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  ABA  



DMV Warriors keep #1 position in ABA Power Rankings - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) has just released its Power Rankings through Sunday, February 5th, and the DMV Warriors kept the #1 position followed very closely by the Chicago Fury, Windy City Groove and Austin Bats. "With only 4 weeks left in the regular season, and the play-in rounds of the Road to the Final Eight including byes for top ranked teams, the positioning is growing more important every week," stated ABA co-founder Joe Newman . "One loss to any of the top 10 teams will have great significance in the seedings and all of the top teams are aware of it. The upcoming weeks should present some great basketball as the teams jockey for position." It took a minimum of 10 games to be Power Ranked.

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

Teams to Watch: Mobile Bay Tornados, Laredo Swarm, Atlanta Wildcats, Virginia Sorm, New England Anchors, Elmira Eagles, WNY Thundersnow. For more information, visit www.abaliveaction.com.



Fury climbing the ABA Ranking - by Gianni Pascucci

After having largely defeated the Libertyville Vipers, 175-119, the new Chicago Fury team run by Maurice Carter won a close game, 109-107 over Grand Rapids Danger.
Anthony Knowles (6'5''-F) led the way in Fury with 27 points and 15 rebs, Stefhon Hannah (6'1''-G-85, college: Missouri) added 25 points and 14 assists, John Taylor 20 points and 5 Steals.
Thanks to this two results, the Fury reached the #2 position in ABA Power Rankings, temporary taking the lead in the "Chicago Derby" over the Windy City Groove and the Chicago Steam. But the run is yet long and all the Chicagoans won't give up !!



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  ABA LEAGUE  

Standings

Adriatic League Standings
 1 Crvena Zvezda 20-1 
 2 Partizan 16-5 
 3 Buducnost 15-6 
 4 Cedevita 15-6 
 5 Cibona 11-10 
 6 Igokea 10-11 
 7 Karpos Sokoli 9-12 
 8 Un.Olimpija 9-12 
 9 FMP 8-13 
 10 Mega Leks 7-14 
 11 Mornar Bar 7-14 
 12 Krka 7-14 
 13 MZT Skopje 7-14 
 14 Zadar 6-15 

Regular Season: Round 21

Feb. 4: Karpos Sokoli - FMP 88-81
Feb. 6: Cibona - Buducnost 87-94
Feb. 5: Partizan - Crvena Zvezda 86-81
Feb. 5: Igokea - Zadar 78-77
Feb. 4: Mornar Bar - Cedevita 74-79
Feb. 4: Krka - Mega Leks 73-82
Feb. 5: Un.Olimpija - MZT Skopje 72-91

Regular Season: Round 22

Feb. 11: MZT Skopje - Krka
Feb. 11: Mega Leks - Igokea
Feb. 11: Zadar - Mornar Bar
Feb. 11: Cedevita - Partizan
Feb. 11: Crvena Zvezda - Cibona
Feb. 11: Buducnost - Karpos Sokoli
Feb. 11: FMP - Un.Olimpija


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ante ZIZIC
  Cibona
  (210-F/C-97)
  Avg: 20
 1. Zizic, Cibona20.0 
 2. Marinkovic, Zadar18.6 
 3. Boatright, Cedevita17.0 
 4. Lukovic, Krka16.9 
 5. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija15.9 
 6. Jefferson, Un.Olimp.15.5 
 7. Hatcher, Partizan15.4 
 8. Covic, FMP15.3 
 9. Labovic, Karpos S.14.9 
 10. Zagorac, Mega Leks14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante ZIZIC
  Cibona
  (210-F/C-97)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Zizic, Cibona9.2 
 2. Lukovic, Krka8.2 
 3. Kaba, Mega Leks8.0 
 4. Oliver, Un.Olimpija7.8 
 5. Bilan, Cedevita7.2 
 6. Klassen, Buducnost7.1 
 7. Bolden, FMP6.9 
 8. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija6.9 
 9. Zagorac, Mega Leks6.8 
 10. Scott, MZT Skopje6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Scottie REYNOLDS
  Cibona
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Reynolds, Cibona7.3 
 2. Covic, FMP6.6 
 3. Jackson, Cedevita6.6 
 4. Jovic, Crvena Z.6.5 
 5. Williams, Buducnost6.3 
 6. Rebec, Krka6.2 
 7. Bakic, Mornar Bar4.9 
 8. Vladovic, Zadar4.8 
 9. Diabate, MZT S.4.6 
 10. Perry, Karpos S.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Vukota PAVIC
  Mornar Bar
  (203-C-93)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Pavic, Mornar Bar1.9 
 2. Vladovic, Zadar1.8 
 3. Kaba, Mega Leks1.7 
 4. Ramljak, Zadar1.7 
 5. Perry, Karpos S.1.7 
 6. Rozic, Cibona1.6 
 7. Oliver, Un.Olimpija1.6 
 8. Labovic, Karpos S.1.6 
 9. Hrovat, Un.Olimpija1.6 
 10. Reynolds, Cibona1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Partizan
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Lukovic, Partizan2.0 
 2. Austin, FMP1.8 
 3. James, Buducnost1.6 
 4. Ellis, Mornar Bar1.6 
 5. Scott, MZT Skopje1.4 
 6. Begic, Cedevita1.3 
 7. Zizic, Cibona1.2 
 8. Nikolic, Buducnost1.2 
 9. Zagorac, Mega Leks1.1 
 10. Davidovac, FMP1.1 


Round 21: Partizan hands first loss to Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News

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

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Crvena Zvezda (20-1) in Beograd on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by second ranked Partizan (16-5) 86-81. It ended at the same time the 18-game winning streak of Crvena Zvezda. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Partizan made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Strangely Crvena Zvezda outrebounded Partizan 39-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. 28 personal fouls committed by Crvena Zvezda helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for power forward Stefan Bircevic (210-89) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 9 rebounds. American point guard Wiliam Hatcher (188-84, college: Miami, OH) contributed with 20 points and 5 assists for the winners. Luka Mitrovic (204-93) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for Crvena Zvezda. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Partizan maintains second place with 16-5 record having just seven point less than leader Crvena Zvezda. Defending Serbian champion Crvena Zvezda still keeps top position with one game lost. Partizan are looking forward to face Cedevita (#4) in Zagreb in the next round. Crvena Zvezda will play at home against Cibona and is hoping to win this game.
The game in Zagreb was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (15-6) played at the court of 5th ranked Croatian Cibona (11-10). Buducnost managed to secure a 7-point victory 94-87. Forward Bojan Subotic (203-90) stepped up and scored 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Owen Klassen chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was center Luka Zoric (211-84) with 17 points. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending Montenegrin champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Cedevita. Cibona lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with ten games lost. Buducnost will play against Karpos Sokoli (#7) in Skopje in the next round. Cibona will play on the road against the league's leader Crvena Zvezda in Beograd and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Fourteenth-ranked Croatian KK Zadar (6-15) was very close to win a game against sixth ranked Bosnian Igokea (10-11) in Aleksandrovac on Sunday. Igokea managed to secure only one-point victory 78-77. However their fans expected much easier game. Djordje Milosevic nailed 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Boris Barac came up with 14 points and 9 rebounds for KK Zadar in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Defending Bosnian champion maintains sixth place with 10-11 record. KK Zadar lost sixth consecutive game. KK Zadar at the other side stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Igokea will meet Mega Leks (#10) in the next round. KK Zadar will play against Mornar Bar (#11) and hope to secure a win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Slovenian Un.Olimpija (9-12) and FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (7-14), which took place in Ljubljana. Higher ranked Un.Olimpija was outleveled at home by thirteenth ranked MZT Skopje 91-72. The best player for the winners was Josh Scott who scored 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. MZT Skopje's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending FYR Macedonian champion moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Un.Olimpija at the other side keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. MZT Skopje's next round opponent will be Krka (#12) in Novo Mesto.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 21: FMP was beaten by Karpos Sokoli on the road 88-81. Mornar Bar lost to Croatian defending champion Cedevita on its own court 74-79. Mega Leks managed to outperform Krka in Sremska Mitrovica 82-73.
The most impressive performance of 21th round was 17 points and 10 rebounds by Marko Lukovic of Krka.

Cibona - Buducnost 87-94

The game in Zagreb was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (15-6) played at the court of 5th ranked Croatian Cibona (11-10). Buducnost managed to secure a 7-point victory 94-87. Cibona was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Buducnost made 29-of-33 charity shots (87.9 percent) during the game, while Cibona only scored seven points from the stripe. Buducnost forced 19 Cibona turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Cibona was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Bojan Subotic (203-90) stepped up and scored 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Canadian power forward Owen Klassen (208-91, college: Acadia) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was center Luka Zoric (211-84) with 17 points and forward Zeljko Sakic (204-88, agency: BeoBasket) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Five Buducnost and four Cibona players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending Montenegrin champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Cedevita. Cibona lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with ten games lost. Buducnost will play against Karpos Sokoli (#7) in Skopje in the next round. Cibona will play on the road against the league's leader Crvena Zvezda in Beograd and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Cibona: L.Zoric 17+2reb+3ast, S.Reynolds 17+1reb+3ast, Z.Sakic 14+6reb+2ast, D.Bosnjak 11+3reb, M.Rozic 8+2reb+2ast, E.Sulejmanovic 7+3reb
Buducnost: B.Subotic 17+7reb+2ast, S.Sehovic 17+3reb, O.Klassen 14+6reb+1ast, A.Ilic 14+3reb+1ast, N.Gordic 10+5ast, J.Reynolds 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 476275


Un.Olimpija - MZT Skopje 72-91

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Slovenian Un.Olimpija (9-12) and FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (7-14), which took place in Ljubljana. Higher ranked Un.Olimpija was outleveled at home by thirteenth ranked MZT Skopje 91-72. The game without a history. MZT Skopje led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was American forward Josh Scott (208-93, college: Colorado, agency: Pensack Sports) who scored 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Serbian swingman Djordje Drenovac (201-92) chipped in 17 points and 5 assists. Five MZT Skopje players scored in double figures. MZT Skopje's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian Nikola Jankovic (207-94, agency: BeoBasket) who recorded 13 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Gregor Hrovat (196-94) added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively. Defending FYR Macedonian champion moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Un.Olimpija at the other side keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. MZT Skopje's next round opponent will be Krka (#12) in Novo Mesto.
Top scorers:
Un.Olimpija: B.Jefferson 16+1reb+1ast, N.Jankovic 13+9reb, M.Mulalic 12+2reb, J.Barbaric 10+3reb+3ast, G.Hrovat 9+5reb+5ast, S.Milosevic 5+2reb+1ast
MZT Skopje: D.Drenovac 17+4reb+5ast, X.Thames 16+3reb+4ast, J.Scott 15+8reb+4ast, D.Van Oostrum 15+4reb+3ast, D.Clark 14+3reb, S.Sinovec 12+4reb+3ast
gschID: 476273


Igokea - Zadar 78-77

Fourteenth-ranked Croatian KK Zadar (6-15) was very close to win a game against sixth ranked Bosnian Igokea (10-11) in Aleksandrovac on Sunday. Igokea managed to secure only one-point victory 78-77. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But KK Zadar won third quarter 22-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Igokea forced 19 KK Zadar turnovers. Serbian Djordje Milosevic (199-93) nailed 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and Serbian forward Strahinja Micovic (205-92) accounted for 19 points. Bosnian forward Boris Barac (205-92) came up with 14 points and 9 rebounds and Serbian-Slovenian power forward Ivan Marinkovic (209-93) added 15 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) respectively for KK Zadar in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Defending Bosnian champion maintains sixth place with 10-11 record. KK Zadar lost sixth consecutive game. KK Zadar at the other side stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Igokea will meet Mega Leks (#10) in the next round. KK Zadar will play against Mornar Bar (#11) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Zadar: I.Marinkovic 15+7reb, B.Barac 14+9reb+3ast, M.Kovacevic 10+4ast, K.Krajina 9+2reb+2ast, M.Brzoja 8+2reb+2ast, L.Mazalin 7+2reb+3ast
Igokea: S.Micovic 19+4reb+2ast, J.Robinson 18+1reb+4ast, D.Milosevic 15+8reb+2ast, M.Pasajlic 8+1reb+2ast, B.Mahkovic 6+1reb+1ast, V.Radivojevic 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 476278


Partizan - Crvena Zvezda 86-81

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Crvena Zvezda (20-1) in Beograd on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by second ranked Partizan (16-5) 86-81. It ended at the same time the 18-game winning streak of Crvena Zvezda. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Partizan made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Strangely Crvena Zvezda outrebounded Partizan 39-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. 28 personal fouls committed by Crvena Zvezda helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for power forward Stefan Bircevic (210-89) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 9 rebounds. American point guard Wiliam Hatcher (188-84, college: Miami, OH) contributed with 20 points and 5 assists for the winners. Five Partizan players scored in double figures. Luka Mitrovic (204-93) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and Marko Guduric (196-95, agency: BeoBasket) added 9 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Crvena Zvezda. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Partizan maintains second place with 16-5 record having just seven point less than leader Crvena Zvezda. Defending Serbian champion Crvena Zvezda still keeps top position with one game lost. Partizan are looking forward to face Cedevita (#4) in Zagreb in the next round. Crvena Zvezda will play at home against Cibona and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: L.Mitrovic 14+11reb+3ast, M.Bjelica 11+1reb, C.Jenkins 10+2reb+5ast, N.Wolters 9+1reb+1ast, M.Guduric 9+6reb+3ast, O.Kuzmic 8+3reb+1ast
Partizan: W.Hatcher 20+2reb+5ast, S.Bircevic 16+9reb+2ast, V.Marinkovic 13+3reb+1ast, N.Velickovic 11+5reb+1ast, B.Ratkovica 11+1reb+4ast, D.Majstorovic 4+3reb
gschID: 476276


Karpos Sokoli - FMP 88-81

Everything could happen in Skopje at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked FYR Macedonian Karpos Sokoli and 8th ranked Serbian FMP had identical 8-12 record. This time Karpos Sokoli used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Beograd 88-81. The best player for the winners was Serbian power forward Dragan Labovic (207-87, agency: Alti Sport) who scored 21 points and 8 rebounds. Croatian guard Dominik Mavra (195-94) chipped in 18 points. Five Karpos Sokoli players scored in double figures. Karpos Sokoli's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Filip Covic (178-89) who recorded 17 points and Dejan Davidovac (202-95, agency: BeoBasket) added 8 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Karpos Sokoli have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Un.Olimpija. FMP at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. Karpos Sokoli's next round opponent will be higher ranked Buducnost (#3) in Podgorica and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. FMP will play at home against Un.Olimpija (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
FMP: F.Covic 17+2reb+3ast, S.Lazarevic 12+2reb, D.Apic 11+5reb+3ast, N.Zizic 11+7reb+2ast, I.Austin 10+4reb, J.Bolden 9+8reb+3ast
Karpos Sokoli: D.Labovic 21+8reb+2ast, D.Mavra 18+4reb+2ast, F.Sepa 12+4reb+1ast, K.Perry 11+3reb+5ast, B.Trajkovski 10+7reb, D.Zekovic 6+5reb
gschID: 476274


Mornar Bar - Cedevita 74-79

Very expected game when 10th ranked Montenegrin Mornar Bar (7-14) lost at home to fourth ranked Croatian Cedevita (15-6) 79-74. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Mornar Bar won third quarter 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cedevita made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game, while Mornar Bar only scored five points from the stripe. It was a great shooting night for Cedevita especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. 25 personal fouls committed by Mornar Bar helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American point guard Ryan Boatright (183-92, college: Connecticut) who scored 19 points and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Ra'shad James (188-90, college: Kaiser) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Octavius Ellis (208-93, college: Cincinnati) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and Marko Mugosa (200-93, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Defending Croatian champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Buducnost. Mornar Bar at the other side keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. Cedevita's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Partizan in Beograd and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mornar Bar will play on the road against KK Zadar (#14) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Mornar Bar: O.Ellis 18+13reb+1ast, M.Mugosa 16+7reb, A.Waller 13+6reb+2ast, V.Pavic 11+2reb+1ast, C.Tatum 5+3reb+1ast, B.Bakic 4+9ast
Cedevita: R.Boatright 19+2reb+4ast, R.James 12+6reb+3ast, M.Arapovic 12+4reb, K.Zganec 10+1reb+2ast, T.Katic 9+2reb+1ast, M.Bilan 8+8reb+2ast
gschID: 476277


Krka - Mega Leks 73-82

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when twelfth ranked Serbian Mega Leks (7-14) won against 11th ranked Slovenian Krka (7-14) in Novo Mesto 82-73. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 26-16. But Krka won third quarter 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was point guard Nikola Rebic (188-95, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 9 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. French power forward Alpha Kaba (209-96, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian Marko Lukovic (207-92, agency: BeoBasket) who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Matic Rebec (181-95) added 12 points and 8 assists respectively. Four Krka players scored in double figures. Krka's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Mega Leks moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Krka. Mega Leks' next round opponent will be higher ranked Igokea (#6) in Aleksandrovac and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Krka: M.Lukovic 17+10reb+1ast, D.Elliott 12+1reb+1ast, M.Rebec 12+4reb+8ast, R.Curry 11+3reb+5ast, D.Jukic 7+2reb, D.Bunic 6+2reb
Mega Leks: R.Spasojevic 14+3reb+1ast, K.Mushidi 13+4reb, A.Kaba 13+8reb+1ast, R.Zagorac 12+4reb+3ast, N.Rebic 9+7reb+6ast, O.Jaramaz 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 476279





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  ANTIGUA  


Ovals and Flyers remain undefeated - by Eurobasket News

Defending champions, F and G Trading Cuties Ovals Ojays and former champions, Flyers continue to make an impressive run in division one of the Antigua Barbuda Basketball Association league. Both teams remain undefeated with their latest victories coming over the weekend. On Thursday night, both teams were in action as Flyers defeated Ottos Full Throttle, 69-55 while Ojays trumped Freetown Travellers, 80-56. Selassie Brathwaite was the leading scorer for the orange men with 16 points and 11 rebounds while teammates, Adonis Humphreys (94) and Steven Matthew contributed with 14 points and 10 rebounds and 12 points respectively. Warren Bogle of Full Throttle had 14 points and Akeem James grabbed 11 rebounds in a losing effort. Ojays' veteran, 'Buju' Marlon Charles (186-G-76) led his team to victory with a 20 point effort. Devorn Benjamin (182-G-95) assisted with 14 points while Captain Bryan 'Hollywood' Matthew chipped in with 11 points and 8 rebounds.
The action continued on Saturday night as Flyers picked up another victory. This time, over Yorks Crushers, 79-57. Adonis Humphreys led the orange men with 25 points and 18 rebounds while Steven Matthew assisted with 14 points. Crushers' Cohen DeSouza had 15 points and 15 rebounds with Kebo Orford and Davidson Beazer chipping in with 10 points each.
Ojays blew out Harold Lovell Rockersville in the feature match on Saturday at the JSC Sports Complex defeating them 98-46. Veteran 'Buju' Marlon Charles ran a shooting clinic on Rockersville with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Captain Bryan 'Hollywood' Matthew assisted with 15 points while teammates Devorn Benjamin and Adissa Harris contributed with 13 points and 9 assists. Ariel Quallis had 15 points, 6 rebounds and 8 steals for Rockersville. Answorth Telemaque scored 11 points while Kevin Francis banked 10 points and 6 rebounds in a losing effort.
Courtesy of: antiguabasketball.com



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  ARGENTINA  

Standings - LigaA

LigaA Standings
Norte
 1. San Martin C. 22-8 
 2. Estudiantes C. 20-11 
 3. Instituto 20-12 
 4. Regatas C. 18-11 
 5. Olimpico LB 16-14 
 6. Quimsa 15-14 
 7. Libertad S. 14-15 
 8. La Union 14-16 
 9. Atenas 11-19 
 10. Echague 5-26 
Sur
 1. San Lorenzo 22-7 
 2. Ferrocarril 20-9 
 3. Weber Bahia 19-12 
 4. GECR Indalo 15-15 
 5. Obras Basket 15-16 
 6. Argentino 14-16 
 7. Penarol 14-18 
 8. Quilmes MP 13-19 
 9. Hispano Am. 8-22 
 10. Boca Jrs 8-23 

Regular Season: Round 31

Feb. 6: Quimsa - Boca Jrs 94-76
Feb. 4: Estudiantes C. - La Union 94-65
Feb. 4: Olimpico LB - Boca Jrs 90-72
Feb. 6: Echague - La Union 89-94
Feb. 3: San Martin C. - Obras Basket 87-60
Feb. 3: Argentino - Instituto 83-91
Feb. 2: Estudiantes C. - Quilmes MP 79-78
Feb. 6: Libertad S. - Quilmes MP 78-73
Feb. 6: Atenas - San Martin C. 75-87
Feb. 2: Atenas - GECR Indalo 75-81
Feb. 5: Weber Bahia - Instituto 74-88
Feb. 4: Echague - Quilmes MP 62-90
Feb. 5: Regatas C. - Obras Basket 100-83

Regular Season: Round 32

Feb. 7: Ferrocarril - Estudiantes C.
Feb. 7: Penarol - Hispano Am.
Feb. 7: Olimpico LB - Argentino
Feb. 8: Instituto - San Martin C.
Feb. 8: Libertad S. - La Union
Feb. 9: Boca Jrs - Estudiantes C.
Feb. 9: Obras Basket - Ferrocarril
Feb. 9: Quilmes MP - Hispano Am.
Feb. 9: GECR Indalo - San Lorenzo
Feb. 9: Quimsa - Argentino
Feb. 10: Libertad S. - San Martin C.


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Tucker, Estudian.20.9 
 2. Green, Instituto20.0 
 3. Sims, Regatas C.18.6 
 4. Quinteros, Regat.18.5 
 5. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 6. Horner, Obras B.17.6 
 7. Solano, Echague17.4 
 8. Reed, Penarol17.0 
 9. Mickeal, Atenas16.7 
 10. Johnson, Weber B.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.4 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.2 
 3. Clancy, Instituto10.0 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.9 
 5. Wood, San M.9.5 
 6. Johnson, Atenas8.6 
 7. Justiz, Estudian.8.6 
 8. Horner, Obras B.8.6 
 9. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.2 
 10. Jones, Atenas8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Franco BALBI
  Ferrocarril
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.5 
 2. Stanic, Olimpico.5.9 
 3. Barral, Obras B.5.9 
 4. Konsztadt, La Union5.5 
 5. Aguirre, San L.5.3 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.1 
 7. Perez, Boca Jrs4.8 
 8. Ciorciari, Instituto4.6 
 9. Hopson, Quimsa4.5 
 10. De los Santo., GECR I.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Gelvis SOLANO
  Echague
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Solano, Echague2.1 
 2. Garcia, San M.2.1 
 3. Basualdo, Quilm.1.8 
 4. De los Santo., GECR I.1.8 
 5. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 6. Johnson, Weber B.1.7 
 7. Tucker, Estudian.1.6 
 8. Massey, Libertad.1.5 
 9. Balbi, Ferrocarril1.5 
 10. Flor, Quilmes MP1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.0 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.0 
 3. Crawford, Argen.1.7 
 4. Marriaga, Estudian.1.3 
 5. Richard, Obras B.1.3 
 6. Battle, Quimsa1.3 
 7. Meyinsse, San L.1.2 
 8. Clancy, Instituto1.2 
 9. Calfani, San L.1.1 
 10. Caracter, Echague1.1 


Standings - TNA

TNA Standings
Center North
 1. Union SF 18-5 
 2. San Isidro 14-10 
 3. Barrio Parque 12-8 
 4. BHY Tiro Federal 8-13 
 5. Independiente BBC 7-17 
 6. SP Las Parejas 6-17 
Center South
 1. Ciclista 15-8 
 2. Parque Sur 15-8 
 3. Platense 12-10 
 4. Rocamora 11-11 
 5. Temperley 11-11 
 6. La Union 5-17 
 7. Gimnasia LP 5-18 
North
 1. Hindu 19-3 
 2. Comunicaciones 18-5 
 3. Villa Angela 13-8 
 4. Villa San Martin 9-14 
 5. Salta Basket 8-12 
 6. Obera TC 6-16 
 7. Mitre Tuc. 6-16 
South
 1. Estudiantes O. 15-8 
 2. Olimpo BB 14-8 
 3. Huracan 13-11 
 4. Alianza Viedma 12-11 
 5. Atenas Carmen 12-13 
 6. Petr.Argentino 8-14 

Regular Season: Round 24

Feb. 1: SP Las Parejas - Obera TC 95-90
Jan. 31: Estudiantes O. - Atenas Carmen 91-81
Feb. 3: Union SF - Obera TC 89-86
Feb. 6: Huracan - Temperley 88-85
Feb. 4: Petr.Argentino - Temperley 86-79
Feb. 3: Ciclista - Platense 84-88
Feb. 4: Parque Sur - Rocamora 84-67
Jan. 31: La Union - Ciclista 83-91
Feb. 6: La Union - Rocamora 83-85
Feb. 2: Parque Sur - Alianza Viedma 82-79
Feb. 5: Alianza Viedma - Atenas Carmen 79-83
Feb. 3: SP Las Parejas - Independiente BBC 79-81
Feb. 4: Villa San Martin - BHY Tiro Federal 77-69
Feb. 1: Villa Angela - Villa San Martin 77-64
Feb. 2: Hindu - BHY Tiro Federal 75-58
Jan. 31: Rocamora - Alianza Viedma 74-79
Feb. 4: San Isidro - Barrio Parque 74-57
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. 5: Union SF - Independiente BBC 105-88

Regular Season: Round 25

Feb. 8: Barrio Parque - Villa San Martin
Feb. 8: San Isidro - Villa Angela
Feb. 8: Independiente BBC - Mitre Tuc.
Feb. 9: Comunicaciones - Hindu
Feb. 9: Union SF - SP Las Parejas
Feb. 10: San Isidro - Villa San Martin
Feb. 10: Independiente BBC - Salta Basket
Feb. 10: BHY Tiro Federal - Villa Angela
Feb. 11: Obera TC - Hindu
Feb. 12: Barrio Parque - Salta Basket
Feb. 12: BHY Tiro Federal - Villa San Martin
Feb. 13: Obera TC - Comunicaciones
Feb. 14: SP Las Parejas - Salta Basket


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Barovero, Union SF24.5 
 2. Brown, La Union20.4 
 3. Rodriguez Su., SP Las P.20.4 
 4. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista20.3 
 5. Brown, Mitre Tuc.20.1 
 6. Matthews, Salta B.19.8 
 7. Martin Jr., Alianza .19.6 
 8. Montes Cardo., Obera T.19.2 
 9. Villa, Gimnasia LP18.0 
 10. Cutley, Atenas C.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Santiago GONZALEZ
  San I.
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Gonzalez, San I.12.4 
 2. Matthews, Salta B.10.1 
 3. Cutley, Atenas C.9.2 
 4. Graham, Temperley8.8 
 5. Lockett, BHY T.8.7 
 6. Lauria, Comunica.8.4 
 7. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.2 
 8. Granado, Olimpo BB7.9 
 9. Joseph, Obera TC7.9 
 10. Hill, Huracan7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Victor Hugo CAJAL
  Independ.
  (179-PG-80)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Cajal, Independ.6.8 
 2. La Bella, Gimnasia.6.7 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.2 
 4. Paletta, Hindu5.3 
 5. Cequeira, Villa A.4.9 
 6. Rodriguez Su., SP Las P.4.7 
 7. Correa, BHY T.4.6 
 8. Franco, Alianza .4.3 
 9. Schoppler, Olimpo B.4.1 
 10. Figueredo, Estudian.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Felipe PAIS
  Platense
  (185-G-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Pais, Platense2.5 
 2. Correa, BHY T.2.3 
 3. Brown, Mitre Tuc.2.2 
 4. Merlo, Ciclista2.1 
 5. Rodriguez Su., SP Las P.2.1 
 6. Cequeira, Villa A.2.1 
 7. Lopez, Independ.2.1 
 8. Eseverri, Salta B.1.9 
 9. Tabarez, Union SF1.9 
 10. Gago, Petr.Arg.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Huracan
  (200-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Heyward, Huracan2.5 
 2. Lockett, BHY T.1.5 
 3. Nwogbo, Alianza .1.3 
 4. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.3 
 5. Stroud, Parque Sur1.2 
 6. Deck, Obera TC1.2 
 7. Granado, Olimpo BB1.0 
 8. McCullough, Alianza .1.0 
 9. Lauria, Comunica.0.9 
 10. Moya, Hindu0.9 


Standings - Liga B

TFB Standings
Bonaerense
 1. Belgrano SN 10-4 
 2. Chivilcoy Racing 10-4 
 3. Sarmiento 8-5 
 4. Villa Mitre BB 8-7 
 5. Sportivo E. 6-6 
 6. Argentino PRG 5-9 
 7. U.Mar del Plata 4-11 
 8. Atletico Pilar 3-10 
Centro
 1. Ameghino 12-3 
 2. Atletico Tostado 11-5 
 3. Deportivo Norte A. 10-3 
 4. Union Sunch. 10-5 
 5. Central SJ 6-8 
 6. Independ. Oliva 6-9 
 7. H.San Javier 5-9 
 8. San Justino 4-10 
 9. Olimpico Ceres 4-10 
Mesopotamia
 1. Gualeguay 10-4 
 2. C.Entrerriano 9-4 
 3. Union Goya 8-7 
 4. Atletico Tala 7-6 
 5. Regatas U. 6-8 
 6. Ferrocarril C. 6-8 
 7. Penarol 6-8 
 8. Saladas 5-8 
 9. Capuchinos 4-8 
Metropolitana
 1. P.Echague 12-4 
 2. River Plate 11-4 
 3. Ramos Mejia 11-5 
 4. H.San Justo 11-6 
 5. Union Vecinal 8-7 
 6. RC Avellaneda 8-8 
 7. Lanus 5-8 
 8. Villa Mitre CF 5-11 
 9. Estudiantil 4-12 
 10. Estudiantes LP 2-14 
Noa
 1. Talleres TV 14-0 
 2. San Martin LR 10-4 
 3. Amancay LR 9-5 
 4. N.Avellaneda Tuc. 8-7 
 5. Olimpia Catam. 6-8 
 6. Union Oran 6-9 
 7. Hindu BBC 4-10 
 8. Rio Grande 0-14 
Oeste
 1. C.Espanol P. 11-3 
 2. Perfora 11-3 
 3. Rivadavia M. 11-4 
 4. M.Junin 5-10 
 5. Independ.N. 3-9 
 6. Anzorena 1-15 

Regular Season: Round 14

Bonaerense

Feb. 3: Argentino PRG - Sportivo E. 88-82
Feb. 5: Belgrano SN - Argentino PRG 85-83
Feb. 3: Sarmiento - Villa Mitre BB 80-61
Feb. 5: Chivilcoy Racing - Villa Mitre BB 72-71
Feb. 5: Sportivo E. - U.Mar del Plata 72-70
Feb. 3: Belgrano SN - Chivilcoy Racing 68-47
Feb. 3: Atletico Pilar - U.Mar del Plata 67-70

Centro

Feb. 3: Central SJ - Deportivo Norte A. 77-76
Feb. 3: Atletico Tostado - Ameghino 76-79
Feb. 5: Olimpico Ceres - Ameghino 75-85
Feb. 3: San Justino - H.San Javier 62-75
Feb. 3: Independ. Oliva - Union Sunch. 104-97

Mesopotamia

Feb. 3: Regatas U. - Penarol 90-77
Feb. 3: C.Entrerriano - Union Goya 86-81
Feb. 3: Ferrocarril C. - Atletico Tala 76-80
Feb. 5: Gualeguay - Union Goya 67-68

Metropolitana

Feb. 3: H.San Justo - Villa Mitre CF 92-83
Feb. 3: Lanus - Ramos Mejia 88-101
Feb. 3: P.Echague - Estudiantil 80-62
Feb. 3: Estudiantes LP - RC Avellaneda 79-66
Feb. 7: River Plate - Union Vecinal

Noa

Feb. 3: Union Oran - N.Avellaneda Tuc. 94-91
Feb. 5: Talleres TV - Union Oran 93-67
Feb. 3: San Martin LR - Hindu BBC 93-61

Oeste

Feb. 5: Perfora - Anzorena 92-80
Feb. 1: C.Espanol P. - Perfora 72-59
Feb. 3: M.Junin - Rivadavia M. 68-77


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

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

Andres Nocioni
Andres Nocioni
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international small forward Andres Nocioni (203-79, currently plays in Spain). He led Real Madrid to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked UCAM Murcia (6-13) crushing them 89-61 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Nocioni scored 11 points in only a mere 11 minutes on the court. Real Madrid (15-3) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Nocioni averages: 5.5ppg, 1.9rpg, 2FGP: 40.7%, 3FGP: 54.1%(20-37) in 16 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Ex-Penarol Mar del Plata player is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Nicolas Laprovittola
Nicolas Laprovittola
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Nicolas Laprovittola (193-90, currently plays in Euroleague). Laprovittola could not help Baskonia (12-9) to beat Real Madrid (16-5). He scored 8 points and added 4 assists. The seventh-placed Baskonia (12-9) was defeated 79-71 at home by the leading Real Madrid in the group A of Euroleague. Laprovittola's overall stats this season are: 6.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 3.3apg, 2FGP: 33.3%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 75.0%. He is in the roster of the Argentinian senior national team.

Manu Ginobili
Manu Ginobili
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Manu Ginobili (198-77, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). Ginobili led San Antonio Spurs to an easy victory against the Denver Nuggets (22-28) crushing them 121-97 in the NBA on Saturday night. He scored 18 points in only a mere 10 minutes. The San Antonio Spurs have a very good 39-11 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Ginobili's 15th year with the team. Ginobili has relatively good stats this season: 8.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 35.5%, 3FGP: 41.8% and FT: 81.7% in 43 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Ginobili is also a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Fabricio Vay
Fabricio Vay
   #4. Forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) led Arkadia Lions to a victory over the closely-ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (10-10) 85-66 in the Austrian A Bundesliga on Sunday night. Vay was MVP of the game. He scored 31 points (!!!) and grabbed 8 rebounds. Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions (9-11) are placed seventh in the A Bundesliga. Vay is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Arkadia Lions' roster. Vay has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.8ppg, 8.3rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg. Vay has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities. He used to play for the Argentinian national team back in 2009.

Facundo Campazzo
Facundo Campazzo
   #5. International point guard Facundo Campazzo (181-91, currently plays in EuroCup) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams UCAM Murcia in their game against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (2-3) in the Eurocup. He scored 8 points and added 6 assists in 30 minutes. UCAM Murcia was badly defeated 85-69 on the road by the higher-ranked (#3) Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. It was UCAM Murcia's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Campazzo's team will play only one more game in the Eurocup Second Stage. And that game will be critical. This year Campazzo has relatively solid stats: 13.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 6.7apg and 2.3spg in 12 games. He plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Marcos Delia
Marcos Delia
   #6. Center Marcos Delia (211-92, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Facundo Campazzo. But that was another game of his team in Spanish Liga Endesa which we would like to mention. Delia contributed to an UCAM Murcia's victory against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (3-16) 73-63. He recorded 11 points. Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (6-13) is placed 14th in the Liga Endesa. Delia's overall stats this season are: 6.7ppg and 3.3rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Argentinian National Team roster.

Stefano Pierotti
Stefano Pierotti
   #7. U18 international point guard Stefano Pierotti (185-98, currently plays in Brazil) managed to help Paschoalotto/Bauru in a victory against the 13th-ranked Liga Sorocaba (4-14) crushing them 87-55 in the Brazilian NBB in Thursday night's game. Pierotti recorded only 4 points and added 5 assists in 20 minutes. Paschoalotto/Bauru (12-6) is placed third in the NBB. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Pierotti's overall stats are: 1.5ppg and 1.1apg in 13 games. He is also Argentinian U18 national team player.

Antonio Porta
Antonio Porta
   #8. Point guard Antonio Porta (187-83, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Denmark) was not able to secure a victory for Svendborg (11-9) in their last game. Despite Porta's good performance Svendborg was edged 80-77 on their home court in Svendborg by the lower-ranked (#6) Randers. He scored 10 points in 20 minutes. Porta has reliable stats this year: 11.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.6apg and 1.2spg in 19 games. He used to play for the Argentinian national team back in 2008.

Luis Scola
Luis Scola
   #9. International power forward Luis Scola (206-80, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Brooklyn Nets (9-42) in their game against the Indiana Pacers (28-22) in the NBA. Scola cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only one point and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Brooklyn Nets (9-42) were defeated 106-97 in Indianapolis by the Indiana Pacers. It was Nets' ninth consecutive loss in a row. It's Scola's first season with the team. Scola's total stats this year are: 5.3ppg and 3.9rpg. He is also in the roster of the Argentinian national team.

Juan Manuel Caceres
Juan Manuel Caceres
   #10. Small forward Juan Manuel Caceres (199-84, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) contributed to Valmontone's victory against the 11th-ranked Scauri (8-10) 69-65 in the Italian Serie B (third division) last Sunday. Caceres recorded only 4 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 35 minutes. Virtus Valmontone (16-3) is placed third in Group C. Caceres averaged so far 10.3ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.2apg in 13 games. He is a former U16 international player as fifteen years ago he still played for the Argentinian national team.

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

   #1. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy). He could not help Umana Venezia (12-6) to beat Dolomiti En. TR (9-9). Filloy scored 5 points and added 6 passes. Umana Venezia was defeated 65-57 on the road by the much lower-ranked Dolomiti En. TR (#11). It's Filloy's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 6.1ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.5apg. Filloy has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian.

   #2. Experienced Omar Canton (206-C-82, currently plays in Liga Americas) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Hebraica in their game against San Lorenzo (3-0) in the Liga Americas. He scored 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 29 minutes. But Hebraica lost 75-82 at home to the higher-ranked (#9) San Lorenzo. The Regular Season already ended in the Liga Americas. This year Canton's overall stats are: 8.5ppg and 5.5rpg in two games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Italian and Argentinian.

   #3. Enzo Cafferata (187-PG-88, currently plays in Brazil) was not able to secure a victory for Liga Sorocaba (4-14) in their last game. Despite Cafferata's very good performance Liga Sorocaba was crushed 87-55 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked (#3) Paschoalotto/Bauru. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Cafferata also added 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in 35 minutes. It was Liga Sorocaba's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Cafferata has relatively solid stats: 13.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.1apg and 1.7spg in 18 games.

   #4. Daniel Hure (200-PF-85, currently plays in Brazil) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Paulistano (11-7) in their game against Paschoalotto/Bauru (12-6) in the Brazilian NBB. He scored 5 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Paulistano was defeated 78-68 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (#3). It's Hure's first season with the team. Hure's overall stats this year are: 7.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg.

   #5. Bernardo Musso (193-G-86, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help FCM Ferentino (8-12) in their last game. Despite Musso's very good performance FCM Ferentino (#12) lost 82-92 on their home court in Ferentino to the second-ranked Treviglio in the West group. He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Musso also added 8 rebounds and 7 assists in 36 minutes. Musso has reliable stats this year: 13.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.4apg and 1.6spg in 20 games. He has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #6. Erik Thomas (196-F-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) led New Orleans to a victory against the Nicholls State University 78-69 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Thomas recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Thomas has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.6ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg. Thomas is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Argentina.

