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  ABA LEAGUE  



Dusan Katnic (ex Dynamic BG) agreed terms with MZT Skopje - by Eurobasket News

KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (Prva Liga) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old Serbian point guard Dusan Katnic (193-85kg-89, agency: BeoExcell). He started the season at Dynamic BG Beograd in Serbian KLS league. In 16 games he recorded 6.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.9apg and 2.1spg this season. The last season Katnic played at Igokea in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I where in 11 games he averaged 6.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.8apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to win the cup. Katnic also played 11 games in ABA League where he had 5.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.7apg. The other team he played shortly was Krka in Slovenian league. In 6 FIBA Europe Cup games he got 8.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.2apg and 1.0spg. Katnic also played 11 games in ABA League where he got 6.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.6apg and 1.4spg.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League 2nd Team award back in 2009.
Katnic represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Riga (Latvia) nine years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 5.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.4apg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 86.7%.
Katnic has played also professionally in Belgium (Oostende) and Poland (Anwil).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Tucker, Estudian.21.7 
 2. Green, Instituto20.4 
 3. Quinteros, Regat.19.1 
 4. Solano, Echague18.8 
 5. Sims, Regatas C.18.4 
 6. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 7. Horner, Obras B.16.7 
 8. Vildoza, Quilm.16.6 
 9. Mickeal, Atenas16.4 
 10. Gadson, Argentino16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.0 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.6 
 3. Clancy, Instituto10.1 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.9 
 5. Wood, San M.8.9 
 6. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.7 
 7. Justiz, Estudian.8.5 
 8. Horner, Obras B.8.4 
 9. Johnson, Atenas8.3 
 10. Francis, La Union8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Franco BALBI
  Ferrocarril
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.3 
 2. Barral, Obras B.6.2 
 3. Stanic, Olimpico.5.9 
 4. Konsztadt, La Union5.5 
 5. Cantero, San M.5.2 
 6. Aguirre, San L.5.2 
 7. De-l., GECR I.4.6 
 8. Ciorciari, Instituto4.5 
 9. Perez, Boca Jrs4.5 
 10. Hopson, Quimsa4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Gelvis SOLANO
  Echague
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Solano, Echague2.0 
 2. Basualdo, Quilm.2.0 
 3. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.1.9 
 5. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 6. De-l., GECR I.1.7 
 7. Vildoza, Quilm.1.6 
 8. Lescano, San M.1.5 
 9. Massey, Libertad.1.5 
 10. Flor, Quilmes MP1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.1 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.0 
 3. Richard, Obras B.1.8 
 4. Crawford, Argen.1.7 
 5. Battle, Quimsa1.4 
 6. Marriaga, Estudian.1.3 
 7. Clancy, Instituto1.2 
 8. Calfani, San L.1.1 
 9. Meyinsse, San L.1.1 
 10. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Barovero, Union SF23.3 
 2. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista20.8 
 3. Brown, La Union19.9 
 4. Matthews, Salta B.19.8 
 5. Martin Jr., Alianza .19.6 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.19.0 
 7. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.18.6 
 8. Pais, Platense18.5 
 9. Cutley, Atenas C.17.9 
 10. Schoppler, Olimpo B.17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Santiago GONZALEZ
  San I.
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Gonzalez, San I.12.9 
 2. Matthews, Salta B.10.1 
 3. Graham, Temperley9.3 
 4. Cutley, Atenas C.9.1 
 5. Lauria, Comunica.8.7 
 6. Lockett, BHY T.8.7 
 7. Joseph, Obera TC8.4 
 8. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.2 
 9. Brown, Mitre Tuc.7.9 
 10. Granado, Olimpo BB7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Leonardo LA BELLA
  Gimnasia.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. La-Bella, Gimnasia.7.8 
 2. Cajal, Independ.7.4 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.4 
 4. Cequeira, Villa A.5.2 
 5. Gandoy, Obera TC5.1 
 6. Paletta, Hindu4.9 
 7. Correa, BHY T.4.6 
 8. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.4.5 
 9. Franco, Alianza .4.4 
 10. Kelly, San Isidro4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Sebastian PUNET
  Salta Basket
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Punet, Salta Basket2.8 
 2. Pais, Platense2.5 
 3. Correa, BHY T.2.1 
 4. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.2.1 
 5. Cequeira, Villa A.2.1 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.1.9 
 7. Tabarez, Union SF1.8 
 8. Eseverri, Salta B.1.8 
 9. Lopez, Independ.1.8 
 10. La-Bella, Gimnasia.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Huracan
  (200-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Heyward, Huracan2.5 
 2. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.5 
 3. Okoye, Salta Basket1.4 
 4. Deck, Obera TC1.3 
 5. Lockett, BHY T.1.3 
 6. Nwogbo, Alianza .1.0 
 7. Tabarez, Union SF1.0 
 8. Granado, Olimpo BB0.9 
 9. Lauria, Comunica.0.9 
 10. Stroud, Parque Sur0.9 


Ciclista inks Gerel Simmons, ex Rilski - by Eurobasket News

Ciclista Juninense (TNA) signed 24-year old American guard Gerel Simmons (188-88kg-93, college: Lincoln Memorial). He started the season at Rilski in Bulgarian NBL league. Simmons managed to play in three leagues this year. In 8 NBL games he had 6.3ppg and 1.6rpg. Simmons helped them to make it to the Supercup final. He also played 6 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he recorded 6.2ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.7apg. And finally Simmons contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 3.0ppg and 1.0rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won SAC Tournament in 2016. Simmons was also voted NABC NCAA D2 All-Southeast District 1st Team in 2016.
He graduated from Lincoln Memorial University in 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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Paolo Quinteros claims Argentinian LigaA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Naturalized Italian Shooting guard Paolo Quinteros (188-SG-79) put on an amazing game in the last round for Regatas C. and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 37.
The 37-year old shooting guard had the game-high 33 points adding three rebounds and six assists for Regatas C. in his team's victory, helping them to beat Obras Basket (#7, 18-21) 79-74. Regatas C. maintains the 4th position in their group in Argentinian LigaA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Regatas C. will need more victories to improve their 22-13 record. In the team's last game Quinteros had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He has many years of experience at Regatas C., through which he has constantly improved. Quinteros has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 19.1ppg) and averages solid 56.3% FGP and 43.4% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old Dominican Rep. center Eloy Vargas (211-C-88, agency: Duran International) of GECR Indalo. Vargas impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as GECR Indalo lost that game 73-85 to the lower-ranked La Union (#8, 18-19). GECR Indalo managed to keep the same 4th spot in Sur. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 19-21 record. Vargas is a newcomer at GECR Indalo and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Torin Francis (210-C-83) of La Union (#8). Francis scored 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of La Union, leading his team to a 85-73 win against the higher-ranked GECR Indalo (#4, 19-21). The chances of La Union ranking at the top of Sur, however are very questionable as they have already lost 19 games, recording just eighteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Francis could help La Union to bring them higher in the standings. Francis has a very solid season. In 37 games in Argentina he scored 14.5ppg. He also has 8.1rpg and FGP: 63.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Fotios Lampropoulos (206-PF-83) of Boca Jrs - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Dar Tucker (193-SG-88) of Estudiantes C. - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Alexis Elsener (196-G/F-88) of La Union - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Gelvis Solano (185-G-94) of Echague - 28 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Novar Gadson (201-G-89) of Argentino - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Carl Elliott (193-G-83) of Quimsa - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Eric Flor (186-G-93) of Quilmes MP - 23 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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  AUSTRALIA  


Obradoiro welcomes back Maric, ex Kings - by Eurobasket News

Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro CAB (Liga Endesa) landed 33-year old Australian international center Aleksandar Maric (211-125kg-84, college: Nebraska). It is actually his comeback to Blusens Monbus as he has played here before. Maric He started the season at Kings in Australian NBL league. In 28 games he averaged 5.4ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.2apg and 1.1spg this season. Maric ended the last season at Blusens Monbus where in 8 Liga Endesa games he had 6.0ppg and 4.5rpg. But the most of that year he spent at Buducnost in Montenegrin league. In 10 Eurocup games he recorded 6.0ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.4spg. Maric also played 26 games in ABA League where he got 9.0ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.0apg, 1.3spg and 1.1bpg.
Among other achievements Maric's team won Adriatic League Regular Season in 2016. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League 3rd Team award in 2016.
Maric has been also a member of Australian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Australian senior team since 2006 and previously for U21 National Team between 2004 and 2005.
Maric also represented Australia at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) five years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 2.5ppg, 2.7rpg.
Maric is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in eight different countries playing on four different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian, Australian and of course North American leagues. Maric has played previously professionally also in Greece (Panathinaikos), Iran (Petrochimi), Israel (Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv), Russia (Lokomotiv), Serbia (Partizan), Turkey (Galatasaray), Spain (CB Granada and Gran Canaria) and Australia (Australian Institute Sport).
He attended University of Nebraska until 2008 and it is his ninth season in pro basketball.
Maric is described as: Already possessing physical size and lower body strength, Alek will work hard in the gym to develop his upper body and his expolosive power.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL Awards 2017 - by Hugh McAuliffe

Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL 1st Team 2017
Jerome Randle
Randle
Casper Ware
Ware
Casey Prather
Prather
Daniel Johnson
Johnson
Andrew James Ogilvy
Ogilvy

Finals MVP: Bryce Cotton (185-G-92) of Wildcats
Player of the Year: Jerome Randle (175-PG-87) of Limoges
Guard of the Year: Jerome Randle (175-PG-87) of Limoges
Forward of the Year: Casey Prather (198-F/G-91) of Wildcats
Center of the Year: Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88) of Hawks
Sixth Player of the Year: Rotnei Clarke (183-PG-89) of Hawks
Most Improved Player of the Year: Nathan Sobey (190-G-90) of 36ers
Domestic Player of the Year: Daniel Johnson (210-C/F-88) of 36ers
Import Player of the Year: Jerome Randle (175-PG-87) of 36ers
Rookie of the Year: Anthony Drmic (198-G/F-92) of 36ers
Defensive Player of the Year: Jameel McKay (206-F/C-92) of Wildcats
Coach of the Year: Joey Wright of 36ers

1st Team
PG: Jerome Randle (175-PG-87) of 36ers
PG: Casper Ware (178-PG-90) of United
F/G: Casey Prather (198-F/G-91) of Wildcats
C/F: Daniel Johnson (210-C/F-88) of 36ers
C: Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88) of Hawks

2nd Team
C: Kevin Lisch (188-C-86) of Kings
G: Nathan Sobey (190-G-90) of 36ers
F/G: Brad Newley (199-F/G-85) of Kings
F: Torrey Craig (198-F-90) of Bullets
C/F: Daniel Kickert (208-C/F-83) of Bullets

Honorable Mention
Rotnei Clarke (183-PG-89) of Hawks
Kirk Penney (196-G/F-80) of Breakers
Chris Goulding (192-G-88) of United
Travis Trice (6'0''-PG-93) of Taipans
Mitch Creek (195-F/G-92) of 36ers

All-Domestic Players Team
C: Kevin Lisch (188-C-86) of Kings
G: Nathan Sobey (190-G-90) of 36ers
F/G: Brad Newley (199-F/G-85) of Kings
C/F: Daniel Johnson (210-C/F-88) of 36ers
C: Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88) of Hawks

All-Imports Team
PG: Jerome Randle (175-PG-87) of 36ers
PG: Casper Ware (178-PG-90) of United
F/G: Casey Prather (198-F/G-91) of Wildcats
F: Torrey Craig (198-F-90) of Bullets
F: Greg Whittington (6'8''-F-93) of Kings



Recap of latest State Leagues action - by Eurobasket News

Waratah
Manly Warr. - Illawarra H. 79-73

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Hawks (0-1) in Narrabeen on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (1-1) 79-73. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles outrebounded Hawks 47-36 including 17 on the offensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Manly Warringah Sea Eagles made 8 blocks. Kyle Painter stepped up and scored 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Cale Bulgin chipped in 6 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. At the losing side the former international guard Sean Mullan (198-90, college: Nova SE) responded with 13 points and 9 rebounds and guard Alexander Beagley scored 16 points. Hawks' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles is looking forward to face Crusaders (#5) in Terrigal in the next round. Hawks will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Manly Warr.: K.Painter 17+9reb, S.Blaszczynski 15+2ast, C.Wilks 13+4reb+1ast, M.Cullen 9+6reb+2ast, C.Bulgin 6+10reb+4ast, A.Bulgin 5+9reb+1ast
Illawarra H.: A.Beagley 16+3reb+3ast, L.Dent 15+5reb+2ast, S.Mullan 13+9reb+2ast, P.Lancaster 8+2reb+2ast, B.O'Brien 8+2reb+2ast, B.Bonham 5+2reb
gschID: 539421


Newcastle H. - Hornsby S. 61-70

The game in Broadmeadow was also quite interesting. Spiders (1-0) played at the court of Newcastle Hunters (1-1). Spiders managed to secure a 9-point victory 70-61 on Saturday. Spiders made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Joshua Chapman stepped up and scored 26 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!) for the winners and Kulvir Grewal chipped in 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side American swingman Dane Suttle Jr. (198-89, college: Pepperdine) responded with 26 points and Jacob Rauch scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Newcastle Hunters' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Spiders will face Bankstown Bruins (#11) in Condell Park in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Newcastle Hunters will play on the road against Hills Hornets (#7) in Baulkham Hills and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hornsby S.: J.Chapman 26+8reb+3ast, K.Grewal 13+10reb+4ast, N.Cleur 12+3reb+3ast, D.Emery 9+8reb+2ast, K.Brefo 6+2reb, J.De Botton 4+8reb
Newcastle H.: D.Suttle 26+3reb, J.Rauch 14+7reb+3ast, B.Hawkesley 7+8reb+3ast, C.Springall 4+6reb+1ast, J.Foy 3+4reb, M.Wilson 3+4reb
gschID: 539423


Cent.Coast C. - Sutherland S. 88-74

Very expected game in Terrigal where Sutherland Sharks (0-1) were defeated by Crusaders (1-1) 88-74 on Saturday. Crusaders outrebounded Sutherland Sharks 56-40 including 17 on the offensive glass. Forward Callum Jenkins stepped up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and American forward Mitchell Rueter (198, college: Cent.Arkansas) chipped in 17 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side American Isaac Turner (191-92, college: St.Vincent) responded with 35 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and Bailey Musulin scored 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Crusaders will face Maitland Mustangs (#6) on the road in the next round. Sutherland Sharks will play against Norths Soul Sports Bears and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Cent.Coast C.: C.Jenkins 28+12reb+1ast, M.Rueter 17+10reb+3ast, J.Trustum 14+5reb+1ast, M.Bateup 8+9reb+1ast, N.Shoaib 7+4reb+4ast, T.Hudson 6+2reb+1ast
Sutherland S.: I.Turner 35+6reb+1ast, B.Musulin 12+9reb+4ast, D.Hill 9+4reb+6ast, D.Marjanovic 7+3reb+2ast, J.Wallis 5+9reb+1ast, D.Berends 2+3reb
gschID: 539422


Newcastle H. - Manly Warr. 72-70

A very close game took place in Broadmeadow between Newcastle Hunters and Manly Warringah Sea Eagles. Newcastle Hunters (1-1) got a very close home victory over Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (1-1). Newcastle Hunters managed to escape with a 2-point win 72-70 in the game for the third place. American swingman Dane Suttle Jr. (198-89, college: Pepperdine) fired 28 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Jacob Foy chipped in 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Newcastle Hunters' coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Naturalized Polish swingman Stefan Blaszczynski (196-84, college: Nicholls St.) produced 22 points and 8 rebounds and Cooper Wilks added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Newcastle Hunters will meet Hills Hornets (#7) in the next round. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles will play against Crusaders (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Newcastle H.: D.Suttle 28+8reb+4ast, J.Foy 18+7reb+4ast, L.Jackson 11+8reb, M.Wilson 5+1reb+2ast, J.Rauch 3+7reb+3ast, T.Fraisse 3+4reb
Manly Warr.: S.Blaszczynski 22+8reb+1ast, C.Wilks 15+8reb+1ast, K.Painter 10+10reb+1ast, A.Bulgin 8+2reb+1ast, M.Cullen 5+4reb, I.Lee 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 539425


Norths Bears - Cent.Coast C. 102-94

Very important is a road loss of Crusaders (1-1) against Norths Soul Sports Bears (1-0) on Sunday night. Visiting Crusaders were defeated by Norths Soul Sports Bears in a tough game in Crows Nest 94-102. Norths Soul Sports Bears dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Crusaders' 40 and made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Norths Soul Sports Bears players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Estonian swingman Erik Dorbek (196-82) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 6 rebounds. Power forward Josh Garlepp (203-89) contributed with 27 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Mitchell Rueter (198, college: Cent.Arkansas) answered with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized Saudi Arabian guard Noman Shoaib (188) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Crusaders. Norths Soul Sports Bears' next round opponent will be Sutherland Sharks (#10) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Crusaders will play against Maitland Mustangs (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Norths Bears: E.Dorbek 28+6reb+1ast, J.Garlepp 27+5reb+2ast, N.Blair 21+6reb+6ast, B.Rymer 10+1reb+1ast, J.Maccann 9+8ast, L.Smith-Hyde 4+5reb+5ast
Cent.Coast C.: M.Rueter 30+10reb+4ast, N.Shoaib 16+6reb+1ast, M.Bateup 11+7reb+2ast, C.Jenkins 8+6reb, J.Trustum 7+1reb+3ast, S.Mackay 7+2reb+5ast
gschID: 539424


Bankstown B. - Maitland M. 81-83

Very significant was Maitland Mustangs' just 2-point road victory against Bankstown Bruins 83-81. Bankstown Bruins were very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. Maitland Mustangs dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Bankstown Bruins' 38. Maitland Mustangs brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American forward Tyler Monroe (201, college: Azusa Pacific) nailed a double-double by scoring 30 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks for the winning side and Jack Edwards accounted for 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international guard Steven Markovic (190-85) came up with 27 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists and Nic Pozoglou added 16 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Bankstown Bruins in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Maitland Mustangs will play against Crusaders (#5) in Terrigal in the next round. Bankstown Bruins will play at home against Hills Hornets (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maitland M.: T.Monroe 30+14reb+4ast, J.Edwards 16+5reb+6ast, T.Turner 12+2reb+1ast, J.Clifford 8+4reb+2ast, D.Millburn 7+3reb, S.Huggins 5+4reb+4ast
Bankstown B.: S.Markovic 27+7reb+9ast, A.Opacic 18+1reb, N.Pozoglou 16+10reb+3ast, F.Mullen 4+1reb, C.Petrovski 4+1reb+1ast, R.Morgan 3+1ast
gschID: 539420





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  AUSTRIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko CAR
  Furstenfeld
  (188-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Car, Furstenfeld20.5 
 2. Vay, Arkadia18.6 
 3. Clemmons, Vienna18.4 
 4. Miletic, Vienna18.3 
 5. Lamesic, Wels18.1 
 6. McNealy, Oberwart17.0 
 7. Murati, Gmunden16.5 
 8. Rados, Klostern.16.2 
 9. Stazic, Vienna16.1 
 10. Jackson, Oberwart15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jozo RADOS
  Klostern.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Rados, Klostern.11.7 
 2. Naylor, UBSC G.10.5 
 3. Draskovic, Arkadia8.5 
 4. Vay, Arkadia8.2 
 5. Lamesic, Wels7.8 
 6. Ferguson, Vienna7.5 
 7. Traylor, Oberwart7.4 
 8. Sarlija, Furstenfeld7.1 
 9. Baptiste, Kapfe.7.1 
 10. Gaidys, Gmunden6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Danek, Arkadia7.2 
 2. Car, Furstenfeld5.8 
 3. Jackson, Oberwart5.4 
 4. Vujosevic, Kapfe.5.3 
 5. Friedrich, Gmunden4.8 
 6. Stazic, Vienna4.6 
 7. Maresch, UBSC G.4.5 
 8. Clemmons, Vienna4.5 
 9. O''Neal, Wels4.3 
 10. Murati, Gmunden3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Derek JACKSON
  Oberwart
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Jackson, Oberwart2.7 
 2. Clemmons, Vienna1.8 
 3. Miletic, Vienna1.7 
 4. Cumberbatch, Oberw.1.7 
 5. Ferguson, Vienna1.5 
 6. Trmal, Arkadia1.5 
 7. Jandl, Furstenfeld1.5 
 8. Detrick, Arkadia1.4 
 9. Payton, Wels1.4 
 10. Koch, Vienna1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jamari TRAYLOR
  Oberwart
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Traylor, Oberwart1.6 
 2. Ferguson, Vienna1.5 
 3. Rados, Klostern.1.3 
 4. Chan, Wels1.2 
 5. Draskovic, Arkadia1.2 
 6. Baptiste, Kapfe.1.0 
 7. Kuakumensah, Oberw.1.0 
 8. Steed, Gmunden0.9 
 9. Naylor, UBSC G.0.8 
 10. Koch, Vienna0.8 



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  BAHAMAS  

NPBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Clayton MILLER
  Legends
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Miller, Legends27.5 
 2. Bain, Regulators25.1 
 3. Sylvestre, Bahamas .22.5 
 4. Smith, Bahamas .22.1 
 5. Farrington, Rockets21.3 
 6. Bain, Giants18.6 
 7. Dean, Shockers18.4 
 8. Ferguson, Pros17.4 
 9. Woodside, Cleaners16.8 
 10. Rolle, Rebels16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eugene BAIN
  Regulators
  (195-C/F-88)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Bain, Regulators14.5 
 2. Munnings, Cybots12.5 
 3. Fernander, Pirates12.1 
 4. Francis, Pros11.4 
 5. Williams, Rebels11.3 
 6. Farrington, Rockets11.0 
 7. Sylvestre, Bahamas .10.9 
 8. Leadon, Pros10.4 
 9. Dean, Shockers9.9 
 10. Woodside, Cleaners9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rashard WILLIAMS
  Rebels
  (183-PG-)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Williams, Rebels6.4 
 2. Dames, Bahamas .6.1 
 3. Jones, Legends5.7 
 4. Wright, Pirates4.9 
 5. Mackey, Regulators4.8 
 6. Armaly, Shockers4.2 
 7. Mackey, Rockets4.1 
 8. Lewis, Shockers4.0 
 9. Bain, Regulators4.0 
 10. Miller, Legends4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kemsy SYLVESTRE
  Bahamas .
  (--)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Sylvestre, Bahamas .3.5 
 2. Rolle, Rebels2.9 
 3. Rolle, Pros2.8 
 4. Smith, Bahamas .2.6 
 5. Williams, Rebels2.2 
 6. Dames, Bahamas .2.1 
 7. Lafuler, Stingers2.0 
 8. Leadon, Pros1.8 
 9. Cooper, Rebels1.7 
 10. Ferguson, Stingers1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Livingston MUNNINGS
  Cybots
  (-C-)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Munnings, Cybots2.9 
 2. Farrington, Rockets2.2 
 3. Dean, Shockers2.0 
 4. Williams, Rebels1.9 
 5. Sylvestre, Bahamas .1.5 
 6. Francis, Pros1.4 
 7. Morley, Rockets1.4 
 8. Culmer, Cleaners1.3 
 9. Munroe, Bahamas .1.1 
 10. Polidor, Legends1.0 


NPBA Round 17 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NPBA just ended. What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

The most exciting game of round 17 in the NPBA took place in . This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 10th ranked Cleaners (3-13) to eighth ranked Pirates (7-9) 85-83 in the game for the eighth place. Pirates forced 19 Cleaners turnovers and had a 36-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Cleaners' players. Tevin Hudson stepped up and scored 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and point guard Kevin Wright (178, college: Bevill St.Sumiton JC) chipped in 16 points and 8 assists. Herbert Knowles responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Pirates maintains eighth place with 7-9 record. Cleaners lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Pros.
9th ranked Pros (3-13) were outscored at home by fourth ranked the Bahamas (11-5) with the biggest margin this round 89-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pros. Kemsy Sylvestre nailed 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and Ramon Dames accounted for 14 points, 9 assists and 6 steals. the Bahamas' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Keithan Gray came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds for Pros in the defeat. the Bahamas maintains fourth place with 11-5 record, which they share with Cybots and Stingers. Pros at the other side keep the ninth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Cleaners.

In the last game of round 17 Cleaners won against Rebels on the opponent's court 66-57.

Rebels - Cleaners 57-66

Rather expected game when 12th ranked Rebels (1-15) were defeated at home by tenth ranked Cleaners (3-13) 66-57. Cleaners outrebounded Rebels 49-38 including 20 on the offensive glass. Rebels were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Herbert Knowles nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side and Romell Johnson accounted for 23 points. American guard Craig Buchanan (193, college: Florida Atlantic) came up with 22 points and 5 rebounds and Mekel Rolle added 19 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Rebels in the defeat. Cleaners moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Pros. Rebels lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 15 games lost. They share it with Legends.
Top scorers:
Rebels: C.Buchanan 22+5reb+2ast, M.Rolle 19+7reb, T.Ferguson 7+3reb, M.Cooper 5+14reb+1ast, T.Stuart 4+1reb, R.Gibson 0+3reb+1ast
Cleaners: R.Johnson 23+4reb, H.Knowles 19+13reb+2ast, T.King 7+4reb+3ast, S.Culmer 6+6reb, V.Morrison 6+13reb+1ast, M.Campbell 3+5reb
gschID: 521204


Cleaners - Pirates 83-85

The most exciting game of round 17 in the NPBA took place in . This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 10th ranked Cleaners (3-13) to eighth ranked Pirates (7-9) 85-83 in the game for the eighth place. Pirates forced 19 Cleaners turnovers and had a 36-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Cleaners' players. Tevin Hudson stepped up and scored 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and point guard Kevin Wright (178, college: Bevill St.Sumiton JC) chipped in 16 points and 8 assists. Herbert Knowles responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds and Vadis Morrison produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Four Cleaners players scored in double figures. Pirates maintains eighth place with 7-9 record. Cleaners lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Pros.
Top scorers:
Cleaners: H.Knowles 22+7reb+3ast, R.Johnson 16+6reb, V.Morrison 15+11reb+2ast, T.King 14+10reb+1ast, S.Culmer 7+7reb, M.Campbell 5+6reb
Pirates: T.Hudson 22+7reb+4ast, K.Wright 16+4reb+8ast, A.Hanna 12+3reb+1ast, D.Fernander 12+10reb+3ast, M.Higgins 7+7reb+3ast, K.Dean 7+6reb+3ast
gschID: 538804


Pros - Bahamas Univ. 70-89

9th ranked Pros (3-13) were outscored at home by fourth ranked the Bahamas (11-5) with the biggest margin this round 89-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pros. the Bahamas forced 29 Pros turnovers. Strangely Pros outrebounded the Bahamas 59-44 including a 38-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. Kemsy Sylvestre nailed 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and guard Ramon Dames (-93, college: Carl Albert JC) accounted for 14 points, 9 assists and 6 steals. Four the Bahamas players scored in double figures. the Bahamas' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Keithan Gray came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and Chico Francis added 9 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Pros in the defeat. the Bahamas maintains fourth place with 11-5 record, which they share with Cybots and Stingers. Pros at the other side keep the ninth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Cleaners.
Top scorers:
Pros: D.Ferguson 23+1reb, K.Gray 18+14reb+2ast, J.Wilson 12+9reb+1ast, C.Francis 9+14reb+4ast, S.Miller 4+6reb+8ast, D.Burrows 2+7reb+1ast
Bahamas Univ.: K.Sylvestre 24+9reb+1ast, J.Stubbs 16+5reb+3ast, J.Smith 15+7reb+5ast, R.Dames 14+4reb+9ast, R.Goodman 5+2reb, U.Johnson 4
gschID: 521202





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  BAHRAIN  


Premier League Round 5 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

Premier League round 5 most important game was a victory of Al Muharraq over second-ranked Al Ahli 93-78 on Tuesday night. It was a key game for the second position in League. The game was mostly controlled by Al Muharraq. Al Ahli managed to win second period 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Al Muharraq (4-1) moved-up to second place in League. Al Ahli at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An interesting game for Al Manama (5-0) which hosted in Manama 4th placed Nuwaidrat (1-4). Leader Al Manama had an easy win 96-64. Defending champion maintains first place in League with 5-0 record. Nuwaidrat at the other side dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Bottom-ranked Al Najma is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fifth consecutive match to fifth ranked Al Hala (2-3) 94-73 on Wednesday evening. Al Hala moved-up to fourth place in League. Loser Al Najma still closes the standings with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Bottom-ranked Issa Town is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their second consecutive match to ninth ranked Al Ittihad (2-1) 71-62. Newly promoted Al Ittihad maintains ninth place in League with 2-1 record. Issa Town at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with two games lost. Al Ittihad will have a break next round. Issa Town will play on the road against Samaheej (#11) in Manama and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Leader Al Bahrain blasted bottom-ranked Samaheej (0-3) in Manama 122-74 on Monday evening keeping the perfect record after 5 rounds. Samaheej is still unable to win any game. Al Bahrain maintains eighth place in League with 2-0 record. Newly promoted Samaheej still closes the standings with three games lost. Al Bahrain will face higher ranked Sitra (#7) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Samaheej will play against Issa Town (#10) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

Places 1-6
Al Manama - Nuwaidrat 96-64

An interesting game for Al Manama (5-0) which hosted in Manama 4th placed Nuwaidrat (1-4). Leader Al Manama had an easy win 96-64. The game without a history. Al Manama led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Defending champion maintains first place in League with 5-0 record. Nuwaidrat at the other side dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 535063


Al Najma - Al Hala 73-94

Bottom-ranked Al Najma is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fifth consecutive match to fifth ranked Al Hala (2-3) 94-73 on Wednesday evening. Al Hala moved-up to fourth place in League. Loser Al Najma still closes the standings with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 535062


Al Ahli - Al Muharraq 78-93

Premier League round 5 most important game was a victory of Al Muharraq over second-ranked Al Ahli 93-78 on Tuesday night. It was a key game for the second position in League. The game was mostly controlled by Al Muharraq. Al Ahli managed to win second period 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Al Muharraq (4-1) moved-up to second place in League. Al Ahli at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 535061


Places 7-11
Al Ittihad - Issa Town 71-62

Bottom-ranked Issa Town is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their second consecutive match to ninth ranked Al Ittihad (2-1) 71-62. The hosts were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 24-14 run, which allowed them to win the game. Newly promoted Al Ittihad maintains ninth place in League with 2-1 record. Issa Town at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with two games lost. Al Ittihad will have a break next round. Issa Town will play on the road against Samaheej (#11) in Manama and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 539321


Samaheej - Al Bahrain 74-122

Leader Al Bahrain blasted bottom-ranked Samaheej (0-3) in Manama 122-74 on Monday evening keeping the perfect record after 5 rounds. Samaheej is still unable to win any game. The game without a history. Al Bahrain led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Al Bahrain maintains eighth place in League with 2-0 record. Newly promoted Samaheej still closes the standings with three games lost. Al Bahrain will face higher ranked Sitra (#7) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Samaheej will play against Issa Town (#10) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 539320





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  BOSNIA  


Almir Hasandic claims Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Shooting guard Almir Hasandic (191-SG-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for Sloboda Tuzla and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 26-year old shooting guard had the game-high 27 points adding five rebounds and four assists for Sloboda Tuzla in his team's victory, helping them to crush Kakanj (#5, 9-8) with 20-point margin 82-62. Sloboda Tuzla is placed at 3rd position in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sloboda Tuzla will need more victories to improve their 11-6 record. In the team's last game Hasandic had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He has many years of experience at Sloboda Tuzla, through which he has constantly improved. Hasandic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (7th best: 17.2ppg) and averages solid 52.7% FGP and 42.3% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old Serbian swingman Danilo Negovanovic (194-F/G-88) of Gradjanski. Negovanovic impressed basketball fans with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. It was enough for Gradjanski to edge slightly lower-ranked Siroki Primorka (#8, 6-11) by 5 points 76-71. This victory allowed Gradjanski to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-10 record. Negovanovic is a newcomer at Gradjanski 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 17.9ppg (#5). He also registered 4.4 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Arsenije Vuckovic (204-F-98) of Mladost (#10). Vuckovic scored 19 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Vuckovic's great performance Mladost lost 74-76 to the higher-ranked Spars Sarajevo (#2, 11-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Mladost can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 5-12 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Vuckovic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Vuckovic has a very solid season. In 7 games in Bosnia he scored 7.4ppg. He also has 5.4rpg and FGP: 55.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sasa Vasiljevic (183-PG-79) of Bosna-Royal - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Bojan Pelkic (204-F-83) of Leotar - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Adi Sarajlic (180-PG-93) of Bosnjak - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Refik Basic (213-C-95) of Spars Sarajevo - 16 points and 8 rebounds
8. Bojan Lulic (196-SF-95) of Bosnjak - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Vladimir Djordjevic (201-SF) of Bosna-Royal - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Bojan Stanojevic (203-C-88) of Mladost - 19 points and 3 rebounds

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



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  BRAZIL  

Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Shamell STALLWORTH
  Mogi
  (195-SG-80)
  Avg: 20
 1. Stallworth, Mogi20.0 
 2. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 3. Nardi-Duarte, Campo M.19.8 
 4. Anthony, Macae18.8 
 5. Vieira, Flamengo18.6 
 6. Holloway, Pinheiros18.2 
 7. Garcia, Bauru18.1 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia17.7 
 9. Machado, Flamengo17.2 
 10. Andrade, Bauru16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.11.0 
 2. de-Souza, L.Sor.8.1 
 3. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 4. Maynard, Minas7.8 
 5. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.8 
 6. Ansaloni, Pinheiros7.3 
 7. Lopez, Flamengo6.9 
 8. Klassmann, B.Cea.6.7 
 9. Mariano, Brasilia6.7 
 10. Curnell, Mogi6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. de-Assis, Brasilia7.1 
 2. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.7 
 3. Garcia, Bauru5.7 
 4. Anthony, Macae5.5 
 5. Pecos, Paulistano5.3 
 6. Borges, Franca5.2 
 7. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.5.1 
 8. Dawkins, Vitoria5.1 
 9. Rodgers, Minas5.0 
 10. Taylor, Mogi4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Scott RODGERS
  Minas
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Rodgers, Minas1.9 
 2. Taylor, Mogi1.8 
 3. Garcia, Bauru1.8 
 4. Dawkins, Vitoria1.7 
 5. Cafferata, L.Sor.1.6 
 6. Stallworth, Mogi1.6 
 7. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.1.6 
 8. Toledo, B.Cearense1.6 
 9. Jackson, Vasco D.1.6 
 10. Curnell, Mogi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Douglas NUNES
  Campo M.
  (208-PF-87)
  Avg: 1
 1. Nunes, Campo M.1.0 
 2. Lenz, Pinheiros1.0 
 3. Klassmann, B.Cea.0.9 
 4. Castellar, Brasilia0.8 
 5. Dias-Silva, Pauli.0.7 
 6. Rollins, Flamengo0.7 
 7. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.6 
 8. Gruber, B.Cearense0.6 
 9. Camilo, Macae0.6 
 10. Freitas, Campo M.0.6 


Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Gabriel DE OLIVEIRA
  Blumenau
  (202-G-93)
  Avg: 21
 1. De Oliveira, Blumenau21.0 
 2. Nepomuceno, Santos/M.16.5 
 3. Mendes, Joinville16.0 
 4. Maistro, Contagem15.0 
 5. Perez, Contagem15.0 
 6. Moreira, Blumenau14.0 
 7. Tiago, Brusque14.0 
 8. Filho, Botafogo.13.0 
 9. Smith, Botafogo.13.0 
 10. Silva, Brusque12.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Wesley RUSSELL
  Botafogo.
  (193-G-93)
  Avg: 9
 1. Russell, Botafogo.9.0 
 2. Prado, Brusque8.0 
 3. Alves, Contagem7.5 
 4. Pereira, Joinville7.0 
 5. Maistro, Contagem6.5 
 6. Silva, Brusque6.5 
 7. Alvim, Contagem6.5 
 8. da-Silva, Brusque6.0 
 9. Froehlich, Joinville6.0 
 10. Silva, Blumenau6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Luiz SEMMKE
  Blumenau
  (197-SF-92)
  Avg: 6
 1. Semmke, Blumenau6.0 
 2. Froehlich, Joinville5.0 
 3. Romualdo, Contagem4.5 
 4. Perez, Contagem4.0 
 5. Smith, Botafogo.4.0 
 6. Moreira, Blumenau3.0 
 7. Medeiros, Joinville3.0 
 8. Russell, Botafogo.3.0 
 9. Prado, Brusque3.0 
 10. Silva, Brusque2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Luiz SEMMKE
  Blumenau
  (197-SF-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Semmke, Blumenau3.0 
 2. Silva, Joinville3.0 
 3. Lazzaris, Blumenau3.0 
 4. Perez, Contagem2.5 
 5. Maistro, Contagem2.5 
 6. Romualdo, Contagem2.5 
 7. Moreira, Blumenau2.0 
 8. De Oliveira, Blumenau2.0 
 9. Mendes, Joinville2.0 
 10. Russell, Botafogo.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Diego SILVA
  Blumenau
  (206-C/F-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Silva, Blumenau2.0 
 2. Lima, Santos/M.1.5 
 3. Silva, Brusque1.5 
 4. Lazzaris, Blumenau1.0 
 5. De Oliveira, Blumenau1.0 
 6. Maistro, Contagem1.0 
 7. Henrique, Brusque0.5 
 8. Perez, Contagem0.5 
 9. Barbosa, Santos/M.0.5 
 10. Thawan, Contagem0.5 



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  CANADA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kadre GRAY
  Laurentian
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 24.2
 1. Gray, Laurentian24.2 
 2. Cooper, Calgary22.6 
 3. Morgan, UBC22.1 
 4. Scott, UPEI21.5 
 5. Johnson, Toronto20.1 
 6. Curcic, Memorial20.0 
 7. Jean-Louis, Cape B.19.9 
 8. Bercy, St.Franc.19.8 
 9. Masters, UNB19.7 
 10. Kokko, Laurier19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dut DUT
  UPEI
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Dut, UPEI11.9 
 2. Bercy, St.Franc.11.3 
 3. Pereira, Waterloo11.2 
 4. Osayande, Saskatch.11.0 
 5. Ross, Mount Royal9.8 
 6. Dinkins, Lakehead9.6 
 7. Iegorov, TRU9.6 
 8. Nissen, Acadia9.6 
 9. Omoerah, Manitoba9.4 
 10. Elgadi, Brock9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Kaza KEANE
  Carleton
  (185-PG-94)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Keane, Carleton5.8 
 2. Mata, Dalhousie5.7 
 3. Masters, UNB5.7 
 4. Bonhomme, Manitoba4.9 
 5. Miller, Acadia4.7 
 6. Dulay, UFV4.7 
 7. Rocca, Windsor4.5 
 8. Farkic, Western4.3 
 9. Burdeaux, Lethb.4.3 
 10. Agyeman, UNBC4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Dejon BURDEAUX
  Lethb.
  (183-PG-)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Burdeaux, Lethb.3.3 
 2. Jenkins, Western3.0 
 3. Agada, Ottawa2.7 
 4. Small, Ryerson2.5 
 5. Mata, Dalhousie2.5 
 6. Kapinga, Calgary2.5 
 7. Masters, UNB2.3 
 8. Dulay, UFV2.3 
 9. Moore, Saskatch.2.2 
 10. Bermillo, Bishop''s2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane OSAYANDE
  Saskatch.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Osayande, Saskatch.2.4 
 2. Graham, Queen''s2.3 
 3. Nissen, Acadia2.1 
 4. Oirbans, Winnipeg1.8 
 5. Paul, Brandon1.7 
 6. Layton, Mount R.1.7 
 7. Debache, UQAM1.6 
 8. Pierre-C., Ottawa1.6 
 9. James, MacEwan1.5 
 10. Yengue, Laurentian1.5 


Devoe Joseph (ex AGOR) signs at Bucaneros - by Eurobasket News

Bucaneros de La Guaira (LPB) landed 27-year old Canadian guard Devoe Joseph (193-80kg-90, college: Oregon, agency: Interperformances). He played recently at A.G.O Rethymno Aegean in Greek A1 league. In three games he averaged just 2.3ppg and 1.7rpg this season. Joseph also spent pre-season at Maccabi Kiryat Gat (Winner League) in Israel earlier that year where in four A1 games he had 9.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Among other achievements Joseph played in the final of Spanish Catalonian League in 2013. He received also All-Pac-12 1st Team award back in 2012 at his college time.
Joseph was a member of Canadian international program for some years. He was called to Canadian Senior National Team in 2013 and previously for U19 National Team in 2007.
Joseph is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in France (Cholet Basket), Montenegro (Buducnost), Turkey (Turk Telekom), Ukraine (Khimik) and Spain (Joventut).
Joseph attended University of Oregon until 2012 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CHILE  

Stats Leaders - DIMAYOR

Points Per Game
 Durrell SUMMERS
  CD Valdi.
  (193-SF-89)
  Avg: 29.8
 1. Summers, CD Valdi.29.8 
 2. Dickson, CDU C.26.6 
 3. Taylor, Las Animas25.7 
 4. Abeiro, Tinguiri.25.6 
 5. Robinson, Osorno22.7 
 6. Cheek, Las Animas21.2 
 7. McCombs, CDE T.21.2 
 8. Larry, AB Ancud21.0 
 9. Munks, Puerto M.20.3 
 10. Phillips, Puerto M.19.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Osorno
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Coleman, Osorno13.7 
 2. McCombs, CDE T.12.6 
 3. Okoye, CD Valdivia12.4 
 4. Crawford, CDU C.11.6 
 5. Taylor, Las Animas11.4 
 6. Thomas, CD Castro11.2 
 7. Harrison, CDU C.10.9 
 8. Bowdry, Los Leones10.8 
 9. Abeiro, Tinguiri.10.6 
 10. Austin, Puente Alto10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Erik CARRASCO
  CD Valdi.
  (181-G-83)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Carrasco, CD Valdi.9.3 
 2. Morales, Las A.6.0 
 3. Bravo, CDE Talca5.7 
 4. Munoz, Osorno5.0 
 5. Thomas, CD Castro4.9 
 6. Figueroa, AB Ancud4.3 
 7. Saez, Tinguiri.4.2 
 8. Scott, CDU C.3.7 
 9. Marechal, Los L.3.6 
 10. Cruces, CD Castro3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  CDU C.
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Scott, CDU C.2.9 
 2. Pavez, Tinguiri.1.9 
 3. Carrasco, CD Valdi.1.9 
 4. Munks, Puerto M.1.7 
 5. Lopez, Puente Alto1.6 
 6. Thomas, CD Castro1.6 
 7. Del-Solar, Las A.1.6 
 8. Abeiro, Tinguiri.1.6 
 9. Phillips, Puerto M.1.6 
 10. Dickson, CDU C.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Damian SAUNDERS
  CDU C.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Saunders, CDU C.2.1 
 2. Phillips, Puerto M.1.3 
 3. McCombs, CDE T.1.3 
 4. Lee, CD Castro1.2 
 5. Lopez, Puente Alto1.1 
 6. Okosa, Osorno1.0 
 7. Louis, CD Valdivia1.0 
 8. Harrison, CDU C.0.9 
 9. Centeno, AB Ancud0.9 
 10. Phillip, CDU C.0.8 


Recap of Liga Nacional Round 5 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

CD Valdivia - AB Ancud 67-64

CD Valdivia outgunned AB Ancud to force the sixth game in the series. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American Durrell Summers (193-89, college: Michigan St.) stepped up and scored 23 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import forward Arnold Louis (201-90, college: Savannah St., agency: HMS) chipped in 18 points and 11 rebounds. American forward Reginald Larry (198-86, college: Boise St., agency: Pro Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and Venezuelan swingman Francisco Centeno (201-85) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Top scorers:
CD Valdivia: D.Summers 23+9reb+2ast, A.Louis 18+11reb, C.Altaner 15+7reb+4ast, F.Schuler 6+3reb+4ast, A.Vergara 3+4reb, D.Gonzalez 2
AB Ancud: R.Larry 19+13reb, F.Centeno 11+11reb+2ast, P.Sandoval 10+1ast, S.Figueroa 8+7reb+6ast, R.Vera 7+2reb+2ast, D.Osses 6+1reb
gschID: 538944


Osorno - Las Animas 94-62

Osorno fired past Las Animas to take 3-2 lead in the series. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-62. Osorno Basquetbol dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Las Animas' 32. The best player for the winners was American forward Brandon Robinson (198-89, college: Clayton St.) who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. Swingman Rodrigo Munoz (186-80) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Aspire Sports) produced 12 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Dominic Cheek (198-91, college: Villanova) added 14 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Osorno: B.Robinson 23+5reb+3ast, R.Munoz 15+6reb+2ast, S.Salamanca 14+1reb+1ast, J.Fontena 12+8reb+1ast, F.Ibarra 7+2reb+2ast, N.Mendez 6+1reb
Las Animas: D.Cheek 14+3reb+1ast, M.Sepulveda 12+2reb, T.Taylor 12+9reb+2ast, J.Del Solar 10+3reb, J.Guzman 4+2reb, C.Torres 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 538943


CDU Concepcion - CDE Talca 73-72

CDU Concepcion nipped CDE Talca to stay alive. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Espanol de Talca won third quarter 19-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Universidad de Concepcion forced 19 Espanol de Talca turnovers. Espanol de Talca was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Jamaican-American guard Akeem Scott (185-83, college: High Point) saved the victory by scoring 21 points and 5 assists. American forward Anthony Danridge (196-86, college: N.Mexico) contributed with 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Scott is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Universidad de Concepcion's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Dwight McCombs (203-89, college: Cent.Florida) answered with 23 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Eduardo Sepulveda (186-86) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Espanol de Talca. Four Espanol de Talca players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
CDU Concepcion: A.Danridge 24+6reb, A.Scott 21+4reb+5ast, S.Saez 8+8reb, P.Briones 8+5reb+1ast, M.Villagran 5+2reb+2ast, D.Silva 4+1reb+2ast
CDE Talca: D.McCombs 23+8reb+2ast, E.Sepulveda 15+5reb+3ast, S.Bravo 11+5reb+2ast, D.Jones 10+5reb+2ast, F.Bravo 7+4reb+5ast, P.Barraza 5+2reb
gschID: 538942





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  CROATIA  

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Luka BOZIC
  KK Zagreb
  (199-PG-96)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Bozic, KK Zagreb23.1 
 2. Johnson, Alkar Sinj22.3 
 3. Smajlagic, Zabok21.2 
 4. Marcinkovic, KK Za.19.1 
 5. Novacic, Jolly JBS18.8 
 6. Hopson, Cedevita17.9 
 7. Veljacic, Kvarner .17.3 
 8. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek16.9 
 9. Konjevic, Skrljevo16.5 
 10. Ivanov, GKK Sibenik16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jalen ROBINSON
  Vrij.Osijek
  (206-F/C-93)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek7.4 
 2. Novacic, Jolly JBS7.4 
 3. Bozic, KK Zagreb7.1 
 4. Halilovic, GKK S.6.9 
 5. Mazalin, Zadar6.6 
 6. Smajlagic, Zabok6.6 
 7. Marcinkovic, KK Za.6.4 
 8. Bundovic, Cedevita5.7 
 9. Arapovic, Cedevita5.7 
 10. Rajic, H.Analitica5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Scottie REYNOLDS
  Cibona
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Reynolds, Cibona8.5 
 2. Johnson, Alkar Sinj8.1 
 3. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.9 
 4. Scott, Jolly JBS6.6 
 5. Filipovic, KK Split5.7 
 6. Veljacic, Kvarner .5.6 
 7. Kapusta, Zabok5.1 
 8. Palcic, Skrljevo4.8 
 9. Vrbica, Gorica4.8 
 10. Basic, Zadar4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj2.9 
 2. Babic, Zabok2.3 
 3. Veljacic, Kvarner .2.2 
 4. Sirko, KK Split2.1 
 5. Katic, Cedevita1.9 
 6. Brzoja, Zadar1.8 
 7. Mazalin, Zadar1.8 
 8. Stemberger, Skrlj.1.8 
 9. Novacic, Jolly JBS1.6 
 10. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Miralem HALILOVIC
  GKK S.
  (205-F-91)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Halilovic, GKK S.1.4 
 2. Turkyilmaz, GKK S.1.3 
 3. Bundovic, Cedevita1.1 
 4. Krolo, Zabok1.1 
 5. Vukovic, Vrij.Osijek0.9 
 6. Vlaic, KK Zagreb0.7 
 7. McDonald, Gorica0.7 
 8. Zrnic, Zabok0.7 
 9. Vitali, KK Zagreb0.7 
 10. Vucic, Kvarner 20100.7 


Zadar use 15-0 run in fourth to beat Zabok - by Zeljko Zule

Zadar used a 15-0 fourth-quarter run to beat Zabok 95-81 in the opening game of Croatian A1 League Round 20.
The game featured just one lead change that came after Zadar overcame a 32-38 hole to take a 45-38 edge late in the second quarter. Zabok tied the score at 71-71 early in the fourth quarter. At that point, Zadar went on a decisive 15-0 run and its defense held Zabok scoreless for five minutes. Maj Kovacevic (196-G-90) scored 20 points for Zadar, Ivan Ramljak (203-SF-90) 14, Kristijan Krajina (211-F-90, college: Mt.St.Mary's) 12 and Lovre Basic (190-PG-95) had 10 points and 10 assists. Zabok was led by Hrvoje Puljko (193-G-83) with a game-high 24 points including six 3-pointers. Marin Zrnic (201-F-88) added 17 points and Imran Polutak (209-C-96) 15.



After a slow start, Cedevita pulls away from Gorica - by Zeljko Zule

Despite a slow start, Cedevita defetaed Gorica 92-70 in the postponed game of Croatian A1 League Round 17. After trailing 24-28 in the second quarter, Cedevita scored dozen straight points to go up 36-28 and took their double-digit lead of the game at 42-32. Miro Bilan (213-C-89) scored 15 points, Ryan Boatright (183-PG-92, college: Connecticut) 14, Marko Tomas (201-G-85) 12 and Dzanan Musa (204-SG-99) 10. Cedevita's bench players outscored the opponent's reserves 40-8. Gorica was led by Ante Masic (200-F-85) with game-high 22 points, Trey McDonald (203-C-93, college: Ohio St.) scored 15 points, Ljubo Prgomet (194-G/F-84) 12 and Masan Vrbica (190-PG-94) 10.


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  CYPRUS  


La'Shard Anderson (ex Rotterdam) signs at Petrolina AEK Larnaca - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Petrolina AEK Larnaca (Division A) landed 28-year old American guard La'Shard Anderson (185-89, college: Boise State). He started the season at Rotterdam Challengers in Dutch Eredivisie. In 18 games he averaged impressive 20.7ppg, 5.1rpg, 5.3apg and 2.6spg this season. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Dutch Eredivisie All-Star Game.
Among other achievements Anderson's team made it to the Austrian Bundesliga A Semifinals in 2015. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie 2nd Team award in 2016.
Anderson has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to three different continents (Europe, Africa and of course North America). Anderson has played previously professionally in Belgium (Gent Hawks), Tunisia (Club Africain) and Austria (Kapfenberg Bulls).
He attended Boise State until 2011 and it is his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  DENMARK  

Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Devaughn AKOON-PURCELL
  Bakken
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Akoon-P., Bakken22.4 
 2. Bello, Randers19.2 
 3. Burgess, Randers18.6 
 4. Nielsen, Randers17.9 
 5. Mack, Horsens IC17.7 
 6. McGrew, SI.16.6 
 7. Champagnie, Stevn.16.5 
 8. Dominique, Horsholm16.4 
 9. Haas, SISU16.0 
 10. Sandager, Stevn.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanner MCGREW
  SI.
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 11
 1. McGrew, SI.11.0 
 2. Champagnie, Stevn.10.0 
 3. Sane, Naestved9.7 
 4. Smith, Horsholm9.0 
 5. Baru, SISU8.4 
 6. NaNa, Svendborg7.6 
 7. Moten, Svendborg6.8 
 8. Midtgaard, Horsh.6.8 
 9. Carter, Randers6.7 
 10. Dominique, Horsholm6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Frederik NIELSEN
  Horsholm
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Nielsen, Horsholm6.6 
 2. Burgess, Randers5.8 
 3. Wilson, SISU5.0 
 4. Dranginis, SISU4.4 
 5. Gesell, Bakken4.2 
 6. Lundberg, Horse.4.1 
 7. Nielsen, Randers4.0 
 8. Lanegger, Naestved4.0 
 9. Mack, Horsens IC4.0 
 10. Borovcanin, Horse.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Myles MACK
  Horsens IC
  (175-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Mack, Horsens IC2.3 
 2. Burgess, Randers2.0 
 3. Borovcanin, Horse.2.0 
 4. Bello, Randers1.9 
 5. Gesell, Bakken1.8 
 6. Nielsen, Horsholm1.7 
 7. Akoon-P., Bakken1.7 
 8. Lundberg, Horse.1.7 
 9. Smith, Horsholm1.7 
 10. Nielsen, Randers1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Cheikh SANE
  Naestved
  (207-C/F-92)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Sane, Naestved1.2 
 2. Smith, Horsholm1.2 
 3. Diouf, Bakken1.1 
 4. Aboubakar-Z., Svend.1.0 
 5. Adjehi, SISU1.0 
 6. Christoffers., Bak.1.0 
 7. Moten, Svendborg0.9 
 8. Colas, Randers0.9 
 9. Baru, SISU0.8 
 10. Carter, Randers0.8 


Danish Ligaen round 28 best performance: Keane Thomann - by Eurobasket News

American Center Keane Thomann (211-C-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Bakken, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 16 points and 16 rebounds, while his team outclassed Stevnsgade (#8, 1-25) with 37-point margin 118-81. Bakken maintains the 2nd position in Danish Ligaen. They are still close to the very top. Bakken would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 21-4 record. It's Thomann's second year at Bakken and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Keane Thomann averages this season 7.7ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old Guamanian Earnest Ross (196-G-91) of Naestved. Ross had a very good evening with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he led Naestved to another comfortable win 89-71 over the lower-ranked Stevnsgade (#8, 1-25) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Naestved to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-14 record. Ross is a newcomer at Naestved, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Tanner McGrew (203-F-93, agency: Duran International) of SISU (#6). McGrew scored 22 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite McGrew's great performance SISU lost 79-89 to slightly lower-ranked Randers (#7, 10-17). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of SISU ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, McGrew could help SISU to bring them higher in the standings. McGrew has a great season in Denmark. After 26 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.6ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 11.0rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Filip Rajovic (190-F-97) of Stevnsgade - 29 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jyles Smith (209-PF-92) of Horsholm - 22 points and 10 rebounds
6. Myles Mack (175-PG-93) of Horsens IC - 22 points and 9 assists
7. Chris Nielsen (193-G/F-85) of Randers - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-G-93) of Bakken - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Will Artino (211-C/F-92) of Horsens IC - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Davie Champagnie (206-F/C-90) of Stevnsgade - 16 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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  D-LEAGUE  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Pierre JACKSON
  Texas L.
  (180-PG-91)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Jackson, Texas L.26.2 
 2. Harris, Texas L.26.2 
 3. Cook, Canton C.26.1 
 4. Blue, Los A.24.9 
 5. Patterson, Reno B.24.0 
 6. Crawford, Grand R.23.5 
 7. Murphy, Grand R.22.7 
 8. Jones, Maine RC21.9 
 9. Holland, Canton C.21.8 
 10. Nader, Maine RC21.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joel BOLOMBOY
  Salt L.
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Bolomboy, Salt L.13.2 
 2. Moreland, Canton C.11.8 
 3. Long, Delaware.11.2 
 4. Benson, Sioux F.10.6 
 5. Onuaku, Rio G.10.3 
 6. Wood, Greensbo.10.0 
 7. McKinnie, Windy C.9.4 
 8. Webb-III, Delaware.9.3 
 9. Tobey, Greensbo.8.9 
 10. Zimmerman, Erie B.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Magette, Los A.9.3 
 2. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 3. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.9 
 4. Pressey, Santa C.8.1 
 5. VanVleet, Raptors .7.5 
 6. Weber, Sioux F.7.3 
 7. Jackson, Texas L.7.2 
 8. McCallum, Grand R.7.2 
 9. Bynum, Windy C.6.7 
 10. Cook, Canton C.6.7 
Steals Per Game
 Briante WEBER
  Sioux F.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Weber, Sioux F.3.3 
 2. Tokoto, Rio G.2.5 
 3. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.3 
 4. Payton-II, Rio G.2.2 
 5. McCallum, Grand R.2.2 
 6. Harris, Texas L.2.1 
 7. Pressey, Santa C.2.1 
 8. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
 9. Millsap, N.Arizon.2.0 
 10. Evans, Canton C.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Texas L.
  (203-C-82)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Lasme, Texas L.3.7 
 2. Tavares, Raptors .2.6 
 3. Wood, Greensbo.2.6 
 4. Benson, Sioux F.2.5 
 5. Diallo, Greensboro S.2.5 
 6. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.5 
 7. Obekpa, Santa C.2.4 
 8. Moreland, Canton C.2.3 
 9. Davis, N.Arizona S.2.1 
 10. Brown, Windy C.2.1 


D Fenders ink Deshawn Stephens, ex Akita NH - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles D-Fenders signed 28-year old forward Deshawn Stephens (203-102kg-89, college: San Diego State). He started the season at Akita Northern Happinets in Japanese B League. In 41 games he had 10.3ppg and 7.2rpg this season. The last season Stephens played at Chalons Reims in French ProA where in 19 games he recorded 8.9ppg and 3.8rpg. He also played earlier that season for Banvit in Turkish BSL. But in four games he averaged just 1.3ppg and 1.8rpg. Stephens also played 5 games in Eurocup where he got 4.2ppg and 3.0rpg. The other team he played shortly was Bandirma Kirmizi (BSL) in Turkey. In 7 games he got impressive 15.3ppg, 10.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.4spg and 1.3bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Stephens won Japanese BJ League Eastern Division championship title for two years in a row (2014 and 2015). He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese BJ League Honorable Mention in 2015.
Stephens has played also professionally in Japan for Sanen Neophoenix.
He attended San Diego State until 2013 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Jabari Brown (ex Jilin NE T.) signs at Warriors - by Eurobasket News

Santa Cruz Warriors landed 25-year old swingman Jabari Brown (193-97kg-92, college: Missouri). He started the season at Jilin Northeast Tigers in Chinese CBA league. In 30 games he averaged impressive 33.9ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.1apg and 1.2spg this season.
The previous (14-15) season Brown played at another team D Fenders where in 39 games he was second best scorer with remarkable 24.4ppg and recorded 4.1rpg, 2.2apg and 1.0spg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to USBasket.com All-D-League 3rd Team, All-Star Game and All-Rookie 2nd Team.
Brown played in the final of D-League in 2016.
He has played previously professionally also in NBA (LA Lakers).
Brown attended University of Missouri until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Charge win fifth straight - by Eurobasket News

The Canton Charge (24-17), powered by the Cleveland Cavaliers, won their fifth consecutive game in a 113-99 victory over the Windy City Bulls (18-22) at the Sears Centre Arena on Wednesday afternoon. Reigning NBA Development League Performer of the Week Kay Felder (5'9''-PG-95, college: Oakland) poured in a game-high 35 points on 14-of-25 shooting with five assists in 35 minutes on assignment from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Eric Moreland (6'10''-F-91, college: Oregon St.) filled the stat sheet with 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting, 17 rebounds, four assists, four steals and six blocks in 38 minutes. Jonathan Holmes (6'9''-F-92, college: Texas) added a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds with three steals in 36 minutes. John Holland scored 17 points with six rebounds in 32 minutes. Mike Williams came off the bench to score 11 points in 21 minutes. The five-game win streak for the Charge is their second-longest of the season, behind a six-game clip that went from December 23rd to January 7th. After Canton was outrebounded 27-19 in the first half, the visitors returned the favor with a 27-17 advantage on the glass in the second. Seven Bulls players scored in double figures, led by Will Bynum (6'0''-PG-83, college: Georgia Tech)'s 17 points, eight assists and two steals in 31 minutes. Jarell Eddie (6'7''-G-91, college: Virginia Tech) netted 15 points with five boards and four assists in 35 minutes. Leading Windy City's 48 bench points was Wesley Saunders in scoring 15 points with eight rebounds in 29 minutes.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Unics
  (193-SG-83)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Langford, Unics22.3 
 2. De-Colo, CS.20.2 
 3. Goudelock, Maccabi .17.3 
 4. Llull, Real Madrid16.7 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA15.6 
 6. Wanamaker, Darussaf.15.5 
 7. Heurtel, Anadolu .13.8 
 8. Rice, FC Barcelona13.7 
 9. Brown, Anadolu .13.3 
 10. Sanders, EA7 A.13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante ZIZIC
  Darussafaka
  (210-F/C-97)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Zizic, Darussafaka7.6 
 2. Melli, Brose Bask.7.6 
 3. Udoh, Fenerbahce7.5 
 4. Kuzmic, Crvena Z.7.5 
 5. Voigtmann, Basko.7.5 
 6. Honeycutt, Anadolu .7.5 
 7. Birch, Olympiacos6.5 
 8. Dorsey, FC Barce.6.3 
 9. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.2 
 10. Dunston, Anadolu .6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  CSKA
  (195-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Teodosic, CSKA7.2 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiacos6.2 
 3. Heurtel, Anadolu .6.1 
 4. Llull, Real Madrid6.0 
 5. Larkin, Baskonia5.9 
 6. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.9 
 7. Calathes, Panathin.5.7 
 8. Colom, Unics5.6 
 9. Guler, Galatasaray5.4 
 10. Westermann, Zalgiris5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Charles JENKINS
  Crvena Z.
  (191-SG-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jenkins, Crvena Z.2.0 
 2. Calathes, Panathin.1.6 
 3. Fernandez, Real M.1.5 
 4. Wilbekin, Darussafaka1.5 
 5. Wanamaker, Darussaf.1.5 
 6. Larkin, Baskonia1.4 
 7. Paul, Anadolu Efes1.4 
 8. Jovic, Crvena Z.1.3 
 9. Hanga, Baskonia1.3 
 10. Honeycutt, Anadolu .1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce2.3 
 2. Tyus, Galatasaray1.5 
 3. Parakhouski, Unics1.3 
 4. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.2 
 5. Singleton, Panathin.1.2 
 6. Dunston, Anadolu .1.2 
 7. Honeycutt, Anadolu .1.0 
 8. Randolph, Real Madrid1.0 
 9. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 10. Theis, Brose Bask.0.9 



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Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 De''Andre UPCHURCH
  HyPo
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 33.6
 1. Upchurch, HyPo33.6 
 2. Moultrie, PuHu J.28.3 
 3. Bratton, Namika Lr27.9 
 4. Heinonen, Munkkini.24.6 
 5. Rasi, Raholan Pyrkiva24.5 
 6. Vinson, Pyrinto II23.6 
 7. Cartharn, Espoo B.23.5 
 8. Maxhuni, HBA-M.23.5 
 9. Daniels, PeU-Basket23.1 
 10. Laine, PeU-Basket22.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.16.7 
 2. Daniels, PeU-Basket13.7 
 3. Jallow, Jarvenpaa13.3 
 4. Harvey, Oulun N.12.6 
 5. Harris, Ura Basket11.9 
 6. Towa, Jarvenpaa11.7 
 7. Flemings, FoKoPo11.3 
 8. Stahl, Oulun N.11.1 
 9. Knihtinen, Korikouvot10.6 
 10. Blomqvist, HyPo10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Janne KINNUNEN
  Karkkila
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Kinnunen, Karkkila6.7 
 2. Upchurch, HyPo5.3 
 3. Salonen, Porvoon .5.2 
 4. Ivey, Espoo United5.2 
 5. Kantonen, Korik.4.9 
 6. Innamaa, TuNM.4.7 
 7. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.4.5 
 8. Ikavalko, Lahti4.4 
 9. Kilpinen, Pyrin.4.2 
 10. Kantonen, JyWe4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Joshua GOUCH
  Espoo Basket
  (196-G-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Gouch, Espoo Basket2.7 
 2. Cartharn, Espoo B.2.7 
 3. Upchurch, HyPo2.5 
 4. Juvonen, Jyvaskyl.2.5 
 5. Bratton, Namika Lr2.4 
 6. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.3 
 7. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.2.3 
 8. Moore, ToPo2.3 
 9. Heinonen, Munkkini.2.1 
 10. Kuusisto, ToPo2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.0 
 2. Rainamaa, PuHu J.1.8 
 3. Young, Pyrinto II1.6 
 4. Reed, FoKoPo1.5 
 5. Sandberg, TuNM.1.5 
 6. Ekimov, JyWe1.4 
 7. Harvey, Oulun N.1.4 
 8. Polla, HBA-Marsky1.3 
 9. Fields, Lahti1.3 
 10. Harris, Ura Basket1.2 



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Meacham left ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket - by Eurobasket News

32-year old American guard Trenton Meacham (190-85, college: Illinois) left defending champion ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (ProA). In 14 games he had 6.4ppg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg this season. He helped them to make it to the cup final. Meacham also played 9 games in Basketball Champions League where he recorded 5.2ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.2apg. He played there also last season. In 44 ProA games he averaged 8.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.4apg. Meacham contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) and they also made it to the Cup final (twice). The other team he played that season for was ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket. Meacham played there also last season. He also played 13 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 9.2ppg, 1.4rpg and 3.2apg.
Meacham was selected to French ProA All-Star Game back in 2014.
He is quite experienced player. Meacham has played also professionally in Austria (Raiffeisen Wels), Germany (BG Goettingen), Italy (Armani Milano) and France (Paris Levallois and JSF Nanterre).
He attended University of Illinois until 2009 and it is his eighth season as a professional player.
On Meacham: Trent was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in all 3 years at Illinois. Also, Trent was team captain in the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Trent is an outstanding guard who is very capable of playing the point full time as well as the 2 spot. He started all 34 games on the season in 09, ranking third on the team in scoring with an average of 10.2 points. Trent is an outstanding shooter and he led the Illini and ranked second in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal shooting at 42.1 percent (69-164). Trent also ranked fifth in the league with an average of 2.0 treys per game...Ranks fifth on the Illinois career 3-point field goal percentage list at 40.8 percent (178-436) and ninth on the school career 3-point field goals list with 178 treys...Scored in double figures 16 times and was the Illini's leading scorer in six games on the year...In final game of his career, scored a season-high 24 points vs. Western Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA?Tournament...Also had a career-high four steals vs. the Hilltoppers...Named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week on Dec. 29 after averaging 19.5 points, 4.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds in wins over No. 25 Missouri and Eastern Michigan. He scored 23 points vs. Mizzou and had 16 points vs. EMU. Scored 21 points vs. Indiana on Jan. 10 and made seven 3-pointers vs. the Hoosiers, one shy of his school record...Trent was third on the team in assists with an average of 2.7 apg...Tied career-high of six assists on three occasions, vs. Georgia (Dec. 6), at Purdue (Dec. 30) and at Ohio State (Feb. 22). Trent was third on the team with 31 steals.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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French ProB round 21 best performance: Corin Henry - by Eurobasket News

American Point guard Corin Henry (178-PG-88, agency: Octagon Europe) had an amazing evening in the last round for Evreux, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (35 points, four rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Le Havre (11-10) 83-78. Evreux is placed at 7th position in French ProB. Evreux 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 11-10 record. In the team's last game Henry had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Evreux's top player in his first season with the team. Former Tarleton State University star has very solid stats this year. Henry is in league's top in points (6th best: 16.4ppg) and averages impressive 2.5spg and 51.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old Yannis Morin (208-C/F-93) of Le Havre. Morin had a very good evening with a double-double of 12 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Le Havre lost that game 78-83 to Evreux (11-10). This loss caused Le Havre to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Morin is a newcomer at Le Havre and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Ryan Rhoomes (203-C-92) of St Quentin (#17). Rhoomes scored 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Rhoomes' great performance St Quentin lost 61-69 to slightly higher-ranked Maurienne (#15, 9-12). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of St Quentin not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 13 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Rhoomes could try to bring St Quentin's a little bit higher in the standings. Rhoomes has a very solid season. In 21 games in France he scored 11.2ppg. He also has 6.9rpg and FGP: 60.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kyle Spain (196-F-87) of Denain - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Jonathan Fairell (201-F-93) of Rouen - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Charles Abouo (196-G/F-89) of Denain - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Charles-Henri Bronchard (200-C/F-82) of Vichy Clermont - 17 points and 8 rebounds
8. Eigirdas Zukauskas (203-PG-92) of St Chamond - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Martin Hermannsson (190-G-94) of Charleville - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Deonte Burton (183-PG-91) of Lille - 23 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)



French NM1 round 27 best performance: Michael Craion - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Michael Craion (195-F-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for Lorient, receiving a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Chartres (#9, 13-14) with 17-point margin 97-80. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Lorient is placed at 15th position in French NM1. Lorient 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 11-16 record. Craion turned to be Lorient's top player in his first season with the team. Former Oral Roberts University star has very solid stats this year. Craion is in league's top in points (3rd best: 17.2ppg), rebounds (6th best: 7.6rpg) and averages impressive 3.0spg and 57.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Perris Blackwell (205-F-91) of ALS Basket. Blackwell had a very good evening with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as ALS Basket lost that game 72-80 to the higher-ranked GET Vosges (#5, 16-11). ALS Basket managed to keep the same 8th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-13 record is not bad and everything may still change. Blackwell is a newcomer at ALS Basket, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Daviin Davis (193-G/F-85) of Rennes (#13). Davis scored 29 points and passed seven assists. Despite Davis' great performance Rennes lost 77-83 to slightly higher-ranked St Vallier (#11, 13-14). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Rennes ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 16 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Davis could help Rennes to bring them higher in the standings. Davis has a very solid season. In 26 games in France he scored 14.7ppg. He also has 3.5apg, 2.3spg and FGP: 57.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88) of Lourdes - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Fabien Bondron (198-F-93) of Lourdes - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Guillaume Boucard (197-SF-88) of GET Vosges - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Jared Newson (196-F-84) of Lorient - 24 points and 3 rebounds
8. Masse Doumbe (203-F-87) of GET Vosges - 25 points and 6 rebounds
9. Dwight Burke (202-F-86) of Quimper - 20 points and 11 rebounds
10. Will Felder (201-F-91) of RAC Basket - 16 points, 9 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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  FYR MACEDONIA  


Feni Industries add Pantic to their roster - by Dragan Ristov

KK Feni Industries (Prva Liga) added to their roster experienced 35-year old Serbian center Mladen Pantic (209-82, agency: 011 Sports). He started the season at Mornar Bar in Montenegrin Erste Liga. But in 8 games he recorded just 1.6ppg this season. Pantic also played 4 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged only 1.3ppg and 1.0rpg. The last season he played at SCM CSU Craiova in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 19 games he had 9.1ppg and 4.6rpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Pantic played in the final of Bulgarian League in 2013. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League 2nd Team back in 2013.
Pantic is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Bosnia (Igokea), Cyprus (Keravnos), Germany, Greece (Kolossos H Hotels and AE Ikaros Kallitheas), Ukraine (Dnipro and Kryvbas), Bulgaria (Levski), Romania (Oradea) and Serbia (Borac, Vrsac and Radnicki 1950 Kragujevac).
Pantic is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Feni Industries.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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MZT Skopje add Dusan Katnic to their roster - by Mario Divanisov

With two days left till the closure of the transfer window, defending champion KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom adds Serbian international Dusan Katnic (193-PG-89, agency: BeoExcell) to their roster to replace injured Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93, agency: Octagon Europe) in the battle for their sixth consecutive trophy.

