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  ABA LEAGUE  


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ante ZIZIC
  Cibona
  (210-F/C-97)
  Avg: 20
 1. Zizic, Cibona20.0 
 2. Marinkovic, Zadar18.0 
 3. Boatright, Cedevita17.3 
 4. Lukovic, Krka16.4 
 5. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija16.4 
 6. Labovic, Karpos S.15.7 
 7. Jefferson, Un.Olimp.15.4 
 8. Hatcher, Partizan15.0 
 9. Waller, Mornar Bar14.8 
 10. Barac, Zadar14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante ZIZIC
  Cibona
  (210-F/C-97)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Zizic, Cibona9.2 
 2. Kaba, Mega Leks7.8 
 3. Lukovic, Krka7.6 
 4. Oliver, Un.Olimpija7.4 
 5. Bilan, Cedevita7.3 
 6. Bolden, FMP7.3 
 7. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija7.1 
 8. Scott, MZT Skopje7.0 
 9. Klassen, Buducnost6.6 
 10. Zagorac, Mega Leks6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Scottie REYNOLDS
  Cibona
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Reynolds, Cibona6.7 
 2. Jackson, Cedevita6.6 
 3. Covic, FMP6.4 
 4. Williams, Buducnost6.2 
 5. Jovic, Crvena Z.6.2 
 6. Rebec, Krka5.9 
 7. Vladovic, Zadar4.8 
 8. Babic, Cedevita4.6 
 9. Diabate, MZT S.4.6 
 10. Bakic, Mornar Bar4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Vukota PAVIC
  Mornar Bar
  (203-C-93)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Pavic, Mornar Bar1.8 
 2. Vladovic, Zadar1.8 
 3. Hrovat, Un.Olimpija1.8 
 4. Labovic, Karpos S.1.7 
 5. Reynolds, Cibona1.7 
 6. Ramljak, Zadar1.6 
 7. Perry, Karpos S.1.6 
 8. Oliver, Un.Olimpija1.5 
 9. Kaba, Mega Leks1.5 
 10. Rozic, Cibona1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Partizan
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lukovic, Partizan1.8 
 2. James, Buducnost1.6 
 3. Ellis, Mornar Bar1.5 
 4. Austin, FMP1.3 
 5. Scott, MZT Skopje1.3 
 6. Begic, Cedevita1.2 
 7. Zizic, Cibona1.2 
 8. Bolden, FMP1.0 
 9. Davidovac, FMP1.0 
 10. Nikolic, Buducnost1.0 


Round 23: Un.Olimpija edge Buducnost by two points - by Eurobasket News

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

The most exciting game of round 23 in the ABA League took place in Ljubljana. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Montenegrin Buducnost (16-7) to eighth ranked Slovenian Un.Olimpija (10-13) 81-79 on Wednesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Buducnost. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Buducnost won third quarter 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Un.Olimpija looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was Serbian Nikola Jankovic (207-94, agency: BeoBasket) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. American point guard Brandon Jefferson (175-91, college: Metro St.) chipped in 24 points. Canadian power forward Owen Klassen (208-91, college: Acadia) produced 15 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the guests. Buducnost's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Un.Olimpija moved-up to seventh place, which they share with FMP. Defending Montenegrin champion Buducnost dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. Un.Olimpija is looking forward to face league's leader Crvena Zvezda in Beograd in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Buducnost will play at home against FMP and is hoping to win this game.
One of the most interesting games of round 23 was a derby match between two teams from Croatia/KK-Cibona-VIP-Zagreb/184. The game took place in Zagreb where second ranked Cedevita won against host Cibona (11-12) 89-85. American point guard Ryan Boatright (183-92, college: Connecticut) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 4 assists. Miro Bilan contributed with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Bosnian-Finnish power forward Emir Sulejmanovic (204-95) answered with 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for Cibona. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Cedevita (18-6) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending Croatian champion maintains second place having just nine point less than leader Crvena Zvezda. Cibona lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Igokea. Cedevita will play against Karpos Sokoli (#10) in Skopje in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cibona will play on the road against KK Zadar (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Serbian leader Crvena Zvezda delivered the twenty second victory on Tuesday night. This time they crushed 9th ranked FYR Macedonian Karpos Sokoli (9-15) 98-61 in Skopje. It was a great evening for Marko Guduric who led his team to a victory scoring 10 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Crvena Zvezda's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dragan Labovic responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Defending Serbian champion maintains first place with 22-1 record. Karpos Sokoli lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with 15 games lost. Crvena Zvezda will meet at home Un.Olimpija (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Karpos Sokoli will play against the league's second-placed Cedevita in Zagreb and hope to secure a win.
Twelfth-ranked Croatian KK Zadar (7-16) made lots of trouble for third ranked Serbian Partizan (17-6) in Beograd. Partizan managed to secure only one-point victory 87-86. However their fans expected much easier game. It was an exceptional evening for Stefan Bircevic who led the winners and scored 26 points and 6 rebounds. KK Zadar's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Partizan maintains third place with 17-6 record having just seven point less than leader Crvena Zvezda. KK Zadar at the other side dropped to the bottom position with 16 games lost. Partizan's next round opponent will be Mega Leks (#9) in Sremska Mitrovica which should be theoretically an easy game. KK Zadar will play at home against Cibona (#5) and hope to win that game.

Other games of round 23 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Krka was defeated by Igokea in Aleksandrovac 85-72. Mornar Bar was beaten by Mega Leks at home 81-89. MZT Skopje was destroyed by FMP on the opponent's court 101-82.
The best stats of 23th round was 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists by Djordje Milosevic of Igokea.

Partizan - Zadar 87-86

Twelfth-ranked Croatian KK Zadar (7-16) made lots of trouble for third ranked Serbian Partizan (17-6) in Beograd. Partizan managed to secure only one-point victory 87-86. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But KK Zadar won fourth quarter 25-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Partizan players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by KK Zadar helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for power forward Stefan Bircevic (210-89) who led the winners and scored 26 points and 6 rebounds. Center Uros Lukovic (213-89, agency: BeoBasket) accounted for 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Four Partizan players scored in double figures. Bosnian forward Boris Barac (205-92) came up with 27 points and 7 rebounds and Croatian-Slovenian guard Maj Kovacevic (196-90) added 16 points respectively for KK Zadar in the defeat. KK Zadar's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Partizan maintains third place with 17-6 record having just seven point less than leader Crvena Zvezda. KK Zadar at the other side dropped to the bottom position with 16 games lost. Partizan's next round opponent will be Mega Leks (#9) in Sremska Mitrovica which should be theoretically an easy game. KK Zadar will play at home against Cibona (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Partizan: S.Bircevic 26+6reb+1ast, U.Lukovic 21+7reb, A.Vrabac 11+5reb+4ast, M.Andric 11+2reb+3ast, S.Pot 8+2reb+5ast, F.Robinson 6+6ast
Zadar: B.Barac 27+7reb+3ast, M.Kovacevic 16+3reb+1ast, J.Vladovic 9+2reb+5ast, I.Marinkovic 8+9reb+2ast, M.Brzoja 8+1reb+1ast, Y.Franke 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 476291


Igokea - Krka 85-72

There was no surprise in Aleksandrovac where 12th ranked Slovenian Krka (7-16) was defeated by sixth ranked Bosnian Igokea (11-12) 85-72. Krka was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Igokea dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Krka's 32. They outrebounded Krka 39-26 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for Serbian Djordje Milosevic (199-93) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard James Robinson (190-94, college: Pittsburgh) accounted for 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side. Four Igokea players scored in double figures. Point guard Matic Rebec (181-95) came up with 14 points and 7 assists and Serbian Marko Lukovic (207-92, agency: BeoBasket) added 17 points respectively for Krka in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending Bosnian champion moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Cibona. Krka lost their third game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Igokea's next round opponent will be MZT Skopje (#11) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Krka will play against Mornar Bar and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Igokea: V.Radivojevic 17+2reb+2ast, J.Robinson 16+6reb+6ast, D.Milosevic 14+11reb+4ast, M.Pasajlic 14+2reb+1ast, R.Rikic 7+2reb+2ast, S.Micovic 6+3reb
Krka: M.Lukovic 17+2reb+1ast, M.Rebec 14+4reb+7ast, R.Curry 13+2reb+2ast, E.Kastrati 8+6reb+1ast, Z.Dimec 6+3reb, S.Cebular 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 476293


Un.Olimpija - Buducnost 81-79

The most exciting game of round 23 in the ABA League took place in Ljubljana. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Montenegrin Buducnost (16-7) to eighth ranked Slovenian Un.Olimpija (10-13) 81-79 on Wednesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Buducnost. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Buducnost won third quarter 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Un.Olimpija looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was Serbian Nikola Jankovic (207-94, agency: BeoBasket) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. American point guard Brandon Jefferson (175-91, college: Metro St.) chipped in 24 points. Canadian power forward Owen Klassen (208-91, college: Acadia) produced 15 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and American guard JR Reynolds (188-84, college: Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) added 17 points respectively for the guests. Four Buducnost players scored in double figures. Buducnost's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Un.Olimpija moved-up to seventh place, which they share with FMP. Defending Montenegrin champion Buducnost dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. Un.Olimpija is looking forward to face league's leader Crvena Zvezda in Beograd in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Buducnost will play at home against FMP and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Un.Olimpija: B.Jefferson 24+1reb+3ast, N.Jankovic 24+11reb, G.Hrovat 12+4reb+8ast, D.Oliver 8+3reb+4ast, J.Pelko 6+2reb+2ast, S.Milosevic 4+2reb
Buducnost: J.Reynolds 17+2ast, O.Klassen 15+5reb, S.Sehovic 10+5reb, B.Savovic 10+5reb+4ast, P.Popovic 8+2reb+3ast, A.Ilic 6+4reb
gschID: 476288


Mornar Bar - Mega Leks 81-89

No shocking result in a game when tenth ranked Serbian Mega Leks (9-14) defeated on the road 13th ranked Montenegrin Mornar Bar (7-16) 89-81. Mornar Bar was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Mega Leks players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was an exceptional evening for guard Ognjen Jaramaz (193-95, agency: BeoBasket) who led the winners and scored 21 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Point guard Jovan Novak (188-94) accounted for 12 points and 6 assists for the winning side. American point guard Lamont Jones (183-90, college: Iona, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) came up with 14 points and 4 assists and FYR Macedonian center Vukota Pavic (203-93) added 14 points respectively for Mornar Bar in the defeat. Four Mega Leks and five Mornar Bar players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Mega Leks. They moved-up to ninth place. Mornar Bar lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Mega Leks' next round opponent will be higher ranked Partizan (#3) in Beograd and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mornar Bar will play on the road against Krka (#12) in Novo Mesto and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mega Leks: O.Jaramaz 21+4reb+2ast, A.Marelja 13+1reb+2ast, J.Novak 12+3reb+6ast, R.Zagorac 11+5reb+3ast, M.Tejic 9+3reb+2ast, N.Rebic 8+1reb+5ast
Mornar Bar: L.Jones 14+2reb+4ast, V.Pavic 14+4reb+1ast, B.Bakic 12+1reb+1ast, O.Ellis 10+5reb+1ast, A.Waller 10+5reb+3ast, M.Mugosa 6+3reb
gschID: 476292


FMP - MZT Skopje 101-82

Very expected game in Beograd where 11th ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (8-15) was rolled over by seventh ranked Serbian FMP (10-13) 101-82. The game without a history. FMP led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 21 MZT Skopje turnovers. FMP players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was an exceptional evening for power forward Dragan Apic (206-95) who led the winners and scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. American center Isaiah Austin (216-93, college: Baylor) accounted for 20 points for the winning side. American forward Josh Scott (208-93, college: Colorado, agency: Pensack Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) and Serbian swingman Djordje Drenovac (201-92) added 14 points respectively for MZT Skopje in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. MZT Skopje's coach gave the chance to play for ten players seeing no chance for a win. FMP maintains seventh place with 10-13 record, which they share with Un.Olimpija. Defending FYR Macedonian champion MZT Skopje keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost. FMP's next round opponent will be higher ranked Buducnost (#4) in Podgorica and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. MZT Skopje will play at home against Igokea (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
FMP: I.Austin 20+2reb, D.Apic 17+9reb+3ast, M.Ljubicic 15+3ast, D.Davidovac 12+4reb+2ast, S.Lazarevic 11+1reb+1ast, N.Zizic 8+3reb+3ast
MZT Skopje: J.Scott 26+10reb+1ast, D.Drenovac 14+4reb+1ast, C.Kloof 12+1reb+6ast, J.Lalic 10+7reb, M.Simonovski 7+3reb, X.Thames 4+3reb+4ast
gschID: 476287


Cibona - Cedevita 85-89

One of the most interesting games of round 23 was a derby match between two teams from Croatia/KK-Cibona-VIP-Zagreb/184. The game took place in Zagreb where second ranked Cedevita won against host Cibona (11-12) 89-85. Cibona was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 48-39 second half run of Cedevita. They made 23-of-26 charity shots (88.5 percent) during the game. American point guard Ryan Boatright (183-92, college: Connecticut) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 4 assists. Center Miro Bilan (213-89, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Bosnian-Finnish power forward Emir Sulejmanovic (204-95) answered with 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and forward Nik Slavica (201-97) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Cibona. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Cedevita (18-6) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending Croatian champion maintains second place having just nine point less than leader Crvena Zvezda. Cibona lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Igokea. Cedevita will play against Karpos Sokoli (#10) in Skopje in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cibona will play on the road against KK Zadar (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: R.Boatright 24+4reb+4ast, M.Tomas 13+2reb+3ast, J.Shurna 13+4reb+1ast, R.James 11+2reb+1ast, M.Bilan 11+6reb+1ast, M.Begic 8+1reb+1ast
Cibona: E.Sulejmanovic 21+6reb, L.Zoric 15+3reb+2ast, N.Slavica 12+7reb+2ast, D.Bosnjak 12+1reb+6ast, Z.Sakic 11+4reb+3ast, M.Rozic 10+2reb+2ast
gschID: 476290


Karpos Sokoli - Crvena Zvezda 61-98

Serbian leader Crvena Zvezda delivered the twenty second victory on Tuesday night. This time they crushed 9th ranked FYR Macedonian Karpos Sokoli (9-15) 98-61 in Skopje. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 98-61. Crvena Zvezda dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Karpos Sokoli's 32. Crvena Zvezda forced 21 Karpos Sokoli turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Karpos Sokoli's players. It was a great evening for Marko Guduric (196-95, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory scoring 10 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Marko Simonovic (201-86, agency: BeoBasket) helped adding 13 points. Four Crvena Zvezda players scored in double figures. Crvena Zvezda's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian power forward Dragan Labovic (207-87, agency: Alti Sport) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Bojan Trajkovski (208-88, agency: Mansfield and Associates) scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Defending Serbian champion maintains first place with 22-1 record. Karpos Sokoli lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with 15 games lost. Crvena Zvezda will meet at home Un.Olimpija (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Karpos Sokoli will play against the league's second-placed Cedevita in Zagreb and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: L.Mitrovic 15+1reb+3ast, O.Kuzmic 14+4reb, M.Simonovic 13+4reb+2ast, D.Thompson 10+2reb+1ast, O.Dobric 10+1reb+1ast, M.Guduric 10+5reb+7ast
Karpos Sokoli: D.Labovic 20+6reb+2ast, B.Trajkovski 18+8reb+1ast, K.Perry 8+2ast, D.Mavra 5+1reb+3ast, D.Zekovic 4+1reb, F.Sepa 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 476289





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  AUSTRALIA  


Hyeres-Toulon lands Paul Carter, ex Breakers - by Eurobasket News

Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (ProA) tabbed 30-year old American forward Paul Carter (205-91kg-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Inception Sports). He played recently at Breakers in Australian NBL league. Carter managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year (!!!). In 11 NBL games he averaged 9.1ppg and 4.5rpg. He also played earlier that season for ALBA Berlin in German BBL where in 8 NBL games he had just 2.5ppg and 1.6rpg. Carter also played 4 games in Eurocup where he recorded 4.5ppg and 1.3rpg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
Carter's team made it to the Cyprus final in 2012.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Carter experienced life in seven different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Carter has played previously professionally in Finland (Lapuan_Korikobrat), Israel (Maccabi Rishon and Ironi Ashkelon), Mexico (Fuerza Guinda Nogales), France (Olympique Antibes), Cyprus (Proteas Danoi AEL Limassol), D-League (Salt Lake City Stars, Santa Cruz Warriors and Springfield A.) and Dominican Republic (San Carlos).
He attended University of Illinois-Chicago until 2011 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.

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A Bundesliga Round 24: Arkadia Lions defeat leader Redwell Gunners Oberwart - by Eurobasket News

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart (17-4) at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by seventh ranked Arkadia Lions (10-12) 80-69. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Redwell Gunners Oberwart. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 45-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Arkadia Lions made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Arkadia Lions outrebounded Redwell Gunners Oberwart 36-25 including 22 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for the former international forward Florian Trmal (199-89, agency: Dynamics Global Management) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Andell Cumberbatch (196-93, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Redwell Gunners Oberwart. Arkadia Lions moved-up to sixth place. Defending champion Redwell Gunners Oberwart still keeps top position with four games lost. Arkadia Lions are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Dukes (#9) in Klosterneuburg in the next round. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will play on the road against the league's second-placed Gmunden Swans (#2) in Gmunden and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (13-10) against fifth ranked Vienna (11-11) on Friday night. Visiting Kapfenberg Bulls were defeated by Vienna in a tough game in Wien 64-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kapfenberg Bulls. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian Predrag Miletic (193-84) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and Shawn Ray who added 14 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Serbian point guard Bogic Vujosevic (190-92, agency: Octagon Europe) with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Vienna maintains fifth position with 11-11 record. Kapfenberg Bulls at the other side keep the third place with ten games lost. Vienna will play against Furstenfeld Panthers (#7) on the road in the next round. Kapfenberg Bulls will have a break next round.

In the last two games of round 24 Furstenfeld were beaten by Wels on the road 80-75. Bottom-ranked Klosterneuburg lost to UBSC Graz on its own court 48-57.

Wels - Furstenfeld 80-75

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Raiffeisen Wels (12-9) beat at home 7th ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (10-13) 80-75. Furstenfeld Panthers were ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 43-35 second half run of Raiffeisen Wels. They outrebounded Furstenfeld Panthers 42-19 including a 27-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard DeJuan Wright (190-88, college: FIU) who added 14 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. Four Raiffeisen Wels players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Croatian Marko Car (188-85) with 22 points and 6 assists and Croatian center Marino Sarlija (207-89) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Raiffeisen Wels maintains fourth position with 12-9 record. Furstenfeld Panthers lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 13 games lost. Raiffeisen Wels will play against UBSC Graz (#8) on the road in the next round. Furstenfeld Panthers will play against Vienna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Furstenfeld: M.Car 22+2reb+6ast, M.Sarlija 19+6reb+1ast, S.Iliev 11+1reb+4ast, H.Ochsenhofer 9+2reb+1ast, P.Radakovics 6+2reb, D.Jandl 3+3reb+1ast
Wels: D.Lamesic 22+8reb+4ast, A.Chan 16+7reb+2ast, D.Wright 14+9reb+7ast, K.Payton 14+9reb+3ast, D.Cigoja 6+5reb+2ast, T.Csebits 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 495044


Vienna - Kapfenberg 69-64

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (13-10) against fifth ranked Vienna (11-11) on Friday night. Visiting Kapfenberg Bulls were defeated by Vienna in a tough game in Wien 64-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kapfenberg Bulls. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian Predrag Miletic (193-84) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and American swingman Shawn Ray (194-80, college: N.C.Central) who added 14 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Serbian point guard Bogic Vujosevic (190-92, agency: Octagon Europe) with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and American guard Kareem Jamar (194-92, college: Montana) scored 15 points. Vienna maintains fifth position with 11-11 record. Kapfenberg Bulls at the other side keep the third place with ten games lost. Vienna will play against Furstenfeld Panthers (#7) on the road in the next round. Kapfenberg Bulls will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: B.Vujosevic 20+10reb+2ast, K.Jamar 15+4reb+2ast, N.Krstic 11+6reb, M.Stegnjaic 9+9reb+2ast, A.Woschank 7+1ast, F.Kramer 2+5reb
Vienna: P.Miletic 21+5reb+2ast, S.Stazic 21+4reb, S.Ray 14+11reb+1ast, A.Clemmons 6+3reb+6ast, S.Koch 4+5reb+1ast, A.Andjelkovic 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 495047


Oberwart - Arkadia 69-80

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart (17-4) at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by seventh ranked Arkadia Lions (10-12) 80-69. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Redwell Gunners Oberwart. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 45-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Arkadia Lions made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Arkadia Lions outrebounded Redwell Gunners Oberwart 36-25 including 22 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for the former international forward Florian Trmal (199-89, agency: Dynamics Global Management) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Arkadia Lions players scored in double figures. American guard Andell Cumberbatch (196-93, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 18 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Jamari Traylor (203-92, college: Kansas) added 20 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Redwell Gunners Oberwart. Arkadia Lions moved-up to sixth place. Defending champion Redwell Gunners Oberwart still keeps top position with four games lost. Arkadia Lions are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Dukes (#9) in Klosterneuburg in the next round. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will play on the road against the league's second-placed Gmunden Swans (#2) in Gmunden and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: J.Traylor 20+5reb, A.Cumberbatch 18+9reb+1ast, C.McNealy 13+5reb+2ast, B.Blazevic 9+1reb+1ast, S.Kaeferle 6+1reb+2ast, D.Jackson 3+4reb+6ast
Arkadia: F.Trmal 18+8reb+2ast, F.Vay 18+7reb+1ast, M.Draskovic 13+4reb+1ast, J.Detrick 11+6reb+2ast, F.Memcic 11+2reb+1ast, B.Danek 7+7reb+6ast
gschID: 495045


Klosterneuburg - UBSC Graz 48-57

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Dukes' (4-18) home loss to eighth ranked UBSC Graz (6-16) in Klosterneuburg 48-57. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-13. But Dukes won second period 13-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Slovenian power forward Drago Brcina (205-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and international Anton Maresch (191-91) who added 12 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was international center Jozo Rados (208-93) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 17 rebounds and the former international center Christoph Greimeister (208-90) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. UBSC Graz maintains eighth position with 6-16 record. Dukes lost tenth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 18 games lost. UBSC Graz will play against higher ranked Raiffeisen Wels (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Dukes will play against Arkadia Lions (#6) in Traiskirchen and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Klosterneuburg: J.Rados 17+17reb+3ast, C.Greimeister 11+9reb+1ast, L.Burgemeister 10+4reb+1ast, J.Blazevic 5+2reb+1ast, C.Leydolf 4+3reb+3ast, G.Bezhanishvili 1+5reb+3ast
UBSC Graz: D.Brcina 16+12reb, A.Maresch 12+7reb+1ast, M.Krivokapic 9+2reb+7ast, M.Sliskovic 8+4reb, F.Richter 4+4reb, D.Hasenburger 4+5reb
gschID: 495046





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NPBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Clayton MILLER
  Legends
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Miller, Legends27.5 
 2. Bain, Regulators25.1 
 3. Smith, Bahamas .22.7 
 4. Sylvestre, Bahamas .22.4 
 5. Farrington, Rockets21.3 
 6. Bain, Giants18.9 
 7. Dean, Shockers18.5 
 8. Woodside, Cleaners17.8 
 9. Ferguson, Pros16.9 
 10. Rolle, Rebels16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eugene BAIN
  Regulators
  (195-C/F-88)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Bain, Regulators14.5 
 2. Munnings, Cybots12.5 
 3. Fernander, Pirates12.2 
 4. Williams, Rebels11.3 
 5. Francis, Pros11.2 
 6. Sylvestre, Bahamas .11.0 
 7. Farrington, Rockets11.0 
 8. Leadon, Pros10.4 
 9. Dean, Shockers10.2 
 10. Woodside, Cleaners9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Rashard WILLIAMS
  Rebels
  (183-PG-)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Williams, Rebels6.4 
 2. Dames, Bahamas .5.8 
 3. Jones, Legends5.7 
 4. Mackey, Regulators4.8 
 5. Wright, Pirates4.7 
 6. Armaly, Shockers4.2 
 7. Mackey, Rockets4.1 
 8. Miller, Legends4.0 
 9. Lewis, Shockers4.0 
 10. Bain, Regulators4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mekel ROLLE
  Rebels
  (--)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Rolle, Rebels3.4 
 2. Sylvestre, Bahamas .3.3 
 3. Rolle, Pros2.8 
 4. Smith, Bahamas .2.5 
 5. Williams, Rebels2.2 
 6. Lafuler, Stingers2.0 
 7. Leadon, Pros1.8 
 8. Cooper, Rebels1.8 
 9. Dames, Bahamas .1.8 
 10. Ferguson, Stingers1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Livingston MUNNINGS
  Cybots
  (-C-)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Munnings, Cybots2.9 
 2. Farrington, Rockets2.2 
 3. Dean, Shockers2.1 
 4. Williams, Rebels1.9 
 5. Sylvestre, Bahamas .1.5 
 6. Morley, Rockets1.4 
 7. Culmer, Cleaners1.3 
 8. Francis, Pros1.2 
 9. Munroe, Bahamas .1.1 
 10. Burrows, Pros1.1 


NPBA Round 15 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in NPBA. What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

The game in was quite interesting. Sixth ranked the Bahamas (9-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Pirates (6-9). the Bahamas defeated Pirates 90-77 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pirates. the Bahamas shot 27 for 44 from the free-throw line, while Pirates only scored nine points from the stripe. the Bahamas forced 33 Pirates turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by Pirates helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Justin Smith who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Kemsy Sylvestre contributed with 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Tevin Hudson answered with 17 points and 9 rebounds for Pirates. the Bahamas moved-up to fourth place. Pirates at the other side keep the eighth position with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Regulators (13-3) played at the court of 6th ranked the Bahamas (9-4). Regulators defeated the Bahamas 88-76. It was a great evening for international power forward Eugene Bain (195-88, college: Bellevue) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds. Renaldo Baillou helped adding 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was Justin Smith with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Regulators keep a position of league leader. the Bahamas at the other side dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. Regulators will play against Shockers (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. the Bahamas will have a break next round.
The game between 10th ranked Cleaners (2-10) and second ranked Regulators (13-3) in on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from outscored Cleaners 113-70. It was a quality performance for Brian Bain who led the winners and scored 30 points and 7 rebounds. Herbert Knowles came up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds for Cleaners in the defeat. Regulators keep a position of league leader. Loser Cleaners keep the tenth place with ten games lost. Regulators will meet at home Shockers (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Cleaners will play against Shockers (#6) and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 15 Rockets beat Cleaners on the road 78-74.

Pirates - Bahamas Univ. 77-90

The game in was quite interesting. Sixth ranked the Bahamas (9-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Pirates (6-9). the Bahamas defeated Pirates 90-77 on Friday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pirates. the Bahamas shot 27 for 44 from the free-throw line, while Pirates only scored nine points from the stripe. the Bahamas forced 33 Pirates turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by Pirates helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for Justin Smith who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Kemsy Sylvestre contributed with 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Tevin Hudson answered with 17 points and 9 rebounds and American Domonique Fernander (, college: Hobart) added 13 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Pirates. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. the Bahamas moved-up to fourth place. Pirates at the other side keep the eighth position with nine games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Pirates: T.Hudson 17+9reb+1ast, K.Wright 16+9ast, D.Fernander 13+13reb, S.Jonathan 11+3reb+1ast, A.Hanna 6+7reb+1ast, D.Darville 5+3reb+2ast
Bahamas Univ.: J.Smith 25+9reb+2ast, K.Sylvestre 24+7reb+1ast, R.Goodman 17+5reb+3ast, J.Stubbs 11+3reb+1ast, J.Munroe 8+7reb, B.Jennings 4+6reb
gschID: 521196


Cleaners - Rockets 74-78

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Rockets (8-7) beat on the road 10th ranked Cleaners (2-10) 78-74 on Friday. It was an exceptional evening for the former international forward Scott Farrington (202-88, college: La-Lafayette) who led the winners and scored 22 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks. Demetri Mackey accounted for 7 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winning side. Vadis Morrison came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and Rashad Woodside added 17 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Cleaners in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Rockets have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain seventh place with 8-7 record. Loser Cleaners keep the tenth position with ten games lost. Rockets will meet at home Pros (#9) in the next round. Cleaners will play against Shockers and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Cleaners: R.Woodside 17+10reb+1ast, V.Morrison 16+10reb+3ast, R.Johnson 13+2reb, H.Knowles 6+4reb, D.Evans 6+4reb, T.Strachan 5+10reb+1ast
Rockets: S.Farrington 22+9reb+2ast, S.McKenzie 12+3reb+1ast, T.Moxey 9+3reb+1ast, M.Clare 8+3reb+1ast, D.Mackey 7+6reb+9ast, T.Forbes 5+7reb+1ast
gschID: 521195


Bahamas Univ. - Regulators 76-88

The game in was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Regulators (13-3) played at the court of 6th ranked the Bahamas (9-4). Regulators defeated the Bahamas 88-76. Regulators dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to the Bahamas' 36. Regulators forced 27 the Bahamas turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Regulators brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. the Bahamas were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for international power forward Eugene Bain (195-88, college: Bellevue) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds. Renaldo Baillou helped adding 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was Justin Smith with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and Kemsy Sylvestre scored 21 points and 9 rebounds. Four the Bahamas players scored in double figures. Regulators keep a position of league leader. the Bahamas at the other side dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. Regulators will play against Shockers (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. the Bahamas will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Bahamas Univ.: K.Sylvestre 21+9reb+1ast, J.Smith 15+11reb+6ast, J.Stubbs 14+2reb+5ast, R.Goodman 12+2reb+3ast, J.Munroe 8+11reb+1ast, R.Sturrup 4+3reb+1ast
Regulators: E.Bain 36+16reb+3ast, R.Baillou 14+7reb+5ast, P.Brice 9+1reb+1ast, G.Rose 8+4reb+1ast, C.Thompson 6+1reb, M.Mackey 6+3reb+6ast
gschID: 521194


Cleaners - Regulators 70-113

The game between 10th ranked Cleaners (2-10) and second ranked Regulators (13-3) in on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from outscored Cleaners 113-70. Regulators forced 19 Cleaners turnovers and outrebounded them 66-48 including a 45-31 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Cleaners' players. It was a quality performance for the former international guard Brian Bain (190-81, college: Armstr.Atlantic) who led the winners and scored 30 points and 7 rebounds. Simon Cruz accounted for 27 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Five Regulators players scored in double figures. Herbert Knowles came up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds and Tamiko King added 16 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals respectively for Cleaners in the defeat. Regulators keep a position of league leader. Loser Cleaners keep the tenth place with ten games lost. Regulators will meet at home Shockers (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Cleaners will play against Shockers (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Cleaners: H.Knowles 26+12reb, T.King 16+7reb+4ast, D.Evans 8+3reb, V.Morrison 7+4reb+1ast, T.Strachan 7+8reb+2ast, M.Campbell 6+14reb
Regulators: B.Bain 30+7reb+1ast, S.Cruz 27+5reb+3ast, R.Baillou 16+10reb, G.Rose 15+8reb+3ast, E.Bain 12+15reb+3ast, H.Walkes 8+5reb+2ast
gschID: 521191





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  BALKAN LEAGUE  


Mijatovic's double-double lands him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

33-year old power forward Danilo Mijatovic (206-F/C-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Kumanovo and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 31 points and 11 rebounds, while his team edged out Peja (#11, 2-3) 80-76. Each game in Second Stage is important. but the teams lost the distance to top of the standings. Kumanovo maintains the 9th position in Balkan League . They are still close to the very top. Kumanovo would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 4-1 record. In the team's last game Mijatovic had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Kumanovo's top player in his first season with the team. Mijatovic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.2ppg) and averages solid 58.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Kenyon McNeaill (185-PG-91) of Kozuv. He is American guard in his first season at Kozuv. In the last game McNeaill recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 10 assists. Of course he led Kozuv to another comfortable win outscoring Sutjeska (2-3) 94-65. The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. McNeaill is a newcomer at Kozuv and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.4ppg (#2). He also recorded 5.5 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Alban Veseli (202-F-90) of Peja (#11). Veseli scored 28 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Veseli's great performance Peja lost 76-80 to Kumanovo (#9, 4-1). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Peja ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 3 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Veseli could help Peja to bring them higher in the standings. Veseli has a great season in Balkan League. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.6ppg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Milivoje Mijovic (200-PF-91) of Kozuv - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Bojan Krstevski (206-F/C-89) of Kozuv - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Shane Gibson (188-G-90) of Beroe - 21 points
7. Radoslav Pekovic (215-C-94) of Kumanovo - 10 points and 9 rebounds
8. Aaron Jones (206-F-93) of Beroe - 9 points and 8 rebounds
9. Stjepan Tesija (206-F/C-89) of Beroe - 10 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Larry Hall (190-G-83) of Kozuv - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  BELGIUM  


Elias Lasisi (ex Limburg United) joins Le Portel - by Eurobasket News

ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale (ProA) agreed terms with 25-year old Belgian international swingman Elias Lasisi (192-92). He played recently at Limburg United in Belgian Euromillions League, but left the team last month. In 13 games he had 7.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.9apg this season. Lasisi also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 10.2ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.3apg. The last season he played also at Limburg United (Scooore League) in Belgium. In 34 games he averaged 8.4ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.2apg. Lasisi helped them to make it to the semifinals.
He has been also a member of Belgian international program for some years. Lasisi has regularly played for Belgian senior team since 2014 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2010.
He represented Belgium at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sofia (Bulgaria) five years ago.
Lasisi has played also professionally for other Belgian teams like Leuven Bears, Kangoeroes and St-Niklase.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BRAZIL  


Blumenau welcomes back Andre de Oliveira - by Paulo Freire

Basquete Blumenau/APAB (Liga Ouro) landed 33-year old power forward Andre Liuz de Oliveira (205-84). It is actually his comeback to Blumenau as he has played here before. de Oliveira played in the summer at Campo Mourao in the NBB. In 17 games he averaged 4.4ppg and 4.7rpg. Liga Ouro will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. de Oliveira helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final.
Among other achievements he won Brazilian Liga Ouro championship title in 2015. de Oliveira received also Latinbasket.com All-Paulista League Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2012.
He played at the South American Championships for Clubs ten years ago.
de Oliveira has spent his entire career in Brazil playing for eight other teams: Minas, Paschoalotto/Bauru, Metodista/Sao Bernardo do Campo, Lajeado, Macae, Guaruja, Caxias do Sul and Internacional.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CBL  


Wellington loses again, coach blasts team for lack of leadership - by Eurobasket News

Wellington BC interim head coach Butch Carter feels his team just isn't getting the on-floor leadership it needs and that's leading to its losses adding up in the inaugural Canadian Basketball League season. Monday afternoon in front of a crowd of about 1,000 people at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre, Wellington squandered a fast start to the game and lost 90-75 to Durham United. It was Wellington's 12th loss in 14 games this season and fourth setback in a row. 'I've got two guys that I counted on to be leadership and handle the basketball,' Carter said. 'They consistently come in the game and they don't provide leadership. I used to be a pretty good coach. I thought I could get a press-breaker, but it's like we threw the ball right to them. Unfortunately, it's been consistent, but I don't really mind that. The problem that I'm having is that they're not getting mad about it. Couldn't ask for a better crowd. Couldn't ask for a better environment on TV across the country and the right people who are supposed to help lead the team aren't upset.' While Carter didn't name anyone by name, guard Jeremiah Williams (5'11''-PG-93, college: Canisius) usually handles the majority of the ball-handling chores while the other guards are Isaiah Thomas, Aldor Kola (6'5''-G-90, college: Chadron St.), J.J. Smith (he's injured), Evan Pannell, Gilbert Gyamfi and Canadian Felix Frimpong (G). 'The problem is that the guys who aren't that good, Evan, Dominique (Walls) and even Devon (Scott), their play is dominated off of those guys doing a good job and knowing what's going on in the game,' Carter said. Wellington looked like it was going to steamroll Durham United in the first YES TV game broadcast from the new facility on the University of Guelph campus as the hosts grabbed a 24-4 lead in the first five and a half minutes of the game. Then Durham turned up its press break and the wheels fell off the Wellington attack while Durham put the brakes on their own four-game skid. 'I learned early in basketball as a coach, hey, I'm not going to make any baskets, I'm not going to defend anyone so you need to have people who can do it,' Carter said. 'I'm probably flunking the test for general manager. I made sure the other teams were pretty good not expecting I will be coaching this team" Carter does take blame for the on-floor performances as he's not at every Wellington practice due to commitments as the league's CEO. He stepped into the interim coaching position with Wellington after intended coach George Jackson went home in December. 'I got thrown a curveball having to be the coach and what's going on isn't fair on the guys,' Carter said. 'I need to be around more, but I have responsibilities with the league.' The search for Carter's coaching replacement is ongoing and candidates are being interviewed. 'We're just trying to find a guy that he'll be the coach next year - not just now - instead of just plugging in someone interim,' Carter said. 'What's going on is not fair to the guys. I can't spend the time I really need to spend with them and we have some pretty good coaches in the league. The other three guys are pretty good and they're spending time and helping their team move forward. I imagine I'll need to find someone who can give us leadership better than what we've had, just so we can compete.' Scott led Wellington with 18 points while Pannell had 15 and Manny Thomas, obtained from Durham a week earlier, netted 12. Scott had seven rebounds while Walls had three blocks and three steals and Gilbert Gyamfi also had three steals. Anthony Henderson hit for 21 points for Durham United and David Tucker had 15, Reed Buck (6'6''-F-91, college: Merchant Marine) and Jameel Williamson (6'2''-G-91) had 13 apiece and Joseph Wani had 11. Henderson and Buck each had 10 rebounds and Wani had four steals. The loss followed a setback by about 20 points to Scarborough Saturday night at Scarborough. Unofficially, Scarborough leads the league at 12-2 and is followed by Durham at 8-5, Hamilton at 5-8 and Wellington at 2-12. Next game for Wellington is a home game against Hamilton Saturday at 1 p.m.
Courtesy of: guelphsportsjournal.com



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  CHINA  


Recap of CBA Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Shandong FB - Xinjiang FT 95-78

Shandong cruised past Xinjiang FT in the opener. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Yanyuhang Ding (200-93) who helped to win the game recording 43 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. American forward Jason Thompson (211-86, college: Rider) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Shandong Bulls' coach Aleksandar Kesar used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American-Filipino power forward Andray Blatche (211-86) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and American-Bulgarian point guard Darius Adams (188-89, college: Indianapolis, agency: Stealth Sport) added 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Xinjiang Flying Tige.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang FT: A.Darius 22+6reb+4ast, B.Andray 17+13reb+2ast, Z.Qi 13+10reb, A.Abudushalamu 8+3reb, Y.Changdong 6+4reb, K.Makan 4+5reb+1ast
Shandong FB: D.Yanyuhang 43+8reb+2ast, T.Jason 17+16reb+2ast, P.A.J. 15+4reb+1ast, T.HanLin 8+8reb, W.Ke 6+2reb+2ast, H.Zhang 3+3reb+4ast
gschID: 536893


Liaoning H. - Guangsha L. 124-114

Liaoning outgunned Guangsha to take the lead in the quarterfinal series. Liaoning Hunters made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Zhejiang Guangsha Lions turnovers. Liaoning Hunters shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 51.5 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The former international Ailun Guo (192-93) nailed 29 points, 7 assists and 5 steals (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winning side and American forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) accounted for 25 points and 11 rebounds. American point guard Courtney Fortson (180-88, college: Arkansas, agency: Three Eye Sports) came up with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists (made all of his twelve free throws !!!) and Taiwanese guard Chih-Chieh Lin (192-82) added 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for Zhejiang Guangsha Lions in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Guangsha L.: F.Courtney 24+8reb+8ast, L.Chih-Chieh 23+6reb+6ast, H.Elijah 21+6reb, L.Jinglong 15+2reb, H.Jinqiu 14+7reb+1ast, S.Ruoyu 4+4reb
Liaoning H.: G.Ailun 29+2reb+7ast, R.Shavlik 25+11reb+1ast, H.Lester 25+7reb+4ast, Z.JiWei 16+1reb+5ast, H.Dejun 13+7reb+2ast, L.Zhixuan 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 536896


Sichuan BW - Guangdong ST 91-111

Guangdong upset Sichuan on the road in the opener. Guandong Tigers made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Guandong Tigers outrebounded Sichuan BW 58-40 including a 42-29 advantage in defensive rebounds. American power forward Carlos Boozer (206-80, college: Duke) fired a double-double by scoring 28 points and 21 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Peng Zhou (210-89) chipped in 28 points and 5 rebounds. Guandong Tigers' coach Feng Du allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice, agency: Stealth Sport) produced a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds and Iranian center Hamed Haddadi (218-85) added 17 points and 19 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Sichuan BW: H.Mike 33+11reb+2ast, H.Hamed 17+19reb+2ast, L.Wei 12+1reb+2ast, C.XiaoDong 10+3reb, M.Da 8+1reb, T.Chen 6
Guangdong ST: B.Carlos 28+21reb+3ast, Z.Peng 28+5reb+1ast, Y.Jianlian 19+9reb, S.Donald 16+4reb+4ast, Z.FangYu 9+5reb+1ast, G.Shang 5+5reb
gschID: 536894


Shenzhen L. - Shanghai S. 115-75

Shenzhen crushed visiting Shanghai for the first victory in the series. Leopards dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Shanghai Sharks' 44. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Shanghai Sharks' players. American point guard Jeremy Pargo (188-86, college: Gonzaga) stepped up and scored 29 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners and Polish-Swedish power forward Maciej Lampe (211-85) chipped in 28 points and 10 rebounds. Four Leopards players scored in double figures. At the losing side French Guerschon Yabusele (201-95) responded with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 13 rebounds and the former international center ZhaoXu Zhang (221-87, college: California) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Shanghai S.: Y.Guerschon 31+13reb+3ast, Z.ZhaoXu 15+7reb, L.XiaoYu 10+8reb+3ast, L.Wei 8+4reb, Z.Yi 5+6reb, W.Quanxi 4+1reb
Shenzhen L.: P.Jeremy 29+6reb+9ast, L.Maciej 28+10reb+2ast, L.Muhao 18+7reb+2ast, H.ZhongMian 12+3reb, G.QuAn 10+7reb, M.Duo 9+7reb+4ast
gschID: 536895





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  CUBA  


Cuban LSB round 10 best performance: Osmel Oliva - by Eurobasket News

International Point guard Osmel Oliva (178-PG-87) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Pinar del Rio, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, two rebounds and six assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Matanzas (#4, 5-4) 67-56. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Pinar del Rio maintains the 2nd position in Cuban LSB. They are still close to the very top. Pinar del Rio would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 8-1 record. In the team's last game Oliva had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He just recently signed at Pinar del Rio, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Osmel Oliva has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 22.6ppg), assists (3rd best: 3.0apg) and averages impressive 6.3spg.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old former international shooting guard William Granda (189-SG-85, agency: Pro Sports) of Ciego de Avila. Granda had a very good evening with 31 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Ciego de Avila was edged by league's leader Villa Clara (#1, 10-0) 87-84. Despite lost game Ciego de Avila moved up to 6th position in the standings. 8 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Ciego de Avila managed to get this year. Granda is a newcomer at Ciego de Avila, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.9ppg (#7).