   #7. Patricio Prato (194-F/G-79, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Imola (7-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Prato's very good performance Imola (#6) was crushed 87-65 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Verona (#11) in the East group. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Prato also added 5 rebounds. Prato has reliable stats this season: 11.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg. He also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #8. Demian Filloy (198-F-82, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Lighthouse TR (10-10) in their last game. Despite Filloy's very good performance Lighthouse TR (#10) lost 83-96 on their home court in Trapani to the lower-ranked (#11) Novipiu Casale in the West group. He recorded 17 points in 34 minutes. This year Filloy's total stats are: 5.8ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.6apg in 19 games. He has Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #9. Juan Luis Abeiro (196-C/F-88, currently plays in Chile) couldn't help CD Tinguiririca San Fernando (20-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Abeiro's very good performance CD Tinguiririca San Fernando was badly defeated 106-89 in Concepcion by the second-ranked Universidad de in the Conferencia Centro. He was the top scorer with 29 points. Abeiro also added 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. This season Abeiro has very high stats. He averages: 25.6ppg, 10.9rpg, 3.4apg and 1.8spg.

   #10. Andres Forray (187-PG-86, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Dolomiti Energia Trento in a victory against the league outsider Vanoli Cremona 78-59 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. Forray scored only 2 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 23 minutes. This year Forray's total stats are: 5.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.3spg in 18 games. He holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.



TNA Round 24 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The round was exceptionally exciting as four games ended with a tiny margin. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Estudiantes O. as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Estudiantes O. defeated 5th ranked Atenas in Olavarria 91-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Atenas. The game was mostly controlled by Estudiantes O.. Atenas managed to win fourth quarter 35-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Estudiantes O. looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for Rodrigo Sanchez (200-89) who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. point guard Diego Figueredo (185-91) contributed with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Estudiantes O.'s coach Gustavo Fernandez used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Scott Cutley (196-85, college: CS Fullerton) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for Atenas. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Ciclista and Parque Sur. Atenas at the other side keeps the fifth place with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Leading Ciclista (15-8) recorded its eighth loss in Juninense. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked CA Platense (12-10) 88-84. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ciclista. Worth to mention a great performance of Chilean guard Sebastian Suarez (193-91, college: Portland St.) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 5 rebounds and Dario Mansilla who added 15 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American power forward Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-85) with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. CA Platense moved-up to third place. Ciclista at the other side still keeps top position with eight games lost. They share it with Estudiantes O. and Parque Sur. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Sixth-ranked Obera TC (6-16) was very close to win a game against first ranked Union SF (18-5) in Santa Fe on Friday. Union SF managed to secure only three-point victory 89-86. However their fans expected much easier game. The winners were led by Bruno Barovero who scored that evening 32 points. Union SF's coach Daniel Beltramo allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 29 points by Alejo Montes Cardozo did not help to save the game for Obera TC. Union SF have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-5 record, which they share with Comunicaciones. Loser Obera TC keeps the sixth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Mitre Tuc.. Union SF will meet at home Sportivo (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Obera TC will play against the league's second-placed Comunicaciones and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Concepcion de Urug.. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 3rd ranked Alianza Viedma (12-11) to second ranked Parque Sur (15-8) 82-79 on Thursday evening. The best player for the winners was Guido Mariani who scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Parque Sur keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Estudiantes O. and Ciclista. Alianza Viedma at the other side keeps the third place with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Fifth-ranked Independiente BBC (7-17) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked San Isidro (14-10) on Tuesday. The visitors from San Francisco managed to secure only two-point victory 64-62. However their fans expected easier game. It was a good game for Santiago Gonzalez who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. San Isidro's coach Julian Pagura used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. San Isidro maintains second position with 14-10 record behind leader Union SF. Newly promoted Independiente BBC keeps the fifth place with 17 games lost. San Isidro will face Villa San Martin (#4) in Resistencia in the next round. Independiente BBC will play at home against Salta Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 24: Independiente BBC was beaten by Union SF on the road 105-88. Alianza Viedma lost to Atenas Carmen on its own court 79-83. Rocamora unfortunately lost to Parque Sur in Concepcion de Urug. 67-84. San Isidro managed to beat Barrio Parque at home 74-57. Temperley was defeated by Petr.Argentino on the opponent's court 86-79. Villa San Martin beat BHY Tiro Federal in a home game 77-69. Independiente BBC won against SP Las Parejas on the road 81-79. Olimpo BB was outscored by Atenas Carmen on its own court 61-80. BHY Tiro Federal recorded a loss to Hindu in Chaco 75-58. Salta Basket was defeated by Comunicaciones at home 72-77. Obera TC was beaten by SP Las Parejas on the opponent's court 95-90. Villa Angela won against Villa San Martin in a home game 77-64. Alianza Viedma managed to outperform Rocamora on the road 79-74. Platense recorded a loss to Gimnasia LP on its own court 73-77. Comunicaciones defeated Mitre Tuc. in Mercedes 82-70. La Union was beaten by Ciclista at home 83-91.
The most impressive performance of 24th round was 20 points and 15 rebounds by Lotanna Nwogbo of Alianza Viedma.

Union SF - Independiente BBC 105-88

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Union SF (18-5) beat 5th ranked Independiente BBC (7-17) in Santa Fe 105-88 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Union SF. Independiente BBC was better in third quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Union SF looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists. It was a good game for forward Patricio Tabarez (195-91) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Swingman Bruno Barovero (194-90) contributed with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Four Union SF players scored in double figures. Union SF's coach Daniel Beltramo used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Center Julian Aprea (209-87) replied with 23 points and 5 rebounds and guard Matias Martinez (178-94) added 20 points in the effort for Independiente BBC. Union SF have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-5 record, which they share with Comunicaciones. Newly promoted Independiente BBC keeps the fifth place with 17 games lost. Union SF will face Sportivo (#6) in Las Parejas in the next round where they are favorite. Independiente BBC will play at home against Salta Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Independiente BBC: J.Aprea 23+5reb+2ast, M.Martinez 20+3reb+1ast, B.Ingrata 12+4reb+2ast, M.Balteiro 10+1reb+2ast, M.Vittar 9+4reb+5ast, J.Angel Lopez 6+2reb+3ast
Union SF: P.Tabarez 24+8reb+3ast, F.Podesta 19+6reb+5ast, B.Barovero 18+6reb+8ast, T.Acosta 11+3reb, M.Isola 9+1reb+1ast, J.Godoy 7+1reb+1ast
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Alianza Viedma - Atenas Carmen 79-83

There was a minor upset when 3rd ranked Alianza Viedma (12-11) lost to fifth ranked Atenas (12-13) in Rio Negro 79-83 on Sunday. Strangely Alianza Viedma outrebounded Atenas 37-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. Alianza Viedma was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American forward Scott Cutley (196-85, college: CS Fullerton) who led his team to a victory with 25 points. Guard Cesar Lavoratornuovo (190-91) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Cutley is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Atenas players scored in double figures. Nigerian-American power forward Lotanna Nwogbo (203-93, college: Longwood) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and point guard Pedro Franco (187-81) added 15 points in the effort for Alianza Viedma. Atenas maintains fifth position with 12-13 record. Loser Alianza Viedma keeps the third place with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Alianza Viedma: L.Nwogbo 20+15reb, O.McCullough 16+5reb, P.Franco 15+3reb+3ast, F.Grun 8+3reb+1ast, M.Gaynor 6+7reb+1ast, A.Knecht 6+1reb+1ast
Atenas Carmen: S.Cutley 25+3reb+2ast, C.Lavoratornuovo 15+4reb+1ast, H.Wilkerson 11+4reb+5ast, E.Agostino 10+3reb, A.Giarraffa 7+1ast, B.Oprandi 7+5reb+3ast
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Parque Sur - Rocamora 84-67

Rather predictable result when second ranked Parque Sur (15-8) won against 5th ranked Rocamora (10-11) in Concepcion de Urug. 84-67 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Parque Sur. Rocamora was better in third quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for Pablo Alderete (196-93) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Elnes Bolling (189-91) contributed with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Parque Sur players scored in double figures. American power forward Antwan Space (206-93, college: Massachusetts) replied with 20 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Matias Cuello (190-91) added 7 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Rocamora. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Parque Sur keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Estudiantes O. and Ciclista. Loser Rocamora keeps the fifth place with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Rocamora: A.Space 20+5reb, L.Podesta 9+3reb, F.Medina 8+4reb+2ast, M.Novello 8+3reb+2ast, M.Cuello 7+9reb, G.Impini 6+1reb+1ast
Parque Sur: A.Jure 18+1reb+3ast, P.Alderete 17+9reb+1ast, E.Bolling 14+5reb+5ast, G.Mariani 14+5reb+2ast, S.Bernasconi 9+4reb+2ast, E.Martinez 5
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San Isidro - Barrio Parque 74-57

The game between closely ranked teams ended with one of their biggest challengers Barrio Parque's (12-8) road loss to second ranked San Isidro (14-10) in San Francisco 57-74 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-57. It was a good game for center Santiago Gonzalez (203-83) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds. Andres Landoni (202-90) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four San Isidro players scored in double figures. Power forward Emiliano Martina (200-83) replied with 23 points and power forward Sebastian Cabello (202-82) added 7 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Barrio Parque. San Isidro maintains second position with 14-10 record behind leader Union SF. Loser Barrio Parque keeps the third place with eight games lost. San Isidro will face Villa San Martin (#4) in Resistencia in the next round. Barrio Parque will play at home against Salta Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Barrio Parque: E.Martina 23+4reb+1ast, E.Rossi 9+4reb, S.Cabello 7+10reb+1ast, L.Rivata 7+4reb+1ast, A.Mariani 5+3reb+2ast, G.Marozzi 4+3reb+2ast
San Isidro: A.Landoni 13+9reb+2ast, M.Muller 13+2reb+4ast, S.Gonzalez 12+13reb+1ast, G.Sciutto 10+2reb, J.Kelly 9+3reb+3ast, A.Lozano 7+2reb+1ast
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Petr.Argentino - Temperley 86-79

There was a small surprise when sixth ranked Petr.Argentino (8-14) defeated 4th ranked CA Temperley (11-10) in Plaza Huincul 86-79 on Saturday. It was a good game for American forward Darnell Dodson (201-89, college: S.Mississippi, agency: DTMones) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 12 rebounds. Point guard Facundo Gago (177-96) contributed with 15 points and 5 assists for the winners. Petr.Argentino's coach Daniel Jaule used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Delwan Graham (203-88, college: Jacksonville) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and center Sebastian Chaine (201-86) added 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for CA Temperley. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Petr.Argentino maintains sixth position with 8-14 record. Newly promoted CA Temperley keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Temperley: D.Graham 24+12reb+2ast, S.Chaine 16+4reb+1ast, A.Eiguren 11+3reb+4ast, R.Pelorosso 10+6reb+2ast, L.Ibanez Paz 9+4reb+2ast, L.Ortiz 4+3ast
Petr.Argentino: D.Dodson 30+12reb, F.Gago 15+4reb+5ast, C.Blossom 13+6reb, D.Pineda 12+3reb+2ast, L.Diaz 7+1reb, M.Castets 5+1reb+2ast
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Villa San Martin - BHY Tiro Federal 77-69

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when one of their biggest challengers BHY Tiro Federal (8-13) lost to fifth ranked Villa San Martin (9-14) in Resistencia 69-77 on Saturday. It was a good game for center Guillermo Saavedra (200-86) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds. Point guard Martin Cabrera (181-96) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Naturalized American power forward Phillip Lockett (202-88, agency: DTMones) replied with 23 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized Spanish swingman Martin Maximiliano (189-90) added 12 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for BHY Tiro Federal. Four BHY Tiro Federal players scored in double figures. Villa San Martin moved-up to fourth place which they share with defeated BHY Tiro Federal. Loser BHY Tiro Federal keeps the fourth position with 13 games lost. Villa San Martin will face again BHY Tiro Federal (#4) in Morteros in the next round. BHY Tiro Federal will play at home against Villa Angela and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BHY Tiro Federal: P.Lockett 23+8reb+2ast, M.Maximiliano 12+10reb+3ast, J.Xynos 11+2reb+3ast, D.Brezzo 10+5reb+2ast, M.Ceruti 7+1reb+5ast, L.Cecchi 4+3reb
VILLA SAN MARTIN: M.Cabrera 20+3reb+2ast, A.Toledo 12+3reb+1ast, G.Saavedra 11+13reb+1ast, J.Morales 8+7reb+2ast, C.Geffrard 8+4reb+3ast, A.Carnovale 7+3reb+2ast
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SP Las Parejas - Independiente BBC 79-81

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Independiente BBC's (7-17) road victory over 6th ranked Sportivo (6-17) in Las Parejas 81-79 on Friday. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 24-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for center Julian Aprea (209-87) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 7 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Point guard Victor Hugo Cajal (179-80, agency: DTMones) contributed with 16 points, 6 assists and 6 steals (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Independiente BBC players scored in double figures. Point guard Juan Ignacio Rodriguez Suppi (178-91) replied with 31 points, 5 assists and 6 steals and Manuel Olocco (198-88) added 17 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Sportivo. Newly promoted Independiente BBC maintains fifth position with 7-17 record. Sportivo at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the sixth place with 17 games lost. Independiente BBC will face Salta Basket (#5) at home in the next round. Sportivo will play against Salta Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SP Las Parejas: J.Ignacio Rodriguez Suppi 31+4reb+5ast, M.Olocco 17+6reb+1ast, M.Negri 13+5reb, A.Pautasso 6+1reb+4ast, A. Meinero 5+6reb+3ast, A.Carlachiani 3+2reb+3ast
Independiente BBC: J.Aprea 24+7reb+1ast, J.Angel Lopez 16+3reb+5ast, V.Hugo Cajal 16+3reb+6ast, M.Vittar 13+4reb+1ast, B.Ingrata 6+4reb+2ast, R.Fernandez 4+3reb+1ast
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Ciclista - Platense 84-88

Leading Ciclista (15-8) recorded its eighth loss in Juninense. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked CA Platense (12-10) 88-84. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ciclista. The game without a history. CA Platense led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 63.5 percent from the field. Worth to mention a great performance of Chilean guard Sebastian Suarez (193-91, college: Portland St.) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 5 rebounds and center Dario Mansilla (207-82) who added 15 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American power forward Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-85) with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Alvaro Merlo (182-95) scored 11 points and 8 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. CA Platense moved-up to third place. Ciclista at the other side still keeps top position with eight games lost. They share it with Estudiantes O. and Parque Sur. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Ciclista: J.Fahnbulleh 28+10reb, M.Araujo 14+2reb+1ast, A.Merlo 11+1reb+8ast, A.Harrison 11+4reb+3ast, M.Tamburini 10+3reb, R.Di Perna 4+3reb+2ast
Platense: S.Suarez 18+5reb+2ast, D.Mansilla 15+5reb+1ast, J.Lugrin 14+1reb, V.Facundo 12+3reb+1ast, A.Pappalardi 12+6reb+3ast, H.Gutierrez 6
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Union SF - Obera TC 89-86

Sixth-ranked Obera TC (6-16) was very close to win a game against first ranked Union SF (18-5) in Santa Fe on Friday. Union SF managed to secure only three-point victory 89-86. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-86. Union SF forced 19 Obera TC turnovers. The winners were led by swingman Bruno Barovero (194-90) who scored that evening 32 points and center Fernando Podesta (205-92) supported him with 17 points and 5 assists. Union SF's coach Daniel Beltramo allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 29 points by guard Alejo Montes Cardozo (188-91) did not help to save the game for Obera TC. American center Arkeem Joseph (206-94, college: Texas A&M Int.) added 13 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Union SF have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 18-5 record, which they share with Comunicaciones. Loser Obera TC keeps the sixth place with 16 games lost. They share the position with Mitre Tuc.. Union SF will meet at home Sportivo (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Obera TC will play against the league's second-placed Comunicaciones and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Obera TC: A.Montes Cardozo 29+4reb+3ast, A.Joseph 13+8reb+1ast, J.Montero 13+1reb+2ast, M.Gandoy 10+3reb+8ast, J.Deck 10+9reb, L.Quinteros 7+4reb
Union SF: B.Barovero 32+4reb+2ast, F.Podesta 17+4reb+5ast, P.Tabarez 11+12reb+1ast, M.Isola 11+4reb+3ast, M.Borsatti 10+1reb+4ast, T.Acosta 3+6reb+2ast
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Parque Sur - Alianza Viedma 82-79

A very interesting game took place in Concepcion de Urug.. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 3rd ranked Alianza Viedma (12-11) to second ranked Parque Sur (15-8) 82-79 on Thursday evening. Parque Sur dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Alianza Viedma's 26. Parque Sur forced 19 Alianza Viedma turnovers. The best player for the winners was swingman Guido Mariani (193-94) who scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Pablo Alderete (196-93) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Five Parque Sur players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion, agency: DTMones) who recorded 24 points and 4 blocks and point guard Alexis Knecht (183-87) added 18 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Parque Sur keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Estudiantes O. and Ciclista. Alianza Viedma at the other side keeps the third place with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Alianza Viedma: O.McCullough 24+3reb+3ast, A.Knecht 18+8reb+3ast, M.Gaynor 12+6reb, L.Nwogbo 9+3reb, P.Franco 9+2reb+3ast, M.Eidintas 3
Parque Sur: G.Mariani 20+5reb+2ast, J.Stroud 16+4reb+2ast, P.Alderete 14+7reb+1ast, S.Bernasconi 14+1reb+1ast, A.Jure 10+3reb+6ast, E.Bolling 7+5reb+2ast
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Olimpo BB - Atenas Carmen 61-80

There was a minor upset when second-best Olimpo (14-8) was smashed by fifth ranked Atenas (12-13) in Bahia Blanca 80-61 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Atenas. Olimpo was better in fourth quarter 21-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for Emiliano Agostino (191-84) who led his team to a victory with 27 points. Swingman Bruno Oprandi (192-85) contributed with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Four Atenas players scored in double figures. American center Thomas Granado (208-88, college: Concordia Irvine, agency: Interperformances) replied with 17 points and 9 rebounds and guard Christian Schoppler (185-86) added 12 points and 8 assists in the effort for Olimpo. Olimpo's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Atenas maintains fifth position with 12-13 record. Olimpo lost third consecutive game. They keep the second place with eight games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Olimpo BB: T.Granado 17+9reb, C.Schoppler 12+3reb+8ast, D.Smith 11+5reb, V.Bettiga 7+6reb, L.Marin 7+1reb, F.Pennacchotti 4+6reb+1ast
Atenas Carmen: E.Agostino 27+2reb, H.Wilkerson 14+7reb+2ast, S.Cutley 13+5reb+4ast, B.Oprandi 11+8reb+7ast, A.Giarraffa 9+1reb+3ast, C.Lavoratornuovo 3+5reb+1ast
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Hindu - BHY Tiro Federal 75-58

Rather predictable result when first ranked Hindu (19-3) won against 4th ranked BHY Tiro Federal (8-13) in Chaco 75-58 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-58. Hindu dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to BHY Tiro Federal's 28. Hindu forced 20 BHY Tiro Federal turnovers and outrebounded them 44-32 including a 13-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for forward Pablo Fernandez (198-82) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Point guard Nicolas Paletta (180-87) contributed with 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Hindu's coach Jeronimo Trezza used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Naturalized Spanish swingman Martin Maximiliano (189-90) replied with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and naturalized American power forward Phillip Lockett (202-88, agency: DTMones) added 12 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for BHY Tiro Federal. Hindu have an impressive 19-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 19-3 record. Loser BHY Tiro Federal keeps the fourth place with 13 games lost. Hindu will face Obera TC (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. BHY Tiro Federal will play against Villa San Martin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BHY Tiro Federal: P.Lockett 12+11reb, M.Maximiliano 12+6reb+7ast, L.Cecchi 11+2reb, M.Ceruti 7+3reb+4ast, D.Brezzo 7+3reb+3ast, J.Xynos 7+2reb+1ast
Hindu: P.Fernandez 17+5reb+3ast, F.Vieta Stechina 13+2reb+3ast, N.Paletta 11+7reb+1ast, P.Moya 10+5reb, S.Picton 9+7reb+2ast, K.Jones 8+7reb+1ast
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Salta Basket - Comunicaciones 72-77

Not a big story in a game when 4th ranked Salta Basket (8-12) lost at home to second ranked Comunicaciones (18-5) 77-72 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 26-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Comunicaciones made 21-of-22 free shots (95.5 percent) during the game. Comunicaciones outrebounded Salta Basket 32-21 including 23 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for forward Nicolas Lauria (202-88) who led his team to a victory with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Cristian Romero (190-79) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Comunicaciones players scored in double figures. Swingman Gregorio Eseverri (194-87) replied with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and Nigerian-American power forward Ike Okoye (206-86, college: Boise St., agency: Aspire Sports) added 17 points in the effort for Salta Basket. Comunicaciones have a solid three-game winning streak. They used an opportunity after Union SF lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Loser Salta Basket dropped to the fifth place with 12 games lost. Comunicaciones will face Obera TC (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Salta Basket will play against Sportivo in Las Parejas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Salta Basket: I.Okoye 17+4reb+1ast, G.Eseverri 15+5reb+6ast, M.Fioretti 10+3reb+3ast, N.Copello 9+2reb+3ast, S.Punet 9+3reb+2ast, L.Prowell 6+3reb+1ast
Comunicaciones: C.Romero 14+7reb+3ast, N.Lauria 12+8reb+5ast, M.Aristu 11+5reb+2ast, A.Pau 10+2reb+1ast, G.Essengue 10+4reb+1ast, G.Torres 9+4reb
gschID: 523882


SP Las Parejas - Obera TC 95-90

There was a small surprise when sixth ranked Sportivo (6-17) defeated 6th ranked Obera TC (6-16) in Las Parejas 95-90 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 29-21 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Sportivo made 27-of-33 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Obera TC was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for point guard Juan Ignacio Rodriguez Suppi (178-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 7 rebounds and 13 assists. Guard Agustin Pautasso (192-97) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Martin Gandoy (194-91) replied with 21 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and guard Alejo Montes Cardozo (188-91) added 20 points in the effort for Obera TC. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Obera TC's coach Lucas Zurita rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Sportivo maintains sixth position with 6-17 record which they share with defeated Obera TC. Loser Obera TC keeps the sixth place with 16 games lost. Sportivo will face higher ranked Salta Basket (#5) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Obera TC: M.Gandoy 21+6reb+4ast, A.Montes Cardozo 20+2ast, J.Montero 15+2reb+3ast, J.Deck 15+3reb+2ast, A.Joseph 8+8reb+1ast, I.Luna 6+6reb+1ast
SP Las Parejas: J.Ignacio Rodriguez Suppi 27+7reb+13ast, M.Olocco 17+5reb+2ast, A.Pautasso 16+7reb+3ast, M.Negri 14+5reb+4ast, A. Meinero 8+1reb, M.Luchi 5+5reb
gschID: 523880


Villa Angela - Villa San Martin 77-64

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Villa San Martin (9-14) lost on the road to third ranked Villa Angela (13-8) 77-64 on Wednesday. Villa Angela made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. It was a good game for point guard Martin Cequeira (180-88) who led his team to a victory with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Naturalized Italian forward Mariano Garcia (201-86) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Villa Angela players scored in double figures. Villa Angela's coach Leandro Ramella used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American-Haitian forward Clide Geffrard (198-94, college: SF Austin) replied with 22 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and point guard Martin Cabrera (181-96) added 10 points in the effort for Villa San Martin. Villa Angela maintains third position with 13-8 record having 2 victories less than leader Union SF. Villa San Martin lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the fourth place with 14 games lost. Villa Angela will face BHY Tiro Federal (#4) in Morteros in the next round. Villa San Martin will play on the road against BHY Tiro Federal in Morteros and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
VILLA SAN MARTIN: C.Geffrard 22+9reb+3ast, M.Cabrera 10+1reb+2ast, G.Mascaro 8+4reb, A.Carnovale 7+1reb, A.Toledo 6+1reb+2ast, G.Saavedra 6+6reb
Villa Angela: M.Garcia 16+6reb+2ast, N.Carter 13+5reb+2ast, M.Cequeira 12+8reb+5ast, A.Spalla 11+4reb+1ast, C.Avalle 9+2reb+2ast, A.Zago 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 523881


Rocamora - Alianza Viedma 74-79

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Alianza Viedma (12-11) beat on the road 5th ranked Rocamora (10-11) 79-74 on Tuesday. Alianza Viedma made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. It was a good game for Nigerian-American power forward Lotanna Nwogbo (203-93, college: Longwood) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 7 rebounds. American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion, agency: DTMones) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Four Alianza Viedma players scored in double figures. Center Matias Novello (198-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Ignacio Davico (188-92) added 6 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Rocamora. Alianza Viedma maintains third position with 12-11 record having just three points less than leader Union SF, which they share with Huracan. Loser Rocamora keeps the fifth place with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Rocamora: M.Novello 22+10reb+1ast, M.Cuello 13+4reb, A.Space 10+9reb+1ast, L.Podesta 8+2reb, F.Medina 8+1reb, I.Davico 6+7reb+7ast
Alianza Viedma: O.McCullough 19+4reb, L.Nwogbo 17+7reb+1ast, M.Tabieres 14+5reb+1ast, M.Gaynor 10+7reb, P.Franco 7+3ast, A.Knecht 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 523876


Platense - Gimnasia LP 73-77

There was a minor upset when 4th ranked CA Platense (12-10) lost to seventh ranked Gimnasia LP (5-18) in Florida 73-77 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 4 points. It was a good game for Juan Lancieri (190-95) who led his team to a victory with 31 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Point guard Leonardo La Bella (180-86) contributed with 17 points and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Felipe Pais (185-90) replied with 28 points and 5 rebounds and center Dario Mansilla (207-82) added 10 points in the effort for CA Platense. Gimnasia LP maintains seventh position with 5-18 record. Loser CA Platense dropped to the third place with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Platense: F.Pais 28+5reb+1ast, S.Suarez 12+1reb+1ast, D.Mansilla 10+3reb+2ast, H.Gutierrez 9+1reb, A.Pappalardi 5+3reb, V.Facundo 4+3reb+1ast
Gimnasia LP: J.Lancieri 31+5reb+1ast, L.La Bella 17+4reb+5ast, M.Segon 15+5reb, R.Rosende 5+1reb, R.Salvatierra 3+2reb, J.Victor Jeronimo 2+1reb
gschID: 523874


Mitre Tuc. - Comunicaciones 70-82

Very predictable result when second ranked Comunicaciones (18-5) won against 7th ranked Mitre Tuc. (6-16) in Tucuman 82-70 on Tuesday. Comunicaciones forced 19 Mitre Tuc. turnovers. It was a good game for forward Nicolas Lauria (202-88) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Cameroonian power forward Gaston Essengue (203-83, college: UNLV) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five Comunicaciones players scored in double figures. American forward Tirrell Brown (198-93, college: Ouachita Baptist) replied with 21 points and 8 rebounds and Pablo Osores (194-86) added 20 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Mitre Tuc.Mitre Tuc.'s coach Gabriel Albornoz rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Comunicaciones have a solid three-game winning streak. They used an opportunity after Union SF lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Newly promoted Mitre Tuc. dropped to the sixth place with 16 games lost. Comunicaciones will face Obera TC (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Mitre Tuc. will play against Independiente BBC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mitre Tuc.: T.Brown 21+8reb+2ast, P.Osores 20+7reb+2ast, J.Muruaga 14+4reb+1ast, L.Arganaraz 8+2reb+1ast, G.Gorostiaga 5+6reb+4ast, J.Carrizo 2
Comunicaciones: N.Lauria 16+9reb+1ast, M.Aristu 15+3reb, V.Burgos 14+3reb+3ast, C.Romero 11+3reb+1ast, A.Pau 11+4ast, G.Essengue 10+10reb+2ast
gschID: 523878


Estudiantes O. - Atenas Carmen 91-81

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Estudiantes O. as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Estudiantes O. defeated 5th ranked Atenas in Olavarria 91-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Atenas. The game was mostly controlled by Estudiantes O.. Atenas managed to win fourth quarter 35-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Estudiantes O. looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for Rodrigo Sanchez (200-89) who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Point guard Diego Figueredo (185-91) contributed with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Estudiantes O.'s coach Gustavo Fernandez used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Scott Cutley (196-85, college: CS Fullerton) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and Emiliano Agostino (191-84) added 16 points in the effort for Atenas. Five Estudiantes O. and four Atenas players scored in double figures. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Ciclista and Parque Sur. Atenas at the other side keeps the fifth place with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Atenas Carmen: S.Cutley 17+10reb+5ast, E.Agostino 16+4reb+3ast, A.Giarraffa 14+1reb+1ast, M.Percaz 11+3reb+3ast, H.Wilkerson 8+8reb+2ast, B.Oprandi 7+4reb+1ast
Estudiantes O.: L.Portillo 20+2reb+2ast, R.Sanchez 17+7reb+4ast, E.Dominguez 16+1reb+1ast, D.Figueredo 16+7reb+4ast, S.Arese 11+8reb+6ast, J.Gamazo 8+3reb+4ast
gschID: 523875


Independiente BBC - San Isidro 62-64

Fifth-ranked Independiente BBC (7-17) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked San Isidro (14-10) on Tuesday. The visitors from San Francisco managed to secure only two-point victory 64-62. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning next two quarters and won the game by 2 points. It was a good game for center Santiago Gonzalez (203-83) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. Naturalized Italian Juan Kelly (190-88) contributed with 12 points for the winners. San Isidro's coach Julian Pagura used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Matias Martinez (178-94) replied with 18 points and 4 steals and center Julian Aprea (209-87) added 15 points in the effort for Independiente BBC. San Isidro maintains second position with 14-10 record behind leader Union SF. Newly promoted Independiente BBC keeps the fifth place with 17 games lost. San Isidro will face Villa San Martin (#4) in Resistencia in the next round. Independiente BBC will play at home against Salta Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Independiente BBC: M.Martinez 18+2reb+1ast, J.Aprea 15+4reb+2ast, M.Vittar 10+4reb+4ast, J.Angel Lopez 9+4reb, B.Ingrata 8+5reb+4ast, M.Balteiro 2+1reb+1ast
San Isidro: J.Kelly 12+2reb+2ast, S.Gonzalez 11+11reb+1ast, M.Muller 10+3reb+2ast, A.Landoni 8+3reb+1ast, M.Corzo 7+2reb, S.Acevedo 6+8reb+1ast
gschID: 523879


La Union - Ciclista 83-91

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked La Union (5-16) lost to first ranked Ciclista (15-8) in Colon 83-91 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-83. Ciclista dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to La Union's 44. They outrebounded La Union 38-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American power forward Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. Point guard Alvaro Merlo (182-95) contributed with 21 points and 4 assists for the winners. Ciclista's coach Facundo Sucatzky used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American Rakim Brown (198-91, college: Humboldt St.) replied with 20 points and 5 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and center Facundo Mendoza (200-84) added 14 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for La Union. Four La Union players scored in double figures. Ciclista have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-8 record, which they share with Estudiantes O. and Parque Sur. La Union lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 16 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
La Union: R.Brown 20+5reb+3ast, S.Ravina 16+2reb+3ast, F.Mendoza 14+6reb+2ast, D.Cabezas 12+7reb+2ast, P.Bogado 7+4reb+1ast, C.Buendia 6+1reb+2ast
Ciclista: A.Merlo 21+4reb+4ast, J.Fahnbulleh 18+13reb+1ast, P.Martinez 14+5reb+2ast, R.Di Perna 8, A.Harrison 8+5reb+2ast, M.Araujo 8+1reb+3ast
gschID: 523877





Villa Angela inks Joaquin Federico Giarrafa - by Facundo Iatzky

Villa-Angela-Basket (TNA) agreed terms with 22-year old small forward Joaquin Federico Giarrafa (190-95). He played recently at Libertad Sunchales (LigaA). TNA will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Giarrafa played at GECR Indalo (also in LigaA). LigaA was a little too high level for him, where in 20 games he had just 1.7ppg. He helped them to win the regular season.
Giarrafa represented Argentina at the World Championships U17 in Kaunas (Lithuania) five years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 4.0ppg, 1.1rpg.
Giarrafa has played previously for three other teams: Alianza Viedma, Estudiantes La Plata Buenos Aires and Atenas.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Lucio Reinaudi agreed terms with Estudiantes Olavarria - by Facundo Iatzky

Estudiantes-Olavarria (TNA) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old guard Lucio Reinaudi (187-95). He started the season at Atletico Tala in the TFB. The last season Reinaudi played also at Atletico TL (also in TFB).
He played in the final of Argentinian TNA in 2015.
Reinaudi represented Argentina at the World Championships U17 in Kaunas (Lithuania) five years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 3.4ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.4apg.
Reinaudi has played previously for 9 de Julio.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Powell leaves Estudiantes Concordia - by Eurobasket News

Experienced 34-year old American forward Ricardo Powell (199-102kg-83, college: S.Carolina) left Estudiantes-Concordia (LigaA). In 23 games in Argentina he averaged 14.1ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.7apg and 1.0spg this season.
Powell ended the last season at ET Land Elephants in South Korean KBL where in 17 games he had very impressive stats: 24.2ppg, 8.5rpg, 4.8apg and 1.3spg. But the most of that year he spent at KCC Egis (KBL) in South Korean league. In 30 games he recorded 14.0ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.7apg.
In 2005 Powell was drafted by Yakama Sun Kings (CBA) in fourth round (31st overall).
The former University of South Carolina staris in his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Powell's team made it to the Korean KBL Semifinals in 2013 and 2015. He received also Asia-Basket.com All-Korean KBL Honorable Mention award in 2013 and 2015.
Powell is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in nine different countries playing on four different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian, Australian and of course North American leagues. Powell has played previously professionally in China (Liaoning Hunters), Germany (Deutsche Bank Skyliners), Iran (Zob Ahan), Israel (Maccabi Haifa), New Zealand, Portugal, Ukraine (Azovmash), NBA (Golden State Warriors) and D-League (Santa Cruz Warriors and N.Mexico T.).
Let's have closer look into His outlook: Bigger, stronger, more confident, and working at becoming a better leader ... Worked hard to improve his outside shot and with that, his shooting percentage will certainly go up. A better defender, a better rebounder, a better ball-handler, and a better shooter, which should make him a better player. Athletic player who has good vision on the court ... Team plays off his energy.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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ASEAN League round 8 best performance: Chris Oliver - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Chris Oliver (201-F-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Kaohsiung, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 31-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 16 rebounds, while his team beat KL Dragons (#6, 2-7) 94-86. Kaohsiung maintains the 4th position in ASEAN League . Kaohsiung is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-7 record. Oliver turned to be Kaohsiung's top player in his first season with the team. Former Radford University star has very solid stats this year. Oliver is in league's top in points (6th best: 20.6ppg), rebounds (6th best: 11.3rpg) and assists (5th best: 4.0apg).

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American Lenny Daniel (203-PF-87) of Saigon H.. Daniel had a very good evening with a double-double of 18 points and 17 rebounds. Of course Saigon H. cruised to a 72-65 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Alab Pilipinas (#3, 5-4). This victory allowed Saigon H. to leave bottom place moving a little bit up to 5th position in the standings. 6 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Saigon H. managed to get this year. Daniel is a newcomer at Saigon H., but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.1ppg (#4). He also registered 12.9 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Justin Howard (209-C-81) of league's top team Singapore S.. Howard scored 26 points and grabbed twenty two rebounds (!!!). Despite Howard's great performance Singapore S. lost 71-73 to #2 ranked Hong Kong ELL. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Singapore S. needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 9 victories and 3 lost games. Howard has a great season in ASEAN League. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.5ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 15.5rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcus Elliott (191-G-84) of Hong Kong ELL - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Joshua Munzon (191-G-95) of KL Dragons - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Justin Howard (209-C-81) of Singapore S. - 16 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Bobby Ray Parks (193-G-93) of Alab Pilipinas - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Derek Hall (211-C/F-90) of Kaohsiung - 22 points and 9 rebounds
9. Raymar Jose (193-F) of Kaohsiung - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Derek Hall (211-C/F-90) of Kaohsiung - 17 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists

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



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Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. 36ers 17-9 
 2. Hawks 14-13 
 3. Wildcats 13-13 
 4. United 13-13 
 5. Taipans 13-13 
 6. Kings 13-14 
 7. Breakers 13-14 
 8. Bullets 10-17 

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 3: Wildcats - Bullets 94-63
Feb. 3: Hawks - Taipans 90-73
Feb. 4: 36ers - Breakers 87-88
Feb. 5: Taipans - Wildcats 85-77
Feb. 6: United - Hawks 78-72
Feb. 4: Kings - United 76-89

Regular Season: Round 19

Feb. 9: Taipans - 36ers
Feb. 10: Wildcats - Kings
Feb. 10: Breakers - United
Feb. 11: Hawks - Bullets
Feb. 11: 36ers - Taipans
Feb. 12: United - Wildcats


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Bryce COTTON
  Wildcats
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Cotton, Wildcats22.6 
 2. Ware, United22.1 
 3. Randle, 36ers21.5 
 4. Prather, Wildcats18.6 
 5. Dillard, Breakers18.4 
 6. Newley, Kings17.5 
 7. Penney, Breakers17.3 
 8. Goulding, United17.2 
 9. Clarke, Hawks17.0 
 10. Lisch, Kings16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Josh BOONE
  United
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Boone, United8.3 
 2. Craig, Bullets7.7 
 3. Johnson, 36ers7.4 
 4. Ogilvy, Hawks7.4 
 5. Mitchell, Breakers7.2 
 6. Pledger, Breakers6.8 
 7. Bairstow, Bullets6.5 
 8. Whittington, Kings6.4 
 9. McKay, Wildcats6.2 
 10. Majok, United6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ben WOODSIDE
  Breakers
  (180-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Woodside, Breakers5.5 
 2. Randle, 36ers5.5 
 3. Jackson, United5.4 
 4. Ware, United4.5 
 5. Dillard, Breakers4.4 
 6. Newley, Kings4.2 
 7. Stockton, Breakers4.2 
 8. Sobey, 36ers3.9 
 9. Gibson, Bullets3.8 
 10. Lisch, Kings3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin LISCH
  Kings
  (188-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Lisch, Kings2.0 
 2. Martin, Wildcats1.9 
 3. Dillard, Breakers1.6 
 4. Prather, Wildcats1.6 
 5. Whittington, Kings1.5 
 6. Jackson, United1.4 
 7. Harris, Hawks1.4 
 8. Ware, United1.3 
 9. Woodside, Breakers1.3 
 10. Trice, Taipans1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew James OGILVY
  Hawks
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Ogilvy, Hawks1.6 
 2. McKay, Wildcats1.5 
 3. Boone, United1.2 
 4. Pledger, Breakers1.2 
 5. Whittington, Kings1.0 
 6. Powell, Kings0.8 
 7. Jacobsen, 36ers0.7 
 8. Craig, Bullets0.7 
 9. Wesley, United0.7 
 10. Jervis, Bullets0.7 


NBL Round 18: New Zealand Breakers defeat leader Adelaide 36ers - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in NBL. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Adelaide 36ers (17-9) in Findon on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by sixth ranked New Zealand Breakers (13-14) 88-87. Adelaide 36ers were trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 11-point lead after three quarters before a 27-15 charge of New Zealand Breakers, which allowed them to win the game. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American-Albanian point guard Kevin Dillard (183-89, college: Dayton) who saved his team from a defeat with 20 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). New Zealand center Alex Pledger (215-87, college: Belm.Abbey) contributed with 9 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. American-Ukrainian point guard Jerome Randle (175-87, college: California) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists for Adelaide 36ers. Adelaide 36ers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. New Zealand Breakers maintains sixth position with 13-14 record, which they share with Kings. Adelaide 36ers lost third consecutive game. They still keep top place with nine games lost. New Zealand Breakers is looking forward to face higher ranked United (#4) in Melbourne in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Adelaide 36ers will play at home against Cairns Taipans and are hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Illawarra Hawks (14-13) against seventh ranked United (13-13) on Monday night. Visiting Illawarra Hawks were defeated by United in a tough game in Melbourne 72-78. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Illawarra Hawks. American power forward Josh Boone (208-84, college: Connecticut) had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Casper Ware chipped in 16 points and 7 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American point guard Rotnei Clarke (183-89, college: Butler) with 19 points. Illawarra Hawks' coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. United moved-up to third place, which they share with Wildcats and Taipans. Illawarra Hawks at the other side keep the second position with 13 games lost. United will play against Perth Wildcats (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Illawarra Hawks will play against Bullets and hope to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Perth Wildcats (13-13) against seventh ranked Cairns Taipans (13-13) on Sunday night. Visiting Perth Wildcats were defeated by Cairns Taipans in a tough game in Cairns 77-85. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Perth Wildcats. Nathan Jawai notched 22 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 26 points and 5 assists (perfect from downtown making all five shots) by Bryce Cotton did not help to save the game for Perth Wildcats. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cairns Taipans moved-up to third place, which they share with United and Wildcats. Cairns Taipans will meet league's leader Adelaide 36ers in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Perth Wildcats will play against United in Melbourne and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should not miss a road victory of seventh ranked United (13-13) over 4th ranked Kings (13-14) 89-76. The best player for the winners was Josh Boone who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. United moved-up to third place, which they share with Wildcats and Taipans. Kings lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 14 games lost. United's next round opponent will be Perth Wildcats (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. Kings will play against Perth Wildcats and hope to win that game.
The game between third ranked Perth Wildcats (13-13) and 8th ranked Bullets (10-17) in Perth on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Perth Wildcats outscored guests from Brisbane 94-63. It was a good game for Bryce Cotton who led his team to a victory with 25 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Perth Wildcats have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains third position with 13-13 record having four points less than leader 36ers, which they share with United and Taipans. Newly promoted Bullets stay at the bottom place with 17 games lost. Perth Wildcats will face United (#4) in Melbourne in the next round. Bullets will play on the road against the league's second-placed Illawarra Hawks (#2) in Gwynneville and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 18 Taipans were beaten by Hawks on the road 90-73.

