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  ABA  



DMV Warriors still atop ABA Power Rankings - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) today released its Power Rankings thru Sunday, February 26th and the undefeated DMV Warriors held onto the number one spot closely followed by the Austin Bats and defending ABA Champion Jacksonville Giants by a close margin. "With just one week to go in the regular season prior to the start of the ABA playoffs, the difference between the top teams is very slight," said ABA co-founder Joe Newman . "It will be tough to dislodge the DMV Warriors unless there's a major upset, and that'a important because the #1 team in the final rankings gets a bye to the Final Eight in Baltimore."
It took 13 games to qualify for the Power Rankings.

1. DMV Warriors 17-0
2. Austin Bats 14-1
3. Jacksonville Giants 17-2
4. Orlando Waves 16-2
5. Mobile Bay Tornados 13-1
6. Windy City Groove 12-1
7. Chicago Steam 12-2
8. South Florida Gold 19-4
9. Salina Saints 13-0
10. Chicago Fury 13-3
11. Richmond Elite 10-3
12. Grand Rapids Danger 13-4
13. Carolina Cougars 10-4
14. Springfield Sting 10-3
15. Orange County Novastars 10-3
16. Universal City Seraphim 14-6
17. Atlantic Coast Cardinals 10-3
18. West Michigan Lake Hawks 11-5
19. Fredericksburg Grizzlies 10-6
20. Kentucky Enforcers 13-7
21. Steel City Yellow Jackets 13-7
22. Jersey Express 11-7
23. Baltimore Hawks 11-7
24. Laredo Swarm 8-5
25. T-Columbus Blackhawks 12-7, Pro Elite Flyers 9-4, PG Valor 8-6

Teams to watch: Elmira Eagles, Michigan Giant Knights, Indy Naptown All Stars. This weekend will be positioning week with at least 20 teams vying for a spot in the playoffs, half of which will be eliminated with a loss. For more information, visit www.abaliveaction.com




Giants sweep Daytona beach to remain unbeaten in 2017 - by Gianni Pascucci

The Jacksonville Giants concluded their weekend success with a sweep over the Daytona Beach Sharks. Jacksonville won their 15th straight game in a 149-107 route of the Sharks on Sunday 25th evening. The Giants improve to 17-2 on the season.
Sunday's game featured stellar inside play from Jermaine Bell (7'0''-C-84, college: Indian Hills CC) and Elijah Smith (6'8''-F-89, college: N.Georgia). Bell, the 2014 ABA MVP, had a double-double. Bell's 35 points and 27 rebounds (21 defensive boards) led the team in both categories. While Bell was dominating the defensive boards and limiting the Sharks second chance scoring, Smith, a 2016 All ABA selection, also had a double-double with 26 points and 11 rebounds, 10 of those rebounds coming on the offensive side, providing second chance scoring opportunities for the Giants.
Daytona Beach was competitive early in the game, as the Sharks only trailed Jacksonville 60-48 at halftime. However, the Giants outscored the Sharks 43-22 in the third quarter to regain momentum. Bell and Smith were tough on the inside, but the outside shooting started to produce more points, as the second half turned into a scoring frenzy for the Giants. Guards Ed Horton (6'1''-PG-85, college: Murray St.) and Larry Dumas (6'2''-PG, college: Robert Morris) rounded out the top scorers for the Giants, Horton with 22 and Dumas adding 20, each with 4 three-pointers in the game.
Jacksonville scored 89 points in the second half to take full control of the game, keeping it out of reach for Daytona. The outside shooting continued to be successful. Jacksonville was 16 of 38 from three-point range in the game.
The Giants have four regular season games remaining until the post-season. The recent success should move the Giants up in the upcoming and highly anticipated ABA Power Rankings, which are scheduled to be released early this week.
The ABA Championship Series begins on March 29th in Baltimore. The post-season tournament will feature the top surviving eight teams and their hopes for the 2017 ABA National Title, following three weeks of play-in rounds.



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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. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija16.4 
 5. Lukovic, Krka16.4 
 6. Labovic, Karpos S.15.7 
 7. Jefferson, Un.Olimp.15.3 
 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 Leks7.7 
 3. Lukovic, Krka7.6 
 4. Oliver, Un.Olimpija7.4 
 5. Bolden, FMP7.3 
 6. Bilan, Cedevita7.3 
 7. Scott, MZT Skopje7.2 
 8. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija7.0 
 9. Klassen, Buducnost6.6 
 10. Zagorac, Mega Leks6.4 
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. Jovic, Crvena Z.6.2 
 5. Williams, Buducnost6.2 
 6. Rebec, Krka5.9 
 7. Rebic, Mega Leks5.5 
 8. Vladovic, Zadar4.8 
 9. Diabate, MZT S.4.6 
 10. Babic, Cedevita4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Vukota PAVIC
  Mornar Bar
  (203-C-93)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Pavic, Mornar Bar1.8 
 2. Vladovic, Zadar1.8 
 3. Labovic, Karpos S.1.7 
 4. Hrovat, Un.Olimpija1.7 
 5. Reynolds, Cibona1.7 
 6. Ramljak, Zadar1.6 
 7. Kaba, Mega Leks1.6 
 8. Perry, Karpos S.1.6 
 9. Rozic, Cibona1.5 
 10. Oliver, Un.Olimpija1.5 
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. Scott, MZT Skopje1.3 
 5. Austin, FMP1.3 
 6. Zizic, Cibona1.2 
 7. Begic, Cedevita1.2 
 8. Zagorac, Mega Leks1.0 
 9. Davidovac, FMP1.0 
 10. Nikolic, Buducnost1.0 


Petrov to replace Mihevc at Krka bench - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

Krka and their head coach Dejan Mihevc (agency: Octagon Europe ) have mutually agreed on contract termination. The new head coach is Simon Petrov.

The new head coach is Simon Petrov , which will lead the team already next round in the ABA League against Partizan NIS. Dalibor Damjanovic and Ozbej Stane will remain assistant coaches.

As a Novo mesto born player, Petrov began his basketball career with Krka and won several trophies with the club. Besides the others there is the Slovenian national championship trophy from 2000, when he scored the game winning points in the dying seconds of the game of the semi-finals and help his team eliminated the strongest domestic squad at that time Union Olimpija. He returned to Krka after a successful international playing career in 2008 and played for his hometown team until the 2011/12 season, when he ended his active playing career. He won 3 more domestic championship trophies, played at the ABA League Final Four Tournament with Krka and won the EuroChallenge Cup with the Novo mesto squad.

Between 1999 and 2003 he also played for the Slovenia senior national team.

After the end of his playing career he decided to continue as a coach. He began with Krka as an assistant coach, later led Slovan and returned to Krka to lead the youth categories in 2015/16 season, when he won the Slovenian junior national championship trophy.



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  ALBANIA  


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

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

Elvisi Dusha
Elvisi Dusha
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Elvisi Dusha (188-94, currently plays in United Kingdom). Dusha could not help Plymouth Raiders (12-10) to beat Glasgow Rocks (16-5). He scored 6 points. Plymouth Raiders was badly defeated 98-80 on the road by the higher-ranked Glasgow Rocks (#3). This season Dusha averages: 1.6ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 25.0%, 3FGP: 28.6%. He has a dual citizenship: Albanian and British. Despite Dusha played previously for the British U20 national team, he is currently a member of the Albanian senior national team.

Franko Bushati
Franko Bushati
   #2. Second place goes to former international shooting guard Franko Bushati (189-85, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Italy). Bushati managed to help Germani Basket Brescia in a victory against the second-ranked Scandone AV (13-7) 91-87 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. He scored only 3 points in 14 minutes. Germani Basket Brescia (10-10) is placed ninth in the Serie A. This year Bushati averages just 2.6ppg, 2FGP: 44.0%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 53.3% in 20 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Albanian and Italian. Bushati played for the Albanian national team in 2012.

Rashaun Broadus
Rashaun Broadus
   #3. The Albanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international point guard Rashaun Broadus (183-84, agency: Octagon Europe, college: BYU, currently plays in Germany). He was not able to help SC Rasta Vechta in their game against EnBW Ludwigsburg (10-12) in the German BBL. Broadus did not have that impressive stats last Saturday. He scored only 2 points and added 5 assists in 15 minutes. SC Rasta Vechta was badly defeated 92-74 in Ludwigsburg by the much higher-ranked (#8) EnBW. It was SC Rasta Vechta's 16th consecutive loss in a row. This year Broadus' overall stats are: 5.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 5.5apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 36.0%, 3FGP: 15.8% and FT: 75.0% in six games. He is a naturalized American. Broadus is also a member of the Albanian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Albania.

Vildan Mitku
Vildan Mitku
   #4. Forward Vildan Mitku (200-83, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Tuebingen II (7-14) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Mitku's very good performance the tenth-placed Tuebingen II (7-14) was defeated 64-51 in Heidelberg by the lower-ranked Heidelberg USC (#14) in the South-West group. He was the top scorer with 17 points. It's Mitku's sixth season with the team. Mitku has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.4ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.6apg and 1.5spg. Mitku used to play for the Albanian national team back in 2011.

Frenki Lilaj
Frenki Lilaj
   #5. U18 international center Frenki Lilaj (201-98, currently plays in Czech Republic) couldn't help GBA Sparta (5-14) in their game against BK Prostejov B (9-10) in the Czech Republic 1Liga (second division). He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 14 minutes. GBA Sparta (#6) lost 83-89 at home to the leading BK Prostejov B in the Places 13-20 group. It was GBA Sparta's seventh consecutive loss in a row. This year Lilaj's total stats are: 2.0ppg and 1.7rpg in six games. He plays currently for the Albanian U18 national team.

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

   #1. Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Portoroz (1-18) crushing them 98-65 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM in Sunday night's game. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 19 minutes. Krka Novo Mesto (16-4) is placed second in the Liga Nova KBM. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Kastrati's fifth season with the team. This year Kastrati averages: 9.4ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.4apg in 17 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Kosovan and Albanian.

   #2. Shkelzen Bekteshi (185-G-91, currently plays in Germany). He could not help Kirchheim Knights (17-8) to beat ETB Wohnbau (6-19). Bekteshi scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. But Kirchheim Knights was edged 93-92 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams ETB Wohnbau (#15). It was Kirchheim Knights' third consecutive loss in a row. It's Bekteshi's seventh season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 3.3ppg and 2.0rpg. Bekteshi is another player who holds two passports: Albanian and German.

   #3. Klaudio Patani (197-F/C-96, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Isernia in their game against Giulianova (8-13) in the Italian Serie B (third division). Patani recorded 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. But Isernia (#12) was badly defeated 76-57 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Giulianova (#10) in the Group D. Patani has averaged so far 9.4ppg and 7.6rpg. He has both Albanian and Italian nationalities.

Other top Albanian players, who play abroad:

Klaudio Ndoja (201-F/G-85) plays for Virtus Bologna in Italian Serie A2
Besnik Bekteshi (191-G-93) plays for SC Rasta Vechta in German BBL
Celis Taflaj (201-SF-98) plays for Viola RC in Italian Serie A2
Ergys Rrapi (200-C-83) plays for Ermis Lagkada in Greek B
Bruno Zyka (184-SG-97) plays for Francavilla in Italian Serie C Silver
Nderim Pelaj (182-PG-88) plays for Halle USV in German 2.Regionalliga
Eljon Harlicaj (193-F-93) plays for Lug.Tigers U23 in Swiss LNB

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



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  ANTIGUA  


ABBA Round 16: No surprise as #1 Baldwin Braves defeat Yorks Crushers - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in ABBA.

ABBA top team - Baldwin Braves (7-1) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed ninth ranked Yorks Crushers (1-7) 77-58. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Baldwin Braves have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-1 record. Yorks Crushers at the other side stay at the bottom place with seven games lost.
Fourth ranked Flyers (5-2) crushed at home 5th ranked Freetown T. (3-5) by 31 points 79-48, which is the biggest margin this round. Flyers moved-up to third place, which they share with Stingerz. Freetown T. at the other side dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. They share it with Ottos. Flyers will play against HS Outlaws (#5) in the next round. Freetown T. will play against Stingerz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Flyers - Freetown T. 79-48

Fourth ranked Flyers (5-2) crushed at home 5th ranked Freetown T. (3-5) by 31 points 79-48, which is the biggest margin this round. The game was mostly controlled by Flyers. Freetown T. was better in second period 18-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Flyers moved-up to third place, which they share with Stingerz. Freetown T. at the other side dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. They share it with Ottos. Flyers will play against HS Outlaws (#5) in the next round. Freetown T. will play against Stingerz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Yorks Crushers - Baldwin Braves 58-77

ABBA top team - Baldwin Braves (7-1) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed ninth ranked Yorks Crushers (1-7) 77-58. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Baldwin Braves have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-1 record. Yorks Crushers at the other side stay at the bottom place with seven games lost.
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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Tucker, Estudian.21.7 
 2. Green, Instituto20.1 
 3. Quinteros, Regat.18.9 
 4. Solano, Echague18.5 
 5. Sims, Regatas C.18.5 
 6. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 7. Horner, Obras B.16.8 
 8. Mickeal, Atenas16.2 
 9. Vildoza, Quilm.16.2 
 10. Reed, Penarol16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.3 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.6 
 3. Clancy, Instituto10.1 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.9 
 5. Wood, San M.9.1 
 6. Johnson, Atenas8.8 
 7. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.5 
 8. Horner, Obras B.8.4 
 9. Justiz, Estudian.8.3 
 10. Francis, La Union8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Franco BALBI
  Ferrocarril
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.3 
 2. Barral, Obras B.6.1 
 3. Stanic, Olimpico.5.9 
 4. Konsztadt, La Union5.5 
 5. Aguirre, San L.5.3 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.2 
 7. Perez, Boca Jrs4.7 
 8. Ciorciari, Instituto4.5 
 9. De-l., GECR I.4.5 
 10. Hopson, Quimsa4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Gelvis SOLANO
  Echague
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Solano, Echague2.1 
 2. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 3. De-l., GECR I.1.9 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.1.9 
 5. Basualdo, Quilm.1.9 
 6. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 7. Massey, Libertad.1.6 
 8. Vildoza, Quilm.1.5 
 9. Lescano, San M.1.5 
 10. Flor, Quilmes MP1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.0 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.0 
 3. Richard, Obras B.1.9 
 4. Crawford, Argen.1.6 
 5. Marriaga, Estudian.1.3 
 6. Battle, Quimsa1.3 
 7. Calfani, San L.1.1 
 8. Clancy, Instituto1.1 
 9. Meyinsse, San L.1.1 
 10. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Barovero, Union SF23.4 
 2. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista20.5 
 3. Brown, La Union19.9 
 4. Matthews, Salta B.19.8 
 5. Martin Jr., Alianza .19.6 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.19.4 
 7. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.18.8 
 8. Pais, Platense18.7 
 9. Montes-C., Obera T.18.3 
 10. Villa, Gimnasia LP17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Santiago GONZALEZ
  San I.
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Gonzalez, San I.12.9 
 2. Matthews, Salta B.10.1 
 3. Graham, Temperley9.5 
 4. Cutley, Atenas C.9.2 
 5. Lauria, Comunica.8.7 
 6. Lockett, BHY T.8.6 
 7. Joseph, Obera TC8.4 
 8. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.4 
 9. Coleman, Alianza .7.7 
 10. Granado, Olimpo BB7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Leonardo LA BELLA
  Gimnasia.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. La Bella, Gimnasia.7.6 
 2. Cajal, Independ.7.5 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.6 
 4. Gandoy, Obera TC5.9 
 5. Cequeira, Villa A.5.0 
 6. Paletta, Hindu5.0 
 7. Correa, BHY T.4.8 
 8. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.4.5 
 9. Franco, Alianza .4.4 
 10. Schoppler, Olimpo B.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Sebastian PUNET
  Salta Basket
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Punet, Salta Basket3.0 
 2. Pais, Platense2.5 
 3. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.2.2 
 4. Cequeira, Villa A.2.2 
 5. Correa, BHY T.2.2 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.2.0 
 7. Lopez, Independ.1.9 
 8. Merlo, Ciclista1.8 
 9. Eseverri, Salta B.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Huracan
  (200-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Heyward, Huracan2.5 
 2. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.5 
 3. Deck, Obera TC1.4 
 4. Lockett, BHY T.1.4 
 5. Nwogbo, Alianza .1.2 
 6. Okoye, Salta Basket1.1 
 7. Stroud, Parque Sur1.0 
 8. Tabarez, Union SF1.0 
 9. Lauria, Comunica.0.9 
 10. Granado, Olimpo BB0.9 


Herve Toure (ex Chemidor) is a newcomer at Estudiantes Concordia - by Eurobasket News

Estudiantes Concordia (LigaA) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 35-year old Ivorian power forward Herve Toure (205-82). He has a double citizenship as he also holds French passport. Toure played most recently at Chemidor in Iranian Superleague. In 16 games he recorded 14.3ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.1spg and 2.2bpg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Great season indeed as he was voted to Asia-Basket.com Iranian Superleague All-Imports Team. Toure also played that season for Sagesse (Division A) in Lebanese league where in 16 games he averaged 14.3ppg and 8.6rpg (#4 in the league). Toure was a member of Ivorian Senior National Team back in 2010.
He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Toure's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in five different countries. Toure has played previously professionally also in Belgium (Spirou Charleroi), Italy (AV Cantu, Roma Virtus and Enel Brindisi), Spain (Blancos de Rueda) and France (Pau Lacq Orthez, Paris Levallois, Sluc Nancy, Chalon/Saor and JL Bourg).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Estudiantes Concordia.
The scouts decsribe him following way: An athletic forward who can play in the 3 and 4 poistions.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



The Nets released Scola - by Eurobasket News

Brooklyn Nets released experienced 37-year old Argentinian international power forward Luis Scola (206-104kg-80). He is a dual citizen owning also Spanish passport. In 36 NBA games he had 5.1ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.0apg this season.
The last season Scola played at the Raptors where in 87 NBA games he recorded 8.0ppg and 4.3rpg. Scola helped them to win the Atlantic Division title (twice) (also twice).
In 2002 he was drafted by San Antonio Spurs as #0 pick overall.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Scola was voted Eurobasket.com All-Olympic Games 3rd Team in 2016.
He has been also a member of Argentinian international program for some years. Scola has regularly played for Argentinian senior team since 1999 and previously for U21 National Team between 2000 and 2001.
He also represented Argentina at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 14.8ppg, Reb-3 (8.0rpg), 1.8apg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 47.1%, FT: 52.6%.
Scola has played previously professionally in Spain (Baskonia and Gijon) and other NBA teams (Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns and Indiana Pacers).
He could be described: Very versatile player. Can do everything, shooting from 5-6 metres, penetrating, dunking or his best play: dribbling and scoring in front of his opponent. True power player that can rebound when he wants to, use his strength to get position and score not only by his moves, but by his strength. Not bad of an athlete either and has the ability to run the floor. Doesn't have great range, but he does shoot it a little way from the basket.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in NBA



Billy McShepard (ex Ironi Nes-Ziona) agreed terms with San Lorenzo - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion San Lorenzo de Almagra (LigaA) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American forward Billy McShepard (208-87, college: Valdosta State, agency: Blacktop Management). He played recently at Ironi Nes-Ziona in Israeli National League, but left the team earlier this month. In 19 National League games he recorded 13.6ppg, 9.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg this season. The last season McShepard played at Hasharon (also in National League) where in 25 games he averaged impressive 21.6ppg, 14.5rpg, 2.1apg, 1.9spg and 1.7bpg. Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Center of the Year.
In 2011 he was drafted by Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League) in fourth round (13th overall).
The former Valdosta State (NCAA Div.II) staris in his sixth season in pro basketball. His team won Israeli Leumit Cup.
McShepard is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in six different countries. McShepard has played previously professionally in Austria (Gmunden Swans), Germany (Speyer), Lebanon (Hoops Club), Uruguay (Aguada), Argentina (Argentino) and D-League (Texas Legends).
The scouts decsribe him following way: Played mostly 4-5 at the college level, but is ideally suited to play the 3-4 in the international game. Very good athlete who has a great upside. Athleticism, 7-0 wingspan, inside/outside offensive skills and superior ball handling and shooting skills for his size present an interesting package.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @PickandRollWeb)

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Nicolas Laprovittola selected the top Argentinian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nicolas Laprovittola
Nicolas Laprovittola
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Nicolas Laprovittola (193-90, currently plays in Spain). He managed to help Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz to win against the 13th-ranked Zaragoza (7-14) 99-88 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Laprovittola recorded only 2 points and added 7 passes. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (15-6) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Laprovittola averages: 6.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 5.5apg, 3FGP: 41.7%. He is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Nicolas Richotti
Nicolas Richotti
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Nicolas Richotti (183-86, currently plays in Spain). Richotti contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (9-12) crushing them 85-61 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He recorded only 4 points and added 4 passes in 11 minutes. Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (16-5) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. It's Richotti's seventh season with the team. This year Richotti's overall stats are: 8.5ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.5apg, 3FGP: 25.0% in four games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Richotti is in the roster of the Argentinian senior national team.

Facundo Campazzo
Facundo Campazzo
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Facundo Campazzo (181-91, currently plays in Spain). He led UCAM Murcia to a victory against the closely-ranked Sevilla (7-14) 92-80 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Campazzo recorded 11 points and added 4 passes. Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (7-14) is placed 12th in the Liga Endesa. Campazzo has relatively good stats this season: 14.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 6.0apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 51.3%, 3FGP: 29.0% and FT: 80.6%. He is also a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Manu Ginobili
Manu Ginobili
   #4. An experienced guard Manu Ginobili (198-77, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Los Angeles Clippers (36-23) 105-97 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Ginobili recorded 6 points, 4 assists and 3 steals. The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 45-13 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Ginobili is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his 15th year in Spurs' roster. This season he has relatively solid stats: 7.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg. Ginobili is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. He is also Argentinian national team player.

Fabricio Vay
Fabricio Vay
   #5. Former international forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) led Arkadia Lions to a victory over the league leader Redwell Gunners Oberwart (18-4) 80-69 in the Austrian A Bundesliga in Friday night's game. Vay was MVP of the game. He scored 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 32 minutes. Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions (11-12) are placed sixth in the A Bundesliga. Vay has been at the team for four years. Vay has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.8ppg, 8.2rpg, 3.3apg and 1.3spg in 23 games. Vay has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities. He used to play for the Argentinian national team eight years ago.

Marcos Delia
Marcos Delia
   #6. Center Marcos Delia (211-92, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Facundo Campazzo and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Delia helped UCAM Murcia win their game against the closely-ranked Sevilla (7-14) 92-80. He recorded 8 points. It's Delia's first season with the team. Delia's total stats this year are: 6.5ppg and 3.2rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Argentinian National Team roster.

Antonio Porta
Antonio Porta
   #7. Former international point guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Denmark) helped Svendborg win their game against the league leader Horsens IC (20-5) 91-77 in the Danish Ligaen on Tuesday night. Porta recorded 12 points (made all of his five free throws). It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Svendborg Rabbits (13-12) is placed fourth in the Ligaen. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Porta has reliable stats this season: 10.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.4apg. He used to play for the Argentinian national team nine years ago.

Stefano Pierotti
Stefano Pierotti
   #8. Point guard Stefano Pierotti (185-98, currently plays in Brazil). Pierotti could not help Paschoalotto/Bauru (14-8) to beat Caxias do Sul (5-18). He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Pierotti scored only 3 points in 5 minutes on the court. Paschoalotto/Bauru was edged 76-74 on the road by the much lower-ranked (#13) Caxias do Sul. This year Pierotti averages just 1.6ppg in 17 games. He plays currently for the Argentinian U18 national team.

Juan Fernandez
Juan Fernandez
   #9. Former international guard Juan Fernandez (193-90, college: Temple, currently plays in Spain) helped Leche Rio Breogan win their game against the 14th-ranked CB Prat (10-15) 90-76 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Saturday. Fernandez recorded 6 points in 22 minutes. Cafes Candelas Breogan Lugo (16-8) is placed third in the LEB Gold. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Fernandez's total stats are: 8.6ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.0apg in 24 games. He used to play for the Argentinian national team three years ago.

Juan Manuel Caceres
Juan Manuel Caceres
   #10. Small forward Juan Manuel Caceres (199-84, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Valmontone in their game against Basket Barcellona (15-6) in the Italian Serie B (third division). Caceres recorded 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The second-placed Valmontone (18-4) was defeated 97-90 at home by the lower-ranked Basket Barcellona (#4) in the Group C. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. Caceres' stats this season are: 10.5ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.2apg. He is a former U16 international player as fifteen years ago he still played for the Argentinian national team.

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

   #1. Daniel Hure (200-PF-85, currently plays in Brazil) led Paulistano to a victory against the closely-ranked Flamengo (15-6) 103-96 in the Brazilian NBB in Thursday night's game. He scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 33 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo (11-7) is placed fourth in the NBB. This year Hure averages: 9.5ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.4apg in 15 games he played so far.

   #2. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy). He could not help Umana Venezia (12-8) to beat Vanoli Cremona (6-14). Filloy scored 6 points and added 3 passes. Umana Venezia was defeated 91-82 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams Vanoli Cremona (#15). It was Umana Venezia's fourth consecutive loss in a row. It's Filloy's first season with the team. This year he averages: 6.1ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.5apg. Filloy has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Despite his Argentinian passport, Filloy previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Argentinian team.

   #3. Enzo Cafferata (187-PG-88, currently plays in Brazil) was not able to help Liga Sorocaba (4-14) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Liga Sorocaba lost 73-77 on the opponent's court to the league outsider (#15) Macae. Cafferata was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 39 minutes. It was Liga Sorocaba's third consecutive loss in a row. Cafferata has relatively good stats this year: 13.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.7apg and 1.6spg in 22 games.

   #4. Andres Forray (187-PG-86, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Dolomiti En. TR's victory against the closely-ranked Grissin Bon RE (11-9) 87-75 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Forray scored 7 points and added 4 passes in 19 minutes. Dolomiti Energia Trento (11-9) is placed fourth in the Serie A. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Forray has been at the team for six years. This season his total stats are: 5.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg in 20 games. Forray is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #5. Experienced Santiago Boffelli (197-G/F-83, currently plays in Italy) led Scauri to a victory over the sixth-ranked Roma Luiss (12-10) 71-64 in the Italian Serie B (third division) last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. Boffelli recorded a double-double by scoring 33 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals. Basket Scauri (10-11) is placed ninth in Group C. Boffelli has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.6apg and 1.4spg. Boffelli has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #6. Brian Savoy (189-SG-92, currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to secure a victory for Neuchatel (10-7) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Neuchatel lost 74-89 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) Fribourg. Savoy was the second best scorer with 19 points. He also added 8 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 33 minutes. This year Savoy has relatively solid stats: 12.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.8apg and 1.1spg in 17 games. He also holds two passports: Argentinian and Swiss.

   #7. Bernardo Musso (193-G-86, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) was the main contributor in a FCM Ferentino's victory against the 15th-ranked Scafati 87-77 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Sunday. Musso was MVP of the game. He recorded 21 points and added 5 passes in 33 minutes. Musso has reliable stats this year: 13.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.4apg and 1.5spg in 23 games. He holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.

   #8. Dante Richotti (180-PG-85, currently plays in Italy) is a teammate of previously mentioned Santiago Boffelli. But that was another game of his team in Italian Serie B which we would like to mention. Richotti couldn't help Scauri (10-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the ninth-placed Scauri was edged 77-74 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Patti (#13) in the Group C. Richotti recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and making 10 passes. He also added 7 rebounds and 7 steals. Richotti's total stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.6apg and 1.8spg. He has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #9. Daniel Amigo (208-C-95, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Denver (7-4) in their last game. Despite Amigo's very good performance the Denver lost 72-83 on their home court in Denver to the Indiana Univ-Purdue Univ-Indianapolis. He scored 24 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 31 minutes. Amigo has very impressive stats this year: 16.1ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.5apg in 27 games. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Amigo has never played in Argentina.

   #10. Agustin Fabi (199-F/G-91, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Viola RC in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the tenth-placed Viola RC was defeated 104-96 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Rieti (#11) in the West group. Fabi was the second best scorer with 25 points. He also added 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Fabi has reliable stats this season: 12.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.1apg and 1.4spg. He has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.



LigaA Round 35: Ferrocarril defeat leader San Lorenzo - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked San Lorenzo (25-11) in Almagra on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by second ranked Ferrocarril (23-11) 85-83. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Ferrocarril outrebounded San Lorenzo 40-25 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Spanish Alvaro Calvo (202-83, agency: Dynamics Global Management) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Center Jose-Ignacio Alessio (203-87) contributed with 19 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. American center Jerome Meyinsse (207-88, college: Virginia, agency: Stealth Sport) answered with 23 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for San Lorenzo. Ferrocarril have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 23-11 record having just two points less than leader San Lorenzo. San Lorenzo lost third consecutive game. Defending champion still keeps top position with 11 games lost. Ferrocarril are looking forward to face GECR Indalo (#4) in Comodoro R. in the next round. San Lorenzo will play at home against Regatas Corrientes and is hoping to win this game.
An interesting game for Instituto (23-14) which played road game in Almagra against leader San Lorenzo (25-11). Third ranked Instituto managed to get a 9-point victory 91-82. It was a great evening for American swingman Rodney Green (196-88, college: La Salle) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field). Miguel Gerlero helped adding 17 points. American center Jerome Meyinsse (207-88, college: Virginia, agency: Stealth Sport) responded with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Instituto maintains third place with 23-14 record having just one point less than leader San Lorenzo. San Lorenzo lost third consecutive game. Defending champion still keeps top position with 11 games lost. Instituto will play against Obras Basket (#5) in Buenos Aires in the next round. San Lorenzo will play at home against Regatas Corrientes (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Santiado Estero was also quite interesting. Second ranked Estudiantes C. (25-12) played at the court of 5th ranked Quimsa (20-15). Estudiantes C. managed to secure a 7-point victory 80-73 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Quimsa. It was an exceptional evening for Dar Tucker who led the winners and scored 32 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Aaron Harper came up with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for Quimsa in the defeat. Estudiantes C. maintains second place with 25-12 record having just three point less than leader San Lorenzo. Quimsa at the other side keeps the fifth position with 15 games lost. Estudiantes C. will meet at home league's leader San Martin Corrientes in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Quimsa will have a break next round.
A very interesting game took place in Buenos Aires. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Obras Basket (17-19) to ninth ranked Boca Juniors (11-25) 87-86 on Wednesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. The best player for the winners was Nicolas Gianella who scored 21 points. Obras Basket's coach Nicolas Casalanguida rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Boca Juniors have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain ninth place with 11-25 record. Obras Basket at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 19 games lost. Boca Juniors' next round opponent will be higher ranked Quilmes MP (#7) in Mar del Plata and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Obras Basket will play on the road against Instituto in Cordoba and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Tenth-ranked Hispano Am. (11-27) used its home court advantage to challenge sixth ranked Argentino (16-19) in Rio Gallegos on Thursday. The visitors from Junin managed to secure only two-point victory 77-75. However their fans expected much easier game. Novar Gadson orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Argentino maintains sixth place with 16-19 record, which they share with La Union. Newly promoted Hispano Am. keeps the tenth position with 27 games lost. Argentino will have a break next round. Hispano Am. will play at home against Regatas Corrientes (#4) and hope to win that game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 35: Echague was smashed by Olimpico LB on the road 101-64. Hispano Am. lost to Instituto on its own court 90-95. Boca Jrs unfortunately lost to Weber Bahia in Bahia Blanca 60-69. GECR Indalo managed to beat Argentino at home 84-74. Echague was crushed by Quimsa on the opponent's court 93-68. GECR Indalo beat Olimpico LB in a home game 74-70. Penarol was destroyed by Libertad S. on the road 85-66.
The most impressive performance of 35th round was 10 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists by Mauro Cosolito of Olimpico LB.

Olimpico LB - Echague 101-64

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Olimpico de La Banda (18-18) crushed at home 10th ranked Echague (6-30) 101-64 on Saturday. Olimpico de La Banda dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Echague's 32. Olimpico de La Banda forced 20 Echague turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Echague's players. The former international swingman Adrian Boccia (195-82) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 4 assists. Mauro Cosolito (195-88) contributed with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Four Olimpico de La Banda players scored in double figures. Olimpico de La Banda's coach Fernando Duro felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dominican guard Gelvis Solano (185-94, college: Merrimack, agency: Basket Management Solutions) answered with 21 points and 4 assists and forward Emilio Stucky (198-94) added 7 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Echague. Olimpico de La Banda moved-up to fourth place, which they share with GECR Indalo. Newly promoted Echague keeps the tenth position with 30 games lost. Olimpico de La Banda will face league's second-placed Estudiantes C. in Concordia in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Echague will play at home against Weber Bahia (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: A.Boccia 20+1reb+4ast, D.Nesbitt 11+8reb+1ast, F.Van Lacke 11+4reb+5ast, M.Cosolito 10+6reb+9ast, F.Vallejos 9+3reb, N.Ferreyra 8+1ast
Echague: G.Solano 21+3reb+4ast, S.Uranga 10+3reb+3ast, D.Caracter 8+7reb, E.Stucky 7+11reb+2ast, E.Zustovich 7+1reb+2ast, B.Davis 4
gschID: 523564


Hispano Am. - Instituto 90-95

Very expected game when 10th ranked Hispano Am. (11-27) lost to third ranked Instituto (23-14) in Rio Gallegos 90-95 on Saturday. Hispano Am. was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American center Sam Clancy (202-80, college: USC, agency: DTMones) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import swingman Rodney Green (196-88, college: La Salle) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international swingman Mariano Byro (194-82) answered with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American Larry O'Bannon (192-83, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) added 17 points in the effort for Hispano Am.Five Hispano Am. players scored in double figures. Instituto maintains third place with 23-14 record having just one point less than leader San Lorenzo. Newly promoted Hispano Am. keeps the tenth position with 27 games lost. Instituto will face Obras Basket (#5) in Buenos Aires in the next round. Hispano Am. will play at home against Regatas Corrientes (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Instituto: S.Clancy 19+14reb+5ast, J.DeGroat 18+1ast, R.Green 17+6reb+2ast, D.Ciorciari 11+2ast, P.Bertone 9+2reb+3ast, M.Gerlero 8+2reb+1ast
Hispano Am.: M.Byro 20+6reb+4ast, L.O'Bannon 17+2reb+3ast, G.Morales 14+1reb+5ast, M.Fierro 11+7reb+2ast, G.Torres 10+6reb+2ast, K.Austin 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 523560


Weber Bahia - Boca Jrs 69-60

Very predictable result when third ranked Weber Bahia (21-13) won against 9th ranked Boca Juniors (11-25) in Bahia Blanca 69-60 on Saturday. American center Anthony-Laveal Johnson (203-88, college: Fairfield) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Maximo Fjellerup (195-97) contributed with 9 points and 7 assists for the winners. Greek Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Fernando Funes (193-83) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Boca Juniors. Weber Bahia maintains third place with 21-13 record having four points less than leader San Lorenzo. Loser Boca Juniors keeps the ninth position with 25 games lost. Weber Bahia will face Echague (#10) in Parana in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Boca Juniors will play on the road against Quilmes MP in Mar del Plata and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Weber Bahia: A.Laveal Johnson 21+10reb+1ast, L.Redivo 15+1reb+2ast, J.Pablo Vaulet 11+7reb+1ast, M.Fjellerup 9+4reb+7ast, J.Levy 6+6reb+2ast, J.Blocker 3
Boca Jrs: F.Funes 17+5reb+2ast, C.Amicucci 14+4reb+1ast, F.Lampropoulos 12+11reb+4ast, L.Perez 9+4reb+4ast, L.Gargallo 4+5reb+2ast, G.Forbes 2+1reb+5ast
gschID: 523559


Quimsa - Estudiantes C. 73-80

The game in Santiado Estero was also quite interesting. Second ranked Estudiantes C. (25-12) played at the court of 5th ranked Quimsa (20-15). Estudiantes C. managed to secure a 7-point victory 80-73 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of Quimsa. It was an exceptional evening for American-Jordanian Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) who led the winners and scored 32 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Cuban center Javier Justiz (205-92, agency: Pro Sports) accounted for 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Four Estudiantes C. players scored in double figures. American Aaron Harper (203-81, college: Mississippi) came up with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington) added 20 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Quimsa in the defeat. Estudiantes C. maintains second place with 25-12 record having just three point less than leader San Lorenzo. Quimsa at the other side keeps the fifth position with 15 games lost. Estudiantes C. will meet at home league's leader San Martin Corrientes in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Quimsa will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes C.: D.Tucker 32+8reb+4ast, J.Justiz 14+7reb+2ast, A.Marin 11+4reb+1ast, J.Slider 11+4reb+2ast, L.Vildoza 3+1reb+2ast, F.Giorgi 3+3reb+1ast
Quimsa: A.Harper 22+5reb+5ast, C.Elliott 20+6reb+2ast, N.Romano 13+4reb, T.Gallizzi 6+3reb, P.Hopson 4+13reb+7ast, L.Gonzalez 3+1reb
gschID: 523561


GECR Indalo - Argentino 84-74

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Argentino (16-19) lost to fourth ranked GECR Indalo (18-18) in Comodoro R. 74-84 on Saturday. Dominican center Eloy Vargas (211-88, college: Kentucky, agency: Duran International) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. The former international Carlos Schattmann (193-87) contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. GECR Indalo's coach Gonzalo Garcia used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Novar Gadson (201-89, college: Rider, agency: DTMones) answered with 26 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import power forward Chaz Crawford (207-84, college: Drexel, agency: DTMones) added 18 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Argentino. Five GECR Indalo and four Argentino players scored in double figures. GECR Indalo maintains fourth place with 18-18 record, which they share with Olimpico LB. Loser Argentino keeps the sixth position with 19 games lost. GECR Indalo will face league's second-placed Ferrocarril in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
GECR Indalo: E.Vargas 17+10reb+2ast, J.Manuel Rivero 16+3reb+1ast, M.Shaw 15+3reb, C.Schattmann 15+5reb+7ast, N.De los Santos 11+4reb+6ast, J.Machuca 6+1reb+1ast
Argentino: N.Gadson 26+7reb+2ast, C.Crawford 18+11reb, J.Cangelosi 12+4reb+1ast, L.Cequeira 11+2reb+1ast, E.Basabe 3+1reb+3ast, M.Bolivar 3+2reb
gschID: 523563


San Lorenzo - Ferrocarril 83-85

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked San Lorenzo (25-11) in Almagra on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by second ranked Ferrocarril (23-11) 85-83. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Ferrocarril outrebounded San Lorenzo 40-25 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Spanish Alvaro Calvo (202-83, agency: Dynamics Global Management) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. Center Jose-Ignacio Alessio (203-87) contributed with 19 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. American center Jerome Meyinsse (207-88, college: Virginia, agency: Stealth Sport) answered with 23 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and the former international point guard Nicolas Aguirre (188-88) added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for San Lorenzo. Four Ferrocarril and five San Lorenzo players scored in double figures. Ferrocarril have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 23-11 record having just two points less than leader San Lorenzo. San Lorenzo lost third consecutive game. Defending champion still keeps top position with 11 games lost. Ferrocarril are looking forward to face GECR Indalo (#4) in Comodoro R. in the next round. San Lorenzo will play at home against Regatas Corrientes and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Ferrocarril: J.Ignacio Alessio 19+2reb, A.Calvo 18+12reb+2ast, A.Feeley 15+6reb, R.Clemente 10+5reb+5ast, M.Cuello 9+4reb+4ast, A.Lucas 8+4reb+1ast
San Lorenzo: J.Meyinsse 23+9reb+1ast, G.Deck 16+3reb+4ast, N.Aguirre 15+6reb+5ast, G.Diaz 12+4reb, S.Scala 11+1reb+2ast, S.Safar 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 523562


Quimsa - Echague 93-68

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked Quimsa (20-15) outplayed 10th ranked Echague (6-30) in Santiado Estero 93-68 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Quimsa. Echague was better in fourth quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Quimsa looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American Aaron Harper (203-81, college: Mississippi) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 5 rebounds. The former international forward Nicolas Romano (200-87) contributed with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Quimsa players scored in double figures. Quimsa's coach Nestor Garcia felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Derrick Caracter (206-88, college: UTEP) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and Sebastian Uranga (200-89) added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Echague. Quimsa have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 20-15 record. Newly promoted Echague keeps the tenth position with 30 games lost. Quimsa will have a break next round. Echague will play at home against Weber Bahia (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: A.Harper 20+5reb+1ast, L.Gonzalez 16+1reb+1ast, P.Hopson 13+6reb+2ast, N.Romano 12+8reb+4ast, T.Gallizzi 6+7reb+1ast, R.Battle 6+4reb+4ast
Echague: D.Caracter 24+10reb+1ast, G.Solano 15+3reb+6ast, S.Uranga 13+10reb+2ast, E.Stucky 8+4reb, E.Zustovich 5+3reb+1ast, J.Baeza 3+3ast
gschID: 523557


San Lorenzo - Instituto 82-91

An interesting game for Instituto (23-14) which played road game in Almagra against leader San Lorenzo (25-11). Third ranked Instituto managed to get a 9-point victory 91-82. Instituto players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. It was a great evening for American swingman Rodney Green (196-88, college: La Salle) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field). The former international swingman Miguel Gerlero (195-88) helped adding 17 points. American center Jerome Meyinsse (207-88, college: Virginia, agency: Stealth Sport) responded with 19 points and 9 rebounds and international forward Gabriel Deck (199-95) scored 20 points. Four Instituto and five San Lorenzo players scored in double figures. Instituto maintains third place with 23-14 record having just one point less than leader San Lorenzo. San Lorenzo lost third consecutive game. Defending champion still keeps top position with 11 games lost. Instituto will play against Obras Basket (#5) in Buenos Aires in the next round. San Lorenzo will play at home against Regatas Corrientes (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Instituto: R.Green 26+9reb+6ast, P.Bertone 17+2reb, M.Gerlero 17+2reb+3ast, S.Clancy 12+2reb+4ast, J.DeGroat 10+3reb, A.Zilli 6+2reb+1ast
San Lorenzo: G.Deck 20+3reb+2ast, J.Meyinsse 19+9reb+1ast, S.Scala 13+5ast, G.Diaz 12+3reb, L.Cerminato 10+3reb+2ast, S.Safar 6+2reb+4ast
gschID: 523555


