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  ABA LEAGUE  


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ante ZIZIC
  Cibona
  (210-F/C-97)
  Avg: 20
 1. Zizic, Cibona20.0 
 2. Marinkovic, Zadar18.6 
 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, Buducnost7.0 
 7. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija6.9 
 8. Bolden, FMP6.9 
 9. Zagorac, Mega Leks6.8 
 10. Scott, MZT Skopje6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Scottie REYNOLDS
  Cibona
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 7
 1. Reynolds, Cibona7.0 
 2. Jackson, Cedevita6.6 
 3. Covic, FMP6.6 
 4. Jovic, Crvena Z.6.5 
 5. Williams, Buducnost6.4 
 6. Rebec, Krka6.2 
 7. Bakic, Mornar Bar4.9 
 8. Vladovic, Zadar4.8 
 9. Diabate, MZT S.4.6 
 10. Babic, Cedevita4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Vukota PAVIC
  Mornar Bar
  (203-C-93)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Pavic, Mornar Bar1.9 
 2. Vladovic, Zadar1.8 
 3. Kaba, Mega Leks1.7 
 4. Perry, Karpos S.1.7 
 5. Ramljak, Zadar1.7 
 6. Reynolds, Cibona1.6 
 7. Labovic, Karpos S.1.6 
 8. Hrovat, Un.Olimpija1.6 
 9. Oliver, Un.Olimpija1.6 
 10. Rozic, 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, Buducnost1.1 
 9. Davidovac, FMP1.1 
 10. Zagorac, Mega Leks1.1 


Labovic's 21 points and 8 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

29-year old power forward Dragan Labovic (207-F/C-87, agency: Alti Sport) had an amazing evening in the last round for Karpos Sokoli and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had the game-high 21 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Karpos Sokoli in his team's victory, helping them to beat FMP (#9, 8-13) 88-81. Karpos Sokoli is placed at 7th position in ABA League. Karpos Sokoli is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-12 record. In the team's last game Labovic had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Karpos Sokoli's top player in his first season with the team. Labovic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (9th best: 14.9ppg).

Second best performed player last round was Octavius Ellis (208-C-93) of Mornar Bar. He is American center in his first season at Mornar Bar. In the last game Ellis recorded impressive double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Mornar Bar lost that game 74-79 to the higher-ranked Cedevita (#4, 15-6). This loss caused Mornar Bar to drop to 11th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-14 record. Ellis is a newcomer at Mornar Bar and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Ryan Boatright (183-PG-92) of Cedevita (#4). Boatright scored 19 points and passed four assists. He was a key player of Cedevita, leading his team to a 79-74 win against the lower-ranked Mornar Bar (#11, 7-14). Cedevita needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 6 lost games. Boatright has a great season in ABA League. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.0ppg (3rd best). He also has FGP: 51.9% and 3PT: 50.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marko Lukovic (207-SF-92) of Krka - 17 points and 10 rebounds
5. Wiliam Hatcher (188-PG-84) of Partizan - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Djordje Milosevic (199-SG-93) of Igokea - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Josh Scott (208-F-93) of MZT Skopje - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Ivan Marinkovic (209-F/C-93) of Zadar - 15 points and 7 rebounds
9. Boris Barac (205-F-92) of Zadar - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Djordje Drenovac (201-G/F-92) of MZT Skopje - 17 points, 4 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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  ALPE ADRIA CUP  


Helios ensures a spot in the semifinals - by Eurobasket News

With the 15 point lead after the first quarterfinal game Helios Suns did not play particularly well in the first 20 minutes of the second dual against Sixt Primorska. Dejan Cikic , who replaced Jaksa Vulic as a head coach of Helios Suns in January, tried to find five pitch players, but did not succeed in the first halftime. Maybe the players were relying on the lead from the first game, but head coach Cikic was not having it, so gave the opportunity to young players. By the end of the second quarter the result was 25:23 for the guest team, which was not that bad, considering Helios Suns had an extremely low percentage from the 3-point line (11 %, 1-9) and free throw line (4-12). The third quarter started better for the home team, even though they could not gain a bigger lead. It was not until the last five minutes of the game and a draw (45:45), that Helios Suns started playing better and gaining lead on Sixt Primorska. In front the loud home crowd Marcel Jones (203-F-85, college: Oregon St.) made a three-pointer, which was followed by three more by Tomas Kyzlink (195-SG-93). It was a great finish of the game for team from Domzale who showed that they target the top positions in the league.
Marcel Jones topscored with 16 points for Helios. Tomaz Bolcina (208-C-94) added 12 points for the home side. Nikola Gajic (195-G/F-91, college: SF Austin) responded with 18 points for Primorska. Bojan Radulovic (211-C-92) had 9 points in the losing case.
Courtesy of: alpeadriacup.com



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  ARGENTINA  

Standings - LigaA

LigaA Standings
Norte
 1. San Martin C. 22-8 
 2. Estudiantes C. 21-11 
 3. Instituto 20-12 
 4. Regatas C. 18-11 
 5. Olimpico LB 17-14 
 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 20-10 
 3. Weber Bahia 19-12 
 4. GECR Indalo 15-15 
 5. Obras Basket 15-16 
 6. Argentino 14-17 
 7. Penarol 14-19 
 8. Quilmes MP 13-19 
 9. Hispano Am. 9-22 
 10. Boca Jrs 8-23 

Regular Season: Round 32

Feb. 7: Penarol - Hispano Am. 76-81
Feb. 7: Olimpico LB - Argentino 76-71
Feb. 7: Ferrocarril - Estudiantes C. 67-76
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: 21.2
 1. Tucker, Estudian.21.2 
 2. Green, Instituto20.0 
 3. Sims, Regatas C.18.6 
 4. Quinteros, Regat.18.5 
 5. Solano, Echague18.2 
 6. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 7. Horner, Obras B.17.6 
 8. Reed, Penarol16.8 
 9. Mickeal, Atenas16.2 
 10. Johnson, Weber B.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.3 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.5 
 3. Clancy, Instituto10.0 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.9 
 5. Wood, San M.9.3 
 6. Horner, Obras B.8.6 
 7. Johnson, Atenas8.5 
 8. Justiz, Estudian.8.5 
 9. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.3 
 10. Francis, La Union8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Franco BALBI
  Ferrocarril
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.4 
 2. Stanic, Olimpico.5.9 
 3. Barral, Obras B.5.9 
 4. Konsztadt, La Union5.6 
 5. Aguirre, San L.5.3 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.0 
 7. Perez, Boca Jrs4.7 
 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.2.0 
 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.1.5 
 8. Balbi, Ferrocarril1.5 
 9. Flor, Quilmes MP1.5 
 10. Vega, Libertad S.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.0 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.1 
 3. Crawford, Argen.1.7 
 4. Richard, Obras B.1.3 
 5. Battle, Quimsa1.3 
 6. Marriaga, Estudian.1.3 
 7. Meyinsse, San L.1.2 
 8. Clancy, Instituto1.2 
 9. Calfani, San L.1.1 
 10. Basualdo, Quilm.1.0 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 24.2
 1. Barovero, Union SF24.2 
 2. Rodriguez Su., SP Las P.20.4 
 3. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista20.3 
 4. Brown, Mitre Tuc.20.1 
 5. Brown, La Union20.0 
 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, Temperley9.0 
 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. Coleman, Alianza .7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Victor Hugo CAJAL
  Independ.
  (179-PG-80)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Cajal, Independ.6.9 
 2. La Bella, Gimnasia.6.7 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.2 
 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.2.0 
 8. Eseverri, Salta B.1.9 
 9. Gago, Petr.Arg.1.9 
 10. Punet, Huracan1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Huracan
  (200-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Heyward, Huracan2.5 
 2. Lockett, BHY T.1.5 
 3. Nwogbo, Alianza .1.3 
 4. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.3 
 5. Deck, Obera TC1.2 
 6. Stroud, Parque Sur1.2 
 7. Granado, Olimpo BB1.0 
 8. McCullough, Alianza .1.0 
 9. Moya, Hindu0.9 
 10. Lauria, Comunica.0.9 


Trotamundos hire coach Ruben Magnano, ex Atenas - by Eurobasket News

Trotamundos de Carabobo (LPB) agreed terms with experienced 63-year old Italian-Argentinian coach Ruben Magnano. He most lately coached at Atenas in Argentinian LigaA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Magnano won Argentinian LigaA championship title in 2009. He was selected to Argentinean LigaA All-Star Game back in 2099 and 2009. Magnano used to coach Argentinean Cadet National Team back in 2005.
He has coached previously professionally also in Spain.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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Trotamundos ink coach Ruben Magnano, ex Atenas - by Eurobasket News

Trotamundos de Carabobo (LPB) agreed terms with experienced 63-year old Italian-Argentinian coach Ruben Magnano. He most lately coached at Atenas in Argentinian LigaA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Magnano won Argentinian LigaA championship title in 2009. He was selected to Argentinean LigaA All-Star Game back in 2099 and 2009. Magnano used to coach Argentinean Cadet National Team back in 2005.
He has coached previously professionally also in Spain.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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LigaA Round 31: Estudiantes C. edge Quilmes MP by one point - by Eurobasket News

Eighth-ranked Quilmes MP (13-19) made lots of trouble for second ranked Estudiantes C. (20-11) in Concordia on Thursday. Estudiantes C. managed to secure only one-point victory 79-78. However their fans expected much easier game. Quilmes MP was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 19-17 charge of Estudiantes C., which allowed them to win the game. Estudiantes C. outrebounded Quilmes MP 38-27 including a 13-0 advantage in offensive rebounds. Cuban center Javier Justiz (205-92, agency: Pro Sports) fired 23 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American-Jordanian Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) chipped in 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. International guard Luca Vildoza (190-95) produced 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for lost side. Estudiantes C. have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 20-11 record having just one point less than leader San Lorenzo. Quilmes MP at the other side keeps the eighth position with 19 games lost. Estudiantes C. are looking forward to face Boca Juniors (#10) in Buenos Aires in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Quilmes MP will play at home against Hispano Am. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Bahia Blanca. Third ranked Instituto faced 3rd placed Weber Bahia. Guests from Cordoba (20-12) defeated host Weber Bahia (19-12) 88-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Weber Bahia. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Rodney Green (196-88, college: La Salle) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 5 rebounds. Pablo Bertone contributed with 23 points for the winners. International guard Lucio Redivo (183-94) answered with 17 points for Weber Bahia. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Instituto have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain third place with 20-12 record despite having the same number of points like the leader San Lorenzo which they share with defeated Weber Bahia. Weber Bahia at the other side keeps the third position with 12 games lost. Instituto will play against league's leader San Martin Corrientes at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Weber Bahia will have a break next round.
Leader San Martin Corrientes delivered the twenty second victory on Monday night. This time they beat 9th ranked Atenas (11-19) 87-75 in Cordoba. It was a great evening for Juan-Pablo Cantero who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points. At the losing side Jezreel De-Jesus responded with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Atenas' coach Osvaldo Arduh rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. San Martin Corrientes maintains first place with 22-8 record. Loser Atenas keeps the ninth position with 19 games lost. San Martin Corrientes will meet Libertad Sunchales (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Atenas will have a break next round.
Leader San Martin Corrientes recorded the twenty second victory. This time they crushed 5th ranked Obras Basket (15-16) 87-60. It was a quality performance for Jeremiah Wood who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 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. San Martin Corrientes maintains first place with 22-8 record. Obras Basket at the other side keeps the fifth position with 16 games lost. San Martin Corrientes' next round opponent will be Libertad Sunchales (#7) on the road which should be theoretically another easy game. Obras Basket's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Buenos Aires Ferrocarril.
The game in Junin was also quite interesting. Third ranked Instituto (20-12) played at the court of 6th ranked Argentino (14-16). Instituto managed to secure a 8-point victory 91-83 on Friday. Rodney Green fired 30 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Instituto. They maintain third place with 20-12 record despite having the same number of points like the leader San Lorenzo. Argentino lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 16 games lost. Instituto will face league's leader San Martin Corrientes at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Argentino will play against Quimsa (#6) in Santiado Estero and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 31 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Boca Jrs was defeated by Quimsa in Santiado Estero 94-76. Libertad S. beat Quilmes MP at home 78-73. La Union won against Echague on the opponent's court 94-89. Regatas C. managed to outperform Obras Basket in a home game 100-83. La Union was rolled over Estudiantes C. on the road 94-65. Olimpico LB defeated Boca Jrs on its own court 90-72. Quilmes MP smashed Echague in Mar del Plata 90-62. Atenas lost to GECR Indalo at home 75-81.
The best stats of 31th round was 22 points and 4 assists by Lucas Gargallo of Boca Jrs.

Quimsa - Boca Jrs 94-76

There was no surprise in Santiado Estero where 9th ranked Boca Juniors (8-23) was defeated by sixth ranked Quimsa (15-14) 94-76 on Monday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-76. It was a great shooting night for Quimsa especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. American forward Jazwin Cowan (203-83, college: Hampton, agency: DTMones) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import Aaron Harper (203-81, college: Mississippi) chipped in 19 points. Cowan is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Lucas Gargallo (196-95) produced 22 points and 4 assists and Greek Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83) added 11 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Quimsa and four Boca Juniors players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Quimsa maintains sixth place with 15-14 record. Boca Juniors lost their sixth game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with 23 games lost. Quimsa will face Argentino (#6) in Junin in the next round. Boca Juniors will play at home against the league's second-placed Estudiantes C. (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: L.Gargallo 22+3reb+4ast, N.Gianella 12+4reb+3ast, F.Lampropoulos 11+10reb+2ast, C.Amicucci 10+5reb+1ast, L.Perez 7+2reb+2ast, F.Funes 5+1reb+1ast
Quimsa: A.Harper 19+4reb+1ast, N.Romano 15+2reb+3ast, J.Cowan 14+13reb, G.Romero 12+1reb, L.Gonzalez 11+6reb+3ast, C.Elliott 8+4reb
gschID: 523511


Libertad S. - Quilmes MP 78-73

The game between closely ranked teams ended with seventh ranked Libertad Sunchales' (14-15) home victory over 8th ranked Quilmes MP (13-19) 78-73 on Monday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-73. Swingman Lucas Goldenberg (190-93) fired 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. International point guard Juan Brussino (185-91) chipped in 11 points and 7 assists. Libertad Sunchales' coach Facundo Muller used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. International guard Luca Vildoza (190-95) produced 18 points and 8 rebounds and guard Eric Flor (186-93) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Libertad Sunchales maintains seventh place with 14-15 record. Loser Quilmes MP keeps the eighth position with 19 games lost. Libertad Sunchales will face league's leader San Martin Corrientes at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Quilmes MP will play against Hispano Am. (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Quilmes MP: L.Vildoza 18+8reb+2ast, E.Flor 16+5reb+3ast, T.Robinson 10+2reb, I.Basualdo 10+12reb+1ast, I.Clark 9+4reb, E.Ruiz 8+2reb+1ast
Libertad S.: P.Barrios 17+2reb, J.Vildoza 15+1reb+1ast, L.Goldenberg 12+8reb+1ast, J.Brussino 11+1reb+7ast, M.Ruiz 8+10reb+1ast, J.Massey 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 523510


Atenas - San Martin C. 75-87

Leader San Martin Corrientes delivered the twenty second victory on Monday night. This time they beat 9th ranked Atenas (11-19) 87-75 in Cordoba. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 35-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. San Martin Corrientes looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when San Martin Corrientes made 8 blocks. It was a great evening for the former international point guard Juan-Pablo Cantero (184-82) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points. International Leonardo Mainoldi (203-85) helped adding 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Five San Martin Corrientes players scored in double figures. At the losing side Puerto Rican guard Jezreel De-Jesus (185-91, agency: Interperformances) responded with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Lisandro Rasio (198-90, agency: Pro Sports) scored 9 points and 8 rebounds. Atenas' coach Osvaldo Arduh rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. San Martin Corrientes maintains first place with 22-8 record. Loser Atenas keeps the ninth position with 19 games lost. San Martin Corrientes will meet Libertad Sunchales (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Atenas will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Atenas: J.De Jesus 21+5reb+6ast, B.Labaque 11+2reb+3ast, D.Lo Grippo 11+2reb, L.Rasio 9+8reb+2ast, M.Chiarini 8+1reb+2ast, L.Lema 6+2reb+1ast
San Martin C.: J.Pablo Cantero 19+4reb+3ast, L.Faggiano 12+3reb+3ast, J.Wood 12+4reb+1ast, L.Mainoldi 12+7reb+4ast, F.Aguerre 11+3reb+5ast, M.Lescano 9+4reb+3ast
gschID: 523509


Echague - La Union 89-94

Rather expected game in Parana where 10th ranked Echague (5-26) was defeated by eighth ranked La Union (14-16) 94-89 on Monday. The game without a history. La Union led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American-Jamaican center Torin Francis (210-83, college: Notre Dame) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Forward Facundo Pinero (200-88) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. Five La Union players scored in double figures. Dominican guard Gelvis Solano (185-94, college: Merrimack, agency: Basket Management Solutions) produced 33 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 5 assists and Panamanian forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi) added 17 points respectively for lost side. La Union moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Argentino. Echague lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with 26 games lost. La Union will face Libertad Sunchales (#7) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Echague: G.Solano 33+7reb+5ast, J.Ayarza 17+3reb+1ast, M.Nocedal 10+4reb+1ast, J.Baeza 8+6reb+3ast, S.Uranga 8+3reb+1ast, E.Stucky 7+4reb
La Union: E.Gamboa 16+2reb+2ast, F.Pinero 16+7reb+2ast, T.Francis 13+11reb+2ast, A.Elsener 12+5reb+2ast, J.Vargas 11+3reb+2ast, P.Orlietti 10+1reb
gschID: 523508


Weber Bahia - Instituto 74-88

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Bahia Blanca. Third ranked Instituto faced 3rd placed Weber Bahia. Guests from Cordoba (20-12) defeated host Weber Bahia (19-12) 88-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Weber Bahia. Instituto dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Weber Bahia's 24 and made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Instituto forced 21 Weber Bahia turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Weber Bahia's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Rodney Green (196-88, college: La Salle) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 5 rebounds. Italian Pablo Bertone (193-90, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Four Instituto players scored in double figures. International guard Lucio Redivo (183-94) answered with 17 points and guard Maximo Fjellerup (195-97) added 14 points in the effort for Weber Bahia. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Instituto have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain third place with 20-12 record despite having the same number of points like the leader San Lorenzo which they share with defeated Weber Bahia. Weber Bahia at the other side keeps the third position with 12 games lost. Instituto will play against league's leader San Martin Corrientes at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Weber Bahia will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Weber Bahia: L.Redivo 17+4reb+1ast, M.Fjellerup 14+4reb+2ast, J.Pablo Vaulet 11+4reb+2ast, A.Laveal Johnson 8+10reb, M.Fernandez 6, J.Levy 6+3reb
Instituto: P.Bertone 23+1reb+2ast, R.Green 23+5reb, G.Whelan 11+4reb+2ast, M.Gerlero 10+3reb+4ast, D.Ciorciari 6+3reb+6ast, J.DeGroat 6+4reb
gschID: 523506


Regatas C. - Obras Basket 100-83

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Regatas Corrientes' (18-11) home victory over 5th ranked Obras Basket (15-16) 100-83 on Sunday. Regatas Corrientes made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. The former international forward Pablo Espinoza (200-87) fired 26 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St., agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 16 points and 7 assists. The former international forward Walter Herrmann (206-79) produced 29 points and point guard Pedro Barral (186-94) added 17 points and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Regatas Corrientes. They maintain fourth place with 18-11 record. Loser Obras Basket keeps the fifth position with 16 games lost. Regatas Corrientes will have a break next round. Obras Basket's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Buenos Aires Ferrocarril.
Top scorers:
Obras Basket: W.Herrmann 29+4reb, P.Barral 17+2reb+6ast, T.Zanzottera 14+2reb, F.Mariani 8+1reb+4ast, M.Leiva 7+7reb+2ast, M.Bortolin 4+6reb+1ast
Regatas C.: P.Espinoza 26+5reb+2ast, D.Sims 16+1reb+7ast, C.Troutman 13+8reb+1ast, J.Arengo 9+3reb+2ast, J.Saiz 8+7reb+1ast, S.Vidal 8+3ast
gschID: 523507


Estudiantes C. - La Union 94-65

Not a big story in a game in Concordia where 8th ranked La Union (14-16) was outplayed by second ranked Estudiantes C. (20-11) 94-65 on Saturday. Estudiantes C. shot 60.3 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. American forward Ricardo Powell (199-83, college: S.Carolina) fired 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Cuban center Javier Justiz (205-92, agency: Pro Sports) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. Five Estudiantes C. players scored in double figures. American-Jamaican center Torin Francis (210-83, college: Notre Dame) produced 19 points and 7 rebounds and forward Facundo Pinero (200-88) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Estudiantes C.. They maintain second place with 20-11 record having just one point less than leader San Lorenzo. Loser La Union dropped to the sixth position with 16 games lost. Estudiantes C. will face Boca Juniors (#10) in Buenos Aires in the next round and are hoping to win another game. La Union will play on the road against Libertad Sunchales (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
La Union: T.Francis 19+7reb+1ast, F.Pinero 13+2reb, D.Garcia 7+1reb+1ast, J.Vargas 7+2reb+1ast, E.Gamboa 7+1reb+4ast, J.Sandrini 6+2reb+4ast
Estudiantes C.: R.Powell 23+6reb+3ast, J.Slider 17+1reb+1ast, F.Giorgi 13+2reb+1ast, J.Justiz 11+5reb+3ast, D.Tucker 11+6reb, L.Vildoza 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 523504


Olimpico LB - Boca Jrs 90-72

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (16-14) won against at home 9th ranked Boca Juniors (8-23) 90-72 on Saturday. American power forward Justin Williams (206-84, college: Wyoming, agency: DTMones) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international swingman Adrian Boccia (195-82) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists. Five Olimpico de La Banda players scored in double figures. Lucas Gargallo (196-95) produced 16 points and 5 rebounds and Greek Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Olimpico de La Banda. They maintain fifth place with 16-14 record. Boca Juniors lost their sixth game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with 23 games lost. Olimpico de La Banda will face Argentino (#6) in Junin in the next round. Boca Juniors will play at home against the league's second-placed Estudiantes C. (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: L.Gargallo 16+5reb+3ast, F.Lampropoulos 11+8reb+3ast, M.James 9+2reb+1ast, A.Caffaro 8+5reb, F.Lopez 6+1ast, L.Perez 5+1reb+5ast
Olimpico LB: A.Boccia 19+3reb+4ast, J.Williams 17+15reb+1ast, M.Stanic 15+2reb+5ast, M.Cosolito 13+1reb, D.Guaita 10+4reb+2ast, G.Logins 6+1reb
gschID: 523505


Echague - Quilmes MP 62-90

There was no surprise in Parana where 10th ranked Echague (5-26) was crushed by eighth ranked Quilmes MP (13-19) 90-62 on Saturday. Enzo Ruiz (193-88, agency: DTMones) fired 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Eric Flor (186-93) chipped in 20 points. Four Quilmes MP players scored in double figures. Quilmes MP's coach Javier Bianchelli felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Dominican guard Gelvis Solano (185-94, college: Merrimack, agency: Basket Management Solutions) produced 26 points and 4 steals (made all of his seven free throws) and the former international guard Matias Nocedal (192-90) added 18 points respectively for lost side. Quilmes MP maintains eighth place with 13-19 record. Echague lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with 26 games lost. Quilmes MP will face Hispano Am. (#9) in Rio Gallegos in the next round.
Top scorers:
Echague: G.Solano 26+4reb+2ast, M.Nocedal 18+2reb+1ast, D.Caracter 10+6reb+1ast, S.Uranga 4+6reb+1ast, E.Stucky 2+6reb+2ast, J.Baeza 2+3ast
Quilmes MP: E.Ruiz 20+5reb+2ast, E.Flor 20+2reb+2ast, T.Robinson 10+5reb+1ast, I.Basualdo 10+10reb+2ast, B.Sansimoni 7+2reb+1ast, A.Eslava 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 523503


San Martin C. - Obras Basket 87-60

Leader San Martin Corrientes recorded the twenty second victory. This time they crushed 5th ranked Obras Basket (15-16) 87-60. The game was mostly controlled by San Martin Corrientes. Obras Basket was better in third quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Obras Basket to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded Obras Basket 41-27 including 31 on the defensive glass. San Martin Corrientes players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Obras Basket's players. It was a quality performance for American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Inception Sports) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Point guard Lucas Faggiano (189-89, college: LIU Brooklyn) accounted for 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side. Four San Martin Corrientes players scored in double figures. The former international forward Walter Herrmann (206-79) came up with 16 points and 6 rebounds and forward Federico Mariani (190-92) added 12 points respectively for Obras Basket in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. San Martin Corrientes maintains first place with 22-8 record. Obras Basket at the other side keeps the fifth position with 16 games lost. San Martin Corrientes' next round opponent will be Libertad Sunchales (#7) on the road which should be theoretically another easy game. Obras Basket's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Buenos Aires Ferrocarril.
Top scorers:
Obras Basket: W.Herrmann 16+6reb, F.Mariani 12+4reb+3ast, P.Barral 11+4reb+3ast, M.Leiva 8+4reb+1ast, M.Bortolin 6+1reb+1ast, J.Richard 5+5reb
San Martin C.: J.Wood 19+13reb+2ast, L.Mainoldi 14+7reb+2ast, M.Lescano 13+1reb+2ast, L.Faggiano 13+5reb+6ast, F.Aguerre 11+4reb, L.Gonzalez 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 523502


Argentino - Instituto 83-91

The game in Junin was also quite interesting. Third ranked Instituto (20-12) played at the court of 6th ranked Argentino (14-16). Instituto managed to secure a 8-point victory 91-83 on Friday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 50-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American swingman Rodney Green (196-88, college: La Salle) fired 30 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import John DeGroat (201-85, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 27 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). American power forward Chaz Crawford (207-84, college: Drexel, agency: DTMones) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds and naturalized Italian swingman Juan Cangelosi (197-81) added 20 points respectively for lost side. Four Argentino players scored in double figures. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Instituto. They maintain third place with 20-12 record despite having the same number of points like the leader San Lorenzo. Argentino lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 16 games lost. Instituto will face league's leader San Martin Corrientes at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Argentino will play against Quimsa (#6) in Santiado Estero and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Argentino: J.Cangelosi 20+3reb+3ast, C.Crawford 16+14reb, N.Gadson 14+6reb+5ast, E.Basabe 12+6reb+2ast, M.Bolivar 8+2reb+4ast, M.Stibbins 5+2reb
Instituto: R.Green 30+8reb+2ast, J.DeGroat 27+2reb, P.Bertone 9+4reb+1ast, S.Clancy 8+9reb+1ast, M.Gerlero 5+5reb, D.Ciorciari 4+2ast
gschID: 523501


Estudiantes C. - Quilmes MP 79-78

Eighth-ranked Quilmes MP (13-19) made lots of trouble for second ranked Estudiantes C. (20-11) in Concordia on Thursday. Estudiantes C. managed to secure only one-point victory 79-78. However their fans expected much easier game. Quilmes MP was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 19-17 charge of Estudiantes C., which allowed them to win the game. Estudiantes C. outrebounded Quilmes MP 38-27 including a 13-0 advantage in offensive rebounds. Cuban center Javier Justiz (205-92, agency: Pro Sports) fired 23 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American-Jordanian Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) chipped in 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. International guard Luca Vildoza (190-95) produced 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Eric Flor (186-93) added 23 points respectively for lost side. Estudiantes C. have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 20-11 record having just one point less than leader San Lorenzo. Quilmes MP at the other side keeps the eighth position with 19 games lost. Estudiantes C. are looking forward to face Boca Juniors (#10) in Buenos Aires in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Quilmes MP will play at home against Hispano Am. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Quilmes MP: E.Flor 23+2reb+2ast, L.Vildoza 22+5reb+5ast, T.Robinson 11+5reb+1ast, I.Basualdo 9+3reb, B.Sansimoni 6+2reb+1ast, I.Clark 3+6reb
Estudiantes C.: J.Justiz 23+9reb+1ast, D.Tucker 20+7reb+5ast, R.Powell 16+7reb+1ast, F.Giorgi 6+2reb+2ast, S.Orresta 6+5reb+5ast, J.Slider 5+1reb
gschID: 523500


Atenas - GECR Indalo 75-81

No shocking result in a game in Cordoba where fifth ranked GECR Indalo (15-15) defeated 9th ranked Atenas (11-19) 81-75 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 22-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The former international Carlos Schattmann (193-87) fired 26 points for the winners. Dominican center Eloy Vargas (211-88, college: Kentucky, agency: Duran International) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. Five GECR Indalo players scored in double figures. American Pete Mickeal (199-78, college: Cincinnati) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international Diego Lo Grippo (198-78) added 21 points respectively for lost side. GECR Indalo moved-up to fourth place. Loser Atenas keeps the ninth position with 19 games lost. GECR Indalo will face league's leader San Lorenzo in Almagra in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Atenas: P.Mickeal 27+12reb+5ast, D.Lo Grippo 21+1reb+2ast, G.Mikulas 12+5reb+2ast, R.Johnson 5+6reb+1ast, L.Lema 4+4reb, J.De Jesus 4+1reb+2ast
GECR Indalo: C.Schattmann 26+2reb+3ast, J.Manuel Rivero 13+6reb, E.Vargas 11+8reb+1ast, N.De los Santos 10+4reb+3ast, M.Shaw 10+4reb+2ast, J.Machuca 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 523499





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

25-year old point guard Juan Ignacio Rodriguez Suppi (178-PG-91) had a great game in the last round for SP Las Parejas and receives a Latinbasket.com TNA Player of the Week award for round 24.
He got a double-double of 27 points and 13 assists, while his team beat Obera TC (#6, 6-16) 95-90. SP Las Parejas maintains the 6th position in their group in Argentinian TNA. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 17 games and recorded just six victories. It's Rodriguez Suppi's second year at SP Las Parejas and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Juan Ignacio Rodriguez Suppi averages this season 20.4ppg and 4.7apg.