The 28-year old playmaker comes to Skopje from Dynamic BG Beograd where in 16 games in KLS averages 6.5ppg, 4.9apg and 2.7rpg for less than 28 minutes spent on court. For once the most exciting prospect of Serbian basketball, who won two gold medals in the U-18 and U-20 European championships and one gold medal in the U-19 World championship, KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom will be his ninth club in his senior carrier after BC Mega Leks, Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd, Telenet BC Oostende, Anwil Wloclawek, KKK Radnicki Kragujevac, BC Igokea Aleksandrovac, Krka Novo Mesto and Dynamic BG Beograd.

His debut for the Skopje side is expected to be in the first game in the Superliga on Thursday when KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom hosts KK Feni Industries.



Dusan Katnic (ex Dynamic BG) agreed terms with MZT Skopje - by Eurobasket News

KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (Prva Liga) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old Serbian point guard Dusan Katnic (193-85kg-89, agency: BeoExcell). He started the season at Dynamic BG Beograd in Serbian KLS league. In 16 games he recorded 6.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.9apg and 2.1spg this season. The last season Katnic played at Igokea in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I where in 11 games he averaged 6.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.8apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to win the cup. Katnic also played 11 games in ABA League where he had 5.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.7apg. The other team he played shortly was Krka in Slovenian league. In 6 FIBA Europe Cup games he got 8.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.2apg and 1.0spg. Katnic also played 11 games in ABA League where he got 6.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.6apg and 1.4spg.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League 2nd Team award back in 2009.
Katnic represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Riga (Latvia) nine years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 5.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.4apg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 86.7%.
Katnic has played also professionally in Belgium (Oostende) and Poland (Anwil).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GEORGIA  


A League Round 7: Arena-76 are defeated by Tskaltubo - by Eurobasket News

The game between third ranked Arena-76 (4-3) and fourth ranked Tskaltubo (4-3) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. Arena-76 was defeated by Tskaltubo at home 94-81. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-81. It was a great evening for American forward Travante Williams (197-93, college: Alaska-Fairb., agency: Duran International) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Uzbekistani center Dmitry Sviridov (212-85) helped adding 17 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American power forward Peter Alexis (213-92, college: Philadelphia) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds. Tskaltubo have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Arena-76 and BC Titebi. Tskaltubo is looking forward to face league's leader DELTA in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Arena-76 will play against SEU Tbilisi and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked SEU Tbilisi (0-7) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their seventh consecutive match to fifth ranked BC Titebi (4-3) 84-61. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Armani Flannigan (203-92, college: N.Texas) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 18 rebounds. Giorgi Gamqrelidze accounted for 17 points and 9 assists. Power forward Davit Maisuradze (205-90) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds for SEU Tbilisi in the defeat. BC Titebi moved-up to third place, which they share with Arena-76 and Tskaltubo. SEU Tbilisi at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. BC Titebi will play against league's second-placed Hyundai-TSU in Tbilisi in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. SEU Tbilisi will play against Arena-76 (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

SEU Tbilisi - BC Titebi 61-84

Bottom-ranked SEU Tbilisi (0-7) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their seventh consecutive match to fifth ranked BC Titebi (4-3) 84-61. SEU Tbilisi was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 47-21 second half run of BC Titebi. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Armani Flannigan (203-92, college: N.Texas) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 18 rebounds. The former international point guard Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-86) accounted for 17 points and 9 assists for the winning side. Power forward Davit Maisuradze (205-90) came up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds and forward Bega Akhalaia (195-91) added 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for SEU Tbilisi in the defeat. BC Titebi moved-up to third place, which they share with Arena-76 and Tskaltubo. SEU Tbilisi at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. BC Titebi will play against league's second-placed Hyundai-TSU in Tbilisi in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. SEU Tbilisi will play against Arena-76 (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
SEU Tbilisi: D.Maisuradze 20+14reb+1ast, B.Akhalaia 13+7reb+4ast, V.Koguashvili 12+6reb, R.Tukvadze 6+4reb, B.Aliev 3, I.Jankhoteli 3+2reb+3ast
BC Titebi: A.Flannigan 21+18reb, G.Dvali 21+2reb+1ast, G.Gamqrelidze 17+3reb+9ast, R.Aaron 8+9reb+6ast, R.Didia 7+5reb+5ast, G.Vakhania 5+3reb+2ast
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Arena-76 - Tskaltubo 81-94

The game between third ranked Arena-76 (4-3) and fourth ranked Tskaltubo (4-3) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. Arena-76 was defeated by Tskaltubo at home 94-81. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-81. It was a great evening for American forward Travante Williams (197-93, college: Alaska-Fairb., agency: Duran International) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Uzbekistani center Dmitry Sviridov (212-85) helped adding 17 points and 7 rebounds. Four Tskaltubo players scored in double figures. At the losing side American power forward Peter Alexis (213-92, college: Philadelphia) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import guard Rodnerius Lewis (193-93, college: Stillman) scored 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Tskaltubo have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Arena-76 and BC Titebi. Tskaltubo is looking forward to face league's leader DELTA in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Arena-76 will play against SEU Tbilisi and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Arena-76: P.Alexis 24+13reb, R.Lewis 21+5reb+5ast, K.Bitsadze 15+8reb+1ast, M.Abaishvili 9+5reb+5ast, O.Rychlyuk 4+9reb+2ast, T.Chachibaia 4+5reb+4ast
Tskaltubo: T.Williams 26+15reb+5ast, D.Dvalishvili 20+2reb+3ast, D.Sviridov 17+7reb+2ast, B.Blackmon 16+8reb+1ast, G.Kutchava 9+2reb+5ast, G.Arutinov 4+3reb
gschID: 534753





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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Jonathon WILLIAMS
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Williams, Kirchheim19.8 
 2. Alexander, ETB W.18.2 
 3. Pinkins, Hanau18.0 
 4. Watkins, Nuernberg17.6 
 5. Nikolic, Baunach17.4 
 6. Kerusch, MBC16.7 
 7. Spearman, Trier16.3 
 8. Warren, MBC16.2 
 9. Holt, Dresden16.0 
 10. Canty, Hamburg15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leon KRATZER
  Baunach
  (210-C-97)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Kratzer, Baunach12.6 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau9.6 
 3. Jahn, Ehingen8.9 
 4. Oppland, Nuernberg8.4 
 5. Thompson, ETB W.8.3 
 6. Sturner, Dresden7.1 
 7. Lawson, Chemnitz7.0 
 8. Wolf, Hamburg7.0 
 9. Williams, Kirchheim6.9 
 10. Nicholas, Trier6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksej NIKOLIC
  Baunach
  (191-PG-95)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Nikolic, Baunach6.8 
 2. Love, Kirchheim6.6 
 3. Carter, Chemnitz5.6 
 4. Vest, Uni Baskets5.5 
 5. Moore, Ehingen5.4 
 6. Adams, Uni Baskets5.4 
 7. Williams, Koeln R.5.2 
 8. Zazai, MBC5.1 
 9. Hatten, MBC5.0 
 10. Schmitz, Trier4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus HATTEN
  MBC
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hatten, MBC2.5 
 2. Adams, Uni Baskets2.5 
 3. Love, Kirchheim2.4 
 4. White, Heidelberg2.3 
 5. Carter, Chemnitz2.2 
 6. Tiggs, Crailsheim2.1 
 7. Watkins, Nuernberg2.0 
 8. Kovacevic, Heidelberg1.7 
 9. Robertson, Koeln R.1.7 
 10. Dunn, Crailsheim1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Oettinge.
  (206-PF-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Muldrow, Oettinge.2.8 
 2. Pressley, Dresden2.3 
 3. Kratzer, Baunach1.5 
 4. King, Koeln R.1.5 
 5. White, Heidelberg1.3 
 6. Grim, Uni Baskets1.3 
 7. Keppeler, Baunach1.3 
 8. van, Trier1.1 
 9. Heinzmann, Koeln R.1.1 
 10. Pantelic, MBC1.0 


Terence Smith (Giants Nordlingen) My Defense Doesn't Get The Attention It Should - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Terence Smith (193-G-91, college: Mississippi) is a 25 year old 191cm guard from Russellville, Alabama playing his rookie season in Germany with the Giants Nordlingen. He started his basketball career with Tenn-Martin (NCAA) in 2010 playing 84 NCAA games in three seasons averaging double figures in scoring each season with his junior year being his most productive where he averaged 14.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 42.4%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 82.1%. He played his last year of school with Mississippi (NCAA) playing 33 games averaging 4.0ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.7apg. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

Terence thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Your playing your rookie season in Germany. Your from Alabama and playing in a small town Nordlingen for the Giants. What was your wake up call as a rookie in Germany where you knew that you were far away from home?

I knew I was far away from home when I was waking up and my family and friends back home was getting ready to go to sleep.

Your playing an excellent season, but the Giants Nordlingen have struggled all season long. How much of a factor was the players coming and going and injuries not letting the team chemistry develop?

This team has faced a lot of adversity throughout the season with injuries and players coming and going. That made it difficult with the development of our team chemistry, but it's part of basketball and we have no control over those things. I like the energy and effort my teammates constantly bring each and every game despite all that we have gone through.


The Giants Nordlingen are playing the playdowns in hopes of staying in the league. The club has ended the season playing their best basketball. How confident are you that you will stay in the league?

We will leave it all on the court and try our best to end the season on a good note.


The club is good at rebounding and have picked up their defense in the last weeks. What will be key in staying in the league?

We have to keep doing those things. Also, we just have to go out and compete each and every game to remain in the league.


How vital has the pick up of American Adrien Coleman been? What do you appreciate most about his game?

Adrien Coleman was an important pick up for us because he can get out and finish in transition. Also, I appreciate that he can defend multiple positions and he has a great understanding of the game of basketball.

You are very consistent and have scored in double figures in every game. How pleased have you been with your rookie season. What has been good in your game and what not so?

I just really enjoy being out on the court and playing the game I love. I have to get to the free throw line more and make my free throws when I get there.


You were a very good shooter in school. How have you been trying to develop your shot further? Is it more just a combination of practice and shot selection or have you found additional ways like with mechanics to help make your shot get better?

To help improve my shot, I just continue to work on getting real reps and going game speed while working out.


You're a guy that can fill up the stats sheet, but what do you feel is a hidden strength in your game that doesn't get noticed right away?

If you are looking at the stat sheet, I feel that my defense wouldn't get the attention it should


You have faced many very good players in the Pro B this season, but which player was the toughest for you on the court?

Carter from Leverkusen has a nice game.

In the first game you faced a 17 year old kid Isaac Bonga who is projected for some as a 2018 NBA first round pick. He had 12 points and 12 rebounds against Nordlingen in the first game. What was your impression of him?

Bonga has a lot of potential to be special. He has great vision off the pick and roll and has great length for a guard.


You have shown in the Pro B that you have game. What do you believe separates you from most in the Pro B and will get you that ticket up a level in the next season?

I can play on both ends of the court, and I take care of the basketball.


You sat out last season. How tough was this period for you and how confident were you that you would start a professional basketball career one day?

It was a long process, but I stayed busy in the gym and taking care of my body.


You had a very illustrious three year career at Tenn_Martin (NCAA) scoring over 1000 points. You played three seasons for head coach Jason James. How did he help groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?

From the day I arrived on campus, coach pushed me and made sure I stepped out of my comfort zone.


You played one more season with Mississippi (NCAA): 33 games: 4.0ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.7apg. What kind of experience was this for you getting less minutes than at Tenn_Martin. This was probably very humbling. What positives could you get out of this experience?

I really enjoyed playing at Ole Miss on a really talented and deep team. We all pushed each other to get better. The different role allowed me to work on other parts of my game.


You beat Florida twice by one point and you scored 11 points in 15 minutes in the first win. Was that one of your most memorable wins at Mississippi?

Yes, I would say that was one of my most memorable wins there. We were at home, and the gym was pretty loud.


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

Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Bill Russell


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?

It's kind of hard to debate with all of these super teams forming in the NBA. Once LeBron's career is over, I feel that his accomplishments will have him near the top.


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

I would say KG is a top 5 power forward.


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

That was a very efficient performance from Klay.


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?

Yes, I would have to say he is stat wise the best right now. Him and James Harden are doing a lot for their teams.


Draymond Greene recently had a triple double without scoring 10 points or more. Why do you believe has it taken long for someone to do this?

Most players that are capable of doing it have to score for their team to win but Draymond doesn't. Draymond just wants to win.


What was the last movie that you saw?

Assassin's Creed


Thanks Terence for the chat.




Chamberlain Oguchi (Boulazac Basket Dordogne) Having To Be The Lockdown Defender While Being The Primary Offensive Threat Isn't Easy - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Chamberlain Oguchi (196-SG-86, college: Illinois St.) is a 30 year old 186cm Nigerian shooting guard from Houston, Texas that is playing his sixth professional season and this season played with Soles de Mexicali (Mexico-LNBP) playing 30 games averaging 13.5ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 46.4%, 3FGP: 40.4%, FT: 81.8%, in Feb.'17 moved to Boulazac Basket Dordogne (France-ProB). He started his basketball career in 2004 with Oregon (NCAA) playing 86 games over three seasons and then moved to Illinois St. and as a senior played 34 games averaging 15.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 41.2%, 3Pts: 39.5%, FT: 81.9%. He started his professional basketball career in 2009 with STB Le Havre (France-ProA) and in the last years also gained experience in the D-league with the Maine Red Claws, Philippians, Lebanon, Iraq, Russia, Spain and Poland. He spoke to eurobasket last month before signing with Boulazac Basket Dordogne (France-ProB.

Champ thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Where are you at the moment and are you a guy that makes new years resolutions or moreover a guy that doesn't bother with that?

My pleasure. I recently returned to Houston, Texas and am undergoing a strict basketball training program in preparation for what opportunities lie ahead.


Last season after not being able to play for two seasons due to injury, you played in Poland for Anwil Wloclawek (Poland-TBL): 11 games: 13.7ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 36.2%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 81.8%. What did you learn from that experience?

For starters, I learned that ice-cold weather and myself don't get along lol. I also learned the importance of patience. After sidelined for 2 seasons I was eager to pick up where I left off, but sometimes the first opportunity is not always the best opportunity. I learned it's better to wait for the right opportunity than to sell yourself short. I also learned the importance remaining positive and rational in the midst of adversity.

After a few injuries a player can get labeled as a guy that is injury prone. In your first four professional seasons you had no problem playing through, but then the injuries happened and you didn't play in the 2013-2015 seasons. Do you believe that you have become injury prone now over the last few years?

Not at all. Injuries are part of the game of basketball; they occur every year presumably on every team. The most important aspect is how players recover and/or respond from them. Considering that I work just as hard on my strength and conditioning as I do on my basketball skills, I would say I possess quite a bit of durability and dexterity.


- https://youtu.be/GJzaHZWWbbo

Was it difficult for you to focus through the injuries and stay positive? Your 30 years old now and staying healthy from now on would be more beneficial to be able to play as long as possible?

Life is about perspectives. Figuratively speaking, I choose to view the glass as half-full so with that mindset, it's not difficult for me to see the silver lining in every situation or challenge. Yes, indeed. I've naturally taken a more proactive approach to recovery and diet as I've gotten older.


This season you were playing for Soles de Mexicali (Mexico-LNBP) averaging 13,5ppg, 3,9rpg and 1,2apg. What kind of experience was that for you? I am sure your thankful that you get a pay check every month.

I'll admit that it was a different brand of basketball, but one that I learned a lot from. The Mexican Basketball League is one take takes some getting used to if you're not familiar with it. I plan to take what I learned with me there onward. People earn paychecks each month in all avenues of life. More than being grateful to earn a paycheck, I'm grateful to be able to earn a paycheck doing what I've loved to do since I was 7yrs old.

- https://youtu.be/_DpbQ1tVzRg

6. Your 30 now and still have many good years left and want to get back to Europe. You have had your share of experience in France, Russia, Spain and Poland, but still a lot of game left. Do you feel like you can still make an impact in a high level league?

Absolutely. I've had very high-level European experience that has served me well. I feel great physically, I feel outstanding mentally, I'm in the prime of my career, and I'm more than capable of bolstering a club's roster. I look forward to it!

You played two seasons in the D-league under current Polish national coach Mike Taylor. How has he helped you in your career?

From the days I played under Coach Mike Taylor to now, he's been one of my biggest supporters and vice versa. I consider him one of the best international coaches, and I have the utmost respect for him professionally and personally.

- https://youtu.be/r2o4-CRAigc

In the summer of 2015 you were MVP of the Afrobasket.com All-African Championships. Did that surprise you a bit just how strong you played despite not having played the two seasons prior?

I can honestly say it didn't surprise me to be crowned MVP of the Afrobasket.com All-African Championships. Despite not having played in the 2013 - 2015 seasons, I worked extremely hard to improve my individual game in all areas, which ultimately made me a better player than I was before the hiatus.


- https://youtu.be/cXWeX9N-3rU?list=PLg9rlIOujW30lRJok41iDreVN5E_NEMP7

After such an impressive tournament that, how did you evaluate your own play in comparison to your season in 2012-2013 with Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014 (Spain-ACB). Was your game better that summer, and do you feel your development was possible despite not having played?

My game continues to evolve so I was without doubt a better player during that tournament than during my time with Gran Canaria. It's an understood concept in basketball that players improve during the off-seasons. Therefore, with essentially 2 extended off-seasons, I was able to make huge strides in terms of my individual development.

- https://youtu.be/E95m3TYfGrU?list=PLg9rlIOujW30lRJok41iDreVN5E_NEMP7

What message would you like to give teams across the world about your game?

Although I'm the type of player that would rather to allow his game do the talking, in the words of the late, great Muhammad Ali, 'I'm so mean, I make medicine sick.'


Over the years, I got to know some of your Nigerian teammates like Tony Skin, Michael Umeh, Koko Archibong or Ekene Ibekwe. What has been your biggest pleasure having had guys like these as teammates over the years?

Having teammates/friends like them is a blessing because those are relationships that will last a lifetime. Though I have a different relationship with each one, I appreciate them all the same. We talk daily and it's nice know I have friends like them that can relate to me and who support me whole-heartedly. Michael Umeh and I are actually childhood friends so being able to share the 2015 Afrobasket Championships and 2016 Olympic experiences with him was extremely gratifying.

You played at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) in 2012 playing 4 games averaging 12.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 25.0%, 3PT: 47.6%, FT: 84.6%. You elected to go to the D-league. Do you feel like you were overlooked a bit in Europe from getting a job from a Eurocup/Euroleague team especially after dropping 35 points in 33 minutes against France?

Yes. I believe my performance not only vs. France, but during the both Olympic tournaments should've enabled me to play at the highest level in Europe (Euroleague). However, I had my eyes set on playing in the NBA as opposed to Europe following the 2012 Olympics. After opportunities with the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, and Guangdong Southern Tigers of China didn't pan out, I elected to play in the D-League in hopes to generate another NBA opportunity. I've always believed myself to be an NBA-caliber player.


. What memories do you have from that 79-73 loss to France. Was this your best game in your professional career? You were the best player on the floor that had many NBA players like Tony Parker, Nicolas Batum and Boris Diaw.

I remember being nervous prior to the game against France 1) Because I was competing against a team with at least 7 past or present NBA players which included Tony Parker (Finals MVP and All-Star PG), and 2) Because I started at the PG for the first time in my career due to the unfortunate injuries of Tony Skinn and Adeola Dagunduro. No, it wasn't the best game of my professional career. It was the best game of my professional career on a platform where the world was able to take notice.


Were you able to take a personal memento from the 156-73 loss against the United States where future NBA legends like Lebron, Kobe, Melo, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Chris Paul played etc.

Yes... Respect all, fear none, and always leave your heart on the court. I took that mindset to our August 1st, 2016 rematch vs. USA and managed to tally 21points, 3steals, 2assists, and 1rebound.


- https://youtu.be/s30825HkpdE

You played two seasons with the Meralco Bolts (Philippines-PBA). What amazing experience do you remember having there in terms of culture?

Playing with the Meralco Bolts was a unique experience. My stints with the Bolts helped me to expand my game by essentially forcing me to be effective on both ends of the floor. Having to be the lockdown defender while being the primary offensive threat is not easy, but I embraced that task. One thing that stood out about their culture is how passionate they are about their basketball. It was invigorating. Another thing that stood out about their culture was how genuinely happy and friendly the people are. As a foreign player, this is something much appreciated. To this day, I still remain close with a lot of the friends I met in the Philippines.


As a rookie you played with STB Le Havre (France-ProA). What was your wake up call to be a rookie in Europe where you knew that you were in a very different place then in college or home?

My rookie wake up call in Pro-A France was during the LNB All-star weekend. As a rookie, I was selected to be a contestant in the LNB 3-point Shooting Competition. I can recall being overwhelmed by the magnitude of the environment, and missing more 3-pointers than I normally would. It was at that point I realized I was officially in the big leagues.


How did Oregon (NCAA) head coach Ernie Kent start to groom and prepare you best for a professional career?

Playing for Ernie Kent prepared me for the pros by allowing me to understand at a young age the idea of persevering through adversity in whatever form. In addition to that, playing within the Ernie Kent system bolstered my individual development as he taught many subtle details of the game that proved essential to being effective at the professional level.


You played three years with current FC Bayern Munich captain Bryce Taylor. How proud have you been of his career and if you had to choose one moment that you remember most with him on and off the court what would you choose?

Not only did I play with Bryce for 3 years, he was my roommate during those 3 years, and continues to be one of my good friends today. Seeing how his career has progressed has been a joy to watch. He deserves every bit of success he has acquired because he's worked extremely hard for it, and has remained humble through it all. I could go on for days about memorable moments on and off the court with Bryce, but one moment on-the-court that sticks out in my mind was witnessing his perfect 32-point performance (11-11FG; 7-7 3PT) during the 2007 Pac-10 Tournament Championship game. A memorable moment of the court was when we reunited for the first time after college as professional players, and were able to catch up on lost times

- https://youtu.be/evYvlMvp_78

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

Such a tough decision, but I would choose: Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, and Wilt Chamberlain (Not because of the name)


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?

'Never-ending' is right. I think by defeating the historic Golden State Warriors en route to capturing the 2016 NBA Title and Finals MVP, he certainly brought himself much closer to that NBA Mount Rushmore. I think the fact that he can be mentioned in that debate with only 3 Championship rings speaks volumes about the greatness of Lebron James.


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

I personally would rank Kevin Garnett among the 3 best Power-Forwards of all-time, behind Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki


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

As a shooter/scorer myself, I enjoy watching other elite shooters and scorers light up scoreboards and break records. With that said, Klay Thompson's performance that night ranks 2nd on my most impressive stat of the 2016-2017 NBA season thus far, behind Russell Westbrook's triple-double tally.

- https://youtu.be/vQaGX4-Sfvg

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?

Yes. In my opinion he is currently the best player in the world from a statistical standpoint. It's simply amazing what he's been able to do individually this season. I'm very impressed.


What was the last movie that you saw?

The last movie I watched was Assassin's Creed. I played the video game so the movie was a must-see.


Thanks Champ for the chat.



Brose Bamberg Hold Elias Haris Until 2020 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Winning should always be the number one goal of any player even if playing time may not always be to one's liking, but for Elias Harris (203-F-89, college: Gonzaga, agency: Octagon Europe) winning has been his first priority over many minutes as he will continue to play with Brose Bamberg until 2020 and continue to collect more titles and add on to his three that he already has in Freak City. Harris is a 27 year old 203cm forward that played at Gonzaga and has only played with one BBL club and that has been Bamberg. After a short stint with the Los Angeles Lakers, the German came to Bamberg in December 2013 and since then has called the Bavarian city home. Last season he played 35 BBL games avergaing 7.7ppg, 2.3rpg, FGP: 68.8%, 3PT: 46.2%, FT: 81.6%; He also played Euroleague avergaing 20 games: 4.6ppg, 2.4rpg. "Elias Harris is an important player on and off the court. He is versatiile and belongs to the best Germans at his position since years. Continuity is important for our organization and I am happy that we could extend his contract for three more years", added CEO Rolf Beyer. Currently in the BBL, he is averaging 9,0ppg, 3,3rpg and 1,1apg and in the Euroleague averaging 2,3ppg. "I am looking forward to three more years here. Bamberg is my home and my family feels comfortable here. I thank Andrea Trinchieri, Daniele Baiesi and Rolf Beyer for their trust in me. It isn't an easy time at the moment, so getting this extension means so much to me", stressed Elias Harris.

Source:Brose Bamberg



The Romerstrom Gladiators Trier Keep Marco Van Den Berg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Pro A team Romerstrom Gladiators Trier have announced the contract extension of head coach Marco van den Berg . The 51 year old Dutch man is in his second season in Trier and has done a consistent job building succcessful teams as last season the team reached the sixth position beating Kirchheim in the playoffs, but losing to eventual Pro A champion Science City Jena and this season are on their way to a second playoff appearnace holding the seventh spot.. "He plays a central role in our future and we are happy that we could extend his contract", stressed Achim Schmitz. "We have taken a direction in Trier that hasn't ended yet. Invictus is a long term project for all and I am glad to be a part of it", stressed head coach Marco van den Berg. The coach won titles with the Eiffel Towers and with Gronnongen in Holland and is still seeking his first title in Germany.

Source: Romerstrom Gladiators Trier



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  GHANA  


Bentil released by NBA side Dallas Mavericks - by Yaw Mintah

The Dallas Mavericks have released Ghana Power Forward Ben Bentil following the expiration of his ten day contract with the NBA side. Bentil signed the contract in February after impressing for NBA Development League side Fort Wayne Mad Ants by averaging 14 points and five rebounds.

Despite making the roster for four games, the former Providence College star featured in just two games playing a combined total of seven minutes and recording two rebounds against Los Angeles Lakers. He went scoreless against Memphis Grizzlies in a previous contest.

By playing four minutes against the Atlanta Hawks, Bentil made history by becoming the first Ghana-born player to play in the NBA.

He is expected to return to former side Fort Wayne in the Development League. Dallas meanwhile has signed former Iowa University Forward Jarrod Uthoff to fill the roster spot. Uthoff has played for Raptors 905 and Fort Wayne in the Development League.

Since getting drafted 51st overall in the 2016 Draft by Boston Celtics, Bentil has found it difficult getting into the NBA and has had a stint at Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association.




Galaxy, Navy score wins on opening day in Accra League - by Yaw Mintah

Tudu Galaxy and Ghana Navy have gotten off to a terrific start in this year's Accra Basketball League (ABL) Women's Division by recording big wins over Braves of Customs and University of Ghana (UG) respectively.

Navy beat UG 41-26 and Galaxy beat Braves 31-29.

The defending champions and record league winners Braves went through the winning motions it has had for a long time but two quick three point shots with few minutes to go in the fourth quarter, turned the tie and results in favor of Galaxy.

The win was more remarkable with Tudu presenting just six players for the game.
In the following game, Navy got an opening day win over UG with less fuss than the preceding game as it strutted its new look side to batter the tertiary side all game long. Considering

Navy won just a game all season in 2016, this is a major boost for the club.

Before proceedings got underway, a minute silence was observed for departed league administrator Benjamin Baafi who passed away little over a week ago. The 54 year old run the league and also served as Director of Sports for Ghana's Revenue Authority.



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  GREECE  

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Dezmine WELLS
  Doxa L.
  (196-G-92)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Wells, Doxa L.16.8 
 2. Brown, Koroivos16.3 
 3. Starks, Koroivos16.0 
 4. Barlow, Trikalla14.9 
 5. Young, Lavrio13.8 
 6. Hall, Koroivos13.4 
 7. Cummings, Aris13.3 
 8. Gotcher, Koroivos13.2 
 9. Robert, AGOR12.8 
 10. Milutinovic, Koroivos12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keith CLANTON
  PAOK
  (205-C/F-90)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Clanton, PAOK10.1 
 2. Morgan, Kymis9.0 
 3. Basabe, Doxa L.8.9 
 4. Biruta, Trikalla7.0 
 5. Fitzpatrick, AGOR6.9 
 6. Hall, Koroivos6.7 
 7. Faye, Promitheas6.4 
 8. Reddic, Kolossos HH6.4 
 9. Singleton, Panathin.6.3 
 10. Toutziarakis, Kymis6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ken BROWN
  Koroivos
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Brown, Koroivos7.3 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiacos5.6 
 3. Calathes, Panathin.5.4 
 4. Starks, Koroivos5.1 
 5. Blassingame, Promi.4.8 
 6. Young, Lavrio4.8 
 7. Talton, AGOR4.5 
 8. Scott, Doxa L.4.1 
 9. El-Amin, Kymis3.9 
 10. Ukic, AEK Athens3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Shannon SCOTT
  Doxa L.
  (186-PG-92)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Scott, Doxa L.2.2 
 2. Xanthopoulos, Aris1.8 
 3. Brown, Koroivos1.8 
 4. Releford, Kolossos.1.7 
 5. Hickey, Apollon .1.7 
 6. Young, Lavrio1.7 
 7. Singleton, Panathin.1.7 
 8. Jones, Promitheas1.5 
 9. Gotcher, Koroivos1.5 
 10. Ivanovic, AEK A.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jito KOK
  Lavrio
  (206-C-94)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kok, Lavrio1.5 
 2. Jackson, Aris1.5 
 3. Johnson, Promi.1.4 
 4. Clanton, PAOK1.3 
 5. Raines, Apollon .1.3 
 6. Buckner, Aris1.2 
 7. Milutinov, Olympiacos1.1 
 8. Reddic, Kolossos HH1.1 
 9. Fitzpatrick, AGOR1.0 
 10. Kravic, AGOR1.0 


Devoe Joseph (ex AGOR) signs at Bucaneros - by Eurobasket News

Bucaneros de La Guaira (LPB) landed 27-year old Canadian guard Devoe Joseph (193-80kg-90, college: Oregon, agency: Interperformances). He played recently at A.G.O Rethymno Aegean in Greek A1 league. In three games he averaged just 2.3ppg and 1.7rpg this season. Joseph also spent pre-season at Maccabi Kiryat Gat (Winner League) in Israel earlier that year where in four A1 games he had 9.5ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.5apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Among other achievements Joseph played in the final of Spanish Catalonian League in 2013. He received also All-Pac-12 1st Team award back in 2012 at his college time.
Joseph was a member of Canadian international program for some years. He was called to Canadian Senior National Team in 2013 and previously for U19 National Team in 2007.
Joseph is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in France (Cholet Basket), Montenegro (Buducnost), Turkey (Turk Telekom), Ukraine (Khimik) and Spain (Joventut).
Joseph attended University of Oregon until 2012 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Zwolle reach the Cup Final - by Eurobasket News

Zwolle reach the Cup Final in the Netherlands. They grabbed a valuable 72-71 win against Rotterdam due to a 22-11 surge at the end of the game. Clayton Vette (202-C-88, college: Winona St.) top-scored for the winners with 19 points, while J.T. Tiller (188-G-88, college: Missouri) netted 17. Jermaine Marshall (193-G-90, college: Arizona St.) replied with 26 points in the losing effort. La'Shard Anderson (185-G-89, college: Boise St.) netted 13 and Mays Gregory scored 10.
The Final game between Groningen and Zwolle will be held on March 26th.