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Raudelis Guerra (191-G-93) of Guantanamo (#7). Guerra scored 26 points and passed five assists. Despite Guerra's great performance Guantanamo lost 60-89 to the higher-ranked Capitalinos (#3, 5-4). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Guantanamo can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 8 games. Too bad for Guerra he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Guerra has individually a great season in Cuba. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 2.4apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andy Boffil (190-G/F-82) of Villa Clara - 30 points and 4 assists
5. Vladimir Francis (185-PG-83) of Camaguey - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Yoel Cubillas (204-C-94) of Villa Clara - 13 points and 14 rebounds
7. Yoanis Soria (195-G/F-86) of Guantanamo - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Roigelis Ochoa (190-G-93) of Santiago - 15 points and 10 rebounds
9. Esteban Martinez (192-F-87) of Santiago - 26 points
10. Arlen Alorda (198-F/C-86) of Capitalinos - 15 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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  CZECH REPUBLIC  

1Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Petr SLECHTA
  Sokol Pisek
  (192-G/F-95)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Slechta, Sokol Pisek24.7 
 2. Svoboda, Nymburk B24.6 
 3. Novak, Olomouc SK22.9 
 4. Peterka, Nymburk B22.8 
 5. Potocek, Pardubice22.5 
 6. Fait, Sokol Pisek20.0 
 7. Sebela, Sokol S.19.1 
 8. Honomichl, Loko Plzen18.9 
 9. Streba, USK P.18.8 
 10. Nehoda, Zlin18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin PETERKA
  Nymburk B
  (205-C-95)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Peterka, Nymburk B12.3 
 2. Novak, Olomouc SK11.0 
 3. Kolonicny, Havirov10.4 
 4. Klimes, Slavoj Litom.9.8 
 5. Pelikan, Novy Jicin9.3 
 6. Kvapil, Opava B9.3 
 7. Voslajer, Zlin9.2 
 8. Bujnoch, Opava B8.8 
 9. Bubak, Vysocina8.7 
 10. Streba, USK P.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jan SOTNAR
  Slavoj L.
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Sotnar, Slavoj L.8.1 
 2. Petric, Pardubice5.1 
 3. Jakubu, Novy Jicin5.0 
 4. Pumprla, Zlin4.7 
 5. Kotasek, Nymburk B4.5 
 6. Honomichl, Loko Plzen4.3 
 7. Jancik, Havirov4.2 
 8. Straznicky, Vysoc.4.1 
 9. Dragoun, Opava B3.8 
 10. Goga, Prostejov B3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jiri DEDEK
  Olomouc .
  (190-SG-95)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Dedek, Olomouc .3.7 
 2. Kozina, Zlin2.8 
 3. Potocek, Pardubice2.5 
 4. Nehoda, Zlin2.3 
 5. Rotrekl, Sokol S.2.3 
 6. Pumprla, Zlin2.1 
 7. Novak, Olomouc SK2.1 
 8. Choleva, Olomouc Bbal2.1 
 9. Dragoun, Opava B2.0 
 10. Zlamal, Olomouc SK2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Pavel ENGLICKY
  Sokol Pisek
  (210-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Englicky, Sokol Pisek1.9 
 2. Blumbergs, GBA S.1.8 
 3. Skranc, Pardubice1.7 
 4. Kolonicny, Havirov1.5 
 5. Szabo, Prostejov B1.1 
 6. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.1 
 7. Kozak, GBA Sparta1.1 
 8. Goga, Prostejov B1.0 
 9. Hlobil, Prostejov B0.9 
 10. Vasat, Prostejov B0.9 



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  EL SALVADOR  


Lawson's 39-point game gives him Liga MB Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old point guard David Lawson (185-PG-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Canarios and receives a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 3.
He had the game-high 39 points adding four rebounds and nine assists for Canarios in his team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team Cojute (#11, 0-2) with 33-point margin 108-75. Canarios is placed at 4th position in Salvadorean Liga MB. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Canarios won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Lawson had a remarkable 78.6% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Canarios and just after two games he already turned to be a very valuable addition to the team. Reinhardt College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Lawson is league's best scorer averaging so far 38.0ppg. Lawson is in league's top in assists (5th best: 8.5apg) and averages solid 5.0spg and 69.2% FGP. Worth to mention Lawson played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

Second best performed player last round was Christopher Blake (197-G-88) of Brujos Izalco. He is American guard in his first season at Brujos Izalco. In the last game Blake recorded impressive double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Brujos Izalco cruised to a 98-87 relatively comfortable win over Denver-FAS (1-1). His team has extremely good start of the season. They won both games so far. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Blake is a newcomer at Brujos Izalco and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 28.5ppg (#8). His other stats are also decent: 6.0rpg and 7.5apg.

Third place about best performers goes to another Canarios' star - guard Wali Hepburn (193-G-89). Hepburn showcased his all-around game by recording 29 points, sixteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was another key player of Canarios, helping his team with a 108-75 easy win against Cojute (#11, 0-2). Canarios has a very good start of the season. But there were just 2 games played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Hepburn also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. Hepburn has a very solid season. In 2 games in El Salvador he scored 25.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marc Montavious (206-C-90) of 11 Lobos - 15 points, 19 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Anthony Brown (193-PG-89) of Denver-FAS - 29 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Kenny Demouchet (198-PF-89) of Cojute - 35 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Michael Hinestroza Javes (208-F-90) of Isidro Metapan - 22 points and 16 rebounds
8. Luis Damian Morales (191-F-88) of Denver-FAS - 39 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Duane James (196-F-83) of Isidro Metapan - 24 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Jeremee Davis (191-PG-90) of Halcones - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists

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



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  EUROLEAGUE  


Euroleague round 23 best performance: Nando De Colo - by Eurobasket News

French Shooting guard Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked CSKA, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (29 points and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Maccabi T-A (#13, 8-15) 93-81. CSKA maintains the 2nd position in Euroleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. CSKA will need more victories to improve their 17-6 record. In the team's last game De Colo had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at CSKA, through which he has constantly improved. Nando De Colo averages this season 20.1ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Bryant Dunston (203-C-86) of Anadolu Efes. Dunston had a very good evening with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Anadolu Efes cruised to a 96-85 relatively comfortable win over Baskonia (12-11). This victory allowed Anadolu Efes to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Dunston is well-known at Anadolu Efes and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Lukas Lekavicius (180-PG-94) of Zalgiris (#10). Lekavicius scored 29 points. He was a key player of Zalgiris, leading his team to a 91-86 win against slightly lower-ranked Brose Bask. (#12, 8-15). The chances of Zalgiris ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Lekavicius could help Zalgiris to bring them higher in the standings. Lekavicius has a very solid season. In 23 games in Euroleague he scored 8.9ppg. He also has 3.4apg and FGP: 52.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Keith Langford (193-SG-83) of Unics - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Paulius Jankunas (205-PF-84) of Zalgiris - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) of Fenerbahce - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Sergio Llull (190-SG-87) of Real Madrid - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Adam Hanga (199-SF-89) of Baskonia - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Thomas Heurtel (189-G-89) of Anadolu Efes - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 11 assists
10. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) of FC Barcelona - 19 points and 9 rebounds

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



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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jamal JONES
  Lapua
  (203-G-93)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Jones, Lapua22.5 
 2. Scott, KTP Basket21.0 
 3. Gay, KTP Basket20.2 
 4. Pledger, Kouvot19.2 
 5. Brown, Kataja B.17.9 
 6. Hollins, Kauhajoki17.8 
 7. Morris, Lapua17.6 
 8. Bullock, Pyrinto16.2 
 9. Holsey, Kauhajoki16.2 
 10. Buckles, Kouvot15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Korihait
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Van, Korihait10.8 
 2. Buckles, Kouvot10.0 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto9.3 
 4. Pratt, KTP Basket9.1 
 5. Kaunisto, Kouvot8.7 
 6. Coleman, Salon Vilpas8.4 
 7. Morris, Lapua8.1 
 8. Bristol, Kataja B.7.9 
 9. Williams, Lapua7.9 
 10. Williams, Salon V.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Teemu RANNIKKO
  Kataja B.
  (189-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Rannikko, Kataja B.7.4 
 2. Nikkarinen, Helsinki.7.2 
 3. Pratt, KTP Basket7.0 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.9 
 5. Jalonen, Korihait4.6 
 6. Edwards, Lapua4.5 
 7. Williams, Lapua4.4 
 8. Appleby, Kouvot4.3 
 9. Minard, Pyrinto4.2 
 10. Hirvonen, Kouvot3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Monyea PRATT
  KTP Basket
  (196-SF-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Pratt, KTP Basket2.3 
 2. Mullings, Kataja B.2.3 
 3. Horne, Kouvot1.9 
 4. Hollins, Kauhajoki1.9 
 5. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.7 
 6. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki1.7 
 7. Minard, Pyrinto1.7 
 8. Sanders, BC Nokia1.6 
 9. Rannikko, Kataja B.1.5 
 10. Barrett, BC Nokia1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  KTP Basket
  (201-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gay, KTP Basket2.0 
 2. Alexander, BC Nokia1.7 
 3. Bristol, Kataja B.1.6 
 4. Johnson, Kataja B.1.3 
 5. Van, Korihait1.1 
 6. Judge, Pyrinto1.1 
 7. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.0 
 8. Bailey, KTP Basket0.9 
 9. Walker, KTP Basket0.8 
 10. Upson, Helsinki.0.8 



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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Steffon BRADFORD
  St Vallier
  (198-F/C-77)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Bradford, St Vallier18.2 
 2. Brooks, ALS Basket17.8 
 3. Craion, Lorient16.9 
 4. Smith, Orchies16.8 
 5. Vaty, Lourdes16.8 
 6. Newson, Lorient16.4 
 7. Geiger, SAP V.16.4 
 8. Mitchell, Chartres16.0 
 9. Thondique, Gries/Ob.15.8 
 10. Doumbia, Gries/Ob.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Gries/Ob.
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Thondique, Gries/Ob.10.1 
 2. Staniulis, Souffel9.0 
 3. Kovanusic, ALS B.8.8 
 4. Gourari, RAC Basket7.8 
 5. Blackwell, ALS B.7.8 
 6. Cox, Challans7.5 
 7. Anderson, RAC B.7.5 
 8. Alliman, SAP V.7.5 
 9. Craion, Lorient7.4 
 10. Vaty, Lourdes7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Xane D''ALMEIDA
  Lourdes
  (181-PG-83)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Dalmeida, Lourdes7.2 
 2. Romain, Chartres6.8 
 3. Rathieuville, Rennes5.5 
 4. Delhomme, St Vallier5.5 
 5. Varanauskas, Gries/Ob.5.1 
 6. Bichard, RAC Basket5.0 
 7. Suhard, Angers BC4.7 
 8. Siegwarth, Vitre4.6 
 9. Smith, Orchies4.5 
 10. Choplin, Quimper4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Michael CRAION
  Lorient
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Craion, Lorient3.1 
 2. Davis, Rennes2.4 
 3. Gibson, Challans2.2 
 4. Neri, ALS Basket2.1 
 5. Cornely, Caen2.1 
 6. Demuynck, Lourdes1.9 
 7. Newson, Lorient1.9 
 8. Dalmeida, Lourdes1.8 
 9. Pene, Rennes1.7 
 10. Uzas, Angers BC1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Rolandas JAKSTAS
  Gries/Ob.
  (202-F-92)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Jakstas, Gries/Ob.1.4 
 2. Watt, Angers BC1.3 
 3. Negrobar, Rennes1.1 
 4. Monteiro, Caen1.1 
 5. Rakocevic, Orchies1.0 
 6. Bobrov, Quimper1.0 
 7. Diarra, Caen0.9 
 8. Kayembe, Souffel0.9 
 9. Tresnak, GET Vosges0.8 
 10. Soumaoro, SAP V.0.8 


Bashkimi lands Garrius Adams, ex Le Havre - by Eurobasket News

KB Bashkimi Prizren (SuperLeague) tabbed 27-year old American shooting guard Garrius Adams (198-88kg-90, college: Miami, FL, agency: Interperformances). He played most recently at STB Le Havre in French ProB, but was released by the team in Nov.'15. In 6 games he averaged 5.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.3apg last season. Adams also played 2 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 8.5ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.0spg.
The previous (14-15) season he played at Liege Basket (Scooore League) in Belgium. In 30 games he recorded 11.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.2apg and 1.4spg. Adams helped them to make it to the cup final.
He graduated from University of Miami, Florida in 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Elias Lasisi (ex Limburg United) joins Le Portel - by Eurobasket News

ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale (ProA) agreed terms with 25-year old Belgian international swingman Elias Lasisi (192-92). He played recently at Limburg United in Belgian Euromillions League, but left the team last month. In 13 games he had 7.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.9apg this season. Lasisi also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 10.2ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.3apg. The last season he played also at Limburg United (Scooore League) in Belgium. In 34 games he averaged 8.4ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.2apg. Lasisi helped them to make it to the semifinals.
He has been also a member of Belgian international program for some years. Lasisi has regularly played for Belgian senior team since 2014 and previously for U18 National Team back in 2010.
He represented Belgium at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sofia (Bulgaria) five years ago.
Lasisi has played also professionally for other Belgian teams like Leuven Bears, Kangoeroes and St-Niklase.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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NM1 Round 25: Souffelweyersheim are upset by Lorient - by Eurobasket News

The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game between third ranked Souffelweyersheim (17-8) and seventeenth ranked Lorient (10-15) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Souffelweyersheim was defeated by Lorient in a tough game in Lorient 65-71. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 29-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Jared Newson (196-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Inception Sports) fired 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Mathieu Bigote (190-84) chipped in 19 points. Lithuanian power forward Giedrius Staniulis (205-91) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for lost side. Lorient moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Souffelweyersheim at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. Lorient is looking forward to face league's leader Caen on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Souffelweyersheim will play against CFBB and is hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Quimper. Second ranked Quimper UJAP faced 4th placed Rueil. Host Quimper UJAP (18-7) smashed guests from Rueil (16-9) 83-52. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jahsha Bluntt (198-84, college: Delaware St.) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Vyacheslav Bobrov contributed with 20 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. point guard Jeremy Bichard (186-90) answered with 12 points for Rueil. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Quimper UJAP maintains second place with 18-7 record behind leader Caen. Rueil at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Quimper UJAP will play against Vitre (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Rueil will play against Vendee Challans (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Leader Caen delivered the nineteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Orchesien BC (15-10) 72-57 in Orchies. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Orchesien BC. Richie Gordon stepped up and scored 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Caen's coach Herve Coudray used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Sourata Cisse responded with 14 points (made all of his eight free throws). Caen (19-6) have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place. Loser Orchesien BC keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. They share it with GET Vosges. Caen will meet at home Lorient (#16) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Orchesien BC will play against UB Chartres (#9) and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the ProB just one year after relegation.
Bottom-ranked CFBB (0-25) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 100-57 loss to eighth ranked ALS Basket (13-12) in Paris. Bastien Tardy nailed 23 points (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Newly promoted ALS Basket maintains eighth place with 13-12 record. CFBB lost their twenty fifth game in a row. They still close the standings. ALS Basket's next round opponent will be Gries/Oberhoffen (#11) in Bischwiller. CFBB will play on the road against Souffelweyersheim (#3) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Important game to mention about took place in Rennes. Twelfth ranked UB Chartres (12-13) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 14th ranked Union Rennes (10-15) 72-70 on Saturday evening. Olivier Romain fired 15 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Union Rennes' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. UB Chartres moved-up to ninth place, which they share with St Vallier and Gries/Oberhoffen. Union Rennes lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted Union Rennes keeps the fourteenth position with 15 games lost. UB Chartres will face higher ranked Orchesien BC (#6) in Orchies in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Union Rennes will play on the road against SAP Vaucluse (#14) in Sorgues and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 25 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Lourdes defeated Challans in Tarbes 87-80. St Vallier smashed SAP Vaucluse at home 88-61. Angers BC was destroyed by Gries/Oberhoffen on the opponent's court 79-59. GET Vosges managed to outperform Vitre in a home game 79-67.

Lorient - Souffel 71-65

The game between third ranked Souffelweyersheim (17-8) and seventeenth ranked Lorient (10-15) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Souffelweyersheim was defeated by Lorient in a tough game in Lorient 65-71. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 29-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Jared Newson (196-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Inception Sports) fired 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Mathieu Bigote (190-84) chipped in 19 points. Four Lorient players scored in double figures. Lithuanian power forward Giedrius Staniulis (205-91) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and American point guard Fabyon Harris (180-91, college: Texas A&M) added 10 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Lorient moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Souffelweyersheim at the other side keeps the third position with eight games lost. Lorient is looking forward to face league's leader Caen on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Souffelweyersheim will play against CFBB and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Lorient: M.Bigote 19+2reb+2ast, J.Newson 19+6reb+4ast, R.Giaimo 12+9reb, M.Craion 10+6reb+4ast, D.Damachoua 6+3reb+1ast, C.Faroux 3+3reb+6ast
Souffel: G.Staniulis 17+11reb, E.Mendy 10+7reb+1ast, F.Harris 10+3reb+5ast, V.Correia 9+1reb+2ast, R.Kayembe 8+2reb, F.Ateba 6+2reb
gschID: 484972


Challans - Lourdes 80-87

There was no surprise when 12th ranked Vendee Challans (11-14) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Lourdes-Tarbes (14-11) 87-80 on Saturday. Vendee Challans was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 27-17 charge of Lourdes-Tarbes, which allowed them to win the game. They made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. The former international point guard Xane d'Almeida (181-83) fired 31 points and 4 assists for the winners (made all of his eleven free throws !!!). The former international center Ludovic Vaty (206-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. American center Demarco Cox (203-90, college: Georgia Tech) produced 20 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) and Emmanuel Monceau (195-95) added 13 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Lourdes-Tarbes. They maintain seventh place with 14-11 record. Loser Vendee Challans keeps the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Lourdes-Tarbes will face Saint Vallier (#10) at home in the next round. Vendee Challans will play against Rueil and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Lourdes: X.d'Almeida 31+4reb+4ast, L.Vaty 14+13reb+2ast, M.Virbalas 13+6reb+2ast, J.Demuynck 12+5reb+1ast, M.Kazonas 10+2reb+3ast, F.Lesca 4+4reb+3ast
Challans: D.Cox 20+8reb+2ast, D.Petrovic 13+4reb+4ast, E.Monceau 13+12reb+3ast, M.Gibson 11+3reb+2ast, D.Gentil 11+3reb+1ast, J.Jones 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 484974


Rennes - Chartres 70-72

Important game to mention about took place in Rennes. Twelfth ranked UB Chartres (12-13) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 14th ranked Union Rennes (10-15) 72-70 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 19-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Point guard Olivier Romain (180-88) fired 15 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Power forward Harry Disy (200-84, college: Louisiana Tech) chipped in 9 points and 9 rebounds. Senegalese guard El-Kabir Pene (190-84) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 7 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) and American swingman Daviin Davis (193-85, college: Weber St.) added 16 points, 7 assists and 4 steals respectively for lost side. Four Union Rennes players scored in double figures. Union Rennes' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. UB Chartres moved-up to ninth place, which they share with St Vallier and Gries/Oberhoffen. Union Rennes lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted Union Rennes keeps the fourteenth position with 15 games lost. UB Chartres will face higher ranked Orchesien BC (#6) in Orchies in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Union Rennes will play on the road against SAP Vaucluse (#14) in Sorgues and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chartres: O.Romain 15+8reb+7ast, J.Mitchell 12+1reb+2ast, K.Bichard 10+3reb+3ast, P.Clerence 9+5reb, H.Disy 9+9reb+1ast, M.Ruikis 8+6reb+2ast
Rennes: D.Davis 16+1reb+7ast, S.Dia 12+1reb, E.Kabir Pene 11+7reb+10ast, S.Ben Driss 11+3reb+1ast, L.Negrobar 11+7reb, J.Rathieuville 7+1reb+6ast
gschID: 484980


Quimper - RAC Basket 83-52

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Quimper. Second ranked Quimper UJAP faced 4th placed Rueil. Host Quimper UJAP (18-7) smashed guests from Rueil (16-9) 83-52. The game without a history. Quimper UJAP led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Rueil's 34. Quimper UJAP forced 19 Rueil turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Rueil's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jahsha Bluntt (198-84, college: Delaware St.) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Ukrainian forward Vyacheslav Bobrov (201-92) contributed with 20 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Point guard Jeremy Bichard (186-90) answered with 12 points and American power forward Ron Anderson (205-89, college: S.Florida) added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Rueil. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Quimper UJAP maintains second place with 18-7 record behind leader Caen. Rueil at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Quimper UJAP will play against Vitre (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Rueil will play against Vendee Challans (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Quimper: J.Bluntt 20+5reb+3ast, V.Bobrov 20+4reb+3ast, D.Burke 14+1reb+3ast, M.Tensorer 8+5reb+4ast, K.Mondesir 6+5reb+4ast, M.Choplin 5+2reb+3ast
RAC Basket: J.Bichard 12+4reb+3ast, K.Gourari 10+7reb+1ast, R.Anderson 9+8reb+2ast, W.Felder 9+6reb+3ast, D.Sencanski 3+2reb, L.Sambe 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 484977


Orchies - Caen 57-72

Leader Caen delivered the nineteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Orchesien BC (15-10) 72-57 in Orchies. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Orchesien BC. The game without a history. Caen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American power forward Richie Gordon (203-89, college: W.Carolina) stepped up and scored 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and center Moustapha Diarra (204-87, college: USF) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Caen's coach Herve Coudray used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side naturalized Mali swingman Sourata Cisse (196-86) responded with 14 points (made all of his eight free throws) and American Marquise Simmons (203-89, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Interperformances) scored 10 points and 8 rebounds. Caen (19-6) have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place. Loser Orchesien BC keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. They share it with GET Vosges. Caen will meet at home Lorient (#16) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Orchesien BC will play against UB Chartres (#9) and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the ProB just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Caen: R.Gordon 16+6reb+2ast, M.Diarra 14+6reb, L.Chelle 14+1reb+2ast, J.Sinica 6+2reb+1ast, B.Pope 6+2reb, E.Plateau 5+3reb+2ast
Orchies: S.Cisse 14+3reb+3ast, A.Racine 10+4reb+3ast, M.Simmons 10+8reb+1ast, Z.Rakocevic 8+6reb+2ast, J.Verbeke 6+9reb+1ast, M.Diop 5+5reb
gschID: 484979


St Vallier - SAP Vaucluse 88-61

No shocking result in a game when tenth ranked Saint Vallier (12-13) smashed at home 15th ranked SAP Vaucluse (10-15) 88-61 on Saturday. The game without a history. Saint Vallier led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Saint Vallier forced 23 SAP Vaucluse turnovers. American point guard Omar Strong (175-90, college: Texas Southern) fired 27 points and 4 assists for the winners. His fellow American import power forward Steffon Bradford (198-77, college: Nebraska) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. Four Saint Vallier players scored in double figures. Lithuanian forward Darius Tarvydas (200-91) produced 15 points and 6 rebounds and Bahamas forward Bennet Davis (206-84, college: Northeastern, agency: Inception Sports) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Saint Vallier moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Gries/Oberhoffen and Chartres. Loser SAP Vaucluse dropped to the fourteenth position with 15 games lost. Saint Vallier will face higher ranked Lourdes-Tarbes (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SAP Vaucluse will play against Union Rennes (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
St Vallier: O.Strong 27+3reb+4ast, S.Bradford 20+6reb+2ast, W.Gradit 15+1reb+2ast, J.Delhomme 11+3reb+4ast, R.Gregoire 7+2reb+3ast, V.Ateba 6+1reb+1ast
SAP Vaucluse: D.Tarvydas 15+6reb, B.Davis 14+4reb, A.Liorel 9+2reb+3ast, R.Lopez 8+7reb, D.Geiger 7+2reb+4ast, C.Soumaoro 4+4reb
gschID: 484973


Gries/Oberhoffen - Angers BC 79-59

Very expected game in Bischwiller where 16th ranked Angers BC (10-15) was rolled over by twelfth ranked Gries/Oberhoffen (12-13) 79-59 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Gries/Oberhoffen. Angers BC was better in third quarter 22-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Angers BC 47-27 including 34 on the defensive glass. American forward Gregg Thondique (201-87, college: Virginia Union, agency: Octagon Europe) fired a double-double by scoring 11 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Lithuanian forward Rolandas Jakstas (202-92) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Gries/Oberhoffen players scored in double figures. Gries/Oberhoffen's coach Ludovic Pouillart allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Will Carter (200-88, college: San Jose St., agency: HMS) produced 21 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import forward Auston Calhoun (201-90, college: Bowling Green, agency: HMS) added 15 points respectively for lost side. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Gries/Oberhoffen. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with St Vallier and Chartres. Loser Angers BC dropped to the fourteenth position with 15 games lost. Gries/Oberhoffen will face higher ranked ALS Basket (#8) in Andrezieux in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Angers BC will play at home against GET Vosges (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Gries/Oberhoffen: A.Doumbia 19+4reb+1ast, O.Varanauskas 19+4reb+3ast, R.Jakstas 12+10reb+4ast, G.Thondique 11+16reb+1ast, G.Duro 6+7reb+3ast, L.Diemer 4
Angers BC: W.Carter 21+7reb+1ast, A.Calhoun 15+4reb+1ast, R.Uzas 10+2reb+3ast, A.Gabsi 6+8reb+1ast, H.Suhard 5+2reb+2ast, G.Plas 2
gschID: 484975


GET Vosges - Vitre 79-67

Very predictable result in Golbey where sixth ranked GET Vosges (15-10) beat 13th ranked Vitre (11-14) 79-67 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 44-30 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Canadian Guillaume Boucard (197-88) fired 23 points for the winners. Swingman Steven Ricard (200-90) chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds. Four GET Vosges players scored in double figures. GET Vosges' coach Laurent Mathis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Montenegrin center Aleksandar Radulovic (207-83) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds and forward Guillaume Merie (198-83) added 18 points respectively for lost side. GET Vosges moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Orchies. Loser Vitre dropped to the twelfth position with 14 games lost. GET Vosges will face Angers BC (#17) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Vitre will play against the league's second-placed Quimper UJAP (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
GET Vosges: G.Boucard 23+3reb+2ast, M.Doumbe 10+3reb+1ast, S.Ricard 10+8reb+1ast, M.Gountas 10+1reb+3ast, U.Adjagba 8+2reb, S.Ocokoljic 7+5reb
Vitre: G.Merie 18+3reb+2ast, A.Radulovic 16+7reb+3ast, N.Korac 12+3reb+3ast, M.Perovic 9+4reb, M.Claveau 5+5reb+2ast, S.Cretaux 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 484976


CFBB - ALS Basket 57-100

Bottom-ranked CFBB (0-25) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 100-57 loss to eighth ranked ALS Basket (13-12) in Paris. The game without a history. ALS Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding CFBB to just 5 points in fourth quarter. ALS Basket dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to CFBB's 28. ALS Basket forced 23 CFBB turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Guard Bastien Tardy (195-94) nailed 23 points (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winning side and forward Regis Aubry (200-82) accounted for 8 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Sofiane Briki (190-99) came up with 15 points and center Thimotee Bazille (201-99) added 13 points respectively for CFBB in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Newly promoted ALS Basket maintains eighth place with 13-12 record. CFBB lost their twenty fifth game in a row. They still close the standings. ALS Basket's next round opponent will be Gries/Oberhoffen (#11) in Bischwiller. CFBB will play on the road against Souffelweyersheim (#3) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
ALS Basket: B.Tardy 23+4reb+3ast, Y.Bassine 18+1reb+2ast, J.Christnel 12+2reb, S.Neri 9+3reb+1ast, J.Brooks 9+2reb+5ast, R.Aubry 8+10reb+6ast
CFBB: S.Briki 15+4reb+1ast, T.Bazille 13+4reb+1ast, J.Ayayi 8+2reb, I.Fevrier 6+5reb+2ast, M.Barbitch 5, M.Dossou Yovo 5+9reb+1ast
gschID: 484978





Will Carter (ex Shinshu BW) agreed terms with Angers BC - by Eurobasket News

Angers BC 49 (NM1) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American forward Will Carter (200-88, college: San Jose State, agency: HMS). He started the season at Shinshu Brave Warriors Nagano in Japanese B League D2. In 28 games he recorded 11.4ppg and 7.5rpg this season. The last season Carter played at Raiffeisen Wels in Austrian A Bundesliga where in 43 games he averaged 13.1ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Austrian League Honorable Mention.
Carter received CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America All-District 8 1st Team award back in 2012 at his college time.
Carter has played also professionally in Cyprus (Keravnos), Holland (Den Bosch) and France (Berck).
He attended San Jose State until 2012 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Coach Laurent Sciarra left Evreux - by Eurobasket News

44-year old coach Laurent Sciarra left ALM Evreux Basket (ProB).
Sciarra is quite experienced coach. He has coached also professionally in Greece, Italy and Spain and France (JA Vichy and SPO Rouen).

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Hyeres-Toulon lands Paul Carter, ex Breakers - by Eurobasket News

Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (ProA) tabbed 30-year old American forward Paul Carter (205-91kg-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Inception Sports). He played recently at Breakers in Australian NBL league. Carter managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year (!!!). In 11 NBL games he averaged 9.1ppg and 4.5rpg. He also played earlier that season for ALBA Berlin in German BBL where in 8 NBL games he had just 2.5ppg and 1.6rpg. Carter also played 4 games in Eurocup where he recorded 4.5ppg and 1.3rpg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
Carter's team made it to the Cyprus final in 2012.
He is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball Carter experienced life in seven different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Carter has played previously professionally in Finland (Lapuan_Korikobrat), Israel (Maccabi Rishon and Ironi Ashkelon), Mexico (Fuerza Guinda Nogales), France (Olympique Antibes), Cyprus (Proteas Danoi AEL Limassol), D-League (Salt Lake City Stars, Santa Cruz Warriors and Springfield A.) and Dominican Republic (San Carlos).
He attended University of Illinois-Chicago until 2011 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.

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Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Kenyon MCNEAILL
  Kozuv
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. McNeaill, Kozuv18.8 
 2. Mijatovic, Kuman.18.3 
 3. Ibitayo, Vardar17.0 
 4. Yanev Georgi., Koz.16.3 
 5. Mijovic, Kozuv16.2 
 6. Hawkins, Pelister.15.6 
 7. Jokic, Strumica15.6 
 8. Zivcevic, Strumica15.0 
 9. Hall, Kozuv14.0 
 10. Besovic, Strumica14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milivoje MIJOVIC
  Kozuv
  (200-PF-91)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Mijovic, Kozuv11.6 
 2. Vasilic, Ohrid AV9.5 
 3. Andrejevic, Pelister.7.4 
 4. Ibitayo, Vardar6.8 
 5. Golubovic, Pelister.6.6 
 6. Cekovski, Rabotnicki6.6 
 7. Nikolovski, Feni I.6.4 
 8. Misanovic, Rabotnicki6.3 
 9. Djekic, Feni I.6.3 
 10. Zekjiri, Vardar6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Devin BROOKS
  Ohrid AV
  (186-G-92)
  Avg: 7
 1. Brooks, Ohrid AV7.0 
 2. Ilievski, Rabotnicki6.9 
 3. Mirakovski, Rabot.4.6 
 4. Karadzovski, Kuman.4.4 
 5. Bogoev, Strumica4.3 
 6. Kostovski, Kuman.4.2 
 7. McNeaill, Kozuv4.1 
 8. Mladenovic, Ohrid A.4.0 
 9. Magdevski, Feni I.3.7 
 10. Cekovski, Rabotnicki3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Deji IBITAYO
  Vardar
  (193-G-93)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Ibitayo, Vardar3.8 
 2. Brown, Kumanovo1.6 
 3. Mladenovic, Ohrid A.1.6 
 4. Ilievski, Rabotnicki1.4 
 5. Jokic, Strumica1.4 
 6. Zivcevic, Strumica1.3 
 7. Karakolev, Kuman.1.3 
 8. Hall, Kozuv1.3 
 9. Dimcevski, Kozuv1.3 
 10. Magdevski, Feni I.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaylen SHANE
  Ohrid AV
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 2
 1. Shane, Ohrid AV2.0 
 2. Misanovic, Rabotnicki1.4 
 3. Ibitayo, Vardar1.2 
 4. Krstevski, Kozuv1.0 
 5. Maslinko, Rabotnicki0.9 
 6. Djekic, Feni I.0.8 
 7. Besovic, Strumica0.8 
 8. Mijatovic, Kuman.0.7 
 9. Janevski, Kumanovo0.6 
 10. Zekjiri, Vardar0.6 


Prva Liga Round 13: No surprise as #1 Rabotnicki defeat Pelister Bitola - by Eurobasket News

Prva Liga top team - Rabotnicki (11-2) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Pelister Bitola (4-9) 95-60. The game was mostly controlled by Rabotnicki. Pelister Bitola managed to win fourth quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Pelister Bitola 45-28 including a 36-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Rabotnicki looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Pelister Bitola's players. The former international Andrej Maslinko (206-97, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners and naturalized Bulgarian center Kiril Pavlovski (210-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 17 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). At the losing side Serbian forward Milos Andrejevic (198-89) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rabotnicki maintains first place with 11-2 record, which they share with Feni Industries. Pelister Bitola lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. Rabotnicki will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pelister Bitola will play at home against the league's second-placed Feni Industries (#2) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Bottom-ranked Vardar (0-13) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 13th consecutive match to third ranked Kumanovo (9-3) 86-69. Serbian power forward Danilo Mijatovic (206-83) nailed 28 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and Stefan Zivanovic accounted for 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American-Nigerian guard Deji Ibitayo (193-93, college: Akron, agency: Mansfield and Associates) came up with 17 points and 4 steals for Vardar in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kumanovo have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 9-3 record having just three points less than leader Rabotnicki. Newly promoted Vardar still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Kumanovo will play against Strumica (#5) in Strumica in the next round. Vardar will play at home against Ohrid AV and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Ohrid was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Kozuv (8-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Ohrid AV (2-10). Kozuv managed to secure a 6-point victory 86-80 on Saturday. Ivica Dimcevski fired 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Devin Brooks produced 21 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for lost side. Ohrid AV's coach Petar Chochoroski rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kozuv have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 8-4 record. Ohrid AV lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Kozuv will meet at home Pelister Bitola (#6) in the next round. Ohrid AV will play against Vardar in Skopje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 13 Strumica was destroyed by Feni Industries on the opponent's court 97-69.

Pelister Bitola - Rabotnicki 60-95

Prva Liga top team - Rabotnicki (11-2) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed sixth ranked Pelister Bitola (4-9) 95-60. The game was mostly controlled by Rabotnicki. Pelister Bitola managed to win fourth quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Pelister Bitola 45-28 including a 36-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Rabotnicki looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Pelister Bitola's players. The former international Andrej Maslinko (206-97, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners and naturalized Bulgarian center Kiril Pavlovski (210-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 17 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Five Rabotnicki players scored in double figures. At the losing side Serbian forward Milos Andrejevic (198-89) responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds and American point guard Phil Hawkins (186-90, college: Texas St.) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rabotnicki maintains first place with 11-2 record, which they share with Feni Industries. Pelister Bitola lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. Rabotnicki will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pelister Bitola will play at home against the league's second-placed Feni Industries (#2) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Pelister Bitola: M.Andrejevic 20+9reb+2ast, P.Hawkins 11+7reb+3ast, G.Anakievski 11+1reb+4ast, M.Golubovic 7+2reb+1ast, G.Trajkovski 4+2reb+1ast, N.Talevski 2+2reb+1ast
Rabotnicki: A.Maslinko 23+13reb+1ast, K.Pavlovski 17+11reb+2ast, D.Tasovski 16+4reb+6ast, D.Mirakovski 13+4reb+10ast, P.Nikolic 10+8reb+6ast, V.Efremovski 10+3reb+2ast
gschID: 512045


Feni Industries - Strumica 97-69

Rather expected game in Kavadarci where 5th ranked Strumica (5-7) was crushed by second ranked Feni Industries (11-2) 97-69 on Saturday. The game without a history. Feni Industries led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Feni Industries outrebounded Strumica 46-25 including a 35-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The former international power forward Kiril Nikolovski (210-88) fired 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Serbian power forward Branislav Djekic (209-91) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Four Feni Industries players scored in double figures. Serbian forward Petar Jokic (201-91) produced 34 points (!!!) and 4 assists and the former international forward Vladimir Brckov (200-89, agency: BeoBasket) added 13 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Feni Industries keep a position of league leader, which they share with Rabotnicki. Strumica at the other side keeps the fifth place with seven games lost. Feni Industries will meet Pelister Bitola (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Strumica will play against Kumanovo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Strumica: P.Jokic 34+4reb+4ast, V.Brckov 13+4reb+5ast, L.Angelov 6+2reb, D.Makenadziev 4+7ast, D.Lazarevski 3+2reb+1ast, D.Delipetrov 3+3reb
Feni Industries: K.Nikolovski 21+8reb+4ast, J.Petrovski 17+2ast, B.Stajic 14+5reb+6ast, B.Djekic 14+10reb+2ast, A.Magdevski 10+7reb+3ast, G.Sharabidze 9+9reb+3ast
gschID: 512044


Ohrid AV - Kozuv 80-86

The game in Ohrid was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Kozuv (8-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Ohrid AV (2-10). Kozuv managed to secure a 6-point victory 86-80 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ohrid AV won third quarter 21-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Kozuv won last quarter 23-19. They made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. The former international swingman Ivica Dimcevski (195-89, agency: Interperformances) fired 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Kenyon McNeaill (185-91, college: Louisiana Tech) chipped in 20 points and 5 assists. American guard Devin Brooks (186-92, college: Creighton) produced 21 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists and power forward Slobodan Mihajlovski (202-82) added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Ohrid AV players scored in double figures. Ohrid AV's coach Petar Chochoroski rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kozuv have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 8-4 record. Ohrid AV lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Kozuv will meet at home Pelister Bitola (#6) in the next round. Ohrid AV will play against Vardar in Skopje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ohrid AV: D.Brooks 21+8reb+7ast, B.Janevski 13+1reb+2ast, S.Mihajlovski 13+9reb+1ast, L.Milojevic 13+3reb+3ast, K.Shane 12+5reb, A.Doneski 6+1reb+1ast
Kozuv: N.Djurasovic 22+3reb+1ast, I.Dimcevski 21+5reb+3ast, K.McNeaill 20+4reb+5ast, K.Anikenko 8+5reb+1ast, A.Shterjov 6+4reb, B.Krstevski 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 512043


Kumanovo - Vardar 86-69

Bottom-ranked Vardar (0-13) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 13th consecutive match to third ranked Kumanovo (9-3) 86-69. It looked good early as Vardar took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Kumanovo had a 26-17 second period charge getting the lead and Vardar was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-86. Kumanovo players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Serbian power forward Danilo Mijatovic (206-83) nailed 28 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and Serbian Stefan Zivanovic (196-89) accounted for 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American-Nigerian guard Deji Ibitayo (193-93, college: Akron, agency: Mansfield and Associates) came up with 17 points and 4 steals and Jetmir Zekjiri (200-96) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Vardar in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kumanovo have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 9-3 record having just three points less than leader Rabotnicki. Newly promoted Vardar still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Kumanovo will play against Strumica (#5) in Strumica in the next round. Vardar will play at home against Ohrid AV and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Vardar: D.Ibitayo 17+4reb+2ast, M.Shalev 12+6reb, J.Zekjiri 12+5reb+1ast, B.Mitkov 12+3reb+1ast, M.Mitev 5+1reb+4ast, D.Robev 5+2reb+1ast
Kumanovo: D.Mijatovic 28+9reb+3ast, S.Zivanovic 11+6reb+4ast, N.Karakolev 11+4reb+3ast, M.Pekovic 10+3reb+2ast, M.Janevski 8+1reb+2ast, G.Georgievski 7
gschID: 512042





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

25-year old swingman Beqa Chikviladze (196-F/G-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Cactus Tbilisi and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Sokhumi (#5, 7-11) 101-93. Cactus Tbilisi maintains the 4th position in Georgian league. Cactus Tbilisi 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 8-10 record. In the team's last game Chikviladze had a remarkable 53.8% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Cactus Tbilisi and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Beqa Chikviladze averages this season 14.6ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Kakhaber Jintcharadze (195-SG-93) of Batumi. He is international guard in his first season at Batumi. In the last game Jintcharadze recorded impressive 23 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Batumi cruised to a 96-89 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Rustavi (#3, 10-8). Batumi'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 7-11 record. Jintcharadze is a newcomer at Batumi and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.1ppg (#6). He also registered 5.9 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Otari Buliava (202-PF-94) of Sokhumi (#5). Buliava scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Buliava's great performance Sokhumi lost 93-101 to slightly higher-ranked Cactus Tbilisi (#4, 8-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Sokhumi not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 11 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Buliava could try to bring Sokhumi's a little bit higher in the standings. Buliava has a very solid season. In 18 games in Georgia he scored 14.1ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. John Florveus (211-C-90) of Cactus Tbilisi - 10 points and 19 rebounds
5. Besik Lezhava (192-SG-86) of Batumi - 29 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Revaz Rogava (191-G-93) of Olimpi - 25 points and 5 rebounds
7. Irakli Chlaidze (198-G/F-89) of Cactus Tbilisi - 29 points and 2 assists
8. Corey Allen (185-PG-92) of Mgzavrebi - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Tre Burnette (196-G) of Olimpi - 12 points and 7 rebounds
10. Oleksandr Tishchenko (205-F/C-89) of Sokhumi - 14 points, 12 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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Brendan Lane (s.Oliver Wurzburg) Dirk Bauremann Has Been Transitioning Me More At Position Four Which Will Help Me Develop More - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Brendan Lane (206-C-90, college: Pepperdine) is a 26 year old 206cm center from Rocklin, California playing his third professional season and second in Germany in the EasyCredit BBL with the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. As a rookie he played with Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins (Japan-NBL): 52 games: 12.8ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 35.4%, FT: 73.4%. He started his basketball career in 2009 with UCLA (NCAA) where he played until 2012 playing a total of 79 NCAA games. He finished his college basketball career at : Pepperdine (NCAA, starting five) playing 29 games averaging 13.2ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.2apg, 2.4bpg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 62.4%. Last season with Wurzburg he played 37 games averaging 13.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 59.6%, 3PT: 14.8%, FT: 73.6%. He belonged to the top centers in the Beko BBL He spoke to eurobasket before the game against the Fraport Skyliners.