Second best performed player last round was Clide Geffrard (198-F-94) of VILLA SAN MARTIN. He is American-Haitian forward in his first season at Villa San Martin. In the last game Geffrard recorded impressive 22 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Villa San Martin lost that game 64-77 to slightly higher-ranked Villa Angela (#3, 13-8). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in North. Villa San Martin still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-14 record. Geffrard is a newcomer at Villa San Martin and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Darnell Dodson (201-F-89, agency: DTMones) of Petr.Argentino (#6). Dodson got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for twelve rebounds . He was a key player of Petr.Argentino, leading his team to a 86-79 win against slightly higher-ranked Temperley (#5, 11-11). The chances of Petr.Argentino not to end season at such low position in Center South, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Dodson could try to bring Petr.Argentino's a little bit higher in the standings. Dodson has a very solid season. In 2 games in Argentina he scored 18.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bruno Barovero (194-G/F-90) of Union SF - 32 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Delwan Graham (203-F-88) of Temperley - 24 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Lotanna Nwogbo (203-F/C-93) of Alianza Viedma - 20 points and 15 rebounds
7. Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-C/F-85) of Ciclista - 28 points and 10 rebounds
8. Juan Lancieri (190-SG-95) of Gimnasia LP - 31 points and 5 rebounds
9. Juan Ignacio Rodriguez Suppi (178-PG-91) of SP Las Parejas - 31 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Scott Cutley (196-F-85) of Atenas Carmen - 17 points, 10 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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Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Bryce COTTON
  Wildcats
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Cotton, Wildcats22.6 
 2. Ware, United21.7 
 3. Randle, 36ers21.5 
 4. Prather, Wildcats18.6 
 5. Dillard, Breakers18.4 
 6. Newley, Kings17.5 
 7. Penney, Breakers17.3 
 8. Goulding, United17.3 
 9. Clarke, Hawks17.1 
 10. Lisch, Kings16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Josh BOONE
  United
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Boone, United8.7 
 2. Craig, Bullets7.7 
 3. Ogilvy, Hawks7.5 
 4. Johnson, 36ers7.4 
 5. Mitchell, Breakers7.2 
 6. Pledger, Breakers6.8 
 7. Bairstow, Bullets6.5 
 8. Whittington, Kings6.4 
 9. Majok, United6.2 
 10. McKay, Wildcats6.2 
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, United4.6 
 5. Dillard, Breakers4.4 
 6. Stockton, Breakers4.2 
 7. Newley, Kings4.2 
 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, Hawks1.3 
 8. Ware, United1.3 
 9. Woodside, Breakers1.3 
 10. Trice, Taipans1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew James OGILVY
  Hawks
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Ogilvy, Hawks1.5 
 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 


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

32-year old power forward Josh Boone (208-F/C-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for United and receives a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Hawks (#2, 14-13) 78-72. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. United is placed at 4th position in Australian league. United is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 13-13 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Boone as usually he does not deliver so high stats. University of Connecticut graduate has very impressive stats this year. Boone leads league in rebounds with 8.3rpg. Boone is in league's top in and averages solid 1.2bpg and 51.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Nathan Jawai (209-F/C-86) of Taipans. He is former international forward in his first season at Taipans. In the last game Jawai recorded impressive 22 points and 9 rebounds. Of course Taipans cruised to a 85-77 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Wildcats (13-13). This victory allowed Taipans to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-13 record is not bad and everything may still change. Jawai is a newcomer at Taipans and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to Daniel Johnson (210-C/F-88) of league's leader 36ers. Johnson scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Johnson's great performance 36ers lost 87-88 to the lower-ranked Breakers (#7, 13-14). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing 36ers needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 17 victories and 9 lost games. Johnson has a great season in Australia. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.4rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88) of Hawks - 13 points and 11 rebounds
5. Bryce Cotton (185-G-92) of Wildcats - 25 points
6. Rotnei Clarke (183-PG-89) of Hawks - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Robert Loe (211-F-91) of Breakers - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Brad Newley (199-F/G-85) of Kings - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Nick Kay (206-C/F-92) of Hawks - 17 points and 3 rebounds

The Player of the week is choosen 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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Jackson's 32-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old point guard Derek Jackson (185-PG-91, agency: Mansfield and Associates) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's best team Oberwart and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had the game-high 32 points adding two assists for Oberwart in his team's victory, helping them to beat Wels (#4, 10-8) 80-72. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Oberwart to consolidate first place in the Austrian league. Oberwart have a solid 15-3 record. In the team's last game Jackson had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 7 attempts. It's his second year at Oberwart and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Kent State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Jackson is in league's top in points (8th best: 16.6ppg), assists (5th best: 5.2apg) and averages solid 2.7spg,59.7% FGP and 40.8% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Davor Lamesic (205-PF-83, agency: Interperformances) of Wels. He is former international forward in his 9th season at Wels. In the last game Lamesic recorded impressive 30 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Wels lost that game 72-80 to the higher-ranked Oberwart (#1, 15-3). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Wels still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 10-8 record is not bad at all. Lamesic is one of the most experienced players at Wels and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.8ppg (#5). He also registered 8.1 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Marko Car (188-SG-85) of Furstenfeld (#5). Car scored 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Furstenfeld, leading his team to a 87-84 win against the higher-ranked Oberwart (#1, 15-3). Furstenfeld needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 10 lost games. Car has a great season in Austria. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.2ppg (best scorer) and assists with 5.3apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anthony Clemmons (186-PG-94) of Vienna - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Fabricio Vay (207-F-86) of Arkadia - 31 points and 8 rebounds
6. Carl Baptiste (208-F/C-90) of Kapfenberg - 19 points and 12 rebounds
7. Jozo Rados (208-C-93) of Klosterneuburg - 19 points and 15 rebounds
8. Kareem Jamar (194-G-92) of Kapfenberg - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Chris McNealy (194-G-92) of Oberwart - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Milovan Draskovic (211-C-95) of Arkadia - 19 points and 15 rebounds

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



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  BAHAMAS  

Standings

NPBA Standings
 1. Regulators 11-2 
 2. Giants 10-2 
 3. Shockers 9-5 
 4. Stingers 8-4 
 5. Cybots 8-5 
 6. Bahamas Univ. 6-3 
 7. Rockets 6-7 
 8. Pirates 6-8 
 9. Pros 2-8 
 10. Legends 1-7 
 11. Cleaners 1-8 
 12. Rebels 1-10 

Regular Season: Round 13

Feb. 4: Pirates - Rebels 93-89
Feb. 4: Shockers - Cybots 78-83
Feb. 6: Shockers - Pros 78-65
Feb. 6: Cleaners - Pirates 76-86
Feb. 8: Cleaners - Regulators
Feb. 10: Giants - Rebels
Feb. 10: Cybots - Pros


NPBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Clayton MILLER
  Legends
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Miller, Legends27.5 
 2. Bain, Regulators24.3 
 3. Sylvestre, Bahamas .23.0 
 4. Smith, Bahamas .22.9 
 5. Farrington, Rockets21.8 
 6. Bain, Giants20.4 
 7. Dean, Shockers18.5 
 8. Woodside, Cleaners17.9 
 9. Ferguson, Pros17.0 
 10. Leadon, Pros15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eugene BAIN
  Regulators
  (195-C/F-88)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Bain, Regulators14.1 
 2. Farrington, Rockets12.3 
 3. Munnings, Cybots12.2 
 4. Fernander, Pirates12.1 
 5. Francis, Pros11.8 
 6. Williams, Rebels11.2 
 7. Sylvestre, Bahamas .10.9 
 8. Leadon, Pros10.4 
 9. Dean, Shockers10.2 
 10. Woodside, Cleaners9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ramon DAMES
  Bahamas .
  (-G-93)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Dames, Bahamas .6.8 
 2. Williams, Rebels5.8 
 3. Jones, Legends5.7 
 4. Wright, Pirates4.4 
 5. Mackey, Regulators4.3 
 6. Armaly, Shockers4.2 
 7. Bain, Regulators4.1 
 8. Miller, Legends4.0 
 9. Lewis, Shockers4.0 
 10. Smith, Bahamas .3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Sandy ROLLE
  Pros
  (--)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Rolle, Pros2.7 
 2. Rolle, Rebels2.5 
 3. Humes, Cleaners2.5 
 4. Sylvestre, Bahamas .2.0 
 5. Lafuler, Stingers2.0 
 6. Leadon, Pros1.8 
 7. Dames, Bahamas .1.6 
 8. Williams, Rebels1.6 
 9. Wright, Pirates1.4 
 10. Ferguson, Stingers1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Livingston MUNNINGS
  Cybots
  (-C-)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Munnings, Cybots2.9 
 2. Dean, Shockers2.1 
 3. Williams, Rebels1.8 
 4. Farrington, Rockets1.8 
 5. Sylvestre, Bahamas .1.7 
 6. Morley, Rockets1.4 
 7. Culmer, Cleaners1.3 
 8. Francis, Pros1.3 
 9. Munroe, Bahamas .1.1 
 10. Atkins, Cybots1.0 



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  BALKAN LEAGUE  

BIBL standings

Balkan League Standings
Group C
 1 Beroe 4-0 
 2 Sutjeska 2-2 
 3 Kozuv 1-3 
 4 Feni Industries 1-3 
Group D
 1 Kumanovo 3-0 
 2 Karpos Sokoli 1-2 
 3 Peja 1-2 
 4 Teodo Tivat 1-2 

Second Stage: Round 2

C

Feb. 7: Feni Industries - Beroe 84-85
Feb. 7: Sutjeska - Kozuv 84-76

D

Feb. 8: Peja - Kumanovo
Feb. 8: Teodo Tivat - Karpos Sokoli


2 new players at Peja - by Dren Shporta

KB Peja has officially notified that has reached the agreement with two international players for the remaining part of the season.

KB Peja is actually the only team from Kosovo that has survived the first stage of Balkan League and is trying to reach qualification from the second stage.

After parting ways with american Lamarcus Reed (196-G/F-88, college: Texas Arlington), the team has signed with Slovenian Robert Abramovic (185-PG-88) and Montenegrin Slobodan Miljanic (201-F-90, college: Lynn, agency: AproK Sports Group).

The former champions of Kosovo are preparing for the Cup Final Four that will be held from 17 to 19 February. Last year, they have lost in the final from Sigal Prishtina.

Actually, Peja has played 14 matches in Super league and has 11-3 record (two defeats from Sigal Prishtina and one from Trepca)



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  BARBADOS  


Foundation back on top with win - by Eurobasket News

Some things are worth the wait. Like Foundation returning to power in schools' basketball. Finals MVP Shaquan Carrington (180-G) had 18 second-half points, including ten in the decisive fourth quarter, as Foundation finally ended their title drought via Saturday's 70-58 win over Harrison College in the Massy United Insurance Under-19 Final at the Barbados Community College. It set off wild scenes of celebrations for the Church Hill faithful, who hadn't tasted success at the senior level since the dynamic duo of Daniel Lovell and Andre Freeman won it all in 2006. Foundation had a terrific trio this time though, with Carrington, Dominic Jervis and regular season MVP Khamal Boyce all pitching in on the historic night. Courtesy of: nationnews.com


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  BELGIUM  

D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stephane MORIS
  Royal Brussels
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Moris, Royal Brussels19.5 
 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. Wachowiak, Gembo B.16.5 
 8. Guillemyn, Waregem16.3 
 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 Brussels8.1 
 6. Celis, Oxaco7.2 
 7. Gorremans, Soba6.9 
 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, Houthalen3.2 
 7. Kanda-K., Giants B3.2 
 8. Maesen, Houthalen3.0 
 9. Pegg, Oxaco2.8 
 10. Wachowiak, Gembo B.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Lars DE LEPELEIRE
  Wareg.
  (175-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.2.1 
 2. Benzouien, Royal B.2.0 
 3. Goethaert, Gembo B.1.9 
 4. Riahi, RPC A.1.7 
 5. Van Hoey, Oxaco1.7 
 6. Van den Bran., Eke.1.6 
 7. Celis, Oxaco1.5 
 8. Wachowiak, Gembo B.1.5 
 9. Hall, Royal Brussels1.4 
 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 


Telenet Oostende and Spirou Charleroi in 1/8th finals FIBA Europe Cup - by Patrick Ceulemans

Tonight (20.30) BC Telenet Oostende and Proximus Spirou Charlero are playing the first leg of the 1 / 8th finals of the FIBA Europe Cup. The two Belgian teams receive French teams. Ostende receive in the Versluys Dome Pau-Orthez and Charleroi in the Spiroudome Nanterre. The return matches are on Wednesday 22nd February in France. Telenet Oostend is without Belgian international Jean Salumu (broken jaw, six weeks out).


Tim Lambrecht claims Belgian Top Division I weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Talented Tim Lambrecht (206-C/F-98, agency: Court Side) had a very impressive game in the last round for Gistel Oostende and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Top Division I Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 18-year old had a double-double of 39 points and sixteen rebounds, while his team was edged out by Oxaco (#3, 14-5) 101-98. Gistel Oostende maintains the 14th position in Belgian Top Division I. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Gistel Oostende have already lost 15 games and recorded just four victories. In the team's last game Lambrecht had a remarkable 84.6% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. It's his second year at Gistel Oostende and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Lambrecht has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 17.5ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 9.4rpg) and averages solid 62.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old swingman Nick Celis (196-F/G-88) of Oxaco. Celis impressed basketball fans with 30 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. It was enough for Oxaco to edge the lower-ranked Gistel Oostende (#14, 4-15) by 3 points 101-98. Oxaco's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 14-5 record is not bad at all. Celis is well-known by Oxaco fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.3ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 7.2rpg and 4.4apg.

The third best performed player last round was another Oxaco's star - Sam Van Hoey (190-SG-91). Van Hoey scored 29 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was another key player of Oxaco, helping his team with a 101-98 win against the lower-ranked Gistel Oostende (#14, 4-15). Oxaco needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 5 lost games. Van Hoey has a great season in Belgium. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.2ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Francois Lhoest (196-F/C-85) of Ninane - 25 points, 19 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Tomas Goethaert (183-G-83) of Gembo BBC - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Gregory De Pooter (197-F-84) of Gent Hawks - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Geoffrey Hockins (188-PG-88) of RPC Anderlecht - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Sam Hemeleers (180-PG-95) of Gistel Oostende - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Dave Van den Brande (189-G-82) of Ekeren - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Adam Hall (198-F/G-80) of Royal Brussels - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists

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



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  BERMUDAS  


Chris Crumpler leads Thundercats past Fly Boys - by Eurobasket News

A total of 246 points were scored inside the CedarBridge Academy Gymnasium as the Bermuda Island Basketball League season continued with a double-header. In the opener the Thundercats edged the defending league champions Fly Boys 74 - 73. Chris Crumpler (191-G/F-83) led the Thunder with 22 points, while Keiron Burgess scored a game high 27 points.
In the nightcap the Twisters defeated the Sky Force 51 - 48, Gikai Clarke led the Twisters with 15 points, while Jorel Smith scored a game high 22 points for Sky Force.
Courtesy of: islandstats.com



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  BOSNIA  

Standings - BIH League

Division Standings
 1. Bosna-Royal 10-3 
 2. Zrinjski HT 9-4 
 3. Kakanj 8-5 
 4. Sloboda Tuzla 8-5 
 5. Spars Sarajevo 8-6 
 6. Siroki Primorka 6-8 
 7. Leotar 5-8 
 8. Mladost 5-9 
 9. Gradjanski 4-9 
 10. Bosnjak 4-10 
Play in international cups:
 1. Igokea

Regular Season: Round 15

Feb. 11: Leotar - Kakanj
Feb. 11: Spars Sarajevo - Siroki Primorka
Feb. 11: Bosna-Royal - Bosnjak
Feb. 11: Gradjanski - Sloboda Tuzla
Feb. 11: Mladost - Zrinjski HT



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  BRAZIL  

Standings - BNL

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

Regular Season: Round 19

Feb. 3: Brasilia - B.Cearense 88-52
Feb. 2: Bauru - L.Sorocaba 87-55
Feb. 4: Campo Mourao - Caxias do Sul 83-74
Feb. 4: Mogi - Vasco Da G. 80-73
Feb. 3: Minas - Vitoria 78-82
Feb. 2: Franca - Paulistano 78-71
Feb. 2: Pinheiros - Flamengo 77-84
Feb. 7: Vasco Da G. - Macae 77-76
Feb. 2: Mogi - Caxias do Sul 73-64

Regular Season: Round 20

Feb. 14: Minas - L.Sorocaba
Feb. 14: Macae - Campo Mourao
Feb. 14: Flamengo - Mogi
Feb. 14: Bauru - Pinheiros
Feb. 14: Brasilia - Paulistano
Feb. 11: Campo Mourao - Vasco Da G.


Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Betinho NARDI DUARTE
  Campo M.
  (195-SG-88)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Nardi Duarte, Campo M.20.1 
 2. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 3. Holloway, Pinheiros19.8 
 4. Vieira, Flamengo19.3 
 5. Stallworth, Mogi19.3 
 6. Garcia, Bauru18.4 
 7. Mariano, Brasilia18.3 
 8. Machado, Flamengo18.2 
 9. Anthony, Macae18.2 
 10. Dawkins, Vitoria16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.11.7 
 2. de Souza, L.Sor.8.3 
 3. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.9 
 4. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 5. Ansaloni, Pinheiros7.6 
 6. Maynard, Minas7.3 
 7. Lopez, Flamengo7.2 
 8. Klassmann, B.Cea.6.9 
 9. Mariano, Brasilia6.8 
 10. Holloway, Pinheiros6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. de Assis, Brasilia6.6 
 2. Anthony, Macae5.7 
 3. Garcia, Bauru5.6 
 4. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.6 
 5. Dawkins, Vitoria5.5 
 6. Borges, Franca5.2 
 7. Cafferata, L.Sor.5.1 
 8. Rodgers, Minas5.1 
 9. Freitas, Campo M.4.9 
 10. Fischer, Flamengo4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Scott RODGERS
  Minas
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Rodgers, Minas2.1 
 2. Garcia, Bauru2.1 
 3. Toledo, B.Cearense1.9 
 4. Curnell, Mogi1.8 
 5. Dawkins, Vitoria1.7 
 6. Holloway, Pinheiros1.7 
 7. de Oliveira, Mogi1.7 
 8. Cafferata, L.Sor.1.7 
 9. Stallworth, Mogi1.6 
 10. Taylor, Mogi1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Renan LENZ
  Pinheiros
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Lenz, Pinheiros1.1 
 2. Nunes, Campo M.1.1 
 3. Rollins, Flamengo1.0 
 4. Freitas, Campo M.0.9 
 5. Klassmann, B.Cea.0.8 
 6. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.8 
 7. Camilo, Macae0.7 
 8. Gruber, B.Cearense0.6 
 9. Dias Silva, Pauli.0.6 
 10. Coimbra, Vitoria0.6 


L.Sorocaba tabs Felipe Cortes - by Paulo Freire

Liga-Sorocabana-de-Basquete (NBB) inked 20-year old guard Felipe Cortes (195-97) from the junior team of Paschoalotto/Bauru. In three NBB games he averaged 4.7ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.3spg last season.
Cortes helped them to make it to the InterContinental Cup final in 2016.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Brazil



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  BULGARIA  


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

24-year old forward Jordan Semple (201-F-92) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Akademik PL and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
He had a double-double of 19 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Beroe (#4, 9-6) 89-77. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Akademik PL maintains the 2nd position in Bulgarian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Akademik PL will need more victories to improve their 11-4 record. In the team's last game Semple had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Akademik PL's top player in his first season with the team. Cal State - Chico graduate has very impressive stats this year. Semple is in league's top in points (2nd best: 21.6ppg) and averages solid 1.7bpg and 68.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was D.J. Shelton (208-F-91) of Rilski. He is American forward in his first season at Rilski. In the last game Shelton recorded impressive double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds. Of course Rilski cruised to a 75-66 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Lukoil Acad. (#1, 13-3). Rilski's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Shelton is one of the most experienced players at Rilski and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.5ppg (#1). He also registered 10.3 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to Nikola Djuric (201-C/F-91) of Cherno More (#7). Djuric scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Cherno More, leading his team to a 78-69 win against slightly lower-ranked Yambol (#9, 3-12). The chances of Cherno More not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 10 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Djuric could try to bring Cherno More's a little bit higher in the standings. Djuric has a very solid season. In 15 games in Bulgaria he scored 9.3ppg. He also has 4.6rpg and FGP: 67.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Milovan Savic (205-C-87) of Spartak Pleven - 18 points and 13 rebounds
5. Dimitar Dimitrov (203-PF-93) of Akademik PL - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Steve Zack (211-C-92) of Lukoil Acad. - 13 points and 17 rebounds
7. Anthony Beane (188-G-94) of Lukoil Acad. - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Milen Dudev (178-PG-94) of Spartak Pleven - 8 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
9. Amin Hott (192-G-92) of Balkan - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Brandis Raley-Ross (191-G-87) of Beroe - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  CAMEROON  


Kenny Kadji selected the top Cameroonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kenny Kadji
Kenny Kadji
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Kenny Kadji (211-88, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Turkey). He could not help Trabzonspor (6-11) in their last game. Despite Kadji's good performance Trabzonspor was edged 81-80 on the road by the higher-ranked (#9) Yesilgiresun Bld. He scored 13 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 40 minutes on the court. Kadji has relatively good stats this year: 14.4ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.6bpg, 2FGP: 60.3%(91-151), 3FGP: 22.7% and FT: 71.1% in 17 games he played so far. He played for the Cameroonian senior national team two years ago.

Landry Nnoko
Landry Nnoko
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Landry Nnoko (208-94, college: Clemson, currently plays in Italy). Nnoko led VL Pesaro to a victory against the closely-ranked AV Cantu (7-11) 78-73 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. Consultinvest VL Pesaro (6-12) is placed 14th in the Serie A. It's Nnoko's first season with the team. This year Nnoko averages: 5.8ppg, 7.2rpg, 2FGP: 52.3% and FT: 53.6%. He played for the Cameroonian national team in 2015.

Luc Mbah a Moute
Luc Mbah a Moute
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman Luc Mbah a Moute (200-86, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). Mbah a Moute contributed to a Los Angeles Clippers' victory against the Phoenix Suns (16-36) 124-114 in the NBA last Wednesday. He scored 8 points in only 13 minutes. The Los Angeles Clippers have 31-21 record this season. This year Mbah a Moute's overall stats are: 6.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 2FGP: 53.0%, 3FGP: 40.3% and FT: 71.9% in 49 games. He played for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Arnaud-William Adala Moto
Arnaud-William Adala Moto
   #4. Forward Arnaud-William Adala Moto (198-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Towson edge the Drexel University (2-0) 104-103 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Adala Moto recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds. The Towson University has rather weak 2-4 conference record this season. This year Adala Moto has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.2apg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2015.

Arsene Towa
Arsene Towa
   #5. An experienced former international forward Arsene Towa (191-81, currently plays in Finland) was not able to help Jarvenpaa (7-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the eighth-placed Jarvenpaa (7-13) was defeated 88-78 at home by the leading Lahti in the Division A. Towa recorded a double-double by scoring 30 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals. Towa has reliable stats this season: 13.1ppg, 11.6rpg, 2.2apg and 1.8spg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team six years ago.

Gedeon Pitard
Gedeon Pitard
   #6. Guard Gedeon Pitard (188-89, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Chalon/Saor (13-5) in their game against Pau-Lacq-Orthez (13-5) in the French ProA. Pitard scored 6 points in only 10 minutes. Chalon/Saor lost 88-95 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#3) Pau-Lacq-Orthez. This year Pitard averages only 1.6ppg in 18 games. Despite he played previously for the French U18 national team, Pitard is also a former international player as he played for the Cameroonian senior team two years ago.

Gaston Essengue
Gaston Essengue
   #7. Former international power forward Gaston Essengue (203-83, college: UNLV, currently plays in Argentina) helped Comunicaciones win their game against the seventh-ranked Asociacion Mitre Tucuman (6-16) 82-70 in the Argentinian TNA (second division) in Tuesday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Comunicaciones Mercedes (18-5) is placed second in North group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Essengue's stats this season are: 14.0ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Harding NaNa
Harding NaNa
   #8. Forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware, currently plays in Denmark) couldn't help Svendborg (11-9) in their game against Randers (9-12) in the Danish Ligaen. NaNa scored 9 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 35 minutes. But Svendborg was edged 80-77 on their home court in Svendborg by the lower-ranked (#6) Randers. NaNa's stats this year are: 11.5ppg, 7.5rpg and 2.1apg in 19 games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2015.

Jeremy Nzeulie
Jeremy Nzeulie
   #9. Former international shooting guard Jeremy Nzeulie (188-91, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Gedeon Pitard and both played together in the last French ProA game. Nzeulie couldn't help Chalon/Saor (13-5) in their game against Pau-Lacq-Orthez (13-5). He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Nzeulie scored only 3 points. Chalon/Saor was defeated 95-88 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#3). Nzeulie's total stats this season are: 8.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.9apg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Junior MBida
Junior MBida
   #10. Center Junior MBida (204-90, currently plays in France) helped Lille Metropole win their game against the 13th-ranked Aix-Maurienne (7-10) crushing them 83-61 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. He scored 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 19 minutes. Lille Metropole Basket (10-7) is placed fourth in the ProB. This year MBida's total stats are: 6.0ppg and 6.5rpg in four games. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Cameroonian senior national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Danny Gibson (177-PG-84, college: S.Indiana, currently plays in Bulgaria) could not help Lukoil Academic Sofia (13-3) in their last game. Despite Gibson's good performance the league leader Lukoil Academic Sofia lost 66-75 on the road to the lower-ranked (#5) Rilski. He scored 13 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 34 minutes. It was Lukoil Academic Sofia's first loss after six consecutive victories. The Regular Season already ended. This year Gibson has relatively solid stats: 14.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.7apg and 1.6spg in 16 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and American.

   #2. Paul Biligha (200-C-90, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Vanoli Cremona (4-14) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Biligha's good performance the bottom-ranked Vanoli Cremona was defeated 79-75 in Caserta by the much higher-ranked Juvecaserta (#7). He scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. This season Biligha has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.4bpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and Italian. Despite Biligha's Cameroonian nationality, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Cameroonian team.

   #3. Pascal Siakam (206-F-94, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Toronto Raptors' victory against the Brooklyn Nets (9-42) 103-95 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. Siakam scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 29 minutes. The Toronto Raptors have a solid 32-21 record this season. This year Siakam's total stats are: 4.5ppg and 3.5rpg in 45 games.

   #4. Roland Nyama (198-G/F-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Stony Brook to a victory against the University of Massachusetts - Lowell 83-72 in the NCAA in Monday night's game. Nyama scored 19 points in 21 minutes. The State University of New York,Stony Brook has 4-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all four games in the conference. Nyama is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Stony Brook's roster. This season his total stats are: 9.4ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.6apg in 23 games. Nyama has both German and Cameroonian nationalities. Despite his Cameroonian passport, Nyama previously played for the German U16 national team and probably cannot be called to the Cameroonian team.

   #5. Franck Kouagnia (201-F-89, currently plays in Sweden) helped Eskilstuna win their game against the eighth-ranked Hoganas (2-8) crushing them 102-68 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) last Sunday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and making 10 passes. Kouagnia also added 9 rebounds and 2 blocks. Eskilstuna Basket (8-1) is placed second in BEHS forts group. Kouagnia has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 20.6ppg, 12.0rpg, 3.2apg and 1.6spg. Kouagnia also holds two passports: British and Cameroonian.

   #6. Bertrand Nkali (206-F-92, currently studies in the States) managed to help University of Houston to win against the University of Central Florida 82-64 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. Nkali scored only 4 points and blocked 3 blocks. Nkali has averaged so far 1.6ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.5bpg.

   #7. Ralph Temgoua (194-G-87, college: St.Lawrence, currently plays in France) helped Quimper UJAP win their game against the 16th-ranked Gries/Oberhoffen 80-70 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. He scored 11 points in a mere 17 minutes. Temgoua has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.3apg in 20 games. He holds both Cameroonian and French passports.

   #8. Roger Moute a Bidias (198-F-95, is currently at the American university) helped California edge the University of Utah 77-75 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Moute a Bidias recorded only 2 points. Moute a Bidias has averaged so far 3.6ppg and 2.2rpg.

   #9. Maxime Djo Ebala (208-C-94, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Angers BC in their game against Union Rennes in the French NM1 (third division). He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Djo Ebala scored only 3 points in 15 minutes. His team was crushed by 28 points 102-74. Djo Ebala has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 1.7rpg in 18 games. He has dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French.

   #10. Kevin Chuisseu (203-F-92, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the one of league's weakest teams Univ.of S.Carolina - Aiken in their game against the Augusta University in the NCAA2. Chuisseu cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. His team was edged 71-69 in the NCAA2. Chuisseu has averaged so far 2.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.2bpg.