Hispano Am. - Argentino 75-77

Tenth-ranked Hispano Am. (11-27) used its home court advantage to challenge sixth ranked Argentino (16-19) in Rio Gallegos on Thursday. The visitors from Junin managed to secure only two-point victory 77-75. However their fans expected much easier game. American guard Novar Gadson (201-89, college: Rider, agency: DTMones) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Chaz Crawford (207-84, college: Drexel, agency: DTMones) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. The former international swingman Mariano Byro (194-82) answered with 19 points and 4 assists and American Larry O'Bannon (192-83, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points in the effort for Hispano Am.Four Hispano Am. players scored in double figures. Argentino maintains sixth place with 16-19 record, which they share with La Union. Newly promoted Hispano Am. keeps the tenth position with 27 games lost. Argentino will have a break next round. Hispano Am. will play at home against Regatas Corrientes (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Argentino: M.Bolivar 23+2reb, N.Gadson 18+12reb+2ast, C.Crawford 12+12reb+2ast, F.Zarate 7+1reb+1ast, E.Basabe 7+4reb+3ast, J.Cangelosi 6+5reb
Hispano Am.: M.Byro 19+4reb+4ast, J.Treise 15+2reb+1ast, L.O'Bannon 14+4reb+3ast, R.Freeman 10+9reb+2ast, K.Austin 7+2reb+3ast, M.Fierro 4+10reb+3ast
gschID: 523554


Boca Jrs - Obras Basket 87-86

A very interesting game took place in Buenos Aires. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Obras Basket (17-19) to ninth ranked Boca Juniors (11-25) 87-86 on Wednesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. The hosts were ahead by 8 points but lost the second period ending it with a 6-point deficit before their 30-23 run, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Nicolas Gianella (186-78) who scored 21 points. Point guard Lucas Perez (185-87) chipped in 17 points and 5 assists. American forward Dennis Horner (205-88, college: N.Carolina St.) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and Tomas Zanzottera (192-93) added 23 points respectively for the guests. Five Boca Juniors and four Obras Basket players scored in double figures. Obras Basket's coach Nicolas Casalanguida rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Boca Juniors have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain ninth place with 11-25 record. Obras Basket at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 19 games lost. Boca Juniors' next round opponent will be higher ranked Quilmes MP (#7) in Mar del Plata and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Obras Basket will play on the road against Instituto in Cordoba and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: N.Gianella 21+4reb+3ast, C.Amicucci 17+6reb+1ast, L.Perez 17+4reb+5ast, F.Lampropoulos 14+7reb+1ast, F.Funes 13+2ast, L.Gargallo 5+4reb+2ast
Obras Basket: T.Zanzottera 23+4reb+2ast, D.Horner 22+11reb+3ast, W.Herrmann 15+5reb, J.Richard 11+6reb+1ast, M.Leiva 9+2reb, P.Barral 2+6reb+7ast
gschID: 523550


GECR Indalo - Olimpico LB 74-70

There was no surprise when 7th ranked Olimpico de La Banda (18-18) lost to fourth ranked GECR Indalo (18-18) in Comodoro R. 70-74 on Wednesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Olimpico de La Banda won third quarter 22-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Olimpico de La Banda outrebounded GECR Indalo 50-23 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. The former international Carlos Schattmann (193-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points. Dominican center Eloy Vargas (211-88, college: Kentucky, agency: Duran International) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international swingman Adrian Boccia (195-82) answered with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds and American power forward Justin Williams (206-84, college: Wyoming, agency: DTMones) added 12 points and 23 rebounds in the effort for Olimpico de La Banda. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. GECR Indalo maintains fourth place with 18-18 record, which they share with Olimpico LB. Olimpico de La Banda lost fourth consecutive game. GECR Indalo will face league's second-placed Ferrocarril in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Olimpico de La Banda will play at home against the league's second-placed Estudiantes C. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
GECR Indalo: C.Schattmann 18+3reb+2ast, E.Vargas 15+6reb+1ast, D.Romero 13+2reb+1ast, J.Manuel Rivero 13+3reb, M.Shaw 8+4reb+2ast, J.Machuca 5+3ast
Olimpico LB: A.Boccia 26+10reb+1ast, D.Nesbitt 14+3reb, J.Williams 12+23reb, M.Stanic 10+5reb+3ast, F.Van Lacke 5+3reb, D.Guaita 3+4reb+2ast
gschID: 523551


Libertad S. - Penarol 85-66

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Libertad Sunchales (18-17) crushed at home 8th ranked Penarol (14-23) 85-66 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Libertad Sunchales. Penarol was better in fourth quarter 23-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Marcos Saglietti (190-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 5 rebounds. International point guard Jose Vildoza (190-96) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Four Libertad Sunchales players scored in double figures. The former international forward Franco Giorgetti (201-92) answered with 15 points and Alejandro Diez (201-87) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Penarol. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Libertad Sunchales have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 18-17 record. Penarol lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 23 games lost. Libertad Sunchales will face higher ranked Weber Bahia (#3) in Bahia Blanca in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Penarol will play at home against Boca Juniors (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: J.Vildoza 23+3reb, M.Saglietti 20+5reb+1ast, L.Goldenberg 12+4reb+1ast, J.Massey 10+12reb+1ast, A.Alloatti 8+3reb+1ast, F.Vieta 7+3reb+2ast
Penarol: F.Giorgetti 15+4reb, J.Baron 11+3reb, A.Diez 8+7reb+1ast, R.Reed 8+5reb+1ast, R.Acuna 8+4reb+2ast, V.Fazzini 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 523552





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  ASEAN LEAGUE  


ASEAN League round 11 best performance: Lenny Daniel - by Eurobasket News

American Power forward Lenny Daniel (203-PF-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Saigon H., receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 15 rebounds, while his team edged out Alab Pilipinas (#3, 7-6) 78-74. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Saigon H. is placed at 4th position in ASEAN League. Saigon H. 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 5-7 record. Daniel turned to be Saigon H.'s top player in his first season with the team. Former Cal State - Northridge star has very solid stats this year. Daniel is in league's top in points (5th best: 22.1ppg), rebounds (8th best: 12.9rpg) and averages impressive 1.8bpg and 51.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Xavier Alexander (198-G-88) of league's second-best Singapore S.. Alexander had a very good evening with a triple-double of 15 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists. Of course Singapore S. cruised to a 84-76 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Kaohsiung (#5, 5-10). Singapore S.'s second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 11-5 record is not bad at all. Alexander is well-known at Singapore S. and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was American Derek Hall (211-C/F-90) of Kaohsiung (#5). Hall showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, eight rebounds and nine assists in the last round. Despite Hall's great performance Kaohsiung lost 83-103 to the higher-ranked Hong Kong ELL (#1, 11-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Kaohsiung not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 10 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Hall could try to bring Kaohsiung's a little bit higher in the standings. Hall has individually a great season in ASEAN League. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.4ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 12.3rpg (6th best). He also has FGP: 55.4% and 3PT: 52.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jordan Henriquez-Roberts (214-C-89) of Saigon H. - 17 points and 18 rebounds
5. Kiwi Gardner (170-PG-93) of KL Dragons - 33 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Josh Boone (208-F/C-84) of Hong Kong ELL - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Marcus Elliott (191-G-84) of Hong Kong ELL - 21 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Tyler Lamb (196-G-91) of Hong Kong ELL - 27 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Moses Morgan (198-SF-92) of Saigon H. - 24 points and 7 rebounds
10. Skylar Spencer (208-F/C-94) of KL Dragons - 20 points, 14 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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  AUSTRALIA  

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Casper WARE
  United
  (178-PG-90)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Ware, United22.1 
 2. Cotton, Wildcats21.7 
 3. Randle, 36ers21.3 
 4. Prather, Wildcats19.6 
 5. Dillard, Breakers18.1 
 6. Newley, Kings17.6 
 7. Penney, Breakers17.3 
 8. Clarke, Hawks16.9 
 9. Goulding, United16.9 
 10. Lisch, Kings16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Josh BOONE
  United
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Boone, United9.3 
 2. Craig, Bullets8.0 
 3. Ogilvy, Hawks7.5 
 4. Mitchell, Breakers7.2 
 5. Johnson, 36ers7.1 
 6. Pledger, Breakers6.8 
 7. Bairstow, Bullets6.5 
 8. Whittington, Kings6.4 
 9. McKay, Wildcats6.2 
 10. Knight, Wildcats6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Ben WOODSIDE
  Breakers
  (180-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Woodside, Breakers5.5 
 2. Randle, 36ers5.4 
 3. Jackson, United5.4 
 4. Dillard, Breakers4.8 
 5. Ware, United4.5 
 6. Stockton, Breakers4.2 
 7. Newley, Kings4.1 
 8. Sobey, 36ers4.1 
 9. Gibson, Bullets3.8 
 10. Lisch, Kings3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin LISCH
  Kings
  (188-C-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Lisch, Kings1.9 
 2. Martin, Wildcats1.7 
 3. Prather, Wildcats1.7 
 4. Dillard, Breakers1.6 
 5. Whittington, Kings1.5 
 6. Jackson, United1.4 
 7. Ware, United1.3 
 8. Martin, Hawks1.2 
 9. Harris, Hawks1.2 
 10. Gliddon, Taipans1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew James OGILVY
  Hawks
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Ogilvy, Hawks1.5 
 2. McKay, Wildcats1.4 
 3. Pledger, Breakers1.2 
 4. Boone, United1.1 
 5. Whittington, Kings0.9 
 6. Jervis, Bullets0.8 
 7. Powell, Kings0.8 
 8. Craig, Bullets0.7 
 9. Carter, Breakers0.7 
 10. Jacobsen, 36ers0.7 



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  AUSTRIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko CAR
  Furstenfeld
  (188-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Car, Furstenfeld20.7 
 2. Miletic, Vienna18.9 
 3. Vay, Arkadia18.8 
 4. Clemmons, Vienna18.0 
 5. McNealy, Oberwart17.3 
 6. Lamesic, Wels17.2 
 7. Murati, Gmunden16.3 
 8. Rados, Klostern.16.1 
 9. Jackson, Oberwart15.8 
 10. Vujosevic, Kapfe.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jozo RADOS
  Klostern.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Rados, Klostern.11.7 
 2. Naylor, UBSC G.10.5 
 3. Draskovic, Arkadia8.3 
 4. Vay, Arkadia8.2 
 5. Lamesic, Wels7.6 
 6. Baptiste, Kapfe.7.5 
 7. Ferguson, Vienna7.5 
 8. Sarlija, Furstenfeld7.1 
 9. Traylor, Oberwart7.1 
 10. Gaidys, Gmunden6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Danek, Arkadia6.8 
 2. Car, Furstenfeld5.8 
 3. Vujosevic, Kapfe.5.5 
 4. Jackson, Oberwart5.2 
 5. Stazic, Vienna4.8 
 6. Friedrich, Gmunden4.8 
 7. Maresch, UBSC G.4.6 
 8. Clemmons, Vienna4.5 
 9. O''Neal, Wels4.0 
 10. Murati, Gmunden3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Derek JACKSON
  Oberwart
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Jackson, Oberwart2.7 
 2. Clemmons, Vienna1.8 
 3. Jandl, Furstenfeld1.7 
 4. Cumberbatch, Oberw.1.6 
 5. Miletic, Vienna1.6 
 6. Trmal, Arkadia1.5 
 7. Ferguson, Vienna1.5 
 8. Koch, Vienna1.5 
 9. Payton, Wels1.4 
 10. McNealy, Oberwart1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jamari TRAYLOR
  Oberwart
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Traylor, Oberwart1.5 
 2. Ferguson, Vienna1.5 
 3. Rados, Klostern.1.3 
 4. Chan, Wels1.2 
 5. Draskovic, Arkadia1.1 
 6. Baptiste, Kapfe.1.0 
 7. Kuakumensah, Oberw.1.0 
 8. Naylor, UBSC G.0.8 
 9. Steed, Gmunden0.8 
 10. Iliev, Furstenfeld0.7 


A Bundesliga Round 25: Gmunden Swans lose to Redwell Gunners Oberwart in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The game between Top Four teams took place in Gmunden. Their biggest opponent host Gmunden Swans (16-7) lost to first ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart (18-4) 80-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Gmunden Swans. The game was mostly controlled by Redwell Gunners Oberwart. Gmunden Swans managed to win second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Redwell Gunners Oberwart forced 21 Gmunden Swans turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Jamari Traylor (203-92, college: Kansas) stepped up and scored 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and his fellow American import point guard Derek Jackson (185-91, college: Kent St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) chipped in 17 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. At the losing side American-British guard Michael Ojo (195-89, college: Lehigh) responded with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Defending champion maintains first place with 18-4 record. Gmunden Swans at the other side keep the second position with seven games lost. Redwell Gunners Oberwart are looking forward to face Kapfenberg Bulls (#4) at home in the next round. Gmunden Swans will play against Dukes in Klosterneuburg and are hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
The game in Graz was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Raiffeisen Wels (13-9) played at the court of 8th ranked UBSC Graz (6-17). Raiffeisen Wels defeated UBSC Graz 76-65. The former international Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) nailed 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and Dejan Cigoja accounted for 14 points and 4 steals. International Anton Maresch (191-91) came up with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for UBSC Graz in the defeat. Raiffeisen Wels have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. UBSC Graz at the other side keeps the eighth position with 17 games lost. Raiffeisen Wels will play against Vienna (#5) in Wien in the next round. UBSC Graz will play at home against Arkadia Lions and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Furstenfeld was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Vienna (11-12) played at the court of seventh ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (11-13). Furstenfeld Panthers defeated Vienna 89-78 on Sunday. Marko Car fired a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Stjepan Stazic produced 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Furstenfeld Panthers maintains seventh place with 11-13 record. Loser Vienna keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Arkadia. Furstenfeld Panthers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Vienna will play against Raiffeisen Wels (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Sixth ranked Arkadia Lions (11-12) crushed at home 9th ranked Dukes (4-19) by 26 points 89-63, which is the biggest margin this round. Worth to mention a great performance of Florian Trmal who helped to win the game recording 22 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. Arkadia Lions moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Vienna. Dukes lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 19 games lost. Arkadia Lions' next round opponent will be UBSC Graz (#8) on the road. Dukes will play against the league's second-placed Gmunden Swans and hope to win that game.

UBSC Graz - Wels 65-76

The game in Graz was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Raiffeisen Wels (13-9) played at the court of 8th ranked UBSC Graz (6-17). Raiffeisen Wels defeated UBSC Graz 76-65. They outrebounded UBSC Graz 32-21 including 24 on the defensive glass. The former international Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) nailed 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and Slovenian forward Dejan Cigoja (205-88) accounted for 14 points and 4 steals. International Anton Maresch (191-91) came up with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Montenegrin point guard Milos Krivokapic (185-96) added 16 points and 4 assists respectively for UBSC Graz in the defeat. Raiffeisen Wels have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. UBSC Graz at the other side keeps the eighth position with 17 games lost. Raiffeisen Wels will play against Vienna (#5) in Wien in the next round. UBSC Graz will play at home against Arkadia Lions and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wels: D.Lamesic 21+6reb+3ast, D.Cigoja 14+4reb+3ast, A.Chan 11+5reb+2ast, B.Mair 10+1reb+2ast, T.Csebits 8+4reb+4ast, E.Zulic 7+3reb
UBSC Graz: A.Maresch 23+5reb+4ast, M.Krivokapic 16+2reb+4ast, D.Brcina 8+4reb+2ast, F.Richter 7+1reb+4ast, M.Sliskovic 7+2reb+2ast, A.Domitner 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 495051


Gmunden - Oberwart 70-80

The game between Top Four teams took place in Gmunden. Their biggest opponent host Gmunden Swans (16-7) lost to first ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart (18-4) 80-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Gmunden Swans. The game was mostly controlled by Redwell Gunners Oberwart. Gmunden Swans managed to win second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Redwell Gunners Oberwart forced 21 Gmunden Swans turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Jamari Traylor (203-92, college: Kansas) stepped up and scored 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and his fellow American import point guard Derek Jackson (185-91, college: Kent St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) chipped in 17 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. At the losing side American-British guard Michael Ojo (195-89, college: Lehigh) responded with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and international forward Enis Murati (194-88, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 12 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains first place with 18-4 record. Gmunden Swans at the other side keep the second position with seven games lost. Redwell Gunners Oberwart are looking forward to face Kapfenberg Bulls (#4) at home in the next round. Gmunden Swans will play against Dukes in Klosterneuburg and are hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: C.McNealy 20+3reb+3ast, J.Traylor 18+9reb+2ast, D.Jackson 17+4reb+6ast, S.Kaeferle 13+2reb+2ast, B.Blazevic 7+1reb+3ast, A.Cumberbatch 3+6reb+4ast
Gmunden: M.Ojo 14+7reb+4ast, A.Mitchell 13+1reb+4ast, E.Murati 12+3reb+4ast, T.Klette 11+4reb+4ast, A.Steed 8+6reb, T.Blazan 6+2ast
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Arkadia - Klosterneuburg 89-63

Sixth ranked Arkadia Lions (11-12) crushed at home 9th ranked Dukes (4-19) by 26 points 89-63, which is the biggest margin this round. The game was mostly controlled by Arkadia Lions. Dukes was better in fourth quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Arkadia Lions shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 63.2 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by Dukes helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Florian Trmal (199-89, agency: Dynamics Global Management) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 9 rebounds. Montenegrin center Milovan Draskovic (211-95, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Arkadia Lions players scored in double figures. The former international center Christoph Greimeister (208-90) answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds and international center Jozo Rados (208-93) added 8 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Dukes. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Arkadia Lions moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Vienna. Dukes lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 19 games lost. Arkadia Lions' next round opponent will be UBSC Graz (#8) on the road. Dukes will play against the league's second-placed Gmunden Swans and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Arkadia: F.Trmal 22+9reb+2ast, M.Draskovic 18+8reb+2ast, J.Detrick 15+1reb+5ast, F.Vay 13+6reb+5ast, B.Guettl 8+4reb+3ast, M.Trmal 7+3reb
Klosterneuburg: C.Greimeister 15+8reb+2ast, G.Bezhanishvili 13+1reb+1ast, J.Blazevic 12+4reb, J.Rados 8+5reb+5ast, C.Leydolf 5+1reb+2ast, P.Pettinger 4+3reb+1ast
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Furstenfeld - Vienna 89-78

The game in Furstenfeld was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Vienna (11-12) played at the court of seventh ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (11-13). Furstenfeld Panthers defeated Vienna 89-78 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Furstenfeld Panthers. Vienna managed to win fourth quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Furstenfeld Panthers made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 59.1 percentage. Croatian Marko Car (188-85) fired a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Croatian center Marino Sarlija (207-89) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. The former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78) produced 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and international forward Sebastian Koch (202-88) added 22 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Furstenfeld Panthers maintains seventh place with 11-13 record. Loser Vienna keeps the fifth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Arkadia. Furstenfeld Panthers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Vienna will play against Raiffeisen Wels (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Furstenfeld: M.Car 35+13reb+4ast, M.Sarlija 18+8reb+3ast, H.Ochsenhofer 14+1reb+1ast, P.Radakovics 8+2reb, D.Jandl 8+4reb+2ast, S.Iliev 4+4reb+3ast
Vienna: S.Stazic 26+5reb+4ast, S.Koch 22+6reb, A.Clemmons 10+9reb+7ast, S.Ray 8+4reb+3ast, P.Miletic 7+2reb+1ast, S.N'Diaye 4+3reb
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Rasid Mahalbasic selected the top Austrian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Rasid Mahalbasic
Rasid Mahalbasic
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Rasid Mahalbasic (210-90, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain). He could not help Sevilla (7-14) to beat UCAM Murcia (7-14). Mahalbasic recorded 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 24 minutes on the court. But Sevilla lost 80-92 on the road to the higher-ranked (#12) UCAM Murcia. It was Sevilla's sixth consecutive loss in a row. It's Mahalbasic's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 65.4%(53-81) and FT: 78.4% in 11 games he played so far. Mahalbasic has a dual citizenship: Austrian and Slovenian. Ex-kelag Worthersee Piraten player is currently a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Benjamin Ortner
Benjamin Ortner
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He managed to help Umana Reyer Venezia to win against the fifth-ranked Ventspils (7-7) 70-61 in the Basketball Champions League last Wednesday. Ortner scored only 4 points and had 3 steals. Umana Reyer Venezia (9-5) is placed third in group B. This season Ortner averages: 4.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 48.0% and FT: 61.5%. He played for the Austrian national team in 2013.

Maximilian Hopfgartner
Maximilian Hopfgartner
   #3. The Austrian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Maximilian Hopfgartner (206-92, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: John Brown, currently plays in Spain). Hopfgartner led Navarra to a victory against the closely-ranked Alcazar (11-11) 78-68 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Friday night's game. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Hopfgartner's second season in pro basketball. Basket Navarra de Pamplona (11-11) is placed tenth in the LEB Silver. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. This season Hopfgartner has relatively solid stats: 13.1ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 52.2%, 3FGP: 34.0% and FT: 75.4%. He is also a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Moritz Lanegger
Moritz Lanegger
   #4. Point guard Moritz Lanegger (190-90, currently plays in Denmark) was not able to help Naestved in their game against SISU (6-11) in the Danish Ligaen. Lanegger scored 8 points and added 3 passes in 26 minutes. Naestved lost 80-89 in Copenhagen to the lower-ranked (#6) SISU. It was Naestved'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. This year Lanegger's overall stats are: 6.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.9apg and 1.3spg in 16 games. He is also Austrian national team player.

Valentine Bauer
Valentine Bauer
   #5. Former U20 international point guard Valentine Bauer (183-94, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to a Mars Hill College's surprising victory against the Lenoir-Rhyne College 78-74 in the NCAA2 on Saturday night. Bauer scored only 2 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 5 assists. The Mars Hill College has rather weak 3-17 record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA2. Bauer's total stats this year are: 8.6ppg, 3.5rpg and 4.3apg. He used to play for the Austrian U20 national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Bryce Douvier (201-F-91, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Portugal) led Ovarense to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Maia Basket (3-19) 72-62 in the Portuguese LPB on Sunday night. Douvier scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 25 minutes. Ovarense Dolce Vita (11-11) is placed eighth in the LPB. The Regular Season already ended. Douvier has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg, 10.0rpg and 1.1apg in 22 games he played so far. Douvier is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Austria.

   #2. Luka Asceric (202-SG-97, currently plays in France) managed to help Lille Metropole Basket in a 3-point victory against the closely-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (11-8) 74-71 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. Asceric recorded 5 points in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lille Metropole Basket (11-8) is placed fourth in the ProB. This year Asceric's total stats are: 5.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.7apg in 16 games.

   #3. Experienced Michael Kaiser (195-G/F-82, currently plays in Germany) could not help Herzogenaurach (4-17) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the 13th-placed Herzogenaurach (4-17) was defeated 89-75 at home by the leading Coburg in the South-East group. Kaiser was the top scorer with 17 points. Kaiser is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his ninth year in Herzogenaurach's roster. He has reliable stats this season: 14.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.7apg and 1.5spg.

Other top Austrian players, who play abroad:

Marvin Ogunsipe (204-F-96) plays for Bayern Muenchen in German BBL
David Kramer (191-PG-97) plays for ratiopharm Ulm in German BBL
Josip Popic (210-C-98) plays for Cibona in Croatian A1
Nikola Zdravkovic (197-F-0) plays for Borac in Serbian KLS
Thomas Schreiner (195-PG-87) plays for Andorra in Spanish Liga Endesa
Jakob Poeltl (213-F-95) plays for Toronto Raptors in the NBA
Thomas Klepeisz (186-PG-91) plays for Braunschweig in German BBL
Joe Dean Shaw (199-F-87) plays for Nantes in French ProB
Jakob Seifert (200-C-95) plays for Slavoj BK Litomerice in Czech Republic 1Liga

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



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D1 Round 14: NTD beat Veterans in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in D1 just ended. What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

An exciting game was played in Baku. Second ranked NTD faced 4th ranked Veterans. Guests from (11-1) smashed host Veterans (4-8) 113-34. NTD have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 11-1 record having just one point less than leader Dervish. Newly promoted Veterans dropped to the fifth place with eight games lost.
The game in was also worth to mention about. Third ranked 80-ies (8-3) played at the court of 6th ranked AzDNSU (3-9). 80-ies defeated AzDNSU 91-79. 80-ies have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted 80-ies maintains third position with 8-3 record having just three points less than leader Dervish. AzDNSU at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the sixth place with nine games lost.

Veterans - NTD 34-113

An exciting game was played in Baku. Second ranked NTD faced 4th ranked Veterans. Guests from (11-1) smashed host Veterans (4-8) 113-34. NTD have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 11-1 record having just one point less than leader Dervish. Newly promoted Veterans dropped to the fifth place with eight games lost.
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AzDNSU - 80-ies 79-91

The game in was also worth to mention about. Third ranked 80-ies (8-3) played at the court of 6th ranked AzDNSU (3-9). 80-ies defeated AzDNSU 91-79. 80-ies have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted 80-ies maintains third position with 8-3 record having just three points less than leader Dervish. AzDNSU at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the sixth place with nine games lost.
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  BAHAMAS  


David Nesbitt selected the top Bahamian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

David Nesbitt
David Nesbitt
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward David Nesbitt (200-91, college: St.Thomas, FL, currently plays in Argentina). He could not help Olimpico de La Banda (18-18) in their last game. Despite Nesbitt's very good performance the seventh-placed Olimpico de La Banda (18-18) was edged 92-90 on the road by the higher-ranked (#5) Obras Basket in the Norte group. He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Nesbitt also added 9 rebounds in 25 minutes on the court. It was Olimpico de La Banda's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Nesbitt has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 2FGP: 48.5%, 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 84.6% in four games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Bahamas senior national team.

Buddy Hield
Buddy Hield
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Buddy Hield (193-93, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in NBA). Hield was the major contributor in a Sacramento Kings' victory against the Denver Nuggets (26-33) 116-100 in the NBA on Thursday night. He scored 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 26 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Hield's third season in pro basketball. The Sacramento Kings have 25-34 record this season. Hield has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 66.7%, 3FGP: 37.5% in two games. Hield played for the Bahamas national team in 2014.

Michael Carey Jr.
Michael Carey Jr.
   #3. The Bahamas player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Michael Carey Jr. (196-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA. Carey Jr. was not able to help the Wagner (8-6) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Wagner lost 84-88 in Brooklyn to the Long Island University. Carey Jr. scored 24 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 43 minutes. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This year Carey Jr. has relatively solid stats: 12.2ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 48.3%, 3FGP: 21.9% and FT: 74.3% in 27 games. He is also a member of the Bahamas senior national team.

Travis Munnings
Travis Munnings
   #4. Forward Travis Munnings (198-94, currently studies in the States) led La-Monroe to a victory against the Appalachian State University (6-9) 75-64 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Munnings scored 21 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The University of Louisiana at Monroe has not so impressive 1-12 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. Munnings has reliable stats this season: 12.5ppg, 8.0rpg and 2.1apg. He is also Bahamas national team player.

Dwight Coleby
Dwight Coleby
   #5. Former international forward Dwight Coleby (206-94, is currently at the American university) contributed to Kansas' victory against the The University of Texas (14-0) 77-67 in the NCAA last Saturday. He scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The University of Kansas have quite an impressive 10-2 conference record this season. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Coleby's overall stats this season are: 1.8ppg and 2.0rpg. He used to play for the Bahamas national team three years ago.

Lourawls Nairn
Lourawls Nairn
   #6. Point guard Lourawls Nairn (179-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the University of Nebraska (1-11) 88-72 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Nairn recorded 7 points and added 5 assists in 27 minutes. The Michigan State University has a solid 8-5 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Nairn's overall stats are: 3.9ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.8apg in 28 games. He has a dual citizenship: Bahamas and American. Nairn is a former U17 international player as he played for the Bahamas team six years ago.

Bennet Davis
Bennet Davis
   #7. An experienced former international forward Bennet Davis (206-84, agency: Inception Sports, college: Northeastern, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for SAP Vaucluse (10-15) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Davis' good performance SAP Vaucluse was crushed 88-61 in Saint Vallier by the higher-ranked Saint Vallier (#10). He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Davis also added 4 rebounds. Davis averaged so far 11.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.1apg and 1.1spg. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He used to play for the Bahamas national team three years ago.

Christopher Turnquest
Christopher Turnquest
   #8. Power forward Christopher Turnquest (203-83, college: Miles CC, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Arenys (9-9) in their last game. Despite Turnquest's good performance Arenys (#7) lost 71-81 at home to the second-ranked Martorell in the Group C-A. He scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 31 minutes. Turnquest's stats this year are: 10.1ppg and 5.9rpg in 17 games. He used to play for the Bahamas national team back in 2006.

Shamar Burrows
Shamar Burrows
   #9. Former U16 international guard Shamar Burrows (190-97, currently plays in Canada) couldn't help the Laurier University (9-11) in their game against the Voyageurs (9-11) in the Canadian university league CIS. He recorded 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. The Laurier University (#2) was badly defeated 88-72 in Sudbury, ON by the Voyageurs. The Conferences Tournaments already ended. This year Burrows' total stats are: 6.2ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.1apg and 1.5spg in 21 games. He used to play for the Bahamas U16 national team four years ago.

J.R. Cadot
J.R. Cadot
   #10. Swingman J.R. Cadot (196-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: TCU, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Ametx Zornotza in a 3-point victory against the closely-ranked Moron (12-10) 70-67 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 19 minutes. Ametx Zornotza (12-10) is placed seventh in the LEB Silver. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Cadot's first season with the team. Cadot has averaged so far 9.3ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.7apg in 10 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bahamas National Team roster.

   #11. Former international forward Tavario Miller (203-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a Texas A&M's surprising victory against the The University of Alabama 56-53 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Miller scored only 2 points. He has averaged so far 3.1ppg and 2.8rpg. Miller used to play for the Bahamas national team two years ago.

   #12. Former international center Gjio Bain (211-85, college: S.Mississippi, currently plays in Indonesia) couldn't help Bima Perkasa in their game against Satria Muda in the Indonesian IBL. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 19 minutes. It was his first game for Bima Perkasa this season. His team was crushed by 39 points 83-44. Bain used to play for the Bahamas national team back in 2011.

   #13. Former U17 international guard Mikhail Rolle (190-94, currently plays in NAIA) couldn't help the Saint Thomas University in their game against the Thomas University in the TSC. Rolle scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. His team lost 68-75 in the TSC. He has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg in 18 games. Rolle used to play for the Bahamas U17 national team six years ago.

   #14. International forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Hap.Haifa (7-13) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance Hap.Haifa was badly defeated 93-73 in Givataim by the much higher-ranked Hapoel Ramat Gan (#4). Burrows recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 assists, 3 blocks and 3 steals. This season Burrows has very high stats. He averages: 22.8ppg, 10.4rpg, 1.7apg and 2.0spg. Burrows plays currently for the Bahamas national team.

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

   #1. Klay Thompson (201-G-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in a Golden State Warriors' victory against the Brooklyn Nets (9-49) 112-95 in the NBA last Saturday. Thompson scored 24 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). The Golden State Warriors have a very good 49-9 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Thompson's sixth year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Thompson averages: 22.1ppg, 3.8rpg and 2.1apg. He has a dual citizenship: Bahamas and American.

   #2. Jonathan Fairell (201-F-93, agency: Duran International, college: Murray St., currently plays in France) led SPO Rouen to a victory over the closely-ranked Denain Voltaire (9-10) 75-57 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Fairell recorded 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds; not bad, considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. SPO Rouen Basket (8-11) is placed 15th in the ProB. This season Fairell has relatively solid stats: 14.2ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bahamas and American.

   #3. Zane Knowles (208-C-92, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Poland). Knowles could not help Stabill (3-19) to beat Polpharma (11-11). He scored 7 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 32 minutes. The bottom-ranked Stabill lost 62-77 on the road to the higher-ranked (#12) Polpharma. It was Stabill's sixth consecutive loss in a row. It's Knowles' first season with the team. Knowles' stats this year are: 12.5ppg, 10.9rpg and 1.6bpg in 14 games he played so far.

   #4. Trevon Grant (185-G, currently plays in Canada) contributed to an easy victory against the Sea Hawks (11-9) 97-82 in the Canadian university league CIS in Friday night's game. He scored 11 points, grabbed 4 boards, dished 6 assists and stole 3 balls. The Acadia University has 11-9 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. It's Grant's first year with the team. Grant averaged so far 10.6ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg.

   #5. Dynile Forbes (190-G-87, college: La-Monroe, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Gandia (7-15) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Gandia was badly defeated 92-73 in Tarragona by the higher-ranked (#13) CB _2017. Forbes was the top scorer with 17 points in a mere 17 minutes. Forbes has very impressive stats this year: 15.3ppg and 2.8rpg in six games.

   #6. Brad Nairn (198-F, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to a Henderson State University's victory against the SW Oklahoma State University 97-91 in the NCAA2 last Saturday. Nairn scored 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Nairn's total stats this season are: 5.9ppg and 4.4rpg.

   #7. Shaquille Cleare (203-C-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Texas in their game against the University of Kansas in the NCAA. Cleare scored only 4 points and blocked 2 blocks. His team were defeated 77-67. Cleare has averaged so far 8.0ppg and 4.7rpg.

   #8. Azaro Roker (198-F, currently plays in Canada) managed to help St.Francis Xavier in a 1-point victory against the Panthers 94-93 in the Canadian CIS in Saturday night's game. He scored only 2 points in 2 minutes on the court. Roker has averaged so far 2.0ppg and 2.3rpg in 18 games.

   #9. Prince Cooper (193-G-93, currently studies in the States) helped La-Monroe win their game against the Appalachian State University 75-64 in the NCAA last Saturday. He scored only 2 points. Cooper has averaged so far 3.8ppg and 1.8rpg.

   #10. Shavanno Cooper (198-F-92, currently plays in NCAA2) helped Palm Beach Atlantic University win their game against the Florida Institute of Technology 80-76 in the NCAA2 in Saturday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. Cooper also added and 3 steals. He has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg.



Szczecin lands Zane Knowles - by Eurobasket News

King Szczecin (PLK) tabbed 25-year old Bahamas center Zane Knowles (208-116kg-92, college: Texas A&M-CC) from Siarka. In 14 PLK games in Poland he averaged 12.5ppg, 10.9rpg and 1.6bpg this season.
Knowles' team was regular season runner-up in Southland Conference in 2014.
He has played previously professionally also in Japan (Tokyo Cinq Reves and Wakayama Trians).
Knowles attended Texas A&M - Corpus Christi until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Poland



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Vitali Liutych's 30 points make him top Belarusian player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Vitali Liutych
Vitali Liutych
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Vitali Liutych (198-92, currently plays in VTB United League). He could not help Kalev/Cramo (4-13) in their last game. Despite Liutych's very good performance Kalev/Cramo lost 82-91 at home to the higher-ranked (#7) Enisey. He was the top scorer with 30 points. Liutych also added 5 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. Liutych has relatively good stats this year: 14.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 57.3%(47-82), 3FGP: 41.5% and FT: 79.1% in 14 games he played so far. Ex-Tsmoki-Minsk player is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Artsiom Parakhouski
Artsiom Parakhouski
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (211-87, college: Radford, currently plays in VTB United League). He was not able to help Unics Kazan (11-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Parakhouski's very good performance Unics Kazan was defeated 92-88 on the road by the leading CSKA. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Parakhouski also added 5 rebounds and 3 assists. This season Parakhouski has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 66.9%(81-121) and FT: 63.3%. He is in the roster of the Belarusian senior national team.

Maalik Wayns
Maalik Wayns
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Maalik Wayns (185-91, college: Villanova, currently plays in Israel). Wayns was the major contributor in a Maccabi Rishon's victory against one of league's weakest teams Maccabi Ashdod (6-14) crushing them 80-58 in the Israeli Winner League on Sunday night. He recorded 15 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals in 31 minutes. Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (10-10) is placed seventh in the Winner League. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Wayns has reliable stats this year: 14.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.8apg, 1.5spg, 3FGP: 39.4% and FT: 70.6% in 12 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Wayns played previously for the USA U18 national team, he is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team. Strangely Wayns has never played in Belarus.

Aliaksandr Pustahvar
Aliaksandr Pustahvar
   #4. Small forward Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-85, currently plays in Hungary) was not able to secure a victory for Falco KC (12-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Falco KC was defeated 92-81 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Kormend (#3). Pustahvar recorded 13 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks. Pustahvar's stats this season are: 13.7ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.3apg. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. Pustahvar is also Belarusian national team player.

Vladimir Veremeenko
Vladimir Veremeenko
   #5. An experienced former international forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help Brose Baskets (8-15) in their game against Zalgiris (10-13) in the Euroleague. He scored only 4 points in 3 minutes on the court. The 12th-placed Brose Baskets (8-15) lost 86-91 in Kaunas 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 is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Russian. Veremeenko used to play for the Belarusian national team ten years ago.

Valery Gandlin
Valery Gandlin
   #6. Guard Valery Gandlin (192-86, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Ironi Ramat Gan (2-18) in their game against Galil Elion (9-11) in the Israeli National League (second division). Despite his very good performance on Tuesday night He scored 18 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals. Gandlin averaged so far 11.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.8apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Belarusian senior team three years ago.

Anton Astapkovich
Anton Astapkovich
   #7. Former U18 international forward Anton Astapkovich (202-94, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) couldn't help Avtodor (7-7) in their game against EWE Baskets (10-4) in the Basketball Champions League. Astapkovich cannot count it as his best performance. He scored only 2 points in 3 minutes on the court. Avtodor (#4) lost 89-98 in Oldenburg to the higher-ranked (#3) EWE Baskets in the group B of Basketball Champions League. It's Astapkovich's first season with the team. This year Astapkovich averages just 1.1ppg in 11 games. He used to play for the Belarusian U18 national team six years ago.

Denis Vikentsyeu
Denis Vikentsyeu
   #8. Power forward Denis Vikentsyeu (203-98, currently plays in Latvia) led Ventspils Augstskola to a victory against the sixth-ranked Valmiera/ORDO-2 (6-6) 82-76 in the Latvian LBL2 (second division) on Saturday night. Vikentsyeu had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 14 rebounds. He also added 6 assists, 2 blocks and 3 steals in 36 minutes. BK Ventspils Augstskola (14-1) is placed first in Places 13-21 group. Vikentsyeu's team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And now that game is very crucial. Vikentsyeu has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 10.4rpg, 2.3apg and 1.7spg in 23 games. Vikentsyeu plays currently for the Belarusian U18 national team.

Maksim Salash
Maksim Salash
   #9. International power forward Maksim Salash (206-96, currently plays in Poland) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams AZS Polfarmex (4-17) in their game against TBV Start (5-16) in the Polish PLK. He scored 5 points. AZS Polfarmex was defeated 81-77 in Lublin by the higher-ranked TBV Start (#15). It was AZS Polfarmex's third consecutive loss in a row. Salash's overall stats this season are: 4.0ppg and 3.0rpg. He is also in the roster of the Belarusian national team.

Vlad Mikulskiy
Vlad Mikulskiy
   #10. Guard Vlad Mikulskiy (192-98, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Denis Vikentsyeu and both played together in the last Latvian LBL2 game. Mikulskiy contributed to a Ventspils Augstskola's victory against the sixth-ranked Valmiera/ORDO-2 (6-6) 82-76. He scored 13 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 26 minutes. Mikulskiy's stats this year are: 13.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 3.4apg and 2.7spg in 19 games. He is U18 international player who is currently on the Belarusian National Team roster.

   #11. U18 international forward Yauhen Massalski (204-99, currently plays in Lithuania) couldn't help Perlas-MRU in their game against Vytis in the Lithuanian NKL (second division). Massalski cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 75-61. Massalski's overall stats this season are: 3.9ppg and 4.2rpg. He plays currently for the Belarusian U18 national team.

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

   #1. Valentin Iurchik (210-C/F-87, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, currently plays in Russia). Iurchik could not help Ryazan (5-15) to beat Universitet-Yugra (13-5). He scored 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. But Ryazan was badly defeated 89-72 at home by the much higher-ranked Universitet-Yugra (#3). There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Iurchik's overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.5apg. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian.

   #2. Vladislav Solopa (202-PF-95, currently plays in Romania) managed to help SCM CSU Craiova to win against the leader Steaua CSM 81-79 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Friday night. Solopa recorded only 3 points. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 7-10. SCM CSU Craiovais placed first. Solopa's overall stats this season are: 3.1ppg and 2.2rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Moldovan.

   #3. Mikita Balaban (201-C/F-96, currently plays in Lithuania) was not able to help KTU in their game against Zalgiris II (23-15) in the Lithuanian NKL (second division). Balaban scored 5 points in 20 minutes. KTU (#5) was crushed 83-61 in a derby game by the leading Zalgiris II in the Places 8-14 group. It was KTU's fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. This year Balaban's overall stats are: 2.8ppg and 1.7rpg in 14 games he played so far. He has both Belarusian and Lithuanian nationalities.



