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Standings - LigaA

LigaA Standings
Norte
 1. San Martin C. 20-8 
 2. Estudiantes C. 19-11 
 3. Instituto 18-12 
 4. Regatas C. 17-11 
 5. Olimpico LB 15-14 
 6. Quimsa 14-14 
 7. Libertad S. 13-15 
 8. La Union 13-15 
 9. Atenas 11-18 
 10. Echague 5-24 
Sur
 1. San Lorenzo 22-7 
 2. Ferrocarril 20-9 
 3. Weber Bahia 19-11 
 4. Obras Basket 15-14 
 5. GECR Indalo 15-15 
 6. Argentino 14-15 
 7. Penarol 14-18 
 8. Quilmes MP 12-18 
 9. Boca Jrs 8-21 
 10. Hispano Am. 8-22 

Regular Season: Round 31

Feb. 2: Estudiantes C. - Quilmes MP 79-78
Feb. 2: Atenas - GECR Indalo 75-81
Feb. 3: Argentino - Instituto
Feb. 3: San Martin C. - Obras Basket
Feb. 4: Echague - Quilmes MP
Feb. 4: Estudiantes C. - La Union
Feb. 4: Olimpico LB - Boca Jrs
Feb. 5: Weber Bahia - Instituto
Feb. 5: Regatas C. - Obras Basket
Feb. 6: Echague - La Union
Feb. 6: Atenas - San Martin C.
Feb. 6: Libertad S. - Quilmes MP
Feb. 6: Quimsa - Boca Jrs


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Tucker, Estudian.21.3 
 2. Green, Instituto19.6 
 3. Quinteros, Regat.18.9 
 4. Sims, Regatas C.18.7 
 5. Horner, Obras B.18.1 
 6. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 7. Reed, Penarol17.0 
 8. Solano, Echague16.9 
 9. Mickeal, Atenas16.7 
 10. Johnson, Weber B.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.3 
 2. Clancy, Instituto10.1 
 3. Crawford, Argen.10.0 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.9 
 5. Wood, San M.9.4 
 6. Justiz, Estudian.8.7 
 7. Johnson, Atenas8.6 
 8. Horner, Obras B.8.6 
 9. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.2 
 10. Francis, La Union8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Franco BALBI
  Ferrocarril
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.5 
 2. Barral, Obras B.6.0 
 3. Stanic, Olimpico.5.9 
 4. Konsztadt, La Union5.6 
 5. Aguirre, San L.5.3 
 6. Cantero, San M.4.9 
 7. Perez, Boca Jrs4.8 
 8. Ciorciari, Instituto4.7 
 9. Hopson, Quimsa4.5 
 10. De los Santo., GECR I.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Reynaldo GARCIA
  San M.
  (187-G-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 2. Solano, Echague1.9 
 3. Basualdo, Quilm.1.9 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.1.8 
 5. De los Santo., GECR I.1.8 
 6. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 7. Tucker, Estudian.1.6 
 8. Balbi, Ferrocarril1.5 
 9. Flor, Quilmes MP1.5 
 10. Lescano, San M.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.0 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.0 
 3. Crawford, Argen.1.7 
 4. Caracter, Echague1.3 
 5. Battle, Quimsa1.3 
 6. Marriaga, Estudian.1.3 
 7. Meyinsse, San L.1.2 
 8. Acuna, Penarol1.1 
 9. Clancy, Instituto1.1 
 10. Calfani, San L.1.1 


Standings - TNA

TNA Standings
Center North
 1. Union SF 16-5 
 2. San Isidro 13-10 
 3. Barrio Parque 12-7 
 4. BHY Tiro Federal 8-12 
 5. Independiente BBC 6-16 
 6. SP Las Parejas 6-16 
Center South
 1. Ciclista 15-7 
 2. Parque Sur 14-8 
 3. Temperley 11-9 
 4. Platense 11-10 
 5. Rocamora 10-10 
 6. La Union 5-16 
 7. Gimnasia LP 5-18 
North
 1. Hindu 19-3 
 2. Comunicaciones 18-5 
 3. Villa Angela 13-8 
 4. Salta Basket 8-12 
 5. Villa San Martin 8-14 
 6. Obera TC 6-15 
 7. Mitre Tuc. 6-16 
South
 1. Estudiantes O. 15-8 
 2. Olimpo BB 14-8 
 3. Alianza Viedma 12-10 
 4. Huracan 12-11 
 5. Atenas Carmen 11-13 
 6. Petr.Argentino 7-14 

Regular Season: Round 24

Feb. 1: SP Las Parejas - Obera TC 95-90
Jan. 31: Estudiantes O. - Atenas Carmen 91-81
Jan. 31: La Union - Ciclista 83-91
Feb. 2: Parque Sur - Alianza Viedma 82-79
Feb. 1: Villa Angela - Villa San Martin 77-64
Feb. 2: Hindu - BHY Tiro Federal 75-58
Jan. 31: Rocamora - Alianza Viedma 74-79
Jan. 31: Platense - Gimnasia LP 73-77
Feb. 2: Salta Basket - Comunicaciones 72-77
Jan. 31: Mitre Tuc. - Comunicaciones 70-82
Jan. 31: Independiente BBC - San Isidro 62-64
Feb. 2: Olimpo BB - Atenas Carmen 61-80
Feb. 3: SP Las Parejas - Independiente BBC
Feb. 3: Union SF - Obera TC
Feb. 4: San Isidro - Barrio Parque
Feb. 4: Villa San Martin - BHY Tiro Federal
Feb. 5: Union SF - Independiente BBC


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Barovero, Union SF24.1 
 2. Brown, La Union20.4 
 3. Brown, Mitre Tuc.20.1 
 4. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista19.9 
 5. Rodriguez Su., SP Las P.19.9 
 6. Matthews, Salta B.19.8 
 7. Martin Jr., Alianza .19.6 
 8. Montes Cardo., Obera T.18.6 
 9. Pais, Platense18.5 
 10. Villa, Gimnasia LP18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Santiago GONZALEZ
  San I.
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Gonzalez, San I.12.3 
 2. Matthews, Salta B.10.1 
 3. Cutley, Atenas C.9.4 
 4. Lockett, BHY T.8.8 
 5. Graham, Temperley8.7 
 6. Lauria, Comunica.8.4 
 7. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.1 
 8. Joseph, Obera TC7.9 
 9. Granado, Olimpo BB7.9 
 10. Coleman, Alianza .7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Victor Hugo CAJAL
  Independ.
  (179-PG-80)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Cajal, Independ.6.9 
 2. La Bella, Gimnasia.6.7 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.1 
 4. Paletta, Hindu5.3 
 5. Cequeira, Villa A.4.9 
 6. Rodriguez Su., SP Las P.4.6 
 7. Correa, BHY T.4.6 
 8. Franco, Alianza .4.4 
 9. Schoppler, Olimpo B.4.1 
 10. Figueredo, Estudian.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Felipe PAIS
  Platense
  (185-G-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Pais, Platense2.6 
 2. Correa, BHY T.2.3 
 3. Brown, Mitre Tuc.2.2 
 4. Merlo, Ciclista2.1 
 5. Cequeira, Villa A.2.1 
 6. Rodriguez Su., SP Las P.2.0 
 7. Lopez, Independ.2.0 
 8. Eseverri, Salta B.1.9 
 9. Gago, Petr.Arg.1.9 
 10. Punet, Huracan1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Huracan
  (200-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Heyward, Huracan2.5 
 2. Lockett, BHY T.1.6 
 3. Nwogbo, Alianza .1.5 
 4. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.3 
 5. Deck, Obera TC1.2 
 6. McCullough, Alianza .1.2 
 7. Stroud, Parque Sur1.2 
 8. Granado, Olimpo BB1.0 
 9. Lauria, Comunica.0.9 
 10. Moya, Hindu0.9 


LigaA Round 30: #1 San Martin Corrientes are defeated by Quimsa - by Eurobasket News

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

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked San Martin Corrientes (20-8) in Santiado Estero on Monday night. Visitors were defeated by sixth ranked Quimsa (14-14) 88-76. The game was mostly controlled by Quimsa. San Martin Corrientes managed to win second period 14-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Quimsa looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The former international forward Nicolas Romano (200-87) scored 24 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington) chipped in 13 points and 6 assists during the contest. Quimsa's coach Nestor Garcia used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Inception Sports) with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. Quimsa maintains sixth position with 14-14 record. San Martin Corrientes at the other side still keeps top place with eight games lost. Quimsa are looking forward to face Boca Juniors (#9) in Buenos Aires in the next round. San Martin Corrientes will play on the road against Atenas (#9) in Cordoba and is hoping to win this game.
Seventh-ranked Penarol (14-18) gave a tough game to second ranked Ferrocarril (20-9) in Mar del Plata. The visitors from Buenos Aires managed to secure only two-point victory 75-73. However their fans expected much easier game. International point guard Franco Balbi (185-89) notched 19 points and 9 assists to lead the effort and Ramon Clemente supported him with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Even 24 points and 5 rebounds by American guard Rob Reed (185-90, college: Concord) did not help to save the game for Penarol. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Ferrocarril have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 20-9 record having just one point less than leader San Lorenzo. Penarol lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 18 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Fourth-ranked GECR Indalo (14-15) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Instituto (18-12) in Cordoba on Tuesday. Instituto managed to secure only three-point victory 84-81. However their fans expected easier game. The best player for the winners was Rodney Green who scored 26 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Diego Romero who recorded 25 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Instituto have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Loser GECR Indalo dropped to the fifth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Argentino. Instituto will meet Weber Bahia (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. GECR Indalo will play against Atenas in Cordoba and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a road loss of first ranked San Martin Corrientes (20-8) against fifth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (15-14) on Saturday night. Visiting San Martin Corrientes was defeated by Olimpico de La Banda in a tough game in La Banda 85-90. It was a good game for Adrian Boccia who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Olimpico de La Banda moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Obras Basket. San Martin Corrientes at the other side still keeps top position with eight games lost. Olimpico de La Banda's next round opponent will be Boca Juniors (#9) in Buenos Aires where they are favorite. San Martin Corrientes will play on the road against Atenas (#9) in Cordoba and hope to win that game.
The game in Formosa was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Obras Basket (15-14) played at the court of 7th ranked La Union (13-15). Obras Basket managed to secure a 4-point victory 74-70 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of La Union. Walter Herrmann scored 15 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Obras Basket maintains fourth position with 15-14 record, which they share with Olimpico LB. Loser La Union keeps the seventh place with 15 games lost. Obras Basket will face Regatas Corrientes (#4) on the road in the next round. La Union will play against Echague in Parana and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 30: Weber Bahia won against Boca Jrs on the opponent's court 67-60. Estudiantes C. outscored Echague in a home game 95-64. Ferrocarril managed to beat Quilmes MP on the road 99-88. Hispano Am. was defeated by Weber Bahia on its own court 76-87. Argentino was beaten by La Union in Formosa 72-65. Instituto won against Penarol at home 96-85. Boca Jrs unfortunately lost to Libertad S. on the opponent's court 73-84.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 20 points and 12 rebounds by Chaz Crawford of Argentino.

Penarol - Ferrocarril 73-75

Seventh-ranked Penarol (14-18) gave a tough game to second ranked Ferrocarril (20-9) in Mar del Plata. The visitors from Buenos Aires managed to secure only two-point victory 75-73. However their fans expected much easier game. International point guard Franco Balbi (185-89) notched 19 points and 9 assists to lead the effort and American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St.) supported him with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Even 24 points and 5 rebounds by American guard Rob Reed (185-90, college: Concord) did not help to save the game for Penarol. The former international point guard Juan Figueroa (185-86, agency: Interperformances) added 8 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Ferrocarril have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 20-9 record having just one point less than leader San Lorenzo. Penarol lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 18 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Ferrocarril: F.Balbi 19+3reb+9ast, R.Clemente 17+8reb, J.Ignacio Alessio 14+5reb+1ast, J.Maldonado 7+4reb+2ast, M.Cuello 7+1reb, A.Feeley 6+3reb
Penarol: R.Reed 24+5reb+1ast, R.Acuna 13+4reb, J.Manuel Torres 12+3reb, J.Figueroa 8+6reb+6ast, A.Diez 7+9reb+1ast, R.Booker 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 523497


La Union - Obras Basket 70-74

The game in Formosa was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Obras Basket (15-14) played at the court of 7th ranked La Union (13-15). Obras Basket managed to secure a 4-point victory 74-70 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of La Union. The former international forward Walter Herrmann (206-79) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Federico Mariani (190-92) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was point guard Alejandro Konsztadt (191-89) with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and the former international swingman Alexis Elsener (196-88) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Obras Basket maintains fourth position with 15-14 record, which they share with Olimpico LB. Loser La Union keeps the seventh place with 15 games lost. Obras Basket will face Regatas Corrientes (#4) on the road in the next round. La Union will play against Echague in Parana and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Obras Basket: W.Herrmann 15+7reb, F.Mariani 15+5reb+1ast, M.Leiva 11+5reb+1ast, M.Bortolin 10+5reb+3ast, P.Barral 10+2reb+6ast, J.Richard 6+8reb+1ast
La Union: F.Pinero 16+2reb, A.Elsener 11+7reb+2ast, A.Konsztadt 11+5reb+8ast, E.Gamboa 11+2ast, T.Francis 10+6reb, J.Vargas 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 523498


Instituto - GECR Indalo 84-81

Fourth-ranked GECR Indalo (14-15) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Instituto (18-12) in Cordoba on Tuesday. Instituto managed to secure only three-point victory 84-81. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 30-21 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Instituto forced 21 GECR Indalo turnovers. The best player for the winners was American swingman Rodney Green (196-88, college: La Salle) who scored 26 points. The other American import center Sam Clancy (202-80, college: USC, agency: DTMones) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Four Instituto players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was center Diego Romero (206-82, college: Florida St.) who recorded 25 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and the former international Carlos Schattmann (193-87) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively. Instituto have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Loser GECR Indalo dropped to the fifth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Argentino. Instituto will meet Weber Bahia (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. GECR Indalo will play against Atenas in Cordoba and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Instituto: R.Green 26+2reb+1ast, J.DeGroat 14+5reb, S.Clancy 14+10reb+3ast, P.Bertone 12+1reb+3ast, G.Whelan 6+3reb+4ast, M.Gerlero 5+1reb+1ast
GECR Indalo: D.Romero 25+5reb+3ast, C.Schattmann 15+5reb+6ast, E.Vargas 14+2reb+1ast, M.Shaw 9+2reb+4ast, J.Emiliano Fernandez 6+3reb+1ast, J.Machuca 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 523496


Boca Jrs - Weber Bahia 60-67

Very expected game in Buenos Aires where 9th ranked Boca Juniors (8-21) was defeated by third ranked Weber Bahia (19-11) 67-60 on Tuesday. Weber Bahia forced 23 Boca Juniors turnovers. American center Anthony Laveal Johnson (203-88, college: Fairfield) had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Lucio Redivo (183-94) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was center Eduardo Vassirani (200-91) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Greek Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Weber Bahia maintains third position with 19-11 record behind leader San Lorenzo. Boca Juniors lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 21 games lost. Weber Bahia will face Instituto (#3) in Cordoba in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Boca Juniors will play on the road against Quimsa (#6) in Santiado Estero and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Weber Bahia: L.Redivo 14+5reb+5ast, A.Laveal Johnson 13+12reb+2ast, J.Levy 12+8reb+1ast, J.Blocker 10+1reb+1ast, F.Corvalan 9+2reb+2ast, M.Fjellerup 6+3reb+2ast
Boca Jrs: E.Vassirani 16+12reb+2ast, L.Gargallo 16+3reb+2ast, F.Lampropoulos 13+11reb+1ast, F.Funes 6+1reb, L.Perez 5+2reb+7ast, N.Gianella 4+4reb+6ast
gschID: 523495


Estudiantes C. - Echague 95-64

Very predictable result in Concordia where second ranked Estudiantes C. (18-11) smashed 10th ranked Echague (5-24) 95-64 on Monday. Estudiantes C. dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Echague's 30. They outrebounded Echague 45-23 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. American-Jordanian Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) scored 25 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Ricardo Powell (199-83, college: S.Carolina) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Estudiantes C.'s coach Hernan Laginestra felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Dominican guard Gelvis Solano (185-94, college: Merrimack, agency: Basket Management Solutions) with 15 points and 5 assists and Panamanian forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Five Estudiantes C. and four Echague players scored in double figures. Estudiantes C. maintains second position with 18-11 record having just one point less than leader San Lorenzo. Newly promoted Echague keeps the tenth place with 24 games lost. Estudiantes C. will face La Union (#8) in Formosa in the next round where they are favorite. Echague will play at home against La Union and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes C.: D.Tucker 25+5reb+2ast, J.Slider 19+4reb+3ast, R.Powell 18+7reb+2ast, J.Justiz 13+12reb, F.Giorgi 13+2reb+1ast, F.Malara 3+1reb+1ast
Echague: G.Solano 15+3reb+5ast, B.Davis 14+1reb, D.Caracter 13+5reb, J.Ayarza 11+7reb+1ast, C.Buemo 8+3reb, J.Baeza 3+1reb
gschID: 523493


Quimsa - San Martin C. 88-76

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked San Martin Corrientes (20-8) in Santiado Estero on Monday night. Visitors were defeated by sixth ranked Quimsa (14-14) 88-76. The game was mostly controlled by Quimsa. San Martin Corrientes managed to win second period 14-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Quimsa looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The former international forward Nicolas Romano (200-87) scored 24 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington) chipped in 13 points and 6 assists during the contest. Quimsa's coach Nestor Garcia used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Inception Sports) with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds and Cuban guard Reynaldo Garcia (187-90, agency: DTMones) scored 16 points. Quimsa maintains sixth position with 14-14 record. San Martin Corrientes at the other side still keeps top place with eight games lost. Quimsa are looking forward to face Boca Juniors (#9) in Buenos Aires in the next round. San Martin Corrientes will play on the road against Atenas (#9) in Cordoba and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: N.Romano 24+4reb+1ast, A.Harper 17+1reb, C.Elliott 13+3reb+6ast, J.Cowan 9+9reb+1ast, T.Gallizzi 8+6reb+1ast, R.Battle 7+1reb
San Martin C.: J.Wood 22+13reb+3ast, R.Garcia 16+3reb+2ast, F.Aguerre 10+7reb+3ast, L.Faggiano 10+2ast, J.Pablo Cantero 7+2reb+4ast, L.Mainoldi 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 523494


Quilmes MP - Ferrocarril 88-99

Not a big story in a game in Mar del Plata where 8th ranked Quilmes MP (12-17) was defeated by second ranked Ferrocarril (20-9) 99-88 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Ferrocarril. Quilmes MP was better in fourth quarter 31-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ferrocarril dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Quilmes MP's 36 and made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Quilmes MP 42-21 including a 35-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Naturalized Spanish guard Jonathan Maldonado (188-90) scored 25 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and center Jose Ignacio Alessio (203-87) chipped in 20 points during the contest. Ferrocarril's coach Alvaro Castineira allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was international guard Luca Vildoza (190-95) with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists and Enzo Ruiz (193-88, agency: DTMones) scored 17 points. Five Ferrocarril and four Quilmes MP players scored in double figures. Ferrocarril have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 20-9 record having just one point less than leader San Lorenzo. Loser Quilmes MP keeps the eighth place with 17 games lost. Ferrocarril will have a break next round. Quilmes MP will play on the road against Libertad Sunchales (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ferrocarril: J.Maldonado 25+9reb+3ast, J.Ignacio Alessio 20+4reb+3ast, A.Lucas 12+6reb, A.Calvo 11+6reb+2ast, A.Feeley 11+6reb, M.Cuello 7+3reb+1ast
Quilmes MP: E.Ruiz 17+3reb, L.Vildoza 15+6reb+11ast, I.Clark 14+2reb, T.Robinson 13+3reb+2ast, B.Sansimoni 11+1reb+2ast, E.Flor 8+4reb+3ast
gschID: 523492


Hispano Am. - Weber Bahia 76-87

Everything went according to plan in Rio Gallegos where third ranked Weber Bahia (19-11) beat 10th ranked Hispano Am. (8-22) 87-76 on Sunday. American center Anthony Laveal Johnson (203-88, college: Fairfield) had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Lucio Redivo (183-94) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists during the contest. Weber Bahia's coach Sebastian Ginobili allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American forward Kyle Austin (203-88, college: Cal-Riverside, agency: SPORTlab Agency) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds and the former international swingman Mariano Byro (194-82) scored 15 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Weber Bahia maintains third position with 19-11 record behind leader San Lorenzo. Newly promoted Hispano Am. keeps the tenth place with 22 games lost. Weber Bahia will face Instituto (#3) in Cordoba in the next round, which may be the game of the day.
Top scorers:
Weber Bahia: A.Laveal Johnson 23+11reb, L.Redivo 16+4reb+4ast, M.Fjellerup 16+4reb+4ast, J.Blocker 13+3reb, J.Levy 8+7reb, J.Pablo Vaulet 7+4reb
Hispano Am.: M.Byro 15+3reb+3ast, R.Freeman 12+5reb+2ast, J.Treise 12+2reb+3ast, K.Austin 12+14reb+2ast, S.Mignani 8+1reb+1ast, L.O'Bannon 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 523490


La Union - Argentino 72-65

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Formosa where 6th ranked Argentino (14-15) was defeated by seventh ranked La Union (13-15) 72-65 on Sunday. Argentino was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The former international swingman Alexis Elsener (196-88) scored 9 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American-Jamaican center Torin Francis (210-83, college: Notre Dame) chipped in 17 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Elsener is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The best for the losing side was American power forward Chaz Crawford (207-84, college: Drexel, agency: DTMones) with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and Mateo Bolivar (187-92) scored 12 points. La Union maintains seventh position with 13-15 record, which they share with Libertad S. Argentino lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with 15 games lost. La Union will face Echague (#10) in Parana in the next round. Argentino will play at home against Instituto (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
La Union: T.Francis 17+3reb+1ast, F.Pinero 11+4reb+1ast, J.Vargas 10+2reb+5ast, A.Elsener 9+10reb+2ast, A.Konsztadt 9+4reb+3ast, D.Garcia 8+1ast
Argentino: C.Crawford 20+12reb+1ast, M.Bolivar 12+3reb+2ast, J.Cangelosi 10+1reb+1ast, N.Gadson 8+5reb, L.Cequeira 5+2reb+3ast, E.Basabe 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 534470


Instituto - Penarol 96-85

No shocking result in a game in Cordoba where fourth ranked Instituto (18-12) won against 7th ranked Penarol (14-18) 96-85 on Sunday. Instituto made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American center Sam Clancy (202-80, college: USC, agency: DTMones) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import John DeGroat (201-85, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 26 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was Alejandro Diez (201-87) with 15 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Rob Reed (185-90, college: Concord) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Instituto have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Penarol lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 18 games lost. Instituto will face Weber Bahia (#3) in Bahia Blanca in the next round, which may be the game of the day.
Top scorers:
Instituto: J.DeGroat 26+3reb+1ast, P.Bertone 20+2reb, S.Clancy 18+13reb+1ast, R.Green 11+1reb+3ast, M.Gerlero 9+1reb+2ast, G.Whelan 6+4reb+8ast
Penarol: J.Figueroa 18+1ast, A.Diez 15+7reb+2ast, R.Reed 15+3reb+4ast, R.Acuna 11+4reb, F.Giorgetti 9+5reb+2ast, J.Manuel Torres 9+4reb
gschID: 523491


Olimpico LB - San Martin C. 90-85

Very important is a road loss of first ranked San Martin Corrientes (20-8) against fifth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (15-14) on Saturday night. Visiting San Martin Corrientes was defeated by Olimpico de La Banda in a tough game in La Banda 85-90. It was a good game for the former international swingman Adrian Boccia (195-82) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 8 rebounds. American power forward Justin Williams (206-84, college: Wyoming, agency: DTMones) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 19 rebounds for the winners. Five Olimpico de La Banda players scored in double figures. American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Inception Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds and international Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85) added 22 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for San Martin Corrientes. Olimpico de La Banda moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Obras Basket. San Martin Corrientes at the other side still keeps top position with eight games lost. Olimpico de La Banda's next round opponent will be Boca Juniors (#9) in Buenos Aires where they are favorite. San Martin Corrientes will play on the road against Atenas (#9) in Cordoba and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: A.Boccia 23+8reb+3ast, M.Stanic 18+11ast, M.Cosolito 14+3reb+1ast, J.Williams 13+19reb, F.Van Lacke 11+4reb+2ast, D.Guaita 9+5reb+1ast
San Martin C.: J.Wood 24+14reb+2ast, L.Mainoldi 22+6reb, L.Faggiano 19+1reb+5ast, J.Pablo Cantero 9+3reb+10ast, F.Aguerre 6+6reb+3ast, L.Gonzalez 3+1reb
gschID: 523489


Libertad S. - Boca Jrs 84-73

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Boca Juniors' (8-21) road loss to eighth ranked Libertad Sunchales (13-15) 73-84 on Saturday. Libertad Sunchales made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. International point guard Jose Vildoza (190-96) scored 20 points to lead the charge for the winners and international point guard Juan Brussino (185-91) chipped in 9 points and 9 assists during the contest. Four Libertad Sunchales players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Greek Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83) with 24 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and center Eduardo Vassirani (200-91) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Libertad Sunchales moved-up to seventh place, which they share with La Union. Boca Juniors lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 21 games lost. Libertad Sunchales will face Quilmes MP (#8) in Mar del Plata in the next round. Boca Juniors will play on the road against Quimsa in Santiado Estero and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: J.Vildoza 20+4reb+2ast, M.Ruiz 15+5reb+1ast, M.Saglietti 13+1reb, L.Goldenberg 12+6reb+1ast, J.Brussino 9+4reb+9ast, J.Massey 6+5reb+3ast
Boca Jrs: F.Lampropoulos 24+5reb+1ast, E.Vassirani 13+5reb, N.Gianella 11+2reb+1ast, F.Funes 7+2reb+6ast, L.Perez 6+3ast, L.Gargallo 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 523488





Argentinian LigaA round 30 best performance: Jonathan Maldonado - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized Spanish Guard Jonathan Maldonado (188-G-90) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Ferrocarril, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, nine rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Quilmes MP (#8, 12-18) 99-88. Ferrocarril maintains the 2nd position in their group in Argentinian LigaA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Ferrocarril will need more victories to improve their 20-9 record. In the team's last game Maldonado had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Ferrocarril and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Jonathan Maldonado averages this season 12.1ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old American Jeremiah Wood (200-C/F-85, agency: Inception Sports) of league's leader San Martin C.. Wood had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as San Martin C. lost that game 85-90 to the lower-ranked Olimpico LB (#5, 15-14). San Martin C. managed to keep the same 1st spot in Norte. His team has currently 20-8 record. Wood is one of the most experienced players at San Martin C. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another San Martin C.'s star - American Jeremiah Wood (200-C/F-85, agency: Inception Sports). Wood scored 22 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Wood's great performance San Martin C. lost 76-88 to the lower-ranked Quimsa (#6, 14-14). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The last thing San Martin C. needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in Norte. Their record is 20 victories and 8 lost games. Wood has a great season in Argentina. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.4rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Diego Romero (206-C-82) of GECR Indalo - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Anthony Laveal Johnson (203-C-88) of Weber Bahia - 23 points and 11 rebounds
6. Sam Clancy (202-C-80) of Instituto - 18 points and 13 rebounds
7. Chaz Crawford (207-F/C-84) of Argentino - 20 points and 12 rebounds
8. Eduardo Vassirani (200-C-91) of Boca Jrs - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Sam Clancy (202-C-80) of Instituto - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Ramon Clemente (200-PF-85) of Ferrocarril - 17 points and 8 rebounds

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



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  AUSTRIA  

Standings - A Bundesliga

A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Oberwart 14-3 
 2. Gmunden 13-6 
 3. Kapfenberg 11-8 
 4. Wels 10-7 
 5. Furstenfeld 10-9 
 6. Vienna 8-10 
 7. Arkadia 8-11 
 8. UBSC Graz 5-14 
 9. Klosterneuburg 4-15 

Regular Season: Round 21

Jan. 26: Kapfenberg - UBSC Graz 96-69
Feb. 2: Oberwart - Furstenfeld 84-87
Jan. 27: Furstenfeld - Klosterneuburg 77-61
Jan. 27: Gmunden - Arkadia 69-81
Feb. 5: Gmunden - Kapfenberg
Feb. 5: Arkadia - Furstenfeld
Feb. 5: UBSC Graz - Vienna



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  BAHAMAS  

NPBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Clayton MILLER
  Legends
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Miller, Legends27.5 
 2. Bain, Regulators24.9 
 3. Sylvestre, Bahamas .23.0 
 4. Smith, Bahamas .22.9 
 5. Farrington, Rockets21.8 
 6. Bain, Giants20.2 
 7. Dean, Shockers18.5 
 8. Leadon, Pros17.5 
 9. Ferguson, Pros17.1 
 10. Woodside, Cleaners16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eugene BAIN
  Regulators
  (195-C/F-88)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Bain, Regulators13.7 
 2. Farrington, Rockets12.3 
 3. Francis, Pros11.9 
 4. Munnings, Cybots11.9 
 5. Williams, Rebels11.3 
 6. Fernander, Pirates11.3 
 7. Sylvestre, Bahamas .10.9 
 8. Dean, Shockers10.5 
 9. Leadon, Pros9.3 
 10. Woodside, Cleaners9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Ramon DAMES
  Bahamas .
  (-G-93)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Dames, Bahamas .6.8 
 2. Williams, Rebels5.8 
 3. Jones, Legends5.7 
 4. Wright, Pirates4.5 
 5. Bain, Regulators4.4 
 6. Mackey, Regulators4.3 
 7. Armaly, Shockers4.2 
 8. Miller, Legends4.0 
 9. Lewis, Shockers4.0 
 10. Smith, Bahamas .3.9 
Steals Per Game
 K HUMES
  Cleaners
  (--)
  Avg: 4
 1. Humes, Cleaners4.0 
 2. Rolle, Rebels2.5 
 3. Lafuler, Stingers2.0 
 4. Cooper, Rebels2.0 
 5. Sylvestre, Bahamas .2.0 
 6. Dames, Bahamas .1.6 
 7. Rolle, Pros1.6 
 8. Williams, Rebels1.3 
 9. Smith, Bahamas .1.3 
 10. Wright, Pirates1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Livingston MUNNINGS
  Cybots
  (-C-)
  Avg: 3
 1. Munnings, Cybots3.0 
 2. Dean, Shockers2.1 
 3. Farrington, Rockets1.8 
 4. Williams, Rebels1.8 
 5. Sylvestre, Bahamas .1.7 
 6. Morley, Rockets1.4 
 7. Culmer, Cleaners1.4 
 8. Atkins, Cybots1.2 
 9. Munroe, Bahamas .1.1 
 10. Francis, Pros1.1 



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  BAHRAIN  


Nuwaidrat book slot in Cup final - by Eurobasket News

NUWAIDRAT defeated Al Hala 67-65 in the semi-final to qualify for the final of the Khalifa bin Salman Basketball Cup Championship, held last night at Khalifa Sports City Hall. The quarters scores were as follows: 20-17 (Al Hala), 19-10 (Al Hala), 21-13 (Nuwaidrat), 19-13 (Nuwaidrat). It was the third clash between the two teams in the best-of-three semi-final series, with Al Hala winning the first game 76-75, before Nuwaidrat levelled it with a 59-50 victory in the second match. Nuwaidrat qualified for the final of the cup competition for the second time in their history, after they already qualified once nine seasons ago although they lost to Manama in the final. Fans in the hall had expected that Al Hala will win the game after they led 39-27 going into the half-time, thanks to excellent performance by their American professional star Loren Woods who took care of the rebounds along with teammates Hassan Gerashi and Ahmed Jamal who both set some fine three-point shots. However, Nuwaidrat came back too hot in both third and fourth quarters, thanks to the great reading and notes by team's Serbian coach Dragan Vascanin who set a fine defensive tactics which stopped Al Hala key players. Shining brightest for Nuwaidrat were Serbian giant Mile Ilic (215-C-84) who scored a total of 23 points, with 18 rebounds and two three-point shots, along with Hussain Hassan (178-G) and Mohammed Butti who each scored 12 points. For Al Hala, Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona) was the best scorer with 19 points, along with Ahmed Jamal who finished with 18 points that included four three-point shots, and Hassan Gerashi who had 13 points. Nuwaidrat now qualified for the final of the most precious cup Khalifa bin Salman Basketball Cup Championship, and will take on Muharraq in a match scheduled for February 2 at the Khalifa Sports City Hall. In the press conference, Nuwaidrat coach Dragan Vascanin said that qualify for the final of this tournament came after a hard team work of all players and members of technical and administration team. He noted that winning such a precious cup title will be like a dream come true, specially that it will be the first title ever for Nuwaidrat's history in men's basketball. He praised his players' performances, saying that the team played well as he is now looking forward to play better in the final against Muharraq who are considered as one of the strongest teams in Bahrain.
Courtesy of: gdnonline.com



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Balkan League round 1 (Second Stage) best performance: Petar Kusovac - by Eurobasket News

Forward Petar Kusovac (195-F-93, agency: AproK Sports Group) had an amazing evening in the last round for Teodo Tivat, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1 (Second Stage).
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (20 points, eight rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Peja (1-2) with 20-point margin 104-84. Each game in Second Stage is important. but the teams lost the distance to top of the standings. Teodo Tivat maintains the 12th position in Balkan League . Teodo Tivat is bottom ranked team in the standings. But it was their 2nd lost game this season out of 3 games. In the team's last game Kusovac had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats.