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CIS men standings

CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. Dalhousie 13-4 
 2. St.Mary's 10-6 
 3. UNB 10-6 
 4. Memorial 9-7 
 5. St.Francis X. 8-7 
 6. Acadia 8-7 
 7. UPEI 5-10 
 8. Cape Breton 0-16 
CanWest Explorer Division
 1. UFV 9-9 
 2. Mount Royal 8-10 
 3. TRU 8-10 
 4. MacEwan 7-11 
 5. UNBC 4-14 
 6. UBC Okanagan 2-16 
CanWest Pioneer Division
 1. UBC 17-1 
 2. Calgary 14-4 
 3. Alberta 13-5 
 4. Saskatchewan 12-6 
 5. Winnipeg 12-6 
 6. Lethbridge 12-6 
 7. Manitoba 10-8 
 8. Brandon 9-11 
 9. Regina 7-11 
 10. Victoria 7-11 
 11. TWU 3-18 
OUA Central
 1. Brock 11-4 
 2. McMaster 7-9 
 3. Lakehead 4-11 
 4. Guelph 4-12 
OUA East
 1. Ryerson 15-1 
 2. Toronto 11-5 
 3. Queen's 6-10 
 4. York 4-11 
OUA North
 1. Carleton 14-0 
 2. Ottawa 13-2 
 3. Nipissing 8-9 
 4. Laurentian 8-9 
OUA West
 1. Windsor 8-8 
 2. Laurier 8-9 
 3. Western 5-11 
 4. Waterloo 4-11 
 5. Algoma 4-12 
Quebec League
 1. McGill 9-3 
 2. Concordia 8-4 
 3. UQAM 7-5 
 4. Laval 4-8 
 5. Bishop's 2-10 

Regular Season: Round 20

Feb. 7: St.Francis X. - Dalhousie 65-77
Feb. 8: Laurier - Windsor
Feb. 8: Waterloo - Western
Feb. 9: UQAM - McGill
Feb. 10: St.Francis X. - UNB
Feb. 10: Toronto - Ryerson
Feb. 10: Lakehead - Guelph
Feb. 10: Ottawa - York
Feb. 10: Laurentian - Nipissing
Feb. 10: Carleton - Queen's
Feb. 10: Algoma - Brock
Feb. 10: Mount Royal - Manitoba
Feb. 10: TRU - Regina
Feb. 10: MacEwan - Calgary
Feb. 10: UBC - TWU
Feb. 10: Winnipeg - Victoria
Feb. 10: UFV - UBC Okanagan
Feb. 10: Saskatchewan - UNBC


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Conor MORGAN
  UBC
  (203-G/F-94)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Morgan, UBC24.3 
 2. Gray, Laurentian22.4 
 3. Johnson, Toronto22.0 
 4. Cooper, Calgary21.9 
 5. Jean-Louis, Cape B.20.4 
 6. Clayton, St.Mary''s20.3 
 7. Bercy, St.Franc.20.2 
 8. Scott, UPEI20.1 
 9. Gilmore, McMaster19.8 
 10. Nissen, Acadia19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dut DUT
  UPEI
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Dut, UPEI11.9 
 2. Bercy, St.Franc.11.3 
 3. Osayande, Saskatch.10.8 
 4. Pereira, Waterloo10.3 
 5. Elgadi, Brock10.0 
 6. Nissen, Acadia10.0 
 7. Graham, Queen''s9.9 
 8. Ross, Mount Royal9.8 
 9. Gilmore, McMaster9.3 
 10. Dinkins, Lakehead9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Javon MASTERS
  UNB
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Masters, UNB6.1 
 2. Mata, Dalhousie5.9 
 3. Keane, Carleton5.2 
 4. Miller, Acadia4.9 
 5. Dulay, UFV4.8 
 6. Burdeaux, Lethb.4.6 
 7. Bonhomme, Manitoba4.6 
 8. Clayton, St.Mary''s4.3 
 9. Farkic, Western4.3 
 10. Allen, TWU4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Dejon BURDEAUX
  Lethb.
  (183-PG-)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Burdeaux, Lethb.3.6 
 2. Agada, Ottawa3.1 
 3. Jenkins, Western3.0 
 4. Small, Ryerson2.6 
 5. De Ciman, Saskatch.2.4 
 6. Kapinga, Calgary2.4 
 7. Bermillo, Bishop''s2.4 
 8. Dulay, UFV2.3 
 9. Masters, UNB2.3 
 10. Ogundokun, McGill2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane OSAYANDE
  Saskatch.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Osayande, Saskatch.2.5 
 2. Graham, Queen''s2.2 
 3. Oirbans, Winnipeg2.0 
 4. Layton, Mount R.1.8 
 5. Paul, Brandon1.8 
 6. Debache, UQAM1.7 
 7. Yengue, Laurentian1.6 
 8. Elgadi, Brock1.6 
 9. James, MacEwan1.5 
 10. Voll, Ryerson1.5 


Andrew Rautins selected the top Canadian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Andrew Rautins
Andrew Rautins
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Andrew Rautins (193-86, college: Syracuse, currently plays in Turkey). He led Gaziantep to a victory against the closely-ranked Pinar Karsiyaka (10-7) 92-79 in the Turkish BSL in Saturday night's game. Rautins scored 18 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 38 minutes on the court. Gaziantep Basketbol (8-9) is placed eighth in the BSL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Rautins has relatively good stats this year: 11.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.1apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 40.6%, 3FGP: 34.6% and FT: 92.3% in 16 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Rautins played for the Canadian senior national team four years ago.

Andrew Wiggins
Andrew Wiggins
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Andrew Wiggins (203-95, college: Kansas, currently plays in NBA). He led Minnesota Timberwolves to a victory over the Orlando Magic (20-33) 111-105 in the NBA last Monday. Wiggins was MVP of the game. He scored 27 points (!!!) and added 5 passes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Wiggins' third season in pro basketball. The Minnesota Timberwolves have 19-33 record this season. Wiggins has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 22.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 47.6%, 3FGP: 34.1% and FT: 74.3%. Wiggins played for the Canadian national team in 2015.

Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Tristan Thompson (206-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to a Cleveland Cavaliers' victory against the Washington Wizards (30-21) 140-135 in the NBA on Monday night. Thompson had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 12 rebounds in 41 minutes. The Cleveland Cavaliers have a solid 35-15 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Thompson's sixth year with the team. This season he has relatively solid stats: 7.6ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 58.1%(150-258) and FT: 50.3% in 49 games. Thompson is also a member of the Canadian senior national team.

Kyle Landry
Kyle Landry
   #4. Power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona, currently plays in VTB United League) was the major contributor in Zenit's victory against the closely-ranked VEF Riga (7-7) 82-73 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. He scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Zenit Saint Petersburg (12-3) is placed third in the VTB United League. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Landry is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Zenit's roster. Landry has reliable stats this season: 11.8ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.5apg. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2013.

Anthony Bennett
Anthony Bennett
   #5. International forward Anthony Bennett (203-93, college: UNLV, currently plays in Turkey) managed to help Fenerbahce Istanbul in a victory against the 13th-ranked Istanbul BBSK (6-11) 76-69 in a derby game in the Turkish BSL last Sunday. Bennett scored 5 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 19 minutes. Fenerbahce Istanbul (14-2) is placed first in the BSL. Bennett's stats this year are: 10.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg in two games. He plays currently for the Canadian national team.

Melvin Ejim
Melvin Ejim
   #6. Forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Italy) could not help Umana Venezia (12-6) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Ejim's good performance Umana Venezia was defeated 65-57 on the road by the much lower-ranked Dolomiti En. TR (#11). He was the second best scorer with 11 points. Ejim also added 6 rebounds. It's Ejim's first season with the team. He averaged so far 11.1ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.7apg and 1.2spg. Ejim is an international player who is currently on the senior Canadian National Team roster.

Aaron Best
Aaron Best
   #7. Former University international guard Aaron Best (193-92, college: Ryerson, currently plays in Lithuania) was the main contributor in Juventus' victory against one of league's weakest teams Nevezis (5-17) crushing them 102-74 in the Lithuanian LKL in Saturday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Best recorded 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Juventus-LKSK Utenos (12-10) is placed fifth in the LKL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Best's overall stats are: 7.5ppg and 3.2rpg in 22 games. He used to play for the Canadian university national team two years ago.

Daniel Mullings
Daniel Mullings
   #8. Guard Daniel Mullings (188-91, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in Finland) helped Joensuun Kataja win their game against the league leader Helsinki Seagulls (18-6) crushing them 91-61 in the Finnish Korisliiga last Friday. Mullings recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 6 assists and 4 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Joensuun Kataja Basket (15-8) is placed fourth in the Korisliiga. Mullings' stats this season are: 14.4ppg, 7.1rpg, 3.5apg and 2.1spg. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2015.

Aaron Doornekamp
Aaron Doornekamp
   #9. Former international forward Aaron Doornekamp (201-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) helped CB Canarias win their game against one of league's weakest teams Joventut (5-14) 89-75 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Doornekamp scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (15-4) is placed second in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Doornekamp averaged so far 12.7ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.4apg in 19 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Evaldas Zabas
Evaldas Zabas
   #10. Point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-88, currently plays in Lithuania) was not able to help P.Zvaigzdes (9-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Zabas' very good performance P.Zvaigzdes was defeated 84-76 at home by the second-ranked Lietkabelis. He was the top scorer with 24 points (made all of his eight free throws). Zabas averaged so far 12.8ppg and 2.4apg. Despite he played previously for the Lithuanian U20 national team, Zabas is also a former U18 international player as nine years ago he still played for the Canadian national team.

   #11. Former international point guard Kevin Pangos (188-93, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in Lithuania) helped Zalgiris win their game against the closely-ranked Lietuvos rytas 79-72 in the Lithuanian LKL last Sunday. He was the top player that evening. Pangos recorded 13 points and added 3 passes in 23 minutes. This year Pangos' total stats are: 8.9ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.5apg in 22 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team eight years ago.

   #12. International center Khem Birch (208-92, college: UNLV, currently plays in Greece) helped Olympiacos win their game against the league outsider Doxa Lefkadas crushing them 84-60 in the Greek A1 on Sunday night. Birch recorded 5 points and blocked 2 shots. Birch has averaged so far 5.9ppg and 5.4rpg. He is also in the roster of the Canadian national team.

   #13. Former international swingman Jamal Murray (198-97, college: Kentucky, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Denver Nuggets (23-28) in their last game. Despite Murray's very good performance the Denver Nuggets were crushed 121-97 in San Antonio by the Spurs. He was the top scorer with 20 points in 23 minutes. Murray averaged so far 8.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.8apg in 50 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

   #14. Former international center Sean Denison (210-85, agency: 011 Sports, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help Oradea (6-5) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Denison's very good performance Oradea was edged 85-84 in Timisoara by the lower-ranked BC Timisoara (#5). He was the top scorer with 20 points. Denison also added 9 rebounds. Denison averaged so far 11.1ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1bpg. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2007.

   #15. Former international forward Dwight Powell (211-91, college: Stanford, currently plays in NBA) helped Dallas Mavericks win their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-97 in the NBA on Monday night. Powell scored 14 points, had 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 29 minutes. Powell averaged so far 7.2ppg and 4.6rpg in 50 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Matthew Wright (193-G-91, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Philippines) could not help Phoenix (6-5) in their last game. Despite Wright's very good performance Phoenix were badly defeated 91-71 at home by the higher-ranked (#3) Star Hotshots. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Wright also added 5 rebounds (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 38 minutes. Wright has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.5ppg, 6.8rpg, 3.3apg and 1.3spg in 12 games he played so far.

   #2. Yannick Anzuluni (205-F-87, college: Houghton, currently plays in Sweden) led BC Lulea to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Uppsala Basket (11-9) crushing them 96-61 in the Swedish Basketligan last Friday. Anzuluni recorded 13 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals. BC Lulea (18-4) is placed first in the Basketligan. Anzuluni averaged so far 14.7ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.8apg and 2.1spg.

   #3. Tyrell Green (201-F-95, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the UNLV (2-3) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance the UNLV were edged 80-77 on the road by the University of New Mexico. Green scored 25 points and grabbed 8 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Green averaged so far 11.6ppg and 5.3rpg.

   #4. Maurice Walker (208-F/C-91, college: Minnesota, currently plays in United Kingdom) was not able to secure a victory for Worcester Wolves (8-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Worcester Wolves was edged 79-77 in Sheffield by the higher-ranked (#4) Sharks. Walker had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 2 blocks in 33 minutes. It was Worcester Wolves' first loss after three consecutive victories. Walker has very impressive stats this year: 21.5ppg, 10.6rpg and 1.8apg in 11 games. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and British.

   #5. Derek Ogbeide (203-F-97, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Georgia (3-2) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Ogbeide's very good performance the Georgia was defeated 90-81 on their home court in Athens by the University of Kentucky. He recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 13 rebounds. Ogbeide also added 2 blocks. Ogbeide has averaged so far 7.3ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.3bpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Nigerian.

   #6. Experienced Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83, agency: Blacktop Management, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in Finland) was the major contributor in a 2-point BC Nokia's victory against the closely-ranked Kouvot 78-76 in the Finnish Korisliiga in Wednesday night's game. Barrett scored 18 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 32 minutes. Barrett averaged so far 13.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.6spg in nine games.

   #7. Kiefer Douse (190-G-92, is currently at the American university) led Canisius to a 2-point victory against the St.Peter's College 72-70 in the NCAA in Monday night's game. He scored 22 points, grabbed 4 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 3 balls. Douse has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 4.2rpg and 3.0apg.

   #8. Elijah Long (183-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Mt.St.Mary's to a victory against the Bryant University 77-70 in the NCAA last Thursday. He recorded 21 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in 39 minutes. Long averaged so far 14.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 4.4apg and 1.6spg in 25 games.

   #9. Chad Posthumus (211-C-91, college: Morehead St., currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Shinshu BW (10-25) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the sixth-placed Shinshu BW was edged 81-79 on their home court in Nagano by the leading Dragonflies in the Central group. Posthumus was the second best scorer with 18 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 31 minutes. Posthumus has very impressive stats this year: 15.5ppg and 8.2rpg in six games.

   #10. Jermel Kennedy (201-F-89, college: Lander, currently plays in United Kingdom) is a teammate of previously mentioned Maurice Walker and both played together in the last British BBL game. Kennedy couldn't help Worcester Wolves (8-12) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance Worcester Wolves was edged 79-77 in Sheffield by the higher-ranked Sharks (#4). Kennedy scored 14 points, grabbed 5 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 3 balls. Kennedy averaged so far 13.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.5apg and 1.5spg. He has both Canadian and British nationalities.



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  CENTRAL AFRICA  


Max Kouguere selected the top Central African playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Max Kouguere
Max Kouguere
   #1. This week's number one is former international small forward Max Kouguere (198-87, currently plays in France). He could not help Olympique Antibes (6-12) in their last game. Despite Kouguere's very good performance Olympique Antibes was badly defeated 86-67 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#5) Paris-Levallois. He was the top scorer with 19 points. Kouguere also added 8 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 38 minutes on the court. It's Kouguere's first season with the team. This year he averages: 7.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 36.4%, 3FGP: 36.6% and FT: 88.9% in 12 games he played so far. Kouguere has a dual citizenship: Congolese and Central African. He played for the Central African senior national team two years ago.

Romain Sato
Romain Sato
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international swingman Romain Sato (195-81, college: Xavier, currently plays in EuroCup). Sato managed to help Valencia Basket to win against the closely-ranked Cedevita (1-4) 71-58 in the Eurocup last Tuesday. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. 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. Sato has been at the team for four years. Sato's overall stats this season are: 6.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 2FGP: 60.6%(20-33), 3FGP: 36.4% and FT: 66.7%. He played for the Central African national team in 2013.

James Mays
James Mays
   #3. The Central African player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson, currently plays in South Korea). Mays led LG Sakers to a victory over the second-ranked Anyang KGC (25-11) 81-74 in the South Korean KBL on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. Mays had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 14 rebounds in 34 minutes. Changwon LG Sakers (17-19) are placed seventh in the KBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Mays has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 22.5ppg, 11.9rpg, 2.7apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 52.3%, 3FGP: 23.3% and FT: 60.5% in 35 games. Mays is a naturalized American. He played for the Central African national team four years ago. Strangely Mays has never played in Central Africa.

Patrick O'Bryant
Patrick O'Bryant
   #4. Center Patrick O'Bryant (213-86, college: Bradley, currently plays in Taiwan) was not able to help Fubon Braves (15-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Fubon Braves were defeated 84-80 by the lower-ranked Pauian (#5). O'Bryant was the second best scorer with 22 points. He also added 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. O'Bryant has relatively good stats this season: 15.0ppg, 13.7rpg, 1.7apg and 3.3bpg. He is a naturalized American. O'Bryant used to play for the Central African national team back in 2013. Apparently he has never played in Central Africa.

Maxime Zianveni
Maxime Zianveni
   #5. Former international power forward Maxime Zianveni (198-79, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Boulazac Basket (8-9) in their last game. Despite Zianveni's good performance Boulazac Basket was edged 61-60 in Boulogne-sur-Mer by the one of league's weakest teams (#17) SO Maritime Boulogne. He was the top scorer with 12 points. Zianveni also added 6 rebounds in only a mere 12 minutes. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. This year Zianveni's overall stats are: 7.0ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.1apg and 1.7spg in 17 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Central African and French. Zianveni used to play for the Central African national team four years ago.

Glenn Feidanga
Glenn Feidanga
   #6. Power forward Glenn Feidanga (203-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the LIU Brooklyn (5-1) in their game against the St.Francis University (PA) (3-2) in the NCAA. He scored 6 points (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line). The LIU Brooklyn was edged 80-78 in Loretto by the St.Francis University (PA). Feidanga plays fourth season for the team. This year Feidanga averages only 0.8ppg. He is a former international player as he played for the Central African senior team two years ago.

Destin Damachoua
Destin Damachoua
   #7. Former international guard Destin Damachoua (184-86, college: New Orleans, currently plays in France) contributed to an Lorient's surprising victory against the fifth-ranked Rueil (14-7) 91-75 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. Damachoua scored only 3 points and added 4 assists in 23 minutes. CEP Lorient (8-13) is placed second from the bottom (#17) in the NM1. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. This year Damachoua has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.7apg and 1.7spg in 19 games. He used to play for the Central African national team two years ago.

Other top Central African players, who play abroad:

Jimmy Djimrabaye (202-C/F-92) plays for Gravelines-Dunkerque in French ProA
Johan Grebongo (204-F/C-94) plays for Pfastatt in French NM2
Guy Joseph Kodjo-Sitchi (191-F-85) plays for Prisse Macon in French NM2
Clarence Juillet (198-C-83) plays for Brissac-Aubance in French NM2
Maixant Mombollet (203-F/C-81) plays for Tourcoing in French NM2
Yannick Zachee (192-F-86) plays for Oullins in French NM2
Michael Mokongo (180-PG-86) plays for Vitre in French NM1
Sydney Pehoua (195-F-88) plays for Besancon in French NM2
Joseph Kalambani (192-G-81) plays for Besancon in French NM2

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



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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.30.3 
 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. Lampe, Shenzhen L.12.4 
 9. Han, Liaoning H.12.4 
 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.7.5 
 4. Pargo, Shenzhen L.7.0 
 5. Sloan, Guangdong ST6.4 
 6. Warren, Zhejiang.6.4 
 7. Buycks, Fujian QB6.2 
 8. Adams, Xinjiang FT6.2 
 9. Jones, Qingdao E.6.0 
 10. Brown, Zhejiang CB5.9 
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. Hudson, Liaoning H.2.3 
 8. Fortson, Guangsha.2.3 
 9. McCollum, North C.2.1 
 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. Sun, Beijing D.1.7 
 8. Blatche, Xinjiang.1.7 
 9. Yi, Guangdong ST1.6 
 10. Thomas, Jilin N.1.5 


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

31-year old Maciej Lampe (211-C/F-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Shenzhen L. and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 32.
He had a double-double of 40 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat TianJin S. (#11, 16-17) 117-111. Shenzhen L. maintains the 6th position in Chinese league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Shenzhen L. will need more victories to improve their 21-12 record. In the team's last game Lampe had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Shenzhen L.'s top player in his first season with the team. Lampe has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 12.3rpg) and averages solid 58.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Dominique Jones (193-G-88) of Qingdao E.. He is American guard in his first season at Qingdao E.. In the last game Jones recorded impressive double-double of 41 points and 14 rebounds. It was enough for Qingdao E. to edge the lower-ranked North Control B. (#17, 8-24) by 2 points 96-94. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Qingdao E. keeps 12th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 15-17 record. Jones is a newcomer at Qingdao E. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 30.4ppg (#9). His other stats are also decent: 8.3rpg and 5.9apg.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Jared Cunningham (193-G-91) of Jiangsu TX (#18). Cunningham got into 30-points club by scoring 42 points in the last round. He went also for six rebounds . He was a key player of Jiangsu TX, leading his team to a 114-112 win against the higher-ranked Zhejiang CB (#15, 10-22). Jiangsu TX can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 8-24 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Cunningham he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Cunningham has individually a great season in China. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 33.6ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Darius Adams (188-PG-89) of Xinjiang FT - 39 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists
5. Jimmer Fredette (188-PG-89) of Shanghai S. - 37 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Courtney Fortson (180-PG-88) of Guangsha L. - 44 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
7. MarShon Brooks (196-G/F-89) of Jiangsu D. - 42 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Wei Liu (190-PG-80) of Sichuan BW - 32 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Lorenzo Brown (196-G-90) of Zhejiang CB - 33 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) of Sichuan BW - 25 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists

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



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  CROATIA  

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Luka BOZIC
  KK Zagreb
  (199-PG-96)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Bozic, KK Zagreb22.3 
 2. Johnson, Alkar Sinj22.3 
 3. Smajlagic, Zabok21.2 
 4. Marcinkovic, KK Za.18.1 
 5. Hopson, Cedevita17.9 
 6. Novacic, Jolly JBS17.8 
 7. Konjevic, Skrljevo17.3 
 8. Veljacic, Kvarner .17.1 
 9. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek16.6 
 10. Sakic, Cibona16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jalen ROBINSON
  Vrij.Osijek
  (206-F/C-93)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek7.6 
 2. Bozic, KK Zagreb7.3 
 3. Novacic, Jolly JBS7.1 
 4. Mazalin, Zadar7.1 
 5. Smajlagic, Zabok6.6 
 6. Halilovic, GKK S.6.5 
 7. Marcinkovic, KK Za.6.3 
 8. Rajic, H.Analitica6.0 
 9. Marinkovic, Zadar5.8 
 10. Sakic, Cibona5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj8.1 
 2. Scott, Jolly JBS6.9 
 3. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.6 
 4. Stockton, Cedevita6.0 
 5. Veljacic, Kvarner .5.9 
 6. Filipovic, KK Split5.9 
 7. Vrbica, Gorica5.1 
 8. Kapusta, Zabok4.9 
 9. Palcic, Skrljevo4.8 
 10. Petani, GKK Sibenik4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj2.9 
 2. Stockton, Cedevita2.8 
 3. Jurlina, Zabok2.5 
 4. Veljacic, Kvarner .2.2 
 5. Katic, Cedevita2.0 
 6. Sirko, KK Split2.0 
 7. Brzoja, Zadar1.8 
 8. Mazalin, Zadar1.6 
 9. Novacic, Jolly JBS1.6 
 10. Marcinkovic, KK Za.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Miralem HALILOVIC
  GKK S.
  (205-F-91)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Halilovic, GKK S.1.5 
 2. Bundovic, Cedevita1.2 
 3. Turkyilmaz, GKK S.1.1 
 4. Krolo, Zabok1.1 
 5. Vukovic, Vrij.Osijek1.1 
 6. Zrnic, Zabok0.9 
 7. Bilan, Cedevita0.8 
 8. Vlaic, KK Zagreb0.8 
 9. Vitali, KK Zagreb0.7 
 10. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek0.7 


Standings - A2 League

A2 Standings
Center
 1. Vern 16-2 
 2. Rudes 12-6 
 3. Zaprude 10-8 
 4. Agrodalm 10-8 
 5. Mladost ZG 9-6 
 6. Bosco 9-7 
 7. Zapad 9-9 
 8. Sesvete 8-9 
 9. Dubrava 7-10 
 10. Samobor 7-10 
 11. Maksimir 5-12 
 12. Fortuna 1-16 
East
 1. Belisce 11-3 
 2. Borovo 10-3 
 3. Osjecki Sokol 9-5 
 4. Rekord Tim 8-6 
 5. Zupanja 7-6 
 6. Djakovo 7-7 
 7. Vukovar 7-8 
 8. Pozega 5-9 
 9. Vinkovci 3-11 
 10. VROS Darda 2-11 
North
 1. Podravac Virje 12-2 
 2. Graficar 11-2 
 3. Medjimurje C. 11-3 
 4. Radnik 8-6 
 5. Mladost D. 7-6 
 6. Petar Zrinski 7-7 
 7. Ivanic 6-6 
 8. Koprivnica 2-11 
 9. Bjelovar 2-12 
 10. Ivancica 2-13 
South
 1. Jazine 13-1 
 2. Ribola Kastela 10-1 
 3. Omis-Cagalj T. 9-4 
 4. Puntamika 9-4 
 5. Diplomus 9-5 
 6. Adriatic S. 5-9 
 7. Sukosan 4-9 
 8. Dubrovnik 4-10 
 9. Solin 3-9 
 10. Cetina 0-14 
West
 1. Sanac 14-1 
 2. Ghia Staff 11-4 
 3. Crikvenica 11-5 
 4. Istrauni 11-5 
 5. Kastav 10-6 
 6. Labin 8-6 
 7. Pula 1981 8-9 
 8. Stoja Pula 7-9 
 9. Jadranka 5-9 
 10. Zamet 4-11 
 11. Kraljevica 2-12 
 12. Rovinj 1-15 

Regular Season: Round 18

Center

Feb. 4: Zaprude - Agrodalm 92-79
Feb. 4: Mladost ZG - Fortuna 87-70
Feb. 4: Sesvete - Vern 79-84
Feb. 4: Bosco - Dubrava 68-70
Feb. 4: Zapad - Rudes 66-73
Feb. 7: Samobor - Maksimir

East

Feb. 4: Borovo - VROS Darda 95-74
Feb. 4: Djakovo - Belisce 81-89
Feb. 4: Rekord Tim - Zupanja 81-84
Feb. 4: Vukovar - Pozega 75-65
Feb. 4: Vinkovci - Osjecki Sokol 68-78

North

Feb. 4: Radnik - Koprivnica 79-49
Feb. 4: Ivanic - Bjelovar 71-65
Feb. 4: Petar Zrinski - Medjimurje C. 68-86
Feb. 4: Ivancica - Podravac Virje 64-98
Feb. 8: Graficar - Mladost D.

South

Feb. 4: Jazine - Ribola Kastela 91-80
Feb. 4: Solin - Omis-Cagalj T. 78-85
Feb. 4: Diplomus - Adriatic S. 73-68
Feb. 4: Sukosan - Puntamika 61-81
Feb. 4: Cetina - Dubrovnik 61-71

West

Feb. 5: Jadranka - Ghia Staff 99-69
Feb. 4: Sanac - Kraljevica 94-66
Feb. 4: Rovinj - Stoja Pula 90-92
Feb. 4: Crikvenica - Labin 82-73
Feb. 4: Zamet - Rovinj 81-60
Feb. 4: Kastav - Pula 1981 71-78
Feb. 4: Istrauni - Zamet 65-58


Josip Sobin's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Croatians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Josip Sobin
Josip Sobin
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Josip Sobin (203-89, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Poland). He led Anwil to a 3-point victory over the seventh-ranked MKS Dabrowa Gornicza (10-8) 73-70 in the Polish PLK in Saturday night's game. Sobin was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 12 rebounds. Sobin also added 3 assists in 34 minutes on the court. Anwil Wloclawek (13-6) is placed third in the PLK. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Sobin's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 61.8%(94-152) and FT: 31.6% in 19 games he played so far. Sobin is currently a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Krunoslav Simon
Krunoslav Simon
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Krunoslav Simon (197-85, currently plays in Euroleague). He was the major contributor in a Armani Milano's surprising victory against the ninth-ranked Darussafaka (10-11) 89-87 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Simon scored 15 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (7-14) is placed second from the bottom (#15) in group A. This season Simon has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.8apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 53.7%, 3FGP: 39.5% and FT: 87.0%. He is in the roster of the Croatian senior national team.

Ante Zizic
Ante Zizic
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Ante Zizic (210-97, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague) faced previously mentioned Krunoslav Simon in the Euroleague last game. Zizic. He could not help Darussafaka (10-11) in their last game. Despite Zizic's very good performance the ninth-placed Darussafaka (10-11) was edged 89-87 on the road by the lower-ranked (#15) Armani Milano in the group A of Euroleague. He scored 17 points, had 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 24 minutes. It was Darussafaka's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Zizic averages: 9.7ppg, 7.3rpg, 2FGP: 64.3%(27-42) and FT: 87.5% in seven games. Ex-KK Ribola Kastela player is also a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Marko Popovic
Marko Popovic
   #4. An experienced point guard Marko Popovic (185-82, also represented by Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Spain) led Baloncesto Fuenlabrada to a victory against the fourth-ranked Movil Estudiantes (12-5) 103-97 in a derby game in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Saturday night's game. He scored 23 points. Montakit Fuenlabrada (9-10) is placed ninth in the Liga Endesa. Popovic has reliable stats this season: 11.2ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.9apg. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2011.

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #5. Former international center Ante Tomic (217-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help FC Barcelona in their game against RETAbet BB (8-10) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Tomic scored 6 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 24 minutes. FC Barcelona lost 68-76 at home to the much lower-ranked (#10) RETAbet BB. Tomic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in FC Barcelona's roster. His stats this season are: 13.8ppg, 7.2rpg and 2.2apg in 18 games. Tomic used to play for the Croatian national team two years ago.

Dario Saric
Dario Saric
   #6. Power forward Dario Saric (207-94, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a 3-point Philadelphia 76ers' victory against the Sacramento Kings (20-32) 122-119 in the NBA on Monday night. He scored 17 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 6 assists. The Philadelphia 76ers have rather weak 17-34 record this season. Saric's stats this year are: 9.9ppg, 5.8rpg and 1.7apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

Hrvoje Peric
Hrvoje Peric
   #7. Former international forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) was not able to secure a victory for Umana Venezia (9-5) in their game against Ventspils (7-7) in the Basketball Champions League. Peric recorded 7 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 19 minutes. Umana Venezia (#3) lost 67-74 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#5) Ventspils in the group B of Basketball Champions League. Peric has been at the team for four years. He averaged so far 11.8ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.9apg in 14 games. Peric used to play for the Croatian national team two years ago.

