-2) is placed first in the Superleague. It was his team's 14th 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. Anisimovas has reliable stats this season: 11.3ppg, 5.7rpg and 2.0apg. He has a dual citizenship: Lithuanian and Ukrainian. Anisimovas used to play for the Lithuanian university national team ten years ago.

Denis Krestinin
Denis Krestinin
   #6. Forward Denis Krestinin (202-94, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Baltic League) was not able to help Barons Riga (10-2) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance Barons Riga was edged 82-80 at home by the lower-ranked Jurmala (#4) in the group A of Baltic League. Krestinin scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Krestinin averaged so far 12.7ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Lithuanian team three years ago.

Arnas Labuckas
Arnas Labuckas
   #7. Former University international forward Arnas Labuckas (205-87, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in VTB United League) was not able to secure a victory for VEF Riga (7-8) in their game against BC Nizhny Novgorod (6-12) in the VTB United League. Labuckas recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 30 minutes. VEF Riga lost 73-78 on their home court in Riga to the lower-ranked (#9) BC Nizhny Novgorod. It was VEF Riga's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Labuckas' overall stats are: 5.8ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.2apg in 13 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team eight years ago.

Tautvydas Lydeka
Tautvydas Lydeka
   #8. Center Tautvydas Lydeka (208-83, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) couldn't help Banco di Srd (7-7) in their game against CEZ Nymburk (10-4) in the Basketball Champions League. Lydeka scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Banco di Srd (#5) was crushed 84-63 in Nymburk by the higher-ranked CEZ Nymburk (#3) in the group E of Basketball Champions League. Lydeka's total stats this season are: 6.7ppg and 4.4rpg. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team back in 2006.

Dovydas Redikas
Dovydas Redikas
   #9. Former U20 international guard Dovydas Redikas (192-92, currently plays in Greece) led Arkadikos to an easy victory against the closely-ranked AE Larissas (9-9) crushing them 86-59 in the Greek A2 (second division) in Saturday night's game. Redikas scored 19 points in 27 minutes. SEFA Arkadikos (7-11) is placed tenth in the A2. Redikas has very impressive stats this year: 16.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.3apg and 1.2spg in 15 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team five years ago.

Arvydas Gydra
Arvydas Gydra
   #10. Forward Arvydas Gydra (206-89, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Portugal) led CAB Madeira to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Lusitania (5-16) 96-79 in the Portuguese LPB last Sunday. Gydra scored 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. CAB Madeira (10-6) is placed sixth 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. Gydra averaged so far 12.8ppg and 4.7rpg. He is a former U20 international player as eight years ago he still played for the Lithuanian national team.

   #11. Former U20 international swingman Edvinas Seskus (196-95, another player represented by Players Group, currently plays in Baltic League) couldn't help Parnu in their game against Vytautas in the Baltic League, despite his good performance on Tuesday night. Seskus scored 11 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 32 minutes. But his team was crushed by 35 points 89-54. Seskus' stats this year are: 13.4ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.6apg in 14 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team two years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international shooting guard Martynas Paliukenas (191-93, currently plays in Poland) is a teammate of previously mentioned Martynas Sajus and both played together in the last Polish PLK game. Paliukenas contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Stabill 77-62. He scored 6 points and had 3 steals. Paliukenas' total stats this season are: 5.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2013.

   #13. Former U20 international power forward Giedrius Staniulis (205-91, currently plays in France) couldn't help Souffelweyersheim in their game against Orchesien BC in the French NM1 (third division). Staniulis was the second best scorer with 9 points. He also added 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 27 minutes. His team lost 69-74. Staniulis averaged so far 12.6ppg, 8.9rpg, 2.0apg and 1.1spg in 22 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team six years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international small forward Paulius Sorokas (202-92, another player represented by Players Group, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Treviglio in their game against Angelico Biella in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Despite his very good performance on Sunday night Sorokas was the second best scorer with 22 points. He also added 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Sorokas averaged so far 14.5ppg, 8.9rpg and 3.1apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2012.

   #15. Former U20 international center Tautvydas Slezas (207-90, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Gipuzkoa's victory against the 13th-ranked Caceres Basket 81-70 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. Slezas scored 6 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 24 minutes. This year Slezas' total stats are: 7.4ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.6apg in 23 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team seven years ago.

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

   #1. Dominykas Milka (203-C-92, college: St.Rose, NY, currently plays in Estonia) led Tartu Ulikool to a victory over the sixth-ranked TLU/Kalev (6-12) crushing them 110-63 in the Estonian Alexela KML on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Milka had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 31 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Milka's third season in pro basketball. Tartu Ulikool (16-2) is placed first in the Alexela KML. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Milka has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.4apg in 18 games he played so far.

   #2. John Shurna (204-F-90, college: Northwestern, currently plays in ABA League) was the major contributor in Cedevita's victory against the closely-ranked Cibona (11-12) 89-85 in a derby game in the ABA League in Monday night's game. He scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). KK Cedevita Zagreb (17-6) is placed second in the ABA League. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the ABA League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Shurna's overall stats this season are: 8.0ppg and 2.1rpg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Shurna's Lithuanian passport, he previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Lithuanian team. Strangely Shurna has never played in Lithuania.

   #3. Vytautas Kamarunas (178-PG-89, currently plays in Belarus) was the main contributor in COR-Borisfen's victory against the eighth-ranked Brest (4-20) crushing them 110-64 in the Belarusian Premier League on Saturday night. Kamarunas was MVP of the game. He recorded 22 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 steals. COR-Borisfen Mogilev (22-2) is placed second in the Premier League. Kamarunas has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.6apg and 1.9spg.

   #4. Experienced Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Germany) could not help BG Goettingen (15-3) in their last game. Despite his very good performance BG Goettingen lost 92-102 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#9) Science City Jena. Veikalas scored 17 points and added 4 assists in 34 minutes. Veikalas' stats this year are: 11.1ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.4apg in 21 games.

   #5. Andrius Mikutis (194-G/F-88, college: John Brown, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a SG Schwelmer Baskets' victory against the second-ranked Hagen BG (16-5) 85-76 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Friday. Mikutis had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 13 rebounds in 35 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group West. EN Baskets Schwelm (17-4) is placed first. Mikutis has very impressive stats this year: 18.3ppg, 8.1rpg and 1.9apg in 20 games.

   #6. Paulius Satkus (203-F-94, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the JMU (5-9) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance the JMU was defeated 75-65 at home by the Towson University. Satkus recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. Satkus has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.1apg.

   #7. Mantas Griskenas (200-F-85, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Wichita St., currently plays in Sweden) was not able to secure a victory for Nassjo in their game against KFUM Jamtland in the Swedish Basketligan, despite his good performance on Thursday night. He scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 24 minutes. But his team lost 78-93. Griskenas averaged so far 10.2ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.1apg in 25 games.

   #8. Raimundas Danys (198-F-85, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Switzerland) couldn't help Neuchatel in their game against Fribourg in the Swiss LNA. Despite his good performance in Sunday night's game He scored 11 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Danys averaged so far 11.3ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.2apg.

   #9. Rokas Paulauskas (203-F, currently plays in NCAA2) helped Missouri S&T win their game against the Drury University 77-62 in the NCAA2 last Thursday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 13 rebounds. Paulauskas has averaged so far 9.0ppg and 7.4rpg.

   #10. Donatas Visockis (208-C-86, college: Portland St., currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help Manchester Giants in their game against Leicester Riders in the British BBL, despite his good performance last Sunday. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 31 minutes. But his team was crushed by 26 points 99-73. Visockis has averaged so far 3.7ppg and 3.9rpg in 15 games.



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  MALI  


Mohamed Bah's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Malians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Mohamed Bah
Mohamed Bah
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Mohamed Bah (206, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA. He could not help the one of league's weakest teams Drexel (3-11) in their last game. Despite Bah's very good performance the Drexel lost 56-65 on the road to the Elon University. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 12 rebounds in 29 minutes on the court. Bah's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Bah's fourth season with the team. This year he averages: 3.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 2FGP: 65.3%(32-49) and FT: 56.7% in 21 games he played so far. Bah played for the Mali senior national team two years ago.

Sourata Cisse
Sourata Cisse
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Sourata Cisse (196-86, currently plays in France). He led Orchesien BC to a victory against the closely-ranked Souffelweyersheim (17-7) 74-69 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. Cisse scored 11 points and added 4 passes. BC Orchies (15-9) is placed fifth in the NM1. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Cisse's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 13.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 51.1%, 3FGP: 42.6% and FT: 73.5%. Cisse has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Despite he played previously for the French U20 national team, Cisse played also for the Mali national team in 2015.

Sagaba Konate
Sagaba Konate
   #3. The Mali player who performed third best last week abroad was former U18 international forward Sagaba Konate (203-97, currently studies in the States). He contributed to an easy victory against the The University of Texas (14-0) 77-62 in the NCAA on Monday night. Konate recorded 8 points in 15 minutes. The West Virginia University has a solid 8-5 conference record this season. It was his team's eighth 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 Konate's overall stats are: 4.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 57.0%(53-93) and FT: 64.1% in 28 games. He played for the Mali U18 national team three years ago.

Cheick Soumaoro
Cheick Soumaoro
   #4. Power forward Cheick Soumaoro (204-90, currently plays in France) was not able to help SAP Vaucluse in their game against Lourdes-Tarbes (13-11) in the French NM1 (third division). He scored 8 points. SAP Vaucluse was crushed 93-72 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked Lourdes-Tarbes (#7). Soumaoro's total stats this season are: 9.7ppg and 6.4rpg. He used to play for the Mali national team back in 2011.

Ibrahim Saounera
Ibrahim Saounera
   #5. Former international point guard Ibrahim Saounera (179-87, currently plays in France) led Vendee Challans to a surprising victory over the second-ranked Quimper UJAP (17-7) 75-72 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. Saounera was MVP of the game. He scored 16 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in 28 minutes. Vendee Challans Basket (11-13) is placed 11th in the NM1. This year Saounera has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.5apg and 1.4spg in 24 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French. Saounera used to play for the Mali national team two years ago.

Ludovic Chelle
Ludovic Chelle
   #6. An experienced point guard Ludovic Chelle (183-83, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Union Rennes (10-14) crushing them 71-50 in the French NM1 (third division) in Friday night's game. Chelle scored 7 points. Caen Basket Calvados (18-6) is placed first in the NM1. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. Chelle's total stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.2apg. Despite he played previously for the French U20 national team, Chelle is also a former international player as he played for the Mali senior team six years ago.

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

   #1. Cheickna Dembele (211-F-96, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the UNLV (3-10) to beat the San Diego State University (3-9). Dembele scored 6 points. The UNLV were defeated 77-64 at home by the State University. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Dembele's total stats this season are: 4.1ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2bpg.

   #2. Bakary Konate (211-C-93, currently studies in the States) managed to help University of Minnesota in a victory against the University of Maryland (9-3) 89-75 in the NCAA last Wednesday. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 11 minutes. 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. This year Konate's total stats are: 1.9ppg and 3.0rpg in 27 games he played so far.

   #3. Ousmane Ba (211-F-92, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to help the Saint Mary's (TX) University in their game against the Texas A&M International University (17-7) in the NCAA2. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Ba recorded only 2 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Saint Mary's (TX) University was defeated 66-53 on the road by the Texas A&M International University. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA2 Regular Season. Ba's total stats this season are: 1.5ppg and 1.8rpg.

   #4. Ibrahima Sidibe (180-PG-95, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for GET Vosges (14-10) in their game against Rueil (16-8) in the French NM1 (third division). He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. GET Vosges lost 84-90 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#4) Rueil. It was GET Vosges' third consecutive loss in a row. This year Sidibe's total stats are: 9.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg in 20 games. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Despite Sidibe's Mali passport, he previously played for the French U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Mali team.

   #5. Kassoum Yakwe (201-F, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the St.John's (6-7) in their game against the Marquette University (10-5) in the NCAA. He scored 7 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 33 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. This year Yakwe's total stats are: 4.3ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.1bpg in 28 games.

   #6. Lassana Konate (196-F, currently plays in NAIA) couldn't help the Point Park University in their game against the West Virginia University Inst. of Techn. in the KIAC. He recorded 9 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. His team was defeated 103-92 in the KIAC. Konate's total stats this season are: 4.3ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.1bpg.



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  MONGOLIA  


Alianz Tech and Arhangai Altan won Conferences Finals - by Eurobasket News

Alianz Tech and Arhangai Altan won Conferences Finals in Mongolia. Arhangai Altan overcame Khovd 4-1 with the final 119-116 win in Game 5. Marcus Hammonds (196-F/G-87, college: Texas A&M-CC) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 12 rebounds, while Robert Turner (190-G-93, college: Texas Tech) posted 23 points. Lawes Jr replied with 28 points and 15 rebounds in a loss.
Alianz Tech meanwhile posted a 117-116 win against Erdene Orkhon to win the series 4-2. Kim Chon Il stepped up with 25 points and Cenguunbayar posted 23. Charles Funches (203-F-88, college: Hampton) and Chadravaal ended up with 23 points each in defeat.



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  MONTENEGRO  


Nikola Vucevic selected the top Montenegrin playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nikola Vucevic
Nikola Vucevic
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Nikola Vucevic (213-90, college: USC, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the Orlando Magic (21-38) in their last game. Despite Vucevic's very good performance the Orlando Magic (21-38) lost 103-112 on the road to the Portland Trail Blazers. He was the top scorer with 25 points. Vucevic also added 9 rebounds in 33 minutes on the court. It's Vucevic's fifth season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Vucevic averages: 14.1ppg, 10.0rpg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 48.7%, 3FGP: 28.8% and FT: 63.1% in 56 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Halil Kanacevic
Halil Kanacevic
   #2. Second place goes to former U20 international forward Halil Kanacevic (203-91, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Israel). Kanacevic led Bnei Hasharon to a victory against the league leader Maccabi T-A (14-5) 99-92 in the Israeli Winner League last Tuesday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 10 rebounds. Kanacevic also added 4 assists; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Bnei Hertzeliyya (12-7) is placed third in the Winner League. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Kanacevic's first year with the team. Kanacevic's overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 48.1%, 3FGP: 30.3%. He is a naturalized American. Kanacevic played for the Montenegrin U20 national team in 2011. Strangely he has never played in Montenegro.

Marko Todorovic
Marko Todorovic
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Marko Todorovic (209-92, currently plays in VTB United League). Todorovic contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Unics Kazan (11-6) crushing them 98-73 in the VTB United League on Monday night. He scored 16 points and added 3 assists in 26 minutes. BC Khimky Moscow Region (13-3) is placed third in the VTB United League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Todorovic has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 71.7%(66-92) and FT: 55.6% in 15 games. He is also a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Tyrese Rice
Tyrese Rice
   #4. Point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to a FC Barcelona's victory against the bottom-ranked Armani Milano (7-16) 83-78 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Rice scored 10 points and added 6 assists. FC Barcelona Lassa (9-14) is placed 11th in group A. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. This season Rice has relatively solid stats: 14.1ppg, 1.8rpg, 5.4apg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Rice used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2014. Apparently he has never played in Montenegro.

Vladimir Mihailovic
Vladimir Mihailovic
   #5. International shooting guard Vladimir Mihailovic (193-90, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) managed to help EWE Baskets Oldenburg in a victory against the closely-ranked Avtodor (7-7) 98-89 in the Basketball Champions League last Tuesday. Mihailovic scored only 3 points and added 4 passes in 20 minutes. EWE Baskets Oldenburg (10-4) is placed third in group C. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Mihailovic's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 8.6ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.1apg in seven games. Mihailovic plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

Vladimir Dragicevic
Vladimir Dragicevic
   #6. Power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) was not able to help Stelmet (0-0) in their game against Cibona in the FIBA Europe Cup. He scored 9 points. But the fourth-placed Stelmet was badly defeated 102-83 in Zagreb by the leading Cibona in the group Q of FIBA Europe Cup. Dragicevic's total stats this season are: 6.5ppg and 1.5rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Montenegrin senior team three years ago.

Taylor Rochestie
Taylor Rochestie
   #7. Former international point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St., currently plays in VTB United League) was not able to secure a victory for Lokomotiv (13-3) in their game against CSKA (15-2) in the VTB United League. Rochestie scored 8 points in 19 minutes. Lokomotiv lost 77-83 in Moscow to the leading CSKA. It was Lokomotiv's first loss after thirteen consecutive victories. This year Rochestie's total stats are: 9.7ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.9apg in 10 games. He is a naturalized American. Rochestie used to play for the Montenegrin national team three years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Montenegro.

Nemanja Djurisic
Nemanja Djurisic
   #8. Power forward Nemanja Djurisic (203-92, college: Georgia, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) is a teammate of previously mentioned Vladimir Dragicevic and both played together in the last FIBA Europe Cup game. Djurisic couldn't help Stelmet in their game against Cibona. He scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Stelmet (#4) was badly defeated 102-83 in Zagreb by the leading Cibona in the group Q of FIBA Europe Cup. Djurisic has averaged so far 6.0ppg and 4.0rpg. He plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

Nikola Zizic
Nikola Zizic
   #9. Former international swingman Nikola Zizic (197-94, currently plays in ABA League) helped his Serbian team FMP win their game against the 11th-ranked MZT Skopje (8-15) 101-82 in the ABA League in Tuesday night's game. He scored 8 points and added 3 assists. FMP Beograd (10-13) is placed seventh in the ABA League. There are only three games left until the end of the ABA League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Zizic has averaged so far 6.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team two years ago.

Radosav Spasojevic
Radosav Spasojevic
   #10. Power forward Radosav Spasojevic (204-92, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League) helped his Serbian team Mega Leks win their game against the league outsider Mornar Bar (7-16) 89-81 in the ABA League on Wednesday night. Spasojevic scored 5 points. BC Mega Leks (9-14) is placed tenth in the ABA League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the ABA League Regular Season. Spasojevic has averaged so far 9.4ppg and 3.4rpg. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Montenegrin senior national team.

   #11. An experienced former international shooting guard Bojan Bakic (195-83, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Czech Republic) couldn't help BK Kolin (11-14) in their last game. Despite Bakic's good performance BK Kolin (#6) was badly defeated 72-55 in Praha by the higher-ranked (#4) USK Praha in the Places 1-6 group. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Bakic also added 4 rebounds in 30 minutes. Bakic has very impressive stats this year: 15.4ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.2apg in 21 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team four years ago.

   #12. Former international power forward Milko Bjelica (207-84, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague) helped his Serbian team Crvena Zvezda win their game against the 15th-ranked Galatasaray 77-58 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Bjelica scored only one point. Bjelica has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3apg. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2014.

   #13. Former international power forward Zarko Rakocevic (204-84, agency: Mansfield and Associates, currently plays in France) helped Orchesien BC win their game against the closely-ranked Souffelweyersheim 74-69 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. Rakocevic scored 8 points, had 8 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots in 25 minutes. Rakocevic has reliable stats this year: 12.1ppg, 6.8rpg and 2.1apg in 20 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team eight years ago.

   #14. International forward Dino Radoncic (202-99, currently plays in Spain) helped Real Madrid II win their game against the fifth-ranked La Roda 83-72 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night. Radoncic scored 17 points and added 3 passes. This season Radoncic has very high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 5.8rpg and 2.5apg. Radoncic plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

   #15. Former international power forward Nemanja Milosevic (204-87, another player represented by Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in VTB United League) couldn't help Tsmoki-Minsk in their game against Astana in the VTB United League. He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Milosevic scored only 2 points and added 3 assists in 20 minutes. His team lost 70-80. Milosevic has averaged so far 6.7ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.6apg in 15 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Gligorije Rakocevic (211-C-95, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Oregon St. (0-12) in their last game. Despite Rakocevic's very good performance the Oregon St. lost 66-79 at home to the Stanford University. He scored 16 points in 27 minutes. So far Oregon St. lost all twelve games in the conference There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Rakocevic has averaged so far 4.4ppg and 3.5rpg in 27 games he played so far.

   #2. Nemanja Calasan (204-C-85, agency: HMS, college: Purdue, currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to help Boncourt (6-11) in their last game. Despite Calasan's very good performance Boncourt lost 83-95 on their home court in Boncourt to the one of league's weakest teams (#10) Lausanne. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 15 rebounds in 40 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Calasan has reliable stats this year: 13.4ppg, 12.5rpg and 1.9apg in 17 games. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Montenegrin.

   #3. Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in ABA League) managed to help Union Olimpija Ljubljana in a 2-point victoryagainst the fourth-ranked Buducnost (16-7) 81-79 in the ABA League on Wednesday night. Milosevic scored only 4 points in 11 minutes. Union Olimpija Ljubljana (10-13) is placed eighth in the ABA League. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. There are only three games left until the end of the ABA League Regular Season. Milosevic has averaged so far 4.9ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.3apg in 23 games.

   #4. Stefan Knezevic (204-C-89, currently plays in Baltic League) was not able to secure a victory for TLU/Kalev in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance TLU/Kalev was defeated 86-73 on the road by the lower-ranked Liepaja/Triobet (#5). Knezevic was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 8 rebounds. It was his first game for TLU/Kalev this season.

   #5. Nikola Rakocevic (191-G-91, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Caceres Basket (10-14) in their last game. Despite Rakocevic's good performance Caceres Basket lost 70-81 in San Sebastian to the leading Gipuzkoa. He scored 11 points (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 20 minutes. Rakocevic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.8apg in 22 games.

   #6. Nikola Pesic (196-G/F, currently plays in NCAA2) led Truman State University to a victory against the William Jewell College 92-86 in the NCAA2 in Thursday night's game. Pesic scored 11 points. Pesic has averaged so far 4.1ppg and 2.2rpg.

   #7. Ivan Zejak (203-SF-87, currently plays in Slovakia) contributed to Handlova's victory against the third-ranked Prievidza 75-67 in the Slovakian SBL last Wednesday. He recorded 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 14 minutes. Zejak has averaged so far 8.6ppg and 5.3rpg in 30 games.

   #8. Nikola Korac (185-G-86, currently plays in France) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Vitre (11-13) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Vitre lost 63-77 on their home court in Vitre to the higher-ranked (#12) Gries/Oberhoffen. Korac was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 6 passes in 34 minutes. Korac has very impressive stats this year: 17.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 8.0apg and 1.7spg in three games.

   #9. Experienced Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-83, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nikola Korac and both played together in the last French NM1 game. Radulovic couldn't help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Vitre (11-13) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Vitre was defeated 77-63 on their home court in Vitre by the higher-ranked Gries/Oberhoffen (#12). Radulovic recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. Radulovic averaged so far 11.4ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.5apg.

   #10. Vladimir Tomasevic (201-F-92, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Gandia in their game against Blancos de Rueda in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). He scored 6 points. His team was edged 71-68. Tomasevic has averaged so far 9.7ppg and 4.7rpg.



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The Pelicans welcome back Jack - by Eurobasket News

New Orleans Pelicans (NBA) landed experienced 34-year old point guard Jarrett Jack (190-91kg-83, college: Georgia Tech). It is actually his comeback to the Pelicans as he has played here before. Jack supposed to play at Atlanta Hawks. NBA will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Jack played at the Nets where in 32 NBA games he averaged 12.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 7.4apg and 1.1spg.
In 2005 Jack was drafted by Denver Nuggets in first round (22 nd overall). He attended Georgia Tech and it is his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Jack has spent his entire career in NBA playing for five other teams: Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers.
Let's have closer look into Jack's outlook: Excellent passer and distributor who looks to pass first, shoot second ... Evolved into a dependable scorer, with the ability to penetrate the lane and get to the foul line, but still developing as a perimeter shooter.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Omri Casspi Suffers Broken Thumb - by Eurobasket News

Omri Casspi (6'9''-SF-88) broke his right thumb tonight in his first game with the Pelicans since Monday's trade, tweets Justin Verrier of ESPN.com. Doctors are projecting that the injury will sideline him for four to six weeks. Casspi was sent from Sacramento to New Orleans along with DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-C/F-90, college: Kentucky) in a five-player deal. His injury capped an overall bad night for the Pelicans, who suffered a 30-point loss to Houston in front of a sold-out Smoothie King Center. Casspi played 23 minutes and scored 12 points before being hurt. New Orleans was counting on him to provide some wing depth after shipping Buddy Hield (6'4''-G-93, college: Oklahoma), Tyreke Evans (6'6''-PG-89, college: Memphis) and Langston Galloway (6'2''-G-91, college: St.Joseph's) to the Kings. Casspi is making $3MM this season in the final year of his contract, so he is a candidate to be waived or bought out if the Pelicans don't want to wait for his return. New Orleans waived Lance Stephenson in a similar situation in November when the team felt like it needed a healthy player. The Pelicans filled one final roster spot today when they signed Hollis Thompson to a 10-day contract, but opened another when they waived Terrence Jones.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



The Pelicans let Jones go - by Eurobasket News

New Orleans Pelicans (NBA) cut 25-year old forward Terrence Jones (206-111kg-92, college: Kentucky). In 51 NBA games he averaged 11.5ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.0bpg this season.
The last season Jones played at the Rockets where in 50 NBA games he had 8.7ppg and 4.2rpg.
In 2012 he was drafted by Drafted by? Houston Rockets in first round (18th overall). The former University of Kentucky standoutis in his fifth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team made it to the NBA Semifinals in 2015. Jones received also NABC Division I All-District 21 2nd Team award back in 2012 at his college time.
Jones has played also professionally in D-League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: (by Jorrye Nixon for NBADraft.net in 2012)
Jones is a versatile threat who can score in different ways and has the skill set to play in many types of schemes … He is a big threat as a face-up PF, as he has the handle and athleticism to give many bigger PF off the dribble and put pressure on the D … Looks real fluid athletically, which is impressive for his size … Very good finisher around the rim, and makes good use of his 7'2 wingspan and nice reactive athletic ability
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Bucks ink Axel Toupane - by Eurobasket News

Milwaukee Bucks to sign 25-year old French swingman Axel Toupane (197-92) to a 10-day deal. He started the season at Raptors 905 Missisauga. In 28 D-League games he had very impressive stats: 16.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.3apg and 1.2spg this season. The last season Toupane played at the Nuggets where in 21 NBA games he recorded 3.6ppg and 1.5rpg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
Toupane's team won French Cup in 2015.
He was also a member of French international program for some years. Toupane played for French Senior National Team in 2014 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2010.
He represented France at the European Championships U20 in Slovenia five years ago. Toupane's team won Silver and his stats at that event were 6 games: 10.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 53.8%, FT: 85.0%.
Toupane has played also professionally in Italy, France (Pau Lacq Orthez and Strasbourg IG) and other NBA team (Toronto Raptors).

