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  ALGERIA  


Standings

D1 Standings
 1. CRB Dar El-B. 5-0 
 2. Arreridj 3-0 
 3. GS Petroliers 3-0 
 4. NAH Dey 3-1 
 5. Olympic Batna 3-1 
 6. WA Boufarik 3-1 
 7. Constantine CSC 2-2 
 8. US Setif 2-2 
 9. Staoueli 2-3 
 10. Miliana 1-2 
 11. USM Blida 1-2 
 12. Constantine JP 1-3 
 13. Skikda 1-3 
 14. El Eulma 1-4 
 15. Ouargla 1-4 
 16. Oran 0-4 


D1 Round 7: Top-ranked CRB Dar El-B. wins another game - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all visitors won their games.

D1 top team - CRB Dar El-B. (5-0) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed ninth ranked USMB (1-2) in Blida 82-56. Undefeated CRB Dar El-B. have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 5-0 record. USMB at the other side dropped to the tenth position with two games lost. They share it with Miliana.
The game between 14th ranked Ouargla (1-4) and eleventh ranked Staoueli (2-3) in ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Staoueli outscored Ouargla 67-40. Staoueli moved-up to ninth place. Ouargla lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the fourteenth position with four games lost. They share it with El Eulma.

Ouargla - Staoueli 40-67

The game between 14th ranked Ouargla (1-4) and eleventh ranked Staoueli (2-3) in ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Staoueli outscored Ouargla 67-40. Staoueli moved-up to ninth place. Ouargla lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the fourteenth position with four games lost. They share it with El Eulma.
gschID: 535830


USM Blida - CRB Dar El-B. 56-82

D1 top team - CRB Dar El-B. (5-0) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed ninth ranked USMB (1-2) in Blida 82-56. CRB Dar El-B. have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 5-0 record. USMB at the other side dropped to the tenth position with two games lost. They share it with Miliana.
gschID: 535829





KW Titans waived Benayad-Cherif - by Eurobasket News

NBL Canada newcomer Kitchener-Waterloo Titans (NBL Canada) waived 27-year old naturalized Algerian swingman Hichem Benayad-Cherif (201-102kg-90, college: Armstr.Atlantic). In 12 NBL Canada games he recorded 3.7ppg and 1.8rpg this season.
Benayad-Cherif has played also professionally in Algeria (CSC Constantine).
He attended Armstrong Atlantic State University until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nblcanada)

Check also Complete Transfers List in NBL Canada



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  ANGOLA  


1 de Agosto and Petro main highlight of 15th round - by Eurobasket News

1 de Agosto team, third placed with 22 points, will receive on Friday the Petro de Luanda squad, being that the main highlight of the 15th round of the first division National Basketball Championship (Bic Basket), a game that is to be played in Victorino Cunha pavillion, in Luanda. 1 de Agosto, who will be playing at home, will try to do better than in the first leg encounter, in which they lost 97-86.
On their turn, Petro de Luanda are definitely inspired and geared up by the wins in the last two games. The 16th round, to be disputed on Saturday, will have as main highlight the encounter between Recreativo do Libolo and 1 de Agosto. Still on Saturday, Vila Clotilde will face ASA, while Petro de Luanda will Play Universidade Lusiada. Interclube and Progresso do Sambizanga will also face off on the same day.
Courtesy of: angop.ao



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  ANTIGUA  

Standings

ABBA Standings
 1. Cutie Ovals Ojays 5-0 
 2. Baldwin Braves 4-0 
 3. Flyers 3-0 
 4. Stingerz 2-0 
 5. HS Outlaws 1-2 
 6. HL Rockersville 1-3 
 7. Freetown T. 0-3 
 8. Ottos 0-4 
 9. Yorks Crushers 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 8

Feb. 9: Freetown T. - HL Rockersville
Feb. 9: Ottos - HS Outlaws



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  ARGENTINA  

Standings - LigaA

LigaA Standings
Norte
 1. San Martin C. 22-9 
 2. Estudiantes C. 21-11 
 3. Instituto 21-12 
 4. Regatas C. 18-11 
 5. Olimpico LB 17-14 
 6. Quimsa 15-14 
 7. Libertad S. 15-15 
 8. La Union 14-17 
 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. 8: Instituto - San Martin C. 85-83
Feb. 8: Libertad S. - La Union 84-62
Feb. 7: Penarol - Hispano Am. 76-81
Feb. 7: Olimpico LB - Argentino 76-71
Feb. 7: Ferrocarril - Estudiantes C. 67-76
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, Instituto19.8 
 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, Instituto10.2 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.9 
 5. Wood, San M.9.3 
 6. Horner, Obras B.8.6 
 7. Justiz, Estudian.8.5 
 8. Johnson, Atenas8.5 
 9. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.3 
 10. Francis, La Union8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Franco BALBI
  Ferrocarril
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.4 
 2. Barral, Obras B.5.9 
 3. Stanic, Olimpico.5.9 
 4. Konsztadt, La Union5.5 
 5. Aguirre, San L.5.3 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.0 
 7. Perez, Boca Jrs4.7 
 8. Hopson, Quimsa4.5 
 9. Ciorciari, Instituto4.5 
 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. Balbi, Ferrocarril1.5 
 8. Flor, Quilmes MP1.5 
 9. Tucker, Estudian.1.5 
 10. Lescano, San M.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.0 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.1 
 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 


Standings - TNA

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

Regular Season: Round 25

Feb. 8: Gimnasia LP - Petr.Argentino 84-78
Feb. 8: San Isidro - Villa Angela 80-72
Feb. 8: Independiente BBC - Mitre Tuc. 77-63
Feb. 8: Barrio Parque - Villa San Martin 71-60
Feb. 8: Ciclista - Estudiantes O. 70-78
Feb. 8: La Union - Alianza Viedma 102-110
Feb. 9: Comunicaciones - Hindu
Feb. 9: Union SF - SP Las Parejas
Feb. 10: San Isidro - Villa San Martin
Feb. 10: Independiente BBC - Salta Basket
Feb. 10: BHY Tiro Federal - Villa Angela
Feb. 11: Obera TC - Hindu
Feb. 12: Barrio Parque - Salta Basket
Feb. 12: BHY Tiro Federal - Villa San Martin
Feb. 13: Obera TC - Comunicaciones
Feb. 14: SP Las Parejas - Salta Basket


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 24.2
 1. Barovero, Union SF24.2 
 2. Brown, La Union20.4 
 3. Rodriguez Su., SP Las P.20.4 
 4. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista20.1 
 5. Matthews, Salta B.19.8 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.19.8 
 7. Martin Jr., Alianza .19.6 
 8. Montes Cardo., Obera T.19.2 
 9. Villa, Gimnasia LP18.4 
 10. Cutley, Atenas C.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Santiago GONZALEZ
  San I.
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Gonzalez, San I.12.3 
 2. Matthews, Salta B.10.1 
 3. Cutley, Atenas C.9.2 
 4. Graham, Temperley9.0 
 5. Lockett, BHY T.8.7 
 6. Lauria, Comunica.8.4 
 7. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.3 
 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: 7.2
 1. Cajal, Independ.7.2 
 2. La Bella, Gimnasia.6.9 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.4 
 4. Paletta, Hindu5.3 
 5. Cequeira, Villa A.5.0 
 6. Rodriguez Su., SP Las P.4.7 
 7. Correa, BHY T.4.6 
 8. Franco, Alianza .4.4 
 9. Schoppler, Olimpo B.4.1 
 10. Rusconi, Gimnasia.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Felipe PAIS
  Platense
  (185-G-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Pais, Platense2.5 
 2. Correa, BHY T.2.3 
 3. Cequeira, Villa A.2.2 
 4. Merlo, Ciclista2.1 
 5. Lopez, Independ.2.1 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.2.1 
 7. Rodriguez Su., SP Las P.2.1 
 8. Eseverri, Salta B.1.9 
 9. Gago, Petr.Arg.1.9 
 10. Tabarez, Union SF1.8 
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 .1.4 
 4. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.4 
 5. Stroud, Parque Sur1.2 
 6. Deck, Obera TC1.2 
 7. Granado, Olimpo BB1.0 
 8. Lauria, Comunica.0.9 
 9. Moya, Hindu0.9 
 10. McCullough, Alianza .0.9 


TFB Round 14: C.Espanol P. keeps a leadership position in their group - by Eurobasket News

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

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked C.Espanol P. as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Oeste. C.Espanol P. defeated one of their biggest challengers Perfora at home 72-59. It was a key game for the top position in Oeste. C.Espanol P. have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with defeated Perfora. Perfora will play next round against strong M.Junin trying to get back on the winning streak. C.Espanol P. will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Rivadavia M. at home.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Atletico Tostado (11-5) at the home court. Hosts were edged by Ameghino (12-3) 79-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Atletico Tostado. Ameghino have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Centro with 12-3 record. Atletico Tostado at the other side dropped to the second place with five games lost. Ameghino will play against San Justino (#8) in San Justo in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Atletico Tostado will play against Independ. Oliva (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Quite upsetting was San Justino's (#7) home defeat in a game versus eighth ranked H.San Javier 75-62. H.San Javier have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place in Centro. Loser San Justino dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. They share it with Olimpico Ceres. H.San Javier will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. San Justino will play against Central SJ (#5) in San Javier and hope to secure a win.
Sixth-ranked Argentino PRG (5-9) gave a tough game to first ranked Belgrano SN (10-4) in San Nicolas. Belgrano SN managed to secure only two-point victory 85-83. However their fans expected much easier game. Belgrano SN maintains first position in Bonaerense with 10-4 record, which they share with Chivilcoy Racing. Argentino PRG at the other side keeps the sixth place with nine games lost. Belgrano SN will have a break next round. Argentino PRG will play on the road against the league's second-placed Chivilcoy Racing (#2) and hope to win that game.
Important game to mention about took place in . Fourth ranked Union Goya (8-7) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging top-ranked Gualeguay (10-4) 68-67 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Gualeguay. Union Goya moved-up to third place in Mesopotamia. Newly promoted Gualeguay still keeps top position with four games lost. Union Goya will face Ferrocarril (#6) in Concordia in the next round. Gualeguay will play on the road against Atletico TL (#4) in Rosario del Tala and hope to win that game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 14:
In Bonaerense Villa Mitre BB lost to Chivilcoy Racing on the opponent's court 71-72. Sportivo E. managed to outperform U.Mar del Plata in a home game 72-70. Chivilcoy Racing was rolled over Belgrano SN on the road 68-47. Atletico Pilar was defeated by U.Mar del Plata on its own court 67-70. Sportivo E. was beaten by Argentino PRG in a road game 88-82. Sarmiento destroyed Villa Mitre BB at home 80-61.
In Centro Ameghino managed to outperform Olimpico Ceres on the opponent's court 85-75. Central SJ managed to beat Deportivo Norte A. in a home game 77-76. Union Sunch. was defeated by Independ. Oliva on the road 104-97.
In Mesopotamia Regatas U. beat Penarol on its own court 90-77. Atletico Tala won against Ferrocarril C. in Rosario del Tala 80-76. C.Entrerriano managed to outperform Union Goya at home 86-81.
In Metropolitana Villa Mitre CF recorded a loss to H.San Justo on the opponent's court 92-83. Lanus was defeated by Ramos Mejia in a home game 88-101. Estudiantil was beaten by P.Echague on the road 80-62. Estudiantes LP won against RC Avellaneda on its own court 79-66.
In Noa Union Oran lost to undefeated Talleres TV in Tafi Viejo 67-93. San Martin LR rolled over Hindu BBC at home 93-61. N.Avellaneda Tuc. was defeated by Union Oran on the opponent's court 94-91.
In Oeste Perfora beat Anzorena in a home game 92-80. Rivadavia M. won against M.Junin on the road 77-68.

Bonaerense
Chivilcoy Racing - Villa Mitre BB 72-71

Rather expected game when 4th ranked Villa Mitre BB (8-7) was edged on the road by second ranked Chivilcoy Racing (10-4) 72-71 on Sunday. Chivilcoy Racing used an opportunity after Belgrano SN lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position in Bonaerense. Loser Villa Mitre BB keeps the fourth place with seven games lost. Chivilcoy Racing will face Argentino PRG (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Villa Mitre BB will play against Estudiantes LP and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511694


Sportivo E. - U.Mar del Plata 72-70

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Sportivo E. (6-6) edged at home 7th ranked U.Mar del Plata (4-11) 72-70 on Sunday. Newly promoted Sportivo E. maintains fifth position in Bonaerense with 6-6 record. U.Mar del Plata at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the seventh place with 11 games lost. Sportivo E. will face Atletico PL (#8) in Buenos Aires in the next round. U.Mar del Plata will play at home against Sarmiento and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511693


Belgrano SN - Argentino PRG 85-83

Sixth-ranked Argentino PRG (5-9) gave a tough game to first ranked Belgrano SN (10-4) in San Nicolas. Belgrano SN managed to secure only two-point victory 85-83. However their fans expected much easier game. Belgrano SN maintains first position in Bonaerense with 10-4 record, which they share with Chivilcoy Racing. Argentino PRG at the other side keeps the sixth place with nine games lost. Belgrano SN will have a break next round. Argentino PRG will play on the road against the league's second-placed Chivilcoy Racing (#2) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511692


Belgrano SN - Chivilcoy Racing 68-47

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second-ranked Chivilcoy Racing's (10-4) road loss to first ranked Belgrano SN (10-4) 47-68 on Friday. It was a key game for the top position in Bonaerense. Belgrano SN maintains first position in Bonaerense with 10-4 record, which they share with defeated Chivilcoy Racing. Belgrano SN will have a break next round. Chivilcoy Racing will play at home against Argentino PRG and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511691


Atletico Pilar - U.Mar del Plata 67-70

There was a small surprise in Buenos Aires where seventh ranked U.Mar del Plata (4-11) edged 7th ranked Atletico PL (3-10) 70-67 on Friday. Newly promoted U.Mar del Plata maintains seventh position in Bonaerense with 4-11 record. Atletico PL lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth place with ten games lost. U.Mar del Plata will face higher ranked Sarmiento (#3) in Junin in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Atletico PL will play against Sportivo E. (#5) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511690


Argentino PRG - Sportivo E. 88-82

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 5th ranked Sportivo E. (6-6) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Argentino PRG (5-9) 88-82 on Friday. Argentino PRG maintains sixth position in Bonaerense with 5-9 record. Newly promoted Sportivo E. keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Argentino PRG will face league's second-placed Chivilcoy Racing on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sportivo E. will play against Atletico PL and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511689


Sarmiento - Villa Mitre BB 80-61

There was a small surprise in Junin where fourth ranked Sarmiento (8-5) outleveled one of their biggest challengers Villa Mitre BB (8-7) 80-61 on Friday. Sarmiento have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place in Bonaerense. Loser Villa Mitre BB keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Sarmiento will face U.Mar del Plata (#7) in the next round. Villa Mitre BB will play against Estudiantes LP and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511688


Centro
Olimpico Ceres - Ameghino 75-85

Very expected game in Ceres where 8th ranked Olimpico (4-10) was defeated by first ranked Ameghino (12-3) 85-75 on Sunday. Ameghino have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Centro with 12-3 record. Olimpico lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with ten games lost. Ameghino will face San Justino (#8) in San Justo in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Olimpico will play against Deportivo Norte A. and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511870


San Justino - H.San Javier 62-75

Quite upsetting was San Justino's (#7) home defeat in a game versus eighth ranked H.San Javier 75-62. H.San Javier have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place in Centro. Loser San Justino dropped to the eighth position with ten games lost. They share it with Olimpico Ceres. H.San Javier will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. San Justino will play against Central SJ (#5) in San Javier and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 511869


Central SJ - Deportivo Norte A. 77-76

There was a small surprise in San Javier where fifth ranked Central SJ (6-8) edged second-ranked Deportivo Norte A. (10-3) 77-76 on Friday. Central SJ maintains fifth position in Centro with 6-8 record. Newly promoted Deportivo Norte A. dropped to the third place with three games lost. Central SJ will face San Justino (#8) in San Justo in the next round. Deportivo Norte A. will play at home against Olimpico (#9) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511868


Atletico Tostado - Ameghino 76-79

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Atletico Tostado (11-5) at the home court. Hosts were edged by Ameghino (12-3) 79-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Atletico Tostado. Ameghino have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Centro with 12-3 record. Atletico Tostado at the other side dropped to the second place with five games lost. Ameghino will play against San Justino (#8) in San Justo in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Atletico Tostado will play against Independ. Oliva (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 511867


Independ. Oliva - Union Sunch. 104-97

There was a minor upset when 4th ranked Union de Sunchales (10-5) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Independ. Oliva (6-9) 104-97 on Friday. Newly promoted Independ. Oliva maintains sixth position in Centro with 6-9 record. Loser Union de Sunchales keeps the fourth place with five games lost. Independ. Oliva will face league's second-placed Atletico Tostado on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
gschID: 511866


Mesopotamia
Gualeguay - Union Goya 67-68

Important game to mention about took place in . Fourth ranked Union Goya (8-7) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging top-ranked Gualeguay (10-4) 68-67 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Gualeguay. Union Goya moved-up to third place in Mesopotamia. Newly promoted Gualeguay still keeps top position with four games lost. Union Goya will face Ferrocarril (#6) in Concordia in the next round. Gualeguay will play on the road against Atletico TL (#4) in Rosario del Tala and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511470


Regatas U. - Penarol 90-77

There was a small surprise in Concepcion del Urug. where eighth ranked Regatas CU (6-8) beat 6th ranked Penarol (6-8) 90-77 on Friday. Regatas CU moved-up to fifth place in Mesopotamia, which they share with Ferrocarril C. and Penarol. Penarol lost third consecutive game. Regatas CU will face league's leader Gualeguay in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Penarol will play against the league's second-placed C.Entrerriano (#2) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511468


Ferrocarril C. - Atletico Tala 76-80

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Ferrocarril's (6-8) home loss to fourth ranked Atletico TL (7-6) 76-80 on Friday. Atletico TL maintains fourth position in Mesopotamia with 7-6 record. Loser Ferrocarril keeps the fifth place with eight games lost. Atletico TL will face league's leader Gualeguay in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Ferrocarril will play against Saladas (#8) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511467


C.Entrerriano - Union Goya 86-81

No shocking result in a game in Gualeguaychu where second ranked C.Entrerriano (9-4) won against one of their biggest challengers Union Goya (8-7) 86-81 on Friday. C.Entrerriano maintains second position in Mesopotamia with 9-4 record behind leader Belgrano SN. Loser Union Goya dropped to the third place with seven games lost. C.Entrerriano will face Capuchinos (#9) in Concordia in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Union Goya will play at home against Ferrocarril (#6) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511466


Metropolitana
H.San Justo - Villa Mitre CF 92-83

Very expected game when 8th ranked Villa Mitre CF (5-11) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked H.San Justo (11-6) 92-83 on Friday. H.San Justo maintains fourth position in Metropolitana with 11-6 record. Loser Villa Mitre CF keeps the eighth place with 11 games lost. H.San Justo will face higher ranked Deportivo Norte A. (#3) in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Villa Mitre CF's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Buenos Aires P.Echague.
gschID: 511596


Lanus - Ramos Mejia 88-101

Rather predictable result in Buenos Aires where third ranked Ramos Mejia (11-5) defeated 7th ranked Lanus (5-8) 101-88 on Friday. Newly promoted Ramos Mejia maintains third position in Metropolitana with 11-5 record having just three point less than leader Belgrano SN. Loser Lanus keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. Ramos Mejia will face Union Vecinal (#5) in La Plata in the next round.
gschID: 511595


P.Echague - Estudiantil 80-62

Not a big story in a game in Buenos Aires where 9th ranked Estudiantil (4-12) was defeated by first ranked P.Echague (12-4) 80-62 on Friday. P.Echague have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Metropolitana with 12-4 record. Loser Estudiantil keeps the ninth place with 12 games lost. P.Echague's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Buenos Aires to the arena Villa Mitre CF.
gschID: 511593


Estudiantes LP - RC Avellaneda 79-66

There was a surprise result in La Plata where tenth ranked Estudiantes LP (2-14) beat higher ranked RC Avellaneda (8-8) 79-66 on Friday. Estudiantes LP maintains tenth position in Metropolitana with 2-14 record. Newly promoted RC Avellaneda dropped to the sixth place with eight games lost. Estudiantes LP will face higher ranked Villa Mitre BB (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
gschID: 511592


Noa
Talleres TV - Union Oran 93-67

There was no surprise in Tafi Viejo where 5th ranked UD Nueva Oran (6-9) was outplayed by top-ranked Talleres TV (14-0) 93-67 on Sunday. Talleres TV have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Noa with 14-0 record. Loser UD Nueva Oran dropped to the sixth place with nine games lost. Talleres TV will face N.Avellaneda Tuc. (#4) in the next round. UD Nueva Oran will play against Rio Grande in La Mendieta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511368


San Martin LR - Hindu BBC 93-61

No shocking result in a game in La Rioja where second ranked San Martin LR (10-4) outleveled 7th ranked Hindu BBC (4-10) 93-61 on Friday. San Martin LR maintains second position in Noa with 10-4 record despite having the same number of points like the leader Belgrano SN. Hindu BBC lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh place with ten games lost. San Martin LR will have a break next round. Hindu BBC's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Catamarca Olimpia Catam..
gschID: 511370


Union Oran - N.Avellaneda Tuc. 94-91

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 4th ranked N.Avellaneda Tuc. (8-7) was edged on the road by fifth ranked UD Nueva Oran (6-9) 94-91 on Friday. UD Nueva Oran have an impressive five-game winning streak. Despite that victory UD Nueva Oran went down to sixth position (Noa) due to points difference. Newly promoted N.Avellaneda Tuc. keeps the fourth place with seven games lost. UD Nueva Oran will face Rio Grande (#8) in La Mendieta in the next round. N.Avellaneda Tuc. will play at home against the league's leader Talleres TV (#1) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511369


Oeste
Perfora - Anzorena 92-80

Rather predictable result in Plaza Huincul where third ranked Perfora (11-3) defeated 6th ranked Anzorena (1-15) 92-80 on Sunday. Perfora keeps a position of Oeste leader, which they share with C.Espanol P. Anzorena lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 15 games lost. Perfora will face M.Junin (#4) in the next round.
gschID: 511784


M.Junin - Rivadavia M. 68-77

The game between closely ranked teams ended with one of their biggest challengers M.Junin's (5-10) home loss to third ranked Rivadavia M. (11-4) 68-77 on Friday. Rivadavia M. maintains third position in Oeste with 11-4 record having just one victory less than leader Belgrano SN. M.Junin lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. Rivadavia M. will face Independ.N. (#5) in Neuquen in the next round. M.Junin will play on the road against the league's second-placed Perfora in Plaza Huincul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511782


C.Espanol P. - Perfora 72-59

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked C.Espanol P. as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Oeste. C.Espanol P. defeated one of their biggest challengers Perfora at home 72-59. It was a key game for the top position in Oeste. C.Espanol P. have a solid three-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with defeated Perfora. Perfora will play next round against strong M.Junin trying to get back on the winning streak. C.Espanol P. will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Rivadavia M. at home.
gschID: 511781





Rodney Green claims Argentinian LigaA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Rodney Green (196-G/F-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Instituto and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 31.
The 28-year old swingman had the game-high 30 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Instituto in his team's victory, helping them to beat Argentino (#6, 14-17) 91-83. Instituto maintains the 3rd position in their group in Argentinian LigaA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Instituto will need more victories to improve their 20-12 record. In the team's last game Green had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He turned to be Instituto's top player in his first season with the team. La Salle University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Green is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.0ppg) and averages solid 56.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 22-year old Dominican Rep. guard Gelvis Solano (185-G-94, agency: Basket Management Solutions) of Echague. Solano impressed basketball fans with 33 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Echague lost that game 89-94 to slightly higher-ranked La Union (#8, 14-16). Echague managed to keep the same 10th spot in Norte. 26 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Echague managed to get this year. Solano is a newcomer at Echague and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.2ppg (#5). He also recorded 3.9 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Pete Mickeal (199-SF-78) of Atenas (#9). Mickeal showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. Despite Mickeal's great performance Atenas lost 75-81 to the higher-ranked GECR Indalo (#4, 15-15). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Atenas not to end season at such low position in Sur, however are less than slim as they have already lost 19 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Mickeal could try to bring Atenas' a little bit higher in the standings. Mickeal has individually a great season in Argentina. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.2ppg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jeremiah Wood (200-C/F-85) of San Martin C. - 19 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Justin Williams (206-F/C-84) of Olimpico LB - 17 points and 15 rebounds
6. Javier Justiz (205-C-92) of Estudiantes C. - 23 points and 9 rebounds
7. Gelvis Solano (185-G-94) of Echague - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Walter Herrmann (206-F-79) of Obras Basket - 29 points and 4 rebounds
9. Dar Tucker (193-SG-88) of Estudiantes C. - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Ricardo Powell (199-F-83) of Estudiantes C. - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Al Shamal inks Deng Deng - by Eurobasket News

Al Shamal Doha (D1) signed 25-year old Australian-South Sudanese forward Deng Deng (203-98kg-92, college: Baylor). He started the season at Texas Legends (D-League) in the U.S. In three games he had 4.3ppg and 4.0rpg this season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Deng's team made it to the Big 12 Tournament Semifinals in 2015. He was also voted NJCAA All-Region XIV 2nd Team back in 2014 at his college time.
Deng represented Australia at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 4.6ppg, 2.1rpg.
Deng graduated from Baylor University in 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Storm welcomes back Nortmann - by Eurobasket News

Island Storm (NBL Canada) tabbed naturalized Bahamian forward Robert Nortmann (205-104kg, college: Dalhousie). It is actually his comeback to The Storm as he has played here before. Nortmann started the season at Francavilla Fontana in Italian Serie C Silver. The last season he played at The Storm. But in 35 NBL Canada games he averaged just 1.7ppg and 2.1rpg.
Among other achievements Nortmann's team made it to the NBL Canada Semifinals in 2014. He received also All-Atlantic Division 2nd Team award back in 2012 at his college time.
Nortmann has played also professionally in Australia (Maitland Mustangs), Bahamas and Canada (Halifax_Rainmen).
He graduated from Dalhousie University in 2012 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nblcanada)

Check also Complete Transfers List in NBL Canada



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  BAHRAIN  

Standings

Premier Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Al Ahli 0-0 
 2. Al Hala 0-0 
 3. Al Manama 0-0 
 4. Al Muharraq 0-0 
 5. Al Najma 0-0 
 6. Nuwaidrat 0-0 
Places 7-11
 1. Sitra 1-0 
 2. Al Bahrain 0-0 
 3. Al Ittihad 0-0 
 4. Issa Town 0-0 
 5. Samaheej 0-1 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 1

Places 1-6

Feb. 8: Al Najma - Al Manama
Feb. 9: Al Muharraq - Nuwaidrat
Feb. 9: Al Ahli - Al Hala

Places 7-11

Feb. 6: Sitra - Samaheej 91-56
Feb. 8: Al Bahrain - Al Ittihad



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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 3-1 
 2 Teodo Tivat 2-2 
 3 Peja 2-2 
 4 Karpos Sokoli 1-3 

Second Stage: Round 2

C

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

D

Feb. 8: Teodo Tivat - Karpos Sokoli 98-81
Feb. 8: Peja - Kumanovo 85-68

Second Stage: Round 3

C

Feb. 21: Kozuv - Sutjeska
Feb. 23: Beroe - Feni Industries

D

Feb. 22: Karpos Sokoli - Teodo Tivat
Feb. 22: Kumanovo - Peja



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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


Play-Off Qualifiers. Opening Leg - by Eurobasket News

Banco di Srd - CEZ Nymburk 94-72

Dinamo Sassari cruised past CEZ Nymburk in the opener. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-72. It was a very good performance for Croatian point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86, agency: Alti Sport) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 5 assists. American guard Trevor Lacey (190-91, college: N.Carolina St.) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Cuban forward Howard Sant-Roos (200-91) answered with 15 points and 4 assists and American forward Diamon Simpson (204-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for CEZ Nymburk. Both teams had four players each who 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.
Top scorers:
Banco di Srd: R.Stipcevic 20+3reb+5ast, T.Lacey 18+6reb+2ast, D.Bell 16+5reb+3ast, G.Lawal 11+3reb+1ast, D.Savanovic 9+4reb+4ast, T.Lydeka 9+5reb
CEZ Nymburk: H.Sant-Roos 15+4reb+4ast, B.Allen 14+3reb, D.Simpson 13+9reb, J.Welsch 12+2reb+2ast, E.Lawrence 9+3reb+6ast, V.Hruban 5+4reb
gschID: 534370


Maccabi Rishon - Ludwigsburg 66-83

Ludwigsburg made a huge step towards playoffs as they rallied past Maccabi Rishon in Israel. The game was mostly controlled by EnBW Ludwigsburg. Maccabi Rishon managed to win second period 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. EnBW Ludwigsburg made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Maccabi Rishon turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by Maccabi Rishon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Jack Cooley (206-91, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 9 rebounds. American-German swingman Chad Toppert (199-85, college: N.Mexico) contributed with 20 points (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) for the winners. Four EnBW Ludwigsburg players scored in double figures. American swingman Patrick Richard (196-90, college: McNeese St., agency: Inception Sports) answered with 14 points and point guard Avi Ben-Chimol (194-85) added 9 points and 7 assists in the effort for Maccabi Rishon. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Ludwigsburg: C.Toppert 20+1reb, J.Cooley 16+9reb+2ast, K.Martin 12+4reb, J.Thiemann 11+4reb+1ast, D.Crawford 8+4reb+1ast, C.Hammonds 5+2reb+7ast
Maccabi Rishon: P.Richard 14+4reb+2ast, J.McCrea 10+6reb, C.Thomas 10+4reb+1ast, A.Ben-Chimol 9+1reb+7ast, E.Kadir 6+3reb+1ast, I.Zalmanson 5+2reb
gschID: 534368


PAOK - Partizan 74-76

Partizan snatched a narrow road win over PAOK in Thessaloniki. The guests were ahead by 8 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 23-18 run, which allowed them to win the game. American point guard Wiliam Hatcher (188-84, college: Miami, OH) stepped up and scored 27 points and 4 assists for the winners and power forward Stefan Bircevic (210-89) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. Four Partizan players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Thaddus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) responded with 20 points and 4 assists and the other American import guard Jordan Sibert (193-92, college: Dayton) scored 18 points. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Partizan: W.Hatcher 27+4reb+4ast, V.Marinkovic 10+1reb, B.Ratkovica 10+3ast, S.Bircevic 10+6reb+2ast, M.Andric 8+2reb+1ast, U.Lukovic 5+6reb+1ast
PAOK: T.McFadden 20+2reb+4ast, J.Sibert 18+4reb, L.Chrysikopoulos 8+2reb, V.Margaritis 7+4reb, Z.Peiners 7+4reb+1ast, N.Miljenovic 5+2reb
gschID: 534367


Fraport SKY - Pinar Karsiyaka 90-80

Fraport SKY topped Pinar Karsiyaka in the opening leg. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 54-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Deutsche Bank Skyliners made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Deutsche Bank Skyliners outrebounded Pinar Karsiyaka 33-22 including 22 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. American players dominated the game. Quite impressive performance for forward Mike Morrison (206-89, college: George Mason, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds (on 15-of-17 shooting from the field). Guard Kwame Vaughn (190-90, college: CS Fullerton) contributed with 18 points and 6 assists for the winners. Deutsche Bank Skyliners' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Point guard J'Covan Brown (188-90, college: Texas) answered with 29 points and 5 assists and power forward Josh Owens (206-88, college: Stanford) added 15 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Pinar Karsiyaka. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY: M.Morrison 35+7reb+3ast, K.Vaughn 18+4reb+6ast, S.Shields 14+7reb+6ast, A.English 10+4reb+6ast, Q.Robertson 7+7reb+4ast, M.Merz 4+1ast
Pinar Karsiyaka: J.Brown 29+2reb+5ast, J.Owens 15+7reb+1ast, M.Baygul 12+3reb+3ast, D.Summers 10+3reb+2ast, M.Green 9+5reb+4ast, G.Erdi Gulaslan 3
gschID: 534369


Juventus - AEK Athens 77-78

AEK Athens nipped Juventus in Lithuania to step closer to the playoffs. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American-Georgian guard Michael Dixon (186-90, college: Memphis, agency: Diamond Sports) nailed 15 points for the winning side and Serbian-Greek Dusan Sakota (210-86, agency: BeoBasket) accounted for 13 points and 4 assists. American point guard Jamar Diggs (188-88, college: Wofford, agency: Octagon Europe) came up with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists and guard Vytautas Sulskis (200-88, college: Youngstown St., agency: Octagon Europe) added 17 points respectively for Juventus in the defeat. Four Juventus players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
AEK Athens: M.Dixon 15+4reb+2ast, D.McGrath 14+3reb+2ast, D.Sakota 13+4reb+4ast, R.Ukic 9+2reb+3ast, J.Williams 8+5reb+1ast, D.Mavroeidis 7+6reb+3ast
Juventus: J.Diggs 18+7reb+8ast, V.Sulskis 17+4reb+1ast, G.Sirutavicius 11+4reb, D.Salenga 11+4reb+1ast, V.Cepukaitis 6+6reb, O.Galdikas 6+2reb
gschID: 534366


Avtodor - EWE Baskets 87-84

Avtodor opened the playoff qualifiers with a narrow home victory against EWE Baskets. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But EWE Baskets won fourth quarter 30-26. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Avtodor made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. American guard Branden Frazier (190-92, college: Fordham) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 assists for the winners. Guard Evgeny Kolesnikov (195-85, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. American swingman Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri) produced 22 points and the other American import guard Chris Kramer (191-88, college: Purdue) added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. EWE Baskets' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Avtodor: E.Kolesnikov 20+6reb+2ast, B.Frazier 18+4reb+10ast, V.Hunter 17+3reb+1ast, N.Minnerath 15+2reb, M.Carrera 8+2reb+1ast, J.Adams 7+5reb+1ast
EWE Baskets: R.Paulding 22+1reb+2ast, B.Qvale 12+4reb+1ast, C.Kramer 11+7reb+6ast, V.Mihailovic 11+4reb+2ast, P.Schwethelm 10+3reb+1ast, M.De Zeeuw 7+8reb+1ast
gschID: 534365


Ventspils - Umana VE 74-67

Ventspils topped Umana Reyer to take a 7-point lead into the return leg. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 25-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Quite impressive performance for power forward Rolandas Zakis (206-87) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds. American-Bulgarian point guard Willie Deane (188-80, college: Purdue, agency: Higher Vision Sports) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Five Ventspils players scored in double figures. Canadian-Nigerian forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St.) answered with 15 points and 6 rebounds and American-Georgian point guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington) added 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Umana Venezia. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: W.Deane 16+3reb+3ast, M.Gulbis 12+7reb, F.Campbell 10+3reb+2ast, R.Zakis 10+12reb+1ast, K.Janicenoks 10+1reb+2ast, A.Ate 8
Umana VE: M.Ejim 15+6reb+2ast, M.Bramos 11+1reb+2ast, J.Viggiano 8+2reb+2ast, M.Haynes 8+5reb+4ast, H.Peric 7+5reb+3ast, J.Hagins 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 534364


Aris - Strasbourg 71-52

Aris cruised past Strasbourg in Athens. The game was mostly controlled by Aris. Strasbourg IG was better in second period 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aris forced 26 Strasbourg IG turnovers. Quite impressive performance for American guard Will Cummings (188-92, college: Temple) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 assists. His fellow American import power forward Justin Jackson (204-90, college: Cincinnati) contributed with 9 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Guard Paul Lacombe (195-90, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 16 points and American-FYR Macedonian Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) added 7 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Strasbourg IG. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Aris: W.Cummings 21+3reb+5ast, V.Jankovic 13+2reb, M.Jenkins 9+2reb+2ast, J.Jackson 9+8reb, V.Kavvadas 5+5reb, M.Tsairelis 5+4reb
Strasbourg: P.Lacombe 16+1reb+1ast, R.Travis 7+5reb+2ast, A.Slaughter 6+3reb+1ast, E.Walker 6+1reb, E.Murphy 6+3reb, F.Ntilikina 5+3reb
gschID: 534363





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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


D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.21.3 
 2. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak20.0 
 3. Jovanovic, Spars S.18.0 
 4. Vukovic, Mladost17.4 
 5. Negovanovic, Gradj.17.3 
 6. Hasandic, Sloboda .17.2 
 7. Kastropil, Siroki P.17.0 
 8. Svilar, Kakanj15.1 
 9. Demic, Zrinjski HT15.0 
 10. Stanojevic, Mlado.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Obrad TOMIC
  Kakanj
  (206-C-93)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Tomic, Kakanj10.1 
 2. Kastropil, Siroki P.10.0 
 3. Stanojevic, Mlado.7.5 
 4. Pelkic, Leotar7.2 
 5. Karacic, Siroki P.7.1 
 6. Durmo, Spars S.7.1 
 7. Kadic, Bosnjak6.8 
 8. Djugum, Siroki P.6.7 
 9. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak6.6 
 10. Markovic, Gradj.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jan MOCNIK
  Siroki P.
  (178-PG-87)
  Avg: 8
 1. Mocnik, Siroki P.8.0 
 2. Naletilic, Siroki P.7.5 
 3. Knezevic, Zrinjski.6.0 
 4. Fekete, Leotar4.3 
 5. Princ, Zrinjski HT4.1 
 6. Zahiragic, Spars S.4.1 
 7. Svilar, Kakanj4.0 
 8. Aleksic, Mladost3.8 
 9. Luzajic, Leotar3.8 
 10. Hagins, Bosna-Royal3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Josip NALETILIC
  Siroki P.
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Naletilic, Siroki P.3.0 
 2. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak2.6 
 3. Knezevic, Zrinjski.2.6 
 4. Mocnik, Siroki P.2.0 
 5. Samadan, Zrinjski.2.0 
 6. Hagins, Bosna-Royal1.8 
 7. Brown, Sloboda .1.7 
 8. Ikonic, Bosna-Royal1.6 
 9. Bocka, Gradjanski1.6 
 10. Zahiragic, Spars S.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Emir ZIMIC
  Kakanj
  (218-C-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Zimic, Kakanj2.5 
 2. Kastropil, Siroki P.1.8 
 3. Demic, Zrinjski HT1.2 
 4. Karacic, Siroki P.1.0 
 5. Bajramovic, Spars S.1.0 
 6. Djurasovic, Leotar0.9 
 7. Latifagic, Sloboda .0.8 
 8. Brummitt, Zrinjski.0.7 
 9. Pelkic, Leotar0.7 


Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I round 13 best performance: Bozo Djurasovic - by Eurobasket News

Forward Bozo Djurasovic (200-F-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Zrinjski HT, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Siroki Primorka (#6, 6-8) 78-69. Zrinjski HT maintains the 2nd position in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Zrinjski HT will need more victories to improve their 9-4 record. In the team's last game Djurasovic had a remarkable 58.3% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Zrinjski HT and just after two games he already turned to be a very valuable addition to the team. Bozo Djurasovic averages just after two games 17.5ppg and 6.5rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was young Ibrahim Durmo (201-F/C-97) of Spars Sarajevo. Durmo had a very good evening with a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he led Spars Sarajevo to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Sloboda Tuzla (#4, 8-5) 87-66. Spars Sarajevo's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Durmo is a newcomer at Spars Sarajevo 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 another Zrinjski HT's star - former international guard Drasko Knezevic (186-PG-93). Knezevic scored 23 points and passed five assists. He was another key player of Zrinjski HT, helping his team with a 78-69 win against the lower-ranked Siroki Primorka (#6, 6-8). Zrinjski HT needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 4 lost games. Knezevic has a great season in Bosnia. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.6ppg (best scorer) and assists with 6.5apg (3rd best). He also has 2.7spg and FGP: 54.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dragomir Marojevic (207-C-81) of Gradjanski - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Mujo Tuljkovic (202-F-79) of Bosnjak - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Franko Kastropil (212-C-84) of Siroki Primorka - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Marko Rikalo (187-PG-94) of Sloboda Tuzla - 19 points and 2 assists
8. Goran Ikonic (196-SF-80) of Bosna-Royal - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Vojin Svilar (187-G-86) of Kakanj - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Ognjen Nisavic (194-F-90) of Mladost - 19 points, 4 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)



Emir Zimic (ex Kosice) signs at Kakanj - by Eurobasket News

KK Kakanj (Division I) landed 31-year old former Bosnian international center Emir Zimic (218-117kg-86). He was supposed to play at KB Kosice in Slovakian SBL league. In 17 games he averaged 7.5ppg and 4.6rpg this season. The last season Zimic played at Tajfun (Telemach League) in Slovenia. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 9 Telemach League games he had just 2.6ppg and 2.2rpg. Zimic helped them to win the Supercup. He also played 3 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 6.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0bpg. Zimic also played 19 games in ABA League where he got 6.5ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.2bpg.
Among other achievements he won Slovenian League championship title in 2015. Zimic received also Eurobasket.com Slovenian League All-Imports Team award in 2015. He was a member of Bosnian Senior National Team back in 2005.
Zimic is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (Peristeri GS Athens), Italy, Bosnia (Bosna-Royal, Vogosca and Rin Family) and Kosovo (Trepca).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Spars Sarajevo lands Maksim Kovacevic - by Eurobasket News

OKK Spars Sarajevo (Division I) tabbed 30-year old Serbian swingman Maksim Kovacevic (196-87, agency: SPORTlab Agency). He started the season at Shahrdary Kashan in Iranian Superleague. In three games he averaged impressive 17.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.0spg this season. The last season Kovacevic played at Dinamo Tbilisi (Superleague) in Georgia where in 19 games he had 14.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to win the cup and make to league final. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Georgian League Honorable Mention. Kovacevic also played earlier that season for BC Rakvere in Estonian Alexela KML. In 9 games he recorded 12.1ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.9apg. He also played 7 games in Baltic League where he got 8.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.1apg. The other team Kovacevic played shortly was OKK Beograd in Serbian KLS. In 5 games he got 8.8ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg.
Kovacevic was a member of Serbian U20 National Team back in 2007.
He is a very experienced player. Kovacevic has played also professionally in Austria (UBC St. Polten and Vienna), Cyprus (Apoel), Poland (Asseco), Romania (Gaz Metan), Ukraine (Kryvbas), Serbia (Vojvodina and Superfund BP) and Bosnia (Igokea).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BRAZIL  

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 


Contagem inks Rodrigo Maistro - by Paulo Freire

Contagem Towers (Liga Ouro) agreed terms with 30-year old small forward Rodrigo Maistro (200-87). He played last summer at Osasco Basquete in the Paulista. In 20 games he had 7.2ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.1apg.
Maistro's team was regular season runner-up in Paulista League Group A in 2015.
He has played previously for six other teams: COC Ribeirao, Metodista/Sao Bernardo do Campo, Winner/Limeira, Brasilia, Limeirense and Brusque.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BULGARIA  


Beroe almost secured semifinal spot in Balkan League - by Valentin Anguelov

Beroe Stara Zagora almost secured semifinal spot in this year edition of Balkan League. This happened after they beat Feni Industries by single point 85-84 in their visit in Macedonia. With that victory Beroe is the leader in Group C with a total of 4 wins. In order to lose their first position on the table Beroe have to be defeated in both remaining games and in the same time Sutjeska need to win their two. Apart from that the team from Montenegro have to beat Beroe in the final round with at least 29 points difference, which is quite impossible. The next meeting of Beroe is against Feni Industries on February 23 in Stara Zagora.

Aaron Jones (206-F-93, college: Mississippi, agency: Two Points) was most productive for the win of Beroe with to 27 points. Riley Ross added 19 while Shane Gibson had 12.

Kiril Nikolovski for the hosts managed to score 18 points.



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  CANADA  

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 9-8 
 2. Laurier 8-10 
 3. Waterloo 5-11 
 4. Western 5-12 
 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. 8: Windsor - Laurier 89-86
Feb. 8: Western - Waterloo 77-96
Feb. 7: St.Francis X. - Dalhousie 65-77
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, Waterloo10.6 
 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. Bonhomme, Manitoba4.6 
 7. Burdeaux, Lethb.4.6 
 8. Rocca, Windsor4.4 
 9. Clayton, St.Mary''s4.3 
 10. Farkic, Western4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Dejon BURDEAUX
  Lethb.
  (183-PG-)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Burdeaux, Lethb.3.6 
 2. Agada, Ottawa3.1 
 3. Jenkins, Western2.9 
 4. Small, Ryerson2.6 
 5. Bermillo, Bishop''s2.4 
 6. De Ciman, Saskatch.2.4 
 7. Kapinga, Calgary2.4 
 8. Ogundokun, McGill2.3 
 9. Beaulieu, Concordia2.3 
 10. Mata, Dalhousie2.3 
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. Paul, Brandon1.8 
 5. Layton, Mount R.1.8 
 6. Debache, UQAM1.7 
 7. Elgadi, Brock1.6 
 8. Yengue, Laurentian1.6 
 9. Morgan, UBC1.5 
 10. Voll, Ryerson1.5 


KW Titans ink Jason Calliste - by Eurobasket News

Kitchener-Waterloo Titans (NBL Canada) agreed terms with 27-year old Jamaican guard Jason Calliste (188-78kg-90, college: Oregon). He started the season at Maine Red Claws (D-League) in the U.S. In 19 games he had 4.8ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.2apg this season. The last season Calliste played at Barons Riga in Latvian LBL where in 29 games he recorded 13.2ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Latvian League All-Star Game. Calliste also played 12 games in Baltic League where he averaged 13.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.1apg and 1.3spg.
Calliste graduated from University of Oregon in 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CHAD  


Moron waived Placide Nakidjim - by Eurobasket News

Aceitunas Fragata Moron (LEB Silver) waived 23-year old Chadian center Placide Nakidjim (205-94). In 10 LEB Silver games he recorded 9.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.0spg and 1.0bpg this season. Nakidjim also played earlier that season for Basket Globalcaja Quintanar where in 7 LEB Silver games he averaged impressive 19.3ppg, 12.3rpg, 1.7apg and 2.3bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team was regular season runner-up in Spanish EBA Group B in 2016. Nakidjim was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish EBA Center of the Year in 2016.
He has played previously for four other teams: Real Madrid, Real Madrid II, Movistar Estudiantes Madrid B and Cambados.
The scouts decsribe him following way: An undersized center with great athletic skills. A great leaper and slasher, he indimitades yet a lot in the paint.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CHINA  

Standings - CBA

CBA Standings
 1. Shanghai S. 27-6 
 2. Xinjiang FT 27-6 
 3. Liaoning H. 26-7 
 4. Guangsha L. 26-7 
 5. Guangdong ST 25-8 
 6. Shenzhen L. 22-12 
 7. Shandong FB 20-13 
 8. Beijing D. 18-15 
 9. Sichuan BW 18-15 
 10. Jiangsu D. 17-16 
 11. TianJin S. 17-17 
 12. Qingdao E. 15-18 
 13. Shanxi Zh. 14-19 
 14. Jilin NE T. 12-21 
 15. Fujian QB 10-23 
 16. Zhejiang CB 10-23 
 17. North Control B. 8-25 
 18. Jiangsu TX 8-25 
 19. Bayi R. 6-27 
 20. Guangzhou 5-28 

Regular Season: Round 33

Feb. 8: Shanghai S. - Bayi R. 98-91
Feb. 8: Shenzhen L. - Beijing D. 92-85
Feb. 8: Sichuan BW - Xinjiang FT 86-108
Feb. 8: Shanxi Zh. - Jiangsu TX 127-114
Feb. 8: Jilin NE T. - TianJin S. 126-131
Feb. 8: Fujian QB - Qingdao E. 123-117
Feb. 8: Jiangsu D. - Zhejiang CB 121-116
Feb. 8: Guangsha L. - Guangzhou 119-100
Feb. 8: Guangdong ST - North Control B. 114-104
Feb. 8: Liaoning H. - Shandong FB 101-93

Regular Season: Round 34

Feb. 10: Shandong FB - Shanghai S.
Feb. 10: Shenzhen L. - North Control B.
Feb. 10: Qingdao E. - Sichuan BW
Feb. 10: Xinjiang FT - Shanxi Zh.
Feb. 10: Beijing D. - Jilin NE T.
Feb. 10: Jiangsu TX - Jiangsu D.
Feb. 10: Liaoning H. - TianJin S.
Feb. 10: Zhejiang CB - Guangzhou
Feb. 10: Fujian QB - Bayi R.
Feb. 10: Guangsha L. - Guangdong ST


Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Errick MCCOLLUM
  North C.
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 36.4
 1. McCollum, North C.36.4 
 2. Fredette, Shanghai.36.4 
 3. Brooks, Jiangsu D.36.2 
 4. Franklin, Shanxi Zh.34.5 
 5. Cunningham, Jiang.33.8 
 6. Brown, Jilin NE T.33.6 
 7. Adams, Xinjiang FT33.0 
 8. Hudson, Liaoning H.32.6 
 9. Jones, Qingdao E.30.8 
 10. Warren, Zhejiang.28.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Malcolm THOMAS
  Jilin N.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 16.1
 1. Thomas, Jilin N.16.1 
 2. Haddadi, Sichu.16.1 
 3. Thompson, Shandong.14.0 
 4. Blair, Jiangsu TX13.6 
 5. Hickson, Fujian QB13.4 
 6. Sakakini, TianJ.13.4 
 7. Batista, North C.12.9 
 8. Dalembert, Shanxi Z.12.5 
 9. Lampe, Shenzhen L.12.5 
 10. Han, Liaoning H.12.3 
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.7.7 
 4. Pargo, Shenzhen L.7.0 
 5. Sloan, Guangdong ST6.3 
 6. Warren, Zhejiang.6.3 
 7. Buycks, Fujian QB6.2 
 8. Jones, Qingdao E.6.1 
 9. Adams, Xinjiang FT6.1 
 10. Brown, Zhejiang CB5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jamaal FRANKLIN
  Shanxi Zh.
  (196-SG-91)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Franklin, Shanxi Zh.3.5 
 2. Brown, Zhejiang CB2.8 
 3. Sui, Shandong FB2.8 
 4. Blatche, Xinjiang.2.6 
 5. Hudson, Liaoning H.2.5 
 6. Kamrani, Jilin N.2.4 
 7. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.3 
 8. Fortson, Guangsha.2.3 
 9. Cunningham, Jiang.2.2 
 10. Kennedy, Guangzhou2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Yuchen ZOU
  Bayi R.
  (203-F-96)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Zou, Bayi R.2.7 
 2. Zhou, Xinjiang FT2.2 
 3. Dalembert, Shanxi Z.2.0 
 4. Huang, Sichuan BW2.0 
 5. Kirk, Guangzhou1.9 
 6. Haddadi, Sichu.1.9 
 7. Sun, Beijing D.1.8 
 8. Blatche, Xinjiang.1.7 
 9. Yi, Guangdong ST1.6 
 10. Thomas, Jilin N.1.5 


Limoges sign Tiny Gallon, ex Hebei X. - by Eurobasket News

Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) signed 26-year old American forward Tiny Gallon (206-132kg-91, college: Oklahoma, agency: Three Eye Sports). He played last summer at Hebei Xianglan in Chinese NBL league, but left the team in July. In 15 games he had very impressive stats: 25.9ppg, 10.9rpg, 3.3apg and 1.1spg.
In 2010 Gallon was drafted by Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) in second round (47th overall). He attended University of Oklahoma and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Gallon's team made it to the NBL Semifinals in 2015. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL Center of the Year in 2015.
Gallon is quite experienced player. He has played in four different countries on three different continents (Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Gallon has played previously professionally in Puerto Rico (Atleticos), NBA (Phi.76ers), China (Heilongjiang and Henan) and D-League (Northern Arizona Suns and Delaware 87ers).
He could be described: (by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2010)
Incorporates an effective drop step, covering a lot of ground and physically dislodging his defender out of position … … Comfortable making counter moves in the post; he has good footwork and is able to turn and make secondary moves without losing his balance … Has the ability to turn to both shoulders and can finish with either hand around the basket.
His main strength is also a weakness, as his size and weight are major limiting factors … He is not a great athlete and does not get off the ground well
.

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Humacao welcomes back Costner, ex Guizhou - by Eurobasket News

Caciques de Humacao (BSN) inked 30-year old American forward Brandon Costner (206-107kg-87, college: North Carolina State). It is actually his comeback to Caciques as he has played here before. Costner played in the summer at Guizhou in Chinese NBL league. In 21 games he averaged impressive 28.8ppg, 12.6rpg, 2.0apg and 1.0spg. Costner helped them to make it to the final. He also played that season for Caciques where in 38 BSN games he was second best scorer with remarkable 19.9ppg and recorded 6.3rpg and 2.3apg. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Center of the Year, selected to 1st Team and selected to All-Imports Team.
In 2010 (a year after he left the college) Costner was drafted by Utah Flash (D-League) in first round (8th overall).
He attended North Carolina State until 2009 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.
Costner won D-League West Division championship title in 2014.
He is a very experienced player. Costner has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Costner has played previously professionally also in Belgium (Belfius Mons Hainaut), France and D-League (Los Angeles D-Fenders and Utah F.).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CROATIA  

A1 Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 16

Feb. 8: Zadar - KK Zagreb 94-86
Feb. 4: Skrljevo - Zabok 90-58
Feb. 4: H.Analitica - Alkar Sinj 89-80
Feb. 4: Kvarner 2010 - Jolly JBS 76-92
Feb. 6: Vrij.Osijek - Cedevita 70-98
Feb. 4: Gorica - Cibona 70-80
Feb. 3: KK Split - GKK Sibenik 107-106 2OT
Feb. 2: Cibona - Zadar 102-88

Regular Season: Round 17

Feb. 11: KK Split - Zadar
Feb. 11: GKK Sibenik - H.Analitica
Feb. 11: Alkar Sinj - Vrij.Osijek
Feb. 11: Cedevita - Gorica
Feb. 11: Cibona - Skrljevo
Feb. 11: Zabok - Kvarner 2010
Feb. 11: Jolly JBS - KK Zagreb


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Luka BOZIC
  KK Zagreb
  (199-PG-96)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Bozic, KK Zagreb22.4 
 2. Johnson, Alkar Sinj22.3 
 3. Smajlagic, Zabok21.2 
 4. Marcinkovic, KK Za.18.2 
 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 Zagreb7.5 
 3. Novacic, Jolly JBS7.1 
 4. Mazalin, Zadar6.9 
 5. Smajlagic, Zabok6.6 
 6. Halilovic, GKK S.6.5 
 7. Marcinkovic, KK Za.6.4 
 8. Rajic, H.Analitica6.0 
 9. Marinkovic, Zadar5.9 
 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. Filipovic, KK Split5.9 
 6. Veljacic, Kvarner .5.9 
 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, Zadar1.7 
 8. Mazalin, Zadar1.7 
 9. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek1.6 
 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. Vukovic, Vrij.Osijek1.1 
 5. Krolo, Zabok1.1 
 6. Zrnic, Zabok0.9 
 7. Vlaic, KK Zagreb0.8 
 8. Bilan, Cedevita0.8 
 9. Vitali, KK Zagreb0.8 
 10. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek0.7 


Zadar halts fivegame losing streak - by Zeljko Zule

Zadar ended its five game losing streak overall with a 94-86 home win over Zagreb in the last game of Croatian A1 League Round 16. Boris Barac (205-F-92)inished with 25 points and 9 assists, Ivan Marinkovic (209-F/C-93) and Lovro Mazalin (204-SF-97) both scored 18 points and Kristijan Krajina (211-F-90, college: Mt.St.Mary's) came off the bench for 12 points.
Zadar used an early 11-0 run to gain a 13-5 lead. The visitors re-take the advantage at 23-22, but Zadar responded with seven straight points to ignite a an 18-2 run to go up 40-25 and never looked back from there. Zagreb cut the deficit to 58-61 in the third quarter. At that point, Ivan Marinkovic (209-F/C-93) made back-to-back baskets for the home team who then extended their lead to 72-61. The margin never dipped below five points for the rest of the game.
Luka Bozic (199-PG-96) led Zagreb with 25 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists, Pavle Marcinkovic (199-G/F-89) scored 19 points and Ivan Batur (201-G-91) 12.



Dragan Bender To Undergo Season Ending Ankle Surgery - by Eurobasket News

Dragan Bender (7'0''-PF-97) will miss the rest of the 16-17 season due to an ankle injury. Bender is set to undergo ankle surgery and will miss at least three months. Bender averaged 3.3 points and 2.2 rebounds per game in his first season in the NBA.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



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  CZECH REPUBLIC  

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
Places 1-6
 1. CEZ Nymburk 21-1 
 2. BK Pardubice 18-4 
 3. BK Decin 15-8 
 4. USK Praha 12-10 
 5. BK Opava 12-10 
 6. BK Kolin 11-11 
Places 7-12
 1. Usti n/Labem 9-14 
 2. Prostejov 8-14 
 3. Svitavy 8-15 
 4. J.Hradec 7-15 
 5. MMCITE Brno 6-16 
 6. NH Ostrava 6-16 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 1

Places 1-6

Feb. 11: BK Decin - BK Opava
Feb. 11: CEZ Nymburk - BK Kolin
Feb. 11: BK Pardubice - USK Praha

Places 7-12

Feb. 7: Usti n/Labem - Svitavy 61-75
Feb. 11: NH Ostrava - J.Hradec
Feb. 11: MMCITE Brno - Prostejov


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Lukas PALYZA
  Prostejov
  (202-F-89)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Palyza, Prostejov19.2 
 2. Bohacik, USK Praha18.2 
 3. Burnett, BK Pardu.17.9 
 4. Lipkins, J.Hradec17.6 
 5. Bakic, BK Kolin16.1 
 6. Jacobs, Prostejov15.7 
 7. Brooks, J.Hradec15.7 
 8. Pecka, Usti n.15.3 
 9. Allen, CEZ Nymburk15.2 
 10. Ware, MMCITE B.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Deshawn PAINTER
  MMCITE B.
  (205-C-90)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Painter, MMCITE B.11.2 
 2. Kerr, BK Kolin9.8 
 3. Pecka, Usti n.9.2 
 4. Norwa, Prostejov7.3 
 5. Mickelson, Svitavy7.1 
 6. Simpson, MMCITE B.6.9 
 7. Smith, NH Ostrava6.6 
 8. Tawiah, J.Hradec6.6 
 9. Skinner, BK Kolin6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Roman MARKO
  Prostejov
  (194-SG-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Marko, Prostejov7.6 
 2. Bannister, Svitavy6.5 
 3. Sirina, BK Opava6.1 
 4. Kouril, BK Opava5.1 
 5. Lawrence, CEZ N.5.0 
 6. Sotnar, Usti n.4.8 
 7. Glover, Usti n.4.8 
 8. Simmons, Prostejov4.6 
 9. Slezak, Svitavy4.6 
 10. Ware, MMCITE B.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin WARE
  MMCITE B.
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Ware, MMCITE B.2.7 
 2. Sirina, BK Opava2.4 
 3. Sant-Roos, CEZ N.2.2 
 4. Lipkins, J.Hradec2.1 
 5. Glover, Usti n.2.1 
 6. Marko, Prostejov1.8 
 7. Burnett, BK Pardu.1.8 
 8. Pulpan, BK Pardu.1.7 
 9. Bannister, Svitavy1.6 
 10. Skinner, BK Kolin1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Torrence DYCK
  Prostejov
  (196-G/F-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Dyck, Prostejov2.0 
 2. Canty, J.Hradec1.7 
 3. Simpson, MMCITE B.1.5 
 4. Mickelson, Svitavy1.5 
 5. Ibekwe, CEZ N.1.4 
 6. Madsen, USK Praha1.4 
 7. Simpson, CEZ N.1.1 
 8. Ware, MMCITE B.1.0 
 9. Jacobs, Prostejov0.8 
 10. Sevlie, NH Ostrava0.8 


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 12-6 
 4. Sokol Slapanice 9-8 
 5. Olomouc Bbal 9-8 
 6. Pardubice 8-9 
 7. Prostejov B 8-10 
 8. Novy Jicin 6-11 
 9. Ostrava 5-12 
 10. Havirov 2-15 

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. 8: Olomouc SK - Prostejov B 65-79
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. Novak, Olomouc SK22.9 
 5. Peterka, Nymburk B22.8 
 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 SK11.0 
 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. Straznicky, Vysoc.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jiri DEDEK
  Olomouc .
  (190-SG-95)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Dedek, Olomouc .3.6 
 2. Kozina, Zlin2.8 
 3. Rotrekl, Sokol S.2.4 
 4. Potocek, Pardubice2.3 
 5. Nehoda, Zlin2.3 
 6. Branda, Opava B2.2 
 7. Pumprla, Zlin2.1 
 8. Novak, Olomouc SK2.1 
 9. Dragoun, Opava B2.0 
 10. Novak, Vysocina2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Roberts BLUMBERGS
  GBA S.
  (204-F/C-97)
  Avg: 2
 1. Blumbergs, GBA S.2.0 
 2. Skranc, Pardubice1.7 
 3. Kolonicny, Havirov1.7 
 4. Englicky, Sokol Pisek1.3 
 5. Kozak, GBA Sparta1.1 
 6. Szabo, Prostejov B1.1 
 7. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.1 
 8. Goga, Prostejov B1.0 
 9. Kvapil, Opava B0.9 
 10. Vasat, Prostejov B0.9 


Kolonicny's double-double lands him 1Liga Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old center Jan Kolonicny (208-C-93) put on an amazing game in the last round for Havirov and receives a Eurobasket.com 1Liga Player of the Week award for round 17.
He had a double-double of 31 points and 11 rebounds, while his team outclassed Olomouc SK (#3, 12-5) with 27-point margin 100-73. Havirov maintains the 10th position in their group in Czech Republic 1Liga. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 15 games and recorded just two victories. In the team's last game Kolonicny had a remarkable 84.6% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Havirov and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Kolonicny has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 10.3rpg) and averages solid 1.7bpg and 63.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Martin Klimes (203-C-83) of league's second-best Slavoj Litom.. He is a center in his 5th season at Slavoj Litom.. In the last game Klimes recorded impressive 26 points and 5 rebounds. Bad luck as Slavoj Litom. lost that game 76-97 to slightly higher-ranked Sokol H.K. (#1, 14-3). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in Group A. Slavoj Litom. still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 12-5 record is not bad at all. Klimes is one of the most experienced players at Slavoj Litom. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Martin Peterka (205-C-95) of Nymburk B (#3). Peterka scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Peterka's great performance Nymburk B lost 68-79 to the lower-ranked Sokol Pisek (#7, 7-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Nymburk B needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in Group A. Their record is 11 victories and 6 lost games. Peterka has a great season in Czech Republic. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.8ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 12.3rpg (#1 in league). He also has FGP: 61.4% and 3PT: 48.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ondrej Soska (208-C-78) of Novy Jicin - 31 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Vaclav Honomichl (186-PG-92) of Loko Plzen - 29 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Martin Novak (199-SF-93) of Vysocina - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Viktor Pulpan (191-PG-96) of Pardubice - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists
8. Petr Slechta (192-G/F-95) of Sokol Pisek - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Radovan Kouril (185-PG-95) of Opava B - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Zdenek Sebela (192-F-87) of Sokol Slapanice - 21 points and 10 rebounds

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



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  D-LEAGUE  

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. 13-21 
 5. Greensboro S. 11-23 
 6. Erie Bay H. 9-22 
Central Division
 1. Raptors 905 22-9 
 2. Ft.Wayne MA 19-10 
 3. Canton C. 17-14 
 4. Grand Rapids D. 17-17 
 5. Windy City B. 13-16 
Pacific Division
 1. Los Angeles D. 26-7 
 2. Santa Cruz W. 17-14 
 3. N.Arizona S. 14-15 
 4. Reno B. 11-20 
 5. Salt Lake City S. 11-22 
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 78

Feb. 8: Long Island N. - Canton C. 116-136
Feb. 8: Grand Rapids D. - Greensboro S. 109-100
Feb. 8: Salt Lake City S. - Los Angeles D. 100-103

Regular Season: Round 79

Feb. 9: Austin S. - Texas L.
Feb. 9: Maine RC - N.Arizona S.
Feb. 9: Erie Bay H. - Reno B.
Feb. 9: Windy City B. - Raptors 905
Feb. 9: Iowa E. - Oklahoma City B


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.25.9 
 4. Blue, Los A.25.4 
 5. Patterson, Reno B.24.0 
 6. Crawford, Grand R.23.2 
 7. Nader, Maine RC22.5 
 8. Murphy, Grand R.22.2 
 9. Brown, Erie Bay H.21.9 
 10. Holland, Canton C.21.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joel BOLOMBOY
  Salt L.
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Bolomboy, Salt L.13.2 
 2. Moreland, Canton C.11.8 
 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. Webb-III, Delaware.9.1 
 10. Zimmerman, Erie B.9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Magette, Los A.9.4 
 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. Cook, Canton C.6.5 
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.2.0 
 9. Payton II, Rio G.2.0 
 10. Millsap, N.Arizon.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 


Miller Scores 32 Points As Skyforce Top Knicks - by Eurobasket News

Despite missing two of its best defenders, the Sioux Falls Skyforce (22-11) posted its best defensive effort in more than a month to earn a 111-101 victory over the Westchester Knicks (13-18) Tuesday night at the Sanford Pentagon. With Okaro White (6'9''-F-92, college: Florida St.) and Briante Weber (6'2''-PG-92, college: VCU) signing NBA contracts, the Knicks' 101 points were the fewest by a Skyforce opponent since a 96-94 double overtime victory over the Northern Arizona Suns on Christmas Day. Sioux Falls also held Westchester to 42 percent from the floor. It wasn't all defense, though. Patrick Miller (6'1''-PG-92, college: Tennessee St.) led the Skyforce with a career high-tying 32 points on 12-of-17 shooting to go with seven rebounds and six assists. Keith Benson (6'11''-C-88, college: Oakland) added 17 points, 16 boards and three blocks for his NBA D-League-leading 20th double-double. Knicks forward Damien Inglis (6'9''-PF-95, agency: BeoBasket) scored 15 points in the first quarter to propel his team to a 29-27 lead after one. Sioux Falls tightened up on defense, though, and Inglis would score just five more points the rest of the way. The Skyforce used a 12-3 run midway through the second quarter to take the lead at halftime. Sioux Falls then kept its foot on the gas, outscoring Westchester by 11 in the third quarter and pushed its lead to as many as 17 in the fourth to seal its second-consecutive victory. Westchester was within four with 5:15 left in the third quarter, but a 14-3 Sioux Falls run over the next 3:58 gave the Skyforce a commanding 15-point lead that they never relinquished. The Skyforce host Rio Grande Valley in a back-to-back Friday and Saturday.
Courtesy of: keloland.com



Nate Robinson (ex Hapoel T-A) joins Delaware 87ers - by Eurobasket News

Delaware 87ers landed 33-year old point guard Nate Robinson (175-82kg-84, college: Washington). He played most recently at Hapoel Tel-Aviv in Israeli Winner League. In 14 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.2ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.9apg and 1.8spg last season. Robinson also spent pre-season at the Pelicans. But in two NBA games he did not score anything, 4 assists and 1 steal.
In 2005 he was drafted by Phoenix Suns (NBA) in first round (21st overall). Robinson attended University of Washington and it is his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
He has played also professionally for other NBA teams like other teamsChicago Bulls, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors and LA Clippers.
Robinson's game is described as: A phenomenal athlete. If you are not sure you can win the game going into it, just watching him out there with you kind of convinces you that you might have a chance. Nate's got a swagger about him that just rubs off on everyone else. It's contagious. Not to mention his ability to go up and dunk the ball at 5-9. He can do some things that electrify a crowd. The best way to describe him is as a hard-nosed winner.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ESTONIA  


Siim-Sander Vene selected the top Estonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Siim-Sander Vene
Siim-Sander Vene
   #1. This week's number one is former international small forward Siim-Sander Vene (201-90, currently plays in VTB United League). He could not help BC Nizhny Novgorod (4-10) in their last game. Despite Vene's good performance BC Nizhny Novgorod lost 75-88 on the road to the second-ranked Lokomotiv. He scored 10 points in 22 minutes on the court. It's Vene's first season with the team. Vene has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 56.0%(42-75), 3FGP: 36.0% and FT: 76.7% in 14 games he played so far. He played for the Estonian senior national team two years ago.

Jaan Puidet
Jaan Puidet
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Jaan Puidet (191-92, currently plays in Sweden). Puidet was the major contributor in a KFUM Jamtland's victory against the second-ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (15-7) crushing them 83-59 in the Swedish Basketligan last Tuesday. He scored 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. KFUM Jamtland Basket (11-11) is placed sixth in the Basketligan. This season Puidet averages: 7.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 42.5% and FT: 89.7%. He is in the roster of the Estonian senior national team.

Kristjan Kitsing
Kristjan Kitsing
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Kristjan Kitsing (205-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Denmark). Kitsing contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Randers (9-13) crushing them 103-69 in the Danish Ligaen on Tuesday night. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 13 minutes. Bakken Bears (14-3) is placed second in the Ligaen. This year Kitsing has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 2FGP: 66.0%(33-50), 3FGP: 36.0% and FT: 89.5% in 12 games. He is also a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Tanel Kurbas
Tanel Kurbas
   #4. Guard Tanel Kurbas (197-88, currently plays in Sweden) led Sodertalje Kings to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Umea (4-19) crushing them 100-78 in the Swedish Basketligan in Tuesday night's game. Kurbas recorded 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Sodertalje Kings (14-5) is placed third in the Basketligan. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Kurbas' overall stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.2apg. He is also Estonian national team player.

Maik-Kalev Kotsar
Maik-Kalev Kotsar
   #5. Former University international forward Maik-Kalev Kotsar (208-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to S.Carolina's surprising victory against the University of Georgia (1-1) 77-75 in the NCAA last Saturday. Kotsar scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 22 minutes. The University of South Carolina has 4-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all four games in the conference. This year Kotsar's overall stats are: 6.4ppg and 5.4rpg in 25 games. He used to play for the Estonian university national team two years ago.

Rauno Nurger
Rauno Nurger
   #6. Center Rauno Nurger (208-93, currently studies in the States) contributed to a Wichita St.'s victory against the Drake University (2-0) 77-69 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. Nurger scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Wichita State University has quite an impressive 5-1 conference record this season. It was Wichita St.'s third consecutive victory in a row. Nurger's total stats this season are: 5.5ppg and 3.0rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Estonian senior team two years ago.

Rait-Riivo Laane
Rait-Riivo Laane
   #7. International point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (179-93, currently plays in Greece) was not able to help Ethnikos in their game against Panionios (15-1) in the Greek A2 (second division). Laane recorded only 4 points in 17 minutes. Ethnikos lost 67-78 at home to the leading Panionios. This year Laane's total stats are: 8.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.1apg and 1.3spg in 16 games. He is also Estonian national team player.

Other top Estonian players, who play abroad:

Sander Raieste (200-F/G-99) plays for Baskonia in Spanish Liga Endesa
Kristjan Kangur (201-SF-82) plays for Openjobmetis VA in Italian Serie A
Karl Karpin (205-C-0) plays for Joventut in Spanish Liga Endesa
Kregor Hermet (204-PF-97) plays for Lleida Basquet in Spanish LEB Gold
Robert Valge (192-SF-97) plays for Palencia Baloncesto in Spanish LEB Gold
Kristian Kullamae (190-G-99) plays for Oettinger Rockets Gotha in German ProA
Henri Drell (198-SF-0) plays for Baunach in German ProA
Kaspar Treier (203-F-99) plays for Moncalieri in Italian Serie B
Artur Arhangelski (185-G-97) plays for Combine Academy in the



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  EUROCUP  

Eurocup Standings

Eurocup Standings
Group E
 1 Lokomotiv 5-1 
 2 Gran Canaria 4-2 
 3 Fuenlabrada 2-4 
 4 UCAM Murcia 1-5 
Group F
 1 B.Muenchen 6-0 
 2 Khimky 4-2 
 3 Lietkabelis 2-4 
 4 Ratiopharm 0-6 
Group G
 1 Hapoel J-M 5-1 
 2 Zenit 3-3 
 3 Lietuvos rytas 3-3 
 4 N.Novgorod 1-5 
Group H
 1 Valencia 6-0 
 2 Unicaja 3-3 
 3 Cedevita 2-4 
 4 ALBA 1-5 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 6

E

Feb. 8: UCAM Murcia - Lokomotiv 77-85
Feb. 8: Gran Canaria - Fuenlabrada 100-76

F

Feb. 8: Ratiopharm - Lietkabelis 81-86
Feb. 8: Khimky - B.Muenchen 74-96

G

Feb. 8: Lietuvos rytas - Zenit 86-84
Feb. 8: N.Novgorod - Hapoel J-M 73-81

H

Feb. 8: Cedevita - Unicaja 74-71
Feb. 8: ALBA - Valencia 73-99

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Feb. 28: Zenit - Lokomotiv
Feb. 28: Unicaja - B.Muenchen
Feb. 28: Gran Canaria - Hapoel J-M
Feb. 28: Khimky - Valencia


Recap of Round 6 of Top 16. Quarterfinals are set - by Eurobasket News

Group E
Gran Canaria - Fuenlabrada 100-76

Gran Canaria fired past Fuenlabrada to claim quarterfinal appearance. Second ranked Gran Canaria had an easy win 100-76. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Gran Canaria shot 61.5 percent from the field. American Royce O'Neale (198-93, college: Baylor) notched 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Finnish guard Sasu Salin (191-91) supported him with 19 points. Even 15 points by Croatian point guard Marko Popovic (185-82, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: Alti Sport) did not help to save the game for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. Swedish point guard Ludvig Hakanson (190-96) added 10 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who 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. Gran Canaria maintains second position in Group E with 4-2 record having just ten point less than leader Lokomotiv. Loser Baloncesto Fuenlabrada keeps the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Cedevita.
Top scorers:
Fuenlabrada: M.Popovic 15+2reb, L.Hakanson 10+1reb+4ast, L.Rupnik 10+3reb+1ast, I.Paunic 10+1reb, R.Hettsheimer 8+3reb+1ast, R.Smits 7+3reb
Gran Canaria: R.O'Neale 19+7reb+6ast, S.Salin 19+3reb, B.McCalebb 15+1reb+4ast, R.Hendrix 10+1reb, K.Kuric 8+5reb+1ast, E.Baez 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 525672


UCAM Murcia - Lokomotiv 77-85

An interesting game for Russian Lokomotiv (5-1) which played road game in Murcia against 4th ranked Spanish UCAM Murcia (1-5). First ranked Lokomotiv managed to get a 8-point victory 85-77. It looked good early as UCAM Murcia took a 4-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Lokomotiv had a 23-17 second period charge getting the lead and UCAM Murcia was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 77-85. Lokomotiv shot 60.4 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Lokomotiv especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. 24 personal fouls committed by UCAM Murcia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Mardy Collins (198-84, college: Temple) who scored 20 points. Forward Andrey Zubkov (205-91, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four Lokomotiv players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Billy Baron (187-90, college: Canisius) who recorded 21 points and Montenegrin power forward Nemanja Radovic (208-91, agency: BeoBasket) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Lokomotiv maintains first position in Group E with 5-1 record. UCAM Murcia at the other side keeps the fourth place with five games lost.
Top scorers:
UCAM Murcia: B.Baron 21+2reb+1ast, N.Radovic 17+6reb+1ast, J.Angel Antelo 13+1reb, F.Campazzo 9+3reb+7ast, K.Tumba 6+5reb, S.Rojas 5+3reb+3ast
Lokomotiv: M.Collins 20+3reb+3ast, A.Zubkov 16+5reb+1ast, T.Rochestie 14+1reb+4ast, M.Janning 12+2reb+1ast, I.Vougioukas 9+2reb+1ast, V.Ivlev 4+4reb
gschID: 525673


Group F
Ratiopharm - Lietkabelis 81-86

An interesting game for Lithuanian Lietkabelis (2-4) which played road game in Ulm against one of their biggest challengers German ratiopharm Ulm (0-6). Third ranked Lietkabelis managed to get a 5-point victory 86-81. The guests trailed by 16 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 5 points. Lietkabelis made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. Strangely ratiopharm Ulm outrebounded Lietkabelis 33-21 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. ratiopharm Ulm was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Australian swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta) who led his team to a victory with 20 points. Guard Gintaras Leonavicius (194-83, agency: Players Group) contributed with 17 points for the winners. American forward Da'Sean Butler (201-88, college: W.Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) replied with 11 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Augustine Rubit (201-89, college: S.Alabama) added 7 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for ratiopharm Ulm. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Lietkabelis maintains third position in Group F with 2-4 record having just eight point less than leader Lokomotiv, which they share with Cedevita. Loser ratiopharm Ulm still closes the standings with six games lost.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: R.Morgan 13+2reb, C.Babb 13+2reb+1ast, D.Butler 11+6reb+2ast, M.Pongo 10+1reb+2ast, D.Kramer 9+3reb, A.Rubit 7+8reb+2ast
Lietkabelis: D.Lavrinovic 20+1ast, B.Madgen 20+3reb+2ast, G.Leonavicius 17+2reb+3ast, K.Lavrinovic 7+3reb+1ast, S.Galdikas 5+1reb, D.Tarolis 5+4reb
gschID: 525675


Khimky - B.Muenchen 74-96

The game between closely ranked teams ended with top-ranked German Bayern Muenchen's (6-0) road victory over second-best Russian Khimky (4-2) 96-74 on Wednesday. Bayern Muenchen made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Bayern Muenchen outrebounded Khimky 43-28 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Khimky's players. It was a good game for Maximilian Kleber (207-92) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Bosnian-German Nihad Djedovic (196-90, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Bayern Muenchen players scored in double figures. Guard Alexey Shved (198-88, agency: Alti Sport) replied with 31 points and American-Bulgarian point guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Khimky. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Bayern Muenchen maintains first position in Group F with 6-0 record, which they share with Valencia. Loser Khimky keeps the second place with two games lost.
Top scorers:
Khimky: A.Shved 31+4reb+3ast, E.Rowland 13+5reb+1ast, J.Pullen 7+1reb, V.Likhodey 5+2reb+2ast, S.Monya 5+1reb+2ast, M.Todorovic 4+4reb
B.Muenchen: M.Kleber 21+10reb+3ast, N.Djedovic 17+6reb+1ast, N.Johnson 15+3reb+4ast, D.Booker 11+8reb+2ast, A.Gavel 8+2reb+4ast, D.Barthel 8+4reb+3ast
gschID: 525674


Group G
N.Novgorod - Hapoel J-M 73-81

Rather expected game when 4th ranked Russian BC Nizhny Novgorod (1-5) lost at home to first ranked Israeli Hapoel Jerusalem (5-1) 81-73 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 45-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Hapoel Jerusalem made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. Hapoel Jerusalem outrebounded BC Nizhny Novgorod 37-22 including a 26-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for forward Lior Eliyahu (205-85) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 7 rebounds. American power forward Amare Stoudemire (208-82) contributed with 19 points and 9 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners. American guard DeAndre Kane (193-89, college: Iowa St., agency: BeoBasket) replied with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and his fellow American import point guard Kenny Boynton (188-91, college: Florida) added 18 points in the effort for BC Nizhny Novgorod. Four BC Nizhny Novgorod players scored in double figures. Hapoel Jerusalem maintains first position in Group G with 5-1 record. Loser BC Nizhny Novgorod keeps the fourth place with five games lost.
Top scorers:
N.Novgorod: D.Kane 18+5reb+6ast, K.Boynton 18+1reb+2ast, T.Zubcic 14+4reb+3ast, S.Vene 14+3reb+1ast, I.Popov 9+2reb+1ast, N.Zverev 0+6reb
Hapoel J-M: L.Eliyahu 20+7reb+2ast, A.Stoudemire 19+9reb+1ast, C.Jerrells 15+3reb+6ast, B.Randle 9+2reb, J.Dyson 6+5reb+2ast, Y.Halperin 5+2reb+5ast
gschID: 525677


Lietuvos rytas - Zenit 86-84

The most exciting game of round 6 in the Eurocup took place in Vilnius. This game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-best Russian Zenit (3-3) to third ranked Lithuanian Lietuvos rytas (3-3) 86-84 in the game for the second place. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 28-21 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Zenit helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American-Polish guard David Logan (185-82, college: Indianapolis) who led his team to a victory with 28 points, 7 assists and 5 steals. American forward Drew Gordon (205-90, college: N.Mexico) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Five Lietuvos rytas players scored in double figures. Sergey Karasev (201-93, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) replied with 24 points and 6 rebounds and Latvian Janis Timma (201-92) added 21 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Zenit. Zenit's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lietuvos rytas moved-up to second place in Group G, which they share with Unicaja.
Top scorers:
Zenit: S.Karasev 24+6reb+1ast, J.Timma 21+5reb+1ast, S.Markovic 10+4reb+9ast, K.Landry 8+4reb, T.Mbakwe 8+7reb, A.White 5+1reb
Lietuvos rytas: D.Logan 28+3reb+7ast, C.Fisher 17+2reb+4ast, D.Gordon 14+12reb+2ast, A.Gudaitis 11+9reb+1ast, R.Giedraitis 11+2reb, A.Lapeta 2+3reb
gschID: 525676


Group H
ALBA - Valencia 73-99

Rather predictable result when top-ranked Spanish Valencia Basket (6-0) rolled over on the road 4th ranked German ALBA Berlin (1-5) 99-73 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Valencia Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 60.7 percent from the field. Valencia Basket outrebounded ALBA Berlin 34-15 including a 24-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. Valencia Basket looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. It was a good game for Montenegrin Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Belgian point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86) contributed with 17 points and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winners. Four Valencia Basket players scored in double figures. Canadian guard Carl English (195-81, college: Hawaii) replied with 18 points and Bosnian center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, agency: BeoBasket) added 18 points in the effort for ALBA Berlin. 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. Valencia Basket have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group H with 6-0 record. ALBA Berlin lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with five games lost.
Top scorers:
ALBA: C.English 18+3reb+1ast, E.Kikanovic 18+3reb, M.Miller 8+3reb+1ast, I.Akpinar 7+1reb+3ast, D.Milosavljevic 6+3ast, N.Giffey 6+1reb+3ast
Valencia: V.Kravtsov 18+5reb+1ast, S.Van Rossom 17+3reb+4ast, B.Dubljevic 16+8reb+1ast, J.Sastre Morro 11+3ast, P.Oriola 10+3reb+1ast, R.Martinez 10+1reb+2ast
gschID: 525678


Cedevita - Unicaja 74-71

Important game to mention about took place in Zagreb. Fourth ranked Croatian Cedevita (2-4) saved a 3-point victory at home edging second-best Spanish Unicaja Malaga (3-3) 74-71 on Wednesday evening. It looked good early as Unicaja Malaga took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Cedevita had a 24-22 second period charge getting the lead and Unicaja Malaga was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 71-74. Bosnian Dzanan Musa (204-99, agency: BeoBasket) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Toni Katic (188-92, agency: XL Basketball Agency) chipped in 11 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four Cedevita players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Serbian center Dejan Musli (213-91, agency: BeoBasket) with 18 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian point guard Nemanja Nedovic (191-91, agency: BeoBasket) scored 12 points and 5 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Defending Croatian champion moved-up to third place in Group H. Unicaja Malaga at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost.
Top scorers:
Unicaja: D.Musli 18+7reb+2ast, N.Nedovic 12+5ast, K.Fogg 10+1reb+3ast, J.Smith 8+1reb, A.Omic 6+4reb, D.Diez 5+5reb+1ast
Cedevita: M.Arapovic 14+5reb, D.Musa 12+7reb+1ast, T.Katic 11+2reb+6ast, J.Shurna 11+3reb+1ast, M.Bilan 9+7reb, M.Tomas 9+2reb+3ast
gschID: 525679





Jimmy Baron agreed terms with Lietuvos rytas - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old American guard Jimmy Baron (191-89kg-86, college: Rhode Island). He started the season at Neptunas (LKL). In 22 games he recorded 13.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.2apg this season. Baron also played 14 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 14.9ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.6apg. The last season he played at Spirou Charleroi (Scooore League) in Belgium. In 29 games he had very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.6apg. Baron helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. Baron also played 9 games in Eurocup where he got 14.7ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.7apg.
Baron has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Honorable Mention award back in 2012.
Baron is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Roma Virtus), Russia (Lokomotiv), Turkey (Banvit and Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi) and Spain (Baloncesto Fuenlabrada and Gipuzkoa).
Baron attended Rhode Island University until 2009 and it is his eighth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FIBA EUROPE CUP  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Cameron CLARK
  Chalon
  (201-G/F-91)
  Avg: 20
 1. Clark, Chalon20.0 
 2. Bizaca, Sodertalje19.9 
 3. Jeter, Groningen19.4 
 4. Allen, Kormend19.3 
 5. Cobbs, Gravelines18.9 
 6. Burnett, BK Pardu.18.7 
 7. Jefferson, Gazia.18.1 
 8. Hollis, Benfica17.6 
 9. Edwards, Alba16.9 
 10. Gibson, Lukoil Acad.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martynas ECHODAS
  Siauliai
  (204-C/F-97)
  Avg: 11
 1. Echodas, Siauliai11.0 
 2. Jefferson, Gazia.10.1 
 3. Elegar, Enisey9.6 
 4. Zack, Lukoil Acad.9.1 
 5. Washburn, FC Porto9.0 
 6. Gagic, Tsmoki-Minsk8.2 
 7. Fall, Chalon7.7 
 8. Lipkevicius, Vytautas7.6 
 9. Mobley, Apoel7.4 
 10. Adrien, Bnei H.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.8.7 
 2. Martinic, Targu M.8.5 
 3. Joyce, Tsmoki-M.8.3 
 4. Petty, Kormend7.0 
 5. Roberson, Chalon6.8 
 6. Jeter, Groningen6.4 
 7. Hinds, Sigal P.6.0 
 8. Massamba, Soder.5.6 
 9. Parker, Rilski5.5 
 10. Cobbs, Gravelines5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Torey THOMAS
  AEK
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Thomas, AEK3.0 
 2. Gajovic, Targu M.2.6 
 3. Jackson, Oberwart2.6 
 4. Lawrence, Sigal P.2.4 
 5. Petty, Kormend2.3 
 6. Cumberbatch, Oberw.2.2 
 7. Bozov, Rilski2.2 
 8. Hinds, Sigal P.2.2 
 9. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.1 
 10. Martinic, Targu M.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Mathias LESSORT
  Nanterre
  (205-PF-95)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lessort, Nanterre1.8 
 2. Mobley, Apoel1.7 
 3. Korniyenko, Lukoil A.1.6 
 4. Elegar, Enisey1.6 
 5. Fall, Chalon1.6 
 6. Traylor, Oberwart1.4 
 7. Lazar, Targu Mures1.4 
 8. West, Siauliai1.2 
 9. Fieler, Groningen1.2 
 10. Gagic, Tsmoki-Minsk1.1 


Review of Opening Leg of Round of 16 - by Eurobasket News

Spirou - Nanterre 85-84

Spirou eked out a narrow home win over Nanterre in the opener. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 18-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Spirou Charleroi dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to JSF Nanterre's 38. Spirou Charleroi looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American guard DJ Richardson (190-91, college: Illinois, agency: Inception Sports) stepped up and scored 20 points for the winners and point guard Niels Marnegrave (191-87, agency: Promotex) chipped in 3 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists. Spirou Charleroi's coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American point guard Chris Warren (178-88, college: Mississippi) responded with 19 points and 7 assists and Mathias Lessort (205-95) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Spirou: D.Richardson 20+3reb+1ast, J.Shepherd 11+2reb+3ast, A.Kemp 10+2reb+1ast, I.Radenovic 10+2reb+2ast, M.Gaudoux 9+1reb, L.Schwartz 8+2reb+3ast
Nanterre: C.Warren 19+2reb+7ast, H.Schaffartzik 14+2reb+2ast, M.Lessort 13+7reb, M.Riley 12+3reb, S.Butterfield 8+3reb+1ast, H.Invernizzi 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 534310


Oostende - Pau-Lacq-Orthez 95-86

Oostende rallied past Pau-Lacq-Orthez in the tough opening leg. Pau-Lacq-Orthez was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Oostende made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Moroccan-Belgian center Khalid Boukichou (208-92, agency: BeoBasket) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 7 rebounds. Serbian guard Dusan Djordjevic (193-83, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 17 points and 5 assists for the winners. Oostende's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Ivorian-French center Alain Koffi (207-83, agency: BeoBasket) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and American point guard DJ Cooper (183-90, college: Ohio) added 13 points and 6 assists in the effort for Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Oostende: D.Djordjevic 17+4reb+5ast, K.Boukichou 17+7reb+3ast, P.Gillet 15+5reb+2ast, R.Katic 10+3reb+3ast, V.Kesteloot 9+6reb, J.Mwema 8+8reb+2ast
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: J.Mipoka 17+3reb, A.Koffi 15+11reb+1ast, R.Lewis 14+3reb+2ast, D.Cooper 13+3reb+6ast, E.Okobo 11+1ast, A.Robinson 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 534309


Telekom Bsk - Kataja Basket 91-72

Telekom Baskets made a big step towards quarterfinals as they cruised past Kataja Basket at home court. The game without a history. Telekom Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Telekom Baskets forced 22 Joensuun Kataja turnovers. American swingman Ryan Thompson (198-89, college: Rider, agency: BeoBasket) stepped up and scored 15 points and 7 assists for the winners and his fellow American import power forward Julian Gamble (208-89, college: Miami, FL) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds. Five Telekom Baskets players scored in double figures. Telekom Baskets' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side American Rion Brown (198-91, college: Miami, FL) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds and Canadian guard Daniel Mullings (188-91, college: N.Mexico St.) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Telekom Bsk: J.Mayo 15+2reb+4ast, R.Thompson 15+3reb+7ast, K.Horton 13+6reb, O.Silins 12+1reb, Y.Polas Bartolo 11+6reb+3ast, J.Gamble 11+9reb+1ast
Kataja Basket: R.Brown 26+11reb+3ast, D.Mullings 17+7reb+1ast, J.Bradley 13+9reb+1ast, J.King 6+3reb, K.Bristol 6+6reb, I.Seppala 2+3reb+5ast
gschID: 534314


Stelmet ZG - Cibona 69-81

Cibona dropped Stelmet ZG on the road to put one foot into the quarterfinal stage. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 32-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Cibona dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Stelmet's 26. Forward Nik Slavica (201-97) stepped up and scored 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Bosnian-Finnish power forward Emir Sulejmanovic (204-95) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Cibona players scored in double figures. At the losing side Eritrean-Polish swingman Thomas Kelati (195-82, college: Washington St., agency: BeoBasket) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and swingman Karol Gruszecki (193-89, college: Texas Arlington) scored 15 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest.
Top scorers:
Cibona: N.Slavica 16+6reb, E.Sulejmanovic 14+6reb+1ast, Z.Sakic 13+2reb+1ast, L.Zoric 13+5reb, D.Bosnjak 11+1ast, S.Reynolds 6+2reb+7ast
Stelmet ZG: T.Kelati 19+6reb+3ast, K.Gruszecki 15+1reb+1ast, N.Djurisic 7+4reb, P.Zamojski 7+1reb+2ast, A.Moore 7+6reb, L.Koszarek 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 534313


Kormend - Chalon 78-99

Chalon eased past Kormend on the road to pile up a comfortable lead before the return leg. The game was mostly controlled by Chalon/Saor. Kormend was better in second period 22-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chalon/Saor shot 65.5 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 57.7 percentage. Chalon/Saor players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. American point guard John Roberson (180-88, college: Texas Tech) nailed 26 points and 7 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import swingman Cameron Clark (201-91, college: Oklahoma) accounted for 27 points. Chalon/Saor's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American-Guinea-Bissau point guard Perry Petty (185-88, college: UTRGV) came up with 24 points and 6 assists and American guard Lenzelle Smith-Jr (193-91, college: Ohio St.) added 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Kormend in the defeat. Four Kormend players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Chalon: C.Clark 27+4reb+3ast, J.Roberson 26+3reb+7ast, L.Harris 14+2reb+2ast, J.Nzeulie 7+8reb+5ast, Z.Marshall 7+1ast, M.Fall 6+3reb+2ast
Kormend: P.Petty 24+4reb+6ast, S.Gibbs 13+2reb+2ast, L.Smith Jr. 11+10reb+4ast, M.Csorvasi 11+3reb, T.Allen 10+2reb+1ast, B.Horti 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 534308


Ironi Nahariya - Gaziantep 96-75

Ironi Nahariya defeated Gaziantep in the opener. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-75. Ironi Nahariya dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Gaziantep's 24. They outrebounded Gaziantep 40-28 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. American point guard Derwin Kitchen (194-86, college: Florida St.) fired 23 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. His fellow American import Tyrone Nash (203-88, college: Notre Dame) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Canadian-American guard Andrew Rautins (193-86, college: Syracuse) produced 19 points and 4 assists and American forward Davon Jefferson (204-86, college: USC) added 13 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Ironi Nahariya and four Gaziantep players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: D.Kitchen 23+8reb+8ast, J.Skjoldebrand 18+5reb+1ast, N.Faust 16+6reb, T.Nash 16+10reb+1ast, Y.Gates 11+6reb+2ast, S.Douglass 8+1reb
Gaziantep: A.Rautins 19+2reb+4ast, D.Jefferson 13+11reb+1ast, J.Balazic 13+3reb+1ast, W.Cherry 11+1reb+1ast, M.Denmon 9+5reb+5ast, M.Haislip 8+3reb
gschID: 534307


Oradea - Usak 82-72

Oradea overcame Usak to accumulate 10-point cushion before their visit to Turkey. The game was mostly controlled by Oradea. Usak Sportlif was better in second period 20-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Oradea won last quarter 25-16. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Usak Sportlif's players. Bosnian guard Muhamed Pasalic (192-87) stepped up and scored 25 points and 5 assists for the winners and American guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) chipped in 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Oradea's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. At the losing side American D'Angelo Harrison (193, college: St.John's, agency: Three Eye Sports) responded with 16 points and 6 rebounds and Greek-American center Zach Auguste (208-93, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports) scored 9 points and 11 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Oradea: M.Pasalic 25+4reb+5ast, S.Denison 18+4reb+3ast, M.Zeno 13+7reb+5ast, T.Nicoara 8+8reb+2ast, A.Mandache 7+1reb+1ast, U.Lucic 5+3reb
Usak: R.Freimanis 16+4reb, D.Harrison 16+6reb, Z.Auguste 9+11reb+2ast, B.Candan 8+2reb, S.Vasiliauskas 8+3reb+4ast, H.Demirel 8+4reb+3ast
gschID: 534311


Enisey - Demir IBB 91-81

Enisey topped Demir IBB in the opening leg clash in Krasnoyarsk. Enisey looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. U.S. Virgin Islands-Guyanese center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and American point guard Tony Taylor (185-90, college: G.Washington) chipped in 13 points and 6 assists. Five Enisey players scored in double figures. Enisey's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. At the losing side American point guard Kenneth Hayes (188-87, college: Miami, OH, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 14 points and 6 assists and American-Italian forward Angelo Caloiaro (205-89, college: USF, agency: Pensack Sports) scored 9 points and 10 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Enisey: V.Zavoruev 18+3ast, F.Elegar 13+11reb+1ast, T.Taylor 13+3reb+6ast, S.Braimoh 11+1reb+1ast, V.Trushkin 11+6reb+1ast, A.Hilliard 10+6reb+5ast
Demir IBB: E.Buckner 15+4reb, K.Hayes 14+4reb+6ast, A.Stipanovic 13+1reb+1ast, A.Caloiaro 9+10reb+1ast, B.Can Yildizli 9+4reb, T.Erulku 8+4reb+3ast
gschID: 534312





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  FINLAND  

Standings - Korisliiga

Korisliiga Standings
 1. Helsinki Seagulls 19-6 
 2. Salon Vilpas 18-7 
 3. Kauhajoki 16-10 
 4. Kataja Basket 15-8 
 5. Lapua 14-12 
 6. BC Nokia 11-15 
 7. Kouvot 10-14 
 8. KTP Basket 10-16 
 9. Pyrinto 9-17 
 10. Korihait 4-21 

Regular Season: Round 29

Feb. 8: Lapua - Korihait 82-73
Feb. 8: Salon Vilpas - Helsinki Seagulls 78-87
Feb. 10: KTP Basket - Kataja Basket
Feb. 11: Korihait - Kouvot
Feb. 11: Kauhajoki - Pyrinto


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jamal JONES
  Lapua
  (203-G-93)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Jones, Lapua22.4 
 2. Gay, KTP Basket20.3 
 3. Pledger, Kouvot19.9 
 4. Morris, Lapua17.8 
 5. Brown, Kataja B.17.5 
 6. Hollins, Kauhajoki17.4 
 7. Bullock, Pyrinto16.8 
 8. Holsey, Kauhajoki16.4 
 9. Dia, BC Nokia15.5 
 10. Unruh, Kauhajoki15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Korihait
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Van, Korihait10.8 
 2. Buckles, Kouvot10.3 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto9.3 
 4. Pratt, KTP Basket8.8 
 5. Kaunisto, Kouvot8.7 
 6. Bristol, Kataja B.8.5 
 7. Coleman, Salon Vilpas8.5 
 8. Morris, Lapua8.2 
 9. Bullock, Pyrinto8.1 
 10. Williams, Lapua8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Teemu RANNIKKO
  Kataja B.
  (189-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Rannikko, Kataja B.7.3 
 2. Nikkarinen, Helsinki.7.1 
 3. Pratt, KTP Basket7.0 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.8 
 5. Edwards, Lapua4.7 
 6. Williams, Lapua4.7 
 7. Jalonen, Korihait4.4 
 8. Minard, Pyrinto4.3 
 9. Hirvonen, Kouvot4.0 
 10. Skamo, BC Nokia3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Monyea PRATT
  KTP Basket
  (196-SF-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Pratt, KTP Basket2.4 
 2. Mullings, Kataja B.2.1 
 3. Horne, Kouvot1.9 
 4. Minard, Pyrinto1.9 
 5. Hollins, Kauhajoki1.8 
 6. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.7 
 7. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki1.7 
 8. Sanders, BC Nokia1.6 
 9. Barrett, BC Nokia1.6 
 10. Holloway, Korihait1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  KTP Basket
  (201-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gay, KTP Basket2.0 
 2. Alexander, BC Nokia1.7 
 3. Johnson, Kataja B.1.3 
 4. Bristol, Kataja B.1.2 
 5. Judge, Pyrinto1.1 
 6. Van, Korihait1.0 
 7. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.0 
 8. Upson, Helsinki.0.9 
 9. McAlister, Korihait0.8 
 10. Walker, KTP Basket0.8 


Erik Murphy selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Erik Murphy
Erik Murphy
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Erik Murphy (208-90, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Florida, currently plays in France). He led Strasbourg IG to a victory over the closely-ranked Le Mans (9-9) crushing them 92-63 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. Murphy was MVP of the game. He scored 18 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 21 minutes on the court. Strasbourg IG (10-8) is placed eighth in the ProA. It's Murphy's first season with the team. This year Murphy averages: 9.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 54.0%, 3FGP: 39.1% and FT: 85.7% in 18 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Despite Murphy played previously for the USA U18 national team, he is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team. Strangely Murphy has never played in Finland.

Emir Sulejmanovic
Emir Sulejmanovic
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Emir Sulejmanovic (204-95, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup). He was the major contributor in Cibona's victory against the tenth-ranked Stelmet (9-9) 81-69 in the A1 last Wednesday. Sulejmanovic recorded 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. KK Cibona VIP Zagrebis placed in the A1. Sulejmanovic's overall stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 54.0%, 3FGP: 39.1% and FT: 85.7%. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Finnish. Sulejmanovic played for the Finnish national team in 2013.

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Sasu Salin (191-91, currently plays in Spain). He was the main contributor in a Gran Canaria's victory against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga (12-7) 76-71 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Saturday night. Salin was the best player in that game. He scored 12 points in 23 minutes. Herbalife Gran Canaria (11-8) is placed seventh in the Liga Endesa. This year Salin's overall stats are: 7.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 40.6%, 3FGP: 32.9% and FT: 84.2% in 18 games. He is also a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #4. Point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88, currently plays in Euroleague) could not help FC Barcelona (8-13) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Koponen's good performance the 12th-placed FC Barcelona (8-13) was defeated 89-85 on the road by the higher-ranked Zalgiris (#10) in the group A of Euroleague. He scored 12 points. Koponen's total stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.0apg. He is also Finnish national team player.

Alexander Madsen
Alexander Madsen
   #5. International power forward Alexander Madsen (207-95, currently plays in Czech Republic) contributed to an USK Praha's victory against the sixth-ranked NH Ostrava (6-16) 81-70 in the Czech Republic NBL last Saturday. Madsen recorded 9 points and added 4 passes in 29 minutes. USK Praha (18-0) is placed first in Places 1-6 group. So far his team won all eighteen games in the Regular Season. Madsen has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4bpg in 22 games. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Antti Kanervo
Antti Kanervo
   #6. Shooting guard Antti Kanervo (192-89, agency: Blacktop Management, currently plays in France) contributed to a Chorale de Roanne's victory against the closely-ranked STB Le Havre (9-8) 83-76 in the French ProB (second division) on Saturday night. Kanervo scored 11 points and blocked 2 blocks. Chorale de Roanne Basket (8-9) is placed tenth in the ProB. Kanervo's total stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.2apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

Roope Ahonen
Roope Ahonen
   #7. International guard Roope Ahonen (186-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Greece) was not able to help Kolossos HH in their game against Promitheas (6-10) in the Greek A1. Ahonen recorded only 4 points in 24 minutes. Kolossos HH lost 68-78 in Patras to the lower-ranked (#9) Promitheas. This year Ahonen's total stats are: 7.8ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.3apg in 16 games. He is also Finnish national team player.

Tuukka Kotti
Tuukka Kotti
   #8. An experienced power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence, currently plays in Germany) helped Crailsheim Merlins win their game against the 14th-ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (6-15) crushing them 115-66 in the German ProA (second division) last Saturday. Kotti scored 10 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Crailsheim Merlins (17-5) is placed second in the ProA. Kotti has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.9apg. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Jamar Wilson
Jamar Wilson
   #9. International point guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Movil Estudiantes (12-5) in their game against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (9-10) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Wilson scored 7 points in only 12 minutes. Movil Estudiantes lost 97-103 in a derby game to the lower-ranked (#9) Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. Wilson has averaged so far 8.7ppg and 1.5apg in 18 games. He is a naturalized American. Wilson is also in the roster of the Finnish national team. He used to play for Honka Espoo Playboys in Finnish league.

Harold Fiifi Aidoo
Harold Fiifi Aidoo
   #10. Point guard Harold Fiifi Aidoo (187-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Grand Canyon win their game against the Bethesda University (9-10) crushing them 95-66 in the NCAA in Tuesday night's game. Aidoo scored 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Grand Canyon State University has 2-1 conference record this season. Aidoo has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 2.2rpg. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Finnish senior national team.

   #11. International forward Matti Nuutinen (202-90, also represented by Blacktop Management, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Antti Kanervo and both played together in the last French ProB game. Nuutinen helped Chorale de Roanne win their game against the closely-ranked STB Le Havre 83-76. He scored 9 points in 18 minutes. Nuutinen has averaged so far 6.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.1apg in 17 games. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.

   #12. International power forward Lauri Markkanen (213-97, currently studies in the States) helped Arizona win their game against the Oregon State University 71-54 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Markkanen recorded 8 points and grabbed 9 rebounds (made all of his five free throws). Markkanen has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg and 7.3rpg. Markkanen is also in the roster of the Finnish national team.

   #13. International forward Alex Murphy (206-93, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the one of league's weakest teams Northeastern (5-1) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Northeastern lost 69-73 at home to the James Madison University. Murphy scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 34 minutes. This year Murphy has relatively solid stats: 14.3ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.9apg in 24 games. He is a naturalized American. Murphy is also Finnish national team player. Apparently he has never played in Finland.

   #14. International small forward Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Deutsche Bank Skyliners in their game against Bayern Muenchen in the German BBL. Huff cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. His team was crushed by 25 points 95-70. Huff has reliable stats this season: 11.8ppg and 3.8rpg. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.

   #15. Former international swingman Samuel Haanpaa (203-86, another player represented by Blacktop Management, currently plays in Argentina) managed to help Obras Basket Buenos Aires in a victory against the sixth-ranked La Union 74-70 in the Argentinian LigaA on Wednesday night. Haanpaa scored only 2 points in 19 minutes. Haanpaa has averaged so far 3.7ppg and 1.3rpg in 31 games. He used to play for the Finnish national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Remu Raitenan (206-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help University of San Francisco to win against the Loyola Marymount University (0-2) 74-64 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Raitenan scored 5 points. The University of San Francisco has rather weak 2-4 conference record this season. Raitenan has averaged so far 4.9ppg and 3.4rpg.

   #2. Anton Kankaanpaa (196-G-92, currently plays in NCAA2). He could not help the Southern Nazarene University (8-6) to beat the Arkansas Tech. Kankaanpaa cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. his team was defeated 90-86 on the road by the Arkansas Tech. Kankaanpaa has been at the team for four years. Kankaanpaa has averaged so far 2.9ppg and 2.1rpg.



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  FRANCE  

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 sign Tiny Gallon, ex Hebei X. - by Eurobasket News

Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) signed 26-year old American forward Tiny Gallon (206-132kg-91, college: Oklahoma, agency: Three Eye Sports). He played last summer at Hebei Xianglan in Chinese NBL league, but left the team in July. In 15 games he had very impressive stats: 25.9ppg, 10.9rpg, 3.3apg and 1.1spg.
In 2010 Gallon was drafted by Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) in second round (47th overall). He attended University of Oklahoma and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Gallon's team made it to the NBL Semifinals in 2015. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL Center of the Year in 2015.
Gallon is quite experienced player. He has played in four different countries on three different continents (Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Gallon has played previously professionally in Puerto Rico (Atleticos), NBA (Phi.76ers), China (Heilongjiang and Henan) and D-League (Northern Arizona Suns and Delaware 87ers).
He could be described: (by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2010)
Incorporates an effective drop step, covering a lot of ground and physically dislodging his defender out of position … … Comfortable making counter moves in the post; he has good footwork and is able to turn and make secondary moves without losing his balance … Has the ability to turn to both shoulders and can finish with either hand around the basket.
His main strength is also a weakness, as his size and weight are major limiting factors … He is not a great athlete and does not get off the ground well
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By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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NM1 Round 22: Quimper UJAP defeat GET Vosges in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

An interesting game for Quimper UJAP (17-5) which hosted in Quimper 4th ranked GET Vosges (14-8). First ranked Quimper UJAP managed to get a 7-point victory 70-63. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of GET Vosges. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 23-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Quimper UJAP made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 GET Vosges turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Kevin Mondesir (204-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Dwight Burke (202-86, college: Marquette) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Quimper UJAP's coach Laurent Foirest used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Masse Doumbe (203-87, college: Kaiser) replied with 15 points and 6 rebounds for GET Vosges. Quimper UJAP have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-5 record. GET Vosges at the other side dropped to the fifth place with eight games lost. Quimper UJAP are looking forward to face Lourdes-Tarbes (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. GET Vosges will play against Vendee Challans (#14) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Bottom-ranked CFBB is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 22th consecutive match to fifth ranked Rueil (15-7) 103-58. American forward Will Felder (201-91, college: Miami, OH, agency: Inception Sports) scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Yohan Solle chipped in 16 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side guard Sofiane Briki (190-99) responded with 10 points and 5 assists. CFBB's coach Jean-Aime Toupane gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Rueil moved-up to fourth place. CFBB at the other side still closes the standings. Rueil will play against Gries/Oberhoffen (#13) in Bischwiller in the next round and are hoping to win another game. CFBB will play at home against Vitre (#11) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

Other games in round 22 were not that significant. Orchies smashed Angers BC on the road 93-62. Caen won against SAP Vaucluse on its own court 87-70. Chartres was outscored by Lourdes in Tarbes 96-76. Souffel managed to beat St Vallier at home 77-72. Rennes was defeated by ALS Basket on the opponent's court 78-69. Challans was beaten by Gries/Oberhoffen in a home game 83-91. Lorient lost to Vitre on the road 75-80.

Angers BC - Orchies 62-93

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Orchesien BC (13-9) crushed on the road 15th ranked Angers BC (9-13) 93-62. The game without a history. Orchesien BC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Angers BC to just 7 points in first quarter. It was a great shooting night for Orchesien BC especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Angers BC's players. Anthony Racine (190-94) scored 24 points to lead the charge for the winners and Hugo Dumortier (195-93) chipped in 12 points and 8 assists during the contest. Four Orchesien BC players scored in double figures. At the losing side point guard Hugo Suhard (184-92) responded with 17 points and American forward Auston Calhoun (201-90, college: Bowling Green, agency: HMS) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Angers BC's coach Vincent Lavandier gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Orchesien BC maintains sixth position with 13-9 record. Angers BC at the other side dropped to the thirteenth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Orchesien BC will play against ALS Basket (#8) in Andrezieux in the next round. Angers BC will play on the road against Lorient (#17) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Orchies: A.Racine 24+2reb+1ast, C.Cairo 15+2reb+2ast, H.Dumortier 12+3reb+8ast, S.Cisse 12+6reb+1ast, M.Simmons 11+4reb+1ast, Z.Rakocevic 9+7reb+4ast
Angers BC: H.Suhard 17+2reb+3ast, A.Calhoun 14+5reb+1ast, R.Uzas 6+2reb, E.Joumard 6+2ast, A.Gabsi 6+3reb, J.Douillet 4+3reb
gschID: 484949


Caen - SAP Vaucluse 87-70

Very expected game when 12th ranked SAP Vaucluse (9-13) lost on the road to third ranked Caen (16-6) 87-70. The game was mostly controlled by Caen. SAP Vaucluse was better in second period 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Caen players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 17 passes made by SAP Vaucluse's players. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American-Cape Verdean swingman BJ Monteiro (196-90, college: Duquesne) had a double-double by scoring 12 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists to lead the charge for the winners and center Moustapha Diarra (204-87, college: USF) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American point guard Deremy Geiger (180-90, college: Idaho, agency: Blacktop Management) responded with 18 points and 5 rebounds and Lithuanian forward Darius Tarvydas (200-91) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Caen have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Souffel. SAP Vaucluse at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with 13 games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Caen will play against Saint Vallier (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. SAP Vaucluse will play against UB Chartres (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Caen: M.Diarra 19+6reb, R.Gordon 14+3reb+4ast, B.Monteiro 12+5reb+12ast, L.Chelle 9+3reb+1ast, T.Cornely 8+2reb+6ast, J.Sinica 8+3reb+2ast
SAP Vaucluse: D.Geiger 18+5reb+2ast, D.Tarvydas 13+5reb+3ast, R.Lopez 12+5reb, D.Gana 8+4reb, B.Davis 6+3reb+3ast, T.Foucault 5+2ast
gschID: 484946


Quimper - GET Vosges 70-63

An interesting game for Quimper UJAP (17-5) which hosted in Quimper 4th ranked GET Vosges (14-8). First ranked Quimper UJAP managed to get a 7-point victory 70-63. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of GET Vosges. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 23-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Quimper UJAP made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 GET Vosges turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Kevin Mondesir (204-91) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Dwight Burke (202-86, college: Marquette) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Burke is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Quimper UJAP players scored in double figures. Quimper UJAP's coach Laurent Foirest used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Masse Doumbe (203-87, college: Kaiser) replied with 15 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Steven Ricard (200-90) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for GET Vosges. Quimper UJAP have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 17-5 record. GET Vosges at the other side dropped to the fifth place with eight games lost. Quimper UJAP are looking forward to face Lourdes-Tarbes (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. GET Vosges will play against Vendee Challans (#14) and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Quimper: M.Choplin 14+1reb+1ast, D.Burke 13+5reb, K.Mondesir 13+10reb+1ast, M.Tensorer 11+2reb+4ast, V.Bobrov 9+3reb+2ast, J.Bluntt 5+2reb
GET Vosges: M.Doumbe 15+6reb+2ast, I.Sidibe 13+1ast, S.Ricard 11+5reb, S.Ocokoljic 7+3reb+1ast, L.Gigant 7+3reb+2ast, K.Tresnak 6+9reb+1ast
gschID: 484953


Lourdes - Chartres 96-76

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Lourdes-Tarbes and 10th ranked UB Chartres had identical 10-11 record. This time Lourdes-Tarbes used a home court advantage and rolled over the opponent from Chartres 96-76. UB Chartres was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 58-31 second half run of Lourdes-Tarbes. They outrebounded UB Chartres 39-24 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. The former international point guard Xane d'Almeida (181-83) had a double-double by scoring 12 points, 7 rebounds and 13 assists to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized American guard Jourdan Demuynck (198-90, college: Prairie View A&M, agency: HMS) chipped in 19 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side point guard Olivier Romain (180-88) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists and power forward Harry Disy (200-84, college: Louisiana Tech) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Five Lourdes-Tarbes and four UB Chartres players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lourdes-Tarbes (11-11) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with ALS Basket and St Vallier. UB Chartres lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Vitre and Rennes. Lourdes-Tarbes will play against league's leader Quimper UJAP on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. UB Chartres will play against SAP Vaucluse (#15) in Sorgues and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Lourdes: J.Demuynck 19+10reb+3ast, L.Vaty 17+6reb+1ast, M.Kazonas 16+3reb, X.d'Almeida 12+7reb+13ast, F.Lesca 12+1reb+1ast, M.Virbalas 7+3reb+2ast
Chartres: H.Disy 16+6reb, J.Mitchell 15+3reb, O.Romain 14+5reb+10ast, K.Bichard 10+1reb+3ast, P.Clerence 7+1reb, M.Ruikis 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 484945


Souffel - St Vallier 77-72

Not a big story in a game when 7th ranked Saint Vallier (11-11) lost on the road to second ranked Souffelweyersheim (16-6) 77-72. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. It looked good early as Saint Vallier took a 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Souffelweyersheim had a 26-13 second period charge getting the lead and Saint Vallier was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 72-77. Souffelweyersheim players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. DR Congolese-Belgian power forward Ruphin Kayembe (200-92) scored 16 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Lithuanian power forward Giedrius Staniulis (205-91) chipped in 11 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Four Souffelweyersheim players scored in double figures. At the losing side American power forward Steffon Bradford (198-77, college: Nebraska) responded with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Jesse Delhomme (189-85) scored 14 points and 4 assists. Souffelweyersheim maintains second position with 16-6 record behind leader Quimper, which they share with Caen. Saint Vallier lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Lourdes and ALS Basket. Souffelweyersheim will play against Union Rennes (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Saint Vallier will play against Caen (#3) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Souffel: R.Kayembe 16+9reb+3ast, V.Correia 13+4reb+2ast, F.Minet 12+3reb+7ast, G.Staniulis 11+12reb+2ast, E.Mendy 9+6reb+3ast, J.Delmas 6+4reb+1ast
St Vallier: S.Bradford 22+7reb+4ast, J.Delhomme 14+2reb+4ast, O.Strong 10+6reb+4ast, V.Ateba 8+4reb+3ast, P.Njiba 7+4reb+1ast, R.Gregoire 5+8reb+2ast
gschID: 484947


ALS Basket - Rennes 78-69

Everything could happen in Andrezieux at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked ALS Basket and 9th ranked Union Rennes had identical 10-11 record. This time ALS Basket used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Rennes 78-69. Union Rennes was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 25-8 third quarter run of ALS Basket. They also forced 19 Union Rennes turnovers. They shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. American point guard Jerrold Brooks (183-91, college: S.Mississippi, agency: Interperformances) scored 25 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Perris Blackwell (205-91, college: Washington) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four ALS Basket players scored in double figures. At the losing side American swingman Daviin Davis (193-85, college: Weber St.) responded with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and Serbian swingman Vukan Zivkovic (199-91) scored 15 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. ALS Basket have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Lourdes and St Vallier. Union Rennes at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the tenth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Vitre and Chartres. ALS Basket will play against higher ranked Orchesien BC (#6) in Orchies in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Union Rennes will play at home against the league's second-placed Souffelweyersheim (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
ALS Basket: J.Brooks 25+6reb+7ast, P.Blackwell 16+7reb+1ast, N.Kovanusic 13+6reb+3ast, S.Neri 11+2reb+5ast, Y.Bassine 9+2reb+1ast, L.Piotrowski 3+1reb+1ast
Rennes: D.Davis 21+8reb+5ast, V.Zivkovic 15+2reb+2ast, A.Hill 11+5reb+3ast, L.Negrobar 8+5reb+1ast, S.Dia 5+2reb, J.Rathieuville 3+4reb+3ast
gschID: 484952


RAC Basket - CFBB 103-58

Bottom-ranked CFBB is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 22th consecutive match to fifth ranked Rueil (15-7) 103-58. The game without a history. Rueil led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 64.1 percent from the field. Rueil outrebounded CFBB 37-13 including a 24-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 33 assists comparing to just 18 passes made by CFBB's players. American forward Will Felder (201-91, college: Miami, OH, agency: Inception Sports) scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and center Yohan Solle (205-91) chipped in 16 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. Five Rueil players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Sofiane Briki (190-99) responded with 10 points and 5 assists and guard Theo Maledon (191-1) scored 10 points and 5 assists. CFBB's coach Jean-Aime Toupane gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Rueil moved-up to fourth place. CFBB at the other side still closes the standings. Rueil will play against Gries/Oberhoffen (#13) in Bischwiller in the next round and are hoping to win another game. CFBB will play at home against Vitre (#11) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
RAC Basket: W.Felder 18+5reb+4ast, Y.Solle 16+10reb+1ast, D.Sencanski 16+2reb+2ast, R.Anderson 10+10reb+1ast, R.Zulemie 10+1reb+3ast, K.Gourari 10+2reb+10ast
CFBB: T.Bazille 14+1reb, S.Briki 10+2reb+5ast, T.Maledon 10+2reb+5ast, I.Fevrier 6+5reb+2ast, N.Dorez 5+1reb+1ast, Y.Choupas 5+2ast
gschID: 484948


Challans - Gries/Oberhoffen 83-91

There was a minor upset when 13th ranked Vendee Challans (9-13) lost at home to sixteenth ranked Gries/Oberhoffen (9-13) 91-83. Gries/Oberhoffen shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 63.2 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. American forward Gregg Thondique (201-87, college: Virginia Union, agency: Octagon Europe) had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Ahmed Doumbia (195-89) chipped in 26 points during the contest. Five Gries/Oberhoffen players scored in double figures. At the losing side American center Demarco Cox (203-90, college: Georgia Tech) responded with 21 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Jordan Barham (193-94, college: Davidson) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Gries/Oberhoffen moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Vendee Challans. Gries/Oberhoffen will play against higher ranked Rueil (#4) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Vendee Challans will play against GET Vosges (#5) in Golbey and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Gries/Oberhoffen: A.Doumbia 26+2reb, G.Thondique 17+12reb+4ast, O.Varanauskas 15+1reb+8ast, T.Ghezala 11+1reb+2ast, R.Jakstas 10+4reb+4ast, G.Duro 6+4reb+3ast
Challans: D.Cox 21+8reb+3ast, I.Saounera 19+2reb, J.Barham 13+6reb+3ast, D.Gentil 9+3reb+2ast, E.Monceau 9+6reb+2ast, D.Petrovic 7+2ast
gschID: 484950


Vitre - Lorient 80-75

No shocking result in a game when fourteenth ranked Vitre (10-12) beat at home 17th ranked Lorient (8-14) 80-75. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Vitre players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Montenegrin center Aleksandar Radulovic (207-83) scored 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Guillaume Merie (198-83) chipped in 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side American forward Michael Craion (195-89, college: ORU) responded with 20 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and his fellow American import forward Jared Newson (196-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Inception Sports) scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Lorient players scored in double figures. Vitre moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Rennes and Chartres. Newly promoted Lorient keeps the seventeenth position with 14 games lost. Vitre will play against bottom-ranked CFBB (#18) in Paris in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lorient will play at home against Angers BC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vitre: A.Radulovic 24+9reb+4ast, G.Merie 18+8reb+4ast, N.Korac 15+5reb+8ast, A.Belkessa 8+3reb+2ast, M.Claveau 7+6reb+2ast, I.Miskovic 4+1reb
Lorient: M.Craion 20+8reb+4ast, J.Newson 16+5reb+4ast, C.Faroux 11+2reb+4ast, D.Damachoua 11+2reb+2ast, M.Bigote 6+3reb+3ast, J.Bach 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 484951





Nando De Colo selected the top French playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nando De Colo
Nando De Colo
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Nando De Colo (196-87, currently plays in VTB United League). He led his Russian team CSKA to a victory over the ninth-ranked Avtodor (5-10) 95-80 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. De Colo was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points and added 8 passes in 28 minutes on the court. CSKA Moscow (14-1) is placed first in the VTB United League. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. De Colo has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 5.9apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 71.7%(38-53), 3FGP: 44.8% and FT: 88.7% in eight games he played so far. De Colo is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Thomas Heurtel
Thomas Heurtel
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey). He was the main contributor in a 2-point Anadolu Efes' victory against the league outsider TED Kolejliler (0-17) 74-72 in the Turkish BSL last Sunday. Heurtel was the best player in that game. He scored 21 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line). Anadolu Efes Istanbul (15-2) is placed second in the BSL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Heurtel has relatively good stats this season: 13.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 7.2apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 47.9%, 3FGP: 43.6% and FT: 87.5%. He is in the roster of the French senior national team.

Rodrigue Beaubois
Rodrigue Beaubois
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Rodrigue Beaubois (185-88, currently plays in Euroleague). Beaubois could not help Baskonia (12-9) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the seventh-placed Baskonia (12-9) lost 71-79 at home to the leading Real Madrid in the group A of Euroleague. Beaubois was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 3 assists in 26 minutes. This year Beaubois has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 57.8%(52-90), 3FGP: 36.4% and FT: 90.3%(28-31) in 18 games. He is also a member of the French senior national team.

Edwin Jackson
Edwin Jackson
   #4. Shooting guard Edwin Jackson (190-89, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Movil Estudiantes (12-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Jackson's very good performance Movil Estudiantes was defeated 103-97 in a derby game by the lower-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (#9). He was the top scorer with 39 points. Jackson also added 4 passes. It's Jackson's first season with the team. This year he has very high stats. Jackson averages: 22.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.1apg and 1.2spg. He used to play for the French national team back in 2015.

Guerschon Yabusele
Guerschon Yabusele
   #5. Former U20 international power forward Guerschon Yabusele (201-95, currently plays in China) was the major contributor in a Shanghai Sharks' victory against the 12th-ranked Qingdao Eagles (15-18) 115-109 in the Chinese CBA last Sunday. Yabusele scored 24 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 4 blocks in 32 minutes. Shanghai Dongfang Sharks (27-6) are placed first in the CBA. Yabusele has very impressive stats this year: 21.2ppg, 9.3rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg in 32 games. He used to play for the French U20 national team two years ago.

Rudy Gobert
Rudy Gobert
   #6. Center Rudy Gobert (216-92, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Milwaukee Bucks (22-28) 104-88 in the NBA on Wednesday night. Gobert recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 15 rebounds. The Utah Jazz has a solid 33-19 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Gobert has very high stats. He averages: 13.0ppg, 12.5rpg and 2.5bpg. Gobert is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

Fabien Causeur
Fabien Causeur
   #7. International shooting guard Fabien Causeur (195-87, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Brose Baskets' victory against the closely-ranked s Oliver Baskets (10-4) 88-78 in the German BBL in Sunday night's game. He scored 16 points and added 6 assists in 26 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Brose Baskets Bamberg (18-1) is placed second in the BBL. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Causeur has reliable stats this year: 11.3ppg, 3.4rpg and 3.1apg in 16 games. He is also French national team player.

Evan Fournier
Evan Fournier
   #8. Shooting guard Evan Fournier (198-92, currently plays in NBA) helped Orlando Magic win their game against the Toronto Raptors (32-21) 102-94 in the NBA on Friday night. Fournier had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 4 assists in 36 minutes. The Orlando Magic has 20-34 record this season. Fournier has very impressive stats this year: 16.7ppg, 3.1rpg and 3.3apg in 41 games. He used to play for the French national team back in 2015.

Adrien Moerman
Adrien Moerman
   #9. International power forward Adrien Moerman (202-88, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to secure a victory for Darussafaka (10-11) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Moerman's good performance Darussafaka (#9) was edged 89-87 on the road by the lower-ranked Armani Milano (#15) in the group A of Euroleague. He scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Moerman's overall stats this season are: 9.7ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.2apg. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum
   #10. Small forward Nicolas Batum (203-88, currently plays in NBA) helped Charlotte Hornets win their game against the Brooklyn Nets (9-43) 111-107 in the NBA last Tuesday. Batum scored 17 points, grabbed 8 boards, handed out 4 passes and blocked 2 shots in 38 minutes. The Charlotte Hornets have 25-27 record this season. They ended the series of seven consecutive loses. Batum has very impressive stats this year: 14.9ppg, 7.3rpg, 6.0apg and 1.1spg in 49 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

   #11. International point guard Antoine Diot (193-89, currently plays in EuroCup) helped his Spanish team Valencia Basket win their game against the closely-ranked Cedevita 71-58 in the Eurocup on Tuesday night. Diot scored 7 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals. Diot's overall stats this season are: 8.7ppg, 1.6rpg, 4.4apg and 1.6spg. He plays currently for the French national team.

   #12. Former international guard Leo Westermann (197-92, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague) helped his Lithuanian team Zalgiris win their game against the 12th-ranked FC Barcelona 89-85 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Westermann scored 8 points and added 6 assists. Westermann's overall stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 3.4rpg and 5.3apg. He used to play for the French national team back in 2015.

   #13. An experienced international point guard Tony Parker (188-82, currently plays in NBA) helped San Antonio Spurs win their game against the Denver Nuggets crushing them 121-97 in the NBA on Saturday night. Parker scored 18 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals in 23 minutes. Parker has very impressive stats this year: 11.1ppg, 2.0rpg and 4.6apg in 38 games. He is also French national team player.

   #14. International power forward Joffrey Lauvergne (210-91, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) helped Oklahoma City Thunder win their game against the Memphis Grizzlies 114-102 in the NBA in Friday night's game. Lauvergne recorded 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Lauvergne's overall stats this season are: 5.5ppg and 3.7rpg. He plays currently for the French national team.

   #15. U20 international power forward Alpha Kaba (209-96, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League) helped his Serbian team Mega Leks win their game against the closely-ranked Krka 82-73 in the ABA League last Saturday. Kaba scored 13 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 30 minutes. Kaba's stats this year are: 11.0ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.7spg in 20 games. He is also in the roster of the French U20 national team.

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

   #1. Jordan Semple (201-F-92, college: Chico St., currently plays in Bulgaria) was the major contributor in an Academik Plovdiv's victory against the closely-ranked Beroe (6-3) 89-77 in the Bulgarian NBL last Saturday. Semple recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 4 steals; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Semple's second season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Akademik Bulteks 99 Plovdiv (11-4) is placed second in the NBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Semple has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 21.6ppg, 12.3rpg, 3.7apg, 1.7bpg and 1.9spg. Semple is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in France.

   #2. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Baskonia's victory against the closely-ranked Andorra (10-9) 91-82 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Tillie scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 26 minutes. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (13-6) is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa. This year Tillie's overall stats are: 7.4ppg and 3.4rpg in 17 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and French.

   #3. Experienced Afik Nissim (185-PG-81, currently plays in Israel) led Hapoel Eilat to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Galil Gilboa (7-11) 100-81 in the Israeli Winner League in Thursday night's game. Nissim scored 15 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in only a mere 14 minutes. 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 is very crucial. Nissim is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Hapoel's roster. This season his overall stats are: 8.3ppg and 1.5apg in 15 games. Nissim is another player who holds two passports: French and Israeli.

   #4. Elishay Kadir (202-PF-87, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a Maccabi Rishon's victory against the closely-ranked Ironi Nahariya (8-10) 97-85 in the Israeli Winner League last Wednesday. He scored 8 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (9-9) is placed seventh in the Winner League. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Kadir's overall stats this season are: 7.5ppg, 6.3rpg and 2.2apg. He has both French and Israeli nationalities.

   #5. Mattia Udom (200-F-93, currently plays in Italy) helped Angelico Biella win their game against the sixth-ranked Latina Basket (11-9) 92-85 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Udom scored 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Angelico Biella (15-5) is placed first in West group. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Udom averaged so far 11.1ppg and 5.4rpg. He also holds two passports: French and Italian.

   #6. Herve Lamizana (208-F/C-81, agency: Basket Management Solutions, college: Rutgers, currently plays in Taiwan) could not help one of league's weakest teams Yulon Luxgen (14-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Lamizana's very good performance Yulon Luxgen was defeated 92-79 on the road by the higher-ranked Fubon Braves (#3). He recorded a double-double by scoring 33 points and getting 14 rebounds. Lamizana also added 2 blocks. This season Lamizana has very high stats. He averages: 19.5ppg, 9.3rpg, 2.7apg, 2.7bpg and 1.5spg. Lamizana has Ivorian and French nationalities.

   #7. Navid Niktash (203-G/F-91, currently plays in United Kingdom) led London Lions to a victory against the closely-ranked Plymouth Raiders 107-101 in the British BBL last Sunday. He scored 11 points and added 3 passes. Niktash averaged so far 14.5ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.6apg. He holds both French and Iranian passports.

   #8. Alexis Dargenton (203-F, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Utah St. (2-4) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Dargenton's good performance the Utah St. was edged 72-70 at home by the Boise State University. He scored 14 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Dargenton's overall stats this season are: 5.1ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.1bpg.

   #9. Anthony Chada (196-G/F-89, currently plays in Belgium) was not able to secure a victory for Kangoeroes (9-3) in their last game. Despite his good performance Kangoeroes lost 75-86 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#11) Oostende. Chada scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. Chada averaged so far 10.3ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.5apg in 18 games. He has dual citizenship: French and Belgian. Despite Chada's French passport, he previously played for the Belgian U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the French team.

   #10. Johnathon Wilkins (208-F, currently studies in the States) helped N.Mexico St. win their game against the Chicago State University crushing them 86-51 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Wilkins scored 8 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 24 minutes. This year Wilkins' overall stats are: 5.2ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.2apg in 23 games.



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D1 Standings

Prva Standings
 1. Feni Industries 10-1 
 2. Rabotnicki 9-2 
 3. Kumanovo 7-3 
 4. Kozuv 6-4 
 5. Strumica 4-6 
 6. Pelister Bitola 4-7 
 7. Ohrid AV 2-8 
 8. Vardar 0-11 
Play in international cups:
 1. Karpos Sokoli
 2. MZT Skopje

Regular Season: Round 12

Feb. 11: Vardar - Kozuv
Feb. 11: Kumanovo - Feni Industries
Feb. 11: Rabotnicki - Ohrid AV
Feb. 11: Strumica - Pelister Bitola


Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Kenyon MCNEAILL
  Kozuv
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. McNeaill, Kozuv19.7 
 2. Mijatovic, Kuman.18.7 
 3. Mijovic, Kozuv16.0 
 4. Hawkins, Pelister.15.9 
 5. Ceskovic, Feni I.15.2 
 6. Zivcevic, Strumica15.0 
 7. Besovic, Strumica14.0 
 8. Mihajlovski, Ohrid A.13.9 
 9. Cekovski, Rabotnicki13.7 
 10. Vasilic, Ohrid AV13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milivoje MIJOVIC
  Kozuv
  (200-PF-91)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Mijovic, Kozuv12.4 
 2. Vasilic, Ohrid AV9.5 
 3. Andrejevic, Pelister.7.3 
 4. Cekovski, Rabotnicki6.9 
 5. Zekjiri, Vardar6.8 
 6. Golubovic, Pelister.6.4 
 7. Nikolovski, Feni I.6.2 
 8. Besovic, Strumica6.1 
 9. Misanovic, Rabotnicki6.1 
 10. Mijatovic, Kuman.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Vlado ILIEVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (188-PG-80)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Ilievski, Rabotnicki6.9 
 2. Karadzovski, Kuman.4.6 
 3. McNeaill, Kozuv4.3 
 4. Kostovski, Kuman.4.2 
 5. Mirakovski, Rabot.4.1 
 6. Bogoev, Strumica4.1 
 7. Mladenovic, Ohrid A.4.0 
 8. Magdevski, Feni I.3.8 
 9. Hall, Kozuv3.5 
 10. Zivcevic, Strumica3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Marjan MLADENOVIC
  Ohrid A.
  (180-PG-87)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Mladenovic, Ohrid A.1.6 
 2. Hall, Kozuv1.4 
 3. Ilievski, Rabotnicki1.4 
 4. Zivcevic, Strumica1.3 
 5. Jokic, Strumica1.3 
 6. Robev, Vardar1.2 
 7. Nikolic, Rabotnicki1.2 
 8. Magdevski, Feni I.1.2 
 9. Karakolev, Kuman.1.1 
 10. Stajic, Feni I.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  Rabotnicki
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Misanovic, Rabotnicki1.5 
 2. Krstevski, Kozuv1.2 
 3. Djekic, Feni I.0.9 
 4. Maslinko, Rabotnicki0.8 
 5. Besovic, Strumica0.8 
 6. Mijatovic, Kuman.0.7 
 7. Janevski, Kumanovo0.6 
 8. Mijovic, Kozuv0.5 
 9. Zekjiri, Vardar0.5 
 10. Vasilic, Ohrid AV0.5 



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  GEORGIA  


Giorgi Shermadini selected the top Georgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Giorgi Shermadini (217-89, currently plays in Spain). He could not help Andorra (10-9) in their last game. Despite Shermadini's very good performance Andorra lost 82-91 at home to the higher-ranked (#5) Baskonia. He was the top scorer with 25 points. Shermadini also added 8 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) in 25 minutes on the court. Shermadini has relatively good stats this year: 14.8ppg, 7.7rpg, 2FGP: 64.2%(97-151) and FT: 79.3% in 19 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Georgian senior national team.

Michael Dixon
Michael Dixon
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Michael Dixon (186-90, agency: Diamond Sports, college: Memphis, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Dixon led his Greek team AEK Athens to a 1-point victory over the fourth-ranked Juventus (8-6) 78-77 in the Basketball Champions League last Wednesday. He was MVP of the game. Dixon recorded 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. AEK Athens (9-5) is placed second in group E. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Dixon has relatively solid stats: 15.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 55.6%(45-81), 3FGP: 44.8% and FT: 75.0%. He is a naturalized American. Dixon is in the roster of the Georgian senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Georgia.

Richard Hickman
Richard Hickman
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Richard Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro, currently plays in Italy). Hickman led Armani Milano to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Openjobmetis VA (5-13) 98-82 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. He scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 29 minutes. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (15-3) is placed first in the Serie A. It's Hickman's first season with the team. This year Hickman averages: 8.8ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.8apg, 2FGP: 54.8%, 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 71.9% in 13 games. He is a naturalized American. Hickman played for the Georgian national team three years ago. Apparently he has never played in Georgia.

Duda Sanadze
Duda Sanadze
   #4. Guard Duda Sanadze (196-92, college: San Diego, currently plays in Slovenia) led KK Primorska to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Portoroz (1-15) crushing them 94-61 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM in Friday night's game. Sanadze was the best player in that game. He scored 28 points (!!!) and grabbed 4 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line); not bad, considering it's only Sanadze's third season in pro basketball. Sixt Primorska (9-8) is placed seventh in the Liga Nova KBM. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. Sanadze has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.6ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.2apg. Sanadze is also Georgian national team player.

Corey Fisher
Corey Fisher
   #5. Former international point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova, currently plays in EuroCup) was the major contributor in a 2-point Lietuvos rytas' victory against the closely-ranked Zenit (3-3) 86-84 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. He scored 17 points and added 4 passes (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 22 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (3-3) is placed third in the Eurocup. The Second Stage already ended in the Eurocup. Fisher has reliable stats this year: 11.9ppg, 1.4rpg and 3.4apg in 14 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Fisher played previously for the USA university national team, he is currently in the Georgian national team roster. Interesting that Fisher has never played in Georgia.

Jacob Pullen
Jacob Pullen
   #6. Point guard Jacob Pullen (184-89, college: Kansas St., currently plays in EuroCup) contributed to Khimky's victory against the closely-ranked Lietkabelis (2-4) 89-77 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. He scored 12 points, made 8 passes and 3 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BC Khimky Moscow Region (4-2) is placed second in the Eurocup. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Eurocup Second Stage. And that game will be critical. Pullen's stats this season are: 10.2ppg, 2.7apg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Pullen is a former international player as he played for the Georgian senior team two years ago. However he has never played in Georgia.

Taurean Green
Taurean Green
   #7. Former international point guard Taurean Green (183-85, college: Florida, currently plays in Israel) was the main contributor in a 1-point Bnei Hasharon's victory against the league outsider Maccabi K/G (3-15) 80-79 in the Israeli Winner League in Monday night's game. Green was the top player that evening. He scored 19 points, made 5 passes and 3 steals in 25 minutes. Bnei Hertzeliyya (11-6) is placed fourth in the Winner League. Green's stats this year are: 13.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.4apg and 1.6spg in 17 games. He is a naturalized American. Green used to play for the Georgian national team seven years ago.

Marquez Haynes
Marquez Haynes
   #8. Point guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) was not able to help Umana Venezia in their game against Ventspils (7-7) in the Basketball Champions League. Haynes recorded 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The third-placed Umana Venezia (9-5) was defeated 74-67 on the road by the lower-ranked Ventspils (#5) in the group B of Basketball Champions League. Haynes' overall stats this season are: 8.3ppg, 1.6rpg, 4.4apg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Haynes used to play for the Georgian national team back in 2011.

Beka Burjanadze
Beka Burjanadze
   #9. International power forward Beka Burjanadze (201-94, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Giorgi Shermadini and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Burjanadze was not able to secure a victory for Andorra (10-9) in their last game. Despite his good performance Andorra lost 82-91 on their home court in Andorra to the higher-ranked (#5) Baskonia. Burjanadze scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes. Burjanadze averaged so far 10.2ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.1apg in 19 games. He is also in the roster of the Georgian national team.

Giorgi Sharabidze
Giorgi Sharabidze
   #10. Center Giorgi Sharabidze (210-90, agency: Mansfield and Associates, currently plays in Balkan League) couldn't help Feni Industries (1-3) in their game against Beroe (4-0) in the Balkan League, despite his very good performance last Tuesday. Sharabidze had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 4 assists in 21 minutes. But Feni Industries was edged 85-84 on their home court in Kavadarci by the higher-ranked (#5) Beroe. There are only two games left until the end of the Balkan League Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. Sharabidze averaged so far 12.2ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.5apg in 10 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster.

   #11. U18 international power forward Goga Bitadze (210-99, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to Smederevo's victory against the closely-ranked OKK Beograd 85-71 in the Serbian KLS in Friday night's game. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in only a mere 14 minutes. This year Bitadze's overall stats are: 9.6ppg and 4.1rpg in 11 games. He plays currently for the Georgian U18 national team.

   #12. Former U20 international center Shota Gelazonia (205-94, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Zornotza crushing them 99-62 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. Gelazonia recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 15 rebounds. Gelazonia's total stats this season are: 9.9ppg and 5.0rpg. He used to play for the Georgian U20 national team back in 2013.

   #13. Former international power forward Nika Metreveli (211-91, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Givova Scafati Basket to win against the 15th-ranked Agropoli crushing them 92-62 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. He scored only 2 points. Metreveli's total stats this season are: 1.5ppg and 2.0rpg. He used to play for the Georgian national team two years ago.

   #14. U20 international power forward Willy Isiani (203-97, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Gran Canaria B in their game against Villarrobledo in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). Isiani scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. His team lost 76-83. This year Isiani's total stats are: 7.7ppg and 4.3rpg in 14 games. He plays currently for the Georgian U20 national team.

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

   #1. Guillermo Diaz (188-G-85, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Liga Americas) contributed to a San Lorenzo's victory against the closely-ranked Hebraica (2-1) 82-75 in the Liga Americas in Saturday night's game. Diaz scored 10 points. San Lorenzo de Almagra (3-0) is placed ninth in the Liga Americas. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. The Regular Season already ended in the Liga Americas. This season Diaz averages only 7.0ppg. He has a dual citizenship: Georgian and Puerto Rican.

   #2. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points, currently plays in EuroCup) managed to help Valencia Basket to win against the closely-ranked ALBA Berlin (1-5) crushing them 99-73 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. Thomas scored only 2 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Valencia Basket (6-0) is placed first in the Eurocup. So far his team won all six games in the Second Stage. They will play only one more game in the Eurocup Second Stage. And that game will be critical. Thomas' overall stats this season are: 5.9ppg and 4.7rpg. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.

   #3. Grigol Shvangiradze (196-F-91, currently plays in Spain). Shvangiradze could not help Quintanar (9-8) to beat Real Canoe (15-3). He scored 5 points in 27 minutes. Quintanar (#8) lost 65-77 on the road to the leading Real Canoe in the Group B. It was Quintanar's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Shvangiradze's total stats are: 5.4ppg and 2.9rpg in 17 games he played so far.



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Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. MBC 19-2 
 2. Crailsheim 17-5 
 3. Kirchheim 16-5 
 4. Chemnitz 14-6 
 5. Heidelberg 13-8 
 6. Hanau 12-9 
 7. Trier 11-10 
 8. Koeln Rh.Stars 11-11 
 9. Oettinger R. 10-11 
 10. Hamburg 9-12 
 11. Uni Baskets 9-12 
 12. Nuernberg 7-13 
 13. Baunach 7-14 
 14. Ehingen 6-15 
 15. ETB Wohnbau 5-16 
 16. Dresden 2-19 

Regular Season: Round 21

Feb. 4: Hamburg - Uni Baskets 79-59
Feb. 8: Koeln Rh.Stars - Kirchheim 77-83
Feb. 3: MBC - Hanau 77-61
Feb. 4: ETB Wohnbau - Baunach 72-82
Feb. 3: Trier - Chemnitz 71-58
Feb. 4: Crailsheim - Ehingen 115-66

Round 16

Feb. 8: Baunach - Hanau 90-84

Round 23

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

Regular Season: Round 22

Feb. 11: Chemnitz - Crailsheim
Feb. 11: Nuernberg - Hamburg
Feb. 11: Uni Baskets - Dresden
Feb. 11: Ehingen - ETB Wohnbau
Feb. 12: MBC - Trier
Feb. 12: Baunach - Kirchheim
Feb. 12: Heidelberg - Koeln Rh.Stars
Feb. 12: Oettinger R. - Hanau


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Chris ALEXANDER
  ETB W.
  (186-PG-83)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Alexander, ETB W.19.6 
 2. Williams, Kirchheim19.4 
 3. Pinkins, Hanau18.5 
 4. Watkins, Nuernberg18.3 
 5. Nikolic, Baunach18.1 
 6. Kerusch, MBC17.4 
 7. Holt, Dresden16.4 
 8. Warren, MBC16.1 
 9. Spearman, Trier15.8 
 10. Robertson, Koeln R.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leon KRATZER
  Baunach
  (210-C-97)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Kratzer, Baunach12.8 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau9.7 
 3. Oppland, Nuernberg8.5 
 4. Jahn, Ehingen8.4 
 5. Thompson, ETB W.8.0 
 6. Wolf, Hamburg7.3 
 7. Lawson, Chemnitz7.3 
 8. Sturner, Dresden7.2 
 9. Williams, Kirchheim6.8 
 10. Wild, Hanau6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksej NIKOLIC
  Baunach
  (191-PG-95)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Nikolic, Baunach6.9 
 2. Love, Kirchheim6.1 
 3. Moore, Ehingen5.8 
 4. Carter, Chemnitz5.5 
 5. Hatten, MBC5.4 
 6. Watkins, Nuernberg5.4 
 7. Williams, Koeln R.5.3 
 8. Adams, Uni Baskets5.2 
 9. Schmitz, Trier5.2 
 10. Vest, Uni Baskets5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Carrington LOVE
  Kirchheim
  (186-G-94)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Love, Kirchheim2.9 
 2. Hatten, MBC2.6 
 3. Adams, Uni Baskets2.5 
 4. White, Heidelberg2.5 
 5. Carter, Chemnitz2.2 
 6. Tiggs, Crailsheim2.1 
 7. Watkins, Nuernberg2.0 
 8. Vest, Uni Baskets1.9 
 9. Dunn, Crailsheim1.8 
 10. Hewitt, Koeln R.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Oettinge.
  (206-PF-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Muldrow, Oettinge.2.8 
 2. Pressley, Dresden2.0 
 3. White, Heidelberg1.6 
 4. Kratzer, Baunach1.6 
 5. King, Koeln R.1.4 
 6. Keppeler, Baunach1.3 
 7. van, Trier1.3 
 8. Grim, Uni Baskets1.3 
 9. Fraser, Ehingen1.1 
 10. Heinzmann, Koeln R.1.1 


Mike Morrison Explodes Owning The Paint Leading The Fraport Skyliners To 90-80 Champions League Win Over Pinar Karsiyaka - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Many Boston Celtic fans will remember the date May 22nd 1988 probably not as much as February 5th, 2017 like New England Patriots fans, but for AJ English senior who had finished his sophomore season at Virginia Union might have caught the legendary playoff game between the Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks where Boston won 118-116. Fans witnessed the fourth quarter sniper attack between legends Larry Bird and Dominque Wilkins who combined for 34 points. It was a display of scoring magic and abilities that would never be repeated again between two players in such an important setting, but amazing individual scoring masterpieces have been on the menu currently in the NBA as Isaiah Thomas can soon warrant a patent on fourth quarter magic while guys like Lebron James and Steph Curry do it on a regular basis. These feats do happen in European basketball, but not as frequently, but last weekend it happened in Munich as AJ English's potent scoring was lost in the aftermath of an embarrassing 95-70 Fraport Skyliners loss. English eclipsed the 20 points of Bird form 1988 and scored all of his teams 22 points like a slithering snake waiting to bite every time he got the ball and the only thing missing was having an opponent who also shot out the lights on a regular basis like he did. This shooting performance probably won't be remembered very long simply because it wasn't a close game, but English surely won't forget that he got his first loss in a Fraport Skyliners jersey as he had been perfect 8-0 going into the contest. However, English was able to go into the Champions League playoffs against Pinar Karsiyaka with confidence as he was still perfect in this competition at 4-0 and had scored in double figures in each game averaging 17,3ppg, 4,0rpg and 2,5apg. English was looking to have his slithering snake instincts again for the basket and stayed perfect in the competition and scored in double figures again with 10 points, but this night belonged to a player that isn't known for his scoring power, but Mike Morrison (206-F-89, college: George Mason, agency: Interperformances) exploded owning the paint and scored a career high 35 points eclipsing his two other best marks of 28 points in Finland and Cyprus leading the Fraport Skyliners to an important 90-80 win over Pinar Karsiyaka. The big man always plays with a lot of energy, but on this night, he was a man playing against boys in the paint as it was his own domain. After the big win, Morrison was surrounded by a swarm of journalists, but the big man from St Petersburg, Florida handled the hoopla with grace and as always had an eloquent tongue while describing his unexpected burst of scoring. 'My teammates did a good job on the pick and roll finding me a lot. I am focused on being consistent and not getting caught up with the highs and the lows', smiled ex George Mason center Mike Morrison. Morrison finished with 35 points, seven rebounds, three assists and shot at a very high rate at 88% going 15/17. For his teammates of many years like Quantez Robertson, having a big game like this wasn't surprising. 'Mike had a very good week of practice and he is always very motivated to play. Tonight we got him going early and it carried all the way until the end. He got some easy put back dunks and moved well on the blocks to get into good position to score', added ex Auburn guard Quantez Robertson. For new Skyliner scoring sensation from Iona AJ English seeing the big man own the paint all night long also wasn't surprising as he has seen in a short time what he can do on the floor. 'Mike is more than capable to have nights like this. I think that they were focusing more on our guards, so coach told us to go inside to Mike more. I think that he belongs in the NBA', smiled AJ English. Even his ex teammates were thinking about him and had to get their two cents worth of jokes in. 'Mike was a beast tonight. Aaron Doornekamp called me two minutes after the game was over and asked me if Mike Morrison's stats were correct', added Fraport Skyliners head coach Gordon Herbert.

The Fraport Skyliners will return back to Turkey in two weeks and try to wrap up the playoffs series not allowing Pinar Karsiyaka of scoring more than ten points. The Fraport Skyliners played a solid first half, but had their problems with keeping the Turkish team under wraps as they were able to get too many easy baskets and bitter turnovers also didn't help their game. However in the second half, they picked up their defense and got more support on the offensive end keeping up their consistency despite Pinar Karsiyaka getting a potent effort from American guard J' Covan Brown dropping 29 points. Ex Fraport Skyliner Jordan Theodore may have gone to Seton Hall just down the street from Iona where AJ English went, but both players speak the same language and both use a term in Frankfurt that continues to live on. 'The key to the win was playing defense, getting the key rebounds and just playing Skyliner basketball', added AJ English. Every time the Fraport Skyliners won last year, Theodore would utter the phrase Skyliner basketball at least once after a win. Pinar Karsiyaka played a superb first round in the competition having a 9-3 record and came into the playoffs as the slight favorite and at the break looked like they had good chances to win, but in the second half, they were unable to keep the Frankfurt offense under wraps and couldn't execute in explosive style in crunch time to make the game more exciting. 'Frankfurt played well and they are very well coached and very disciplined. We were in control in the first half, but had our lapses in the second half. However this series has 80 minutes and we will go back and review the game and come back in two weeks at home', stressed 28 year old ex Stanford (NCAA) forward Josh Owens. 'Both teams played very hard and we gave it our all, but they still scored 80 points, but we also played very well offensively', added Mike Morrison.
The Fraport Skyliner arena was unexpectedly very loud at an international club game as hundreds of Turkish fans were in the stands supporting their team as it is always amazing to witness just how big that community is in Frankfurt. The Fraport Skyliners didn't get irritated by the Turkish support and sped off to a lightening start leading 10-2 in the first few minutes. Mike Morrison got on fire quickly scoring eight of Frankfurt's 10 points making a left handed hook shot, two handed throw down and two tip in dunks. Frankfurt's zone was causing turmoil for the opponents offense and their strong defense led to easy buckets. However it is only a matter of time before a scoring machine like Pinar Karsiyaka get going as they rebounded going on a 11-4 run to suddenly be trailing Frankfurt only 14-13. In the run, the Turkish side got important support from their Americans as Owens made a lay up, ex Texas (NCAA) guard Brown made a sweet fade away and ex NBA player Dajuan Summers used his rugged body to score easily in traffic. Both teams would battle back and forth until the end of the first quarter, but Frankfurt would have the slight 21-20 lead. Frankfurt got key buckets from English who dropped a trey and made a floater while Morrison finished with 10 points. It would have been difficult to pick which Morrison basket in the first quarter was more prettier as each could have been a winner on ESPN, but his last one might have won as he made a powering alley-oop suff as English made a beautiful flick up to the rim. 'It was a great quarter for Morrison. He is a great player. His teammates found him many times and he was always in the right spot', stressed Fraport Skyliner young German giant Daniel Mayr. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 53% from the field and 33% from outside while Pinar Karsiyaka was shooting 70% from the field and 100% from outside. Frankfurt had the 8-4 rebound edge and had five turnovers while Pinar Karsiyaka had six turnovers.

The second quarter was a quarter of runs, but Pinar Karsiyaka were able to get into halftime better having the 41-36 advantage after 20 minutes. The Turkish squad came out roaring in the second quarter going on a quick 6-0 run to lead 26-21. In the run, it was Josh Owens who scored three consecutive times as he controlled the offensive glasses making two put backs and making a hard dunk on the pick and roll pass from Brown. Frankfurt came back going on a 7-0 run to grab back the lead 28-26 as Morrison was back to his old self staying aggressive and putting everything away that was near the rim connecting twice and ex Nebraska forward Shavon Shields who had been more of a distributor than finisher up to that point displayed his top one on one skills blowing by the Turkish defense and making an easy lay in. Then there would be three lead changes as Brown nailed a three pointer, Morrison made a difficult tip in after getting a tough pass from English and Owens made a tip in as Frankfurt trailed 31-30. Pinar Karsiyaka would hold the lead until halftime as Brown was a one man wrecking crew scoring eight of their last ten points. He drilled home two three's and also used his extreme quickness getting to the hole in Dashaun Wood manner back in the day when he was the BBL's MVP in 2011 with Frankfurt. Frankfurt got production from Shields connecting from the free throw line and making a fade away jumper while English hit a three. Owens closed out the second quarter with a dunk. 'We didn't defend badly. They hit many contested shots and there isn't too much that you can do when that happens. We let Josh Owens get too many offensive rebounds and put backs', added ex Science City Jena center Daniel Mayr. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 48% from the field and 29% from the three point line while Pinar Karsiyaka was shooting 55% from the field and 63% from the three point line. Frankfurt had the 17-14 rebound advantage, but nine turnovers while the guests had eight turnovers.

In the third quarter came the turning point as the Fraport Skyliners achieved a devastating 14-0 run which carved the way for the club being able to take the needed self confidence and close out the game strong. Shields and ex Butler (NCAA) guard Mike Green traded baskets in the first minute of the third quarter. Then it was time for Morrison to get back to work and score in bunches as one was prettier than the next. On the first basket, Shields led the fast break found Quantez Robertson on the wing and he lofted up the pass to Morrison who could of reserved a bed on the rim on this night making the hard dunk. On the next play he hit a difficult turn around 15 foot bank shot that would of even had ex Boston Celtic legend Kevin Mchale giving a wink to the Florida native as Frankfurt trailed 43-42. Brown then drove baseline and snuck under the hoop kicking out to Green who dropped a trey giving the Turkish squad the 48-42 lead. Then came the turning point of the game as the Fraport Skyliners exploded out on a 14-0 run to take control of the game leading 58-48. In the run, Frankfurt got valuable support from many players as Morrison made a left handed hook shot, Shields scored inside, young German talent Niklas Kiel got a back door pass from Vaughn for the easy lay up and Vaughn also nailed a trey and made a 25 footer crossing over his man and hitting. Frankfurt closed out the third quarter leading 63-54 as Robertson scored inside and Vaughn made a jumper. Vaughn overall was very instrumental in Frankfurt's turn around and keeping their rhythm on offense and just doing what a floor general should running the offense to near perfection. 'We executed a lot better in the third quarter even though we knew that they would be hard to stop if they got going', added Mike Morrison. 'We came out flat. Frankfurt was running pick and roll well and Morrison had a heck of a game', said Josh Owens. 'We wanted to focus on locking down Brown, but he did a good job making shots', added AJ English. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 52% from the field and 33% from the parking lot while Pinar Karsiyaka shot 50% from the field and 33% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the 27-20 rebound edge and 10 turnovers while the guests had 11 turnovers.

In the fourth quarter, the Fraport Skyliners kept their cool continuing to execute well while they did a good job keeping Pinar Karsiyaka at a distance where they were unable to truly threaten Frankfurt. After both teams traded baskets, German captain Max Merz lost the handle and ex Detroit Piston Dajaun Summers retrieved the ball and went coast to coast for the hard dunk cutting the Frankfurt lead to 65-58. Merz didn't hang his head or mope around, but wasted no time striking back and doing something very unlikely as he scored in bunches making a pretty lay in and then finishing off a fast break play with a nifty floater as Frankfurt led 69-58. Morrison continued to be involved cleaning up the paint area as he scored on a lay-up and finished a dunk, but Frankfurt couldn't totally run away with the lead as Brown continued to be a thorn in the side of Frankfurt getting to the line and scoring easily inside. Summers nailed a trey and Pinar Karsiyaka continued to be in striking distance trailing only 74-67. However the fine oiled Frankfurt offense continued to operate and score at ease as Morrison drained free throws, Shields did his typical fakes getting opponents in the air and then having an open look for a mid-distance jumper and Robertson nailed a tough contested trey from the corner as Pinar Karsiyaka continued not to be able to make any ground trailing 81-69. Frankfurt got free throws from Shields and Vaughn and another hard dunk from Morrison, but Pinar Karsiyaka threatened one more time as Brown crowned his 29 point evening with back to back three's to cut the Frankfurt lead to 87-80. However the Turkish squad missed on their last three possessions to carve down the Frankfurt lead to help their chances in the return game, but couldn't execute and Vaughn put a final exclamation point in the score nailing a trey to give Frankfurt the well deserved 90-80 win. 'We continued to be aggressive and play our basketball. We played to win', warned AJ English. 'Frankfurt gained the momentum and confidence in the third quarter. We were on our heels and were trying to close the gap. The difference was that we missed some open shots while they hit shots down the stretch', warned Josh Owens. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Mike Morrison with 35 points. Kwame Vaughn added 18 points and six assists. Shavon Shields contributed 14 points,seven boards and six assists and AJ English ahd 10 points and six assists. Pinar Karsiyaka were led by J'Covan Brown with 29 points. Josh Owens added 15 points. Muhammed Baygul added 12 points and Dajuan Summers had 10 points. The Fraport Skyliners shot 54% from the field and 33% from outside while Pinar Karsiyaka shot 51% from the field and 38% from outside. Frankfurt won the rebound duel 35-24 and both teams had 13 turnovers apiece.



Mateusz Ponitka (Pinar Karsiyaka) I Am At The Beginning Of My Career And Will Do My Best To Be Remembered - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) is a 23 year old 196cm guard that is playing his first season for Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (Turkey-BSL). He started his basketball career in 2008 with Kasprowiczanka Ostrow Wlk. He then played three seasons with Tempcold AZS Politechnika Warszawa (1Liga). In the 2012-2013 season he made the jump to Asseco Prokom Gdynia (PLK): 34 games: 8.7ppg, 4.2rpg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 27.2%, FT: 70.7%; Euroleague: 10 games: 8.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 61.0%, 3PT: 32.3%, FT: 38.1%. He then played two seasons with Telenet BC Oostende (Belgium-Scooore League). Last season he played for Stelmet Zielona Gora (TBL): 41 games: 10.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 61.8%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 76.1%; Euroleague: 10 games: 12.0ppg, Reb-3 (7.9rpg), 2.2apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 57.7%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 67.6%; Eurocup: 10 games: 13.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 47.6%, FT: 69.4%. Last simmer he took part at the NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas (Denver Nuggets): 4 games: 2.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.3spg. The Polish player spoke to eurobasket before the Champions league game against the Fraport Skyliners.

Mateusz thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. This is now the third interview that your giving for the site after giving one two years ago when you were playing in Belgium and last summer when you were playing for the Polish national team. How is basketball life for you currently?

Life in total is good. I came to Turkey straight after Eurobasket Qualification and now its already 6 months I am here. Its really nice in Izmir. It's a beautiful city with a lot of great places to visit. Basketball wise we have good team which can compete with anybody in the Turkish League and in Champions League. I got my role in the team so I am also happy about it. Fans are amazing ! Making great atmosphere during the games and supporting us everywhere we go. Club is well organized which is also very important.


2017 is here and one month has already passed. Did you set any new years resolutions for yourself or are you the type of guy that doesn't bother with that?

No, its not my thing I guess. I prefer sticking to my plans which have been made years ago and from time to time do something spontaneously. No new year resolutions.


You continue to be a guy that chooses to move around after playing years in your home country Poland, then two years in Belgium and now playing your first season with Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (Turkey-BSL). I have been surprised you have not landed in Spain yet. Are you a guy that prefers to take it slower in picking teams and where you want to play?

For me the most important thing right now is to collect experiences and learn as much as its possible from every single day to become a better player. Before the season I had some different options but after I talked with people from my surrounding we choose Turkey. This is one of the best leagues in Europe right now and I got good chance to play significant minutes against best players in Europe. This is what I wanted. I am 23 now and I still have space for improvements in many aspects of my game. So I would say I am a guy who tries to go step by step.

The Turkish BSL is a rising league. What has been your impression of the league and would you agree that this is a league that continues to grow?

Definitely this is a very competitive well organized league. A lot of talented players this season and its great to have the chance to play against them. In every team you can find great players and in every game you have to give the maximum to win no matter if you play against 1st, 6th or 15th place. Level of the competition is high - 4 teams in Euroleague, 4 teams in Champions League and I think 2 or 3 in Fiba Europe Cup. It grows fast and its a pleasure to be part of it.


Currently Pinar Karsiyaka is in sixth place. What do you believe separates this team from the top teams in the Turkish league?

In this league you have few really big clubs and great players who play in Euroleague and Champions League. You really need to play a great game to beat those teams and sometimes you also need a little bit of luck. In Turkey everybody can win against everybody so many things can change before the season ends. Right now we are 6th but in couple of weeks can be better or also can be worse. We will see.

The club has played a very solid Basketball Champions League so far finishing in fifth place with a record of 9-5. What has been your overall impression of the new competitiion and how would you compare this league with the Eurocup level that you have played at in the past?

I think we could have been better this first round of Champions League but we lost some games at home and that cost us a first or second place. Champions League is a fresh project in its their first year and I think every year will be stronger. They will collect experiences just as players do so to the good level of the competition and organization the will be adding extras every year. Right now you can see some really good teams in it and some who came out during the season. It's a great opportunity for clubs to compete against each other. Eurocup already have some experiences and years on the stage now Champions League will try to bulid their own name in Europe.

In the Champions League you defended very strongly as a team giving up only 68 points per game which was eighth best, but scored only 74 points per game. Do you feel as the club still hasn't reached it's potential on offense in this competition?

Believe me we can play impressive offense too. Example can be last game against Banvit where we scored 109 pts without overtime. That was an offensive game. I like when my team plays defense because many great coaches who won many championships used to say that Championships are winning with defense, rebounding and smart offense. We can play better in offense but I think the key is to keep playing good defense.

Pinar Karsiyaka now play a two game playoff series against the Fraport Skyliners. What kind of series can we await and what will be key to winning this series against a tough defensive series?

I think it can be a really nice series. Both teams are known in Europe. Frankfurt last year had a great season and we know this is a very dangerous team. I think also that everything can happen and we need to be ready for two really tough games where the margin of error will be really small.

You might be matched up against Quantez Robertson who is known as one of the top defenders in the German BBL. What is always the biggest challenge for you when going head to head against the best defender of a team?

To be honest for me the most important thing is to win the game. If I score 20 points or I don't score at all I can help the team in different ways just to win the game. Of course its always additional motivation to play against the best defender of the opponent so if we will be matched up I will give my maximum.

Pinar Karsiyaka has some very talented Americans with ex NBA player Djuan Summer, Josh Owens Jcovan Brown and Mike Green. If you had to pick one player from these, which one of these players do you feel have you gained the most from their game so far this season?

I try to learn from everybody. Every player has something interesting in his game and litterally you can see how they preform, how they practice or how they behave and you can try to add it to your game. I am happy that I have opportunity to play with those guys. Its a great lesson.

Your holding your own as your second in scoring in the Turkish league and first in steals and third in rebounding in the Basketball Champions League for your team. What is your role this season for this team and how is it different than last season in Poland?

I am trying to do whatever coach wants me to. I am not the guy who will take ball and try score every time, but I like it better when team play together, wins and then I can be part of the success. Stats don't matter at this point. In the end of the day nobody remembers that you were top scorer of the last team in the league. Only winners are remembered. This year it's a little bit different role for me in the team. Last year I was the go to guy in Zielona Gora now I am one of many guys who can carry the team. Different situation, different experience, different lesson.


Last summer you played played NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas (Denver Nuggets): 4 games: 2.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.3spg.You played with very talented players like Jamal Murray, Malik Beasley or Darius Carter not too mention Jimmer Fredette. What do you believe separates you from the NBA at this point in time?

In my opinion first of all we are from different schools of basketball. They prefer American style of basketball based on NBA and NCAA. I am a European style of basketball player. So for sure I need time to adapt to their system and style. There are many details that makes it different out there.

Was the NBA Summer league a one time experience for you and your resume or do you still have aspirations of trying for the NBA in the future?

For now I don't think about NBA and Summer Leagues. I am thankful for the Denver Nuggets and for chance and opportunity but I am also thankful for where I am now . I know there is still a lot of work ahead of me and I am focused on it. If you think to much about the future you don't live in the present. And for me present is the most important.

You are only 23 years old even though it feels like you have been around for ages as you already played Euroleague at age 19. What current goals do you have as a player and how much more can your game still develop?

My goal is to play at the highest level. Last year I played Euroleague my second season and I think we as a team and me personally did well. I will be working hard to get on this level and I am aware that I need to work even harder to stay there but as I said in the beginning - step by step. As you said I am 23 so I am at the beginning of my career. I can improve in every aspect of the game. I will do my best to be remembered.


You played against German Paul Zipser last season with Poland. He has made the jump to the NBA and at the moment is getting good playing time. Is he a guy that can stay in the NBA or moreover a guy like Tibor Pleiss that won't make the real breakthrough in the NBA?

I think Paul has chance to stay there. He is very good athlete with a great touch. I think he has very good chance to stay. It's better for European basketball when more Europeans play in the best league of the world.

Lebron finally brought an NBA title to the Cavs. Where does he stand at the moment in the never ending debate with where he stands as the best of all-time?

I think number one will never change no matter what. But second or third place is open and personally I see him there.


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

Probably somewhere between Dirk, Tim and Pau.

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

Its really impressive. It shows team basketball which Golden State plays. They use him really well.


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

If you average triple double what can be a better stat ? Quadruple double but it's not too many of them last decades. So I would say yes he is averaging best numbers on the world.


What was the last movie that you saw?

In the heart of the sea.

Thanks Mateusz for the chat.



Johannes Voigtmann's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Germans playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Johannes Voigtmann
Johannes Voigtmann
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Johannes Voigtmann (211-92, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help Baskonia (12-9) in their last game. Despite Voigtmann's good performance the seventh-placed Baskonia (12-9) lost 71-79 at home to the leading Real Madrid in the group A of Euroleague. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 13 rebounds. Voigtmann also added 5 assists in 31 minutes on the court. Voigtmann has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 61.3%(65-106), 3FGP: 34.6% and FT: 75.0% in 21 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the German senior national team.

Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78, currently plays in NBA). Nowitzki was not able to help the Dallas Mavericks (20-32) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance the Dallas Mavericks (20-32) were edged 114-113 on the road by the Portland Trail Blazers. Nowitzki was the second best scorer with 25 points. He also added 5 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). It's Nowitzki's 19th season with the team. Nowitzki has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 13.1ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 42.2%, 3FGP: 37.9% and FT: 86.4%. Nowitzki played for the German national team in 2015.

Tibor Pleiss
Tibor Pleiss
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Tibor Pleiss (217-89, currently plays in Euroleague). He was not able to secure a victory for Galatasaray (6-15) in their last game. Despite Pleiss' very good performance the bottom-ranked Galatasaray (#16) lost 79-84 on their home court in Istanbul to the much higher-ranked (#6) Panathinaikos in the group A of Euroleague. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Pleiss also added 5 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 2 blocks (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 27 minutes. This year Pleiss' overall stats are: 8.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.2bpg, 2FGP: 58.3%(60-103) and FT: 77.5% in 19 games. He is also a member of the German senior national team.

Dennis Schroeder
Dennis Schroeder
   #4. Point guard Dennis Schroeder (181-93, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA) led Atlanta Hawks to an easy victory against the Orlando Magic (20-34) crushing them 113-86 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Schroeder recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and making 10 passes. He also added 4 rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks have 30-22 record this season. Schroeder is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Hawks' roster. This season Schroeder has very high stats. He averages: 17.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 6.3apg. Schroeder used to play for the German national team back in 2015.

Robin Benzing
Robin Benzing
   #5. International forward Robin Benzing (208-89, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in Zaragoza's victory against the closely-ranked Sevilla (7-12) 102-99 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Benzing scored 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Tecnyconta Zaragoza (7-12) is placed 13th in the Liga Endesa. This season Benzing has relatively solid stats: 13.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1spg. He plays currently for the German national team.

Heiko Schaffartzik
Heiko Schaffartzik
   #6. Point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84, currently plays in France) led JSF Nanterre to a victory against the closely-ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (10-8) 88-74 in the French ProA last Friday. He scored 13 points and added 6 passes. JSF Nanterre (12-6) is placed fourth in the ProA. It's Schaffartzik's first season with the team. Schaffartzik has reliable stats this year: 10.5ppg, 1.8rpg and 4.1apg. He is a former international player as he played for the German senior team two years ago.

Kostja Mushidi
Kostja Mushidi
   #7. U20 international swingman Kostja Mushidi (195-98, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League) contributed to a Mega Leks' victory against the closely-ranked Krka (7-14) 82-73 in the ABA League on Saturday night. Mushidi scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. BC Mega Leks (7-14) is placed tenth in the ABA League. This year Mushidi's total stats are: 9.0ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.6apg in 20 games. He is also German U20 national team player.

Paul Zipser
Paul Zipser
   #8. Swingman Paul Zipser (203-94, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Chicago Bulls (26-26) in their last game on Friday. Despite Zipser's good performance the Chicago Bulls (26-26) were defeated 121-117 in Houston by the Rockets. He recorded 11 points and blocked 2 shots. Zipser has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 2.2rpg. He plays currently for the German national team.

Tilo Klette
Tilo Klette
   #9. Former U22 international power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Austria) helped Gmunden Swans win their game against the closely-ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (11-9) 92-81 in the Austrian A Bundesliga last Sunday. Klette scored 15 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 40 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Basket Swans Gmunden (14-6) is placed second in the A Bundesliga. Klette's stats this year are: 13.0ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.6apg in 20 games. He used to play for the German U22 national team eighteen years ago.

Moritz Wagner
Moritz Wagner
   #10. Forward Moritz Wagner (208-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Michigan win their game against the Michigan State University (4-2) crushing them 86-57 in the NCAA on Tuesday night. Wagner scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The University of Michigan has 2-3 conference record this season. Wagner averaged so far 11.9ppg and 3.8rpg. He is a former U18 international player as three years ago he still played for the German national team.

   #11. Former U20 international forward Christian Sengfelder (201-95, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the one of league's weakest teams Fordham (1-4) in their last game. Despite Sengfelder's very good performance the Fordham lost 66-75 in Dayton to the University of. He scored 21 points in 37 minutes. Sengfelder averaged so far 12.3ppg and 4.4rpg in 23 games. He used to play for the German U20 national team two years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international forward Michael Kessens (206-91, agency: Court Side, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the FIU (0-5) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Kessens' good performance the FIU was defeated 64-57 on their home court in Miami by the Old Dominion University. He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 12 rebounds. Kessens' stats this season are: 13.4ppg and 9.5rpg. He used to play for the German U20 national team back in 2011.

   #13. Former U16 international swingman Roland Nyama (198-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Stony Brook win their game against the University of Massachusetts - Lowell 83-72 in the NCAA last Monday. Nyama scored 19 points in 21 minutes. Nyama has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.6apg in 24 games. He used to play for the German U16 national team eight years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international guard Kenneth Ogbe (198-94, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Utah Valley (1-2) in their last game. Despite Ogbe's good performance the Utah Valley lost 50-63 on their home court in Orem to the Seattle University. He scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 27 minutes. Ogbe averaged so far 10.5ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.1apg in 21 games. He used to play for the German U20 national team back in 2014.

   #15. Former U20 international forward Lukas Meisner (203-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Columbia win their game against the Brown University 83-78 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Meisner scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. He has averaged so far 6.0ppg and 5.6rpg. Meisner used to play for the German U20 national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Bar Timor (190-PG-92, currently plays in Israel) led Hapoel Jerusalem to a victory against the closely-ranked Maccabi T-A (13-4) 74-63 in the Israeli Winner League last Sunday. He scored 11 points in 23 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Hapoel Jerusalem (11-7) is placed first in the Winner League. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Timor has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.8apg in 18 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: German and Israeli.

   #2. Experienced Kiril Wachsmann (203-C-84, college: Iona, currently plays in Uruguay) could not help Defensor (3-6) in their last game. Despite Wachsmann's good performance Defensor (#6) lost 91-96 in a derby game to the higher-ranked (#4) Bigua in the Promocional 1 group. He scored 11 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 36 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. This year Wachsmann's total stats are: 6.5ppg, 8.2rpg and 1.3apg in 22 games.

   #3. Sven Stammberger (198-F, currently plays in Canada) was the major contributor in a Dalhousie University's victory against the Sea Hawks (10-6) crushing them 91-69 in the Canadian university league CIS last Saturday. Stammberger recorded 23 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Dalhousie University has a very solid 13-4 record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Stammberger has been at the team for five years. His stats this season are: 14.3ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.6apg. Stammberger is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and German.

   #4. Adam Ariel (192-F/G-94, currently plays in Israel) was not able to help Maccabi Ashdod (12-2) in their last game. Despite his good performance Maccabi Ashdod lost 59-72 at home to the lower-ranked (#8) Maccabi Haifa. Ariel was the second best scorer with 10 points in 21 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Ariel has averaged so far 7.1ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.4apg in 18 games. He has both German and Israeli nationalities.

   #5. Joachim Thoss (201-C-81, currently plays in Philippines) contributed to an Alaska Aces' victory against the eighth-ranked Rain or Shine (5-6) 94-89 in the Filipino PBA on Wednesday night. Thoss recorded 13 points. Alaska Aces (7-4) are placed second in the PBA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended. Thoss has been at the team for five years. He has averaged so far 5.6ppg and 1.9rpg. Thoss also holds two passports: German and Filipino.

   #6. Robert Tomaszek (205-C-81, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Poland) managed to help BM Slam Stal Ostrow Wlkp. in a victory against the 12th-ranked Trefl 87-71 in the Polish PLK in Thursday night's game. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 4 minutes on the court. Tomaszek has averaged so far 4.0ppg and 2.2rpg in 14 games. He has dual citizenship: German and Polish.

   #7. Sven Jeuschede (190-G-95, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to secure a victory for the Montana St. - Billings in their game against the Northwest Nazarene University in the NCAA2. Despite his very good performance last Thursday Jeuschede scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. He has averaged so far 6.2ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.4apg.

   #8. Frederik Joerg (214-C-92, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to a St.Martin's University's victory against the Concordia University, OR 85-78 in the NCAA2 last Saturday. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 11 rebounds in 18 minutes. Joerg has averaged so far 9.7ppg and 5.3rpg in 15 games.

   #9. Philip Jalalpoor (188-PG-93, college: Lower Columbia CC, currently plays in Canada) helped University of British Columbia win their game against the Timberwolves crushing them 109-61 in the Canadian CIS in Saturday night's game. He recorded 8 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists in 22 minutes. Jalalpoor has averaged so far 6.4ppg, 3.9rpg and 3.0apg in 17 games.

   #10. Nils Lehmann (196-F-96, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Rollins College in their game against the Embry Riddle University in the NCAA2, despite his good performance on Wednesday night. He scored 11 points in 22 minutes. But his team was badly defeated by 19 points 97-78 in the NCAA2. Lehmann has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 2.1rpg in 17 games.



Coach Douglas Spradley agreed terms with Vechta - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted SC Rasta Vechta (BBL) hired experienced 51-year old naturalized American coach Douglas Spradley from s.Oliver Wuerzburg.
Among other achievements Spradley's team won German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Regular Season in 2015.
He has coached previously two other teams: Uni Baskets and Eisbaeren Bremerhaven.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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No Ghana Player invited to BWB Camp in New Orleans - by Yaw Mintah

The NBA's Basketball Without Borders Camp will have no representative from Ghana for this year as no player from the West African nation received an invitation to attend the Camp.
The event will be held between February 17-19 in the shadows of the 66th NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans.

15 male and female high school players got call ups to the camp with Mali and Angola leading the way; four players were called up from Mali and three players from Africa powerhouse Angola made the cut.
The news come as a major blow considering the country oozes talented young players who have thrived in major tournaments like the Sprite Ball Championship.

Representatives from countries on the continent include Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Senegal, Egypt and Tunisia.
In all, 67 players from different countries and continents will be taken through several sessions by former and current NBA players.

Denver Nuggets Emmanuel Mudiay, Thon Maker of the Milwaukee Bucks and Cheick Diallo of home team New Orleans Pelicans are players with ties to Africa included in the coaching team.

Toronto Raptors General Manager Masai Ujiri is the Camp Director for this year's edition. Participants get to join in on the festivities including the BBVA Rising Star Challenge and All-Star Game.



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Steven Burtt (ex Guizhou) signs at Apollon Patras - by Eurobasket News

AS Apollon Patras (A1) landed 33-year old Ukrainian ex-international guard Steven Burtt (189-84kg-84, college: Iona). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Burtt played in the summer at Guizhou in Chinese NBL league. In 35 games he averaged impressive 26.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 5.3apg and 1.7spg. Burtt helped them to make it to the final. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL 2nd Team. The last season Burtt played at Byblos Sporting Club (Pepsi LBL) in Lebanese league where in 25 games he was third best scorer with remarkable 22.6ppg and recorded 2.8rpg and 4.2apg. He contributed to his team winning the Supercup.
In 2006 Burtt was drafted by Northeastern Pennsylvania Breakers (USBL) in second round (16th overall).
He attended Iona College and it is his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Burtt received Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague Player of the Year award back in 2013.
He also represented Ukraine at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 11.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 39.2%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 65.2%.
Burtt is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to ten different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Burtt has played previously professionally in Cyprus, Israel (Ironi Ashkelon), Italy, Poland (Stelmet), Portugal, Puerto Rico (Atleticos), Spain (Menorca and Baloncesto Fuenlabrada), Turkey (Tofas), Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg and Avtodor) and Ukraine (Dnipro and Zaporizhya).
His game is described as: A great scorer, who can easily beat his opponent 1-on-1 and who can also battle inside thanks to a strong body.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Giannis Antetokounmpo's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Greeks playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo (211-94, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA). He led Milwaukee Bucks to a victory over the Phoenix Suns (16-36) crushing them 137-112 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Antetokounmpo was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 30 points and getting 12 rebounds. Antetokounmpo also added 6 assists and 4 blocks in 34 minutes on the court. The Milwaukee Bucks have 22-28 record this season. It was his team's first victory after five consecutive loses. It's Antetokounmpo's fourth year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Antetokounmpo averages: 23.2ppg, 8.8rpg, 5.4apg, 2.0bpg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 57.4%(381-664), 3FGP: 28.0% and FT: 78.5% in 49 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Nigerian. Antetokounmpo is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Konstantinos Sloukas
Konstantinos Sloukas
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Konstantinos Sloukas (197-90, currently plays in Turkey). He contributed to Fenerbahce's victory against the 13th-ranked Istanbul BBSK (6-11) 76-69 in a derby game in the Turkish BSL last Sunday. Sloukas scored 13 points and added 5 assists. Fenerbahce Istanbul (14-2) is placed first in the BSL. Sloukas has relatively good stats this season: 12.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.1apg, 2FGP: 58.5%(38-65), 3FGP: 40.4% and FT: 88.4%. He is in the roster of the Greek senior national team.

Michael Bramos
Michael Bramos
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH, currently plays in Italy). Bramos could not help Umana Venezia (12-6) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Umana Venezia lost 57-65 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#11) Dolomiti En. TR. Bramos was the top scorer with 17 points in 32 minutes. This year Bramos has relatively solid stats: 10.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 51.2%, 3FGP: 44.0% and FT: 84.0% in 18 games. He is a naturalized American. Bramos played for the Greek national team four years ago. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Giorgos Bogris
Giorgos Bogris
   #4. Center Giorgos Bogris (210-89, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an CB Canarias' victory against one of league's weakest teams Joventut (5-14) 89-75 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Bogris scored 11 points. Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (15-4) is placed second in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. It's Bogris' first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 7.1ppg and 3.8rpg. Bogris is also Greek national team player.

Stratos Perperoglou
Stratos Perperoglou
   #5. An experienced international small forward Stratos Perperoglou (203-84, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help FC Barcelona in their game against Zalgiris (9-12) in the Euroleague. He scored 7 points and added 4 assists. The 12th-placed FC Barcelona (8-13) was defeated 89-85 in Kaunas by the higher-ranked Zalgiris (#10) in the group A of Euroleague. It was FC Barcelona's third consecutive loss in a row. Perperoglou's overall stats this season are: 5.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.4apg. He plays currently for the Greek national team.

Ian Vougioukas
Ian Vougioukas
   #6. Power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to Lokomotiv's victory against the tenth-ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod (4-10) 88-75 in the VTB United League in Saturday night's game. Vougioukas scored 12 points in only a mere 12 minutes. Lokomotiv Kuban (12-2) is placed second in the VTB United League. It was his team's 12th consecutive victory in a row. This year Vougioukas' overall stats are: 9.5ppg and 3.7rpg in 14 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Greek senior team three years ago.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #7. Former international guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Maccabi T-A (7-14) 90-75 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Zisis scored 7 points and added 6 assists. Brose Baskets Bamberg (8-13) is placed 11th in group A. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. Zisis' total stats this season are: 7.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 4.5apg. He used to play for the Greek national team two years ago.

Konstantinos Kaimakoglou
Konstantinos Kaimakoglou
   #8. Power forward Konstantinos Kaimakoglou (206-83, currently plays in VTB United League) was not able to secure a victory for Unics Kazan (10-5) in their game against Tsmoki-Minsk (4-11) in the VTB United League. Kaimakoglou scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 31 minutes. Unics Kazan was edged 87-85 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked (#11) Tsmoki-Minsk. It was Unics Kazan's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Kaimakoglou is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Unics Kazan's roster. This season his total stats are: 9.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.7spg in 11 games. Kaimakoglou used to play for the Greek national team back in 2015.

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
   #9. International center Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St., currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Sacramento Kings (20-32) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance the Sacramento Kings (20-32) were crushed 105-83 in Houston by the Rockets. Koufos was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 4 rebounds. Koufos has averaged so far 6.3ppg and 5.4rpg. He is a naturalized American. Koufos is also in the roster of the Greek national team. Apparently he has never played in Greece.

Fotios Lampropoulos
Fotios Lampropoulos
   #10. Power forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83, currently plays in Argentina) couldn't help Boca Juniors (8-23) in their game against Weber Bahia (19-12) in the Argentinian LigaA, despite his very good performance last Tuesday. Lampropoulos had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks in 30 minutes. But Boca Juniors (#10) lost 60-67 in Bahia Blanca to the much higher-ranked (#3) Weber Bahia in the Sur group. It was Boca Juniors' sixth consecutive loss in a row. Lampropoulos has very impressive stats this year: 15.4ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.6apg in 31 games. He is a former U18 international player as fourteen years ago he still played for the Greek national team.

   #11. International shooting guard Tyler Dorsey (193-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an Oregon's surprising victory against the University of Arizona crushing them 85-58 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He scored 23 points and added 4 passes in 28 minutes. Dorsey has reliable stats this year: 12.6ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.0apg in 24 games. He is a naturalized American. Dorsey plays currently for the Greek national team. Interesting that he has never played in Greece.

   #12. Former international center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (207-84, currently plays in China) couldn't help Qingdao Eagles in their game against Shanghai Sharks in the Chinese CBA. Despite his good performance last Sunday Mavrokefalidis recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals. This season Mavrokefalidis has very high stats. He averages: 19.4ppg, 9.3rpg, 2.2apg and 1.8spg. Mavrokefalidis used to play for the Greek national team back in 2013.

   #13. International forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo (199-92, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Andorra in their game against Baskonia in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Antetokounmpo cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. His team lost 82-91. Antetokounmpo has averaged so far 7.1ppg and 3.5rpg in 19 games. He is also Greek national team player.

   #14. Former U19 international forward Konstantinos Mitoglou (208-96, currently studies in the States) contributed to a Wake Forest's victory against the Boston College 85-80 in the NCAA last Tuesday. Mitoglou scored 9 points. Mitoglou has averaged so far 9.5ppg and 6.1rpg. He used to play for the Greek U19 national team back in 2015.

   #15. Former U20 international small forward Leonidas Kaselakis (202-90, currently plays in VTB United League) couldn't help Astana in their game against Kalev/Cramo in the VTB United League. Kaselakis cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. His team lost 72-78. Kaselakis has averaged so far 5.8ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.3apg in 15 games. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team seven years ago.

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

   #1. Zach Auguste (208-C-93, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Turkey) could not help Usak Sportlif (5-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Usak Sportlif was badly defeated 84-66 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#5) Besiktas. Auguste was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 29 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Auguste's third season in pro basketball. This year Auguste's overall stats are: 9.6ppg and 6.2rpg in 13 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Auguste has never played in Greece.

   #2. Patrick Calathes (207-F-85, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help AV Cantu (7-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Calathes' good performance AV Cantu was defeated 78-73 in Pesaro by the lower-ranked VL Pesaro (#14). He recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 11 rebounds. Calathes has reliable stats this season: 13.8ppg and 9.0rpg. He is a naturalized American. Calathes used to play for Costa Cafe Marousi in Greek league.

   #3. Nazareth Mitrou-Long (193-G-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Iowa St. to a victory against the University of Kansas (5-0) 92-89 in the NCAA on Saturday night. He scored 22 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 43 minutes. The Iowa State University has 3-3 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Mitrou-Long has been at the team for five years. Mitrou-Long has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1spg in 23 games. Mitrou-Long has a dual citizenship: Greek and Canadian. Despite his Greek passport, Mitrou-Long previously played for the Canadian U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.

   #4. Nikolaos Stylianou (198-F-88, college: W.Texas A&M, currently plays in Cyprus) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Enosis (6-8) 85-67 in the Cypriot Division A in Saturday night's game. He scored 10 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Keravnos Strovolou (12-1) is placed first in the Division A. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Stylianou averaged so far 10.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Cypriot.

   #5. Vaggelis Loukas (196-F, currently plays in Canada) was not able to secure a victory for the University of Northern British Columbia (6-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Loukas' very good performance the University of Northern British Columbia (#3) was crushed 109-61 in Vancouver, BC by the Thunderbirds. He recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. Loukas also added and 3 steals. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Loukas has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg.

   #6. Experienced Aristides Koronides (188-PG-82, currently plays in Cyprus) couldn't help Apollon (7-6) in their last game. Despite his good performance Apollon was badly defeated 90-71 in Nicosia by the league outsider (#6) Etha. Koronides was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 36 minutes. Koronides has averaged so far 5.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.7apg in 12 games. He has both Greek and Cypriot nationalities.

   #7. Andreas Katopodis (188-G, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to a Mansfield, PA's victory against the Millersville University 62-54 in the NCAA2 in Wednesday night's game. Katopodis scored 7 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Katopodis has averaged so far 2.1ppg and 1.3rpg.

   #8. Georgios Angelou (185-G-94, currently studies in the States) helped St.Francis, PA edge the Long Island University 80-78 in the NCAA last Saturday. He scored 10 points in 18 minutes. Angelou has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.3apg in 23 games.

   #9. Maximiliano Sole (198-F-88, agency: Duran International, currently plays in Spain) helped Real Madrid II win their game against the 12th-ranked Lanzarote 96-79 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night. He scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Sole averaged so far 10.9ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.9apg and 1.7spg. He also holds two passports: Uruguayan and Greek.

   #10. Dimitris Agathangelidis (182-G-98, currently plays in Sweden) couldn't help Talje Knights in their game against Eskilstuna in the Swedish Basketettan (second division). Agathangelidis recorded 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was crushed by 21 points 83-62. Agathangelidis has averaged so far 6.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.4spg. He holds both Greek and Swedish passports.



Jawad Williams may sign at Grissin Bon RE - by Eurobasket News

Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia (Serie A) is about to land experienced 34-year old American forward Jawad Williams (204-101kg-83, college: N.Carolina) who currently played at AEK Athens in Greece. In 16 A1 games he averaged 8.9ppg and 3.0rpg this season. He also played 15 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 7.9ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.6apg. The last season Williams played at Gaziantep Basketbol in Turkish BSL. In 30 games he recorded 12.6ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.7apg. He also played 14 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 12.0ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.1apg.
In 2005 Williams was drafted by Michigan Mayhem (CBA) in third round (23rd overall).
The former University of North Carolina staris in his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Williams' team won Turkish Cup in 2014. He was selected to Turkish League All-Star Game in 2015.
Williams is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in eight different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Latin American and of course North American leagues. Williams has played previously professionally in France (Paris Levallois), Israel (Galil Gilboa and Hapoel Jerusalem), Japan, Puerto Rico (Indios), Spain (Baloncesto Fuenlabrada), NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers), Turkey (Pinar Karsiyaka) and D-League (Fayetteville P. and Rio Grande Valley Vipers).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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GMS posts two straight wins at the start of Liga Metropolitana Apertura 2017 - by Eurobasket News

GMS posts two straight wins at the start of Liga Metropolitana Apertura 2017 in Guatemala. They grabbed a 2-0 record on top after the win over Amatitlan 95-81. In another game Villa Nueva overcame Millonarios 88:84 for 1-1 record. Club Force is undefeated with a 1-0 record, while La Villa, Tecnored and Millonarios are winless so far. Amatitlan has a 1-1 record as well as Villa Nueva.


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Adam Hanga selected the top Hungarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Adam Hanga
Adam Hanga
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Adam Hanga (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help Baskonia (12-9) in their last game. Despite Hanga's good performance the seventh-placed Baskonia (12-9) lost 71-79 at home to the leading Real Madrid in the group A of Euroleague. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Hanga also added 6 rebounds in 37 minutes on the court. This year Hanga averages: 10.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 54.8%, 3FGP: 31.3% and FT: 71.7% in 21 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Hungarian senior national team.

Obadiah Trotter
Obadiah Trotter
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international point guard Obadiah Trotter (188-84, college: Alabama A&M, currently plays in Poland). Trotter was not able to help Twarde Pierniki (15-4) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Twarde Pierniki was defeated 89-84 on the road by the lower-ranked Rosa (#8). Trotter was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 5 boards, passed 7 assists and added 5 steals. Trotter has relatively good stats this season: 12.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.7apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 54.6%, 3FGP: 31.2% and FT: 89.7%. He is a naturalized American. Trotter played for the Hungarian national team in 2013. He used to play for Szolnoki Olajbanyasz in Hungarian league.

Marcell Pongo
Marcell Pongo
   #3. The Hungarian player who performed third best last week abroad was U20 international point guard Marcell Pongo (194-97, currently plays in EuroCup). Pongo was not able to secure a victory for the league outsider ratiopharm Ulm (0-6) in their last game. Despite his good performance ratiopharm Ulm lost 81-86 in Panevezys to the higher-ranked (#3) Lietkabelis. Pongo scored 10 points in 19 minutes. So far ratiopharm Ulm lost all six games in the Second Stage. The Second Stage already ended in the Eurocup. It's Pongo's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 2.7ppg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 33.3%, 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 83.3% in six games. Pongo is also a member of the Hungarian U20 national team.

Jarrod Jones
Jarrod Jones
   #4. Power forward Jarrod Jones (205-90, college: Ball St., currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in a VL Pesaro's victory against the closely-ranked AV Cantu (7-11) 78-73 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. He scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Consultinvest VL Pesaro (6-12) is placed 14th in the Serie A. Jones has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.5ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg. Jones is a naturalized American. He is also Hungarian national team player. Jones used to play for Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar in Hungarian league.

Rosco Allen
Rosco Allen
   #5. Former international forward Rosco Allen (207-93, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Stanford, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Blusens Monbus' victory against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (3-16) 89-75 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Saturday night. He scored 9 points and added 3 passes. Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro CAB (5-13) is placed 15th in the Liga Endesa. They ended the series of seven consecutive loses. This season Allen has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Hungarian national team two years ago.

Dontay Thomas
Dontay Thomas
   #6. Point guard Dontay Thomas (187-84, also represented by Octagon Europe, college: La Salle, currently plays in Balkan League) helped his Montenegrin team Sutjeska win their game against the closely-ranked Kozuv (1-3) 84-76 in the Balkan League last Tuesday. Thomas scored 9 points and added 4 passes. KK Sutjeska Niksic (2-2) is placed sixth in the Balkan League. There are only two games left until the end of the Balkan League Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Thomas has reliable stats this season: 11.3ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.6apg. He is a naturalized American. Thomas is a former international player as he played for the Hungarian senior team three years ago. He used to play for Gunaras KC Dombovar in Hungarian league.

Balint Mocsan
Balint Mocsan
   #7. U20 international guard Balint Mocsan (190-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Idaho St. to an easy victory against the Southern Utah University (0-1) crushing them 94-68 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He scored 15 points. The Idaho State University has 0-5 conference record this season. Mocsan's total stats this year are: 5.2ppg and 1.1rpg. He is also Hungarian U20 national team player.

Gyorgy Goloman
Gyorgy Goloman
   #8. Forward Gyorgy Goloman (211-96, currently studies in the States) managed to help Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles in a victory against the The University of Washington (2-1) crushing them 107-66 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Goloman scored only 4 points and blocked 2 shots in 14 minutes. The Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles have 4-1 conference record this season. This year Goloman's total stats are: 4.0ppg and 2.8rpg in 21 games. He used to play for the Hungarian U18 national team back in 2013.

Gergely Hosszu
Gergely Hosszu
   #9. Former U20 international guard Gergely Hosszu (190-86, currently plays in Germany) led Kaiserslautern to a 3-point victory against the tenth-ranked Tuebingen II (7-11) 101-98 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. He recorded 11 points, 3 assists and 3 steals in 36 minutes. 1. FC Kaiserslautern (3-11) is placed tenth in South-West group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Hosszu averaged so far 12.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.8apg and 1.4spg in 16 games. He used to play for the Hungarian U20 national team eleven years ago.

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

   #1. Srdjan Stojanovic (197-SG-91, currently plays in Serbia) led Radnicki 1950 to a victory over the ninth-ranked Kolubara (6-11) 87-68 in the Serbian 2MLS (second division) last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Stojanovic scored 20 points, grabbed 6 boards, passed 7 assists and added 3 steals in 37 minutes. Radnicki 1950 Kragujevac (12-5) is placed third in the 2MLS. Stojanovic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.7apg and 1.4spg in 17 games he played so far. Stojanovic has a dual citizenship: Hungarian and Serbian.

   #2. Roland Torok (203-F/C-90, agency: HMS, currently plays in Romania) contributed to a 1-point UBT Cluj Napoca's victory against one of league's weakest teams Craiova (4-14) 75-74 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Wednesday night's game. Torok recorded 10 points in 17 minutes. U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (16-2) is placed first in the Liga Nationala. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Torok's total stats are: 8.6ppg and 4.7rpg in 18 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Hungarian and Romanian.

   #3. Nemanja Miscevic (200-F-94, currently plays in Serbia). Miscevic could not help Spartak (10-6) to beat Beovuk 72 (8-8). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Miscevic recorded only 2 points in 8 minutes on the court. Spartak lost 75-81 on the road to the lower-ranked (#9) Beovuk 72. This year Miscevic's total stats are: 4.8ppg and 2.1rpg in 16 games.

   #4. Marko Popadic (189-G-89, currently plays in Greece) was the major contributor in Holargos' surprising victory against the third-ranked Iraklis (13-3) crushing them 109-75 in the Greek A2 (second division) last Saturday. Popadic recorded 24 points and added 6 passes in 26 minutes. Holargos B.C. (7-9) is placed ninth in the A2. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Popadic averaged so far 12.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.2apg in six games. He has both Serbian and Hungarian nationalities. Despite Popadic's Hungarian passport, he previously played for the Serbian U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Hungarian team.

   #5. Laszlo Lazar (210-C-87, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Romania) was not able to help Targu Mures in their game against Steaua CSM (13-5) in the Romanian Liga Nationala. Lazar scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Targu Mures was defeated in an overtime 93-87 at home by the second-ranked Steaua CSM. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Lazar's total stats this season are: 6.4ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.7bpg. He also holds two passports: Hungarian and Romanian.

   #6. Experienced Zoltan Kurinczky (181-G-82, currently plays in Norway) was not able to secure a victory for Persbraten (1-21) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Kurinczky's good performance the bottom-ranked Persbraten was defeated 87-77 on their home court in Oslo by the much higher-ranked Froya Basket (#3). He recorded 10 points and added 6 assists. This season Kurinczky has very high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.2apg and 1.3spg. Kurinczky holds both Hungarian and Swedish passports.

   #7. Nikola Fekete (192-SG-91, currently plays in Germany) managed to help wiha Panthers Villingen-Schwenningen to win against the 14th-ranked Heidelberg USC 82-80 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. Fekete recorded only 2 points. Fekete's stats this season are: 10.4ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.8apg. He has dual citizenship: Serbian and Hungarian.

   #8. Tamas Okros (201-F-95, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Post University in their game against the Bloomfield College in the NCAA2. Okros scored only 4 points in 15 minutes. His team lost 65-76 in the NCAA2. Okros has averaged so far 8.7ppg and 3.8rpg in 18 games. He holds both Hungarian and British passports.

   #9. Ivan Stefanovic (203-G/F-80, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to a Mladost SP's victory against the closely-ranked Futog 81-72 in the Serbian 2MLS (second division) on Saturday night. Stefanovic scored 10 points and blocked 2 blocks. Stefanovic has averaged so far 7.4ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.9apg and 1.1spg. He has Hungarian and Serbian nationalities.



Hungarian A Division round 17 best performance: Svetozar Stamenkovic - by Eurobasket News

Serbian Power forward Svetozar Stamenkovic (206-F/C-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for Jaszberenyi, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, seven rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Atomeromu (#12, 5-12) 102-89. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Jaszberenyi maintains the 11th position in Hungarian A Division. Jaszberenyi is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-11 record. In the team's last game Stamenkovic had a remarkable eight three-pointers out of 10 attempts. He turned to be Jaszberenyi's top player in his first season with the team. Svetozar Stamenkovic averages this season 13.5ppg and 7.1rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 35-year old American Ronnie Taylor (187-PG-81, agency: Octagon Europe) of Vasas. Taylor had a very good evening with a double-double of 16 points and 11 assists. It was enough for Vasas to edge slightly lower-ranked MAFC (#14, 3-14) 83-77. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Vasas left the very bottom place moving slightly to 13th position. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Vasas managed to get this year. Taylor is a newcomer at Vasas, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.2ppg (#8). His other stats are also decent: 4.3rpg and 7.1apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was Serbian guard Andrija Ciric (198-G-80) of Szedeak (#10). Ciric scored 22 points. Despite Ciric's great performance Szedeak lost 73-86 to the higher-ranked ZTE KK (#4, 11-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Szedeak ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Ciric could help Szedeak to bring them higher in the standings. Ciric has a very solid season. In 17 games in Hungary he scored 13.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Deville Smith (183-PG-91) of MAFC - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Ivan Zigeranovic (212-C-84) of Falco KC - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Peter Lorant (206-F/C-85) of Alba - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Matt Tiby (203-F/C-92) of Atomeromu - 26 points and 6 rebounds
8. Lenzelle Smith Jr. (193-G-91) of Kormend - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. A.J. Pacher (208-F-92) of Vasas - 27 points and 9 rebounds
10. Perry Petty (185-PG-88) of Kormend - 12 points, 3 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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D1 Round 21: Valur defeat Breidablik in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

An interesting game for Valur (13-3) which played road game in Kopavogur against 4th placed Breidablik (12-7). Third ranked Valur managed to get a 10-point victory 85-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Breidablik. The game was mostly controlled by Valur. Breidablik managed to win second period 27-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Breidablik 53-27 including a 35-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Valur looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a good game for American forward Urald King (198-90, college: SE Oklahoma) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Guard Benedikt Blondal (188-93) contributed with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American guard Tyrone Garland (185-92, college: La Salle) answered with 18 points and 6 assists for Breidablik. Valur have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain third place with 13-3 record having six points less than leader Hottur. Breidablik at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Valur are looking forward to face league's leader Hottur in Egilsstadir in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Breidablik will have a break next round.
D1 top team - Hottur (17-1) added another victory to their record. This time they beat fifth ranked Hamar (7-11) 104-98. American guard Aaron Moss (185, college: Cabrini, agency: Duran International) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners and Mirko Virijevic chipped in 36 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Chris Woods (195-89, college: Pfeiffer) with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 18 rebounds. The victory was the eleventh consecutive win for Hottur. They maintain first place with 17-1 record. Hamar at the other side keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Vestri. Hottur will play against Valur (#3) in Reykjavik in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Hamar will play against Vestri and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Armann is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their 19th consecutive match to second ranked Fjolnir (15-4) 123-73 on Sunday evening. Marques Oliver nailed 29 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Grimkelli Sigurthorsson came up with 12 points for Armann 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. Fjolnir maintains second place with 15-4 record having just one point less than leader Hottur. Armann lost their nineteenth game in a row. They still close the standings. Fjolnir's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Reykjavik to the arena Valur.
The game in Selfoss was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Vestri (7-11) played at the court of 7th ranked FSU (6-13). Vestri defeated FSU 80-70. The best player for the winners was Yima Chia-Kur who had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 15 rebounds. Vestri moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Hamar. FSU lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 13 games lost. Vestri's next round opponent will be Hamar (#5) at home. FSU will play against Armann in Reykjavik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

FSU - Vestri 70-80

The game in Selfoss was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Vestri (7-11) played at the court of 7th ranked FSU (6-13). Vestri defeated FSU 80-70. The best player for the winners was American forward Yima Chia-Kur (196-86, college: Arkansas St.) who had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 15 rebounds. Point guard Hinrik Gudbjartsson (185-96) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Chia-Kur is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Terrance Motley (201-91, college: Sam Houston St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds and point guard Ari Gylfason (186-89) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Four FSU players scored in double figures. Vestri moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Hamar. FSU lost their third game in a row. They keep the seventh position with 13 games lost. Vestri's next round opponent will be Hamar (#5) at home. FSU will play against Armann in Reykjavik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
FSu: T.Motley 23+13reb+1ast, A.Gylfason 15+5reb+3ast, H.Hreinsson 12+5reb+4ast, J.Jokull Thrainsson 10+1reb, A.Tryggvason 6+8reb+1ast, G.Gautason 4
Vestri: Y.Chia-Kur 31+15reb+2ast, H.Gudbjartsson 17+5reb+6ast, P.Ilievski 12+1reb+1ast, M.Thordason 9+2reb, N.Hardarson 9+5reb+2ast, A.Olafsson 2+10reb
gschID: 492081


Breidablik - Valur 75-85

An interesting game for Valur (13-3) which played road game in Kopavogur against 4th placed Breidablik (12-7). Third ranked Valur managed to get a 10-point victory 85-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Breidablik. The game was mostly controlled by Valur. Breidablik managed to win second period 27-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Breidablik 53-27 including a 35-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Valur looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a good game for American forward Urald King (198-90, college: SE Oklahoma) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). Guard Benedikt Blondal (188-93) contributed with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Five Valur players scored in double figures. American guard Tyrone Garland (185-92, college: La Salle) answered with 18 points and 6 assists and swingman Snorri Vignisson (193-97) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Breidablik. Valur have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain third place with 13-3 record having six points less than leader Hottur. Breidablik at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Valur are looking forward to face league's leader Hottur in Egilsstadir in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Breidablik will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Breidablik: T.Garland 18+3reb+6ast, K.Kjartansson 14+1reb+1ast, S.Vignisson 11+7reb+1ast, B.Vidisson 9+2reb+2ast, R.Ragnarsson 9+4reb+1ast, A.Gunnarsson 6+4reb
Valur: U.King 24+12reb+2ast, A.Bracey 17+6reb+3ast, B.Blondal 16+6reb+6ast, B.Petursson 11+12reb+3ast, S.Sturluson 10+6reb+4ast, O.Petursson 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 492083


Hamar - Hottur 98-104

D1 top team - Hottur (17-1) added another victory to their record. This time they beat fifth ranked Hamar (7-11) 104-98. It looked good early as Hamar took a 4-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Hottur had a 29-19 second period charge getting the lead and Hamar was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 98-104. American guard Aaron Moss (185, college: Cabrini, agency: Duran International) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 12 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners and the former international forward Mirko Virijevic (201-81, college: Freed-Hardeman) chipped in 36 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Chris Woods (195-89, college: Pfeiffer) with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 18 rebounds and guard Hilmar Petursson (187-0) scored 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Hamar players scored in double figures. The victory was the eleventh consecutive win for Hottur. They maintain first place with 17-1 record. Hamar at the other side keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Vestri. Hottur will play against Valur (#3) in Reykjavik in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Hamar will play against Vestri and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hamar: C.Woods 30+18reb+2ast, S.Thorvaldsson 18+1reb+3ast, E.Stefansson 15+3reb+3ast, H.Petursson 14+6reb+5ast, O.Sigurdarson 11+7reb+1ast, S.Hrafnsson 6+2reb+3ast
Hottur: M.Virijevic 36+10reb, A.Moss 34+12reb+9ast, R.Albertsson 12+7reb+1ast, V.Hafsteinsson 7+3reb+2ast, H.Birgisson 6+3reb+3ast, S.Hakonarson 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 492080


Fjolnir - Armann 123-73

Bottom-ranked Armann is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their 19th consecutive match to second ranked Fjolnir (15-4) 123-73 on Sunday evening. The game without a history. Fjolnir led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 78 of its points in the paint compared to Armann's 44 and made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Fjolnir forced 26 Armann turnovers and outrebounded them 41-26 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American Marques Oliver (201-91, college: Delaware St.) nailed 29 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) for the winning side and guard Robert Sigurdsson (187-94) accounted for 17 points and 7 assists. Five Fjolnir players scored in double figures. Grimkelli Sigurthorsson (-97) came up with 12 points and guard Magnus Hjalmarsson (184) added 11 points respectively for Armann 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. Fjolnir maintains second place with 15-4 record having just one point less than leader Hottur. Armann lost their nineteenth game in a row. They still close the standings. Fjolnir's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Reykjavik to the arena Valur.
Top scorers:
Armann: G.Sigurthorsson 12+4reb+2ast, M.Hjalmarsson 11+3reb+1ast, A.Fjalarsson 11+2reb, B.Fridriksson 9+5reb, D.Fridriksson 7+2reb, O.Thorteinsson 7+4reb+2ast
Fjolnir: M.Oliver 29+6reb+4ast, R.Sigurdsson 17+1reb+7ast, E.Sigurdsson 14+3reb+3ast, G.Sveinbjornsson 12+4reb+2ast, E.Egilsson 10+5reb+1ast, T.Gunnlaugsson 10+10reb+3ast
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Al Karkh tabs Corday Sims, ex Arantia !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Defending champion Al Karkh (Superleague) inked 26-year old American swingman Corday Sims (196-95kg-91, college: Peru State). He started the season at Arantia in Luxembourg Total League. In 13 games he averaged impressive 25.1ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg this season.
Among other achievements Sims' team made it to the HAAC Tournament Semifinals for two years in a row (2015 and 2016). He received also All-HAAC Player of the Year award and All-NAIA D1 1st Team award in 2016 at his college time in his senior year he averaged 26.0ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 43.9%, 3PT: 43.4%, FT: 82.7% in 33 games, he was the best 3rd scorer in NAIA last season.
Sims graduated from Peru State in 2016 and it is his second basketball experience in his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Standings - EBS Superleague

Super League Standings
 1. Templeogue 14-1 
 2. Swords Thunder 13-2 
 3. UCD Marian 13-3 
 4. Tralee 12-4 
 5. Killester 10-4 
 6. UCC Demons 8-8 
 7. DCU Saints 6-10 
 8. Moycullen 6-10 
 9. Belfast Star 5-10 
 10. Eanna 3-13 
 11. KUBS 2-13 
 12. UL Eagles 1-15 

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 11: Swords Thunder - KUBS
Feb. 11: UCD Marian - DCU Saints
Feb. 11: Moycullen - UCC Demons
Feb. 11: UL Eagles - Eanna
Feb. 11: Tralee - Killester
Feb. 12: Templeogue - Belfast Star
Feb. 10: Belfast Star - Swords Thunder


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Dillon STITH
  Belfast Star
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 27.8
 1. Stith, Belfast Star27.8 
 2. Wilson, UL Eagles24.3 
 3. Pemberton, Tralee22.5 
 4. Turner, Killester21.5 
 5. Lawrence, Moycu.21.4 
 6. Provizors, DCU S.20.6 
 7. Bonaparte, Templ.19.1 
 8. Murphy, Templeogue18.1 
 9. Killeen, Templeogue17.9 
 10. Gil, Swords T.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martins PROVIZORS
  DCU S.
  (202-C-87)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Provizors, DCU S.15.6 
 2. Garrow, UCD Marian15.2 
 3. Moreira, UCD M.14.3 
 4. Turner, Killester13.5 
 5. Killeen, Templeogue12.0 
 6. Gil, Swords T.11.6 
 7. Pantovic, Tralee11.6 
 8. Freeman, Moycullen11.6 
 9. Lawson, UCC Demons10.8 
 10. Donaghy, Tralee10.7 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UCD M.
  (175-PG-87)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Kinevane, UCD M.9.3 
 2. Drumm, UCD Marian8.6 
 3. Westbrooks, Swords T.8.1 
 4. Meany, UCD Marian7.5 
 5. Downey, UCC Demons6.3 
 6. Bonaparte, Templ.6.1 
 7. Hosford, UCC D.5.6 
 8. Roe, Killester4.9 
 9. O''Hanlon, DCU S.4.5 
 10. Donaghy, Tralee4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mike GARROW
  UCD Marian
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Garrow, UCD Marian6.1 
 2. Drumm, UCD Marian5.1 
 3. Westbrooks, Swords T.3.3 
 4. Donaghy, Tralee2.8 
 5. Murphy, Templeogue2.7 
 6. O''Hanlon, DCU S.2.6 
 7. Calvo, Swords T.2.4 
 8. Wilson, UL Eagles2.2 
 9. Darling, DCU Saints2.2 
 10. Howlin, UL Eagles2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Jacob LAWSON
  UCC Demons
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Lawson, UCC Demons2.9 
 2. Gil, Swords T.2.9 
 3. Killeen, Templeogue2.6 
 4. Goldsborough, Swords T.2.2 
 5. Freeman, Moycullen2.1 
 6. Turner, Killester2.0 
 7. Garrow, UCD Marian1.9 
 8. Pantovic, Tralee1.8 
 9. Stith, Belfast Star1.7 
 10. Moreira, UCD M.1.6 


Irish Super League round 16 best performance: Martins Provizors - by Eurobasket News

Latvian Center Martins Provizors (202-C-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for DCU Saints, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 29 points and 15 rebounds, while his team DCU Saints is placed at 7th position in Irish Super League. DCU Saints is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 10th lost game this season out of 16 games. In the team's last game Provizors had a remarkable 73.3% from 2-point range. It's his second year at DCU Saints and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Martins Provizors has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (6th best: 20.6ppg) and averages impressive 1.4bpg and 69.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Mike Garrow (193-G-91) of UCD Marian. Garrow had a very good evening with a double-double of 11 points and 18 rebounds. Of course he led UCD Marian to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked KUBS (#11, 2-13) 91-67. UCD Marian's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team lost just three games this season, while they won 13 matches. Garrow is a newcomer at UCD Marian, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international center Jason Killeen (211-C-85) of league's top team Templeogue. Killeen scored 24 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Templeogue, leading his team to a 98-69 easy win against the lower-ranked UCC Demons (#6, 8-8). Many experts and fans count Templeogue as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 14 victories and only one lost game. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Killeen has a great season in Ireland. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.9ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 12.0rpg (5th best). He also has 2.6bpg and FGP: 55.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dustan Moreira (202-F-89) of UCD Marian - 15 points and 14 rebounds
5. Neil Lynch (180-G-93) of Eanna - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Nathaniel Musters (208-C-93) of Eanna - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Trae Pemberton (193-G-92) of Tralee - 33 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Kieran Donaghy (198-G/F-83) of Tralee - 13 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Lorcan Murphy (182-PG-94) of Templeogue - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Jacob Lawson (203-F-92) of UCC Demons - 18 points and 13 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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  ISRAEL  

Standings - National League

National League Standings
 1. Hapoel B/S 13-5 
 2. Maccabi Raanana 12-6 
 3. Hapoel K/S 12-6 
 4. Hap.R/G Givat. 12-6 
 5. Ironi Nes-Ziona 11-7 
 6. Macc.Rehovot 10-8 
 7. Ironi K-A 10-8 
 8. Maccabi H/H 9-9 
 9. Hapoel Migd.H. 9-9 
 10. Hapoel Afula 8-10 
 11. Hap.Haifa 7-11 
 12. Galil Elion 7-11 
 13. Ramat Hasharon 4-14 
 14. Ironi Ramat Gan 2-16 

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 7: Hap.R/G Givat. - Hapoel Migd.H. 92-86
Feb. 7: Ironi K-A - Ironi Nes-Ziona 89-82
Feb. 7: Hapoel Afula - Hap.Haifa 85-66
Feb. 7: Hapoel B/S - Galil Elion 84-86
Feb. 7: Macc.Rehovot - Maccabi H/H 84-80
Feb. 7: Ramat Hasharon - Ironi Ramat Gan 78-72
Feb. 7: Maccabi Raanana - Hapoel K/S 77-88

Regular Season: Round 19

Feb. 14: Ironi Ramat Gan - Ironi K-A
Feb. 14: Hapoel Afula - Hapoel B/S
Feb. 14: Hapoel K/S - Ramat Hasharon
Feb. 14: Hap.Haifa - Macc.Rehovot
Feb. 14: Maccabi H/H - Hap.R/G Givat.
Feb. 14: Ironi Nes-Ziona - Galil Elion
Feb. 14: Hapoel Migd.H. - Maccabi Raanana


Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Storm WARREN
  Maccabi .
  (201-PF-88)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. Warren, Maccabi .23.9 
 2. Burrows, Hap.Haifa23.4 
 3. Aska, Ironi R.22.5 
 4. Pointer, Ironi K-A22.3 
 5. Huertas, Hap.Haifa21.8 
 6. Teel, Maccabi H/H20.9 
 7. Livingston, Hapoel K.20.9 
 8. Relphorde, Hapoel M.20.8 
 9. Brown, Ironi R.20.8 
 10. Jordan, Galil Elion19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terrence WATSON
  Hapoel K/S
  (200-F-87)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Watson, Hapoel K/S11.3 
 2. Pointer, Ironi K-A11.0 
 3. Jordan, Galil Elion10.8 
 4. Yates, Macc.Reh.10.6 
 5. Burrows, Hap.Haifa10.4 
 6. Livingston, Hapoel K.10.4 
 7. Warren, Maccabi .10.3 
 8. Cannon, Hapoel A.9.9 
 9. Gaston, Hapoel M.9.9 
 10. McShepard, Ironi N.9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Ironi R.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Teel, Ironi R.9.3 
 2. Nanikashvili, Hap.H.8.6 
 3. Lavie, Maccabi .6.4 
 4. Cohen, Hapoel K/S6.0 
 5. Bet-Yosef, Ironi R.5.3 
 6. Hofman, Ironi N.4.8 
 7. Shaashoua, Maccabi .4.6 
 8. Niv, Hap.Haifa4.6 
 9. Salz, Galil Elion4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Maccabi H/H
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Teel, Maccabi H/H2.7 
 2. Addison, Macc.Reh.2.7 
 3. Lavie, Maccabi .2.6 
 4. Warren, Maccabi .2.5 
 5. Relphorde, Hapoel M.2.4 
 6. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.1 
 7. Asbury, Ramat H.2.0 
 8. Burrows, Hap.Haifa1.9 
 9. Olasewere, Hap.R/G.1.9 
 10. Gil, Maccabi Raanana1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sir''Dominic POINTER
  Ironi K-A
  (198-G/F-92)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.4 
 2. Livingston, Hapoel K.2.1 
 3. Watson, Hapoel K/S1.7 
 4. Gaston, Hapoel M.1.7 
 5. Givens, Maccabi .1.5 
 6. Caracter, Ramat H.1.5 
 7. Warren, Maccabi .1.4 
 8. Labanowski, Ironi R.1.3 
 9. Joyner, Ironi K-A1.2 
 10. Roberts, Ironi N.1.1 


Bowman's 30-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

32-year old forward Brandon Bowman (206-F-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Maccabi K/G and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had the game-high 30 points adding eight rebounds for Maccabi K/G as his team was edged out by Bnei Hertzeliyya (#4, 11-6) 80-79. Maccabi K/G maintains the 12th position in Israeli league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked at the very bottom. They already lost 15 games and recorded just three victories. In the team's last game Bowman had a remarkable 84.6% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Maccabi K/G, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Brandon Bowman averages this season 14.6ppg and 7.0rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Amare Stoudemire (208-F/C-82) of top-ranked Hapoel J-M. He is American forward in his first season at Hapoel J-M. In the last game Stoudemire recorded impressive 24 points and 6 rebounds. Of course Hapoel J-M cruised to a 74-63 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Maccabi T-A (#3, 13-4). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Hapoel J-M consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team has currently 11-7 record. Stoudemire is a newcomer at Hapoel J-M and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Eric Griffin (203-F-90) of Galil Gilboa (#10). Griffin scored 20 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Galil Gilboa, leading his team to a 86-81 win against the higher-ranked Hapoel T-A (#6, 9-9). The chances of Galil Gilboa not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 11 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Griffin could try to bring Galil Gilboa's a little bit higher in the standings. Griffin has a very solid season. In 18 games in Israel he scored 15.4ppg. He also has 6.6rpg, 1.7bpg and FGP: 55.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jordan Taylor (188-PG-89) of Hapoel Holon - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Curtis Jerrells (185-PG-87) of Hapoel J-M - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Richard Howell (203-C/F-90) of Hapoel T-A - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. James Bell (197-F/G-92) of Hapoel Holon - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Darion Atkins (203-F-92) of Hapoel Holon - 20 points and 9 rebounds
9. Oz Blayzer (199-PF-92) of Maccabi Haifa - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Gregory Vargas (180-PG-86) of Maccabi Haifa - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists

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



Nate Robinson (ex Hapoel T-A) joins Delaware 87ers - by Eurobasket News

Delaware 87ers landed 33-year old point guard Nate Robinson (175-82kg-84, college: Washington). He played most recently at Hapoel Tel-Aviv in Israeli Winner League. In 14 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.2ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.9apg and 1.8spg last season. Robinson also spent pre-season at the Pelicans. But in two NBA games he did not score anything, 4 assists and 1 steal.
In 2005 he was drafted by Phoenix Suns (NBA) in first round (21st overall). Robinson attended University of Washington and it is his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
He has played also professionally for other NBA teams like other teamsChicago Bulls, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Golden State Warriors and LA Clippers.
Robinson's game is described as: A phenomenal athlete. If you are not sure you can win the game going into it, just watching him out there with you kind of convinces you that you might have a chance. Nate's got a swagger about him that just rubs off on everyone else. It's contagious. Not to mention his ability to go up and dunk the ball at 5-9. He can do some things that electrify a crowd. The best way to describe him is as a hard-nosed winner.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in D-League



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  ITALY  

Standings - SerieA

Serie A Standings
 1. EA7 Armani 15-3 
 2. Umana VE 12-6 
 3. Scandone AV 12-6 
 4. Grissin Bon RE 10-8 
 5. Banco di Srd 10-8 
 6. Betaland Cdo 10-8 
 7. JuveCaserta 9-9 
 8. Brescia 9-9 
 9. The Flexx PT 9-9 
 10. Auxilium TO 9-9 
 11. Dolomiti En. TR 9-9 
 12. Enel Brindisi 8-10 
 13. AV Cantu 7-11 
 14. VL Pesaro 6-12 
 15. Openjobmetis V. 5-13 
 16. Vanoli CR 4-14 

Regular Season: Round 18

Feb. 6: Grissin Bon RE - Enel Brindisi 98-84
Feb. 5: Auxilium TO - Betaland Cdo 91-92
Feb. 5: Openjobmetis V. - EA7 Armani 82-98
Feb. 5: JuveCaserta - Vanoli CR 79-75
Feb. 5: VL Pesaro - AV Cantu 78-73
Feb. 5: The Flexx PT - Scandone AV 67-59
Feb. 5: Dolomiti En. TR - Umana VE 65-57
Feb. 5: Brescia - Banco di Srd 56-48

Regular Season: Round 19

Feb. 12: Umana VE - Grissin Bon RE
Feb. 12: Betaland Cdo - Dolomiti En. TR
Feb. 12: Enel Brindisi - Openjobmetis V.
Feb. 12: Banco di Srd - AV Cantu
Feb. 12: Scandone AV - VL Pesaro
Feb. 12: The Flexx PT - JuveCaserta
Feb. 12: Vanoli CR - Auxilium TO
Feb. 12: EA7 Armani - Brescia


Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Marcus LANDRY
  Brescia
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Landry, Brescia19.8 
 2. M''Baye, Enel B.19.7 
 3. Jones, VL Pesaro19.5 
 4. Sosa, JuveCaserta19.1 
 5. Johnson, AV Cantu18.3 
 6. Ragland, Scandone.18.0 
 7. White, Auxilium TO17.6 
 8. Aradori, Grissin .17.3 
 9. Della-Valle, Grissin.16.7 
 10. Scott, Enel Brindisi15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 O.D. ANOSIKE
  Openjobm.
  (203-F/C-91)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Anosike, Openjobm.11.6 
 2. Jones, VL Pesaro10.2 
 3. Washington, Auxilium.9.0 
 4. Johnson, AV Cantu8.3 
 5. White, Auxilium TO8.1 
 6. Lawal, Banco d.7.9 
 7. Watt, JuveCaserta7.8 
 8. Thomas, Vanoli CR7.6 
 9. Nnoko, VL Pesaro7.2 
 10. Jefferson, Dolomiti.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Luca VITALI
  Brescia
  (201-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Vitali, Brescia7.7 
 2. Waters, AV Cantu7.6 
 3. Fitipaldo, Betaland.7.5 
 4. Dowdell, AV Cantu6.9 
 5. Sosa, JuveCaserta6.3 
 6. Wright, Auxilium.5.7 
 7. Ragland, Scandone.5.3 
 8. Moore, The F.5.2 
 9. Maynor, Openjobm.4.9 
 10. Kalnietis, EA7 A.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Corey HAWKINS
  The F.
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hawkins, The F.2.5 
 2. Goss, Enel Brindisi2.1 
 3. Craft, Dolomiti.1.9 
 4. Moss, Brescia1.7 
 5. Ragland, Scandone.1.7 
 6. Bostic, JuveCaserta1.6 
 7. Lighty, Dolomiti.1.5 
 8. Harrow, VL Pesaro1.5 
 9. Peric, Umana VE1.5 
 10. Washington, Auxilium.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Riccardo CERVI
  Grissin .
  (214-C-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Cervi, Grissin .2.4 
 2. Pelle, Openjobm.2.4 
 3. Watt, JuveCaserta1.7 
 4. Johnson, AV Cantu1.7 
 5. Lawal, Banco d.1.6 
 6. Biligha, Vanoli CR1.4 
 7. M''Baye, Enel B.1.3 
 8. Putney, JuveCaserta1.2 
 9. Berggren, Brescia1.1 


Italian Serie A round 18 best performance: Achille Polonara - by Eurobasket News

International Forward Achille Polonara (203-F-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Grissin Bon RE, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, six rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Enel Brindisi (#12, 8-10) 98-84. Grissin Bon RE is placed at 4th position in Italian Serie A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Grissin Bon RE will need more victories to improve their 10-8 record. Polonara has many years of experience at Grissin Bon RE, through which he has constantly improved. Achille Polonara averages this season 9.5ppg and 6.0rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American D.J. White (206-PF-86) of Auxilium TO. White had a very good evening with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as Auxilium TO was edged by the higher-ranked Betaland Cdo (#6, 10-8) 92-91. This loss caused Auxilium TO to drop to 10th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. White is well-known at Auxilium TO and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.6ppg (#7). He also registered 8.1 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward JaJuan Johnson (208-F/C-89) of AV Cantu (#13). Johnson scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Johnson's great performance AV Cantu lost 73-78 to slightly lower-ranked VL Pesaro (#14, 6-12). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of AV Cantu not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 11 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Johnson could try to bring AV Cantu's a little bit higher in the standings. Johnson has individually a great season in Italy. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.3ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 8.3rpg (4th best). He also has 1.7bpg and FGP: 58.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Riccardo Cervi (214-C-91) of Grissin Bon RE - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Gani Lawal (205-F/C-88) of Banco di Srd - 12 points and 19 rebounds
6. Raphiael Putney (207-F-90) of JuveCaserta - 19 points and 9 rebounds
7. Darius Johnson-Odom (187-PG-89) of Vanoli CR - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Aaron Craft (188-G-91) of Dolomiti En. TR - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Amedeo Della Valle (192-SG-93) of Grissin Bon RE - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Deron Washington (201-F/G-85) of Auxilium TO - 16 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists

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



Serie A2 Round 20: Virtus Bologna lose to Bondi Ferrara - by Eurobasket News

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

Top ranked Virtus Bologna (14-5) recorded its fifth loss at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were edged by twelfth ranked Bondi Ferrara (8-12) 88-85. Bondi Ferrara outrebounded Virtus Bologna 36-21 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Bondi Ferrara especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. The best player for the winners was American forward Laurence Bowers (203-90, college: Missouri) who scored 23 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import Terrence Roderick (196-88, college: UAB) chipped in 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international swingman Guido Rosselli (198-83) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the hosts. Virtus Bologna's coach Alessandro Ramagli rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bondi Ferrara maintains twelfth position in A2 with 8-12 record. Virtus Bologna at the other side still keeps top place with five games lost. Bondi Ferrara are looking forward to face Imola (#13) at home in the next round. Virtus Bologna will play against the league's second-placed Treviso Basket (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Treviso Basket (14-6) against ninth ranked Jesi (10-10) on Sunday night. Host Treviso Basket was defeated by Jesi in a tough game in Treviso 71-76. American point guard Timothy Bowers (188-82, college: Mississippi St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Dwayne Davis contributed with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Swingman Matteo Negri (194-91, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for Treviso Basket. Treviso Basket's coach Stefano Pillastrini tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Jesi maintains ninth position in A2 with 10-10 record. Treviso Basket at the other side keeps the second place with six games lost. Jesi will play against higher ranked Piacenza (#8) in Casalpusterlengo in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Treviso Basket will play at home against the league's leader Virtus Bologna (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Legnano (13-7) against thirteenth ranked Rieti (8-12) on Sunday night. Visiting Legnano was defeated by Rieti in Rieti 79-64. Worth to mention a great performance of Dalton Pepper who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Rieti's coach Luciano Nunzi used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nikolas Raivio responded with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Rieti maintains thirteenth position in A2 with 8-12 record. Loser Legnano dropped to the fourth place with seven games lost. Rieti will meet higher ranked Roma E-basket (#9) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Legnano will play against Scafati (#16) and hope to secure a win.
Leader Angelico Biella delivered the fifteenth victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Latina Basket (11-9) 92-85. The winners were led by Niccolo De Vico who scored that evening 35 points (!!!). Angelico Biella maintains first position in A2 with 15-5 record. Latina Basket at the other side dropped to the sixth place with nine games lost. Angelico Biella's next round opponent will be Agropoli (#15) at home which should be an easy win for them. Latina Basket will play against Roma Virtus (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Roma was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Tortona (13-7) played at the court of 6th ranked Roma Virtus (11-9). Tortona managed to secure a 9-point victory 98-89 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Glenn Cosey who scored 36 points (!!!) and 6 assists. Tortona moved-up to third place in A2. Loser Roma Virtus dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Tortona will face FCM Ferentino (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Roma Virtus will play against Latina Basket (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 20 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In A2 Imola were crushed by Verona in a road game 87-65. Alma Trieste beat F.Kontatto BO at home 69-64. Roseto lost to Udine APU on the opponent's court 67-79. Mantova managed to outperform Chieti in a home game 79-70. Ravenna recorded a loss to Recanati on the road 84-83. Agropoli was crushed by Scafati on its own court 62-92. Viola RC was smashed by Agrigento in a road game 90-58. FCM Ferentino lost to Lighthouse TR at home 67-71. Mens Sana 1871 unfortunately lost to Treviglio on the opponent's court 68-85. Novipiu Casale rolled over Roma E-basket in a home game 87-66.
The best stats of 20th round was 23 points and 11 rebounds by John Brown of Roma Virtus.

East
Virtus Bologna - Bondi Ferrara 85-88

Top ranked Virtus Bologna (14-5) recorded its fifth loss at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were edged by twelfth ranked Bondi Ferrara (8-12) 88-85. Bondi Ferrara outrebounded Virtus Bologna 36-21 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Bondi Ferrara especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. The best player for the winners was American forward Laurence Bowers (203-90, college: Missouri) who scored 23 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import Terrence Roderick (196-88, college: UAB) chipped in 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international swingman Guido Rosselli (198-83) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and Nigerian-American point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV) added 18 points and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Virtus Bologna's coach Alessandro Ramagli rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Bondi Ferrara maintains twelfth position in A2 with 8-12 record. Virtus Bologna at the other side still keeps top place with five games lost. Bondi Ferrara are looking forward to face Imola (#13) at home in the next round. Virtus Bologna will play against the league's second-placed Treviso Basket (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Virtus Bologna: G.Rosselli 21+10reb+6ast, M.Umeh 18+1reb+5ast, M.Spissu 13+1reb+2ast, G.Spizzichini 10+3reb+1ast, L.Penna 9+1reb+1ast, A.Michelori 8+2reb+2ast
Bondi Ferrara: R.Cortese 25+4reb, L.Bowers 23+7reb+3ast, F.Pellegrino 17+7reb, T.Roderick 17+9reb+5ast, M.Mastellari 3+3reb, Y.Moreno 3+3reb+10ast
gschID: 485702


Verona - Imola 87-65

There was no surprise when 13th ranked Imola (7-13) was crushed on the road by eleventh ranked Verona (10-10) 87-65 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was guard Marco Portannese (192-89, agency: SPORTlab Agency) who scored 28 points. American guard Michael Frazier (193-94, college: Florida) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Four Verona players scored in double figures. Verona's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Alex Ranuzzi (195-86, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized Argentinian swingman Patricio Prato (194-79) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Verona maintains eleventh position in A2 with 10-10 record. Loser Imola keeps the thirteenth place with 13 games lost. Verona will face Recanati (#15) on the road in the next round. Imola will play against Bondi Ferrara and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Imola: A.Ranuzzi 16+10reb+2ast, P.Prato 15+5reb+1ast, T.Cohn 13+6reb+1ast, M.Maggioli 9+3reb, J.Preti 4, B.Norfleet 4+6reb+3ast
Verona: M.Portannese 28+4reb+2ast, L.Tote 19+5reb+1ast, M.Frazier 18+6reb+3ast, D.Brkic 14+6reb, D.Diliegro 8+7reb+1ast, G.Boscagin 0
gschID: 485701


Alma Trieste - F.Kontatto BO 69-64

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Alma Trieste (14-6) defeated at home 6th ranked F.Kontatto BO (11-9) 69-64 on Sunday. F.Kontatto BO was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward Jordan Parks (201-94, college: N.C.Central, agency: Two Points) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Matteo Da Ros (204-89) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Four Alma Trieste players scored in double figures. American forward Justin Knox (205-89, college: N.Carolina, agency: Two Points) produced 15 points and 8 rebounds and American-Jordanian guard Alex Legion (195-88, college: FIU, agency: Octagon Europe) added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Alma Trieste maintains third position in A2 with 14-6 record behind leader Angelico Biella. Loser F.Kontatto BO keeps the sixth place with nine games lost. Alma Trieste will face Ravenna (#5) on the road in the next round. F.Kontatto BO will play against Mantova and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
F.Kontatto BO: J.Knox 15+8reb+1ast, A.Legion 13+9reb+2ast, M.Ruzzier 9+2reb+7ast, S.Mancinelli 7+6reb, L.Candi 7+1ast, M.Montano 6+1reb
Alma Trieste: A.Pecile 15+3reb+2ast, M.Da Ros 14+9reb+2ast, J.Green 14+7reb+2ast, J.Parks 12+10reb+3ast, L.Baldasso 7, S.Bossi 4+3reb+4ast
gschID: 485699


Udine APU - Roseto 79-67

There was a minor upset when 7th ranked Roseto (11-9) was defeated on the road by tenth ranked Udine APU (10-10) 79-67 on Sunday. Udine APU looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Allan Ray (188-84, college: Villanova) who scored 30 points and 4 assists. Nigerian-American swingman Stan Okoye (198-91, college: VMI) chipped in 8 points and 15 rebounds. American point guard Adam Smith (185-92, college: Georgia Tech) produced 25 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and his fellow American import power forward Brandon Sherrod (198-92, college: Yale) added 11 points and 13 rebounds respectively for the guests. Newly promoted Udine APU maintains tenth position in A2 with 10-10 record. Loser Roseto keeps the seventh place with nine games lost. Udine APU will face Chieti (#14) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Roseto: A.Smith 25+2reb+3ast, V.Amoroso 17+5reb+4ast, B.Sherrod 11+13reb+2ast, R.Casagrande 7+3reb+2ast, T.Radonjic 4, N.Mei 3+3reb+2ast
Udine APU: A.Ray 30+3reb+4ast, M.Ferrari 15+4reb+1ast, A.Traini 13+4reb+3ast, S.Okoye 8+15reb+3ast, O.Diop 5+5reb+4ast, J.Zacchetti 4+5reb
gschID: 485700


Mantova - Chieti 79-70

Very predictable result in Mirandola where fifth ranked Mantova (12-8) beat 14th ranked Chieti (6-13) 79-70 on Sunday. Mantova made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was swingman Alessandro Amici (200-91) who scored 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American LaMarshall Corbett (189-88, college: Angelo St.) chipped in 18 points. Mantova's coach Alberto Martelossi used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Trae Golden (188-91, college: Georgia Tech) produced 16 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and naturalized American power forward Cristopher Mortellaro (207-82, college: Drury) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Mantova moved-up to fourth place in A2. Loser Chieti keeps the fourteenth position with 13 games lost. Mantova will face F.Kontatto BO (#6) in Bologna in the next round. Chieti will play at home against Udine APU (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Chieti: T.Golden 16+6reb+7ast, C.Mortellaro 14+9reb+1ast, C.Davis 12+6reb+1ast, L.Sergio 7+1reb+1ast, M.Venucci 7+1reb+1ast, M.Allegretti 5+5reb
Mantova: A.Amici 22+9reb+4ast, L.Corbett 18+3reb+2ast, F.Candussi 10+9reb, L.Vencato 7+1reb+2ast, A.Casella 6+2reb+1ast, L.Gergati 6
gschID: 485696


Recanati - Ravenna 84-83

There was an upset when higher ranked Ravenna (12-8) was edged on the road by sixteenth ranked Recanati (5-15) 84-83 on Sunday. Recanati looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was power forward Francesco Infante (202-92) who scored 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Swedish-American Erik Rush (196-88, college: Montana St.) chipped in 9 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists. American power forward Taylor Smith (199-91, college: SF Austin) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks and his fellow American import point guard Derrick Marks (190-93, college: Boise St.) added 22 points respectively for the guests. Five Ravenna players scored in double figures. Recanati moved-up to fifteenth place in A2. Loser Ravenna dropped to the fifth position with eight games lost. Recanati will face higher ranked Verona (#11) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Ravenna will play against Alma Trieste (#3) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Ravenna: D.Marks 22+4reb+1ast, M.Tambone 14+1reb+1ast, A.Raschi 13+4reb+1ast, S.Masciadri 11+7reb+1ast, T.Smith 10+15reb+2ast, A.Chiumenti 6+2reb+2ast
Recanati: G.Sorrentino 24+1reb+2ast, F.Infante 20+8reb+5ast, E.Rush 9+14reb+6ast, T.Bader 8+2reb+4ast, G.Maspero 8+7reb, L.Marini 8+3reb
gschID: 485697


Treviso Basket - Jesi 71-76

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Treviso Basket (14-6) against ninth ranked Jesi (10-10) on Sunday night. Host Treviso Basket was defeated by Jesi in a tough game in Treviso 71-76. Strangely Treviso Basket outrebounded Jesi 42-26 including 17 on the offensive glass. American point guard Timothy Bowers (188-82, college: Mississippi St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. The other American import forward Dwayne Davis (196-89, college: S.Mississippi) contributed with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four Jesi players scored in double figures. Swingman Matteo Negri (194-91, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Jesse Perry (200-89, college: Arizona) added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Treviso Basket. Treviso Basket's coach Stefano Pillastrini tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Jesi maintains ninth position in A2 with 10-10 record. Treviso Basket at the other side keeps the second place with six games lost. Jesi will play against higher ranked Piacenza (#8) in Casalpusterlengo in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Treviso Basket will play at home against the league's leader Virtus Bologna (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Treviso Basket: M.Negri 17+6reb+4ast, J.Perry 13+10reb+1ast, D.Moretti 11+3reb+2ast, M.Fantinelli 9+4reb+6ast, T.Rinaldi 9+4reb, Q.DeCosey 7+6reb+3ast
Jesi: D.Davis 21+5reb+6ast, M.Maganza 20+9reb+1ast, T.Bowers 19+7reb+7ast, A.Benevelli 13+2reb+1ast, M.Battisti 3+1reb+1ast, G.Scali 0
gschID: 485698


West
Agropoli - Scafati 62-92

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when sixteenth ranked Scafati (5-15) outleveled on the road 15th ranked Agropoli (5-15) 92-62 on Sunday. Scafati made 22-of-23 free shots (95.7 percent) during the game. Scafati outrebounded Agropoli 35-20 including 28 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Maltese-American Darryl Jackson (190-85, college: Warner Pacific, agency: Diamond Sports) who scored 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Forward Nicholas Crow (199-89) chipped in 23 points and 5 rebounds. Four Scafati players scored in double figures. Scafati's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American power forward Kevin Langford (204-85, college: TCU) produced 24 points and forward Giovanni Carenza (202-88, college: St.Anselm, agency: Interperformances) added 8 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Scafati maintains sixteenth position in A2 with 5-15 record. Scafati will face higher ranked Legnano (#4) in Castellanza in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Agropoli: K.Langford 24+3reb+2ast, M.Turel 11, G.Carenza 8+6reb, A.Delas 6+1reb+4ast, R.Santolamazza 5+5reb+1ast, M.Contento 3+1reb+1ast
Scafati: N.Crow 23+5reb, D.Jackson 21+6reb+5ast, Y.Naimy 18+1reb+5ast, I.Lupusor 11+5reb, M.Ammannato 8+8reb+2ast, A.Dobbins 5+8reb+1ast
gschID: 485936


Rieti - Legnano 79-64

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Legnano (13-7) against thirteenth ranked Rieti (8-12) on Sunday night. Visiting Legnano was defeated by Rieti in Rieti 79-64. They made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Rieti looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American Dalton Pepper (196-90, college: Temple) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and naturalized Argentinian point guard Marcos Casini (188-80) who added 21 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) during the contest. Five Rieti players scored in double figures. Rieti's coach Luciano Nunzi used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American Nikolas Raivio (192-86, college: Portland, agency: Pensack Sports) responded with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Matteo Martini (195-92, agency: Players Group) scored 14 points. Rieti maintains thirteenth position in A2 with 8-12 record. Loser Legnano dropped to the fourth place with seven games lost. Rieti will meet higher ranked Roma E-basket (#9) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Legnano will play against Scafati (#16) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Legnano: M.Martini 14+3reb+2ast, M.Palermo 11+2reb+3ast, N.Raivio 9+8reb+4ast, F.Maiocco 9+2reb+1ast, M.Frassineti 8+2reb, W.Mosley 5+7reb+3ast
Rieti: M.Casini 21+3reb, N.Benedusi 13+2reb+1ast, D.Pepper 13+12reb+5ast, D.Sims 11+3reb+6ast, A.Zanelli 10+5reb+4ast, G.Eliantonio 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 485940


Agrigento - Viola RC 90-58

There was no surprise when 14th ranked Viola RC (6-14) was crushed on the road by seventh ranked Agrigento (12-8) 90-58 on Sunday. Agrigento made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Agrigento had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American swingman Perrin Buford (198-94, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian forward Albano Chiarastella (199-85, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. Four Agrigento players scored in double figures. Power forward Patrick Baldassarre (200-86, agency: Players Group) produced 21 points and 5 rebounds and Croatian power forward Ivica Radic (208-90, agency: XL Basketball Agency) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Agrigento moved-up to fifth place in A2. Loser Viola RC keeps the fourteenth position with 14 games lost. Agrigento will face Mens Sana 1871 (#8) in Siena in the next round. Viola RC will play at home against Novipiu Casale (#11) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Viola RC: P.Baldassarre 21+5reb, I.Radic 12+8reb, T.Guariglia 8+6reb+2ast, M.Lagana 6+2reb+2ast, A.Voskuil 5+3reb+1ast, L.Caroti 2+1reb+5ast
Agrigento: P.Buford 16+7reb+3ast, M.Evangelisti 15+1ast, A.Chiarastella 13+9reb+3ast, R.Bucci 12+2ast, R.Zugno 10+5reb+3ast, D.Bell-Holter 10+4reb+1ast
gschID: 485935


FCM Ferentino - Lighthouse TR 67-71

No shocking result in a game when tenth ranked Lighthouse TR (10-10) defeated on the road 12th ranked FCM Ferentino (8-12) 71-67 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was American point guard Keddric Mays (183-84) who scored 23 points and 7 assists. The former international forward Demian Filloy (198-82, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. The former international power forward Angelo Gigli (209-83) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and American swingman Benjamin Raymond (198-87, college: Xavier) added 17 points respectively for the hosts. Four FCM Ferentino players scored in double figures. Lighthouse TR maintains tenth position in A2 with 10-10 record. Loser FCM Ferentino keeps the twelfth place with 12 games lost. Lighthouse TR will face league's second-placed Treviglio at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. FCM Ferentino will play against Tortona (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
FCM Ferentino: B.Raymond 17+2reb+2ast, M.Gilbert 13+6reb+2ast, A.Gigli 12+12reb+5ast, B.Musso 11+3reb+2ast, F.Guarino 5+1reb+1ast, T.Carnovali 5+2reb+1ast
Lighthouse TR: K.Mays 23+2reb+7ast, D.Filloy 13+6reb+1ast, K.Viglianisi 11+2reb+4ast, G.Ganeto 7+8reb+1ast, R.Tavernelli 5+1reb+3ast, A.Renzi 4+8reb+1ast
gschID: 485939


Treviglio - Mens Sana 1871 85-68

Very expected game when 8th ranked Mens Sana 1871 (11-9) was defeated on the road by third ranked Treviglio (13-7) 85-68 on Sunday. Treviglio looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was Lithuanian Paulius Sorokas (202-92, agency: Players Group) who scored 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized American guard Adam Sollazzo (198-90, college: E.Tenn.St.) chipped in 16 points and 7 assists. Four Treviglio players scored in double figures. American guard K.T. Harrell (193-92, college: Auburn) produced 14 points and 6 assists and naturalized Brazilian Jonathan Tavernari (197-87, college: BYU) added 17 points respectively for the guests. Treviglio moved-up to second place in A2. Loser Mens Sana 1871 keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. Treviglio will face Lighthouse TR (#10) in Trapani in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mens Sana 1871 will play at home against Agrigento and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Mens Sana 1871: J.Tavernari 17+4reb+1ast, K.Harrell 14+4reb+6ast, M.Myers 13+8reb+1ast, L.Saccaggi 9+5ast, T.Pichi 5+1reb, G.Vildera 4+6reb+1ast
Treviglio: P.Sorokas 21+8reb+4ast, A.Sollazzo 16+3reb+7ast, P.Marini 15+3reb+3ast, S.Genovese 10+1reb+1ast, A.Pecchia 7+2reb, E.Rossi 6+3reb
gschID: 485941


Angelico Biella - Latina Basket 92-85

Leader Angelico Biella delivered the fifteenth victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Latina Basket (11-9) 92-85. Angelico Biella players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The winners were led by the former international forward Niccolo De Vico (198-94, agency: SPORTlab Agency) who scored that evening 35 points (!!!) and American point guard Jazzmarr Ferguson (185-89, college: IU Southeast) supported him with 20 points and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds by power forward Mitchell Poletti (205-88) did not help to save the game for Latina Basket. Point guard Lorenzo Uglietti (190-94) added 23 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Four Latina Basket players scored in double figures. Angelico Biella maintains first position in A2 with 15-5 record. Latina Basket at the other side dropped to the sixth place with nine games lost. Angelico Biella's next round opponent will be Agropoli (#15) at home which should be an easy win for them. Latina Basket will play against Roma Virtus (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Latina Basket: M.Poletti 26+12reb+2ast, L.Uglietti 23+5reb+2ast, K.DeShields 15+3reb+3ast, J.Arledge 10+6reb, A.Pastore 9+2ast, G.Allodi 2+3reb+2ast
Angelico Biella: N.De Vico 35+2reb+3ast, J.Ferguson 20+2reb+4ast, M.Venuto 11+5reb+5ast, M.Udom 9+8reb+1ast, A.Tessitori 9+4reb+1ast, L.Pollone 6+3ast
gschID: 485937


Novipiu Casale - Roma E-basket 87-66

There was a small surprise when eleventh ranked Novipiu Casale (9-11) outscored at home 9th ranked Roma E-basket (10-10) 87-66 on Sunday. Novipiu Casale had a 13-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Niccolo Martinoni (203-89) who scored 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international guard Brett Blizzard (191-80, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists. Five Novipiu Casale players scored in double figures. American point guard Michael Deloach (185-86, college: Norfolk St.) produced a triple-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists and his fellow American import center Tony Easley (206-87, college: Murray St.) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Novipiu Casale maintains eleventh position in A2 with 9-11 record. Newly promoted Roma E-basket keeps the ninth place with ten games lost. Novipiu Casale will face Viola RC (#14) in Reggio Calabria in the next round.
Top scorers:
Roma E-basket: M.Deloach 26+10reb+10ast, T.Easley 19+5reb+1ast, N.Petrucci 6+1reb, N.Stanic 5+2reb+1ast, A.Righetti 3, M.Malaventura 2+1ast
Novipiu Casale: N.Martinoni 20+7reb+5ast, B.Blizzard 17+1reb+4ast, J.Tolbert 12+8reb+2ast, G.Tomassini 11+2reb+5ast, L.Severini 10+7reb+1ast, D.Denegri 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 485938


Roma Virtus - Tortona 89-98

The game in Roma was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Tortona (13-7) played at the court of 6th ranked Roma Virtus (11-9). Tortona managed to secure a 9-point victory 98-89 on Sunday. Tortona shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 73.9 percentage. The best player for the winners was American point guard Glenn Cosey (183-92, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Three Eye Sports) who scored 36 points (!!!) and 6 assists. Forward Giampaolo Ricci (201-91) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. American forward John Brown (203-92, college: High Point) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and naturalized American point guard Anthony Raffa (185-89, college: Co.Carolina) added 25 points respectively for the hosts. Five Tortona and four Roma Virtus players scored in double figures. Tortona moved-up to third place in A2. Loser Roma Virtus dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Tortona will face FCM Ferentino (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Roma Virtus will play against Latina Basket (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Roma Virtus: A.Raffa 25+3reb+1ast, J.Brown 23+11reb+3ast, D.Sandri 13+5reb+2ast, G.Maresca 12+2reb+1ast, A.Landi 8+3reb, T.Baldasso 6+1reb+2ast
Tortona: G.Cosey 36+1reb+6ast, P.Greene IV 14+1reb+2ast, G.Ricci 14+5reb+2ast, V.Cucci 13+3reb+3ast, M.Sanna 10+5reb+1ast, G.Mascherpa 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 485942





Verona signs Andrea Amato - by Andrea Centenari

Tezenis Verona (Serie A2) signed 23-year old ex-international point guard Andrea Amato (190-94). He started the season at Vanoli Cremona (Serie A). In 17 games he had just 2.5ppg and 1.6apg this season. Serie A2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. The last season Amato played at The Flexx Pistoia (also in Serie A) where in 13 games he recorded only 2.7ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.2apg. Amato helped them to win the cup and make to league final.
He was also a member of Italian international program for some years. Amato played for Italian Senior National Team two years ago and previously for U20 National Team in 2014.
He represented Italy at the European Championships U18 in Lithuania five years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 4.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.0apg, 1.2spg.
Amato has played previously for two other teams: Novipiu Casale and Sangiorgese.

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Jawad Williams may sign at Grissin Bon RE - by Eurobasket News

Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia (Serie A) is about to land experienced 34-year old American forward Jawad Williams (204-101kg-83, college: N.Carolina) who currently played at AEK Athens in Greece. In 16 A1 games he averaged 8.9ppg and 3.0rpg this season. He also played 15 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 7.9ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.6apg. The last season Williams played at Gaziantep Basketbol in Turkish BSL. In 30 games he recorded 12.6ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.7apg. He also played 14 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 12.0