Sergej Vabischevich claims Belarusian Premier League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Sergej Vabischevich (191-G-88) had a great game in the last round for BSEU-GrandPrint and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 28-year old guard had a double-double of 31 points and twelve rebounds, while his team outclassed Brest (#8, 4-22) with 37-point margin 105-68. BSEU-GrandPrint maintains the 6th position in Belarusian Premier League. BSEU-GrandPrint is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-18 record. In the team's last game Vabischevich had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He turned to be BSEU-GrandPrint's top player in his first season with the team. Vabischevich has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.1ppg. Vabischevich is in league's top in assists (9th best: 4.2apg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 35-year old forward Dmitriy Dmitruk (198-F-81) of Brest. Dmitruk impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Brest lost that game 68-105 to slightly higher-ranked BSEU-GrandPrint (#6, 8-18). Brest is still second from the bottom in the standings. 22 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Brest managed to get this year. Dmitruk is a newcomer at Brest and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another BSEU-GrandPrint's star - Ilyas Salsanov (198-F-89). Salsanov scored 18 points. He was another key player of BSEU-GrandPrint, helping his team with a 105-68 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Brest (#8, 4-22). The chances of BSEU-GrandPrint not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 18 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Salsanov could try to bring BSEU-GrandPrint's a little bit higher in the standings. Salsanov has a very solid season. In 3 games in Belarus he scored 10.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Valentin Nazarov (185-G-97) of BSEU-GrandPrint - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Vitaliy Lebedev (200-F/C-99) of BSEU-GrandPrint - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Sergey Moshko (185-G-90) of Brest - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Maksim Samusik (187-G-96) of Brest - 6 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Stainslau Ulyanka (194-F-99) of BSEU-GrandPrint - 6 points and 4 rebounds
9. Konstantin Solyshko (196-F-96) of Brest - 8 points and 2 rebounds
10. Maksim Sazonau (202-F-96) of BSEU-GrandPrint - 8 points and 6 rebounds

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



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  BELGIUM  

D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nick CELIS
  Oxaco
  (196-G-88)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Celis, Oxaco19.3 
 2. Moris, Royal Brussels18.9 
 3. Lhoest, Ninane18.8 
 4. Lambrecht, Gistel O.17.6 
 5. Van-Hoey, Oxaco16.7 
 6. Baptista, Gistel O.16.6 
 7. Wachowiak, Gembo B.16.5 
 8. Hilliman, Melsele16.4 
 9. Guillemyn, Waregem16.1 
 10. Gorremans, Soba16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Francois LHOEST
  Ninane
  (196-F/C-85)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Lhoest, Ninane14.1 
 2. Dierickx, Ieper10.8 
 3. Hilliman, Melsele9.7 
 4. Lambrecht, Gistel O.9.2 
 5. Moris, Royal Brussels8.3 
 6. Fall, Ieper7.5 
 7. Gorremans, Soba7.4 
 8. Celis, Oxaco7.4 
 9. Vermeersch, Gembo B.7.3 
 10. De-Pooter, Gent H.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Laurent LHOTE
  Gent Hawks
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Lhote, Gent Hawks4.6 
 2. Hemeleers, Gistel O.4.6 
 3. Celis, Oxaco4.3 
 4. Goethaert, Gembo B.4.1 
 5. Mwendanga, Giants B.3.8 
 6. Kanda-K., Giants B3.4 
 7. Maesen, Houthalen3.3 
 8. Lhoest, Ninane3.3 
 9. Snyers, Houthalen3.0 
 10. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Lars DE LEPELEIRE
  Wareg.
  (175-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.2.2 
 2. Benzouien, Royal B.2.1 
 3. Goethaert, Gembo B.2.0 
 4. Celis, Oxaco1.6 
 5. Van-Hoey, Oxaco1.6 
 6. Van-d., Ekeren1.5 
 7. Wachowiak, Gembo B.1.5 
 8. Riahi, RPC A.1.4 
 9. Hall, Royal Brussels1.4 
 10. Mwendanga, Giants B.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Malick FALL
  Ieper
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 1
 1. Fall, Ieper1.0 
 2. Hilliman, Melsele1.0 
 3. Vermeersch, Gembo B.0.9 
 4. De-Pooter, Gent H.0.7 
 5. Samaey, Waregem0.7 
 6. Dierickx, Ieper0.7 
 7. Van-d., Gent Hawks0.6 
 8. Rogiers, Giants B0.6 
 9. Wachowiak, Gembo B.0.6 
 10. Iliaens, Gembo BBC0.5 


Wolves Verviers-Pepinster will not file EuroMillions Basketball League licence application​ - by Bert Larsimont

In a short release published on the club's official website last week, the VOO Wolves Verviers-Pepinster staff announced that the club will not request a licence to the EuroMillions Basketball League for the 2017-18 season. Despite much energy spent and much dynamism displayed by the Wolves' staff, some partners and several supporters during the last few months, the necessary funds for the new project and for filing a licence application in order to join the EuroMillions League in 2017-18 could not be gathered.

VOO Wolves Verviers-Pepinster had played in Belgium's top league for 31 consecutive seasons and reached the play-off finals in 2003. The club won the Belgian SuperCup in 2003. The Wolves also participated ten times in major European competitions.
In 1993, Go Pass Pepinster also reached the Belgian Cup Final (defeated by Maes Pils Mechelen).
Already at the end of the 2015-16 season, the club did not meet the conditions to stay in the pro league and eventually had to give up the idea of filing a EuroMillions League licence application.

Here is the hyperlink pointing to last week's release: http://www.wolves-vervierspepinster.be/actus/news/divers3/item/809-wolves-verviers-pepinster-n-introduira-pas-de-demande-de-licence-pour-l-euromillions-league (in French).



Yves Defraigne leaves Belfius Mons-Hainaut - by Patrick Ceulemans

Yves Defraigne (51) has handed in his resignation as head coach of Belfius Mons-Hainaut which the club's management has accepted. Current assistant coach Frank Demeulemeester will take over head coaching duties until the end of the season. Yves Defraigne coached Mons from 1999 until 2005 and from 2012 until present. He played with Belfius Mons-Hainaut from 1994 to 1999. Belfius Mons-Hainaut had a difficult season in the EuroMillions Basketball League. After 21 rounds it's rankend at spot number 8 with only 29 points.




Euromillions League Round 21: Spirou Charleroi is upset by Limburg United - by Eurobasket News

The game between third ranked Spirou Charleroi (11-10) and sixth ranked Limburg United (11-10) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Spirou Charleroi was defeated by Limburg United in a tough game in Charleroi 76-81. Limburg United dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Spirou Charleroi's 28. The best player for the winners was American forward Seth Tuttle (203-92, college: N.Iowa) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international forward Wen-Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard DJ Richardson (190-91, college: Illinois, agency: Inception Sports) who recorded 24 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Limburg United have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Spirou Charleroi. Limburg United is looking forward to face league's leader Oostende at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Spirou Charleroi will play against Okapi Aalstar and is hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Oostende. First ranked Oostende faced 4th placed Basic-Fit Brussels. Host Oostende (17-4) defeated guests from Brussels (11-10) 88-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Basic-Fit Brussels. It was a good game for international forward Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-91) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!). DJ Newbill contributed with 11 points and 8 assists for the winners. American forward Jeremy Simmons (204-89, college: Charleston) answered with 13 points and 6 rebounds for Basic-Fit Brussels. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Oostende. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-4 record. Basic-Fit Brussels at the other side dropped to the third position with ten games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Oostende will play against Limburg United (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Basic-Fit Brussels will play against Belfius Mons-Hainaut and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Aalstar. Local Okapi Aalstar (11-11) outscored 10th ranked Liege Basket (6-16) 93-66 on Saturday night. Olivier Troisfontaines stepped up and scored 25 points and 6 steals for the winners. Okapi Aalstar's coach Steve Ibens felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Boris Penninck with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Okapi Aalstar maintains seventh place with 11-11 record. Liege Basket lost their fifth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Okapi Aalstar will meet higher ranked Spirou Charleroi (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Liege Basket will play against the league's second-placed Antwerp Giants (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.

In the last two games of round 21 Leuven was defeated by Antwerp in a road game 93-81. Kangoeroes beat Mons-Hainaut at home 81-69.
The best stats of 21th round was 18 points and 10 assists by Jason Clark of Antwerp.

Aalstar - Liege 93-66

The game with biggest result difference took place in Aalstar. Local Okapi Aalstar (11-11) outscored 10th ranked Liege Basket (6-16) 93-66 on Saturday night. Okapi Aalstar made 21-of-22 free shots (95.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Liege Basket turnovers. The former international swingman Olivier Troisfontaines (192-89, agency: LBM Management) stepped up and scored 25 points and 6 steals for the winners and Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP, agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 14 points and 12 rebounds. Troisfontaines is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Okapi Aalstar players scored in double figures. Okapi Aalstar's coach Steve Ibens felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was center Boris Penninck (202-88, agency: Promotex) with 14 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Stephane Moris (208-86, agency: Promotex) scored 6 points and 8 rebounds. Okapi Aalstar maintains seventh place with 11-11 record. Liege Basket lost their fifth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Okapi Aalstar will meet higher ranked Spirou Charleroi (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Liege Basket will play against the league's second-placed Antwerp Giants (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Aalstar: O.Troisfontaines 25+4reb+3ast, J.Tofi 14+12reb+2ast, B.Amis 13+11reb+1ast, M.Landis 11+2reb+2ast, S.Geukens 10+2reb+2ast, T.De Thaey 8+7reb+2ast
Liege: B.Penninck 14+8reb+1ast, J.Fields 10+6reb+1ast, Y.Hertay 10+1reb, V.Simpson 9+2reb+5ast, L.Giancaterino 9+1reb, S.Moris 6+8reb+3ast
gschID: 478793


Antwerp - Leuven 93-81

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Leuven Bears (6-15) were defeated on the road by second ranked Antwerp Giants (14-7) 93-81 on Saturday. Antwerp Giants forced 20 Leuven Bears turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American forward Ryan Anderson (206-92, college: Arizona) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import power forward Gavin Ware (206-93, college: Mississippi St.) chipped in 21 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Australian swingman Clint Steindl (200-89, college: St.Mary's, CA) with 24 points and Egyptian-American center Omar Samhan (211-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Leuven Bears' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Antwerp Giants maintains second place with 14-7 record having just three points less than leader Oostende. Leuven Bears lost their third game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 15 games lost. Antwerp Giants will meet bottom-ranked Liege Basket (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Leuven Bears will play against Kangoeroes and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Antwerp: R.Anderson 21+12reb+1ast, G.Ware 21+9reb+3ast, J.Clark 18+3reb+10ast, D.Conger 16+2reb+3ast, M.Smith 8+1reb+2ast, C.Hawkins 7+2reb+3ast
Leuven: C.Steindl 24+3reb+1ast, O.Samhan 16+7reb+3ast, T.Setty 14+6reb, C.Miller-McIntyre 11+4reb+6ast, K.Billbury 6+4reb+3ast, I.Bako 4+3reb
gschID: 478795


Oostende - Brussels 88-76

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Oostende. First ranked Oostende faced 4th placed Basic-Fit Brussels. Host Oostende (17-4) defeated guests from Brussels (11-10) 88-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Basic-Fit Brussels. Oostende shot 60.3 percent from the field. They outrebounded Basic-Fit Brussels 34-22 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Oostende players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. It was a good game for international forward Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-91) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!). American guard DJ Newbill (193-92, college: Penn St.) contributed with 11 points and 8 assists for the winners. American forward Jeremy Simmons (204-89, college: Charleston) answered with 13 points and 6 rebounds and the former international point guard Domien Loubry (186-85) added 15 points and 4 assists in the effort for Basic-Fit Brussels. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Oostende. Defending champion maintains first place with 17-4 record. Basic-Fit Brussels at the other side dropped to the third position with ten games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Oostende will play against Limburg United (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Basic-Fit Brussels will play against Belfius Mons-Hainaut and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Oostende: P.Gillet 21+5reb+4ast, C.Walden 13+2reb+3ast, K.Boukichou 12+5reb+2ast, D.Newbill 11+3reb+8ast, V.Kesteloot 9+8reb+1ast, R.Katic 8+2reb+1ast
Brussels: D.Loubry 15+4ast, T.Bray 14+1reb+2ast, J.Simmons 13+6reb+1ast, B.Ubel 10+5reb+3ast, A.Peciukevicius 7+1reb+3ast, C.Dowe 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 478794


Kangoeroes - Mons-Hainaut 81-69

No shocking result in a game in Willebroek where fifth ranked Kangoeroes (11-10) defeated 8th ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (8-13) 81-69 on Saturday. They outrebounded Belfius Mons-Hainaut 33-20 including 24 on the defensive glass. American point guard Wesley Channels (190-88, college: Austin Peay St.) stepped up and scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and Senegalese power forward Pape Badji (208-92) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Tre Demps (188-93, college: Northwestern) with 20 points and the other American import swingman Garlon Green (201-91, college: TCU) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. The victory was the third consecutive win for Kangoeroes. They moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Belfius Mons-Hainaut lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 13 games lost. Kangoeroes will meet Leuven Bears (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will play against Basic-Fit Brussels and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kangoeroes: W.Channels 18+5reb+7ast, T.Henry 13+6reb+1ast, P.Badji 12+8reb+1ast, I.Williams 9+4reb+2ast, T.Deroover 8+3reb, D.Donkor 6+2reb+1ast
Mons-Hainaut: T.Demps 20+1reb, I.Lasisi 12+2reb, G.Green 10+6reb, A.Olah 8+4reb+3ast, L.Bosco 7+1reb+3ast, A.Gorgemans 6+1ast
gschID: 478792


Spirou - Limburg United 76-81

The game between third ranked Spirou Charleroi (11-10) and sixth ranked Limburg United (11-10) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Spirou Charleroi was defeated by Limburg United in a tough game in Charleroi 76-81. Limburg United dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Spirou Charleroi's 28. The best player for the winners was American forward Seth Tuttle (203-92, college: N.Iowa) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international forward Wen-Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. Five Limburg United players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard DJ Richardson (190-91, college: Illinois, agency: Inception Sports) who recorded 24 points and Canadian-Jamaican swingman Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Limburg United have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Spirou Charleroi. Limburg United is looking forward to face league's leader Oostende at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Spirou Charleroi will play against Okapi Aalstar and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Limburg United: S.Tuttle 13+10reb+7ast, Y.Desiron 13+4reb+1ast, D.Jansen 12+3reb+1ast, W.Boss Mukubu 11+6reb+2ast, J.Swing 10+4reb+1ast, B.Simons 8+1reb+1ast
Spirou: D.Richardson 24+4reb+1ast, A.Libert 12+2ast, J.Shepherd 11+5reb+4ast, I.Iarochevitch 8+6reb+1ast, I.Radenovic 6+5reb+2ast, D.Harris 5+2reb
gschID: 478791





Matt Lojeski selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Matt Lojeski
Matt Lojeski
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Greece). He contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Apollon Patras (5-14) 87-70 in the Greek A1 in Monday night's game. Lojeski recorded 9 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 25 minutes on the court. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (16-0) is placed first in the A1. So far his team won all sixteen games in the Regular Season. It's Lojeski's fourth season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 64.1%(41-64), 3FGP: 45.5%(35-77) and FT: 86.4% in 18 games he played so far. Lojeski is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team. Lojeski used to play for Okapi Aalstar in Belgian league.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in Spain). He managed to help Valencia Basket in a victory against one of league's weakest teams Joventut (6-15) 77-72 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Saturday night. Van Rossom recorded 5 points and added 6 passes in 23 minutes. Valencia Basket (15-5) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Van Rossom has been at the team for four years. This season he averages: 4.8ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 51.9%, 3FGP: 37.2% in 17 games. Van Rossom is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain). He led RETAbet BB to a victory against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (3-18) 86-79 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Hervelle recorded 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. RETAbet Bilbao Basket (10-10) is placed ninth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Hervelle plays seventh season for the team. His overall stats this year are: 6.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.8apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 45.8%, 3FGP: 27.9% and FT: 76.2%. Hervelle is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Elias Lasisi
Elias Lasisi
   #4. Swingman Elias Lasisi (192-92, currently plays in France) could not help Le Portel (8-12) in their last game. Despite his good performance Le Portel lost 66-76 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#4) JSF Nanterre. Lasisi scored 13 points in 24 minutes. It was his first game for Le Portel this season. Lasisi is also Belgian national team player.

Jonathan Tabu
Jonathan Tabu
   #5. International point guard Jonathan Tabu (189-85, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Axel Hervelle and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Tabu contributed to a RETAbet BB's victory against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (3-18) 86-79. He recorded only 3 points and added 6 passes. It's Tabu's first season with the team. Tabu's overall stats this year are: 7.7ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.3apg. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Congolese. Tabu plays currently for the Belgian national team.

Kamal Tall
Kamal Tall
   #6. Forward Kamal Tall (203-95, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to help the Montana St. - Billings in their game against the Concordia University, OR in the NCAA2. Despite his very good performance last Thursday He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA2. Tall's overall stats this season are: 6.5ppg and 4.9rpg. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Belgian team four years ago.

Manu Lecomte
Manu Lecomte
   #7. International point guard Manu Lecomte (180-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Baylor win their game against the The University of Oklahoma (11-3) 60-54 in the NCAA in Tuesday night's game. Lecomte scored 11 points and added 6 assists. The Baylor University has a solid 9-4 conference record this season. It was his team's 13th 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 season Lecomte has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.9apg. He is also Belgian national team player.

Quentin Serron
Quentin Serron
   #8. Guard Quentin Serron (190-90, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Gravelines-Dunkerque (11-9) in their game against Strasbourg IG (11-9) in the French ProA. Serron cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 18 minutes. It was his first game for Gravelines-Dunkerque this season. Gravelines-Dunkerque lost 64-72 in Strasbourg to the higher-ranked (#6) Strasbourg IG. Serron plays currently for the Belgian national team.

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

   #1. Andrija Coric (199-F/G-95, currently plays in Croatia) led Cibona to a victory over the league outsider Kvarner (2-16) 98-86 in the Croatian A1 last Friday. He was MVP of the game. Coric scored 16 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (14-4) is placed third in the A1. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. It's Coric's first season with the team. This year he averages: 6.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.3apg. Coric has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Croatian. Despite his Belgian passport, Coric previously played for the Croatian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belgian team.

   #2. Christopher Jones (186-G-90, currently plays in Luxembourg) could not help T71 (12-9) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the fifth-placed T71 (12-9) lost 89-102 on the road to the lower-ranked (#6) Sparta in the Places 1-6 group. Jones was the top scorer with 30 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 35 minutes. Jones has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 3.0apg and 2.8spg in four games he played so far. Jones is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Luxembourg.

   #3. Ruphin Kayembe (200-F/C-92, currently plays in France) was not able to help Souffelweyersheim in their game against Lorient (10-15) in the French NM1 (third division). Kayembe recorded 8 points in only 9 minutes. Souffelweyersheim lost 65-71 on the opponent's court to the much lower-ranked (#16) Lorient. This year Kayembe has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.6apg in 25 games. He has both DR Congolese and Belgian nationalities.

   #4. Jonathan Dubas (204-F/C-91, currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to secure a victory for Monthey (13-4) in their game against Boncourt (7-11) in the Swiss LNA. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Dubas recorded only 2 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Monthey was defeated 80-68 at home by the lower-ranked Boncourt (#8). There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Dubas' overall stats this season are: 7.9ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg. He also holds two passports: Belgian and Swiss.

   #5. Charly Pontens (190-PG-95, currently plays in France) managed to help ADA Blois Basket 41 in a victory against the 16th-ranked Saint-Quentin (8-11) 62-53 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. Pontens recorded only 3 points in 12 minutes. ADA Blois Basket 41 (10-9) is placed seventh in the ProB. This year Pontens' overall stats are: 2.7ppg and 1.8apg in 16 games. He has dual citizenship: Belgian and French.



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  BOSNIA  


Ognjen Kuzmic selected the top Bosnian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ognjen Kuzmic
Ognjen Kuzmic
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-90, currently plays in Euroleague). He was the major contributor in a Crvena Zvezda's victory against the bottom-ranked Galatasaray (7-16) 77-58 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Kuzmic scored 16 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in a mere 17 minutes on the court. Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (13-10) is placed sixth in group A. Kuzmic has relatively good stats this year: 10.1ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 56.8%(92-162) and FT: 69.6% in 23 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian. Kuzmic played for the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team five years ago.

Emir Sulejmanovic
Emir Sulejmanovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Emir Sulejmanovic (204-95, currently plays in ABA League). He could not help Cibona (11-12) in their last game on Monday. Despite Sulejmanovic's very good performance Cibona was defeated 89-85 in a derby game by the second-ranked Cedevita. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Sulejmanovic also added 6 rebounds. There are only three games left until the end of the ABA League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Sulejmanovic averages: 7.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 2FGP: 59.0%(49-83), 3FGP: 28.1% and FT: 51.9%. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Finnish. Sulejmanovic is in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Dzanan Musa
Dzanan Musa
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Dzanan Musa (204-99, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Croatia). He was not able to help Cedevita (12-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Musa's very good performance Cedevita was edged 80-77 on the road by the lower-ranked KK_Skrljevo (#10). He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Musa also added 7 rebounds. This season Musa has relatively solid stats: 14.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 52.8%, 3FGP: 31.3% and FT: 75.6%. He is also a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Miralem Halilovic
Miralem Halilovic
   #4. Forward Miralem Halilovic (205-91, currently plays in Croatia) led GKK Sibenik to a 1-point victory against the closely-ranked KK Vrijednosnice Osijek (10-8) 81-80 in the Croatian A1 last Sunday. Halilovic had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds in 36 minutes. GKK Sibenik (14-4) is placed fourth in the A1. It's Halilovic's first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 14.8ppg, 6.8rpg, 3.4apg, 1.5bpg and 1.3spg in 17 games. Halilovic is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Aleksandar Lazic
Aleksandar Lazic
   #5. U20 international swingman Aleksandar Lazic (201-96, currently plays in Serbia) led Dynamic BG to a victory over the seventh-ranked Mladost ZE (10-8) 83-74 in the Serbian KLS on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. Lazic scored 18 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Dynamic BG Beograd (14-4) is placed second in the KLS. Lazic's stats this season are: 10.1ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.5spg. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 national team.

Adin Vrabac
Adin Vrabac
   #6. Shooting guard Adin Vrabac (204-94, currently plays in ABA League) contributed to Partizan's victory against the tenth-ranked Mega Leks (9-15) 87-80 in the ABA League last Monday. Vrabac scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. BC Partizan NiS Beograd (18-6) is placed third in the ABA League. There are only two games left until the end of the ABA League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Vrabac's overall stats this season are: 5.1ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.5apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

Jusuf Nurkic
Jusuf Nurkic
   #7. International center Jusuf Nurkic (213-94, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Portland Trail Blazers' victory against the Orlando Magic (22-38) 112-103 in the NBA on Thursday night. Nurkic had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 5 assists, 2 blocks and 3 steals in 34 minutes. The Portland Trail Blazers have 24-33 record this season. Nurkic's stats this year are: 11.0ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.7apg and 2.3spg in three games. Despite he played previously for the Slovenian U16 national team, Nurkic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

Andrija Stipanovic
Andrija Stipanovic
   #8. Center Andrija Stipanovic (209-86, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) helped his Turkish team Demir IBB win their game against the third-ranked Enisey 104-96 in the FIBA Europe Cup last Wednesday. Stipanovic scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 24 minutes. Demir Insaat Buyukcekmece Basket (5-1) is placed first in group L. Stipanovic averaged so far 11.7ppg, 6.6rpg and 2.2apg in 14 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Alex Renfroe
Alex Renfroe
   #9. International point guard Alex Renfroe (191-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, college: Belmont, currently plays in Euroleague) helped his Spanish team FC Barcelona win their game against the 14th-ranked Armani Milano (7-16) 83-78 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. Renfroe scored 7 points and added 4 assists in 24 minutes. FC Barcelona Lassa (9-14) is placed 11th in group A. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. This year Renfroe's overall stats are: 4.1ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.5apg in 11 games. He is a naturalized American. Renfroe is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. Strangely he has never played in Bosnia.

Elmedin Kikanovic
Elmedin Kikanovic
   #10. Center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany) helped ALBA Berlin win their game against the closely-ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (10-12) 84-70 in the German BBL in Sunday night's game. Kikanovic scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. ALBA Berlin (15-8) is placed fifth in the BBL. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. Kikanovic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.5ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.4apg. Kikanovic is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

   #11. Former international guard Marko Josilo (200-92, currently plays in Serbia) helped Metalac win their game against the closely-ranked OKK Beograd crushing them 84-63 in the Serbian KLS last Saturday. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 14 rebounds. Josilo also added and 3 steals in 39 minutes. Josilo averaged so far 14.4ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg in 10 games. Despite he played previously for the Serbian U19 national team, Josilo is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

   #12. Former international forward Ante Masic (200-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Croatia) was the main contributor in Gorica's victory against the closely-ranked Alkar Sinj crushing them 94-67 in the Croatian A1 last Saturday. Masic was the best player in that game. He scored 26 points (!!!), had 8 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Masic averaged so far 13.8ppg, 4.4rpg and 2.0apg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team back in 2013.

   #13. International guard Zack Wright (191-85, college: Central Mo., currently plays in France) helped Monaco win their game against the 11th-ranked Le Mans 88-77 in the French ProA on Saturday night. Wright scored 6 points in 16 minutes. This year Wright's total stats are: 7.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.9apg and 1.1spg in 19 games. He is a naturalized American. Wright is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player. Apparently he has never played in Bosnia.

   #14. Former international power forward Miroslav Todic (205-85, agency: Diamond Sports, currently plays in Greece) helped Promitheas win their game against the closely-ranked Lavrio 77-74 in the Greek A1 in Saturday night's game. Todic recorded 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Todic averaged so far 10.8ppg and 5.3rpg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team back in 2015.

   #15. International center Imran Polutak (209-96, currently plays in Croatia) helped KK Zabok win their game against the closely-ranked KK Zagreb 118-114 in the Croatian A1 last Sunday. Polutak scored 21 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Polutak averaged so far 15.0ppg and 5.4rpg. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

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

   #1. Boris Barac (205-F-92, currently plays in ABA League) could not help KK Zadar (7-16) in their last game. Despite his very good performance KK Zadar was edged 87-86 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#3) Partizan. Barac was the top scorer with 27 points. He also added 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 40 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 Barac has relatively solid stats: 14.7ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.8apg in 22 games he played so far.

   #2. Ismet Sejfic (208-C-93, currently plays in Hungary) led PVSK Pannon to a victory over the closely-ranked ZTE KK (11-8) 97-89 in the Hungarian A Division in Saturday night's game. Sejfic was the best player in that game. He recorded 33 points (!!!) and grabbed 9 rebounds in 30 minutes. PVSK Pannonpower Pecs (11-8) is placed seventh in the A Division. Sejfic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.4ppg and 7.8rpg in 18 games.

   #3. Experienced Dejan Cup (202-PF-83, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Slovenia) was the main contributor in a 2-point Hopsi Polzela's victory against the eighth-ranked Tajfun (8-10) 77-75 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM in Friday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Cup recorded 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Hopsi Polzela (13-6) is placed fourth in the Liga Nova KBM. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Cup averaged so far 15.0ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

   #4. Simo Atanackovic (206-F-90, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to Helios' victory against the closely-ranked Rogaska (12-7) 76-68 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM on Saturday night. Atanackovic was the best player in that game. He recorded 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Helios Suns Domzale (11-8) is placed sixth in the Liga Nova KBM. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Atanackovic averaged so far 11.4ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.3spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian. Despite Atanackovic's Bosnia and Herzegovina nationality, he previously played for the Slovenian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina team.

   #5. Domagoj Bosnjak (201-F/G-95, currently plays in ABA League) was not able to help Cibona (11-12) in their last game. Despite Bosnjak's good performance Cibona lost 85-89 in a derby game to the second-ranked Cedevita. He scored 12 points and added 6 assists in 24 minutes. It was Cibona's sixth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the ABA League Regular Season. This year Bosnjak's overall stats are: 5.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.5apg in 15 games.

   #6. Dino Pita (195-G-88, currently plays in Poland) was the major contributor in Krosno's victory against one of league's weakest teams AZS Polfarmex 70-51 in the Polish PLK last Wednesday. He scored 14 points, grabbed 6 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls. Pita's overall stats this season are: 7.9ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.4apg. He has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Swedish nationalities.

   #7. Ramo Rizvic (200-F-87, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to Zlatorog's victory against the seventh-ranked KK Primorska 78-64 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM on Sunday night. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Rizvic averaged so far 13.5ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.4apg.

   #8. Goran Suton (208-C-85, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Spain) contributed to an overtime Movil Estudiantes' victory against the closely-ranked FC Barcelona 83-81 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. He recorded 9 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists in 41 minutes. This year Suton's total stats are: 7.4ppg and 5.8rpg in 21 games. He also holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #9. Sead Hadzifejzovic (202-F/C-89, currently plays in Slovenia) was not able to secure a victory for Sencur Gorenjska gradbena druzba Kranj (6-13) in their last game. Despite Hadzifejzovic's very good performance Sencur Gorenjska gradbena druzba Kranj was edged 75-73 in Skofja Loka by the one of league's weakest teams (#11) LTH Castings. He had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 11 rebounds. Hadzifejzovic also added and 3 steals in 31 minutes. Hadzifejzovic averaged so far 11.7ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.4spg in 14 games.

   #10. Mirza Begic (216-C-85, currently plays in ABA League) faced previously mentioned Domagoj Bosnjak in the ABA League last game. Begic contributed to Cedevita's victory against the sixth-ranked Cibona 89-85 in a derby game. He scored 8 points. Begic has averaged so far 5.3ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.2bpg. He has Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian nationalities.



D2, A1 Liga: Round 17 - by Sead Buljina

Division II, A1 Liga, 17th Round:

KK Burch (Sarajevo) - KK Igman (Ilidza) 82:78


KK BURCH: Namik CICKUSIC 7, Admir DZIHAN 5, Faris RESIDOVIC 11, Prentice Bell 3, Alem HASANOVIC 1, Asim AHMEDIC 8, Mirza VELIC 13, Rijad JAMAKOVIC 8, Husein Alivodic 10, Haris KARAGIC 14, Elvin HADZIHASANOVIC 2, Vedad AGIC. Coach: Kemal Secerovic.
KK IGMAN: Benjamin CAJIC DNP, Alen MUSTAFIC, Enis BEKTIC 3, Dino COLO, Haris HRGIC 9, Zlatan Mehic 6, Mirza Jaganjac, Damir JUGO,
Kenan ARSLANOVIC 6, Adi ALIKADIC 32, Ermin TARCIN 22. Coach: Dzenan Podbicanin.


KK Turbina (Jablanica) - OKK Celik 69-58


KK TURBINA: Mijo BABIC 10, Enis ZUKIC 5, Jasmin Arfadzan 2, Ivan BREKALO 13, Afan MESIC 18, Sanjin KEVRIC 6, Nedim DJELMO 7, Maidin Galesic 8.
OKK CELIK: Faris PRELJEVIC 5, Benjamin BAJRAMOVIC, Imran PORCA, Kerim VARUPA, Armin BILIC 20, Luciano VILIC, Kenan COLOMAN 10, Ahmet BEGIC DNP, Harun SMAJLAGIC 2, Harun Alic DNP, Kenan FAJKOVIC, Ernes MESINOVIC 21.


KK Gradina (Tesanj) - KK Travnik Bosna Tours 65:62


KK GRADINA: Senad SALKIC DNP, Din TURKIC 3, Ernes COSTOVIC, Faris DELJKIC 0, Nikola NEDINIC 17, Alenko ZUKANOVIC 13, Haris DELJKIC 4,
Almir IBRAHIMKADIC 15, Rasim BEGUNIC, Demir HASICIC DNP, Almedin HOTIC DNP, Adnan MEHULJIC 13.
KK TRAVNIK: Benjamin CISIC 4, Kenan CAJIC 9, Aldin DEDIC 9, Adin GRADASCEVIC, Ashar DEDIC 8, Adel HUSEINSPAHIC, Neven SMAJLOVIC 9,
Armin HASELJIC 2, Namik VARUPA 8, Sanin KARAC 6, Marko MARKOVIC 7, Admir SKALJO DNP.


KK Iskra (Bugojno) - KK Lukavac 84 - 62

KK ISKRA: Nikola SPASOV 21, Elvir SEFEROVIC 4, Boris BRECIC 6, Ahmed BJELAK 11, Meris BECIROVIC 21, Mersudin KURIC 8, Anto TOMIC 3, Amar DELIC 4, Aldin PANDZO 14, Mirza PANDZO.
KK LUKAVAC: Amar JARAKOVIC DNP, Bojan NESIC 12, Adnan COSIC 16, Alen TOPLAK 3, Emir IMAMOVIC, Selmir DUZIC 11, Ahmed MURSELOVIC DNP, Damir BEKTIC 0, Nadir
MESETOVIC 9, Atif HADZIMURATOVIC 8, Mirnes ISLAMOVIC 8.

KK Promo (Donji Vakuf) - KK Gradina (Srebrenik) rescheduled for March 1, 2017
KK PROMO: Haris CUREVAC, Dzenan JAPALAK, Dino ALIC, Amer HODZIC, Feriz VINCEVIC, Kenan KALAMUJIC, Adi MALKIC, Ismail HODZIC, Nedim KAHVEDZIC.
KK GRADINA (Srebrenik): Arman BEGOVIC, Zlatko GOLIJANIN, Almir BESIC, Ademir LASETOVIC, Edin NURKANOVIC, Sasa DZAMBIC, Remzudin HASIC, Miodrag TANASILOVIC, Rusmir GROSIC, Almir ZAHIROVIC.

KK Vogosca, which shares top position on the standings with Burch, was off this round. Season continues next weekend with Round 18.



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Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Betinho NARDI DUARTE
  Campo M.
  (195-SG-88)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Nardi-Duarte, Campo M.20.4 
 2. Stallworth, Mogi20.3 
 3. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 4. Anthony, Macae18.8 
 5. Holloway, Pinheiros18.7 
 6. Vieira, Flamengo18.6 
 7. Mariano, Brasilia18.1 
 8. Garcia, Bauru17.8 
 9. Machado, Flamengo17.2 
 10. Andrade, Bauru16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.11.0 
 2. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.9 
 3. de-Souza, L.Sor.7.9 
 4. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 5. Maynard, Minas7.5 
 6. Ansaloni, Pinheiros7.3 
 7. Lopez, Flamengo6.9 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia6.8 
 9. Curnell, Mogi6.6 
 10. Klassmann, B.Cea.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. de-Assis, Brasilia6.8 
 2. Garcia, Bauru5.9 
 3. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.6 
 4. Anthony, Macae5.5 
 5. Pecos, Paulistano5.3 
 6. Dawkins, Vitoria5.2 
 7. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.5.1 
 8. Rodgers, Minas5.1 
 9. Borges, Franca5.0 
 10. Cafferata, L.Sor.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Kenny DAWKINS
  Vitoria
  (175-PG-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Dawkins, Vitoria1.8 
 2. Garcia, Bauru1.8 
 3. Rodgers, Minas1.8 
 4. Toledo, B.Cearense1.7 
 5. Curnell, Mogi1.6 
 6. Stallworth, Mogi1.6 
 7. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.1.6 
 8. Cafferata, L.Sor.1.6 
 9. Taylor, Mogi1.6 
 10. Jackson, Vasco D.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Renan LENZ
  Pinheiros
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 1
 1. Lenz, Pinheiros1.0 
 2. Nunes, Campo M.0.9 
 3. Klassmann, B.Cea.0.9 
 4. Freitas, Campo M.0.7 
 5. Castellar, Brasilia0.7 
 6. Dias-Silva, Pauli.0.7 
 7. Rollins, Flamengo0.7 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia0.7 
 9. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.6 
 10. Camilo, Macae0.6 


Tarvin Gaines (ex Racing) signs at Blumenau - by Paulo Freire

Basquete Blumenau/APAB (Liga Ouro) landed 26-year old American forward Tarvin Gaines (198-100kg-91, college: Jacksonville State). He played most recently at Racing in Luxembourg N2 league.
Among other achievements Gaines received Usbasket.com All-MPBA 2nd Team award in 2015.
He has played previously for another Brazilian team Liga Sorocaba.
Gaines attended Jacksonville State until 2013 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Nene Hilario selected the top Brazilian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nene Hilario
Nene Hilario
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international center Nene Hilario (211-82, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the Houston Rockets (42-19) in their last game. Despite Hilario's very good performance the Houston Rockets (42-19) lost 108-117 on the road to the Indiana Pacers. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes on the court. It's Hilario's first season with the team. Hilario has relatively good stats this year: 8.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 2FGP: 61.6%(162-263), 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 59.1% in 51 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Vitor Faverani
Vitor Faverani
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Vitor Faverani (212-88, currently plays in Euroleague). Faverani contributed to a FC Barcelona's victory against the 14th-ranked Armani Milano (7-16) 83-78 in the Euroleague last Thursday. He scored 9 points. FC Barcelona Lassa (9-14) is placed 11th in group A. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. This season Faverani has relatively solid stats: 10.2ppg, 4.7rpg, 2FGP: 66.7%(22-33) and FT: 77.8%. He played for the Brazilian national team in 2013.

Rafael Hettsheimer
Rafael Hettsheimer
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86, currently plays in Spain). Hettsheimer was not able to help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (9-12) in their last game. Despite his good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was crushed 85-61 in Tenerife by the leading CB Canarias. Hettsheimer was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 4 rebounds in a mere 18 minutes. This year Hettsheimer averages: 5.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 28.6% and FT: 83.3% in four games. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish. Ex-Paschoalotto/Bauru player is also a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Augusto Lima
Augusto Lima
   #4. Center Augusto Lima (207-91, currently plays in Lithuania) helped Zalgiris win their game against the league outsider Siauliai (3-21) crushing them 101-50 in the Lithuanian LKL in Monday night's game. Lima scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (22-2) is placed first in the LKL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Lima's overall stats this season are: 6.2ppg and 4.9rpg. He is also Brazilian national team player.

Cristiano Felicio
Cristiano Felicio
   #5. International power forward Cristiano Felicio (206-92, college: Oregon, currently plays in NBA) helped Chicago Bulls win their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers (41-17) 117-99 in the NBA last Saturday. Felicio scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. The Chicago Bulls have 30-29 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Felicio's overall stats are: 4.9ppg and 4.9rpg in 50 games. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

Leandro Barbosa
Leandro Barbosa
   #6. Point guard Leandro Barbosa (190-82, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Phoenix Suns (18-41) in their game against the Chicago Bulls (30-29) in the NBA. Barbosa recorded 8 points and added 3 assists. The Phoenix Suns (18-41) were defeated 128-121 at home by the Bulls. Barbosa's total stats this season are: 5.7ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.2apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

Vitor Benite
Vitor Benite
   #7. International shooting guard Vitor Benite (194-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) helped UCAM Murcia win their game against the closely-ranked Sevilla (7-14) 92-80 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Benite recorded 8 points in 21 minutes. Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (7-14) is placed 12th in the Liga Endesa. Benite has reliable stats this year: 12.7ppg and 1.9rpg in 21 games. He is also Brazilian national team player.

Tulio Da Silva
Tulio Da Silva
   #8. Forward Tulio Da Silva (201-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the S.Florida (1-12) in their game against the The University of Tulsa (3-8) in the NCAA, despite his good performance on Thursday night. Da Silva recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 19 minutes. But the S.Florida lost 68-82 on their home court in Tampa to the The University of. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Da Silva's stats this year are: 10.1ppg and 7.0rpg in 27 games. He used to play for the Brazilian U18 national team back in 2014.

Leonardo Demetrio
Leonardo Demetrio
   #9. International forward Leonardo Demetrio (203-94, currently plays in Spain) led Lleida Basquet to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Castello (11-14) crushing them 92-69 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. Demetrio recorded 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Actel Forca Lleida (14-11) is placed ninth in the LEB Gold. Demetrio averaged so far 11.0ppg and 5.8rpg. He is also in the roster of the Brazilian national team.

Hatila Passos
Hatila Passos
   #10. Center Hatila Passos (211-85, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in Uruguay) managed to help Malvin Montevideo in a 2-point victory against the leader U Universitario (9-3) 91-89 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB last Thursday. Passos scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 14 minutes. Malvin Montevideo (6-6) is placed fifth in Promocional 1 group. The Second Stage already ended. This year Passos' total stats are: 9.4ppg, 10.5rpg and 1.1apg in 26 games. He is a former international player as seven years ago he still played for the Brazilian senior national team.

   #11. Former international point guard Scott Machado (186-90, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help La ICL Manresa in their game against RETAbet BB in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Machado recorded 6 points. His team was defeated 86-79. Machado has averaged so far 6.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.3apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Machado used to play for the Brazilian national team four years ago. Strangely he has never played in Brazil.

   #12. Former international small forward Jonathan Tavernari (197-87, college: BYU, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Mens Sana 1871 in their game against Rieti in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Tavernari cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 29 minutes. His team was crushed by 35 points 90-55. Tavernari has averaged so far 10.0ppg and 4.7rpg in 23 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2010.

   #13. Former international center Lucas Tischer (208-83, currently plays in Chile) couldn't help CD Tinguiririca San Fernando in their game against Los Leones in the Chilean Liga Nacional, despite his very good performance on Saturday night. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Tischer also added 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 35 minutes. But his team was crushed by 23 points 96-73. Tischer averaged so far 14.7ppg, 8.9rpg and 3.0apg in seven games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team eleven years ago.

   #14. Former U18 international center Lucas Siewert (202-97, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Colorado in their game against the University of Utah in the NCAA. Siewert recorded 5 points. His team was defeated 86-81. Siewert has averaged so far 2.4ppg and 2.1rpg. He used to play for the Brazilian U18 national team back in 2014.

   #15. Former U19 international forward Guilherme Verardo (198-94, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Slippery Rock University in their game against the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in the NCAA2. Verardo scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. His team was crushed by 28 points 93-65 in the NCAA2. Verardo has averaged so far 2.1ppg and 2.5rpg. He used to play for the Brazilian U19 national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Diego Soarez (205-C-87, currently plays in Uruguay). Soarez could not help U Universitario (9-3) to beat Malvin (6-6). He scored 9 points. But the first-placed U Universitario (9-3) was edged 91-89 in a derby game by the lower-ranked Malvin (#5) in the Promocional 1 group. It was U Universitario's first loss after four consecutive victories. The Second Stage already ended. Soarez's total stats this season are: 4.2ppg and 3.6rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Uruguayan.

   #2. Felipe Dos Anjos (218-C-98, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Oviedo CB (16-9) in their last game on Friday. Despite Dos Anjos' good performance Oviedo CB was defeated 77-70 on the road by the much lower-ranked Magia_Huesca (#16). He recorded 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Dos Anjos has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.2bpg.

   #3. Experienced Kazuya Hatano (192-F-82, currently plays in Japan) was not able to secure a victory for Ryukyu GK (17-24) in their game against Chiba Jets (28-13) in the Japanese B League. Hatano scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. The fifth-placed Ryukyu GK (17-24) lost 71-80 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) Chiba Jets in the West group. Hatano has averaged so far 3.2ppg and 2.9rpg in 39 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Japanese.

   #4. Joao Gallina (192-SF-94, currently plays in Portugal) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Maia Basket (3-19) crushing them 110-60 in the Portuguese LPB last Saturday. Gallina recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. FC Porto (19-3) is placed first in the LPB. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Gallina has averaged so far 1.6ppg and 1.7rpg. He has both Brazilian and Portuguese nationalities. Despite Gallina's Brazilian passport, he previously played for the Portuguese U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Brazilian team.