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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ivan LILOV
  Szedeak
  (194-SG-88)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Lilov, Szedeak20.6 
 2. Govens, Falco KC19.8 
 3. Bojic, Jaszberenyi19.2 
 4. Johnson, Sopron KC18.8 
 5. Pacher, Vasas18.8 
 6. Sejfic, PVSK P.17.5 
 7. Vojvoda, Szolnok17.5 
 8. Tiby, Atomeromu17.5 
 9. Djerasimovic, KTE-D.17.2 
 10. Ubilla, ZTE K.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Atomeromu
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Tiby, Atomeromu9.5 
 2. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.9 
 3. Szabo, ZTE K.8.6 
 4. Sejfic, PVSK P.8.1 
 5. Pacher, Vasas8.0 
 6. Wright, Vasas7.6 
 7. Sihota, MAFC7.6 
 8. Poscic, MAFC7.6 
 9. Drungilas, ZTE K.7.5 
 10. Gilbert, Atomeromu7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  ZTE K.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.2 
 2. Battle, Atomeromu7.8 
 3. Boltic, Szedeak7.5 
 4. Taylor, Vasas7.2 
 5. Petty, Kormend6.3 
 6. Saddler, Jaszbere.6.2 
 7. Threatt, Sopron KC6.2 
 8. Nelson, PVSK P.6.1 
 9. Govens, Falco KC6.0 
 10. Smith, MAFC6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Sopron KC
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Johnson, Sopron KC3.1 
 2. Arrington, Jaszbere.2.6 
 3. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.2.2 
 4. Petty, Kormend2.0 
 5. Frazier, Kaposvari2.0 
 6. Smith, MAFC2.0 
 7. Smith-Jr, Kormend1.8 
 8. Boltic, Szedeak1.8 
 9. Pongo, KTE-Duna1.7 
 10. Govens, Falco KC1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Malik COOKE
  Kaposvari
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Cooke, Kaposvari1.1 
 2. Zigeranovic, Falco K.0.9 
 3. Keller, Alba0.9 
 4. Juhos, Szedeak0.9 
 5. Wright, Vasas0.9 
 6. Andric, Szolnok0.8 
 7. Simms, Kaposvari0.8 
 8. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.8 
 9. Ivosev, KTE-Duna0.7 
 10. Benke, ZTE K.0.7 


A Division Round 21: Leader Alba gets another victory - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in A Division is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 5 rounds. The round 21 was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results.

Leader Alba delivered the eighteenth win on Tuesday night. This time they crushed 13th ranked Vasas (4-17) 106-59 in Budapest. The game without a history. Alba 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 Vasas' 34. Alba forced 23 Vasas turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 35 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Vasas' players. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Peter Lorant (206-85, agency: Octagon Europe) who scored 15 points and 9 assists. Canadian guard Justin Edwards (190-92, college: Kansas St.) chipped in 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward AJ Pacher (208-92, college: Wright St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Alba (18-3) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place. Vasas lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Alba are looking forward to face Szolnok (#6) in Szolnok in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Vasas will play at home against Kaposvari (#4) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Paks, where higher ranked Szolnok (13-8) lost to twelfth ranked Atomeromu (7-14) in a road game 73-82. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Szolnok. It was a good game for American point guard Talor Battle (182-88, college: Penn St., agency: Two Points) who led his team to a victory with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Akos Kovacs contributed with 22 points and 7 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Montenegrin Nikola Pavlicevic (192-88) answered with 20 points and 5 assists for Szolnok. Szolnok's coach Zoran Kmezics rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Atomeromu moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Jaszberenyi. Defending champion Szolnok dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. They share it with ZTE KK and Kaposvari. Atomeromu will play against higher ranked Szedeak (#8) in Szeged in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Szolnok will play at home against the league's leader Alba (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.

Other games of round 21 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Szedeak defeated Jaszberenyi in Szeged 79-74. PVSK Pannon beat MAFC at home 84-69. Falco KC won against KTE-Duna on the opponent's court 87-73. Kormend outscored Sopron KC in a home game 96-73. ZTE KK managed to beat Kaposvari on the road 84-75.
The best stats of 21th round was 17 points, 7 assists and 6 steals by Marko Boltic of Szedeak.

Jaszberenyi - Szedeak 74-79

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Jaszberenyi (7-14) was defeated at home by ninth ranked Szedeak (10-11) 79-74. The guests were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 27-21 Jaszberenyi's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 79-74 at the end of the game. It was a good game for Serbian guard Marko Boltic (193-87, agency: 011 Sports) who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 7 assists and 6 steals. Serbian guard Andrija Ciric (198-80) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Five Szedeak players scored in double figures. American guard Devon Saddler (183-91, college: Delaware) answered with 20 points and 6 assists and Serbian Andrija Bojic (207-93, agency: BeoBasket) added 20 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Jaszberenyi. Szedeak moved-up to eighth place. Jaszberenyi at the other side keeps the eleventh position with 14 games lost. They share it with Atomeromu. Szedeak will play against Atomeromu (#12) in Paks in the next round. Jaszberenyi will play on the road against the league's second-placed Kormend where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Szedeak: A.Ciric 18+4reb+2ast, M.Boltic 17+2reb+7ast, N.Sulovic 16+5reb+3ast, I.Lilov 11+4reb+4ast, L.Juhos 11+11reb+2ast, T.Ban 4+2reb
Jaszberenyi: A.Bojic 20+5reb, D.Saddler 20+6ast, B.Williams 11+5reb, A.Brbaklic 7+2reb, B.Arrington 6+8reb+4ast, S.Stamenkovic 5+7reb+3ast
gschID: 498086


PVSK Pannon - MAFC 84-69

No shocking result in a game in Pecs where seventh ranked PVSK Pannon (12-9) defeated bottom-ranked MAFC (3-18) 84-69. The game was mostly controlled by PVSK Pannon. MAFC was better in third quarter 26-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for Croatian forward Veljko Budimir (199-85) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 5 rebounds. Bosnian center Ismet Sejfic (208-93) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Croatian center Matija Poscic (206-85, college: De Paul) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and Serbian Uros Duvnjak (190-86, agency: BeoBasket) added 20 points in the effort for MAFC. Four MAFC players scored in double figures. PVSK Pannon maintains seventh place with 12-9 record. MAFC lost their eighth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. PVSK Pannon will play against Sopron KC (#9) on the road in the next round. MAFC will play against KTE-Duna (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
PVSK Pannon: V.Budimir 27+5reb+2ast, I.Sejfic 21+12reb, Z.Supola 12+4reb+3ast, A.Nelson 8+5reb+6ast, C.Smith 6+4reb+3ast, O.Biro 5+4reb
MAFC: U.Duvnjak 20+4reb+3ast, M.Poscic 15+11reb+1ast, A.Lakits 10+5reb+1ast, L.Polyak 10+2reb+2ast, D.Smith 9+3reb+3ast, A.Kovacs 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 498085


KTE-Duna - Falco KC 73-87

Very expected game in Kecskemet where 10th ranked KTE-Duna (8-13) was defeated by third ranked Falco KC (15-7) 87-73. KTE-Duna was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Falco KC made 19-of-22 charity shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Falco KC outrebounded KTE-Duna 38-18 including a 19-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) who led his team to a victory with 24 points. His fellow American import guard Drew Barham (198-89, college: Gonzaga) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Falco KC players scored in double figures. Naturalized Serbian forward Tomislav Ivosev (204-90, agency: 011 Sports) answered with 17 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian center Kemal Karahodzic (210-89) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for KTE-Duna. The victory was the third consecutive win for Falco KC. They maintain third place with 15-7 record having just two points less than leader Alba. KTE-Duna lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 13 games lost. Falco KC will play against ZTE KK (#5) in Zalaegerszeg in the next round. KTE-Duna will play on the road against MAFC (#14) in Budapest and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Falco KC: D.Govens 24+3reb+2ast, I.Zigeranovic 14+4reb, B.Varadi 13+4reb+1ast, D.Barham 12+10reb+1ast, K.Bognar 9+6reb+1ast, A.Pustahvar 6+5reb
KTE-Duna: M.Djerasimovic 18+2reb, T.Ivosev 17+6reb+1ast, K.Karahodzic 14+6reb+2ast, M.Pongo 9+1reb, M.Meszaros 5+1reb+1ast, M.Djukanovic 5+1ast
gschID: 498084


Kormend - Sopron KC 96-73

Very predictable result when second ranked Kormend (15-6) outscored at home 8th ranked Sopron KC (10-12) 96-73. The game was mostly controlled by Kormend. Sopron KC was better in fourth quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Kormend. They maintain second place with 15-6 record having just three points less than leader Alba. Sopron KC at the other side dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. Kormend will play against Jaszberenyi (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sopron KC will play against PVSK Pannon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 498083


Kaposvari - ZTE KK 75-84

There was a minor upset when 4th placed Kaposvari (13-8) was defeated at home by sixth ranked ZTE KK (13-8) 84-75. Kaposvari was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 31-17 third quarter run of ZTE KK. Kaposvari was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Lithuanian center Adomas Drungilas (203-90) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. The former international forward Zsolt Szabo (202-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. American forward Malik Cooke (201-89, college: S.Carolina, agency: Inception Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and the former international power forward Roland Hendlein (206-86) added 24 points and 7 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) in the effort for Kaposvari. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. ZTE KK moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Szolnok and Kaposvari. ZTE KK will play against higher ranked Falco KC (#3) in Szombathely in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kaposvari will play on the road against Vasas in Budapest and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
ZTE KK: A.Drungilas 22+13reb, S.Benke 16+7reb+4ast, E.Ubilla 13+4reb+6ast, Z.Szabo 12+15reb+1ast, J.Wright 10+2reb+1ast, J.Norfleet 6+5reb+3ast
Kaposvari: R.Hendlein 24+7reb+1ast, M.Cooke 19+12reb+3ast, K.Simms 11+6reb+1ast, J.Wisseh 10+4reb+5ast, W.Frazier 6+5reb+1ast, M.Fodor 3+1reb
gschID: 498082


Atomeromu - Szolnok 82-73

We should mention about the upset which took place in Paks, where higher ranked Szolnok (13-8) lost to twelfth ranked Atomeromu (7-14) in a road game 73-82. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Szolnok. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-18. But Szolnok won second period 12-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Atomeromu forced 19 Szolnok turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Szolnok was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American point guard Talor Battle (182-88, college: Penn St., agency: Two Points) who led his team to a victory with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Guard Akos Kovacs (183-88, agency: HMS) contributed with 22 points and 7 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Montenegrin Nikola Pavlicevic (192-88) answered with 20 points and 5 assists and international power forward Janos Eilingsfeld (198-91) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Szolnok. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Szolnok's coach Zoran Kmezics rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Atomeromu moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Jaszberenyi. Defending champion Szolnok dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. They share it with ZTE KK and Kaposvari. Atomeromu will play against higher ranked Szedeak (#8) in Szeged in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Szolnok will play at home against the league's leader Alba (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Atomeromu: A.Kovacs 22+7ast, M.Tiby 19+5reb+1ast, T.Battle 15+8reb+7ast, R.Watkins 10+7reb, L.Samenas 9+1reb+2ast, L.Gilbert 5+2reb+2ast
Szolnok: N.Pavlicevic 20+5ast, M.Borisov 11+9reb, J.Eilingsfeld 11+7reb+3ast, T.Barnies 10+3reb+1ast, L.Andric 7+5reb+2ast, K.Wittmann 5+1reb
gschID: 498081


Vasas - Alba 59-106

Leader Alba delivered the eighteenth win on Tuesday night. This time they crushed 13th ranked Vasas (4-17) 106-59 in Budapest. The game without a history. Alba 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 Vasas' 34. Alba forced 23 Vasas turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 35 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by Vasas' players. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Peter Lorant (206-85, agency: Octagon Europe) who scored 15 points and 9 assists. Canadian guard Justin Edwards (190-92, college: Kansas St.) chipped in 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Alba players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward AJ Pacher (208-92, college: Wright St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import forward Sam Thompson (201-92, college: Ohio St., agency: Pensack Sports) added 10 points and 5 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. Alba (18-3) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place. Vasas lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Alba are looking forward to face Szolnok (#6) in Szolnok in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Vasas will play at home against Kaposvari (#4) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Alba: L.Markovic 17+4reb+3ast, P.Lorant 15+3reb+9ast, B.Taylor 14+7ast, J.Edwards 13+8reb+5ast, W.Shepard 12+2reb+1ast, A.Keller 11+2reb
Vasas: A.Pacher 15+11reb+2ast, R.Katona 11+1ast, S.Thompson 10+5reb, A.Garamvolgyi 6+3reb+2ast, B.Peringer 4+3reb+1ast, R.Wright 4+5reb
gschID: 498080





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

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

Adam Hanga
Adam Hanga
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Adam Hanga (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Euroleague). He was the major contributor in Baskonia's victory against the league outsider Armani Milano (7-17) 87-74 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Hanga scored 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 20 minutes on the court. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (13-11) is placed eighth in the Euroleague. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Hanga has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.1apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 57.4%(70-122), 3FGP: 31.3% and FT: 72.1% in 24 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Hungarian senior national team.

Jarrod Jones
Jarrod Jones
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Jarrod Jones (205-90, college: Ball St., currently plays in Italy). Jones could not help VL Pesaro (7-14) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance VL Pesaro was crushed 85-61 on the road by the second-ranked Umana Venezia. Jones recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 4 assists. Jones has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.1ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3FGP: 26.5% and FT: 80.4%. Jones is a naturalized American. He is in the roster of the Hungarian senior national team. Jones used to play for Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar in Hungarian league.

Obadiah Trotter
Obadiah Trotter
   #3. The Hungarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international point guard Obadiah Trotter (188-84, college: Alabama A&M, currently plays in Poland). He was not able to help Twarde Pierniki in their game against AZS Koszalin (8-15) in the Polish PLK. Trotter recorded 9 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and made 2 blocks in 28 minutes. But Twarde Pierniki was edged 82-80 in Koszalin by the much lower-ranked (#14) AZS Koszalin. It's Trotter's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.6apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 53.8%, 3FGP: 30.1% and FT: 87.8% in 23 games. Trotter is a naturalized American. He played for the Hungarian national team four years ago. Trotter used to play for Szolnoki Olajbanyasz in Hungarian league.

Dontay Thomas
Dontay Thomas
   #4. Point guard Dontay Thomas (187-84, also represented by Octagon Europe, college: La Salle, currently plays in Montenegro) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Sutjeska (12-7) in their game against Ibar Rozaje (14-5) in the Montenegrin Erste Liga. He recorded 9 points and added 7 passes. But Sutjeska was defeated 104-97 at home by the second-ranked Ibar Rozaje. Thomas' overall stats this season are: 6.7ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.3apg. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for the Hungarian national team back in 2014. He played also for Gunaras KC Dombovar in Hungarian league.

Gyorgy Goloman
Gyorgy Goloman
   #5. Former U18 international forward Gyorgy Goloman (211-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the The University of Washington (15-3) crushing them 98-66 in the NCAA last Wednesday. He recorded 8 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks. The Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles have a solid 9-3 conference record this season. Goloman's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Goloman's overall stats this season are: 4.1ppg and 2.7rpg. He used to play for the Hungarian U18 national team four years ago.

Balint Mocsan
Balint Mocsan
   #6. Guard Balint Mocsan (190-97, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Idaho St. (3-10) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Mocsan's very good performance the Idaho St. was defeated 79-68 in Bozeman by the Montana State University. He scored 15 points. Mocsan's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Mocsan's overall stats this season are: 5.6ppg and 1.7rpg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Hungarian National Team roster.

Adam Somogyi
Adam Somogyi
   #7. U16 international point guard Adam Somogyi (183-0, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Real Betis SVL 2 (1-8) in their game against Novaschool (6-4) in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). Somogyi recorded 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 18 minutes. The eighth-placed Real Betis SVL 2 (1-8) lost 79-88 in Malaga to the higher-ranked (#3) Novaschool in the Group D Perman. It was Real Betis SVL 2's fifth consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Somogyi's overall stats are: 2.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.2apg in five games. He is also Hungarian U16 national team player.

Gergely Hosszu
Gergely Hosszu
   #8. Guard Gergely Hosszu (190-86, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Kaiserslautern (9-13) in their last game. Despite Hosszu's very good performance Kaiserslautern (#8) was badly defeated 104-87 in Karlsruhe by the second-ranked Karlsruhe SC in the South-West group. He was the second best scorer with 19 points in 32 minutes. They ended the series of five consecutive victories. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Hosszu has reliable stats this year: 13.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg in 20 games. He used to play for the Hungarian U20 national team back in 2006.

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

   #1. Srdjan Stojanovic (197-SG-91, currently plays in Serbia) could not help Radnicki 1950 (13-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Radnicki 1950 was defeated 78-64 on the road by the second-ranked Zlatibor. Stojanovic was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). Stojanovic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.8apg and 1.3spg. Stojanovic has a dual citizenship: Hungarian and Serbian.

   #2. Damian Hollis (203-F-88, agency: Inception Sports, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Portugal) led Benfica to a 2-point victory over the fifth-ranked Galitos-Barreiro (14-9) 76-74 in the Portuguese LPB last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Hollis recorded 21 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals in 32 minutes. Sport Lisboa Benfica (18-5) is placed second in Places 1-6 group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Hollis has very impressive stats this year: 16.5ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.6apg in 21 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Despite Hollis' Hungarian passport, he previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Hungarian team. Hollis used to play for Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar in Hungarian league.

   #3. Nemanja Miscevic (200-F-94, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to Spartak's victory against the closely-ranked Tamis (10-9) 74-60 in the Serbian KLS in Sunday night's game. Miscevic recorded 6 points and had 3 steals in 17 minutes. KK Spartak Subotica (12-7) is placed fourth in the KLS. This year Miscevic's overall stats are: 5.4ppg and 2.2rpg in 19 games.

   #4. Roland Torok (203-F/C-90, agency: HMS, currently plays in Romania) contributed to an UBT Cluj Napoca's victory against the fifth-ranked Pitesti (10-10) 94-84 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Wednesday night. Torok scored 6 points in 16 minutes. U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (18-2) is placed first in Places 1-6 group. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. This year Torok's overall stats are: 9.0ppg and 4.5rpg in 21 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Hungarian and Romanian.

   #5. Laszlo Lazar (210-C-87, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Romania) contributed to a Targu Mures' victory against the fourth-ranked Craiova (4-15) 85-77 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Saturday. Lazar recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. BC Mures Targu-Mures (9-10) is placed first in Places 7-10 group. This year Lazar's overall stats are: 6.9ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.8bpg in 19 games. He has both Hungarian and Romanian nationalities.

   #6. Stefan Fekete (190-PG-86, currently plays in Bosnia) was not able to help Leotar in their game against Bosnjak in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. Fekete cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. His team was defeated 81-70. Fekete's overall stats this season are: 6.1ppg, 3.2rpg and 3.6apg. He also holds two passports: Hungarian and Serbian.

   #7. Experienced Zoltan Kurinczky (181-G-82, currently plays in Norway) was not able to secure a victory for Persbraten in their game against Baerum Basket in the Norwegian BLNO. Kurinczky scored 6 points and added 6 passes. His team was badly defeated by 19 points 98-79. Kurinczky has reliable stats this season: 14.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.5apg and 1.1spg. He holds both Hungarian and Swedish passports.

   #8. Marko Popadic (189-G-89, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Holargos in their game against Faros in the Greek A2 (second division). Popadic cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. His team was defeated 87-78. Popadic averaged so far 10.2ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.2apg. He has dual citizenship: Serbian and Hungarian.

   #9. Ivan Stefanovic (203-G/F-80, currently plays in Serbia) led Mladost SP to an easy victory against the closely-ranked The Ere crushing them 106-85 in the Serbian 2MLS (second division) last Saturday. Stefanovic scored 11 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 34 minutes. This year Stefanovic's total stats are: 7.5ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.1apg in 19 games. He holds both Hungarian and Serbian passports.



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  ICELAND  

Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Amin STEVENS
  Keflavik
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 29.5
 1. Stevens, Keflavik29.5 
 2. Whitfield, Skallagr.29.4 
 3. Carberry, Thor T.27.3 
 4. Wright, Haukar27.1 
 5. Covile, Snaefell24.0 
 6. Hester, Tindastoll23.5 
 7. Beamon, Thor AK21.8 
 8. Clinch, Grindavik21.1 
 9. Barrett, Snaefell21.0 
 10. Gunnarsson, Njard.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amin STEVENS
  Keflavik
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Stevens, Keflavik15.3 
 2. Whitfield, Skallagr.14.6 
 3. Baeringsson, Stjar.12.8 
 4. Barrett, Snaefell11.3 
 5. Carberry, Thor T.11.0 
 6. Hester, Tindastoll10.7 
 7. Covile, Snaefell10.1 
 8. Hankins-Cole, IR9.8 
 9. Alawoya, KR9.4 
 10. Ermolinskij, KR9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Hordur VILHJALMSSON
  Kefla.
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.6.8 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR6.6 
 3. Birgisson, Tindastoll6.2 
 4. Barja, Haukar5.6 
 5. Bjornsson, Skallagr.5.3 
 6. Sigurdarson, IR5.2 
 7. Clinch, Grindavik5.1 
 8. Baeringsson, Stjar.5.0 
 9. Shouse, Stjarnan4.9 
 10. Stefansson, KR4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew HUNTER
  IR
  (196-G-90)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Hunter, IR3.1 
 2. Barrett, Snaefell3.1 
 3. Thomas, IR2.8 
 4. Birgisson, Tindastoll2.8 
 5. Covile, Snaefell2.3 
 6. Olafsson, Grindavik2.2 
 7. Alawoya, KR2.0 
 8. Rikhardsson, Tinda.2.0 
 9. Stevens, Keflavik2.0 
 10. Barja, Haukar1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Tryggvi HLINASON
  Thor AK
  (215-C-97)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Hlinason, Thor AK2.7 
 2. Hankins-Cole, IR1.7 
 3. Dempsey, Njardvik1.7 
 4. Austin, Stjarnan1.5 
 5. Barrett, Snaefell1.4 
 6. Magnusson, Haukar1.3 
 7. Whitfield, Skallagr.1.3 
 8. Baeringsson, Stjar.1.3 
 9. Samb, Tindastoll1.3 
 10. Jackson, Njardvik1.3 


Standings - D1 League

Points Per Game
 Terrance MOTLEY
  FSU
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 31.1
 1. Motley, FSU31.1 
 2. Woods, Hamar27.2 
 3. Garland, Breidablik26.3 
 4. Shouse, IA25.5 
 5. Moss, Hottur23.3 
 6. King, Valur21.9 
 7. Pryor, Fjolnir20.6 
 8. Oliver, Fjolnir20.0 
 9. Stefansson, Hamar19.5 
 10. Bracey, Valur19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris WOODS
  Hamar
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Woods, Hamar14.4 
 2. Motley, FSU12.7 
 3. Moss, Hottur12.6 
 4. Pryor, Fjolnir12.2 
 5. King, Valur12.2 
 6. Shouse, IA9.3 
 7. Kristjansson, IA9.1 
 8. Petursson, Valur8.8 
 9. Fridriksson, Arm.8.6 
 10. Virijevic, Hottur8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MOSS
  Hottur
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Moss, Hottur8.9 
 2. Sigurdsson, Fjolnir7.5 
 3. Garland, Breidablik5.7 
 4. Shouse, IA5.5 
 5. Blondal, Valur5.0 
 6. Olafsson, Hamar4.9 
 7. Bracey, Valur4.7 
 8. Jonasson, Armann4.0 
 9. Erlingsson, Hamar3.9 
 10. Hreinsson, FSU3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone GARLAND
  Breidablik
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Garland, Breidablik3.7 
 2. Moss, Hottur3.3 
 3. Shouse, IA3.0 
 4. Jonsson, FSU2.7 
 5. King, Valur2.3 
 6. Olafsson, Hamar2.1 
 7. Motley, FSU2.1 
 8. Oliver, Fjolnir2.0 
 9. Pryor, Fjolnir1.9 
 10. Hreinsson, FSU1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Marques OLIVER
  Fjolnir
  (201-PF-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Oliver, Fjolnir2.7 
 2. King, Valur2.4 
 3. Woods, Hamar1.4 
 4. Audunsson, Valur1.2 
 5. Motley, FSU1.1 
 6. Johannesson, Breid.1.0 
 7. Virijevic, Hottur1.0 
 8. Karason, Fjolnir1.0 
 9. Kristjansson, IA0.9 
 10. Fridriksson, Arm.0.9 


Jakob Sigurdarson selected the top Icelandic playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jakob Sigurdarson
Jakob Sigurdarson
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international point guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birm.Southern, currently plays in Sweden). He was the major contributor in a Boras Basket's victory against the league leader BC Lulea (21-7) 99-90 in the Swedish Basketligan in Tuesday night's game. Sigurdarson scored 23 points and added 4 passes in 32 minutes on the court. Boras Basket (15-14) is placed sixth in the Basketligan. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Sigurdarson has relatively good stats this year: 13.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.5%, 3FGP: 34.9% and FT: 94.6%(88-93) in 28 games he played so far. He played for the Icelandic senior national team two years ago.

Haukur Palsson
Haukur Palsson
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Haukur Palsson (197-92, college: Maryland, currently plays in France). Palsson led SPO Rouen to a victory against the league outsider JA Vichy (8-13) 76-66 in the French ProB (second division) last Tuesday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 12 rebounds. Palsson also added 3 assists. SPO Rouen Basket (10-11) is placed 11th in the ProB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Palsson has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.9apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 38.1%, 3FGP: 40.3% and FT: 74.2%. He is in the roster of the Icelandic senior national team.

Elvar Fridriksson
Elvar Fridriksson
   #3. The Icelandic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Elvar Fridriksson (183-94, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in NCAA2). Fridriksson could not help the Barry University (13-5) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Barry University was edged 97-95 on the road by the Palm Beach Atlantic University. Fridriksson scored 31 points (!!!) and added 5 assists in 43 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the NCAA2 Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Fridriksson has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 7.6apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 56.9%(87-153), 3FGP: 38.4% and FT: 87.9% in 23 games. Ex-UMFN Njardvik player is also a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Martin Hermannsson
Martin Hermannsson
   #4. Guard Martin Hermannsson (190-94, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Chorale de Roanne (9-12) crushing them 96-70 in the French ProB (second division) in Tuesday night's game. Hermannsson scored 19 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 7 assists; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Etoile Charleville-Mezieres (12-9) is placed third in the ProB. They ended the series of five consecutive loses. This season Hermannsson has very high stats. He averages: 17.7ppg, 4.0rpg and 5.8apg. Hermannsson is also Icelandic national team player.

Kari Jonsson
Kari Jonsson
   #5. U20 international guard Kari Jonsson (190-97, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the Drexel (3-15) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Drexel lost 70-80 at home to the James Madison University. Jonsson scored 14 points (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 26 minutes. It was Drexel's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Jonsson has reliable stats this year: 10.1ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.0apg in 28 games. He plays currently for the Icelandic U20 national team.

Kristofer Acox
Kristofer Acox
   #6. Forward Kristofer Acox (198-93, currently studies in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Furman (14-4) in their game against the Samford University (8-10) in the NCAA. Acox did not beat the league record on Saturday evening. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. The Furman was defeated 67-63 in Birmingham by the Samford University. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. It's Acox's fourth season with the team. Acox's stats this year are: 12.7ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Icelandic National Team roster.

Aegir Steinarsson
Aegir Steinarsson
   #7. International point guard Aegir Steinarsson (185-91, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Newberry, currently plays in Spain) managed to help San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos in a victory against the league outsider Marin (6-20) 89-79 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Saturday night's game. Steinarsson scored only 2 points and had 4 steals in 23 minutes. San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos (17-9) is placed third in the LEB Gold. It's Steinarsson's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 5.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.7apg in 26 games. Steinarsson is also Icelandic national team player.

Kristinn Palsson
Kristinn Palsson
   #8. Swingman Kristinn Palsson (198-97, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Marist (5-12) in their game against the Canisius College (8-12) in the NCAA. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Palsson scored only 3 points. The Marist was defeated 77-73 on their home court in Poughkeepsie by the Canisius College. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Palsson's total stats this season are: 4.4ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.4apg. He plays currently for the Icelandic U20 national team.

Jon Gudmundsson
Jon Gudmundsson
   #9. U20 international guard Jon Gudmundsson (193-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Davidson (5-7) in their game against the Rhode Island University (2-14) in the NCAA. Gudmundsson cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points in 13 minutes. The Davidson was edged 73-70 on their home court in Davidson by the Rhode Island University. Gudmundsson's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Gudmundsson's total stats are: 7.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.4apg and 1.2spg in 28 games. He is also in the roster of the Icelandic U20 national team.



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  IRELAND  

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. Provizors, DCU S.21.1 
 5. Turner, Killester20.5 
 6. Lawrence, Moycu.20.3 
 7. Bonaparte, Templ.19.4 
 8. Killeen, Templeogue17.8 
 9. Murphy, Templeogue17.2 
 10. Gil, Swords T.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martins PROVIZORS
  DCU S.
  (202-C-87)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Provizors, DCU S.16.8 
 2. Garrow, UCD Marian15.9 
 3. Moreira, UCD M.13.7 
 4. Turner, Killester12.7 
 5. Killeen, Templeogue11.7 
 6. Freeman, Moycullen11.7 
 7. Pantovic, Tralee11.6 
 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: 9.5
 1. Kinevane, UCD M.9.5 
 2. Westbrooks, Swords T.8.7 
 3. Drumm, UCD Marian8.4 
 4. Meany, UCD Marian7.5 
 5. Downey, UCC Demons6.3 
 6. Bonaparte, Templ.6.2 
 7. Roe, Killester5.4 
 8. Hosford, UCC D.4.7 
 9. Donaghy, Tralee4.5 
 10. O''Hanlon, DCU S.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Mike GARROW
  UCD Marian
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Garrow, UCD Marian5.6 
 2. Drumm, UCD Marian5.0 
 3. Westbrooks, Swords T.3.4 
 4. Donaghy, Tralee2.7 
 5. O''Hanlon, DCU S.2.6 
 6. James, Templeogue2.5 
 7. Murphy, Templeogue2.4 
 8. Darling, DCU Saints2.3 
 9. Calvo, Swords T.2.2 
 10. Howlin, UL Eagles2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Jacob LAWSON
  UCC Demons
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lawson, UCC Demons3.0 
 2. Jackson, KUBS2.8 
 3. Killeen, Templeogue2.8 
 4. Gil, Swords T.2.5 
 5. Freeman, Moycullen2.1 
 6. Pantovic, Tralee2.0 
 7. Goldsborough, Swords T.1.9 
 8. Moreira, UCD M.1.8 
 9. Garrow, UCD Marian1.8 
 10. Turner, Killester1.7 



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  ISRAEL  


Alex Tyus selected the top Israeli playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Alex Tyus
Alex Tyus
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Alex Tyus (203-88, college: Florida, currently plays in Euroleague). He contributed to Galatasaray's surprising victory against the league leader Real Madrid (18-6) 87-84 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Tyus scored 10 points in only 11 minutes on the court. Galatasaray Odeabank Istanbul (8-16) is placed 13th in the Euroleague. It's Tyus' first season with the team. This year he averages: 10.0ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 67.5%(104-154) and FT: 55.0% in 24 games he played so far. Tyus is a naturalized American. He played for the Israeli senior national team four years ago. Tyus used to play for Maccabi Ashdod in Israeli league.

Egor Koulechov
Egor Koulechov
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Egor Koulechov (196-94, currently plays college basketball in the States). He led Rice to a 1-point victory against the Marshall University (3-9) 89-88 in the NCAA last Thursday. Koulechov recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 14 rebounds. He also added 5 assists. The Rice University has a solid 8-5 conference record this season. Koulechov's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Koulechov has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.5ppg, 8.8rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 48.6%, 3FGP: 47.1%(72-153) and FT: 79.6%. Koulechov has a dual citizenship: Russian and Israeli. Ex-Wingate Academy Netanya player is in the roster of the Israeli senior national team.

Anton Shoutvin
Anton Shoutvin
   #3. The Israeli player who performed third best last week abroad was former U22 international center Anton Shoutvin (206-89, currently plays in Slovakia). He led Iskra Svit to a victory over the closely-ranked Handlova (16-19) crushing them 108-68 in the Slovakian SBL on Wednesday night. Shoutvin was MVP of the game. He scored 18 points and had 3 steals in 25 minutes. BK Iskra Svit (18-17) is placed sixth in the SBL. Shoutvin has very impressive stats this year: 16.0ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 64.2%(174-271), 3FGP: 36.2% and FT: 81.1% in 33 games. He played for the Israeli U22 national team six years ago.

Anton Kazarnovski
Anton Kazarnovski
   #4. Power forward Anton Kazarnovski (206-85, currently plays in Germany) could not help BG Karlsruhe (11-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Kazarnovski's very good performance the sixth-placed BG Karlsruhe (11-11) was edged 72-71 on the road by the lower-ranked Wuerzburg (#7) in the South group. He was the top scorer with 21 points. Kazarnovski also added 5 passes. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Kazarnovski has very high stats. He averages: 15.5ppg, 7.1rpg and 2.5apg. Kazarnovski is another player who holds two passports: Russian and Israeli. He used to play for the Israeli university national team back in 2007.