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The Mavericks waive Deron Williams - by Eurobasket News

Dallas Mavericks (NBA) released 33-year old ex-international point guard Deron Williams (190-95kg-84, college: Illinois). In 40 NBA games he had 13.1ppg, 2.6rpg and 6.8apg this season. Williams played there last season where in 68 NBA games he recorded 13.7ppg, 2.8rpg and 5.7apg.
In 2005 he was drafted by Utah Jazz as #3 pick overall. The former University of Illinois staris in his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was selected to NBA All-Star Game back in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Williams also represented USA at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) five years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 9.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.6apg, FGP: 37.0%, 3PT: 40.6%, FT: 76.5%.
Williams has played previously professionally in Turkey (Besiktas) and other NBA team (Brooklyn Nets).
On Williams: A good PG who is also a very good offensive threat. Has natural leadership skills, defends very well, but gives his best on fast-paced offense. Needs to improve his slow game quarterbacking.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @BBallInsiders)

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The Hornets to add O'Bryant to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Charlotte Hornets are adding to their roster 24-year old forward Johnny O'Bryant (205-119kg-93, college: LSU). He just played at Northern Arizona Suns. In 25 D-League games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.1ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.6apg this season. A very spectacular year in his career as he was voted to D-League All-Star Game. O'Bryant was called during the season by the Denver Nuggets where in 6 D-League games he averaged 3.3ppg and 1.8rpg.
Three years ago O'Bryant was drafted by Milwaukee Bucks in second round (36th overall). The former Louisiana State University standoutis in his third season in pro basketball.
O'Bryant was voted All-SEC 1st Team back in 2014 at his college time.
O'Bryant represented USA at the World Championships U17 in Hamburg (Germany) seven years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 4.5ppg, 4.6rpg.
O'Bryant has played previously for Washington Wizards.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Suns To Waive Jared Sullinger, Mike Scott; Sign Ronnie Price For Remainder Of Season - by Eurobasket News

The Phoenix Suns plan on waiving Jared Sullinger (6'9''-F-92, college: Ohio St.) and Mike Scott (6'8''-F-88, college: Virginia). The Suns traded for Sullinger as part of their deal with the Toronto Raptors for P.J. Tucker. Scott was acquired in a separate trade with the Atlanta Hawks. The Suns will sign Ronnie Price (6'2''-PG-83, college: Utah Valley) for the remainder of the season.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Hawks to sign Patterson, Kelly for rest of season - by Eurobasket News

The Hawks came out of the NBA trade deadline with two open roster spots - but they won't stay vacant for long. The Hawks will sign both Lamar Patterson (6'5''-G/F-91, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Pensack Sports) and Ryan Kelly (6'11''-PF-91, college: Duke) to end-of-season contracts, according to a person familiar with the situation. Both players spent time with the Hawks this season. They are expected to be in uniform when the Hawks host the Heat on Friday in their first game back from the All-Star break. The moves will give the Hawks a maximum of 15 players. Patterson, a former Hawks player, recently signed two 10-day contracts with the team. The last contract expired on Feb. 17, during the NBA All-Star break. Patterson was a call-up from the NBA Development League where he was playing for Reno. He played 28 games, including 27 starts, and averaged 24.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 35.8 minutes for the Big Horns. While with the Hawks, Patterson appeared in four games and averaged 2.3 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 7.5 minutes.
Kelly was with the Hawks during training camp but released before the regular season on Oct. 18. He was brought back and signed on Oct. 31. He was later waived on Jan. 6. Kelly played seven games, all starts, for Maine of the D-League. He averaged 27.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 35.8 minutes for the Red Claws. While with the Hawks, Kelly appeared in nine games and averaged 1.1 points, 1.1 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 5.2 minutes. The Hawks had one open roster spot at the trade deadline after not immediately signing Patterson for the remainder of the season. They created a second open roster spot by trading Mike Scott to the Suns Thursday.
Courtesy of: ajc.com



Andrew Bogut Allowed To Sign With Warriors Due To CBA Loophole - by Eurobasket News

Andrew Bogut (7'0''-C-84, college: Utah) is expected to agree upon a buyout with the Philadelphia 76ers and a loophole in the CBA will allow him to return to the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors traded Bogut to the Dallas Mavericks in the offseason to help clear salary cap space to sign Kevin Durant. The Mavericks traded Bogut to the 76ers in a package for Nerlens Noel at the deadline. The reacquisition restriction rule only applies to the "last trade" and not all prior trades as well. According to a source, the NBA is interpreting that the "last trade" designation technically applies to the Mavericks only. It is not year clear if the Warriors will have interest in Bogut, who figures to receive interest from the Cavaliers and Celtics. According to Marc Stein, the Warriors will consider all options but they have been focused on targeting guards or signing Briante Weber for the remainder of the season. The Warriors have Zaza Pachulia, David West and JaVale McGee on their depth chart for big man minutes, though they recently waived Anderson Varejao.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



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No. 15 Cincinnati extends home streak, beats Memphis 87-74 - by Eurobasket News

After a dominant first half, No. 15 Cincinnati relaxed and wound up sweating one out. Jacob Evans III (6'6''-G-97) III scored 12 of his 15 points during the Bearcats' lopsided first half on Thursday night, and they let most of a big lead slip away before holding on for their 25th straight home victory, 87-74 over Memphis. Cincinnati (25-3, 14-1 American Athletic) led by as many as 24 points during its highest-scoring opening half in conference play this season, pulling ahead 51-32 at the break. The Tigers cut the lead to six points before fading. "We got off to a big lead, and in the second half I feel we started to coast a little bit," Evans said. "We can't do that. If we want to make a deep run in March, we can't take a half off against any team. Our energy on defence went down." The Bearcats' front line dominated on offence. Gary Clark (6'7''-F-94) had 13 points and nine rebounds while Kyle Washington (6'9''-F-93) had 16 points and six rebounds. The problem was the sluggish defence in the second half, which left shooters open. "For about 30 minutes, I thought we played about as well as we can play," coach Mick Cronin said. "My halftime speech gets an F. I talked to our guys about defence. Our defence was nonexistent for most of the second half. We learned our lessons." Memphis (18-10, 8-7 ) has dropped a season-high three straight. Jeremiah Martin (6'3''-G) led the Tigers with 23 points and 11 assists. Dedric Lawson (6'9''-G-97) had 21 points with 10 rebounds. "They were a little bit intimidated to start the first half because (Cincinnati) was making shots," Memphis coach Tubby Smith said. "And when you get in a hole like that, it's tough." The Tigers cut the lead to 75-69 on Martin's three-point play with 5:18 left. Evans' 3-pointer - his only basket of the second half - ended the comeback. It was his only 3-pointer of the game.
Courtesy of: insidetoronto.com



Gonzaga Is Very, Very Good - by Carl Berman

San Diego, CA - Jenny Craig Pavilion had never hosted the No. 1 team in the country before Gonzaga showed up on Thursday night. The top ranked Bulldogs (29-0) came in and systematically dismantled the University of San Diego (12-17) 96-38, recording the largest margin of victory ever for a No. 1 team on the road.

Gonzaga jumped out to an 11-0 lead while USD missed its first nine shots and pushed that lead to 28 at halftime despite nine turnovers and 50 percent shooting from the foul line. The Zags came out even more focused in the second half and shot an astounding 74 percent from the field including 8-of-11 from 3-point range. Gonzaga hit 13 3's on the night while USD managed just 14 made buckets, a recipe for disaster. The Zags imposed their will defensively challenging every shot and staying solid. Combine that effort with smart play and you get that type of performance as they only committed 12 fouls in the game.

Every night it can be one of several players leading the way for the Zags and on this night the first standout was Johnathan Williams III (6'9''-F-95). The 6-9 junior transfer from Missouri made his presence known early on both ends of the floor. USD was determined to quickly double Przemek Karnowski on every touch and he was more than willing to pass out of the traps. Williams found himself on the receiving end of passes out of the rotations resulting in 10 first half points despite missing 4-of-6 free throws. He was more dominant on the defensive end grabbing 13 first half rebounds while USD only grabbed eight as a team. Williams was aggressive and used his size and athleticism to attack everything coming off the rim. His performance allowed the guards to leak out in transition and push the pace offensively leading to several of those open 3-point looks. Williams finished the night with 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting and 19 rebounds. He is now shooting 61 percent from the floor on the year.

The Tritons came out determined not to let the 7-1 Karnowski beat them and he was held to just three field goal attempts notching just five points and three rebounds. But he became a facilitator in successfully passing out of the post and initiating the offensive attack. It has been the calling card all year long of the unselfish Bulldogs who made it look easy all night long in shooting 66 percent for the game.

Leading scorer 6-5 junior Nigel Williams-Goss had a typical game for him with 14 points, six rebounds and five assists. The player of the year candidate is averaging 16.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists. He is always in control, is a vocal leader on the floor and plays extremely hard on the defensive end. He had the ability to get to the rim whenever he wanted yet he displayed patience by working the offense and finding even easier shots for his teammates. Many of those open looks went to Josh Perkins and Zach Collins. Perkins (6-3 soph.) knocked down 5-of-8 from 3-point range and seemed to be unguarded all night long. He also chipped in five rebounds and led the team with six assists, which shows he was not forcing shots up.

The Bulldogs also have the luxury of bringing a 7-foot McDonald's All-American off the bench in freshman Collins. Collins is third on the team in scoring at 10.7 per game despite only playing 17 minutes per game. He has the look of a future lottery pick written all over him. He has a great combination of size and athleticism to go along with polished post moves and a soft touch. He can score on either block with either hand. He made one play where he caught the ball at the high post in a high-low set, saw the pass was not there then took one hard dribble to his left and finished it left handed like a guard. He is also a good defender and has 3-point range (43.8%).

There were not many bright spots for USD on a night where they shot just 24 percent, which was not their worst performance of the year on their home court (19 percent vs. St. Mary's). Sophomore 6-2 guard Olin Carter was the only player in double figures for the Tritons finishing with 15 on 6-of-16 shooting. He worked hard offensively trying to find cracks in the Bulldog defense but mostly had to settle for contested jump shots. When given good looks he can knock down shots consistently, but those opportunities were rare on this night. Brett Bailey leads the team averaging 15.6 points but he was held in check tonight. The 6-6 forward out of Spokane could not find his stroke going just 3-of-11 for seven points. He created a few scoring opportunities using his ability to put the ball on the floor against the bigger defenders but was unable to finish around the rim.

The Bulldogs proved once again that they are in the national title hunt with this dominating performance. According to Synergy Stats they are No. 2 in offensive points per possession and No. 1 in defensive points per possession. They are big, athletic, deep, unselfish and play with poise and purpose on both ends of the floor. They are going to be a tough out in March. Gonzaga will host BYU on Saturday and try and finish the regular season undefeated. San Diego will host Portland, also on Saturday.

This article was written by Joe Trabucco and edited by Carl Berman of NetScouts Basketball.



UCLA's TJ Leaf Too Much For Arizona State - by Carl Berman

Tempe, AZ - The fifth- ranked UCLA Bruins came into Tempe and pounded the Arizona State Sun Devils 87-65. UCLA's size was just too much for ASU. TJ Leaf (6'10''-F-97) led the way for the Bruins scoring 25 points and hauling down nine rebounds.

In the first half both teams started off slow, but traded baskets early on. Leaf led the way early for UCLA with his presence in the post. Leaf (16.7 ppg, 8.7 rpg) had 16 points in the half. Torian Graham of the Sun Devils came into this game as the second leading scorer in the Pac-12 Conference at 18.5 ppg. He had great first half with 17 points. UCLA shot 51.4 percent from the field, getting contributions off the bench from Aaron Holiday (7 points) and Ike Anigbogu (8 points). UCLA was able to take advantage of the smaller Sun Devils, outrebounding them 25 to 13 in the half with ten offensive rebounds giving them second chance opportunities. Three of the top four leading scorers for the Bruins, Lonzo Ball (15.4 ppg), Bryce Alford (16.2 ppg) and Isaac Hamilton (14.3 ppg) all had quiet half. Ball had two points, Alford had six points and Hamilton was held scoreless. For ASU, Obinna Oleka (12 ppg, 10 rpg) had eight points and seven rebounds at the half. ASU's Tra Holder and Shannon Evans struggled shooting from the field, Holder 0-of-5 and Evans 1-of-5 with just three points. The Sun Devils shot 37.5 percent from the field. At halftime the Bruins led 45-36.

The Sun Devils came out with some fire going on a 7-0 run to start the second half. ASU's Kodi Justice started finding his stroke from behind the arc, scoring 13 of his 19 points in the half. However. that run ASU was trying to build on would soon come to an end. UCLA's Aaron Holiday started to heat up from behind the arc, finishing the game with 17 points. Ike Anigbogu impacted this game with his ability to run the floor, block and contest shots at the rim, he finished with 12 points. UCLA shot 45.2 percent from the field in the second half. Graham put on a show tonight trying to keep the Sun Devils in the game, but it wasn't enough. He finished with 28 points. ASU shot 40 percent from the field in the second half. Whenever ASU tried to make a run, UCLA would go back to Leaf. Leaf had it all together tonight, showing off his post moves, taking advantage of smaller defenders and in his soft touch on his shot in the pick and pop game.

The UCLA Bruins improved to 25-3 on the season and 12-3 in conference play. The Bruins next game is against the fourth-ranked Arizona Wildcats Saturday in Tucson. As for the Sun Devils, they fall to 13-16 on the season and 6-10 in conference play. They play next against USC at home on Sunday.

This article was written by Ryan Lawless and edited by Carl Berman of NetScouts Basketball.



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Around the GNAC 2/24 - by Sanjey Noriega

From: gnacsports.com

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

SPINNING THE GNAC CHAMPIONSHIPS WHEEL: There is much more uncertainty than there is uncertainty when it comes to knowing who will be participating in the GNAC Men's Basketball Championships next week in Lacey, Wash.

Let's begin with what is is certain...
• Western Washington, Alaska Anchorage and Western Oregon have all secured berths in the GNAC Championships.
• Western Washington will secure the No. 1 seed in the tournament and a first round bye with a win in its next two games or a loss by Alaska Anchorage in its next two games.
• Alaska Anchorage will be the No. 2 seed and earn a first round bye with a a win in its next two games coupled with a Western Oregon loss. In the event of a tie for second, Alaska Anchorage owns the tiebreaker based on the GNAC's tiebreaker formula.
• Western Oregon is guaranteed no worse than the No. 3 seed and could claim the No. 2 if the Wolves win both remaining games and Alaska Anchorage loses its final two games.

After that, your guess is as good as ours.

Three teams enter the week tied for fourth in the GNAC as Saint Martin's, Montana State Billings and Northwest Nazarene are all at 9-9. Central Washington, Concordia and Seattle Pacific are all one game back in seventh at 8-10. Of the 12 games remaining in the regular season, in only one of them will feature two of those teams in fourth and seventh place meet each other (Montana State Billings at Concordia on Thursday).

The seeding picture should clear up some after Thursday's games, but for now there is a lot for teams to play for over the next five games.

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW: Tickets are available now for the 2017 GNAC Men's & Women's Basketball Championships, which return to Lacey, Wash., for the second consecutive year.

The 2017 GNAC Basketball Championships will take place Mar. 2-4 at Marcus Pavilion on the Saint Martin's campus. Quarterfinals will take place on Thurs., Mar. 2 and the semifinals will be played on Fri., Mar. 3. The men's and women's championship games will take place on Sat., Mar. 4.

Tickets are available online with a number of discounts available now through the end of February by purchasing online on our EventBrite.com Ordering Page.

Seniors (65 and older) can enjoy an additional $1 per ticket discount when buying in groups of four or more by using the promo code GNACSRGroup2017. The Youth Team special (for ages 13 years and younger with a minimum of four people) provides teams admission of $1 per person and includes free admission for up to two adult chaperones when using the promo code GNACGroup2017.

Additionally, members of the military can receive a 25 percent discount on all tickets using the promo code MilitaryGNAC2017. You must show valid military ID at the ticket gate.

The senior, youth team and military ticket specials are available until Feb. 28.

ONLINE AND ON YOUR SCREEN: All GNAC men's and women's conference games can be watched for free through the conference's Stretch Internet portal at GNAC.tv. In addition, games can also be watched for free through the GNAC's channel on Roku.

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS: The following GNAC players have been selected to all-tournament teams during the 2016-17 season:
Veteran's Day Pioneer Challenge (Nov. 11-12, Hayward, Calif.): Jeffrey Parker, WWU (Most Valuable Player), Taylor Stafford, WWU.
Sodexo Tip-Off Classic (Nov. 11-12, Seattle): Coleman Wooten, SPU (Most Valuable Player), Joe Rasmussen, SPU.
Oak Harbor Freight Lines Classic (Nov. 18-19 at Seattle): Dom Hunter, CWU; Coleman Wooten, SPU.
Ron Logsdon Basketball Classic (Nov. 18-19 at Rohnert Park, Calif.): Tyler Copp, SMU.
Seawolf Jamboree (Nov. 18-19 at Anchorage): Brandon Davis, UAF; Connor Devine, UAA; Corey Hammell, UAA, Suki Wiggs, UAA (Most Outstanding Player).
Chuck Randall Classic (Nov. 26-27 at Bellingham, Wash.): Jeffrey Parker, WWU (Most Valuable Player); Daulton Hommes, WWU; Brandon Davis, UAF; Nahjee Matlock (5'11''-PG-94), UAF.
GCI Great Alaska Shootout (Nov. 23-26 at Anchorage): Diante Mitchell, UAA.

THIS WEEK'S GNAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Taylor Stafford
Western Washington
G • 6-1 • Sr. • Chicago, Ill.

Stafford earned his second consecutive selection and his fourth of the season after he averaged 26.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals and two assists in a pair of road victories. In Thursday's ROOT SPORTS televised game, Stafford scored 32 points and had seven rebounds in an 82-75 win over Central Washington. He then added 21 points to go along with two rebounds, three assists and three steals in an 83-59 win at Northwest Nazarene on Saturday.

Also Nominated: Tanner Omlid (Western Oregon), Cole Preston (Saint Martin's), Gavin Long (Seattle Pacific), Drew Martin (Concordia), Bouna N'Diaye (Northwest Nazarene).

AROUND THE GNAC
ALASKA
• Alaska took two losses in its final regular season road trip, falling on Thursday at Western Oregon, 68-61, and on Saturday at Concordia, 77-75.

• Senior forward Zach Pederson led the Nanooks with 29 points and 21 rebounds in the two games. He led UAF with 15 points and 15 rebounds on 7 of 9 from the field at Western Oregon and finished with 14 points and eight rebounds at Concordia.

• Senior guard Nahjee Matlock finished with 14 points and three assists and shot 7 of 10 from the free throw line against Western Oregon and added 13 points with eight assists at Concordia. Matlock enters the week second in the GNAC with 4.89 assists per game and an assist/turnover ratio of 2.16.

• Senior guard Brandon Davis leads UAF in scoring at 14 points per game and is 21st in Division II with a total of 966 minutes played.

• Alaska continues to stay mathematically in the GNAC Championships picture, but would be eliminated with a loss in its final two games.

• Alaska enters the week averaging 75 points and 34.9 rebounds per game. The Nanooks lead the GANC and is 15th in Division II eith a turnover margin of +3.85. They are also second in the GNAC with 7.11 steals per game.

• Alaska closes the regular season at home, hosting Central Washington on Thursday and Northwest Nazarene on Thursday.

ALASKA ANCHORAGE
• The Seawolves' chances for claiming a share of the GNAC regular season championship took a hit last week with road losses to Concordia in overtime on Thursday, 68-67, and to Western Oregon on Saturday, 89-71.

• Senior guard Suki Wiggs led Alaska Anchorage with 42 points and 14 rebounds in the two games. He led the way with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds against Concordia and had 23 points, including 12 of 14 from the free throw line, against Western Oregon. Wiggs leads the GNAC and is sixth in Division II in scoring at 24 points per game. He also ranks third in Division II in free throws made (161) and attempted (214), and fourth in total points (625).

• Senior guard Diante Mitchell finished with 14 points against Concordia and finished with 15 points against Western Oregon. Mitchell is ranked seventh in the GNAC in assists with three per game.

• Alaska Anchorage will assure itself no less than the No. 2 seed in the GNAC Championships with a win or a Western Oregon loss this week. The Seawolves could still earn a share of the GNAC regular season championship if they win twice and Western Washington loses twice.

• The Seawolves were ranked No. 9 in the first NCAA Division II rankings of the season. The second rankings will appear on Wednesday.

• Alaska Anchorage enters the week averaging 78.1 points per game and is second in the GNAC in rebounding at 39.7 per game. The Seawolves lead the GNAC in scoring defense (65.2 points allowed per game), scoring margin (+12.9), field goal defense (.414), rebounding defense (28.8 allowed per game), rebounding margin (+10.8) and offensive rebounds (13.85 per game). In the Division II stats, UAA is 11th in scoring defnese, 12th in offensive rebounds per game and rebounding margin and 17th in scoring margin.

• Alaska Anchorage wraps up the regular season at home, hosting Northwest Nazarene on Thursday and Central Washington on Saturday.

CENTRAL WASHINGTON
• After opening the week with an 85-72 loss on ROOT SPORTS to Western Washington on Tuesday, Central Washington snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 90-76 win over Simon Fraser.

• Senior guard Dom Hunter came alive to lead CWU in the two games with 51 points while shooting 55.9 percent from the field and 64.3 percent from three-point range (9-14). He led the Wildcats with 24 points and six rebounds against WWU and then added 27 points on 10 of 15 from the field and 6 of 9 from three-point range against Simon Fraser. Hunter is second in the GNAC and eighth in Division II with 23.2 points per game. He also leads the GNAC and is 24th in Division II with 3.39 three-pointers made per game.

• Junior center Fuquan Niles added 27 points, 24 rebounds and five blocks in the two games. He finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds against Western Washington ans had another double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds along with those five blocks against Simon Fraser. Niles leads the GNAC and is seventh in Division II with three blocked shots per game.

• The Wildcats are still in the hunt for a GNAC Championships berth as they are tied for seventh at 8-10. Central Washington would be eliminated with two losses.

• Central Washington is second in the GNAC in scoring, averaging 84.3 points per game, and is averaging 36.4 rebounds per game. The Wildcats are second in the GNAC with 4.08 blocked shots per game. In the Division II stats, the Wildcats are eighth in fewest turnovers (270) and 24th in 9.9 three-pointers made per game.

• The Wildcats close the regular season on the road at Alaska on Thursday and at Alaska Anchorage on Saturday.

CONCORDIA
• Concordia opened a four-game home stand with its first weekend sweep of the season. The Cavaliers went overtime to beat Alaska Anchorage on Thursday, 68-67, and outlasted Alaska on Saturday, 77-75.

• Senior forward Drew Martin was the Cavaliers' top scorer with 35 points in the two games to go along with 17 rebounds. He shared top scoring honors with Latrell Wilson with 14 points against Alaska Anchorage and finished with 21 points and eight rebounds against Alaska. Martin is eighth in the GNAC in scoring at 17.5 points per game.

• Wilson added 15 points on 5 of 11 from the field and had four rebounds in the win over Alaska.

• Junior forward Christopher Edward enters the week ranked third in the GNAC in field goal percentage (.577), fourth in rebounding (8.6 per game) and seventh in steals (1.40 per game) and blocked shots (1.48 per game).

• Concordia remains mathematically alive in the GNAC Championships conversation, tied for seventh at 8-10. The Cavaliers will be eliminated with two losses.

• Concordia enters the week averaging 78.2 points and 37.9 rebounds per game. The Cavaliers are third in the GNAC in blocked shots (3.92 per game) and fourth in the GNAC in three-point defense (.344), rebounding, assists (15.46) and defensive rebounds (27.16 per game).

• Concordia finishes the regular season at home, hosting Western Oregon on Tuesday and Montana State Billings on Saturday.

MONTANA STATE BILLINGS
• Montana State Billings split its final home games of the season. The Yellowjackets dropped a 75-70 game to Seattle Pacific on Thursday before scoring a 92-83 win over Saint Martin's on Saturday.

• Sophomore forward Preston Beverly finished with 33 points and 19 rebounds in the two games, which included a 13 of 18 performance from the free throw line. He finished with a double-double of 23 points and 14 rebounds in the win over Saint Martin's. Beverly is fourth in the GNAC in scoring at 19 points per game and fifth in rebounding at 8.4 rebounds per game.

• Senior guard Marc Matthews finished with 32 points in the two games, topped by a 23-point effort against Saint Martin's, which included six three-pointers. Matthews is averaging 15.9 points per game, is second in the GNAC with 3.15 three-pointers made per game, is 25th in Division II with 210 three-point attempts and 28th with 82 three-pointers made.

• Tied for fourth in the GNAC at 9-9, Montana State Billings would assure itself a berth in the GNAC Championships with two wins.

• Montana State Billings enters the week averaging 81 points and 36.8 rebounds per game. The Yellowjackets are second in the GNAC in free throw percentage (.752). They also lead the GNAC with 9.96 three-pointers made per game, ranked 23rd in Division II in three-point attempts (694) and 25th in three-pointers made (259).

• Montana State Billings finished the regular season on the road, playing at Concordia on Thursday and at Western Oregon on Saturday.

NORTHWEST NAZARENE
• Northwest Nazarene secured a split in its final home games of the season to keep its GNAC Championships hopes alive. The Crusaders beat Simon Fraser on Thursday, 88-82, before taking a loss to Western Washington on Saturday.

• Senior guard Bouna N'Diaye led the Crusaders in scoring with 52 points in the two games, connecting on 44.4 percent from the field and 77.3 percent from the free throw line. He finished with 25 points in the win over Simon Fraser, making 8 of 16 from the field and 8 of 12 from the free throw line, before scoring 27 against Western Washington. N'Diaye is tied for sixth in the GNAC in scoring at 17.5 points per game.

• Junior forward Maurice Jones finished with his third and fourth consecutive double-doubles. He scored 13 points and pulled down 18 rebounds against Simon Fraser and finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds against Western Washington. Jones leads the GNAC in rebounding and is 22nd in Division II at 10.1 boards per game. He also ranks sixth in Division II with 15 double-doubles in 24 games.

• Northwest Nazarene is one of three teams tied for fourth in the GNAC at 9-9. The Crusaders can clinch a GNAC Championships spot with two wins.

• Northwest Nazarene enters the week averaging 75 points and 37.4 rebounds per game. The Crusaders are third in the GNAC in both field goal percentage (.463) and field goal defense (.426).

• Northwest Nazarene finishes the regular season in Alaska, playing at Alaska Anchorage on Thursday and at Alaska on Saturday.

SAINT MARTIN'S
• The Saints remain alive in the GNAC Championships with a split last week. They picked up an 80-77 win over Seattle Pacific on Tuesday before taking a 92-83 loss at Montana State Billings on Saturday.

• Senior forward Brandon Kenilvort continued his late surge, leading the Saints with 31 points in the two games. He scored 15 points off the bench in the win over Seattle Pacific and added another 16 points at Montana State Billings.

• Senior guard Cole Preston added 30 points and 15 assists to his totals in the two games. He finished with 16 pointd and six assists against Seattle Pacific and connected for 14 points and dished nine assists against Montana State Billings. Preston is the GNAC leader and ranks 12th in Division II with 6.3 assists per game.

• Senior guard Tyler Copp continues to rank as the Saints' top scorer with an average of 15.9 points per game and is third in the GNAC in free throw percentage (.873). He has a weekly high of 17 points against Seattle Pacific.

• At 9-9, Saint Martin's is tied for fourth in the GNAC standings and would secure a GNAC Championships berth with two wins. The Saints just missed qualifying last year, losing out to Western Washington in a sixth place tiebreaker.

• Saint Martin's enters the week third in the GNAC in scoring at 81.3 points per game and is averaging 37.5 rebounds per game. The Saints are second in the GNAC in field goal percentage (.463) and field goal defense (.424).

• Saint Martin's will be on the road to conclude the regular season, playing at Simon Fraser on Thursday and at Western Washington on Saturday.

SEATTLE PACIFIC
• Seattle Pacific split its games last week to stay alive in the GNAC Championships chase. The Falcons lost on Tuesday to Saint Martin's, 80-77, and scored a 75-70 road win at Montana State Billings on Thursday.

• Freshman forward Tony Miller led the way for the Falcons once again with 46 points and 21 rebounds in the two games. He had his 13th double-double of the season on Tuesday against SMU, finishing with 33 points and 15 rebounds as he went 11 of 19 from the field and 10 of 14 from the free throw line. He then contributed 13 points in the win at MSUB. Miller is fifth in the GNAC in scoring at 18.7 points per game and third in rebounding at 9.4 per game. His 13 double-doubles is 15th in Division II.

• Freshman guard Gavin Long came up with 25 points in the win at Montana State Billings, connecting on 9 of 12 from the field and 6 of 6 from the free throw line.

• The Falcons are on the outside looking in at at GNAC Championships berth, tied for seventh at 8-10. Seattle Pacific will be eliminated with two losses.