Ivica Zubac
Ivica Zubac
   #8. Center Ivica Zubac (216-97, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Los Angeles Lakers' victory against the Denver Nuggets (23-28) 120-116 in the NBA last Tuesday. He recorded 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers have not so impressive 18-36 record this season. Zubac's overall stats this year are: 5.6ppg and 3.8rpg. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Tomislav Zubcic
Tomislav Zubcic
   #9. Former international power forward Tomislav Zubcic (208-90, currently plays in EuroCup) couldn't help BC Nizhny Novgorod (1-4) in their last game. Despite Zubcic's very good performance BC Nizhny Novgorod was crushed 90-66 in Saint Petersburg by the second-ranked Zenit. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Zubcic also added 5 boards, passed 3 assists and added 4 steals in 28 minutes. It was BC Nizhny Novgorod'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 Zubcic's overall stats are: 8.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg in seven games. He used to play for the Croatian national team two years ago.

Bojan Bogdanovic
Bojan Bogdanovic
   #10. Small forward Bojan Bogdanovic (203-89, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Brooklyn Nets (9-42) in their last game on Monday. Despite Bogdanovic's very good performance the Brooklyn Nets (9-42) were defeated 104-96 in Miami by the Heat. He was the top scorer with 16 points. Bogdanovic also added 6 rebounds. Bogdanovic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 14.1ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.6apg. Bogdanovic is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

   #11. International point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, another player represented by XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Greece) helped AEK Athens win their game against the 12th-ranked Kymis 71-65 in the Greek A1 last Saturday. He recorded 8 points in 26 minutes. Ukic averaged so far 10.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.9apg in 16 games. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

   #12. Former international center Luksa Andric (208-85, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Hungary) led Szolnok to a victory over the closely-ranked ZTE KK 86-78 in the Hungarian A Division on Thursday night. Andric was the best player in that game. He recorded 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Andric averaged so far 13.8ppg, 6.7rpg and 2.7apg. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2014.

   #13. International point guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Real Madrid in a victory against the 14th-ranked UCAM Murcia crushing them 89-61 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Draper scored only 4 points in 18 minutes. This year Draper's total stats are: 3.4ppg and 1.3apg in 15 games. He is a naturalized American. Draper is also Croatian national team player. He used to play for Cedevita Zagreb in Croatian league.

   #14. Former U18 international forward Jure Skific (202-88, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Poland) helped Twarde Pierniki win their game against the league leader Stelmet 81-69 in the Polish PLK last Sunday. Skific scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Skific averaged so far 10.6ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.7apg. He used to play for the Croatian U18 national team back in 2006.

   #15. Former U18 international power forward Stjepan Tesija (206-89, currently plays in Balkan League) helped his Bulgarian team Beroe win their game against the closely-ranked Sutjeska crushing them 104-76 in the Balkan League in Tuesday night's game. He recorded 7 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals. Tesija averaged so far 10.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Croatian U18 national team ten years ago.

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

   #1. Igor Maric (196-F-85, currently plays in Slovakia) led Prievidza to a 3-point victory over the closely-ranked Levice (19-9) 87-84 in the Slovakian SBL on Wednesday night. Maric was the top player that evening. He scored 23 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 35 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Prievidza (20-6) is placed third in the SBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Maric averaged so far 13.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg in 22 games he played so far.

   #2. Marko Jagodic Kuridza (205-PF-87, currently plays in Belgium) contributed to Oostende's victory against the fifth-ranked Kangoeroes (9-3) 86-75 in the Belgian Euromillions League last Saturday. Jagodic Kuridza scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Telenet BC Oostende (14-4) is placed first in the Euromillions League. Jagodic Kuridza has averaged so far 7.3ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.2apg. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Croatian.

   #3. Veljko Budimir (199-F-85, currently plays in Hungary) led PVSK Pannon to an easy victory against the third-ranked Kormend (11-6) 94-75 in the Hungarian A Division last Wednesday. Budimir recorded 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in 26 minutes. PVSK Pannonpower Pecs (9-8) is placed seventh in the A Division. Budimir plays fourth season for the team. He averaged so far 13.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg in 17 games.

   #4. Mladen Primorac (210-C-90, currently plays in Czech Republic) was the major contributor in an USK Praha's victory against the third-ranked NH Ostrava (6-16) 81-70 in the Czech Republic NBL last Saturday. Primorac recorded 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. USK Praha (18-0) is placed first. So far his team won all eighteen games in the Regular Season. Primorac has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.7apg.

   #5. Experienced Milan Stegnjaic (204-F/C-81, currently plays in Austria) could not help one of league's weakest teams Kapfenberg Bulls (11-9) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Kapfenberg Bulls lost 81-92 on the road to the second-ranked Gmunden Swans. Stegnjaic was the top scorer with 22 points in a mere 18 minutes. It was Kapfenberg Bulls' first loss after five consecutive victories. Stegnjaic averaged so far 10.8ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.2apg in 19 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Austrian.

   #6. Dino Cinac (201-F-88, currently plays in Sweden) was not able to help KFUM Jamtland (10-11) in their last game on Friday. Despite Cinac's very good performance KFUM Jamtland was defeated 81-75 in Sodertalje by the higher-ranked Kings (#3). He was the top scorer with 22 points. Cinac also added 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Cinac has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg.

   #7. Toni Bizaca (202-F-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Sweden) faced previously mentioned Dino Cinac in the Swedish Basketligan last game. Bizaca led Sodertalje Kings to a victory over the seventh-ranked KFUM Jamtland 81-75. He was the top player that evening. Bizaca recorded 18 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals (made all of his five free throws). This season Bizaca has very high stats. He averages: 18.7ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.8apg.

   #8. Marijan Cakarun (204-C-90, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for La ICL Manresa (3-16) in their last game. Despite Cakarun's good performance the bottom-ranked La ICL Manresa lost 75-89 in Santoago de Comp to the higher-ranked (#15) Blusens Monbus. He scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes. Cakarun has averaged so far 7.1ppg and 4.3rpg in 19 games.

   #9. Anthony Drmic (198-G/F-92, college: Boise St., currently plays in Australia) couldn't help Adelaide 36ers in their game against New Zealand Breakers in the Australian NBL. He scored 9 points. His team were edged 88-87. Drmic has averaged so far 5.4ppg and 3.4rpg. He has both Croatian and Australian nationalities.

   #10. Matija Ceskovic (192-G-81, currently plays in Balkan League) couldn't help Feni Industries (1-3) in their last game. Despite Ceskovic's good performance Feni Industries was edged 85-84 at home by the higher-ranked (#5) Beroe. He scored 13 points and added 4 passes in 30 minutes. Ceskovic averaged so far 11.6ppg and 1.8apg in 12 games.



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Standings - LSB

LSB Standings
 1. Camaguey 1-0 
 2. Matanzas 1-0 
 3. Pinar del Rio 1-0 
 4. Villa Clara 1-0 
 5. Capitalinos 0-1 
 6. Ciego de Avila 0-1 
 7. Guantanamo 0-1 
 8. Santiago 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 6

Feb. 8: Santiago - Guantanamo
Feb. 8: Matanzas - Capitalinos
Feb. 8: Camaguey - Villa Clara
Feb. 8: Ciego de Avila - Pinar del Rio


Andy Boffil paces Villa Clara in Liga Superior Round 1 - by Eurobasket News

Andy Boffil (190-G/F-82) paces Villa Clara in Liga Superior Round 1. He erupted with 41 points as Villa Clara overcame Santiago 100-85. Esteban Martinez (192-F-87) replied with 37 points in the losing effort.
Camaguey meanwhile beat Capitalinos 77-68 in the opener. Matanzas outscored Ciego de Avi 66-60, while Pinar del Rio posted an 86-71 win over Guantanamo.



Javier Justiz selected the top Cuban playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Javier Justiz
Javier Justiz
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Javier Justiz (205-92, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Argentina). He led Estudiantes Concordia to a 1-point victory over the eighth-ranked Quilmes MP (13-19) 79-78 in the Argentinian LigaA in Thursday night's game. Justiz was MVP of the game. He recorded 23 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks in 33 minutes on the court. Estudiantes Concordia (20-11) is placed second in Norte group. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Justiz has relatively good stats this year: 13.1ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.4apg, 2.0bpg, 2FGP: 51.5%, 3FGP: 11.1% and FT: 58.5% in 30 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Cuban senior national team.

Reynaldo Garcia
Reynaldo Garcia
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Reynaldo Garcia (187-90, agency: DTMones, currently plays in Argentina). Garcia could not help San Martin Corrientes (22-8) in their last game on Monday. Despite his very good performance the first-placed San Martin Corrientes (22-8) was defeated 88-76 on the road by the lower-ranked Quimsa (#6) in the Norte group. Garcia was the second best scorer with 16 points. It's Garcia's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 12.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.1apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 51.1% and FT: 72.9%. Garcia played for the Cuban national team in 2009.

Yorman Polas Bartolo
Yorman Polas Bartolo
   #3. The Cuban player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman Yorman Polas Bartolo (192-85, currently plays in Germany). He contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked ALBA Berlin (14-6) crushing them 95-72 in the German BBL in Sunday night's game. Bartolo scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Telekom Baskets Bonn (10-8) is placed seventh in the BBL. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. This season Bartolo averages: 6.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 67.2%(43-64), 3FGP: 16.7% and FT: 53.1%. He has a dual citizenship: Cuban and German. Bartolo played for the Cuban national team six years ago.

Grismay Paumier
Grismay Paumier
   #4. Power forward Grismay Paumier (204-88, currently plays in France) contributed to a SO Maritime Boulogne's surprising victory against the 11th-ranked Boulazac Basket (8-9) 61-60 in the French ProB (second division) last Saturday. He scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. SO Maritime Boulogne (6-11) is placed second from the bottom (#17) in the ProB. Paumier has reliable stats this year: 11.4ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.4bpg and 1.1spg in 17 games. He used to play for the Cuban national team back in 2009.

Georvys Elias
Georvys Elias
   #5. An experienced former international forward Georvys Elias (199-81, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Albacete (5-14) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Albacete lost 83-90 in Azpeitia to the leading Sammic ISB. Elias recorded 16 points in 29 minutes. It was Albacete's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Elias' stats this year are: 10.5ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.7apg, 1.2bpg and 1.5spg in 19 games. He used to play for the Cuban national team eight years ago.

Joan Luis Haiti
Joan Luis Haiti
   #6. Power forward Joan Luis Haiti (201-82, also represented by Pro Sports, currently plays in Uruguay) was not able to secure a victory for Olimpia (5-3) in their game against Atletico Welcome (6-3) in the Uruguayan LUB. Haiti cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. It was his first game for Olimpia this season. Olimpia (#3) was defeated 62-58 in a derby game by the second-ranked Atletico Welcome in the Promocional 2 group. Haiti is an international player who is currently on the senior Cuban National Team roster.

Taylor Garcia
Taylor Garcia
   #7. Former international point guard Taylor Garcia (182-87, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Quintanar (9-8) in their game against Real Canoe (15-3) in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). He scored 7 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 36 minutes. Quintanar (#8) lost 65-77 in Madrid to the leading Real Canoe in the Group B. It was Quintanar's third consecutive loss in a row. Garcia averaged so far 14.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.3apg and 1.4spg in 17 games. He used to play for the Cuban national team eight years ago.

Rangel Ramirez
Rangel Ramirez
   #8. Center Rangel Ramirez (206-75, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help AEC Collblanc (9-5) in their game against Calvia (11-4) in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). Ramirez scored only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. AEC Collblanc (#4) was defeated 73-59 on the opponent's court by the leading Calvia in the Group C-A. It was AEC Collblanc's first loss after four consecutive victories. Ramirez's overall stats this season are: 7.1ppg and 6.1rpg. He used to play for the Cuban national team back in 2006.

Georffri Silvestre
Georffri Silvestre
   #9. Former international power forward Georffri Silvestre (202-79, currently plays in Spain) helped Nautico KIA Tenerife win their game against the 13th-ranked Movistar Estudiantes Madrid B (4-13) crushing them 79-40 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. Silvestre scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. Nautico KIA Tenerife (11-5) is placed sixth in Group B. Silvestre averaged so far 14.9ppg and 5.8rpg in 16 games. He used to play for the Cuban national team seventeen years ago.

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

   #1. Howard Sant-Roos (200-F-91, currently plays in Czech Republic) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Prostejov (8-14) crushing them 100-58 in the Czech Republic NBL on Saturday night. He recorded 9 points and had 3 steals in 18 minutes. CEZ Basketball Nymburk (21-1) is placed fourth in Places 1-6 group. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Sant-Roos has reliable stats this year: 13.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 3.4apg and 2.2spg in 20 games he played so far.

   #2. Adrian Diaz (213-C-93, college: FIU, currently plays in Romania) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Olimpic (1-18) 86-69 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Saturday night. Diaz scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. BC Timisoara (12-7) is placed fifth in the Liga Nationala. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Diaz's overall stats this season are: 9.4ppg and 4.8rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Cuban and American. Strangely Diaz has never played in Cuba.

   #3. Juan Ferrales (188-G-91, college: Barry, currently plays in Norway) led Kongsberg to a victory against the closely-ranked Froya Basket (13-7) 83-71 in the Norwegian BLNO in Saturday night's game. He recorded 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 40 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Ferrales' second season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Kongsberg Miners (20-2) is placed first in the BLNO. It was his team's 14th consecutive victory in a row. Ferrales has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 23.6ppg, 5.3rpg, 5.1apg and 1.7spg in 22 games. Ferrales is another player who holds two passports: Cuban and American. Strangely he has never played in Cuba.

   #4. Sigal Benitez (193-G-94, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in Arenys' victory against the tenth-ranked Barna (6-9) 80-64 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Sunday. Benitez scored 14 points. Arenys Basquet Joventut (8-7) is placed sixth in Group C-A. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Benitez's overall stats this season are: 5.7ppg and 2.2rpg.



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

37-year old power forward Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked AEK and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
He had a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Apoel (#3, 7-7) 78-67. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. AEK maintains the 2nd position in Cypriot league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. AEK will need more victories to improve their 10-4 record. It's Brezec's second year at AEK and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Brezec has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 16.3ppg), rebounds (4th best: 7.6rpg) and averages solid 68.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Baden Jaxen (190-G-90) of Etha. He is American guard in his first season at Etha. In the last game Jaxen recorded impressive 29 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he led Etha to another comfortable win 90-71 over slightly higher-ranked Apollon (3-11) being unquestionably team leader. Despite this victory they still are the lowest ranked team. 11 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Etha managed to get this year. Jaxen is a newcomer at Etha and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.6ppg (#5). He also recorded 3.6 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Iraklis Pittakas (192-G-84) of Apollon (#5). Pittakas scored 29 points and passed four assists. Despite Pittakas' great performance Apollon lost 71-90 to Etha (3-11). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Apollon can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-11 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Pittakas he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Pittakas has a very solid season. In 14 games in Cyprus he scored 12.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gerry Blakes (193-G) of Enosis - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Ronald Ross (188-PG-83) of Keravnos - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Daiquan Walker (188-PG-93) of Etha - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Tre Bussey (190-G-91) of Apoel - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Torey Thomas (178-PG-85) of AEK - 10 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Kenny Barker (191-G-86) of Keravnos - 9 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Jake O'Brien (206-F-89) of Keravnos - 17 points and 6 rebounds

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



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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. Sokol Pisek 7-11 
 8. Basket Kosice 7-11 
 9. GBA Sparta 5-12 
 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 16

Group A

Feb. 7: Sokol Pisek - GBA Sparta 96-52
Jan. 27: Sokol Prazky - Sokol H.K. 90-71
Jan. 29: Slavoj Litom. - Vysocina 89-72
Jan. 27: USK Praha B - Loko Plzen 65-69
Jan. 29: Nymburk B - Basket Kosice 102-82

Group B

Jan. 29: Zlin - Prostejov B 78-74
Jan. 27: Ostrava - Olomouc Bbal 67-70
Jan. 29: Novy Jicin - Opava B 59-76
Jan. 27: Olomouc SK - Pardubice 57-105
Jan. 29: Sokol Slapanice - Havirov 109-76

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: 25.1
 1. Slechta, Sokol Pisek25.1 
 2. Svoboda, Nymburk B24.3 
 3. Potocek, Pardubice22.9 
 4. Peterka, Nymburk B22.8 
 5. Novak, Olomouc SK22.8 
 6. Fait, Sokol Pisek19.8 
 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. Jakubu, Novy Jicin5.0 
 4. Klecka, Opava B5.0 
 5. Petric, Pardubice4.9 
 6. Jancik, Havirov4.7 
 7. Pumprla, Zlin4.7 
 8. Kotasek, Nymburk B4.4 
 9. Honomichl, Loko Plzen4.3 
 10. Novak, Vysocina4.0 
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. Choleva, Olomouc Bbal2.0 
 9. Novak, Vysocina2.0 
 10. Dragoun, Opava B2.0 
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 Pisek1.3 
 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 


Blake Schilb selected the top Czech playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Blake Schilb
Blake Schilb
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international swingman Blake Schilb (201-83, college: Loyola, IL, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help Galatasaray (6-15) in their last game. Despite Schilb's good performance the 16th-placed Galatasaray (6-15) lost 79-84 at home to the much higher-ranked (#6) Panathinaikos in the group A of Euroleague. He scored 14 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 35 minutes on the court. This year Schilb averages: 9.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.2apg, 2FGP: 57.9%(66-114), 3FGP: 28.8% and FT: 87.5% in 21 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Schilb is currently a member of the Czech Republic senior national team. He used to play for CEZ Basketball Nymburk in Czech Republic league.

Tomas Kyzlink
Tomas Kyzlink
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Tomas Kyzlink (195-93, currently plays in Slovenia). Kyzlink was not able to help Helios (10-6) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Helios was defeated 70-65 on the road by the lower-ranked Tajfun (#8). Kyzlink was the top scorer with 22 points. He also added 4 rebounds. Kyzlink has relatively good stats this season: 11.9ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 53.9%, 3FGP: 35.8% and FT: 77.8%. He is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Jan Vesely (213-90, currently plays in Euroleague). Vesely contributed to Fenerbahce's victory against the second-ranked CSKA (15-6) 77-71 in the Euroleague on Thursday night. He scored 6 points in only 12 minutes. Fenerbahce Istanbul (14-7) is placed fourth in group A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Vesely has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.4apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 59.7%(92-154) and FT: 56.2% in 21 games. He is also a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Patrik Auda
Patrik Auda
   #4. Power forward Patrik Auda (206-89, agency: Octagon Europe, college: Seton Hall, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for La ICL Manresa (3-16) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Auda's very good performance the bottom-ranked La ICL Manresa was defeated 89-75 in Santoago de Comp by the higher-ranked Blusens Monbus (#15). He was the top scorer with 18 points. It's Auda's first season with the team. Auda has reliable stats this year: 10.4ppg and 5.0rpg. He is also Czech Republic national team player.

Filip Halada
Filip Halada
   #5. Former U20 international forward Filip Halada (198-92, currently plays in Slovakia) couldn't help Rieker KN (14-13) in their last game. Despite Halada's very good performance Rieker KN lost 93-101 in Nova Ves to the one of league's weakest teams (#10) Nova Ves. He was the top scorer with 31 points. Halada also added 4 rebounds in 38 minutes. Halada's stats this year are: 12.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.7apg in 23 games. He used to play for the Czech Republic U20 national team five years ago.

Ondrej Balvin
Ondrej Balvin
   #6. Center Ondrej Balvin (217-92, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Movil Estudiantes (12-5) in their game against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (9-10) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Balvin scored 6 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. It was his first game for Movil Estudiantes this season. Movil Estudiantes was defeated 103-97 in a derby game by the lower-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (#9). Balvin is a former international player as he played for the Czech Republic senior team two years ago.

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #7. International swingman David Jelinek (195-90, another player represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Andorra (10-9) in their game against Baskonia (13-6) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He scored 5 points in 13 minutes. Andorra lost 82-91 on their home court in Andorra to the higher-ranked (#5) Baskonia. Jelinek averaged so far 11.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.4apg in 19 games. He is also Czech Republic national team player.

Ales Chan
Ales Chan
   #8. Center Ales Chan (215-80, college: Seton Hill, currently plays in Austria) couldn't help Raiffeisen Wels (10-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Chan's good performance Raiffeisen Wels were defeated 80-72 in Oberwart by the leading Redwell Gunners. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Chan also added 5 rebounds. Chan's stats this season are: 10.6ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.3apg and 1.2bpg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2014.

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #9. International point guard Tomas Satoransky (201-91, another player represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Washington Wizards in a victory against the New Orleans Pelicans (20-32) 105-91 in the NBA on Saturday night. Satoransky scored only 4 points and added 3 assists in 11 minutes. The Washington Wizards have 30-21 record this season. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. This year Satoransky's overall stats are: 3.2ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.9apg in 35 games. He is also in the roster of the Czech Republic national team.

Prokop Slanina
Prokop Slanina
   #10. Forward Prokop Slanina (208-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Fordham to a 3-point victory against the Saint Joseph's University (0-1) 86-83 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Slanina scored 15 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The Fordham University has 1-4 conference record this season. Slanina's total stats this year are: 6.0ppg and 3.3rpg. He is a former U20 international player as three years ago he still played for the Czech Republic national team.

   #11. Former international center Tomas Hampl (215-88, currently plays in Spain) led Estela to a victory over the 13th-ranked Univ.Burgos 78-61 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Hampl scored 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Hampl has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg and 6.1rpg. Hampl used to play for the Czech Republic national team five years ago.

   #12. Former U18 international forward David Jelinek (203-97, another player represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Northwood University in their game against the Michigan Tech in the NCAA2. He scored 8 points in 16 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 78-61 in the NCAA2. This year Jelinek's total stats are: 4.5ppg and 2.3rpg in 19 games. He used to play for the Czech Republic U18 national team back in 2015.

   #13. U16 international point guard Vit Krejci (193-0, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Olivar (4-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Krejci's good performance Olivar (#14) was defeated 76-66 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Mataro (#13) in the Group C-A. He scored 10 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). Krejci has averaged so far 4.1ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.4apg. He is also Czech Republic U16 national team player.

   #14. Former U18 international forward Petr Herman (208-94, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Loyola Mary in their game against the University of San Francisco in the NCAA. Herman scored only 4 points in 12 minutes. His team lost 64-74. Herman has averaged so far 2.6ppg and 2.5rpg in 17 games. He used to play for the Czech Republic U18 national team back in 2012.

   #15. Former U20 international forward Jan Svandrlik (201-94, is currently at the American university) contributed to an easy victory against the Rider University 95-76 in the NCAA in Friday night's game. He scored only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. Svandrlik has averaged so far 2.9ppg and 2.3rpg in 20 games. He used to play for the Czech Republic U20 national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Jaroslav Tyrna (207-C-86, agency: Octagon Europe, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Germany). Tyrna could not help Sixers (9-4) to beat Vechta-2 (8-5). He recorded 9 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks in 34 minutes. But Sixers (#3) was badly defeated 98-80 on the road by the lower-ranked (#5) Vechta-2 in the North group. Tyrna averaged so far 10.1ppg, 7.6rpg and 2.4apg in 13 games he played so far.

   #2. John Boyer (185-PG-88, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Buffalo, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Vilsbiburg (11-7) in their last game. Despite Boyer's very good performance Vilsbiburg (#5) lost 79-85 on the opponent's court to the leading Coburg in the South-East group. He was the top scorer with 27 points. Boyer also added 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals in 40 minutes. It was Vilsbiburg's third consecutive loss in a row. Boyer has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.3ppg, 6.5rpg, 7.3apg and 5.1spg in 16 games. Boyer is a naturalized American. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He used to play for BK Decin in Czech Republic league.

   #3. Experienced Lubos Stria (197-G/F-81, currently plays in Slovakia) managed to help MBK Handlova to win against the league outsider Nitra (2-25) crushing them 95-67 in the Slovakian SBL last Wednesday. Stria scored 5 points. MBK Handlova (14-14) is placed sixth in the SBL. Stria's total stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.3apg.

   #4. Adrian Melski (192-G/F-92, currently plays in Germany) led Zwickau to a victory against the 14th-ranked Bayreuth 2 (2-16) 116-111 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. Melski recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 3 assists. GGZ Baskets Zwickau (6-12) is placed 11th in South-East group. Melski has averaged so far 7.0ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.3apg.

   #5. Dan Milota (201-F, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to an easy victory against the Texas A&M International University (2-1) 76-61 in a derby game in the NCAA2 on Saturday night. Milota scored 10 points in 24 minutes. The Texas A&M International University has a solid 8-3 record this season. Milota has averaged so far 6.1ppg and 2.1rpg in nine games.

   #6. Filippo Meccoli Matejca (194-G-92, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Taranto 89-70 in the Italian Serie B (third division) in Sunday night's game. He recorded 15 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Meccoli Matejca has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.8apg. He has a dual citizenship: Czech Republic and Italian.



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

24-year old swingman Jaromir Bohacik (197-F/G-92, agency: Octagon Europe) put on an amazing game in the last round for USK Praha and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat NH Ostrava (#9, 6-16) 81-70. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Thanks to this victory USK Praha moved-up to the 11th position in Czech Republic league. USK Praha is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-10 record. In the team's last game Bohacik had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. It's his second year at USK Praha and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Bohacik has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 18.2ppg) and averages solid 56.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Sterling Smith (193-G-93) of NH Ostrava. He is American guard in his first season at NH Ostrava. In the last game Smith recorded impressive double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as NH Ostrava lost that game 70-81 to slightly lower-ranked USK Praha (#5, 12-10). This loss caused NH Ostrava to drop to 3rd position in the standings. 16 lost games are too many comparing to just six victories NH Ostrava managed to get this year. Smith is a newcomer at NH Ostrava and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Ethan Jacobs (211-C) of Prostejov (#4). Jacobs scored 21 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Jacobs' great performance Prostejov lost 58-100 to #4 ranked CEZ Nymburk. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The chances of Prostejov not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jacobs could try to bring Prostejov's a little bit higher in the standings. Jacobs has individually a great season in Czech Republic. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.7ppg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Malcolm Brooks (196-G-92) of J.Hradec - 28 points and 2 assists
5. Bryon Allen (193-G-92) of CEZ Nymburk - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Kevin Ware (188-G-93) of MMCITE Brno - 15 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Stan Simpson (208-C-90) of MMCITE Brno - 16 points and 7 rebounds
8. Michal Kremen (200-G/F-81) of MMCITE Brno - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Terrell Lipkins (180-PG-91) of J.Hradec - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Viktor Pulpan (191-PG-96) of BK Pardubice - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists

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



1Liga Round 17: Novy Jicin defeat leader SKB Zlin - by Eurobasket News

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

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked SKB Zlin (15-2) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by eighth ranked Novy Jicin (6-11) 101-95. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of SKB Zlin. Novy Jicin dominated down low during the game scoring 84 of its points in the paint compared to SKB Zlin's 46. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Slovakian center Ondrej Soska (208-78) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Lukas Pindroch (198-92) contributed with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. David Nehoda (193-91) answered with 27 points and 5 rebounds for SKB Zlin. Newly promoted Novy Jicin maintains eighth place with 6-11 record, which they share with Sokol Pisek. SKB Zlin at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Novy Jicin is looking forward to face higher ranked Olomouc Bbal (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SKB Zlin will play against Sokol Slapanice (#4) in Slapnice and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Nymburk. Seventh ranked USK Praha B (7-10) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 3rd placed Nymburk B (11-6) 72-70 on Monday evening. Swingman Jan Streba (195-95) stepped up and scored 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Jakub Tuma chipped in 8 points. Lukas Stegbauer (197-95) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. USK Praha B moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Prostejov B. Nymburk B at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. USK Praha B will play against league's leader Sokol Hradec Kralove at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Nymburk B will play against BK Loko Plzen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Praha: Sokol Prazky (#4) and GBA Sparta (#8). GBA Sparta was defeated at home 67-74 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Jakub Tomas nailed 16 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winning side. Roberts Blumbergs came up with 11 points and 8 rebounds for GBA Sparta in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sokol Prazky have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 10-7 record. GBA Sparta lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. Sokol Prazky will meet at home Sokol Pisek (#8) in the next round. GBA Sparta will play against the league's second-placed Slavoj BK Litomerice and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Nymburk B (11-6) against eighth ranked Sokol Pisek (6-11) on Sunday night. Visiting Nymburk B was defeated by Sokol Pisek in Pisek 79-68. The best player for the winners was Petr Slechta who scored 25 points and 7 rebounds. Sokol Pisek's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Sokol Pisek maintains eighth place with 6-11 record, which they share with Novy Jicin. Nymburk B at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. Sokol Pisek's next round opponent will be higher ranked Sokol Prazky (#4) in Praha and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Nymburk B will play at home against BK Loko Plzen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Olomouc SK (12-5) against tenth ranked Havirov (2-15) on Friday night. Visiting Olomouc SK was crushed by Havirov in Havirov 100-73. Jan Kolonicny orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). Olomouc SK's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Havirov maintains tenth place with 2-15 record. Newly promoted Olomouc SK keeps the second position with five games lost. Havirov will face higher ranked Ostrava (#9) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Olomouc SK will play against BK Prostejov B (#7) and hope to win that game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 17: USK Praha B was beaten by Vysocina on the road 84-77. Sokol H.K. destroyed Slavoj Litom. on its own court 97-76. Basket Kosice unfortunately lost to Loko Plzen in a road game 76-82. GBA Sparta recorded a loss to Loko Plzen at home 46-64. Sokol Slapanice was defeated by Prostejov B on the opponent's court 88-77. Pardubice beat Ostrava in a home game 85-75. Opava B won against Olomouc Bbal on the road 80-71.