The second best player in last round's games was 22-year old DR Congolese Omari Gudul (208-F-94, agency: Two Points) of Beroe. Gudul had a very good evening with a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he led Beroe to another comfortable win outscoring Sutjeska (1-2) 104-76. A very good start of the Second Stage for his team, which won so far all 3 games without any defeat. Gudul is a newcomer at Beroe, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Serbian forward Danilo Mijatovic (206-F/C-83) of Kumanovo (#9). Mijatovic scored 27 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Kumanovo, leading his team to a 106-101 win against Karpos Sokoli (#10, 1-2). Kumanovo started extremely well this Second Stage. They recorded 3 victories without losing a single game. Mijatovic turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Mijatovic has a great season in Balkan League. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.4ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Milan Stanojevic (183-G-86) of Teodo Tivat - 19 points and 5 assists
5. Kenyon McNeaill (185-PG-91) of Kozuv - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Brandis Raley-Ross (191-G-87) of Beroe - 9 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Zoran Vrkic (203-F-87) of Karpos Sokoli - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84) of Kumanovo - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Milos Popovic (197-PF-98) of Teodo Tivat - 16 points and 7 rebounds
10. Marjan Janevski (203-F-88) of Kumanovo - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists

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



Round 1 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

The Second Stage in Balkan League just started.

The game in Gevgelija was quite interesting. Feni Industries (1-2) played at the court of Kozuv (1-2). Kozuv defeated Feni Industries 89-73 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Kozuv. Feni Industries managed to win fourth quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American point guard Kenyon McNeaill (185-91, college: Louisiana Tech) stepped up and scored 25 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners and his fellow American import guard Larry Hall (190-83, college: W.Oregon) chipped in 16 points and 6 assists. Kozuv's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side power forward Kiril Nikolovski (210-88) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Kozuv is looking forward to face Sutjeska (#8) in Niksic in the next round. Feni Industries will play at home against Beroe and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 1:
In Group C Sutjeska lost to undefeated Beroe on the opponent's court 76-104.
In Group D Karpos Sokoli lost to undefeated Kumanovo in a home game 101-106. Peja was rolled over Teodo Tivat on the road 84-104.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 14 points and 6 rebounds by Zoran Vrkic of Karpos Sokoli.

Group C
Kozuv - Feni Industries 89-73

The game in Gevgelija was quite interesting. Feni Industries (1-2) played at the court of Kozuv (1-2). Kozuv defeated Feni Industries 89-73 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Kozuv. Feni Industries managed to win fourth quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American point guard Kenyon McNeaill (185-91, college: Louisiana Tech) stepped up and scored 25 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners and his fellow American import guard Larry Hall (190-83, college: W.Oregon) chipped in 16 points and 6 assists. Five Kozuv players scored in double figures. Kozuv's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side power forward Kiril Nikolovski (210-88) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and Serbian power forward Branislav Djekic (209-91) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Kozuv is looking forward to face Sutjeska (#8) in Niksic in the next round. Feni Industries will play at home against Beroe and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kozuv: K.McNeaill 25+5reb+8ast, L.Hall 16+4reb+6ast, B.Krstevski 14+6reb, M.Mijovic 14+6reb+2ast, N.Djurasovic 12+6reb+2ast, A.Shterjov 4+2reb
Feni Industries: K.Nikolovski 16+10reb, B.Djekic 14+7reb, A.Magdevski 11+2reb+1ast, J.Petrovski 9+2reb+5ast, M.Ceskovic 7+2reb+1ast, B.Stajic 6+4reb
gschID: 534330


Beroe - Sutjeska 104-76

Rather expected game in Stara Zagora where Montenegrin Sutjeska (1-2) was crushed by Bulgarian Beroe (3-0) 104-76 on Tuesday. Beroe outrebounded Sutjeska 41-25 including 16 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Beroe made 7 blocks. DR Congolese forward Omari Gudul (208-94, college: Angelo St., agency: Two Points) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and Tihomir Zhelev (193-90) chipped in 20 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Beroe's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side American-Hungarian point guard Dontay Thomas (187-84, college: La Salle, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and Serbian center Djoko Salic (213-95) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Four Beroe and five Sutjeska players scored in double figures. Beroe are looking forward to face Feni Industries (#7) in Kavadarci in the next round. Sutjeska will play at home against Kozuv and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Beroe: S.Gibson 21+2reb, T.Zhelev 20+2reb+4ast, O.Gudul 14+11reb+1ast, A.Jones 13+4reb+2ast, B.Raley-Ross 9+7reb+7ast, T.Todorov 9+1reb+2ast
Sutjeska: D.Salic 16+6reb+2ast, M.Perovic 13+2reb+1ast, J.James 11+4reb+7ast, D.Thomas 11+6reb+7ast, I.Cvorovic 11+2reb+1ast, N.Djokovic 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 534329


Group D
Karpos Sokoli - Kumanovo 101-106

Rather predictable result in Skopje where Kumanovo (3-0) defeated Karpos Sokoli (1-2) 106-101 on Wednesday. Karpos Sokoli trailed by 20 points after 3 quarters before a 44-29 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 101-106 at the end of the game. Kumanovo made 37-of-43 free shots (86.0 percent) during the game, while Karpos Sokoli only scored sixteen points from the stripe. 32 personal fouls committed by Karpos Sokoli helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian power forward Danilo Mijatovic (206-83) stepped up and scored 27 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and forward Marjan Janevski (203-88) chipped in 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side power forward Bojan Trajkovski (208-88, agency: Mansfield and Associates) responded with 25 points and Croatian forward Zoran Vrkic (203-87) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Karpos Sokoli's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kumanovo are looking forward to face Peja (#11) in Peje in the next round. Karpos Sokoli will play on the road against Teodo Tivat and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kumanovo: D.Mijatovic 27+6reb+2ast, M.Janevski 18+9reb+5ast, D.Karadzovski 16+5reb+6ast, N.Karakolev 16+4reb+2ast, S.Zivanovic 15+6reb+3ast, M.Pekovic 12+5reb+2ast
Karpos Sokoli: B.Trajkovski 25+4reb+1ast, D.Sokolov 16+3reb, D.Labovic 14+4reb, Z.Vrkic 14+6reb+3ast, K.Perry 13+3reb+7ast, F.Sepa 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 534332


Teodo Tivat - Peja 104-84

There was a minor upset when Kosovan Peja (1-2) was rolled over on the road by Montenegrin Teodo Tivat (1-2) 104-84 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Teodo Tivat. Peja managed to win second period 28-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Teodo Tivat dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Peja's 38 and made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Teodo Tivat looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Peja helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Petar Kusovac (195-93, college: S.Centar, agency: AproK Sports Group) stepped up and scored 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and guard Milos Djurisic (194-88) chipped in 16 points and 6 assists. At the losing side forward Alban Veseli (202-90) responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Noah Dahlman (201-89, college: Wofford) scored 18 points. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Teodo Tivat is looking forward to face Karpos Sokoli (#10) in Skopje in the next round. Peja will play at home against Kumanovo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Teodo Tivat: P.Kusovac 20+8reb+4ast, M.Stanojevic 19+1reb+5ast, M.Djurisic 16+4reb+6ast, M.Popovic 16+7reb+1ast, R.Marojevic 11+4reb+1ast, S.Sajin 11+2reb
Peja: A.Veseli 19+5reb+1ast, N.Dahlman 18+3reb, M.Ahmetbasic 11+4reb+3ast, L.Reed 10+4reb, J.Skeen 10+6reb+2ast, C.Rundles 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 534331





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Rapla adds Jito Kok - by Janar

Avis Rapla has added another Dutch center to its roster. Jito Kok (206-C-94, college: San Diego, agency: Court Side) started the season in Greece and played 13 games for Lavrio, averaging 3.9 ppg, 3.8 rpb and 1.5 bpg. Rapla has struggled lately with PF Indrek Kajupank injured, losing 4 games in a row in Estonian and Baltic league.
Jito Kok has represented the Netherlands in five (!) European Youth Championships. He averaged 5.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 2.1 bpg in 4 season at the NCAA, playing for San Diego Toreros. in 2015, he blocked 9 shots in one game, setting San Diego's single-game record. As a matter of fact, the NCAA all-time single game record (16 blocks) holder, Mickell Gladness, also plays in Estonia this season.



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Nymburk Bring in Stephn Holt to Replace Chris Hass - by Surujh Roopnarine

Czech Champions CEZ Basketball Nymburk have made a change to their roster to begin February. The team has announced the signing of guard/forward Stephen Holt (193-G-91, college: St.Mary's, CA) while releasing Chris Hass (196-G/F-94, college: Bucknell). Hass, 22, is in his forst year out of Bucknell and had joined the Lions in December. In six domestic league contests he averaged a modest 6.3 points and 1.0 assists. He also appeared in five BCL games, averaging 1.2 points in just under six minutes per game. Hass began his pro career this season in Germany with Phoenix Hagen, where in 11 games he averaged a solid 11.2 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.2 steals.
Stephn Holt, 25, is a three-year veteran out of St. Mary's (CA), the same school as Nymburk forward Diamon Simpson (204-F-87, college: St.Mary's, CA). The 6-4 Holt can also alternate between the two and three positions and brings a little more experience to the roster than what Hass had provided.
This season Holt had been with Tecnyconta Zaragoza in Spain's Liga Endesa, where in 17 games posted averages of 6.2 points and 2.4 rebounds. During his career Holt has played in the NBA D-League, Australia and then Spain. A four-year starter at St. Mary's, Holt was in training Camp witht he Cleveland Cavaliers his rookie season before joinging the Charge where he posted solid numbers. The following season in Australia he was named to the Australiabasket.com NBL All-Imports Team as well as NBL 2nd Team while with Melbourne United.
Nymburk currently reside atop the Czech NBL standings with a 20-1 record and finished 10-4 (#3) in Group A of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season and will now advance to the playoff qualifiers next week.



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Ante Delas left Mons-Hainaut - by Eurobasket News

29-year old Croatian international guard Ante Delas (200-88) left Belfius Mons-Hainaut (Euromillions League). In 17 games he had 7.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.5apg this season. He also played 4 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.3spg.
The last season Delas played at KK Zadar in Croatian A1. In 17 games he averaged 12.2ppg, 3.9rpg and 2.6apg. He helped them to make it to the final. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League 1st Team. Delas also played 20 games in ABA League where he got 12.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.9apg. Delas also spent pre-season at Ribola Kastela (A1) in Croatian league that year. In only one game he got remarkable 31 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Delas won Croatian A1 League championship title for two years in a row (2014 and 2015). He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2013.
Delas has been also a member of Croatian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Croatian senior team since 2013 and previously for U18 National Team in 2006.
Delas represented Croatia at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 4 games: 1.3ppg.
Delas has played previously for four other Croatian teams: KK Split, Alkar Sinj, Cedevita and Trogir.
He could be described: Ante represents the Croat Basketball School; he has an incredible thin frame but big talent. His shot is very fluid and he has a very quick release. He plays a lot on the point guard position even though his height reaches nearly the 2.05!! He is a 21st century point guard who can play in all five positions! He has good penetration in the basket and his drives are so accurate.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Euromillions League Round 17 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The biggest disappointment of round 17 in the Euromillions League was a home defeat of 4th placed Kangoeroes (8-9) by fifth ranked Spirou Charleroi (9-8) who outscored them by 18 points 88-70. Spirou Charleroi made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. The former international guard Alexandre Libert (194-90, agency: Promotex) stepped up and scored 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and American guard D.J. Richardson (190-91, college: Illinois, agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 16 points. Spirou Charleroi's coach Fulvio Bastianini used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Senegalese power forward Pape Badji (208-92) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Spirou Charleroi moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Brussels. Kangoeroes at the other side dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. They share it with Mons-Hainaut. Spirou Charleroi is looking forward to face Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#6) in Jemappes in the next round. Kangoeroes will play on the road against the league's leader Oostende and are hoping to win this game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Antwerp. Second-ranked host Antwerp Giants (11-6) lost to first ranked Oostende (13-4) 75-68. Serbian center Rasko Katic (208-80, agency: BeoBasket) nailed 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and Jean-Marc Mwema accounted for 10 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Ryan Anderson (206-92, college: Arizona) came up with 19 points and 5 rebounds for Antwerp Giants in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion maintains first place with 13-4 record. Antwerp Giants lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with six games lost. Oostende will play against Kangoeroes (#7) in Willebroek in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Antwerp Giants will play on the road against Okapi Aalstar (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 17: Liege lost to Brussels on the opponent's court 79-83. Bottom-ranked Leuven unfortunately lost to Aalstar in a home game 83-99. Limburg United managed to beat Mons-Hainaut on the road 91-82.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists by John Tofi of Aalstar.

Brussels - Liege 83-79

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Liege Basket (6-12) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Basic-Fit Brussels (9-8) 83-79. Basic-Fit Brussels players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Jeremy Simmons (204-89, college: Charleston) nailed a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and power forward Brandon Ubel (209-91, college: Nebraska, agency: Pensack Sports) accounted for 15 points and 5 rebounds. Power forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) came up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Devin Sweetney (198-87, college: St.Francis, PA) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Liege Basket in the defeat. Five Basic-Fit Brussels and four Liege Basket players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Basic-Fit Brussels moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Spirou. Liege Basket at the other side keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. Basic-Fit Brussels will play against Limburg United (#8) on the road in the next round. Liege Basket will play against Leuven Bears and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Liege: J.Fields 15+10reb+1ast, D.Sweetney 15+8reb+1ast, V.Simpson 14+4reb+4ast, L.Giancaterino 13+4reb+3ast, Y.Hertay 7+3reb+3ast, M.Colbert 7+1reb
Brussels: J.Simmons 25+12reb+3ast, B.Ubel 15+5reb+2ast, C.Dowe 13+5reb+2ast, D.Loubry 11+2reb+6ast, A.Lichodzijewski 11+4reb, M.Depuydt 4+1reb+5ast
gschID: 478771


Leuven - Aalstar 83-99

Very predictable result when third ranked Okapi Aalstar (10-8) defeated on the road bottom-ranked Leuven Bears (5-12) 99-83. Okapi Aalstar shot 64.3 percent from the field and made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Okapi Aalstar outrebounded Leuven Bears 35-20 including a 29-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP, agency: Pensack Sports) nailed 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and the former international swingman Olivier Troisfontaines (192-89, agency: LBM Management) accounted for 21 points. Troisfontaines is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American guard Codi Miller-McIntyre (190-94, college: Wake Forest) came up with 13 points and 8 assists and Australian swingman Clint Steindl (200-89, college: St.Mary's, CA) added 15 points respectively for Leuven Bears in the defeat. Five Okapi Aalstar and four Leuven Bears players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Okapi Aalstar maintains third place with 10-8 record having just two points less than leader Oostende. Leuven Bears at the other side stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Okapi Aalstar will play against league's second-placed Antwerp Giants at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Leuven Bears will play against Liege Basket (#9) in Liege and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leuven: C.Steindl 15+2reb+2ast, J.Delalieux 14+1ast, C.Miller-McIntyre 13+3reb+8ast, K.Billbury 11+3reb+1ast, A.Cotton 11+3reb+2ast, O.Samhan 9+5reb+1ast
Aalstar: O.Troisfontaines 21+3reb+3ast, J.Tofi 20+6reb+6ast, T.De Thaey 14+7reb+1ast, S.Geukens 14+2reb+3ast, B.Amis 13+11reb, M.Landis 10+2reb+5ast
gschID: 478775


Mons-Hainaut - Limburg United 82-91

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Jemappes where 7th ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (8-9) was defeated by eighth ranked Limburg United (7-10) 91-82. American forward Seth Tuttle (203-92, college: N.Iowa) nailed 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and the former international forward Wen Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB) accounted for 12 points and 5 rebounds. Limburg United's coach Brian Lynch allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Romanian center Alexandru Olah (213-93, college: Northwestern) came up with 13 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Justin Cage (198-85, college: Xavier) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Belfius Mons-Hainaut in the defeat. Four Limburg United and five Belfius Mons-Hainaut players scored in double figures. Limburg United have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain eighth place with 7-10 record. Belfius Mons-Hainaut at the other side dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. They share it with Kangoeroes. Limburg United will play against higher ranked Basic-Fit Brussels (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will play against Spirou Charleroi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mons-Hainaut: T.Demps 14+2reb, A.Olah 13+6reb+3ast, J.Cage 13+5reb+1ast, J.Mann 12+2reb, S.Van Caeneghem 10+3reb+1ast, A.Delas 8+1reb+2ast
Limburg United: B.Simons 14+2ast, S.Tuttle 13+6reb+4ast, W.Boss Mukubu 12+5reb+2ast, J.Swing 12+2reb, J.Anderson 10+3ast, Y.Desiron 9+2reb
gschID: 478774


Kangoeroes - Spirou 70-88

The most shocking disappointment of round 17 in the Euromillions League was a home defeat of 4th placed Kangoeroes (8-9) by fifth ranked Spirou Charleroi (9-8) who outscored them by 18 points 88-70. Spirou Charleroi made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. The former international guard Alexandre Libert (194-90, agency: Promotex) stepped up and scored 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and American guard D.J. Richardson (190-91, college: Illinois, agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 16 points. Four Spirou Charleroi players scored in double figures. Spirou Charleroi's coach Fulvio Bastianini used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Senegalese power forward Pape Badji (208-92) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds and American point guard Wesley Channels (190-88, college: Austin Peay St.) scored 15 points and 4 assists. Spirou Charleroi moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Brussels. Kangoeroes at the other side dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. They share it with Mons-Hainaut. Spirou Charleroi is looking forward to face Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#6) in Jemappes in the next round. Kangoeroes will play on the road against the league's leader Oostende and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Kangoeroes: P.Badji 15+8reb+1ast, W.Channels 15+3reb+4ast, D.Donkor 13+4reb, A.Chada 9+3reb+1ast, I.Williams 9+5reb, T.Henry 7+1reb+1ast
Spirou: A.Libert 16+6reb+1ast, D.Richardson 16+1reb, I.Iarochevitch 12+2reb+2ast, D.Harris 10+2reb, M.Fusek 8+3reb, M.Gaudoux 7+1reb
gschID: 478773


Antwerp - Oostende 68-75

The game between Top Four teams took place in Antwerp. Second-ranked host Antwerp Giants (11-6) lost to first ranked Oostende (13-4) 75-68. They made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Antwerp Giants were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Serbian center Rasko Katic (208-80, agency: BeoBasket) nailed 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and international forward Jean-Marc Mwema (195-89, agency: Court Side) accounted for 10 points and 8 rebounds. Four Oostende players scored in double figures. American forward Ryan Anderson (206-92, college: Arizona) came up with 19 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import forward Demitrius Conger (196-90, college: St.Bonaventure) added 17 points respectively for Antwerp Giants in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion maintains first place with 13-4 record. Antwerp Giants lost third consecutive game. They keep the second position with six games lost. Oostende will play against Kangoeroes (#7) in Willebroek in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Antwerp Giants will play on the road against Okapi Aalstar (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Antwerp: R.Anderson 19+5reb+1ast, D.Conger 17+4reb+1ast, G.Ware 12+8reb, J.Clark 6+5reb+2ast, O.Kanda-Kanyinda 5+3reb+2ast, C.Beghin 4+1reb
Oostende: C.Walden 15+1reb+1ast, R.Katic 14+7reb+1ast, D.Newbill 13+1reb+1ast, J.Mwema 10+8reb+3ast, V.Kesteloot 7+3reb+2ast, D.Djordjevic 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 478772





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Standings - BNL

NBB Standings
 1. Brasilia 12-5 
 2. Flamengo 12-5 
 3. Bauru 12-6 
 4. Pinheiros 11-7 
 5. Franca 11-7 
 6. Vitoria 10-6 
 7. Mogi 10-7 
 8. Campo Mourao 9-7 
 9. Vasco Da G. 9-7 
 10. Paulistano 8-10 
 11. B.Cearense 7-9 
 12. Minas 7-10 
 13. L.Sorocaba 4-14 
 14. Caxias do Sul 3-14 
 15. Macae 3-14 

Regular Season: Round 19

Feb. 2: Bauru - L.Sorocaba 87-55
Feb. 2: Franca - Paulistano 78-71
Feb. 2: Pinheiros - Flamengo 77-84
Feb. 2: Mogi - Caxias do Sul 73-64
Feb. 3: Brasilia - B.Cearense
Feb. 3: Minas - Vitoria
Feb. 4: Mogi - Vasco Da G.
Feb. 4: Campo Mourao - Caxias do Sul


Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Betinho NARDI DUARTE
  Campo M.
  (195-SG-88)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Nardi Duarte, Campo M.20.6 
 2. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 3. Holloway, Pinheiros19.8 
 4. Vieira, Flamengo19.3 
 5. Stallworth, Mogi18.9 
 6. Garcia, Bauru18.4 
 7. Anthony, Macae18.3 
 8. Machado, Flamengo18.2 
 9. Mariano, Brasilia18.2 
 10. Dawkins, Vitoria16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.11.7 
 2. de Souza, L.Sor.8.3 
 3. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 4. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.8 
 5. Ansaloni, Pinheiros7.6 
 6. Maynard, Minas7.5 
 7. Lopez, Flamengo7.2 
 8. Klassmann, B.Cea.7.0 
 9. Mariano, Brasilia6.9 
 10. Holloway, Pinheiros6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. de Assis, Brasilia6.4 
 2. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.8 
 3. Garcia, Bauru5.6 
 4. Dawkins, Vitoria5.4 
 5. Anthony, Macae5.3 
 6. Rodgers, Minas5.2 
 7. Borges, Franca5.2 
 8. Cafferata, L.Sor.5.1 
 9. Freitas, Campo M.5.0 
 10. Fischer, Flamengo4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Scott RODGERS
  Minas
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Rodgers, Minas2.2 
 2. Garcia, Bauru2.1 
 3. Curnell, Mogi1.8 
 4. Toledo, B.Cearense1.8 
 5. Holloway, Pinheiros1.7 
 6. Cafferata, L.Sor.1.7 
 7. Stallworth, Mogi1.7 
 8. Dawkins, Vitoria1.6 
 9. Taylor, Mogi1.6 
 10. Lima, Vasco Da G.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Renan LENZ
  Pinheiros
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Lenz, Pinheiros1.1 
 2. Nunes, Campo M.1.1 
 3. Rollins, Flamengo1.0 
 4. Klassmann, B.Cea.0.8 
 5. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.8 
 6. Freitas, Campo M.0.7 
 7. Camilo, Macae0.6 
 8. Coimbra, Vitoria0.6 
 9. Dias Silva, Pauli.0.6 
 10. de Souza, L.Sor.0.6 


Kenny Dawkins claims Brazilian NBB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Kenny Dawkins (175-PG-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Vitoria and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 29-year old playmaker had the game-high 24 points adding six rebounds and five assists for Vitoria in his team's victory, helping them to beat Brasilia (#1, 12-5) 78-70. Vitoria maintains the 6th position in Brazilian NBB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Vitoria will need more victories to improve their 10-6 record. In the team's last game Dawkins had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Vitoria's top player in his first season with the team. Lamar University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Dawkins is in league's top in assists (4th best: 5.4apg) and averages solid 58.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American point guard Kendall Anthony (173-PG-93) of Macae. Anthony impressed basketball fans with 35 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists. Bad luck as Macae lost that game 90-97 to the higher-ranked Pinheiros (#4, 11-7). Macae are still at the very bottom. 14 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Macae managed to get this year. Anthony is a newcomer at Macae and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.3ppg (#7). He also recorded 5.3 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Drew Maynard (200-F-89) of Minas (#12). Maynard scored 13 points and grabbed eighteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Maynard's great performance Minas lost 62-66 to slightly higher-ranked B.Cearense (#11, 7-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Minas ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Maynard could help Minas to bring them higher in the standings. Maynard has a great season in Brazil. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.5rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Desmond Holloway (191-G-90) of Pinheiros - 26 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jefferson Sobral (203-F-80) of L.Sorocaba - 25 points and 5 rebounds
6. Cordero Bennett (188-G-88) of Pinheiros - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Alex Garcia (191-G-80) of Bauru - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Alexey Borges (188-PG-95) of Franca - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Jefferson Andrade (207-PF-83) of Bauru - 21 points and 9 rebounds
10. David Rossetto (180-PG-93) of B.Cearense - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists

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



Henrique Oliveira is a newcomer at Contagem - by Paulo Freire

Contagem Towers (Liga Ouro) strengthened their roster with addition of 21-year old point guard Henrique Oliveira (190-96) from Ginastico. The last season Oliveira played at Macae (NBB). But in 9 games he recorded just 1.8ppg.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ulisses Lima is a newcomer at Santos/Macapa - by Paulo Freire

Santos Basquete/Macapa (Liga Ouro) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old small forward Ulisses Lima (192-85). He played in the summer at Remo in Brazilian Para State. Lima also played that season for Ponta Grossa Basquete (Catarinense State). The other team he played shortly was Remo (also in Para State).
Lima's team made it to the Brazilian final in 2013.
He has played previously for four other teams: Automovel CF/Fluminense, Macae, Jacarei and Campo Mourao.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Contagem signs rookie Ajani Santos - by Paulo Freire

Contagem Towers (Liga Ouro) inked 23-year old American (has also Dominican passport) power forward Ajani Santos (203-102kg-94). He just graduated from Hamilton (NCAA3). Santos has played there for the last four years. In 24 games he recorded 4.6ppg and 3.5rpg last season.
The previous (13-14) season he played also at another team Continentals in U.S. semi-pro league NESCAC.
Of course it will be Santos' first season in professional basketball.
His game is described as: Ajani Santos is a smart, high-energy and versatile team-player capable of effectively playing both Forward positions and Small Center. While his infinite range and productive shooting skills have not automatically translated into loftier box score statistics, his overall shooting abilities and physicality skills on the court (e.g., passing, setting screens, creating opportunities for steals, executing defense pressure strategies, rebounding, getting loose balls, etc.) amply demonstrate his impressive aptitude to play beyond the arc and defend the opponent's best players. Ajani's consummate professional demeanor on and off the court, his knack for building team camaraderie, infectious love for the game and abilities to deliver on the offense and defensive ends, have well positioned him as one of the most promising professional prospects on the market. He cares more about winning than individual accolades and as a team captain in his high school and college years, consistently demonstrated the hard-work ethic and leadership qualities found in league-leading top producing talent.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ricardo de Azevedo joins Santos/Macapa - by Paulo Freire

Santos Basquete/Macapa (Liga Ouro) agreed terms with experienced 34-year old forward Ricardo de Azevedo (201-83). He played last summer at Remo in Brazilian Para State. de Azevedo also played that season for Assis Basket (Paulista).
He has spent his entire career in Brazil playing for five other teams: Londrina, Paschoalotto/Bauru, Araraquara, Liga Sorocaba and Campo Mourao.
On de Azevedo: A strong player who can play both front to the basket and shoulders to it. Has a great shooting range, can easily hit a three pointer if left open, and this makes him a player very difficult to guard. Has team mentality and good feet quickness, can defend well.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Zulu Souza signs at Santos/Macapa - by Paulo Freire

Santos Basquete/Macapa (Liga Ouro) landed 26-year old center Zulu Souza (210-98kg-91). He played in the summer at Assis Basket in the Paulista.
Souza won Supercup in 2012.
He has played previously for five other teams: APABA/S.Andre, Mogi, America, Banespa and Braganca.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Contagem tabs Fernando Alvim - by Paulo Freire

Contagem Towers (Liga Ouro) inked experienced 37-year old forward Fernando Alvim (201-80). He played in the summer at Osasco Basquete in Brazilian Paulista. In 18 games he averaged 5.5ppg and 1.7rpg. Alvim helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played that season for Ginastico where in 14 Liga Ouro games he was fourth best scorer with 12.4ppg and recorded 6.6rpg (#3 in the league), 1.5apg and 1.1spg (in top 5). He received also Latinbasket.com All-Liga Ouro Forward of the Year award in 2016.
Alvim won Liga Sudamericana championship title in 2009.
Alvim has spent his entire career in Brazil playing for eight other teams: Londrina, Minas, Tijuca TC, Araraquara, Winner/Limeira, Macae, Universo/Goiania and Mogi.
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Contagem.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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NBB Round 18: Leader Brasilia loses to Universo/Vitoria - by Eurobasket News

Top ranked Brasilia (12-5) recorded its fifth loss at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by sixth ranked Universo/Vitoria (10-6) 78-70. Universo/Vitoria made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Brasilia turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Brasilia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American point guard Kenny Dawkins (175-87, college: Lamar) who scored 24 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. The other American import forward Christopher Hayes (203-87, college: Detroit Mercy) chipped in 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international point guard Fulvio de Assis (188-81) who recorded 19 points and 5 rebounds. Universo/Vitoria moved-up to fifth place. Brasilia at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Universo/Vitoria are looking forward to face Minas (#12) in Belo Horizonte in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Brasilia will play at home against SKY/Basquete (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Sao Paulo. Local Vivo/Franca (10-7) outscored 13th ranked Liga Sorocaba (4-13) 90-68. It was a good game for point guard Alexey Borges (188-95) who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 7 assists. Andre Stefanelli contributed with 17 points for the winners. The former international forward Jefferson Sobral (203-80) replied with 25 points and 5 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for Liga Sorocaba. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Vivo/Franca have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place. Liga Sorocaba lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 13 games lost. Vivo/Franca will play against Paulistano (#10) in Sao Paolo in the next round. Liga Sorocaba will play on the road against Paschoalotto/Bauru and hopes to get back on the winning track.

Rest of the games of round 18 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
B.Cearense defeated Minas in Aldeota 66-62. Bauru beat Paulistano at home 78-68. Bottom-ranked Macae lost to Pinheiros on the opponent's court 90-97.

Minas - B.Cearense 62-66

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Belo Horizonte where 11th ranked Minas (7-10) was defeated by twelfth ranked SKY/Basquete (7-9) 66-62. SKY/Basquete forced 19 Minas turnovers. Minas was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for the former international point guard David Rossetto (180-93) who led his team to a victory with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. The former international Luis Felipe Gruber (206-85) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Drew Maynard (200-89, college: Rochester, MI) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 18 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Scott Rodgers (191-87, college: Drexel, agency: DTMones) added 14 points in the effort for Minas. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. SKY/Basquete moved-up to eleventh place. Minas at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with ten games lost. SKY/Basquete will play against league's leader Brasilia on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Minas will play against Universo/Vitoria (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
B.Cearense: L.Felipe Gruber 16+5reb+2ast, D.Rossetto 13+8reb+8ast, M.Vinicius Toledo 9+6reb, F.Ribeiro 9+4reb+1ast, T.Lima 8+4reb, A.Parisotto 5+4reb
Minas: S.Rodgers 14+1reb+3ast, D.Maynard 13+18reb+2ast, D.Fuzaro 13+2reb+2ast, A.Mosso 7+6reb, P.Boracini 7+2reb+4ast, W.Ferreira 6
gschID: 495501


Brasilia - Vitoria 70-78

Top ranked Brasilia (12-5) recorded its fifth loss at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by sixth ranked Universo/Vitoria (10-6) 78-70. Universo/Vitoria made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Brasilia turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Brasilia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American point guard Kenny Dawkins (175-87, college: Lamar) who scored 24 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. The other American import forward Christopher Hayes (203-87, college: Detroit Mercy) chipped in 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Hayes is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Universo/Vitoria players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international point guard Fulvio de Assis (188-81) who recorded 19 points and 5 rebounds and international Guilherme Giovannoni (203-80) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Universo/Vitoria moved-up to fifth place. Brasilia at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Universo/Vitoria are looking forward to face Minas (#12) in Belo Horizonte in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Brasilia will play at home against SKY/Basquete (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Vitoria: K.Dawkins 24+6reb+5ast, A.Coimbra 12+4reb+1ast, C.Hayes 11+6reb+4ast, K.Sheard 10+3reb+2ast, A.Silva 8+6reb+2ast, R.Scholz 7+3reb
Brasilia: F.de Assis 19+5reb+2ast, G.Giovannoni 15+6reb, P.Alves 14+3reb+1ast, J.Campos 6+3reb+2ast, D.Ramos 5+4reb+2ast, A.Oliveira 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 495502


Franca - L.Sorocaba 90-68

The game with biggest result difference took place in Sao Paulo. Local Vivo/Franca (10-7) outscored 13th ranked Liga Sorocaba (4-13) 90-68. Vivo/Franca made 28-of-35 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Vivo/Franca outrebounded Liga Sorocaba 32-21 including 23 on the defensive glass. Liga Sorocaba was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for point guard Alexey Borges (188-95) who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 7 assists. The former international Andre Stefanelli (196-84) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Four Vivo/Franca players scored in double figures. The former international forward Jefferson Sobral (203-80) replied with 25 points and 5 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and Ted Bento (199-80) added 12 points in the effort for Liga Sorocaba. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Vivo/Franca have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place. Liga Sorocaba lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 13 games lost. Vivo/Franca will play against Paulistano (#10) in Sao Paolo in the next round. Liga Sorocaba will play on the road against Paschoalotto/Bauru and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Franca: A.Stefanelli 17+2reb+1ast, A.Borges 12+4reb+7ast, C.Borges dos Santos 12+2ast, L.Cipolini 11+5reb+2ast, A.Ferreira 10+3reb, C.Bueno 9+2reb
L.Sorocaba: J.Sobral 25+5reb, T.Bento 12+4reb+1ast, L.da Silva 12+1reb, E.Cafferata 7+2reb+5ast, A.de Souza 6+2reb+1ast, M.Juzzo 3
gschID: 495500


Bauru - Paulistano 78-68

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (11-6) defeated at home 10th ranked Paulistano (8-9) 78-68. Paulistano was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for international guard Alex Garcia (191-80, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 8 rebounds. The former international Jefferson Andrade (207-83) contributed with 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Renato Carbonari (206-87) replied with 14 points and 6 rebounds and the former international center Guilherme Hubner (208-87) added 9 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Paulistano. Paulistano's coach Gustavo Conti rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Paschoalotto/Bauru have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Pinheiros. Paulistano lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with nine games lost. Paschoalotto/Bauru will play against Liga Sorocaba (#13) in Sorocabana in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Paulistano will play on the road against Vivo/Franca in Sao Paulo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Bauru: A.Garcia 22+8reb+2ast, J.Andrade 21+9reb+1ast, L.Meindl 13+5reb+1ast, G.Pereira 9+5reb+3ast, S.Santos 9+3reb+2ast, M.Uchendu 4+2reb
Paulistano: R.Carbonari 14+6reb+1ast, L.Dias Silva 14+4reb+1ast, J.Luz dos Santos 10+5reb+1ast, G.Hubner 9+9reb+2ast, A.Pecos 7+1reb+3ast, G.Lucas 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 495499


