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  ABA LEAGUE  



Round 24: Top-ranked Crvena Zvezda wins another game - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in ABA League. The round 24 was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results.

ABA League top team - Serbian Crvena Zvezda (23-1) had no problems winning another game on Monday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Slovenian Un.Olimpija (10-14) in Beograd 88-67. The game was mostly controlled by Crvena Zvezda. Un.Olimpija managed to win fourth quarter 18-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Crvena Zvezda looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for American point guard Nate Wolters (193-91, college: S.Dakota St., agency: Pensack Sports) who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 8 assists. Power forward Petar Rakicevic (204-95) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Crvena Zvezda's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Gregor Hrovat (196-94) replied with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for Un.Olimpija. Crvena Zvezda have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending Serbian champion maintains first position with 23-1 record. Un.Olimpija at the other side keeps the seventh place with 14 games lost. They share the position with FMP. Crvena Zvezda's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena FMP.
Important game to mention about took place in Zadar. Thirteenth ranked KK Zadar (8-16) saved a 1-point victory at home edging higher ranked Cibona (11-13) 85-84 on Wednesday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Bosnian forward Boris Barac (205-92) who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Ivan Marinkovic who added 21 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American point guard Scottie Reynolds (188-87, college: Villanova) with 27 points and 9 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. KK Zadar moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Mornar Bar and MZT Skopje. Cibona lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 13 games lost. KK Zadar will play against higher ranked Karpos Sokoli (#9) in Skopje in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Cibona will play at home against Mega Leks and hopes to get back on the winning track.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 24: Partizan beat Mega Leks on the road 87-80. MZT Skopje lost to Bosnian defending champion Igokea on its own court 67-71. FMP unfortunately lost to Buducnost in Podgorica 84-93. Krka recorded a loss to Mornar Bar at home 63-72. Karpos Sokoli was defeated by Cedevita on the opponent's court 81-77.
The most impressive performance of 24th round was 21 points and 13 rebounds by Jonah Bolden of FMP.

Zadar - Cibona 85-84

Important game to mention about took place in Zadar. Thirteenth ranked KK Zadar (8-16) saved a 1-point victory at home edging higher ranked Cibona (11-13) 85-84 on Wednesday evening. The hosts were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 24-22 run, which allowed them to win the game. KK Zadar dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Cibona's 36. KK Zadar players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Bosnian forward Boris Barac (205-92) who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Serbian-Slovenian power forward Ivan Marinkovic (209-93) who added 21 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American point guard Scottie Reynolds (188-87, college: Villanova) with 27 points and 9 assists and forward Zeljko Sakic (204-88, agency: BeoBasket) scored 14 points. Four Cibona players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. KK Zadar moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Mornar Bar and MZT Skopje. Cibona lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 13 games lost. KK Zadar will play against higher ranked Karpos Sokoli (#9) in Skopje in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Cibona will play at home against Mega Leks and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Zadar: B.Barac 26+9reb+4ast, I.Marinkovic 21+6reb+2ast, M.Kovacevic 14+1reb+2ast, Y.Franke 6+1reb+2ast, I.Ramljak 6+8reb+4ast, J.Vladovic 4+1reb+6ast
Cibona: S.Reynolds 27+2reb+9ast, Z.Sakic 14+2reb+2ast, E.Sulejmanovic 12+5reb, L.Zoric 10+4reb+1ast, P.Marinelli 6+1reb+1ast, D.Bosnjak 5+1ast
gschID: 476297


Mega Leks - Partizan 80-87

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Partizan (18-6) beat 9th ranked Mega Leks (9-15) in Sremska Mitrovica 87-80. The game without a history. Partizan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Partizan had a 27-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. Mega Leks were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Stefan Bircevic (210-89) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 8 rebounds and guard Stefan Pot (196-94) who added 15 points and 8 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was French power forward Alpha Kaba (209-96, agency: BeoBasket) with 18 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Aleksandar Marelja (207-92, agency: BeoBasket) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Mega Leks' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Partizan moved-up to second place, which they share with Cedevita. Mega Leks at the other side keep the ninth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Karpos Sokoli. Partizan will play against bottom-ranked Krka (#14) in Novo Mesto in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Mega Leks will play on the road against Cibona (#6) in Zagreb and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Partizan: M.Andric 20+4reb+1ast, S.Bircevic 20+8reb+1ast, S.Pot 15+4reb+8ast, A.Vrabac 12+8reb+1ast, U.Lukovic 9+7reb, D.Majstorovic 8+2reb+1ast
Mega Leks: A.Kaba 18+6reb, R.Zagorac 16+3reb+1ast, A.Marelja 15+6reb, J.Novak 14+2reb+4ast, O.Jaramaz 8+2reb+2ast, R.Spasojevic 5+3reb
gschID: 476296


MZT Skopje - Igokea 67-71

Very expected game when 11th ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (8-16) lost at home to sixth ranked Bosnian Igokea (12-12) 71-67. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-14. But MZT Skopje won second period 24-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian forward Strahinja Micovic (205-92) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and Serbian Djordje Milosevic (199-93) who added 14 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Xavier Thames (191-91, college: San Diego St.) with 15 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian swingman Djordje Drenovac (201-92) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Defending Bosnian champion moved-up to fifth place. Defending FYR Macedonian champion MZT Skopje keeps the eleventh position with 16 games lost. They share it with Mornar Bar and Zadar. Igokea will play against Mornar Bar (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. MZT Skopje will play against Buducnost in Podgorica and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Igokea: S.Micovic 20+3reb, D.Milosevic 14+6reb+2ast, J.Robinson 10+4reb+4ast, R.Rikic 9+2reb, V.Radivojevic 8+6reb+1ast, B.Mahkovic 4+2reb
MZT Skopje: D.Drenovac 16+5reb+2ast, X.Thames 15+7reb+3ast, J.Lalic 10+5reb, J.Scott 9+12reb+1ast, C.Kloof 6+2ast, S.Gjuroski 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 476294


Crvena Zvezda - Un.Olimpija 88-67

ABA League top team - Serbian Crvena Zvezda (23-1) had no problems winning another game on Monday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Slovenian Un.Olimpija (10-14) in Beograd 88-67. The game was mostly controlled by Crvena Zvezda. Un.Olimpija managed to win fourth quarter 18-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Crvena Zvezda looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for American point guard Nate Wolters (193-91, college: S.Dakota St., agency: Pensack Sports) who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 8 assists. Power forward Petar Rakicevic (204-95) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Crvena Zvezda's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Gregor Hrovat (196-94) replied with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Serbian Nikola Jankovic (207-94, agency: BeoBasket) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Un.Olimpija. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Crvena Zvezda have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending Serbian champion maintains first position with 23-1 record. Un.Olimpija at the other side keeps the seventh place with 14 games lost. They share the position with FMP. Crvena Zvezda's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena FMP.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: P.Rakicevic 14+5reb+2ast, N.Wolters 12+1reb+8ast, M.Bjelica 11+3reb, B.Simanic 11+2reb, B.Lazic 8+2reb+3ast, C.Jenkins 8+1reb+2ast
Un.Olimpija: N.Jankovic 16+5reb+1ast, S.Milosevic 14+3reb+2ast, G.Hrovat 12+6reb+5ast, B.Jefferson 12+2reb+4ast, D.Bubnic 7+1reb+4ast, J.Barbaric 6+5reb
gschID: 476299


Buducnost - FMP 93-84

Rather predictable result when fourth ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (17-7) won against 7th ranked Serbian FMP (10-14) in Podgorica 93-84. The hosts were ahead by 9 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 25-14 run, which allowed them to win the game. FMP was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Marcus Williams (191-85, college: Connecticut) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and Serbian-Montenegrin forward Boris Savovic (208-87, agency: BeoBasket) who added 19 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) during the contest. Buducnost's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was Australian forward Jonah Bolden (208-96, college: UCLA) with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds and guard Marko Ljubicic (195-87) scored 16 points and 6 assists. Four FMP players scored in double figures. Defending Montenegrin champion maintains fourth position with 17-7 record. FMP at the other side keeps the seventh place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Un.Olimpija. Buducnost will play against MZT Skopje (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. FMP's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beograd Crvena Zvezda.
Top scorers:
Buducnost: B.Savovic 19+3reb, M.Williams 13+7reb+7ast, J.Reynolds 13+3reb, S.Sehovic 10+1reb+1ast, Z.Nikolic 9+8reb+2ast, A.Ilic 8+3reb
FMP: J.Bolden 21+13reb+1ast, M.Ljubicic 16+3reb+6ast, D.Davidovac 14+2reb, D.Apic 13+4reb+6ast, A.Radanov 7+1reb, S.Lazarevic 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 476300


Krka - Mornar Bar 63-72

Everything could happen in Novo Mesto at the game between two tied teams. Both thirteenth ranked Montenegrin Mornar Bar and 12th ranked Slovenian Krka had identical 7-16 record. But Krka was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Bar 72-63. Krka was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 28-12 third quarter run of Mornar Bar. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Antabia Waller (191-88, college: Auburn) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import point guard Lamont Jones (183-90, college: Iona, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) who added 10 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Ron Curry (191-93, college: JMU, agency: Octagon Europe) with 13 points and 5 rebounds and guard Sandi Cebular (195-86, agency: Duran International) scored 11 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Mornar Bar (8-16) moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Zadar and MZT Skopje. Krka lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 17 games lost. Mornar Bar will play against higher ranked Igokea (#5) in Aleksandrovac in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Krka will play on the road against Partizan (#3) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Mornar Bar: A.Waller 21+5reb+3ast, O.Ellis 11+6reb, L.Jones 10+4reb+4ast, B.Bakic 8+2reb+5ast, V.Pavic 6+4reb, R.Vujosevic 6+4reb
Krka: R.Curry 13+5reb+1ast, S.Cebular 11+4reb+3ast, M.Lukovic 8+4reb+2ast, D.Elliott 8+7reb, Z.Dimec 8+5reb+1ast, D.Jukic 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 476295


Cedevita - Karpos Sokoli 81-77

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Croatian Cedevita (18-6) defeated 9th ranked FYR Macedonian Karpos Sokoli (9-15) in Zagreb 81-77. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Karpos Sokoli was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 45-38 second half run of Cedevita. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Marko Arapovic (207-96) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 4 assists and center Miro Bilan (213-89, agency: BeoBasket) who added 14 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Cedevita players scored in double figures. Cedevita's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The best for the losing side was Serbian power forward Dragan Labovic (207-87, agency: Alti Sport) with 27 points and power forward Bojan Trajkovski (208-88, agency: Mansfield and Associates) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Cedevita have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending Croatian champion maintains second position with 18-6 record having just eight point less than leader Crvena Zvezda, which they share with Partizan. Karpos Sokoli lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 15 games lost. They share the position with Mega Leks. Cedevita will play against Un.Olimpija (#8) in Ljubljana in the next round where they are favorite. Karpos Sokoli will play at home against KK Zadar and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: M.Arapovic 16+3reb+4ast, M.Bilan 14+7reb+1ast, R.Boatright 10+4reb+4ast, F.Kruslin 10+1ast, J.Shurna 8+5reb+3ast, T.Katic 6+1reb+1ast
Karpos Sokoli: D.Labovic 27+2reb+2ast, D.Mavra 18+3reb+4ast, B.Trajkovski 14+11reb, F.Sepa 7+3reb+2ast, K.Perry 5+1reb+3ast, I.Penov 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 476298





Daniel Clark is no longer a part of MZT Skopje Aerodrom - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

Great Britain international Daniel Clark (210-F/C-88) is no longer a member of KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom. The two sides have agreed on a contract termination. It has been agreed on mutual consent.

The big man has arrived to Jane Sandanski Arena to replace Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St., agency: Diamond Sports). Has appeared in 15 AB League games, averaging 8.5 points and 4.2 rebounds. Daniel Clark has already left the team and is headed to his hometown of London.



MZT Skopje and Daniel Clark part ways - by Mario Divanisov

Daniel Clark (210-F/C-88) is no longer a member of KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom as both sides decide on mutual agreement to part ways after four months together.
The British international joined the defending champion at the end of October as a replacement for Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St., agency: Diamond Sports) and managed to play in 15 ABA League games recording 8.5ppg and 4.2rpg. He also played 7 games in the EuroCup managing 11.1ppg and 4.1rpg for 24 minutes on court per game, but jet did not fulfill the expectations of the Macedonian side.
The wingman will be the seventh player to leave KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom this season after Jeremiah Massey, Torey Thomas (178-PG-85, college: Holy Cross), Andrej Cvetkovski (191-PG-96), Uros Lucic (207-PF-83, agency: 011 Sports), Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate (181-PG-87) and Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93, agency: Octagon Europe) who recently picked up a season ending injury.

This will come as a big blow for Ante Nazor (agency: XL Basketball Agency ) as KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom has two more games in the relegation battle in the ABA League against Montenegrin sides KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica and KK Mornar Basket Bar as well as the upcoming matches in the home front where the team defends the title.



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  ALBANIA  


Superliga Round 14: Vllaznia Shkodra beat Kamza Basket in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game was played in Kamza. Third ranked Vllaznia Shkodra faced one of their biggest challengers Kamza Basket. Guests from Shkodra (9-5) smashed host Kamza Basket (7-7) 100-58. The game without a history. Vllaznia Shkodra led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Vllaznia Shkodra have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains third position with 9-5 record having four points less than leader SK Tirana. Kamza Basket at the other side keeps the fourth place with seven games lost.
Leader SK Tirana delivered the thirteenth victory. This time they crushed 5th ranked Ardhmeria (3-11) 111-70. SK Tirana (13-1) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Ardhmeria lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth place with 11 games lost.
Bottom-ranked Flamurtari (0-14) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 107-45 loss to second ranked Teuta (10-4) in Durres on Sunday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Teuta maintains second position with 10-4 record having just three points less than leader SK Tirana. Loser Flamurtari still closes the standings with 14 games lost.

Teuta - Flamurtari 107-45

Bottom-ranked Flamurtari (0-14) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 107-45 loss to second ranked Teuta (10-4) in Durres on Sunday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. The game without a history. Teuta led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Teuta maintains second position with 10-4 record having just three points less than leader SK Tirana. Loser Flamurtari still closes the standings with 14 games lost.
gschID: 538119


Kamza Basket - Vllaznia 58-100

An exciting game was played in Kamza. Third ranked Vllaznia Shkodra faced one of their biggest challengers Kamza Basket. Guests from Shkodra (9-5) smashed host Kamza Basket (7-7) 100-58. The game without a history. Vllaznia Shkodra led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Vllaznia Shkodra have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains third position with 9-5 record having four points less than leader SK Tirana. Kamza Basket at the other side keeps the fourth place with seven games lost.
gschID: 538118


Ardhmeria - SK Tirana 70-111

Leader SK Tirana delivered the thirteenth victory. This time they crushed 5th ranked Ardhmeria (3-11) 111-70. The game without a history. SK Tirana led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. SK Tirana (13-1) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Ardhmeria lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth place with 11 games lost.
gschID: 538117





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  ALPE ADRIA CUP  


Rieker Komarno advance into Final - by Eurobasket News

Zlatorog - Rieker Komarno 72:67

Rieker Komarno became the first Alpe Adria Cup finalists. They protected a 12-point lead after the opening leg to see off Zlatorog. The Slovenian team earned a 5-point victory at home court on Tuesday but it was not enough to reach the championship series.
Zlatorog got to a strong start. The hosts built a 22:13 lead after the opening quarter. The Slovenian team maintained the pressure throughout the second term. Zlatorog built 42:26 halftime lead. Rieker Komarno slowed the hosts down in the second half. The Slovakian team pulled within 8 points at the final break. Rieker Komarno dropped 24 points in the fourth period and secured so needed result. Igor Tratnik (207-F-89) finished with 17 points for Zlatorog. Jan Span (187-PG-92) had 15 points for the home side. Wayne Langston (201-F-93, college: Murray St.) responded with 15 points for Komarno. Boban Tomic (190-G-88) produced 14 points in the loss.

Zlatorog: Igor Tratnik 17, Jan Span 15
Rieker Komarno: Wayne Langston 15, Boban Tomic 14



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  ARGENTINA  


TNA Round 27: Union SF beat Villa San Martin by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

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

Fifth-ranked Villa San Martin (10-19) was very close to win a game against first ranked Union SF (22-6) in Santa Fe on Saturday. Union SF managed to secure only three-point victory 85-82. However their fans expected much easier game. Union SF looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Union SF made 8 blocks. It was a good game for American forward Trevante Drye (200-93, college: Tulane) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Swingman Bruno Barovero (194-90) contributed with 18 points and 5 assists for the winners. Union SF's coach Daniel Beltramo used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Agustin Carnovale (195-86) answered with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Villa San Martin. Union SF maintains first place with 22-6 record. Newly promoted Villa San Martin keeps the fifth position with 19 games lost. Union SF are looking forward to face Sportivo (#6) in Las Parejas in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Villa San Martin will play at home against Villa Angela and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Seventh-ranked La Union (7-21) was very close to win a game against second ranked Parque Sur (17-12) in Concepcion de Urug.. Parque Sur managed to secure only three-point victory 98-95. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a great evening for point guard Agustin Jure (183-91) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 6 assists. Guido Mariani helped adding 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was American Rakim Brown (198-91, college: Humboldt St.) with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Parque Sur maintains second place with 17-12 record behind leader Union SF. La Union at the other side keeps the seventh position with 21 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
A very close game took place in Tucuman between Mitre Tuc. and Independiente BBC. Seventh ranked Mitre Tuc. (8-20) got a very close home victory over 4th placed Independiente BBC (11-19). Mitre Tuc. managed to escape with a 1-point win 75-74 on Tuesday evening. It was an exceptional evening for Pablo Osores who led the winners and scored 25 points. Victor-Hugo Cajal came up with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists for Independiente BBC in the defeat. Newly promoted Mitre Tuc. maintains seventh place with 8-20 record. Independiente BBC at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourth position with 19 games lost. Mitre Tuc. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Independiente BBC will play against Obera TC (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Morteros. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Mitre Tuc. (8-20) to fifth ranked BHY Tiro Federal (10-18) 89-86 on Friday evening. The best player for the winners was Emiliano Correa who scored 25 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 steals. BHY Tiro Federal maintains fifth place with 10-18 record. Newly promoted Mitre Tuc. keeps the seventh position with 20 games lost. BHY Tiro Federal's next round opponent will be higher ranked Salta Basket (#4) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Villa Angela (16-11) against sixth ranked Obera TC (9-17) on Friday night. Visiting Villa Angela was defeated by Obera TC in Obera 93-75. It was a good game for Martin Gandoy who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Obera TC maintains sixth place with 9-17 record. Loser Villa Angela keeps the third position with 11 games lost. Obera TC will face higher ranked Independiente BBC (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Villa Angela will play against the league's second-placed Comunicaciones in Mercedes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 27: Temperley was smashed by Rocamora on the road 97-74. Platense destroyed Atenas Carmen on its own court 79-59. San Isidro unfortunately lost to Union SF in Santa Fe 67-74. SP Las Parejas managed to beat Villa San Martin at home 90-84. Comunicaciones defeated BHY Tiro Federal on the opponent's court 82-69. Salta Basket smashed Independiente BBC in a home game 96-75. Villa Angela lost to Hindu on the road 54-65. SP Las Parejas unfortunately lost to San Isidro on its own court 68-74. Comunicaciones managed to beat Barrio Parque in Mercedes 76-61.
The most impressive performance of 27th round was 12 points and 6 rebounds by Antwan Space of Rocamora.

Mitre Tuc. - Independiente BBC 75-74

A very close game took place in Tucuman between Mitre Tuc. and Independiente BBC. Seventh ranked Mitre Tuc. (8-20) got a very close home victory over 4th placed Independiente BBC (11-19). Mitre Tuc. managed to escape with a 1-point win 75-74 on Tuesday evening. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 18-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was an exceptional evening for Pablo Osores (194-86) who led the winners and scored 25 points. Guard Jose Muruaga (188-84) accounted for 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Point guard Victor-Hugo Cajal (179-80, agency: DTMones) came up with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists and swingman Juan-Angel Lopez (190-84, agency: DTMones) added 18 points respectively for Independiente BBC in the defeat. Four Mitre Tuc. and five Independiente BBC players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Mitre Tuc. maintains seventh place with 8-20 record. Independiente BBC at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourth position with 19 games lost. Mitre Tuc. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Independiente BBC will play against Obera TC (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mitre Tuc.: P.Osores 25+2reb+3ast, J.Muruaga 14+6reb+2ast, R.Banegas 10+8reb, L.Arganaraz 10+2reb, T.Brown 9+8reb+2ast, L.Ortiz 3+1reb
Independiente BBC: J.Angel Lopez 18+4reb+1ast, M.Vittar 16+3reb+1ast, J.Aprea 13+6reb, B.Ingrata 10+6reb+5ast, V.Hugo Cajal 10+12reb+7ast, M.Balteiro 4+1reb
gschID: 523927


Rocamora - Temperley 97-74

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifth ranked Rocamora (12-14) crushed at home 4th placed CA Temperley (13-13) 97-74 on Tuesday. Rocamora made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Rocamora outrebounded CA Temperley 38-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for point guard Ignacio Davico (188-92) who led his team to a victory with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Matias Cuello (190-91) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Rocamora players scored in double figures. Guard Lucas Ortiz (190-87) answered with 20 points and power forward Martin Trimboli (196-85) added 17 points in the effort for CA Temperley. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rocamora maintains fifth place with 12-14 record. Newly promoted CA Temperley keeps the fourth position with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Rocamora: I.Davico 16+5reb+4ast, M.Cuello 16+7reb+2ast, L.Podesta 14+5reb, F.Medina 13+2reb+1ast, A.Space 12+6reb+2ast, M.Novello 10+2reb+3ast
Temperley: L.Ortiz 20+3reb+2ast, M.Trimboli 17+3reb+1ast, A.Eiguren 9+3reb+4ast, S.Chaine 8+5reb, D.Graham 7+6reb+1ast, L.Ibanez Paz 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 537833


Platense - Atenas Carmen 79-59

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Atenas (14-14) was smashed by third ranked CA Platense (14-12) in Florida 79-59 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by CA Platense. Atenas was better in second period 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Atenas to just 7 points in first quarter. CA Platense looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 4 passes made by Atenas' players. It was a good game for guard Felipe Pais (185-90) who led his team to a victory with 21 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Center Dario Mansilla (207-82) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Five CA Platense players scored in double figures. Emiliano Agostino (191-84) answered with 21 points and American forward Scott Cutley (196-85, college: CS Fullerton) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Atenas. CA Platense maintains third place with 14-12 record having four points less than leader Union SF. Loser Atenas keeps the fifth position with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Platense: F.Pais 21+5reb+7ast, F.Lopez 14+2reb+2ast, D.Mansilla 13+10reb+5ast, K.Young 12+6reb, I.Romani 12+7reb+5ast, A.Pappalardi 7+2reb+2ast
Atenas Carmen: E.Agostino 21+2reb, S.Cutley 10+7reb+1ast, M.Percaz 9+2reb+2ast, G.Peralta 9+5reb, H.Wilkerson 4+3reb, B.Oprandi 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 537782


Parque Sur - La Union 98-95

Seventh-ranked La Union (7-21) was very close to win a game against second ranked Parque Sur (17-12) in Concepcion de Urug.. Parque Sur managed to secure only three-point victory 98-95. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Parque Sur outrebounded La Union 35-20 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for point guard Agustin Jure (183-91) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 6 assists. Swingman Guido Mariani (193-94) helped adding 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was American Rakim Brown (198-91, college: Humboldt St.) with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Matias Solanas (192-98) scored 22 points. Four Parque Sur and five La Union players scored in double figures. Parque Sur maintains second place with 17-12 record behind leader Union SF. La Union at the other side keeps the seventh position with 21 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Parque Sur: A.Jure 22+1reb+6ast, A.Richard 14+2reb+2ast, G.Mariani 14+10reb+4ast, J.Stroud 13+6reb+1ast, S.Bernasconi 11+4reb+1ast, E.Martinez 9+5reb+2ast
La Union: R.Brown 27+9reb+5ast, M.Solanas 22+2ast, D.Cabezas 16+6reb+1ast, F.Mendoza 15+2reb+2ast, C.Buendia 11+2reb+5ast, S.Ravina 4+4ast
gschID: 537781


Union SF - San Isidro 74-67

The game between closely ranked teams ended with first ranked Union SF's (22-6) home victory over second-best San Isidro (19-12) in Santa Fe 74-67 on Monday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But San Isidro won third quarter 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Union SF won last quarter 20-14. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 26 San Isidro turnovers. It was a good game for swingman Bruno Barovero (194-90) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 4 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Power forward Miguel Isola (197-83) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Center Santiago Gonzalez (203-83) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and naturalized Italian Juan Kelly (190-88) added 8 points and 6 assists in the effort for San Isidro. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Union SF maintains first place with 22-6 record. Loser San Isidro keeps the second position with 12 games lost. Union SF will face Sportivo (#6) in Las Parejas in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. San Isidro will play at home against Salta Basket (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Union SF: B.Barovero 26+2reb+4ast, M.Isola 15+4reb, F.Podesta 12+3reb, P.Tabarez 8+6reb+1ast, T.Acosta 5+4reb+2ast, M.Borsatti 4+1reb+1ast
San Isidro: S.Gonzalez 15+11reb, G.Sciutto 10+1reb+1ast, J.Kelly 8+3reb+6ast, A.Landoni 7+1reb, H. Feder 7+1reb+4ast, M.Muller 7+3reb
gschID: 523926


SP Las Parejas - Villa San Martin 90-84

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 5th ranked Villa San Martin (10-19) lost to sixth ranked Sportivo (7-23) in Las Parejas 84-90 on Monday. Sportivo looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a good game for point guard Juan-Ignacio Rodriguez-Suppi (178-91) who led his team to a victory with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. American forward Dominique McKoy (203-93, college: Duquesne, agency: Interperformances) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Italian point guard Gustavo Mascaro (185-80) answered with 20 points and 4 assists and power forward Federico Aldama (198-92) added 12 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Villa San Martin. Five Sportivo and four Villa San Martin players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Sportivo maintains sixth place with 7-23 record. Villa San Martin at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fifth position with 19 games lost. Sportivo will face league's leader Union SF in Santa Fe in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Villa San Martin will play at home against Villa Angela (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SP Las Parejas: J.Ignacio Rodriguez Suppi 26+7reb+8ast, A.Rossi 18+6reb+1ast, D.McKoy 15+11reb+4ast, M.Luchi 13+8reb+5ast, A.Pautasso 11+2reb, M.Olocco 4+1reb+2ast
VILLA SAN MARTIN: G.Mascaro 20+3reb+4ast, A.Toledo 15+7reb+2ast, M.Cabrera 14+1reb+1ast, F.Aldama 12+13reb, A.Carnovale 10+1reb+1ast, J.Morales 8+8reb+7ast
gschID: 523925


BHY Tiro Federal - Comunicaciones 69-82

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Comunicaciones (22-8) defeated 5th ranked BHY Tiro Federal (10-18) in Morteros 82-69 on Sunday. Comunicaciones outrebounded BHY Tiro Federal 41-28 including 32 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a good game for Santiago Ferreyra who led his team to a victory with 19 points. Forward Nicolas Lauria (202-88) contributed with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Comunicaciones' coach Fernando Rivero allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Point guard Emiliano Correa (189-91) answered with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Julian Xynos (170-96) added 16 points in the effort for BHY Tiro Federal. Five Comunicaciones and four BHY Tiro Federal players scored in double figures. Comunicaciones maintains second place with 22-8 record having just 4 victories less than leader Union SF. Loser BHY Tiro Federal keeps the fifth position with 18 games lost. Comunicaciones will face Villa Angela (#3) in Villa Angela in the next round, which may be the game of the day. BHY Tiro Federal will play at home against Salta Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
COMUNICACIONES: S.Ferreyra 19+3reb+2ast, J.De Felippo 11+4reb+1ast, N.Lauria 10+5reb+5ast, G.Torres 10+1reb+2ast, G.Essengue 10+5reb+1ast, M.Aristu 8+3reb
BHY Tiro Federal: J.Xynos 16+4reb, D.Brezzo 14+5reb, E.Correa 12+5reb+4ast, P.Lockett 11+5reb, M.Maximiliano 7+6reb+1ast, L.Cecchi 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 523922


Salta Basket - Independiente BBC 96-75

There was a minor upset when 4th placed Independiente BBC (11-19) was outleveled on the road by fourth ranked Salta Basket (12-13) 96-75 on Sunday. Salta Basket shot 60.3 percent from the field. Salta Basket outrebounded Independiente BBC 36-17 including a 26-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Salta Basket especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Independiente BBC was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American forward LaQuan Prowell (203-84, college: Auburn) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Nigerian-American power forward Ike Okoye (206-86, college: Boise St., agency: Aspire Sports) contributed with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Salta Basket players scored in double figures. Center Julian Aprea (209-87) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Victor-Hugo Cajal (179-80, agency: DTMones) added 9 points and 11 assists in the effort for Independiente BBC. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Salta Basket have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 12-13 record which they share with defeated Independiente BBC. Newly promoted Independiente BBC keeps the fourth position with 19 games lost. Salta Basket will face BHY Tiro Federal (#5) in Morteros in the next round. Independiente BBC will play at home against Obera TC and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Salta Basket: L.Prowell 22+6reb+2ast, I.Okoye 18+8reb+2ast, N.Copello 15+2reb+4ast, M.Fioretti 14+1reb+1ast, A.Zurbriggen 8+2reb, G.Eseverri 7+9reb+5ast
Independiente BBC: J.Aprea 20+6reb, M.Vittar 18+1reb+4ast, B.Ingrata 15+4reb+1ast, V.Hugo Cajal 9+3reb+11ast, M.Martinez 5+1reb+1ast, R.Fernandez 5
gschID: 523923


Hindu - Villa Angela 65-54

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Hindu (22-5) beat 3rd placed Villa Angela (16-11) in Chaco 65-54 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 65-54. Hindu forced 22 Villa Angela turnovers. It was a good game for center Pablo Moya (203-83) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Pablo Fernandez (198-82) contributed with 17 points for the winners. American forward Nate Carter (200-83, college: Oklahoma) answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds and Cesar Avalle (189-85) added 10 points in the effort for Villa Angela. Hindu maintains first place with 22-5 record. Loser Villa Angela keeps the third position with 11 games lost. Hindu will face Barrio Parque (#3) in Cordoba in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Villa Angela will play on the road against the league's second-placed Comunicaciones in Mercedes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hindu: P.Fernandez 17+2reb+3ast, P.Moya 15+14reb+2ast, K.Jones 10+3reb+1ast, N.Paletta 6+5reb+4ast, S.Mora 5+2reb+1ast, M.Robledo 5+1reb
Villa Angela: N.Carter 18+9reb, C.Avalle 10+4reb+2ast, A.Spalla 8+3reb+1ast, M.Garcia 6+2reb, M.Cequeira 5+5reb+5ast, A.Zago 4+4reb
gschID: 523924


SP Las Parejas - San Isidro 68-74

Very expected game when 6th ranked Sportivo (7-23) lost to second ranked San Isidro (19-12) in Las Parejas 68-74 on Saturday. San Isidro made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. It was a good game for center Santiago Gonzalez (203-83) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds. Power forward Sebastian Acevedo (198-90, agency: DTMones) contributed with 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. Point guard Juan-Ignacio Rodriguez-Suppi (178-91) answered with 25 points and 5 rebounds and Manuel Olocco (198-88) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Sportivo. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. San Isidro maintains second place with 19-12 record having just six point less than leader Union SF. Sportivo lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with 23 games lost. San Isidro will face Salta Basket (#4) at home in the next round. Sportivo will play against the league's leader Union SF and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
San Isidro: S.Gonzalez 18+15reb+1ast, S.Acevedo 17+4reb+4ast, J.Kelly 14+4reb, M.Muller 7+1reb+1ast, M.Corzo 5+1reb+1ast, M.Gomez Nellar 4
SP Las Parejas: J.Ignacio Rodriguez Suppi 25+5reb+2ast, M.Olocco 13+7reb+2ast, A.Rossi 10+2reb+4ast, D.McKoy 8+4reb+2ast, A.Carlachiani 5+1reb, A. Meinero 5+2reb
gschID: 523920


Union SF - Villa San Martin 85-82

Fifth-ranked Villa San Martin (10-19) was very close to win a game against first ranked Union SF (22-6) in Santa Fe on Saturday. Union SF managed to secure only three-point victory 85-82. However their fans expected much easier game. Union SF looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Union SF made 8 blocks. It was a good game for American forward Trevante Drye (200-93, college: Tulane) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Swingman Bruno Barovero (194-90) contributed with 18 points and 5 assists for the winners. Union SF's coach Daniel Beltramo used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Agustin Carnovale (195-86) answered with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Federico Aldama (198-92) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Villa San Martin. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Union SF maintains first place with 22-6 record. Newly promoted Villa San Martin keeps the fifth position with 19 games lost. Union SF are looking forward to face Sportivo (#6) in Las Parejas in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Villa San Martin will play at home against Villa Angela and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Union SF: B.Barovero 18+2reb+5ast, T.Drye 15+8reb+3ast, P.Tabarez 10+8reb+2ast, T.Ligorria 10+3reb+3ast, F.Podesta 8+4reb+1ast, G.Aliende 7+4reb+7ast
Villa San Martin: A.Carnovale 27+5reb+4ast, F.Aldama 16+8reb+1ast, A.Toledo 11+3reb+2ast, G.Mascaro 10+4reb+2ast, M.Cabrera 8+7ast, G.Saavedra 6+2reb
gschID: 523921


Barrio Parque - Comunicaciones 61-76

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second ranked Comunicaciones' (22-8) road victory over 3rd placed Barrio Parque (15-12) in Cordoba 76-61 on Friday. Comunicaciones made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. It was a good game for Cameroonian power forward Gaston Essengue (203-83, college: UNLV) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Nicolas Lauria (202-88) contributed with 8 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Power forward Emiliano Martina (200-83) answered with 14 points and 5 rebounds and Andres Mariani (188-87) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Barrio Parque. Comunicaciones maintains second place with 22-8 record having just 4 victories less than leader Union SF. Loser Barrio Parque keeps the third position with 12 games lost. Comunicaciones will face Villa Angela (#3) in Villa Angela in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Barrio Parque will play on the road against the league's leader Hindu in Chaco and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
COMUNICACIONES: G.Essengue 17+14reb, C.Romero 13+1reb, M.Aristu 12+4reb+1ast, J.De Felippo 9+1reb, N.Lauria 8+9reb+5ast, N.Gimenez 8
Barrio Parque: E.Martina 14+5reb+1ast, S.Cabello 13+5reb+1ast, A.Mariani 11+6reb+2ast, L.Guerra 7+3reb+3ast, E.Rossi 7+3reb, E.Cantarutti 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 523917


Obera TC - Villa Angela 93-75

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Villa Angela (16-11) against sixth ranked Obera TC (9-17) on Friday night. Visiting Villa Angela was defeated by Obera TC in Obera 93-75. They made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. Villa Angela was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for guard Martin Gandoy (194-91) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists. Forward Joaquin Deck (198-92) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Point guard Martin Cequeira (180-88) answered with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists and Cesar Avalle (189-85) added 18 points in the effort for Villa Angela. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Obera TC maintains sixth place with 9-17 record. Loser Villa Angela keeps the third position with 11 games lost. Obera TC will face higher ranked Independiente BBC (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Villa Angela will play against the league's second-placed Comunicaciones in Mercedes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Obera TC: M.Gandoy 22+7reb+12ast, A.Montes Cardozo 18+1ast, J.Deck 16+10reb+1ast, A.Joseph 13+13reb+1ast, J.Montero 8+1reb, L.Quinteros 5
Villa Angela: C.Avalle 18+3reb+1ast, A.Spalla 15+3reb, M.Garcia 14+7reb+1ast, M.Cequeira 11+8reb+7ast, J.Federico Giarrafa 9+1reb+1ast, N.Carter 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 523918


BHY Tiro Federal - Mitre Tuc. 89-86

A very interesting game took place in Morteros. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Mitre Tuc. (8-20) to fifth ranked BHY Tiro Federal (10-18) 89-86 on Friday evening. The best player for the winners was point guard Emiliano Correa (189-91) who scored 25 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 steals. Naturalized American power forward Phillip Lockett (202-88, agency: DTMones) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Tirrell Brown (198-93, college: Ouachita Baptist) who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Facundo Toia (179-94) added 26 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BHY Tiro Federal maintains fifth place with 10-18 record. Newly promoted Mitre Tuc. keeps the seventh position with 20 games lost. BHY Tiro Federal's next round opponent will be higher ranked Salta Basket (#4) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
BHY Tiro Federal: E.Correa 25+7reb+7ast, P.Lockett 21+13reb+1ast, M.Maximiliano 14+1reb+4ast, L.Strack 11+2reb, D.Brezzo 6+1reb+1ast, J.Xynos 6+1reb+3ast
Mitre Tuc.: F.Toia 26+7reb+2ast, T.Brown 15+17reb+4ast, J.Muruaga 15+2reb+3ast, P.Osores 14+3reb+2ast, L.Arganaraz 9+3reb+2ast, G.Gorostiaga 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 523919





TFB Round 17: Atletico Tostado keeps a leadership position in their group - by Eurobasket News

The round was exceptionally exciting as eight games ended with a tiny margin. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Atletico Tostado as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Centro. Atletico Tostado smashed 4th placed Union de Sunchales at home 99-66. Atletico Tostado have a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Union de Sunchales at the other side keeps the fourth place with seven games lost. Union de Sunchales will play next round against San Justino trying to get back on the winning streak. Atletico Tostado will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked H.San Justo on the road.
Top ranked River Plate (13-5) recorded its fifth loss in Buenos Aires. Visitors were rolled over by eighth ranked Villa Mitre CF (8-11) 79-58. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of River Plate. Villa Mitre CF have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place in Metropolitana. River Plate at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Villa Mitre CF will play against higher ranked Ramos Mejia (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. River Plate'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.
A very close game took place in (derby !!!) between C.Entrerriano and Union Goya. First ranked C.Entrerriano (11-5) got a very close victory on the road over 3rd placed Union Goya (10-8). C.Entrerriano managed to escape with a 1-point win 74-73 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Union Goya. C.Entrerriano maintains first place in Mesopotamia with 11-5 record. Loser Union Goya keeps the third position with eight games lost. C.Entrerriano will meet at home Penarol (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Union Goya will play against Regatas CU (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Villa Maria. It ended with only three-point home defeat of leader Ameghino (14-5) to third ranked Rivadavia M. (14-6) 70-67 on Sunday evening. Rivadavia M. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place in Oeste with 14-6 record having just seven point less than leader C.Entrerriano. Ameghino at the other side dropped to the second position with five games lost. Rivadavia M.'s next round opponent will be M.Junin (#5). Ameghino will play against Deportivo Norte A. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fourth-ranked Villa Mitre BB (9-10) made lots of trouble for second ranked Perfora (15-3) in Plaza Huincul on Tuesday. Perfora managed to secure only one-point victory 80-79. However their fans expected easier game. Perfora maintains second place in Bonaerense with 15-3 record having just six point less than leader C.Entrerriano. Villa Mitre BB lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Other games of round 17 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In Bonaerense Villa Mitre BB was defeated by C.Espanol P. in a road game 74-57. Independ.N. was beaten by U.Mar del Plata at home 69-72. U.Mar del Plata was destroyed by C.Espanol P. on the opponent's court 92-64.
In Oeste Independ.N. managed to outperform Villa Mitre BB in a home game 63-62.
In Bonaerense Sportivo E. recorded a loss to Chivilcoy Racing on the road 82-66. Atletico Pilar defeated Argentino PRG on its own court 80-66.
In Centro Central SJ was smashed by Deportivo Norte A. in a road game 104-60. H.San Justo lost to San Justino at home 72-80. Deportivo Norte A. managed to outperform San Justino on the opponent's court 77-72. Olimpico Ceres rolled over H.San Javier in a home game 96-73. Union Sunch. defeated Central SJ on the road 74-64.
In Mesopotamia Gualeguay smashed Regatas U. on its own court 89-67. Atletico Tala lost to Saladas in a road game 76-79. Penarol unfortunately lost to Ferrocarril C. at home 70-81. Capuchinos was rolled over Regatas U. on the opponent's court 69-88.
In Metropolitana Ramos Mejia crushed Estudiantil in a home game 77-53. H.San Justo was beaten by Atletico Tostado on the road 57-55. Estudiantes LP won against Union Vecinal on its own court 75-69. RC Avellaneda unfortunately lost to P.Echague in Buenos Aires 79-88.
In Noa Hindu BBC managed to beat Union Oran at home 93-85. Union Oran was crushed by San Martin LR on the opponent's court 100-73. Hindu BBC lost to undefeated Talleres TV in a home game 74-93. N.Avellaneda Tuc. lost to Amancay LR on the road 76-93.
In Centro Independ. Oliva unfortunately lost to Rivadavia M. on its own court 70-76.
In Oeste Anzorena managed to beat M.Junin in Mendoza 93-84.

Group Bonaerense
Perfora - Villa Mitre BB 80-79

Fourth-ranked Villa Mitre BB (9-10) made lots of trouble for second ranked Perfora (15-3) in Plaza Huincul on Tuesday. Perfora managed to secure only one-point victory 80-79. However their fans expected easier game. Perfora maintains second place in Bonaerense with 15-3 record having just six point less than leader C.Entrerriano. Villa Mitre BB lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 511711


C.Espanol P. - Villa Mitre BB 74-57

There was no surprise when 4th placed Villa Mitre BB (9-10) was defeated on the road by first ranked C.Espanol P. (15-3) 74-57 on Sunday. Newly promoted C.Espanol P. maintains first place in Bonaerense with 15-3 record. Villa Mitre BB lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with ten games lost. C.Espanol P. will face Independ.N. (#4) in Neuquen in the next round.
gschID: 537775


Independ.N. - U.Mar del Plata 69-72

There was a surprise result in Neuquen where eighth ranked U.Mar del Plata (5-13) edged 4th placed Independ.N. (6-11) 72-69 on Sunday. Newly promoted U.Mar del Plata maintains eighth place in Bonaerense with 5-13 record. Loser Independ.N. keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. U.Mar del Plata will have a break next round. Independ.N. will play against the league's leader C.Espanol P. (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
gschID: 511710


C.Espanol P. - U.Mar del Plata 92-64

Very expected game when 8th ranked U.Mar del Plata (5-13) was rolled over on the road by first ranked C.Espanol P. (15-3) 92-64 on Friday. Newly promoted C.Espanol P. maintains first place in Bonaerense with 15-3 record. U.Mar del Plata lost third consecutive game. U.Mar del Plata at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. C.Espanol P. will face Independ.N. (#4) in Neuquen in the next round.
gschID: 511706


Independ.N. - Villa Mitre BB 63-62

There was a small surprise in Neuquen where fourth ranked Independ.N. (6-11) edged 4th placed Villa Mitre BB (9-10) 63-62 on Friday. Independ.N. maintains fourth place in Oeste with 6-11 record which they share with defeated Villa Mitre BB. Loser Villa Mitre BB keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. Independ.N. will face league's leader C.Espanol P. in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 511707


Chivilcoy Racing - Sportivo E. 82-66

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked Sportivo E. (7-8) was defeated on the road by first ranked Chivilcoy Racing (14-4) 82-66 on Friday. Chivilcoy Racing have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Newly promoted Chivilcoy Racing maintains first place in Bonaerense with 14-4 record. Sportivo E. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Chivilcoy Racing will face again Sportivo E. (#5) in the next round. Sportivo E. will play against the league's second-placed Belgrano SN in San Nicolas and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511705


Atletico Pilar - Argentino PRG 80-66

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Buenos Aires where seventh ranked Atletico PL (5-11) won against 6th ranked Argentino PRG (6-12) 80-66 on Friday. Atletico PL maintains seventh place in Bonaerense with 5-11 record. Loser Argentino PRG keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Atletico PL will face league's second-placed Belgrano SN in San Nicolas in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 511704


Group Centro
Deportivo Norte A. - Central SJ 104-60

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Central SJ (7-11) was crushed on the road by third ranked Deportivo Norte A. (13-5) 104-60 on Tuesday. Newly promoted Deportivo Norte A. maintains third place in Centro with 13-5 record having just 2 victories less than leader C.Entrerriano. Central SJ lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 11 games lost. Deportivo Norte A. will face league's second-placed Ameghino in Villa Maria in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Central SJ will play at home against Olimpico (#9) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 537898


H.San Justo - San Justino 72-80

There was a surprise result when ninth ranked San Justino (6-13) defeated on the road 4th placed H.San Justo (11-9) 80-72 on Sunday. San Justino moved-up to eighth place in Centro, which they share with Olimpico Ceres. Loser H.San Justo keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. San Justino will face higher ranked Union de Sunchales (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. H.San Justo will play against the league's leader Atletico Tostado and will have a slim chance for a victory.
gschID: 511887


Atletico Tostado - Union Sunch. 99-66

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Atletico Tostado as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Centro. Atletico Tostado smashed 4th placed Union de Sunchales at home 99-66. Atletico Tostado have a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Union de Sunchales at the other side keeps the fourth place with seven games lost. Union de Sunchales will play next round against San Justino trying to get back on the winning streak. Atletico Tostado will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked H.San Justo on the road.
gschID: 511886


San Justino - Deportivo Norte A. 72-77

Very expected game in San Justo where 9th ranked San Justino (6-13) was defeated by third ranked Deportivo Norte A. (13-5) 77-72 on Friday. Newly promoted Deportivo Norte A. maintains third place in Centro with 13-5 record having just 2 victories less than leader C.Entrerriano. Loser San Justino dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. Deportivo Norte A. will face league's second-placed Ameghino in Villa Maria in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. San Justino will play at home against Union de Sunchales (#4) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511884


Olimpico Ceres - H.San Javier 96-73

There was a small surprise in Ceres where ninth ranked Olimpico (6-13) outscored 7th ranked H.San Javier (6-10) 96-73 on Friday. Olimpico moved-up to eighth place in Centro, which they share with San Justino. Newly promoted H.San Javier keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Olimpico will face higher ranked Central SJ (#6) in San Javier in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 511885


Central SJ - Union Sunch. 64-74

Not a big story in a game in San Javier where 6th ranked Central SJ (7-11) was defeated by fourth ranked Union de Sunchales (12-7) 74-64 on Friday. Union de Sunchales maintains fourth place in Centro with 12-7 record. Central SJ lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 11 games lost. Union de Sunchales will face San Justino (#8) in San Justo in the next round. Central SJ will play at home against Olimpico and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511883


Group Mesopotamia
Gualeguay - Regatas U. 89-67

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second ranked Gualeguay's (11-6) home victory over 3rd placed Regatas CU (10-9) 89-67 on Sunday. Newly promoted Gualeguay maintains second place in Mesopotamia with 11-6 record having just one point less than leader C.Entrerriano. Loser Regatas CU dropped to the fourth position with nine games lost. Gualeguay will face Atletico TL (#7) in Rosario del Tala in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Regatas CU will play against Union Goya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511488


Saladas - Atletico Tala 79-76

There was an upset when higher ranked Atletico TL (7-10) was edged on the road by ninth ranked Saladas (7-9) 79-76 on Friday. Saladas moved-up to sixth place in Mesopotamia. Atletico TL lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Saladas will face Capuchinos (#9) in Concordia in the next round. Atletico TL will play at home against Ferrocarril and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511487


Penarol - Ferrocarril C. 70-81

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Rosario del Tala where seventh ranked Ferrocarril (8-10) defeated 6th ranked Penarol (7-10) 81-70 on Friday. Ferrocarril moved-up to fifth place in Mesopotamia. Loser Penarol dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Ferrocarril will face Atletico TL (#7) in Rosario del Tala in the next round. Penarol will play on the road against the league's leader C.Entrerriano in Gualeguaychu and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511485


Union Goya - C.Entrerriano 73-74

A very close game took place in (derby !!!) between C.Entrerriano and Union Goya. First ranked C.Entrerriano (11-5) got a very close victory on the road over 3rd placed Union Goya (10-8). C.Entrerriano managed to escape with a 1-point win 74-73 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Union Goya. C.Entrerriano maintains first place in Mesopotamia with 11-5 record. Loser Union Goya keeps the third position with eight games lost. C.Entrerriano will meet at home Penarol (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Union Goya will play against Regatas CU (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511486


Regatas U. - Capuchinos 88-69

Very expected game in Concepcion del Urug. where 8th ranked Capuchinos (6-10) was rolled over by third ranked Regatas CU (10-9) 88-69 on Friday. Regatas CU have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Despite that victory Regatas CU went down to fourth position (Mesopotamia) due to points difference. Loser Capuchinos dropped to the ninth place with ten games lost. Regatas CU will face higher ranked Union Goya (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Capuchinos will play against Saladas (#6) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511484


Group Metropolitana
Villa Mitre CF - River Plate 79-58

Top ranked River Plate (13-5) recorded its fifth loss in Buenos Aires. Visitors were rolled over by eighth ranked Villa Mitre CF (8-11) 79-58. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of River Plate. Villa Mitre CF have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place in Metropolitana. River Plate at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Villa Mitre CF will play against higher ranked Ramos Mejia (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. River Plate'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: 511611


Ramos Mejia - Estudiantil 77-53

Very predictable result when third ranked Ramos Mejia (13-6) outscored at home 9th ranked Estudiantil (4-15) 77-53 on Friday. Ramos Mejia moved-up to second place in Metropolitana, which they share with P.Echague. Estudiantil lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 15 games lost. Ramos Mejia will face Villa Mitre CF (#7) in Buenos Aires in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Estudiantil will play at home against Union Vecinal and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511610


Atletico Tostado - H.San Justo 57-55

Not a big story in a game when 4th placed H.San Justo (11-9) was edged on the road by second ranked Atletico Tostado (15-6) 57-55 on Friday. Atletico Tostado keeps a position of Metropolitana leader. H.San Justo lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with nine games lost. Atletico Tostado will face again H.San Justo (#4) on the road in the next round. H.San Justo will play against RC Avellaneda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511608


Estudiantes LP - Union Vecinal 75-69

There was a surprise result in La Plata where tenth ranked Estudiantes LP (3-16) won against higher ranked Union Vecinal (9-9) 75-69 on Friday. Estudiantes LP maintains tenth place in Metropolitana with 3-16 record. Loser Union Vecinal keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. Estudiantes LP will face league's leader Atletico Tostado at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Union Vecinal will play against Estudiantil (#9) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511609


P.Echague - RC Avellaneda 88-79

There was no surprise in Buenos Aires where 6th ranked RC Avellaneda (9-10) was defeated by second ranked P.Echague (13-6) 88-79 on Friday. P.Echague maintains second place in Metropolitana with 13-6 record having just five point less than leader C.Entrerriano, which they share with Ramos Mejia. Newly promoted RC Avellaneda keeps the sixth position with ten 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 River Plate.
gschID: 511607


Group Noa
Hindu BBC - Union Oran 93-85

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Catamarca where seventh ranked Hindu BBC (5-13) defeated 6th ranked UD Nueva Oran (6-12) 93-85 on Tuesday. Newly promoted Hindu BBC maintains seventh place in Noa with 5-13 record. UD Nueva Oran lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. Hindu BBC will face higher ranked N.Avellaneda Tuc. (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 511382


San Martin LR - Union Oran 100-73

Very expected game in La Rioja where 6th ranked UD Nueva Oran (6-12) was rolled over by second ranked San Martin LR (12-4) 100-73 on Sunday. San Martin LR have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place in Noa with 12-4 record having just one point less than leader C.Entrerriano. UD Nueva Oran lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. San Martin LR will face Rio Grande (#8) in La Mendieta in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. UD Nueva Oran will play at home against Amancay LR and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511381


Hindu BBC - Talleres TV 74-93

Very predictable result in Catamarca where leader Talleres TV (17-0) outscored 7th ranked Hindu BBC (5-13) 93-74 on Friday. Talleres TV have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place in Noa with 17-0 record. Hindu BBC lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh position with 13 games lost. Talleres TV will face Olimpia Catam. (#5) in Catamarca in the next round. Hindu BBC will play against N.Avellaneda Tuc. and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511378


Amancay LR - N.Avellaneda Tuc. 93-76

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 4th placed N.Avellaneda Tuc.'s (8-9) road loss to third ranked Amancay LR (11-5) 76-93 on Friday. Amancay LR have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Amancay LR maintains third place in Noa with 11-5 record despite having the same number of points like the leader C.Entrerriano. N.Avellaneda Tuc. lost third consecutive game. N.Avellaneda Tuc. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Amancay LR will face UD Nueva Oran (#6) on the road in the next round. N.Avellaneda Tuc. will play against Hindu BBC and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511379


Group Oeste
Ameghino - Rivadavia M. 67-70

A very interesting game took place in Villa Maria. It ended with only three-point home defeat of leader Ameghino (14-5) to third ranked Rivadavia M. (14-6) 70-67 on Sunday evening. Rivadavia M. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place in Oeste with 14-6 record having just seven point less than leader C.Entrerriano. Ameghino at the other side dropped to the second position with five games lost. Rivadavia M.'s next round opponent will be M.Junin (#5). Ameghino will play against Deportivo Norte A. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511796


Independ. Oliva - Rivadavia M. 70-76

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Rivadavia M. (14-6) won against on the road 5th ranked Independ. Oliva (8-11) 76-70 on Friday. Rivadavia M. maintains third place in Centro with 14-6 record having just seven point less than leader C.Entrerriano. Newly promoted Independ. Oliva keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. Rivadavia M. will face M.Junin (#5) in the next round. Independ. Oliva will play against Anzorena in Mendoza and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511794


M.Junin - Anzorena 84-93

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 5th ranked M.Junin (5-14) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Anzorena (2-17) 93-84 on Friday. Anzorena maintains sixth place in Oeste with 2-17 record. M.Junin lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth position with 14 games lost. Anzorena will face higher ranked Independ. Oliva (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. M.Junin will play against Rivadavia M. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511795





Cristian Cadillac is a newcomer at H.San Justo - by Eurobasket News

Centro Deportivo Huracan San Justo (TFB) added to their roster experienced 34-year old point guard Cristian Cadillac (194-83). He played last season at Argentino (LigaA). LigaA was a little too high level for him, where in 37 games he recorded just 1.2ppg. TFB will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time.
The previous (14-15) season Cadillac played at Alianza Viedma (TNA). In 31 games he averaged 6.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.4apg.
He has spent his entire career in Argentina playing for eight other teams: San Andres, C.Entrerriano, Quilmes Mar del Plata, Belgrano San Nicolas, Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, Deportivo Puerto Madryn-Brown, Quimsa and River Plate.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Casper WARE
  United
  (178-PG-90)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Ware, United22.1 
 2. Cotton, Wildcats21.6 
 3. Randle, 36ers21.3 
 4. Prather, Wildcats19.6 
 5. Dillard, Breakers18.1 
 6. Newley, Kings17.6 
 7. Penney, Breakers17.3 
 8. Clarke, Hawks17.0 
 9. Goulding, United16.9 
 10. Lisch, Kings16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Josh BOONE
  United
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Boone, United9.3 
 2. Craig, Bullets8.0 
 3. Ogilvy, Hawks7.6 
 4. Mitchell, Breakers7.2 
 5. Johnson, 36ers7.1 
 6. Pledger, Breakers6.8 
 7. Bairstow, Bullets6.5 
 8. Whittington, Kings6.4 
 9. McKay, Wildcats6.3 
 10. Knight, Wildcats6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ben WOODSIDE
  Breakers
  (180-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Woodside, Breakers5.5 
 2. Randle, 36ers5.4 
 3. Jackson, United5.4 
 4. Dillard, Breakers4.8 
 5. Ware, United4.5 
 6. Stockton, Breakers4.2 
 7. Newley, Kings4.1 
 8. Sobey, 36ers4.1 
 9. Gibson, Bullets3.8 
 10. Lisch, Kings3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin LISCH
  Kings
  (188-C-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Lisch, Kings1.9 
 2. Prather, Wildcats1.7 
 3. Martin, Wildcats1.7 
 4. Dillard, Breakers1.6 
 5. Whittington, Kings1.5 
 6. Jackson, United1.4 
 7. Ware, United1.3 
 8. Martin, Hawks1.3 
 9. Newley, Kings1.2 
 10. Trice, Taipans1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew James OGILVY
  Hawks
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Ogilvy, Hawks1.6 
 2. McKay, Wildcats1.4 
 3. Pledger, Breakers1.2 
 4. Boone, United1.1 
 5. Whittington, Kings0.9 
 6. Jervis, Bullets0.8 
 7. Powell, Kings0.8 
 8. Craig, Bullets0.7 
 9. Carter, Breakers0.7 
 10. Jacobsen, 36ers0.7 


NBL Round 2 of Finals. Wildcats celebrate second straight win - by Eurobasket News

Hawks - Wildcats 77-89

Perth stepped closer to NBL title. They upset the Hawks on the road for 2-0 lead in the best-of-five championship series. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 49-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Perth Wildcats outrebounded Illawarra Hawks 41-30 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international center Angus Brandt (208-89, college: Oregon St.) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. American swingman Casey Prather (198-91, college: Florida) chipped in 18 points and 6 assists. Four Perth Wildcats players scored in double figures. The former international center Andrew-James Ogilvy (211-88, college: Vanderbilt) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks and American point guard Rotnei Clarke (183-89, college: Butler) added 21 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Hawks: R.Clarke 21+3reb+4ast, A.James Ogilvy 21+10reb+3ast, N.Kay 8+1reb+5ast, M.Norton 7+1reb+3ast, T.Coenraad 6+6reb+3ast, O.Forman 6+1reb+1ast
Wildcats: B.Cotton 20+3reb, C.Prather 18+4reb+6ast, A.Brandt 15+11reb+3ast, D.Martin 12+6reb+6ast, J.Wagstaff 10+2reb+1ast, M.Knight 4+3reb
gschID: 537347





Avtodor adds Gliddon to their roster, ex Taipans - by Eurobasket News

Avtodor Saratov (VTB) added to their roster 28-year old Australian international swingman Cameron Gliddon (196-86kg-89, college: Concordia Irvine). He started the season at Taipans in Australian NBL league. In 30 games he recorded 10.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.1apg and 1.2spg this season. The last season Gliddon played at AZS Koszalin in Polish TBL where in 10 games he averaged 7.2ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Australian NBL Regular Season in 2015. Gliddon was also voted Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Honorable Mention back in 2014.
He has been also a member of Australian international program for some years. Gliddon has regularly played for Australian senior team since 2013 and previously for University National Team in 2011.
He also represented Australia at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 10.5ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.2apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 56.5%, 3PT: 34.5%.
Gliddon has played also professionally for other Australian teams like Australia for Slammers Australian Institute Sport.
He attended Concordia University at Irvine until 2012 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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BBL: Showtime in Kuressaare - by Janar

BC Kalev/Cramo won the first game of BBL quarterfinals against Barons kvartals 100:81 (46:44) in Kuressaare. Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) scored 47 points, breaking Baltic League all-time record.

The guests led for almost whole first half, leading even by 8 points at a time. A 14:2 run by Kalev helped them to take the lead 46:44 at the halftime break, although that was far less than the hosts and ca 800 spectators (full crowd) had expected. Liutych dropped 18 in the 3rd quarter and Kalev increased the gap to 15 with 10 minutes to play. Latvian team didn't give up but they looked more and more tired, allowing Kalev to take a quite secure lead before the game in Riga.

Branko Mirkovic added 13 points to his debut for Kalev/Cramo. Rain Veideman scored 11 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds. Cedric Simmons had 9 points and 11 rebounds.

For Barons, Davis Geks was the top scorer with 22 points to his name. Kristaps Mediss and Denis Krestinin added 16 and 15 points, respectively, while Davis Rozitis ended the game with 11 points and 9 boards.



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

Banco di Srd - Le Mans 79-63

Dinamo Sassari eased past Le Mans in the opening leg of Round of 16. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Banco di Srd's pressure prevailed and they won that period 27-12 extending their advantage to 16 points. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian-American power forward Gani Lawal (205-88, college: Georgia Tech) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 9 rebounds. Serbian Dusko Savanovic (204-83, agency: BeoBasket) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Banco di Srd players scored in double figures. Banco di Srd's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Canadian guard Olivier Hanlan (193-93, college: Boston Coll.) answered with 15 points and 5 rebounds and Wilfried Yeguete (201-91, college: Florida, agency: BeoBasket) added 6 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Le Mans.
Top scorers:
Le Mans: O.Hanlan 15+5reb, R.Pearson 10+1reb+2ast, L.Konate 8+3reb+1ast, G.Watson 8+1reb+3ast, P.Cornelie 7+3reb+1ast, W.Yeguete 6+7reb+2ast
Banco di Srd: G.Lawal 19+9reb, D.Savanovic 13+7reb+1ast, D.Bell 11+3reb+4ast, R.Stipcevic 10+1reb+9ast, T.Lydeka 8+1reb, D.Lighty 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 537248


Umana VE - Scandone AV 53-49

Umana Venezia held off Scandone Avellino in the opener. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 13-4 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Umana Venezia dominated on the defensive end, holding Scandone AV to just 4 points in fourth quarter. It was a very good performance for American forward Jamelle Hagins (206-90, college: Delaware) who helped to win the game recording 8 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Tyrus McGee (188-91, college: Iowa St.) contributed with 10 points for the winners. Umana Venezia's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American-Liberian point guard Joe Ragland (182-89, college: Wichita St.) answered with 11 points and 7 assists and American forward Maarten Leunen (206-85, college: Oregon) added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Scandone AV.
Top scorers:
Scandone AV: J.Ragland 11+4reb+7ast, L.Randolph 11+4reb, K.Fesenko 10+10reb, M.Leunen 9+8reb+3ast, A.Thomas 4+2reb+1ast, A.Zerini 2+3reb+3ast
Umana VE: H.Peric 11+3reb+1ast, T.McGee 10+4reb+3ast, J.Hagins 8+10reb+2ast, M.Ejim 6+5reb, M.Haynes 6+3reb+2ast, A.Filloy 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 537250


Ludwigsburg - Neptunas 73-61

Ludwigsburg topped Neptunas in the opening leg of the series. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 40-24 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a very good performance for American power forward Jack Cooley (206-91, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import Roderick Trice (185-84, college: S.Carolina) contributed with 15 points and 4 steals for the winners. EnBW Ludwigsburg's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American Daniel Ewing (191-83, college: Duke, agency: Stealth Sport) answered with 14 points and 5 rebounds and forward Mindaugas Kacinas (201-93, college: S.Carolina) added 5 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Neptunas.
Top scorers:
Neptunas: D.Ewing 14+5reb+2ast, V.Sarakauskas 9+5reb+1ast, C.Lofton 7+2reb+2ast, M.Mazeika 7+1reb+2ast, J.Grant 6+4reb, A.Siksnius 6+4reb+2ast
Ludwigsburg: J.Cooley 19+12reb, R.Trice 15+3reb, K.Martin 9+2reb+2ast, D.Crawford 8+2reb, D.McCray 8+1reb, J.Thiemann 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 537247


Pinar Karsiyaka - Besiktas 75-70

Pinar Karsiyaka overcame Besiktas in all-Turkish clash in Round of 16. Besiktas were trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 18-12 charge of Pinar Karsiyaka, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Besiktas outrebounded Pinar Karsiyaka 39-21 including a 17-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Besiktas were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American point guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 5 rebounds. Polish swingman Mateusz Ponitka (196-93) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Four Pinar Karsiyaka players scored in double figures. Serbian center Vladimir Stimac (210-87, agency: Interperformances) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and American forward Earl Clark (208-88, college: Louisville) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Besiktas. Besiktas' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Besiktas: V.Stimac 20+13reb+1ast, E.Clark 14+7reb+1ast, D.Strawberry 12+1reb+2ast, M.Roll 7+2reb+3ast, K.Weems 5+3reb+3ast, M.Thompson 4+1reb
Pinar Karsiyaka: M.Green 25+5reb+3ast, M.Ponitka 22+4reb+1ast, D.Summers 10+6reb+1ast, J.Owens 10+6reb, B.Petway 4+2ast, J.Brown 4+6ast
gschID: 537246


Aris - ASVEL 67-67

Aris and ASVEL are tied after the first game of the series. Besiktas were trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 18-12 charge of Pinar Karsiyaka, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Besiktas outrebounded Pinar Karsiyaka 39-21 including a 17-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Besiktas were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American point guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 5 rebounds. Polish swingman Mateusz Ponitka (196-93) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Four Pinar Karsiyaka players scored in double figures. Serbian center Vladimir Stimac (210-87, agency: Interperformances) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and American forward Earl Clark (208-88, college: Louisville) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Besiktas. Besiktas' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Besiktas: V.Stimac 20+13reb+1ast, E.Clark 14+7reb+1ast, D.Strawberry 12+1reb+2ast, M.Roll 7+2reb+3ast, K.Weems 5+3reb+3ast, M.Thompson 4+1reb
Pinar Karsiyaka: M.Green 25+5reb+3ast, M.Ponitka 22+4reb+1ast, D.Summers 10+6reb+1ast, J.Owens 10+6reb, B.Petway 4+2ast, J.Brown 4+6ast
gschID: 537246


EWE Baskets - Banvit BK 82-82

EWE Baskets drew level with Banvit at home court. Besiktas were trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 18-12 charge of Pinar Karsiyaka, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Besiktas outrebounded Pinar Karsiyaka 39-21 including a 17-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Besiktas were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American point guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 5 rebounds. Polish swingman Mateusz Ponitka (196-93) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Four Pinar Karsiyaka players scored in double figures. Serbian center Vladimir Stimac (210-87, agency: Interperformances) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and American forward Earl Clark (208-88, college: Louisville) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Besiktas. Besiktas' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Besiktas: V.Stimac 20+13reb+1ast, E.Clark 14+7reb+1ast, D.Strawberry 12+1reb+2ast, M.Roll 7+2reb+3ast, K.Weems 5+3reb+3ast, M.Thompson 4+1reb
Pinar Karsiyaka: M.Green 25+5reb+3ast, M.Ponitka 22+4reb+1ast, D.Summers 10+6reb+1ast, J.Owens 10+6reb, B.Petway 4+2ast, J.Brown 4+6ast
gschID: 537246


AEK Athens - Monaco 69-68

AEK nipped Monaco in Athens in the opening leg. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 19-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. AEK Athens made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game, while Monaco only scored nine points from the stripe. AEK Athens had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Serbian-Greek Dusan Sakota (210-86, agency: BeoBasket) nailed 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and American-Georgian guard Michael Dixon (186-90, college: Memphis, agency: Diamond Sports) accounted for 11 points. American-Bosnian guard Zack Wright (191-85, college: Central Mo.) came up with 11 points, 7 assists and 4 steals and Ukrainian swingman Sergii Gladyr (196-88, agency: BeoBasket) added 8 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Monaco in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Monaco: Z.Wright 11+4reb+7ast, J.Shuler 10+4reb+1ast, D.Bost 9+2reb+2ast, S.Gladyr 8+6reb+1ast, B.Ouattara 7+2reb+1ast, B.Davies 7+2reb+3ast
AEK Athens: D.Sakota 20+5reb+1ast, M.Dixon 11+2reb, R.Ukic 9+2reb+1ast, D.Mavroeidis 8+4reb, C.Elonu 5+6reb, L.Mavrokefalidis 4+6reb
gschID: 537244


PAOK - Iberostar Tener. 66-63

PAOK held off Iberostar Tenerife to build a narrow lead before the return leg. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 17-9 CB Canarias' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 66-63 at the end of the game. American power forward Keith Clanton (205-90, college: Cent.Florida) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Latvian swingman Zanis Peiners (203-90) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Canadian-Dutch forward Aaron Doornekamp (201-85, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and Lithuanian forward Marius Grigonis (198-94) added 12 points respectively for lost side. CB Canarias' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Iberostar Tener.: A.Doornekamp 19+12reb+2ast, M.Grigonis 12+1reb+3ast, R.San Miguel 8+2reb+3ast, G.Bogris 6+1reb+1ast, W.Hanley 4+2reb, F.Vazquez 4+1reb
PAOK: Z.Peiners 15+5reb, K.Clanton 13+10reb+1ast, L.Chrysikopoulos 11+4reb+3ast, T.McFadden 9+4reb, V.Margaritis 8+2reb+1ast, A.Glyniadakis 4+3reb
gschID: 537245





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D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.20.5 
 2. Jovanovic, Spars S.19.6 
 3. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak19.4 
 4. Vukovic, Mladost17.4 
 5. Negovanovic, Gradj.17.4 
 6. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.17.3 
 7. Hasandic, Sloboda .16.3 
 8. Kastropil, Siroki P.15.8 
 9. Stanojevic, Mlado.15.3 
 10. Svilar, Kakanj15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Franko KASTROPIL
  Siroki P.
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Kastropil, Siroki P.10.2 
 2. Tomic, Kakanj10.1 
 3. Zimic, Kakanj8.8 
 4. Durmo, Spars S.7.7 
 5. Stanojevic, Mlado.7.7 
 6. Pelkic, Leotar7.4 
 7. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.7.2 
 8. Markovic, Gradj.7.1 
 9. Karacic, Siroki P.6.9 
 10. Kadic, Bosnjak6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Josip NALETILIC
  Siroki P.
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Naletilic, Siroki P.7.5 
 2. Mocnik, Siroki P.7.4 
 3. Knezevic, Zrinjski.6.3 
 4. Kovacevic, Spars S.4.3 
 5. Zahiragic, Spars S.4.1 
 6. Svilar, Kakanj3.9 
 7. Fekete, Leotar3.9 
 8. Aleksic, Mladost3.9 
 9. Luzajic, Leotar3.8 
 10. Princ, Zrinjski HT3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.2.6 
 2. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak2.4 
 3. Samadan, Zrinjski.2.0 
 4. Brown, Sloboda .1.9 
 5. Mocnik, Siroki P.1.8 
 6. Hagins, Bosna-Royal1.8 
 7. Bocka, Gradjanski1.6 
 8. Zahiragic, Spars S.1.5 
 9. Reljic, Spars S.1.4 
 10. Princ, Zrinjski HT1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Emir ZIMIC
  Kakanj
  (218-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Zimic, Kakanj1.6 
 2. Kastropil, Siroki P.1.3 
 3. Demic, Zrinjski HT1.2 
 4. Bajramovic, Spars S.1.0 
 5. Djurasovic, Leotar0.9 
 6. Karacic, Siroki P.0.9 
 7. Brummitt, Zrinjski.0.8 
 8. Sturanovic, Bosna-Ro.0.8 
 9. Latifagic, Sloboda .0.7 
 10. Djugum, Siroki P.0.7 


Division I Round 16 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in Division I.

The most interesting game of round 16 was only one-point a home defeat of 5th ranked Kakanj (9-7) to fourth ranked Sloboda Tuzla (10-6) 76-75. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Nedzad Muratovic (201-95) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and American guard Devonte Brown (188-92, college: Indiana St.) who added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Sloboda Tuzla's coach Velimir Gasic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side center Emir Zimic (218-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Sloboda Tuzla moved-up to third place, which they share with Spars Sarajevo. Kakanj at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Sloboda Tuzla will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kakanj will play again on the road against Sloboda Tuzla (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Mostar. Their biggest opponent host Zrinjski HT (10-5) lost to third ranked Spars Sarajevo (10-6) 88-74. The winners were led by Serbian swingman Maksim Kovacevic (196-87, agency: SPORTlab Agency) who scored that evening 26 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and Zlatko Jovanovic supported him with 27 points. Even a double-double of 22 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists by the former international forward Bozo Djurasovic (200-87) did not help to save the game for Zrinjski HT. Spars Sarajevo have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 10-6 record having just one point less than leader Bosna-Royal, which they share with Sloboda Tuzla. Zrinjski HT at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost. Spars Sarajevo will play against bottom-ranked Mladost (#10) in Mrkonjic Grad in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zrinjski HT will play on the road against the league's leader Bosna-Royal (#1) in Sarajevo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Bosnjak managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the two-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they edged eighth-ranked Gradjanski in Hadzici 85-82. Mujo Tuljkovic fired 29 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Milos Markovic produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds for lost side. Bosnjak (5-11) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Mladost. Loser Gradjanski keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. Bosnjak will meet higher ranked Leotar (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Gradjanski will play against Siroki Primorka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Division I top team - Bosna-Royal (12-3) added another victory to their record. This time they beat seventh ranked Siroki Primorka (6-10) in Siroki Brijeg 81-75. It was a very good performance for Haris Delalic who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 9 rebounds. Newly promoted Bosna-Royal maintains first position with 12-3 record. Siroki Primorka at the other side keeps the seventh place with ten games lost. Bosna-Royal's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Zrinjski HT in Mostar and it will be for sure the game of the week. Siroki Primorka will play on the road against Gradjanski (#8) in Bijeljina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fourth ranked Sloboda Tuzla (10-6) crushed at home 6th ranked Leotar (6-9) by 27 points 99-72, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Leotar. Worth to mention a quality performance of Enes Latifagic who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Sloboda Tuzla moved-up to third place, which they share with Spars Sarajevo. Loser Leotar keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. Sloboda Tuzla will face Kakanj (#5) at home in the next round. Leotar will play against Bosnjak and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 16 Mladost was destroyed by Kakanj on the opponent's court 85-65.

Kakanj - Mladost 85-65

Very expected game when 9th ranked Mladost (5-11) was crushed on the road by fifth ranked Kakanj (9-7) 85-65 on Saturday. Kakanj forced 20 Mladost turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian guard Vojin Svilar (187-86, college: W.Georgia, agency: BeoExcell) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 5 assists and forward Aldin Muflizovic (200-92) who added 13 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Montenegrin Filip Patkovic (200-90) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian center Bojan Stanojevic (203-88) scored 14 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kakanj maintains fifth position with 9-7 record. Mladost lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with 11 games lost. Kakanj will face higher ranked Sloboda Tuzla (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Mladost will play against Spars Sarajevo (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Kakanj: V.Svilar 24+2reb+5ast, Z.Palavra 17+2reb+1ast, A.Muflizovic 13+12reb+1ast, E.Dedic 9+4reb+3ast, A.Dzelmo 5+5reb, H.Curevac 5+2reb+1ast
Mladost: F.Patkovic 17+7reb, B.Stanojevic 14+3reb, N.Djurdjevic 6+1reb+2ast, D.Aleksic 6+1reb+4ast, N.Milosevic 5+4reb, A.Ivetic 5+1ast
gschID: 520923


Sloboda Tuzla - Leotar 99-72

Fourth ranked Sloboda Tuzla (10-6) crushed at home 6th ranked Leotar (6-9) by 27 points 99-72, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Leotar. Sloboda Tuzla forced 27 Leotar turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of forward Enes Latifagic (200-92, agency: BeoExcell) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 rebounds and the former international Almir Hasandic (191-90) who added 25 points during the contest. At the losing side Montenegrin forward Bojan Pelkic (204-83) responded with 20 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian Marko Stevanovic scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Sloboda Tuzla moved-up to third place, which they share with Spars Sarajevo. Loser Leotar keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. Sloboda Tuzla will face Kakanj (#5) at home in the next round. Leotar will play against Bosnjak and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sloboda Tuzla: A.Hasandic 25+3ast, E.Latifagic 22+5reb+3ast, D.Brown 10+1reb+3ast, N.Muratovic 8+4reb+2ast, M.Hrncic 8+2reb+2ast, D.Petrov 7+1reb+2ast
Leotar: B.Pelkic 20+5reb+1ast, M.Stevanovic 17+6reb+2ast, V.Aleksic 10+4reb+3ast, M.Luzajic 9+4reb+1ast, L.Radmilovic 8+5reb+2ast, D.Ninkovic 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 520926


Siroki Primorka - Bosna-Royal 75-81

Division I top team - Bosna-Royal (12-3) added another victory to their record. This time they beat seventh ranked Siroki Primorka (6-10) in Siroki Brijeg 81-75. Bosna-Royal made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. It was a very good performance for international Haris Delalic (202-94, agency: AproK Sports Group) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 9 rebounds. Vladimir Djordjevic (201) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Bosna-Royal players scored in double figures. Croatian center Franko Kastropil (212-84) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and power forward Mateo Colak (206-98) added 23 points and 4 assists in the effort for Siroki Primorka. Newly promoted Bosna-Royal maintains first position with 12-3 record. Siroki Primorka at the other side keeps the seventh place with ten games lost. Bosna-Royal's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Zrinjski HT in Mostar and it will be for sure the game of the week. Siroki Primorka will play on the road against Gradjanski (#8) in Bijeljina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bosna-Royal: H.Delalic 20+9reb+1ast, G.Ikonic 15+2reb+7ast, V.Djordjevic 15+7reb+3ast, M.Sturanovic 12+10reb+1ast, S.Dragicevic 7+2reb+2ast, L.Campara 7+4reb
Siroki Primorka: M.Colak 23+3reb+4ast, F.Kastropil 19+13reb+1ast, J.Mocnik 13+2reb+7ast, M.Dreznjak 9+2reb+2ast, D.Persic 5, D.Dreznjak 4+4reb
gschID: 520927


Zrinjski HT - Spars Sarajevo 74-88

The game between Top Four teams took place in Mostar. Their biggest opponent host Zrinjski HT (10-5) lost to third ranked Spars Sarajevo (10-6) 88-74. The winners were led by Serbian swingman Maksim Kovacevic (196-87, agency: SPORTlab Agency) who scored that evening 26 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-84, agency: BeoExcell) supported him with 27 points. Even a double-double of 22 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists by the former international forward Bozo Djurasovic (200-87) did not help to save the game for Zrinjski HT. The former international point guard Drasko Knezevic (186-93) added 15 points, 7 assists and 4 steals for lost side. Spars Sarajevo have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 10-6 record having just one point less than leader Bosna-Royal, which they share with Sloboda Tuzla. Zrinjski HT at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost. Spars Sarajevo will play against bottom-ranked Mladost (#10) in Mrkonjic Grad in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zrinjski HT will play on the road against the league's leader Bosna-Royal (#1) in Sarajevo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spars Sarajevo: Z.Jovanovic 27+3reb+3ast, M.Kovacevic 26+6reb+6ast, I.Durmo 14+11reb+2ast, A.Stepanovic 9+5reb+2ast, I.Djukovic 6+6reb+4ast, R.Basic 4
Zrinjski HT: B.Djurasovic 22+11reb+6ast, D.Knezevic 15+3reb+7ast, V.Princ 12+2reb+2ast, M.Zovko 9+2reb, T.Brummitt 7+8reb, I.Begic 4+1reb
gschID: 536776


Kakanj - Sloboda Tuzla 75-76

The most interesting game of round 16 was only one-point a home defeat of 5th ranked Kakanj (9-7) to fourth ranked Sloboda Tuzla (10-6) 76-75. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Nedzad Muratovic (201-95) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and American guard Devonte Brown (188-92, college: Indiana St.) who added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Sloboda Tuzla's coach Velimir Gasic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side center Emir Zimic (218-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and Croatian swingman Zeljko Palavra (194-82) scored 19 points. Sloboda Tuzla moved-up to third place, which they share with Spars Sarajevo. Kakanj at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Sloboda Tuzla will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kakanj will play again on the road against Sloboda Tuzla (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sloboda Tuzla: N.Muratovic 18+12reb+5ast, D.Brown 14+7reb+4ast, E.Latifagic 12+3reb, B.Djumic 8+4reb, M.Hrncic 8+2reb+1ast, E.Ahmedovic 6+3reb
Kakanj: Z.Palavra 19+3reb+3ast, E.Zimic 14+12reb, A.Muflizovic 11+2reb+1ast, A.Dzelmo 8+4reb, V.Svilar 6+2reb+2ast, H.Curevac 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 536775


Bosnjak - Gradjanski 85-82

Bottom-ranked Bosnjak managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the two-game losing streak on Saturday night. This time they edged eighth-ranked Gradjanski in Hadzici 85-82. Bosnjak made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The former international forward Mujo Tuljkovic (202-79, agency: BeoBasket) fired 29 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Amir Dovadzija (193-84) chipped in 15 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Four Bosnjak players scored in double figures. Serbian swingman Milos Markovic (201-84, agency: 011 Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds and Serbian swingman Danilo Negovanovic (194-88) added 21 points and 6 assists respectively for lost side. Bosnjak (5-11) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Mladost. Loser Gradjanski keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. Bosnjak will meet higher ranked Leotar (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Gradjanski will play against Siroki Primorka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bosnjak: M.Tuljkovic 29+5reb+1ast, A.Dovadzija 15+9reb+8ast, A.Sarajlic 12+1reb+6ast, B.Lulic 11+7reb+2ast, R.Grosic 7+2reb+2ast, E.Mujic 7+7reb+4ast
Gradjanski: M.Markovic 24+13reb+3ast, D.Negovanovic 21+2reb+6ast, N.Vukovic 13+1reb+3ast, D.Marojevic 8+6reb+1ast, A.Vasilic 6+2reb+3ast, S.Svitlica 5+2reb
gschID: 520925



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Dallin Bachynski (ex Echague) is a newcomer at Energa Czarni - by Eurobasket News

Energa Czarni Slupsk (PLK) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old naturalized Canadian center Dallin Bachynski (213-112kg-91, college: Utah). He played at Echague in Argentinian LigaA, but left the team in Nov.'16. In 12 games he recorded 9.4ppg and 5.8rpg this season. The last season Bachynski played at another team Drive in U.S. semi-pro league D-League. But in 13 games he averaged just 1.8ppg and 2.2rpg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Bachynski's team was regular season runner-up in Pac-12 in 2015.
He has played also professionally in Japan (Sendai 89ers).
Bachynski attended University of Utah until 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

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First-half fire fuels Bears to Final Four - by Eurobasket News

With almost 70 points in the first half alone, the University of Alberta Golden Bears decisively clinched their spot in the Canada West Final Four by defeating the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns 107-84 to take game three in a best-of-three quarter-final series, Saturday night at Saville Community Sports Centre. Fourth-year guard Geoff Pippus (196-G) led all players with 26 points and six three-pointers while third-year guard Austin Waddoups (188-PG, college: Salt Lake CC) added 21 points and five treys of his own. Four more Bears recorded 10 or more points in the victory, but only fourth-year forward Mamadou Gueye earned a double-double, netting as many rebounds as he did points with 12. Third-year forward Elliott Sentance had 21 points and eight boards for the Pronghorns, and fourth-year forward Dejon Burdeaux (183-PG, college: Fresno City JC) added 15 points, with most of them coming from the charity stripe as he drained all nine attempts. Along with Sentance, third-year forward Mike Pierzchala hit four treys and notched a double-digit point total with a dozen on the night. Three straight long balls by Pierzchala for the visitors had Lethbridge with a small early lead two minutes into the opening quarter, but an explosive 15-2 run by Alberta more than erased the deficit, with the Golden Bears rolling on for the rest of the frame. With six treys on 10 shots beyond the arc and shooting at 64% in the field, Alberta showed no signs of stopping, already picking up a 12-point lead to end the quarter. The Bears followed with eight consecutive points to open the second, adding eight more three-balls in the stanza. Foul trouble by the Pronghorns added to the Alberta lead. Lethbridge also came into the game with a chance to advance to the Final Four. The offence did whatever it could to stay in the game, with 46 points after two quarters being far from a struggling offence, but they simply could not match Alberta's shooting. The Bears also earned 12 points in the second quarter and 19 in the first half off of second chances. Yet the Pronghorns knew they still had a chance in this game, coming back from a 14-point deficit on Friday to force a third game, but they would need to work even harder to overcome 23. Unfortunately, Lethbridge's shooting went ice cold to start the third quarter, missing eight straight shots before senior guard William Hickey hit his first trey halfway through the quarter. The Golden, B.C. native put up four in last night's comeback win. Success at the charity stripe kept the score from getting out of hand. Lethbridge netted all 11 free throw attempts for half of their points, but Alberta kept pace and only had their lead drop to as low as 17. The fourth quarter had more of the same. The Pronghorns could not find the magic on the scoreboard from Friday while Alberta out-rebounded Lethbridge as the Golden Bears bench players contributed 14 points in the final 10 minutes. Pippus put the final nail in the coffin when he sank a trey with 2:13 left to put the Bears past the century mark. Sophomore guard Ivan Ikomey (185-G) added the last five points for Alberta. The Calgary native did not miss any of his six shots in 17 minutes of play, including four from beyond the arc. Alberta now advances to the Canada West Final Four, hosted by the Calgary Dinos next weekend.
Courtesy of: canadawest.org



Hawks punch ticket to OCAA Championship Final Eight - by Eurobasket News

The Humber Hawks have advanced to the 2017 OCAA Championships by way of a 100-75 win on Saturday night at home, over the St. Lawrence Vikings. St. Lawrence were playing with heavy hearts, due to the sudden passing on Friday night of teammate Jermaine Edwards. Respectfully, there was a moment of silence prior to the tip of the basketball game. The visiting Vikings came out flying early, and raced to an early 8-2 first quarter lead. It took the second rotation of the Hawks to spur the Humber squad back into the game. Baskets by Curwin Elvis (G) and Trevon Mollison (G) were key in bringing Humber into a lead. From the eight minute mark of the first, until the 7 minute mark of the second quarter, Humber went on a large 19-4 run. St. Lawrence brought the lead to six, but a technical foul to the Vikings coach helped swing the Hawks back out to a double digit lead. A huge 3 at the buzzer brought the visitors to within eight at the half. Gibson Eduful (180-PG) led the Hawks at the half, with nine points. Ancil Martin (F) and Trevon Mollison checked in with eight apiece. The Hawks played a consistent third quarter, and when the third stanza was over Humber extended its lead to 68-52. As he has done for five years with the Hawks, Gibson Eduful was the" straw that stirs the drink", as he poured in point after point in the quarter. The fourth was nothing short of a blur, with Humber having its biggest output in a quarter on the day, scoring 32. With Humber in possession at the end, the buzzer sounded and the scoreboard indicated a 100-75 Hawk win. Trevon Mollison led the Hawks on the day, with 25 points. He shot 7 for 11 on the night, and this included being 2 for 2 from beyond the arc. Eduful, playing in his last game at home as a Hawk, dropped 24. Three other Hawks scored in double figures. Ancil Martin had 14, while Curwin Elvis and Tyrone Dickson (198-F) hit for 11 and 10 points, respectively. For the visiting Vikings. Jaz Bains (G-93) and Taylor Reddick (G) hit for 19 points, while Donald Gibson (198-F) contributed 18. There was no doubt that Eduful was named the Hawk Nation Player of the Game.
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WINDSOR BEATS NIAGRA IN THRILLER 93-92 - by John Gary

COURTESY OURSPORTSCENTRAL.COM For the second time in two games, the Windsor Express played the Niagra River Lions at home. Windsor had not seen game action in almost a week. There last game was a heartbreaking loss to these same Niagra River Lions snapping Windsors four game win streak. Coming into the game, Niagra had only won four games against the Express. Before the game it was announced that the team had parted ways with former Windsor Alex Campbell. The week off showed out of the gates as Niagra went on a 12-4 run to begin the first quarter. Windsor had to use the three ball to get back into the game. Clinto Spinger provided a spark off the bench and contributed five points in the first quarter. Darren Duncan played the majority of the point guard minutes early leading a 20-3 Windsor run early. Windsor allowed only one three allowing them to maintain a 44-34 lead. Their leading scorer was Nick Evans who contributed eight points on 4-8 shooting in a team effort heavy first half. Juan Patillo began heating up in the second half. Going against former Express former and current River Lyons star Chris Commons, Patillo began finding success in the pick and roll game. There was a steady diet of these three pointers throughout the second half. Darren Duncan went on his first scoring rampage of the season making four shots from beyond the arch in the half. He would finish with a team high 20 points. With under one minute to play, Windsor led by only one point. Kirk Williams JR. DROVE THE LANE AND WENT UP WITH THE RIGHT HAND SINKING THE LAYUP AND TAKIN.g the lead away from Windsor. Express forward Nick Evans answered back with an inside bucket of his own giving Windsor the 93-92 lead. This gave Niagra enough time for one final possession to win it. Richard Amardi of the River Lions came up short on his final three point attempt sealing the victory for Windsor. For the first time this season, Windsor defeated Niagra 93-92. Darren Duncan was the player of the game falling four rebounds short of a double double. The star point guard had 20 points, 10 assits and six rebounds. JUAN Patillo also scored 20 points to go with his 9 rebounds. Niagra s leading scorer was Carl Hall, who put up a game high 21 points and 11 rebounds.


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CBA Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Guangdong reach semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Shanghai S. - Shenzhen L. 95-92

Shangai outgunned Shenzhen for the second straight win in the series. Leopards were trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 26-19 charge of Shanghai Sharks, which allowed them to win the game. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Leopards helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American point guard Jimmer Fredette (188-89, college: BYU) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!). The former international guard XiaoYu Liu (191-89) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Polish-Swedish power forward Maciej Lampe (211-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 13 rebounds and American point guard Jeremy Pargo (188-86, college: Gonzaga) added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Leopards. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Leopards' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Shenzhen L.: L.Maciej 32+13reb, G.QuAn 22+3reb, P.Jeremy 17+5reb+4ast, D.Huaibo 10+2reb, Z.Jie 5+1reb+1ast, L.Muhao 4+6reb
Shanghai S.: F.Jimmer 33+14reb+3ast, L.XiaoYu 14+3reb+3ast, T.Wen-Ting 11+3reb+2ast, Z.Yi 10+5reb+4ast, Y.Guerschon 9+5reb+1ast, Z.ZhaoXu 9+5reb
gschID: 536902


Guangdong ST - Sichuan BW 119-97

Guangdong rallied past Sichuan to sweep the quarterfinal series. The game without a history. Guandong Tigers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Sichuan BW's 54. They outrebounded Sichuan BW 50-39 including a 40-29 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guandong Tigers looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Sichuan BW's players. It was a quality performance for American guard Donald Sloan (190-88, college: Texas A&M) who led the winners and scored 26 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. His fellow American import power forward Carlos Boozer (206-80, college: Duke) accounted for 19 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side. American Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice, agency: Stealth Sport) came up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds and Iranian center Hamed Haddadi (218-85) added 11 points and 12 rebounds respectively for Sichuan BW in the defeat. Five Guandong Tigers and four Sichuan BW players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Sichuan BW: L.Wei 19+1reb+2ast, W.Ruheng 18+1reb+2ast, H.Mike 11+13reb+3ast, H.Hamed 11+12reb+2ast, T.Chen 9+3reb+1ast, Y.Yue 8
Guangdong ST: S.Donald 26+7reb+6ast, Z.Peng 22+4reb+1ast, Y.Jianlian 20+9reb, B.Carlos 19+11reb, R.JunFei 14+7reb+1ast, G.Shang 7+1reb
gschID: 536903


Guangsha L. - Liaoning H. 100-117

Liaoning topped Guangsha to spur ahead. The game was mostly controlled by Liaoning Hunters. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions managed to win third quarter 31-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Zhejiang Guangsha Lions 51-36 including a 35-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for American Lester Hudson (190-84, college: Tenn-Martin) who led the winners and scored 33 points (!!!), 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. The former international Ailun Guo (192-93) accounted for 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the winning side. American point guard Courtney Fortson (180-88, college: Arkansas, agency: Three Eye Sports) came up with 28 points, 7 assists and 4 steals and Taiwanese forward Cheng Liu (192-90) added 27 points and 4 steals respectively for Zhejiang Guangsha Lions in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' coach let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Guangsha L.: F.Courtney 28+4reb+7ast, L.Cheng 27+3reb, H.Elijah 13+6reb, L.Chih-Chieh 13+5reb+4ast, H.Jinqiu 11+9reb+1ast, S.MingHui 3
Liaoning H.: H.Lester 33+6reb+4ast, G.Ailun 33+7reb+2ast, R.Shavlik 15+6reb+2ast, H.Dejun 14+21reb+1ast, Z.JiWei 12+4reb+4ast, L.Zhixuan 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 536904


Xinjiang FT - Shandong FB 102-93

Xinjiang overcame Shandong to take 2-1 lead in the series. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 28-26 Shandong Bulls' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 102-93 at the end of the game. Xinjiang Flying Tige forced 22 Shandong Bulls turnovers. Shandong Bulls were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American-Bulgarian point guard Darius Adams (188-89, college: Indianapolis, agency: Stealth Sport) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. The former international forward Makan Kelanbaike (197-92) helped adding 27 points and 5 rebounds. Five Xinjiang Flying Tige players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American point guard AJ Price (188-86, college: Connecticut) with 44 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 6 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and international forward Yanyuhang Ding (200-93) scored 18 points. Shandong Bulls' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Shandong FB: P.A.J. 44+6reb+6ast, D.Yanyuhang 18+3reb+1ast, W.Ke 14+3reb, T.Jason 6+4reb+2ast, L.JingYu 6+2reb+1ast, T.HanLin 4+7reb+2ast
Xinjiang FT: K.Makan 27+5reb, A.Darius 21+8reb+6ast, L.Gen 18+1reb+1ast, B.Andray 15+6reb+6ast, S.TongLin 10+5reb+3ast, Y.Changdong 6+7reb+2ast
gschID: 536901





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  CROATIA  


Omis secured play off spot, Kvarner needs one more win (Croatian A2 league, group B) - by Vladimir Ivankovic

This weekend all home teams won there games.
With comfortable win over ZKK Gospic, ZKK Omis secured play off spot. This is another success for coach Sandra Pesic and her team.
ZKK Kvarner, who also won against ZKK Vodice, needs one more win to take play off spot. They will play next round at the court of bottom ranked ZKK Otocac, and this is the first opportunity to do it.
FSV Rijeka took easy win over bottom ranked ZKK Otocac.
FSV Rijeka and ZKK Gospic are in position to wait ZKK Kvarner's wrong step and in the last round decide who will play play-off. But, this is very unlikely, as ZKK Kvarner position themselves as one of the A2 top teams.

FSV Rijeka - ZKK Otocac 73:41 ( 13:11, 25:6, 28:7, 7:17 )
FSV Rijeka: Peric 15, Romih, Mrsic 19, Lazaric 16, Grbcic 8, Crnkovic 2, Leoni 2, Tuftan 1, Kajfes, Krakic 3 (1 trica), Klasan 7 (2 trice);
ZKK Otocac: Bizanovic, Prpic 2, Paripovic-Delac 17, Delac-Krpan 2, Kostelac K. 7, Mudrovcic, Kostelac M., Boric, Markovic 6, Plesa 7;

ZKK Kvarner - ZKK Vodice 67:43 (17:19, 17:12, 15;2, 18:10)
ZKK Kvarner: Plavljanin, Marosevic 6, Vlahovic 5, Galusic 7, Purina 16, Matijevic 25, Lesnjak 6, Bozinov, Lusicic 2, Bastianchich.
ZKK Vodice: Juric 2, Basic 12, Ivesic, Deur 2, Ivas 2, Tabula, Skoric 9, Mihic 9, Skocic 7, Filipi.

ZKK Omis - ZKK Gospic 83:47 (21:8, 32:11, 16:19,14:9)
ZKK Omis: Puljic 10, Vrvilo 4, Kalajzic 25, Buljubasic 7, Baucic-Dilber 12, Lozic, Pezo 11, Modric 6, Jercic, Podrug 8.
ZKK Gospic: Strilic 6, Devcic, Sertic 2, Mataija, Brkljacic, Romac, A.Dosen 10, Tomljenovic 12, P.Dosen 4, Zeba 13.




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Boffil's 23 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

34-year old swingman Andy Boffil (190-G/F-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Villa Clara and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had the game-high 23 points for Villa Clara in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Pinar del Rio (#2, 10-2) 75-74. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Villa Clara to consolidate first place in the Cuban league. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far into the season and Villa Clara keeps a perfect 12-0 record. Boffil has many years of experience at Villa Clara, through which he has constantly improved. Boffil has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 28.1ppg) and averages solid 5.5spg and 60.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Yosiel Monterrey (185-PG-88) of league's second-best Pinar del Rio. He is former international guard in his second season at Pinar del Rio. In the last game Monterrey recorded impressive 32 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists. Bad luck as Pinar del Rio was edged by league's leader Villa Clara (#1, 12-0) 75-74. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Pinar del Rio still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. It was just his team's 2nd loss this season, while they won 10 other games. Monterrey is well-known at Pinar del Rio and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.7ppg (#6). He also recorded 4.4 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Elvis Pons (194-G/F-83) of Guantanamo (#8). Pons scored 24 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Pons' great performance Guantanamo lost 68-69 to the higher-ranked Ciego de Avila (#5, 3-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Guantanamo can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 11 games. Too bad for Pons he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Pons has individually a great season in Cuba. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 5.4rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Yuniskel Molina (185-G-93) of Matanzas - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Osvaldo Perez) of Villa Clara - 18 points and 8 rebounds
6. Julio Heredia (183-PG-93) of Santiago - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Dainier Martinez (184-G-96) of Ciego de Avila - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Reider Giron (188-G/F-91) of Santiago - 9 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Yoimar Lopez (96) of Camaguey - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Yasmany Deschapelles (181-PG-85) of Matanzas - 11 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists

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



LSB Round 13: Pinar are defeated by Ciego - by Eurobasket News

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

The game between second ranked Pinar (10-3) and fifth ranked Ciego (4-8) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Pinar was defeated by Ciego in Avila 66-48. The game without a history. Ciego led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The former international William Granda (189-85, agency: Pro Sports) stepped up and scored 23 points and 6 steals for the winners and guard Dainier Martinez (184-96) chipped in 17 points and 9 steals. At the losing side the former international point guard Osmel Oliva (178-87) responded with 20 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ciego have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains fifth place with 4-8 record, which they share with Santiago. Pinar at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. Ciego is looking forward to face higher ranked Capitalinos (#3) in La Habana in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pinar will play at home against Santiago and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Guerreros (7-5) against fourth ranked Capitalinos (7-5) on Saturday night. Host Guerreros were defeated by Capitalinos in a tough game at home 58-62. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Guerreros. Freddy Maria nailed 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and Jasul Rivero accounted for 14 points. The former international guard Yuniskel Molina (185-93) came up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 6 rebounds for Guerreros in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Capitalinos moved-up to third place, which they share with Matanzas. Capitalinos will play against Ciego (#5) in Avila in the next round. Guerreros will play on the road against the league's leader Villa Clara in Santa Clara and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
LSB top team - Villa Clara (13-0) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat seventh ranked Tigres (0-12) in Camaguey 81-74. Osvaldo Perez fired 30 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Yoimar Lopez produced 17 points and 7 steals for lost side. Undefeated Villa Clara have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-0 record. Loser Tigres still closes the standings with 12 games lost. They share the position with Guantanamo. Villa Clara will meet at home Guerreros (#4) in the next round. Tigres will play against Guantanamo and hope to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Guantanamo (0-12) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 12th consecutive match to sixth ranked Santiago (4-8) 110-92. Worth to mention a great performance of Esteban Martinez who helped to win the game recording 44 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds. Santiago's coach Lazaro Guibot allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Santiago moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Ciego de Avila. Guantanamo lost their twelfth game in a row. They still close the standings with 12 games lost. Santiago's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Pinar in Rio and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Guantanamo will play at home against Tigres (#7) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

Camaguey - Villa Clara 74-81

LSB top team - Villa Clara (13-0) added another victory to their record on Saturday. This time they beat seventh ranked Tigres (0-12) in Camaguey 81-74. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 44-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Villa Clara outrebounded Tigres 28-15 including 23 on the defensive glass. Osvaldo Perez fired 30 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. International center Yoel Cubillas (204-94) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. Yoimar Lopez (-96) produced 17 points and 7 steals and guard Carlos Villegas (197-94) added 11 points and 4 steals respectively for lost side. Five Tigres players scored in double figures. Villa Clara have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-0 record. Loser Tigres still closes the standings with 12 games lost. They share the position with Guantanamo. Villa Clara will meet at home Guerreros (#4) in the next round. Tigres will play against Guantanamo and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Villa Clara: O.Perez 30+9reb+2ast, Y.Cubillas 15+13reb+1ast, M.Mons 14+4reb, N.Abreu 8+2reb+6ast, M.Troyano 3+2ast, J.Romero 0+1ast
Camaguey: Y.Lopez 17+2reb, Y.Jimenez 14+1ast, C.Villegas 11+4reb, V.Francis 10+4ast, J.Sanchez 10+4reb+1ast, Y.Baldo 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 536665


Ciego de Avila - Pinar del Rio 66-48

The game between second ranked Pinar (10-3) and fifth ranked Ciego (4-8) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Pinar was defeated by Ciego in Avila 66-48. The game without a history. Ciego led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The former international William Granda (189-85, agency: Pro Sports) stepped up and scored 23 points and 6 steals for the winners and guard Dainier Martinez (184-96) chipped in 17 points and 9 steals. At the losing side the former international point guard Osmel Oliva (178-87) responded with 20 points and Diagmani Vazquez (192-87) scored 3 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ciego have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains fifth place with 4-8 record, which they share with Santiago. Pinar at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. Ciego is looking forward to face higher ranked Capitalinos (#3) in La Habana in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pinar will play at home against Santiago and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Ciego de Avila: W.Granda 23+2reb, D.Martinez 17+1reb+3ast, A.Hernandez 8+6reb+1ast, D.Granados 6, V.Reyes 4+10reb, R.Oviedo 4+4reb+1ast
Pinar del Rio: O.Oliva 20+4reb+3ast, Y.Monterrey 7, J.Martinez 5, E.Quintana 4+2reb, A.L. Rojas 4+1ast, T.Blanco 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 536666


Matanzas - Capitalinos 58-62

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Guerreros (7-5) against fourth ranked Capitalinos (7-5) on Saturday night. Host Guerreros were defeated by Capitalinos in a tough game at home 58-62. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Guerreros. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Guerreros won fourth quarter 19-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Guerreros 30-16 including 20 on the defensive glass. Capitalinos brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. Freddy Maria nailed 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and the former international power forward Jasul Rivero (203-93) accounted for 14 points. The former international guard Yuniskel Molina (185-93) came up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Yasmany Deschapelles (181-85) added 13 points and 8 steals respectively for Guerreros in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Capitalinos moved-up to third place, which they share with Matanzas. Capitalinos will play against Ciego (#5) in Avila in the next round. Guerreros will play on the road against the league's leader Villa Clara in Santa Clara and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Capitalinos: J.Rivero 14+4reb+1ast, F.Maria 13+6reb+1ast, R.Castillo 12+1reb, D.Soltero 7+3ast, A.Alorda 6+5reb, A.Font 4+5reb+1ast
Matanzas: Y.Molina 28+6reb, Y.Deschapelles 13+1ast, D.Torrientes 6+2reb, H.Garcia 5+5reb, Y.Moralez 3+2reb+2ast, L.Curtiz 2
gschID: 536664


Santiago - Guantanamo 110-92

Bottom-ranked Guantanamo (0-12) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 12th consecutive match to sixth ranked Santiago (4-8) 110-92. The game without a history. Santiago led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Esteban Martinez (192-87) who helped to win the game recording 44 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds. Point guard Julio Heredia (183-93) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Santiago's coach Lazaro Guibot allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Swingman Elvis Pons (194-83) answered with 39 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and forward Yuset Tito (197-92) added 14 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Guantanamo. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Santiago moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Ciego de Avila. Guantanamo lost their twelfth game in a row. They still close the standings with 12 games lost. Santiago's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Pinar in Rio and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Guantanamo will play at home against Tigres (#7) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Santiago: E.Martinez 44+9reb+1ast, J.Heredia 17+1reb+13ast, E.Hechevarria 15+7reb+1ast, G.Terres 15+1reb+3ast, A.Torres 10+1reb, E.Siria 4+8reb
Guantanamo: E.Pons 39+8reb+1ast, Y.Tito 14+9reb, L.Odelin 13+3reb+2ast, Y.Mena 11+1reb+2ast, R.Guerra 8+1reb+4ast, Y.Soria 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 536663





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

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

Shavon Shields
Shavon Shields
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Shavon Shields (201-94, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Germany). He led Deutsche Bank Skyliners to a surprising victory over the third-ranked s Oliver Baskets (11-6) 79-76 in the German BBL in Saturday night's game. Shields was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 30 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Shields' third season in pro basketball. Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (9-13) is placed 11th in the BBL. Shields has relatively good stats this year: 14.4ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 59.7%(86-144), 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 76.9% in 21 games he played so far. He played for the Danish senior national team two years ago.

Darko Jukic
Darko Jukic
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Darko Jukic (199-90, currently plays in Slovenia). Jukic led Krka to an easy victory against the league outsider Portoroz (1-18) crushing them 98-65 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM last Sunday. He recorded 11 points. Krka Novo Mesto (16-4) is placed second in the Liga Nova KBM. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Jukic averages: 8.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 60.9%(14-23), 3FGP: 43.8% and FT: 61.5%. He is in the roster of the Danish senior national team.

Chanan Colman
Chanan Colman
   #3. The Danish player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola JC, currently plays in Israel). Colman could not help Hapoel Eilat (12-9) to beat Maccabi Ashdod (6-14). He scored 7 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 25 minutes. Hapoel Eilat lost 82-93 on the road to the one of league's weakest teams (#11) Maccabi Ashdod. They ended the series of six consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Colman's first season with the team. This year Colman's overall stats are: 7.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.8apg, 2FGP: 47.2%, 3FGP: 34.8% and FT: 79.3% in 17 games. He has a dual citizenship: Danish and Israeli. Former Roskilde BC starter played for the Danish national team nine years ago.

Alan Voskuil
Alan Voskuil
   #4. Guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in a Viola RC's victory against the 12th-ranked Eurobasket Roma (11-12) 76-70 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Sunday. Voskuil scored 16 points and added 3 assists in 29 minutes. Berme Viola Basket Reggio Calabriais placed tenth in West group. This year Voskuil's total stats are: 8.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.4apg and 1.4spg in five games. He is a naturalized American. Voskuil is also Danish national team player. He used to play for Horsens IC in Danish league.

Jonas Bergstedt
Jonas Bergstedt
   #5. International center Jonas Bergstedt (210-91, currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Massagno (5-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Bergstedt's very good performance Massagno was crushed 87-61 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Lausanne (#9). He recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds. Bergstedt also added 3 assists and 2 blocks. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Bergstedt has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.2ppg, 9.5rpg and 1.6apg. Bergstedt plays currently for the Danish national team.

Peter Moller
Peter Moller
   #6. Guard Peter Moller (190-94, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to secure a victory for the Metropolitan State College of Denver (10-6) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Metropolitan State College of Denver lost 77-88 in Lakewood to the Colorado Christian University. Moller recorded 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA2. This year Moller has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.6apg in 21 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Danish senior team two years ago.

Sebastian Petersen
Sebastian Petersen
   #7. Former U20 international guard Sebastian Petersen (188-95, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Sweden) couldn't help Malbas (1-8) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Petersen's good performance Malbas was badly defeated 89-72 in Sodertalje by the second-ranked Kings. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Petersen also added 3 assists. Petersen has reliable stats this season: 10.6ppg, 3.6rpg and 3.3apg. He used to play for the Danish U20 national team two years ago.

David Knudsen
David Knudsen
   #8. Guard David Knudsen (193-94, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Marist (3-13) in their last game. Despite Knudsen's good performance the Marist was badly defeated 80-64 at home by the Siena College. He recorded 13 points in 24 minutes. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Knudsen has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 2.0rpg in 29 games. He plays currently for the Danish national team.

Kevin Larsen
Kevin Larsen
   #9. Former international power forward Kevin Larsen (207-93, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Germany) managed to help Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels to win against the 11th-ranked Hamburg (10-15) crushing them 106-82 in the German ProA (second division) in Saturday night's game. Larsen recorded only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (22-3) is placed first in the ProA. Larsen has averaged so far 3.5ppg and 3.5rpg. He used to play for the Danish national team two years ago.

Christian Benzon
Christian Benzon
   #10. Guard Christian Benzon (193-93, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Evansville (4-9) in their game against the Wichita State University (12-1) in the NCAA. Benzon scored 9 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 29 minutes. But the Evansville was crushed 109-83 on their home court in Evansville by the State University. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Benzon has been at the team for four years. He has averaged so far 5.7ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.4apg in 31 games. Benzon is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Danish senior national team.

   #11. Former international forward Daniel Mortensen (203-94, currently plays in NCAA2) led Barry University to a victory against the Embry Riddle University 113-102 in the NCAA2 on Saturday night. He scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Mortensen's stats this season are: 10.6ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.7apg. He used to play for the Danish national team two years ago.

   #12. Former U18 international swingman Nicklas Jonsson (195-96, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to a Lander University's shocking victory against the Georgia College & State University 80-71 in the NCAA2 in Wednesday night's game. Jonsson scored 14 points in 24 minutes. He has averaged so far 5.7ppg and 1.4rpg in 21 games. Jonsson used to play for the Danish U18 national team back in 2014.

   #13. Former U18 international guard Sikander Nielsen (188-97, currently plays in NCAA2) helped Newberry College win their game against the Brevard College crushing them 102-60 in the NCAA2 last Saturday. He scored 11 points. Nielsen has averaged so far 4.9ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Danish U18 national team two years ago.

   #14. Former U18 international guard August Haas (185-97, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Wisc.-Milwaukee in their game against the University of Detroit Mercy in the NCAA. He scored 5 points and added 5 passes. His team was defeated 81-74. Haas has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.8apg. He used to play for the Danish U18 national team back in 2015.

   #15. Former U20 international forward Johannes Nielsen (208-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Kennesaw St. in their game against the David Lipscomb University in the NCAA. Nielsen recorded 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 23 minutes. His team lost 74-85. Nielsen has averaged so far 5.6ppg and 3.2rpg in 26 games. He used to play for the Danish U20 national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93, currently plays in Balkan League) contributed to Beroe's victory against the closely-ranked Sutjeska (2-4) 76-68 in the Balkan League in Tuesday night's game. Tenchev recorded 7 points. BC Beroe (5-1) is placed fifth in the Balkan League. The Second Stage already ended in the Balkan League. Tenchev's total stats this season are: 6.6ppg and 2.3rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Danish and Bulgarian. Despite Tenchev's Danish passport, he previously played for the Bulgarian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Danish team.

   #2. Mads Rasmussen (198-G-88, currently plays in Sweden) led Helsingborg to a victory against the seventh-ranked RIG Mark (3-9) 88-75 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) on Sunday night. Rasmussen scored 18 points and had 3 steals in 25 minutes. Helsingborg BBK (8-7) is placed third in BEHS forts group. Rasmussen's stats this year are: 12.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.0apg and 2.0spg in six games he played so far.

   #3. Toby Christensen (201-F, currently plays in NCAA2) managed to help Southern Connecticut State University to win against the Pace University crushing them 96-63 in the NCAA2 in Tuesday night's game. Christensen recorded only 4 points and added 3 passes. The Southern Connecticut State University has a solid 12-7 record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA2. Christensen has averaged so far 5.3ppg and 4.0rpg.

   #4. Fred Brondsted (198-G/F, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to a West Virginia Wesleyan College's surprising victory against the Glenville State College 76-69 in the NCAA2 last Saturday. He scored 5 points in 23 minutes. The West Virginia Wesleyan College has 8-9 record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA2 Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Brondsted has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.5apg in 21 games.

   #5. Jonas Anderson (190-G-94, currently plays in NCAA2). He could not help the Black Hills State University (4-14) to beat the Regis University. Anderson scored 6 points and added 3 passes in 23 minutes. The Black Hills State University was badly defeated 69-53 on the road by the Regis University. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA2. Anderson has averaged so far 6.2ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.3apg in 21 games.



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  D-LEAGUE  


Charge Hold off Swarm - by Eurobasket News

The Canton Charge (21-17), powered by the Cleveland Cavaliers, defeated the Greensboro Swarm (13-26), 114-108, at the Memorial Civic Center on Tuesday night. Canton now has a 3-0 lead in the inaugural season series between the two teams with a final matchup left in Greensboro on March 16th. Three Charge players scored 20+ points, led by Kay Felder (5'9''-PG-95, college: Oakland)'s 25 on 8-of-17 shooting with five assists and two steals in 34 minutes on assignment from the Cleveland Cavaliers. John Holland (6'5''-F/G-88, college: Boston U.) had 25 points of his own with four steals in 36 minutes. Jonathan Holmes (6'9''-F-92, college: Texas) rounded out the trio with 23 points on 7-of-13 shooting with five rebounds in 39 minutes. Roosevelt Jones scored 14 points with seven rebounds and two steals in 38 minutes for Canton. Eric Moreland added nine points, 12 rebounds, six assists and three blocks in 32 minutes off the bench. Cameron Jones (6'4''-G-89, college: N.Arizona) made his Charge debut after being acquired in a trade on February 25th, scoring 11 points and nabbing a steal in 20 minutes off the bench. Greensboro was paced by Damien Wilkins (6'6''-G-80, college: Georgia) scoring 23 points with five rebounds and five assists in 30 minutes off the bench. Archie Goodwin (6'5''-G-94, college: Kentucky) added 16 points and nine boards in 28 minutes. Cat Barber and Ralston Turner (6'6''-SG-91, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Two Points) scored 16 points each as the Swarm had six players score in double figures.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



Raptors 905 take over top spot in NBA D-League - by Eurobasket News

Raptors 905 own the best record in the NBA D-League following their sixth straight win Monday, Feb. 27 in a 104-93 decision over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. C.J. Leslie (6'9''-F-91, college: N.Carolina St.) recorded 20 points and nine rebounds as the Raptors improved to 28-9. They have as many wins as the Los Angeles D-Fenders and Oklahoma City Blue, who have lost 10 and 12 games, respectively. Brady Heslip (6'3''-SG-90, college: Baylor) scored 19 points for the Raptors while Edy Tavares (7'3''-C-92) recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Raptors trailed by as much as 17 in the second quarter, but rallied to hold the D-League's second best offence to their second lowest output of the season. Rio Grande Valley's Kyle Wiltjer (6'10''-F-92, college: Gonzaga) led all players in both points and rebounds with 24 and 15.
Courtesy of: mississauga.com



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  


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

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

Sammy Mejia
Sammy Mejia
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international swingman Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul, currently plays in Turkey). Mejia led Tofas to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Balikesir (3-16) 86-81 in the Turkish BSL last Saturday. He recorded 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Tofas Bursa (9-10) is placed ninth in the BSL. Mejia has relatively good stats this season: 14.3ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.9apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 61.1%(58-95), 3FGP: 43.7% and FT: 73.2%. He has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Mejia played for the Dominican Republic senior national team twelve years ago. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Trevor Ariza (203-85, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). Ariza contributed to a Houston Rockets' victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves (24-36) 142-130 in the NBA on Saturday night. He scored 15 points and added 3 passes (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 32 minutes. The Houston Rockets have a solid 42-19 record this season. Ariza has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 11.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.2apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 53.3%, 3FGP: 34.9% and FT: 74.4% in 61 games he played so far. Ariza is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. He played for the Dominican Republic national team in 2005. Apparently Ariza has never played in Dominican Republic.

Jose Cabrera
Jose Cabrera
   #3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Jose Cabrera (206-84, currently plays in Spain). Cabrera helped Mataro win their game against the 14th-ranked Barna (6-12) 80-76 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Sunday. He scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Feimat Mataro (6-12) is placed 12th in Group C-A. Cabrera's overall stats this season are: 7.4ppg, 6.6rpg, 2FGP: 47.6% and FT: 70.6%. He played for the Dominican Republic national team eleven years ago.

Jeff Greer
Jeff Greer
   #4. Shooting guard Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers, currently plays in France) managed to help Union Poitiers Basket 86 to win against the 14th-ranked JA Vichy (8-11) 77-75 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. Greer recorded only 3 points. Union Poitiers Basket 86 (9-10) is placed tenth in the ProB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Greer's fourth season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 2.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.6apg. Greer has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. He used to play for the Dominican Republic national team back in 2009. Greer played also for Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris in Dominican Republic league.

Gregorio Adon
Gregorio Adon
   #5. Former U17 international forward Gregorio Adon (198-91, currently plays in Spain). He could not help Marin (6-19) to beat Cocinas.com (8-16). Adon recorded 7 points. The bottom-ranked Marin was defeated 83-77 on the road by the higher-ranked Cocinas.com (#15). It was Marin's third consecutive loss in a row. Adon's overall stats this season are: 4.6ppg and 3.2rpg. He used to play for the Dominican Republic U17 national team ten years ago.

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

   #1. Karl-Anthony Towns (213-F/C-95, college: Kentucky, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Minnesota Timberwolves (24-36) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Minnesota Timberwolves (24-36) lost 130-142 on the road to the Houston Rockets. Towns had a double-double by scoring 37 points and getting 22 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 37 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Towns' second season in pro basketball. Towns has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 24.1ppg, 12.2rpg, 2.9apg and 1.4bpg in 60 games he played so far. Towns has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #2. Eloy Vargas (211-C-88, agency: Duran International, college: Kentucky, currently plays in Argentina) led GECR Indalo to a victory over the sixth-ranked Argentino (16-19) 84-74 in the Argentinian LigaA last Saturday. Vargas was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds. Gimnasia-Indalo Esgr.Comodoro Rivadavia (19-18) is placed fourth in Sur group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Vargas has relatively good stats this season: 13.4ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.1apg.

   #3. Experienced Eulis Baez (201-F-82, college: W.Illinois, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Gran Canaria's victory against the second-ranked Real Madrid (15-5) 93-81 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 21 minutes. Herbalife Gran Canaria (13-8) is placed seventh in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Baez's fifth season with the team. This year Baez averages: 8.8ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.2apg in 21 games.

   #4. Edgar Sosa (190-PG-88, college: Louisville, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Juvecaserta (9-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Juvecaserta was defeated 78-74 in Milano by the leading Armani. Sosa was the top scorer with 25 points. He also added 7 passes. It's Sosa's first season with the team. This year Sosa has very high stats. He averages: 19.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 6.2apg and 1.2spg. Sosa is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. He used to play for Leones de Santo Domingo in Dominican Republic league.

   #5. Ronald Ramon (183-G-86, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Brazil) helped Flamengo win their game against one of league's weakest teams Liga Sorocaba (4-18) crushing them 90-58 in the Brazilian NBB last Tuesday. Ramon recorded 9 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 25 minutes. Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (15-6) is placed second in the NBB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Ramon's first season with the team. This year he averages: 9.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.2apg and 1.1spg in 20 games. Ramon has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #6. James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac, currently plays in Greece) helped Panathinaikos win their game against the sixth-ranked Kolossos HH 82-73 in the Greek A1 on Monday night. Feldeine recorded 6 points. This season he averages: 8.3ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.0apg. Feldeine also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #7. O'Darien Bassett (189-G-86, college: Troy, currently plays in South Korea) was the major contributor in a Goyang Orions' victory against the eighth-ranked SK Knights 92-85 in the South Korean KBL in Thursday night's game. Bassett scored 18 points and added 7 passes in 29 minutes. He has relatively good stats this year: 14.1ppg, 3.6rpg and 4.2apg in 44 games. Bassett holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. He used to play for Huracanes del Atlantico in Dominican Republic league.

   #8. M.J. Rhett (206-PF-92, college: Mississippi, currently plays in Lebanon) was not able to secure a victory for Tadamon (1-6) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his very good performance Tadamon was defeated 90-77 in a derby game by the lower-ranked Louaize (#5). Rhett recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. This season Rhett has relatively solid stats: 15.0ppg, 9.8rpg, 3.0apg and 1.3bpg. He holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Rhett used to play for Leones de Santo Domingo in Dominican Republic league.

   #9. Lewis Clinch (191-G-87, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Iceland) was the main contributor in Grindavik's victory against the league outsider Snaefell 88-80 in the Icelandic Dominos League last Thursday. He was MVP of the game. Clinch recorded 34 points (!!!) and grabbed 8 rebounds in 31 minutes. Clinch has very impressive stats this year: 21.2ppg, 7.0rpg, 5.2apg and 1.3spg in 19 games. He holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Interesting that Clinch has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #10. Gelvis Solano (185-G-94, agency: Basket Management Solutions, college: Merrimack, currently plays in Argentina) couldn't help Echague (6-31) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the tenth-placed Echague was crushed 101-64 in La Banda by the higher-ranked Olimpico de (#6) in the Norte group. Solano was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 4 assists. This season Solano has very high stats. He averages: 18.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.0apg and 2.0spg.



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  ESTONIA  


Kristjan Kitsing selected the top Estonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kristjan Kitsing
Kristjan Kitsing
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Kristjan Kitsing (205-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Denmark). He was the major contributor in Bakken's victory against the closely-ranked Naestved (11-14) 73-65 in the Danish Ligaen in Tuesday night's game. Kitsing scored 15 points in a mere 15 minutes on the court. Bakken Bears (20-4) is placed second in the Ligaen. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Kitsing has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 2FGP: 58.7%(54-92), 3FGP: 33.8% and FT: 87.5% in 19 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Tanel Kurbas
Tanel Kurbas
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Tanel Kurbas (197-88, currently plays in Sweden). Kurbas led Sodertalje Kings to a victory over the league leader BC Lulea (21-6) 82-67 in the Swedish Basketligan last Friday. He was MVP of the game. Kurbas scored 21 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Sodertalje Kings (18-7) is placed second in the Basketligan. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Kurbas averages: 9.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 36.1% and FT: 78.4%. He is in the roster of the Estonian senior national team.

Kristjan Kangur
Kristjan Kangur
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international small forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82, currently plays in Italy). Kangur contributed to an Openjobmetis VA's surprising victory against the ninth-ranked The Flexx PT (10-10) 75-70 in the Italian Serie A on Monday night. He scored 8 points in 25 minutes. Openjobmetis Varese (6-14) is placed second from the bottom (#15) in the Serie A. This year Kangur's overall stats are: 4.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 27.5% and FT: 89.5% in 20 games. He played for the Estonian national team two years ago.

Jaan Puidet
Jaan Puidet
   #4. Swingman Jaan Puidet (191-92, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Nassjo (13-14) 93-78 in the Swedish Basketligan in Thursday night's game. Puidet scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. KFUM Jamtland Basket (14-13) is placed fifth in the Basketligan. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Puidet's total stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.4apg. He is also Estonian national team player.

Siim-Sander Vene
Siim-Sander Vene
   #5. Former international small forward Siim-Sander Vene (201-90, currently plays in VTB United League) managed to help BC Nizhny Novgorod in a victory against the closely-ranked VEF Riga (8-8) 78-73 in the VTB United League last Thursday. Vene recorded only 2 points in 22 minutes. BC Nizhny Novgorod (6-12) is placed ninth in the VTB United League. It's Vene's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.7apg in 18 games. Vene used to play for the Estonian national team two years ago.

Maik-Kalev Kotsar
Maik-Kalev Kotsar
   #6. Forward Maik-Kalev Kotsar (208-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to S.Carolina's shocking victory against the Mississippi State University (11-1) 63-57 in the NCAA on Tuesday night. He scored 5 points. The University of South Carolina has quite an impressive 10-2 conference record this season. Kotsar's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Kotsar's total stats this season are: 6.0ppg and 5.1rpg. He is a former university international player as he played for the Estonian team two years ago.

Kregor Hermet
Kregor Hermet
   #7. U20 international power forward Kregor Hermet (204-97, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Castello (11-14) crushing them 92-69 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. Hermet recorded only 4 points in 6 minutes on the court. Actel Forca Lleida (14-11) is placed ninth in the LEB Gold. This year Hermet's total stats are: 2.5ppg and 1.1rpg in 13 games. He is also Estonian U20 national team player.

Rait-Riivo Laane
Rait-Riivo Laane
   #8. Point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (179-93, currently plays in Greece) contributed to Ethnikos' victory against the 14th-ranked Irakleio (4-14) 79-74 in the Greek A2 (second division) last Saturday. Laane recorded 11 points. Ethnikos Piraeus (10-9) is placed seventh in the A2. Laane has averaged so far 8.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.0apg and 1.4spg. He plays currently for the Estonian national team.

Kristian Kullamae
Kristian Kullamae
   #9. U18 international guard Kristian Kullamae (190-99, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Oettinger Rockets Gotha's victory against the 13th-ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (9-17) 85-75 in the German ProA (second division) on Sunday night. Kullamae recorded only 3 points in 7 minutes on the court. BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (14-11) is placed sixth in the ProA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Kullamae averages just 3.1ppg in 12 games. He is also in the roster of the Estonian U18 national team.

Rauno Nurger
Rauno Nurger
   #10. Center Rauno Nurger (208-93, currently studies in the States) helped Wichita St. win their game against the University of Evansville (3-10) crushing them 109-83 in the NCAA in Tuesday night's game. Nurger scored only 2 points. The Wichita State University has a very good 12-1 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Nurger has averaged so far 5.3ppg and 2.8rpg. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Estonian senior national team.



BBL: Showtime in Kuressaare - by Janar

BC Kalev/Cramo won the first game of BBL quarterfinals against Barons kvartals 100:81 (46:44) in Kuressaare. Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) scored 47 points, breaking Baltic League all-time record.

The guests led for almost whole first half, leading even by 8 points at a time. A 14:2 run by Kalev helped them to take the lead 46:44 at the halftime break, although that was far less than the hosts and ca 800 spectators (full crowd) had expected. Liutych dropped 18 in the 3rd quarter and Kalev increased the gap to 15 with 10 minutes to play. Latvian team didn't give up but they looked more and more tired, allowing Kalev to take a quite secure lead before the game in Riga.

Branko Mirkovic added 13 points to his debut for Kalev/Cramo. Rain Veideman scored 11 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds. Cedric Simmons had 9 points and 11 rebounds.

For Barons, Davis Geks was the top scorer with 22 points to his name. Kristaps Mediss and Denis Krestinin added 16 and 15 points, respectively, while Davis Rozitis ended the game with 11 points and 9 boards.



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David Nwaba, Eurobasket Summer League Vegas Participant, Signs NBA Contract with Los Angeles Lakers - by ESL News

The Los Angeles Lakers have officially signed David Nwaba (193-G-93, college: Cal Poly - SLO) to a 10 day contract. Nwaba, who has been playing for the Lakers D-League affiliate (D-Fenders) attended the first session of the Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas. He averaged 25 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals during his game action at the Summer League. Congrats to David and we wish him the best in his pursuits of a successful NBA Career. Below is a article written by Laker Nation on the signing of David Nwaba

Following the decision to release veteran point guard Jose Calderon, the Lakers successfully opened up a roster spot that they could use to try out different players for the rest of the season. It didn't take long to fill the opening as Luke Walton's squad signed David Nwaba of the Los Angeles D-Fenders to a 10-day contract.

Nwaba is not a name that is well known to most fans, but he has really turned heads during his time in the D-League especially because of his defense. Walton noted that getting someone like Nwaba is important for the identity of the Lakers according to Shahan Ahmed of NBC LA:

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For Nwaba, a Los Angeles native, this call-up is like a dream come true via Ahmed:

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The Lakers have been a terrible defensive team this year, and one of the main reasons why is a lack of a true perimeter stopper. Jordan Clarkson has been talked about as someone who has the potential to become that, as has rookie Brandon Ingram, but neither are close to that level right now.

Nwaba understands that the defensive end is his calling card. In 29 games in the D-League, Nwaba has averaged 13.9 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.4 steals, and 1.2 blocks. Over the last 10 contests, those averages have risen to 21.1 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 1.3 blocks. The rebounds and blocks are especially impressive considering he is only 6'4″.

Walton is looking to build a defensive identity for the Lakers as the team will never be successful if they can't get stops. Nwaba fits that bill and will now get the chance to prove he can handle an NBA workload.



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Daniel Clark is no longer a part of MZT Skopje Aerodrom - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

Great Britain international Daniel Clark (210-F/C-88) is no longer a member of KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom. The two sides have agreed on a contract termination. It has been agreed on mutual consent.

The big man has arrived to Jane Sandanski Arena to replace Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St., agency: Diamond Sports). Has appeared in 15 AB League games, averaging 8.5 points and 4.2 rebounds. Daniel Clark has already left the team and is headed to his hometown of London.



Valencia's Kravtsov out for the season - by Eurobasket News

Valencia Basket center Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: BeoBasket) is set to miss at least the next 7DAYS EuroCup Quarterfinals game due to a broken toe in his left foot, the club announced on Wednesday. Viacheslav Kravtsov (2.13 meters, 29 years old) went down early in Game 1 of the quarterfinals against Khimki Moscow Region, and although he could not come back to the floor, Valencia won 88-82. Despite playing just 3 minutes, Viacheslav Kravtsov had 2 points and 2 offensive rebounds, helping Valencia set a new EuroCup record with 27 offensive boards. He has averaged 7.8 points and 3.8 rebounds while leading the 2016-17 EuroCup in two-point shooting percentage (39-of-50, 78%). Likewise, Valencia announced that piont guard Antoine Diot, who missed Game 1 with a foot injury, will be sidelined for the re-match, as well. Valencia faces Khimki in Game 2 of their best-of-three quarterfinal series on Friday.
Courtesy of: eurocupbasketball.com



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  FINLAND  


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

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

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88, currently plays in Spain). He could not help one of league's weakest teams FC Barcelona (14-6) in their last game. Despite Koponen's very good performance FC Barcelona was edged in an overtime 83-81 on the road by the higher-ranked (#4) Movil Estudiantes. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Koponen also added 5 rebounds and 6 assists in 30 minutes on the court. It's Koponen's first season with the team. This year he averages: 9.1ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.2apg, 3FGP: 32.8% and FT: 96.4%(27-28) in 16 games he played so far. Ex-Honka Espoo Playboys player is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Emir Sulejmanovic
Emir Sulejmanovic
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Emir Sulejmanovic (204-95, currently plays in ABA League). Sulejmanovic was not able to help Cibona (11-13) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite his good performance Cibona was edged 85-84 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked KK_Zadar (#12). Sulejmanovic scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the ABA League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Sulejmanovic's overall stats this season are: 7.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 60.2%(53-88), 3FGP: 29.4% and FT: 51.7%. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Finnish. Sulejmanovic played for the Finnish national team in 2013.

Erik Murphy
Erik Murphy
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Erik Murphy (208-90, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Florida, currently plays in France). He contributed to a Strasbourg IG's victory against the closely-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (11-9) 72-64 in the French ProA on Saturday night. Murphy scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes. Strasbourg IG (11-9) is placed sixth in the ProA. This year Murphy's overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 52.1%, 3FGP: 39.2% and FT: 86.4% in 20 games. 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.

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #4. Guard Sasu Salin (191-91, currently plays in EuroCup) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Gran Canaria (4-2) in their game against Hapoel Jerusalem (5-1) in the Eurocup. He recorded 6 points. Gran Canaria was badly defeated 87-67 in Jerusalem by the leading Hapoel. Salin's total stats this season are: 8.8ppg and 1.5rpg. He is also Finnish national team player.

Shawn Huff
Shawn Huff
   #5. An experienced international small forward Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) couldn't help Deutsche Bank Skyliners (7-7) in their game against Pinar Karsiyaka (9-5) in the Basketball Champions League. Huff scored 9 points in 22 minutes. But the fifth-placed Deutsche Bank Skyliners (7-7) was badly defeated 72-52 in Karsiyaka by the second-ranked Pinar in the group A of Basketball Champions League. This year Huff's total stats are: 5.6ppg and 4.8rpg in five games. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Roope Ahonen
Roope Ahonen
   #6. Guard Roope Ahonen (186-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Kolossos HH (10-9) in their game against Panathinaikos (18-1) in the Greek A1. Ahonen recorded 5 points and added 4 assists. Kolossos HH was defeated 82-73 at home by the second-ranked Panathinaikos. Ahonen has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.3apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

Jamar Wilson
Jamar Wilson
   #7. International point guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Petteri Koponen in the Spanish Liga Endesa last game. Wilson helped Movil Estudiantes edge in an overtime the closely-ranked FC Barcelona (14-6) 83-81. He recorded 6 points in 22 minutes. Wilson has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.5apg in 19 games. He is a naturalized American. Wilson is also Finnish national team player. He used to play for Honka Espoo Playboys in Finnish league.

Lauri Markkanen
Lauri Markkanen
   #8. Power forward Lauri Markkanen (213-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Arizona to a victory against the University of Southern California (4-10) 90-77 in the NCAA last Thursday. Markkanen recorded 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The University of Arizona has a very solid 11-1 conference record this season. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Markkanen has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg and 7.3rpg. Markkanen plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Matti Nuutinen
Matti Nuutinen
   #9. International forward Matti Nuutinen (202-90, agency: Blacktop Management, currently plays in France) couldn't help Chorale de Roanne (9-10) in their game against Boulazac Basket (9-10) in the French ProB (second division). He recorded 9 points in 32 minutes. But Chorale de Roanne was edged 68-66 in Boulazac by the lower-ranked (#9) Basket. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. Nuutinen has averaged so far 7.6ppg and 2.7rpg in 19 games. He is also in the roster of the Finnish national team.

Tuukka Kotti
Tuukka Kotti
   #10. Power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence, currently plays in Germany) helped Crailsheim Merlins win their game against the closely-ranked MLP Academics Heidelberg (16-9) crushing them 101-62 in the German ProA (second division) in Sunday night's game. Kotti recorded 8 points. Crailsheim Merlins (20-5) is placed second in the ProA. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Kotti has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.8apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

   #11. International forward Anton Odabasi (206-95, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Trabzonspor in their game against Darussafaka in the Turkish BSL. Odabasi cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points in 17 minutes. His team was edged 82-79. Odabasi has averaged so far 0.3ppg and 1.1rpg in seven games. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.

   #12. International shooting guard Antti Kanervo (192-89, also represented by Blacktop Management, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Matti Nuutinen and both played together in the last French ProB game. Kanervo couldn't help Chorale de Roanne in their game against Boulazac Basket. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Kanervo recorded only 2 points. His team was edged 68-66. Kanervo has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.3apg. He is also in the roster of the Finnish national team.

   #13. International forward Oskar Michelsen (206-95, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Davidson in their game against the University of Dayton in the NCAA. He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Michelsen scored only 2 points. His team was defeated 89-82. Michelsen has averaged so far 1.2ppg and 1.1rpg. He is also Finnish national team player.

   #14. Former international point guard Harold Fiifi Aidoo (187-96, is currently at the American university) managed to help Grand Canyon State University in a victory against the Chicago State University crushing them 82-59 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Aidoo recorded only one point in 16 minutes. Aidoo has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 2.0rpg in 27 games. He used to play for the Finnish national team back in 2015.

   #15. Former U20 international forward Henri Ventoniemi (208-95, currently plays in NCAA2) helped University of West Florida win their game against the Lee University 90-81 in the NCAA2 in Thursday night's game. Ventoniemi scored only 2 points. This season Ventoniemi averages just 1.8ppg. He used to play for the Finnish U20 national team two 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 in a victory against the Pepperdine University (5-9) 76-65 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Raitenan scored only 3 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. The University of San Francisco has 7-6 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Raitenan has averaged so far 4.7ppg and 3.6rpg in 29 games he played so far.

   #2. Anton Kankaanpaa (196-G-92, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to a Southern Nazarene University's victory against the Southern Arkansas 68-64 in the NCAA2 in Thursday night's game. Kankaanpaa scored 7 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 22 minutes. The Southern Nazarene University has a solid 13-7 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA2. Kankaanpaa has been at the team for four years. He has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 2.0rpg in 24 games.



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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 Euroleague). He led his Russian team CSKA to a victory over the 13th-ranked Maccabi T-A (8-15) 93-81 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. De Colo was MVP of the game. He scored 29 points (!!!) and added 3 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) in 29 minutes on the court. CSKA Moscow (17-6) is placed second in group A. De Colo has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 57.0%(77-135), 3FGP: 41.9% and FT: 95.7%(89-93) in 16 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 Euroleague). He was the main contributor in an Anadolu Efes' victory against the closely-ranked Baskonia (12-11) 96-85 in the Euroleague last Friday. Heurtel was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and making 11 passes. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (12-11) is placed seventh in group A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Heurtel has relatively good stats this season: 14.1ppg, 1.8rpg, 6.0apg, 2FGP: 52.7%, 3FGP: 38.4% and FT: 87.5%. He is in the roster of the French senior national team.

Guerschon Yabusele
Guerschon Yabusele
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international power forward Guerschon Yabusele (201-95, currently plays in China). Yabusele could not help Shanghai Sharks (30-8) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Shanghai Sharks were crushed 115-75 on the road by the lower-ranked (#6) Leopards. Yabusele had a double-double by scoring 31 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 3 steals in 48 minutes. Yabusele has very impressive stats this year: 21.6ppg, 9.5rpg, 2.1apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 62.9%(234-372), 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 68.8% in 41 games. He played for the French U20 national team two years ago.

Rodrigue Beaubois
Rodrigue Beaubois
   #4. Guard Rodrigue Beaubois (185-88, currently plays in Euroleague) faced previously mentioned Thomas Heurtel in the Euroleague last game. Beaubois was not able to help Baskonia (12-11) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the eighth-placed Baskonia (12-11) was defeated 96-85 in Istanbul by the higher-ranked Anadolu Efes (#7) in the group A of Euroleague. Beaubois was the top scorer with 23 points. This season Beaubois has relatively solid stats: 13.4ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.3apg. He is also French national team player.

Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum
   #5. International small forward Nicolas Batum (203-88, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Charlotte Hornets (26-33) in their last game. Despite Batum's very good performance the Charlotte Hornets (26-33) were edged 124-121 in Los Angeles by the Clippers. He was the second best scorer with 31 points. Batum also added 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 43 minutes. Batum has very impressive stats this year: 15.1ppg, 7.1rpg, 5.9apg and 1.1spg in 57 games. He plays currently for the French national team.

Adrien Moerman
Adrien Moerman
   #6. Power forward Adrien Moerman (202-88, currently plays in Turkey) was the major contributor in Darussafaka's victory against the 11th-ranked Trabzonspor (7-12) 82-79 in the Turkish BSL on Monday night. Moerman recorded 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (13-6) is placed fifth in the BSL. Moerman has reliable stats this season: 12.2ppg, 6.8rpg and 2.1apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

Edwin Jackson
Edwin Jackson
   #7. Former international shooting guard Edwin Jackson (190-89, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an overtime Movil Estudiantes' victory against the closely-ranked FC Barcelona (14-6) 83-81 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Jackson was the top player that evening. He recorded 32 points (!!!). Movistar Estudiantes (15-5) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. It's Jackson's first season with the team. This year Jackson has very high stats. He averages: 23.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.1apg and 1.2spg. Jackson used to play for the French national team two years ago.

Rudy Gobert
Rudy Gobert
   #8. Center Rudy Gobert (216-92, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an Utah Jazz's victory against the Washington Wizards (34-23) 102-92 in the NBA on Sunday night. He had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 20 rebounds. Gobert also added 3 assists and 4 blocks in 36 minutes. The Utah Jazz has a solid 37-22 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Gobert has very impressive stats this year: 13.0ppg, 12.8rpg, 1.1apg and 2.5bpg in 60 games. He plays currently for the French national team.

Tariq Kirksay
Tariq Kirksay
   #9. An experienced former international forward Tariq Kirksay (199-79, agency: Octagon Europe, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (9-12) crushing them 85-61 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Kirksay recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (16-5) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. Kirksay's overall stats this season are: 3.7ppg and 2.3rpg. He is a naturalized American. Kirksay used to play for the French national team nine years ago. He played also for Mulhouse in French league.

Evan Fournier
Evan Fournier
   #10. Shooting guard Evan Fournier (198-92, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Orlando Magic (22-38) in their last game. Despite Fournier's very good performance the Orlando Magic (22-38) lost 103-112 in Portland to the Trail Blazers. He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Fournier also added 5 rebounds in 38 minutes. Fournier has very impressive stats this year: 16.6ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.3apg in 47 games. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the French senior national team.

   #11. U20 international power forward Alpha Kaba (209-96, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League) couldn't help Mega Leks (9-15) in their last game on Monday. Despite Kaba's very good performance Mega Leks was defeated 87-80 at home by the much higher-ranked Partizan (#3). He was the top scorer with 18 points. Kaba also added 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Kaba averaged so far 11.0ppg, 7.7rpg and 1.6spg. He plays currently for the French U20 national team.

   #12. Former U20 international forward Amath M'Baye (206-89, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Enel Brindisi (9-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite M'Baye's very good performance Enel Brindisi was edged 90-88 in Torino by the higher-ranked Auxilium TO (#10). He was the second best scorer with 19 points. M'Baye also added 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. This season M'Baye has very high stats. He averages: 19.3ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.6apg and 1.2bpg. M'Baye used to play for the French U20 national team back in 2009.

   #13. International point guard Tony Parker (188-82, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a San Antonio Spurs' victory against the Los Angeles Clippers 105-97 in the NBA on Friday night. He recorded 17 points and added 3 assists (made all of his six free throws) in 31 minutes. Parker's stats this year are: 10.7ppg, 1.9rpg and 4.9apg in 45 games. He is also French national team player.

   #14. Former international point guard Andrew Albicy (177-90, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Andorra (10-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Albicy's good performance Andorra was edged in an overtime 86-84 in Santoago de Comp by the much lower-ranked Blusens Monbus (#15). He recorded 11 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Albicy's overall stats this season are: 7.9ppg, 2.2rpg, 7.4apg and 1.6spg. He used to play for the French national team back in 2011.

   #15. Former international guard Leo Westermann (197-92, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Lithuania) managed to help B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas to win against the league outsider Siauliai crushing them 101-50 in the Lithuanian LKL on Monday night. He scored 5 points and added 3 passes. Westermann's overall stats this season are: 8.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.6apg. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, college: Utah, currently plays in Euroleague) could not help Baskonia (12-11) in their last game. Despite Tillie's very good performance Baskonia (#8) lost 85-96 on the road to the higher-ranked (#7) Anadolu Efes in the group A of Euroleague. He scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. It was Baskonia's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Tillie's overall stats are: 5.9ppg and 3.7rpg in 22 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and French.

   #2. Jordan Semple (201-F-92, agency: Octagon Europe, college: Chico St., currently plays in Bulgaria) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Academik Plovdiv (11-6) in their last game. Despite Semple's very good performance Academik Plovdiv was edged 82-80 in Sofia by the leading Lukoil Academic. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. Semple also added 4 assists, 2 blocks and 5 steals in 35 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Semple has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 21.3ppg, 12.2rpg, 3.7apg, 1.7bpg and 2.1spg in 16 games. Semple is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in France.

   #3. Experienced Afik Nissim (185-PG-81, currently plays in Israel) was not able to secure a victory for Hapoel Eilat (12-9) in their last game. Despite Nissim's very good performance Hapoel Eilat lost 82-93 in Ashdod to the one of league's weakest teams (#11) Maccabi. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Nissim also added 3 passes in a mere 19 minutes. It was Hapoel Eilat's first loss after six consecutive victories. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Nissim is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Hapoel Eilat's roster. This season his overall stats are: 8.8ppg and 1.6apg in 18 games. Nissim is another player who holds two passports: French and Israeli.

   #4. Navid Niktash (203-G/F-91, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help London Lions (12-10) in their last game. Despite Niktash's very good performance London Lions was edged 73-72 in Bristol by the lower-ranked (#8) Acadamy Flyers. He had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 13 rebounds in 36 minutes. Niktash averaged so far 13.4ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.5apg in 12 games. He has both French and Iranian nationalities.

   #5. Mattia Udom (200-F-93, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a 2-point Angelico Biella's victory against the second-ranked Tortona (15-8) 80-78 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Sunday. Udom scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group West. Angelico Biella (18-5) is placed first. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Udom averaged so far 11.0ppg and 5.4rpg. He also holds two passports: French and Italian.

   #6. Mikael Maruotto (201-SF-91, currently plays in Switzerland) couldn't help Monthey (13-4) in their last game. Despite Maruotto's very good performance Monthey lost 68-80 at home to the lower-ranked (#8) Boncourt. He was the top scorer with 22 points in 27 minutes. Maruotto averaged so far 11.9ppg and 3.3rpg in 16 games. He has French and Swiss nationalities.

   #7. Elishay Kadir (202-PF-87, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) couldn't help Maccabi Rishon in their game against EnBW Ludwigsburg in the Basketball Champions League. Kadir scored only 4 points and added 4 passes in 23 minutes. His team was edged 84-82. This year Kadir's overall stats are: 4.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.7apg in 15 games. He has dual citizenship: French and Israeli.

   #8. Marc Gosselin (201-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) led W.Carolina to a victory against the Virginia Military Institute 81-68 in the NCAA on Monday night. Gosselin had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added and 4 steals in 37 minutes. This year Gosselin's overall stats are: 8.9ppg and 6.5rpg in 31 games.

   #9. Aleek Pauline (185-PG-87, college: Norfolk St., currently plays in Holland) couldn't help Weert in their game against Den Bosch in the Dutch Eredivisie. He scored 9 points, made 4 passes and 5 steals. His team was edged 74-72. Pauline's overall stats this season are: 4.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.0apg and 2.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Pauline used to play for Union Bourbourg Grande Synthe in French league.

   #10. Anthony Chada (196-G/F-89, currently plays in Belgium) managed to help Kangoeroes Basket Willebroek in a victory against the eighth-ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut 81-69 in the Belgian Euromillions League in Saturday night's game. He scored only 4 points in 27 minutes. Chada averaged so far 10.7ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.5apg in 21 games. He has dual citizenship: French and Belgian.



Vitre tabs Sebastien Michineau - by Philippe Burstert

Aurore de Vitre (NM1) inked 26-year old point guard Sebastien Michineau (180-91, college: S.Idaho JC). He played recently at Union Basket Chartres Metropole in the NM1. The last season Michineau played also at UB Chartres where in 35 NM1 games he recorded 5.2ppg, 1.2rpg and 2.1apg.
His team made it to the NM1 Play-Offs Semifinals in 2015.
Michineau has played previously for three other teams: ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket, Provence Basket and Poitiers.
He attended College of Southern Idaho until 2012 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Limoges ink Jerome Randle - by Eurobasket News

Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) agreed terms with 30-year old Ukrainian ex-international point guard Jerome Randle (175-77kg-87, college: California). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Randle He started the season at 36ers in Australian NBL league. In 31 games he had very impressive stats: 21.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.4apg and 1.0spg this season. The last season Randle played at Zalgiris in Lithuanian LKL where in 21 games he recorded 11.6ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.8apg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Lithuanian LKL All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. Randle also played 6 games in Euroleague where he averaged 7.2ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.0apg and 1.0spg.
Randle has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
He represented Ukraine at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 13.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.4apg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 23.1%, FT: 70.0%.
Randle is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium, China, Israel, Turkey (Trabzonspor, Aliaga and Eskisehir Basket), NBA (Dallas Mavericks), Ukraine (Azovmash) and D-League (Texas Legends, Maine Red Claws and Delaware 87ers).
Randle attended University of California until 2010 and it is his seventh season as a professional player.
He could be described: A PG with great athletic skills, who can easily play at the upper level despite size. Has great court vision, can serve a teammate in a surprising way, simply because he's sometimes umpredictable. Can score and defend, doesn' t fear any opponent or situation. Great leadership and sparkling style of play seem to grant him a long career.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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MZT Skopje and Daniel Clark part ways - by Mario Divanisov

Daniel Clark (210-F/C-88) is no longer a member of KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom as both sides decide on mutual agreement to part ways after four months together.
The British international joined the defending champion at the end of October as a replacement for Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St., agency: Diamond Sports) and managed to play in 15 ABA League games recording 8.5ppg and 4.2rpg. He also played 7 games in the EuroCup managing 11.1ppg and 4.1rpg for 24 minutes on court per game, but jet did not fulfill the expectations of the Macedonian side.
The wingman will be the seventh player to leave KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom this season after Jeremiah Massey, Torey Thomas (178-PG-85, college: Holy Cross), Andrej Cvetkovski (191-PG-96), Uros Lucic (207-PF-83, agency: 011 Sports), Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate (181-PG-87) and Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93, agency: Octagon Europe) who recently picked up a season ending injury.

This will come as a big blow for Ante Nazor (agency: XL Basketball Agency ) as KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom has two more games in the relegation battle in the ABA League against Montenegrin sides KK Buducnost Voli Podgorica and KK Mornar Basket Bar as well as the upcoming matches in the home front where the team defends the title.



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Marquez Haynes 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.

Marquez Haynes
Marquez Haynes
   #1. This week's number one is former international point guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington, currently plays in Italy). He could not help Umana Venezia (12-8) in their last game. Despite Haynes' very good performance Umana Venezia lost 82-91 on the road to the league outsider (#16) Vanoli Cremona. He was the top scorer with 25 points. Haynes also added 5 passes in 29 minutes on the court. It was Umana Venezia's fourth consecutive loss in a row. It's Haynes' first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 13.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2FGP: 37.1%, 3FGP: 40.2% and FT: 84.9% in 20 games he played so far. Haynes is a naturalized American. He played for the Georgian senior national team six years ago. Strangely Haynes has never played in Georgia.

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). He was the major contributor in an AEK Athens' victory against the fourth-ranked Juventus (8-6) crushing them 75-54 in the Basketball Champions League last Tuesday. Dixon scored 14 points and added 5 passes; 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: 14.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 57.3%(51-89), 3FGP: 44.7% and FT: 78.6%. He is a naturalized American. Dixon is in the roster of the Georgian senior national team. Apparently 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 a victory against the 12th-ranked Juvecaserta (9-11) 78-74 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. He scored 11 points, grabbed 5 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls in 30 minutes. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (17-3) is placed first in the Serie A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Hickman averages: 8.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 39.0% and FT: 66.7% in 15 games. He is a naturalized American. Hickman played for the Georgian national team three years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Georgia.

Taurean Green
Taurean Green
   #4. Point guard Taurean Green (183-85, college: Florida, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a Bnei Hasharon's victory against the league leader Maccabi T-A (15-5) 99-92 in the Israeli Winner League last Tuesday. Green scored 21 points and added 4 passes in 26 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Bnei Hertzeliyya (12-8) is placed third in the Winner League. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Green has reliable stats this year: 13.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.2apg and 1.5spg in 20 games. He is a naturalized American. Green used to play for the Georgian national team back in 2010. However he has never played in Georgia.

Beka Burjanadze
Beka Burjanadze
   #5. International power forward Beka Burjanadze (201-94, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Andorra (10-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Burjanadze's very good performance Andorra was edged in an overtime 86-84 in Santoago de Comp by the much lower-ranked Blusens Monbus (#15). He was the top scorer with 18 points. Burjanadze's stats this season are: 10.6ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1apg. He plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
   #6. An experienced center Zaza Pachulia (211-84, currently plays in NBA) helped Golden State Warriors win their game against the Philadelphia 76ers (21-38) 119-108 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Pachulia recorded 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in a mere 15 minutes. The Golden State Warriors have a very solid 50-9 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Pachulia's overall stats are: 6.3ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.0apg in 48 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster.

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #7. International center Giorgi Shermadini (217-89, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Beka Burjanadze and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Shermadini was not able to secure a victory for Andorra (10-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Andorra was edged in an overtime 86-84 in Santoago de Comp by the much lower-ranked Blusens Monbus (#15). Shermadini recorded 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Shermadini averaged so far 14.8ppg and 7.8rpg. He is also Georgian national team player.

Corey Fisher
Corey Fisher
   #8. Point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova, currently plays in Lithuania) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Lietuvos rytas (16-8) in their game against Lietkabelis (18-6) in the Lithuanian LKL, despite his good performance last Saturday. He scored 10 points in 16 minutes. But Lietuvos rytas lost 77-86 in Panevezys to the second-ranked Lietkabelis. This year Fisher's total stats are: 8.0ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.5apg in 24 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.

Jacob Pullen
Jacob Pullen
   #9. Former international point guard Jacob Pullen (184-89, college: Kansas St., currently plays in EuroCup) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams Khimky (4-2) in their game against Valencia Basket (6-0) in the Eurocup. He recorded 7 points. Khimky was defeated 88-82 in Valencia by the leading Basket. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. Pullen has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 2.7apg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Pullen used to play for the Georgian national team two years ago.

Giorgi Sharabidze
Giorgi Sharabidze
   #10. Center Giorgi Sharabidze (210-90, agency: Mansfield and Associates, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) helped Feni Industries win their game against the closely-ranked Strumica (5-7) crushing them 97-69 in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga in Saturday night's game. Sharabidze recorded 9 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists in 19 minutes. KK Feni Industries (11-2) is placed second in the Prva Liga. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Sharabidze has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.1apg in 10 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster.

   #11. International guard Duda Sanadze (196-92, college: San Diego, currently plays in Slovenia) couldn't help KK Primorska in their game against Zlatorog in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. Sanadze recorded 5 points and added 4 assists. His team was defeated 78-64. Sanadze has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.7ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3apg. Sanadze plays currently for the Georgian national team.

   #12. Former international forward Giga Janelidze (199-95, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Jesi in their game against Virtus Bologna in the Italian Serie A2 (second division), despite his very good performance on Monday night. He was the second best scorer with 15 points in 20 minutes. But his team lost 88-98. Janelidze has averaged so far 3.8ppg and 3.1rpg in 23 games. He used to play for the Georgian national team back in 2015.

   #13. Former U20 international center Shota Gelazonia (205-94, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Xuven Cambados to win against the closely-ranked CB Granada 76-63 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game. Gelazonia recorded only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Gelazonia has averaged so far 9.6ppg and 5.0rpg. He used to play for the Georgian U20 national team four years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international center Merabi Mirziashvili (207-94, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Innova Chef in their game against Naron in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). Mirziashvili scored only 4 points in 18 minutes. His team was edged 72-70. Mirziashvili has averaged so far 2.5ppg and 2.8rpg in 17 games. He used to play for the Georgian U20 national team back in 2014.

   #15. Former U18 international guard Zurab Kereselidze (192-97, currently plays in Czech Republic) helped MMCITE Brno win their game against the sixth-ranked BK Lions Hradec 95-77 in the Czech Republic NBL on Saturday night. Kereselidze scored only 2 points. This season Kereselidze averages just 0.4ppg. He used to play for the Georgian U18 national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Quinton Hosley (201-F-84, college: Fresno St., currently plays in Iran) led Arak to a victory over the third-ranked Tabriz (0-1) 91-80 in the Iranian Superleague in Thursday night's game. Hosley was MVP of the game. He recorded 25 points, 4 assists and 3 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Group 1. Shahrdary Arak (2-0) is placed first. Hosley has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.6ppg, 5.8rpg, 3.5apg and 3.2spg. Hosley is a naturalized American. However he has never played in Georgia.

   #2. Guillermo Diaz (188-G-85, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Argentina) could not help San Lorenzo (25-11) in their last game. Despite Diaz's good performance the first-placed San Lorenzo (25-11) was edged 85-83 at home by the second-ranked Ferrocarril in the Sur group. He scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 27 minutes. It was San Lorenzo's third consecutive loss in a row. Diaz's stats this year are: 11.0ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.0apg in 25 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Georgian and Puerto Rican.

   #3. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points, currently plays in EuroCup) managed to help Valencia Basket to win against the closely-ranked Khimky (4-2) 88-82 in the Eurocup in Tuesday night's game. Thomas recorded only 3 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. 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 Quarter-Finals. Thomas' total stats this season are: 5.7ppg and 4.9rpg. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.



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

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

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 (12-11) in their last game. Despite Voigtmann's good performance the eighth-placed Baskonia (12-11) lost 85-96 on the road to the higher-ranked (#7) Anadolu Efes in the group A of Euroleague. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 13 rebounds. Voigtmann also added 3 assists in 26 minutes on the court. It was Baskonia's third consecutive loss in a row. Voigtmann has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 64.7%(75-116), 3FGP: 34.0% and FT: 75.0% in 23 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the German senior national team.

Isaiah Hartenstein
Isaiah Hartenstein
   #2. Second place goes to U18 international power forward Isaiah Hartenstein (211-98, currently plays in Lithuania). Hartenstein was the major contributor in Zalgiris' victory against the league outsider Siauliai (3-21) crushing them 101-50 in the Lithuanian LKL last Monday. He scored 13 points, had 7 rebounds and made 3 blocks. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (22-2) is placed first in the LKL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Hartenstein's first season with the team. This year Hartenstein averages: 5.4ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.1spg, 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 71.4%. He is in the roster of the German U18 national team.

Dennis Schroeder
Dennis Schroeder
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was former international point guard Dennis Schroeder (181-93, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA). Schroeder led Atlanta Hawks to a victory over the Boston Celtics (38-22) 114-98 in the NBA on Monday night. He was MVP of the game. Schroeder recorded 21 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in 30 minutes. The Atlanta Hawks have 33-26 record this season. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Schroeder is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Hawks' roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Schroeder averages: 17.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 6.3apg, 2FGP: 49.5%, 3FGP: 33.5% and FT: 83.2% in 58 games. He played for the German national team two years ago.

Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
   #4. Forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Dallas Mavericks' victory against the New Orleans Pelicans (23-37) 96-83 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Nowitzki scored 18 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks have 24-35 record this season. Nowitzki has been at the team for nineteen years. This season he has very high stats. Nowitzki averages: 13.6ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.6apg. He used to play for the German national team back in 2015.

Heiko Schaffartzik
Heiko Schaffartzik
   #5. Former international point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) helped his French team JSF Nanterre win their game against the fifth-ranked Spirou Charleroi 86-78 in the FIBA Europe Cup last Wednesday. Schaffartzik scored 14 points and added 7 passes in 24 minutes. JSF Nanterre (4-2) is placed second in group N. This year Schaffartzik has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 4.8apg in 14 games. He used to play for the German national team two years ago.

Robin Benzing
Robin Benzing
   #6. Forward Robin Benzing (208-89, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Zaragoza (7-14) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Benzing's very good performance Zaragoza was defeated 99-88 at home by the much higher-ranked Baskonia (#4). He was the top scorer with 19 points. Benzing also added 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Benzing has reliable stats this season: 13.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior German National Team roster.

Moritz Wagner
Moritz Wagner
   #7. Former U18 international forward Moritz Wagner (208-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Michigan win their game against the Purdue University (10-3) 82-70 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Wagner scored 24 points in 27 minutes. The University of Michigan has 6-6 conference record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Wagner's stats this year are: 12.6ppg and 4.1rpg in 29 games. He used to play for the German U18 national team three years ago.

Tibor Pleiss
Tibor Pleiss
   #8. Center Tibor Pleiss (217-89, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to secure a victory for Galatasaray (7-16) in their game against Crvena Zvezda (13-10) in the Euroleague. Pleiss cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points and added 3 assists. The bottom-ranked Galatasaray (#16) was badly defeated 77-58 in Beograd by the much higher-ranked Crvena Zvezda (#6) in the group A of Euroleague. Pleiss' overall stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.1bpg. He plays currently for the German national team.

Kostja Mushidi
Kostja Mushidi
   #9. U20 international swingman Kostja Mushidi (195-98, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League) helped his Serbian team Mega Leks win their game against one of league's weakest teams Mornar Bar (8-16) 89-81 in the ABA League on Wednesday night. Mushidi scored 7 points in 20 minutes. BC Mega Leks (9-15) is placed tenth in the ABA League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the ABA League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Mushidi's overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.6apg in 22 games. He is also in the roster of the German U20 national team.

Christian Sengfelder
Christian Sengfelder
   #10. Forward Christian Sengfelder (201-95, currently studies in the States) helped Fordham win their game against the University of Duquesne (8-6) 70-52 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. Sengfelder scored 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Fordham University has rather weak 4-8 conference record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Sengfelder averaged so far 12.3ppg and 5.0rpg. He is a former U20 international player as two years ago he still played for the German national team.

   #11. Former U20 international forward Cameron Neubauer (202-94, is currently at the American university) helped San Diego win their game against the University of Portland 85-82 in the NCAA last Saturday. Neubauer scored 18 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 33 minutes. Neubauer averaged so far 11.2ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.3apg in 29 games. He used to play for the German U20 national team three years ago.

   #12. Former U16 international swingman Roland Nyama (198-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Stony Brook (10-2) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Stony Brook lost 52-65 on their home court in Stony Brook to the University of Maryland -Baltimore County. Nyama scored 22 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 36 minutes. Nyama averaged so far 11.0ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.4apg in 29 games. He used to play for the German U16 national team back in 2009.

   #13. Former U22 international power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Austria) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Gmunden Swans (16-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Klette's good performance Gmunden Swans was defeated 80-70 in Oberwart by the leading Redwell Gunners. He recorded 11 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Klette averaged so far 13.0ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.6apg. He used to play for the German U22 national team eighteen years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international guard Kenneth Ogbe (198-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Utah Valley win their game against the New Mexico State University 84-72 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. Ogbe recorded 16 points. Ogbe averaged so far 11.1ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the German U20 national team back in 2014.

   #15. Former U20 international forward Michael Kessens (206-91, agency: Court Side, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the FIU in their game against the The Univ.of Texas - San Antonio in the NCAA. He recorded 9 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. His team was edged 69-67. Kessens averaged so far 12.9ppg, 9.0rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the German U20 national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Kiril Wachsmann (203-C-84, college: Iona, currently plays in Uruguay). Wachsmann could not help Defensor (4-8) to beat Bigua (6-5). He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Wachsmann scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Defensor (#7) was edged 82-80 in a derby game by the higher-ranked Bigua (#4) in the Promocional 1 group. The Second Stage already ended. Wachsmann's total stats this season are: 7.2ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.4apg.

   #2. Mateo Zovko (192-SG-98, currently plays in Bosnia) was not able to help Zrinjski HT in their game against Spars Sarajevo (10-6) in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. Zovko recorded 9 points in 22 minutes. But Zrinjski HT lost 74-88 at home to the lower-ranked (#3) Spars Sarajevo. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Zovko's total stats are: 8.3ppg and 4.0rpg in 12 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: German and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Despite Zovko's German passport, he currently plays for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 national team and is not eligible to play for the German team.

   #3. Frederik Joerg (214-C-92, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to secure a victory for the St.Martin's University (8-8) in their last game. Despite Joerg's very good performance the St.Martin's University was crushed 90-66 on the road by the Western Washington. He scored 16 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and made 4 blocks in 26 minutes. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA2. This year Joerg's total stats are: 8.8ppg and 5.3rpg in 21 games.

   #4. Tyree Chambers (188-G-94, currently plays in NCAA2) led Le Moyne College to an easy victory against the New Haven University crushing them 72-41 in the NCAA2 last Tuesday. Chambers recorded 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Le Moyne College has a very solid 13-4 record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA2. Chambers' total stats this season are: 6.2ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.6apg.

   #5. Sven Jeuschede (190-G-95, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Montana St. - Billings (7-10) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Montana St. - Billings were edged 79-77 in Portland by the Concordia University, OR. Jeuschede scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. It was Montana St. -'s fourth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA2. This year Jeuschede's total stats are: 5.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg in 23 games.

   #6. Dimitris Cheilaris (206-F-90, currently plays in Greece) led Iraklis to a victory against the closely-ranked Doukas 88-77 in the Greek A2 (second division) in Saturday night's game. He recorded 13 points. Cheilaris' total stats this season are: 6.5ppg and 2.6rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: German and Greek. Despite Cheilaris' German nationality, he previously played for the Greek U16 national team and probably cannot be called to the German team.

   #7. Sven Stammberger (198-F, currently plays in Canada) contributed to an easy victory against the Panthers 90-75 in the Canadian university league CIS last Friday. Stammberger scored 10 points in 24 minutes. Stammberger averaged so far 14.3ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg in 19 games. He has both Canadian and German nationalities.

   #8. Philip Jalalpoor (188-PG-93, college: Lower Columbia CC, currently plays in Canada) couldn't help the University of British Columbia in their game against the Bisons in the Canadian CIS. Jalalpoor recorded 6 points in 16 minutes. His team lost 75-79. This year Jalalpoor's total stats are: 5.6ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.6apg in 21 games.

   #9. Javon Baumann (203-F-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the St.Joseph's in their game against the St.Bonaventure University in the NCAA. He cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. Baumann scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was defeated 83-77. Baumann's total stats this season are: 2.8ppg and 3.5rpg.

   #10. Philipp Hartwich (216-C-95, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Portland in their game against the Brigham Young University in the NCAA. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Hartwich recorded only one point and had 3 steals in 21 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 19 points 97-78. This year Hartwich's total stats are: 1.8ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.7bpg in 28 games.



Paul Carter (Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket) The D-league Will Make A Man Out Of You Quick Because It's Truly Sink Or Swim - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Paul Carter (205-F-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Inception Sports) is a 29 year old 205cm forward from Little Rock, Arkansas playing his sixth professional season and first with Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket. the New Zealand Breakers (Australia-NBL). This season he has already played with three teams starting with ALBA Berlin (Germany-BBL) playing 4 Eurocup: games averaging 4.5ppg, 1.3rpg and playing 8 German BBL games averaging 2.5ppg, 1.6rpg and then moved to the New Zealand Breakers (Australia-NBL) playing 11 games averaging 9.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 2FGP: 39.5%, 3FGP: 50.0%, FT: 64.3%Last season he played with the Sharks Antibes (France-ProA) playing 33 games: 10.2ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 39.2%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 70.5%. He started his basketball career with Minnesota (NCAA) before moving to Ill.-Chicago (NCAA) for his final year and played 31 games averaging 14.7ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 40.8%, 3PT: 29.9%, FT: 76.7%. He started his professional basketball career in 2011 with Proteas Danoi AEL (Cyprus-Division A): 4 games: 14.8ppg, in Dec.'11 moved to Utah Jazz (NBA), later that month signed at Idaho Stampede (D-League): 34 games: 11.1ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 79.3%. In the 2012-2013 season he joined the Idaho Stampede (D-League): 9 games: 3.0ppg, 2.7rpg, in Jan.'13 signed at Springfield Armor (D-League): 23 games: 5.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 40.2%, 3PT: 21.2%, FT: 77.8%. In the 2013-2014 season he played for Elizur Ashkelon (Israel-National League): 8 games: 15.1ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.6apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.2%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 79.5%. Two seaons ago, he got further experience with Lapuan Korikobrat (Finland-Korisliiga,playing 40 games: Score-2 (19.7ppg), Reb-1 (12.5rpg), 2.4apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 22.6%, FT: 79.8%. He spoke to eurobasket after leaving Alba Berlin and going to the New Zealand Breakers.

Paul thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and how was your Christmas?

Thank you! I'm Currently in Auckland New Zealand. My Christmas was unusual being that I spent it on a plane. My wife and I left The States Christmas Eve and landed the day after Christmas.


The new year 2017 is slowly coming upon us and you are headed to New Zealand to the Breakers. What personal goals in basketball and as a man do you want to achieve the next year?


I honestly want to help the Breakers get back to the finals and win! As a man I'm hoping to be able to start a family this year!


You had a short stay with Alba Berlin coming in getting a short term contract. Many people didn't understand why the club got two forwards with you and Tony Gaffney. It was only obvious one player would suffer less minutes.

Yes, it was an interesting situation, one I wasn't accustomed to for sure. Playing minimal to no minutes was very hard but I learned a lot about myself and the business as well.


Then Tony Gaffney got injured and nothing changed with your minutes. How disappointed were you with how your stay with Alba Berlin ended up?

I was disappointed I didn't get to play more but Alba has a great group of guys and my teammates kept me positive. They all believed in my skills and abilities so them having confidence in me really helped uplift my spirits in a tough situation.

Sometimes the coach and player don't go eye to eye, or a player doesn't fit into the system or there is just too big of a rotation. Why do you feel did you not fit in?

It was just the timing and situation, my strengths are playing on the wing with my size and length but Alba didn't need me there, so playing the stretch 4 and very limited minutes was challenging but that's all Alba really needed from me.


Were you able to take away any positives from your Alba Berlin stay?

I took a lot of positives! I learned a different style of basketball from coach Ahmet and I also learned how to be more effective with limited minutes. It's strengthened my mental approach as well.


Now you are headed to a new world with New Zealand to the Breakers. With what expectations are you going there?

I'm just expecting to work hard and play my game. I'll be playing my actual position so it'll be a smooth adjustment.


You will be playing with ex NBA player David Stockton as well as perhaps New Zealands best player ever Kirk Penny who played for Alba Berlin 10 years ago. What will it mean to you being able to play with a legend like Kirk Penny?

Kirk is an awesome player and person! I'm hoping to learn a lot from him!!! He's a talented scorer but a true leader and professional. I feel blessed to have him and David as teammates this season.


Let's talk a little about your basketball career. In just a few years you have played all over in places like Cyprus, D-League, Mexico, Israel, Finland and France. What besides the traveling do you adore most about being a basketball globetrotter?

It's the people. I love meeting new people and being immersed in new cultures. Building relationships is what matters most to me, it's been a challenging journey but the people I've met have made it worthwhile.

Last season you played with the Sharks Antibes (France-ProA). How intense were the battles in practice with Tim Blue who has had a solid professional career?

Our practice was really intense! Tim is a great player and competitor I loved when guys would go at it! Tim makes sure you bring it every time you're on the floor.


Two seasosn ago you played with Lapuan Korikobrat (Finland-Korisliiga) playing 40 games Score-2 (19.7ppg), Reb-1 (12.5rpg), 2.4apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 22.6%, FT: 79.8%. Did it at times feel like you were a man playing with kids?

Lol No I wouldn't say that, I was just in a great situation! My coaches Derrick Crayton and Nenad Stevonovic trusted me 100% and allowed me to show my strengths and play my style of basketball.

Your teammate was Austin Rowland who played in Germany many years ago with Ulm, Trier and Giessen and set a single game assist record with 18 with Ulm. What do you remember him doing on the court that will always stick in your mind?

Austen was a true floor general! He made sure everyone was where they needed to be and he was super competitive! If he ever beat you at anything in practice you would never forget it! Lol


You started your professional career in 2011 with Proteas Danoi AEL (Cyprus-Division A): 4 games: 14.8ppg, What wasy our wake up call to being a rookie in Europe where you knew that you were far away from home in Little Rock, Arkansas?

I'm actually born and raised in LOS ANGELES. I only lived in Little Rock for one year of my life hopefully that will be corrected. But my wake up call was actually the freedom offensively. In college a lot of players are really restricted. When I got to Cyprus my coach didn't care how I played, but he just wanted me to be assertive and smart.


You then moved to the Idaho Stampede (D-League): 34 games: 11.1ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 79.3%. You had had work outs with NBA teams as well. Did you ever feel like the NBA could be a closer step for you than a reach?

I always felt the NBA is where I belonged and in many ways I still believe that! The D- league taught me so much in such a short time. The D-league will make a man out of you quick! It's truly sink or swim.

In your second professional season you split time with the Idaho Stampede (D-League): 9 games: 3.0ppg, 2.7rpg, in Jan.'13 signed at Springfield Armor (D-League): 23 games: 5.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 40.2%, 3PT: 21.2%, FT: 77.8%. It was a rather disappointing season. What did you learn about the NBA dream in conjunction with the D-league that the whole experience is purely a business?

Pretty much. I thought things were going to go very different at times my situation had nothing to do with my ability on the court. I leaned that in this business it's not just about who can put the ball in the hole.


You started your basketball career in 2008 with Minnesota where you played 63 NCAA games in two seasons. You had some very talented guys there like a Royce White as well as Trevor Mbakwe coming in in your second season. Why did you go after two years? Did you feel you couldn't develop further under Tubby Smith?

I left because my younger sister Bria was diagnosed with Cancer. I left to be closer to her during her chemo therapy treatment.


Trevor Mbakwe didn't play in your last season, but you saw him in practice. Did you know that he would become such a great player at Minnesota and develop into a Euroleague player

I knew Trevor would great! I honestly believed he was a sure in for the NBA, him and Rodney Williams. Trevor's hustle and worth ethic is 2nd to none!


You moved to Ill.-Chicago (NCAA,) playing 31 games: 14.7ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 40.8%, 3PT: 29.9%, FT: 76.7%How did head coach Howard Moore give you that extra kick your senior year and groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?

Coach Moore was great! He put me in position to succeed and exploit my talents. It was a rough year but he believed in me the whole way through and allowed me to play through failure and successes.


Who was the best player that you battled in college that is in the NBA now?

Gordon Hayward and Evan Turner were the toughest they both have great size and a great skill set.


If you had to construct your own NBA Rushmore, which 4 heads would you choose?

MJ, Magic, LeBron, Kobe, No particular order

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?

He's for sure top 3 in my book behind MJ and Magic

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

Garnett is top 5 for sure! But I'm
Not sure what order that's a tough list!


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

They're so many great NBA performances, but it's way up there.


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?


Numbers don't lie! Westbrook is having a crazy season, James Harden is too! I'm happy to see them doing well.


What was your most memorable Christmas experience in North Carolina when you were a kid?

North Carolina? Lol

What was the last movie that you saw?

Star Wars Rougue one I'm a huge Star Wars fan!!!


Thanks Paul for the chat.



German BBL round 23 best performance: Julian Gamble - by Eurobasket News

American Power forward Julian Gamble (208-F/C-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Telekom Bsk, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, eight rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Bayreuth (#4, 15-6) 101-94. Telekom Bsk is placed at 6th position in German BBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Telekom Bsk will need more victories to improve their 13-8 record. In the team's last game Gamble had a remarkable 86.7% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Julian Gamble averages this season 11.4ppg and 6.3rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Chris Kramer (191-G-88) of EWE Baskets. Kramer had a very good evening with 28 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as EWE Baskets lost that game 88-96 to league's leader Ratiopharm (#1, 22-0). This loss caused EWE Baskets to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-9 record is not bad and everything may still change. Kramer is one of the most experienced players at EWE Baskets and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Marcos Knight (188-G-89, agency: BeoBasket) of Jena (#10). Knight showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, five rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Jena, leading his team to a 102-92 win against the lower-ranked Goettingen (#13, 8-15). The chances of Jena ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 12 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Knight could help Jena to bring them higher in the standings. Knight has a great season in Germany. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.7ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 6.6rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jake Odum (193-PG-91) of Wuerzburg - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Frank Gaines (191-SG-90) of Vechta - 29 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Assem Marei (206-F-92) of Bayreuth - 22 points and 10 rebounds
7. Waverly Austin (211-C-91) of Bremerhaven - 24 points and 11 rebounds
8. Ryan Thompson (198-F/G-89) of Telekom Bsk - 22 points and 6 assists
9. Brian Qvale (210-C-88) of EWE Baskets - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Raymar Morgan (203-F/C-88) of Ratiopharm - 29 points and 5 rebounds

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



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

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

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 could not help the Milwaukee Bucks (26-32) in their last game. Despite Antetokounmpo's very good performance the Milwaukee Bucks (26-32) lost 95-109 on the road to the Utah Jazz. He had a double-double by scoring 33 points and getting 12 rebounds. Antetokounmpo also added 3 assists and 5 steals in 34 minutes on the court. It's Antetokounmpo's fourth season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Antetokounmpo averages: 23.4ppg, 8.7rpg, 5.4apg, 1.9bpg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 57.5%(440-765), 3FGP: 27.8% and FT: 78.6% in 57 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Nigerian. Antetokounmpo is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Michael Bramos
Michael Bramos
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He was the major contributor in an Umana Venezia's victory against the fifth-ranked Ventspils (7-7) 70-61 in the Basketball Champions League last Wednesday. Bramos recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 11 rebounds. Umana Reyer Venezia (9-5) is placed third in group B. Bramos' overall stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.2apg, 3FGP: 43.7% and FT: 84.6%. He is a naturalized American. Bramos played for the Greek national team in 2013. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Ian Vougioukas
Ian Vougioukas
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in EuroCup). He led his Russian team Lokomotiv to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Zenit (3-3) crushing them 75-52 in the Eurocup in Tuesday night's game. Vougioukas recorded 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lokomotiv Kuban (5-1) is placed first in the Eurocup. Vougioukas' overall stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 58.4%(52-89) and FT: 70.2%. Former Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus starter played for the Greek national team three years ago.

Giorgos Bogris
Giorgos Bogris
   #4. Center Giorgos Bogris (210-89, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (9-12) crushing them 85-61 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He recorded 6 points in only 14 minutes. Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (16-5) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. It's Bogris' first season with the team. This year Bogris' overall stats are: 7.0ppg and 3.9rpg in 21 games. He is also Greek national team player.

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
   #5. International center Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St., currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Sacramento Kings (25-35) in their last game on Monday. Despite Koufos' good performance the Sacramento Kings (25-35) were defeated 102-88 in Minnesota by the Timberwolves. He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds. Koufos' total stats this season are: 6.2ppg and 5.5rpg. He is a naturalized American. Koufos plays currently for the Greek national team. Apparently he has never played in Greece.

Stratos Perperoglou
Stratos Perperoglou
   #6. An experienced small forward Stratos Perperoglou (203-84, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams FC Barcelona (14-6) in their game against Movil Estudiantes (15-5) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Perperoglou recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. FC Barcelona was edged in an overtime 83-81 in Madrid by the higher-ranked (#4) Movil Estudiantes. This year Perperoglou's total stats are: 6.9ppg and 3.2rpg in 14 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #7. Former international guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help Brose Baskets (8-15) in their game against Zalgiris (10-13) in the Euroleague. Zisis scored 5 points, made 5 passes and 3 steals. The 12th-placed Brose Baskets (8-15) was defeated 91-86 in Kaunas by the higher-ranked Zalgiris (#10) in the group A of Euroleague. Zisis has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 4.5apg. He used to play for the Greek national team two years ago.

Fotios Lampropoulos
Fotios Lampropoulos
   #8. Power forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83, currently plays in Argentina) couldn't help Boca Juniors (11-26) in their last game. Despite Lampropoulos' good performance Boca Juniors (#9) lost 60-69 in Bahia Blanca to the higher-ranked (#3) Weber Bahia in the Sur group. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 11 rebounds. Lampropoulos also added 4 assists in 33 minutes. Lampropoulos has very impressive stats this year: 15.4ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.8apg in 37 games. He used to play for the Greek U18 national team back in 2003.

Leonidas Kaselakis
Leonidas Kaselakis
   #9. Former U20 international small forward Leonidas Kaselakis (202-90, currently plays in VTB United League) led his Kazakhstan team Astana to a 1-point victory against the closely-ranked Avtodor (5-12) 79-78 in the VTB United League last Saturday. He recorded 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 26 minutes. BK Astana (8-10) is placed seventh in the VTB United League. Kaselakis has averaged so far 6.8ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.3apg in 18 games. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team seven years ago.

Dimitrios Katsivelis
Dimitrios Katsivelis
   #10. Guard Dimitrios Katsivelis (196-91, currently plays in VTB United League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Leonidas Kaselakis and both played together in the last VTB United League game. Katsivelis contributed to a 1-point Astana's victory against the closely-ranked Avtodor (5-12) 79-78. He recorded 8 points and added 11 passes in 29 minutes. Katsivelis has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.9apg and 1.3spg in 15 games. He is a former international player as four years ago he still played for the Greek senior national team.

   #11. International shooting guard Tyler Dorsey (193-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Oregon to a 2-point victory against the Stanford University 75-73 in the NCAA last Saturday. Dorsey scored 15 points. Dorsey has relatively good stats this season: 12.8ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.8apg. He is a naturalized American. Dorsey plays currently for the Greek national team. Interesting that he has never played in Greece.

   #12. International forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo (199-92, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Andorra in their game against Blusens Monbus in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Antetokounmpo cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points in 10 minutes. His team was edged in an overtime 86-84. Antetokounmpo has averaged so far 6.9ppg and 3.4rpg in 20 games. He is also in the roster of the Greek national team.

   #13. Former U18 international center Ioannis Dimakopoulos (218-94, currently studies in the States) led Cal-Irvine to a 3-point victory against the Cal State - Northridge 83-80 in the NCAA last Saturday. Dimakopoulos scored 12 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 20 minutes. This year he has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.2apg in 29 games. Dimakopoulos used to play for the Greek U18 national team five years ago.

   #14. Former U19 international forward Konstantinos Mitoglou (208-96, is currently at the American university) contributed to a Wake Forest's victory against the University of Pittsburgh 63-59 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. He scored 7 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Mitoglou has averaged so far 9.0ppg and 5.9rpg. He used to play for the Greek U19 national team back in 2015.

   #15. Former U20 international swingman Anastasios Traianos (197-87, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help Manchester Giants in their game against Leeds Force in the British BBL. Traianos scored only 4 points in 5 minutes on the court. His team lost 71-81. Traianos has averaged so far 5.2ppg and 3.1rpg in 21 games. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team eleven 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 FIBA Europe Cup) led his Turkish team Usak Sportlif to a victory over the seventh-ranked Oradea crushing them 108-82 in the FIBA Europe Cup on Wednesday night. Auguste was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 30 points and getting 12 rebounds in 31 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Auguste's third season in pro basketball. Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbolis placed third in group Q. It's Auguste's first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Auguste averages: 19.5ppg, 11.5rpg and 1.5spg in two 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) could not help AV Cantu (7-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Calathes' good performance AV Cantu was defeated 79-73 at home by the higher-ranked Betaland Cdo (#7). He scored 11 points. Calathes has relatively good stats this season: 12.2ppg and 7.5rpg. 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) contributed to an Iowa St.'s surprising victory against the Oklahoma State University (3-10) 86-83 in the NCAA on Tuesday night. Mitrou-Long scored 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Iowa State University has 7-5 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Mitrou-Long is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Iowa St.'s roster. This season he has very high stats. Mitrou-Long averages: 15.8ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Canadian. Despite Mitrou-Long's Greek passport, he previously played for the Canadian U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.

   #4. Georgios Angelou (185-G-94, currently studies in the States) contributed to a St.Francis, PA's victory against the Sacred Heart University (10-3) 73-64 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. Angelou recorded 12 points and added 7 assists. The St.Francis University (PA) has 8-6 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Angelou is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in St.Francis, PA's roster. He has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.1apg.

   #5. Dimitris Agathangelidis (182-G-98, currently plays in Sweden) was not able to help Talje Knights (3-9) in their last game. Despite Agathangelidis' good performance Talje Knights (#6) lost 64-75 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Lobas in the BEHS forts group. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Agathangelidis also added made 4 passes and 4 steals in 30 minutes. It was Talje Knights' fifth consecutive loss in a row. Agathangelidis has averaged so far 6.9ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.5spg in 14 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Swedish.

   #6. Maximiliano Sole (198-F-88, agency: Duran International, currently plays in Spain) helped Real Madrid II win their game against the 16th-ranked Viten Getafe Fuenlabrada crushing them 72-39 in a derby game in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday. Sole scored 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Sole has reliable stats this season: 11.5ppg, 8.6rpg, 2.7apg and 1.7spg. He has both Uruguayan and Greek nationalities.

   #7. Kurt Karis (185-G-95, is currently at the American university) was not able to secure a victory for the USC in their game against the University of Arizona in the NCAA. Karis cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. His team was defeated 90-77. This season Karis averages just 0.6ppg. He is a naturalized American. However Karis has never played in Greece.

   #8. Gerasimos Koutoufas (196-F, currently plays in NCAA2) managed to help Mansfield, PA in a victory against the East Stroudsburg 86-81 in the NCAA2 last Saturday. He scored only 2 points in 13 minutes. Koutoufas has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 3.2rpg in 21 games.

   #9. Theodor Aliferis (183-G-88, currently plays in Norway) couldn't help Persbraten in their game against Asker Aliens in the Norwegian BLNO. He scored 7 points and added 3 assists. His team was crushed by 22 points 89-67. Aliferis has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.2apg. He also holds two passports: Greek and Norwegian. Despite Aliferis' Greek nationality, he previously played for the Norwegian U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Greek team.

   #10. Kosta Karamatskos (194-G-86, currently plays in Germany) helped Itzehoe win their game against the third-ranked Artland Dragons 77-71 in the German ProB (third division) in Saturday night's game. Karamatskos scored 5 points, had 11 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 25 minutes. Karamatskos has averaged so far 4.9ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.7apg in 21 games. He has dual citizenship: Greek and German.



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Gonzaga keeps Paul VI at bay to claim second WCAC tournament title in three years - by Frank Simpson

Gonzaga keeps Paul VI at bay to claim second WCAC tournament title in three years

By Jacob Bogage February 27

The Eagles' Chris Lykes scored a game-high 20 points to help his team claim the WCAC title. Fifth-ranked Gonzaga waited and waited for No. 4Paul VI's run to come Monday night. The Panthers describe themselves as 'a 10-0 run waiting to happen,' instant offense that can be deployed at any moment.

The Panthers score in bunches behind an offense that slams the gas pedal and a defense that plays inside opponents' jerseys.

For four quarters on Monday, Gonzaga waited for it all to kick in, to play back on its heels and cling to a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship. But that burst never came and Gonzaga refused to yield in a 68-55 win at American University's Bender Arena.

Senior guard Chris Lykes, the two-time conference player of the year, hit a scoop-shot layup with three minutes to play that put the Eagles (26-5) up 16. He buried a three-pointer two possessions later to push the margin to 17 points and all but ice Gonzaga's second conference tournament title in three years .

'Even with three minutes left, up 17, I knew they had a chance to come back,' Lykes said. 'You never feel like you have it in the bag,' Gonzaga Coach Steve Turner said.

But then Lykes hit that pair of shots. Freshman forward Terrance Williams made two free throws. Paul VI Coach Glenn Farello shook hands with Lykes during a dead ball with under two minutes remaining.

Lykes swung his arm around junior forward Myles Dread, who scored 15 points Monday and 19 in a 33-point semifinal win over No. 2 St. John's on Sunday. Lykes told Dread, 'We got it. We're going to win a championship.'Dread started crying. 'We just worked so hard for this,' he said through tears at midcourt afterward.

Paul VI ran Gonzaga ragged in their first meeting in January. The Panthers (26-5) beat the Eagles in transition as junior guard Brandon Slater tallied a season-high 34 points.
On Monday, he scored 15.

Lykes, who averages 17.7 points, only had 11 points in that first meeting. But Monday night, before a packed house, he poured in 20 to lead all scorers.
'It puts him up there as one of the greatest players in Gonzaga history,' Turner said of Lykes, the school's all-time leading scorer.

Gonzaga controlled the tempo in the title game with reliable rebounding and unrelenting defense. Paul VI's scoring spurt wasn't inevitable, Turner told his team. It was preventable.'I trusted them tonight,' he said. It paid off with another title for Gonzaga, which will turn its attention to this week's DC State Athletic Association tournament. The Eagles split the regular season WCAC title with the Panthers, who will compete in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association tournament.

'We just stopped everybody,' junior guard Prentiss Hubb said. 'Don't let them get anything at all.' Paul VI senior Aaron Thompson (15 points) got hot in the fourth quarter with seven straight points, but Hubb and Mike Myers responded with a pair of threes. The Eagles refused to let the tide turn.
'We decided we weren't going to buckle,' Dread said, 'that we'd be the tougher team.'

Jacob Bogage writes about sports for The Washington Post,
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Erik Braal to stay with Groningen for three more seasons - by Eurobasket News

Erik Braal agreed on terms of contract extension with Donar Groningen. The specialist penned a three-year deal extension. Erik Braal joined Groningen back in 2015. He led the team to the Eredivisie title in 2016. Braal also won the Dutch SuperCup in 2017 season. Previously Erik Braal worked with Rotterdam, West-Brabant, Aris Leeuwarden and Oberwart.


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Woods' double-double lands him D1 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old forward Chris Woods (195-F-89) had a great game in the last round for Hamar and receives a Eurobasket.com D1 Player of the Week award for round 24.
He had a double-double of 35 points and 24 rebounds, while his team edged out Valur (#3, 15-5) 98-96. Hamar maintains the 5th position in Icelandic D1. Hamar is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-11 record. Woods turned to be Hamar's top player in his first season with the team. Pfeiffer University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Woods is in league's top in points (2nd best: 27.7ppg) and averages solid 1.5bpg and 56.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Terrance Motley (201-F-91) of FSu. He is American forward in his first season at FSU. In the last game Motley recorded impressive 23 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as FSU lost that game 48-54 to the higher-ranked Breidablik (#4, 14-7). FSU is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-15 record. Motley is a newcomer at FSU and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 31.0ppg (#1). He also registered 12.8 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Urald King (198-F-90) of Valur (#3). King scored 20 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). Despite King's great performance Valur lost 96-98 to slightly lower-ranked Hamar (#5, 10-11). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Valur needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 15 victories and 5 lost games. King has a great season in Iceland. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.5ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 11.5rpg (5th best). He also has 2.1spg, 2.4bpg and FGP: 56.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Derek Shouse (188-G-93) of IA - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Aaron Moss (185-G) of Hottur - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Illugi Audunsson (196-F-92) of Valur - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Ragnar Albertsson (190-G-93) of Hottur - 23 points and 7 rebounds
8. Erlendur Stefansson (190-G-95) of Hamar - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Sigmar Hakonarson (181-PG-92) of Hottur - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Benedikt Blondal (188-G-93) of Valur - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists

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



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Ronald March's triple-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

American Ronald March (196-G-93) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Delhi C. and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 23-year old guard recorded a triple-double of 36 points adding also ten rebounds and eleven assists, while his team beat Haryana G. (#4, 1-5) 114-101. Delhi C. maintains the 2nd position in their group in Indian UBA League. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Delhi C. will need more victories to improve their 4-2 record. In the team's last game March had a remarkable 68.8% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Delhi C., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Philander Smith College graduate has very impressive stats this year. March is in league's top in points (3rd best: 39.8ppg), rebounds (7th best: 8.0rpg), assists (3rd best: 7.5apg) and averages solid 3.0bpg,3.2spg and 63.9% FGP. Worth to mention March played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old Ravi Bharadwaj of Punjab S.. Bharadwaj impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Punjab S. lost that game 94-102 to slightly higher-ranked Mumbai Ch. (#1, 5-1). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in North. Punjab S. still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-4 record. Bharadwaj is one of the most experienced players at Punjab S. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American De'Sean Mattox (185-G) of Haryana G. (#4). Mattox showcased his all-around game by recording 29 points, six rebounds and six assists in the last round. Despite Mattox's great performance Haryana G. lost 101-114 to #2 ranked Delhi C.. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Haryana G. can only dream about fighting for top spots in North. They have rather bad season and 1-5 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Mattox he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Mattox has individually a great season in India. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 30.3ppg (5th best) and assists with 6.2apg (6th best). He also has 2.2spg and FGP: 54.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Inderbir Gill (193-F-87) of Mumbai Ch. - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Prudhvi Reddy) of Mumbai Ch. - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Amjyot Singh (203-F-92) of Delhi C. - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Nikhil Kumar) of Mumbai Ch. - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Eban Hyams (196-G-81) of Haryana G. - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Akashdeep Hazra (213-C-96) of Haryana G. - 15 points and 5 rebounds
10. Anil Anil) of Delhi C. - 19 points and 4 assists

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



UBA League Round 12 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in UBA League just ended.

Round 12 most important game was a victory of Pune P. over second-best Hydrabad S. 106-102 on Tuesday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Hydrabad S. was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 29-24 charge of Pune P., which allowed them to win the game. They made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American guard Pierre Newton (196-93, college: Minn.-Duluth) who led his team to a victory with 41 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Narender Grewal contributed with 29 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!) for the winners. American Tevin Kelly replied with a double-double by scoring 45 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 10 assists for Hydrabad S.Pune P. maintains first position with 4-2 record, which they share with Delhi C. Hydrabad S. at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. They share the position with Bengaluru.
An interesting game for Bengaluru (3-3) which hosted in Kondhwa one of their biggest challengers Chennai S. (2-4). Third ranked Bengaluru managed to get a 14-point victory 100-86. Worth to mention a great performance of Palpreet Brar who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds and Vishesh Bhriguvanshi who added 24 points, 5 rebounds and 16 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Agu Chukwunanu with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists. Chennai S.'s coach Prasanna Jayshankar rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bengaluru have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Hydrabad S. Defending champion Chennai S. dropped to the third position with four games lost. They share it with Punjab S..

Bengaluru - Chennai S. 100-86

An interesting game for Bengaluru (3-3) which hosted in Kondhwa one of their biggest challengers Chennai S. (2-4). Third ranked Bengaluru managed to get a 14-point victory 100-86. The game was mostly controlled by Bengaluru. Chennai S. was better in fourth quarter 32-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bengaluru players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Palpreet Brar who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds and international guard Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (192-91) who added 24 points, 5 rebounds and 16 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Agu Chukwunanu with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists and Jairam Jat scored 19 points. Five Bengaluru and four Chennai S. players scored in double figures. Chennai S.'s coach Prasanna Jayshankar rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Bengaluru have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Hydrabad S. Defending champion Chennai S. dropped to the third position with four games lost. They share it with Punjab S..
Top scorers:
Bengaluru: P.Brar 34+11reb+2ast, V.Bhriguvanshi 24+5reb+16ast, V.Palani 12+5reb+5ast, C.Solomon 12+4reb+4ast, P.Singh 11+3reb+1ast, R.Dhusianth 4+2reb
Chennai S.: A.Chukwunanu 19+7reb+12ast, J.Jat 19+4reb+2ast, R.Pethani 16+4reb+2ast, A.Khan 14+1reb+2ast, Cammy 7+3reb, A.Rai 6+2reb+2ast
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Hydrabad S. - Pune P. 102-106

Round 12 most important game was a victory of Pune P. over second-best Hydrabad S. 106-102 on Tuesday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Hydrabad S. was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 29-24 charge of Pune P., which allowed them to win the game. They made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American guard Pierre Newton (196-93, college: Minn.-Duluth) who led his team to a victory with 41 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Narender Grewal contributed with 29 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!) for the winners. American Tevin Kelly replied with a double-double by scoring 45 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 10 assists and his fellow American import forward Mak Boskailo (206, college: Harding) added 11 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Hydrabad S.Four Hydrabad S. players scored in double figures. Pune P. maintains first position with 4-2 record, which they share with Delhi C. Hydrabad S. at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. They share the position with Bengaluru.
Top scorers:
Pune P.: P.Newton 41+8reb+7ast, N.Grewal 29+5reb+5ast, S.Shinde 18+4reb+5ast, P.Chauhan 8+7reb, A.Bhullar 5+3reb+1ast, G.Ohlan 4+3reb
Hydrabad S.: T.Kelly 45+9reb+10ast, M.Singh 18+2reb+2ast, J.Singh 15+3reb+2ast, M.Boskailo 11+14reb, M.Padmanabhan 7+4reb+2ast, A.Sharma 4+1reb
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Perkins' double-double lands him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

33-year old guard Doron Perkins (189-G-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Naft Abadan and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 2 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds, while his team lost the game against the league's best team Arak (#1, 2-0) 61-69. Naft Abadan was forced-out from the top positions in Iranian league. Naft Abadan is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 1st lost game this season out of 2 games. In the team's last game Perkins had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Naft Abadan's top player in his first season with the team. Santa Clara University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Perkins is in league's top in assists (5th best: 3.6apg) and averages solid 2.8spg and 52.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Daequan Cook (195-G-87) of Chemidor. He is American guard in his first season at Chemidor. In the last game Cook recorded impressive 36 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Chemidor to edge Gorgan (0-1) by 2 points 76-74. The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Cook is a newcomer at Chemidor and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.7ppg (#1). He also registered 5.4 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Chemidor's star - K Riaie. Riaie scored 14 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Chemidor, helping his team with a 76-74 win against #4 ranked Gorgan in a game of the week. Chemidor needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in Group 2. Their record at this point is 1 victories and 1 lost games. Riaie has a very solid season. In 20 games in Iran he scored 2.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Behnam Yakhchali (196-SG-95) of Petrochimi - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Adnan Doraghi (190-SG-89) of Azad - 23 points and 8 rebounds
6. Asghar Kardoust (212-C-86) of Arak - 14 points and 12 rebounds
7. Mahdi Moradinasab (202-C-92) of Gorgan - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Quinton Hosley (201-F-84) of Arak - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Oshin Sahakian (200-PF-86) of Petrochimi - 7 points and 10 rebounds
10. Farhad Sabouri (204-PF-91) of Azad - 10 points and 6 rebounds

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



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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Dillon STITH
  Belfast Star
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 27.4
 1. Stith, Belfast Star27.4 
 2. Wilson, UL Eagles24.0 
 3. Pemberton, Tralee22.4 
 4. Turner, Killester20.7 
 5. Lawrence, Moycu.20.6 
 6. Provizors, DCU S.20.2 
 7. Bonaparte, Templ.19.5 
 8. Murphy, Templeogue17.9 
 9. Killeen, Templeogue17.3 
 10. Garrow, UCD Marian16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martins PROVIZORS
  DCU S.
  (202-C-87)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Provizors, DCU S.16.6 
 2. Garrow, UCD Marian15.4 
 3. Moreira, UCD M.14.0 
 4. Turner, Killester12.8 
 5. Freeman, Moycullen11.9 
 6. Pantovic, Tralee11.6 
 7. Killeen, Templeogue11.4 
 8. Lawson, UCC Demons10.9 
 9. Donaghy, Tralee10.8 
 10. Gil, Swords T.10.6 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UCD M.
  (175-PG-87)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Kinevane, UCD M.9.6 
 2. Westbrooks, Swords T.8.7 
 3. Drumm, UCD Marian8.2 
 4. Meany, UCD Marian7.5 
 5. Downey, UCC Demons6.4 
 6. Bonaparte, Templ.6.2 
 7. Roe, Killester5.0 
 8. Hosford, UCC D.4.8 
 9. Donaghy, Tralee4.5 
 10. O''Hanlon, DCU S.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Mike GARROW
  UCD Marian
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Garrow, UCD Marian5.8 
 2. Drumm, UCD Marian5.1 
 3. Westbrooks, Swords T.3.4 
 4. Donaghy, Tralee2.7 
 5. O''Hanlon, DCU S.2.5 
 6. Murphy, Templeogue2.5 
 7. James, Templeogue2.5 
 8. Darling, DCU Saints2.4 
 9. Calvo, Swords T.2.2 
 10. Howlin, UL Eagles2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Jacob LAWSON
  UCC Demons
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Lawson, UCC Demons3.1 
 2. Killeen, Templeogue2.9 
 3. Gil, Swords T.2.5 
 4. Freeman, Moycullen2.2 
 5. Jackson, KUBS2.0 
 6. Pantovic, Tralee2.0 
 7. Garrow, UCD Marian1.9 
 8. Goldsborough, Swords T.1.9 
 9. Turner, Killester1.8 
 10. Moreira, UCD M.1.6 



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Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Storm WARREN
  Maccabi .
  (201-PF-88)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. Warren, Maccabi .24.9 
 2. Aska, Ironi R.22.5 
 3. Burrows, Hap.Haifa22.4 
 4. Huertas, Hap.Haifa21.8 
 5. Pointer, Ironi K-A21.8 
 6. Livingston, Hapoel K.21.3 
 7. Teel, Maccabi H/H20.7 
 8. Relphorde, Hapoel M.20.6 
 9. Brown, Ironi R.20.2 
 10. Madden, Hap.R/G.19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Germain JORDAN
  Galil Elion
  (198-C/F-86)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Jordan, Galil Elion11.7 
 2. Watson, Hapoel K/S11.3 
 3. Livingston, Hapoel K.11.0 
 4. Warren, Maccabi .10.9 
 5. Yates, Macc.Reh.10.5 
 6. Pointer, Ironi K-A10.5 
 7. Treadwell, Hapoel A.10.3 
 8. Burrows, Hap.Haifa10.2 
 9. McShepard, Ironi N.9.9 
 10. Cannon, Hapoel A.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan NANIKASHVILI
  Hap.H.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Nanikashvili, Hap.H.8.2 
 2. Teel, Maccabi H/H6.7 
 3. Cohen, Hapoel K/S6.0 
 4. Lavie, Maccabi .5.9 
 5. Bet-Yosef, Ironi R.5.4 
 6. Ainhorn, Ironi K-A4.7 
 7. Niv, Hap.Haifa4.6 
 8. Honig, Ramat H.4.6 
 9. Dunne, Ironi N.4.6 
 10. Hofman, Ironi N.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Maccabi H/H
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Teel, Maccabi H/H2.8 
 2. Lavie, Maccabi .2.6 
 3. Addison, Macc.Reh.2.6 
 4. Relphorde, Hapoel M.2.5 
 5. Warren, Maccabi .2.3 
 6. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.1 
 7. Livingston, Hapoel K.2.0 
 8. Olasewere, Hap.R/G.2.0 
 9. Asbury, Ramat H.2.0 
 10. Eiram, Macc.Reh.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sir''Dominic POINTER
  Ironi K-A
  (198-G/F-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.5 
 2. Livingston, Hapoel K.2.1 
 3. Watson, Hapoel K/S1.8 
 4. Givens, Maccabi .1.6 
 5. Gaston, Hapoel M.1.5 
 6. Caracter, Ramat H.1.5 
 7. Labanowski, Ironi R.1.3 
 8. Warren, Maccabi .1.3 
 9. Treadwell, Hapoel A.1.1 
 10. Joyner, Ironi K-A1.1 


Aviram Zelkovits joins Hapoel Jerusalem - by Nir Luna

Hapoel Jerusalem (Winner League) agreed terms with 28-year old shooting guard Aviram Zelkovits (191-90kg-89). He started the season at Bnei Hertzeliyya (Winner League). Zelkovits has played there for the last four years. In 12 Winner League games he had 5.8ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.6apg this season. Zelkovits also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 6.3ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.2apg. The last season he played also at Bnei Hasharon. In 34 Winner League games he averaged 11.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.3apg and 1.0spg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Israeli League All-Star Game and to the All-Star Game 3-Point Shootout.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Zelkovits' team was regular season runner-up in Israeli National League in 2013. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League 1st Team back in 2013.
Zelkovits was a member of Israeli U18 National Team in 2007.
He has played previously for three other teams: Hapoel Tel Aviv, Ironi Nahariya and Kohav Yair.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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National League Round 21 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season.

There was a change at the National League leadership position after last games. Round 21 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Hapoel B/S (14-7). They were edged by fifth ranked Maccabi Rehovot (13-8) 60-59 on Tuesday night. American forward Evan Yates (198-91, college: Ashland) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and swingman Gur Porat (197-79) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. Maccabi Rehovot's coach Avner Yeor used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American power forward Jeff Allen (201-87, college: Virginia Tech) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Maccabi Rehovot have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hap.R/G Givat. and Ironi K-A. Hapoel B/S at the other side dropped to the second position with seven games lost. They share it with Hapoel K/S. They were replaced at the leadership position by Maccabi Raanana. Hapoel B/S will play next round against Ironi Ramat Gan trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Maccabi Rehovot will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Hap.R/G Givat. in Givataim.
An interesting game took place in Afula where 4th placed Hap.R/G Givat. (13-8) was upset on the court of eleventh ranked Hapoel Afula (10-11) 86-65. American forward Demetrius Treadwell (201-91, college: Akron) nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and Omer Tal accounted for 15 points and 6 assists. American guard Rashad Madden (196-92, college: Arkansas) came up with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for Hap.R/G Givat. in the defeat. Hapoel Afula moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Hapoel Migd.H. Hap.R/G Givat. at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. They share it with Macc.Rehovot and Ironi K-A. Hapoel Afula will play against league's leader Maccabi Raanana on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hap.R/G Givat. will play against Maccabi Rehovot and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
12th ranked Hap.Haifa (7-14) was outscored at home by second ranked Maccabi Raanana (15-6) with the biggest margin this round 97-55 on Tuesday night. The best player for the winners was Josh Hairston who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Jaraun Burrows who recorded 16 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Maccabi Raanana have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Hap.Haifa lost ninth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth place with 14 games lost. Maccabi Raanana will meet at home Hapoel Afula (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hap.Haifa will play against Hasharon in Ramat Hasharon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 21: Ramat Hasharon lost to Maccabi H/H on the opponent's court 86-91. Bottom-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan was outscored by Ironi Nes-Ziona in a home game 67-91. Galil Elion recorded a loss to Hapoel K/S on the road 85-78. Hapoel Migd.H. was crushed by Ironi K-A on its own court 67-100.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 25 points and 9 rebounds by Sir'Dominic Pointer of Ironi K-A.

Maccabi H/H - Ramat Hasharon 91-86

Very expected game in Hod Hasharon where 13th ranked Hasharon (4-17) was defeated by eighth ranked Hasharon (11-10) 91-86 on Tuesday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Hasharon looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was guard Vernon Teel (193-87, college: Loyola Mary) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 8 rebounds and 13 assists. Storm Warren (201-88, college: LSU, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 27 points and 5 rebounds. Hasharon's coach Hanan Hershkovich allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Lorenzo Gordon (201-83, college: Oklahoma City) who recorded 20 points and 7 rebounds and forward Maxie Esho (206-91, college: Massachusetts) added 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hasharon maintains eighth place with 11-10 record. Hasharon lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Hasharon will meet higher ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hasharon will play against Hap.Haifa (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ramat Hasharon: M.Esho 20+1reb+2ast, L.Gordon 20+7reb+3ast, A.Honig 11+7reb+2ast, A.Navon 11+5reb+2ast, R.Cornelius 10+1reb+1ast, M.Moscovitz 9+7reb+1ast
Maccabi H/H: S.Warren 27+5reb+1ast, V.Teel 22+8reb+13ast, I.Simin 13+1reb+3ast, C.Bouchman 10+6reb+2ast, S.Malkov 9+1reb, O.Shaashoua 8+3reb+3ast
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Macc.Rehovot - Hapoel B/S 60-59

There was a change at the National League leadership position after last games. Round 21 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Hapoel B/S (14-7). They were edged by fifth ranked Maccabi Rehovot (13-8) 60-59 on Tuesday night. American forward Evan Yates (198-91, college: Ashland) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and swingman Gur Porat (197-79) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. Yates is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Maccabi Rehovot's coach Avner Yeor used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American power forward Jeff Allen (201-87, college: Virginia Tech) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import swingman Jason Williams (198-83, college: UTEP) scored 18 points. Maccabi Rehovot have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Hap.R/G Givat. and Ironi K-A. Hapoel B/S at the other side dropped to the second position with seven games lost. They share it with Hapoel K/S. They were replaced at the leadership position by Maccabi Raanana. Hapoel B/S will play next round against Ironi Ramat Gan trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Maccabi Rehovot will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Hap.R/G Givat. in Givataim.
Top scorers:
Hapoel B/S: J.Williams 18+2reb+1ast, J.Allen 16+11reb+3ast, D.Shamriz 16+1reb+1ast, J.Lewis 5+3reb+1ast, R.Netzia 3+4reb+3ast, A.Fisher 1+4reb+2ast
Macc.Rehovot: E.Yates 17+12reb, G.Porat 11+6reb+2ast, I.Eiram 10+6reb, Y.Levi 9+4reb, M.Addison 5+5reb+4ast, D.Drapic 3+3reb
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Ironi Ramat Gan - Ironi Nes-Ziona 67-91

Very predictable result when seventh ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (12-9) smashed on the road bottom-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (2-19) 91-67 on Tuesday. Ironi Nes-Ziona dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Ironi Ramat Gan's 36. Ironi Nes-Ziona forced 27 Ironi Ramat Gan turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was American power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay, OH) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. The former international Raviv Pitshon (201-89) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Five Ironi Nes-Ziona players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized American Sean Labanowski (205-92) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and American power forward Anthony Lee (206-91, college: Ohio St.) added 8 points and 12 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ironi Nes-Ziona maintains seventh place with 12-9 record. Ironi Ramat Gan lost eleventh consecutive game. They stay dead last with 19 lost games. Ironi Nes-Ziona will meet at home higher ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ironi Ramat Gan will play against the league's second-placed Hapoel B/S (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ramat Gan: S.Labanowski 18+10reb+2ast, V.Gandlin 11+4reb+1ast, A.Lee 8+12reb+1ast, T.Zalmanson 7+1reb, R.Apelstein 6+1reb, A.Harari 6+3reb
Ironi Nes-Ziona: L.Roberts 19+10reb+2ast, J.Beal 18+3reb+3ast, R.Pitshon 13+12reb+3ast, G.Gutt 12+2ast, T.Michael Dunne 10+7reb+2ast, G.Amitay 6+2reb+5ast
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Hapoel K/S - Galil Elion 85-78

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Galil Elion (9-12) was defeated on the road by third ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (14-7) 85-78 on Tuesday. Hapoel Kfar Saba made 27-of-35 free shots (77.1 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was guard Denzel Livingston (193-93, college: Incarnate Word) who had a double-double by scoring 32 points and 14 rebounds. Forward Terrence Watson (200-87, college: Ball St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Germain Jordan (198-86, college: Dillard) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Cinmeon Bowers (201-93, college: Auburn) added 16 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel Kfar Saba moved-up to second place, which they share with Hapoel B/S. Loser Galil Elion dropped to the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Hapoel Kfar Saba will meet Ironi Nes-Ziona (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Galil Elion will play against Hapoel Migd.H. (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Galil Elion: R.Geffen 20+1reb+3ast, M.Kikus 18+5reb+3ast, C.Bowers 16+10reb+1ast, G.Jordan 14+17reb+4ast, S.Salz 7+9reb+7ast, G.Farber 3+1reb
Hapoel K/S: D.Livingston 32+14reb+1ast, T.Watson 18+14reb+4ast, A.Cohen 14+5reb+6ast, E.Rotemberg 10+13reb+1ast, G.Gilinski 6+2reb+3ast, B.Azoulay 5+1reb+1ast
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Hapoel Afula - Hap.R/G Givat. 86-65

An interesting game took place in Afula where 4th placed Hap.R/G Givat. (13-8) was upset on the court of eleventh ranked Hapoel Afula (10-11) 86-65. Hapoel Afula outrebounded Hap.R/G Givat. 42-30 including 18 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Hap.R/G Givat.'s players. American forward Demetrius Treadwell (201-91, college: Akron) nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and guard Omer Tal (188-92) accounted for 15 points and 6 assists. Five Hapoel Afula players scored in double figures. American guard Rashad Madden (196-92, college: Arkansas) came up with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and American-Nigerian Jamal Olasewere (201-91, college: LIU Brooklyn) added 9 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Hap.R/G Givat. in the defeat. Hapoel Afula moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Hapoel Migd.H. Hap.R/G Givat. at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost. They share it with Macc.Rehovot and Ironi K-A. Hapoel Afula will play against league's leader Maccabi Raanana on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hap.R/G Givat. will play against Maccabi Rehovot and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hap.R/G Givat.: R.Madden 20+6reb+5ast, Y.Solomon 15+3reb+1ast, J.Olasewere 9+9reb+1ast, U.Kokia 9+9reb, L.Lifshitz 6+1reb+3ast, L.Shem-Tov 3+2reb+2ast
Hapoel Afula: D.Treadwell 19+16reb+4ast, J.Cannon 16+7reb+2ast, O.Tal 15+4reb+6ast, O.Lev 14+5reb+5ast, A.Gershon 13+3reb+5ast, R.Sabag 5+5reb+4ast
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Hap.Haifa - Maccabi Raanana 55-97

12th ranked Hap.Haifa (7-14) was outscored at home by second ranked Maccabi Raanana (15-6) with the biggest margin this round 97-55 on Tuesday night. Maccabi Raanana outrebounded Hap.Haifa 47-26 including a 37-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Hap.Haifa's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Maccabi Raanana made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American center Josh Hairston (203-92, college: Duke, agency: Octagon Europe) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Samme Givens (198-89, college: Drexel) chipped in 16 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks. At the other side the best for losing team was Bahamas forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW) who recorded 16 points and 7 rebounds and guard Ilan Nanikashvili (187-79) added 11 points respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Maccabi Raanana have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Hap.Haifa lost ninth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth place with 14 games lost. Maccabi Raanana will meet at home Hapoel Afula (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hap.Haifa will play against Hasharon in Ramat Hasharon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hap.Haifa: J.Burrows 16+7reb+2ast, I.Nanikashvili 11+2reb+3ast, O.Zinderman 6+6reb+2ast, D.Licht 6+2reb, G.Saar 5+2reb, T.Parselani 5+3reb+1ast
Maccabi Raanana: Y.Zoosman 23+4reb+1ast, J.Hairston 18+13reb+3ast, S.Givens 16+8reb+5ast, N.Neumann 8+3reb+1ast, I.Paz 7+4reb+3ast, L.Moran 6+5reb+5ast
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Hapoel Migd.H. - Ironi K-A 67-100

Everything went according to plan in Tarshicha where sixth ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (13-8) outscored 9th ranked Hapoel Migd.H. (10-11) 100-67 on Tuesday. Ironi Kiryat Ata made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Ironi Kiryat Ata had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Hapoel Migd.H.'s players. The best player for the winners was American swingman Sir'Dominic Pointer (198-92, college: St.John's) who scored 25 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Sagiv David (198-92) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Five Ironi Kiryat Ata players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Puerto Rican Chris Gaston (201-89, college: Fordham) who recorded 16 points and 9 rebounds and American swingman Marcus Relphorde (198-88, college: Colorado) added 14 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals respectively. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ironi Kiryat Ata have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Macc.Rehovot and Hap.R/G Givat. Loser Hapoel Migd.H. keeps the ninth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Hapoel Afula. Ironi Kiryat Ata will meet at home Hasharon (#8) in the next round. Hapoel Migd.H. will play against Galil Elion in Kazrin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Migd.H.: C.Gaston 16+9reb+1ast, M.Relphorde 14+6reb+4ast, C.Rosenberg 13+4reb+1ast, Y.Holodov 8+1reb+5ast, L.Ariely 5+2reb+2ast, D.Wachner 4+1reb
Ironi K-A: S.Pointer 25+9reb+1ast, S.David 14+8reb+3ast, T.Sankar 13+1reb+5ast, D.Joyner 12+6reb+3ast, N.Matalon 12+3reb+4ast, Y.Ainhorn 10+4reb+10ast
gschID: 498507





Best players of Israeli Winner League round 20 - by Eurobasket News

American-Montenegrin Halil Kanacevic (203-F-91) had a very impressive game in the last round for Bnei Hertzeliyya and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 25-year old forward had a double-double of 21 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Maccabi T-A (#1, 15-5) 99-92. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Bnei Hertzeliyya maintains the 3rd position in Israeli Winner League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Bnei Hertzeliyya will need more victories to improve their 12-8 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Kanacevic as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Halil Kanacevic averages this season 6.9ppg and 5.3rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American swingman William Graves (198-F/G-88) of Maccabi Haifa. Graves impressed basketball fans with 34 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as Maccabi Haifa was edged by the higher-ranked Maccabi T-A (#1, 15-5) 97-96. Maccabi Haifa is still in a red zone at 8th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-11 record. Graves is one of the most experienced players at Maccabi Haifa and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Guinea-Bissau Colton Iverson (212-C-89, agency: Pensack Sports) of top-ranked Maccabi T-A. Iverson scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Maccabi T-A, leading his team to a 97-96 win against the lower-ranked Maccabi Haifa (#8, 9-11). Maccabi T-A confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 5 lost games. Iverson has a very solid season. In 16 games in Israel he scored 8.2ppg. He also has 6.9rpg and FGP: 67.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jerome Dyson (191-SG-87) of Hapoel J-M - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Richard Howell (203-C/F-90) of Hapoel T-A - 13 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Jake Cohen (208-PF-90) of Maccabi Ashdod - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Darion Atkins (203-F-92) of Hapoel Holon - 17 points and 9 rebounds
8. Jeff Adrien (201-F-86) of Bnei Hertzeliyya - 22 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Gal Mekel (190-PG-88) of Maccabi T-A - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Yancy Gates (206-C/F-89) of Ironi Nahariya - 17 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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Andrea Costa Imola tabs Filiberto Dri - by Andrea Centenari

Andrea Costa Imola (Serie A2) inked 28-year old guard Filiberto Dri (190-89). He started the season at Oleggio Magic Basket in the Serie B. In 21 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.0ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.3apg this season. The last season Dri played at BPC Virtus TSB Cassino (also in Serie B) where in 40 games he averaged 11.2ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.7apg. He helped them to make it to the group final.
Dri was a member of Italian U18 National Team back in 2006.
He has played previously for six other teams: UBC, Valenza, Pallacanestro Alto Sebino Volpino, GSA Amici Pallacanestro Udine, Legnano and Ticino.

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Bagnoli's double-double lands him Serie B Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

35-year old power forward Simone Bagnoli (205-F/C-81) put on an amazing game in the last round for Cassino and receives a Eurobasket.com Serie B Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had a double-double of 32 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Cefalu (#10, 10-11) 90-82. Cassino maintains the 5th position in their group in Italian Serie B. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Cassino will need more victories to improve their 15-7 record. In the team's last game Bagnoli had a remarkable 78.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be Cassino's top player in his first season with the team. Bagnoli has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 20.0ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 11.4rpg) and averages solid 58.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Dante Richotti (180-PG-85) of Scauri. He is naturalized Argentinian guard in his 3rd season at Scauri. In the last game Richotti recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 10 assists. Bad luck as Scauri was edged by the lower-ranked Patti (#13, 7-15) 77-74. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in Group C. Scauri keeps 9th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-11 record. Richotti is one of the most experienced players at Scauri and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Gianluigi Prestini (200-PF-89, agency: Octagon Europe) of Iseo (#16). Prestini got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds . Despite Prestini's great performance Iseo lost 82-88 to the higher-ranked Sestu (#12, 8-15). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Iseo can only dream about fighting for top spots in Group B. They have rather bad season and 5-17 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Prestini he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Prestini has a very solid season. In 22 games in Italy he scored 12.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Daniele Casadei (199-F/G-81) of Faenza - 30 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Giacomo Sanguinetti (180-PG-90) of Piacenza - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Nicolo Ravazzani (200-C-85) of Matera - 24 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Mario Gigena (198-F-77) of Cecina - 32 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Filiberto Dri (190-G-89) of Oleggio - 26 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Andrea Maggiotto (194-G-88) of Senigallia - 31 points and 7 rebounds
10. Gionata Zampolli (189-PG-85) of Matera - 33 points, 2 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)



Serie A2 Round 23: Angelico Biella edge Tortona by two points - by Eurobasket News

The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 23 in the Serie A2 took place in Biella. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Tortona (15-8) to first ranked Angelico Biella (18-5) 80-78 in the game for the first place. The best player for the winners was American-Irish forward Mike Hall (203-84, college: G.Washington, agency: Interperformances) who scored 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Jazzmarr Ferguson (185-89, college: IU Southeast) chipped in 14 points and 7 assists. Forward Giampaolo Ricci (201-91) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. Tortona's coach Demis Cavina rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Angelico Biella maintains first place in A2 with 18-5 record. Tortona at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. Angelico Biella are looking forward to face Legnano (#3) in Castellanza in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Tortona will play at home against Scafati and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Roma. Sixth ranked Roma Virtus (13-10) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 3rd placed Legnano (14-9) 84-82 on Sunday evening. Naturalized American point guard Anthony Raffa (185-89, college: Co.Carolina) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Aristide Landi contributed with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American Nikolas Raivio (192-86, college: Portland, agency: Pensack Sports) answered with 34 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds for Legnano. Roma Virtus maintains sixth place in A2 with 13-10 record. Legnano at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. Roma Virtus' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Roma to the arena Eurobasket Roma.
A very close game took place in Agrigento between Agrigento and Treviglio. Seventh ranked Agrigento (13-10) got a very close home victory over 4th placed Treviglio (13-10). Agrigento managed to escape with a 3-point win 87-84 on Sunday evening. It was a great evening for Perrin Buford who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Tommaso Marino responded with 25 points. Agrigento maintains seventh place in A2 with 13-10 record. Agrigento will meet Rieti (#11) on the road in the next round. Treviglio will play against Novipiu Casale (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Leader Virtus Bologna delivered the seventeenth victory. This time they beat 9th ranked Jesi (11-12) 98-88. It was a quality performance for Marco Spissu who led the winners and scored 28 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Virtus Bologna maintains first place in A2 with 17-6 record. Jesi at the other side keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. Virtus Bologna's next round opponent will be Verona (#8) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Jesi will play against Ravenna and hope to win that game.
Fourteenth-ranked Imola (8-15) made lots of trouble for seventh ranked Mantova (13-10) in Mirandola on Tuesday. Mantova managed to secure only three-point victory 80-77. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Alessandro Amici who scored 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Mantova's coach Alberto Martelossi used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Mantova moved-up to sixth place in A2. Loser Imola keeps the fourteenth position with 15 games lost. Mantova will face Roseto (#7) on the road in the next round. Imola will play against Udine APU (#11) and hope to win that game.

Other games of round 23 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
In A2 Piacenza was defeated by Chieti in a road game 83-71. Alma Trieste beat Recanati at home 83-66. Verona won against Udine APU on the opponent's court 88-73. Treviso Basket managed to outperform Roseto in a home game 68-58. Bondi Ferrara recorded a loss to Ravenna on the road 91-83. Unieuro Forli was defeated by F.Kontatto BO on its own court 80-88. Eurobasket Roma was beaten by Viola RC in Reggio Calabria 76-70. Novipiu Casale destroyed Agropoli at home 89-51. FCM Ferentino unfortunately lost to Latina Basket on the opponent's court 70-79. Scafati recorded a loss to Lighthouse TR in a home game 69-74. Rieti crushed Mens Sana 1871 on the road 90-55.

East
Mantova - Imola 80-77

Fourteenth-ranked Imola (8-15) made lots of trouble for seventh ranked Mantova (13-10) in Mirandola on Tuesday. Mantova managed to secure only three-point victory 80-77. However their fans expected much easier game. Mantova looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was swingman Alessandro Amici (200-91) who scored 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. American forward DeAndre Daniels (206-92, college: Connecticut) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Mantova's coach Alberto Martelossi used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American point guard Travis Cohn (188-89, college: Jacksonville, agency: Octagon Europe) produced 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Alex Ranuzzi (195-86, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Mantova and four Imola players scored in double figures. Mantova moved-up to sixth place in A2. Loser Imola keeps the fourteenth position with 15 games lost. Mantova will face Roseto (#7) on the road in the next round. Imola will play against Udine APU (#11) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Imola: T.Cohn 22+7reb+4ast, A.Ranuzzi 16+7reb+1ast, N.Hassan 14+3reb+1ast, M.Maggioli 13+4reb+4ast, A.Tassinari 8+4reb+2ast, B.Norfleet 2+2reb+7ast
Mantova: L.Corbett 15+1reb+5ast, A.Amici 14+7reb+7ast, F.Candussi 13+5reb, D.Daniels 13+7reb+1ast, A.Casella 10+4reb+2ast, J.Giachetti 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 485721


Virtus Bologna - Jesi 98-88

Leader Virtus Bologna delivered the seventeenth victory. This time they beat 9th ranked Jesi (11-12) 98-88. Virtus Bologna shot 62.5 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. It was a quality performance for guard Marco Spissu (182-95) who led the winners and scored 28 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Nigerian-American point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV) accounted for 28 points for the winning side. American point guard Timothy Bowers (188-82, college: Mississippi St.) came up with 26 points and 7 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and the other American import forward Dwayne Davis (196-89, college: S.Mississippi) added 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists respectively for Jesi in the defeat. Four Virtus Bologna and five Jesi players scored in double figures. Virtus Bologna maintains first place in A2 with 17-6 record. Jesi at the other side keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. Virtus Bologna's next round opponent will be Verona (#8) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Jesi will play against Ravenna and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Jesi: T.Bowers 26+3reb+7ast, G.Janelidze 15+3reb+1ast, M.Maganza 14+2reb+1ast, A.Benevelli 13+2reb, D.Davis 11+10reb+10ast, F.Alessandri 6+3reb
Virtus Bologna: M.Umeh 28+3reb+1ast, M.Spissu 28+6reb+5ast, G.Rosselli 15+7reb+9ast, A.Michelori 13+2reb+1ast, G.Spizzichini 6+3reb+1ast, T.Oxilia 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 485726


Chieti - Piacenza 83-71

There was an upset when higher ranked Piacenza (10-12) was defeated on the road by fourteenth ranked Chieti (9-14) 83-71 on Sunday. Chieti dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Piacenza's 38. They outrebounded Piacenza 38-20 including 24 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Trae Golden (188-91, college: Georgia Tech) who scored 34 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Naturalized American power forward Cristopher Mortellaro (207-82, college: Drury) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Four Chieti players scored in double figures. American guard Kenny Hasbrouck (191-86, college: Siena) produced 25 points and guard Tommaso Raspino (200-89, agency: Players Group) added 20 points respectively for the guests. Chieti moved-up to twelfth place in A2. Loser Piacenza keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. Chieti will face league's second-placed Treviso Basket on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Piacenza: K.Hasbrouck 25+2reb+2ast, T.Raspino 20+4reb+2ast, L.Infante 9+5reb+1ast, R.Jones 7+2reb+2ast, E.Persico 6+3reb, F.De Nicolao 2+1reb+4ast
Chieti: T.Golden 34+6reb+3ast, C.Mortellaro 13+13reb+1ast, D.Zucca 10+5reb, M.Allegretti 10+4reb+2ast, Q.DeCosey 7+3reb+2ast, M.Fallucca 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 485719


Alma Trieste - Recanati 83-66

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Alma Trieste (16-7) defeated at home 15th ranked Recanati (6-17) 83-66 on Sunday. 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 15 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Lorenzo Baldasso (192-95) chipped in 19 points. Baldasso is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Alma Trieste players scored in double figures. Alma Trieste's coach Eugenio Dalmasson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Swedish-American Erik Rush (196-88, college: Montana St.) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds and center Leonardo Marini (205-95) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Alma Trieste maintains third place in A2 with 16-7 record having just two points less than leader Angelico Biella. Loser Recanati keeps the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. Alma Trieste will face Piacenza (#10) in Casalpusterlengo in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Recanati will play at home against Unieuro Forli (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Recanati: E.Rush 19+15reb+2ast, F.Infante 10+1reb, L.Marini 10+7reb, T.Bader 9, G.Maspero 8+4reb+3ast, R.Bolpin 5+3reb+2ast
Alma Trieste: L.Baldasso 19+3reb+1ast, J.Parks 15+14reb, S.Bossi 13+3reb+3ast, J.Green 11+1reb+1ast, A.Pecile 7+1reb+4ast, M.Da Ros 6+7reb+6ast
gschID: 485724


Udine APU - Verona 73-88

Rather expected game when 11th ranked Udine APU (10-13) was defeated at home by ninth ranked Verona (12-11) 88-73 on Sunday. Verona made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. Verona had a 24-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Michael Frazier (193-94, college: Florida) who scored 29 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Power forward Leonardo Tote (209-97) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Nigerian-American swingman Stan Okoye (198-91, college: VMI) produced 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Allan Ray (188-84, college: Villanova) added 18 points respectively for the hosts. Udine APU's coach Lino Lardo tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Verona moved-up to eighth place in A2. Newly promoted Udine APU keeps the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Verona will face league's leader Virtus Bologna at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Udine APU will play against Imola (#14) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Udine APU: A.Ray 18+1reb, S.Okoye 18+8reb+4ast, V.Nobile 8+1reb+3ast, O.Diop 7+1ast, A.Fall 7+5reb+1ast, M.Vanuzzo 6+2reb+2ast
Verona: M.Frazier 29+5reb+6ast, L.Tote 15+5reb+1ast, D.Robinson 13+3reb+3ast, D.Brkic 11+1reb+1ast, G.Pini 6+5reb+3ast, D.Diliegro 6+6reb
gschID: 485725


Treviso Basket - Roseto 68-58

Rather predictable result when second ranked Treviso Basket (16-7) beat at home 6th ranked Roseto (13-10) 68-58 on Sunday. Treviso Basket forced 20 Roseto turnovers and outrebounded them 39-25 including a 15-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was center Andrea Ancellotti (212-88) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds. The former international guard Matteo Fantinelli (195-93, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 10 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Four Treviso Basket players scored in double figures. American power forward Brandon Sherrod (198-92, college: Yale) produced 14 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import point guard Adam Smith (185-92, college: Georgia Tech) added 20 points respectively for the guests. Treviso Basket maintains second place in A2 with 16-7 record having just two points less than leader Angelico Biella. Loser Roseto dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. Treviso Basket will face Chieti (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Roseto will play against Mantova (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Roseto: A.Smith 20+2reb+2ast, B.Sherrod 14+8reb+2ast, V.Amoroso 7+4reb+1ast, R.Casagrande 7+4reb, R.Fultz 5+1reb+1ast, N.Mei 5+2reb
Treviso Basket: J.Perry 14+7reb+4ast, A.Ancellotti 13+15reb, D.Moretti 10+1reb+3ast, M.Fantinelli 10+6reb+9ast, M.Negri 9+3reb+2ast, T.Rinaldi 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 485723


Ravenna - Bondi Ferrara 91-83

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked Bondi Ferrara (9-14) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Ravenna (15-8) 91-83 on Sunday. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was point guard Derrick Marks (190-93, college: Boise St.) who scored 28 points and 6 rebounds. Power forward Taylor Smith (199-91, college: SF Austin) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks. Terrence Roderick (196-88, college: UAB) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Laurence Bowers (203-90, college: Missouri) added 21 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Four Ravenna and five Bondi Ferrara players scored in double figures. Ravenna maintains fourth place in A2 with 15-8 record. Loser Bondi Ferrara dropped to the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. Ravenna will face Jesi (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Bondi Ferrara will play against F.Kontatto BO (#5) in Bologna and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bondi Ferrara: T.Roderick 27+10reb+7ast, L.Bowers 21+15reb+4ast, R.Cortese 13+3reb+1ast, L.Molinaro 11+2reb, F.Pellegrino 11, R.Zani 0
Ravenna: D.Marks 28+6reb+2ast, T.Smith 15+13reb+2ast, M.Tambone 10+3reb+4ast, G.Sabatini 10+7reb, A.Chiumenti 9+5reb+1ast, S.Masciadri 8+4reb+2ast
gschID: 485722


Unieuro Forli - F.Kontatto BO 80-88

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked F.Kontatto BO (14-9) won against on the road 16th ranked Unieuro Forli (4-18) 88-80 on Sunday. F.Kontatto BO shot 60.8 percent from the field. Unieuro Forli was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was point guard Matteo Montano (188-92) who scored 17 points and 5 assists. American forward Justin Knox (205-89, college: N.Carolina, agency: Two Points) chipped in 19 points. Knox is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four F.Kontatto BO players scored in double figures. Naturalized American forward Ryan Amoroso (205-85, college: San Diego St.) produced 18 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Melvin Johnson (193-93, college: VCU) added 21 points respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. F.Kontatto BO maintains fifth place in A2 with 14-9 record. Newly promoted Unieuro Forli keeps the sixteenth position with 18 games lost. F.Kontatto BO will face Bondi Ferrara (#13) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Unieuro Forli will play against Piacenza and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Unieuro Forli: M.Johnson 21+1reb+3ast, R.Amoroso 18+8reb+1ast, O.Adegboye 17+1ast, D.Bonacini 8+1ast, S.Pierich 7+1ast, R.Castelli 5+5reb+1ast
F.Kontatto BO: J.Knox 19+3reb, M.Montano 17+4reb+5ast, M.Ruzzier 11+2ast, N.Italiano 10+4reb+1ast, S.Mancinelli 8+6reb+3ast, A.Legion 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 485720


West
Viola RC - Eurobasket Roma 76-70

There was an upset in Reggio Calabria where higher ranked Eurobasket Roma (11-12) was defeated by fifteenth ranked Viola RC (7-16) 76-70 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was American forward Marcus Gilbert (198-93, college: Fairfield) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. American-Danish guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech) chipped in 16 points. American point guard Michael Deloach (185-86, college: Norfolk St.) produced 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Eugenio Fanti (184-91) added 19 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Viola RC and four Eurobasket Roma players scored in double figures. Viola RC moved-up to fourteenth place in A2. Newly promoted Eurobasket Roma dropped to the twelfth position with 12 games lost. Viola RC will face higher ranked FCM Ferentino (#13) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Eurobasket Roma: E.Fanti 19+7reb+1ast, M.Deloach 15+9reb+4ast, T.Easley 12+11reb+1ast, M.Micevic 11+2reb+1ast, M.Malaventura 7, A.Giampaoli 4+1ast
Viola RC: M.Gilbert 17+11reb+2ast, A.Voskuil 16+3reb+3ast, A.Fabi 12+6reb+4ast, P.Baldassarre 11+9reb+1ast, T.Guariglia 11+2reb, L.Caroti 9+2reb+2ast
gschID: 485963


Angelico Biella - Tortona 80-78

The most exciting game of round 23 in the Serie A2 took place in Biella. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Tortona (15-8) to first ranked Angelico Biella (18-5) 80-78 in the game for the first place. The best player for the winners was American-Irish forward Mike Hall (203-84, college: G.Washington, agency: Interperformances) who scored 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Jazzmarr Ferguson (185-89, college: IU Southeast) chipped in 14 points and 7 assists. Forward Giampaolo Ricci (201-91) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and American point guard Glenn Cosey (183-92, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Three Eye Sports) added 21 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Five Angelico Biella and four Tortona players scored in double figures. Tortona's coach Demis Cavina rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Angelico Biella maintains first place in A2 with 18-5 record. Tortona at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. Angelico Biella are looking forward to face Legnano (#3) in Castellanza in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Tortona will play at home against Scafati and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Tortona: G.Cosey 21+2reb+4ast, G.Ricci 16+11reb+4ast, P.Greene IV 14+2reb+1ast, L.Garri 11+6reb, V.Cucci 9+3reb, D.Alviti 7+6reb
Angelico Biella: A.Tessitori 17+6reb, M.Hall 17+9reb+4ast, J.Ferguson 14+3reb+7ast, M.Venuto 10+2reb+3ast, M.Udom 10+4reb, L.Pollone 7+2reb
gschID: 485960


Novipiu Casale - Agropoli 89-51

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Novipiu Casale (12-11) smashed at home 16th ranked Agropoli (5-18) 89-51 on Sunday. They outrebounded Agropoli 36-23 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Novipiu Casale shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 53.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Agropoli's players. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Niccolo Martinoni (203-89) who scored 22 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Jordan Tolbert (201-92) chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. Novipiu Casale's coach Marco Ramondino felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Kevin Langford (204-85, college: TCU) produced 14 points and center Mattia Soloperto (208-80) added 8 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Novipiu Casale moved-up to eighth place in A2. Loser Agropoli keeps the sixteenth position with 18 games lost. Novipiu Casale will face higher ranked Treviglio (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Agropoli will play against Mens Sana 1871 (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Agropoli: K.Langford 14+4reb+1ast, M.Contento 12+1reb+2ast, M.Soloperto 8+9reb+1ast, R.Santolamazza 8+1ast, A.Delas 4+6reb+2ast, G.Romeo 3+2ast
Novipiu Casale: N.Martinoni 22+8reb+2ast, J.Tolbert 11+6reb, N.Natali 11+2reb+4ast, G.Tomassini 9+3reb+4ast, B.Blizzard 9+2reb+4ast, F.Di Bella 6+4reb+4ast
gschID: 485961


Latina Basket - FCM Ferentino 79-70

Very expected game when 13th ranked FCM Ferentino (9-14) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Latina Basket (13-10) 79-70 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was power forward Mitchell Poletti (205-88) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds. American point guard Keron DeShields (190-92, college: Tennessee St.) chipped in 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international power forward Angelo Gigli (209-83) produced 16 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized Argentinian guard Bernardo Musso (193-86, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Five FCM Ferentino players scored in double figures. FCM Ferentino's coach Riccardo Paolini tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Latina Basket moved-up to fourth place in A2. Loser FCM Ferentino keeps the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. Latina Basket will face Lighthouse TR (#9) in Trapani in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. FCM Ferentino will play at home against Viola RC (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
FCM Ferentino: A.Gigli 16+9reb, B.Musso 12+6reb+5ast, B.Raymond 11+3reb+1ast, I.Radic 11+10reb, M.Imbro 10+4reb+4ast, F.Guarino 6+1reb+1ast
Latina Basket: A.Pastore 19+3reb+4ast, M.Poletti 19+17reb+2ast, K.DeShields 17+9reb+4ast, M.Passera 7+5reb+3ast, L.Uglietti 6+3reb+1ast, G.Allodi 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 485962


Scafati - Lighthouse TR 69-74

Rather predictable result when eleventh ranked Lighthouse TR (12-11) beat on the road 14th ranked Scafati (6-17) 74-69 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Demian Filloy (198-82, agency: Interperformances) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. American forward Jeffrey Crockett (201-91, college: Texas Tech) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. Four Lighthouse TR players scored in double figures. The former international power forward Tommaso Fantoni (204-85, agency: Players Group) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and naturalized American swingman Anthony Dobbins (192-81, college: Richmond) added 19 points respectively for the hosts. Lighthouse TR moved-up to ninth place in A2. Loser Scafati dropped to the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. Lighthouse TR will face higher ranked Latina Basket (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Scafati will play against the league's second-placed Tortona (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Scafati: A.Dobbins 19+3reb+1ast, T.Fantoni 14+10reb+1ast, Y.Naimy 12+1reb+7ast, D.Jackson 8+2ast, M.Ammannato 7+7reb+3ast, I.Lupusor 4+1reb
Lighthouse TR: K.Viglianisi 21, A.Renzi 14+4reb, J.Crockett 13+9reb+1ast, D.Filloy 11+11reb+3ast, K.Mays 7+2reb+6ast, R.Tavernelli 6+6reb+8ast
gschID: 485964


Agrigento - Treviglio 87-84

A very close game took place in Agrigento between Agrigento and Treviglio. Seventh ranked Agrigento (13-10) got a very close home victory over 4th placed Treviglio (13-10). Agrigento managed to escape with a 3-point win 87-84 on Sunday evening. Agrigento made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American swingman Perrin Buford (198-94, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). His fellow American import power forward Damen Bell-Holter (206-90, college: ORU) helped adding 16 points and 10 rebounds. Four Agrigento players scored in double figures. Guard Tommaso Marino (192-86, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 25 points and Lithuanian Paulius Sorokas (202-92, agency: Players Group) scored 13 points and 9 rebounds. Agrigento maintains seventh place in A2 with 13-10 record. Agrigento will meet Rieti (#11) on the road in the next round. Treviglio will play against Novipiu Casale (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Treviglio: T.Marino 25+2reb+1ast, A.Sollazzo 14+7reb+3ast, P.Sorokas 13+9reb+2ast, A.Pecchia 9+1ast, P.Marini 6+7reb+2ast, E.Rossi 6+5reb
Agrigento: P.Buford 28+7reb+3ast, R.Bucci 18+2reb, D.Bell-Holter 16+10reb, A.Piazza 14+3reb+7ast, M.Evangelisti 5+3reb+1ast, I.Ferraro 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 485959


Roma Virtus - Legnano 84-82

Important game to mention about took place in Roma. Sixth ranked Roma Virtus (13-10) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 3rd placed Legnano (14-9) 84-82 on Sunday evening. Roma Virtus made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Naturalized American point guard Anthony Raffa (185-89, college: Co.Carolina) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international Aristide Landi (203-94) contributed with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Roma Virtus players scored in double figures. American Nikolas Raivio (192-86, college: Portland, agency: Pensack Sports) answered with 34 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and guard Matteo Martini (195-92, agency: Players Group) added 22 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Legnano. Roma Virtus maintains sixth place in A2 with 13-10 record. Legnano at the other side keeps the third position with nine games lost. Roma Virtus' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Roma to the arena Eurobasket Roma.
Top scorers:
Legnano: N.Raivio 34+8reb+2ast, M.Martini 22+8reb, M.Palermo 12+4reb+2ast, W.Mosley 8+12reb+1ast, F.Ihedioha 3+2reb+3ast, F.Maiocco 3+2ast
Roma Virtus: A.Raffa 22+10reb+6ast, A.Landi 19+8reb+1ast, T.Baldasso 12+3reb+1ast, J.Brown 11+3reb+1ast, D.Sandri 10+7reb+5ast, G.Maresca 9+2reb+3ast
gschID: 485966


Mens Sana 1871 - Rieti 55-90

There was an upset in Siena where higher ranked Mens Sana 1871 (12-11) was outplayed by twelfth ranked Rieti (11-12) 90-55 on Sunday. Rieti looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Mens Sana 1871's players. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Dalton Pepper (196-90, college: Temple) who scored 30 points. Forward DeShawn Sims (203-88, college: Michigan) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Rieti players scored in double figures. Guard KT Harrell (193-92, college: Auburn) produced 18 points and 5 rebounds and forward Mike Myers (206-92, college: Md-E Shore) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Mens Sana 1871's coach Giulio Griccioli gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Rieti moved-up to eleventh place in A2. Loser Mens Sana 1871 dropped to the tenth position with 11 games lost. Rieti will face higher ranked Agrigento (#7) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Mens Sana 1871: K.Harrell 18+5reb+2ast, M.Myers 17+5reb+1ast, L.Saccaggi 7+4reb+2ast, G.Vildera 5+6reb, J.Tavernari 3+10reb+2ast, S.Flamini 3+3reb
Rieti: D.Pepper 30+3reb+3ast, D.Sims 18+12reb+5ast, A.Zanelli 14+5reb+4ast, M.Chillo 10+3reb+3ast, M.Casini 9+1reb+2ast, N.Benedusi 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 485965





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Panteras add Hill to their roster, ex Tadamon - by Francisco Vega

Panteras de Miranda (LPB) added to their roster 33-year old American forward Herbert Hill (208-84, college: Providence). He just played at Tadamon in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. Hill managed to play in three leagues in three countries this year. In two Pepsi LBL games he recorded 10.0ppg and 10.5rpg. He also played earlier that season for Saigon Heat in Vietnamese league where in two Pepsi LBL games he averaged impressive 17.0ppg, 9.0rpg and 3.0bpg. The other team Hill played shortly was Sonic Boom in South Korean KBL. In 5 Pepsi LBL games he had very remarkable stats: 16.2ppg, 9.6rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2bpg.
In 2007 he was drafted by Utah Jazz (NBA) in second round (55th overall). The former Providence College standoutis in his tenth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Korean KBL Regular Season in 2016. Hill was selected to Korean KBL All-Star Game back in 2012.
He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Hill's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in nine different countries. Hill has played previously professionally in Bahrain (Al Muharraq), China (Jiang Xi), France, Philippines, Puerto Rico (Caciques), Saudi Arabia (Al Hilal), South Korea (Samsung Thunders, KCC Egis, ET Land Elephants and Dongbu Promy), Lebanon (Champville) and Venezuela (Gigantes).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Matthew Maurer for NBADraft.net in 2007)
Shows good mobility, running the court with ease. Has worked hard to improve his touch around the basket. Possesses great hands, capable of catching most passes without fumbling or losing control of the ball. Solid rebounder who uses his long arms and hands to tip balls out of position to himself. Solid finisher where he wastes little time, keeps the ball high and goes right up.
This lack of strength can work against him when he faces physical forwards limiting his ability to get good position in the post. Can be stunted by double teams as he doesnt always read the defense quick enough to react
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Best players of Lithuanian LKL round 24 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Arturas Valeika (207-F-85) had a great game in the last round for Vytautas and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 31-year old forward had the game-high 23 points adding nine rebounds and seven assists for Vytautas in his team's victory, helping them to beat Nevezis (#9, 5-19) 96-87. Vytautas maintains the 6th position in Lithuanian LKL. Vytautas is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 13-11 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Valeika as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Arturas Valeika averages this season 11.2ppg and 5.2rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American guard Jermaine Love-Roberts (188-G-89) of Nevezis. Love-Roberts impressed basketball fans with 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Nevezis lost that game 87-96 to the higher-ranked Vytautas (#6, 13-11). Nevezis managed to keep the same 9th spot in the standings. 19 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Nevezis managed to get this year. Love-Roberts is a newcomer at Nevezis and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another Vytautas' star - Saulius Kulvietis (206-F-91). Kulvietis scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was another key player of Vytautas, helping his team with a 96-87 win against the lower-ranked Nevezis (#9, 5-19). Vytautas needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 11 lost games. Kulvietis has a great season in Lithuania. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 12.3ppg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tomas Delininkaitis (190-G-82) of Vytautas - 24 points and 7 assists
5. Paulius Petrilevicius (200-F-91) of Nevezis - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-C/F-89) of Juventus - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Alejandro Hernandez (189-G-90) of Dzukija - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Ben Madgen (193-G/F-85) of Lietkabelis - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Gediminas Navickas (180-PG-84) of Dzukija - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Vytautas Sulskis (200-G-88) of Juventus - 15 points and 8 rebounds

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



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Luxembourg Total League round 3 (Second Stage) best performance: Scott Morton - by Eurobasket News

American Swingman Scott Morton (195-G/F-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Racing, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3 (Second Stage).
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 36 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Bascharage (#4, 1-20) 74-63. It allowed Racing to consolidate first place in the Luxembourg Total League. Racing has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 20-1. In the team's last game Morton had a remarkable 78.6% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Racing, through which he has constantly improved. Former SUNY Geneseo star has very solid stats this year. Morton is in league's top in points (4th best: 27.3ppg), assists (2nd best: 5.7apg) and averages impressive 55.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Brad Reese (200-F-88) of Sparta. Reese had a very good evening with 36 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he led Sparta to another comfortable win 102-89 over T71 (12-9) being unquestionably team leader. The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Reese is a newcomer at Sparta, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.6ppg (#6). He also registered 7.1 boards per game. Former Texas Tech University star Reese is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Ladarius Tabb (196-G/F) of Arantia (#3). Tabb got into 30-points club by scoring 34 points in the last round. He went also for nineteen rebounds . He was a key player of Arantia, leading his team to a 88-83 win against #3 ranked Kordall Steelers in a game of the week. Arantia can only dream about fighting for top spots in Playdowns. They have rather bad season and 5-16 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Tabb he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Tabb has individually a great season in Luxembourg. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 29.5ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 16.0rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bill Clark (196-F-88) of Basket Esch - 30 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Marlin Mason (201-F-93) of Kordall Steelers - 32 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Ryan Nicholas (201-F-91) of Residence - 40 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Billy McNutt (203-C/F-85) of Etzella - 24 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Elijah Bonsignore (198-G/F) of BC Mess - 34 points and 10 rebounds
9. Everage Richardson (191-G-85) of Residence - 34 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Christopher Jones (186-G-90) of T71 - 30 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Joel Embiid Out For Season With Torn Meniscus - by Eurobasket News

Joel Embiid (7'0''-C-94, college: Kansas) will miss the remainder of the season with a torn meniscus. Embiid's MRI this week showed more damage than first believed. Embiid missed the first two seasons of his career due to multiple foot surgeries. "The assessment of Monday's follow-up MRI of Joel Embiid's left knee appears to reveal that the area affected by the bone bruise has improved significantly, while the previously identified meniscus tear appears more pronounced in this most recent scan," said Sixers Chief Medical Director and Co-Chief of Sports Medicine Orthopedics at New York's Mount Sinai Medical Center Dr. Jonathan Glashow. "We will continue to work with leading specialists to gather additional information through clinical examination and sequential testing to determine the best course of action and next steps." "Our primary objective and focus remains to protect his long-term health and ability to perform on the basketball court," said Sixers President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo. "As our medical team and performance staff continue their diligence in the evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of Joel's injury, we will provide any pertinent updates when available."
Courtesy of: realgm.com



The Cavaliers released Jordan McRae - by Eurobasket News

Cleveland Cavaliers released 26-year old guard Jordan McRae (198-84kg-91, college: Tennessee). In 36 NBA games he had 4.5ppg and 1.1rpg this season.
The last season McRae played at another team Canton Charge where in only one game he recorded very impressive stats: 21 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 1 steal.
Three years ago he was drafted by San Antonio Spurs in second round (58th overall). McRae attended University of Tennessee until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the SEC Tournament Semifinals in 2014. McRae was selected to D-League All-Star Game in 2016.
He has played also professionally in Australia (United), other NBA teams (Phoenix Suns and Phi.76ers) and D-League (Delaware 87ers).

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Kevin Durant Out Four Weeks With MCL Sprain, Bone Bruise In Left Knee - by Eurobasket News

Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas) will miss at least four weeks with a bone bruise in his left knee and a Grade 2 MCL sprain. There were initially fears of a more severe injury in which Durant would miss the rest of the regular season. Durant underwent an MRI on Tuesday evening after hyperextending his left knee. There is no timetable for his return as he will be reevaluated in four weeks.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Warriors Plan To Sign Matt Barnes - by Eurobasket News

The Warriors intend to sign free agent forward Matt Barnes (6'7''-F-80, college: UCLA) to a contract, sources tell ESPN's Marc Stein and Chris Haynes. Barnes will fill the 15th slot on Golden State's roster and will receive a rest-of-season contract rather than a 10-day deal, per Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com. Jose Manuel Calderon (6'3''-PG-81), who will clear waivers on Wednesday, had been set to sign with the Warriors, having reached an agreement with the team over the weekend. As Stein explains, Golden State still plans to sign Calderon as promised. However, the team will then waive him in order to sign Barnes. The Dubs' change of direction - from Calderon to Barnes - comes on the heels of Kevin Durant leaving Tuesday night's game against the Wizards with a hyperextended left knee. The severity of that injury won't be confirmed until Durant undergoes an MRI, but the fact that the Warriors are adding Barnes suggests that the club may view the injury as more than just a day-to-day issue. Barnes, who will turn 37 next Thursday, signed a two-year deal with the Kings last summer and appeared in 54 games for the team this season. In 25.3 minutes per contest, Barnes recorded 7.6 PPG, 5.5 RPG, and 2.8 APG. However, he lost his roster spot last week when Sacramento needed to cut a player in order to complete the DeMarcus Cousins trade. The Kings waived Barnes despite the fact that he had a $6.4MM player option for 2017/18. Barnes, a Warrior from 2006 to 2008, will come with some baggage as he begins his second stint in Golden State. The UCLA product was allegedly involved in an altercation at a Chelsea nightclub in early December, and was recently booked for misdemeanor assault. He'll have to appear in a Manhattan courtroom at a later date as a result of the charge. Because he was waived prior to March 1, Barnes will be playoff-eligible for the Kings. Calderon will also retain his postseason eligibility as long as he's signed and waived by the Warriors before the end of the day on Wednesday.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



Kevin Durant hyperextended his left knee vs. Washington Wizards - by Eurobasket News

Kevin Durant (6'9''-SF-88, college: Texas)'s latest return home did not go well and did not last long: He hyperextended his left knee and exited the Golden State Warriors' game at the Washington Wizards for good after all of 93 seconds Tuesday night. Durant, who grew up in the D.C. area, will have an MRI exam, the Warriors said on Twitter. On a Wizards possession under their basket less than a minute into the game, Washington center Marcin Gortat (7'0''-C-84) tossed Golden State's Zaza Pachulia (6'11''-C-84) aside. Pachulia stumbled and landed on Durant's left leg. Durant immediately clutched at his left knee, then hobbled around a bit. He stayed in for a few more possessions before limping off toward the locker room when Golden State called timeout. Washington led by as many as 19 points in the first quarter, which ended with the host ahead 40-26. He took only one shot, which he missed, and left with zero points - ending a streak of 562 regular-season games (653, including the postseason) in which Durant scored at least 10 points. The 2014 NBA MVP for the Oklahoma City Thunder and a four-time NBA scoring champion entered Tuesday averaging Warriors team highs of 25.8 points and 8.4 rebounds, along with 4.9 assists. Golden State came in with a league-best 50-9 record after a win at Philadelphia on Monday night. This was Durant's first game in the nation's capital since signing with the Warriors; the Wizards - and their fans - had hoped to try to sign him as a free agent last offseason. It was also Durant's first game against his former coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Scott Brooks, who joined Washington this season. "I have a lot of respect for him and think he's a great player. He's happy where he's at. We had a good run together. I'm glad he's happy, I'm glad he's successful, but he's always going to be successful. He's a worker; he competes," Brooks said. "I got nothing but positive things to say about him, not one bad thing. ... He's a winner. I've said it for years and I've meant it and I still mean it. The guy is a winner more off the court, and he handles himself with class and dignity and respect for the game and his coaches and teammates. You want ... all your players to be a pro like him." Durant said before Tuesday's tipoff that he used to get too worked up about playing in front of friends and family in Washington. But that's no longer an issue, he says. Asked what he anticipated the reaction from spectators to be, Durant said: "I don't know. I don't expect it to be anything." Well, it turned out to be quite a bit of loud booing during the Warriors' pregame introductions. His teammate, Stephen Curry, heard cheers, on the other hand. Durant said that during his first few years in the league, he put too much pressure on himself when playing at Washington "because I wanted to play well at home." Now, though, Durant said he tries to "approach it like a normal game."
Courtesy of: nba.com



Westbrook's 43, triple-double lead Thunder past Jazz - by Eurobasket News

Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) scored 12 of his 43 points in the final 2:05 to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Utah Jazz 109-106 on Tuesday night. Westbrook also had 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his 30th triple-double of the season and 67th of his career. It was his fourth straight triple-double, and the team's fourth consecutive win. Doug McDermott (6'8''-F-92, college: Creighton) scored 16 points and Enes Kanter (6'11''-C-92, college: Kentucky) added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Thunder, who trimmed Utah's Central Division lead to two games. Westbrook scored and was fouled on a transition layup with 15.5 seconds to play. He completed the three-point play to give the Thunder a 108-106 lead. After Jerami Grant (6'8''-F-94, college: Syracuse) hit one of two free throws with a second left, Gordon Hayward (6'8''-G/F-90, college: Butler) missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that could have forced overtime. He led the Jazz with 19 points.
Courtesy of: koco.com



Brandon Jennings joins the Wizards - by Eurobasket News

Washington Wizards agreed terms with 28-year old point guard Brandon Jennings (185-77kg-89) from New York Knicks. In 58 NBA games he had 8.6ppg, 2.6rpg and 4.9apg this season. The last season Jennings played at the Magic where in 25 NBA games he recorded 7.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 4.0apg. He also played for the Pistons. In 23 NBA games he averaged 6.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.1apg. The other team Jennings played shortly was another team Drive. In only one game he got 11 points, 3 rebounds and 12 assists.
In 2009 he was drafted by Milwaukee Bucks in first round (10th overall). Jennings has never attended the college and entered pro basketball just after his high school.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Jennings' team was regular season runner-up in Italian SerieA in 2009. He was selected to NBA All-Star Game All-Sophmore Team back in 2011.
Jennings has played previously professionally in Italy (Roma Virtus) and D-League (Grand Rapids Drive).
On Jennings: (by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2009)
An extremely quick and explosive player … Plays with cockiness and confidence that is necessary to succeed at the top level … His wingspan and leaping ability put him in a rare category of point guards … Has great open court speed and likes to attack in transition … He is very good at changing direction mid-stride without losing speed or control of the ball … He is extremely dangerous off the dribble, where his first step and nice handles allow him to explode by defenders.
Does not take care of the ball, but is rather very careless with it, trying to make the flashy play rather than the simple and correct one
.

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Seniors push No. 24 Iowa State past Oklahoma State 86-83 - by Eurobasket News

With nine minutes left in the game on Tuesday night at Hilton Coliseum, Monte Morris (6'3''-PG-95) looked over to the media table. 'I'm going to get it. Triple-double,' he mouthed. He had called his shot. Over the next nine-minute span, Morris and No. 24 Iowa State (20-9, 12-5 Big 12) struggled to put away Oklahoma State (20-10, 9-8) - a team that had won five straight games before Tuesday. Yet it was Morris - who put up 12 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, just one shy of the triple-double mark on senior night - who came up with a steal with less than 10 seconds left in the game. That steal resulted in an easy layup on the next play to push Iowa State to a five-point lead. From there, the Cyclones held on, coming up with an 86-83 win. 'Senior nights are tough, man,' Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said. 'I love senior nights. I'm just so happy. I just was praying that we'd win for these guys. They had an amazing career here, and I just want to go celebrate and listen to these guys talk.' Iowa State's four starting seniors - Morris, Nazareth Mitrou-Long (6'4''-G-93), Matt Thomas (6'5''-G-94) and Deonte Burton (6'4''-G/F-94) - took their final home game at Hilton Coliseum in full stride. Thomas put up 25 points, shooting 7-of-11 from behind the arc. Burton dropped 20. Mitrou-Long added 17. 'We haven't had them all four play great in one night,' Prohm said. 'Tonight we did that and we beat a really good team.' Oh, and don't forget about Morris' near triple-double. '[Morris has] been great defensively for us,' Prohm said. 'I'm proud of him. He's made a statement I think over the last couple weeks.' Following Tuesday night, Iowa State has won its sixth straight game. It now sits alone in second place in the Big 12 Conference with just one game left in the regular season - a bout on Friday in Morgantown, West Virginia, against No. 11 West Virginia. A win there would all but assure the Cyclones a spot as the 2-seed in the Big 12 Championships, which start next week in Kansas City, Missouri, and mark their third win over a ranked opponent in a month. That, Prohm said, is a credit to his seniors. 'We've got great senior leadership,' Prohm said. 'We've got great kids. I think we've grown up a lot.'
Courtesy of: iowastatedaily.com



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Tomas Vazquez-Simmons (ex Guaynabo) signs at Rochester_RazorSharks - by Eurobasket News

Rochester RazorSharks landed 28-year old forward Tomas Vazquez-Simmons (202-100kg-89, college: Canisius). He played in the summer at Mets de Guaynabo in Puerto Rican league. But in 11 games he averaged just 0.7ppg in 2015 season. Vazquez-Simmons also played for Cangrejeros (also in ) where in three games he had only 0.7ppg and 1.0rpg in 2015 season.
Among other achievements his team made it to the MAAC Tournament Semifinals in 2010. Vazquez-Simmons received also Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Rookie of the Year award back in 2012 at his college time.
Vazquez-Simmons has played also professionally in Puerto Rico for Brujos.
He attended Canisius College until 2012 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  PHILIPPINES  


#PBA2017 Philippine Cup Finals Roundup: March 1, 2017 - by Enzo Flojo

The San Miguel Beermen bounced back from a Game 2 loss by frustrating the Ginebra Gin Kings in Game 3 of the 2016-2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals!

Game Capsules:

SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN over BGY. GINEBRA GIN KINGS, 99-88
The San Miguel Beermen surged ahead in the Oppo PBA Philippine Cup Finals after getting a strong performance from PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo to beat Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, 99-88, in Game 3 on Wednesday at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Fajardo, who struggled for just 10 points and seven rebounds in a foul-plagued showing in Game 2, bounced back with 17 points and 18 rebounds in this one.

San Miguel guards Chris Ross and Alex Cabagnot also had solid shooting nights with Ross scoring 24 points on 58-percent shooting and Cabagnot chipping in with 20 points, including three three-pointers, to help the Beermen take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven title series.

SMB bucked another slow start, trailing by as many as 12 points in the first half, before figuring things out in the second half.

The Beermen especially dominated the final stretch, holding Ginebra scoreless over the last 4:02 of the game to close out on a 12-0 run. (Interaksyon.com)

LINES OF THE GAME:
June Mar Fajardo (SMB) - 17pts, 18rebs, 3asts, 3blks, 2stls.
LA Tenorio (GIN) - 16pts, 5rebs, 5asts, 2stls.



HIGHLIGHTS:


Source: HoopNut.net



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Dallin Bachynski (ex Echague) is a newcomer at Energa Czarni - by Eurobasket News

Energa Czarni Slupsk (PLK) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old naturalized Canadian center Dallin Bachynski (213-112kg-91, college: Utah). He played at Echague in Argentinian LigaA, but left the team in Nov.'16. In 12 games he recorded 9.4ppg and 5.8rpg this season. The last season Bachynski played at another team Drive in U.S. semi-pro league D-League. But in 13 games he averaged just 1.8ppg and 2.2rpg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
Bachynski's team was regular season runner-up in Pac-12 in 2015.
He has played also professionally in Japan (Sendai 89ers).
Bachynski attended University of Utah until 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

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Rosa Radom cut Tyrone Brazelton - by Greg

Rosa Radom (PLK) cut 31-year old American point guard Tyrone Brazelton (184-103kg-86, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Higher Vision Sports). In 11 PLK games he averaged 13.9ppg, 3.5rpg and 5.1apg this season. He helped them to win the Supercup. Brazelton played 7 games in Basketball Champions League where he had very impressive stats: 15.3ppg, 5.0rpg and 5.1apg.

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Porter Troupe leaves Stal Ostrow - by Greg

BM Slam Stal Ostrow Wlkp. (PLK) and 34-year old American guard Porter Troupe (196-97kg-83, college: Portland, agency: Interperformances) terminated the contract on mutual agreement. In 21 PLK games he averaged 6.7ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.4apg this season.
He attended University of Portland until 2002 and it is his 15th (!!!) season in pro basketball.

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Tomas Vazquez-Simmons (ex Guaynabo) signs at Rochester_RazorSharks - by Eurobasket News

Rochester RazorSharks landed 28-year old forward Tomas Vazquez-Simmons (202-100kg-89, college: Canisius). He played in the summer at Mets de Guaynabo in Puerto Rican league. But in 11 games he averaged just 0.7ppg in 2015 season. Vazquez-Simmons also played for Cangrejeros (also in ) where in three games he had only 0.7ppg and 1.0rpg in 2015 season.
Among other achievements his team made it to the MAAC Tournament Semifinals in 2010. Vazquez-Simmons received also Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Rookie of the Year award back in 2012 at his college time.
Vazquez-Simmons has played also professionally in Puerto Rico for Brujos.
He attended Canisius College until 2012 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

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D1 Round 29: Al Shamal beat Qatar Sports Club in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in D1.

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Doha: Al Shamal (#6) and Qatar Sports Club (#8). Qatar Sports Club was defeated at home 82-91 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Qatar Sports Club was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 24-14 charge of Al Shamal, which allowed them to win the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Al Shamal made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American point guard Reggie Hamilton (182-89, college: Oakland, agency: Octagon Europe) who scored 35 points (!!!) and 5 assists. Australian-South Sudanese forward Deng Deng (203-92, college: Baylor) chipped in 28 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks. American forward Quinton Doggett (206-90, college: Southern) produced a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds for the hosts. Al Shamal have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Al Wakrah. Qatar Sports Club lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 13 games lost.
Another exciting game was again a derby between two teams from Doha: El Jaysh (#1) and Al Arabi (#3). El Jaysh (17-0) crushed visiting Al Arabi (11-6) by 18 points 86-68. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Al Arabi. American power forward Vernon Macklin (208-86, college: Florida) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds. Dominic James contributed with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. El Jaysh's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Gueye Momar Talla (-97) answered with 17 points and 9 rebounds for Al Arabi. Undefeated El Jaysh have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 17-0 record. Al Arabi at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. El Jaysh's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Doha Al Gharafa.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Doha. Local Al Rayyan (12-6) outscored 5th ranked Al Wakrah (7-11) 94-71 on Tuesday night. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Al Wakrah. Tanguy Ngombo stepped up with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Al Rayyan's coach Matthew Skillman felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Larry Blair responded with 33 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Loser Al Wakrah keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Al Shamal.

In the last game of round 29 bottom-ranked Al Khor was defeated by Al Ahli in Doha 79-70.
The best stats of 29th round was 17 points and 17 rebounds by Marcus Bell of Al Rayyan.

Al Rayyan - Al Wakrah 94-71

The game with biggest result difference took place in Doha. Local Al Rayyan (12-6) outscored 5th ranked Al Wakrah (7-11) 94-71 on Tuesday night. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Al Wakrah. The game was mostly controlled by Al Rayyan. Al Wakrah managed to win second period 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Al Rayyan looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The former international forward Tanguy Ngombo (197-84) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and American center Marcus Bell (206-90, college: CS Stanislaus) chipped in 17 points and 17 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Four Al Rayyan players scored in double figures. Al Rayyan's coach Matthew Skillman felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Larry Blair (183-84, college: Liberty) responded with 33 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 5 assists and American-Nigerian forward Olatunbo Ayeni (196-87, college: St.Francis, NY) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Loser Al Wakrah keeps the fifth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Al Shamal.
Top scorers:
Al Rayyan: T.Ngombo 28+11reb+7ast, J.Shabazz 23+3reb+4ast, M.Bell 17+17reb+2ast, A.Abdelhaleem 17+5reb+3ast, M.Hassan Mohamed 7+4reb+4ast, M.Haracic 2+2reb
Al Wakrah: L.Blair 33+6reb+5ast, O.Ayeni 16+10reb+4ast, N.Diatta 10+4reb, E.Mujkic 8+9reb+1ast, M.Saleem 4+5reb+1ast, A.Mohamed 0+1reb
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Qatar Club - Al Shamal 82-91

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Doha: Al Shamal (#6) and Qatar Sports Club (#8). Qatar Sports Club was defeated at home 82-91 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Qatar Sports Club was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 24-14 charge of Al Shamal, which allowed them to win the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Al Shamal made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American point guard Reggie Hamilton (182-89, college: Oakland, agency: Octagon Europe) who scored 35 points (!!!) and 5 assists. Australian-South Sudanese forward Deng Deng (203-92, college: Baylor) chipped in a double-double by scoring 28 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks. American forward Quinton Doggett (206-90, college: Southern) produced a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds and international Abdulrahman Jamal added 23 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Al Shamal have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Al Wakrah. Qatar Sports Club lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Al Shamal: R.Hamilton 35+2reb+5ast, D.Deng 28+12reb+1ast, E.Ali Saleh 15+12reb+3ast, A.Kosar 8+2reb+3ast, F.Avdic 5+8reb+2ast, J.Muftah 0
Qatar Club: Q.Doggett 37+17reb+2ast, A.Jamal 23+6reb+1ast, K.Zubovic 12+4reb+5ast, B.Ba-Suliman 7+2reb+5ast, M.Almuhnai 2, A.Al-Sahouti 1+1reb+4ast
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Al Ahli - Al Khor 79-70

There was no surprise in Doha where 10th ranked Al Khor (2-15) was defeated by seventh ranked Al Ahli (6-11) 79-70 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-70. Serbian point guard Branko Jereminov (186-87) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 assists for the winners and Serbian forward Aleksandar Mitrovic (201-90, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 25 points and 6 rebounds. American point guard Dairese Gary (185-88, college: N.Mexico) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and Mustafa Lasheen scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Four Al Khor players scored in double figures. Al Ahli maintains seventh place with 6-11 record. Al Khor lost their fourth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. Al Ahli's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Doha Al Sadd.
Top scorers:
Al Ahli: A.Mitrovic 25+6reb+2ast, B.Jereminov 23+3reb+10ast, M.Elsadiq 12+5reb, M.Essam 6+2reb+1ast, O.Ahmad 6+3reb, H.Omar 5+8reb+1ast
Al Khor: D.Gary 24+11reb+4ast, M.Lasheen 15+7reb+2ast, M.Elserafy Shawky 13+1reb+2ast, A.Adam 10+2reb+1ast, K.Roushdi Mohamed 8+8reb+2ast, A.Mohamed Hisham 0
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El Jaysh - Al Arabi 86-68

Another exciting game was again a derby between two teams from Doha: El Jaysh (#1) and Al Arabi (#3). El Jaysh (17-0) crushed visiting Al Arabi (11-6) by 18 points 86-68. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Al Arabi. The game was mostly controlled by El Jaysh. Al Arabi was better in second period 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. El Jaysh dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Al Arabi's 34. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. American power forward Vernon Macklin (208-86, college: Florida) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Dominic James (180-86, college: Marquette) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. El Jaysh's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Gueye Momar Talla (-97) answered with 17 points and 9 rebounds and Nigerian-American power forward Manny Adako (203-87, college: Northeastern, agency: Court Side) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Al Arabi. Four El Jaysh and five Al Arabi players scored in double figures. El Jaysh have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 17-0 record. Al Arabi at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. El Jaysh's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Doha Al Gharafa.
Top scorers:
El Jaysh: V.Macklin 27+11reb+3ast, D.James 21+5reb+10ast, A.Saeed Erfan 15+3ast, M.Mohamed Yousef 10+7reb+1ast, F.Hani Abilmoni 7+11reb+9ast, M.El Hadary 4+1reb+1ast
Al Arabi: G.Momar Talla 17+9reb, M.Adako 14+6reb+4ast, M.Souleye 14+6reb, I.Hamed Moutasim 11+4reb+2ast, A.Saaka 10+2reb+7ast, M.Daoud Mohamed 2+4reb+1ast
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CSU Sibiu adds Saunders to their roster - by Eurobasket News

CSU Atlassib Sibiu (Liga Nationala) added to their roster 26-year old British international forward Will Saunders (201-86kg-91, college: Charleston Southern). He played this season at Angelico Biella in Italian Serie A2. In 7 games he recorded 7.4ppg and 5.0rpg. Saunders also played for Novipiu Casale (Serie A) in Italy where in 20 games he averaged 6.7ppg and 4.1rpg. He also spent pre-season at Alba (A Division) in Hungarian league that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Saunders won NJCAA D1 championship title in 2013. He was also voted All-Big South Conference 2nd Team in 2015 at his college time.
Saunders has been also a member of British international program for some years. He has regularly played for British senior team since 2015 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2011.
Saunders represented United Kingdom at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 1.3ppg, 2.0rpg.
Saunders graduated from Charleston Southern in 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Avtodor adds Gliddon to their roster, ex Taipans - by Eurobasket News

Avtodor Saratov (VTB) added to their roster 28-year old Australian international swingman Cameron Gliddon (196-86kg-89, college: Concordia Irvine). He started the season at Taipans in Australian NBL league. In 30 games he recorded 10.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.1apg and 1.2spg this season. The last season Gliddon played at AZS Koszalin in Polish TBL where in 10 games he averaged 7.2ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Australian NBL Regular Season in 2015. Gliddon was also voted Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Honorable Mention back in 2014.
He has been also a member of Australian international program for some years. Gliddon has regularly played for Australian senior team since 2013 and previously for University National Team in 2011.
He also represented Australia at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 10.5ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.2apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 56.5%, 3PT: 34.5%.
Gliddon has played also professionally for other Australian teams like Australia for Slammers Australian Institute Sport.
He attended Concordia University at Irvine until 2012 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Huesca signs Uros Petrovic - by Eurobasket News

Magia Huesca (LEB Gold) signed 27-year old Serbian forward Uros Petrovic (205-90, agency: Interperformances). He played last season at Gaz Metan in Romanian Div.B. Petrovic managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 7 Liga Nationala games he had 5.3ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.3apg. He also played that season for KK Kumanovo 2009 in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga where in 9 games he recorded just 2.8ppg and 1.2rpg. Petrovic also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 6.7ppg and 2.0rpg.
His team made it to the Bulgarian League Semifinals in 2013.
Petrovic represented Serbia at the European Championships U18 in Amaliada Pyrgos (Greece) nine years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 7.4ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 63.3%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 52.9%.
Petrovic is quite experienced player. He has played in five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Petrovic has played previously professionally in Iran (Naft Abadan), Lithuania (Zalgiris and LSU-Atletas), Serbia (Vrsac), Bulgaria (Balkan) and Greece (Aiolos Trikallon).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @CompeticionFEB)

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Stojacic number one in Serbian 2MLS for round 19 - by Eurobasket News

Forward Stefan Stojacic (194-F-89, agency: Interperformances) had a great game in the last round for top-ranked Vojvodina NS, receiving a Eurobasket.com 2MLS Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds, while his team outclassed Futog (#11, 5-14) with 37-point margin 104-67. It allowed Vojvodina NS to consolidate first place in the Serbian 2MLS. Vojvodina NS have a solid 17-2 record. In the team's last game Stojacic had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Vojvodina NS's top player in his first season with the team. Stefan Stojacic averages this season 15.5ppg and 5.6rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Hungarian Srdjan Stojanovic (197-SG-91) of Radnicki 1950. Stojanovic had a very good evening with 32 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. It was enough for Radnicki 1950 to edge the lower-ranked Srem (#14, 2-16) 106-100. Radnicki 1950's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 13-6 record is not bad at all. Stojanovic is a newcomer at Radnicki 1950, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.5ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 4.3rpg and 3.7apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was swingman Strahinja Mladenovic (199-G/F-92) of Sloboda Uzice (#7). Mladenovic showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Sloboda Uzice, leading his team to a 98-75 easy win against the lower-ranked Jagodina (#13, 3-16). Sloboda Uzice needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 8 lost games. Mladenovic has a very solid season. In 18 games in Serbia he scored 14.6ppg. He also has 4.3rpg and FGP: 63.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nikola Kostic (197-F-96) of Radnicki 1950 - 31 points and 4 rebounds
5. Filip Popovic (202-PF) of Radnicki 1950 - 22 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Djordjo Djordjic (198-F-78) of Srem - 33 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Zeljko Stanisavljevic) of Mladost SP - 24 points and 5 rebounds
8. Nemanja Arsic (214-C-85) of Velika Plana - 19 points and 8 rebounds
9. Dragoljub Sikman (200-F/C-87) of Napredak - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Mihajlo Bogdanovic (199-F/G-96) of Velika Plana - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Radonjic number one in Serbia for round 18 - by Eurobasket News

Point guard Marko Radonjic (191-PG-93) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Borac, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (21 points, five rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Tamis (#6, 10-8) 82-80. Borac maintains the 3rd position in Serbian KLS. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Borac will need more victories to improve their 13-5 record. It's Radonjic's second year at Borac and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Marko Radonjic averages this season 14.0ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old Aleksandar Sokolovic (194-F/G-93) of Mladost ZE. Sokolovic had a very good evening with 21 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists. Bad luck as Mladost ZE lost that game 74-83 to the higher-ranked Dynamic BG (#2, 14-4). This loss caused Mladost ZE to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 10-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Sokolovic is one of the most experienced players at Mladost ZE and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was swingman Jovan Djordjevic (198-G/F-93) of Napredak K. (#8). Djordjevic scored 26 points. He was a key player of Napredak K., leading his team to a 102-83 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Beovuk 72 (#9, 8-10). Napredak K. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 8 lost games. Djordjevic has a very solid season. In 18 games in Serbia he scored 14.4ppg. He also has 5.4rpg and FGP: 60.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stefan Fundic (199-F-94) of Beovuk 72 - 18 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Lazar Zorcic (205-C-88) of Dunav SB - 15 points and 10 rebounds
6. Marko Josilo (200-G-92) of Metalac - 18 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Goran Ostojic (205-F-91) of Sloga - 14 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Veljko Brkic (206-C-95) of Mladost ZE - 17 points and 5 rebounds
9. Ognjen Kuzeta (193-G-87) of Mladost ZE - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Milan Markovic (208-C-90) of Napredak K. - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Helios top league-leading Krka, Olimpija uses 19-0 run to beat Tajfun - by Zeljko Zule

Helios Suns never trailed after halftime and had 36 free throw attempts in an 84-78 win over league-leading Krka. Union Olimpija used a 19-0 run spanning the first and second quarters to beat Tajfun Sentjur 88-68.

Helios Suns-Krka 84-78: Helios used a 10-0 run to build a 23-13 lead late in the first quarter. Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94) and then Matic Rebec (181-PG-95) both scored five straight points to put Krka up 37-32. Helios closed out the first half with a 9-2 run to lead 41-39 and never looked back from there. The home team opened the second half with consecutive 3-pointers by Jure Mocnik (183-PG-85) and Simo Atanackovic (206-F-90) to extend the lead to eight points and later Simo Atanackovic and Matic Vesel (204-F-98) combined for seven straight points that gave Helios a comfortable lead 60-46. Krka cut the deficit to 72-78 with 44 seconds remaining, but Helios made six of their eight free throws to secure the win.
Simo Atanackovic finished with 23 points, Jure Mocnik had 12 points and 10 assists, Juraj Segaric (185-PG-93) scored 12 points, all came from the free throw line, and Cory Remekun (203-F/C-91, college: St.Louis) posted 12 points. Krka outrebounded Helios 51-33, picking up 24 offensive boards, but shot just 32-percent (28-of-62) from the field. Ron Curry (191-G-93, college: JMU, agency: Octagon Europe) came off the bench for 18 points and Matic Rebec scored 13.

Tajfun Sentjur-Union Olimpija 66-88: The game featured just one lead change. Tajfun opened the game with seven straight points and later made an 11-1 run for their largest lead of the night, 20-10. After trailing 15-24, Olimpija went on a decisive 19-0 run to go up 34-24 in the second quarter and its defense held Tajfun scoreless for a 5:05 span. Tajfun couldn't get closer than 6 points the rest of the game, 47-53 midway through the third quarter. At that point, Olimpija scored seven consecutive points to extend their lead to 60-47. Their advantage never dipped below double digits the rest of the way.
Jure Pelko (190-G-90) scored 25points, Brandon Jefferson (175-PG-91, college: Metro St.) 13, Drazen Bubnic (207-F/C-86) 12, Jan Barbaric (188-G-95) and Nikola Jankovic (207-PF-94) both added 11 points. Tajfun was led by Malcolm Grant (185-G-88, college: Miami, FL), who scored 25 points on shooting 5-of-7 behind the 3-point line, and Tomaz Jereb (192-G-91) added 11 points.



Dejan Sakotic moves from Rogaska to Kakanj - by Zeljko Zule

Bosnian Dejan Sakotic (195-G/F-93) has parted ways with Rogaska and in a quick turn of events, has signed with Kakanj for the remainder of the season.
Sakotic joined Rogaska last summer from Swisslion Leotar Trebinje and averaged 5.2 points, 1.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.2 steals and 0.1 blocks over 11.2 minutes in 17 Slovenian League games.
Sakotic grew up with Serbian side Mega Vizura and has played the majority of his pro career for Leotar Trebinje. He was a member of the Bosnian U16 national team at the 2009 European Championship.



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South Korean KBL round 40 best performance: Ricardo Ratliffe - by Eurobasket News

Naturalized American Forward Ricardo Ratliffe (203-F-89) had a very impressive game in the last round for top-ranked Samsung Th., receiving a Usbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 40.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 28 points and 17 rebounds, while his team beat Mobis Phoebus (#5, 23-21) 82-76. It allowed Samsung Th. to consolidate first place in the South Korean KBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Samsung Th. has a very solid 30-15 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Ratliffe turned to be Samsung Th.'s top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Missouri star has very solid stats this year. Ratliffe is in league's top in points (5th best: 23.3ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 13.1rpg) and averages impressive 1.4bpg and 65.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 34-year old American Andre Emmett (196-F-82) of KCC Egis. Emmett had a very good evening with 33 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course KCC Egis cruised to a 95-85 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Samsung Th. (#1, 30-15). KCC Egis' 9th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 15-30 record. Emmett is a newcomer at KCC Egis, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 27.8ppg (#1). He also registered 7.2 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American Leon Williams (203-C/F-86) of Sonic Boom KT (#10). Williams scored 22 points and grabbed eighteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Sonic Boom KT, leading his team to a 69-66 win against the higher-ranked Anyang KGC (#2, 30-15). The chances of Sonic Boom KT not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 30 games, recording just fourteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Williams could try to bring Sonic Boom KT's a little bit higher in the standings. Williams has individually a great season in South Korea. After 28 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 12.0rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. David Simon (208-C-82) of Anyang KGC - 18 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Gregory Stevenson (197-F-78) of Samsung Th. - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Jong-Hyun Lee (206-C-94) of Mobis Phoebus - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Wendell McKines (198-F-88) of Dongbu Promy - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Kyo-Chang Song (200-F-96) of KCC Egis - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Sek-Eun Oh (200-C-87) of Anyang KGC - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
10. James Mays (206-F/C-86) of LG Sakers - 26 points and 6 rebounds

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



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

25-year old forward Jonathan Graham (203-F-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for Muro Basquet and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had the game-high 27 points adding five rebounds and two assists for Muro Basquet in his team's victory, helping them to beat Cerdanyola (#11, 5-13) 87-77. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings in Group C-B. Muro Basquet is placed at 9th position in their group in Spanish league. Muro Basquet is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-10 record. Graham turned to be Muro Basquet's top player in his first season with the team. University of Maryland graduate has very impressive stats this year. Graham is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 10.7rpg) and averages solid 1.1bpg and 55.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Daniel Garcia of Venta de Banos. He is a in his first season at Venta de Banos. In the last game Garcia recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Venta de Banos lost that game 66-72 to the higher-ranked Burgos (#7, 8-10). Venta de Banos managed to keep the same 15th spot in Group A-A. 15 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Venta de Banos managed to get this year. Garcia is a newcomer at Venta de Banos and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Emmanuel Okoroba (203-C-92) of Quintanar (#10). Okoroba scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Okoroba's great performance Quintanar lost 64-78 to the higher-ranked Casvi (#2, 16-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Quintanar needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in Group B. Their record is 10 victories and 10 lost games. Okoroba has a very solid season. In 11 games in Spain he scored 14.8ppg. He also has 7.0rpg and FGP: 60.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Volodymyr Orlov (208-C-95) of Pielagos - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Santiago Serrataco (187-G-90) of Mataro - 24 points and 6 rebounds
6. Alvaro Lombera (202-F-84) of Univ.Burgos - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Jose Maria Morales (205-F/C-89) of Calvia - 24 points and 14 rebounds
8. DeAngelo Hailey (190-G-90) of La Roda - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Eric Manes (194-F-87) of Castellbisbal - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Seydou Aboubacar (207-C-94) of Estudiantes L. - 18 points and 11 rebounds

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



Valencia's Kravtsov out for the season - by Eurobasket News

Valencia Basket center Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: BeoBasket) is set to miss at least the next 7DAYS EuroCup Quarterfinals game due to a broken toe in his left foot, the club announced on Wednesday. Viacheslav Kravtsov (2.13 meters, 29 years old) went down early in Game 1 of the quarterfinals against Khimki Moscow Region, and although he could not come back to the floor, Valencia won 88-82. Despite playing just 3 minutes, Viacheslav Kravtsov had 2 points and 2 offensive rebounds, helping Valencia set a new EuroCup record with 27 offensive boards. He has averaged 7.8 points and 3.8 rebounds while leading the 2016-17 EuroCup in two-point shooting percentage (39-of-50, 78%). Likewise, Valencia announced that piont guard Antoine Diot, who missed Game 1 with a foot injury, will be sidelined for the re-match, as well. Valencia faces Khimki in Game 2 of their best-of-three quarterfinal series on Friday.
Courtesy of: eurocupbasketball.com



Huesca signs Uros Petrovic - by Eurobasket News

Magia Huesca (LEB Gold) signed 27-year old Serbian forward Uros Petrovic (205-90, agency: Interperformances). He played last season at Gaz Metan in Romanian Div.B. Petrovic managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year. In 7 Liga Nationala games he had 5.3ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.3apg. He also played that season for KK Kumanovo 2009 in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga where in 9 games he recorded just 2.8ppg and 1.2rpg. Petrovic also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 6.7ppg and 2.0rpg.
His team made it to the Bulgarian League Semifinals in 2013.
Petrovic represented Serbia at the European Championships U18 in Amaliada Pyrgos (Greece) nine years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 7.4ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 63.3%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 52.9%.
Petrovic is quite experienced player. He has played in five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Petrovic has played previously professionally in Iran (Naft Abadan), Lithuania (Zalgiris and LSU-Atletas), Serbia (Vrsac), Bulgaria (Balkan) and Greece (Aiolos Trikallon).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @CompeticionFEB)

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Basketligan Round 30: Sodertalje Kings beat Boras Basket by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

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

The most exciting game of round 30 in the Basketligan took place in Boras. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 6th ranked Boras Basket (14-13) to second ranked Sodertalje Kings (18-7) 70-67 on Tuesday evening. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 33-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Sodertalje Kings made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. It was a good game for Croatian forward Toni Bizaca (202-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 9 rebounds. American power forward Delvon Johnson (206-89, college: Arkansas) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American guard Jerome Seagears (185-92, college: UNLV, agency: Diamond Sports) replied with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Boras Basket. Sodertalje Kings have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 18-7 record having five points less than leader BC Lulea. Boras Basket at the other side dropped to the fifth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Jamtland. Sodertalje Kings are looking forward to face Nassjo (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Boras Basket will play against Norrkoping Dolphins in Norrkoping and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for BC Lulea (21-6) which hosted in Lulea second-best Norrkoping Dolphins (17-8). First ranked BC Lulea managed to get a 11-point victory 81-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Norrkoping Dolphins. American guard Brandon Rozzell (188-89, college: VCU) had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Adam Ronnqvist chipped in 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. BC Lulea's coach Peter Oqvist allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was the former international center Joakim Kjellbom (212-79, college: N.Arizona) with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds. BC Lulea maintains first position with 21-6 record. Norrkoping Dolphins at the other side dropped to the third place with eight games lost. BC Lulea will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Norrkoping Dolphins will play at home against Boras Basket and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game between seventh ranked Nassjo (13-14) and 8th ranked Umea (4-23) in Nassjo on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. Nassjo outscored guests from Umea 97-56. Dartaye Ruffin notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort. Nassjo's coach Felix Alonso felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 20 points by Egal Saleman did not help to save the game for Umea. Nassjo maintains seventh position with 13-14 record. Umea lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 23 games lost. Nassjo will meet league's second-placed Sodertalje Kings on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Umea will play against Uppsala Basket (#4) and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 30 Jamtland was beaten by Uppsala on the road 84-76.

Uppsala - Jamtland 84-76

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Uppsala Basket's (15-10) home victory over 5th ranked KFUM Jamtland (14-13) 84-76 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 39-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Uppsala Basket outrebounded KFUM Jamtland 40-29 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international forward Alexander Lindqvist (205-91, agency: Interperformances) notched 19 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international point guard Jonathan Person (190-93, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Uppsala Basket players scored in double figures. Even 30 points and 4 steals by American guard Jabril Durham (185-94, college: Arkansas) did not help to save the game for KFUM Jamtland. His fellow American import forward Mike Bruesewitz (201-90, college: Wisconsin) added 15 points and 9 rebounds. Uppsala Basket have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 15-10 record. Loser KFUM Jamtland keeps the fifth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Boras. Uppsala Basket will meet Umea (#8) on the road in the next round. KFUM Jamtland will play against Malbas and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Uppsala: A.Lindqvist 19+9reb+2ast, J.Person 16+6reb+4ast, A.Nordstrom 16+6reb, A.Gaddefors 14+4reb+1ast, A.Person 13+3reb+1ast, C.Engstrom 6+5reb+1ast
Jamtland: J.Durham 30+4reb+3ast, M.Bruesewitz 15+9reb+2ast, P.Purifoy 12+3reb, G.Hansson 8+4reb, S.Berkelund 6+1reb, J.Puidet 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 477222


Boras - Sodertalje 67-70

The most exciting game of round 30 in the Basketligan took place in Boras. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 6th ranked Boras Basket (14-13) to second ranked Sodertalje Kings (18-7) 70-67 on Tuesday evening. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 33-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Sodertalje Kings made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. It was a good game for Croatian forward Toni Bizaca (202-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 9 rebounds. American power forward Delvon Johnson (206-89, college: Arkansas) contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American guard Jerome Seagears (185-92, college: UNLV, agency: Diamond Sports) replied with 17 points and 7 rebounds and the former international Christian Maraker (207-82, college: Pacific) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Boras Basket. Sodertalje Kings have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 18-7 record having five points less than leader BC Lulea. Boras Basket at the other side dropped to the fifth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Jamtland. Sodertalje Kings are looking forward to face Nassjo (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Boras Basket will play against Norrkoping Dolphins in Norrkoping and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sodertalje: T.Bizaca 19+9reb+2ast, D.Johnson 12+6reb, D.Lejasmeiers 10+1reb+4ast, L.Radosavljevic 8+2reb+1ast, V.Lindstrom 7+4reb+4ast, N.Spires 6+5reb
Boras: J.Seagears 17+7reb+3ast, C.Maraker 15+6reb+3ast, S.Hines 13+5reb+1ast, T.Wright 7+4reb, M.Palm 6+5reb+1ast, F.Andersson 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 477221


Nassjo - Umea 97-56

The game between seventh ranked Nassjo (13-14) and 8th ranked Umea (4-23) in Nassjo on Tuesday ended with biggest points difference. Nassjo outscored guests from Umea 97-56. The game without a history. Nassjo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Umea's 26. Nassjo forced 20 Umea turnovers and outrebounded them 40-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. American center Dartaye Ruffin (205-91, college: Drexel, agency: Dynamics Global Management) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import guard Reginald Johnson (191-94, college: Hampton) supported him with 18 points and 4 assists. Five Nassjo players scored in double figures. Nassjo's coach Felix Alonso felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) by Egal Saleman (201-88) did not help to save the game for Umea. Center Andre Nilsson (209-90) added 4 points and 10 rebounds. Nassjo maintains seventh position with 13-14 record. Umea lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 23 games lost. Nassjo will meet league's second-placed Sodertalje Kings on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Umea will play against Uppsala Basket (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Nassjo: D.Ruffin 18+10reb, R.Johnson 18+4reb+4ast, A.Barnes 12+5reb+1ast, W.Gutenius 11+4reb, K.Ternell 10+4reb, D.Eliasson 9+2reb+1ast
Umea: E.Saleman 20+1reb+1ast, R.Alm 10+2reb, F.Bjornsson 9, A.Frank 6+1reb+2ast, J.Wolfram 4+3reb+2ast, A.Nilsson 4+10reb+1ast
gschID: 477223


BC Lulea - Norrkoping 81-70

An interesting game for BC Lulea (21-6) which hosted in Lulea second-best Norrkoping Dolphins (17-8). First ranked BC Lulea managed to get a 11-point victory 81-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Norrkoping Dolphins. The game was mostly controlled by BC Lulea. Norrkoping Dolphins was better in fourth quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Lulea shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. American guard Brandon Rozzell (188-89, college: VCU) had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Adam Ronnqvist (181-90) chipped in 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. BC Lulea's coach Peter Oqvist allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was the former international center Joakim Kjellbom (212-79, college: N.Arizona) with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds and the former international Mikael Lindquist (193-83) scored 17 points and 5 assists. BC Lulea maintains first position with 21-6 record. Norrkoping Dolphins at the other side dropped to the third place with eight games lost. BC Lulea will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Norrkoping Dolphins will play at home against Boras Basket and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
BC Lulea: A.Ronnqvist 21+4reb+2ast, B.Rozzell 16+5reb+10ast, Y.Anzuluni 15+4reb+1ast, T.Liden 12+1ast, Q.Upshur 8+5reb+2ast, T.Kearney 8+5reb+1ast
Norrkoping: J.Kjellbom 26+10reb+3ast, M.Lindquist 17+4reb+5ast, C.Darling 16+9reb+1ast, D.Jeftic 7+6reb+1ast, T.Schuberg 3+2reb+2ast, J.Smith 1+3reb
gschID: 477220





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Stats Leaders LNA

Points Per Game
 Karl COCHRAN
  Lausanne
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Cochran, Lausanne22.8 
 2. Whack, Winterthur22.5 
 3. Ballard, Geneve Lions21.6 
 4. Day, Massagno19.9 
 5. Wilson, Lausanne19.8 
 6. Jones, Starwings18.7 
 7. Downing, Winte.18.6 
 8. Carter, Boncourt18.6 
 9. Mladjan, Geneve L.18.5 
 10. Krstanovic, Neuch.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nemanja CALASAN
  Boncourt
  (204-C-85)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Calasan, Boncourt12.5 
 2. Vinson, Starwings11.2 
 3. Aw, Lugano Tigers9.6 
 4. Bergstedt, Massa.9.5 
 5. Krstanovic, Neuch.9.3 
 6. Taylor, Fribourg9.2 
 7. Sheldon, Winte.9.0 
 8. Jennings, Winte.8.8 
 9. Heath, Monthey8.6 
 10. Brown, Swiss C.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Kaylon WILLIAMS
  Lugano T.
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Williams, Lugano T.8.2 
 2. Young, Monthey6.4 
 3. Everett, Lugano T.6.3 
 4. Wright, Fribourg5.0 
 5. Bavcevic, Monthey4.9 
 6. Kovacevic, Swiss C.4.9 
 7. Williams, Geneve L.4.8 
 8. Savoy, Neuchatel4.8 
 9. Jones, Starwings4.5 
 10. Magnani, Massagno4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Karl COCHRAN
  Lausanne
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Cochran, Lausanne3.1 
 2. Wright, Fribourg2.5 
 3. Jones, Starwings2.4 
 4. Jennings, Winte.2.0 
 5. Taylor, Fribourg1.8 
 6. James, Neuchatel1.8 
 7. Williams, Lugano T.1.8 
 8. Wilson, Lausanne1.8 
 9. Williams, Geneve L.1.7 
 10. Souare, Winterthur1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Rhamel BROWN
  Swiss C.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Brown, Swiss C.2.2 
 2. Heath, Monthey1.8 
 3. Jennings, Winte.1.3 
 4. James, Neuchatel1.1 
 5. Swannegan, Lausa.1.0 
 6. Bergstedt, Massa.1.0 
 7. Monteiro, Winte.1.0 
 8. Cotture, Fribourg0.8 
 9. Mladjan, Geneve L.0.8 
 10. Evans, Massagno0.8 


Cochran number one in Switzerland for round 19 - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Karl Cochran (185-G-92) had a great game in the last round for Lausanne, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, two rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Massagno (#10, 5-12) with 26-point margin 87-61. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Lausanne is placed at 9th position in Swiss LNA. Lausanne is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-12 record. In the team's last game Cochran had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He turned to be Lausanne's top player in his first season with the team. Former Wofford College star has very solid stats this year. Cochran is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.8ppg. Cochran is in league's top in and averages impressive 3.1spg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Jarvis Williams (198-F-89) of Boncourt. Williams had a very good evening with 28 points and 7 rebounds. Of course Boncourt cruised to a 80-68 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Monthey (#2, 13-4). Boncourt's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-11 record. Williams is one of the most experienced players at Boncourt and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Boncourt's star - American guard Richard Carter (180-PG-92, agency: Inception Sports). Carter showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, six rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was another key player of Boncourt, helping his team with a 80-68 win against the higher-ranked Monthey (#2, 13-4). The chances of Boncourt 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, Carter could try to bring Boncourt's a little bit higher in the standings. Carter has individually a great season in Switzerland. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.6ppg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jonas Bergstedt (210-C-91) of Massagno - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Tristan Carey (193-G-91) of Lugano Tigers - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Chad Timberlake (194-G-84) of Geneve Lions - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Colin Voss (201-PF) of Swiss Central - 16 points and 6 rebounds
8. Chris Jones (188-G-93) of Starwings - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Anton Wilson (196-G-94) of Lausanne - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists
10. Durell Vinson (201-F/C-85) of Starwings - 10 points and 12 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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Davon Jefferson gets MVP of the Week award for Turkish BSL - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Davon Jefferson (204-F-86) had a great game in the last round for Gaziantep and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 30-year old forward had a double-double of 31 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Galatasaray (#6, 11-8) 79-66. Gaziantep is placed at 8th position in Turkish BSL. Gaziantep is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-10 record. Jefferson turned to be Gaziantep's top player in his first season with the team. University of Southern California graduate has very impressive stats this year. Jefferson is in league's top in points (3rd best: 19.0ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 8.7rpg) and averages solid 62.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old Greek center Zach Auguste (208-C-93, agency: Pensack Sports) of Usak. Auguste impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 19 rebounds. Bad luck as Usak was edged by the higher-ranked Anadolu Efes (#2, 17-2) 80-78. Usak is still second from the bottom in the standings. 14 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Usak managed to get this year. Auguste is a newcomer at Usak and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was former international guard Baris Ermis (194-PG-85) of Tofas (#9). Ermis showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in the last round. He was a key player of Tofas, leading his team to a 86-81 win against the lower-ranked Best Balikesir (#15, 3-16). The chances of Tofas ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Ermis could help Tofas to bring them higher in the standings. Ermis has a great season in Turkey. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.4apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ian Hummer (201-F-90) of TED Kolejliler - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Angelo Caloiaro (205-F-89) of Demir IBB - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Sean Armand (196-G-91) of Istanbul BBSK - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-PG-89) of Usak - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Earl Clark (208-F-88) of Besiktas - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Shannon Shorter (193-G-89) of TED Kolejliler - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89) of Darussafaka - 19 points, 4 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)



Mike Davis agreed terms with Socar Petkim - by Eurobasket News

Socar Petkimspor (TBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American forward Mike Davis (205-102kg-88, college: Illinois, agency: Octagon Europe). He started the season at Westchester Knicks (D-League) in the U.S. In 24 games he recorded 4.1ppg and 2.9rpg this season. The last season Davis played at Balikesir where in 42 TBL games he averaged 14.2ppg, 9.7rpg and 1.5apg. He helped them to make it to the final. Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TBL Forward of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Imports Team.
In 2012 (a year after he left the college) Reno Bighorns selected him as fifth overall pick in D-League draft.
He attended University of Illinois until 2011 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.
Davis is a very experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America) in five different countries. Davis has played previously professionally in Puerto Rico (Santeros and Capitanes), Ukraine (Mykolaiv, Zaporizhya and BC Kyiv), D-League (Sioux Falls Skyforce), Dominican Republic (Caneros de La Romana and Metros de Santiago) and Turkey (Adanaspor).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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SKYHAWK FORWARD MARTINEZ REUNITES WITH MOTHER FOR FIRST TIME IN SEVEN YEARS - by David Edole

MARTIN, Tenn. - The Senior Night festivities that occurred before the men's basketball game at the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center on Saturday, Feb. 25 meant just a little more for University of Tennessee at Martin men's basketball star Javier Martinez (201-F-93).

Martinez, the Virgin Islands native who was named to the 2017 All-Ohio Valley Conference team yesterday, was all smiles as he was accompanied by his mother Gumercinda Lopez.

Eight hours earlier, Martinez had just seen his mother for the first time since 2010. The reunion was part of a scheme devised by the Skyhawk coaching staff.

'To be able to provide that opportunity for her to see her child - who is now a man - having success on the court and is going to graduate in the summer, you can't ask for more,' UT Martin head coach Anthony Stewart said. 'That's what it's about - touching lives, helping others and paying it forward.'

Lopez arrived in Martin on Friday evening but had to wait until Saturday morning to see her son. It was then that Stewart called an impromptu 'Senior Night' meeting with Martinez while Lopez was waiting behind a closed door just outside Stewart's office.

When Stewart's door swung open, Martinez and Lopez shared a special moment that was full of emotions. Tears were flowing as the mother and son embraced for several minutes.

'It was the happiest and most emotional moment of my life,' Martinez said. 'When Coach opened the door and I saw my Mom, I looked up and I was like 'no, this can't be real.''

'I told him 'I love you, I miss you',' Lopez said. 'Anytime he speaks to me, it's the same thing - he says, 'Mom, I'm going to make it for you.''

Martinez departed his hometown of St. Croix in 2010 before relocating to Delaware for two years. He then moved to Missouri to play at St. Louis Christian Academy, which is where he caught the attention of the UT Martin coaching staff.

Fast forward four years and Martinez has developed into one of the best players in the OVC. His 67.7 field goal percentage ranks fifth in the nation while he posted a league-high 10 double-doubles in 16 OVC games this season.

With his mother cheering him on from the stands for the first time in seven years, Martinez shot 9-of-10 from the floor for 19 points while hauling in a game-high 12 rebounds in a win over Murray State on Saturday. The win clinched the Skyhawks' second straight OVC West division championship but the victory meant so much extra for Martinez.

'My mom is my role model,' Martinez said. 'She raised me the right way to love people, serve people and to be respectful of others. If you do good, good is going to come back to you.'
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Limoges ink Jerome Randle - by Eurobasket News

Limoges CSP Elite (ProA) agreed terms with 30-year old Ukrainian ex-international point guard Jerome Randle (175-77kg-87, college: California). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Randle He started the season at 36ers in Australian NBL league. In 31 games he had very impressive stats: 21.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.4apg and 1.0spg this season. The last season Randle played at Zalgiris in Lithuanian LKL where in 21 games he recorded 11.6ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.8apg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com Lithuanian LKL All-Imports Team and 2nd Team. Randle also played 6 games in Euroleague where he averaged 7.2ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.0apg and 1.0spg.
Randle has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015.
He represented Ukraine at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 13.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.4apg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 23.1%, FT: 70.0%.
Randle is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium, China, Israel, Turkey (Trabzonspor, Aliaga and Eskisehir Basket), NBA (Dallas Mavericks), Ukraine (Azovmash) and D-League (Texas Legends, Maine Red Claws and Delaware 87ers).
Randle attended University of California until 2010 and it is his seventh season as a professional player.
He could be described: A PG with great athletic skills, who can easily play at the upper level despite size. Has great court vision, can serve a teammate in a surprising way, simply because he's sometimes umpredictable. Can score and defend, doesn' t fear any opponent or situation. Great leadership and sparkling style of play seem to grant him a long career.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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CSU Sibiu adds Saunders to their roster - by Eurobasket News

CSU Atlassib Sibiu (Liga Nationala) added to their roster 26-year old British international forward Will Saunders (201-86kg-91, college: Charleston Southern). He played this season at Angelico Biella in Italian Serie A2. In 7 games he recorded 7.4ppg and 5.0rpg. Saunders also played for Novipiu Casale (Serie A) in Italy where in 20 games he averaged 6.7ppg and 4.1rpg. He also spent pre-season at Alba (A Division) in Hungarian league that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Saunders won NJCAA D1 championship title in 2013. He was also voted All-Big South Conference 2nd Team in 2015 at his college time.
Saunders has been also a member of British international program for some years. He has regularly played for British senior team since 2015 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2011.
Saunders represented United Kingdom at the Qualifications to European Championships 2017 last year. His stats at that event were 6 games: 1.3ppg, 2.0rpg.
Saunders graduated from Charleston Southern in 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Achara lands Molten BBL Player of the Month accolade - by Paul Nilsen

Glasgow Rocks and Great Britain favourite Kieron Achara (208-F/C-83, college: Duquesne, agency: Two Points) has been crowned Molten BBL Player of the Month for February.

The frontcourt star had an excellent period after posting a succession of towering performances for Rocks to lead his team to a highly productive month.

While they lost their opener against Riders at the start of February, Achara was pivotal to Rocks bouncing back with four straight wins.

Amassing an average performance efficiency valuation of 20.6 across those five games, that figure was mainly drawn from an excellent 18.6 points per game - helped by a perfect 100% from the free-throw line and going 12 of 23 from beyond the arc.

The Stirling native also did the business on the glass with seven rebounds per game and was the BBL's leading shot-blocker during February as he swatted an average of two shots per game.

Achara fought off strong challenges from Daryl Corletto of Plymouth Raiders and Brandon Clark of Leicester Riders to take the award.



Ryan Richards selected the top British players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ryan Richards
Ryan Richards
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Ryan Richards (212-91, currently plays in Iran). He contributed to a Naft Abadan's victory against the fifth-ranked Army (0-1) 87-79 in the Iranian Superleague in Thursday night's game. Richards recorded 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. Naft Abadan (1-1) is placed second in Group 2. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Richards has relatively good stats this year: 12.1ppg, 5.2rpg, 2FGP: 46.5%, 3FGP: 21.7% and FT: 73.7% in 11 games he played so far. He played for the British senior national team six years ago.

Teddy Okereafor
Teddy Okereafor
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Teddy Okereafor (193-92, agency: Promotex, college: Rider, currently plays in Italy). Okereafor could not help The Flexx PT (10-10) to beat Openjobmetis VA (6-14). He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The Flexx PT was defeated 75-70 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams Openjobmetis VA (#15). It's Okereafor's first season with the team. This year Okereafor averages: 5.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 51.3%, 3FGP: 19.0% and FT: 83.3%. He is in the roster of the British senior national team.

Ashley Hamilton
Ashley Hamilton
   #3. The British player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Ashley Hamilton (201-88, agency: Court Side, college: Loyola Mary, currently plays in Greece). Hamilton was not able to help Lavrio (7-12) in their last game. Despite his good performance Lavrio was edged 77-74 at home by the higher-ranked (#8) Promitheas. Hamilton recorded 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 32 minutes. This year Hamilton's overall stats are: 8.4ppg, 4.4rpg, 2FGP: 45.9%, 3FGP: 31.4% and FT: 72.5% in 19 games. He is also a member of the British senior national team.

Rowell Graham
Rowell Graham
   #4. Forward Rowell Graham (197-94, currently plays in Spain) led Blancos de Rueda to a victory against the closely-ranked Meridiano Alicante (15-8) 79-69 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Friday night. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Comercial Ulsa Ciudad de Valladolid (12-10) is placed eighth in the LEB Silver. This season Graham has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.2bpg and 1.4spg. He used to play for the British U20 national team back in 2014.

Fahro Alihodzic
Fahro Alihodzic
   #5. International center Fahro Alihodzic (208-89, college: UAB, currently plays in Greece) helped Panionios win their game against the league outsider Pagrati (2-17) crushing them 93-61 in a derby game in the Greek A2 (second division) last Saturday. Alihodzic recorded 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (18-1) is placed first in the A2. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Alihodzic has reliable stats this season: 13.2ppg and 6.0rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and British. Alihodzic plays currently for the British national team.

Luol Deng
Luol Deng
   #6. Forward Luol Deng (206-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Los Angeles Lakers (19-41) in their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder (34-25) in the NBA. He recorded 6 points in 18 minutes. The Los Angeles Lakers (19-41) were badly defeated 110-93 in Oklahoma City by the Thunder. It was Lakers' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Deng's stats this year are: 7.6ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.3apg in 56 games. He is a former international player as he played for the British senior team three years ago.

Jordan Spencer
Jordan Spencer
   #7. Former U20 international guard Jordan Spencer (188-94, currently plays in NCAA2) helped Augustana College, SD win their game against the Northern St. University crushing them 88-64 in the NCAA2 in Sunday night's game. Spencer scored 23 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 7 assists. The Augustana College, SD has a solid 16-6 record this season. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NCAA2 Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Spencer has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 7.3apg and 1.6spg. Spencer used to play for the British U20 national team three years ago.

Luke Nelson
Luke Nelson
   #8. Guard Luke Nelson (190-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Cal-Irvine win their game against the Cal State - Northridge (6-4) 83-80 in the NCAA last Saturday. He scored 22 points and added 5 assists in 33 minutes. The University of California-Irvine has a solid 8-3 conference record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Nelson is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Cal-Irvine's roster. Nelson has very impressive stats this season: 15.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.5apg and 1.5spg in 11 games. He used to play for the British national team back in 2014.

Ogooluwa Adegboye
Ogooluwa Adegboye
   #9. International point guard Ogooluwa Adegboye (182-87, agency: Octagon Europe, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Unieuro Forli (4-18) in their game against F.Kontatto BO (14-9) in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Despite his very good performance on Sunday night Adegboye scored 17 points. This season Adegboye has very high stats. He averages: 18.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg. Adegboye is also in the roster of the British national team.

Carl Wheatle
Carl Wheatle
   #10. Forward Carl Wheatle (196-98, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Angelico Biella to win against the second-ranked Tortona (15-8) 80-78 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Sunday. He scored 5 points. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group West. Angelico Biella (18-5) is placed first. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. Wheatle has been at the team for four years. Wheatle's total stats this season are: 5.4ppg and 3.0rpg. He is U18 international player who is currently on the British National Team roster.

   #11. Former international power forward Dzaflo Larkai (203-81, also represented by Interperformances, college: Bellarmine, currently plays in Japan) helped Cyberdyne IR win their game against the second-ranked Nishinomiya Storks 89-75 in the Japanese B League D2 in Friday night's game. Larkai scored 12 points. Larkai's total stats this season are: 5.5ppg and 3.8rpg. He used to play for the British national team four years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international forward Elliott Sentance (193-94, college: Mineral Area CC, currently plays in Canada) couldn't help the Lethbridge University in their game against the Golden Bears in the Canadian university league CIS, despite his very good performance last Saturday. Sentance was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 32 minutes. But his team was crushed by 23 points 107-84. Sentance has very impressive stats this year: 17.5ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.3apg and 1.6spg in 25 games. He used to play for the British U20 national team back in 2014.

   #13. Former U20 international guard Nigel Van Oostrum (196-90, another player represented by Court Side, college: Park, currently plays in Holland) helped Zwolle win their game against the closely-ranked Leiden 66-55 in the Dutch Eredivisie last Saturday. He scored 5 points and had 3 steals. Van Oostrum's total stats this season are: 4.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.5apg and 1.6spg. He used to play for the British U20 national team seven years ago.

   #14. Former U18 international swingman Akwasi Yeboah (198-97, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Stony Brook in their game against the University of Maryland -Baltimore County in the NCAA, despite his very good performance on Wednesday night. Yeboah scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 29 minutes. But his team lost 52-65. This year Yeboah's total stats are: 9.0ppg and 4.5rpg in 28 games. He used to play for the British U18 national team back in 2014.

   #15. Former U18 international center Kingsley Okoroh (216-95, is currently at the American university) helped California win their game against the Oregon State University crushing them 76-46 in the NCAA in Friday night's game. Okoroh scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Okoroh has averaged so far 5.0ppg, 5.6rpg and 2.1bpg. He used to play for the British U18 national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Darren Phillip (201-PF-78, agency: DTMones, college: Fairfield, currently plays in Chile) was the major contributor in a Universidad de Concepcion's victory against the third-ranked Espanol de Talca (17-13) 81-67 in the Chilean Liga Nacional in Sunday night's game. Phillip recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Conferencia Centro. CD Universidad de Concepcion (20-10) is placed second in Conferencia Centro. Phillip has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 20.4ppg, 11.4rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg. Phillip is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in United Kingdom.

   #2. Michael Ojo (195-G-89, college: Lehigh, currently plays in Austria) could not help one of league's weakest teams Gmunden Swans (16-7) in their last game. Despite Ojo's good performance Gmunden Swans lost 70-80 on the road to the leading Redwell Gunners Oberwart. He was the top scorer with 14 points. Ojo also added 7 rebounds and 4 assists in 28 minutes. It was Gmunden Swans' first loss after three consecutive victories. This year Ojo has relatively solid stats: 12.3ppg, 5.9rpg and 3.4apg in seven games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Ojo used to play for Airwaves Plymouth Raiders in British league.

   #3. Nicholas Spires (210-C-94, currently plays in Sweden) led Sodertalje Kings to an easy victory against the league outsider Malbas (2-24) 89-72 in the Swedish Basketligan in Tuesday night's game. Spires scored 17 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 23 minutes. Sodertalje Kings (18-7) is placed second in the Basketligan. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Spires' total stats are: 8.6ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.6bpg in 25 games. He has a dual citizenship: British and Swedish.

   #4. Akeem Williams (178-PG-91, college: Mass.-Lowell, currently plays in France) was not able to help Hyeres-Toulon in their game against Chalons-Reims (8-12) in the French ProA. He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. Hyeres-Toulon was badly defeated 90-71 at home by the lower-ranked (#13) Chalons-Reims. This year Williams' total stats are: 6.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.6apg in 20 games. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Williams has never played in United Kingdom.

   #5. Franck Kouagnia (201-F-89, currently plays in Sweden) led Eskilstuna to a victory over the seventh-ranked RIG Mark (3-9) crushing them 68-42 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) on Saturday night. Kouagnia was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 30 points and getting 19 rebounds. Kouagnia also added 3 assists in 34 minutes. Eskilstuna Basket (11-1) is placed second in BEHS forts group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Kouagnia has very impressive stats this year: 21.5ppg, 13.0rpg, 3.2apg and 1.6spg in 17 games. He is another player who holds two passports: British and Cameroonian.

   #6. Deane Williams (203-F-96, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to an Augusta University's victory against the Montevallo University 107-99 in the NCAA2 on Saturday night. Williams recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds. Williams' total stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.4apg.

   #7. Joshua Palmer (201-F, college: Drury, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to secure a victory for the Drury University (9-6) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Drury University lost 62-77 in Rolla to the Missouri S&T. Palmer scored 21 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 28 minutes. Palmer averaged so far 12.1ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.3apg in 20 games.

   #8. Edward Alade (206-C, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Navy in their game against the The American University in the NCAA. Alade scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 15 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 16 points 74-58. Alade has averaged so far 4.8ppg and 3.4rpg in 29 games. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Alade has never played in United Kingdom.

   #9. Bruce Adjei (190-G-98, currently plays in Canada) couldn't help the Bishop's University in their game against the Citadines in the Canadian university league CIS. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 18 minutes. His team lost 69-78. Adjei has averaged so far 2.3ppg and 1.4rpg in 11 games.

   #10. Connor Tuxford (213-C-95, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Arenys in their game against Martorell in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). He scored 8 points. His team was defeated 81-71. Tuxford has averaged so far 2.0ppg and 1.5rpg.



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Panteras add Hill to their roster, ex Tadamon - by Francisco Vega

Panteras de Miranda (LPB) added to their roster 33-year old American forward Herbert Hill (208-84, college: Providence). He just played at Tadamon in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. Hill managed to play in three leagues in three countries this year. In two Pepsi LBL games he recorded 10.0ppg and 10.5rpg. He also played earlier that season for Saigon Heat in Vietnamese league where in two Pepsi LBL games he averaged impressive 17.0ppg, 9.0rpg and 3.0bpg. The other team Hill played shortly was Sonic Boom in South Korean KBL. In 5 Pepsi LBL games he had very remarkable stats: 16.2ppg, 9.6rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2bpg.
In 2007 he was drafted by Utah Jazz (NBA) in second round (55th overall). The former Providence College standoutis in his tenth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Korean KBL Regular Season in 2016. Hill was selected to Korean KBL All-Star Game back in 2012.
He is quite experienced player. Thanks to Hill's pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Asia, Latin America and of course North America) in nine different countries. Hill has played previously professionally in Bahrain (Al Muharraq), China (Jiang Xi), France, Philippines, Puerto Rico (Caciques), Saudi Arabia (Al Hilal), South Korea (Samsung Thunders, KCC Egis, ET Land Elephants and Dongbu Promy), Lebanon (Champville) and Venezuela (Gigantes).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Matthew Maurer for NBADraft.net in 2007)
Shows good mobility, running the court with ease. Has worked hard to improve his touch around the basket. Possesses great hands, capable of catching most passes without fumbling or losing control of the ball. Solid rebounder who uses his long arms and hands to tip balls out of position to himself. Solid finisher where he wastes little time, keeps the ball high and goes right up.
This lack of strength can work against him when he faces physical forwards limiting his ability to get good position in the post. Can be stunted by double teams as he doesnt always read the defense quick enough to react
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Alexey Shved gets MVP of the Week award for VTB United League - by Eurobasket News

Alexey Shved (198-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) put on an amazing game in the last round for Khimky and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 28-year old guard had the game-high 29 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Khimky in his team's victory, helping them to beat Lokomotiv (#4, 13-4) 89-84. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Khimky maintains the 3rd position in VTB United League . They are still close to the very top. Khimky would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 14-3 record. In the team's last game Shved had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 10 attempts. It's his second year at Khimky and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Shved has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 21.9ppg), assists (7th best: 5.3apg) and averages solid 51.6% FGP and 42.9% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American power forward Nick Minnerath (207-PF-88) of Avtodor. Minnerath impressed basketball fans with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as Avtodor was edged by the higher-ranked Astana (#7, 8-10) 79-78. Avtodor is still in a red zone at 10th spot in the standings. 12 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Avtodor managed to get this year. Minnerath is a newcomer at Avtodor 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 22.9ppg (#1). He also registered 7.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83) of N.Novgorod (#9). Thompson scored 13 points and passed four assists. He was a key player of N.Novgorod, leading his team to a 78-73 win against the higher-ranked VEF Riga (#6, 8-8). The chances of N.Novgorod not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 12 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Thompson could try to bring N.Novgorod's a little bit higher in the standings. Thompson has a very solid season. In 7 games in VTB United League he scored 14.0ppg. He also has 6.6rpg, 2.7spg and FGP: 62.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) of CSKA - 23 points and 6 assists
5. Martins Meiers (208-C-91) of VEF Riga - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Mardy Collins (198-G-84) of Lokomotiv - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Kevin Jones (206-F-89) of Lokomotiv - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87) of CSKA - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 10 assists
9. Stefan Markovic (196-G-88) of Zenit - 7 points, 3 rebounds and 17 assists
10. Earl Rowland (188-PG-83) of Khimky - 18 points, 2 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)



Avtodor adds Gliddon to their roster, ex Taipans - by Eurobasket News

Avtodor Saratov (VTB) added to their roster 28-year old Australian international swingman Cameron Gliddon (196-86kg-89, college: Concordia Irvine). He started the season at Taipans in Australian NBL league. In 30 games he recorded 10.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.1apg and 1.2spg this season. The last season Gliddon played at AZS Koszalin in Polish TBL where in 10 games he averaged 7.2ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.3apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Australian NBL Regular Season in 2015. Gliddon was also voted Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Honorable Mention back in 2014.
He has been also a member of Australian international program for some years. Gliddon has regularly played for Australian senior team since 2013 and previously for University National Team in 2011.
He also represented Australia at the World University Games in Shenzhen (China) six years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 10.5ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.2apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 56.5%, 3PT: 34.5%.
Gliddon has played also professionally for other Australian teams like Australia for Slammers Australian Institute Sport.
He attended Concordia University at Irvine until 2012 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Superliga Round 13: Skenderbeu edge Apolonia by two points - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 13 in the Superliga took place in Korce. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked Apolonia (1-11) to sixth ranked Skenderbeu (4-7) 75-73 on Sunday evening. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 40-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Skenderbeu maintains sixth place with 4-7 record. Apolonia lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Tirana: Tirana (#1) and Studenti (#4). Studenti was defeated at home 64-75 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Studenti. Undefeated Tirana (11-0) have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 11 victories in a row. Studenti at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost.
Bottom-ranked Kamza Basket (0-12) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 68-43 loss to seventh ranked Elbasani (4-8) in Elbasan on Sunday evening. Elbasani maintains seventh place with 4-8 record. Kamza Basket lost their twelfth game in a row. They still close the standings with 12 games lost.

In the last game of round 13 Vllaznia was defeated by Flamutari in Vlore 67-57.

Skenderbeu - Apolonia 75-73

The most exciting game of round 13 in the Superliga took place in Korce. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked Apolonia (1-11) to sixth ranked Skenderbeu (4-7) 75-73 on Sunday evening. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 40-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Skenderbeu maintains sixth place with 4-7 record. Apolonia lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost.
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Elbasani - Kamza Basket 68-43

Bottom-ranked Kamza Basket (0-12) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 68-43 loss to seventh ranked Elbasani (4-8) in Elbasan on Sunday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Elbasani. Kamza Basket managed to win fourth quarter 13-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Elbasani maintains seventh place with 4-8 record. Kamza Basket lost their twelfth game in a row. They still close the standings with 12 games lost.
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Flamutari - Vllaznia 67-57

There was no surprise in Vlore where 5th ranked Vllaznia (6-6) was defeated by third ranked Flamutari (10-2) 67-57 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Flamutari. Vllaznia managed to win second period 16-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Flamutari. Defending champion maintains third place with 10-2 record behind leader Tirana. Loser Vllaznia keeps the fifth position with six games lost.
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Studenti - Tirana 64-75

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Tirana: Tirana (#1) and Studenti (#4). Studenti was defeated at home 64-75 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Studenti. The game was mostly controlled by Tirana. Studenti was better in second period 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tirana (11-0) have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 11 victories in a row. Studenti at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost.
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Ingribelli notches career high as Knights advance to OCAA Championship - by Eurobasket News

Sunday, February 26th saw the Niagara College women's basketball program advance to the 2017 OCAA Championship with an emphatic 86-72 victory over the visiting Centennial Colts. The Knights will now face the East Division top-seeded St. Lawrence Vikings (16-1) at 1:00pm on Thursday, March 2nd in the opening game of the Championship tournament. The Knights controlled the game from the opening tip-off flaunting end of quarter leads of nine, 14, and 18 points. In the fourth quarter the Knights stretched their lead to as many as 21 before riding the depth of their roster to the victory. St. Catharines native Mary Ingribelli was outstanding for the Knights, recording a career high 29pts on a red hot 10 of 14 shooting. The former Governor Simcoe Redcoat also added five rebounds, two assists, and two steals. "Mary was on fire for us today" said Niagara College women's basketball head coach Mike Beccaria. "What a game. Her across the board effort was outstanding. Just a monster performance." Beccaria was also quick to praise the Knights veteran guards in Alyssa McCabe and Brooke-Lyn Murdoch (173-G). "I thought Brooke-Lyn played very well defensively, and Alyssa gave us a real veteran and sound game from the point." McCabe (Niagara Falls) finished with 11 points and eight rebounds, while Murdoch (Welland) turned in 12 points and a game high four steals. "Moving forward we are going to have to ensure our transition defence is strong" continued Beccaria. "We definitely need to rebound better as second chance points are extremely important this time of year."
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Ravens defeat Laurier in conference quarterfinal, advance to first OUA Final Four since 2013 - by Eurobasket News

The Carleton Ravens women's basketball team is heading back to the OUA Final Four for the first time since 2013 after taking down the Laurier Golden Hawks 68-51 in Saturday's quarterfinal at the Ravens' Nest. Five Ravens players scored in double figures in the team's first playoff outing of 2017, while Carleton's top-ranked defence stifled the Golden Hawks to collect the team's 19th consecutive win. Carleton and Laurier got caught up in a defensive battle in the first, as the sides went neck and neck throughout the opening quarter which resulted in 11-11 score after one. The Ravens (4) and Golden Hawks (3) combined for seven blocks in the stanza, a sure sign that points were at a premium. Catherine Traer (185-F) (Chelsea, QC) led the Ravens with four points to go along with a pair of blocks in the first, while Nicole Morrison (163-G), Kaitlyn Schenck (170-G) and Sarah Dillon (178-G) each tallied three points for Laurier. In the second, Carleton shot the ball with more confidence and opened up the game from beyond the arc with a three-point barrage. The Ravens knocked down four consecutive triples to build a 25-21 advantage, with Nicole Gilmore (Hamilton, ON), Elizabeth Leblanc (183-F) (London, ON), Cynthia Dupont-Letourneau (170-G) (Waterville, QC) and Catherine Traer all connecting from downtown. The Golden Hawks were able to keep pace with the Ravens up until the final minutes of the half when Carleton used a 9-4 finish to the half to gain a 34-25 upperhand after two quarters of play. Laurier's Nicole Morrison opened the third with a triple to cut into the deficit, but Carleton's Cynthia Dupont-Letourneau scored seven straight points to give the Ravens a 14-point lead, 44-30, midway through the quarter. Carleton outscored the Golden Hawks, 17-11, in the period as the Ravens held a comfortable lead, 51-36, heading into the final frame. With a 15-point cushion entering the fourth, Carleton closed out the contest with a 17-15 last quarter scoreline to earn the program's first playoff win since the 2013-14 season. Carleton owned a slight edge over the Hawks on the boards, 51-44, while the Ravens ended the game with better shooting percentages from the field (28% to 26.8%), from beyond the arc (31% to 13.8%), and from the free throw line (85% to 64.3%). Carleton's defence, which led the OUA with 5.2 blocks per game during the regular season, swatted nine Laurier attempts in the matchup. Second-year guard Cynthia Dupont-Letourneau paced the Ravens with a team-high 15 points (5-7 FG), which included three triples in 18 minutes of floor time. Forwards Catherine Traer (14 PTS, 12 REB) and Heather Lindsay (190-F) (Ottawa, ON) (11 PTS, 15 REB) each posted a double-double, while Elizabeth Leblanc (8-10 FT) had a final line of 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Guard Nicole Gilmore contributed 12 points and seven rebounds. Laurier, which won its first playoff game midweek against Toronto by shooting 44.1% (30-68 FG), struggled to find its range against the Ravens, finishing the evening 19-of-71 (26.8%) in a failed upset bid. Nicole Morrison (17 PTS) and Kaitlyn Schenck (12 PTS) were the top scorers for the Golden Hawks. Carleton books its ticket to Kingston, ON as the Ravens will appear at next weekend's Critelli Cup hosted by Queen's University. The Ravens, who finished the regular season ranked No.2 in conference RPI, will play the OUA's third-ranked team, McMaster, in one semifinal, while the host Queen's, ranked No.1 in Ontario, will go up against fourth-seeded Windsor Lancers in the other semi. The Ravens, who hold a 19-1 record in OUA play, will be gunning for their first Critelli Cup conference championship in program history and the team's first U SPORTS Final 8 appearance since 2013.
Courtesy of: oua.ca



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

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

Kamila Stepanova
Kamila Stepanova
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Kamila Stepanova (191-88, currently plays in Euroleague). She led her French team Villeneuve D'Ascq to a victory over the closely-ranked UNIQA Sopron (4-10) 78-63 in the Euroleague in Wednesday night's game. Stepanova was MVP of the game. She scored 16 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 28 minutes on the court. Villeneuve D'Ascq ESB Lille Metropole (6-8) is placed sixth in group B. It was her team's first victory after four consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended in the Euroleague. It's Stepanova's first season with the team. This year Stepanova averages: 6.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 47.6%, 3FGP: 25.0% in 14 games she played so far. She played for the Czech Republic senior national team two years ago.

Petra Kulichova
Petra Kulichova
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international center Petra Kulichova (198-84, currently plays in Turkey). Kulichova contributed to Botas' victory against the tenth-ranked Mersin BSB (9-11) 75-66 in the Turkish KBSL last Saturday. She recorded 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Botasspor Adana (10-9) is placed sixth in the KBSL. Kulichova's overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 62.6%(77-123) and FT: 32.0%. She played for the Czech Republic national team in 2014.

Romana Hejdova
Romana Hejdova
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman Romana Hejdova (184-88, currently plays in France). Hejdova was the major contributor in Hainaut's victory against the league outsider Angers (3-16) 74-65 in the French LFB on Friday night. She recorded 14 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 32 minutes. Union Saint-Amand Porte du Hainaut (8-11) is placed eighth in the LFB. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Hejdova has relatively good stats this year: 11.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.6apg, 2FGP: 48.2%, 3FGP: 38.4% and FT: 68.2% in 19 games. She played for the Czech Republic national team two years ago.

Kamila Hoskova
Kamila Hoskova
   #4. Guard Kamila Hoskova (175-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Rider's victory against the Monmouth University (6-8) 75-63 in the NCAA in Tuesday night's game. Hoskova recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 10 rebounds. She also added and 3 steals. The Rider University has 7-9 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This year Hoskova has relatively solid stats: 12.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg. She used to play for the Czech Republic U20 national team back in 2015.

Romana Stehlikova
Romana Stehlikova
   #5. Former international power forward Romana Stehlikova (189-85, currently plays in Slovakia) managed to help Good Angels Kosice in a victory against the second-ranked Piestanske Cajky (7-3) 80-65 in the Slovakian Extraliga last Wednesday. Stehlikova scored only 3 points in 15 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-4. Good Angels Kosice (9-1) is placed first. It was her team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game is very crucial. This year Stehlikova's overall stats are: 8.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg in 18 games. She used to play for the Czech Republic national team nine years ago.

Edita Sujanova
Edita Sujanova
   #6. Center Edita Sujanova (190-85, currently plays in Turkey). Sujanova could not help Adana ASKI (9-10) to beat Fenerbahce (17-2). She recorded 7 points. Adana ASKI was defeated 76-69 at home by the leading Fenerbahce. Sujanova's total stats this season are: 4.5ppg and 3.0rpg. She is a former international player as she played for the Czech Republic senior team six years ago.

Petra Holesinska
Petra Holesinska
   #7. U20 international guard Petra Holesinska (175-97, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Illinois (4-9) in their last game. Despite Holesinska's good performance the Illinois lost 60-74 on the road to the Indiana University. She scored 13 points in 27 minutes. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Holesinska has reliable stats this year: 10.1ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.1apg in 29 games. She is also Czech Republic U20 national team player.

Michaela Stejskalova
Michaela Stejskalova
   #8. Forward Michaela Stejskalova (186-87, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Gran Canaria (13-8) in their game against Cadi La Seu (9-11) in the Spanish LFB. Stejskalova scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Gran Canaria was defeated 62-49 in Seu D'urgell by the lower-ranked Cadi La Seu (#7). Stejskalova averaged so far 10.7ppg and 3.0rpg. She used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2015.

Michaela Stara
Michaela Stara
   #9. Former international guard Michaela Stara (175-90, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Niki Lefkadas (8-8) in their game against Panathinaikos (18-1) in the Greek A1. Stara cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. She recorded only 3 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 27 minutes. Niki Lefkadas was crushed 69-45 on their home court in Lefkadas by the second-ranked Panathinaikos. It was Niki Lefkadas' third consecutive loss in a row. Stara's stats this year are: 10.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg in 16 games. She used to play for the Czech Republic national team four years ago.

Katerina Bartonova
Katerina Bartonova
   #10. Point guard Katerina Bartonova (174-90, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Zamarat (6-14) in their game against Socinsa Bembibre (9-11) in the Spanish LFB. Bartonova cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. She scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Zamarat was defeated 63-55 in Bembibre by the higher-ranked Socinsa (#9). Bartonova's total stats this season are: 3.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.7apg. She is a former international player as two years ago she still played for the Czech Republic senior national team.

   #11. Former international swingman Petra Zaplatova (175-91, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Rotenburg/Scheessel in their game against ChemCats Chemnitz in the German DBBL. Zaplatova recorded 7 points in 24 minutes. Her team lost 73-81. Zaplatova averaged so far 11.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg in 18 games. She used to play for the Czech Republic national team two years ago.

   #12. U20 international center Tereza Kracikova (188-96, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Drexel in their game against the Hofstra University in the NCAA. Kracikova scored 7 points. Her team was defeated 58-53. Kracikova's total stats this season are: 3.0ppg and 1.8rpg. She is also in the roster of the Czech Republic U20 national team.

   #13. Former U18 international guard Karolina Severova (183-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the St.Peter's College 76-60 in the NCAA in Friday night's game. Severova recorded only 3 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 16 minutes. This year Severova's total stats are: 4.0ppg and 1.3rpg in 27 games. She used to play for the Czech Republic U18 national team five years ago.

   #14. Former international center Klara Pochobradska (186-89, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a 3-point Empoli's victory against the sixth-ranked Costa Masnaga 74-71 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) last Saturday. Pochobradska recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Pochobradska has individually a very good season with high stats. She averages: 16.0ppg, 10.2rpg and 1.6spg. Pochobradska used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2015.



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Dameligaen Round 20: Amager defeat Stevnsgade in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

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

The most exciting game of round 20 in the Dameligaen took place in Kastrup. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Stevnsgade (7-10) to third ranked Amager (8-8) 73-70 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Stevnsgade. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 17-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Catharina Jensen (182-89) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Filipino-American forward Kelly Hardeman (183-94, college: Azusa Pacific) who added 21 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. The former international guard Ida Pretzmann (178-90, college: TCU) responded with 16 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Amager maintains third position with 8-8 record having eight points less than leader Virum. Stevnsgade at the other side keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. Amager are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Aabyhoj (#7) on the road in the next round. Stevnsgade will play against the league's leader Virum and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Dameligaen top team - Virum (15-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked Aabyhoj (2-14) 58-45. The winners were led by American center Valerie Driscoll (193-92, college: Quinnipiac) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 13 points and 20 rebounds and Nikoline Oestergaard supported her with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Even a double-double of 16 points and 16 rebounds by American Mariyah Henley (-94) did not help to save the game for Aabyhoj. Virum have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 15-2 record. Aabyhoj lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost. Virum will play against Stevnsgade (#5) on the road in the next round. Aabyhoj will play against Amager and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Copenhagen was also quite interesting. 4th ranked Lemvig (7-9) played at the court of sixth ranked SISU (6-11). SISU managed to secure a 7-point victory 85-78 on Sunday. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was Kama Griffitts who had a double-double by scoring 28 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Erin McDonnell produced 30 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. SISU maintains sixth position with 6-11 record. Lemvig lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with nine games lost. SISU will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Lemvig will play against the league's second-placed Horsholm (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Amager - Stevnsgade 73-70

The most exciting game of round 20 in the Dameligaen took place in Kastrup. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Stevnsgade (7-10) to third ranked Amager (8-8) 73-70 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Stevnsgade. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 17-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Catharina Jensen (182-89) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Filipino-American forward Kelly Hardeman (183-94, college: Azusa Pacific) who added 21 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. The former international guard Ida Pretzmann (178-90, college: TCU) responded with 16 points and American forward Cherelle Moore (183-93, college: Hartford) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Amager maintains third position with 8-8 record having eight points less than leader Virum. Stevnsgade at the other side keeps the fifth place with ten games lost. Amager are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Aabyhoj (#7) on the road in the next round. Stevnsgade will play against the league's leader Virum and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Amager: C.Jensen 22+8reb+4ast, K.Hardeman 21+10reb+2ast, I.Klussmann 14+3reb+2ast, M.Dinesen 7+6reb+4ast, M.Elmgreen 4+1reb+2ast, E.Fogelstrom 4+3reb+1ast
Stevnsgade: I.Pretzmann 16+4reb+3ast, C.Moore 14+6reb+1ast, A.Dokkedal 11+2reb+1ast, T.Jorgensen 7+8reb+1ast, C.Laursen 6+1reb, H.Sheikh 6+5reb+2ast
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SISU - Lemvig 85-78

The game in Copenhagen was also quite interesting. 4th ranked Lemvig (7-9) played at the court of sixth ranked SISU (6-11). SISU managed to secure a 7-point victory 85-78 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 30-5 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. SISU dominated on the defensive end, holding Lemvig to just 5 points in third quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was guard Kama Griffitts (183-91, college: Arizona) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Guard Jazmine Redmon (173-91, college: Gonzaga) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals. Forward Erin McDonnell (185-93, college: Harvard) produced 30 points and 9 rebounds and center Kayla Bernsen (190, college: W.Washington) added 21 points and 17 rebounds respectively for the guests. SISU maintains sixth position with 6-11 record. Lemvig lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with nine games lost. SISU will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Lemvig will play against the league's second-placed Horsholm (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SISU: K.Griffitts 28+10reb+5ast, C.Andrews 23+7reb+4ast, J.Redmon 21+12reb+9ast, C.Jessen 6+5reb+2ast, J.Kampp 3+3reb, H.Dalsgaard 2+1reb
Lemvig: E.McDonnell 30+9reb+3ast, K.Bernsen 21+17reb+2ast, I.Udovalieva 8+1reb+2ast, S.DeShone 7+6reb+13ast, M.Kolyandrova 6+2reb+4ast, Y.Kozhohavona 3
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Virum - Aabyhoj 58-45

Dameligaen top team - Virum (15-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked Aabyhoj (2-14) 58-45. The game was mostly controlled by Virum. Aabyhoj was better in third quarter 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Aabyhoj 50-33 including 22 on the offensive glass. The winners were led by American center Valerie Driscoll (193-92, college: Quinnipiac) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 13 points and 20 rebounds and forward Nikoline Oestergaard (183-92, college: Quinnipiac) supported her with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Even a double-double of 16 points and 16 rebounds by American Mariyah Henley (-94) did not help to save the game for Aabyhoj. Guard Bianca Christiansen (178-90) added 12 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Virum have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 15-2 record. Aabyhoj lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost. Virum will play against Stevnsgade (#5) on the road in the next round. Aabyhoj will play against Amager and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Virum: F.Mollerup 16+2reb+1ast, V.Driscoll 13+20reb+1ast, N.Oestergaard 12+11reb+6ast, S.Schirmer 9+8reb, G.Abshire 5+7reb+7ast, C.Schultze 3+2reb
Aabyhoj: M.Henley 16+16reb+2ast, B.Christiansen 12+5reb, A.Sturlason 7+5reb, S.Kjems-Krognos 5+1reb+5ast, C.Andersen 3+3reb, E.Schwendson-Dirks 2+2reb
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Liga Superior Round 1 of Semifinals. Santa Tecla and Survivor post wins - by Eurobasket News

Santa Tecla - Leonas 82-50

Santa Tecla cruised past Leonas in the semifinal series opener. The game was mostly controlled by Santa Tecla. Leonas managed to win second period 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Santa Tecla forced 26 Leonas turnovers and outrebounded them 56-38 including a 20-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Cuban point guard Arlenis Romero (176-84) fired a double-double by scoring 29 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists (made all of her eight free throws) for the winners. Amalia Velasquez (-94) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four Santa Tecla players scored in double figures. Santa Tecla's coach felt very confident using entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Swingman Gabriela Rodriguez (170-93) produced 12 points and 8 rebounds and Sara Garcia added 10 points respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Santa Tecla: A.Romero 29+13reb+7ast, A.Ayala 16+2reb+1ast, A.Velasquez 14+7reb+3ast, J.Bautista 10+3reb+5ast, M.Mendez 4+7reb+3ast, C.Hernandez 4+3reb+2ast
Leonas: G.Rodriguez 12+8reb+2ast, S.Garcia 10+4reb+3ast, L.Alvarado 8+8reb+1ast, C.Ruiz 6+8reb+2ast, K.Lopez Burgos 5+5reb+4ast, L.Rodriguez 4+2reb
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Survivor - Giants 73-56

Survivor topped Giants to take 1-0 lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Survivor. Giants was better in second period 12-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Survivor forced 28 Giants turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Aida Funes (167-84) who helped to win the game recording 29 points. American guard Sarah Rogers (173-90, college: Robert Morris) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Survivor's coach Juan Pablo Samour used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Center Kryssia Urias (183-94) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Adriana Rivas (176-96) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Giants.
Top scorers:
Survivor: A.Funes 29+4reb+1ast, S.Rogers 15+13reb+3ast, N.Duran 12+4reb+1ast, V.Heredia 6+6reb+1ast, K.Helena 4+3reb+1ast, A.Abarca 2+1reb
Giants: K.Urias 19+8reb+2ast, A.Rivas 11+7reb+2ast, F.Aviles 9+3reb+5ast, A.Cristales 6+5reb, A.Heredia 5+13reb+1ast, G.Torres 4+1ast
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Laina Mesila-Kaarmann selected the top Estonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Laina Mesila-Kaarmann
Laina Mesila-Kaarmann
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Laina Mesila-Kaarmann (186-87, currently plays in Latvia). She led Rapla KK to a victory over the fourth-ranked BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite (2-4) crushing them 96-68 in the Latvian NBL in Tuesday night's game. Mesila-Kaarmann was MVP of the game. She scored 21 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 24 minutes on the court. FCR Media-Rapla KK (8-0) is placed first in Places 5-11 group. So far her team won all eight games in the Second Stage. They will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical. It's Mesila-Kaarmann's fifth season with the team. Mesila-Kaarmann has relatively good stats this year: 13.1ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.1apg, 1.6bpg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 45.4%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 85.4% in 17 games she played so far. She is currently a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Pirgit Puu
Pirgit Puu
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Pirgit Puu (168-88, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Laina Mesila-Kaarmann and both played together in the last Latvian NBL game. Puu contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite (2-4) crushing them 96-68. She scored 13 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. This season Puu has relatively solid stats: 13.9ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.9apg, 2.5spg, 2FGP: 44.0%, 3FGP: 36.1% and FT: 80.9%. She is in the roster of the Estonian senior national team.

Kerdu Arbet-Lenear
Kerdu Arbet-Lenear
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international forward Kerdu Arbet-Lenear (185-80, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Laina Mesila-Kaarmann. She played also in the last Latvian NBL game facing Pirgit Puu (above) in the other team. Arbet-Lenear contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite (2-4) crushing them 96-68. She scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. It's Arbet-Lenear's first season with the team. This year Arbet-Lenear averages: 8.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 62.3%(33-53) and FT: 75.0% in 11 games. Former Eclex Tallinn starter played for the Estonian national team six years ago.

Merike Anderson
Merike Anderson
   #4. Guard Merike Anderson (180-81, agency: LBM Management, currently plays in Belgium) managed to help Royal Castors Braine to win against the closely-ranked Belfius Namur (14-6) crushing them 77-31 in the Belgian Top Division Women in Saturday night's game. She scored 5 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Royal Castors Braine (20-0) is placed first in the Top Division Women. So far her team won all twenty games in the Regular Season. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Anderson is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her fourth year in Castors Braine's roster. Anderson has reliable stats this season: 11.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.8apg and 2.3spg. She is also Estonian national team player.

Annika Koster
Annika Koster
   #5. International power forward Annika Koster (182-92, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Laina Mesila-Kaarmann. She played also in the last Latvian NBL game facing Kerdu Arbet-Lenear (above) in the other team. Koster contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite (2-4) crushing them 96-68. She scored 12 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 21 minutes. Koster has been at the team for six years. This season Koster's overall stats are: 6.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg in nine games. She plays currently for the Estonian national team.

   #6. Point guard Sofia Kosareva (169-98, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Laina Mesila-Kaarmann. She played also in the last Latvian NBL game facing Annika Koster (above) in the other team. Kosareva contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite (2-4) crushing them 96-68. She scored 12 points and had 4 steals. Kosareva's total stats this season are: 6.1ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.4spg. She is U18 international player who is currently on the Estonian National Team roster.

Mailis Pokk
Mailis Pokk
   #7. International forward Mailis Pokk (186-92, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Fireballs (9-10) crushing them 70-50 in the German DBBL in Sunday night's game. Pokk recorded 6 points in 23 minutes. Gruner Stern Keltern (16-3) is placed second in the DBBL. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Pokk's total stats are: 8.0ppg and 2.6rpg in 16 games. She is also Estonian national team player.

Nele Laurimaa
Nele Laurimaa
   #8. Forward Nele Laurimaa (178-93, currently plays in Latvia) faced previously mentioned Laina Mesila-Kaarmann in the Latvian NBL last game. Laurimaa could not help BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite (2-4) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite her very good performance the fourth-placed BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite (2-4) was crushed 96-68 on the road by the leading Rapla KK in the Places 5-11 group. Laurimaa was the second best scorer with 18 points. She also added 5 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be extremely important. Laurimaa plays fourth season for the team. Laurimaa's stats this year are: 13.6ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.6apg and 1.9spg. She plays currently for the Estonian national team.

Greeta Uprus
Greeta Uprus
   #9. Former U20 international swingman Greeta Uprus (177-94, currently plays in Latvia) was the major contributor in a KK Tallinna Ulikool's victory against the fifth-ranked Audentes SG (2-6) crushing them 74-47 in the Latvian NBL in Tuesday night's game. She scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. KK Tallinna Ulikool (6-1) is placed second in Places 5-11 group. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. Uprus has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. She used to play for the Estonian U20 national team four years ago.

Rosemary Rits
Rosemary Rits
   #10. Forward Rosemary Rits (180-92, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Greeta Uprus and both played together in the last Latvian NBL game. Rits contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Audentes SG (2-6) crushing them 74-47. She scored 9 points in 20 minutes. Rits has averaged so far 7.8ppg and 3.7rpg in 14 games. She is an international player who is currently on the senior Estonian National Team roster.

   #11. International forward Janett Perv (179-91, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Don Bosco Bamberg (12-4) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Perv's good performance Don Bosco Bamberg (#2) was defeated 58-48 in Wuerzburg by the lower-ranked Ladybaskets (#3) in the South group. She was the second best scorer with 10 points. Perv also added 7 rebounds. Perv has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg. She plays currently for the Estonian national team.

   #12. Former international forward Viive Kai Rebane (183-89, college: Binghamton, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Greeta Uprus. She played also in the last Latvian NBL game facing Rosemary Rits (above) in the other team. Rebane contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Audentes SG crushing them 74-47. She scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 18 minutes. Rebane has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.5apg in two games. She used to play for the Estonian national team back in 2014.

   #13. International guard Liisi Sokman (166-88, currently plays in Germany) is a teammate of previously mentioned Janett Perv. But that was another game of her team in German 2.Bundesliga which we would like to mention. Sokman contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked ASC Theresianum Mainz 59-44. She recorded 11 points. Sokman averaged so far 11.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.3apg and 1.7spg. She is also Estonian national team player.

   #14. International center Trine Kasemagi (190-95, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Greeta Uprus. She played also in the last Latvian NBL game facing Viive Kai Rebane (above) in the other team. Kasemagi contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Audentes SG crushing them 74-47. She scored 7 points in 19 minutes. Kasemagi has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 17.4ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg in 16 games. Kasemagi plays currently for the Estonian national team.

   #15. U18 international small forward Eleriin Vaino (177-99, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Nele Laurimaa and both played together in the last Latvian NBL game. Vaino was not able to secure a victory for BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite in their game against Rapla KK. She scored 9 points and added 7 passes in 28 minutes. Her team was crushed by 28 points 96-68. Vaino has averaged so far 7.6ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.9apg and 1.9spg in 14 games. She is also in the roster of the Estonian U18 national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Asi Anna-gret (172-G-2, currently plays in Latvia) could not help BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite (2-4) in their last game. Despite Anna-gret's very good performance BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite (#4) was crushed 96-68 on the road by the leading Rapla KK in the Places 5-11 group. She was the top scorer with 18 points in 27 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. Anna-gret averaged so far 14.6ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.8apg and 1.8spg in 14 games she played so far.

   #2. Ege-ly Virma (170-G-98, currently plays in Latvia) managed to help KK Tallinna Ulikool to win against the fifth-ranked Audentes SG (2-6) crushing them 74-47 in the Latvian NBL in Tuesday night's game. She scored 5 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. KK Tallinna Ulikool (6-1) is placed second in Places 5-11 group. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. Virma plays for the team since 2013. Virma has averaged so far 3.1ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.9apg.

   #3. Kaiti Vasiljeva (177-G-87, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Asi Anna-gret and both played together in the last Latvian NBL game. Vasiljeva was not able to help BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite in their game against Rapla KK (8-0). She scored only 4 points and added 4 passes. BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite (#4) was crushed 96-68 in Rapla by the leading Rapla KK in the Places 5-11 group. Vasiljeva plays for the team since 2010. Vasiljeva has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.4apg and 1.4spg.

   #4. Karolin Lannajarv (180-C-96, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Asi Anna-gret. She played also in the last Latvian NBL game facing Kaiti Vasiljeva (above) in the other team. Lannajarv was not able to secure a victory for BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite (2-4) in their game against Rapla KK (8-0). She cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. Lannajarv scored only 3 points. BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite (#4) was crushed 96-68 in Rapla by the leading Rapla KK in the Places 5-11 group. Lannajarv has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 1.7rpg.



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

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

Annika Holopainen
Annika Holopainen
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Annika Holopainen (185-93, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA. She could not help the ODU (8-5) in their last game. Despite Holopainen's very good performance the ODU lost 73-79 at home to the Western Kentucky University. She scored 18 points in 21 minutes on the court. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Holopainen's fourth season with the team. This year Holopainen averages: 4.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 57.1%(32-56), 3FGP: 35.7% and FT: 76.0% in 23 games she played so far. She played for the Finnish senior national team three years ago.

Elina Koskimies
Elina Koskimies
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Elina Koskimies (183-96, currently studies in the States). Koskimies led American to a 2-point victory against the U.S. Naval Academy (12-4) 50-48 in the NCAA last Wednesday. She scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The The American University has not so impressive 3-11 conference record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Koskimies' overall stats this season are: 4.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 56.7%(17-30), 3FGP: 38.0% and FT: 64.3%. She played for the Finnish national team in 2014.

Petra Noponen
Petra Noponen
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was former U16 international forward Petra Noponen (174-96, currently plays in Latvia). Noponen managed to help KK Tallinna Ulikool in a victory against the fifth-ranked Audentes SG (2-6) crushing them 74-47 in the Latvian NBL on Tuesday night. She scored 5 points and added 5 passes in 18 minutes. KK Tallinna Ulikool (6-1) is placed second in Places 5-11 group. There are only three games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be important. It's Noponen's first season with the team. This year Noponen's overall stats are: 4.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 31.0%, 3FGP: 37.1% and FT: 54.5% in 16 games. She played for the Finnish U16 national team six years ago.

Anniina Aijanen
Anniina Aijanen
   #4. Forward Anniina Aijanen (188-95, is currently at the American university) was not able to help the Xavier in their game against the Creighton University (8-4) in the NCAA. Aijanen recorded 7 points. The Xavier was defeated 67-57 on the road by the Creighton University. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Aijanen's total stats this season are: 3.5ppg and 2.4rpg. She used to play for the Finnish national team back in 2015.

Minna Sten
Minna Sten
   #5. International forward Minna Sten (190-87, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Avenir (16-3) in their game against Roche (16-3) in the French LF2 (second division). Sten recorded 5 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks in 20 minutes. The league leader Avenir lost 58-69 in La Roche to the second-ranked Roche. This year Sten's total stats are: 7.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.1apg and 1.6bpg in 11 games. She plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Evita Iiskola
Evita Iiskola
   #6. Forward Evita Iiskola (183-93, college: Providence, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Rotenburg/Scheessel (3-16) in their game against ChemCats Chemnitz (7-12) in the German DBBL. Iiskola recorded 6 points. The bottom-ranked Rotenburg/Scheessel was defeated 81-73 in Chemnitz by the higher-ranked ChemCats (#9). It was Rotenburg/Scheessel's 11th consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Iiskola has averaged so far 6.5ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.4apg. She is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

Marianne Kalin
Marianne Kalin
   #7. Former U18 international forward Marianne Kalin (185-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Hofstra (5-9) in their game against the Towson University (4-9) in the NCAA. Kalin cannot count it as her best performance. She recorded only 2 points in 13 minutes. The Hofstra was edged 59-56 in Towson by the University. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. Kalin has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 2.7rpg in 25 games. She used to play for the Finnish U18 national team two years ago.

Tuuli Menna
Tuuli Menna
   #8. Forward Tuuli Menna (185-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Richmond (9-4) in their game against the The George Washington University (9-3) in the NCAA. Menna cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. She scored only 3 points. The Richmond was badly defeated 63-44 in Washington by the The George University. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Menna has averaged so far 1.0ppg and 1.9rpg. She used to play for the Finnish U18 national team back in 2014.

Krista Gross
Krista Gross
   #9. International forward Krista Gross (183-90, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina, currently plays in Italy) led Scrivia to a victory against the eighth-ranked Albino (9-11) 64-60 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) on Saturday night. Gross scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 29 minutes. Ecoprogram Castelnuovo Scrivia (12-8) is placed seventh in Group A. Gross has relatively good stats this year: 10.7ppg, 8.8rpg and 2.9spg in 17 games. She is also in the roster of the Finnish national team.



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Super League Round 15: 11890 Killester defeat Brunell in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season.

Eighth-ranked Brunell (3-10) gave a tough game to fourth ranked 11890 Killester (8-5) in Cork on Sunday. The visitors from Dublin managed to secure only three-point victory 69-66. However their fans expected much easier game. 11890 Killester forced 24 Brunell turnovers and outrebounded them 38-24 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American guard Leah Fechko (173-94, college: St.Francis, NY) who led her team to a victory with a triple-double by scoring 11 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists and 11 steals. Guard Jade Daly (-91) helped adding 14 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals. The best for the losing side was international power forward Amy Waters (180-95) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. 11890 Killester moved-up to third place. Brunell at the other side keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. 11890 Killester's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Dublin DCU Mercy.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Dublin. 3rd placed host DCU Mercy (7-5) lost to first ranked Glanmire (12-2) 76-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of DCU Mercy. It was an exceptional evening for the former international forward Grainne Dwyer (180-84) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds. Claire Rockall accounted for 24 points and 9 rebounds. Glanmire's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Sarah Fairbanks (185, college: St.Joseph's) came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds for DCU Mercy in the defeat. Defending champion maintains first place with 12-2 record. DCU Mercy at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with WIT Wildcats. Glanmire will play against NUIG Mystics (#7) in Galway in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. DCU Mercy's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Dublin to the arena 11890 Killester.
Second ranked Liffey Celtics (10-3) crushed at home 6th ranked P.Panthers (6-7) by 27 points 84-57, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of P.Panthers. Liffey Celtics have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 10-3 record having just three points less than leader Glanmire. Loser P.Panthers keep the sixth position with seven games lost. Liffey Celtics will meet WIT Wildcats (#5) in the next round. P.Panthers will play against Brunell and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 15 WIT Wildcats won against Meteors on the opponent's court 57-43.

Meteors - WIT Wildcats 43-57

Very expected game in Dublin where 9th ranked Meteors (2-12) were defeated by fifth ranked WIT Wildcats (7-5) 57-43 on Saturday. WIT Wildcats outrebounded Meteors 43-24 including 28 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Stephanie O'Shea (185-91) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 15 rebounds. The former international guard Cathy Kavanagh (187-90) chipped in 7 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was international guard Eimear Mairtin (164-90) who recorded 15 points and 5 assists and guard Cliona Mairtin (170-94) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively. WIT Wildcats moved-up to fourth place, which they share with DCU Mercy. Meteors lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. WIT Wildcats will meet at home league's second-placed Liffey Celtics in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Meteors will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
WIT Wildcats: S.Deegan 11+1reb+5ast, S.O'Shea 10+15reb+1ast, B.Dunbar 9+6reb+1ast, C.Kavanagh 7+11reb+1ast, H.Rohan 7+2reb+1ast, D.Anderson 6+6reb
Meteors: E.Mairtin 15+3reb+5ast, C.Mairtin 12+2reb+4ast, C.Flaherty 8+2reb, F.Meany 6+3reb+1ast, J.Kirwan 2+6reb+1ast, K.O'Flaherty 0+5reb
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Brunell - Killester 66-69

Eighth-ranked Brunell (3-10) gave a tough game to fourth ranked 11890 Killester (8-5) in Cork on Sunday. The visitors from Dublin managed to secure only three-point victory 69-66. However their fans expected much easier game. 11890 Killester forced 24 Brunell turnovers and outrebounded them 38-24 including 24 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American guard Leah Fechko (173-94, college: St.Francis, NY) who led her team to a victory with a triple-double by scoring 11 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists and 11 steals. Guard Jade Daly (-91) helped adding 14 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 6 steals. Four 11890 Killester players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was international power forward Amy Waters (180-95) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and American center Madison Ward (190-94, college: Merrimack) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). 11890 Killester moved-up to third place. Brunell at the other side keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. 11890 Killester's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Dublin DCU Mercy.
Top scorers:
Killester: A.McCann 15+4reb, J.Daly 14+9reb+7ast, M.Clarke 13+2reb+1ast, L.Fechko 11+15reb+4ast, A.Mcdonnell 6+2reb, N.O'Donovan 6+4reb+3ast
Brunell: A.Waters 18+10reb+3ast, K.Kilpatrick 16+2reb+1ast, M.Ward 15+6reb, A.Murphy 7+1reb, A.Machetta 4+2reb, O.Connolly 3+1ast
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DCU Mercy - Glanmire 64-76

The game between Top Four teams took place in Dublin. 3rd placed host DCU Mercy (7-5) lost to first ranked Glanmire (12-2) 76-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of DCU Mercy. It was an exceptional evening for the former international forward Grainne Dwyer (180-84) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds. The former international guard Claire Rockall (178-90, college: Iowa St.) accounted for 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Four Glanmire players scored in double figures. Glanmire's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Sarah Fairbanks (185, college: St.Joseph's) came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds and the former international guard Aishling Sullivan (175-88) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for DCU Mercy in the defeat. Defending champion maintains first place with 12-2 record. DCU Mercy at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with WIT Wildcats. Glanmire will play against NUIG Mystics (#7) in Galway in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. DCU Mercy's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Dublin to the arena 11890 Killester.
Top scorers:
Glanmire: C.Rockall 24+9reb+2ast, G.Dwyer 24+14reb+2ast, C.Alford 11+7reb+2ast, A.McKenna 11+4reb+5ast, C.Grace 4+6reb+2ast, K.Keating 2+1reb+1ast
DCU Mercy: S.Fairbanks 21+12reb+1ast, A.Sullivan 14+6reb+3ast, S.Woods 10+3reb+3ast, R.Huijsdens 7+3reb+2ast, A.Maguire 6+5reb, B.Power 4+1reb+1ast
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Liffey Celtics - P.Panthers 84-57

Second ranked Liffey Celtics (10-3) crushed at home 6th ranked P.Panthers (6-7) by 27 points 84-57, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of P.Panthers. Liffey Celtics have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 10-3 record having just three points less than leader Glanmire. Loser P.Panthers keep the sixth position with seven games lost. Liffey Celtics will meet WIT Wildcats (#5) in the next round. P.Panthers will play against Brunell and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Best players of Israeli D1 round 2 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News

American Chelsea Hopkins (173-PG-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's leader Maccabi R.Gan and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2 (Second Stage).
The 26-year old playmaker got a double-double of 23 points and fourteen assists, while her team beat Maccabi Ashdod (#2, 15-3) 88-83. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Maccabi R.Gan to consolidate first place in the Israeli D1. Maccabi R.Gan have a solid 16-2 record. In the team's last game Hopkins had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. It's her second year at Maccabi R.Gan and it's hard to imagine this team without her. San Diego State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Hopkins is league's best passer with 8.9apg. Hopkins is in league's top in and averages solid 2.1spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American guard Tiffany Hayes (177-G-89) of second-ranked Maccabi Ashdod. Hayes impressed basketball fans with 33 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Maccabi Ashdod lost that game 83-88 to Maccabi R.Gan (16-2). The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Hayes is one of the most experienced players at Maccabi Ashdod and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.2ppg (#6). Her other stats are also decent: 5.0rpg and 4.2apg.

The third best performed player last round was another Maccabi R.Gan's star - American Danielle Adams (185-C-89). Adams got into 30-points club by scoring 36 points in the last round. She went also for eight rebounds . She was another key player of Maccabi R.Gan, helping her team with a 88-83 win against #2 ranked Maccabi Ashdod in a game of the week. Maccabi R.Gan confirms their top position in the standings. Adams has a great season in Israel. After 18 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.4ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Markel Walker (185-F-90) of Elitzur Holon - 26 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Imani Boyette (201-C-94) of Bnot Hertzeliya - 19 points and 12 rebounds
6. Atonye Nyingifa (180-PF-90) of Elitzur Holon - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Ashley Beverly-Kelley (168-G-93) of Hap.Petah Tikva - 21 points and 10 rebounds
8. Cierra Burdick (188-PF-93) of Ramat Hasharon - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jada Payne (188-F-93) of Maccabi Raanana - 19 points and 10 rebounds
10. Shae Kelley (185-F-91) of H.R. Le-Zion - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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A1 Round 2 (Second Stage): Leader Penza loses to Sigal Prishtina - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Second Stage in A1.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Penza (1-1) in Peja on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by Sigal Prishtina (2-0) 64-61. Sigal Prishtina is looking forward to face Kosova (#6) in Vushtrri in the next round where they are favorite. Penza will play on the road against Bashkimi in Prizren and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was played in Gjakove between Bashkimi and Vellaznimi where Bashkimi (1-1) beat Vellaznimi (0-2) on the road 64-52. Bashkimi will play against Penza (#3) in Peja in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Vellaznimi will play on the road against Trepca in Mitrovice to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game in Vushtrri supposed to be also quite interesting. Trepca (2-0) played at the court of Kosova (0-2). Trepca smashed Kosova 55-25 on Sunday. Trepca will meet at home Vellaznimi (#5) in the next round. Kosova will play against Sigal Prishtina in Prishtine and hope to win that game.

Group A
Vellaznimi - Bashkimi 52-64

Another exciting game was played in Gjakove between Bashkimi and Vellaznimi where Bashkimi (1-1) beat Vellaznimi (0-2) on the road 64-52. Bashkimi will play against Penza (#3) in Peja in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Vellaznimi will play on the road against Trepca in Mitrovice to get more than just one victory in their record.
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Kosova - Trepca 25-55

The game in Vushtrri supposed to be also quite interesting. Trepca (2-0) played at the court of Kosova (0-2). Trepca smashed Kosova 55-25 on Sunday. Trepca will meet at home Vellaznimi (#5) in the next round. Kosova will play against Sigal Prishtina in Prishtine and hope to win that game.
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Penza - Sigal Prishtina 61-64

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Penza (1-1) in Peja on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by Sigal Prishtina (2-0) 64-61. Sigal Prishtina is looking forward to face Kosova (#6) in Vushtrri in the next round where they are favorite. Penza will play on the road against Bashkimi in Prizren and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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  NCAA1  


Cowgirls Beat League-Leading Rams, 56-49 - by Eurobasket News

Natalie Baker (6'0''-F) scored 18 points to help the Wyoming Cowgirls snap a seven-game losing skid to Colorado State with a 56-49 victory over the Rams Tuesday night in Laramie. Wyoming (20-8, 12-5) led from start to finish and the game was only tied once. Bailee Cotton (6'2''-F-96) added 10 points and nine rebounds, while Clara Tapia (5'7''-G) had 10 points and four assists. UW sent their lone senior player, Hailey Ligocki (5'8''-G), out with a victory in her final home game. Baker went 5-6 at the foul line and hit a big lay-up in the final three minutes after CSU had cut the lead to single digits. It got as close as six in the final minute, but the Cowgirls held on with free throws. Wyoming shot 41 percent from the field and held the Rams to 36.4 percent. UW also had a 39-26 edge in rebounding. The Cowgirls also overcame 17 turnovers. Colorado State (22-7, 14-3) was led by Elin Gustavsson (6'3''-F-93) with 14 points. The Rams struggled from the start, as they shot only 2-13, 15 percent, from the floor in the first quarter. Ligocki scored the first points of the game just over three minutes in on a jumper. CSU tied it two possessions later, but a Baker three-pointer put UW ahead 5-2. They led 12-4 after the first. Wyoming pushed their advantage to 20, at 24-4, on a Cotton lay-up midway through the second quarter. It was 30-16 Cowgirls at halftime. UW kept the lead in double figures through the third quarter, but the Rams cut it to 41-30 at the end of the period.
The Cowgirls will conclude the regular season at San Jose State Friday night. Game time is at 8 p.m.
Courtesy of: kowb1290.com



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  RUSSIA  


Superleague 1 Round 32: MBA-2 top BC Rostov in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 6 rounds.

The most exciting game of round 32 in the Superleague 1 took place in Rostov. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of second-ranked BC Rostov (17-13) to third ranked MBA-2 (18-16) 81-79 in the game for the second place. It was a key game for the second position in the league. MBA-2 made 50-of-59 free shots (84.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 44 BC Rostov turnovers and outrebounded BC Rostov 113-90 including a 81-68 advantage in defensive rebounds. MBA-2 looked well-organized offensively handing out 40 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when MBA-2 made 30 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by BC Rostov helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Yulia Kozik (176-97) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 assists and Aleksandra Ivanova (-99) who added 18 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Power forward Ekaterina Maschenkova (182-91) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. MBA-2 moved-up to second place. BC Rostov at the other side dropped to the third position with 13 games lost. MBA-2 are looking forward to face league's leader Dynamo-Farm in Kursk in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BC Rostov will play on the road against Sparta&K-2 V in Vidnoye and is hoping to win this game.
Superleague 1 top team - Dynamo-Farm (33-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked UMMC Junior (7-23) in Ekaterinburg 89-45. The winners were led by center Elizaveta Shabanova (195-97) who scored that evening 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and Katerina Polyashova supported her with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Even 13 points, 5 assists and 4 steals by swingman Sabina Abaidullina (181-97) did not help to save the game for UMMC Junior. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Dynamo-Farm have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 33-1 record. UMMC Junior at the other side stay dead last with 23 lost games. Dynamo-Farm will play against league's second-placed MBA-2 in Moscow in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. UMMC Junior will play at home against Nika (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Syktyvkar was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Samara (16-14) played at the court of 6th ranked Nika (12-18). Samara managed to secure a 9-point victory 67-58 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Evgenija Kozhevnikova who scored 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Marina Sheveleva produced 14 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Nika's coach Olha Doronina rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Samara maintains fourth position with 16-14 record. Nika lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth place with 18 games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Samara will meet at home Stavropol (#8) in the next round. Nika will play against UMMC Junior in Ekaterinburg and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Moscow. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 9th ranked Dynamo-2 M. (12-18) to sixth ranked Sparta&K-2 V (12-18) 59-57 in the fight for the sixth place. Kseniia Nesterova orchestrated the victory by scoring 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Dynamo-2 M.'s coach Dmitriy Fedoseev tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Sparta&K-2 V maintains sixth position with 12-18 record, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Dynamo-2 M. Sparta&K-2 V's next round opponent will be higher ranked BC Rostov (#3) at home and it may be quite challenging game.

In the last game of round 32 Sparta&K-2 V was destroyed by Dynamo-2 M. on the opponent's court 86-67.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 18 points and 10 rebounds by Svetlana Boykova of Dynamo-2 M..

Dynamo-2 M. - Sparta&K-2 V 86-67

There was a minor upset in Moscow where 6th ranked Sparta&K-2 V (12-18) was crushed by ninth ranked Dynamo-2 M. (12-18) 86-67. Dynamo-2 M. dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Sparta&K-2 V's 36. They outrebounded Sparta&K-2 V 40-24 including 27 on the defensive glass. Dynamo-2 M. players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Svetlana Boykova (182-96) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Power forward Alexandra Kirina (190-96) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Sevara Nuritdinova (163-98) replied with 20 points and Ksenia Sharova (178-98) added 14 points in the effort for Sparta&K-2 V. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dynamo-2 M. moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Sparta&K-2 V. Dynamo-2 M.'s next round opponent will be higher ranked Neftyanik (#5) in Omsk and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Sparta&K-2 V: S.Nuritdinova 20+3reb+3ast, K.Sharova 14+1reb+2ast, K.Nesterova 10+2reb+1ast, D.Repnikova 8+5reb+4ast, A.Zotkin 6+4reb, D.Kosulnikova 4+3reb
Dynamo-2 M.: S.Boykova 18+10reb+1ast, A.Kirina 17+6reb, A.Zaytseva 10+6reb+3ast, I.Fastova 8+6reb, E.Ryabova 8+1reb+1ast, S.Pashigoreva 6+1reb
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Dynamo-2 M. - Sparta&K-2 V 57-59

A very interesting game took place in Moscow. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 9th ranked Dynamo-2 M. (12-18) to sixth ranked Sparta&K-2 V (12-18) 59-57 in the fight for the sixth place. Center Kseniia Nesterova (193-98) orchestrated the victory by scoring 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Maya Safiulina (184-98) contributed with 8 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Svetlana Boykova (182-96) replied with 12 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Anna Zaytseva (183-99) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Dynamo-2 M.Dynamo-2 M.'s coach Dmitriy Fedoseev tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Sparta&K-2 V maintains sixth position with 12-18 record, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Dynamo-2 M. Sparta&K-2 V's next round opponent will be higher ranked BC Rostov (#3) at home and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Dynamo-2 M.: S.Boykova 12+8reb+2ast, E.Oleynikova 10+4reb+5ast, A.Zaytseva 10+8reb+1ast, A.Kirina 9+6reb+2ast, M.Pleskevich 9+3reb+1ast, O.Orlova 5+2reb+2ast
Sparta&K-2 V: S.Nuritdinova 13+2reb+3ast, K.Nesterova 10+7reb+4ast, K.Sharova 9+4reb+3ast, M.Safiulina 8+9reb+1ast, D.Repnikova 7+10reb, A.Shishkina 5
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UMMC Junior - Dynamo-Farm 45-89

Superleague 1 top team - Dynamo-Farm (33-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked UMMC Junior (7-23) in Ekaterinburg 89-45. Dynamo-Farm dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to UMMC Junior's 20 and made 21-of-23 charity shots (91.3 percent) during the game. Dynamo-Farm forced 27 UMMC Junior turnovers and outrebounded them 39-21 including 27 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by center Elizaveta Shabanova (195-97) who scored that evening 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and center Katerina Polyashova (188-96, agency: LBM Management) supported her with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Even 13 points, 5 assists and 4 steals by swingman Sabina Abaidullina (181-97) did not help to save the game for UMMC Junior. Center Milena Gegirova (190-98) added 9 points for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Dynamo-Farm have an impressive ten-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 33-1 record. UMMC Junior at the other side stay dead last with 23 lost games. Dynamo-Farm will play against league's second-placed MBA-2 in Moscow in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. UMMC Junior will play at home against Nika (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
UMMC Junior: S.Abaidullina 13+2reb+5ast, M.Gegirova 9+4reb, M.Banna 5+1reb, V.Zavialova 5+2ast, E.Pozdniakova 3+1reb, E.Ilinova 2+3reb+1ast
Dynamo-Farm: E.Shabanova 21+8reb+4ast, K.Polyashova 12+8reb+1ast, T.Sema 10+5reb, V.Cheren 9+5reb+2ast, A.Shuvagina 9+1ast, E.Frolkina 9+4reb+4ast
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Rostov - MBA-2 79-81

The most exciting game of round 32 in the Superleague 1 took place in Rostov. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of second-ranked BC Rostov (17-13) to third ranked MBA-2 (18-16) 81-79 in the game for the second place. It was a key game for the second position in the league. MBA-2 made 50-of-59 free shots (84.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 44 BC Rostov turnovers and outrebounded BC Rostov 113-90 including a 81-68 advantage in defensive rebounds. MBA-2 looked well-organized offensively handing out 40 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when MBA-2 made 30 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by BC Rostov helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Yulia Kozik (176-97) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 assists and Aleksandra Ivanova (-99) who added 18 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Power forward Ekaterina Maschenkova (182-91) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Evgenia Oksner (165-90) scored 12 points and 4 assists. Five BC Rostov players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. MBA-2 moved-up to second place. BC Rostov at the other side dropped to the third position with 13 games lost. MBA-2 are looking forward to face league's leader Dynamo-Farm in Kursk in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BC Rostov will play on the road against Sparta&K-2 V in Vidnoye and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Rostov: E.Maschenkova 22+9reb+2ast, D.Prosolupova 12+4reb, E.Oksner 12+3reb+4ast, Y.Kotova 11+6reb+1ast, A.Maksimova 11+2reb+3ast, J.Elizabet Morozova 5+6reb
MBA-2: Y.Kozik 22+4reb+5ast, A.Ivanova 18+8reb+1ast, E.Safonova 8+6reb+4ast, O.Aksenova 8+6reb+2ast, A.Lennikova 8+4reb+1ast, A.Ovchinnikova 6+5reb
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Nika - Samara 58-67

The game in Syktyvkar was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Samara (16-14) played at the court of 6th ranked Nika (12-18). Samara managed to secure a 9-point victory 67-58 on Sunday. Samara had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was forward Evgenija Kozhevnikova (182-81) who scored 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Swingman Yana Matveeva (186-92) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four Samara players scored in double figures. Forward Marina Sheveleva (184-89) produced 14 points and 6 rebounds and center Ekaterina Terekhova (188-90) added 8 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Nika's coach Olha Doronina rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Samara maintains fourth position with 16-14 record. Nika lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth place with 18 games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Samara will meet at home Stavropol (#8) in the next round. Nika will play against UMMC Junior in Ekaterinburg and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Nika: M.Sheveleva 14+6reb, E.Terekhova 8+5reb, K.Pyatina 8+1reb, E.Bezgodova 7+4reb+1ast, V.Makarova 7+3reb, K.Andreeva 6+2reb+2ast
Samara: E.Kozhevnikova 17+8reb, O.Sokolovskaya 14+1reb+2ast, Y.Matveeva 13+7reb+3ast, K.Evseytcheva 10+2reb, O.Ovcharenko 6+4reb+1ast, O.Omelchenko 5+6reb
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McCoughtry's 37-point game gives her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

30-year old Angel McCoughtry (187-SF-86) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's best team Dynamo K. and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
She had the game-high 37 points adding three rebounds and four assists for Dynamo K. in her team's victory, helping them to beat UMMC (18-1) 99-86. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Dynamo K. to take over top position in the Russian PBL. Dynamo K. has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 18-1. In the team's last game McCoughtry had a remarkable 61.1% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. She turned to be Dynamo K.'s top player in her first season with the team. University of Louisville graduate has very impressive stats this year. McCoughtry is in league's top in points (7th best: 13.8ppg) and averages solid 2.6spg and 55.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Diana Taurasi (182-SG-82) of league's second-best UMMC. She is Italian-American guard in her first season at UMMC. In the last game Taurasi recorded impressive 38 points and 3 assists. Bad luck as UMMC lost that game 86-99 to slightly higher-ranked Dynamo K. (18-1). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. UMMC still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. Her team belongs to top of the standings with 18-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Taurasi is a newcomer at UMMC and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.0ppg (#2).

Third place about best performers goes to center Latoya Williams (192-C-87) of Dynamo NR (#7). Williams showcased her all-around game by recording 22 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. She was a key player of Dynamo NR, leading her team to a 71-64 win against slightly higher-ranked Dynamo M. (#6, 8-11). The chances of Dynamo NR ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 12 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of her teammates, Williams could help Dynamo NR to bring them higher in the standings. Williams has a great season in Russia. After 16 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.8ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 9.1rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brittney Griner (203-C-90) of UMMC - 20 points and 4 rebounds
5. Nneka Ogwumike (189-F/C-90) of Dynamo K. - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Tamara Tatham (185-F-85) of Dynamo NR - 16 points and 5 rebounds
7. Darya Nazarova (170-G-92) of Spartak N. - 16 points and 3 assists
8. Ksenia Tikhonenko (192-F/C-93) of Dynamo M. - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Firuza Bekmetova (202-C-86) of Kazanochka - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Amanda Bazoukou (196-C-93) of Nadezhda O. - 12 points and 11 rebounds

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



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National League Round 6: Edinburgh Kool Kats defeat Tayside - by Eurobasket News

The Second Stage in National League just ended.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Tayside (9-6) in Dundee on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by Edinburgh Kool Kats (12-3) 59-58. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tayside. Edinburgh Kool Kats keep a position of league leader. Tayside at the other side dropped to the second place with six games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams.
The game between eighth ranked St.Mirren RKC (9-6) and 12th ranked St.Andrews U. (5-10) in St Mirren ended with biggest points difference. St.Mirren RKC outscored guests from St.Andrews 73-33. St.Mirren RKC have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 4 other teams. St.Andrews U. lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with ten games lost. They share it with Glasgow Un..

There were no big surprises in other games of round 6: Glasgow Un. was smashed by Boroughmuir on the road 70-36. Boroughmuir destroyed St.Andrews U. on its own court 67-45. Glasgow Fever managed to outperform Glasgow Un. in a road game 56-51. Lady Rocks managed to beat Polonia Phoenix at home 68-61.

Boroughmuir - Glasgow Un. 70-36

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Boroughmuir's (7-8) home victory over 10th ranked Glasgow Un. (5-10) in Edinburgh 70-36. Boroughmuir have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Polonia Phoenix and Glasgow Fever. Newly promoted Glasgow Un. keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. They share it with St.Andrews U..
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Boroughmuir - St.Andrews U. 67-45

Rather expected game when 12th ranked St.Andrews U. (5-10) was smashed by ninth ranked Boroughmuir (7-8) in Edinburgh 67-45. Boroughmuir have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Polonia Phoenix and Glasgow Fever. St.Andrews U. lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with ten games lost. They share it with Glasgow Un..
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Tayside - Edinburgh KK 58-59

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Tayside (9-6) in Dundee on Sunday night. Hosts were edged by Edinburgh Kool Kats (12-3) 59-58. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tayside. Edinburgh Kool Kats keep a position of league leader. Tayside at the other side dropped to the second place with six games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams.
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St.Mirren RKC - St.Andrews U. 73-33

The game between eighth ranked St.Mirren RKC (9-6) and 12th ranked St.Andrews U. (5-10) in St Mirren ended with biggest points difference. St.Mirren RKC outscored guests from St.Andrews 73-33. St.Mirren RKC have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 4 other teams. St.Andrews U. lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with ten games lost. They share it with Glasgow Un..
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Glasgow Un. - Glasgow Fever 51-56

Rather predictable result when eighth ranked Glasgow Fever (7-8) won against on the road 10th ranked Glasgow Un. (5-10) 56-51. Glasgow Fever have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Polonia Phoenix and Boroughmuir. Glasgow Un. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. They share it with St.Andrews U..
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Lady Rocks - Polonia Phoenix 68-61

Not a big story in a game when 5th ranked Polonia Phoenix (7-8) lost to second ranked Lady Rocks (9-6) in Glasgow 61-68. Lady Rocks maintains second position with 9-6 record having just three points less than leader St.Mirren RKC, which they share with 4 other teams. Polonia Phoenix at the other side dropped to the sixth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Glasgow Fever and Boroughmuir.
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Natasa Mijatovic (ex Vrbas Medela) joins C.Adelantados - by Eurobasket News

Ciudad de la Adelantados (LF2) agreed terms with 28-year old Serbian power forward Natasa Mijatovic (191-89). She started the season at Vrbas Medela in Serbian 1 ZLS. In 17 games she had very impressive stats: 16.7ppg, 7.1rpg, 2.2apg, 1.4spg and 1.1bpg this season. The last summer Mijatovic played at Cyclone in Maldivian league. She helped them to win the Maldives League title (twice).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Mijatovic was voted Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Center of the Year in 2016.
She represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Chieti (Italy) nine years ago.
Mijatovic is quite experienced player. Her career allowed her to visit three different continents, while she played in four different countries. Mijatovic tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. She has played previously professionally also in Romania (Timisoara), Slovakia (Rucon) and Slovenia (Odeja KED Skofja Loka).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @CompeticionFEB)

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Natasa Mijatovic signs with CDB Clarinos de La Laguna - by Tamara Ruzic

After great role in ZKK Vrbas Medela, where she started the season, Natasa Mijatovic (191-F/C-89) has signed with CDB Clarinos de La Laguna, current leader of group B of LF2 Spanish league.
Natasa had impressive stats in Serbian League - 16.7ppg (45.1%), 7.1rpg and 2.2apg in 17 games she played there, reaching average Index Value 16.5. Mijatovic is the best scorer of of ZKK Vrbas, also belongs in top 10 scorers, rebounders and blockers in Serbian League.
In 2016 Natasa Mijatovic won silver medal of Serbian Cup competition and was voted for the MVP of the final game. She is also the best basketball player of Vojvodina province for 2016 and the best player of Serbian League in center position for 2015/16 season.
With the new club, Natasa will fight to reach top Spanish division, as they will play qualifications for reaching LF.

She also played for Odeja Skofja Loka (Slovenia-1A), Jagodina 2001 (1 ZLS), SKBD Rucon Spisska Nova Ves (Slovakia-Extraliga). Mijatovic was member of Montenegrin U20 National Team -08, played Serbian Cup Finalist -16 (MVP), Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Center of the Year -16, Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League 1st Team -16.


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South Korean WKBL round 33 best performance: Jonquel Jones - by Eurobasket News

Bahamas Center Jonquel Jones (198-C-94) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Woori Bank, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 33.
The 22-year old player had a double-double of 19 points and 19 rebounds, while her team beat Winnus (#6, 12-21) 68-57. It allowed Woori Bank to consolidate first place in the South Korean WKBL. Woori Bank has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 31-2. Jones turned to be Woori Bank's top player in her first season with the team. Former The George Washington University star has very solid stats this year. Jones is league's best scorer averaging so far 15.9ppg and leads league in rebounds with 13.3rpg. Jones is in league's top in and averages impressive 2.8bpg and 55.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Kayla Thornton (185-F-92) of KEB Hanabank. Thornton had a very good evening with 29 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as KEB Hanabank lost that game 61-69 to the higher-ranked Woori Bank (#1, 31-2). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. KEB Hanabank still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-20 record. Thornton is a newcomer at KEB Hanabank, but is already one of team's top players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.5ppg (#6). She also registered 8.2 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Woori Bank's star - former international guard Hye-Jin Park (178-G-90). Park showcased her all-around game by recording 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the last round. She was another key player of Woori Bank, helping her team with a 69-61 win against #4 ranked KEB Hanabank. Many experts and fans count Woori Bank as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 31 victories and only two lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Park has a great season in South Korea. After 28 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 12.8ppg (9th best), rebounds with 5.8rpg (3rd best) and assists with 5.3apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Danbi Kim (180-F-90) of S-Birds - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Ji-Su Park (195-C-98) of KB Stars - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Plenette Pierson (186-PF-81) of KB Stars - 14 points and 4 rebounds
7. Min Jeong Kim (180-C-94) of KB Stars - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Ji Hee Yang (186-C-84) of Woori Bank - 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Jeong-Hyun Lee (188-C-92) of Winnus - 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Eun-Sil Choi (183-F-94) of Woori Bank - 8 points and 4 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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Natasa Mijatovic (ex Vrbas Medela) joins C.Adelantados - by Eurobasket News

Ciudad de la Adelantados (LF2) agreed terms with 28-year old Serbian power forward Natasa Mijatovic (191-89). She started the season at Vrbas Medela in Serbian 1 ZLS. In 17 games she had very impressive stats: 16.7ppg, 7.1rpg, 2.2apg, 1.4spg and 1.1bpg this season. The last summer Mijatovic played at Cyclone in Maldivian league. She helped them to win the Maldives League title (twice).
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Mijatovic was voted Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Center of the Year in 2016.
She represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Chieti (Italy) nine years ago.
Mijatovic is quite experienced player. Her career allowed her to visit three different continents, while she played in four different countries. Mijatovic tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. She has played previously professionally also in Romania (Timisoara), Slovakia (Rucon) and Slovenia (Odeja KED Skofja Loka).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @CompeticionFEB)

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Alba Torrens selected the top Spaniard playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Alba Torrens
Alba Torrens
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Alba Torrens (188-89, currently plays in Russia). She could not help one of league's weakest teams UMMC Ekaterinburg (18-1) in their last game. Despite Torrens' good performance UMMC Ekaterinburg lost 86-99 on the road to the leading Dynamo Kursk. She scored 12 points and added 6 passes (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 30 minutes on the court. It was UMMC Ekaterinburg's first loss after fourteen consecutive victories. Torrens' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Torrens has relatively good stats this year: 12.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.6apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 55.0%, 3FGP: 36.1% and FT: 90.6%(29-32) in 14 games she played so far. She is currently a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Sandra Ygueravide
Sandra Ygueravide
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international point guard Sandra Ygueravide (172-84, currently plays in Euroleague). Ygueravide led her Polish team Wisla Can-Pack to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Lattes Montpellier (7-7) 77-61 in the Euroleague last Wednesday. She recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and making 11 passes. TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow (5-9) is placed sixth in group A. The Regular Season already ended in the Euroleague. It's Ygueravide's first season with the team. This year Ygueravide has relatively solid stats: 13.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 6.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 44.0%, 3FGP: 45.8%(27-59) and FT: 79.3%. She is in the roster of the Spanish senior national team.

Marta Xargay Casademont
Marta Xargay Casademont
   #3. The Spanish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Marta Xargay Casademont (181-90, currently plays in Euroleague). Xargay Casademont was not able to help USK Praha (9-5) in their last game. Despite her good performance the third-placed USK Praha (9-5) lost 63-71 in Schio to the lower-ranked (#4) Familia in the group A of Euroleague. Xargay Casademont scored 10 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 32 minutes. It was USK Praha's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Xargay Casademont has reliable stats this year: 11.2ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.9apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 46.5%, 3FGP: 38.0% and FT: 85.0% in 14 games. She is also a member of the Spanish senior national team.

Anna Cruz
Anna Cruz
   #4. Point guard Anna Cruz (173-86, currently plays in Russia) faced previously mentioned Alba Torrens in the Russian PBL last game. Cruz contributed to a Dynamo Kursk's victory against the closely-ranked UMMC Ekaterinburg (18-1) 99-86. She scored 7 points and added 5 passes. Cruz's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This season Cruz averages: 5.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.6apg and 1.3spg. She is also Spanish national team player.

Sancho Lyttle
Sancho Lyttle
   #5. International center Sancho Lyttle (193-83, college: Houston, currently plays in Russia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Alba Torrens and both played together in the last Russian PBL game. Lyttle was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams UMMC Ekaterinburg (18-1) in their game against Dynamo Kursk (18-1). She did not have that impressive stats last Sunday. Lyttle scored only 3 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 37 minutes. UMMC Ekaterinburg lost 86-99 in Kursk to the leading Dynamo. This year Lyttle's overall stats are: 6.9ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.8apg and 2.1spg in eight games. She has a dual citizenship: Vincentian and Spanish. Lyttle plays currently for the Spanish national team.

Cristina Ouvina
Cristina Ouvina
   #6. Point guard Cristina Ouvina (173-90, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help Nadezhda Orenburg to win against the closely-ranked Perfumerias Avenida (7-7) 65-62 in the Euroleague on Wednesday night. She scored 5 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Nadezhda Orenburg (10-4) is placed second in group B. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Ouvina's total stats this season are: 5.4ppg, 5.4rpg and 4.9apg. She is an international player who is currently on the senior Spanish National Team roster.

Nuria Martinez
Nuria Martinez
   #7. Former international point guard Nuria Martinez (175-84, currently plays in Euroleague) faced previously mentioned Marta Xargay Casademont in the Euroleague last game. Martinez helped her Italian team Familia Schio win their game against the closely-ranked USK Praha (9-5) 71-63. She scored 8 points and added 5 passes in 27 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. This year Martinez's total stats are: 6.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.1apg and 1.4spg in 11 games. She used to play for the Spanish national team two years ago.

Queralt Casas
Queralt Casas
   #8. Swingman Queralt Casas (177-92, currently plays in France) couldn't help Basket Landes (13-6) in their game against Nice (8-11) in the French LFB. Casas recorded 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. But Basket Landes was edged 58-55 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Nice (#9). There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Casas averaged so far 10.1ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.9apg and 1.8spg. She plays currently for the Spanish national team.

Laia Palau
Laia Palau
   #9. International guard Laia Palau (177-79, currently plays in Euroleague) is a teammate of previously mentioned Marta Xargay Casademont and both played together in the last Euroleague game. Palau couldn't help USK Praha (9-5) in their game against Familia Schio (7-7). She scored only 4 points and added 5 passes in 28 minutes. USK Praha (#3) lost 63-71 in Schio to the lower-ranked (#4) Familia in the group A of Euroleague. Palau has been at the team for four years. Palau has averaged so far 4.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 8.2apg and 1.3spg in 14 games. She is also in the roster of the Spanish national team.

Ariadna Pujol
Ariadna Pujol
   #10. Swingman Ariadna Pujol (185-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) led S.Florida to an easy victory against the University of Houston (2-10) crushing them 79-50 in the NCAA in Tuesday night's game. Pujol recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 14 rebounds. The University of South Florida has rather weak 1-12 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Pujol is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her fourth year in S.Florida's roster. She averaged so far 12.5ppg, 6.6rpg, 3.5apg and 1.3spg. Pujol is a former U20 international player as two years ago she still played for the Spanish national team.

   #11. Former U20 international point guard Mariona Ortiz (183-92, currently plays in Euroleague) couldn't help CCC Polkowice in their game against UMMC Ekaterinburg in the Euroleague. She was the second best scorer with 9 points in 28 minutes. Her team was crushed by 37 points 94-57. Ortiz has averaged so far 6.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.5apg and 1.9spg in 14 games. She used to play for the Spanish U20 national team five years ago.

   #12. U20 international point guard Laia Flores (170-96, currently studies in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ariadna Pujol and both played together in the last NCAA game. Flores helped S.Florida win their game against the University of Houston crushing them 79-50. She recorded 10 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists in 40 minutes. Flores has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 4.5rpg and 5.8apg in 28 games. She is also in the roster of the Spanish U20 national team.

   #13. Former U21 international point guard Anna Gomez (181-86, currently plays in Belgium) helped Belfius Namur win their game against the tenth-ranked Houthalen crushing them 80-48 in the Belgian Top Division Women last Wednesday. Gomez scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. She averaged so far 12.0ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.8apg and 1.9spg. Gomez used to play for the Spanish U21 national team ten years ago.

   #14. International guard Leticia Romero (173-95, is currently at the American university) led Florida St. to an easy victory against the University of Pittsburgh crushing them 79-48 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. Romero scored 12 points, had 7 boards, dished 5 assists and stole 3 balls. Romero averaged so far 12.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.7apg and 1.4spg. She plays currently for the Spanish national team.

   #15. Former U18 international guard Clara Che (173-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Providence to a victory against the Butler University 64-58 in the NCAA last Friday. Che recorded 14 points and added 5 assists in 39 minutes. Che has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 3.2rpg and 3.2apg in 26 games. She used to play for the Spanish U18 national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Laura Garcia (176-G-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas, currently plays in France) contributed to Hainaut's victory against the league outsider Angers (3-16) 74-65 in the French LFB on Friday night. Garcia recorded 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Union Saint-Amand Porte du Hainaut (8-11) is placed eighth in the LFB. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Garcia plays fifth season for the team. She has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.7apg.

   #2. Celia Garcia-Panuero (180-F-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Incarnate Word to a victory against the Nicholls State University (6-10) 69-63 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. She had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 22 rebounds in 40 minutes. The The University of Incarnate Word has 6-10 conference record this season. Garcia-Panuero's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. Garcia-Panuero has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 17.2ppg, 11.6rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg in 25 games she played so far.

   #3. Maite Cazorla (178-G, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Oregon (11-2) to beat the Stanford University (12-2). Cazorla scored 7 points and added 6 assists in 34 minutes. The Oregon lost 59-65 on the road to the University. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Cazorla has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 1.3rpg, 4.2apg and 1.4spg in 29 games.

   #4. Mary Cuevas (193-F-94, is currently at the American university) contributed to a 3-point Towson's victory against the Hofstra University (2-10) 59-56 in the NCAA last Friday. She recorded 6 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. The Towson University has a solid 9-5 conference record this season. Cuevas' team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. Cuevas has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 6.1rpg.

   #5. Crystal Simmons (178-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help St.John's University to win against the Seton Hall University (4-13) 77-71 in the NCAA on Sunday night. She scored 5 points and blocked 2 blocks. The St.John's University has 6-7 conference record this season. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. Simmons has averaged so far 2.4ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg.

   #6. Isabel Vara de Rey (180-G-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an Idaho St.'s victory against the University of Idaho 80-69 in the NCAA on Thursday night. She scored 8 points and blocked 2 shots in 19 minutes. Vara de Rey has averaged so far 6.5ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.3apg in 24 games.

   #7. Angela Coello Perez (186-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the Winthrop in their game against the University of North Carolina - Asheville in the NCAA. She recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 27 minutes. Her team was badly defeated by 16 points 71-55. Perez has averaged so far 4.9ppg and 4.1rpg in 27 games.

   #8. Arantxa Gomez (188-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the San Diego St. in their game against the Colorado State University in the NCAA. She cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Gomez scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 13 minutes. Her team was crushed by 34 points 80-46. Gomez has averaged so far 1.9ppg and 2.3rpg in 21 games.

   #9. Carmen Tellez (173-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the E.Illinois in their game against the S.Illinois University - Edwardsville in the NCAA. She cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Tellez scored only 2 points. Her team was badly defeated by 16 points 68-52. Tellez has averaged so far 5.5ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.2apg.

   #10. Angela Alvarez (168-G-91, currently plays in Norway) couldn't help Gimle Pride (5-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite her good performance Gimle Pride was defeated 71-59 in a derby game by the second-ranked Ulriken. Alvarez was the top scorer with 13 points. She also added 5 boards, passed 6 assists and added 3 steals. Alvarez averaged so far 11.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.3apg and 2.3spg.



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Kennedy Leonard selected the top British players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kennedy Leonard
Kennedy Leonard
   #1. This week's number one is U20 international guard Kennedy Leonard (173-96, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA. Leonard could not help the Colorado (5-8) in their last game. Despite her very good performance the Colorado lost 56-67 at home to the Washington State University. Leonard scored 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 40 minutes on the court. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Leonard has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 17.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.7apg, 2.4spg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 26.6% and FT: 71.2% in 29 games she played so far. Leonard is currently a member of the British U20 national team.

Rachael Vanderwal
Rachael Vanderwal
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international guard Rachael Vanderwal (175-83, college: Boston U., currently plays in Spain). Vanderwal contributed to a 3-point Mann Filter's victory against the closely-ranked Al-Qazeres (9-11) 91-88 in the Spanish LFB last Sunday. She scored 8 points and added 5 passes in 27 minutes. Mann Filter Zaragoza (9-11) is placed 11th in the LFB. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. It's Vanderwal's first season with the team. This year Vanderwal's overall stats are: 5.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 41.3%, 3FGP: 27.0% and FT: 69.2% in 20 games. She has a dual citizenship: Canadian and British. Vanderwal is in the roster of the British senior national team.

Azania Stewart
Azania Stewart
   #3. The British player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Azania Stewart (195-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Florida, currently plays in Spain). She managed to help Campus Promete Logrono to win against the closely-ranked Gernika (13-7) 76-69 in the Spanish LFB on Sunday night. Stewart scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Campus Promete Logrono (11-9) is placed fourth in the LFB. Stewart's total stats this season are: 4.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 2FGP: 54.1% and FT: 65.0%. Ex-Barking Abbey Leopards player is also a member of the British senior national team.

Shequila Joseph
Shequila Joseph
   #4. Forward Shequila Joseph (190-95, currently studies in the States) led Mississippi to a victory against the Texas A&M University (14-6) 62-49 in the NCAA last Sunday. Joseph scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The The University of Mississippi has 7-6 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Joseph has been at the team for four years. Her total stats this season are: 4.7ppg and 5.3rpg. Joseph used to play for the British U20 national team back in 2014.

Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby
Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby
   #5. Former international forward Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby (190-95, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Lafayette (3-10) in their last game. Despite her good performance the Lafayette lost 65-79 on the road to the Bucknell University. Ottewill-Soulsby scored 13 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 35 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Ottewill-Soulsby is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her fourth year in Lafayette's roster. This season her total stats are: 7.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.5apg and 1.2bpg in 28 games. Ottewill-Soulsby used to play for the British national team two years ago.

Janice Monakana
Janice Monakana
   #6. Forward Janice Monakana (183-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Toledo's victory against the Eastern Michigan University (1-12) 65-57 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. She scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. The The University of Toledo has 6-7 conference record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Monakana plays fourth season for the team. Monakana has relatively good stats this year: 12.8ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.5spg. She is a former international player as she played for the British senior team two years ago.

Chantelle Handy
Chantelle Handy
   #7. International small forward Chantelle Handy (188-87, agency: Two Points, college: Marshall, currently plays in Slovakia) was not able to secure a victory for Piestanske Cajky (7-3) in their game against Good Angels (9-1) in the Slovakian Extraliga. Handy cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. She scored only 2 points in 18 minutes. The second-placed Piestanske Cajky (7-3) lost 65-80 in Kosice to the leading Good Angels in the Places 1-4 group. There are only two games left until the end of the Second Stage. Handy has averaged so far 6.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg in 19 games. She is also British national team player.

Leah McDerment
Leah McDerment
   #8. Guard Leah McDerment (178-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the one of league's weakest teams Massachusetts (3-9) in their game against the Saint Louis University (11-3) in the NCAA. McDerment scored 8 points and added 8 assists. The Massachusetts were crushed 91-51 on their home court in Amherst by the Saint Louis University. Her team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. McDerment has averaged so far 6.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 5.5apg and 1.3spg. She used to play for the British U20 national team back in 2013.

Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott
Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott
   #9. Former international guard Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott (178-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Janice Monakana and both played together in the last NCAA game. Bravo-Harriott contributed to Toledo's victory against the Eastern Michigan University (1-12) 65-57. She scored 8 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 32 minutes. This year Bravo-Harriott has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.4apg in 24 games. She used to play for the British national team two years ago.

Molly Taylor
Molly Taylor
   #10. Guard Molly Taylor (175-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Loyola, MD (7-7) in their game against the College of Holy Cross (6-11) in the NCAA. Despite her good performance last Wednesday Taylor scored 12 points. Her team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. Taylor has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 1.5rpg. She is a former U16 international player as four years ago she still played for the British national team.

   #11. Former U16 international swingman Jenelle Grant (183-98, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Pacific in their game against the Loyola Marymount University in the NCAA. Grant scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. Her team lost 64-75. Grant has averaged so far 2.3ppg and 2.4rpg in 18 games. She used to play for the British U16 national team three years ago.

   #12. Former U18 international forward Millie Stevens (183, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Illinois St. in their game against the Southern Illinois University in the NCAA. Stevens recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Her team was defeated 57-48. Stevens has averaged so far 5.4ppg and 4.2rpg. She used to play for the British U18 national team back in 2014.

   #13. Former U16 international guard Shanice Norton (173-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to LSU's victory against the Vanderbilt University 64-58 in the NCAA last Sunday. Norton scored only 3 points in 12 minutes. Norton has averaged so far 4.3ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.1spg in 29 games. She used to play for the British U16 national team four years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international forward Evelyn Adebayo (183-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Gardner-Webb in their game against the Radford University in the NCAA. Adebayo recorded only 4 points. Her team was defeated 51-42. Adebayo has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 5.3rpg. She used to play for the British U20 national team back in 2015.

   #15. Former U20 international forward Gemma Bullard (178-92, currently plays in Canada) contributed to an easy victory against the Thunderwolves crushing them 81-53 in the Canadian university league CIS in Saturday night's game. Bullard scored 5 points in 14 minutes. Bullard has averaged so far 4.8ppg and 3.6rpg in 12 games. She used to play for the British U20 national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Alexandra Bunton (198-C-93, currently plays in Russia). She could not help Dynamo Moscow (8-11) to beat Dynamo NR (8-12). Bunton scored 5 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in 15 minutes. Dynamo Moscow lost 64-71 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) Dynamo NR. The Regular Season already ended. It's Bunton's first season with the team. This year she averages: 8.8ppg and 7.8rpg in 19 games she played so far. Bunton has a dual citizenship: British and Australian.

   #2. Louella Tomlinson (193-F-88, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Hungary) led Miskolc to an easy victory against the closely-ranked PINKK-Pecsi (3-14) crushing them 83-58 in the Hungarian A Division last Saturday. She recorded 11 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. Aluinvent DVTK Miskolc (11-6) is placed sixth in the A Division. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Tomlinson averages: 8.5ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.3apg and 1.8bpg. She is another player who holds two passports: British and Australian. Despite Tomlinson's British nationality, she previously played for the Australian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the British team.

   #3. Experienced Shona Thorburn (178-G-82, college: Utah, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Lyon (4-15) crushing them 87-59 in the French LFB in Friday night's game. She recorded 6 points and added 7 assists. Nantes Reze Basket (10-9) is placed fifth in the LFB. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Thorburn's overall stats this season are: 7.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 4.8apg and 1.3spg. She has both Canadian and British nationalities.

   #4. Lavinia Da Silva (187-C-88, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Virtus Cagliari (6-14) in their last game. Despite her good performance the tenth-placed Virtus Cagliari (6-14) lost 60-65 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#5) Milano in the Group A. Da Silva scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 38 minutes. It was Virtus Cagliari's fifth consecutive loss in a row. Da Silva has relatively good stats this year: 12.5ppg, 11.1rpg and 1.3spg in 20 games. She also holds two passports: British and Portuguese.

   #5. Ejay Ofomata (180-G/F-86, college: Central State, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in a 2-point Udine Delser's victory against the seventh-ranked Alpo VF (10-9) 59-57 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) on Saturday night. Ofomata had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting the same number of rebounds. She also added and 3 steals in 38 minutes. Delser Udine (11-7) is placed sixth in Group B. Ofomata has reliable stats this year: 13.3ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.4apg and 2.4spg in 18 games. She has Nigerian and British nationalities.



Busch crowned Molten WBBL Coach of the Month - by Paul Nilsen

Leonard Busch has been rewarded for a fantastic and flawless February with Sevenoaks Suns by being named Molten WBBL Coach of the Month.

The play-caller not only guided his team to a perfect record during the period, but a notable chapter of history as they booked a spot at their first major showpiece WBBL Final.

In a fitting end to a brilliant month, Suns came away last weekend with a magnificent 82-67 Semi-Finals road win at Westfield Health Sheffield Hatters to book their place at the 2017 British Basketball Trophy Finals in Glasgow on Sunday 19 March.

The Trophy Finals will be shown live on BBC Sport around the world and it was on that same platform in front of the cameras that Suns shone brightly when they breezed past Cardiff Met Archers 81-46 a few weeks ago.

That BBL Championship success came off the back of two earlier BBL Trophy South Pool triumphs, with Coach Busch and his side initially beating Archers 82-58 at the start of the month and then dismantling Oaklands Wolves on the road by 97-51 the following weekend.

They then went on their travels again and picked up a superb 79-71 league win at Leicester Riders - the side they will now face at the Emirates Arena next month as Busch and his players try to bring a historic first piece of WBBL silverware back to the club.



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Celje tops Partizan 71-42 with second-half run - by Zeljko Zule

Athlete Celje went on a 29-2 second-half run to beat Partizan 1953 71-42 in the Superleague Round 7. Shante Evans (184-F/C-91, college: Hofstra) had 16 points and 12 rebounds, Andrea Maric (195-C-97) came off the bench for 14 points and Larisa Ocvirk (184-SF-97) grabbed 11 rebounds.
Celje, who never trailed, took control of the game behind an 18-5 run for a 32-17 lead midway through the second quarter. Slovenian team went on an 11-0 run early in the third quarter and after a basket by Partizan's Milana Zivadinovic (179-G-91), made an 18-0 run for a 67-31 lead.
Celje outrebounded Partizan 67-41, picking up 25 offensive boards. Partizan shot just 22-percent (14-of-64) from the field. Marija Petrovic (183-F-86) was the lone player in double figures with 13 points.
Buducnost Bemax-Triglav 20-0 w.o.



Podgorica will host 2017 Final-Four - by Zeljko Zule

WABA's Board announced today the 2017 Final-Four will be played in Podgorica on March 18 and 19. The capital of Montenegro will host the Final-Four for the third time.
Podgorica was also the site of the Final-Four in 2014, when Radivoj Korac in all-Serbian finals defeated Crvena zvezda 87-83 in three overtime, and in 2016, when the host team Buducnost Bemax won their first title by defeating Croatian champion Medvescak in the final 74-58.



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Grand Rapids Galaxy Timeline into 2017 - by Willie McCray

Mr. William Kelly, owner of the Galaxy, gives a rundown of what the Galaxy has been up to during the off-season to prepare for 2017 WBCBL Season:

June 25th 2016: we held our 1st Tryout event. By utilizing only word of mouth promoting we were able to get 5 amazing players to show up. Being in our early days we were trying to figure out our steps as we walked. This group is called our "day ones", we built around them. After a small success with the 1st tryout event I figured out how I wanted to build my program. So In reaching out I was able to make a connection with the Chicago Sky WNBA team. We created a mentorship relationship by giving us opportunities to be able promote our players and meet professional players to encourage the players of our program. We spent a day with several players and staff of the Sky, played in a scrimmage game against another team and enjoyed a great game as the Sky played Phoenix.

September 18th 2016: we held our 2nd tryout event. We aggressively promoted with a game plan on how to actually make our team successful in our region. We had a great turnout and knew we would sign many of these players.

August 19th 2016: We made a partnership with the West Michigan Whitecaps. They are the feeder team to the Detroit Tigers MLB team. We were allowed to promote and create a partnership which will and have helped us today. We had a great time sharing with over 9000 people of a new woman's basketball team coming to the area.

October 29th 2016: We partnered with the Boys and Girls club of greater Grand Rapids. We set up basketball stations in the gym during a Halloween family fun event and costume contest.

November 13th 2016: We hosted our team media day. We decided to have it early so we can promote and market accordingly, for it's hard to promote a team without players. We left a few spots open intentionally because we knew word would spread fast and not everyone had heard about us yet. This day we officially signed 13 players and our 4 coaches.

January 12th 2017: We were invited on a local TV show centered around positive things going on in the community. Also focused on promoting Women empowerment combined with community relations. A few players were interviewed to share what it means to them to be able to pursue their dreams as well as being the 1st women's team in West Michigan.

February 28th, 2017: We are excited to share our latest partnership with The Gazelle Foundation. We are a proud sponsor of the Gazelle Girls 5K & marathon event on April 23rd. Please stay tuned for more announcements for this great event! Gazelle Girl Half Marathon



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Stars Sign Roneeka Hodges - by Eurobasket News

The San Antonio Stars today announced that they have signed former Stars guard Roneeka Hodges (5'11''-G-82, college: Florida St., agency: Josep and Nicolas) to a training camp contract. 'We are excited to have Roneeka back in San Antonio,' said Stars General Manager Ruth Riley. 'As a former Stars player, we know she fits our culture. Her veteran presence, work ethic and skill set will be a great addition to our training camp roster.' The 11-year WNBA veteran played with the Stars during the 2010 and 2011 seasons, averaging 6.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in 18.3 minutes. Throughout her WNBA career, she recorded 6.0 points and 1.8 rebounds in 18.4 minutes. The Houston Comets selected the Florida State Seminole 15th overall in the 2005 WNBA Draft, where she played three seasons until being selected by the Minnesota Lynx in the 2009 dispersal draft. Hodges has also played for the Indiana Fever (2012), Tulsa Shock (2012-14) and Atlanta Dream 2015.
Courtesy of: wnba.com