Brendan thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. 2017 is here and were almost into March, but did you make any new years resolutions this year or are you more a guy that concern himself with that?

No I'm not really one to make specific new years resolutions like that.


A tough 101-84 loss on the road to the Telekom Baskets Bonn. Bonn pretty much already had the game sealed at halftime leading 54-32. I wouldn't have wanted to be a fly in the locker room since head coach Dirk Bauermann prides defense. What went wrong on the defensive side in the first 20 minutes?

We started the game off letting them get some easy lay ups in the half court and in transition. That gave them their confidence early and that led to them knocking down open 3's and we dug ourselves into a deep hole.


Wurzburg found better consistency on offense in the second half, but couldn't get consistent stops. Was this just one of those nights where no matter what adjustments were made nothing really worked?

We just started to try being more aggressive too late and our defensive effort wasn't there the whole time. By the second half they already had so much confidence it was difficult to get stops.


The Telekom Baskets Bonn are having a solid season and are a favorite to win the Fiba Europe Cup title despite having a change at the coaching position due to sickness have kept the team chemistry. What do you believe is the team's biggest strength?

They have a lot of offensive firepower and play an up tempo pace that puts a lot of pressure on the opposing teams defense. They seem to play at another level at home too. They've had some really good games there this year.

The s.oliver Wurzburg made a coaching change at the start of 2017 bringing in legendary German coach Dirk Bauermann. The team is 0-6 with him something that is hard to believe. You played Bamberg and Munich tough and close, but lost too teams like BG Goettingen and Tuebingen that were beatable opponents. Is getting on the same page between team and coach a longer work in progress?

Yes it's always a work in progress when you have a new coach. We've spent the past 2 months really drilling and working on his strategies and we seem to show it in spurts during some of the games, but we haven't been able to put it together yet for a full game.


You defended well against Bamberg giving up 68 points, but have given up 94 points on average in the last three games. These results must really be difficult for Bauermann to swallow. How confident are you that the team will be able to show their defensive potential coupled with Bauermann's tactics soon?

I am very confident. I think everyone on this team is angry at themselves for the defensive effort we had in those games and I am confident we'll turn it around.


Jake Odum isn't playing for a winning team so people aren't talking as much about him. A bad and typical knock would be saying he isn't a good point guard because his team isn't winning, but what makes him a good point guard in your eyes?

He's a competitor. Our team has been struggling but he's never given up and he's always the one out there every game playing as hard as he can for the team.


Vincent Sanford has been refreshing. He has stepped up from the Pro B and scored 13 points in 17 minutes in the Bonn loss. Is this another example of how much talent there is in lower leagues?

Yes I believe so. The difference between a BBL player and Pro B player is so small and a lot of the times the only difference really is opportunity. Vincent is showing now what giving a player like that an opportunity can do for himself.

In our last interview you stated that your goal this season is too be consistent. Have you been content with your season so far?

No I am not content at all. I've felt that there have been many games this year where I have not made the impact on the game that I wanted or felt the team needed and I need to work on that for the remaining games this year.

Your averaging only 22 minutes per game averaging 12,0ppg, 4,6rpg and 1,4apg. Do you feel like you will be able to grow with Dirk Bauermann? How has he helped you so far with your game?

Yes I believe I will. He's been transitioning me to play more at the 4 position which will help me develop more as a player and could provide more opportunities for me in the future.


The next game is against the Fraport Skyliners on the road. You beat Frankfurt at home in the first game in a strange second half as you went on a 16-2 run to decide the game. Frankfurt has become a very strong team now. What will be key to getting the win?

Our biggest key right now is defense regardless of who we play. We've shown all season we can score but we've been unable to get stops. I think the key for us this game is to focus every possession on getting stops and create offense from our defense.

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

He will go down as one of the greatest I believe. More than just statistically, but in terms of competitiveness he was one of the greatest in my lifetime.


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

It's definitely one of the most impressive performances I've seen and will probably be very under appreciated just because of the team he plays on and the other star players on his team.


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

I don't know if I would say the best but he's got to be in the conversation with maybe one or 2 other guys. It's hard to compare stats now when you have teams with 2 or 3 guys who could average 30 plus ppg in a season on the same team.


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?

Most players aren't going into the game worried about getting those stats. Usually a player focuses on scoring and the rest of his game falls into place. Draymond is the type of player who knows he doesn't have to score and he focuses strictly on the defensive end.


What was the last movie that you saw?

The last movie I saw was War Dogs.

Thanks Brendan for the chat.




RSV Stahnsdorf Dismiss Thomas Roijakkers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It hasn't been an easy season for German Pro B team RSV Stahnsdorf and the club has decided to part ways with head coach Thomas Roijakkers Under Roijakkers, the team had a 6-11 record and will play Pro B playdowns soon in the hopes of staying in the league. The organization announced that assistant coach Denis Toroman will take over the reigns for Roijakkers. "It wasn't an easy decision. We discussed the situation for a long time and looked at all sides, but didn't see another way. than to separate from Thomas. Now the team wants to show that it wants to fight to stay in the league. They showed a few times that they have the potential. I am convinced the team will show they can win games", waned Andreas Zahn.

Source: RSV Stahnsdorf



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Ben Bentil agreed terms with the Mavericks - by Eurobasket News

Dallas Mavericks (NBA) inked 22-year old naturalized Ghanian forward Ben Bentil (206-104kg-95, college: Providence). He played recently at Fort Wayne Mad Ants. In 12 D-League games he recorded 14.1ppg and 5.2rpg this season. Bentil also played earlier that season for Xinjiang Flying Tige (CBA) in Chinese league where in 11 D-League games he averaged 13.7ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.0spg. He was called during the season by the Indiana Pacers.
Last year Bentil was drafted by Boston Celtics in second round (51st overall). He attended Providence College until 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Bentil's team made it to the Big East Tournament Semifinals for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). He received also All-Big East Most Improved Player of the Year award and NABC All-District 5 1st Team award in 2016 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Dezmine WELLS
  Doxa L.
  (196-G-92)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Wells, Doxa L.16.8 
 2. Brown, Koroivos16.3 
 3. Barlow, Trikalla14.3 
 4. Young, Lavrio13.8 
 5. Hall, Koroivos13.4 
 6. Cummings, Aris13.3 
 7. Milutinovic, Koroivos12.8 
 8. Punter, Lavrio12.8 
 9. Lojeski, Olympiacos12.7 
 10. Dixon, AEK Athens12.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keith CLANTON
  PAOK
  (205-C/F-90)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Clanton, PAOK10.1 
 2. Morgan, Kymis9.0 
 3. Basabe, Doxa L.8.9 
 4. Fitzpatrick, AGOR7.1 
 5. Biruta, Trikalla6.9 
 6. Hall, Koroivos6.7 
 7. Reddic, Kolossos HH6.7 
 8. Toutziarakis, Kymis6.4 
 9. Faye, Promitheas6.3 
 10. Singleton, Panathin.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos7.3 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiacos5.6 
 3. Calathes, Panathin.5.6 
 4. Starks, Koroivos5.0 
 5. Blassingame, Promi.4.8 
 6. Young, Lavrio4.8 
 7. Talton, AGOR4.3 
 8. Scott, Doxa L.4.1 
 9. El-Amin, Kymis3.9 
 10. Hall, Kolossos HH3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Shannon SCOTT
  Doxa L.
  (186-PG-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Scott, Doxa L.2.1 
 2. Brown, Koroivos1.8 
 3. Releford, Kolossos.1.8 
 4. Singleton, Panathin.1.7 
 5. Xanthopoulos, Aris1.7 
 6. Jones, Promitheas1.7 
 7. Hickey, Apollon .1.7 
 8. Young, Lavrio1.7 
 9. Gotcher, Koroivos1.5 
 10. Barlow, Trikalla1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin JACKSON
  Aris
  (204-C/F-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Jackson, Aris1.8 
 2. Kok, Lavrio1.5 
 3. Johnson, Promi.1.4 
 4. Clanton, PAOK1.3 
 5. Raines, Apollon .1.3 
 6. Buckner, Aris1.2 
 7. Milutinov, Olympiacos1.1 
 8. Kravic, AGOR1.0 
 9. Kavvadas, Aris0.9 
 10. Reddic, Kolossos HH0.9 



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Espartanos wins Mayor C Torneo Clausura - by Eurobasket News

Espartanos wins Mayor C Torneo Clausura in Honduras. They overcame BetCris in the Final series 2-0. At first Espartanos posted a 67-54 win in Game 1 and then added a 68-57 victory to triumph at the Nacional De Ingenieros Coliseum. Carlos E. Funez was the top-scorer of the tournament. He also became the top three-pointer of the campaign.


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Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Amin STEVENS
  Keflavik
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 29.6
 1. Stevens, Keflavik29.6 
 2. Wright, Haukar29.1 
 3. Whitfield, Skallagr.28.7 
 4. Carberry, Thor T.27.1 
 5. Covile, Snaefell24.6 
 6. Hester, Tindastoll23.1 
 7. Samb, Tindastoll22.0 
 8. Clinch, Grindavik21.2 
 9. Barrett, Snaefell21.0 
 10. Beamon, Thor AK20.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amin STEVENS
  Keflavik
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Stevens, Keflavik15.5 
 2. Whitfield, Skallagr.15.2 
 3. Baeringsson, Stjar.12.9 
 4. Carberry, Thor T.11.4 
 5. Barrett, Snaefell11.3 
 6. Hester, Tindastoll11.0 
 7. Covile, Snaefell10.0 
 8. Samb, Tindastoll9.5 
 9. Wright, Haukar9.1 
 10. Ermolinskij, KR8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Pavel ERMOLINSKIJ
  KR
  (202-G-87)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Ermolinskij, KR6.7 
 2. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.6.5 
 3. Birgisson, Tindastoll6.2 
 4. Bjornsson, Skallagr.5.4 
 5. Barja, Haukar5.3 
 6. Clinch, Grindavik5.2 
 7. Baeringsson, Stjar.5.2 
 8. Sigurdarson, IR5.1 
 9. Shouse, Stjarnan4.9 
 10. Carberry, Thor T.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Danero THOMAS
  IR
  (196-F-86)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Thomas, IR3.4 
 2. Hunter, IR3.1 
 3. Barrett, Snaefell3.1 
 4. Birgisson, Tindastoll2.8 
 5. Olafsson, Grindavik2.2 
 6. Stevens, Keflavik2.0 
 7. Rikhardsson, Tinda.1.9 
 8. Stefansson, KR1.8 
 9. Wright, Haukar1.7 
 10. Jonsson, Keflavik1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Tryggvi HLINASON
  Thor AK
  (215-C-97)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hlinason, Thor AK2.5 
 2. Hankins-Cole, IR2.0 
 3. Dempsey, Njardvik1.7 
 4. Austin, Stjarnan1.5 
 5. Baeringsson, Stjar.1.4 
 6. Magnusson, Haukar1.4 
 7. Barrett, Snaefell1.4 
 8. Hester, Tindastoll1.3 
 9. Jackson, Njardvik1.3 
 10. Samb, Tindastoll1.3 


Dominos League Round 19: KR beat Njardvik by one 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.

Seventh-ranked Njardvik (9-10) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked KR (15-4) on Friday. The visitors from Reykjavik managed to secure only one-point victory 81-80. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 27-24 charge, which allowed them to win the game. KR made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian-American forward PJ Alawoya (203-88, college: McNeese St., agency: Inception Sports) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 9 rebounds. The former international guard Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87) contributed with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. American guard Myron Dempsey (203-91, college: Paul Quinn, agency: Mansfield and Associates) answered with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Njardvik. Defending champion maintains first place with 15-4 record. Njardvik at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with IR and Thor AK. KR are looking forward to face Keflavik (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Njardvik will play against Thor AK in Akureyri and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Tindastoll (14-5) which hosted in Sauoarkrokur 4th placed Thor Thorl (10-9). Second ranked Tindastoll managed to get a 7-point victory 83-76. It was a great evening for guard Petur Birgisson (185-96) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Bjorgvin Rikhardsson helped adding 17 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Tobin Carberry (193-91, college: LIU Post, agency: HMS) responded with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Tindastoll have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 14-5 record behind leader KR, which they share with Stjarnan. Thor Thorl at the other side dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with Keflavik. Tindastoll will play against Skallagrimur (#10) in Borgarnes in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Thor Thorl will play at home against IR (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Snaefell is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 19th consecutive match to fifth ranked Grindavik (11-8) 88-80 on Thursday evening. It was an exceptional evening for Lewis Clinch who led the winners and scored 34 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. Arni Hrafnsson came up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds for Snaefell in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Grindavik moved-up to fourth place. Loser Snaefell still closes the standings. Grindavik will meet at home higher ranked Stjarnan (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Snaefell will play against Haukar (#11) in Hafnarfjordur and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Tenth-ranked Skallagrimur (7-12) was very close to win a game against third ranked Stjarnan (14-5). Stjarnan managed to secure only three-point victory 83-80. However their fans expected much easier game. Hlynur Baeringsson fired 8 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Skallagrimur's coach Finnur Jonsson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Stjarnan moved-up to second place, which they share with Tindastoll. Newly promoted Skallagrimur keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. Stjarnan's next round opponent will be Grindavik (#4) on the road. Skallagrimur will play against the league's second-placed Tindastoll (#2) and hope to win that game.
The game between ninth ranked IR (9-10) and 7th ranked Thor AK (9-10) in Reykjavik on Thursday ended with biggest points difference. IR outscored guests from Akureyri 100-78. It was a very good performance for Matthias Sigurdarson who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points, 9 rebounds and 12 assists. IR moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Njardvik and Thor AK. IR will face higher ranked Thor Thorl (#5) in Thorlakshofn in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last game of round 19 Haukar was beaten by Keflavik on the road 76-68.

Njardvik - KR 80-81

Seventh-ranked Njardvik (9-10) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked KR (15-4) on Friday. The visitors from Reykjavik managed to secure only one-point victory 81-80. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 27-24 charge, which allowed them to win the game. KR made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian-American forward PJ Alawoya (203-88, college: McNeese St., agency: Inception Sports) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 9 rebounds. The former international guard Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87) contributed with a triple-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. Alawoya is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American guard Myron Dempsey (203-91, college: Paul Quinn, agency: Mansfield and Associates) answered with 18 points and 8 rebounds and the former international Logi Gunnarsson (190-81) added 20 points and 6 assists in the effort for Njardvik. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains first place with 15-4 record. Njardvik at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with IR and Thor AK. KR are looking forward to face Keflavik (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Njardvik will play against Thor AK in Akureyri and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KR: P.Alawoya 28+9reb, J.Stefansson 15+9reb+4ast, P.Ermolinskij 14+11reb+11ast, T.Thorbjarnarsson 11+1ast, D.Hilmarsson 6+2reb+1ast, B.Bjornsson 5+2ast
Njardvik: L.Gunnarsson 20+2reb+6ast, M.Dempsey 18+8reb+3ast, B.Kristjansson 17+7reb+2ast, V.Jonsson 10+7reb, J.Olafsson 6+8reb+6ast, S.Stefansson 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 491979


Tindastoll - Thor Thorl 83-76

An interesting game for Tindastoll (14-5) which hosted in Sauoarkrokur 4th placed Thor Thorl (10-9). Second ranked Tindastoll managed to get a 7-point victory 83-76. The hosts were already 11 points ahead at halftime and as many as 13 after three quarters before a 18-12 last quarter charge of Thor Thorl cut the lead to 83-76 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Thor Thorl 35-24 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for guard Petur Birgisson (185-96) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Point guard Bjorgvin Rikhardsson (175-93) helped adding 17 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Tobin Carberry (193-91, college: LIU Post, agency: HMS) responded with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Halldor Hermannsson (188-97) scored 11 points and 5 steals. Five Tindastoll and four Thor Thorl players scored in double figures. Tindastoll have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 14-5 record behind leader KR, which they share with Stjarnan. Thor Thorl at the other side dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with Keflavik. Tindastoll will play against Skallagrimur (#10) in Borgarnes in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Thor Thorl will play at home against IR (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tindastoll: P.Birgisson 19+8reb+7ast, B.Rikhardsson 17+7reb+2ast, H.Viggosson 14+7reb+2ast, V.Agustsson 14+3reb+2ast, A.Hester 12+9reb+2ast, H.Margeirsson 7+1reb+1ast
Thor Thorl: T.Carberry 24+8reb+5ast, M.Thordarson 13+1reb, H.Hermannsson 11+4reb+3ast, M.Baginski 11+5reb+1ast, O.Jonsson 9+2reb+1ast, E.Einarsson 6+3reb
gschID: 491981


IR - Thor AK 100-78

The game between ninth ranked IR (9-10) and 7th ranked Thor AK (9-10) in Reykjavik on Thursday ended with biggest points difference. IR outscored guests from Akureyri 100-78. The game without a history. IR led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Thor AK's 40. IR looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Thor AK's players. It was a very good performance for point guard Matthias Sigurdarson (180-94, college: Columbus St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 28 points, 9 rebounds and 12 assists. American forward Quincy Hankins-Cole (203-90) contributed with 30 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international guard Darrel Lewis (192-76, college: Lincoln, MO) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds and international center Tryggvi Hlinason (215-97) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Thor AK. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. IR moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Njardvik and Thor AK. IR will face higher ranked Thor Thorl (#5) in Thorlakshofn in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
IR: Q.Hankins-Cole 30+9reb+4ast, M.Sigurdarson 28+9reb+12ast, D.Thomas 17+5reb+4ast, H.Hjalmarsson 10+3reb+3ast, S.Claessen 9+7reb+2ast, D.Berg Gretarsson 2+5reb+3ast
Thor AK: D.Lewis 25+13reb+2ast, T.Hlinason 15+7reb, T.Johannsson 12+5reb, G.Beamon 10+7reb, R.Fridriksson 8+5ast, I.Rafn Ingvarsson 7+9reb+5ast
gschID: 491980


Keflavik - Haukar 76-68

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Keflavik (10-9) beat at home 11th ranked Haukar (6-13) 76-68 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 41-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Keflavik made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game. Quite impressive performance for the former international guard Hordur Vilhjalmsson (194-88) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. American forward Amin Stevens (203-90, college: Florida A&M) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. American guard Sherrod Wright (193-91, college: George Mason) answered with 25 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!) and the former international center Finnur Magnusson (207-85, college: Catawba) added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Haukar. Keflavik have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Thor Thorl. Haukar lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Keflavik will face league's leader KR in Reykjavik in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Haukar will play at home against Snaefell (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Keflavik: H.Vilhjalmsson 24+10reb+6ast, A.Stevens 16+14reb, R.Dupree 15+6reb+5ast, M.Traustason 8+6reb, G.Jonsson 5+3reb, D.Hermannsson 4+2reb
Haukar: S.Wright 25+8reb+2ast, H.Oskarsson 12+4reb, F.Magnusson 9+8reb+3ast, E.Barja 6+6reb+3ast, K.Sverrisson 6+3reb+1ast, H.Stefansson 5+3reb
gschID: 491978


Snaefell - Grindavik 80-88

Bottom-ranked Snaefell is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 19th consecutive match to fifth ranked Grindavik (11-8) 88-80 on Thursday evening. The guests trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 8 points. Grindavik made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Grindavik outrebounded Snaefell 48-36 including 35 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for American-Dominican guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) who led the winners and scored 34 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Olafur Olafsson (194-90) accounted for 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Guard Arni Hrafnsson (185-98) came up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Christian Covile (193-93, college: Adrian) added 25 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Snaefell in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Grindavik moved-up to fourth place. Loser Snaefell still closes the standings. Grindavik will meet at home higher ranked Stjarnan (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Snaefell will play against Haukar (#11) in Hafnarfjordur and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Grindavik: L.Clinch 34+8reb+2ast, O.Olafsson 22+6reb+4ast, O.Saevarsson 7+6reb, I.Thor Gudmundsson 6+11reb+3ast, T.Olafsson 5+4reb+1ast, T.Finnbogason 5+5reb+1ast
Snaefell: A.Hrafnsson 28+10reb+3ast, C.Covile 25+11reb+2ast, A.Michelsson 9+2reb+2ast, V.Alexandersson 8+2reb+4ast, T.Saethorsson 4+4reb, M.Klimaszewski 4+2reb
gschID: 491977


Stjarnan - Skallagrimur 83-80

Tenth-ranked Skallagrimur (7-12) was very close to win a game against third ranked Stjarnan (14-5). Stjarnan managed to secure only three-point victory 83-80. However their fans expected much easier game. It looked good early as Skallagrimur took a 15-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Stjarnan took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 3 points. The former international power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82) fired 8 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Marvin Valdimarsson (198-81) chipped in 22 points. American forward Flenard Whitfield (200-90, college: W.Michigan) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Sigtryggur Bjornsson (180-93) added 17 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists respectively for lost side. Four Skallagrimur players scored in double figures. Skallagrimur's coach Finnur Jonsson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Stjarnan moved-up to second place, which they share with Tindastoll. Newly promoted Skallagrimur keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. Stjarnan's next round opponent will be Grindavik (#4) on the road. Skallagrimur will play against the league's second-placed Tindastoll (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Stjarnan: M.Valdimarsson 22+2reb+1ast, T.Tomasson 13+4reb+3ast, A.Angantysson 10+1reb, T.Hilmarsson 10+4reb, A.Gudmundsson 10+1ast, H.Baeringsson 8+11reb+10ast
Skallagrimur: F.Whitfield 27+10reb+3ast, S.Bjornsson 17+7reb+8ast, E.Halldorsson 13+9reb+2ast, M.Gunnarsson 12+4reb+1ast, B.Jonson 6+2reb+1ast, D.Flake 4+8reb+1ast
gschID: 491976





D1 Round 23: Breidablik edge Fjolnir by three points - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in D1 is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 4 rounds.

The most exciting game of round 23 in the D1 took place in Reykjavik. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of second-ranked Fjolnir (16-5) to fourth ranked Breidablik (13-7) 88-85 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Fjolnir. Fjolnir was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 25-18 charge of Breidablik, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Tyrone Garland (185-92, college: La Salle) who scored 38 points (!!!) and 5 assists. Swingman Snorri Vignisson (193-97) chipped in 10 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Robert Sigurdsson (187-94) produced 35 points (!!!) and 6 assists for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Breidablik maintains fourth place with 13-7 record. Fjolnir at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. Breidablik are looking forward to face FSU (#7) in Selfoss in the next round. Fjolnir will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Armann (0-21) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 111-71 loss to fifth ranked Hamar (9-11) in Hamar. Forward Gudjon Gudjonsson (198-95) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 9 rebounds. Erlendur Stefansson contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Hamar's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Magnus Hjalmarsson (184) answered with 14 points and 6 rebounds for Armann. Hamar maintains fifth place with 9-11 record. Armann at the other side still closes the standings. Hamar will play against higher ranked Valur (#3) in Reykjavik in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Armann will play at home against IA (#8) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Akranes was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Vestri (8-12) played at the court of 8th ranked IA (5-15). Vestri managed to secure a 9-point victory 76-67 on Friday. It was a great evening for Hinrik Gudbjartsson who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Derek Shouse responded with 20 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals. Newly promoted Vestri maintains sixth place with 8-12 record. IA lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 15 games lost. Vestri will meet league's leader Hottur in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. IA will play against Armann (#9) in Reykjavik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Selfoss was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Valur (15-4) played at the court of 7th ranked FSU (7-14). Valur managed to secure a 5-point victory 81-76. It was an exceptional evening for Urald King who led the winners and scored 24 points and 8 rebounds. FSU's coach Eloy Doce rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Valur maintains third place with 15-4 record having four points less than leader Hottur. FSU at the other side keeps the seventh position with 14 games lost. Valur's next round opponent will be Hamar (#5) at home. FSU will play against Breidablik in Kopavogur and hope to win that game.

IA - Vestri 67-76

The game in Akranes was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Vestri (8-12) played at the court of 8th ranked IA (5-15). Vestri managed to secure a 9-point victory 76-67 on Friday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But IA won third quarter 20-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for point guard Hinrik Gudbjartsson (185-96) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Serbian swingman Nebojsa Knezevic (196-87) helped adding 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Derek Shouse (188-93, college: Mo.-St.Louis) responded with 20 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals and swingman Bjorn Brynjolfsson (192-82) scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted Vestri maintains sixth place with 8-12 record. IA lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 15 games lost. Vestri will meet league's leader Hottur in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. IA will play against Armann (#9) in Reykjavik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
IA: D.Shouse 20+6reb+8ast, B.Brynjolfsson 14+5reb+5ast, J.Kristjansson 11+12reb, A.Jonsson 10+1reb+3ast, A.Jokulsson 8+5reb+2ast, S.Sigurdsson 2+9reb
Vestri: H.Gudbjartsson 24+8reb+6ast, N.Knezevic 14+7reb+4ast, A.Olafsson 10+3reb+1ast, N.Hardarson 10+10reb, Y.Chia-Kur 8+2reb, G.Gunnlaugsson 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 492090


Hamar - Armann 111-71

Bottom-ranked Armann (0-21) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 111-71 loss to fifth ranked Hamar (9-11) in Hamar. The game without a history. Hamar led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Armann's 50. Hamar forced 26 Armann turnovers and had a 32-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Armann's players. Forward Gudjon Gudjonsson (198-95) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Erlendur Stefansson (190-95, college: Black Hills St.) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Hamar's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Magnus Hjalmarsson (184) answered with 14 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Daniel Fridriksson (175-95) added 15 points in the effort for Armann. Four Armann players scored in double figures. Hamar maintains fifth place with 9-11 record. Armann at the other side still closes the standings. Hamar will play against higher ranked Valur (#3) in Reykjavik in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Armann will play at home against IA (#8) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Armann: D.Fridriksson 15+4reb+1ast, M.Hjalmarsson 14+6reb+2ast, J.Baldvinsson 11+6reb, B.Fridriksson 10+6reb+4ast, O.Thorteinsson 10+4reb+4ast, T.Baldvinsson 7+9reb+3ast
Hamar: E.Stefansson 21+5reb+2ast, G.Gudjonsson 18+9reb+3ast, H.Petursson 10+2reb+3ast, B.Asgeirsson 10+2reb+2ast, S.Hrafnsson 9+1reb+7ast, O.Sigurdarson 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 492089


Fjolnir - Breidablik 85-88

The most exciting game of round 23 in the D1 took place in Reykjavik. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of second-ranked Fjolnir (16-5) to fourth ranked Breidablik (13-7) 88-85 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Fjolnir. Fjolnir was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 25-18 charge of Breidablik, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Tyrone Garland (185-92, college: La Salle) who scored 38 points (!!!) and 5 assists. Swingman Snorri Vignisson (193-97) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Robert Sigurdsson (187-94) produced 35 points (!!!) and 6 assists and American forward Collin Pryor (200-90, college: Northern St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) added 20 points and 13 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Breidablik maintains fourth place with 13-7 record. Fjolnir at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. Breidablik are looking forward to face FSU (#7) in Selfoss in the next round. Fjolnir will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Fjolnir: R.Sigurdsson 35+3reb+6ast, C.Pryor 20+13reb, G.Sveinbjornsson 10+4reb+1ast, B.Rikhardsson 10+5reb, H.Vilhjalmsson 3+1reb+1ast, E.Egilsson 3+3reb+2ast
Breidablik: T.Garland 38+3reb+5ast, L.Arnason 11+5reb+1ast, S.Vignisson 10+11reb+3ast, R.Ragnarsson 10+1ast, E.Vignisson 8+7reb+2ast, K.Kjartansson 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 492091


FSU - Valur 76-81

The game in Selfoss was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Valur (15-4) played at the court of 7th ranked FSU (7-14). Valur managed to secure a 5-point victory 81-76. FSU was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Valur made 27-of-32 charity shots (84.4 percent) during the game. Valur outrebounded FSU 42-30 including a 35-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by FSU helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Urald King (198-90, college: SE Oklahoma) who led the winners and scored 24 points and 8 rebounds. Center Birgir Petursson (205-86) accounted for 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. American forward Terrance Motley (201-91, college: Sam Houston St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and point guard Ari Gylfason (186-89) added 19 points respectively for FSU in the defeat. FSU's coach Eloy Doce rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Valur maintains third place with 15-4 record having four points less than leader Hottur. FSU at the other side keeps the seventh position with 14 games lost. Valur's next round opponent will be Hamar (#5) at home. FSU will play against Breidablik in Kopavogur and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
FSu: T.Motley 36+15reb+3ast, A.Gylfason 19+2reb, J.Jokull Thrainsson 6+2reb+2ast, H.Hreinsson 6+2reb+4ast, A.Tryggvason 4+2reb, S.Stefansson 2+2reb
Valur: U.King 24+8reb+2ast, B.Petursson 18+6reb+2ast, A.Bracey 10+6reb+3ast, O.Petursson 9+4reb+1ast, I.Audunsson 6+6reb, T.Blondal 6
gschID: 492088





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UBA League Round 8: Chennai S. hands first loss to Pune P. - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Pune P. (3-1) at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Chennai S. (2-2) 88-84. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Pune P.. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 32-18 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Chennai S. looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. International center Rikin Pethani (203-90) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds. Cammy contributed with 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Pierre Newton (196-93, college: Minn.-Duluth) replied with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for Pune P.Pune P.'s coach R Kumar rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Pune P. at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. They share it with Mumbai Ch.. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Hydrabad S. (2-2) against fourth ranked Bengaluru (1-3) on Friday night. Visiting Hydrabad S. was defeated by Bengaluru in Kondhwa 104-94. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hydrabad S.. It was the only win of host team this round and in all other games visitors recorded victories. Bengaluru maintains fourth position with 1-3 record, which they share with Haryana G. Hydrabad S. at the other side keeps the second place with two games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Pune P. - Chennai S. 84-88

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Pune P. (3-1) at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Chennai S. (2-2) 88-84. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Pune P.. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 32-18 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Chennai S. looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. International center Rikin Pethani (203-90) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds. Cammy contributed with 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Chennai S. players scored in double figures. American guard Pierre Newton (196-93, college: Minn.-Duluth) replied with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international power forward Amritpal Singh (212-91) added 24 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) in the effort for Pune P.Pune P.'s coach R Kumar rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Pune P. at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. They share it with Mumbai Ch.. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Chennai S.: Cammy 19+4reb+4ast, R.Kumar Cr 16+1reb+5ast, J.Jat 16+8reb+3ast, R.Pethani 16+14reb, V.Prabhu 15+2reb, A.Chukwunanu 3+6reb+16ast
Pune P.: P.Newton 30+11reb+5ast, A.Singh 24+7reb+3ast, N.Grewal 14+5reb+1ast, A.Bhullar 7+5reb+4ast, S.Shinde 5+2reb+5ast, Hemant 4+1reb
gschID: 536717


Bengaluru - Hydrabad S. 104-94

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Hydrabad S. (2-2) against fourth ranked Bengaluru (1-3) on Friday night. Visiting Hydrabad S. was defeated by Bengaluru in Kondhwa 104-94. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hydrabad S.. Hydrabad S. was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 30-18 charge of Bengaluru, which allowed them to win the game. It was the only win of host team this round and in all other games visitors recorded victories. Bengaluru maintains fourth position with 1-3 record, which they share with Haryana G. Hydrabad S. at the other side keeps the second place with two games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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IBL Round 11: Satria Muda beat Aspac in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Jakarta. Leader Satria Muda faced 3rd placed Aspac. Host Satria Muda (7-0) smashed guests from Jakarta (6-3) 76-56. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Aspac. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-56. Satria Muda dominated on the defensive end, holding Aspac to just 6 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded Aspac 44-31 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Satria Muda looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Tyreek Jewell (185-93, college: St.Francis, NY) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international Juan Kokodiputra (194-95) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. The former international Pringgo Regowo (190-87) produced 20 points for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated Satria Muda have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-0 record. Aspac at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. Satria Muda are looking forward to face Bima Perkasa (#10) in Sakti in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aspac will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Satya Wacana (0-9) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 76-70 loss to eighth ranked NSH GMC (4-5) in Salatiga. The game was dominated by American players. point guard Gary Jacobs (188-92, college: Cent.Washington) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Nate Barfield contributed with 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. point guard Jarron Crump (183-92, college: Pacific Union) answered with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds for Satya Wacana. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. NSH GMC moved-up to seventh place. Satya Wacana lost their ninth game in a row. They still close the standings with nine games lost. NSH GMC's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Jakarta Pelita Jaya.
The game in Pandang was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Pacific Caesar (5-3) played at the court of 7th ranked Hang Tuah (3-5). Pacific Caesar managed to secure a 9-point victory 86-77 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Kevin Loiselle who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. JaJuan Smith responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Pacific Caesar moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Garuda. Hang Tuah lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with five games lost. They share it with JNE BSC. Pacific Caesar will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hang Tuah will play against JNE BSC (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 11 Bima Perkasa was defeated by JNE BSC in Bandung 70-52.

Hang Tuah - Pacific Caesar 77-86

The game in Pandang was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Pacific Caesar (5-3) played at the court of 7th ranked Hang Tuah (3-5). Pacific Caesar managed to secure a 9-point victory 86-77 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 20-6 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Pacific Caesar dominated on the defensive end, holding Hang Tuah to just 6 points in fourth quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Hang Tuah's 30. It was a great evening for Canadian forward Kevin Loiselle (198-88) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. American guard David Seagers (188-88, college: Dowling) helped adding 19 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Pacific Caesar players scored in double figures. American guard JaJuan Smith (188-85, college: Tennessee) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists and the former international point guard Kelly Purwanto (177-83) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Pacific Caesar moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Garuda. Hang Tuah lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with five games lost. They share it with JNE BSC. Pacific Caesar will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hang Tuah will play against JNE BSC (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pacific Caesar: K.Loiselle 25+10reb+2ast, D.Seagers 19+8reb+7ast, R.Hadrian Hutasoit 12+8reb+5ast, N.Saputra 11+4reb+3ast, I.Muhammad 8+2reb, M.Wardana 6+1reb
Hang Tuah: J.Smith 22+13reb+7ast, K.Purwanto 11+11reb+4ast, F.Minallah 11+6reb, A.Ekayana 8+3reb+3ast, T.Sugiharto 4+1reb, M.Joni 2+4reb+3ast
gschID: 533892


Satria Muda - Aspac 76-56

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Jakarta. Leader Satria Muda faced 3rd placed Aspac. Host Satria Muda (7-0) smashed guests from Jakarta (6-3) 76-56. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Aspac. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-56. Satria Muda dominated on the defensive end, holding Aspac to just 6 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded Aspac 44-31 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Satria Muda looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Tyreek Jewell (185-93, college: St.Francis, NY) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international Juan Kokodiputra (194-95) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. Four Satria Muda players scored in double figures. The former international Pringgo Regowo (190-87) produced 20 points and American forward Pierre Henderson-Niles (203-87, college: Memphis) added 8 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Satria Muda have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-0 record. Aspac at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. Satria Muda are looking forward to face Bima Perkasa (#10) in Sakti in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aspac will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: J.Kokodiputra 19+8reb, T.Jewell 15+14reb+4ast, C.Smith 13+6reb+4ast, A.Wisnu 10+2reb+2ast, M.Sandy Aziz 6, A.Seputra 5+1reb
Aspac: P.Regowo 20+2reb, P.Henderson-Niles 8+12reb+1ast, A.Hangrove 7+1reb, O.Wira Sanjaya 7+1reb+1ast, A.Damar Grahita 6+5reb, A.Prastawa Dhyaksa 6+2reb+9ast
gschID: 533895


JNE BSC - Bima Perkasa 70-52

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Bima Perkasa's (1-6) road loss to ninth ranked JNE BSC (3-5) 52-70 on Saturday. The game without a history. JNE BSC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They held Bima Perkasa to an opponent 24.1 percent shooting from the field compared to 39.3 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Bima Perkasa 41-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American forward Chris Brand (208-90, college: Lincoln, PA) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international center Ferdinand Damanik (196-88) helped adding 14 points and 11 rebounds. American point guard Tyrell Corbin (184-92, college: CSU Bakersfield) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds and center Moh Saroni (199-96) scored 6 points and 5 rebounds. JNE BSC moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Hang Tuah. Bima Perkasa lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with six games lost. JNE BSC will meet Hang Tuah (#8) in the next round. Bima Perkasa will play against the league's leader Satria Muda and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
JNE BSC: T.Wijoyo Wilopo 18+3reb+3ast, C.Brand 14+13reb+4ast, F.Damanik 14+11reb+2ast, V.Surawi 8+1reb+1ast, R.Raharjo 3+1reb+1ast, G.Gumilar 1+6reb
Bima Perkasa: T.Corbin 17+5reb+3ast, M.Saroni 6+5reb+1ast, I.Satria 5+4reb, Y.Dwi Priasmoro 5+5reb, R.Ray 2+2reb, M.Utu 0
gschID: 533894


Satya Wacana - NSH GMC 70-76

Bottom-ranked Satya Wacana (0-9) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 76-70 loss to eighth ranked NSH GMC (4-5) in Salatiga. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Satya Wacana won fourth quarter 23-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was dominated by American players. Point guard Gary Jacobs (188-92, college: Cent.Washington) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Power forward Nate Barfield (206-88, college: Langston) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Jarron Crump (183-92, college: Pacific Union) answered with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds and center Nate Maxey (211-92, college: N.C.Central) added 17 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks in the effort for Satya Wacana. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. NSH GMC moved-up to seventh place. Satya Wacana lost their ninth game in a row. They still close the standings with nine games lost. NSH GMC's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Jakarta Pelita Jaya.
Top scorers:
NSH GMC: G.Jacobs 27+10reb+6ast, N.Barfield 18+11reb, M.Mustohirin 8+4reb+1ast, L.Alfian Eka Koswara 6, R.Pratama Putra 5+2reb, R.Febriyan 4+1reb
Satya Wacana: J.Crump 38+10reb+2ast, N.Maxey 17+14reb, A.Adriano 7+4reb, R.Rahangmetan 3+5reb+2ast, V.Sanjaya 2+1reb, Y.Hosen 2+1reb
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Aspac tabs rookie Dom Williams in his first year in pro basketball - by Eurobasket News

M88 Aspac Jakarta (IBL) inked American point guard Dom Williams (178). He just graduated from Cent.Washington (NCAA2).
As mentioned above Williams is just out of the college and it will be his first season in pro basketball.
He played at the GNAC Tournament Semifinals in 2013.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Best players of Iranian Superleague round 1 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

American Gerald Robinson (185-PG-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Petrochimi and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 1 (Second Stage).
The 27-year old playmaker had the game-high 22 points adding four rebounds and six assists for Petrochimi in his team's victory, helping them to outclass, Second Stage bottom-ranked team Kashan (#5, 0-1) with 31-point margin 97-66. It allowed Petrochimi to jump to the first place in the Iranian Superleague. But it's just the very beginning of the Second Stage and Petrochimi won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Robinson turned to be Petrochimi's top player in his first season with the team. University of Georgia graduate has very impressive stats this year. Robinson is in league's top in points (4th best: 20.4ppg), assists (2nd best: 4.9apg) and averages solid 59.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old American forward Quinton Hosley (201-F-84) of second-ranked Arak. Hosley impressed basketball fans with 25 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course Arak cruised to a 91-80 relatively comfortable win over Tabriz (0-1). His team has extremely good start of the Second Stage. They won their first game. However the Second Stage is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Hosley is a newcomer at Arak 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 19.6ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 5.8rpg and 3.6apg.