• Seattle Pacific enters the week averaging 79.1 points per game. It leads the GNAC with 40 rebounds per game. The Falcons are second in the GNAC with 27.58 defensive rebounds per game and third in three-point defense (.337), rebounding margin (+4.6) and offensive rebounds (12.42 per game).

• The Falcons finish the regular season on the road. They play at Western Washington in a rare Wednesday game before traveling to Simon Fraser on Saturday.

SIMON FRASER
• One week after breaking its long losing streak, Simon Fraser took two more close losses. The Clan fell 88-82 at Northwest Nazarene on Thursday before losing 90-78 at Central Washington on Saturday.

• Junior forward JJ Pankratz paced Simon Fraser with 42 points and 11 rebounds in the two games. He finished with 23 points on 7 of 13 from the field and 5 of 8 from three-point range against Northwest Nazarene and added 19 points at Central Washington. Pankratz is fourth in the GNAC in three-point percentage at 45.1 percent and ninth in blocked shots with 1.04 per game.

• Freshman guard Michael Provenano added 29 points and 13 assists in the two games, topped by 18 points and eight assists against Northwest Nazarene. Provenzano is third in the GNAC with 4.04 assists per game and sixth in free throw shooting at 84.1 percent.

• With its 68-63 win over Western Oregon on Feb. 11, SFU snapped an 18-game losing streak that dated back to a loss to Cal Baptist on Nov. 20, and it also snapped a GNAC record 20-game losing streak in GNAC games that dated back to Feb. 13, 2016. Ironically, the GNAC streak started and ended against Western Oregon.

• The Clan enters the week averaging 69.5 points and 31.7 rebounds per game.

• Simon Fraser finishes the 2016-17 campaign at home, hosting Saint Martin's on Thursday and Seattle Pacific on Saturday.

WESTERN OREGON
• The Wolves picked up two wins over the Alaska schools to guarantee a spot in the GNAC Championships. The Wolves beat Alaska on Thursday, 68-61, before scoring an 89-71 win over Alaska Anchorage on Saturday.

• Junior guard Ali Faruq-Bey finished with 33 points in the two contests, shooting 52 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range. Faruq-Bey finished with 11 points against Alaska before pouring in 22 points against Alaska Anchorage. The junior is averaging 14.9 points per game.

• Junior forward Tanner Omlid scored 32 points in the two games to go along with 21 rebounds, eight assists and three blocks. He finished with 19 points, four boards and six assists in the win over UAA. Omlid is the Wolves' leading scorer at 15 points per game. He leads the GNAC and is second in Division II in steals at 3.15 per game. Omlid also leads Division II with 80 total steals.

• With its wins last week, Western Oregon has assured itself no worse than the No. 3 seed in the GNAC Championships. The Wolves could slip into the No. 2 position if they win both games and Alaska Anchorage loses both games this week.

• Western Oregon is averaging 75.1 points and 34 rebounds per game. The Wolves lead the GNAC and are ranked 18th in Division II with 8.8 steals per game. Western Oregon is also second in the GNAC in scoring defense at 71.5 points allowed per game.

• Western Oregon will play Tuesday at Concordia before hosting Montana State Billings on Saturday to close the regular season.

WESTERN WASHINGTON
• One year after barely qualifying for the GNAC Championships, Western Washington is one win away from claiming the conference regular season title and the No. 1 berth at the GNAC Championships.

• The Vikings ran their win streak to four games with an 85-72 win on ROOT SPORTS over Central Washington on Thursday and an 83-59 win at Northwest Nazarene on Saturday. With a win in their next two games, the Vikings will secure the regular season title and the No. 1 seed in the tournament.

• Senior guard Taylor Stafford earned GNAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week honors for the second straight week and the fourth time this season after he finished with 53 points in the two games. He finished with 32 points on 11 of 24 from the field to go along with seven rebounds in the win over Central Washington and then scored 21 points against Northwest Nazarene. Stafford is third in the GNAC and 17th in Division II at 22.2 points per game. He also leads the GNAC and is ranked 25th in Division II in free throw shooting at 88.5 percent (131-148).

• Junior forward Deandre Dickson added 29 points and 17 rebounds in the two games. He came off the bench for a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds against Central Washington before scoring 12 points against Northwest Nazarene.

• Western Washington enters the week ranked 17th in the NABC Division II CoachesPoll and is the first team among those receiving votes in the D2SIDA Media Poll. The Vikings were No. 4 in the first NCAA Division II West Region Rankings.

• Western Washington leads the GNAC and is 15th in Division II with 88.8 points per game. The Vikings lead the GNAC all three shooting percentage categories and rank sixth in Division II in free throw percentage (.789) and 20th in both field goal percentage (.496) and three-point percentage (.409).

• Western Washington finishes the regular season at home, hosting Seattle Pacific on Wednesday and Saint Martin's on Saturday.



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  NEW ZEALAND  


Tai Jack Webster's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among New Zealanders playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Tai Jack Webster
Tai Jack Webster
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Tai Jack Webster (193-95, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA. He could not help the Nebraska (5-8) in their last game. Despite Webster's very good performance the Nebraska was badly defeated 88-72 at home by the Michigan State University. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds in 29 minutes on the court. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Webster's fourth season with the team. Webster has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 4.0apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 48.7%, 3FGP: 31.0% and FT: 74.0% in 27 games he played so far. Ex-Advice First Waikato Pistons player is currently a member of the New Zealand senior national team.

Tom Vodanovich
Tom Vodanovich
   #2. Second place goes to former U18 international forward Tom Vodanovich (201-94, currently studies in the States). Vodanovich led JMU to a victory against the Drexel University (8-4) 70-64 in the NCAA on Thursday night. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes. The James Madison University has 5-9 conference record this season. Vodanovich's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Vodanovich has been at the team for four years. This season his overall stats are: 5.9ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 52.3%, 3FGP: 30.8% and FT: 71.4% in 26 games. Vodanovich played for the New Zealand U18 national team in 2012.

Jayden Bezzant
Jayden Bezzant
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was former U19 international guard Jayden Bezzant (188, currently plays in NCAA2). He contributed to a Northwest Nazarene University's victory against the Simon Fraser University 88-82 in the NCAA2 in Thursday night's game. Bezzant scored 15 points. The Northwest Nazarene University has 9-7 record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA2 Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Bezzant's total stats this season are: 8.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.6apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 38.4%, 3FGP: 35.1% and FT: 71.0%. He played for the New Zealand U19 national team two years ago.

Mike Karena
Mike Karena
   #4. Center Mike Karena (208-93, college: Wright St., currently plays in Spain) led Sammic ISB to a victory over the 11th-ranked Agustinos-Leclerc (9-12) 93-79 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Sunday. Karena was MVP of the game. He scored 23 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 35 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Karena's third season in pro basketball. Sammic Iraurgi Saski Baloia (15-6) is placed second in the LEB Silver. Karena has relatively good stats this year: 13.5ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.9apg in 21 games. He is also New Zealand national team player.

Jarrod Kenny
Jarrod Kenny
   #5. Former international guard Jarrod Kenny (188-85, currently plays in Australia) managed to help Perth Wildcats to win against the closely-ranked Cairns Taipans (15-13) crushing them 91-69 in the Australian NBL on Friday night. Kenny recorded only 2 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Perth Wildcats (15-13) are placed third in the NBL. Kenny's total stats this season are: 4.2ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.0apg. He used to play for the New Zealand national team two years ago.

Denhym Brooke
Denhym Brooke
   #6. Guard Denhym Brooke (185, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to help the one of league's weakest teams BYU-Hawaii (4-14) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Brooke's good performance the BYU-Hawaii was defeated 80-75 on the road by the Dixie State College. He recorded 10 points. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA2. Brooke's total stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 7.1rpg and 2.0bpg. He is a former U19 international player as he played for the New Zealand team five years ago.

Jack Salt
Jack Salt
   #7. Former international center Jack Salt (211-96, is currently at the American university) was not able to secure a victory for the Virginia (8-4) in their game against the University of Miami, Florida (8-5) in the NCAA. He cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. Salt recorded only 2 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks. The Virginia was defeated 54-48 in Miami by the University of , Florida. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. Salt's total stats this season are: 3.7ppg and 3.8rpg. He used to play for the New Zealand national team three years ago.

Gus Riley
Gus Riley
   #8. Power forward Gus Riley (203-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Bryant win their game against the St.Francis University (PA) (10-3) 79-75 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He scored only 3 points in 3 minutes on the court. The Bryant University has 6-8 conference record this season. Riley's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. This year Riley's total stats are: 2.4ppg and 2.2rpg in 19 games. He used to play for the New Zealand U16 national team back in 2011.

   #9. Former U18 international forward Alex Talma (203-94, currently plays in NAIA) helped Biola University win their game against the San Diego Christian College 74-56 in the NAIA in Tuesday night's game. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Biola University has a very solid 11-3 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NAIA. It's Talma's first year with the team. Talma has averaged so far 7.3ppg and 4.9rpg. He used to play for the New Zealand U18 national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Yanni Wetzell (208-F, currently plays in NCAA2) could not help the Saint Mary's (TX) University (7-7) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Wetzell's very good performance the Saint Mary's (TX) University was badly defeated 90-72 on the road by the Newman University. He scored 29 points (!!!) and grabbed 4 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA2 Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Wetzell has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.7apg.

   #2. Izayah Mauriohooho-Le'afa (188-G-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the Sacramento St. in their game against the Montana State University (11-2) in the NCAA. Mauriohooho-Le'afa scored 8 points and added 3 passes in 38 minutes. The Sacramento St. was edged 62-59 at home by the Montana State University. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. It's Mauriohooho-Le'afa's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 4.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.8apg in 24 games he played so far. Mauriohooho-Le'afa is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in New Zealand.

   #3. Javaan Mumtaz (193-G, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to a Eastern New Mexico University's surprising victory against the Cameron University 81-73 in the NCAA2 on Saturday night. Mumtaz recorded 10 points in 17 minutes. The Eastern New Mexico University has not so impressive 3-7 record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA2 Regular Season. This year Mumtaz's total stats are: 5.5ppg and 1.4rpg in 21 games.

   #4. Brandon Watkins (198-F, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to secure a victory for the Mars Hill College (3-16) in their game against the Coker College in the NCAA2. Watkins recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 18 minutes. The Mars Hill College lost 96-101 in Hartsville to the Coker College. It was College's third consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA2 Regular Season. This year Watkins' total stats are: 5.7ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.1apg in 21 games.

   #5. Isaac Davidson (201-F, currently plays in NCAA2) managed to help Sonoma State University to win against the Humboldt State University 65-56 in the NCAA2 on Thursday night. He scored only 4 points. The Sonoma State University has quite an impressive 13-3 record this season. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NCAA2 Regular Season. It's Davidson's first year with the team. Davidson's total stats this season are: 2.1ppg and 1.8rpg.

   #6. Nikau McCullough (188-G-97, currently plays in NCAA2) is a teammate of previously mentioned Yanni Wetzell. But that was another game of his team in NCAA2 which we would like to mention. McCullough couldn't help the Saint Mary's (TX) University in their game against the Texas A&M International University. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. McCullough recorded only 3 points. His team was defeated 66-53 in the NCAA2. This season McCullough averages just 2.4ppg.

   #7. Jordan Hunt (206-F, currently plays in NAIA) couldn't help the Southern Oregon University in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Southern Oregon University lost 77-89 in Klamath Falls to the Oregon Institute of Tech. Hunt scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 30 minutes. This year Hunt averages only 2.4ppg in 16 games.



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  NIGERIA  


Melvin Ejim selected the top Nigerian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Melvin Ejim
Melvin Ejim
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Ejim led his Italian team Umana Venezia to a victory over the fifth-ranked Ventspils (7-7) 70-61 in the Basketball Champions League last Wednesday. He was MVP of the game. Ejim scored 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Umana Reyer Venezia (9-5) is placed third in group B. It's Ejim's first year with the team. Ejim has relatively good stats this season: 11.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 52.7%, 3FGP: 47.1%(16-34) and FT: 79.5%. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Nigerian. Ejim played for the Nigerian senior national team five years ago.

Ekpe Udoh
Ekpe Udoh
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Ekpe Udoh (208-87, college: Baylor, currently plays in Euroleague). Udoh contributed to a 3-point Fenerbahce's victory against the closely-ranked Olympiacos (16-7) 67-64 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. He scored 6 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 5 blocks. Fenerbahce Istanbul (15-8) is placed fourth in group A. This season Udoh has relatively solid stats: 12.2ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.7apg, 2.2bpg, 2FGP: 58.5%(96-164) and FT: 64.6%. He is in the roster of the Nigerian senior national team.

Trevor Mbakwe
Trevor Mbakwe
   #3. The Nigerian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Trevor Mbakwe (207-89, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Minnesota, currently plays in VTB United League). He contributed to Zenit's victory against the league leader CSKA (15-2) 90-77 in the VTB United League on Thursday night. Mbakwe scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). 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. It's Mbakwe's first season with the team. This year he averages: 4.7ppg, 3.9rpg, 2FGP: 62.1%(18-29) and FT: 62.5%. Mbakwe is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Despite he played previously for the USA university national team, Mbakwe is currently a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Michael Umeh
Michael Umeh
   #4. An experienced point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV, currently plays in Italy) was the main contributor in a Virtus Bologna's victory against the 14th-ranked Chieti (8-14) 69-64 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Wednesday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Umeh recorded 23 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 41 minutes. Virtus Segafredo Bologna (16-6) is placed first in East group. Umeh has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.4ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.2apg in 22 games he played so far. Umeh has both American and Nigerian nationalities. He is also Nigerian national team player.

Solomon Alabi
Solomon Alabi
   #5. Former international center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St., currently plays in Japan) was the major contributor in a 2-point Toyotsu FE's victory against the fifth-ranked Cyberdyne IR (15-24) 95-93 in the Japanese B League D2 on Saturday night. Alabi had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks in 32 minutes. Toyotsu Fighting Eagles Nagoya (28-10) is placed first in Central group. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Alabi has very impressive stats this year: 16.5ppg, 12.5rpg, 1.2apg and 1.4bpg in 36 games. He used to play for the Nigerian national team four years ago.

Gani Lawal
Gani Lawal
   #6. Power forward Gani Lawal (205-88, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Lawal could not help Banco di Srd (7-7) to beat CEZ Nymburk (10-4). He scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. But the fifth-placed Banco di Srd (7-7) was crushed 84-63 on the road by the higher-ranked CEZ Nymburk (#3) in the group E of Basketball Champions League. Lawal's overall stats this season are: 8.9ppg and 3.4rpg. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Lawal is a former international player as he played for the Nigerian senior team four years ago.

Abdullahi Kuso
Abdullahi Kuso
   #7. Former international forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC, currently plays in Japan) contributed to Gunma's victory against the second-ranked Dragonflies (31-7) 86-82 in the Japanese B League D2 last Saturday. He scored 18 points, had 7 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 3 blocks in 24 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group East. Gunma Crane Thunders (25-14) are placed first. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Kuso has reliable stats this year: 13.7ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.8bpg in 38 games. He used to play for the Nigerian national team ten years ago.

Jeleel Akindele
Jeleel Akindele
   #8. Center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, agency: BeoBasket, college: Chicago St., currently plays in Mexico) contributed to a Fuerza Regia's victory against the eighth-ranked Santos (14-22) 90-80 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) on Saturday night. Akindele scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Fuerza Regia Monterrey (32-4) is placed first in the LNBP. Akindele averaged so far 13.9ppg, 8.4rpg and 2.3apg. He used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2009.

Ikechukwu Diogu
Ikechukwu Diogu
   #9. International power forward Ikechukwu Diogu (204-83, college: Arizona St., currently plays in China) was not able to help Jiangsu TX (8-30) in their last game. Despite Diogu's very good performance Jiangsu TX was badly defeated 128-112 in Shenzhen by the much higher-ranked (#6) Leopards. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 17 rebounds in 32 minutes. It was Jiangsu TX's sixth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Diogu has very impressive stats this year: 25.0ppg, 11.1rpg and 1.1apg in 26 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Diogu is also in the roster of the Nigerian national team.

Suleiman Braimoh
Suleiman Braimoh
   #10. Power forward Suleiman Braimoh (203-89, college: Rice, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) was not able to secure a victory for Enisey in their last game. Despite his good performance Enisey (#3) lost 96-104 in Buyukcekmece to the leading Demir IBB in the group P of FIBA Europe Cup. Braimoh scored 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 20 minutes. Braimoh's stats this year are: 11.1ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.4apg in 14 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Braimoh is an international player who is currently on the senior Nigerian National Team roster.

   #11. International forward Andy Ogide (204-87, agency: HMS, college: Colorado St., currently plays in Japan) helped Bambitious Nara win their game against the sixth-ranked Kagoshima crushing them 91-66 in the Japanese B League D2 on Saturday night. He scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes. Ogide averaged so far 12.9ppg and 6.6rpg in 37 games. He plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

   #12. Former international swingman Stan Okoye (198-91, college: VMI, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Udine APU in their game against Virtus Bologna in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game Okoye was the top scorer with 13 points. He also added 7 rebounds. This season Okoye has very high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.9spg. Okoye holds both American and Nigerian passports. He used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2015.

   #13. Former U16 international point guard Peter Odia (188-94, currently plays in NAIA) managed to help Grand View University to win against the Mount Mercy University 91-76 in the NAIA in Wednesday night's game. Odia scored only one point, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Odia's overall stats this season are: 0.5ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Nigerian U16 national team seven years ago.

   #14. International small forward Jamal Olasewere (201-91, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in Israel) helped Hapoel Ramat Gan Givataim win their game against the 12th-ranked Hap.Haifa crushing them 93-73 in the Israeli National League (second division) last Tuesday. Olasewere was the top player that evening. He scored 24 points, grabbed 5 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots. This season Olasewere has very high stats. He averages: 17.1ppg, 8.2rpg, 2.0apg and 2.0spg. Olasewere holds both American and Nigerian passports. He plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84, currently plays in Lebanon) led Byblos to a victory over the league outsider Mayrouba (3-10) 96-81 in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL in Thursday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Ebi had a double-double by scoring 42 points and getting 16 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals in 40 minutes. Byblos Sporting Club (10-2) is placed second in the Pepsi LBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. It's Ebi's first season with the team. Ebi has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 22.3ppg, 13.0rpg, 1.4apg, 2.1bpg and 1.6spg in 12 games he played so far.

   #2. Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) was the main contributor in an AEK Athens' victory against the fourth-ranked Juventus (8-6) crushing them 75-54 in the Basketball Champions League on Tuesday night. He was the best player in that game. Elonu scored 14 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 4 blocks in 20 minutes. AEK Athens (9-5) is placed second in group E. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Elonu's first season with the team. This year he averages: 5.7ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.5bpg in six games.

   #3. Olatunbo Ayeni (196-F-87, college: St.Francis, NY, currently plays in Qatar) was the major contributor in an Al Wakrah's victory against the closely-ranked Qatar Sports Club (5-12) crushing them 110-82 in the Qatari D1 last Sunday. He had a double-double by scoring 32 points and getting 12 rebounds. Ayeni also added 4 assists and 4 steals (made all of his eight free throws) in 40 minutes. Al Wakrah (7-10) is placed fifth in the D1. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Ayeni's first season with the team. He has very impressive stats this year: 30.2ppg, 11.4rpg, 2.2apg and 2.1spg in 17 games. Ayeni has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American. Worth to mention Ayeni played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

   #4. Olu Ashaolu (200-PF-88, college: Oregon, currently plays in Japan) contributed to a Sanen Neophoenix's victory against the fifth-ranked Yokohama BC (14-25) 85-73 in the Japanese B League last Wednesday. Ashaolu was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 10 rebounds. Sanen Neophoenix (23-16) is placed second in Central group. Ashaolu's overall stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.2apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and Canadian. Despite Ashaolu's Nigerian nationality, he previously played for the Canadian U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Nigerian team.

   #5. Kieron Achara (208-F/C-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne, currently plays in United Kingdom) helped Glasgow Rocks win their game against the tenth-ranked Cheshire Phoenix (4-15) 95-82 in the British BBL last Friday. He recorded 13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and made 2 blocks. Glasgow Rocks (15-5) is placed third in the BBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Achara averaged so far 13.1ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5bpg and 1.2spg. He has both Scottish and Nigerian nationalities.

   #6. P.J. Alawoya (203-F-88, agency: Inception Sports, college: McNeese St., currently plays in Iceland) helped KR win their game against the eighth-ranked IR crushing them 95-73 in a derby game in the Icelandic Dominos League on Sunday night. He was the top player that evening. Alawoya scored 22 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 25 minutes. Alawoya has very impressive stats this year: 16.0ppg, 8.7rpg and 2.0apg in three games. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Alawoya attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

   #7. Chukwudiebere Maduabum (206-F-91, currently plays in Japan) could not help Kagoshima (5-33) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Maduabum's very good performance Kagoshima (#6) was defeated 85-80 on the road by the higher-ranked Bambitious Nara (#4) in the West group. He recorded a double-double by scoring 35 points and getting 12 rebounds. Maduabum also added 2 blocks. Maduabum averaged so far 11.8ppg, 8.8rpg and 2.4bpg.

   #8. Lotanna Nwogbo (203-F/C-93, college: Longwood, currently plays in Argentina) helped Alianza Viedma win their game against the sixth-ranked Gimnasia LP 102-97 in the Argentinian TNA (second division) on Saturday night. He was the top player that evening. Nwogbo recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. This season Nwogbo has very high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.2bpg. Nwogbo holds both American and Nigerian passports.

   #9. Anthony Odunsi (193-G-92, college: Houston Baptist, currently plays in Iceland) helped Stjarnan win their game against the closely-ranked Thor Thorl 86-78 in the Icelandic Dominos League in Thursday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Odunsi had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 35 minutes. Odunsi has very impressive stats this year: 18.4ppg, 8.0rpg and 2.9apg in seven games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports.

   #10. Semi Ojeleye (201-F-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped SMU win their game against the University of Houston 76-66 in the NCAA last Saturday. Ojeleye scored 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. This season Ojeleye has very high stats. He averages: 18.3ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.5apg. Ojeleye holds both American and Nigerian passports.



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Toros land Kyle Fuller, ex Regatas - by Francisco Vega

Toros de Aragua (LPB) tabbed 25-year old Peruvian international point guard Kyle Fuller (185-91kg-92, college: Vanderbilt). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Fuller played in the summer at Regatas in Peruvian LNB league. In three Liga Sudamericana games he averaged impressive 17.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.0apg and 1.0spg. Fuller won Peruvian LNB championship title. He received Latinbasket.com All-South American Championships Honorable Mention award in 2016.
Fuller also represented Peru at the South American Championships in Caracas (Venezuela) last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: Score-3 (16.3ppg), 5.3rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 37.8%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 76.9%.
Fuller has played also professionally in D-League (Northern Arizona Suns).
He attended Vanderbilt University until 2014 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Beermen draw first blood versus Kings - by Eurobasket News

San Miguel Beer made a statement in the opener of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven finals, jumping out of the starting block and roaring all the way to a 109-82 rout of Barangay Ginebra at the MOA Arena in Pasay City Wednesday. With a longer rest than Ginebra from their Final Four grinds, the Beermen made a conscious effort to push the tempo from the get-go, and got their desired results. SMB starters June Mar Fajardo (210-C-89), Chris Ross (185-G-85, college: Marshall), Arwind Santos (193-F-81), Alex Cabagnot (183-G-82, college: Hawaii-Hilo) and Marcio Lassiter (190-G-87, college: CS Fullerton) smothered badly their Ginebra counterparts in the opening minutes and set the tone of the match early. With the SMB reserves also coming out smoking, the Beermen hardly allowed the Kings to get into the game and also kept the Ginebra throngs from getting involved in the duel. What was an expected battle turned to a rout. 'We knew they just had one practice going to this game. One-day preparation is tough. We jumped on them and made a statement early in the game,' said Ross. After taking an early 27-point bulge before closing the half at 60-39, the Beermen hardly slowed down and went on to deal the Kings their third biggest loss in PBA finals and coach Tim Cone his worst finals defeat in almost 20 years. For all intents and purposes, Game One was all over after the first three quarters with San Miguel leading by 33 points at 89-56. Ginebra coach Tim Cone opted to rest his top guns in the final quarter as they were visibly reeling from fatigue from the semis series versus Star. SMB coach Leo Austria said they have to be ready for a Ginebra fightback in Game Two set at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena. Cabagnot, Ross and Fajardo collected double-digit outputs right in the first half in their early explosions powering SMB to a 21-point lead at the half. It was the most lopsided first half in PBA finals opener since Alaska enjoyed a 46-24 halftime lead over Ginebra in the 2013 Commissioner's Cup. Ross and Fajardo finished with 17 points apiece, Cabagnot and Gabby Espinas wound up with 16 each while Ronald Tubid came through with 11 markers. The powerhouse SMB starting unit clobbered its Ginebra counterpart, 45-9, in the first half, and they got welcome breather in the second half. Ginebra starters LA Tenorio, Japeth Aguilar (206-C-85, college: W.Kentucky), Joe Devance (201-C-82, college: UTEP), Solomon Mercado (185-PG-84, college: Biola, CA) and Aljun Mariano all came out flat. The Kings got some points on the board in the second period from second stringers Mark Caguioa, Jervy Cruz and Chris Ellis (196-F-88) with 10, eight and seven points, respectively. Cabagnot, Lassiter and Santos drained all their first four three-point shots while Fajardo converted his first pair of free throws and first post attack in a hot 17-2 opening attack in the first four minutes of the contest. Ginebra called two early timeouts but failed to stop San Miguel's jackrabbit start.
Courtesy of: pba.ph



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Energa Czarni cut Johnson - by Eurobasket News

Energa Czarni Slupsk (PLK) cut 24-year old American forward Nino Johnson (206-111kg-93, college: Southeast Missouri State, agency: Octagon Europe). In 6 PLK games he averaged 3.8ppg and 2.3rpg this season.
Johnson managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year (!!!). He also played earlier that season for Joensuun_Kataja in Finnish Korisliiga where in 11 PLK games he had 12.1ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.0spg and 1.3bpg. Johnson played 9 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 6.9ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.9bpg.
He received Preseason Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year award back in 2011 at his college time.
Johnson has played also professionally in Japan (Kagawa Five Arrows).
He attended Southeast Missouri State until 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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KK Ohrid AV inks Kaylen Shane, ex Dinamo B. - by Dragan Ristov

KK Ohrid AV (Prva Liga) agreed terms with 24-year old American center Kaylen Shane (208-129kg-93, college: N.Mexico Highlands). He played recently at CS Dinamo Bucuresti in Romanian Liga Nationala. It will be good help for Ohrid in the rest of the competition. With his arriving, Ohrid hopes that will stay in the First League and next season.
Shane graduated from N.Mexico Highlands University in 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Getmanov's double-double lands him Superleague 2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

20-year old power forward Stepan Getmanov (200-PF-96) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Cheb.Yastreby and receives a Eurobasket.com Superleague 2 Player of the Week award for round 28.
He got a double-double of 19 points and 13 assists, while his team beat Stroitiel Engels (#4, 16-15) 85-80. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Cheb.Yastreby maintains the 2nd position in Russian Superleague 2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Cheb.Yastreby will need more victories to improve their 21-10 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Getmanov as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Getmanov has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 4.2apg) and averages solid 2.2spg.