Group A
Sokol Pisek - Nymburk B 79-68

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Nymburk B (11-6) against eighth ranked Sokol Pisek (6-11) on Sunday night. Visiting Nymburk B was defeated by Sokol Pisek in Pisek 79-68. Sokol Pisek dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Nymburk B's 26. The best player for the winners was swingman Petr Slechta (192-95) who scored 25 points and 7 rebounds. Center Dalibor Fait (203-93) chipped in 20 points. Sokol Pisek's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. International center Martin Peterka (205-95) produced 24 points and 9 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and Martin Kolar (194-98) added 11 points respectively for the guests. Sokol Pisek maintains eighth place with 6-11 record, which they share with Novy Jicin. Nymburk B at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. Sokol Pisek's next round opponent will be higher ranked Sokol Prazky (#4) in Praha and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Nymburk B will play at home against BK Loko Plzen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nymburk B: M.Peterka 24+9reb+2ast, M.Kolar 11+2reb+2ast, T.Dlugos 10+3ast, F.Novotny 8+1reb, M.Stafl 7+4reb+2ast, L.Rovensky 5+2reb
Sokol Pisek: P.Slechta 25+7reb+2ast, D.Fait 20+1reb+3ast, V.Novak 13+6reb+2ast, M.Spicak 9+1reb, S.Bele 6+1reb+1ast, M.Voldan 5+2ast
gschID: 483417


Vysocina - USK Praha B 84-77

There was a small surprise when tenth ranked Vysocina (4-13) beat 7th ranked USK Praha B (7-10) in Jihlava 84-77 on Sunday. Vysocina dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to USK Praha B's 24. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Martin Novak (199-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Point guard Martin Straznicky (180-94) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 assists for the winners. Four Vysocina players scored in double figures. Point guard Ondrej Sehnal (183-97) answered with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Jan Streba (195-95) added 23 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for USK Praha B. Vysocina maintains tenth place with 4-13 record. USK Praha B lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. Vysocina will face higher ranked Basket Kosice (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
USK Praha B: J.Streba 23+5reb+1ast, O.Sehnal 22+5reb+4ast, M.Hajek 11+3reb+3ast, Z.Blaha 8+1reb+2ast, J.Tuma 5+1reb+1ast, K.Chaloupka 3+7reb+1ast
Vysocina: M.Novak 19+8reb+9ast, O.Manak 17+3reb+2ast, M.Straznicky 17+3reb+10ast, J.Bubak 15+9reb, M.Krajcigr 7+2reb, T.Siroky 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 483420


Sokol H.K. - Slavoj Litom. 97-76

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second-ranked Slavoj BK Litomerice's (12-5) road loss to first ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (14-3) 76-97 on Sunday. Forward Ondrej Peterka (198-91, agency: Octagon Europe) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Samuel Faifr (203-93, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Five Sokol Hradec Kralove players scored in double figures. Center Martin Klimes (203-83, college: Vermont) answered with 26 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and point guard Jan Sotnar (185-87) added 14 points and 4 assists in the effort for Slavoj BK Litomerice. Slavoj BK Litomerice's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Sokol Hradec Kralove maintains first place with 14-3 record. Loser Slavoj BK Litomerice keeps the second position with five games lost. Sokol Hradec Kralove will face USK Praha B (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Slavoj BK Litomerice will play against GBA Sparta (#9) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Slavoj Litom.: M.Klimes 26+5reb+1ast, J.Sotnar 14+2reb+4ast, F.Kroutil 9+5reb, M.Basta 6+2reb, A.Zampach 6+4reb+1ast, A.Alic 5+4reb+4ast
Sokol H.K.: S.Faifr 20+2reb+1ast, O.Peterka 16+9reb+6ast, T.Kirsbaum 14+5reb, L.Svandrlik 12+3reb, L.Maly 11+1ast, M.Honzak 10+4reb+3ast
gschID: 483419


Loko Plzen - Basket Kosice 82-76

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked BK Loko Plzen's (9-8) home victory over 6th ranked Basket Kosice (7-11) 82-76 on Friday. Point guard Vaclav Honomichl (186-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points and 7 rebounds. Point guard Kamil Riha (180-91) contributed with 17 points for the winners. BK Loko Plzen's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Swingman Jan Nekolny (192-91) answered with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Jan Bohm (191-95) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Basket Kosice. BK Loko Plzen have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Olomouc Bbal and Sokol Slapanice. Loser Basket Kosice dropped to the seventh position with 11 games lost. BK Loko Plzen will face higher ranked Nymburk B (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Basket Kosice will play against Vysocina (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Basket Kosice: J.Bohm 15+6reb, J.Zavadil 11+1reb, M.Burian 11+3reb+2ast, J.Nekolny 10+8reb+4ast, J.Kratochvil 9+8reb, D.Adasek 8+4reb+2ast
Loko Plzen: V.Honomichl 29+7reb+3ast, K.Riha 17+4reb+1ast, M.David 8+3reb+2ast, M.Volf 7+4reb, J.Lejsek 5+1reb, K.Ausprunk 5+6reb
gschID: 483421


GBA Sparta - Loko Plzen 46-64

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked GBA Sparta (5-11) lost to fifth ranked BK Loko Plzen (9-8) in Praha 46-64 on Wednesday. BK Loko Plzen forced 24 GBA Sparta turnovers. Strangely GBA Sparta outrebounded BK Loko Plzen 40-22 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. GBA Sparta was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Jaroslav Lejsek (198-90) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 4 assists. Power forward Jaroslav Kovanda (203-82) contributed with 10 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Latvian power forward Roberts Blumbergs (204-97) answered with 8 points and 14 rebounds and guard Marek Welsch (180-99) added 10 points in the effort for GBA Sparta. GBA Sparta's coach rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win. BK Loko Plzen have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Olomouc Bbal and Sokol Slapanice. GBA Sparta lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. BK Loko Plzen will face higher ranked Nymburk B (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. GBA Sparta will play against the league's second-placed Slavoj BK Litomerice (#2) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
GBA Sparta: M.Welsch 10+2reb+1ast, R.Blumbergs 8+14reb+2ast, M.Siler 6+1ast, M.Zeliznak 6+3reb, Y. Sidibe 5+5reb+2ast, M.Kainc 4+2reb
Loko Plzen: J.Lejsek 15+3reb+4ast, J.Kovanda 10+6reb+1ast, O.Fleischhans 9+3reb, S.Partyngl 8+2reb+1ast, M.Volf 8+3reb, V.Honomichl 8+1reb+4ast
gschID: 483418


Group B
Zlin - Novy Jicin 95-101

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked SKB Zlin (15-2) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by eighth ranked Novy Jicin (6-11) 101-95. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of SKB Zlin. Novy Jicin dominated down low during the game scoring 84 of its points in the paint compared to SKB Zlin's 46. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Slovakian center Ondrej Soska (208-78) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Lukas Pindroch (198-92) contributed with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Novy Jicin players scored in double figures. David Nehoda (193-91) answered with 27 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Michal Susak (203-77) added 23 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for SKB Zlin. Newly promoted Novy Jicin maintains eighth place with 6-11 record, which they share with Sokol Pisek. SKB Zlin at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Novy Jicin is looking forward to face higher ranked Olomouc Bbal (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SKB Zlin will play against Sokol Slapanice (#4) in Slapnice and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Zlin: D.Nehoda 27+5reb+1ast, M.Susak 23+7reb+2ast, J.Kadlcik 13+5reb+2ast, R.Stencl 9+3ast, J.Krutilek 9+2reb+5ast, D.Zumer 8+5ast
Novy Jicin: O.Soska 31+5reb+6ast, D.Panak 14+2reb+3ast, A.Buzek 14+3reb+1ast, J.Kelar 12+4reb+4ast, L.Pindroch 11+6reb+3ast, M.Rudolf 11+4reb+5ast
gschID: 483491


Prostejov B - Sokol Slapanice 88-77

There was a small surprise when seventh ranked BK Prostejov B (7-10) defeated at home 4th placed Sokol Slapanice (9-8) 88-77 on Friday. BK Prostejov B forced 20 Sokol Slapanice turnovers. Strangely Sokol Slapanice outrebounded BK Prostejov B 48-33 including a 40-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. Sokol Slapanice was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. Swingman Marek Sehnal (196-96) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 8 rebounds. Point guard Martin Nabelek (176-98) contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Zdenek Sebela (192-87) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and guard Radek Hilser (197-81) added 11 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Sokol Slapanice. Five BK Prostejov B and four Sokol Slapanice players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. BK Prostejov B moved-up to sixth place, which they share with USK Praha B. Loser Sokol Slapanice keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. BK Prostejov B will face higher ranked Olomouc SK (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sokol Slapanice will play against the league's leader SKB Zlin and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sokol Slapanice: Z.Sebela 21+10reb, R.Sir 14+5reb, M.Muller 13+4reb+3ast, R.Hilser 11+16reb+4ast, I.Pavlicik 8+3reb, K.Trunecek 6+5reb+2ast
Prostejov B: M.Nabelek 19+6reb+2ast, M.Sehnal 18+8reb+2ast, M.Szabo 17+3reb+1ast, V.Ruzek 12+1reb, A.Goga 10+5reb+3ast, P.Bartosik 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 512514


Havirov - Olomouc SK 100-73

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Olomouc SK (12-5) against tenth ranked Havirov (2-15) on Friday night. Visiting Olomouc SK was crushed by Havirov in Havirov 100-73. Center Jan Kolonicny (208-93) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 11 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). Jan Leczo (198-96) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Forward Pavel Novak (199-83) answered with 21 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and forward Jan Zlamal (193-91) added 10 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Olomouc SK. Olomouc SK's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Havirov maintains tenth place with 2-15 record. Newly promoted Olomouc SK keeps the second position with five games lost. Havirov will face higher ranked Ostrava (#9) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Olomouc SK will play against BK Prostejov B (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Olomouc SK: P.Novak 21+8reb+4ast, M.Vanak 13+3reb+1ast, J.Zlamal 10+9reb+1ast, D.Jilek 9+1reb+3ast, R.Hein 6, J.Galuszka 3+2reb
Havirov: J.Kolonicny 31+11reb+2ast, J.Leczo 19+12reb+3ast, J.Landor 9+2reb+2ast, V.Jancik 6+7reb+6ast, A.Urbanek 5+1reb, P.Kratochvil 0+5reb+1ast
gschID: 483492


Pardubice - Ostrava 85-75

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Ostrava (5-12) lost on the road to sixth ranked Pardubice (8-9) 85-75 on Friday. Pardubice forced 31 Ostrava turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Forward Josef Potocek (196-96) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points. Point guard Viktor Pulpan (191-96) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Forward Ondrej Siko (199-81) answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds and guard Michal Palat (194-90) added 14 points in the effort for Ostrava. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ostrava's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Pardubice have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 8-9 record. Ostrava lost eighth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. Pardubice will face league's second-placed B&W Opava B on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ostrava will play against Havirov (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ostrava: O.Siko 15+7reb+2ast, M.Palat 14+4reb+3ast, P.Hosek 13+5reb+1ast, L.Bukovjan 10+6reb+1ast, J.Lycka 8+2reb+1ast, J.Slavik 5+4reb+1ast
Pardubice: J.Potocek 27+4reb+2ast, M.Roub 16+8reb+2ast, V.Pulpan 14+3reb+10ast, V.Nalevanko 13+2reb+1ast, L.Brozek 7+2ast, K.Formanek 6+5reb
gschID: 483493


Olomouc Bbal - Opava B 71-80

No shocking result in a game when third ranked B&W Opava B (12-5) beat on the road 5th ranked Olomouc Bbal (9-8) 80-71 on Thursday. B&W Opava B forced 19 Olomouc Bbal turnovers. Point guard Radovan Kouril (185-95) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 4 assists. Center Vaclav Bujnoch (200-93, college: Des Moines Area CC) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Jiri Dedek (190-95) answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds and Moldovan forward Evgeni Scripcaru (195-83) added 13 points, 6 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Olomouc Bbal. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. B&W Opava B have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Slavoj Litom. and Olomouc SK. Loser Olomouc Bbal dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. B&W Opava B will face Pardubice (#6) at home in the next round. Olomouc Bbal will play against Novy Jicin in Novy Jicin and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Olomouc Bbal: J.Dedek 16+9reb+2ast, J.Kozak 16+2reb, E.Scripcaru 13+4reb+6ast, R.Jurka 10+3reb+3ast, A.Choleva 9+5reb+4ast, F.Pekarek 5+4reb
Opava B: R.Kouril 22+4reb+4ast, V.Bujnoch 19+7reb+1ast, J.Dihel 16+4reb, M.Kvapil 11+5reb+2ast, V.Branda 4+8reb+3ast, S.Kurecka 4
gschID: 483494


Round 14
Nymburk B - USK Praha B 70-72

Important game to mention about took place in Nymburk. Seventh ranked USK Praha B (7-10) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 3rd placed Nymburk B (11-6) 72-70 on Monday evening. Swingman Jan Streba (195-95) stepped up and scored 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and guard Jakub Tuma (192-98) chipped in 8 points. Lukas Stegbauer (197-95) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and forward Matej Svoboda (200-96) scored 25 points. USK Praha B moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Prostejov B. Nymburk B at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. USK Praha B will play against league's leader Sokol Hradec Kralove at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Nymburk B will play against BK Loko Plzen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nymburk B: M.Svoboda 25+3reb, L.Stegbauer 17+10reb+2ast, M.Kolar 13+3reb+1ast, T.Dlugos 8+3reb+2ast, E.Kotasek 7+3reb+3ast, M.Stafl 0+4reb
USK Praha B: J.Streba 14+8reb+2ast, M.Hajek 10+2reb, J.Tuma 8+3reb+2ast, F.Petruzela 4+6reb+1ast, Z.Blaha 2+3reb, O.Sehnal 1+4reb+2ast
gschID: 533224


GBA Sparta - Sokol Prazky 67-74

Another exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Praha: Sokol Prazky (#4) and GBA Sparta (#8). GBA Sparta was defeated at home 67-74 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Sokol Prazky made 26-of-31 free shots (83.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 GBA Sparta turnovers. Power forward Jakub Tomas (200-80) nailed 16 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winning side and point guard Tomas Gavenda (182-96) accounted for 11 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Latvian power forward Roberts Blumbergs (204-97) came up with 11 points and 8 rebounds and Latvian forward Verners Kohs (203-97) added 15 points respectively for GBA Sparta in the defeat. Four GBA Sparta players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sokol Prazky have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 10-7 record. GBA Sparta lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. Sokol Prazky will meet at home Sokol Pisek (#8) in the next round. GBA Sparta will play against the league's second-placed Slavoj BK Litomerice and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
GBA Sparta: V.Kohs 15+4reb+1ast, M.Welsch 14+2reb+2ast, R.Blumbergs 11+8reb+2ast, K.Majchrzak 10+2reb+2ast, M.Siler 5+2reb+2ast, D.Javorsky 4+1reb+1ast
Sokol Prazky: J.Tomas 16+7reb, J.Stepanek 12+3reb, T.Gavenda 11+4reb+7ast, M.Hartig 7+2reb, T.Bruha 7+7reb+1ast, J.Bruha 6+7reb
gschID: 535138





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  DENMARK  

Standings - Basketligaen

Ligaen Standings
 1. Horsens IC 18-2 
 2. Bakken 14-3 
 3. Svendborg 11-9 
 4. Naestved 10-9 
 5. Horsholm 9-10 
 6. Randers 9-13 
 7. SISU 7-13 
 8. Stevnsgade 0-19 

Regular Season: Round 22

Feb. 7: Randers - Bakken 69-103
Feb. 4: Stevnsgade - Horsens IC 63-84
Feb. 7: Naestved - Svendborg
Feb. 9: SISU - Horsholm


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Devaughn AKOON-PURCELL
  Bakken
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Akoon-P., Bakken21.3 
 2. Burgess, Randers18.6 
 3. Haas, SISU17.8 
 4. Bello, Randers17.6 
 5. Mack, Horsens IC17.5 
 6. McGrew, SI.17.0 
 7. Nielsen, Randers16.9 
 8. Dominique, Horsholm16.8 
 9. Sandager, Stevn.16.4 
 10. Champagnie, Stevn.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanner MCGREW
  SI.
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. McGrew, SI.10.8 
 2. Sane, Naestved9.7 
 3. Champagnie, Stevn.8.8 
 4. Smith, Horsholm8.5 
 5. NaNa, Svendborg7.5 
 6. Moten, Svendborg7.2 
 7. Midtgaard, Horsh.7.1 
 8. Trist, Horsens IC7.1 
 9. Baru, SISU7.0 
 10. Artino, Horsens IC6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Frederik NIELSEN
  Horsholm
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Nielsen, Horsholm6.5 
 2. Burgess, Randers5.8 
 3. Dranginis, SISU4.5 
 4. Gesell, Bakken4.2 
 5. Lundberg, Horse.3.9 
 6. McGrew, SI.3.8 
 7. Nielsen, Randers3.7 
 8. Mack, Horsens IC3.7 
 9. Lanegger, Naestved3.7 
 10. Porta, Svendborg3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Myles MACK
  Horsens IC
  (175-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Mack, Horsens IC2.5 
 2. Burgess, Randers2.0 
 3. Bello, Randers2.0 
 4. Akoon-P., Bakken2.0 
 5. Smith, Horsholm1.9 
 6. Nielsen, Horsholm1.9 
 7. Gesell, Bakken1.9 
 8. Borovcanin, Horse.1.8 
 9. Baru, SISU1.7 
 10. Adjehi, SISU1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jyles SMITH
  Horsholm
  (209-PF-92)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Smith, Horsholm1.3 
 2. Sane, Naestved1.2 
 3. Aboubakar Za., Svendbor.1.2 
 4. Diouf, Bakken1.1 
 5. Colas, Randers1.0 
 6. Dranginis, SISU1.0 
 7. Baru, SISU1.0 
 8. Adjehi, SISU1.0 
 9. Moten, Svendborg0.9 
 10. Christoffers., Bak.0.9 


Darko Jukic selected the top Danish playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Darko Jukic
Darko Jukic
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Darko Jukic (199-90, currently plays in Slovenia). He contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Tajfun (8-9) crushing them 67-37 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM in Wednesday night's game. Jukic scored 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 15 minutes on the court. Krka Novo Mesto (14-4) is placed second in the Liga Nova KBM. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. This year Jukic averages: 8.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.8apg and FT: 66.7% in five games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Danish senior national team.

Chanan Colman
Chanan Colman
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola JC, currently plays in Israel). Colman contributed to a Hapoel Eilat's victory against the ninth-ranked Ironi Nahariya (8-10) 86-79 in the Israeli Winner League last Sunday. He scored 10 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. 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. It's Colman's first season with the team. Colman's overall stats this year are: 8.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.0apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3FGP: 36.1%. He has a dual citizenship: Danish and Israeli. Former Roskilde BC starter played for the Danish national team in 2008.

Shavon Shields
Shavon Shields
   #3. The Danish player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Shavon Shields (201-94, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Germany). Shields could not help Deutsche Bank Skyliners (8-12) to beat Bayern Muenchen (16-3). He scored 8 points in 29 minutes. Deutsche Bank Skyliners was crushed 95-70 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#3) Bayern Muenchen. Shields has relatively good stats this year: 13.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 59.7%(74-124), 3FGP: 36.5% and FT: 74.6% in 19 games. He played for the Danish national team two years ago.

Mikkel Plannthin
Mikkel Plannthin
   #4. Guard Mikkel Plannthin (195-88, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Sweden) was not able to help Norrkoping Dolphins in their game against KFUM Jamtland (11-11) in the Swedish Basketligan. Plannthin scored 7 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Norrkoping Dolphins was crushed 83-59 in Jamtland by the lower-ranked KFUM (#6). Plannthin's overall stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.3apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Danish national team back in 2015.

Sebastian Petersen
Sebastian Petersen
   #5. Former U20 international guard Sebastian Petersen (188-95, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Sweden) was not able to secure a victory for Malbas (1-5) in their last game on Friday. Despite Petersen's very good performance Malbas was defeated 82-72 in Norrkoping by the second-ranked Dolphins. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Petersen also added 8 rebounds and 4 assists. This season Petersen has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.4apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Danish U20 national team two years ago.

Jonathan Gilling
Jonathan Gilling
   #6. Forward Jonathan Gilling (203-91, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Leche Rio Breogan (13-8) in their last game. Despite Gilling's good performance Leche Rio Breogan was edged 81-78 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked (#10) Lleida_Basquet. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Gilling also added 4 rebounds in 22 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Gilling has reliable stats this year: 10.8ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.5apg in 21 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Danish National Team roster.

Lasse Elbaek
Lasse Elbaek
   #7. International center Lasse Elbaek (208-94, currently plays in Sweden) is a teammate of previously mentioned Sebastian Petersen. But that was another game of his team in Swedish Basketligan which we would like to mention. Elbaek was the major contributor in Malbas' surprising victory against the league leader BC Lulea (18-5) 81-77. He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 12 rebounds. Malbas Oresund Malmo (1-5) is placed second from the bottom (#8) in the Basketligan. It was Malbas' third consecutive victory in a row. Elbaek averaged so far 10.3ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.2apg. He is also Danish national team player.

Christian Benzon
Christian Benzon
   #8. Guard Christian Benzon (193-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Evansville (1-4) in their last game. Despite Benzon's good performance the Evansville was edged 85-84 at home by the Indiana State University. He scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 35 minutes. Benzon has been at the team for four years. This season Benzon's overall stats are: 5.2ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.3apg in 25 games. He used to play for the Danish national team back in 2013.

Daniel Mortensen
Daniel Mortensen
   #9. Former international forward Daniel Mortensen (203-94, currently plays in NCAA2) led Barry University to a victory against the Saint Leo University (7-7) 96-91 in the NCAA2 last Saturday. He scored 11 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 36 minutes. The Barry University has a very good 12-2 record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Mortensen averaged so far 10.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3bpg in 16 games. He used to play for the Danish national team two years ago.

Peter Moller
Peter Moller
   #10. Guard Peter Moller (190-94, currently plays in NCAA2) helped Metropolitan State College of Denver win their game against the Black Hills State University (4-14) 62-59 in the NCAA2 on Friday night. Moller recorded 13 points. The Metropolitan State College of Denver has a solid 10-5 record this season. Moller averaged so far 12.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.6apg. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Danish senior national team.

   #11. Former U18 international swingman Nicklas Jonsson (195-96, currently plays in NCAA2) helped Lander University win their game against the Flagler College 73-56 in the NCAA2 in Saturday night's game. Jonsson scored 12 points in a mere 15 minutes. This year Jonsson's total stats are: 5.4ppg and 1.4rpg in 13 games. He used to play for the Danish U18 national team three years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international forward Johannes Nielsen (208-96, currently studies in the States) helped Kennesaw St. win their game against the South Carolina Upstate 84-79 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 15 minutes. Nielsen has averaged so far 6.3ppg and 3.3rpg in 20 games. He used to play for the Danish U20 national team back in 2015.

   #13. Former U18 international guard August Haas (185-97, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Wisc.-Milwaukee in their game against the University of Illinois-Chicago in the NCAA. Haas scored 5 points. His team was defeated 105-100. Haas has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 3.1rpg and 3.8apg. He used to play for the Danish U18 national team two years ago.

   #14. Former international power forward Kevin Larsen (207-93, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Germany) managed to help Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels in a victory against the sixth-ranked White Wings 77-61 in the German ProA (second division) last Friday. Larsen scored only one point in 16 minutes. Larsen has averaged so far 3.5ppg and 3.0rpg in two games. He used to play for the Danish national team back in 2015.

   #15. International guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Viola RC in their game against Agrigento in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Voskuil scored 5 points. His team was crushed by 32 points 90-58. Voskuil has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.5apg. He is a naturalized American. Voskuil is also in the roster of the Danish national team. He used to play for Horsens IC in Danish league.

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

   #1. Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93, currently plays in Balkan League) managed to help BC Beroe in a 1-point victoryagainst the closely-ranked Feni Industries (1-3) 85-84 in the Balkan League last Tuesday. Tenchev scored 5 points and had 3 steals in 19 minutes. BC Beroe (4-0) is placed fifth in the Balkan League. So far his team won all four games in the Second Stage. There are only two games left until the end of the Balkan League Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. This year Tenchev's overall stats are: 7.2ppg and 2.0rpg in 10 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Danish and Bulgarian.

   #2. Toby Christensen (201-F, currently plays in NCAA2) could not help the Southern Connecticut State University (12-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Christensen's very good performance his team was edged 87-86 on the road by the Adelphi University. He scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA2 Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Christensen's total stats this season are: 5.6ppg and 4.1rpg.

   #3. Fred Brondsted (198-G/F, currently plays in NCAA2) led West Virginia Wesleyan College to a victory against the The University of Virginia Coll. Wise (4-11) 73-63 in the NCAA2 last Wednesday. Brondsted scored 12 points. The West Virginia Wesleyan College has 7-7 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Brondsted averaged so far 10.5ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.3apg.

   #4. Mads Rasmussen (198-G-88, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Lobas (5-5) 85-66 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) last Wednesday. Rasmussen scored 8 points in 20 minutes. Helsingborg BBK (6-5) is placed third in BEHS forts group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Rasmussen has averaged so far 7.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.0apg in three games.

   #5. Jonas Anderson (190-G-94, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to help the Black Hills State University in their game against the Univ.of Colorado at Colorado Springs (8-8) in the NCAA2. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Anderson scored only 2 points in 8 minutes on the court. The Black Hills State University was edged 79-77 in Colorado Springs by the Univ.of Colorado at. There are only four games left until the end of the NCAA2 Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Anderson has averaged so far 6.6ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.2apg in 18 games.