Pinheiros - Macae 97-90

Very expected game in Sao Paolo where 15th ranked Macae (3-14) was defeated by third ranked Pinheiros (11-6) 97-90. Pinheiros players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Macae was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American guard Desmond Holloway (191-90, college: Co.Carolina) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds. Germerson Barbosa (202-93) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Kendall Anthony (173-93, college: Richmond) replied with 35 points (!!!) and 8 assists (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!) and power forward Luiz Paulo Dos Santos (210-89, college: Slippery Rock) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Macae. Five Pinheiros and four Macae players scored in double figures. Pinheiros have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 11-6 record behind leader Brasilia, which they share with Bauru. Macae lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost. Pinheiros will play against league's second-placed Flamengo in Rio de Janeiro in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Macae will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Pinheiros: D.Holloway 26+11reb+3ast, C.Bennett 19+2reb+6ast, G.Barbosa 16+8reb+3ast, R.Lenz 14+6reb+3ast, A.Neto 10+3ast, R.Ansaloni 9+3reb
Macae: K.Anthony 35+4reb+8ast, B.Simmons 15+2reb+1ast, L.Paulo Dos Santos 14+6reb+5ast, R.Da Silva 10+2reb+2ast, E.Camilo 6+9reb+1ast, I.Avelino 5+3reb
gschID: 495497





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  CANADA  

CIS men standings

CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. Dalhousie 10-4 
 2. St.Mary's 10-5 
 3. UNB 9-5 
 4. Memorial 9-5 
 5. St.Francis X. 7-6 
 6. Acadia 6-7 
 7. UPEI 4-9 
 8. Cape Breton 0-14 
CanWest Explorer Division
 1. TRU 8-8 
 2. Mount Royal 7-9 
 3. UFV 7-9 
 4. MacEwan 5-11 
 5. UNBC 4-12 
 6. UBC Okanagan 2-14 
CanWest Pioneer Division
 1. UBC 15-1 
 2. Calgary 12-4 
 3. Alberta 12-4 
 4. Lethbridge 12-6 
 5. Saskatchewan 11-5 
 6. Manitoba 10-6 
 7. Winnipeg 10-6 
 8. Regina 7-9 
 9. Victoria 7-9 
 10. Brandon 7-11 
 11. TWU 2-17 
OUA Central
 1. Brock 10-4 
 2. McMaster 7-8 
 3. Guelph 4-10 
 4. Lakehead 3-10 
OUA East
 1. Ryerson 14-1 
 2. Toronto 9-5 
 3. Queen's 6-8 
 4. York 4-10 
OUA North
 1. Carleton 13-0 
 2. Ottawa 13-1 
 3. Nipissing 7-8 
 4. Laurentian 6-9 
OUA West
 1. Laurier 8-8 
 2. Windsor 8-8 
 3. Algoma 4-10 
 4. Waterloo 3-11 
 5. Western 3-11 
Quebec League
 1. McGill 8-3 
 2. Concordia 7-4 
 3. UQAM 7-5 
 4. Laval 4-7 
 5. Bishop's 2-9 

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 2: McGill - Bishop's 79-62
Feb. 1: Ryerson - York 79-53
Feb. 2: Concordia - Laval 68-54
Feb. 1: Brock - Waterloo 66-63
Feb. 3: York - Toronto
Feb. 3: UNB - UPEI
Feb. 3: St.Francis X. - St.Mary's
Feb. 3: Memorial - Dalhousie
Feb. 3: Cape Breton - Acadia
Feb. 3: Lakehead - Laurentian
Feb. 3: Guelph - Nipissing
Feb. 3: Western - Algoma
Feb. 3: Queen's - Ryerson
Feb. 3: Alberta - Saskatchewan
Feb. 3: Manitoba - Brandon
Feb. 3: Regina - Winnipeg
Feb. 3: UBC Okanagan - MacEwan
Feb. 3: TWU - Mount Royal
Feb. 3: Calgary - TRU
Feb. 3: Victoria - UFV
Feb. 3: UNBC - UBC


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Conor MORGAN
  UBC
  (203-G/F-94)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. Morgan, UBC23.9 
 2. Gray, Laurentian23.1 
 3. Cooper, Calgary22.1 
 4. Johnson, Toronto21.4 
 5. Clayton, St.Mary''s20.9 
 6. Gilmore, McMaster20.5 
 7. Nissen, Acadia20.0 
 8. Jean-Louis, Cape B.19.6 
 9. Bercy, St.Franc.19.5 
 10. Scott, UPEI19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dut DUT
  UPEI
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Dut, UPEI11.6 
 2. Bercy, St.Franc.10.8 
 3. Pereira, Waterloo10.8 
 4. Nissen, Acadia10.6 
 5. Osayande, Saskatch.10.6 
 6. Elgadi, Brock9.6 
 7. Graham, Queen''s9.5 
 8. Ross, Mount Royal9.5 
 9. Gilmore, McMaster9.3 
 10. Dinkins, Lakehead9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Javon MASTERS
  UNB
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Masters, UNB6.1 
 2. Mata, Dalhousie5.7 
 3. Keane, Carleton5.3 
 4. Dulay, UFV4.6 
 5. Burdeaux, Lethb.4.6 
 6. Charvis, Ryerson4.4 
 7. Miller, Acadia4.4 
 8. Bonhomme, Manitoba4.3 
 9. Allen, TWU4.3 
 10. Farkic, Western4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Dejon BURDEAUX
  Lethb.
  (183-PG-)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Burdeaux, Lethb.3.6 
 2. Agada, Ottawa3.1 
 3. Small, Ryerson2.6 
 4. Dulay, UFV2.4 
 5. De Ciman, Saskatch.2.4 
 6. Bermillo, Bishop''s2.4 
 7. Kapinga, Calgary2.4 
 8. Jenkins, Western2.4 
 9. Peter-M., Ryerson2.3 
 10. Masters, UNB2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane OSAYANDE
  Saskatch.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Osayande, Saskatch.2.6 
 2. Graham, Queen''s2.4 
 3. Oirbans, Winnipeg2.2 
 4. Layton, Mount R.1.9 
 5. Yengue, Laurentian1.7 
 6. Debache, UQAM1.7 
 7. Voll, Ryerson1.7 
 8. Nissen, Acadia1.6 
 9. Paul, Brandon1.6 
 10. Elgadi, Brock1.6 


Spurs Re-Sign Joel Anthony - by Eurobasket News

Joel Anthony (6'9''-C-82, college: UNLV)'s 10-day contract with the Spurs expired last night, but the team didn't waste any team in locking him up to a new deal, according to Jabari Young of The San Antonio Express-News. Young reports that Anthony inked a second 10-day contract with the Spurs this morning. Anthony, 34, had yet to catch on with an NBA team this season before signing with the Spurs a week and a half ago. San Antonio had been in the market for some frontcourt depth after losing Pau Gasol to a broken hand. Gasol's initial timeline projected a recovery of four to six weeks, so he may not return to the club until after the All-Star break. During his first 10-day stint with the Spurs, Anthony appeared briefly in three games, averaging 1.3 PPG and 1.7 RPG in those contests. The games in which Anthony played were decided by double-digit margins, so he doesn't have a substantial role with the team - that shouldn't change during his second 10-day deal, though LaMarcus Aldridge will miss Thursday's game with a sore knee, thinning out San Antonio's frontcourt a little. If the Spurs want to retain Anthony when his second 10-day contract expires, they'll have to sign him to a deal for the rest of the season.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



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  CHINA  

Standings - CBA

CBA Standings
 1. Shanghai S. 25-6 
 2. Xinjiang FT 25-6 
 3. Liaoning H. 24-7 
 4. Guangsha L. 24-7 
 5. Guangdong ST 23-8 
 6. Shenzhen L. 20-11 
 7. Shandong FB 19-12 
 8. Beijing D. 18-13 
 9. Sichuan BW 17-14 
 10. Jiangsu D. 16-15 
 11. TianJin S. 15-16 
 12. Qingdao E. 15-16 
 13. Shanxi Zh. 13-18 
 14. Jilin NE T. 12-19 
 15. Zhejiang CB 10-21 
 16. Fujian QB 9-22 
 17. North Control B. 7-24 
 18. Jiangsu TX 7-24 
 19. Bayi R. 6-25 
 20. Guangzhou 5-26 

Regular Season: Round 32

Feb. 2: Qingdao E. - North Control B. 96-94
Feb. 5: Jiangsu D. - Guangsha L.
Feb. 5: Shanxi Zh. - Sichuan BW
Feb. 5: Bayi R. - Liaoning H.
Feb. 5: North Control B. - Guangzhou
Feb. 5: TianJin S. - Shenzhen L.
Feb. 5: Guangdong ST - Beijing D.
Feb. 5: Jilin NE T. - Shandong FB
Feb. 5: Xinjiang FT - Fujian QB
Feb. 5: Jiangsu TX - Zhejiang CB
Feb. 5: Shanghai S. - Qingdao E.


Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Jimmer FREDETTE
  Shanghai.
  (188-PG-89)
  Avg: 37
 1. Fredette, Shanghai.37.0 
 2. McCollum, North C.35.9 
 3. Brooks, Jiangsu D.35.9 
 4. Franklin, Shanxi Zh.34.8 
 5. Cunningham, Jiang.33.3 
 6. Brown, Jilin NE T.33.1 
 7. Adams, Xinjiang FT33.1 
 8. Hudson, Liaoning H.32.9 
 9. Jones, Qingdao E.30.4 
 10. Fortson, Guangsha.28.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Malcolm THOMAS
  Jilin N.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Thomas, Jilin N.16.4 
 2. Haddadi, Sichu.16.0 
 3. Thompson, Shandong.13.9 
 4. Blair, Jiangsu TX13.6 
 5. Hickson, Fujian QB13.4 
 6. Sakakini, TianJ.13.2 
 7. Batista, North C.13.0 
 8. Lampe, Shenzhen L.12.3 
 9. Han, Liaoning H.12.3 
 10. Dalembert, Shanxi Z.11.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal FRANKLIN
  Shanxi Zh.
  (196-SG-91)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Franklin, Shanxi Zh.8.6 
 2. Fortson, Guangsha.8.2 
 3. Jeter, TianJin S.7.4 
 4. Pargo, Shenzhen L.7.1 
 5. Warren, Zhejiang.6.4 
 6. Sloan, Guangdong ST6.3 
 7. Buycks, Fujian QB6.1 
 8. Adams, Xinjiang FT6.0 
 9. Brown, Zhejiang CB5.9 
 10. Jones, Qingdao E.5.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jamaal FRANKLIN
  Shanxi Zh.
  (196-SG-91)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Franklin, Shanxi Zh.3.5 
 2. Sui, Shandong FB2.9 
 3. Brown, Zhejiang CB2.9 
 4. Kamrani, Jilin N.2.4 
 5. Blatche, Xinjiang.2.4 
 6. Hudson, Liaoning H.2.3 
 7. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.3 
 8. Fortson, Guangsha.2.3 
 9. Adams, Xinjiang FT2.2 
 10. McCollum, North C.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Yuchen ZOU
  Bayi R.
  (203-F-96)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Zou, Bayi R.2.8 
 2. Zhou, Xinjiang FT2.3 
 3. Huang, Sichuan BW2.0 
 4. Haddadi, Sichu.2.0 
 5. Dalembert, Shanxi Z.1.9 
 6. Kirk, Guangzhou1.9 
 7. Blatche, Xinjiang.1.8 
 8. Sun, Beijing D.1.8 
 9. Yi, Guangdong ST1.6 
 10. Lalanne, Zhejiang.1.5 



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  CROATIA  

A1 Standings

A1 Standings
 1. KK Split 13-2 
 2. Jolly JBS 13-2 
 3. GKK Sibenik 12-3 
 4. Cedevita 11-4 
 5. Cibona 11-4 
 6. Vrij.Osijek 9-6 
 7. KK Zagreb 9-6 
 8. Zadar 8-7 
 9. Zabok 4-10 
 10. Skrljevo 4-11 
 11. Alkar Sinj 4-11 
 12. Gorica 2-12 
 13. H.Analitica 2-13 
 14. Kvarner 2010 2-13 

Regular Season: Round 16

Feb. 2: Cibona - Zadar 102-88
Feb. 4: Zadar - KK Zagreb
Feb. 4: Kvarner 2010 - Jolly JBS
Feb. 4: Skrljevo - Zabok
Feb. 4: Gorica - Cibona
Feb. 4: Vrij.Osijek - Cedevita
Feb. 4: H.Analitica - Alkar Sinj
Feb. 4: KK Split - GKK Sibenik


Cibona outscores Zadar 102-88 - by Zeljko Zule

Cibona had six players in double figures and its bench players outscored the opponent's reserves 46-16 as defeated Zadar 102-88 in the postponed game of Croatian A1 League Round 9. Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88) came off the bench for 19 points, Paolo Marinelli (191-G-95) scored 18 points, Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-SF-81) 12, Emir Sulejmanovic (204-F/C-95) had 11 points and was a rebound shy of a doiuble-double, Marin Rozic (201-F-83) poured in 10 points and 7 assists, Ante Gospic (203-F-90, college: Flagler) added 10 points.
Zadar opened the game with a 18-7 and Cibona took their first lead of the game 27-25 late in the first quarter. Zadar then twice tied the score before Cibona used a 16-3 run to go up 45-32. The visitors cut the deficit to 48-51 at the halftime break and early in the third quarter scored seven consecutive points to re-take the lead 55-54, their last advantage of the night. At that point, Paolo Marinelli (191-G-95) sank a 3-pointer to inspire Cibona for a 7-0 run and later the home went a decisive 17-7 run spanning the third and fourth quarters for a 81-69 advantage. The margin never dipped below 9 points for the rest of the game.
Zadar was led by Lovro Mazalin (204-SF-97) with 25 points and 11 rebounds, Ivan Marinkovic (209-F/C-93) scored 16 points, Boris Barac (205-F-92) 13 and Lovre Basic (190-PG-95) 11.



Ante Delas left Mons-Hainaut - by Eurobasket News

29-year old Croatian international guard Ante Delas (200-88) left Belfius Mons-Hainaut (Euromillions League). In 17 games he had 7.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.5apg this season. He also played 4 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.3spg.
The last season Delas played at KK Zadar in Croatian A1. In 17 games he averaged 12.2ppg, 3.9rpg and 2.6apg. He helped them to make it to the final. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League 1st Team. Delas also played 20 games in ABA League where he got 12.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.9apg. Delas also spent pre-season at Ribola Kastela (A1) in Croatian league that year. In only one game he got remarkable 31 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Delas won Croatian A1 League championship title for two years in a row (2014 and 2015). He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2013.
Delas has been also a member of Croatian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Croatian senior team since 2013 and previously for U18 National Team in 2006.
Delas represented Croatia at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 4 games: 1.3ppg.
Delas has played previously for four other Croatian teams: KK Split, Alkar Sinj, Cedevita and Trogir.
He could be described: Ante represents the Croat Basketball School; he has an incredible thin frame but big talent. His shot is very fluid and he has a very quick release. He plays a lot on the point guard position even though his height reaches nearly the 2.05!! He is a 21st century point guard who can play in all five positions! He has good penetration in the basket and his drives are so accurate.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CZECH REPUBLIC  

Standings - D2

1Liga Standings
Group A
 1. Sokol H.K. 13-3 
 2. Slavoj Litom. 12-4 
 3. Nymburk B 11-4 
 4. Sokol Prazky 9-7 
 5. Loko Plzen 8-8 
 6. Basket Kosice 7-10 
 7. USK Praha B 6-9 
 8. GBA Sparta 5-10 
 9. Sokol Pisek 5-11 
 10. Vysocina 3-13 
Group B
 1. Zlin 15-1 
 2. Olomouc SK 12-4 
 3. Opava B 12-5 
 4. Sokol Slapanice 9-7 
 5. Olomouc Bbal 9-8 
 6. Pardubice 7-9 
 7. Prostejov B 6-10 
 8. Novy Jicin 5-11 
 9. Ostrava 5-11 
 10. Havirov 1-15 

Regular Season: Round 17

Group A

Feb. 1: GBA Sparta - Loko Plzen 46-64
Feb. 3: Sokol Pisek - Nymburk B
Feb. 5: Sokol H.K. - Slavoj Litom.
Feb. 5: Vysocina - USK Praha B
Feb. 3: Loko Plzen - Basket Kosice

Group B

Feb. 2: Olomouc Bbal - Opava B 71-80
Feb. 3: Zlin - Novy Jicin
Feb. 3: Havirov - Olomouc SK
Feb. 3: Pardubice - Ostrava
Feb. 3: Prostejov B - Sokol Slapanice

Round 14

Feb. 3: Nymburk B - USK Praha B


Nymburk Bring in Stephn Holt to Replace Chris Hass - by Surujh Roopnarine

Czech Champions CEZ Basketball Nymburk have made a change to their roster to begin February. The team has announced the signing of guard/forward Stephen Holt (193-G-91, college: St.Mary's, CA) while releasing Chris Hass (196-G/F-94, college: Bucknell). Hass, 22, is in his forst year out of Bucknell and had joined the Lions in December. In six domestic league contests he averaged a modest 6.3 points and 1.0 assists. He also appeared in five BCL games, averaging 1.2 points in just under six minutes per game. Hass began his pro career this season in Germany with Phoenix Hagen, where in 11 games he averaged a solid 11.2 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.2 steals.
Stephn Holt, 25, is a three-year veteran out of St. Mary's (CA), the same school as Nymburk forward Diamon Simpson (204-F-87, college: St.Mary's, CA). The 6-4 Holt can also alternate between the two and three positions and brings a little more experience to the roster than what Hass had provided.
This season Holt had been with Tecnyconta Zaragoza in Spain's Liga Endesa, where in 17 games posted averages of 6.2 points and 2.4 rebounds. During his career Holt has played in the NBA D-League, Australia and then Spain. A four-year starter at St. Mary's, Holt was in training Camp witht he Cleveland Cavaliers his rookie season before joinging the Charge where he posted solid numbers. The following season in Australia he was named to the Australiabasket.com NBL All-Imports Team as well as NBL 2nd Team while with Melbourne United.
Nymburk currently reside atop the Czech NBL standings with a 20-1 record and finished 10-4 (#3) in Group A of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season and will now advance to the playoff qualifiers next week.



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  DENMARK  

Standings - Basketligaen

Ligaen Standings
 1. Horsens IC 17-2 
 2. Bakken 13-3 
 3. Svendborg 11-9 
 4. Naestved 10-9 
 5. Horsholm 9-10 
 6. Randers 9-12 
 7. SISU 7-13 
 8. Stevnsgade 0-18 

Regular Season: Round 21

Jan. 27: Stevnsgade - Svendborg 84-106
Feb. 1: Horsholm - Naestved 82-77
Feb. 1: Svendborg - Randers 77-80
Feb. 2: Horsens IC - Bakken 74-69

Regular Season: Round 22

Feb. 4: Stevnsgade - Horsens IC
Feb. 7: Naestved - Svendborg
Feb. 7: Randers - Bakken
Feb. 9: SISU - Horsholm


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Devaughn AKOON-PURCELL
  Bakken
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Akoon-P., Bakken21.2 
 2. Burgess, Randers19.4 
 3. Mack, Horsens IC18.6 
 4. Haas, SISU17.8 
 5. Bello, Randers17.5 
 6. McGrew, SI.17.0 
 7. Nielsen, Randers16.9 
 8. Dominique, Horsholm16.8 
 9. Champagnie, Stevn.16.5 
 10. Sandager, Stevn.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanner MCGREW
  SI.
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. McGrew, SI.10.8 
 2. Sane, Naestved9.7 
 3. Smith, Horsholm8.5 
 4. Champagnie, Stevn.8.4 
 5. NaNa, Svendborg7.5 
 6. Moten, Svendborg7.2 
 7. Trist, Horsens IC7.1 
 8. Midtgaard, Horsh.7.1 
 9. Carter, Randers7.0 
 10. Baru, SISU7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Frederik NIELSEN
  Horsholm
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Nielsen, Horsholm6.5 
 2. Burgess, Randers5.9 
 3. Dranginis, SISU4.5 
 4. Gesell, Bakken4.2 
 5. Lundberg, Horse.4.0 
 6. Mack, Horsens IC3.9 
 7. McGrew, SI.3.8 
 8. Lanegger, Naestved3.7 
 9. Nielsen, Randers3.7 
 10. Porta, Svendborg3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Myles MACK
  Horsens IC
  (175-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Mack, Horsens IC2.6 
 2. Bello, Randers2.5 
 3. Burgess, Randers2.1 
 4. Akoon-P., Bakken2.0 
 5. Nielsen, Horsholm1.9 
 6. Smith, Horsholm1.9 
 7. Gesell, Bakken1.8 
 8. Borovcanin, Horse.1.8 
 9. Adjehi, SISU1.7 
 10. Baru, SISU1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jyles SMITH
  Horsholm
  (209-PF-92)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Smith, Horsholm1.3 
 2. Sane, Naestved1.2 
 3. Aboubakar Za., Svendbor.1.2 
 4. Colas, Randers1.1 
 5. Diouf, Bakken1.1 
 6. Dranginis, SISU1.0 
 7. Baru, SISU1.0 
 8. Adjehi, SISU1.0 
 9. Moten, Svendborg0.9 
 10. Christoffers., Bak.0.9 



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  D-LEAGUE  

Standings

D-League Standings
Atlantic Division
 1. Maine RC 19-12 
 2. Delaware 87ers 16-13 
 3. Westchester K. 13-15 
 4. Long Island N. 12-19 
 5. Greensboro S. 10-20 
 6. Erie Bay H. 7-22 
Central Division
 1. Raptors 905 22-7 
 2. Ft.Wayne MA 18-10 
 3. Canton C. 16-12 
 4. Grand Rapids D. 14-16 
 5. Windy City B. 10-16 
Pacific Division
 1. Los Angeles D. 24-6 
 2. Santa Cruz W. 16-12 
 3. N.Arizona S. 12-15 
 4. Reno B. 11-19 
 5. Salt Lake City S. 9-20 
Southwest Division
 1. Oklahoma City B 21-9 
 2. Sioux Falls S. 20-11 
 3. Rio Grande VV 18-13 
 4. Austin S. 13-17 
 5. Texas L. 12-15 
 6. Iowa E. 7-21 

Regular Season: Round 73

Feb. 2: Maine RC - Delaware 87ers 90-109
Feb. 2: Ft.Wayne MA - Erie Bay H. 132-125
Feb. 2: Rio Grande VV - Sioux Falls S. 129-124
Feb. 2: Austin S. - Los Angeles D. 119-130

Regular Season: Round 74

Feb. 3: Westchester K. - Windy City B.
Feb. 3: Greensboro S. - Long Island N.
Feb. 3: Canton C. - Grand Rapids D.
Feb. 3: Rio Grande VV - Austin S.
Feb. 3: Texas L. - Oklahoma City B
Feb. 3: Reno B. - Salt Lake City S.
Feb. 3: Santa Cruz W. - Iowa E.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Pierre JACKSON
  Texas L.
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 29.6
 1. Jackson, Texas L.29.6 
 2. Harris, Texas L.26.9 
 3. Cook, Canton C.25.5 
 4. Blue, Los A.25.3 
 5. Patterson, Reno B.24.0 
 6. Crawford, Grand R.22.9 
 7. Nader, Maine RC22.4 
 8. Brown, Erie Bay H.21.6 
 9. Jones, Maine RC21.5 
 10. Murphy, Grand R.21.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joel BOLOMBOY
  Salt L.
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Bolomboy, Salt L.13.2 
 2. Moreland, Canton C.11.7 
 3. Costello, Iowa E.11.6 
 4. Long, Delaware.11.1 
 5. Benson, Sioux F.10.7 
 6. Onuaku, Rio G.10.3 
 7. Wood, Greensbo.10.0 
 8. Webb III, Delaware.9.3 
 9. McKinnie, Windy C.9.2 
 10. Jones, Maine RC9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Magette, Los A.9.8 
 2. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 3. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.6 
 4. Dinwiddie, Windy C.8.1 
 5. McCallum, Grand R.7.4 
 6. Weber, Sioux F.7.3 
 7. VanVleet, Raptors .7.0 
 8. Jackson, Texas L.6.7 
 9. Pressey, Santa C.6.7 
 10. Murray, Austin S.6.3 
Steals Per Game
 Briante WEBER
  Sioux F.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Weber, Sioux F.3.3 
 2. Tokoto, Rio G.2.6 
 3. Harris, Texas L.2.5 
 4. McCallum, Grand R.2.4 
 5. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.3 
 6. Pressey, Santa C.2.1 
 7. Evans, Canton C.2.1 
 8. Murray, Austin S.2.1 
 9. Price, Erie Bay H.2.0 
 10. Payton II, Rio G.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Keith BENSON
  Sioux F.
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Benson, Sioux F.2.6 
 2. Wood, Greensbo.2.6 
 3. Tavares, Raptors .2.5 
 4. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.4 
 5. Moreland, Canton C.2.4 
 6. Diallo, Austin S.2.1 
 7. Williams, Iowa E.2.0 
 8. Acy, Texas L.2.0 
 9. Jones, Santa C.1.9 
 10. Hammons, Texas L.1.9 


Red Claws stumble against Delaware - by Eurobasket News

After three crisp practices this week, Maine Red Claws Coach Scott Morrison felt his team was ready to take on division rival Delaware in the first of a two-game series Thursday night at the Portland Expo. The Claws worked on two areas that proved troublesome lately: turnovers and rebounding. Turns out they still need work. The 87ers held Maine without a basket for the opening five minutes in the D-League game and never trailed on the way to a 109-90 victory before a crowd of 1,410. 'I was real happy with the week,' Morrison said. 'I thought we had great practices. Then we go out there in the first quarter and don't execute things we've done for three days straight, which is the frustrating thing.' Delaware (16-13) forced seven turnovers in the first quarter and 11 by halftime to help end a three-game losing streak and pull within two games of the first-place Claws (19-12) in the Atlantic Division. Shawn Long (6'11''-F-93, college: La-Lafayette) pulled down 11 of Delaware's 14 offensive rebounds (compared to five for Maine's entire team) as the Sevens wound up taking 21 more shots than Maine. 'That's our Achilles heel right now,' Morrison said. 'We're combining turnovers with bad rebounding. It's a real killer.' Long led six double-digit scorers for Delaware with 22 points to go with 16 rebounds. Dionte Christmas (6'5''-G-86, college: Temple) added 21 points. The bulk of Maine's scoring came from three players. Jalen Jones (6'7''-G/F-93, college: Texas A&M) had 28 points, Ryan Kelly (6'11''-PF-91, college: Duke) 27 and Abdel Nader, back from missing a game because of a hip pointer, had 19. Three starters combined for two points (Demetrius Jackson on 1-of-6 shooting). Marcus Georges-Hunt had a rough 0-of-7 night. After Nader, the next- highest scorer was Cameron Ayers (6'5''-G-91, college: Bucknell) with six points on a pair of long balls, one of them hurried in the final second of the opening quarter. 'We're at our best when we have a balanced scoring attack,' Morrison said. 'That's how we've been every season here. This year, sometimes we've gotten away with one or two guys having big games, but over the course of 50 games you need to have a balanced attack in this league to be successful.' After trailing by as many as a dozen in the first quarter, Maine battled back to 47-44 late in the second and Nader had an open look from the right corner for a tying 3-pointer that rimmed out. The Claws never came closer. Delaware scored the final six points of the first half and the first two baskets of the second to build a margin that never again slipped below 10 points. 'I think the positive I took out of it,' Jones said, 'is that even though they were aggressive and making a lot of shots, we were also missing a lot of open shots that we usually make. I thought we kept fighting until the end. It just wasn't our night.' The game marked the third for Kelly, who played sparingly for Atlanta earlier in the season. 'My legs are under me a little bit better,' he said. 'I think I'll continue to get there.' The teams play again Saturday night at the Expo. The Claws won their first meeting 95-91 in Delaware a month ago after draining 10 3-pointers in the opening quarter. 'They're a very good team,' Delaware Coach Eugene Burroughs said. 'They have a bunch of guys who can really shoot the ball. They do a great job attacking the rim. They're a tough team to guard because of their ability to shoot the 3.'
Courtesy of: pressherald.com



W-Knicks run over by Drive in Grand Rapids - by Eurobasket News

Von Wafer (6'5''-G-85, college: Florida St.) contributed a team-high 26 points off the bench, complementing a 21-point effort from Kevin Capers (6'2''-G-93, college: Florida Southern) and 20 points from Doron Lamb (6'4''-G-91, college: Kentucky), but it wasn't enough, as the Westchester Knicks fell 132-117 at Grand Rapids on Wednesday evening. Center Keith Wright (6'8''-F-89, college: Harvard, agency: Aspire Sports) had a double-double for Westchester, putting up 12 points and pulling down 10 rebounds in the loss, which dropped the W-Knicks to 13-15 on the season, good for third in the Atlantic Division. Darrun Hilliard (6'6''-G-93, college: Villanova) posted 29 points for the Drive, while Jordan Crawford (6'4''-G-88, college: Xavier) added 25. The W-Knicks return home Friday to host the Windy City Bulls at the Westchester County Center at 7 p.m.
Courtesy of: lohud.com



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  


Contagem signs rookie Ajani Santos - by Paulo Freire

Contagem Towers (Liga Ouro) inked 23-year old American (has also Dominican passport) power forward Ajani Santos (203-102kg-94). He just graduated from Hamilton (NCAA3). Santos has played there for the last four years. In 24 games he recorded 4.6ppg and 3.5rpg last season.
The previous (13-14) season he played also at another team Continentals in U.S. semi-pro league NESCAC.
Of course it will be Santos' first season in professional basketball.
His game is described as: Ajani Santos is a smart, high-energy and versatile team-player capable of effectively playing both Forward positions and Small Center. While his infinite range and productive shooting skills have not automatically translated into loftier box score statistics, his overall shooting abilities and physicality skills on the court (e.g., passing, setting screens, creating opportunities for steals, executing defense pressure strategies, rebounding, getting loose balls, etc.) amply demonstrate his impressive aptitude to play beyond the arc and defend the opponent's best players. Ajani's consummate professional demeanor on and off the court, his knack for building team camaraderie, infectious love for the game and abilities to deliver on the offense and defensive ends, have well positioned him as one of the most promising professional prospects on the market. He cares more about winning than individual accolades and as a team captain in his high school and college years, consistently demonstrated the hard-work ethic and leadership qualities found in league-leading top producing talent.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  EL SALVADOR  


Torrez Hampton agreed terms with Quezaltepeque - by Eurobasket News

Quezaltepeque Biomedical (Liga MB) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old American center Torrez Hampton (203-111kg-85, college: Cumberland). He played in the summer at Bowling Green Hornets (CBA) in the U.S. Hampton helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in South Division.
Among other achievements he won CBA championship title for two years in a row (2014 and 2015). Hampton received also USBasket.com All-CBA Honorable Mention award in 2015.
He is a very experienced player. Hampton has played also professionally in ABA (Music City Stars), ABI (Pirates), UBA (Tennessee D.) and CBA (Middle Tennessee Storm).
He attended Cumberland University until 2007 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Shahmel Brackett is a newcomer at Quezaltepeque - by Eurobasket News

Quezaltepeque Biomedical (Liga MB) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American guard Shahmel Brackett (183-82kg-91, college: UNC Pembroke) from Cojute. In 30 Liga MB games in El Salvador he recorded very impressive stats: 24.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 5.6apg and 1.2spg last season. The last season Brackett played at Amicii (Liga I) in Romanian league.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team was regular season runner-up in PeachBelt East Division in 2013. Brackett was also voted USBasket.com All-TRBL 2nd Team in 2015.
He has played also professionally in ECBL (Lumberton Showstoppers).
Brackett attended University of North Carolina at Pembroke until 2013 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Quezaltepeque inks Quincy Scates, ex Banco Atlantida - by Eurobasket News

Quezaltepeque Biomedical (Liga MB) signed 28-year old American forward Quincy Scates (197-104kg-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan). just played at Banco Atlantida in Honduran Liga Mayor. Scates missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team was regular season runner-up in CBA South Division in 2016. Scates was also voted Latinbasket.com All-El Salvador Liga Mayor Torneo Clausura Honorable Mention in 2016.
He has played previously professionally in CBA (Bowling Green Hornets and Memphis RR) and El Salvador (Cojute).
Scates attended Tennessee Wesleyan College until 2012 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ESTONIA  

Standings - KML

Alexela KML Standings
 1. TU/Rock 14-2 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 12-2 
 3. Rapla 9-4 
 4. Parnu 9-8 
 5. TTU 8-6 
 6. Tarvas 5-10 
 7. TLU/Kalev 5-11 
 8. Valga 5-12 
 9. Noorteliiga 0-12 

Regular Season: Round 15

Jan. 27: TTU - Valga 98-87
Jan. 27: Tarvas - Noorteliiga 83-65
Jan. 28: Rapla - TU/Rock 73-79
Jan. 29: Parnu - Kalev/Cramo 71-74
Feb. 1: Tarvas - Parnu 70-93
Jan. 31: TLU/Kalev - Kalev/Cramo 64-88
Feb. 1: TTU - TU/Rock 54-85

Regular Season: Round 16

Feb. 4: TTU - Tarvas
Feb. 4: Rapla - TLU/Kalev
Feb. 4: Parnu - TU/Rock


Tarvas add Lips to their roster - by Janar

BC Rakvere Tarvas (Alexela KML) added to their roster 21-year old forward Karl-Johan Lips (198-96). He started the season at AVIS Rapla (Alexela KML). Lips has played there for the last three years. In 12 Alexela KML games he had just 2.6ppg and 2.8rpg this season. Lips also played 10 games in Baltic League where he recorded only 1.6ppg and 1.5rpg. The last season he played also at AVIS Rapla. In 21 Alexela KML games he averaged only 2.9ppg and 1.3rpg. Lips also played 8 games in Baltic League where he got only 2.0ppg and 1.3rpg.
His team made it to the League Semifinals in 2015.
Lips represented Estonia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Chalkida (Greece) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 1.0ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.2apg.
Lips has played previously for two other teams: Noorteliiga and Viimsi.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Rapla adds Jito Kok - by Janar

Avis Rapla has added another Dutch center to its roster. Jito Kok (206-C-94, college: San Diego, agency: Court Side) started the season in Greece and played 13 games for Lavrio, averaging 3.9 ppg, 3.8 rpb and 1.5 bpg. Rapla has struggled lately with PF Indrek Kajupank injured, losing 4 games in a row in Estonian and Baltic league.
Jito Kok has represented the Netherlands in five (!) European Youth Championships. He averaged 5.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 2.1 bpg in 4 season at the NCAA, playing for San Diego Toreros. in 2015, he blocked 9 shots in one game, setting San Diego's single-game record. As a matter of fact, the NCAA all-time single game record (16 blocks) holder, Mickell Gladness, also plays in Estonia this season.