Roman Sorkin
Roman Sorkin
   #5. Former U20 international power forward Roman Sorkin (205-96, currently studies in the States) managed to help University of Oregon in a victory against the Oregon State University (16-2) crushing them 80-59 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Sorkin recorded only 3 points in 2 minutes on the court. The University of Oregon has a very solid 11-2 conference record this season. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Sorkin's overall stats are: 3.3ppg and 2.0rpg in 21 games. He used to play for the Israeli U20 national team two years ago.

Ido Flaisher
Ido Flaisher
   #6. Center Ido Flaisher (206-98, is currently at the American university) was not able to help the Hawaii in their game against the University of California - Davis (9-2) in the NCAA. Flaisher cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. The Hawaii was defeated 68-59 at home by the University of California -. Flaisher's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. Flaisher's total stats this season are: 3.3ppg and 2.8rpg. He is U20 international player who is currently on the Israeli National Team roster.

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

   #1. Marios Matalon (186-G-89, college: Wyoming, currently plays in Greece) managed to help Panionios ON Telecoms Athens in a victory against one of league's weakest teams Irakleio (4-15) crushing them 101-49 in the Greek A2 (second division) last Saturday. Matalon scored only 2 points and added 4 passes in 17 minutes. Panionios ON Telecoms Athens (19-1) is placed first in the A2. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Matalon's overall stats are: 7.6ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.1apg in 20 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Israeli and Greek.

   #2. TJ Leaf (208-F-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the The University of Washington (15-3) crushing them 98-66 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. Leaf recorded only 2 points. The Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles have a solid 9-3 conference record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Leaf has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.1ppg, 8.2rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1bpg. Leaf is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Israel.

Other top Israeli players, who play abroad:

Omri Casspi (206-SF-88) plays for New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA
D'or Fischer (211-C-81) plays for Capitanes in Puerto Rican BSN
Guy Aud (186-G-89) plays for USC Leipzig in German ProB
Mor Menashe (188-G-92) plays for Lakehead University in Canadian university league CIS
Yuval Naimy (188-PG-85) plays for Scafati in Italian Serie A2
Aner Levron (192-G-84) plays for Aschersleben in German Regionalliga
Juan Carlos Bergel (188-SG-89) plays for C.Entrerriano in Argentinian TFB
Freddie Goldstein (178-PG-88) plays for KL Dragons in Malaysian ASEAN League



Best players of Israeli National League round 22 - by Eurobasket News

American Cinmeon Bowers (201-F-93) put on an amazing game in the last round for Galil Elion and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 26 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team beat Hapoel Migd.H. (10-12) 85-75. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on top of the standings. Galil Elion is placed at 10th position in Israeli National League. Galil Elion 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 10-12 record. In the team's last game Bowers had a remarkable 69.2% from 2-point range. He turned to be Galil Elion's top player in his first season with the team. Cinmeon Bowers averages this season 17.3ppg and 9.1rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American power forward Anthony Lee (206-F/C-91) of Ironi Ramat Gan. Lee impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Ironi Ramat Gan was edged by the higher-ranked Hapoel B/S (#2, 15-7) 86-84. Ironi Ramat Gan are still at the very bottom. 20 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Ironi Ramat Gan managed to get this year. Lee is one of the most experienced players at Ironi Ramat Gan and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Jahmar Young (196-G-87) of Hap.Haifa (#12). Young showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, nine rebounds and ten assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Hap.Haifa, leading his team to a 87-78 win against slightly lower-ranked Ramat Hasharon (#13, 4-18). The chances of Hap.Haifa not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 14 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Young could try to bring Hap.Haifa's a little bit higher in the standings. The season just started for Young as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jeff Allen (201-C/F-87) of Hapoel B/S - 30 points and 10 rebounds
5. Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83) of Ramat Hasharon - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Vernon Teel (193-G-87) of Maccabi H/H - 20 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists
7. Sir'Dominic Pointer (198-G/F-92) of Ironi K-A - 26 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Denzel Livingston (193-G-93) of Hapoel K/S - 25 points and 14 rebounds
9. Storm Warren (201-PF-88) of Maccabi H/H - 21 points and 15 rebounds
10. Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87) of Ironi Nes-Ziona - 17 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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Buova Virtus Lamezia Terme signs Edgaras Stanionis - by Greg

Buova Virtus Lamezia Terme (Serie C Silver) signed 29-year old Lithuanian guard Edgaras Stanionis (194-93kg-88, agency: Dynamics Global Management). He started the season at Vytis in Lithuanian NKL league. In 21 games he had 12.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.9apg and 1.3spg this season. The last season Stanionis was tested by Juventus (LKL) in Lithuanian league. But in 5 games he recorded just 1.2ppg.
He represented Lithuania at the World University Games in Shenzhen seventeen years ago. Stanionis' team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 8 games: 8.4ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 22.6%, FT-2 (92.3%).
Stanionis has played also professionally for other Lithuanian teams like Lietkabelis, Siauliai, Bremena-Karsuva and KTU Kaunas.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Shawn Hill (ex Plasencia) signs at Capo d'Orlando - by Greg

Nuova Agatirno Capo d'Orlando (Serie C Silver) landed 25-year old Canadian-Polish forward Shawn Hill (193-82kg-92, college: Lambton, agency: Dynamics Global Management). He started the season at Plasencia Extremadura in Spanish EBA league. In 11 games he averaged 12.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg this season. The last season Hill played at Lambton in Canadian CCAA in Canadian where in 18 games he had 14.6ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.6apg.
His team made it to the OCAA Tournament Semifinals in 2016.
Hill graduated from Lambton College in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

Danilo Gallinari
Danilo Gallinari
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Danilo Gallinari (208-88, currently plays in NBA). He led Denver Nuggets to a victory over the Milwaukee Bucks (30-33) 110-98 in the NBA on Wednesday night. Gallinari was MVP of the game. He scored 22 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) in 34 minutes on the court. The Denver Nuggets have 29-35 record this season. It's Gallinari's sixth year with the team. Gallinari has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 48.7%, 3FGP: 38.5% and FT: 89.5% in 51 games he played so far. Gallinari is currently a member of the Italian senior national team.

Luigi Datome
Luigi Datome
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Luigi Datome (203-87, currently plays in Turkey). Datome contributed to a 3-point Fenerbahce's victory against the fifth-ranked Darussafaka (13-7) 79-76 in a derby game in the Turkish BSL last Monday. He scored 8 points in 24 minutes. Fenerbahce Istanbul (15-4) is placed first in the BSL. Datome has relatively good stats this year: 10.1ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 57.6%(38-66), 3FGP: 48.1%(25-52) in 17 games. He is in the roster of the Italian senior national team.

Nicolo Melli
Nicolo Melli
   #3. The Italian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Nicolo Melli (205-91, currently plays in Germany). Melli contributed to a Brose Baskets' victory against the ninth-ranked Giessen 46ers (10-13) 82-68 in the German BBL in Monday night's game. He scored 9 points and added 5 passes in 15 minutes. Brose Baskets Bamberg (22-1) is placed second in the BBL. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. This year Melli's overall stats are: 7.5ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 47.5%, 3FGP: 34.0% and FT: 89.4% in 22 games. He is also a member of the Italian senior national team.

Marco Belinelli
Marco Belinelli
   #4. Guard Marco Belinelli (196-86, currently plays in NBA). Belinelli could not help the Charlotte Hornets (29-35) to beat the Miami Heat (31-34). He recorded 8 points in 27 minutes. The Charlotte Hornets (29-35) lost 101-108 on the road to the Heat. This year Belinelli has relatively solid stats: 10.2ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.0apg in 59 games. He is also Italian national team player.

Giovanni De Nicolao
Giovanni De Nicolao
   #5. U20 international guard Giovanni De Nicolao (190-96, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to help the UTSA (7-6) in their last game. Despite De Nicolao's good performance the UTSA was edged 76-75 in Charlotte by the University of North Carolina -. He scored 12 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals in 31 minutes. De Nicolao's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's De Nicolao's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 8.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.2apg and 1.7spg in 31 games. De Nicolao plays currently for the Italian U20 national team.

Roberto Vercellino
Roberto Vercellino
   #6. Forward Roberto Vercellino (201-97, currently studies in the States) helped N.Colorado win their game against the Sacramento State University (4-8) 70-67 in the NCAA last Saturday. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The University of Northern Colorado has rather weak 4-9 conference record this season. It was N.Colorado's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Vercellino has averaged so far 2.5ppg and 2.4rpg. He is a former U18 international player as he played for the Italian team two years ago.

Nicola Akele
Nicola Akele
   #7. Former U20 international forward Nicola Akele (203-95, is currently at the American university) helped Rhode Island win their game against the Saint Joseph's University (12-4) 68-49 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. Akele recorded 7 points. The Rhode Island University has a solid 8-4 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Akele has averaged so far 3.2ppg and 2.4rpg. He used to play for the Italian U20 national team two years ago.

Scott Ulaneo
Scott Ulaneo
   #8. Forward Scott Ulaneo (208-98, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Seattle (4-5) in their game against the Utah Valley University (4-6) in the NCAA. Ulaneo recorded only 4 points in 14 minutes. The Seattle lost 54-61 at home to the Utah Valley University. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Ulaneo has averaged so far 4.4ppg and 3.3rpg in 29 games. He plays currently for the Italian U18 national team.

Federico Mussini
Federico Mussini
   #9. U20 international guard Federico Mussini (188-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped St.John's edge the Georgetown University (7-8) 74-73 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. Mussini scored 7 points. The St.John's University has 7-7 conference record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Mussini has averaged so far 8.3ppg and 1.8rpg. He is also in the roster of the Italian U20 national team.

Amar Alibegovic
Amar Alibegovic
   #10. Forward Amar Alibegovic (206-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Federico Mussini and both played together in the last NCAA game. Alibegovic managed to help St.John's University in a 1-point victory against the Georgetown University (7-8) 74-73. He scored only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. Alibegovic has averaged so far 1.8ppg and 1.7rpg in 24 games. He is a former U20 international player as three years ago he still played for the Italian national team.

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

   #1. Jayson Granger (189-G-89, currently plays in Euroleague) was the major contributor in an Anadolu Efes' victory against one of league's weakest teams Unics Kazan (7-17) 99-92 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. Granger scored 17 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 35 minutes. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (13-11) is placed seventh in the Euroleague. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Granger averages: 8.7ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.8apg in 24 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Uruguayan and Italian. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

   #2. Experienced Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, agency: Pro Sports, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in Liga Americas) could not help Hebraica (1-2) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Garcia Morales' very good performance the first-placed Hebraica (1-2) was defeated 73-69 at home by the second-ranked Weber Bahia in the group F of Liga Americas. He was the top scorer with 26 points. Garcia Morales also added 4 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 4 balls. The Second Stage already ended in the Liga Americas. Garcia Morales has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.7apg and 2.2spg. Garcia Morales is another player who holds two passports: Italian and Uruguayan.

   #3. Guilherme Giovannoni (203-PF-80, currently plays in Brazil) was not able to help Brasilia in their game against Mogi (15-8) in the Brazilian NBB. He scored 8 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Brasilia was crushed 84-58 on the road by the lower-ranked Mogi (#3). Giovannoni is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his eighth year in Brasilia's roster. Giovannoni has relatively good stats this season: 14.4ppg, 8.0rpg and 3.1apg. He has both Italian and Brazilian nationalities.

   #4. Fulvio de Assis (188-PG-81, currently plays in Brazil) is a teammate of previously mentioned Guilherme Giovannoni and both played together in the last Brazilian NBB game. de Assis was not able to secure a victory for Brasilia (15-7) in their game against Mogi (15-8). He scored 8 points and added 5 passes. Brasilia was crushed 84-58 in Mogi das Cruzes by the lower-ranked Mogi (#3). This season de Assis has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 3.1rpg and 6.7apg. He also holds two passports: Italian and Brazilian.

   #5. Luis Felipe Gruber (206-SF-85, currently plays in Brazil) led SKY/Basquete to a victory against the sixth-ranked Vivo/Franca (13-9) 82-78 in the Brazilian NBB last Tuesday. Gruber scored 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. SKY/Basquete Cearense (10-12) is placed 11th in the NBB. It's Gruber's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 9.6ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.6apg. Similarly like de Assis and Giovannoni above Gruber holds both Italian and Brazilian passports.

   #6. Angelo Caloiaro (205-F-89, agency: Pensack Sports, college: USF, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Demir IBB in their game against Gaziantep in the Turkish BSL. He scored 7 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 35 minutes. His team lost 67-78. This year Caloiaro has relatively solid stats: 11.4ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.2spg in 20 games. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Caloiaro has never played in Italy.

   #7. Mauricio Aguiar (199-F-83, also represented by Pro Sports, currently plays in Uruguay) contributed to an easy victory against the second-ranked Atletico Welcome crushing them 86-56 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB in Tuesday night's game. He recorded 11 points. This season Aguiar has very high stats. He averages: 17.2ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.5apg. Aguiar has dual citizenship: Italian and Uruguayan.

   #8. Marc Trasolini (206-F/C-90, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in France) couldn't help Sluc Nancy (4-17) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Sluc Nancy lost 71-80 in Strasbourg to the much higher-ranked (#6) Strasbourg IG. Trasolini was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 5 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 37 minutes. This year Trasolini has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.2spg in 21 games. He holds both Canadian and Italian passports. Despite Trasolini's Italian nationality, he previously played for the Canadian U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Italian team.

   #9. Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Bulgaria) contributed to a 3-point Lukoil Academic Sofia's victory against the sixth-ranked Balkan 62-59 in the Bulgarian NBL on Saturday night. Avramov scored 14 points. His total stats this season are: 6.7ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.3apg and 1.3spg.

   #10. Tyler Bernardini (198-G-88, college: Pennsylvania, currently plays in United Kingdom) contributed to a Leicester Riders' victory against one of league's weakest teams Cheshire Phoenix 82-75 in the British BBL last Saturday. Bernardini scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Bernardini has reliable stats this season: 13.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.5apg and 2.1spg. He is a naturalized American.



Coach Bucchi leaves VL Pesaro - by Eurobasket News

Experienced 59-year old coach Pier Luigi Bucchi (agency: SPORTlab Agency) left Consultinvest VL Pesaro (Serie A).
The last season Bucchi coached at Enel Brindisi.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Italian Cup Final Four for two years in a row (2014 and 2015). Bucchi received also Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Coach of the Year award back in 2012.
He has coached also professionally in Poland (Slask).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Remi Dibo's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Ivorians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Remi Dibo
Remi Dibo
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Remi Dibo (201-91, agency: Octagon Europe, college: W.Virginia, currently plays in France). He was the major contributor in an ALM Evreux's victory against one of league's weakest teams Saint-Quentin (8-13) crushing them 99-66 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. Dibo recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added and 4 steals (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line); quite an impressive performance considering it's only Dibo's third season in pro basketball. ALM Evreux Basket (11-10) is placed seventh in the ProB. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Dibo's first year with the team. He has relatively good stats this season: 11.8ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.6apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 47.9%, 3FGP: 35.8% and FT: 88.0%. Dibo has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French. Despite he played previously for the French U16 national team, Dibo is currently a member of the Ivorian senior national team.

Charles Abouo
Charles Abouo
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Charles Abouo (196-89, college: BYU, currently plays in France). He led Denain Voltaire to a victory against the second-ranked Provence Basket (15-6) 80-73 in the French ProB (second division) last Tuesday. Abouo scored 19 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 28 minutes. Denain ASC Voltaire (10-11) is placed 12th in the ProB. They ended the series of five consecutive loses. This year Abouo averages: 8.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 49.4%, 3FGP: 43.5% and FT: 59.5% in 21 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and American. Abouo played for the Ivorian national team in 2013.

Pape-Philippe Amagou
Pape-Philippe Amagou
   #3. The Ivorian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (186-85, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He could not help Le Mans (9-5) to beat Banco di Srd (7-7). Amagou scored only 4 points in 15 minutes. The first-placed Le Mans (9-5) was edged 68-66 at home by the lower-ranked (#5) Banco di Srd in the group B of Basketball Champions League. This year Amagou's overall stats are: 5.4ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 38.2%, 3FGP: 23.7% and FT: 67.6% in 14 games. He has both Ivorian and French nationalities. Amagou played for the Ivorian national team four years ago.

Louri Frejus Zerbo
Louri Frejus Zerbo
   #4. Center Louri Frejus Zerbo (209-89, currently plays in France) managed to help Limoges CSP Elite to win against the closely-ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (11-10) 88-77 in the French ProA last Monday. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Limoges CSP Elite (10-11) is placed ninth in the ProA. Zerbo has been at the team for six years. Zerbo's total stats this season are: 1.8ppg and 3.0rpg. He also holds two passports: Burkinabe and Ivorian. Zerbo used to play for the Ivorian national team back in 2013.

Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate
Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate
   #5. Former international point guard Mouloukou Souleyman Diabate (181-87, currently plays in France) was not able to help Chalons-Reims in their game against JSF Nanterre (15-6) in the French ProA. He scored 5 points and had 3 steals in 21 minutes. Chalons-Reims was badly defeated 93-73 on their home court in Reims by the much higher-ranked (#4) JSF Nanterre. This year Diabate's total stats are: 5.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.5apg and 2.5spg in two games. He has Ivorian and French nationalities. Diabate used to play for the Ivorian national team two years ago.

Bryan Pamba-Juille
Bryan Pamba-Juille
   #6. Point guard Bryan Pamba-Juille (184-92, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Lille Metropole (12-9) in their game against Boulazac Basket (10-11) in the French ProB (second division). Pamba-Juille scored 9 points, made 4 passes and 5 steals in 29 minutes. But Lille Metropole lost 70-84 on the road to the lower-ranked (#8) Boulazac Basket. Pamba-Juille has averaged so far 4.8ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg in 21 games. Despite he played previously for the French U20 national team, Pamba-Juille is also an international player who is currently on the senior Ivorian National Team roster.

Mohamed Kone
Mohamed Kone
   #7. An experienced international center Mohamed Kone (211-81, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in France) couldn't help Charleville-Mezieres (12-9) in their last game. Despite his good performance Charleville-Mezieres was edged 85-84 in Rouen by the much lower-ranked (#11) SPO Rouen. Kone scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 30 minutes. It was Charleville-Mezieres' fifth consecutive loss in a row. It's Kone's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 13.3ppg, 9.9rpg, 1.1apg and 1.4spg in 20 games. Kone is also Ivorian national team player.

Guy Landry Edi
Guy Landry Edi
   #8. Swingman Guy Landry Edi (202-88, agency: Promotex, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Nantes (10-11) crushing them 87-65 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. He scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Saint Chamond Basket Valle du Gier (9-12) is placed 13th in the ProB. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Edi has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.6apg. He plays currently for the Ivorian national team.

Cedric Bah
Cedric Bah
   #9. International center Cedric Bah (198-94, currently plays in France) couldn't help JA Vichy (8-13) in their game against Provence Basket (15-6) in the French ProB (second division). Bah cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only one point and grabbed 7 rebounds. The bottom-ranked JA Vichy was badly defeated 80-63 in Fos-sur-Mer by the second-ranked Provence Basket. It was JA Vichy's sixth consecutive loss in a row. Bah has averaged so far 0.2ppg and 1.5rpg. He is also in the roster of the Ivorian national team.

Moussa Kone
Moussa Kone
   #10. Forward Moussa Kone (203-93, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Iserlohn (13-9) in their game against RSV Eintracht (7-15) in the German ProB (third division). Kone recorded 5 points. Iserlohn (#4) was crushed 92-70 in Stahnsdorf by the much lower-ranked RSV Eintracht (#11) in the North group. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Kone has reliable stats this season: 14.8ppg, 11.5rpg and 1.5apg. He holds both American and Ivorian passports. Kone is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Ivorian senior national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Doron Perkins (189-G-83, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in Iran) was the major contributor in a 2-point Naft Abadan's victory against the fourth-ranked Tabriz (0-2) 110-108 in the Iranian Superleague in Monday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 30 points and getting 10 rebounds. Perkins also added 6 assists in 40 minutes. Naft Abadan (3-1) is placed first in Group 2. It's Perkins' first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 14.7ppg, 7.0rpg, 3.8apg and 2.7spg in 15 games he played so far. Perkins has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and American.

   #2. Alain Koffi (207-C-83, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France) led Pau-Lacq-Orthez to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (9-12) 85-70 in the French ProA last Saturday. He scored 19 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (16-5) is placed second in the ProA. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Koffi has relatively good stats this season: 11.0ppg and 6.5rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and French.

   #3. Herve Toure (205-PF-82, currently plays in Argentina) led Estudiantes Concordia to a victory against the ninth-ranked Atenas (13-23) 77-71 in the Argentinian LigaA on Tuesday night. Toure had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. It was his first game for Estudiantes Concordia this season. His team is placed second in Norte group. Toure has both Ivorian and French nationalities.

   #4. Adjehi Baru (206-F-91, college: Charleston, currently plays in Denmark) led SISU to a victory over the league outsider Stevnsgade (1-25) 79-73 in the Danish Ligaen on Thursday night. He was MVP of the game. Baru recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 14 rebounds. He also added 3 assists; not bad, considering it's only Baru's second season in pro basketball. SISU Copenhagen (6-12) is placed fifth in the Ligaen. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This season Baru has relatively solid stats: 14.4ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.4apg.

   #5. Dane Watts (203-F-86, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Oettinger Rockets Gotha's victory against the tenth-ranked Koeln Rh.Stars (12-14) 78-69 in the German ProA (second division) in Sunday night's game. He scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (15-11) is placed sixth in the ProA. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Watts' first season with the team. This year Watts has relatively solid stats: 14.8ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg. He also holds two passports: Ivorian and American.

   #6. Armand Anebo (194-SF-87, currently plays in United Kingdom). He could not help Leeds Force to beat Cheshire Phoenix. Anebo scored 6 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. His team was defeated 87-74. Anebo has averaged so far 4.1ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.1apg.

   #7. Salim Gloyd (198-F-92, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Hawaii-Hilo, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help CB Tarragona 2017 in their game against Blancos de Rueda in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Gloyd scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 19 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 18 points 81-63. Gloyd has reliable stats this year: 10.2ppg and 4.6rpg in 22 games. He holds both American and Ivorian passports.

   #8. Alassane Kah (206-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Old Dominion University in a 1-point victory against the The Univ.of Texas at El Paso 62-61 in the NCAA last Thursday. Kah scored only 2 points in 2 minutes on the court. Kah has averaged so far 1.5ppg and 1.1rpg in 13 games. He holds both American and Ivorian passports.



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

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

Adrian Uter
Adrian Uter
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international power forward Adrian Uter (200-84, agency: BeoBasket, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He could not help ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (10-4) in their last game. Despite Uter's good performance the second-placed ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (10-4) was edged 67-67 on the road by the lower-ranked (#4) Aris in the group C of Basketball Champions League. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 12 rebounds. Uter also added 3 assists in 21 minutes on the court. This year Uter averages: 9.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 45.1%, 3FGP: 35.3% and FT: 63.2% in 16 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Uter played for the Jamaican senior national team four years ago.

Kimani Ffriend
Kimani Ffriend
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Kimani Ffriend (211-77, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Serbia). He was the major contributor in a 2-point Dynamic BG's victory against the league outsider Konstantin (1-18) 93-91 in the Serbian KLS last Saturday. Ffriend recorded 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Dynamic BG Beograd (15-4) is placed second in the KLS. Ffriend has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.3ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.0apg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 58.1%(43-74) and FT: 69.8%. Ffriend played for the Jamaican national team in 2012.

Durand Scott
Durand Scott
   #3. The Jamaican player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman Durand Scott (196-90, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Italy). Scott led Enel Brindisi to a victory against the league outsider Vanoli Cremona (6-15) 94-82 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. He scored 19 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 3 assists (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). Enel Basket Brindisi (10-11) is placed tenth in the Serie A. This season Scott has very high stats. He averages: 16.1ppg, 5.6rpg, 3.0apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 46.7%, 3FGP: 36.9% and FT: 73.0%. Scott is a naturalized American. He played for the Jamaican national team four years ago.

Akeem Scott
Akeem Scott
   #4. Guard Akeem Scott (185-83, college: High Point, currently plays in Chile) was not able to help Universidad de Concepcion (20-10) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Universidad de Concepcion (#2) lost 74-86 in Talca to the lower-ranked (#3) Espanol de in the Conferencia Centro. Scott was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 36 minutes. It's Scott's first season with the team. Scott has very impressive stats this year: 19.4ppg, 6.1rpg, 3.7apg and 2.9spg in 36 games. He is a naturalized American. Worth to mention Scott played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Scott used to play for the Jamaican national team back in 2014.

Jerome Jordan
Jerome Jordan
   #5. Former international center Jerome Jordan (215-86, college: Tulsa, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Joventut's surprising victory against the third-ranked Movil Estudiantes (16-5) 77-71 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Jordan also added 3 blocks. Divina Seguros Juventut Badalona (7-15) is placed 14th in the Liga Endesa. Jordan has relatively good stats this season: 10.3ppg and 5.6rpg. He used to play for the Jamaican national team three years ago.

Ryan Reid
Ryan Reid
   #6. Power forward Ryan Reid (204-86, college: Florida St., currently plays in Japan) contributed to a Shimane Magic's victory against the fourth-ranked Tokyo Excellence (15-26) 91-77 in the Japanese B League D2 in Friday night's game. Reid recorded 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in a mere 18 minutes. Shimane Susanoo Magic (35-6) is placed first in West group. It was his team's 17th consecutive victory in a row. This year Reid's overall stats are: 8.6ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.1apg in 42 games. He is a naturalized American. Reid is a former international player as he played for the Jamaican senior team six years ago.

Adrian Forbes
Adrian Forbes
   #7. Former international power forward Adrian Forbes (211-88, agency: Haylett Sports, college: Auburn, currently plays in Japan) was not able to secure a victory for Kagawa FA (12-30) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Forbes' good performance Kagawa FA (#5) were defeated 77-69 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Yamagata (#3) in the West group. He recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 13 rebounds. Forbes also added 3 blocks. Forbes' total stats this season are: 5.7ppg, 7.3rpg and 1.2bpg. He used to play for the Jamaican national team three years ago.

Dylan Ennis
Dylan Ennis
   #8. Guard Dylan Ennis (187-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help University of Oregon in a victory against the Oregon State University (16-2) crushing them 80-59 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Ennis recorded 5 points and added 4 passes in 32 minutes. The University of Oregon has a very solid 11-2 conference record this season. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Ennis has relatively solid stats: 10.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.1apg and 1.1spg in 31 games. He used to play for the Jamaican national team back in 2014.

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

   #1. Experienced Torin Francis (210-C-83, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Argentina) led La Union to a victory over the fourth-ranked GECR Indalo (19-21) 85-73 in the Argentinian LigaA on Friday night. He was MVP of the game. Francis recorded 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 7 rebounds in 32 minutes. La Union Formosa (8-22) is placed seventh in Norte group. Francis has relatively good stats this year: 14.5ppg and 8.1rpg in 37 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American.

   #2. Sherman Gay (201-F/C-82, college: Loyola Mary, currently plays in Finland) was the main contributor in KTP-Basket's victory against the league outsider UU-Korihait (5-26) 92-73 in the Finnish Korisliiga last Friday. He was MVP of the game. Gay recorded 25 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. KTP Basket Kotka (12-20) is placed eighth in the Korisliiga. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Gay has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 20.1ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.9bpg and 1.3spg. Gay is a naturalized American.

   #3. Phil Henry (203-PF-91, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: E.New Mexico, currently plays in Slovakia) could not help Nova Ves (7-28) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Nova Ves was crushed 106-81 on the road by the second-ranked Inter Bratislava. Henry had a double-double by scoring 29 points and getting 10 rebounds in 36 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was Nova Ves' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Henry has very impressive stats this year: 16.4ppg, 9.0rpg and 1.1apg in 32 games. He is a naturalized American.

   #4. Jevohn Shepherd (196-G/F-86, college: Michigan, currently plays in Belgium) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Spirou Charleroi in their game against Okapi Aalstar (12-11) in the Belgian Euromillions League. Shepherd recorded 8 points. Spirou Charleroi was defeated 85-78 in Aalstar by the higher-ranked Okapi (#5). It was Spirou Charleroi's third consecutive loss in a row. This season Shepherd has relatively solid stats: 11.2ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.8apg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #5. Dwayne Smith (198-F-89, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Argentina) contributed to Olimpo's victory against the fifth-ranked Rocamora (12-17) 82-77 in the Argentinian TNA (second division) last Friday. Smith recorded 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 25 minutes. Olimpo de Bahia Blanca (16-11) is placed fourth in South group. The Regular Season already ended. This year Smith has relatively solid stats: 13.3ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.4spg in 25 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #6. Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (178-PG-91, currently plays in Portugal) was not able to secure a victory for Galitos-Barreiro (14-9) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Ogungbemi-Jackson's good performance Galitos-Barreiro (#5) was edged 76-74 on the opponent's court by the second-ranked Benfica in the Places 1-6 group. He was the top scorer with 11 points. Ogungbemi-Jackson also added 6 rebounds. This season Ogungbemi-Jackson has very high stats. He averages: 19.2ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.7apg and 1.2spg. Similarly like Smith and Shepherd above Ogungbemi-Jackson has both Canadian and Jamaican nationalities. Despite his Jamaican passport, Ogungbemi-Jackson previously played for the Canadian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Jamaican team.

   #7. Sek Henry (193-G-87, college: Nebraska, currently plays in France) couldn't help Gravelines-Dunkerque in their game against Limoges CSP Elite in the French ProA. He cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. Henry scored only 3 points in 36 minutes. His team lost 77-88. This year Henry has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.3apg and 1.4spg in 14 games. He is a naturalized American.

   #8. Jermaine Bucknor (201-F-83, college: Richmond, currently plays in Germany) contributed to Gladiators' victory against the 13th-ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule 82-75 in the German ProA (second division) on Sunday night. Bucknor scored 7 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 29 minutes. This year Bucknor's total stats are: 9.8ppg, 5.4rpg and 2.0apg in five games. He also holds two passports: Jamaican and Canadian.

   #9. Clint Robinson (203-F/C, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Ill.-Chicago (7-11) in their last game on Monday. Despite Robinson's good performance the Ill.-Chicago was defeated 74-68 in Milwaukee by the University of Wisconsin -. He scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). Robinson's total stats this season are: 5.2ppg and 5.0rpg.

   #10. Ryan Martin (206-F-91, college: Tenn Tech, currently plays in France) managed to help STB Le Havre in a victory against the 15th-ranked Aix-Maurienne 88-84 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. He scored only 4 points in 6 minutes on the court. This year Martin's total stats are: 6.0ppg and 3.8rpg in five games. He holds both Jamaican and British passports.



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

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

Scott Bamforth
Scott Bamforth
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Scott Bamforth (188-89, agency: BeoBasket, college: Weber St., currently plays in Spain). Bamforth could not help RETAbet BB (10-11) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance RETAbet BB was defeated 74-63 at home by the higher-ranked Unicaja Malaga (#6). Bamforth was the top scorer with 13 points. Bamforth has relatively good stats this season: 14.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.0apg, 2FGP: 56.8%(50-88), 3FGP: 38.8% and FT: 91.1%(82-90). He is a naturalized American. Bamforth is currently a member of the Kosovan senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Kosovo.

Gezim Morina
Gezim Morina
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Gezim Morina (203-92, currently plays in Slovenia). He contributed to a KK Primorska's victory against the closely-ranked Sencur Gorenjska gradbena druzba Kranj (6-14) 85-76 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM last Friday. Morina scored 7 points in 20 minutes. Sixt Primorska (11-10) is placed seventh in the Liga Nova KBM. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Morina's first season with the team. This year he averages: 6.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 2FGP: 51.7%, 3FGP: 24.4% and FT: 77.4% in 21 games he played so far. Morina has a dual citizenship: Kosovan and Slovenian. He played for the Kosovan national team in 2011.

Dardan Berisha
Dardan Berisha
   #3. The Kosovan player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Dardan Berisha (191-88, currently plays in Italy). Berisha was not able to help Juvecaserta in their game against Dolomiti En. TR (12-9) in the Italian Serie A. He did not beat the league record on Sunday evening. Berisha scored only 3 points, made 5 passes and 3 steals. Juvecaserta was defeated 76-66 on the road by the much higher-ranked Dolomiti En. TR (#4). It was Juvecaserta's third consecutive loss in a row. Berisha's overall stats this season are: 3.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.5apg, 2.0spg, 3FGP: 22.2%. He is another player who holds two passports: Kosovan and Polish. Ex-KB Peja player is also a member of the Kosovan senior national team.

Jaren Sina
Jaren Sina
   #4. Guard Jaren Sina (188-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped G.Washington edge the Fordham University (11-5) 67-66 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. Sina recorded 7 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 36 minutes. The The George Washington University has 5-7 conference record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Sina's overall stats are: 9.3ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.2apg in 31 games. He is a naturalized American. Sina is also Kosovan national team player. Apparently he has never played in Kosovo.

Arif Mehmetaj
Arif Mehmetaj
   #5. International forward Arif Mehmetaj (201-94, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to secure a victory for the Daemen College (12-6) in their game against the St.Thomas Aquinas College (15-3) in the NCAA2, despite his very good performance on Saturday night. He scored 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 28 minutes. But the Daemen College was badly defeated 85-66 in Sparkill by the St.Thomas Aquinas College. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA2. Mehmetaj has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1bpg in 25 games. Mehmetaj is a naturalized American. He plays currently for the Kosovan national team. Interesting that Mehmetaj has never played in Kosovo.

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

   #1. Kenan Sipahi (197-PG-95, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He could not help Besiktas (12-2) to beat Pinar Karsiyaka (9-5). Sipahi cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists in 14 minutes. The first-placed Besiktas (12-2) lost 70-75 on the road to the second-ranked Pinar Karsiyaka in the group E of Basketball Champions League. This year Sipahi averages: 2.5ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.8apg in 13 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Kosovan and Turkish.