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Standings

D-League Standings
Atlantic Division
 1. Maine RC 20-12 
 2. Delaware 87ers 16-15 
 3. Westchester K. 13-18 
 4. Long Island N. 13-20 
 5. Greensboro S. 11-22 
 6. Erie Bay H. 9-22 
Central Division
 1. Raptors 905 22-9 
 2. Ft.Wayne MA 19-10 
 3. Canton C. 16-14 
 4. Grand Rapids D. 16-17 
 5. Windy City B. 13-16 
Pacific Division
 1. Los Angeles D. 25-7 
 2. Santa Cruz W. 17-14 
 3. N.Arizona S. 14-15 
 4. Reno B. 11-20 
 5. Salt Lake City S. 11-21 
Southwest Division
 1. Oklahoma City B 23-10 
 2. Sioux Falls S. 22-11 
 3. Rio Grande VV 18-14 
 4. Texas L. 14-16 
 5. Austin S. 14-17 
 6. Iowa E. 7-24 

Regular Season: Round 77

Feb. 7: Erie Bay H. - Greensboro S. 91-90
Feb. 7: Windy City B. - Grand Rapids D. 131-114
Feb. 7: Sioux Falls S. - Westchester K. 111-101
Feb. 7: Iowa E. - Oklahoma City B 106-116
Feb. 7: Ft.Wayne MA - Raptors 905 105-92
Feb. 7: Delaware 87ers - N.Arizona S. 105-126
Feb. 7: Texas L. - Santa Cruz W. 102-99

Regular Season: Round 78

Feb. 8: Salt Lake City S. - Los Angeles D.
Feb. 8: Long Island N. - Canton C.
Feb. 8: Grand Rapids D. - Greensboro S.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Pierre JACKSON
  Texas L.
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 29.6
 1. Jackson, Texas L.29.6 
 2. Harris, Texas L.26.6 
 3. Cook, Canton C.25.8 
 4. Blue, Los A.25.2 
 5. Patterson, Reno B.24.0 
 6. Crawford, Grand R.23.3 
 7. Nader, Maine RC22.5 
 8. Murphy, Grand R.22.2 
 9. Brown, Erie Bay H.21.9 
 10. Jones, Maine RC21.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joel BOLOMBOY
  Salt L.
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Bolomboy, Salt L.13.1 
 2. Moreland, Canton C.11.7 
 3. Costello, Iowa E.11.6 
 4. Long, Delaware.11.2 
 5. Benson, Sioux F.10.9 
 6. Onuaku, Rio G.10.3 
 7. Wood, Greensbo.10.0 
 8. McKinnie, Windy C.9.2 
 9. Zimmerman, Erie B.9.1 
 10. Webb-III, Delaware.9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Magette, Los A.9.6 
 2. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 3. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.6 
 4. Dinwiddie, Windy C.8.1 
 5. McCallum, Grand R.7.4 
 6. Weber, Sioux F.7.3 
 7. VanVleet, Raptors .7.0 
 8. Pressey, Santa C.6.9 
 9. Jackson, Texas L.6.7 
 10. Murray, Austin S.6.4 
Steals Per Game
 Briante WEBER
  Sioux F.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Weber, Sioux F.3.3 
 2. Tokoto, Rio G.2.6 
 3. Harris, Texas L.2.4 
 4. McCallum, Grand R.2.4 
 5. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.3 
 6. Fells, Westches.2.1 
 7. Pressey, Santa C.2.1 
 8. Evans, Canton C.2.1 
 9. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
 10. Murray, Austin S.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Keith BENSON
  Sioux F.
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Benson, Sioux F.2.7 
 2. Wood, Greensbo.2.6 
 3. Tavares, Raptors .2.5 
 4. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.3 
 5. Moreland, Canton C.2.3 
 6. Obekpa, Santa C.2.1 
 7. Diallo, Austin S.2.1 
 8. Hammons, Texas L.2.0 
 9. Acy, Texas L.2.0 
 10. Jones, Santa C.1.9 


Kalin Lucas' Go-Ahead Layup Nets BayHawks Win - by Eurobasket News

The Erie BayHawks (9-22) used a go-ahead layup from Kalin Lucas (6'1''-G-89, college: Michigan St.) with :6.1 to play to grab a victory from the Greensboro Swarm (11-22) this morning, 91-90. The BayHawks opened the game outscoring the Swarm 25-11 in the first quarter while shooting 46 percent compared to the Swarm's 25 percent. Greensboro closed the gap in the second, pulling the lead to ten at half. The BayHawks opened the fourth quarter with six straight points but allowed Greensboro to answer with nine unanswered points to tie the game at 77 with 5:00 to play. The teams traded baskets for the remainder of the game until Lucas finished on a go-ahead layup with :6.1 to play to seal the win. The Swarm were led by 21 points from Archie Goodwin (6'5''-G-94, college: Kentucky). Perry Ellis (6'8''-F-93, college: Kansas) had 17 points off the bench to go with eight rebounds. Damien Wilkins (6'6''-G-80, college: Georgia) added 16 points and six rebounds. Anthony Brown had a game-high 24 for the BayHawks to go with nine rebounds. Stephen Zimmerman (7'0''-F-96, college: UNLV) posted his sixth double-double of the season with 13 points and 15 rebounds. Lucas notched 19 points on seven-of-13 shooting from the field and six rebounds.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com




D-League All-Star Game 2017 Roster - by Igor Obradovic

Eastern Conference All-Star Team

Anthony Brown
Brown

Quinn Cook
Cook

Yogi Ferrell
Ferrell

Marcus Georges-Hunt
Georges-Hunt

Jalen Jones
Jones


USA Anthony Brown (6'7''-G/F-92) of Erie Bay Hawks
USA Quinn Cook (6'2''-PG-93) of Canton Charge
USA Yogi Ferrell (6'0''-PG-93) of Long Island Nets
U.S. Virgin Islands-USA Marcus Georges-Hunt (6'5''-F-94) of Maine Red Claws
USA Jalen Jones (6'7''-G/F-93) of Maine Red Claws
USA Shawn Long (6'11''-F-93) of Delaware 87ers
USA Ray McCallum (6'3''-PG-91) of Grand Rapids
USA Chris McCullough (6'10''-F-95) of Long Islands Nets
USA Eric Moreland (6'10''-F-91) of Canton Charge
USA Abdel Nader (6'6''-F-93) of Maine Red Claws
USA Alex Poythress (6'8''-F-93) of Fort Wayne MA
Cape Verdean-Spanish Edy Tavares (7'3''-C-92) of Raptors 905

Head Coach: Jerry Stackhouse of Raptors 905
Coach Assistant: Donnie Tyndall of Raptors 905
Coach Assistant: David Gale of Raptors 905
Coach Assistant: Nathaniel Mitchell of Raptors 905
Coach Assistant: Nicki Gross of Raptors 905


Western Conference All-Star Team

Keith Benson
Benson

Vander Blue
Blue

Dennis Clifford
Clifford

Justin Harper
Harper

Pierre Jackson
Jackson

USA Keith Benson (6'11''-C-88) of Sioux Falls Skyforce
USA Vander Blue (6'5''-SG-92) of Los Angeles D-Fenders
USA Dennis Clifford (7'1''-C-92) of Santa Cruz Warriors
USA Justin Harper (6'10''-F-89) of Los Angeles D-Fenders
USA Pierre Jackson (5'11''-PG-91) of Texas Legends
USA Cory Jefferson (6'9''-F-90) of Austin Spurs
USA Dakari Johnson (7'0''-C/F-95) of Oklahoma City Blue
USA Josh Magette (6'1''-G-89) of Los Angeles D-Fenders
USA Johnny O'Bryant (6'9''-F-93) of Northern Arizona Suns
USA JaKarr Sampson (6'9''-F-93) of Iowa Energy
USA Briante Weber (6'2''-PG-92) of Sioux Falls Skyforce
USA Okaro White (6'9''-F-92) of Sioux Falls Skyforce

Head Coach: Coby Karl of Los Angeles D-Fenders
Coach Assistant: Paul Woolpert of Los Angeles D-Fenders
Coach Assistant: Brian Walsh of Los Angeles D-Fenders
Coach Assistant: Isaiah Fox of Los Angeles D-Fenders




Bucks To Control D-League Affiliate In Oshkosh - by Eurobasket News

The Bucks will own and operate a D-League franchise in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, beginning in the 2017/18 season, sources tell Charles F. Gardner of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Gardner adds that the city's new 3,500-seat arena is expected to be ready in time for next season. WBAY-TV in Wisconsin has confirmed a report that the Bucks will soon make an announcement regarding an affiliate D-League team. The announcement will be made in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Ted Miller writes for Action 2 News. Per Miller, Oshkosh is one of three cities vying for the Bucks' D-League affiliate. According to a WBAY report in January, developers are hoping to begin work on a new basketball arena/entertainment complex by March. Oshkosh mayor Steve Cummings expressed excitement at the prospect of a D-League team at a town meeting last month. 'I think this will transform an area that has been blighted for years into the the crown jewel of this city,' Cummings told Nate Beck of USA Today. The Bucks, who have used the flexible assignment rule throughout the 2016/17 season, would clearly benefit from having a D-League team in such close proximity to their arena in Wisconsin. The confirmation of a team in Oshkosh would be one step further toward each NBA team having an individual D-League affiliate. Assuming Milwaukee's affiliate comes to fruition, 25 of 30 NBA teams will no longer have to rely upon the flexible assignment rule. The Clippers, Nuggets, Wizards, Trail Blazers, and Pelicans are the five teams without their own D-League affiliate lined up for the 2017/18 season.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  


Trevor Ariza selected the top Dominican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Trevor Ariza (203-85, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). He was the major contributor in a Houston Rockets' victory against the Orlando Magic (20-34) crushing them 128-104 in the NBA in Tuesday night's game. Ariza scored 20 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists. The Houston Rockets have a solid 38-17 record this season. Ariza has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 11.7ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.2apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 54.4%, 3FGP: 35.7% and FT: 72.0%. Ariza has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. He played for the Dominican Republic senior national team twelve years ago. Strangely Ariza has never played in Dominican Republic.

Sammy Mejia
Sammy Mejia
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international swingman Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul, currently plays in Turkey). He could not help Tofas (7-10) to beat Galatasaray (11-6). Mejia cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and added 6 assists in 33 minutes. Tofas lost 73-82 on the road to the higher-ranked (#6) Galatasaray. Mejia has relatively good stats this year: 14.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.9apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 61.9%(52-84), 3FGP: 43.0% and FT: 75.5% in 17 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Mejia played for the Dominican Republic national team in 2005. Apparently he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Jose Cabrera
Jose Cabrera
   #3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Jose Cabrera (206-84, currently plays in Spain). Cabrera led Mataro to a victory against the 14th-ranked Olivar (4-11) 76-66 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Sunday night's game. He scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 25 minutes. Feimat Mataro (4-11) is placed 13th in Group C-A. This year Cabrera's overall stats are: 8.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.3apg in four games. He played for the Dominican Republic national team eleven years ago.

Gregorio Adon
Gregorio Adon
   #4. Forward Gregorio Adon (198-91, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Marin Ence PeixeGalego in a victory against the eighth-ranked Araberri (12-10) 76-60 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Saturday night. Adon recorded only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 26 minutes. Marin Ence PeixeGalego (6-16) is placed 16th in the LEB Gold. It's Adon's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 4.4ppg and 3.5rpg in 18 games. Adon used to play for the Dominican Republic U17 national team back in 2007.

Yohansy Minaya
Yohansy Minaya
   #5. Former U17 international guard Yohansy Minaya (185-91, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Ponferrada CDP (8-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the seventh-placed Ponferrada CDP (8-7) was defeated 76-68 in Ourense by the higher-ranked Calidus Gal.COB (#5) in the Group A-B. Minaya scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). This season Minaya has relatively solid stats: 10.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4spg. He used to play for the Dominican Republic U17 national team ten years ago.

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

   #1. Karl-Anthony Towns (213-F/C-95, college: Kentucky, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Minnesota Timberwolves (19-33) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Minnesota Timberwolves (19-33) were edged 115-113 on the road by the Miami Heat. Towns was the top scorer with 35 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 38 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Towns' second season in pro basketball. It was Timberwolves' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Towns has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 23.3ppg, 11.8rpg, 3.0apg and 1.5bpg in 52 games he played so far. Towns has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #2. James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac, currently plays in Euroleague) led his Greek team Panathinaikos to a victory against the bottom-ranked Galatasaray (6-15) 84-79 in the Euroleague last Friday. Feldeine scored 15 points and added 4 assists. Panathinaikos Athens (12-9) is placed sixth in group A. This season Feldeine averages: 6.9ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.4apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Strangely Feldeine has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #3. Ronald Ramon (183-G-86, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Brazil) was the major contributor in Flamengo's victory against the closely-ranked Pinheiros (11-7) 84-77 in the Brazilian NBB on Thursday night. He recorded 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 42 minutes. Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (12-5) is placed second in the NBB. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. This year Ramon averages: 8.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.3apg and 1.1spg in 16 games. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Strangely Ramon has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #4. Gelvis Solano (185-G-94, agency: Basket Management Solutions, college: Merrimack, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to help Echague (5-26) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the tenth-placed Echague (5-26) lost 89-94 at home to the higher-ranked (#6) La Union in the Norte group. Solano was the top scorer with 33 points. He also added 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in 38 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Solano's third season in pro basketball. It was Echague's third consecutive loss in a row. Solano has very impressive stats this year: 18.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.9apg and 2.1spg in 19 games.

   #5. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Boston Celtics' victory against the Los Angeles Clippers (31-21) 107-102 in the NBA on Sunday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 15 rebounds. Horford also added 6 assists and 2 blocks. The Boston Celtics have a solid 33-18 record this season. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. It's Horford's first year with the team. This season he has very high stats. Horford averages: 15.1ppg, 6.8rpg, 5.3apg and 1.7bpg.

   #6. Eloy Vargas (211-C-88, agency: Duran International, college: Kentucky, currently plays in Argentina) helped GECR Indalo win their game against the ninth-ranked Atenas 81-75 in the Argentinian LigaA in Thursday night's game. He recorded 11 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks in 28 minutes. Vargas has relatively good stats this year: 13.1ppg and 6.6rpg in seven games.

   #7. Experienced Manuel Guzman (204-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St., currently plays in Mexico) led Abejas to a 3-point victory over the fifth-ranked Panteras 96-93 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Guzman scored 36 points (!!!), had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. This season he has very high stats. Guzman averages: 23.6ppg, 6.8rpg and 2.1apg.

   #8. Eulis Baez (201-F-82, college: W.Illinois, currently plays in Spain) helped Gran Canaria win their game against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga 76-71 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Saturday night. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 18 minutes. This year Baez's overall stats are: 8.7ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.1apg in 19 games.

   #9. Sadiel Rojas (197-G/F-89, college: Okla.Wesleyan, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for UCAM Murcia (6-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance UCAM Murcia was crushed 89-61 on their home court in Murcia by the leading Real Madrid. Rojas recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. Rojas' overall stats this season are: 5.0ppg and 6.1rpg. He also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Rojas used to play for Leones de Santo Domingo in Dominican Republic league.

   #10. Edgar Sosa (190-PG-88, college: Louisville, currently plays in Italy) helped Juvecaserta win their game against the league outsider Vanoli Cremona 79-75 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. He scored 14 points in 28 minutes. Sosa has very impressive stats this year: 19.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 6.3apg and 1.2spg in 18 games. He holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Sosa used to play for Leones de Santo Domingo in Dominican Republic league.



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  ESTONIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Djordje DZELETOVIC
  TL.
  (205-C-93)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Dzeletovic, TL.20.7 
 2. Baker, Tarvas20.1 
 3. van der Mars, Rap.19.1 
 4. Jarvelainen, TTU18.3 
 5. Volkus, Parnu18.1 
 6. Olmre, TTU17.4 
 7. Strupovics, Valga16.0 
 8. Post, Tarvas14.4 
 9. Saage, TL.14.2 
 10. Bubalo, Parnu14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas VAN DER MARS
  Rap.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. van der Mars, Rap.14.3 
 2. Jarvelainen, TTU9.4 
 3. Baker, Tarvas9.2 
 4. Jois, TU/Rock8.5 
 5. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.8.4 
 6. Milka, TU/Rock8.2 
 7. Soodla, Noorteliiga7.9 
 8. Bubalo, Parnu6.9 
 9. Marshall, TL.6.5 
 10. Dzeletovic, TL.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Norman KABIN
  Parnu
  (188-PG-97)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Kabin, Parnu4.6 
 2. Harper, Kalev/Cr.4.4 
 3. Olmre, TTU4.3 
 4. Sokk, TU/Rock4.3 
 5. Bratoz, Rapla4.2 
 6. Post, Tarvas4.1 
 7. Jones, TL.4.0 
 8. Paiste, Tarvas4.0 
 9. Saage, TL.3.8 
 10. Okereafor, Parnu3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Taavi JURKATAMM
  Noorteli.
  (201-SG-97)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.2.1 
 2. Okereafor, Parnu2.0 
 3. Paiste, Tarvas1.9 
 4. Kabin, Parnu1.8 
 5. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 6. Tamm, TL.1.7 
 7. Dzeletovic, TL.1.7 
 8. Bratoz, Rapla1.7 
 9. Olmre, TTU1.6 
 10. Post, Tarvas1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kalev/Cr.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.1.4 
 2. van der Mars, Rap.1.1 
 3. Upshaw, Kalev/Cr.1.0 
 4. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.1.0 
 5. Bubalo, Parnu1.0 
 6. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 7. Marshall, TL.0.8 
 8. Raadik, TTU0.8 
 9. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.0.7 
 10. Saks, TL.0.7 



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  EUROLEAGUE  


Unics agreed on terms of contract with Andjusic - by Eurobasket News

Unics Kazan (VTB) added to their roster 26-year old Serbian swingman Danilo Andjusic (196-91, agency: Alti Sport) from Parma. In 15 VTB games in Russia he recorded very impressive stats: 19.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.5apg and 1.2spg this season.
The most of last season Andjusic spent at Anwil in Polish TBL where in 27 games he averaged 9.4ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.1apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Andjusic also played earlier that season for Partizan in Serbian league. In 11 Adriatic League games he had 6.8ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.2apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Serbian League championship title in 2012. Andjusic was also voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 2nd Team back in 2011.
He was also a member of Serbian international program for some years. Andjusic played for Serbian Senior National Team between 2012 and 2013 and previously for U20 National Team between 2010 and 2011.
He also represented Serbia at the European Championships in Slovenia four years ago. His stats at that event were 11 games: 3.7ppg.
Andjusic has played also professionally in Italy (Virtus Bologna), Spain (Blancos de Rueda and RETAbet Bilbao Basket) and Serbia (Vojvodina Srbijagas, Vrsac, Mega Leks and KK Vojvodina Novi Sad).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FINLAND  


Daniel Mullings claims Finnish Korisliiga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Canadian Daniel Mullings (188-G-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Kataja Basket and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 25-year old guard had a double-double of 19 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team outclassed Helsinki Seagulls (#1, 18-6) with 30-point margin 91-61. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Kataja Basket maintains the 4th position in Finnish Korisliiga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kataja Basket will need more victories to improve their 15-8 record. In the team's last game Mullings had a remarkable 64.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Kataja Basket's top player in his first season with the team. Daniel Mullings averages this season 14.4ppg and 7.1rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 34-year old Jamaican power forward Sherman Gay (201-F/C-82) of KTP Basket. Gay impressed basketball fans with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Of course KTP Basket cruised to a 90-81 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Lapua (#5, 13-12). KTP Basket's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-16 record. Gay is a newcomer at KTP Basket and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.3ppg (#2). He also registered 6.9 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another KTP Basket's star - American Monyea Pratt (196-SF-85, agency: Court Side). Pratt showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the last round. He was another key player of KTP Basket, helping his team with a 90-81 win against the higher-ranked Lapua (#5, 13-12). The chances of KTP Basket not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 16 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Pratt could try to bring KTP Basket's a little bit higher in the standings. Pratt has individually a great season in Finland. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.8rpg (4th best) and assists with 7.0apg (2nd best). He also has 2.4spg and FGP: 60.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rakeem Buckles (203-F-90) of Kouvot - 19 points and 12 rebounds
5. J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87) of Pyrinto - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Ricky Minard (196-F/G-82) of Pyrinto - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Jarekious Bradley (196-G/F-90) of Kataja Basket - 21 points and 5 rebounds
8. Jamal Jones (203-G-93) of Lapua - 26 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Damon Williams (201-F-73) of Lapua - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Tate Unruh (193-G-90) of Kauhajoki - 23 points, 4 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)



Teemu Knihtinen claims Finnish 1st Division weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Talented Teemu Knihtinen (195-G/F-98) put on an amazing game in the last round for Korikouvot and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 18-year old swingman had a double-double of 39 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team beat TuNMKY (#1, 15-4) 90-79. Korikouvot maintains the 5th position in their group in Finnish 1st Division. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Korikouvot will need more victories to improve their 12-6 record. In the team's last game Knihtinen had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He has many years of experience at Korikouvot, through which he has constantly improved. Knihtinen has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 10.9rpg) and averages solid 50.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American swingman Roderick Flemings (203-F/G-87) of FoKoPo. Flemings impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 22 rebounds. Bad luck as FoKoPo lost that game 90-103 to slightly higher-ranked Porvoon Tarmo (#6, 8-11). This loss caused FoKoPo to drop to 7th position in Division A. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-12 record. Flemings is a newcomer at FoKoPo 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 Reginald Bratton (193-G/F-86, agency: Blacktop Management) of Namika Lr (#13). Bratton got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for seven rebounds . Despite Bratton's great performance Namika Lr lost 73-88 to the higher-ranked HNMKY U23 (#8, 8-11). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Namika Lr can only dream about fighting for top spots in Division B. They have rather bad season and 2-16 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Bratton he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Bratton has a very solid season. In 5 games in Finland he scored 32.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. De'Andre Upchurch (188-G-91) of HyPo - 33 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Arsene Towa (191-F-81) of Jarvenpaa - 30 points and 15 rebounds
6. Eero Innamaa (186-G-98) of TuNMKY - 33 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Emil Djeen (183-G-94) of ToPo - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Riku Laine (197-F-97) of PeU-Basket - 33 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. HL Coleman (202-F-74) of Jarvenpaa - 22 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Rashad Smith (201-G-93) of Lahti - 22 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  FRANCE  

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. Sommerville, Orleans15.6 
 7. Roberson, Chalon15.6 
 8. Smith, Chalons-Reims15.4 
 9. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.14.8 
 10. Buford, Limoges14.2 
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. Blue, Antibes7.2 
 8. Donaldson, Le Po.7.2 
 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, Limoges2.2 
 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. Hassell, Le Portel1.0 
 6. Jeanne, Nancy1.0 
 7. Poirier, Paris-Le.1.0 
 8. Joseph, Orleans1.0 
 9. Fair, Limoges0.9 
 10. Jaiteh, Strasbourg0.9 


Standings - N1

NM1 Standings
 1. Quimper 17-5 
 2. Souffel 16-6 
 3. Caen 16-6 
 4. RAC Basket 15-7 
 5. GET Vosges 14-8 
 6. Orchies 13-9 
 7. St Vallier 11-11 
 8. ALS Basket 11-11 
 9. Lourdes 11-11 
 10. Chartres 10-12 
 11. Vitre 10-12 
 12. Rennes 10-12 
 13. Gries/Oberhoffen 9-13 
 14. Challans 9-13 
 15. SAP Vaucluse 9-13 
 16. Angers BC 9-13 
 17. Lorient 8-14 
 18. CFBB 0-22 

Regular Season: Round 22

Feb. 7: Lourdes - Chartres 96-76
Feb. 7: Caen - SAP Vaucluse 87-70
Feb. 7: Challans - Gries/Oberhoffen 83-91
Feb. 7: Vitre - Lorient 80-75
Feb. 7: ALS Basket - Rennes 78-69
Feb. 7: Souffel - St Vallier 77-72
Feb. 7: Quimper - GET Vosges 70-63
Feb. 7: Angers BC - Orchies 62-93
Feb. 7: RAC Basket - CFBB 103-58

Regular Season: Round 23

Feb. 11: Rennes - Souffel
Feb. 11: St Vallier - Caen
Feb. 11: SAP Vaucluse - Chartres
Feb. 11: Quimper - Lourdes
Feb. 11: Orchies - ALS Basket
Feb. 11: CFBB - Vitre
Feb. 11: Lorient - Angers BC
Feb. 11: GET Vosges - Challans
Feb. 11: Gries/Oberhoffen - RAC Basket


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Steffon BRADFORD
  St Vallier
  (198-F/C-77)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Bradford, St Vallier18.5 
 2. Brooks, ALS Basket17.8 
 3. Craion, Lorient17.2 
 4. Geiger, SAP V.17.0 
 5. Smith, Orchies16.8 
 6. Newson, Lorient16.5 
 7. Mitchell, Chartres16.4 
 8. Vaty, Lourdes16.3 
 9. Doumbia, Gries/Ob.16.0 
 10. Zivkovic, Rennes15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Gries/Ob.
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Thondique, Gries/Ob.9.7 
 2. Staniulis, Souffel9.1 
 3. Kovanusic, ALS B.8.9 
 4. Gourari, RAC Basket8.0 
 5. Blackwell, ALS B.7.6 
 6. Craion, Lorient7.5 
 7. Cox, Challans7.5 
 8. Anderson, RAC B.7.5 
 9. Alliman, SAP V.7.5 
 10. Vaty, Lourdes7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Xane D''ALMEIDA
  Lourdes
  (181-PG-83)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Dalmeida, Lourdes7.3 
 2. Romain, Chartres6.9 
 3. Rathieuville, Rennes5.5 
 4. Delhomme, St Vallier5.4 
 5. Bichard, RAC Basket5.2 
 6. Varanauskas, Gries/Ob.5.1 
 7. Suhard, Angers BC5.0 
 8. Siegwarth, Vitre4.6 
 9. Smith, Orchies4.5 
 10. Neri, ALS Basket4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Michael CRAION
  Lorient
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Craion, Lorient3.1 
 2. Davis, Rennes2.4 
 3. Gibson, Challans2.3 
 4. Cornely, Caen2.3 
 5. Neri, ALS Basket2.1 
 6. Dalmeida, Lourdes1.9 
 7. Newson, Lorient1.8 
 8. Correia, Souffel1.7 
 9. Demuynck, Lourdes1.7 
 10. Damachoua, Lorient1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Rolandas JAKSTAS
  Gries/Ob.
  (202-F-92)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Jakstas, Gries/Ob.1.3 
 2. Watt, Angers BC1.3 
 3. Negrobar, Rennes1.0 
 4. Bobrov, Quimper1.0 
 5. Diarra, Caen1.0 
 6. Monteiro, Caen1.0 
 7. Rakocevic, Orchies0.9 
 8. Soumaoro, SAP V.0.9 
 9. Tresnak, GET Vosges0.8 
 10. Felder, RAC Basket0.8 


Limoges waive Bernard James - by Eurobasket News

Limoges-CSP-Elite (ProA) released 32-year old American power forward Bernard James (208-109kg-85, college: Florida State). But in two ProA games he had just 1.0ppg this season.
James ended the last season at Galatasaray in Turkish BSL where in four games he recorded 6.5ppg and 5.0rpg. But the most of that year he spent at Shanghai Sharks in Chinese CBA. In 36 games he averaged 14.1ppg, 10.9rpg and 1.3bpg.
In 2012 James was drafted by Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA) in second round (33rd overall). He attended Florida State and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others James' college team won ACC Tournament in 2012. He was also voted ACC All-Defensive Team back in 2012.
James has played previously professionally in NBA (Dallas Mavericks) and D-League (Texas Legends).
On James: (by Matthew Maurer for NBADraft.net in 2012)
Pretty strong player who doesn't back down from physical play…Also is an NBA caliber athlete, who shows good leaping skills and explosiveness and adequate ability to run as well…His standout traits lie in his defensive ability. James biggest weakness is his ability to contribute offensively…Not ever going to be more than a 5th option scorer, and lacks in nearly every area on the offensive end…His post game, outside of his jump hook is non-existant
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Vitre signs Nikola Korac - by Eurobasket News

Aurore-de-Vitre (NM1) signed 31-year old Montenegrin guard Nikola Korac (185-86). He just played at Bashkimi in Kosovan SuperLeague. Korac managed to play in four leagues in two countries this year (!!!). In two SuperLeague games he had 7.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 5.0apg. Korac also played 2 games in Balkan League where he recorded very impressive stats: 24.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 6.0apg and 3.0spg. The other team he played that season for was Mornar Bar in Montenegrin league. But in 9 SuperLeague games he averaged only 1.7ppg and 2.0apg. Korac also played 7 games in Basketball Champions League where he got only 2.9ppg and 1.3apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the League Semifinals for three years in a row (between 2014 and 2016). Korac was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League 2nd Team in 2015.
He is quite experienced player. Korac has played also professionally in Bosnia (Igokea), Sweden (White Eagles), Serbia (OKK Beograd and Prokuplje), Montenegro (Jedinstvo, Teodo Tivat and Sutjeska) and FYR Macedonia (Kozuv).

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French ProA round 18 best performance: Cameron Clark - by Eurobasket News

American Swingman Cameron Clark (201-G/F-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Chalon, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (33 points, seven rebounds and two assists) to as his team The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Chalon maintains the 2nd position in French ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Chalon will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 13-5 record. In the team's last game Clark had a remarkable 64.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Chalon's top player in his first season with the team. Former The University of Oklahoma star has very solid stats this year. Clark is in league's top in points (2nd best: 18.0ppg) and averages impressive 54.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Jerry Boutsiele (207-C-92) of Cholet. Boutsiele had a very good evening with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Cholet lost that game 61-68 to the higher-ranked Limoges (#11, 8-10). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Cholet dropped in the standings to second-to-the-bottom (17th) position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-12 record. Boutsiele is a newcomer at Cholet and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was Spanish guard Alex Urtasun (193-G-84) of Nancy (#18). Urtasun showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, six rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Nancy, leading his team to a 89-80 win against the higher-ranked Chalons-Reims (#13, 7-11). Nancy can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 4-14 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Urtasun he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Urtasun has a very solid season. In 17 games in France he scored 11.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Louis Labeyrie (209-C/F-92) of Paris-Levallois - 17 points and 10 rebounds
5. Spencer Butterfield (190-G/F-92) of Nanterre - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Isaiah Miles (201-F-94) of Dijon - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Darryl Watkins (211-C-84) of ASVEL - 18 points and 7 rebounds
8. Brion Rush (186-PG-84) of Nancy - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Sek Henry (193-G-87) of Gravelines - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Vitalis Chikoko (207-F/C-91) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 19 points and 3 rebounds

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



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Radovish lands Andrej Cvetkovski - by Dragan Ristov

KK-Radovish (Vtora Liga) tabbed 21-year old point guard Andrej Cvetkovski (191-96). He played recently at Kozuv in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. Cvetkovski managed to play in four leagues this year (!!!). Prva Liga was a little too high level for him, where in 7 games he averaged just 1.1ppg. Vtora Liga will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Cvetkovski also played 2 games in Balkan League where he had only 2.5ppg and 1.0spg. The other team he played shortly was MZT Skopje. In two Prva Liga games he recorded 3.5ppg. Cvetkovski also played 1 game in ABA League, but he did not score anything and 1 assist. His team won Macedonian Supercup.
Cvetkovski represented FYR Macedonia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Chalkida (Greece) last year. His stats at that event were 7 games: 9.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 66.7%.
Cvetkovski has played previously for two other teams: Rabotnicki and Makedonija Mladi.

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Zlatko Gocevski signs at Radovish - by Dragan Ristov

KK-Radovish (Vtora Liga) landed experienced 35-year old former international center Zlatko Gocevski (205-82, agency: Interperformances). He supposed to play at Kozuv (Prva Liga), but left the team in Dec.'16. Gocevski also played 5 games in Balkan League where he had only 1.4ppg and 1.0rpg. The last season he played at KK Strumica (also in Prva Liga). In 20 games he recorded 8.4ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.0apg.
Among other achievements Gocevski's team made it to the Macedonian Cup final in 2007, 2011, 2012 and 2015. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Macedonian League Honorable Mention award back in 2013.
Gocevski represented FYR Macedonia at the European Championships in Poland eight years ago.
He is a very experienced player. Gocevski has played also professionally in Bulgaria (Yambol), Iceland (Keflavik), Kosovo (Peja) and FYR Macedonia (MZT Skopje, Millenium, Rabotnicki, Gostivar 2009 and Feni Industries).
He is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Radovish.
Let's have closer look into Gocevski's outlook: Member of cadet and junior selection and now possible member of the Senior selection. A marvelous prospect, he is a dominent player in Macedonia. Intelligent, good shoot from the perimeter. Athletic player with excelletn jump abilities.

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Radovish adds Mladenovic to their roster - by Dragan Ristov

KK-Radovish (Vtora Liga) added to their roster 30-year old point guard Marjan Mladenovic (180-87). He started the season at KK Ohrid AV in Prva Liga. Mladenovic helped his team get promotion to Prva Liga. In 10 games he recorded 9.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.0apg and 1.6spg this season. The last season Mladenovic played also at Ohrid.
He won Macedonian Vtora Liga championship title in 2016.
Mladenovic has played previously for three other teams: Kumanovo, Ovce Pole and Ultimate Basket.