   #5. Renato Ribeiro (190-F-95, currently plays in Portugal) couldn't help Guifoes (9-10) in their game against Angrabasket (6-0) in the Portuguese Proliga (second division). Ribeiro scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 29 minutes. his team lost 88-94 on the opponent's court to the leading Angrabasket in the Places 9-16 group. Ribeiro has averaged so far 5.7ppg and 3.9rpg in 18 games.

   #6. Rafael Barbosa (191-F-91, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Barbera in their game against Valls Nutrion in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Barbosa scored only 3 points in 14 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 68-51. Barbosa has averaged so far 5.6ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.1apg in 18 games. He also holds two passports: Brazilian and Spanish.

   #7. Gabriel Andrade (185-G-93, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the BYU-Hawaii in their game against the Point Loma Nazarene College in the NCAA2. Andrade cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points. His team was badly defeated by 18 points 84-66 in the NCAA2. Andrade has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg.

   #8. Jose Libiano (206-F, currently plays in NCAA2) managed to help SE Oklahoma State University in a victory against the Arkansas Tech 89-81 in the NCAA2 in Saturday night's game. He scored only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. Libiano has averaged so far 1.4ppg and 2.1rpg in 16 games.

   #9. Felipe Souza (198-F-98, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Nova Southeastern University in their game against the Lynn University in the NCAA2. He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. Souza scored only 2 points. His team was defeated 72-68 in the NCAA2. Souza has averaged so far 1.3ppg and 1.6rpg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Souza has never played in Brazil.

   #10. Clement Faroux (188-G-93, currently plays in France) contributed to Lorient's surprising victory against the third-ranked Souffelweyersheim 71-65 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. He recorded only 3 points and added 6 assists in 24 minutes. Faroux has averaged so far 7.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.7apg and 1.2spg in 22 games. He has Brazilian and French nationalities.



NBB Round 23: Flamengo lose to Paulistano - by Eurobasket News

The round was exceptionally exciting as five games ended with a tiny margin. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

There was a change at the NBB leadership position after last games. Round 23 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Flamengo (15-6). They were defeated by tenth ranked Paulistano (11-11) 103-96 on Thursday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Flamengo. Paulistano dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Flamengo's 28. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 63.6 percentage. Paulistano looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a great evening for forward Lucas Dias-Silva (209-95) who led his team to a victory scoring 31 points and 5 rebounds. point guard Arthur Pecos (183-95) helped adding 11 points and 14 assists. The former international Marcelo Machado (201-75, agency: Interperformances) responded with 26 points and 8 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Flamengo's coach Jose Neto rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Paulistano have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain tenth place with 11-11 record. Defending champion Flamengo still keeps top position with six games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Brasilia who have the same record. Flamengo will play next round against Caxias do Sul trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Paulistano will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Important game to mention about took place in Salvador. Fifth ranked Mogi (14-8) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 3rd placed Universo/Vitoria (14-7) 63-60 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Universo/Vitoria. It was an exceptional evening for naturalized American Shamell Stallworth (195-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. Tyrone Curnell accounted for 10 points and 11 rebounds. American forward Christopher Hayes (203-87, college: Detroit Mercy) came up with 9 points and 7 rebounds for Universo/Vitoria in the defeat. Mogi have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Bauru. Universo/Vitoria at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Mogi will play against league's leader Brasilia at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Universo/Vitoria will play against Paschoalotto/Bauru and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Macae managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the series of seven consecutive losses on Thursday night. This time they won against thirteenth-ranked Liga Sorocaba in Sorocabana 77-73. The best player for the winners was Kendall Anthony who scored 27 points. Enzo Cafferata produced 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the hosts. Liga Sorocaba's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Macae (4-18) moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with L.Sorocaba. Liga Sorocaba lost eleventh consecutive game. Macae will meet at home higher ranked Vasco Da G. (#9) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Liga Sorocaba will play against Pinheiros (#7) and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Caxias do Sul. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Paschoalotto/Bauru (14-8) to thirteenth ranked Caxias do Sul (5-18) 76-74 on Friday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. Patrick Vieira orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 8 rebounds. Caxias do Sul's coach Rodrigo Barbosa allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Caxias do Sul maintains thirteenth place with 5-18 record. Paschoalotto/Bauru at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. Caxias do Sul's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Paschoalotto/Bauru will play at home against Universo/Vitoria and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Important game to mention about took place in Caxias do Sul. Thirteenth ranked Caxias do Sul (5-18) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 4th placed Paschoalotto/Bauru (14-8) 76-74 on Thursday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It was a great evening for Patrick Vieira who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points and 8 rebounds. Caxias do Sul's coach Rodrigo Barbosa used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Caxias do Sul maintains thirteenth place with 5-18 record. Loser Paschoalotto/Bauru keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. Caxias do Sul will face league's second-placed Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Paschoalotto/Bauru will play at home against Universo/Vitoria and will have a slim chance for a victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 23: Minas lost to Pinheiros on the opponent's court 92-95. B.Cearense unfortunately lost to Campo Mourao in a home game 75-81. Franca recorded a loss to Vasco Da G. on the road 77-79.

Caxias do Sul - Bauru 76-74

A very interesting game took place in Caxias do Sul. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Paschoalotto/Bauru (14-8) to thirteenth ranked Caxias do Sul (5-18) 76-74 on Friday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It was a great shooting night for Caxias do Sul especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.5 percentage. Point guard Patrick Vieira (186-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points and 8 rebounds. Rafael Stabile (194-88) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Four Caxias do Sul players scored in double figures. Caxias do Sul's coach Rodrigo Barbosa allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. International guard Alex Garcia (191-80, agency: Interperformances) answered with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and the former international power forward Shilton Santos (198-82) added 9 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Paschoalotto/Bauru. Caxias do Sul maintains thirteenth place with 5-18 record. Paschoalotto/Bauru at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. Caxias do Sul's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Paschoalotto/Bauru will play at home against Universo/Vitoria and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Caxias do Sul: A.Bernardi 18+1ast, R.Stabile 15+2reb+2ast, P.Vieira 14+8reb+2ast, M.Vinicius 12+4reb+2ast, D.Conceicao 7+6reb+1ast, G.Vinicius 6+3reb+3ast
Bauru: A.Garcia 18+7reb+7ast, L.Meindl 12+1reb, G.Pereira 10+5reb, J.Carlos Junior 9+1reb+1ast, S.Santos 9+10reb+2ast, V.Silva 6+1reb+5ast
gschID: 495544


Vitoria - Mogi 60-63

Important game to mention about took place in Salvador. Fifth ranked Mogi (14-8) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 3rd placed Universo/Vitoria (14-7) 63-60 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Universo/Vitoria. They outrebounded Universo/Vitoria 44-33 including 34 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for naturalized American Shamell Stallworth (195-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Tyrone Curnell (203-88, college: Valdosta St.) accounted for 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. American forward Christopher Hayes (203-87, college: Detroit Mercy) came up with 9 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import point guard Kenny Dawkins (175-87, college: Lamar) added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Universo/Vitoria in the defeat. Mogi have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Bauru. Universo/Vitoria at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Mogi will play against league's leader Brasilia at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Universo/Vitoria will play against Paschoalotto/Bauru and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mogi: S.Stallworth 21+7reb+2ast, J.de Oliveira 10+4reb+2ast, T.Curnell 10+11reb+3ast, L.Taylor 9+5reb+3ast, G.Filipin 5+5reb+1ast, F.Russo 3+1reb+1ast
Vitoria: A.Silva 12+4reb, K.Dawkins 9+5reb+4ast, C.Hayes 9+7reb+3ast, C.Murilo 8, A.Coimbra 7+5reb+2ast, A.Bresolin 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 495543


Pinheiros - Minas 95-92

Very expected game in Sao Paolo where 12th ranked Minas (8-13) was edged by seventh ranked Pinheiros (13-9) 95-92 on Friday. However just three-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Pinheiros dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Minas' 40. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Minas was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American guard Cordero Bennett (188-88) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 8 assists. His fellow American import guard Desmond Holloway (191-90, college: Co.Carolina) helped adding 18 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Drew Maynard (200-89, college: Rochester, MI) responded with 24 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized Italian point guard Paulinho Boracini (183-84) scored 22 points. Four Pinheiros and five Minas players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Pinheiros maintains seventh place with 13-9 record. Loser Minas keeps the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Pinheiros will face Liga Sorocaba (#14) in Sorocabana in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Minas will play on the road against Campo Mourao and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Pinheiros: D.Holloway 18+8reb+2ast, G.Barbosa 18+1reb+3ast, C.Bennett 17+4reb+8ast, R.Ansaloni 16+8reb+2ast, L.Gustavo de Oliveira 8+1reb+3ast, T.Mathias 7+13reb
Minas: D.Maynard 24+8reb+1ast, P.Boracini 22+3reb+3ast, A.Mosso 14+7reb+2ast, D.Fuzaro 10+1reb+2ast, S.Rodgers 10+3reb+3ast, P.Cavalin 4+2reb
gschID: 495541


B.Cearense - Campo Mourao 75-81

Rather predictable result in Aldeota where ninth ranked Campo Mourao (12-10) defeated 11th ranked SKY/Basquete (9-12) 81-75 on Friday. It was a great evening for the former international Betinho Nardi-Duarte (195-88) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Caue Freitas (192-88) helped adding 9 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Campo Mourao players scored in double figures. The former international forward Felipe Ribeiro (201-79) responded with 27 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Eduardo Machado (193-82) scored 18 points and 4 steals. SKY/Basquete's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Campo Mourao moved-up to eighth place. Loser SKY/Basquete keeps the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Campo Mourao will face Minas (#12) in Belo Horizonte in the next round. SKY/Basquete will play on the road against Vivo/Franca in Sao Paulo and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Campo Mourao: B.Nardi Duarte 26+5reb+5ast, I.Thornton 16+4reb, V.Oliveira 12+5reb+2ast, G.Brown 10+4reb+4ast, C.Freitas 9+8reb+5ast, R.Souza 5+2reb
B.Cearense: F.Ribeiro 27+7reb+1ast, E.Machado 18+2reb+2ast, L.Felipe Gruber 10+2reb+6ast, L.Klassmann 9+7reb+1ast, D.Rossetto 7+5reb+4ast, T.Lima 2+5reb+2ast
gschID: 495540


Caxias do Sul - Bauru 76-74

Important game to mention about took place in Caxias do Sul. Thirteenth ranked Caxias do Sul (5-18) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 4th placed Paschoalotto/Bauru (14-8) 76-74 on Thursday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It was a great shooting night for Caxias do Sul especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.5 percentage. It was a great evening for point guard Patrick Vieira (186-93) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Arthur Bernardi (206-90, college: Houston Baptist) helped adding 18 points. Four Caxias do Sul players scored in double figures. Caxias do Sul's coach Rodrigo Barbosa used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. International guard Alex Garcia (191-80, agency: Interperformances) responded with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and the former international power forward Shilton Santos (198-82) scored 9 points and 10 rebounds. Caxias do Sul maintains thirteenth place with 5-18 record. Loser Paschoalotto/Bauru keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. Caxias do Sul will face league's second-placed Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Paschoalotto/Bauru will play at home against Universo/Vitoria and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Caxias do Sul: A.Bernardi 18+1ast, R.Stabile 15+2reb+2ast, P.Vieira 14+8reb+2ast, M.Vinicius 12+4reb+2ast, D.Conceicao 7+6reb+1ast, G.Vinicius 6+3reb+3ast
Bauru: A.Garcia 18+7reb+7ast, L.Meindl 12+1reb, G.Pereira 10+5reb, S.Santos 9+10reb+2ast, J.Carlos Junior 9+1reb+1ast, V.Silva 6+1reb+5ast
gschID: 537362


L.Sorocaba - Macae 73-77

Bottom-ranked Macae managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the series of seven consecutive losses on Thursday night. This time they won against thirteenth-ranked Liga Sorocaba in Sorocabana 77-73. Macae made 30-of-36 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Strangely Liga Sorocaba outrebounded Macae 46-31 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was American point guard Kendall Anthony (173-93, college: Richmond) who scored 27 points. Point guard Marcio de-Mattos (188-93) chipped in 9 points and 5 rebounds. Argentinian point guard Enzo Cafferata (187-88) produced 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Alexandre de-Souza (202-92) added 12 points and 13 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Liga Sorocaba's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Macae (4-18) moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with L.Sorocaba. Liga Sorocaba lost eleventh consecutive game. Macae will meet at home higher ranked Vasco Da G. (#9) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Liga Sorocaba will play against Pinheiros (#7) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Macae: K.Anthony 27+2reb+3ast, G.Schneider 15+1reb, M.de Mattos 9+5reb+3ast, I.Avelino 9+3reb, E.Camilo 7+8reb+1ast, R.Da Silva 6+2reb+1ast
L.Sorocaba: E.Cafferata 21+5reb+5ast, J.Sobral 13+5reb+1ast, A.de Souza 12+13reb, B.Ferreira 9+4reb, T.Bento 6+7reb+1ast, L.Farina 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 495539


Paulistano - Flamengo 103-96

There was a change at the NBB leadership position after last games. Round 23 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Flamengo (15-6). They were defeated by tenth ranked Paulistano (11-11) 103-96 on Thursday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Flamengo. Paulistano dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Flamengo's 28. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 63.6 percentage. Paulistano looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a great evening for forward Lucas Dias-Silva (209-95) who led his team to a victory scoring 31 points and 5 rebounds. Point guard Arthur Pecos (183-95) helped adding 11 points and 14 assists. Five Paulistano players scored in double figures. The former international Marcelo Machado (201-75, agency: Interperformances) responded with 26 points and 8 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and the former international Marquinhos Vieira (207-84) scored 14 points. Flamengo's coach Jose Neto rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Paulistano have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain tenth place with 11-11 record. Defending champion Flamengo still keeps top position with six games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Brasilia who have the same record. Flamengo will play next round against Caxias do Sul trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Paulistano will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
Paulistano: L.Dias Silva 31+5reb+1ast, J.Luz dos Santos 14+5reb+3ast, G.Hubner 12+3reb+1ast, G.Lucas 12+1reb+3ast, D.Hure 11+4reb+2ast, A.Pecos 11+2reb+14ast
Flamengo: M.Machado 26+3reb+8ast, M.Vieira 14+1reb+2ast, R.Ramon 11+1reb, O.Rodriguez 11+6reb, R.de Souza 9+1reb, R.Fischer 8+1reb+6ast
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Vasco Da G. - Franca 79-77

There was an upset in Rio de Janeiro where higher ranked Vivo/Franca (13-8) was edged by ninth ranked Vasco Da G. (12-11) 79-77 on Thursday. Vasco Da G. made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Vivo/Franca was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for the former international point guard Welington Dos-Santos (185-81) who led his team to a victory scoring 12 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. The former international point guard Helio-Vitor Lima (185-81) helped adding 16 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). International point guard Henrique Coelho (183-93) responded with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Caue-Borges dos-Santos (180-91) scored 12 points. Five Vivo/Franca players scored in double figures. Vasco Da G. maintains ninth place with 12-11 record. Loser Vivo/Franca dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Vasco Da G. will face bottom-ranked Macae (#15) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Vasco Da G.: H.Vitor Lima 16+3reb+2ast, M.Dornelles 13+5reb+1ast, W.Dos Santos 12+7reb+9ast, G.Zilmer 11+3reb, M.Becker 9+6reb, W.Drudi 7+2reb+1ast
Franca: H.Coelho 15+6reb+4ast, P.Lima 13+2reb+2ast, C.Borges dos Santos 12+4reb+3ast, L.Cipolini 12+5reb, I.Goncalves 10+2reb+1ast, A.Borges 5+1reb+3ast
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Darius Adams' 37 points make him top Bulgarian player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Darius Adams
Darius Adams
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Darius Adams (188-89, agency: Stealth Sport, college: Indianapolis, currently plays in China). He led Xinjiang Flying Tige to a victory over the eighth-ranked Shandong Bulls (22-16) 119-104 in the Chinese CBA in Sunday night's game. Adams was MVP of the game. He scored 37 points (!!!), grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 42 minutes on the court. Xinjiang Flying Tigers (32-6) are placed first in the CBA. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. It's Adams' first season with the team. Adams has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 31.2ppg, 5.6rpg, 5.8apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 55.5%(268-483), 3FGP: 35.5% and FT: 86.7% in 39 games he played so far. Adams is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team. Strangely Adams has never played in Bulgaria.

Dee Bost
Dee Bost
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Dee Bost (188-89, agency: BeoBasket, college: Mississippi St., currently plays in France). He was the main contributor in Monaco's victory against the 11th-ranked Le Mans (9-11) 88-77 in the French ProA last Saturday. Bost was the best player in that game. He scored 22 points and added 5 passes. AS Monaco Basket (18-2) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. Bost has relatively good stats this season: 13.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 43.0%, 3FGP: 35.6% and FT: 79.4%. He is a naturalized American. Bost is in the roster of the Bulgarian senior national team. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Alexander Vezenkov
Alexander Vezenkov
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Alexander Vezenkov (206-95, currently plays in Euroleague). Vezenkov contributed to a FC Barcelona's victory against the 14th-ranked Armani Milano (7-16) 83-78 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. He scored 13 points, grabbed 5 boards, passed 5 assists and added 3 steals in 30 minutes. FC Barcelona Lassa (9-14) is placed 11th in group A. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. This year Vezenkov's overall stats are: 7.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 68.3%(41-60), 3FGP: 51.1%(24-47) and FT: 86.4% in 23 games. He has a dual citizenship: Cypriot and Bulgarian. Despite Vezenkov played previously for the Cypriot U16 national team, he is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team.

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #4. An experienced point guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in VTB United League) was the major contributor in Khimky's victory against the closely-ranked Lokomotiv (13-4) 89-84 in the VTB United League last Friday. He recorded 18 points and added 6 passes in 29 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Khimky Moscow Region (14-3) is placed third in the VTB United League. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Rowland has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 3.2rpg and 4.3apg in 16 games. He is a naturalized American. Rowland used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2011. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Ivan Lilov
Ivan Lilov
   #5. International shooting guard Ivan Lilov (194-88, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Hungary) helped Szedeak win their game against the league outsider MAFC (3-16) 85-67 in the Hungarian A Division on Saturday night. Lilov was the top player that evening. He recorded 28 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Naturtex-SZTE-Szedeak Szeged (9-10) is placed eighth in the A Division. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. This season Lilov has very high stats. He averages: 21.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg. Lilov plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

Chavdar Kostov
Chavdar Kostov
   #6. Shooting guard Chavdar Kostov (195-88, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Greece) helped Kymis win their game against the league outsider Doxa Lefkadas (3-16) crushing them 97-65 in the Greek A1 in Saturday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Kostov recorded 18 points in 22 minutes. GS Kymis (6-13) is placed 12th in the A1. It was his team's first victory after seven consecutive loses. This year Kostov's total stats are: 8.0ppg and 3.0rpg in 11 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster.

Hristo Nikolov
Hristo Nikolov
   #7. Former international power forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Poland) helped Stal Ostrow Wlkp. win their game against the tenth-ranked Wilki Morskie (11-10) 74-69 in the Polish PLK last Saturday. Nikolov scored 12 points. BM Slam Stal Ostrow Wlkp. (14-8) is placed fourth in the PLK. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Nikolov has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago.

Earl Calloway
Earl Calloway
   #8. Guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana, currently plays in Turkey) helped Istanbul BBSK win their game against the league outsider TED Kolejliler (1-18) 100-81 in the Turkish BSL last Saturday. Calloway recorded 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 28 minutes. Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyesi (7-12) is placed 12th in the BSL. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. Calloway has reliable stats this year: 11.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 5.1apg and 1.7spg in 17 games. He is a naturalized American. Calloway used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2010. However he has never played in Bulgaria.

Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons
   #9. Former international power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Estonia) helped Kalev/Cramo win their game against the closely-ranked TTU (10-8) crushing them 108-80 in a derby game in the Estonian Alexela KML on Saturday night. Simmons recorded 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (14-2) is placed second in the Alexela KML. It was his team's 14th 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. Simmons has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2bpg. He is a naturalized American. Simmons used to play for the Bulgarian national team five years ago.

Aleksandar Yanev Georgiev
Aleksandar Yanev Georgiev
   #10. Forward Aleksandar Yanev Georgiev (203-90, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Croatia) helped KK Zadar win their game against the closely-ranked Jolly (15-3) 84-72 in the Croatian A1 in Monday night's game. Yanev Georgiev scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 17 minutes. KK Zadar (9-7) is placed fifth in the A1. Yanev Georgiev has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 2.6rpg in five games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster.

   #11. U18 international forward Yordan Minchev (202-98, currently plays in Serbia) managed to help KK Vrsac Swisslion in a victory against the closely-ranked Spartak crushing them 101-74 in the Serbian KLS on Sunday night. Minchev scored 5 points in 6 minutes. It was his first game for Vrsac this season. Minchev plays currently for the Bulgarian U18 national team.

   #12. Former international power forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) helped Tofas win their game against one of league's weakest teams Balikesir 86-81 in the Turkish BSL in Saturday night's game. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Ivanov's stats this season are: 11.9ppg, 4.4rpg and 2.7apg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2013.

   #13. Former international small forward Pavel Marinov (199-88, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Romania). Marinov could not help Pitesti to beat Targu Mures. He recorded 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 30 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 16 points 93-77. Marinov's stats this year are: 14.0ppg, 4.9rpg and 4.2apg in 21 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago.

   #14. Former international power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to help Yesilgiresun Bld in their game against Besiktas in the Turkish BSL. Ivanov cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points and added 3 assists. His team was badly defeated by 20 points 82-62. Ivanov has averaged so far 9.4ppg and 5.4rpg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2013.

   #15. International forward Aleks Simeonov (200-93, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Gipuzkoa in their game against Palencia Baloncesto in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Simeonov cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 11 minutes. His team lost 83-92. Simeonov has averaged so far 5.2ppg and 3.0rpg in 23 games. He is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) could not help Ventspils (7-7) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Deane's very good performance the fifth-placed Ventspils (7-7) was defeated 70-61 on the road by the higher-ranked Umana Venezia (#3) in the group C of Basketball Champions League. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Deane also added 4 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 3 balls. This season Deane has relatively solid stats: 13.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.1apg and 1.8spg. He is a naturalized American. Deane used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #2. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in France) led Cholet Basket to a 1-point victory over the closely-ranked JDA Dijon (7-13) 72-71 in the French ProA on Saturday night. Evtimov was the top player that evening. He scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 29 minutes. Cholet Basket (7-13) is placed 16th in the ProA. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. Evtimov has reliable stats this year: 11.7ppg, 3.8rpg and 2.0apg in 20 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Bulgarian and French.

   #3. Kiril Pavlovski (210-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) was the major contributor in Rabotnicki's victory against the sixth-ranked Pelister Bitola (4-9) crushing them 95-60 in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga in Saturday night's game. Pavlovski recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 11 rebounds. KK Rabotnicki AD Skopje (11-2) is placed first in the Prva Liga. The Regular Season already ended. Pavlovski has averaged so far 4.8ppg and 3.8rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian.

   #4. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, also represented by Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Balkan League) contributed to Kumanovo's victory against one of league's weakest teams Peja (2-3) 80-76 in the Balkan League last Wednesday. Karadzovski scored 10 points and added 3 assists. 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 that game will be critical. Karadzovski has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.1apg. He has both Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian nationalities.

   #5. Boris Matrakov (195-G-93, currently plays in United Kingdom) managed to help Glasgow Rocks to win against the closely-ranked Plymouth Raiders (12-10) 98-80 in the British BBL in Sunday night's game. Matrakov scored only 2 points. Glasgow Rocks (16-5) is placed third in the BBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Matrakov averages just 1.2ppg.

   #6. Kristoffer Gafor (195-G-92, currently plays in Sweden) was not able to help Trelleborg (4-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance the fourth-placed Trelleborg was defeated 101-95 in Lulea by the lower-ranked LF Future (#5) in the Superettan group. Gafor scored 11 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Gafor has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.0apg. He also holds two passports: Bulgarian and Swedish.

   #7. Georgi Krastev (195-SF-94, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Limburg crushing them 100-76 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. Krastev recorded 6 points. Krastev has averaged so far 5.9ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.9apg.

   #8. Boyan Tenev (204-F-88, college: Lincoln Memorial, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Aschersleben in their game against RW Cuxhaven in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Tenev recorded only 3 points in 16 minutes. His team lost 72-86. Tenev has averaged so far 8.8ppg and 1.2rpg in 15 games.

   #9. Kristiyan Borisov (188-G-88, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Fellbach crushing them 95-62 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Sunday night. He recorded 6 points. This season Borisov averages only 2.7ppg.



NBL Round 19: Lukoil Acad. edge Academik Plovdiv by two points - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 19 in the NBL took place in Sofia. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of their biggest opponent Academik Plovdiv (11-6) to first ranked Lukoil Acad. (14-3) 82-80 in the game for the first place. Lukoil Acad. dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Academik Plovdiv's 38. 24 personal fouls committed by Academik Plovdiv helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American center Steve Zack (211-92, college: La Salle) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American-Cameroonian point guard Danny Gibson (177-84, college: S.Indiana) chipped in 16 points and 7 assists. Montenegrin guard Milorad Sutulovic (196-90) produced 23 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Defending champion maintains first place with 14-3 record. Academik Plovdiv at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. They share it with Beroe. Lukoil Acad. are looking forward to face Balkan (#5) in Botevgrad in the next round. Academik Plovdiv will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Levski managed to get a fourth victory. This time they edged sixth-ranked Spartak Pleven 76-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Spartak Pleven. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international swingman Pavel Ivanov (200-88, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Veselin Veselinov contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Martin Marinov (191-85, agency: 011 Sports) answered with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Spartak Pleven. Levski maintains ninth place with 4-13 record. Spartak Pleven at the other side keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. Levski will play against higher ranked Beroe (#3) in Stara Zagora in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Spartak Pleven will play at home against Yambol and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Stara Zagora. Local Beroe (11-6) beat 7th ranked Cherno More (5-12) 77-67 on Saturday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Aaron Jones who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Beroe's coach Ljubomir Minchev used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Stanislav Tsonkov responded with 23 points (made all of his seven free throws). Beroe moved-up to second place, which they share with Akademik PL. Loser Cherno More keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. Beroe will meet bottom-ranked Levski (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cherno More will play against Rilski in Samokov and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 19 Balkan was defeated by Rilski in Samokov 80-73.
The best stats of 19th round was 26 points and 11 rebounds by DJ Shelton of Rilski.

Lukoil Acad. - Akademik PL 82-80

The most exciting game of round 19 in the NBL took place in Sofia. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of their biggest opponent Academik Plovdiv (11-6) to first ranked Lukoil Acad. (14-3) 82-80 in the game for the first place. Lukoil Acad. dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Academik Plovdiv's 38. 24 personal fouls committed by Academik Plovdiv helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American center Steve Zack (211-92, college: La Salle) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American-Cameroonian point guard Danny Gibson (177-84, college: S.Indiana) chipped in 16 points and 7 assists. Montenegrin guard Milorad Sutulovic (196-90) produced 23 points and 5 rebounds and French-American forward Jordan Semple (201-92, college: Chico St., agency: Octagon Europe) added 16 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals respectively for lost side. Five Academik Plovdiv players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains first place with 14-3 record. Academik Plovdiv at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. They share it with Beroe. Lukoil Acad. are looking forward to face Balkan (#5) in Botevgrad in the next round. Academik Plovdiv will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Acad.: M.Korniyenko 19+3reb+3ast, S.Zack 17+10reb, D.Gibson 16+4reb+7ast, A.Beane 9+1reb, D.Agre 7+5reb, D.Dimitrov 7+4reb+3ast
Akademik PL: M.Sutulovic 23+5reb+2ast, J.Semple 16+10reb+4ast, V.Aleksandrov 15+6reb+4ast, V.Bachev 12+1reb+1ast, S.Vaklinov 11+6reb+1ast, V.Mihaylov 3
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Beroe - Cherno More 77-67

The game with biggest result difference took place in Stara Zagora. Local Beroe (11-6) beat 7th ranked Cherno More (5-12) 77-67 on Saturday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of American forward Aaron Jones (206-93, college: Mississippi, agency: Two Points) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. The former international Tihomir Zhelev (193-90) helped adding 18 points and 4 assists. Beroe's coach Ljubomir Minchev used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side guard Stanislav Tsonkov (192-91) responded with 23 points (made all of his seven free throws) and point guard Deyan Karamfilov (180-94) scored 6 points, 9 assists and 5 steals. Beroe moved-up to second place, which they share with Akademik PL. Loser Cherno More keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. Beroe will meet bottom-ranked Levski (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cherno More will play against Rilski in Samokov and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Beroe: A.Jones 18+11reb+1ast, T.Zhelev 18+2reb+4ast, B.Raley-Ross 10+6reb+4ast, O.Gudul 9+7reb, T.Tenchev 6+1reb+1ast, P.Aleksiev 6+3reb+2ast
Cherno More: S.Tsonkov 23+3reb+1ast, N.Djuric 10+3reb, A.Natskin 10+4reb+2ast, M.Markovic 8+5reb+1ast, F.Dedijer 8+3reb, D.Karamfilov 6+4reb+9ast
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Spartak Pleven - Levski 73-76

Bottom-ranked Levski managed to get a fourth victory. This time they edged sixth-ranked Spartak Pleven 76-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Spartak Pleven. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international swingman Pavel Ivanov (200-88, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international forward Veselin Veselinov (202-83, college: W.Virginia St.) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Martin Marinov (191-85, agency: 011 Sports) answered with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Gerasim Nikolov (188-93) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Spartak Pleven. Five Levski and four Spartak Pleven players scored in double figures. Levski maintains ninth place with 4-13 record. Spartak Pleven at the other side keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. Levski will play against higher ranked Beroe (#3) in Stara Zagora in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Spartak Pleven will play at home against Yambol and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Levski: P.Ivanov 22+6reb+6ast, V.Veselinov 16+6reb+1ast, E.Hadjirusev 14+5reb+3ast, S.Slaveykov 12+2reb+1ast, K.Raykov 10+5reb, K.Doychinov 2+5reb
Spartak Pleven: M.Marinov 21+5reb+4ast, M.Savic 15+3reb+1ast, G.Nikolov 15+5reb+4ast, D.Marincheshki 12+5reb+3ast, V.Galabov 5+1reb, M.Tanev 3+1reb
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Rilski - Balkan 80-73

Everything could happen in Samokov at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Rilski and 5th ranked Balkan had identical 9-7 record. This time Rilski used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Botevgrad 80-73 on Saturday night. Rilski made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American forward DJ Shelton (208-91, college: Washington St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds. The former international guard Yordan Bozov (191-79) helped adding 22 points and 7 assists. At the losing side American forward Travis Daniels (202-92, college: Mississippi St.) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds and Montenegrin guard Amin Hott (192-92) scored 17 points and 9 assists. Rilski have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 10-7 record. Balkan lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with eight games lost. Rilski will meet at home Cherno More (#7) in the next round. Balkan will play against the league's leader Lukoil Acad. in Sofia and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Rilski: D.Shelton 26+11reb+1ast, Y.Bozov 22+3reb+7ast, E.Bruinsma 12+11reb+1ast, Z.Georgiev 8+4reb+5ast, D.Ivanov 5+2ast, T.Woods 4+3reb
Balkan: T.Daniels 22+9reb+1ast, A.Hott 17+3reb+9ast, M.Sekulovic 10+6reb+2ast, S.Marinov 6+3reb+3ast, D.Cvetkovic 6+4reb, I.Ivkov 5+1reb+2ast
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Aaron Jones claims Bulgarian NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Aaron Jones (206-F-93, agency: Two Points) had a great game in the last round for Beroe and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 18 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Cherno More (#7, 5-12) 77-67. Beroe maintains the 3rd position in Bulgarian NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Beroe will need more victories to improve their 11-6 record. In the team's last game Jones had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Beroe's top player in his first season with the team. Aaron Jones averages this season 13.1ppg and 7.5rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward Travis Daniels (202-F-92) of Balkan. Daniels impressed basketball fans with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as Balkan lost that game 73-80 to slightly higher-ranked Rilski (#4, 10-7). Balkan managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Daniels is a newcomer at Balkan and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Montenegrin Milorad Sutulovic (196-G-90) of second-ranked Akademik PL. Sutulovic scored 23 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Sutulovic's great performance Akademik PL lost 80-82 to #1 ranked Lukoil Acad.. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Akademik PL needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 11 victories and 6 lost games. The season just started for Sutulovic as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. D.J. Shelton (208-F-91) of Rilski - 26 points and 11 rebounds
5. Amin Hott (192-G-92) of Balkan - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Yordan Bozov (191-G-79) of Rilski - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Jordan Semple (201-F-92) of Akademik PL - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Stanislav Tsonkov (192-G-91) of Cherno More - 23 points and 3 rebounds
9. Pavel Ivanov (200-F/G-88) of Levski - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Evan Bruinsma (202-F-92) of Rilski - 12 points and 11 rebounds

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



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Stats Leaders - DIMAYOR

Points Per Game
 Durrell SUMMERS
  CD Valdi.
  (193-SF-89)
  Avg: 30.2
 1. Summers, CD Valdi.30.2 
 2. Dickson, CDU C.26.6 
 3. Taylor, Las Animas26.4 
 4. Abeiro, Tinguiri.25.9 
 5. Robinson, Osorno22.6 
 6. Cheek, Las Animas21.5 
 7. Larry, AB Ancud21.1 
 8. McCombs, CDE T.21.0 
 9. Munks, Puerto M.20.3 
 10. Phillips, Puerto M.19.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Osorno
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Coleman, Osorno13.7 
 2. McCombs, CDE T.12.9 
 3. Okoye, CD Valdivia12.4 
 4. Taylor, Las Animas11.6 
 5. Crawford, CDU C.11.6 
 6. Thomas, CD Castro11.2 
 7. Harrison, CDU C.10.9 
 8. Bowdry, Los Leones10.7 
 9. Abeiro, Tinguiri.10.7 
 10. Austin, Puente Alto10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Erik CARRASCO
  CD Valdi.
  (181-G-83)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Carrasco, CD Valdi.9.5 
 2. Morales, Las A.6.0 
 3. Bravo, CDE Talca5.8 
 4. Munoz, Osorno5.1 
 5. Thomas, CD Castro4.9 
 6. Saez, Tinguiri.4.4 
 7. Figueroa, AB Ancud4.3 
 8. Marechal, Los L.3.8 
 9. Scott, CDU C.3.8 
 10. Cruces, CD Castro3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  CDU C.
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Scott, CDU C.3.1 
 2. Pavez, Tinguiri.1.9 
 3. Carrasco, CD Valdi.1.9 
 4. Munks, Puerto M.1.7 
 5. Dickson, CDU C.1.6 
 6. Lopez, Puente Alto1.6 
 7. Abeiro, Tinguiri.1.6 
 8. Phillips, Puerto M.1.6 
 9. Del-Solar, Las A.1.6 
 10. Cheek, Las Animas1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Damian SAUNDERS
  CDU C.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Saunders, CDU C.2.1 
 2. Louis, CD Valdivia1.3 
 3. McCombs, CDE T.1.3 
 4. Phillips, Puerto M.1.3 
 5. Lee, CD Castro1.2 
 6. Lopez, Puente Alto1.1 
 7. Harrison, CDU C.0.9 
 8. Centeno, AB Ancud0.9 
 9. Coleman, Osorno0.8 
 10. Larry, AB Ancud0.8 


Review of Liga Nacional Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

CD Valdivia - AB Ancud 78-82

AB Ancud upset CD Valdivia to take the lead in the quarterfinal series. Deportivo Valdivia was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 27-21 charge of AB Ancud, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Reginald Larry (198-86, college: Boise St., agency: Pro Sports) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and Venezuelan swingman Francisco Centeno (201-85) chipped in 25 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American Durrell Summers (193-89, college: Michigan St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds and the former international guard Erik Carrasco (181-83) scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
AB Ancud: F.Centeno 25+7reb+2ast, R.Larry 23+15reb+1ast, R.Vera 13+2reb, P.Sandoval 11+2reb, D.Osses 6+2reb+3ast, R.Armijo 2
CD Valdivia: D.Summers 35+15reb+1ast, E.Carrasco 19+7reb+6ast, A.Louis 10+10reb+2ast, D.Gonzalez 10+1ast, G.Isla 4+2reb, C.Talmar 0
gschID: 536873


Osorno - Las Animas 81-76

Osorno held off Las Animas in the opener. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-76. American forward Brandon Robinson (198-89, college: Clayton St.) fired 27 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Nigerian-American center Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four Osorno Basquetbol players scored in double figures. American guard Dominic Cheek (198-91, college: Villanova) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Aspire Sports) added 22 points and 14 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Osorno: B.Robinson 27+7reb+4ast, R.Okosa 14+7reb+1ast, R.Munoz 13+1reb+5ast, M.Schenoni 12+2ast, M.Sepulveda 8+5reb+1ast, J.Fontena 3+6reb
Las Animas: D.Cheek 23+14reb+6ast, T.Taylor 22+14reb+2ast, F.Morales 14+3reb+4ast, M.Perez 9, M.Sepulveda 3+1reb, J.Del Solar 3+6reb+1ast
gschID: 536875


Los Leones - Tinguiririca S.F. 96-73

Los Leones outgunned Tinguiririca to secure the winning start of the quarterfinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Los Leones. Tinguiririca S.F. was better in fourth quarter 22-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Tinguiririca S.F. 40-29 including 31 on the defensive glass. American swingman Brandon Bowdry (200-88, college: E.Michigan, agency: Inception Sports) nailed 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import DeAndre Coleman (201-86, college: S.Alabama, agency: DTMones) accounted for 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Los Leones' coach Claudio Jorquera felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Brazilian center Lucas Tischer (208-83) came up with 20 points and 5 rebounds and Argentinian power forward Juan-Luis Abeiro (196-88) added 15 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Tinguiririca S.F. in the defeat. Five Los Leones and four Tinguiririca S.F. players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Los Leones: D.Jones 18+3reb+3ast, B.Bowdry 15+9reb+4ast, D.Coleman 14+6reb+4ast, E.Arteaga 12+2reb+2ast, I.Carrion 10+7reb+1ast, E.Marechal 9+3reb+1ast
Tinguiririca S.F.: L.Tischer 20+5reb+1ast, J.Luis Abeiro 15+9reb+2ast, M.Ernst 12+3reb+3ast, F.Gonzalez 11+2reb, F.Pavez 8+6reb+4ast, M.Moraga 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 536874


CDU Concepcion - CDE Talca 55-72

CDE Talca toppled CDU Concepcion on the road to surge ahead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Espanol de Talca. Universidad de Concepcion was better in third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Espanol de Talca had a 33-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Decorey Jones (201-90, college: Faulkner) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Dwight McCombs (203-89, college: Cent.Florida) contributed with 16 points for the winners. British-American Darren Phillip (201-78, college: Fairfield, agency: DTMones) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds and Jamaican-American guard Akeem Scott (185-83, college: High Point) added 11 points and 5 steals in the effort for Universidad de Concepcion.
Top scorers:
CDE Talca: D.Jones 18+12reb, D.McCombs 16+4reb, E.Sepulveda 12+4reb+1ast, F.Bravo 9+5reb+6ast, S.Bravo 7+10reb+2ast, P.Barraza 5+1reb+1ast
CDU Concepcion: D.Phillip 14+7reb+3ast, A.Scott 11+4reb+1ast, D.Silva 9+3reb+1ast, G.Caraboni 8+5reb, M.Cisternas 7+5reb, S.Saez 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 536872





Review of Liga Nacional Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

CD Valdivia - AB Ancud 73-65

CD Valdivia rallied past AB Ancud to gain the first victory in the series. It looked good early as AB Ancud took a 5-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Deportivo Valdivia had a 19-10 second period charge getting the lead and AB Ancud was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-73. American Durrell Summers (193-89, college: Michigan St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 32 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). The former international guard Erik Carrasco (181-83) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists for the winners. American forward Reginald Larry (198-86, college: Boise St., agency: Pro Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds and Venezuelan swingman Francisco Centeno (201-85) added 22 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for AB Ancud.
Top scorers:
CD Valdivia: D.Summers 32+7reb+3ast, E.Carrasco 12+8reb+11ast, A.Louis 9+8reb+1ast, D.Gonzalez 7+3reb+1ast, G.Isla 7+4reb, C.Rosenberg 6+2reb
AB Ancud: R.Larry 25+11reb+3ast, F.Centeno 22+8reb+1ast, P.Sandoval 10+2reb, D.Osses 3+3reb+1ast, S.Figueroa 3+5reb+2ast, C.Naranjo 2+1reb
gschID: 537353


Osorno - Las Animas 70-80

Las Animas upset Osorno to even the series at 1-1. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-70. Las Animas made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Aspire Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). The other American import guard Dominic Cheek (198-91, college: Villanova) chipped in 22 points. Nigerian-American center Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Brandon Robinson (198-89, college: Clayton St.) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Las Animas: T.Taylor 35+12reb+3ast, D.Cheek 22+3reb+3ast, J.Del Solar 8+9reb+3ast, F.Morales 5+3reb+4ast, D.Low 5+2reb+1ast, M.Sepulveda 5+1reb+1ast
Osorno: B.Robinson 18+5reb+1ast, R.Munoz 17+2reb+4ast, R.Okosa 17+6reb+2ast, J.Fontena 9+5reb, F.Ibarra 6+4reb, M.Schenoni 3+2reb
gschID: 537352


CDU Concepcion - CDE Talca 81-67

CDU Concepcion beat CDE Talca to level things up at 1-1. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 58-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Jamaican-American guard Akeem Scott (185-83, college: High Point) scored 24 points and 6 steals to lead the charge for the winners and British-American Darren Phillip (201-78, college: Fairfield, agency: DTMones) chipped in 16 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Scott is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The former international guard Eduardo Sepulveda (186-86) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds and American swingman Decorey Jones (201-90, college: Faulkner) scored 9 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
CDU Concepcion: A.Scott 24+3reb+1ast, D.Phillip 16+10reb+1ast, S.Saez 10+4reb+5ast, D.Silva 9+1reb+2ast, P.Briones 8+2reb, C.Lauler 5+8reb+2ast
CDE Talca: E.Sepulveda 15+8reb+3ast, D.McCombs 13+3reb, F.Bravo 10+2reb+4ast, D.Jones 9+7reb, S.Bravo 5+5reb+1ast, V.Lamberg 5
gschID: 537351