United - Hawks 78-72

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Illawarra Hawks (14-13) against seventh ranked United (13-13) on Monday night. Visiting Illawarra Hawks were defeated by United in a tough game in Melbourne 72-78. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Illawarra Hawks. Illawarra Hawks were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. American power forward Josh Boone (208-84, college: Connecticut) had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import point guard Casper Ware (178-90, college: Long Beach St.) chipped in 16 points and 7 assists during the contest. Four United players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American point guard Rotnei Clarke (183-89, college: Butler) with 19 points and the former international center Andrew-James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt) scored 9 points and 10 rebounds. Illawarra Hawks' coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. United moved-up to third place, which they share with Wildcats and Taipans. Illawarra Hawks at the other side keep the second position with 13 games lost. United will play against Perth Wildcats (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Illawarra Hawks will play against Bullets and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
United: J.Boone 20+12reb, C.Goulding 18+4reb+2ast, C.Ware 16+4reb+7ast, D.Andersen 10+4reb+4ast, T.Blanchfield 9+5reb+2ast, K.Adnam 3+2reb+1ast
Hawks: R.Clarke 19+2reb+2ast, O.Forman 12+2reb, A.James Ogilvy 9+10reb+2ast, M.Harris 9+3reb+2ast, M.Norton 8+4reb+6ast, N.Kay 6+3reb
gschID: 487536


Wildcats - Bullets 94-63

The game between third ranked Perth Wildcats (13-13) and 8th ranked Bullets (10-17) in Perth on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Perth Wildcats outscored guests from Brisbane 94-63. The game without a history. Perth Wildcats led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Perth Wildcats shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 61.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Bullets were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American guard Bryce Cotton (185-92, college: Providence, agency: Pensack Sports) who led his team to a victory with 25 points. Forward Greg Hire (201-87, college: Augusta) contributed with 20 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Mitch Young (206-90, college: St.Mary's, CA) replied with 16 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and guard Shaun Bruce (190-91) added 12 points in the effort for Bullets. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Perth Wildcats have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains third position with 13-13 record having four points less than leader 36ers, which they share with United and Taipans. Newly promoted Bullets stay at the bottom place with 17 games lost. Perth Wildcats will face United (#4) in Melbourne in the next round. Bullets will play on the road against the league's second-placed Illawarra Hawks (#2) in Gwynneville and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Wildcats: B.Cotton 25+1reb+1ast, G.Hire 20+4reb+1ast, M.Knight 11+4reb+3ast, J.Wagstaff 9+2reb+2ast, S.Redhage 6+1reb+1ast, A.Brandt 6+2reb+1ast
Bullets: M.Young 16+2reb+1ast, S.Bruce 12+2reb+1ast, D.Kickert 9+4reb+1ast, T.Jervis 8+5reb, M.Kenyon 5+2reb+2ast, I.Tueta 4+1reb
gschID: 487531


Taipans - Wildcats 85-77

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Perth Wildcats (13-13) against seventh ranked Cairns Taipans (13-13) on Sunday night. Visiting Perth Wildcats were defeated by Cairns Taipans in a tough game in Cairns 77-85. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Perth Wildcats. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 49-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Cairns Taipans dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Perth Wildcats' 34. Cairns Taipans forced 19 Perth Wildcats turnovers. The former international power forward Nathan Jawai (209-86, college: Midland CC) notched 22 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and American Tony Mitchell (198-89, college: Alabama) supported him with 20 points. Even 26 points and 5 assists (perfect from downtown making all five shots) by American guard Bryce Cotton (185-92, college: Providence, agency: Pensack Sports) did not help to save the game for Perth Wildcats. The former international center Damian Martin (186-84, college: Loyola Mary) added 10 points and 11 rebounds. Four Perth Wildcats players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cairns Taipans moved-up to third place, which they share with United and Wildcats. Cairns Taipans will meet league's leader Adelaide 36ers in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Perth Wildcats will play against United in Melbourne and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Taipans: N.Jawai 22+9reb+1ast, T.Mitchell 20+2reb+1ast, A.Loughton 13+2ast, T.Trice 9+2reb+6ast, M.McCarron 8+10reb+1ast, J.Weeks 5+1reb+2ast
Wildcats: B.Cotton 26+3reb+5ast, J.Wagstaff 13+1reb+2ast, C.Prather 11+5reb+1ast, D.Martin 10+11reb+3ast, J.McKay 7+7reb+1ast, A.Brandt 6+2reb
gschID: 487535


36ers - Breakers 87-88

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Adelaide 36ers (17-9) in Findon on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by sixth ranked New Zealand Breakers (13-14) 88-87. Adelaide 36ers were trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 11-point lead after three quarters before a 27-15 charge of New Zealand Breakers, which allowed them to win the game. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American-Albanian point guard Kevin Dillard (183-89, college: Dayton) who saved his team from a defeat with 20 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). New Zealand center Alex Pledger (215-87, college: Belm.Abbey) contributed with 9 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. American-Ukrainian point guard Jerome Randle (175-87, college: California) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists and the former international power forward Daniel Johnson (210-88, college: Pepperdine) added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Adelaide 36ers. Five Adelaide 36ers players scored in double figures. Adelaide 36ers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. New Zealand Breakers maintains sixth position with 13-14 record, which they share with Kings. Adelaide 36ers lost third consecutive game. They still keep top place with nine games lost. New Zealand Breakers is looking forward to face higher ranked United (#4) in Melbourne in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Adelaide 36ers will play at home against Cairns Taipans and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Breakers: K.Penney 21+1reb+3ast, K.Dillard 20+2reb+3ast, R.Loe 15+4reb+5ast, A.Pledger 9+14reb+2ast, F.Delany 8+5reb+2ast, M.Vukona 6+2reb+1ast
36ers: D.Johnson 19+6reb+2ast, J.Randle 16+8reb+11ast, M.Hodgson 14+7reb, N.Sobey 10+6reb, M.Creek 10+1reb+3ast, A.Drmic 9+3reb
gschID: 487534


Kings - United 76-89

We should not miss a road victory of seventh ranked United (13-13) over 4th ranked Kings (13-14) 89-76. The game was mostly controlled by United. Kings was better in second period 21-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. The best player for the winners was American power forward Josh Boone (208-84, college: Connecticut) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. The former international center David Andersen (213-80) chipped in 21 points. Five United players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international swingman Brad Newley (199-85, agency: BeoBasket) who recorded 19 points and the former international center Aleksandar Maric (211-84, college: Nebraska) added 8 points and 12 rebounds respectively. United moved-up to third place, which they share with Wildcats and Taipans. Kings lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 14 games lost. United's next round opponent will be Perth Wildcats (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. Kings will play against Perth Wildcats and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
United: D.Andersen 21+3reb+2ast, C.Ware 18+5ast, C.Goulding 16+2reb+2ast, J.Boone 12+14reb, T.Blanchfield 10+6reb+1ast, M.Majok 5+4reb
Kings: B.Newley 19+3reb+3ast, K.Lisch 12+3reb+4ast, J.Powell 11+2reb, J.Cadee 9+2reb+4ast, C.Moller 8+4reb, A.Maric 8+12reb
gschID: 487533


Hawks - Taipans 90-73

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Illawarra Hawks (14-13) beat 7th ranked Cairns Taipans (13-13) in Gwynneville 90-73 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Illawarra Hawks. Cairns Taipans was better in third quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Illawarra Hawks made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Cairns Taipans were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American point guard Rotnei Clarke (183-89, college: Butler) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 5 assists. The former international center Andrew James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Five Illawarra Hawks players scored in double figures. International swingman Cameron Gliddon (196-89, college: Concordia Irvine) replied with 10 points and 7 rebounds and guard Mitchell McCarron (190-92, college: Metro St.) added 13 points in the effort for Cairns Taipans. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Illawarra Hawks have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 14-13 record having just two points less than leader 36ers. Loser Cairns Taipans dropped to the third place with 13 games lost. Illawarra Hawks will face bottom-ranked Bullets (#8) in Brisbane in the next round where they are favorite. Cairns Taipans will play on the road against the league's leader Adelaide 36ers (#1) in Findon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hawks: R.Clarke 19+4reb+5ast, N.Kay 17+3reb, A.James Ogilvy 13+11reb+1ast, M.Norton 11+1reb+4ast, M.Harris 10+3reb+5ast, K.White 8+3reb+4ast
Taipans: M.McCarron 13+2reb+1ast, T.Mitchell 12+2reb+2ast, C.Gliddon 10+7reb+3ast, N.Jawai 9+3reb+2ast, T.Trice 8+2reb+1ast, J.Weeks 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 487532





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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko CAR
  Furstenfeld
  (188-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Car, Furstenfeld20.2 
 2. Vay, Arkadia19.8 
 3. Clemmons, Vienna19.5 
 4. Miletic, Vienna19.4 
 5. Lamesic, Wels17.8 
 6. McNealy, Oberwart17.0 
 7. Murati, Gmunden16.9 
 8. Jackson, Oberwart16.6 
 9. Rados, Klostern.16.5 
 10. Iliev, Furstenfeld15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jozo RADOS
  Klostern.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Rados, Klostern.11.3 
 2. Naylor, UBSC G.10.5 
 3. Vay, Arkadia8.3 
 4. Draskovic, Arkadia8.3 
 5. Lamesic, Wels8.1 
 6. Sarlija, Furstenfeld7.3 
 7. Baptiste, Kapfe.7.3 
 8. Ferguson, Vienna7.1 
 9. Traylor, Oberwart7.1 
 10. Gaidys, Gmunden6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Danek, Arkadia6.9 
 2. Vujosevic, Kapfe.5.4 
 3. Car, Furstenfeld5.3 
 4. Stazic, Vienna5.3 
 5. Jackson, Oberwart5.2 
 6. Maresch, UBSC G.4.9 
 7. Friedrich, Gmunden4.8 
 8. O''Neal, Wels4.4 
 9. Clemmons, Vienna4.3 
 10. Payton, Wels3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Derek JACKSON
  Oberwart
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Jackson, Oberwart2.7 
 2. Jandl, Furstenfeld2.6 
 3. Clemmons, Vienna1.9 
 4. Payton, Wels1.7 
 5. Miletic, Vienna1.7 
 6. Cumberbatch, Oberw.1.6 
 7. Koch, Vienna1.6 
 8. Ferguson, Vienna1.6 
 9. Stazic, Vienna1.4 
 10. Vujosevic, Kapfe.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris FERGUSON
  Vienna
  (206-F-89)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Ferguson, Vienna1.7 
 2. Traylor, Oberwart1.6 
 3. Rados, Klostern.1.3 
 4. Draskovic, Arkadia1.2 
 5. Chan, Wels1.2 
 6. Kuakumensah, Oberw.1.0 
 7. Baptiste, Kapfe.0.9 
 8. Steed, Gmunden0.9 
 9. Iliev, Furstenfeld0.8 
 10. Naylor, UBSC G.0.8 


A Bundesliga Round 21: Furstenfeld Panthers surprise Redwell Gunners Oberwart - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart (15-3) at the home court on Thursday night. Hosts were edged by fifth ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (10-10) 87-84. Redwell Gunners Oberwart was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. It was a good game for Croatian Marko Car (188-85) who led his team to a victory with 29 points and 9 rebounds. Croatian center Marino Sarlija (207-89) contributed with 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American guard Chris McNealy (194-92, college: Cal-Irvine) answered with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Redwell Gunners Oberwart. Furstenfeld Panthers have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 10-10 record. Defending champion Redwell Gunners Oberwart still keeps top position with three games lost. Furstenfeld Panthers are looking forward to face league's second-placed Gmunden Swans in Gmunden in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will play at home against Dukes and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Gmunden Swans (14-6) against seventh ranked Arkadia Lions (9-11) on Friday night. Host Gmunden Swans were defeated by Arkadia Lions in Gmunden 81-69. Montenegrin center Milovan Draskovic (211-95, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and Jason Detrick chipped in 19 points and 4 steals. The best for the losing side was naturalized German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) with 19 points and 7 assists. Arkadia Lions maintains seventh place with 9-11 record. Gmunden Swans at the other side keep the second position with six games lost. Arkadia Lions will play against higher ranked Vienna (#6) in Wien in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gmunden Swans will play on the road against Furstenfeld Panthers (#5) and hope to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game for Redwell Gunners Oberwart (15-3) which hosted in Oberwart 4th placed Raiffeisen Wels (10-8). First ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart managed to get a 8-point victory 80-72. Derek Jackson nailed 32 points and 6 steals (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Davor Lamesic came up with 30 points and 6 rebounds (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field) for Raiffeisen Wels in the defeat. Defending champion maintains first place with 15-3 record. Loser Raiffeisen Wels keep the fourth position with eight games lost. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will meet at home bottom-ranked Dukes (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Raiffeisen Wels will play against Kapfenberg Bulls (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Gmunden Swans (14-6) which hosted in Gmunden 3rd placed Kapfenberg Bulls (11-9). Second ranked Gmunden Swans managed to get a 11-point victory 92-81. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Kapfenberg Bulls. The best player for the winners was Enis Murati who scored 26 points and 4 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Gmunden Swans maintains second place with 14-6 record behind leader Oberwart. Kapfenberg Bulls at the other side keep the third position with nine games lost. Gmunden Swans' next round opponent will be Furstenfeld Panthers (#5) on the road. Kapfenberg Bulls will play against Raiffeisen Wels and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Graz supposed to be also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Vienna (9-10) played at the court of 8th ranked UBSC Graz (5-15). Vienna smashed UBSC Graz 88-60 on Sunday. It was a good game for Sebastian Koch who led his team to a victory with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. UBSC Graz's coach Lluis Pino gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Vienna maintains sixth place with 9-10 record. UBSC Graz lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 15 games lost. Vienna will face Arkadia Lions (#7) in Traiskirchen in the next round.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 21: Furstenfeld was smashed by Arkadia on the road 85-66. Furstenfeld won against Klosterneuburg on its own court 77-61. UBSC Graz was outscored by Kapfenberg in a road game 96-69.

Oberwart - Wels 80-72

An interesting game for Redwell Gunners Oberwart (15-3) which hosted in Oberwart 4th placed Raiffeisen Wels (10-8). First ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart managed to get a 8-point victory 80-72. Raiffeisen Wels trailed by 17 points after 3 quarters before a 24-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 72-80 at the end of the game. Redwell Gunners Oberwart made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Raiffeisen Wels turnovers. American point guard Derek Jackson (185-91, college: Kent St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) nailed 32 points and 6 steals (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winning side and his fellow American import guard Chris McNealy (194-92, college: Cal-Irvine) accounted for 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) came up with 30 points and 6 rebounds (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field) and Czech center Ales Chan (215-80, college: Seton Hill) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Raiffeisen Wels in the defeat. Defending champion maintains first place with 15-3 record. Loser Raiffeisen Wels keep the fourth position with eight games lost. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will meet at home bottom-ranked Dukes (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Raiffeisen Wels will play against Kapfenberg Bulls (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: D.Jackson 32+2ast, C.McNealy 19+6reb+5ast, S.Kaeferle 8+2reb+1ast, B.Blazevic 7+4reb+1ast, G.Wolf 7, A.Cumberbatch 3+1reb+2ast
Wels: D.Lamesic 30+6reb+2ast, A.Chan 14+5reb+2ast, T.Csebits 9+3reb+1ast, D.Cigoja 8+2reb, L.O'Neal 7+4reb+9ast, K.Payton 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 535241


Gmunden - Kapfenberg 92-81

An interesting game for Gmunden Swans (14-6) which hosted in Gmunden 3rd placed Kapfenberg Bulls (11-9). Second ranked Gmunden Swans managed to get a 11-point victory 92-81. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Kapfenberg Bulls. The game was mostly controlled by Gmunden Swans. Kapfenberg Bulls was better in third quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gmunden Swans players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. The best player for the winners was international forward Enis Murati (194-88, agency: Octagon Europe) who scored 26 points and 4 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Naturalized German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) chipped in 15 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian point guard Bogic Vujosevic (190-92) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and naturalized Croatian power forward Milan Stegnjaic (204-81) added 22 points respectively. Five Gmunden Swans and four Kapfenberg Bulls players scored in double figures. Gmunden Swans maintains second place with 14-6 record behind leader Oberwart. Kapfenberg Bulls at the other side keep the third position with nine games lost. Gmunden Swans' next round opponent will be Furstenfeld Panthers (#5) on the road. Kapfenberg Bulls will play against Raiffeisen Wels and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: E.Murati 26+2reb+4ast, A.Mitchell 20+2reb+3ast, T.Klette 15+8reb+6ast, M.Ojo 12+1reb+4ast, A.Steed 10+10reb+5ast, M.Linortner 5+4reb+1ast
Kapfenberg: M.Stegnjaic 22+2reb, A.Woschank 15+4reb+4ast, B.Vujosevic 14+1reb+11ast, F.Kramer 11+6reb, K.Jamar 8+3reb+5ast, C.Baptiste 7+4reb
gschID: 495033


UBSC Graz - Vienna 60-88

The game in Graz supposed to be also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Vienna (9-10) played at the court of 8th ranked UBSC Graz (5-15). Vienna smashed UBSC Graz 88-60 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Vienna. UBSC Graz was better in second period 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vienna looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a good game for international forward Sebastian Koch (202-88) who led his team to a victory with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. American point guard Anthony Clemmons (186-94, college: Iowa) contributed with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Montenegrin point guard Milos Krivokapic (185-96) answered with 17 points and American forward Cameron Naylor (201-94, college: Texas St.) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for UBSC Graz. UBSC Graz's coach Lluis Pino gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Vienna maintains sixth place with 9-10 record. UBSC Graz lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 15 games lost. Vienna will face Arkadia Lions (#7) in Traiskirchen in the next round.
Top scorers:
Vienna: A.Clemmons 22+5reb+6ast, S.Koch 20+7reb+6ast, P.Miletic 15+4reb+3ast, A.Andjelkovic 9+2reb+1ast, C.Ferguson 9+10reb+2ast, S.N'Diaye 6+4reb
UBSC Graz: M.Krivokapic 17+2reb+3ast, C.Naylor 11+5reb+1ast, M.Sliskovic 7+5reb+1ast, F.Richter 7+4reb+2ast, D.Brcina 6+4reb+1ast, S.Leitgeb 5+2reb
gschID: 495035


Arkadia - Furstenfeld 85-66

There was a small surprise when seventh ranked Arkadia Lions (9-11) crushed 5th ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (10-10) in Traiskirchen 85-66 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 32-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Arkadia Lions dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to Furstenfeld Panthers' 18. They outrebounded Furstenfeld Panthers 36-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. Arkadia Lions looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 31 points and 8 rebounds. The former international point guard Benedikt Danek (176-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 assists for the winners. Bulgarian forward Sim Iliev (204-89, agency: Interperformances) answered with 21 points and 5 rebounds and Croatian center Marino Sarlija (207-89) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Furstenfeld Panthers. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Arkadia Lions maintains seventh place with 9-11 record. Loser Furstenfeld Panthers keep the fifth position with ten games lost. Arkadia Lions will face higher ranked Vienna (#6) in Wien in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Furstenfeld Panthers will play at home against the league's second-placed Gmunden Swans where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Arkadia: F.Vay 31+8reb+1ast, B.Danek 12+4reb+10ast, M.Draskovic 11+9reb+1ast, F.Trmal 11+9reb+3ast, B.Guettl 7+3reb+3ast, J.Detrick 6+1reb+1ast
Furstenfeld: S.Iliev 21+5reb, M.Sarlija 12+5reb+3ast, H.Ochsenhofer 12+2reb+1ast, M.Car 11+1reb+4ast, P.Radakovics 5+2reb+1ast, D.Jandl 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 495034


Oberwart - Furstenfeld 84-87

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart (15-3) at the home court on Thursday night. Hosts were edged by fifth ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (10-10) 87-84. Redwell Gunners Oberwart was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. It was a good game for Croatian Marko Car (188-85) who led his team to a victory with 29 points and 9 rebounds. Croatian center Marino Sarlija (207-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American guard Chris McNealy (194-92, college: Cal-Irvine) answered with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import point guard Derek Jackson (185-91, college: Kent St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) added 15 points and 5 assists in the effort for Redwell Gunners Oberwart. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Furstenfeld Panthers have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 10-10 record. Defending champion Redwell Gunners Oberwart still keeps top position with three games lost. Furstenfeld Panthers are looking forward to face league's second-placed Gmunden Swans in Gmunden in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will play at home against Dukes and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Furstenfeld: M.Car 29+9reb+2ast, M.Sarlija 18+11reb+2ast, S.Iliev 13+2reb+1ast, D.Jandl 12+4reb+3ast, H.Ochsenhofer 6+2reb+2ast, S.Neudecker 4+2ast
Oberwart: C.McNealy 17+5reb+4ast, D.Jackson 15+3reb+5ast, A.Cumberbatch 13+3reb+2ast, C.Kuakumensah 12+2reb+1ast, J.Traylor 9+8reb+1ast, B.Blazevic 8+6reb
gschID: 495032


Gmunden - Arkadia 69-81

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Gmunden Swans (14-6) against seventh ranked Arkadia Lions (9-11) on Friday night. Host Gmunden Swans were defeated by Arkadia Lions in Gmunden 81-69. The game was mostly controlled by Arkadia Lions. Gmunden Swans was better in second period 21-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Gmunden Swans 32-20 including a 12-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. Arkadia Lions players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Montenegrin center Milovan Draskovic (211-95, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and the former international Jason Detrick (195-80, college: Oklahoma, agency: Three Eye Sports) chipped in 19 points and 4 steals. The best for the losing side was naturalized German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) with 19 points and 7 assists and international forward Enis Murati (194-88, agency: Octagon Europe) scored 19 points. Five Arkadia Lions and four Gmunden Swans players scored in double figures. Arkadia Lions maintains seventh place with 9-11 record. Gmunden Swans at the other side keep the second position with six games lost. Arkadia Lions will play against higher ranked Vienna (#6) in Wien in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gmunden Swans will play on the road against Furstenfeld Panthers (#5) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Arkadia: M.Draskovic 19+15reb+1ast, J.Detrick 19+4reb+2ast, F.Trmal 12+2reb+2ast, F.Vay 12+6reb+5ast, B.Guettl 11+3reb+2ast, F.Memcic 6+1ast
Gmunden: T.Klette 19+2reb+7ast, E.Murati 19+2reb+1ast, M.Ojo 10+4reb+6ast, M.Linortner 10+5reb+1ast, T.Blazan 6+6reb+6ast, A.Mitchell 3+1ast
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Furstenfeld - Klosterneuburg 77-61

Very expected game when 9th ranked Dukes (4-15) lost on the road to fifth ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (10-10) 77-61 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Furstenfeld Panthers. Dukes was better in fourth quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Dukes to just 7 points in third and fourth quarters. It was a good game for Bulgarian forward Sim Iliev (204-89, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Croatian Marko Car (188-85) contributed with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Five Furstenfeld Panthers players scored in double figures. International center Jozo Rados (208-93) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds and Timur Bas (200-94, college: Walsh) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Dukes. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Furstenfeld Panthers. They maintain fifth place with 10-10 record. Dukes lost their seventh game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Furstenfeld Panthers will face league's second-placed Gmunden Swans in Gmunden in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dukes will play on the road against the league's leader Redwell Gunners Oberwart (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Furstenfeld: M.Car 16+5reb+5ast, S.Iliev 14+11reb+3ast, M.Sarlija 12+5reb+2ast, J.Ernst 12+1reb+1ast, H.Ochsenhofer 11+1reb+3ast, D.Jandl 10+3reb+1ast
Klosterneuburg: J.Rados 19+15reb+1ast, J.Blazevic 13+1ast, T.Bas 9+5reb+3ast, L.Burgemeister 7+2reb+2ast, C.Greimeister 7+4reb, N.Zdravkovic 4+2reb+1ast
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Kapfenberg - UBSC Graz 96-69

Very predictable result when third ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (11-9) rolled over at home 8th ranked UBSC Graz (5-15) 96-69 on Thursday. The game without a history. Kapfenberg Bulls led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Kapfenberg Bulls outrebounded UBSC Graz 41-20 including a 33-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American power forward Carl Baptiste (208-90, college: Delaware, agency: Diamond Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Kareem Jamar (194-92, college: Montana) contributed with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Five Kapfenberg Bulls players scored in double figures. American forward Cameron Naylor (201-94, college: Texas St.) answered with 14 points and 6 rebounds and Slovenian power forward Drago Brcina (205-87) added 16 points in the effort for UBSC Graz. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Kapfenberg Bulls. They maintain third place with 11-9 record having two points less than leader Oberwart. UBSC Graz lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 15 games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls will face Raiffeisen Wels (#4) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: K.Jamar 20+5reb+6ast, C.Baptiste 19+12reb, F.Kramer 16+6reb, B.Vujosevic 13+4reb+5ast, M.Coffin 11+6reb+5ast, M.Stegnjaic 8+5reb
UBSC Graz: D.Brcina 16+3reb, C.Naylor 14+6reb+3ast, M.Krivokapic 10+1ast, F.Richter 10+3reb+1ast, D.Hasenburger 8+2reb+1ast, A.Maresch 7+2reb+7ast
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Rasid Mahalbasic selected the top Austrian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Rasid Mahalbasic
Rasid Mahalbasic
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Rasid Mahalbasic (210-90, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain). He could not help Sevilla (7-12) in their last game. Despite Mahalbasic's good performance Sevilla was edged 102-99 on the road by the lower-ranked (#13) Zaragoza. He scored 14 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 30 minutes on the court. It was Sevilla's fourth consecutive loss in a row. It's Mahalbasic's first season with the team. Mahalbasic has relatively good stats this year: 12.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 67.7%(44-65) and FT: 86.2% in nine games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Austrian and Slovenian. Ex-kelag Worthersee Piraten player is currently a member of the Austrian senior national team.

David Kramer
David Kramer
   #2. Second place goes to former U16 international point guard David Kramer (191-97, currently plays in EuroCup). Kramer was not able to help the league outsider ratiopharm Ulm in their game against Bayern Muenchen (5-0) in the Eurocup. He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. ratiopharm Ulm was edged 101-98 in Muenchen by the leading Bayern. So far ratiopharm Ulm lost all five games in the Second Stage. Kramer's team will play only one more game in the Eurocup Second Stage. And that game will be critical. This season Kramer averages: 1.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 16.7%. He is another player who holds two passports: Austrian and German. Despite Kramer played previously for the German U20 national team, he played also for the Austrian U16 national team in 2013.

Thomas Schreiner
Thomas Schreiner
   #3. The Austrian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain). Schreiner was not able to secure a victory for Andorra (10-9) in their game against Baskonia (13-6) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He scored 6 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals in 24 minutes. Andorra lost 82-91 at home to the higher-ranked (#5) Baskonia. Schreiner has been at the team for five years. This season Schreiner's overall stats are: 4.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 11.8%, 3FGP: 45.3%(24-53) in 19 games. He is also a member of the Austrian senior national team.

Benjamin Ortner
Benjamin Ortner
   #4. An experienced power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Umana Venezia (12-6) in their game against Betaland Cdo (10-8) in the Italian Serie A. Ortner scored only 4 points. Umana Venezia was defeated 90-82 in Capo d'Orlando by the lower-ranked Betaland Cdo (#4). Ortner's total stats this season are: 3.8ppg and 2.8rpg. He used to play for the Austrian national team back in 2013.

Jakob Poeltl
Jakob Poeltl
   #5. Former international forward Jakob Poeltl (213-95, college: Utah, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Toronto Raptors (31-21) in their game against the Boston Celtics (33-18) in the NBA. Poeltl scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 9 minutes on the court. The Toronto Raptors (31-21) lost 104-109 in Boston to the Celtics. This year Poeltl's total stats are: 2.1ppg and 2.6rpg in 27 games. He used to play for the Austrian national team two years ago.

Maximilian Hopfgartner
Maximilian Hopfgartner
   #6. Forward Maximilian Hopfgartner (206-92, also represented by Dynamics Global Management, college: John Brown, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Navarra (10-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Hopfgartner's good performance Navarra was defeated 85-77 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked L'Hospitalet (#12). He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Hopfgartner also added 6 rebounds. This season Hopfgartner has relatively solid stats: 13.4ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.7apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Austrian National Team roster.

Moritz Lanegger
Moritz Lanegger
   #7. International point guard Moritz Lanegger (190-90, currently plays in Denmark) couldn't help Naestved (10-9) in their last game. Despite Lanegger's good performance Naestved lost 77-82 on the opponent's court to the second-ranked Horsholm. He scored 10 points and added 4 assists in 23 minutes. They ended the series of five consecutive victories. Lanegger has averaged so far 6.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.7apg and 1.5spg in 11 games. He is also Austrian national team player.

Valentine Bauer
Valentine Bauer
   #8. Point guard Valentine Bauer (183-94, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Mars Hill College (2-13) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Bauer's good performance the Mars Hill College was defeated 91-78 in Jefferson City by the Carson-Newman College. He scored 14 points and added 3 passes. Bauer has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 3.6rpg and 4.4apg. He used to play for the Austrian U20 national team back in 2014.

Thomas Klepeisz
Thomas Klepeisz
   #9. International point guard Thomas Klepeisz (186-91, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Braunschweig (3-13) in their game against Science City Jena (8-12) in the German BBL. Klepeisz scored 6 points in only 12 minutes. Braunschweig lost 82-89 in Jena to the lower-ranked (#11) Science City. Klepeisz has averaged so far 6.8ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.5apg in 17 games. He is also in the roster of the Austrian national team.

Mladen Perak
Mladen Perak
   #10. Forward Mladen Perak (203-94, currently plays in NAIA) couldn't help the St.Gregory's University (3-8) in their game against the Southwestern Christian University (6-5) in the NAIA. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Perak scored only one point. The St.Gregory's University was defeated 69-64 in Bethany by the Southwestern Christian University. It was St.Gregory's University's third consecutive loss in a row. Perak has averaged so far 2.1ppg and 2.8rpg. He is a former U20 international player as three years ago he still played for the Austrian national team.

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

   #1. Luka Asceric (202-SG-97, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Aix-Maurienne (7-10) crushing them 83-61 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. Asceric scored 8 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Lille Metropole Basket (10-7) is placed fourth in the ProB. Asceric has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.8apg.

   #2. Experienced Michael Kaiser (195-G/F-82, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Topstar (5-13) 81-64 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Saturday. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 27 minutes. TS Longhorns Herzogenaurach (4-14) is placed 13th in South-East group. It was his team's first victory after nine consecutive loses. Kaiser is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his ninth year in Herzogenaurach's roster. Kaiser has reliable stats this season: 13.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.7apg and 1.4spg in 18 games he played so far.



Nemanja Krstic (ex Mornar Bar) signs at Kapfenberg - by Eurobasket News

ECE-Bulls-Kapfenberg (A Bundesliga) landed 24-year old Serbian ex-international small forward Nemanja Krstic (205-93). He was supposed to play at Mornar Bar in Montenegrin Erste Liga, but left the team in Dec.'16. In 10 games he averaged 3.6ppg and 1.5rpg this season. Krstic also played 10 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 4.7ppg and 1.6rpg. The last season he played at Igokea in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. In 15 games he recorded 11.1ppg and 2.8rpg. Krstic helped them to win the league title (twice) and the cup (also twice). Krstic also played 14 games in ABA League where he got 5.4ppg and 2.6rpg.
He was also a member of Serbian international program for some years. Krstic played for Serbian Senior National Team between 2013 and 2014 and previously for U20 National Team between 2012 and 2013.
He also represented Serbia at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 2.0ppg.
Krstic has played also professionally for other Serbian teams like Vrsac, Mega Leks and Knjazevac.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BAHAMAS  


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

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

Buddy Hield
Buddy Hield
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Buddy Hield (193-93, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the New Orleans Pelicans (19-32) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Hield's very good performance the New Orleans Pelicans (19-32) were edged 108-106 on the road by the Toronto Raptors. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Hield has relatively good stats this season: 8.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 40.8%, 3FGP: 36.1% and FT: 89.7%. He played for the Bahamas senior national team three years ago.

Michael Carey Jr.
Michael Carey Jr.
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Michael Carey Jr. (196-93, currently plays college basketball in the States). Carey Jr. led Wagner to a victory against the Central Connecticut State University (4-2) 70-60 in the NCAA last Thursday. He recorded 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 40 minutes. The Wagner College has 3-3 conference record this season. This year Carey Jr. has relatively solid stats: 12.8ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 49.0%, 3FGP: 23.3% and FT: 74.2% in 21 games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Bahamas senior national team.

J.R. Cadot
J.R. Cadot
   #3. The Bahamas player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman J.R. Cadot (196-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: TCU, currently plays in Spain). Cadot led Zornotza to a victory over the 14th-ranked Albacete (5-14) 71-61 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. Cadot recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. Ametx Zornotza (9-10) is placed tenth in the LEB Silver. It's Cadot's first season with the team. Cadot's overall stats this year are: 8.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 52.1% and FT: 38.1%. He is also a member of the Bahamas senior national team.

Travis Munnings
Travis Munnings
   #4. Forward Travis Munnings (198-94, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the La-Monroe (0-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance the La-Monroe lost 62-76 at home to the Georgia Southern University. Munnings had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 35 minutes. So far La-Monroe lost all five games in the conference Munnings has reliable stats this year: 12.2ppg, 8.3rpg and 2.2apg in 22 games. He is also Bahamas national team player.

Bennet Davis
Bennet Davis
   #5. An experienced former international forward Bennet Davis (206-84, agency: Inception Sports, college: Northeastern, currently plays in France) contributed to a SAP Vaucluse's surprising victory against the second-ranked Souffelweyersheim (15-6) 105-102 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. Davis scored 12 points in 40 minutes. Sorgues-Avignon-Le Pontet Vaucluse (9-12) is placed 12th in the NM1. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Davis averaged so far 12.0ppg, 4.2rpg and 2.0apg in five games. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He used to play for the Bahamas national team three years ago.

Lourawls Nairn
Lourawls Nairn
   #6. Point guard Lourawls Nairn (179-94, is currently at the American university) managed to help Michigan State University to win against the University of Nebraska (0-2) 72-61 in the NCAA last Thursday. Nairn recorded only 3 points and added 3 passes. The Michigan State University has a solid 4-2 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Nairn averages: 4.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.9apg. He has a dual citizenship: Bahamas and American. Nairn is a former U17 international player as he played for the Bahamas team six years ago.

Tavario Miller
Tavario Miller
   #7. Former international forward Tavario Miller (203-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Texas A&M (1-4) in their game against the Texas A&M University (0-2) in the NCAA. He scored 5 points in 5 minutes. The Texas A&M lost 73-85 in a derby game to the Texas A&M. Miller has been at the team for four years. This season Miller's overall stats are: 3.6ppg and 2.9rpg in 22 games. He used to play for the Bahamas national team two years ago.

Shamar Burrows
Shamar Burrows
   #8. Guard Shamar Burrows (190-97, currently plays in Canada) couldn't help the Laurier University (8-9) in their game against the Badgers (7-9) in the Canadian university league CIS. Burrows recorded only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Laurier University (#2) was defeated 71-58 in St.Catharines, ON by the Badgers. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Burrows' total stats this season are: 6.1ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.2apg and 1.5spg. He used to play for the Bahamas U16 national team back in 2013.

Christopher Turnquest
Christopher Turnquest
   #9. Former international power forward Christopher Turnquest (203-83, college: Miles CC, currently plays in Spain) helped Arenys win their game against the tenth-ranked Barna (6-9) 80-64 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Sunday. Turnquest scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. Arenys Basquet Joventut (8-7) is placed sixth in Group C-A. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Turnquest averaged so far 11.1ppg and 6.3rpg in 13 games. He used to play for the Bahamas national team eleven years ago.

Mikhail Rolle
Mikhail Rolle
   #10. Guard Mikhail Rolle (190-94, currently plays in NAIA) helped Saint Thomas University win their game against the Johnson and Wales University, FL 68-63 in the TSC last Saturday. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. The Saint Thomas University has record this season. Rolle's total stats this year are: 6.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg. He is a former U17 international player as six years ago he still played for the Bahamas national team.

   #11. International forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Hap.Haifa in their game against Hapoel B/S in the Israeli National League (second division). Despite his good performance on Tuesday night Burrows recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. Burrows has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 23.6ppg, 10.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.9spg. Burrows plays currently for the Bahamas national team.

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

   #1. Klay Thompson (201-G-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in a Golden State Warriors' victory against the Charlotte Hornets (24-27) 126-111 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. He scored 29 points (!!!), grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 8 assists in 33 minutes. The Golden State Warriors have a very good 43-8 record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Thompson's sixth year with the team. Thompson has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 21.4ppg, 3.9rpg and 2.0apg in 50 games he played so far. Thompson has a dual citizenship: Bahamas and American.

   #2. Jonathan Fairell (201-F-93, agency: Duran International, college: Murray St., currently plays in France) could not help SPO Rouen (6-11) in their last game. Despite Fairell's very good performance SPO Rouen lost 74-87 on the road to the higher-ranked (#12) ALM Evreux. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds in 30 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Fairell's second season in pro basketball. This year Fairell has relatively solid stats: 13.7ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg in 17 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Bahamas and American.

   #3. Zane Knowles (208-C-92, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Poland) was not able to help Stabill (3-16) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Knowles' very good performance the bottom-ranked Stabill was defeated 73-65 in Ostrow Wlkp. by the much higher-ranked Stal (#4). He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 14 rebounds. Knowles also added 3 assists and 2 blocks. It's Knowles' first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg, 11.0rpg and 1.8bpg.