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  EUROLEAGUE  

Standings

Euroleague Standings
 1 Real Madrid 15-5 
 2 CSKA 15-6 
 3 Olympiacos 15-6 
 4 Fenerbahce 14-7 
 5 Crvena Zvezda 12-8 
 6 Baskonia 12-8 
 7 Panathinaikos 11-9 
 8 Darussafaka 10-11 
 9 Anadolu Efes 9-11 
 10 Zalgiris 9-12 
 11 Brose Bask. 8-13 
 12 FC Barcelona 8-13 
 13 Unics 7-14 
 14 Maccabi T-A 7-14 
 15 EA7 Armani 7-14 
 16 Galatasaray 6-14 

Regular Season: Round 21

Feb. 2: Brose Bask. - Maccabi T-A 90-75
Feb. 2: EA7 Armani - Darussafaka 89-87
Feb. 2: Zalgiris - FC Barcelona 89-85
Feb. 2: Fenerbahce - CSKA 77-71
Feb. 2: Unics - Olympiacos 75-90
Feb. 3: Crvena Zvezda - Anadolu Efes
Feb. 3: Galatasaray - Panathinaikos
Feb. 3: Baskonia - Real Madrid


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Unics
  (193-SG-83)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Langford, Unics22.4 
 2. De Colo, CS.19.1 
 3. Llull, Real Madrid18.0 
 4. Goudelock, Maccabi .17.1 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA16.9 
 6. Wanamaker, Darussaf.15.2 
 7. Rice, FC Barcelona14.6 
 8. Heurtel, Anadolu .13.8 
 9. James, Panathin.13.8 
 10. Sanders, EA7 A.13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ognjen KUZMIC
  Crvena Z.
  (213-C-90)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Kuzmic, Crvena Z.8.1 
 2. Honeycutt, Anadolu .7.9 
 3. Melli, Brose Bask.7.9 
 4. Udoh, Fenerbahce7.7 
 5. Voigtmann, Basko.7.0 
 6. Birch, Olympiacos6.8 
 7. Dorsey, FC Barce.6.3 
 8. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.1 
 9. Dunston, Anadolu .6.1 
 10. Smith, Maccabi T-A6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  CSKA
  (195-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Teodosic, CSKA7.6 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiacos6.4 
 3. Larkin, Baskonia6.1 
 4. Llull, Real Madrid6.0 
 5. Jovic, Crvena Z.6.0 
 6. Guler, Galatasaray5.9 
 7. Calathes, Panathin.5.9 
 8. Colom, Unics5.4 
 9. Westermann, Zalgiris5.3 
 10. Heurtel, Anadolu .5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Charles JENKINS
  Crvena Z.
  (191-SG-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Jenkins, Crvena Z.2.1 
 2. Calathes, Panathin.1.8 
 3. Larkin, Baskonia1.6 
 4. Wilbekin, Darussafaka1.5 
 5. Wanamaker, Darussaf.1.4 
 6. Hanga, Baskonia1.3 
 7. Jovic, Crvena Z.1.3 
 8. Guler, Galatasaray1.3 
 9. Fernandez, Real M.1.3 
 10. Lazic, Crvena Z.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce2.1 
 2. Tyus, Galatasaray1.6 
 3. Parakhouski, Unics1.5 
 4. Honeycutt, Anadolu .1.1 
 5. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.1 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.1.1 
 7. Dunston, Anadolu .1.1 
 8. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 9. Theis, Brose Bask.1.0 
 10. Zizic, Darussafaka1.0 


Xavier Munford signs at FC Barcelona - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

FC Barcelona Lassa (Liga Endesa) landed 25-year old American guard Xavier Munford (188-82kg-92, college: Rhode Island). He started the season at Greensboro Swarm (D-League) in the U.S. In 30 games he averaged impressive 18.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 5.3apg and 1.1spg this season.
Three years ago Munford was drafted by Maine Red Claws (D-League) in third round (51st overall).
The former Rhode Island University staris in his third season in pro basketball.
Munford has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Among other achievements his team won D-League Showcase Cup in 2015. Munford was selected to D-League All-Star Game in 2016.
He has played previously professionally in NBA (LA Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies) and D-League (Northern Arizona Suns).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jamal JONES
  Lapua
  (203-G-93)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Jones, Lapua22.3 
 2. Gay, KTP Basket20.2 
 3. Pledger, Kouvot20.0 
 4. Morris, Lapua18.1 
 5. Hollins, Kauhajoki17.5 
 6. Brown, Kataja B.17.5 
 7. Wesley, Kataja B.17.5 
 8. Bullock, Pyrinto16.6 
 9. Holsey, Kauhajoki16.5 
 10. Dia, BC Nokia15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Korihait
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Van, Korihait10.8 
 2. Buckles, Kouvot10.2 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto9.3 
 4. Pratt, KTP Basket8.8 
 5. Kaunisto, Kouvot8.7 
 6. Coleman, Salon Vilpas8.6 
 7. Williams, Lapua8.3 
 8. Morris, Lapua8.3 
 9. Bullock, Pyrinto8.0 
 10. Johnson, Kataja B.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Teemu RANNIKKO
  Kataja B.
  (189-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Rannikko, Kataja B.7.3 
 2. Nikkarinen, Helsinki.7.2 
 3. Pratt, KTP Basket7.0 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki6.0 
 5. Edwards, Lapua4.8 
 6. Williams, Lapua4.7 
 7. Jalonen, Korihait4.4 
 8. Minard, Pyrinto4.3 
 9. Hirvonen, Kouvot4.0 
 10. Skamo, BC Nokia3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Monyea PRATT
  KTP Basket
  (196-SF-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Pratt, KTP Basket2.3 
 2. Mullings, Kataja B.2.0 
 3. Horne, Kouvot1.9 
 4. Hollins, Kauhajoki1.9 
 5. Barrett, BC Nokia1.8 
 6. Minard, Pyrinto1.8 
 7. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.7 
 8. Sanders, BC Nokia1.6 
 9. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki1.6 
 10. Holloway, Korihait1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  KTP Basket
  (201-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gay, KTP Basket2.0 
 2. Alexander, BC Nokia1.7 
 3. Bristol, Kataja B.1.4 
 4. Johnson, Kataja B.1.3 
 5. Van, Korihait1.1 
 6. Judge, Pyrinto1.1 
 7. McAlister, Korihait0.9 
 8. Coleman, Salon Vilpas0.9 
 9. Kinnard, Lapua0.8 
 10. Upson, Helsinki.0.8 


Standings - Division I

1st Standings
Division A
 1. Lahti 16-4 
 2. Espoo United 13-5 
 3. ToPo 12-7 
 4. Oulun NMKY 11-8 
 5. Jyvaskyla BA 9-8 
 6. FoKoPo 8-11 
 7. Jarvenpaa 7-11 
 8. Porvoon Tarmo 7-11 
 9. HBA-Marsky 5-13 
 10. Pyrinto II 4-14 
Division B
 1. TuNMKY 14-3 
 2. PuHu Juniorit 13-4 
 3. Espoo Basket 13-5 
 4. Ura Basket 13-5 
 5. Korikouvot 11-6 
 6. Raholan Pyrkiva 11-6 
 7. HyPo 8-8 
 8. HNMKY U23 7-11 
 9. Karkkila 6-11 
 10. PeU-Basket 6-12 
 11. JyWe 4-13 
 12. Munkkiniemen 4-13 
 13. Namika Lr 2-15 

Regular Season: Round 17

Division A

Feb. 2: ToPo - HBA-Marsky 98-76
Feb. 3: Jarvenpaa - Espoo United
Feb. 5: Jyvaskyla BA - ToPo
Feb. 5: Porvoon Tarmo - FoKoPo
Feb. 5: Espoo United - Pyrinto II
Feb. 5: Jarvenpaa - Lahti

Division B

Feb. 5: HyPo - Karkkila
Feb. 5: PuHu Juniorit - PeU-Basket
Feb. 5: Espoo Basket - TuNMKY
Feb. 5: Ura Basket - Raholan Pyrkiva
Feb. 5: Munkkiniemen - JyWe
Feb. 5: HNMKY U23 - Namika Lr


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 De''Andre UPCHURCH
  HyPo
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 36.5
 1. Upchurch, HyPo36.5 
 2. Moultrie, PuHu J.28.3 
 3. Rasi, Raholan Pyrkiva24.6 
 4. Maxhuni, HBA-M.24.6 
 5. Heinonen, Munkkini.24.0 
 6. Daniels, PeU-Basket23.9 
 7. Vinson, Pyrinto II23.5 
 8. Cartharn, Espoo B.23.5 
 9. Jones, Oulun N.22.9 
 10. Clark, Porvoon .22.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.16.7 
 2. Daniels, PeU-Basket13.9 
 3. Jallow, Jarvenpaa13.3 
 4. Harvey, Oulun N.12.8 
 5. Harris, Ura Basket11.9 
 6. Towa, Jarvenpaa11.3 
 7. Stahl, Oulun N.11.1 
 8. Knihtinen, Korikouvot10.8 
 9. Blomqvist, HyPo10.7 
 10. Flemings, FoKoPo10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Janne KINNUNEN
  Karkkila
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Kinnunen, Karkkila6.7 
 2. Salonen, Porvoon .5.7 
 3. Kantonen, Korik.5.4 
 4. Upchurch, HyPo5.3 
 5. Ivey, Espoo United5.1 
 6. Kilpinen, Pyrin.4.5 
 7. Innamaa, TuNM.4.5 
 8. Ikavalko, Lahti4.4 
 9. Kantonen, JyWe4.2 
 10. Latvala, Ura Basket4.1 
Steals Per Game
 De''Andre UPCHURCH
  HyPo
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Upchurch, HyPo2.9 
 2. Cartharn, Espoo B.2.7 
 3. Gouch, Espoo Basket2.6 
 4. Moore, ToPo2.4 
 5. Ceesay, Espoo B.2.4 
 6. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.3 
 7. Heinonen, Munkkini.2.3 
 8. Juvonen, Jyvaskyl.2.2 
 9. Kuusisto, ToPo2.2 
 10. King, Karkkila2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.0 
 2. Ekimov, JyWe1.5 
 3. Rainamaa, PuHu J.1.5 
 4. Harvey, Oulun N.1.5 
 5. Reed, FoKoPo1.4 
 6. Lehtinen, PuHu J.1.3 
 7. Bratton, Namika Lr1.3 
 8. Sandberg, TuNM.1.3 
 9. Fields, Lahti1.3 
 10. Polla, HBA-Marsky1.2 


Korisliiga Round 27: Salon Vilpas defeat Joensuun Kataja in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 27 in the Korisliiga took place in Joensuu. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 3rd placed Joensuun Kataja (14-8) to second ranked Salon Vilpas (18-6) 68-65 on Wednesday evening. Joensuun Kataja was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. It was a great evening for American point guard Juwan Staten (185-92, college: W.Virginia) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Brandon Edwards (198-91, college: Texas Arlington) helped adding 13 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Canadian guard Daniel Mullings (188-91, college: N.Mexico St.) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Salon Vilpas maintains second place with 18-6 record having just one point less than leader Helsinki Seagulls. Joensuun Kataja at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Salon Vilpas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Joensuun Kataja will play on the road against the league's leader Helsinki Seagulls (#1) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Nokia. Seventh ranked BC Nokia (10-15) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Kouvot (10-13) 78-76 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kouvot. It was an exceptional evening for Senegalese forward Papa Dia (208-87, college: SMU) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. Sefton Barrett accounted for 18 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Steven Pledger (193-90, college: Oklahoma) came up with 19 points for Kouvot in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. BC Nokia maintains seventh place with 10-15 record. Defending champion Kouvot keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. BC Nokia will play against Tampereen Pyrinto (#9) on the road in the next round. Kouvot will play against Kauhajoen Karhu and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Fourth ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (15-10) crushed at home 10th ranked UU-Korihait (4-20) by 23 points 95-72, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was Austin Hollins who scored 19 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Gary Johnson who recorded 15 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kauhajoen Karhu have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. UU-Korihait lost twelfth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 20 lost games. Kauhajoen Karhu will meet Kouvot (#6) in the next round. UU-Korihait will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 27 Pyrinto was destroyed by KTP Basket on the opponent's court 92-72.

KTP Basket - Pyrinto 92-72

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Kotka where 8th ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (9-16) was crushed by ninth ranked KTP-Basket (9-16) 92-72 on Wednesday. The game without a history. KTP-Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was American Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman, agency: Court Side) who scored 29 points and 9 assists. His fellow American import guard Daniel Bailey (196-90, college: Queens, NC) chipped in 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four KTP-Basket players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international Petri Heinonen (207-88) who recorded 14 points and 5 rebounds and American forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St.) added 7 points and 12 rebounds respectively. KTP-Basket moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Pyrinto. KTP-Basket will meet higher ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tampereen Pyrinto will play against BC Nokia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KTP Basket: M.Pratt 29+4reb+9ast, S.Gay 22+9reb, D.Bailey 20+6reb+5ast, A.Scott 12+8reb+4ast, M.Aalto 7+2reb, J.Herrala 2+2reb+6ast
Pyrinto: P.Heinonen 14+5reb+1ast, R.Minard 13+2reb+3ast, A.Stringer 10+3reb, T.Palmi 8+1reb, J.Bullock 7+12reb+1ast, V.Pekkola 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 488039


Kataja Basket - Salon Vilpas 65-68

The most exciting game of round 27 in the Korisliiga took place in Joensuu. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 3rd placed Joensuun Kataja (14-8) to second ranked Salon Vilpas (18-6) 68-65 on Wednesday evening. Joensuun Kataja was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. It was a great evening for American point guard Juwan Staten (185-92, college: W.Virginia) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Brandon Edwards (198-91, college: Texas Arlington) helped adding 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four Salon Vilpas players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Canadian guard Daniel Mullings (188-91, college: N.Mexico St.) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and guard Ilari Seppala (188-93) scored 19 points and 4 assists. Salon Vilpas maintains second place with 18-6 record having just one point less than leader Helsinki Seagulls. Joensuun Kataja at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Salon Vilpas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Joensuun Kataja will play on the road against the league's leader Helsinki Seagulls (#1) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: J.Staten 15+5reb+3ast, B.Edwards 13+7reb+1ast, A.Coleman 11+8reb+1ast, M.Ojala 10+5reb+1ast, J.Nenonen 8+3reb+2ast, M.Pounds 5+2reb+1ast
Kataja Basket: I.Seppala 19+2reb+4ast, D.Mullings 15+11reb+3ast, J.Bradley 9+8reb, R.Brown 9+9reb+6ast, K.Bristol 8+8reb+1ast, V.Makalainen 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 488040


BC Nokia - Kouvot 78-76

Important game to mention about took place in Nokia. Seventh ranked BC Nokia (10-15) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Kouvot (10-13) 78-76 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kouvot. It looked good early as Kouvot took a 11-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then BC Nokia took control winning two of next three quarters and eventually winning the game that evening by 2 points. They made 20-of-22 charity shots (90.9 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for Senegalese forward Papa Dia (208-87, college: SMU) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. Canadian Sefton Barrett (196-83, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Blacktop Management) accounted for 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. American guard Steven Pledger (193-90, college: Oklahoma) came up with 19 points and the other American import guard Raheem Appleby (190-93, college: Louisiana Tech) added 13 points respectively for Kouvot in the defeat. Four Kouvot players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. BC Nokia maintains seventh place with 10-15 record. Defending champion Kouvot keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. BC Nokia will play against Tampereen Pyrinto (#9) on the road in the next round. Kouvot will play against Kauhajoen Karhu and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
BC Nokia: P.Dia 22+12reb+1ast, S.Barrett 18+6reb+3ast, J.Duren 11+5reb, I.Wilkerson 9+4reb+1ast, E.Skamo 8+1reb+3ast, H.Hirvikoski 5+1reb
Kouvot: S.Pledger 19+4reb, R.Appleby 13+3reb+3ast, M.Cuffee 11+4reb+1ast, R.Buckles 10+8reb, T.Hirvonen 8+4reb+3ast, M.Luosmaa 6
gschID: 488038


Kauhajoki - Korihait 95-72

Fourth ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (15-10) crushed at home 10th ranked UU-Korihait (4-20) by 23 points 95-72, which is the biggest margin this round on Wednesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Kauhajoen Karhu. UU-Korihait managed to win fourth quarter 21-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kauhajoen Karhu looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was swingman Austin Hollins (195-91, college: Minnesota) who scored 19 points and 4 assists. Forward Kammeon Holsey (203-90, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds. Four Kauhajoen Karhu players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Gary Johnson (198-91, college: Albany) who recorded 15 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and power forward Marcus Van (201-87, college: Cent.Michigan) added 6 points and 11 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kauhajoen Karhu have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. UU-Korihait lost twelfth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay dead last with 20 lost games. Kauhajoen Karhu will meet Kouvot (#6) in the next round. UU-Korihait will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Kauhajoki: K.Holsey 19+5reb+1ast, A.Hollins 19+4reb+4ast, T.Unruh 15+5reb+3ast, D.Giles 13+4reb+1ast, S.Vanttaja 9+2reb, J.Lehtoranta 9+2reb+3ast
Korihait: M.Herbert 15+2reb, G.Johnson 15+4reb+2ast, P.Peltokangas 12+5reb+1ast, A.Alanen 9, M.Van 6+11reb+3ast, V.Laine 5+1reb
gschID: 488041





Finnish Korisliiga round 27 best performance: Monyea Pratt - by Eurobasket News

American Monyea Pratt (196-SF-85, agency: Court Side) put on an amazing game in the last round for KTP Basket, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 31-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, four rebounds and nine assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Pyrinto (9-16) with 20-point margin 92-72. KTP Basket is placed at 8th position in Finnish Korisliiga. KTP Basket is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-16 record. In the team's last game Pratt had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be KTP Basket's top player in his first season with the team. Former Stillman College star has very solid stats this year. Pratt is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 8.8rpg), assists (3rd best: 7.0apg) and averages impressive 2.3spg and 60.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was another KTP Basket's star - 34-year old Jamaican Sherman Gay (201-F/C-82). Gay had a very good evening with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Of course together with Pratt he helped KTP Basket with another comfortable win outscoring Pyrinto (9-16) 92-72. This victory allowed KTP Basket to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-16 record. Gay is a newcomer at KTP Basket, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.2ppg (#2). He also registered 6.8 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Senegalese forward Papa Dia (208-F-87) of BC Nokia (#7). Dia scored 22 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of BC Nokia, leading his team to a 78-76 win against slightly higher-ranked Kouvot (#6, 10-13). The chances of BC Nokia ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Dia could help BC Nokia to bring them higher in the standings. Dia has a very solid season. In 21 games in Finland he scored 15.6ppg. He also has 7.6rpg and FGP: 52.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Austin Hollins (195-F/G-91) of Kauhajoki - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83) of BC Nokia - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Daniel Bailey (196-G-90) of KTP Basket - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Daniel Mullings (188-G-91) of Kataja Basket - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Brandon Edwards (198-F-91) of Salon Vilpas - 13 points and 7 rebounds
9. Marcus Van (201-F/C-87) of Korihait - 6 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Tate Unruh (193-G-90) of Kauhajoki - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  FRANCE  


Gradit leaves Paris-Levallois - by Eurobasket News

35-year old former international small forward William Gradit (197-92kg-82, college: Hill JC) left Paris-Levallois (ProA). In 12 games he averaged 3.8ppg and 1.9rpg this season.
The last season Gradit played at Chalon/Saor where in 27 ProA games he had just 3.0ppg and 1.2rpg. He helped them to make it to the cup final. Gradit also played 14 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded only 2.5ppg and 1.3rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the FIBA Europe Cup Final Four.
Gradit represented France at the Qualifications to European Championships 2009 nine years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 2.2ppg, 1.8rpg.
Gradit has spent his entire career in France playing for eight other teams: Cholet Basket, Mulhouse Basket, Chorale de Roanne, Besancon, Rueil, JA Vichy, Stade Clermont and Boulazac Basket.
Gradit attended Hill College until 2002 and it is his 15th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into His outlook: William is a real Small Forward. Very athletic player with good fundamentals. Can shoot from outside and is very agile in traffic. High level player in defense, who knows how to contain the scorers of the opposing team. Versatile player who can also play Shooting Guard. Real teamplayer, who knows how to be valuable and effective without scoring! Works hard on both ends of the floor.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Ivica Dimcevski joins Kozuv - by Dragan Ristov

KK Kozuv Gevgelija (Prva Liga) agreed terms with 28-year old ex-international swingman Ivica Dimcevski (195-93kg-89, agency: Interperformances) from KK Strumica. In 8 Prva Liga games he had 7.5ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.1apg this season. The last season Dimcevski was tested by Rabotnicki. But in only one Prva Liga game he did not score anything and 1 steal.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Macedonian Cup in 2015. Dimcevski was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League Forward of the Year back in 2013.
He was also a member of FYR Macedonian international program for some years. Dimcevski played for FYR Macedonian Senior National Team between 2011 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009.
He also represented FYR Macedonia at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 0.7ppg.
Dimcevski has played previously for three other teams: Kumanovo, Vardar and Torus Skopje.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GEORGIA  

Standings - Reserve League

A League Standings
 1. BC Titebi 2-0 
 2. DELTA 2-0 
 3. Arena-76 1-1 
 4. Hyundai-TSU 1-1 
 5. SEU Tbilisi 0-2 
 6. Tskaltubo 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 2

Feb. 2: Arena-76 - Tskaltubo 88-86
Feb. 2: BC Titebi - SEU Tbilisi 80-55
Feb. 2: Hyundai-TSU - DELTA 62-64

Regular Season: Round 3

Feb. 7: Tskaltubo - DELTA
Feb. 9: Hyundai-TSU - BC Titebi
Feb. 9: SEU Tbilisi - Arena-76


Georgian A League round 1 best performance: Ryan Aaron - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Ryan Aaron (190-G-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for top-ranked BC Titebi, receiving a Eurobasket.com A League Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, six rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Tskaltubo (#6, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 76-73. It allowed BC Titebi to take over top position in the Georgian A League. But it's just the very beginning of the season and BC Titebi won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Aaron had a remarkable 84.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be BC Titebi's top player in his first season with the team. Former Southern Nazarene University star has very solid stats this year. Aaron is in league's top in points (2nd best: 26.0ppg) and averages impressive 7.0spg and 84.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Travante Williams (197-F-93, agency: Duran International) of Tskaltubo. Williams had a very good evening with a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Tskaltubo was edged by BC Titebi (1-0) 76-73. The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Williams is a newcomer at Tskaltubo, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 29.0ppg (#1). He also registered 10.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was South African center Christopher Gabriel (210-C-88) of Hyundai-TSU (#3). Gabriel scored 21 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Hyundai-TSU, leading his team to a 85-60 easy win against SEU Tbilisi (#5, 0-1). Hyundai-TSU has a very good start of the season. But there was just one game played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Gabriel also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Gabriel as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader. Gabriel attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Armani Flannigan (203-F-92) of BC Titebi - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Oleksandr Rychlyuk (208-F/C-84) of Arena-76 - 8 points, 20 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Laron Griffin (205-C-89) of DELTA - 8 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Zviad Antadze (198-F-88) of DELTA - 18 points and 3 rebounds
8. Nate Drayton (203-F-91) of BC Titebi - 11 points and 12 rebounds
9. Brian Blackmon (188-PG-89) of Tskaltubo - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jamal Wilson (195-PG-90) of SEU Tbilisi - 20 points and 7 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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Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. MBC 18-2 
 2. Crailsheim 16-5 
 3. Kirchheim 15-5 
 4. Chemnitz 14-5 
 5. Heidelberg 13-8 
 6. Hanau 12-7 
 7. Koeln Rh.Stars 11-10 
 8. Trier 10-10 
 9. Oettinger R. 10-11 
 10. Uni Baskets 9-11 
 11. Hamburg 8-12 
 12. Nuernberg 7-13 
 13. Ehingen 6-14 
 14. Baunach 5-14 
 15. ETB Wohnbau 5-15 
 16. Dresden 2-19 

Regular Season: Round 21

Feb. 3: MBC - Hanau
Feb. 3: Trier - Chemnitz
Feb. 4: Dresden - Nuernberg
Feb. 4: Oettinger R. - Heidelberg
Feb. 4: ETB Wohnbau - Baunach
Feb. 4: Crailsheim - Ehingen
Feb. 4: Hamburg - Uni Baskets
Feb. 8: Koeln Rh.Stars - Kirchheim

Round 16

Feb. 8: Baunach - Hanau

Round 23

Feb. 2: Oettinger R. - Heidelberg 86-98
Feb. 1: Crailsheim - Koeln Rh.Stars 63-71


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Chris ALEXANDER
  ETB W.
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Alexander, ETB W.20.1 
 2. Williams, Kirchheim19.2 
 3. Pinkins, Hanau18.6 
 4. Nikolic, Baunach18.3 
 5. Watkins, Nuernberg18.3 
 6. Kerusch, MBC17.3 
 7. Holt, Dresden16.4 
 8. Warren, MBC16.0 
 9. Spearman, Trier15.8 
 10. Moore, Ehingen15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leon KRATZER
  Baunach
  (210-C-97)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Kratzer, Baunach13.1 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau9.7 
 3. Jahn, Ehingen8.6 
 4. Oppland, Nuernberg8.5 
 5. Thompson, ETB W.8.0 
 6. Wolf, Hamburg7.2 
 7. Sturner, Dresden7.2 
 8. Lawson, Chemnitz7.2 
 9. Williams, Kirchheim6.7 
 10. Nicholas, Trier6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksej NIKOLIC
  Baunach
  (191-PG-95)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Nikolic, Baunach6.4 
 2. Love, Kirchheim6.2 
 3. Moore, Ehingen6.0 
 4. Carter, Chemnitz5.5 
 5. Watkins, Nuernberg5.4 
 6. Adams, Uni Baskets5.4 
 7. Hatten, MBC5.4 
 8. Williams, Koeln R.5.3 
 9. Vest, Uni Baskets5.3 
 10. Schmitz, Trier5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Carrington LOVE
  Kirchheim
  (186-G-94)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Love, Kirchheim2.9 
 2. Hatten, MBC2.7 
 3. White, Heidelberg2.5 
 4. Adams, Uni Baskets2.4 
 5. Carter, Chemnitz2.3 
 6. Tiggs, Crailsheim2.1 
 7. Watkins, Nuernberg2.0 
 8. Robertson, Koeln R.1.9 
 9. Hewitt, Koeln R.1.9 
 10. Vest, Uni Baskets1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Oettinge.
  (206-PF-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Muldrow, Oettinge.2.8 
 2. Pressley, Dresden2.0 
 3. Kratzer, Baunach1.6 
 4. White, Heidelberg1.6 
 5. Grim, Uni Baskets1.4 
 6. Keppeler, Baunach1.3 
 7. King, Koeln R.1.3 
 8. van, Trier1.2 
 9. Heinzmann, Koeln R.1.2 
 10. Fraser, Ehingen1.2 


Medi bayreuth Keep Steve Wachalski - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

EasyCredit BBL team medi Bayreuth continue to look towards next season wanting to keep continuity within the club and after extending the contract of Nate Linhart have done the same holding Steve Wachalski (202-F-83) for another season. Wachalski is a 33 year poed 202cm forward that shines with his precision outside shooting, but is also a great leader and has a brilliant charachter. This season the German has played 17 games averaging 6,4ppg, and 3,4rpg and is shooting an incredible 57,1% from outside. "By keping Steve, we have more than half our team for next season since it is always easier to find players without a German passport. German players that really help a team are rare, but Steve is one of those. He has shown many teams this season that he is an important player for the team. He has made big strides on defense and is a dangerous shooter that always hits important three's. He has shown that he can get from zero to hundred in a few seconds this season. I am happy to keep a microwave like him. He also makes us more valuable with his professional attitude and charachter", added head coach Raoul Korner. Wachalski is playing his third season with Bayreuth and fifth seson in the BBL after beig a late bloomer playing his first five seasons in the Regionaliga and then two in the Pro B before arriving in Bayreuth in 2010 at age 27.

Source.medi bayreuth






AJ English Is A Slithering Snake That Isn't The Saviour Of The Fraport Skyliners, But Just Another Piece To The Puzzle - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

From November 2014 until October 2016, the Fraport Skyliners were able to have a very stable time in that there was little roster movement as head coach Gordon Herbert had brought in the right mix of players which translated into a Eurochallenge Final 4 appearance, Fiba Europe Cup title and two BBL playoff appearances in a row. In this time, the club had grown massively with their team chemistry as the two point guards Justin Cobbs and Jordan Theodore as well as the big German 3 of Johannes Voigtmann, Danilo Barthel and Konstantin Klein were the main components that held the team together and in a way guaranteed success. However this season was another story as suddenly head coach Gordon Herbert who has been known for reeling in the right point guards in the last years with guys like Dashaun Wood, Justin Cobbs and Jordan Theodore was dealt the wrong card in Markel Starks who had to depart early as another American Kwame Vaughn was brought in. Overall players coming and goings continued to be as prevalent the way new American President Trump has fired cabinet employees in his first two weeks of office as ex Maryland (NCAA) forward Ekene Ibekwe and buzzer beater champion Antonio Graves had to pack their bags. On December 11th, the Fraport Skyliners were sinking quickly in the standings after a brutal 77-57 loss against FC Bayern Munich at home and head coach Gordon Herbert had 10 long days to figure something out until the next game in the Champions League against Slovenian team Helios. Herbert had some candidates to choose from and also heard the same normal bla bla from agents telling how great their clients were and in the end chose AJ English who like Justin Cobbs two years ago was also a rookie and known to having shot out the lights at Iona (NCAA).Ex Skyliner Sean Armand surely didn't play a role in helping make Herbert's appetite grow for his ex teammate and the 2004 BBL champion decided to haul in English and one could carefully say the rest is history for the time being. English very much like Cobbs two years ago has been Veni, Vidi Vici as he has come seen and conquered. Since the arrival of English, he has been nothing short of spectacular helping the team to an 8-0 record and helped move to the Champions League playoffs and has scored in double figures in each game, made a buzzer beater and in the lone game Frankfurt lost in Oldenburg, he was unable to play. During the Pro B game of Fraport Skyliners farm team Juniors against the Dragons Rhondorf where the BBL players often watch and support when they have time, English was able to deny in his soft voice that he is the savior for the team. 'I don't believe that I am the savior, but just another piece to the puzzle. You need to have the right pieces for success. The team just has been meshing together in the time that I have been here", warned A.J. English (192-G-92, college: Iona)

English is a 24 year old 192cm combo guard from Middletown, Delaware who is the son of ex NBA player AJ English who played for the Washington Bullets from 1990-1992 and is playing his rookie season and started his professional career in Italy with Enel Basket Brindisi (Italy-Serie A) playing 8 games averaging 7.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.6apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 38.7%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 75.0%. In his time there, the team went 4-4 and decided to make changes. The club had talented rookie Nicolas Moore who had a stellar career at SMU (NCAA) and was also on the radar of some NBA teams and also experienced 33 year old guard Phil Goss who has made a name for himself in Italy having played in Rome and Venice and English seemed to have gotten lost a bit in the mix and found himself unemployed in mid December. In his eight games with Enel Basket Brindisi, he was able to score in double figures in three games including 15 point games against Brescia and VF Pescaro. He started his professional career against Dolomiti with a 0/6 performance from the Parking lot, and was never able to fully gain a rhythm with his bread and butter as he shot only 32% from outside. Despite only being with Enei Basket Brindisi for a short time, the American didn't see his departure as one that was due to poor play. 'I didn't necessarily have to go, but I had just come out of school and they wanted me to play a certain role. I can play the positions 1-3. They wanted me to play one position like you see in the NBA where guys are signed for one particular strength. I guess I wasn't ready for that role, but I am happy that Frankfurt took me and saw me as a point guard, but also a guy that can also play the two position', commented ex Iona (NCAA) guard A.J. English

English was picked up by the Fraport Skyliners in December 2016 to help turnaround the season and one has to think what could have been in the teams season had he been reeled in earlier as there had been interest from them. Head coach Gordon Herbert didn't even need to talk to ex player Sean Armand who had been teammates with English at Iona (NCAA) about his qualities as his son Daniel had seen him play last April. 'Daniel saw English play at the last Portsmouth Invitational, but Brindisi had been very quick in signing him for this season. Later I spoke to Brindisi's general manager and he had told me that he might become available soon', stressed Gordon Herbert. The American needed no time to make his mark in Germany as he impressed in his first game against Helios scoring 12 points and connecting on four three's and six days later in his first BBL game hit Science City Jena for 12 points and filled up the stat sheet for the second game in a row with a steal and block. English credits not only his quick start, but 8-0 record with Frankfurt to head coach Gordon Herbert. 'The BBL suits my style and I give a lot of credit to coach who has shown that guys like Armand and Theodore could function under him and I see the same with me. It is easy to work with coach as he explains everything which makes my job easier. Coach pushes me and gets the best out of me', warned A.J. English Coach Herbert also sees a lot of potential in English and also sees something very special in the American that one doesn't see often and makes comparisons to two ex Skyliners who definitely left their mark in Frankfurt. 'English has fit in well and is a good player. He reminds me of an Andy Rautins and Jordan Theodore in that he is so mentally tough. He always wants the ball and is never afraid. He wants to be a difference maker', warned Gordon Herbert.