   #2. Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94, currently plays in Slovenia) was not able to help Krka in their game against Helios (12-8) in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. Kastrati scored 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 16 minutes. Krka lost 78-84 in Domzale to the lower-ranked (#6) Helios. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Kastrati's fifth season with the team. This year he averages: 9.0ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.3apg in 19 games. Kastrati is another player who holds two passports: Kosovan and Albanian.

   #3. Shawn Jones (203-PF-92, college: Middle Tenn.St., currently plays in EuroCup) managed to help Hapoel Jerusalem to win against the closely-ranked Gran Canaria (4-2) 85-79 in the Eurocup in Friday night's game. He scored only 4 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Hapoel Jerusalem (5-1) is placed first in the Eurocup. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Jones' first season with the team. This year Jones averages: 5.6ppg and 3.5rpg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Jones has never played in Kosovo.

   #4. Lis Shoshi (211-F-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the UALR (4-9) in their game against the University Louisiana at Lafayette (11-6) in the NCAA. Shoshi scored 9 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. But the UALR was defeated 78-71 at home by the University Louisiana at. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Shoshi's total stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.4apg and 1.5bpg.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyler LARSON
  Barons Riga
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Larson, Barons Riga17.3 
 2. Griffin, Liepaja/.16.3 
 3. Jogela, Barons Riga15.3 
 4. Pitts, Valmiera14.9 
 5. Blums, VEF Riga14.7 
 6. Laksa, Valmiera14.4 
 7. Geks, Barons Riga14.4 
 8. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.14.3 
 9. Kaufmanis, Valmiera14.1 
 10. Jeromanovs, Jurma.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Davis ROZITIS
  Barons Riga
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Rozitis, Barons Riga10.2 
 2. Krestinin, Barons R.8.4 
 3. Iljins, Jurmala8.0 
 4. Montgomery, Liepaja/.7.8 
 5. Selakovs, Jekabpils7.7 
 6. Aleksejevs, Jekabpils7.4 
 7. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.7.1 
 8. Strelnieks, Jurmala7.0 
 9. Jonats, Valmiera7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.7.8 
 2. Jeromanovs, Jurma.6.5 
 3. Sirsnins, Jekabpils5.9 
 4. Gaddy, VEF Riga5.6 
 5. Plavnieks, BK Ogre5.5 
 6. Pitts, Valmiera5.3 
 7. Larson, Barons Riga4.9 
 8. Saage, Valka/Valga4.6 
 9. Birkans, LU4.6 
 10. Vitols, BK Ogre4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.2.6 
 2. Richard, VEF Riga1.8 
 3. Skele, VEF Riga1.8 
 4. Jakovics, Ventspils1.6 
 5. Campbell, Ventspils1.6 
 6. Larson, Barons Riga1.6 
 7. Gaddy, VEF Riga1.6 
 8. Saage, Valka/Valga1.6 
 9. Krestinin, Barons R.1.6 
 10. Pitts, Valmiera1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrejs GRAZULIS
  Ventspils
  (202-C-93)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Grazulis, Ventspils1.4 
 2. Pollard, Liepaja/.1.4 
 3. Mbodj, Ventspils1.1 
 4. Rozitis, Liepaja/.1.1 
 5. Montgomery, Liepaja/.1.1 
 6. Mejeris, VEF Riga1.0 
 7. Krestinin, Barons R.1.0 
 8. Zvigurs, Valka/Va.0.9 
 9. Iljins, Jurmala0.9 


Kristaps Porzingis' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Latvians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kristaps Porzingis
Kristaps Porzingis
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Kristaps Porzingis (221-95, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the New York Knicks (26-39) in their last game. Despite Porzingis' very good performance the New York Knicks (26-39) lost 105-112 on the road to the Golden State Warriors. He had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 15 rebounds. Porzingis also added 2 blocks in 40 minutes on the court. Porzingis has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.1ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.3apg, 1.9bpg, 2FGP: 48.1%, 3FGP: 37.4% and FT: 79.2% in 55 games he played so far. Porzingis is currently a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Zanis Peiners
Zanis Peiners
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Zanis Peiners (203-90, currently plays in Greece). He led PAOK to a victory against the ninth-ranked Aiolos Trikallon (8-12) 97-86 in the Greek A1 last Saturday. Peiners scored 19 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. PAOK Thessaloniki (11-9) is placed fifth in the A1. It's Peiners' first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 54.7%, 3FGP: 27.3% and FT: 79.2%. Peiners is in the roster of the Latvian senior national team.

Dairis Bertans
Dairis Bertans
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Dairis Bertans (194-89, currently plays in Euroleague). He contributed to Darussafaka's victory against the closely-ranked Panathinaikos (14-11) 77-72 in the Euroleague on Friday night. Bertans scored 12 points in 20 minutes. Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul (12-12) is placed ninth in the Euroleague. This year Bertans' overall stats are: 7.5ppg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 47.4%, 3FGP: 50.9%(29-57) and FT: 88.9% in 24 games. He is also a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Janis Timma
Janis Timma
   #4. Small forward Janis Timma (201-92, currently plays in EuroCup) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Zenit in their game against Lokomotiv (5-1) in the Eurocup. Timma scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. But Zenit was defeated 88-77 at home by the leading Lokomotiv. This season Timma has very high stats. He averages: 16.2ppg, 4.7rpg and 2.9apg. Timma is also Latvian national team player.

Rolands Smits
Rolands Smits
   #5. International power forward Rolands Smits (207-95, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's victory against the closely-ranked Zaragoza (7-15) 93-80 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. Montakit Fuenlabrada (10-12) is placed tenth in the Liga Endesa. This year Smits' total stats are: 8.2ppg and 3.7rpg in 22 games. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Rolands Freimanis
Rolands Freimanis
   #6. Power forward Rolands Freimanis (208-88, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) helped his Turkish team Usak Sportlif win their game against the closely-ranked JSF Nanterre (4-2) 85-82 in the FIBA Europe Cup on Tuesday night. Freimanis recorded 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbolis placed third in group Q. This season Freimanis has relatively solid stats: 13.7ppg and 4.0rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

Anzejs Pasecniks
Anzejs Pasecniks
   #7. International center Anzejs Pasecniks (216-95, college: VEF skola, currently plays in Spain) helped Gran Canaria win their game against one of league's weakest teams Blusens Monbus (6-15) crushing them 91-57 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Pasecniks scored 7 points in 15 minutes. Herbalife Gran Canaria (14-8) is placed seventh in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Pasecniks has averaged so far 8.0ppg and 3.2rpg in 22 games. He is also Latvian national team player.

Davis Bertans
Davis Bertans
   #8. Forward Davis Bertans (208-92, currently plays in NBA) helped San Antonio Spurs win their game against the Sacramento Kings (25-39) 114-104 in the NBA last Wednesday. Bertans recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 50-13 record this season. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. Bertans has averaged so far 4.3ppg and 1.4rpg. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Ernests Kalve
Ernests Kalve
   #9. Former international forward Ernests Kalve (200-87, agency: HMS, currently plays in Romania) was the major contributor in a Targu Mures' victory against the fourth-ranked Craiova (4-15) 85-77 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Saturday night. Kalve recorded 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 36 minutes. BC Mures Targu-Mures (9-10) is placed first in Places 7-10 group. Kalve has reliable stats this year: 11.1ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.1apg in 18 games. He used to play for the Latvian national team seven years ago.

Ivars Rihards Zvigurs
Ivars Rihards Zvigurs
   #10. Small forward Ivars Rihards Zvigurs (198-95, currently plays in Estonia) was not able to secure a victory for Valga (6-16) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Zvigurs' very good performance Valga was edged 72-70 on their home court in Valga by the higher-ranked Rapla (#3). He was the top scorer with 17 points. Zvigurs also added 4 rebounds. Zvigurs' stats this season are: 14.0ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.7apg and 1.5spg. He is a former U20 international player as two years ago he still played for the Latvian national team.

   #11. International guard Davis Lejasmeiers (192-91, currently plays in Sweden) helped Sodertalje Kings win their game against the seventh-ranked Nassjo crushing them 93-72 in the Swedish Basketligan last Saturday. Lejasmeiers recorded 14 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in 29 minutes. Lejasmeiers' stats this year are: 10.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.3apg and 1.1spg in 26 games. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

   #12. Former U20 international point guard Reno Silavs (180-91, currently plays in Norway) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Froya Basket (17-10) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Silavs' very good performance Froya Basket was crushed 93-72 in Bergen by the higher-ranked Gimle BBK (#3). He was the top scorer with 20 points. Silavs also added 3 assists. Silavs averaged so far 11.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.0apg and 1.4spg. He used to play for the Latvian U20 national team back in 2011.

   #13. Former U20 international guard Sandis Silavs (194-88, currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ivars Rihards Zvigurs and both played together in the last Estonian Alexela KML game. Silavs couldn't help Valga (6-16) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance Valga was edged 72-70 on their home court in Valga by the higher-ranked Rapla (#3). Silavs was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 5 rebounds. Silavs has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.0apg. He used to play for the Latvian U20 national team nine years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international guard Kristaps Kanbergs (189-88, currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ivars Rihards Zvigurs. But that was another game of his team in Estonian Alexela KML which we would like to mention. Kanbergs couldn't help Valga in their game against TTU, despite his good performance on Wednesday night. He scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. But his team was crushed by 25 points 102-77. Kanbergs has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg in 18 games. He used to play for the Latvian U20 national team back in 2008.

   #15. Former U16 international small forward Rodions Kurucs (206-98, currently plays in Spain) helped Barca II win their game against one of league's weakest teams Magia Huesca 97-84 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Sunday night's game. Kurucs scored 9 points and added 3 passes. Kurucs has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.5apg. He used to play for the Latvian U16 national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Martins Provizors (202-C-87, currently plays in Ireland) led DCU Saints to a 3-point victory over one of league's weakest teams KUBS (4-16) 77-74 in the Irish Super League in Saturday night's game. Provizors was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 35 points and getting 20 rebounds. Provizors also added 2 blocks in a mere 15 minutes. DCU St.Vincents Dublin (7-13) is placed eighth in the Super League. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Provizors has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 21.1ppg, 16.8rpg, 2.7apg and 1.4bpg in 18 games he played so far.

   #2. Arkadijs Makarenko (194-F, currently plays in Ireland) is a teammate of previously mentioned Martins Provizors and both played together in the last Irish Super League game. Makarenko was the major contributor in a 3-point DCU Saints' victory against one of league's weakest teams KUBS (4-16) 77-74. He scored 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only a mere 8 minutes. Makarenko is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in DCU Saints' roster. Makarenko has averaged so far 8.7ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.3apg and 1.9spg in 15 games.

   #3. Alvis Eglitis (195-F-85, currently plays in Norway) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Persbraten (2-25) crushing them 89-67 in the Norwegian BLNO in Wednesday night's game. He scored 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Asker Aliens BC (13-14) is placed sixth in the BLNO. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Eglitis is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Asker Aliens' roster. Eglitis has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 10.6rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg.

   #4. Aksels Skaistlauks (195-SG-97, currently plays in Germany) managed to help SV 03 Tuebingen 2nd team in a victory against the fourth-ranked Koblenz (14-8) 81-70 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. He scored only 3 points in 17 minutes. SV 03 Tuebingen 2nd team (8-14) is placed tenth in South-West group. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Skaistlauks has averaged so far 5.2ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.1apg in 21 games.



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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Sagesse
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Stoglin, Sagesse33.7 
 2. Jackson, Homen.25.8 
 3. Jones, Mayrouba25.0 
 4. Johnson, Louaize24.7 
 5. Rembert, Champville24.3 
 6. Khatib, Homenetmen24.0 
 7. Spencer, Moutahed24.0 
 8. Kemp, Tadamon23.2 
 9. Morris, Tadamon23.2 
 10. Ebi, Byblos23.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BOHANNON
  Mayrouba
  (210-F-91)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Bohannon, Mayrouba14.8 
 2. Townes, Champville13.1 
 3. Ebi, Byblos13.0 
 4. O''Brien, Sagesse12.3 
 5. Holton, Tadamon11.9 
 6. Upshaw, Mayrouba11.9 
 7. Garrett, Hoops11.9 
 8. Vukosavljevi., Hoo.11.9 
 9. Majok, Homenetmen11.1 
 10. Melvin, Moutahed10.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jad KHALIL
  Tadamon
  (186-PG-96)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Khalil, Tadamon7.7 
 2. Galloway, Homen.7.6 
 3. Mezher, Hoops7.6 
 4. Johnson, Louaize6.4 
 5. Rembert, Champville5.9 
 6. Arakji, Al Riyadi5.5 
 7. Spencer, Moutahed5.1 
 8. Brown, Al Riyadi5.0 
 9. Cage, Mayrouba4.8 
 10. Umipig, Mayrouba4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Dewayne JACKSON
  Homen.
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jackson, Homen.2.6 
 2. Johnson, Louaize2.6 
 3. Galloway, Homen.2.4 
 4. Umipig, Mayrouba2.0 
 5. Thomas, Hoops2.0 
 6. Tucker, Byblos1.9 
 7. Kemp, Tadamon1.9 
 8. Jones, Mayrouba1.9 
 9. Curry, Moutahed1.8 
 10. Efevberha, Sagesse1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert UPSHAW
  Mayrouba
  (213-C-94)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Upshaw, Mayrouba3.9 
 2. Townes, Champville2.7 
 3. Bowles, Moutahed2.5 
 4. Garrett, Hoops2.5 
 5. Godfrey, Sagesse2.3 
 6. Bohannon, Mayrouba2.3 
 7. Majok, Homenetmen2.2 
 8. Ebi, Byblos1.9 
 9. Haidar, Al Riyadi1.6 
 10. Aminu, Al Riyadi1.4 



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Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Sarunas VINGELIS
  Rasai
  (191-G-89)
  Avg: 19
 1. Vingelis, Rasai19.0 
 2. Hudson, Palanga18.7 
 3. Birutis, Zalgiris.17.4 
 4. Griskenas, Delikate.17.2 
 5. Beliavicius, Vytis16.5 
 6. Masiulis, Zalgiris.16.5 
 7. Saulys, Suduva-M.15.5 
 8. Normantas, Perla.15.3 
 9. Galeckas, Rasai15.0 
 10. Matulis, Suduva-M.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Laurynas BIRUTIS
  Zalgiris.
  (213-C/F-97)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Birutis, Zalgiris.9.2 
 2. Masiulis, Zalgiris.8.3 
 3. Pukelis, Silute7.6 
 4. Ambrulaitis, Ezerunas.7.5 
 5. Jankaitis, Vytis7.3 
 6. Pikalavicius, Petroche.7.0 
 7. Chodosovskis, Nafta-Un.7.0 
 8. Kieza, Suduva-M.7.0 
 9. Raupys, Silute6.9 
 10. Simonis, Palanga6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GALECKAS
  Rasai
  (183-PG-94)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Galeckas, Rasai7.2 
 2. Sapiega, KTU6.0 
 3. Zemaitis, Zalgiris.5.8 
 4. Urbonas, Palanga5.3 
 5. Razutis, Telsiai5.2 
 6. Juknevicius, Suduva-M.5.2 
 7. Hudson, Palanga4.9 
 8. Kavaliauskas, KTU4.8 
 9. Giedraitis, Ezerunas.4.5 
 10. Wanamaker, Silute4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Arturs PELSS
  KTU
  (181-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Pelss, KTU2.5 
 2. Wanamaker, Silute2.4 
 3. Razutis, Telsiai2.4 
 4. Kavaliauskas, KTU2.3 
 5. Saulys, Suduva-M.2.3 
 6. Hudson, Palanga2.2 
 7. Normantas, Perla.2.1 
 8. Matulis, Suduva-M.1.9 
 9. Juknevicius, Suduva-M.1.9 
 10. Jonuska, Mazeikiai1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Laurynas BIRUTIS
  Zalgiris.
  (213-C/F-97)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Birutis, Zalgiris.2.1 
 2. Davis, Palanga1.6 
 3. Labutis, KTU1.5 
 4. Green, Palanga1.1 
 5. Pukelis, Silute1.1 
 6. Udras, Suduva-M.0.9 
 7. Masiulis, Zalgiris.0.9 
 8. Massalski, Perla.0.9 
 9. Kubilius, Nafta-Uni.0.9 
 10. Pikalavicius, Petroche.0.8 


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

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

Marius Grigonis
Marius Grigonis
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Marius Grigonis (198-94, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He led his Spanish team CB Canarias to a victory over the fourth-ranked PAOK (7-7) crushing them 80-54 in the Basketball Champions League in Wednesday night's game. Grigonis was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points and added 5 passes in 25 minutes on the court. Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (11-3) is placed first in group D. It's Grigonis' first season with the team. This year Grigonis averages: 8.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 61.3%(19-31), 3FGP: 30.8% and FT: 82.1% in 12 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Gediminas Orelik
Gediminas Orelik
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Gediminas Orelik (199-90, currently plays in Turkey). Orelik was the major contributor in Banvit's victory against one of league's weakest teams Balikesir (3-17) 79-73 in a derby game in the Turkish BSL last Saturday. He scored 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (15-5) is placed fourth in the BSL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Orelik has relatively good stats this season: 14.1ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 56.7%(34-60), 3FGP: 43.2% and FT: 79.2%. He played for the Lithuanian national team in 2015.

Jonas Valanciunas
Jonas Valanciunas
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Jonas Valanciunas (213-92, currently plays in NBA). Valanciunas was the main contributor in a Toronto Raptors' victory against the New Orleans Pelicans (25-40) 94-87 in the NBA on Wednesday night. He was the best player in that game. Valanciunas had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 13 rebounds in 34 minutes. The Toronto Raptors have 38-26 record this season. Valanciunas is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Raptors' roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Valanciunas averages: 12.2ppg, 9.6rpg, 2FGP: 54.8% and FT: 82.6% in 62 games. He is also a member of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Edvinas Seskus
Edvinas Seskus
   #4. Swingman Edvinas Seskus (196-95, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Estonia) contributed to Parnu's victory against the league outsider Noorteliiga (0-15) 83-69 in the Estonian Alexela KML in Tuesday night's game. Seskus was the top player that evening. He recorded a double-double by scoring 34 points and getting 11 rebounds. Parnu Sadam (4-0) is placed first in the Alexela KML. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. This season Seskus has relatively solid stats: 14.8ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.5apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2015.

Arnas Labuckas
Arnas Labuckas
   #5. Former University international forward Arnas Labuckas (205-87, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Latvia) contributed to a VEF Riga's victory against the eighth-ranked BK Ogre (9-15) 84-75 in the Latvian LBL in Wednesday night's game. Labuckas was the top player that evening. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. VEF Riga (12-3) is placed fourth in the LBL. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Labuckas' overall stats are: 7.3ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.6apg in 15 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team eight years ago.

Denis Krestinin
Denis Krestinin
   #6. Forward Denis Krestinin (202-94, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Baltic League) helped his Latvian team Barons Riga win their game against the closely-ranked Kalev/Cramo 77-66 in the Baltic League last Thursday. Krestinin recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group A. BK Barons Kvartals Riga (10-2) is placed first. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Krestinin has reliable stats this season: 12.9ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Lithuanian team three years ago.

Adomas Drungilas
Adomas Drungilas
   #7. Former University international center Adomas Drungilas (203-90, currently plays in Hungary) helped ZTE KK win their game against the closely-ranked Kaposvari (13-8) 84-75 in the Hungarian A Division on Wednesday night. Drungilas was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 13 rebounds in 25 minutes. Zalakeramia-ZTE KK (13-8) is placed fifth in the A Division. Drungilas' stats this year are: 14.7ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.3apg in 20 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team four years ago.

Sarunas Vasiliauskas
Sarunas Vasiliauskas
   #8. Point guard Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-89, also represented by Players Group, currently plays in Turkey) helped Usak Sportlif win their game against the closely-ranked Istanbul BBSK (7-13) 80-68 in the Turkish BSL in Sunday night's game. Vasiliauskas was the top player that evening. He scored 18 points and added 4 passes. Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol (6-14) is placed 13th in the BSL. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. Vasiliauskas' stats this season are: 12.1ppg, 2.3rpg and 4.3apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team back in 2014.

Martynas Sajus
Martynas Sajus
   #9. U20 international center Martynas Sajus (208-96, currently plays in Poland) helped Polpharma win their game against the third-ranked Twarde Pierniki (16-7) 90-73 in the Polish PLK last Saturday. Sajus scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 28 minutes. Polpharma Starogard Gdanski (12-11) is placed 12th in the PLK. Sajus averaged so far 10.7ppg and 6.4rpg in 21 games. He is also in the roster of the Lithuanian U20 national team.

Michailis Anisimovas
Michailis Anisimovas
   #10. Center Michailis Anisimovas (214-84, currently plays in Ukraine) helped Budivelnyk win their game against the eighth-ranked Kremen (7-18) crushing them 94-67 in the Ukrainian Superleague on Sunday night. Anisimovas scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Budivelnyk Kyiv (24-2) is placed first in the Superleague. It was his team's 16th consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Anisimovas averaged so far 11.4ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.0apg. He is a former university international player as ten years ago he still played for the Lithuanian national team.

   #11. Former U20 international power forward Gilvydas Biruta (203-91, college: Rhode Island, currently plays in Greece) could not help Aiolos Trikallon (8-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Aiolos Trikallon was defeated 97-86 on the road by the higher-ranked PAOK (#6). Biruta was the second best scorer with 19 points. He also added 7 rebounds. Biruta averaged so far 11.0ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.4apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team six years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international guard Mantas Cesnauskis (189-81, currently plays in Poland) helped Energa Czarni win their game against the closely-ranked PGE Turow 78-72 in the Polish PLK on Saturday night. Cesnauskis scored 13 points in 34 minutes. This year Cesnauskis' total stats are: 9.2ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.3apg in 21 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2000.

   #13. Former U20 international forward Edgaras Zelionis (207-89, currently plays in Latvia) helped Ventspils win their game against the closely-ranked VEF Riga 80-77 in the Latvian LBL in Saturday night's game. Zelionis scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Zelionis averaged so far 11.3ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.6apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team eight years ago.

   #14. Former U21 international point guard Linas Lekavicius (186-84, college: American, currently plays in Russia) helped Universitet-Yugra win their game against the closely-ranked Sakhalin 87-73 in the Russian Superleague 1 (second division) last Saturday. Lekavicius was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 10 rebounds. Lekavicius also added 4 assists in 33 minutes. Lekavicius averaged so far 12.8ppg, 6.7rpg, 3.4apg and 1.8spg in 20 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U21 national team back in 2003.

   #15. Former international center Tautvydas Lydeka (208-83, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) managed to help Banco di Sardegna Sassari to win against the leader Le Mans 68-66 in the Basketball Champions League on Tuesday night. Lydeka scored only 4 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Lydeka has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 4.4rpg. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team eleven years ago.

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

   #1. Nik Stauskas (198-SG-93, college: Michigan, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Philadelphia 76ers (22-42) in their last game. Despite Stauskas' very good performance the Philadelphia 76ers (22-42) were crushed 136-106 on the road by the Detroit Pistons. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Stauskas also added 5 rebounds in 37 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was 76ers' third consecutive loss in a row. Stauskas has reliable stats this year: 9.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.1apg in 62 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lithuanian.

   #2. Vytautas Kamarunas (178-PG-89, currently plays in Belarus) led COR-Borisfen to a victory over one of league's weakest teams GOCOR-Sozh (3-23) crushing them 108-57 in the Belarusian Premier League on Friday night. Kamarunas was the top player that evening. He scored 26 points (!!!), made 3 passes and 4 steals. COR-Borisfen Mogilev (24-2) is placed second in the Premier League. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Kamarunas has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 5.5apg and 2.0spg.

   #3. John Shurna (204-F-90, college: Northwestern, currently plays in ABA League) contributed to a 2-point Cedevita's victory against the ninth-ranked Un.Olimpija (10-15) 94-92 in the ABA League in Sunday night's game. Shurna recorded 10 points in 20 minutes. KK Cedevita Zagreb (19-6) is placed second in the ABA League. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the ABA League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Shurna's total stats are: 8.1ppg and 2.4rpg in 16 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Shurna's Lithuanian passport, he previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Lithuanian team. Strangely Shurna has never played in Lithuania.

   #4. Dominykas Milka (203-C-92, college: St.Rose, NY, currently plays in Baltic League) was the main contributor in a Tartu Ulikool's victory against the closely-ranked Nevezis (8-4) 92-78 in the Baltic League on Tuesday night. Milka was the top player that evening. He scored 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 7 rebounds in 29 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Milka's third season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group Q. Tartu Ulikoolis placed first. Milka has very impressive stats this year: 18.0ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.5apg in four games.

   #5. Experienced Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Germany) contributed to a BG Goettingen's victory against the closely-ranked ALBA Berlin (15-9) 81-76 in the German BBL last Sunday. He scored 10 points in 18 minutes. BG Goettingen (17-3) is placed second in the BBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Veikalas averaged so far 11.1ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.4apg in 23 games.

   #6. Justas Furmanavicius (198-F-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Mississippi win their game against the University of South Carolina 75-70 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds. Furmanavicius also added 4 assists in 32 minutes. Furmanavicius has averaged so far 6.4ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.1bpg in 31 games.

   #7. Marius Runkauskas (189-G-86, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Romania) was not able to help Steaua CSM (13-7) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the second-placed Steaua CSM was defeated 72-67 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Pitesti (#5) in the Places 1-6 group. Runkauskas was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 4 rebounds and 3 assists. This season Runkauskas has very high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.1apg.

   #8. Martynas Kuksta (203-C-89, currently plays in Sweden) was not able to secure a victory for Hoganas (2-11) in their last game. Despite Kuksta's very good performance the eighth-placed Hoganas lost 73-84 at home to the higher-ranked (#3) Helsingborg in the BEHS forts group. He was the top scorer with 37 points. Kuksta also added 9 rebounds in 33 minutes. Kuksta has very impressive stats this year: 17.6ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.4apg and 1.9bpg in 19 games.

   #9. Andrius Mikutis (194-G/F-88, college: John Brown, currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in a SG Schwelmer Baskets' victory against the ninth-ranked Bonn II 72-65 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 16 rebounds in 30 minutes. Mikutis has very impressive stats this year: 18.0ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.9apg in 21 games.

   #10. Mantas Virbalas (202-C/F-88, currently plays in France) helped Lourdes-Tarbes win their game against the 11th-ranked Saint Vallier 89-81 in the French NM1 (third division) last Friday. He scored 21 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Virbalas has averaged so far 9.7ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.2apg.



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Floriana clinch the remaining play-off spot - by Bernard Vassallo

BOV Men Division 1

Floriana MCP Car Parks 83 Hibernians 64
(22-17, 17-14, 17-17, 27-16)


Floriana: C. Patus 42, S. Pace 9, S. Borg, N. Vasovic 15, C. Calleja 2, A. Axiaq 13, A. Micallef Trigona, N. Andrejevic 2
Hibs: M. Hampton, E. Xuereb, L. Farrugia 2, S. Attard 12, I. Bonett 2, A. Micallef 14, M. Matijevic 20, S. Vella, F. Mariani 6, A. Lizaur 8
Referees: E. Mangani, C. Farrugia, Z. Dobrosavljevic

Floriana MCP Car Parks booked their place in the play-offs after beating Hibernians, the latter seeing their last chance to make it to the post-regular season vanish as they needed an 11-point win to surpass their opponents in the table.
Hibs did manage to overcome a slow start, falling 2-13 behind after four minutes, to keep contact with the greens for 36 minutes of play, even after they had to see their season top scorer Alvaro Lizaur leave the court through injury early in the second quarter.
However Floriana, led by a great shooting display from Chad Patus (203-F-87, college: Belm.Abbey) who had a seasonal high, sealed off the game with a strong 12-0 in the next two minutes.
Hibs came closest at 38-39 just after the interval after five consecutive points from Simon Attard but three hoops from Anton Axiaq distanced Floriana once again and they maintained the margin until the final decisive run late in the game.
With just one round of games to go, to be played this weekend, the four top teams are now known, although the placings are still to be decided.
Floriana now meet Depiro and they could leap frog from fourth to a higher spot with a five point win.
On the other hand, a Depiro win can keep them in top position if both Gzira Athleta and Luxol win, but would place them second, behind Gzira Athleta, if Luxol fail to win against Hibs on Sunday.
Gzira Athleta play first on Saturday against Starlites. A win can give them either the second or first place but a loss can either move them down to third, if Luxol and Depiro win or if both the latter also lose, we would have four teams tied and Depiro would end in the top spot and Floriana in the fourth place.





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  MEXICO  


LNBP Round 5 of Semi-Finals. Garzas and Toros stay alive - by Eurobasket News

Garzas - Soles 88-85

Garzas extended the series beating Soles in Game 5. Soles were ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 28-17 charge of Garzas, which allowed them to win the game. They made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The former international swingman Romel Beck (201-82, college: UNLV, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 5 rebounds. International center Israel Gutierrez (206-93) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized American guard Luke Martinez (193-90, college: Wyoming, agency: Pro Sports) answered with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Alexander Perez Kaufmann (191-93, agency: Pro Sports) added 14 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists in the effort for Soles. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Soles' coach Alejandro Martinez tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Garzas: R.Beck 19+5reb+2ast, S.Soriano 14+5reb+4ast, W.Orozco 13+3reb+1ast, T.White 13+2reb, I.Gutierrez 10+11reb+2ast, M.Samarco 10+4reb+5ast
Soles: L.Martinez 23+5reb+4ast, J.Keenan 19+3reb+2ast, A.Perez Kaufmann 14+8reb+9ast, J.Robinson 12+4reb+3ast, S.Ibarra Aguirre 11+2reb+3ast, J.Carter 6+4reb
gschID: 539114


Toros - Fuerza Regia 81-71

Toros stayed alive versus Fuerza Regia claiming a vital home victory on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Toros. Fuerza Regia managed to win third quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American-Puerto Rican swingman Alex Franklin (198-88, college: Siena) who scored 25 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). American forward Adrian Henning (203-82, college: Austin Peay St., agency: Pro Sports) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. Four Toros players scored in double figures. American forward Andy Panko (203-77, college: Lebanon Valley, agency: BeoBasket) produced 16 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and the former international Hector Hernandez (205-85, college: Fresno St., agency: BeoBasket) added 12 points respectively for the guests. Fuerza Regia's coach Paco Olmos rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Toros: A.Franklin 25+7reb+1ast, A.Henning 20+6reb+3ast, W.Pagan 16+2reb+6ast, R.Nelson 11+3reb+4ast, R.Rougeau 7+4reb+3ast, Q.Gonzalez 2+4reb+1ast
Fuerza Regia: A.Panko 16+5reb, H.Hernandez 12+4reb+1ast, C.Rivera 12+3ast, J.Glynn 9+3reb+2ast, C.Cortes 8+3reb+4ast, J.Akindele 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 539113





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  NAIA  

NAIA1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Donnell MINTON
  Presenta.
  (183-G-93)
  Avg: 27.1
 1. Minton, Presenta.27.1 
 2. Ferguson, Valley C.20.8 
 3. Prowell, Waldorf19.3 
 4. Satahoo, Valley C.18.5 
 5. Kilgore, Dakota St.17.4 
 6. Valdez, Presenta.16.7 
 7. White, Dickinson St.16.3 
 8. Hagler, Jamestown15.6 
 9. Bamke, Viterbo15.3 
 10. Shelton, Bellevue15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Austin DUNBAR
  Valley C.
  (196-F-)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Dunbar, Valley C.8.9 
 2. Morgan, Waldorf8.4 
 3. Kilgore, Dakota St.8.3 
 4. White, Dickinson St.8.2 
 5. Stillman, Bellevue7.9 
 6. Havron, Jamestown7.7 
 7. Verdin, Waldorf6.8 
 8. Minton, Presenta.6.6 
 9. Engelstad, Viterbo6.1 
 10. Henderson, James.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Tanner HEISER
  Dakota St.
  (183-PG-)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Heiser, Dakota St.4.3 
 2. Fleischmann, Viterbo4.1 
 3. Prowell, Waldorf4.0 
 4. Minton, Presenta.3.8 
 5. Hagler, Jamestown3.7 
 6. Poehls, Viterbo3.4 
 7. Hall, Bellevue3.3 
 8. Ralph, Valley C.3.3 
 9. Danielson, Dakota S.2.9 
 10. Buck, Dickinson St.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Donnell MINTON
  Presenta.
  (183-G-93)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Minton, Presenta.1.9 
 2. Heiser, Dakota St.1.8 
 3. Bamke, Viterbo1.3 
 4. Prowell, Waldorf1.3 
 5. Brown, Jamestown1.2 
 6. Clark, Dickinson St.1.2 
 7. Fleischmann, Viterbo1.1 
 8. Tula, Waldorf1.1 
 9. Canty, Presentation1.0 
 10. Hagler, Jamestown1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Gilberto SHOJGREEN
  Dickinso.
  (203-F/C-)
  Avg: 2
 1. Shojgreen, Dickinso.2.0 
 2. Ellenson, Valley C.1.3 
 3. Verdin, Waldorf1.1 
 4. Munoz, Waldorf1.0 
 5. Henderson, James.0.9 
 6. Dunbar, Valley C.0.8 
 7. Droog, Mayville St.0.8 
 8. Jamar, Dickinso.0.7 
 9. Kilgore, Dakota St.0.7 
 10. Tula, Waldorf0.7 


Guards Guide Mustangs to Double-Overtime Victory - by Greg

Guards Reid Shackelford (5'11''-PG) and Lawrence Russell (6'4''-G) combined for 45 points to lead the NAIA's No. 14-ranked The Master's University to a 79-74 double-overtime victory over No. 5 Hope International University in the finals of the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament Tuesday night.
Shackelford, an All-GSAC senior out of Murrieta, Calif., tallied a game-high 24 points, while Russell added 21, including 9 in the two extra frames to pace The Master's to its first-ever GSAC Tournament championship.
With the victory, The Master's collects the GSAC's automatic bid into next week's 32-team NAIA National Championship at historic Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri. Despite the loss, Hope International is expected to receive an at-large bid into the tourney as well. The entire 32-team field and first-round pairings and schedule will be announced by the NAIA national office on Wednesday, March 8 at 6:00pm PST. Watch live at NAIA DI Men's Basketball Selection Show.
In a game that featured 12 lead changes and a pair of tied scores, TMU took the lead for good on Timothy Soares' lay-up to open the second OT, and the Mustangs kept its cushion the rest of the frame.
The Royals were led by Josh Smith (6'4''-F)'s 19 points and 12 rebounds while GSAC Player of the Year Liam Hunt (6'6''-C) added another double-double of 16 points and 16 boards. The Royals led by as much as 6 points in the first half and took a 29-26 lead into the locker room at halftime. They pushed their advantage to as much as 8 early in the second half, but The Master's methodically chipped away at the Royal advantage, eventually taking the lead at 56-55 on a Shackelford three-pointer with 4:50 left in regulation.
The team exchanged leads until TMU's Hansel Atencia (5'11''-G-97) hit a short jumper with just over 90 seconds left in regulation to force the first overtime with the score knotted at 60.
In the first OT, The Master's led by as much as 4 points, but Hope International's Devin Greene (5'9''-PG) canned a pair of 3-pointers, including one with 20 seconds left to tie the game at 68-all. Greene finished with 13 points.
The Master's will take a 26-4 record into its first NAIA National Championship appearance in 17 years. Hope International, which is 25-7, expects to receive an at-large berth to its fifth straight national tournament appearance.

Courtesy of GSAC Sports

GSAC Tournament Final: The Master's - Hope International 79-74
GSAC Tournament Semifinals:
The Master's - Biola 83-68
Hope International - Westmont 76-61



All-AMC Awards 2017 - by Greg

All-AMC 1st Team 2017
Xavielle Brown
Brown
Malik Ray
Ray
Jayln McBride
McBride
Jackson Dubinski
Dubinski
BJ Watson
Watson

Player of the Year: Xavielle Brown (6'3''-F) of Park
Defensive Player of the Year: Malik Ray (6'7''-F) of Columbia, MO
Freshman of the Year: Tyler Robinson (6'5''-F) of Lyon
Newcomer of the Year: David Shepard (6'7''-PF-94) of Lindenwood-Bellev.
Coach of the Year: Bob Burchard of Columbia, MO

1st Team
F: Xavielle Brown (6'3''-F) of Park
F: Malik Ray (6'7''-F) of Columbia, MO
PG: Jayln McBride (5'8''-PG) of Cent.Baptist
PG: Jackson Dubinski (6'1''-PG) of Columbia, MO
PG: BJ Watson (5'7''-PG) of Park
F: Trey Mitchell (6'5''-F) of William Woods

2nd Team
PF: David Shepard (6'7''-PF-94) of Lindenwood-Bellev.
G: Nic Reynolds (6'2''-G) of Columbia, MO
PG: Fitzgerald Hopkins (5'11''-PG) of Freed-Hardeman
F: Jalen Fletcher (6'3''-F) of Harris-Stowe St.
G: Jared White (6'2''-G) of Missouri Baptist

3rd Team
C: Mike Evans (6'8''-C) of Cent.Baptist
PG: Craig Davila (5'11''-PG) of Harris-Stowe St.
G: Braden Wendel (6'5''-G) of Lyon
F: Torin Washington (6'7''-F-94) of William Woods
PG: Ej Rucker (5'10''-PG) of Williams Baptist

Honorable Mention
Marcelious Green (6'4''-G/F) of Cent.Baptist
Nathan Biggs (6'6''-F) of Columbia, MO
Grant Teichmann (6'3''-G) of Freed-Hardeman
D'Avonte Garland (6'1''-G) of Hannibal-LG
De'Shawn Terrell (5'9''-PG) of Hannibal-LG
Chris Deanes (5'11''-PG-93) of Lindenwood-Bellev.
Chris Buzzell (6'3''-G) of Missouri Baptist
Ikem Eriobuna (6'9''-F-93) of Park
Zach Rutland (5'7''-PG) of Park
Dashaun Stark (6'5''-G) of William Woods

All-Champions of Character Team
C: Mike Evans (6'8''-C) of Cent.Baptist
F: Malik Ray (6'7''-F) of Columbia, MO
G: Stephen Shell (6'6''-G) of Freed-Hardeman
: R Plunkett of Hannibal-LG
F: Jalen Fletcher (6'3''-F) of Harris-Stowe St.
G: Conlan Callahan (6'2''-G) of Lindenwood-Bellev.
G: Brock Widders (6'2''-G) of Lyon
G: Will Harrington (6'3''-G) of Missouri Baptist
PG: Jour'Dan Smith (5'10''-PG) of Park
PG: Kyle Jones (5'9''-PG) of St.Louis COP
G: Keyaire Marshall (6'1''-G) of William Woods
F: Marcus Springer (6'7''-F) of Williams Baptist



Hornets complete Road Trifecta, win AMC Championship in Fulton - by Greg

The William Woods University Owls welcomed the Harris-Stowe State University Hornets to Anderson Arena on Tuesday night for the title game of the 2017 American Midwest Conference Men's Basketball Championship. With little more than 100 miles separating the two schools, the energy in the building was palpable, as both the Owls and Hornets were well represented among those in attendance.
Harris-Stowe (19-12) used a fast start to the second half, coupled with an attacking style that kept William Woods (22-11) off balance for much of the night, to pick up the win 80-56 and punch their ticket to the NAIA National Championship.
The Owls scored on their first possession when Dashaun Stark (6'5''-G) connected on a right wing 3-pointer, but for the next several minutes, both teams went cold. Neither team scored again until Stark buried another triple at the 15:30 mark of the first half, pushing the Owls' lead to 6-0. Jalen Fletcher scored just over a minute later, but the offense continued to be sluggish on both sides and just more than six minutes into the game, the Owls took a timeout to try and break the malaise.
Coming out of the timeout, the flow began to improve for both teams, and as the pace began to increase, so did the decibel levels in the building. The Hornets began to rally, and with 10:46 to play in the opening half, Julian Clarkson (5'9''-PG) buried a long range shot to give Harris-Stowe the 14-13 lead. The game took on a back-and-forth tone through the middle stages of the first half, as the teams traded the lead six times in the half, and in the dying seconds of the period, Craig Davila (5'11''-PG), Jr. hit a floater in the lane to send the game to intermission knotted at 28.
Harris-Stowe claimed the lead back in the opening minute of the second half on a pair of Malik Wineglass (6'8''-F) free throws, and moments later, Wineglass gave the Hornets their largest lead of the game with a two-handed dunk, but he was whistled for a technical foul for slapping the backboard on the play, and the Owls' Trey Mitchell (6'5''-F) made both technical free throws to cut the margin back to two points.
The momentum swing was short-lived, however, as Trevor Roberts (6'1''-G/F) buried a right corner 3-pointer to put the Hornets up 35-30 with 18:07 to play. Roberts hit another triple on the Hornets' next possession, and with just 2:27 gone in the second half, the Hornets led by eight. A timeout by the Owls did little to quell the momentum, and a layup from Davila with 16:12 to play opened the margin to 10 points.
Mitchell made the Owls' first field goal of the second half with 13:42 remaining, snapping a 12-0 Harris-Stowe run. The Hornets were whistled for a second technical foul following a dunk from Jalen Fletcher, and again Mitchell went to the line and made a pair of free throws to give William Woods an opportunity to take the momentum back. Fletcher, however, made a pair of clutch 3-pointers to keep the tide from turning, and the Hornets' lead swelled to 16 with 7:55 to play, and it eventually reached as many as 26, and the Hornets pulled away to the win, 80-56.
Davila and Fletcher led the way for the Hornets, scoring 16 points apiece, while Wineglass added a dozen, and Trevor Roberts chipped in 11. Fletcher added seven rebounds, and he made 7-of-9 shots in the game.
Deon Pettigrew (6'5''-G/F) of William Woods led all scorers in the contest with 20, Stark added 17, and Mitchell chipped in 15.

Courtesy of AMC Sports Online

AMC Tournament Final: Harris-Stowe State - William Woods 80-56
AMC Tournament Semifinals:
Harris-Stowe State - Park 70-69
William Woods - Missouri Baptist 73-67



All-GSAC Awards 2017 - by Greg

All-GSAC 1st Team 2017
Zach Allmon
Allmon
Dakari Archer
Archer
Corey Blau
Blau
Liam Hunt
Hunt
Gerald Karczewski
Karczewski

All-Tournament MVP: Reid Shackelford (5'11''-PG) of Master's
Player of the Year: Liam Hunt (6'6''-C) of Hope International
Defensive Player of the Year: Lawrence Russell (6'4''-G) of Master's
Coach of the Year: Bill Czech of Hope International

1st Team
F: Zach Allmon (6'8''-F) of Vanguard
PG: Dakari Archer (5'9''-PG-94) of Biola, CA
G: Corey Blau (6'3''-G) of Westmont
C: Liam Hunt (6'6''-C) of Hope International
PG: Gerald Karczewski (5'11''-PG) of Westmont
PG: Christopher Murry (5'10''-PG) of William Jessup
PG: Donny Punter (6'1''-PG) of Hope International
G: Lawrence Russell (6'4''-G) of Master's
PG: Reid Shackelford (5'11''-PG) of Master's
G/F: Chris Sterling (6'5''-G/F) of Ariz.Christian
G/F: Caelan Tiongson (6'4''-G/F) of Biola, CA

All-Academic Team
F: Rosendo Amayawood (6'7''-F) of Menlo
F: William Asplund (6'9''-F-93) of Menlo
PG: Gavin Bartlett (6'0''-PG) of Ariz.Christian
G: Nick Dalafu (6'1''-G) of Vanguard
PG: Stefan Inouye (5'10''-PG) of Westmont
G: Brad Sawin (6'3''-G) of Menlo
G/F: Caelan Tiongson (6'4''-G/F) of Biola, CA
C: Cody Wilcox (6'8''-C) of William Jessup
G: Carter Wilson (6'3''-G) of Ariz.Christian



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  NBA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 31.9
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.31.9 
 2. Thomas, Boston C.29.4 
 3. Harden, Houston R.29.1 
 4. Cousins, Sacramen.27.8 
 5. Davis, N.Orleans P.27.8 
 6. DeRozan, Toronto R.27.4 
 7. Leonard, San A.26.2 
 8. James, Clevelan.26.1 
 9. Lillard, Portland.26.0 
 10. Durant, Golden S.25.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hassan WHITESIDE
  Miami Heat
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Whiteside, Miami Heat14.1 
 2. Drummond, Detro.13.9 
 3. Jordan, LA Clippers13.5 
 4. Howard, Atlanta H.12.9 
 5. Gobert, Utah Jazz12.8 
 6. Towns, Minnesot.12.3 
 7. Davis, N.Orleans P.11.8 
 8. Chandler, Phoenix .11.4 
 9. Love, Cleveland C.11.1 
 10. Gortat, Washingt.11.1 
Assists Per Game
 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Harden, Houston R.11.2 
 2. Wall, Washington W.10.8 
 3. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.1 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers9.4 
 5. James, Clevelan.8.8 
 6. Rubio, Minnesot.8.7 
 7. Teague, Indiana P.8.0 
 8. Holiday, N.Orlean.7.3 
 9. Green, Golden S.7.1 
 10. Lowry, Toronto R.6.9 
Steals Per Game
 Draymond GREEN
  Golden S.
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Green, Golden S.2.1 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.1 
 3. Wall, Washington W.2.0 
 4. Butler, Chicago B.1.9 
 5. Covington, Phi.7.1.9 
 6. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
 7. Leonard, San A.1.8 
 8. Rubio, Minnesot.1.8 
 9. Ariza, Houston R.1.8 
 10. Young, Indiana P.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Utah Jazz
  (216-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Gobert, Utah Jazz2.5 
 2. Embiid, Phi.76ers2.4 
 3. Davis, N.Orleans P.2.3 
 4. Whiteside, Miami Heat2.1 
 5. Turner, Indiana P.2.1 
 6. Porzingis, New Y.1.9 
 7. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.9 
 8. Lopez, Brooklyn N.1.8 
 9. Nogueira, Toron.1.7 
 10. Ibaka, Orlando M.1.6 


Pistons overcome James, Cavaliers in 106-101 win - by Eurobasket News

If Reggie Jackson (6'3''-PG-90, college: Boston Coll.) and Andre Drummond (6'10''-C-93, college: Connecticut) play like they did Thursday night, the Detroit Pistons shouldn't have much trouble making the playoffs. Drummond had 20 points and 16 rebounds, and the Pistons scored the first 13 points of the fourth quarter before holding on for a 106-101 victory over the injury-plagued Cleveland Cavaliers. Jackson led Detroit with 21 points, including 12 in the final period. ''My teammates were just telling me to go out there and be myself, be aggressive on offense and try to make the right play,'' Jackson said. ''It was a great team win, and most importantly, our defensive stops is what really got us the win.'' Detroit now leads Chicago by a half-game for the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Conference. LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) had 29 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists - and threw down over a half-dozen tremendous dunks - but the Cavaliers have now lost three straight and five of their last seven. J.R. Smith played for Cleveland after a thumb injury had kept him out since December, but Kevin Love (6'10''-PF-88, college: UCLA) and Kyle Korver (6'7''-F/G-81, college: Creighton) were out, and the Cavaliers lost Andrew Bogut earlier in the week with a broken leg . Cleveland led 80-73 after finishing the third quarter with a 22-5 run, but the Pistons started strong in the fourth, and a tip-in by Jackson gave Detroit an 82-80 advantage. Jackson also beat the shot clock with a floater with 55 seconds left, lifting the Pistons to a 103-98 lead. James and Kyrie Irving had 19 points each in the first half, but Detroit led 55-52 after two quarters. James had five dunks in the half, including a two-hander in the first quarter in which he swung a bit on the rim and received a technical foul. That play gave Cleveland a 27-12 advantage. Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said Detroit's Marcus Morris (6'9''-F-89, college: Kansas) asserted himself in the huddle at that point. ''He stopped and said, 'I got this,''' Van Gundy said. ''He went after them pretty good, to the point that I had to be the one to be positive after he was done. I'm not usually good cop, so that was a little bit interesting.'' Detroit was up 68-58 in the third before Cleveland closed the quarter with a huge run. Channing Frye made four 3-pointers for the Cavs in that stretch, all from around the same spot on the right wing. Irving finished with 27 points.
Courtesy of: yahoo.com



Nurkic leads Trail Blazers over 76ers 114-108 - by Eurobasket News

Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts called it ''Nurkic Fever'' before the game, and the love for Jusuf Nurkic (7'0''-C-94) had only grown by the end of the night. The 7-foot center had a career-high 28 points and 20 rebounds, and Portland beat the Philadelphia 76ers 114-108 in overtime on Thursday. Nurkic, who was acquired last month in a trade with Denver, also had eight assists and six blocks in Portland's season-high fourth straight win. The ''Bosnian Beast'' has quickly become a fan favorite for the Trail Blazers, and Stotts was asked before the game if he was surprised. ''It's easy to do,'' the coach said. ''Nurkic fever? Why not?'' On the court afterward, Nurkic smiled when he was told about the coach's comments. The crowd roared. ''I love being here,'' he said. ''I appreciate what the city is doing for me. I just want to give them back something.'' Damian Lillard (6'3''-PG-90, college: Weber St.) added 24 points for Portland, but did not make a 3-pointer, snapping a streak of 42 games with at least one 3. Philadelphia rookie Dario Saric (6'10''-PF-94, agency: BeoBasket) had a season-best 28 points, while Robert Covington (6'9''-F-90, college: Tennessee St.) scored 24 in the 76ers' sixth loss in seven games. Covington's layup at the buzzer in regulation tied at 97. Nurkic's tip-in gave the Blazers a 102-99 lead, but Covington made a 3-pointer to tie it again at 102. Lillard's free throws gave Portland a 106-104 lead with under two minutes left in the extra period. His layup extended the lead to four. Allen Crabbe (6'6''-G-92, college: California)'s floater with 20.9 seconds left helped seal the victory for the Blazers. ''That's as dominant a performance as we have played against this year from an interior player,'' 76ers coach Brett Brown said about Nurkic. ''Twenty rebounds and 28 points. That's a dominant effort.'' Nurkic has been a spark for Portland, one of a number of teams jockeying for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. It began the day in ninth in the standings, just below the Denver Nuggets. ''Different teams are at different stages,'' Stotts said about the urgency at this time of the season. ''Obviously with us, with 20 games to go, every win and every loss is magnified.'' Philadelphia is near the bottom of the Eastern Conference and well out of the playoff picture. The Sixers got center Jahlil Okafor (6'11''-C-95, college: Duke) back after he missed two games because of right knee soreness. Philadelphia has been so short-handed it received a hardship exception to sign Shawn Long to a 10-day contract earlier this week. Portland led by as many as 12 points in the first quarter and took a 57-52 lead into the half, but the focus was on Nurkic, who had 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists before the break. Philadelphia grabbed a 95-94 lead on Saric's free throws with 55.9 to go. Nurkic made the second of two free throws to tie it again, and Covington fouled CJ McCollum, who made his foul shots to give Portland a 97-95 lead. Nurkic was asked if he was on top of the world following the performance. He was the first Blazer with 20 or more points and rebounds in a game since LaMarcus Aldridge in January 2014. ''Nah, I'm gonna stay on the ground, because I know what I'm capable of,'' he said. ''I don't like to talk about myself, I'm gonna show it on the court.'' Portland was coming off a 126-121 victory at Oklahoma City on Tuesday.
Courtesy of: cbssports.com



Westbrook nets 31st triple-double in 102-92 win against Spurs - by Eurobasket News

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich called timeout 24 seconds into the third quarter, livid as the Spurs turned the ball over. Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) had the steal and the head of steam. He tossed an underhand pass to Andre Roberson (6'7''-F-91, college: Colorado) on the break for his eighth assist. Two nights before, Westbrook had nine total, to go with a much-talked-about 39 shot attempts. 'My job is to make sure to get guys open shots,' Westbrook said. Entering Thursday, San Antonio was one of three teams Westbrook had never recorded a triple-double against. Scratch them off, as Westbrook logged his 31st of the season in a 102-92 win, outdueling fellow MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.) in the process. Westbrook's 31st triple-double tied Wilt Chamberlain for the second-most in a single season. It came in a game of better scoring and shot distribution for the Thunder compared to Tuesday's 58-point explosion from Westbrook. Westbrook had 23 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists Thursday, but five Thunder players finished in double-digit scoring. 'I personally felt like Russell tonight did an incredible job of managing the game, keeping everybody totally engaged,' Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. For the first time this season, the Thunder had a starting lineup change that had nothing to do with an injury. Taj Gibson in. Domantas Sabonis (6'10''-F/C-96, college: Gonzaga) to the bench. What better time to try fresh tactics? The Thunder had lost four consecutive games, including a Tuesday loss to Portland in which OKC didn't have its usual rebounding dominance. The Spurs were coming off the second night of a back-to-back. They'd left starting point guard Tony Parker out of the active roster, as well as sixth man Manu Ginobili. What didn't change was Westbrook dictating play. What did in addition to the starters was the volume of shots of the rest of the Thunder. Victor Oladipo (6'4''-G-92, college: Indiana) added 20 points, and Enes Kanter (6'11''-C-92, college: Kentucky) had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Doug McDermott (6'8''-F-92, college: Creighton) added 11 points. All four players had double-digit shot attempts two nights after Westbrook was the only Thunder player to break 10. It helped that Oladipo started cooking in a third quarter Leonard wasn't. Oladipo had 11 in the third, including two 3-pointers assisted by Westbrook. Leonard, masterful in the post against Oladipo and Andre Roberson the first half, had 19 points entering the fourth quarter, but was just 1-of-6 in the third as the Thunder extended its lead to 11. Leonard checked out at 2:29 in the third quarter, went to the locker room after getting hit in the head according to the Spurs, and never returned to the game. Westbrook did, checking out with 1:48 left in the fourth quarter as fans applauded and a one close to the scorer's table asked who was going to win the MVP. Before that, Westbrook was walking to the scorer's table midway through the quarter with the Thunder ahead 12. Oladipo momentarily bobbled the ball. 'You've got time, you've got time,' Westbrook said. 'That's a big part of of it,' Westbrook said in postgame of the Thunder's communication. 'That starts with me, so I've gotta make sure I continue to communicate throughout the game.' Oladipo probed for a second, then drove for a scoop shot layup. Westbrook clapped, signaled to the scorer's table he'd be back next time out, and walked back to the bench. Less than two minutes later, the triple-double was secure off a rebound, and the Thunder was on its way to wrapping up one of its best post-All-Star break performances. 'Tonight was a game where he was leading, getting everyone involved,' Donovan said. 'I know there was a lot of talk about his usage rate, trying to put everyone on his back. I think he's always evaluating it from a perspective of 'what do I need to do?' 'It's not about usage. It's about what a team needs in that moment in time. He's just focused on right now and what I need to do in this moment.'
Courtesy of: newsok.com



Rockets To Sign Troy Williams To 10-Day Deal - by Eurobasket News

The Rockets intend to fill their open 15th roster spot by signing D-League swingman Troy Williams (6'7''-SF-94, college: Indiana) to a 10-day contract, league sources tell Shams Charania of The Vertical. Houston's next game is on Friday in Chicago, so the Rockets may wait until tomorrow to make things official with Williams. An undrafted free agent out of Indiana, Williams caught on with the Grizzlies last summer and actually earned a regular season roster spot with the club. The 22-year-old appeared in 24 games for Memphis earlier this season, starting 13 of them and averaging 5.3 PPG. However, he was cut by the Grizzlies at the end of January in order to make room for Toney Douglas. In 22 D-League games for the Iowa Energy this season, Williams has averaged 13.1 PPG and 4.1 RPG, with a .459/.330/.696 shooting line. The Rockets opened up two spots on their roster by trading K.J. McDaniels and waiving Marcelo Huertas last month. The team filled one of those openings by signing Isaiah Taylor to a multiyear contract, and will now have a full roster again once Williams' deal is finalized.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumors.com



Manny Harris is a newcomer at the Mavericks - by Eurobasket News

Dallas Mavericks (NBA) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old swingman Manny Harris (196-96kg-89, college: Michigan). He started the season at Texas Legends. In 37 D-League games he recorded very impressive stats: 26.0ppg, 7.6rpg, 4.0apg and 2.1spg this season. The last summer Harris played at Anhui Wenyi in Chinese NBL where in 38 games he was second best scorer with remarkable 35.9ppg and had 9.6rpg, 3.8apg and 3.2spg (in top 2). He helped them to win the league title (twice) despite they ended the regular season at the second place (twice). Great season indeed as he was awarded Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and voted to 1st Team.
Harris has never been drafted by the NBA.
He is a very experienced player. Thanks to Harris' pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America) in four different countries. Harris has played previously professionally in Turkey (Turk Telekom and Eskisehir Basket), Ukraine, NBA (LA Lakers) and other D-League team (Los Angeles D-Fenders).
He attended University of Michigan until 2010 and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @BDA_Sports)

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Heat win again, rallying to beat Hornets 108-101 - by Eurobasket News

Dion Waiters (6'4''-G-91, college: Syracuse) made the biggest shot of the night, then started walking toward midcourt with a look of disbelief on his face. He was acting. They're all believers in the Miami locker room right now. Waiters scored 24 points, including an acrobatic 3-pointer with 45 seconds left that helped seal things for Miami, and the Heat continued their improbable playoff push by beating the Charlotte Hornets 108-101 on Wednesday night. "It came down to who wanted it more," Waiters said. Goran Dragic (6'3''-PG-86) scored 22 points and handed out 10 assists for Miami, which moved within a half-game of No. 7 Detroit and No. 8 Chicago in the Eastern Conference standings. Luke Babbitt (6'9''-F-89, college: Nevada) scored 12 points, Hassan Whiteside had 10 points and 15 rebounds, and James Johnson added 10 points for Miami, which is 20-4 in its last 24 games - the NBA's best record in that span. "You have to continue to try to get better," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "Our game can still get to another two, three, four levels. Whatever it is, we're not going to put a ceiling on it." Kemba Walker (6'1''-PG-90, college: Connecticut) scored 33 points for Charlotte, which got 16 from Nicolas Batum, 14 from Marvin Williams and 12 from Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (6'7''-SF-93, college: Kentucky). Miami outscored Charlotte 27-15 in the final quarter. "They made shots," Hornets coach Steve Clifford said. "Our defense in the fourth quarter actually was pretty good, much better than the stats will say. Neither team was able to get quality shots in the fourth quarter." The Heat made 17 3-pointers, outscoring Charlotte 51-21 from beyond the arc. Miami opened the fourth on a 15-3 run, capped by James Johnson blocking a dunk attempt by Cody Zeller and setting up a Heat breakout where Dragic found Tyler Johnson for a 3-pointer and a 96-89 lead. After Charlotte got within four on a jumper by Walker with about two minutes left, Miami got offensive rebounds from Waiters and Whiteside on the same possession - one that would last for more than a minute. Waiters capped the marathon trip by the big 3-pointer that put Miami up 105-98. "Everybody contributed. Everybody played well," Dragic said. "And Dion did his thing again." Walker missed a layup with about 25 seconds left, one that could have gotten Charlotte within two, and the Heat prevailed. "We made a lot of mistakes defensively and those guys capitalized off our mistakes," Walker said. "We did some really good things. We've got to keep building to try to keep getting better for this last stretch."
Courtesy of: abcnews.com



Towns, Rubio lift Timberwolves to 107-91 win over Clippers - by Eurobasket News

The young Minnesota Timberwolves have been pushed around by the bigger, stronger Los Angeles Clippers before. They shoved back in a major way Wednesday night and they are looking less and less like the lost pups they were early in the season. Karl-Anthony Towns (7'0''-F/C-95, college: Kentucky) had 29 points and 14 rebounds and the Timberwolves beat the Clippers 107-91 in a tense and sometimes confrontational matchup. Andrew Wiggins (6'8''-G-95, college: Kansas) scored 20 points, and Ricky Rubio (6'4''-G-90) had 15 points, 12 assists and six rebounds for the Timberwolves, who were well-rested after having their game against Portland on Monday postponed because of condensation on the court. The Wolves held Los Angeles to 42 percent shooting and scored 23 points off of 17 turnovers to pull within 2 1/2 games of Denver for the eighth seed in the Western Conference. ''We're believing,'' Rubio said. ''We do believe we can make it. These are meaningful games. I think we're playing the best basketball since I came here.'' DeAndre Jordan (6'11''-C-88, college: Texas A&M) had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) scored 16 points for the Clippers. Chris Paul had 10 assists, but scored just seven points on 3-for-9 shooting. Los Angeles was outrebounded 50-36, and outscored 62-40 in the paint and 20-2 in transition. ''Guys were missing layups, wide open 3s, wide open shots,'' Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. ''And they let it take their spirit away. That's what young teams do. Not veteran teams.'' Shabazz Muhammad had 17 points and six rebounds, and Rubio outplayed Paul from start to snap a nine-game losing streak to the Clippers in Minnesota. The Timberwolves started the day 3 1/2 games behind Denver for the eighth seed with just 20 games to play. Facing a daunting schedule full of road games down the stretch, they desperately needed this one against a Clippers team that has been outstanding when fully healthy. Los Angeles is 22-11 this season when all five of its regular starters are healthy and were coming off an impressive win over Boston on Monday. Rubio got off to a flying 21-6 start, feeding Muhammad for two fast-break dunks in the first quarter and injecting some energy into the arena, and Towns slammed the door with a 3-pointer midway through the fourth to turn back the Clippers' final charge. ''Right now we are playing with confidence and playing with the demeanor of a playoff team,'' Towns said. ''This is not out of reach yet.''
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Sloppy Warriors fall 99-86 to Celtics in rare home loss - by Eurobasket News

The Boston Celtics turned a contentious back and forth matchup into a late game blowout Wednesday at Oracle Arena, where the Golden State Warriors found themselves on the short end of the stick in a rare 99-86 home loss. Boston preyed on six sloppy Warriors turnovers in the first seven minutes of the fourth quarter. The Celtics turned the sequence into a thunderous 15-0 run that buried the Warriors. With 2:30 left to go and a nine point lead, Boston secured back-to-back offensive rebounds, essentially running down the clock. After committing 18 turnovers on the night and shooting 20 percent from downtown, Golden State looked like a team running out of gas in the middle of a five game stretch in seven nights. A year ago, Boston snapped the Warriors' NBA record 54-game home winning streak. While fatigue has caught up to the defending Western Conference champs, the Celtics have proven to be an irritating matchup for the Warriors the last couple of seasons. It was the team's first home loss since an overtime defeat Jan. 6 at the hands of the Memphis Grizzlies. Golden State is now 2-3 it its last five games. The Spurs are closing in on the No. 1 seed. The Warriors clutched the momentum, but it was very brief. With the seconds winding down in the third quarter, Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) pump-faked rookie Jaylen Brown (6'7''-F-96, college: California) off the ground and drilled a leaning buzzer-beater to give the Warriors a 74-72 lead. But Boston would not be worn down on a West Coast road trip. After a Draymond Green dunk, Isaiah Thomas (5'9''-PG-89, college: Washington) (25 points) or Kelly Olynyk (7'0''-PF-91, college: Gonzaga) (17 points off the bench) would respond by making clutch baskets and key defensive stops. Celtics fans in attendance chanted 'MVP!' when Thomas attempted free throws in garbage time - as Warriors fans streamed for the exits. Always an odd sight at Oracle Arena. Klay Thompson (6'7''-G-90, college: Washington St.) did much of the heavy lifting on offense, scoring 25 points on 23 shots. Curry was extra wizardly with his dribbling and trick shots, hitting multiple one-handed leaning layups in the lane. Curry finished with 23 points but went just 2-of-9 from distance. Andre Iguodala (6'6''-SF-84, college: Arizona) and Green were defensive catalysts. The Warriors finished with 13 blocks and 8 steals. They made the Celtics work for nearly every bucket. This was a very low scoring affair for Golden State's standards, and while part of that can be attributed to sloppy play, the defensive intensity was real on the court for the regular season. The Celtics plainly wanted this one more. Golden State will fly to Minnesota for a contest Friday before a much anticipated matchup Saturday in San Antonio.
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Wayne Selden is a newcomer at the Pelicans - by Eurobasket News

New Orleans Pelicans (NBA) added to their roster 23-year old small forward Wayne Selden (196-104kg-94, college: Kansas). He started the season at Iowa Energy. In 35 D-League games he recorded very impressive stats: 18.5ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.9apg this season.
Selden has never been drafted by the NBA.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his college team won Big 12 Tournament in 2016. Selden was also voted NABC All-District 8 2nd Team in 2016.
He represented USA at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. Selden's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: Score-2 (19.3ppg), 6.5rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 59.7%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 58.8%.
Selden has played previously for Memphis Grizzlies.
He attended University of Kansas until 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A strong defender with size and athleticism that averaged a double-double.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Aaron Brown (ex Haukar) joins Riptide - by Eurobasket News

Saint John Riptide (NBL Canada) agreed terms with 25-year old American guard Aaron Brown (196-101kg-92, college: St.Joseph's). He started the season at Haukar in Icelandic Dominos League. In three games he had very impressive stats: 19.7ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.3apg and 1.0spg this season.
Brown's college team won Atlantic 10 Tournament in 2016.
He graduated from Saint Joseph's University in 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player.

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Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Jessica KOVATCH
  St.Franc.
  (175-G-)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Kovatch, St.Franc.20.9 
 2. Stamolamprou, Robert M.16.5 
 3. Dove, LIU Brooklyn16.2 
 4. Kimmel, Sacred H.16.0 
 5. Klein, Bryant15.6 
 6. Reese, St.Franc.14.4 
 7. Phills, Wagner13.5 
 8. Haines, Sacred H.12.8 
 9. Harrison, St.Franc.12.5 
 10. Bailey, Bryant12.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Giocelis REYNOSO
  Cent.Con.
  (188-C-)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Reynoso, Cent.Con.8.8 
 2. Haines, Sacred H.8.8 
 3. Harrison, St.Franc.8.7 
 4. Klein, Bryant7.9 
 5. Phills, Wagner7.1 
 6. Boyd, LIU Brooklyn7.0 
 7. Kimmel, Sacred H.6.9 
 8. Markovic, Fair D.6.9 
 9. Olander, Bryant6.8 
 10. Carter, Mt.St.Ma.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Kierra PALMER
  Bryant
  (170-G-97)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Palmer, Bryant4.6 
 2. Brown, Robert M.3.8 
 3. Williams, Sacred H.3.8 
 4. Epps, Cent.Conn.St.3.7 
 5. Reese, St.Franc.3.3 
 6. Delaney, St.Franc.3.2 
 7. Brown, Fair Dickinson3.0 
 8. Iozzia, St.Franc.3.0 
 9. Stamolamprou, Robert M.2.7 
 10. Kimmel, Sacred H.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 A''Lexus HARRISON
  St.Franc.
  (183-F-)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Harrison, St.Franc.3.6 
 2. Kovatch, St.Franc.2.1 
 3. Ashley, Bryant2.0 
 4. Kimmel, Sacred H.1.9 
 5. Stamolamprou, Robert M.1.8 
 6. Brown, Robert M.1.7 
 7. Baggs, Wagner1.6 
 8. Wynn, St.Franc.1.6 
 9. Comly, Fair Dickinson1.5 
 10. Phills, Wagner1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Courtney ZEZZA
  St.Franc.
  (190-C-)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Zezza, St.Franc.3.5 
 2. Butigian, Wagner2.0 
 3. Reynoso, Cent.Con.1.7 
 4. Smith, St.Franc.1.6 
 5. Olander, Bryant1.5 
 6. Haines, Sacred H.1.4 
 7. Markovic, Fair D.1.0 
 8. Boyd, LIU Brooklyn1.0 
 9. Hummell, Mt.St.Ma.0.9 
 10. Klein, Bryant0.8 


UC Santa Barbara head coach Bob Williams will not return - by Eurobasket News

UC Santa Barbara head coach Bob Williams will not be returning to the sidelines for his 20th season. According to a report from Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com, a formal announcement is expected later this month. Williams had a 313-260 career mark at UC Santa Barbara, including a 185-125 career conference record, as he led UC Santa Barbara to NCAA tournament appearances in 2002, 2010 and 2011. A three-time Big West Coach of the Year, the 63-year-old Williams guided the Gauchos to four regular-season conference titles during his 19 seasons. UC Santa Barbara also made two NIT appearances and played in the CBI, CIT and Vegas 16 under Williams. The program finished last place in the Big West this season with a 6-22 record and 4-12 conference mark.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



All-Horizon League Awards 2017 - by Greg

All-Horizon League 1st Team 2017
Drew McDonald
McDonald
Jalen Hayes
Hayes
Alec Peters
Peters
Mark Alstork
Alstork
Cameron Morse
Morse

All-Tournament MVP: LaVone Holland II (6'3''-G) of N.Kentucky
Player of the Year: Alec Peters (6'9''-F-95) of Valparaiso
Defensive Player of the Year: Tai Odiase (6'9''-F/C-95) of Ill.-Chicago
Freshman of the Year: Corey Allen (6'3''-G) of Detroit Mercy
Sixth Man of the Year: Warren Jones (6'3''-G-94) of Green Bay
Coach of the Year: John Brannen of N.Kentucky

1st Team
F/C: Drew McDonald (6'8''-F/C) of N.Kentucky
F: Jalen Hayes (6'7''-F) of Oakland
F: Alec Peters (6'9''-F-95) of Valparaiso
G: Mark Alstork (6'5''-G-95) of Wright St.
G: Cameron Morse (6'2''-G) of Youngstown St.