The third best performed player last round was former international Arsalan Kazemi (200-SF-90) of Army (#4). Kazemi scored 15 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Kazemi's great performance Army lost 79-87 to #1 ranked Naft Abadan. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Army can only dream about fighting for top spots in Group 2. They have awful Second Stage losing so far all 1 games. Too bad for Kazemi he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Kazemi has individually a great season in Iran. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.4rpg (#1 in league). He also has 2.8spg and FGP: 56.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Javad Davari (185-G-83) of Chemidor - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Daniel Williams (195-G-87) of Arak - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Sajjad Mashayekhi (180-PG-94) of Naft Abadan - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Masoud Soleimani (207-C) of Kashan - 21 points and 8 rebounds
8. Meisam Mirzaei (210-C-92) of Naft Abadan - 17 points and 14 rebounds
9. Ali Armen Allahverdi (197-F-95) of Azad - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. James White (201-F/G-82) of Petrochimi - 8 points, 12 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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Yates' 21 points and 9 rebounds give him National League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old forward Evan Yates (198-F-91) had a very impressive game in the last round for Macc.Rehovot and receives a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 20.
He had the game-high 21 points adding nine rebounds and six assists for Macc.Rehovot in his team's victory, helping them to beat Hapoel Afula (#11, 9-11) 74-67. Macc.Rehovot is placed at 5th position in Israeli National League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Macc.Rehovot will need more victories to improve their 12-8 record. Yates turned to be Macc.Rehovot's top player in his first season with the team. Ashland University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Yates is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 10.4rpg) and averages solid 57.2% FGP. Worth to mention Yates played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

Second best performed player last round was Storm Warren (201-PF-88, agency: Octagon Europe) of Maccabi H/H. He is American forward in his first season at Maccabi H/H. In the last game Warren recorded impressive double-double of 29 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Maccabi H/H was edged by the higher-ranked Maccabi Raanana (#2, 14-6) 94-90. Maccabi H/H managed to keep the same 8th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Warren is a newcomer at Maccabi H/H and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.8ppg (#1). He also registered 11.2 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Denzel Livingston (193-G-93) of Hapoel K/S (#3). Livingston showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, eighteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. Despite Livingston's great performance Hapoel K/S lost 62-72 to the lower-ranked Ironi K-A (#6, 12-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Hapoel K/S needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 13 victories and 7 lost games. Livingston has a great season in Israel. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.8ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 10.8rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rashad Madden (196-G-92) of Hap.R/G Givat. - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Germain Jordan (198-C/F-86) of Galil Elion - 18 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Sean Labanowski (205-PF-92) of Ironi Ramat Gan - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Marcus Relphorde (198-F/G-88) of Hapoel Migd.H. - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Demetrius Treadwell (201-F-91) of Hapoel Afula - 25 points and 16 rebounds
9. Jamal Olasewere (201-SF-91) of Hap.R/G Givat. - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83) of Ramat Hasharon - 20 points, 7 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)



Raz comes back to Hapoel Ma'a lot - by Netanel Dahan

Artzit newcomer Hapoel Ma'alot B.C added to their roster 26-year old forward Amitay Raz (196-91). It is actually his comeback to Hapoel Ma'a lot as he has played there before. Raz He just played at Hapoel Nesher in Israeli Artzit. Raz also played earlier that season for Hapoel Ma'a lot.
He won Israeli Artzit League championship title in 2013.
Raz has played previously for three other teams: Hapoel Migdal Haemek, Hapoel Afula and Jezreel Valley.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Pelicans to waive Casspi - by Eurobasket News

New Orleans Pelicans (NBA) are going to waive 29-year old Israeli small forward Omri Casspi (206-102kg-88). In only one NBA game he had 12 points and 2 rebounds this season. Casspi also played for the Kings where in 22 NBA games he recorded 5.9ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.2apg.
In 2009 he was drafted by Sacramento Kings in first round (23rd overall).
Among other achievements Casspi won Israeli Premier League championship title in 2006 and 2009. He received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships 3rd Team award in 2015.
Casspi was also a member of Israeli international program for some years. He played for Israeli Senior National Team between 2008 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2007.
Casspi represented Israel at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 16.4ppg, 7.2rpg, 3.2apg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 47.1%, FT: 53.3%.
Casspi has played previously professionally in other NBA teams (Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets) and Israel (Galil Gilboa and Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Stevan Petrovic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
Very long and athletic player with excellent frame, plus leaping and slashing ability ... It's very difficult to guard him due to his size and ability to play inside/outside ... Casspi will beat bigger opponents off the dribble due to his quickness and take advantage of smaller opponents by posting them up inside.
Has to work to improve his shooting mechanics and be a more consistent outside shooter ... Not good at taking his defenders off the dribble and creating his own shots
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Afyon tabs Johndre Jefferson, ex Dolomiti En. TR - by Eurobasket News

Afyonkarahisar Belediye (TBL) inked 29-year old American power forward Johndre Jefferson (207-102kg-88, college: S.Carolina, agency: Three Eye Sports). He played recently at Dolomiti Energia Trento in Italian Serie A, but left the team last month. In 11 games he averaged 10.5ppg and 7.2rpg this season. The last season Jefferson played at Konyaspor (BSL) where in 26 games he had 10.2ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.5apg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Slovakian League Semifinals in 2012. Jefferson received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian LNP Silver Player of the Year award back in 2014.
He is a very experienced player. Jefferson has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Kiryat Gat and Elitzur Ramla), Slovakia (Iskra Svit), APBL (Beltway Bombers) and IBL (Salem S.).
He attended University of South Carolina until 2011 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.
Jefferson's game is described as: An athletic center who runs the court very well and has great timing to grab rebounds and bock the opponent' shots inside.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Will Carter (ex Shinshu BW) agreed terms with Angers BC - by Eurobasket News

Angers BC 49 (NM1) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American forward Will Carter (200-88, college: San Jose State, agency: HMS). He started the season at Shinshu Brave Warriors Nagano in Japanese B League D2. In 28 games he recorded 11.4ppg and 7.5rpg this season. The last season Carter played at Raiffeisen Wels in Austrian A Bundesliga where in 43 games he averaged 13.1ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.9apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Austrian League Honorable Mention.
Carter received CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America All-District 8 1st Team award back in 2012 at his college time.
Carter has played also professionally in Cyprus (Keravnos), Holland (Den Bosch) and France (Berck).
He attended San Jose State until 2012 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Bashkimi lands Garrius Adams, ex Le Havre - by Eurobasket News

KB Bashkimi Prizren (SuperLeague) tabbed 27-year old American shooting guard Garrius Adams (198-88kg-90, college: Miami, FL, agency: Interperformances). He played most recently at STB Le Havre in French ProB, but was released by the team in Nov.'15. In 6 games he averaged 5.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.3apg last season. Adams also played 2 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he had 8.5ppg, 1.0rpg and 1.0spg.
The previous (14-15) season he played at Liege Basket (Scooore League) in Belgium. In 30 games he recorded 11.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.2apg and 1.4spg. Adams helped them to make it to the cup final.
He graduated from University of Miami, Florida in 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyler LARSON
  Barons Riga
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 16.9
 1. Larson, Barons Riga16.9 
 2. Griffin, Liepaja/.16.5 
 3. Jogela, Barons Riga15.3 
 4. Laksa, Valmiera14.9 
 5. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.14.5 
 6. Blums, VEF Riga14.5 
 7. Kaufmanis, Valmiera14.5 
 8. Pitts, Valmiera14.4 
 9. Geks, Barons Riga14.4 
 10. Gulbis, Ventspils14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Davis ROZITIS
  Liepaja/.
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Rozitis, Liepaja/.8.4 
 2. Krestinin, Barons R.8.0 
 3. Iljins, Jurmala8.0 
 4. Montgomery, Liepaja/.7.8 
 5. Selakovs, Jekabpils7.5 
 6. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.7.2 
 7. Aleksejevs, Jekabpils7.1 
 8. Jonats, Valmiera7.0 
 9. Strelnieks, Jurmala7.0 
 10. Larson, Barons Riga6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.7.5 
 2. Jeromanovs, Jurma.6.6 
 3. Sirsnins, Jekabpils5.8 
 4. Plavnieks, BK Ogre5.7 
 5. Gaddy, VEF Riga5.5 
 6. Pitts, Valmiera5.4 
 7. Vitols, BK Ogre4.9 
 8. Saage, Valka/Valga4.6 
 9. Birkans, LU4.5 
 10. Dargais, Barons R.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.2.5 
 2. Skele, VEF Riga2.2 
 3. Richard, VEF Riga1.8 
 4. Gaddy, VEF Riga1.8 
 5. Campbell, Ventspils1.7 
 6. Krestinin, Barons R.1.7 
 7. Larson, Barons Riga1.7 
 8. Jakovics, Ventspils1.7 
 9. Saage, Valka/Valga1.6 
 10. Sirsnins, Jekabpils1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrejs GRAZULIS
  Ventspils
  (202-C-93)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Grazulis, Ventspils1.4 
 2. Pollard, Liepaja/.1.4 
 3. Rozitis, Barons Riga1.3 
 4. Montgomery, Liepaja/.1.1 
 5. Mbodj, Ventspils1.1 
 6. Mejeris, VEF Riga1.0 
 7. Zvigurs, Valka/Va.0.9 
 8. Krestinin, Barons R.0.9 
 9. Berzins, Valmiera0.8 


LBL D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 28
 1. Barrett, Madona28.0 
 2. Miezis, Kekava23.2 
 3. Krumins, Jelgava23.0 
 4. Kaufmanis, Valmier.22.8 
 5. Ginters, RSU22.2 
 6. Saknitis, Kekava18.4 
 7. Stiebrins, Jekabpil.17.9 
 8. Zotovs, VEF skola17.6 
 9. Skute, Madona17.6 
 10. Bets, Ogre/Kum.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Barrett, Madona12.6 
 2. Dubults, ViA11.1 
 3. Cavars, Kekava10.8 
 4. Vikentsyeu, VeA10.4 
 5. Gertners, DSN/.9.9 
 6. Mednis, Gulbenes Buki9.7 
 7. Metnieks, Marupe8.9 
 8. Lasmanis, Ogre/Kum.8.8 
 9. Ramanis, Valmier.8.7 
 10. Krumins, Jelgava8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Gatis JUSTOVICS
  Jelgava
  (184-G-87)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Justovics, Jelgava8.1 
 2. Buikis, Saldus7.7 
 3. Endzels, Turiba6.8 
 4. Kohanovs, ViA6.0 
 5. Bikovs, RTU5.8 
 6. Osins, Limbazi5.6 
 7. Paze, Marupe5.4 
 8. Kalnins, Valmier.5.3 
 9. Zotovs, VEF skola5.3 
 10. Ikstens, RSU5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Nauris MIEZIS
  Kekava
  (189-F-91)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Miezis, Kekava3.4 
 2. Dambis, BJBS R.3.1 
 3. Mikulskiy, VeA2.7 
 4. Zotovs, VEF skola2.7 
 5. Klegeris, LU/BS R.2.5 
 6. Bikovs, RTU2.5 
 7. Osins, Limbazi2.5 
 8. Kaufmanis, Valmier.2.4 
 9. Barrett, Madona2.4 
 10. Berzins, Valmier.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Reinis AVOTINS
  Jekabpil.
  (202-F-98)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Avotins, Jekabpil.1.5 
 2. Dembskis, LU/BS R.1.4 
 3. Skute, Madona1.3 
 4. Metnieks, Marupe1.2 
 5. Engers, ViA1.2 
 6. Gertners, DSN/.1.1 
 7. Hudins, VEF skola1.0 
 8. Jurjans, RSU1.0 
 9. Indrikovs, Ogre/Kum.1.0 
 10. Railans, Valmier.0.9 



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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Sagesse
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 33.8
 1. Stoglin, Sagesse33.8 
 2. Jackson, Homen.26.3 
 3. Efevberha, Sagesse25.7 
 4. Morris, Tadamon24.5 
 5. Rembert, Champville24.5 
 6. Johnson, Louaize24.3 
 7. Jones, Mayrouba24.0 
 8. Spencer, Moutahed23.5 
 9. Kemp, Tadamon23.3 
 10. Khatib, Homenetmen22.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BOHANNON
  Mayrouba
  (210-F-91)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Bohannon, Mayrouba14.8 
 2. Townes, Champville13.2 
 3. Vukosavljevi., Hoo.12.6 
 4. Ebi, Byblos12.5 
 5. O''Brien, Sagesse12.3 
 6. Garrett, Hoops11.9 
 7. Holton, Tadamon11.9 
 8. Melvin, Moutahed11.2 
 9. Upshaw, Mayrouba11.2 
 10. Majok, Homenetmen11.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jad KHALIL
  Tadamon
  (186-PG-96)
  Avg: 8
 1. Khalil, Tadamon8.0 
 2. Galloway, Homen.7.7 
 3. Mezher, Hoops7.2 
 4. Johnson, Louaize6.3 
 5. Rembert, Champville5.6 
 6. Spencer, Moutahed5.4 
 7. Cage, Mayrouba5.1 
 8. Arakji, Al Riyadi5.1 
 9. Bowles, Moutahed5.0 
 10. Umipig, Mayrouba4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Dewayne JACKSON
  Homen.
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Jackson, Homen.2.4 
 2. Johnson, Louaize2.4 
 3. Jones, Mayrouba2.3 
 4. Galloway, Homen.2.3 
 5. Thomas, Hoops2.1 
 6. Kemp, Tadamon2.1 
 7. Efevberha, Sagesse2.0 
 8. Umipig, Mayrouba2.0 
 9. Tucker, Byblos1.9 
 10. Rembert, Champville1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert UPSHAW
  Mayrouba
  (213-C-94)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Upshaw, Mayrouba3.8 
 2. Townes, Champville2.8 
 3. Garrett, Hoops2.5 
 4. Bowles, Moutahed2.5 
 5. Bohannon, Mayrouba2.3 
 6. Majok, Homenetmen2.3 
 7. Ebi, Byblos2.0 
 8. Haidar, Al Riyadi1.6 
 9. Fakhreddine, Tadam.1.5 
 10. Byrd, Hoops1.4 


Dubai International Tournament: AS Sale Stun Riyadi To Claim Gold - by Eurobasket News

After a wonderful performance in the semis for both Riyadi and AS Sala, the final matchup never looked better. Riyadi started the game a bit shaky, turning the ball over easily. Overconfidence might have played a role in this bad start. Sala were very focused and always found the open man to lead 11-3 after 4 minutes. Riyadi soon found their touch with Alade Aminu (210-F/C-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) and Haidar pairing up on couple of occasions. Yet they were still turning the ball around easily as Sala made the best of these mistakes. Hitting Riyadi's basket time and time again from down low. But a buzzer-beating backboard three-pointer shifted things in Riyadi's favor but still trailed 23-18. Riyadi's defense was easily penetrated in the second. This was not the defense that marked the tournament in previous games. Amir Saoud's introduction gave Riyadi a very much needed boost on both ends. 2 back to back threes cut the lead to 2. Riyadi were clicking on all cylinders but a late Sala surge gave them a 38-43 lead. The start of the second half was not perfect for the Lebanese, still lacking focus and defensively they were very stagnant. Sala reinforced their lead to 13. Ahmad Ismail (205-F/C-76) did his best to get his team back in the game. Down low, Riyadi were getting hammered by Kourdou Soufiane (211-C-85) and Abderrahim Najah (198-F/C-84). Riyadi did not show the image they showed all tournament long. Things were not going our way. To make things worse we were giving up the ball very easily. Eventually, the q ended in Sala's favor 64-54. Heading into the fourth, Riyadi fought valiantly to get back in the game. But Sala played great defense and with a slow tempo to kill the game. Mentally, Riyadi were beaten. On court, Sala were fully energized as if they were draining energy from fans and opposing players. Sala were finally crowned champions after defeating Riyadi 84-73.
Courtesy of: sports-961.com



Dubai International Tournament: Heroic Sagesse Comeback Not Enough As Riyadi Reach Final - by Eurobasket News

Riyadi took on Sagesse in the first semi-final of Dubai International Tournament as both have the final in sight. Sagesse started the game off well. Defensively they were switching on the picks, double teaming Alade Aminu (210-F/C-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) under the basket, closing up spaces very well and running quickly on the fast break. Terrell Stoglin (185-G-91, college: Maryland) was the man, as he often is, blowing past Brown on many occasions. 10 points from his team's first 14, he was on fire. Once Ahmad Ismail (205-F/C-76) entered the game, Riyadi were clicking on all cylinders and finished the Q up by 7, 23-16. Riyadi kept on pounding in the second Q. Ali and Ahmad Ismail were on fire, unstoppable from every single corner of the court. 4 threes for Ismael and 4 for Haidar, enlarged the deficit to 23. Sagesse lost focus soon after, as Wael and co were merciless scoring time and time again. Riyadi finished the quarter on a high leading 55-32. Nothing changed in the 3rd Q, Ali maintained his perfect field goal % from behind the arc, the ball was moving so well that all Riyadi's shots were taken easily. Always finding the open man, no forced shots and great shot selection. The chemistry between the 5 players on the floor was exquisite. Riyadi reached a level of playing that many see as the best in recent years. 36 points from behind the arc in the first 30 minutes emphasizes the fact that Riyadi were playing at ease and finished the quarter up 69-51. Sagesse entered the 4th quarter willing to give their all. A huge comeback from the Greens led by Terrell Stoglin and Beyrouthy who added a lot of energy to this team. Even Godfrey played some good defensive ball, denying Ismael couple of times and grabbed some crucial rebounds. Sagesse was back in the game. Things were going crazy, down by 18 with the beginning of the fourth Q, now they are 7 points away with 5 minutes left. Things did not last as Riyadi hit back to widen the gap again to 14. Riyadi managed to maintain the lead and win 89-75.
Courtesy of: sports-961.com



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  LIGA AMERICAS  


Recap of Day 1 in Monterrey - by Eurobasket News

Group E
Fuerza Regia - La Union 93-72
Fuerza Regia outgunned La Union to victoriously open their Group E campaign. Six players scored in double figures for the Mexican team. Jeleel Akindele (216-C-83, college: Chicago St., agency: BeoBasket) provided 19 points, 7 assists and 6 boards for Fuerza Regia. The Mexican team piled up a 47:36 halftime advantage. They unloaded 46 points in the second half to ice the victory. Andy Panko (203-F-77, college: Lebanon Valley, agency: BeoBasket) provided 17 points for the winners. Torin Francis (210-C-83, college: Notre Dame) responded with 19 points and 9 boards for La Union.

Guaros - Soles 88-86
Guaros nipped Soles to earn the first victory in Liga Americas Group E. Six players scored in double digits for the Venezuelan team. Heissler Guillent (186-PG-86) delivered 18 points and 7 assists for the winners. Soles clinched a 47:44 halftime lead. However Guaros went on a 31:18 run in the third period to jump to a 10-point lead. Soles narrowed the deficit in the final stanza but could not avoid the defeat. Zach Graham (198-G-89, college: Mississippi, agency: Pro Sports) tossed in 17 points in the victory. Justin Keenan (202-F/C-88, college: Ferris St.) responded with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Soles.




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NKL Round 13 (Second Stage): Suduva-Mantinga upset by Rasai - by Eurobasket News

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

Top ranked Suduva-Mantinga (29-8) recorded its eighth loss in Raseiniai on Thursday night. Visitors were rolled over by fourth ranked Rasai (23-14) 85-64. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-64. Rasai looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Point guard Tomas Galeckas (183-94) fired 23 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Forward Andrius Aleksandrovas (197-86) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Kinu Rochford (195-90, college: Fair Dickinson) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Suduva-Mantinga's coach Marius Kiltinavicius gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Rasai have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Telsiai. Suduva-Mantinga at the other side still keeps top position with eight games lost. Rasai is looking forward to face Silute (#7) on the road in the next round. Suduva-Mantinga will play against Telsiai (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Telsiu. Third ranked Telsiai faced their biggest opponent Nafta-Uni.. Host Telsiai (23-14) defeated guests from Klaipeda (25-13) 66-57. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Mindaugas Norkus (200-85) who helped to win the game recording 14 points. Tomas Domarkas contributed with 10 points and 5 assists for the winners. point guard Deividas Anuzis (182-92) answered with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for Nafta-Uni.Telsiai maintains third place with 23-14 record having just one point less than leader Suduva-Mantinga, which they share with Rasai. Nafta-Uni. lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the second position with 13 games lost. Telsiai will play against league's leader Suduva-Mantinga in Marijampole in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Nafta-Uni. will have a break next round.
Fourteenth-ranked Petrochema (8-30) made lots of trouble for twelfth ranked Mazeikiai (14-23) in Jonava on Friday. The visitors from Mazeikiai managed to secure only two-point victory 82-80. However their fans expected easier game. Rytis Biliartas stepped up and scored 23 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. At the losing side Ricardas Verbickas responded with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Mazeikiai moved-up to eleventh place. Petrochema lost sixth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 30 lost games. Mazeikiai will meet at home Ezerunas-Karys (#13) in the next round. Petrochema will have a break next round.
Tenth-ranked Delikatesas (15-22) made lots of trouble for eighth ranked Zalgiris II (22-15) in Kaunas. Zalgiris II managed to secure only three-point victory 83-80. However their fans expected easier game. Kristupas Zemaitis nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points, 8 rebounds and 13 assists for the winning side. Zalgiris II have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain eighth place with 22-15 record. Delikatesas at the other side keeps the tenth position with 22 games lost. Zalgiris II's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Kaunas KTU.

In the last two games of round 13 Silute was crushed by Perlas-MRU in Vilnius 84-64. Ezerunas-Karys beat KTU at home 73-63.

Rasai - Suduva-Mantinga 85-64

Top ranked Suduva-Mantinga (29-8) recorded its eighth loss in Raseiniai on Thursday night. Visitors were rolled over by fourth ranked Rasai (23-14) 85-64. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-64. Rasai looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Point guard Tomas Galeckas (183-94) fired 23 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Forward Andrius Aleksandrovas (197-86) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Rasai players scored in double figures. American forward Kinu Rochford (195-90, college: Fair Dickinson) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds and French Rytis Juknevicius (187-93, agency: Players Group) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Suduva-Mantinga's coach Marius Kiltinavicius gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Rasai have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Telsiai. Suduva-Mantinga at the other side still keeps top position with eight games lost. Rasai is looking forward to face Silute (#7) on the road in the next round. Suduva-Mantinga will play against Telsiai (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rasai: T.Galeckas 23+6reb+8ast, A.Aleksandrovas 16+5reb+4ast, S.Vingelis 15+3reb+3ast, S.Beniusis 12+9reb, R.Grinius 7+4reb+1ast, E.Dziaugys 5+2reb
Suduva-Mantinga: K.Rochford 17+6reb, R.Juknevicius 13+4reb+3ast, E.Saulys 7+4reb+1ast, M.Pacevicius 6+4reb, E.Ezerskis 5+3reb+3ast, G.Matulis 5+1reb
gschID: 533295


Petrochema - Mazeikiai 80-82

Fourteenth-ranked Petrochema (8-30) made lots of trouble for twelfth ranked Mazeikiai (14-23) in Jonava on Friday. The visitors from Mazeikiai managed to secure only two-point victory 82-80. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 2 points. Mazeikiai made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Forward Rytis Biliartas (200-91) stepped up and scored 23 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and point guard Ernestas Bruzas (183-96) chipped in 22 points and 4 assists. At the losing side guard Ricardas Verbickas (191-95) responded with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Mykolas Dieninis (197-97) scored 15 points. Mazeikiai moved-up to eleventh place. Petrochema lost sixth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 30 lost games. Mazeikiai will meet at home Ezerunas-Karys (#13) in the next round. Petrochema will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Mazeikiai: R.Biliartas 23+7reb+3ast, E.Bruzas 22+1reb+4ast, A.Einikis 17+1reb+2ast, K.Jonuska 8+7reb+3ast, M.Serksnas 7+4reb+3ast, T.Miskinis 2+5reb+1ast
Petrochema: R.Verbickas 20+5reb+5ast, M.Dieninis 15+4reb+2ast, L.Grabauskas 11+3reb+5ast, R.Zuklevicius 9+2reb+4ast, K.Sarukas 8+1reb, V.Pikalavicius 6+7reb+2ast
gschID: 533293


Zalgiris II - Delikatesas 83-80

Tenth-ranked Delikatesas (15-22) made lots of trouble for eighth ranked Zalgiris II (22-15) in Kaunas. Zalgiris II managed to secure only three-point victory 83-80. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 23-15 Delikatesas' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 83-80 at the end of the game. Zalgiris II made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Guard Kristupas Zemaitis (192-96) nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points, 8 rebounds and 13 assists for the winning side and power forward Laurynas Birutis (213-97) accounted for 17 points and 8 rebounds. Swingman Zilvinas Petraitis (194-88) came up with 19 points, 6 assists and 5 steals and guard Mantas Kadzevicius (194-91) added 8 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists respectively for Delikatesas in the defeat. Five Zalgiris II and four Delikatesas players scored in double figures. Zalgiris II have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain eighth place with 22-15 record. Delikatesas at the other side keeps the tenth position with 22 games lost. Zalgiris II's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Kaunas KTU.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris II: L.Birutis 17+8reb+2ast, L.Uleckas 14+4reb+2ast, K.Zemaitis 14+8reb+13ast, G.Masiulis 13+7reb, G.Vasiliauskas 10+2reb, M.Arlauskas 6
Delikatesas: Z.Petraitis 19+3reb+6ast, T.Pazera 15+4reb+5ast, G.Zalalis 14+7reb+2ast, N.Barauskas 14+8reb+2ast, M.Kadzevicius 8+8reb+8ast, M.Margis 5+1ast
gschID: 533291


Perlas-MRU - Silute 84-64

There was no surprise in Vilnius where 7th ranked Silute (18-19) was crushed by fifth ranked Perlas-MRU (21-16) 84-64. The game without a history. Perlas-MRU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Perlas-MRU outrebounded Silute 37-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. Guard Margiris Normantas (193-96) nailed 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side and guard Karolis Giedraitis (193-98) accounted for 14 points. American guard Brian Wanamaker (185-89, college: Texas Wesleyan) came up with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and center Aurelijus Pukelis (205-94) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Silute in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Perlas-MRU maintains fifth place with 21-16 record. Silute at the other side keeps the seventh position with 19 games lost. Perlas-MRU's next round opponent will be Vytis (#6) in Sakiai. Silute will play at home against Rasai and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Perlas-MRU: M.Normantas 16+7reb+7ast, K.Giedraitis 14+2reb+3ast, A.Berucka 13+3reb+2ast, D.Pipiras 9+9reb+1ast, M.Maskolaitis 9+2reb+1ast, T.Pipiras 8+5reb+2ast
Silute: A.Pukelis 15+6reb, B.Wanamaker 12+6reb+5ast, U.Thomas 12+2reb, T.Zdanavicius 6+3reb+1ast, A.Eitutavicius 5+2reb+4ast, G.Galinauskas 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 533294


Ezerunas-Karys - KTU 73-63

There was a small surprise in Moletai where thirteenth ranked Ezerunas-Karys (12-25) defeated 11th ranked KTU (13-24) 73-63. KTU was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 38-27 second half run of Ezerunas-Karys. They also forced 21 KTU turnovers. Forward Raimundas Ambrulaitis (198-82) nailed 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and guard Marius Pociukonis (189-82) accounted for 13 points and 5 assists. Point guard Martynas Zigmantavicius (187-96) came up with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Medas Kuprijanovas (195-96) added 11 points respectively for KTU in the defeat. KTU's coach Vytautas Pliauga rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ezerunas-Karys have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain thirteenth place with 12-25 record. KTU lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the twelfth position with 24 games lost. Ezerunas-Karys' next round opponent will be higher ranked Mazeikiai (#11) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Ezerunas-Karys: R.Ambrulaitis 15+7reb, M.Pociukonis 13+4reb+5ast, D.Giedraitis 10+4reb+1ast, A.Valiulis 9+2reb+2ast, I.Repcys 8+1reb+5ast, J.Zakas 7+1reb+1ast
KTU: M.Kuprijanovas 11+2reb+2ast, M.Zigmantavicius 11+5reb+4ast, A.Giedraitis 9+4reb, P.Knyza 8+6reb, J.Davniukas 6+1ast, M.Staniukaitis 6+1reb
gschID: 533292


Telsiai - Nafta-Uni. 66-57

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Telsiu. Third ranked Telsiai faced their biggest opponent Nafta-Uni.. Host Telsiai (23-14) defeated guests from Klaipeda (25-13) 66-57. Nafta-Uni. was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 29-15 second half run of Telsiai. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Nafta-Uni. to just 6 points in fourth quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Nafta-Uni.'s 22. Telsiai forced 19 Nafta-Uni. turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Mindaugas Norkus (200-85) who helped to win the game recording 14 points. Tomas Domarkas (184-91) contributed with 10 points and 5 assists for the winners. Point guard Deividas Anuzis (182-92) answered with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and point guard Mindaugas Stasys (179-86) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for Nafta-Uni.Telsiai maintains third place with 23-14 record having just one point less than leader Suduva-Mantinga, which they share with Rasai. Nafta-Uni. lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the second position with 13 games lost. Telsiai will play against league's leader Suduva-Mantinga in Marijampole in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Nafta-Uni. will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Telsiai: M.Norkus 14+4reb, L.Kaveckis 14+2reb+1ast, T.Domarkas 10+3reb+5ast, G.Kybartas 8+7reb, A.Maneikis 8+4reb, I.Razutis 4+5reb+6ast
Nafta-Uni.: M.Stasys 13+1reb+4ast, D.Slavinskas 11+3reb, E.Lengvinas 9+2reb, D.Anuzis 8+5reb+5ast, I.Ramasauskas 7+6reb+1ast, B.Bagdonavicius 4+6reb+1ast
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  MALAYSIA  


Heat Finish Strong, Nab First Victory Against Dragons On The Road - by Eurobasket News

Not even a tough shooting night from their leading scorer could stop the Saigon Heat from picking up a huge win in the ASEAN Basketball League season. In a game where prolific import Lenny Daniel (203-PF-87, college: CS Northridge) was held to only 11 points and in foul trouble, the Heat still had enough to overcome the Westports Malaysia Dragons, winning 95-84 on the road. Heritage Import Moses Morgan led the way for the Heat with 24 points on 3/6 from three point area. He also had seven rebounds and 3 steals. 'I just came out here, made a few shots did what i can on the defensive end,' Morgan said. 'We came in here, put it together, and got a win.' The Dragons were the aggressor early on in the game, as they opened with a 12-0 run in the first quarter that threatened to make short work of the visiting team. But the Heat would respond by scoring 11 straight points to get back into the ballgame. Morgan scored 8 points in the run, and a field goal by David Arnold (188-SG, college: Mont.St.-Billings) gave the Heat the lead with 1:57 remaining. The Dragons would reclaim the lead once again, but Arnold finished the quarter with triple at the buzzer that tied the game at 22 at the end of the first. The second quarter was a back and forth affair, as both teams traded shots left and right in a high scoring affair. Dragons Heritage Import Joshua Munzon (191-G-95, college: CS Los Angeles), who began the season as the Heat's import, had the highlight of the quarter, throwing down a booming dunk with 4:14 remaining. The Heat entered the half holding a slim one point lead, 48-47. Things got heated in the third quarter, as both teams continued to battle on the defensive end. Daniel gave up a tough foul on a driving Munzon, which the youngster didn't appreciate. Tempers flared up, with Heat's Anthony Henriquez and Munzon getting into it. Saigon responded by executing in the half court set, with Nguyen Van Hung and Stefan Nguyen (190-G-92) contributing via getting several baskets off of baseline cuts. The Heat opened up their biggest lead of the game at 10 points with 2:33 remaining before Ivan Yeo hit a tough triple to keep the Dragons in the thick of the fight. Saigon would end the quarter with a six point, putting them in a good position to grab a big win on the road. They did exactly that, as they went to their leaders to seal the deal in the final quarter. Stellar shooting from Viet Arnold led the way, as the fiery guard notched 8 points all in the quarter. 'Coach puts the ball in my hand in the fourth, and I just attack and make the read,' Arnold said. 'Whether it's a pass or a score, I just try to make the right plays. I just want to win.' But despite Arnold's hot shooting, it was Stefan Nguyen who scored the biggest basket of the game for Saigon. With 1:20 remaining in the quarter, Nguyen penetrated and scored over Malaysia's Kiwi Gardner (170-PG-93, college: Providence), finishing with the basket and the foul. That would give the Heat an 8 point lead which would be enough of a cushion for them to finish off the home team. 'I was pretty proud of how we overcame some adversity in this game,' Saigon Head Coach Tony Garelotto said. 'I'm proud that the team showed desire to win games. To me, when we've won this year, we played as hard as we can.' Aside from Morgan, the Heat got key contributions from several local players. Stefan Nguyen celebrated his birthday in style, scoring a season high 13 points and dishing 3 assists. Hung Nguyen and Nguyen Phuc Tam combined for 10 points. Phuc Tam nailed two triples in the contest, while Hung battled in the paint for Daniel who was in foul trouble, to the delight of Coach Garbelotto. 'We get crushed all the time about our local players, but there he is coming in for Lenny in a critical situation, and he gives us points, rebounding, and key plays. I'm very proud he was able to contribute at last.' Kiwi Gardner led Malaysia with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists, while Skylar Spencer (208-F/C-94, college: San Diego St.) had a double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds. Munzon had 16 points in the game, though he struggled shooting at a 5/24 clip. 'It was a must win,' Arnold said of their matchup with the Dragons. 'There's no option but to win. If we lose this game, we're down 3-0 [in the series versus Malaysia]. 'We need every win we can get.' With the victory, the Heat are now at 4-8, as they inch closer to the Kaohsiung Truth (5-9) in the race for the fourth seed in the Playoffs. They return to the CIS Arena in Saigon to face Alab Pilipinas on Sunday, February 26. The Dragons (3-11) will need to shake off this loss immediately, as they face the league leading Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions on Sunday, February 26 in Gem-In Mall, Cyberjaya.
Courtesy of: aseanbasketballleague.com



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Dubai International Tournament: AS Sale Stun Riyadi To Claim Gold - by Eurobasket News

After a wonderful performance in the semis for both Riyadi and AS Sala, the final matchup never looked better. Riyadi started the game a bit shaky, turning the ball over easily. Overconfidence might have played a role in this bad start. Sala were very focused and always found the open man to lead 11-3 after 4 minutes. Riyadi soon found their touch with Alade Aminu (210-F/C-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Three Eye Sports) and Haidar pairing up on couple of occasions. Yet they were still turning the ball around easily as Sala made the best of these mistakes. Hitting Riyadi's basket time and time again from down low. But a buzzer-beating backboard three-pointer shifted things in Riyadi's favor but still trailed 23-18. Riyadi's defense was easily penetrated in the second. This was not the defense that marked the tournament in previous games. Amir Saoud's introduction gave Riyadi a very much needed boost on both ends. 2 back to back threes cut the lead to 2. Riyadi were clicking on all cylinders but a late Sala surge gave them a 38-43 lead. The start of the second half was not perfect for the Lebanese, still lacking focus and defensively they were very stagnant. Sala reinforced their lead to 13. Ahmad Ismail (205-F/C-76) did his best to get his team back in the game. Down low, Riyadi were getting hammered by Kourdou Soufiane (211-C-85) and Abderrahim Najah (198-F/C-84). Riyadi did not show the image they showed all tournament long. Things were not going our way. To make things worse we were giving up the ball very easily. Eventually, the q ended in Sala's favor 64-54. Heading into the fourth, Riyadi fought valiantly to get back in the game. But Sala played great defense and with a slow tempo to kill the game. Mentally, Riyadi were beaten. On court, Sala were fully energized as if they were draining energy from fans and opposing players. Sala were finally crowned champions after defeating Riyadi 84-73.
Courtesy of: sports-961.com



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Cavs To Sign Deron Williams - by Eurobasket News

Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) has cleared waivers and he will sign with the Cavaliers, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com. Shams Charania of The Vertical tweets that the signing is expected to be completed on Monday. The agreement is for the remainder of the season and it will cost Cleveland $908,431 this season with $259,526 of that figure being Williams' salary and remaining cost being luxury tax payments, Bobby Marks of The Vertical tweets. The move will bring the Cavs payroll to slightly over $126.9MM, which is the highest is league history. Dallas was looking to trade Williams at the deadline, but no deal materialized. Shortly after the deadline, it was reported that the Mavs were working on a buyout agreement with Williams and his preferred destination was Cleveland. LeBron James has been adamant about the team adding a playmaker to help take the burden off of him and the addition of Williams should help with that issue. The 32-year-old can play the traditional point guard role for the Cavs when Kyrie Irving and James sit, but he's also comfortable playing off the ball, so he should see regular minutes alongside Irving and James as well. Williams is averaging 13.1 points and 6.9 assists per game this season. He has a 53.2 true shooting percentage and he's sporting a 15.3 player efficiency rating.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



Spurs kick off rust from layoff to beat Clippers 105-97 - by Eurobasket News

With Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.) in foul trouble for the first time all season, the San Antonio Spurs still kept it together. They shook off the rust from a nine-day layoff to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 105-97 on Friday night for their third straight win. Leonard led the Spurs with 21 points despite having five fouls by the third quarter. "It was just some confusion on the court, but probably could be the break, having to come in, get ready, rest up," he said. Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) added 17 points and 11 rebounds off the bench in his return from a 15-game absence because of a fractured finger. LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Dewayne Dedmon (7'0''-C-89, college: USC) grabbed 12 rebounds. Off since Feb. 16, the Spurs overcame 35-percent shooting in the opening quarter and rallied from a nine-point deficit in the third to control the fourth and beat the Clippers for the first time in three games this season. "We're coming down to our last 20 games," Leonard said. "This is the time we need to jell as a team, make our playoff push, make our weaknesses strong." Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) scored 29 points for the Clippers, who have dropped consecutive games to the league's two winningest teams since the All-Star break ended. They lost by 10 points at Golden State a night earlier. The Spurs have the league's second-best record at 44-13. "Right before the break we had an amazing rhythm going," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "We have to get back to being more organized." Chris Paul added 17 points and had four of the Clippers' 12 turnovers in his return after missing five weeks with a torn ligament in his left thumb. Austin Rivers (6'4''-G-92, college: Duke) scored 23 points off the bench, including 13 during a run that gave the Clippers a six-point lead in the first half. "I came out unscathed, which is great," Paul said. "It was a tough loss, but it felt good to get through an entire game." The Spurs stretched their lead to 10 points early in the fourth on Tony Parker (6'2''-PG-82)'s fast-break layup off a steal from Paul. The Clippers never got closer than six down the stretch. Leonard had back-to-back dunks, hit another basket and made 1 of 2 free throws to push the Spurs into a double-digit lead. "It was great seeing the team reacting well and playing well," Manu Ginobili said. "It was a good team effort, good defense. The first game after the break is usually hard for everybody." Griffin, DeAndre Jordan (6'11''-C-88, college: Texas A&M) and Paul combined to propel the Clippers to a 68-59 lead in the third. Griffin had 12 points, Jordan six and Paul five while the defense held the Spurs to 12 points in the run. But it was short-lived. The Spurs closed on a 16-5 spurt to lead 77-73 going into the fourth. Patty Mills scored six points and Ginobili hit a 3-pointer after the Clippers were ahead by one. Rivers scored 13 points in a 20-6 run that gave the Clippers their largest lead of six points in the first half. The Spurs hit four 3-pointers after that to close the half leading 47-42.
Courtesy of: bostonherald.com



Wade, Butler Lead Bulls Over Suns 128-121 in Overtime - by Eurobasket News

To Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette), it felt like an otherworldly experience. There he was showing some of his old explosiveness as he drove past Eric Bledsoe (6'1''-PG-89, college: Kentucky) for a thunderous right-handed dunk over a rotating Alex Len, an emphatic exclamation mark on a wild overtime victory for the Chicago Bulls. "It was an out of body experience," he said. Wade scored 23 points, Jimmy Butler added 22 and the Bulls rallied to beat the Phoenix Suns 128-121 in overtime Friday night. Devin Booker (6'6''-SG-96, college: Kentucky) scored 27 points for Phoenix, but missed a chance to win it in regulation after Wade fouled him on a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left. Booker hit the first two free throws to tie it, then missed the third. Wade and Butler led the Bulls as they rallied from 11 down in the fourth quarter to beat the Western Conference's last-place team. Both players scored 14 points after the third to help the Bulls win their third straight. Nikola Mirotic (6'10''-F/C-91) scored 20 points and hit four 3-pointers. Robin Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford) added 19 points. Denzel Valentine (6'5''-G-93, college: Michigan St.), who figures to get more playing time after Doug McDermott was traded to Oklahoma City along with Taj Gibson on Thursday, had 15 points. The rookie hit 5 of 8 3-pointers. "You get more confidence, obviously, because you're not looking over your shoulder every time something happens," Valentine said. "You get more confidence when you know you're in the rotation." Bledsoe had 17 points and 10 assists for Phoenix. T.J. Warren (6'8''-F-95, college: N.Carolina St.) and Marquese Chriss (6'9''-F-97, college: Washington) scored 17 apiece. Alan Williams (6'8''-C-93, college: UCSB) added 16 points on 8-of-9 shooting, but the Suns lost for the sixth time in eight games. "Just being inexperienced," Booker said. "Not getting stops down the stretch. Committing dumb turnovers. A bunch of stuff leads to that, a lot of stuff we need to work on. We have a lot of young players playing in crunch time, so we'll learn from it." The Bulls tied a franchise record by scoring 20 points in overtime and were leading 116-110 after a seven-point spurt that Mirotic started with a 3. Wade put back Butler's airball and hit two free throws to make it 122-115. And he had the crowd roaring in the closing minute when he drove for that dunk on Lin and gave the raise-the-roof gesture. "It was nice, right?" Wade said.
Courtesy of: usnews.com