Los Leones - Tinguiririca S.F. 105-91

Los Leones knocked down Tinguiririca to secure 2-0 lead in the series. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 105-91. Los Leones made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The former international point guard Evandro Arteaga (178-83) scored 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American swingman Brandon Bowdry (200-88, college: E.Michigan, agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 21 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists during the contest. Argentinian power forward Juan-Luis Abeiro (196-88) responded with 28 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Francisco Pavez (178-92) scored 13 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Los Leones: E.Arteaga 33+6reb+2ast, B.Bowdry 21+10reb+8ast, D.Coleman 15+4reb+2ast, T.Alvarez 10+2reb+4ast, I.Carrion 10+4reb+1ast, D.Jones 8+4reb+4ast
Tinguiririca S.F.: J.Luis Abeiro 28+8reb+1ast, M.Ernst 16+2reb+2ast, P.Saez 14+3reb+4ast, F.Pavez 13+4reb+4ast, F.Gonzalez 11+3reb, L.Tischer 5+9reb+6ast
gschID: 537350





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  CHINA  

Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Errick MCCOLLUM
  North C.
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 37.5
 1. McCollum, North C.37.5 
 2. Fredette, Shanghai.37.4 
 3. Brooks, Jiangsu D.36.2 
 4. Cunningham, Jiang.34.0 
 5. Brown, Jilin NE T.33.9 
 6. Franklin, Shanxi Zh.33.6 
 7. Hudson, Liaoning H.32.6 
 8. Adams, Xinjiang FT31.2 
 9. Jones, Qingdao E.30.5 
 10. Warren, Zhejiang.29.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Malcolm THOMAS
  Jilin N.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Thomas, Jilin N.16.4 
 2. Haddadi, Sichu.16.1 
 3. Thompson, Shandong.14.1 
 4. Hickson, Fujian QB13.4 
 5. Sakakini, TianJ.13.3 
 6. Batista, North C.12.8 
 7. Lampe, Shenzhen L.12.8 
 8. Dalembert, Shanxi Z.12.1 
 9. Han, Liaoning H.11.8 
 10. Diogu, Jiangsu TX11.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal FRANKLIN
  Shanxi Zh.
  (196-SG-91)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Franklin, Shanxi Zh.8.8 
 2. Fortson, Guangsha.8.5 
 3. Jeter, TianJin S.7.9 
 4. Pargo, Shenzhen L.7.0 
 5. Buycks, Fujian QB6.4 
 6. Sloan, Guangdong ST6.3 
 7. Jones, Qingdao E.6.2 
 8. Warren, Zhejiang.5.8 
 9. Adams, Xinjiang FT5.8 
 10. Brown, Zhejiang CB5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jamaal FRANKLIN
  Shanxi Zh.
  (196-SG-91)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Franklin, Shanxi Zh.3.3 
 2. Sui, Shandong FB2.8 
 3. Brown, Zhejiang CB2.7 
 4. Fortson, Guangsha.2.6 
 5. Hudson, Liaoning H.2.5 
 6. Blatche, Xinjiang.2.4 
 7. Kamrani, Jilin N.2.4 
 8. McCollum, North C.2.3 
 9. Kennedy, Guangzhou2.3 
 10. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Yuchen ZOU
  Bayi R.
  (203-F-96)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Zou, Bayi R.2.6 
 2. Zhou, Xinjiang FT2.2 
 3. Smith, Sichuan BW2.0 
 4. Haddadi, Sichu.2.0 
 5. Kirk, Guangzhou1.9 
 6. Dalembert, Shanxi Z.1.9 
 7. Sun, Beijing D.1.6 
 8. Blatche, Xinjiang.1.6 
 9. Thomas, Jilin N.1.6 
 10. Benimon, Qingd.1.5 



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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Luka BOZIC
  KK Zagreb
  (199-PG-96)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Bozic, KK Zagreb23.1 
 2. Johnson, Alkar Sinj22.3 
 3. Smajlagic, Zabok21.2 
 4. Marcinkovic, KK Za.19.1 
 5. Novacic, Jolly JBS18.6 
 6. Hopson, Cedevita17.9 
 7. Veljacic, Kvarner .17.7 
 8. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek16.8 
 9. Konjevic, Skrljevo16.8 
 10. Ivanov, GKK Sibenik16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jalen ROBINSON
  Vrij.Osijek
  (206-F/C-93)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek7.6 
 2. Novacic, Jolly JBS7.4 
 3. Bozic, KK Zagreb7.1 
 4. Halilovic, GKK S.6.8 
 5. Mazalin, Zadar6.6 
 6. Smajlagic, Zabok6.6 
 7. Marcinkovic, KK Za.6.4 
 8. Arapovic, Cedevita6.4 
 9. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek5.8 
 10. Bundovic, Cedevita5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Scottie REYNOLDS
  Cibona
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Reynolds, Cibona8.5 
 2. Johnson, Alkar Sinj8.1 
 3. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.9 
 4. Scott, Jolly JBS6.6 
 5. Stockton, Cedevita6.0 
 6. Veljacic, Kvarner .5.7 
 7. Filipovic, KK Split5.7 
 8. Vrbica, Gorica5.1 
 9. Kapusta, Zabok5.0 
 10. Palcic, Skrljevo4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj2.9 
 2. Stockton, Cedevita2.8 
 3. Babic, Zabok2.6 
 4. Veljacic, Kvarner .2.2 
 5. Stemberger, Skrlj.2.2 
 6. Sirko, KK Split2.0 
 7. Katic, Cedevita2.0 
 8. Mazalin, Zadar1.8 
 9. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek1.7 
 10. Novacic, Jolly JBS1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Miralem HALILOVIC
  GKK S.
  (205-F-91)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Halilovic, GKK S.1.5 
 2. Krolo, Zabok1.1 
 3. Turkyilmaz, GKK S.1.1 
 4. Bundovic, Cedevita1.1 
 5. Vukovic, Vrij.Osijek0.9 
 6. Zrnic, Zabok0.8 
 7. Bilan, Cedevita0.8 
 8. Vlaic, KK Zagreb0.7 
 9. Vitali, KK Zagreb0.7 
 10. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek0.6 


Gunjina left Huesca - by Eurobasket News

25-year old Croatian forward Jure Gunjina (203-93kg-92, college: Georgia SW) left Magia Huesca (LEB Gold). In 22 games in Spain he had 4.8ppg and 1.9rpg this season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Gunjina won Southern Conference championship title in 2014. He was also voted All-Southern Conference 2nd Team back in 2014 at his college time.
Gunjina has played also professionally for other Croatian teams like Cedevita and Bosco.
He attended Georgia Southwestern State University until 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player.

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Zadar easily prevail league-leading Jolly JBS - by Zeljko Zule

Zadar outscored league-leading Jolly JBS Sibenik 50-16 in the second and third quarter to win 84-72 win in the last game of Croatian A1 League Round 18. Maj Kovacevic (196-G-90) came off the bench for game-high 22 points including six 3-pointers, Kristijan Krajina (211-F-90, college: Mt.St.Mary's) scored 12 points and Lovre Basic (190-PG-95, agency: BeoBasket) 10. Jolly was led by Ivan Novacic (201-F-85) who scored 19 points and was a rebound shy of a double-double and Jozo Brkic (211-F/C-86) had 13 points and 12 rebounds off the bench.
The game featured seven lead changes and four ties in the opening quarter before Zadar went on a 12-2 run to go up 33-23. The home team later made a 10-0 run to extend their lead to 49-29 and opened the second half wih 17 consecutive points for a 68-32 lead. Zadar had their largest lead of the night at 71-34 late in the third quarter and then Jolly went on an 38-13 run to close out the game with a dozen-point loss.



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Andy Boffil claims Cuban LSB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Former international Swingman Andy Boffil (190-G/F-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Villa Clara and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 34-year old swingman had the game-high 27 points adding three assists for Villa Clara in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Capitalinos (#4, 5-5) 76-75. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Villa Clara to consolidate first place in the Cuban LSB. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is already in a full swing and Villa Clara still have not lost a single game, getting all 11 victories. In the team's last game Boffil had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Villa Clara, through which he has constantly improved. Boffil has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 28.5ppg), assists (7th best: 2.3apg) and averages solid 5.0spg and 62.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old former international guard Yuniskel Molina (185-G-93) of Matanzas. Molina impressed basketball fans with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course Matanzas cruised to a 77-70 relatively comfortable win over Guantanamo (#7, 0-9). This victory allowed Matanzas to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 6-4 record is not bad at all. Molina is one of the most experienced players at Matanzas and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.1ppg (#9).

The third best performed player last round was former international forward Jasul Rivero (203-F/C-93) of Capitalinos (#4). Rivero scored 22 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Rivero's great performance Capitalinos lost 75-76 to #1 ranked Villa Clara. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Capitalinos needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 5 victories and 5 lost games. Rivero has a very solid season. In 4 games in Cuba he scored 9.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Elvis Pons (194-G/F-83) of Guantanamo - 19 points and 8 rebounds
5. Neslier Abreu (187-G-93) of Villa Clara - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Yosniel Moralez) of Matanzas - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Yoanis Soria (195-G/F-86) of Guantanamo - 13 points and 5 rebounds
8. Arlen Alorda (198-F/C-86) of Capitalinos - 18 points and 13 rebounds
9. Vladimir Francis (185-PG-83) of Camaguey - 17 points and 4 rebounds
10. Raudelis Guerra (191-G-93) of Guantanamo - 18 points and 3 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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Div.A stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Baden JAXEN
  Etha
  (190-G-90)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Jaxen, Etha19.1 
 2. Esho, Etha18.8 
 3. Franklin, Apollon18.4 
 4. Ray, Enosis15.9 
 5. Abukar, Keravnos15.7 
 6. Brezec, AEK15.5 
 7. Marshall, Apollon15.1 
 8. Bussey, Apoel14.9 
 9. Blakes, Enosis14.6 
 10. Burnatowski, Apoel13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maxie ESHO
  Etha
  (206-F-91)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Esho, Etha8.4 
 2. Raines, Apollon8.4 
 3. Thomas, Enosis8.1 
 4. Brezec, AEK7.3 
 5. Mobley, Apoel7.3 
 6. Parks, Keravnos6.8 
 7. Dasic, AEK6.4 
 8. Blakes, Enosis6.3 
 9. Wright, Apoel6.1 
 10. Burnatowski, Apoel5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny BARKER
  Keravnos
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Barker, Keravnos5.8 
 2. Thomas, AEK5.4 
 3. Washington, Enosis4.9 
 4. Bussey, Apoel4.5 
 5. Ross, Keravnos4.4 
 6. Jaxen, Etha3.6 
 7. Koronides, Apollon3.6 
 8. Brown, Apoel3.4 
 9. Colimon, Etha3.2 
 10. Jones, Apollon3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Keravnos
  (188-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Ross, Keravnos2.1 
 2. Dasic, AEK1.8 
 3. Pittakas, Apollon1.8 
 4. Franklin, Apollon1.7 
 5. Washington, Enosis1.7 
 6. Thomas, AEK1.6 
 7. Barker, Keravnos1.6 
 8. Burnatowski, Apoel1.5 
 9. Blakes, Enosis1.5 
 10. Ray, Enosis1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin THOMAS
  Enosis
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Thomas, Enosis1.2 
 2. Mobley, Apoel1.1 
 3. Suleiman, Apollon1.1 
 4. N''Doye, Apollon1.0 
 5. Marshall, Apollon1.0 
 6. Raines, Apollon0.9 
 7. Parks, Keravnos0.7 
 8. Esho, Etha0.6 
 9. Panayiotou, Etha0.6 
 10. Burnatowski, Apoel0.6 


Jaxen's 35-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old guard Baden Jaxen (190-G-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for Etha and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
He had the game-high 35 points adding seven rebounds and five assists for Etha as his team lost the game against AEK (#2, 13-4) 75-89. Etha maintains the 6th position in Cypriot league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 14 games and recorded just three victories. In the team's last game Jaxen had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be Etha's top player in his first season with the team. University of North Carolina graduate has very impressive stats this year. Jaxen is league's best scorer averaging so far 19.1ppg. Jaxen is in league's top in assists (6th best: 3.6apg) and averages solid 53.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Brandon Mobley (206-F-91, agency: HMS) of Apoel. He is American forward in his first season at Apoel. In the last game Mobley recorded impressive 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Apoel lost that game 69-78 to slightly higher-ranked Keravnos (#1, 15-2). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Apoel still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 9-8 record is not bad at all. Mobley is a newcomer at Apoel and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Eric Washington (178-PG-93) of Enosis (#4). Washington showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Enosis, leading his team to a 78-47 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Apollon (#5, 3-14). The chances of Enosis ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Washington could help Enosis to bring them higher in the standings. Washington has a great season in Cyprus. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.9apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gerry Blakes (193-G) of Enosis - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jarvis Ray (198-G-90) of Enosis - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Mohamed Abukar (208-F-85) of Keravnos - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ronald Ross (188-PG-83) of Keravnos - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 13 assists
8. Vladimir Dasic (207-PF-88) of AEK - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) of AEK - 18 points and 6 rebounds
10. Papa Suleiman (207-C-98) of Apollon - 10 points and 10 rebounds

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



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Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Lukas PALYZA
  Prostejov
  (202-F-89)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Palyza, Prostejov19.2 
 2. Bohacik, USK Praha18.4 
 3. Burnett, BK Pardu.17.9 
 4. Brooks, J.Hradec16.8 
 5. Ware, MMCITE B.16.7 
 6. Lipkins, J.Hradec15.7 
 7. Bakic, BK Kolin15.4 
 8. Allen, CEZ Nymburk15.2 
 9. Jacobs, Prostejov15.0 
 10. Pecka, Usti n.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Deshawn PAINTER
  MMCITE B.
  (205-C-90)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Painter, MMCITE B.11.2 
 2. Kerr, BK Kolin9.8 
 3. Pecka, Usti n.9.1 
 4. Norwa, Prostejov7.3 
 5. Mickelson, Svitavy7.1 
 6. Ware, MMCITE B.6.8 
 7. Smith, NH Ostrava6.8 
 8. Simpson, MMCITE B.6.7 
 9. Bohacik, USK Praha6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Roman MARKO
  Prostejov
  (194-SG-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Marko, Prostejov7.6 
 2. Bannister, Svitavy6.5 
 3. Sirina, BK Opava5.9 
 4. Simmons, Prostejov5.1 
 5. Kouril, BK Opava5.1 
 6. Lawrence, CEZ N.5.0 
 7. Glover, Usti n.4.8 
 8. Sotnar, Usti n.4.5 
 9. Ware, MMCITE B.4.3 
 10. Guercy, NH Ostrava4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin WARE
  MMCITE B.
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Ware, MMCITE B.2.6 
 2. Sirina, BK Opava2.3 
 3. Sant-Roos, CEZ N.2.1 
 4. Glover, Usti n.2.1 
 5. Marko, Prostejov1.8 
 6. Burnett, BK Pardu.1.8 
 7. Lipkins, J.Hradec1.8 
 8. Pulpan, BK Pardu.1.7 
 9. Bannister, Svitavy1.6 
 10. Allen, CEZ Nymburk1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Hunter MICKELSON
  Svitavy
  (208-F-92)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Mickelson, Svitavy1.5 
 2. Simpson, MMCITE B.1.5 
 3. Ibekwe, CEZ N.1.4 
 4. Canty, J.Hradec1.4 
 5. Madsen, USK Praha1.4 
 6. Dyck, Prostejov1.2 
 7. Simpson, CEZ N.1.1 
 8. Ware, MMCITE B.0.9 
 9. Jelinek, Svitavy0.9 
 10. Svrdlik, BK Pardu.0.8 


1Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Matej SVOBODA
  Nymburk B
  (200-F-96)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Svoboda, Nymburk B24.5 
 2. Slechta, Sokol Pisek24.2 
 3. Peterka, Nymburk B22.8 
 4. Novak, Olomouc SK22.8 
 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 SK11.1 
 3. Kolonicny, Havirov10.4 
 4. Klimes, Slavoj Litom.9.6 
 5. Kvapil, Opava B9.5 
 6. Pelikan, Novy Jicin9.3 
 7. Voslajer, Zlin9.3 
 8. Bujnoch, Opava B8.8 
 9. Sebela, Sokol S.8.7 
 10. Streba, USK P.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jan SOTNAR
  Slavoj L.
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Sotnar, Slavoj L.8.4 
 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. Rotrekl, Sokol S.2.3 
 5. Nehoda, Zlin2.3 
 6. Choleva, Olomouc Bbal2.1 
 7. Pumprla, Zlin2.1 
 8. Dragoun, Opava B2.0 
 9. Branda, Opava B2.0 
 10. Zlamal, Olomouc SK1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Pavel ENGLICKY
  Sokol Pisek
  (210-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Englicky, Sokol Pisek2.3 
 2. Blumbergs, GBA S.1.8 
 3. Skranc, Pardubice1.7 
 4. Kolonicny, Havirov1.5 
 5. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.1 
 6. Szabo, Prostejov B1.1 
 7. Kozak, GBA Sparta1.1 
 8. Goga, Prostejov B1.0 
 9. Kvapil, Opava B1.0 
 10. Hlobil, Prostejov B0.9 


Levice inks T.J. Bannister, ex Svitavy - by Eurobasket News

BK Levicki Patrioti (SBL) signed 33-year old American point guard T.J. Bannister (180-84, college: Liberty, agency: Inception Sports). He started the season at Turi Svitavy in NBL league in Czech Republic. In 18 games he had 10.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 6.5apg and 1.6spg this season.
The most of last season Bannister spent at Rieker where in 25 SBL games he recorded 12.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 8.5apg and 1.6spg. He helped them to make it to the final. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Honorable Mention. Bannister also played earlier that season for BK Inter Bratislava. In 7 SBL games he averaged 7.1ppg, 1.6rpg, 5.3apg and 1.0spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Honorable Mention. Bannister also played 2 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got just 1.0ppg and 3.0rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Bannister won Slovakian League championship title in 2015. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Player of the Year and Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Import Player of the Year in 2015.
Bannister is quite experienced player. He has played in five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Bannister has played previously professionally in China (Sichuan Blue Whales), Germany (BG Karlsruhe, Schalke and ETB Wohnbau), Israel (Ironi Ramat Gan), Lebanon (Antranik) and Poland (Polpharma).
He attended Liberty University until 2008 and it is his ninth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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1Liga Round 1 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

The Second Stage in 1Liga just started.

The biggest surprise of round 1 in 1Liga took place in Nymburk where host Nymburk B (2-3) beat SKB Zlin (4-1) 80-62 on Sunday evening. They outrebounded SKB Zlin 43-18 including a 31-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Matej Svoboda (200-96) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Theodor Dlugos (183-97) chipped in 9 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Center Tomas Voslajer (211-90) produced 9 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. SKB Zlin will play next round against strong Sokol Hradec Kralove trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Nymburk B will try to continue on its current victory against B&W Opava B on the road.
Sokol Hradec Kralove defeated Olomouc SK at home 94-85. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Ondrej Peterka (198-91, agency: Octagon Europe) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 8 rebounds. Samuel Faifr contributed with 14 points for the winners. Forward Pavel Novak (199-83) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds for Olomouc SK. Olomouc SK will play next round against strong Slavoj BK Litomerice trying to get back on the winning streak. Sokol Hradec Kralove will try to continue on its current victory against Sokol Slapanice at Slapnice.
Very important is a road loss of Sokol Slapanice (2-3) against Basket Kosice (3-2) on Friday night. Visiting Sokol Slapanice was crushed by Basket Kosice in Kosice 109-79. Matej Bernath stepped up and scored 26 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Basket Kosice's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Zdenek Sebela responded with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Basket Kosice will meet Olomouc Bbal (#5) on the road in the next round. Sokol Slapanice will play against Sokol Hradec Kralove and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a road loss of Pardubice (2-3) against Sokol Prazky (3-2) on Friday night. Visiting Pardubice was defeated by Sokol Prazky in Praha 80-67. Jakub Tomas nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds for the winning side. Sokol Prazky's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Sokol Prazky will have a break next round. Pardubice will play at home against BK Loko Plzen (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 1 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Places 1-6 Opava B was crushed by Slavoj Litom. in Litomerice 78-53.
In Places 7-12 Loko Plzen beat Olomouc Bbal at home 78-63.
In Places 13-20 Prostejov B won against GBA Sparta on the opponent's court 89-83. Sokol Pisek managed to outperform Novy Jicin in a home game 91-77. Bottom-ranked Havirov was rolled over USK Praha B on the road 84-48. Ostrava defeated Vysocina on its own court 79-68.
The best stats of 1st round was 20 points and 10 rebounds by Jiri Bubak of Vysocina.

Places 1-6
Slavoj Litom. - Opava B 78-53

There was no surprise when B&W Opava B (1-4) was crushed on the road by Slavoj BK Litomerice (3-2) 78-53. Slavoj BK Litomerice forced 20 B&W Opava B turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by B&W Opava B's players. Guard Martin Basta (190-92) nailed 27 points for the winning side and center Martin Klimes (203-83, college: Vermont) accounted for 9 points and 6 rebounds. Coach 's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Center Miroslav Kvapil (202-93) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and guard Vitezslav Branda (189-87) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for B&W Opava B in the defeat. Slavoj BK Litomerice's next round opponent will be Olomouc SK (#6) on the road. B&W Opava B will play against Nymburk B and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Slavoj Litom.: M.Basta 27+1reb, M.Slunecko 11+3reb+3ast, M.Klimes 9+6reb+3ast, A.Alic 6+3reb+2ast, J.Zbroj 6+1reb, M.Bambas 5+1reb
Opava B: M.Kvapil 19+13reb+1ast, T.Micunek 14+5reb, V.Branda 10+7reb+3ast, J.Kupcik 5+4reb+2ast, S.Kurecka 3+4reb+1ast, D.Kopf 2+1reb
gschID: 536474


Nymburk B - Zlin 80-62

The biggest surprise of round 1 in 1Liga took place in Nymburk where host Nymburk B (2-3) beat SKB Zlin (4-1) 80-62 on Sunday evening. They outrebounded SKB Zlin 43-18 including a 31-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Matej Svoboda (200-96) fired a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Theodor Dlugos (183-97) chipped in 9 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Center Tomas Voslajer (211-90) produced 9 points and 10 rebounds and power forward Michal Susak (203-77) added 8 points respectively for lost side. SKB Zlin will play next round against strong Sokol Hradec Kralove trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Nymburk B will try to continue on its current victory against B&W Opava B on the road.
Top scorers:
Nymburk B: M.Svoboda 24+11reb+4ast, T.Dlugos 9+9reb+8ast, M.Kolar 5+5reb, L.Stegbauer 5+12reb+3ast, L.Rovensky 5+1reb+2ast, L.Kovarik 4+5reb+2ast
Zlin: T.Voslajer 9+10reb+1ast, M.Susak 8+4reb+2ast, D.Zumer 4+4reb+4ast, R.Derda 0, M.Jedovnicky 0, J.Krutilek 0+2ast
gschID: 536473


Sokol H.K. - Olomouc SK 94-85

Sokol Hradec Kralove defeated Olomouc SK at home 94-85. Sokol Hradec Kralove players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Olomouc SK's players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Ondrej Peterka (198-91, agency: Octagon Europe) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 8 rebounds. Samuel Faifr (203-93, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Forward Pavel Novak (199-83) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and forward Martin Vanak (198-87) added 21 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Olomouc SK. Five Olomouc SK players scored in double figures. Olomouc SK will play next round against strong Slavoj BK Litomerice trying to get back on the winning streak. Sokol Hradec Kralove will try to continue on its current victory against Sokol Slapanice at Slapnice.
Top scorers:
Sokol H.K.: O.Peterka 26+8reb+1ast, S.Faifr 14+4reb+3ast, P.Andres 12+4reb+4ast, L.Svandrlik 9+3reb+2ast, L.Maly 9+2reb+4ast, T.Mahler 8+1reb+3ast
Olomouc SK: M.Vanak 21+7reb+1ast, P.Novak 20+13reb+3ast, R.Polasek 17+2reb, M.Strniste 13+3reb+1ast, J.Zlamal 10+5reb+1ast, R.Hein 4+2reb
gschID: 536472


Places 7-12
Basket Kosice - Sokol Slapanice 109-79

Very important is a road loss of Sokol Slapanice (2-3) against Basket Kosice (3-2) on Friday night. Visiting Sokol Slapanice was crushed by Basket Kosice in Kosice 109-79. Basket Kosice dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Sokol Slapanice's 52. They outrebounded Sokol Slapanice 50-33 including a 36-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Basket Kosice looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Sokol Slapanice's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Basket Kosice made 10 blocks. Center Matej Bernath (203-94) stepped up and scored 26 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and center Matej Schinko (208-91) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. Basket Kosice's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side forward Zdenek Sebela (192-87) responded with 23 points and 7 rebounds and forward Martin Muller (194-94) scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. Four Sokol Slapanice players scored in double figures. Basket Kosice will meet Olomouc Bbal (#5) on the road in the next round. Sokol Slapanice will play against Sokol Hradec Kralove and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Basket Kosice: M.Bernath 26+9reb, M.Schinko 19+5reb+3ast, J.Kratochvil 12+6reb+2ast, J.Zavadil 9+3reb, M.Vansa 8+5reb+4ast, J.Bohm 8+7reb+1ast
Sokol Slapanice: Z.Sebela 23+7reb, M.Muller 18+7reb+3ast, B.Vitkovic 11+2reb, M.Vyroubal 10+7reb+1ast, M.Vanek 6+3reb+4ast, I.Pavlicik 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 536476


Loko Plzen - Olomouc Bbal 78-63

BK Loko Plzen used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Olomouc 78-63. Point guard Vaclav Honomichl (186-92) nailed 26 points and 4 assists for the winning side and power forward Jaroslav Kovanda (203-82) accounted for 13 points and 11 rebounds. Jiri Dedek (190-95) came up with 19 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals and swingman Adam Choleva (195-95) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Olomouc Bbal in the defeat. Four Olomouc Bbal players scored in double figures. BK Loko Plzen's next round opponent will be Pardubice (#4) on the road. Olomouc Bbal will play against Basket Kosice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Loko Plzen: V.Honomichl 26+1reb+4ast, M.Volf 15+3reb+3ast, J.Kovanda 13+11reb+2ast, K.Riha 8+7reb+2ast, M.David 5+1ast, J.Lejsek 4+1reb
Olomouc Bbal: J.Dedek 19+7reb+4ast, A.Choleva 13+7reb+1ast, V.Smerda 11+6reb+3ast, R.Jurka 10+4reb, F.Tuma 8+4reb+1ast, M.Schuster 2
gschID: 536477


Sokol Prazky - Pardubice 80-67

Very important is a road loss of Pardubice (2-3) against Sokol Prazky (3-2) on Friday night. Visiting Pardubice was defeated by Sokol Prazky in Praha 80-67. Sokol Prazky forced 26 Pardubice turnovers and outrebounded them 43-26 including a 18-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Sokol Prazky players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Power forward Jakub Tomas (200-80) nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds for the winning side and guard Jan Sop (185-96) accounted for 15 points. Sokol Prazky's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Josef Potocek (196-96) came up with 22 points and 4 steals and forward Michal Svoboda (190-99) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Pardubice in the defeat. Sokol Prazky will have a break next round. Pardubice will play at home against BK Loko Plzen (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sokol Prazky: J.Sop 15+3reb+2ast, J.Tomas 15+16reb+1ast, Y.Habily 12+2reb+3ast, J.Stepanek 9+1reb+3ast, S.Brix 8+4reb+2ast, T.Bruha 6+6reb+1ast
Pardubice: J.Potocek 22+1reb+1ast, M.Svoboda 10+5reb, K.Formanek 8+4reb, M.Roub 8+3reb, V.Nalevanko 7+2reb+1ast, F.Nimec 6+2reb
gschID: 536475


Places 13-20
GBA Sparta - Prostejov B 83-89

Very expected game in Praha where GBA Sparta (5-14) was defeated by BK Prostejov B (9-10) 89-83. Strangely GBA Sparta outrebounded BK Prostejov B 50-34 including a 38-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by GBA Sparta helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Swingman Marek Sehnal (196-96) nailed 24 points and 4 assists for the winning side and point guard Vojtech Ruzek (176) accounted for 18 points and 7 rebounds. BK Prostejov B's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Slovakian Matej Drgon (207-98) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and Latvian forward Verners Kohs (203-97) added 20 points and 10 rebounds respectively for GBA Sparta in the defeat. Five BK Prostejov B and four GBA Sparta players scored in double figures. BK Prostejov B's next round opponent will be Vysocina (#19) in Jihlava which should be theoretically an easy game. GBA Sparta will play on the road against Ostrava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Prostejov B: M.Sehnal 24+3reb+4ast, V.Ruzek 18+7reb, M.Nabelek 15+2reb+2ast, J.Hlobil 13+4reb, A.Goga 10+5reb+3ast, V.Vasat 4+7reb
GBA Sparta: M.Drgon 20+10reb+2ast, V.Kohs 20+10reb, K.Majchrzak 12+8reb+4ast, I.Niemtsu 12+7reb+3ast, M.Kainc 7+6reb+6ast, I.Tyrtyshnyk 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 536480


Sokol Pisek - Novy Jicin 91-77

Rather predictable result when Sokol Pisek (8-11) beat at home Novy Jicin (6-13) 91-77. Sokol Pisek dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Novy Jicin's 16. They outrebounded Novy Jicin 37-19 including a 30-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. Sokol Pisek brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Center Vojtech Novak (205-97) nailed 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and power forward Pavel Englicky (210-83) accounted for 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks. Five Sokol Pisek players scored in double figures. Sokol Pisek's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Roman Medek (187-87) came up with 13 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Daniel Panak (180-95) added 15 points respectively for Novy Jicin in the defeat. Sokol Pisek's next round opponent will be Havirov (#20) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Novy Jicin will play against USK Praha B and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sokol Pisek: V.Novak 19+8reb+2ast, P.Englicky 15+9reb+2ast, P.Slechta 15+4reb+3ast, M.Spicak 14+3reb+2ast, S.Bele 10+6reb+8ast, R.Duda 8+3reb+2ast
Novy Jicin: M. Kridlo 15+3reb, M.Roman 13+9reb+1ast, K.M 11+3reb, O.Jakub 6+2reb, P.Lukas 4+2reb,
gschID: 536479


USK Praha B - Havirov 84-48

Not a big story in a game when Havirov (2-17) was outplayed on the road by USK Praha B (9-10) 84-48. Forward Vilem Svoboda (195-95) nailed a double-double by scoring 32 points and 17 rebounds for the winning side and swingman Jan Streba (195-95) accounted for 17 points and 7 rebounds. Center Jan Kolonicny (208-93) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and Daniel Klimek (190-96) added 20 points respectively for Havirov in the defeat. USK Praha B's next round opponent will be Novy Jicin (#17) in Novy Jicin. Havirov will play at home against Sokol Pisek and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
USK Praha B: V.Svoboda 32+17reb+1ast, J.Streba 17+7reb+3ast, M.Hajek 11+5reb+4ast, Z.Blaha 9+1reb+1ast, M. Taussig 6+2reb, K.Chaloupka 4+4reb+3ast
Havirov: D.Klimek 20+4reb+2ast, J.Kolonicny 15+12reb+1ast, J.Leczo 9+10reb+1ast, D.Sotlik 2+1ast, J. Hubacek 2+1reb+1ast, P.Kratochvil 0+1reb
gschID: 536478


Ostrava - Vysocina 79-68

Everything went according to plan when Ostrava (7-12) won against at home Vysocina (4-15) 79-68. Guard Lukas Bukovjan (185-98) nailed 19 points and 6 assists for the winning side and center Jiri Stepanek (201-98) accounted for 18 points and 7 rebounds. Four Ostrava players scored in double figures. Forward Jiri Bubak (194-84) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and Martin Novak (199-93) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Vysocina in the defeat. Ostrava's next round opponent will be GBA Sparta (#18) in Praha. Vysocina will play on the road against BK Prostejov B and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ostrava: L.Bukovjan 19+4reb+6ast, J.Stepanek 18+7reb, T.Havlik 12+2reb+2ast, J.Lycka 11+1reb+2ast, O.Siko 8+4reb, P.Hosek 4+6reb+1ast
Vysocina: J.Bubak 20+10reb+1ast, O.Manak 16+3reb+1ast, M.Novak 15+7reb+1ast, M.Straznicky 7+2reb+5ast, J.Dokulil 4, M.Krajcigr 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 536481





NBL Round 3 (Second Stage): BK Pardubice top BK Decin in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game was played in Pardubice. BK Pardubice faced BK Decin. Host BK Pardubice (20-4) defeated guests from Decin (16-10) 81-65. BK Pardubice dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to BK Decin's 28. They outrebounded BK Decin 45-28 including a 33-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. BK Pardubice looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by BK Decin's players. The best player for the winners was international power forward Kamil Svrdlik (205-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Octagon Europe) who scored 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American forward Dominez Burnett (196-92, college: Davenport) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Ondrej Siska (190-93) who recorded 13 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BK Pardubice are looking forward to face CEZ Nymburk on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Decin will play against USK Praha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
CEZ Nymburk delivered the twenty fourth victory. This time they beat BK Opava (13-12) 84-77. It was a good game for American guard Bryon Allen (193-92, college: George Mason) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Jiri Welsch contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Center Vaclav Bujnoch (200-93, college: Des Moines Area CC) answered with 16 points for BK Opava. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. CEZ Nymburk will play against BK Pardubice at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Opava will play against BK Kolin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 3 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Places 1-6 BK Kolin was defeated by USK Praha in a road game 72-55.
In Places 7-12 Usti n/Labem was beaten by NH Ostrava at home 70-78. Prostejov was destroyed by Svitavy on the opponent's court 95-68. Bottom-ranked MMCITE Brno managed to outperform J.Hradec in a home game 95-77.
The best stats of 3rd round was 19 points and 6 rebounds by Hunter Mickelson of Svitavy.

Places 1-6
CEZ Nymburk - BK Opava 84-77

CEZ Nymburk delivered the twenty fourth victory. This time they beat BK Opava (13-12) 84-77. CEZ Nymburk made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. CEZ Nymburk outrebounded BK Opava 44-29 including 31 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American guard Bryon Allen (193-92, college: George Mason) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international guard Jiri Welsch (199-80) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Center Vaclav Bujnoch (200-93, college: Des Moines Area CC) answered with 16 points and the former international guard Radim Klecka (189-90) added 17 points in the effort for BK Opava. Four BK Opava players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. CEZ Nymburk will play against BK Pardubice at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Opava will play against BK Kolin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: B.Allen 21+6reb+6ast, T.Meier 17+4reb+2ast, J.Welsch 15+8reb+3ast, V.Hruban 8, P.Benda 8+14reb+1ast, H.Sant-Roos 5+6reb+3ast
BK Opava: R.Klecka 17+2reb, V.Bujnoch 16+4reb+1ast, J.Blazek 12+5reb, M.Gniadek 12+3reb+1ast, J.Sirina 5+4reb+4ast, R.Kouril 5+2reb+8ast
gschID: 535340


BK Pardubice - BK Decin 81-65

An exciting game was played in Pardubice. BK Pardubice faced BK Decin. Host BK Pardubice (20-4) defeated guests from Decin (16-10) 81-65. BK Pardubice dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to BK Decin's 28. They outrebounded BK Decin 45-28 including a 33-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. BK Pardubice looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by BK Decin's players. The best player for the winners was international power forward Kamil Svrdlik (205-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Octagon Europe) who scored 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American forward Dominez Burnett (196-92, college: Davenport) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Ondrej Siska (190-93) who recorded 13 points and international forward Lukas Palyza (202-89) added 7 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BK Pardubice are looking forward to face CEZ Nymburk on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Decin will play against USK Praha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: D.Burnett 17+2reb+4ast, K.Svrdlik 16+7reb+1ast, J.Wall 10+6reb+3ast, R.Necas 8+7reb+2ast, O.Kohout 8+6reb+2ast, L.Autrey 7+6reb+4ast
BK Decin: O.Siska 13+1reb+2ast, J.Krakovic 9+3reb+1ast, L.Palyza 7+5reb+1ast, S.Jezek 7+3reb+1ast, F.Kroutil 6+2reb+4ast, P.Houska 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 535341


USK Praha - BK Kolin 72-55

The game between closely ranked teams ended with BK Kolin's (11-14) road loss to USK Praha (13-11) 55-72. USK Praha outrebounded BK Kolin 36-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for international swingman Jaromir Bohacik (197-92, agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory with 33 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Finnish power forward Alexander Madsen (207-95) contributed with 3 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. USK Praha's coach Mirsad Alilovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Lee Skinner (198-92, college: Wofford) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import forward Garret Kerr (194-92, college: Univ.Sciences) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for BK Kolin. USK Praha will play against BK Decin (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Kolin will play against BK Opava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: J.Bohacik 33+8reb+6ast, P.Grunt 9+2reb+1ast, M.Mares 8+2reb, J.Sterba 6+1reb+1ast, M.Primorac 4+4reb, L.Festr 4+2ast
BK Kolin: L.Skinner 14+7reb+1ast, B.Bakic 13+4reb, G.Kerr 11+6reb+2ast, A.Ciz 8+2reb+4ast, C.Dixon 7, L.Horak 2+4reb
gschID: 535342


Places 7-12
Usti n/Labem - NH Ostrava 70-78

There was a small surprise when NH Ostrava (9-16) defeated on the road BK Usti nad Labem (10-15) 78-70. NH Ostrava shot 27 for 38 from the free-throw line, while BK Usti nad Labem only scored ten points from the stripe. NH Ostrava forced 19 BK Usti nad Labem turnovers. BK Usti nad Labem was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American point guard Malcolm Canada (191, college: Auburn) who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Sterling Smith (193-93, college: Pittsburgh) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. NH Ostrava's coach Dusan Medvecky allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American point guard Mikey Thompson (190, college: Boise St.) answered with 18 points and 5 rebounds and forward Ladislav Pecka (197-91) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for BK Usti nad Labem. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. NH Ostrava will play against Basketbal Svitavy (#7) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Usti nad Labem will play against MMCITE Brno and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
NH Ostrava: P.Bohacik 19+3reb, M.Canada 17+8reb+4ast, D.Painter 15+6reb, S.Smith 12+8reb+2ast, J.Riewer 10+5reb, K.Mays 4+3reb
Usti n/Labem: M.Thompson 18+5reb+2ast, L.Pecka 13+8reb, P.Bosak 12+1reb+2ast, K.Smith 12+5reb+1ast, C.Abercrombie 10+2reb+1ast, D.Steffel 5+2reb
gschID: 535344


Svitavy - Prostejov 95-68

The game between closely ranked teams ended with Prostejov's (8-17) road loss to Basketbal Svitavy (10-15) 68-95. Basketbal Svitavy dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Prostejov's 38. Basketbal Svitavy forced 24 Prostejov turnovers and outrebounded them 37-23 including 27 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a good game for American forward Hunter Mickelson (208-92, college: Kansas) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Bryan Smithson (183-85, college: NC-Asheville, agency: HMS) contributed with 18 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Basketbal Svitavy's coach Lubomir Ruzicka felt very confident that he used 11 players saving starting five for next games. Irish-American forward Brian Fitzpatrick (203-89, college: Bucknell, agency: Diamond Sports) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Rayshawn Simmons (193, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Two Points) added 10 points and 10 assists in the effort for Prostejov. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Basketbal Svitavy will play against NH Ostrava (#9) on the road in the next round. Prostejov will play against BK Lions Hradec in J.Hradec and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Svitavy: H.Mickelson 19+6reb, B.Smithson 18+3reb+3ast, J.Vucica 13+7reb+2ast, B.Roseboro 12+8reb, P.Slezak 10+2reb+3ast, J.Jelinek 8+7reb+2ast
Prostejov: B.Fitzpatrick 16+8reb+1ast, E.Jacobs 12+3reb, T.Dyck 12+2reb, R.Simmons 10+4reb+10ast, M.Novak 7+1reb+2ast, M.Sehnal 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 535345


MMCITE Brno - J.Hradec 95-77

MMCITE Brno used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from J.Hradec 95-77. MMCITE Brno outrebounded BK Lions Hradec 39-25 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. BK Lions Hradec was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American guard Kevin Ware (188-93, college: Georgia St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international swingman Michal Kremen (200-81) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Four MMCITE Brno players scored in double figures. American guard Malcolm Brooks (196-92, college: CS Fullerton) answered with 30 points and Jiri Soula (189-95) added 13 points in the effort for BK Lions Hradec. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. MMCITE Brno will play against BK Usti nad Labem (#8) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Lions Hradec will play against Prostejov (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
MMCITE Brno: K.Ware 32+14reb+4ast, M.Hrabovsky 20+1reb+1ast, M.Kremen 11+10reb+8ast, J.Tomanec 10+1reb, C.Turman 6+3reb, I.Mikulic 5+1reb+5ast
J.Hradec: M.Brooks 30+1reb, J.Soula 13+2reb+3ast, R.Canty 10+6reb, S.Zuzak 8+5reb, D.Fait 7+1reb+3ast, T.Sustek 5+6reb+3ast
gschID: 535343





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  DENMARK  

Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Devaughn AKOON-PURCELL
  Bakken
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Akoon-P., Bakken22.9 
 2. Bello, Randers18.6 
 3. Burgess, Randers18.6 
 4. Nielsen, Randers17.6 
 5. Mack, Horsens IC17.5 
 6. Haas, SISU17.0 
 7. McGrew, SI.16.7 
 8. Sandager, Stevn.16.4 
 9. Champagnie, Stevn.16.1 
 10. Dominique, Horsholm16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanner MCGREW
  SI.
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. McGrew, SI.10.9 
 2. Champagnie, Stevn.10.0 
 3. Sane, Naestved9.7 
 4. Smith, Horsholm8.7 
 5. Baru, SISU7.9 
 6. NaNa, Svendborg7.5 
 7. Moten, Svendborg7.1 
 8. Midtgaard, Horsh.6.9 
 9. Trist, Horsens IC6.3 
 10. Diouf, Bakken6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Frederik NIELSEN
  Horsholm
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Nielsen, Horsholm6.6 
 2. Burgess, Randers5.8 
 3. Wilson, SISU4.7 
 4. Gesell, Bakken4.3 
 5. Dranginis, SISU4.3 
 6. Lundberg, Horse.4.0 
 7. Lanegger, Naestved3.9 
 8. Nielsen, Randers3.9 
 9. Mack, Horsens IC3.7 
 10. McGrew, SI.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Myles MACK
  Horsens IC
  (175-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Mack, Horsens IC2.5 
 2. Bello, Randers2.0 
 3. Burgess, Randers2.0 
 4. Borovcanin, Horse.1.8 
 5. Gesell, Bakken1.8 
 6. Nielsen, Horsholm1.7 
 7. Lundberg, Horse.1.7 
 8. Smith, Horsholm1.7 
 9. Akoon-P., Bakken1.6 
 10. Nielsen, Randers1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jyles SMITH
  Horsholm
  (209-PF-92)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Smith, Horsholm1.3 
 2. Sane, Naestved1.2 
 3. Diouf, Bakken1.1 
 4. Aboubakar Za., Svendbor.1.1 
 5. Adjehi, SISU1.0 
 6. Colas, Randers1.0 
 7. Christoffers., Bak.1.0 
 8. Baru, SISU0.9 
 9. Onwenu, Naestved0.8 
 10. Moten, Svendborg0.8 


Ligaen Round 26: Leader Horsens IC loses to Bakken - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Ligaen is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 4 rounds. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader.

Top ranked Horsens IC (20-5) recorded its fifth loss in Aarhus on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by second ranked Bakken (19-4) 80-53. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Bakken led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Horsens IC to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Bakken dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Horsens IC's 34. They outrebounded Horsens IC 53-31 including a 43-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American-Trinidad and Tobago guard Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-93, college: Illinois St.) who scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. American center Keane Thomann (211-89, college: Missouri So.) chipped in 14 points and 12 rebounds. International guard Gabriel Lundberg (193-94) produced 15 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Bakken maintains second position with 19-4 record behind leader Horsens IC. Defending champion Horsens IC still keeps top place with five games lost. Bakken are looking forward to face Naestved (#5) on the road in the next round. Horsens IC will play against Randers (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Randers. Fourth ranked Svendborg (13-12) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Randers (9-16) 85-83 on Saturday evening. American point guard Stefan Bonneau (177-87, college: LIU Post) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 5 assists. Harding NaNa contributed with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Svendborg's coach Arnar Gudjonsson allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American power forward Sean Carter (205-88, college: Massachusetts) replied with 19 points and 8 rebounds for Randers. Svendborg maintains fourth position with 13-12 record. Randers lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 16 games lost. Svendborg will play against higher ranked Horsholm (#3) at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Randers will play against the league's leader Horsens IC (#1) in Horsens and hope to get back on the winning track.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Aarhus. First ranked Horsens IC faced second-ranked Bakken. Guests from Horsens (20-5) defeated host Bakken (19-4) 94-90. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Gabriel Lundberg had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals to lead the charge for the winners. Devaughn Akoon-Purcell responded with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. Bakken's coach Jakob Freil rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion maintains first position with 20-5 record. Bakken at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost. Horsens IC will meet at home Randers (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Bakken will play against Naestved (#5) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Copenhagen was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Naestved (11-13) played at the court of sixth ranked SISU (11-14). SISU managed to secure a 9-point victory 89-80. Tanner McGrew notched a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort. SISU maintains sixth position with 11-14 record. Naestved lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 13 games lost. SISU's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Stevnsgade (#8) at home. Naestved will play against the league's second-placed Bakken and hope to win that game.
The game in Stevnsgade was also quite interesting. Third ranked Horsholm (13-11) played at the court of 8th ranked Stevnsgade (1-22). Horsholm managed to secure a 6-point victory 62-56 on Friday. The best player for the winners was Marvin Dominique who scored 10 points and 8 rebounds. Stevnsgade's coach Ricky Kristensen tested twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Horsholm have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 13-11 record having eight points less than leader Horsens IC. Loser Stevnsgade stay dead last with 22 lost games. Horsholm will face Svendborg (#4) on the road in the next round. Stevnsgade will play against SISU (#6) in Copenhagen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Bakken - Horsens IC 80-53

Top ranked Horsens IC (20-5) recorded its fifth loss in Aarhus on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by second ranked Bakken (19-4) 80-53. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Bakken led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Horsens IC to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Bakken dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Horsens IC's 34. They outrebounded Horsens IC 53-31 including a 43-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American-Trinidad and Tobago guard Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-93, college: Illinois St.) who scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. American center Keane Thomann (211-89, college: Missouri So.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. International guard Gabriel Lundberg (193-94) produced 15 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Lawrence Alexander (190-91, college: N.Dakota St.) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Bakken maintains second position with 19-4 record behind leader Horsens IC. Defending champion Horsens IC still keeps top place with five games lost. Bakken are looking forward to face Naestved (#5) on the road in the next round. Horsens IC will play against Randers (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Horsens IC: G.Lundberg 15+6reb+1ast, D.Trist 10+6reb+1ast, L.Alexander 9+6reb+3ast, W.Artino 5+2reb+1ast, F.Rungby 4+2reb+2ast, V.Borovcanin 4+4reb+4ast
Bakken: D.Akoon-Purcell 21+8reb+1ast, K.Thomann 14+12reb+1ast, T.Laerke 11+3reb+3ast, M.Gesell 9+3reb+4ast, C.Christoffersen 8+6reb+1ast, A.Darboe 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 537732


SISU - Naestved 89-80

The game in Copenhagen was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Naestved (11-13) played at the court of sixth ranked SISU (11-14). SISU managed to secure a 9-point victory 89-80. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Naestved won third quarter 20-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SISU players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. American forward Tanner McGrew (203-93, college: W.Virg.Wesl., agency: Duran International) notched a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and Ivorian forward Adjehi Baru (206-91, college: Charleston) supported him with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Five SISU players scored in double figures. Even 22 points and 8 rebounds by American power forward Phillip Nolan (210-93, college: Connecticut, agency: Two Points) did not help to save the game for Naestved. American-Nigerian forward Patrick Onwenu (198-93, college: Alcorn St.) added 18 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. SISU maintains sixth position with 11-14 record. Naestved lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 13 games lost. SISU's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Stevnsgade (#8) at home. Naestved will play against the league's second-placed Bakken and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Naestved: P.Nolan 22+8reb+1ast, P.Onwenu 18+7reb, E.Ross 17+2reb+4ast, M.Lanegger 8+2reb+3ast, M.Christensen 6+1reb, P.Hertz 5+3reb+2ast
SISU: T.McGrew 20+10reb+2ast, A.Baru 15+8reb+2ast, A.Touray 15+6reb+3ast, A.Haas 12+2reb+3ast, K.Dranginis 10+2reb+5ast, D.Wilson 10+4reb+10ast
gschID: 489101


Randers - Svendborg 83-85

Important game to mention about took place in Randers. Fourth ranked Svendborg (13-12) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Randers (9-16) 85-83 on Saturday evening. Randers cut a 17-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. American point guard Stefan Bonneau (177-87, college: LIU Post) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 5 assists. Cameroonian forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Svendborg's coach Arnar Gudjonsson allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American power forward Sean Carter (205-88, college: Massachusetts) replied with 19 points and 8 rebounds and the former international swingman Chris Nielsen (193-85) added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Randers. Four Randers players scored in double figures. Svendborg maintains fourth position with 13-12 record. Randers lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 16 games lost. Svendborg will play against higher ranked Horsholm (#3) at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Randers will play against the league's leader Horsens IC (#1) in Horsens and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Randers: S.Carter 19+8reb+2ast, D.Bello 16+5reb+3ast, C.Nielsen 16+6reb+6ast, C.Jorgensen 11+3reb, M.Mouboe 11+4reb+1ast, E.Kibi 9+9reb
Svendborg: S.Bonneau 18+3reb+5ast, C.Magaard 15+1reb+1ast, H.NaNa 11+10reb+4ast, A.Aboubakar Zaki 10+3reb+1ast, D.Moten 9+5reb+2ast, A.Porta 8+4reb+4ast
gschID: 489100


Stevnsgade - Horsholm 56-62

The game in Stevnsgade was also quite interesting. Third ranked Horsholm (13-11) played at the court of 8th ranked Stevnsgade (1-22). Horsholm managed to secure a 6-point victory 62-56 on Friday. Stevnsgade was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 25-18 charge of Horsholm, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Stevnsgade to just 7 points in second quarter. The best player for the winners was American-Haitian Marvin Dominique (201-91, college: St.Peter's, agency: Duran International) who scored 10 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Asbjorn Midtgaard (210-97) chipped in 14 points. Forward Filip Rajovic (190-97) produced 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and American power forward Davie Champagnie (206-90, college: Martin Methodist, agency: SPORTlab Agency) added 11 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Stevnsgade's coach Ricky Kristensen tested twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Horsholm have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 13-11 record having eight points less than leader Horsens IC. Loser Stevnsgade stay dead last with 22 lost games. Horsholm will face Svendborg (#4) on the road in the next round. Stevnsgade will play against SISU (#6) in Copenhagen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Stevnsgade: J.Sandager 15+2reb+3ast, F.Rajovic 13+6reb+6ast, D.Champagnie 11+11reb+1ast, J.Young 7+1reb, H.Nielsen 4+3reb+2ast, B.Vukicevic 3+4reb+1ast
Horsholm: A.Midtgaard 14+4reb, M.Nielsen 11+2reb+3ast, M.Dominique 10+8reb, A.Meilby 7+3reb, F.Nielsen 7+6reb+2ast, J.Smith 6+9reb+2ast
gschID: 489099


Bakken - Horsens IC 90-94

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Aarhus. First ranked Horsens IC faced second-ranked Bakken. Guests from Horsens (20-5) defeated host Bakken (19-4) 94-90. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 31-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Horsens IC made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 26 Bakken turnovers. International guard Gabriel Lundberg (193-94) had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Lawrence Alexander (190-91, college: N.Dakota St.) chipped in 20 points during the contest. Four Horsens IC players scored in double figures. American-Trinidad and Tobago guard Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-93, college: Illinois St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds and the former international swingman Thomas Laerke (195-91) scored 25 points. Bakken's coach Jakob Freil rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion maintains first position with 20-5 record. Bakken at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost. Horsens IC will meet at home Randers (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Bakken will play against Naestved (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Bakken: D.Akoon-Purcell 36+11reb+2ast, T.Laerke 25+3reb+2ast, M.Sahlertz 6+3reb+2ast, N.Iversen 6+11reb+2ast, A.Darboe 5+7reb+1ast, E.Palm 5+3ast
Horsens IC: L.Alexander 20+4reb+3ast, G.Lundberg 18+11reb+5ast, M.Mornar 16+4reb, D.Trist 13+6reb, F.Rungby 8+4reb+2ast, V.Borovcanin 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 489102





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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Pierre JACKSON
  Texas L.
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 27.2
 1. Jackson, Texas L.27.2 
 2. Cook, Canton C.26.1 
 3. Harris, Texas L.26.0 
 4. Blue, Los A.24.9 
 5. Patterson, Reno B.24.0 
 6. Murphy, Grand R.22.9 
 7. Crawford, Grand R.22.8 
 8. Nader, Maine RC22.1 
 9. Holland, Canton C.22.0 
 10. Jones, Maine RC21.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joel BOLOMBOY
  Salt L.
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 13
 1. Bolomboy, Salt L.13.0 
 2. Moreland, Canton C.11.7 
 3. Long, Delaware.11.2 
 4. Benson, Sioux F.10.8 
 5. Onuaku, Rio G.10.4 
 6. Wood, Greensbo.10.0 
 7. McKinnie, Windy C.9.7 
 8. Webb-III, Delaware.9.2 
 9. Jones, Maine RC9.0 
 10. Tobey, Greensbo.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Magette, Los A.9.2 
 2. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 3. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.9 
 4. VanVleet, Raptors .7.5 
 5. Pressey, Santa C.7.5 
 6. McCallum, Grand R.7.4 
 7. Weber, Sioux F.7.3 
 8. Jackson, Texas L.7.3 
 9. Cook, Canton C.6.7 
 10. Morris, Rio G.6.4 
Steals Per Game
 Briante WEBER
  Sioux F.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Weber, Sioux F.3.3 
 2. Tokoto, Rio G.2.5 
 3. McCallum, Grand R.2.3 
 4. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.3 
 5. Harris, Texas L.2.2 
 6. Millsap, N.Arizon.2.1 
 7. Payton-II, Rio G.2.1 
 8. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
 9. Fells, Westches.2.0 
 10. Pressey, Santa C.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Christian WOOD
  Greensbo.
  (208-F-95)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Wood, Greensbo.2.6 
 2. Tavares, Raptors .2.6 
 3. Benson, Sioux F.2.5 
 4. Obekpa, Santa C.2.4 
 5. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.3 
 6. Moreland, Canton C.2.3 
 7. Hammons, Texas L.2.1 
 8. Diallo, Austin S.2.1 
 9. Acy, Texas L.2.0 
 10. Jones, Santa C.1.9 


Johnson is back at Austin Toros, ex Unics - by Eurobasket News

Austin Spurs agreed terms with 28-year old swingman Orlando Johnson (196-99kg-89, college: UCSB). It is actually his comeback to Austin Toros as he has played here before. Johnson He played recently at Unics in Russian VTB league, but left the team earlier this month. In 15 games he had 7.6ppg and 2.2rpg this season. Johnson also played 8 games in VTB United League where he recorded very impressive stats: 15.9ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.9apg.
In 2012 Johnson was drafted by Sacramento Kings (NBA) in second round (36th overall). The former Univ. of California-Santa Barbara staris in his fifth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Johnson's team made it to the D-League Semifinals in 2016. He was selected to D-League All-Star Game in 2016.
Johnson represented USA at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 7.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 86.7%.
Johnson is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in five different countries. Johnson tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Italy (Enel Brindisi), Philippines (B.Ginebra), Spain, NBA (New Orleans Pelicans, Milwaukee Bucks, Phoenix Suns and Indiana Pacers) and China (Guangxi).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Wiltjer explodes for 40 as Rio Grande Valley Vipers come back to beat Grand Rapids - by Eurobasket News

Kyle Wiltjer (6'10''-F-92, college: Gonzaga) scored 40 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Rio Grande Valley Vipers came from behind to beat the Grand Rapids Drive 136-122 on Saturday at Deltaplex Arena in Walker, Michigan. Wiltjer's 40 points are a new career high, as are his 27 shots and 19 3-point attempts. He made seven 3-pointers, tying his career high. He hit double digits in rebounding for the fourth time this season. Wiltjer hit 12 of his 27 attempts and also sank 9 of 9 at the free-throw line with two assists and two turnovers. JP Tokoto and Darius Morris (6'4''-G-91, college: Michigan) each scored 27 points for RGV. Tokoto had seven rebounds and Gary Payton II (6'3''-G-92, college: Oregon St.) II led the team with seven assists. Kevin Murphy (6'5''-G-90, college: Tenn Tech) led Grand Rapids with 29 points, while Jordan Crawford (6'4''-G-88, college: Xavier) had a double-double with 12 points and 10 assists. The Vipers forced 20 turnovers while giving the ball away just nine times. The game was tied at 29 after the first quarter before Grand Rapids built a 69-55 halftime lead. The Vipers went on an 11-0 run to pull within 88-83 with 2:14 to play in the third quarter, then outscored the Drive 48-27 in the fourth quarter to take control.
Courtesy of: themonitor.com



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Liga MB Round 5: Isidro Metapan keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

After 5 rounds played we can already see who rules in the Liga MB and who belongs to weaker ones. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Isidro Metapan as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Isidro Metapan defeated 7th ranked El Rapido at home 82-67. Isidro Metapan forced 20 El Rapido turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by El Rapido's players. Venezuelan-Colombian forward Michael Hinestroza-Javes (208-90, college: UALR) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 20 rebounds for the winners and Venezuelan guard Edwin Mijares (186-94) chipped in 23 points and 11 assists. Panamanian Daniel King (203-87, college: Texas Southern) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 17 rebounds. Isidro Metapan have a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. El Rapido at the other side dropped to the eighth place with two games lost. They share the position with 11 Lobos. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Bottom-ranked Cojute (0-3) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their third consecutive match to ninth ranked Sonsonate (2-1) 93-71. American-Panamanian forward Adalberto Rojas (198-86) nailed a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and Jorge Loucel accounted for 21 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Sonsonate's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American Kenny Demouchet (198-89, college: Jackson St.) came up with 32 points and 7 rebounds for Cojute in the defeat. Sonsonate moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Denver-FAS. Cojute at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Sonsonate will play against higher ranked Canarios (#3) in Ahuachapan in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cojute will play on the road against San Miguel (#15) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Arcense (0-3) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their third consecutive match to eighth ranked Denver-FAS (2-1) 89-77 on Sunday evening. The best player for the winners was Olaniyr Adedoyin who had a double-double by scoring 32 points and 21 rebounds. Teodoro Romero produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Denver-FAS moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Sonsonate. Loser Arcense still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Denver-FAS will meet Halcones (#10) in the next round. Arcense will play against Halcones and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked San Miguel (0-4) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to leader Santa Tecla (3-0) 97-80. Oreste Torres orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds. Santa Tecla's coach let to play all 12 players saving starting five for next games. Santa Tecla have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Canarios and Brujos Izalco. San Miguel at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Santa Tecla's next round opponent will be 11 Lobos (#8) in Chalchuapa which should be theoretically an easy game. San Miguel will play at home against Cojute (#12) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Leader Canarios (3-0) crushed at home 6th ranked 11 Lobos (2-2) by 36 points 103-67, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. Reginald Brown stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 23 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Coach 's team had such big advantage that he gave the chance to play for all 12 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Canarios have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Santa Tecla and Brujos Izalco. Loser 11 Lobos dropped to the eighth position with two games lost. Canarios will face Sonsonate (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. 11 Lobos will play against Santa Tecla and hope to win that game.

Sonsonate - Cojute 93-71

Bottom-ranked Cojute (0-3) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their third consecutive match to ninth ranked Sonsonate (2-1) 93-71. Sonsonate dominated down low during the game scoring 82 of its points in the paint compared to Cojute's 50. They outrebounded Cojute 44-26 including a 31-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. American-Panamanian forward Adalberto Rojas (198-86) nailed a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and forward Jorge Loucel (186-90) accounted for 21 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Four Sonsonate players scored in double figures. Sonsonate's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American Kenny Demouchet (198-89, college: Jackson St.) came up with 32 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import Anthony Calhoun (203-89, college: Western St.) added 15 points and 12 rebounds respectively for Cojute in the defeat. Sonsonate moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Denver-FAS. Cojute at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Sonsonate will play against higher ranked Canarios (#3) in Ahuachapan in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cojute will play on the road against San Miguel (#15) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Sonsonate: A.Rojas 26+14reb+1ast, J.Loucel 21+2reb+2ast, B.Denald 14+2reb, M.Gudino 13+6reb+1ast, C.Valle 7+3reb+1ast, O.Tobar 4+5reb+3ast
Cojute: K.Demouchet 32+7reb+1ast, A.Calhoun 15+12reb+3ast, D.Moreno 14+3reb, R.Melendez 6+1reb+1ast, B.Reyes 2+1reb, V.Campos 2+1reb
gschID: 536959


Canarios - 11 Lobos 103-67

Leader Canarios (3-0) crushed at home 6th ranked 11 Lobos (2-2) by 36 points 103-67, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. Canarios forced 19 11 Lobos turnovers and outrebounded them 61-45 including a 43-30 advantage in defensive rebounds. American center Reginald Brown (202-91) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 23 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and his fellow American import guard Wali Hepburn (193-89, college: Lock Haven) chipped in 30 points and 16 rebounds. Coach 's team had such big advantage that he gave the chance to play for all 12 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American center Marc Montavious (206-90, college: Georgetown, KY) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 23 rebounds and 7 blocks and Haitian Joseph Antoine (203-84, college: Union, TN) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four 11 Lobos players scored in double figures. Canarios have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Santa Tecla and Brujos Izalco. Loser 11 Lobos dropped to the eighth position with two games lost. Canarios will face Sonsonate (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. 11 Lobos will play against Santa Tecla and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Canarios: D.Lawson 36+6reb+6ast, W.Hepburn 30+16reb+3ast, R.Brown 23+23reb+5ast, J.Lima 5+4reb, W.Quijano 3+4reb+1ast, C.Vanegas 2+3reb+1ast
11 Lobos: M.Montavious 17+23reb+1ast, J.Antoine 13+6reb, A.Ruano 11+3reb+1ast, T.Fauntleroy 11+5reb+3ast, M.Gonzalez 8+6reb, K.Campos 4+1reb
gschID: 536957


Denver-FAS - Arcense 89-77

Bottom-ranked Arcense (0-3) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their third consecutive match to eighth ranked Denver-FAS (2-1) 89-77 on Sunday evening. Denver-FAS forced 20 Arcense turnovers. The best player for the winners was Olaniyr Adedoyin who had a double-double by scoring 32 points and 21 rebounds. American point guard Anthony Brown (193-89, college: Imperial Valley JC) chipped in 28 points and 6 assists. Teodoro Romero produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds and Cuban Yordany Jaca (195-83) added 17 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Denver-FAS moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Sonsonate. Loser Arcense still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Denver-FAS will meet Halcones (#10) in the next round. Arcense will play against Halcones and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Denver-FAS: O.Adedoyin 32+21reb+3ast, A.Brown 28+1reb+6ast, L.Damian Morales 17+8reb+1ast, E.Aguilar 7+2reb+1ast, R.Iglesias 2+5reb+3ast, J.Maria Rivas 2+2reb
Arcense: T.Romero 27+11reb+3ast, M.Fernandez 21+4reb+4ast, Y.Jaca 17+12reb+3ast, J.Yanme 5+4reb, C.Torres 3+4reb+3ast, R.Cardona 2+4reb+2ast
gschID: 536958


Santa Tecla - San Miguel 97-80

Bottom-ranked San Miguel (0-4) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to leader Santa Tecla (3-0) 97-80. Santa Tecla forced 20 San Miguel turnovers and had a 38-24 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Cuban Oreste Torres (204-87) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds. Cuban Lisvan Valdez (200-88) contributed with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Santa Tecla players scored in double figures. Santa Tecla's coach let to play all 12 players saving starting five for next games. American point guard Jordan Johnson (183-92, college: Tenn Tech) answered with a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!), 11 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals and the other American import forward Nduka Ezeamii (203, college: Avila) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for San Miguel. Santa Tecla have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Canarios and Brujos Izalco. San Miguel at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Santa Tecla's next round opponent will be 11 Lobos (#8) in Chalchuapa which should be theoretically an easy game. San Miguel will play at home against Cojute (#12) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Santa Tecla: O.Torres 27+10reb+3ast, L.Valdez 20+10reb+2ast, R.Martinez 20+3reb+4ast, C.Arias 16+14reb+1ast, E.Escalante 8+2reb+5ast, J.Mancia 4+1ast
San Miguel: J.Johnson 41+11reb+7ast, N.Ezeamii 16+6reb+1ast, J.Cruz 9+8reb+3ast, M.Aguilar 6+5reb+1ast, B.De Leon Resto 4+5reb+1ast, H.Jaimes 2
gschID: 536956


Isidro Metapan - El Rapido 82-67

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Isidro Metapan as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Isidro Metapan defeated 7th ranked El Rapido at home 82-67. Isidro Metapan forced 20 El Rapido turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by El Rapido's players. Venezuelan-Colombian forward Michael Hinestroza-Javes (208-90, college: UALR) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 20 rebounds for the winners and Venezuelan guard Edwin Mijares (186-94) chipped in 23 points and 11 assists. Panamanian Daniel King (203-87, college: Texas Southern) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 17 rebounds and Panamanian Manuel Guevara (186-81) scored 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Isidro Metapan have a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. El Rapido at the other side dropped to the eighth place with two games lost. They share the position with 11 Lobos. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Isidro Metapan: E.Mijares 23+4reb+11ast, M.Hinestroza Javes 19+20reb+2ast, C.Gonzalez 16+2reb+2ast, D.James 14+8reb+7ast, H.Navas 8+4reb, J.Valdez 2+1ast
El Rapido: M.Guevara 17+6reb+5ast, D.King 14+17reb+2ast, M.Lopez 14+1reb+2ast, F.Martinez 12+3reb, M.Gotti 6+3reb, M.Duran 2
gschID: 536947





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Estonian Alexela KML round 19 best performance: Domen Bratoz - by Eurobasket News

Slovenian Point guard Domen Bratoz (189-PG-93) had a great game in the last round for Rapla, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (21 points, five rebounds and eight assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush TLU/Kalev (#6, 6-13) with 24-point margin 98-74. Rapla maintains the 3rd position in Estonian Alexela KML. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Rapla will need more victories to improve their 12-6 record. Bratoz turned to be Rapla's top player in his first season with the team. Domen Bratoz has solid league stats. He is in league's top in assists (5th best: 4.1apg) and averages impressive 2.3spg.

The second best player in last round's games was another Rapla's star - 28-year old former international forward Indrek Kajupank (200-F-88). Kajupank had a very good evening with 25 points and 7 rebounds. Of course together with Bratoz he helped Rapla with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked TLU/Kalev (#6, 6-13) 98-74. Rapla's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 12-6 record is not bad at all. Kajupank is well-known at Rapla and together with Domen Bratoz are proven team's leaders.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international Janari Joesaar (198-SF-93, agency: Three Eye Sports) of league's top team Tartu Ulikool. Joesaar scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Tartu Ulikool, leading his team to a 85-69 easy win against the lower-ranked Valga (#7, 6-14). Tartu Ulikool confirms their top position in the standings. Joesaar has a very solid season. In 19 games in Estonia he scored 10.6ppg. He also has 5.7rpg and FGP: 58.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) of Kalev/Cramo - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Janar Talts (206-PF-83) of Tartu Ulikool - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Mark Tollefsen (206-PF-92) of Kalev/Cramo - 17 points and 7 rebounds
7. Rain Raadik (208-C-89) of Valga - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Djordje Dzeletovic (205-C-93) of TLU/Kalev - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Renato Lindments (202-F-84) of Valga - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Dominykas Milka (203-C-92) of Tartu Ulikool - 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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Zoran Dragic out for the season - by Eurobasket News

Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) suffered a torn ACL muscle as Olimpia Milano officially announced and is out indefinitely. The Slovenian guard sustained an injury in the Italian League game between his team and Caserta yesterday and today's examination revealed the full extent of the damage. Dragic's condition will be re-evaluated in the upcoming days to determine the most appropriate therapy for his recovery, as the club mentions. He'll most likely miss the remainder of the season since a surgery is required to fully repair the torn muscle.
Courtesy of: eurohoops.net



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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 De''Andre UPCHURCH
  HyPo
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 34.5
 1. Upchurch, HyPo34.5 
 2. Bratton, Namika Lr29.7 
 3. Moultrie, PuHu J.28.3 
 4. Rasi, Raholan Pyrkiva24.5 
 5. Maxhuni, HBA-M.24.3 
 6. Heinonen, Munkkini.24.1 
 7. Vinson, Pyrinto II23.7 
 8. Cartharn, Espoo B.23.5 
 9. Daniels, PeU-Basket23.1 
 10. Jones, Oulun N.22.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.16.7 
 2. Daniels, PeU-Basket13.7 
 3. Jallow, Jarvenpaa13.3 
 4. Harvey, Oulun N.12.6 
 5. Harris, Ura Basket12.2 
 6. Towa, Jarvenpaa12.0 
 7. Flemings, FoKoPo11.3 
 8. Stahl, Oulun N.11.2 
 9. Knihtinen, Korikouvot10.9 
 10. Bratton, Namika Lr10.7 
Assists Per Game
 Janne KINNUNEN
  Karkkila
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 7
 1. Kinnunen, Karkkila7.0 
 2. Salonen, Porvoon .5.4 
 3. Kantonen, Korik.5.3 
 4. Upchurch, HyPo5.1 
 5. Ivey, Espoo United4.9 
 6. Innamaa, TuNM.4.8 
 7. Ikavalko, Lahti4.4 
 8. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.4.2 
 9. Latvala, Ura Basket4.1 
 10. Kilpinen, Pyrin.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 De''Andre UPCHURCH
  HyPo
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Upchurch, HyPo2.7 
 2. Cartharn, Espoo B.2.7 
 3. Gouch, Espoo Basket2.6 
 4. Bratton, Namika Lr2.6 
 5. Juvonen, Jyvaskyl.2.3 
 6. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.3 
 7. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.2.2 
 8. Moore, ToPo2.2 
 9. Ceesay, Espoo B.2.2 
 10. Heinonen, Munkkini.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.0 
 2. Young, Pyrinto II1.8 
 3. Reed, FoKoPo1.6 
 4. Rainamaa, PuHu J.1.6 
 5. Ekimov, JyWe1.5 
 6. Sandberg, TuNM.1.4 
 7. Harvey, Oulun N.1.4 
 8. Fields, Lahti1.3 
 9. Polla, HBA-Marsky1.3 
 10. Harris, Ura Basket1.1 


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

25-year old guard Desmond Williams (199-G-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Salon Vilpas and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 32.
He had a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Pyrinto (#9, 10-20) 69-55. Salon Vilpas maintains the 2nd position in Finnish league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Salon Vilpas will need more victories to improve their 21-8 record. In the team's last game Williams had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Salon Vilpas' top player in his first season with the team. Southern Connecticut State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Williams is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 7.8rpg), assists (7th best: 1.7apg) and averages solid 53.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Javier Duren (193-G-93) of BC Nokia. He is American guard in his first season at BC Nokia. In the last game Duren recorded impressive 26 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for BC Nokia to edge slightly lower-ranked KTP Basket (#8, 11-19) by 1 point 85-84. BC Nokia's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 13-16 record. Duren is one of the most experienced players at BC Nokia and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Raheem Appleby (190-G-93) of Kouvot (#7). Appleby scored 22 points and passed six assists. He was a key player of Kouvot, leading his team to a 88-77 win against slightly higher-ranked Lapua (#5, 15-14). The chances of Kouvot ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 16 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Appleby could help Kouvot to bring them higher in the standings. Appleby has a great season in Finland. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.3apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dom Morris (201-F-90) of Lapua - 20 points and 10 rebounds
5. Antwan Scott (188-G-92) of KTP Basket - 33 points and 3 rebounds
6. Eldar Skamo (198-F-86) of BC Nokia - 10 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Austin Hollins (195-F/G-91) of Kauhajoki - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Daniel Bailey (196-G-90) of KTP Basket - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91) of Helsinki Seagulls - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Sherman Gay (201-F/C-82) of KTP Basket - 16 points and 10 rebounds

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



1st Division Round 20: ToPo edge Porvoon Tarmo by three points - by Eurobasket News

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

Sixth-ranked Porvoon Tarmo (10-13) made lots of trouble for third ranked ToPo (15-8) on Sunday. The visitors from Helsinki managed to secure only three-point victory 71-68. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 71-68. ToPo dominated on the defensive end, holding Porvoon Tarmo to just 6 points in third quarter. The best player for the winners was Gambian power forward Pierre Jallow (203-79, college: William Jewell) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. American swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) chipped in 16 points. American guard Cameron Clark (190-93, college: Southwestern, KS) produced 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the hosts. Newly promoted ToPo maintains third position in Division with 15-8 record having four points less than leader TuNMKY. Porvoon Tarmo at the other side keeps the sixth place with 13 games lost. ToPo are looking forward to face league's leader Lahti at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Porvoon Tarmo will play against Jyvaskyla BA (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Jyvaskyla. First ranked Lahti faced 4th ranked Jyvaskyla BA. Guests from Lahti (19-4) defeated host Jyvaskyla BA (12-11) 79-66. American guard Rashad Smith (201-93, college: Tulsa, agency: Diamond Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points and 8 rebounds. Jerald Fields contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Lahti's coach Arttu Mannelin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Chrysostom Chukwuma (190-96) replied with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Jyvaskyla BA. Lahti maintains first position in Division with 19-4 record. Newly promoted Jyvaskyla BA dropped to the fifth place with 11 games lost. Lahti will play against ToPo (#3) in Helsinki in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Jyvaskyla BA will play at home against Porvoon Tarmo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader TuNMKY delivered the nineteenth victory on Sunday night. This time they crushed 7th ranked Raholan Pyrkiva (12-10) 114-73 in Turun. Worth to mention a quality performance of Mikael Sandberg who helped to win the game recording a triple-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Tommi Rasi responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds. TuNMKY maintains first position in Division with 19-4 record. Loser Raholan Pyrkiva keeps the seventh place with ten games lost. TuNMKY will meet at home Munkkiniemen (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Raholan Pyrkiva will play against Korikouvot (#4) and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Jarvenpaa, where higher ranked Jyvaskyla BA (12-11) lost to ninth ranked Jarvenpaa (8-15) in a road game 63-76. The winners were led by Arsene Towa who had that evening a double-double by scoring 25 points, 23 rebounds and 5 assists. Jarvenpaa moved-up to seventh place in Division. Newly promoted Jyvaskyla BA dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost. Jarvenpaa's next round opponent will be Pyrinto II (#10) in Tampere. Jyvaskyla BA will play at home against Porvoon Tarmo (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 20 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Division FoKoPo was defeated by Oulun NMKY in a road game 90-76. FoKoPo was beaten by Pyrinto II at home 81-96. PeU-Basket lost to HNMKY U23 on the opponent's court 82-99. PuHu Juniorit outscored JyWe in a home game 104-79. Karkkila was rolled over Korikouvot on the road 87-107. HyPo defeated Munkkiniemen on its own court 85-80. Ura Basket beat Namika Lr in Kaarina 86-68.

Division A
Porvoon Tarmo - ToPo 68-71

Sixth-ranked Porvoon Tarmo (10-13) made lots of trouble for third ranked ToPo (15-8) on Sunday. The visitors from Helsinki managed to secure only three-point victory 71-68. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 71-68. ToPo dominated on the defensive end, holding Porvoon Tarmo to just 6 points in third quarter. The best player for the winners was Gambian power forward Pierre Jallow (203-79, college: William Jewell) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. American swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) chipped in 16 points. American guard Cameron Clark (190-93, college: Southwestern, KS) produced 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Levi Giese (206-90, college: Lafayette) added 18 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Newly promoted ToPo maintains third position in Division with 15-8 record having four points less than leader TuNMKY. Porvoon Tarmo at the other side keeps the sixth place with 13 games lost. ToPo are looking forward to face league's leader Lahti at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Porvoon Tarmo will play against Jyvaskyla BA (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Porvoon Tarmo: C.Clark 21+7reb+4ast, L.Giese 18+11reb+2ast, B.Cardarelli 10+7reb+5ast, A.Haikonen 9+3reb+1ast, K.Straih 7+3reb+2ast, J.Oikari 3
ToPo: P.Jallow 21+11reb+2ast, N.Moore 16+4reb+3ast, J.Kauppinen 9+4reb+2ast, I.Pehkonen 8+8reb+3ast, C.Latimer 7+3reb+2ast, E.Djeen 6+5reb+5ast
gschID: 487713


Oulun NMKY - FoKoPo 90-76

There was no surprise when 8th ranked Forssan Koripojat (8-16) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Oulun NMKY (12-10) 90-76. The game was mostly controlled by Oulun NMKY. Forssan Koripojat was better in second period 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Oulun NMKY players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The winners were led by American guard Zach Stahl (196, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists and the other American import forward Demondre Harvey (201-93, college: La-Monroe) supported him with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Even a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds by American forward Bruce Reed (202-90, college: Pikeville) did not help to save the game for Forssan Koripojat. Swingman Teemu Sulonen (188-94) added 25 points and 5 assists for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Oulun NMKY moved-up to fourth place in Division. Forssan Koripojat at the other side keeps the eighth position with 16 games lost. Oulun NMKY's next round opponent will be HBA-Marsky (#9) in Helsinki where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
FoKoPo: T.Sulonen 25+4reb+5ast, B.Reed 19+12reb+3ast, J.Henttonen 15+9reb+1ast, J.Kotavuo 10+2reb+3ast, C.Altunel 4+4reb, H.Kotavuo 3+7reb+1ast
Oulun NMKY: I.Kallio 23+3reb+2ast, D.Harvey 19+12reb+2ast, Z.Stahl 18+11reb+9ast, D.Holmes Jr 16+2reb+1ast, O.Virolainen 5+3reb+1ast, V.Taskinen 4+1reb
gschID: 487714


Jyvaskyla BA - Lahti 66-79

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Jyvaskyla. First ranked Lahti faced 4th ranked Jyvaskyla BA. Guests from Lahti (19-4) defeated host Jyvaskyla BA (12-11) 79-66. It looked good early as Jyvaskyla BA took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Lahti had a 24-5 second period charge getting the lead and Jyvaskyla BA was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 66-79. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Jyvaskyla BA to just 5 points in second quarter. Lahti made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Jyvaskyla BA was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Rashad Smith (201-93, college: Tulsa, agency: Diamond Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points and 8 rebounds. The other American import power forward Jerald Fields (201-82, college: E.Tenn.St.) contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Lahti's coach Arttu Mannelin allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Chrysostom Chukwuma (190-96) replied with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and center Jaakko Bjork (197-95) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Jyvaskyla BA. Lahti maintains first position in Division with 19-4 record. Newly promoted Jyvaskyla BA dropped to the fifth place with 11 games lost. Lahti will play against ToPo (#3) in Helsinki in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Jyvaskyla BA will play at home against Porvoon Tarmo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jyvaskyla BA: C.Chukwuma 18+7reb+5ast, J.Luoma 17+4reb, J.Bjork 12+7reb+3ast, V.Lehtonen 9+3reb+1ast, N.Karkkainen 5+1reb, T.Puittinen 3+2reb
Lahti: R.Smith 30+8reb+3ast, A.Alanen 11+4reb, J.Fields 11+8reb+3ast, R.Byman 7+5reb, V.Karvonen 7+3reb, A.Ahola 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 487712


FoKoPo - Pyrinto II 81-96

There was a small surprise when tenth ranked Pyrinto II (6-16) defeated on the road 8th ranked Forssan Koripojat (8-16) 96-81. The game was mostly controlled by Pyrinto II. Forssan Koripojat was better in second period 26-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pyrinto II made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. The winners were led by American forward Terrell Vinson (201-90, college: Massachusetts, agency: HMS) who scored that evening 26 points and 5 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and point guard Lassi Kilpinen (185-93) supported him with 9 points and 8 assists. Four Pyrinto II players scored in double figures. Even 27 points and 8 rebounds by American swingman Roderick Flemings (203-87, college: Hawaii) did not help to save the game for Forssan Koripojat. His fellow American import forward Bruce Reed (202-90, college: Pikeville) added 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pyrinto II maintains tenth position in Division with 6-16 record. Forssan Koripojat at the other side keeps the eighth place with 16 games lost. Pyrinto II's next round opponent will be higher ranked Jarvenpaa (#7) at home and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
FoKoPo: R.Flemings 27+8reb+2ast, B.Reed 19+7reb+6ast, T.Sulonen 9+3reb+8ast, H.Kotavuo 7+1reb, J.Kotavuo 6+3reb+6ast, J.Henttonen 6+4reb+3ast
Pyrinto II: T.Vinson 26+4reb+5ast, J.Kilpinen 14+3reb+3ast, J.Pentti 12+1reb+2ast, J.Young 10+5reb+2ast, L.Kilpinen 9+3reb+8ast, J.Koskinen 8
gschID: 487711


Jarvenpaa - Jyvaskyla BA 76-63

We should mention about the upset which took place in Jarvenpaa, where higher ranked Jyvaskyla BA (12-11) lost to ninth ranked Jarvenpaa (8-15) in a road game 63-76. The game was mostly controlled by Jarvenpaa. Jyvaskyla BA was better in fourth quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Jyvaskyla BA 46-33 including 31 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by Cameroonian forward Arsene Towa (191-81) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 25 points, 23 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Tarmo Rista (188-93) supported him with 9 points and 11 rebounds. Four Jarvenpaa players scored in double figures. Even 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists by guard Chrysostom Chukwuma (190-96) did not help to save the game for Jyvaskyla BA. Swingman Timi Puittinen (193-94) added 11 points for the guests. Jarvenpaa moved-up to seventh place in Division. Newly promoted Jyvaskyla BA dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost. Jarvenpaa's next round opponent will be Pyrinto II (#10) in Tampere. Jyvaskyla BA will play at home against Porvoon Tarmo (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jyvaskyla BA: T.Puittinen 11+4reb, S.Oja 11+1reb+2ast, C.Chukwuma 9+5reb+4ast, J.Bjork 8+6reb, K.Peltonen 8+3reb+2ast, V.Lehtonen 6+5reb
Jarvenpaa: A.Towa 25+23reb+5ast, J.Jousisto 15+2reb+4ast, J.Pehkonen 11+8reb, L.Tarjanne 10+1reb+6ast, T.Rista 9+11reb+2ast, P.Ristoja 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 487710



Division B
HNMKY U23 - PeU-Basket 99-82

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked PeU-Basket's (7-15) road loss to eighth ranked HNMKY U23 (9-14) 82-99. The game was mostly controlled by HNMKY U23. PeU-Basket was better in third quarter 22-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. HNMKY U23 dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to PeU-Basket's 38. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The winners were led by guard Ville Tahvanainen (190-0) who scored that evening 27 points and 6 rebounds and forward Karri Kallela (200-93) supported him with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Four HNMKY U23 players scored in double figures. HNMKY U23's coach Juuso Milen used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds by forward Riku Laine (197-97) did not help to save the game for PeU-Basket. Point guard Aatu Kivimaki (186-97) added 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. HNMKY U23 maintains eighth position in Division with 9-14 record. PeU-Basket at the other side keeps the ninth place with 15 games lost. HNMKY U23's next round opponent will be higher ranked Raholan Pyrkiva (#7) in Tampere and it may be quite challenging game. PeU-Basket will play at home against JyWe and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
PeU-Basket: R.Laine 25+10reb+3ast, A.Kivimaki 20+5reb+4ast, M.Patrakka 17+3reb+1ast, T.Niitynpera 9+4reb, M.Saari 6, S.Himberg 5+4reb
HNMKY U23: V.Tahvanainen 27+6reb+3ast, K.Kallela 22+7reb+3ast, S.Tahvanainen 21+4reb, J.Eboreime 11+3reb+7ast, T.Takala 4+2reb+4ast, M.Meldo 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 487875


PuHu Juniorit - JyWe 104-79

Very predictable result in Vantaa where second ranked PuHu Juniorit (18-4) outscored 13th ranked JyWe (4-18) 104-79. JyWe was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 65-39 second half run of PuHu Juniorit. They made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 16 long-distance shots on high 53.3 percentage. PuHu Juniorit players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The winners were led by guard Pyry Rainamaa (194-90) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Sakari Salminen (200-87) supported him with 15 points. Four PuHu Juniorit players scored in double figures. Even 16 points and 8 rebounds by forward Lauri Salovaara (190-94) did not help to save the game for JyWe. Forward Ville Pyykkonen (203-77) added 18 points for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. PuHu Juniorit maintains second position in Division with 18-4 record behind leader TuNMKY. Newly promoted JyWe keeps the thirteenth place with 18 games lost. PuHu Juniorit's next round opponent will be Ura Basket (#3) in Kaarina, which may be the game of the day. JyWe will play on the road against PeU-Basket (#9) in Pernio and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
JyWe: V.Pyykkonen 18+3reb+1ast, L.Salovaara 16+8reb+2ast, A.Ekimov 12+6reb, J.Lehto 9+3reb, T.Lemmetyinen 8+6reb+1ast, J.Salo 7+1ast
PuHu Juniorit: P.Rainamaa 18+10reb+4ast, S.Salminen 15+4reb+1ast, A.Michelsen 14, E.Sahlberg 12+3reb+2ast, E.Lehtinen 11+2reb+3ast, S.Laakso 8+3reb+5ast
gschID: 487879


Korikouvot - Karkkila 107-87

Not a big story in a game in Kouvola where 10th ranked Karkkila (6-16) was outplayed by fourth ranked Korikouvot (15-7) 107-87. Korikouvot outrebounded Karkkila 50-28 including a 20-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. The winners were led by swingman Teemu Knihtinen (195-98) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Valtteri Leino (181-95) supported him with 38 points (!!!). Korikouvot's coach Kari Kurronen used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 26 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists by point guard Janne Kinnunen (185-87) did not help to save the game for Karkkila. Swingman Hannes Koskinen (198-98) added 25 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Five Karkkila players scored in double figures. Korikouvot maintains fourth position in Division with 15-7 record. Karkkila at the other side keeps the tenth place with 16 games lost. Korikouvot's next round opponent will be Raholan Pyrkiva (#7) in Tampere. Karkkila will play on the road against Espoo Basket and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Karkkila: J.Kinnunen 26+5reb+10ast, H.Koskinen 25+6reb, E.Kivimaki 12+2reb+1ast, T.Heino 11+1reb+1ast, S.Ryynanen 10+8reb+1ast, M.Nyman 3
Korikouvot: V.Leino 38+1reb, T.Knihtinen 24+12reb+6ast, H.Kantonen 22+8reb+5ast, E.Johansson 10+2reb+2ast, T.Lofstrom 4+9reb+2ast, T.Lapila 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 487878


TuNMKY - Raholan Pyrkiva 114-73

Leader TuNMKY delivered the nineteenth victory on Sunday night. This time they crushed 7th ranked Raholan Pyrkiva (12-10) 114-73 in Turun. The game without a history. TuNMKY led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. TuNMKY outrebounded Raholan Pyrkiva 47-31 including a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists comparing to just 15 passes made by Raholan Pyrkiva's players. Worth to mention a quality performance of center Mikael Sandberg (210-91) who helped to win the game recording a triple-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists and swingman Timka Jaakkola (192-94) who added 23 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Guard Tommi Rasi (184-98) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Antti Keski-Koukkari (192-90) scored 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. TuNMKY maintains first position in Division with 19-4 record. Loser Raholan Pyrkiva keeps the seventh place with ten games lost. TuNMKY will meet at home Munkkiniemen (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Raholan Pyrkiva will play against Korikouvot (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Raholan Pyrkiva: T.Rasi 21+6reb+1ast, A.Shchepkin 15+2reb, A.Kaivonen 12+1reb+2ast, J.Hamalainen 11+4reb+2ast, A.Keski-Koukkari 10+7reb+6ast, L.Tiainen 2+2reb+3ast
TuNMKY: T.Jaakkola 23+5reb+6ast, M.Sandberg 20+11reb+11ast, E.Innamaa 19+2reb+3ast, T.Lommi 14+3reb+3ast, M.Laihonen 11+12reb+4ast, J.Salatera 10+6reb+3ast
gschID: 487880


HyPo - Munkkiniemen 85-80

Everything went according to plan in Hyvinkaa where sixth ranked HyPo (13-9) won against 11th ranked Munkkiniemen (5-17) 85-80. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts were already 16 points ahead at halftime and as many as 19 after three quarters before a 41-27 last quarter charge of Munkkiniemen cut the lead to 85-80 at the end of the game. HyPo players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. 28 personal fouls committed by Munkkiniemen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by forward Ilkka Blomqvist (196-84) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 11 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and Bashkim Grepi supported him with 13 points and 7 assists. Even 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists by guard Miika Heinonen (193-99) did not help to save the game for Munkkiniemen. Center Eetu Lahdetniemi (205-0) added 14 points for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. HyPo maintains sixth position in Division with 13-9 record. Newly promoted Munkkiniemen keeps the eleventh place with 17 games lost. HyPo's next round opponent will be Namika Lr (#12) in Lappeenranta where they are favorite. Munkkiniemen will play on the road against the league's leader TuNMKY in Turun and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Munkkiniemen: M.Heinonen 19+6reb+7ast, E.Lahdetniemi 14+3reb+3ast, T.Antikainen 12+4reb+1ast, P.Marttinen 10+6reb+1ast, J.Timonen 9+3reb+2ast, M.Rautasalo 6+4reb+3ast
HyPo: B.Grepi 13+3reb+7ast, A.Rikka 12+3reb+2ast, J.Granlund 11+1reb, I.Blomqvist 11+13reb+4ast, D.Upchurch 10+3reb+4ast, S.Saari 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 487876


Namika Lr - Ura Basket 68-86

There was no surprise in Lappeenranta where 12th ranked Namika Lr (5-17) was defeated by third ranked Ura Basket (17-5) 86-68. It looked good early as Namika Lr took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Ura Basket had a 24-9 second period charge getting the lead and Namika Lr was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 68-86. They outrebounded Namika Lr 44-32 including 17 on the offensive glass. Ura Basket players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Namika Lr's players. The winners were led by American forward Sean Harris (201, college: Utah St.) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard Jermaine Watson (193-81, college: Boston Coll.) supported him with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Worth to mention Watson played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped get the job in pro basketball. Even 32 points and 9 rebounds by American swingman Reginald Bratton (193-86, college: Lenoir-Rhyne, agency: Blacktop Management) did not help to save the game for Namika Lr. Forward Karl Engelvuori (191-95) added 10 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ura Basket maintains third position in Division with 17-5 record having just three points less than leader TuNMKY. Namika Lr at the other side keeps the twelfth place with 17 games lost. Ura Basket's next round opponent will be league's second-placed PuHu Juniorit in Vantaa and it will be for sure the game of the week. Namika Lr will play at home against HyPo (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Namika Lr: R.Bratton 32+9reb+2ast, K.Engelvuori 10+5reb+1ast, G.Sokolov 7+3reb, A.Nieminen 6+2reb+3ast, R.Mononen 6, S.Mantynen 3+5reb+2ast
Ura Basket: S.Harris 19+14reb+4ast, J.Watson 17+8reb+2ast, V.Hanninen 12+3reb+8ast, J.Forsstrom 8+6reb+2ast, J.Airenne 7+3reb+1ast, E.Aaltonen 7+2reb
gschID: 487877





Zach Stahl claims Finnish 1st Division weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Zach Stahl (196-G, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) had a very impressive game in the last round for Oulun NMKY and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 20.
The guard had a double-double of 18 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat FoKoPo (#8, 8-16) 90-76. Oulun NMKY is placed at 4th position in their group in Finnish 1st Division. Oulun NMKY is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-10 record. In the team's last game Stahl had a remarkable 53.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Oulun NMKY's top player in his first season with the team. Northeastern University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Stahl is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 11.2rpg) and averages solid 50.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young swingman Teemu Knihtinen (195-G/F-98) of Korikouvot. Knihtinen impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he led Korikouvot to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Karkkila (#10, 6-16) 107-87. Korikouvot's 4th position in Division B has not changed. His team's 15-7 record is not bad at all. Knihtinen is one of the most experienced players at Korikouvot and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Cameroonian Arsene Towa (191-F-81) of Jarvenpaa (#7). Towa showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, twenty three rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Jarvenpaa, leading his team to a 76-63 easy win against slightly higher-ranked Jyvaskyla BA (#5, 12-11). The chances of Jarvenpaa not to end season at such low position in Division A, however are less than slim as they have already lost 15 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Towa could try to bring Jarvenpaa's a little bit higher in the standings. Towa has individually a great season in Finland. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 12.0rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Riku Laine (197-F-97) of PeU-Basket - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Sean Harris (201-F) of Ura Basket - 19 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Demondre Harvey (201-F-93) of Oulun NMKY - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Pyry Rainamaa (194-G-90) of PuHu Juniorit - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Rashad Smith (201-G-93) of Lahti - 30 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Mikael Sandberg (210-C-91) of TuNMKY - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists
10. Reginald Bratton (193-G/F-86) of Namika Lr - 32 points, 9 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)



Darryl Bryant (ex Szolnok) joins Kataja Basket - by Eurobasket News

Joensuun Kataja Basket (Korisliiga) agreed terms with 27-year old American point guard Darryl Bryant (185-93kg-90, college: W.Virginia). He just played at Szolnoki Olajbanyasz in Hungarian A Division. Bryant managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year. In four A Division games he had 3.8ppg and 1.3apg. He also played earlier that season for PAOK Thessaloniki in Greek A1 where in 11 A Division games he recorded 10.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.3apg. Bryant also played 10 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 10.7ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.9apg.
In 2012 he was drafted by Frisco Texas Legends (D-League) in fourth round (56th overall).
Bryant attended West Virginia University and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.
His college team won Big East Tournament in 2010.
Bryant has played also professionally in Austria (Furstenfeld Panthers), Italy (Mens Sana 1871 Siena) and Czech Republic (BK Kolin).
On Bryant: A solid bodied PG, who is very good in shooting out of screens and in defensive situations that allow him to steal the ball and to open a fast break. Has quick legs and long arms, should improve his shooting selection and 3pt shooting accuracy to become an interesting good for European market.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Kyle GIBSON
  Gravelines
  (196-G-87)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Gibson, Gravelines18.8 
 2. Clark, Chalon18.7 
 3. Rich, Paris-Levallois16.8 
 4. Prepelic, Limoges16.1 
 5. Smith, Chalons-Reims15.8 
 6. Cobbs, Gravelines15.8 
 7. Roberson, Chalon15.4 
 8. Sommerville, Orleans15.3 
 9. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.14.4 
 10. Young, Chalons-.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Fall, Chalon8.9 
 2. Poirier, Paris-Le.8.7 
 3. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.8.5 
 4. Hunt, Nancy7.7 
 5. Yeguete, Le Mans7.3 
 6. Donaldson, Le Po.7.2 
 7. Hassell, Le Portel7.1 
 8. Lessort, Nanterre7.0 
 9. Blue, Antibes6.9 
 10. Solomon, Gravelines6.9 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 11
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.11.0 
 2. Roberson, Chalon7.6 
 3. Hodge, AS.6.2 
 4. Holston, Dijon6.0 
 5. Cobbs, Gravelines5.7 
 6. Vargas, Nancy5.5 
 7. Bost, Monaco5.4 
 8. Campbell, Paris-Le.5.1 
 9. Curry, Antibes4.3 
 10. Rich, Paris-Levallois4.3 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.5 
 2. Wood, Limoges2.2 
 3. Eito, Orleans2.0 
 4. Holston, Dijon2.0 
 5. Payne, Chalons-.1.8 
 6. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.7 
 7. Grant, Dijon1.6 
 8. Bokolo, Pau-Lacq.1.5 
 9. Yeguete, Le Mans1.4 
 10. Cobbs, Gravelines1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Fall, Chalon2.6 
 2. Fofana, Monaco1.4 
 3. Uter, AS.1.2 
 4. Cain, Chalons-Reims1.0 
 5. Poirier, Paris-Le.1.0 
 6. Trasolini, Nancy1.0 
 7. Fair, Limoges1.0 
 8. Hassell, Le Portel1.0 
 9. Jaiteh, Strasbourg1.0 
 10. Otule, Antibes0.9 


ProA Round 20: Top-ranked Monaco win another game - by Eurobasket News

ProA top team - Monaco (18-2) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat tenth ranked Le Mans (9-11) 88-77. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 53-41 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Le Mans helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Bulgarian point guard Dee Bost (188-89, college: Mississippi St., agency: BeoBasket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 5 assists. American Jamal Shuler (191-86) contributed with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Monaco's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Giordan Watson (178-85, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 20 points and 5 assists for Le Mans. Monaco have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-2 record. Le Mans lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Limoges and Hyeres-Toulon. Monaco are looking forward to face league's second-placed Chalon/Saor on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Le Mans will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#17) and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
The game in Villeurbanne was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (15-5) played at the court of 8th ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (10-10). Pau-Lacq-Orthez managed to secure a 9-point victory 72-63. Worth to mention a great performance of Zimbabwean power forward Vitalis Chikoko (207-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and DJ Cooper who added 13 points and 7 assists during the contest. U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) responded with 22 points and 4 assists. Pau-Lacq-Orthez have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Chalon. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against Hyeres-Toulon (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will play against Paris-Levallois and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Strasbourg was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (11-9) played at the court of eighth ranked Strasbourg IG (11-9). Strasbourg IG managed to secure a 8-point victory 72-64 on Saturday. The winners were led by Paul Lacombe who scored that evening 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds by Richard Solomon did not help to save the game for Gravelines-Dunkerque. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Strasbourg IG moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Gravelines. Strasbourg IG will meet bottom-ranked Sluc Nancy (#18) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Limoges CSP Elite (#9) and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Cholet. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 14th ranked JDA Dijon (7-13) to fifteenth ranked Cholet Basket (7-13) 72-71 in the fight for the fourteenth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of JDA Dijon. The best player for the winners was Ilian Evtimov who scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Cholet Basket's coach Philippe Herve allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Cholet Basket moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Antibes and Dijon. Cholet Basket's next round opponent will be Olympique Antibes (#15) on the road.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Hyeres-Toulon (9-11) and Chalons-Reims (8-12), which took place in Toulon. 10th ranked Hyeres-Toulon was outleveled at home by thirteenth ranked Chalons-Reims 90-71 on Friday. Tyler Cain orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Chalons-Reims moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Le Portel. Hyeres-Toulon at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. Chalons-Reims will face higher ranked JSF Nanterre (#4) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 20: Paris-Levallois smashed Nancy on the road 78-59. Orleans lost to Antibes on its own court 78-87. Le Portel unfortunately lost to Nanterre in a road game 66-76. Limoges recorded a loss to Chalon at home 70-82.

Nancy - Paris-Levallois 59-78

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Paris-Levallois (12-8) crushed on the road bottom-ranked Sluc Nancy (4-16) 78-59 on Monday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-59. Paris-Levallois outrebounded Sluc Nancy 52-32 including a 36-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international power forward Louis Labeyrie (209-92) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 17 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). The former international center Vincent Poirier (210-93) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Paris-Levallois players scored in double figures. Paris-Levallois' coach Frederic Fauthoux used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Canadian-Italian power forward Marc Trasolini (206-90, college: Santa Clara) replied with 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Spanish guard Alex Urtasun (193-84) added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Sluc Nancy. Paris-Levallois have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 12-8 record. Sluc Nancy at the other side stay at the bottom place with 16 games lost. Paris-Levallois will face ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#8) at home in the next round. Sluc Nancy will play against Strasbourg IG (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Nancy: M.Trasolini 19+7reb+1ast, A.Urtasun 14+7reb+4ast, B.Rush 7+1reb+2ast, D.Mallet 7+3reb+2ast, B.Sene 6+2reb+2ast, D.Hunt 5+4reb+5ast
Paris-Levallois: L.Labeyrie 17+17reb+2ast, L.Sane 17+4reb, V.Poirier 13+8reb, J.Rich 10+8ast, T.Harris 7+7reb, R.Lesca 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 485512


ASVEL - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 63-72

The game in Villeurbanne was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (15-5) played at the court of 8th ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (10-10). Pau-Lacq-Orthez managed to secure a 9-point victory 72-63. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket won third quarter 22-9. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pau-Lacq-Orthez made 23-of-29 charity shots (79.3 percent) during the game. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Zimbabwean power forward Vitalis Chikoko (207-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and American point guard DJ Cooper (183-90, college: Ohio) who added 13 points and 7 assists during the contest. Four Pau-Lacq-Orthez players scored in double figures. U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) responded with 22 points and 4 assists and American-Serbian guard DeMarcus Nelson (193-85, college: Duke) scored 18 points and 4 assists. Pau-Lacq-Orthez have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Chalon. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against Hyeres-Toulon (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will play against Paris-Levallois and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: W.Hodge 22+1reb+4ast, D.Nelson 18+2reb+4ast, D.Watkins 12+8reb, N.Dragovic 5+5reb+1ast, T.Meacham 3+3ast, A.Noua 3+3reb+1ast
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: V.Chikoko 22+11reb+1ast, D.Cooper 13+3reb+7ast, R.Lewis 11+4reb+3ast, A.Koffi 11+7reb+3ast, T.Dean 9+1ast, J.Mipoka 5+4reb
gschID: 485508


Strasbourg - Gravelines 72-64

The game in Strasbourg was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (11-9) played at the court of eighth ranked Strasbourg IG (11-9). Strasbourg IG managed to secure a 8-point victory 72-64 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Gravelines-Dunkerque won third quarter 15-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strasbourg IG looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The winners were led by the former international guard Paul Lacombe (195-90, agency: BeoBasket) who scored that evening 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and international center Mouhammadou Jaiteh (208-94, agency: BeoBasket) supported him with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Four Strasbourg IG players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds by American forward Richard Solomon (208-92, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) did not help to save the game for Gravelines-Dunkerque. The former international Florent Pietrus (202-81) added 10 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Strasbourg IG moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Gravelines. Strasbourg IG will meet bottom-ranked Sluc Nancy (#18) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against Limoges CSP Elite (#9) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Gravelines: R.Solomon 16+12reb, K.Gibson 14+1reb+2ast, F.Pietrus 10+5reb+2ast, J.Cobbs 8+4reb+3ast, R.Jomby 5+2reb+3ast, J.Djimrabaye 5+2reb
Strasbourg: F.Ntilikina 12+2reb, P.Lacombe 12+8reb+4ast, M.Jaiteh 12+9reb+1ast, E.Walker 10+3reb+3ast, A.Slaughter 9+4reb+6ast, J.Leloup 7+1reb+4ast
gschID: 485515


Orleans - Antibes 78-87

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both sixteenth ranked Olympique Antibes and 17th ranked Entente Orleans 45 had identical 6-13 record. But Entente Orleans 45 was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Antibes 87-78 on Saturday night. Entente Orleans 45 was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 25-12 charge of Olympique Antibes, which allowed them to win the game. Olympique Antibes outrebounded Entente Orleans 45 34-23 including 22 on the defensive glass. Entente Orleans 45 was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. American-Nigerian center Chris Otule (211-90, college: Marquette) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Olympique Antibes' coach Julien Espinosa used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-82, college: Bradley) replied with 18 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Senegalese forward Antoine Mendy (198-83) added 14 points in the effort for Entente Orleans 45. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Olympique Antibes (7-13) moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Cholet and Dijon. Entente Orleans 45 lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth position with 14 games lost. Olympique Antibes will face Cholet Basket (#16) at home in the next round. Entente Orleans 45 will play against Le Mans and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Orleans: M.Sommerville 18+5reb+2ast, A.Mendy 14+4reb+2ast, A.Eito 13+1reb+5ast, K.McAlarney 10+2reb+1ast, V.Jones III 8+1reb+3ast, A.Kader Sylla 7+3reb+2ast
Antibes: T.Blue 16+5reb+5ast, C.Otule 14+8reb, W.Solomon 12+3reb+2ast, I.Cordinier 11+4reb+1ast, F.Bourdillon 10+2reb, M.Curry 10+1reb+6ast
gschID: 485514


Nanterre - Le Portel 76-66

Very predictable result when fourth ranked JSF Nanterre (14-6) won against at home 12th ranked Le Portel (8-12) 76-66 on Saturday. Le Portel was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Bathiste Tchouaffe (195-98) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points. Mathias Lessort (205-95) contributed with 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four JSF Nanterre players scored in double figures. JSF Nanterre's coach Pascal Donadieu used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American power forward Franklin Hassell (203-88, college: ODU) replied with 14 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import center Jakim Donaldson (204-83, college: Edinboro) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Le Portel. JSF Nanterre have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 14-6 record. Le Portel at the other side keeps the twelfth place with 12 games lost. JSF Nanterre will face Chalons-Reims (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Le Portel will play against JDA Dijon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Le Portel: F.Hassell 14+5reb+2ast, J.Donaldson 14+5reb+2ast, E.Lasisi 13+2reb+1ast, G.Chathuant 9+5reb, J.Begarin 8+1reb+3ast, B.Mangin 6+7reb+3ast
Nanterre: B.Tchouaffe 15+3reb+1ast, C.Warren 11+1reb+2ast, B.Conklin 11+5reb+2ast, M.Lessort 10+9reb, S.Butterfield 10+6reb+1ast, T.Zanna 7+7reb+1ast
gschID: 485513


Limoges - Chalon 70-82

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Limoges CSP Elite (9-11) lost at home to second ranked Chalon/Saor (15-5) 82-70 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Chalon/Saor. Limoges CSP Elite was better in fourth quarter 19-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chalon/Saor made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American swingman Cameron Clark (201-91, college: Oklahoma) orchestrated the victory by scoring 28 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). The other American import point guard John Roberson (180-88, college: Texas Tech) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists for the winners. The former international center Ousmane Camara (202-89) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds and American guard William Buford (196-90, college: Ohio St., agency: Two Points) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Limoges CSP Elite. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Chalon/Saor maintains second position with 15-5 record having just three points less than leader Monaco, which they share with Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Limoges CSP Elite at the other side keeps the ninth place with 11 games lost. Chalon/Saor will face league's leader Monaco at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Limoges CSP Elite will play against Gravelines-Dunkerque (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Limoges: O.Camara 23+15reb+1ast, K.Prepelic 14+4reb+2ast, W.Buford 13+6reb+3ast, C.Fair 10+4reb+1ast, D.Wood 5+2reb+2ast, M.Wojciechowski 3+4reb+1ast
Chalon: C.Clark 28+4reb+1ast, A.Bouteille 16+9reb+1ast, J.Roberson 13+5reb+12ast, M.Fall 11+7reb+4ast, L.Harris 8+2ast, A.Loum 4+2reb
gschID: 485511


Cholet - Dijon 72-71

A very interesting game took place in Cholet. It ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 14th ranked JDA Dijon (7-13) to fifteenth ranked Cholet Basket (7-13) 72-71 in the fight for the fourteenth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of JDA Dijon. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. 24 personal fouls committed by JDA Dijon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Ilian Evtimov (201-83, college: N.Carolina St.) who scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. The former international point guard Jonathan Rousselle (187-90) chipped in 14 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. Cholet Basket's coach Philippe Herve allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American point guard David Holston (168-86, college: Chicago St.) produced 11 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals and his fellow American import Keaton Grant (193-86, college: Purdue) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Four JDA Dijon players scored in double figures. Cholet Basket moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Antibes and Dijon. Cholet Basket's next round opponent will be Olympique Antibes (#15) on the road.
Top scorers:
Dijon: K.Grant 15+2reb+1ast, I.Miles 14+4reb, M.Judith 12+2reb+2ast, D.Holston 11+6reb+4ast, B.Peterson 6+2reb+2ast, G.Gajovic 5+1reb+2ast
Cholet: I.Evtimov 17+6reb+2ast, J.Rousselle 14+4reb+6ast, G.Brown 10+4reb, J.Boutsiele 9+4reb, B.Dewar 7+2reb+1ast, A.Rodriguez 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 485510


Monaco - Le Mans 88-77

ProA top team - Monaco (18-2) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat tenth ranked Le Mans (9-11) 88-77. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 53-41 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Le Mans helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Bulgarian point guard Dee Bost (188-89, college: Mississippi St., agency: BeoBasket) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 5 assists. American Jamal Shuler (191-86) contributed with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Monaco's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Giordan Watson (178-85, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: BeoBasket) replied with 20 points and 5 assists and the former international Mickael Gelabale (202-83, agency: BeoBasket) added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Le Mans. Monaco have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-2 record. Le Mans lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Limoges and Hyeres-Toulon. Monaco are looking forward to face league's second-placed Chalon/Saor on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Le Mans will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#17) and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: G.Watson 20+1reb+5ast, M.Gelabale 16+7reb+1ast, W.Yeguete 11+7reb+1ast, R.Pearson 9+5reb+1ast, O.Hanlan 8+3reb+1ast, M.Yarou 8+12reb+1ast
Monaco: D.Bost 22+3reb+5ast, J.Shuler 17+7reb+5ast, B.Davies 14+4reb+2ast, A.Sy 8+7reb+4ast, N.Caner-Medley 7+5reb+1ast, Z.Wright 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 485509


Hyeres-Toulon - Chalons-Reims 71-90

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Hyeres-Toulon (9-11) and Chalons-Reims (8-12), which took place in Toulon. 10th ranked Hyeres-Toulon was outleveled at home by thirteenth ranked Chalons-Reims 90-71 on Friday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 50-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Chalons-Reims especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. American power forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). The other American import forward Steven Smith (203-83, college: La Salle) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Four Chalons-Reims players scored in double figures. William Howard (201-93) replied with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and American swingman Trevis Simpson (193-91, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 17 points in the effort for Hyeres-Toulon. Chalons-Reims moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Le Portel. Hyeres-Toulon at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. Chalons-Reims will face higher ranked JSF Nanterre (#4) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: T.Simpson 17+4reb+1ast, W.Howard 15+5reb+4ast, D.Michineau 9+1reb+3ast, F.Prenom 8+2reb+3ast, A.Williams 7+4reb+2ast, M.Acker 7+1reb+1ast
Chalons-Reims: T.Cain 28+12reb+2ast, S.Smith 23+4reb+3ast, A.Young 16+5reb+8ast, M.Payne 14+4reb+3ast, M.Souleyman Diabate 6+5reb+2ast, A.Karolak 3+1reb
gschID: 485507





Grismay Paumier claims French ProB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Cuban Grismay Paumier (204-C/F-88) had a great game in the last round for Boulogne and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 28-year old had a double-double of 18 points and ten rebounds, while his team crushed Provence Basket (#2, 14-5) with 21-point margin 90-69. Boulogne maintains the 17th position in French ProB. Boulogne is currently ranked second from the bottom. They need more victories to improve their 7-12 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Paumier as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Paumier has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 7.6rpg) and averages solid 1.5bpg and 61.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 33-year old power forward Jean-Stephane Rinna (205-F/C-83) of St Chamond. Rinna impressed basketball fans with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he led St Chamond to another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked Le Havre (#6, 10-9) 91-66. Despite this victory they still are dead at the bottom. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-12 record. Rinna is one of the most experienced players at St Chamond and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Lamayn Wilson (203-PF-80) of Blois (#7). Wilson scored 28 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Blois, leading his team to a 62-53 win against the lower-ranked St Quentin (#16, 8-11). Blois needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 9 lost games. Wilson has a very solid season. In 19 games in France he scored 13.9ppg. He also has 5.3rpg and FGP: 52.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Youssou Ndoye (213-C-91) of Bourg - 14 points and 10 rebounds
5. Remi Dibo (201-F-91) of Evreux - 19 points and 4 rebounds
6. Zachery Peacock (203-C-87) of Bourg - 23 points and 11 rebounds
7. Jean-Victor Traore (204-PF-85) of Lille - 17 points and 7 rebounds
8. Teddy Gipson (191-G-80) of Boulogne - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Wilbert Brown (200-PF-84) of Charleville - 18 points and 12 rebounds
10. Joe Burton (201-F-90) of Roanne - 20 points and 10 rebounds

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



Joakim Noah Out For Season With Knee Surgery - by Eurobasket News

Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida) will undergo surgery on his left knee and miss the remainder of the season. Noah signed with the New York Knicks in the 2016 offseason on a four-year, $72 million contract. Noah has missed a number of games this season due to a knee ailment. Noah also underwent surgery on the same knee in 2014.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Raymar MORGAN
  Ratiopharm
  (203-F/C-88)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Morgan, Ratiopharm19.8 
 2. Knight, Jena18.7 
 3. Kikanovic, ALBA16.5 
 4. Thompson, Telekom .16.0 
 5. Odum, Wuerzburg16.0 
 6. Qvale, EWE Baskets16.0 
 7. Jenkins, Jena15.8 
 8. Ruoff, Goettingen15.7 
 9. Babb, Ratiopharm15.4 
 10. Paulding, EWE B.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Owen KLASSEN
  Phoenix .
  (208-C/F-91)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Klassen, Phoenix .7.8 
 2. Pierre, Braunsch.7.4 
 3. Cooley, Ludwigsb.7.3 
 4. Plaisted, Phoenix .7.3 
 5. Eatherton, Goett.7.2 
 6. McGhee, Walter T.7.1 
 7. Morgan, Ratiopharm6.8 
 8. Marei, Bayreuth6.6 
 9. Knight, Jena6.6 
 10. Standharding., Vec.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Walter T.
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Jordan, Walter T.8.5 
 2. Machado, Vechta8.2 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.6.7 
 4. Hobbs, Ratiopharm6.1 
 5. Bell, Phoenix Hagen6.1 
 6. Odum, Wuerzburg5.7 
 7. Siva, ALBA5.4 
 8. Ruoff, Goettingen5.0 
 9. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.5.0 
 10. Mayo, Telekom Bsk4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Robertson, Fraport .2.6 
 2. Kramer, EWE B.2.6 
 3. Machado, Vechta2.0 
 4. Scrubb, Giessen .1.8 
 5. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.8 
 6. Siva, ALBA1.7 
 7. Bowlin, Giessen 46ers1.7 
 8. Anderson, Bayreuth1.7 
 9. Redding, B.Mue.1.7 
 10. Hobbs, Ratiopharm1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel THEIS
  Brose Bask.
  (204-PF-92)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Theis, Brose Bask.1.5 
 2. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.2 
 3. Groselle, Braunsch.1.2 
 4. Qvale, EWE Baskets1.1 
 5. Gamble, Telekom .1.1 
 6. Plaisted, Phoenix .1.0 
 7. Horton, Telekom .1.0 
 8. Lane, Wuerzburg1.0 
 9. Gaffney, ALBA1.0 
 10. Ibekwe, Fraport .0.9 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Jonathon WILLIAMS
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Williams, Kirchheim19.8 
 2. Alexander, ETB W.18.4 
 3. Pinkins, Hanau18.0 
 4. Nikolic, Baunach17.9 
 5. Watkins, Nuernberg17.7 
 6. Kerusch, MBC16.8 
 7. Spearman, Trier16.1 
 8. Warren, MBC16.0 
 9. Holt, Dresden16.0 
 10. Canty, Hamburg15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leon KRATZER
  Baunach
  (210-C-97)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Kratzer, Baunach12.9 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau9.6 
 3. Jahn, Ehingen8.7 
 4. Oppland, Nuernberg8.5 
 5. Thompson, ETB W.8.3 
 6. Sturner, Dresden7.2 
 7. Lawson, Chemnitz7.1 
 8. Wolf, Hamburg6.9 
 9. Williams, Kirchheim6.9 
 10. Nicholas, Trier6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksej NIKOLIC
  Baunach
  (191-PG-95)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Nikolic, Baunach6.9 
 2. Love, Kirchheim6.3 
 3. Moore, Ehingen5.7 
 4. Carter, Chemnitz5.6 
 5. Vest, Uni Baskets5.4 
 6. Adams, Uni Baskets5.3 
 7. Zazai, MBC5.2 
 8. Hatten, MBC5.1 
 9. Watkins, Nuernberg5.0 
 10. Dunn, Crailsheim5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus HATTEN
  MBC
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hatten, MBC2.6 
 2. Adams, Uni Baskets2.5 
 3. Love, Kirchheim2.5 
 4. White, Heidelberg2.4 
 5. Carter, Chemnitz2.2 
 6. Tiggs, Crailsheim2.2 
 7. Watkins, Nuernberg2.1 
 8. Dunn, Crailsheim1.8 
 9. Robertson, Koeln R.1.8 
 10. Vest, Uni Baskets1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Oettinge.
  (206-PF-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Muldrow, Oettinge.2.8 
 2. Pressley, Dresden2.3 
 3. Kratzer, Baunach1.5 
 4. White, Heidelberg1.4 
 5. Keppeler, Baunach1.3 
 6. Grim, Uni Baskets1.3 
 7. King, Koeln R.1.3 
 8. Bucknor, Trier1.3 
 9. Heinzmann, Koeln R.1.2 
 10. Pantelic, MBC1.1 


Ryan Nicholas (ex Trier) is a newcomer at Residence - by Eurobasket News

Residence Walferdange (Total League) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American forward Ryan Nicholas (201-118kg-91, college: Portland). He played recently at ROMERSTROM Gladiators Trier in German ProA, but left the team last month. In 16 games he recorded 10.6ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.4apg this season. The last season Nicholas played at Palma in Spanish LEB Gold where in 12 games he averaged 3.8ppg and 2.8rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted All-WCC Honorable Mention back in 2013 and 2014 at his college time.
Nicholas has played previously professionally also in Lithuania (Dzukija).
He attended University of Portland until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.

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Quantez Robertson Pokes And Steals The Fraport Skyliners Past s.Oliver Wurzburg 79-76 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The one guy is a legend and as present in the German basketball world with his black attire as is legendary actor Jack Nicholson when he is in the front row in the Staples Center at Lakers games while the other guy is one of 1000's of Americans playing out his dream of being a professional basketball player and one of the fewer making the slow steps up the professional basketball ladder from league to league and from level to level. The legend is none other than Dirk Bauermann who has to be considered as the German Phil Jackson in terms of what he did in the 90's winning 9 titles with the Bayer Giants Leverkusen as well as being coach of the German national team and winning the 2005 Silver at the European championships with Dirk Nowitzki in Belgrad. After leading FC Bayern Munich into the BBL in 2011, he had a short stay in the BBL with FC Bayern Munich an dthen disappeared from Germany for 4 years coaching teams like Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius, Krasny Oktyabr Volograd where he was even forced to play their CEO in games and then had a short stint with the Iranian national team. He returned back to the Fraport arena a place where he won many games, but lost the 2004 BBL title with Bamberg and now was leading the charge with another Bavarian team s.Oliver Wurzburg and came in as the savior, but so far has experienced something he has rarely seen as a coach in Germany losing as he is still looking for his first win as he was 0-5. The other guy coming with Bauermann was American Vincent Sanford that came to Germany late joining s.Oliver Wurzburg farm team in November and right away was a spark averaging 17,7ppg, 4,6rpg and 2,9apg while shooting 40% from downtown helping the team to a 5-4 record. The American is one of those guys that has had to prove himself his whole career as he played 54 games for the well known Georgetown (NCAA), but averaged only 1,8ppg,and transferred to Dayton (NCAA) where he had more of a role and solidified himself as a solid NCAA player averaging 12,3ppg and 9,6ppg in his last two seasons. However despite reaching the NCAA Elite 8 in 2014 and having good stats didn't grant him a free pass to a top league as he had to claw himself up the professional ladder playing with Thor Thorl (Iceland-Dominos League): 13 games: 22.1ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.1apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 50.8%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 73.0% and last season played with Barrancabermeja Ciudad Futuro (Colombia-Liga DirecTV, starting five): Liga DirecTV-1: 20 games: 14.8ppg, 5.5rpg, 3.0apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT-2 (42.9%), FT: 76.8%. Now in his third professional season and after 9 Pro B games, he suddenly saw himself suit up in an easyCredit BBL game against Tuebingen scoring 9 points in 14 minutes and a week later had 13 points in 17 minutes against the Telekom Baskets Bonn, There are basketball worlds between Bauermann and Sanford, but both had the same goal and wanting to win that first game with s.Oliver Wurzburg. However both didn't leave the Fraport arena with smiles, but moreover with sullen expressions as they lost a tough 79-76 battle to the hands of the Fraport Skyliners. Bauermann was not only disgusted with his 6th loss in a row, the most that he had lost in a row in Germany and also for being called for a technical foul late in the fourth which turned the game in favor of Frankfurt. Sanford was unable to match the personal success of his last games as he credits a lot to Bauermann as he had one point on 0/3 shooting in 9.12 minutes and was far form 100%. 'I have no excuses, but I couldn't really dribble as I have been playing with a broken hand. You have to take the good ones with the bad ones. Bauermann has helped me see the game differently in the BBL. He has helped me a lot mentally', stressed Kentucky native Vincent Sanford.

The Fraport Skyliners came into the contest against s.Oliver Wurzburg riding a three game losing streak having lost badly to Bamberg and Munich and then being embarrassed in Turkey against Pinar Karsiyaka ending their Champions League season. Frankfurt came into the game with a lot to prove, but were having problems with being able to play consistent for long spurts, but were able to overcome a nine point deficit in the fourth quarter as s.Oliver Wurzburg were putting up prayers left and right as if Larry Bird had haunted the Fraport arena and stayed calm and showed their big strength having those fighting mentality qualities, buckled down on defense and won with heart and pride. 'Key today for pulling out the win was staying together during the ups and downs in the game. They hit tough shot after tough shot and we had our backs to the wall, but we always stuck together. We played Skyliner basketball until the end and executed down the stretch', stressed Iona (NCAA) guard AJ English. s.Oliver Wurzburg hoped their basketball woes would come to an end with legendary German head coach Dirk Bauermann, but instead the team still has the big goose egg looking for that first win. After the loss a dejected Jake Odum (Indiana State) exited the locker room and one could feel his disappointment as his soft voice described the game loss. 'It went down to the wire. It was very disappointing that we couldn't come away with the win. It has been very tough not being able to win a game in two months. Most of us aren't used to losing like this. We have been getting better in practice, but haven't learned how to finish games. I put a lot of blame on myself for not doing my job. I credit the Skyliners for making plays when it counted', added Jake Odum.

On carnival weekend, the Fraport arena had 5.002 excited fans and would witness a very entertaining and exciting back and forth game for 40 minutes. Both teams came out with a lot of intensity, but the Fraport Skyliners had a bit more and had their touch early on from downtown as they got big production from Kwame Vaughn and Quantez Robertson (188-G-84, college: Auburn, agency: Interperformances) as they sunk trey's giving Frankfurt the 12-6 advantage. But the day basketball has no more runs is the day pigs can fly, because there are always runs and Wurzburg found some fortune on offense going on an annoying 10-3 run to gain their first lead of the ball game 16-15. In the run, the Bavarian team got a huge three pointer from ex Arkansas (NCAA) forward Marshawn Powell and steady bench help from ex UCLA center Brendan Lane who hit a pretty left handed hook shot and crashed the boards for a tip in while German Maurice Stuckey saved his three point aggressiveness for later and got two buckets inside dancing around Niklas Kiel once. However Frankfurt got two buckets from AJ English to lead 20-17 after one quarter. The last English shot was a trey from the right wing that he nailed at the buzzer. It would have looked like a Larry Bird repeat basket had he done it over two defenders the Boston celtic legend did on a regular basis back in the day, but the Skyliner was all alone, but nevertheless saw nothing but net. 'I know Larry can shoot, but I never got a chance to see him play. That English shot reminded me more of an Antonio Graves buzzer beater this season', smiled Quantez Robertson. 'That English buzzer beater remined me of one between Khimky Moscow and Bamberg. English is a good shooter, but Janis Strelnieks hits those kinds each day', stressed Dennis Schroeder agent Ademola Okulaja. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 50% from the field and 43% from outside while s.Oliver Wurzburg were shooting 38% from the field and 14% from outside. Both teams had nine rebounds apiece and Wurzburg had one turnover and Frankfurt three turnovers.

The second quarter was a head to head battle as there were five lead changes and no team could break away from the other. The Fraport Skyliners were able to carry over that AJ English momentum builder from the last minutes of the first quarter as English threw up an alley-oop pass to Florida native Mike Morrison who made the nasty throw down and ex Nebraska (NCAA) forward Shavon Shields scored in the paint as Frankfurt led 24-20. However Wurzburg struck back going on a 7-2 run to regain the lead 27-26. In the run, the club got a 20 footer from ex Rhode Island (NCAA) forward Lamont Ulmer, a Powell lay in and trey from ex Alba Berlin forward Kresimir Loncar. Kiel made a runner and Odum a nasty trey as both teams traded leads and Vaughn made a step back deadlocking the contest at 30-30. Frankfurt continued their attack on offense getting Kiel free throws and a beautiful coast to coast sprint from Super Tez Robertson who finished in ridiculous off balance fashion with his left hand. However the Fraport Skyliners were unable to take the lead and momentum into the break as s.Oliver Wurzburg closed out the second quarter with a 7-0 run to lead 37-34. In the run, the club got valuable buckets from ex ratiopharm ulm forward Sebastian Betz, a Odum step back jumper and a deep three from Stuckey. 'Both teams were playing hard defense and both teams hit difficult three's. Wurzburg have been hit hard with injuries, but they continued to play hard. I was happy that Gordon Herbert played the German kids', stressed ex North Carolina Tar Hel Ademola Okulaja. s.Oliver Wurzburg were shooting 52% from the field and 42% from the three point line while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 48% from the field and 27% from the three point line. Wurzburg had the 15-12 rebound edge and both teams had seven turnovers apiece.

The third quarter was an even affair again as Shavon Shields got busy, but once again the Fraport Skyliners were unable to hold the lead as s.Oliver Wurzburg closed out the third quarter with another back breaking run to regain the lead. The Fraport Skyliners defense did a great job stifling s.Oliver Wurzburg on their first five possessions, but couldn't gain much ground getting only a Robertson trey and Morrison lay in on transition to get the lead back at 40-37. Wurzburg finally got on the board with a Loncar tip in and Stuckey burnt Frankfurt again with a bomb from outside tying the game at 42-42. Then it seemed like there could be some movement form one team as the Fraport Skyliners went on a key 10-3 run to extend their lead to 52-45. In the run Shavon Shields was a one man wrecking crew as he scored three times inside showing that no matter how you scout him, he is almost unstoppable one on one. Vaughn also made free throws and German Max Merz made a jumper courtesy of an English pass. The ball game continued to be a game of runs as now came a good phase for Wurzburg as they closed out the third quarter with a 8-2 run to once again get back the lead 53-52. In the run, s.Oliver Wurzburg took advantage of Frankfurt's five team fouls and got free throws from Lane and Odum as well as a 20 footer from Loncar and Odum lay in on transition. 'It was a game of runs. We had some good looks during their run, but we stayed aggressive and never gave up despite that', stressed AJ English. S.Oliver Wurzburg was shooting 47% from the field and 35% from the parking lot while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 45% from the field and 24% from the parking lot. Wurzburg had the 25-18 rebound edge, but 12 turnovers while Frankfurt had nine turnovers.

In the fourth quarter, s.Oliver Wurzburg suddenly began shooting out the lights and hitting from anywhere and over anybody as they quickly gained momentum and had a sturdy lead, but the Fraport Skyliners continued to stay composed and fought back never losing hope. S.Oliver Wurzburg shocked the Fraport Skyliners blasting out on a 9-2 run as they nailed three consecutive trey's as Loncar, Odum and Stuckey connected extending the Wurzburg lead to 62-54. Then Shields and Stuckey traded three pointers as Frankfurt trailed 65-57. Shields didn't allow Wurzburg to decide the game early as he scored on a rapid and consistent level scoring inside and making a trey keeping Frankfurt close at 70-64. Frankfurt continued their come back as Vaughn made a hard dunk on transition cutting the Wurzburg lead to 70-66. Everytime one thought Frankfurt would now have the momentum, it was halted by Wurzburg as they would make an even more ridiculous shot than the last. Odum was on fire and nailed a crazy trey over Robertson close to center court extending the Wurzburg lead to 73-66. 'When I am feeling it and have had the confidence of making previous shots, I just continue to let it ride', stressed Jake Odum. 'Odum hit a lot of crazy shots tonight. But that was nothing new to me. When I was a freshman at Iona, we played him and Indiana State and hit the same kind of shots', added AJ English. Frankfurt then made a couple of stops and were rewarded getting a Kiel offensive rebound and put back and Robertson three cutting the Wurzburg lead to 73-72. Then Bauermann was hit with a technical foul. Odum nailed another crazy three over Robertson, but Shields answered with an offensive rebound and put back as Frankfurt trailed 76-74. At 1.06 of the fourth quarter, Loncar was called for an offensive foul which led to a clutch English trey giving Frankfurt the 77-76 lead and they would never look back. With 16.58 to play, s:Oliver Wurzburg had the last possession, but with 8,9 seconds to play Robertson made a huge steal which led to his free throws that sealed the game for Frankfurt. 'That is what Tez does. I see it in everyday in practice. He is a great player and I learn a lot from him. He tripped on the screen, but never gave up and then made the steal. He is our heart and soul. I know if I need help with something, I go and talk to him', smiled AJ English. 'The technical and English three hurt us. We made some silly mistakes at the end, but the Robertson steal was key. He is a great defensive player and really stepped up for his team', added Brendan Lane. 'He had the ball near my face and I just poked it away. I get a majority of my steals poking the ball away', smiled Quantez Robertson. S.Oliver Wurzburg had one more chance, but Odum couldn't get the ball off and wanted the foul. 'He came at me after the game saying I fouled him. I guess the angle that the ref saw was where I got most ball. It could of gone both ways. Maybe It went my way, because earlier I had been called on my block attempt against their big man', joked Quantez Robertson. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Shavon Shields with 24 points. Quantez Robertson added 15 points, AJ English supplied 13 points and Kwame Vaughn contributed 11 points. S.Oliver Wurzburg were led by Jake Odum with 27 points. Maurice Stuckey added 15 points and Kresimir Loncar netted 14 points. The Fraport Skyliners shot47% from the field and 32% from outside while s.Oliver Wurzburg shot 51% from the field and 46% from outside. S.Oliver Wurzburg won the rebound duel 32-23, but had 17 turnovers while Frankfurt coughed up the ball only nine times.



The Fraport Skyliners Secure Gordon Herbert Until 2019 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Fraport Skyliners have won three titles and two of those have come though the guidance of head coach Gordon Herbert and the club have decided to keep the mastermind for two more seasons as he got a contract extension until 2019. Herbert has had three tours of duty with Frankfurt and every time had success. In his first tour of duty won the 2004 BBL title, in his second time around reached the BBL final in 2010 and in his third time won the Fiba Europe Cup title in 2016. His work stands for success as he has had the fortune of often bringing the right guards into town with Dashaun Wood, Justin Cobbs and Jordan Theodore who were instrumental for the team having massive success.

This season the club still has every chance to make the playoffs which would be the third time in a row for the Fraport Skyliners. Herbert is very content is continuing to name his current basketball home Frankfurt. "I feel very comfortable in Frankfurt and the situation just fits. It is a unique situation for me in that the club supports me in all things especially my health issues. I am very thankful to be able to work another two years here. My relatioship with Gunnar Wobke and Thomas Kunz is very good. We have a great group here and assistant coach Klaus Perwas is great. he works for two. Everyone else in the coaching staff and office do great work. I am blessed to be able to keep working with all. We set our three year plan four years ago with Johannes Voigtmann, Danilo Barthel and Konstantin klein. We need to keep working as hard with our next generation of young Germans to make them better. They are the key for success. I am looking forward to the challenge", warned Goordon Herbert. "Gordie and the Fraport Skyliners fit together. We are all very happy that he is better again with his health that we can move forward. We are looking forward to continuing the cooperation and further titles", added Gunnar Wobke.

Source:Fraport Skyliners




ProA Round 25: Kirchheim Knights are upset by Chemnitz - by Eurobasket News

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

The game between third ranked Kirchheim Knights (17-8) and fourth ranked Chemnitz (17-7) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Kirchheim Knights were defeated by Chemnitz in Chemnitz 80-66. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Kirchheim Knights' players. Forward Michael Fleischmann (205-86) fired 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Malte Ziegenhagen (198-91, college: Kaiser) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Chemnitz's coach Rodrigo Pastore used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Carrington Love (186-94, college: Green Bay) produced 18 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists for lost side. Chemnitz have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Kirchheim Knights lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Chemnitz are looking forward to face Uni Baskets (#9) in Paderborn in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Kirchheim Knights will play at home against White Wings (#8) and are hoping to win this game.
Leader Mitteldeutscher BC delivered the twenty second victory. This time they crushed 11th ranked Hamburg (10-15) 106-82 in Weissenfels. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Afghani point guard Achmadschah Zazai (177-86, agency: Octagon Europe) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 6 assists. Marcus Hatten contributed with 18 points for the winners. Mitteldeutscher BC's coach Igor Jovovic felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. point guard Anthony Canty (183-91, agency: Octagon Europe) answered with 18 points and 4 assists for Hamburg. Mitteldeutscher BC maintains first place with 22-3 record. Hamburg lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against Nuernberg (#12) in Nurnberg in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Hamburg will play at home against MLP Academics Heidelberg and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Heidelberg supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Crailsheim Merlins (20-5) played at the court of 5th ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg (16-9). Crailsheim Merlins smashed MLP Academics Heidelberg 101-62 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of MLP Academics Heidelberg. Chase Griffin stepped up and scored 19 points for the winners. At the losing side Niklas Wuerzner responded with 12 points and 5 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Crailsheim Merlins have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 20-5 record having just two points less than leader MBC. MLP Academics Heidelberg at the other side keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. Crailsheim Merlins will meet ETB Wohnbau (#15) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. MLP Academics Heidelberg will play against Hamburg (#11) and hope to secure a win.

Other games of round 25 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Ehingen were defeated by Oettinger R. in Gotha 85-75. Nuernberg smashed ETB Wohnbau at home 85-61. Bottom-ranked Dresden lost to Hanau on the opponent's court 73-87. Uni Baskets managed to outperform Baunach in a home game 89-76. Koeln Rh.Stars recorded a loss to Trier on the road 59-54.
The best stats of 25th round was 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists by Daniel Berger of Ehingen.

Oettinger R. - Ehingen 85-75

There was no surprise when 12th ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (9-17) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (14-11) 85-75 on Sunday. Oettinger Rockets Gotha made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Ehingen/Urspringschule turnovers. Center Robert Oehle (209-88, agency: Octagon Europe) stepped up and scored 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and American-Ivorian forward Dane Watts (203-86) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Daniel Berger (203-90, college: BYU-Hawaii, agency: Three Eye Sports) responded with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Tobias Jahn (204-86, college: Cal Poly Pomona) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Four Ehingen/Urspringschule players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players saving starting five for next games. Oettinger Rockets Gotha have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Trier. Newly promoted Ehingen/Urspringschule dropped to the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will meet Koeln Rh.Stars (#10) on the road in the next round. Ehingen/Urspringschule will play against Gladiators and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Oettinger R.: R.Oehle 21+5reb+1ast, D.Watts 18+5reb+3ast, D.Mitchell 15+4reb+3ast, D.Hicks 9+2reb+1ast, G.Gibbs 8+2reb+4ast, G.Gomila 5+3reb+1ast
Ehingen: D.Berger 20+5reb+4ast, T.Jahn 13+10reb+3ast, D.Moore 12+3reb+5ast, A.Fraser 10+5reb+3ast, K.Taylor 8+5reb+1ast, C.Wolf 5+2reb
gschID: 474207


Heidelberg - Crailsheim 62-101

The game in Heidelberg supposed to be also quite interesting. Second ranked Crailsheim Merlins (20-5) played at the court of 5th ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg (16-9). Crailsheim Merlins smashed MLP Academics Heidelberg 101-62 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of MLP Academics Heidelberg. Crailsheim Merlins shot 61.0 percent from the field. They also forced 20 MLP Academics Heidelberg turnovers and outrebounded them 30-19 including 22 on the defensive glass. Crailsheim Merlins shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by MLP Academics Heidelberg's players. American guard Chase Griffin (190-83, college: Pepperdine) stepped up and scored 19 points for the winners and the former international forward Konrad Wysocki (202-82, college: Princeton) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists. Four Crailsheim Merlins players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Niklas Wuerzner (196-94) responded with 12 points and 5 assists and center Phillipp Heyden (206-88) scored 8 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. Crailsheim Merlins have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 20-5 record having just two points less than leader MBC. MLP Academics Heidelberg at the other side keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. Crailsheim Merlins will meet ETB Wohnbau (#15) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. MLP Academics Heidelberg will play against Hamburg (#11) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Crailsheim: C.Griffin 19+2reb+2ast, K.Wysocki 13+4reb+4ast, M.Bogdanov 11+4reb+2ast, M.Jost 11+2reb, N.Hilliard IV 10+3reb+4ast, C.Dunn 9+2reb+5ast
Heidelberg: N.Wuerzner 12+2reb+5ast, C.Rupp 11+1reb+2ast, D.White 9+3reb, A.Kuppe 8+1ast, P.Heyden 8+9reb+1ast, V.Hall 6+2ast
gschID: 474206


Nuernberg - ETB Wohnbau 85-61

No shocking result in a game in Nurnberg where thirteenth ranked Nuernberg (9-15) smashed 15th ranked ETB Wohnbau (6-19) 85-61 on Sunday. It was a great shooting night for Nuernberg especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.7 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by ETB Wohnbau's players. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso) stepped up and scored 14 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and guard Joshua Young (185-88, college: Drake) chipped in 13 points and 9 assists. Five Nuernberg players scored in double figures. At the losing side Maurice Creek (196-90, college: G.Washington) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds and forward Eric Thompson (204-93, college: Pacific) scored 15 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). ETB Wohnbau's coach Igor Krizanovic gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Nuernberg moved-up to twelfth place. Loser ETB Wohnbau keeps the fifteenth position with 19 games lost. Nuernberg will meet at home league's leader Mitteldeutscher BC in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ETB Wohnbau will play against the league's second-placed Crailsheim Merlins (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Nuernberg: S.Schroeder 15+7reb+3ast, D.Oppland 14+9reb+6ast, A.Calvin 14+2reb+1ast, J.Young 13+4reb+9ast, M.Sanders 12, D.Watkins 10+1reb+1ast
ETB Wohnbau: M.Creek 17+5reb+1ast, E.Thompson 15+4reb+1ast, R.Lodders 10+5reb+1ast, J.Lodders 8+2reb+2ast, C.Alexander 7+2reb+4ast, M.Gebhardt 2+1reb
gschID: 474205


Chemnitz - Kirchheim 80-66

The game between third ranked Kirchheim Knights (17-8) and fourth ranked Chemnitz (17-7) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Kirchheim Knights were defeated by Chemnitz in Chemnitz 80-66. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Kirchheim Knights' players. Forward Michael Fleischmann (205-86) fired 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Malte Ziegenhagen (198-91, college: Kaiser) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Chemnitz's coach Rodrigo Pastore used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Carrington Love (186-94, college: Green Bay) produced 18 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists and the other American import forward Jonathon Williams (198-90, college: Wagner) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Kirchheim Knights players scored in double figures. Chemnitz have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Kirchheim Knights lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Chemnitz are looking forward to face Uni Baskets (#9) in Paderborn in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Kirchheim Knights will play at home against White Wings (#8) and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: M.Fleischmann 21+5reb, M.Ziegenhagen 15+6reb+3ast, J.Lawson 10+4reb+2ast, M.Seiferth 9+7reb, C.Carter 9+5reb+10ast, V.Matthews 8+5reb+8ast
Kirchheim: C.Love 18+7reb+8ast, J.Williams 15+8reb+1ast, S.Hinrichs 12+4reb, A.Kronhardt 10+9reb+2ast, T.Koch 5+1reb+1ast, J.Hedley 4+3reb
gschID: 474201


Hanau - Dresden 87-73

Very expected game in Hanau where 16th ranked Titans (2-24) were defeated by eighth ranked White Wings (13-12) 87-73 on Saturday. White Wings outrebounded Titans 38-23 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Kruize Pinkins (203-93, college: USF) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import point guard Eugene Harris (187-86, college: High Point) chipped in 29 points. At the losing side American point guard RJ Price (180-93, college: Radford) responded with 21 points and naturalized American swingman Jeremy Dunbar (195-88, college: Arkansas Tech) scored 14 points. White Wings maintains eighth place with 13-12 record. Titans lost tenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 24 lost games. White Wings will meet higher ranked Kirchheim Knights (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Titans will play against Baunach (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hanau: E.Harris 29+1reb+2ast, K.Pinkins 23+14reb+2ast, B.Sullivan 8+3reb+3ast, C.von Fintel 7+2reb, T.Joenke 7+5reb+8ast, P.Albrecht 5+3reb+2ast
Dresden: R.Price 21+2reb, J.Dunbar 14+2reb+3ast, H.Baues 11+2reb+5ast, W.Simon 9+4reb+3ast, J.Bertrand 9+3reb+1ast, J.El Domiaty 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 474202


MBC - Hamburg 106-82

Leader Mitteldeutscher BC delivered the twenty second victory. This time they crushed 11th ranked Hamburg (10-15) 106-82 in Weissenfels. Mitteldeutscher BC dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Hamburg's 38. They outrebounded Hamburg 37-23 including a 24-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Mitteldeutscher BC players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Afghani point guard Achmadschah Zazai (177-86, agency: Octagon Europe) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 6 assists. American point guard Marcus Hatten (185-80, college: St.John's) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Mitteldeutscher BC's coach Igor Jovovic felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Point guard Anthony Canty (183-91, agency: Octagon Europe) answered with 18 points and 4 assists and center Justin Raffington (205-91, college: Florida Atlantic) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Hamburg. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Mitteldeutscher BC maintains first place with 22-3 record. Hamburg lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 15 games lost. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against Nuernberg (#12) in Nurnberg in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Hamburg will play at home against MLP Academics Heidelberg and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
MBC: A.Zazai 21+2reb+6ast, A.Warren 20+1reb+3ast, M.Hatten 18+4reb+3ast, D.Pantelic 11+5reb+2ast, S.Kerusch 10+10reb+2ast, T.Hinz 10+5reb+2ast
Hamburg: A.Canty 18+2reb+4ast, R.Camphor 12+1reb+3ast, D.Lansdowne 12+3reb, J.Raffington 11+6reb, L.Kamp 11+1reb+2ast, L.Bahner 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 474203


Uni Baskets - Baunach 89-76

Rather predictable result in Paderborn where tenth ranked Uni Baskets (12-13) beat 14th ranked Baunach (7-18) 89-76 on Saturday. Uni Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists comparing to just 17 passes made by Baunach's players. American guard Matt Vest (195-92, college: Wright St.) stepped up and scored 17 points and 8 assists for the winners and his fellow American import point guard Chase Adams (177-88, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 9 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. Uni Baskets' coach Uli Naechster allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side center Leon Kratzer (210-97) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and Lithuanian Arnoldas Kulboka (205-98) scored 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Uni Baskets moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Koeln Rh.Stars. Baunach lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 18 games lost. Uni Baskets will meet at home higher ranked Chemnitz (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Baunach will play against Titans (#16) in Dresden and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Uni Baskets: M.Vest 17+4reb+8ast, T.Gloger 15+3reb+1ast, P.Daubner 15+3reb+1ast, M.Kuhle 14+2reb+5ast, M.Grim 11+3reb+4ast, C.Adams 9+5reb+10ast
Baunach: A.Kulboka 24+5reb+4ast, L.Olinde 22+6reb+2ast, L.Kratzer 16+13reb+4ast, M.Mueller 12+3ast, T.Taras 2+1reb, M.Fichtner 0
gschID: 474204


Trier - Koeln Rh.Stars 59-54

Not a big story in a game in Trier where 9th ranked Koeln Rh.Stars (12-13) were defeated by seventh ranked Gladiators (14-11) 59-54 on Friday. American swingman Brandon Spearman (196-91, college: Hawaii) stepped up and scored 14 points for the winners and Jamaican-Canadian forward Jermaine Bucknor (201-83, college: Richmond) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. Spearman is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Gladiators' coach Marco van den Berg allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American point guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St., agency: HMS) responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import guard Hugh Robertson (195-89, college: S.Florida) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Gladiators have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Oettinger R. Loser Koeln Rh.Stars keep the ninth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Uni Baskets. Gladiators will meet Ehingen/Urspringschule (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Koeln Rh.Stars will play against Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Trier: B.Spearman 14+4reb+2ast, J.Bucknor 10+6reb+1ast, T.Gruen 10+1reb, S.Schmitz 6+3reb+6ast, S.Herrera 6+3reb, J.Joos 4+8reb+1ast
Koeln Rh.Stars: R.Williams 15+5reb+3ast, H.Robertson 11+6reb+1ast, A.Foster 9+4reb, R.Christen 6+3reb, A.King 5+9reb+2ast, C.Eversley 4+1reb
gschID: 474200





ProB Round 21: SSV Lok Bernau defeat RSV Eintracht in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in ProB. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Eleventh-ranked RSV Eintracht (6-15) gave a tough game to first ranked SSV Lok Bernau (16-5) on Sunday. SSV Lok Bernau managed to secure only two-point victory 85-83. However their fans expected much easier game. SSV Lok Bernau forced 21 RSV Eintracht turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by RSV Eintracht helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Pierre Bland (188-92, college: IPFW, agency: Dynamics Global Management) stepped up and scored 24 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners and guard Robert Kulawick (192-86) chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. SSV Lok Bernau's coach Rene Schilling used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American guard Antoine Myers (191-90, college: Troy) with 32 points. SSV Lok Bernau have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Newly promoted SSV Lok Bernau maintains first place in North with 16-5 record. RSV Eintracht at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost. SSV Lok Bernau are looking forward to face Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. RSV Eintracht will play against Iserlohn and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Iserlohn (13-8) against tenth ranked SC Rist Wedel (9-12) on Sunday night. Visiting Iserlohn was defeated by SC Rist Wedel in a tough game in Wedel 73-81. Guard Steffen Kiese (190-87) nailed 20 points and 4 assists for the winning side and Aurimas Adomaitis accounted for 8 points and 10 rebounds. SC Rist Wedel's coach Felix Banobre allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Terrell Harris (191-93, college: Georgia Coll.) came up with 24 points and 8 rebounds for Iserlohn in the defeat. SC Rist Wedel moved-up to eighth place in North, which they share with Wolfenbuettel and Rostock. Iserlohn at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. SC Rist Wedel will play against higher ranked Itzehoe (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Iserlohn will play against RSV Eintracht in Stahnsdorf and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Artland Dragons (14-7) against seventh ranked Itzehoe (10-11) on Saturday night. Visiting Artland Dragons were defeated by Itzehoe in a tough game in Itzehoe 71-77. The best player for the winners was Kaimyn Pruitt who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 22 rebounds and 4 assists. Itzehoe's coach Patrick Elzie used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Gregory Graves who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Itzehoe maintains seventh place in North with 10-11 record. Loser Artland Dragons keep the second position with seven games lost. They share it with Oldenburg. Itzehoe will meet at home SC Rist Wedel (#8) in the next round. Artland Dragons will play against Schalke (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Bayer Giants (13-8) against eighth ranked Wuerzburg (9-12) on Sunday night. Visiting Bayer Giants were defeated by Wuerzburg in Wuerzburg 82-72. It was a good game for Georg Voigtmann who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Wuerzburg moved-up to seventh place in South, which they share with Dragons and Fraport SKY II. Bayer Giants at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Wuerzburg's next round opponent will be higher ranked BG Karlsruhe (#6) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bayer Giants will play against Elchingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Karlsruhe. First ranked host Karlsruhe PS (15-6) defeated second-best Weissenhorn Youngstars (14-7) 86-71. It was a key game for the top position in South. Jordan Talbert stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Newly promoted Karlsruhe PS maintains first place in South with 15-6 record. Loser Weissenhorn Youngstars keep the second position with seven games lost. Karlsruhe PS will face FC Bayern II (#5) in Muenchen in the next round. Weissenhorn Youngstars will play on the road against Dragons Rhoendorf and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 21:
In North Rostock lost to Oldenburg on the opponent's court 70-80. Schalke managed to outperform Recklinghausen in a home game 75-61. Wolfenbuettel managed to beat Bochum on the road 75-68.
In South Fraport SKY II defeated Karlsruhe BG on its own court 66-63. Fraport SKY II smashed Leipzig in Frankfurt 97-65. Noerdlingen won against FC Bayern II at home 69-66. Karlsruhe BG unfortunately lost to Licher Baeren on the opponent's court 82-88. Elchingen managed to beat Dragons in a home game 76-64.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 17 points and 9 rebounds by Anton Kazarnovski of Karlsruhe BG.

North
Oldenburg - Rostock 80-70

Very expected game when 8th ranked Rostock (9-12) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Oldenburg (14-7) 80-70 on Sunday. Swingman Lucien Schmikale (194-97) stepped up and scored 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and naturalized Bosnian point guard Robert Drijencic (190-96) chipped in 16 points and 6 assists. Four Oldenburg players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American swingman Jovonni Shuler (195-87, college: Savannah St.) with 18 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import point guard Jarvis Davis (183-91, college: Gardner-Webb) scored 8 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Oldenburg moved-up to second place in North, which they share with Art.Dragons. Loser Rostock keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Oldenburg will face AstroStars (#5) in Bochum in the next round. Rostock will play on the road against Recklinghausen and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Oldenburg: L.Schmikale 24+9reb+2ast, R.Drijencic 16+4reb+6ast, P.Niehus 13+3reb+3ast, P.Zwiener 11+5reb+3ast, M.Bacak 8+7reb+1ast, M.Kessen 4+5reb+2ast
Rostock: J.Shuler 18+5reb, L.Buntic 12+3reb+2ast, D.Lopez 10+2reb+1ast, J.Davis 8+7reb+5ast, I.Slavchev 6+7reb, F.Winkler 6
gschID: 528622


Rist Wedel - Iserlohn 81-73

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Iserlohn (13-8) against tenth ranked SC Rist Wedel (9-12) on Sunday night. Visiting Iserlohn was defeated by SC Rist Wedel in a tough game in Wedel 73-81. SC Rist Wedel forced 19 Iserlohn turnovers. Guard Steffen Kiese (190-87) nailed 20 points and 4 assists for the winning side and Lithuanian power forward Aurimas Adomaitis (205-87, college: LIU Brooklyn) accounted for 8 points and 10 rebounds. Four SC Rist Wedel players scored in double figures. SC Rist Wedel's coach Felix Banobre allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Terrell Harris (191-93, college: Georgia Coll.) came up with 24 points and 8 rebounds and guard Joshua Dahmen (193-92) added 12 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Iserlohn in the defeat. SC Rist Wedel moved-up to eighth place in North, which they share with Wolfenbuettel and Rostock. Iserlohn at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. SC Rist Wedel will play against higher ranked Itzehoe (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Iserlohn will play against RSV Eintracht in Stahnsdorf and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Rist Wedel: S.Kiese 20+4reb+4ast, R.Kindzeka 13+1reb+3ast, M.Huebner 12+4reb+1ast, D.Cortes Rey 11+5reb, L.Kamp 10+1reb+3ast, A.Adomaitis 8+10reb+1ast
Iserlohn: T.Harris 24+8reb+1ast, Y.Opitz 12+2reb+1ast, J.Dahmen 12+11reb+1ast, M.Kone 9+13reb+2ast, R.Dahmen 7+1reb+4ast, T.Reuter 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 528621


Bernau - Stahnsdorf 85-83

Eleventh-ranked RSV Eintracht (6-15) gave a tough game to first ranked SSV Lok Bernau (16-5) on Sunday. SSV Lok Bernau managed to secure only two-point victory 85-83. However their fans expected much easier game. SSV Lok Bernau forced 21 RSV Eintracht turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by RSV Eintracht helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Pierre Bland (188-92, college: IPFW, agency: Dynamics Global Management) stepped up and scored 24 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners and guard Robert Kulawick (192-86) chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. SSV Lok Bernau's coach Rene Schilling used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American guard Antoine Myers (191-90, college: Troy) with 32 points and the other American import forward Josh Adeyeye (196-93, college: Jacksonville) produced a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds. SSV Lok Bernau have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Newly promoted SSV Lok Bernau maintains first place in North with 16-5 record. RSV Eintracht at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 15 games lost. SSV Lok Bernau are looking forward to face Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. RSV Eintracht will play against Iserlohn and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Bernau: P.Bland 24+8reb+8ast, R.Kulawick 13+6reb+4ast, K.Wohlrath 11+1ast, F.Zylka 8+1reb, T.Schneider 7+5reb+1ast, R.Gloeckner 7+2reb+1ast
Stahnsdorf: A.Myers 32+3reb+3ast, J.Adeyeye 26+11reb+1ast, C.Craven 9+1reb+1ast, J.Smith 8+8reb+1ast, N.Schumann 5+1reb+5ast, D.Herwig 2+5reb+4ast
gschID: 528620


Itzehoe - Art.Dragons 77-71

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Artland Dragons (14-7) against seventh ranked Itzehoe (10-11) on Saturday night. Visiting Artland Dragons were defeated by Itzehoe in a tough game in Itzehoe 71-77. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Itzehoe outrebounded Artland Dragons 52-31 including a 20-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Kaimyn Pruitt (203-90, college: Adams St.) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 22 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Frederik Henningsen (198-88) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Itzehoe's coach Patrick Elzie used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Gregory Graves (201-93, college: Mt.St.Mary's) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized American point guard Matthew Reid (185-84, college: Cameron, agency: Octagon Europe) added 12 points and 6 assists respectively. Four Itzehoe and five Artland Dragons players scored in double figures. Itzehoe maintains seventh place in North with 10-11 record. Loser Artland Dragons keep the second position with seven games lost. They share it with Oldenburg. Itzehoe will meet at home SC Rist Wedel (#8) in the next round. Artland Dragons will play against Schalke (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Itzehoe: K.Pruitt 18+22reb+4ast, F.Henningsen 16+5reb+3ast, F.Stueckemann 13+1reb+4ast, N.Tienarend 12+1reb+4ast, J.Konrad 8+1reb, K.Karamatskos 5+11reb+5ast
Art.Dragons: G.Graves 19+10reb, S.Wilson 12+4reb+2ast, M.Reid 12+3reb+6ast, C.Frazier 11+2reb+2ast, M.Rockmann 11+7reb+2ast, P.Lieser 5+4reb+4ast
gschID: 528619


Schalke - Recklinghausen 75-61

Very predictable result when sixth ranked Schalke (11-10) defeated at home 12th ranked Recklinghausen (4-17) 75-61 on Saturday. Schalke made 26-of-29 free shots (89.7 percent) during the game. Recklinghausen was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Courtney Belger (187-89, college: Quincy) stepped up and scored 24 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winners and naturalized Russian forward Nikita Khartchenkov (200-87) chipped in 14 points and 12 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American power forward Tre Hale-Edmerson (206-92, college: CS Northridge) with 19 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import point guard Chris Iles (180-89, college: Xavier, LA) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four Recklinghausen players scored in double figures. Schalke moved-up to fifth place in North, which they share with Bochum. Loser Recklinghausen keeps the twelfth position with 17 games lost. Schalke will face higher ranked Artland Dragons (#3) in Quakenbrueck in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Recklinghausen will play at home against Rostock (#9) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Schalke: C.Belger 24+5reb+7ast, P.Carney 15+2reb+2ast, N.Khartchenkov 14+12reb+1ast, D.McDaniel 8+7reb+1ast, T.Szewczyk 6+1ast, T.Weaver 5+2reb
Recklinghausen: T.Hale-Edmerson 19+8reb, C.Iles 13+7reb+2ast, D.Martin 12+6reb+1ast, C.Bruns 10+4reb+1ast, T.von Guionneau 3+2reb, P.Spettmann 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 528618


Bochum - Wolfenbuettel 68-75

There was an upset in Bochum where higher ranked AstroStars (11-10) were defeated by tenth ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (9-12) 75-68 on Saturday. American center Khalil Kelley (203-91, college: Pacific) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and point guard Constantin Ebert (184-96) chipped in 13 points and 5 assists. Four Herzoege Wolfenbuettel players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was center Michael Haucke (210-85) with 17 points and 7 rebounds and naturalized American point guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) scored 17 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Herzoege Wolfenbuettel. They moved-up to eighth place in North, which they share with Rist Wedel and Rostock. AstroStars lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with ten games lost. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel will face league's leader SSV Lok Bernau on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. AstroStars will play against the league's second-placed Oldenburg (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Wolfenbuettel: K.Kelley 24+10reb+2ast, C.Ebert 13+2reb+5ast, N.Bilski 13+2reb+2ast, T.Alte 10+6reb, L.Figge 6+3reb+2ast, L.Lagerpusch 4+4reb
Bochum: M.Haucke 17+7reb+2ast, G.Johnson 17+4reb+3ast, D.Roberts 10+4reb+2ast, A.Angerer 8+4reb+1ast, F.Engel 7+7reb+7ast, C.Korbi 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 528617


Round 13
Fraport SKY II - Karlsruhe BG 66-63

There was a small surprise in Frankfurt where ninth ranked Fraport Skyliners II (9-12) edged 6th ranked BG Karlsruhe (11-10) 66-63 on Wednesday. Fraport Skyliners II made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 BG Karlsruhe turnovers. Niklas Kiel (207-97, agency: Octagon Europe) stepped up and scored 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and center Mahir Agva (206-96) chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds. Fraport Skyliners II's coach Eric Detlev used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was Russian-Israeli power forward Anton Kazarnovski (206-85) with 17 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized American forward Shawn Gulley (201-93, college: Temple JC) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. The victory was the third consecutive win for Fraport Skyliners II. They moved-up to seventh place in South, which they share with Dragons and Wuerzburg. Loser BG Karlsruhe keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. Fraport Skyliners II will face Giants (#12) in Noerdlingen in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY II: T.Thompson 14+2reb, M.Agva 10+7reb+2ast, N.Kiel 10+6reb+4ast, S.Ilzhoefer 9+5reb+3ast, M.Merz 6+4reb+3ast, T.Oldenburg 6+1reb
Karlsruhe BG: A.Kazarnovski 17+9reb+1ast, S.Gulley 16+7reb+1ast, K.Fluellen 10+2reb+2ast, R.Easterling 6+3reb+3ast, M.Davis 5+3reb, A.Schmitz 4+1reb+4ast
gschID: 535845


South
Wuerzburg - Bayer Giants 82-72

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Bayer Giants (13-8) against eighth ranked Wuerzburg (9-12) on Sunday night. Visiting Bayer Giants were defeated by Wuerzburg in Wuerzburg 82-72. Wuerzburg forced 19 Bayer Giants turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a good game for center Georg Voigtmann (213-94) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Marcellus Barksdale (196-93, college: IUPUI) contributed with 15 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Wuerzburg players scored in double figures. American forward Brandon Nazione (202-94, college: E.Michigan) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import guard Kerry Carter (188-91, college: St.Mary's, CA) added 18 points and 4 assists in the effort for Bayer Giants. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Wuerzburg moved-up to seventh place in South, which they share with Dragons and Fraport SKY II. Bayer Giants at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Wuerzburg's next round opponent will be higher ranked BG Karlsruhe (#6) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bayer Giants will play against Elchingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wuerzburg: L.Wank 15+3reb, M.Barksdale 15+4reb+5ast, G.Voigtmann 14+11reb+2ast, M.Ugrai 13+7reb+1ast, M.Heckel 9+3reb+8ast, V.Sanford 9+4reb+1ast
Bayer Giants: B.Nazione 19+8reb, K.Carter 18+3reb+4ast, M.Linssen 9+8reb+2ast, M.Kuczmann 8+5reb+1ast, D.Smith 7+1reb+1ast, T.Schonborn 5+8reb
gschID: 528682


Karlsruhe PS - Weissenhorn 86-71

The game between Top Four teams took place in Karlsruhe. First ranked host Karlsruhe PS (15-6) defeated second-best Weissenhorn Youngstars (14-7) 86-71. It was a key game for the top position in South. Karlsruhe PS forced 21 Weissenhorn Youngstars turnovers and outrebounded them 40-28 including 30 on the defensive glass. Karlsruhe PS looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American forward Jordan Talbert (198-91, college: Missouri So.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and swingman Eric Curth (193-92) chipped in 19 points. Four Karlsruhe PS players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was power forward Till Pape (204-97) with 15 points and 6 rebounds and Hungarian point guard Marcell Pongo (194-97) scored 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Newly promoted Karlsruhe PS maintains first place in South with 15-6 record. Loser Weissenhorn Youngstars keep the second position with seven games lost. Karlsruhe PS will face FC Bayern II (#5) in Muenchen in the next round. Weissenhorn Youngstars will play on the road against Dragons Rhoendorf and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Karlsruhe PS: E.Curth 19+3reb+3ast, J.Talbert 15+10reb+3ast, B.Borekambi 13+3reb+1ast, O.Parker 11+2reb+1ast, D.McDuffie 8+4ast, J.Mampuya 8+3reb+1ast
Weissenhorn: T.Pape 15+6reb+1ast, D.Kramer 13+2reb+1ast, M.Omuvwie 13+3reb, N.Mittmann 9, M.Pongo 8+5reb+4ast, M.Stoll 6+2ast
gschID: 528681


Leipzig - Fraport SKY II 65-97

There was no surprise when 11th ranked USC Leipzig (7-14) was outplayed at home by ninth ranked Fraport Skyliners II (9-12) 97-65 on Sunday. Fraport Skyliners II outrebounded USC Leipzig 43-28 including a 35-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. American guard Travis Thompson (185-91, college: Alaska-Anch.) stepped up and scored 33 points (!!!) (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners and center Mahir Agva (206-96) chipped in 15 points and 13 rebounds. Four Fraport Skyliners II players scored in double figures. Fraport Skyliners II's coach Eric Detlev felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The best for the losing side was American forward Jordan Faison (201-94, college: Cal Poly Pomona) with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and Darian Cardenas (198-95) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. The victory was the third consecutive win for Fraport Skyliners II. They moved-up to seventh place in South, which they share with Dragons and Wuerzburg. Loser USC Leipzig keeps the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Fraport Skyliners II will face Giants (#12) in Noerdlingen in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. USC Leipzig will play at home against Licher Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY II: T.Thompson 33+4reb+3ast, S.Ilzhoefer 15+4reb+3ast, M.Agva 15+13reb+3ast, I.Bonga 12+4reb+6ast, N.Kiel 7+7reb+4ast, M.Merz 4+1reb+5ast
Leipzig: J.Faison 21+10reb+1ast, D.Cardenas 11+5reb+1ast, J.Niedermanner 10+2ast, S.Leutloff 6+2reb+2ast, T.Billups 5+2reb+1ast, V.Zimmer 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 528680


Noerdlingen - FC Bayern II 69-66

There was a surprise result in Noerdlingen where twelfth ranked Giants (5-16) edged higher ranked FC Bayern II (12-8) 69-66 on Sunday. Giants looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. FC Bayern II was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Center Eddy Edigin (201-95) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and American guard Terence Smith (193-91, college: Mississippi) chipped in 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Giants players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Tobias Korndoerfer (204-90) with 18 points and 9 rebounds and Karim Jallow (199-97) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. FC Bayern II's coach Oliver Kostic tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Giants maintains twelfth place in South with 5-16 record. Newly promoted FC Bayern II keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Giants will face higher ranked Fraport Skyliners II (#9) in Frankfurt in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. FC Bayern II will play at home against the league's leader Karlsruhe PS (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Noerdlingen: T.Smith 17+7reb+4ast, A.Coleman 16+4reb+2ast, E.Edigin 16+14reb+3ast, A.Lind 12+7reb+3ast, F.Brutting 4+2reb+4ast, R.Seeberger 4+4reb
FC Bayern II: T.Korndoerfer 18+9reb, K.Jallow 15+8reb+2ast, M.Ogunsipe 10+13reb+1ast, N.Weidemann 7+2reb+1ast, G.Beyschlag 6+1reb+10ast, L.Maximilian Burkardt 6
gschID: 528679


Licher Baeren - Karlsruhe BG 88-82

There was an upset when higher ranked BG Karlsruhe (11-10) was defeated on the road by eleventh ranked Licher Basket (8-13) 88-82 on Saturday. Licher Basket looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists. American power forward Lamar Mallory (198-90, college: Glenville St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and guard Jeffrey Martin (190-94, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. Mallory is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Licher Basket's coach Rolf Scholz used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The best for the losing side was naturalized American guard Kenny Fluellen (191-90, college: Paine) with 30 points and Russian-Israeli power forward Anton Kazarnovski (206-85) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Licher Basket moved-up to tenth place in South. Loser BG Karlsruhe keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. Licher Basket will face USC Leipzig (#11) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Licher Baeren: L.Mallory 21+13reb+6ast, J.Martin 18+3reb+4ast, K.Simmons 16+1reb+4ast, M.Schick 12+5reb+5ast, D.Krause 9+3reb+3ast, B.Justice 6+3reb+4ast
Karlsruhe BG: K.Fluellen 30+3reb+2ast, S.Gulley 15+10reb, R.Easterling 12+2reb+3ast, A.Kazarnovski 11+10reb+8ast, A.Schmitz 5+7reb+8ast, F.Ristau 4
gschID: 528678


Elchingen - Dragons 76-64

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Elchingen (13-7) defeated at home 7th ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (9-12) 76-64 on Saturday. Elchingen forced 19 Dragons Rhoendorf turnovers and had a 32-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Dragons Rhoendorf's players. Filmore Beck (192-91) stepped up and scored 16 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 7 steals for the winners and Canadian swingman Taevaunn Prince (191-91, college: Missouri So.) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Aaron Nelson (203-91, college: S.Indiana) with 22 points and 9 rebounds and Anton Geretzki (194-98) scored 14 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Elchingen moved-up to third place in South. Loser Dragons Rhoendorf keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. Elchingen will face Bayer Giants (#4) in Leverkusen in the next round. Dragons Rhoendorf will play at home against the league's second-placed Weissenhorn Youngstars and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Elchingen: T.Prince 17+6reb+2ast, F.Beck 16+5reb+6ast, B.Butler 10+5reb+1ast, K.Kuhn 9+4reb+2ast, N.Boakye 9+2reb, M.Petric 7+2reb+2ast
Dragons: A.Nelson 22+9reb+1ast, A.Geretzki 14+4reb, B.Winterhalter 8+3reb, W.Trawick 7+2reb, V.Frankl-Maus 6+2reb+8ast, P.Reusch 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 528677





Regionalliga Round 22: TV Langen edge Speyer by two points - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 22 in the Regionalliga took place in Langen. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Speyer (14-7) to seventh ranked TV Langen (10-11) 73-71 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Speyer. American forward Preston Ross (198, college: Winston Salem) fired 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. point guard Maxim Schneider (184-92) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Joshua Creek (189-87) produced 20 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. TV Langen maintains seventh position in South-West with 10-11 record. Speyer at the other side dropped to the fourth place with seven games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. TV Langen are looking forward to face league's leader BV Villingen-Schwenningen on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Speyer will play against Lich II and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Limburg (14-7) against sixth ranked Karlsruhe SC (14-7) on Saturday night. Visiting Limburg was crushed by Karlsruhe SC in Karlsruhe 100-76. Worth to mention a great performance of Portuguese point guard Miguel Cardoso (188-93) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds and 20 assists. Luka Drezga contributed with 31 points and 4 assists for the winners. Karlsruhe SC's coach Jaivon Harris felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Kevin Yebo (202-96) replied with 29 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws) for Limburg. Karlsruhe SC have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in South-West, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Limburg. Karlsruhe SC will play against Kaiserslautern (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Limburg will play against Heidelberg USC (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Cuxhaven. Second ranked RW Cuxhaven faced 4th ranked Aschersleben. Host RW Cuxhaven (12-3) defeated guests from Aschersleben (10-5) 86-72. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Aschersleben. Luka Petkovic scored 30 points to lead the charge for the winners. RW Cuxhaven's coach