   #4. Trevon Grant (185-G, currently plays in Canada) led Acadia University to an easy victory against the Capers (12-4) 114-99 in the Canadian university league CIS in Saturday night's game. Grant recorded 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 26 minutes. The Acadia University has 7-8 record this season. Grant has reliable stats this year: 12.1ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.2apg and 1.5spg in 11 games.

   #5. Shaquille Cleare (203-C-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Texas (1-4) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance the Texas were defeated 78-63 at home by the Texas Christian University. Cleare scored 12 points and blocked 2 shots. This season Cleare averages: 8.5ppg and 4.9rpg.

   #6. Dynile Forbes (190-G-87, college: La-Monroe, currently plays in Spain) led Gandia to a surprising victory over the fourth-ranked Fontedoso Carrefour 76-75 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game. Forbes was the best player in that game. He recorded 19 points and added 3 assists. This season Forbes has very high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.3apg.

   #7. Brad Nairn (198-F, currently plays in NCAA2) led Henderson State University to a 2-point victory against the SE Oklahoma State University 87-85 in the NCAA2 last Thursday. Nairn scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 20 minutes. This year Nairn's overall stats are: 5.3ppg and 4.2rpg in 17 games.

   #8. Prince Cooper (193-G-93, currently studies in the States) led La-Monroe to an easy victory against the University of Arkansas at Little Rock 68-52 in the NCAA on Monday night. He recorded 12 points. This season Cooper averages: 2.3ppg and 1.8rpg.

   #9. McDonald Jean-Louis (190-F, currently plays in NAIA) couldn't help the Webber International University in their game against the Kaiser University in the TSC. Despite his good performance on Saturday night Jean-Louis scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). Jean-Louis averaged so far 11.1ppg and 6.3rpg.

   #10. Shavanno Cooper (198-F-92, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Palm Beach Atlantic University in their game against the Florida Southern College in the NCAA2, despite his good performance in Saturday night's game. He scored 11 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 24 minutes. But his team lost 85-91 in the NCAA2. This year Cooper's total stats are: 6.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg in 13 games.



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Duke Crews (ex Toyama Grouses) joins Al Ittihad !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al-Ittihad (Premier League) agreed terms with 29-year old American forward Duke Crews (203-106kg-88, college: Bowie State). He played last season at Toyama Grouses in Japanese B League. In 53 games he had very impressive stats: 16.4ppg, 9.0rpg and 1.6apg. Crews helped them to win the league title. Quite impressive season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese BJ League Honorable Mention.
The previous (14-15) season he played at Cyberdyne (also in B League) where in 30 games he recorded also remarkable stats: 16.5ppg, 9.1rpg and 1.4apg.
Crews was voted All-CIAA Player of the Year back in 2010 at his college time.
Crews is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit four different continents, while he played in six different countries. Crews tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Mexico (Frayles de Guasave), Philippines (SM Beermen), Ukraine (DniproAzot), Uruguay (Tabare and Cader), Venezuela (Panteras) and Bahrain (Sitra).
Crews attended Bowie State until 2010 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Standings - Men

Baltic League Standings
Group A
 1 Barons Riga 10-2 
 2 Nevezis 8-4 
 3 Rapla 8-4 
 4 Jurmala 6-6 
 5 Liepaja/Triobet 5-7 
 6 Parnu 3-9 
 7 Barsy Atyrau 2-11 
Group B
 1 P.Zvaigzdes 11-1 
 2 Valmiera 9-3 
 3 Jekabpils 8-4 
 4 BK Ogre 6-6 
 5 TTU 6-7 
 6 Tarvas 3-9 
 7 COR-Borisfen 0-12 

1/8 Finals: Round 1

Feb. 6: TU/Rock - Barsy Atyrau 83-49
Feb. 7: Vytautas - Parnu
Feb. 7: TLU/Kalev - Liepaja/Triobet
Feb. 7: BK Ogre - P.Zvaigzdes
Feb. 8: Jurmala - Barons Riga
Feb. 7: Rapla - Valmiera
Feb. 8: Jekabpils - Nevezis
Feb. 8: TTU - Kalev/Cramo



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Maalik Wayns selected the top Belarusian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Maalik Wayns
Maalik Wayns
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Maalik Wayns (185-91, college: Villanova, currently plays in Israel). He could not help Maccabi Rishon (9-9) in their last game. Despite Wayns' very good performance Maccabi Rishon was edged 93-92 on the road by the lower-ranked (#10) Galil Gilboa. He was the second best scorer with 28 points. Wayns also added 4 assists and 3 steals in 40 minutes on the court. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Wayns' first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 14.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.6apg, 1.1spg, 3FGP: 41.8% and FT: 67.9% in 10 games he played so far. Wayns is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA U18 national team, Wayns is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Belarus.

Artsiom Parakhouski
Artsiom Parakhouski
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (211-87, college: Radford, currently plays in Euroleague). Parakhouski was not able to help Unics Kazan (7-14) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his good performance the 13th-placed Unics Kazan (7-14) was defeated 90-75 in Athens by the much higher-ranked Olympiacos (#3) in the group A of Euroleague. Parakhouski scored 14 points, had 6 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 2 blocks. This season Parakhouski has relatively solid stats: 12.1ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 65.1%(97-149) and FT: 78.7%. He is in the roster of the Belarusian senior national team.

Vitali Liutych
Vitali Liutych
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Vitali Liutych (198-92, currently plays in Estonia). Liutych was the major contributor in Kalev/Cramo's victory against the closely-ranked Parnu (9-9) 74-71 in the Estonian Alexela KML on Sunday night. He scored 13 points in a mere 19 minutes. BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (12-2) is placed second in the Alexela KML. It was his team's 12th consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Liutych has reliable stats this year: 13.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 65.2%(43-66), 3FGP: 36.4% and FT: 79.1% in 12 games. Ex-Tsmoki-Minsk player is also a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Aliaksandr Pustahvar
Aliaksandr Pustahvar
   #4. Small forward Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-85, currently plays in Hungary) led Falco KC to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Vasas (4-13) 84-80 in the Hungarian A Division in Thursday night's game. He recorded 16 points. Falco KC Szombathely (11-6) is placed second in the A Division. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Pustahvar's stats this season are: 13.5ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.2apg. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. Pustahvar is also Belarusian national team player.

Vladimir Veremeenko
Vladimir Veremeenko
   #5. An experienced former international forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, currently plays in Germany) managed to help Brose Baskets Bamberg in a victory against the closely-ranked s Oliver Baskets (10-4) 88-78 in the German BBL last Sunday. He scored only 4 points in 17 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Brose Baskets Bamberg (18-1) is placed second in the BBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Veremeenko averages: 5.3ppg and 2.5rpg in 11 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Russian. Veremeenko used to play for the Belarusian national team ten years ago.

Anton Astapkovich
Anton Astapkovich
   #6. Forward Anton Astapkovich (202-94, currently plays in VTB United League) was not able to secure a victory for Avtodor (5-10) in their game against CSKA (14-1) in the VTB United League. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Avtodor was defeated 95-80 in Moscow by the leading CSKA. Astapkovich's overall stats this season are: 1.5ppg and 1.5rpg. He is a former U18 international player as he played for the Belarusian team six years ago.

Maksim Salash
Maksim Salash
   #7. International power forward Maksim Salash (206-96, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an AZS Polfarmex's victory against the closely-ranked AZS Koszalin (6-13) 71-60 in the Polish PLK last Sunday. Salash scored 8 points. AZS Polfarmex Kutno (4-14) is placed 15th in the PLK. They ended the series of eight consecutive loses. Salash's overall stats this season are: 3.8ppg and 3.1rpg. He is also Belarusian national team player.

Denis Vikentsyeu
Denis Vikentsyeu
   #8. Power forward Denis Vikentsyeu (203-98, currently plays in Latvia) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Jekabpils II (3-8) 80-65 in the Latvian LBL2 (second division) on Thursday night. Vikentsyeu had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks and 4 steals in 24 minutes. BK Ventspils Augstskola (11-0) is placed first in Places 13-21 group. So far his team won all eleven games in the Second Stage. Vikentsyeu's stats this year are: 14.9ppg, 10.8rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg in 19 games. He plays currently for the Belarusian U18 national team.

Vlad Mikulskiy
Vlad Mikulskiy
   #9. U18 international guard Vlad Mikulskiy (192-98, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Denis Vikentsyeu and both played together in the last Latvian LBL2 game. Mikulskiy led Ventspils Augstskola to a victory over the seventh-ranked Jekabpils II (3-8) 80-65. He was MVP of the game. Mikulskiy recorded 25 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Mikulskiy averaged so far 14.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 3.6apg and 2.9spg. He is also in the roster of the Belarusian U18 national team.

Valery Gandlin
Valery Gandlin
   #10. Guard Valery Gandlin (192-86, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Ironi Ramat Gan (2-15) in their game against Maccabi Raanana (4-9) in the Israeli National League (second division). Gandlin scored 9 points in 32 minutes. But the bottom-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan was crushed 102-71 at home by the much higher-ranked (#7) Maccabi Raanana. It was Ironi Ramat Gan's seventh consecutive loss in a row. Gandlin averaged so far 10.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5apg in two games. He is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Belarusian senior national team.

   #11. U18 international forward Yauhen Massalski (204-99, currently plays in Lithuania) contributed to Perlas-MRU's victory against the third-ranked Telsiai 69-62 in the Lithuanian NKL (second division) on Saturday night. Massalski scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Massalski's overall stats this season are: 3.7ppg and 4.1rpg. He plays currently for the Belarusian U18 national team.

   #12. U18 international forward Kiryl Dziatchuk (202-98, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Pro-Basket KT 94-75 in the Polish 2Liga (third division) in Wednesday night's game. Dziatchuk scored only 4 points in 1 minutes on the court. This year Dziatchuk's overall stats are: 3.6ppg and 1.4rpg in five games. He is also in the roster of the Belarusian U18 national team.

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

   #1. Valentin Iurchik (210-C/F-87, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, currently plays in Russia) could not help Ryazan (3-14) in their last game. Despite Iurchik's good performance Ryazan lost 59-70 at home to the higher-ranked (#9) TEMP-SUMZ Revda. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Iurchik also added 7 rebounds in 30 minutes. It was Ryazan's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Iurchik's overall stats are: 9.5ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.6apg in 10 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian.

   #2. Vladislav Solopa (202-PF-95, currently plays in Romania) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Craiova in their game against CS Dinamo Bucuresti (6-13) in the Romanian Liga Nationala. Solopa cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. Craiova was edged 88-86 on the road by the higher-ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (#9). It was Craiova's fifth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Solopa's total stats this season are: 3.2ppg and 2.5rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Moldovan.



Belarusian Premier League round 24 best performance: Andrei Navoichyk - by Eurobasket News

Forward Andrei Navoichyk (200-F-91) had a great game in the last round for top-ranked Grodno-93, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, eight rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Prinemanye (#7, 5-17) with 38-point margin 104-66. It allowed Grodno-93 to consolidate first place in the Belarusian Premier League. Grodno-93 has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 21-1. In the team's last game Navoichyk had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He has many years of experience at Grodno-93, through which he has constantly improved. Andrei Navoichyk has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (9th best: 11.6ppg) and averages impressive 59.6% FGP and 51.7% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 35-year old Dmitriy Dmitruk (198-F-81) of Brest. Dmitruk had a very good evening with a double-double of 15 points and 22 rebounds. Of course Brest cruised to a 80-71 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked GOCOR-Sozh (#9, 3-17). Brest's 8th position in the standings has not changed. 16 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Brest managed to get this year. Dmitruk is a newcomer at Brest, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Grodno-93's star - Victor Ilyukevich (203-C/F-94). Ilyukevich scored 16 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Grodno-93, helping his team with a 104-66 easy win against the lower-ranked Prinemanye (#7, 5-17). Many experts and fans count Grodno-93 as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 21 victories and only one lost game. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Ilyukevich has a very solid season. In 22 games in Belarus he scored 11.7ppg. He also has 6.5rpg and FGP: 62.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tsimafei Viaroukin (186-PG-93) of GOCOR-Sozh - 31 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Evgeni Ivanov (202-G/F-84) of COR-Borisfen - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Genadziy Zahar (200-SF-92) of Impuls BGUIR - 16 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Timofei Evsievich (197-F/G-95) of Grodno-93 - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Maksim Legchilin (175-G-98) of Grodno-93 - 17 points and 4 rebounds
9. Yuri Mishukov (205-C-85) of Grodno-93 - 11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Andrey Stavrovskiy (185-PG-97) of Tsmoki II - 10 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists

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



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  BELGIUM  

D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stephane MORIS
  Royal Brussels
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Moris, Royal Brussels19.7 
 2. Celis, Oxaco19.3 
 3. Lhoest, Ninane18.5 
 4. Lambrecht, Gistel O.17.5 
 5. Van Hoey, Oxaco17.2 
 6. Baptista, Gistel O.16.7 
 7. Guillemyn, Waregem16.6 
 8. Wachowiak, Gembo B.16.5 
 9. Maesen, Houthalen15.8 
 10. De Pooter, Gent H.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Francois LHOEST
  Ninane
  (196-F/C-85)
  Avg: 13
 1. Lhoest, Ninane13.0 
 2. Hilliman, Melsele9.7 
 3. Lambrecht, Gistel O.9.4 
 4. Fall, Ieper8.3 
 5. Moris, Royal Brussels7.9 
 6. Gorremans, Soba7.2 
 7. Celis, Oxaco7.2 
 8. De Pooter, Gent H.6.9 
 9. Vermeersch, Gembo B.6.9 
 10. Rogiers, Giants B6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Sam HEMELEERS
  Gistel O.
  (180-PG-95)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Hemeleers, Gistel O.4.8 
 2. Lhote, Gent Hawks4.7 
 3. Celis, Oxaco4.4 
 4. Goethaert, Gembo B.3.9 
 5. Mwendanga, Giants B.3.6 
 6. Snyers, Houthalen3.3 
 7. Kanda-K., Giants B3.2 
 8. Maesen, Houthalen2.9 
 9. Pegg, Oxaco2.8 
 10. Wachowiak, Gembo B.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Lars DE LEPELEIRE
  Wareg.
  (175-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. De Lepeleire, Wareg.2.2 
 2. Benzouien, Royal B.1.9 
 3. Goethaert, Gembo B.1.9 
 4. Van Hoey, Oxaco1.7 
 5. Riahi, RPC A.1.7 
 6. Van den Bran., Eke.1.6 
 7. Wachowiak, Gembo B.1.5 
 8. Celis, Oxaco1.5 
 9. Creppy, Royal B.1.4 
 10. Hilliman, Melsele1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Malick FALL
  Ieper
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Fall, Ieper1.1 
 2. Hilliman, Melsele1.1 
 3. Dierickx, Ieper1.0 
 4. Vermeersch, Gembo B.1.0 
 5. Samaey, Waregem0.8 
 6. De Pooter, Gent H.0.7 
 7. Iliaens, Gembo BBC0.6 
 8. Rogiers, Giants B0.6 
 9. Wachowiak, Gembo B.0.6 
 10. Van den Berg., Gent H.0.6 


Top Division I Round 20: Gembo BBC edge Melsele by three points - by Eurobasket News

There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Eighth-ranked Melsele (8-11) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Gembo BBC (14-5) on Saturday. The visitors from Borgerhout managed to secure only three-point victory 93-90. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 53-46 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Gembo BBC made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was guard Tomas Goethaert (183-83) who scored 23 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Swingman Sam Renier (187-92) chipped in 18 points. Dutch power forward Patrick Hilliman (206-82, college: High Point) produced 16 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. Gembo BBC moved-up to third place, which they share with Oxaco. Melsele lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. Gembo BBC is looking forward to face Ninane (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Melsele will play against Soba in Antwerpen and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Waregem (15-4) against eighth ranked Royal Brussels (9-10) on Sunday night. Visiting Waregem was defeated by Royal Brussels in Brussels 76-66. Power forward Stephane Moris (208-86, agency: Promotex) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Adam Hall contributed with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Forward Thomas Foucart (192-84) replied with 12 points and 7 rebounds for Waregem. Waregem's coach Olivier Foucart rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Royal Brussels moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Giants B. Waregem at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. Royal Brussels will play against bottom-ranked Gistel Oostende (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Waregem will play against Ieper (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Houthalen supposed to be also quite interesting. 5th ranked Soba (10-9) played at the court of sixth ranked Houthalen (11-8). Houthalen smashed Soba 83-53 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Soba. Worth to mention a great performance of Chiel Koonings who helped to win the game recording 21 points (perfect from downtown making all five shots). Amaury Marion responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Houthalen have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Loser Soba dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. Houthalen will meet Ekeren (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Soba will play against Melsele (#9) and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Ekeren. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 13th ranked Ekeren (4-14) to twelfth ranked RPC Anderlecht (5-13) 88-86 in the fight for the twelfth place. The winners were led by Geoffrey Hockins who scored that evening 17 points and 6 rebounds. RPC Anderlecht's coach Philippe Hoornaert used entire bench in such tough game. Newly promoted RPC Anderlecht maintains twelfth position with 5-13 record. Ekeren at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the thirteenth place with 14 games lost. RPC Anderlecht's next round opponent will be higher ranked Giants B (#7) in Antwerp and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Ekeren will play at home against Houthalen (#5) and hope to win that game.
Fourteenth-ranked Gistel Oostende (4-15) made lots of trouble for third ranked Oxaco (14-5) in Boechout on Saturday. Oxaco managed to secure only three-point victory 101-98. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Nick Celis who scored 30 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Oxaco have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 14-5 record behind leader Gent Hawks, which they share with Gembo BBC. Gistel Oostende lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 15 games lost. Oxaco will face league's leader Gent Hawks on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gistel Oostende will play against Royal Brussels (#8) and hope to win that game.

In the last two games of round 20 Gent Hawks defeated Ninane in a road game 87-79. Giants B beat Ieper at home 75-65.

Royal Brussels - Waregem 76-66

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Waregem (15-4) against eighth ranked Royal Brussels (9-10) on Sunday night. Visiting Waregem was defeated by Royal Brussels in Brussels 76-66. It looked good early as Waregem took a 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Royal Brussels had a 23-7 second period charge getting the lead and Waregem was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 66-76. Royal Brussels dominated on the defensive end, holding Waregem to just 7 points in second quarter. They made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Power forward Stephane Moris (208-86, agency: Promotex) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. American swingman Adam Hall (198-80, college: Virginia) contributed with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Forward Thomas Foucart (192-84) replied with 12 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Brecht Guillemyn (192-87) added 12 points in the effort for Waregem. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Waregem's coach Olivier Foucart rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Royal Brussels moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Giants B. Waregem at the other side keeps the second position with four games lost. Royal Brussels will play against bottom-ranked Gistel Oostende (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Waregem will play against Ieper (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Royal Brussels: S.Moris 18+10reb+3ast, A.Hall 17+6reb+7ast, C.De Medina 16+6reb, R.Benzouien 16+6reb+3ast, E.Vangu 4+4reb+1ast, T.Creppy 3+4reb
Waregem: T.Foucart 12+7reb+2ast, B.Guillemyn 12+3reb+2ast, B.Willy Samaey 12+2reb+1ast, R.Naudts 10+4reb, T.Bruyneel 7+2reb+1ast, L.De Lepeleire 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 488844


Houthalen - Soba 83-53

The game in Houthalen supposed to be also quite interesting. 5th ranked Soba (10-9) played at the court of sixth ranked Houthalen (11-8). Houthalen smashed Soba 83-53 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Soba. The game without a history. Houthalen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Houthalen outrebounded Soba 44-26 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Chiel Koonings (180-90) who helped to win the game recording 21 points (perfect from downtown making all five shots) and forward Bart Maesen (198-89) who added 16 points and 5 assists during the contest. Four Houthalen players scored in double figures. Amaury Marion (199-91) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Mitchel Gorremans (191-85) scored 16 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Houthalen have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Loser Soba dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. Houthalen will meet Ekeren (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Soba will play against Melsele (#9) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Houthalen: C.Koonings 21+3reb+3ast, B.Maesen 16+3reb+5ast, D.Snyers 14+4reb+1ast, J.Smith 13+7reb+1ast, Y.De Leeuw 9+5reb, V.Jatulevicius 7+5reb+1ast
Soba: M.Gorremans 16+1reb+1ast, A.Marion 13+6reb+2ast, K.van Kempen 8+6reb+1ast, D.Bogaerts 6+6reb+3ast, J.Balanga 4+2reb, R.Haerbos 4+2reb
gschID: 488843


Oxaco - Gistel Oostende 101-98

Fourteenth-ranked Gistel Oostende (4-15) made lots of trouble for third ranked Oxaco (14-5) in Boechout on Saturday. Oxaco managed to secure only three-point victory 101-98. However their fans expected much easier game. Oxaco forced 27 Gistel Oostende turnovers. Gistel Oostende was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was swingman Nick Celis (196-88) who scored 30 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Sam Van Hoey (190-91) chipped in 29 points and 8 rebounds. Power forward Tim Lambrecht (206-98, agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds and point guard Sam Hemeleers (180-95) added 20 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals respectively for the guests. Five Oxaco and four Gistel Oostende players scored in double figures. Oxaco have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 14-5 record behind leader Gent Hawks, which they share with Gembo BBC. Gistel Oostende lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 15 games lost. Oxaco will face league's leader Gent Hawks on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gistel Oostende will play against Royal Brussels (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Oxaco: N.Celis 30+8reb+5ast, S.Van Hoey 29+8reb, M.De Meyer 16+2reb+1ast, C.Pegg 11+1reb+3ast, G.Nau 10+8reb+2ast, E.Derby 5+2reb
Gistel Oostende: T.Lambrecht 39+16reb+1ast, S.Hemeleers 20+7reb+7ast, F.El Mahsini 13+6reb+5ast, A.Baptista 11+4reb+2ast, L.Kotrulja 8+2ast, M.Palinckx 6+2reb
gschID: 488840


Ekeren - RPC Anderlecht 86-88

A very interesting game took place in Ekeren. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 13th ranked Ekeren (4-14) to twelfth ranked RPC Anderlecht (5-13) 88-86 in the fight for the twelfth place. The winners were led by the former international point guard Geoffrey Hockins (188-88) who scored that evening 17 points and 6 rebounds and guard Leon Nziye supported him with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Five RPC Anderlecht players scored in double figures. RPC Anderlecht's coach Philippe Hoornaert used entire bench in such tough game. Even 27 points by guard Dave Van den Brande (189-82) did not help to save the game for Ekeren. Power forward Frederik Biot (200-89) added 13 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Newly promoted RPC Anderlecht maintains twelfth position with 5-13 record. Ekeren at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the thirteenth place with 14 games lost. RPC Anderlecht's next round opponent will be higher ranked Giants B (#7) in Antwerp and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Ekeren will play at home against Houthalen (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
RPC Anderlecht: G.Hockins 17+6reb+2ast, L.Nziye 15+5reb+1ast, J.Riahi 14+2reb, N.Neskens 14+6reb+1ast, S.Chapelle 10+6reb+1ast, T.Ghenne 6+1reb
Ekeren: D.Van den Brande 27+4reb+2ast, F.Biot 13+5reb+2ast, C.Aertssen 12+1reb+1ast, P.De Cock 11+5reb+1ast, J. Verswijver 7+3ast, D.Van Herzeele 7+9reb+1ast
gschID: 488842


Melsele - Gembo BBC 90-93

Eighth-ranked Melsele (8-11) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Gembo BBC (14-5) on Saturday. The visitors from Borgerhout managed to secure only three-point victory 93-90. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 53-46 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Gembo BBC made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was guard Tomas Goethaert (183-83) who scored 23 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Swingman Sam Renier (187-92) chipped in 18 points. Dutch power forward Patrick Hilliman (206-82, college: High Point) produced 16 points and 9 rebounds and forward Thomas Lamot (190-87) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Gembo BBC moved-up to third place, which they share with Oxaco. Melsele lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. Gembo BBC is looking forward to face Ninane (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Melsele will play against Soba in Antwerpen and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Gembo BBC: T.Goethaert 23+2reb+4ast, S.Renier 18+4reb+1ast, A.Vermeersch 17+5reb, P.Van Rillaer 11+6reb, E.Van Aken 10+5reb+3ast, T.Beaujean 7+1reb+3ast
Melsele: T.Marien 20+1reb, T.Lamot 16+6reb+1ast, P.Hilliman 16+9reb+1ast, F.Torreborre 13+2reb+2ast, N.Dhooge 11+6reb, S.Caron 5+2reb
gschID: 488841


Ninane - Gent Hawks 79-87

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Ninane (6-12) was defeated at home by second ranked Gent Hawks (15-3) 87-79 on Friday. Gent Hawks made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was forward Gregory De Pooter (197-84) who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. Point guard Laurent Lhote (182-84) chipped in 19 points. The former international power forward Francois Lhoest (196-85) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points, 19 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international point guard Xavier Colette (185-85) added 16 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Gent Hawks have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Loser Ninane keeps the eleventh place with 12 games lost. Gent Hawks will face Oxaco (#3) in Boechout in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Ninane will play on the road against Gembo BBC (#4) in Borgerhout and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Gent Hawks: G.De Pooter 21+6reb+2ast, L.Lhote 19+2reb+2ast, J.Vermoesen 13+6reb+1ast, J.Vermoesen 11+4reb+2ast, R.Spaens 10+1reb+2ast, M.Verspeeten 7+5reb+1ast
Ninane: F.Lhoest 25+19reb+5ast, R.Fassotte 19+4reb, X.Colette 16+4reb+4ast, G.Henrard 15+4reb, J.Dedave 4+5reb+2ast, S.Maio 0+1reb+3ast
gschID: 488838


Giants B - Ieper 75-65

No shocking result in a game in Antwerp where seventh ranked Giants B (9-10) defeated 10th ranked Ieper (7-12) 75-65 on Friday. Giants B dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Ieper's 24. The best player for the winners was center Bert Van Den Broek (201-92) who scored 9 points and 10 rebounds. Point guard Philippe Peeters (188-95) chipped in 15 points. Swingman Robin Mestdagh (195-88, college: E.Kentucky) produced 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Senegalese-Spanish power forward Mamadou Diop (204-93) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Giants B maintains seventh position with 9-10 record, which they share with Royal Brussels. Ieper lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 12 games lost. Giants B will face RPC Anderlecht (#12) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Ieper will play against the league's second-placed Waregem and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Giants B: P.Peeters 15+3reb+1ast, L.Coppens 12+1reb+3ast, T.Vervoort 11+6reb+2ast, B.Van Den Broek 9+10reb+2ast, B.De Valck 6+11reb+1ast, K.Van Den Langenbergh 6+4reb
Ieper: R.Luyten 18+1reb+1ast, M.Diop 16+6reb, R.Mestdagh 15+7reb+4ast, O.Maes 5+1reb+1ast, K.Devacht 5+3reb+2ast, A.Schepens 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 488839





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

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

Matt Lojeski
Matt Lojeski
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Greece). He led Olympiacos to a victory over the league outsider Doxa Lefkadas (3-13) crushing them 84-60 in the Greek A1 in Sunday night's game. Lojeski was MVP of the game. He recorded 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!) in 25 minutes on the court. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (13-0) is placed first in the A1. So far his team won all thirteen games in the Regular Season. It's Lojeski's fourth season with the team. Lojeski has relatively good stats this year: 13.5ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 67.9%(36-53), 3FGP: 49.3%(33-67) and FT: 86.1% in 15 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Lojeski is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team. He used to play for Okapi Aalstar in Belgian league.

Maxime De Zeeuw
Maxime De Zeeuw
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Maxime De Zeeuw (206-87, currently plays in Germany). De Zeeuw was the major contributor in a EWE Baskets' victory against the 14th-ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (6-12) 85-70 in the German BBL last Saturday. He scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. EWE Baskets Oldenburg (12-8) is placed sixth in the BBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season De Zeeuw averages: 9.9ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 54.8%, 3FGP: 42.1% and FT: 82.2%. Ex-Verviers-Pepinster player is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Retin Obasohan
Retin Obasohan
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Retin Obasohan (185-93, college: Alabama, currently plays in Italy). He contributed to a Scandone AV's victory against the league leader Armani Milano (15-3) 80-68 in the Italian Serie A on Monday night. Obasohan scored 14 points and had 4 steals in 24 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Scandone Avellino (12-6) is placed third in the Serie A. This year Obasohan's overall stats are: 6.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3FGP: 22.6% and FT: 65.4% in 18 games. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Nigerian. Obasohan is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Jonathan Tabu
Jonathan Tabu
   #4. Point guard Jonathan Tabu (189-85, currently plays in Spain) helped RETAbet BB win their game against the third-ranked FC Barcelona (13-5) 76-68 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Tabu scored 10 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 8 assists in 27 minutes. RETAbet Bilbao Basket (8-10) is placed tenth in the Liga Endesa. It's Tabu's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 8.1ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.1apg in 17 games. Tabu is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Congolese. He is also Belgian national team player.

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #5. An experienced international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jonathan Tabu. But that was another game of his team in Spanish Liga Endesa which we would like to mention. Hervelle helped RETAbet BB win their game against the closely-ranked Zaragoza (7-12) 81-77. He recorded 7 points in 20 minutes. RETAbet Bilbao Basket (8-10) is placed tenth in the Liga Endesa. Hervelle has been at the team for seven years. Hervelle has averaged so far 5.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg in 19 games. He plays currently for the Belgian national team.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #6. Point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in EuroCup) managed to help Valencia Basket to win against the closely-ranked Cedevita (1-4) 71-58 in the Eurocup last Tuesday. Van Rossom scored only 2 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Valencia Basket (5-0) is placed first in the Eurocup. So far his team won all five games in the Second Stage. They will play only one more game in the Eurocup Second Stage. And that game will be critical. Van Rossom plays fourth season for the team. He has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 1.5apg. Van Rossom is an international player who is currently on the senior Belgian National Team roster.

Manu Lecomte
Manu Lecomte
   #7. International point guard Manu Lecomte (180-95, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Baylor (4-1) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Baylor lost 68-73 at home to the University of Kansas. Lecomte scored 16 points and added 4 assists in 38 minutes. This year Lecomte has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 1.9rpg and 4.4apg in 22 games. He is also Belgian national team player.

Kevin Tumba
Kevin Tumba
   #8. Power forward Kevin Tumba (205-91, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help UCAM Murcia in their game against Real Madrid (15-3) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Tumba scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. UCAM Murcia was crushed 89-61 on their home court in Murcia by the leading Real Madrid. Tumba has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 4.0rpg. He plays currently for the Belgian national team.

Kamal Tall
Kamal Tall
   #9. Former U20 international forward Kamal Tall (203-95, currently plays in NCAA2) helped Montana St. - Billings win their game against the Central Washington University (7-7) crushing them 96-69 in the NCAA2 on Saturday night. Tall scored 8 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. The Montana St. - Billings have 7-6 record this season. Tall has averaged so far 5.9ppg and 4.8rpg. He used to play for the Belgian U20 national team four years ago.

Gael Hulsen
Gael Hulsen
   #10. Swingman Gael Hulsen (193-90, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for SG Schwelmer Baskets (15-4) in their game against Ibbenbueren (9-10) in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). Hulsen recorded only 4 points in 10 minutes. The second-placed SG Schwelmer Baskets (15-4) lost 86-96 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#10) Ibbenbueren in the West group. They ended the series of ten consecutive victories. Hulsen has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.8apg in 13 games. He is a former U20 international player as eight years ago he still played for the Belgian national team.

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

   #1. Ruphin Kayembe (200-F/C-92, currently plays in France) could not help Souffelweyersheim (15-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Souffelweyersheim was edged 105-102 on the road by the much lower-ranked SAP Vaucluse (#12). Kayembe was the top scorer with 26 points. He also added 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). This season Kayembe has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.7apg. He has a dual citizenship: DR Congolese and Belgian.

   #2. Andrija Coric (199-F/G-95, currently plays in ABA League) was not able to help Cibona in their game against Buducnost (15-6) in the ABA League. Coric scored 6 points and added 3 assists. Cibona was defeated 94-87 at home by the higher-ranked Buducnost (#3). It was Cibona's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Coric has averaged so far 3.7ppg and 1.5rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Croatian. Despite Coric's Belgian nationality, he previously played for the Croatian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belgian team.

   #3. Jonathan Dubas (204-F/C-91, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Starwings (8-6) 72-56 in the Swiss LNA last Sunday. Dubas scored 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 29 minutes. BBC Monthey (11-2) is placed first in the LNA. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Dubas has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4spg in 13 games he played so far. He has both Belgian and Swiss nationalities.

   #4. Charly Pontens (190-PG-95, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for ADA Blois (8-9) in their game against JL Bourg (13-4) in the French ProB (second division). Pontens scored 5 points. ADA Blois was edged 81-79 in Bourg by the leading JL Bourg. It was ADA Blois' first loss after three consecutive victories. Pontens has averaged so far 2.9ppg and 2.0apg. He also holds two passports: Belgian and French.

   #5. Alhassan Barrie (196-F-95, currently plays in NAIA) couldn't help the Goshen College (2-2) in their game against the University of Saint Francis (IN) (3-1) in the CrRdsL. Barrie cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points in 20 minutes. The Goshen College lost 72-80 in Fort Wayne to the University of Saint Francis (IN). There are only four games left until the end of the CrRdsL Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Barrie has averaged so far 2.9ppg and 2.0apg in 14 games.



Ryan Anderson claims Belgian Euromillions League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Ryan Anderson (206-F-92) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's second-best Antwerp and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 19 points and ten rebounds, while his team crushed Aalstar (#4, 10-9) with 23-point margin 93-70. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Antwerp maintains the 2nd position in Belgian Euromillions League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Antwerp will need more victories to improve their 12-6 record. In the team's last game Anderson had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Antwerp's top player in his first season with the team. University of Arizona graduate has very impressive stats this year. Anderson leads league in rebounds with 7.0rpg. Anderson is in league's top in assists (8th best: 0.9apg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American point guard Wesley Channels (190-PG-88) of Kangoeroes. Channels impressed basketball fans with 17 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists. Bad luck as Kangoeroes lost that game 75-86 to the higher-ranked Oostende (#1, 14-4). This loss caused Kangoeroes to drop to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-10 record. Channels is a newcomer at Kangoeroes and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Jeremy Simmons (204-F-89) of Brussels (#5). Simmons scored 17 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Simmons' great performance Brussels lost 78-84 to slightly lower-ranked Limburg United (#7, 8-10). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Brussels needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 9 victories and 9 lost games. Simmons has a great season in Belgium. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.7ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 6.8rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Khalid Boukichou (208-C-92) of Oostende - 15 points and 6 rebounds
5. Korey Billbury (193-G-93) of Leuven - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Gavin Ware (206-C/F-93) of Antwerp - 18 points and 5 rebounds
7. Jevohn Shepherd (196-G/F-86) of Spirou - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. D.J. Richardson (190-G-91) of Spirou - 20 points and 3 rebounds
9. Seth Tuttle (203-F-92) of Limburg United - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Corey Hawkins (190-G-91) of Antwerp - 22 points

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

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Bosnia and Herzegovina players, who play currently abroad.

Dzanan Musa
Dzanan Musa
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Dzanan Musa (204-99, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Croatia). He led Cedevita to a victory over the seventh-ranked KK Vrijednosnice Osijek (9-7) crushing them 98-70 in the Croatian A1 in Monday night's game. Musa was MVP of the game. He recorded 22 points, 5 assists and 3 steals in 31 minutes on the court. KK Cedevita Zagreb (12-4) is placed third in the A1. Musa has relatively good stats this year: 13.4ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.4apg, 3FGP: 30.6% and FT: 75.6% in 10 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Nihad Djedovic
Nihad Djedovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Nihad Djedovic (196-90, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany). Djedovic was the main contributor in a Bayern Muenchen's victory against the tenth-ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (8-12) crushing them 95-70 in the German BBL last Saturday. He was the best player in that game. Djedovic scored 16 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line). FC Bayern Muenchen (16-3) is placed third in the BBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Djedovic's fourth season with the team. This year he averages: 8.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 56.7%(38-67), 3FGP: 32.3% and FT: 83.6%. Djedovic has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and German. He is in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Andrija Stipanovic
Andrija Stipanovic
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Andrija Stipanovic (209-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey). Stipanovic could not help Demir IBB (6-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Demir IBB lost 92-100 at home to the one of league's weakest teams (#15) Balikesir. Stipanovic was the second best scorer with 23 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 33 minutes. It was Demir IBB's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Stipanovic has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 58.2%(71-122) and FT: 68.6% in 17 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Stipanovic is also a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Zack Wright
Zack Wright
   #4. Guard Zack Wright (191-85, college: Central Mo., currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Le Portel (7-11) crushing them 81-57 in the French ProA on Saturday night. Wright scored 9 points. AS Monaco Basket (16-2) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. It's Wright's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 7.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.2apg and 1.2spg. Wright is a naturalized American. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player. Strangely Wright has never played in Bosnia.

Ognjen Kuzmic
Ognjen Kuzmic
   #5. Former international center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-90, currently plays in ABA League) was not able to help Crvena Zvezda in their game against Partizan (16-5) in the ABA League. He scored 8 points in only 14 minutes. The league leader Crvena Zvezda lost 81-86 in a derby game to the second-ranked Partizan. They ended the series of eighteen consecutive victories. This year Kuzmic's overall stats are: 9.5ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.2spg in 19 games. He has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian nationalities. Kuzmic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team five years ago.

Markus Loncar
Markus Loncar
   #6. Center Markus Loncar (211-96, currently plays in Croatia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Dzanan Musa. But that was another game of his team in Croatian A1 which we would like to mention. Loncar contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked H.Analitica (3-13) crushing them 106-85 in a derby game. He scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. KK Cedevita Zagreb (12-4) is placed third in the A1. Loncar's total stats this season are: 6.3ppg and 3.2rpg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

Mirza Teletovic
Mirza Teletovic
   #7. International forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in a Milwaukee Bucks' victory against the Phoenix Suns (16-35) crushing them 137-112 in the NBA on Saturday night. Teletovic scored 19 points and added 3 assists in 25 minutes. The Milwaukee Bucks have 22-28 record this season. It was his team's first victory after five consecutive loses. Teletovic has reliable stats this year: 7.1ppg and 2.5rpg in 41 games. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

Emir Sulejmanovic
Emir Sulejmanovic
   #8. Power forward Emir Sulejmanovic (204-95, currently plays in Croatia) contributed to Cibona's victory against the closely-ranked KK Zadar (8-5) 102-88 in the Croatian A1 in Thursday night's game. Sulejmanovic recorded 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. KK Cibona VIP Zagreb (12-4) is placed fifth in the A1. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Sulejmanovic's total stats this season are: 6.3ppg and 4.9rpg. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

Aleksej Nesovic
Aleksej Nesovic
   #9. Former international point guard Aleksej Nesovic (189-85, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Serbia) was not able to secure a victory for OKK Beograd (6-10) in their last game. Despite Nesovic's very good performance OKK Beograd lost 71-85 on the road to the lower-ranked (#13) Smederevo. He was the top scorer with 28 points. Nesovic also added 4 passes in 36 minutes. Nesovic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.1apg and 1.9spg in nine games. Nesovic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team five years ago.

Elmedin Kikanovic
Elmedin Kikanovic
   #10. Center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help ALBA Berlin (14-6) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance ALBA Berlin was crushed 95-72 in Bonn by the lower-ranked Telekom Baskets (#7). Kikanovic scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. This season Kikanovic has very high stats. He averages: 17.3ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.5apg. Kikanovic is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

   #11. U20 international swingman Aleksandar Lazic (201-96, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Tamis crushing them 95-70 in the Serbian KLS last Friday. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes. This year Lazic's total stats are: 9.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.6spg in 13 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 national team.