There have been those moments in Skyliner history where certain players have made a lasting impression with one shot as guys like Eric Chadfield and Justin Gray won games with buzzer beaters against ratiopharm ulm and the s.Oliver Wurzburg and even an ex Skyliner in Antonio Graves hitting them with one with the Artland Dragons a few years ago. It didn't take AJ English long to permanently become enshrined in Skyliner Nostalgia as he made an incredible buzzer beater in Tuebingen which was the most incredible ending to a contest there since the amazing Romeo Travis alley-oop shot that beat Bamberg seven years ago. With 1,5 seconds to play, it was English that had the ball and knew from coach Herbert that he had time for that one dribble and shot an off balance shot in traffic that saw nothing but net. It was surprising that English hadn't been blinded all night long by the pig pink colors of the Paul Horn arena, but it wasn't so much the colors of the arena that he remembers most, but the way from above down to the court. 'That arena reminded me of a pit and that feeling we had when we played at Northern Iowa. That was my first real buzzer beater that I made. I remember making one at the boys and girls club. It was a great feeling and I am just glad that it went in. All I remember was coach telling me that I would have enough time to square my feet and be able to shoot it', added A.J. English English finished the game with 21 points on six three's and his success with Frankfurt continued after that as he helped beat Giessen 65-61 and steered 14 points in the win. Then in a span of a little more than two weeks when the BBL was celebrating the Allstar break, English was an instrumental figure in the club advancing to the Champions League playoffs. The Fraport Skyliners were in a dog fit with Israeli team Ironi Nahariya, but stayed mentally tough disposing of Bakken at home, then made the biggest surprise overcoming the Greek hell in the loud Aris arena and winning on the road and then beating Ironi Nahariya in a do or die game in Frankfurt. In the three games, English contributed with 24,19 and 14 points. One guy who has really profited from the presence of English is Kwame Vaughn. He had been very up and down and notorious for holding onto the ball too long which had the shot clock down one too many times, but in the last few weeks has really shone especially in the Champions league and had his best game as a Skyliner in the crushing win of the Walter Tigers Tuebingen last weekend scoring 19 points dishing out nine assists, grabbing five rebounds and getting four steals. Vaughn now can concentrate more on the playmaking with English on the court and not force as much. 'We help each other out and push each other. I think that I take pressure off him with my game so he can concentrate more on his game', added A.J. English Gordon Herbert also has seen a change in the game of Vaughn since the arrival of English. 'They have both played very well in the last four games. They both can score, pass, create for others and simply compliment each other well. They play off each other well and are a lot better when they are together on the court than when they are not', stressed Gordon Herbert.

When inspecting the game of AJ English closely, he is more than just a pure scorer. The best example was from the last big win at home against the Walter Tigers Tuebingen. English didn't have any last second buzzer beater heroics this time, but still played an instrumental part in the game as he was a major force coming into the game in the first quarter with Frankfurt down 11-2 and stinking up the Fraport arena with their play worse than a dead skunk could on the side of the road. English didn't play as many minutes as teammates Kwame Vaughn or Shawn Huff or have their stats, but the American made key plays, shots, passes and got the team ball movement rolling in the last 5.08 of the first quarter which helped turn around the game and lead the team on the right path to victory where they would never look back: English defines himself as a combo guard, but his masterful passing skills have already stood out this season as he has made some great passes, but great passer's haven't been a rarity with the Fraport Skyliners as Johannes Voigtmann belonged to the top BBL passing big men in the past and 17 year old German gem Isaac Bonga has already sparkled with his typical unreadable no look passes. Despite having impressed many with his passing, he still sees that basketball trait as one that goes unnoticed. 'A hidden strength in my game is my passing. I really like to pass the ball. I played pitcher and quarterback in the past so passing is something I know how to do. I always looked up to the passing abilities of a Chris Paul or Rajon Rondo, but also to guys like James Harden and Russell Westbrook who aren't flashy, but get the triple doubles', smiled A.J. English Another thing that doesn't get noticed right away in his game, but if you look closely, English has a keen sense of knowing how to fool his defender in that he uses his upper body to perfection. He has the ability to beat his defender on most occasions simply, because he goes where he wants to without letting his upper body reveal what direction he will go. He doesn't tend to lose his balance and is adept at drawing fouls. 'He uses his body very well. He is a lot stronger than what people think', stressed Gordon Herbert. Ex Telekom Baskets Bonn point guard Jared Jordan described English best by saying that he is like a snake slithering to the basket. Herbert also has been pleased by the defense of English in the last games and is excited to see how his defense along with that of Vaughn with Quantez Robertson in the middle will continue to develop to make an already very harmonious defense even better.

Before turning professional, English played at Iona (NCAA) from 2012-2016 playing a total of 112 NCAA games and was able to improve his scoring stats each season. He played his first two seasons with ex Fraport Skyliner Sean Armand and after averaging only 7,0ppg as a freshman, he really broke out in his second year playing 33 games and averaging 17.2ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 40.6%, 3PT: 35.4%, FT: 76.6%. He won the MAAC tournament as a freshman with Armand and in their second season together and last with Armand, English even had a higher scoring average, but never was able to eclipse the three point accuracy of Armand at Iona (NCAA), but still cherishes the two years in New York with Sean Armand. 'He was the first guy I came across at Iona. We lived together that first summer and he took me under his wing. He showed me the ropes at Iona (NCAA) and I am really thankful for that', added A.J. English In his last two years with Armand testing the professional ranks, English really took off making big strides in his stats as in his junior year, he averaged 20.1ppg, 5.2rpg, 5.1apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 48.2%, 3PT: 37.7%, FT: 78.5%. That season he played 34 games scoring in double figures in 30 games and scored 20 points or more in 17 games and had massive outings against Northern Texas with 37 points and poured in 32 points against Siena. As a senior his game took another huge leap as he averaged 22.6ppg, 5.0rpg, 6.2apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 83.6%. He scored in double figures in 27 of 28 games and scored 20 points or more 18 times. He had two massive explosions as he tore up Fairfield with 46 points on 13 trey's and hit Monmouth for 45 points. Even if high scoring Sean Armand was gone his last two years, his huge stats weren't self-evident as he was surrounded with massive talent. 'I still had a lot of scorers around like David Laurey and others. The biggest difference between my last two years and first two years was that I was older and had the ball more and my teammates helped me. My teammates looked at me to pick up the team when it was down. I knew that I had to keep the team together so it wouldn't collapse', stressed A.J. English He surpassed 2000 points in his last NCAA game as Iona lost to Iowa State 94-81 as he steered home 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the loss. He also finished his senior season as the MAAC leading scorer and assist man. English will also always be grateful to being taught the basketball language on and off the court by Iona head coach Tim Cluess. 'He let me know every day that every game was a big one', added A.J. English After Iona he played at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft) playing 3 games and putting up very respectable numbers with 17.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 6.7apg, 1.3spg, 1.0bpg, but remained undrafted but Sports Illustrated named him one of the countries 10 best players that went undrafted. He then played NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas (Golden State Warriors): 5 games: 4.0ppg, 1.2rpg. The whole experience was important, but he understood that the NBA is still too early. 'Every game was packed and we usually played in prime time. I learned that I had to be aggressive at all times and you have to show up every night and throw the punches because your always alone. I understood that I wasn't ready for the NBA, but it is still my dream to play in the NBA', warned A.J. English

So far AJ English has been spared the big guns and Tiger type teams, but seen the BBL antelope teams like Science City Jena and the Walter Tigers Tuebingen, but in the next two weekends, the American will be put to the test of what he is really made of as he will face top teams FC Bayern Munich and the Brose Bamberg. Will English be able to continue to put up solid numbers or will he succumb to the pressure somewhat and the tougher quality of players as his perfect 8-0 record with the Fraport Skyliners seems to be in danger. Four days before the big game in Munich, Gordon Herbert was relaxing on his couch at home, but still had some strength left after the nightly practice to stay positive about the teams chances and English being a factor in Munich 'I was talking about this game with assistant Klaus Perwas and we know that we will face a very physical team that have very good players and are well coached. I believe that this will be a good challenge for English in moving forward. English is the type of guy that wants to take on that challenge. It will be interesting to see how he can deal with the physicality of Munich', warned Gordon Herbert. There is one similarity that Sean Armand and AJ English have had at Iona and now as professionals and that is their deadly three point shooting. Armand had some huge scoring games, but surprisingly in his rookie season with Frankfurt he never hit for more than six three's and that was in the 22nd game in a win against ratiopharm Ulm while English hit for six trey's already in his third game. English probably hasn't studied the Frankfurt head to head stats between Armand and himself, but one thing remains for sure, he has a sense of humor and has that ability to blurt out funny lines as if he had been secretly an intern for Jimmy Fallon at the Tonight Show last summer. When informed that I had had used the nickname for his ex teammate Sean 'you want buckets here you go' Armand two seasons ago in the Eurochallenge telecasts and that I would use this nickname for him AJ ' You want three point bombs from the parking lot here you go' English, he countered with this funny remark. 'You can't say bombs overseas. I don't want to get in trouble', smiled A.J. English One thing is for sure, bombs or not, English will be firing away from downtown all season long and at the end of each shot, it will be a ball that will be dropping through the hole destroying his opponent only with points which in basketball is deadlier than bombs.



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EuroLeague: Olympiacos claim victory in Kazan - by Eurobasket News

Unics - Olympiacos 75:90

Olympiacos celebrated the 15th victory in EuroLeague regular season. They upset Unics in Kazan to improve at 15-6 record. Erick Green (190-PG-91, college: Virginia Tech) scored 25 points for the Piraeus team.
It was all about Olympiacos in the first period. The Reds unleashed 33 points in the opening ten minutes to gain a 20-point lead. Unics managed to slow the visitors down in the second term but still faced a 20-point deficit at halftime 36:56. Unics improved defensively in the third quarter. The hosts pulled within 15 points at the final intermission. But Olympiacos sank 21 points in the fourth period and rallied to the win. Georgios Printezis (204-PF-85, agency: Octagon Europe) nailed 20 points, while Nikola Milutinov (212-C-94) added 11 points in the victory. Keith Langford (193-SG-83, college: Kansas) responded with 25 points and 7 assists for Unics. Pavel Antipov (203-F-91) had 19 points in the loss.

Unics: Keith Langford 25, Pavel Antipov 19
Olympiacos: Erick Green 25, Georgios Printezis 20, Nikola Milutinov 11



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Quezaltepeque inks Quincy Scates, ex Banco Atlantida - by Eurobasket News

Quezaltepeque Biomedical (Liga MB) signed 28-year old American forward Quincy Scates (197-104kg-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan). just played at Banco Atlantida in Honduran Liga Mayor. Scates missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team was regular season runner-up in CBA South Division in 2016. Scates was also voted Latinbasket.com All-El Salvador Liga Mayor Torneo Clausura Honorable Mention in 2016.
He has played previously professionally in CBA (Bowling Green Hornets and Memphis RR) and El Salvador (Cojute).
Scates attended Tennessee Wesleyan College until 2012 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Standings - A Division

A Division Standings
 1. Alba 13-3 
 2. Falco KC 10-6 
 3. Szolnok 10-6 
 4. Kaposvari 10-6 
 5. Kormend 10-6 
 6. ZTE KK 10-6 
 7. PVSK Pannon 9-7 
 8. Sopron KC 8-8 
 9. KTE-Duna 8-8 
 10. Szedeak 8-8 
 11. Jaszberenyi 5-11 
 12. Atomeromu 5-11 
 13. MAFC 3-13 
 14. Vasas 3-13 

Regular Season: Round 16

Feb. 1: PVSK Pannon - Kormend 94-75
Feb. 1: Jaszberenyi - Kaposvari 90-94
Feb. 1: KTE-Duna - Szedeak 82-61
Feb. 2: Vasas - Falco KC 80-84
Feb. 2: ZTE KK - Szolnok 78-86
Feb. 1: Atomeromu - Sopron KC 72-78
Feb. 1: Alba - MAFC 101-75

Regular Season: Round 17

Feb. 4: Alba - Sopron KC
Feb. 4: Jaszberenyi - Atomeromu
Feb. 4: Kaposvari - PVSK Pannon
Feb. 4: Kormend - KTE-Duna
Feb. 5: MAFC - Vasas
Feb. 5: Szedeak - ZTE KK
Feb. 5: Falco KC - Szolnok



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Standings - Iceland Express League

Dominos League Standings
 1. KR 12-3 
 2. Stjarnan 12-4 
 3. Tindastoll 11-5 
 4. Thor Thorl 9-6 
 5. Grindavik 9-7 
 6. Thor AK 8-7 
 7. Njardvik 8-8 
 8. Keflavik 7-9 
 9. IR 7-9 
 10. Skallagrimur 6-10 
 11. Haukar 5-10 
 12. Snaefell 0-16 

Regular Season: Round 16

Feb. 2: Grindavik - IR 94-79
Feb. 2: Skallagrimur - Njardvik 91-100
Feb. 2: Tindastoll - Keflavik 86-77
Feb. 2: Stjarnan - Snaefell 101-77
Feb. 3: Haukar - Thor AK
Feb. 3: Thor Thorl - KR


Standings - 1 Division

D1 Standings
 1. Hottur 16-1 
 2. Fjolnir 13-4 
 3. Valur 12-3 
 4. Breidablik 11-6 
 5. Hamar 7-10 
 6. Vestri 6-10 
 7. FSU 6-12 
 8. IA 5-13 
 9. Armann 0-17 

Regular Season: Round 20

Feb. 2: Hottur - FSU 94-73
Feb. 2: IA - Hamar 59-97
Feb. 3: Vestri - Fjolnir
Feb. 3: Armann - Breidablik


Standings - D1 League

Points Per Game
 Terrance MOTLEY
  FSU
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 32.2
 1. Motley, FSU32.2 
 2. Garland, Breidablik27.5 
 3. Woods, Hamar27.1 
 4. Shouse, IA26.2 
 5. Moss, Hottur23.9 
 6. King, Valur21.3 
 7. Bracey, Valur21.2 
 8. Knezevic, Vestri21.2 
 9. Pryor, Fjolnir21.1 
 10. Chia-Kur, Vestri20.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris WOODS
  Hamar
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Woods, Hamar14.1 
 2. Moss, Hottur13.0 
 3. Motley, FSU12.9 
 4. Pryor, Fjolnir12.8 
 5. King, Valur10.3 
 6. Petursson, Valur9.4 
 7. Shouse, IA9.4 
 8. Kristjansson, IA9.0 
 9. Knezevic, Vestri8.9 
 10. Virijevic, Hottur8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MOSS
  Hottur
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Moss, Hottur9.2 
 2. Sigurdsson, Fjolnir7.1 
 3. Garland, Breidablik5.9 
 4. Blondal, Valur5.2 
 5. Bracey, Valur5.1 
 6. Shouse, IA4.9 
 7. Olafsson, Hamar4.7 
 8. King, Valur4.2 
 9. Erlingsson, Hamar4.1 
 10. Jonasson, Armann4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone GARLAND
  Breidablik
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Garland, Breidablik4.2 
 2. Moss, Hottur3.2 
 3. Shouse, IA2.8 
 4. Jonsson, FSU2.7 
 5. Van Kasteren, FSU2.3 
 6. King, Valur2.1 
 7. Motley, FSU2.1 
 8. Stefansson, Hamar2.0 
 9. Hreinsson, FSU1.8 
 10. Knezevic, Vestri1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Urald KING
  Valur
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. King, Valur2.0 
 2. Woods, Hamar1.6 
 3. Audunsson, Valur1.4 
 4. Motley, FSU1.2 
 5. Johannesson, Breid.1.1 
 6. Virijevic, Hottur1.0 
 7. Karason, Fjolnir1.0 
 8. Petursson, Valur0.9 
 9. Kristjansson, IA0.9 
 10. Stefansson, FSU0.8 


Elvar Fridriksson's 30 points make him top Icelandic player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Elvar Fridriksson
Elvar Fridriksson
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Elvar Fridriksson (183-94, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in NCAA2). He led Barry University to a victory against the Eckerd College (9-4) 84-72 in the NCAA2 in Saturday night's game. Fridriksson scored 30 points (!!!), grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 32 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. The Barry University has a very good 11-2 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Fridriksson has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 7.1apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 54.4%, 3FGP: 39.7% and FT: 88.4% in 14 games he played so far. Ex-UMFN Njardvik player is currently a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Jon Gudmundsson
Jon Gudmundsson
   #2. Second place goes to U20 international guard Jon Gudmundsson (193-96, currently plays college basketball in the States). Gudmundsson contributed to an easy victory against the Saint Joseph's University (0-1) 75-60 in the NCAA last Tuesday. He scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Davidson College has 2-3 conference record this season. It's Gudmundsson's first year with the team. Gudmundsson's overall stats this year are: 8.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.7apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 45.8%, 3FGP: 34.2% and FT: 75.0%. He is in the roster of the Icelandic U20 national team.

Kristofer Acox
Kristofer Acox
   #3. The Icelandic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Kristofer Acox (198-93, currently studies in the States). Acox contributed to an easy victory against the Western Carolina University (0-1) crushing them 85-37 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 11 rebounds. Acox also added 3 assists and 2 blocks in 23 minutes. The Furman University has 3-2 conference record this season. Acox is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Furman's roster. He has relatively good stats this season: 12.7ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 60.2%(124-206) and FT: 61.5% in 22 games. Acox is also a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Kari Jonsson
Kari Jonsson
   #4. Guard Kari Jonsson (190-97, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Drexel (1-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the Drexel was defeated 90-76 on the road by the College of Charleston. Jonsson scored 17 points. Jonsson's overall stats this season are: 9.4ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.0apg. He is also Icelandic U20 national team player.

Kristinn Palsson
Kristinn Palsson
   #5. U20 international swingman Kristinn Palsson (198-97, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Marist (3-5) in their last game. Despite Palsson's good performance the Marist lost 62-72 at home to the Fairfield University. He scored 11 points (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 32 minutes. This year Palsson's overall stats are: 4.9ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.5apg in 22 games. He plays currently for the Icelandic U20 national team.

Axel Karason
Axel Karason
   #6. Small forward Axel Karason (193-83, currently plays in Denmark) managed to help Svendborg Rabbits to win against the league outsider Stevnsgade (0-18) crushing them 106-84 in the Danish Ligaen on Friday night. Karason scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Svendborg Rabbits (11-9) is placed third in the Ligaen. Karason's total stats this season are: 4.3ppg and 3.8rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Icelandic National Team roster.

Ragnar Nathanaelsson
Ragnar Nathanaelsson
   #7. International center Ragnar Nathanaelsson (218-91, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Albacete (5-13) in their game against Zornotza (9-9) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Nathanaelsson scored 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Albacete was defeated 71-61 on their home court in Albacete by the higher-ranked Zornotza (#10). It was Albacete's third consecutive loss in a row. Nathanaelsson's total stats this season are: 4.0ppg and 6.0rpg. He is also Icelandic national team player.

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

   #1. Gunnar Hardarson (185-SG-96, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to a 3-point Belmont Abbey College's victory against the Mount Olive College (5-9) 64-61 in the NCAA2 in Wednesday night's game. Hardarson scored 7 points in 20 minutes. The Belmont Abbey College has 5-7 record this season. It's Hardarson's first year with the team. This year his total stats are: 8.8ppg and 1.6rpg in 18 games he played so far.

   #2. Gunnar Olafsson (190-G/F-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the St.Francis, NY (2-4) to beat the Wagner College (1-5). Olafsson cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only one point in 15 minutes. The St.Francis, NY was edged 66-64 at home by the Wagner College. This year Olafsson's total stats are: 5.0ppg and 5.3rpg in 21 games.



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  IRELAND  


Donnie McGrath selected the top Irish playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Donnie McGrath
Donnie McGrath
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international guard Donnie McGrath (193-84, agency: Diamond Sports, college: Providence, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He contributed to an AEK Athens' victory against the seventh-ranked Stelmet (4-10) 71-64 in the Basketball Champions League on Wednesday night. McGrath scored 8 points in 25 minutes on the court. AEK Athens (9-5) is placed second in group E. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year McGrath averages: 9.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 33.3%, 3FGP: 44.4% and FT: 83.3% in two games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. McGrath played for the Irish senior national team nine years ago. Strangely he has never played in Ireland.

Brian Fitzpatrick
Brian Fitzpatrick
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Brian Fitzpatrick (203-89, also represented by Diamond Sports, college: Bucknell, currently plays in Czech Republic). He could not help Prostejov (8-13) to beat Basketbal Svitavy (6-15). Fitzpatrick scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Prostejov was defeated 73-60 at home by the lower-ranked Basketbal Svitavy (#10). It was Prostejov's fifth consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Fitzpatrick's overall stats this season are: 8.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 52.2%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 66.7%. He is a naturalized American. Fitzpatrick is in the roster of the Irish senior national team. Apparently he has never played in Ireland.

John Carroll
John Carroll
   #3. The Irish player who performed third best last week abroad was former U16 international forward John Carroll (203-95, currently plays college basketball in the States). He was not able to help the Hartford in their game against the Binghamton University in the NCAA. Carroll scored 5 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists. The Hartford was crushed 76-55 on their home court in West Hartford by the Binghamton University. Carroll's overall stats this season are: 6.5ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 41.8%, 3FGP: 11.8% and FT: 58.1%. He played for the Irish U16 national team six years ago.

Paul Dick
Paul Dick
   #4. Guard Paul Dick (193-91, agency: Duran International, college: Franklin Pierce, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Viten Getafe Fuenlabrada to win against the eighth-ranked Quintanar (9-7) crushing them 74-54 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Thursday night's game. He scored only 2 points. Viten Getafe Fuenlabrada (2-14) is placed 15th in Group B. They ended the series of five consecutive loses. Dick's overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.2apg. He is also Irish national team player.

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

   #1. Experienced Mike Hall (203-F-84, agency: Interperformances, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Italy) led Angelico Biella to a victory against the sixth-ranked Roma Virtus (11-8) 90-86 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 12 rebounds in 36 minutes. Angelico Biella (14-5) is placed first in West group. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Hall has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 12.9rpg, 2.9apg and 1.3spg in 19 games he played so far. Hall is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Ireland.

   #2. Will Hanley (201-G/F-90, agency: Duran International, college: Bowdoin, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) managed to help Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias to win against the seventh-ranked Mega Leks (4-10) crushing them 98-73 in the Basketball Champions League last Wednesday. Hanley scored 5 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (11-3) is placed first in group D. The Regular Season already ended in the Basketball Champions League. This season Hanley averages: 4.9ppg and 5.2rpg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Hanley has never played in Ireland.

   #3. Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt, currently plays in Australia) contributed to a 3-point Illawarra Hawks' victory against the league leader Adelaide 36ers (17-8) 95-92 in the Australian NBL in Saturday night's game. Ogilvy recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 4 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Illawarra Hawks (13-12) are placed second in the NBL. It was his team's third 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. Ogilvy has relatively good stats this season: 11.0ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.9apg and 1.6bpg. He has a dual citizenship: Irish and Australian.

   #4. Ian O'Leary (201-F-86, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Spain). O'Leary could not help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (8-10) to beat Unicaja Malaga (12-6). He recorded 8 points in 21 minutes. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was badly defeated 89-73 on the road by the higher-ranked (#5) Unicaja Malaga. This year O'Leary's overall stats are: 5.6ppg and 3.3rpg in 18 games. He is a naturalized American. Apparently O'Leary has never played in Ireland.

   #5. Ako Adams (188-G-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the Rice in their game against the Old Dominion University (1-1) in the NCAA. Adams scored 9 points in 18 minutes. But the Rice lost 72-80 in Norfolk to the Old Dominion University. This year Adams' overall stats are: 2.7ppg and 1.2apg in 22 games.

   #6. Patrick Carney (185-G-85, college: Chapman, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Schalke (8-9) in their last game. Despite Carney's very good performance the sixth-placed Schalke was edged 93-90 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked (#12) Iserlohn in the North group. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Carney also added 4 assists in 33 minutes. Carney has relatively good stats this year: 13.4ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.4apg in 16 games. He is a naturalized American. Interesting that Carney has never played in Ireland.



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Standings - BSL

Winner League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 13-3 
 2. Hapoel Holon 12-5 
 3. Bnei Hertzeliyya 10-6 
 4. Hapoel J-M 10-7 
 5. Maccabi Rishon 9-8 
 6. Hapoel Eilat 9-8 
 7. Hapoel T-A 9-8 
 8. Ironi Nahariya 8-9 
 9. Maccabi Haifa 7-10 
 10. Galil Gilboa 6-11 
 11. Maccabi Ashdod 5-12 
 12. Maccabi K/G 3-14 

Regular Season: Round 17

Feb. 2: Hapoel T-A - Maccabi K/G 99-67
Feb. 1: Maccabi Rishon - Ironi Nahariya 97-85
Feb. 1: Maccabi Haifa - Hapoel Holon 73-75
Feb. 2: Hapoel Eilat - Galil Gilboa 100-81

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 5: Maccabi K/G - Bnei Hertzeliyya
Feb. 5: Maccabi Ashdod - Maccabi Haifa
Feb. 5: Ironi Nahariya - Hapoel Eilat
Feb. 5: Galil Gilboa - Hapoel T-A
Feb. 5: Hapoel Holon - Maccabi Rishon
Feb. 5: Hapoel J-M - Maccabi T-A


Loto League Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mark LYONS
  Hapoel T-A
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Lyons, Hapoel T-A22.4 
 2. Wyatt, Hapoel H.19.7 
 3. Tucker, Hapoel T-A17.8 
 4. Milbourne, Hapoel E.17.4 
 5. Siggers, Galil Gilboa17.1 
 6. Holloway, Galil G.15.8 
 7. Goudelock, Maccabi .15.6 
 8. Simhon, Maccabi Haifa15.6 
 9. Griffin, Galil Gilboa15.2 
 10. Taylor, Maccabi .15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karam MASHOUR
  Bnei H.
  (198-F-91)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Mashour, Bnei H.9.7 
 2. Atkins, Hapoel Holon9.4 
 3. Adrien, Bnei H.9.0 
 4. Holloway, Galil G.8.3 
 5. Williams, Hapoel T.8.2 
 6. Singleton, Maccabi .8.0 
 7. Cohen, Maccabi .7.6 
 8. Iverson, Maccabi .7.3 
 9. Buckner, Hapoel Eilat7.0 
 10. Howell, Hapoel T-A6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Gregory VARGAS
  Maccabi .
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Vargas, Maccabi .7.6 
 2. Teague, Ironi N.7.3 
 3. Blatt, Hapoel T-A6.6 
 4. Lyons, Hapoel T-A6.2 
 5. Kitchen, Ironi N.6.2 
 6. Henry, Hapoel Eilat6.1 
 7. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .5.0 
 8. Mekel, Maccabi T-A4.9 
 9. Ewing, Maccabi .4.7 
 10. Perez Kaufma., Maccabi .4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Justin CARTER
  Maccabi .
  (193-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Carter, Maccabi .2.5 
 2. Shuchman, Galil G.2.4 
 3. Ben-Chimol, Maccabi .2.1 
 4. Howell, Hapoel T-A1.9 
 5. Perez Kaufma., Maccabi .1.9 
 6. Henry, Hapoel Eilat1.9 
 7. Ben-Zvi, Galil G.1.9 
 8. Ziv, Maccabi .1.7 
 9. Taylor, Maccabi .1.7 
 10. Siggers, Galil Gilboa1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Reginald BUCKNER
  Hapoel Eilat
  (206-F-91)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Buckner, Hapoel Eilat1.9 
 2. Griffin, Galil Gilboa1.6 
 3. Stoudemire, Hapoel J.1.4 
 4. Adrien, Bnei H.1.4 
 5. Jones, Hapoel J-M1.2 
 6. Chubrevich, Hapoel H.1.1 
 7. Mitchell, Maccabi .1.1 
 8. Daniels, Hapoel Eilat1.0 
 9. Williams, Hapoel T.0.9 
 10. Blayzer, Maccabi .0.9 


National League Round 17: Hapoel Kfar Saba beat Hap.R/G Givat. by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 17 in the National League took place in Kfar Saba. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Hap.R/G Givat. (11-6) to fourth ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (11-6) 74-72 in the game for the third place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hap.R/G Givat.. American guard Denzel Livingston (193-93, college: Incarnate Word) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists. His fellow American import forward Terrence Watson (200-87, college: Ball St.) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Jonhatan Nir (204-86) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds for Hap.R/G Givat.Hapoel Kfar Saba have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Hap.R/G Givat. and Ironi Nes-Ziona. Hapoel Kfar Saba is looking forward to face league's second-placed Maccabi Raanana on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hap.R/G Givat. will play against Hapoel Migd.H. and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Maccabi Raanana (12-5) against sixth ranked Maccabi Rehovot (9-8) on Saturday night. Visiting Maccabi Raanana was defeated by Maccabi Rehovot in a tough game in Rehovot 69-77. American forward Evan Yates (198-91, college: Ashland) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Inam Eiram chipped in 14 points and 7 assists. American forward Samme Givens (198-89, college: Drexel) responded with 18 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Newly promoted Maccabi Rehovot maintains sixth place with 9-8 record, which they share with 3 other teams. Maccabi Raanana at the other side dropped to the second position with five games lost. Maccabi Rehovot will play against Hasharon (#7) in Hod Hasharon in the next round. Maccabi Raanana will play at home against Hapoel Kfar Saba (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
National League top team - Hapoel B/S (13-4) added another victory to their record on Tuesday. This time they beat tenth ranked Hap.Haifa (7-10) 77-72. Anthony Fisher nailed 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Rashad Anderson came up with 32 points and 6 rebounds for Hap.Haifa in the defeat. Hapoel B/S have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-4 record. Hap.Haifa lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. They share it with Hapoel G/A. Hapoel B/S will meet at home Galil Elion (#12) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Hap.Haifa will play against Hapoel Afula and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Tarshicha was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Maccabi Rehovot (9-8) played at the court of seventh ranked Hapoel Migd.H. (9-8). Hapoel Migd.H. managed to secure a 4-point victory 99-95. The best player for the winners was Marcus Relphorde who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Hapoel Migd.H. moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Maccabi Rehovot. Hapoel Migd.H.'s next round opponent will be higher ranked Hap.R/G Givat. (#5) in Givataim and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game between 14th ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (2-15) and third ranked Maccabi Raanana (12-5) in Ramat Gan on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Raanana outscored Ironi Ramat Gan 102-71. Samme Givens orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Ironi Ramat Gan's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Maccabi Raanana moved-up to second place. Ironi Ramat Gan lost their seventh game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Maccabi Raanana will face Hapoel Kfar Saba (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Ironi Ramat Gan will play against Hasharon (#13) in Ramat Hasharon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 17: Ramat Hasharon was beaten by Ironi Nes-Ziona on the road 78-62. Maccabi H/H destroyed Hapoel G/A on its own court 97-69. Ironi K-A outscored Galil Elion in Kiryat Ata 91-69.