Quinn Cook may agree terms with the Mavericks - by Eurobasket News

Dallas Mavericks (NBA) is close to ink 24-year old point guard Quinn Cook (188-82kg-93, college: Duke) who currently plays at Canton Charge in D-League. In 35 games he averaged impressive 26.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 6.7apg and 1.1spg this season.
Cook has never been drafted by the NBA.
Among other achievements his team made it to the D-League Semifinals in 2016. Cook received also USBasket.com All-D-League Rookie of the Year award in 2016.
He represented USA at the World Championships U17 in Hamburg (Germany) seven years ago. Cook's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 7.5ppg, 3.0rpg, Assists-1 (7.4apg), 1.3spg, FGP: 37.0%, 3PT: 42.3%.
Cook has played previously for two other NBA teams: New Orleans Pelicans and Cleveland Cavaliers.
He attended Duke University until 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.
Cook's game is described as: Has the quickness and athleticism to finish in the lane against bigger opponents ... can finish in the paint with either hand and also has an effective floater.
Solid floor general with the skill set to be one of the top point guards.
Pass-first guard with the ability to break down defenses off the dribble ... creates scoring opportunities for his teammates with excellent court vision and the ability to deliver passes from a variety of angles
A crafty scorer with the quickness and athleticism to finish in the lane against bigger opponents ... can finish in the paint with either hand and also has an effective floater
Has developed into a strong perimeter shooter from beyond the three-point line ... also possesses a nice pull-up jumper off the dribble
Greatly improved on the defensive end.
Has the ability to harass opposing point guards in the full court
A very good rebounder from the point guard position
Plays with great energy and emotion ... can ignite the team and the crowd with passing or scoring ability and defensive effort
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By Eurobasket Data Center (via @BBallInsiders)

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Williams comes back to the Pelicans - by Eurobasket News

New Orleans Pelicans (NBA) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old swingman Reggie Williams (198-95kg-86, college: VMI). It is actually his comeback to the Pelicans as he has played here before. Williams He played recently at Oklahoma City Blue, but released. In 28 D-League games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.2ppg, 5.0rpg and 3.4apg this season. Williams was called during the season by the New Orleans Pelicans where in 5 D-League games he averaged 5.0ppg and 1.2rpg. Williams was called during the season by the Oklahoma City Thunder.
He has never been drafted by the NBA. But in 2008 Pittsburgh Xplosion selected him in fifth round (23rd overall) in the CBA draft.
Williams attended Virginia Military Institute and it is his ninth season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Spanish ACB final in 2012. Williams received also Asia-Basket.com All-PBA Governor's Cup 2nd Team award back in 2014.
He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Williams' pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in six different countries. Williams has played previously professionally in France (JDA Dijon), Philippines (SM Beermen), Russia (Avtodor), other NBA teams (Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs), other D-League teams (Sioux Falls Skyforce) and Spain (Baskonia).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @HoopsHype)

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The Pelicans to waive Casspi - by Eurobasket News

New Orleans Pelicans (NBA) are going to waive 29-year old Israeli small forward Omri Casspi (206-102kg-88). In only one NBA game he had 12 points and 2 rebounds this season. Casspi also played for the Kings where in 22 NBA games he recorded 5.9ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.2apg.
In 2009 he was drafted by Sacramento Kings in first round (23rd overall).
Among other achievements Casspi won Israeli Premier League championship title in 2006 and 2009. He received also Eurobasket.com All-European Championships 3rd Team award in 2015.
Casspi was also a member of Israeli international program for some years. He played for Israeli Senior National Team between 2008 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2007.
Casspi represented Israel at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 16.4ppg, 7.2rpg, 3.2apg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 47.1%, FT: 53.3%.
Casspi has played previously professionally in other NBA teams (Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets) and Israel (Galil Gilboa and Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Stevan Petrovic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
Very long and athletic player with excellent frame, plus leaping and slashing ability ... It's very difficult to guard him due to his size and ability to play inside/outside ... Casspi will beat bigger opponents off the dribble due to his quickness and take advantage of smaller opponents by posting them up inside.
Has to work to improve his shooting mechanics and be a more consistent outside shooter ... Not good at taking his defenders off the dribble and creating his own shots
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ben Bentil agreed terms with the Mavericks - by Eurobasket News

Dallas Mavericks (NBA) inked 22-year old naturalized Ghanian forward Ben Bentil (206-104kg-95, college: Providence). He played recently at Fort Wayne Mad Ants. In 12 D-League games he recorded 14.1ppg and 5.2rpg this season. Bentil also played earlier that season for Xinjiang Flying Tige (CBA) in Chinese league where in 11 D-League games he averaged 13.7ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.0spg. He was called during the season by the Indiana Pacers.
Last year Bentil was drafted by Boston Celtics in second round (51st overall). He attended Providence College until 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Bentil's team made it to the Big East Tournament Semifinals for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). He received also All-Big East Most Improved Player of the Year award and NABC All-District 5 1st Team award in 2016 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ohio State downs Wisconsin 83-73 - by Eurobasket News

Behind a double-double from Jae'Sean Tate (6'4''-F) and hot shooting nights from C.J. Jackson (6'1''-PG) and Jaquan Lyle (6'5''-G-96), Ohio State handled No. 16 Wisconsin, 83-73, in head coach Thad Matta 's Ohio State-record 457th game at the helm of the Buckeyes Thursday at Value City Arena. Tate went for 15 points and 12 boards for his second-consecutive double-double while Jackson went 4-for-4 from beyond the arc en route to a team-high 18 points to go along with four rebounds, four assists and four steals. Lyle added 17 points, including all 10 from the charity stripe, while also tacking on four helpers for the Buckeyes (16-13, 6-10 Big Ten). Bronson Koenig (6'4''-G) led all scorers with 27 for the Badgers (22-6, 11-4 Big Ten). After a Koenig 3-pointer gave Wisconsin a 6-4 lead just over two minutes into the game, the Buckeyes used a 9-0 run to take a 13-6 advantage with 14:40 remaining in the half. The Buckeyes then got hot from the field, turning it into a 44-31 halftime lead. For the half, Ohio State shot 51.6 percent while connecting on five shots from behind the arc. Tate turned in a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards in 17 first-half minutes while Jackson added nine points and three assists. Koenig kept the Badgers in it with 14 in the first half, including four 3-pointers. The Badgers had the Buckeyes lead trimmed to nine at 56-47 with 11:00 remaining but back-to-back 3-pointers by Lyle and Jackson pushed the Ohio State advantage up to 15 at 62-47 with 9:19 left to play. Wisconsin was unable to get within 13 until the final minute of play as the Buckeyes hit on 5 of 6 3-pointers after the half.
Courtesy of: mariononline.com



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

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

Michael Hicks
Michael Hicks
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international forward Michael Hicks (196-76, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Uruguay). He was the major contributor in Hebraica's victory against the second-ranked Aguada (7-4) 87-83 in the Uruguayan LUB in Friday night's game. Hicks scored 18 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 23 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Promocional 1. Hebraica Macabi Montevideo (6-3) is placed third. His team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. Hicks has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.6apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 46.6%, 3FGP: 42.2% and FT: 80.2% in 20 games he played so far. Ex-Toros del Chiriqui David player is currently a member of the Panamanian senior national team.

Jaime Lloreda
Jaime Lloreda
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Jaime Lloreda (204-80, college: LSU, currently plays in Uruguay) is a teammate of previously mentioned Michael Hicks and both played together in the last Uruguayan LUB game. Lloreda led Hebraica to a victory against the second-ranked Aguada (7-4) 87-83. He scored 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Lloreda has relatively good stats this season: 12.1ppg, 10.5rpg, 2FGP: 65.1%(69-106) and FT: 53.4%. Ex-Magnates de Calidonia player is in the roster of the Panamanian senior national team.

Jamaal Levy
Jamaal Levy
   #3. The Panamanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Jamaal Levy (206-83, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in Argentina). He could not help Weber Bahia (20-13) to beat Quilmes MP (15-19). Levy recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. The third-placed Weber Bahia (20-13) lost 68-75 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) Quilmes MP in the Sur group. This year Levy's overall stats are: 7.1ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 61.6%(69-112), 3FGP: 29.7% and FT: 59.5% in 32 games. He is also a member of the Panamanian senior national team.

Josimar Ayarza
Josimar Ayarza
   #4. Forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to help Echague (6-29) in their last game on Friday. Despite Ayarza's very good performance Echague (#10) was defeated 85-74 at home by the leading San Lorenzo in the Norte group. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Ayarza also added 5 rebounds (made all of his five free throws). It's Ayarza's first season with the team. This year he has very high stats. Ayarza averages: 15.1ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.1apg. He is also Panamanian national team player.

Geno Luzcando
Geno Luzcando
   #5. International guard Geno Luzcando (190-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Idaho St. (3-9) in their game against the University of Northern Colorado (11-2) in the NCAA. He scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 29 minutes. The Idaho St. lost 81-87 in Greeley to the University of Northern Colorado. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Luzcando's total stats are: 10.0ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.1spg in 26 games. He plays currently for the Panamanian national team.

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

   #1. Javier Carter (203-C-91, college: S.Alabama, currently plays in Mexico) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Ciudad (15-21) crushing them 103-78 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) last Saturday. Carter scored 8 points in 18 minutes. Soles de Mexicali (23-13) is placed second in the LNBP. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Carter's total stats are: 7.0ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.4spg in five games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Carter used to play for Caballos de Cocle Aguadulce in Panamanian league.

   #2. Tymell Murphy (196-F-90, college: FIU, currently plays in Japan) could not help Kagoshima (5-33) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Kagoshima (#6) was defeated 85-80 on the road by the higher-ranked Bambitious Nara (#4) in the West group. Murphy was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Murphy has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Murphy has never played in Panama.

   #3. Pablo Rivas (198-F-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to N.C.Central's surprising victory against the Howard University (8-3) 66-59 in the NCAA last Monday. Rivas recorded 6 points. The N.Carolina Central has a very solid 9-1 conference record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Rivas has averaged so far 6.7ppg and 4.4rpg.

   #4. Jordan Henriquez-Roberts (214-C-89, college: Kansas St., currently plays in ASEAN League) led his Vietnamese team Saigon Heat to a victory against the league outsider KL Dragons (3-11) 95-84 in the ASEAN League on Friday night. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 18 rebounds. Henriquez-Roberts also added 3 blocks in 34 minutes. Saigon Heat (4-7) is placed second from the bottom (#5) in the ASEAN League. Henriquez-Roberts has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.5ppg, 16.0rpg and 3.0bpg in two games. Henriquez-Roberts is a naturalized American. He used to play for Correcaminos de Colon in Panamanian league.



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#PBA2017 Philippine Cup Semifinals Roundup: February 8-21, 2017 - by Enzo Flojo

The 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals was quite memorable, and here we are to give you an ICYMI recap of all the exciting action!

Game Capsules:

SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN over TNT KA TROPA, 4-3
Scores:
GAME 1 - SMB 111, TNT 98
GAME 2 - TNT 87, SMB 85
GAME 3 - TNT 98, SMB 92
GAME 4 - SMB 97, TNT 86
GAME 5 - TNT 101, SMB 94
GAME 6 - SMB 104, TNT 88
GAME 7 - SMB 96, TNT 83

The Beermen were tested here. They were down 2-3 in the series and looked pretty much on the ropes until a couple of lucky twists of fate nudged them into Game 7 and an eventual series win. Troy Rosario's absence was key in Game 6, and Jayson Castro's injury prevented him from playing in Game 7. It was a fortunate turn for SMB, and an unlucky tumble for TNT. This was a tough series that seems to have sharpened the Beermen for the Finals, where they are currently up, 1-0.

BGY. GINEBRA GIN KINGS over STAR HOTSHOTS, 4-3
Scores:
GAME 1 - STA 78, GIN 74
GAME 2 - STA 91, GIN 89
GAME 3 - GIN 73, STA 62
GAME 4 - GIN 93, STA 86
GAME 5 - STA 89, GIN 80
GAME 6 - GIN 91, STA 67
GAME 7 - GIN 89, STA 76

Much like the SMB-TNT series, the Gin Kings were on the verge of getting the boot thanks to a Star quintet that really played beyond their perceived capabilities. The Kings, however, lived up to their being #NSD, roaring back from a 2-0 hole to win 4 of the series's last 5 games. One would think that experience should have toughened them up for the Finals, but if Game 1 was any indication, the Kings will need to dig a lot deeper than they did against the Hotshots.

Source: HoopNut.net



#PBA2017 Philippine Cup Finals Roundup: February 24, 2017 - by Enzo Flojo

The 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals kicked off with a purr as the San Miguel Beermen completely dominated the Ginebra Gin Kings in Game 1!

Game Capsules:

SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN over BGY. GINEBRA GIN KINGS, 109-82
The San Miguel Beermen overwhelmed Barangay Ginebra early before cruising to the comfortable finish as they downed the Kings, 109-82, in a lopsided Game 1 of the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Reigning PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo and Chris Ross each finished with 17 points to lead San Miguel.

"The Kraken" shot 7-for-8 from the field and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds despite playing in less than 23 minutes of the blowout contest while Ross posted five rebounds and dished out eight assists in a similarly impressive showing.

Alex Cabagnot hit three three-pointer en route to 16 points while Gabby Espinas also finished with 16 markers, though all of his came in the second half.

San Miguel opened the game on a 17-2 run and never really looked back in a game they led by as many as 36 points.

The Beermen, who are seeking a third consecutive Philippine Cup title, now lead the best-of-seven series, 1-0. (Interaksyon.com)

LINES OF THE GAME:
Chris Ross (SMB) - 17pts, 5rebs, 8asts, 1blk, 1 triple.
Chris Ellis (GIN) - 13pts, 3rebs, 2asts, 2stls, 1blk, 1 triple.



HIGHLIGHTS:


Source: HoopNut.net



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DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis RELEFORD
  Siarka
  (198-SG-90)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Releford, Siarka18.1 
 2. Czerapowicz, Kro.17.7 
 3. Szubarga, Asseco17.5 
 4. Ireland, Trefl S.17.3 
 5. Brown, Szczecin16.4 
 6. Berisha, Polfarme.15.9 
 7. Balmazovic, Start L.15.8 
 8. Miles, Polpharma15.6 
 9. Brown, Siarka14.9 
 10. Blassingame, Energa C.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Stal Ostrow
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. King, Stal Ostrow11.3 
 2. Knowles, Siarka10.9 
 3. Markovic, Trefl S.8.8 
 4. Peterson, Start L.8.7 
 5. Harris, AZS K.8.3 
 6. Bartosz, Polfarme.8.2 
 7. Fraser, Polfarme.8.0 
 8. Kravish, Energa C.7.0 
 9. Czerapowicz, Kro.6.9 
 10. Sobin, Anwil6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Energa C.
  (175-PG-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Blassingame, Energa C.7.0 
 2. Robinson, Szczecin6.1 
 3. Johnson, Stal O.5.8 
 4. Wiggins, Start Lublin5.7 
 5. Laczynski, Anwil5.7 
 6. Brown, Siarka5.6 
 7. Brazelton, Rosa R.5.4 
 8. Grzelinski, Siarka5.1 
 9. Koszarek, Stelm.5.1 
 10. Szubarga, Asseco5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  Szczecin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Robinson, Szczecin2.2 
 2. Lewis, Energa C.2.1 
 3. Markovic, Trefl S.2.0 
 4. Brown, Siarka1.9 
 5. Laczynski, Anwil1.8 
 6. Millage, AZS K.1.8 
 7. Johnson, Stal O.1.8 
 8. Manigault, AZS K.1.8 
 9. Woloszyn, MKS D.1.7 
 10. Trotter, Torun1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin JACKSON
  Energa C.
  (204-C/F-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Jackson, Energa C.1.8 
 2. Knowles, Siarka1.6 
 3. Robbins, Szczecin1.4 
 4. King, Stal Ostrow1.3 
 5. Gabinski, Polfarme.1.2 
 6. Wyka, Krosno1.2 
 7. Kravish, Energa C.1.1 
 8. Mirkovic, Polpharma1.1 
 9. Brown, AZS K.1.0 
 10. Maddox, Krosno1.0 


Maciej Lampe's 31 points make him top Polish player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Maciej Lampe
Maciej Lampe
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Maciej Lampe (211-85, currently plays in China). He was the major contributor in Leopards' victory against the 18th-ranked Jiangsu TX (8-30) 128-112 in the Chinese CBA in Friday night's game. Lampe recorded 31 points (!!!), 8 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks in 32 minutes on the court. Shenzhen Leopards (26-12) are placed sixth in the CBA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Lampe has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 23.6ppg, 12.8rpg, 2.0apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 60.1%(327-544), 3FGP: 35.1% and FT: 74.7% in 39 games he played so far. Lampe has a dual citizenship: Polish and Swedish. He is currently a member of the Polish senior national team.

A.J. Slaughter
A.J. Slaughter
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard A.J. Slaughter (191-87, agency: BeoBasket, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Slaughter led his French team Strasbourg IG to a victory against the closely-ranked Aris (8-6) 81-70 in the Basketball Champions League last Wednesday. He scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Strasbourg IG (9-5) is placed third in group D. It's Slaughter's first season with the team. Slaughter has relatively good stats this year: 10.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.3apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 45.3%, 3FGP: 31.1% and FT: 76.7%. He is a naturalized American. Slaughter is in the roster of the Polish senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Poland.

Mateusz Ponitka
Mateusz Ponitka
   #3. The Polish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Mateusz Ponitka (196-93, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Ponitka contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (7-7) crushing them 72-52 in the Basketball Champions League on Tuesday night. He scored 6 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 22 minutes. Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (9-5) is placed second in group B. This year Ponitka's overall stats are: 9.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.8apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 48.8%, 3FGP: 28.9% and FT: 70.6% in 15 games. He is also a member of the Polish senior national team.

Marcin Gortat
Marcin Gortat
   #4. An experienced center Marcin Gortat (214-84, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Washington Wizards (34-22) in their last game on Friday. Despite Gortat's good performance the Washington Wizards (34-22) were defeated 120-112 on the road by the Philadelphia 76ers. He recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Gortat is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Wizards' roster. This season Gortat has very high stats. He averages: 11.9ppg, 11.3rpg and 1.6apg. Gortat used to play for the Polish national team back in 2015.

Przemyslaw Karnowski
Przemyslaw Karnowski
   #5. Former international center Przemyslaw Karnowski (216-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the University of Pacific (5-9) crushing them 82-61 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He scored 13 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The Gonzaga University has a very good 14-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all fourteen games in the conference. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Karnowski has been at the team for five years. This season Karnowski has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 5.8rpg and 2.0apg. He used to play for the Polish national team two years ago.

Konrad Tota
Konrad Tota
   #6. Forward Konrad Tota (196-80, college: Dickinson St., 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) on Friday night. Tota scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 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. This year Tota's total stats are: 7.7ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.7apg in seven games. Despite he played previously for the Canadian university national team, Tota is also a former international player as he played for the Polish senior team thirteen years ago.

Jakub Niziol
Jakub Niziol
   #7. U20 international forward Jakub Niziol (201-96, currently studies in the States) managed to help Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo in a victory against the Long Beach State University (8-2) 78-71 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 8 minutes on the court. The Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo has not so impressive 2-8 conference record this season. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Niziol has averaged so far 4.4ppg and 2.4rpg in 20 games. He is also Polish U20 national team player.

Dawid Czerniawski
Dawid Czerniawski
   #8. Forward Dawid Czerniawski (203-93, currently plays in NAIA) helped Davenport University win their game against the Marygrove University 99-84 in the WHAC on Thursday night. Czerniawski scored only 2 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists. The Davenport University has record this season. Czerniawski plays sixth season for the team. He has averaged so far 3.6ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.1spg. Czerniawski used to play for the Polish U20 national team back in 2013.

Robert Banach
Robert Banach
   #9. Former U18 international swingman Robert Banach (197-97, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Valdiceppo in their game against Senigallia (10-9) in the Italian Serie B (third division). He scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. It was his first game for Valdiceppo this season. The 15th-placed Valdiceppo (4-16) lost 61-69 at home to the much higher-ranked (#8) Senigallia in the Group D. Banach used to play for the Polish U18 national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Andy Mazurczak (188-G, agency: Duran International, college: Wisc.-Parkside, currently plays in Greece) could not help Kavala (5-12) in their last game. Despite his good performance Kavala was crushed 105-61 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#4) Faros. Mazurczak was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 3 passes in 26 minutes. It was Kavala's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Mazurczak has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.5apg and 1.4spg in 17 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Mazurczak has never played in Poland.

   #2. Maciej Baginski (195-SF-95, currently plays in Iceland) led Thor Thorl to a victory against the closely-ranked Thor AK (9-10) 73-68 in the Icelandic Dominos League in Sunday night's game. Baginski scored 11 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 34 minutes. Thor Thorl (10-9) is placed fifth in the Dominos League. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Baginski has reliable stats this year: 14.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg in 19 games. He has a dual citizenship: Polish and Icelandic. Despite Baginski's Polish passport, he previously played for the Icelandic U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Polish team.

   #3. Gal Gilinski (195-G-95, currently plays in Israel) was not able to help Hapoel Kfar Saba in their game against Ironi Kiryat Ata (12-8) in the Israeli National League (second division). Despite his very good performance last Tuesday Gilinski was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 6 rebounds. Gilinski's total stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.8apg and 1.2spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Israeli and Polish. Despite Gilinski's Polish nationality, he previously played for the Israeli U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Polish team.

   #4. Experienced Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82, college: Princeton, currently plays in Germany) managed to help Crailsheim Merlins to win against the 14th-ranked Baunach (7-17) crushing them 103-60 in the German ProA (second division) in Sunday night's game. He scored 5 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Crailsheim Merlins (19-5) is placed second in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Wysocki has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.7apg. He has both Polish and German nationalities.

   #5. David Brembly (197-G/F-93, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (5-10) in their game against BG Goettingen (8-15) in the German BBL. Brembly cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 10 minutes. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven lost 68-77 in Goettingen to the lower-ranked (#12) BG Goettingen. This year Brembly averages just 1.0ppg in three games. He also holds two passports: Polish and German.

   #6. Wojciech Rogacewicz (203-F-86, college: Mount Olive, currently plays in Germany) contributed to Stade's victory against the seventh-ranked Westerstede 83-71 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Friday night. Rogacewicz recorded 5 points and added 5 passes. Rogacewicz has averaged so far 4.0ppg and 2.2rpg.

   #7. Liraz Ariely (185-PG-92, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a Hapoel Migdal Haemek's victory against the fourth-ranked Hasharon 81-74 in the Israeli National League (second division) last Thursday. Ariely scored 10 points. Ariely has reliable stats this season: 10.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg. He holds both Polish and Israeli passports. Despite Ariely's Polish nationality, he previously played for the Israeli U20 national team.

   #8. Maciej Klimaszewski (203-C-95, currently plays in Iceland) couldn't help Snaefell in their game against Grindavik in the Icelandic Dominos League. Klimaszewski recorded only 4 points in 6 minutes on the court. His team lost 80-88. Klimaszewski has averaged so far 4.1ppg and 2.6rpg in 18 games. He has Polish and Icelandic nationalities.

   #9. Tomasz Szewczyk (187-G-92, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Schalke in their game against Oldenburg in the German ProB (third division). Szewczyk was the second best scorer with 7 points. His team was defeated 75-67. Szewczyk has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.8apg. He has dual citizenship: Polish and German.

   #10. Zbigniew Owczarek (190-G-89, currently plays in Germany) helped Rostock win their game against the fifth-ranked AstroStars 87-75 in the German ProB (third division) last Saturday. Owczarek scored only 4 points in 26 minutes. Owczarek has averaged so far 3.6ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.1spg in nine games. He holds both Polish and German passports.



Mateusz Kostrzewski moves to Stal Ostrow - by Greg

BM Slam Stal Ostrow Wlkp. (PLK) agreed terms with 27-year forward Mateusz Kostrzewski (200-89). The deal was signed until the end of 2017/18 season. Kostrzewski started the season at PGE Turow (PLK). He has played there for the last three years. In 20 PLK games he had 9.7ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.2apg this season. Kostrzewski helped them to make it to the Polish Cup Semifinals. The last season in 32 games he recorded 9.7ppg and 4.9rpg. Kostrzewski also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 8.3ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.0apg.
Kostrzewski has played previously for five other teams: Anwil, Energa Czarni, Asseco, GTK Asseco II Gdynia and Trefl II Sopot.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ramon Clemente's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Puerto Ricans playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ramon Clemente
Ramon Clemente
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., currently plays in Argentina). He led Ferrocarril to a victory over the third-ranked Instituto (22-14) 74-60 in the Argentinian LigaA in Tuesday night's game. Clemente was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds. Clemente also added 3 assists and 3 steals in 33 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Sur. Ferrocarril Oeste Capital Federal (22-11) is placed second. It's Clemente's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 14.3ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 64.9%(135-208), 3FGP: 42.3% and FT: 80.6% in 32 games he played so far. Clemente has a dual citizenship: Puerto Rican and American. He is currently a member of the Puerto Rican senior national team. Clemente used to play for Indios de Mayaguez in Puerto Rican league.

Carlos Rivera
Carlos Rivera
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international point guard Carlos Rivera (187-83, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Liga Americas). He contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked La Union (0-1) crushing them 93-72 in the LNBP last Friday. Rivera recorded 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Fuerza Regia Monterrey (1-0) is placed first in the LNBP. There are only two games left until the end of the LNBP Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. This season Rivera has relatively solid stats: 14.3ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 64.9%(135-208), 3FGP: 42.3% and FT: 80.6%. Former Atleticos de San German starter played for the Puerto Rican national team in 2015.

Guillermo Diaz
Guillermo Diaz
   #3. The Puerto Rican player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Guillermo Diaz (188-85, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Argentina). He could not help San Lorenzo (25-10) in their last game. Despite Diaz's good performance the first-placed San Lorenzo (25-10) lost 82-91 at home to the lower-ranked (#3) Instituto in the Sur group. He scored 12 points in 21 minutes. Diaz has reliable stats this year: 11.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 62.3%(66-106), 3FGP: 34.4% and FT: 88.9% in 24 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Georgian and Puerto Rican. Ex-Capitanes de Arecibo player is also a member of the Puerto Rican senior national team.

Shabazz Napier
Shabazz Napier
   #4. Point guard Shabazz Napier (185-91, college: Connecticut, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Portland Trail Blazers' victory against the Orlando Magic (21-38) 112-103 in the NBA in Thursday night's game. Napier scored 10 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 6 assists. The Portland Trail Blazers have 24-32 record this season. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. This year Napier averages: 4.0ppg and 1.2apg. He has both American and Puerto Rican nationalities. Napier is also Puerto Rican national team player. Strangely he has never played in Puerto Rico.

Maurice Harkless
Maurice Harkless
   #5. International swingman Maurice Harkless (203-93, college: St.John's, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Shabazz Napier and both played together in the last NBA game. Harkless helped Portland Trail Blazers win their game against the Orlando Magic (21-38) 112-103. He scored 12 points, had 6 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 38 minutes. Harkless' stats this year are: 10.7ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.2spg in 52 games. He also holds two passports: Puerto Rican and American. Harkless plays currently for the Puerto Rican national team. Apparently he has never played in Puerto Rico.

Javier Mojica
Javier Mojica
   #6. Shooting guard Javier Mojica (190-84, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Cent.Conn.St., currently plays in Uruguay) was not able to help Defensor (4-8) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Mojica's good performance Defensor (#7) was edged 82-80 in a derby game by the higher-ranked Bigua (#4) in the Promocional 1 group. He scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The Second Stage already ended. Mojica's stats this season are: 12.9ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.9apg. He holds both American and Puerto Rican passports. Mojica is a former international player as he played for the Puerto Rican senior team two years ago. He used to play for Fajardo in Puerto Rican league.

Alex Abreu
Alex Abreu
   #7. International point guard Alex Abreu (180-91, college: W.Georgia, currently plays in Liga Americas) helped his Venezuelan team Guaros edge the closely-ranked Soles (0-1) 88-86 in the Liga Americas in Friday night's game. Abreu recorded 10 points and added 3 assists in only 13 minutes. Guaros de Lara (1-0) is placed second in group E. There are only two games left until the end of the Liga Americas Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. This year Abreu's overall stats are: 9.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.5apg and 2.0spg in four games. He is also Puerto Rican national team player.

Rasham Suarez
Rasham Suarez
   #8. Guard Rasham Suarez (190-92, college: S.Mississippi, currently plays in Baltic League) was not able to secure a victory for Rapla (8-4) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Suarez's good performance Rapla (#3) was defeated 87-81 on the road by the second-ranked Valmiera in the group A of Baltic League. He scored 11 points, grabbed 8 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 3 balls. Suarez's total stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.8apg. He used to play for the Puerto Rican U18 national team back in 2010.

William Orozco
William Orozco
   #9. International forward William Orozco (201-85, also represented by Paris Global Sports, currently plays in Mexico) helped Garzas win their game against the closely-ranked Barreteros (17-19) crushing them 98-75 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) on Saturday night. Orozco had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds in 31 minutes. Garzas de Plata Hidalgo (22-14) is placed fourth in the LNBP. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Orozco averaged so far 10.6ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.7apg in 15 games. He is also in the roster of the Puerto Rican national team.

Richard Chaney
Richard Chaney
   #10. Guard Richard Chaney (196-84, college: Troy, currently plays in Uruguay) couldn't help Bigua (6-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance Bigua (#4) lost 57-69 in a derby game to the lower-ranked (#5) Malvin in the Promocional 1 group. Chaney was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 9 rebounds in 33 minutes. The Second Stage already ended. Chaney averaged so far 12.5ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.8apg, 1.1bpg and 1.5spg in 20 games. He holds both American and Puerto Rican passports. Chaney is an international player who is currently on the senior Puerto Rican National Team roster. He used to play for Cangrejeros de Santurce in Puerto Rican league.

   #11. Former international forward Kevin Young (203-90, college: Kansas, currently plays in Argentina) couldn't help CA Platense in their game against Alianza Viedma in the Argentinian TNA (second division), despite his very good performance in Tuesday night's game. Young was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 27 minutes. But his team lost 90-101. Young has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.0ppg and 7.0rpg in two games. Young used to play for the Puerto Rican national team two years ago.

   #12. International swingman Alex Franklin (198-88, college: Siena, currently plays in Mexico) couldn't help Toros in their game against Panteras in the Mexican LNBP (second division). Despite his good performance last Saturday He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Franklin averaged so far 10.3ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.5apg. He holds both American and Puerto Rican passports. Franklin is also in the roster of the Puerto Rican national team. He used to play for Indios de Mayaguez in Puerto Rican league.

   #13. Former international point guard Wilfredo Pagan (184-76, currently plays in Mexico) is a teammate of previously mentioned Alex Franklin. But that was another game of his team in Mexican LNBP which we would like to mention. Pagan helped Toros win their game against the closely-ranked Panteras 71-59. He recorded 8 points and added 4 passes in 30 minutes. This year Pagan's total stats are: 7.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.3apg in 32 games. He holds both American and Puerto Rican passports. Pagan used to play for the Puerto Rican national team fifteen years ago. He played also for Brujos de Guayama in Puerto Rican league.

   #14. Former U16 international guard Eliel Gonzalez (188-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped N.Carolina A&T win their game against the North Carolina A&T State University 106-95 in a derby game in the NCAA last Monday. He recorded 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 53 minutes. Gonzalez has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.6apg in 23 games. He used to play for the Puerto Rican U16 national team back in 2011.

   #15. U18 international guard Jorge Pacheco (185-98, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Liberty in their game against the Winthrop University in the NCAA, despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game. He scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 29 minutes. But his team was badly defeated by 17 points 84-67. Pacheco has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.5apg in 30 games. He is also in the roster of the Puerto Rican U18 national team.

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

   #1. Ivan Aska (201-F-90, college: Murray St., currently plays in South Korea) was the major contributor in an ET Land Elephants' victory against the closely-ranked Mobis Phoebus (22-20) 78-59 in the South Korean KBL in Saturday night's game. Aska recorded 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Inchon ET Land Elephants (20-23) are placed sixth in the KBL. Aska has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.3apg. Aska has a dual citizenship: U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rican.

   #2. Gian Clavell (193-G-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Colorado St. to a victory against the University of New Mexico (9-4) 68-56 in the NCAA on Tuesday night. Clavell scored 24 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The Colorado State University has a solid 10-4 conference record this season. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Clavell has very high stats. He averages: 18.9ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.6apg and 1.7spg.

   #3. Carlos DeJesus (180-G, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to an easy victory against the Roberts Wesleyan College crushing them 105-81 in the NCAA2 in Monday night's game. DeJesus scored 24 points, made 6 passes and 3 steals. The Bridgeport University has quite an impressive 10-3 record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA2 Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. DeJesus has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Puerto Rican and American. Interesting that DeJesus has never played in Puerto Rico.

   #4. Ruben Cotto (183-G-89, college: St.Louis, currently plays in Mexico). Cotto could not help Panteras (19-17) to beat Toros (22-14). He recorded 6 points and added 3 passes. Panteras was defeated 71-59 at home by the higher-ranked Toros (#3). It was Panteras' third consecutive loss in a row. Cotto has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 2.3apg.

   #5. Alexis Colon (196-F/G, currently plays in Mexico) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ruben Cotto and both played together in the last Mexican LNBP game. Colon was not able to help Panteras in their game against Toros (22-14). He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Colon recorded only 2 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks in 18 minutes. Panteras lost 59-71 on their home court in Aguascalientes to the higher-ranked (#3) Toros. Colon has averaged so far 7.3ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.5apg in eight games he played so far.

   #6. Kevin Maura (173-PG, currently studies in the States) contributed to UMBC's victory against the University of Massachusetts - Lowell 108-102 in the NCAA last Saturday. He scored 7 points and added 10 passes in 26 minutes. Maura has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.3apg and 1.8spg in 26 games.

   #7. Angel Rivera (173-G-95, is currently at the American university) was not able to secure a victory for the one of league's weakest teams Stetson in their game against the Florida Gulf Coast University in the NCAA. He recorded 9 points and added 3 assists. His team was defeated 80-70. Rivera has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 5.4apg. He has both Puerto Rican and U.S. Virgin Islands nationalities.

   #8. Michael Sanchez (173-PG, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to a Concord University's victory against the Notre Dame College, OH 95-87 in the NCAA2 in Saturday night's game. Sanchez recorded 12 points in 32 minutes. Sanchez averaged so far 10.7ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.6apg and 1.3spg in 24 games.

   #9. Andrew Rodriguez (188-G, currently plays in NAIA) managed to help St.Andrews University in a victory against the Milligan College 88-76 in the AAC in Wednesday night's game. He scored only 3 points in 9 minutes on the court. It was his first game for St.Andrews University this season.

   #10. Jorge Perez-Laham (185-G-95, currently plays in NCAA2) helped William Jewell College win their game against the Rockhurst University 84-80 in the NCAA2 on Thursday night. Perez-Laham scored 7 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 34 minutes. Perez-Laham averaged so far 14.7ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.9apg and 1.4spg in 23 games.



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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Milos BOJOVIC
  Phoenix .
  (198-G/F-81)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Bojovic, Phoenix .19.6 
 2. Hargrove, Craiova19.5 
 3. Jeremic, BC Timis.19.1 
 4. Martinic, Targu M.17.9 
 5. Moldoveanu, UBT C.17.6 
 6. Abrams, Craiova16.7 
 7. Mohammed, Targu M.16.2 
 8. Sutalo, Dinamo B.16.0 
 9. Dykes, UBT C.16.0 
 10. Gugino, Phoenix .15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris COOPER
  CSU Sibiu
  (205-C/F-90)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Cooper, CSU Sibiu7.9 
 2. Barro, UBT C.7.4 
 3. Tasic, Dinamo B.7.2 
 4. Hardy, CSU Sibiu7.1 
 5. Nicoara, Oradea6.7 
 6. Flowers, BC Timis.6.6 
 7. Abrams, Craiova6.3 
 8. Dragusin, BC Timis.6.2 
 9. Dudzinski, Steaua C.6.1 
 10. Macura, Olimpic6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Slobodan DUNDJERSKI
  Dinamo B.
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Dundjerski, Dinamo B.7.5 
 2. Martinic, Targu M.7.1 
 3. Adamovic, UBT C.6.4 
 4. Thomasson, Dinamo B.5.8 
 5. Long, Steaua CSM5.4 
 6. Kabongo, Pitesti5.1 
 7. Kostoski, Pitesti5.1 
 8. Franklin, Oradea5.0 
 9. Taylor, Craiova4.8 
 10. Marinovic, Craiova4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HARDY
  CSU Sibiu
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hardy, CSU Sibiu2.6 
 2. Dundjerski, Dinamo B.2.2 
 3. Gugino, Phoenix .2.2 
 4. Bojovic, Phoenix .2.1 
 5. Martinic, Targu M.2.1 
 6. Flowers, BC Timis.2.0 
 7. Otasevic, BC Timis.1.9 
 8. Long, Steaua CSM1.9 
 9. Waters, Phoenix .1.9 
 10. Adamovic, UBT C.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Laszlo LAZAR
  Targu Mures
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lazar, Targu Mures1.8 
 2. Hunter, Pitesti1.3 
 3. Dragusin, BC Timis.1.1 
 4. Barro, UBT C.1.0 
 5. Gregory, Craiova1.0 
 6. Denison, Oradea1.0 
 7. Cooper, CSU Sibiu0.9 
 8. Pavlovic, Olimpic0.9 
 9. Bureau, Craiova0.9 
 10. Tasic, Dinamo B.0.9 



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  RUSSIA  


Nikita Balashov selected the top Russian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nikita Balashov
Nikita Balashov
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Nikita Balashov (207-91, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Baltic League). Balashov contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked BK Ogre (6-6) crushing them 97-64 in the Baltic League in Wednesday night's game. He scored 9 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys (11-1) is placed first in group B. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. It's Balashov's first season with the team. Balashov has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 62.1%(36-58), 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 58.8%. He is currently a member of the Russian senior national team.

Stanislav Dikiy
Stanislav Dikiy
   #2. Second place goes to former U18 international forward Stanislav Dikiy (201-88, currently plays in Ukraine). Dikiy could not help VolinBasket (4-20) to beat Zaporizhya (10-13). He was the second best scorer with 8 points. VolinBasket was crushed 82-54 on the road by the higher-ranked Zaporizhya (#6). It was VolinBasket's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Dikiy averages: 7.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 48.1%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 88.2%. He played for the Russian U18 national team in 2006.

Alex Dubovitskiy
Alex Dubovitskiy
   #3. The Russian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international guard Alex Dubovitskiy (198-94, currently plays college basketball in the States). Dubovitskiy was not able to help the Chicago St. in their game against the Grand Canyon State University (4-5) in the NCAA. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Dubovitskiy recorded only 3 points in 21 minutes. The Chicago St. was crushed 82-59 at home by the Grand Canyon State University. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Dubovitskiy averages just 0.8ppg, 2FGP: 25.0%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 25.0% in 19 games he played so far. He played for the Russian U20 national team three years ago.

Nikolay Rogozhkin
Nikolay Rogozhkin
   #4. Center Nikolay Rogozhkin (221-93, also represented by Alti Sport, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for UCAM Murcia II (11-7) in their game against Myrtia (15-2) in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). Rogozhkin cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The third-placed UCAM Murcia II (11-7) was defeated 73-62 in a derby game by the leading Myrtia in the Group E. It was UCAM Murcia II's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Rogozhkin's overall stats this season are: 4.1ppg and 3.5rpg. He used to play for the Russian U20 national team back in 2013.

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

   #1. Marsel Ovsepyan (200-C-90, currently plays in Belarus) could not help Vitebsk (15-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Vitebsk was crushed 90-69 at home by the leading Grodno-93. Ovsepyan was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 31 minutes. It was Vitebsk's first loss after three consecutive victories. It's Ovsepyan's first season with the team. This year Ovsepyan averages: 8.6ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg in 17 games he played so far.

   #2. Egor Koulechov (196-G/F-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Rice to a 1-point victory against the University of Southern Mississippi (8-5) 72-71 in the NCAA last Thursday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 11 rebounds. The Rice University has 7-5 conference record this season. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Koulechov has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.7ppg, 8.8rpg and 1.9apg. Koulechov has a dual citizenship: Russian and Israeli.

   #3. Albert Kuppe (200-F-88, currently plays in Germany) led MLP Academics Heidelberg to a victory over the 13th-ranked Nuernberg (8-15) crushing them 101-71 in the German ProA (second division) on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. Kuppe scored 29 points (!!!), had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in 24 minutes. MLP Academics Heidelberg (16-1) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Kuppe averages: 9.1ppg and 3.0rpg in 23 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Russian and German. Despite Kuppe's Russian nationality, he previously played for the German U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Russian team.

   #4. Experienced Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help Brose Baskets in their game against Zalgiris (10-13) in the Euroleague. Veremeenko scored only 4 points in 3 minutes on the court. The 12th-placed Brose Baskets (8-15) lost 86-91 on the road to the higher-ranked (#10) Zalgiris in the group A of Euroleague. This year Veremeenko averages: 2.1ppg and 1.3rpg in 18 games. He has both Belarusian and Russian nationalities.

   #5. Anton Kazarnovski (206-F/C-85, currently plays in Germany) was the main contributor in a BG Karlsruhe's victory against the leader Karlsruhe PS (14-6) 79-75 in a derby game in the German ProB (third division) on Saturday night. Kazarnovski was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points, grabbed 7 boards, handed out 7 passes and blocked 2 shots. BG Karlsruhe (11-9) is placed sixth in South group. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Kazarnovski has very high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 7.2rpg and 2.1apg. Kazarnovski also holds two passports: Russian and Israeli. Despite his Russian nationality, Kazarnovski previously played for the Israeli university national team and probably cannot be called to the Russian team.

   #6. Alexey Chubrevich (212-C-86, currently plays in Israel) was not able to secure a victory for Hapoel Holon in their game against Hapoel Eilat in the Israeli Winner League. He cannot count it as his best performance. Chubrevich recorded only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. His team lost 66-81. This year Chubrevich averages: 5.6ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.1bpg in 18 games. He has dual citizenship: Russian and Israeli.