   #12. Former international point guard Filip Adamovic (183-88, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Romania) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Steaua CSM 85-68 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Sunday. Adamovic recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and making 11 passes. Adamovic averaged so far 11.7ppg, 1.9rpg, 6.7apg and 1.8spg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team back in 2014.

   #13. International guard Muhamed Pasalic (192-87, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help Oradea in their game against BC Timisoara in the Romanian Liga Nationala, despite his very good performance on Wednesday night. Pasalic was the second best scorer with 17 points in 26 minutes. But his team was edged 85-84. Pasalic averaged so far 10.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.5apg in 17 games. He is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player.

   #14. Former U16 international forward Dejan Todorovic (197-94, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a RETAbet BB's surprising victory against the third-ranked FC Barcelona 76-68 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Todorovic scored 11 points. Todorovic has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 1.7rpg. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U16 national team back in 2009.

   #15. International center Jusuf Nurkic (213-94, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Denver Nuggets in their game against the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA. Nurkic scored 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. His team were crushed by 24 points 121-97 in the NBA. Nurkic averaged so far 8.2ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.3apg. Despite he played previously for the Slovenian U16 national team, Nurkic is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

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

   #1. Aleksandar Todorovic (206-C/F-87, currently plays in Serbia) led Borac to a victory over the tenth-ranked Metalac (7-9) 88-80 in the Serbian KLS in Saturday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Todorovic recorded 25 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. KK Borac Mozzart Cacak (11-5) is placed third in the KLS. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. It's Todorovic's first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 13.7ppg and 6.4rpg.

   #2. Simo Atanackovic (206-F-90, currently plays in Slovenia) was the main contributor in Helios' victory against the league outsider LTH Castings (1-16) crushing them 85-54 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM last Tuesday. Atanackovic was the top player that evening. He scored 24 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 26 minutes. Helios Suns Domzale (10-6) is placed sixth in the Liga Nova KBM. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Atanackovic has reliable stats this year: 11.1ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.3spg in 16 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian. Despite Atanackovic's Bosnia and Herzegovina passport, he previously played for the Slovenian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina team.

   #3. Experienced Dejan Cup (202-PF-83, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to a Hopsi Polzela's victory against the closely-ranked KK Primorska (9-8) 73-67 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM last Monday. Cup was the top player that evening. He recorded 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 35 minutes. Hopsi Polzela (12-5) is placed fourth in the Liga Nova KBM. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Cup averaged so far 14.7ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg in 16 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

   #4. Robert Rothbart (217-C-86, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Israel) was the major contributor in a Hapoel Eilat's victory against the league outsider Maccabi K/G (3-15) crushing them 96-74 in the Israeli Winner League on Monday night. Rothbart recorded 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Hapoel Eilat (10-8) is placed fifth in the Winner League. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Rothbart's total stats this season are: 8.1ppg and 4.3rpg. He has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Israeli nationalities.

   #5. Domagoj Bosnjak (201-F/G-95, currently plays in ABA League) could not help Cibona (11-10) in their last game. Despite his good performance Cibona lost 87-94 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) Buducnost. Bosnjak scored 11 points in 22 minutes. It was Cibona's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Bosnjak's total stats are: 5.1ppg and 1.3rpg in 12 games.

   #6. Boris Barac (205-F-92, currently plays in ABA League) was not able to help KK Zadar in their game against Igokea in the ABA League. Despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Barac also added 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Barac averaged so far 14.2ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.8apg.

   #7. Emir Mujkic helped Al Wakrah win their game against the closely-ranked Al Shamal crushing them 107-74 in the Qatari D1 on Tuesday night. Mujkic recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 18 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 2 blocks. Mujkic averaged so far 10.6ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.3apg. He also holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Qatari.

   #8. Suad Sehovic (197-G/F-87, currently plays in ABA League) faced previously mentioned Domagoj Bosnjak in the ABA League last game. Sehovic helped his Montenegrin team Buducnost win their game against the closely-ranked Cibona 94-87. He was the top player that evening. Sehovic scored 17 points in 28 minutes. Sehovic averaged so far 10.2ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.6apg in 19 games. He has dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegrin.

   #9. Nedim Muslic (197-F-99, currently plays in Qatar) helped Al Gharafa win their game against the league outsider Al Khor 83-70 in the Qatari D1 last Sunday. Muslic scored 6 points, grabbed 7 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots in 28 minutes. Muslic has averaged so far 6.2ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.5apg and 1.3spg in 14 games. He holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Qatari passports.

   #10. Ramo Rizvic (200-F-87, currently plays in Slovenia) helped Zlatorog win their game against the tenth-ranked Terme Olimia 83-64 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM in Saturday night's game. He scored 9 points. Rizvic averaged so far 13.6ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.5apg.



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

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

Vitor Faverani
Vitor Faverani
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Vitor Faverani (212-88, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help FC Barcelona (8-13) in their last game. Despite Faverani's good performance the 12th-placed FC Barcelona (8-13) lost 85-89 on the road to the higher-ranked (#10) Zalgiris in the group A of Euroleague. He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 15 minutes on the court. It was FC Barcelona's third consecutive loss in a row. Faverani has relatively good stats this year: 12.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 2FGP: 73.9%(17-23) and FT: 81.3% in four games he played so far. He played for the Brazilian senior national team four years ago.

Leandro Barbosa
Leandro Barbosa
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international point guard Leandro Barbosa (190-82, currently plays in NBA). Barbosa was not able to help the Phoenix Suns (16-36) in their last game on Monday. Despite his good performance the Phoenix Suns (16-36) were defeated 111-106 at home by the New Orleans Pelicans. Barbosa recorded 14 points. This season Barbosa averages: 5.4ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 46.5%, 3FGP: 43.4% and FT: 83.3%. He is in the roster of the Brazilian senior national team.

Vitor Benite
Vitor Benite
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Vitor Benite (194-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in EuroCup). Benite was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams UCAM Murcia (1-4) in their game against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (2-3) in the Eurocup, despite his good performance on Tuesday night. He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Benite also added 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 32 minutes. But UCAM Murcia was badly defeated 85-69 in Madrid by the higher-ranked (#3) Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. It was UCAM Murcia's fourth consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Eurocup Second Stage. And that game will be critical. This year Benite has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 51.7%, 3FGP: 30.2% in 13 games. He is also a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Lucas Nogueira
Lucas Nogueira
   #4. Center Lucas Nogueira (213-92, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Toronto Raptors (32-21) in their game against the Boston Celtics (33-18) in the NBA. Despite his good performance in Wednesday night's game Nogueira scored 10 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 4 blocks. It's Nogueira's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 5.3ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.8bpg. Nogueira used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2011.

Tulio Da Silva
Tulio Da Silva
   #5. Former U18 international forward Tulio Da Silva (201-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the S.Florida (0-5) in their game against the Temple University (1-0) in the NCAA, despite his very good performance last Sunday. He recorded 18 points, 3 assists and 3 steals in 36 minutes. But the S.Florida lost 74-83 on their home court in Tampa to the Temple University. So far S.Florida lost all five games in the conference Da Silva has reliable stats this year: 10.3ppg and 7.1rpg in 22 games. He used to play for the Brazilian U18 national team three years ago.

Cristiano Felicio
Cristiano Felicio
   #6. Power forward Cristiano Felicio (206-92, college: Oregon, currently plays in NBA) led Chicago Bulls to an easy victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder (30-23) crushing them 128-100 in the NBA on Wednesday night. Felicio scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls have 26-26 record this season. Felicio's overall stats this year are: 4.6ppg and 4.9rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

Augusto Lima
Augusto Lima
   #7. International center Augusto Lima (207-91, currently plays in Euroleague) faced previously mentioned Vitor Faverani in the Euroleague last game. Lima managed to help B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas in a victory against the 12th-ranked FC Barcelona (8-13) 89-85. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. This year Lima's overall stats are: 4.9ppg and 3.6rpg in 21 games. He is also Brazilian national team player.

Nene Hilario
Nene Hilario
   #8. Center Nene Hilario (211-82, currently plays in NBA) led Houston Rockets to an easy victory against the Sacramento Kings (20-32) crushing them 105-83 in the NBA last Tuesday. Hilario recorded 11 points and blocked 2 blocks. The Houston Rockets have a solid 37-17 record this season. Hilario averaged so far 8.1ppg and 3.7rpg. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

Rafael Hettsheimer
Rafael Hettsheimer
   #9. International center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86, currently plays in EuroCup) faced previously mentioned Vitor Benite in the Eurocup last game. Hettsheimer contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked UCAM Murcia (1-4) 85-69. He scored 9 points. It was his first game for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada this season. Hettsheimer's team will play only one more game in the Eurocup Second Stage. And now that game is very crucial. Hettsheimer is also in the roster of the Brazilian national team.

Jonathan Tavernari
Jonathan Tavernari
   #10. Small forward Jonathan Tavernari (197-87, college: BYU, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Mens Sana 1871 (11-9) in their game against Treviglio (13-7) in the Italian Serie A2 (second division), despite his very good performance last Sunday. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Tavernari also added 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. But Mens Sana 1871 (#8) was badly defeated 85-68 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Treviglio in the West group. Tavernari averaged so far 10.2ppg and 4.1rpg in 20 games. He is a former international player as seven years ago he still played for the Brazilian senior national team.

   #11. Former international point guard Scott Machado (186-90, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help La ICL Manresa in their game against Blusens Monbus in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Machado scored 6 points and added 3 passes. His team was defeated 89-75. Machado's total stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.6apg and 1.4spg. He is a naturalized American. Machado used to play for the Brazilian national team four years ago. Strangely he has never played in Brazil.

   #12. International point guard Marcelinho Huertas (191-83, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Los Angeles Lakers in their game against the Boston Celtics in the NBA. Huertas cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points in 8 minutes on the court. His team lost 107-113 in the NBA. This year Huertas' total stats are: 2.5ppg and 2.3apg in 21 games. He is also in the roster of the Brazilian national team.

   #13. Former U18 international center Lucas Siewert (202-97, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Colorado in their game against the University of California in the NCAA. Siewert recorded 7 points. His team was defeated 77-66. Siewert has averaged so far 2.0ppg and 1.8rpg. He used to play for the Brazilian U18 national team three years ago.

   #14. International forward Leonardo Demetrio (203-94, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a 3-point Lleida Basquet's victory against the sixth-ranked Leche Rio Breogan 81-78 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Saturday night. Demetrio recorded 12 points in 24 minutes. Demetrio averaged so far 11.1ppg and 5.6rpg in 22 games. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

   #15. Former international center Anderson Varejao (211-82, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Charlotte Hornets 126-111 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Varejao scored only 2 points. Varejao has averaged so far 1.3ppg and 1.9rpg. He used to play for the Brazilian national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Diego Soarez (205-C-87, currently plays in Uruguay) led U Universitario to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Aguada (4-3) 85-68 in the Uruguayan LUB on Friday night. Soarez scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 25 minutes. Urunday Universitario (6-2) is placed first in Promocional 1 group. This year Soarez's total stats are: 3.4ppg and 3.4rpg in 21 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Uruguayan.

   #2. Felipe Dos Anjos (218-C-98, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an Oviedo CB's victory against the closely-ranked Palencia Baloncesto (15-7) 93-89 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Saturday. Dos Anjos recorded 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 23 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Union Financiera Baloncesto Oviedo (16-6) is placed first in the LEB Gold. Dos Anjos has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.2bpg in 22 games.

   #3. Experienced Kazuya Hatano (192-F-82, currently plays in Japan). He could not help Ryukyu GK (15-21) to beat Toshiba Thunders (31-5). Hatano recorded only 4 points in 10 minutes. Ryukyu GK (#5) lost 76-87 on the road to the leading Toshiba Thunders in the West group. Hatano has averaged so far 3.1ppg and 2.9rpg in 34 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Japanese.

   #4. Rafael Barbosa (191-F-91, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Castelldefels (4-11) crushing them 91-70 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Sunday night. Barbosa scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. Barbera Team Values (10-5) is placed fourth in Group C-B. Barbosa has averaged so far 5.7ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.1apg in 15 games. He has both Brazilian and Spanish nationalities.

   #5. Gabriel Andrade (185-G-93, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to help the BYU-Hawaii in their game against the California Baptist University in the NCAA2. Andrade scored 8 points and had 3 steals. The BYU-Hawaii was defeated 101-86 at home by the California Baptist University. It was BYU-Hawaii's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Andrade has been at the team for four years. He has averaged so far 6.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.6apg and 1.6spg.

   #6. Renato Ribeiro (190-F-95, currently plays in Portugal) contributed to Guifoes' victory against the seventh-ranked Fisica 71-65 in the Portuguese Proliga (second division) last Sunday. Ribeiro scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 28 minutes. He has averaged so far 5.6ppg and 3.7rpg in 14 games.

   #7. Clement Faroux (188-G-93, currently plays in France) led Lorient to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Rueil 91-75 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. Faroux scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. He has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.5apg and 1.2spg in 19 games. Faroux also holds two passports: Brazilian and French. Despite his Brazilian nationality, Faroux previously played for the French U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Brazilian team.

   #8. Lucas Doria (201-F-97, currently plays in NCAA2) managed to help St.Edward's University in a victory against the Oklahoma Christian University crushing them 100-75 in the NCAA2 on Saturday night. He scored only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court. Doria has averaged so far 2.9ppg and 2.0rpg in 14 games.

   #9. Gabriel de Oliveira (206-PF-97, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked AstroStars crushing them 81-59 in the German ProB (third division) in Saturday night's game. He scored only 2 points. de Oliveira has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 2.3rpg. He has dual citizenship: Brazilian and German.

   #10. Breno Schmidt (203-F/C, currently plays in NAIA) contributed to a 3-point Friends College's victory against the McPherson College 68-65 in the KCAC on Saturday night. Schmidt scored only 2 points. He has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 2.3rpg.



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

33-year old forward Olivinha Rodriguez (203-F-83) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Flamengo and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Pinheiros (#5, 11-7) 84-77. Flamengo maintains the 2nd position in Brazilian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Flamengo will need more victories to improve their 12-5 record. In the team's last game Rodriguez had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He has many years of experience at Flamengo, through which he has constantly improved. Rodriguez has impressive league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 11.7rpg. Rodriguez is in league's top in and averages solid 64.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Shamell Stallworth (195-SG-80, agency: Interperformances) of Mogi. He is naturalized American guard in his 3rd season at Mogi. In the last game Stallworth recorded impressive 26 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course Mogi cruised to a 80-73 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Vasco Da G. (#9, 9-8). This victory allowed Mogi to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Stallworth is one of the most experienced players at Mogi and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.3ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 4.3rpg and 3.4apg.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Cordero Bennett (188-G-88) of Pinheiros (#5). Bennett showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, five rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Bennett's great performance Pinheiros lost 77-84 to the higher-ranked Flamengo (#2, 12-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Pinheiros needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 11 victories and 7 lost games. Bennett has a very solid season. In 18 games in Brazil he scored 15.4ppg. He also has 3.9apg and FGP: 65.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kenny Dawkins (175-PG-87) of Vitoria - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Caue Freitas (192-G-88) of Campo Mourao - 11 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Guilherme Hubner (208-C-87) of Paulistano - 18 points and 8 rebounds
7. Henrique Coelho (183-PG-93) of Franca - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Fulvio de Assis (188-PG-81) of Brasilia - 11 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
9. Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) of Vasco Da G. - 14 points and 6 assists
10. David Jackson (195-G-82) of Vasco Da G. - 11 points, 5 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)



Luizinho Lima is back at Santos/Macapa - by Paulo Freire

Santos-Basquete-Macapa (Liga Ouro) added to their roster 24-year old guard Luis Fernando Lima (193-93). It is actually his comeback to Santos/Macapa as he has played here before. just played at Remo in Brazilian Para State. He missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball.
Lima helped his team to make it to the Liga Ouro Final in 2015.
He has played previously for four other teams: Ginastico, Araraquara, Sport Club do Recife and Internacional.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Contagem lands Everton Oliveira - by Paulo Freire

Contagem-Towers (Liga Ouro) landed 24-year old forward Everton Oliveira (203-83kg-93). He played in the summer at Remo in the Para State.
Oliveira's team won Paulista League Group A Regular Season in 2015.
He has played previously for five other teams: Vivo/Franca, Ginastico, Rio Claro, Paraiso Basquetebol and Universo/Vitoria.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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NBL Round 17: Rilski defeat leader Lukoil Acad. - by Eurobasket News

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

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Lukoil Acad. (13-3) in Sofia on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Rilski (8-7) 75-66. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Lukoil Acad.. American players dominated the game. Forward D.J. Shelton (208-91, college: Washington St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Evan Bruinsma (202-92, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Inception Sports) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Center Steve Zack (211-92, college: La Salle) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 17 rebounds for Lukoil Acad.Lukoil Acad.'s coach Toni Dechev rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rilski maintains fifth place with 8-7 record. Defending champion Lukoil Acad. still keeps top position with three games lost. Rilski are looking forward to face league's second-placed Academik Plovdiv at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lukoil Acad. will have a break next round.
Important game to mention about took place in Botevgrad. Sixth ranked Spartak Pleven (7-8) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 3rd placed Balkan (9-6) 79-78 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Balkan. Montenegrin-Serbian center Milovan Savic (205-87) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and Dimitar Marincheshki chipped in 13 points and 13 rebounds. Montenegrin center Mihailo Sekulovic (206-91) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Spartak Pleven maintains sixth place with 7-8 record. Balkan at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. They share it with Beroe. Spartak Pleven will play against Cherno More (#7) in Varna in the next round. Balkan will play on the road against Beroe (#4) in Stara Zagora and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Academik Plovdiv (11-4) which hosted in Plovdiv 4th placed Beroe (9-6). Second ranked Academik Plovdiv managed to get a 12-point victory 89-77. Jordan Semple nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side. Brandis Raley-Ross came up with 21 points for Beroe in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Academik Plovdiv have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 11-4 record having just three points less than leader Lukoil Acad. Beroe lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the third position with six games lost. They share it with Balkan. Academik Plovdiv will meet Rilski (#5) in the next round. Beroe will play against Balkan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 17 Yambol was beaten by Cherno More on the road 78-69.

Lukoil Acad. - Rilski 66-75

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Lukoil Acad. (13-3) in Sofia on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Rilski (8-7) 75-66. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Lukoil Acad.. American players dominated the game. Forward D.J. Shelton (208-91, college: Washington St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Evan Bruinsma (202-92, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Inception Sports) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Rilski players scored in double figures. Center Steve Zack (211-92, college: La Salle) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 17 rebounds and guard Anthony Beane (188-94, college: S.Illinois) added 20 points in the effort for Lukoil Acad.Lukoil Acad.'s coach Toni Dechev rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Rilski maintains fifth place with 8-7 record. Defending champion Lukoil Acad. still keeps top position with three games lost. Rilski are looking forward to face league's second-placed Academik Plovdiv at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lukoil Acad. will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Rilski: D.Shelton 26+12reb+2ast, E.Bruinsma 14+6reb, T.Woods 10+9reb+1ast, Y.Bozov 10+7reb+3ast, K.Parker 8+2reb+3ast, D.Ivanov 4+4reb
Lukoil Acad.: A.Beane 20+4reb+3ast, S.Zack 13+17reb+1ast, D.Gibson 13+6reb+7ast, M.Korniyenko 8+8reb+2ast, F.Videnov 8+3reb+2ast, M.Basabe 2+3reb
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Akademik PL - Beroe 89-77

An interesting game for Academik Plovdiv (11-4) which hosted in Plovdiv 4th placed Beroe (9-6). Second ranked Academik Plovdiv managed to get a 12-point victory 89-77. Academik Plovdiv looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. French-American forward Jordan Semple (201-92, college: Chico St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side and American point guard Oscar Bellfield (187-90, college: UNLV) accounted for 9 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists. Four Academik Plovdiv players scored in double figures. American guard Brandis Raley-Ross (191-87, college: S.Carolina) came up with 21 points and the other American import guard Shane Gibson (188-90, college: Sacred Heart) added 19 points respectively for Beroe in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Academik Plovdiv have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 11-4 record having just three points less than leader Lukoil Acad. Beroe lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the third position with six games lost. They share it with Balkan. Academik Plovdiv will meet Rilski (#5) in the next round. Beroe will play against Balkan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Akademik PL: D.Dimitrov 20+4reb+2ast, J.Semple 19+15reb+3ast, S.Smith 18+2ast, V.Aleksandrov 12+4reb+2ast, O.Bellfield 9+7reb+11ast, V.Bachev 8+1ast
Beroe: B.Raley-Ross 21+3reb+2ast, S.Gibson 19+2reb+1ast, S.Tesija 8+4reb+1ast, A.Jones 7+5reb+2ast, T.Zhelev 7+2reb, T.Tenchev 6+1ast
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Balkan - Spartak Pleven 78-79

Important game to mention about took place in Botevgrad. Sixth ranked Spartak Pleven (7-8) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 3rd placed Balkan (9-6) 79-78 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Balkan. Montenegrin-Serbian center Milovan Savic (205-87) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and power forward Dimitar Marincheshki (200-90) chipped in 13 points and 13 rebounds. Montenegrin center Mihailo Sekulovic (206-91) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and Montenegrin guard Amin Hott (192-92) scored 18 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Spartak Pleven maintains sixth place with 7-8 record. Balkan at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. They share it with Beroe. Spartak Pleven will play against Cherno More (#7) in Varna in the next round. Balkan will play on the road against Beroe (#4) in Stara Zagora and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spartak Pleven: M.Savic 18+13reb, M.Marinov 15+2reb+1ast, D.Marincheshki 13+13reb+1ast, K.Koev 11+5reb+1ast, M.Tanev 10+1reb+2ast, M.Dudev 8+4reb+10ast
Balkan: A.Hott 18+4reb+5ast, M.Sekulovic 15+11reb+1ast, I.Ivkov 11+2reb+1ast, D.Cvetkovic 10+4reb+2ast, R.Kochev 9+3reb+1ast, N.Marinov 8+1reb+2ast
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Cherno More - Yambol 78-69

The game between closely ranked teams ended with seventh ranked Cherno More's (5-10) home victory over bottom-ranked Yambol (3-12) in Varna 78-69 on Saturday. Cherno More looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Serbian power forward Nikola Djuric (201-91) nailed 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and point guard Deyan Karamfilov (180-94) accounted for 11 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Cherno More's coach Spas Natov used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Ventsislav Petkov (188-91, agency: Interperformances) came up with 20 points and 6 rebounds and forward Stoyan Petkov (198-85) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Yambol in the defeat. Cherno More maintains seventh place with 5-10 record. Yambol lost their tenth game in a row. They dropped to the bottom position with 12 games lost. They share it with Levski. Cherno More will meet higher ranked Spartak Pleven (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Yambol will play against Levski and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cherno More: N.Djuric 19+9reb+2ast, D.Karamfilov 11+11reb+5ast, S.Tsonkov 9+3reb+2ast, A.Natskin 9+3ast, V.Hristov 8+3reb+4ast, M.Markovic 7+6reb+2ast
Yambol: V.Petkov 20+6reb+3ast, S.Petkov 14+8reb+2ast, E.Ivanov 11+1reb, N.Varbanov 9+7reb+1ast, S.Govedarov 6+6reb, T.Ostrev 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 496083





Darius Adams' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Bulgarians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Darius Adams
Darius Adams
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Darius Adams (188-89, agency: Stealth Sport, college: Indianapolis, currently plays in China). He led Xinjiang Flying Tige to a victory over the 16th-ranked Fujian (9-23) crushing them 138-115 in the Chinese CBA in Sunday night's game. Adams was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 39 points and making 11 passes. Adams also added 5 rebounds in 38 minutes on the court. Xinjiang Flying Tigers (26-6) are placed second in the CBA. It's Adams' first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Adams averages: 33.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 6.2apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 56.8%(231-407), 3FGP: 35.7% and FT: 86.5% in 31 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Adams is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Bulgaria.

Alexander Vezenkov
Alexander Vezenkov
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Alexander Vezenkov (206-95, currently plays in Spain). Vezenkov could not help FC Barcelona (13-5) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance FC Barcelona was defeated 76-68 at home by the much lower-ranked RETAbet BB (#10). Vezenkov was the top scorer with 20 points. Vezenkov's overall stats this season are: 9.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 2FGP: 71.9%(41-57), 3FGP: 40.7% and FT: 78.1%. He has a dual citizenship: Cypriot and Bulgarian. Despite Vezenkov played previously for the Cypriot U16 national team, he is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team.

Dee Bost
Dee Bost
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Dee Bost (188-89, agency: BeoBasket, college: Mississippi St., currently plays in France). Bost contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Le Portel (7-11) crushing them 81-57 in the French ProA on Saturday night. He scored 9 points and added 11 passes in 22 minutes. AS Monaco Basket (16-2) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Bost has relatively good stats this year: 12.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.2apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 43.4%, 3FGP: 33.7% and FT: 75.5% in 18 games. He is a naturalized American. Bost is also a member of the Bulgarian senior national team. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #4. An experienced point guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in EuroCup) contributed to Khimky's victory against the closely-ranked Lietkabelis (1-4) 89-77 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Rowland scored 18 points and added 5 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Khimky Moscow Region (4-1) 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 that game will be critical. This season Rowland has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.9apg and 1.4spg. He is a naturalized American. Rowland used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2011. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Hristo Nikolov
Hristo Nikolov
   #5. Former international power forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Poland) was the main contributor in a Stal Ostrow Wlkp.'s victory against the 12th-ranked Trefl (9-10) 87-71 in the Polish PLK in Thursday night's game. Nikolov was the best player in that game. He scored 19 points in 22 minutes. BM Slam Stal Ostrow Wlkp. (12-8) is placed fourth in the PLK. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Nikolov has reliable stats this year: 10.4ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.1apg in 18 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago.

Branko Mirkovic
Branko Mirkovic
   #6. Guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, also represented by 011 Sports, currently plays in Romania) was not able to help Oradea (6-5) in their last game. Despite Mirkovic's very good performance Oradea lost 81-93 on the road to the lower-ranked (#9) CS Dinamo Bucuresti. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. Mirkovic also added 7 passes in 28 minutes. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Mirkovic's stats this year are: 12.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.7apg and 1.3spg in 18 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Bulgarian senior team four years ago.

Pavel Marinov
Pavel Marinov
   #7. Former international small forward Pavel Marinov (199-88, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Romania) contributed to a 2-point Pitesti's victory against one of league's weakest teams Craiova (4-14) 101-99 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Monday night's game. Marinov was the top player that evening. He scored 21 points and added 5 passes. BCM U Pitesti (12-7) is placed fourth in the Liga Nationala. Marinov's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Marinov averaged so far 14.1ppg, 5.2rpg and 4.1apg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago.

Dejan Ivanov
Dejan Ivanov
   #8. Power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to a 1-point Yesilgiresun Bld's victory against the closely-ranked Trabzonspor (6-11) 81-80 in the Turkish BSL last Saturday. Ivanov scored 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 29 minutes. Yesilgiresun Belediye (8-9) is placed ninth in the BSL. Ivanov averaged so far 11.6ppg and 6.6rpg in five games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2013.

Ivan Lilov
Ivan Lilov
   #9. International shooting guard Ivan Lilov (194-88, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Hungary) was not able to secure a victory for Szedeak (8-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Lilov's very good performance Szedeak was defeated 86-73 on their home court in Szeged by the higher-ranked ZTE KK (#4). He was the top scorer with 25 points. Lilov also added 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. This season Lilov has very high stats. He averages: 21.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.1apg and 1.5spg. Lilov is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team.

Jason Washburn
Jason Washburn
   #10. Center Jason Washburn (210-90, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Utah, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Yokohama BC (14-22) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the fifth-placed Yokohama BC (14-22) lost 65-78 on their home court in Yokohama to the higher-ranked (#3) Chiba Jets in the Central group. Washburn was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 9 rebounds and 2 blocks in 31 minutes. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. Washburn has very impressive stats this year: 16.9ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.2apg in 36 games. He is a naturalized American. Washburn is an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster. However he has never played in Bulgaria.

   #11. Former international power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to Kalev/Cramo's victory against the eighth-ranked Astana 78-72 in the VTB United League last Sunday. Simmons scored 7 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Simmons' overall stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1bpg. He is a naturalized American. Simmons used to play for the Bulgarian national team five years ago.

   #12. Former international forward Sim Iliev (204-89, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) couldn't help Furstenfeld Panthers (10-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Iliev's very good performance Furstenfeld Panthers were badly defeated 85-66 in Traiskirchen by the lower-ranked Arkadia Lions (#7). He was the top scorer with 21 points. Iliev also added 5 rebounds. This season Iliev has very high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.0apg. Iliev used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2014.

   #13. International forward Aleks Simeonov (200-93, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Gipuzkoa's victory against the 15th-ranked Cocinas.com 75-70 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. He recorded 9 points in 15 minutes. This year Simeonov's overall stats are: 5.3ppg and 3.0rpg in 20 games. He is also Bulgarian national team player.

   #14. International forward Aleksandar Yanev Georgiev (203-90, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in ABA League) couldn't help KK Zadar in their game against Igokea in the ABA League. Yanev Georgiev scored only 4 points. His team was edged 78-77. Yanev Georgiev's total stats this season are: 3.5ppg and 2.5rpg. He plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

   #15. Former international power forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) managed to help Tofas Bursa to win against the fifth-ranked Darussafaka 83-66 in the Turkish BSL last Monday. Ivanov recorded only 2 points. Ivanov averaged so far 12.5ppg, 4.4rpg and 2.9apg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in Latvia) was the major contributor in Ventspils' victory against the league outsider Valka/Valga (3-10) crushing them 119-70 in the Latvian LBL last Wednesday. Deane scored 18 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 29 minutes. BK Ventspils (17-2) is placed first in the LBL. This year Deane's overall stats are: 9.4ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.8apg and 1.4spg in 19 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Deane used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #2. Pero Antic (211-F/C-82, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to Fenerbahce's victory against the second-ranked CSKA (15-6) 77-71 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. He scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Fenerbahce Istanbul (14-7) is placed fourth in group A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Antic's overall stats this season are: 4.9ppg and 2.5rpg. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian.

   #3. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) led Kumanovo to a victory over the closely-ranked Pelister Bitola (4-7) 81-64 in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga last Saturday. Karadzovski was the top player that evening. He scored 20 points and added 8 assists. KK Kumanovo 2009 (7-3) is placed third in the Prva Liga. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Karadzovski averaged so far 10.4ppg, 4.3rpg and 4.6apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian.

   #4. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in France) could not help Cholet Basket (6-12) in their last game. Despite Evtimov's good performance Cholet Basket lost 61-68 on the road to the higher-ranked (#11) Limoges CSP Elite. He was the second best scorer with 13 points in 30 minutes. It was Cholet Basket's third consecutive loss in a row. Evtimov averaged so far 11.2ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.9apg in 17 games. He has both Bulgarian and French nationalities.

   #5. Musa Gunes (201-C-85, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to Istanbulspor's victory against the league outsider Muglaorman (2-20) 84-80 in the Turkish TBL (second division) in Saturday night's game. Gunes recorded 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (made all of his six free throws) in 17 minutes. Istanbulspor Beylikduzu (13-9) is placed eighth in the TBL. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. This year Gunes' total stats are: 2.9ppg and 2.0rpg in 14 games. He also holds two passports: Bulgarian and Turkish.

   #6. Kiril Pavlovski (210-C-85, also represented by Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) was not able to help Rabotnicki in their game against Kozuv in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. Pavlovski cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. His team was crushed by 21 points 77-56. Pavlovski's total stats this season are: 1.5ppg and 3.0rpg. He has Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian nationalities.

   #7. Juliy Arabadzhiyski (204-F-93, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Bielefeld (5-8) in their last game. Despite Arabadzhiyski's very good performance Bielefeld (#5) was crushed 108-76 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked (#3) Grevenbroich in the West group. He recorded 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 25 minutes. This year Arabadzhiyski's total stats are: 9.1ppg and 6.5rpg in 18 games.

   #8. Milen Kostov (185-G-89, currently plays in Germany) managed to help TVI Basketball SWAP Ballers Ibbenbueren to win against the second-ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets 96-86 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Saturday. He recorded 5 points. Kostov's total stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 4.2apg and 1.2spg.

   #9. Boyan Tenev (204-F-88, college: Lincoln Memorial, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Weser Bsk/BTS 97-82 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. He recorded only 2 points in 17 minutes. This year Tenev averages just 9.0ppg in 12 games.

   #10. Kristiyan Borisov (188-G-88, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a 2-point BV Villingen-Schwenningen's victory against the 14th-ranked Heidelberg USC 82-80 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. He recorded 5 points. This season Borisov averages only 3.3ppg.



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  CHILE  

Stats Leaders - DIMAYOR

Points Per Game
 Durrell SUMMERS
  CD Valdi.
  (193-SF-89)
  Avg: 30
 1. Summers, CD Valdi.30.0 
 2. Taylor, Las Animas26.9 
 3. Dickson, CDU C.26.4 
 4. Abeiro, Tinguiri.25.6 
 5. Robinson, Osorno22.6 
 6. McCombs, CDE T.21.4 
 7. Cheek, Las Animas21.1 
 8. Larry, AB Ancud20.9 
 9. Munks, Puerto M.20.1 
 10. Harrison, CDU C.19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Osorno
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Coleman, Osorno13.7 
 2. McCombs, CDE T.13.4 
 3. Okoye, CD Valdivia12.4 
 4. Crawford, CDU C.11.9 
 5. Taylor, Las Animas11.8 
 6. Thomas, CD Castro11.2 
 7. Abeiro, Tinguiri.10.9 
 8. Harrison, CDU C.10.9 
 9. Bowdry, Los Leones10.8 
 10. Austin, Puente Alto10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Erik CARRASCO
  CD Valdi.
  (181-G-83)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Carrasco, CD Valdi.9.6 
 2. Morales, Las A.6.0 
 3. Bravo, CDE Talca5.9 
 4. Munoz, Osorno5.2 
 5. Saez, Tinguiri.4.8 
 6. Thomas, CD Castro4.8 
 7. Figueroa, AB Ancud4.3 
 8. Scott, CDU C.4.0 
 9. Marechal, Los L.3.9 
 10. Abeiro, Tinguiri.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  CDU C.
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Scott, CDU C.2.8 
 2. Carrasco, CD Valdi.2.0 
 3. Kirkland, Osorno1.9 
 4. Pavez, Tinguiri.1.9 
 5. Abeiro, Tinguiri.1.8 
 6. Munks, Puerto M.1.7 
 7. Cheek, Las Animas1.7 
 8. Diaz, Puente Alto1.7 
 9. Soto, CDU Catolica1.6 
 10. Phillips, Puerto M.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Damian SAUNDERS
  CDU C.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Saunders, CDU C.2.1 
 2. Louis, CD Valdivia1.5 
 3. McCombs, CDE T.1.4 
 4. Phillips, Puerto M.1.3 
 5. Lee, CD Castro1.2 
 6. Lopez, Puente Alto1.1 
 7. Centeno, AB Ancud0.9 
 8. Harrison, CDU C.0.9 
 9. Coleman, Osorno0.8 
 10. Larry, AB Ancud0.8 



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  CHINA  

Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Jimmer FREDETTE
  Shanghai.
  (188-PG-89)
  Avg: 37
 1. Fredette, Shanghai.37.0 
 2. Brooks, Jiangsu D.36.1 
 3. McCollum, North C.35.6 
 4. Franklin, Shanxi Zh.34.5 
 5. Cunningham, Jiang.33.6 
 6. Adams, Xinjiang FT33.3 
 7. Brown, Jilin NE T.33.2 
 8. Hudson, Liaoning H.32.4 
 9. Jones, Qingdao E.30.4 
 10. Fortson, Guangsha.28.6 
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.12.9 
 8. Han, Liaoning H.12.4 
 9. Lampe, Shenzhen L.12.3 
 10. Dalembert, Shanxi Z.12.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal FRANKLIN
  Shanxi Zh.
  (196-SG-91)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Franklin, Shanxi Zh.8.7 
 2. Fortson, Guangsha.8.2 
 3. Jeter, TianJin S.7.4 
 4. Pargo, Shenzhen L.7.1 
 5. Sloan, Guangdong ST6.4 
 6. Warren, Zhejiang.6.4 
 7. Buycks, Fujian QB6.2 
 8. Adams, Xinjiang FT6.2 
 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. Brown, Zhejiang CB2.9 
 3. Sui, Shandong FB2.9 
 4. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.4 
 5. Kamrani, Jilin N.2.4 
 6. Blatche, Xinjiang.2.3 
 7. Fortson, Guangsha.2.3 
 8. Hudson, Liaoning H.2.3 
 9. Adams, Xinjiang FT2.1 
 10. Kennedy, Guangzhou2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Yuchen ZOU
  Bayi R.
  (203-F-96)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Zou, Bayi R.2.8 
 2. Zhou, Xinjiang FT2.2 
 3. Huang, Sichuan BW2.0 
 4. Haddadi, Sichu.2.0 
 5. Dalembert, Shanxi Z.1.9 
 6. Kirk, Guangzhou1.9 
 7. Blatche, Xinjiang.1.7 
 8. Sun, Beijing D.1.7 
 9. Yi, Guangdong ST1.6 
 10. Xu, Bayi R.1.5 


CBA Round 32: Top-ranked Shanghai Sharks win another game - by Eurobasket News

The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

CBA top team - Shanghai Sharks (26-6) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat twelfth ranked Qingdao Eagles (15-17) 115-109. Shanghai Sharks made 32-of-39 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Shanghai Sharks made 8 blocks. 29 personal fouls committed by Qingdao Eagles helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Jimmer Fredette (188-89, college: BYU) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds (was perfect 13-for-13 from the free throw line !!!). French Guerschon Yabusele (201-95) contributed with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. American guard Dominique Jones (193-88, college: S.Florida) replied with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists for Qingdao Eagles. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shanghai Sharks maintains first position with 26-6 record, which they share with Xinjiang FT. Qingdao Eagles at the other side keep the twelfth place with 17 games lost. Shanghai Sharks is looking forward to face Bayi Rockets (#19) in Ningbo in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Qingdao Eagles will play on the road against Fujian (#16) in Jinjiang and are hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Seventeenth-ranked North Control (8-24) was very close to win a game against twelfth ranked Qingdao Eagles (15-17). Qingdao Eagles managed to secure only two-point victory 96-94. However their fans expected much easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Dominique Jones (193-88, college: S.Florida) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!), 14 rebounds and 4 assists and Loukas Mavrokefalidis who added 13 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. American point guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen) responded with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 13 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Qingdao Eagles maintains twelfth position with 15-17 record. North Control at the other side keeps the seventeenth place with 24 games lost. They share the position with Jiangsu TX. Qingdao Eagles will play against Fujian (#16) in Jinjiang in the next round. North Control will play on the road against Guandong Tigers in Dongguan and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Jiangsu between Jiangsu TX and Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank. Eighteenth ranked Jiangsu TX (8-24) got a very close home victory over 15th ranked Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (10-22). Jiangsu TX managed to escape with a 2-point win 114-112 on Sunday evening. The winners were led by Jared Cunningham who scored that evening 42 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Even 33 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 5 assists by Lorenzo Brown did not help to save the game for Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Jiangsu TX moved-up to seventeenth place, which they share with North Control B. Loser Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank keeps the fifteenth position with 22 games lost. Jiangsu TX will meet higher ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (#13) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank will play against Jiangsu Dragons in Nanjing and hope to secure a win.
Tenth-ranked Jiangsu Dragons (16-16) used its home court advantage to challenge fourth ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (25-7) in Nanjing. The visitors from Hangzhou managed to secure only three-point victory 110-107. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Courtney Fortson who scored 44 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Liaoning H. Jiangsu Dragons at the other side keep the tenth position with 16 games lost. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Guangzhou (#20) at home which should be an easy win for them. Jiangsu Dragons will play against Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (#15) and hope to win that game.
Fourteenth-ranked Jilin Tigers (12-20) used its home court advantage to challenge seventh ranked Shandong Bulls (20-12) in Changchun on Sunday. The visitors from Jinan managed to secure only three-point victory 98-95. However their fans expected much easier game. Justin Dentmon orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 9 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Jilin Tigers' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Shandong Bulls have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 20-12 record. Jilin Tigers lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 20 games lost. Shandong Bulls will face higher ranked Liaoning Hunters (#3) in Yingkou in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Jilin Tigers will play at home against TianJin Steel (#11) and hope to win that game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 32: Shenzhen L. beat TianJin S. on the road 117-111. Xinjiang FT destroyed Fujian QB on its own court 138-115. Beijing D. unfortunately lost to Guangdong ST in Dongguan 98-103. North Control B. managed to beat Guangzhou at home 109-100. Liaoning H. crushed Bayi R. on the opponent's court 96-77. Shanxi Zh. lost to defending champion Sichuan BW in a home game 101-111.