Second best performed player last round was Aleksandr Zaykin (206-C/F-84) of Stroitiel Engels. He is a in his first season at Stroitiel Engels. In the last game Zaykin recorded impressive double-double of 26 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Stroitiel Engels lost that game 80-85 to slightly higher-ranked Cheb.Yastreby (#2, 21-10). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Stroitiel Engels still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 16-15 record is not bad at all. Zaykin is a newcomer at Stroitiel Engels and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Cheb.Yastreby's star - forward Anton Bogdan (198-F/C-86). Bogdan scored 24 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was another key player of Cheb.Yastreby, helping his team with a 85-80 win against #4 ranked Stroitiel Engels. Cheb.Yastreby needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 21 victories and 10 lost games. Bogdan has a very solid season. In 31 games in Russia he scored 9.5ppg. He also has 4.5rpg and and 3PT: 40.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alexey Babushkin (196-F-94) of Spartak SP - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Andrey Voron (208-C-87) of Tambov - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Pavel Gromyko (197-SF-89) of Burevestnik - 21 points and 6 rebounds
7. Nikita Gresev (204-F-88) of Tambov - 13 points and 15 rebounds
8. Sergei Dubinin (206-C-85) of Dyn-Magn.ChL - 16 points and 7 rebounds
9. Andrey Semenov (201-F-90) of Runa Basket - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Aleksey Osokin (178-PG-89) of Dyn-Magn.ChL - 16 points, 6 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)



Superleague 1 Round 23: Samara-SGEU beat Universitet-Yugra 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 Samara-SGEU (13-6) which hosted in Samara second-ranked Universitet-Yugra (12-5). Third ranked Samara-SGEU had an easy win 89-63. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Samara-SGEU dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Universitet-Yugra's 30. They outrebounded Universitet-Yugra 45-29 including a 36-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Universitet-Yugra helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Power forward Evgeny Fidiy (207-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 8 rebounds. Swingman Dmitriy Golovin (192-88) contributed with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international center Aleksey Fedorchuk (208-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) answered with 12 points and 9 rebounds for Universitet-Yugra. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Samara-SGEU moved-up to second place. Universitet-Yugra at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. Samara-SGEU are looking forward to face MBA Moscow (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Universitet-Yugra will play against Ryazan (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Twelfth-ranked Khimky-Podmoskoye (3-16) used its home court advantage to challenge ninth ranked Ural Ekaterinburg (9-11). The visitors from Ekaterinburg managed to secure only three-point victory 68-65. However their fans expected easier game. It was a great evening for point guard Maxim Tkachenko (185-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 5 assists. Kirill Gornaev helped adding 10 points and 8 rebounds. The former international point guard Egor Vyaltsev (193-85, agency: Alti Sport) responded with 17 points and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Ural Ekaterinburg maintains ninth place with 9-11 record. Khimky-Podmoskoye lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Ural Ekaterinburg will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Khimky-Podmoskoye will play at home against TEMP-SUMZ Revda (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last two games of round 23 Kupol-Rodniki was beaten by Spartak-Prim. on the road 75-66. Ryazan won against MBA Moscow on its own court 85-80.
The most impressive performance of 23th round was 16 points and 18 rebounds by Maxim Krivosheev of Spartak-Prim..

Spartak-Prim. - Kupol-Rodniki 75-66

The game between closely ranked teams ended with sixth ranked Spartak-Prim.'s (12-7) home victory over 7th ranked Kupol-Rodniki (9-9) in Vladivostok 75-66. Spartak-Prim. made 27-of-35 charity shots (77.1 percent) during the game, while Kupol-Rodniki only scored eight points from the stripe. They outrebounded Kupol-Rodniki 49-36 including a 37-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Kupol-Rodniki was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for power forward Maxim Krivosheev (207-88) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 18 rebounds. Guard Fedor Klyuchnikov (192-90) helped adding 26 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Center Aleksey Karpeko (204-89) responded with 6 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Ilya Podobedov (184-91) scored 13 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kupol-Rodniki's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Spartak-Prim. moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Irkut. Kupol-Rodniki at the other side keeps the seventh position with nine games lost. Spartak-Prim. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kupol-Rodniki will play on the road against Sakhalin (#6) in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kupol-Rodniki: I.Podobedov 13+1reb+3ast, M.Kiryanov 11+4reb+1ast, V.Kashin 10+3ast, I.Samsonov 10+5reb, V.Lidyaev 6+6reb+1ast, A.Karpeko 6+12reb
Spartak-Prim.: F.Klyuchnikov 26+2reb+4ast, M.Krivosheev 16+18reb+1ast, J.Martin 12+7reb+3ast, A.Kirdyachkin 10+4reb, V.Belov 4+4reb, J.Bynum 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 496343


Ryazan - MBA Moscow 85-80

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 10th ranked MBA Moscow (6-11) lost on the road to eleventh ranked Ryazan (5-14) 85-80. They made 32-of-42 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game, while MBA Moscow only scored thirteen points from the stripe. MBA Moscow was plagued by 33 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for international Ivan Rusetskiy (198-93) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points. Forward Evgeny Karpeko (204-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) helped adding 12 points and 11 rebounds. The former international forward Sergey Toporov (197-81, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Alexei Kuznetsov (205-84) scored 17 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. MBA Moscow's coach Alexander Afanasyev tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Ryazan maintains eleventh place with 5-14 record. MBA Moscow lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 11 games lost. Ryazan will play against higher ranked Universitet-Yugra (#3) in Surgut in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. MBA Moscow will play on the road against the league's second-placed Samara-SGEU (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
MBA Moscow: A.Kuznetsov 17+4reb+1ast, S.Toporov 14+8reb, T.Klyundikov 13+1ast, S.Kraynov 11+2reb+3ast, K.Babynin 6+3reb+1ast, P.Afanasiev 6+3reb+1ast
Ryazan: I.Rusetskiy 24+1reb+1ast, A.Bychkov 14+3reb, E.Karpeko 12+11reb+1ast, M.Karpachev 10+7reb, A.Fomin 9+7reb, N.Klyundikov 9+5reb+4ast
gschID: 496341


Samara-SGEU - Univ.Surgut 89-63

An interesting game for Samara-SGEU (13-6) which hosted in Samara second-ranked Universitet-Yugra (12-5). Third ranked Samara-SGEU had an easy win 89-63. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Samara-SGEU dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Universitet-Yugra's 30. They outrebounded Universitet-Yugra 45-29 including a 36-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Universitet-Yugra helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Power forward Evgeny Fidiy (207-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 8 rebounds. Swingman Dmitriy Golovin (192-88) contributed with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Samara-SGEU players scored in double figures. The former international center Aleksey Fedorchuk (208-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) answered with 12 points and 9 rebounds and Serbian Nikola Lepojevic (195-82, agency: BeoExcell) added 15 points in the effort for Universitet-Yugra. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Samara-SGEU moved-up to second place. Universitet-Yugra at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. Samara-SGEU are looking forward to face MBA Moscow (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Universitet-Yugra will play against Ryazan (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Univ.Surgut: N.Lepojevic 15+3reb+1ast, A.Fedorchuk 12+9reb, L.Lekavicius 9+4reb+1ast, A.Ivanov 8+1reb+1ast, E.Marinin 8+1reb+2ast, A.Pushkin 6
Samara-SGEU: E.Fidiy 14+8reb+2ast, A.Zhukanenko 12+7reb, D.Golovin 12+5reb+4ast, A.Zozulin 12+3reb+3ast, A.Chevarenkov 11+5reb+3ast, A.Chilikin 10+2reb
gschID: 496342


Khimky-Podmos. - Ural Ekaterinb. 65-68

Twelfth-ranked Khimky-Podmoskoye (3-16) used its home court advantage to challenge ninth ranked Ural Ekaterinburg (9-11). The visitors from Ekaterinburg managed to secure only three-point victory 68-65. However their fans expected easier game. It was a great evening for point guard Maxim Tkachenko (185-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 5 assists. Power forward Kirill Gornaev (203-96) helped adding 10 points and 8 rebounds. The former international point guard Egor Vyaltsev (193-85, agency: Alti Sport) responded with 17 points and 5 assists and forward Stanislav Zinchenko (203-87) scored 17 points and 4 steals. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Ural Ekaterinburg maintains ninth place with 9-11 record. Khimky-Podmoskoye lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Ural Ekaterinburg will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Khimky-Podmoskoye will play at home against TEMP-SUMZ Revda (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Khimky-Podmos.: S.Zinchenko 17+3reb, E.Vyaltsev 17+3reb+5ast, T.Yakushin 9+2reb+2ast, R.Pateev 8+6reb+1ast, V.Lotarev 4+1reb+1ast, I.Karpenkov 3+5reb
Ural Ekaterinb.: M.Tkachenko 18+2reb+5ast, K.Gornaev 10+8reb+3ast, A.Komissarov 9+5reb+1ast, G.Motovilov 9+2reb+3ast, A.Zverkov 8+5reb, D.Nezvankin 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 496340





Superleague 2 Round 29: #1 Tambov are defeated by Stroitiel Engels - 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 a loss of top-ranked Tambov (22-8) on the court of fifth ranked Stroitiel Engels on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by Stroitiel Engels 91-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Tambov. Stroitiel Engels dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Tambov's 26. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. Power forward Aleksandr Zaykin (206-84) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals for the winners and guard Anton Ageev (191-84, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) chipped in 29 points and 8 assists. Forward Nikita Gresev (204-88) responded with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Stroitiel Engels (16-15) moved-up to fourth place. Tambov at the other side still keeps top position with eight games lost. Stroitiel Engels are looking forward to face higher ranked Dyn-Magn.ChL (#3) in Cheliabinsk in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tambov will play at home against Runa Basket and is hoping to win this game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Cheboksari. Second ranked host Cheb.Yastreby (21-10) defeated 4th placed Dynamo-CBK (15-15) 96-91. Stepan Getmanov (200-96) nailed a triple-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds, 15 assists and 8 steals for the winning side and Sergey Zhulkov accounted for 31 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Vladislav Smorkachev (192-97) came up with 24 points and 5 rebounds for Dynamo-CBK in the defeat. Dynamo-CBK's coach Oleg Filin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Cheb.Yastreby maintains second place with 21-10 record behind leader Tambov. Dynamo-CBK at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 15 games lost. Cheb.Yastreby will play against Burevestnik (#7) in Jaroslav in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Dynamo-CBK will play on the road against Spartak St.Petersburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in St.Petersburg was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Burevestnik (13-18) played at the court of seventh ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (14-17). Spartak St.Petersburg managed to secure a 6-point victory 85-79 on Thursday. The best player for the winners was Vitaliy Zuev who scored 23 points, 5 assists and 5 steals. Artem Pisarchuk produced a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. Spartak St.Petersburg have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place. Loser Burevestnik dropped to the seventh position with 18 games lost. Spartak St.Petersburg will meet at home higher ranked Dynamo-CBK (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Burevestnik will play against the league's second-placed Cheb.Yastreby and hope to secure a win.
The game in Moscow was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Dyn-Magn.ChL (18-13) played at the court of 8th ranked Runa Basket (4-27). Dyn-Magn.ChL defeated Runa Basket 85-74. Aleksey Osokin orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dyn-Magn.ChL maintains third place with 18-13 record having three points less than leader Tambov. Runa Basket lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 27 lost games. Dyn-Magn.ChL's next round opponent will be Stroitiel Engels (#4) on the road. Runa Basket will play against the league's leader Tambov (#1) and hope to win that game.

Cheb.Yastreby - Dynamo-CBK 96-91

The game between Top Four teams took place in Cheboksari. Second ranked host Cheb.Yastreby (21-10) defeated 4th placed Dynamo-CBK (15-15) 96-91. Cheb.Yastreby players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. Dynamo-CBK was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Stepan Getmanov (200-96) nailed a triple-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds, 15 assists and 8 steals for the winning side and power forward Sergey Zhulkov (203-95) accounted for 31 points and 9 rebounds. Four Cheb.Yastreby players scored in double figures. Guard Vladislav Smorkachev (192-97) came up with 24 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Stanislav Sarafankin (195-93) added 10 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for Dynamo-CBK in the defeat. Dynamo-CBK's coach Oleg Filin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Cheb.Yastreby maintains second place with 21-10 record behind leader Tambov. Dynamo-CBK at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 15 games lost. Cheb.Yastreby will play against Burevestnik (#7) in Jaroslav in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Dynamo-CBK will play on the road against Spartak St.Petersburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dynamo-CBK: V.Smorkachev 24+5reb+3ast, I.Kaytukov 21+1reb+2ast, S.Sarafankin 10+11reb+6ast, N.Gafarov 8+3reb+2ast, A.Karpov 7+3reb+2ast, T.Bekkiev 7+5reb+2ast
Cheb.Yastreby: S.Zhulkov 31+9reb, E.Bogdan 18+7reb+1ast, S.Getmanov 17+10reb+15ast, N.Tkachenko 11+1ast, A.Shirkunov 7+2reb+2ast, A.Bogdan 5+10reb+8ast
gschID: 534881


Spartak SP - Burevestnik 85-79

The game in St.Petersburg was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Burevestnik (13-18) played at the court of seventh ranked Spartak St.Petersburg (14-17). Spartak St.Petersburg managed to secure a 6-point victory 85-79 on Thursday. Spartak St.Petersburg made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was point guard Vitaliy Zuev (186-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) who scored 23 points, 5 assists and 5 steals. Forward Alexey Babushkin (196-94) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. The former international power forward Artem Pisarchuk (205-92) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Pavel Ilmenkov (188-89) added 14 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Spartak St.Petersburg have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place. Loser Burevestnik dropped to the seventh position with 18 games lost. Spartak St.Petersburg will meet at home higher ranked Dynamo-CBK (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Burevestnik will play against the league's second-placed Cheb.Yastreby and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Burevestnik: E.Marinin 14+5reb+1ast, P.Ilmenkov 14+3reb+3ast, A.Pisarchuk 13+10reb+4ast, A.Isakov 11+2reb+4ast, I.Sukhinin 9+1reb+1ast, B.Dudu 8+8reb+1ast
Spartak SP: V.Zuev 23+1reb+5ast, A.Babushkin 14+10reb+1ast, D.Hloponin 14+4reb+1ast, O.Bartunov 14+4reb+3ast, A.Tsvetkov 6+5reb, F.Shpakov 6+2reb
gschID: 534880


Stroitiel Engels - Tambov 91-73

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Tambov (22-8) on the court of fifth ranked Stroitiel Engels on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by Stroitiel Engels 91-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Tambov. Stroitiel Engels dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Tambov's 26. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. Power forward Aleksandr Zaykin (206-84) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals for the winners and guard Anton Ageev (191-84, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) chipped in 29 points and 8 assists. Four Stroitiel Engels players scored in double figures. Forward Nikita Gresev (204-88) responded with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and center Andrey Voron (208-87) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Stroitiel Engels (16-15) moved-up to fourth place. Tambov at the other side still keeps top position with eight games lost. Stroitiel Engels are looking forward to face higher ranked Dyn-Magn.ChL (#3) in Cheliabinsk in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tambov will play at home against Runa Basket and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Tambov: N.Gresev 27+9reb+5ast, A.Voron 14+6reb+2ast, R.Tumanov 9+4reb+3ast, O.Alferov 9+2reb, M.Kuznetsov 9+4reb+1ast, D.Zagnoyko 3+3reb+5ast
Stroitiel Engels: A.Ageev 29+4reb+8ast, A.Zaykin 23+12reb+9ast, V.Voronchikhin 15+5reb+2ast, S.Rasskazov 13+2reb+4ast, A.Podosinnikov 9+1reb+2ast, R.Gruschenko 2+1reb
gschID: 534882


Runa Basket - Dyn-Magn.ChL 74-85

The game in Moscow was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Dyn-Magn.ChL (18-13) played at the court of 8th ranked Runa Basket (4-27). Dyn-Magn.ChL defeated Runa Basket 85-74. They outrebounded Runa Basket 45-21 including a 16-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Dyn-Magn.ChL players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Point guard Aleksey Osokin (178-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Center Sergei Dubinin (206-85) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Five Dyn-Magn.ChL players scored in double figures. Forward Andrey Semenov (201-90, college: JMU) answered with 22 points and point guard Kirill Sokolov (192-93) added 16 points in the effort for Runa Basket. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dyn-Magn.ChL maintains third place with 18-13 record having three points less than leader Tambov. Runa Basket lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 27 lost games. Dyn-Magn.ChL's next round opponent will be Stroitiel Engels (#4) on the road. Runa Basket will play against the league's leader Tambov (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Runa Basket: A.Semenov 22+3reb+2ast, K.Sokolov 16+3reb+3ast, V.Ivanov 9+4reb, A.Metreveli 8+2reb+5ast, P.Kolchanov 7+2reb, S.Vdovin 5+3reb+3ast
Dyn-Magn.ChL: Y.Tikanov 18+4reb+4ast, A.Osokin 15+8reb+8ast, V.Gladyshev 15+2reb+2ast, S.Dubinin 14+13reb+3ast, A.Vertelov 10+8reb+3ast, A.Kokhelnikov 6
gschID: 534879





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Moron signs Mansour Kasse - by Eurobasket News

Aceitunas Fragata Moron (LEB Silver) signed 25-year old Senegalese international center Mansour Kasse (208-92). He started the season at JS Kairouan in Tunisian Division I. The last season Kasse played at Caceres_Basket (LEB Gold) where in 10 games he had just 2.0ppg and 2.5rpg.
He won Spanish LEB Silver championship title in 2015.
Kasse also represented Senegal at the African Championships U18 in Egypt nine years ago. His team got to the Semifinals.
Kasse has played previously professionally in Italy (Arona) and Spain (Real Madrid, Nautico KIA Tenerife, Real Madrid II, Navarra and Majadahonda).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Pavle Cvetinovic on his way to Middle East? - by Eurobasket Center

Despite his young age (19-year old) Serbian center Pavle Cvetinovic (215-110kg-97) who currently plays KK Elektra Sostanj in Slovenia is close to sign a contract in Middle East. Sources close to the players claim the deal is going to be signed in next few days. Young prospect is a leader of the team and one of the league's best players averaging 14.9ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.4bpg playing 33mpg this season.
Pavle Cvetinovic is a product of Serbian Crvena Zvezda and is expected to enter next NBA Draft.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

25-year old swingman Milic Blagojevic (200-G/F-91) had a great game in the last round for Lucenec and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 34.
He had the game-high 30 points adding nine rebounds for Lucenec in his team's victory, helping them to beat Nova Ves (#10, 6-25) 77-72. Lucenec maintains the 8th position in Slovakian league. Lucenec is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 14-16 record. In the team's last game Blagojevic had a remarkable 61.5% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Lucenec's top player in his first season with the team. Milic Blagojevic averages this season 15.4ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Michal Batka (204-C-87) of top-ranked Kosice. He is former international center in his second season at Kosice. In the last game Batka recorded impressive 20 points and 7 rebounds. Of course he led Kosice to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Inter Bratislava (#2, 23-8) 91-71. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Kosice consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team lost just five games this season, while they won 25 matches. Batka is well-known at Kosice and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Eddi Jurjevic (202-F-93) of Nitra (#11). Jurjevic scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Nitra, leading his team to a 84-76 win against slightly higher-ranked Karlovka (#9, 9-22). Nitra can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 3-27 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Jurjevic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Jurjevic has a very solid season. In 11 games in Slovakia he scored 9.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Evan Singletary (185-PG-94) of Iskra Svit - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Rashun Davis (180-PG) of Lucenec - 30 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Stefan Matovic (203-G-91) of Kosice - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Nenad Milosevic (190-PG-83) of Handlova - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Zarko Djuric (202-F-89) of Levice - 18 points and 8 rebounds
9. Ladarius White (198-G-92) of Kosice - 19 points and 4 rebounds
10. Sasa Avramovic (193-PG-93) of Iskra Svit - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Hopsi erase 18-point deficit, Olimpija so close from shameful loss - by Zeljko Zule

Hopsi rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat Tajfun 77-75 and Union Olimpija almost lost to 10th placed Terme Olimia.

Hopsi-Tajfun 77-75: Hopsi trailed by 18 points late in the second quarter and never led more than three points, but it was enough to earn their 13th win of the season and now is one step away from advancing to the Championship stage. Hopsi's only lead until 3:04 to go came when Zan Kosic (185-G-93) converted a three-point play for a 3-2 lead only 50 seconds into the game. Tajfun, who led most of the way, used a 20-6 run to go up 22-9 and had their largest lead of the night at 47-29. Hopsi cut the deficit to six early in the second half, 43-49, but the visitors responed with five straight points. After trailing 62-70, Hopsi went on a 9-0 run to go up 71-70 for their second lead of the game and never looked back from there. Jakob Cebasek (200-G/F-91) sank a 3-pointer that gave Hopsi a 74-71 lead. Danijel Vujasinovic (184-PG-89) made a pair of free throws to cut the deficit to one and Tajfun fouled Stephen Hurt (211-F-93, college: Kansas St.) who made both foul shots. Danijel Vujasinovic once again cut the deficit to just one point with a pair of free throws to make it, 75-76, with 16 seconds left. Tajfun fouled Jakob Cebasek, who missed both free throws. Kevin Spicer (198-F, college: Alabama St.) grabbed a defensive rebound, but his poor pass bounced right to Alen Hodzic (192-SF-92). He drew a foul and missed the first shot and made the second one with six seconds left. Tajfun had the final possession and Danijel Vujasinovic missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer from the corner at the buzzer.
Hopsi had all five starters in double figure scoring, but the bench players combined for only 4 points. Dejan Cup (202-PF-83) led all scorers with 21 points, Jakob Cebasek posted 19 points and was a rebound shy of a double-double, Zan Kosic collected 12 points and 11 assists, Stephen Hurt added 11 points and Alen Hodzic 10.Tajfun shot just 13-of-23 from the free throw line. Malcolm Grant (185-G-88, college: Miami, FL) finished with 17 points, Danijel Vujasinovic scored 16, Khaliq Spicer 13, Matic Macek (188-PG-94) and Milija Mikovic (205-C-94) both added 11 points.

Terme Olimia-Union Olimpija 80-85: The game featured just two lead changes. Terme Olimia used a 10-0 run to turn an eight-point deficit into a 35-33 lead and then extended their advantage to 58-48 midway through the third quarter. Olimpija retake the lead at 77-76 with 1:06 remaining. Brandon Jefferson (175-PG-91, college: Metro St.) sank a 3-pointer for an 80-76 advantage with 39 seconds left. Ashton Gibbs (188-PG-90, college: Pittsburgh) hit a pair of free throws to halve the deficit and Terme Olimia immediately fouled Brandon Jefferson. He made the first free throw and missed the second one, but Olimpija grabbed an offensive rebound and Gregor Hrovat (196-G/F-94) was fouled. He made both foul shots to make it 83-78. Ashton Gibbs once again scored for the home team and then fouled Brandon Jefferson who hit a pair of free throws to secure the win for Olimpija.
Brandon Jefferson scored 20 points including five 3-pointers, Jure Pelko (190-G-90) poured in 17 points on shooting 5-of-5 from 3-point range, Nikola Jankovic (207-PF-94, agency: BeoBasket) added 17 points and Devin Oliver (204-SF-92, college: Dayton) had 11 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Terme Olimia was led by Ashton Gibbs who came off the bench for 23 points, Nejc Strnad (190-PG-83), Jure Struc (197-F-87) and Anze Cerkovnik (200-F/C-86) all scored 11 points.



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KBL Round 38 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Ninth-ranked KCC Egis (14-29) made lots of trouble for first ranked Anyang KGC (30-13) in Jeonju on Thursday. The visitors from Anyang managed to secure only nine-point victory 86-77. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was David Simon who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds and 7 blocks. Anyang KGC's coach Yu-Wan Song used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Anyang KGC have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 30-13 record. KCC Egis lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 29 games lost. Anyang KGC will face Goyang Orions (#3) in Daegu in the next round, which may be the game of the day. KCC Egis will play at home against Mobis Phoebus (#5) and hope to win that game.

KCC Egis - Anyang KGC 77-86 OT

Ninth-ranked KCC Egis (14-29) made lots of trouble for first ranked Anyang KGC (30-13) in Jeonju on Thursday. The visitors from Anyang managed to secure only nine-point victory 86-77. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime then KCC Egis managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Anyang KGC who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 13-4. They made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Anyang KGC made 10 blocks. KCC Egis were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American center David Simon (208-82, college: IPFW) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds and 7 blocks. The former international center Sek-Eun Oh (200-87) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds. Anyang KGC's coach Yu-Wan Song used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Andre Emmett (196-82, college: Texas Tech) produced 34 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds and Jun-Yeong Han added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Anyang KGC have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 30-13 record. KCC Egis lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 29 games lost. Anyang KGC will face Goyang Orions (#3) in Daegu in the next round, which may be the game of the day. KCC Egis will play at home against Mobis Phoebus (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Anyang KGC: D.Simon 22+12reb+3ast, J.Lee 15+2reb+5ast, S.Oh 15+16reb, K.Sykes 14+2reb+4ast, J.Park 12+2reb+1ast, H.Yang 6+11reb+1ast
KCC Egis: A.Emmett 34+9reb+3ast, I.Clark 11+5reb, J.Han 11+7reb+2ast, K.Song 10+4reb+3ast, S.Choi 7+8reb+1ast, K.Park 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 510088


Goyang Orions - SK Knights 92-85

There was no surprise in Daegu where 8th ranked SK Knights (17-26) were defeated by third ranked Goyang Orions (28-15) 92-85 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 7 points. Goyang Orions dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to SK Knights' 38. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was international center Seung-Hyun Lee (201-92) who scored 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Goyang Orions players scored in double figures. American guard Terrico White (196-90, college: Mississippi) produced 29 points and 6 assists and international guard Sun-Hyung Kim (187-88) added 25 points and 9 assists respectively for the guests. Defending champion maintains third position with 28-15 record having just two points less than leader Anyang KGC. SK Knights at the other side keep the eighth place with 26 games lost. Goyang Orions will face league's leader Anyang KGC at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. SK Knights will play against ET Land Elephants (#6) in Inchon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Goyang Orions: S.Lee 20+8reb+4ast, O.Bassett 18+2reb+7ast, A.Haynes 17+5reb+6ast, J.Choi 11+3reb, T.Moon 10+4reb, I.Heo 8+3reb+1ast
SK Knights: T.White 29+2reb+6ast, S.Kim 25+2reb+9ast, B.Kyung Choi 12+6reb+2ast, J.Singleton 9+9reb+1ast, W.Choi 6+2reb+5ast, M.Kim 4+4reb
gschID: 510087


ET Land - LG Sakers 82-70

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Inchon where seventh ranked ET Land Elephants (20-23) defeated 6th ranked LG Sakers (19-23) 82-70 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by ET Land Elephants. LG Sakers was better in second period 23-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ET Land Elephants looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Chan-Hee Park (190-87) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points, 8 rebounds and 13 assists. U.S. Virgin Islands forward Victor Cuthbert (197-83, college: Murray St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Five ET Land Elephants players scored in double figures. Central African-American power forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds and international point guard Si-Rae Kim (179-89) added 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) respectively for the guests. LG Sakers' coach Gang-Yang Taek rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. ET Land Elephants moved-up to sixth place. LG Sakers at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 23 games lost. ET Land Elephants will face SK Knights (#8) in Seoul in the next round. LG Sakers will play at home against Sonic Boom KT and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
ET Land: Y.Jung 19+1reb+2ast, V.Cuthbert 14+10reb+1ast, H.Geun Jeong 12+1reb+3ast, I.Aska 12+4reb, S.Kang 10+9reb+1ast, C.Park 10+8reb+13ast
LG Sakers: M.Little 20+5reb, J.Mays 17+14reb+2ast, S.Kim 17+7reb+6ast, T.Bakin 8+4reb, S.Choi 4+2reb+1ast, S.Cho 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 510086


Dongbu Promy - Mobis Phoebus 78-82

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Wonju where one of their biggest challengers Dongbu Promy (23-20) was defeated by fifth ranked Mobis Phoebus (22-20) 82-78 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 52-41 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Mobis Phoebus especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Eric Wise (198-90, college: USC) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) chipped in 10 points, 7 assists and 5 steals. Four Mobis Phoebus players scored in double figures. Forward Wendell McKines (198-88, college: N.Mexico St.) produced 26 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) added 15 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Mobis Phoebus maintains fifth position with 22-20 record. Dongbu Promy at the other side keeps the fourth place with 20 games lost. Mobis Phoebus will face KCC Egis (#9) in Jeonju in the next round. Dongbu Promy will play on the road against the league's second-placed Samsung Thunders (#2) in Seoul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mobis Phoebus: E.Wise 16+13reb+2ast, D.Yang 15+1reb+3ast, H.Kim 11+3reb+1ast, J.Ham 11+1reb, J.Yang 10+3reb, N.Miller 10+4reb+7ast
Dongbu Promy: W.McKines 26+9reb+3ast, R.Benson 15+11reb+2ast, U.Heo 11+1reb+3ast, J.Kim 8+2reb, H.Kim 7+3reb+2ast, H.Yoon 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 510085


SK Knights - Sonic Boom KT 81-71

Rather predictable result in Seoul where eighth ranked SK Knights (17-26) beat bottom-ranked Sonic Boom KT (12-30) 81-71 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-71. Sonic Boom KT was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was international guard Sun-Hyung Kim (187-88) who scored 21 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. American forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St., agency: Interperformances) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. American power forward Leon Williams (203-86, college: Ohio) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and international point guard Jae-Do Lee (180-91) added 14 points and 8 assists respectively for the guests. Four Sonic Boom KT players scored in double figures. Sonic Boom KT's coach Seung-Gi Kim rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. SK Knights maintains eighth position with 17-26 record. Sonic Boom KT at the other side stay dead last with 30 lost games. SK Knights will face higher ranked ET Land Elephants (#6) in Inchon in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sonic Boom KT will play on the road against LG Sakers (#7) in Changwon and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
SK Knights: S.Kim 21+5reb+6ast, T.White 18+1reb+2ast, J.Singleton 15+15reb, B.Kyung Choi 8+4reb, W.Choi 7+7reb+4ast, K.Hoon Byun 7
Sonic Boom KT: L.Williams 20+11reb+1ast, Y.Kim 15+4reb+3ast, J.Lee 14+8ast, L.Jackson 10+7reb+1ast, C.Choi 3, S.Kim 2+2reb+2ast
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EuroLeague: FC Barcelona upset Emporio Armani in Milan - by Eurobasket News

Emporio Armani - FC Barcelona 78:83

FC Barcelona snapped four-game losing skid in EuroLeague regular season. They beat Emporio Armani in Milan to improve at 9-14 record. Ante Tomic (217-C-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency) delivered 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners.
The teams traded baskets throughout the first term. FC Barcelona and Emporio Armani were tied at 22 at the first break. The hosts pulled ahead in the second period. Emporio Armani jumped to a 45:41 halftime advantage. However FC Barcelona went on a stunning 24:10 run in the third term to take the lead. The hosts dropped 23 points in the fourth frame but could not avert the defeat. Petteri Koponen (194-PG-88) delivered 16 points, while Alexander Vezenkov (206-PF-95) added 13 points for FC Barcelona. Awudu Abass (199-SF-93, agency: Players Group) responded with 14 points for Emporio Armani. Andrea Cinciarini (193-PG-86) tossed in 11 points in the loss.