   #7. Igor Simin (199-SF-84, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Hasharon (10-10) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Simin's very good performance Hasharon was defeated 94-90 in Raanana by the higher-ranked Maccabi (#5). He scored 16 points. This season Simin averages: 8.9ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.6apg. Similarly like Chubrevich and Kazarnovski above He holds both Russian and Israeli passports. Despite Simin's Russian nationality, he previously played for the Israeli U21 national team.

   #8. Pavel Micheev (201-F-83, currently plays in Kazakhstan) was the major contributor in a Barsy Atyrau's victory against the league outsider Kaspiy Aktau crushing them 83-60 in the Kazakhstan National League on Wednesday night. Micheev recorded 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 35 minutes. This year Micheev averages: 9.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg in 12 games. He has Russian and Kazakhstan nationalities.

   #9. Alexei Ekimov (210-F/C-81, currently plays in Finland) couldn't help JyWe (4-17) in their last game. Despite Ekimov's good performance the 13th-placed JyWe was crushed 103-72 in Turun by the leading TuNMKY in the Division B. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 12 rebounds in 24 minutes. This year Ekimov has relatively solid stats: 11.2ppg, 9.8rpg, 2.4apg and 1.4bpg in 19 games.

   #10. Dmitriy Flis (204-F/C-84, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Ourense's victory against one of league's weakest teams Marin 86-78 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Saturday night. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. This season Flis has relatively solid stats: 12.3ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.3spg. He has Russian and Spanish nationalities.



VTB League: Khimky steal victory in Krasnodar - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv-Kuban - Khimky 84:89

Khimky celebrated the 14th victory in VTB League regular season. They rallied past Lokomotiv-Kuban in Krasnodar. Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) came up with another stellar performance for Khimky as he tallied 29 points and 8 rebounds to pace the visitors.
Lokomotiv drained 28 points in the opening frame to take an 11-point lead. But Khimky lived up to the challenge. They answered with a 33:15 rally in the second term to take a 50:43 halftime lead. Lokomotiv pulled within 4 points at the final intermission. But Khimky drained 23 points in the fourth frame and sealed the victory. Earl Rowland (188-PG-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) delivered 18 points, while Robbie Hummel (203-F-89, college: Purdue) added 11 points for the visitors. Mardy Collins (198-G-84, college: Temple) and Kevin Jones (206-F-89, college: W.Virginia) responded with 16 points each for Lokomotiv.

Lokomotiv-Kuban: Mardy Collins 16, Kevin Jones 16
Khimky: Alexey Shved 29, Earl Rowland 18, Robbie Hummel 11



Krivosheev's double-double lands him Superleague 1 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

28-year old power forward Maxim Krivosheev (207-F/C-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Spartak-Prim. and receives a Eurobasket.com Superleague 1 Player of the Week award for round 23.
He had a double-double of 16 points and 18 rebounds, while his team beat Kupol-Rodniki (#7, 9-9) 75-66. Spartak-Prim. is placed at 5th position in Russian Superleague 1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Spartak-Prim. will need more victories to improve their 12-7 record. Krivosheev turned to be Spartak-Prim.'s top player in his first season with the team. Krivosheev has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (6th best: 15.0ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 9.6rpg) and averages solid 58.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Ivan Rusetskiy (198-SF-93) of Ryazan. He is international in his first season at Ryazan. In the last game Rusetskiy recorded impressive 24 points. It was enough for Ryazan to edge slightly higher-ranked MBA Moscow (#10, 6-11) by 5 points 85-80. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Ryazan keeps 11th position. 14 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Ryazan managed to get this year. Rusetskiy is a newcomer at Ryazan and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Artem Chevarenkov (184-PG-96) of league's second-best Samara-SGEU. Chevarenkov scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Samara-SGEU, leading his team to a 89-63 easy win against #3 ranked Univ.Surgut in a game of the week. Samara-SGEU needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 6 lost games. Chevarenkov has a very solid season. In 15 games in Russia he scored 2.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aleksey Fedorchuk (208-C-86) of Univ.Surgut - 12 points and 9 rebounds
5. Fedor Klyuchnikov (192-G-90) of Spartak-Prim. - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Stanislav Zinchenko (203-F-87) of Khimky-Podmos. - 17 points and 3 rebounds
7. Kirill Gornaev (203-F/C-96) of Ural Ekaterinb. - 10 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Maxim Tkachenko (185-PG-92) of Ural Ekaterinb. - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Evgeny Karpeko (204-F-89) of Ryazan - 12 points and 11 rebounds
10. Alexei Kuznetsov (205-F/C-84) of MBA Moscow - 17 points and 4 rebounds

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



Gresev number one in Russian Superleague 2 for round 29 - by Eurobasket News

Forward Nikita Gresev (204-F-88) had a great game in the last round for top-ranked Tambov, receiving a Eurobasket.com Superleague 2 Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (27 points, nine rebounds and five assists) to as his team The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Despite this loss Tambov managed to keep Russian Superleague 2 leading position. They afford to lose this game, but they have to be very careful to avoid similar "accidents". Tambov has a very solid 22-8 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Gresev has many years of experience at Tambov, through which he has constantly improved. Nikita Gresev has solid league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 9.1rpg. Gresev is in league's top in and averages impressive 1.1bpg.

The second best player in last round's games was young Stepan Getmanov (200-PF-96) of league's second-best Cheb.Yastreby. Getmanov had a very good evening with a triple-double of 17 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists. It was enough for Cheb.Yastreby to edge the lower-ranked Dynamo-CBK (#5, 15-15) 96-91. Cheb.Yastreby's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 21-10 record is not bad at all. Getmanov is a newcomer at Cheb.Yastreby 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 guard Anton Ageev (191-G-84, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) of Stroitiel Engels (#4). Ageev scored 29 points and passed eight assists. He was a key player of Stroitiel Engels, leading his team to a 91-73 easy win against #1 ranked Tambov in a game of the week. Stroitiel Engels needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 15 lost games. Ageev has a great season in Russia. After 31 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.5ppg (2nd best) and assists with 4.0apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sergey Zhulkov (203-F/C-95) of Cheb.Yastreby - 31 points and 9 rebounds
5. Aleksandr Zaykin (206-C/F-84) of Stroitiel Engels - 23 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Vitaliy Zuev (186-PG-89) of Spartak SP - 23 points and 5 assists
7. Alexey Babushkin (196-F-94) of Spartak SP - 14 points and 10 rebounds
8. Sergei Dubinin (206-C-85) of Dyn-Magn.ChL - 14 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Aleksey Osokin (178-PG-89) of Dyn-Magn.ChL - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Stanislav Sarafankin (195-F/C-93) of Dynamo-CBK - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 6 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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Gareth Murray selected the top Scot playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Gareth Murray
Gareth Murray
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Gareth Murray (201-84, college: Kalamazoo Valley CC, currently plays in United Kingdom). He led Glasgow Rocks to a victory over the tenth-ranked Cheshire Phoenix (4-15) 95-82 in the British BBL in Friday night's game. Murray was MVP of the game. He recorded 21 points in 29 minutes on the court. Glasgow Rocks (15-5) is placed third in the BBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Murray's first season with the team. Murray has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 66.4%(71-107), 3FGP: 35.8% and FT: 82.6% in 19 games he played so far. Former 33.3%; Dunfermline Reign starter played for the Scottish senior national team four years ago.

Kieron Achara
Kieron Achara
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Kieron Achara (208-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne, currently plays in United Kingdom) is a teammate of previously mentioned Gareth Murray and both played together in the last British BBL game. Achara contributed to a Glasgow Rocks' victory against the tenth-ranked Cheshire Phoenix (4-15) 95-82. He recorded 13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and made 2 blocks. This season Achara has relatively solid stats: 13.1ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5bpg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 52.3%, 3FGP: 33.9% and FT: 87.5%. He has a dual citizenship: Scottish and Nigerian. Achara played for the Scottish national team in 2013.

Alasdair Fraser
Alasdair Fraser
   #3. The Scottish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Alasdair Fraser (201-92, agency: Court Side, college: Maine, currently plays in Germany). He could not help Ehingen/Urspringschule (9-16) in their last game. Despite Fraser's very good performance Ehingen/Urspringschule lost 67-72 on the road to the higher-ranked (#10) Uni Baskets. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Fraser also added 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. Fraser has reliable stats this year: 11.2ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 50.5%, 3FGP: 34.7% in 24 games. Former Sony Centre Fury starter played for the Scottish national team four years ago.

Jonathan Bunyan
Jonathan Bunyan
   #4. Point guard Jonathan Bunyan (182-92, currently plays in United Kingdom) is a teammate of previously mentioned Gareth Murray. He played also in the last British BBL game facing Kieron Achara (above) in the other team. Bunyan helped Glasgow Rocks win their game against the tenth-ranked Cheshire Phoenix (4-15) 95-82. He recorded 8 points. Bunyan has been at the team for four years. Bunyan's overall stats this season are: 5.4ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.4apg. He used to play for the Scottish national team back in 2014.

Grant Mackay
Grant Mackay
   #5. Former U18 international forward Grant Mackay (201-94, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to help the St.Anselm College in their game against the Bentley College in the NCAA2. Mackay recorded 8 points in 18 minutes. his team lost 85-91 in Waltham to the Bentley College. It was St.Anselm College's first loss after three consecutive victories. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA2. Mackay plays fourth season for the team. This year he averages: 5.9ppg and 5.0rpg in 21 games. Mackay used to play for the Scottish U18 national team seven years ago.

Fraser Malcolm
Fraser Malcolm
   #6. Guard Fraser Malcolm (198-96, currently plays in NCAA2) helped Black Hills State University win their game against the Chadron State College crushing them 63-43 in the NCAA2 on Friday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds. The Black Hills State University has not so impressive 4-14 record this season. Malcolm's team will play only one more game in the NCAA2 Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Malcolm averaged so far 14.6ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.1apg. Despite he played previously for the British U20 national team, Malcolm is also a former U18 international player as he played for the Scottish team three years ago.

Other top Scottish players, who play abroad:

Lee Reilly (182-PG-92) plays for Glasgow Rocks in British BBL
Benjamin Warrington (193-G-92) plays for Templeogue in Irish Super League
Craig Malcolm (191-SF-94) plays for Manchester Magic in British NBL D1
Yannick Onifade (201-C/F) plays for Manchester Magic in British NBL D1
Findlay Wood (178-PG-97) plays for Greenhouse Pioneers in British NBL D2
Ewan Lancaster (198-SF-98) plays for The Hun School in the
Kyle Jimenez (187-G-98) plays for Charnwood in British EABL
Konrad Kantorski (181-PG-98) plays for Spinners in British NBL D1



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Hassino Ndoye selected the top Senegalese players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Hassino Ndoye
Hassino Ndoye
   #1. This week's number one is former U18 international Hassino Ndoye (92, currently plays in Qatar). He led Al Gharafa to a victory over the closely-ranked Al Rayyan (11-6) crushing them 102-82 in a derby game in the Qatari D1 in Tuesday night's game. Ndoye was MVP of the game. He recorded 24 points and had 3 steals in 33 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Al Gharafa Doha (16-1) is placed second in the D1. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Ndoye averages: 9.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 46.3%, 3FGP: 29.2% and FT: 75.0% in 17 games he played so far. He played for the Senegalese U18 national team nine years ago.

Mamadou Diouf
Mamadou Diouf
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international swingman Mamadou Diouf (197-77, college: Delaware, currently plays in Japan). Diouf could not help Toshiba Thunders (33-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance the first-placed Toshiba Thunders (33-6) was edged 84-81 on the road by the lower-ranked Osaka Evessa (#3) in the Central group. Diouf was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 8 rebounds. It's Diouf's fifth season with the team. Diouf's overall stats this year are: 6.6ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 53.2% and FT: 76.3%. He played for the Senegalese national team in 2007.

Clevin Hannah
Clevin Hannah
   #3. The Senegalese player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Clevin Hannah (179-87, college: Wichita St., currently plays in Lithuania). Hannah was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Lietuvos rytas in their game against Lietkabelis (17-6) in the Lithuanian LKL, despite his good performance on Saturday night. He scored 10 points in 20 minutes. But Lietuvos rytas lost 77-86 in Panevezys to the second-ranked Lietkabelis. It's Hannah's first season with the team. This year Hannah's overall stats are: 6.6ppg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 59.1%(13-22), 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 88.9% in seven games. He has a dual citizenship: Senegalese and American. Hannah is also a member of the Senegalese senior national team.

Youssou Ndoye
Youssou Ndoye
   #4. Center Youssou Ndoye (213-91, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in France) contributed to a JL Bourg's victory against the seventh-ranked Nantes (9-10) 80-72 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. Ndoye also added and 3 steals; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. JL Bourg Basket (14-5) is placed first in the ProB. Ndoye has relatively good stats this season: 13.2ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3bpg. He is also Senegalese national team player.

Papa Dia
Papa Dia
   #5. Former international forward Papa Dia (208-87, college: SMU, currently plays in Finland) was the main contributor in a 1-point BC Nokia's victory against the closely-ranked Salon Vilpas (20-8) 98-97 in the Finnish Korisliiga last Wednesday. Dia was the best player in that game. He had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 11 rebounds. Dia also added 3 assists in 32 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Nokia (9-5) is placed fourth in the Korisliiga. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Dia has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.2apg in 24 games. Dia used to play for the Senegalese national team six years ago.

Antoine Mendy
Antoine Mendy
   #6. Forward Antoine Mendy (198-83, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Entente Orleans 45 (6-14) in their game against Olympique Antibes (7-13) in the French ProA. Despite his very good performance on Saturday night He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Mendy also added 4 rebounds. Mendy's total stats this season are: 4.8ppg and 2.4rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Senegalese National Team roster.

Mouhammad Faye
Mouhammad Faye
   #7. Former international forward Mouhammad Faye (208-85, college: SMU, currently plays in Greece) helped Promitheas win their game against the closely-ranked Lavrio (7-12) 77-74 in the Greek A1 last Saturday. He recorded 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. ASP Promitheas Patras (8-11) is placed eighth in the A1. This season Faye has relatively solid stats: 12.2ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Senegalese national team two years ago.

Pape Faye
Pape Faye
   #8. Center Pape Faye (200-87, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Yokohama BC (14-26) in their game against Sanen Neophoenix (24-16) in the Japanese B League, despite his very good performance on Wednesday night. Faye had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 12 rebounds in 40 minutes. But Yokohama BC (#5) lost 73-85 at home to the second-ranked Sanen Neophoenix in the Central group. It was Yokohama BC's fifth consecutive loss in a row. This year Faye's total stats are: 7.3ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.1apg in 39 games. He used to play for the Senegalese national team back in 2015.

Louis Adams
Louis Adams
   #9. International guard Louis Adams (193-90, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Wyoming (6-8) in their game against the Boise State University (6-6) in the NCAA. Despite his very good performance in Saturday night's game Adams scored 18 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Adams has averaged so far 7.7ppg and 2.5rpg. He is also in the roster of the Senegalese national team.

Xane d'Almeida
Xane d'Almeida
   #10. Point guard Xane d'Almeida (181-83, currently plays in France) helped Lourdes-Tarbes win their game against the 13th-ranked Vendee Challans (11-14) 87-80 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. He was the top player that evening. d'Almeida recorded 31 points (!!!), 4 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his eleven free throws !!!). L'union Lourdes-Tarbes Pyrenees Basket (14-11) is placed seventh in the NM1. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. d'Almeida is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Lourdes-Tarbes' roster. He has reliable stats this season: 14.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 7.2apg and 1.8spg. d'Almeida is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Senegalese senior national team.

   #11. Former international power forward Jules Aw (202-86, currently plays in Switzerland) helped Lugano Tigers win their game against the closely-ranked Monthey 74-70 in the Swiss LNA on Saturday night. He scored 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 33 minutes. Aw averaged so far 10.6ppg, 9.7rpg and 1.7apg in seven games. He used to play for the Senegalese national team ten years ago.

   #12. International center Abdoulaye Ndoye (207-95, currently plays in Spain) helped Gipuzkoa win their game against the 13th-ranked Caceres Basket 81-70 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. Ndoye scored 8 points. He has averaged so far 5.4ppg and 4.0rpg. Ndoye is also in the roster of the Senegalese national team.

   #13. International center Gorgui Dieng (211-90, college: Louisville, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Minnesota Timberwolves to win against the Dallas Mavericks 97-84 in the NBA on Friday night. He recorded only 4 points. Dieng averaged so far 10.1ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.8apg. He is also Senegalese national team player.

   #14. Former U18 international center Papa Mbaye (209-90, currently plays in Spain) helped Lleida Basquet win their game against the closely-ranked Castello crushing them 92-69 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. Mbaye was the top player that evening. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 20 minutes. Mbaye has averaged so far 6.5ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.2bpg in 25 games. He used to play for the Senegalese U18 national team back in 2008.

   #15. Former international center Aziz N'Diaye (213-88, college: Washington, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Dragonflies in their game against Gunma in the Japanese B League D2. He scored 6 points in 16 minutes. His team lost 82-86. N'Diaye has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.3bpg in 22 games. He used to play for the Senegalese national team ten years ago.

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

   #1. Tacko Fall (229-C-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Cent.Florida to a 2-point victory against the Temple University (8-2) 71-69 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. Fall had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 5 blocks in 30 minutes. The University of Central Florida has 7-7 conference record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Fall has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 9.7rpg and 2.5bpg in 28 games he played so far.

   #2. Mamadou Samb (210-C/F-89, currently plays in Spain) could not help Palencia Baloncesto (17-8) in their last game. Despite Samb's very good performance the league leader Palencia Baloncesto was edged 96-94 on the road by the much lower-ranked (#12) Castello. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Samb also added 5 rebounds and made 5 blocks in 28 minutes. Samb has reliable stats this year: 10.7ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.2bpg in 16 games. He has a dual citizenship: Senegalese and Spanish. Despite Samb's Senegalese passport, he previously played for the Spanish U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Senegalese team.

   #3. Elson Mendy (200-F-85, currently plays in France) was not able to help Souffelweyersheim (17-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Mendy's good performance Souffelweyersheim was defeated 71-65 on the opponent's court by the much lower-ranked Lorient (#16). He recorded 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Mendy has averaged so far 9.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.5apg.

   #4. Ilimane Diop (210-C-95, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to secure a victory for Baskonia (12-11) in their game against Anadolu Efes (12-11) in the Euroleague. He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Diop scored only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. Baskonia (#8) lost 85-96 in Istanbul to the higher-ranked (#7) Anadolu Efes in the group A of Euroleague. It was Baskonia's third consecutive loss in a row. Diop has been at the team for four years. He has averaged so far 3.1ppg and 2.5rpg in 23 games. Diop is another player who holds two passports: Senegalese and Spanish.

   #5. Experienced Mamadou Dia (201-C/F-78, currently plays in France) couldn't help Provence Basket (14-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance Provence Basket was crushed 90-69 in Boulogne-sur-Mer by the one of league's weakest teams (#17) SO Maritime Boulogne. Dia recorded 11 points in a mere 18 minutes. Dia has been at the team for eleven years. He has averaged so far 9.9ppg and 2.1rpg in 19 games. Dia has both Senegalese and French nationalities.

   #6. Serigne Barro (208-C-95, currently plays in Spain) led Azuqueca to a victory over the 16th-ranked Viten Getafe Fuenlabrada 69-56 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday. Barro was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 11 rebounds. Barro has averaged so far 5.3ppg and 3.4rpg.

   #7. Oumar Seck (208-C-88, currently plays in Qatar) couldn't help Al Sadd in their game against Al Shamal in the Qatari D1, despite his very good performance on Tuesday night. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 17 rebounds. Seck also added 4 assists in 40 minutes. But his team lost 59-68. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Seck averages: 17.0ppg, 16.7rpg, 3.9apg, 1.3bpg and 2.0spg in seven games.

   #8. Pape Sow (205-F/C-93, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Lanzarote crushing them 93-70 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Sunday night's game. He scored 17 points. Sow averaged so far 12.0ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.6apg.

   #9. Nick Diatta (203-F, college: Missouri Valley, currently plays in Qatar) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Qatar Sports Club crushing them 110-82 in the Qatari D1 on Sunday night. Diatta recorded 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. He has averaged so far 3.9ppg and 4.5rpg.

   #10. Vieux Kande (206-C-94, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to an Lynn University's surprising victory against the Florida Southern College crushing them 93-70 in the NCAA2 in Saturday night's game. Kande had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 30 minutes. He has averaged so far 8.6ppg and 10.4rpg in 19 games.



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Nebojsa Joksimovic selected the top Slovenian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nebojsa Joksimovic
Nebojsa Joksimovic
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international small forward Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-81, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup). He was the major contributor in Cibona's victory against the fourth-ranked Stelmet 102-83 in the FIBA Europe Cup in Wednesday night's game. Joksimovic scored 17 points, grabbed 4 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 4 balls in 25 minutes on the court. KK Cibona VIP Zagrebis placed first in group Q. This year Joksimovic averages: 8.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.5apg, 2.5spg, 3FGP: 62.5% in two games he played so far. Former Union Olimpija Ljubljana starter played for the Slovenian senior national team two years ago.

Luka Doncic
Luka Doncic
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Luka Doncic (201-99, currently plays in Euroleague). He managed to help Real Madrid to win against the ninth-ranked Darussafaka (11-12) 101-83 in the Euroleague last Friday. Doncic scored 5 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 7 assists. Real Madrid (18-5) is placed first in group A. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. Doncic's overall stats this season are: 8.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.2apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3FGP: 41.4% and FT: 84.3%. He is in the roster of the Slovenian senior national team.

Jusuf Nurkic
Jusuf Nurkic
   #3. The Slovenian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U16 international center Jusuf Nurkic (213-94, currently plays in NBA). Nurkic led Portland Trail Blazers to a victory against the Orlando Magic (21-38) 112-103 in the NBA on Thursday night. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Nurkic also added 5 assists, 2 blocks and 3 steals in 34 minutes. The Portland Trail Blazers have 24-32 record this season. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Nurkic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 12.5ppg, 9.5rpg, 3.0apg, 1.5bpg, 3.0spg, 2FGP: 64.7%(11-17) and FT: 75.0% in two games. Nurkic has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian. He played for the Slovenian U16 national team seven years ago.

Goran Dragic
Goran Dragic
   #4. Point guard Goran Dragic (190-86, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Atlanta Hawks (32-25) 108-90 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Dragic recorded 17 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks (made all of his five free throws). The Miami Heat has 26-32 record this season. This year Dragic has very high stats. He averages: 20.2ppg, 3.9rpg and 6.2apg. Dragic is also Slovenian national team player.

Aleksej Nikolic
Aleksej Nikolic
   #5. International point guard Aleksej Nikolic (191-95, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help Brose Baskets (8-15) to beat Zalgiris (10-13). Nikolic scored 9 points in only 11 minutes. But the 12th-placed Brose Baskets (8-15) lost 86-91 on the road to the higher-ranked (#10) Zalgiris in the group A of Euroleague. This year Nikolic's overall stats are: 3.7ppg and 2.0apg in three games. He plays currently for the Slovenian national team.

Maj Kovacevic
Maj Kovacevic
   #6. Guard Maj Kovacevic (196-90, currently plays in ABA League) was not able to help KK Zadar (7-16) in their last game. Despite Kovacevic's very good performance KK Zadar was edged 87-86 in Beograd by the much higher-ranked (#3) Partizan. He was the second best scorer with 16 points in 23 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the ABA League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Kovacevic's total stats are: 10.0ppg and 1.5apg in six games. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Slovenian team seven years ago.

Mirza Begic
Mirza Begic
   #7. Former international center Mirza Begic (216-85, currently plays in ABA League) contributed to Cedevita's victory against the closely-ranked Cibona (11-12) 89-85 in a derby game in the ABA League last Monday. Begic scored 8 points. KK Cedevita Zagreb (18-6) is placed second in the ABA League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the ABA League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Begic has averaged so far 5.3ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.2bpg. He used to play for the Slovenian national team four years ago.

Emir Preldzic
Emir Preldzic
   #8. Swingman Emir Preldzic (206-87, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to secure a victory for Galatasaray (7-16) in their game against Crvena Zvezda (13-10) in the Euroleague. Preldzic scored only 4 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 17 minutes. The bottom-ranked Galatasaray (#16) was badly defeated 77-58 in Beograd by the much higher-ranked (#6) Crvena Zvezda in the group A of Euroleague. Preldzic has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg in 15 games. He used to play for the Slovenian national team back in 2008.

Klemen Prepelic
Klemen Prepelic
   #9. International guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92, currently plays in France) couldn't help Limoges CSP Elite (9-11) in their last game. Despite his good performance Limoges CSP Elite lost 70-82 on the opponent's court to the second-ranked Chalon/Saor. Prepelic was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 4 rebounds (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 30 minutes. It's Prepelic's first season with the team. Prepelic has very impressive stats this year: 16.1ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.3apg in 19 games. He is also in the roster of the Slovenian national team.

Domen Bratoz
Domen Bratoz
   #10. Point guard Domen Bratoz (189-93, currently plays in Baltic League) couldn't help Rapla (8-4) in their game against Valmiera (9-3) in the Baltic League. Bratoz scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. But Rapla (#3) was defeated 87-81 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Valmiera in the group A of Baltic League. Bratoz has relatively good stats this season: 12.6ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.6apg and 1.6spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Slovenian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international center Hasan Rizvic (212-84, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Final Genclik 94-77 in the Turkish TBL (second division) last Friday. He scored 18 points, had 4 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 4 shots. This season Rizvic has very high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 7.1rpg, 2.6apg, 1.7bpg and 1.7spg. Rizvic used to play for the Slovenian national team seven years ago.

   #12. International swingman Zoran Dragic (196-89, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help Armani Milano in their game against FC Barcelona in the Euroleague. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Dragic scored only 3 points in 5 minutes on the court. His team lost 78-83. Dragic has averaged so far 7.0ppg and 2.2rpg in 23 games. He is also in the roster of the Slovenian national team.

   #13. Former international forward Jure Balazic (204-80, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Ironi Nahariya 80-65 in the FIBA Europe Cup in Wednesday night's game. Balazic scored only 2 points. Balazic has averaged so far 9.3ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.7apg. He used to play for the Slovenian national team two years ago.

   #14. Former international power forward Primoz Brezec (216-79, currently plays in Cyprus) led AEK to a victory over the league outsider Etha 89-75 in the Cypriot Division A on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Brezec scored 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. This season Brezec has very high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg and 7.3rpg. Brezec used to play for the Slovenian national team back in 2010.

   #15. International forward Blaz Mahkovic (201-90, currently plays in ABA League) contributed to Igokea's victory against the league outsider Krka 85-72 in the ABA League last Wednesday. Mahkovic scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Mahkovic has averaged so far 4.4ppg and 2.6rpg. He is also in the roster of the Slovenian national team.

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

   #1. Kevin Pangos (188-PG-93, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to Zalgiris' victory against the 12th-ranked Brose Baskets (8-15) 91-86 in the Euroleague on Friday night. Pangos scored 8 points and added 5 assists. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (10-13) is placed tenth in group A. Pangos' total stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.0apg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Slovenian.

   #2. Ivan Marinkovic (209-F/C-93, currently plays in ABA League). Marinkovic could not help KK Zadar (7-16) to beat Partizan (17-6). He scored 8 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. KK Zadar was edged 87-86 on the road by the much higher-ranked Partizan (#3). There are only three games left until the end of the ABA League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Marinkovic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.0ppg and 6.1rpg. Marinkovic is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Slovenian. Despite his Slovenian nationality, Marinkovic previously played for the Serbian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Slovenian team.

   #3. Radoslav Pekovic (215-C-94, currently plays in Balkan League) was the major contributor in Kumanovo's victory against one of league's weakest teams Peja (2-3) 80-76 in the Balkan League in Wednesday night's game. Pekovic scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 32 minutes. KK Kumanovo 2009 (4-1) is placed ninth in the Balkan League. His team will play only one more game in the Balkan League Second Stage. And now that game is very crucial. Pekovic has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 4.0rpg in 13 games he played so far.

   #4. Emanuel Richter (192-G-86, currently plays in Germany) led Topstar to a victory against the 14th-ranked Bayreuth 2 (2-18) 81-70 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Saturday. Richter scored 20 points and added 3 assists in 33 minutes. BG Topstar Leitershofen/Stadtbergen (7-13) is placed 12th in South-East group. This year Richter has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.8apg and 1.6spg in 17 games.

   #5. Experienced Fuad Memcic (210-C/F-82, agency: Promotex, currently plays in Austria) contributed to an Arkadia Lions' victory against the league leader Redwell Gunners Oberwart (17-4) 80-69 in the Austrian A Bundesliga in Friday night's game. He scored 11 points in only a mere 5 minutes. Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions (10-12) are placed sixth in the A Bundesliga. Memcic has averaged so far 3.6ppg and 1.6rpg in 19 games. He has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian nationalities.

   #6. Leon Dronjak (191-G-91, currently plays in Germany) led Aschersleben to a victory over the tenth-ranked Hannover Korbjaeger crushing them 122-92 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. Dronjak was the best player in that game. He scored 31 points (!!!), had 4 boards, passed 9 assists and added 4 steals in 27 minutes. This year Dronjak has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 5.1apg and 1.4spg in 14 games.

   #7. Andraz Kavas (208-F-92, agency: Two Points, college: Harding, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Caceres Basket (11-14) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance Caceres Basket was defeated 81-70 in San Sebastian by the second-ranked Gipuzkoa. Kavas was the second best scorer with 12 points. Kavas has averaged so far 4.0ppg and 1.8rpg.

   #8. Milorad Sedlarevic (201-F-93, currently plays in Canada) contributed to an University of Prince Edward Island's victory against the Capers 86-82 in the Canadian university league CIS on Sunday night. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in only a mere 14 minutes. This year Sedlarevic has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.3apg in 19 games.

   #9. Ljubisa Markovic (212-C/F-91, currently plays in Germany) is a teammate of previously mentioned Leon Dronjak and both played together in the last German Regionalliga game. Markovic contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Hannover Korbjaeger crushing them 122-92. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 11 rebounds. Markovic also added 7 assists, 3 blocks and 3 steals in 26 minutes. Markovic has very impressive stats this year: 15.1ppg, 8.8rpg, 2.7apg and 1.1spg in 14 games. He also holds two passports: Slovenian and Serbian.

   #10. Bojan Jovanovic (182-G-82, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to Pirot's victory against the 12th-ranked Boljevac 91-77 in the Serbian 2MLS (second division) last Saturday. Jovanovic recorded 6 points. Jovanovic has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 1.6rpg.



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KBL Round 39: Goyang Orions defeat leader Anyang KGC - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Anyang KGC (30-14) in Daegu on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by third ranked Goyang Orions (29-15) 89-86. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Anyang KGC. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Anyang KGC won third quarter 28-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Goyang Orions looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) who led his team to a victory with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international forward Il-Young Heo (197-85) contributed with 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American center David Simon (208-82, college: IPFW) answered with 22 points and 7 rebounds for Anyang KGC. Anyang KGC's coach Yu-Wan Song tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Goyang Orions have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains third place with 29-15 record behind leader Anyang KGC. Anyang KGC at the other side still keeps top position with 14 games lost. Goyang Orions will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Anyang KGC will play on the road against Sonic Boom KT in Busan and is hoping to win this game.
An interesting game for Samsung Thunders (29-14) which hosted in Seoul 4th placed Dongbu Promy (23-21). Second ranked Samsung Thunders managed to get a 8-point victory 85-77. It was a great evening for the former international forward Ricardo Ratliffe (203-89, college: Missouri) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds. Gregory Stevenson helped adding 12 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Wendell McKines (198-88, college: N.Mexico St.) with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Samsung Thunders maintains second place with 29-14 record behind leader Anyang KGC. Dongbu Promy at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 21 games lost. Samsung Thunders will play against KCC Egis (#9) in Jeonju in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Dongbu Promy will play at home against LG Sakers (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Sonic Boom KT managed to get a thirteenth victory, breaking the series of two consecutive losses on Friday night. This time they edged seventh-ranked LG Sakers in Changwon 77-76. It was an exceptional evening for Leon Williams who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Sonic Boom KT's coach Seung-Gi Kim used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. James Mays came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for LG Sakers in the defeat. Sonic Boom KT maintains tenth place with 13-30 record. LG Sakers lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 24 games lost. Sonic Boom KT will meet at home league's leader Anyang KGC in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. LG Sakers will play against Dongbu Promy (#5) in Wonju and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between 9th ranked KCC Egis (14-30) and fifth ranked Mobis Phoebus (23-20) in Jeonju ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Ulsan beat KCC Egis 84-73. The best player for the winners was Dong-Geun Yang who scored 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Mobis Phoebus' coach Jae-Hak Yoo allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Mobis Phoebus moved-up to fourth place. KCC Egis lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 30 games lost. Mobis Phoebus' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Samsung Thunders in Seoul and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KCC Egis will play on the road against the league's second-placed Samsung Thunders (#2) in Seoul and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 39 SK Knights were beaten by ET Land on the road 76-66.

Goyang Orions - Anyang KGC 89-86

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Anyang KGC (30-14) in Daegu on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by third ranked Goyang Orions (29-15) 89-86. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Anyang KGC. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Anyang KGC won third quarter 28-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Goyang Orions looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) who led his team to a victory with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international forward Il-Young Heo (197-85) contributed with 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American center David Simon (208-82, college: IPFW) answered with 22 points and 7 rebounds and the former international center Sek-Eun Oh (200-87) added 15 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Anyang KGC. Four Anyang KGC players scored in double figures. Anyang KGC's coach Yu-Wan Song tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Goyang Orions have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains third place with 29-15 record behind leader Anyang KGC. Anyang KGC at the other side still keeps top position with 14 games lost. Goyang Orions will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Anyang KGC will play on the road against Sonic Boom KT in Busan and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Goyang Orions: A.Haynes 28+9reb+4ast, I.Heo 20+8reb+2ast, O.Bassett 12+7reb+7ast, J.Jang 9+3reb+1ast, S.Lee 7+5reb+5ast, J.Choi 4
Anyang KGC: K.Sykes 23+2reb+3ast, D.Simon 22+7reb+1ast, S.Oh 15+12reb+3ast, S.Hyen Jeon 11+2reb+1ast, J.Lee 7+5reb+4ast, D.Woo 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 510092


KCC Egis - Mobis Phoebus 73-84

The game between 9th ranked KCC Egis (14-30) and fifth ranked Mobis Phoebus (23-20) in Jeonju ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Ulsan beat KCC Egis 84-73. The game was mostly controlled by Mobis Phoebus. KCC Egis was better in fourth quarter 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mobis Phoebus players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (181-81) who scored 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. American guard Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) chipped in 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Mobis Phoebus' coach Jae-Hak Yoo allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Andre Emmett (196-82, college: Texas Tech) who recorded 24 points and 5 rebounds and forward Kyo-Chang Song (200-96) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Mobis Phoebus moved-up to fourth place. KCC Egis lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 30 games lost. Mobis Phoebus' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Samsung Thunders in Seoul and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KCC Egis will play on the road against the league's second-placed Samsung Thunders (#2) in Seoul and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Mobis Phoebus: D.Yang 24+6reb+6ast, J.Lee 12+5reb+2ast, N.Miller 10+7reb+6ast, E.Wise 9+5reb+1ast, J.Ham 7+3reb+8ast, H.Kim 7+1reb+1ast
KCC Egis: A.Emmett 24+5reb+1ast, I.Clark 17+4reb+1ast, K.Song 15+7reb+1ast, J.Kim 6+1reb, S.Choi 5+5reb, J.Han 4+3reb
gschID: 510093


ET Land - SK Knights 76-66

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked ET Land Elephants (21-23) beat 8th ranked SK Knights (17-27) in Inchon 76-66. The game was mostly controlled by ET Land Elephants. SK Knights was better in third quarter 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when ET Land Elephants won last quarter 20-12. ET Land Elephants outrebounded SK Knights 41-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for ET Land Elephants especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 66.7 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Chan-Hee Park (190-87) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists. U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican forward Ivan Aska (201-90, college: Murray St.) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four ET Land Elephants players scored in double figures. ET Land Elephants' coach Seung Hwan Kim allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Terrico White (196-90, college: Mississippi) who recorded 25 points and the other American import forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St., agency: Interperformances) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively. ET Land Elephants maintains sixth place with 21-23 record. SK Knights at the other side keep the eighth position with 27 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
ET Land: Y.Jung 17+1reb+1ast, H.Geun Jeong 14+6reb+2ast, I.Aska 14+7reb+3ast, C.Park 12+5reb+11ast, B.Chung 9+1reb+1ast, S.Kang 6+12reb
SK Knights: T.White 25+2reb+2ast, S.Kim 12+1reb+5ast, J.Singleton 11+5reb+3ast, M.Kim 7+6reb+1ast, B.Kyung Choi 6+4reb, W.Choi 5+5reb+5ast
gschID: 510091


LG Sakers - Sonic Boom KT 76-77

Bottom-ranked Sonic Boom KT managed to get a thirteenth victory, breaking the series of two consecutive losses on Friday night. This time they edged seventh-ranked LG Sakers in Changwon 77-76. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 25-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Leon Williams (203-86, college: Ohio) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. The former international forward Young-Hwan Kim (195-84) accounted for 6 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists for the winning side. Sonic Boom KT's coach Seung-Gi Kim used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Central African-American power forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson) came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and American swingman Mario Little (198-87, college: Kansas) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for LG Sakers in the defeat. Sonic Boom KT maintains tenth place with 13-30 record. LG Sakers lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 24 games lost. Sonic Boom KT will meet at home league's leader Anyang KGC in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. LG Sakers will play against Dongbu Promy (#5) in Wonju and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sonic Boom KT: L.Williams 18+11reb+2ast, J.Lee 16+2reb+3ast, J.Kim 14+1ast, L.Jackson 8+3reb, Y.Kim 6+8reb+10ast, C.Choi 6+6reb
LG Sakers: J.Mays 25+11reb+4ast, M.Little 12+7reb+3ast, S.Cho 10+1reb+2ast, T.Bakin 10+7reb, S.Kim 7+1reb+6ast, S.Ki 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 510089


Samsung Th. - Dongbu Promy 85-77

An interesting game for Samsung Thunders (29-14) which hosted in Seoul 4th placed Dongbu Promy (23-21). Second ranked Samsung Thunders managed to get a 8-point victory 85-77. It looked good early as Dongbu Promy took a 5-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Samsung Thunders had a 27-18 second period charge getting the lead and Dongbu Promy was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 77-85. Samsung Thunders made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. It was a great evening for the former international forward Ricardo Ratliffe (203-89, college: Missouri) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds. The former international forward Gregory Stevenson (197-78, college: Richmond) helped adding 12 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Wendell McKines (198-88, college: N.Mexico St.) with 25 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Four Dongbu Promy players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Samsung Thunders maintains second place with 29-14 record behind leader Anyang KGC. Dongbu Promy at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 21 games lost. Samsung Thunders will play against KCC Egis (#9) in Jeonju in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Dongbu Promy will play at home against LG Sakers (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Samsung Th.: R.Ratliffe 23+14reb+1ast, M.Craig 14+2reb+4ast, G.Stevenson 12+5reb+3ast, T.Kim 9+3reb+5ast, S.Lee 9, J.Kim 8+2reb+5ast
Dongbu Promy: W.McKines 25+5reb+2ast, R.Benson 14+12reb+2ast, J.Kim 12+5reb+1ast, U.Heo 12+3reb, J.Park 6+1reb+9ast, J.Lee 3+1ast
gschID: 510090





Best players of South Korean KBL round 38 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American David Simon (208-C-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader Anyang KGC and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 38.
The 34-year old center had a double-double of 22 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat KCC Egis (#9, 14-29) in overtime 86-77. It allowed Anyang KGC to consolidate first place in the South Korean KBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Anyang KGC has a very solid 30-13 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Simon turned to be Anyang KGC's top player in his first season with the team. Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ.-Ft.Wayne graduate has very impressive stats this year. Simon is in league's top in points (4th best: 23.4ppg), rebounds (7th best: 10.0rpg) and averages solid 2.0bpg and 58.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old international guard Sun-Hyung Kim (187-G-88) of SK Knights. Kim impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course SK Knights cruised to a 81-71 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Sonic Boom KT (#10, 13-30). SK Knights' 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 17-26 record. Kim is one of the most experienced players at SK Knights and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Wendell McKines (198-F-88) of Dongbu Promy (#4). McKines scored 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite McKines' great performance Dongbu Promy lost 78-82 to slightly lower-ranked Mobis Phoebus (#5, 22-20). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Dongbu Promy needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 23 victories and 21 lost games. McKines has a very solid season. In 44 games in South Korea he scored 18.5ppg. He also has 7.8rpg and FGP: 52.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Terrico White (196-G-90) of SK Knights - 29 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Andre Emmett (196-F-82) of KCC Egis - 34 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Leon Williams (203-C/F-86) of Sonic Boom KT - 20 points and 11 rebounds
7. O'Darien Bassett (189-G-86) of Goyang Orions - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Sek-Eun Oh (200-C-87) of Anyang KGC - 15 points and 16 rebounds
9. Si-Rae Kim (179-PG-89) of LG Sakers - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Seung-Hyun Lee (201-C-92) of Goyang Orions - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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Coruna welcomes back Rowley - by Natxo Mendaza

Leyma Basquet Coruna (LEB Gold) announced the arrival of 27-year old Trinidad and Tobago ex-international center Kyle Rowley (213-107kg-90, college: St.Mary's, CA). Rowley comes from Araberri, where he spent 5 months before parting ways with the Basque team last week. In 14 games he averaged 8.6ppg and 7.5rpg this season. This will be the second time Rowley joins Leyma Coru?a as he played there also the 2014-2015 season, averaging 9.4ppg and 9.1rpg. Rowley also spent pre-season at Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) earlier this season.

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Basketligan Round 29: Leader BC Lulea lose to Sodertalje Kings - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Basketligan is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 7 rounds.