2nd Team
G: Rob Edwards (6'4''-G-97) of Cleveland St.
F: Jaleel Hogan (6'6''-F) of Detroit Mercy
G: Charles Cooper (6'4''-G) of Green Bay
G: Martez Walker (6'4''-G-95) of Oakland
G: Shane Hammink (6'7''-G-94) of Valparaiso

All-Defensive Team
F: Kenneth Lowe (6'8''-F) of Green Bay
G: Khalil Small (6'2''-G) of Green Bay
F: Isaiah Brock (6'8''-F) of Oakland
F/C: Tai Odiase (6'9''-F/C-95) of Ill.-Chicago
G: Tevonn Walker (6'2''-G) of Valparaiso

All-Tournament Team
G: LaVone Holland II (6'3''-G) of N.Kentucky
F/C: Drew McDonald (6'8''-F/C) of N.Kentucky
G: Brock Stull (6'4''-G) of Wisc.-Milwaukee
F: Brett Prahl (6'9''-F) of Wisc.-Milwaukee
G: Cameron Morse (6'2''-G) of Youngstown St.

All-Freshman Team
G: Corey Allen (6'3''-G) of Detroit Mercy
F: Carson Williams (6'6''-F) of N.Kentucky
F: Isaiah Brock (6'8''-F) of Oakland
G: Tarkus Ferguson (6'4''-G) of Ill.-Chicago
G: Dominique Matthews (6'2''-G) of Ill.-Chicago

All-Academic Team
F: Brett Prahl (6'9''-F) of Wisc.-Milwaukee
F/C: Drew McDonald (6'8''-F/C) of N.Kentucky
G: Sherron Dorsey-Walker (6'4''-G) of Oakland
F: Alec Peters (6'9''-F-95) of Valparaiso
F: Matt Donlan (6'7''-F) of Youngstown St.



Northern Kentucky Wins HLMBB Championship - by Greg

The No. 4 Norse, which completed a four-year reclassification process in August, defeated No. 10 Milwaukee 59-53 in the 2017 Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship title game on Tuesday at the Joe Louis Arena.
Northern Kentucky became just the seventh institution to earn a NCAA tournament berth in its first season of eligibility.
The Norse came out strong in their first Horizon League title game, taking a 13-4 lead just over five minutes into the contest. Northern Kentucky led by as many as nine points on five different occasions in the first half before the Panthers scored six straight points just before halftime to cut the deficit to 31-28.
Drew McDonald (6'8''-F/C) and Cole Murray (6'7''-G-94) ran the lead back up to eight points by knocking down back-to-back 3-pointers early in the second half. The Norse never lost their lead throughout the rest of the game, but they could never deliver the knockout punch to take Milwaukee out of the game.
The Panthers (11-24) got within one possession on three different occasions in the second half, but Holland II and McDonald found an answer every time. Holland II had six rebounds and four assists to go with his 20 points while McDonald added 14 points and 12 rebounds. Both players were named to the Horizon League All-Tournament Team with Holland II taking MVP honors.
Brock Stull (6'4''-G) led Milwaukee with 19 points while Brett Prahl added 12 points and five rebounds. Both players, along with Youngstown State's Cameron Morse (6'2''-G), were named to the All-Tournament team.
Motor City Madness featured a slew of upsets over the last five days, including Milwaukee knocking off the No. 2, 6 and 7 seeds. Northern Kentucky was the only team with a winning record to win a game in the 2017 Horizon League tournament.

Courtesy of Horizon League

Horizon League Tournament Final: Northern Kentucky - Milwaukee 59-53
Horizon League Tournament Semifinals:
Northern Kentucky - Youngstown St 84-74
Milwaukee - UIC 74-68



Sporting News All-American Awards 2016-17 - by Greg

#s#
Lonzo Ball
Ball
#e#2
Malik Monk
Monk
#e#1
Markelle Fultz
Fultz
#e#1
Josh Jackson
Jackson
#e#1
Miles Bridges
Bridges
#e#1
1st Team
Lonzo Ball (6'6''-G-97) of Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles of UCLA
Malik Monk (6'4''-G-98) of University of Kentucky of Kentucky
Markelle Fultz (6'5''-G/F-98) of The University of Washington of Washington
Josh Jackson (6'8''-G-97) of University of Kansas of Kansas
Miles Bridges (6'7''-F-98) of Michigan State University of Michigan State

National Freshman of the Year: Lonzo Ball of UCLA



All-Patriot League Awards 2017 - by Greg

All-Patriot League 1st Team 2017
Eric Fanning
Fanning
Nana Foulland
Foulland
Zach Thomas
Thomas
Tim Kempton
Kempton
Andre Walker
Walker

All-Tournament MVP: Zach Thomas (6'7''-F-96) of Bucknell
Player of the Year: Nana Foulland (6'9''-C-95) of Bucknell
Defensive Player of the Year: Nana Foulland (6'9''-C-95) of Bucknell
Rookie of the Year: Will Rayman (6'8''-F/C) of Colgate
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Charlie Jones (6'4''-G/F) of American
Coach of the Year: Nathan Davis of Bucknell

1st Team
G: Eric Fanning (6'5''-G-92) of Boston U.
C: Nana Foulland (6'9''-C-95) of Bucknell
F: Zach Thomas (6'7''-F-96) of Bucknell
C/F: Tim Kempton (6'10''-C/F) of Lehigh
PG: Andre Walker (6'0''-PG) of Loyola, MD

2nd Team
F: Justin Alston (6'8''-F-94) of Boston U.
PG: Stephen Brown (5'11''-PG-96) of Bucknell
PG: Kahron Ross (5'11''-PG) of Lehigh
F: Jarred Jones (6'7''-F) of Loyola, MD
G: Shawn Anderson (6'4''-G) of Navy

3rd Team
G: Kimbal Mackenzie (6'1''-G-96) of Bucknell
F: Malachi Alexander (6'7''-F) of Holy Cross
F: Matt Klinewski (6'8''-F) of Lafayette
G: Nick Lindner (5'11''-G-94) of Lafayette
G: Austin Price (6'4''-G) of Lehigh

All-Defensive Team
G/F: Charlie Jones (6'4''-G/F) of American
C: Nana Foulland (6'9''-C-95) of Bucknell
PG: Stephen Brown (5'11''-PG-96) of Bucknell
F: Malachi Alexander (6'7''-F) of Holy Cross
G: Bryce Dulin (6'4''-G) of Navy

All-Tournament Team
G: Austin Price (6'4''-G) of Lehigh
C/F: Tim Kempton (6'10''-C/F) of Lehigh
G: Kimbal Mackenzie (6'1''-G-96) of Bucknell
C: Nana Foulland (6'9''-C-95) of Bucknell
F: Zach Thomas (6'7''-F-96) of Bucknell

All-Rookie Team
PG: Sa'Eed Nelson (5'11''-PG) of American
F/C: Mark Gasperini (6'10''-F/C) of American
PG: Thomas Funk (6'0''-PG) of Army
F: Tyler Scanlon (6'7''-F-98) of Boston U.
F/C: Will Rayman (6'8''-F/C) of Colgate

All-Academic Team
G/F: Charlie Jones (6'4''-G/F) of American
F: Mac Hoffman (6'8''-F) of Army
C: Nana Foulland (6'9''-C-95) of Bucknell
G: Kimbal Mackenzie (6'1''-G-96) of Bucknell
G: Nick Lindner (5'11''-G-94) of Lafayette



Bucknell wins Patriot League Championship to clinch NCAA Tournament berth - by Greg

Bucknell used a second half-opening 12-0 run to cruise to an 81-65 victory over No. 3 Lehigh in the Patriot League Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Game on Wednesday night at a sold out Sojka Pavilion. The victory helps the Bison clinch a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012-13 season.
The Bison will learn their NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament fate on Sunday during the Tournament Selection Show on CBS, beginning at 5:30 p.m. EST.
Bucknell Junior forward Zach Thomas (6'7''-F-96) finished with 17 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and two blocks to earn Tournament Most Valuable Player honors. Lehigh senior center Tim Kempton (6'10''-C/F) finished with a game-high 22 points and 17 rebounds, tying a Patriot League Championship Game record to also garner All-Tournament honors.
Junior center and Patriot League Player and Defensive Player of the Year Nana Foulland (6'9''-C-95) finished 17 points, three rebounds and three blocks, while sophomore guard Kimbal Mackenzie (6'1''-G-96) scored a team-high 18 points, as both earned All-Tournament honors. Junior guard Stephen Brown (5'11''-PG-96) finished with 12 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Lehigh senior guard Austin Price (6'4''-G) finished with 11 points and two blocks to earn All-Tournament honors. Sophomore guard Kyle Leufroy (6'3''-G) finished with 14 points.
Tournament MVP Zach Thomas finished with 17 points, pulled down nine rebounds and dished out seven assists to lead the Bison. Junior center Nana Foulland finished with 17 points, three rebounds and three blocks.
Sophomore guard Kimbal Mackenzie led four Bison in double-figures with 18 points in 6-of-13 shooting. Junior guard Stephen Brown finished with 12 points, six rebounds and four assists.
Lehigh senior center Tim Kempton tied the Patriot League Championship Game record with 17 rebounds. He tied Holy Cross's Josh Sankes record against Navy in 2001. Kempton also finished with a game-high 22 points.
In nine Patriot League Men's Basketball Tournament Meetings between Bucknell and Lehigh, the Bison are now 6-3. Both teams have won one Championship Game.
The Mountain Hawks led by five points, 30-25, with 4:09 remaining in the first half, before the Bison made a late run
Freshman guard Avi Toomer's 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds remaining in the first half gave the Bison a 35-34 lead going into the break.
Bucknell opened the second half on a 12-0 run to take the game's largest lead at 47-37.
The Bison scored the first 12 points of the second half to create separation with the Mountain Hawks, taking a 47-34 lead.
Bucknell held Lehigh to just five points over the first nine minutes of the half building an 18-point lead at 57-39 by the 11-minute mark of the second half.
Lehigh rallied back
Bison junior forward Zach Thomas reached the 1,000 career-point mark early in the second half. He and Foulland both joined the 1,000-point club this season.

Courtesy of Patriot League

Patriot League Tournament Final:
Bucknell - Lehigh 81-65
Patriot League Tournament Semifinals:
Bucknell - Navy 70-65
Lehigh - Boston 91-88



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MONTEBASAN 81-FOMENTO74 - by Santiago Maciel

Great game among two teams with different profiles, different styles but very consistent with their strenghts.

For MONTEBASAN50 Ruben Ortigoza always playing with a lot of speed due his athleticism, also providinggreat defense
over Polo The Shooting Legend Barrios whom scored some 2 pointers but his 3 pointers were dry.

Faustino Gonzalez (F/C) played as always very intelligent outside-inside game, setting screens for Edgar Barrios (185-G-60) and Daniel Izzy. Edgar Ibanez (F/C)
had to work a lot to stop him from the perimeter and of course to stop his front court game.

Luis Fernando Dose (201-F/C-65), 1.97 height did terrific from long distance hitting 5 three pointers, grabbing 10 rebounds eve though he came
after 5 lost games due to back pain. Victor Lezcano and Fredy Ortigoza were important in the rotation but very cold in offense.

Victor Rolon 1.93 played great game controlling Enrique Burifaldi and Gerado Laratro 1.94, controlling both defense rebounds.
Eduardo Parda Benitez did not play many minutes. Eurobasket found out he is sffering knee problems as well as Jorge Molinas
whom played many minutes even though he is injured.

Osvaldo Velazquez, one of MONTEBASAN s leaders did not dress up for the game due to knee injury and back spasms. He usually
is very effective in the second formation , very athletic player a specialist in defense.

This win gave MONTEBASAN the right to play the FINAL SERIES with FOMENTO.
Unfortunately CIT is out of FINALS, came one game short , however their season at this III MAXI 50 was excellent and they are committed
to come back to battle for the CHAMPIONSHIP next tournment.

Santiago Maciel for Eurobasket.com



CERRO30 uspsets DINAMO30 in the IV MAXI LEAGUE - by Santiago Maciel

In an unbelievable night of Chelo Bobadilla 32 points CERRO30 took over DINAMO30.
CERRO30 came from 5 losses in a row, defeating DINAMO30 one of the title contenders of this
IV MAXI 30 edition-

Jose Jimenez from CERRO dished 14 assists and clinched 21 points through four 3 pointers
and a couple of fast breaks. Eladio Carrillo also played a great game under the rings saving
12rebounds for his team even though converted 0 points but deflected many opponents shots.

For DINAMO30 Juan Chilavert did not show up for the game due to ankle injury. However the rest of the
team was presen but simply could not find their game all night long.

Renzo Orue (198-F/C-83) Cesar Marecos (191-F) and even Pablo LA TOPADORA Cabrera with their
physical game could not dominate a very small CERROs line up.

CERRO30 (1-5) lost all his chances the previous game against San Jose while losing by 12 points after
winning by 18 at the end of 3rd quarter could not stop Sergio Lopez (189-G/F-86) 39 neither Sergio Aceval (180-G-78) 39 pts
from an incredibly come back.

EXA SAN JOSE30 is leading the SEMI FINALS with a (4-1) record plus its bonus point by winning the
previous stage.

CNC30 and EXA SANJOSE are in the best spots to reach the SUPER FINAL NBA STYLE but there are still
4 games to be played by each team except CERRO who already played 6 out of 9 games



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  PBL  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tom GARRICK
  Providen.
  (196-G-)
  Avg: 31
 1. Garrick, Providen.31.0 
 2. Phillips, Washingt.27.2 
 3. Jackson, Dubois D.24.0 
 4. Ballard, Ohio B.20.9 
 5. Bowling, Jamestow.20.5 
 6. McKnight, Ohio B.20.2 
 7. Moore, Dubois D.19.1 
 8. Ubiles, Chautauq.18.6 
 9. Edwards, Ohio B.18.3 
 10. Allmond, Rocheste.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julius FRANCIS
  Dubois D.
  (211-C-)
  Avg: 15.9
 1. Francis, Dubois D.15.9 
 2. Bowling, Jamestow.12.0 
 3. Feagan, Chautauq.11.0 
 4. Jackson, Dubois D.8.5 
 5. Brown, Chautauq.8.5 
 6. Greene, Chautauq.8.3 
 7. Osei, Washingt.8.0 
 8. Pilarte, Providen.8.0 
 9. Waddell, Kentucky.8.0 
 10. Hill, Jamestown J.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony JACKSON
  Dubois D.
  (196-G-89)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Jackson, Dubois D.6.5 
 2. Phillips, Washingt.6.2 
 3. Fillyaw, Kentucky M.5.5 
 4. Davenport, Jamestow.4.9 
 5. Simmons, Providen.4.7 
 6. Crescenzi, Jamestow.4.6 
 7. Lyons, Jamestow.4.4 
 8. Davis, Jamestow.4.2 
 9. Ballard, Ohio B.4.2 
 10. Crouch, Rocheste.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Tyquan BROWN
  Chautauq.
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Brown, Chautauq.3.0 
 2. Biggs, Rochester R.2.8 
 3. Phillips, Washingt.2.8 
 4. Hodge, Chautauq.2.7 
 5. Simmons, Providen.2.7 
 6. Jackson, Dubois D.2.5 
 7. Feagan, Chautauq.2.0 
 8. Dawson, Chautauq.1.9 
 9. Crescenzi, Jamestow.1.8 
 10. Oblitey, Washingt.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jordan RAILEY
  Rocheste.
  (213-C-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Railey, Rocheste.2.8 
 2. Allen, Jamestow.2.5 
 3. Wells, Washington W.1.6 
 4. Christian, Jamestow.1.4 
 5. Baker, Jamestow.1.4 
 6. Woodson, Rocheste.1.2 
 7. Chichester, Rocheste.1.2 
 8. Coker, Rochester R.1.1 
 9. White, Jamestow.1.0 
 10. DeVaughn, Kentucky.0.9 



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  POLAND  

Stats Leaders - 1Liga

Points Per Game
 Filip ZEGZULA
  Rosa I.
  (188-SG-94)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Zegzula, Rosa I.18.9 
 2. Grod, Notec Inowr.17.2 
 3. Kowalewski, Notec I.16.5 
 4. Mazur, GKS Tychy16.3 
 5. Sroka, Sokol Lancut16.3 
 6. Prostak, Pogon P.15.7 
 7. Dymala, Spojnia15.3 
 8. Gospodarek, Astoria .14.6 
 9. Lenczuk, Nysa K.14.2 
 10. Wrobel, AZS A.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maciej KLIMA
  Sokol Lancut
  (203-C/F-82)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Klima, Sokol Lancut9.1 
 2. Bodych, Kotwica8.6 
 3. Struski, Biofarm .7.9 
 4. Hajric, Rosa I.7.7 
 5. Maj, AZS A.7.0 
 6. Grod, Notec Inowr.6.8 
 7. Nowerski, Pogon P.6.8 
 8. Cechniak, Znicz B.6.7 
 9. Kulikowski, Sokol L.6.6 
 10. Bluma, Nysa K.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Lukasz WILCZEK
  Legia W-wa
  (190-PG-86)
  Avg: 7
 1. Wilczek, Legia W-wa7.0 
 2. Plawucki, SKK S.6.1 
 3. Dymala, Spojnia5.7 
 4. Dzierzak, Kotwica5.3 
 5. Zegzula, Rosa I.5.2 
 6. Zywert, Sokol L.5.0 
 7. Filipiak, GTK G.5.0 
 8. Gospodarek, Astoria .4.8 
 9. Kordalski, Znicz B.4.6 
 10. Zych, AZS A.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Lukasz WILCZEK
  Legia W-wa
  (190-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Wilczek, Legia W-wa2.6 
 2. Zegzula, Rosa I.2.4 
 3. Filipiak, GTK G.2.2 
 4. Mazur, GKS Tychy2.0 
 5. Zywert, Sokol L.1.9 
 6. Zych, AZS A.1.8 
 7. Tokarski, Znicz B.1.8 
 8. Prostak, Pogon P.1.8 
 9. Stepien, Polonia .1.7 
 10. Stanios, Rosa I.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Damian CECHNIAK
  Znicz B.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Cechniak, Znicz B.1.7 
 2. Strzelecki, Kotwica1.7 
 3. Lisewski, Notec I.1.5 
 4. Brek, Biofarm PZN1.2 
 5. Nowerski, Pogon P.1.1 
 6. Nowakowski, Pogon P.0.9 
 7. Kiwilsza, Polonia .0.9 
 8. Klima, Sokol Lancut0.9 
 9. Bodych, Kotwica0.9 
 10. Pytys, Spojnia0.9 


Miles' 27 points and 8 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old point guard Anthony Miles (185-PG-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for Polpharma and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had the game-high 27 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Polpharma in his team's victory, helping them to crush Torun (#3, 16-7) with 17-point margin 90-73. Polpharma maintains the 12th position in Polish league. Polpharma is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-11 record. In the team's last game Miles had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Polpharma's top player in his first season with the team. Lamar University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Miles is in league's top in points (6th best: 15.9ppg) and averages solid 55.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Michael Fraser (203-C-84) of Polfarmex Kutno. He is Canadian center in his second season at Polfarmex Kutno. In the last game Fraser recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Polfarmex Kutno lost that game 88-95 to the higher-ranked Anwil (#2, 16-7). Polfarmex Kutno is still in a red zone at 16th spot in the standings. 18 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Polfarmex Kutno managed to get this year. Fraser is well-known at Polfarmex Kutno and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Pawel Kikowski (193-G/F-86) of Szczecin (#11). Kikowski scored 26 points and passed five assists. He was a key player of Szczecin, leading his team to a 94-83 win against slightly lower-ranked Asseco (#13, 9-13). Szczecin needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 11 lost games. Kikowski has a very solid season. In 23 games in Poland he scored 14.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chavaughn Lewis (196-G/F-93) of Energa Czarni - 11 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Denis Ikovlev (200-F-86) of PGE Turow - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Nemanja Djurisic (203-PF-92) of Stelmet ZG - 21 points and 8 rebounds
7. Josip Sobin (203-C-89) of Anwil - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Russell Robinson (185-G-86) of Szczecin - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Filip Matczak (187-G-93) of Asseco - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Shawn King (208-C-82) of Stal Ostrow - 14 points, 10 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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Liga Nationala Round 2 (Second Stage): Steaua CSM beat CSU Sibiu in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

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

An exciting game was played in Bucuresti. Steaua CSM faced CSU Sibiu. Host Steaua CSM (13-7) defeated guests from Sibiu (13-7) 71-57. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 71-57. Steaua CSM outrebounded CSU Sibiu 39-19 including a 29-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American power forward Dave Dudzinski (206-92, college: Holy Cross, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. The other American import power forward Randal Falker (201-85, college: S.Illinois) chipped in 15 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Kevin Hardy (188-93, college: McNeese St.) produced 16 points and 5 steals for the guests. CSU Sibiu's coach Dan Fleseriu rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Steaua CSM is looking forward to face Oradea (#4) on the road in the next round. CSU Sibiu will play against Pitesti and is hoping to win this game.
An exciting game was played in Cluj Napoca. UBT Cluj Napoca faced Pitesti. Host UBT Cluj Napoca (18-2) defeated guests from Pitesti (10-10) 94-84. Serbian-Bosnian point guard Filip Adamovic (183-88, agency: 011 Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Vlad Moldoveanu contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. UBT Cluj Napoca's coach Mihai Silvasan allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. FYR Macedonian point guard Aleksandar Kostoski (186-88) replied with 22 points and 9 assists for Pitesti. UBT Cluj Napoca will play against BC Timisoara (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Pitesti will play against CSU Sibiu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Timisoara. Local BC Timisoara (10-10) was outscored by Oradea (10-10) 92-73 on Tuesday night. Sean Barnette scored 18 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Oradea's coach Cristian Achim used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Adrian Diaz responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Oradea will meet at home Steaua CSM in the next round and it may be the game of the week. BC Timisoara will play against UBT Cluj Napoca and hope to secure a win.

Places 1-6
Steaua CSM - CSU Sibiu 71-57

An exciting game was played in Bucuresti. Steaua CSM faced CSU Sibiu. Host Steaua CSM (13-7) defeated guests from Sibiu (13-7) 71-57. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 71-57. Steaua CSM outrebounded CSU Sibiu 39-19 including a 29-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American power forward Dave Dudzinski (206-92, college: Holy Cross, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. The other American import power forward Randal Falker (201-85, college: S.Illinois) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Four Steaua CSM players scored in double figures. American guard Kevin Hardy (188-93, college: McNeese St.) produced 16 points and 5 steals and Montenegrin center Boris Lalovic (207-81) added 15 points respectively for the guests. CSU Sibiu's coach Dan Fleseriu rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Steaua CSM is looking forward to face Oradea (#4) on the road in the next round. CSU Sibiu will play against Pitesti and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
CSU Sibiu: K.Hardy 16+3reb, B.Lalovic 15+2reb, B.Popescu 10+4reb+2ast, I.Mijajlovic 7+1reb+4ast, C.Cooper 5+5reb, R.Paliciuc 3+2reb+3ast
Steaua CSM: D.Dudzinski 16+13reb+2ast, R.Falker 15+10reb+1ast, M.Runkauskas 14+2reb+3ast, N.Malesevic 13+6reb+3ast, Y.Frasenyuk 7+3reb+1ast, L.Szijarto 2+3reb
gschID: 538390


UBT Cluj Napoca - Pitesti 94-84

An exciting game was played in Cluj Napoca. UBT Cluj Napoca faced Pitesti. Host UBT Cluj Napoca (18-2) defeated guests from Pitesti (10-10) 94-84. The game was mostly controlled by UBT Cluj Napoca. Pitesti was better in second period 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. UBT Cluj Napoca forced 20 Pitesti turnovers. Serbian-Bosnian point guard Filip Adamovic (183-88, agency: 011 Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. The former international Vlad Moldoveanu (206-88, college: American) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. UBT Cluj Napoca's coach Mihai Silvasan allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. FYR Macedonian point guard Aleksandar Kostoski (186-88) replied with 22 points and 9 assists and Serbian center Alexandar Mladenovic (207-84, agency: BeoExcell) added 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Pitesti. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. UBT Cluj Napoca will play against BC Timisoara (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Pitesti will play against CSU Sibiu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pitesti: A.Kostoski 22+4reb+9ast, A.Mladenovic 19+8reb+1ast, V.Hunter 13+3reb, P.Marinov 13+2reb+2ast, T.Gabric 11+3reb, V.Corpodean 3+3reb+2ast
UBT Cluj Napoca: F.Adamovic 21+2reb+5ast, K.Dykes 17+4reb+5ast, O.Barro 16+6reb, V.Moldoveanu 15+8reb+3ast, V.Kariniauskas 13+2reb+5ast, M.Pustozvonov 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 538389


BC Timisoara - Oradea 73-92

The game with biggest result difference took place in Timisoara. Local BC Timisoara (10-10) was outscored by Oradea (10-10) 92-73 on Tuesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Oradea. BC Timisoara managed to win third quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Oradea especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American forward Sean Barnette (197-86, college: Wingate) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) chipped in 13 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four Oradea players scored in double figures. Oradea's coach Cristian Achim used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Cuban-American center Adrian Diaz (213-93, college: FIU) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian guard Mladen Jeremic (198-88, agency: 011 Sports) scored 10 points and 5 assists. Oradea will meet at home Steaua CSM in the next round and it may be the game of the week. BC Timisoara will play against UBT Cluj Napoca and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
BC Timisoara: A.Diaz 13+6reb+3ast, O.Calota 11+1reb, M.Komatina 11+6reb+2ast, M.Jeremic 10+4reb+5ast, I.Dragusin 8+5reb, L.Tohatan 7+3reb+3ast
Oradea: S.Barnette 18+6reb+2ast, A.Mandache 15+1reb+3ast, M.Zeno 13+3reb+6ast, T.Nicoara 12+5reb+2ast, S.Denison 9+2reb+3ast, M.Pasalic 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 538388





Morris Curry (ex Antibes) is a newcomer at Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti - by Eurobasket News

Steaua CSM EximBank Bucuresti (Liga Nationala) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American guard Morris Curry (181-77kg-87, college: Providence, agency: Inception Sports). He started the season at Sharks Antibes in French ProA. In 9 games he recorded 9.2ppg, 3.6rpg and 4.3apg this season. The last season Curry played at Kalev/Cramo in Estonian Alexela KML where in 14 games he averaged 10.1ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.8apg. He helped them to win the league title (twice) (also twice). Great season indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com Estonian League All-Imports Team and Honorable Mention. Curry also played 11 games in VTB United League where he had 14.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.9apg and 1.0spg. The other team Curry played shortly was Sluc Nancy (also in ProA). In four games he got 9.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.8apg. He also played 7 games in Eurocup where he got 6.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.0apg.
Among other achievements Curry received Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Player of the Year award back in 2014.
He is a very experienced player. Curry has played also professionally in Austria (Gmunden Swans), Bulgaria (Lukoil Academic Sofia), Finland (KTP Basket), Germany (Giessen 46ers and Mitteldeutscher BC), Greece (AEK Athens) and Poland (AZS Koszalin).
He attended Providence College until 2010 and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  RUSSIA  

Stats Leaders - Superleague B

Points Per Game
 Fedor KLYUCHNIKOV
  Spartak-.
  (192-G-90)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Klyuchnikov, Spartak-.23.4 
 2. Lepojevic, Univ.Sur.22.3 
 3. Reid, Urartu Y.20.0 
 4. Smith, Urartu Y.15.9 
 5. Sheleketo, Sakhalin15.5 
 6. Zaryazhko, Ryazan15.2 
 7. Krivosheev, Spartak-.15.1 
 8. Korshakov, Ryazan14.8 
 9. Kuznetsov, MBA M.14.6 
 10. Zakharov, Irkut14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Todd O''BRIEN
  Urartu Y.
  (211-C-89)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. O''Brien, Urartu Y.10.4 
 2. Krivosheev, Spartak-.9.7 
 3. Reid, Urartu Y.9.1 
 4. Karaulov, TE.8.0 
 5. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.7.6 
 6. Kurtsevich, Novosybi.7.6 
 7. Pateev, Khimky-P.7.2 
 8. Korshakov, Ryazan7.2 
 9. Karpeko, Kupol-Ro.7.0 
 10. Gankevich, Spartak-.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Andrey MATEYUNAS
  Spartak-.
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 9
 1. Mateyunas, Spartak-.9.0 
 2. Tokarev, Novosybi.6.5 
 3. Glazunov, TE.6.4 
 4. Tkachenko, Ural E.4.2 
 5. Varnakov, Irkut4.0 
 6. Korchagin, Samara-.3.7 
 7. Sopin, MBA Moscow3.7 
 8. Klyuchnikov, Spartak-.3.7 
 9. Zaryazhko, Ryazan3.7 
 10. Lekavicius, Univ.Sur.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Anton GLAZUNOV
  TE.
  (182-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Glazunov, TE.2.8 
 2. Mateyunas, Spartak-.2.3 
 3. Zlobin, Irkut2.2 
 4. Sopin, MBA Moscow2.1 
 5. Zibirov, Sakhalin2.0 
 6. Lekavicius, Univ.Sur.1.8 
 7. Ivanov, Univ.Surgut1.7 
 8. O''Brien, Urartu Y.1.6 
 9. Kiryanov, Kupol-Ro.1.6 
 10. Varnakov, Irkut1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Alexey KURTSEVICH
  Novosybi.
  (210-C-89)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Kurtsevich, Novosybi.1.6 
 2. Pateev, Khimky-P.0.9 
 3. Fomin, Ryazan0.9 
 4. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.0.9 
 5. Zozulin, Sa.0.8 
 6. O''Brien, Urartu Y.0.8 
 7. Toporov, MBA M.0.8 
 8. Karaulov, TE.0.8 
 9. Likhodey, Khimky-P.0.8 
 10. Yakovenko, Sakhalin0.7 


EuroLeague: CSKA cruise past Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Galatasaray 85:69

CSKA claimed the fourth straight victory. They rallied past visiting Galatasaray in Moscow today. Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) scored 22 points to pace the hosts.
Galatasaray ensured a confident start. They held the home side to 13 points in the first period to take a 4-point lead. But CSKA shifted the gear in the second term. The hosts unleashed 33 points in the second frame to spur ahead for a 46:29 halftime advantage. Galatasaray managed to slow CSKA down in the third term. They pulled within 16 points at the final intermission. CSKA however dropped 20 points in the fourth period and rallied to a comfortable win. Cory Higgins (195-G-89, college: Colorado) produced 12 points, while Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86, agency: BeoBasket) added 13 points for the winners. Vladimir Micov (201-F-85, agency: BeoBasket) responded with 18 points for Galatasaray. Goksenin Koksal (195-SG-91) chipped in 13 points in the loss.

CSKA: Nando De Colo 22, Kyle Hines 13, Cory Higgins 12
Galatasaray: Vladimir Micov 18, Goksenin Koksal 13



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Dusan Katnic (ex Dynamic BG) agreed terms with MZT Skopje - by Eurobasket News

KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom (Prva Liga) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old Serbian point guard Dusan Katnic (193-85kg-89, agency: BeoExcell). He started the season at Dynamic BG Beograd in Serbian KLS league. In 16 games he recorded 6.5ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.9apg and 2.1spg this season. The last season Katnic played at Igokea in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I where in 11 games he averaged 6.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.8apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to win the cup. Katnic also played 11 games in ABA League where he had 5.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.7apg. The other team he played shortly was Krka in Slovenian league. In 6 FIBA Europe Cup games he got 8.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.2apg and 1.0spg. Katnic also played 11 games in ABA League where he got 6.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.6apg and 1.4spg.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League 2nd Team award back in 2009.
Katnic represented Serbia at the European Championships U20 in Riga (Latvia) nine years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 5.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.4apg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 86.7%.
Katnic has played also professionally in Belgium (Oostende) and Poland (Anwil).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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SBL Round 38: Nova Ves defeat leader Kosice - 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 surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Kosice (28-6) on the court of tenth ranked Nova Ves on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by Nova Ves 88-77. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Kosice. American-Jamaican Phil Henry (203-91, college: E.New Mexico, agency: Global Sports Plaza) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds. International forward Viktor Juricek (211-93, college: Texas A&M-CC) contributed with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Serbian guard Stefan Matovic (203-91, agency: BeoExcell) replied with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for Kosice. Nova Ves maintains tenth position with 7-28 record. Kosice at the other side still keeps top place with six games lost. Nova Ves are looking forward