Emporio Armani: Awudu Abass 14, Andrea Cinciarini 11
FC Barcelona: Ante Tomic 19, Petteri Koponen 16, Alexander Vezenkov 13



Rowley leaves Araberri - by Eurobasket News

27-year old Trinidad and Tobago center Kyle Rowley (213-107kg-90, college: St.Mary's, CA) left LEB Gold newcomer Saenz Horeca Araberri. In 14 LEB Gold games in Spain he averaged 8.6ppg and 7.5rpg this season. Rowley also spent pre-season at Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) earlier that year.
He played in the final of WCC Tournament in 2013.
Rowley was also a member of Trinidad and Tobago international program for some years. He played for Trinidad and Tobago Senior National Team back in 2009 and previously for U17 National Team in 2007.
Rowley also represented Trinidad and Tobago at the CBC Championships in Tortilla (BVI) eight years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were : 3 games: 3.0ppg, 2.3rpg.
Rowley has played previously for three other teams: Ourense, Leyma Basquet and Zornotza.
He attended Saint Mary's College of California until 2013 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Igor Hadziomerovic left Araberri - by Eurobasket News

25-year old Australian ex-international guard Igor Hadziomerovic (193-94kg-92, college: Boise State) left Saenz Horeca Araberri (LEB Gold). But in four games in Spain he had just 0.5ppg this season.
His team won Australian NBL Regular Season in 2016.
He is a dual citizen owning also Bosnia and Herzegovina passport.
Hadziomerovic was also a member of Australian international program for some years. He played for Australian Senior National Team back in 2009 and previously for University National Team in 2013.
Hadziomerovic also represented Australia at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago. His team won Silver.
Hadziomerovic has played also professionally for other Australian teams like United and Australian Institute Sport.
He attended Boise State until 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Moron signs Mansour Kasse - by Eurobasket News

Aceitunas Fragata Moron (LEB Silver) signed 25-year old Senegalese international center Mansour Kasse (208-92). He started the season at JS Kairouan in Tunisian Division I. The last season Kasse played at Caceres_Basket (LEB Gold) where in 10 games he had just 2.0ppg and 2.5rpg.
He won Spanish LEB Silver championship title in 2015.
Kasse also represented Senegal at the African Championships U18 in Egypt nine years ago. His team got to the Semifinals.
Kasse has played previously professionally in Italy (Arona) and Spain (Real Madrid, Nautico KIA Tenerife, Real Madrid II, Navarra and Majadahonda).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - Basketligan

Points Per Game
 Dino CINAC
  Jamtland
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Cinac, Jamtland18.5 
 2. Washington, Boras18.1 
 3. Bizaca, Sodertalje18.1 
 4. Bruesewitz, Jamtl.17.8 
 5. Rozzell, BC Lulea16.5 
 6. Darling, Norrkoping16.0 
 7. Oglesby, Umea15.9 
 8. Rodgers, Malbas15.2 
 9. Ronnqvist, BC Lulea15.0 
 10. Lindqvist, Uppsala14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Norrkoping
  (212-C-79)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Kjellbom, Norrkoping8.5 
 2. Bruesewitz, Jamtl.8.2 
 3. Anzuluni, BC Lulea7.7 
 4. Valentine, Umea7.6 
 5. Ruffin, Nassjo7.6 
 6. Zuilhof, Malbas7.4 
 7. Engstrom, Uppsala7.4 
 8. Elbaek, Malbas6.8 
 9. Cinac, Jamtland6.5 
 10. Nordstrom, Uppsala6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jabril DURHAM
  Jamtland
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Durham, Jamtland6.4 
 2. Washington, Boras5.8 
 3. Mbemba, Umea5.3 
 4. Lejasmeiers, Soder.4.4 
 5. Person, Uppsala4.1 
 6. Rozzell, BC Lulea3.7 
 7. Johnson, Nassjo3.6 
 8. Massamba, Soder.3.5 
 9. Peltier, Malbas3.4 
 10. Petersen, Malbas3.3 
Steals Per Game
 George VALENTINE
  Umea
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Valentine, Umea2.2 
 2. Johnson, Nassjo2.1 
 3. Anzuluni, BC Lulea2.1 
 4. Rozzell, BC Lulea2.1 
 5. Durham, Jamtland1.7 
 6. Washington, Boras1.6 
 7. Person, Uppsala1.5 
 8. Barnes, Nassjo1.5 
 9. Bruesewitz, Jamtl.1.5 
 10. Upshur, BC Lulea1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Norrkoping
  (212-C-79)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Kjellbom, Norrkoping2.2 
 2. Spires, Sodertalje1.6 
 3. Wolfram, Umea1.5 
 4. Wright, Boras1.3 
 5. Purifoy, Jamtland1.3 
 6. Valentine, Umea1.1 
 7. Nilsson, Umea1.0 
 8. Johnson, Sodertalje0.8 
 9. Hines, Boras0.8 
 10. Bruesewitz, Jamtl.0.8 



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Jordan Loveridge agreed terms with Lausanne - by Luca Maffioli

Newly promoted BBC Lausanne (LNA) inked 24-year old American forward Jordan Loveridge (198-101kg-93, college: Utah). He started the season at Egis Kormend in Hungarian A Division. In 17 games he recorded 10.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg this season. Loveridge also played 13 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 11.7ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3spg.
The previous (12-13) season he played at another team Runnin' Utes in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1. In 32 games he had 12.1ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.0apg.
Among other achievements Loveridge played in the final of Pac-12 Tournament in 2016. He received also All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention award in 2016 at his college time.
Loveridge graduated from University of Utah in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jordan Loveridge (ex Kormend) agreed terms with Lausanne - by Luca Maffioli

Newly promoted BBC Lausanne (LNA) inked 24-year old American forward Jordan Loveridge (198-101kg-93, college: Utah). He started the season at Egis Kormend in Hungarian A Division. In 17 games he recorded 10.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg this season. Loveridge also played 13 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 11.7ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3spg.
The previous (12-13) season he played at another team Runnin' Utes in U.S. semi-pro league NCAA1. In 32 games he had 12.1ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.0apg.
Among other achievements Loveridge played in the final of Pac-12 Tournament in 2016. He received also All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention award in 2016 at his college time.
Loveridge graduated from University of Utah in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rowley leaves Araberri - by Eurobasket News

27-year old Trinidad and Tobago center Kyle Rowley (213-107kg-90, college: St.Mary's, CA) left LEB Gold newcomer Saenz Horeca Araberri. In 14 LEB Gold games in Spain he averaged 8.6ppg and 7.5rpg this season. Rowley also spent pre-season at Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) earlier that year.
He played in the final of WCC Tournament in 2013.
Rowley was also a member of Trinidad and Tobago international program for some years. He played for Trinidad and Tobago Senior National Team back in 2009 and previously for U17 National Team in 2007.
Rowley also represented Trinidad and Tobago at the CBC Championships in Tortilla (BVI) eight years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were : 3 games: 3.0ppg, 2.3rpg.
Rowley has played previously for three other teams: Ourense, Leyma Basquet and Zornotza.
He attended Saint Mary's College of California until 2013 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  UNITED KINGDOM  


BBL Friday Fever 24 Feb - by Paul Nilsen

The BBL Trophy Final is the goal. The Emirates Arena is the destination. And four teams are locked in a battle this weekend to get there.

Plymouth Raiders hold the advantage over Worcester Wolves as they take an 18-point lead into tonight's second leg, which can be seen live on BBC Sport.

The Wolves need to win the leg by 19 points to advance to the final with the Raiders looking to end a five-year wait since their last final in 2012.

Daniel Huffor (193-G/F-87, college: Newberry) has called for his side to remain calm and stick to their game-plan rather than panic about the first-leg deficit.

"We know Plymouth will be a great test so we need to come in very focused and prepared with very little margin of error in the game," he said.

"We can't come in thinking we are down 18 and need home run plays right away. Our defence is key - if we can limit them and get easy transition points, we will have a chance.

"We just need to play our game-plan and see where we are in the fourth quarter and go from there."

Meanwhile, Leicester Riders and Cheshire Phoenix go head-to-head in a back-to-back with the first leg at the Leicester Sports Arena on Saturday.

The Riders have won both league meetings so far, but Phoenix have since strengthened and also have two former Leicester players amongst their ranks.

"We know it's going to be a competitive weekend with the chance of getting to final, which is always exciting," said Riders head coach, Rob Paternostro.

"They are an explosive team and defensively, we are going to have to be really solid."

There are also four league games taking place this weekend.

Bristol Flyers host London Lions on Saturday with the head-to-head on the line when they meet, while two teams in desperate need of a win clash as Manchester Giants welcome Leeds Force.

Also, Plymouth are back in action with a trip to Scotland to take on Glasgow Rocks on Sunday with Surrey Scorchers playing at home to Worcester tomorrow having seen Will Neighbour depart to New Zealand during the week.

All BBL games are available to watch LIVE over at livebasketball.tv via subscription.



Local Coach Makes Good - by Jeff King

From Benfield Schoolboy attending a Hoops for Health session to Assistant Coach to the Esh Group Eagles Newcastle Senior Team and England Under 18's Assistant Coach too, quite a journey for Coach Ian Macleod .

A young man that shows that The Newcastle Eagles Basketball Club is not all about success on the court and allowing young ballers to follow their dreams but also where careers can be carved out in other ways if the attitude and work ethic are right.

Ian Macleod is a shining example of what it means to be an integral part of the Eagles family and how if you have a dream and are prepared to work hard you can make it to the top. I caught up with him after The Eagles had beaten Bristol Flyers 108 - 94 at home last Friday.

We started by discussing the tough run Eagles have had since winning The BBL Cup back in January against Glasgow Rocks and how they've turned it around.

'No-one said we were going to be perfect this year. I think when you've had as much success as we've had previously one game dropped and there's a lot of knee-jerk reactions from ourselves as coaches, from players and from our fans.'

'But, it gave us a chance to re-focus, something to really key in on and we've made a lot of improvements since then and that's our key, to keep on improving. It gave us a bit of a wake-up call which sometimes you need and showed it's not about what happens in January it's about how you finish the season.'

After the bitter disappointment of defeat at Leicester in The BBL Trophy Quarter-Final meant it had been three losses in four games for Newcastle, a get together was called for with all players and coaching staff involved in a clear-the-air meeting.

'It wasn't a case of their being any problems or splits in the camp. It was about putting it all out there. Things like not having a fragmented approach with Coaches having one opinion and players another. It was just a chance to put everything on the table and a chance to air opinions for all.'

'It was a coming together so we can go forward together. We have some internal goal settings and targets we want to achieve and it was about every body having input to those targets so we could set them together.'

So what of Macleod's own role on The Eagles bench and how does he see it.

'I'm enjoying it very much. The first two years were really tough as I'd never really been an assistant coach before. I had to figure out how to be an assistant coach and then it's a whole new thing altogether being an assistant to a player/coach. It is a fragmented approach to how we do things.'

'I think just finding my voice a little more this season. It's a new team with new players and the chance for a fresh start this year is a good thing. But ultimately I don't want to be a career Assistant Coach.'

'I want to get back to having more input at the higher level and climb that ladder once again which Fab (Flournoy) knows. I don't hide that from Fab Things have changed a lot this year and I think its for the good.'

'I get a lot of respect from the guys but it goes both ways. They know that we don't just see them as tools to go out and play. When there are new guys coming in the dynamics change quite a bit but it's also about the character of what you bring in.'

'We have a good locker room Everyone in there is pulling in the same direction and that's also key to be able to have your roles and find your way to have your input in to the team.'
Macleod was fulsome in his praise for Scott Martin's 41-point performance in a good win but he was also focused in on the way the rest of the guys recognised the hot hands and played around Martin to come up with a solid win. Now, he contemplates a two-week break.

'We have got the time off but all the players are different. Some need to rest up, some need to get healthy but also what's been great this year has been the chance to work with the guys individually.'

'To bring maybe one, two, three players in when needed and then work with them individually on what they need for their games. That's very refreshing and something we've been able to do a lot more this year, so that'll continue over the next two weeks.'

'Whatever each individual player needs or the team needs we have to make sure we cater for that and stay ready.'

We turned to his thoughts for the games and the rest of the season coming up.

'Everyone says that the league is the big one which it is but you also want to win your last game which is the play-offs too. It's a marathon it's not a quick sprint where you win a couple of games in a row and suddenly you're going to win the league.'

'It's about grinding it out especially when it gets to the February/March months. The weather's not great, it's dark, there's the long road trips. That's when you have to grind it out those ones too and not just that last game.'

Turning to International matters, Coach Macleod has recently been appointed Assistant Coach of the England Under 18s side, a tremendous honour for him and The Eagles Organisation.

'I've been an Assistant Coach with the England Under 15s programme for five years now. I was very privileged to work with an excellent coach in Jessie Sazant a Canadian who now runs a growing English Basketball programme in Kent.'

'But now I've been moved up to Under 18s with Alan Keane who is an extremely well-read interesting Coach who has a very interesting take on basketball and different philosophies which I'm looking forward to working with.'

'It's a little bit easier being an assistant coach in the England set-up. Your role's very clearly defined and you're not going to get a Player/Coach in Under 18s England level.'

'I'm looking forward to the challenge and hopefully also being involved with The Great Britain set-up in The European Championships as well. It's another step up the ladder and another step forward.'

'The plan is for success moving forward. It's a little bit different now with the Home Nations that are coming together to compete as GB but developing the English talent at this age group and moving it forward is the key responsibility and it's a very exciting opportunity for me.'

None of this of course would have been possible without Newcastle Eagles Basketball Club and The Eagles Community Foundation a fact Macleod is happy to acknowledge.

'The Club have been fantastic particularly in the last few years and in particular Deirdre Tozer-Hayes, Susan Hunter and Paul Blake who have been really supportive of me in helping my find the time and also being flexible with my time at The Eagles to help with National teams.'

'they've also helped me enormously in my new role at The Club as mentoring and Performance Officer which gives me a chance to work with younger coaches and really focus on our performance pathway.'

'Whilst it's great working out Internationally and with England you can't forget about home. In Newcastle and the North East we've come a long way but there are still massive improvements to make within The Eagles Community Foundation and National League set-up as well.'

'The target is to improve the standard of that and hopefully a by-product of that is The North East getting better and a by-product of that will be England getting better so it's all connected. The support of The ECF and Club has been invaluable to me so far and hopefully will continue.'

So, where does Ian Macleod see himself in the future?

'Where Fab is but not on the court! What I've done is no different to what players do. You don't need to be the best player in the world to make it you need to be determined. My wife would definitely say I've committed some time to this.'

'I'm pretty much unseen by my family and friends from September to May. You have to live it, you have to be dedicated to it and I think on all fronts that's what I've done. I'm proud of the fact that I've come through from those days as a Benfield schoolboy to coaching the senior side.'

And proud is what Ian Andrew Macleod should be with his achievements, how far he's come and the fact that he's focused on going even further. One thing we didn't mention is that he's also Head Coach of Gateshead College Basketball Academy.

They play in the Academy Basketball League and his charges currently sit with a 10 - 1 league record showing once again that this is a young man that has the presence and ability to go far in his chosen sport.



BBL Round-Up Friday 24 Feb - by Paul Nilsen

Plymouth Raiders advanced to their first BBL final for five years as they overcame Worcester Wolves, despite losing 90-83 in the second leg.

The Raiders had an 18-point cushion from the first leg but saw that advantage wiped out inside the first 15 minutes before recovering to complete the job.

Donte Nicholas and Cory Dixon combined for 45 points for Plymouth, while Trevor Setty (203-G/F-89, college: Pikeville) had a game-high 26 points in an inspired display for the Wolves.

Worcester made a strong start with an 8-2 opening to make their intentions clear early. The home side moved ahead by 11 with Setty impressing at both ends, whilst netting back-to-back threes.

Jermel Kennedy connected with his second to end the first with Worcester up 11 before they levelled the tie on aggregate with an 11-2 run to make it 43-25 on the night.

The visitors responded with a 10-0 run as Rhys Carter came up with a couple of big triples with Worcester hindered by foul trouble, despite their nine-point advantage at the half.

Wolves started the third with an 8-0 run to move back ahead by 17, but Nicholas hit back with two threes as the visitors kept their overall lead in tact.

Carter threw an impressive half-court alley-oop, finished by Dixon, then knocked down a three to spark Plymouth as they levelled on the night with a 13-2 run to start the fourth period.

The Wolves refused to give in a 13-2 run of their own made it 87-76 inside the final two minutes, but they ultimately fell short as the Raiders sealed the overall success.

Plymouth will play either Leicester Riders or Cheshire Phoenix in the Final at the Emirates Arena on March 19.



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Hebraica clinched N 1 for the playoffs - by Hector Lopez

Hebraica Macabi clinched N1 for the Uruguayan League playoffs after beating Trouville 83-71, with 14 points by Michael Hicks (196-F-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) and 10 and 7 rebounds by Jaime Lloreda (204-C-80, college: LSU). For Trouville, Ernesto Oglivie (203-F-89) scored 22 points and Musa Abdul-Aleem (196-SG-88, college: Troy) added 14 points.
Other results:
Malvin 91 -Nicolas Mazzarino (184-G-75) 32 points, Allen Durham (198-F/C-88, college: Grace Bible) 17 points 10 rebounds, Rian Pearson (193-F-90, college: Toledo) 14 points
Urunday 89 - Emilio Taboada (191-F-82, agency: Pro Sports) 27 points 4 rebounds 5 assists, Shaquille Johnson (190-F-90, college: Marshall) 19 points 4 rebounds, Brian Williams (208-C-87, college: Tennessee) 8 points
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Aguada 95 - Demian Alvarez (192-G-84, agency: Pro Sports) 24 points, Jeremis Smith (203-F-86, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro Sports) 14 points 12 rebounds, Dwayne Curtis (203-C-85, college: Mississippi) 14 points 8 rebounds
Larre Borges 88 Anthony Young (200-F-89, college: Ky Wesleyan, agency: Interperformances) 31 points 6 rebounds, Dane Johnson (208-C-86, college: Hofstra) 15 points 6 rebounds
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Bigua 82 - Joaquin Osimani (193-F-87) 23 points Ricardo Glenn (202-C-90, college: USC Upstate, agency: HMS) 14 points, Nicolas Borsellino (202-C-86, agency: Pro Sports) 21 points
Defensor Sporting 80 - Arnett Moultrie (208-F/C-90, college: Mississippi St., agency: Interperformances) 16 points 11 rebounds, Javier Mojica (190-SG-84, college: Cent.Conn.St., agency: Paris Global Sports) 10 points 8 rebounds, Federico Haller (198-F-88) 17 points 9 rebounds
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The playoff will be played as follows:
1 Hebraica against the winner of 8 trouville-9Goes
4 Malvin - 5 Bigua
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2 Urunday against the winner of 7 Defensor Sporting-10 Welcome
3 Aguada aganst the winner of 6 larre Borges 11 Olimpia



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  VENEZUELA  


Toros land Kyle Fuller, ex Regatas - by Francisco Vega

Toros de Aragua (LPB) tabbed 25-year old Peruvian international point guard Kyle Fuller (185-91kg-92, college: Vanderbilt). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Fuller played in the summer at Regatas in Peruvian LNB league. In three Liga Sudamericana games he averaged impressive 17.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.0apg and 1.0spg. Fuller won Peruvian LNB championship title. He received Latinbasket.com All-South American Championships Honorable Mention award in 2016.
Fuller also represented Peru at the South American Championships in Caracas (Venezuela) last year. His stats at that event were 4 games: Score-3 (16.3ppg), 5.3rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 37.8%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 76.9%.
Fuller has played also professionally in D-League (Northern Arizona Suns).
He attended Vanderbilt University until 2014 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Women News


Pandas grind out Game 1 win over UBC - by Eurobasket News

The University of Alberta Pandas earned a gritty 1-0 series lead over the UBC Thunderbirds in their best of three Canada West quarter-final series, beating the visiting 'Birds 62-58 Thursday night at Saville Community Sports Centre. Fifth-year guard Maddie Rogers (178-G) finished with a game-high 14 points on 6/21 shooting, also chipping in three rebounds and two assists. Fellow senior guard Shay Crisp (173-G) added 11 points for the Pandas, shooting 3/6 from beyond the three-point line. Jessica Hanson (175-G) and Keylyn Filewich (188-F) led the Thunderbirds with 11 points each, while Kara Spotton added 10 on 4/7 shooting on Thursday. Despite the playoff matchup regarded as one of the best in Canada West this weekend, pitting the fourth and fifth ranked teams in the conference, Thursday's game was anything but smooth, with the teams combining for a staggering 51 turnovers and just 18 assists. The No. 5 Thunderbirds actually outshot the Pandas on Thursday (39% to 36%), but their 27 turnovers ruined their decent shooting effort. UBC committed just six first-quarter turnovers, holding a slight 14-11 lead after one. Hanson scored five of her 11 in the first, with Susan Thompson (185-F) making both of her mid-range jumpers in the quarter. The visitors also capitalized on the Pandas shooting just 4/14 to start the game, compared to the Thunderbirds 56%. Alberta slowly started to find their offensive rhythm in the second, improving their shooting percentage by nearly 30 points. Rogers put in eight of her 14 in the second quarter alone, while Megan Tywoniuk (178-G) added all six of her points in the second. Up by as much as four, the Pandas held on to their lead, 32-31 at half. The UBC giveaways really started to take their tole in the third, as the Thunderbirds committed 22 turnovers by the end of the third. The Pandas, the beneficiaries of all the free balls, took advantage with 24 points off turnovers in the win. Another tightly contested quarter saw the Pandas lead 51-47. Neither team was able to clean up their ball control in the fourth, with another 12 giveaways committed by the two teams. Alberta got four points each from Crisp and Aimee Wilson (185-F-96), taking a 59-55 lead late in the fourth. UBC was forced to foul late in the game, but two offensive rebounds by Elle Hendershot, who finished with nine, iced the Game 1 win for Alberta.
Courtesy of: canadawest.org



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  EL SALVADOR  


Sarah Rogers is a newcomer at Survivor - by Eurobasket News

Survivor (Liga Superior) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American guard Sarah Rogers (173-90). just graduated from Robert Morris (NAIA). Sarah Rogers previously spend two seasons with N.Illinois. She tallied 6.0ppg and 6.7rpg in 2009/10 season.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Recap of Liga Superior Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Survivor - L.M.Mons. 114-35

Survivor fired past L.M.Mons to take the lead in the quarterfinal series. The game without a history. Survivor led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding L.M.Mons. to just 6 points in first quarter. Survivor held L.M.Mons. to an opponent 19.2 percent shooting from the field compared to 46.0 percent accuracy of the winners. Survivor forced 37 L.M.Mons. turnovers and outrebounded them 60-43 including a 23-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by L.M.Mons.'s players. American guard Sarah Rogers (173-90, college: Robert Morris) fired 29 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Aida Funes (167-84) chipped in 24 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Four Survivor players scored in double figures. Andrea Batres produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and Catherine Rivas added 3 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Survivor: S.Rogers 29+9reb+3ast, A.Funes 24+7reb+4ast, K.Helena 12+7reb+1ast, J.Luna 11+4reb+5ast, V.Heredia 9+14reb, L.Rivas 6+2reb+1ast
L.M.Mons.: A.Batres 14+10reb+1ast, E.Lopez 7+3reb, A.Avalos 6+4reb, C.Raquel 3+9reb+1ast, C.Rivas 3+9reb+5ast, K.Zaldana 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 536800


Leonas - Salesianas 57-41

Leonas rallied past Salesianas in the quarterfinal opener. The game was mostly controlled by Leonas. Salesianas managed to win third quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Salesianas to just 5 points in first quarter. Leonas held Salesianas to an opponent 23.9 percent shooting from the field compared to 33.3 percent accuracy of the winners. Leonas had a 42-29 advantage in offensive rebounds. Camila Ruiz fired 8 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Gabriela Rodriguez (170-93) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Leonas' coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Flor-Sanabria Calvo produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 19 rebounds and Adriana Moran added 8 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Leonas: S.Garcia 12+5reb+5ast, G.Rodriguez 12+10reb+2ast, K.Lopez Burgos 10+2reb+3ast, C.Ruiz 8+17reb+1ast, L.Alvarado 8+4reb, L.Rodriguez 3+5reb
Salesianas: F.Sanabria Calvo 10+19reb, A.Moran 8+7reb+2ast, R.Palacios 7+4reb+1ast, S. Sosa 7+2reb+1ast, K.Castros 4+4reb, S. Calderon 3+2reb
gschID: 536803