TianJin S. - Shenzhen L. 111-117

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Leopards (21-12) beat 11th ranked TianJin Steel (16-17) in Tianjin 117-111 on Sunday. Leopards forced 19 TianJin Steel turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Polish-Swedish power forward Maciej Lampe (211-85) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!), 17 rebounds and 8 assists. The former international forward QuAn Gu (202-92) contributed with 26 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Leopards' coach Qun Li used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American-Ukrainian point guard Eugene Jeter (180-83, college: Portland) replied with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 assists and Palestinian center Sani Sakakini (204-88) added 27 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for TianJin Steel. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Leopards maintains sixth position with 21-12 record. Loser TianJin Steel keeps the eleventh place with 17 games lost. Leopards will face Beijing Ducks (#8) at home in the next round. TianJin Steel will play against Jilin Tigers in Changchun and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
TianJin S.: J.Eugene 30+3reb+10ast, S.Sani 27+13reb+3ast, T.Jeremy 25+10reb+1ast, L.Rongpei 13+5reb+3ast, M.XiangLong 7+5reb+2ast, Z.Zhihan 4+1ast
Shenzhen L.: L.Maciej 40+17reb+8ast, G.QuAn 26+5reb+2ast, M.Duo 19+4reb+3ast, L.Muhao 13+2reb+3ast, D.Huaibo 8+1reb, L.Hanchen 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 514017


Shanghai S. - Qingdao E. 115-109

CBA top team - Shanghai Sharks (26-6) added another victory to their record on Sunday. This time they beat twelfth ranked Qingdao Eagles (15-17) 115-109. Shanghai Sharks made 32-of-39 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Shanghai Sharks made 8 blocks. 29 personal fouls committed by Qingdao Eagles helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Jimmer Fredette (188-89, college: BYU) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds (was perfect 13-for-13 from the free throw line !!!). French Guerschon Yabusele (201-95) contributed with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. American guard Dominique Jones (193-88, college: S.Florida) replied with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists and the former international center Wei Su (212-89) added 16 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Qingdao Eagles. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shanghai Sharks maintains first position with 26-6 record, which they share with Xinjiang FT. Qingdao Eagles at the other side keep the twelfth place with 17 games lost. Shanghai Sharks is looking forward to face Bayi Rockets (#19) in Ningbo in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Qingdao Eagles will play on the road against Fujian (#16) in Jinjiang and are hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Qingdao E.: J.Dominique 28+10reb+8ast, Z.Chengyu 18+2reb+3ast, S.Wei 16+11reb, S.Jie 13+2reb+1ast, M.Loukas 12+13reb+1ast, T.JiaFu 11
Shanghai S.: F.Jimmer 37+14reb+3ast, Y.Guerschon 24+8reb+1ast, L.XiaoYu 17+3reb+6ast, L.Wei 12+3reb+2ast, Z.ZhaoXu 10+10reb+1ast, C.Liang 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 514022


Jiangsu TX - Zhejiang CB 114-112

A very close game took place in Jiangsu between Jiangsu TX and Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank. Eighteenth ranked Jiangsu TX (8-24) got a very close home victory over 15th ranked Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (10-22). Jiangsu TX managed to escape with a 2-point win 114-112 on Sunday evening. Jiangsu TX outrebounded Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank 54-36 including a 36-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The winners were led by American guard Jared Cunningham (193-91, college: Oregon St.) who scored that evening 42 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and Nigerian-American power forward Ikechukwu Diogu (204-83, college: Arizona St.) supported him with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Even 33 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 5 assists by American guard Lorenzo Brown (196-90, college: N.Carolina St.) did not help to save the game for Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank. His fellow American import point guard Willie Warren (193-89, college: Oklahoma) added 31 points and 6 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the guests. Five Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank players scored in double figures. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Jiangsu TX moved-up to seventeenth place, which they share with North Control B. Loser Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank keeps the fifteenth position with 22 games lost. Jiangsu TX will meet higher ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (#13) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank will play against Jiangsu Dragons in Nanjing and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang CB: B.Lorenzo 33+6reb+5ast, W.Willie 31+2reb+6ast, L.Junhao 15+2reb+2ast, Y.Lu 11+1reb+1ast, W.Qian 10+3reb+5ast, Z.Dayu 6+6reb
Jiangsu TX: C.Jared 42+6reb+2ast, D.Ikechukwu 27+10reb+3ast, A.Zaid 20+16reb+2ast, Z.ZhengDong 10+1reb, F.Xin 7+8reb+11ast, S.JianYe 6+10reb+2ast
gschID: 514021


Xinjiang FT - Fujian QB 138-115

Very expected game when 16th ranked Fujian (9-23) was smashed by second ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (26-6) in Urumqi 138-115 on Sunday. Xinjiang Flying Tige dominated down low during the game scoring 96 of its points in the paint compared to Fujian's 38 and made 21-of-22 free shots (95.5 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Fujian 47-32 including a 33-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Xinjiang Flying Tige looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American-Bulgarian point guard Darius Adams (188-89, college: Indianapolis, agency: Stealth Sport) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 11 assists. The former international power forward TongLin Sun (208-92) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Xinjiang Flying Tige players scored in double figures. American point guard Dwight Buycks (191-89, college: Marquette) replied with 31 points and 8 assists and forward Linjian Chen (198-93) added 30 points and 4 assists in the effort for Fujian. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Xinjiang Flying Tige keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Shanghai S. Loser Fujian keeps the sixteenth place with 23 games lost. Xinjiang Flying Tige will face Sichuan BW (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Fujian will play against Qingdao Eagles (#12) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Fujian QB: B.Dwight 31+4reb+8ast, C.Linjian 30+4reb+4ast, Y.Yichao 27+4reb+1ast, H.Lung-Mao 8+3reb+1ast, J.Li 7+2ast, S.Zhe 6+8reb
Xinjiang FT: A.Darius 39+5reb+11ast, B.Andray 21+3reb+1ast, S.TongLin 18+7reb+3ast, Z.Qi 16+9reb+1ast, L.Gen 11+2reb+2ast, L.Xudong 10+3reb+3ast
gschID: 514020


Jilin NE T. - Shandong FB 95-98

Fourteenth-ranked Jilin Tigers (12-20) used its home court advantage to challenge seventh ranked Shandong Bulls (20-12) in Changchun on Sunday. The visitors from Jinan managed to secure only three-point victory 98-95. However their fans expected much easier game. Shandong Bulls forced 21 Jilin Tigers turnovers. Jilin Tigers were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Justin Dentmon (183-85, college: Washington) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 9 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). The former international center HanLin Tao (208-91) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Shandong Bulls players scored in double figures. American swingman Jabari Brown (193-92, college: Missouri) replied with 35 points (!!!) and 4 assists and international guard Jinming Cui (193-92) added 21 points and 4 assists in the effort for Jilin Tigers. Jilin Tigers' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Shandong Bulls have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 20-12 record. Jilin Tigers lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 20 games lost. Shandong Bulls will face higher ranked Liaoning Hunters (#3) in Yingkou in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Jilin Tigers will play at home against TianJin Steel (#11) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Jilin NE T.: B.Jabari 35+2reb+4ast, C.Jinming 21+4reb+4ast, Z.Biao 13+6reb+1ast, T.Malcolm 6+14reb+6ast, C.Zhangyi 6+3reb, C.Lilong 6
Shandong FB: D.Justin 23+9reb+3ast, T.HanLin 19+10reb+3ast, W.Ke 18+4reb+1ast, D.Yanyuhang 15+5reb+4ast, J.Cheng 8+5reb+1ast, S.Ran 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 514019


Guangdong ST - Beijing D. 103-98

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Guandong Tigers (24-8) won against 8th ranked Beijing Ducks (18-14) in Dongguan 103-98 on Sunday. Beijing Ducks were plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international Jianlian Yi (212-87) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds. American power forward Carlos Boozer (206-80, college: Duke) contributed with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American guard Stephon Marbury (188-77, college: Georgia Tech) replied with 32 points and 4 assists and the former international forward Xiaochuan Zhai (205-93) added 18 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Beijing Ducks. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Guandong Tigers maintains fifth position with 24-8 record. Loser Beijing Ducks keep the eighth place with 14 games lost. Guandong Tigers will face North Control (#17) in Beijing in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Beijing Ducks will play on the road against Leopards (#6) in Shenzhen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Beijing D.: M.Stephon 32+3reb+4ast, Z.Xiaochuan 18+11reb, Z.Qingpeng 15+1reb+2ast, J.Grant 13+7reb+2ast, F.Shuo 7+4reb+2ast, J.Zhe 7+5reb
Guangdong ST: Y.Jianlian 27+10reb, B.Carlos 22+11reb, S.Donald 18+6reb+8ast, Z.Peng 14+6reb+1ast, R.JunFei 9+3reb, Z.Zhandong 8+5reb
gschID: 514018


North Control B. - Guangzhou 109-100

Not a big story in a game when 20th ranked Guangzhou (5-27) lost to seventeenth ranked North Control (8-24) in Beijing 100-109 on Sunday. North Control made 29-of-36 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game, while Guangzhou only scored nine points from the stripe. Guangzhou was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 6 rebounds. Uruguayan-Spanish power forward Esteban Batista (208-83, agency: Duran International) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American swingman D.J. Kennedy (198-89, college: St.John's) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and Iranian forward Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-83) added 20 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Guangzhou. Five North Control and four Guangzhou players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. North Control maintains seventeenth position with 8-24 record, which they share with Jiangsu TX. Guangzhou lost fourth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 27 lost games. North Control will face higher ranked Guandong Tigers (#5) in Dongguan in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Guangzhou will play on the road against Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#4) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Guangzhou: K.D.J. 23+13reb+4ast, N.Bahrami Mohammad Samad 20+13reb+5ast, Z.Zhun 16+4reb+1ast, F.Ziming 15+10reb+2ast, J.Mingxin 6+2reb+1ast, S.Hongfei 6+1reb
North Control B.: M.Errick 27+6reb+3ast, B.Esteban 21+10reb+4ast, Y.Chin-Min 20+7reb+3ast, T.Heqi 19+2reb, W.Zhenyu 14+5reb, J.Jingjia 3+6reb
gschID: 514016


Bayi R. - Liaoning H. 77-96

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Liaoning Hunters (25-7) outplayed 19th ranked Bayi Rockets (6-26) in Ningbo 96-77 on Sunday. The former international center Dejun Han (215-89) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds. Center Meng Wei (210-89) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Liaoning Hunters players scored in double figures. The former international center ZhongHao Xu (212-90) replied with 8 points and 12 rebounds and the former international guard Shuo Han (196-86) added 17 points in the effort for Bayi Rockets. Bayi Rockets' coach gave the chance to play for eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Liaoning Hunters have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 25-7 record behind leader Shanghai S., which they share with Guangsha L. Loser Bayi Rockets keep the nineteenth place with 26 games lost. Liaoning Hunters will face Shandong Bulls (#7) in Jinan in the next round. Bayi Rockets will play on the road against the league's leader Shanghai Sharks (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bayi R.: H.Shuo 17+3reb+2ast, M.Lei 14+5reb+2ast, H.Liu 11+4reb+1ast, N.Hongyu 8+4reb, X.ZhongHao 8+12reb+2ast, Y.Chen 6+3reb+1ast
Liaoning H.: H.Dejun 22+16reb+2ast, H.Lester 18+5reb+3ast, G.Ailun 17+3reb+4ast, W.Meng 16+11reb, Z.JiWei 8+2reb+5ast, L.Zhixuan 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 514015


Shanxi Zh. - Sichuan BW 101-111

There was no surprise when 13th ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (13-19) lost to ninth ranked Sichuan BW (18-14) in Taiyuan 101-111 on Sunday. Sichuan BW shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Shanxi Zhongyu was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Iranian center Hamed Haddadi (218-85) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists. The former international point guard Wei Liu (190-80) contributed with 32 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Sichuan BW players scored in double figures. American Jamaal Franklin (196-91, college: San Diego St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 9 rebounds and 12 assists and Haitian-Canadian center Samuel Dalembert (211-81, college: Seton Hall) added 21 points and 15 rebounds in the effort for Shanxi Zhongyu. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Sichuan BW have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Beijing D. Shanxi Zhongyu lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 19 games lost. Sichuan BW will face league's second-placed Xinjiang Flying Tige in Urumqi in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Shanxi Zhongyu will play at home against Jiangsu TX (#18) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Shanxi Zh.: F.Jamaal 28+9reb+12ast, Z.LingXu 21+3reb+2ast, D.Samuel 21+15reb+1ast, Y.Shuai 7, W.Lei 6+3reb+2ast, R.Junwei 6+2reb
Sichuan BW: L.Wei 32+6reb+4ast, H.Hamed 25+15reb+9ast, M.Da 21+6reb+5ast, H.Mike 17+7reb+2ast, Z.ChunJun 6+4reb+2ast, T.Chen 5+1reb
gschID: 514014


Jiangsu D. - Guangsha L. 107-110

Tenth-ranked Jiangsu Dragons (16-16) used its home court advantage to challenge fourth ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (25-7) in Nanjing. The visitors from Hangzhou managed to secure only three-point victory 110-107. However their fans expected much easier game. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. 30 personal fouls committed by Jiangsu Dragons helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American point guard Courtney Fortson (180-88, college: Arkansas, agency: Three Eye Sports) who scored 44 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 7 assists. The other American import power forward Elijah Holman (208-89, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American swingman MarShon Brooks (196-89, college: Providence) produced 42 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international Li Yi (203-85) added 21 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Liaoning H. Jiangsu Dragons at the other side keep the tenth position with 16 games lost. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Guangzhou (#20) at home which should be an easy win for them. Jiangsu Dragons will play against Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank (#15) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu D.: B.MarShon 42+6reb+5ast, Y.Li 21+5reb+3ast, M.Will 12+9reb+3ast, H.XueFeng 10+6reb+7ast, L.Yuanyu 8+9reb+2ast, L.Wei 6+4reb
Guangsha L.: F.Courtney 44+9reb+7ast, L.Chih-Chieh 15+3reb, H.Elijah 14+10reb+1ast, H.Jinqiu 12+7reb, L.Jinglong 11+1reb+1ast, W.Zheng 6+9reb
gschID: 514013


Qingdao E. - North Control B. 96-94

Seventeenth-ranked North Control (8-24) was very close to win a game against twelfth ranked Qingdao Eagles (15-17). Qingdao Eagles managed to secure only two-point victory 96-94. However their fans expected much easier game. Qingdao Eagles made 29-of-37 charity shots (78.4 percent) during the game. North Control was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Dominique Jones (193-88, college: S.Florida) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!), 14 rebounds and 4 assists and Greek center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84) who added 13 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. American point guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen) responded with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 13 rebounds and Uruguayan-Spanish power forward Esteban Batista (208-83, agency: Duran International) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Qingdao Eagles and four North Control players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Qingdao Eagles maintains twelfth position with 15-17 record. North Control at the other side keeps the seventeenth place with 24 games lost. They share the position with Jiangsu TX. Qingdao Eagles will play against Fujian (#16) in Jinjiang in the next round. North Control will play on the road against Guandong Tigers in Dongguan and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
North Control B.: M.Errick 31+13reb+3ast, B.Esteban 23+11reb+4ast, Y.Chin-Min 14+7reb+3ast, Y.Liang 11+7reb+1ast, W.Zhenyu 8+2reb, H.Xining 6+1reb+2ast
Qingdao E.: J.Dominique 41+14reb+4ast, Z.Chengyu 14+3ast, M.Loukas 13+9reb+3ast, X.Chenghao 10, S.Wei 10+13reb+1ast, S.Jie 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 534391





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A1 Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 16

Feb. 4: Skrljevo - Zabok 90-58
Feb. 4: H.Analitica - Alkar Sinj 89-80
Feb. 4: Kvarner 2010 - Jolly JBS 76-92
Feb. 6: Vrij.Osijek - Cedevita 70-98
Feb. 4: Gorica - Cibona 70-80
Feb. 3: KK Split - GKK Sibenik 107-106 2OT
Feb. 2: Cibona - Zadar 102-88
Feb. 8: Zadar - KK Zagreb


No more unebaten teams, Jazine Arbanasi upsets Ribola Kastela (A2 League) - by Zeljko Zule

Josip Ceranja (203-G-90) scored 23 points and Mate Mrva (198-F/C-83) 19 to lead Jazine Arbanasi to a 91-80 victory that handed Ribola Kastela, the last unbeaten team in all five divisions of the Croatian A2 League its first loss of the season,

Central Division - Round 18: Bosco-Dubrava 68-70 (Culek 15, Baricevic 15 - Kos 19, Tomic 17), Mladost-Fortuna 87-70 (Perkovic 18, Barisic 17 - Markusi 14, Bahtijarevic 12), Sesvete-AKK Vern 79-84 (Papak 34, Babic 17 - Kordic 17, Bakovic 17), Zapad-Rudes 66-73 OT (Dugandzic 21, Zganec 13 - Ljubicic 15, Galic 14), Zaprudje-Agrodalm 92-79 (Stanic 23, Livajic 22 - Ribaric 22, Baran 17), Samobor-Maksimir 07/02.
Standings: Vern 16-2, Rudes 12-6, Bosco 11-7, Mladost 11-7, Agdrodalm 10-8, Zaprudje 10-8, Zapad 9-9, Sesvete 8-10, Samobor 7-10, Dubrava 7-11, Maksimir 5-12, Fortuna 1-17.

Eastern Division - Round 14: Vukovar-Pozega 75-65 (Bjelanovic 21, Kovacevic 18 - Calis 23, Abramovic 12), Borovo-Vrijednosnice Osijek II 95-74 (Rajsic 20, Pejakovic 20 - Petric 13, Ilic 13), Vinkovci-Osjecki sokol 68-78 (Jukic 25, Kentrzinski 10 - Boras 30, Saric 17), Rekord Tim-Zupanja 81-84 (Grgic 26, Celebija 20 - Stjepanovic 22, Bilic 21), Djakovo-Belisce 81-89 (Hajdukovic 25, Radic 19 - Preglej 31, Bicvic 22).
Standings: Belisce 11-3, Borovo 10-3, Osjecki sokol 9-4, Rekord Tim 8-6, Zupanja 7-6, Vukovar 7-7, Djakovo 7-7, Pozega 5-9, Vrijednosnice Osijek II 2-11, Vinkovci 2-12.

Western Division - Round 17: Crikvenica-Rudar 82-73 (Samanic 18, Benic 16 - Molnar 23, Fable 13), Rovinj-Stoja 90-92 (Djerman 22, Kljucevic 16 - Dasko 19, Martinovic 17), Kastav-Pula 71-78 (Gusic 21, Ratko 12 - Bozic 25, Djugum 14), Istrauni-Zamet 65-58 (Sertic 18, Premasunac 12 - Gustovarac 15, Cvitkovic 14), Sanac-Kraljevica 94-66 (Panjevic 23, Novosel 22 - Protega 22, Krstic 13), Jadranka-Ghia Staff 99-69 (Tariba 34, Kovacevic 18 - Grbic 21, Krstinic 14). Postponed game of Round 16: Zamet-Rovinj 81-60 (Delpin 19, Vukic 16 - Banko 16, Sturman 16).
Standings: Sanac 14-2, Crikvenica 12-5, Istrauni 12-5, Rudar 11-6, Ghia Staff 11-6, Pula 1981 10-7, Kastav 10-7, Jadranka 7-9, Stoja 7-10, Zamet 3-14, Kraljevica 2-15, Rovinj 2-15.

Northern Division - Round 14: Radnik-Koprivnica 79-49 (Hekic 22, Jukic 17 - Antolic 14, Jakupic 11), Petar Zrinski-Medjimurje 68-86 (Cusek 21, Tomic 16 - Mar.Novak 26, Drk 21), Ivancica-Podravac 64-98 (Rajh 19, Smontara 11,Putar 11 - S.Zadravec 20, Siprak 20), Ivanic-Bjelovar 71-65 (Havlicek 24, Kralj 17 - Vrinjanin 18, Stjepanovic 18), Graficar-Mladost 08/02.
Standings: Podravac 12-2, Graficar 11-2, Medjimurje 11-3, Radnik 8-6, Mladost 7-6, Ivanic 7-7, Petar Zrinski 7-7, Ivancica 2-11, Bjelovar 2-12, Koprivnica 1-12.

Southern Division - Round 14: Diplomus-Adriatic 73-68 (Marin 15, Rasetina 12 - Macan 17, Rados 17), Jazine Arbanasi-Ribola Kastela 91-80 (Ceranja 23, Mrva 19 - Glavinic 22, Sipic 18), Sukosan-Sonik Puntamika 61-81 (Pavic 24, Cirjak 20 - Knezevic 21, Marcev 16),Cetina-Dubrovnik 61-71 (Biljarski 18,Mulic 17- Bogdanovic 14, Habul 13), Solin-Omis Cagalj Tours 78-85 (Vukovic 22, Brzica 21 - Mimica 27, Vucica 20).
Standings: Jazine Arbanasi 13-1, Ribola Kastela 12-1, Sonik Puntamika 10-4, Diplomus 9-5, Omis Cagalj Tours 9-5, Adriatic 5-9, Sukosan 4-9, Dubrovnik 4-10, Solin 3-11, Cetina 0-14.



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Div.A stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Maxie ESHO
  Etha
  (206-F-91)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Esho, Etha18.8 
 2. Franklin, Apollon18.4 
 3. Ray, Enosis16.5 
 4. Brezec, AEK16.3 
 5. Jaxen, Etha15.6 
 6. Abukar, Keravnos15.5 
 7. Marshall, Apollon15.1 
 8. Blakes, Enosis14.4 
 9. Pigram, AEK14.2 
 10. Bussey, Apoel14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maxie ESHO
  Etha
  (206-F-91)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Esho, Etha8.4 
 2. Raines, Apollon8.4 
 3. Thomas, Enosis7.8 
 4. Brezec, AEK7.6 
 5. Mobley, Apoel7.3 
 6. Parks, Keravnos7.0 
 7. Blakes, Enosis6.3 
 8. O''Brien, Keravnos6.1 
 9. Wright, Apoel5.9 
 10. Burnatowski, Apoel5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny BARKER
  Keravnos
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Barker, Keravnos6.4 
 2. Thomas, AEK5.8 
 3. Washington, Enosis4.8 
 4. Bussey, Apoel4.6 
 5. Ross, Keravnos4.0 
 6. Koronides, Apollon3.7 
 7. Jaxen, Etha3.6 
 8. Jones, Apollon3.2 
 9. Colimon, Etha3.2 
 10. Brown, Apoel3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Keravnos
  (188-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ross, Keravnos2.4 
 2. Dasic, AEK2.0 
 3. Franklin, Apollon1.7 
 4. Pittakas, Apollon1.6 
 5. Thomas, AEK1.6 
 6. Burnatowski, Apoel1.6 
 7. Ray, Enosis1.5 
 8. Barker, Keravnos1.5 
 9. Panteli, AEK1.4 
 10. Pigram, AEK1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin THOMAS
  Enosis
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Thomas, Enosis1.1 
 2. Marshall, Apollon1.0 
 3. Mobley, Apoel1.0 
 4. N''Doye, Apollon1.0 
 5. Suleiman, Apollon1.0 
 6. Raines, Apollon0.9 
 7. O''Brien, Keravnos0.8 
 8. Burnatowski, Apoel0.7 
 9. Esho, Etha0.6 
 10. Trisokkas, AEK0.6 


Division A Round 14: Keravnos defeat Enosis in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

An interesting game for Keravnos (13-1) which hosted in Strovolos 4th ranked Enosis (6-8). First ranked Keravnos had an easy win 85-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Enosis. The game was mostly controlled by Keravnos. Enosis managed to win fourth quarter 29-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Enosis to just 3 points in third quarter. Keravnos dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Enosis' 26 and made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Keravnos looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American players dominated the game. point guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Jake O'Brien (206-89, college: Temple, agency: HMS) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Gerry Blakes (193, college: Arizona St.) replied with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for Enosis. Keravnos have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-1 record. Enosis at the other side keeps the fourth place with eight games lost. Keravnos are looking forward to face Apollon (#5) in Limassol in the next round. Enosis will play at home against the league's second-placed AEK and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for AEK (10-4) which hosted in Larnaca one of their biggest challengers Apoel (7-7). Second ranked AEK managed to get a 11-point victory 78-67. Slovenian power forward Primoz Brezec (216-79) had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Torey Thomas chipped in 10 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists during the contest. AEK's coach Linos Gavriel allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Tre Bussey (190-91, college: Georgia South) responded with 17 points and 6 assists. Defending champion maintains second position with 10-4 record having just three points less than leader Keravnos. Apoel at the other side keeps the third place with seven games lost. AEK will play against Enosis (#4) in Paralimni in the next round. Apoel will play at home against Etha and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Etha managed to get a third victory, breaking the five-game losing streak on Sunday night. This time they outleveled fifth-ranked Apollon in Nicosia 90-71. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 19-point difference suggests that Etha is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. Baden Jaxen notched 29 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) to lead the effort. Even 29 points and 4 assists by Iraklis Pittakas did not help to save the game for Apollon. Etha (3-11) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Apollon. Apollon lost fourth consecutive game. Etha will meet higher ranked Apoel (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Apollon will play against the league's leader Keravnos and hope to secure a win.

Etha - Apollon 90-71

Bottom-ranked Etha managed to get a third victory, breaking the five-game losing streak on Sunday night. This time they outleveled fifth-ranked Apollon in Nicosia 90-71. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 19-point difference suggests that Etha is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-71. Etha dominated on the defensive end, holding Apollon to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Apollon's 28. American guard Baden Jaxen (190-90, college: N.Carolina) notched 29 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) to lead the effort and the other American import point guard Daiquan Walker (188-93, college: Cent.Florida) supported him with 23 points. Four Etha players scored in double figures. Even 29 points and 4 assists by the former international guard Iraklis Pittakas (192-84) did not help to save the game for Apollon. Center Papa Suleiman (207-98) added 13 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Etha (3-11) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Apollon. Apollon lost fourth consecutive game. Etha will meet higher ranked Apoel (#3) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Apollon will play against the league's leader Keravnos and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Etha: B.Jaxen 29+6reb+4ast, D.Walker 23+4reb+3ast, L.Barnes 15+11reb+1ast, N.Constantinou 11+3reb+2ast, C.Panayiotou 9+5reb, A.Pilavas 3+2reb+2ast
Apollon: I.Pittakas 29+4reb+4ast, A.Koronides 14+4reb+5ast, P.Suleiman 13+9reb+1ast, M.Georgiou 5+11reb+3ast, F.Grivas 3+5reb+2ast, A.Sofroniou 3+1reb
gschID: 533313


Keravnos - Enosis 85-67

An interesting game for Keravnos (13-1) which hosted in Strovolos 4th ranked Enosis (6-8). First ranked Keravnos had an easy win 85-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Enosis. The game was mostly controlled by Keravnos. Enosis managed to win fourth quarter 29-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Enosis to just 3 points in third quarter. Keravnos dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Enosis' 26 and made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Keravnos looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American players dominated the game. Point guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Jake O'Brien (206-89, college: Temple, agency: HMS) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Keravnos players scored in double figures. Guard Gerry Blakes (193, college: Arizona St.) replied with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Eric Washington (178-93, college: Miami, OH) added 20 points and 4 assists in the effort for Enosis. Keravnos have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-1 record. Enosis at the other side keeps the fourth place with eight games lost. Keravnos are looking forward to face Apollon (#5) in Limassol in the next round. Enosis will play at home against the league's second-placed AEK and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Keravnos: J.O'Brien 17+6reb+1ast, R.Ross 17+6reb+6ast, M.Simon 13+1reb+1ast, T.Parks 12+1reb+1ast, N.Stylianou 10+3reb+1ast, K.Barker 9+3reb+6ast
Enosis: G.Blakes 21+6reb+4ast, E.Washington 20+4ast, C.Pirillis 8+5reb+2ast, K.Thomas 8+7reb+2ast, T.Hines 4+2reb+1ast, I.Papadopoulos 3+1reb
gschID: 533314


AEK - Apoel 78-67

An interesting game for AEK (10-4) which hosted in Larnaca one of their biggest challengers Apoel (7-7). Second ranked AEK managed to get a 11-point victory 78-67. Slovenian power forward Primoz Brezec (216-79) had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Torey Thomas (178-85, college: Holy Cross) chipped in 10 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists during the contest. AEK's coach Linos Gavriel allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Tre Bussey (190-91, college: Georgia South) responded with 17 points and 6 assists and his fellow American import guard Robert Brown (196-92, college: UAB) scored 21 points. Defending champion maintains second position with 10-4 record having just three points less than leader Keravnos. Apoel at the other side keeps the third place with seven games lost. AEK will play against Enosis (#4) in Paralimni in the next round. Apoel will play at home against Etha and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
AEK: P.Brezec 23+13reb+2ast, T.Petrovic 14+2reb+1ast, T.Thomas 10+6reb+9ast, T.Biggs 8+2reb+1ast, V.Dasic 8+5reb+2ast, C.Pigram 6+1reb+2ast
Apoel: R.Brown 21+3reb+2ast, T.Bussey 17+4reb+6ast, A.Wright 12+5reb+3ast, M.Burnatowski 8+4reb+1ast, B.Mobley 6+5reb, C.Kaskiris 2+1reb
gschID: 533312





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  CZECH REPUBLIC  

Standings - D2

1Liga Standings
Group A
 1. Sokol H.K. 14-3 
 2. Slavoj Litom. 12-5 
 3. Nymburk B 11-6 
 4. Sokol Prazky 10-7 
 5. Loko Plzen 9-8 
 6. USK Praha B 7-10 
 7. Basket Kosice 7-11 
 8. Sokol Pisek 6-11 
 9. GBA Sparta 5-11 
 10. Vysocina 4-13 
Group B
 1. Zlin 15-2 
 2. Opava B 12-5 
 3. Olomouc SK 12-5 
 4. Sokol Slapanice 9-8 
 5. Olomouc Bbal 9-8 
 6. Pardubice 8-9 
 7. Prostejov B 7-10 
 8. Novy Jicin 6-11 
 9. Ostrava 5-12 
 10. Havirov 2-15 

Regular Season: Round 17

Group A

Feb. 5: Sokol H.K. - Slavoj Litom. 97-76
Feb. 5: Vysocina - USK Praha B 84-77
Feb. 3: Loko Plzen - Basket Kosice 82-76
Feb. 5: Sokol Pisek - Nymburk B 79-68
Feb. 1: GBA Sparta - Loko Plzen 46-64

Group B

Feb. 5: Zlin - Novy Jicin 95-101
Feb. 3: Prostejov B - Sokol Slapanice 88-77
Feb. 3: Pardubice - Ostrava 85-75
Feb. 2: Olomouc Bbal - Opava B 71-80
Feb. 3: Havirov - Olomouc SK 100-73

Round 14

Feb. 6: Nymburk B - USK Praha B 70-72
Feb. 3: GBA Sparta - Sokol Prazky 67-74

Regular Season: Round 18

Group A

Feb. 12: Nymburk B - Loko Plzen
Feb. 10: Basket Kosice - Vysocina
Feb. 10: USK Praha B - Sokol H.K.
Feb. 12: Slavoj Litom. - GBA Sparta
Feb. 10: Sokol Prazky - Sokol Pisek

Group B

Feb. 12: Novy Jicin - Olomouc Bbal
Feb. 10: Opava B - Pardubice
Feb. 10: Ostrava - Havirov
Feb. 12: Sokol Slapanice - Zlin
Feb. 10: Olomouc SK - Prostejov B


1Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Petr SLECHTA
  Sokol Pisek
  (192-G/F-95)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. Slechta, Sokol Pisek24.9 
 2. Svoboda, Nymburk B24.3 
 3. Potocek, Pardubice22.9 
 4. Peterka, Nymburk B22.8 
 5. Novak, Olomouc SK22.8 
 6. Fait, Sokol Pisek20.3 
 7. Sebela, Sokol S.19.3 
 8. Streba, USK P.19.1 
 9. Nehoda, Zlin18.5 
 10. Honomichl, Loko Plzen18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin PETERKA
  Nymburk B
  (205-C-95)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Peterka, Nymburk B12.3 
 2. Novak, Olomouc SK10.5 
 3. Kolonicny, Havirov10.3 
 4. Klimes, Slavoj Litom.10.1 
 5. Pelikan, Novy Jicin9.3 
 6. Kvapil, Opava B9.2 
 7. Voslajer, Zlin9.2 
 8. Bujnoch, Opava B8.8 
 9. Streba, USK P.8.6 
 10. Novak, Vysocina8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jan SOTNAR
  Slavoj L.
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Sotnar, Slavoj L.8.1 
 2. Pulpan, Pardubice6.0 
 3. Klecka, Opava B5.0 
 4. Jakubu, Novy Jicin5.0 
 5. Petric, Pardubice4.9 
 6. Jancik, Havirov4.7 
 7. Pumprla, Zlin4.7 
 8. Kotasek, Nymburk B4.4 
 9. Honomichl, Loko Plzen4.3 
 10. Straznicky, Vysoc.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jiri DEDEK
  Olomouc .
  (190-SG-95)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Dedek, Olomouc .3.6 
 2. Kozina, Zlin2.8 
 3. Rotrekl, Sokol S.2.4 
 4. Potocek, Pardubice2.3 
 5. Nehoda, Zlin2.3 
 6. Branda, Opava B2.2 
 7. Pumprla, Zlin2.1 
 8. Dragoun, Opava B2.0 
 9. Novak, Vysocina2.0 
 10. Zlamal, Olomouc SK2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Roberts BLUMBERGS
  GBA S.
  (204-F/C-97)
  Avg: 2
 1. Blumbergs, GBA S.2.0 
 2. Kolonicny, Havirov1.7 
 3. Skranc, Pardubice1.7 
 4. Englicky, Sokol Pisek1.6 
 5. Kozak, GBA Sparta1.1 
 6. Szabo, Prostejov B1.1 
 7. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.1 
 8. Hlobil, Prostejov B1.0 
 9. Goga, Prostejov B1.0 
 10. Vasat, Prostejov B0.9 


NBL Round 22: BK Decin beat BK Usti nad Labem by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

Seventh-ranked BK Usti nad Labem (9-13) was very close to win a game against third ranked BK Decin (15-8) on Saturday. BK Decin managed to secure only two-point victory 76-74. However their fans expected much easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Tomas Vyoral (190-92, agency: Octagon Europe) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 4 assists. The former international power forward Pavel Houska (203-84, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. BK Decin's coach Pavel Budinsky used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Ladislav Pecka (197-91) replied with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds for BK Usti nad Labem. BK Decin maintains third position with 15-8 record having five points less than leader CEZ Nymburk. BK Usti nad Labem lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 13 games lost.
An interesting game for BK Pardubice (18-4) which played road game in Opava against 4th ranked BK Opava (12-10). Second ranked BK Pardubice managed to get a 8-point victory 78-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BK Opava. American forward Joseph Wall (199-89, college: Seattle Pacific, agency: Diamond Sports) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Viktor Pulpan chipped in 15 points during the contest. At the losing side point guard Radovan Kouril (185-95) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 assists. BK Pardubice maintains second position with 18-4 record having just three points less than leader CEZ Nymburk. BK Opava at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. They share the position with USK Praha.
Bottom-ranked MMCITE Brno managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the six-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they won against ninth-ranked BK Lions Hradec 93-89. Kevin Ware notched a double-double by scoring 15 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort. Even 18 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals by Terrell Lipkins did not help to save the game for BK Lions Hradec. BK Lions Hradec's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. MMCITE Brno (6-16) moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with NH Ostrava. Loser BK Lions Hradec keeps the ninth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Svitavy.
NBL top team - CEZ Nymburk (21-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Prostejov (8-14) 100-58. American players dominated the game. Tony Meier fired 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 21-1 record. Prostejov lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 14 games lost.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between BK Kolin (11-11) and Basketbal Svitavy (7-15), which took place in Svitavy. Higher ranked BK Kolin lost to tenth ranked Basketbal Svitavy in a road game 65-81 on Saturday. It was a very good performance for Jiri Jelinek who helped to win the game recording 20 points. Basketbal Svitavy's coach Stanislav Petr allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Basketbal Svitavy moved-up to ninth place, which they share with J.Hradec. BK Kolin lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 11 games lost.

In the last game of round 22 NH Ostrava was beaten by USK Praha on the road 81-70.
The most impressive performance of 22th round was 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks by Stan Simpson of MMCITE Brno.