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Radovish signs Sinisa Avramovski - by Dragan Ristov

KK-Radovish (Vtora Liga) signed 32-year old FYR Macedonian ex-international center Sinisa Avramovski (209-85, agency: Promotex). He played last season at Elektra in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM, but left the team in Jan.'16. In 5 Telemach League games he had 11.2ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.2spg.
The most of previous (2014-15) season Avramovski spent at KK ABS Primorje 1945 Herceg Novi in Montenegrin Erste Liga where in 15 games he recorded 13.1ppg, 7.2rpg (#5 in the league), 1.6apg, 1.1spg and 1.1bpg. He also played that season for Vodwanski Lisici Skopje (Prva Liga). In only one game he averaged 12 points, 1 rebound, 4 assists and 2 steals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Avramovski played in the final of Macedonian League in 2001, 2005, 2006 and 2014.
He also represented FYR Macedonia at the Mediterranean Games in Mersin (Turkey) four years ago.
Avramovski is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Bulgaria (BC CSKA Interlogic Sophia and Cherno More), Cyprus (Apollon), Poland, Romania (Otopeni), Ukraine, FYR Macedonia (MZT Skopje, Rabotnicki, Vardar and Lirija), Kosovo (Bashkimi) and Russia (Musson).

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Radovish inks Goran Glavchev - by Dragan Ristov

KK-Radovish (Vtora Liga) agreed terms with 24-year old point guard Goran Glavchev (191-81kg-93). He just played at Kozuv in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. Glavchev managed to play in three leagues in two countries this year. In four Prva Liga games he had only 2.3ppg. Glavchev also played 3 games in Balkan League where he recorded only 2.7ppg, 1.0rpg and 2.7apg. The other team he played shortly was Mladost in Serbian KLS. Prva Liga was a little too high level for him, where in 6 games he averaged only 0.5ppg and 1.0rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Glavchev's team made it to the Balkan League Semifinals for two years in a row (2015 and 2016).
He has played previously for Makedonija Mladi.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GEORGIA  

Standings - Reserve League

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

Regular Season: Round 3

Feb. 7: Tskaltubo - DELTA 85-87
Feb. 9: Hyundai-TSU - BC Titebi
Feb. 9: SEU Tbilisi - Arena-76


Ransom's 27 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

Point guard Kaheem Ransom (185-PG) had a very impressive game in the last round for Mgzavrebi and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
He had the game-high 27 points adding four rebounds and four assists for Mgzavrebi in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Batumi (#5, 6-9) with 39-point margin 99-60. Mgzavrebi maintains the 8th position in Georgian league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 13 games and recorded just two victories. In the team's last game Ransom had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Mgzavrebi and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Sam Houston State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ransom is league's best scorer averaging so far 23.0ppg. Ransom is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 5.5apg) and averages solid 58.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was John Florveus (211-C-90) of Cactus Tbilisi. He is American center in his first season at Cactus Tbilisi. In the last game Florveus recorded impressive double-double of 18 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as Cactus Tbilisi lost that game 66-81 to the higher-ranked Kutaisi (#2, 11-3). Cactus Tbilisi is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-9 record. Florveus is a newcomer at Cactus Tbilisi and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.1ppg (#7). He also registered 13.1 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Sergo Atuashvili (223-C-85) of Rustavi (#3). Atuashvili scored 18 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Atuashvili's great performance Rustavi lost 76-80 to #4 ranked Sokhumi. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Rustavi needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 8 victories and 7 lost games. Atuashvili has a great season in Georgia. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.5rpg (5th best). He also has 1.5bpg and FGP: 50.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Corey Allen (185-PG-92) of Mgzavrebi - 13 points and 8 assists
5. Dragan Tubak (216-C-87) of Kutaisi - 19 points and 9 rebounds
6. Reggie Murphy (208-C-91) of Mgzavrebi - 15 points and 9 rebounds
7. Oleksandr Tishchenko (205-F/C-89) of Sokhumi - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Dwayne Lathan (190-G-89) of Sokhumi - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ilia Londaridze (205-C-89) of Dinamo Tbilisi - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Darnell Taylor (193-G-91) of Mgzavrebi - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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  GERMANY  


Ken Horton claims German BBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Ken Horton (199-F-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for Telekom Bsk and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 27-year old forward had the game-high 31 points adding six rebounds and three assists for Telekom Bsk in his team's victory, helping them to crush ALBA (#5, 14-6) with 23-point margin 95-72. Telekom Bsk is placed at 7th position in German BBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Telekom Bsk will need more victories to improve their 10-8 record. In the team's last game Horton had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 10 attempts. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Ken Horton averages this season 10.3ppg and 5.3rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old international power forward Daniel Theis (204-PF-92, agency: Octagon Europe) of second-ranked Brose Bask.. Theis impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds. Of course Brose Bask. cruised to a 88-78 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Wuerzburg (#15, 5-14). Brose Bask.'s second position in the standings has not changed. His team belongs to top of the standings with 18-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Theis is one of the most experienced players at Brose Bask. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Egyptian Assem Marei (206-F-92) of Bayreuth (#4). Marei scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Marei's great performance Bayreuth lost 70-90 to #1 ranked Ratiopharm. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Bayreuth needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 14 victories and 5 lost games. Marei has a very solid season. In 19 games in Germany he scored 11.3ppg. He also has 6.5rpg and FGP: 56.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dwayne Evans (201-F-92) of Giessen 46ers - 27 points and 10 rebounds
5. Rickey Paulding (196-F/G-82) of EWE Baskets - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Raymar Morgan (203-F/C-88) of Ratiopharm - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Julian Gamble (208-F/C-89) of Telekom Bsk - 21 points and 11 rebounds
8. Josh Mayo (181-PG-87) of Telekom Bsk - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists
9. Chris Kramer (191-G-88) of EWE Baskets - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Quincy Diggs (198-G/F-90) of Bremerhaven - 24 points and 6 rebounds

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



German ProB round 18 best performance: Courtney Belger - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Courtney Belger (187-G-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Schalke, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, nine rebounds and six assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Wolfenbuettel (#10, 6-12) 88-81. Schalke is placed at 6th position in their group in German ProB. Schalke is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-9 record. In the team's last game Belger had a remarkable 73.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Schalke's top player in his first season with the team. Former Quincy University star has very solid stats this year. Belger is in league's top in assists (8th best: 5.4apg) and averages impressive 51.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Khalil Kelley (203-C-91) of Wolfenbuettel. Kelley had a very good evening with a double-double of 29 points and 18 rebounds. Bad luck as Wolfenbuettel lost that game 81-88 to the higher-ranked Schalke (#6, 9-9). Wolfenbuettel managed to keep the same 10th spot in North. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-12 record. Kelley is a newcomer at Wolfenbuettel, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.9ppg (#9). He also registered 10.7 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Kaimyn Pruitt (203-F-90) of Itzehoe (#7). Pruitt showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, eighteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Itzehoe, leading his team to a 91-74 easy win against the lower-ranked Recklinghausen (#12, 3-15). Itzehoe needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in North. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 9 lost games. Pruitt has a great season in Germany. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.6rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Taevaunn Prince (191-G/F-91) of Elchingen - 26 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Gregory Graves (201-F-93) of Art.Dragons - 24 points and 11 rebounds
6. Florian Wendeler (205-C-93) of Dragons - 15 points and 12 rebounds
7. Isaac Bonga (203-F/G-99) of Fraport SKY II - 26 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Brandon Lockhart (185-G-90) of Elchingen - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 12 assists
9. Adrien Coleman (198-F-91) of Noerdlingen - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. David Kramer (191-PG-97) of Weissenhorn - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Joey King (Joensuun Kataja Basket) My Ability To Rebound And Have The Game Slow Down Will Come With Experience - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Joey King (206-F-93, college: Minnesota) is a 23 year old 206cm forward from Eagan, Minnesota playing his rookie season with Joensuun Kataja Basket (Finland-Korisliiga). He started his basketball career at Drake (NCAA) playing 32 games averaging 6.9ppg, 2.9rpg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 80.4%. He then moved to Minnesota (NCAA) where he played form 2013-2016 playing a total of 99 NCAA games and as a senior played 29 games averaging 11.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 44.9%, 3PT: 40.4%, FT: 88.6%. He spoke to eurobasket before the Fiba Europe Cup game against the Telekom Baskets Bonn.

Joey thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. You are a rookie form Minnesota playing for Joensuun Kataja Basket (Finland-Korisliiga). Despite coming from Minnesota where your used to hard cold winters, have you experienced anything in Finland this winter that has topped what you had seen your whole life in Minnesota in terms of hard winters?

I have been very comfortable in Finland so far, it does remind me a lot of Minnesota.

Joensuun Kataja Basket (Finland-Korisliiga) finished the Basketball Champions with a record of 7-7, but didn't advance and got bumped down to the Fiba Europe Cup. How disappointing was not qualifying. You played some very good basketball having a three game winning streak beating Le Mans twice as well as teams like Avtordor, Pinar and Macabbi Rishon?

We got off to a great start in the champions league but injuries led to a lack of depth that we struggled to overcome. There is no doubt it is easy to be mentally prepared when matching up with teams like Le Mans Sarthe and Pinar Karsiyaka, but it is important that we begin to take care of business in our domestic league as well.

You will face the very talented and dangerous Telekom Baskets Bonn in Germany. They are one of the favorites to win the Fiba Europe Cup. How will the team go into this game and what will be key to getting the win?


We are certainly disappointed with our champions league outcome especially after being on the brink of advancing, but FIBA Europe Cup brings new challenges that our team is looking forward to. The matchup with Germany will be a battle from start to finish. In the round of 16 only the best of the best remain. We will prepare to the best of our ability and leave it all out on the floor


How vital has it been having ex Euroleague Finish point guard legend Teemu Rannikko who seems not to be aging at age 36 calling the plays and running the offense for the development of your game as a rookie? How much easier has it been adjusting to the professional game in Europe with him as your teammate

Having Teemu has been the most important part of my development as a first year player. He has shown me the ropes and made my job much easier. As a pick and pop 4 man, we compliment each other very well with our ability to shoot the 3 at a high percentage.

Let's talk about your game. The first thing that stands out is that at 206cm is that you never have averaged more than 3,8rpg since starting college at Drake in 2012. Your accurate shooting from outside stands out as well. How would you describe your game philosophy?

Offensively my goal is to be the most efficient scorer on the floor. I pride myself in shooting high percentages from the field. Another important component of the game to me is limiting turnovers; my pet peeve is giving up easy baskets to our opponents. We want to make them work for everything. Defensively, I am learning every day. I am fortunate to be a rookie and step into one of the highest levels of competition in the world. With that being said, my ability to rebound, and have the game slow down will come with experience. It is all about being in the right place at the right time at this level and I'm taking steps forward every day.

To what NBA player could you compare your game style to and what players did you grow up wanting to emulate your game after?

When I think of NBA players I loved growing up, two immediately come to mind. As a Minnesotan, everyone wanted to be Kevin Garnett. I was no different. We were able to see KG in his prime and he will certainly go down as one of the best. As a player, I felt far more connected to Dirk Nowitzki. While everyone may not have the 7'0 frame and physical tools that Dirk possesses, he still set an example for many stretch 4 men like myself.


Your shooting obviously stands out, but what do you feel is a hidden strength in your game that doesn't get noticed right away on the court by people?

I think screening has become a very effective part of my game. As a great shooter, teams fear the pick and pop. I take pride in finding ways to not only get open myself but also create a shot for teammates by making the defense indecisive with screens and slips.


You started your basketball career in 2012 at Drake. As a freshman you played 32 games: 6.9ppg, 2.9rpg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 80.4%. What were the main reasons for moving to Minnesota? You didn't have overwhelming stats at Drake, but you were able to go to top program Minnesota.

Richard Pitino and I connected immediately when I first visited the University. I had a reputation of high character and that is what he wanted to add to the program. Being the only Minnesotan on the team for Richards first year and having been born and raised just outside of Minneapolis allowed me to connect with our fan base and set a great example for the children in our community. Coach Pitino viewed me as a young man who would steadily improve as a player, take care of business in the classroom, and be a very positive influence on the community. The fact that I was able to start in the big 10 for 3 years and total over 1,100 career points is a wonderful accomplishment but nothing beats the ability to play in front over your family every night.


You won the NIT title in 2014. What were your fondest memories from this magnificent run?

It is hard to narrow down. I had wonderful teammates my sophomore year and we had a very successful season with a school record 25 wins. While it was hard being 1 basket short of a NCAA tournament birth, we made the most of being named the #1 overall seed by winning 5 straight to end our season.


What was the last movie that you saw?

No Country for Old Men

Thanks Joey for the chat.



Coach Wagner leaves Vechta - by Eurobasket News

41-year old coach Andreas Wagner left SC-Rasta-Vechta (BBL). He helped them to win ProA regular season last season
Among other achievements Wagner received Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Coach of the Year award back in 2008 and 2010. He used to coach German Woman National Team back in 2012.
Wagner has coached previously two other teams: BBC Bayreuth and Bayern Muenchen.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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River Lions welcome back Muldrow, ex Oettinger R. - by Eurobasket News

Niagara River Lions (NBL Canada) tabbed 29-year old American power forward Sam Muldrow (206-104kg-88, college: S.Carolina). It is actually his comeback to River Lions as he has played here before. Muldrow supposed to play at BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha in German ProA, but left the team in Nov.'16. In 10 games he averaged 5.3ppg, 4.6rpg and 2.8bpg this season. The last season Muldrow played at River Lions where in 18 NBL Canada games he had 9.9ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1apg and 3.3bpg. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Honorable Mention. Muldrow also played earlier that season for Peja (SuperLeague) in Kosovo. In 11 games he recorded 7.5ppg and 4.4rpg. He also played 6 games in Balkan League where he got 6.3ppg and 3.3rpg. Muldrow also spent pre-season at Keravnos (Division A) in Cypriot league earlier that year.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
Among other achievements Muldrow's team made it to the Ukrainian Cup Final Four in 2014. He received also All-SEC Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2011 at his college time.
Muldrow is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in seven different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Muldrow has played previously professionally in France (ALM Evreux), Greece (Aris), Lithuania (P.Zvaigzdes), Serbia (Metalac), Ukraine (DniproAzot) and Dominican Republic (Titanes Licey).
He attended University of South Carolina until 2011 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in NBL Canada



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Tema League Curtain raiser to commence February 12 - by Yaw Mintah

The Tema Community Basketball League pre season competition dubbed 'Campaign Tournament' is set to tip off on Sunday, February 12 at the Chinese Basketball Court in Tema, Ghana.

The tournament will run till March 12 and all games will be played at the venue mentioned above with games starting at 11:00 AM GMT. Reigning League Champions Nungua Coldstore headline elite teams drawn to compete in the tournament including Ashaiman Lions, Tema Heat and Tudu Magic.

16 teams have been drawn into four groups and the top two teams in each group makes it to the latter stages of the competition. The quarter final, semifinal and final games respectively take place on March 12 to determine winners of the four week event.

Due to the huge success of the maiden edition last year, the league is set to be expanded to incorporate more teams. The 2016 edition had ten teams compete; that number is expected to rise to 14.

Coldstore beat Ashaiman Lions in two straight final games in the best of three series to emerge champions as Power Forward Kwame Boamah Djan was named Most Valuable Player. The side has been drawn in Group A alongside Tema Community 4, Tema Community 2 and Kings Basketball Club.




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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Dezmine WELLS
  Doxa L.
  (196-G-92)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Wells, Doxa L.16.8 
 2. Brown, Koroivos16.3 
 3. Young, Lavrio13.8 
 4. Barlow, Trikalla13.7 
 5. Lojeski, Olympiacos13.5 
 6. Punter, Lavrio13.4 
 7. Hall, Koroivos13.4 
 8. Dixon, AEK Athens13.3 
 9. Cummings, Aris12.9 
 10. Releford, Kolossos.12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keith CLANTON
  PAOK
  (205-C/F-90)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Clanton, PAOK10.1 
 2. Morgan, Kymis9.0 
 3. Basabe, Doxa L.8.9 
 4. Fitzpatrick, AGOR6.9 
 5. Reddic, Kolossos HH6.9 
 6. Hall, Koroivos6.6 
 7. Biruta, Trikalla6.4 
 8. Toutziarakis, Kymis6.3 
 9. Kravic, AGOR6.1 
 10. Faye, Promitheas6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos7.3 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiacos5.7 
 3. Calathes, Panathin.5.6 
 4. Starks, Koroivos5.3 
 5. Nixon, Lavrio5.0 
 6. Young, Lavrio4.8 
 7. Talton, AGOR4.4 
 8. Scott, Doxa L.4.1 
 9. El-Amin, Kymis3.9 
 10. Ukic, AEK Athens3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Lucky JONES
  Promitheas
  (198-G-93)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Jones, Promitheas2.3 
 2. Scott, Doxa L.1.9 
 3. Brown, Koroivos1.8 
 4. Hickey, Apollon .1.8 
 5. Xanthopoulos, Aris1.8 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.1.7 
 7. Young, Lavrio1.7 
 8. Releford, Kolossos.1.6 
 9. Gotcher, Koroivos1.4 
 10. Cummings, Aris1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Cadarian RAINES
  Apollon .
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Raines, Apollon .2.0 
 2. Kok, Lavrio1.5 
 3. Jackson, Aris1.5 
 4. Johnson, Promi.1.4 
 5. Clanton, PAOK1.3 
 6. Buckner, Aris1.2 
 7. Kavvadas, Aris1.1 
 8. Kravic, AGOR1.1 
 9. Milutinov, Olympiacos1.1 
 10. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 


Greek A1 round 16 best performance: Toarlyn Fitzpatrick - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Toarlyn Fitzpatrick (203-F-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for AGOR, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Apollon Patras (#13, 4-12) 71-56. AGOR maintains the 7th position in Greek A1. AGOR is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-9 record. In the team's last game Fitzpatrick had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He turned to be AGOR's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of South Florida star has very solid stats this year. Fitzpatrick is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 6.9rpg) and averages impressive 57.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Sean Evans (203-PF-88) of Lavrio. Evans had a very good evening with 25 points and 7 rebounds. It was enough for Lavrio to edge Trikalla (6-10) 78-75. This victory allowed Lavrio to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-10 record. Evans is one of the most experienced players at Lavrio and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Serbian Dusan Sakota (210-SF-86, agency: BeoBasket) of AEK Athens (#3). Sakota scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of AEK Athens, leading his team to a 71-65 win against the lower-ranked Kymis (#12, 5-11). AEK Athens is closer and closer to top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 13-3 record is not that bad... Sakota has a very solid season. In 15 games in Greece he scored 11.1ppg. Dusan Sakota has also Greek passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andreja Milutinovic (199-G/F-90) of Koroivos - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85) of Olympiacos - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Nikola Milutinov (212-C-94) of Olympiacos - 12 points and 11 rebounds
7. Robert Arnold (198-F-88) of AGOR - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jerel Blassingame (175-PG-81) of Promitheas - 21 points and 4 assists
9. Dimitrios Stamatis (192-G-96) of Kymis - 18 points and 3 assists
10. Daniel Orton (208-F-90) of Kymis - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Sonics school UG Trojans in GABA Division I League of Champions - by Eurobasket News

Pepsi Sonics schooled University of Guyana Trojans Thursday night at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in the continuation of the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) 'League of Champions' for Division I and Under-23 Clubs.
In the Division I game, Sonics topped Trojans 82-72 with shooting guard, Trevor Smith scoring 25 points and grabbing 10 rebounds and guard, Jason Squires adding 14 points. The point guard, Austin Aubrey (196-SG) pitched in with 11 points for Sonics as centre, Earl O'Neil also putting up 10 points and seven rebounds. For the University, national forward Akeem Kanhai (183-G-91) scored 19 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for a double-double with guard Quincy Easton adding 16 points. Akil Lewis (183-G-82, college: Lynn) also had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Meanwhile, in the Under-23 competition, Colts bolted passed Plaisance Guardians 64-56 with Jonathan Mangra scoring 19 points and Mikhail Broomes 15 points. Centre, Timothy Thompson had another double-double with 12 points and 22 rebounds. For Plaisance, Andrew Johnson scored 11 points, while Terrence Daniels and Delroy Critchlow had 10 points apiece. Daniels also had 10 rebounds while Critchlow pulled down eight 'boards' for the East Coast-based team.
Courtesy of: guyanabasketball.com



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

26-year old guard Jermaine Marshall (193-G-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Rotterdam and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 21 rebounds, while his team outclassed Amsterdam (#6, 7-11) with 47-point margin 99-52. Rotterdam maintains the 5th position in Dutch league. Rotterdam is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-10 record. In the team's last game Marshall had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 10 attempts. He turned to be Rotterdam's top player in his first season with the team. Arizona State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Marshall is in league's top in points (6th best: 16.7ppg) and rebounds (3rd best: 10.0rpg).

Second best performed player last round was Charles Mitchell (203-F, agency: Three Eye Sports) of Dukes UDB. He is American forward in his first season at Dukes UDB. In the last game Mitchell recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Dukes UDB lost that game 69-77 to the higher-ranked Groningen (#1, 17-1). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Dukes UDB still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-10 record. Mitchell is a newcomer at Dukes UDB and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Nick Oudendag (210-C-87) of league's second-best Zwolle. Oudendag showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, ten rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Zwolle, leading his team to a 120-67 easy win against the lower-ranked Leeuwarden (#7, 6-12). Zwolle needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 5 lost games. Oudendag has a great season in Holland. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.7rpg (8th best). Oudendag attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mohamed Kherrazi (200-F-90) of Leiden - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
5. J.T. Yoho (198-F-93) of Zwolle - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Lance Jeter (191-PG-88) of Groningen - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists
7. J.T. Tiller (188-G-88) of Zwolle - 10 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Clayton Vette (202-C-88) of Zwolle - 19 points and 8 rebounds
9. Coen Stolk (195-F-97) of Rotterdam - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Jonathan Lee (188-PG-90) of Leiden - 11 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists

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



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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ivan LILOV
  Szedeak
  (194-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Lilov, Szedeak21.5 
 2. Govens, Falco KC20.6 
 3. Vojvoda, Szolnok18.8 
 4. Pacher, Vasas18.8 
 5. Bojic, Jaszberenyi17.9 
 6. Tiby, Atomeromu17.8 
 7. Ubilla, ZTE K.17.4 
 8. Taylor, Vasas17.2 
 9. Williams, Jaszberenyi16.8 
 10. Sihota, MAFC16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan WRIGHT
  Vasas
  (206-C/F-87)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Wright, Vasas9.8 
 2. Tiby, Atomeromu9.7 
 3. Hendlein, Kaposvari9.6 
 4. Szabo, ZTE K.8.9 
 5. Gilbert, Atomeromu8.4 
 6. Sejfic, PVSK P.7.8 
 7. Pacher, Vasas7.8 
 8. Sihota, MAFC7.6 
 9. Ivosev, KTE-Duna7.5 
 10. Drungilas, ZTE K.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  ZTE K.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.1 
 2. Taylor, Vasas7.1 
 3. Johnson, Sopron KC7.0 
 4. Boltic, Szedeak6.9 
 5. Petty, Kormend6.3 
 6. Threatt, Sopron KC6.2 
 7. Govens, Falco KC6.1 
 8. Wisseh, Kaposvari6.1 
 9. Smith, MAFC6.0 
 10. Nelson, PVSK P.5.9 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Sopron KC
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Johnson, Sopron KC3.4 
 2. Arrington, Jaszbere.2.6 
 3. Smith, MAFC2.1 
 4. Petty, Kormend1.8 
 5. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.1.7 
 6. Boltic, Szedeak1.6 
 7. Smith Jr., Kormend1.6 
 8. Nelson, PVSK P.1.6 
 9. Kinney, Szolnok1.6 
 10. Williams, Jaszberenyi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan WRIGHT
  Vasas
  (206-C/F-87)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Wright, Vasas1.2 
 2. Zigeranovic, Falco K.1.1 
 3. Andric, Szolnok1.0 
 4. Cooke, Kaposvari0.9 
 5. Keller, Alba0.9 
 6. Simms, Kaposvari0.8 
 7. Thompson, Vasas0.7 
 8. Czinger, ZTE K.0.7 
 9. Turner, Falco KC0.7 
 10. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.7 


A Division Round 17: Alba defeat Sopron KC in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

Ninth-ranked Sopron KC (8-9) gave a tough game to first ranked Alba (14-3) in Szekesfehervar on Sunday. Alba managed to secure only two-point victory 69-67. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sopron KC. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-14. But Sopron KC won second period 16-9. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Winston Shepard (203-93, college: San Diego St., agency: Diamond Sports) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and the former international power forward Peter Lorant (206-85, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Alba's coach Branislav Dzunic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. International guard Andras Rujak (189-88, agency: HMS) responded with 17 points and 4 assists. Alba maintains first place with 14-3 record. Sopron KC at the other side dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. They share it with Szedeak and KTE-Duna. Alba are looking forward to face Jaszberenyi (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sopron KC will play against Vasas in Budapest and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Bottom-ranked Vasas managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the series of three consecutive losses. This time newly promoted Vasas won against thirteenth-ranked MAFC in Budapest 83-77. American forward A.J. Pacher (208-92, college: Wright St.) nailed 27 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and Ronnie Taylor accounted for 16 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists. American point guard Deville Smith (183-91, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Two Points) came up with 27 points and 5 steals for MAFC in the defeat. Vasas (4-13) moved-up to thirteenth place. MAFC lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 14 games lost. Vasas will play against higher ranked Sopron KC (#8) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. MAFC will play against Szolnok (#6) in Szolnok and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Szombathely was also quite interesting. 4th placed Szolnok (10-7) played at the court of sixth ranked Falco KC (11-6). Falco KC managed to secure a 8-point victory 87-79 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Szolnok. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The best player for the winners was Darrin Govens who had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists. Nikola Pavlicevic produced 24 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the guests. Falco KC have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Defending champion Szolnok dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Falco KC will meet at home Szedeak (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Szolnok will play against MAFC (#14) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Szeged was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked ZTE KK (11-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Szedeak (8-9). ZTE KK defeated Szedeak 86-73. Julian Norfleet orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 5 assists. ZTE KK moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Szedeak at the other side keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. ZTE KK's next round opponent will be Kormend (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. Szedeak will play against the league's second-placed Falco KC (#2) in Szombathely and hope to win that game.
Fifth ranked Kormend (11-6) crushed at home 9th ranked KTE-Duna (8-9) by 25 points 90-65, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. Lenzelle Smith Jr. stepped up and scored 15 points and 7 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. Kormend moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser KTE-Duna dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. Kormend will face ZTE KK (#4) in Zalaegerszeg in the next round. KTE-Duna will play at home against PVSK Pannon (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 17 PVSK Pannon lost to Kaposvari on the opponent's court 55-63. Jaszberenyi managed to outperform Atomeromu in a home game 102-89.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 19 points and 5 assists by Ivan Zigeranovic of Falco KC.