Giants - Lincoln 66-59

Giants toppled Lincoln for 1-0 lead in the quarterfinal series. Lincoln trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 17 after three quarters before a 21-11 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 59-66 at the end of the game. Giants held Lincoln to an opponent 23.2 percent shooting from the field compared to 44.8 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Lincoln 55-38 including a 46-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Giants looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Lincoln's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Giants made 8 blocks. Center Kryssia Urias (183-94) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points, 19 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Andrea Cristales chipped in 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Giants' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Teresita Candelas produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds and point guard Andrea Garcia (159-99) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Giants: A.Cristales 22+9reb+5ast, K.Urias 18+19reb+2ast, A.Rivas 11+12reb+8ast, A.Heredia 6+3reb, P.Escobar 4+2ast, F.Aviles 2+4reb+3ast
Lincoln: T.Candelas 15+13reb+3ast, F.Garcia 13+4reb+1ast, A.Garcia 11+5reb+3ast, F.Manzanares 7+3reb+2ast, C.Velasquez 6+1ast, A.Rodriguez 5+4reb
gschID: 536801


Santa Tecla - Itexsal 82-39

Santa Tecla eased past Itexsal in the opener. The game without a history. Santa Tecla led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Itexsal to just 4 points in second quarter. Santa Tecla held Itexsal to an opponent 24.2 percent shooting from the field compared to 42.5 percent accuracy of the winners. Santa Tecla forced 29 Itexsal turnovers and outrebounded them 55-38 including 17 on the offensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Santa Tecla made 7 blocks. Cuban point guard Arlenis Romero (176-84) fired a double-double by scoring 31 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. Jessica Bautista (165-83) chipped in 14 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. Clarissa Torres produced 15 points and 7 rebounds and Yanci Duarte added 7 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.
Top scorers:
Santa Tecla: A.Romero 31+10reb+3ast, J.Bautista 14+4reb+6ast, A.Velasquez 9+10reb+3ast, C.Noyola 8+12reb+1ast, I.Anaya 8+3reb, M.Mendez 6+3reb+2ast
Itexsal: C.Torres 15+7reb+1ast, Y.Duarte 7+9reb+1ast, A.Flores 6+5reb+1ast, V.Castro 3+7reb+3ast, K.Shente Ashley 2+6reb, A.Jovel 2
gschID: 536802





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Iva Roglic (ex Novosadska ZKA) agreed terms with Angers - by Eurobasket News

Angers - Union Feminine Basket 49 (LFB) inked 29-year old Serbian power forward Iva Roglic (189-88). She started the season at Novosadska ZKA Novi Sad in Serbian 1 ZLS. In 5 games she recorded 10.0ppg, 14.2rpg, 2.8apg and 2.2spg this season.
Part of last season Roglic spent at Buducnost in Montenegrin league where in 10 WABA games she averaged 6.1ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.4spg. She also played earlier that season for Picken Claret in Spanish LF2. In 9 games she had 3.1ppg and 4.7rpg.
Among other achievements Roglic won Montenegrin League championship title in 2016. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Most Improved of the Year award back in 2009.
Roglic was also a member of Serbian international program for some years. She played for Serbian Senior National Team between 2008 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team in 2008.
Roglic represented Serbia at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) eight years ago. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 4.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.0apg.
Roglic is a very experienced player. She has played also professionally in Germany (TSV 1880 Wasserburg and ChemCats Chemnitz), Hungary (MTK Budapest, Szeged and Atomeromu) and France (COB Calais).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Angers sign Milica Ivanovic - by Eurobasket News

Angers - Union Feminine Basket 49 (LFB) signed 29-year old Serbian ex-international guard Milica Ivanovic (175-88, college: Catawba, agency: LBM Management). She started the season at TSV 1880 Wasserburg in German DBBL. In 17 games she had 8.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.5spg this season. Ivanovic also played 8 games in Eurocup where she recorded 8.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.0apg and 1.4spg. The last season she played at Uniao Sportiva in Portuguese Liga Feminina. In 27 games she averaged impressive 15.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.7apg and 1.6spg. Ivanovic helped them to win the Portuguese League title (twice) and the Supercup (also twice). She also played 8 games in Eurocup where she got 14.1ppg, 5.6rpg, 3.0apg and 2.0spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Ivanovic was voted Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention back in 2014.
She also represented Serbia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 3.0ppg, 1.5rpg.
Ivanovic has played also professionally in Romania (Sf.Gheorghe), Hungary (UNI Gyor) and Serbia (Vozdovac).
She attended Catawba College until 2011 and it is her sixth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Godin appointed assistant coach to Dutch Orange Angels - by Bas Hendriks

French International Elodie Godin (191-C-85) recently was announced as an assistant coach to the Dutch national team. Newly appointed headcoach Hakim Salem stated that: 'We don't realize the impact yet of such a star on our staff'

Last year as Godin's partner Naomi Halman had to tell her coach she was not going to be able to play in the EQ Window in november due to an injury, the Dutch coach asked if Godin would be willing to help the team out. Salem: 'As I saw her play before I noticed she was constantly coaching her teammates, making them better'. It turned out Godin had high ambitions in coaching after her career so after a phonecall I decided to visit her.

Salem: 'We had a long conversation about basketball, about how her career went and how she thinks about basketball. She is a very nice person to work with, with excellent basketball knowledge. She told me she would work out a clause in her contract to allow her to come to Holland during the EQ Windows and she's really looking forward to working with our up and coming centers.'




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Godin appointed assistant coach to Dutch Orange Angels - by Bas Hendriks

French International Elodie Godin (191-C-85) recently was announced as an assistant coach to the Dutch national team. Newly appointed headcoach Hakim Salem stated that: 'We don't realize the impact yet of such a star on our staff'

Last year as Godin's partner Naomi Halman had to tell her coach she was not going to be able to play in the EQ Window in november due to an injury, the Dutch coach asked if Godin would be willing to help the team out. Salem: 'As I saw her play before I noticed she was constantly coaching her teammates, making them better'. It turned out Godin had high ambitions in coaching after her career so after a phonecall I decided to visit her.

Salem: 'We had a long conversation about basketball, about how her career went and how she thinks about basketball. She is a very nice person to work with, with excellent basketball knowledge. She told me she would work out a clause in her contract to allow her to come to Holland during the EQ Windows and she's really looking forward to working with our up and coming centers.'




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Best players of Icelandic Dominos League round 23 - by Eurobasket News

American Mia Loyd (180-F-94) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Valur and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 22-year old forward had a double-double of 22 points and twenty two rebounds, while her team beat Haukar (#7, 6-17) 74-62. Valur maintains the 5th position in Icelandic Dominos League. Valur is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-13 record. Loyd turned to be Valur's top player in her first season with the team. University of North Dakota graduate has very impressive stats this year. Loyd is in league's top in points (2nd best: 27.3ppg) and averages solid 1.1bpg,2.1spg and 51.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American guard Danielle Rodriguez (178-G-93) of Stjarnan. Rodriguez impressed basketball fans with 31 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Bad luck as Stjarnan lost that game 79-84 to slightly higher-ranked Skallagrimur (#3, 17-6). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Stjarnan still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. Her team's 12-11 record is not bad at all. Rodriguez is a newcomer at Stjarnan and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.9ppg (#7). Her other stats are also decent: 10.5rpg and 5.9apg.

The third best performed player last round was former international Sigrun Amundadottir (181-C/F-88) of Skallagrimur (#3). Amundadottir showcased her all-around game by recording 20 points, sixteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. She was a key player of Skallagrimur, leading her team to a 84-79 win against #4 ranked Stjarnan. Skallagrimur needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 17 victories and 6 lost games. Amundadottir has a great season in Iceland. After 23 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.0rpg (6th best) and assists with 4.5apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tavelyn James (170-PG-90) of Skallagrimur - 32 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Breezy Williams (180-G) of Haukar - 23 points and 9 rebounds
6. Maria Ben Erlingsdottir (187-C-88) of Grindavik - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Emelia Osk Gunnarsdottir (174-G/F-98) of Keflavik - 14 points and 6 rebounds
8. Birna Benonysdottir (189-C) of Keflavik - 16 points and 8 rebounds
9. Berglind Gunnarsdottir (178-F-93) of Snaefell - 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Elin Hrafnkelsdottir) of Valur - 12 points, 5 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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D1 Round 1 (Second Stage): Bnot Hertzeliya are defeated by Ramat Hasharon - by Eurobasket News

The Second Stage in D1 just started.

The game between Bnot Hertzeliya (11-6) and Ramat Hasharon (9-8) was the most important one in the last round on Thursday night. Bnot Hertzeliya was defeated by Ramat Hasharon in a tough game in Hertzeliya 43-52. Ramat Hasharon made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Bnot Hertzeliya turnovers. Americans were the main players on the court. point guard Jasmine Thomas (175-89, college: Duke) stepped up and scored 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Cierra Burdick (188-93, college: Tennessee, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side center Imani Boyette (201-94, college: Texas) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Ramat Hasharon are looking forward to face Maccabi Raanana (#5) in the next round. Bnot Hertzeliya will play against Elitzur Holon and is hoping to win this game.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 1:
In Places 1-6 Maccabi Raanana was destroyed by Maccabi R.Gan on the opponent's court 91-52. Maccabi Ashdod managed to outperform Elitzur Holon in a home game 70-60.
In Places 7-9 H.R. Le-Zion managed to beat Hapoel Z/MM on the road 70-61.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 21 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals by Alex Harden of Hapoel Z/MM.

Places 1-6
Maccabi R.Gan - Maccabi Raanana 91-52

Very expected game in Ramat Hen where Maccabi Raanana (6-11) was crushed by Maccabi Ramat Gan (15-2) 91-52 on Thursday. Maccabi Ramat Gan dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Maccabi Raanana's 26. They outrebounded Maccabi Raanana 45-29 including 32 on the defensive glass. Maccabi Ramat Gan looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Maccabi Raanana's players. The former international Dannielle Diamant (196-91, college: Northwestern, agency: Josep and Nicolas) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and American center Danielle Adams (185-89, college: Texas A&M) chipped in 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Maccabi Ramat Gan players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Jada Payne (188-93, college: E.Carolina, agency: LBM Management) responded with 16 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import power forward Karisma Penn (188-91, college: Illinois) scored 4 points and 11 rebounds. Maccabi Ramat Gan is looking forward to face Maccabi Ashdod at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Maccabi Raanana will play against Ramat Hasharon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Raanana: J.Payne 16+7reb+1ast, D.Saar 10+1reb+2ast, A.Houts 8+1reb+2ast, Auerbach 5+2reb, K.Penn 4+11reb+1ast, H.Levi 3+1reb+1ast
Maccabi R.Gan: D.Adams 17+8reb+4ast, C.Hopkins 16+5reb+4ast, D.Diamant 14+12reb+6ast, A.Baron 10+6reb+7ast, S.Tzairi 10+4reb+7ast, D.Raber 9+5reb+2ast
gschID: 537198


Maccabi Ashdod - Elitzur Holon 70-60

Rather predictable result when Maccabi Ashdod (15-2) defeated at home Elitzur Holon (6-11) 70-60 on Thursday. American power forward Bashaara Graves (188-94, college: Tennessee) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and the former international Shay Doron (175-85, college: Maryland) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four Maccabi Ashdod players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Markel Walker (185-90, college: UCLA) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import guard Alexis Hornbuckle (180-85, college: Tennessee) scored 14 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Maccabi Ashdod is looking forward to face Maccabi Ramat Gan in Ramat Hen in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Elitzur Holon will play at home against Bnot Hertzeliya (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Holon: M.Walker 22+13reb+3ast, A.Nyingifa 19+7reb+1ast, A.Hornbuckle 14+8reb+9ast, N.Kolodny 5+3reb+4ast, N.Zelivanski 0+2reb, V.Abramov 0
Maccabi Ashdod: S.Doron 16+5reb+2ast, B.Graves 11+14reb+2ast, K.Levitsky 10+6reb+2ast, T.Hayes 10+2reb+4ast, T.Presley 9+4reb+1ast, R.Ben Nun 6+3reb
gschID: 537197


Bnot Hertzeliya - Ramat Hasharon 43-52

The game between Bnot Hertzeliya (11-6) and Ramat Hasharon (9-8) was the most important one in the last round on Thursday night. Bnot Hertzeliya was defeated by Ramat Hasharon in a tough game in Hertzeliya 43-52. Ramat Hasharon made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Bnot Hertzeliya turnovers. Americans were the main players on the court. Point guard Jasmine Thomas (175-89, college: Duke) stepped up and scored 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Cierra Burdick (188-93, college: Tennessee, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side center Imani Boyette (201-94, college: Texas) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and guard Kelly Faris (180-91, college: Connecticut, agency: LBM Management) scored 8 points. Ramat Hasharon are looking forward to face Maccabi Raanana (#5) in the next round. Bnot Hertzeliya will play against Elitzur Holon and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Bnot Hertzeliya: I.Boyette 18+12reb+2ast, K.Faris 8+3reb+3ast, E.Abramzon 6, N.Shalom 5+5reb+1ast, N.Pelc 4+4reb+1ast, M.Dayan 2+1reb+1ast
Ramat Hasharon: J.Thomas 18+9reb, C.Burdick 12+5reb+2ast, N.Kedem 7+3reb+2ast, C.Black 6+4reb, L.Tal 3+3reb+1ast, Y.Aharonov 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 537199


Places 7-9
Hapoel Z/MM - H.R. Le-Zion 61-70

Not a big story in a game when Hapoel Z/MM (4-13) was defeated at home by Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion (6-11) 70-61 on Thursday. Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion forced 22 Hapoel Z/MM turnovers. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Forward Shae Kelley (185-91, college: Minnesota) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and forward Jillian Robbins (190-84, college: Tulsa, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 14 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). At the losing side swingman Alex Harden (180-93, college: Wichita St.) responded with 21 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals and guard Kim Demmings (173-92, college: Wright St.) scored 8 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists. Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion are looking forward to face Hap.Petah Tikva (#8) at home in the next round. Hapoel Z/MM will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Z/MM: A.Harden 21+9reb+6ast, B.Miller 14+8reb, E.Rotberg 10+3reb+1ast, K.Demmings 8+17reb+7ast, Y.Grossman 6+1ast, E.Yaari 2
H.R. Le-Zion: S.Kelley 21+12reb+4ast, J.Robbins 14+12reb+3ast, L.Peleg 10+3reb+5ast, A.Rachel Lux 8+2reb+1ast, D.McCray 7+5reb+2ast, K.Nechama 6+2ast
gschID: 537200





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

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

Dubravka Dacic
Dubravka Dacic
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Dubravka Dacic (201-85, currently plays in Spain). Dacic could not help one of league's weakest teams Al-Qazeres (9-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite her good performance Al-Qazeres was defeated 71-66 at home by the higher-ranked Gipuzkoa UPV (#7). Dacic recorded 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. This season Dacic averages: 9.3ppg, 6.6rpg, 2FGP: 41.6% and FT: 75.0%. She has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Italian. Former Stem Marine Parma starter played for the Italian senior national team ten years ago.

Pamela Rosanio
Pamela Rosanio
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Pamela Rosanio (178-86, college: Massachusetts, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Dubravka Dacic and both played together in the last Spanish LFB game. Rosanio. She was not able to help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Al-Qazeres in their game against Gipuzkoa UPV (9-10), despite her good performance last Saturday. Rosanio recorded 10 points and had 5 steals in 38 minutes. But Al-Qazeres lost 66-71 on their home court in Caceres to the higher-ranked (#7) Gipuzkoa UPV. Rosanio has relatively good stats this year: 13.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.6apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 49.6%, 3FGP: 27.4% and FT: 83.7% in 19 games she played so far. She is a naturalized American. Rosanio played for the Italian national team in 2015. She used to play for C.U.S. Chieti in Italian league.

Elisa Penna
Elisa Penna
   #3. The Italian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Elisa Penna (190-95, currently plays college basketball in the States). Penna led Wake Forest to a victory against the North Carolina State University (8-3) 89-77 in the NCAA on Sunday night. She scored 21 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Wake Forest University has 6-8 conference record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Penna has relatively solid stats: 13.7ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 39.9%, 3FGP: 35.6% and FT: 74.6%. She is also a member of the Italian senior national team.

Iilaria Zanoni
Iilaria Zanoni
   #4. Guard Iilaria Zanoni (180-86, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked IK Eos (9-14) crushing them 77-57 in the Swedish Damligan in Saturday night's game. Zanoni recorded 8 points in 24 minutes. Udominate Basket Umea (23-0) is placed first in the Damligan. So far her team won all twenty three games in the Regular Season. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Zanoni has reliable stats this year: 11.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.4apg and 2.2spg in 21 games. She used to play for the Italian national team back in 2015.

Carlotta Gianolla
Carlotta Gianolla
   #5. Former U18 international power forward Carlotta Gianolla (185-97, currently studies in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Kennesaw St. (6-5) in their game against the Jacksonville University (8-2) in the NCAA. Despite her very good performance last Monday Gianolla scored 29 points (!!!) and grabbed 8 rebounds. Her team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Gianolla's stats this season are: 11.6ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.2apg. She used to play for the Italian U18 national team two years ago.

Francesca Pan
Francesca Pan
   #6. Shooting guard Francesca Pan (180-97, is currently at the American university) contributed to a Georgia Tech's victory against the University of Pittsburgh (3-9) 71-57 in the NCAA on Sunday night. Pan scored 20 points in 39 minutes. The Georgia Tech has 6-6 conference record this season. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. It's Pan's first year with the team. She averaged so far 10.6ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.1spg in 26 games. Pan is U20 international player who is currently on the Italian National Team roster.

Antonia Peresson
Antonia Peresson
   #7. International guard Antonia Peresson (175-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Francesca Pan. But that was another game of her team in NCAA which we would like to mention. Peresson couldn't help the Georgia Tech (6-6) in their game against the University of North Carolina (9-3). Despite her very good performance in Thursday night's game She scored 13 points and added 4 assists. Peresson's overall stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg. She is also Italian national team player.

Valentina Primossi
Valentina Primossi
   #8. Guard Valentina Primossi (170-91, currently plays in Canada) couldn't help the Cape Breton University (12-6) in their game against the Panthers (9-9) in the Canadian university league CIS. Despite her good performance on Sunday night She recorded 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Primossi is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her fourth year in Cape Breton University's roster. Primossi's overall stats this season are: 9.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.4apg and 1.4spg. She used to play for the Italian U20 national team back in 2011.

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

   #1. Experienced Diana Taurasi (182-SG-82, college: Connecticut, currently plays in Euroleague) was the major contributor in an UMMC Ekaterinburg's victory against the eighth-ranked CCC Polkowice (2-12) crushing them 94-57 in the Euroleague in Wednesday night's game. She scored 18 points and added 3 passes (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 20 minutes. UMMC Ekaterinburg (13-1) is placed first in group B. It was her team's 13th 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. It's Taurasi's first season with the team. Taurasi has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 17.4ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.0apg in 11 games she played so far. Taurasi is a naturalized American. Strangely she has never played in Italy.

   #2. Nicole Romeo (168-G-89, college: Washington, currently plays in Spain) led Campus Promete to a victory over one of league's weakest teams CREF Hola (4-15) crushing them 93-73 in the Spanish LFB last Saturday. Romeo was MVP of the game. She recorded 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Campus Promete Logrono (10-9) is placed fifth in the LFB. Romeo has relatively good stats this season: 14.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg. She has a dual citizenship: Italian and Australian.

   #3. Paola Ferrari (178-G/F-85, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an Gipuzkoa UPV's victory against the closely-ranked Al-Qazeres (9-10) 71-66 in the Spanish LFB on Saturday night. Ferrari recorded 12 points, 3 assists and 4 steals in 40 minutes. IDK Gipuzkoa Universidad del Pais Vasco (9-10) is placed seventh in the LFB. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. Ferrari has relatively good stats this year: 13.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 5.5apg and 3.0spg in 10 games. She is another player who holds two passports: Italian and Paraguayan.

   #4. Lauren Engeln (180-G-92, college: Boston Coll., currently plays in Germany). Engeln could not help SV Halle Lions (6-11) to beat TV Saarlouis Royals (12-6). She scored 6 points in 22 minutes. SV Halle Lions lost 67-78 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) TV Saarlouis Royals. It was SV Halle Lions' third consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. This year Engeln's overall stats are: 6.2ppg and 4.4rpg in 17 games. She is a naturalized American. Strangely Engeln has never played in Italy.



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Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Ance AIZSILA
  RSU-Merks
  (178-G-94)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Aizsila, RSU-Merks18.5 
 2. Mackay, Tallina U.18.4 
 3. Jones, Catz17.5 
 4. Kasemagi, Tallina U.17.4 
 5. Sutherland, TTT R.15.5 
 6. Anna-gret, Tartu U.14.6 
 7. Stalidzane, LU14.6 
 8. Paugaite, TTT Riga14.0 
 9. Puu, Rapla KK13.9 
 10. Reshetko, Catz13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Trine KASEMAGI
  Tallina U.
  (190-C-95)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Kasemagi, Tallina U.9.8 
 2. Lagzdina, RSU-M.9.2 
 3. Reshetko, Catz8.3 
 4. Jones, Catz7.9 
 5. Meldere, Latvija .7.9 
 6. Rozentale, TTT J.7.7 
 7. Kulite, TTT Riga7.1 
 8. Paugaite, TTT Riga7.0 
 9. Sutherland, TTT R.6.9 
 10. Mesila-K., Rapla K.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Anda EIBELE
  TTT Riga
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Eibele, TTT Riga6.5 
 2. Jakobsone, Vega6.2 
 3. Puu, Rapla KK5.9 
 4. Mackay, Tallina U.5.6 
 5. Basko-M., TTT R.5.1 
 6. Petronelia-D., Rapla K.4.7 
 7. Krastina, TTT Riga4.1 
 8. McFarland, Catz4.0 
 9. Jones, Catz3.9 
 10. Carter, TTT Riga3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Samantha MACKAY
  Tallina U.
  (173-G-91)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Mackay, Tallina U.3.8 
 2. Stalidzane, LU3.2 
 3. Petronelia-D., Rapla K.3.2 
 4. Krastina, TTT Riga3.1 
 5. Basko-M., TTT R.3.0 
 6. Puu, Rapla KK2.5 
 7. Magone, LU2.4 
 8. Septe, TTT Juniores2.4 
 9. Jakobsone, Vega2.4 
 10. Carter, TTT Riga2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ance AIZSILA
  RSU-Merks
  (178-G-94)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Aizsila, RSU-Merks2.5 
 2. Mesila-K., Rapla K.1.6 
 3. Septe, TTT Juniores1.3 
 4. Paugaite, TTT Riga1.2 
 5. Busa, RSU-Merks1.2 
 6. Arbet-Lenear, Rapla K.1.1 
 7. Kasemagi, Tallina U.1.0 
 8. Kliimson, Audentes.0.9 
 9. Reshetko, Catz0.9 
 10. Kulite, TTT Riga0.8 


Anete Steinberga selected the top Latvian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Anete Steinberga
Anete Steinberga
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Anete Steinberga (190-90, agency: LBM Management, college: UTEP, currently plays in Czech Republic). She led USK Praha to a victory over one of league's weakest teams MK Technic (1-20) crushing them 113-48 in the Czech Republic ZBL in Sunday night's game. Steinberga was MVP of the game. She scored 27 points (!!!) and grabbed 7 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) in 30 minutes on the court. ZVVZ USK Praha (20-0) is placed first in the ZBL. So far her team won all twenty games in the Regular Season. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Steinberga has relatively good stats this year: 14.8ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.3apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 66.2%(104-157), 3FGP: 15.6% and FT: 75.8% in 20 games she played so far. She is currently a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Anita Teilane
Anita Teilane
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Anita Teilane (195-85, also represented by LBM Management, currently plays in Germany). Teilane could not help Gruner Stern Keltern (15-3) in their last game on Sunday. Despite her good performance Gruner Stern Keltern was edged 69-67 on the road by the much lower-ranked Eisvogel Freiburg (#9). Teilane was the second best scorer with 13 points. She also added 4 shots. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Teilane's first season with the team. This year Teilane averages: 7.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.2apg, 2.5bpg, 2FGP: 48.9%. She played for the Latvian national team in 2007.

Zenta Melnika
Zenta Melnika
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Zenta Melnika (197-91, currently plays in Sweden). Melnika contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Telge (9-14) crushing them 80-46 in the Swedish Damligan on Thursday night. She had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 13 rebounds. Melnika also added 5 assists and 3 blocks in 28 minutes. Udominate Basket Umea (23-0) is placed first in the Damligan. So far her team won all twenty three games in the Regular Season. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Melnika has relatively solid stats: 12.9ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 56.7%(123-217), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 71.6% in 23 games. She is also a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Kristine Vitola
Kristine Vitola
   #4. Center Kristine Vitola (193-91, college: UTEP, currently plays in EuroCup) managed to help Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul to win against the leader Ragusa (5-1) 68-66 in the Eurocup in Thursday night's game. Vitola scored 5 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group C. Galatasaray M.P. Istanbul (6-0) is placed first. So far her team won all six games in the 1/8 Finals. Vitola has reliable stats this season: 10.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.1apg and 1.2spg. She is also Latvian national team player.

Dita Rozenberga
Dita Rozenberga
   #5. International forward Dita Rozenberga (180-92, currently plays in Belgium) was not able to help Belfius Namur in their game against Kangoeroes (12-3) in the Belgian Top Division Women, despite her very good performance last Saturday. Rozenberga was the second best scorer with 16 points in 29 minutes. But Belfius Namur lost 58-73 at home to the lower-ranked (#5) Kangoeroes. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Rozenberga's stats this year are: 10.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg in 19 games. She plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Sabine Niedola
Sabine Niedola
   #6. Forward Sabine Niedola (184-91, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a TV Saarlouis Royals' victory against the eighth-ranked SV Halle Lions (6-11) 78-67 in the German DBBL on Sunday night. Niedola scored 13 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 6 assists. TV Saarlouis Royals (12-6) is placed third in the DBBL. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. Niedola has individually a very good season with high stats. She averages: 18.2ppg, 9.8rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg. Niedola is a former international player as she played for the Latvian senior team five years ago.

Kitija Laksa
Kitija Laksa
   #7. Former international forward Kitija Laksa (183-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped S.Florida win their game against the University of Houston (2-10) crushing them 79-50 in the NCAA in Tuesday night's game. She recorded 24 points in 38 minutes. The University of South Florida has rather weak 1-12 conference record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. Laksa has very impressive stats this year: 19.2ppg and 3.9rpg in 26 games. She used to play for the Latvian national team two years ago.

Elina Babkina
Elina Babkina
   #8. Point guard Elina Babkina (173-89, currently plays in Turkey) helped Samsun win their game against the league outsider Osmaniye (3-14) 86-82 in the Turkish KBSL last Saturday. Babkina scored 11 points and added 9 passes. Canik Belediyesi Samsun (13-10) is placed eighth in the KBSL. Babkina's stats this season are: 13.5ppg, 2.9rpg and 4.3apg. She plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Aija Brumermane
Aija Brumermane
   #9. Former international center Aija Brumermane (192-86, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Dunkerque (6-12) in their game against COB Calais (12-6) in the French LF2 (second division), despite her good performance on Saturday night. Brumermane had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 16 rebounds. She also added and 3 steals in 34 minutes. But Dunkerque was edged 52-51 on their home court in Dunkerque by the much higher-ranked (#4) COB Calais. Brumermane averaged so far 12.8ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.4spg in 18 games. She used to play for the Latvian national team four years ago.

Kate Karlina Kreslina
Kate Karlina Kreslina
   #10. Guard Kate Karlina Kreslina (183-96, currently studies in the States) helped Fordham win their game against the University of Dayton (11-2) 66-52 in the NCAA in Sunday night's game. Kreslina scored 19 points and added 4 passes (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). The Fordham University has rather weak 4-8 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Kreslina's overall stats this year are: 9.2ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.7apg. She is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

   #11. International power forward Aija Putnina (191-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas, currently plays in Turkey) helped Istanbul Uni win their game against the 12th-ranked Mersin MBK crushing them 80-46 in the Turkish KBSL last Saturday. Putnina scored only 4 points, had 5 boards, handed out 4 passes and blocked 2 shots in 25 minutes. Putnina averaged so far 14.1ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2bpg and 1.3spg in 16 games. She plays currently for the Latvian national team.

   #12. Former U20 international guard Sabine Dukate (175-93, currently plays in Canada) was the main contributor in an University of Saskatchewan's victory against the Cascades crushing them 78-55 in the Canadian university league CIS in Thursday night's game. She was the best player in that game. Dukate recorded 21 points in 30 minutes. Dukate has very impressive stats this year: 16.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.3apg and 1.6spg in 19 games. She used to play for the Latvian U20 national team back in 2013.

   #13. Former international power forward Linda Rubene (189-91, college: Indiana, currently plays in Spain) helped ASEFA Estudiantes win their game against the 13th-ranked IF Air Europa 86-70 in the Spanish LF2 (second division) last Sunday. Rubene recorded 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Rubene's overall stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.2apg. She used to play for the Latvian national team four years ago.

   #14. International forward Paula Strautmane (183-97, is currently at the American university) helped Quinnipiac win their game against the Manhattan College crushing them 69-49 in the NCAA on Sunday night. Strautmane scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 22 minutes. This year Strautmane's overall stats are: 8.2ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1bpg and 1.7spg in 27 games. She plays currently for the Latvian national team.

   #15. An experienced former international forward Ieva Veinberga (185-84, currently plays in Italy) helped Team Crema win their game against the fifth-ranked Milano 59-56 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Veinberga recorded 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Veinberga averaged so far 10.9ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.3apg and 1.7spg. She used to play for the Latvian national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Liga Vente (191-C/F-91, college: Eckerd, currently plays in Italy) could not help Milano (13-6) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Vente's good performance the fifth-placed Milano (13-6) was edged 59-56 on the road by the higher-ranked Team Crema (#3) in the Group A. She was the second best scorer with 11 points. Vente also added 9 rebounds. Vente averaged so far 11.4ppg, 9.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.7spg.



NBL Round 6 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Third defeat of league's leader Catz (7-3) against third ranked Vega 1 (3-5) 92-53 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Catz. The game without a history. Vega 1 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Catz's 28. They outrebounded Catz 40-20 including a 26-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Vega 1 looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Catz's players. It was a good game for the former international forward Laura Audere (180-84) who led her team to a victory with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Sabine Lipe (176-99) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Vega 1's coach Armands Misus felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American Chandrea Jones (177-87, college: Syracuse, agency: LBM Management) replied with 15 points and 5 rebounds for Catz. Vega 1 maintains third position with 3-5 record having three points less than leader Rapla KK. Catz at the other side dropped to the second place with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Rapla KK. Catz will play next round against league's leader TTT Riga trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Vega 1 will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked RSU-Merks in Riga.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked TTT Riga as it allowed them to take a leadership position. TTT Riga smashed 4th ranked RSU-Merks at home 129-28. The former international forward Gunta Basko-Melnbarde (181-80, college: Siena, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 22 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and Ieva Krastina chipped in 14 points, 7 assists and 6 steals during the contest. Coach Aigars Nerips's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was forward Paula Langina (183-94) with 11 points and 5 rebounds. Undefeated TTT Riga (7-0) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. As mentioned above they took over a top position. RSU-Merks at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. RSU-Merks will play next round against strong Vega 1 trying to get back on the winning streak. TTT Riga will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Catz at Lappeenranta.
Undefeated Tallina U. (6-1) recorded its first loss in Tallinn on Friday night. Hosts were edged by top-ranked Rapla KK (8-0) 67-64. Pirgit Puu notched 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. Even 22 points and 6 assists by Samantha Mackay did not help to save the game for Tallina U.. Tallina U.'s coach Janne Rits rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Undefeated Rapla KK have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 8-0 record. Loser Tallina U. keeps the sixth place with one game lost. Rapla KK will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tallina U. will play against TTT Juniores (#7) in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Riga: TTT Riga (#2) and RSU-Merks (#4). RSU-Merks were smashed at home by 84 points 46-130 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The best player for the winners was Gunta Basko-Melnbarde who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). TTT Riga had such big advantage that coach Aigars Nerips felt comfortable to give the chance to play for 10 players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated TTT Riga (7-0) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending champion (7-0) keeps a position of league leader. RSU-Merks at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. TTT Riga's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Catz in Lappeenranta and it will be for sure the game of the week. RSU-Merks will play at home against Vega 1 and hope to get finally their first victory.
An interesting game for Catz (7-3) which played road game in Liepaja against one of their biggest challengers Vega 1 (3-5). First ranked Catz had an easy win 69-53. It was a good game for Elena Reshetko who led her team to a victory with 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Catz have a solid three-game winning streak. Despite that victory Catz went down to second position due to points difference. Loser Vega 1 keeps the third place with five games lost. Catz will face league's leader TTT Riga at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Vega 1 will play against RSU-Merks in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 6: bottom-ranked LU beat TTT Juniores on the road 72-69. Rapla KK destroyed Tartu U. on its own court 96-68. Tallina U. outscored Audentes SG in Tallinn 74-47. Tartu U. managed to beat LU at home 77-76.

TTT Juniores - LU 69-72

There was a surprise result when eleventh ranked Latvijas Universitate (2-6) edged higher ranked TTT Juniores (5-4) in Riga 72-69 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 20-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Latvijas Universitate forced 19 TTT Juniores turnovers. It was a good game for guard Liene Stalidzane (175-94) who led her team to a victory with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Ieva-Stefanija Jundase (178-94) contributed with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Swingman Marianna Klavina (175-99) replied with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Linda Svenne (178-98) added 13 points and 4 steals in the effort for TTT Juniores. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Latvijas Universitate moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Audentes SG and Latvija U16. Loser TTT Juniores keep the seventh position with four games lost. Latvijas Universitate will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
TTT Juniores: L.Svenne 13+3reb+3ast, M.Klavina 12+7reb+4ast, N.Ozola 10+2reb+4ast, S.Kudule 9+2reb+1ast, E.Zumenta 8+3reb+1ast, M.Mote 7+2reb+2ast
LU: L.Stalidzane 25+6reb+1ast, A.Kuzmina 14+5reb+2ast, A.Bruzinska 12+7reb+1ast, I.Stefanija Jundase 9+8reb+9ast, R.Misus 9+2reb+1ast, A.Ozola 3
gschID: 535098


TTT Riga - RSU-Merks 129-28

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked TTT Riga as it allowed them to take a leadership position. TTT Riga smashed 4th ranked RSU-Merks at home 129-28. The game without a history. TTT Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding RSU-Merks to just 4 points in third quarter. TTT Riga held RSU-Merks to an opponent 20.4 percent shooting from the field compared to 55.7 percent accuracy of the winners. TTT Riga forced 35 RSU-Merks turnovers and outrebounded them 49-24 including a 22-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 34 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by RSU-Merks' players. TTT Riga brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The former international forward Gunta Basko-Melnbarde (181-80, college: Siena, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 22 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and international swingman Ieva Krastina (172-90, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 14 points, 7 assists and 6 steals during the contest. Five TTT Riga players scored in double figures. Coach Aigars Nerips's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was forward Paula Langina (183-94) with 11 points and 5 rebounds and Arta Fridenberga (178-95) scored 5 points and 6 rebounds. TTT Riga (7-0) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. As mentioned above they took over a top position. RSU-Merks at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. RSU-Merks will play next round against strong Vega 1 trying to get back on the winning streak. TTT Riga will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Catz at Lappeenranta.
Top scorers:
RSU-Merks: P.Langina 11+5reb+1ast, A.Fridenberga 5+6reb+1ast, G.Melnace 4, G.Lagzdina 4+7reb, A.Busa 2+2reb+3ast, E.Grinberga 2+2reb+1ast
TTT Riga: G.Basko-Melnbarde 22+6reb+4ast, B.Eglite 18+3reb+2ast, A.Eibele 16+4reb+5ast, G.Paugaite 14+5reb+1ast, L.Priede 14+3reb+2ast, D.Strautmane 14+6reb+1ast
gschID: 537196


Rapla KK - Tartu U. 96-68

Rather expected game when 8th ranked Tartu U. (2-4) was smashed on the road by top-ranked Rapla KK (8-0) 96-68 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Rapla KK. Tartu U. was better in fourth quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rapla KK dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Tartu U.'s 42 and made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Rapla KK forced 21 Tartu U. turnovers and outrebounded them 44-31 including 19 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. It was a good game for Estonian power forward Laina Mesila-Kaarmann (186-87) who led her team to a victory with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Dutch point guard Francisca Petronelia-Donders (175-89, agency: LBM Management) contributed with 8 points, 7 rebounds, 11 assists and 6 steals for the winners. Four Rapla KK players scored in double figures. Rapla KK had such big advantage that coach Howard Frier felt comfortable to give the chance to play for 10 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Estonian forward Nele Laurimaa (178-93) replied with 18 points and 5 rebounds and Estonian guard Asi Anna-gret (172-2) added 18 points in the effort for Tartu U.Rapla KK have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 8-0 record. Loser Tartu U. keeps the eighth place with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Tartu U.: A.Anna-gret 18+3reb+2ast, N.Laurimaa 18+5reb+2ast, E.Vaino 9+1reb+7ast, H.Saar 6+8reb+2ast, D.Park 4+4reb+1ast, K.Vasiljeva 4+2reb+4ast
Rapla KK: L.Mesila-Kaarmann 21+8reb, D.Lipinskaya 15+5reb+3ast, K.Arbet-Lenear 13+6reb+2ast, P.Puu 13+5reb+4ast, A.Koster 12+6reb+3ast, S.Kosareva 12+1reb
gschID: 529850


Audentes SG - Tallina U. 47-74

Rather predictable result when sixth ranked Tallina U. (6-1) rolled over on the road 9th ranked Audentes SG (2-6) 74-47 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Tallina U. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Audentes SG to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Tallina U. forced 24 Audentes SG turnovers and outrebounded them 42-29 including 17 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a good game for American guard Samantha Mackay (173-91, college: Dayton, agency: Interperformances) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 7 rebounds, 11 assists and 6 steals. Estonian swingman Greeta Uprus (177-94) contributed with 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Tallina U. had such big advantage that coach Janne Rits felt comfortable to give the chance to play for 10 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Estonian guard Janne Pulk (172-0) replied with 14 points and Estonian center Siiri Kliimson (201-98) added 4 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Audentes SG. Tallina U. maintains sixth position with 6-1 record. Loser Audentes SG keeps the ninth place with six games lost. Tallina U. will face TTT Juniores (#7) in Riga in the next round.
Top scorers:
Audentes SG: J.Pulk 14+3reb, S.Tael 10+3reb+1ast, J.Teder 7+4reb+3ast, H.Ojamaa 6+1ast, P.Ignatjeva 4+3reb+1ast, S.Kliimson 4+9reb+3ast
Tallina U.: S.Mackay 19+7reb+11ast, G.Uprus 10+8reb, R.Rits 9+3reb+2ast, V.Kai Rebane 8+4reb+1ast, T.Kasemagi 7+3reb+1ast, E.Virma 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 535097


Tartu U. - LU 77-76

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked Latvijas Universitate (2-6) was edged on the road by eighth ranked Tartu U. (2-4) 77-76 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 28-23 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Tartu U. forced 34 Latvijas Universitate turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for Estonian guard Asi Anna-gret (172-2) who saved her team from a defeat with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 assists and 6 steals. Estonian forward Nele Laurimaa (178-93) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Tartu U.'s coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Liene Stalidzane (175-94) replied with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Ieva-Stefanija Jundase (178-94) added 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Latvijas Universitate. Four Latvijas Universitate players scored in double figures. Tartu U. maintains eighth position with 2-4 record. Latvijas Universitate lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
LU: L.Stalidzane 22+7reb+4ast, I.Stefanija Jundase 16+8reb+5ast, A.Kuzmina 10+6reb+2ast, A.Bruzinska 10+4reb+3ast, L.Magone 9+3reb+1ast, R.Misus 7+6reb+3ast
Tartu U.: A.Anna-gret 21+4reb+11ast, N.Laurimaa 20+5reb, E.Vaino 13+2reb+5ast, K.Vasiljeva 6+4reb+2ast, H.Saar 6+6reb, D.Park 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 535096


Vega 1/Liepaja - Catz 92-53

Third defeat of league's leader Catz (7-3) against third ranked Vega 1 (3-5) 92-53 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Catz. The game without a history. Vega 1 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Catz's 28. They outrebounded Catz 40-20 including a 26-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Vega 1 looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Catz's players. It was a good game for the former international forward Laura Audere (180-84) who led her team to a victory with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Sabine Lipe (176-99) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Vega 1's coach Armands Misus felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American Chandrea Jones (177-87, college: Syracuse, agency: LBM Management) replied with 15 points and 5 rebounds and center Heta Aijanen (186-97) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Catz. Five Vega 1 and four Catz players scored in double figures. Vega 1 maintains third position with 3-5 record having three points less than leader Rapla KK. Catz at the other side dropped to the second place with three games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Rapla KK. Catz will play next round against league's leader TTT Riga trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Vega 1 will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked RSU-Merks in Riga.
Top scorers:
Catz: C.Jones 15+5reb+1ast, H.Aijanen 14+5reb+1ast, C.Gronberg 11+2reb+2ast, V.McFarland 10+1reb+5ast, S.Walker 3+4reb, E.Reshetko 0
Vega 1/Liepaja: L.Audere 23+6reb+2ast, S.Lipe 17+3reb+3ast, K.Druskyte 11+7reb+3ast, I.Vitola 11+5reb+3ast, I.Jakobsone 11+4reb+6ast, E.Krista Grava 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 529849


Vega 1/Liepaja - Catz 53-69

An interesting game for Catz (7-3) which played road game in Liepaja against one of their biggest challengers Vega 1 (3-5). First ranked Catz had an easy win 69-53. The game was mostly controlled by Catz. Vega 1 was better in fourth quarter 18-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Vega 1 to just 5 points in second quarter. It was a good game for Russian forward Elena Reshetko (184-86) who led her team to a victory with 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American Chandrea Jones (177-87, college: Syracuse, agency: LBM Management) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. International guard Ilze Jakobsone (168-94) replied with 19 points and Lithuanian swingman Kriste Druskyte (180-92) added 13 points in the effort for Vega 1. Catz have a solid three-game winning streak. Despite that victory Catz went down to second position due to points difference. Loser Vega 1 keeps the third place with five games lost. Catz will face league's leader TTT Riga at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Vega 1 will play against RSU-Merks in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vega 1/Liepaja: I.Jakobsone 19+4reb+1ast, K.Druskyte 13+4reb+3ast, I.Vitola 11+2reb+6ast, L.Audere 4+7reb, K.Silaraja 3+4reb+1ast, K.Petermane 3+4reb+2ast
Catz: E.Reshetko 18+6reb, V.McFarland 16+1reb+4ast, C.Jones 15+7reb+2ast, C.Gronberg 8+3reb+1ast, S.Walker 7+6reb+3ast, V.Pirttinen 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 529848


RSU-Merks - TTT Riga 46-130

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Riga: TTT Riga (#2) and RSU-Merks (#4). RSU-Merks were smashed at home by 84 points 46-130 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The game without a history. TTT Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding RSU-Merks to just 6 points in first quarter. TTT Riga dominated down low during the game scoring 82 of its points in the paint compared to RSU-Merks' 30 and made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. TTT Riga forced 26 RSU-Merks turnovers and outrebounded them 50-25 including a 37-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 39 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by RSU-Merks' players. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Gunta Basko-Melnbarde (181-80, college: Siena, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American forward Aishah Sutherland (187-90, college: Kansas, agency: Two Points) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Five TTT Riga players scored in double figures. TTT Riga had such big advantage that coach Aigars Nerips felt comfortable to give the chance to play for 10 players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Paula Langina (183-94) who recorded 12 points and Anna Busa (182-96) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively. TTT Riga (7-0) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending champion (7-0) keeps a position of league leader. RSU-Merks at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. TTT Riga's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Catz in Lappeenranta and it will be for sure the game of the week. RSU-Merks will play at home against Vega 1 and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
RSU-Merks: P.Langina 12+4reb+2ast, A.Busa 11+5reb+2ast, G.Lagzdina 8+5reb+4ast, Z.Ozolina 7+3reb+4ast, E.Grinberga 5+6reb, A.Fridenberga 2+2reb+2ast
TTT Riga: G.Basko-Melnbarde 22+8reb+10ast, A.Sutherland 17+7reb+3ast, D.Strautmane 16+8reb+2ast, R.Veidere 15+4reb, G.Paugaite 12+9reb+1ast, A.Eibele 12+4reb+10ast
gschID: 529847


Tallina U. - Rapla KK 64-67

Undefeated Tallina U. (6-1) recorded its first loss in Tallinn on Friday night. Hosts were edged by top-ranked Rapla KK (8-0) 67-64. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 17-9 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Rapla KK outrebounded Tallina U. 37-26 including 22 on the defensive glass. Estonian guard Pirgit Puu (168-88) notched 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and Dutch point guard Francisca Petronelia-Donders (175-89, agency: LBM Management) supported her with 9 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 22 points and 6 assists by American guard Samantha Mackay (173-91, college: Dayton, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Tallina U.. Estonian center Trine Kasemagi (190-95) added 11 points and 8 rebounds. Tallina U.'s coach Janne Rits rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rapla KK have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 8-0 record. Loser Tallina U. keeps the sixth place with one game lost. Rapla KK will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tallina U. will play against TTT Juniores (#7) in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tallina U.: S.Mackay 22+1reb+6ast, T.Kasemagi 11+8reb+1ast, G.Uprus 11+4reb+1ast, R.Rits 6+1reb+1ast, E.Pajumets 5+3reb+4ast, V.Kai Rebane 4+3reb+2ast
Rapla KK: P.Puu 18+5reb+4ast, D.Lipinskaya 13+3reb+1ast, F.Petronelia Donders 9+10reb+5ast, L.Mesila-Kaarmann 9+5reb, E.Anett Poldmaa 7+3reb, K.Arbet-Lenear 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 535095





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Egle Sulciute selected the top Lithuanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Egle Sulciute
Egle Sulciute
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Egle Sulciute (190-85, currently plays in Italy). She was the major contributor in a San Martino's victory against the eighth-ranked Torino (5-13) 66-55 in the Italian Serie A1 in Sunday night's game. Sulciute scored 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes on the court. Fila San Martino Di Lupari (13-5) is placed fourth in the Serie A1. It was her team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Sulciute's first season with the team. She has relatively good stats this year: 11.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.6apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 61.2%(52-85), 3FGP: 28.8% and FT: 77.1% in 17 games she played so far. Sulciute is currently a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Marina Solopova
Marina Solopova
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Marina Solopova (182-90, currently plays in Czech Republic). She led Valosun Brno to an easy victory against the closely-ranked LOKO Trutnov (11-10) 88-71 in the Czech Republic ZBL last Saturday. Solopova scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Valosun KP Brno (14-5) is placed fourth in the ZBL. It was her team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This season Solopova has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.3apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 58.3%(35-60), 3FGP: 36.8% and FT: 82.0%. She is in the roster of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Gintare Petronyte
Gintare Petronyte
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Gintare Petronyte (196-89, currently plays in Euroleague). Petronyte could not help Mersin BSB (2-12) in their last game. Despite her very good performance the seventh-placed Mersin BSB (2-12) was crushed 75-52 on the road by the higher-ranked (#4) Fenerbahce in the group A of Euroleague. Petronyte was the top scorer with 17 points. She also added 4 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls in 27 minutes. The Regular Season already ended in the Euroleague. Petronyte has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 16.1ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.0apg, 1.8bpg, 2FGP: 61.6%(69-112), 3FGP: 39.1% and FT: 85.9% in 14 games. Ex-Kibirkstis-Tiche-IKI Vilnius player is also a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Kristina Alminaite
Kristina Alminaite
   #4. Center Kristina Alminaite (205-90, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Spar Citylift Girona in a victory against the 12th-ranked Zamarat (6-13) crushing them 88-61 in the Spanish LFB last Saturday. She recorded only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 14 minutes. Spar Citylift Girona (17-2) is placed second in the LFB. It was her team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. This year Alminaite's overall stats are: 4.4ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.2bpg in 16 games. She used to play for the Lithuanian national team back in 2015.

Gintare Mazionyte
Gintare Mazionyte
   #5. Former international power forward Gintare Mazionyte (188-91, college: Texas, currently plays in Italy) led Orvieto to a victory against the seventh-ranked Scrivia (11-8) 64-50 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) on Saturday night. Mazionyte recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 19 rebounds. She also added and 4 steals; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Mazionyte's third season in pro basketball. Ceprini Orvieto (13-5) is placed fourth in Group A. This season Mazionyte has very high stats. She averages: 16.2ppg, 12.7rpg, 1.6apg and 2.8spg. Mazionyte used to play for the Lithuanian national team five years ago.

Giedre Paugaite
Giedre Paugaite
   #6. Power forward Giedre Paugaite (193-90, currently plays in Latvia) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked RSU-Merks (0-9) crushing them 129-28 in a derby game in the Latvian NBL in Wednesday night's game. She scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. TTT Riga (7-0) is placed first in Places 1-4 group. So far her team won all seven games in the Second Stage. Paugaite has reliable stats this year: 14.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2bpg in 14 games. She is an international player who is currently on the senior Lithuanian National Team roster.

Dovile Miliauskaite
Dovile Miliauskaite
   #7. Former U20 international power forward Dovile Miliauskaite (187-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Towson, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Rivas Promete (11-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Miliauskaite's good performance Rivas Promete (#6) was defeated 79-70 on the opponent's court by the leading Alcobendas in the Group B. She recorded 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Miliauskaite's stats this season are: 10.6ppg and 7.7rpg. She used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team eight years ago.

Mante Kvederaviciute
Mante Kvederaviciute
   #8. Guard Mante Kvederaviciute (180-90, currently plays in Sweden) led Visby Ladies to a 3-point victory over the closely-ranked KFUM Ostersund (10-13) 76-73 in the Swedish Damligan on Saturday night. Kvederaviciute was MVP of the game. She recorded 26 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 31 minutes. Visby Ladies (8-15) is placed second from the bottom (#9) in the Damligan. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Kvederaviciute has very impressive stats this year: 17.3ppg, 4.9rpg and 4.0apg in 10 games. She plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

Julita Bungaite
Julita Bungaite
   #9. Former international power forward Julita Bungaite (187-87, agency: Promotex, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Cagliari CUS (3-15) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Bungaite's good performance Cagliari CUS (#13) was crushed 70-44 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Empoli in the Group A. She was the top scorer with 14 points. Bungaite also added 8 rebounds. Bungaite averaged so far 10.3ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.2apg and 1.6spg. She used to play for the Lithuanian national team five years ago.

Ieva Preskienyte
Ieva Preskienyte
   #10. Center Ieva Preskienyte (193-93, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Oviedo (7-12) 83-67 in the Spanish LF2 (second division) last Saturday. Preskienyte recorded 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. Aros Leon Cuna del Parlamentarismo (18-1) is placed first in Group A. This year Preskienyte's total stats are: 9.0ppg and 5.0rpg in 18 games. She is a former U20 international player as four years ago she still played for the Lithuanian national team.

   #11. International swingman Kriste Druskyte (180-92, currently plays in Latvia) couldn't help Vega 1 (3-5) in their last game. Despite her good performance Vega 1 (#3) was badly defeated 69-53 in Lappeenranta by the second-ranked Catz in the Places 1-4 group. Druskyte was the second best scorer with 13 points. She also added 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 30 minutes. Druskyte has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 6.7rpg and 2.3apg in 12 games. She plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

   #12. International point guard Inesa Visgaudaite (169-91, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the 16th-ranked Braunschweig crushing them 74-51 in the German 2.Bundesliga (second division) last Sunday. Visgaudaite scored 8 points and had 3 steals. She averaged so far 11.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.1apg. Visgaudaite is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

   #13. Former U20 international forward Gabriele Narviciute (190-90, currently plays in Italy) faced previously mentioned Julita Bungaite in the Italian Serie A2 last game. Narviciute contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Cagliari CUS crushing them 70-44. She recorded 8 points, 4 assists and 3 steals in 24 minutes. Narviciute's stats this year are: 10.3ppg, 8.6rpg, 2.9apg, 1.1bpg and 2.0spg in 19 games. She used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team seven years ago.

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

   #1. Sofija Aleksandravicius (196-F-91, agency: LBM Management, college: Davidson, currently plays in Italy) led Vigarano to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Battipaglia (3-15) 87-78 in the Italian Serie A1 in Sunday night's game. Aleksandravicius was MVP of the game. She recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 10 rebounds. Aleksandravicius also added and 3 steals. Meccanica Nova Vigarano (5-13) is placed ninth in the Serie A1. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Aleksandravicius has reliable stats this season: 14.5ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.3spg. She is a naturalized American. Aleksandravicius used to play for Kibirkstis-Tiche-IKI Vilnius in Lithuanian league.

   #2. Gabriele Nikitinaite (178-SG-98, currently plays in United Kingdom) was the major contributor in Suns' victory against the closely-ranked Archers (3-10) crushing them 81-47 in the British WBBL on Friday night. Nikitinaite scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Sevenoaks Suns (7-4) is placed fifth in the WBBL. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. Nikitinaite is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her fifth year in Suns' roster. She averaged so far 12.5ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.7apg. Nikitinaite has a dual citizenship: Lithuanian and British. Despite her Lithuanian passport, Nikitinaite currently plays for the British U20 national team and is not eligible to play for the Lithuanian team.



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No. 22 Kentucky tops No. 3 Mississippi State 78-75 in OT - by Eurobasket News

Kentucky had worked all season toward the signature win it felt capable of, and seniors Makayla Epps (5'10''-G) and Evelyn Akhator (6'3''-F-95) did everything possible in tense moments to make it happen in their home finales. Their clutch efforts earned the No. 22 Wildcats a memorable and significant win on many levels for a program once left with six scholarship players following an exodus of athletes and assistant coaches. Epps scored the go-ahead basket with 8.7 seconds remaining in overtime and Evelyn Akhator had eight points in the extra session to give Kentucky a 78-75 upset victory over No. 3 Mississippi State on Thursday night. After Akhator's layup with 55 seconds left tied it 75, Epps grabbed Makenzie Cann (6'1''-G)'s missed 3-pointer and moved in for the soft tip-in to put Kentucky ahead to stay in a tense game featuring nine ties and 15 lead changes - with most coming after halftime. Maci Morris (6'0''-G-96)' free throw with 1.8 seconds left sealed the victory and the Wildcats' eighth straight 20-win season. "It was just us being in the right places at the right times," Epps said about her second and final rebound. "We just wanted to go out in style." Epps and Akhator delivered with big performances after halftime. Akhator scored 22 points in the fourth quarter and OT to finish with 27 points after frequently finding openings under the basket. The forward also had 16 rebounds in her home finale. "I just said, yeah, I'm going to attack them off the dribble and I did," said Akhator, who made 11 of 20 from the field. Epps scored 10 of her 22 points in the third quarter to help Kentucky (20-8, 11-4 Southeastern Conference) stay close before eventually denying the Bulldogs' quest to clinch a share of their first SEC title. Mississippi State is now tied with No. 7 South Carolina, which beat Texas A&M 80-64 and has already beaten the Bulldogs. Victoria Vivians (6'1''-G-94) had 27 points, and Morgan William (5'5''-G-96) added 20 for Mississippi State (27-2, 13-2). It had won seven straight.
Courtesy of: thesouthern.com



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

26-year old forward Katerina Dorogobuzova (190-F-90) had a great game in the last round for AZS UMCS and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
She had a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds, while her team outclassed Widzew (#11, 3-16) with 32-point margin 84-52. AZS UMCS maintains the 7th position in Polish TBLK. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. AZS UMCS will need more victories to improve their 11-8 record. In the team's last game Dorogobuzova had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. It's her second year at AZS UMCS and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Katerina Dorogobuzova averages this season 10.8ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Marija Rezan (198-C-89) of CCC Polkowice. She is Croatian center in her first season at CCC Polkowice. In the last game Rezan recorded impressive double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as CCC Polkowice was edged by the higher-ranked Sleza Wroclaw (#1, 16-3) 59-56. CCC Polkowice managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Rezan is a newcomer at CCC Polkowice and despite she is not a team leader yet, every game she becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Ketia Swanier (170-PG-86) of JAS FBG (#9). Swanier showcased her all-around game by recording 19 points, six rebounds and nine assists in the last round. Despite Swanier's great performance JAS FBG lost 62-71 to the higher-ranked Artego Bydg. (#5, 12-7). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of JAS FBG 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 her teammates, Swanier could try to bring JAS FBG's a little bit higher in the standings. Swanier has individually a great season in Poland. After 19 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 6.2apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nicole Michael (188-F-87) of Energa Torun - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Tess Madgen (180-F-90) of AZS UMCS - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Mariah King (188-F-90) of JAS FBG - 20 points and 8 rebounds
7. Sharnee Zoll-Norman (170-PG-86) of Sleza Wroclaw - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Kateryna Rymarenko (187-F-90) of Sleza Wroclaw - 12 points and 10 rebounds
9. Hind Ben Abdelkader (172-PG-95) of Wisla Can-Pack - 12 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Bernice Mosby (186-SF-84) of Artego Bydg. - 13 points, 4 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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Liga Nationala Round 2 (Second Stage): CSM Targoviste beat Cluj Napoca in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Second Stage in Liga Nationala.

An exciting game was played in Targoviste. CSM Targoviste faced Cluj Napoca. Host CSM Targoviste (15-5) defeated guests from Cluj Napoca (13-7) 58-53. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. CSM Targoviste outrebounded Cluj Napoca 47-33 including 17 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Porchia Green (180-87, college: Ball St.) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists. The other American import forward Monique Coker (185-82, college: ODU) chipped in 16 points and 15 rebounds. American point guard Adrianne Ross (173-84, college: TCU) produced 19 points for the guests. CSM Targoviste are looking forward to face Satu Mare (#6) on the road in the next round. Cluj Napoca will play against Galati and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Sfantu Gheorghe. Local Sf.Gheorghe (19-1) outscored Galati (10-10) 88-61. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Chucky Jeffery (178-91, college: Colorado) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 5 assists. Tyaunna Marshall contributed with 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Sf.Gheorghe's coach Zoran Mikes felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Erica Covile (185, college: Temple) replied with 9 points and 10 rebounds for Galati. Sf.Gheorghe will play against Brasov (#4) on the road in the next round. Galati will play against Cluj Napoca and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 2 Satu Mare defeated Brasov in a road game 72-61.

Sf.Gheorghe - Galati 88-61

The game with biggest result difference took place in Sfantu Gheorghe. Local Sf.Gheorghe (19-1) outscored Galati (10-10) 88-61. The game was mostly controlled by Sf.Gheorghe. Galati was better in fourth quarter 16-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sf.Gheorghe forced 19 Galati turnovers and outrebounded them 42-23 including a 32-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Galati's players. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Chucky Jeffery (178-91, college: Colorado) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 5 assists. Swingman Tyaunna Marshall (175-92, college: Georgia Tech) contributed with 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Sf.Gheorghe's coach Zoran Mikes felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Erica Covile (185, college: Temple) replied with 9 points and 10 rebounds and forward Shanice Steenholdt (183-92, college: Houston Baptist) added 15 points in the effort for Galati. Sf.Gheorghe will play against Brasov (#4) on the road in the next round. Galati will play against Cluj Napoca and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Galati: S.Steenholdt 15+3reb, A.Dumitrache 10+1ast, K.Rutan 10+2reb+1ast, E.Covile 9+10reb+2ast, R.Filip 9+1reb+3ast, M.McKenzie 6+5reb+1ast
Sf.Gheorghe: C.Jeffery 23+4reb+5ast, T.Marshall 20+9reb+2ast, C.Shegog 14+7reb, A.Parau 9+4reb+10ast, C.Harris 8+3reb, A.Stoenescu 4
gschID: 535312


Brasov - Satu Mare 61-72

There was a minor upset when Brasov (12-8) was defeated at home by Satu Mare (9-11) 72-61. The game was mostly controlled by Satu Mare. Brasov was better in fourth quarter 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Satu Mare had a 34-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Chastity Reed (185-89, college: UALR) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Serbian power forward Kristina Baltic (190-90) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 19 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Dominique Johnson (168-94, college: Towson) replied with 24 points and her fellow American import swingman Adrienne Webb (175-90, college: LSU) added 15 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Brasov. Satu Mare will play against CSM Targoviste at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Brasov will play against Sf.Gheorghe and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Brasov: D.Johnson 24+1reb+3ast, A.Webb 15+10reb, B.Pesovic 12+5reb+4ast, K.Higgins 8+10reb, D.Ardelean 2+3reb+1ast, A.Haas 0
Satu Mare: A.Olah 20+1reb+5ast, C.Reed 20+13reb+5ast, K.Baltic 18+19reb+1ast, F.Ferenczi 7+6reb+2ast, R.Szmutku 7+2reb+3ast, M.Tavic 0
gschID: 535313


Targoviste - Cluj Napoca 58-53

An exciting game was played in Targoviste. CSM Targoviste faced Cluj Napoca. Host CSM Targoviste (15-5) defeated guests from Cluj Napoca (13-7) 58-53. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. CSM Targoviste outrebounded Cluj Napoca 47-33 including 17 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Porchia Green (180-87, college: Ball St.) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists. The other American import forward Monique Coker (185-82, college: ODU) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 15 rebounds. American point guard Adrianne Ross (173-84, college: TCU) produced 19 points and the former international forward Simina Mandache (185-81) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. CSM Targoviste are looking forward to face Satu Mare (#6) on the road in the next round. Cluj Napoca will play against Galati and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cluj Napoca: A.Ross 19+1reb+2ast, S.Mandache 10+7reb+1ast, B.Denson 8+10reb, T.Harrison 6+4reb+2ast, G.Irimia 4+1reb, D.Butulija 2+2reb+4ast
Targoviste: P.Poole 23+4reb, M.Coker 16+15reb+1ast, P.Green 13+14reb+7ast, G.Toma 6+7reb, M.Tanase 0, V.Dinca 0+3reb
gschID: 535314





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Ivanova's double-double lands her Superleague 1 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

17-year old Aleksandra Ivanova (99) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked MBA-2 and receives a Eurobasket.com Superleague 1 Player of the Week award for round 30.
She had a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds, while her team crushed Stavropol (#7, 12-18) with 20-point margin 76-56. MBA-2 is placed at 2nd position in Russian league. MBA-2 is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 17-15 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Ivanova as usually she does not deliver so high stats. Ivanova has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 7.6rpg) and averages solid 50.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Kristina Evseytcheva (174-G-91) of Samara. She is a guard in her 4th season at Samara. In the last game Evseytcheva recorded impressive 19 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Samara lost that game 68-74 to the lower-ranked Dynamo-2 M. (#9, 11-17). Samara managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-14 record is not bad and everything may still change. Evseytcheva is one of the most experienced players at Samara and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Marina Sheveleva (184-F-89) of Nika (#6). Sheveleva scored 19 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Sheveleva's great performance Nika lost 66-72 to slightly lower-ranked Sparta&K-2 V (#8, 11-17). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Nika ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 16 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of her teammates, Sheveleva could help Nika to bring them higher in the standings. Sheveleva has a great season in Russia. After 26 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 13.5ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Elizaveta Krymova (180-F-96) of Dynamo-Farm - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Elena Fedotova (185-F/C-90) of Stavropol - 17 points and 6 rebounds
6. Olga Ovcharenko (185-F-79) of Samara - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Ksenia Sharova (178-SF-98) of Sparta&K-2 V - 27 points and 2 rebounds
8. Sevara Nuritdinova (163-PG-98) of Sparta&K-2 V - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Anna Zaytseva (183-F/C-99) of Dynamo-2 M. - 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Olga Frolkina (183-F-97) of Dynamo-Farm - 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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1 ZLS Round 19: Radivoj Korac overcome ZKK Kraljevo in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in 1 ZLS is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Beograd. First ranked Radivoj Korac faced 4th placed ZKK Kraljevo. Host Radivoj Korac (17-2) defeated guests from Kraljevo (12-7) 83-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ZKK Kraljevo. The game was mostly controlled by Radivoj Korac. ZKK Kraljevo managed to win third quarter 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Anja Spasojevic (180-96) fired 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Marija Stojiljkovic (186-98) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. Radivoj Korac's coach Milos Pavlovic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Tamara Bajic (175-87) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists for lost side. Radivoj Korac have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-2 record. ZKK Kraljevo at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with Vrsac. Radivoj Korac are looking forward to face ZKK Vrsac (#4) on the road in the next round. ZKK Kraljevo will play against Student and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Beograd. Local Crvena Zvezda (15-4) outscored 7th ranked Spartak (8-11) 77-47. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Marija Prlja (163-87) who helped to win the game recording 15 points. Milica Bojovic contributed with 9 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Crvena Zvezda's coach Dragan Vukovic felt very confident using entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Power forward Natasa Pavlov (179-93) answered with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for Spartak. Crvena Zvezda have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 15-4 record having just two points less than leader Radivoj Korac, which they share with Partizan. Spartak at the other side keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Sabac. Crvena Zvezda's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena Partizan.

Other games of round 19 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Novosadska ZKA was defeated by Student in Nis 61-50. Sumadija KG was beaten by Partizan at home 85-89. Sabac lost to Vrbas Medela on the opponent's court 68-72.
The best stats of 19th round was 21 points and 7 rebounds by Jovana Jeremic of Student.

Student - Novosadska ZKA 61-50

There was no surprise in Nis where 11th ranked Novosadska ZKA (3-15) was defeated by ninth ranked Student (7-12) 61-50. The game was mostly controlled by Student. Novosadska ZKA was better in fourth quarter 20-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Novosadska ZKA to just 6 points in second quarter. Student made 24-of-31 charity shots (77.4 percent) during the game. They also forced 25 Novosadska ZKA turnovers. Novosadska ZKA was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Jovana Jeremic (-95) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 7 rebounds. Dragana Nikolic (189-95, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Lara Radulovic (-98) answered with 18 points and 8 rebounds and center Anastasija Podunavac (184-97) added 10 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Novosadska ZKA. Student maintains ninth place with 7-12 record. Novosadska ZKA lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Student will play against higher ranked ZKK Kraljevo (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Novosadska ZKA will play against Sumadija KG (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Student: J.Jeremic 21+7reb+3ast, D.Nikolic 12+7reb, D.Dimitrijevic 7+5reb+1ast, V.Vujisic 7+2reb+2ast, M.Zivkovic 7+10reb, D.Tocakovic 4+4reb
Novosadska ZKA: L.Radulovic 18+8reb+2ast, D.Radovic 12+2ast, A.Podunavac 10+11reb+2ast, T.Jovancevic 3+5reb+1ast, L.Radulovic 3+6reb+1ast, A.Pesut 2+1ast
gschID: 497692


Sumadija KG - Partizan 85-89

No shocking result in a game in Kragujevac where third ranked Partizan (15-4) defeated 10th ranked Sumadija KG (5-14) 89-85. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 33-24. But Sumadija KG won third quarter 18-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Partizan players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Milica Spikic (174-91) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Suzana Milovanovic (185-79) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Partizan's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Kristina Milosevic (177-90) answered with 23 points, 5 assists and 4 steals and American guard Stephanie Gardner (170-92, college: ODU) added 21 points in the effort for Sumadija KG. Four Partizan and five Sumadija KG players scored in double figures. Partizan have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Crvena Zvezda. Sumadija KG at the other side keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. Partizan's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beograd Crvena Zvezda.
Top scorers:
Partizan: M.Spikic 20+7reb+4ast, M.Zivadinovic 17+3reb+4ast, S.Milovanovic 12+10reb+3ast, A.Miletic 12+1ast, M.Petrovic 11+3reb+2ast, M.Todorovic 6
Sumadija KG: K.Milosevic 23+4reb+5ast, S.Gardner 21+4reb+2ast, S.Lazareska 17+4reb+5ast, P.Williams 11+4reb, J.Trifunovic 10+5reb+5ast, K.Jancic 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 497691


Crvena Zvezda - Spartak 77-47

The game with biggest result difference took place in Beograd. Local Crvena Zvezda (15-4) outscored 7th ranked Spartak (8-11) 77-47. The game without a history. Crvena Zvezda led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Crvena Zvezda forced 27 Spartak turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Marija Prlja (163-87) who helped to win the game recording 15 points. Center Milica Bojovic (189-98) contributed with 9 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Crvena Zvezda's coach Dragan Vukovic felt very confident using entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Power forward Natasa Pavlov (179-93) answered with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Bosnian guard Rada Vidovic (177-79) added 8 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Spartak. Crvena Zvezda have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 15-4 record having just two points less than leader Radivoj Korac, which they share with Partizan. Spartak at the other side keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Sabac. Crvena Zvezda's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena Partizan.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: M.Prlja 15+4reb+1ast, S.Bogicevic 10+1reb+2ast, M.Bojovic 9+8reb+1ast, M.Djordjevic 8+6reb+1ast, I.Katanic 8+2reb+2ast, N.Naumcev 6+4reb+4ast
Spartak: N.Pavlov 15+6reb+4ast, S.Suturovic 10+3reb+1ast, A.Zlajic 8+6reb+2ast, R.Vidovic 8+6reb+6ast, M.Ivic 6+6reb, J.Mirosavljev 0+3reb
gschID: 497690


Vrbas Medela - Sabac 72-68

Rather expected game when 8th ranked Sabac (8-11) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Vrbas Medela (11-8) 72-68. The hosts were already 18 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 24-10 Sabac's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 72-68 at the end of the game. Vrbas Medela had a 33-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was a very good performance for Olga Stepanovic (178-94) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. Power forward Natasa Mijatovic (191-89) contributed with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Bojana Stevanovic (180-96) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and Dragana Jokic (172-99) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Sabac. Vrbas Medela maintains sixth place with 11-8 record. Sabac lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. They share it with Spartak. Vrbas Medela will play against Spartak (#7) in Subotica in the next round. Sabac will play at home against Vojvodina and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Vrbas Medela: M.Dzombeta 19+3reb+7ast, N.Mijatovic 19+8reb+3ast, O.Stepanovic 18+13reb+3ast, M.Jankovic 8+13reb+2ast, J.Nikpaljevic 8+6reb+3ast, T.Cukic 0
Sabac: B.Stevanovic 20+13reb+4ast, D.Jokic 14+6reb+3ast, M.Velisavljevic 12+7reb, S.Markovic 7+1reb, K.Andjelkovic 5+3reb+1ast, T.Trebovac 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 497689


Radivoj Korac - Kraljevo 83-72

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Beograd. First ranked Radivoj Korac faced 4th placed ZKK Kraljevo. Host Radivoj Korac (17-2) defeated guests from Kraljevo (12-7) 83-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ZKK Kraljevo. The game was mostly controlled by Radivoj Korac. ZKK Kraljevo managed to win third quarter 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Anja Spasojevic (180-96) fired 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Marija Stojiljkovic (186-98) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds. Radivoj Korac's coach Milos Pavlovic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Tamara Bajic (175-87) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists and swingman Tamara Rajic (182-93) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Radivoj Korac have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-2 record. ZKK Kraljevo at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with Vrsac. Radivoj Korac are looking forward to face ZKK Vrsac (#4) on the road in the next round. ZKK Kraljevo will play against Student and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Radivoj Korac: A.Spasojevic 22+6reb, M.Stojiljkovic 20+5reb+3ast, M.Mitrovic 13+5reb, J.Novkovic 7+4reb+1ast, L.Vuckovic 7+1reb+2ast, T.Turudic 7+10reb+3ast
Kraljevo: T.Bajic 26+5reb+11ast, A.Katic 12+1reb+1ast, T.Rajic 10+6reb+1ast, Z.Jankovic 7+8reb+1ast, A.Radic 6+5reb+1ast, A.Tossou-Afanwoubo 6+2reb
gschID: 497687





Angers sign Milica Ivanovic - by Eurobasket News

Angers - Union Feminine Basket 49 (LFB) signed 29-year old Serbian ex-international guard Milica Ivanovic (175-88, college: Catawba, agency: LBM Management). She started the season at TSV 1880 Wasserburg in German DBBL. In 17 games she had 8.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.5spg this season. Ivanovic also played 8 games in Eurocup where she recorded 8.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.0apg and 1.4spg. The last season she played at Uniao Sportiva in Portuguese Liga Feminina. In 27 games she averaged impressive 15.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.7apg and 1.6spg. Ivanovic helped them to win the Portuguese League title (twice) and the Supercup (also twice). She also played 8 games in Eurocup where she got 14.1ppg, 5.6rpg, 3.0apg and 2.0spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Ivanovic was voted Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Honorable Mention back in 2014.
She also represented Serbia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 3.0ppg, 1.5rpg.
Ivanovic has played also professionally in Romania (Sf.Gheorghe), Hungary (UNI Gyor) and Serbia (Vozdovac).
She attended Catawba College until 2011 and it is her sixth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Iva Roglic (ex Novosadska ZKA) agreed terms with Angers - by Eurobasket News

Angers - Union Feminine Basket 49 (LFB) inked 29-year old Serbian power forward Iva Roglic (189-88). She started the season at Novosadska ZKA Novi Sad in Serbian 1 ZLS. In 5 games she recorded 10.0ppg, 14.2rpg, 2.8apg and 2.2spg this season.
Part of last season Roglic spent at Buducnost in Montenegrin league where in 10 WABA games she averaged 6.1ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.4spg. She also played earlier that season for Picken Claret in Spanish LF2. In 9 games she had 3.1ppg and 4.7rpg.
Among other achievements Roglic won Montenegrin League championship title in 2016. She received also Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Most Improved of the Year award back in 2009.
Roglic was also a member of Serbian international program for some years. She played for Serbian Senior National Team between 2008 and 2012 and previously for U20 National Team in 2008.
Roglic represented Serbia at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) eight years ago. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 4.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.0apg.
Roglic is a very experienced player. She has played also professionally in Germany (TSV 1880 Wasserburg and ChemCats Chemnitz), Hungary (MTK Budapest, Szeged and Atomeromu) and France (COB Calais).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Viktoria Feherova gets MVP of the Week award for Slovakian Extraliga (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

Talented Viktoria Feherova (175-PF-99) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for UKF Nitra and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Second Stage).
The 17-year old power forward had a double-double of 22 points and twelve rebounds, while her team crushed Slovan (#8, 1-14) with 23-point margin 67-44. UKF Nitra maintains the 7th position in their group in Slovakian Extraliga. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. UKF Nitra have already lost 13 games and recorded just four victories. In the team's last game Feherova had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for her as usually she does not deliver so high stats. Viktoria Feherova averages this season 10.9ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American center Monique Oliver (188-C-91) of second-ranked Piestanske C.. Oliver impressed basketball fans with 7 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Piestanske C. lost that game 65-80 to Good Angels (8-1). The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Oliver is a newcomer at Piestanske C. and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.0ppg (#1). She also registered 9.8 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Vicki Baugh (193-F/C-89) of top-ranked Good Angels. Baugh scored 11 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). She was a key player of Good Angels, leading her team to a 80-65 easy win against #2 ranked Piestanske C. in a game of the week. Good Angels confirms their top position in Places 1-4. Baugh has a very solid season. In 17 games in Slovakia she scored 9.7ppg. She also has 6.2rpg and FGP: 68.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Beata Jassova (190-C-93) of Banska Bystrica - 7 points and 16 rebounds
5. Zofia Zarevuckaa (190-C-95) of Slovan - 13 points and 10 rebounds
6. Lena Slezarikova (175-SG-93) of Samorin - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Rebecca Allen (185-G-92) of Good Angels - 21 points and 3 rebounds
8. Taijah Campbell (190-F-94) of MBK Ruzomb. - 10 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) of Good Angels - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Zuzana Lazarova (168-PG-87) of MBK Ruzomb. - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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WBBL Friday Fever 24 Feb - by Paul Nilsen

It's another huge weekend in the WBBL and not least for Matthew Harber and his Leicester Riders side as they target a first ever showpiece Final appearance.

They will have to do it the hard way and overcome league leaders and local rivals Nottingham Wildcats tomorrow, in a derby on their home floor with more than a little added spice.

The winners will grab that precious ticket to the 2017 British Basketball Trophy Finals at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow next month.

"We have managed to dodge each other so far this season, so neither team has that experience and must bring some fresh ideas to try out," stated Harber ahead of the mouth-watering East Midland match-up.

"I think Wildcats took a step up in the signing of Joana Ferreira recently as she has been a good addition who has helped the other pieces to fall into place.

"With Ashley Harris obviously a major contender for league MVP this season, these are two dynamics that we need to be mindful of.

"We also have to focus strongly on the defensive side of our game and make sure we can get the number of stops we need to win and really keep their points tally down.

"Reaching a major Final was the target of the organisation at the start of the season and hasn't changed, so we are aware that we need to make up for missing out on the Cup Final if we can.

"We have another shot waiting in front of us and I know we will be competitive, so we just have to make sure that we execute at both ends of the floor as well," added the play-caller.

Riders will also have to write an additional note of history if they are to leap into their maiden Final and that is beat their derby rivals for the first time, since they are 0-5 in all WBBL competitions against Wildcats.

The other Semi-Final which also tips-off at 3pm tomorrow, sees Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters entertain Sevenoaks Suns and the home side will be favourites to advance, having won seven of eight WBBL meetings against the visitors.

However, Suns are in good form of late and are highly dangerous with Cat Carr and Anne Pedersen putting in some big performances.

Hatters will also be keen to successfully retain the Trophy they won just over a year ago at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Monique REID
  Beroe
  (185-PF-90)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Reid, Beroe23.3 
 2. Prezelj, Athlete .23.2 
 3. Evans, Athlete .18.2 
 4. Matovic, Buducnost17.5 
 5. Mujovic, Buducnost15.5 
 6. Matic, Partizan14.9 
 7. Ceazer, Play Off14.0 
 8. Kalusic, Triglav13.9 
 9. Delic, Play Off13.9 
 10. Delic, Play Off13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shante EVANS
  Athlete .
  (184-F/C-91)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Evans, Athlete .11.1 
 2. Reid, Beroe10.8 
 3. Mathieu, Badel10.5 
 4. Milovanovic, Partizan8.9 
 5. Topuzovic, Buduc.8.8 
 6. Stjepanovic, Buduc.7.8 
 7. Allen, Montana .7.5 
 8. Zackery, Beroe7.3 
 9. Miteva, Beroe7.3 
 10. Burdgess, Montana .7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Charel ALLEN
  Montana .
  (181-G-86)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Allen, Montana .6.3 
 2. Zivadinovic, Partizan5.0 
 3. Potocnik, Athlete .4.5 
 4. Mujovic, Buducnost4.5 
 5. Stoycheva, Montana .4.5 
 6. Delic, Play Off4.5 
 7. Bajic, Kraljevo4.3 
 8. Delic, Play Off4.3 
 9. Pye, Beroe4.2 
 10. Matovic, Buducnost3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Aleksandra KATANIC
  Crvena Z.
  (172-PG-97)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Katanic, Crvena Z.3.3 
 2. Delic, Play Off3.0 
 3. Zdolsek, Triglav2.9 
 4. Reid, Beroe2.8 
 5. Mujovic, Buducnost2.8 
 6. Perkins, Beroe2.7 
 7. Potocnik, Athlete .2.7 
 8. Abramovic, Triglav2.6 
 9. Matovic, Buducnost2.4 
 10. Dimitrova, Montana .2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Marusa SENICAR
  Triglav
  (183-SF-97)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Senicar, Triglav1.1 
 2. Matic, Partizan1.1 
 3. Miteva, Beroe1.0 
 4. Ciric, Crvena Z.0.9 
 5. Tomova, Beroe0.9 
 6. Fall, Buducnost0.8 
 7. Tesic, Crvena Z.0.7 
 8. Stjepanovic, Buduc.0.7 
 9. Rajic, Kraljevo0.7 
 10. Maric, Athlete Celje0.7 


Evans' double-double lands her (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old power forward Shante Evans (184-F/C-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for Athlete Celje and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Second Stage).
She had a double-double of 29 points and 18 rebounds, while her team beat Play Off (#7, 3-9) 88-82. Athlete Celje maintains the 4th position in WABA . They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Athlete Celje will need more victories to improve their 8-4 record. In the team's last game Evans had a remarkable 78.6% from 2-point range. She turned to be Athlete Celje's top player in her first season with the team. Hofstra University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Evans is in league's top in points (3rd best: 18.2ppg) and averages solid 53.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Jovana Markovic (186-PF-97, agency: BeoBasket) of Play Off. She is a forward in her 3rd season at Play Off. In the last game Markovic recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Play Off lost that game 82-88 to the higher-ranked Athlete Celje (#4, 8-4). Play Off managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. 9 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Play Off managed to get this Second Stage. Markovic is one of the most experienced players at Play Off and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Kellindra Zackery (184-F-88) of league's second-best Beroe. Zackery scored 23 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). She was a key player of Beroe, leading her team to a 68-54 easy win against #3 ranked Buducnost in a game of the week. Beroe needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 3 lost games. Zackery has a great season in WABA. After 13 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.3rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Annamaria Prezelj (177-SG-97) of Athlete Celje - 28 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Monique Reid (185-PF-90) of Beroe - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Aida Kalusic (187-C-87) of Triglav - 21 points and 7 rebounds
7. Bozica Mujovic (178-G-96) of Buducnost - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Nikolina Delic (184-SG-96) of Play Off - 8 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Nikolina Sofric (186-F/C) of Triglav - 12 points and 5 rebounds
10. Andjela Delic (184-G-96) of Play Off - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists

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



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AlumNation and 3v3 Tournament at 2017 Women's Final Four - by Willie McCray

AlumNation and 3v3 Tournament at 2017 Women's Final Four

'Created to bring former women's basketball players together to celebrate the competitive spirit of the Women's Final Four weekend, AlumNation again will serve as the premier gathering for former NCAA women's basketball student-athletes.
AlumNation programming includes a number of special activities planned in conjunction with the 2017 Women's Final Four being played March 31 and April 2 at American Airlines Center in Dallas. Former Divisions I, II and III players involved in AlumNation receive a special ticket package that will include tickets to the games, a commemorative swag bag, invitations to exclusive pregame parties and more.

In addition, former players can show they still have game by competing in the AlumNation 3v3 Tournament from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 2, in Tourney Town presented by Capital One just outside American Airlines Center. Participants can reconnect with former teammates and compete for bragging rights. The winning team will win four tickets to the 2018 Women's Final Four in Columbus, Ohio, and a four-night stay at the NCAA headquarters hotel.
Additional information regarding AlumNation or the AlumNation 3v3 Tournament is available at ncaa.com/womens-final-four/alumnation or can be obtained by contacting Kelsey Harris at 317-917-6820 or kharris@ncaa.org.'

By Rick Nixon