MMCITE Brno - J.Hradec 93-89

Bottom-ranked MMCITE Brno managed to get a sixth victory, breaking the six-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they won against ninth-ranked BK Lions Hradec 93-89. MMCITE Brno made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 BK Lions Hradec turnovers and outrebounded them 58-41 including a 46-32 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when MMCITE Brno made 9 blocks. American guard Kevin Ware (188-93, college: Georgia St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) notched a double-double by scoring 15 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and the former international swingman Michal Kremen (200-81) supported him with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Five MMCITE Brno players scored in double figures. Even 18 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals by American point guard Terrell Lipkins (180-91, college: Montevallo) did not help to save the game for BK Lions Hradec. His fellow American import guard Malcolm Brooks (196-92, college: CS Fullerton) added 28 points for lost side. BK Lions Hradec's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. MMCITE Brno (6-16) moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with NH Ostrava. Loser BK Lions Hradec keeps the ninth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Svitavy.
Top scorers:
MMCITE Brno: J.Tomanec 17+10reb+2ast, S.Simpson 16+7reb, K.Ware 15+14reb+6ast, C.Turman 14+5reb, M.Kremen 13+12reb+4ast, M.Hrabovsky 10+4reb+2ast
J.Hradec: M.Brooks 28+1reb+2ast, T.Lipkins 18+9reb+6ast, S.Zuzak 14+8reb+1ast, J.Soula 7+2reb+1ast, D.Fait 6+3reb+2ast, L.Stegbauer 6+1reb
gschID: 483205


USK Praha - NH Ostrava 81-70

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked USK Praha (12-10) beat at home bottom-ranked NH Ostrava (6-16) 81-70 on Saturday. USK Praha made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game. NH Ostrava was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for international swingman Jaromir Bohacik (197-92, agency: Octagon Europe) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his seven free throws). Croatian center Mladen Primorac (210-90) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American guard Sterling Smith (193-93, college: Pittsburgh) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import center Deshawn Painter (205-90, college: ODU) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for NH Ostrava. Four NH Ostrava players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. USK Praha have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with BK Opava. Loser NH Ostrava dropped to the bottom position with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: J.Bohacik 20+12reb+5ast, M.Primorac 15+6reb+1ast, P.Grunt 10+2reb, M.Mares 9+2ast, L.Festr 9+2reb+3ast, A.Madsen 9+3reb+4ast
NH Ostrava: S.Smith 13+11reb+2ast, V.Bratcenkov 11+2reb, D.Painter 10+8reb+1ast, M.Canada 10+3ast, P.Bohacik 9+4reb+1ast, J.Riewer 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 483204


BK Decin - Usti n/Labem 76-74

Seventh-ranked BK Usti nad Labem (9-13) was very close to win a game against third ranked BK Decin (15-8) on Saturday. BK Decin managed to secure only two-point victory 76-74. However their fans expected much easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Tomas Vyoral (190-92, agency: Octagon Europe) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 4 assists. The former international power forward Pavel Houska (203-84, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. BK Decin's coach Pavel Budinsky used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Ladislav Pecka (197-91) replied with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds and point guard Michal Sotnar (187-92) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for BK Usti nad Labem. Four BK Decin and five BK Usti nad Labem players scored in double figures. BK Decin maintains third position with 15-8 record having five points less than leader CEZ Nymburk. BK Usti nad Labem lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: T.Vyoral 16+3reb+4ast, R.Landa 10+5reb, L.Palyza 10+3reb, P.Houska 10+7reb+2ast, L.Bazant 9+2reb+2ast, O.Siska 8+1reb+3ast
Usti n/Labem: C.Abercrombie 15+6reb, M.Thompson 13+1reb+4ast, M.Sotnar 12+5reb+6ast, D.Steffel 11+3reb, L.Pecka 10+13reb+2ast, J.Carlton 6
gschID: 483203


BK Opava - BK Pardubice 70-78

An interesting game for BK Pardubice (18-4) which played road game in Opava against 4th ranked BK Opava (12-10). Second ranked BK Pardubice managed to get a 8-point victory 78-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of BK Opava. American forward Joseph Wall (199-89, college: Seattle Pacific, agency: Diamond Sports) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Viktor Pulpan (191-96) chipped in 15 points during the contest. Four BK Pardubice players scored in double figures. At the losing side point guard Radovan Kouril (185-95) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 assists and center Martin Gniadek (203-90) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. BK Pardubice maintains second position with 18-4 record having just three points less than leader CEZ Nymburk. BK Opava at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. They share the position with USK Praha.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: V.Pulpan 15+3reb+3ast, J.Wall 15+7reb+1ast, D.Burnett 14+5reb, D.Pandula 12+2reb+1ast, L.Kotas 7+3reb+2ast, R.Necas 4+12reb+2ast
BK Opava: R.Kouril 13+10ast, J.Sirina 12+3reb+1ast, M.Gniadek 10+7reb+2ast, R.Klecka 8+1ast, J.Blazek 8+4reb, L.Jurecka 7+3reb
gschID: 483202


Svitavy - BK Kolin 81-65

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between BK Kolin (11-11) and Basketbal Svitavy (7-15), which took place in Svitavy. Higher ranked BK Kolin lost to tenth ranked Basketbal Svitavy in a road game 65-81 on Saturday. It was a very good performance for forward Jiri Jelinek (203-87, agency: Octagon Europe) who helped to win the game recording 20 points. The former international guard Pavel Slezak (186-84) contributed with 11 points and 8 assists for the winners. Basketbal Svitavy's coach Stanislav Petr allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Power forward David Machac (205-80) replied with 14 points and 7 rebounds and forward Michal Vocetka (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe) added 12 points in the effort for BK Kolin. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Basketbal Svitavy moved-up to ninth place, which they share with J.Hradec. BK Kolin lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with 11 games lost.
Top scorers:
Svitavy: J.Jelinek 20+3reb+1ast, B.Roseboro 14+6reb, P.Slezak 11+3reb+8ast, H.Mickelson 11+9reb+1ast, T.Teply 10+2reb+1ast, B.Smithson 9+3reb+5ast
BK Kolin: D.Machac 14+7reb, M.Vocetka 12+4reb+2ast, P.Harcar 11+5reb, G.Kerr 10+6reb, C.Dixon 5+1reb+2ast, A.Ciz 5+4reb+7ast
gschID: 483201


CEZ Nymburk - Prostejov 100-58

NBL top team - CEZ Nymburk (21-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Prostejov (8-14) 100-58. CEZ Nymburk dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Prostejov's 40. CEZ Nymburk forced 19 Prostejov turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American players dominated the game. Forward Tony Meier (204-90, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) fired 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Bryon Allen (193-92, college: George Mason) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists. Five CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. Center Ethan Jacobs (211, college: Colgate) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds and guard Rayshawn Simmons (193, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Two Points) added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 21-1 record. Prostejov lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: V.Hruban 16+2reb, T.Meier 15+6reb+1ast, M.Peterka 13+5reb, B.Allen 13+4reb+4ast, D.Simpson 12+8reb, C.Hass 10+1reb+1ast
Prostejov: E.Jacobs 21+12reb, R.Simmons 10+5reb+5ast, B.Fitzpatrick 6+9reb+4ast, M.Soucek 5+3reb, A.Goga 4+1reb+1ast, M.Novak 4+5reb
gschID: 483200





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  D-LEAGUE  

Standings

D-League Standings
Atlantic Division
 1. Maine RC 20-12 
 2. Delaware 87ers 16-14 
 3. Westchester K. 13-17 
 4. Long Island N. 13-20 
 5. Greensboro S. 11-21 
 6. Erie Bay H. 8-22 
Central Division
 1. Raptors 905 22-8 
 2. Ft.Wayne MA 18-10 
 3. Canton C. 16-14 
 4. Grand Rapids D. 16-16 
 5. Windy City B. 12-16 
Pacific Division
 1. Los Angeles D. 25-7 
 2. Santa Cruz W. 17-13 
 3. N.Arizona S. 13-15 
 4. Reno B. 11-20 
 5. Salt Lake City S. 11-21 
Southwest Division
 1. Oklahoma City B 22-10 
 2. Sioux Falls S. 21-11 
 3. Rio Grande VV 18-14 
 4. Austin S. 14-17 
 5. Texas L. 13-16 
 6. Iowa E. 7-23 

Regular Season: Round 76

Feb. 6: Salt Lake City S. - Los Angeles D. 129-138

Regular Season: Round 77

Feb. 7: Delaware 87ers - N.Arizona S.
Feb. 7: Erie Bay H. - Greensboro S.
Feb. 7: Iowa E. - Oklahoma City B
Feb. 7: Ft.Wayne MA - Raptors 905
Feb. 7: Sioux Falls S. - Westchester K.
Feb. 7: Windy City B. - Grand Rapids D.
Feb. 7: Texas L. - Santa Cruz W.


Raptors 905 win streak ends at 10 - by Eurobasket News

Two streaks ended for Raptors 905 on Saturday, Feb. 4. Their 10-game NBA D-League winning streak was snapped after a 122-115 loss to the Grand Rapids Drive. It was also their first road loss of the season after winning their previous 11 games away from home. Axel Toupane (6'6''-G/F-92) scored a team-high 25 points for the Raptors, who led by as much as 18 in the game. Brady Heslip (6'3''-SG-90, college: Baylor) recorded 22 points and E.J. Singler (6'6''-F-90, college: Oregon) finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. Michael Gbinije (6'7''-F-92, college: Syracuse) led all scorers with 29 points while Henry Ellenson (6'10''-C-97, college: Marquette) and Kevin Murphy (6'5''-G-90, college: Tenn Tech) each finished with 25 while sinking back-to-back three pointers to pull the Drive out of a 109-109 tie in the final minute. The Raptors remain in first place in the Eastern Conference with a 22-8 record.
Courtesy of: mississauga.com



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  


Review of Day 2 in Group B - by Ricardo Dominguez

2/3/2017

Group A

Plaza Valerio - GIE Maile Matrix 72-80

GIE Maile Matrix rallied past Plaza Valerio to open win count in Group A. Jermaine Barnes (193-G/F-83, college: Point, GA, agency: Gamble Sports Management) scored 33 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the winners. Plaza jumped to a 26:15 lead ten minutes into the game. Barnes scored 10 points to close the game for the win. Terrence Shannon (203-F-79, college: Elgin CC) netted 16 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Big man Keith Closs (224-C-76, college: Cent.Conn.St.) added 10 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks. Jose Americo Delgado responded with 21 points for Plaza.

Atlanta Legends - Cupes 71-69

Legends victoriously opened Copa Mitchell campaign. They defeated Cupes in Group B opener. Tony Omotayo (196-G/F-85, college: Ft.Valley St.) nailed 30 points to lead the hosts. Legends secured a 48:37 halftime lead. Cupes pulled within 6 points at the final break. With the game on the line Xavier Rogers (188-G, college: Xavier, LA) nails the game winning shot with two seconds remaining. . Xavier Rogers finished with 16 points in the victory. Mariano Pena (194-F-79) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds for Cupes.

Cleveland Havok - Sameji 62-76

Sameji rallied past Cleveland Havok to open win count in Group A. Amaurys Fermin (191-PG-87, college: Cal Poly - SLO) nailed 22 points to lead the hosts. Sameji jumped to a 26:15 lead ten minutes into the game. The home side unloaded 51 points in the second half and cruised to a comfortable win. Sterling Giron (187-G-85) netted 13 points in the victory. Tyler Shular (190-G/F, college: Fisher) responded with 15 points for Havok.

Havok will face the unbeaten Colombians who are led by scoring machine Jonathan Rodriguez (196-F-87, college: Campbell, agency: DTMones).



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  EBL  


Delta Storm are 2017 EBL Champions! - by Eurobasket News

Delta Storm are 2017 EBL Champions after the Final win against North Stars. They dominated the majority of the game for the final 129-107 success.
Dandre Williams (5'10''-PG-90, college: UALR) top-scored for the winners with 34 points, while Lee Robinson (SG) netted 23. Charley Marble (SF) III and Alvin Morris (SF) delivered 17 points each in a win. Daniel Watson (6'6''-F-83, college: Arkansas Tech) answered with 29 points in a loss, whilst Rashad Moss (6'8''-F-86, college: UALR) produced 23. Daylon Jones (6'1''-G, college: Hardin-Simmons) had 20 and Derrick Knox delivered 16.



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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jamal JONES
  Lapua
  (203-G-93)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Jones, Lapua22.5 
 2. Gay, KTP Basket20.3 
 3. Pledger, Kouvot19.9 
 4. Morris, Lapua17.7 
 5. Brown, Kataja B.17.5 
 6. Hollins, Kauhajoki17.4 
 7. Bullock, Pyrinto16.8 
 8. Holsey, Kauhajoki16.4 
 9. Dia, BC Nokia15.5 
 10. Unruh, Kauhajoki15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Korihait
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Van, Korihait10.8 
 2. Buckles, Kouvot10.3 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto9.3 
 4. Pratt, KTP Basket8.8 
 5. Kaunisto, Kouvot8.7 
 6. Coleman, Salon Vilpas8.6 
 7. Bristol, Kataja B.8.5 
 8. Williams, Lapua8.2 
 9. Morris, Lapua8.2 
 10. Bullock, Pyrinto8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Teemu RANNIKKO
  Kataja B.
  (189-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Rannikko, Kataja B.7.3 
 2. Pratt, KTP Basket7.0 
 3. Nikkarinen, Helsinki.7.0 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.8 
 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: 2.4
 1. Pratt, KTP Basket2.4 
 2. Mullings, Kataja B.2.1 
 3. Horne, Kouvot1.9 
 4. Minard, Pyrinto1.9 
 5. Hollins, Kauhajoki1.8 
 6. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.7 
 7. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki1.7 
 8. Sanders, BC Nokia1.6 
 9. Barrett, BC Nokia1.6 
 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. Johnson, Kataja B.1.3 
 4. Bristol, Kataja B.1.2 
 5. Judge, Pyrinto1.1 
 6. Van, Korihait1.1 
 7. McAlister, Korihait0.9 
 8. Coleman, Salon Vilpas0.9 
 9. Upson, Helsinki.0.8 
 10. Walker, KTP Basket0.8 


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 De''Andre UPCHURCH
  HyPo
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 36.3
 1. Upchurch, HyPo36.3 
 2. Moultrie, PuHu J.28.3 
 3. Rasi, Raholan Pyrkiva24.6 
 4. Maxhuni, HBA-M.24.6 
 5. Heinonen, Munkkini.23.6 
 6. Vinson, Pyrinto II23.5 
 7. Cartharn, Espoo B.23.5 
 8. Daniels, PeU-Basket23.1 
 9. Jones, Oulun N.22.9 
 10. Clark, Porvoon .22.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.16.7 
 2. Daniels, PeU-Basket13.7 
 3. Jallow, Jarvenpaa13.3 
 4. Harvey, Oulun N.12.8 
 5. Harris, Ura Basket12.1 
 6. Towa, Jarvenpaa11.6 
 7. Stahl, Oulun N.11.1 
 8. Flemings, FoKoPo11.1 
 9. Knihtinen, Korikouvot10.9 
 10. Blomqvist, HyPo10.7 
Assists Per Game
 Janne KINNUNEN
  Karkkila
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Kinnunen, Karkkila6.7 
 2. Salonen, Porvoon .5.6 
 3. Kantonen, Korik.5.4 
 4. Upchurch, HyPo5.2 
 5. Ivey, Espoo United5.0 
 6. Innamaa, TuNM.4.7 
 7. Ikavalko, Lahti4.4 
 8. Kantonen, JyWe4.2 
 9. Kilpinen, Pyrin.4.2 
 10. Latvala, Ura Basket4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Reginald BRATTON
  Namika Lr
  (193-G/F-86)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Bratton, Namika Lr3.2 
 2. Upchurch, HyPo2.8 
 3. Cartharn, Espoo B.2.7 
 4. Gouch, Espoo Basket2.6 
 5. Heinonen, Munkkini.2.3 
 6. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.3 
 7. Moore, ToPo2.3 
 8. Ceesay, Espoo B.2.2 
 9. Kuusisto, ToPo2.2 
 10. Marttinen, Munkkini.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.0 
 2. Reed, FoKoPo1.5 
 3. Harvey, Oulun N.1.5 
 4. Sandberg, TuNM.1.4 
 5. Ekimov, JyWe1.4 
 6. Fields, Lahti1.4 
 7. Rainamaa, PuHu J.1.4 
 8. Polla, HBA-Marsky1.2 
 9. Harris, Ura Basket1.1 
 10. Bratton, Namika Lr1.0 


Korisliiga Round 28: Leader Helsinki Seagulls lose to Joensuun Kataja - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all visitors won their games.

Top ranked Helsinki Seagulls (18-6) recorded its sixth loss at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were rolled over by fourth ranked Joensuun Kataja (15-8) 91-61. The game without a history. Joensuun Kataja led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Joensuun Kataja dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Helsinki Seagulls' 26. They outrebounded Helsinki Seagulls 36-21 including 26 on the defensive glass. Canadian guard Daniel Mullings (188-91, college: N.Mexico St.) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American swingman Jarekious Bradley (196-90, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Diamond Sports) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Jason Conley (196-81, college: Missouri, agency: Blacktop Management) produced 12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for lost side. Helsinki Seagulls' coach Mikko Larkas gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Joensuun Kataja maintains fourth position with 15-8 record. Helsinki Seagulls at the other side still keeps top place with six games lost. They share the position with Salon Vilpas. Joensuun Kataja is looking forward to face KTP-Basket (#8) in Kotka in the next round. Helsinki Seagulls will play on the road against the league's second-placed Salon Vilpas (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was between eighth ranked KTP-Basket and 5th ranked Lapuan Korikobrat where KTP-Basket (10-16) won against Lapuan Korikobrat (13-12) on the road 90-81. Worth to mention a great performance of American Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Sherman Gay contributed with 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American guard Jamal Jones (203-93, college: Texas A&M, agency: Stealth Sport) replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds for Lapuan Korikobrat. KTP-Basket maintains eighth position with 10-16 record. Lapuan Korikobrat at the other side keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost. KTP-Basket will play against higher ranked Joensuun Kataja (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Lapuan Korikobrat will play against UU-Korihait and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Tampereen Pyrinto (#9) forced the game against BC Nokia (#7) into an overtime, but lost by three points 89-92 on Friday night. The game took place in Tampere. But the guests from Nokia were better at the end. Worth to mention a great performance of Isaiah Wilkerson who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side J'Nathan Bullock responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. BC Nokia have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place. Loser Tampereen Pyrinto keeps the ninth position with 17 games lost. BC Nokia will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tampereen Pyrinto will play against Kauhajoen Karhu (#3) in Kauhajoki and hope to secure a win.
The game in Kouvola was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (16-10) played at the court of 7th ranked Kouvot (10-14). Kauhajoen Karhu managed to secure a 6-point victory 86-80. The game was dominated by American players. The winners were led by Tate Unruh who scored that evening 23 points and 4 assists. Kauhajoen Karhu have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Defending champion Kouvot keeps the seventh position with 14 games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu's next round opponent will be Tampereen Pyrinto (#9) at home where they are favorite. Kouvot will play against UU-Korihait in Uusikaupunki and hope to win that game.

The best stats of 28th round was 19 points and 12 rebounds by Rakeem Buckles of Kouvot.

Kouvot - Kauhajoki 80-86

The game in Kouvola was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (16-10) played at the court of 7th ranked Kouvot (10-14). Kauhajoen Karhu managed to secure a 6-point victory 86-80. Kouvot was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 46-38 second half run of Kauhajoen Karhu. They made 17-of-19 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. The winners were led by guard Tate Unruh (193-90, college: N.Colorado, agency: Inception Sports) who scored that evening 23 points and 4 assists and swingman Austin Hollins (195-91, college: Minnesota) supported him with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Even a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds by forward Rakeem Buckles (203-90, college: FIU) did not help to save the game for Kouvot. Guard Raheem Appleby (190-93, college: Louisiana Tech) added 13 points and 9 assists for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kauhajoen Karhu have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Defending champion Kouvot keeps the seventh position with 14 games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu's next round opponent will be Tampereen Pyrinto (#9) at home where they are favorite. Kouvot will play against UU-Korihait in Uusikaupunki and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kouvot: R.Buckles 19+12reb+1ast, S.Pledger 17+6reb+1ast, M.Cuffee 13+2reb+3ast, R.Appleby 13+2reb+9ast, O.Heinonen 7+3reb, M.Luosmaa 6+5reb
Kauhajoki: T.Unruh 23+4reb+4ast, A.Hollins 15+10reb+3ast, K.Holsey 15+5reb+3ast, D.Giles 10+7reb+1ast, B.Sarcevic 8+5reb+2ast, J.Lehtoranta 7+6reb+3ast
gschID: 488045


Pyrinto - BC Nokia 89-92 OT

Tampereen Pyrinto (#9) forced the game against BC Nokia (#7) into an overtime, but lost by three points 89-92 on Friday night. The game took place in Tampere. But the guests from Nokia were better at the end. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime then Tampereen Pyrinto managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was BC Nokia who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 18-15. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Isaiah Wilkerson (191-90, college: NJIT) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Eldar Skamo (198-86) who added 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Ricky Minard (196-82, college: Morehead St., agency: SDJ Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. BC Nokia have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place. Loser Tampereen Pyrinto keeps the ninth position with 17 games lost. BC Nokia will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tampereen Pyrinto will play against Kauhajoen Karhu (#3) in Kauhajoki and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: A.Lehto 23+1reb+4ast, J.Bullock 22+10reb+2ast, R.Minard 14+11reb+3ast, T.Palmi 13+5reb+1ast, P.Heinonen 11+2reb+2ast, T.Nelson 5+4reb
BC Nokia: N.Mattila 17+4reb+3ast, I.Wilkerson 17+6reb+5ast, E.Skamo 15+7reb+3ast, P.Dia 13+10reb+1ast, H.Hirvikoski 11+5reb+1ast, S.Barrett 8+6reb+2ast
gschID: 488042


Lapua - KTP Basket 81-90

Another exciting game was between eighth ranked KTP-Basket and 5th ranked Lapuan Korikobrat where KTP-Basket (10-16) won against Lapuan Korikobrat (13-12) on the road 90-81. Lapuan Korikobrat was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 29-18 charge of KTP-Basket, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Jamaican-American power forward Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) contributed with 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five KTP-Basket players scored in double figures. American guard Jamal Jones (203-93, college: Texas A&M, agency: Stealth Sport) replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo, agency: Two Points) added 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Lapuan Korikobrat. KTP-Basket maintains eighth position with 10-16 record. Lapuan Korikobrat at the other side keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost. KTP-Basket will play against higher ranked Joensuun Kataja (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Lapuan Korikobrat will play against UU-Korihait and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Lapua: J.Jones 26+11reb+2ast, D.Williams 21+6reb+5ast, M.Van Andringa 11+2reb, D.Morris 8+6reb+2ast, L.Kinnard 6+8reb+2ast, A.Conerly 6+3reb+5ast
KTP Basket: S.Gay 21+9reb, A.Scott 20+6reb+2ast, V.Kopio 19+2reb, M.Pratt 16+8reb+7ast, D.Bailey 12+4reb+5ast, M.Aalto 2+1reb
gschID: 488043


Helsinki Seagulls - Kataja Basket 61-91

Top ranked Helsinki Seagulls (18-6) recorded its sixth loss at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were rolled over by fourth ranked Joensuun Kataja (15-8) 91-61. The game without a history. Joensuun Kataja led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Joensuun Kataja dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Helsinki Seagulls' 26. They outrebounded Helsinki Seagulls 36-21 including 26 on the defensive glass. Canadian guard Daniel Mullings (188-91, college: N.Mexico St.) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American swingman Jarekious Bradley (196-90, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Diamond Sports) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds. Four Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. American guard Jason Conley (196-81, college: Missouri, agency: Blacktop Management) produced 12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and his fellow American import swingman Raymond Cowels III (193-90, college: Santa Clara) added 8 points respectively for lost side. Helsinki Seagulls' coach Mikko Larkas gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Joensuun Kataja maintains fourth position with 15-8 record. Helsinki Seagulls at the other side still keeps top place with six games lost. They share the position with Salon Vilpas. Joensuun Kataja is looking forward to face KTP-Basket (#8) in Kotka in the next round. Helsinki Seagulls will play on the road against the league's second-placed Salon Vilpas (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Helsinki Seagulls: J.Conley 12+5reb+4ast, A.Vaenerberg 10+2ast, R.Cowels III 8+4reb, D.Upson 8+3reb, T.Heinonen 7+2reb+1ast, C.Lindbom 6+3reb+3ast
Kataja Basket: J.Bradley 21+5reb+1ast, D.Mullings 19+13reb+6ast, R.Brown 17+4reb+4ast, K.Bristol 13+8reb+1ast, V.Makalainen 6+3reb+1ast, I.Seppala 6+1reb+6ast
gschID: 488044





1st Division Round 17: Leader TuNMKY loses to Korikouvot - by Eurobasket News

The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader, derby games and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked TuNMKY (15-4) recorded its fourth loss in Turun on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Korikouvot (12-6) 90-79. The game was mostly controlled by Korikouvot. TuNMKY managed to win third quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was swingman Teemu Knihtinen (195-98) who had a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds. Guard Samuli Lehtonen (175-92) chipped in 14 points. Guard Eero Innamaa (186-98) produced 33 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Korikouvot maintains fifth place in Division with 12-6 record. TuNMKY at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. Korikouvot are looking forward to face higher ranked Espoo Basket (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. TuNMKY will play against Karkkila and is hoping to win this game.
Eighth-ranked Jarvenpaa (7-13) made lots of trouble for second ranked Espoo United (15-5). The visitors from Espoo managed to secure only three-point victory 82-79. However their fans expected much easier game. American guard Omar Calhoun (198-93, college: Connecticut) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 6 rebounds. Jeb Ivey contributed with 22 points and 4 assists for the winners. Espoo United's coach Ville Neva allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward HL Coleman (202-74, college: Wyoming) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for Jarvenpaa. Newly promoted Espoo United maintains second place in Division with 15-5 record having just one point less than leader TuNMKY. Jarvenpaa at the other side keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Espoo United will play against Jyvaskyla BA (#5) on the road in the next round. Jarvenpaa will play against Porvoon Tarmo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Jyvaskyla between Jyvaskyla BA and ToPo. Fifth ranked Jyvaskyla BA (10-8) got a very close home victory over 3rd placed ToPo (12-8). Jyvaskyla BA managed to escape with a 2-point win 68-66 on Sunday evening. Robert Juvonen stepped up and scored 18 points for the winners. Jyvaskyla BA's coach Juuso Konttinen used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Juho Hietanen responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Newly promoted Jyvaskyla BA maintains fifth place in Division with 10-8 record. ToPo at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the third position with eight games lost. Jyvaskyla BA will meet at home league's second-placed Espoo United in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ToPo will play against Forssan Koripojat and hope to secure a win.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Espoo. First ranked TuNMKY faced 3rd placed Espoo Basket. Guests from Turun (15-4) defeated host Espoo Basket (13-6) 80-63. Eero Innamaa nailed a double-double by scoring 10 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists for the winning side. Espoo Basket's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. TuNMKY maintains first place in Division with 15-4 record. Espoo Basket at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. TuNMKY's next round opponent will be Karkkila (#9) at home and are hoping to win another game. Espoo Basket will play against Korikouvot (#5) in Kouvola and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Lahti delivered the seventeenth victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 8th ranked Jarvenpaa (7-13) 88-78. The best player for the winners was Rashad Smith who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds. Lahti's coach Arttu Mannelin used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Lahti maintains first place in Division with 17-4 record. Loser Jarvenpaa keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Lahti will face Oulun NMKY (#4) at home in the next round. Jarvenpaa will play against Porvoon Tarmo (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 17 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Division Pyrinto II was crushed by Espoo United in a road game 78-51. Porvoon Tarmo beat FoKoPo at home 103-90. HBA-Marsky was destroyed by ToPo on the opponent's court 98-76. Ura Basket outscored Raholan Pyrkiva in a home game 108-83. JyWe was rolled over Munkkiniemen on the road 95-68. HNMKY U23 defeated Namika Lr on its own court 88-73. PeU-Basket was beaten by PuHu Juniorit in Vantaa 70-64. HyPo won against Karkkila at home 93-79.

Division A
Espoo United - Pyrinto II 78-51

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Pyrinto II (4-15) was crushed on the road by second ranked Espoo United (15-5) 78-51 on Sunday. The game without a history. Espoo United led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Pyrinto II's 26. They outrebounded Pyrinto II 40-23 including 29 on the defensive glass. Espoo United looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Pyrinto II's players. The best player for the winners was American guard Omar Calhoun (198-93, college: Connecticut) who scored 21 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Lauri Toivonen (201-91, college: UTRGV) chipped in 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Espoo United players scored in double figures. Espoo United's coach Ville Neva felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Jerrah Young (203-85, college: Toledo) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and forward Tuomas Sukanen (198-91) added 9 points respectively for the guests. Newly promoted Espoo United maintains second place in Division with 15-5 record having just one point less than leader TuNMKY. Loser Pyrinto II keeps the tenth position with 15 games lost. Espoo United will face Jyvaskyla BA (#5) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Espoo United: O.Calhoun 21+9reb+1ast, L.Toivonen 16+8reb+4ast, J.Ivey 12+3ast, I.Sirola 11+4reb, L.Gummerus 8+3reb+2ast, J.Gummerus 4+4reb
Pyrinto II: L.Kilpinen 14, J.Young 10+11reb+2ast, T.Sukanen 9+3reb+3ast, J.Pentti 6+5reb+2ast, T.Luojus 4, E.Harju 4+1ast
gschID: 487698


Jarvenpaa - Lahti 78-88

Leader Lahti delivered the seventeenth victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 8th ranked Jarvenpaa (7-13) 88-78. The game was mostly controlled by Lahti. Jarvenpaa was better in fourth quarter 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lahti dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Jarvenpaa's 34. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Rashad Smith (201-93, college: Tulsa, agency: Diamond Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Jerald Fields (201-82, college: E.Tenn.St.) chipped in 15 points. Four Lahti players scored in double figures. Lahti's coach Arttu Mannelin used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Cameroonian forward Arsene Towa (191-81) produced a double-double by scoring 30 points and 15 rebounds and point guard Leo Tarjanne (189-95) added 17 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Lahti maintains first place in Division with 17-4 record. Loser Jarvenpaa keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Lahti will face Oulun NMKY (#4) at home in the next round. Jarvenpaa will play against Porvoon Tarmo (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lahti: R.Smith 22+14reb+2ast, V.Karvonen 17+2reb+1ast, J.Fields 15+4reb+3ast, R.Byman 10+2reb+2ast, A.Ahola 6+3reb+4ast, R.Barlund 5+3reb
Jarvenpaa: A.Towa 30+15reb+1ast, L.Tarjanne 17+2reb+4ast, H.Coleman 10+5reb+2ast, J.Pehkonen 7+6reb+2ast, J.Jousisto 7+1reb+2ast, J.Mantyla 3+1reb
gschID: 487699


Porvoon Tarmo - FoKoPo 103-90

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when seventh ranked Porvoon Tarmo (8-11) defeated at home 6th ranked Forssan Koripojat (8-12) 103-90 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 103-90. Porvoon Tarmo made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Strangely Forssan Koripojat outrebounded Porvoon Tarmo 42-25 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Porvoon Tarmo looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Cameron Clark (190-93, college: Southwestern, KS) who scored 25 points and 7 rebounds. Forward B.J. Cardarelli (203, college: S.New Hampshire, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) chipped in 26 points and 4 assists. Swingman Roderick Flemings (203-87, college: Hawaii) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points, 22 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Bruce Reed (202-90, college: Pikeville) added 21 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Porvoon Tarmo moved-up to sixth place in Division. Loser Forssan Koripojat dropped to the seventh position with 12 games lost. Porvoon Tarmo will face Jarvenpaa (#8) on the road in the next round. Forssan Koripojat will play against ToPo and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Porvoon Tarmo: B.Cardarelli 26+4reb+4ast, C.Clark 25+7reb+3ast, L.Giese 24+3reb+4ast, K.Straih 12+2reb+2ast, E.Salonen 8+5reb+5ast, A.Haikonen 5+2reb+2ast
FoKoPo: R.Flemings 24+22reb+5ast, B.Reed 21+11reb+3ast, T.Sulonen 17+2ast, S.Bowden 16+3reb+1ast, J.Kotavuo 6+1reb+4ast, J.Henttonen 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 487697


Jyvaskyla BA - ToPo 68-66

A very close game took place in Jyvaskyla between Jyvaskyla BA and ToPo. Fifth ranked Jyvaskyla BA (10-8) got a very close home victory over 3rd placed ToPo (12-8). Jyvaskyla BA managed to escape with a 2-point win 68-66 on Sunday evening. ToPo trailed 33-30 at halftime, rallying from a 23-9 deficit at the end of first quarter to trim the gap. Point guard Robert Juvonen (185-91) stepped up and scored 18 points for the winners and Bahamas forward Winslo Barry (208-90, college: Incarnate Word) chipped in 7 points and 9 rebounds. Jyvaskyla BA's coach Juuso Konttinen used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Juho Hietanen (198-90) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Miki Kuusisto (194-94) scored 11 points and 5 assists. Four ToPo players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Jyvaskyla BA maintains fifth place in Division with 10-8 record. ToPo at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the third position with eight games lost. Jyvaskyla BA will meet at home league's second-placed Espoo United in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ToPo will play against Forssan Koripojat and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Jyvaskyla BA: R.Juvonen 18+4reb+3ast, V.Leppanen 10+2reb+1ast, S.Oja 8+5reb, J.Luoma 8+5reb, W.Barry 7+9reb+1ast, C.Chukwuma 7+7reb+2ast
ToPo: J.Hietanen 17+5reb+1ast, M.Kuusisto 11+4reb+5ast, E.Djeen 11+5reb+1ast, J.Kauppinen 11+2reb+1ast, N.Moore 6+5reb+7ast, I.Pehkonen 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 487696


Jarvenpaa - Espoo United 79-82

Eighth-ranked Jarvenpaa (7-13) made lots of trouble for second ranked Espoo United (15-5). The visitors from Espoo managed to secure only three-point victory 82-79. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 27-18 Jarvenpaa's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 82-79 at the end of the game. Espoo United made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. American guard Omar Calhoun (198-93, college: Connecticut) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) contributed with 22 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Espoo United players scored in double figures. Espoo United's coach Ville Neva allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward HL Coleman (202-74, college: Wyoming) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Leo Tarjanne (189-95) added 24 points in the effort for Jarvenpaa. Newly promoted Espoo United maintains second place in Division with 15-5 record having just one point less than leader TuNMKY. Jarvenpaa at the other side keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Espoo United will play against Jyvaskyla BA (#5) on the road in the next round. Jarvenpaa will play against Porvoon Tarmo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Espoo United: O.Calhoun 24+6reb+3ast, J.Ivey 22+3reb+4ast, I.Sirola 13+3reb, L.Toivonen 10+6reb, V.Makalainen 4+4reb+1ast, J.Jarvinen 4+5reb+4ast
Jarvenpaa: L.Tarjanne 24+2reb+2ast, H.Coleman 22+13reb+4ast, A.Towa 11+14reb+3ast, J.Jousisto 7+1reb+1ast, J.Pehkonen 6+1ast, J.Mantyla 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 487695


ToPo - HBA-Marsky 98-76

Very expected game in Helsinki where 9th ranked HBA-Marsky (5-13) was rolled over by third ranked ToPo (12-8) 98-76 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by ToPo. HBA-Marsky was better in second period 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ToPo shot 24 for 32 from the free-throw line, while HBA-Marsky only scored eight points from the stripe. ToPo forced 19 HBA-Marsky turnovers and had a 32-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. HBA-Marsky was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was guard Emil Djeen (183-94, college: High School) who scored 19 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 7 steals. Forward Cedric Latimer (198-87, college: St.Francis, PA) chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds. Four ToPo players scored in double figures. Point guard Lassi Nikkarinen (184-97) produced 17 points and 4 steals and point guard Edon Maxhuni (186-98) added 17 points respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Newly promoted ToPo maintains third place in Division with 12-8 record having just two points less than leader TuNMKY. Loser HBA-Marsky keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. ToPo will face Forssan Koripojat (#7) on the road in the next round. HBA-Marsky will play against Jyvaskyla BA and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
ToPo: C.Latimer 22+5reb+2ast, S.Booker 19+3reb+2ast, E.Djeen 19+6reb+8ast, J.Kauppinen 16+4reb+1ast, R.Marttinen 7+2reb+1ast, I.Pehkonen 5+3reb+1ast
HBA-Marsky: E.Maxhuni 17+1reb+1ast, L.Nikkarinen 17+4reb+2ast, A.Gustavson 10+1reb, E.Valtonen 9+5reb, M.Suvanto 6+4reb, H.Polla 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 487694


Division B
Ura Basket - Raholan Pyrkiva 108-83

Rather predictable result in Kaarina where fourth ranked Ura Basket (14-5) outscored 6th ranked Raholan Pyrkiva (11-7) 108-83 on Sunday. They outrebounded Raholan Pyrkiva 47-33 including 19 on the offensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Ura Basket made 10 blocks. The best player for the winners was Joona Forsstrom (196-95) who scored 25 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Ville Hanninen (193-95) chipped in 25 points. Guard Tommi Rasi (184-98) produced 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and swingman Antti Keski-Koukkari (192-90) added 17 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Ura Basket and four Raholan Pyrkiva players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ura Basket moved-up to third place in Division. Loser Raholan Pyrkiva keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Ura Basket will face Munkkiniemen (#11) in Helsinki in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Raholan Pyrkiva will play on the road against HyPo (#7) in Hyvinkaa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ura Basket: V.Hanninen 25+3reb+2ast, J.Forsstrom 25+8reb+2ast, J.Watson 16+3reb+7ast, S.Harris 13+14reb+1ast, J.Airenne 12+3reb, J.Kukkonen 6+1reb+2ast
Raholan Pyrkiva: T.Rasi 25+5reb+5ast, A.Keski-Koukkari 17+7reb, A.Mavrodiev 10+5reb+6ast, L.Tiainen 10+5reb+1ast, S.Sukanen 7+4reb+1ast, A.Shchepkin 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 487853


Munkkiniemen - JyWe 95-68

Everything could happen in Helsinki at the game between two tied teams. Both twelfth ranked Munkkiniemen and 11th ranked JyWe had identical 4-13 record. This time Munkkiniemen used a home court advantage and outplayed the opponent from Jyvaskyla 95-68 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by Munkkiniemen. JyWe was better in fourth quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Munkkiniemen forced 23 JyWe turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was guard Pyry Marttinen (184-99) who scored 19 points, 5 assists and 5 steals. Guard Miika Heinonen (193-99) chipped in 19 points. Four Munkkiniemen players scored in double figures. Guard Jussi Salo (185-92) produced 14 points and Russian power forward Alexei Ekimov (210-81) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Munkkiniemen (5-13) moved-up to eleventh place in Division. JyWe at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Munkkiniemen will face higher ranked Ura Basket (#3) in Kaarina in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. JyWe will play on the road against Namika Lr (#13) in Lappeenranta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Munkkiniemen: M.Heinonen 19+4reb+3ast, P.Marttinen 19+3reb+5ast, T.Antikainen 13+4reb+3ast, J.Timonen 13+5reb+6ast, Y.Majuri 7+1reb+1ast, M.Oksa 6+1reb+1ast
JyWe: J.Salo 14+2reb+1ast, A.Ekimov 9+6reb+1ast, D.Krukov 9+4reb, T.Lemmetyinen 8+4reb, L.Salovaara 8+2reb, R.Visuri 6+3reb
gschID: 487854


HNMKY U23 - Namika Lr 88-73

Everything went according to plan in Helsinki where eighth ranked HNMKY U23 (8-11) won against 13th ranked Namika Lr (2-16) 88-73 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by HNMKY U23. Namika Lr was better in fourth quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. HNMKY U23 dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Namika Lr's 30. They outrebounded Namika Lr 48-35 including a 37-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. HNMKY U23 looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was center Petteri Ruutiainen (207-95) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds. Guard Ville Tahvanainen (190-0) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. Four HNMKY U23 players scored in double figures. HNMKY U23's coach used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. American swingman Reginald Bratton (193-86, college: Lenoir-Rhyne, agency: Blacktop Management) produced 32 points and 7 rebounds and forward Karl Engelvuori (191-95) added 10 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively for the guests. HNMKY U23 maintains eighth place in Division with 8-11 record. Loser Namika Lr keeps the thirteenth position with 16 games lost. HNMKY U23 will face league's second-placed PuHu Juniorit in Vantaa in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Namika Lr will play at home against JyWe (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
HNMKY U23: V.Tahvanainen 19+6reb+2ast, E.Clement 17+4reb+4ast, J.Eboreime 13+9reb+3ast, P.Ruutiainen 12+15reb+1ast, K.Kallela 9+5reb+3ast, A.Pietilainen 6+2reb+5ast
Namika Lr: R.Bratton 32+7reb+3ast, A.Tapio 13+6reb+1ast, K.Engelvuori 10+13reb+3ast, T.Turunen 9+1reb+1ast, S.Laine 3+1reb+1ast, O.Kaijansinkko 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 487855