Hapoel Migd.H. - Macc.Rehovot 99-95

The game in Tarshicha was also worth to mention about. 6th ranked Maccabi Rehovot (9-8) played at the court of seventh ranked Hapoel Migd.H. (9-8). Hapoel Migd.H. managed to secure a 4-point victory 99-95. Hapoel Migd.H. outrebounded Maccabi Rehovot 52-35 including 18 on the offensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Maccabi Rehovot helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American swingman Marcus Relphorde (198-88, college: Colorado) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized American guard Clarke Rosenberg (193-93, college: Chicago St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Evan Yates (198-91, college: Ashland) produced a double-double by scoring 30 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and swingman Gur Porat (197-79) added 18 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel Migd.H. moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Maccabi Rehovot. Hapoel Migd.H.'s next round opponent will be higher ranked Hap.R/G Givat. (#5) in Givataim and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Macc.Rehovot: E.Yates 30+12reb+1ast, G.Porat 18+8reb+6ast, D.Drapic 16+2reb+1ast, I.Eiram 12+4reb+7ast, G.Eitan 11+3reb+2ast, H.Chachmon 3+1reb+6ast
Hapoel Migd.H.: M.Relphorde 20+10reb+4ast, C.Rosenberg 20+10reb+2ast, L.Ariely 18+10reb+2ast, A.Levin 15+4reb+5ast, C.Gaston 14+7reb+1ast, Y.Holodov 9+1reb+1ast
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Ironi Ramat Gan - Maccabi Raanana 71-102

The game between 14th ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (2-15) and third ranked Maccabi Raanana (12-5) in Ramat Gan on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Raanana outscored Ironi Ramat Gan 102-71. Maccabi Raanana dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Ironi Ramat Gan's 34 and made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Maccabi Raanana looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American forward Samme Givens (198-89, college: Drexel) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Idan Paz (188-95) contributed with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Five Maccabi Raanana players scored in double figures. Naturalized American Jermaine Hall (196-80, college: Wagner) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and U.S. Virgin Islands forward Aaron Brown (196-92, college: Boston Coll.) added 15 points in the effort for Ironi Ramat Gan. Ironi Ramat Gan's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Maccabi Raanana moved-up to second place. Ironi Ramat Gan lost their seventh game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Maccabi Raanana will face Hapoel Kfar Saba (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Ironi Ramat Gan will play against Hasharon (#13) in Ramat Hasharon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ramat Gan: J.Hall 17+12reb+1ast, A.Brown 15+3reb+2ast, Y.Bet-Yosef 14+2reb+2ast, V.Gandlin 9+3reb+2ast, T.Zalmanson 4+2reb, R.Apelstein 3+2reb+1ast
Maccabi Raanana: J.Hairston 16+7reb+2ast, S.Givens 16+6reb+6ast, G.Karni 14+7reb+2ast, M.Brisker 13+2reb, I.Paz 12+5reb+8ast, B.Gil 12+8reb+2ast
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Hap.Haifa - Hapoel B/S 72-77

National League top team - Hapoel B/S (13-4) added another victory to their record on Tuesday. This time they beat tenth ranked Hap.Haifa (7-10) 77-72. Hapoel B/S forced 20 Hap.Haifa turnovers. American guard Anthony Fisher (191-86) nailed 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import swingman Jason Williams (198-83, college: UTEP) accounted for 23 points. Four Hapoel B/S players scored in double figures. American guard Rashad Anderson (196-83, college: Connecticut) came up with 32 points and 6 rebounds and Bahamas forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Hap.Haifa in the defeat. Hapoel B/S have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-4 record. Hap.Haifa lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. They share it with Hapoel G/A. Hapoel B/S will meet at home Galil Elion (#12) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Hap.Haifa will play against Hapoel Afula and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hap.Haifa: R.Anderson 32+6reb, J.Burrows 12+10reb+2ast, T.Parselani 10+5reb+2ast, O.Zinderman 8+1reb, M.Niv 4+4reb+6ast, I.Nanikashvili 4+6reb+7ast
Hapoel B/S: J.Williams 23+2reb+3ast, A.Fisher 18+6reb+4ast, D.Shamriz 11+4reb, J.Allen 11+10reb+2ast, T.Ariely 7+3reb+4ast, J.Lewis 4+5reb+1ast
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Hapoel K/S - Hap.R/G Givat. 74-72

The most exciting game of round 17 in the National League took place in Kfar Saba. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Hap.R/G Givat. (11-6) to fourth ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (11-6) 74-72 in the game for the third place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Hap.R/G Givat.. American guard Denzel Livingston (193-93, college: Incarnate Word) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 14 rebounds and 8 assists. His fellow American import forward Terrence Watson (200-87, college: Ball St.) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Jonhatan Nir (204-86) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Rashad Madden (196-92, college: Arkansas) added 21 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Hap.R/G Givat.Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel Kfar Saba have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Hap.R/G Givat. and Ironi Nes-Ziona. Hapoel Kfar Saba is looking forward to face league's second-placed Maccabi Raanana on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hap.R/G Givat. will play against Hapoel Migd.H. and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Hap.R/G Givat.: R.Madden 21+6reb+2ast, J.Nir 19+8reb+2ast, Y.Solomon 13+5reb+1ast, L.Lifshitz 10+1reb+1ast, J.Olasewere 6+5reb+1ast, U.Kokia 3+5reb+4ast
Hapoel K/S: D.Livingston 25+14reb+8ast, T.Watson 16+6reb, E.Rotemberg 14+3reb+2ast, A.Cohen 12+3reb+5ast, I.Davidi 4+1reb, G.Gilinski 3+1reb+1ast
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Ironi Nes-Ziona - Ramat Hasharon 78-62

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (11-6) beat 13th ranked Hasharon (3-14) in Nes Ziyona 78-62 on Tuesday. Ironi Nes-Ziona dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Hasharon's 34. They outrebounded Hasharon 40-22 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Ironi Nes-Ziona looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Naturalized Welsh Tal Michael Dunne (196-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international Raviv Pitshon (201-89) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Naturalized American point guard Adam Honig (185-92, college: Dickinson, agency: Duran International) answered with 18 points and Rom Cornelius (197-93) added 9 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Hasharon. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ironi Nes-Ziona moved-up to third place, which they share with Hap.R/G Givat. and Hapoel K/S. Hasharon lost their twelfth game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. Ironi Nes-Ziona will face Ironi Kiryat Ata (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hasharon will play against Ironi Ramat Gan (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ramat Hasharon: A.Honig 18+3reb+1ast, L.Gordon 10+3reb+2ast, R.Cornelius 9+6reb+2ast, B.Asbury 8+3reb+2ast, M.Moscovitz 7+3reb+3ast, J.Shtarkman 6+1reb+3ast
Ironi Nes-Ziona: R.Pitshon 18+6reb, L.Roberts 13+8reb+1ast, T.Michael Dunne 12+8reb+5ast, I.Stolero 8+4reb+1ast, A.Ben David 7+3reb+3ast, G.Gutt 7+1reb+2ast
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Maccabi H/H - Hapoel G/A 97-69

Rather expected game when 11th ranked Hapoel Afula (7-10) was smashed by eighth ranked Hasharon (9-8) in Hod Hasharon 97-69 on Tuesday. They made 25-of-29 free shots (86.2 percent) during the game. Hasharon outrebounded Hapoel Afula 46-30 including a 34-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American guard Vernon Teel (193-87, college: Loyola Mary) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. His fellow American import Storm Warren (201-88, college: LSU, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 24 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) for the winners. Hasharon's coach Hanan Hershkovich felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Jalen Cannon (198-93, college: St.Francis, NY) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Amit Gershon (183-95) added 14 points and 5 assists in the effort for Hapoel Afula. Hasharon moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Hapoel Afula dropped to the tenth position with ten games lost. Hasharon will face Maccabi Rehovot (#6) on the road in the next round. Hapoel Afula will play against Hap.Haifa (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel G/A: J.Cannon 19+10reb+1ast, A.Gershon 14+4reb+5ast, Nathaniel 8+4reb+1ast, O.Tal 8+3reb+1ast, O.Lev 7+4reb+2ast, K.Casey 6+1reb+2ast
Maccabi H/H: V.Teel 24+12reb+6ast, S.Warren 24+7reb, O.Shaashoua 14+6reb+4ast, I.Simin 9+3reb+4ast, S.Malkov 8+2reb+1ast, O.Menskey 8+1reb+3ast
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Galil Elion - Ironi K-A 69-91

Rather predictable result when ninth ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (9-8) rolled over 12th ranked Galil Elion (6-11) in Kazrin 91-69 on Tuesday. American players dominated the game. Swingman Sir'Dominic Pointer (198-92, college: St.John's) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 13 rebounds. Power forward Dallis Joyner (203-90, college: Stony Brook) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Ironi Kiryat Ata players scored in double figures. Power forward Germain Jordan (198-86, college: Dillard) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Cinmeon Bowers (201-93, college: Auburn) added 8 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Galil Elion. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ironi Kiryat Ata moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Galil Elion keeps the twelfth position with 11 games lost. Ironi Kiryat Ata will face higher ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (#4) in Nes Ziyona in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Galil Elion will play on the road against the league's leader Hapoel B/S (#1) in Beer Sheva and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Galil Elion: G.Jordan 16+11reb+4ast, G.Farber 14+4reb, R.Geffen 11+2reb+3ast, C.Bowers 8+8reb+3ast, M.Kikus 7+3reb+1ast, S.Salz 7+6reb+6ast
Ironi K-A: S.Pointer 31+13reb+1ast, N.Matalon 14+2reb+3ast, D.Joyner 13+10reb+4ast, Y.Ainhorn 11+1reb+3ast, T.Sankar 9, S.David 5+4reb+4ast
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Macc.Rehovot - Maccabi Raanana 77-69

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Maccabi Raanana (12-5) against sixth ranked Maccabi Rehovot (9-8) on Saturday night. Visiting Maccabi Raanana was defeated by Maccabi Rehovot in a tough game in Rehovot 69-77. Maccabi Rehovot players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. American forward Evan Yates (198-91, college: Ashland) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and swingman Inam Eiram (194-88) chipped in 14 points and 7 assists. Yates is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward Samme Givens (198-89, college: Drexel) responded with 18 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals and the other American import center Josh Hairston (203-92, college: Duke, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Newly promoted Maccabi Rehovot maintains sixth place with 9-8 record, which they share with 3 other teams. Maccabi Raanana at the other side dropped to the second position with five games lost. Maccabi Rehovot will play against Hasharon (#7) in Hod Hasharon in the next round. Maccabi Raanana will play at home against Hapoel Kfar Saba (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Raanana: J.Hairston 21+5reb+2ast, S.Givens 18+9reb+7ast, B.Gil 13+3reb+4ast, L.Moran 6+4reb+2ast, M.Brisker 6, G.Karni 5+6reb+3ast
Macc.Rehovot: E.Yates 20+10reb+1ast, I.Eiram 14+4reb+7ast, G.Porat 12+5reb+4ast, Y.Levi 9+4reb+1ast, M.Addison 7+4reb+4ast, G.Eitan 6+1reb+2ast
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Alex Tyus selected the top Israeli playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Alex Tyus
Alex Tyus
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Alex Tyus (203-88, college: Florida, currently plays in Turkey). He led Galatasaray to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Balikesir (2-14) 78-72 in the Turkish BSL in Sunday night's game. Tyus recorded 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 23 minutes on the court. Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (12-3) is placed second in the BSL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Tyus' first season with the team. This year he averages: 6.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 54.2% and FT: 45.5% in 16 games he played so far. Tyus is a naturalized American. He played for the Israeli senior national team four years ago. Tyus used to play for Maccabi Ashdod in Israeli league.

Anton Shoutvin
Anton Shoutvin
   #2. Second place goes to former U22 international center Anton Shoutvin (206-89, currently plays in Slovakia). Shoutvin could not help Iskra Svit (13-15) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Iskra Svit lost 84-91 on the road to the lower-ranked (#9) Karlovka. Shoutvin had a double-double by scoring 34 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals in 38 minutes. Shoutvin has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 62.7%(143-228), 3FGP: 37.7% and FT: 81.7% in 28 games. Shoutvin played for the Israeli U22 national team in 2011.

Egor Koulechov
Egor Koulechov
   #3. The Israeli player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Egor Koulechov (196-94, currently plays college basketball in the States). He contributed to an easy victory against the University of North Carolina - Charlotte (1-0) 84-67 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Koulechov scored 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. The Rice University has 2-3 conference record this season. This year Koulechov has very high stats. He averages: 19.0ppg, 8.4rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 50.6%, 3FGP: 51.0%(53-104) and FT: 84.1%. Koulechov has a dual citizenship: Russian and Israeli. Ex-Wingate Academy Netanya player is also a member of the Israeli senior national team.

Anton Kazarnovski
Anton Kazarnovski
   #4. Power forward Anton Kazarnovski (206-85, currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in a BG Karlsruhe's victory against the fifth-ranked Giants (8-6) 92-76 in the German ProB (third division) last Saturday. He scored 22 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. BG Karlsruhe (9-7) is placed fifth in South group. Kazarnovski has very impressive stats this year: 15.9ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.6apg in 14 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Russian and Israeli. Kazarnovski used to play for the Israeli university national team back in 2007.

Yuval Naimy
Yuval Naimy
   #5. Former international point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Scafati (4-15) in their last game. Despite Naimy's very good performance the 16th-placed Scafati (4-15) was edged 76-74 at home by the higher-ranked (#13) Rieti in the West group. He was the top scorer with 18 points in 31 minutes. It was Scafati's third consecutive loss in a row. Naimy has very impressive stats this year: 17.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 7.7apg and 1.2spg in 15 games. He used to play for the Israeli national team two years ago.

Ido Flaisher
Ido Flaisher
   #6. Center Ido Flaisher (206-98, currently studies in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Hawaii (1-2) in their game against the University of California, Riverside in the NCAA. Flaisher cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. The Hawaii was defeated 70-64 in Riverside by the University of California,. Flaisher's overall stats this season are: 3.8ppg and 3.1rpg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Israeli National Team roster.

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

   #1. TJ Leaf (208-F-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) led UCLA to an easy victory against the Washington State University (1-2) 95-79 in the NCAA last Wednesday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 32 points and getting 14 rebounds. Leaf also added 3 assists. The Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles have 4-1 conference record this season. Leaf has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.8ppg, 8.6rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1bpg. Leaf is a naturalized American. Despite his Israeli passport, Leaf previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Israeli team. Strangely he has never played in Israel.

   #2. Marios Matalon (186-G-89, college: Wyoming, currently plays in Greece). He could not help Panionios (13-1) to beat Doukas (12-2). Matalon scored only 4 points and added 3 assists. The league leader Panionios was defeated 81-69 in a derby game by the lower-ranked Doukas (#3). It was Panionios' first loss after thirteen consecutive victories. Matalon's overall stats this season are: 7.9ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.9apg. He has a dual citizenship: Israeli and Greek.

   #3. Alon Hemsani (201-F, currently plays in NAIA) was not able to help the Culver Stockton College in their game against the Grand View University (11-3) in the NAIA. Hemsani recorded 5 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 26 minutes. The Culver Stockton College lost 68-83 on the road to the Grand View University. So far Culver Stockton College lost all fifteen games in the Regular Season. This year Hemsani's overall stats are: 5.6ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.1apg in 15 games he played so far.

   #4. Freddie Goldstein (178-PG-88, college: S.Alabama, currently plays in ASEAN League) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams KL Dragons (2-6) in their game against Kaohsiung (3-6) in the ASEAN League. He recorded 6 points and added 4 assists. KL Dragons was badly defeated 97-79 at home by the higher-ranked Kaohsiung (#4). Goldstein's overall stats this season are: 5.6ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.1apg. He is a naturalized American. Goldstein used to play for Hapoel Kfar Saba/Kohav Yair in Israeli league.



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

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

Luigi Datome
Luigi Datome
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Luigi Datome (203-87, currently plays in Euroleague). Datome led his Turkish team Fenerbahce to a victory against the 15th-ranked Galatasaray (6-14) 85-80 in a derby game in the Euroleague on Thursday night. He scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 30 minutes on the court. Fenerbahce Istanbul (13-7) is placed fourth in group A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Datome averages: 9.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 41.1%, 3FGP: 51.6%(32-62) in 20 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Italian senior national team.

Danilo Gallinari
Danilo Gallinari
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Danilo Gallinari (208-88, currently plays in NBA). Gallinari led Denver Nuggets to a victory over the Phoenix Suns (15-34) 123-112 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Gallinari recorded 32 points (!!!) and grabbed 8 rebounds (made all of his eleven free throws !!!). The Denver Nuggets have 21-27 record this season. It's Gallinari's sixth year with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Gallinari averages: 17.2ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 46.8%, 3FGP: 38.1% and FT: 88.7%. He is in the roster of the Italian senior national team.

Nicolo Melli
Nicolo Melli
   #3. The Italian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Nicolo Melli (205-91, currently plays in Euroleague). Melli could not help Brose Baskets (7-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance the 12th-placed Brose Baskets (7-13) lost 77-83 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#3) Olympiacos in the group A of Euroleague. Melli was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. It was Brose Baskets' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Melli has relatively good stats this year: 12.7ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 55.3%(63-114) and FT: 74.5% in 20 games. He is also a member of the Italian senior national team.

Marco Belinelli
Marco Belinelli
   #4. Guard Marco Belinelli (196-86, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Charlotte Hornets in their game against the Golden State Warriors (42-7) in the NBA. Despite his very good performance last Wednesday He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Belinelli also added 7 passes. It's Belinelli's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.0apg. Belinelli is also Italian national team player.

Andrea Bargnani
Andrea Bargnani
   #5. International power forward Andrea Bargnani (213-85, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to Baskonia's victory against the tenth-ranked FC Barcelona (8-12) 93-79 in the Euroleague last Friday. Bargnani scored 6 points in only 9 minutes. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (12-8) is placed sixth in group A. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. This year Bargnani's overall stats are: 8.8ppg and 1.8rpg in 12 games. He plays currently for the Italian national team.

Giacomo Zilli
Giacomo Zilli
   #6. Forward Giacomo Zilli (206-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to NC-Asheville's victory against the Radford University 80-69 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Zilli scored 11 points and blocked 3 blocks in a mere 15 minutes. The University of North Carolina - Asheville has a very good 6-1 conference record this season. Zilli has been at the team for four years. This year his total stats are: 5.6ppg and 2.3rpg in 15 games. Zilli is a former U20 international player as he played for the Italian team two years ago.

Giovanni De Nicolao
Giovanni De Nicolao
   #7. U20 international guard Giovanni De Nicolao (190-96, currently studies in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the UTSA (4-1) in their game against the Western Kentucky University (1-0) in the NCAA, despite his good performance last Saturday. He scored 10 points in 22 minutes. But the UTSA lost 66-81 at home to the Western Kentucky University. De Nicolao has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.8apg and 1.5spg in 21 games. He is also Italian U20 national team player.

Nicola Akele
Nicola Akele
   #8. Forward Nicola Akele (203-95, is currently at the American university) managed to help Rhode Island University to win against the The George Washington University (2-0) 82-70 in the NCAA last Tuesday. Akele scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Rhode Island University has 3-2 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Akele has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 2.8rpg. He used to play for the Italian U20 national team back in 2015.

Roberto Vercellino
Roberto Vercellino
   #9. Former U18 international forward Roberto Vercellino (201-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Southern Utah University (0-1) 89-71 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Vercellino scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 9 minutes on the court. The University of Northern Colorado has 3-3 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Vercellino has averaged so far 2.3ppg and 2.6rpg in 18 games. He used to play for the Italian U18 national team two years ago.

Scott Ulaneo
Scott Ulaneo
   #10. Forward Scott Ulaneo (208-98, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Seattle's surprising victory against the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley 96-84 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Ulaneo scored only one point. The Seattle University has 1-2 conference record this season. Ulaneo has averaged so far 4.4ppg and 3.8rpg. He is U18 international player who is currently on the Italian National Team roster.

   #11. U20 international guard Federico Mussini (188-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to St.John's' shocking victory against the Marquette University 86-72 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. Mussini scored 6 points in only 10 minutes. Mussini has averaged so far 7.7ppg and 1.8rpg in 21 games. He plays currently for the Italian U20 national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Guilherme Giovannoni (203-PF-80, currently plays in Brazil) led Brasilia to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Caxias do Sul (3-13) 81-76 in the Brazilian NBB in Thursday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Giovannoni had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals in 30 minutes. Uniceub/BRB/Brasilia (12-5) is placed first in the NBB. It's Giovannoni's eighth season with the team. Giovannoni has relatively good stats this year: 14.8ppg, 7.8rpg and 3.0apg in 17 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Italian and Brazilian.

   #2. Fulvio de Assis (188-PG-81, currently plays in Brazil) is a teammate of previously mentioned Guilherme Giovannoni. But that was another game of his team in Brazilian NBB which we would like to mention. de Assis could not help Brasilia (12-5) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance the league leader Brasilia was defeated 78-70 at home by the lower-ranked Universo/Vitoria (#5). de Assis was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 5 rebounds. de Assis has relatively good stats this season: 10.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 6.4apg and 1.1spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Italian and Brazilian.

   #3. Jayson Granger (189-G-89, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an Anadolu Efes' victory against the closely-ranked Darussafaka (10-10) 93-81 in a derby game in the Euroleague on Wednesday night. He recorded 9 points and added 5 assists. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (9-11) is placed ninth in group A. Granger's overall stats this season are: 8.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.8apg. He has both Uruguayan and Italian nationalities. Worth to mention Granger played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

   #4. Kevin Lisch (188-C-86, college: St.Louis, currently plays in Australia) was the main contributor in Kings' victory against the league outsider Bullets (10-16) 80-77 in the Australian NBL in Friday night's game. Lisch was the best player in that game. He scored 23 points and added 6 assists (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 33 minutes. Sydney Kings (13-13) are placed third in the NBL. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Lisch has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.7apg and 2.0spg in 25 games. Lisch also holds two passports: Italian and Australian.

   #5. Mauricio Aguiar (199-F-83, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Uruguay) was not able to help Defensor (2-4) in their last game. Despite his good performance Defensor (#6) lost 91-96 in a derby game to the higher-ranked (#4) Bigua in the Promocional 1 group. Aguiar scored 13 points, grabbed 4 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls in 35 minutes. It was Defensor's fourth consecutive loss in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Aguiar has very impressive stats this year: 17.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.5apg in 19 games. He has Italian and Uruguayan nationalities.

   #6. Luis Felipe Gruber (206-SF-85, currently plays in Brazil) contributed to SKY/Basquete's victory against the closely-ranked Minas 66-62 in the Brazilian NBB in Wednesday night's game. Gruber was the best player in that game. He scored 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Gruber's overall stats this season are: 8.2ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.5apg. He has dual citizenship: Italian and Brazilian.

   #7. Angelo Caloiaro (205-F-89, agency: Pensack Sports, college: USF, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to secure a victory for Demir IBB in their game against Trabzonspor in the Turkish BSL. Despite his very good performance on Saturday night Caloiaro was the second best scorer with 15 points. Caloiaro has reliable stats this season: 10.8ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Caloiaro has never played in Italy.

   #8. Nicolas Borsellino (202-C-86, also represented by Pro Sports, currently plays in Uruguay) faced previously mentioned Mauricio Aguiar in the Uruguayan LUB last game. Borsellino was the major contributor in Bigua's victory against the sixth-ranked Defensor 96-91 in a derby game. He scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 30 minutes. Borsellino has very impressive stats this year: 15.7ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.6apg in 20 games. He has dual citizenship: Italian and Uruguayan.

   #9. Gints Antrops (201-F-82, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Latvia) couldn't help BK Ogre in their game against Barons Riga in the Latvian LBL. Despite his very good performance last Sunday Antrops was the top scorer with 20 points. Antrops has reliable stats this season: 10.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg. He holds both Italian and Latvian passports.

   #10. Bruno Fiorotto (208-C-84, currently plays in Brazil) contributed to a 1-point CR Vasco Da Gama Rio de Janeiro's victory against the second-ranked Flamengo 78-77 in a derby game in the Brazilian NBB on Saturday night. Fiorotto scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 19 minutes. This year Fiorotto's total stats are: 5.5ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.4apg in 16 games. He has Italian and Brazilian nationalities.



Serie A2 Round 19: #1 Virtus Bologna is defeated by Ravenna - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Virtus Bologna (14-4) on the court of fourth ranked Ravenna on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Ravenna 76-69. It was a great evening for American power forward Taylor Smith (199-91, college: SF Austin) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Guard Matteo Tambone (192-94) helped adding 19 points. At the losing side American center Kenny Lawson (207-88, college: Creighton) responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Virtus Bologna's coach Alessandro Ramagli rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ravenna maintains fourth place in A2 with 12-7 record. Virtus Bologna at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. Ravenna are looking forward to face Recanati (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Virtus Bologna will play against Bondi Ferrara (#12) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Treviso Basket (14-5) against seventh ranked F.Kontatto BO (11-8) on Sunday night. Visiting Treviso Basket was crushed by F.Kontatto BO in Bologna 83-53. It was an exceptional evening for American-Jordanian guard Alex Legion (195-88, college: FIU, agency: Octagon Europe) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Matteo Montano accounted for 20 points and 4 steals. F.Kontatto BO's coach Matteo Boniciolli felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Jesse Perry (200-89, college: Arizona) came up with 11 points and 5 rebounds for Treviso Basket in the defeat. F.Kontatto BO moved-up to sixth place in A2. Treviso Basket at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. F.Kontatto BO will play against higher ranked Alma Trieste (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Treviso Basket will play against Jesi and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Legnano (13-6) against ninth ranked Roma E-basket (10-9) on Sunday night. Host Legnano was defeated by Roma E-basket in a tough game in Castellanza 68-76. Tony Easley fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. William Mosley produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds for lost side. Newly promoted Roma E-basket maintains ninth place in A2 with 10-9 record. Loser Legnano keeps the second position with six games lost. Roma E-basket will meet Novipiu Casale (#11) on the road in the next round. Legnano will play against Rieti (#13) and hope to secure a win.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Treviglio. Third ranked host Treviglio (12-7) defeated their biggest opponent Legnano (13-6) 75-71. Worth to mention a great performance of Adam Sollazzo who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 assists. Treviglio maintains third place in A2 with 12-7 record having just two points less than leader Angelico Biella. Legnano at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Treviglio's next round opponent will be Mens Sana 1871 (#8) in Siena which should be theoretically an easy game. Legnano will play on the road against Rieti (#13) and hope to win that game.
Serie A2 top team - Angelico Biella (14-5) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat fifth ranked Roma Virtus (11-8) 90-86. It was a great evening for Mike Hall who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Angelico Biella maintains first place in A2 with 14-5 record. Loser Roma Virtus dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Angelico Biella will face Latina Basket (#5) at home in the next round. Roma Virtus will play against Tortona and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 19:
In A2 Verona lost to Alma Trieste on the opponent's court 66-68. Imola unfortunately lost to Roseto in a home game 71-83. Recanati managed to beat Piacenza on the road 84-72. Jesi defeated Chieti on its own court 110-96. Unieuro Forli was beaten by Udine APU in a road game 70-66. Bondi Ferrara won against Mantova at home 95-87. Novipiu Casale managed to outperform Lighthouse TR on the opponent's court 96-83. Scafati recorded a loss to Rieti in a home game 74-76. Agropoli was defeated by Tortona on the road 72-66. Mens Sana 1871 smashed Viola RC on its own court 75-54. Treviglio won against FCM Ferentino in a road game 92-82. Latina Basket managed to outperform Agrigento at home 80-62.

East
Ravenna - Virtus Bologna 76-69

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Virtus Bologna (14-4) on the court of fourth ranked Ravenna on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Ravenna 76-69. It was a great evening for American power forward Taylor Smith (199-91, college: SF Austin) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Guard Matteo Tambone (192-94) helped adding 19 points. Four Ravenna players scored in double figures. At the losing side American center Kenny Lawson (207-88, college: Creighton) responded with 21 points and 9 rebounds and Nigerian-American point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV) scored 14 points. Virtus Bologna's coach Alessandro Ramagli rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ravenna maintains fourth place in A2 with 12-7 record. Virtus Bologna at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. Ravenna are looking forward to face Recanati (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Virtus Bologna will play against Bondi Ferrara (#12) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Ravenna: M.Tambone 19+2reb+3ast, T.Smith 14+12reb+2ast, D.Marks 12+3reb, A.Raschi 10+1reb+3ast, S.Masciadri 8+7reb, A.Chiumenti 8+5reb
Virtus Bologna: K.Lawson 21+9reb, M.Umeh 14+3reb+2ast, G.Spizzichini 9+3reb+1ast, A.Michelori 8+5reb+1ast, G.Rosselli 7+8reb+3ast, D.Bruttini 3+1reb
gschID: 485692


Alma Trieste - Verona 68-66

Very expected game when 9th ranked Verona (9-10) was edged on the road by third ranked Alma Trieste (13-6) 68-66 on Sunday. However just two-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Verona was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for forward Matteo Da Ros (204-89) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Javonte Green (193-93, college: Radford, agency: Duran International) helped adding 15 points and 6 rebounds. Alma Trieste's coach Eugenio Dalmasson used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American guard Michael Frazier (193-94, college: Florida) responded with 22 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import point guard Dawan Robinson (188-82, college: Rhode Island, agency: Interperformances) scored 11 points and 5 assists. Alma Trieste maintains third place in A2 with 13-6 record behind leader Angelico Biella. Loser Verona dropped to the eleventh position with ten games lost. Alma Trieste will face F.Kontatto BO (#6) in Bologna in the next round. Verona will play at home against Imola (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Alma Trieste: J.Green 15+6reb+3ast, S.Bossi 12+1reb+3ast, M.Da Ros 11+12reb+5ast, J.Parks 8+8reb, A.Pecile 8, A.Coronica 4+1reb
Verona: M.Frazier 22+5reb+1ast, D.Robinson 11+3reb+5ast, M.Portannese 8+5reb, D.Diliegro 7+4reb, D.Brkic 6+6reb+1ast, N.Basile 4+2ast
gschID: 485693


F.Kontatto BO - Treviso Basket 83-53

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Treviso Basket (14-5) against seventh ranked F.Kontatto BO (11-8) on Sunday night. Visiting Treviso Basket was crushed by F.Kontatto BO in Bologna 83-53. F.Kontatto BO dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Treviso Basket's 22. It was an exceptional evening for American-Jordanian guard Alex Legion (195-88, college: FIU, agency: Octagon Europe) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Point guard Matteo Montano (188-92) accounted for 20 points and 4 steals for the winning side. F.Kontatto BO's coach Matteo Boniciolli felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Jesse Perry (200-89, college: Arizona) came up with 11 points and 5 rebounds and guard Andrea Saccaggi (191-89) added 11 points respectively for Treviso Basket in the defeat. F.Kontatto BO moved-up to sixth place in A2. Treviso Basket at the other side keeps the second position with five games lost. F.Kontatto BO will play against higher ranked Alma Trieste (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Treviso Basket will play against Jesi and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
F.Kontatto BO: A.Legion 21+5reb+2ast, M.Montano 20+2reb+2ast, J.Knox 12+5reb+1ast, N.Italiano 10+1reb+1ast, L.Candi 6+5reb+3ast, S.Mancinelli 6+8reb+1ast
Treviso Basket: J.Perry 11+5reb, A.Saccaggi 11+1ast, Q.DeCosey 7+4reb+1ast, D.Moretti 7+2reb+1ast, A.La Torre 5+3reb, M.Fantinelli 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 485689


Imola - Roseto 71-83

Rather predictable result when eighth ranked Roseto (11-8) defeated on the road 12th ranked Imola (7-12) 83-71 on Sunday. Roseto made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American point guard Adam Smith (185-92, college: Georgia Tech) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 6 rebounds. Riccardo Casagrande (196-88, agency: Two Points) helped adding 14 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side forward Alex Ranuzzi (195-86, agency: Interperformances) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and Czech center Jiri Hubalek (208-82, college: Iowa St., agency: Interperformances) scored 19 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Roseto moved-up to seventh place in A2. Loser Imola dropped to the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. Roseto will face Udine APU (#10) on the road in the next round. Imola will play against Verona and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Roseto: A.Smith 26+6reb+3ast, R.Casagrande 14+5reb+1ast, R.Fultz 10+3reb+3ast, V.Amoroso 10+8reb+2ast, B.Sherrod 7+11reb+2ast, G.Fattori 6+1reb
Imola: J.Hubalek 19+4reb, P.Prato 10+5reb+4ast, A.Ranuzzi 10+10reb+4ast, M.Maggioli 10+4reb+2ast, B.Norfleet 8+4reb+4ast, N.Hassan 7+3reb
gschID: 485690


Piacenza - Recanati 72-84

There was an upset in Casalpusterlengo where higher ranked Piacenza (10-9) was defeated by sixteenth ranked Recanati (4-15) 84-72 on Sunday. It was a great evening for Swedish-American Erik Rush (196-88, college: Montana St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists. American guard Travis Bader (196-91, college: Oakland) helped adding 21 points. At the losing side American guard Kenny Hasbrouck (191-86, college: Siena) responded with 20 points and guard Tommaso Raspino (200-89, agency: Players Group) scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Recanati maintains sixteenth place in A2 with 4-15 record. Loser Piacenza dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. Recanati will face higher ranked Ravenna (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Recanati: T.Bader 21+3reb, E.Rush 18+11reb+8ast, F.Loschi 12+1reb+2ast, S.Spizzichini 9+11reb, G.Sorrentino 9+2reb+2ast, L.Marini 8+1reb
Piacenza: K.Hasbrouck 20+4reb+3ast, R.Rossato 17+2reb+3ast, T.Raspino 15+5reb+5ast, E.Persico 8+1reb, L.Infante 8+7reb+2ast, F.De Nicolao 3+9reb+4ast
gschID: 485687


Jesi - Chieti 110-96

Everything went according to plan when tenth ranked Jesi (9-10) beat at home 13th ranked Chieti (6-12) 110-96 on Sunday. Jesi made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Jesi outrebounded Chieti 35-22 including 20 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American forward Dwayne Davis (196-89, college: S.Mississippi) who led his team to a victory scoring 38 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. Power forward Marco Maganza (204-91) helped adding 18 points and 13 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Trae Golden (188-91, college: Georgia Tech) responded with 26 points and naturalized American power forward Cristopher Mortellaro (207-82, college: Drury) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four Jesi and five Chieti players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Jesi moved-up to ninth place in A2. Loser Chieti dropped to the fourteenth position with 12 games lost. Jesi will face league's second-placed Treviso Basket on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Chieti will play against Mantova (#5) in Mirandola and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Jesi: D.Davis 38+7reb+1ast, T.Bowers 20+3reb+8ast, F.Alessandri 18+1reb+1ast, M.Maganza 18+13reb+3ast, A.Benevelli 8+4reb, G.Janelidze 4+5reb+1ast
Chieti: T.Golden 26+2reb+2ast, M.Venucci 19+1reb+2ast, C.Mortellaro 13+10reb+1ast, M.Allegretti 13+2reb, C.Davis 10+1reb+3ast, L.Sergio 10+4reb+1ast
gschID: 485691


Udine APU - Unieuro Forli 70-66

There was no surprise when 15th ranked Unieuro Forli (4-15) was defeated on the road by eleventh ranked Udine APU (9-10) 70-66 on Sunday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Udine APU outrebounded Unieuro Forli 36-21 including 23 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for Nigerian-American swingman Stan Okoye (198-91, college: VMI) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. American guard Allan Ray (188-84, college: Villanova) helped adding 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side American forward Jeffrey Crockett (201-91, college: Texas Tech) responded with 27 points and the other American import guard Melvin Johnson (193-93, college: VCU) scored 13 points. Udine APU moved-up to tenth place in A2. Unieuro Forli at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fifteenth position with 15 games lost. Udine APU will face higher ranked Roseto (#7) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Unieuro Forli will play against Piacenza (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Udine APU: S.Okoye 23+11reb+5ast, A.Ray 19+5reb+4ast, O.Diop 13+7reb+1ast, M.Ferrari 8+8reb+3ast, M.Pinton 7+2reb+2ast, V.Nobile 0+1ast
Unieuro Forli: J.Crockett 27+3reb, M.Johnson 13+3reb+2ast, M.Ferri 8+4reb+4ast, D.Reati 7+5reb+4ast, S.Pierich 6+2reb+2ast, P.Rotondo 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 485694


Bondi Ferrara - Mantova 95-87

There was a surprise result when fourteenth ranked Bondi Ferrara (7-12) won against at home 4th placed Mantova (11-8) 95-87 on Sunday. Bondi Ferrara dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Mantova's 32 and made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Bondi Ferrara had a 35-24 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. It was a great evening for American Terrence Roderick (196-88, college: UAB) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists. His fellow American import forward Laurence Bowers (203-90, college: Missouri) helped adding 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Bondi Ferrara players scored in double figures. At the losing side American LaMarshall Corbett (189-88, college: Angelo St.) responded with 34 points (!!!) and swingman Alessandro Amici (200-91) scored 17 points. Bondi Ferrara moved-up to twelfth place in A2. Loser Mantova dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Bondi Ferrara will face league's leader Virtus Bologna on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mantova will play against Chieti (#14) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bondi Ferrara: R.Cortese 19+7reb+3ast, L.Bowers 19+12reb+4ast, F.Pellegrino 16+2reb, T.Roderick 16+13reb+9ast, M.Mastellari 9+2reb, M.Soloperto 8+3reb
Mantova: L.Corbett 34+4reb, A.Amici 17+2reb+3ast, J.Giachetti 12+3reb+6ast, D.Daniels 9+12reb, S.Bryan 6+7reb+4ast, A.Casella 4+3reb
gschID: 485688