Top ranked BC Lulea (20-6) recorded its sixth loss on the court of third ranked Sodertalje Kings on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by Sodertalje Kings 82-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BC Lulea. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Sodertalje Kings led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Sodertalje Kings outrebounded BC Lulea 35-22 including a 26-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Estonian guard Tanel Kurbas (197-88) who scored 21 points. Croatian forward Toni Bizaca (202-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Brandon Rozzell (188-89, college: VCU) produced 17 points and 5 assists for the guests. BC Lulea's coach Peter Oqvist rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion (17-7) moved-up to second place, which they share with Norrkoping. BC Lulea at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. Sodertalje Kings is looking forward to face Boras Basket (#6) on the road in the next round. BC Lulea will play against the league's second-placed Norrkoping Dolphins (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Umea supposed to be also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Boras Basket (14-12) played at the court of 8th ranked Umea (4-22). Boras Basket smashed Umea 93-69. American forward Shaquille Hines (203-93, college: UTRGV) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 8 rebounds. Christian Maraker contributed with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Boras Basket's coach Jonte Karlsson felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The former international point guard Rudy Mbemba (184-87) answered with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Umea. Boras Basket moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Jamtland. Umea lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 22 games lost. Boras Basket will play against higher ranked Sodertalje Kings (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Umea will play against Nassjo (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Malmo. Local Malbas (2-24) were outscored by fifth ranked Uppsala Basket (14-10) 90-55 on Friday night. Jonathan Person stepped up and scored 21 points and 7 assists for the winners. Jordan Peltier responded with 14 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Uppsala Basket moved-up to fourth place. Malbas lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Uppsala Basket will meet at home KFUM Jamtland (#5) in the next round. Malbas will have a break next round.

In the last two games of round 29 Nassjo were defeated by Jamtland in a road game 93-78. Sodertalje beat Malbas at home 89-72.
The best stats of 29th round was 28 points by Valter Lindstrom of Sodertalje.

Malbas - Uppsala 55-90

The game with biggest result difference took place in Malmo. Local Malbas (2-24) were outscored by fifth ranked Uppsala Basket (14-10) 90-55 on Friday night. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-55. Uppsala Basket dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Malbas' 18. Uppsala Basket forced 19 Malbas turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 56.5 percentage. Uppsala Basket looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists comparing to just 17 passes made by Malbas' players. The former international point guard Jonathan Person (190-93, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 21 points and 7 assists for the winners and swingman Anes Zekovic (195-95) chipped in 12 points and 6 assists. Four Uppsala Basket players scored in double figures. Guard Jordan Peltier (193-95) responded with 14 points and American Josh Ritchart (206-92, college: Cal-Davis) scored 8 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Uppsala Basket moved-up to fourth place. Malbas lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Uppsala Basket will meet at home KFUM Jamtland (#5) in the next round. Malbas will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Uppsala: J.Person 21+4reb+7ast, A.Zekovic 12+4reb+6ast, C.Engstrom 11+9reb+2ast, S.Norman 10+1reb+3ast, O.Nnamaka 10+1reb+3ast, A.Person 8+3reb+6ast
Malbas: J.Peltier 14+2reb+2ast, E.Isovic 9, A.Rodgers 9+3ast, J.Ritchart 8+6reb+2ast, S.Petersen 7+1reb+5ast, L.Elbaek 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 477219


Sodertalje - BC Lulea 82-67

Top ranked BC Lulea (20-6) recorded its sixth loss on the court of third ranked Sodertalje Kings on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by Sodertalje Kings 82-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BC Lulea. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Sodertalje Kings led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Sodertalje Kings outrebounded BC Lulea 35-22 including a 26-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Estonian guard Tanel Kurbas (197-88) who scored 21 points. Croatian forward Toni Bizaca (202-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Brandon Rozzell (188-89, college: VCU) produced 17 points and 5 assists and the former international forward Tom Liden (202-87) added 19 points respectively for the guests. BC Lulea's coach Peter Oqvist rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion (17-7) moved-up to second place, which they share with Norrkoping. BC Lulea at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. Sodertalje Kings is looking forward to face Boras Basket (#6) on the road in the next round. BC Lulea will play against the league's second-placed Norrkoping Dolphins (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sodertalje: T.Kurbas 21+4reb+1ast, T.Bizaca 19+5reb+1ast, V.Lindstrom 16+1reb+1ast, D.Lejasmeiers 8+5reb+8ast, T.Massamba 6+6reb+5ast, N.Spires 6+6reb
BC Lulea: T.Liden 19+3reb, B.Rozzell 17+2reb+5ast, Y.Anzuluni 14+5reb, Q.Upshur 8+9reb+3ast, A.Ronnqvist 7+1reb+1ast, J.Larsson 2+1ast
gschID: 477217


Umea - Boras 69-93

The game in Umea supposed to be also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Boras Basket (14-12) played at the court of 8th ranked Umea (4-22). Boras Basket smashed Umea 93-69. The game without a history. Boras Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Boras Basket forced 19 Umea turnovers. American forward Shaquille Hines (203-93, college: UTRGV) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 8 rebounds. The former international Christian Maraker (207-82, college: Pacific) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Boras Basket players scored in double figures. Boras Basket's coach Jonte Karlsson felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The former international point guard Rudy Mbemba (184-87) answered with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and center Andre Nilsson (209-90) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Umea. Boras Basket moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Jamtland. Umea lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 22 games lost. Boras Basket will play against higher ranked Sodertalje Kings (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Umea will play against Nassjo (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Boras: S.Hines 21+8reb+2ast, C.Maraker 15+10reb+1ast, J.Seagears 14+3reb+5ast, J.Sigurdarson 14+2reb+5ast, E.Lundstedt 11+1reb+2ast, T.Wright 9+6reb+1ast
Umea: R.Mbemba 17+7reb+5ast, A.Frank 11+1reb+2ast, A.Nilsson 11+9reb, J.Ronstrom 9+6reb+1ast, E.Saleman 8+2reb, J.Wolfram 6+9reb+4ast
gschID: 477218


Jamtland - Nassjo 93-78

There was no surprise when 7th ranked Nassjo (12-14) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked KFUM Jamtland (14-12) 93-78 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by KFUM Jamtland. Nassjo managed to win second period 25-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KFUM Jamtland forced 20 Nassjo turnovers. Strangely Nassjo outrebounded KFUM Jamtland 44-31 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Jabril Durham (185-94, college: Arkansas) stepped up and scored 24 points and 4 assists for the winners and forward Mike Bruesewitz (201-90, college: Wisconsin) chipped in 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Dartaye Ruffin (205-91, college: Drexel, agency: Dynamics Global Management) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and guard Reginald Johnson (191-94, college: Hampton) scored 18 points. Four Nassjo players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. KFUM Jamtland have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 14-12 record, which they share with Boras. Loser Nassjo keeps the seventh position with 14 games lost. KFUM Jamtland will meet higher ranked Uppsala Basket (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Nassjo will play against Umea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jamtland: J.Durham 24+2reb+4ast, P.Purifoy 20+5reb+3ast, M.Bruesewitz 18+6reb+5ast, J.Puidet 9+5reb+1ast, G.Hansson 8+1reb+2ast, O.Gehrke 5+4reb
Nassjo: R.Johnson 18+4reb+2ast, D.Ruffin 16+11reb+2ast, W.Gutenius 12+5reb, M.Griskenas 11+7reb, A.Barnes 8+6reb, K.Wazzi 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 477216


Sodertalje - Malbas 89-72

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Sodertalje Kings (17-7) defeated at home bottom-ranked Malbas (2-24) 89-72 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Sodertalje Kings led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Malbas' players. Point guard Valter Lindstrom (180-95) stepped up and scored 28 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and international center Nicholas Spires (210-94) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds. Four Sodertalje Kings players scored in double figures. American guard Adrian Rodgers (194-92, college: Southern, agency: Three Eye Sports) responded with 22 points and 5 rebounds and Danish guard Sebastian Petersen (188-95, agency: Dynamics Global Management) scored 14 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Norrkoping. Malbas lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 24 lost games. Sodertalje Kings will meet Boras Basket (#6) on the road in the next round. Malbas will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Sodertalje: V.Lindstrom 28+2reb+3ast, N.Spires 17+9reb, D.Lejasmeiers 13+5reb+7ast, T.Kurbas 10+1reb+2ast, D.Brothers 6+3reb+2ast, F.Kovacek 5
Malbas: A.Rodgers 22+5reb+1ast, S.Petersen 14+3reb+3ast, J.Peltier 12+1reb+1ast, K.Hagberg 8, J.Ritchart 8+7reb, T.Kvederavicius 6+1reb
gschID: 537191





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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO  


Coruna welcomes back Rowley - by Natxo Mendaza

Leyma Basquet Coruna (LEB Gold) announced the arrival of 27-year old Trinidad and Tobago ex-international center Kyle Rowley (213-107kg-90, college: St.Mary's, CA). Rowley comes from Araberri, where he spent 5 months before parting ways with the Basque team last week. In 14 games he averaged 8.6ppg and 7.5rpg this season. This will be the second time Rowley joins Leyma Coru?a as he played there also the 2014-2015 season, averaging 9.4ppg and 9.1rpg. Rowley also spent pre-season at Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (Liga Endesa) earlier this season.

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  TUNISIA  


Tunisian National Team 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

Tunisian National Team 2017
#s#
Omar Abada
Abada
Makram Ben Romdhane
Ben Romdhane
Hamdi Braa
Braa
Ziyed Chennoufi
Chennoufi
Mourad El Mabrouk
El Mabrouk
#e#5

Omar Abada 189-G-93 ES Rades Tunisia

Makram Ben Romdhane 204-PF-89 ES Sahel Tunisia

Hamdi Braa 203-F/C-86 ES Sahel Tunisia

Ziyed Chennoufi 201-F-88 C Africain Tunisia

Mourad El Mabrouk 194-SG-86 C Africain Tunisia

Mohamed Ghyaza 204-C-86 C Africain Tunisia

Nizar Knioua 189-SF-83 ES Sahel Tunisia

Bechir Hadidane 201-C-84 C Africain Tunisia

Mohamed Hadidane 207-PF-86 WAC Morocco

Firas Lahiani 201-F-91 US Monastir Tunisia

Mohamed Maghrebi 196-SF-84 ES Rades Tunisia

Omar Mouhli 190-G-86 ES Sahel Tunisia

Mehdi Seyeh 182-PG-90 ES Sahel Tunisia

Radhouane Slimane 205-F-80 ES Sahel Tunisia




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  TURKEY  


Afyon tabs Johndre Jefferson, ex Dolomiti En. TR - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Afyonkarahisar Belediye (TBL) inked 29-year old American power forward Johndre Jefferson (207-102kg-88, college: S.Carolina, agency: Three Eye Sports). He played recently at Dolomiti Energia Trento in Italian Serie A, but left the team last month. In 11 games he averaged 10.5ppg and 7.2rpg this season. The last season Jefferson played at Konyaspor (BSL) where in 26 games he had 10.2ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.5apg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Slovakian League Semifinals in 2012. Jefferson received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian LNP Silver Player of the Year award back in 2014.
He is a very experienced player. Jefferson has played also professionally in Israel (Maccabi Kiryat Gat and Elitzur Ramla), Slovakia (Iskra Svit), APBL (Beltway Bombers) and IBL (Salem S.).
He attended University of South Carolina until 2011 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.
Jefferson's game is described as: An athletic center who runs the court very well and has great timing to grab rebounds and bock the opponent' shots inside.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  UKRAINE  


Dnipro beat Budivelnyk to clinch Cup title in the capital - by Eurobasket News

Dnipro-Budivelnyk 86-82

Dnipro beat Budivelnyk to clinch Cup title in the capital of Ukraine. Dnipro erupted in the last period to grab an 86-82 win. Mishula was named the best defender of the Cup, while Timofeenko received MVP Award.
After surprising Khimik in the semifinal, Dnipro started the Final with a 19-18 run. They also scored 19 points in the second frame, but it was not enough to control the game. Budyvelnik replied with high 27 and grabbed a 7-point halftime advantage. Moreover the team from Kyiv added a 19-16 run in the third period for a 64-54 lead. Dnipro meanwhile had a final 32-18 spurt to seal the victory.
Olexandr Mishula (192-SG-92) top-scored for the winners with 25 points, while Sergiy Zagreba (214-C-94) netted 21. Stanislav Tymofeyenko (202-F-89, agency: Octagon Europe) collected 19 points and 12 rebounds. Michailis Anisimovas (214-C-84) replied with 15 points in a loss and Brandon Fields (193-G-88, college: Nevada) added 13.

Dnipro: Olexandr Mishula 25, Sergiy Zagreba 21, Stanislav Tymofeyenko 19+12 rebs
Budivelnyk: Michailis Anisimovas 15, Brandon Fields 13



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  UNITED KINGDOM  


BBL Round Up Sat 25 Feb - by Paul Nilsen

There was drama on Saturday night as Bristol Flyers' clinched an exciting first ever home win in the BBL Championship against London Lions as a buzzer-beating three-point shot from Brandon Boggs (196-G-92, college: W.Carolina, agency: SPORTlab Agency) facilitated a 73-72 triumph.

The other big headline was BBL Trophy holders Leicester Riders moving forcibly towards a return to the Final of the competition next month. A Taylor King double-double paved the way for a comfortable 91-71 success in the first leg of their Semi-Final with Cheshire Phoenix.

Elsewhere, an eye-catching 28 points from Danny Huffor handed Worcester Wolves and 89-77 victory at Surrey Scorchers in the league, with the visitors completing a 3-0 BBL Championship sweep against their fellow Play-Off contenders.

BBL Trophy Semi-Final (First Leg)
Leicester Riders 91 (21, 46, 75) (King 19, Hampton 14, Bernardini 13)
Cheshire Phoenix 71 (13, 32, 57) (Adekoya 19, May-Thompson 16, Anderson 13)

Reigning BBL Trophy winners Leicester Riders look like they have one foot in another Final after taking a commanding 91-71 win in the first leg of their Semi-Final match-up with Cheshire Phoenix.

Taking advantage of the return of captain Tyler Bernardini and their opponents being without head coach Robbie Peers due to personal reasons, they wasted little time in getting onto the front foot and taking control.

Once again Taylor King proved handful and the forward was into double-figures by half-time as the hosts jumped into the box-seat with a handy 46-32 advantage.

While Cheshire worked hard to try and slow down their opponents, they had no answer and the hosts kept their foot on the gas, with King recording a 19-point and 11-rebound double-double.

The second leg takes place at Cheshire Oaks Arena at 5.30pm on Sunday, with Riders looking to finish the job and set up a meeting against Plymouth Raiders in the Final.

BBL Championship
Bristol Flyers 73 (26, 44, 62) (Cosby 17, Boggs 16, Vigor 13)
London Lions 72 (19, 33, 56) (Hassan 18, Taylor 16, Niktash 16)

For the first time since becoming a BBL club, fans at Bristol Flyers watched their team record a historic BBL Championship success against London Lions on their home floor.

And, it came in the most dramatic fashion as Brandon Boggs launched a buzzer-beating triple to seal an absorbing 73-72 victory and break Lions' hearts.

For much of the game it had looked like Flyers would break their hoodoo in comfort and not least when they had fashioned a double-digit lead at half-time, as they headed into the third quarter with a nice cushion to lean on.

But, Lions had other ideas and came storming back to get themselves back into contention. Both a jump-shot by Zaire Taylor in crunch time and having shut down the Flyers offence to just eight points in the last nine minutes and 59 seconds of the contest, it looked like they would take a two-point win.

However, Boggs stepped up from the wing and hit the clutch-shot as the clock counted down, to spark scenes of jubilation at the WISE Arena.

BBL Championship
Surrey Scorchers 77 (14,37,59) (Ogedengbe 24,Taylor 18, Ochereobia 18)
Worcester Wolves 89 (29,47,63) (Huffor 28, Kennedy 16, Walker 16)

Worcester Wolves strengthened seventh spot in the BBL standings after a powerful final quarter killed-off a comeback bid by Surrey Scorchers to seal a fine 77-89 road victory.

Having won their two previous meetings against their Play-Off rivals in the league, Paul James and his side made it three as they hit the ground running - perhaps capitalising on the momentum of their Trophy win on BBC Sport against Plymouth Raiders 24 hours earlier.

They raced into a 20-7 lead after the opening exchanges and while Scorchers looked like they might close the gap after an improved middle couple of quarters which cut the gap to just four points heading into the last period, Wolves shifted back up the gears to ease away again.

Danny Huffor continued his rich vein of form with a 28-point haul for Wolves.



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  VIETNAM  


Heat Finish Strong, Nab First Victory Against Dragons On The Road - by Eurobasket News

Not even a tough shooting night from their leading scorer could stop the Saigon Heat from picking up a huge win in the ASEAN Basketball League season. In a game where prolific import Lenny Daniel (203-PF-87, college: CS Northridge) was held to only 11 points and in foul trouble, the Heat still had enough to overcome the Westports Malaysia Dragons, winning 95-84 on the road. Heritage Import Moses Morgan led the way for the Heat with 24 points on 3/6 from three point area. He also had seven rebounds and 3 steals. 'I just came out here, made a few shots did what i can on the defensive end,' Morgan said. 'We came in here, put it together, and got a win.' The Dragons were the aggressor early on in the game, as they opened with a 12-0 run in the first quarter that threatened to make short work of the visiting team. But the Heat would respond by scoring 11 straight points to get back into the ballgame. Morgan scored 8 points in the run, and a field goal by David Arnold (188-SG, college: Mont.St.-Billings) gave the Heat the lead with 1:57 remaining. The Dragons would reclaim the lead once again, but Arnold finished the quarter with triple at the buzzer that tied the game at 22 at the end of the first. The second quarter was a back and forth affair, as both teams traded shots left and right in a high scoring affair. Dragons Heritage Import Joshua Munzon (191-G-95, college: CS Los Angeles), who began the season as the Heat's import, had the highlight of the quarter, throwing down a booming dunk with 4:14 remaining. The Heat entered the half holding a slim one point lead, 48-47. Things got heated in the third quarter, as both teams continued to battle on the defensive end. Daniel gave up a tough foul on a driving Munzon, which the youngster didn't appreciate. Tempers flared up, with Heat's Anthony Henriquez and Munzon getting into it. Saigon responded by executing in the half court set, with Nguyen Van Hung and Stefan Nguyen (190-G-92) contributing via getting several baskets off of baseline cuts. The Heat opened up their biggest lead of the game at 10 points with 2:33 remaining before Ivan Yeo hit a tough triple to keep the Dragons in the thick of the fight. Saigon would end the quarter with a six point, putting them in a good position to grab a big win on the road. They did exactly that, as they went to their leaders to seal the deal in the final quarter. Stellar shooting from Viet Arnold led the way, as the fiery guard notched 8 points all in the quarter. 'Coach puts the ball in my hand in the fourth, and I just attack and make the read,' Arnold said. 'Whether it's a pass or a score, I just try to make the right plays. I just want to win.' But despite Arnold's hot shooting, it was Stefan Nguyen who scored the biggest basket of the game for Saigon. With 1:20 remaining in the quarter, Nguyen penetrated and scored over Malaysia's Kiwi Gardner (170-PG-93, college: Providence), finishing with the basket and the foul. That would give the Heat an 8 point lead which would be enough of a cushion for them to finish off the home team. 'I was pretty proud of how we overcame some adversity in this game,' Saigon Head Coach Tony Garelotto said. 'I'm proud that the team showed desire to win games. To me, when we've won this year, we played as hard as we can.' Aside from Morgan, the Heat got key contributions from several local players. Stefan Nguyen celebrated his birthday in style, scoring a season high 13 points and dishing 3 assists. Hung Nguyen and Nguyen Phuc Tam combined for 10 points. Phuc Tam nailed two triples in the contest, while Hung battled in the paint for Daniel who was in foul trouble, to the delight of Coach Garbelotto. 'We get crushed all the time about our local players, but there he is coming in for Lenny in a critical situation, and he gives us points, rebounding, and key plays. I'm very proud he was able to contribute at last.' Kiwi Gardner led Malaysia with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists, while Skylar Spencer (208-F/C-94, college: San Diego St.) had a double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds. Munzon had 16 points in the game, though he struggled shooting at a 5/24 clip. 'It was a must win,' Arnold said of their matchup with the Dragons. 'There's no option but to win. If we lose this game, we're down 3-0 [in the series versus Malaysia]. 'We need every win we can get.' With the victory, the Heat are now at 4-8, as they inch closer to the Kaohsiung Truth (5-9) in the race for the fourth seed in the Playoffs. They return to the CIS Arena in Saigon to face Alab Pilipinas on Sunday, February 26. The Dragons (3-11) will need to shake off this loss immediately, as they face the league leading Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions on Sunday, February 26 in Gem-In Mall, Cyberjaya.
Courtesy of: aseanbasketballleague.com




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Women News


Amy Lewis (ex Brisbane C.) joins Tarbes - by Eurobasket News

Tarbes Gespe Bigorre (LFB) agreed terms with 31-year old Australian guard Amy Lewis (175-86, college: Troy). She played last summer at Brisbane Capitals in Australian QBL. In 17 games she had very impressive stats: 20.2ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.9apg and 1.8spg. Lewis helped them to make it to the semifinals. The last season she played at SEQ (WNBL) in Australian league where in 23 games she recorded 7.5ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.8apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Lewis' team won Australian WNBL Regular Season in 2012. She was also voted All-Sun Belt 1st Team back in 2008 at her college time.
Lewis represented Australia at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) eight years ago. Her team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 7 games: 11.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.9apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 41.0%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 90.9%.
Lewis has played previously professionally also in WNBA (Phoenix Mercury) and Australia (Adelaide Lightning, Townsville Fire and Flames).
She attended Troy University until 2008 and it will be her ninth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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WNBL Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Wins for Sydney and Dandenong - by Eurobasket News

Sydney - Townsville 111-69

Sydney cruised past Townsville in the semifinal series opener. The game without a history. Sydney Uni Flames led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Townsville Fire's 38 and made 17-of-19 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Townsville Fire was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Alex Wilson (174-94) nailed 27 points for the winning side and American forward Asia Taylor (188-91, college: Louisville, agency: LBM Management) accounted for 19 points. Four Sydney Uni Flames players scored in double figures. The former international center Suzy Batkovic-Brown (195-80) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Mia Murray (184-88) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Townsville Fire in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Sydney: A.Wilson 27+2reb, L.Mitchell 19+3ast, A.Taylor 19+3reb+2ast, B.Snell 10+6reb+5ast, T.Tupaea 9+7reb+3ast, L.Nicholson 8+3reb
Townsville: S.Batkovic-Brown 18+10reb+5ast, M.Murray 17+5reb+2ast, D.Garbin 10+2reb, M.Cocks 6+2ast, K.Standish 5+1reb, K.Wilson 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 536805


Dandenong - Perth 73-66

Dandenong toppled Perth to take the lead in the series. Perth Lynx trailed by 21 points after 3 quarters before a 26-12 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 66-73 at the end of the game. The former international guard Stephanie Cumming (178-90) stepped up and scored 25 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and international forward Sara Blicavs (188-93) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side American swingman Samantha Whitcomb (178-88, college: Washington) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds (made all of her eight free throws) and Canadian center Ruth Hamblin (198-94, college: Oregon St., agency: LBM Management) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Dandenong: S.Cumming 25+5reb+3ast, N.Novosel 15+1reb+3ast, S.Blicavs 11+8reb+3ast, J.Kennedy 8+5reb+1ast, A.Todhunter 7+7reb, A.Clydesdale 3+7reb+5ast
Perth: S.Whitcomb 24+13reb+2ast, R.Hamblin 15+7reb, T.Lavey 11+4reb+3ast, B.Butler 5+6reb+1ast, A.Edmondson 4+2reb+3ast, N.Burton 3+2reb
gschID: 536806





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  BRAZIL  

Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Damiris DO AMARAL
  Corinthi.
  (192-C-92)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Do Amaral, Corinthi.20.3 
 2. Silvestre, Santo A.17.7 
 3. Baker, Corinthians14.6 
 4. Casanova, UN.13.8 
 5. Justino, UN.12.7 
 6. Zabani, Blumenau12.4 
 7. Frediani, Santo A.11.7 
 8. Monteiro, UN.11.6 
 9. Simoes, Pres.Val.11.5 
 10. Paixao, Sampaio11.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leticia RODRIGUES
  Sampaio
  (190-F/C-95)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Rodrigues, Sampaio9.5 
 2. Lima, Santo Andre8.8 
 3. Do Amaral, Corinthi.8.3 
 4. Bibiano, Blumenau7.6 
 5. Valente, Santo A.7.4 
 6. Santos, UN.7.4 
 7. Jacob, Sampaio7.2 
 8. Monteiro, UN.7.1 
 9. Felipe, UN.7.1 
 10. Justino, UN.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Ineidis CASANOVA
  UN.
  (165-PG-88)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Casanova, UN.5.8 
 2. Rodrigues, Corinthi.4.2 
 3. Frediani, Santo A.3.4 
 4. Gretter, Corinthi.3.3 
 5. Valente, Santo A.3.3 
 6. Paixao, Sampaio2.9 
 7. Gustavo, Pres.Val.2.9 
 8. Jacob, Sampaio2.7 
 9. Martins, Blumenau2.4 
 10. Generoso, Corinthi.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Ineidis CASANOVA
  UN.
  (165-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Casanova, UN.2.9 
 2. Martins, Blumenau2.5 
 3. Leite, Santo Andre2.3 
 4. Gretter, Corinthi.2.1 
 5. Rodrigues, Corinthi.2.1 
 6. Baker, Corinthians1.9 
 7. Paixao, Sampaio1.8 
 8. Do Amaral, Corinthi.1.8 
 9. Silvestre, Santo A.1.6 
 10. Marcal, Sampaio1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Monica DA SILVA
  Pres.Val.
  (191-C-91)
  Avg: 1
 1. Da-Silva, Pres.Val.1.0 
 2. Garvao, Corinthians0.8 
 3. Lima, Santo Andre0.6 
 4. Ferreira, Corinthians0.6 
 5. Monteiro, UN.0.5 
 6. Pacheco, UN.0.5 
 7. Jacob, Sampaio0.5 
 8. Bibiano, Blumenau0.5 
 9. Rodrigues, Sampaio0.5 
 10. De-Almeida, Blumenau0.4 


LBF Round 7: UNINASSAU edge Sampaio by two points - by Eurobasket News

Fourth-ranked Sampaio (5-9) made lots of trouble for second ranked UNINASSAU (10-4) in Recife on Monday. UNINASSAU managed to secure only two-point victory 56-54. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 16-4 charge, which allowed them to win the game. UNINASSAU dominated on the defensive end, holding Sampaio to just 4 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded Sampaio 44-32 including 36 on the defensive glass. Forward Raphaella Monteiro (181-95) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Ariadna Felipe (179-83) chipped in 16 points and 11 rebounds. The former international power forward Karina Jacob (187-85) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for lost side. UNINASSAU have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 10-4 record having just three points less than leader Corinthians. Defending champion Sampaio keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. UNINASSAU are looking forward to face league's leader Corinthians/Americana in Vila Medon in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sampaio will play on the road against Pres.Valceslau and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game was played in Recife. Second ranked UNINASSAU faced 4th placed Sampaio. Host UNINASSAU (10-4) defeated guests from Sampaio Basquete (5-9) 69-61. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Raphaella Monteiro (181-95) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Tatiane Pacheco contributed with 20 points for the winners. UNINASSAU's coach Roberto Dornelas allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. International swingman Patty Ribeiro (176-90) answered with 17 points and 5 rebounds for Sampaio. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for UNINASSAU. They maintain second place with 10-4 record having just three points less than leader Corinthians. Defending champion Sampaio keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. UNINASSAU will play against league's leader Corinthians/Americana in Vila Medon in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sampaio will play on the road against Pres.Valceslau and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Corinthians/Americana delivered the thirteenth victory on Thursday night. This time they crushed 5th ranked Blumenau (3-11) 74-42. It was a great evening for Damiris Do Amaral who led her team to a victory scoring 25 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side Fernanda Bibiano responded with 5 points and 7 rebounds. Blumenau's coach Joao Almeida gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Corinthians/Americana. They maintain first place with 13-1 record. Blumenau lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Pres.Valceslau. Corinthians/Americana will meet at home league's second-placed UNINASSAU in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Blumenau will play against Santo Andre and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Corinthians/Americana recorded the thirteenth victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Blumenau (3-11) 68-60. It was a quality performance for Brandie Baker who led the winners and scored 25 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Corinthians/Americana. They maintain first place with 13-1 record. Blumenau lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. Corinthians/Americana's next round opponent will be league's second-placed UNINASSAU in Recife and it will be for sure the game of the week. Blumenau will play on the road against Santo Andre and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 7 Pres.Valceslau was crushed by Santo Andre in a road game 86-66. Santo Andre beat Pres.Valceslau at home 75-63.
The best stats of 7th round was 24 points and 6 assists by Thaissa Frediani of Santo Andre.

Santo Andre - Pres.Valceslau 86-66

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Pres.Valceslau (3-11) was crushed on the road by third ranked Santo Andre (8-6) 86-66. Pres.Valceslau was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 47-26 second half run of Santo Andre. They also forced 24 Pres.Valceslau turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Pres.Valceslau's players. It was an exceptional evening for the former international center Silvia Valente (186-82) who led the winners and scored 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Thaissa Frediani (166-89) accounted for 24 points and 6 assists for the winning side. Four Santo Andre players scored in double figures. Power forward Cristiane Simoes (192-91) came up with 21 points and the former international guard Karen Gustavo (177-84) added 7 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Pres.Valceslau in the defeat. Santo Andre maintains third place with 8-6 record having five points less than leader Corinthians. Pres.Valceslau lost their fifth game in a row. They dropped to the bottom position with 11 games lost. Santo Andre's next round opponent will be Blumenau (#5) at home. Pres.Valceslau will play against Sampaio and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pres.Valceslau: C.Simoes 21+3reb, I.De Andrade 9+4reb+3ast, M.Da Silva 8+5reb, J.Moraes 8+3reb, K.Gustavo 7+9reb+4ast, F.Guedes 7+3reb+1ast
Santo Andre: T.Frediani 24+2reb+6ast, S.Valente 22+8reb+4ast, J.Silvestre 21+5reb+2ast, V.Goncalves 11+2reb+2ast, E.Leite 4+4reb+5ast, S.Lima 2+5reb+4ast
gschID: 535411


Blumenau - Corinthians 42-74

Leader Corinthians/Americana delivered the thirteenth victory on Thursday night. This time they crushed 5th ranked Blumenau (3-11) 74-42. The game without a history. Corinthians/Americana led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Corinthians/Americana forced 22 Blumenau turnovers and outrebounded them 38-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for the former international center Damiris Do Amaral (192-92) who led her team to a victory scoring 25 points and 7 rebounds. The former international center Soeli Garvao (185-77) helped adding 11 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side the former international center Fernanda Bibiano (193-85) responded with 5 points and 7 rebounds and guard Mariana De-Almeida (180-85, college: ORU) scored 5 points and 5 rebounds. Blumenau's coach Joao Almeida gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Corinthians/Americana. They maintain first place with 13-1 record. Blumenau lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Pres.Valceslau. Corinthians/Americana will meet at home league's second-placed UNINASSAU in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Blumenau will play against Santo Andre and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Blumenau: L.Zabani 7+2reb+1ast, P.dos Santos 7+1reb+3ast, M.De Almeida 5+5reb+1ast, F.Bibiano 5+7reb+1ast, A.Aparecida 5+3reb+1ast, J.Silva 5+1reb
Corinthians: D.Do Amaral 25+7reb+2ast, S.Garvao 11+6reb+3ast, I.Frederico 9+3reb+1ast, B.Generoso 8+3reb+2ast, M.Ferreira 7+4reb, B.Baker 6+8reb+3ast
gschID: 535410


UNINASSAU - Sampaio 69-61

An exciting game was played in Recife. Second ranked UNINASSAU faced 4th placed Sampaio. Host UNINASSAU (10-4) defeated guests from Sampaio Basquete (5-9) 69-61. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 16-12. But Sampaio won second period 14-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Raphaella Monteiro (181-95) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. The former international forward Tatiane Pacheco (181-91) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Four UNINASSAU players scored in double figures. UNINASSAU's coach Roberto Dornelas allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. International swingman Patty Ribeiro (176-90) answered with 17 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Leticia Rodrigues (190-95) added 7 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Sampaio. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for UNINASSAU. They maintain second place with 10-4 record having just three points less than leader Corinthians. Defending champion Sampaio keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. UNINASSAU will play against league's leader Corinthians/Americana in Vila Medon in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sampaio will play on the road against Pres.Valceslau and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sampaio: P.Ribeiro 17+5reb+1ast, K.Jacob 10+1reb+2ast, T.Paixao 9+4reb+3ast, L.Rodrigues 7+9reb, L.de Souza 7+2reb, V.Marcelino 6+4reb
UNINASSAU: T.Pacheco 20+4reb, R.Monteiro 15+10reb+1ast, I.Casanova 13+3reb+6ast, K.Santos 10+9reb, A.Felipe 3+4reb+1ast, N.Chirinda 3+5reb
gschID: 535409


Santo Andre - Pres.Valceslau 75-63

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Santo Andre (8-6) defeated at home bottom-ranked Pres.Valceslau (3-11) 75-63. Pres.Valceslau was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 42-29 second half run of Santo Andre. They made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 Pres.Valceslau turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for the former international center Silvia Valente (186-82) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international forward Jaqueline Silvestre (178-86) accounted for 23 points for the winning side. Five Santo Andre players scored in double figures. Power forward Cristiane Simoes (192-91) came up with 13 points and the former international guard Karen Gustavo (177-84) added 10 points and 5 assists respectively for Pres.Valceslau in the defeat. Santo Andre maintains third place with 8-6 record having five points less than leader Corinthians. Pres.Valceslau lost their fifth game in a row. They dropped to the bottom position with 11 games lost. Santo Andre's next round opponent will be Blumenau (#5) at home. Pres.Valceslau will play against Sampaio and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pres.Valceslau: C.Simoes 13+3reb+3ast, K.Gustavo 10+4reb+5ast, J.Moraes 10+1reb+1ast, I.De Andrade 8+6reb+3ast, Y.Goncalves 8+3reb, L.Carneiro 4+1reb+2ast
Santo Andre: J.Silvestre 23+1reb+1ast, T.Frediani 16+4reb+3ast, S.Lima 14+4reb+5ast, S.Valente 10+13reb+7ast, E.Leite 10+5reb+4ast, V.Goncalves 2+2reb
gschID: 535408


Blumenau - Corinthians 60-68

Leader Corinthians/Americana recorded the thirteenth victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Blumenau (3-11) 68-60. Blumenau was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 27-16 charge of Corinthians/Americana, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 22 Blumenau turnovers. It was a quality performance for American guard Brandie Baker (183-90, college: Cent.Michigan) who led the winners and scored 25 points. The former international center Damiris Do Amaral (192-92) accounted for 18 points and 5 steals for the winning side. The former international swingman Leila Zabani (181-91) came up with 24 points and 6 rebounds and the former international center Fernanda Bibiano (193-85) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Blumenau in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Corinthians/Americana. They maintain first place with 13-1 record. Blumenau lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. Corinthians/Americana's next round opponent will be league's second-placed UNINASSAU in Recife and it will be for sure the game of the week. Blumenau will play on the road against Santo Andre and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Blumenau: L.Zabani 24+6reb+1ast, F.Bibiano 16+7reb+1ast, C.Felippus 6+6reb+2ast, F.De Souza 6+3reb+1ast, A.Aparecida 4+4reb+2ast, K.Firmino 2+1reb+1ast
Corinthians: B.Baker 25+3reb+1ast, D.Do Amaral 18+2reb+2ast, M.Gretter 9+4reb+5ast, M.Ferreira 6+3reb, I.Frederico 4, B.Generoso 2+5reb+5ast
gschID: 535407


UNINASSAU - Sampaio 56-54

Fourth-ranked Sampaio (5-9) made lots of trouble for second ranked UNINASSAU (10-4) in Recife on Monday. UNINASSAU managed to secure only two-point victory 56-54. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 16-4 charge, which allowed them to win the game. UNINASSAU dominated on the defensive end, holding Sampaio to just 4 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded Sampaio 44-32 including 36 on the defensive glass. Forward Raphaella Monteiro (181-95) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Ariadna Felipe (179-83) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. The former international power forward Karina Jacob (187-85) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and power forward Leticia Rodrigues (190-95) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. UNINASSAU have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 10-4 record having just three points less than leader Corinthians. Defending champion Sampaio keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. UNINASSAU are looking forward to face league's leader Corinthians/Americana in Vila Medon in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sampaio will play on the road against Pres.Valceslau and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sampaio: L.Rodrigues 13+6reb+1ast, T.Paixao 12+3reb+2ast, K.Jacob 10+11reb+5ast, P.Marcal 9+3reb+3ast, P.Ribeiro 6+4reb, J.James 2+3reb+2ast
UNINASSAU: R.Monteiro 17+13reb+1ast, A.Felipe 16+11reb+2ast, I.Casanova 12+4reb+2ast, N.Chirinda 8+3reb+1ast, D.Da Costa 3+1reb, K.Santos 0+10reb+1ast
gschID: 535406





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  CHINA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tina CHARLES
  Sichuan
  (193-C-88)
  Avg: 35.3
 1. Charles, Sichuan35.3 
 2. Ogwumike, Henan33.6 
 3. Stewart, Shanghai31.4 
 4. Bone, Liaoning27.4 
 5. Loyd, Shanxi26.4 
 6. Johnson, Xinjiang25.8 
 7. Dorsey, Sichuan23.6 
 8. Langhorne, Heilongj.23.4 
 9. Young, Shanxi21.3 
 10. Fowles, Beijing21.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tina CHARLES
  Sichuan
  (193-C-88)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Charles, Sichuan18.3 
 2. Johnson, Xinjiang15.1 
 3. Dorsey, Sichuan14.7 
 4. Leuchanka, Guang.12.6 
 5. Ogwumike, Henan12.4 
 6. Langhorne, Heilongj.11.8 
 7. Fowles, Beijing11.5 
 8. Bone, Liaoning11.4 
 9. Parker, Henan11.3 
 10. Stewart, Shanghai10.1 
Assists Per Game
 YanYan JI
  Heilongjiang
  (182-G-85)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Ji, Heilongjiang4.3 
 2. Huang, Henan4.1 
 3. Li, Shenyang4.1 
 4. Gong, Sichuan3.9 
 5. Wang, Shandong3.8 
 6. Shen, Shanghai3.8 
 7. Peng, Xinjiang3.5 
 8. Bone, Liaoning3.2 
 9. Zhao, Shenyang3.2 
 10. Wu, Shanxi3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Shuang ZHAO
  Shenyang
  (188-F-90)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Zhao, Shenyang2.9 
 2. Johnson, Xinjiang2.8 
 3. Young, Shanxi2.4 
 4. Zhao, Bayi2.3 
 5. Stewart, Shanghai2.3 
 6. Parker, Henan2.3 
 7. Li, Shenyang2.2 
 8. Wang, Xinjiang2.2 
 9. Loyd, Shanxi2.1 
 10. Huang, Shanghai2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Breanna STEWART
  Shanghai
  (193-F-94)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Stewart, Shanghai1.6 
 2. Fowles, Beijing1.4 
 3. Charles, Sichuan1.3 
 4. Huang, Shanxi1.2 
 5. Parker, Henan1.1 
 6. Zhang, Bayi1.1 
 7. Ogwumike, Henan1.0 
 8. Dorsey, Sichuan0.9 
 9. Wei, Shanxi0.9 
 10. Chen, Bayi0.8 


WCBA Round 1 of Finals. Beijing celebrate comfortable victory - by Eurobasket News

Bayi - Beijing 57-92

Beijing fired past Bayi in WCBA Finals opener. The game was mostly controlled by Beijing Great Wall. Bayi Kylin managed to win fourth quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Beijing Great Wall dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Bayi Kylin's 32. Beijing Great Wall forced 24 Bayi Kylin turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Bayi Kylin's players. American center Sylvia Fowles (198-85, college: LSU) fired 25 points and 9 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. International Song Gao (188-92) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Beijing Great Wall's coach LiMin Xu felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International center Mengran Sun (197-92) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds and forward Xue Wang (185-93) added 8 points respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Bayi: S.Mengran 16+7reb, P.Zhenqi 11+1reb, W.Xue 8+4reb+2ast, L.Yang 7+1reb+2ast, S.MengXin 7+3reb+1ast, Z.Liting 6+2reb
Beijing: F.Sylvia 25+9reb+1ast, G.Song 16+6reb+3ast, L.Meitong 11+2reb+1ast, S.Ting 9+4reb+3ast, S.Xiufeng 7+3reb+1ast, Y.BanBan 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 537349





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  CUBA  


Guantanamo and Capitalinas reach the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Capitalinas swept the series against Camaguey 3-0. In the third game they posted a 73-66 win as Suchitel Avila (184-PF-82) stepped up with 19 points. Yaiset Fragela (172-F/G-96) netted 15 and Dairis Tornell (176-PG-92) scored 12. Lisandra Vargas ended up with 21 points in the losing effort.
Guantanamo meanwhile did not leave any chance for Santiago de Cuba beating them 3-0. In the third game Guantanamo celebrated a 58-37 win. The Final series will start on March 4th.



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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Khadijah SESSIONS
  Kouvot
  (173-PG-93)
  Avg: 27.1
 1. Sessions, Kouvot27.1 
 2. Randolph, Huima21.8 
 3. Johnson, FoA21.1 
 4. Snow, FoA21.0 
 5. Landry, Espoo Utd20.4 
 6. Henderson, Espoo T.20.2 
 7. Goss, HyPo20.0 
 8. Zempare, Huima19.0 
 9. Tuukkanen, HyPo18.4 
 10. Jones, Catz18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ashley LUKE
  ViVe
  (185-F-93)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Luke, ViVe13.8 
 2. Zempare, Huima13.0 
 3. Landry, Espoo Utd12.6 
 4. Tuukkanen, HyPo12.3 
 5. Robinson, Huima11.3 
 6. Hunter, ViVe11.0 
 7. Luna-Castro, Kouvot11.0 
 8. Jones, Catz10.6 
 9. Pierre, Huima9.8 
 10. Frazier, Kouvot9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Kiana JOHNSON
  FoA
  (168-G-93)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Johnson, FoA6.4 
 2. Jones, PeKa5.8 
 3. Simmons, PeKa5.5 
 4. McFarland, Catz5.4 
 5. Hardy, ViVe5.3 
 6. Barton, Kouvot5.0 
 7. Massengale, Catz4.5 
 8. Henderson, Espoo T.4.5 
 9. Augustin, Helmi B.4.1 
 10. Goss, HyPo4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tyonna SNOW
  FoA
  (178-G-93)
  Avg: 4
 1. Snow, FoA4.0 
 2. Hardy, ViVe3.3 
 3. Barton, Kouvot3.1 
 4. Henderson, Espoo T.3.1 
 5. Sessions, Kouvot2.9 
 6. Lassiter, PeKa2.7 
 7. Simmons, PeKa2.6 
 8. Goss, HyPo2.6 
 9. Lahtinen, Helmi B.2.5 
 10. Jones, PeKa2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Awak KUIER
  PeKa
  (194-C-1)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Kuier, PeKa3.2 
 2. Lassiter, PeKa1.4 
 3. Tuukkanen, HyPo1.3 
 4. Richardson-S., Espoo U.1.3 
 5. Luna-Castro, Kouvot1.3 
 6. Abiona, Huima1.3 
 7. Landry, Espoo Utd1.2 
 8. Vapamaa, FoA1.1 
 9. Pierre, Huima1.0 
 10. Korpivaara, Espoo U.0.9 



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  FRANCE  

LFB Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Katherine PLOUFFE
  Nantes
  (190-F-92)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Plouffe, Nantes19.1 
 2. Bishop, Tarbes18.9 
 3. Bouderra, Flammes16.3 
 4. Macaulay, Nice15.8 
 5. Badiane, Mondeville15.1 
 6. Iagupova, Villeneuve14.8 
 7. Dos Santos, Bourges14.4 
 8. Wallace, Angers14.4 
 9. Dumerc, Landes14.4 
 10. Konteh, Tarbes14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Abby BISHOP
  Tarbes
  (189-C-88)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Bishop, Tarbes10.3 
 2. Plouffe, Nantes10.1 
 3. Ervin, Lyon9.1 
 4. Diawara, Lyon8.8 
 5. Macaulay, Nice8.6 
 6. Badiane, Mondeville8.6 
 7. Dos Santos, Bourges7.6 
 8. Skuballa, Nantes7.6 
 9. Monroe, Hainaut7.4 
 10. Godin, Lattes M.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Amel BOUDERRA
  Flammes
  (160-G-89)
  Avg: 8
 1. Bouderra, Flammes8.0 
 2. Dumerc, Landes6.7 
 3. Cousseins-S., Haina.5.4 
 4. Baer, Nice4.8 
 5. Thorburn, Nantes4.8 
 6. Bojovic, Bourges4.7 
 7. Dieme-Marizy, Tar.4.6 
 8. Skrela, Lattes M.3.8 
 9. Plouffe, Mondeville3.7 
 10. Sharp, Mondeville3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Olivia EPOUPA
  Villeneuve
  (165-PG-94)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Epoupa, Villeneuve3.3 
 2. Dumerc, Landes2.7 
 3. Bremont, Villeneuve2.4 
 4. Gaucher-S., Monde.2.2 
 5. Plouffe, Mondeville2.1 
 6. Mestdagh, Flammes1.9 
 7. Michel, Lattes M.1.8 
 8. Bishop, Tarbes1.8 
 9. Baer, Nice1.8 
 10. Iagupova, Villeneuve1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Elodie GODIN
  Lattes M.
  (191-C-85)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Godin, Lattes M.0.9 
 2. Macaulay, Nice0.8 
 3. Monroe, Hainaut0.8 
 4. Plouffe, Mondeville0.7 
 5. Kamba, Nice0.7 
 6. Amant, Villeneuve0.6 
 7. Ayim, Landes0.6 
 8. Konteh, Tarbes0.6 
 9. Baer, Nice0.5 
 10. Sy-Diop, Villeneuve0.5 


Nice signs Walker just out of college - by Eurobasket News

Cavigal Nice Basket 06 (LFB) signed 23-year old American guard Courtney Walker (173-94). She just graduated from Texas A&M University (NCAA). Walker has played there for the last four years. In 30 games she had very impressive stats: 18.1ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.4apg and 1.5spg last season. She helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Southeastern Conference. Quite impressive season as she was named to All-SEC 1st Team, AP NCAA All-America Honorable Mention and WBCA NCAA D1 All-America Honorable Mention.
Last year Walker was drafted by Atlanta Dream (WNBA) in second round (16th overall).
She just came directly from Texas A&M University and it is her first season in pro basketball.

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LF2 Round 19: Avenir lose to Roche - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Avenir (16-3) in La Roche on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Roche (16-3) 69-58. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Avenir. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Roche. Avenir managed to win second period 19-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Avenir 39-21 including a 12-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for DR Congolese center Bernadette Ngoyisa (195-82) who led her team to a victory scoring 17 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Johana Tayeau (173-89) helped adding 20 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side guard Swanne Gauthier (171-86) responded with 14 points. Roche used an opportunity after Avenir lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position which they share with defeated Avenir. Roche is looking forward to face SIG (#9) in llkirch-Graff. in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Avenir will play against Roannais (#12) and is hoping to win this game.
An interesting game took place in Calais where 4th placed COB Calais (12-7) was upset on its own court by tenth ranked Aulnoye (8-11) 67-63. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of COB Calais. It was an exceptional evening for forward Maud Medenou (189-90) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Lorraine Lokoka accounted for 13 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Serbian center Ana Radovic (190-90, agency: LBM Management) came up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for COB Calais in the defeat. Aulnoye moved-up to ninth place, which they share with SIG. COB Calais at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Aulnoye will play against bottom-ranked CFBB (#14) in Paris in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. COB Calais will play on the road against Arras (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Arras (11-8) was upset by twelfth ranked Roannais (11-8) in . Roannais won against higher ranked Arras 60-52 on Saturday. Agostina Burani fired 6 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Berengere Dinga-Mbomi produced 19 points for lost side. Roannais (6-13) moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Dunkerque. Arras lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with eight games lost. They share it with Reims. Roannais will meet league's leader Avenir in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Arras will play against COB Calais (#4) having rather not much hope for a victory.
An interesting game took place in llkirch-Graff. where higher ranked SIG (8-11) was upset on its own court by thirteenth ranked Limoges (5-14) 75-61. Worth to mention a great performance of Natalie Day who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds. Limoges maintains thirteenth place with 5-14 record. SIG at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. Limoges' next round opponent will be higher ranked Reims (#6) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Eighth ranked Toulouse (9-10) crushed at home 11th ranked Dunkerque (6-13) by 17 points 72-55, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Oumou Toure who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds. Toulouse have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Montbrison. Loser Dunkerque keeps the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Toulouse will face Montbrison (#7) on the road in the next round. Dunkerque will play against Bretagne Basket (#3) and hope to win that game.

In the last two games of round 19 Reims lost to Bretagne Basket on the opponent's court 56-63. Bottom-ranked CFBB unfortunately lost to Montbrison in a home game 56-68.

Roche - Avenir 69-58

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Avenir (16-3) in La Roche on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Roche (16-3) 69-58. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Avenir. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Roche. Avenir managed to win second period 19-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Avenir 39-21 including a 12-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for DR Congolese center Bernadette Ngoyisa (195-82) who led her team to a victory scoring 17 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Johana Tayeau (173-89) helped adding 20 points and 6 rebounds. Four Roche players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Swanne Gauthier (171-86) responded with 14 points and point guard Magali Mendy (178-90, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Roche used an opportunity after Avenir lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position which they share with defeated Avenir. Roche is looking forward to face SIG (#9) in llkirch-Graff. in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Avenir will play against Roannais (#12) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Avenir: S.Gauthier 14+3reb+3ast, M.Mendy 11+5reb, J.Belleka 11+2reb+3ast, T.Clarke 7+5reb+2ast, E.Marie 6+1reb+1ast, M.Sten 5+4reb+3ast
Roche: J.Tayeau 20+6reb, B.Ngoyisa 17+8reb+3ast, E.Naigre 11+12reb+2ast, M.Dia 10+6reb+2ast, C.Heriaud 8+3reb+4ast, M.Sinico 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 485197


COB Calais - Aulnoye 63-67

An interesting game took place in Calais where 4th placed COB Calais (12-7) was upset on its own court by tenth ranked Aulnoye (8-11) 67-63. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of COB Calais. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-13. But COB Calais won second period 15-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aulnoye forced 20 COB Calais turnovers. Strangely COB Calais outrebounded Aulnoye 34-22 including 23 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for forward Maud Medenou (189-90) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Naturalized DR Congolese forward Lorraine Lokoka (184-89) accounted for 13 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Serbian center Ana Radovic (190-90, agency: LBM Management) came up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Elise Prodhomme (180-89) added 13 points respectively for COB Calais in the defeat. Aulnoye moved-up to ninth place, which they share with SIG. COB Calais at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Aulnoye will play against bottom-ranked CFBB (#14) in Paris in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. COB Calais will play on the road against Arras (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
COB Calais: O.Bankole 15+1reb, E.Prodhomme 13+4reb, A.Radovic 11+10reb+1ast, E.Mendy 8+5reb+1ast, M.Okou-Zouzouo 8+4reb, S.Dyer 5+5reb
Aulnoye: M.Medenou 21+5reb, L.Lokoka 13+3reb+2ast, C.Morateur 10+4reb, C.Duval 7+6reb+1ast, F.Dieng 5+2reb, V.Adjutor 5+1reb
gschID: 485195


Bretagne Basket - Reims 63-56

Rather expected game in Pleyber-Christ where 6th ranked Reims (11-8) was defeated by third ranked Bretagne Basket (13-6) 63-56 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 63-56. Bretagne Basket dominated on the defensive end, holding Reims to just 7 points in second quarter. It was a great evening for point guard Pauline Lithard (168-94) who led her team to a victory scoring 22 points (made all of her seven free throws). The former international guard Sabrina Palie (177-81) helped adding 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Bretagne Basket players scored in double figures. At the losing side swingman Clementine Samson (181-91) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds and forward Maimouna Ba (190-96) scored 10 points and 9 rebounds. Bretagne Basket maintains third place with 13-6 record having just three points less than leader Avenir. Loser Reims dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Bretagne Basket will face Dunkerque (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Reims will play against Limoges (#13) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Reims: C.Samson 15+6reb+3ast, F.Devillers 15+2reb+2ast, M.Ba 10+9reb+2ast, N.Popovic 8+9reb+1ast, B.Pavicevic 4+7reb, M.Fabre 4+2reb+1ast
Bretagne Basket: P.Lithard 22+3reb+3ast, M.Butard 12+3reb+4ast, S.Palie 12+8reb+4ast, L.Koop 12+9reb+2ast, M.Stervinou 3+4reb, K.Corre 2+4reb+2ast
gschID: 485198


Roannais - Arras 60-52

Arras (11-8) was upset by twelfth ranked Roannais (11-8) in . Roannais won against higher ranked Arras 60-52 on Saturday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 17-7. But Arras won second period 15-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Roannais dominated on the defensive end, holding Arras to just 7 points in first quarter. They also forced 21 Arras turnovers and had a 28-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. Argentinian power forward Agostina Burani (184-91) fired 6 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Jessica Clemencon (190-89) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. Berengere Dinga-Mbomi (172-95) produced 19 points and the former international forward Sabrina Reghaissia (188-83) added 8 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Roannais (6-13) moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Dunkerque. Arras lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with eight games lost. They share it with Reims. Roannais will meet league's leader Avenir in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Arras will play against COB Calais (#4) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Arras: B.Dinga-Mbomi 19+3reb+1ast, A.Pagnier 10+3ast, S.Reghaissia 8+10reb+2ast, A.Kone 8+8reb+1ast, A.Mara 5+3reb+4ast, M.Malumba 2+2reb+3ast
Roannais: J.Clemencon 13+5reb+2ast, A.Toi 12+3reb+2ast, L.Duchez 9+1reb+3ast, M.Reolid 9+6reb, L.Guapo 7+4reb+4ast, A.Burani 6+13reb+5ast
gschID: 485200


Toulouse - Dunkerque 72-55

Eighth ranked Toulouse (9-10) crushed at home 11th ranked Dunkerque (6-13) by 17 points 72-55, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Toulouse. Dunkerque was better in fourth quarter 21-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Toulouse had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of Senegalese power forward Oumou Toure (190-88, agency: Octagon Europe) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds. American guard Leah Metcalf (170-83, college: N.Carolina) helped adding 15 points and 4 assists. At the losing side Latvian center Aija Brumermane (192-86) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Aline Dumont (169-95) scored 10 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Toulouse have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Montbrison. Loser Dunkerque keeps the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Toulouse will face Montbrison (#7) on the road in the next round. Dunkerque will play against Bretagne Basket (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Dunkerque: A.Brumermane 15+7reb+2ast, A.Viale 12+7reb, A.Dumont 10+5reb+7ast, D.Pierre-Joseph 7+8reb+2ast, A.Favre 7+3ast, E.Prugnieres 2+1reb
Toulouse: O.Toure 22+15reb+3ast, A.Nayo 18+5reb, L.Metcalf 15+4reb+4ast, E.Podrug 7+4reb+4ast, A.Traore 7+9reb+2ast, O.S'Bahi 3+2reb+6ast
gschID: 485199


CFBB - Montbrison 56-68

Very predictable result in Paris where ninth ranked Montbrison (9-10) defeated bottom-ranked CFBB (3-16) 68-56 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 68-56. Montbrison dominated on the defensive end, holding CFBB to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They also forced 20 CFBB turnovers. It was a great evening for Ukrainian power forward Olga Maznichenko (187-91, agency: LBM Management) who led her team to a victory scoring 23 points and 9 rebounds. The former international guard Emilie Duvivier (165-84) helped adding 16 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side forward Kadiatou Sissoko (180-99) responded with 15 points and swingman Tima Pouye (176-99) scored 12 points and 5 assists. Montbrison moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Toulouse. CFBB lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Montbrison will face Toulouse (#8) at home in the next round. CFBB will play against Aulnoye (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
CFBB: K.Sissoko 15+4reb+1ast, T.Pouye 12+2reb+5ast, N.Mbandu 12+3reb, R.Jeanneaux 8, S.Macquet 4+4reb, N.Fofana 4+6reb+1ast
Montbrison: O.Maznichenko 23+9reb, E.Duvivier 16+6reb+2ast, C.Cabaton 12+2reb+6ast, N.Larraud 5+1reb, A.Njonkou 4+6reb, O.Letin 4+1reb
gschID: 485196


SIG - Limoges 61-75

An interesting game took place in llkirch-Graff. where higher ranked SIG (8-11) was upset on its own court by thirteenth ranked Limoges (5-14) 75-61. The game without a history. Limoges led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great shooting night for Limoges especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of U.S. Virgin Islands-American swingman Natalie Day (182-90, college: Portland) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Chloe Mantelin (169-97) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Limoges players scored in double figures. Center Celine Schmitt-Sender (185-80) answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Celia-Nadia Mauler (168-93) added 8 points and 5 assists in the effort for SIG. Limoges maintains thirteenth place with 5-14 record. SIG at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. Limoges' next round opponent will be higher ranked Reims (#6) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
SIG: C.Schmitt-Sender 18+9reb+2ast, C.Nadia Mauler 8+5ast, K.Bourdin 7+1reb+5ast, P.Krawczyk 6+4reb+1ast, J.Wintz 6+2reb+1ast, M.Williams 5+4reb
Limoges: N.Day 24+12reb, C.Mantelin 19+5reb+2ast, N.Astou Gaye 15+6reb+1ast, T.Melois 12+5reb+5ast, E.Cammas 3+1reb+1ast, A.Kiriienko 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 485201





Biljana Pavicevic (ex AEL Limassol) joins Reims - by Eurobasket News

Reims Basket Feminin (LF2) agreed terms with experienced 37-year old Montenegrin ex-international forward Biljana Pavicevic (191-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas). She started the season at AEL Limassol in Cypriot Division A. She helped them to make it to the Supercup final. The last season Pavicevic played at Keravnos in Cypriot league. She contributed to her team winning the regular season and make it to the final. They also played in the Cup final. Quite impressive season as she was selected Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Small Forward of the Year, named to 1st Team and named to All-Defensive Team.
Pavicevic's team won Cyprus Supercup in 2013.
She also represented Montenegro at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. Her stats at that event were 4 games: 2.0ppg, 1.5rpg.
Pavicevic is quite experienced player. She has played also professionally in Belarus (Gorizont), Belgium (Belfius Namur), Bosnia (Mladi Krajisnik and Celik), Bulgaria (Montana 2003), Hungary, Italy, Spain (Rivas Promete), France (Tarbes), Montenegro (Buducnost) and Norway (Gimle Pride).
It's very possible she may end her playing career at Reims.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Amy Lewis (ex Brisbane C.) joins Tarbes - by Eurobasket News

Tarbes Gespe Bigorre (LFB) agreed terms with 31-year old Australian guard Amy Lewis (175-86, college: Troy). She played last summer at Brisbane Capitals in Australian QBL. In 17 games she had very impressive stats: 20.2ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.9apg and 1.8spg. Lewis helped them to make it to the semifinals. The last season she played at SEQ (WNBL) in Australian league where in 23 games she recorded 7.5ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.8apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Lewis' team won Australian WNBL Regular Season in 2012. She was also voted All-Sun Belt 1st Team back in 2008 at her college time.
Lewis represented Australia at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) eight years ago. Her team won Bronze and her stats at that event were 7 games: 11.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.9apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 41.0%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 90.9%.
Lewis has played previously professionally also in WNBA (Phoenix Mercury) and Australia (Adelaide Lightning, Townsville Fire and Flames).
She attended Troy University until 2008 and it will be her ninth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FYR MACEDONIA  


Chrissy Givens selected the top FYR Macedonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Chrissy Givens
Chrissy Givens
   #1. This week's number one is former international small forward Chrissy Givens (180-85, college: Middle Tenn.St., currently plays in Euroleague). She could not help Perfumerias Avenida (7-7) in their last game. Despite Givens' good performance the third-placed Perfumerias Avenida (7-7) was edged 65-62 on the road by the second-ranked Nadezhda Orenburg in the group B of Euroleague. She was the top scorer with 11 points. Givens also added 7 rebounds in 33 minutes on the court. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Givens' first season with the team. She has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.6apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 63.3%(57-90), 3FGP: 23.1% and FT: 84.6% in 14 games she played so far. Givens is a naturalized American. She played for the FYR Macedonian senior national team three years ago. Strangely Givens has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Jelena Antic
Jelena Antic
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Jelena Antic (187-91, college: Liberty, currently plays in Sweden). She was the major contributor in a Lulea Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Mark (11-11) crushing them 123-69 in the Swedish Damligan last Saturday. Antic recorded 22 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lulea Basket (19-5) is placed second in the Damligan. It was her team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Antic has relatively solid stats: 14.2ppg, 8.5rpg, 4.7apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 49.5%, 3FGP: 30.5% and FT: 67.6%. She played for the FYR Macedonian national team in 2014.

Sofija Lazareska
Sofija Lazareska
   #3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman Sofija Lazareska (175-95, currently plays in Serbia). Lazareska was not able to help Sumadija KG (5-14) in their last game. Despite her very good performance Sumadija KG lost 85-89 at home to the much higher-ranked (#3) Partizan. Lazareska recorded 17 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals in 37 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Lazareska has reliable stats this year: 12.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.8apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 48.6%, 3FGP: 35.6% and FT: 74.4% in 18 games. She played for the FYR Macedonian national team three years ago.

Andzelika Mitrasinovik
Andzelika Mitrasinovik
   #4. Point guard Andzelika Mitrasinovik (178-93, currently plays in WABA) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Buducnost (8-4) in their game against Beroe (9-3) in the WABA. Mitrasinovik scored 7 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Buducnost was defeated 68-54 in Stara Zagora by the second-ranked Beroe. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the WABA Second Stage. So now every game will be extremely important. Mitrasinovik's overall stats this season are: 3.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.6apg and 1.4spg. She used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team back in 2014.

Ivana Kmetovska
Ivana Kmetovska
   #5. Former international forward Ivana Kmetovska (190-95, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Washington St. (4-9) in their last game. Despite Kmetovska's good performance the Washington St. was badly defeated 74-57 in Salt Lake City by the University of Utah. She scored 11 points in 22 minutes. Kmetovska's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. Kmetovska is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her fourth year in Washington St.'s roster. This season her overall stats are: 8.1ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.1apg in 28 games. Kmetovska used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team three years ago.

Ivana Udovalieva
Ivana Udovalieva
   #6. Point guard Ivana Udovalieva (174-84, currently plays in Denmark) couldn't help Lemvig (7-8) in their game against Virum (5-7) in the Danish Dameligaen. She recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Lemvig was defeated 72-62 on their home court in Lemvig by the league outsider Virum (#7). It was Lemvig's fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Udovalieva has been at the team for seven years. Udovalieva's total stats this season are: 8.2ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.5apg. She is a former international player as she played for the FYR Macedonian senior team five years ago.

Other top FYR Macedonian players, who play abroad:

Ashley Paris (191-F-87) plays for Galatasaray in Turkish KBSL



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  HOLLAND  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Zera BUTTER
  Binnenland
  (179-G-92)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Butter, Binnenland19.2 
 2. Broering, Loon L.19.1 
 3. Kraak, Rotterdam17.4 
 4. Neumann, Amazone15.7 
 5. Essenstam, Binne.15.5 
 6. Lemberger, Royal E.15.3 
 7. Klein, Den Helder15.3 
 8. Kuijt, Lekdetec.nl14.9 
 9. Guijt, Binnenland11.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jantine KRAAK
  Binnenland
  (193-C-89)
  Avg: 9
 1. Kraak, Binnenland9.0 
 2. Neumann, Amazone8.7 
 3. Broering, Loon L.7.5 
 4. Van-der-Plas, Grasshop.7.5 
 5. Jez, Royal Eagles7.4 
 6. Bettonvil, Lekdetec.7.4 
 7. Essenstam, Binne.7.3 
 8. Baccas, Binnenland7.1 
 9. Bettonvil, Lekdetec.6.8 
 10. Ligthart, Loon L.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Maaike KLEIN
  Den Helder
  (177-G-90)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Klein, Den Helder5.1 
 2. Kuijt, Lekdetec.nl5.0 
 3. van-Veen, Den H.4.9 
 4. Broering, Loon L.4.4 
 5. Pujol, Amazone4.3 
 6. Dobner, Royal E.4.1 
 7. Butter, Binnenland3.6 
 8. Hoveling, Amazone3.6 
 9. van-Vlijmen, Royal E.3.5 
 10. Van-Den-Adel, Binnenla.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jessica FREEMAN
  Amazone
  (163-G-91)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Freeman, Amazone4.2 
 2. Broering, Loon L.3.5 
 3. Pruijs, Amazone3.4 
 4. Pujol, Amazone3.1 
 5. Neumann, Amazone2.8 
 6. Bettonvil, Lekdetec.2.7 
 7. Hoveling, Amazone2.6 
 8. Heerschop, Amazone2.4 
 9. van-Hulsen, Binne.2.4 
 10. Klein, Den Helder2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Marieke VAN SCHIE
  Grasshop.
  (178-SG-97)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. van Schie, Grasshop.1.4 
 2. Neumann, Amazone1.2 
 3. Steggink, Royal E.0.9 
 4. Baccas, Binnenland0.8 
 5. Kraak, Binnenland0.8 
 6. Jong, Amazone0.7 
 7. Lutje, Rotterdam0.7 
 8. van den Enge., Amazo.0.6 
 9. van-Dongen, Rotte.0.6 


Naomi Halman selected the top Dutch players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Naomi Halman
Naomi Halman
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Naomi Halman (191-86, college: Cal-Irvine, currently plays in France). She was the major contributor in a Lattes Montpellier's victory against the tenth-ranked Tarbes (4-14) 54-50 in the French LFB in Saturday night's game. Halman scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes on the court. Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket (14-4) is placed first in the LFB. 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. This year Halman averages: 5.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 46.2% and FT: 88.9% in six games she played so far. She is currently a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Janis Ndiba
Janis Ndiba
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Janis Ndiba (183-97, currently plays in Sweden). Ndiba led Lulea Basket to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Mark (11-11) crushing them 123-69 in the Swedish Damligan last Saturday. She recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds. Ndiba also added 4 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lulea Basket (19-5) is placed second in the Damligan. It was her team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Ndiba's first season with the team. She has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 51.4%, 3FGP: 31.6% and FT: 72.4%. Ndiba is in the roster of the Dutch senior national team.

Francisca Petronelia Donders
Francisca Petronelia Donders
   #3. The Dutch player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Francisca Petronelia Donders (175-89, agency: LBM Management, currently plays in Latvia). She contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite (2-4) crushing them 96-68 in the Latvian NBL on Tuesday night. Petronelia Donders scored 8 points, had 7 boards, dished 11 assists and stole 6 balls in 24 minutes. FCR Media-Rapla KK (8-0) is placed first in Places 5-11 group. So far her team won all eight games in the Second Stage. They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is quite important. This year Petronelia Donders has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg, 6.1rpg, 4.7apg, 3.2spg, 2FGP: 48.5%, 3FGP: 31.6% and FT: 71.4% in 17 games. She played for the Dutch national team four years ago.

Emese Hof
Emese Hof
   #4. Power forward Emese Hof (190-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Miami, FL to a victory against the Virginia Tech (3-8) 79-69 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. Hof scored 12 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The University of Miami, Florida has 6-6 conference record this season. It was her team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Hof's overall stats this season are: 6.0ppg and 4.0rpg. She is also Dutch national team player.

Natalie Van Den Adel
Natalie Van Den Adel
   #5. International guard Natalie Van Den Adel (185-90, college: Colorado St., currently plays in Spain). Van Den Adel could not help Mann Filter (8-11) to beat Universitario de Ferrol (10-9). She recorded 8 points in 19 minutes. Mann Filter lost 71-79 on the road to the higher-ranked (#6) Universitario de Ferrol. It was Mann Filter's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Van Den Adel's overall stats are: 6.9ppg and 1.9rpg in 19 games. She plays currently for the Dutch national team.

Jamailah Adams
Jamailah Adams
   #6. Swingman Jamailah Adams (180-93, currently plays in Germany) managed to help TV Saarlouis Royals to win against the eighth-ranked SV Halle Lions (6-11) 78-67 in the German DBBL on Sunday night. Adams scored only 2 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 4 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. Adams has been at the team for six years. Her total stats this season are: 3.5ppg, 4.2rpg and 2.0apg. Adams is an international player who is currently on the senior Dutch National Team roster.

Laura Cornelius
Laura Cornelius
   #7. International guard Laura Cornelius (173-96, currently studies in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Emese Hof. But that was another game of her team in NCAA which we would like to mention. Cornelius, who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Miami, FL (6-6) in their last game. Despite her good performance the Miami, FL lost 70-83 at home to the Duke University. Cornelius scored 10 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 27 minutes. This year Cornelius' total stats are: 8.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg in 25 games. She is also Dutch national team player.

Chatilla Van Grinsven
Chatilla Van Grinsven
   #8. Forward Chatilla Van Grinsven (190-89, also represented by LBM Management, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Osmaniye (3-14) in their game against Samsun (4-15) in the Turkish KBSL. Van Grinsven scored 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The bottom-ranked Osmaniye was defeated 86-82 on their home court in Osmaniye by the one of league's weakest teams Samsun (#13). It was Osmaniye's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Van Grinsven has reliable stats this season: 10.5ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.3apg. She plays currently for the Dutch national team.

Kourtney Treffers
Kourtney Treffers
   #9. International power forward Kourtney Treffers (187-94, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Poland) contributed to a 3-point Sleza Wroclaw's victory against the sixth-ranked CCC Polkowice (11-8) 59-56 in the Polish TBLK on Saturday night. Treffers recorded only 2 points in 11 minutes. 1KS Sleza Wroclaw (16-3) is placed first in the TBLK. It was her team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Treffers has averaged so far 4.0ppg and 4.0rpg in three games. She is also in the roster of the Dutch national team.

Isabella Slim
Isabella Slim
   #10. Forward Isabella Slim (183-95, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Syracuse (8-6) in their game against the University of Notre Dame (9-5) in the NCAA. Slim scored 6 points. The Syracuse was defeated 85-80 in Notre Dame by the University of. Her team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. Slim plays fourth season for the team. Slim has averaged so far 4.7ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.4spg. She is an international player who is currently on the senior Dutch National Team roster.

   #11. Former U20 international guard Jay-eliza Burgos (173-94, currently plays in Belgium) couldn't help KB D-Glas in their game against Sint Kateline Waver in the Belgian Top Division Women. Burgos cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. She recorded only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. Her team was crushed by 61 points 99-38. Burgos has averaged so far 4.4ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.2apg in 11 games. She used to play for the Dutch U20 national team three years ago.



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  ISRAEL  


Israeli D1 round 1 (Second Stage) best performance: Dannielle Diamant - by Eurobasket News

American Power forward Dannielle Diamant (196-PF-91, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had an amazing evening in the last round for top-ranked Maccabi R.Gan, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1 (Second Stage).
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds, while her team outclassed Maccabi Raanana (#5, 6-11) with 39-point margin 91-52. It allowed Maccabi R.Gan to consolidate first place in the Israeli D1. Maccabi R.Gan have a solid 15-2 record. It's Diamant's second year at Maccabi R.Gan and it's hard to imagine this team without her.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old American Jillian Robbins (190-F-84, agency: LBM Management) of Places 7-9 leader H.R. Le-Zion. Robbins had a very good evening with a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds. Of course H.R. Le-Zion cruised to a 70-61 relatively comfortable win over Hapoel Z/MM (4-13). The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Robbins is a newcomer at H.R. Le-Zion, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Markel Walker (185-F-90) of Elitzur Holon (#6). Walker scored 22 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Walker's great performance Elitzur Holon lost 60-70 to Maccabi Ashdod (#2, 15-2). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Elitzur Holon not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 11 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of her teammates, Walker could try to bring Elitzur Holon's a little bit higher in the standings. Walker has individually a great season in Israel. After 15 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.1rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alex Harden (180-G/F-93) of Hapoel Z/MM - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Bashaara Graves (188-F/C-94) of Maccabi Ashdod - 11 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Atonye Nyingifa (180-PF-90) of Elitzur Holon - 19 points and 7 rebounds
7. Shae Kelley (185-F-91) of H.R. Le-Zion - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Danielle Adams (185-C-89) of Maccabi R.Gan - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Imani Boyette (201-C-94) of Bnot Hertzeliya - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jasmine Thomas (175-PG-89) of Ramat Hasharon - 18 points and 9 rebounds

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



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Gesam Gas Lucca and Famila Wuber Schio reach Cup Final - by Eurobasket News

Gesam Gas Lucca and Famila Wuber Schio reach Cup Final in Venice. Both teams overcame their opponents in the semifinal clashes to meet each other tomorrow in the Final game.
Gesam Gas Lucca edged Passalacqua Ragusa 81-49 as they dominated the whole game. Jillian Harmon (185-G-87, college: Stanford) stepped up with 16 points and Francesca Dotto (170-PG-93, agency: LBM Management) added 12. Maddalena Gorini (182-G-92) ended up with 9 points in the losing effort.
Famila Wuber Schio meanwhile beat the hosts Umana Reyer Venezia 67-55. Laura Macchi (188-F-79) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Jolene Anderson (175-SG-86, college: Wisconsin) ended up with 13. Ashley Walker (187-F/C-87, college: California) poured in 16 points in a loss and Marie Ruzickova (190-C-86, agency: LBM Management) brought 12.



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WJBL Round 1 of Semi-Finals. JX-Eneos and Toyota Alvark take wins - by Eurobasket News

JX-Eneos S. - Denso Iris 92-59

JX-Eneos fired past Denso Iris to take the lead in the semifinal series. The game was mostly controlled by JX-Eneos S.. Denso Iris managed to win fourth quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. JX-Eneos S. dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Denso Iris' 38. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Yuki Miyazawa (181-93, college: Queens, NY) who helped to win the game recording 25 points. The former international power forward Ramu Tokashiki (191-91) contributed with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four JX-Eneos S. players scored in double figures. The former international center Sakura Akaho (182-96) answered with 24 points and the former international power forward Maki Takada (183-89) added 18 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Denso Iris. 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:
JX-Eneos S.: Y.Miyazawa 25+4reb+3ast, R.Tokashiki 16+6reb+1ast, Y.Mamiya 14+6reb, M.Fujioka 13+2reb+4ast, A.Ishihara 7+4reb, A.Okamoto 4+4reb+2ast
Denso Iris: S.Akaho 24+4reb+3ast, M.Takada 18+11reb+1ast, M.Iju 10+3reb+2ast, S.Takada 3+4reb+2ast, K.Ito 2+1reb+4ast, H.Shinohara 2+1ast
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Toyota A. - Chanson V-M 62-52

Toyota Alvark held off Chanson in the semifinal opener. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 62-52. Toyota A. dominated on the defensive end, holding Chanson V-M to just 2 points in second quarter. It was a very good performance for international forward Mika Kurihara (178-89) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 6 rebounds. The former international guard Yuko Oga (170-82) contributed with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Minaho Minamiminoru (167-93) answered with 18 points and center Miyuki Kawamura (183-94) added 8 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Chanson V-M.
Top scorers:
Toyota A.: M.Kurihara 15+6reb+1ast, S.Mizushima 14+1reb+3ast, Y.Oga 10+5reb+4ast, M.Binge 9+5reb+3ast, R.Izumita 6+3reb, K.Kondo 4+1reb+1ast
Chanson V-M: M.Minamiminoru 18+3reb, S.Motokawa 9+7reb+1ast, M.Kawamura 8+8reb+2ast, S.Saitoguchisato 5+6reb+1ast, N.Chikahira 5+2reb, A.Itani 3+3reb+5ast
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Basko-Melnbarde's double-double lands her (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

36-year old forward Gunta Basko-Melnbarde (181-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's best team TTT Riga and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Second Stage).
She got a double-double of 22 points and 10 assists, while her team outclassed, Second Stage bottom-ranked team RSU-Merks (#4, 0-9) with 84-point margin 130-46. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed TTT Riga to take over top position in the Latvian NBL. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far into the season and TTT Riga keeps a perfect 7-0 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Basko-Melnbarde as usually she does not deliver so high stats. Gunta Basko-Melnbarde averages this season 11.2ppg, 6.1rpg and 5.1apg.

Second best performed player last round was Liene Stalidzane (175-G-94) of LU. She is a guard in her 4th season at LU. In the last game Stalidzane recorded impressive 25 points and 6 rebounds. It was enough for LU to edge slightly higher-ranked TTT Juniores (#7, 5-4) by 3 points 72-69. Despite this victory they still are the lowest ranked team. 6 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories LU managed to get this Second Stage. Stalidzane is one of the most experienced players at LU and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.6ppg (#7). She also registered 4.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Asi Anna-gret (172-G-02) of Tartu U. (#8). Anna-gret scored 21 points and passed eleven assists (!!!). She was a key player of Tartu U., leading her team to a 77-76 win against the lower-ranked LU (#11, 2-6). The chances of Tartu U. not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 4 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of her teammates, Anna-gret could try to bring Tartu U.'s a little bit higher in the standings. Anna-gret has individually a great season in Latvia. After 14 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.6ppg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Samantha Mackay (173-G-91) of Tallinn University - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists
5. Aishah Sutherland (187-F-90) of TTT Riga - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Francisca Petronelia Donders (175-PG-89) of Rapla KK - 8 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists
7. Elena Reshetko (184-F-86) of Catz - 18 points and 6 rebounds
8. Ieva Krastina (172-G/F-90) of TTT Riga - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Laura Audere (180-F-84) of Vega 1/Liepaja - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Giedre Paugaite (193-C/F-90) of TTT Riga - 14 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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Stats Leaders - LMKL

Points Per Game
 Iveta SALKAUSKE
  Siauliai.
  (193-F/C-82)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Salkauske, Siauliai.22.8 
 2. Petrenaite, Ukmer.17.0 
 3. Svaryte, Suduva16.5 
 4. Brown, Ukmerges15.0 
 5. Mikelevicien., Fortu.14.9 
 6. Saurazaite, Aiste.14.3 
 7. Jarosz, H-Sirenos13.5 
 8. Kaktaite, Siauliai.12.7 
 9. Gutkauskaite, H-Sir.12.4 
 10. Baliutaviciu., Suduva12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Iveta SALKAUSKE
  Siauliai.
  (193-F/C-82)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Salkauske, Siauliai.12.8 
 2. Svaryte, Suduva10.4 
 3. Jarosz, H-Sirenos9.5 
 4. Putramentait., Ukmer.9.3 
 5. Matuzonyte, Fortu.9.3 
 6. Sarauskaite, Kibir.8.3 
 7. Kaminskyte, Kibir.7.5 
 8. Tamutyte, Siauliai.7.3 
 9. Petrenaite, Ukmer.7.1 
 10. Balciunaite, H-Sir.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Livija KAKTAITE
  Siauliai.
  (164-PG-99)
  Avg: 5
 1. Kaktaite, Siauliai.5.0 
 2. Gabalyte, Fortuna4.9 
 3. Gutkauskaite, H-Sir.4.1 
 4. Saurazaite, Aiste.4.1 
 5. Bilocerkivsk., Suduva3.8 
 6. Ziuzkova, H-Sirenos3.6 
 7. Kraujunaite, Kibir.3.3 
 8. Kaminskyte, Kibir.3.2 
 9. Tamutyte, Siauliai.2.9 
 10. Skadaite, Suduva2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Dalia BELICKAITE
  H-Sirenos
  (177-SG-96)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Belickaite, H-Sirenos3.1 
 2. Balciunaite, H-Sir.2.9 
 3. Salkauske, Siauliai.2.6 
 4. Bilocerkivsk., Suduva2.5 
 5. Milieskiene, Suduva2.3 
 6. Baliutaviciu., Suduva2.3 
 7. Ziuzkova, H-Sirenos2.2 
 8. Horodetskaya, Siauliai.2.2 
 9. Kaminskyte, Kibir.2.2 
 10. Saurazaite, Aiste.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Daugile SARAUSKAITE
  Kibir.
  (196-C-96)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Sarauskaite, Kibir.2.9 
 2. Jarosz, H-Sirenos1.8 
 3. Matuzonyte, Fortu.1.1 
 4. Juceviciute, Aiste.1.0 
 5. Simkute, Suduva0.8 
 6. Baliutaviciu., Suduva0.7 
 7. Zelnyte, Aistes-LSU0.7 
 8. Kazociunaite, Aistes-L.0.6 
 9. Sakeviciute, H-Sir.0.6 
 10. Wydra, Aistes-LSU0.6 



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  MALI  


Naignouma Coulibaly selected the top Malian playing abroad in last week's games - 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.

Naignouma Coulibaly
Naignouma Coulibaly
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Naignouma Coulibaly (191-89, currently plays in Spain). She led Argon Uni Girona to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Zamarat (6-13) crushing them 88-61 in the Spanish LFB in Saturday night's game. Coulibaly recorded 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes on the court. Spar Citylift Girona (17-2) is placed second in the LFB. It was her team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. This year Coulibaly averages: 10.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 2FGP: 78.9%(15-19) and FT: 52.6% in four games she played so far. She has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Coulibaly played for the Mali senior national team two years ago.

Minata Keita
Minata Keita
   #2. Second place goes to former U21 international center Minata Keita (190-89, currently plays in Spain). She could not help Arxil Pontevedra (11-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Keita's very good performance the fourth-placed Arxil Pontevedra (11-8) was badly defeated 76-57 on the road by the lower-ranked Real Celta Vigo (#8) in the Group A. She was the top scorer with 23 points. Keita also added 6 rebounds. Keita has individually a very good season with high stats. She averages: 18.7ppg, 12.5rpg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 49.6%, 3FGP: 31.3% and FT: 76.1%. Keita played for the Mali U21 national team in 2007.

Djene Diawara
Djene Diawara
   #3. The Mali player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Djene Diawara (192-85, currently plays in France). She was not able to help Lyon (4-15) in their last game. Despite Diawara's good performance Lyon was crushed 87-59 in Nantes by the higher-ranked (#7) Reze. She recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. It was Lyon's fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Diawara has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 53.5% and FT: 59.0% in 19 games. She played for the Mali national team four years ago.

Meiya Tirera
Meiya Tirera
   #4. Power forward Meiya Tirera (186-86, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Cadi La Seu (8-11) in their game against Araski (10-9) in the Spanish LFB. Tirera recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Cadi La Seu was defeated 57-50 in Vitoria-Gasteiz by the higher-ranked Araski (#4). This season Tirera has relatively solid stats: 12.8ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.9apg. She used to play for the Mali national team back in 2015.

Mariam Coulibaly
Mariam Coulibaly
   #5. Former U19 international center Mariam Coulibaly (183-97, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Gran Canaria (12-8) in their game against Socinsa Bembibre (8-11) in the Spanish LFB. Coulibaly recorded 8 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 19 minutes. Gran Canaria lost 62-68 at home to the lower-ranked (#9) Socinsa Bembibre. Coulibaly has reliable stats this year: 10.3ppg and 9.8rpg in 19 games. She used to play for the Mali U19 national team two years ago.

Other top Mali players, who play abroad:

Astan Dabo (203-C-92) plays for Tarbes in French LFB



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