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  ANTIGUA  



ABBA Round 18: Leader Baldwin Braves get another victory - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

Leader Baldwin Braves delivered the eighth win on Thursday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Ottos (3-6) 79-61. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ottos. The game was mostly controlled by Baldwin Braves. Ottos managed to win second period 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ottos to just 7 points in first quarter. Baldwin Braves have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 8-1 record. Newly promoted Ottos keep the sixth place with six games lost. They share the position with Freetown T.. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game with biggest result difference took place in . Local Stingerz (7-2) outscored 8th ranked HL Rockersville (1-7) 87-59. Stingerz have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. HL Rockersville lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with seven games lost. They share it with Yorks Crushers. Stingerz's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in to the arena .

Baldwin Braves - Ottos 79-61

Leader Baldwin Braves delivered the eighth win on Thursday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Ottos (3-6) 79-61. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Ottos. The game was mostly controlled by Baldwin Braves. Ottos managed to win second period 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ottos to just 7 points in first quarter. Baldwin Braves have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 8-1 record. Newly promoted Ottos keep the sixth place with six games lost. They share the position with Freetown T.. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 539373


Stingerz - HL Rockersville 87-59

The game with biggest result difference took place in . Local Stingerz (7-2) outscored 8th ranked HL Rockersville (1-7) 87-59. The game was mostly controlled by Stingerz. HL Rockersville was better in third quarter 21-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Stingerz have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. HL Rockersville lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with seven games lost. They share it with Yorks Crushers. Stingerz's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in to the arena .
gschID: 539372





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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, Instituto20.3 
 3. Quinteros, Regat.19.0 
 4. Solano, Echague18.8 
 5. Sims, Regatas C.18.2 
 6. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 7. Vildoza, Quilm.16.6 
 8. Gadson, Argentino16.4 
 9. Mickeal, Atenas16.4 
 10. Horner, Obras B.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.0 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.6 
 3. Johnson, Weber B.9.9 
 4. Clancy, Instituto9.9 
 5. Wood, San M.8.9 
 6. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.7 
 7. Justiz, Estudian.8.5 
 8. Horner, Obras B.8.3 
 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. Aguirre, San L.5.2 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.2 
 7. De-l., GECR I.4.6 
 8. Hopson, Quimsa4.5 
 9. Perez, Boca Jrs4.5 
 10. Ciorciari, Instituto4.4 
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. De-l., GECR I.1.7 
 6. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 7. Massey, Libertad.1.6 
 8. Vildoza, Quilm.1.6 
 9. Flor, Quilmes MP1.5 
 10. Lescano, San M.1.5 
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.1.7 
 4. Crawford, Argen.1.6 
 5. Battle, Quimsa1.4 
 6. Marriaga, Estudian.1.3 
 7. Clancy, Instituto1.2 
 8. Meyinsse, San L.1.1 
 9. Calfani, 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.18.1 
 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.8.9 
 5. Lockett, BHY T.8.7 
 6. Lauria, Comunica.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: 8
 1. La-Bella, Gimnasia.8.0 
 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. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.2.1 
 4. Correa, BHY T.2.1 
 5. Cequeira, Villa A.2.1 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.1.9 
 7. Eseverri, Salta B.1.8 
 8. Tabarez, Union SF1.8 
 9. Lopez, Independ.1.8 
 10. Gago, Petr.Arg.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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  AUSTRALIA  


Tyler Monroe claims Australian State League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Tyler Monroe (201-F) had an amazing evening in the last round for Maitland M. and that's him to receive a Australiabasket.com State League Player of the Week award for round 1.
The forward had a double-double of 30 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team edged out Bankstown B. (#11, 0-1), the league's bottom-ranked team 83-81. Thanks to this victory Maitland M. moved-up to the 6th position in their group in Australian State League. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Maitland M. won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Monroe just recently signed at Maitland M. and it was his first game, where he immediately became new team's leader. Azusa Pacific University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Monroe is in league's top in points (2nd best: 30.0ppg), assists (9th best: 4.0apg) and averages solid 4.0bpg and 63.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old American forward Mitchell Rueter (198-F) of Cent.Coast C.. Rueter impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 30 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Cent.Coast C. lost that game 94-102 to Norths Bears (1-0). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Rueter is one of the most experienced players at Cent.Coast C. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.5ppg (#8). His other stats are also decent: 10.0rpg and 3.5apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Dane Suttle (198-G/F-89) of Newcastle H. (#4). Suttle showcased his all-around game by recording 28 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Newcastle H., leading his team to a 72-70 win against #3 ranked Manly Warr. in a game of the week. Newcastle H. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in Waratah. Their record at this point is 1 victory and 1 lost game. Suttle has a great season in Australia. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 27.0ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Erik Dorbek (196-F/G-82) of Norths Bears - 28 points and 6 rebounds
5. Steven Markovic (190-G-85) of Bankstown B. - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Joshua Chapman) of Hornsby S. - 26 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Callum Jenkins (F) of Cent.Coast C. - 28 points and 12 rebounds
8. Josh Garlepp (203-F/C-89) of Norths Bears - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Nick Blair (185-G-87) of Norths Bears - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Isaac Turner (191-SG-92) of Sutherland S. - 35 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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  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, Wels18.0 
 6. McNealy, Oberwart17.0 
 7. Rados, Klostern.16.2 
 8. Stazic, Vienna16.1 
 9. Murati, Gmunden16.0 
 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, Wels7.7 
 6. Ferguson, Vienna7.5 
 7. Traylor, Oberwart7.4 
 8. Sarlija, Furstenfeld7.1 
 9. Baptiste, Kapfe.7.1 
 10. Gaidys, Gmunden6.5 
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, Gmunden5.2 
 6. Stazic, Vienna4.6 
 7. Maresch, UBSC G.4.5 
 8. Clemmons, Vienna4.5 
 9. O''Neal, Wels4.2 
 10. Ojo, Gmunden3.8 
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. Trmal, Arkadia1.6 
 6. Ferguson, Vienna1.5 
 7. Jandl, Furstenfeld1.5 
 8. McNealy, Oberwart1.4 
 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  


Bahamas NPBA round 17 best performance: Kemsy Sylvestre - by Eurobasket News

Kemsy Sylvestre put on an amazing game in the last round for Bahamas Univ., receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The player was the main contributor (24 points, nine rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Pros (#9, 3-13) with 19-point margin 89-70. Bahamas Univ. maintains the 4th position in Bahamas NPBA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Bahamas Univ. will need more victories to improve their 11-5 record. In the team's last game Sylvestre had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Bahamas Univ.'s top player in his first season with the team. Kemsy Sylvestre has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 22.5ppg), rebounds (7th best: 10.9rpg) and averages impressive 1.5bpg and 3.5spg.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old Herbert Knowles of Cleaners. Knowles had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds. Of course Cleaners cruised to a 66-57 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Rebels (#12, 1-15). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Cleaners keeps 10th position. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Cleaners managed to get this year. Knowles is a newcomer at Cleaners, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Craig Buchanan (193-G) of Rebels (#12). Buchanan scored 22 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Buchanan's great performance Rebels lost 57-66 to slightly higher-ranked Cleaners (#10, 3-13). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Rebels can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 1-15 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Buchanan he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Buchanan has a very solid season. In 14 games in Bahamas he scored 14.1ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vadis Morrison) of Cleaners - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Keithan Gray) of Pros - 18 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Tevin Hudson) of Pirates - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Kevin Wright (178-PG) of Pirates - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Romell Johnson) of Cleaners - 23 points and 4 rebounds
9. Domonique Fernander) of Pirates - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Ramon Dames (G-93) of Bahamas Univ. - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists

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



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  BAHRAIN  


Elliott comes back to Brujos Izalco, ex Al Bahrain - by Eurobasket News

Brujos Izalco (Liga MB) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American center Travis Elliott (203-104kg-91, college: Beth.-Cookman). It is actually his comeback to Izalco as he has played here before. Elliott He played recently at Al Bahrain in Bahrain Premier League. The last summer Elliott was tested by Brujos Izalco. He helped them to win the league title. Great season indeed as he was awarded Latinbasket.com All-El Salvador Liga Mayor Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team.
Elliott graduated from Bethune-Cookman College in 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BALTIC LEAGUE  


Kalev/Cramo, Tartu Ulikool, Pieno Zvaigzdes and Vytautas reach semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Barons Riga - Kalev/Cramo 77-66

Barons Riga outgunned Kalev/Cramo at home court but could not rescue the series as the Estonian team made it into the next round. The game was mostly controlled by Barons Riga. Kalev/Cramo managed to win fourth quarter 17-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Barons Riga forced 25 Kalev/Cramo turnovers. The best player for the winners was Lithuanian forward Denis Krestinin (202-94, agency: BeoBasket) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Davis Geks (192-95) chipped in 20 points. Four Barons Riga players scored in double figures. American-Bulgarian power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) produced 18 points and 9 rebounds and Belarusian Vitali Liutych (198-92) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Kalev/Cramo: C.Simmons 18+9reb+1ast, V.Liutych 18+5reb+2ast, B.Mirkovic 10+3reb+5ast, M.Tollefsen 8+7reb, M.Gladness 6+4reb, S.Sokk 3+3reb+5ast
Barons Riga: D.Geks 20+1reb+2ast, T.Larson 16+3reb+3ast, D.Krestinin 14+10reb+2ast, D.Zonne 10+1reb+4ast, K.Mediss 7+2reb, R.Freimanis 5+4reb
gschID: 537287


Valmiera - Vytautas 74-64

Vytautas secured their semifinal appearance despite a narrow road loss to Valmiera. The game was mostly controlled by Valmiera. Vytautas was better in second period 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Vytautas outrebounded Valmiera 40-28 including 29 on the defensive glass. Martins Laksa (200-90) notched 18 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and American point guard Damier Pitts (177-89, college: Marshall) supported him with 14 points and 4 assists. Pitts is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Valmiera's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 8 points and 8 rebounds by forward Martynas Linkevicius (196-85, agency: Octagon Europe) did not help to save the game for Vytautas. Forward Tadas Klimavicius (204-82) added 11 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Four Vytautas players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Vytautas: V.Lipkevicius 12+5reb, A.Valeika 11+6reb+1ast, T.Klimavicius 11+7reb+1ast, R.Miniotas 10+6reb+1ast, M.Linkevicius 8+8reb+3ast, V.Cizauskas 7+5reb+1ast
Valmiera: M.Laksa 18+6reb, D.Pitts 14+2reb+4ast, A.Berzins 13+3reb+1ast, A.Mitchell 8+3reb+1ast, R.Malmanis 8+4reb+1ast, L.Blaus 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 537286


P.Zvaigzdes - Liepaja/Triobet 109-93

Pieno Zvaigzdes rallied past Liepaja/Triobet at home court to sweep the series. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 61-44 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. P.Zvaigzdes dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Liepaja/Triobet's 46. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Liepaja/Triobet helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Derrick Low (191-86, college: Washington St., agency: Octagon Europe) scored 15 points and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Canadian-Lithuanian point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-88) chipped in 18 points and 5 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. P.Zvaigzdes' coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Arturs Ausejs (192-90) responded with 30 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and American guard Malcolm Griffin (193-91, college: Fresno Pacific, agency: Promotex) scored 13 points. Five P.Zvaigzdes and four Liepaja/Triobet players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Liepaja/Triobet: A.Ausejs 30+5reb+5ast, C.Montgomery 13+6reb+1ast, M.Griffin 13+4reb+3ast, R.Berzins 11+4reb, K.Pauls Lasmanis 9+2reb+1ast, R.Krastins 6+2reb+2ast
P.Zvaigzdes: E.Zabas 18+2reb+5ast, N.Balashov 18+3reb+3ast, D.Low 15+1reb+9ast, O.Olisevicius 15+5reb+1ast, E.Dimsa 12+4reb+3ast, J.Tamulis 11+5reb+4ast
gschID: 537285


Nevezis - Tartu Ulikool 78-92

Tartu Ulikool stormed past Nevezis in Lithuania and sealed their semifinal appearance. The game without a history. Tartu Ulikool led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Nevezis' 38. Tartu Ulikool players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Lithuanian center Dominykas Milka (203-92, college: St.Rose, NY) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 7 rebounds. Janari Joesaar (198-93, college: UTRGV, agency: Three Eye Sports) contributed with 18 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Tartu Ulikool players scored in double figures. Forward Vaidotas Volkus (203-85, college: Redlands CC) replied with 25 points and 6 rebounds and center Karolis Petrukonis (212-87, college: Clemson) added 11 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Nevezis.
Top scorers:
Nevezis: V.Volkus 25+6reb+2ast, I.Smiljanic 16+4reb, K.Petrukonis 11+11reb+3ast, T.Prostran 9+6reb+9ast, P.Petrilevicius 8+2reb+1ast, J.Love-Roberts 7+2reb+4ast
Tartu Ulikool: D.Milka 26+7reb+2ast, J.Joesaar 18+4reb+5ast, G.Dorbek 13+4reb+1ast, M.Thomas 12+4reb+7ast, J.Talts 8+4reb+4ast, M.Adam Konate 7+8reb
gschID: 537284





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  BARBADOS  


BABA Round 3: No surprise as #1 Bulls defeat Tridents - by Eurobasket News

Bulls (2-0) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed Tridents (0-2) 100-55. Bulls is looking forward to face Lumber (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Tridents will have a break next round.
The game in Bridgetown is worth to mention about. Pinelands (2-0) played at the court of Warriors (0-2). Pinelands did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 77-60. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Warriors - Pinelands 60-77

The game in Bridgetown is worth to mention about. Pinelands (2-0) played at the court of Warriors (0-2). Pinelands did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 77-60. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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Bulls - Tridents 100-55

Bulls (2-0) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed Tridents (0-2) 100-55. Bulls is looking forward to face Lumber (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Tridents will have a break next round.
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  BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE  


Basketball Champions League Quarter-Finals pairings drawn - by Eurobasket News

The Basketball Champions League Quarter-Finals pairings were confirmed during a draw in Munich on Friday afternoon. Five nations will be represented in the home-and-away format Quarter-Final series, with the games set to take place on March 21-22, with the return leg on March 28-29.
The Quarter-Final pairings are as follows (the team listed second plays the return leg at home):
ASVEL (FRA) v Iberostar Tenerife (ESP)
Pinar Karsiyaka (TUR) v UR Venezia (ITA)
Banvit (TUR) v MHP Riesen (GER)
AS Monaco (FRA) v Dinamo Sassari (ITA)

The four teams to advance from the Quarter-Finals will meet in the Final Four on April 28-30. The location will be announced after completion of the Quarter-Finals.
Courtesy of: basketballcl.com



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  BELARUS  

Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Sergej VABISCHEVICH
  BSEU-Gr.
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.21.2 
 2. Viaroukin, GO.19.3 
 3. Sugonyako, COR-Bori.18.8 
 4. Aladko, Vitebsk18.5 
 5. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.17.3 
 6. Suvorov, Prine.17.3 
 7. Shustov, Impuls B.17.1 
 8. Navoichyk, Prine.16.5 
 9. Roslikau, BSEU-Gr.15.3 
 10. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dmitriy DMITRUK
  Brest
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 12
 1. Dmitruk, Brest12.0 
 2. Zahar, Impuls B.9.7 
 3. Liutych, Tsmoki II9.0 
 4. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.8.9 
 5. Vashkevich, Vitebsk8.5 
 6. Kopacev, GO.8.4 
 7. Chumakov, Prine.8.3 
 8. Ignatev, Impuls B.7.4 
 9. Chumakov, Grodn.7.2 
 10. Malysh, COR-Bori.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Maksim SHUSTOV
  Impuls B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Shustov, Impuls B.6.0 
 2. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.5.5 
 3. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.4 
 4. Stavrovskiy, Tsmoki I.4.8 
 5. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.4.8 
 6. Nazarov, BSEU-Gr.4.8 
 7. Aladko, Vitebsk4.6 
 8. Korzh, Grodno-934.6 
 9. Kharkevich, COR-Bori.4.5 
 10. Volodkin, Impuls B.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Tsimafei VIAROUKIN
  GO.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Viaroukin, GO.2.6 
 2. Lebedev, BSEU-Gr.2.4 
 3. Shustov, Impuls B.2.3 
 4. Suvorov, Prine.2.3 
 5. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk2.0 
 6. Malkov, COR-Bori.2.0 
 7. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.2.0 
 8. Stankevich, GOCOR-S.1.9 
 9. Chumakov, Grodn.1.9 
 10. Tatur, COR-Borisfen1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Evgeniy KOPYLOV
  COR-Bori.
  (199-F-91)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kopylov, COR-Bori.0.0 
 2. Adaskov, GO.0.0 
 3. Kopacev, GO.0.0 
 4. Navoichyk, Prine.0.0 
 5. Konovchuk, Brest0.0 
 6. Morozov, Brest0.0 
 7. Kisel, Brest0.0 
 8. Mishukov, Grodn.0.0 
 9. Kirilyuk, Brest0.0 
 10. Milashevskiy, BSEU-Gr.0.0 



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  BELGIUM  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Jason CLARK
  Antwerp
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Clark, Antwerp18.2 
 2. Bowman, Spirou16.7 
 3. Tofi, Aalstar16.1 
 4. Simpson, Liege15.6 
 5. Tuttle, Limburg .15.3 
 6. Miller-M., Leuven14.8 
 7. Ware, Antwerp14.7 
 8. Samhan, Leuven14.5 
 9. Channels, Kango.14.4 
 10. Troisfontain., Aalst.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ANDERSON
  Antwerp
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Anderson, Antwerp7.8 
 2. Amis, Aalstar7.1 
 3. Ware, Antwerp6.7 
 4. Samhan, Leuven6.7 
 5. Tuttle, Limburg .6.5 
 6. Simmons, Brussels6.5 
 7. Fields, Liege6.3 
 8. Ubel, Brussels6.3 
 9. Badji, Kangoeroes6.1 
 10. Tofi, Aalstar5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Dusan DJORDJEVIC
  Ooste.
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.6 
 2. Miller-M., Leuven5.3 
 3. Channels, Kango.5.1 
 4. Loubry, Brussels4.8 
 5. Marnegrave, Spirou4.4 
 6. Clark, Antwerp4.3 
 7. Anderson, Limburg .4.1 
 8. Tuttle, Limburg .4.1 
 9. Bosco, Mons-Hai.4.0 
 10. Simpson, Liege3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Bryan DAVIS
  Spirou
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Davis, Spirou1.8 
 2. Miller-M., Leuven1.8 
 3. Billbury, Leuven1.7 
 4. Bowman, Spirou1.5 
 5. Channels, Kango.1.5 
 6. Hertay, Liege1.5 
 7. Simpson, Liege1.4 
 8. Tuttle, Limburg .1.4 
 9. Muya, Brussels1.3 
 10. Djordjevic, Ooste.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin TUMBA
  Spirou
  (205-C/F-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Tumba, Spirou2.5 
 2. Amis, Aalstar1.5 
 3. Fields, Liege1.1 
 4. Boukichou, Oostende1.1 
 5. Gugino, Liege1.0 
 6. Fusek, Spirou0.8 
 7. Bako, Leuven0.8 
 8. Ubel, Brussels0.7 
 9. Blair, Aalstar0.7 
 10. Ware, Antwerp0.7 



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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. Garcia, Bauru18.1 
 7. Holloway, Pinheiros18.0 
 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, Pinheiros7.2 
 7. Lopez, Flamengo6.9 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia6.7 
 9. Klassmann, B.Cea.6.7 
 10. Silveira, Mogi6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. de-Assis, Brasilia7.1 
 2. Garcia, Bauru5.7 
 3. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.7 
 4. Anthony, Macae5.5 
 5. Pecos, Paulistano5.4 
 6. Borges, Franca5.2 
 7. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.5.1 
 8. Dawkins, Vitoria5.1 
 9. Rodgers, Minas5.0 
 10. Freitas, Campo M.4.6 
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. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.1.6 
 6. Cafferata, L.Sor.1.6 
 7. Toledo, B.Cearense1.6 
 8. Jackson, Vasco D.1.6 
 9. Stallworth, Mogi1.6 
 10. Curnell, Mogi1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Douglas NUNES
  Campo M.
  (208-PF-87)
  Avg: 1
 1. Nunes, Campo M.1.0 
 2. Lenz, Pinheiros0.9 
 3. Klassmann, B.Cea.0.9 
 4. Castellar, Brasilia0.8 
 5. Rollins, Flamengo0.7 
 6. Gruber, B.Cearense0.6 
 7. Freitas, Campo M.0.6 
 8. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.6 
 9. Camilo, Macae0.6 
 10. Mariano, Brasilia0.6 


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 


Liga Ouro Round 1: #1 Blumenau are defeated by Joinville - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Liga Ouro just started. Coincidentally all visitors won their games. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Blumenau (0-1) at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were edged by Joinville (1-0) 77-75. Joinville forced 21 Blumenau turnovers and outrebounded them 36-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. Andre Mendes (192-93) stepped up and scored 16 points for the winners and point guard Jeferson Froehlich (193-91) chipped in 6 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side guard Gabriel De Oliveira (202-93) responded with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Joinville are looking forward to face Santos/Macapa (#6) in the next round. Blumenau will play against Brusque and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Santos. Botafogo F.R. (2-0) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging Santos/Macapa (0-2) 66-63 on Friday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. American point guard Jamaal Smith (175-85, college: N.Mexico) nailed 18 points and 4 assists for the winning side and Wesley Russell accounted for 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Botafogo F.R.'s coach Marcio Andrade allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Ulisses Lima (198-85) came up with 15 points for Santos/Macapa in the defeat. Botafogo F.R. will play against Contagem in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Santos/Macapa will play against Brusque (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in supposed to be also quite interesting. Contagem (2-0) played at the court of Brusque (0-2). Contagem smashed Brusque 70-41 on Thursday. Eric Romualdo fired 15 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Alan Tiago produced 14 points for lost side. Brusque's coach Alexandre da Rocha gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Contagem will meet at home Botafogo F.R. in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Brusque will play against Santos/Macapa (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in was also worth to mention about. Contagem (2-0) played at the court of Brusque (0-2). Contagem defeated Brusque 66-55. Worth to mention a great performance of Rodrigo Maistro who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 7 rebounds. Contagem's next round opponent will be Botafogo F.R. in Rio de Janeiro and it will be for sure the game of the week. Brusque will play against Santos/Macapa (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in was also quite interesting. Botafogo F.R. (2-0) played at the court of Santos/Macapa (0-2). Botafogo F.R. defeated Santos/Macapa 81-67 on Sunday. Arnaldinho Filho stepped up and scored 22 points for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Botafogo F.R. will face Contagem in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Santos/Macapa will play against Brusque (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 12 points and 6 assists by Thiago Perez of Contagem.

Brusque - Contagem 41-70

The game in supposed to be also quite interesting. Contagem (2-0) played at the court of Brusque (0-2). Contagem smashed Brusque 70-41 on Thursday. Contagem held Brusque to an opponent 24.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 34.4 percent accuracy of the winners. Contagem forced 27 Brusque turnovers. Point guard Eric Romualdo (185-83) fired 15 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Guard Thiago Perez (191-82) chipped in 12 points and 6 assists. Forward Alan Tiago (202-91) produced 14 points and center Rodrigo Silva (207-87) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Brusque's coach Alexandre da Rocha gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Contagem will meet at home Botafogo F.R. in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Brusque will play against Santos/Macapa (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Brusque: A.Tiago 14+4reb+2ast, R.Silva 11+8reb, G.Machado 4+2reb+2ast, D.Prado 3+10reb+2ast, W.da Silva 3+7reb+1ast, F.Henrique 3+2reb
Contagem: E.Romualdo 15+5reb+5ast, V.De Gusmao 12+1ast, T.Perez 12+2reb+6ast, R.Maistro 9+6reb+2ast, F.Alvim 6+10reb, A.Alves 5+12reb
gschID: 538596


Brusque - Contagem 55-66

The game in was also worth to mention about. Contagem (2-0) played at the court of Brusque (0-2). Contagem defeated Brusque 66-55. Contagem dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Brusque's 20. Worth to mention a great performance of Rodrigo Maistro (200-87) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Thiago Perez (191-82) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Center Rodrigo Silva (207-87) answered with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Guilherme Machado (175-86) added 19 points in the effort for Brusque. Contagem's next round opponent will be Botafogo F.R. in Rio de Janeiro and it will be for sure the game of the week. Brusque will play against Santos/Macapa (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Brusque: G.Machado 19+1reb, R.Silva 14+5reb+4ast, F.Henrique 9+4reb+1ast, D.Prado 6+6reb+4ast, W.da Silva 5+5reb+3ast, D.Tavares 2+4reb
Contagem: R.Maistro 21+7reb+2ast, T.Perez 18+3reb+2ast, F.Alvim 8+3reb+1ast, V.De Gusmao 5, A.Alves 4+3reb+3ast, J.Dos Santos 4+4reb
gschID: 538595


Blumenau - Joinville 75-77

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Blumenau (0-1) at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were edged by Joinville (1-0) 77-75. Joinville forced 21 Blumenau turnovers and outrebounded them 36-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. Andre Mendes (192-93) stepped up and scored 16 points for the winners and point guard Jeferson Froehlich (193-91) chipped in 6 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. At the losing side guard Gabriel De Oliveira (202-93) responded with 21 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Lucas Henrique Moreira (181-94) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Five Blumenau players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Joinville are looking forward to face Santos/Macapa (#6) in the next round. Blumenau will play against Brusque and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Blumenau: G.De Oliveira 21+5reb+1ast, L.Henrique Moreira 14+5reb+3ast, L.Semmke 12+1reb+6ast, B.Lazzaris 12+3reb, D.Silva 11+6reb+2ast, G.Assuncao 3+1reb+1ast
Joinville: A.Mendes 16+2reb+1ast, W.Weihermann 12+2reb, L.Vezaro 10+1ast, M.Silva 9+3reb, J.Froehlich 6+6reb+5ast, M.Dias 6+2reb
gschID: 538594


Santos/Macapa - Botafogo F.R. 67-81

The game in was also quite interesting. Botafogo F.R. (2-0) played at the court of Santos/Macapa (0-2). Botafogo F.R. defeated Santos/Macapa 81-67 on Sunday. They outrebounded Santos/Macapa 44-23 including a 33-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international guard Arnaldinho Filho (187-78) stepped up and scored 22 points for the winners and American guard Wesley Russell (193-93, college: Ohio Christian) chipped in 6 points and 12 rebounds. Russell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side guard Luiz Nepomuceno (193-95) responded with 23 points and 5 rebounds and guard Luis-Fernando Lima (193-93) scored 10 points. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Botafogo F.R. will face Contagem in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Santos/Macapa will play against Brusque (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Santos/Macapa: L.Nepomuceno 23+5reb, L.Fernando Lima 10+4reb+1ast, J.Serejo 9+3reb, A.Machado 8+4reb+1ast, R.de Azevedo 7+5reb+1ast, U.Lima 6+1reb
Botafogo F.R.: A.Filho 22+1reb, F.Perez 10+5reb, J.Smith 8+3reb+4ast, R.da Silva 7+2reb+4ast, P.Flowers 7+2reb, W.Russell 6+12reb+2ast
gschID: 538593


Santos/Macapa - Botafogo F.R. 63-66

Important game to mention about took place in Santos. Botafogo F.R. (2-0) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging Santos/Macapa (0-2) 66-63 on Friday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Botafogo F.R. made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Botafogo F.R. outrebounded Santos/Macapa 32-18 including 25 on the defensive glass. American point guard Jamaal Smith (175-85, college: N.Mexico) nailed 18 points and 4 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import guard Wesley Russell (193-93, college: Ohio Christian) accounted for 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Russell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Botafogo F.R.'s coach Marcio Andrade allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Ulisses Lima (198-85) came up with 15 points and guard Luis Fernando Lima (193-93) added 12 points respectively for Santos/Macapa in the defeat. Four Santos/Macapa players scored in double figures. Botafogo F.R. will play against Contagem in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Santos/Macapa will play against Brusque (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Santos/Macapa: U.Lima 15+3reb+3ast, R.de Azevedo 13+2reb, L.Fernando Lima 12+4reb, L.Nepomuceno 10+3reb+1ast, A.Machado 9+2reb+1ast, J.Serejo 4+4reb+3ast
Botafogo F.R.: J.Smith 18+2reb+4ast, R.Bahia Bispo 16+4reb, W.Russell 12+6reb+4ast, F.Perez 7+5reb+2ast, R.da Silva 5+1reb, A.Filho 4+2reb
gschID: 538592





NBB Round 24: Mogi beat Brasilia in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Mogi das Cruzes. Third ranked Mogi faced second-best Brasilia. Host Mogi (16-8) smashed guests from Brasilia (16-7) 84-58. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The best player for the winners was naturalized American Shamell Stallworth (195-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. The former international point guard Larry Taylor (185-80, college: Missouri Western) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was international Guilherme Giovannoni (203-80) who recorded 8 points and 9 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. Mogi have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Bauru. Brasilia at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. Mogi is looking forward to face Minas (#12) in Belo Horizonte in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Brasilia will play on the road against Minas (#12) in Belo Horizonte and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Sorocabana. Fourteenth ranked Liga Sorocaba (5-18) saved a 1-point victory at home edging higher ranked Pinheiros (13-10) 64-63 on Wednesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pinheiros. It was a good game for guard Rafael Castellon (192-85) who saved his team from a defeat with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Alexandre de-Souza contributed with 4 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Guard Arlindo Neto (187-86) replied with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for Pinheiros. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Liga Sorocaba moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Caxias do Sul. Pinheiros at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Liga Sorocaba will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pinheiros' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Sao Paolo to the arena Paulistano.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Sao Paulo, where higher ranked Vivo/Franca (14-9) lost at home to eleventh ranked SKY/Basquete (10-13) 78-82 on Tuesday. Worth to mention a great performance of David Rossetto who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. The best for the losing side was Lucas Cipolini with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. SKY/Basquete maintains eleventh position with 10-13 record. Loser Vivo/Franca dropped to the fifth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Vitoria. SKY/Basquete will meet higher ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Vivo/Franca will play against Universo/Vitoria and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 24 Minas was defeated by Campo Mourao in a road game 114-105. Bauru beat Vitoria at home 83-71.

L.Sorocaba - Pinheiros 64-63

Important game to mention about took place in Sorocabana. Fourteenth ranked Liga Sorocaba (5-18) saved a 1-point victory at home edging higher ranked Pinheiros (13-10) 64-63 on Wednesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pinheiros. Liga Sorocaba made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Pinheiros 43-32 including 28 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for guard Rafael Castellon (192-85) who saved his team from a defeat with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Alexandre de-Souza (202-92) contributed with 4 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Guard Arlindo Neto (187-86) replied with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and American guard Cordero Bennett (188-88) added 7 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Pinheiros. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Liga Sorocaba moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Caxias do Sul. Pinheiros at the other side keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Liga Sorocaba will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pinheiros' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Sao Paolo to the arena Paulistano.
Top scorers:
L.Sorocaba: R.Castellon 19+9reb, L.Farina 11+3reb+1ast, T.Bento 10+1reb+2ast, E.Cafferata 6+1reb+1ast, M.Tavares 6+6reb+2ast, B.Ferreira 4+8reb+2ast
Pinheiros: A.Neto 14+5reb+5ast, G.Barbosa 12+3reb+1ast, D.Holloway 8+1reb+2ast, C.Bennett 7+9reb+1ast, G.Teichmann 6+4reb+1ast, L.Gustavo de Oliveira 6
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Campo Mourao - Minas 114-105

There was no surprise when 12th ranked Minas (8-15) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked Campo Mourao (13-11) 114-105 on Tuesday. Campo Mourao looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Greg Brown (188-94, college: St.Francis, PA) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists and guard Isaac Thornton (190-91, college: Fairmont St.) who added 30 points and 4 assists during the contest. Brown is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Campo Mourao players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Drew Maynard (200-89, college: Rochester, MI) with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 15 rebounds and guard Scott Rodgers (191-87, college: Drexel, agency: DTMones) scored 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Despite that victory Campo Mourao went down to eighth position due to points difference. Minas lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 15 games lost. Campo Mourao will meet at home league's leader Brasilia in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Minas will play against the league's leader Brasilia (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Campo Mourao: I.Thornton 30+2reb+4ast, G.Brown 22+8reb+7ast, D.Nunes 21+11reb+1ast, V.Oliveira 13+15reb+2ast, B.Nardi Duarte 9+1ast, C.Freitas 8+7reb+7ast
Minas: D.Maynard 30+15reb+2ast, A.Mosso 19+8reb+3ast, S.Rodgers 17+8reb+6ast, W.Ferreira 12, D.Fuzaro 9+2ast, P.Boracini 7+2reb+9ast
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Franca - B.Cearense 78-82

We should mention about the upset which took place in Sao Paulo, where higher ranked Vivo/Franca (14-9) lost at home to eleventh ranked SKY/Basquete (10-13) 78-82 on Tuesday. It was a great shooting night for SKY/Basquete especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard David Rossetto (180-93) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and the former international Luis-Felipe Gruber (206-85) who added 19 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four SKY/Basquete players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international Lucas Cipolini (206-86, college: BYU-Hawaii) with 16 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Alexey Borges (188-95) scored 9 points and 5 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. SKY/Basquete maintains eleventh position with 10-13 record. Loser Vivo/Franca dropped to the fifth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Vitoria. SKY/Basquete will meet higher ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Vivo/Franca will play against Universo/Vitoria and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
B.Cearense: D.Rossetto 22+5reb+4ast, L.Felipe Gruber 19+6reb, E.Machado 15+3reb+4ast, L.Klassmann 14+9reb+2ast, F.Ribeiro 4+5reb+3ast, M.Vinicius Toledo 2+2reb
Franca: L.Cipolini 16+7reb+1ast, A.Stefanelli 11+4reb+1ast, I.Goncalves 10+3reb, A.Borges 9+4reb+5ast, E.Sommer 9+8reb, C.Araujo 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 495547


Bauru - Vitoria 83-71

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru's (16-8) home victory over 5th ranked Universo/Vitoria (14-9) 83-71 on Tuesday. Paschoalotto/Bauru made 24-of-31 free shots (77.4 percent) during the game. Paschoalotto/Bauru outrebounded Universo/Vitoria 36-25 including 23 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of international Leonardo Meindl (201-93) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and international guard Alex Garcia (191-80, agency: Interperformances) who added 19 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American point guard Kenny Dawkins (175-87, college: Lamar) with 15 points and 5 assists and his fellow American import guard Keyron Sheard (188-86, college: Chattanooga, agency: Haylett Sports) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Paschoalotto/Bauru moved-up to second place, which they share with Mogi. Universo/Vitoria lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with nine games lost. They share it with Franca. Paschoalotto/Bauru will meet at home SKY/Basquete (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Universo/Vitoria will play against Vivo/Franca (#5) in Sao Paulo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bauru: L.Meindl 19+11reb+3ast, A.Garcia 19+5reb+3ast, J.Andrade 14+3reb, G.Pereira 9+1reb+1ast, G.Yeye Torres 8+2reb+5ast, S.Santos 8+9reb
Vitoria: K.Dawkins 15+2reb+5ast, K.Sheard 12+5reb+2ast, A.Coimbra 10+2reb, A.Silva 7+3reb+2ast, E.de Oliveira 7+6reb+1ast, D.Kurtz 6+1reb
gschID: 495546


Mogi - Brasilia 84-58

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Mogi das Cruzes. Third ranked Mogi faced second-best Brasilia. Host Mogi (16-8) smashed guests from Brasilia (16-7) 84-58. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The best player for the winners was naturalized American Shamell Stallworth (195-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. The former international point guard Larry Taylor (185-80, college: Missouri Western) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. Five Mogi players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was international Guilherme Giovannoni (203-80) who recorded 8 points and 9 rebounds and the former international point guard Fulvio de-Assis (188-81) added 8 points and 5 assists 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. Mogi have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Bauru. Brasilia at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. Mogi is looking forward to face Minas (#12) in Belo Horizonte in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Brasilia will play on the road against Minas (#12) in Belo Horizonte and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Mogi: L.Taylor 18+5reb+1ast, S.Stallworth 18+6reb+3ast, J.de Oliveira 13+5reb+3ast, F.Russo 11+1reb, T.Curnell 10+6reb+5ast, G.Filipin 7+3reb+1ast
Brasilia: D.Ramos 9+1reb+2ast, P.Alves 8+4reb+2ast, J.Campos 8+1reb+1ast, G.Giovannoni 8+9reb+2ast, F.de Assis 8+2reb+5ast, J.Bernardi 7+5reb+1ast
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  CANADA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kadre GRAY
  Laurentian
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 24.2
 1. Gray, Laurentian24.2 
 2. Cooper, Calgary22.9 
 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. Diressa, Ryerson19.6 
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. Nissen, Acadia9.6 
 7. Iegorov, TRU9.6 
 8. Dinkins, Lakehead9.6 
 9. Elgadi, Brock9.4 
 10. Omoerah, Manitoba9.4 
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, Manitoba5.0 
 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. Mata, Dalhousie2.5 
 5. Kapinga, Calgary2.5 
 6. Small, Ryerson2.5 
 7. Masters, UNB2.3 
 8. Dulay, UFV2.3 
 9. Moore, Saskatch.2.2 
 10. Owootoah, Carleton2.1 
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. Pierre-C., Ottawa1.6 
 8. Debache, UQAM1.6 
 9. Morgan, UBC1.5 
 10. James, MacEwan1.5 


All-OCAA - by Igor Obradovic

All-Tournament MVP: Dylan Periana of Sheridan
Player of the Year: Rayvon Higdon of Redeemer
Rookie of the Year: Khalil Miller of Seneca
All-Canadians: Ajahmo Clarke of George Brown
All-Canadians: Rayvon Higdon of Redeemer
East Division Defensive Player of the Year: Khalil Miller of Seneca
East Division Rookie of the Year: Khalil Miller of Seneca
West Division Defensive Player of the Year: Tyrone Dickson of Humber
West Division Rookie of the Year: Matt Elcock of Mohawk
Coach of the Year: Jonathan Smith of George Brown
East Division Coach of the Year: Jonathan Smith of George Brown
West Division Coach of the Year: Jim Flack of Sheridan Bruins

1st Team
Yusuf Ali of Seneca
Jaz Bains of Lawrence-K
Ajahmo Clarke of George Brown
Marko Curic of Centennial
Khalil Miller of Seneca

2nd Team
Tigh Chapman of Loyalist
Funsho Dimeji of Durham
Tarez Hepburn of Canadore
Josh McFarlene of Centennial
Tyler Vanessen of Georgian

1st Team
Ostap Choliy of Sheridan
Tyrone Dickson of Humber
Rayvon Higdon of Redeemer
Van Hutchinson of Niagara
Brian Owusu of Sheridan

2nd Team
Lamar Barr of Mohawk
Lequan Hylton of Niagara
Ancil Martin of Humber
Branden Padgett of Lambton
Dylan Periana of Sheridan

All-Rookie Team
Deandre Austin of Fanshawe
Foster Brown of Redeemer
Matt Elcock of Mohawk
Brandon Halliburton of Durham
Malcolm Jackson of Centennial
Khalil Miller of Seneca

All-Tournament Team
Dylan Periana of Sheridan
Ostap Choliy of Sheridan
Ajahmo Clarke of George Brown
Kevon Mascoe of George Brown



Sheridan wins OCAA Championships in thrilling fashion over George Brown - by Igor Obradovic

Sheridan guard Dylan Periana (180-PG) (#7) was speechless after his team pulled out a dramatic win over the George Brown Huskies.
The veteran Bruin has won two provincial championships before but never like this.
"It's amazing," Periana said. "I wouldn't have it end any other way."
A fitting way to end what was an exciting and jam packed tournament.
Forward Brian Owusu (188-G/F)'s (#33) jumper with 0.1 seconds left was the difference as Sheridan snuck by George Brown, 76-74, in a battle that decided the provincial title.
With the win, the Bruins secured a provincial title for the first time since 2014 and the twelfth in program history. It also continues a 14 year long streak in which a team from the OCAA West has won the OCAA Championships.
The last time a team from the OCAA East won a provincial title was the Alqonquin Thunder back in 2003.
Despite the result of this game, both teams earned a berth at nationals from winning their semi-final games.
Periana (Sheridan Player of the Game) was named the OCAA Championship's MVP (Most Valuable Player) as he led Sheridan with 28 points and hit a ridiculous seven three pointers. Guard Ostap Choliy (193-G/F) (#17) was the only other Bruin who scored in double figures with 13 points, and also had 13 rebounds.
The hero of the game, Owusu, had nine points and a team high four steals while centre Paul Williams (201-C) (#42) had a game high 16 rebounds and a team high four assists.
Owusu's heroics spoiled a magnificent performance from Huskies guard Kevon Mascoe (188-G) (George Brown Player of the Game) (#8). With CCAA All-Canadian Ajahmo Clarke (190-G) (#22) struggling with his shot the entire game, Mascoe stepped up, scoring a game high 32 points. Guard DJ James (186-G) was the only other Husky in double figures with 15 points while forward Jordan James (#9) had a team high 10 rebounds.
Clarke, meanwhile, finished with only eight points but had a game high nine assists and a game high five steals in the loss.
Both Owusu and Periana expected what was going to occur on the last possession, despite all of the chaos.
"I knew that (Owusu) can get off a good shot no matter who was guarding him," Periana said. "I got the rebound and passed it back."
"I wanted to get a good look and it was going to go," Owusu said, thinking about his game winner. "I've worked on my game a lot over the summer so I believe in everything I put up."
Interim coach Nick Davis, filling in for Bruins head coach Jim Flack, who was on medical leave, said this game against the Huskies proved that George Brown and the OCAA East is to be respected.
"They play hard," Davis said. "I have a lot of respect for Coach Jonathan Smith and what he's done with the program."
Owusu agreed, saying, "The East has really earned a lot of respect from us this season."
Davis also praised Mascoe's performance.
"He (Kevon) was amazing the whole game," Davis said in awe. "I felt bad for him because I thought he deserved a better fate."
The championship game was so tight between both teams that the largest margin of lead was just six points, when Sheridan was up 57-51 after three quarters.
The deciding factor in this game, though, was on the glass, as the Bruins out rebounded the Huskies, 68-47, and outscored them in second chance points, 31-9.
Sheridan also hit three more triples (12-9) than George Brown while the Huskies had 10 more assists (24-14).
The Bruins went up 7-3 early before the Huskies reeled off seven straight points to go up three. Both teams went back and forth and Sheridan were up 18-16 after one.
Mascoe heated up in the second quarter, as he scored 10 of his 13 points in the frame. The Huskies went up 26-23 before the Bruins went on a 7-0 run to go up 30-26. A dunk from Huskies forward Matthew Bukovec (198-G/F) (#6) at the buzzer put George Brown up 37-35 at the half.
Both teams, once again, went back and forth, with Choliy and Mascoe exchanging baskets in a flurry to begin the third quarter. After the score was tied at 47, Sheridan went on a 10-4 run to close the quarter and went up 57-51. Choliy had eight points while Periana had seven in the quarter.
The final quarter saw the Huskies respond right back, going on a 7-0 run, capped off by a three from DJ James (186-G). Consecutive three pointers from Choliy and Periana put the Bruins back up five (63-58). Both teams then exchanged baskets until Periana was fouled with 18.1 seconds left, with Sheridan up 73-71.
To everyone's shock, Periana, who shot 94.1 per cent from the line in the tournament, split a pair of free throws, giving the Huskies a chance to tie the game.
George Brown had Clarke isolated at the top of the key before he dished to a wide open Mascoe, who sank the corner three to tie the game at 74, setting up one last shot for Sheridan.
Owusu missed a shot from the corner but Periana pulled down an incredible offensive rebound and passed in midair back to Owusu, who hit a ridiculously contested jumper to go up 76-74, sending the Sheridan crowd in a frenzy and leaving Huskies fans stunned.
George Brown had one last chance to score, but the inbound lob was denied, sealing the win for Sheridan.
Periana, Choliy, and Owusu were named Tournament All Stars for the Bruins while Clarke and Mascoe were named Tournament All Stars for the Huskies.

OCAA Tournament Final: Sheridan - George Brown 76-74
OCAA Tournament Semifinals:
Sheridan - Humber 94-85, OT
George Brown - Niagara 85-74

Courtesy of OCAA



Dinos fall to Ravens in Final 8 opener - by Eurobasket News

The University of Calgary Dinos stuck right with the six-time defending national champions through three quarters but fell 85-69 in the first quarter-final of the U SPORTS Final 8 Thursday afternoon at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax. Trailing by just five - 62-57 - heading into the fourth quarter, the Dinos had momentum and looked poised for a great finish, but the six-time defending national champions went on an 11-0 run in the middle third of the final frame to advance to the national semifinal round Saturday. "We were right there with them for most of the game, with just a couple of defensive lapses - one in the first quarter and one in the fourth," said Dinos head coach Dan Vanhooren . "I'm proud of our effort today." The score was tight through most of the first quarter, with a Jasdeep Gill free throw tying the score at 14-14 with just over two minutes to play. The Ravens embarked on a 15-1 run spanning the next five minutes of game time, however, and the lead stretch to 14 as the Dinos were forced to play from behind. Calgary won the second and third quarters - even with a miracle buzzer-beating three from Carleton's Emmanuel Owootoah (180-PG, college: Fresno St.) to end the first half - to cut the lead to five heading into the fourth. As they do, the Ravens shot exceptionally and often from long range, taking 35 threes and cashing 14 of them. Carleton easily won the rebounding battle by a 48-24 margin over Calgary, including 17 offensive boards that turned into 16 second-chance points. The Dinos, playing with just eight players due to injury, rode the starting five of David Kapinga (180-PG, college: Union, KY), Mambi Diawara (193-G, college: Lamar St.CC), Thomas Cooper (196-G, college: Nebraska-Kearney), Jhony Verrone, and Mitch Ligertwood for 168 of the combined 200 available. Ligertwood had just one forward behind him - Connor Foreman - as the Dinos played without fifth-year Dallas Karch, former all-star Lars Schlueter, and freshman Jeff Rodehutskors, all injured. Cooper earned player-of-the-game honours for the Dinos a day after receiving first team All-Canadian status for the second straight year. The Dinos' offensive catalyst scored 17 points and hauled in six rebounds, leading the Dinos in both categories. Diawara added 15 points, while Kapinga put up 11. Owootoah joined U SPORTS player of the year Connor Wood (193-G) and Kaza Kajami-Keane with 16 points each to lead the way for Carleton, with Eddie Ekiyor (206-F-97) and Cameron Smythe (211-F) also reaching double digits with 10 each. The Dinos played tenacious defence for much of the contest, turning the ball over 21 times to score 20 points, and held a significant advantage at the free throw line with 28 trips compared to the Ravens' seven. Now on the consolation side of the draw, the Dinos will face the loser of the McGill-Manitoba quarter-final in a consolation semifinal Friday night at 6 p.m. local / 3 p.m. MT. "Not many teams have the chance to win their last game of the season, so that's our focus now," said Vanhooren. "These are program-building games, and we're going to work hard to win the consolation side."
Courtesy of: canadawest.org



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  CHINA  

Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Jimmer FREDETTE
  Shanghai.
  (188-PG-89)
  Avg: 37.6
 1. Fredette, Shanghai.37.6 
 2. McCollum, Beiko.37.5 
 3. Brooks, Jiangsu D.36.2 
 4. Cunningham, Jiangsu.34.0 
 5. Brown, Jilin NE T.33.9 
 6. Franklin, Shanxi BD33.6 
 7. Hudson, Liaoning FL32.4 
 8. Adams, Xinjiang FT31.0 
 9. Jones, Qingdao E.30.5 
 10. Warren, Zhejiang.29.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Malcolm THOMAS
  Jilin N.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Thomas, Jilin N.16.4 
 2. Haddadi, Sichu.16.0 
 3. Thompson, Shandong.13.9 
 4. Hickson, Fujian S.13.4 
 5. Sakakini, Tianj.13.3 
 6. Lampe, Shenzhen L.12.9 
 7. Batista, Beikong FD12.8 
 8. Han, Liaoning FL12.1 
 9. Dalembert, Shanxi B.12.1 
 10. Wang, Fujian S.11.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal FRANKLIN
  Shanxi BD
  (196-SG-91)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Franklin, Shanxi BD8.8 
 2. Fortson, Guangsha.8.5 
 3. Jeter, Tianjin GL7.9 
 4. Pargo, Shenzhen L.6.7 
 5. Sloan, Guangdong ST6.4 
 6. Buycks, Fujian S.6.4 
 7. Jones, Qingdao E.6.2 
 8. Adams, Xinjiang FT5.9 
 9. Warren, Zhejiang.5.8 
 10. Brown, Zhejiang GB5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jamaal FRANKLIN
  Shanxi BD
  (196-SG-91)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Franklin, Shanxi BD3.3 
 2. Sui, Shandong GS2.8 
 3. Brown, Zhejiang GB2.7 
 4. Fortson, Guangsha.2.6 
 5. Hudson, Liaoning FL2.5 
 6. Kamrani, Jilin N.2.4 
 7. McCollum, Beiko.2.3 
 8. Blatche, Xinjiang.2.3 
 9. Kennedy, Guangzho.2.3 
 10. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Yuchen ZOU
  Bayi R.
  (203-F-96)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Zou, Bayi R.2.6 
 2. Zhou, Xinjiang FT2.2 
 3. Smith, Sichuan BW2.0 
 4. Haddadi, Sichu.2.0 
 5. Dalembert, Shanxi B.1.9 
 6. Kirk, Guangzhou LL1.9 
 7. Sun, Beijing D.1.6 
 8. Thomas, Jilin N.1.6 
 9. Blatche, Xinjiang.1.5 
 10. Lalanne, Zhejiang.1.5 


CBA Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Xinjiang and Guangdong claim victories - by Eurobasket News

Xinjiang FT - Liaoning FL 118-93

Xinjiang FT got to the winning start of their semifinal series versus Liaoning. The game without a history. Xinjiang Flying Tigers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Xinjiang Flying Tigers forced 20 Flying Leopards turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Flying Leopards helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Bulgarian point guard Darius Adams (188-89, college: Indianapolis, agency: Stealth Sport) who helped to win the game recording 43 points (!!!), 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals. International center Qi Zhou (217-96) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Xinjiang Flying Tigers's coach Qiuping Liu felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American Lester Hudson (190-84, college: Tenn-Martin) answered with 28 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Flying Leopards. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang FT: A.Darius 43+6reb+8ast, Z.Qi 17+12reb, L.Gen 15+1reb+3ast, B.Andray 12+8reb+4ast, K.Makan 8+1reb+2ast, M.Xirelijiang 8+7reb+2ast
Liaoning FL: H.Lester 28+6reb+3ast, R.Shavlik 18+6reb+1ast, G.Ailun 17+3reb+4ast, Z.JiWei 10+1reb+2ast, H.Dejun 6+14reb+3ast, L.Zhixuan 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 538827


Guangdong ST - Shenzhen L. 130-113

Guangdong rallied past Shenzhen in the opener. The game was mostly controlled by Guandong Tigers. Leopards managed to win second period 33-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guandong Tigers made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 59.3 percentage. Guandong Tigers looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Leopards helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a very good performance for American guard Donald Sloan (190-88, college: Texas A&M) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 assists. The former international Jianlian Yi (212-87) contributed with 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Polish-Swedish power forward Maciej Lampe (211-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and American point guard Jeremy Pargo (188-86, college: Gonzaga) added 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Leopards. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Guangdong ST: S.Donald 29+4reb+12ast, Y.Jianlian 24+6reb, Z.Peng 19+5reb+2ast, B.Carlos 18+6reb, Z.FangYu 15+5reb+1ast, Z.Rui 7+2reb+3ast
Shenzhen L.: L.Maciej 25+17reb+4ast, P.Jeremy 21+8reb+4ast, G.QuAn 18+5reb+2ast, Z.Jie 13+1reb+1ast, D.Huaibo 12+2reb+1ast, M.Duo 11+4reb+3ast
gschID: 538828





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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 


A2 League market news - by Zeljko Zule

Many A2 League teams reshape their rosters ahead of the Championship Stage.
Jazine Arbanasi bolstered its roster by inking Matej Karlovic (200-F-89), Dino Palcic (185-G-90) and Niko Marin (91) untill the end of the season. Karlovic arrives from Vrijednosnice Osijek, where he averaged 10.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.1 blocks in 7 Croatian A1 League games this season. Palcic started the season with Skrljevo, for he averaged 6.6 points, 1.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.1 blocks in 13 Croatian A1 League games this season before he left the club in January. Marin arrives from city-rival Sonik Puntamika, where he averaged 6.5 points in six Croatian A2 League South games this season.
Ribola Kastela have reunited with Aco Mandic (203-C/F-84) and signed former U20 national team member Frano Marasovic (214-C-92). Mandic started the season with Slovakian side Lucenec and in January moved to Zlatibor, for whom he averaged 9.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 0.8 assists and0.3 steals in 6 Second Serbian League games. Mandic previously played for Ribola Kastela in 2015/16 season and averaged 13.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 23 A1 League games. Marasovic arrives from Skrljevo, where he averaged 3.7 points, 1.6 rebounds, 0.1 assists, 0.1 steals and 0.5 blocks in 10 Croatian A1 League games this season.
Sanac added Australian Dominic Gilbert (198-G/F-96, college: UBC) for the remainder of the season. Gilbert arrives from Kvarner 2010, where he averaged 6.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 0.3 assists and 0.6 steals in 10 Croatian A1 League games this season.
Pula 1981 signed Lovro Bulesic (203-SG-98), Nino Dasko and David Ferencic (201-F-97) for the remainder of the season. Bulesic and Dasko both arrives from city-rival Stoja. Bulesic averaged 16.8 points in five Croatian A2 League West games this season and Dasko produced 16.6 points per game in 22 appearances this season. Ferencic arrives from Kastav, for whom he averaged 16.5 points in 21 Croatian A2 League West games this season.
Podravac inked experienced Tomislav Matoic (184-G-89) and Dean Krajinovic (76). Matoic arrives from the Petar Zrinski, for whom he averaged 13.9 points in 17 Croatian A2 League North games this season.
Graficar inked Mario Novak (185-G-85), who arrived from Medjimurje. Novak averaged 18.0 points in 18 Croatian A2 League North games this season.



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.



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  CYPRUS  

Div.A stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Baden JAXEN
  Etha
  (190-G-90)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Jaxen, Etha20.4 
 2. Esho, Etha18.8 
 3. Franklin, Apollon18.4 
 4. Abukar, Keravnos15.7 
 5. Brezec, AEK15.5 
 6. Ray, Enosis15.3 
 7. Bussey, Apoel15.2 
 8. Marshall, Apollon15.1 
 9. Blakes, Enosis14.8 
 10. Pittakas, Apollon13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cadarian RAINES
  Apollon
  (206-F-90)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Raines, Apollon8.4 
 2. Esho, Etha8.4 
 3. Thomas, Enosis8.2 
 4. Parks, Keravnos7.4 
 5. Mobley, Apoel7.4 
 6. Brezec, AEK6.9 
 7. Dasic, AEK6.7 
 8. Blakes, Enosis6.2 
 9. Wright, Apoel6.1 
 10. Barnes, Etha5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny BARKER
  Keravnos
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Barker, Keravnos5.8 
 2. Thomas, AEK5.2 
 3. Washington, Enosis4.9 
 4. Bussey, Apoel4.4 
 5. Ross, Keravnos4.2 
 6. Koronides, Apollon4.0 
 7. Jaxen, Etha4.0 
 8. Brown, Apoel3.3 
 9. Jones, Apollon3.2 
 10. Colimon, Etha3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Keravnos
  (188-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Ross, Keravnos2.2 
 2. Dasic, AEK1.9 
 3. Franklin, Apollon1.7 
 4. Pittakas, Apollon1.7 
 5. Barker, Keravnos1.7 
 6. Washington, Enosis1.7 
 7. Thomas, AEK1.5 
 8. Blakes, Enosis1.4 
 9. Burnatowski, Apoel1.4 
 10. Marshall, Apollon1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin THOMAS
  Enosis
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Thomas, Enosis1.2 
 2. N''Doye, Apollon1.0 
 3. Suleiman, Apollon1.0 
 4. Marshall, Apollon1.0 
 5. Mobley, Apoel1.0 
 6. Raines, Apollon0.9 
 7. Panayiotou, Etha0.8 
 8. Ortiz, Etha0.6 
 9. Burnatowski, Apoel0.6 
 10. Dasic, AEK0.6 


Enosis ink Maurice Pearson, ex Salon Vilpas - by Eurobasket News

Enosis Neon Paralimni (Division A) agreed terms with 28-year old American power forward Maurice Pearson (206-106kg-89, college: Georgetown, KY, agency: HMS). He just played at Salon Vilpas in Finnish Korisliiga. In only one game he recorded 9 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals and 1 block this season. Pearson also spent pre-season at Hasharon (National League) in Israel earlier that year.
He is quite experienced player. Pearson has played also professionally in Austria (Furstenfeld Panthers, Kapfenberg Bulls and Vienna), Belgium (Kangoeroes), Poland (Stabill) and Cyprus (Etha).
He attended Georgetown College until 2012 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CZECH REPUBLIC  

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Lukas PALYZA
  Prostejov
  (202-F-89)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Palyza, Prostejov19.2 
 2. Bohacik, USK Praha18.4 
 3. Burnett, BK Pardu.18.2 
 4. Ware, MMCITE B.17.2 
 5. Brooks, J.Hradec16.7 
 6. Lipkins, J.Hradec16.2 
 7. Bakic, BK Kolin15.3 
 8. Painter, NH Ostrava15.0 
 9. Pecka, Usti n.15.0 
 10. Allen, CEZ Nymburk14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Deshawn PAINTER
  MMCITE B.
  (205-C-90)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Painter, MMCITE B.11.2 
 2. Kerr, BK Kolin9.6 
 3. Pecka, Usti n.9.2 
 4. Ware, MMCITE B.7.3 
 5. Norwa, Prostejov7.3 
 6. Mickelson, Svitavy7.1 
 7. Bohacik, USK Praha6.8 
 8. Simpson, MMCITE B.6.7 
 9. Smith, NH Ostrava6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Roman MARKO
  Svitavy
  (194-SG-86)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Marko, Svitavy7.8 
 2. Bannister, Svitavy6.5 
 3. Sirina, BK Opava6.0 
 4. Simmons, Prostejov5.2 
 5. Lawrence, CEZ N.5.2 
 6. Kouril, BK Opava5.0 
 7. Glover, Usti n.4.8 
 8. Sotnar, Usti n.4.4 
 9. Ware, MMCITE B.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin WARE
  MMCITE B.
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ware, MMCITE B.2.5 
 2. Sirina, BK Opava2.3 
 3. Sant-Roos, CEZ N.2.2 
 4. Glover, Usti n.2.1 
 5. Lipkins, J.Hradec2.0 
 6. Canada, NH Ostrava1.9 
 7. Marko, Prostejov1.8 
 8. Burnett, BK Pardu.1.7 
 9. Pulpan, BK Pardu.1.6 
 10. Allen, CEZ Nymburk1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan CANTY
  J.Hradec
  (206-C-)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Canty, J.Hradec1.6 
 2. Madsen, USK Praha1.5 
 3. Simpson, MMCITE B.1.5 
 4. Ibekwe, CEZ N.1.4 
 5. Mickelson, Svitavy1.4 
 6. Simpson, CEZ N.1.1 
 7. Jelinek, Svitavy0.9 
 8. Dyck, Prostejov0.9 
 9. Sevlie, NH Ostrava0.8 
 10. Ware, MMCITE B.0.8 


1Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Petr SLECHTA
  Sokol Pisek
  (192-G/F-95)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Slechta, Sokol Pisek24.4 
 2. Svoboda, Nymburk B24.1 
 3. Peterka, Nymburk B22.8 
 4. Potocek, Pardubice22.6 
 5. Novak, Olomouc SK21.8 
 6. Fait, Sokol Pisek20.0 
 7. Skranc, Pardubice19.0 
 8. Sebela, Sokol S.18.9 
 9. Honomichl, Loko Plzen18.9 
 10. Streba, USK P.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin PETERKA
  Nymburk B
  (205-C-95)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Peterka, Nymburk B12.3 
 2. Novak, Olomouc SK10.6 
 3. Kolonicny, Havirov10.1 
 4. Klimes, Slavoj Litom.9.8 
 5. Kvapil, Opava B9.3 
 6. Pelikan, Novy Jicin9.3 
 7. Voslajer, Zlin9.1 
 8. Bubak, Vysocina9.0 
 9. Bujnoch, Opava B8.9 
 10. Streba, USK P.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jan SOTNAR
  Slavoj L.
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Sotnar, Slavoj L.8.1 
 2. Pulpan, Pardubice5.8 
 3. Petric, Pardubice5.1 
 4. Jakubu, Novy Jicin5.0 
 5. Pumprla, Zlin4.7 
 6. Kotasek, Nymburk B4.6 
 7. Dragoun, Opava B4.3 
 8. Honomichl, Loko Plzen4.3 
 9. Straznicky, Vysoc.4.2 
 10. Sehnal, USK P.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jiri DEDEK
  Olomouc .
  (190-SG-95)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Dedek, Olomouc .3.8 
 2. Pulpan, Pardubice3.3 
 3. Potocek, Pardubice2.5 
 4. Kozina, Zlin2.4 
 5. Rotrekl, Sokol S.2.2 
 6. Nehoda, Zlin2.2 
 7. Pumprla, Zlin2.1 
 8. Choleva, Olomouc Bbal2.0 
 9. Dragoun, Opava B1.9 
 10. Branda, Opava B1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Pavel ENGLICKY
  Sokol Pisek
  (210-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Englicky, Sokol Pisek2.2 
 2. Blumbergs, GBA S.1.8 
 3. Kolonicny, Havirov1.6 
 4. Skranc, Pardubice1.6 
 5. Szabo, Prostejov B1.2 
 6. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.1 
 7. Kozak, GBA Sparta1.1 
 8. Kvapil, Opava B1.1 
 9. Goga, Prostejov B1.0 
 10. Hlobil, Prostejov B0.9 



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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 



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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. Zimmerman, Erie B.8.9 
 10. Jones, Maine RC8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Magette, Los A.9.3 
 2. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.9 
 3. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 4. Pressey, Santa C.8.1 
 5. VanVleet, Raptors .7.5 
 6. Marshall, Reno B.7.4 
 7. Weber, Sioux F.7.3 
 8. McCallum, Grand R.7.2 
 9. Jackson, Texas L.7.2 
 10. Bynum, Windy 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. McCallum, Grand R.2.2 
 5. Payton-II, Rio G.2.1 
 6. Harris, Texas L.2.1 
 7. Pressey, Santa C.2.0 
 8. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
 9. Millsap, N.Arizon.2.0 
 10. Fells, Westches.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Texas L.
  (203-C-82)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Lasme, Texas L.3.7 
 2. Wood, Greensbo.2.6 
 3. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.6 
 4. Benson, Sioux F.2.5 
 5. Tavares, Raptors .2.5 
 6. Diallo, Greensboro S.2.4 
 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 


Bighorns defeat the D-Fenders in wire-to-wire battle - by Eurobasket News

The Reno Bighorns (14-26) defeated the Los Angeles D-Fenders (29-12) 114-106 Friday night at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, CA. David Stockton (5'11''-PG-91, college: Gonzaga) led the Bighorns with 27 points, three rebounds and six assists while Sacramento Kings Assignment Player Georgios Papagiannis (7'2''-C-97) recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Kendall Marshall (6'5''-PG-91, college: N.Carolina) logged a double-double in the Friday night contest with 21 points and 10 assists. Vander Blue (6'5''-SG-92, college: Marquette) paced the D-Fenders with 27 points, 8 rebounds and four assists while Ivica Zubac (7'1''-C-97, agency: BeoBasket) recorded a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. The opening minutes of the first frame would set the tone for the tight-knit game between the two teams. Los Angeles would have a 60.0% team shooting effort from beyond-the-arc while the Bighorns shot 44.4% from three-point range. Despite the Bighorns leading by as many as eight in the frame, the two teams would be knotted up at 29 going into the second quarter. The Bighorns took control of the lead after a triple from Luis Montero in the opening minutes of the second frame before the D-Fender's regained momentum to lead the Bighorns by as many as 14 points going into the locker room at the half. The Bighorns went on a 20-6 run coming out of the break to take a 67-65 lead at the 6:55 mark. Reno would open their lead to as many as eight points before Los Angeles would rally back to edge the Bighorns 80-79 to enter the final frame. The Bighorns outscored the D-Fenders 33-20 in the third frame behind nine points from Isaiah Cousins. The D-Fenders retook control of the lead early after a lay-up from Deshawn Stephens (6'8''-F-89, college: San Diego St.). The teams alternated the lead once and tied three times by the 4:01 mark before Reggie Hearn scored a triple to give the Bighorns a three point lead triggering a 13-4 run to pull ahead by as many as 10 points. The Bighorns would never relinquish the lead, resulting in a Bighorns victory. Stockton scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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  EL SALVADOR  


Elliott comes back to Brujos Izalco, ex Al Bahrain - by Eurobasket News

Brujos Izalco (Liga MB) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American center Travis Elliott (203-104kg-91, college: Beth.-Cookman). It is actually his comeback to Izalco as he has played here before. Elliott He played recently at Al Bahrain in Bahrain Premier League. The last summer Elliott was tested by Brujos Izalco. He helped them to win the league title. Great season indeed as he was awarded Latinbasket.com All-El Salvador Liga Mayor Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team.
Elliott graduated from Bethune-Cookman College in 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in El Salvador



Shawn Hampton signs at 11 Lobos - by Eurobasket News

11 Lobos Chalchuapa (Liga MB) landed American point guard Shawn Hampton (187). He played recently at Malibu Beachdawg (IBL) in the U.S. Hampton has played also professionally in Peru (El Bosque).

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in El Salvador



Liga MB Round 10: Leader Isidro Metapan lose to Halcones - by Eurobasket News

There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, favorites losing the games and even winless team recording their first victory.

Undefeated Isidro Metapan (6-1) recorded its first loss at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by eighth ranked Halcones (4-4) 83-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Isidro Metapan. American power forward Raymond Miller (204-88, college: CS Fullerton) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. The other American import Jeffery Moss (193-93, college: Murray St.) chipped in 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Spanish-American forward Duane James (196-83, college: Binghamton) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists for lost side. Halcones maintains eighth position with 4-4 record. Isidro Metapan at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. Halcones will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Isidro Metapan will play at home against 11 Lobos and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Quezaltepeque (5-2) against eighth ranked Halcones (4-4) on Thursday night. Visiting Quezaltepeque was crushed by Halcones in Sonzacate 107-85. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Quezaltepeque. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Jeremee Davis (191-90, college: Georgia Coll.) who helped to win the game recording a triple-double by scoring 28 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Raymond Miller contributed with 29 points, 18 rebounds and 9 blocks for the winners. Center Torrez Hampton (203-84, college: Cumberland) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 21 rebounds for Quezaltepeque. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Halcones maintains eighth position with 4-4 record. Quezaltepeque at the other side dropped to the fifth place with two games lost. Halcones will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Quezaltepeque will play at home against Santa Ana (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Arcense can celebrate finally their first win this season after six consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked 11 Lobos (2-5) 79-71 on Tuesday. Danny Lawhorn scored 38 points (!!!) and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Marc Montavious responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 26 rebounds and 9 blocks. Arcense maintains fourteenth position with 1-6 record. It was 11 Lobos' fourth loss in a row. They dropped to the eleventh place with five games lost. They share the position with Santa Ana and San Miguel. Arcense will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. 11 Lobos will play against the league's second-placed Isidro Metapan (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Undefeated leader Santa Tecla delivered the seventh consecutive victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked Canarios (4-3) 103-84. Lisvan Valdez notched 23 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort. Undefeated Santa Tecla (7-0) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 7 victories in a row. Canarios at the other side keep the sixth place with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Bottom-ranked Giants (0-7) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 77-73 loss to fifth ranked Brujos Izalco (5-1) in San Salvador on Wednesday evening. Christopher Blake fired 25 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Brujos Izalco moved-up to third place, which they share with Sonsonate. Loser Giants still closes the standings with seven games lost. Brujos Izalco will face Sonsonate (#4) in the next round.

In the last game of round 10 Denver-FAS defeated Santa Ana in San Salvador 92-83.

Halcones - Quezaltepeque 107-85

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Quezaltepeque (5-2) against eighth ranked Halcones (4-4) on Thursday night. Visiting Quezaltepeque was crushed by Halcones in Sonzacate 107-85. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Quezaltepeque. Halcones forced 19 Quezaltepeque turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 38 assists comparing to just 19 passes made by Quezaltepeque's players. Halcones brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Jeremee Davis (191-90, college: Georgia Coll.) who helped to win the game recording a triple-double by scoring 28 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Power forward Raymond Miller (204-88, college: CS Fullerton) contributed with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 18 rebounds and 9 blocks for the winners. Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Center Torrez Hampton (203-84, college: Cumberland) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 21 rebounds and Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) added 22 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Quezaltepeque. Four Halcones and five Quezaltepeque players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Halcones maintains eighth position with 4-4 record. Quezaltepeque at the other side dropped to the fifth place with two games lost. Halcones will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Quezaltepeque will play at home against Santa Ana (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Quezaltepeque: Q.Scates 22+6reb+2ast, T.Hampton 16+21reb+1ast, L.Portal 13+6reb, S.Brackett 10+3reb+9ast, R.Miranda 10+2reb+2ast, D.Bairez 10+6reb+2ast
Halcones: R.Miller 29+18reb+1ast, J.Davis 28+11reb+10ast, J.Moss 18+9reb+7ast, J.Araujo 17+5reb+8ast, R.Figueroa 7+1reb+2ast, A.Merino 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 536983


Santa Tecla - Canarios 103-84

Undefeated leader Santa Tecla delivered the seventh consecutive victory. This time they crushed 6th ranked Canarios (4-3) 103-84. Santa Tecla dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Canarios' 46. They outrebounded Canarios 55-37 including a 43-27 advantage in defensive rebounds. Santa Tecla players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Cuban Lisvan Valdez (200-88) notched 23 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and Cuban Oreste Torres (204-87) supported him with 15 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Santa Tecla players scored in double figures. Even 30 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists by American guard Wali Hepburn (193-89, college: Lock Haven) did not help to save the game for Canarios. His fellow American import point guard David Lawson (185-89, college: Reinhardt) added 33 points (!!!) for lost side. Santa Tecla (7-0) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 7 victories in a row. Canarios at the other side keep the sixth place with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Canarios: D.Lawson 33+2reb+3ast, W.Hepburn 30+9reb+5ast, R.Brown 13+17reb+4ast, I.Sandoval 3+1ast, W.Quijano 3+4reb+4ast, J.Lima 2+5reb
Santa Tecla: L.Valdez 23+9reb+2ast, R.Martinez 19+1reb+4ast, O.Torres 15+13reb+4ast, A.Arias Serrano 13+4reb+5ast, C.Arias 8+2reb+2ast, J.Mancia 6+6reb
gschID: 536984


Santa Ana - Denver-FAS 83-92

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Santa Ana (2-5) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Denver-FAS (4-3) 92-83 on Wednesday. Denver-FAS made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Olaniyr Adedoyin fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 22 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Anthony Brown (193-89, college: Imperial Valley JC) chipped in a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds. Four Denver-FAS players scored in double figures. American Maliek Daniels (193-88, college: Trevecca Naz.) produced a double-double by scoring 31 points and 14 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and his fellow American import point guard SerDana Wright (191) added 30 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Denver-FAS moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Canarios. Loser Santa Ana keeps the eleventh position with five games lost. Denver-FAS will have a break next round. Santa Ana will play on the road against Quezaltepeque (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Santa Ana: M.Daniels 31+14reb+3ast, S.Wright 30+9reb, T.Dowdell 10+7reb+2ast, D.Pena 8+7reb+1ast, E.Molina 4+1reb, V.Sandoval 0
Denver-FAS: A.Brown 29+12reb+3ast, O.Adedoyin 23+22reb+1ast, L.Damian Morales 17+7reb+2ast, E.Aguilar 12+2reb+3ast, A.Alas 4+2reb, J.Flores 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 536978


Giants - Brujos Izalco 73-77

Bottom-ranked Giants (0-7) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 77-73 loss to fifth ranked Brujos Izalco (5-1) in San Salvador on Wednesday evening. They also forced 19 Giants turnovers. American guard Christopher Blake (197-88, college: Detroit Mercy) fired 25 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals for the winners. The other American import forward Garland McArthur (197-88, college: Voorhees) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Macari Brooks (190-92, college: Pikeville) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points and 15 rebounds and Maurice Williams added 13 points and 16 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Giants players scored in double figures. Brujos Izalco moved-up to third place, which they share with Sonsonate. Loser Giants still closes the standings with seven games lost. Brujos Izalco will face Sonsonate (#4) in the next round.
Top scorers:
Giants: M.Brooks 28+15reb+2ast, L.Escoto 16+7reb+2ast, M.Williams 13+16reb+2ast, C.Flores 12+4reb+1ast, C.Duran 4+2reb+3ast, L.Paredes 0
Brujos Izalco: C.Blake 25+6reb+5ast, G.McArthur 15+11reb+3ast, D.Bryant 10+4reb, E.Navarrete 9+9reb+3ast, D.Thompson 9+12reb+3ast, E.Giron 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 536977


Arcense - 11 Lobos 79-71

Arcense can celebrate finally their first win this season after six consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked 11 Lobos (2-5) 79-71 on Tuesday. Arcense forced 19 11 Lobos turnovers and had a 24-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. American point guard Danny Lawhorn (183, college: Midwestern St.) scored 38 points (!!!) and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Cuban Yordany Jaca (195-83) chipped in 13 points and 23 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American center Marc Montavious (206-90, college: Georgetown, KY) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 26 rebounds and 9 blocks and his fellow American import point guard Thaddeus Fauntleroy (180-89, college: Miss.Valley St.) scored 18 points and 7 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Arcense maintains fourteenth position with 1-6 record. It was 11 Lobos' fourth loss in a row. They dropped to the eleventh place with five games lost. They share the position with Santa Ana and San Miguel. Arcense will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. 11 Lobos will play against the league's second-placed Isidro Metapan (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
11 Lobos: T.Fauntleroy 18+2reb+7ast, A.Ruano 17+2reb+2ast, J.Antoine 12+6reb, M.Montavious 12+26reb+3ast, M.Gonzalez 6+4reb+4ast, K.Campos 4+1reb
Arcense: D.Lawhorn 38+4reb+7ast, T.Romero 14+18reb+2ast, Y.Jaca 13+23reb+1ast, C.Torres 12+2reb+4ast, J.Yanme 2+3reb, D.Hernandez 0+2reb
gschID: 536976


Isidro Metapan - Halcones 74-83

Undefeated Isidro Metapan (6-1) recorded its first loss at the home court on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by eighth ranked Halcones (4-4) 83-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Isidro Metapan. American power forward Raymond Miller (204-88, college: CS Fullerton) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. The other American import Jeffery Moss (193-93, college: Murray St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Halcones players scored in double figures. Spanish-American forward Duane James (196-83, college: Binghamton) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists and Venezuelan guard Edwin Mijares (186-94) added 24 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists respectively for lost side. Halcones maintains eighth position with 4-4 record. Isidro Metapan at the other side dropped to the second place with one game lost. Halcones will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Isidro Metapan will play at home against 11 Lobos and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Isidro Metapan: E.Mijares 24+8reb+10ast, D.James 24+14reb+5ast, M.Hinestroza Javes 18+15reb+4ast, H.Navas 6+6reb, J.Valdez 2+3reb, L.Barrios 0
Halcones: J.Davis 22+6reb+3ast, R.Miller 20+18reb+1ast, J.Moss 18+11reb+4ast, J.Angulo 13+3reb+1ast, M.Ramos 6+1reb, R.Figueroa 2+1reb
gschID: 536975





EL SALVADOR - Champion Tecla continues to dominate new season - by Alan Walls

The Major champion beat 103-59 to Cojutepeque and is the only one with two wins of the four teams that had two games.

SANTA KEY. This weekend started the basketball of the Major League and the champion, the table Tecleno, is already imposing conditions.
Of the four teams that played Saturday and Sunday, he is the only one that achieved victory in his two commitments.

After beating Hawks on Saturday, he beat 103-59 at Cojute on Sunday in a game they dominated from start to finish and had a balanced attack.

And is that four of their headlines scored in double digits, and two of them managed to stand out in two sections.

Captain Roberto Martinez and Most Valuable Player of the last finals led the team with 17 points and 12 assists. While Carlos Arias contributed with 19 goals and 10 boards.

In addition, Oreste Torres got 12 points and Lisvan Valdez added 20 to the cause.

On the side of the choricero team, Kenny Demouchet contributed 28 points and dropped eight boards, while Anthony Calhoun added 10 and nine, respectively.

With the result, Santa Tecla leads the table with four points, while Quezaltepeque and ElRapido were left with three, and San Miguel, with two, to complete the four teams that have already played two games.

Quezalte won 88-69 for the Sonsonate with 32 points for Quincy Scates. While the Union team fell against the Denver 84-79 in a game in which Luis Morales scored 34 points for the winners.

On Sunday, in addition, the Canaries won by 94-88 the box migueleno with 37 points of David Lawson.

This Tuesday, the Brujos receive in Izalco the 11 Lobos in the stage Salvador Mariona at 7:30. And at the same time, Arcense will visit the municipal gymnasium of Quezaltepeque.



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  ESTONIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin BAKER
  Tarvas
  (203-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Baker, Tarvas19.3 
 2. Dzeletovic, TL.18.8 
 3. Volkus, Parnu18.1 
 4. Olmre, TTU18.1 
 5. van-der-Mars, Rap.17.3 
 6. Jarvelainen, TTU17.1 
 7. Bubalo, Parnu16.3 
 8. Post, Tarvas15.3 
 9. Strupovics, Valga15.3 
 10. Seskus, Parnu14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas VAN DER MARS
  Rap.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. van-der-Mars, Rap.13.1 
 2. Baker, Tarvas8.7 
 3. Jarvelainen, TTU8.5 
 4. Bubalo, Parnu8.4 
 5. Jois, Tartu Ulikool8.3 
 6. Soodla, Noorteliiga7.8 
 7. Milka, Tartu Ulikool7.7 
 8. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.7.6 
 9. Lips, Tarvas7.3 
 10. Dzeletovic, TL.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Norman KABIN
  Parnu
  (188-PG-97)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Kabin, Parnu4.6 
 2. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool4.5 
 3. Harper, Kalev/Cr.4.4 
 4. Olmre, TTU4.1 
 5. Jones, TL.4.0 
 6. Bratoz, Rapla3.9 
 7. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.9 
 8. Paiste, Tarvas3.8 
 9. Okereafor, Parnu3.8 
 10. Post, Tarvas3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Domen BRATOZ
  Rapla
  (189-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Bratoz, Rapla2.3 
 2. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.2.1 
 3. Okereafor, Parnu2.0 
 4. Paiste, Tarvas1.8 
 5. Kabin, Parnu1.8 
 6. Sutt, Parnu1.7 
 7. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool1.7 
 8. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 9. Post, Tarvas1.6 
 10. Olmre, TTU1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kalev/Cr.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.1.2 
 2. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.1.1 
 3. Raadik, TTU0.9 
 4. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 5. Bubalo, Parnu0.8 
 6. Kok, Rapla0.8 
 7. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 8. Marshall, TL.0.8 
 9. Perine, Tarvas0.7 
 10. van-der-Mars, Rap.0.7 



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  EUROLEAGUE  

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 Madrid16.5 
 5. Wanamaker, Darussaf.15.8 
 6. Teodosic, CSKA15.6 
 7. Rice, FC Barcelona13.7 
 8. Heurtel, Anadolu .13.7 
 9. Brown, Anadolu .13.3 
 10. Sanders, EA7 A.13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicolo MELLI
  Brose Bask.
  (205-PF-91)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Melli, Brose Bask.7.6 
 2. Udoh, Fenerbahce7.5 
 3. Voigtmann, Basko.7.5 
 4. Kuzmic, Crvena Z.7.4 
 5. Honeycutt, Anadolu .7.2 
 6. Zizic, Darussafaka7.1 
 7. Birch, Olympiacos6.6 
 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, Olympiacos6.3 
 3. Llull, Real Madrid6.2 
 4. Heurtel, Anadolu .6.0 
 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. Wanamaker, Darussaf.1.5 
 5. Larkin, Baskonia1.4 
 6. Wilbekin, Darussafaka1.4 
 7. Paul, Anadolu Efes1.4 
 8. Lazic, Crvena Z.1.3 
 9. Jovic, Crvena Z.1.3 
 10. Hanga, Baskonia1.3 
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. Singleton, Panathin.1.2 
 5. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.2 
 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 


De Colo's 22 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

29-year old shooting guard Nando De Colo (196-SG-87) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked CSKA and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
He had the game-high 22 points adding three rebounds and two assists for CSKA in his team's victory, helping them to crush Galatasaray (#14, 8-17) with 16-point margin 85-69. CSKA maintains the 2nd position in Euroleague . They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. CSKA will need more victories to improve their 19-6 record. In the team's last game De Colo had a remarkable 58.3% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at CSKA, through which he has constantly improved. Nando De Colo averages this season 20.2ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89) of Darussafaka. He is American guard in his first season at Darussafaka. In the last game Wanamaker recorded impressive 23 points and 6 assists. Bad luck as Darussafaka lost that game 73-81 to the higher-ranked Olympiacos (#3, 18-7). Darussafaka managed to keep the same 9th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-13 record. Wanamaker is a newcomer at Darussafaka and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.8ppg (#5). He also recorded 4.8 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-G/F-92) of Fenerbahce (#4). Bogdanovic scored 26 points and passed eight assists. Despite Bogdanovic's great performance Fenerbahce lost 74-79 to the lower-ranked Baskonia (#7, 14-11). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Fenerbahce needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 16 victories and 9 lost games. Bogdanovic has a very solid season. In 13 games in Euroleague he scored 14.3ppg. He also has 4.4apg and FGP: 57.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nicolo Melli (205-PF-91) of Brose Bask. - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Gustavo Ayon (207-C/F-85) of Real Madrid - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Colton Iverson (212-C-89) of Maccabi T-A - 16 points and 9 rebounds
7. Cedi Osman (204-F-95) of Anadolu Efes - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. DJ Seeley (193-SG-89) of Maccabi T-A - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Chris Singleton (206-F-89) of Panathinaikos - 11 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Khem Birch (208-C-92) of Olympiacos - 13 points and 8 rebounds

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



Recap of Round 25 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Olympiacos - Darussafaka 81-73

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Greek Olympiacos (18-7) beat 9th ranked Turkish Darussafaka (12-13) in Athens 81-73. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 15-12 Darussafaka's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 81-73 at the end of the game. Olympiacos made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Canadian center Khem Birch (208-92, college: UNLV) fired 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 8 points and 8 assists. American guard Brad Wanamaker (193-89, college: Pittsburgh) produced 23 points and 6 assists and the other American import forward Will Clyburn (201-90, college: Iowa St.) added 20 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Greek champion maintains third place with 18-7 record behind leader Real Madrid. Darussafaka at the other side keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. Olympiacos' next round opponent will be Galatasaray (#14) in Istanbul which should be an easy win for them. Darussafaka will play at home against FC Barcelona (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Olympiacos: K.Birch 13+8reb, M.Lojeski 12+4reb, E.Green 11+1ast, V.Spanoulis 8+1reb+8ast, G.Printezis 8+4reb+2ast, N.Milutinov 8+1ast
Darussafaka: B.Wanamaker 23+1reb+6ast, W.Clyburn 20+7reb+1ast, J.Anderson 12+4reb, S.Wilbekin 6+2reb+1ast, A.Moerman 5+6reb+1ast, A.Zizic 5+2reb
gschID: 473873


Real Madrid - Crvena Zvezda 98-68

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Spanish Real Madrid as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Real Madrid smashed 5th ranked Serbian Crvena Zvezda at home 98-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Crvena Zvezda. The game without a history. Real Madrid led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 61.0 percent from the field. Real Madrid outrebounded Crvena Zvezda 33-22 including a 25-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Crvena Zvezda's players. Worth to mention a great performance of Mexican power forward Gustavo Ayon (207-85, college: San Jose St.) who helped to win the game recording 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots). Sergio Llull (190-87) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 assists for the winners. Four Real Madrid players scored in double figures. Montenegrin-Serbian power forward Milko Bjelica (207-84, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 9 points and 8 rebounds and forward Marko Simonovic (201-86, agency: BeoBasket) added 13 points in the effort for Crvena Zvezda. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with CSKA. Defending Serbian champion Crvena Zvezda keeps the fifth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Panathinaikos and Baskonia. Crvena Zvezda will play next round against Armani Milano trying to get back on the winning streak. Real Madrid will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Panathinaikos in Athens.
Top scorers:
Real Madrid: J.Taylor 12+1reb+1ast, J.Maciulis 12+1reb, G.Ayon 12+6reb+5ast, S.Llull 11+2reb+10ast, O.Hunter 11+8reb+1ast, A.Randolph 11+5reb
Crvena Zvezda: M.Simonovic 13+2reb+1ast, C.Jenkins 10+1reb+5ast, N.Wolters 9+3ast, M.Bjelica 9+8reb+1ast, M.Guduric 7+1reb+1ast, O.Kuzmic 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 473869


Anadolu Efes - Brose Bask. 68-87

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Turkish Anadolu Efes (13-12) and German Brose Baskets (9-16), which took place in Istanbul. Higher ranked Anadolu Efes were outleveled at home by thirteenth ranked Brose Baskets 87-68 on Friday. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Anadolu Efes. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-68. Brose Baskets shot 64.3 percent from the field. Brose Baskets outrebounded Anadolu Efes 40-29 including a 37-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Brose Baskets especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 69.2 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Italian Nicolo Melli (205-91) nailed 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side and American guard Darius Miller (202-90, college: Kentucky) accounted for 14 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). FYR Macedonian-Turkish forward Cedi Osman (204-95) came up with 15 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Derrick Brown (203-87, college: Xavier) added 13 points respectively for Anadolu Efes in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending German champion moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Maccabi T-A. Anadolu Efes at the other side keep the eighth position with 12 games lost. Brose Baskets will meet at home higher ranked Fenerbahce (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Anadolu Efes will play against Maccabi T-A (#13) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Brose Bask.: L.Radosevic 16+5reb, N.Melli 16+6reb+5ast, M.Lo 15+1reb+2ast, D.Miller 14+6reb+3ast, F.Causeur 7+3reb+4ast, P.Heckmann 5+6reb+2ast
Anadolu Efes: C.Osman 15+7reb+2ast, D.Brown 13+4reb+1ast, B.Paul 11+1reb+1ast, T.Heurtel 11+5ast, B.Dunston 7+8reb, D.Thomas 5+2reb
gschID: 473871


FC Barcelona - Unics 70-62

Very expected game when 15th ranked Russian Unics Kazan (7-18) lost on the road to eleventh ranked Spanish FC Barcelona (10-15) 70-62. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 18-15 Unics Kazan's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 70-62 at the end of the game. Greek Stratos Perperoglou (203-84) fired 13 points for the winners. American-Montenegrin point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll.) chipped in 9 points and 4 assists. Spanish point guard Joaquin Colom (188-88, college: Forca Lleida, agency: Interperformances) produced 10 points and 8 assists and forward Pavel Antipov (203-91) added 12 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. FC Barcelona maintains eleventh place with 10-15 record. Unics Kazan lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 18 games lost. FC Barcelona's next round opponent will be higher ranked Darussafaka (#9) in Istanbul and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Unics Kazan will play at home against Zalgiris (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
FC Barcelona: S.Perperoglou 13+3reb, V.Claver 12+2reb, P.Koponen 9+3reb+3ast, T.Rice 9+2reb+4ast, A.Tomic 6+3reb+2ast, M.Eriksson 6+2reb
Unics: P.Antipov 12+4reb+1ast, J.Colom 10+3reb+8ast, A.Parakhouski 8+3reb, A.Ponkrashov 8+2reb+4ast, M.Banic 6+2reb, V.Panin 5+4reb
gschID: 473872


Maccabi T-A - EA7 Armani 92-82

Rather predictable result when thirteenth ranked Israeli Maccabi T-A (9-16) won against bottom-ranked Italian Armani Milano (7-18) in Tel-Aviv 92-82. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi T-A. Armani Milano was better in third quarter 26-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi T-A players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Guinea-Bissau-American center Colton Iverson (212-89, college: Colorado St., agency: Pensack Sports) fired 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American DJ Seeley (193-89, college: CS Fullerton) chipped in 15 points and 7 assists. Four Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures. American swingman Rakim Sanders (193-89, college: Fairfield) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds and American-Georgian guard Richard Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro) added 8 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Maccabi T-A moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Brose Bask. Armani Milano lost fourth consecutive game. Defending Italian champion stay at the bottom position with 18 games lost. Maccabi T-A's next round opponent will be higher ranked Anadolu Efes (#8) in Istanbul and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Armani Milano will play at home against Crvena Zvezda (#5) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: V.Rudd 17+1reb, C.Iverson 16+9reb, D.Seeley 15+2reb+7ast, D.Simpson 11+8reb, G.Mekel 7+3reb+8ast, S.Landesberg 7+2reb+1ast
EA7 Armani: R.Sanders 19+5reb+2ast, A.Abass 13+4reb, M.Macvan 12+7reb+1ast, A.Cinciarini 10+7reb+4ast, J.McLean 8+1reb+8ast, R.Hickman 8+7reb+7ast
gschID: 473868


Fenerbahce - Baskonia 74-79

Another exciting game for Spanish Baskonia (14-11) which played in Istanbul against 4th placed Turkish Fenerbahce (16-9). Eighth ranked Baskonia won 79-74. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fenerbahce. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Fenerbahce won third quarter 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Fenerbahce 32-20 including 22 on the defensive glass. American point guard Shane Larkin (180-92, college: Miami, FL) stepped up and scored 19 points for the winners and Georgian forward Tornike Shengelia (206-91) chipped in 7 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side Serbian swingman Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-92) responded with 26 points and 8 assists and Serbian forward Nikola Kalinic (202-91) scored 8 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Baskonia moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Panathinaikos and Crvena Zvezda. Defending Turkish champion Fenerbahce keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Baskonia will play against league's second-placed CSKA in Moscow in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fenerbahce will play on the road against Brose Baskets in Bamberg and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Baskonia: S.Larkin 19+3reb+1ast, R.Freire Luz 10+1reb+4ast, C.Budinger 7+1reb+1ast, T.Shengelia 7+6reb+3ast, K.Tillie 7+4reb, J.Blazic 7+1reb
Fenerbahce: B.Bogdanovic 26+2reb+8ast, L.Datome 10+1reb+1ast, A.Bennett 9+3reb, N.Kalinic 8+5reb+1ast, P.Antic 7+4reb, M.Mahmutoglu 6+1ast
gschID: 473867


Zalgiris - Panathinaikos 64-58

Another upset was a game between Greek Panathinaikos (14-11) and Lithuanian Zalgiris (11-14), which took place in Kaunas. Higher ranked Panathinaikos lost to tenth ranked Zalgiris in a road game 58-64. Panathinaikos were ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 30-17 charge of Zalgiris, which allowed them to win the game. French guard Leo Westermann (197-92, agency: BeoBasket) fired 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Paulius Jankunas (205-84) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. Four Zalgiris players scored in double figures. American forward Chris Singleton (206-89, college: Florida St.) produced 11 points and 6 rebounds and Nikos Pappas (194-90) added 13 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Lithuanian champion maintains tenth place with 11-14 record. Panathinaikos at the other side keep the fifth position with 11 games lost. Zalgiris' next round opponent will be Unics Kazan (#15) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Panathinaikos will play against the league's leader Real Madrid (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: L.Westermann 14+6reb+6ast, A.Milaknis 13+2reb, P.Jankunas 11+8reb+1ast, B.Motum 11+4reb+1ast, K.Pangos 6+2reb+9ast, E.Ulanovas 5+4reb
Panathinaikos: N.Pappas 13+3reb+2ast, C.Singleton 11+6reb+2ast, I.Bourousis 10+5reb+2ast, J.Feldeine 7+1ast, K.Rivers 7+2reb+1ast, D.Nichols 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 473870


CSKA - Galatasaray 85-69

Not a big story in a game when 13th ranked Turkish Galatasaray (8-17) lost to second ranked Russian CSKA (19-6) in Moscow 69-85. It looked good early as Galatasaray took a 4-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then CSKA had a 33-12 second period charge getting the lead and Galatasaray was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-85. 25 personal fouls committed by Galatasaray helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. French Nando De-Colo (196-87) fired 22 points and 4 steals (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. American power forward Kyle Hines (198-86, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. Serbian forward Vladimir Micov (201-85, agency: BeoBasket) produced 18 points and Goksenin Koksal (195-91) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. CSKA have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending Russian champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Real Madrid. Galatasaray at the other side dropped to the fourteenth place with 17 games lost. CSKA's next round opponent will be Baskonia (#7) in Vitoria which should be theoretically an easy game. Galatasaray will play on the road against Olympiacos (#3) in Athens and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
CSKA: N.De Colo 22+3reb+2ast, K.Hines 13+5reb, C.Higgins 12+2reb+1ast, A.Jackson 10+1reb+5ast, M.Teodosic 8+2reb+6ast, J.Augustine 6+4reb
Galatasaray: V.Micov 18+3reb+3ast, G.Koksal 13+5reb+2ast, T.Pleiss 11+7reb+1ast, A.Tyus 10+6reb, S.Guler 5+2reb+4ast, A.Daye 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 473866





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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jamal JONES
  Lapua
  (203-G-93)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Jones, Lapua22.6 
 2. Scott, KTP Basket21.0 
 3. Gay, KTP Basket20.1 
 4. Pledger, Kouvot20.0 
 5. Brown, Kataja B.18.8 
 6. Hollins, Kauhajoki17.9 
 7. Morris, Lapua17.2 
 8. Holsey, Kauhajoki16.2 
 9. Bullock, Pyrinto16.0 
 10. Cowels-III, Helsink.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Korihait
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Van, Korihait10.9 
 2. Buckles, Kouvot9.8 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto9.3 
 4. Pratt, KTP Basket8.8 
 5. Kaunisto, Kouvot8.7 
 6. Coleman, Salon Vilpas8.4 
 7. Williams, Lapua8.1 
 8. Bullock, Pyrinto7.8 
 9. Morris, Lapua7.8 
 10. Williams, Salon V.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Teemu RANNIKKO
  Kataja B.
  (189-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Rannikko, Kataja B.7.3 
 2. Nikkarinen, Helsinki.7.2 
 3. Pratt, KTP Basket6.9 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.9 
 5. Edwards, Lapua4.5 
 6. Jalonen, Korihait4.5 
 7. Appleby, Kouvot4.4 
 8. Hirvonen, Kouvot4.3 
 9. Williams, Lapua4.3 
 10. Minard, Pyrinto4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel MULLINGS
  Kataja B.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Mullings, Kataja B.2.3 
 2. Pratt, KTP Basket2.2 
 3. Horne, Kouvot1.9 
 4. Hollins, Kauhajoki1.8 
 5. Minard, Pyrinto1.8 
 6. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki1.7 
 7. Sanders, BC Nokia1.6 
 8. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.6 
 9. Ware, Kauhajoki1.4 
 10. Bailey, KTP Basket1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Kervin BRISTOL
  Kataja B.
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Bristol, Kataja B.1.9 
 2. Gay, KTP Basket1.9 
 3. Alexander, BC Nokia1.7 
 4. Johnson, Kataja B.1.3 
 5. Judge, Pyrinto1.1 
 6. Van, Korihait1.1 
 7. Bailey, KTP Basket1.0 
 8. Edwards, Salon Vilpas1.0 
 9. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.0 
 10. Upson, Helsinki.0.8 


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. Jones, Oulun N.22.9 
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.12.8 
 5. Towa, Jarvenpaa11.7 
 6. Harris, Ura Basket11.7 
 7. Stahl, Oulun N.11.3 
 8. Flemings, FoKoPo11.3 
 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. Innamaa, TuNM.4.9 
 6. Kantonen, Korik.4.9 
 7. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.4.5 
 8. Ikavalko, Lahti4.4 
 9. Kilpinen, Pyrin.4.2 
 10. Watson, Ura Basket4.1 
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. Juvonen, Jyvaskyl.2.6 
 4. Upchurch, HyPo2.5 
 5. Bratton, Namika Lr2.4 
 6. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.3 
 7. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.2.3 
 8. Moore, ToPo2.2 
 9. Heinonen, Munkkini.2.1 
 10. Marttinen, Munkkini.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.0 
 2. Rainamaa, PuHu J.1.8 
 3. Young, Pyrinto II1.6 
 4. Sandberg, TuNM.1.6 
 5. Reed, FoKoPo1.5 
 6. Ekimov, JyWe1.4 
 7. Polla, HBA-Marsky1.3 
 8. Harvey, Oulun N.1.3 
 9. Fields, Lahti1.3 
 10. Harris, Ura Basket1.2 


Ville Kaunisto extend deal with Kouvot - by Eurobasket News

Kouvot and Ville Kaunisto (204-PF-82, agency: Court Side) have agreed on terms of contract extension. The power forward has penned a new two-year deal. Ville Kaunisto averages 10.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in Korisliiga this season. Ville Kaunisto used to play in France, Spain, Italy and Switzerland before. He was named All-French NM1 Player of the Year back in 2012 and 2013.


Enosis ink Maurice Pearson, ex Salon Vilpas - by Eurobasket News

Enosis Neon Paralimni (Division A) agreed terms with 28-year old American power forward Maurice Pearson (206-106kg-89, college: Georgetown, KY, agency: HMS). He just played at Salon Vilpas in Finnish Korisliiga. In only one game he recorded 9 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals and 1 block this season. Pearson also spent pre-season at Hasharon (National League) in Israel earlier that year.
He is quite experienced player. Pearson has played also professionally in Austria (Furstenfeld Panthers, Kapfenberg Bulls and Vienna), Belgium (Kangoeroes), Poland (Stabill) and Cyprus (Etha).
He attended Georgetown College until 2012 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Jarvis WILLIAMS
  Boulazac
  (198-C/F-93)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Williams, Boulazac17.7 
 2. Hermannsson, Charlevi.17.7 
 3. Peacock, Bourg17.3 
 4. Burton, Roanne17.1 
 5. Jones, Lille17.1 
 6. Henry, Evreux16.6 
 7. Ware, Vichy C.15.8 
 8. Rozenfeld, Roanne15.3 
 9. Denave, Vichy C.15.1 
 10. Bigote, Nantes15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mohamed KONE
  Charleville
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Kone, Charleville9.9 
 2. Odiakosa, Le Havre9.7 
 3. Burton, Roanne9.2 
 4. Ndoye, Bourg9.0 
 5. Ekperigin, Nantes8.0 
 6. Traore, Lille7.8 
 7. Diame, Blois7.8 
 8. Paumier, Boulogne7.4 
 9. Williams, Boulazac7.3 
 10. Morin, Le Havre7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Poitiers
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Threatt, Poitiers6.5 
 2. Turner, Blois6.3 
 3. Rigaux, Maurienne6.2 
 4. Ware, Vichy C.6.1 
 5. King, Le Havre6.0 
 6. Hermannsson, Charlevi.5.8 
 7. Sim, Bourg5.6 
 8. Henry, Evreux5.5 
 9. Rozenfeld, Roanne5.3 
 10. Mitchell, Nantes5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Evreux
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Henry, Evreux2.6 
 2. Threatt, Poitiers2.5 
 3. Burton, Roanne2.4 
 4. Denave, Vichy C.2.2 
 5. Maille, Provence.2.1 
 6. Mitchell, Nantes2.0 
 7. Turner, Blois2.0 
 8. Rigaux, Maurienne1.9 
 9. Duren, Boulogne1.7 
 10. Zianveni, Boulazac1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Yannis MORIN
  Le Havre
  (208-C/F-93)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Morin, Le Havre1.9 
 2. Fall, Poitiers1.5 
 3. Loum, Boulogne1.3 
 4. Paumier, Boulogne1.3 
 5. Ndoye, Bourg1.2 
 6. Jones, Lille1.1 
 7. Rinna, St Chamond1.1 
 8. Diame, Blois1.1 
 9. Traore, Lille1.0 
 10. Williams, Boulazac1.0 


Ware is back at ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket, ex United - by Eurobasket News

ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (ProA) signed 27-year old American point guard Casper Ware (178-80kg-90, college: Long Beach State). It is actually his comeback to ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket as he has played here before. Ware He started the season at United in Australian NBL league. In 18 games he was second best scorer with impressive 22.1ppg and averaged 2.6rpg, 4.5apg (top 2) and 1.3spg (in top 5) this season. A very impressive year as he was named to Australiabasket.com All-Australian NBL 1st Team and All-Imports Team.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Ware won French ProA championship title in 2016. He was also voted All-Big West Player of the Year back in 2011 and 2012 at his college time.
Ware is quite experienced player. He has played in four different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Ware has played previously professionally in China (Gold Lions), Germany (EWE Baskets), Italy (Novipiu Casale and Virtus Bologna) and NBA (Brooklyn Nets, Phi.76ers and Washington Wizards).
He attended Long Beach State until 2012 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.
Ware could be described: A sparkling kind of PG, who has a little body but is very effective in creating for teammates. A defensive specialist, he puts a lot of pressure on the ball and on opposite guards.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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Jordanco Davitkov sits in the hot chair of Macedonian NT - by Mario Divanisov

Jordanco Davitkov will be the new Macedonian National Team head coach. The Macedonian specialist will replace unsuccessful Dragan Raca at helm before the European Pre-Qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup where Macedonia will face Kosovo and Estonia.

For Davitkov this will be his second time on the "hot chair" as head coach of the Macedonian NT where he stood 10 years earlier, taking over from Marin Dokuzovski (agency: BeoBasket ) in 2001 after the series of unsuccessful attempts to qualify to a Eurobasket. His mission succeeded after four years when in 2005 he managed to promote Macedonia in Division A. However, he resigned his position in 2007 as part of the unsuccessful attempt to grab a spot in the Eurobasket 2007.

Speaking to the press the new head coach expressed great desire and optimism for the upcoming future: "When ever it was hard for the Macedonian basketball I never retreated aside. What waits upon us is a complex work to place the National Team where it should be. We will go step by step, firstly we'll try to manage the pre-qualification and then what ever comes with it... The most important thing is to compile the best possible team and with the best possible work and atmosphere to move forward." - finished Davitkov.

Despite the fact that we are still waiting for an official information, it is most likely that among side Jordanco Davitkov , the assistant coaches will be two good coach prospects - Ljupcho Malinkov and Aleksandar Joncevski (agency: Mansfield and Associates ).



Bo McCalebb selected the top FYR Macedonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Bo McCalebb
Bo McCalebb
   #1. This week's number one is former international point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans, currently plays in EuroCup). He could not help one of league's weakest teams Gran Canaria (4-2) in their last game. Despite McCalebb's good performance Gran Canaria lost 79-85 at home to the leading Hapoel Jerusalem. He scored 14 points and added 3 passes in a mere 18 minutes on the court. It's McCalebb's first season with the team. McCalebb has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.8apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 56.5%(70-124), 3FGP: 17.4% and FT: 75.0% in 16 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. McCalebb played for the FYR Macedonian senior national team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Marko Dujkovic
Marko Dujkovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Marko Dujkovic (226-90, currently plays in Serbia). He was the major contributor in Metalac's victory against the closely-ranked KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac (10-9) 100-97 in the Serbian KLS on Sunday night. Dujkovic had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 17 rebounds. He also added 9 blocks in 40 minutes. Metalac Farmakom Valjevo (9-10) is placed tenth in the KLS. This year Dujkovic averages: 6.9ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.2bpg, 2FGP: 62.2%(46-74) and FT: 75.0% in 19 games. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and FYR Macedonian. Dujkovic is in the roster of the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

Pero Antic
Pero Antic
   #3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international power forward Pero Antic (211-82, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague). He was not able to help Fenerbahce in their game against Baskonia (14-11) in the Euroleague. Antic recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Fenerbahce was defeated 79-74 on their home court in Istanbul by the lower-ranked Baskonia (#7). Antic's overall stats this season are: 4.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 2FGP: 36.0%, 3FGP: 34.4% and FT: 82.1%. He is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian. Antic played for the FYR Macedonian national team two years ago.

Romeo Travis
Romeo Travis
   #4. Power forward Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron, currently plays in France) contributed to a Strasbourg IG's victory against the league outsider Sluc Nancy (4-17) 80-71 in the French ProA last Saturday. He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. Strasbourg IG (12-9) is placed sixth in the ProA. This year Travis' overall stats are: 8.0ppg, 5.6rpg and 2.5apg in 14 games. He is a naturalized American. Travis is also FYR Macedonian national team player. Apparently he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Marques Green
Marques Green
   #5. Former international point guard Marques Green (165-82, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Scandone AV (13-8) in their game against Openjobmetis VA (7-14) in the Italian Serie A. Green scored only 4 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Scandone AV was defeated 82-75 on their home court in Avellino by the much lower-ranked Openjobmetis VA (#14). Green's total stats this season are: 7.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.4apg and 1.4spg. He is a naturalized American. Green used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team seven years ago. Interesting that he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Aleksandar Kostoski
Aleksandar Kostoski
   #6. Point guard Aleksandar Kostoski (186-88, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help Pitesti (10-10) in their last game. Despite Kostoski's very good performance the fifth-placed Pitesti (10-10) lost 84-94 on the road to the leading UBT Cluj Napoca in the Places 1-6 group. He was the top scorer with 22 points. Kostoski also added 4 rebounds and dished 9 assists in 31 minutes. This year Kostoski has relatively solid stats: 13.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.7apg and 1.2spg in 12 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior FYR Macedonian National Team roster.

Nenad Dimitrijevic
Nenad Dimitrijevic
   #7. Former international point guard Nenad Dimitrijevic (187-98, currently plays in Spain) helped Joventut win their game against the third-ranked Movil Estudiantes (16-5) 77-71 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Dimitrijevic scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Divina Seguros Juventut Badalona (7-15) is placed 14th in the Liga Endesa. Dimitrijevic has been at the team for five years. His total stats this season are: 4.7ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.2apg. Dimitrijevic used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team two years ago.

Jeremiah Massey
Jeremiah Massey
   #8. Forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, agency: Diamond Sports, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Argentina) couldn't help Libertad Sunchales (18-19) in their game against Quimsa (21-17) in the Argentinian LigaA. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 28 minutes. Libertad Sunchales (#7) was edged 83-82 in Santiado Estero by the higher-ranked (#6) Quimsa in the Norte group. Massey has reliable stats this year: 12.4ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.5spg in 31 games. He is a naturalized American. Massey used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team back in 2009. He played also for KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom in FYR Macedonian league.

Predrag Samardziski
Predrag Samardziski
   #9. Former international center Predrag Samardziski (215-86, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League) managed to help BC Mega Leks to win against the sixth-ranked Cibona (11-14) 100-88 in the ABA League in Saturday night's game. Samardziski recorded only 2 points. It was his first game for Mega Leks this season. His team is placed tenth in the ABA League. His team will play only one more game in the ABA League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Samardziski used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Cedi Osman (204-F-95, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Tofas (9-11) crushing them 81-58 in the Turkish BSL last Monday. Osman scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (18-2) is placed second in the BSL. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Osman is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Anadolu Efes' roster. This season he has relatively solid stats: 14.4ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg. Osman has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Turkish.

   #2. Vukota Pavic (203-C-93, currently plays in ABA League) managed to help KK Mornar Basket Bar in a victory against the fifth-ranked Igokea (12-13) 83-76 in the ABA League last Saturday. He recorded only 3 points and blocked 2 blocks in 12 minutes. KK Mornar Basket Bar (9-16) is placed 11th in the ABA League. Pavic's team will play only one more game in the ABA League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Pavic's total stats are: 8.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.7spg in 15 games he played so far.

   #3. Experienced Ivan Todorovic (214-C-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Spain) led L'Hospitalet to a 1-point victory against the league outsider Zamorano (5-18) 91-90 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Sunday night. He scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. C.B. Torrons Vicens L'Hospitalet (9-14) is placed 12th in the LEB Silver. Todorovic's total stats this season are: 7.2ppg and 6.2rpg.

   #4. Dino Radoncic (202-F-99, currently plays in Spain) led Real Madrid II to a victory against the fifth-ranked Azuqueca (14-8) 64-60 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 26 minutes. Real Madrid II (17-5) is placed third in Group B. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Radoncic's stats this year are: 14.8ppg, 5.7rpg and 2.3apg in 21 games. He is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Montenegrin.

   #5. Ersin Jakupi (94, currently plays in Germany). Jakupi could not help Schwabing (9-12) to beat Vilsbiburg (14-7). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Jakupi scored only 3 points. Schwabing (#9) was defeated 82-67 on the road by the higher-ranked Vilsbiburg (#4) in the South-East group. It was Schwabing's sixth consecutive loss in a row. This season Jakupi averages just 1.7ppg.



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Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Corey ALLEN
  Mgzavrebi
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Allen, Mgzavrebi18.7 
 2. Miller, Sokhumi18.2 
 3. Lathan, Sokhumi17.3 
 4. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi17.2 
 5. Shemosiuk, Batumi16.9 
 6. Rogava, Olimpi15.5 
 7. Jintcharadze, Bat.15.5 
 8. Berishvili, Dinamo T.15.1 
 9. Lezhava, Batumi14.5 
 10. Vaughn, Dinamo T.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FLORVEUS
  Cactus T.
  (211-C-90)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Florveus, Cactus T.13.1 
 2. Pelcher, Batumi10.9 
 3. Atuashvili, Rustavi9.2 
 4. Spagnolo, Rustavi9.2 
 5. Burnette, Olimpi9.1 
 6. Tishchenko, Sokhu.8.0 
 7. Murphy, Mgzavrebi7.9 
 8. Bekauri, Kutaisi7.8 
 9. Bridgeman, Cactus T.7.7 
 10. Tubak, Kutaisi6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi TSINTSADZE
  Kutaisi
  (192-PG-86)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Tsintsadze, Kutaisi5.9 
 2. Lee, Rustavi5.9 
 3. Miller, Sokhumi5.8 
 4. Ransom, Mgzavrebi5.3 
 5. Vaughn, Dinamo T.5.2 
 6. Mikeladze, Olimpi4.6 
 7. Berishvili, Dinamo T.4.2 
 8. Pashaev, Kutaisi4.0 
 9. Tsivtsivadze, Mgzav.4.0 
 10. Pkhakadze, Mgzav.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Corey ALLEN
  Mgzavrebi
  (185-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Allen, Mgzavrebi3.7 
 2. Miller, Sokhumi2.8 
 3. Burnette, Olimpi2.6 
 4. Peters, Mgzavrebi2.3 
 5. Pkhakadze, Mgzav.2.2 
 6. Rogava, Olimpi2.1 
 7. Ransom, Mgzavrebi2.0 
 8. Lathan, Sokhumi1.9 
 9. Baqradze, Olimpi1.8 
 10. Crayton, Mgzavrebi1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Terik BRIDGEMAN
  Cactus T.
  (198-G-)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Bridgeman, Cactus T.1.7 
 2. Bekauri, Kutaisi1.7 
 3. Florveus, Cactus T.1.6 
 4. Atuashvili, Rustavi1.6 
 5. Jgerenaia, Sokhumi1.5 
 6. Tubak, Kutaisi1.5 
 7. Pelcher, Batumi1.2 
 8. Rychlyuk, Sokhumi1.1 
 9. Murphy, Mgzavrebi1.1 
 10. Maravic, Dinamo T.0.9 


Georgian A League round 7 best performance: Travante Williams - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Travante Williams (197-F-93, agency: Duran International) put on an amazing game in the last round for Tskaltubo, receiving a Eurobasket.com A League Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Arena-76 (4-3) 94-81. Tskaltubo is placed at 3rd position in Georgian A League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Tskaltubo will need more victories to improve their 4-3 record. Williams turned to be Tskaltubo's top player in his first season with the team. Former Alaska-Fairbanks star has very solid stats this year. Williams is league's best scorer averaging so far 32.7ppg. Williams is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 9.7rpg) and averages impressive 3.4spg,55.8% FGP and 41.8% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Armani Flannigan (203-F-92) of BC Titebi. Flannigan had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 18 rebounds. Of course he led BC Titebi to another comfortable win outscoring SEU Tbilisi (#6, 0-7) 84-61. This victory allowed BC Titebi to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 4-3 record is not bad at all. Flannigan is a newcomer at BC Titebi, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.4ppg (#8). His other stats are also decent: 10.7rpg and 3.1apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Peter Alexis (213-F/C-92) of Arena-76 (#5). Alexis scored 24 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Alexis' great performance Arena-76 lost 81-94 to Tskaltubo (4-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Arena-76 needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 4 victories and 3 lost games. Alexis has a great season in Georgia. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.0ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 10.9rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-PG-86) of BC Titebi - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Davit Maisuradze (205-C/F-90) of SEU Tbilisi - 20 points and 14 rebounds
6. Brian Blackmon (188-PG-89) of Tskaltubo - 16 points and 8 rebounds
7. Dmitry Sviridov (212-C-85) of Tskaltubo - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Giorgi Dvali (182-SG-95) of BC Titebi - 21 points and 2 rebounds
9. Dimitri Dvalishvili (198-F-93) of Tskaltubo - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Bega Akhalaia (195-F-91) of SEU Tbilisi - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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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 


Timajh Parker Rivera (Lok Bernau) I Don't Think We've Peaked But We Will See That In The Playoffs - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Timajh Parker-Rivera (202-F-94, college: Towson) is a 23 year old 203cm forward from Milford, Conneticut playing his professional basketball career with SSV Lok Bernau. He played four years at Towson (NCAA) playing a total of 128 NCAA games and as a senior played 33 games averaging 6.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 58.1%, FT: 50.4%. He spoke to eurobasket before game one of the playoffs against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors.

Timajh congrats on the 94-77 win against Wolfenbuettel and finishing the regular season in first place in the Pro B north. You finished the season in style, but what did the team learn from last weeks close 85-83 win against low ranked team Stahnsdorf?

Thank you . Basically we learned that we can never take our foot off the pedal every night each team we play is capable to hand us a loss . Nearing the playoffs we have to play every game as if it were our last.


Lok Bernau had it's best scoring quarter in the third. What adjustments did you make to be able to push up a notch in the third quarter? How key were you two beast mode dunks at the start of the fourth quarter? Did this fuel the team to close out the game in fine fashion?

I don't think we made to many adjustments . We buckled down on defense and that lead to more shots which started to drop in the third .


How key were you two beast mode dunks at the start of the fourth quarter? Did this fuel the team to close out the game in fine fashion?

The club had three guys in double figures and five guys 1-2 points away from double figures. Has the depth of this team been one of the things that has defined the strength of this team this season?

For sure I mean we have a lot of talent on this team and a lot of players that would play a lot of minutes on other teams . That makes it easy for us . Depth is definitely something we have and put to use .

On the other side of the court was American Demetrius Ward who became a player coach a few months ago. Is that something you could do later in your career if you were called upon?

If I were called upon for sure ! I mean I think guys would trust in me enough to do so further on in my career .


LOK Bernau closed out the season with a 6 game winning streak. Except for the 85-83 win against Stahnsdorf, all other five wins were blow outs. Has this team peaked or do you feel it can make another step in the playoffs?

I don't think we've peaked at all ! I actually think we still haven't had that game were we are all clicking I think we will see that in the playoffs . With everything on the line I think our team will step up
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You have the second best team defense in the Pro B north giving up 74 points a game. In the last two games the club has averaged giving up 80 points per game. What area on the defensive end will be most vital for Lok Bernau having continued success?

I would have to say or all around rotation and following coaches game plan to perfection .


Do you sense that Pierre Bland is playing on a mission. After winning the Regionaliga last season with lok Bernau, he wants to make the next step and reach the Pro A. What in his game and mentality makes you believe that Lok Bernau can win the Pro B title?

For sure he's driven to win regardless he's a leader and hates to lose . We all know that every night he's going to play to win


How have you followed the development of 18 year old German Ferdinand Zylka? He scored in double figures in the first none of 10 games, but only once in the last eight games. Did the long season take a toll on his game?

Not at all I think the depth on our team is the reason u see a lot of fluctuations in scoring is all .


Your having a solid season averaging 8,4ppg anf 7,4rpg and in our last interview in November told me 'I am very selective with my shots and like to attack and create however I will be more aggressive as the season continues. Have you been content with your aggressiveness since then?

Some games I have some games I haven't it's been a mix however I try to make the best of my minutes for the team and for the win .


Your shooting 14/23 from the field in the last six games so shot selection has been very good with you. Do you at times wish like you could have even more shots per game?

Of course I think every player does but when your team is winning and your making the right decisions on the court then it doesn't matter .


You now meet the Fraport Skyliners Juniors in the first round of the playoffs. How excited are you about playing your first professional playoffs and what kind of Timajh Parker-Rivera will we see?

I'm very excited for my first pro playoffs and you can expect a focused and aggressive Timajh ready to do anything to win


The Fraport Skyliners Juniors could be the best eighth position team ever as they are a lot better than their record, but also unpredictable in their lineups. What kind of series can we await?

I mean we take things one game at a time . We're going to prepare this week and be ready for whatever they have this weekend


It is always very difficult to scout the Fraport Skyliners Juniors as they have many BBL license players that aren't always available to play. Do you believe that Frankfurt will have an advantage simply because Lok Bernau won't really know who will play?

I don't believe any team has an advantage over us . Whoever they decide to throw out there has to play against us and we won't make it easy for them .


Both teams are very talented and are coming into the playoffs with nice winning streaks. What will be key to advancing to the next round?

A key advantage will be defense . Like they say defense wins championships


The Fraport Skyliners Juniors have one of the top prospects in Europe with Isaac Bonga who is a projected 2018 NBA Draft pick that is a 6.9 point guard and had a triple double in the last game of the regular season against Nordlingen. Would he be worth some extra scouting by you on your free time just to check out all the hype or are you just going to go into the series and clog the paint area so he can't get easy buckets?

We will be doing scouting all week I'm sure Coach will have a plan for him .


Klay Thompson recently hit 60 points in 29 minutes touching the ball for only 90 seconds. Where does this performance rank with you?
Definitely top 5 I have to say

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?

I really think he is he's doing this night in and night out on a team built around him with role players that's not easy to do . Both other guys have stacked 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?

I guess because other people focus on scoring and he's on a team where he could basically not score the whole season and still win lol . So I guess it was easy for him to do everything else


What was the last movie that you saw?

Last movie I saw was John wick 2


Thanks Timajh for the chat.



The Romerstrom Gladiators Trier Keep Marco Van Den Berg And Kilian Dietz - 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.

The club also announced the contract extension of Kilian Dietz. Dietz is a 26 year old 202cm center that is playing his second season with the Romerstrom Gladiators Trier. Last season he played 25 games averaging 2.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.2apg. This season he has played 25 games averaging 3,9ppg and 4,0rpg. "Every one konws how connected I am to the team, fans and city so I didn't have to decide much since Trier was always my first option", stressed Kilian Dietz.



Source: Romerstrom Gladiators Trier



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Reger Dowell (ex Prievidza) agreed terms with Doxa Lefkadas - by Eurobasket News

Newly promoted AE Doxa Lefkadas (A1) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American point guard Reger Dowell (185-83kg-91, college: Texas Arlington). He started the season at BC Prievidza in Slovakian SBL league. Dowell managed to play in three leagues this year (!!!). In 23 SBL games he recorded 9.1ppg, 2.0rpg and 4.0apg. Dowell also played 9 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 8.2ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.9apg and 1.0spg. And finally he contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 7.5ppg and 2.5rpg.
The most of last season Dowell spent at Kapfenberg Bulls in Austrian A Bundesliga. In 16 games he got 13.7ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.3apg. The other team he played that season for was Aiolos Trikallon. In 12 A1 games he got 7.6ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.4apg.
Among other achievements Dowell's team made it to the Liga Americas Semifinals in 2015. He received also All-Sun Belt 1st Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Dowell has played previously professionally in Argentina (Penarol) and Belarus (Tsmoki-Minsk).
He attended University of Texas at Arlington until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Sean Cunningham extends contract with Groningen - by Eurobasket News

Donar Groningen and Sean Cunningham (188-PG-86, college: Cal-Riverside) have agreed on terms of contract extension. The point guard has penned a two-year extension. Sean Cunningham joined Donar back in 2014. He averages 8.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in the Dutch League. In FIBA Europe Cup Sean Cunningham tallied 7.4 points, 2.9 assists and 2.6 rebounds per appearance.


Yannick Franke selected the top Dutch players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Yannick Franke
Yannick Franke
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Yannick Franke (194-96, currently plays in Croatia). Franke led KK Zadar to a victory over one of league's weakest teams H.Analitica (3-16) crushing them 96-73 in the Croatian A1 on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Franke recorded 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes on the court. KK Zadar (9-7) is placed sixth in the A1. This year Franke averages: 7.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 2FGP: 63.2%(12-19), 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 33.3% in six games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Thomas van der Mars
Thomas van der Mars
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Thomas van der Mars (208-90, college: Portland, currently plays in Estonia). van der Mars contributed to a 2-point Rapla's victory against one of league's weakest teams Valga (6-16) 72-70 in the Estonian Alexela KML in Tuesday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 14 rebounds. AVIS Rapla (13-9) is placed third in the Alexela KML. van der Mars has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.3ppg, 13.1rpg, 2FGP: 63.3%(150-237) and FT: 71.4%. van der Mars is in the roster of the Dutch senior national team.

Jito Kok
Jito Kok
   #3. The Dutch player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international center Jito Kok (206-94, agency: Court Side, college: San Diego, currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas van der Mars. But that was another game of his team in Estonian Alexela KML which we would like to mention. Kok. He could not help one of league's weakest teams Rapla (13-9) in their last game. Despite Kok's good performance Rapla was edged 80-77 at home by the second-ranked Kalev/Cramo. He scored 10 points and blocked 2 shots in 17 minutes. This year Kok's overall stats are: 4.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 37.5% and FT: 68.8% in six games. He played for the Dutch U20 national team three years ago.

Worthy de Jong
Worthy de Jong
   #4. Shooting guard Worthy de Jong (194-88, currently plays in France) was not able to help SO Maritime Boulogne (8-13) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite de Jong's good performance SO Maritime Boulogne was defeated 86-80 on the road by the much higher-ranked ADA Blois (#4). He scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. de Jong's total stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.0apg and 1.7spg. He is also Dutch national team player.

Roeland Schaftenaar
Roeland Schaftenaar
   #5. International power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-88, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Greece) managed to help A.G.O Rethymno Aegean in a victory against the 12th-ranked Kymis (6-14) 84-73 in the Greek A1 in Saturday night's game. Schaftenaar scored 5 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 18 minutes. A.G.O Rethymno Aegean (9-11) is placed seventh in the A1. This year Schaftenaar's total stats are: 5.6ppg and 4.6rpg in nine games. He plays currently for the Dutch national team.

Henk Norel
Henk Norel
   #6. Center Henk Norel (213-87, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Zaragoza (7-15) in their game against Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (10-12) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Norel scored 7 points. Zaragoza was defeated 93-80 in Madrid by the higher-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (#10). It was Zaragoza's third consecutive loss in a row. It's Norel's fifth season with the team. He has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.2apg. Norel is a former international player as he played for the Dutch senior team two years ago.

Kevin Bleeker
Kevin Bleeker
   #7. Former international center Kevin Bleeker (208-93, also represented by Court Side, college: Canisius, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in Navarra's victory against the 14th-ranked Gandia (7-16) 66-64 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game. Bleeker scored 12 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Basket Navarra de Pamplona (12-11) is placed tenth in the LEB Silver. Bleeker has averaged so far 6.1ppg and 4.7rpg. He used to play for the Dutch national team three years ago.

Charlon Kloof
Charlon Kloof
   #8. Guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, agency: Octagon Europe, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in ABA League) couldn't help MZT Skopje (8-17) in their game against Buducnost (18-7) in the ABA League. Kloof recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. MZT Skopje was crushed 92-61 in Podgorica by the much higher-ranked (#4) Buducnost. It was MZT Skopje's third consecutive loss in a row. His team will play only one more game in the ABA League Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Kloof has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 3.6apg in 21 games. He plays currently for the Dutch national team.

Jeroen van der List
Jeroen van der List
   #9. Former international power forward Jeroen van der List (213-89, college: Indian Hills CC, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Shinshu BW (12-31) in their last game. Despite van der List's good performance the sixth-placed Shinshu BW (12-31) lost 63-74 on their home court in Nagano to the leading Gunma in the Central group. He was the second best scorer with 10 points. van der List also added 8 rebounds in 16 minutes. It was Shinshu BW's third consecutive loss in a row. van der List has very impressive stats this year: 15.6ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5bpg in 14 games. He used to play for the Dutch national team three years ago.

Luuk Van Bree
Luuk Van Bree
   #10. Forward Luuk Van Bree (203-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Bradley's victory against the Drake University (5-13) 67-58 in the NCAA last Thursday. Van Bree scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Bradley University has 7-11 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Van Bree has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 3.3rpg. He is a former U18 international player as three years ago he still played for the Dutch national team.

   #11. Former U20 international center Menno Dijkstra (213-97, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Cal-Riverside (5-7) in their last game. Despite Dijkstra's good performance the Cal-Riverside lost 67-76 on their home court in Riverside to the University of California-Irvine. He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 27 minutes. Dijkstra has averaged so far 6.2ppg and 2.8rpg in 29 games. He used to play for the Dutch U20 national team two years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international forward Niels Bunschoten (206, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Indiana St. in their game against the University of Evansville in the NCAA. Bunschoten scored 8 points and blocked 2 shots. His team was defeated 83-72. Bunschoten has averaged so far 4.8ppg and 1.4rpg. He used to play for the Dutch U20 national team back in 2014.

   #13. Former international guard Shane Hammink (201-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Valparaiso in their game against the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in the NCAA. Hammink recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. His team was edged 43-41. Hammink has very impressive stats this year: 15.6ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.5apg in 31 games. He used to play for the Dutch national team three years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international center Tom Koopman (203, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Citadel in their game against the University of North Carolina, Greensboro in the NCAA. Koopman cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only one point. His team was defeated 76-67. Koopman has averaged so far 2.3ppg and 1.5rpg. He used to play for the Dutch U20 national team back in 2015.

   #15. Former U16 international guard Stefan Topalovic (193-95, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the second-ranked Stade 78-63 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Saturday. Topalovic scored only 2 points. This season he averages just 1.4ppg. Topalovic used to play for the Dutch U16 national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, college: Utah, currently plays in Euroleague) led his Spanish team Baskonia to a victory over the league outsider Armani Milano (7-18) 87-74 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Tillie scored 19 points, had 5 boards, dished 3 assists and stole 3 balls in 24 minutes. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (14-11) is placed seventh in the Euroleague. This year Tillie averages: 6.5ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.1apg in 24 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and French.

   #2. Aaron Doornekamp (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) was the main contributor in an CB Canarias' victory against the closely-ranked Real Madrid (15-6) 75-64 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Saturday. Doornekamp was MVP of the game. He scored 17 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (17-5) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. Doornekamp has relatively good stats this season: 12.5ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.3apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Dutch.

   #3. Ryan Broekhoff (200-F-90, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in EuroCup) managed to help Lokomotiv Kuban in a victory against the closely-ranked Zenit (3-3) 88-77 in the Eurocup on Friday night. He scored only 4 points in 21 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lokomotiv Kuban (5-1) is placed first in the Eurocup. Broekhoff has averaged so far 6.3ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.1apg in 16 games. He has both Australian and Dutch nationalities.

   #4. Kai Edwards (206-F-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to a 3-point N.Colorado's victory against the Portland State University (6-8) 87-84 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Edwards scored 18 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. It's Edwards' first year with the team. He has averaged so far 4.6ppg and 5.1rpg.

   #5. Tim Hilhorst (87, currently plays in Norway) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Ammerud Bskt (5-22) crushing them 127-43 in a derby game in the Norwegian BLNO on Sunday night. Hilhorst scored 10 points. Centrum Tigers Oslo (16-11) is placed fifth in the BLNO. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Hilhorst's first season with the team. He has averaged so far 6.3ppg and 4.0rpg.

   #6. Shaquille Doorson (213-C-94, currently studies in the States) contributed to a 3-point Rutgers' victory against the University of Illinois 62-59 in the NCAA in Saturday night's game. Doorson recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 9 minutes on the court. He has averaged so far 1.3ppg and 1.7rpg in 31 games.

   #7. Derrik Smits (218-C-95, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Valparaiso to beat the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Smits cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. His team was edged 43-41. Smits has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 2.2rpg.

   #8. Morgan Stilma (199-F, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an Unicaja B's victory against the sixth-ranked San Fernando 77-68 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Sunday night. He recorded 9 points in only 12 minutes. Stilma has averaged so far 9.9ppg and 4.2rpg in 14 games.

   #9. Maikel-Bastiaan Post (207-C-85, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a 2-point Ibbenbueren's victory against the seventh-ranked Salzkotten 84-82 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Post has averaged so far 9.1ppg and 5.0rpg.

   #10. Daniel Pieper (198-F-96, currently plays in Canada) contributed to a McGill University's victory against the Bisons 63-53 in the Canadian university league CIS last Thursday. He recorded only 2 points in 6 minutes on the court. Pieper has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 2.3rpg in 15 games. He is a naturalized American.



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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. Pacher, Vasas18.8 
 5. Johnson, Sopron KC18.0 
 6. Tiby, Atomeromu17.5 
 7. Sejfic, PVSK P.17.5 
 8. Vojvoda, Szolnok17.5 
 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, Kormend6.4 
 6. Saddler, Jaszbere.6.2 
 7. Threatt, Sopron KC6.2 
 8. Johnson, Sopron KC6.2 
 9. Nelson, PVSK P.6.1 
 10. Smith, MAFC6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Sopron KC
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Johnson, Sopron KC3.0 
 2. Arrington, Jaszbere.2.6 
 3. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.2.2 
 4. Petty, Kormend2.0 
 5. Smith, MAFC2.0 
 6. Frazier, Kaposvari2.0 
 7. Boltic, Szedeak1.8 
 8. Smith-Jr, Kormend1.8 
 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 


Best players of Hungarian A Division round 21 - by Eurobasket News

Akos Kovacs (183-G-88, agency: HMS) had an amazing evening in the last round for Atomeromu and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 28-year old guard had the game-high 22 points adding seven assists for Atomeromu in his team's victory, helping them to beat Szolnok (#6, 13-8) 82-73. Atomeromu maintains the 12th position in Hungarian A Division. Atomeromu is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-14 record. In the team's last game Kovacs had a remarkable 87.5% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Atomeromu, through which he has constantly improved. Akos Kovacs averages this season 8.5ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American forward Malik Cooke (201-F-89, agency: Inception Sports) of Kaposvari. Cooke impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Kaposvari lost that game 75-84 to ZTE KK (13-8). Kaposvari managed to keep the same 4th spot in the standings. His team's 13-8 record is not bad at all. Cooke is a newcomer at Kaposvari 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 Lithuanian Adomas Drungilas (203-C-90) of ZTE KK (#5). Drungilas scored 22 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of ZTE KK, leading his team to a 84-75 win against Kaposvari (13-8). ZTE KK needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 8 lost games. Drungilas has a great season in Hungary. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.5rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tomislav Ivosev (204-F-90) of KTE-Duna - 17 points and 6 rebounds
5. Marko Boltic (193-G-87) of Szedeak - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Ismet Sejfic (208-C-93) of PVSK Pannon - 21 points and 12 rebounds
7. Roland Hendlein (206-F/C-86) of Kaposvari - 24 points and 7 rebounds
8. Peter Lorant (206-F/C-85) of Alba - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Nenad Sulovic (202-C-85) of Szedeak - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Veljko Budimir (199-F-85) of PVSK Pannon - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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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. Motley, FSU31.0 
 2. Woods, Hamar27.2 
 3. Garland, Breidablik25.9 
 4. Shouse, IA25.4 
 5. Moss, Hottur23.5 
 6. King, Valur21.4 
 7. Pryor, Fjolnir21.0 
 8. Oliver, Fjolnir20.0 
 9. Stefansson, Hamar19.6 
 10. Bracey, Valur19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris WOODS
  Hamar
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Woods, Hamar14.4 
 2. Motley, FSU12.6 
 3. Moss, Hottur12.3 
 4. Pryor, Fjolnir12.1 
 5. King, Valur11.7 
 6. Shouse, IA9.5 
 7. Kristjansson, IA9.1 
 8. Petursson, Valur9.0 
 9. Virijevic, Hottur8.8 
 10. Fridriksson, Arm.8.6 
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, Valur5.1 
 6. Olafsson, Hamar4.8 
 7. Bracey, Valur4.7 
 8. Jonasson, Armann4.0 
 9. Erlingsson, Hamar3.8 
 10. Hreinsson, FSU3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone GARLAND
  Breidablik
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Garland, Breidablik3.6 
 2. Moss, Hottur3.3 
 3. Shouse, IA3.0 
 4. Jonsson, FSU2.7 
 5. King, Valur2.2 
 6. Motley, FSU2.2 
 7. Olafsson, Hamar2.0 
 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, Valur2.2 
 3. Woods, Hamar1.4 
 4. Audunsson, Valur1.2 
 5. Virijevic, Hottur1.1 
 6. Motley, FSU1.1 
 7. Sigurdarson, Breid.1.0 
 8. Johannesson, Breid.1.0 
 9. Karason, Fjolnir1.0 
 10. Fridriksson, Arm.0.9 


KW Titans sign Flenard Whitfield, ex Skallagrimur - by Eurobasket News

Kitchener-Waterloo Titans (NBL Canada) signed 27-year old American forward Flenard Whitfield (200-100kg-90, college: W.Michigan). He started the season at Skallagrimur in Icelandic Dominos League. In 22 games he had very impressive stats: 29.4ppg, 14.6rpg, 3.2apg, 1.3spg and 1.3bpg this season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Whitfield's team made it to the NBL Canada Semifinals in 2015. He was also voted All-MAC Honorable Mention back in 2011 and 2012 at his college time.
Whitfield has played previously professionally in Australia (Bandits) and Canada (Orangeville A's).
He attended Western Michigan University until 2012 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.
Whitfield could be described: A force inside player who can also step out and shoot the mid range jumper consistently. A 4yr starter in western Michigan Univ. Very strong physicality. Have great mobility for his size. He has shown already he can be a solid overseas inside player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Dominos League Round 22: Stjarnan defeat leader KR - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Dominos League just ended.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked KR (17-5) in Reykjavik on Thursday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Stjarnan (16-6) 78-73. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of KR. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. KR was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 8-point lead after three quarters before a 24-11 charge of Stjarnan, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian-American guard Anthony Odunsi (193-92, college: Houston Baptist, agency: SDJ Sports) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. The former international power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82) contributed with 9 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international guard Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for KR. Stjarnan moved-up to second place. Defending champion KR still keeps top position with five games lost.
Important game to mention about took place in Hafnarfjordur. Tenth ranked Haukar (9-13) saved a 3-point victory at home edging much higher ranked Tindastoll (15-7) 77-74 on Thursday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. American forward Cedrick Bowen (198-92, college: Charleston So.) scored 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Emil Barja chipped in 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Haukar's coach Ivar Asgrimsson used entire bench in such tough game. At the losing side American forward Antonio Hester (198-90, college: Mobile, AL) responded with 19 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals. Haukar have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain tenth position with 9-13 record. Tindastoll at the other side dropped to the third place with seven games lost.
A very close game took place in Reykjavik between IR and Keflavik. Seventh ranked IR (11-11) got a very close home victory over 6th ranked Keflavik (11-11). IR managed to escape with a 1-point win 88-87 in the fight for the sixth place. Matthias Sigurdarson notched 30 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 29 points, 19 rebounds and 5 assists by Amin Stevens did not help to save the game for Keflavik. IR moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Keflavik and Thor AK.
Bottom-ranked Snaefell is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 22th consecutive match to eighth ranked Thor AK (11-11) 89-62. George Beamon fired 30 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Thor AK moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Keflavik and IR. Snaefell at the other side still closes the standings.

In the last two games of round 22 Njardvik was beaten by Thor Thorl on the road 83-70. Grindavik won against Skallagrimur on its own court 101-89.
The most impressive performance of 22th round was 22 points and 10 rebounds by Tobin Carberry of Thor Thorl.

Thor Thorl - Njardvik 83-70

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Thor Thorl (12-10) beat 9th ranked Njardvik (10-12) in Thorlakshofn 83-70. The game was mostly controlled by Thor Thorl. Njardvik was better in third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. American guard Tobin Carberry (193-91, college: LIU Post, agency: HMS) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Polish Maciej Baginski (195-95) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. Carberry is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Four Thor Thorl players scored in double figures. American guard Myron Dempsey (203-91, college: Paul Quinn, agency: Mansfield and Associates) produced 18 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international Logi Gunnarsson (190-81) added 27 points respectively for lost side. Thor Thorl maintains fifth position with 12-10 record. Njardvik at the other side keeps the ninth place with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
Thor Thorl: T.Carberry 22+10reb+3ast, M.Baginski 16+8reb+2ast, O.Jonsson 16+3reb+4ast, H.Hermannsson 13+3reb+1ast, G.Erlendsson 6+3reb+1ast, E.Einarsson 6+6reb+2ast
Njardvik: L.Gunnarsson 27+1ast, M.Dempsey 18+8reb+6ast, J.Olafsson 10+5reb+3ast, B.Kristjansson 7+3reb+1ast, S.Stefansson 6+9reb+1ast, J.Atkinson 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 491999


Thor AK - Snaefell 89-62

Bottom-ranked Snaefell is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 22th consecutive match to eighth ranked Thor AK (11-11) 89-62. The game was mostly controlled by Thor AK. Snaefell was better in second period 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Snaefell 56-31 including a 38-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Thor AK players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Snaefell's players. American guard George Beamon (193-91, college: Manhattan) fired 30 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. International center Tryggvi Hlinason (215-97) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. Four Thor AK players scored in double figures. American guard Christian Covile (193-93, college: Adrian) produced 14 points and 6 rebounds and guard Arni Hrafnsson (185-98) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Thor AK moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Keflavik and IR. Snaefell at the other side still closes the standings.
Top scorers:
Thor AK: G.Beamon 30+8reb, S.Davidsson 13+3reb+4ast, T.Hlinason 11+13reb+2ast, D.Lewis 10+8reb+4ast, I.Rafn Ingvarsson 9+8reb+5ast, R.Fridriksson 6+6reb+7ast
Snaefell: A.Hrafnsson 15+3reb+4ast, C.Covile 14+6reb+2ast, S.Davidsson 10+8reb+2ast, G.Helgason 7, T.Saethorsson 5+2reb, J.Pall Gunnarsson 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 491995


Grindavik - Skallagrimur 101-89

Very expected game when 11th ranked Skallagrimur (7-15) lost on the road to fourth ranked Grindavik (13-9) 101-89. The game was mostly controlled by Grindavik. Skallagrimur was better in second period 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Skallagrimur 58-42 including 19 on the offensive glass. Grindavik players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Skallagrimur's players. American-Dominican guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. The former international forward Omar Saevarsson (198-82) chipped in 7 points and 17 rebounds. Four Grindavik players scored in double figures. American forward Flenard Whitfield (200-90, college: W.Michigan) produced a double-double by scoring 50 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and point guard Sigtryggur Bjornsson (180-93) added 16 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Grindavik maintains fourth position with 13-9 record. Skallagrimur lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh place with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Grindavik: L.Clinch 25+10reb+8ast, I.Thor Gudmundsson 18+5reb+3ast, T.Olafsson 17+5reb+5ast, D.Jonsson 15+2reb+4ast, O.Olafsson 10+9reb+4ast, O.Saevarsson 7+17reb+3ast
Skallagrimur: F.Whitfield 50+12reb+2ast, S.Bjornsson 16+10reb+4ast, D.Asgeirsson 7+4reb+3ast, M.Gunnarsson 7+3reb+1ast, K.Omarsson 3+2reb, K.Gislason 2+3reb
gschID: 491998


Haukar - Tindastoll 77-74

Important game to mention about took place in Hafnarfjordur. Tenth ranked Haukar (9-13) saved a 3-point victory at home edging much higher ranked Tindastoll (15-7) 77-74 on Thursday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. Tindastoll was ahead by 10 points after three quarters before a 27-14 charge of Haukar, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 21 Tindastoll turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American forward Cedrick Bowen (198-92, college: Charleston So.) scored 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Emil Barja (192-91) chipped in 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Haukar's coach Ivar Asgrimsson used entire bench in such tough game. At the losing side American forward Antonio Hester (198-90, college: Mobile, AL) responded with 19 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals and guard Petur Birgisson (185-96) scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Haukar have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain tenth position with 9-13 record. Tindastoll at the other side dropped to the third place with seven games lost.
Top scorers:
Haukar: C.Bowen 19+8reb+2ast, E.Barja 10+5reb+5ast, A.Ivarsson 8+1reb+2ast, B.Gylfason 8+3reb, H.Oskarsson 7+4ast, H.Henningsson 6+2reb
Tindastoll: A.Hester 19+7reb+6ast, P.Birgisson 17+5reb+7ast, H.Viggosson 17+9reb+1ast, V.Agustsson 8+4reb+2ast, B.Rikhardsson 5+6reb+1ast, F.Thor Stefansson 3+1reb
gschID: 491997


KR - Stjarnan 73-78

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked KR (17-5) in Reykjavik on Thursday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Stjarnan (16-6) 78-73. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of KR. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. KR was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 8-point lead after three quarters before a 24-11 charge of Stjarnan, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Nigerian-American guard Anthony Odunsi (193-92, college: Houston Baptist, agency: SDJ Sports) who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. The former international power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82) contributed with 9 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international guard Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and Nigerian-American forward PJ Alawoya (203-88, college: McNeese St., agency: Inception Sports) added 13 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for KR. Four KR players scored in double figures. Stjarnan moved-up to second place. Defending champion KR still keeps top position with five games lost.
Top scorers:
Stjarnan: A.Odunsi 19+8reb+5ast, T.Tomasson 13+4reb+1ast, E.Aevarsson 13+8reb+2ast, H.Baeringsson 9+16reb+4ast, A.Angantysson 8+1reb, T.Hilmarsson 8+4reb+2ast
KR: B.Bjornsson 15, P.Ermolinskij 14+11reb+4ast, J.Stefansson 13+3reb+6ast, P.Alawoya 13+13reb+3ast, T.Thorbjarnarsson 6+1reb+1ast, D.Hilmarsson 6+6reb+4ast
gschID: 491996


IR - Keflavik 88-87

A very close game took place in Reykjavik between IR and Keflavik. Seventh ranked IR (11-11) got a very close home victory over 6th ranked Keflavik (11-11). IR managed to escape with a 1-point win 88-87 in the fight for the sixth place. Keflavik was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. IR dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Keflavik's 40. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Point guard Matthias Sigurdarson (180-94, college: Columbus St.) notched 30 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and American forward Quincy Hankins-Cole (203-90) supported him with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Even a double-double of 29 points, 19 rebounds and 5 assists by American forward Amin Stevens (203-90, college: Florida A&M) did not help to save the game for Keflavik. The former international guard Hordur Vilhjalmsson (194-88) added 12 points and 5 assists for lost side. Five Keflavik players scored in double figures. IR moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Keflavik and Thor AK.
Top scorers:
IR: M.Sigurdarson 30+7reb+6ast, Q.Hankins-Cole 21+12reb+2ast, D.Thomas 19+6reb+6ast, S.Claessen 6+5reb+3ast, H.Hjalmarsson 6+4reb+4ast, D.Berg Gretarsson 4+2reb
Keflavik: A.Stevens 29+19reb+5ast, G.Jonsson 13+2reb+1ast, H.Vilhjalmsson 12+3reb+5ast, M.Traustason 11+6reb+1ast, R.Dupree 11+2reb+1ast, D.Lar Jonsson 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 491994





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  INDIA  


UBA League Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Bengaluru and Mumbai register wins - by Eurobasket News

Punjab S. - Mumbai Ch. 114-128

Mumbai jumped ahead in the semifinal series versus Punjab. Mumbai Ch. forced 23 Punjab S. turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Punjab S. was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Alex Scales (192-78, college: Oregon) nailed 36 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and Canadian Jimmy Scroggins (, college: Regina) accounted for 34 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds. American guard Dermaine Crockrell (185-89, college: Bemidji St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 50 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 7 assists and the former international forward Ravi Kumar (199-87) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Punjab S. in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Punjab S.: D.Crockrell 50+10reb+7ast, R.Bharadwaj 15+5reb, R.Kumar 11+9reb+1ast, A.Pari 11+1reb+3ast, A.Kumar 7+1reb+2ast, D.Kumar 6+2reb+3ast
Mumbai Ch.: A.Scales 36+9reb+4ast, J.Scroggins 34+9reb+2ast, I.Gill 29+7reb+6ast, P.Reddy 12+2reb+3ast, N.Kumar 6+4reb+1ast, Jeevenathan 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 539766


Pune P. - Bengaluru 133-138

Bengaluru topped Pune in the semifinals opener. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 45-33. But Pune P. won second period 37-35. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bengaluru shot 61.1 percent from the field and made 37-of-49 free shots (75.5 percent) during the game. 32 personal fouls committed by Pune P. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International guard Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (192-91) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 44 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 13 assists for the winners and American guard Chris Solomon (191-90, college: Kaiser) chipped in 55 points (!!!). At the losing side the former international power forward Amritpal Singh (212-91) responded with a double-double by scoring 45 points (!!!), 17 rebounds and 5 assists and American guard Pierre Newton (196-93, college: Minn.-Duluth) scored 38 points (!!!) and 8 assists. Five Pune P. players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Pune P.: A.Singh 45+17reb+5ast, P.Newton 38+4reb+8ast, A.Bhullar 13+3reb+4ast, N.Grewal 13+6reb+6ast, A.Mane 11+2reb+2ast, S.Shinde 6+2reb+2ast
Bengaluru: C.Solomon 55+3reb, V.Bhriguvanshi 44+7reb+13ast, K.Zia 11+3reb+1ast, R.Sharma 8+2reb+1ast, V.Palani 8+5ast, P.Brar 7+5reb
gschID: 539767





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  INDONESIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Dom WILLIAMS
  Aspac
  (180-PG-)
  Avg: 30
 1. Williams, Aspac30.0 
 2. Jones, Hang Tuah29.3 
 3. Barfield, NSH G.27.2 
 4. Peterson, Bima P.25.7 
 5. Jacobs, NSH G.25.6 
 6. Irving, Pelita Jaya24.3 
 7. White, Pelita Jaya23.5 
 8. Loiselle, Pacific .22.8 
 9. Crump, Satya W.22.3 
 10. Smith, Hang Tuah22.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andre SMITH
  Hang Tuah
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 16.1
 1. Smith, Hang Tuah16.1 
 2. Barfield, NSH G.14.9 
 3. Brand, JNE B.14.8 
 4. Maxey, Satya W.14.4 
 5. White, Pelita Jaya13.9 
 6. Loiselle, Pacific .13.3 
 7. Gunawan, Garuda11.8 
 8. McKinney, CLS K.10.7 
 9. Peterson, Bima P.10.7 
 10. Henderson-N., Aspac10.6 
Assists Per Game
 Mario WUYSANG
  CLS K.
  (176-PG-79)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Wuysang, CLS K.6.3 
 2. Jacobs, NSH G.5.6 
 3. Smith, Hang Tuah5.5 
 4. Williams, Aspac5.0 
 5. Seagers, Pacific .4.8 
 6. Dhyaksa, Aspac4.5 
 7. Singleton, JNE B.4.5 
 8. Hardianus, Satria M.4.2 
 9. Loiselle, Pacific .4.1 
 10. Purwanto, Hang T.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 David SEAGERS
  Pacific .
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Seagers, Pacific .2.6 
 2. Corbin, Bima P.2.6 
 3. Smith, Hang Tuah2.4 
 4. Wisnu, Satria Muda2.2 
 5. Jewell, Satria Muda2.2 
 6. Irving, Pelita Jaya2.0 
 7. Grays, Pelita Jaya2.0 
 8. Barfield, NSH G.1.9 
 9. White, Pelita Jaya1.8 
 10. Joni, Hang Tuah1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Nate MAXEY
  Satya W.
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Maxey, Satya W.4.5 
 2. Brand, JNE B.3.5 
 3. Peterson, Bima P.2.0 
 4. Ruslan, NSH G.1.8 
 5. Ware, Garuda1.6 
 6. White, Pelita Jaya1.5 
 7. Loiselle, Pacific .1.3 
 8. Smith, Satria Muda1.1 
 9. Kosasih, Aspac1.0 
 10. Seagers, Pacific .0.9 


IBL Round 15: Derby game ends with CLS Knights' defeat of Pacific Caesar - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Surabaya: CLS Knights (#2) and Pacific Caesar (#5). Pacific Caesar was crushed at home by 21 points 66-87 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game was mostly controlled by CLS Knights. Pacific Caesar managed to win fourth quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Pacific Caesar 57-30 including a 40-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. CLS Knights looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 18 passes made by Pacific Caesar's players. It was a good game for American forward Dechriston McKinney (203-92, college: Arkansas Tech) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 17 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Jamarr Johnson (193-88, college: Widener) contributed with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Canadian forward Kevin Loiselle (198-88) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for Pacific Caesar. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CLS Knights (10-1) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion (10-1) keeps a position of league leader. Pacific Caesar at the other side dropped to the seventh place with five games lost. CLS Knights will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pacific Caesar will play on the road against NSH GMC (#8) in Jakarta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Satya Wacana is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 12th consecutive match to sixth ranked Garuda (6-5) 71-60. It was a great evening for American center Chris Ware (203-89, college: Indiana Tech) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. Sherrard Brantley helped adding 19 points and 4 assists. Garuda's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American center Nate Maxey (211-92, college: N.C.Central) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 21 rebounds. Garuda moved-up to fifth place. Satya Wacana lost their twelfth game in a row. They still close the standings with 12 games lost. Garuda will play against higher ranked Pelita Jaya (#4) in Jakarta in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Satya Wacana will play at home against Bima Perkasa (#10) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game between fourth ranked Aspac (8-4) and 7th ranked NSH GMC (5-7) in Jakarta on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Aspac outscored guests from Jakarta 102-75. It was a quality performance for Dom Williams who led the winners and scored 40 points (!!!) and 7 assists. Nate Barfield came up with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 13 rebounds for NSH GMC in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aspac moved-up to third place. Loser NSH GMC dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. Aspac's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Jakarta to the arena .

In the last game of round 15 Hang Tuah smashed Bima Perkasa on the road 83-62.
The most impressive performance of 15th round was 35 points (!!!) by Falando Jones of Hang Tuah.

Aspac - NSH GMC 102-75

The game between fourth ranked Aspac (8-4) and 7th ranked NSH GMC (5-7) in Jakarta on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Aspac outscored guests from Jakarta 102-75. The game without a history. Aspac led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. It was a quality performance for American point guard Dom Williams (180, college: Cent.Washington) who led the winners and scored 40 points (!!!) and 7 assists. The former international Pringgo Regowo (190-87) accounted for 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. American power forward Nate Barfield (206-88, college: Langston) came up with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import point guard Gary Jacobs (188-92, college: Cent.Washington) added 24 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists respectively for NSH GMC in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aspac moved-up to third place. Loser NSH GMC dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. Aspac's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Jakarta to the arena .
Top scorers:
NSH GMC: N.Barfield 30+13reb+2ast, G.Jacobs 24+8reb+9ast, R.Azzaryan Pradhitya 6+3reb, M.Irman 6+2reb+2ast, M.Mustohirin 4+3reb+2ast, R.Pratama Putra 2+4reb
Aspac: D.Williams 40+4reb+7ast, P.Regowo 17+9reb+3ast, A.Prastawa Dhyaksa 9+1reb+5ast, V.Wuwungan 9+8reb+3ast, P.Henderson-Niles 9+9reb+1ast, A.Damar Grahita 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 533907


Bima Perkasa - Hang Tuah 62-83

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Hang Tuah (6-6) crushed 10th ranked Bima Perkasa (1-9) in Sakti 83-62 on Friday. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 44-18 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Hang Tuah dominated on the defensive end, holding Bima Perkasa to just 7 points in third quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Bima Perkasa's 34. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Falando Jones (193-90, college: Miss.Valley St.) who led the winners and scored 35 points (!!!). His fellow American import guard JaJuan Smith (188-85, college: Tennessee) accounted for 8 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side. American point guard Tyrell Corbin (184-92, college: CSU Bakersfield) came up with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international Yanuar Dwi-Priasmoro (178-89) added 13 points and 4 assists respectively for Bima Perkasa in the defeat. Four Bima Perkasa players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Hang Tuah moved-up to sixth place. Bima Perkasa lost their eighth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with nine games lost. Hang Tuah will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Bima Perkasa will play against Satya Wacana (#11) in Salatiga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bima Perkasa: Y.Dwi Priasmoro 13+4reb+4ast, T.Corbin 12+9reb+5ast, R.Ray 11+2reb+4ast, G.Bain 10+3reb+1ast, O.Halim 6+2reb+2ast, M.Saroni 4+3reb
Hang Tuah: F.Jones 35+4reb+1ast, A.Ekayana 17+3reb+2ast, J.Smith 8+13reb+7ast, K.Purwanto 5+5reb+3ast, F.Minallah 5+4reb, T.Sugiharto 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 533910


Garuda - Satya Wacana 71-60

Bottom-ranked Satya Wacana is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their 12th consecutive match to sixth ranked Garuda (6-5) 71-60. Satya Wacana was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 26-13 charge of Garuda, which allowed them to win the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was a great evening for American center Chris Ware (203-89, college: Indiana Tech) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Sherrard Brantley (188-90, college: Georgia) helped adding 19 points and 4 assists. Garuda's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American center Nate Maxey (211-92, college: N.C.Central) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 21 rebounds and Andre Adriano (175-94) scored 22 points. Garuda moved-up to fifth place. Satya Wacana lost their twelfth game in a row. They still close the standings with 12 games lost. Garuda will play against higher ranked Pelita Jaya (#4) in Jakarta in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Satya Wacana will play at home against Bima Perkasa (#10) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Satya Wacana: A.Adriano 22+2reb+2ast, N.Maxey 12+21reb+2ast, J.Crump 10+1reb, C.Manuputty 5+3reb+2ast, B.Sucipto 5+2ast, V.Sanjaya 4+4reb+2ast
Garuda: S.Brantley 19+4reb+4ast, C.Ware 19+12reb+1ast, J.Kuntara 9+3reb+2ast, S.Surliyadin 8+3reb+2ast, D.Pratama 8+4reb+2ast, G.Gunawan 4+8reb+2ast
gschID: 533909


Pacific Caesar - CLS Knights 66-87

The most exciting game was a derby match between two local teams from Surabaya: CLS Knights (#2) and Pacific Caesar (#5). Pacific Caesar was crushed at home by 21 points 66-87 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game was mostly controlled by CLS Knights. Pacific Caesar managed to win fourth quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Pacific Caesar 57-30 including a 40-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. CLS Knights looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 18 passes made by Pacific Caesar's players. It was a good game for American forward Dechriston McKinney (203-92, college: Arkansas Tech) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 17 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Jamarr Johnson (193-88, college: Widener) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Canadian forward Kevin Loiselle (198-88) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and American guard David Seagers (188-88, college: Dowling) added 21 points and 5 assists in the effort for Pacific Caesar. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CLS Knights (10-1) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Defending champion (10-1) keeps a position of league leader. Pacific Caesar at the other side dropped to the seventh place with five games lost. CLS Knights will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Pacific Caesar will play on the road against NSH GMC (#8) in Jakarta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pacific Caesar: D.Seagers 21+4reb+5ast, K.Loiselle 20+10reb+3ast, A.Putra 7, D.Nugraha 6+1reb+1ast, I.Muhammad 4+3reb+4ast, R.Hadrian Hutasoit 4+1reb+1ast
CLS Knights: D.McKinney 20+17reb+1ast, A.Hidayat 12+2reb+2ast, J.Johnson 10+11reb+7ast, K.Ramot Ramot Gemilang 9+4reb, S.Febiansyakh 9+2reb+1ast, H.Abraham 7+3ast
gschID: 533908





Williams' 40-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

Point guard Dom Williams (180-PG) had a very impressive game in the last round for Aspac and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
He had the game-high 40 points adding four rebounds and seven assists for Aspac in his team's victory, helping them to outclass NSH GMC (#8, 5-7) with 27-point margin 102-75. Aspac is placed at 3rd position in Indonesian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Aspac will need more victories to improve their 8-4 record. In the team's last game Williams had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He just recently signed at Aspac and just after two games he already turned to be a very valuable addition to the team. Central Washington University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Williams is league's best scorer averaging so far 30.0ppg. Williams is in league's top in assists (4th best: 5.0apg) and averages solid 54.5% FGP and 40.9% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Nate Barfield (206-F/C-88) of NSH GMC. He is American forward in his first season at NSH GMC. In the last game Barfield recorded impressive double-double of 30 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as NSH GMC lost that game 75-102 to the higher-ranked Aspac (#3, 8-4). This loss caused NSH GMC to drop to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-7 record. Barfield is one of the most experienced players at NSH GMC and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 27.2ppg (#3). He also registered 14.9 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another NSH GMC's star - guard Gary Jacobs (188-PG-92). Jacobs showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, eight rebounds and nine assists in the last round. Despite Jacobs' great performance NSH GMC lost 75-102 to the higher-ranked Aspac (#3, 8-4). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The chances of NSH GMC ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 7 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jacobs could help NSH GMC to bring them higher in the standings. Jacobs has a great season in Indonesia. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 25.6ppg (5th best) and assists with 5.6apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Falando Jones (193-G-90) of Hang Tuah - 35 points and 4 rebounds
5. Dechriston McKinney (203-F-92) of CLS Knights - 20 points and 17 rebounds
6. Nate Maxey (211-C-92) of Satya Wacana - 12 points, 21 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Kevin Loiselle (198-F-88) of Pacific Caesar - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. David Seagers (188-G-88) of Pacific Caesar - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
9. JaJuan Smith (188-G-85) of Hang Tuah - 8 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Pringgo Regowo (190-PF-87) of Aspac - 17 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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EuroLeague: Maccabi hold off visiting Emporio Armani - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Tel Aviv - Emporio Armani 92:82

Maccabi recorded the ninth victory in EuroLeague regular season. They prevailed against visiting Emporio Armani in Tel Aviv on Thursday. Victor Rudd (205-F-91, college: S.Florida) delivered 17 points to pace the winners.
Maccabi unloaded 26 points in the first period to jump to a 6-point lead. They extended the gap in the second quarter. Maccabi secured a 51:35 halftime advantage. Emporio Armani tried to pick up the tempo in the third quarter. The Italian powerhouse fired 26 points to narrow the deficit at 9-point mark heading into the fourth period. But Maccabi stayed in charge in the final stanza and marched the win. Colton Iverson (212-C-89, college: Colorado St., agency: Pensack Sports) accounted for 16 points and 9 boards, while DJ Seeley (193-SG-89, college: CS Fullerton) added 15 points in the win. Rakim Sanders (193-G/F-89, college: Fairfield) responded with 19 points for Emporio Armani. Awudu Abass (199-SF-93, agency: Players Group) tossed in 13 points in the defeat.

Maccabi: Victor Rudd 17, Colton Iverson 16, DJ Seeley 15
Emporio Armani: Rakim Sanders 19, Awudu Abass 13



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Wayne Blackshear leaves Unieuro Forli - by Eurobasket News

25-year old American swingman Wayne Blackshear (196-104kg-92, college: Louisville) left Serie A2 newcomer Unieuro 2.015 Forli from He spent his 2-year professional career in Italy. In 14 Serie A2 games in Italy he recorded very impressive stats: 15.5ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.4spg this season.
The last season Blackshear played at The Flexx Pistoia (Serie A) where in 31 games he averaged 10.7ppg and 3.4rpg. Great season indeed as he was voted to Italian SerieA All-Star Game.
Among other achievements he won NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas championship title in 2015. Blackshear received also Capital One NCAA Division I Academic All-District 2 1st Team award in 2015 at his college time.
Blackshear graduated from University of Louisville in 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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EuroLeague: Maccabi hold off visiting Emporio Armani - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Tel Aviv - Emporio Armani 92:82

Maccabi recorded the ninth victory in EuroLeague regular season. They prevailed against visiting Emporio Armani in Tel Aviv on Thursday. Victor Rudd (205-F-91, college: S.Florida) delivered 17 points to pace the winners.
Maccabi unloaded 26 points in the first period to jump to a 6-point lead. They extended the gap in the second quarter. Maccabi secured a 51:35 halftime advantage. Emporio Armani tried to pick up the tempo in the third quarter. The Italian powerhouse fired 26 points to narrow the deficit at 9-point mark heading into the fourth period. But Maccabi stayed in charge in the final stanza and marched the win. Colton Iverson (212-C-89, college: Colorado St., agency: Pensack Sports) accounted for 16 points and 9 boards, while DJ Seeley (193-SG-89, college: CS Fullerton) added 15 points in the win. Rakim Sanders (193-G/F-89, college: Fairfield) responded with 19 points for Emporio Armani. Awudu Abass (199-SF-93, agency: Players Group) tossed in 13 points in the defeat.

Maccabi: Victor Rudd 17, Colton Iverson 16, DJ Seeley 15
Emporio Armani: Rakim Sanders 19, Awudu Abass 13



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  JAPAN  

Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 27.8
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba BT27.8 
 2. Gardner, Niigata .21.6 
 3. White, Sendai20.0 
 4. Mavunga, Shiga L.19.7 
 5. Chapman, Niigata .19.1 
 6. Burrell, Nagoya DD18.1 
 7. Childress, Sanen17.8 
 8. Garrett, Toyota A.17.8 
 9. Kanamaru, SeaHo.17.7 
 10. Rossiter, Tochigi .17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ROSSITER
  Tochigi .
  (204-F/C-89)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Rossiter, Tochigi .13.3 
 2. Fazekas, Toshiba BT12.3 
 3. Harrellson, Osaka E.11.9 
 4. Butts, SeaHorses11.5 
 5. Sacre, Hitachi SR10.0 
 6. Willard, Toyama G.9.8 
 7. White, Sendai9.5 
 8. Takeuchi, Toyota A.9.3 
 9. Childress, Sanen9.2 
 10. Spangler, Toshi.9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Tatsuya SUZUKI
  Sanen
  (169-PG-91)
  Avg: 4
 1. Suzuki, Sanen4.0 
 2. Sakuragi, SeaHorses4.0 
 3. Togashi, Chiba Jets4.0 
 4. Namizato, Shiga L.4.0 
 5. Uto, Toyama G.4.0 
 6. Garrett, Toyota A.3.9 
 7. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.7 
 8. Igarashi, Niigata .3.7 
 9. Sakurai, Hokkaido.3.5 
 10. Mavunga, Shiga L.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kenta HIROSE
  Hitachi SR
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hirose, Hitachi SR2.1 
 2. Vendrame, Hitac.1.7 
 3. Hatakeyama, Niigata .1.7 
 4. Rossiter, Tochigi .1.7 
 5. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.7 
 6. Dove, Kyoto Hannar.1.7 
 7. Palmer, Akita NH1.6 
 8. Parker, Chiba Jets1.6 
 9. Garrett, Toyota A.1.5 
 10. Matsushima, Hokkaido.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jordan BACHYNSKI
  Hokkaido.
  (218-C-89)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Bachynski, Hokkaido.2.2 
 2. Harrellson, Osaka E.2.0 
 3. Chapman, Niigata .2.0 
 4. Parker, Chiba Jets1.8 
 5. Miller, Hokkaido L.1.7 
 6. Armstrong, Chiba J.1.4 
 7. Edwards, SeaHorses1.2 
 8. Dozier, Sanen1.1 
 9. Childress, Sanen1.1 
 10. Pittman, Toyama G.1.1 



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Cup Semifinals are set - by Eurobasket News

Cup Semifinals are set in Kazakhstan. Barsy Atyrau and Astana won the Group Stage with the perfect records, while Tobol and Kaspiy Aktau joined them as the second teams in the groups.
Astana overcame Kaspiy Aktau 74-63 last night as Anton Ponomaryov (208-C/F-88, agency: BeoBasket) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Rustam Yargaliev (195-G/F-86) added 16 and Rustam Murzagaliyev (196-G/F-92) poured in 14. Roman Marchuk (198-F-93) replied with 13 points in the losing effort.
Barsy Atyrau meanwhile smashed Almat.Legion 104-76. In the semifinals Barsy Atyrau will take on Kaspiy Aktau, while Astana will play against Tobol.



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LBL D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 28.9
 1. Barrett, Madona28.9 
 2. Miezis, Kekava23.3 
 3. Krumins, Jelgava22.7 
 4. Ginters, RSU22.2 
 5. Kaufmanis, Valmier.21.8 
 6. Saknitis, Kekava18.0 
 7. Stiebrins, Jekabpil.17.9 
 8. Skute, Madona17.7 
 9. Osins, Limbazi17.2 
 10. Bets, Ogre/Kum.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Barrett, Madona12.2 
 2. Minajevs, LU/BS R.12.0 
 3. Cavars, Kekava11.1 
 4. Dubults, ViA11.0 
 5. Vikentsyeu, VeA10.5 
 6. Gertners, DSN/.9.8 
 7. Mednis, Gulbenes Buki9.8 
 8. Metnieks, Marupe8.9 
 9. Sapovalovs, RSU8.8 
 10. Adins, Turiba8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars BUIKIS
  Saldus
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Buikis, Saldus8.2 
 2. Justovics, Jelgava7.9 
 3. Endzels, Turiba6.7 
 4. Bikovs, RTU5.7 
 5. Kohanovs, ViA5.7 
 6. Osins, Limbazi5.6 
 7. Ikstens, RSU5.3 
 8. Dulevskis, Gulbenes.5.3 
 9. Paze, Marupe5.2 
 10. Zotovs, VEF skola5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Nauris MIEZIS
  Kekava
  (189-F-91)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Miezis, Kekava3.3 
 2. Dambis, BJBS R.3.3 
 3. Barrett, Madona2.7 
 4. Mikulskiy, VeA2.7 
 5. Bikovs, RTU2.6 
 6. Zotovs, VEF skola2.6 
 7. Kaufmanis, Valmier.2.6 
 8. Osins, Limbazi2.5 
 9. Klegeris, LU/BS R.2.4 
 10. Brants, Madona2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Juris KALNINS
  Livani
  (200-F/C-93)
  Avg: 3
 1. Kalnins, Livani3.0 
 2. Avotins, Jekabpil.1.6 
 3. Dembskis, LU/BS R.1.4 
 4. Skute, Madona1.3 
 5. Engers, ViA1.2 
 6. Metnieks, Marupe1.2 
 7. Gertners, DSN/.1.1 
 8. Indrikovs, Ogre/Kum.1.0 
 9. Jurjans, RSU1.0 
 10. Vikentsyeu, VeA1.0 


Jekabpils sign Bacote just out of college - by Eurobasket News

BK Jekabpils (LBL) signed American guard Aaron Bacote (193-84kg). He just graduated from Old Dominion University (NCAA). Bacote has played there for the last four years. In 38 games he had 13.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.2apg last season. Bacote helped them to win Vegas 16 Tournament. A very impressive season as he was named to C-USA All-Tournament Team and Vegas 16 All-Tournament Team.
As mentioned above he is just out of college, so it will be Bacote's first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LEBANON  

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, Moutahed23.6 
 8. Morris, Tadamon23.2 
 9. Kemp, 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. Garrett, Hoops11.9 
 7. Vukosavljevi., Hoo.11.9 
 8. Upshaw, Mayrouba11.9 
 9. Majok, Homenetmen11.1 
 10. Varda, Sagesse10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jad KHALIL
  Tadamon
  (186-PG-96)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Khalil, Tadamon7.7 
 2. Mezher, Hoops7.6 
 3. Galloway, Homen.7.6 
 4. Johnson, Louaize6.4 
 5. Rembert, Champville5.9 
 6. Arakji, Al Riyadi5.4 
 7. Brown, Al Riyadi5.1 
 8. Spencer, Moutahed4.9 
 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, Moutahed1.9 
 10. Youngblood, Byblos1.7 
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. Bohannon, Mayrouba2.3 
 6. Godfrey, Sagesse2.3 
 7. Majok, Homenetmen2.2 
 8. Ebi, Byblos1.9 
 9. Haidar, Al Riyadi1.6 
 10. Byrd, Hoops1.4 



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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.



NKL Round 4 of 1/8 Finals. Palanga force decider versus Zalgiris II - by Eurobasket News

Palanga - Zalgiris II 62-53

Palanga fired past Zalgiris II to force the decisive fifth game in the series. Zalgiris II was trailing by 13 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 17-5 charge of Palanga, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Zalgiris II to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Worth to mention a quality performance of forward Aurimas Urbonas (190-93) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists and guard Zygimantas Simonis (192-95) who added 11 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side power forward Laurynas Birutis (213-97) responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds and Grantas Vasiliauskas (204-99) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Palanga: A.Urbonas 18+6reb+12ast, M.Reminas 11+5reb+2ast, Z.Simonis 11+6reb+2ast, M.Staselis 7, A.Bertasius 4+3reb+1ast, R.Kelly 4
Zalgiris II: L.Birutis 18+8reb, G.Vasiliauskas 16+6reb, K.Zemaitis 6+6reb+5ast, M.Arlauskas 6+4reb+3ast, M.Valinskas 5+3reb+3ast, L.Uleckas 2+4reb+1ast
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Harare City Hornets Win Tourney - by Eurobasket News

EMERGING Zimbabwe basketball giants Harare City Hornets powered to their first international title over the weekend when they clinched the Brave Hearts Invitational Challenge tournament in Lilongwe, Malawi. Led by power forwards Simbarashe Mngomezi and Tatenda Maturure and anchored by Nathan Warikanda, Shonhiwa Ushe and Neville Chivhanyange, they overcame top Zambian outfit NAPSA Hurricanes 81-76 in a thrilling men's final at Mt Sinai Court to win their first gold. They had twice finished as runners-up in previous international assignments in Swaziland and in Bulawayo last year. The "Sting of Excellence" as Hornets are affectionately known, have been on a roll since winning promotion into the Harare Basketball Association's A-League that was characterized by an unbeaten run in the second tier league. Hornets, who are one of a few professionally run basketball clubs in the country, have proved that their record run in the B- League was no fluke by also dominating in the A- League in which they lead such seasoned campaigners like JBC, Hustlers, Raiders, Varsity Leopards and Cameo and look well poised for the HBA championship with five games remaining. Hornets have lost only once on the domestic front -- a surprise defeat to Glen View Rockets in the HBA League Week 21 fixture at Richwood -- that came on the eve of their tour of Malawi and a loss in their opening game at the Lilongwe tournament.The wheels then appeared to have come off unexpectedly for Hornets when they also stumbled to an opening Day defeat in their first game against Malawian outfit Cougars in their group matches. That narrow 28-27 defeat by Cougars sent shock waves in the Hornets dressing room and left a fuming coach Langton "LK" Moyo giving his players a hair-dryer. "After our defeat in the first game, we definitely spoke and told each other unprintable words and it later worked out for us. We do not doubt our talents but sometimes complacency creeps in and up to now I still can't quite understand how we lost to Cougars who eventually could not make it beyond the group stage," Moyo said. Hornets were one of two Harare clubs at the tournament with the other being the youthful Foxes outfit that was eliminated at the group stage. Although they won the trophy with triumph over NAPSA, Moyo admitted that the Zambians had given then tough night in the final.
Courtesy of: herald.co.zw



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Amara Sy selected the top Malian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Amara Sy
Amara Sy
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Amara Sy (202-81, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He led his French team Monaco to a victory against the closely-ranked AEK Athens (9-5) 95-87 in the Basketball Champions League in Wednesday night's game. Sy scored 12 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in a mere 19 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group A. AS Monaco Basket (12-2) is placed first. This year Sy averages: 7.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 40.3%, 3FGP: 45.5% and FT: 75.0% in 15 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Sy played for the Mali senior national team six years ago.

Sourata Cisse
Sourata Cisse
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Sourata Cisse (196-86, currently plays in France). Cisse could not help Orchesien BC (15-12) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Orchesien BC was defeated 90-82 on the road by the lower-ranked UB Chartres (#9). Cisse scored 10 points. It's Cisse's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 52.4%, 3FGP: 40.2% and FT: 76.9%. Cisse is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French. Despite he played previously for the French U20 national team, Cisse played also for the Mali national team in 2015.

Sagaba Konate
Sagaba Konate
   #3. The Mali player who performed third best last week abroad was former U18 international forward Sagaba Konate (203-97, currently plays college basketball in the States). He contributed to W.Virginia's surprising victory against the The University of Texas (15-3) 63-53 in the NCAA last Thursday. Konate scored 6 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks in only 13 minutes. The West Virginia University has a solid 8-5 conference record this season. It was his team's eighth 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 Konate's overall stats are: 4.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 57.1%(56-98) and FT: 64.3% in 31 games. He played for the Mali U18 national team three years ago.

Mohamed Bah
Mohamed Bah
   #4. Forward Mohamed Bah (206, currently studies in the States) was not able to help the Drexel in their game against the James Madison University (7-11) in the NCAA. Bah scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The Drexel was defeated 80-70 at home by the James Madison University. It was Drexel's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Bah has been at the team for four years. His total stats this season are: 4.3ppg and 3.7rpg. Bah used to play for the Mali national team back in 2015.

Cheick Soumaoro
Cheick Soumaoro
   #5. Former international power forward Cheick Soumaoro (204-90, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams SAP Vaucluse (11-16) in their game against Union Rennes (11-16) in the French NM1 (third division), despite his good performance in Saturday night's game. He scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (was perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line) in 23 minutes. But SAP Vaucluse lost 74-87 on their home court in Sorgues to the higher-ranked (#13) Union_Rennes. It was SAP Vaucluse's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Soumaoro's total stats are: 9.2ppg and 6.2rpg in 25 games. He used to play for the Mali national team six years ago.

Boubacar Sidibe
Boubacar Sidibe
   #6. Center Boubacar Sidibe (205-94, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Comercial Ulsa Ciudad de Valladolid in a victory against the 13th-ranked CB Tarragona 2017 (7-16) 81-63 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Friday night. He scored only 2 points in 15 minutes. Comercial Ulsa Ciudad de Valladolid (13-10) is placed sixth in the LEB Silver. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Sidibe has averaged so far 5.6ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.4bpg in 19 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Mali senior team two years ago.

Sambou Traore
Sambou Traore
   #7. Former international power forward Sambou Traore (198-79, currently plays in France) couldn't help Chorale de Roanne (9-12) in their game against Charleville-Mezieres (12-9) in the French ProB (second division). Traore cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. Chorale de Roanne was crushed 96-70 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked Charleville-Mezieres (#3). It was Chorale de Roanne's third consecutive loss in a row. Traore has averaged so far 1.8ppg and 1.4rpg. He used to play for the Mali national team two years ago.

Drissa Ballo
Drissa Ballo
   #8. Center Drissa Ballo (208-95, currently plays in France) contributed to Aix-Maurienne's victory against one of league's weakest teams Saint-Quentin (8-13) 69-61 in the French ProB (second division) last Tuesday. Ballo scored only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 16 minutes. Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket (9-12) is placed 15th in the ProB. Ballo has averaged so far 5.6ppg and 4.2rpg in 21 games. He used to play for the Mali national team back in 2015.

Ibrahim Saounera
Ibrahim Saounera
   #9. Former international point guard Ibrahim Saounera (179-87, currently plays in France) led Vendee Challans to a victory over the 16th-ranked Vitre (11-16) 85-74 in the French NM1 (third division) on Tuesday night. Saounera was MVP of the game. He scored 15 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). Vendee Challans Basket (13-14) is placed tenth in the NM1. This season Saounera has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.6apg and 1.4spg. He used to play for the Mali national team two years ago.

Ludovic Chelle
Ludovic Chelle
   #10. Point guard Ludovic Chelle (183-83, currently plays in France) contributed to Caen's victory against the 15th-ranked Lorient (11-16) 97-92 in the French NM1 (third division) in Friday night's game. Chelle scored only 3 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Caen Basket Calvados (21-6) is placed first in the NM1. It was his team's 12th consecutive victory in a row. Chelle has averaged so far 8.9ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.1apg. He is a former international player as six years ago he still played for the Mali senior national team.

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

   #1. Bandja Sy (204-F-90, agency: BeoBasket, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Paris-Levallois (12-9) 86-70 in the French ProA last Saturday. He scored 8 points. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (11-10) is placed seventh in the ProA. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Sy's overall stats this season are: 7.1ppg and 3.6rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French.

   #2. Nianta Diarra (205-F/C-93, currently plays in France). Diarra could not help Olympique Antibes (7-14) to beat Cholet Basket (8-13). He scored only 4 points and blocked 2 blocks in 17 minutes. Olympique Antibes was badly defeated 73-57 on the road by the higher-ranked (#14) Cholet Basket. This year Diarra's overall stats are: 2.5ppg and 3.0rpg in 21 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French.

   #3. Cheickna Dembele (211-F-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the UNLV in their game against the San Diego State University (3-10) in the NCAA. Dembele cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 5 blocks. The UNLV were defeated 62-52 at home by the State University. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Dembele has averaged so far 4.0ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.3bpg.

   #4. Bakary Konate (211-C-93, currently studies in the States) managed to help University of Minnesota in a victory against the University of Nebraska (3-13) 88-73 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. Konate scored only 2 points in 10 minutes. The University of Minnesota has 6-6 conference record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Konate has averaged so far 1.8ppg and 3.0rpg in 30 games.

   #5. Ousmane Ba (211-F-92, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to a 3-point Saint Mary's (TX) University's victory against the Texas A&M International University (13-5) 63-60 in the NCAA2 last Thursday. He scored only 3 points. The Saint Mary's (TX) University has 8-10 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NCAA2 Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Ba has averaged so far 1.4ppg and 1.7rpg.

   #6. Ibrahima Sidibe (180-PG-95, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for GET Vosges (16-11) in their last game. Despite his good performance GET Vosges lost 76-84 in Angers to the one of league's weakest teams (#17) Angers BC. Sidibe scored 11 points and added 4 passes in 21 minutes. Sidibe has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.8apg in 23 games. He has both Mali and French nationalities. Despite Sidibe's Mali passport, he previously played for the French U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Mali team.

   #7. Kassoum Yakwe (201-F, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the St.John's in their game against the Villanova University in the NCAA. Yakwe scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. His team was crushed by 41 points 108-67. Yakwe has averaged so far 4.2ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.0bpg in 32 games.



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Gustavo Ayon selected the top Mexican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Gustavo Ayon
Gustavo Ayon
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Gustavo Ayon (207-85, college: San Jose St., currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help Real Madrid (18-6) in their last game. Despite Ayon's good performance Real Madrid was edged 87-84 on the road by the much lower-ranked (#14) Galatasaray. He scored 10 points in 19 minutes on the court. It was Real Madrid's first loss after nine consecutive victories. This year Ayon averages: 9.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.4apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 69.8%(104-149) and FT: 46.7% in 24 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Mexican senior national team.

Edgar Garibay
Edgar Garibay
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Edgar Garibay (208-90, college: Long Beach St., currently plays in Venezuela). Garibay led Guaiqueries to a 1-point victory against the fourth-ranked Guaros (0-2) 90-89 in the Venezuelan LPB last Wednesday. He scored 14 points, had 6 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 2 blocks; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Garibay's third season in pro basketball. Guaiqueries de Margarita (2-2) is placed third in Eastern Conference. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Garibay's overall stats this year are: 9.7ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 47.8% and FT: 58.3%. He is a naturalized American. Garibay is in the roster of the Mexican senior national team. He used to play for Lechugueros de Leon in Mexican league.

Francisco Cruz
Francisco Cruz
   #3. The Mexican player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Francisco Cruz (190-89, college: Wyoming, currently plays in Spain). Cruz contributed to a Baloncesto Fuenlabrada's victory against the closely-ranked Zaragoza (7-15) 93-80 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. He scored 7 points in only 12 minutes. Montakit Fuenlabrada (10-12) is placed tenth in the Liga Endesa. This year Cruz's overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 54.7%, 3FGP: 30.6% and FT: 81.8% in 21 games. Ex-Fuerza Guinda Nogales player is also a member of the Mexican senior national team.

Orlando Mendez-Valdez
Orlando Mendez-Valdez
   #4. Point guard Orlando Mendez-Valdez (183-86, agency: Pro Sports, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in Israel) managed to help Maccabi Hunter Haifa to win against the closely-ranked Maccabi Rishon (10-11) 83-79 in the Israeli Winner League in Sunday night's game. He scored only 4 points, made 3 passes and 3 steals. Maccabi Hunter Haifa (10-11) is placed seventh in the Winner League. Mendez-Valdez's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Mendez-Valdez's total stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.3apg and 1.4spg. He is a naturalized American. Mendez-Valdez is also Mexican national team player. He used to play for Halcones UV Xalapa in Mexican league.

Jorge Gutierrez
Jorge Gutierrez
   #5. International guard Jorge Gutierrez (190-88, college: California, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to help Trabzonspor in their game against Galatasaray (12-8) in the Turkish BSL. Gutierrez scored only 4 points in 20 minutes. Trabzonspor lost 73-80 at home to the higher-ranked (#6) Galatasaray. It's Gutierrez's first season with the team. This year his total stats are: 9.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 4.4apg and 1.2spg in 10 games. Gutierrez plays currently for the Mexican national team.

Ivan Venegas
Ivan Venegas
   #6. Forward Ivan Venegas (203-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped UTEP win their game against the Rice University (6-8) 86-76 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. He scored only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court. The The Univ.of Texas at El Paso has a solid 8-5 conference record this season. Venegas' team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This year Venegas averages just 0.5ppg in 17 games. He is a former U18 international player as he played for the Mexican team three years ago.

Mauricio Cheda
Mauricio Cheda
   #7. Former University international forward Mauricio Cheda (198-90, college: UTEP, currently plays in Spain) helped Cambados win their game against the closely-ranked Fontedoso Carrefour (15-8) 78-67 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Friday. Cheda scored only 4 points. Xuven Cambados (16-7) is placed third in the LEB Silver. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Cheda has averaged so far 3.9ppg and 1.2rpg. He used to play for the Mexican university national team four years ago.

One more player who has never been selected to any of national teams, but has Mexican passport:

   #1. Kelvin Jones (211-C-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help The Univ.of Texas at El Paso to win against the Rice University (6-8) 86-76 in the NCAA on Thursday night. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The The Univ.of Texas at El Paso has a solid 8-5 conference record this season. Jones' team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Jones has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 3.7rpg.

Other top Mexican players, who play abroad:

Paul Stoll (180-PG-85) plays for Unics Kazan in Russian VTB
James Anacreon (201-F-90) plays for Albacete in Spanish LEB Silver
Joseph Hutchingson Mejia (196-G/F-87) plays for Georgia Vipers in the UBA
Ivan Alvarez (189-F-82) plays for Independ. Oliva in Argentinian TFB
Diego Willis (192-PG-99) plays for Canarias Basketball Academy in Spanish 1 Div.
John Garcia (G) plays for Laredo Swarm in the ABA
Johnatan Reyes (179-PG) plays for Clark in the



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Arhangai Altan tie title series - by Eurobasket News

Alianz Tech - Arhangai Altan 86-96

Arhangai Altan ties the Final series against Alianz Tech. In Game 2 Arhangai Altan posted a 96-86 win for 1-1 in the series. Robert Turner (190-G-93, college: Texas Tech) top-scored for the winners with 30 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Anhbaatar and Marcus Hammonds (196-F/G-87, college: Texas A&M-CC) followed him with 16 points each. Delgeen (201-F) replied with 25 points and 13 rebounds in the losing effort. Carl Blair (188-PG, college: Prairie View A&M) collected 20 points, 10 assists and 7 rebounds, while Betzolboo netted 14.



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Bojan Dubljevic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Montenegrins playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Bojan Dubljevic
Bojan Dubljevic
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in EuroCup). He was the major contributor in a Valencia Basket's victory against the closely-ranked Khimky (4-2) 92-76 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game. Dubljevic had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals in 23 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Valencia Basket (6-0) is placed first in the Eurocup. So far his team won all six games in the Quarter-Finals. It's Dubljevic's fourth season with the team. Dubljevic has relatively good stats this year: 11.9ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 49.0%, 3FGP: 34.3% and FT: 86.0% in 14 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Blagota Sekulic
Blagota Sekulic
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international center Blagota Sekulic (210-82, currently plays in Spain). Sekulic led Baloncesto Fuenlabrada to a victory over the closely-ranked Zaragoza (7-15) 93-80 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He was MVP of the game. Sekulic recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 10 rebounds. Montakit Fuenlabrada (10-12) is placed tenth in the Liga Endesa. This season Sekulic averages: 7.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 58.4%(45-77), 3FGP: 66.7% and FT: 66.7%. He played for the Montenegrin national team in 2015.

Milko Bjelica
Milko Bjelica
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Milko Bjelica (207-84, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League). Bjelica was the main contributor in a Crvena Zvezda's victory against the seventh-ranked FMP (10-15) 84-76 in a derby game in the ABA League on Sunday night. He was the best player in that game. Bjelica recorded 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes. Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (24-1) is placed first in the ABA League. It was his team's fourth 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 Bjelica has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 56.0%(65-116), 3FGP: 35.2% and FT: 76.6% in 24 games. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Serbian. Bjelica played for the Montenegrin national team three years ago.

Nemanja Djurisic
Nemanja Djurisic
   #4. Power forward Nemanja Djurisic (203-92, college: Georgia, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Krosno (13-10) 75-57 in the Polish PLK in Saturday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Djurisic scored 21 points and grabbed 8 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Stelmet Zielona Gora (16-6) is placed first in the PLK. Djurisic has reliable stats this season: 10.6ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.1apg. He is also Montenegrin national team player.

Nikola Vucevic
Nikola Vucevic
   #5. International center Nikola Vucevic (213-90, college: USC, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an Orlando Magic's victory against the Miami Heat (31-34) 110-99 in the NBA last Friday. Vucevic was the top player that evening. He scored 25 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 32 minutes. The Orlando Magic has 24-41 record this season. Vucevic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Magic's roster. Vucevic has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 14.4ppg, 10.1rpg and 2.7apg in 59 games. Vucevic plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

Tyrese Rice
Tyrese Rice
   #6. Point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to a FC Barcelona's victory against one of league's weakest teams Unics Kazan (7-18) 70-62 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Rice recorded 9 points and added 4 assists in 18 minutes. FC Barcelona Lassa (10-15) is placed 11th in the Euroleague. Rice's stats this year are: 13.7ppg, 1.7rpg, 5.2apg and 1.2spg in 25 games. He is a naturalized American. Rice is a former international player as he played for the Montenegrin senior team three years ago. Strangely he has never played in Montenegro.

Vladimir Mihailovic
Vladimir Mihailovic
   #7. International shooting guard Vladimir Mihailovic (193-90, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) could not help EWE Baskets (10-4) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Mihailovic's good performance the third-placed EWE Baskets (10-4) was defeated 70-61 on the road by the second-ranked Banvit in the group C of Basketball Champions League. He scored 11 points. It's Mihailovic's first season with the team. Mihailovic's overall stats this year are: 7.9ppg, 3.2rpg and 2.0apg. He is also Montenegrin national team player.

Taylor Rochestie
Taylor Rochestie
   #8. Point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St., currently plays in EuroCup) helped his Russian team Lokomotiv win their game against the closely-ranked Zenit (3-3) 88-77 in the Eurocup on Friday night. Rochestie scored 12 points and added 6 passes in 24 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lokomotiv Kuban (5-1) is placed first in the Eurocup. Rochestie averaged so far 11.5ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.8apg in 12 games. He is a naturalized American. Rochestie used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2014. Apparently he has never played in Montenegro.

Nemanja Radovic
Nemanja Radovic
   #9. Former international power forward Nemanja Radovic (208-91, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help UCAM Murcia (7-15) in their last game. Despite Radovic's good performance UCAM Murcia was edged 73-70 in Barcelona by the much higher-ranked (#4) FC Barcelona. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Radovic also added 7 rebounds in 26 minutes. This year Radovic's overall stats are: 9.1ppg and 4.2rpg in 20 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team three years ago.

Nikola Pavlicevic
Nikola Pavlicevic
   #10. Shooting guard Nikola Pavlicevic (192-88, currently plays in Hungary) was not able to secure a victory for Szolnok (13-8) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Pavlicevic's very good performance Szolnok was defeated 82-73 in Paks by the lower-ranked Atomeromu (#12). He was the top scorer with 20 points. Pavlicevic also added made 5 passes and 3 steals. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Pavlicevic's stats this season are: 14.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.2apg and 1.5spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster.

   #11. Former U20 international swingman Milos Savovic (200-89, currently plays in Serbia) helped Vrsac edge the 11th-ranked OKK Beograd 80-79 in the Serbian KLS in Sunday night's game. Savovic recorded 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 31 minutes. This year Savovic's total stats are: 8.1ppg and 3.2rpg in 17 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin U20 national team eight years ago.

   #12. International forward Marko Todorovic (209-92, currently plays in EuroCup) helped his Russian team Khimky win their game against the league leader Valencia Basket crushing them 98-74 in the Eurocup last Friday. Todorovic scored 6 points, grabbed 5 boards, handed out 4 passes and blocked 2 shots. Todorovic has averaged so far 7.4ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.4apg. He is also in the roster of the Montenegrin national team.

   #13. Former international power forward Radosav Spasojevic (204-92, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League) helped his Serbian team Mega Leks win their game against the sixth-ranked Cibona 100-88 in the ABA League on Saturday night. Spasojevic recorded 14 points in 25 minutes. Spasojevic has averaged so far 9.4ppg and 3.3rpg in 18 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team two years ago.

   #14. Former U17 international guard Nikola Vujicic (185-89, currently plays in Serbia) couldn't help KK Jagodina (3-17) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Vujicic's very good performance KK Jagodina was defeated 88-82 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked Pirot (#4). He was the top scorer with 25 points. Vujicic also added 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists. This season Vujicic has very high stats. He averages: 16.6ppg, 6.6rpg, 3.2apg and 1.1spg. Vujicic used to play for the Montenegrin U17 national team back in 2006.

   #15. Former U21 international center Milovan Savic (205-87, currently plays in Bulgaria) helped Spartak Pleven win their game against one of league's weakest teams Yambol 95-88 in the Bulgarian NBL last Saturday. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 12 rebounds. Savic also added 2 blocks in 32 minutes. Savic has very impressive stats this year: 15.7ppg, 8.9rpg, 2.9apg and 1.5spg in 15 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin U21 national team ten years ago.

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

   #1. Nikola Dragovic (206-F-87, agency: BeoBasket, college: UCLA, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) was the major contributor in an ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket's victory against the fourth-ranked Aris (8-6) 81-67 in the Basketball Champions League on Tuesday night. He scored 16 points (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line). ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (10-4) is placed second in group C. It's Dragovic's first season with the team. Dragovic's stats this year are: 11.0ppg and 3.7rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Montenegrin. Despite Dragovic's Montenegrin passport, he previously played for the Serbian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Montenegrin team.

   #2. Stefan Ljubenkovic (197-F-95, agency: Mansfield and Associates, currently plays in Serbia) led Spartak to a victory against the closely-ranked Tamis (10-9) 74-60 in the Serbian KLS in Sunday night's game. Ljubenkovic recorded 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. KK Spartak Subotica (12-7) is placed fourth in the KLS. Ljubenkovic's overall stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.2apg and 1.4spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Montenegrin and Serbian. Despite Ljubenkovic's Montenegrin nationality, he previously played for the Serbian U18 national team and probably cannot be called to the Montenegrin team.

   #3. Experienced Brion Rush (186-PG-84, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Grambling St., currently plays in France) could not help Sluc Nancy (4-17) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Rush's very good performance the bottom-ranked Sluc Nancy was defeated 80-71 on the road by the much higher-ranked Strasbourg IG (#6). He was the top scorer with 22 points. Rush averaged so far 14.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 3.3apg. He is a naturalized American. Rush used to play for KK Sutjeska Niksic in Montenegrin league.

   #4. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Chicago Bulls in their game against the Los Angeles Clippers (39-26) in the NBA. He scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 27 minutes. The Chicago Bulls (31-33) lost 91-101 in Los Angeles to the Clippers. It was Bulls' third consecutive loss in a row. Mirotic averaged so far 9.1ppg and 5.1rpg in 54 games he played so far. He has both Montenegrin and Spanish nationalities.

   #5. Nikola Vukovic (202-F/C-90, currently plays in Serbia) was not able to secure a victory for Dunav SB (11-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Vukovic's good performance Dunav SB was defeated 81-69 in Cacak by the higher-ranked Borac (#3). He recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Vukovic has averaged so far 8.8ppg and 5.4rpg.

   #6. Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to Un.Olimpija's victory against the seventh-ranked KK Primorska 87-81 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM in Wednesday night's game. He scored 10 points in 26 minutes. Milosevic has averaged so far 6.1ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.2apg in 19 games.

   #7. Bojan Pelkic (204-F-83, currently plays in Bosnia) couldn't help Leotar (6-10) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Leotar lost 70-81 at home to the lower-ranked (#9) Bosnjak. Pelkic was the top scorer with 22 points. He also added 9 rebounds in 34 minutes. Pelkic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg in 16 games.

   #8. Boris Lalovic (207-C-81, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help CSU Sibiu (13-7) in their last game. Despite Lalovic's very good performance CSU Sibiu (#3) lost 57-71 in Bucuresti to the second-ranked Steaua CSM in the Places 1-6 group. He was the second best scorer with 15 points in 32 minutes. Lalovic averaged so far 11.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.1apg in 21 games.

   #9. Milos Komatina (206-F/C-84, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help BC Timisoara (10-10) in their last game. Despite his good performance BC Timisoara (#6) lost 70-77 in Sibiu to the higher-ranked (#3) CSU Sibiu in the Places 1-6 group. Komatina was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 4 steals in 29 minutes. Komatina averaged so far 12.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.6apg and 1.6spg in 21 games.

   #10. Dragomir Marojevic (207-C-81, currently plays in Bosnia) contributed to Gradjanski's victory against the closely-ranked Siroki Primorka 76-71 in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I in Saturday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 15 rebounds. Marojevic also added 2 blocks. Marojevic averaged so far 12.7ppg, 6.9rpg and 1.5apg.



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NAIA1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Xavielle BROWN
  Park
  (190-F-)
  Avg: 21
 1. Brown, Park21.0 
 2. Payne, Lindenwo.20.0 
 3. Rucker, Williams.17.5 
 4. Watson, Park15.5 
 5. Mitchell, William .15.5 
 6. Shepard, Lindenwo.14.4 
 7. Reynolds, Columbia.14.0 
 8. Garland, Hannibal.13.8 
 9. Deanes, Lindenwo.13.6 
 10. James, William Woods13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 David SHEPARD
  Lindenwo.
  (201-PF-94)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Shepard, Lindenwo.9.5 
 2. Jones, Lindenwo.7.8 
 3. Mitchell, Park7.0 
 4. Ray, Columbia, MO7.0 
 5. Brown, Park6.8 
 6. Yekeh, Williams.6.5 
 7. Vice, William Woods6.5 
 8. Evans, Cent.Baptist6.3 
 9. Wineglass, Harris-S.6.2 
 10. Frazer, St.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Will HARRINGTON
  Missouri.
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Harrington, Missouri.5.3 
 2. Rutland, Park4.3 
 3. Watson, Park4.1 
 4. Hopkins, Freed-Ha.4.1 
 5. James, William Woods4.1 
 6. Dubinski, Columbia.3.8 
 7. Deanes, Lindenwo.3.7 
 8. Davila, Harris-S.3.5 
 9. Brown, Williams.3.3 
 10. Terrell, Hannibal.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 De''Shawn TERRELL
  Hannibal.
  (175-PG-)
  Avg: 2
 1. Terrell, Hannibal.2.0 
 2. Watson, Park1.9 
 3. James, William Woods1.8 
 4. Mitchell, Park1.6 
 5. Deanes, Lindenwo.1.6 
 6. Mitchell, William .1.4 
 7. Alston, Harris-S.1.4 
 8. Whitlock, St.Loui.1.4 
 9. Dubinski, Columbia.1.4 
 10. Rutland, Park1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Rick HILL
  Missouri.
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hill, Missouri.2.3 
 2. Ray, Columbia, MO2.0 
 3. Eriobuna, Park1.9 
 4. Williams, Freed-Ha.1.6 
 5. Nuolivirta, Freed-Ha.1.4 
 6. Wineglass, Harris-S.1.1 
 7. Brown, Park1.0 
 8. Pace, Hannibal-LG1.0 
 9. Manyawu, Park1.0 
 10. Springer, Williams.0.8 



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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.29.3 
 3. Harden, Houston R.28.9 
 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.12.2 
 7. Davis, N.Orleans P.11.8 
 8. Chandler, Phoenix .11.4 
 9. Love, Cleveland C.11.1 
 10. Gortat, Washingt.11.0 
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. Rubio, Minnesot.8.8 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.8 
 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. Rubio, Minnesot.1.8 
 8. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.8 
 9. Leonard, San A.1.8 
 10. Ariza, Houston R.1.8 
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 


Markelle Fultz To Enter 2017 NBA Draft - by Eurobasket News

Washington Huskies star Markelle Fultz (6'5''-G/F-98) announced today that he will forgo his remaining college eligibility and will enter the 2017 NBA draft. Fultz confirmed his decision in a video posted to his Twitter account. 'After sitting down with my mom and the coaching staff, I've made the decision to enter the NBA draft,' Fultz said. 'Although the season hasn't gone as planned, it's really truly been a blessing to be hereā€¦ I learned plenty of life lessons on and off the court, especially from Coach [Lorenzo Romar] and his coaching staff.' The Huskies' season came to an end on Wednesday following a loss to USC in the PAC-12 tournament. Although Washington finished the year with a record of 9-22, Fultz emerged as the odds-on favorite to be selected first overall in this June's draft, making his announcement today unsurprising. In 25 games for Washington this season, Fultz led the team in scoring with 23.2 PPG. He also filled up the stat sheet in several other categories, averaging 5.9 APG, 5.7 RPG, 1.6 SPG, 1.2 BPG, and 2.1 3PT. 'There isn't much that he can't do well from passing to shot blocking,' Romar told Evan Daniels of Scout. 'His love and passion for the game I believe sets him apart. [He's a] great teammate and very unselfish.'
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Schroeder's 26 points lift Hawks past Raptors, 105-99 - by Eurobasket News

Dennis Schroeder (5'11''-PG-93, agency: Octagon Europe) and the Atlanta Hawks salvaged a strong finish to an otherwise disappointing homestand. Schroeder scored 26 points, including 13 in the final period, and the Hawks beat the Toronto Raptors 105-99 on Friday night to pull closer in the race for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks finished a 3-3 homestand with two straight wins over Brooklyn and the Raptors. Beating Toronto, the team Atlanta is chasing in the Eastern Conference, was especially important. "It's big," said Thabo Sefolosha (6'7''-G-84). "We needed those after three tough losses. It gives us confidence." DeMar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC) led Toronto with 28 points. He became the first player to score 11,000 points with the Raptors. Atlanta won the season series 2-1 and would win a head-to-head tiebreaker if needed to determine a playoff position. Toronto is two games ahead of the Hawks in the race for home-court advantage in the first round. DeRozan said the loss is "definitely something we can overcome" in the conference race. "From five on up, it's all right there," he said. "It's going to be a battle to the end." Paul Millsap (6'8''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) had 21 points. Tim Hardaway Jr. (6'6''-G-92, college: Michigan) Jr. added 20 for Atlanta. Toronto's Serge Ibaka (6'10''-C/F-89), who had 18 points, scored to make it 86-all, the 17th tie of the game. Schroder then took over the game, scoring back-to-back baskets and eight of Atlanta's next 10 points in a stretch that gave the Hawks a 96-88 lead. Toronto coach Dwane Casey said the inability to contain Schroeder was part of a "tough stretch defensively." "I thought, other than that, we were competing," Casey said. Schroder's run was capped by a reverse layup after he drove the baseline. The Raptors led 75-74 entering the final period but a 3-pointer by Hardaway gave Atlanta an 81-77 lead. Toronto quickly regained the lead. The Raptors took advantage of a turnover by Hawks rookie Taurean Price to regain the lead at 83-82 on a tip-in by Norman Powell.
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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.
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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.
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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.'
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Wiggins comes up big to lift Wolves over Warriors, 103-102 - by Eurobasket News

Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) got free for a clean look, and a record crowd at Target Center held its collective breath when he let it fly. Like it has so often during a remarkable slump for the game's best shooter, the ball clanked off the rim again. Like they have so often during a late-season surge toward playoff contention, the Minnesota Timberwolves walked off the court winners again. Andrew Wiggins (6'8''-G-95, college: Kansas) scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half and hit the go-ahead free throws with 12.8 seconds left to lift the Timberwolves to a 103-102 victory over the scuffling Golden State Warriors on Friday night. Ricky Rubio (6'4''-G-90) had 17 points and 13 assists, and Karl-Anthony Towns (7'0''-F/C-95, college: Kentucky) scored 23 points to give the Timberwolves their sixth win in eight games as they try to chase down the eighth seed in the Western Conference playoff race. They trail Denver by 2 games. "We are learning and getting experience," Rubio said. "These games are meaning a lot. We are going after it." Klay Thompson (6'7''-G-90, college: Washington St.) scored 30 points for Golden State, but Curry's struggles continued in the Warriors' second straight loss and fourth in six games without injured star Kevin Durant. Curry scored 26 points, but was just 10 for 27 from the field and 1 for 8 from 3-point range. And he missed an 18-footer in the closing seconds that would have won the game. Wiggins missed a pair of free throws with 29 seconds left that would have given the Wolves a three-point lead. After Curry hit a floater for a 102-101 Golden State lead, Wiggins responded by calmly knocking down two in a row. "I missed two but I made the two most important ones of the night," Wiggins said. Before a two-game skid against Washington and Chicago last week, the Warriors had gone a league-record 146 straight regular-season games without consecutive losses. Their next streak lasted just two. In his last 13 games, Curry was shooting 29.7 percent from 3-point range and he missed his first four from long range on Friday night. Three of them were wide open, catch-and-shoot looks that didn't go down and the other was one of his patented crossover-stepbacks that glanced off the rim. His first 3 of the night splashed through with 7:59 to go in the third quarter, but missed his next two to keep the floodgates closed. The Warriors were down 14 to start the fourth, but Curry scored nine points in the final four minutes before missing his last shot. "You take that shot that Steph got any day of the week," Thompson said. "It went in and out."
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Celtics fall flat to end West Coast trip, lose to Nuggets, 119-99 - by Eurobasket News

Friday night's game against the Denver Nuggets was supposed to the final game of the Boston Celtics five-game West coast trip. Apparently, the Celtics' defense get that itinerary update because their defense was nowhere to be found for most of Friday's game against the Nuggets which ended with a 119-99 Celtics loss. Boston (41-25) returns home with a 2-3 record on the eight-day road trip. The Celtics fell behind by as many as 22 points before chipping away at the Denver lead, but never put together enough defensive stops to seriously threaten the Nuggets' control of the game. It wasn't just missing shots or getting crushed on the glass (Denver out-rebounded Boston 49-33) which isn't all that surprising when you consider the Nuggets are the best rebounding team in the NBA while the Celtics have shown improvement but still rank among the NBA's worst. More than anything, the Celtics appeared a step slow getting to their sweet spots shooting the ball, or a step behind Denver's shooters which allowed the Nuggets to take a lot of open or lightly contested jumpers. And while Boston did compete for the most part, they failed to make the necessary plays at either end of the floor. Nikola Jokic (6'10''-C-95, agency: BeoBasket), who was a game-time decision after missing the two previous games for Denver due to illness, delivered the kind of all-around performance that certainly made the Celtics feel sick. The second-year center was in triple-double mode most of the game before finishing with 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists along with four steals. Down the stretch, the Celtics had multiple opportunities to chip away at Denver's double-digit deficit only to see wide open to lightly contested shots by Boston clanked off the front, back and middle of the rims when the Celtics desperately needed a basket. But the story of this defeat (and most defeats for Boston this season), was the inability of their defense to step up and put their imprint on the game in a positive way. Denver shot 52.9 percent from the field while the Celtics made just 42.5 percent of their field goal attempts. It's hard to believe that the Celtics on the floor at Denver was the same team that just a couple nights earlier, knocked off the Golden State Warriors by holding them to a season-low 86 points. Maybe that game took so much out of them that they just didn't have enough to bring a similar brand of defensive basketball to the floor 48 hours later. You can point to the altitude or the Nuggets just playing with a greater sense of urgency. Or it could be as simple as Denver being just a bad matchup for the Celtics, especially considering Denver won both matchups this season by a combined 36 points. Regardless of how you look at it, the Celtics simply didn't get it done in a game that they needed to tangibly show that this was a successful road trip.
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Larry Sanders could join the Cavaliers - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers is close to sign 29-year old forward Larry Sanders (211-107kg-88, college: VCU) who played last time at Milwaukee Bucks. Sanders has played there for the last four years. In 27 NBA games he recorded 7.3ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.4bpg in 2014-15 season.
In 2010 he was drafted by the Bucks in first round (15th overall). The former Virginia Commonwealth University staris in his seventh season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements his team made it to the CAA Tournament Semifinals in 2008 and 2010. Sanders received also All-CAA Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2010 at his college time.
Sanders has played also professionally in D-League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants).
The scouts decsribe him following way: (by Jonathan Wasserman for NBADraft.net in 2010)
He crashes the boards and goes for rebounds at the highest point possible thanks to impressive leaping abilities ... Offensively, he is a very reliable finisher around the rim ... His athleticism and quickness allow him to run the floor like a guard and finish like a forward, which will be key for him at the next level when playing with teams who like to push the tempo. He lacks an array of basketball moves in the post, and against bigger and stronger forwards and centers at the next level, he will have difficulty earning position down low
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Hometown heroics lift Orangeville A's over Niagara River Lions in the final seconds - by Eurobasket News

Offense was hard to come by in the 1st quarter until Orangeville's Alex Johnson (5'10''-PG-88, college: N.Carolina St.) (6 points) put the first points on the board 2 minutes into the frame. Once the stalemate was broken and the scoring began, it was all systems go for both sides. The A's found success scoring from all over the floor and often got to the free throw line for extra opportunities. Just as the Orangeville offense was on a roll, so was Niagara's, as both sides exchanged baskets on every trip down the floor. Niagara's Chris Commons (6'9''-F-84, college: USC Aiken) caused the most difficulty for the A's defense with a team high of 12-points in the first quarter. With most of the A's scoring coming from inside the paint, Stefan Nastic (6'11''-C-92, college: Stanford) (8p, 5r) was the focal point of the offense but it was the team's balanced scoring that helped establish a 28-27 lead to end the quarter. Jameson Tipping (6'7''-G, college: W.Kentucky) came up with a steal and hit the game winner with 2.0 seconds remaining. Tipping finished with 11 pts on 4/6 FG (3/5 3FG). The 2 nd quarter carried the same style of play as the 1st. The exchange of baskets continued as both teams raced up and down the floor; unable to build a lead larger than a mere 2 points. The constant exchange of baskets meant that the first team to string together defensive stops would make a strong case for going on a run. Even when Orangeville took a 3-point lead, the River Lions responded and scored on the very next possession. Even when foul trouble became an issue for the A's, Niagara was unable to capitalize on being in the bonus so early in the frame. However, a late run by Niagara gave them a 47-42 advantage over the A's, matching their largest lead of the game. Corbin Thomas (6'6''-F-91, college: Missouri St.) was the only A's player to finish the first half with double-digit scoring (10p, 7r) and although they needed more scoring from their starters, the teams' 10 assists on 16 shots spoke to the team effort displayed until that point. After the halftime break the tempo began to slow down which didn't necessarily work in Orangeville's favour. The Niagara lead grew to 10 points and the A's seemed to rack up turnovers in the new pace of play. Without being able to get stops on the defensive end, Chris Commons (19p, 7r) & Carl Hall (15p, 5r) continued to weave their way around the court for relatively easy scores. The A's responded at that point and answered with an 8-0 run to prevent the game from getting away from them. The run also allowed them to push the ball in transition where the A's Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson (6'6''-F-91, college: Temple) (12p, 5r, 6a) began to make big contributions to the offense. Unfortunately, the home team responded with a run of their own and the A's couldn't get much closer than within 2 points at the midway point of the 3rd. The final quarter began with a 4-point deficit but the A's were quick to get the game to 71-73 in the first few possessions. The game was heavily contested with another exchange of runs by both sides and the insertion of Jameson Tipping (11p, 3-4 3PT FG) into the lineup provided Orangeville with much needed outside scoring. Not only did his timely scoring allow them to also get inside opportunities, but also his 3rd three gave his team the lead, 85-84 in the final 5 minutes. The run continued to a 4-point lead but it was quickly tied back up by Niagara. Although those previous buckets by Tipping were huge, the most important would come in the final seconds with the score tied at 95 a piece. Diving into the passing lane and streaking up the court, he hit a crucial jump shot with 2.0 seconds remaining on the clock to give Orangeville the 97-95 comeback win over the River Lions.
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KW Titans sign Flenard Whitfield, ex Skallagrimur - by Eurobasket News

Kitchener-Waterloo Titans (NBL Canada) signed 27-year old American forward Flenard Whitfield (200-100kg-90, college: W.Michigan). He started the season at Skallagrimur in Icelandic Dominos League. In 22 games he had very impressive stats: 29.4ppg, 14.6rpg, 3.2apg, 1.3spg and 1.3bpg this season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Whitfield's team made it to the NBL Canada Semifinals in 2015. He was also voted All-MAC Honorable Mention back in 2011 and 2012 at his college time.
Whitfield has played previously professionally in Australia (Bandits) and Canada (Orangeville A's).
He attended Western Michigan University until 2012 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.
Whitfield could be described: A force inside player who can also step out and shoot the mid range jumper consistently. A 4yr starter in western Michigan Univ. Very strong physicality. Have great mobility for his size. He has shown already he can be a solid overseas inside player.

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