Round 13
Treviglio - Legnano 75-71

The game between Top Four teams took place in Treviglio. Third ranked host Treviglio (12-7) defeated their biggest opponent Legnano (13-6) 75-71. Treviglio made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Strangely Legnano outrebounded Treviglio 40-28 including 18 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American guard Adam Sollazzo (198-90, college: E.Tenn.St.) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 assists. Guard Tommaso Marino (192-86, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. American Nikolas Raivio (192-86, college: Portland, agency: Pensack Sports) answered with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import center William Mosley (203-89, college: Northwestern St.) added 15 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Legnano. Four Legnano players scored in double figures. Treviglio maintains third place in A2 with 12-7 record having just two points less than leader Angelico Biella. Legnano at the other side keeps the second position with six games lost. Treviglio's next round opponent will be Mens Sana 1871 (#8) in Siena which should be theoretically an easy game. Legnano will play on the road against Rieti (#13) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Treviglio: A.Sollazzo 22+4reb+5ast, T.Marino 19+2reb+5ast, P.Sorokas 11+9reb+2ast, L.Cesana 8+2reb, E.Rossi 7+4reb+1ast, C.Nwohuocha 4+2reb
Legnano: F.Ihedioha 17+4reb+2ast, W.Mosley 15+10reb+1ast, N.Raivio 15+8reb+5ast, M.Palermo 13+5reb, M.Martini 9+7reb+3ast, A.Navarini 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 529137


West
Lighthouse TR - Novipiu Casale 83-96

There was a minor upset in Trapani where 10th ranked Lighthouse TR (9-10) was defeated by twelfth ranked Novipiu Casale (8-11) 96-83 on Sunday. Novipiu Casale outrebounded Lighthouse TR 27-12. It was a great evening for point guard Giovanni Tomassini (188-88) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Guard Nicola Natali (200-88) helped adding 19 points. Five Novipiu Casale players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international power forward Andrea Renzi (207-89, agency: Players Group) responded with 24 points and American point guard Keddric Mays (183-84) scored 27 points. Novipiu Casale moved-up to eleventh place in A2. Loser Lighthouse TR keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. Novipiu Casale will face higher ranked Roma E-basket (#9) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Novipiu Casale: G.Tomassini 23+3reb+2ast, N.Natali 19+4reb, D.Denegri 19+1reb+1ast, F.Di Bella 12+4reb+1ast, N.Martinoni 10+4reb+2ast, M.Nikolic-Smrdelj 7+6reb+2ast
Lighthouse TR: K.Mays 27+1reb+1ast, A.Renzi 24+3reb+2ast, D.Filloy 17+1ast, G.Ganeto 7+2reb+5ast, K.Viglianisi 5+2reb, N.Simic 3+2reb
gschID: 485933


Legnano - Roma E-basket 68-76

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Legnano (13-6) against ninth ranked Roma E-basket (10-9) on Sunday night. Host Legnano was defeated by Roma E-basket in a tough game in Castellanza 68-76. American center Tony Easley (206-87, college: Murray St.) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Point guard Eugenio Fanti (184-91) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Five Roma E-basket players scored in double figures. American center William Mosley (203-89, college: Northwestern St.) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds and the other American import Nikolas Raivio (192-86, college: Portland, agency: Pensack Sports) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Newly promoted Roma E-basket maintains ninth place in A2 with 10-9 record. Loser Legnano keeps the second position with six games lost. Roma E-basket will meet Novipiu Casale (#11) on the road in the next round. Legnano will play against Rieti (#13) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Roma E-basket: T.Easley 21+12reb+1ast, A.Righetti 15+1reb+2ast, E.Fanti 12+9reb+2ast, M.Deloach 12+2reb+3ast, N.Stanic 12+5reb+3ast, N.Petrucci 2
Legnano: W.Mosley 18+16reb+2ast, N.Raivio 16+5reb+1ast, F.Ihedioha 10+3reb+3ast, M.Martini 9, M.Palermo 5+1reb+2ast, A.Navarini 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 485929


Scafati - Rieti 74-76

Rather predictable result when thirteenth ranked Rieti (7-12) edged on the road 16th ranked Scafati (4-15) 76-74 on Sunday. Rieti dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Scafati's 20. It was a great evening for point guard Alessandro Zanelli (187-92) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. American forward DeShawn Sims (203-88, college: Michigan) helped adding 22 points. At the losing side naturalized American swingman Anthony Dobbins (192-81, college: Richmond) responded with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Israeli point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85) scored 18 points. Four Scafati players scored in double figures. Rieti maintains thirteenth place in A2 with 7-12 record. Loser Scafati keeps the sixteenth position with 15 games lost. Rieti will face league's second-placed Legnano in Castellanza in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Scafati will play on the road against Agropoli (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rieti: D.Sims 22+3reb, A.Zanelli 21+5reb+6ast, D.Pepper 18+5reb+1ast, V.Pipitone 4+5reb+2ast, M.Chillo 4+1reb+5ast, N.Benedusi 4+4reb
Scafati: Y.Naimy 18+2reb+2ast, D.Jackson 13+3reb+1ast, A.Dobbins 13+5reb+5ast, N.Crow 12+4reb+1ast, T.Fantoni 8+1reb, I.Lupusor 5+2reb
gschID: 485930


Tortona - Agropoli 72-66

Not a big story in a game when 15th ranked Agropoli (5-14) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Tortona (12-7) 72-66 on Sunday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Tortona outrebounded Agropoli 48-31 including a 36-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American point guard Glenn Cosey (183-92, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Three Eye Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Giampaolo Ricci (201-91) helped adding 13 points and 9 rebounds. Four Tortona players scored in double figures. At the losing side American power forward Kevin Langford (204-85, college: TCU) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import swingman Donnell Taylor (198-82, college: UAB, agency: Diamond Sports) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Tortona moved-up to fourth place in A2. Loser Agropoli keeps the fifteenth position with 14 games lost. Tortona will face Roma Virtus (#6) on the road in the next round. Agropoli will play against Scafati (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tortona: G.Cosey 16+11reb+3ast, G.Ricci 13+9reb, L.Garri 11+7reb+3ast, M.Sanna 10+8reb+1ast, G.Mascherpa 9+1reb+2ast, V.Cucci 6+6reb
Agropoli: K.Langford 20+10reb+1ast, D.Taylor 11+5reb+1ast, G.Romeo 10+2reb, G.Carenza 8+4reb, M.Turel 7, M.Contento 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 485932


Mens Sana 1871 - Viola RC 75-54

Everything went according to plan in Siena where eighth ranked Mens Sana 1871 (11-8) outscored 14th ranked Viola RC (6-13) 75-54 on Sunday. Mens Sana 1871 dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Viola RC's 24. They outrebounded Viola RC 47-32 including a 33-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American guard K.T. Harrell (193-92, college: Auburn) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Naturalized Brazilian Jonathan Tavernari (197-87, college: BYU) helped adding 15 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side American-Danish guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Patrick Baldassarre (200-86, agency: Players Group) scored 8 points and 11 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. Mens Sana 1871 maintains eighth place in A2 with 11-8 record. Loser Viola RC keeps the fourteenth position with 13 games lost. Mens Sana 1871 will face higher ranked Treviglio (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Viola RC will play against Agrigento (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Mens Sana 1871: J.Tavernari 15+5reb+1ast, K.Harrell 14+5reb+8ast, G.Vildera 11+8reb, L.Saccaggi 9+4reb+3ast, S.Flamini 8+10reb, M.Myers 8+8reb+2ast
Viola RC: A.Voskuil 13+6reb+2ast, M.Lagana 11+3reb+1ast, I.Radic 8+7reb+2ast, P.Baldassarre 8+11reb+1ast, A.Fabi 7+3reb, R.Marulli 3+2ast
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FCM Ferentino - Treviglio 82-92

There was no surprise when 11th ranked FCM Ferentino (8-11) was defeated at home by third ranked Treviglio (12-7) 92-82 on Sunday. It was a great evening for guard Tommaso Marino (192-86, agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 5 assists. Lithuanian Paulius Sorokas (202-92, agency: Players Group) helped adding 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side naturalized Argentinian guard Bernardo Musso (193-86, agency: Interperformances) responded with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists and American swingman Benjamin Raymond (198-87, college: Xavier) scored 22 points and 9 rebounds. Treviglio maintains third place in A2 with 12-7 record having just two points less than leader Angelico Biella. Loser FCM Ferentino dropped to the twelfth position with 11 games lost. Treviglio will face Mens Sana 1871 (#8) in Siena in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. FCM Ferentino will play at home against Lighthouse TR (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Treviglio: T.Marino 27+3reb+5ast, P.Marini 20+7reb+2ast, P.Sorokas 15+10reb+4ast, S.Genovese 9+1reb, E.Rossi 6+4reb+2ast, A.Pecchia 6+1reb+1ast
FCM Ferentino: B.Raymond 22+9reb, B.Musso 20+8reb+7ast, A.Gigli 12+6reb+1ast, F.Guarino 10+1ast, T.Carnovali 8+3reb+3ast, M.Gilbert 6+7reb+4ast
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Roma Virtus - Angelico Biella 86-90

Serie A2 top team - Angelico Biella (14-5) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat fifth ranked Roma Virtus (11-8) 90-86. Angelico Biella made 27-of-30 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Roma Virtus were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American-Irish forward Mike Hall (203-84, college: G.Washington, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. American point guard Jazzmarr Ferguson (185-89, college: IU Southeast) helped adding 20 points and 8 assists. At the losing side American forward John Brown (203-92, college: High Point) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds and naturalized American point guard Anthony Raffa (185-89, college: Co.Carolina) scored 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Angelico Biella maintains first place in A2 with 14-5 record. Loser Roma Virtus dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. Angelico Biella will face Latina Basket (#5) at home in the next round. Roma Virtus will play against Tortona and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Angelico Biella: J.Ferguson 20+1reb+8ast, N.De Vico 16+8reb, M.Hall 16+12reb+2ast, M.Udom 12+10reb, A.Tessitori 11+7reb, L.Pollone 8+1reb
Roma Virtus: A.Raffa 21+7reb+6ast, J.Brown 21+15reb+2ast, T.Baldasso 12+2reb+1ast, A.Landi 11+6reb, M.Chessa 11+5reb+4ast, D.Sandri 10+4reb+5ast
gschID: 485934


Latina Basket - Agrigento 80-62

There was a small surprise when seventh ranked Latina Basket (11-8) won against at home 4th placed Agrigento (11-8) 80-62 on Sunday. Latina Basket forced 20 Agrigento turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Agrigento's players. It was a great evening for power forward Mitchell Poletti (205-88) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 9 rebounds. American point guard Keron DeShields (190-92, college: Tennessee St.) helped adding 19 points and 7 assists. Four Latina Basket players scored in double figures. At the losing side American swingman Perrin Buford (198-94, college: Middle Tenn.St.) responded with 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and point guard Alessandro Piazza (175-87) scored 5 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Latina Basket moved-up to fifth place in A2. Latina Basket will face league's leader Angelico Biella on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Agrigento will play against Viola RC (#14) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Latina Basket: M.Poletti 20+9reb+1ast, K.DeShields 19+4reb+7ast, L.Uglietti 15+6reb+6ast, J.Arledge 12+10reb+1ast, A.Pastore 6+2ast, M.Passera 4+4reb+4ast
Agrigento: P.Buford 33+6reb+1ast, I.Ferraro 6+5reb, D.Bell-Holter 6+9reb, R.Zugno 5+1ast, A.Piazza 5+7reb+4ast, R.Bucci 3+1ast
gschID: 485928





Ogooluwa Adegboye (ex Kymis) signs at Unieuro Forli - by Eurobasket News

Serie A2 newcomer Unieuro 2.015 Forli landed 30-year old British international point guard Ogooluwa Adegboye (182-82kg-87, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe). He started the season at GS Kymis in Greek A1 league. In 11 games he averaged 11.2ppg, 3.5rpg and 3.5apg this season. The last season Adegboye played at Viola (Serie A) where in 13 games he had 15.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.3apg and 1.0spg. He also played earlier that season for Juvecaserta (Serie A). In two games he recorded 7.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.5apg. Adegboye also spent pre-season at Wilki Morskie (TBL) in Polish league earlier that year. The other team he played that season for was Vanoli Cremona (Serie A). In 9 games he got 8.9ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.8apg.
Adegboye's team won Cyprus Cup in 2013.
He also represented United Kingdom at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 2.8ppg, 1.3apg.
Adegboye has played previously professionally in Cyprus (Apoel and Etha).
He attended St.Bonaventure University until 2011 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.
Adegboye's game is described as: A natural point guard, with good floor leadersip and passing skills, he needs of some European playing time to become truely effective.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Calabar secure double ISSA High Schoolboys Basketball titles - by Eurobasket News

DEFENDING champions Calabar High held off a late surge from Camperdown High to win a close and exciting Game Three 64-61 and retain their ISSA Southern Conference High Schoolboys Under-19 basketball league title at the GC Foster College last Wednesday. Calabar won the best-of-three series finals 2-1. They won Game One 61-50 and Camperdown took Game Two 69-50.
Meanwhile, their Under-16 team defeated Jamaica College 2-0 in the best-of-three game, to capture the double. Calabar again took Game One 61-44 and sealed victory with 61-50 scoreline over their opponents. Winning coach Ludlow Barker lauded his charges for a stellar performance. 'I had expected this with the series tied at 1-1 coming into the third and final game. However, I was very confident of winning as the adjustments I made after losing Game Two to Camperdown. The plan was also to take them on very early and try securing a six-point lead by the half-time break, and it worked out nicely,' Barker noted. Meanwhile, his opposite number, Oneil Brown blamed officials for his team's lost. 'The officiating was very poor and that also is one of the factors that cost the game. The referees at crucial point interfered with the game and should have left both teams to fight it out,' Brown argued. Calabar dominated the first quarter, taking a 14-8 lead. Both teams traded baskets in the second quarter, however Calabar held a comfortable 31-24 lead at the half. Another evenly contested duel ensued in the third quarter, and again Calabar increased their lead at 57-47 going into the final quarter. Camperdown had the better of play in the final quarter, as Calabar came under some late pressure, but the Red Hills Road boys managed to hold on for victory. Jevaughn Taylor led the scoring for Calabar with a game-high 27 points, backed by Shyeim Powell with 15 points, while Dasean Boyd led the way for Camperdown with 20 points, supported by Jadaja McCormack had 17 points and Matthew McGowan with 14 points.
Courtesy of: jamaicaobserver.com



Double blow for Cornwall College in basketball play-offs - by Eurobasket News

Cornwall College suffered a double loss as they started the all-island ISSA basketball play-offs on Monday, going down to St Elizabeth Technical High (STETHS) and Manchester High respectively, in the Under-16 and Under-19 sections at the Montego Bay Cricket Club. Cornwall College, who were runners-up in both sections of the Western Conference last season, lost 42-51 to Central champions STETHS in the Under-16 game and 40-69 to Manchester High in the Under-19 section. Peter-Rae Martin led STETHS with 37 points and 12 rebounds, as the Santa Cruz based-school extended their lead from one point at the end of the first quarter to 15 at half-time. STETHS were up 14-13 after the first quarter, but then outscored Cornwall College 20-6 in the second to lead 34-19, and despite a brief rally by the Montego Bay-based school in the second half, held on to win by nine points. Jowayne Jones scored 16 points for Cornwall College, while Omar Campbell scored 13 points and had nine rebounds. In the senior game, Manchester High led all the way and increased their lead with each quarter to win by 29 points, despite a game-high 18 points and nine rebounds from Cornwall College's Giovanni Bailey. Manchester led 16-9, 31-22 and 47-29 at the end of the three quarters. Cleon Daley scored 16 points for Manchester High, as well as nine rebounds and six steals, while Rajae Graham scored 15 points.
Courtesy of: jamaicaobserver.com



Kimani Ffriend's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Jamaicans playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kimani Ffriend
Kimani Ffriend
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international center Kimani Ffriend (211-77, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Serbia). He led Dynamic BG to a 1-point victory against the sixth-ranked Vrsac (10-6) 77-76 in the Serbian KLS in Friday night's game. Ffriend had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks in 32 minutes on the court. Dynamic BG Beograd (12-3) is placed second in the KLS. Ffriend has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.5ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.8bpg, 2FGP: 65.0%(26-40) and FT: 72.0% in four games he played so far. Ffriend played for the Jamaican senior national team five years ago.

Durand Scott
Durand Scott
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Durand Scott (196-90, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Italy). Scott was the major contributor in a 1-point Enel Brindisi's victory against the closely-ranked The Flexx PT (8-9) 86-85 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. He scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Enel Basket Brindisi (8-9) is placed 12th in the Serie A. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. This season Scott has very high stats. He averages: 16.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.6apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 48.6%, 3FGP: 30.6% and FT: 71.2%. Scott is a naturalized American. He played for the Jamaican national team in 2013.

Jerome Jordan
Jerome Jordan
   #3. The Jamaican player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Jerome Jordan (215-86, college: Tulsa, currently plays in Spain). Jordan contributed to an Joventut's surprising victory against the seventh-ranked Andorra (10-8) 74-59 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. He recorded 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Divina Seguros Juventut Badalona (5-13) is placed 15th in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Jordan has relatively good stats this season: 10.1ppg, 5.4rpg, 2FGP: 68.3%(43-63) and FT: 79.5%. He played for the Jamaican national team three years ago.

Roy Hibbert
Roy Hibbert
   #4. Center Roy Hibbert (218-86, college: Georgetown, currently plays in NBA). Hibbert could not help the Charlotte Hornets (24-26) to beat the Sacramento Kings (19-30). He recorded 6 points in only 12 minutes. The Charlotte Hornets (24-26) were edged 109-106 on the road by the Kings. It was Hornets' sixth consecutive loss in a row. It's Hibbert's first season with the team. This year Hibbert's overall stats are: 5.2ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.1bpg in 42 games. He is a naturalized American. Hibbert used to play for the Jamaican national team back in 2010.

Dylan Ennis
Dylan Ennis
   #5. Former international guard Dylan Ennis (187-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Oregon to a victory against the University of Utah (1-1) 73-67 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. He scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 31 minutes. The University of Oregon has 5-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all five games in the conference. This year Ennis has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.2apg and 1.2spg in 22 games. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Jamaican. Ennis used to play for the Jamaican national team three years ago.

Ryan Reid
Ryan Reid
   #6. Power forward Ryan Reid (204-86, college: Florida St., currently plays in Japan) contributed to an easy victory against the second-ranked Fukushima (20-12) crushing them 88-65 in the Japanese B League D2 last Sunday. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group West. Shimane Susanoo Magic (25-6) is placed third. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Reid's total stats this season are: 8.4ppg and 6.1rpg. He is a naturalized American. Reid is a former international player as he played for the Jamaican senior team six years ago.

Adrian Forbes
Adrian Forbes
   #7. Former international power forward Adrian Forbes (211-88, agency: Haylett Sports, college: Auburn, currently plays in Japan) was not able to help Kagawa FA (10-22) in their last game. Despite his good performance the fifth-placed Kagawa FA (10-22) were badly defeated 84-64 on the opponent's court by the leading Gunma in the West group. Forbes had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 26 minutes. It was Kagawa FA's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Forbes' total stats are: 5.6ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.2bpg in 32 games. He used to play for the Jamaican national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Sek Henry (193-G-87, college: Nebraska, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) could not help Gravelines-Dunkerque (2-4) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance the third-placed Gravelines-Dunkerque (2-4) was defeated 87-77 on the road by the leading Demir IBB in the group L of FIBA Europe Cup. Henry was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 4 rebounds. The Second Stage already ended in the FIBA Europe Cup. It's Henry's first season with the team. Henry has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.0apg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American.

   #2. Justin Rutty (200-F-89, agency: HMS, college: Quinnipiac, currently plays in Uruguay) was the major contributor in a 1-point Union Atletica's victory against the leader Goes (7-1) 81-80 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB on Tuesday night. Rutty had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 12 rebounds in 37 minutes. Union Atletica Montevideo (4-4) is placed fourth in Promocional 2 group. It's Rutty's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Rutty averages: 19.0ppg, 9.9rpg and 1.8apg in eight games he played so far. He is a naturalized American.

   #3. Jevohn Shepherd (196-G/F-86, college: Michigan, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) led his Belgian team Spirou Charleroi to a victory against the eighth-ranked Szolnok (2-12) 92-87 in the Basketball Champions League last Wednesday. Shepherd scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 29 minutes. Proximus Spirou Charleroi (6-8) is placed sixth in group E. The Regular Season already ended in the Basketball Champions League. It's Shepherd's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 13.6ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2apg in 12 games. Shepherd has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #4. Omari Johnson (206-F-89, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Lithuania) managed to help Neptunas Klaipeda to win against the closely-ranked Vytautas (10-11) 72-60 in the Lithuanian LKL on Saturday night. He scored 5 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Neptunas Klaipeda (11-10) is placed fourth in the LKL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Johnson's overall stats this season are: 7.4ppg and 4.8rpg. He is a naturalized American.

   #5. Experienced Torin Francis (210-C-83, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Argentina) led La Union to a victory over the sixth-ranked Argentino (14-15) 72-65 in the Argentinian LigaA in Sunday night's game. Francis was MVP of the game. He scored 17 points in 27 minutes. La Union Formosa (5-16) is placed sixth in Norte group. Francis has relatively good stats this year: 13.3ppg and 8.0rpg in 28 games. He is a naturalized American.

   #6. McHugh Mattis (198-F-84, college: S.Florida, currently plays in Mexico) was not able to help Abejas (9-23) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Mattis' very good performance Abejas was defeated 84-74 in Nuevo Laredo by the higher-ranked Toros (#3). He was the second best scorer with 19 points. Mattis also added 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Mattis has relatively good stats this season: 13.0ppg, 8.4rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3bpg. He is a naturalized American.

   #7. Sherman Gay (201-F/C-82, college: Loyola Mary, currently plays in Finland) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Tampereen Pyrinto crushing them 92-72 in the Finnish Korisliiga on Wednesday night. Gay scored 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 30 minutes. Gay has very impressive stats this year: 20.2ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.0bpg and 1.2spg in 25 games. He is a naturalized American.

   #8. Phil Henry (203-PF-91, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: E.New Mexico, currently plays in Slovakia) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Nova Ves (4-24) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Nova Ves was badly defeated 90-71 in Bratislava by the higher-ranked Karlovka (#9). Henry recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. This season Henry has very high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.1apg. Henry is a naturalized American.

   #9. Jermaine Anderson (188-PG-83, college: Fordham, currently plays in ABA League) couldn't help Mornar Bar in their game against Crvena Zvezda in the ABA League. Anderson scored only 4 points. His team was defeated 82-71. Anderson has averaged so far 3.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.0apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #10. Tyran De Lattibeaudiere (201-F-91, college: Lamar, currently plays in Spain) was the main contributor in a CB Granada's victory against the 14th-ranked Gandia 89-82 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. De Lattibeaudiere was MVP of the game. He scored 18 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 25 minutes. De Lattibeaudiere has reliable stats this year: 12.3ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3bpg in 19 games.



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Justin Doellman selected the top Kosovan playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Justin Doellman
Justin Doellman
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Justin Doellman (205-85, agency: BeoBasket, college: Xavier, currently plays in Spain). Doellman led FC Barcelona to a victory against the closely-ranked Baskonia (12-6) 92-84 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He recorded 15 points (made all of his five free throws). FC Barcelona Lassa (13-4) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. Doellman has relatively good stats this season: 13.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 55.2%(37-67), 3FGP: 51.9%(14-27) and FT: 87.9%. He is a naturalized American. Doellman is currently a member of the Kosovan senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Kosovo.

Scott Bamforth
Scott Bamforth
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Scott Bamforth (188-89, also represented by BeoBasket, college: Weber St., currently plays in Spain). Bamforth was the major contributor in a RETAbet BB's victory against the closely-ranked Zaragoza (6-12) 81-77 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. He recorded 13 points in 24 minutes. RETAbet Bilbao Basket (7-10) is placed tenth in the Liga Endesa. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. This year Bamforth has relatively solid stats: 14.3ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.1apg, 3FGP: 36.6% and FT: 91.2%(62-68) in 18 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Bamforth is in the roster of the Kosovan senior national team. Apparently he has never played in Kosovo.

Gezim Morina
Gezim Morina
   #3. The Kosovan player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Gezim Morina (203-92, currently plays in Slovenia). He could not help KK Primorska (8-8) to beat Hopsi Polzela (11-5). Morina did not have that impressive stats last Monday. He recorded only 2 points in 12 minutes. KK Primorska lost 67-73 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Hopsi Polzela. It was KK Primorska's fourth consecutive loss in a row. It's Morina's first season with the team. This year Morina's overall stats are: 7.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 2FGP: 54.8%, 3FGP: 17.6% and FT: 79.2% in 16 games. He has a dual citizenship: Kosovan and Slovenian. Morina played for the Kosovan national team six years ago.

Jaren Sina
Jaren Sina
   #4. Guard Jaren Sina (188-94, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the G.Washington (1-4) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance the G.Washington was defeated 82-70 at home by the Rhode Island University. Sina scored 10 points. This season Sina averages: 9.7ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.9apg. He is a naturalized American. Sina is also Kosovan national team player. Interesting that he has never played in Kosovo.

Arif Mehmetaj
Arif Mehmetaj
   #5. International forward Arif Mehmetaj (201-94, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to a Daemen College's victory against the Mercy College (0-9) 82-72 in the NCAA2 last Saturday. Mehmetaj scored 17 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 6 blocks. The Daemen College has a solid 7-4 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Mehmetaj has reliable stats this season: 14.9ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.6apg and 1.1bpg. He is a naturalized American. Mehmetaj plays currently for the Kosovan national team. However he has never played in Kosovo.

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

   #1. Kenan Sipahi (197-PG-95, currently plays in Turkey) led Besiktas to an easy victory against the league outsider TED Kolejliler (0-16) crushing them 93-52 in the Turkish BSL in Saturday night's game. He recorded 11 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists in 23 minutes. Besiktas Sompo Japan Istanbul (12-4) is placed third in the BSL. It's Sipahi's first season with the team. This year Sipahi averages: 3.3ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.1apg in 14 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Kosovan and Turkish.

   #2. Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94, currently plays in Slovenia) was the major contributor in Krka's victory against the eighth-ranked Tajfun (7-9) crushing them 67-37 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM in Wednesday night's game. Kastrati scored 12 points. Krka Novo Mesto (14-4) is placed first in the Liga Nova KBM. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. It's Kastrati's fifth season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 9.6ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.4apg. Kastrati is another player who holds two passports: Kosovan and Albanian.

   #3. Gerti Shima (204-PF-86, currently plays in Balkan League) could not help SK Tirana in their last game. Despite Shima's very good performance SK Tirana was crushed 96-72 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams (#11) Peja. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Shima also added 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 31 minutes. Shima has reliable stats this year: 14.7ppg, 8.1rpg and 2.7apg in seven games. He has both Kosovan and Albanian nationalities.

Other top Kosovan players, who play abroad:

Dardan Berisha (191-SG-88) plays for AZS Polfarmex in Polish PLK
Fahri Breca (190-G-85) plays for Recklinghausen in German ProB
Bardhosh Kelmeni (195-G-98) plays for Malbas in Swedish Basketligan
Damir Nicevic (205-C-76) plays for Vogosca in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division II
Elio Sadiku (186-PG-91) plays for Cognac BB in French NM2
Valdet Obertinca (197-F/G-82) plays for Hoganas in Swedish Basketettan
Hekuran Pireva (C/F-86) plays for Trelleborg in Swedish Basketettan
Valon Gashi (202-F/C-87) plays for Trelleborg in Swedish Basketettan
Berat Kllapija (189-85) plays for Jahn Freising in German 2.Regionalliga

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



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Standings - LBAL

LBL2 Standings
Places 1-12
 1. Turiba 14-0 
 2. Kekava 13-1 
 3. ViA 11-2 
 4. Jelgava 10-4 
 5. RSU 8-6 
 6. Marupe 8-7 
 7. Ogre/Kumho Tyre 6-7 
 8. Limbazi 5-9 
 9. RTU 3-10 
 10. Saldus 3-13 
 11. Gulbenes Buki 1-12 
 12. Livani 1-12 
Places 13-21
 1. VeA 11-0 
 2. DSN/SB 7-3 
 3. Madona 6-4 
 4. VEF skola 6-4 
 5. LU/BS Riga 5-3 
 6. Valmiera/ORDO-2 4-5 
 7. Jekabpils II 3-8 
 8. Riga/Ridzene 1-8 
 9. BJBS Riga 0-8 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 10

Feb. 2: RSU - Livani 76-71
Feb. 2: Jekabpils II - VeA 65-80
Feb. 1: Riga/Ridzene - Madona 61-90
Feb. 1: Limbazi - Turiba 52-101
Feb. 2: DSN/SB - Valmiera/ORDO-2 102-87
Feb. 3: RTU - Marupe
Feb. 3: Jelgava - ViA
Feb. 3: Limbazi - Ogre/Kumho Tyre
Feb. 4: LU/BS Riga - BJBS Riga
Feb. 4: Gulbenes Buki - Kekava
Feb. 4: Turiba - Saldus


LBL D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Barrett, Madona27.5 
 2. Krumins, Jelgava23.7 
 3. Ginters, RSU22.8 
 4. Kaufmanis, Valmier.22.7 
 5. Miezis, Kekava22.7 
 6. Stiebrins, Jekabpil.18.9 
 7. Jansons, VEF skola18.4 
 8. Saknitis, Kekava18.2 
 9. Skute, Madona17.8 
 10. Zotovs, VEF skola16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Barrett, Madona15.3 
 2. Dubults, ViA11.8 
 3. Cavars, Kekava11.4 
 4. Vikentsyeu, VeA10.8 
 5. Mednis, Gulbenes Buki10.2 
 6. Gertners, DSN/.9.4 
 7. Krumins, Jelgava9.3 
 8. Metnieks, Marupe8.8 
 9. Skute, Madona8.7 
 10. Ginters, RSU8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Gatis JUSTOVICS
  Jelgava
  (184-G-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Justovics, Jelgava8.3 
 2. Buikis, Saldus7.7 
 3. Kohanovs, ViA6.5 
 4. Bikovs, RTU6.1 
 5. Osins, Limbazi5.9 
 6. Endzels, Turiba5.9 
 7. Zotovs, VEF skola5.6 
 8. Pabrieza, Livani5.4 
 9. Paze, Marupe5.4 
 10. Dulevskis, Gulbenes.5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Nauris MIEZIS
  Kekava
  (189-F-91)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Miezis, Kekava3.6 
 2. Mikulskiy, VeA2.9 
 3. Dambis, BJBS R.2.8 
 4. Bikovs, RTU2.8 
 5. Osins, Limbazi2.7 
 6. Zotovs, VEF skola2.5 
 7. Kaufmanis, Valmier.2.5 
 8. Skripka, Madona2.4 
 9. Berzins, Valmier.2.3 
 10. Klegeris, LU/BS R.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Reinis AVOTINS
  Jekabpil.
  (202-F-98)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Avotins, Jekabpil.1.6 
 2. Engers, ViA1.5 
 3. Dembskis, LU/BS R.1.4 
 4. Skute, Madona1.3 
 5. Metnieks, Marupe1.2 
 6. Gertners, DSN/.1.1 
 7. Indrikovs, Ogre/Kum.1.1 
 8. Viksna, Livani1.0 
 9. Jurjans, RSU1.0 
 10. Railans, Valmier.0.9 


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

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

Janis Strelnieks
Janis Strelnieks
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Janis Strelnieks (191-89, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his German team Brose Baskets to a victory over the 14th-ranked Maccabi T-A (7-14) 90-75 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Strelnieks was MVP of the game. He scored 25 points and added 4 assists in 20 minutes on the court. Brose Baskets Bamberg (8-13) is placed 11th in group A. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. Strelnieks has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.4apg, 2FGP: 58.9%(53-90), 3FGP: 46.9%(38-81) and FT: 89.2% in 21 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Dairis Bertans
Dairis Bertans
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Dairis Bertans (194-89, currently plays in Euroleague). Bertans could not help Darussafaka (10-11) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his very good performance the eighth-placed Darussafaka (10-11) was edged 89-87 on the road by the much lower-ranked Armani Milano (#15) in the group A of Euroleague. Bertans was the second best scorer with 18 points. He also added 3 assists. This season Bertans averages: 7.2ppg, 1.4apg, 3FGP: 56.3%(27-48) and FT: 87.5%. He is in the roster of the Latvian senior national team.

Janis Timma
Janis Timma
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Janis Timma (201-92, currently plays in EuroCup). Timma was the major contributor in Zenit's victory against the closely-ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod (1-4) crushing them 90-66 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. He scored 16 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Zenit Saint Petersburg (3-2) is placed second in the Eurocup. Timma's team will play only one more game in the Eurocup Second Stage. And that game will be critical. Timma has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.3apg, 2FGP: 72.3%(34-47), 3FGP: 42.7% and FT: 72.7% in 11 games. Timma is also a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Kristaps Porzingis
Kristaps Porzingis
   #4. Power forward Kristaps Porzingis (221-95, currently plays in NBA) was the main contributor in a New York Knicks' victory against the Brooklyn Nets (9-40) 95-90 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Porzingis recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. The New York Knicks have 22-29 record this season. This year Porzingis has very high stats. He averages: 18.7ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.9bpg. Porzingis is also Latvian national team player.

Anzejs Pasecniks
Anzejs Pasecniks
   #5. International center Anzejs Pasecniks (216-95, college: VEF skola, currently plays in EuroCup) contributed to a 2-point Gran Canaria's victory against the league leader Lokomotiv (4-1) 68-66 in the Eurocup last Tuesday. He scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 15 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Herbalife Gran Canaria (3-2) is placed second in the Eurocup. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Eurocup Second Stage. And now that game is very crucial. This year Pasecniks' overall stats are: 5.8ppg and 2.6rpg in 12 games. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Rolands Freimanis
Rolands Freimanis
   #6. Power forward Rolands Freimanis (208-88, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to help Usak Sportlif (5-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Freimanis' very good performance Usak Sportlif was defeated 98-89 in Istanbul by the leading Fenerbahce. He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Freimanis also added 5 passes. It's Freimanis' first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.3apg. Freimanis is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

Zanis Peiners
Zanis Peiners
   #7. International swingman Zanis Peiners (203-90, currently plays in Greece) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams PAOK (8-7) in their last game. Despite his good performance PAOK lost 68-73 in Rodou to the higher-ranked (#5) Kolossos HH. Peiners was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 31 minutes. Peiners has reliable stats this year: 10.9ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.7apg in 12 games. He is also Latvian national team player.

Ojars Silins
Ojars Silins
   #8. Power forward Ojars Silins (203-93, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) contributed to a Telekom Baskets' victory against the closely-ranked Vytautas (4-2) 75-61 in the FIBA Europe Cup last Wednesday. Silins scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group M. Telekom Baskets Bonn (5-1) is placed first. There are only two games left until the end of the FIBA Europe Cup Second Stage. So now every game will be important. Silins' stats this season are: 12.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.2apg. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Davis Bertans
Davis Bertans
   #9. International forward Davis Bertans (208-92, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the San Antonio Spurs (37-11) in their game against the New Orleans Pelicans (19-31) in the NBA, despite his very good performance on Friday night. Bertans was the second best scorer with 17 points in 20 minutes. But the San Antonio Spurs (37-11) were badly defeated 119-103 in New Orleans by the Pelicans. This year Bertans' total stats are: 4.1ppg and 1.3rpg in 40 games. He is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

Ivars Rihards Zvigurs
Ivars Rihards Zvigurs
   #10. Small forward Ivars Rihards Zvigurs (198-95, currently plays in Estonia) couldn't help Valga (5-12) in their game against TTU (8-6) in the Estonian Alexela KML. Despite his very good performance in Friday night's game Zvigurs recorded a double-double by scoring 35 points and getting 10 rebounds. Zvigurs averaged so far 13.9ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.2spg. He is a former U20 international player as two years ago he still played for the Latvian national team.

   #11. International power forward Rolands Smits (207-95, currently plays in EuroCup) couldn't help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in their game against Lokomotiv in the Eurocup, despite his good performance last Wednesday. Smits recorded 10 points in 29 minutes. But his team lost 87-91. Smits has averaged so far 9.5ppg and 2.8rpg in 13 games. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

   #12. Former U16 international small forward Rodions Kurucs (206-98, currently plays in Spain) helped Barca II edge the 12th-ranked CB Prat 78-77 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Thursday night. Kurucs was the top player that evening. He recorded 18 points and blocked 2 shots. Kurucs has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.1bpg. He used to play for the Latvian U16 national team back in 2014.

   #13. International guard Davis Lejasmeiers (192-91, currently plays in Sweden) helped Sodertalje Kings win their game against one of league's weakest teams Malbas crushing them 90-61 in the Swedish Basketligan in Friday night's game. Lejasmeiers scored 14 points and added 7 passes in 24 minutes. Lejasmeiers has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 2.5rpg and 4.3apg in 16 games. He is also Latvian national team player.

   #14. Former international forward Ernests Kalve (200-87, agency: HMS, currently plays in Romania) helped Targu Mures win their game against the league outsider Olimpic crushing them 87-65 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Saturday. Kalve scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Kalve has averaged so far 9.8ppg and 4.2rpg. He used to play for the Latvian national team back in 2010.

   #15. Former U20 international guard Sandis Silavs (194-88, currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ivars Rihards Zvigurs and both played together in the last Estonian Alexela KML game. Silavs couldn't help Valga in their game against TTU, despite his very good performance on Friday night. He scored 13 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 37 minutes. But his team lost 87-98. Silavs has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.3apg in 17 games. He used to play for the Latvian U20 national team nine years ago.

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

   #1. Alvis Eglitis (195-F-85, currently plays in Norway) was the major contributor in an Asker Aliens' victory against the closely-ranked Nidaros Jets (10-11) 81-71 in the Norwegian BLNO on Saturday night. Eglitis scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Asker Aliens BC (11-10) is placed sixth in the BLNO. Eglitis is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Asker Aliens' roster. He has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 10.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.7spg.

   #2. Aksels Skaistlauks (195-SG-97, currently plays in Germany) managed to help SV 03 Tuebingen 2nd team in a victory against the 11th-ranked Saarlouis/Dillingen (5-12) 102-90 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Saturday. Skaistlauks scored only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court. SV 03 Tuebingen 2nd team (7-10) is placed tenth in South-West group. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Skaistlauks has averaged so far 4.8ppg and 1.3rpg in 16 games he played so far.



Best players of Latvian LBL round 20 - by Eurobasket News

American Damier Pitts (177-PG-89) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's second-best Valmiera and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 27-year old playmaker had the game-high 24 points adding nine rebounds and seven assists for Valmiera in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Ventspils (#1, 16-2) 97-95. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Valmiera maintains the 2nd position in Latvian LBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Valmiera will need more victories to improve their 13-7 record. Pitts turned to be Valmiera's top player in his first season with the team. Marshall University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Pitts is in league's top in assists (7th best: 4.9apg). Worth to mention Pitts played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old power forward Artjoms Butjankovs (205-F/C-91) of Liepaja/Triobet. Butjankovs impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Liepaja/Triobet lost that game 71-82 to slightly lower-ranked BK Ogre (#8, 7-11). Liepaja/Triobet managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-11 record. Butjankovs is a newcomer at Liepaja/Triobet and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 13.8ppg (#9). He also registered 7.2 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Latvian Ivars Rihards Zvigurs (198-SF-95) of Valka/Valga (#10). Zvigurs scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Zvigurs' great performance Valka/Valga lost 70-119 to the higher-ranked Ventspils (#1, 16-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Valka/Valga can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 3-9 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Zvigurs he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Zvigurs has individually a great season in Latvia. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.1ppg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Artjoms Butjankovs (205-F/C-91) of Liepaja/Triobet - 24 points and 11 rebounds
5. Ingus Jakovics (186-PG-93) of Ventspils - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Davis Rozitis (215-C-90) of Barons Riga - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Denis Krestinin (202-F-94) of Barons Riga - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Janis Antrops (193-G-91) of Jekabpils - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Willie Deane (188-PG-80) of Ventspils - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Edgars Lasenbergs (189-G-95) of LU - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists

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



LBL Round 20: Leader Ventspils lose to Valmiera - by Eurobasket News

Top ranked Ventspils (16-2) recorded its second loss on the court of second ranked Valmiera on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by Valmiera 97-95. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 32-20 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Valmiera made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Ventspils helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American point guard Damier Pitts (177-89, college: Marshall) who scored 24 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). point guard Janis Kaufmanis (186-89) chipped in 20 points and 4 assists. Lithuanian forward Edgaras Zelionis (207-89) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Valmiera (13-7) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position having just one point less than leader Ventspils. Ventspils at the other side still keep top place with two games lost. Valmiera will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ventspils will play at home against Jekabpils and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Ventspils delivered the sixteenth victory. This time they crushed 10th ranked Valka/Valga (3-9) 119-70. The former international point guard Ingus Jakovics (186-93, college: Liepaja-2) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Willie Deane contributed with 18 points and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Ivars Rihards Zvigurs (198-95) replied with 22 points and 9 rebounds for Valka/Valga. Ventspils maintains first position with 16-2 record. Valka/Valga lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with nine games lost. Ventspils will play against Jekabpils (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Valka/Valga will play against VEF Riga (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.

Rest of the games of round 20 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
BK Ogre defeated Liepaja/Triobet in a road game 82-71. LU lost to defending champion Valmiera at home 60-78. BK Ogre lost to Barons Riga on the opponent's court 74-84. LU unfortunately lost to Liepaja/Triobet in a home game 62-67. Jurmala recorded a loss to Jekabpils on the road 70-83.
The best stats of 20th round was 15 points and 8 rebounds by Arturs Berzins of Valmiera.

Liepaja/Triobet - BK Ogre 71-82

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 7th ranked Liepaja/Triobet (8-11) was defeated at home by eighth ranked BK Ogre (7-11) 82-71. Liepaja/Triobet was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 28-12 charge of BK Ogre, which allowed them to win the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Naturalized Italian forward Gints Antrops (201-82, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international forward Janis Poznaks (203-83) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four BK Ogre players scored in double figures. American guard Malcolm Griffin (193-91, college: Fresno Pacific, agency: Promotex) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists and power forward Artjoms Butjankovs (205-91) added 24 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Liepaja/Triobet. Liepaja/Triobet's coach Agris Galvanovskis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BK Ogre maintains eighth position with 7-11 record. Liepaja/Triobet at the other side keeps the seventh place with 11 games lost. BK Ogre will play against higher ranked Jurmala (#5) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Liepaja/Triobet will play against Barons Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Ogre: G.Antrops 15+7reb+4ast, K.Apsitis 15+7reb+1ast, M.Vitols 12+6reb+4ast, G.Sipolins 12+2reb, J.Poznaks 11+11reb+2ast, K.Plavnieks 6+2reb+7ast
Liepaja/Triobet: A.Butjankovs 24+12reb, M.Griffin 23+12reb+8ast, I.Aizpurs 6+4reb+1ast, K.Pauls Lasmanis 6+1reb, R.Krastins 6+1reb+1ast, C.Montgomery 4+12reb+1ast
gschID: 533027


LU - Valmiera 60-78

No shocking result in a game in Riga where second ranked Valmiera (13-7) defeated 9th ranked Latvijas Universitate (4-17) 78-60. The game was mostly controlled by Valmiera. Latvijas Universitate was better in fourth quarter 26-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Latvijas Universitate to just 7 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Latvijas Universitate 44-32 including a 36-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Valmiera players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The former international Arturs Berzins (204-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 8 rebounds. Point guard Janis Kaufmanis (186-89) contributed with 8 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Point guard Renars Birkans (184-97) replied with 14 points and 5 rebounds and Ricards Melderis (188-96) added 12 points in the effort for Latvijas Universitate. Latvijas Universitate's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Valmiera have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 13-7 record having just one point less than leader Ventspils. Latvijas Universitate at the other side keeps the ninth place with 17 games lost. Valmiera will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Latvijas Universitate will play at home against Valka/Valga (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: A.Berzins 15+8reb+1ast, H.Karlis 11+2reb+1ast, L.Blaus 11+8reb, D.Pitts 10+2reb+5ast, M.Laksa 9+5reb+2ast, E.Jonats 8+9reb+1ast
LU: R.Birkans 14+5reb+2ast, R.Melderis 12+1reb+1ast, J.Eiduks 8+2reb, L.Jaunzems 7+3reb+2ast, H.Rubenis 6+4reb+1ast, R.Dembskis 5+2reb
gschID: 533028


Ventspils - Valka/Valga 119-70

Leader Ventspils delivered the sixteenth victory. This time they crushed 10th ranked Valka/Valga (3-9) 119-70. The game without a history. Ventspils led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Valka/Valga's 38 and made 25-of-28 charity shots (89.3 percent) during the game. Ventspils had a 33-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Valka/Valga's players. Valka/Valga was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international point guard Ingus Jakovics (186-93, college: Liepaja-2) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). American-Bulgarian point guard Willie Deane (188-80, college: Purdue, agency: Higher Vision Sports) contributed with 18 points and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Ventspils players scored in double figures. Ivars Rihards Zvigurs (198-95) replied with 22 points and 9 rebounds and guard Sandis Silavs (194-88) added 18 points and 7 assists in the effort for Valka/Valga. Ventspils maintains first position with 16-2 record. Valka/Valga lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with nine games lost. Ventspils will play against Jekabpils (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Valka/Valga will play against VEF Riga (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: I.Jakovics 22+5reb+6ast, W.Deane 18+4reb+6ast, T.Leimanis 16+1reb+2ast, A.Skele 16+2reb+3ast, A.Ate 15+7reb+3ast, M.Gulbis 13+9reb+3ast
Valka/Valga: I.Rihards Zvigurs 22+9reb, S.Silavs 18+4reb+7ast, R.Strupovics 15+5reb+1ast, V.Veski 7+2reb+1ast, K.Kanbergs 4+5reb+2ast, R.Raadik 4+2reb
gschID: 533026


Barons Riga - BK Ogre 84-74

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked BK Ogre's (7-11) road loss to seventh ranked Barons Riga (8-9) 74-84. The game was mostly controlled by Barons Riga. BK Ogre was better in second period 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 29-of-35 charity shots (82.9 percent) during the game. Barons Riga outrebounded BK Ogre 48-23 including a 37-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. BK Ogre was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Center Davis Rozitis (215-90, college: Hawaii) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Lithuanian forward Denis Krestinin (202-94, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Rozitis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Barons Riga players scored in double figures. Naturalized Italian forward Gints Antrops (201-82, agency: Interperformances) replied with 20 points and forward Rihards Zebergs (193-92) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for BK Ogre. Barons Riga moved-up to sixth place. BK Ogre at the other side keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Barons Riga will play against Liepaja/Triobet (#7) at home in the next round. BK Ogre will play against Jurmala and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Barons Riga: D.Krestinin 15+13reb+2ast, D.Rozitis 15+13reb+5ast, D.Geks 15+1reb+1ast, T.Larson 12+7reb+6ast, T.Jogela 10+4reb, K.Mediss 9+2reb+2ast
BK Ogre: G.Antrops 20+2reb+1ast, R.Zebergs 16+5reb, G.Sipolins 10+3reb+1ast, M.Vitols 7+1reb+5ast, K.Apsitis 5+4reb+2ast, L.Mizis 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 533025


LU - Liepaja/Triobet 62-67

Rather predictable result in Riga where seventh ranked Liepaja/Triobet (8-11) beat 9th ranked Latvijas Universitate (4-17) 67-62. The guests were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 19-10 Latvijas Universitate's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 67-62 at the end of the game. Power forward Artjoms Butjankovs (205-91) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). American guard Malcolm Griffin (193-91, college: Fresno Pacific, agency: Promotex) contributed with 4 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Guard Edgars Lasenbergs (189-95) replied with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Linards Jaunzems (198-95) added 10 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Latvijas Universitate. Latvijas Universitate's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Liepaja/Triobet maintains seventh position with 8-11 record. Latvijas Universitate at the other side keeps the ninth place with 17 games lost. Liepaja/Triobet will play against higher ranked Barons Riga (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Latvijas Universitate will play against Valka/Valga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Liepaja/Triobet: A.Butjankovs 24+11reb, A.Ausejs 12+1ast, R.Krastins 9+3reb, C.Montgomery 7+8reb+1ast, L.McMullan 6+2reb, M.Griffin 4+6reb+10ast
LU: E.Lasenbergs 16+7reb+4ast, P.Rekis 10+2reb, L.Jaunzems 10+9reb+1ast, J.Eiduks 8+7reb+4ast, R.Birkans 7+2reb+5ast, A.Ginters 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 533024


Valmiera - Ventspils 97-95

Top ranked Ventspils (16-2) recorded its second loss on the court of second ranked Valmiera on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by Valmiera 97-95. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 32-20 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Valmiera made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Ventspils helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American point guard Damier Pitts (177-89, college: Marshall) who scored 24 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Point guard Janis Kaufmanis (186-89) chipped in 20 points and 4 assists. Pitts is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Lithuanian forward Edgaras Zelionis (207-89) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and the former international power forward Rolandas Zakis (206-87) added 13 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Valmiera (13-7) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position having just one point less than leader Ventspils. Ventspils at the other side still keep top place with two games lost. Valmiera will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ventspils will play at home against Jekabpils and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: D.Pitts 24+9reb+7ast, J.Kaufmanis 20+1reb+4ast, A.Berzins 15+4reb+3ast, E.Jonats 13+6reb, L.Blaus 12+2reb+2ast, M.Laksa 10+6reb
Ventspils: I.Jakovics 17+1reb+3ast, E.Zelionis 16+11reb, M.Gulbis 16+2reb+2ast, A.Skele 14+4reb+4ast, R.Zakis 13+11reb, K.Janicenoks 10+4reb+4ast
gschID: 533023


Jekabpils - Jurmala 83-70

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked Jurmala (9-12) was defeated on the road by third ranked Jekabpils (11-8) 83-70. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Jekabpils's pressure prevailed and they won that period 26-16 extending their advantage to 13 points. They made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Guard Janis Antrops (193-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 4 assists. The former international point guard Rinalds Sirsnins (186-85) contributed with 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. The former international point guard Edgars Jeromanovs (186-86) replied with 17 points and 6 assists and forward Arturs Duselis (201-89) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Jurmala. 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. Jekabpils maintains third position with 11-8 record having four points less than leader Ventspils. Jurmala at the other side keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost. Jekabpils will play against league's leader Ventspils on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Jurmala will play against BK Ogre (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Jekabpils: R.Sirsnins 19+2reb+4ast, J.Antrops 19+4reb+4ast, K.Miglinieks 15+1reb, J.Aleksejevs 10+6reb+2ast, R.Stumbris 9+8reb+2ast, O.Virsis 5+2reb
Jurmala: E.Jeromanovs 17+3reb+6ast, A.Duselis 13+7reb, D.Gutmanis 13+2reb+2ast, E.Elksnis 11+4reb+1ast, M.Saulitis 5, V.Iljins 5+13reb+1ast
gschID: 533022





Latvian LBL2 round 9 (Second Stage) best performance: Martin Barrett - by Eurobasket News

American Swingman Martin Barrett (196-F/G) had a great game in the last round for Madona (they play in Places 13-21), receiving a Eurobasket.com LBL2 Player of the Week award for round 9 (Second Stage).
The player had a double-double of 25 points and 21 rebounds, while his team beat BJBS Riga (#21, 0-8), the league's bottom-ranked team 94-86. Madona is placed at 3rd position in Latvian LBL2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier in Second Stage. Madona will need more victories to improve their 6-4 record. Barrett turned to be Madona's top player in his first season with the team. Former Mount Olive College star has very solid stats this year. Barrett is league's best scorer averaging so far 27.5ppg and leads league in rebounds with 15.3rpg. Barrett is in league's top in and averages impressive 2.2spg and 40.6% from behind 3-point line. Worth to mention Barrett played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second best player in last round's games was young Arvids Dambenieks (186-G-98) of LU/BS Riga. Dambenieks had a very good evening with 28 points and 3 assists. Of course he led LU/BS Riga to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Riga/Ridzene (#20, 1-8) 93-61. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. LU/BS Riga dropped in the standings to 17th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 5-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Dambenieks is one of the most experienced players at LU/BS Riga and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Roberts Mednis (205-C-89) of Gulbenes Buki (#12). Mednis scored 18 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Mednis' great performance Gulbenes Buki lost 78-79 to slightly higher-ranked Saldus (#10, 3-13). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Gulbenes Buki can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-12 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Mednis he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Mednis has individually a great season in Latvia. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.2rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Matiss Caune (186-G-93) of Livani - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Daumants Pabrieza (183-G-87) of Livani - 11 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Agnis Cavars (196-F-86) of Kekava - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Aivars Dambis (183-G) of BJBS Riga - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Nauris Rikveilis (189-G-94) of Gulbenes Buki - 18 points and 8 rebounds
9. Aigars Strelis (200-F-87) of Livani - 17 points and 8 rebounds
10. Davis Bigestans (179-G-99) of BJBS Riga - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Lebanon Conclude WABA 2017 Participation with Win Against Syria - by Eurobasket News

Despite a very slow start from Lebanon against Syria, and in the absence of crucial starters such as Fadi El Khatib (198-F/G-79) & Wael Arakji (194-PG-94), the Lebanese basketball NT managed to finally win 78-64. Today's victory makes it 5 from 5 for the Cedars team, who finished the 2017 WABA Championship with a perfect record. Elias Rustom (197-G/F-87) was no doubt the best player on our team today, hustling on both ends to prove that he's one of the key players. The rotation was pretty large from coach Joe, who gave a chance to the largest number of players possible, excluding Arakji & Khatib. Big congratulations to the Lebanese team, we showed every West Asian team that we are back. Now it's time to start preparing for ASIA Cup.
Courtesy of: sports-961.com



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Standings - NKL

NKL Standings
Places 1-7
 1. Suduva-Mantinga 25-6 
 2. Nafta-Uni. 23-9 
 3. Telsiai 20-11 
 4. Rasai 20-12 
 5. Silute 17-14 
 6. Perlas-MRU 17-14 
 7. Vytis 16-16 
Places 8-14
 1. Zalgiris II 17-14 
 2. Palanga 15-16 
 3. Delikatesas 12-19 
 4. KTU 12-20 
 5. Mazeikiai 11-20 
 6. Ezerunas-Karys 7-24 
 7. Petrochema 7-24 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 7

Feb. 2: Nafta-Uni. - Vytis 66-73
Feb. 3: Delikatesas - Mazeikiai
Feb. 3: Palanga - Petrochema
Feb. 3: Zalgiris II - Ezerunas-Karys
Feb. 3: Suduva-Mantinga - Silute
Feb. 3: Perlas-MRU - Telsiai


Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Jonathan HUDSON
  Palanga
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Hudson, Palanga18.7 
 2. Vingelis, Rasai18.6 
 3. Masiulis, Zalgiris.17.3 
 4. Birutis, Zalgiris.17.3 
 5. Beliavicius, Vytis16.8 
 6. Griskenas, Delikate.16.8 
 7. Normantas, Perla.16.3 
 8. Saulys, Suduva-M.15.6 
 9. Labutis, KTU15.1 
 10. Pukelis, Silute15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Laurynas BIRUTIS
  Zalgiris.
  (213-C/F-97)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Birutis, Zalgiris.9.5 
 2. Masiulis, Zalgiris.8.5 
 3. Pukelis, Silute7.9 
 4. Raupys, Silute7.5 
 5. Pikalavicius, Petroche.7.3 
 6. Ambrulaitis, Ezerunas.7.3 
 7. Chodosovskis, Nafta-Un.7.2 
 8. Kieza, Suduva-M.7.0 
 9. Beniusis, Rasai7.0 
 10. Valukonis, Suduva-M.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GALECKAS
  Rasai
  (183-PG-94)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Galeckas, Rasai7.3 
 2. Zemaitis, Zalgiris.5.5 
 3. Urbonas, Palanga5.2 
 4. Paliukenas, Mazeikiai5.1 
 5. Razutis, Telsiai5.1 
 6. Juknevicius, Suduva-M.5.0 
 7. Giedraitis, Ezerunas.4.9 
 8. Hudson, Palanga4.9 
 9. Kavaliauskas, KTU4.8 
 10. Sapiega, KTU4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Brian WANAMAKER
  Silute
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Wanamaker, Silute2.5 
 2. Pelss, KTU2.5 
 3. Normantas, Perla.2.4 
 4. Razutis, Telsiai2.4 
 5. Kavaliauskas, KTU2.3 
 6. Saulys, Suduva-M.2.3 
 7. Hudson, Palanga2.2 
 8. Juknevicius, Suduva-M.2.2 
 9. Matulis, Suduva-M.2.1 
 10. Staselis, Palanga1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Laurynas BIRUTIS
  Zalgiris.
  (213-C/F-97)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Birutis, Zalgiris.2.1 
 2. Labutis, KTU1.5 
 3. Pukelis, Silute1.2 
 4. Green, Palanga1.1 
 5. Kubilius, Nafta-Uni.1.0 
 6. Udras, Suduva-M.1.0 
 7. Pikalavicius, Petroche.0.9 
 8. Masiulis, Zalgiris.0.8 
 9. Mikalauskas, Mazei.0.8 
 10. Kieza, Suduva-M.0.8 


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

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

Gediminas Orelik
Gediminas Orelik
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Gediminas Orelik (199-90, currently plays in Turkey). He could not help Banvit (11-5) in their last game. Despite Orelik's very good performance Banvit lost 104-109 on the road to the lower-ranked (#6) Pinar Karsiyaka. He was the top scorer with 29 points. Orelik also added 8 rebounds in 33 minutes on the court. It's Orelik's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 14.1ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 53.2% and FT: 78.7% in 16 games he played so far. Orelik played for the Lithuanian senior national team two years ago.

Edgaras Zelionis
Edgaras Zelionis
   #2. Second place goes to former U20 international forward Edgaras Zelionis (207-89, currently plays in Latvia). He was not able to help Ventspils (16-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Zelionis' very good performance the league leader Ventspils was edged 97-95 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Valmiera. He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds. This season Zelionis has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 57.5%(42-73), 3FGP: 36.0% and FT: 81.1%. He played for the Lithuanian U20 national team in 2009.

Jonas Valanciunas
Jonas Valanciunas
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Jonas Valanciunas (213-92, currently plays in NBA). Valanciunas was the major contributor in a 2-point Toronto Raptors' victory against the New Orleans Pelicans (19-31) 108-106 in the NBA on Tuesday night. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 12 rebounds in 32 minutes. The Toronto Raptors have 30-20 record this season. Valanciunas is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Raptors' roster. Valanciunas has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 11.8ppg, 10.0rpg, 2FGP: 52.9% and FT: 85.7% in 48 games. Valanciunas is also a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Mantas Kalnietis
Mantas Kalnietis
   #4. Point guard Mantas Kalnietis (195-86, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Armani Milano (14-3) in their game against Scandone AV (12-5) in the Italian Serie A. He scored 9 points and added 7 assists. But the league leader Armani Milano was defeated 80-68 in Avellino by the lower-ranked Scandone AV (#3). They ended the series of three consecutive victories. Kalnietis' overall stats this season are: 6.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 4.4apg. He is also Lithuanian national team player.

Michailis Anisimovas
Michailis Anisimovas
   #5. Former University international center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84, currently plays in Ukraine) led Budivelnyk to a victory over the ninth-ranked VolinBasket (3-19) crushing them 80-48 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Anisimovas recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. Budivelnyk Kyiv (18-4) is placed second in the Superleague. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Anisimovas has reliable stats this season: 11.6ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.0apg. He has a dual citizenship: Lithuanian and Ukrainian. Anisimovas used to play for the Lithuanian university national team ten years ago.

Domantas Sabonis
Domantas Sabonis
   #6. Power forward Domantas Sabonis (209-96, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Oklahoma City Thunder (28-22) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Oklahoma City Thunder (28-22) lost 94-108 in San Antonio to the Spurs. Sabonis had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds in 35 minutes. It was Thunder's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Sabonis' overall stats are: 6.3ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.1apg in 50 games. He is a naturalized American. Sabonis is an international player who is currently on the senior Lithuanian National Team roster. Strangely he has never played in Lithuania.

Tadas Sedekerskis
Tadas Sedekerskis
   #7. U18 international swingman Tadas Sedekerskis (203-98, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Baskonia (12-6) in their game against FC Barcelona (13-4) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Sedekerskis recorded 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Baskonia was defeated 92-84 at home by the higher-ranked FC Barcelona (#3). It was Baskonia's first loss after four consecutive victories. Sedekerskis' total stats this season are: 2.8ppg and 2.1rpg. He is also Lithuanian U18 national team player.

Dovydas Redikas
Dovydas Redikas
   #8. Guard Dovydas Redikas (192-92, currently plays in Greece) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Pagrati (2-13) crushing them 90-64 in the Greek A2 (second division) on Saturday night. Redikas scored 24 points, had 7 boards, passed 9 assists and added 3 steals in 31 minutes. SEFA Arkadikos (5-10) is placed 13th in the A2. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Redikas has very impressive stats this year: 15.2ppg, 4.3rpg and 4.6apg in 12 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2012.

Mindaugas Kuzminskas
Mindaugas Kuzminskas
   #9. International forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-89, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the New York Knicks (22-29) in their game against the Atlanta Hawks (29-21) in the NBA. Despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game Kuzminskas scored 13 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Kuzminskas' total stats this season are: 6.0ppg and 1.9rpg. He is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

Denis Krestinin
Denis Krestinin
   #10. Forward Denis Krestinin (202-94, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Latvia) was the main contributor in a Barons Riga's victory against the closely-ranked BK Ogre (7-11) 84-74 in the Latvian LBL on Sunday night. Krestinin was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 13 rebounds. BK Barons Kvartals Riga (8-9) is placed sixth in the LBL. Krestinin's total stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.9apg and 1.6spg. He is a former U20 international player as three years ago he still played for the Lithuanian national team.

   #11. International power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-90, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the San Antonio Spurs 119-103 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Motiejunas scored 10 points, had 7 rebounds, passed 4 assists and added 2 blocks in 22 minutes. This year Motiejunas' total stats are: 5.6ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.4apg in 13 games. He plays currently for the Lithuanian national team.

   #12. International swingman Jonas Maciulis (198-85, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help Real Madrid in a victory against the 15th-ranked Armani Milano 94-89 in the Euroleague on Friday night. He scored only 3 points in 14 minutes. Maciulis has averaged so far 6.8ppg and 2.4rpg in 16 games. He is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

   #13. International guard Martynas Gecevicius (193-88, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Zaragoza in their game against RETAbet BB in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game Gecevicius was the second best scorer with 17 points. Gecevicius averaged so far 12.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.0apg. He is also Lithuanian national team player.

   #14. Former international center Tautvydas Lydeka (208-83, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Banco di Srd's victory against the closely-ranked Grissin Bon RE 82-72 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. Lydeka scored 6 points and added 3 assists in 20 minutes. Lydeka has averaged so far 6.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1apg in 15 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team back in 2006.

   #15. International forward Marius Grigonis (198-94, currently plays in Spain) helped CB Canarias win their game against the 11th-ranked Sevilla 82-76 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Grigonis recorded only 3 points and added 3 assists. Grigonis has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.6apg. He is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

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

   #1. John Shurna (204-F-90, college: Northwestern, currently plays in EuroCup) could not help Cedevita (1-4) in their last game. Despite Shurna's good performance Cedevita lost 58-71 on the road to the leading Valencia Basket. He was the second best scorer with 14 points in 27 minutes. Shurna's team will play only one more game in the Eurocup Second Stage. And that game will be critical. This year Shurna's overall stats are: 5.2ppg and 2.9rpg in nine games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Despite Shurna's Lithuanian passport, he previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Lithuanian team. Strangely Shurna has never played in Lithuania.

   #2. Nik Stauskas (198-SG-93, college: Michigan, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Philadelphia 76ers (17-32) in their last game. Despite Stauskas' very good performance the Philadelphia 76ers (17-32) lost 108-121 in Chicago to the Bulls. He scored 15 points and added 3 assists in 33 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Stauskas' third season in pro basketball. Stauskas' stats this year are: 8.8ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.0apg in 46 games. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lithuanian.

   #3. Dominykas Milka (203-C-92, college: St.Rose, NY, currently plays in Estonia) led TU/Rock to an easy victory against the closely-ranked TTU (8-6) crushing them 85-54 in the Estonian Alexela KML last Wednesday. Milka scored 13 points, had 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Tartu Ulikool/Rock (14-2) is placed first in the Alexela KML. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Milka averaged so far 12.6ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.4apg.

   #4. Vytautas Kamarunas (178-PG-89, currently plays in Belarus) led COR-Borisfen to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Prinemanye (5-15) crushing them 104-75 in the Belarusian Premier League on Saturday night. Kamarunas recorded 13 points and added 4 passes in a mere 19 minutes. COR-Borisfen Mogilev (17-1) is placed second in the Premier League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Kamarunas has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 5.8apg and 2.1spg in 14 games.

   #5. Raimundas Danys (198-F-85, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Switzerland) was the major contributor in Neuchatel's victory against the eighth-ranked Boncourt (5-9) 86-80 in the Swiss LNA in Saturday night's game. Danys scored 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Union Neuchatel Basket (9-5) is placed fourth in the LNA. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Danys averaged so far 11.8ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.2apg.

   #6. Experienced Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams BG Goettingen in their game against ratiopharm Ulm in the German BBL. He scored 9 points. His team was crushed by 31 points 94-63. Veikalas averaged so far 10.9ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.4apg.

   #7. Paulius Satkus (203-F-94, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the JMU (4-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the JMU lost 76-87 in Wilmington to the University of N.Carolina-. Satkus scored 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 30 minutes. Satkus has averaged so far 8.5ppg and 3.5rpg in 21 games.

   #8. Rokas Paulauskas (203-F, currently plays in NCAA2) led Missouri S&T to a victory against the Missouri S&T 85-81 in a derby game in the NCAA2 in Thursday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds. Paulauskas has averaged so far 9.9ppg and 7.5rpg.

   #9. Andrius Mikutis (194-G/F-88, college: John Brown, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Dorsten crushing them 80-43 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Saturday. He scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. This season Mikutis has very high stats. He averages: 18.0ppg, 7.6rpg and 2.0apg.

   #10. Mantas Griskenas (200-F-85, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Wichita St., currently plays in Sweden) contributed to Nassjo's victory against the league leader BC Lulea 90-76 in the Swedish Basketligan in Friday night's game. Griskenas scored 8 points. Griskenas averaged so far 10.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.1apg.



Lithuanian NKL round 6 (Second Stage) best performance: Evaldas Saulys - by Eurobasket News

Guard Evaldas Saulys (190-G-93) had an amazing evening in the last round for top-ranked Suduva-Mantinga, receiving a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 6 (Second Stage).
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, nine rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Telsiai (#3, 20-11) with 19-point margin 92-73. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Suduva-Mantinga to consolidate first place in the Lithuanian NKL. Suduva-Mantinga have a solid 25-6 record. In the team's last game Saulys had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Suduva-Mantinga's top player in his first season with the team. Evaldas Saulys has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 15.6ppg) and averages impressive 2.3spg,58.5% FGP and 42.1% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was young Gytis Masiulis (206-F/C-98) of Zalgiris II. Masiulis had a very good evening with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Zalgiris II to edge the lower-ranked Petrochema (#14, 7-24) 78-74. Zalgiris II's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 17-14 record is not bad and everything may still change. Masiulis is one of the most experienced players at Zalgiris II and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.3ppg (#4). He also registered 8.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Lukas Grabauskas (194-PG-95) of Petrochema (#7). Grabauskas scored 24 points. Despite Grabauskas' great performance Petrochema lost 74-78 to the bottom-ranked Zalgiris II (#8, 17-14). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Petrochema can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 7-24 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Grabauskas he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Grabauskas has a very solid season. In 30 games in Lithuania he scored 8.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Raijon Kelly (190-G-93) of Palanga - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Laurynas Birutis (213-C/F-97) of Zalgiris II - 11 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Kristupas Zemaitis (192-G-96) of Zalgiris II - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Domantas Pipiras (203-F-91) of Perlas-MRU - 15 points and 13 rebounds
8. Rytis Juknevicius (187-SG-93) of Suduva-Mantinga - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Paulius Beliavicius (194-G-88) of Vytis - 23 points and 3 rebounds
10. Tadas Pazera (192-SG-98) of Delikatesas - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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