Espoo Basket - TuNMKY 63-80

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Espoo. First ranked TuNMKY faced 3rd placed Espoo Basket. Guests from Turun (15-4) defeated host Espoo Basket (13-6) 80-63. The game was mostly controlled by TuNMKY. Espoo Basket was better in fourth quarter 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TuNMKY forced 19 Espoo Basket turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Espoo Basket's players. Guard Eero Innamaa (186-98) nailed a double-double by scoring 10 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists for the winning side and center Mikael Sandberg (210-91) accounted for 16 points and 6 rebounds. Four TuNMKY players scored in double figures. American guard Joshua Gouch (196-91, college: CS San Bernar.) came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds and the other American import swingman Justice Graham (198-79, college: Glenville St.) added 19 points respectively for Espoo Basket in the defeat. Espoo Basket's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. TuNMKY maintains first place in Division with 15-4 record. Espoo Basket at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. TuNMKY's next round opponent will be Karkkila (#9) at home and are hoping to win another game. Espoo Basket will play against Korikouvot (#5) in Kouvola and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TuNMKY: A.Talvitie 19+3reb, M.Sandberg 16+6reb+2ast, M.Laihonen 13+10reb+1ast, V.Salli 10+1reb+1ast, E.Innamaa 10+6reb+10ast, T.Jaakkola 6+2reb+3ast
Espoo Basket: J.Graham 19+4reb+2ast, J.Gouch 14+15reb+3ast, A.Vialen 10+6reb, C.Carapinha 5+1reb+5ast, B.Ceesay 4+5reb, L.Jarvinen 4
gschID: 487852


PuHu Juniorit - PeU-Basket 70-64

There was no surprise in Vantaa where 10th ranked PeU-Basket (6-13) was defeated by second ranked PuHu Juniorit (14-4) 70-64 on Sunday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. PuHu Juniorit outrebounded PeU-Basket 48-28 including a 34-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was guard Eero Lehtinen (194-85) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Otto Markkanen (190-90) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. PuHu Juniorit's coach used an eleven-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Forward Riku Laine (197-97) produced 33 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds and American forward Tiel Daniels (200-92, college: Colorado St.) added 11 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the guests. PuHu Juniorit maintains second place in Division with 14-4 record behind leader TuNMKY. Loser PeU-Basket keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. PuHu Juniorit will face HNMKY U23 (#8) in Helsinki in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. PeU-Basket will play at home against Korikouvot and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
PuHu Juniorit: E.Lehtinen 14+11reb+4ast, J.Aho 12+2reb, O.Markkanen 11+7reb+3ast, S.Laakso 9+9reb+1ast, P.Rainamaa 8+9reb+2ast, E.Sahlberg 7+2reb+1ast
PeU-Basket: R.Laine 33+9reb+3ast, T.Daniels 11+11reb, J.Savolainen 9+5reb+3ast, J.Virtanen 7+1reb, S.Himberg 2+2reb, M.Saari 2
gschID: 487851


HyPo - Karkkila 93-79

No shocking result in a game in Hyvinkaa where seventh ranked HyPo (9-8) defeated 9th ranked Karkkila (6-12) 93-79 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 52-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. HyPo dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Karkkila's 32. They outrebounded Karkkila 49-35 including 34 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard De'Andre Upchurch (188-91, college: Tarleton St.) who had a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds. Forward Riku Lempio (197-90) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. HyPo's coach Besim Maxhuni used entire bench saving starting five for next games. Point guard Janne Kinnunen (185-87) produced 25 points and 6 assists and guard Artturi Nieminen (189-97) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. HyPo maintains seventh place in Division with 9-8 record. Loser Karkkila keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. HyPo will face higher ranked Raholan Pyrkiva (#6) in Tampere in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Karkkila will play on the road against the league's leader TuNMKY and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
HyPo: D.Upchurch 33+13reb+3ast, A.Rikka 11+8reb+4ast, R.Lempio 10+11reb+5ast, S.Saari 9+3reb+2ast, E.Kivi 9+3reb+3ast, J.Granlund 8
Karkkila: J.Kinnunen 25+1reb+6ast, T.Heino 15+3reb+1ast, A.Nieminen 14+8reb+3ast, M.King 8+12reb+1ast, M.Nyman 8+1ast, E.Kivimaki 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 487850


TuNMKY - Korikouvot 79-90

Top ranked TuNMKY (15-4) recorded its fourth loss in Turun on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Korikouvot (12-6) 90-79. The game was mostly controlled by Korikouvot. TuNMKY managed to win third quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was swingman Teemu Knihtinen (195-98) who had a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds. Guard Samuli Lehtonen (175-92) chipped in 14 points. Guard Eero Innamaa (186-98) produced 33 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds and center Mikael Sandberg (210-91) added 23 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Korikouvot maintains fifth place in Division with 12-6 record. TuNMKY at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. Korikouvot are looking forward to face higher ranked Espoo Basket (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. TuNMKY will play against Karkkila and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Korikouvot: T.Knihtinen 39+13reb+1ast, S.Lehtonen 14+3reb+3ast, V.Leino 13+1reb+2ast, K.Shiwan 9+1reb+2ast, E.Mombilo 8+3reb+2ast, E.Johansson 5+5reb+2ast
TuNMKY: E.Innamaa 33+9reb+2ast, M.Sandberg 23+5reb+1ast, A.Talvitie 7+4reb+2ast, T.Lommi 7+2reb+2ast, T.Jaakkola 6+3reb+2ast, M.Laihonen 2+2reb
gschID: 535137





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ProA Standings
 1. Monaco 16-2 
 2. Chalon 13-5 
 3. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 13-5 
 4. Nanterre 12-6 
 5. Paris-Levallois 10-8 
 6. ASVEL 10-8 
 7. Gravelines 10-8 
 8. Strasbourg 10-8 
 9. Hyeres-Toulon 9-9 
 10. Le Mans 9-9 
 11. Limoges 8-10 
 12. Le Portel 7-11 
 13. Chalons-Reims 7-11 
 14. Dijon 6-12 
 15. Orleans 6-12 
 16. Antibes 6-12 
 17. Cholet 6-12 
 18. Nancy 4-14 

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 5: Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Chalon 95-88
Feb. 4: Strasbourg - Le Mans 92-63
Feb. 4: Nancy - Chalons-Reims 89-80
Feb. 4: Gravelines - Dijon 87-89
Feb. 3: Paris-Levallois - Antibes 86-67
Feb. 4: Monaco - Le Portel 81-57
Feb. 4: Hyeres-Toulon - Orleans 78-61
Feb. 3: ASVEL - Nanterre 74-88
Feb. 6: Cholet - Limoges 61-68

Regular Season: Round 19

Feb. 10: Antibes - Monaco
Feb. 10: Chalons-Reims - Paris-Levallois
Feb. 10: Dijon - Hyeres-Toulon
Feb. 10: Le Portel - Nancy
Feb. 11: Chalon - Cholet
Feb. 11: Gravelines - ASVEL
Feb. 11: Le Mans - Nanterre
Feb. 11: Limoges - Strasbourg
Feb. 11: Orleans - Pau-Lacq-Orthez


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Kyle GIBSON
  Gravelines
  (196-G-87)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Gibson, Gravelines18.9 
 2. Clark, Chalon18.0 
 3. Rich, Paris-Levallois16.7 
 4. Prepelic, Limoges16.1 
 5. Cobbs, Gravelines15.8 
 6. Roberson, Chalon15.6 
 7. Sommerville, Orleans15.6 
 8. Smith, Chalons-Reims15.4 
 9. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.14.8 
 10. Hassell, Le Portel14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vincent POIRIER
  Paris-Le.
  (210-C-93)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Poirier, Paris-Le.8.8 
 2. Fall, Chalon8.8 
 3. Hunt, Nancy7.9 
 4. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.7.8 
 5. Yeguete, Le Mans7.6 
 6. Hassell, Le Portel7.3 
 7. Donaldson, Le Po.7.2 
 8. Blue, Antibes7.2 
 9. Lessort, Nanterre6.9 
 10. Trasolini, Nancy6.7 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.11.4 
 2. Roberson, Chalon7.4 
 3. Hodge, AS.6.3 
 4. Holston, Dijon6.0 
 5. Cobbs, Gravelines5.7 
 6. Vargas, Nancy5.5 
 7. Campbell, Paris-Le.5.2 
 8. Bost, Monaco5.2 
 9. Eito, Orleans4.6 
 10. Hammonds, Limoges4.5 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.6 
 2. Wood, Limoges2.3 
 3. Eito, Orleans2.0 
 4. Payne, Chalons-.1.8 
 5. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.7 
 6. Holston, Dijon1.7 
 7. Grant, Dijon1.6 
 8. Yeguete, Le Mans1.5 
 9. Roberson, Chalon1.4 
 10. Gladyr, Monaco1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Fall, Chalon2.7 
 2. Fofana, Monaco1.3 
 3. Uter, AS.1.2 
 4. Hunt, Nancy1.0 
 5. Joseph, Orleans1.0 
 6. Jeanne, Nancy1.0 
 7. Poirier, Paris-Le.1.0 
 8. Hassell, Le Portel1.0 
 9. Lessort, Nanterre0.9 
 10. Murphy, Strasbourg0.9 


ProA Round 18: Chalon/Saor lose to Pau-Lacq-Orthez in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

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

The game between Top Four teams took place in Pau. Third ranked host Pau-Lacq-Orthez (13-5) defeated second-best Chalon/Saor (13-5) 95-88. Chalon/Saor was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 31-23 charge of Pau-Lacq-Orthez, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Chalon/Saor's players. American point guard D.J. Cooper (183-90, college: Ohio) scored 17 points and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Elie Okobo (191-97) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American swingman Cameron Clark (201-91, college: Oklahoma) with 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. Pau-Lacq-Orthez have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Chalon. Pau-Lacq-Orthez is looking forward to face Entente Orleans 45 (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Chalon/Saor will play against Cholet Basket (#17) and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Sluc Nancy managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the three-game losing streak. This time they won against thirteenth-ranked Chalons-Reims 89-80. American-Montenegrin point guard Brion Rush (186-84, college: Grambling St., agency: Three Eye Sports) notched 24 points and 7 assists to lead the effort and Alex Urtasun supported him with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Even 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by American forward Steven Smith (203-83, college: La Salle) did not help to save the game for Chalons-Reims. Sluc Nancy maintains eighteenth position with 4-14 record. Chalons-Reims at the other side dropped to the twelfth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Le Portel. Sluc Nancy will play against higher ranked Le Portel (#12) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Chalons-Reims will play against Paris-Levallois and hopes to get back on the winning track.
ProA top team - Monaco (16-2) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Le Portel (7-11) 81-57. The best player for the winners was Dee Bost who scored 9 points and 11 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Franklin Hassell who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 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. Monaco have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-2 record. Le Portel lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Chalons-Reims. Monaco will meet Olympique Antibes (#16) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Le Portel will play against Sluc Nancy (#18) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Villeurbanne was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked JSF Nanterre (12-6) played at the court of 5th ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (10-8). JSF Nanterre defeated ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket 88-74. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. It was a good game for Spencer Butterfield who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 5 rebounds. JSF Nanterre maintains fourth position with 12-6 record. Defending champion ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket keeps the fifth place with eight games lost. JSF Nanterre's next round opponent will be Le Mans (#10) on the road where they are favorite. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will play against Gravelines-Dunkerque (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Gravelines. Seventeenth ranked JDA Dijon (6-12) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging higher ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (10-8) 89-87 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Gravelines-Dunkerque. Isaiah Miles scored 23 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. JDA Dijon moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Gravelines-Dunkerque keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. JDA Dijon will face higher ranked Hyeres-Toulon (#9) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 18: Limoges won against Cholet on the opponent's court 68-61. Strasbourg outscored Le Mans in a home game 92-63. Orleans recorded a loss to Hyeres-Toulon on the road 78-61. Paris-Levallois crushed Antibes on its own court 86-67.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 12 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists by Romeo Travis of Strasbourg.

Cholet - Limoges 61-68

Rather expected game when 14th ranked Cholet Basket (6-12) was defeated at home by eleventh ranked Limoges CSP Elite (8-10) 68-61 on Monday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 39-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American guard William Buford (196-90, college: Ohio St., agency: Two Points) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Slovenian guard Klemen Prepelic (191-92) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was center Jerry Boutsiele (207-92) with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international point guard Jonathan Rousselle (187-90) scored 6 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Limoges CSP Elite maintains eleventh position with 8-10 record. Cholet Basket lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with 12 games lost. Limoges CSP Elite will face higher ranked Strasbourg IG (#8) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Cholet Basket will play against the league's second-placed Chalon/Saor (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Limoges: W.Buford 17+8reb+1ast, K.Prepelic 15+5reb+5ast, D.Wood 14+2reb+4ast, E.Bremer 8+1reb+2ast, L.Frejus Zerbo 6+5reb, C.Fair 6+6reb+1ast
Cholet: J.Boutsiele 23+8reb+4ast, I.Evtimov 13+3reb, G.Bell 12+1reb+3ast, J.Rousselle 6+6reb+7ast, D.Noel 4+1reb+2ast, G.Brown 2+2reb
gschID: 485493


Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Chalon 95-88

The game between Top Four teams took place in Pau. Third ranked host Pau-Lacq-Orthez (13-5) defeated second-best Chalon/Saor (13-5) 95-88. Chalon/Saor was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 31-23 charge of Pau-Lacq-Orthez, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Chalon/Saor's players. American point guard D.J. Cooper (183-90, college: Ohio) scored 17 points and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Elie Okobo (191-97) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American swingman Cameron Clark (201-91, college: Oklahoma) with 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and center Moustapha Fall (218-92) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Pau-Lacq-Orthez have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Chalon. Pau-Lacq-Orthez is looking forward to face Entente Orleans 45 (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Chalon/Saor will play against Cholet Basket (#17) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: J.Mipoka 20+2reb+1ast, V.Chikoko 19+3reb, D.Cooper 17+2reb+9ast, E.Okobo 15+5reb+4ast, A.Koffi 14+2reb, J.Edwards 7+8reb+2ast
Chalon: C.Clark 33+7reb+2ast, L.Harris 16+2ast, M.Fall 14+11reb+1ast, J.Roberson 12+7ast, G.Pitard 6, A.Bouteille 3+4reb
gschID: 485496


Monaco - Le Portel 81-57

ProA top team - Monaco (16-2) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Le Portel (7-11) 81-57. The game without a history. Monaco led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 19 Le Portel turnovers and outrebounded them 35-23 including 23 on the defensive glass. Monaco looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Le Portel's players. The best player for the winners was American-Bulgarian point guard Dee Bost (188-89, college: Mississippi St., agency: BeoBasket) who scored 9 points and 11 assists. American center Brandon Davies (208-91, college: BYU) chipped in 16 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Franklin Hassell (203-88, college: ODU) who recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and guard Benoit Mangin (191-88) added 9 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Monaco have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 16-2 record. Le Portel lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Chalons-Reims. Monaco will meet Olympique Antibes (#16) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Le Portel will play against Sluc Nancy (#18) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Monaco: B.Davies 16+1reb+1ast, J.Shuler 10+4reb+3ast, Z.Wright 9+3reb+2ast, D.Bost 9+2reb+11ast, B.Ouattara 8+3reb, N.Caner-Medley 8+7reb+2ast
Le Portel: F.Hassell 16+10reb, B.Mangin 9+3reb+3ast, J.Donaldson 7+3reb+1ast, A.Reid 6+1reb, J.Begarin 4+1reb+2ast, E.Katenda 4
gschID: 485492


Strasbourg - Le Mans 92-63

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Strasbourg IG and 8th ranked Le Mans had identical 9-8 record. This time Strasbourg IG used a home court advantage and smashed the opponent from Le Mans 92-63 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Strasbourg IG led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Le Mans' 34. They outrebounded Le Mans 33-16 including 21 on the defensive glass. Strasbourg IG looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Le Mans' players. American-FYR Macedonian Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) scored 12 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Finnish-American power forward Erik Murphy (208-90, college: Florida, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Strasbourg IG players scored in double figures. Strasbourg IG's coach Vincent Collet felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was naturalized Ivorian guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (186-85, agency: BeoBasket) with 10 points and 4 assists and Canadian guard Olivier Hanlan (193-93, college: Boston Coll.) scored 14 points. Strasbourg IG (10-8) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Le Mans dropped to the ninth position with nine games lost. Strasbourg IG will face Limoges CSP Elite (#11) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Le Mans will play against JSF Nanterre and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: E.Murphy 18+5reb+2ast, A.Slaughter 17+1reb+2ast, M.Jaiteh 14+6reb+1ast, R.Travis 12+6reb+7ast, P.Sy 11+1reb+1ast, E.Walker 5+1reb+6ast
Le Mans: O.Hanlan 14+1ast, P.Amagou 10+1reb+4ast, M.Yarou 8+3reb+1ast, P.Cornelie 8+2reb, M.Gelabale 6+3reb+2ast, R.Pearson 6+2reb
gschID: 485497


Nancy - Chalons-Reims 89-80

Bottom-ranked Sluc Nancy managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the three-game losing streak. This time they won against thirteenth-ranked Chalons-Reims 89-80. The game without a history. Sluc Nancy led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game, while Chalons-Reims only scored five points from the stripe. Sluc Nancy players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Chalons-Reims was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Montenegrin point guard Brion Rush (186-84, college: Grambling St., agency: Three Eye Sports) notched 24 points and 7 assists to lead the effort and Spanish guard Alex Urtasun (193-84) supported him with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Even 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by American forward Steven Smith (203-83, college: La Salle) did not help to save the game for Chalons-Reims. His fellow American import swingman Alex Young (198-89, college: IUPUI, agency: Two Points) added 22 points. Four Chalons-Reims players scored in double figures. Sluc Nancy maintains eighteenth position with 4-14 record. Chalons-Reims at the other side dropped to the twelfth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Le Portel. Sluc Nancy will play against higher ranked Le Portel (#12) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Chalons-Reims will play against Paris-Levallois and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Nancy: B.Rush 24+2reb+7ast, A.Urtasun 19+6reb+4ast, E.Brown 10+4reb+1ast, D.Hunt 9+6reb, J.Jeanne 8+6reb+2ast, D.Mallet 7+1reb+9ast
Chalons-Reims: A.Young 22+3reb, S.Smith 15+8reb+4ast, N.de Jong 12+6reb+2ast, M.Payne 12+7reb+3ast, A.Lawrence 8+2reb+4ast, E.Choquet 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 485495


Hyeres-Toulon - Orleans 78-61

Not a big story in a game when 15th ranked Entente Orleans 45 (6-12) was defeated on the road by tenth ranked Hyeres-Toulon (9-9) 78-61 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 41-23 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Hyeres-Toulon forced 20 Entente Orleans 45 turnovers. American swingman Trevis Simpson (193-91, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Three Eye Sports) scored 20 points to lead the charge for the winners and point guard David Michineau (191-94) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Verdell Jones III (195-89, college: Indiana, agency: Three Eye Sports) with 17 points and naturalized American forward Georgi Joseph (197-82, college: Kennesaw St.) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hyeres-Toulon have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Le Mans. Loser Entente Orleans 45 dropped to the fourteenth position with 12 games lost. Hyeres-Toulon will face JDA Dijon (#14) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Entente Orleans 45 will play against Pau-Lacq-Orthez and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: T.Simpson 20+2reb+2ast, D.Michineau 15+5reb+3ast, R.Evans 10+4reb+2ast, A.Williams 9+2reb, M.Acker 9+3reb+1ast, I.Joseph Udanoh 9+7reb+2ast
Orleans: V.Jones III 17+4reb+1ast, G.Joseph 13+7reb, A.Eito 7+3reb+2ast, K.McAlarney 6+1ast, J.Kazadi 6+6reb, M.Downs 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 485489


Gravelines - Dijon 87-89

Important game to mention about took place in Gravelines. Seventeenth ranked JDA Dijon (6-12) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging higher ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (10-8) 89-87 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Gravelines-Dunkerque. JDA Dijon made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Gravelines-Dunkerque turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Gravelines-Dunkerque was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Isaiah Miles (201-94, college: St.Joseph's) scored 23 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import power forward Brandon Peterson (204-90, college: Arkansas St., agency: Inception Sports) chipped in 13 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American-Jamaican guard Sek Henry (193-87, college: Nebraska) with 20 points and 4 steals and American guard Justin Cobbs (191-91, college: California, agency: Pensack Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. JDA Dijon moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Gravelines-Dunkerque keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. JDA Dijon will face higher ranked Hyeres-Toulon (#9) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play against ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dijon: I.Miles 23+7reb+3ast, A.Julien 15+5reb+5ast, M.Judith 13+3reb+4ast, B.Peterson 13+11reb+1ast, R.Brooks 8+5reb+2ast, G.Gajovic 6+5reb+1ast
Gravelines: S.Henry 20+4reb+3ast, J.Cobbs 16+1reb+10ast, K.Gibson 13+1reb+4ast, M.Hesson 13+8reb, F.Pietrus 9+5reb, R.Solomon 8+8reb
gschID: 485494


Paris-Levallois - Antibes 86-67

Everything went according to plan when eighth ranked Paris-Levallois (10-8) outscored at home 15th ranked Olympique Antibes (6-12) 86-67 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-67. Paris-Levallois dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Olympique Antibes' 34. The former international power forward Louis Labeyrie (209-92) had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international power forward Landing Sane (207-90) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Paris-Levallois' coach Frederic Fauthoux used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Congolese-Central African Max Kouguere (198-87) with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and American-Nigerian center Chris Otule (211-90, college: Marquette) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Paris-Levallois moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Olympique Antibes dropped to the fourteenth position with 12 games lost. Paris-Levallois will face Chalons-Reims (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Olympique Antibes will play against the league's leader Monaco and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: L.Sane 19+6reb, L.Labeyrie 17+10reb+1ast, V.Poirier 14+10reb, C.Eliezer-Vanerot 11+1reb+3ast, J.Rich 9+5reb+5ast, R.Lesca 6+3reb+2ast
Antibes: M.Kouguere 19+8reb+5ast, C.Otule 17+6reb+1ast, T.Blue 16+4reb+3ast, M.Curry 4+5reb+3ast, N.Diarra 4+4reb+1ast, J.Tornato 4+2reb
gschID: 485491


ASVEL - Nanterre 74-88

The game in Villeurbanne was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked JSF Nanterre (12-6) played at the court of 5th ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (10-8). JSF Nanterre defeated ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket 88-74. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. It looked good early as ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket took a 3-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then JSF Nanterre had a 19-15 second period charge getting the lead and ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 74-88. It was a good game for American swingman Spencer Butterfield (190-92, college: Utah St., agency: Three Eye Sports) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 5 rebounds. The other American import Mykal Riley (198-85, college: Alabama) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five JSF Nanterre players scored in double figures. American center Darryl Watkins (211-84, college: Syracuse, agency: Inception Sports) replied with 18 points and 7 rebounds and U.S. Virgin Islands-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) added 15 points and 5 assists in the effort for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket. JSF Nanterre maintains fourth position with 12-6 record. Defending champion ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket keeps the fifth place with eight games lost. JSF Nanterre's next round opponent will be Le Mans (#10) on the road where they are favorite. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will play against Gravelines-Dunkerque (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: S.Butterfield 20+5reb+3ast, H.Invernizzi 15+4reb+1ast, M.Riley 15+9reb+3ast, H.Schaffartzik 13+1reb+6ast, M.Lessort 11+7reb, J.Morency 8+3reb+1ast
ASVEL: D.Watkins 18+7reb+1ast, W.Hodge 15+5ast, B.Sy 8+5reb, N.Dragovic 7+3reb+4ast, D.Nelson 7+2reb+3ast, A.Uter 6+5reb
gschID: 485490





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Superleague Round 15: Derby game ends with Dinamo Tbilisi's defeat of Olimpi - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Dinamo Tbilisi (#1) and Olimpi (#7). Dinamo Tbilisi (15-0) crushed visiting Olimpi (4-10) by 18 points 82-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Olimpi. The game was mostly controlled by Dinamo Tbilisi. Olimpi managed to win third quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Olimpi 41-25 including a 33-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for the former international point guard Nodar Gogodze (191-94) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Center Ilia Londaridze (205-89) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners. Dinamo Tbilisi's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Tre Burnette (196, college: S.Dakota) answered with 9 points and 10 rebounds for Olimpi. Undefeated Dinamo Tbilisi have an impressive series of fifteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 15-0 record. Olimpi at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Dinamo Tbilisi are looking forward to face Batumi (#5) on the road in the next round. Olimpi will play against Energy Invest in Rustavi and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Energy Invest (8-7) against fifth ranked Sokhumi (7-8) on Saturday night. Visiting Energy Invest was defeated by Sokhumi in a tough game in Tbilisi 76-80. It was a great evening for American guard Dwayne Lathan (190-89, college: Indiana St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 7 rebounds. Oleksandr Tishchenko helped adding 17 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was center Sergo Atuashvili (223-85) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. Sokhumi moved-up to fourth place. Energy Invest at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Sokhumi will play against league's second-placed Kutaisi on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Energy Invest will play against Olimpi and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game was also a 39-point surprising road defeat of 4th ranked Batumi in a game in Tbilisi versus Mgzavrebi (#8) 99-60. It was an exceptional evening for Kaheem Ransom who led the winners and scored 27 points and 4 assists. Kakhaber Jintcharadze came up with 19 points and 6 rebounds for Batumi in the defeat. Batumi's coach Davit Ustiashvili gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Mgzavrebi maintains eighth place with 2-13 record. Batumi lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with Cactus Tbilisi. Mgzavrebi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Cactus Tbilisi.
The game in Tbilisi was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Kutaisi (11-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Cactus Tbilisi (6-9). Kutaisi defeated Cactus Tbilisi 81-66. The best player for the winners was Dragan Tubak who scored 19 points and 9 rebounds. Defending champion maintains second place with 11-3 record having five points less than leader Dinamo Tbilisi. Cactus Tbilisi at the other side dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. Kutaisi's next round opponent will be Sokhumi (#4) in Tbilisi. Cactus Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Mgzavrebi.

Dinamo Tbilisi - Olimpi 82-64

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: Dinamo Tbilisi (#1) and Olimpi (#7). Dinamo Tbilisi (15-0) crushed visiting Olimpi (4-10) by 18 points 82-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Olimpi. The game was mostly controlled by Dinamo Tbilisi. Olimpi managed to win third quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Olimpi 41-25 including a 33-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for the former international point guard Nodar Gogodze (191-94) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Center Ilia Londaridze (205-89) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners. Dinamo Tbilisi's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Tre Burnette (196, college: S.Dakota) answered with 9 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import forward Walter Pitchford (208-92, college: Nebraska) added 14 points in the effort for Olimpi. Dinamo Tbilisi have an impressive series of fifteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 15-0 record. Olimpi at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Dinamo Tbilisi are looking forward to face Batumi (#5) on the road in the next round. Olimpi will play against Energy Invest in Rustavi and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Olimpi: W.Pitchford 14+2reb+1ast, N.Schlitzer 12+4reb+1ast, T.Burnette 9+10reb+1ast, R.Rogava 9+4ast, L.Maskhulia 7+3reb+1ast, G.Baqradze 7+2reb+2ast
Dinamo Tbilisi: N.Gogodze 17+6reb+2ast, I.Londaridze 15+6reb+2ast, M.Berishvili 13+6reb+4ast, L.Patsatsia 8+4reb+3ast, D.Vaughn 7+3ast, L.Grdzelidze 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 532297


Cactus Tbilisi - Kutaisi 66-81

The game in Tbilisi was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Kutaisi (11-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Cactus Tbilisi (6-9). Kutaisi defeated Cactus Tbilisi 81-66. Cactus Tbilisi was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 44-26 second half run of Kutaisi. 24 personal fouls committed by Cactus Tbilisi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Serbian center Dragan Tubak (216-87, agency: HMS) who scored 19 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Levan Tsekvava (190-89) chipped in 9 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American center John Florveus (211-90, college: Georgia) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 18 rebounds and the former international swingman Beqa Chikviladze (196-91) added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists respectively. Defending champion maintains second place with 11-3 record having five points less than leader Dinamo Tbilisi. Cactus Tbilisi at the other side dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. Kutaisi's next round opponent will be Sokhumi (#4) in Tbilisi. Cactus Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Mgzavrebi.
Top scorers:
Cactus Tbilisi: J.Florveus 18+18reb+1ast, B.Chikviladze 11+6reb+7ast, D.Lomidze 9+3reb, T.White 9+5reb+1ast, I.Chlaidze 7+2reb+1ast, T.Bridgeman 7+9reb
Kutaisi: D.Tubak 19+9reb+1ast, Z.Pashaev 12+7reb, G.Barbakadze 12+7reb, A.Lomouri 11+3reb+2ast, L.Tsekvava 9+5reb+6ast, B.Bekauri 7+9reb+1ast
gschID: 532296


Sokhumi - Rustavi 80-76

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Energy Invest (8-7) against fifth ranked Sokhumi (7-8) on Saturday night. Visiting Energy Invest was defeated by Sokhumi in a tough game in Tbilisi 76-80. Energy Invest was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 23-14 third quarter run of Sokhumi. They also forced 22 Energy Invest turnovers. Energy Invest was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American guard Dwayne Lathan (190-89, college: Indiana St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Oleksandr Tishchenko (205-89) helped adding 17 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was center Sergo Atuashvili (223-85) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and American forward Maurice Lewis-Briggs (203-90, college: Slippery Rock, agency: Mansfield and Associates) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sokhumi moved-up to fourth place. Energy Invest at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Sokhumi will play against league's second-placed Kutaisi on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Energy Invest will play against Olimpi and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Rustavi: S.Atuashvili 18+13reb+2ast, M.Lewis-Briggs 16+8reb+2ast, C.Lee 14+5reb+6ast, C.Kasperbauer 13+4reb+4ast, T.Spagnolo 8+5reb+3ast, L.Khmelidze 5+6reb+3ast
Sokhumi: D.Lathan 21+7reb+2ast, O.Tishchenko 17+4reb+4ast, O.Buliava 16+4reb+2ast, D.Barbakadze 14+4reb+1ast, R.Woodson 9+4reb+3ast, G.Kvetenadze 3+4reb
gschID: 532291


Mgzavrebi - Batumi 99-60

An interesting game was also a 39-point surprising road defeat of 4th ranked Batumi in a game in Tbilisi versus Mgzavrebi (#8) 99-60. The game without a history. Mgzavrebi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Batumi to just 7 points in third and fourth quarters. Mgzavrebi dominated down low during the game scoring 82 of its points in the paint compared to Batumi's 40. Mgzavrebi forced 20 Batumi turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Batumi's players. It was an exceptional evening for American point guard Kaheem Ransom (185, college: Sam Houston St.) who led the winners and scored 27 points and 4 assists. His fellow American import center Reggie Murphy (208-91, college: Henderson St.) accounted for 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Five Mgzavrebi players scored in double figures. International Kakhaber Jintcharadze (195-93) came up with 19 points and 6 rebounds and American center Chris Pelcher (208-91, college: New Hampshire) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Batumi in the defeat. Batumi's coach Davit Ustiashvili gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Mgzavrebi maintains eighth place with 2-13 record. Batumi lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with Cactus Tbilisi. Mgzavrebi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Cactus Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
Batumi: K.Jintcharadze 19+6reb+1ast, C.Pelcher 11+9reb+1ast, I.Krivtsov 9+4reb+1ast, B.Lezhava 6+4reb+3ast, N.Tenieshvili 6+1reb+1ast, L.Revazashvili 3+1reb
Mgzavrebi: K.Ransom 27+4reb+4ast, R.Murphy 15+9reb+1ast, C.Allen 13+1reb+8ast, D.Taylor 12+6reb+4ast, G.Turdzeladze 12+2reb, O.Pkhakadze 10+7reb+7ast
gschID: 532290





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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Raymar MORGAN
  Ratiopharm
  (203-F/C-88)
  Avg: 19
 1. Morgan, Ratiopharm19.0 
 2. Knight, Jena18.5 
 3. Bell, Phoenix Hagen18.3 
 4. Kikanovic, ALBA17.0 
 5. Jenkins, Jena16.4 
 6. Thompson, Telekom .15.8 
 7. Paulding, EWE B.15.8 
 8. Ruoff, Goettingen15.5 
 9. Qvale, EWE Baskets15.5 
 10. Odum, Wuerzburg15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Owen KLASSEN
  Phoenix .
  (208-C/F-91)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Klassen, Phoenix .7.8 
 2. Pierre, Braunsch.7.7 
 3. Plaisted, Phoenix .7.3 
 4. Cooley, Ludwigsb.7.1 
 5. McGhee, Walter T.7.1 
 6. Eatherton, Goett.6.9 
 7. Knight, Jena6.7 
 8. Morgan, Ratiopharm6.7 
 9. Standharding., Vec.6.6 
 10. Marei, Bayreuth6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Walter T.
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Jordan, Walter T.8.6 
 2. Machado, Vechta8.2 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.6.8 
 4. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.6.5 
 5. Hobbs, Ratiopharm6.2 
 6. Bell, Phoenix Hagen6.1 
 7. Odum, Wuerzburg6.0 
 8. Siva, ALBA5.4 
 9. Ruoff, Goettingen5.0 
 10. Mayo, Telekom Bsk4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Chris KRAMER
  EWE B.
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Kramer, EWE B.2.7 
 2. Robertson, Fraport .2.6 
 3. Machado, Vechta2.0 
 4. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.9 
 5. Scrubb, Giessen .1.8 
 6. Redding, B.Mue.1.8 
 7. Hobbs, Ratiopharm1.8 
 8. Siva, ALBA1.7 
 9. Bowlin, Giessen 46ers1.7 
 10. Anderson, Bayreuth1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel THEIS
  Brose Bask.
  (204-PF-92)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Theis, Brose Bask.1.5 
 2. Groselle, Braunsch.1.4 
 3. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.3 
 4. Gamble, Telekom .1.1 
 5. Horton, Telekom .1.0 
 6. Plaisted, Phoenix .1.0 
 7. Lane, Wuerzburg1.0 
 8. Qvale, EWE Baskets1.0 
 9. Ibekwe, Fraport .0.9 
 10. Elliott, Bremerhaven0.9 


BBL Round 21: Telekom Baskets beat higher ranked ALBA Berlin - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The game with biggest difference of round 21 in BBL was host Telekom Baskets' (10-8) easy victory at home over 5th ranked ALBA Berlin (14-6) 95-72 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of ALBA Berlin. Telekom Baskets made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Telekom Baskets had a 30-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Ken Horton (199-89, college: Cent.Conn.St.) who scored 31 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). His fellow American import power forward Julian Gamble (208-89, college: Miami, FL) chipped in 21 points and 11 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). At the other side the best for losing team was the former international center Bogdan Radosavljevic (213-93) who recorded 17 points and 5 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. Defending champion moved-up to seventh place. ALBA Berlin at the other side keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Telekom Baskets are looking forward to face SC Rasta Vechta (#17) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ALBA Berlin will play against Bayern Muenchen (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Undefeated leader ratiopharm Ulm delivered the nineteenth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 5th ranked BBC Bayreuth (14-5) 90-70. It was a good game for American power forward Raymar Morgan (203-88, college: Michigan St.) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Chris Babb contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Egyptian forward Assem Marei (206-92, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) answered with 21 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for BBC Bayreuth. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. ratiopharm Ulm maintains first place with 19-0 record. BBC Bayreuth at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. ratiopharm Ulm will play against Braunschweig (#16) in Braunschweig in the next round which should be another easy win for them. BBC Bayreuth will play at home against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#14) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Muenchen. Local Bayern Muenchen (16-3) outscored 10th ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (8-12) 95-70 on Saturday night. Devin Booker stepped up and scored 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. The best for the losing side was A.J. English with 31 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Bayern Muenchen have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain third place with 16-3 record having just three points less than leader Ratiopharm. Loser Deutsche Bank Skyliners keep the tenth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Jena. Bayern Muenchen will meet ALBA Berlin (#5) on the road in the next round. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play against the league's second-placed Brose Baskets (#2) and hope to secure a win.

Other games of round 21 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Wuerzburg was defeated by Brose Bask. in Bamberg 88-78. Walter Tigers beat Vechta at home 86-77. Braunschweig lost to Jena on the opponent's court 82-89. Giessen 46ers managed to outperform Goettingen in a home game 79-72. Bremerhaven recorded a loss to EWE Baskets on the road 85-70.
The best stats of 21th round was 20 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocks by Daniel Theis of Brose Bask..

Brose Bask. - Wuerzburg 88-78

There was no surprise in Bamberg where 15th ranked s Oliver Baskets (5-14) were defeated by second ranked Brose Baskets (18-1) 88-78 on Sunday. Brose Baskets made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. International Daniel Theis (204-92, agency: Octagon Europe) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocks (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) for the winners and international guard Maodo Lo (191-92, college: Columbia) chipped in 17 points and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was the former international point guard Maurice Stuckey (187-90) with 18 points and 6 rebounds and American Lamonte Ulmer (198-86, college: Rhode Island, agency: HMS) scored 12 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Brose Baskets have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 18-1 record behind leader Ratiopharm. s Oliver Baskets lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 14 games lost. Brose Baskets will meet at home EnBW Ludwigsburg (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. s Oliver Baskets will play against Walter Tigers (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Brose Bask.: D.Theis 20+12reb+1ast, M.Lo 17+3reb+5ast, F.Causeur 16+1reb+6ast, J.McNeal 10+1reb+3ast, J.Strelnieks 8+2reb+2ast, N.Melli 5+3reb
Wuerzburg: M.Stuckey 18+6reb+1ast, J.Odum 14+2reb+1ast, K.Loncar 14+2reb+1ast, L.Ulmer 12+4reb+1ast, M.Shakur 7+2reb+3ast, M.Cobbins 7+6reb
gschID: 528718


Walter Tigers - Vechta 86-77

No shocking result in a game in Tuebingen where fourteenth ranked Walter Tigers (7-16) defeated 17th ranked SC Rasta Vechta (1-19) 86-77 on Sunday. Walter Tigers looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Point guard Jared Jordan (187-84, college: Marist) stepped up and scored 9 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners and Barry Stewart (193-88, college: Mississippi St.) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was forward Larry Gordon (196-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona) with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Devin Searcy (208-89, college: Dayton) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Four SC Rasta Vechta players scored in double figures. Walter Tigers moved-up to thirteenth place. SC Rasta Vechta lost fourteenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventeenth position with 19 games lost. Walter Tigers will meet s Oliver Baskets (#15) in the next round. SC Rasta Vechta will play against Telekom Baskets and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Walter Tigers: B.Stewart 16+3reb+5ast, D.Berry 15+2reb, G.McGhee 11+5reb+1ast, S.Kidd 9+7reb+1ast, J.Jordan 9+7reb+10ast, J.Washburn 9+3reb+2ast
Vechta: L.Gordon 17+6reb+4ast, F.Gaines 15+1reb+3ast, C.Standhardinger 12+5reb+2ast, M.Ehambe 12+4reb+3ast, D.Searcy 10+11reb, R.Broadus 7+4reb+9ast
gschID: 528717


Telekom Bsk - ALBA 95-72

The game with biggest difference of round 21 in BBL was host Telekom Baskets' (10-8) easy victory at home over 5th ranked ALBA Berlin (14-6) 95-72 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of ALBA Berlin. Telekom Baskets made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Telekom Baskets had a 30-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Ken Horton (199-89, college: Cent.Conn.St.) who scored 31 points, 6 r