Falco KC - Szolnok 87-79

The game in Szombathely was also quite interesting. 4th placed Szolnok (10-7) played at the court of sixth ranked Falco KC (11-6). Falco KC managed to secure a 8-point victory 87-79 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Szolnok. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Szolnok trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 14 after three quarters before a 21-15 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 79-87 at the end of the game. Falco KC outrebounded Szolnok 35-23 including a 16-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. The best player for the winners was American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists. Serbian center Ivan Zigeranovic (212-84, agency: BeoExcell) chipped in 19 points and 5 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Montenegrin Nikola Pavlicevic (192-88) produced 24 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and international swingman David Vojvoda (196-90) added 14 points and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Five Falco KC and four Szolnok players scored in double figures. Falco KC have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Defending champion Szolnok dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Falco KC will meet at home Szedeak (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Szolnok will play against MAFC (#14) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Falco KC: I.Zigeranovic 19+4reb+5ast, D.Barham 13+6reb, L.Medford 13+1reb+5ast, B.Varadi 12+3reb+1ast, D.Govens 11+9reb+10ast, N.Toth 8+3ast
Szolnok: N.Pavlicevic 24+2reb+3ast, D.Vojvoda 14+3reb+5ast, L.Andric 11+2reb+3ast, T.Barnies 10+6reb+4ast, J.Eilingsfeld 9+5reb+1ast, A.Toth 6+2reb
gschID: 498057


Szedeak - ZTE KK 73-86

The game in Szeged was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked ZTE KK (11-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Szedeak (8-9). ZTE KK defeated Szedeak 86-73. The game was mostly controlled by ZTE KK. Szedeak was better in second period 14-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Szedeak 40-20 including a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. ZTE KK shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. American guard Julian Norfleet (188-91, college: Mt.St.Mary's) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 5 assists. American-Puerto Rican point guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Court Side) contributed with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Five ZTE KK players scored in double figures. Bulgarian Ivan Lilov (194-88, agency: Two Points) answered with 25 points and 4 assists and Serbian guard Andrija Ciric (198-80) added 22 points in the effort for Szedeak. ZTE KK moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Szedeak at the other side keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. ZTE KK's next round opponent will be Kormend (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. Szedeak will play against the league's second-placed Falco KC (#2) in Szombathely and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
ZTE KK: J.Norfleet 20+4reb+5ast, S.Benke 17+3reb+1ast, Z.Szabo 16+4reb, E.Ubilla 14+6reb+7ast, M.Mohacsi 11+3reb+1ast, A.Drungilas 7+5reb
Szedeak: I.Lilov 25+4reb+4ast, A.Ciric 22+4reb+2ast, M.Boltic 15+6reb+5ast, A.Revesz 6+5reb, A.Wirth 5+2ast, T.Ban 0+1reb
gschID: 498056


Alba - Sopron KC 69-67

Ninth-ranked Sopron KC (8-9) gave a tough game to first ranked Alba (14-3) in Szekesfehervar on Sunday. Alba managed to secure only two-point victory 69-67. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sopron KC. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-14. But Sopron KC won second period 16-9. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Winston Shepard (203-93, college: San Diego St., agency: Diamond Sports) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and the former international power forward Peter Lorant (206-85, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Alba's coach Branislav Dzunic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. International guard Andras Rujak (189-88, agency: HMS) responded with 17 points and 4 assists and naturalized Serbian center Marko Spica (205-86, college: Cent.Michigan, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) scored 12 points. Four Sopron KC players scored in double figures. Alba maintains first place with 14-3 record. Sopron KC at the other side dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. They share it with Szedeak and KTE-Duna. Alba are looking forward to face Jaszberenyi (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sopron KC will play against Vasas in Budapest and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Alba: W.Shepard 18+11reb+3ast, P.Lorant 12+8reb+4ast, B.Taylor 12+5ast, J.Edwards 9+4reb+5ast, A.Keller 9+9reb+1ast, L.Markovic 5+3reb
Sopron KC: A.Rujak 17+2reb+4ast, A.Dufault 14+4reb, M.Spica 12+4reb+3ast, A.Myles 10+8reb+1ast, J.Mills 8+4reb+4ast, G.Toth 3+1reb
gschID: 498051


MAFC - Vasas 77-83

Bottom-ranked Vasas managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the series of three consecutive losses. This time newly promoted Vasas won against thirteenth-ranked MAFC in Budapest 83-77. MAFC was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 42-34 second half run of Vasas. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to MAFC's 38. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American forward A.J. Pacher (208-92, college: Wright St.) nailed 27 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import point guard Ronnie Taylor (187-81, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Octagon Europe) accounted for 16 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists. Five Vasas players scored in double figures. American point guard Deville Smith (183-91, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Two Points) came up with 27 points and 5 steals and guard Levente Misek (193-93) added 14 points and 4 assists respectively for MAFC in the defeat. Vasas (4-13) moved-up to thirteenth place. MAFC lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 14 games lost. Vasas will play against higher ranked Sopron KC (#8) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. MAFC will play against Szolnok (#6) in Szolnok and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Vasas: A.Pacher 27+9reb, R.Taylor 16+7reb+11ast, R.Wright 15+10reb+1ast, A.Horvath 13+6reb+4ast, S.Thompson 11+2reb+3ast, R.Katona 1
MAFC: D.Smith 27+4reb+3ast, L.Misek 14+4reb+4ast, M.Poscic 11+6reb+2ast, R.Sihota 9+10reb+2ast, A.Lakits 7+2reb+1ast, L.Polyak 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 498055


Kormend - KTE-Duna 90-65

Fifth ranked Kormend (11-6) crushed at home 9th ranked KTE-Duna (8-9) by 25 points 90-65, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Kormend. KTE-Duna was better in third quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 26-of-33 free shots (78.8 percent) during the game, while KTE-Duna only scored eight points from the stripe. Kormend looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. KTE-Duna was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (193-91, college: Ohio St.) stepped up and scored 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and American-Guinea-Bissau point guard Perry Petty (185-88, college: UTRGV) chipped in 12 points and 7 assists. Petty is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Serbian swingman Marko Djerasimovic (198-84, agency: BeoExcell) responded with 18 points and 4 assists and Serbian center Kemal Karahodzic (210-89) scored 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Kormend and four KTE-Duna 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. Kormend moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser KTE-Duna dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. Kormend will face ZTE KK (#4) in Zalaegerszeg in the next round. KTE-Duna will play at home against PVSK Pannon (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kormend: S.Gibbs 16+1ast, L.Smith Jr. 15+7reb+2ast, T.Allen 13+2reb+2ast, P.Petty 12+3reb+7ast, C.Ferencz 12+6reb+2ast, M.Csorvasi 7+5reb+3ast
KTE-Duna: M.Djerasimovic 18+3reb+4ast, K.Karahodzic 11+8reb+4ast, M.Pongo 10+1reb+3ast, M.Meszaros 10+2reb+3ast, M.Pongo 9+2reb+2ast, G.Hegedus 5+1reb
gschID: 498054


Kaposvari - PVSK Pannon 63-55

Rather expected game when 7th ranked PVSK Pannon (9-8) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Kaposvari (11-6) 63-55 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 27-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Kaposvari outrebounded PVSK Pannon 49-35 including 16 on the offensive glass. The former international power forward Roland Hendlein (206-86) stepped up and scored 9 points and 17 rebounds for the winners and American-Liberian point guard Jaytornah Wisseh (185-88, college: LIU Brooklyn) chipped in 11 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Four Kaposvari players scored in double figures. American guard Chris Smith (193-94, college: Utah St., agency: Three Eye Sports) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds and Oliver Biro (196-93) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Kaposvari have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser PVSK Pannon keeps the seventh position with eight games lost. Kaposvari will face Atomeromu (#12) in Paks in the next round and are hoping to win another game. PVSK Pannon will play on the road against KTE-Duna (#9) in Kecskemet and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kaposvari: M.Cooke 12+5reb+3ast, J.Wisseh 11+5reb+8ast, K.Simms 11+10reb, W.Frazier 10+5reb+3ast, R.Hendlein 9+17reb, M.Fodor 8+3reb+1ast
PVSK Pannon: C.Smith 19+6reb, O.Biro 10+7reb, V.Budimir 9+7reb, I.Sejfic 8+6reb+1ast, A.Halasz 7+1reb+6ast, T.Harazin 2+5reb
gschID: 498053


Jaszberenyi - Atomeromu 102-89

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Jaszberenyi and 12th ranked Atomeromu had identical 5-11 record. This time Jaszberenyi used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Paks 102-89 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 102-89. Jaszberenyi shot the lights out from three sinking 18 long-distance shots on high 52.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Serbian power forward Svetozar Stamenkovic (206-90) stepped up and scored 29 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and American guard Devon Saddler (183-91, college: Delaware) chipped in 16 points and 6 assists. Four Jaszberenyi players scored in double figures. American power forward Matt Tiby (203-92, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) responded with 26 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward Lawrence Gilbert (200-86, college: La-Monroe, agency: Mansfield and Associates) scored 22 points and 9 rebounds. Jaszberenyi maintains eleventh place with 6-11 record. Loser Atomeromu keeps the twelfth position with 12 games lost. Jaszberenyi will face league's leader Alba in Szekesfehervar in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Atomeromu will play at home against Kaposvari (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Jaszberenyi: S.Stamenkovic 29+7reb+5ast, A.Bojic 20+4reb, D.Saddler 16+2reb+6ast, B.Williams 13+3reb+1ast, A.Brbaklic 9+6reb, G.Cseh 8+3reb
Atomeromu: M.Tiby 26+6reb, L.Gilbert 22+9reb, L.Samenas 17+7reb+1ast, M.Illes 11+1ast, A.Kovacs 9+4reb+5ast, P.Hill Jr. 4+3reb+12ast
gschID: 498052





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  ICELAND  

Standings - D1 League

Points Per Game
 Terrance MOTLEY
  FSU
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 31.7
 1. Motley, FSU31.7 
 2. Woods, Hamar27.2 
 3. Garland, Breidablik26.6 
 4. Shouse, IA26.2 
 5. Moss, Hottur24.5 
 6. King, Valur21.6 
 7. Chia-Kur, Vestri21.6 
 8. Pryor, Fjolnir21.2 
 9. Bracey, Valur20.9 
 10. Knezevic, Vestri20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris WOODS
  Hamar
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Woods, Hamar14.3 
 2. Pryor, Fjolnir13.1 
 3. Motley, FSU12.9 
 4. Moss, Hottur12.9 
 5. King, Valur10.5 
 6. Petursson, Valur9.6 
 7. Shouse, IA9.4 
 8. Chia-Kur, Vestri9.1 
 9. Kristjansson, IA9.0 
 10. Virijevic, Hottur8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MOSS
  Hottur
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Moss, Hottur9.2 
 2. Sigurdsson, Fjolnir7.2 
 3. Garland, Breidablik5.8 
 4. Blondal, Valur5.3 
 5. Bracey, Valur4.9 
 6. Shouse, IA4.9 
 7. Olafsson, Hamar4.7 
 8. Erlingsson, Hamar4.1 
 9. Jonasson, Armann4.0 
 10. Hreinsson, FSU4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone GARLAND
  Breidablik
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Garland, Breidablik3.9 
 2. Moss, Hottur3.2 
 3. Shouse, IA2.8 
 4. Jonsson, FSU2.7 
 5. Van Kasteren, FSU2.3 
 6. King, Valur2.0 
 7. Motley, FSU2.0 
 8. Hreinsson, FSU1.8 
 9. Olafsson, Hamar1.7 
 10. Birgisson, Hottur1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Urald KING
  Valur
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. King, Valur2.1 
 2. Sigurdarson, Breid.1.5 
 3. Woods, Hamar1.5 
 4. Oliver, Fjolnir1.5 
 5. Audunsson, Valur1.3 
 6. Motley, FSU1.3 
 7. Johannesson, Breid.1.1 
 8. Fridriksson, Arm.1.0 
 9. Virijevic, Hottur0.9 
 10. Petursson, Valur0.9 



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  INDIA  


Some of those tucked away Basketball venues in India - by Anil Kumar

Thousands of spectators ominously rise up on opposite sides, all peering down on a rectangular playing arena far below. The third quarter is underway. In the crowd, 'Go KIRORI MAL' and 'VICTORY FOR SATHYABHAMA' banners wave up and down. Young kids press their face against the steel grills as if trying to absorb the electrifying atmosphere through the pores of their skin.

High up in the stands, two bilingual commentators simultaneously relay the game in high pitch while news cameras span the action.

'It was unlike anything I had ever seen before. Walking down the tunnel, I honestly felt like we were in a movie. I mean, I had played on other indoor courts before, but this was something else,' said P Baladhaneshwar, a school student from Tamil Nadu who used Thyagaraj as a stage to catapult himself to a roster spot on India's senior national team.

Curiously named after a famous Tamil poet and music composer, the Thyagaraj Sports Complex was built from scratch in the heart of New Delhi at a cost of 300 crores. Originally meant to be a netball venue at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Thyagaraj has since turned into a hub for national and local basketball activity.

The twin indoor courts are not open to the public and must be rented out. The rent itself hovers around 1 lakh rupees per day, with the centre hosting multiple 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 corporate tournaments.

But on this occasion, it wasn't just another registration based event, but the National School and College Basketball Finals that were underway. It seemed fitting that India's champs would be decided in its national capital.

A Startling Discovery

Just like the game of basketball itself in India, the Thyagaraj Sports Complex too has to be 'discovered' in a sense. It is tucked away behind the busy INA market in South Delhi, smack in between the peaceful Lodhi Colony to the north and the chaotic Kotla Mubarakpur marketplace along its southern periphery. Thyagaraj Stadium almost has a serene beauty to it; a marvel of architecture hidden behind long unassuming walls. The countless cycle rickshaws, SUVs, pedestrians and chai wallahs that form an endless moving chain around it, seem to leave the complex - which comprises a massive futuristic glass facade building, a 400m synthetic track and a lush green football field - largely untouched, in an island of its own.

Delhi's extreme weather conditions make an indoor facility like Thyagaraj vital. Considered India's first 'green' venue, the stadium's cutting edge construction technology includes environment friendly rainwater management systems and sewage treatment plants. But what truly makes Thyagaraj a monument of sustainable development is its 10,521 square metre solar power plant; designed in such a way that it feeds any excess energy back to the grid.

Thyagaraj represents the best that India has to offer in terms of sports facilities. It exemplifies how far the National Capital has come from its mud and clay court days of the 1950s, when it hosted the 1st Asian Games.

While there are other reputed courts in the capital such as the Indira Gandhi arena and Jaypee Greens, Thyagaraj is the indisputable home of competitive basketball, right from school, college to the seniors, across both men and women.

'Playing at the indoor wooden court really lit a fire in the kids' hearts and made them even more determined to take their game to the next level,' said Pradyut Voleti, founder of Dribble Academy, a Noida based non-profit that provides basketball coaching to underprivileged kids.

Basketball 'Exclusivity Lacking

In a democratic setup like India, sharing is inevitable, and Thyagaraj isn't solely a basketball centre by any stretch of imagination. A barrier splits the stadium right down the middle and on the far end - even as India's most premier basketball tournaments are underway - over a dozen kids furiously practice their drop shots and lobs on three badminton courts, oblivious of the bouncing basketballs, hoots and shrill whistles. The venue also hosts many conventions and concerts as a way to generate revenue.

The final buzzer sounded and we filed out from the snap back chairs. As we exited, the hallway lights switched off automatically behind us, returning the stadium to its enigmatic darkness. It will now reveal its majesty only to the next lot of players, coaches and spectators.

For a nation on the rise in basketball, finally there is an arena befitting its growing stature.



India to host 2 major FIBA events in 2017 - by Anil Kumar

The Basketball Federation of India (BFI) is proud to announce that they have been allotted to host two international events in 2017- the FIBA Women's Asia Cup and FIBA U-16 Women's Asian Championship. This will be the first time since 2009 that India has hosted a major International Basketball Federation (FIBA) event. The FIBA Women's Asia Cup will be held from 23rd to 29th July 2017 in Bengaluru, Karnataka while the FIBA U-16 Women's Asian Championship will be held from 22nd to 28th October 2017 in Hyderabad, Telangana.

These important announcements were made at a press conference held in Bengaluru earlier this afternoon, that was presided by BFI President Sri K Govindaraj, Secretary-General Sri Chander Mukhi Sharma, and Sri Om Prakash, President of the Karnataka State Basketball Association & IPS (Retd.)

FIBA has allotted this event to India with utmost confidence and support, based on the steady increase in on-court quality of the Indian National Teams over the past two (2) years since the new leadership of the BFI, led by President K. Govindaraj and Secretary General Chander Mukhi Sharma, took over.

Over these last two (2) years, the Men's National Teams have been breaking historic ceilings by making the quarterfinals and eventually placing 8th in the 28th FIBA Asia Championship in 2015 and again making the quarterfinals and placing an all time best 7th Place in the FIBA Asia Challenge 2016. With these two events being hosted in India, the BFI looks to promote and develop the Women's National Teams to reach the same success as the Men's sides.

In 2009, the BFI was allotted the same two Championships - the 1st FIBA Asia U-16 Championship for Girls in Pune, Maharashtra and the 23rd FIBA Asia Championship for Women in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The opportunity to host both events again will prepare the BFI to begin hosting home and away FIBA Asia Qualifiers, which are scheduled to begin in November 2017.

Mr. K Govindaraj, who headed the bidding process, expressed his excitement, 'It has been far too long for Indian fans to get to see their homegrown talent compete against the best in Asia. While I am very excited and proud to be bringing a FIBA Asia event back to India, our work has just begun. We will ensure that our National Teams are optimally prepared to compete with the top teams of Asia.'

Mr. Chander Mukhi Sharma further added, 'We are grateful for FIBA to provide us with this opportunity and we will ensure to put on a world-class event to justify their confidence and support in the BFI. All the Indian basketball community should be excited and proud of this achievement.'

There will be 14 teams participating in both the FIBA Women's Asia Cup and the U16 Women's Asian Championship, with 8 teams in Division A (which include new Oceania teams Australia and New Zealand) and 6 in lower Division B.

India is in Division B in both the Senior and U16 events.

Mr Govindaraj also made the initial announcement regarding the conduct of a National League for Men later this year. Further details will be made public by March.



Satnam Singh speaks to Zee News - by Anil Kumar

In a cricket-obsessed country like India, where cricketers are treated as semi-gods, it's a tremendous achievement if someone makes name in a lesser-popular sport like basketball. But Satnam Singh is no ordinary athlete. Fighting against all odds, the athlete from Punjab not only managed to make an impact in the sport just in India, but also globally.

Satnam created history when he became the first Indian player to be drafted into the U.S.A's National Basketball Association (NBA) in 2015.

In an email interview with Suyash Srivastava of Zee News.com, Satnam spoke about his journey from Punjab to the United States and how he plans to popularize the sport in India. Following are excerpts from the interview.

Whenever we think about you, the first thing which comes to mind is your towering height. Tell us something about the challenges you faced as a kid?

I always stood out in front of kids of my age due to my extraordinary height. When I was young and used to go out to play, people used to say - 'you are so big and still you play.' But they never realized that it is just my appearance due to my height that makes me look big. From inside and even mentally, I was like a normal kid like them who liked to play and have fun. When I started playing basketball, I didn't really face any major difficulty except for finding proper shoe of my size. Otherwise, mostly I had to work and concentrate on my hand and body movement while practicing the game. I had an advantage being tall but I had to train my body well to make the right use of it.

How did basketball happen? Were you passionate about the sport or someone motivated you to take it up considering your height?

The thought of basketball had never crossed my mind. Once, one of my my father's friend suggested that I should play basketball as my height was an added advantage for the sport. My father advised me to give it a shot and that is when basketball happened to me. I have always obeyed my father and respected his decisions. Initially I wasn't too keen about it, now I am absolutely in love with the sport. I still have to excel and get better at it though.

Satnam Singh

You are a role model for several aspiring athletes in the country. Tell us something about your journey from Punjab to the United States.

I am so humbled because I might have done something right to inspire so many people. My journey has not been that smooth but it has been a good learning experience. The best part of my journey from Punjab to United States was that I just went with the flow and believed in my father and coaches. I never knew how to even hold a basketball when I started playing the game. I used to wear two shoes stitched into one as I never found the shoe of my size. That made it a bit uncomfortable while practicing the game. The biggest hurdle when I came to the USA was the language barrier. I didn't know English and my coaches used to find it difficult to explain me. However, I was lucky enough to have been trained by the coaches, who were not just talented and knowledgeable, but humble and helpful too. They always motivated me and guided me at each step. They did their best to introduce me to NBA teams and their owners. It made me believe in myself even more. It motivated me further to deliver my best and live up-to the trust they had in me. I must say, the journey was a memorable one and a new experience altogether which I shall cherish forever.

You were also recently seen doing drills at a recent WWE performance Center tryout. Are you planning to follow into the footsteps of The Great Khali?

I am not thinking about any other sport yet except for basketball. I just went to watch the WWE drill and was suggested to give it a shot given my extraordinary height and athletic body that is required for WWE. That is all about my stint at WWE and there is nothing more to it.

Considering that basketball demands a lot of practice, what is your daily routine like?

Since I am mostly preparing for the matches, my entire day revolves around exercising at the gym and practicing the game. I get up between 7am-8am in the morning have breakfast and go for my practice sessions from 10am to 12 pm. After practice, I head over to have my lunch, relax for some time and come back for practice. I exercise 2-3 times in a day. Apart from this, whenever I have some free time, I love to watch movies.

Tell us something about your family and the kind of support they gave you?

I have an ideal and simple family that has always motivated me and pushed me to reach greater heights. There have been times when I felt low, but my family's support has always been the biggest motivating factor. I am very close to my father and whatever I am today is because of him. It was he who made me believe that I could play a sport which is unique, at least in India. At the age of 10, I left the house for further training. I used to miss my family a lot because initially things were difficult for me and I felt like coming back. But my parents always stood by me and their words of wisdom gave me the strength to work hard and move forward.

How much did your family support you initially since it's a cricket-obsessed country. Did you ever think of switching to some other sport, or your focus was entirely to do well in basketball?

From the beginning, I focused on basketball only. My family, specially my father was a great pillar of support in my entire journey. Seeing my dedication towards the sport and to make things easier for me, my father built a basketball ring for me at our place. I used to practice basketball at home too after coming back from the sports academy.

Satnam Singh

When you were away from home training, tell us about the people who kept you motivated and played a major role in making you what you are today?

Being away from home was a difficult phase for me. That was the time that I found support from my coaches, team mates and teachers at the academy. They understood where I came from and helped me wherever they could. My classmates used to help me with studies, teachers helped me with the language and coaches; despite the language barrier initially, trained me with passion. My coach used to enact and show me the moves seeing which I would do the same and learn.

Tell us something about your documentary - One In A Billion.

The documentary has covered my journey exceptionally well. After watching it, I relived all the moments once again and it was a wonderful and emotional experience. From the entire filming process to watching the final documentary, I was excited and looked forward to the response it receives. I am thankful to director Roman Gackowski and film's producer Michael D. Ratner to have considered making a documentary on my journey. It has received a positive response and inspired every single person who has watched it. It is not just about the sport and the aspiring players that it inspired , but in general too, the way my life's struggle has been clearly depicted in the movie, motivates everyone to achieve something in their life by fighting all odds.

While the world has heard of Michael Jordan, Lebron James and Stephen Curry, you have put our country on the global map as well. How do you see basketball, as a sport in India and what are your plans to popularize it?

As a sport, basketball has a long way to go as it's been only few years since the sport has started gaining prominence in India. If you see basketball in the US, people have incredible love for it. I think with time, people will relate to it and acknowledge the sport in the future. And I sincerely hope that my humble efforts boost those changes. The government should take necessary steps to promote the game and provide better infrastructure and facilities so that the aspiring talent in India gets the best training. Once I have made a mark in basketball, I would like to come back to India and start a sports academy that would have all the sports and education related facilities like my academy here in the US. I would like to replicate the generosity of my coaches and impart my knowledge and training to the aspiring sports players in India. I would also want to provide international sports scholarship to the students of my academy, which would further help India have its name established on the global map in the field of sports through this talent lot.



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  INDONESIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 JaJuan SMITH
  Hang Tuah
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 36
 1. Smith, Hang Tuah36.0 
 2. Barfield, NSH G.30.0 
 3. Jacobs, NSH G.26.5 
 4. Peterson, Bima P.25.7 
 5. Corbin, Bima P.23.3 
 6. Brantley, Garuda22.5 
 7. Smith, Hang Tuah21.3 
 8. White, Pelita Jaya20.8 
 9. Seagers, Pacific .20.5 
 10. Loiselle, Pacific .20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andre SMITH
  Hang Tuah
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 18
 1. Smith, Hang Tuah18.0 
 2. Barfield, NSH G.16.0 
 3. Loiselle, Pacific .13.8 
 4. Gunawan, Garuda12.8 
 5. McKinney, CLS K.12.0 
 6. White, Pelita Jaya11.8 
 7. Brand, JNE B.11.5 
 8. Peterson, Bima P.10.7 
 9. Maxey, Satya W.10.0 
 10. Ware, Garuda9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Mario WUYSANG
  CLS K.
  (176-PG-79)
  Avg: 5
 1. Wuysang, CLS K.5.0 
 2. Jewell, Satria Muda4.3 
 3. Corbin, Bima P.4.3 
 4. Smith, Hang Tuah4.0 
 5. Jacobs, NSH G.4.0 
 6. Purwanto, Hang T.3.7 
 7. Seagers, Pacific .3.5 
 8. Wijaya, Garuda3.5 
 9. Teja, Aspac3.3 
 10. Dhyaksa, Aspac3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrell CORBIN
  Bima P.
  (184-PG-92)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Corbin, Bima P.4.3 
 2. Barfield, NSH G.2.5 
 3. Sitepu, Satria M.2.3 
 4. Rahangmetan, Satya W.2.0 
 5. Surawi, JNE B.2.0 
 6. Ruslan, NSH G.2.0 
 7. Febiansyakh, CLS K.2.0 
 8. Jacobs, NSH G.2.0 
 9. Grays, Pelita Jaya1.8 
 10. Hutasoit, Pacific .1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Nate MAXEY
  Satya W.
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Maxey, Satya W.3.7 
 2. Peterson, Bima P.2.0 
 3. Ware, Garuda1.8 
 4. Sitepu, Satria M.1.7 
 5. Brand, JNE B.1.5 
 6. Regowo, Aspac1.3 
 7. Smith, Satria Muda1.3 
 8. Hartanto, Pelita J.1.0 
 9. Ruslan, NSH G.1.0 
 10. Kosasih, Aspac1.0 



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  IRAN  

Standings - Superleague

Superleague Standings
 1. Petrochimi 14-2 
 2. Naft Abadan 13-3 
 3. Azad 10-6 
 4. Tabriz 9-7 
 5. Arak 9-7 
 6. Chemidor 9-7 
 7. Kashan 7-9 
 8. Army 5-11 
 9. Gorgan 4-12 
 10. Shiraz a.s Pipe 0-16 

Regular Season: Round 17

Feb. 6: Chemidor - Petrochimi 82-85
Feb. 6: Arak - Tabriz 81-76
Feb. 6: Shiraz a.s Pipe - Army 78-102
Feb. 6: Gorgan - Kashan 77-70
Feb. 6: Naft Abadan - Azad 75-60

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 9: Petrochimi - Shiraz a.s Pipe
Feb. 9: Army - Arak
Feb. 9: Azad - Gorgan
Feb. 9: Tabriz - Naft Abadan
Feb. 9: Kashan - Chemidor


D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Daequan COOK
  Chemidor
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 24.2
 1. Cook, Chemidor24.2 
 2. Koljevic, Kashan22.6 
 3. Buljan, Kashan21.9 
 4. Robinson, Petrochimi20.2 
 5. Prince, Azad19.1 
 6. Hosley, Arak18.7 
 7. Toncinic, Gorgan18.6 
 8. Gacesa, Tabriz16.9 
 9. Marshall, Gorgan16.2 
 10. Allahverdi, Shiraz a.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arsalan KAZEMI
  Army
  (200-SF-90)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Kazemi, Army11.3 
 2. Buljan, Kashan9.9 
 3. Hassanzadeh, Naft A.9.9 
 4. Williams, Tabriz9.1 
 5. Toncinic, Gorgan8.8 
 6. Kardoust, Arak8.3 
 7. Cukinas, Chemidor8.0 
 8. Jones, Azad7.3 
 9. Taherpour, Shiraz a.7.2 
 10. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Ivan KOLJEVIC
  Kashan
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Koljevic, Kashan5.3 
 2. Robinson, Petrochimi4.8 
 3. Aslani, Army4.3 
 4. Davarpanah, Naft A.4.1 
 5. Prince, Azad3.7 
 6. Hosley, Arak3.6 
 7. Marshall, Gorgan3.3 
 8. Jamshidi, Petrochimi3.2 
 9. Nasajpour, Tabriz3.1 
 10. Perkins, Naft A.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Arak
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Hosley, Arak3.1 
 2. Nasajpour, Tabriz2.8 
 3. Kazemi, Army2.7 
 4. Perkins, Naft A.2.6 
 5. Prince, Azad2.4 
 6. Davarpanah, Naft A.2.3 
 7. Beigi, Army2.3 
 8. Mashayekhi, Naft A.2.0 
 9. Marshall, Gorgan1.7 
 10. Jones, Azad1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Tabriz
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Williams, Tabriz4.1 
 2. Taherpour, Shiraz a.1.2 
 3. Ranjbar, Shiraz a.1.1 
 4. Kardoust, Arak1.1 
 5. Mijovic, Kashan1.0 
 6. Toncinic, Gorgan0.9 
 7. Torabi, Army0.8 
 8. Nabipour, Petrochimi0.7 
 9. Marshall, Gorgan0.7 
 10. Mirzaei, Naft A.0.7 


Superleague Round 17: Petrochimi defeats Chemidor in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

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

Fifth-ranked Chemidor (9-7) gave a tough game to first ranked Petrochimi (14-2) in Tehran on Monday. The visitors from Bandar Imam managed to secure only three-point victory 85-82. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Chemidor. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-82. Petrochimi made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. International Behnam Yakhchali (196-95) stepped up and scored 29 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners and American swingman James White (201-82, college: Cincinnati, agency: Three Eye Sports) chipped in 27 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Daequan Cook (195-87, college: Ohio St.) responded with 31 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Chemidor's coach Javad Rahmatipour rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion maintains first place with 14-2 record. Chemidor at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. They share it with Arak and Tabriz. Petrochimi are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Shiraz a.s Pipe (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Chemidor will play against Kashan (#7) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Abadan. Second ranked host Naft Abadan (13-3) defeated 3rd placed Azad (10-6) 75-60. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Azad. British power forward Ryan Richards (212-91, agency: Three Eye Sports) nailed a double-double by scoring 29 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side and Meisam Mirzaei accounted for 12 points and 11 rebounds. American swingman J.P. Prince (203-87, college: Tennessee) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for Azad in the defeat. Azad's coach Farzad Kouhian tested eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naft Abadan have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain second place with 13-3 record behind leader Petrochimi. Azad at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. Naft Abadan will play against Tabriz (#4) on the road in the next round. Azad will play against Shahrdari Gorgan and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Shiraz a.s Pipe (0-16) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 16th consecutive match to eighth ranked Army (5-11) 102-78 on Monday evening. The best player for the winners was Vahid Dalirzahan who scored 21 points. Army's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Amir Allahverdi produced 22 points and 4 assists for the hosts. Army maintains eighth place with 5-11 record. Shiraz a.s Pipe lost their sixteenth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings. Army will meet at home higher ranked Arak (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Shiraz a.s Pipe will play against the league's leader Petrochimi (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game in Arak was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Tabriz (9-7) played at the court of sixth ranked Arak (9-7). Arak managed to secure a 5-point victory 81-76. Arak moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Chemidor and Tabriz. Arak's next round opponent will be Army (#8) in Tehran. Tabriz will play at home against the league's second-placed Naft Abadan (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 17 Kashan lost to Gorgan on the opponent's court 70-77.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 23 points by Hamzeh Aghajari of Shiraz a.s Pipe.

Arak - Tabriz 81-76

The game in Arak was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Tabriz (9-7) played at the court of sixth ranked Arak (9-7). Arak managed to secure a 5-point victory 81-76. Arak moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Chemidor and Tabriz. Arak's next round opponent will be Army (#8) in Tehran. Tabriz will play at home against the league's second-placed Naft Abadan (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Naft Abadan - Azad 75-60

The game between Top Four teams took place in Abadan. Second ranked host Naft Abadan (13-3) defeated 3rd placed Azad (10-6) 75-60. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Azad. The game was mostly controlled by Naft Abadan. Azad was better in second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. British power forward Ryan Richards (212-91, agency: Three Eye Sports) nailed a double-double by scoring 29 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side and the former international center Meisam Mirzaei (210-92) accounted for 12 points and 11 rebounds. American swingman J.P. Prince (203-87, college: Tennessee) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and the other American import power forward Joseph Jones (206-86, college: