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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 


Nicolas Ferreyra joins Hispano Americano de Rio Gallegos - by Eurobasket News

Hispano Americano de Rio Gallegos (LigaA) added to their roster 32-year old point guard Nicolas Ferreyra (185-85) from Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda. In 38 LigaA games he had 3.8ppg and 1.6apg this season. The last season Ferreyra played at Boca Juniors where in 55 LigaA games he recorded 5.5ppg and 1.1apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Argentinian LigaA championship title in 2013. Ferreyra was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA Domestic Player of the Year back in 2011.
He has played previously for five other teams: GECR Indalo, Quilmes Mar del Plata, Belgrano San Nicolas, Regatas Corrientes and Estudiantes Concordia.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Federico Ferrini is a newcomer at Ameghino - by Eurobasket News

Juventud Ameghino de Villa Maria (TFB) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 34-year old small forward Federico Ferrini (194-83) from Capuchinos. Ferrini also played that season for Siena Costone (Serie C Gold) in Italian league.
Among other achievements he played in the final of Argentinian LigaA in 2010. Ferrini received also Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian LigaA Newcomer of the Year award back in 2008.
Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Ferrini has spent his entire career in Italy playing for five other teams: Atenas, Weber Bahia, Lanus, Sionista and San Isidro.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

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  AUSTRIA  


A Bundesliga Round 27: Top-ranked Redwell Gunners Oberwart wins another game - by Eurobasket News

A Bundesliga top team - Redwell Gunners Oberwart (21-4) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they beat seventh ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (11-14) 78-62. The game was mostly controlled by Redwell Gunners Oberwart. Furstenfeld Panthers managed to win third quarter 20-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Redwell Gunners Oberwart dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Furstenfeld Panthers' 36. Redwell Gunners Oberwart forced 20 Furstenfeld Panthers turnovers. It was a good game for American forward Jamari Traylor (203-92, college: Kansas) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import guard Andell Cumberbatch (196-93, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Redwell Gunners Oberwart's coach Chris Chougaz used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Croatian Marko Car (188-85) answered with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for Furstenfeld Panthers. Redwell Gunners Oberwart have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 21-4 record. Furstenfeld Panthers at the other side keep the seventh position with 14 games lost. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Furstenfeld Panthers will play on the road against UBSC Graz (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Traiskirchen was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Raiffeisen Wels (13-11) played at the court of fifth ranked Arkadia Lions (13-12). Arkadia Lions managed to secure a 9-point victory 87-78. It was a great evening for the former international point guard Benedikt Danek (176-86) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Jason Detrick helped adding 27 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Slovenian forward Dejan Cigoja (205-88) with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Arkadia Lions have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 13-12 record. Raiffeisen Wels at the other side keep the fourth position with 11 games lost. Arkadia Lions will play against higher ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Raiffeisen Wels will play against the league's second-placed Gmunden Swans in Gmunden and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between second ranked Gmunden Swans (18-7) and 8th ranked UBSC Graz (6-19) in Gmunden on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Gmunden Swans outscored guests from Graz 93-51. It was a quality performance for Toni Blazan who led the winners and scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Gmunden Swans' coach Bernd Wimmer felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Armin Domitner came up with 9 points and 5 assists for UBSC Graz in the defeat. Gmunden Swans maintains second place with 18-7 record having just three points less than leader Oberwart. UBSC Graz lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 19 games lost. Gmunden Swans will meet at home Raiffeisen Wels (#4) in the next round. UBSC Graz will play against Furstenfeld Panthers (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 27 bottom-ranked Klosterneuburg were smashed by Kapfenberg on the road 89-68.

Gmunden - UBSC Graz 93-51

The game between second ranked Gmunden Swans (18-7) and 8th ranked UBSC Graz (6-19) in Gmunden on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Gmunden Swans outscored guests from Graz 93-51. The game without a history. Gmunden Swans led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to UBSC Graz's 28. They outrebounded UBSC Graz 37-14 including a 26-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Gmunden Swans especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists comparing to just 16 passes made by UBSC Graz's players. It was a quality performance for forward Toni Blazan (195-92, agency: Mansfield and Associates) who led the winners and scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) accounted for 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Five Gmunden Swans players scored in double figures. Gmunden Swans' coach Bernd Wimmer felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Center Armin Domitner (201-94) came up with 9 points and 5 assists and swingman Fabian Richter (191-95) added 12 points respectively for UBSC Graz in the defeat. Gmunden Swans maintains second place with 18-7 record having just three points less than leader Oberwart. UBSC Graz lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 19 games lost. Gmunden Swans will meet at home Raiffeisen Wels (#4) in the next round. UBSC Graz will play against Furstenfeld Panthers (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: A.Wesby 16+2reb+2ast, T.Klette 16+6reb+1ast, T.Blazan 15+8reb+3ast, P.Gaidys 13+2reb+1ast, A.Steed 12+5reb, M.Linortner 8+4reb
UBSC Graz: F.Richter 12+1reb+2ast, A.Domitner 9+3reb+5ast, D.Brcina 7, M.Krivokapic 6+2reb+4ast, D.Hasenburger 5+3reb+2ast, S.Leitgeb 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 495057


Arkadia - Wels 87-78

The game in Traiskirchen was also worth to mention about. 4th placed Raiffeisen Wels (13-11) played at the court of fifth ranked Arkadia Lions (13-12). Arkadia Lions managed to secure a 9-point victory 87-78. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 26-18. But Raiffeisen Wels won second period 30-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Arkadia Lions made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for the former international point guard Benedikt Danek (176-86) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international Jason Detrick (195-80, college: Oklahoma, agency: Three Eye Sports) helped adding 27 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Slovenian forward Dejan Cigoja (205-88) with 22 points and 8 rebounds and the former international Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) scored 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Raiffeisen Wels players scored in double figures. Arkadia Lions have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 13-12 record. Raiffeisen Wels at the other side keep the fourth position with 11 games lost. Arkadia Lions will play against higher ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Raiffeisen Wels will play against the league's second-placed Gmunden Swans in Gmunden and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Arkadia: J.Detrick 27+6reb+3ast, F.Trmal 24+2reb+2ast, B.Danek 23+7reb+6ast, M.Draskovic 9+10reb, B.Guettl 2+3reb+4ast, F.Memcic 2+1reb
Wels: D.Cigoja 22+8reb, D.Lamesic 17+6reb+4ast, D.Wright 14+7reb+2ast, K.Payton 11+6reb+4ast, T.Csebits 5+1reb+5ast, E.Zulic 5
gschID: 495056


Furstenfeld - Oberwart 62-78

A Bundesliga top team - Redwell Gunners Oberwart (21-4) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they beat seventh ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (11-14) 78-62. The game was mostly controlled by Redwell Gunners Oberwart. Furstenfeld Panthers managed to win third quarter 20-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Redwell Gunners Oberwart dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Furstenfeld Panthers' 36. Redwell Gunners Oberwart forced 20 Furstenfeld Panthers turnovers. It was a good game for American forward Jamari Traylor (203-92, college: Kansas) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import guard Andell Cumberbatch (196-93, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Redwell Gunners Oberwart players scored in double figures. Redwell Gunners Oberwart's coach Chris Chougaz used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Croatian Marko Car (188-85) answered with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and Bulgarian forward Sim Iliev (204-89, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Furstenfeld Panthers. Redwell Gunners Oberwart have a solid series of four victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 21-4 record. Furstenfeld Panthers at the other side keep the seventh position with 14 games lost. Redwell Gunners Oberwart will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Furstenfeld Panthers will play on the road against UBSC Graz (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: D.Jackson 20+3reb+4ast, A.Cumberbatch 19+7reb+2ast, J.Traylor 14+10reb+5ast, S.Kaeferle 11+2reb+1ast, C.McNealy 6+5reb+1ast, B.Blazevic 4+2reb+1ast
Furstenfeld: M.Car 17+6reb+7ast, H.Ochsenhofer 17+2reb, S.Iliev 14+8reb, M.Sarlija 8+6reb+1ast, D.Jandl 6+2reb+2ast, I.Alisic 0
gschID: 495059


Kapfenberg - Klosterneuburg 89-68

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (14-11) crushed at home bottom-ranked Dukes (4-21) 89-68 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Kapfenberg Bulls. Dukes managed to win third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kapfenberg Bulls forced 19 Dukes turnovers and outrebounded them 43-23 including 16 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Dukes' players. It was an exceptional evening for Serbian Nemanja Krstic (205-93) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Marck Coffin (193-91, college: Idaho Coll.) accounted for 13 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Coach Michael Schrittwieser's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players saving starting five for next games. The former international center Christoph Greimeister (208-90) came up with 11 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Lennart Burgemeister (182-96) added 15 points respectively for Dukes in the defeat. Four Kapfenberg Bulls and five Dukes players scored in double figures. Kapfenberg Bulls moved-up to third place. Dukes lost thirteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. Kapfenberg Bulls will meet Arkadia Lions (#5) in the next round. Dukes will play against Vienna (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: N.Krstic 22+5reb+3ast, K.Jamar 15+6reb+2ast, M.Coffin 13+11reb+5ast, F.Kramer 12+6reb+4ast, C.Baptiste 10+2reb+1ast, D.Koeppel 8+11reb+1ast
Klosterneuburg: L.Burgemeister 15+2reb+2ast, C.Leydolf 12+4reb+3ast, J.Blazevic 12+4reb, G.Bezhanishvili 12+3reb+1ast, C.Greimeister 11+6reb+2ast, T.Bas 2+1reb
gschID: 495058





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  BAHAMAS  

NPBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Clayton MILLER
  Legends
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Miller, Legends27.5 
 2. Bain, Regulators25.4 
 3. Sylvestre, Bahamas .22.5 
 4. Smith, Bahamas .22.1 
 5. Farrington, Rockets21.3 
 6. Bain, Giants19.4 
 7. Dean, Shockers18.4 
 8. Ferguson, Pros17.4 
 9. Woodside, Cleaners16.8 
 10. Rolle, Rebels16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eugene BAIN
  Regulators
  (195-C/F-88)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Bain, Regulators14.5 
 2. Munnings, Cybots12.5 
 3. Fernander, Pirates12.2 
 4. Francis, Pros11.4 
 5. Williams, Rebels11.3 
 6. Farrington, Rockets11.0 
 7. Sylvestre, Bahamas .10.9 
 8. Leadon, Pros10.4 
 9. Dean, Shockers9.9 
 10. Woodside, Cleaners9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rashard WILLIAMS
  Rebels
  (183-PG-)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Williams, Rebels6.4 
 2. Dames, Bahamas .6.1 
 3. Jones, Legends5.7 
 4. Mackey, Regulators5.2 
 5. Wright, Pirates4.9 
 6. Armaly, Shockers4.2 
 7. Mackey, Rockets4.1 
 8. Bain, Regulators4.0 
 9. Miller, Legends4.0 
 10. Lewis, Shockers4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kemsy SYLVESTRE
  Bahamas .
  (--)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Sylvestre, Bahamas .3.5 
 2. Rolle, Rebels2.9 
 3. Rolle, Pros2.8 
 4. Smith, Bahamas .2.6 
 5. Williams, Rebels2.2 
 6. Dames, Bahamas .2.1 
 7. Lafuler, Stingers2.0 
 8. Leadon, Pros1.8 
 9. Cooper, Rebels1.7 
 10. Ferguson, Stingers1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Livingston MUNNINGS
  Cybots
  (-C-)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Munnings, Cybots2.9 
 2. Farrington, Rockets2.2 
 3. Dean, Shockers2.0 
 4. Williams, Rebels1.9 
 5. Sylvestre, Bahamas .1.5 
 6. Francis, Pros1.4 
 7. Morley, Rockets1.4 
 8. Culmer, Cleaners1.3 
 9. Munroe, Bahamas .1.1 
 10. Burrows, Pros1.0 



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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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  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 


Ben Uzoh is a newcomer at Aalstar - by Eurobasket News

Crelan Okapi Aalstar (Euromillions League) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old Nigerian international point guard Ben Uzoh (191-93kg-88, college: Tulsa). He played recently at Canton Charge (D-League) in the U.S.
Uzoh has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Among other achievements his team made it to the C- Tournament Semifinals in 2010. Uzoh received also Afrobasket.com All-African Championships 2nd Team award back in 2013.
He represented Nigeria at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 7.4ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 46.4%, FT: 68.8%.
Uzoh is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Sutor Montegranaro), Russia (Lokomotiv), NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors) and D-League (Oklahoma City Blue, Springfield A. and Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
Uzoh attended University of Tulsa until 2010 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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 


Drew Maynard claims Brazilian NBB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Drew Maynard (200-F-89) had a great game in the last round for Minas and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 27-year old forward had a double-double of 30 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team lost the game against Campo Mourao (#8, 13-11) 105-114. Minas maintains the 12th position in Brazilian NBB. Minas is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 15th lost game this season out of 23 games. In the team's last game Maynard had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Minas' top player in his first season with the team. Rochester College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Maynard is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 7.8rpg) and averages solid 62.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 22-year old American guard Greg Brown (188-G-94) of Campo Mourao. Brown impressed basketball fans with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Of course Campo Mourao cruised to a 114-105 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Minas (#12, 8-15). Despite this victory Campo Mourao slide down in the standings to 8th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Brown is a newcomer at Campo Mourao and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. St.Francis University (PA) alumni Brown played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was international Leonardo Meindl (201-SF-93) of Bauru (#4). Meindl scored 19 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Bauru, leading his team to a 83-71 win against slightly lower-ranked Vitoria (#6, 14-9). Bauru needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 8 lost games. Meindl has a very solid season. In 20 games in Brazil he scored 12.1ppg. He also has 4.3rpg and FGP: 52.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Douglas Nunes (208-PF-87) of Campo Mourao - 21 points and 11 rebounds
5. Shamell Stallworth (195-SG-80) of Mogi - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Isaac Thornton (190-G-91) of Campo Mourao - 30 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
7. David Rossetto (180-PG-93) of B.Cearense - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Leonardo Klassmann (208-C-89) of B.Cearense - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Luis Felipe Gruber (206-SF-85) of B.Cearense - 19 points and 6 rebounds
10. Vinicius Oliveira (200-PF-90) of Campo Mourao - 13 points, 15 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)



Brazilian Liga Ouro round 1 best performance: Rodrigo Maistro - by Eurobasket News

Rodrigo Maistro (200-SF-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Contagem, receiving a Latinbasket.com Liga Ouro Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (21 points, seven rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Brusque (#5, 0-2), the league's bottom-ranked team 66-55. Contagem maintains the 2nd position in Brazilian Liga Ouro. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Contagem won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Maistro had a remarkable 90.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Contagem and just after two games he already turned to be a very valuable addition to the team. Rodrigo Maistro has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 15.0ppg), rebounds (5th best: 6.5rpg) and averages impressive 2.5spg and 66.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old Gabriel De Oliveira (202-G-93) of Blumenau. De Oliveira had a very good evening with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Bad luck as Blumenau was edged by Joinville (1-0) 77-75. 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. De Oliveira is one of the most experienced players at Blumenau and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.0ppg (#1). He also registered 5.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Luiz Nepomuceno (193-G-95) of Santos/Macapa (#6). Nepomuceno scored 23 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Nepomuceno's great performance Santos/Macapa lost 67-81 to Botafogo F.R. (#1, 2-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Santos/Macapa can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 2 games. Too bad for Nepomuceno he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Nepomuceno has individually a great season in Brazil. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.5ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Diego Silva (206-C/F-90) of Blumenau - 11 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Thiago Perez (191-G-82) of Contagem - 12 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Luis Fernando Lima (193-G-93) of Santos/Macapa - 12 points and 4 rebounds
7. Rodrigo Bahia Bispo (206-C/F-79) of Botafogo F.R. - 16 points and 4 rebounds
8. Jamaal Smith (175-PG-85) of Botafogo F.R. - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Ulisses Lima (198-SF-85) of Santos/Macapa - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Lucas Henrique Moreira (181-PG-94) of Blumenau - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  BULGARIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 D.J. SHELTON
  Rilski
  (208-F-91)
  Avg: 25.1
 1. Shelton, Rilski25.1 
 2. Semple, Akademik.21.2 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More19.4 
 4. Ivanov, Levski18.8 
 5. Petkov, Yambol18.6 
 6. Smith, Akademik PL16.8 
 7. Tsonkov, Cherno M.16.8 
 8. Sekulovic, Balkan16.6 
 9. Marinov, Spartak .16.4 
 10. Marincheshki, Spartak .16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Semple, Akademik.12.2 
 2. Shelton, Rilski11.1 
 3. Marincheshki, Spartak .9.0 
 4. Savic, Spartak .8.9 
 5. Zack, Lukoil Acad.8.9 
 6. Varbanov, Yambol8.6 
 7. Sekulovic, Balkan8.5 
 8. Yanev, Cherno More8.3 
 9. Delic, Rilski7.6 
 10. Bruinsma, Rilski7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Oscar BELLFIELD
  Akademik.
  (187-PG-90)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Bellfield, Akademik.6.4 
 2. Karamfilov, Cherno M.6.2 
 3. Hott, Balkan5.7 
 4. Gruev, Spartak .5.4 
 5. Parker, Rilski4.8 
 6. Gibson, Lukoil Acad.4.8 
 7. Raley-Ross, Beroe4.6 
 8. Aleksiev, Beroe4.3 
 9. Marinov, Balkan4.1 
 10. Dudev, Spartak .4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Deyan KARAMFILOV
  Cherno M.
  (180-PG-94)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Karamfilov, Cherno M.2.3 
 2. Semple, Akademik.2.2 
 3. Zahariev, Lukoil A.1.9 
 4. Yanev, Cherno More1.9 
 5. Parker, Rilski1.9 
 6. Bellfield, Akademik.1.9 
 7. Marinov, Balkan1.7 
 8. Hott, Balkan1.7 
 9. Gibson, Beroe1.6 
 10. Veselinov, Levski1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jordan SEMPLE
  Akademik.
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Semple, Akademik.1.9 
 2. Jones, Beroe1.3 
 3. Varbanov, Yambol1.1 
 4. Korniyenko, Lukoil A.0.9 
 5. Savic, Spartak .0.9 
 6. Zack, Lukoil Acad.0.8 
 7. Doychinov, Levski0.8 
 8. Johnson, Akademik.0.8 
 9. Veselinov, Levski0.7 
 10. Delic, Rilski0.7 



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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 


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



All-OCAA Awards 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

All-OCAA 1st Team 2017
Yusuf Ali
Ali
Jaz Bains
Bains
Ajahmo Clarke
Clarke
Marko Curic
Curic
Khalil Miller
Miller

All-Tournament MVP: Dylan Periana (5'11''-PG) of Sheridan
Player of the Year: Rayvon Higdon (6'2''-G/F) of Redeemer
Rookie of the Year: Khalil Miller (6'8''-F) of Seneca
All-Canadians: Ajahmo Clarke (6'3''-G) of George Brown
All-Canadians: Rayvon Higdon (6'2''-G/F) of Redeemer
East Division Defensive Player of the Year: Khalil Miller (6'8''-F) of Seneca
East Division Rookie of the Year: Khalil Miller (6'8''-F) of Seneca
West Division Defensive Player of the Year: Tyrone Dickson (6'6''-F) of Humber
West Division Rookie of the Year: Matt Elcock (6'1''-G) 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

East Division 1st Team
G: Yusuf Ali (6'0''-G) of Seneca
G: Jaz Bains (6'1''-G-93) of St.Lawrence
G: Ajahmo Clarke (6'3''-G) of George Brown
G/F: Marko Curic (6'10''-G/F) of Centennial
F: Khalil Miller (6'8''-F) of Seneca

East Division 2nd Team
F: Tigh Chapman (6'7''-F) of Loyalist
F: Funsho Dimeji (6'5''-F) of Durham
SF: Tarez Hepburn (6'3''-SF) of Canadore
PG: Josh McFarlene (6'0''-PG) of Centennial
PG: Tyler Vanessen (6'1''-PG) of Georgian

West Division 1st Team
G/F: Ostap Choliy (6'4''-G/F) of Sheridan
F: Tyrone Dickson (6'6''-F) of Humber
G/F: Rayvon Higdon (6'2''-G/F) of Redeemer
G: Van Hutchinson (6'4''-G) of Niagara
G/F: Brian Owusu (6'2''-G/F) of Sheridan

West Division 2nd Team
G: Lamar Barr (6'0''-G) of Mohawk
PG: Lequan Hylton (5'10''-PG) of Niagara
F: Ancil Martin (6'5''-F) of Humber
G: Branden Padgett (5'11''-G) of Lambton
PG: Dylan Periana (5'11''-PG) of Sheridan

All-Rookie Team
G: Deandre Austin (6'3''-G) of Fanshawe
PG: Foster Brown (6'0''-PG) of Redeemer
G: Matt Elcock (6'1''-G) of Mohawk
G: Brandon Halliburton (6'1''-G) of Durham
G/F: Malcolm Jackson (6'6''-G/F-91) of Centennial
F: Khalil Miller (6'8''-F) of Seneca

All-Tournament Team
PG: Dylan Periana (5'11''-PG) of Sheridan
G/F: Ostap Choliy (6'4''-G/F) of Sheridan
G: Ajahmo Clarke (6'3''-G) of George Brown
G: Kevon Mascoe (6'2''-G) of George Brown



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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
 Ivan NOVACIC
  Jolly JBS
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Novacic, Jolly JBS7.4 
 2. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek7.4 
 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. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek5.7 
 10. Arapovic, Cedevita5.7 
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. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek1.7 
 9. Novacic, Jolly JBS1.6 
 10. Marcinkovic, KK Za.1.6 
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. Krolo, Zabok1.1 
 4. Bundovic, Cedevita1.1 
 5. Vukovic, Vrij.Osijek1.0 
 6. Vitali, KK Zagreb0.7 
 7. Zrnic, Zabok0.7 
 8. Vucic, Kvarner 20100.7 
 9. McDonald, Gorica0.7 
 10. Vlaic, KK Zagreb0.7 


Osijek shot 84-percent from 2-point land in win over Hermes - by Zeljko Zule

Vrijednosnice Osijek defeated Hermes Analitica 101-76 in lone Saturday game of Croatian A1 League Round 20. Jakov Mustapic (193-G-94) finished with 18 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds, Aljosa Sarac (190-G-89) scored 16 points on shooting 4-of-5 from 3-point range, Jalen Robinson (206-F/C-93, college: Dalton St.) added 14 points, Nikola Turalija (205-C-94) 12, Marko Karlovic (196-G-95) 11 and Luka Katura (194-G/F-89) 10. Hermes was led by Ivan Svoboda (190-G-87) with 17 points, Marko Raic (190-G-87) scored 16, Stipe Krstanovic (205-F/C-93) 14, Julian Rajic (206-F-85) 13 and David Usic (206-F-93, college: Florida Tech) 12.
Osijek trailed just once, at 31-33 midway through the second quarter. At that point, Aljosa Sarac sank a 3-pointer to ignite a decisive 15-3 run for first double digit lead of the night, 46-36. The home team opened the second half with 15 consecutive points to extend their advantage to 66-42 and after a basket by Hermes, went on an 8-0 run for a 74-44 lead midway through the third quarter. Osijek shot an amazing 84-percent (27-of-32) from 2-point land.



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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.16.9 
 5. Brooks, J.Hradec16.7 
 6. Lipkins, J.Hradec16.2 
 7. Bakic, BK Kolin15.3 
 8. Pecka, Usti n.15.0 
 9. Painter, NH Ostrava15.0 
 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. Norwa, Prostejov7.3 
 5. Mickelson, Svitavy7.1 
 6. Ware, MMCITE B.7.0 
 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: 2.6
 1. Ware, MMCITE B.2.6 
 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. Allen, CEZ Nymburk1.6 
 10. Lawrence, CEZ N.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan CANTY
  J.Hradec
  (206-C-)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Canty, J.Hradec1.6 
 2. Mickelson, Svitavy1.5 
 3. Madsen, USK Praha1.5 
 4. Simpson, MMCITE B.1.5 
 5. Ibekwe, CEZ N.1.4 
 6. Simpson, CEZ N.1.1 
 7. Dyck, Prostejov0.9 
 8. Jelinek, Svitavy0.9 
 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. Honomichl, Loko Plzen18.9 
 9. Sebela, Sokol S.18.9 
 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, Vysocina9.1 
 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. Straznicky, Vysoc.4.7 
 6. Pumprla, Zlin4.7 
 7. Kotasek, Nymburk B4.6 
 8. Dragoun, Opava B4.3 
 9. Honomichl, Loko Plzen4.3 
 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. Novak, Vysocina1.9 
 10. Dragoun, 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. Dominique, Horsholm16.5 
 8. Champagnie, Stevn.16.3 
 9. Haas, SISU16.0 
 10. Sandager, Stevn.15.6 
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, Horsholm9.1 
 5. Baru, SISU8.4 
 6. NaNa, Svendborg7.6 
 7. Moten, Svendborg6.8 
 8. Midtgaard, Horsh.6.8 
 9. Carter, Randers6.7 
 10. Dominique, Horsholm6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Frederik NIELSEN
  Horsholm
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Nielsen, Horsholm6.7 
 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. Palm, Bakken3.4 
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, Horsholm1.8 
 7. Smith, Horsholm1.7 
 8. Lundberg, Horse.1.7 
 9. Akoon-P., Bakken1.7 
 10. Ross, Naestved1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Cheikh SANE
  Naestved
  (207-C/F-92)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Sane, Naestved1.2 
 2. Diouf, Bakken1.1 
 3. Smith, Horsholm1.1 
 4. Aboubakar-Z., Svend.1.0 
 5. Adjehi, SISU1.0 
 6. Christoffers., Bak.1.0 
 7. Colas, Randers0.9 
 8. Moten, Svendborg0.9 
 9. Baru, SISU0.8 
 10. Midtgaard, Horsh.0.8 



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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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  ECBL  


Pinkston pours in 29 points as Petersburg Cavs edge Warriors 95-92 - by Scott Ludwig

By Nicholas Vandeloecht

The Petersburg Cavaliers slipped into a double-digit hole, trailed at halftime, took a double-digit lead of their own on 15 straight points, fell into a closely contested battle for the lead in the final stretch and then narrowly edged the visiting Hampton Roads Warriors 95-92 for their first home game win in a wild seesaw of a matchup.

For Petersburg Cavaliers head coach Kyle Dixon , that seesaw "wasn't fun at all." Nevertheless, he was happy with the end result.

"We have about 16 players that can all play basketball, and the passion for them to get on the court ... is amazing," Dixon said while adding: "We've got to work better on being that sixth men on the bench."

While the back-and-forth was tough to endure, Dixon said that "you need these games."

"These type of games build character," he said. "The fact that we were able to be in a close game and come out [with] the victory is huge, it's very huge."

Robert Pinkston (6'2''-G) played a hero's game on Saturday, landing eight three-pointers and also scoring the two free throw points that put the Cavs ahead on the final lead change of the evening.

Pinkston credited his big outside shooting day to "very good ball movement" from point guards Cooper and Earl Gee (5'10''-PG, college: Longwood).

"They were just really finding me in transition," Pinkston said. "I was just getting in the rhythm early and I just felt good the whole game."

"He fits in the system," Dixon said of Pinkston. "He didn't force anything, he waited patiently, we got the ball to him, he was hot ... we made it happen."

He led the team with 29 points while Jamar Cooper made 14 and Lorenzo Bailey netted 11.

Article courtesy of The Progress Index



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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

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Liga MB Round 11 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Round 11 most important game was a victory of Brujos Izalco over 4th placed Sonsonate 92-71 on Friday night. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Sonsonate. Brujos Izalco looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American guard Christopher Blake (197-88, college: Detroit Mercy) orchestrated the victory by scoring 36 points (!!!), 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. His fellow American import forward Garland McArthur (197-88, college: Voorhees) contributed with 27 points (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Yoan Haiti answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for Sonsonate. Brujos Izalco have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 6-1 record behind leader Santa Tecla. Newly promoted Sonsonate dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. Brujos Izalco are looking forward to face El Rapido (#10) in La Union in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sonsonate will play on the road against the league's leader Santa Tecla (#1) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
The game between second ranked Isidro Metapan (7-1) and 11th ranked 11 Lobos (2-6) in Metapan ended with biggest points difference. Isidro Metapan outscored guests from Chalchuapa 86-62. Worth to mention a quality performance of Venezuelan guard Edwin Mijares (186-94) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 8 rebounds, 11 assists and 5 steals. Michael Hinestroza-Javes helped adding 25 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks. American center Marc Montavious (206-90, college: Georgetown, KY) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 23 rebounds. Isidro Metapan have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 7-1 record having just one point less than leader Santa Tecla. 11 Lobos lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with six games lost. They share it with Santa Ana. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 11 Santa Ana was beaten by Quezaltepeque on the road 108-95.
The most impressive performance of 11th round was 21 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists by Duane James of Isidro Metapan.

Sonsonate - Brujos Izalco 71-92

Round 11 most important game was a victory of Brujos Izalco over 4th placed Sonsonate 92-71 on Friday night. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Sonsonate. Brujos Izalco looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American guard Christopher Blake (197-88, college: Detroit Mercy) orchestrated the victory by scoring 36 points (!!!), 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. His fellow American import forward Garland McArthur (197-88, college: Voorhees) contributed with 27 points (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Yoan Haiti answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and Panamanian forward Manuel Gudino (195-95) added 19 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Sonsonate. Four Sonsonate players scored in double figures. Brujos Izalco have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 6-1 record behind leader Santa Tecla. Newly promoted Sonsonate dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. Brujos Izalco are looking forward to face El Rapido (#10) in La Union in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sonsonate will play on the road against the league's leader Santa Tecla (#1) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Brujos Izalco: C.Blake 36+6reb+5ast, G.McArthur 27+3reb+1ast, D.Thompson 12+2reb, E.Navarrete 6+2reb+6ast, T.Elliott 6+7reb+1ast, E.Giron 3+11reb+8ast
Sonsonate: M.Gudino 19+8reb, Y.Haiti 18+10reb+2ast, J.Loucel 14+2reb+1ast, L.Hernandez 11+3reb+3ast, B.Denald 4+9reb, A.Rojas 4+9reb+3ast
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Isidro Metapan - 11 Lobos 86-62

The game between second ranked Isidro Metapan (7-1) and 11th ranked 11 Lobos (2-6) in Metapan ended with biggest points difference. Isidro Metapan outscored guests from Chalchuapa 86-62. Isidro Metapan dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to 11 Lobos' 32. Isidro Metapan forced 23 11 Lobos turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by 11 Lobos' players. Worth to mention a quality performance of Venezuelan guard Edwin Mijares (186-94) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 8 rebounds, 11 assists and 5 steals. Venezuelan-Colombian forward Michael Hinestroza-Javes (208-90, college: UALR) helped adding 25 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks. American center Marc Montavious (206-90, college: Georgetown, KY) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 23 rebounds and the other American import point guard Shawn Hampton (187) scored 24 points and 8 rebounds. Isidro Metapan have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 7-1 record having just one point less than leader Santa Tecla. 11 Lobos lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with six games lost. They share it with Santa Ana. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Isidro Metapan: M.Hinestroza Javes 25+14reb+2ast, E.Mijares 22+8reb+11ast, D.James 21+13reb+4ast, A.Regalado 6+2reb, D.Vasquez 4+3reb, J.Valdez 4+3reb+3ast
11 Lobos: S.Hampton 24+8reb+2ast, M.Montavious 17+23reb+1ast, J.Antoine 12+14reb+1ast, A.Ruano 4, B.Rodriguez 3, K.Campos 2+1reb
gschID: 536985


Quezaltepeque - Santa Ana 108-95

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Quezaltepeque (6-2) beat at home 13th ranked Santa Ana (2-6) 108-95. Quezaltepeque shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 63.2 percentage. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) who led his team to a victory scoring 50 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Torrez Hampton (203-84, college: Cumberland) helped adding 8 points and 19 rebounds. Maliek Daniels (193-88, college: Trevecca Naz.) responded with 28 points and 9 rebounds and forward Tobias Dowdell (201-90, college: Alders.-Broad.) scored 27 points and 8 rebounds. Santa Ana's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Quezaltepeque moved-up to fourth place. Santa Ana at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with six games lost. They share it with 11 Lobos. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Quezaltepeque: Q.Scates 50+8reb+4ast, S.Brackett 18+1reb+7ast, L.Portal 10+5reb+1ast, D.Bairez 9+3reb+2ast, T.Hampton 8+19reb, R.Miranda 8+2reb+3ast
Santa Ana: M.Daniels 28+9reb+2ast, T.Dowdell 27+8reb, S.Wright 21+6reb+5ast, F.Salazar 8+1ast, V.Sandoval 4, L.Gonzalez 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 536982





Raymond Miller claims Salvadorean Liga MB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Raymond Miller (204-F/C-88) had a very impressive game in the last round for Halcones and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 28-year old power forward had a double-double of 29 points and eighteen rebounds, while his team crushed Quezaltepeque (#4, 6-2) with 22-point margin 107-85. Halcones maintains the 8th position in Salvadorean Liga MB. Halcones is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-4 record. Miller just recently signed at Halcones, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Raymond Miller averages just after three games 20.3ppg and 17.7rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Halcones' star - 26-year old American point guard Jeremee Davis (191-PG-90). Davis impressed basketball fans with a triple-double of 28 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Of course together with Miller he helped Halcones with another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked Quezaltepeque (#4, 6-2) 107-85. Halcones' 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Davis is one of the most experienced players at Halcones and similarly like Raymond Miller has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. Georgia College & State University alumni Davis played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was American Danny Lawhorn (183-PG) of Arcense (#14). Lawhorn got into 30-points club by scoring 38 points in the last round. He went also for seven assists. He was a key player of Arcense, leading his team to a 79-71 win against slightly higher-ranked 11 Lobos (#12, 2-6). Arcense can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-6 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Lawhorn he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Lawhorn has a very solid season. In 2 games in El Salvador he scored 39.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marc Montavious (206-C-90) of 11 Lobos - 12 points, 26 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Michael Hinestroza Javes (208-F-90) of Isidro Metapan - 18 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Anthony Brown (193-PG-89) of Denver-FAS - 29 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Wali Hepburn (193-G-89) of Canarios - 30 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Olaniyr Adedoyin) of Denver-FAS - 23 points and 22 rebounds
9. Torrez Hampton (203-C-84) of Quezaltepeque - 16 points and 21 rebounds
10. Teodoro Romero) of Arcense - 14 points, 18 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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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 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 - 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, Kauhajoki18.0 
 7. Morris, Lapua17.2 
 8. Holsey, Kauhajoki16.4 
 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 Vilpas8.5 
 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. Jalonen, Korihait4.5 
 6. Edwards, Lapua4.5 
 7. Appleby, Kouvot4.4 
 8. Williams, Lapua4.3 
 9. Hirvonen, Kouvot4.3 
 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, Kauhajoki1.9 
 5. Minard, Pyrinto1.8 
 6. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki1.7 
 7. Sanders, BC Nokia1.6 
 8. Duren, BC Nokia1.6 
 9. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.6 
 10. Ware, Kauhajoki1.4 
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. Edwards, Salon Vilpas1.0 
 8. Bailey, KTP Basket1.0 
 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 



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Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Kyle GIBSON
  Gravelines
  (196-G-87)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Gibson, Gravelines18.5 
 2. Clark, Chalon18.1 
 3. Rich, Paris-Levallois17.0 
 4. Cobbs, Gravelines16.4 
 5. Roberson, Chalon15.7 
 6. Prepelic, Limoges15.6 
 7. Smith, Chalons-Reims15.3 
 8. Sommerville, Orleans15.0 
 9. Young, Chalons-.14.6 
 10. Dorsey, Le Portel14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Fall, Chalon9.2 
 2. Labeyrie, Paris-Le.8.6 
 3. Poirier, Paris-Le.8.5 
 4. Lessort, Nanterre7.4 
 5. Hunt, Nancy7.4 
 6. Solomon, Gravelines7.2 
 7. Donaldson, Le Po.7.2 
 8. Yeguete, Le Mans7.1 
 9. Hassell, Le Portel7.0 
 10. Blue, Antibes6.8 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.10.7 
 2. Roberson, Chalon7.5 
 3. Hodge, AS.6.2 
 4. Cobbs, Gravelines6.0 
 5. Holston, Dijon6.0 
 6. Vargas, Nancy5.5 
 7. Bost, Monaco5.2 
 8. Campbell, Paris-Le.4.9 
 9. Nelson, AS.4.4 
 10. Rich, Paris-Levallois4.3 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.2.5 
 2. Wood, Limoges2.0 
 3. Eito, Orleans2.0 
 4. Holston, Dijon1.9 
 5. Payne, Chalons-.1.7 
 6. Grant, Dijon1.6 
 7. Campbell, Paris-Le.1.6 
 8. Bokolo, Pau-Lacq.1.5 
 9. Jones, Hyeres-T.1.4 
 10. Yeguete, Le Mans1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Moustapha FALL
  Chalon
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Fall, Chalon2.5 
 2. Fofana, Monaco1.3 
 3. Uter, AS.1.1 
 4. Fair, Limoges1.0 
 5. Cain, Chalons-Reims1.0 
 6. Trasolini, Nancy1.0 
 7. Jaiteh, Strasbourg0.9 
 8. Murphy, Strasbourg0.9 
 9. Otule, Antibes0.9 
 10. Joseph, Orleans0.9 


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Martin HERMANNSSON
  Charlevi.
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Hermannsson, Charlevi.17.7 
 2. Williams, Boulazac17.7 
 3. Peacock, Bourg17.6 
 4. Burton, Roanne17.5 
 5. Jones, Lille17.1 
 6. Henry, Evreux16.6 
 7. Ware, Vichy C.15.8 
 8. Denave, Vichy C.15.1 
 9. Obasohan, Provence.15.0 
 10. Bigote, Nantes14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mohamed KONE
  Charleville
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Kone, Charleville9.9 
 2. Odiakosa, Le Havre9.7 
 3. Ndoye, Bourg9.3 
 4. Burton, Roanne9.2 
 5. Ekperigin, Nantes7.9 
 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. Sim, Bourg5.8 
 7. Hermannsson, Charlevi.5.8 
 8. Henry, Evreux5.5 
 9. Mitchell, Nantes5.3 
 10. Rozenfeld, Roanne5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Evreux
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Henry, Evreux2.6 
 2. Threatt, Poitiers2.5 
 3. Burton, Roanne2.5 
 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. Diame, Blois1.1 
 8. Rinna, St Chamond1.1 
 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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NM1 Round 28: ALS Basket edge Quimper UJAP by one point - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in NM1 is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 6 rounds.

The most exciting game of round 28 in the NM1 took place in Andrezieux. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of much higher ranked Quimper UJAP (20-8) to eighth ranked ALS Basket (15-13) 62-61 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Quimper UJAP. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Quimper UJAP won third quarter 12-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ALS Basket shot 27 for 37 from the free-throw line, while Quimper UJAP only scored ten points from the stripe. 28 personal fouls committed by Quimper UJAP helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Jerrold Brooks (183-91, college: S.Mississippi, agency: Interperformances) fired 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. Bosnian power forward Nemanja Kovanusic (204-93) chipped in 8 points and 11 rebounds. American forward Dwight Burke (202-86, college: Marquette) produced 16 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Quimper UJAP's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. ALS Basket moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Orchies. Quimper UJAP at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. ALS Basket is looking forward to face Vendee Challans (#9) on the road in the next round. Quimper UJAP will play against Souffelweyersheim (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Caen delivered the twenty second victory. This time they crushed 12th ranked Gries/Oberhoffen (13-15) 95-68. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Cape Verdean swingman BJ Monteiro (196-90, college: Duquesne) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Richie Gordon contributed with 24 points for the winners. American forward Gregg Thondique (201-87, college: Virginia Union, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists for Gries/Oberhoffen. Caen (22-6) have an impressive 13-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Newly promoted Gries/Oberhoffen keeps the twelfth place with 15 games lost. Caen will play against GET Vosges (#5) in Golbey in the next round. Gries/Oberhoffen will play at home against UB Chartres (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked CFBB (0-28) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 87-46 loss to ninth ranked UB Chartres (14-14) in Chartres on Saturday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Jonathan Mitchell who helped to win the game recording 20 points. At the losing side Joel Ayayi responded with 5 points and 6 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. UB Chartres maintains ninth position with 14-14 record, which they share with St Vallier and Challans. Loser CFBB still closes the standings. UB Chartres will meet Gries/Oberhoffen (#12) in the next round. CFBB will play against SAP Vaucluse (#13) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Thirteenth-ranked Union Rennes (11-17) made lots of trouble for seventh ranked Lourdes-Tarbes (16-12). Lourdes-Tarbes managed to secure only two-point victory 87-85. However their fans expected much easier game. The winners were led by Xane d'Almeida who had that evening a double-double by scoring 14 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Lourdes-Tarbes moved-up to fifth place, which they share with GET Vosges. Newly promoted Union Rennes dropped to the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. Lourdes-Tarbes' next round opponent will be Vitre (#14) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Union Rennes will play against Orchesien BC in Orchies and hope to win that game.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Saint Vallier, where higher ranked Orchesien BC (15-13) lost to eleventh ranked Saint Vallier (14-14) in a road game 86-90 on Saturday. Steffon Bradford fired 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Saint Vallier moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Challans and Chartres. Orchesien BC lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with 13 games lost. Saint Vallier will face Lorient (#15) on the road in the next round where they are favorite.

Rest of the games of round 28 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
RAC Basket was defeated by Vitre in a road game 83-74. Angers BC was beaten by Challans at home 81-90. Lorient lost to SAP Vaucluse on the opponent's court 62-77. Souffel managed to outperform GET Vosges in a home game 74-58.
The best stats of 28th round was 12 points, 7 assists and 4 steals by Olivier Romain of Chartres.

Caen - Gries/Oberhoffen 95-68

Leader Caen delivered the twenty second victory. This time they crushed 12th ranked Gries/Oberhoffen (13-15) 95-68. It looked good early as Gries/Oberhoffen took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Caen had a 24-16 second period charge getting the lead and Gries/Oberhoffen was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 68-95. Caen forced 21 Gries/Oberhoffen turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Cape Verdean swingman BJ Monteiro (196-90, college: Duquesne) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. American power forward Richie Gordon (203-89, college: W.Carolina) contributed with 24 points for the winners. Five Caen players scored in double figures. American forward Gregg Thondique (201-87, college: Virginia Union, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists and Ahmed Doumbia (195-89) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Gries/Oberhoffen. Caen (22-6) have an impressive 13-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Newly promoted Gries/Oberhoffen keeps the twelfth place with 15 games lost. Caen will play against GET Vosges (#5) in Golbey in the next round. Gries/Oberhoffen will play at home against UB Chartres (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Caen: R.Gordon 24+4reb+3ast, B.Monteiro 20+11reb+5ast, M.Diarra 12+5reb+2ast, T.Cornely 10+3reb+4ast, L.Chelle 10+1reb+4ast, B.Pope 7+4reb+3ast
Gries/Oberhoffen: G.Thondique 26+16reb+4ast, A.Doumbia 15+5reb+3ast, O.Varanauskas 8+4reb+5ast, R.Jakstas 8+2reb+2ast, L.Diemer 4, G.Duro 3+1reb+3ast
gschID: 485003


St Vallier - Orchies 90-86

We should mention about the upset which took place in Saint Vallier, where higher ranked Orchesien BC (15-13) lost to eleventh ranked Saint Vallier (14-14) in a road game 86-90 on Saturday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-14. But Orchesien BC won second period 31-29. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saint Vallier looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American power forward Steffon Bradford (198-77, college: Nebraska) fired 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Sade Aded-Hussein (208-93) chipped in 21 points. American point guard Benjamin Smith (178-87, college: Jacksonville) produced 19 points and 5 assists and Anthony Racine (190-94) added 16 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Four Saint Vallier and five Orchesien BC players scored in double figures. Saint Vallier moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Challans and Chartres. Orchesien BC lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with 13 games lost. Saint Vallier will face Lorient (#15) on the road in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
St Vallier: S.Bradford 24+7reb+3ast, S.Aded Hussein 21+4reb+2ast, O.Strong 15+2reb+5ast, W.Gradit 11+2reb+2ast, J.Delhomme 8+1reb+4ast, V.Ateba 4+5reb+2ast
Orchies: B.Smith 19+3reb+5ast, A.Racine 16+2reb+4ast, S.Cisse 15+4reb+2ast, M.Simmons 11+7reb+3ast, Z.Rakocevic 10+8reb, M.Diop 9+7reb+1ast
gschID: 485001


Vitre - RAC Basket 83-74

There was an upset when higher ranked Rueil (17-11) was defeated on the road by sixteenth ranked Vitre (12-16) 83-74 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 28-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Vitre looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Montenegrin guard Nikola Korac (185-86) fired 17 points and 8 assists for the winners. Desmond Quincy-Jones (201-85, college: Pace) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four Vitre players scored in double figures. Guard Lamine Sambe (188-89) produced 19 points and 5 assists and American forward Will Felder (201-91, college: Miami, OH, agency: Inception Sports) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Vitre moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with SAP Vaucluse. Loser Rueil keeps the fourth position with 11 games lost. Vitre will face higher ranked Lourdes-Tarbes (#6) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Rueil will play against Angers BC and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Vitre: N.Korac 17+3reb+8ast, D.Quincy-Jones 15+5reb+6ast, A.Radulovic 14+7reb+1ast, A.Belkessa 12+4reb+4ast, M.Claveau 9+3reb+2ast, S.Cretaux 8+2reb+1ast
RAC Basket: L.Sambe 19+2reb+5ast, W.Felder 15+8reb, D.Sencanski 15+2reb, K.Gourari 9+9reb+1ast, J.Bichard 8+2reb+6ast, R.Anderson 3+5reb+3ast
gschID: 485002


ALS Basket - Quimper 62-61

The most exciting game of round 28 in the NM1 took place in Andrezieux. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of much higher ranked Quimper UJAP (20-8) to eighth ranked ALS Basket (15-13) 62-61 on Saturday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Quimper UJAP. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Quimper UJAP won third quarter 12-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ALS Basket shot 27 for 37 from the free-throw line, while Quimper UJAP only scored ten points from the stripe. 28 personal fouls committed by Quimper UJAP helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Jerrold Brooks (183-91, college: S.Mississippi, agency: Interperformances) fired 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. Bosnian power forward Nemanja Kovanusic (204-93) chipped in 8 points and 11 rebounds. American forward Dwight Burke (202-86, college: Marquette) produced 16 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Maxime Choplin (181-92) added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for lost side. Quimper UJAP's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. ALS Basket moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Orchies. Quimper UJAP at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. ALS Basket is looking forward to face Vendee Challans (#9) on the road in the next round. Quimper UJAP will play against Souffelweyersheim (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ALS Basket: J.Brooks 19+4reb+4ast, R.Aubry 12+7reb+1ast, P.Blackwell 9+4reb, Y.Bassine 9+2reb+2ast, N.Kovanusic 8+11reb+1ast, S.Neri 5+2reb+7ast
Quimper: D.Burke 16+9reb+1ast, R.Temgoua 15+5reb+1ast, M.Choplin 11+6reb+7ast, K.Mondesir 7+6reb, V.Bobrov 6+1reb+1ast, J.Bluntt 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 484999


Chartres - CFBB 87-46

Bottom-ranked CFBB (0-28) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 87-46 loss to ninth ranked UB Chartres (14-14) in Chartres on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-46. UB Chartres dominated on the defensive end, holding CFBB to just 7 points in third and fourth quarters. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to CFBB's 20. UB Chartres forced 20 CFBB turnovers and outrebounded them 38-20 including a 29-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by CFBB's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jonathan Mitchell (201-87, college: Rutgers, agency: Inception Sports) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and point guard Olivier Romain (180-88) who added 12 points, 7 assists and 4 steals during the contest. Four UB Chartres players scored in double figures. At the losing side point guard Joel Ayayi (193-0) responded with 5 points and 6 assists and center Thimotee Bazille (201-99) scored 5 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. UB Chartres maintains ninth position with 14-14 record, which they share with St Vallier and Challans. Loser CFBB still closes the standings. UB Chartres will meet Gries/Oberhoffen (#12) in the next round. CFBB will play against SAP Vaucluse (#13) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Chartres: J.Mitchell 20+4reb+1ast, H.Disy 12+8reb+2ast, K.Bichard 12+3reb+7ast, M.Ruikis 12+4ast, O.Romain 12+3reb+7ast, D.Pistre 7+10reb+1ast
CFBB: Y.Choupas 8+1reb+1ast, Y.Blanc 7+3ast, S.Briki 6+1reb+1ast, T.Bazille 5+4reb+1ast, J.Ayayi 5+4reb+6ast, N.Dorez 5+4reb
gschID: 485007


Lourdes - Rennes 87-85

Thirteenth-ranked Union Rennes (11-17) made lots of trouble for seventh ranked Lourdes-Tarbes (16-12). Lourdes-Tarbes managed to secure only two-point victory 87-85. However their fans expected much easier game. It looked good early as Union Rennes took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Lourdes-Tarbes had a 29-21 second period charge getting the lead and Union Rennes was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 85-87. Lourdes-Tarbes shot 60.9 percent from the field and made 23-of-28 charity shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Lourdes-Tarbes had a 26-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by the former international point guard Xane d'Almeida (181-83) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 14 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists and forward Florian Lesca (198-89) supported him with 20 points. Four Lourdes-Tarbes players scored in double figures. Even 27 points and 4 assists by American swingman Daviin Davis (193-85, college: Weber St.) did not help to save the game for Union Rennes. Center Ludovic Negrobar (207-91) added 18 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Lourdes-Tarbes moved-up to fifth place, which they share with GET Vosges. Newly promoted Union Rennes dropped to the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. Lourdes-Tarbes' next round opponent will be Vitre (#14) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Union Rennes will play against Orchesien BC in Orchies and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Lourdes: F.Lesca 20+4reb+1ast, L.Vaty 17+5reb+1ast, X.d'Almeida 14+7reb+10ast, M.Kazonas 11+4reb+4ast, R.Sims 10+2reb, E.Bosc 8+3reb+1ast
Rennes: D.Davis 27+3reb+4ast, L.Negrobar 18+9reb, E.Kabir Pene 13+1reb+3ast, J.Rathieuville 8+1reb+5ast, S.Ben Driss 6+4reb+1ast, S.Dia 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 485004


Angers BC - Challans 81-90

No shocking result in a game when tenth ranked Vendee Challans (14-14) defeated on the road 17th ranked Angers BC (11-17) 90-81 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-81. It was a great shooting night for Vendee Challans especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 62.5 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American center Demarco Cox (203-90, college: Georgia Tech) fired 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Emmanuel Monceau (195-95) chipped in 8 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Vendee Challans players scored in double figures. American forward Will Carter (200-88, college: San Jose St., agency: HMS) produced 21 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Auston Calhoun (201-90, college: Bowling Green, agency: HMS) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Angers BC's coach Vincent Lavandier tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Vendee Challans have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with St Vallier and Chartres. Loser Angers BC dropped to the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. Vendee Challans will face higher ranked ALS Basket (#7) in Andrezieux in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Angers BC will play on the road against Rueil (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Challans: D.Cox 17+8reb+1ast, J.Jones 15+1reb+1ast, I.Saounera 14+4reb+2ast, D.Petrovic 13+2reb+6ast, D.Gentil 11+2reb+1ast, M.Gibson 9+1reb+2ast
Angers BC: W.Carter 21+9reb, A.Calhoun 16+6reb+1ast, J.Douillet 12+3reb+1ast, R.Uzas 9+6reb+2ast, H.Suhard 9+7ast, A.Gabsi 7+2reb
gschID: 485000


SAP Vaucluse - Lorient 77-62

Everything could happen in Sorgues at the game between two tied teams. Both fourteenth ranked SAP Vaucluse and 15th ranked Lorient had identical 11-16 record. This time SAP Vaucluse used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Lorient 77-62 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 15-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-62. Bahamas forward Bennet Davis (206-84, college: Northeastern, agency: Inception Sports) fired 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Lithuanian forward Darius Tarvydas (200-91) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four SAP Vaucluse players scored in double figures. SAP Vaucluse's coach Sylvain Lautie used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Michael Craion (195-89, college: ORU) produced 17 points and 8 rebounds and center Raphael Giaimo (210-89, college: Seward County CC) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. SAP Vaucluse (12-16) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Vitre. Newly promoted Lorient keeps the fifteenth position with 17 games lost. SAP Vaucluse will face bottom-ranked CFBB (#18) in Paris in the next round where they are favorite. Lorient will play at home against Saint Vallier and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
SAP Vaucluse: B.Davis 17+9reb+1ast, D.Tarvydas 14+9reb+1ast, R.Lopez 13+2reb+2ast, D.Geiger 11+2ast, B.Pierard 7+2reb, C.Soumaoro 6+4reb+1ast
Lorient: M.Craion 17+8reb+1ast, R.Giaimo 12+7reb, J.Newson 8+3reb+1ast, C.Faroux 8+2reb, J.Bach 6+1reb, M.Bigote 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 485006


Souffel - GET Vosges 74-58

Rather predictable result when third ranked Souffelweyersheim (19-9) beat at home 5th ranked GET Vosges (16-12) 74-58 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Souffelweyersheim. GET Vosges was better in third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding GET Vosges to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Souffelweyersheim dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to GET Vosges' 16 and made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. GET Vosges was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. DR Congolese-Belgian power forward Ruphin Kayembe (200-92) fired 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. American point guard Fabyon Harris (180-91, college: Texas A&M) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists. Canadian Guillaume Boucard (197-88) produced 13 points and 8 rebounds and Loic Gigant (196-90) added 10 points respectively for lost side. GET Vosges' coach Laurent Mathis tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Souffelweyersheim maintains third position with 19-9 record having just three points less than leader Caen. Loser GET Vosges keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost. Souffelweyersheim will face league's second-placed Quimper UJAP on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. GET Vosges will play against the league's leader Caen and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Souffel: R.Kayembe 21+6reb+1ast, F.Harris 19+4ast, G.Staniulis 10+6reb+1ast, E.Mendy 9+6reb, J.Delmas 6+4reb+1ast, F.Ateba 5+3reb
GET Vosges: G.Boucard 13+8reb, L.Gigant 10+1reb+2ast, J.KEBE-N GUEMA 9+1reb, S.Ricard 8+4reb, M.Gountas 7, M.Doumbe 4+1reb
gschID: 485005





RJ Sims (ex Palanga) joins Lourdes - by Eurobasket News

L'union Lourdes-Tarbes Pyrenees Basket (NM1) agreed terms with American forward RJ Sims (196-86kg, college: E.Mennonite). He played last season at Naglis Palangos in Lithuanian NKL league. In 33 games he had 10.5ppg, 4.2rpg and 2.1apg. Sims helped them to make it to the semifinals.
He was voted All-ODAC 3rd Team back in 2014 at his college time.
Sims graduated from Eastern Mennonite University in 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.

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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.

The assistant coaches that will sit among side Davitkov are jet to be decided.



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Adrien Coleman (Giants Nordlingen) I Can Take A Beating And Make Sure My Teammates Get The Easy Shots - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Adrien Coleman (198-F-91, college: Beth.-Cookman) is a 25 year old 198cm forward from Stone Mountain, Georgia playing his third professional season and first with the Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen (Germany-ProB). He started his basketball career in 2009 with Nebraska (NCAA) playing only six NCAA games. He then played at Beth.-Cookman (NCAA) and as a senior played 34 games averaging 17.8ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 56.7%, 3PT: 22.9%, FT: 50.4%. He started his professional career in 2014 with UU-Korihait Uusikaupunki (Finland-1st Division) playing 37 games averaging 15.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.7apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 17.4%, FT: 47.3%



Last season he played with Bolmar La Paz (Bolivia-Libobasquet) and South Adelaide Panthers (Australia-Premier League) playing 15 games averaging 21.9ppg, 9.4rpg, 4.5apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 16.3%, FT 54%. He spoke to eurobasket about his basketball career.

Adrien thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Your playing your first season in Germany. You joined Nordlingen and have been a spark plug. Were you abit surprised how late you signed considering you had had good seasons in Finland and Australia?

It was surprising I was home for a bit after Australia and boom right back into another season and playing well over the world I feel like I've been prepared for this and my parents helped me always to stay focused.


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

Thank You Than you I'm so blessed Well we had a lot of ups and downs and coach has brought us through a lot and helping keeping us focused. Chemistry was tough at first but we are coming along together because we all want to win

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

I feel that we will keep the team in the league. We are coming together and we are just healing and coming together in the season playing for each other the keys to staying in the league is staying with each other and believing in each other and knowing each other strengths in what we can do.


How vital has American Terence Smith been for the team having success. Where would the team really be without his services and what do you appreciate most about his game?

Man Terrance is the truth and he a southern boy like me which makes it easier to get along and I can find him on the court and he pushes me daily and he is a key leader to the team and keeps the game simple with him being a great player and Hooper I appreciate about his game that he thinks he got bounce (even though he does) but he is and is a quiet killer when he gets mad and we are ok for a good night offensive and defensive


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


Thank you thank you I am a consistent person parents always taught me that to stay solid and I've been ok with my season I wish we could have won more games in the season and my game is being a solid scorer and a creator and making everything easier for everyone else and I'm tough so I'm just thankful the organization believes in me


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

Well I make things easier for my teammates via shots because I can take a lot of beating and make sure they get the easy shot which I love to pass first I'm mad when they miss my shot they can tell you I'm like that lol.

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

Man there's a lot of good players in the pro b level tough saying just one

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

Well I'm at the pro b level I show that I never back down and I feel you can't stop me from driving or getting to where I'm getting. I'm a scorer I'm showing that I'm creative and can handle my own.


After a very strong rookie season in Finland, you went down under to play in the second league with : South Adelaide Panthers (Australia-Premier League, starting five): 15 games: 21.9ppg, 9.4rpg, 4.5apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 16.3%, FT: 54.0%. What was the hardest challenge for you after your strong rookie season?

The hardest point is showing that I'm a scorer no matter where I go and I'm versatile doesn't matter where I go I'm a guard and I can score in different ways and create with my teammates and am a good teammate


You also played briefly for Bolmar La Paz (Bolivia-Libobasquet). What kind of experience was that for you and what was the most memorable thing you saw off the court there?

It was cool because I was going to play with my brothers nath Garth whose a hell of a pg that can hoop anywhere there's a ball and cam. Soloman sheesh he dunked on one of our players first day and he is an underrated bucket machine those guys made it easy for me


As a rookie you played for UU-Korihait Uusikaupunki (Finland-1st Division): 37 games: 15.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.7apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 17.4%, FT: 47.3%. You lost the league final BC Nokia 3-1. In the last three games your minutes were cut in half. How disappointed were with how the season ended and what positives did you take with you?

I was disappointed as hell but at the end of the day I'm thankful to the organization for picking me and seeing what I can do and I met some good people that I will never forget from Jarno, Marcus, Nigel, and Mikso. I take the experience that they helped me with and progressing my game I will always have love for that club and organization


How important was American veteran Nigel Moore in your rookie season? What was the most important thing that he showed you besides the normal adjustment things?

Mannnnn he is a true vet and he encouraged me even when I lost my confidence he would get mad when I didn't shoot he was a great person even better friend and he was showing me to be a pro and get in the gym and saying daily that I'm a hell of a player and I will never forget that


What was your wake up call to being a rookie in Finland where you knew that you were far away from home in Georgia?

Lol that I was super cold and the snow was high as ever and the snow would be forever even though my brother Deandre Coleman played there it was just not the same until I got there and running in the snow there was a difference

You started your college career At Nebraska and played only six games before leaving. It has been seven years since then, but what vague memories do you have of German Christian Standhardinger who like you had to transfer and blossomed later at Hawaii (NCAA)

Ohhhh that's my guy he is hilarious and tells stories about how he scored 60 points in a season and he's cocky but he is a guy that can back it up though worries about his hair to much but can hoop lol

You then moved to Bethuane-Cookman (NCAA) and really blossomed and as a senior averaged 17.8ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 56.7%, 3PT: 22.9%, FT: 50.4%. You scored in double figures in 31 of 34 games. Was your triple double against Weber your most memorable game?

Well yea it was the most memorable game for me because I was first in history but besides that just playing with the all time leading three point scorer Kevin Dukes and my best friend who got me there I'm thankful we made history there I could have never did that without him or the school and coach


The MEAC might not be the most known school conference, but you still had a very good season.Now looking where you are as a professional, do you feel like you were a bit overlooked when you were turning professional?

I definitely feel like the MEAC is over looked because of my guy Kyle O'Quinn who was a man and nobody knew that he was a beast but was and we have had multiple guys go on pro out the league overseas which have done well for themselves that can hoop.


How did head coach Rodney Martin groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?

Coach Martin is a beast head coach is coach Craig but Martin helped me become the man I am he ain't no joke get in a workout with him lol love that guy


Who won a one on one in practice you or Javoris Martin?

lol I win against anybody one on one lol we gone keep playing all day


Who was the toughest player that you faced in the NCAA that is in the NBA now?

Toughest player was Glenn Rice Jr he so awkward but can get buckets my boy and can shoot the mess out the ball


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

Lebron is a great man never doubt that he is doing things people can't do and he is still great maybe 3 after bill Russell Jordan and him


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

Man I have an incredible love for Kevin Garnett he is the ultimate player talk smack and you can't stop him at all


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


That is a crazy stat but boy got the stroke it's amazing wish I can shoot like that


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?


Westbrook ist he best player right now nobody can tell me different I don't care if he had 17 turnovers he still had 56-17 ast lol please give my guy the MVP


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'm not sure because every body wants to score more than likely but Draymond is a beast as welll that's a hell of an accomplishment in a great league


What was the last movie that you saw?

Next Friday


Thanks Adrien



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  GHANA  


Marshalls, University of Ghana qualify for UPAC quarter finals - by Yaw Mintah

Marshalls University College and University of Ghana (UG) have made it out of Zones A and D respectively to the quarter finals of the 2017 Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championship. Both teams won all games in their respective zones to seal spots in the elite bracket of Ghana's top tertiary basketball tournament.

Host and reigning Champions UG beat University of Professional Studies (UPSA) 37-27 in the final game of the zone. The home side beat Ho Technical University 45-16 and Blue Crest University College 29-20 in the preceding games.

Marshalls replicated the same winning streak to outpace Ghana Technology University College (GTUC), Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) and Regional Maritime University College. Marshalls beat GTUC 29-16 after beating GIMPA 36-18 and Maritime 52-23 in the opening rounds.

Both teams join All Nations University College and University of Cape-Coast in the quarters set to be played on April 6 and 7.Three more zones remain for the preliminary round.



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  GREECE  

Stats Leaders - A2

Points Per Game
 Vaggelis KARABOULAS
  Faros
  (198-SF-81)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Karaboulas, Faros18.2 
 2. Kokkalis, Ethnikos18.2 
 3. Kiritsis, Doukas18.1 
 4. Milosevic, Holargos16.5 
 5. Redikas, Arkadikos16.4 
 6. Gagaloudis, Iraklis15.4 
 7. Gioulekas, GS Laris.15.3 
 8. Liakopoulos, Faros14.8 
 9. Macheras, Ethnikos14.5 
 10. Tsougarakis, Arkad.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kostas MACHERAS
  Ethnikos
  (205-C-85)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Macheras, Ethnikos9.3 
 2. Rubio, Doukas8.6 
 3. Tsougarakis, Arkad.8.6 
 4. Lolas, Irakleio8.0 
 5. Jawara, Doxa P.7.4 
 6. Papanikolaou, Psych.7.0 
 7. Rutkauskas, Iraklis6.8 
 8. Charismidis, Aiolos A.6.8 
 9. Koutroulias, Holargos6.6 
 10. Alihodzic, Panionios6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas NIKOU
  Psychiko
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Nikou, Psychiko7.9 
 2. Gagaloudis, Iraklis5.8 
 3. Liakopoulos, Faros5.5 
 4. Koutras, GS Laris.5.5 
 5. Milosevic, Holargos5.3 
 6. Zoupas, Amyntas .4.9 
 7. Koumpouras, Aiolos A.4.8 
 8. Koukas, Doukas4.8 
 9. Vasilopoulos, Faros4.7 
 10. Mazurczak, Kavala4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Sakis KARYDAS
  Panionios
  (182-G-79)
  Avg: 2
 1. Karydas, Panionios2.0 
 2. Nikou, Psychiko2.0 
 3. Erevbenagie, Kavala1.8 
 4. Laane, Ethnikos1.6 
 5. Koutras, GS Laris.1.6 
 6. Gagaloudis, Iraklis1.6 
 7. Prodromou, Arkad.1.5 
 8. Dimakos, Faros1.5 
 9. Diplaros, Doxa P.1.5 
 10. Milosevic, Holargos1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sigurdur THORSTEINSSON
  AE Laris.
  (204-C-88)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Thorsteinsso., AE Laris.1.4 
 2. Sklivas, Kavala1.3 
 3. Gilchrist, Holargos1.0 
 4. Karras, Doukas1.0 
 5. Koutroulias, Holargos1.0 
 6. Melissaratos, Panio.0.8 
 7. Papadionysio., Aiolos A.0.8 
 8. Jawara, Doxa P.0.7 
 9. Papanikolaou, Psych.0.7 
 10. Psaropoulos, Pagra.0.6 


AEK Athens split ways with Jure Zdovc - by Eurobasket News

AEK Athens (A1) parted ways with 51-year old Slovenian coach Jure Zdovc. He helped them to make it to the Greek Cup Semifinals. Zdovc contributed to his team making it to the semifinals.
Among other achievements he was selected as Head Coach: Slovenian League All-Star Game back in 2009 and 2011.
Zdovc was coaching Slovenian Senior National Team between 2009 and 2015.
He is a very experienced player. Zdovc has coached also professionally in Bosnia, Croatia, France, Italy, Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg), Turkey (Gaziantep) and Slovenia (Krka).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ICELAND  

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, Valur21.1 
 7. Pryor, Fjolnir21.0 
 8. Oliver, Fjolnir20.0 
 9. Stefansson, Hamar19.6 
 10. Bracey, Valur19.3 
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, Valur11.4 
 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, Valur4.5 
 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. Motley, FSU2.2 
 6. King, Valur2.1 
 7. Oliver, Fjolnir2.0 
 8. Olafsson, Hamar2.0 
 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, Valur2.1 
 3. Woods, Hamar1.4 
 4. Audunsson, Valur1.2 
 5. Motley, FSU1.1 
 6. Virijevic, Hottur1.1 
 7. Karason, Fjolnir1.0 
 8. Johannesson, Breid.1.0 
 9. Sigurdarson, Breid.1.0 
 10. Fridriksson, Arm.0.9 


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

22-year old point guard Matthias Sigurdarson (180-PG-94) put on an amazing game in the last round for IR and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had the game-high 30 points adding seven rebounds and six assists for IR in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Keflavik (11-11) 88-87. IR maintains the 7th position in Icelandic league. IR is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 11-11 record. In the team's last game Sigurdarson had a remarkable 88.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be IR's top player in his first season with the team. Columbus State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Sigurdarson is in league's top in assists (6th best: 5.2apg) and averages solid 50.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Amin Stevens (203-F-90) of Keflavik. He is American forward in his first season at Keflavik. In the last game Stevens recorded impressive double-double of 29 points and 19 rebounds. Bad luck as Keflavik was edged by IR (11-11) 88-87. Keflavik managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Stevens is a newcomer at Keflavik and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 29.5ppg (#1). He also registered 15.3 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Flenard Whitfield (200-F-90) of Skallagrimur (#11). Whitfield got into 30-points club by scoring 50 points in the last round. He went also for twelve rebounds . Despite Whitfield's great performance Skallagrimur lost 89-101 to the higher-ranked Grindavik (#4, 13-9). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Skallagrimur not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 15 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Whitfield could try to bring Skallagrimur's a little bit higher in the standings. Whitfield has individually a great season in Iceland. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 29.4ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 14.6rpg (2nd best). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 55.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tobin Carberry (193-G-91) of Thor Thorl - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Lewis Clinch (191-G-87) of Grindavik - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists
6. George Beamon (193-G-91) of Thor AK - 30 points and 8 rebounds
7. Antonio Hester (198-F-90) of Tindastoll - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Anthony Odunsi (193-G-92) of Stjarnan - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Cedrick Bowen (198-F-92) of Haukar - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Tryggvi Hlinason (215-C-97) of Thor AK - 11 points, 13 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)



D1 Round 27: Hottur beat Breidablik in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Egilsstadir. First ranked Hottur faced 4th placed Breidablik. Host Hottur (21-3) defeated guests from Kopavogur (16-8) 93-82. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Breidablik. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-82. Hottur outrebounded Breidablik 54-37 including a 21-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Hottur made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American guard Aaron Moss (185, college: Cabrini, agency: Duran International) who scored 30 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. Guard Ragnar Albertsson (190-93) chipped in 23 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Snorri Vignisson (193-97) who recorded 18 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hottur maintains first place with 21-3 record. Breidablik at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost.
The game in Akranes was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Fjolnir (19-5) played at the court of 8th ranked IA (6-18). Fjolnir did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 100-81. It was a good game for American forward Collin Pryor (200-90, college: Northern St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds. Gardar Sveinbjornsson contributed with 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American guard Derek Shouse (188-93, college: Mo.-St.Louis) answered with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for IA. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Fjolnir have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 19-5 record having just two points less than leader Hottur. IA lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 18 games lost.
The game in was also quite interesting. Third ranked Valur (18-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Vestri (8-15). Valur defeated Vestri 98-88 on Friday. It was a great evening for Birgir Petursson who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Nokkvi Hardarson with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Valur have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 18-5 record having four points less than leader Hottur. Vestri lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with 15 games lost.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Hamar. Local Hamar (10-14) was outscored by seventh ranked FSU (8-16) 92-71. It was a quality performance for Terrance Motley who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. Hamar's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. FSU maintains seventh place with 8-16 record. Hamar lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 14 games lost.

IA - Fjolnir 81-100

The game in Akranes was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Fjolnir (19-5) played at the court of 8th ranked IA (6-18). Fjolnir did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 100-81. The game was mostly controlled by Fjolnir. IA was better in second period 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to IA's 36. Fjolnir players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was a good game for American forward Collin Pryor (200-90, college: Northern St., agency: Mansfield and Associates) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds. Swingman Gardar Sveinbjornsson (192-87) contributed with 10 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Fjolnir players scored in double figures. American guard Derek Shouse (188-93, college: Mo.-St.Louis) answered with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and point guard Askell Jonsson (188-86) added 19 points and 4 assists in the effort for IA. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Fjolnir have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 19-5 record having just two points less than leader Hottur. IA lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
IA: D.Shouse 23+14reb+6ast, A.Jonsson 19+1reb+4ast, A.Vilbergsson 9+2ast, J.Kristjansson 9+9reb+3ast, A.Jokulsson 6+3reb+1ast, E.Bjornsson 5
Fjolnir: C.Pryor 29+11reb+3ast, H.Vilhjalmsson 12+2reb+4ast, B.Rikhardsson 11+3reb+3ast, G.Sveinbjornsson 10+9reb+1ast, E.Sigurdsson 10+1reb+1ast, R.Sigurdsson 8+2reb+9ast
gschID: 492106


Vestri - Valur 88-98

The game in was also quite interesting. Third ranked Valur (18-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Vestri (8-15). Valur defeated Vestri 98-88 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Valur. Vestri managed to win second period 27-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a great evening for center Birgir Petursson (205-86) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds. Naturalized American guard Austin Bracey (190-90) helped adding 18 points. The best for the losing side was guard Nokkvi Hardarson (183-96) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Hinrik Gudbjartsson (185-96) scored 17 points and 4 assists. Five Valur and four Vestri players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Valur have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 18-5 record having four points less than leader Hottur. Vestri lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Vestri: P.Ilievski 18+2reb+1ast, H.Gudbjartsson 17+2reb+4ast, N.Hardarson 15+11reb+3ast, Y.Chia-Kur 10+4reb+3ast, N.Knezevic 9+8reb+3ast, A.Olafsson 8+2reb
Valur: A.Bracey 18+1reb+3ast, B.Petursson 18+13reb+2ast, U.King 14+4reb+1ast, O.Petursson 13+2reb+2ast, S.Sturluson 10+4reb+3ast, I.Audunsson 7+5reb+3ast
gschID: 492107


Hamar - FSU 71-92

The game with biggest result difference took place in Hamar. Local Hamar (10-14) was outscored by seventh ranked FSU (8-16) 92-71. The game was mostly controlled by FSU. Hamar was better in third quarter 24-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. It was a quality performance for American forward Terrance Motley (201-91, college: Sam Houston St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. Point guard Ari Gylfason (186-89) accounted for 26 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals for the winning side. Four FSU players scored in double figures. Forward Orn Sigurdarson (202-89) came up with 19 points and 5 rebounds and guard Erlendur Stefansson (190-95, college: Black Hills St.) added 21 points respectively for Hamar in the defeat. Hamar's coach gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. FSU maintains seventh place with 8-16 record. Hamar lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Hamar: E.Stefansson 21+3reb+1ast, O.Sigurdarson 19+5reb+2ast, B.Asgeirsson 12+2ast, S.Hrafnsson 8+1ast, O.Olafsson 7+9reb+4ast, K.Olafsson 3+6reb+2ast
FSu: T.Motley 27+10reb+9ast, A.Gylfason 26+11reb+4ast, A.Tryggvason 12+6reb, H.Jonsson 11+8reb+6ast, S.Stefansson 6+1reb+1ast, G.Gautason 4
gschID: 492105


Hottur - Breidablik 93-82

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Egilsstadir. First ranked Hottur faced 4th placed Breidablik. Host Hottur (21-3) defeated guests from Kopavogur (16-8) 93-82. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Breidablik. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-82. Hottur outrebounded Breidablik 54-37 including a 21-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Hottur made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was American guard Aaron Moss (185, college: Cabrini, agency: Duran International) who scored 30 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. Guard Ragnar Albertsson (190-93) chipped in 23 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Snorri Vignisson (193-97) who recorded 18 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Tyrone Garland (185-92, college: La Salle) added 16 points and 6 assists respectively. Four Hottur and five Breidablik players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hottur maintains first place with 21-3 record. Breidablik at the other side keeps the fourth position with eight games lost.
Top scorers:
Breidablik: S.Vignisson 18+9reb+1ast, T.Garland 16+2reb+6ast, R.Ragnarsson 13+3reb+4ast, E.Vignisson 10+3reb+2ast, S.Johannesson 10+11reb+1ast, B.Vidisson 7+4reb+1ast
Hottur: A.Moss 30+5reb+9ast, R.Albertsson 23+8reb+1ast, H.Birgisson 12+7reb+1ast, M.Virijevic 10+14reb, N.Karsson 6+3reb+1ast, G.Hallsson 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 492104





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  INDIA  


BFI silent on the UBA - whats up? - by Anil Kumar

The Basketball Federation of India's silence over the fourth season of United Basketball Alliance's Pro Basketball League has come as a huge relief for some of India's best-known basketball players.India regulars, and big names, like Amjyot Singh, Amrit Pal Singh , Vishesh Bhriguvanshi and Palpreet Brar, sat out of the first three editions of the high-profile league started two years ago. But the fourth edition has seen all of these names, and more, join hands with the UBA to present Indian basketball like never before.'This is for the first time that such a basketball league is being organised in the country. For the last edition, the BFI said players who take part would be suspended but they didn't say anything like that now,' said Vishesh Bhriguvanshi, India's most talented guard and one of the best shooting guards in Asia.Vishesh, who dons colours for Bengaluru Beast in the Pro Basketball League, was handpicked as the Most Valuable Indian Player ahead of the semifinals in Goa, and he seemed to be delighted to be part of the league in an avatar that India has never seen before.'There are major attractions to play in the league.

Of course, there is the monetary factor but more importantly, we get to play alongside international players. The whole world is watching us (on television) and the entire experience would make us much better players,' said Vishesh.Despite the presence of several high-calibre foreign players and coaches, the league lost some of its sting for the first three editions but is now chugging along nicely.'We definitely have made the most stride this season,' said Michael Yanke, Chief Marketing Officer for the UBA.'We don't have anything worked out with the BFI. We just had open trials and all the players who showed up, and were available, are here with us.




UBA League Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Mumbai and Bengaluru reach Finals - by Eurobasket News

Mumbai Ch. - Punjab S. 120-104

Mumbai rallied past Punjab to advance into UBA Finals. It looked good early as Punjab S. took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Mumbai Ch. had a 32-29 second period charge getting the lead and Punjab S. was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 104-120. Mumbai Ch. players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American guard Alex Scales (192-78, college: Oregon) notched a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the effort and Canadian Jimmy Scroggins (, college: Regina) supported him with 41 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Four Mumbai Ch. players scored in double figures. Even 48 points (!!!), 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals by American guard Dermaine Crockrell (185-89, college: Bemidji St.) did not help to save the game for Punjab S.. International point guard Akilan Pari (180-89) added 17 points and 12 assists for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Mumbai Ch.: J.Scroggins 41+6reb+3ast, A.Scales 33+11reb+7ast, I.Gill 17+4reb+7ast, J.Bains 10+3reb+1ast, K.Singh 9+5reb+1ast, P.Reddy 5+3reb+1ast
Punjab S.: D.Crockrell 48+7reb+5ast, A.Pari 17+3reb+12ast, R.Bharadwaj 14+10reb+3ast, I.Bryan 9+8reb+4ast, R.Singh 7+6reb+1ast, D.Kumar 5
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Bengaluru - Pune P. 113-107

Bengaluru topped Pune to sweep the semifinal series. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 38-29 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Bengaluru made 25-of-28 free shots (89.3 percent) during the game, while Pune P. only scored seven points from the stripe. Strangely Pune P. outrebounded Bengaluru 43-30 including 29 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American guard Chris Solomon (191-90, college: Kaiser) had a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 10 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (192-91) chipped in 27 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists (was perfect 14-for-14 from the free throw line !!!) during the contest. The former international power forward Amritpal Singh (212-91) responded with a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds and American guard Pierre Newton (196-93, college: Minn.-Duluth) produced a triple-double by scoring 24 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Bengaluru: C.Solomon 34+2reb+10ast, V.Bhriguvanshi 27+8reb+8ast, P.Brar 26+7reb, P.Singh 12+5reb+4ast, L.Singh 6+1ast, V.Palani 4+7reb+3ast
Pune P.: A.Singh 39+11reb+1ast, P.Newton 24+11reb+13ast, N.Grewal 16+7reb+8ast, S.Shinde 13+4reb+7ast, A.Bhullar 8+2reb+2ast, Hemant 5+7reb
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  INDONESIA  


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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  IRELAND  

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Dillon STITH
  Belfast Star
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 27.4
 1. Stith, Belfast Star27.4 
 2. Wilson, UL Eagles24.0 
 3. Pemberton, Tralee22.4 
 4. Provizors, DCU S.21.1 
 5. Turner, Killester20.7 
 6. Lawrence, Moycu.20.3 
 7. Bonaparte, Templ.18.8 
 8. Killeen, Templeogue18.3 
 9. Murphy, Templeogue17.6 
 10. Gil, Swords T.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martins PROVIZORS
  DCU S.
  (202-C-87)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Provizors, DCU S.16.8 
 2. Garrow, UCD Marian15.9 
 3. Moreira, UCD M.13.7 
 4. Turner, Killester12.5 
 5. Killeen, Templeogue11.7 
 6. Freeman, Moycullen11.7 
 7. Pantovic, Tralee11.6 
 8. Lawson, UCC Demons10.9 
 9. Donaghy, Tralee10.8 
 10. Gil, Swords T.10.6 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UCD M.
  (175-PG-87)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Kinevane, UCD M.9.5 
 2. Westbrooks, Swords T.8.7 
 3. Drumm, UCD Marian8.4 
 4. Meany, UCD Marian7.5 
 5. Downey, UCC Demons6.3 
 6. Bonaparte, Templ.6.3 
 7. Roe, Killester5.2 
 8. Hosford, UCC D.4.7 
 9. Donaghy, Tralee4.5 
 10. O''Hanlon, DCU S.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Mike GARROW
  UCD Marian
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Garrow, UCD Marian5.6 
 2. Drumm, UCD Marian5.0 
 3. Westbrooks, Swords T.3.4 
 4. Donaghy, Tralee2.7 
 5. O''Hanlon, DCU S.2.6 
 6. James, Templeogue2.6 
 7. Murphy, Templeogue2.4 
 8. Darling, DCU Saints2.3 
 9. Howlin, UL Eagles2.2 
 10. Calvo, Swords T.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Jacob LAWSON
  UCC Demons
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lawson, UCC Demons3.0 
 2. Killeen, Templeogue2.9 
 3. Jackson, KUBS2.8 
 4. Gil, Swords T.2.5 
 5. Freeman, Moycullen2.1 
 6. Pantovic, Tralee2.0 
 7. Goldsborough, Swords T.1.9 
 8. Moreira, UCD M.1.8 
 9. Garrow, UCD Marian1.8 
 10. Turner, Killester1.7 



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  ITALY  

stats leader

Points Per Game
 Simone PEPE
  Pescara
  (184-G-93)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Pepe, Pescara22.3 
 2. Maggiotto, Senigallia20.5 
 3. Bagnoli, Cassino20.0 
 4. Zampolli, Matera18.9 
 5. Bolzonella, Varese R.18.9 
 6. Centanni, Volpino .18.8 
 7. Sirakov, Bottegone18.3 
 8. Bisconti, Valmontone18.3 
 9. Ghersetti, Bergamo18.2 
 10. Bonfiglio, Piombino18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Roberto CHIACIG
  Taranto
  (210-C-74)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Chiacig, Taranto11.5 
 2. Bagnoli, Cassino11.4 
 3. Zanotti, Monteroni10.6 
 4. Bozzetto, Crema10.2 
 5. Di-Donato, Pescara10.1 
 6. Toscano, Bottegone9.8 
 7. Papa, Teramo9.3 
 8. Arrigoni, Omegna9.3 
 9. Ravazzini, Matera9.1 
 10. Di-Carmine, Ortona8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Matias DI MARCO
  San S.
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Di-Marco, San S.7.5 
 2. Losi, Cefalu6.0 
 3. Salari, Isernia5.5 
 4. Maggio, Napoli Cuore5.5 
 5. Sanguinetti, Piacenza5.5 
 6. Rivali, Montegrano5.4 
 7. Bruni, Cecina5.3 
 8. Centanni, Volpino .5.1 
 9. Magini, Firenze Enic5.0 
 10. Bottioni, Campli4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ferdinando NASELLO
  Siena Virtus
  (194-G-95)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Nasello, Siena Virtus2.8 
 2. Realini, Domodossola2.6 
 3. Demartini, Vicenza2.6 
 4. Chiappelli, Reggio E.2.4 
 5. Stefanelli, San M.2.0 
 6. Busco, Patti2.0 
 7. Gasparin, Omegna2.0 
 8. Circosta, Montecatini1.9 
 9. Guarino, Valmo.1.9 
 10. Losi, Cefalu1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Diego CORRAL
  Omegna
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Corral, Omegna1.3 
 2. Laguzzi, Sestu1.3 
 3. Chiacig, Taranto1.2 
 4. Zanotti, Monteroni1.1 
 5. Galmarini, Firenze .1.1 
 6. Capitanelli, Pescara1.0 
 7. Nasello, Siena Virtus1.0 
 8. Ferrara, Padova1.0 
 9. Paleari, Milano U.0.9 
 10. Bozzetto, Crema0.9 



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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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  KAZAKHSTAN  


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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  LATVIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyler LARSON
  Barons Riga
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 17.1
 1. Larson, Barons Riga17.1 
 2. Griffin, Liepaja/.16.3 
 3. Jogela, Barons Riga15.2 
 4. Pitts, Valmiera14.9 
 5. Blums, VEF Riga14.7 
 6. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.14.5 
 7. Laksa, Valmiera14.4 
 8. Kaufmanis, Valmiera14.1 
 9. Geks, Barons Riga14.1 
 10. Jeromanovs, Jurma.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Davis ROZITIS
  Barons Riga
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Rozitis, Barons Riga9.5 
 2. Krestinin, Barons R.8.2 
 3. Iljins, Jurmala8.1 
 4. Montgomery, Liepaja/.8.0 
 5. Selakovs, Jekabpils7.7 
 6. Aleksejevs, Jekabpils7.4 
 7. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.7.2 
 8. Jonats, Valmiera7.0 
 9. Strelnieks, Jurmala6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.7.7 
 2. Jeromanovs, Jurma.6.4 
 3. Sirsnins, Jekabpils5.9 
 4. Gaddy, VEF Riga5.6 
 5. Plavnieks, BK Ogre5.5 
 6. Pitts, Valmiera5.3 
 7. Larson, Barons Riga4.7 
 8. Birkans, LU4.6 
 9. Saage, Valka/Valga4.6 
 10. Vitols, BK Ogre4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.2.5 
 2. Skele, VEF Riga1.8 
 3. Richard, VEF Riga1.8 
 4. Jakovics, Ventspils1.7 
 5. Gaddy, VEF Riga1.6 
 6. Larson, Barons Riga1.6 
 7. Campbell, Ventspils1.6 
 8. Krestinin, Barons R.1.6 
 9. Saage, Valka/Valga1.6 
 10. Jogela, Barons Riga1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Devonta POLLARD
  Liepaja/.
  (203-F-94)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Pollard, Liepaja/.1.4 
 2. Grazulis, Ventspils1.3 
 3. Rozitis, Barons Riga1.2 
 4. Mbodj, Ventspils1.1 
 5. Krestinin, Barons R.1.0 
 6. Mejeris, VEF Riga1.0 
 7. Montgomery, Liepaja/.1.0 
 8. Zvigurs, Valka/Va.0.9 
 9. Iljins, Jurmala0.9 



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  LITHUANIA  

Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 David LOGAN
  Lietuvos.
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Logan, Lietuvos.15.6 
 2. Korenyuk, Siauliai14.4 
 3. Sulskis, Juventus13.8 
 4. Baron, Neptunas13.6 
 5. Low, P.Zvaigzdes13.5 
 6. Delininkaiti., Vytau.13.4 
 7. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.13.0 
 8. Olisevicius, P.Zvaigz.12.9 
 9. Diggs, Juventus12.6 
 10. Cepukaitis, Juven.12.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Drew GORDON
  Lietuvos.
  (205-F-90)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Gordon, Lietuvos.8.7 
 2. Guscikas, Dzukija7.5 
 3. Kazakauskas, Dzuki.7.4 
 4. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.6.5 
 5. Cepukaitis, Juven.6.5 
 6. Echodas, Siauliai6.1 
 7. Smiljanic, Nevezis6.0 
 8. Kacinas, Neptunas5.8 
 9. Korenyuk, Siauliai5.8 
 10. Grant, Neptunas5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Derrick LOW
  P.Zvaigzdes
  (191-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Low, P.Zvaigzdes7.2 
 2. Prostran, Nevezis7.2 
 3. Drew II, Neptunas5.6 
 4. Diggs, Juventus5.5 
 5. Sabeckis, Siauliai5.2 
 6. Williams, Lietkabelis4.8 
 7. Hernandez, Dzukija4.4 
 8. Janavicius, Lietkabe.4.0 
 9. Lekavicius, Zalgiris3.8 
 10. Logan, Lietuvos.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jermaine LOVE-ROBERTS
  Nevez.
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Love-Roberts, Nevez.1.7 
 2. Diggs, Juventus1.5 
 3. Lukauskis, Lietkabe.1.5 
 4. Low, P.Zvaigzdes1.5 
 5. Giedraitis, Lietuvos.1.4 
 6. Sulskis, Juventus1.4 
 7. Delininkaiti., Vytau.1.4 
 8. Sabeckis, Siauliai1.4 
 9. Babrauskas, P.Zvaigz.1.4 
 10. Salenga, Juventus1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Arturas GUDAITIS
  Lietuvos.
  (211-C/F-93)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Gudaitis, Lietuvos.1.4 
 2. Agafonov, P.Zvaigz.1.3 
 3. Engstrom, Nevezis1.3 
 4. Galdikas, Juventus1.2 
 5. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.0 
 6. Jucikas, Siauliai0.9 
 7. Lavrinovic, Lietkabe.0.9 
 8. Balashov, P.Zvaigz.0.9 
 9. Lapeta, Lietuvos.0.8 
 10. Lima, Zalgiris0.8 


Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Sarunas VINGELIS
  Rasai
  (191-G-89)
  Avg: 19
 1. Vingelis, Rasai19.0 
 2. Hudson, Palanga18.7 
 3. Birutis, Zalgiris.17.5 
 4. Griskenas, Delikate.17.2 
 5. Beliavicius, Vytis16.5 
 6. Masiulis, Zalgiris.16.5 
 7. Saulys, Suduva-M.15.5 
 8. Normantas, Perla.15.3 
 9. Galeckas, Rasai15.0 
 10. Matulis, Suduva-M.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Laurynas BIRUTIS
  Zalgiris.
  (213-C/F-97)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Birutis, Zalgiris.9.2 
 2. Masiulis, Zalgiris.8.3 
 3. Pukelis, Silute7.6 
 4. Ambrulaitis, Ezerunas.7.5 
 5. Jankaitis, Vytis7.3 
 6. Pikalavicius, Petroche.7.0 
 7. Kieza, Suduva-M.7.0 
 8. Chodosovskis, Nafta-Un.7.0 
 9. Raupys, Silute6.9 
 10. Simonis, Palanga6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GALECKAS
  Rasai
  (183-PG-94)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Galeckas, Rasai7.2 
 2. Sapiega, KTU6.0 
 3. Zemaitis, Zalgiris.5.9 
 4. Urbonas, Palanga5.4 
 5. Razutis, Telsiai5.2 
 6. Juknevicius, Suduva-M.5.2 
 7. Hudson, Palanga4.9 
 8. Kavaliauskas, KTU4.8 
 9. Giedraitis, Ezerunas.4.5 
 10. Wanamaker, Silute4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Arturs PELSS
  KTU
  (181-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Pelss, KTU2.5 
 2. Wanamaker, Silute2.4 
 3. Razutis, Telsiai2.4 
 4. Kavaliauskas, KTU2.3 
 5. Saulys, Suduva-M.2.3 
 6. Hudson, Palanga2.2 
 7. Normantas, Perla.2.1 
 8. Matulis, Suduva-M.1.9 
 9. Juknevicius, Suduva-M.1.9 
 10. Narusis, Ezerunas.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Laurynas BIRUTIS
  Zalgiris.
  (213-C/F-97)
  Avg: 2
 1. Birutis, Zalgiris.2.0 
 2. Davis, Palanga1.6 
 3. Labutis, KTU1.5 
 4. Green, Palanga1.1 
 5. Pukelis, Silute1.1 
 6. Udras, Suduva-M.0.9 
 7. Masiulis, Zalgiris.0.9 
 8. Massalski, Perla.0.9 
 9. Kubilius, Nafta-Uni.0.9 
 10. Pikalavicius, Petroche.0.8 


RJ Sims (ex Palanga) joins Lourdes - by Eurobasket News

L'union Lourdes-Tarbes Pyrenees Basket (NM1) agreed terms with American forward RJ Sims (196-86kg, college: E.Mennonite). He played last season at Naglis Palangos in Lithuanian NKL league. In 33 games he had 10.5ppg, 4.2rpg and 2.1apg. Sims helped them to make it to the semifinals.
He was voted All-ODAC 3rd Team back in 2014 at his college time.
Sims graduated from Eastern Mennonite University in 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Amicale Steinsel celebrate Cup title - by Eurobasket News

Amicale Steinsel - Musel Pikes 74-68

Amicale Steinsel celebrate Cup title defeating Musel Pikes 74-68. Trailing 9-17 at the end of the first period, Amicale needed a strong 23-16 run in the second frame. Moreover the winners closed the game with a massive 25-16 surge to seal the first trophy of year 2017.
Samy Picard (195-PF-88) top-scored for the winners with 29 points and 10 rebounds to be named MVP of the game. Billy McDaniel (199-F/C-84, college: Ark.-Monticello) and Shavon Coleman (196-F-92, college: LSU, agency: Court Side) followed him with 16 points apiece. Jarmar Gulley (196-F/G-91, college: Missouri St.) replied with 22 points and 11 boards in the losing effort. Jean Kox (196-F-90) and Clancy Rugg (203-F/C-91, college: Vermont, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) ended up with 16 points each in a loss.



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  NAIA  

NAIA1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Taran BUIE
  Oklahoma S&A
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 27.4
 1. Buie, Oklahoma S&A27.4 
 2. Rogers, Texas W.19.5 
 3. Watkins, SAGU19.0 
 4. Tucker, St.Gregory18.7 
 5. White, SW Chris.18.6 
 6. Smith, St.Gregory18.3 
 7. Edwards, Oklahoma.17.4 
 8. Rutherford, St.Gr.17.2 
 9. Simmons, SW Chris.17.2 
 10. Bonhomme, Oklahoma.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joshua SIMMONS
  SW Chris.
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Simmons, SW Chris.10.6 
 2. Smith, Oklahoma City9.6 
 3. Jeffery, Texas W.9.2 
 4. Seaton, MidAmeri.8.9 
 5. Young, Texas W.8.2 
 6. Timms, Wayland .8.1 
 7. Smith, Oklahoma.7.8 
 8. Tucker, St.Gregory7.2 
 9. Williams, SAGU7.0 
 10. Rutherford, St.Gr.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Naiel SMITH
  Texas W.
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Smith, Texas W.7.8 
 2. Mann, MidAmeri.4.6 
 3. Edwards, Oklahoma.4.3 
 4. Smith, St.Gregory4.1 
 5. Scott, SW Chris.4.1 
 6. Rogers, Texas W.4.0 
 7. Reed, Oklahoma.3.7 
 8. McDonald, Oklahoma.3.3 
 9. Foster, Oklahoma.3.2 
 10. Perkins, MidAmeri.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Naiel SMITH
  Texas W.
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Smith, Texas W.2.3 
 2. Scott, SW Chris.2.1 
 3. Williams, SAGU1.9 
 4. Buie, Oklahoma S&A1.8 
 5. Harris, Texas W.1.8 
 6. Reed, Oklahoma.1.7 
 7. Tucker, St.Gregory1.7 
 8. Rowe, SAGU1.7 
 9. Culver, Wayland .1.7 
 10. Foster, Oklahoma.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Louis TIMMS
  Wayland .
  (206-F/C-91)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Timms, Wayland .2.8 
 2. Smith, Oklahoma City2.7 
 3. Alderman, Oklahoma.1.1 
 4. Chapman, Oklahoma.1.1 
 5. Young, Texas W.0.8 
 6. Lemusu, St.Gregory0.8 
 7. Martinez, John B.0.7 
 8. Ray, SW Christian0.6 
 9. Rutherford, St.Gr.0.6 
 10. Sullivan, SW Chris.0.6 


Martin Methodis RedHawks Return to National Tourney - by Stephan Ditgens

PULASKI, Tenn. - The Martin Methodist Men's Basketball team officially punched its ticket to Kansas City for next week's 80th annual Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship.

After being left on the outside looking in last season, the RedHawks (22-10) earned the No. 12 at-large selection in the 32-team field and earned the No. 6 seed in the Cramer Bracket.

On March 15, the RedHawks will meet No. 3 seed Life (Ga.) University in the first ballgame of the tournament. Tipoff is set for 9 a.m. at downtown historic Municipal Auditorium.

The RedHawks picked up a regular-season victory over the Running Eagles (22-10) when the teams met back in Marietta, Georgia on Nov. 5.

The RedHawks will make their 10th all-time trip to the oldest national championship basketball tournament in the country.

The trip marks the third in five seasons for RedHawks head coach Scott Combs, who coached the RedHawks to a national quarterfinal berth in the team's last trip to Kansas City in 2015.

"We could not be more excited about returning to Kansas City," Combs said. "This is truly one of the great tournaments in all of college basketball. There is so much tradition and our guys are ecstatic to be back in the fold. We have a couple of guys with us who were on the squad the last time we qualified and they are hungry to make a deep run this season. We will watch the release show later this evening and look forward to learning our first-round opponent."

courtesy of goredhawks.com



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  NBA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 31.9
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.31.9 
 2. Thomas, Boston C.29.3 
 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 


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.
Courtesy of: csne



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
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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.
Courtesy of: pilotonline.com




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."
Courtesy of: msn.com



Lakers sign David Nwaba to second 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed guard David Nwaba (6'4''-G-93, college: Cal Poly - SLO) to a second 10-day contract, General Manager Rob Pelinka announced today. Nwaba (6-5, 204) averaged 2.6 points, 1.6 rebounds and 11.2 minutes through five games after earning an NBA Call-Up with the Lakers on February 28. He originally joined the club from the team's NBA Development League affiliate, the Los Angeles D-Fenders, where he played in 39 games (30 starts), averaging 14.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks in 29.0 minutes per contest. The Lakers roster stands at 15.
Courtesy of: insidehoops.com



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  NCAA1  

Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Sindarius THORNWELL
  S.Carolina
  (196-G-94)
  Avg: 21
 1. Thornwell, S.Carolina21.0 
 2. Monk, Kentucky20.5 
 3. Frazier, Georgia18.5 
 4. Maten, Georgia18.2 
 5. Blakeney, LSU17.2 
 6. Burnett, Mississippi16.7 
 7. Weatherspoon, Mississi.16.5 
 8. Fox, Kentucky15.5 
 9. Heron, Auburn15.1 
 10. Saiz, Mississippi14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sebastian SAIZ
  Mississippi
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Saiz, Mississippi11.2 
 2. Williams, Texas A.8.1 
 3. Kingsley, Arkansas7.8 
 4. Ogbeide, Georgia7.7 
 5. Adebayo, Kentucky7.5 
 6. Roberson, Vande.7.2 
 7. Thornwell, S.Carolina7.2 
 8. Davis, Texas A&M7.0 
 9. Maten, Georgia6.8 
 10. Egbunu, Florida6.6 
Assists Per Game
 De''Aaron FOX
  Kentucky
  (192-G-97)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Fox, Kentucky4.9 
 2. Hill, Florida4.6 
 3. Ready, Mississi.4.5 
 4. Briscoe, Kentucky4.4 
 5. Phillips, Missouri4.4 
 6. Frazier, Georgia4.2 
 7. Gilder, Texas A&M3.9 
 8. Lachance, Vande.3.9 
 9. Chiozza, Florida3.7 
 10. Mays, LSU3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Sindarius THORNWELL
  S.Carolina
  (196-G-94)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Thornwell, S.Carolina2.2 
 2. Gilder, Texas A&M1.9 
 3. Frazier, Georgia1.8 
 4. Dozier, S.Carolina1.8 
 5. Weatherspoon, Mississi.1.7 
 6. Hill, Florida1.7 
 7. Ready, Mississi.1.6 
 8. Purifoy, Auburn1.5 
 9. Fox, Kentucky1.4 
 10. Chiozza, Florida1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Moses KINGSLEY
  Arkansas
  (208-F-94)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Kingsley, Arkansas2.6 
 2. Williams, Texas A.2.5 
 3. Holman, Mississi.2.0 
 4. Kornet, Vanderbilt2.0 
 5. Williams, Tennessee1.9 
 6. Hayes, Florida1.6 
 7. Maten, Georgia1.5 
 8. Egbunu, Florida1.5 
 9. Spencer, Auburn1.5 
 10. Adebayo, Kentucky1.5 


All-WCC Awards 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

All-WCC 1st Team 2017
Jared Brownridge
Brownridge
TJ Haws
Haws
Calvin Hermanson
Hermanson
Przemyslaw Karnowski
Karnowski
Jock Landale
Landale

All-Tournament MVP: Nigel Williams-Goss (6'3''-G-94) of Gonzaga
Player of the Year: Nigel Williams-Goss (6'3''-G-94) of Gonzaga
Defensive Player of the Year: Joe Rahon (6'2''-G-93) of St.Mary's, CA
Newcomer of the Year: Nigel Williams-Goss (6'3''-G-94) of Gonzaga
Coach of the Year: Mark Few of Gonzaga

1st Team
G: Jared Brownridge (6'3''-G) of Santa Clara
G: TJ Haws (6'4''-G) of BYU
F: Calvin Hermanson (6'6''-F) of St.Mary's, CA
C: Przemyslaw Karnowski (7'1''-C-93) of Gonzaga
C: Jock Landale (6'11''-C) of St.Mary's, CA
F: Eric Mika (6'10''-F) of BYU
G/F: Lamond Murray Jr. (6'5''-G/F) of Pepperdine
G: Joe Rahon (6'2''-G-93) of St.Mary's, CA
F: Johnathan Williams III (6'9''-F-95) of Gonzaga
G: Nigel Williams-Goss (6'3''-G-94) of Gonzaga

2nd Team
F: Brett Bailey (6'6''-F) of San Diego
G: Ronnie Boyce (6'3''-G-95) of USF
PG: Brandon Brown (5'11''-PG-91) of Loyola Mary
F: Zach Collins (7'0''-F-97) of Gonzaga
G: KJ Feagin (6'1''-G) of Santa Clara

Honorable Mention
Olin Carter III (6'2''-G) of San Diego
Jazz Johnson (5'10''-PG-96) of Portland
Nate Kratch (6'8''-F) of Santa Clara
Jordan Mathews (6'4''-G-94) of Gonzaga
Emmett Naar (6'1''-G-94) of St.Mary's, CA
Josh Perkins (6'3''-G) of Gonzaga
Chris Reyes (6'7''-F) of Pepperdine
Buay Tuach (6'6''-G/F-95) of Loyola Mary
T.J. Wallace (6'3''-G) of Pacific
Alec Wintering (6'0''-PG) of Portland

All-Tournament Team
G: Nigel Williams-Goss (6'3''-G-94) of Gonzaga
G: Jared Brownridge (6'3''-G) of Santa Clara
C: Przemyslaw Karnowski (7'1''-C-93) of Gonzaga
C: Jock Landale (6'11''-C) of St.Mary's, CA
F: Johnathan Williams III (6'9''-F-95) of Gonzaga

All-Freshman Team
F: Yoeli Childs (6'8''-F) of BYU
F: Zach Collins (7'0''-F-97) of Gonzaga
G: TJ Haws (6'4''-G) of BYU
G: Charles Minlend (6'4''-G-97) of USF
G: Jordan Ratinho (6'5''-G-98) of USF



Crumpacker - Zags best Gaels in #WCChoops Title Tilt - by Igor Obradovic

News alert: Top seed Gonzaga won the WCC Tournament championship Tuesday night by defeating second seed Saint Mary's 39-18 at the Orleans Arena.
That's no alternative fact. It's as real as a slam dunk.
Sure, the final score was 74-56, but the once-beaten Zags really won this game with a dominating first half that had the Gaels just as frustrated as BYU had been the night before in its semifinal against Saint Mary's.
What a difference a day made for the Gaels, flying high on Monday and shot down on Tuesday. Playing a 32-1 team will do that to an opponent.
'We were crazy efficient in that first half as far as what we were doing with the ball,'' Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. 'We were aggressive. … We played outstanding in the first half, almost flawless with our defensive performance.''
In striking out to that 39-18 lead, the Zags held Saint Mary's to a season-low for points in a half on 6 of 28 shooting and their defensive pressure forced the normally steady Gaels into 10 turnovers. Saint Mary's ended up outscoring Gonzaga in the second half by a 38-35 count, but by then, the damage had been done.
'We had 10 turnovers in the first half; we usually have that many for a game,'' Gaels guard Joe Rahon (6'2''-G-93) said. 'It's really on us to take care of the ball. It's something we take pride in. A lot was on me, too. I got in the lane and wasn't making the right reads in the paint. We got stagnant and took some bad shots. That's a recipe for disaster.''
Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett was in such a funk after the game that he declined to make an opening statement upon arriving for the press conference. He did warm to the moment a little later, however.
'We were so poor, I can't even tell you,'' he said. 'In the first half, there wasn't a phase we were good at. That's about as bad a half as we've played all year.''
Saint Mary's did not win 28 games this season by accident, though. The Gaels came out in the second half determined to make amends, as Few told his players they would.
'Saint Mary's is an excellent team,'' Few said. 'We knew they wouldn't quit. Sure enough, they had a valiant comeback. We settled down and got enough of a cushion to win the thing.''
Midway through the second half, the Gaels put on a little burst that brought them to within 51-46 on Evan Fitzner (6'10''-C)'s 3-point shot at 10:10. In the following couple of minutes, however, Przemyslaw Karnowski (7'1''-C-93) blocked a shot by Rahon at the glass and scored on a layup and was fouled. The big man missed the free throw but 7-foot teammate Zach Collins (7'0''-F-97) deftly grabbed the offensive board and scored on a put-back for 59-48.
That was followed by a steal and a layup and successful free throw on the foul by Nigel Williams-Goss (6'3''-G-94), the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Just like that, it was 61-48 with 5:22 to go and the outcome was assured - just as it had been at the end of the first half.
In another masterful performance, Williams-Goss had 22 points and a fondness for the number 6, that being his totals for rebounds, assists and steals.
'This is a basketball game. There's so many aspects other than scoring,'' he said. 'To win games you have to do it on both ends of the floor. I was trying to make as many plays as I could. We're at our best when we are on attack mode. We try to be aggressive for 40 minutes and keep the pressure on. It wasn't just me and Przemek. It's the entire team. We have so many weapons on the floor.''
At 32-1 and champion of the WCC, Gonzaga will now wait until Sunday when the NCAA Tournament selections are announced. If the Zags are not one of four No. 1 seeds, something is very wrong in that Selection Committee room.
'We're 32-1,'' Few said, as if anyone needed reminding. 'This team has been exceptional all year. They stepped up and met every challenge. We've been good from November 10 to March 7 and haven't taken any nights off. These guys are going to show up and fight. Beat Saint Mary's three times? Saint Mary's is an excellent team with size, poise and skills. … They are very worthy. They are diabolical with their reads on the ball screen.''
At 28-4, with three of those losses to Gonzaga, Saint Mary's is rightfully expecting an NCAA bid that it did not receive last year. With a vastly improved post player in 6-foot-11 Jock Landale, the most efficient guard tandem in the conference in Rahon and Emmett Naar (6'1''-G-94) and sharpshooters in Calvin Hermanson (6'6''-F) and Fitzner, the Gaels are a team with the potential to give an NCAA Tournament opponent fits.
Just ask BYU how much fun it is playing Saint Mary's.
'I feel more comfortable this year'' about receiving a bid, Bennet said. 'Not many teams have done what we've done this year. We have been a really good team all year. In a championship game, to come out and play like that, I won't sleep well tonight. These guys won't, either. Last year after this game (a loss to Gonzaga), I thought we played well. This year we did not play well in the first half in any phase of the game.''
That's why this championship game was over at halftime, for all practical purposes. Gonzaga is just too good to give back every bit of a 21-point lead. Some, yes. All, no.

WCC Tournament Final: Gonzaga - Saint Mary's 74-56
WCC Tournament Semifinals:
Gonzaga - Santa Clara 77-68
Saint Mary's - BYU 81-50

Courtesy of WCC Sports



Wisconsin and Michigan Head To Big Ten Tournament Title Game - by Carl Berman

Washington, D.C. - It will be Michigan against Wisconsin for the Big Ten Tournament title.

In the first game, Derrick Walton (6'1''-G-95) won the battle of the point guards against Nate Mason. Walton led Michigan with 29 points as the Wolverines defeated the Golden Gophers 84-77. Mason chipped in 23 points in the loss.

Michigan got off to a huge start in the first half, but Minnesota eventually tied it at 55 midway in the second half. That is when Walton Jr. took over. Walton used his elite quickness and burst to get into the lane and finish at will. He also made several pull up clutch three's. This was all Michigan needed to pull away late in the game. Walton showed why he is considered one of the best point guards in the Big Ten. He set up his teammates on several occasions. He also has the ability to elevate and chip in on the glass with the big boys. In addition to his 29 points, Walton added nine assists, five rebounds and two steals. He will be a huge factor if Michigan looks to make a run next week in the NCAA tournament.

Mo Wagner also provided stability in the post as well as on the perimeter. The 6-11 sophomore power forward made 6-of-7 shots, including two from three. Wagner had 17 points and four rebounds, all of this in just 18 minutes of action due to foul trouble. The other factor for the Wolverines was 6-6 senior shooting guard Zak Irvin. Irvin is at his best when attacking the lane hard, using his athleticism and length to his advantage. He has an ability to hit the three but has been inconsistent this season. Irvin finished with 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Michigan is a very dangerous team on offense. The question for them going into the tournament will be can they stop the other team from scoring. Today they did a decent job until the game opened up at the end and Mason got several free lay ups. They will be in line for an eight or a nine seed depending upon how they do in the title game. That will provide them with yet another tough match-up in the first round, and especially if they advance from there. But at least they will avoid Dayton this time.

Wisconsin had its way with Northwestern in other semifinal. The Badgers cruised to a 76-48 romp. Northwestern struggled from the opening tip and never got any resemblance of offense going during the contest. Wisconsin out rebounded them 36-27, and shot 47 percent compared to the 35 percent of the Wildcats.

Leading the way for Wisconsin were its two post players Ethan Happ and Nigel Hayes. Happ continues to be super-efficient and productive. He is always in the right spot at the right time. He has elite footwork in the post and is much stronger than he appears. He continually is around the ball and comes up with 50/50 balls at a exceptional rate. Happ had 16 points on 4-of-6 shooting, while also hitting 8-of-11 at the foul line where he normally struggles. He chipped in eight rebounds and kept countless possessions alive with his hustle. Happ may not look like the most intimidating or impressive specimen but he is a natural basketball player. His smarts and court awareness are already at a high level.

Senior forward Hayes had one of his most effective games of the season. He ended up with 18 points, ten rebounds and two assists. Hayes was working the mid-post game to perfection. Northwestern had no answer for him. He is an extremely physical player and if he can be consistent with his outside shot he has a good chance to succeed in the NBA. Hayes provides versatility with his size (6-8, 240) which is a match-up nightmare at the collegiate level. He is stronger than some centers and also has the ability to put the ball on the floor and create for himself or kick out to open teammates. While senior point guard Bronson Koenig struggled on the night the rest of the Badgers squad stepped up. Zak Showalter chipped in ten points and Vitto Brown tallied eight points and eight rebounds.

If Wisconsin can handle business tomorrow against a hot Michigan team it could be in line for a four or five seed in the NCAA tournament. Wisconsin's tough and gritty style of play is a tough matchup for any team, but a team that might stand a chance is a team with an up tempo style of play like Michigan. Tomorrow should be a solid game to decide who will win the 2017 Big Ten Tournament.

This article was written by Greg Walter, and edited by Carl Berman of NetScouts Basketball.



NCAA-bound Mount St. Mary's tops Saint Francis U in NEC17 Final - by Igor Obradovic

The freshly cut net draped around his neck like a well-fitted scarf, Mount St. Mary's coach Jamion Christian spoke excitedly about what just might have been the perfect night.
Playing for the Northeast Conference championship at home for the first time in school history, the Mountaineers thrilled a standing-room only crowd by rallying to beat Saint Francis University 71-61 Tuesday night to earn an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.
"It's just really special to be able to do it here in front of your fans with a great group of guys who you love," Christian said.
Christian never lost faith in that group of guys, even when they fell behind 31-23 at halftime after going 0 for 10 from beyond the arc and getting outscored 20-2 over a seven-minute stretch.
"He came into the locker room and said, 'We've got them right where we want them," guard Chris Wray said of his coach.
"And I meant that," Christian said. "I just thought we were in a really good place."
The top-seeded Mountaineers opened the second half with a 22-3 run that started with five straight points from Junior Robinson and a pair of 3-pointers from Elijah Long.
Mount St. Mary's (19-15) coasted from there. After the final buzzer sounded, the team piled over each another at midcourt to celebrate its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2014.
Long finished with 24 points, Robinson added 22 and Miles Wilson (6'5''-G) contributed 15 points and 10 rebounds.
"We worked so hard for this, and for it to end like this is amazing," Robinson said.
Fourth-seeded Saint Francis (16-16) reached the title game with a 71-70 semifinal win over No. 3 seed Wagner 71-70, a game decided by Keith Braxton (6'4''-G)'s 3-point shot at the buzzer.
There were no such heroics this time for the Red Flash, who got only seven points from Braxton in their bid to earn a place in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1991.
"I'm proud of these guys for getting to this point," coach Rob Krimmel said.
Isaiah Blackmon (6'1''-G) led Saint Francis with 17 points. The Red Flash missed 10 of 17 free throws and was 3 for 16 from beyond the arc before hitting its last three attempts in the final minutes.
The key, of course, was the second half.
"The first five minutes was critical," Krimmel said.
After playing catch-up for the latter part of the opening half, the Mountaineers needed only 2 minutes to pull even at 31. Minutes later, Wilson drilled successive 3-pointers and added a layup in an 11-0 spurt that made it 45-34.
That brought the volume of the tiny arena to an ear-splitting level as they began preparing for a first-of-its-kind celebration on The Mount's home court.
"The fans were great, the support amazing. The atmosphere was crazy," Robinson said. "It was surreal."

FOUL PERFORMANCE
Saint Francis: The Red Flash missed 10 free throws and lost by 10 points. Do the math. "All year in the conference we were close to 75 percent. We just didn't make them tonight. Sometimes that's how the ball bounces."
Mount: Robinson was 11 for 13 at the line and the Mountaineers went 18 for 22.

BIG PICTURE
Saint Francis: The Red Flash finished .500, but can take solace in reaching the NEC championship game after starting the season 3-9.
Mount: Operating in relative obscurity north of Baltimore, the Mount is one of Maryland's most successful teams. This was its fifth appearance in the NEC title game over the past decade.

NEC Tournament Final: Mount St. Mary's - Saint Francis 71-61
NEC Tournament Semifinals:
Mount St. Mary's - Robert Morris 75-66
Saint Francis - Wagner 71-70

Courtesy of Northeast Conference



All-NEC Awards 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

All-NEC 1st Team 2017
Michael Carey Jr.
Carey Jr.
Jerome Frink
Frink
Elijah Long
Long
Quincy McKnight
McKnight
Nisre Zouzoua
Zouzoua

All-Tournament MVP: Elijah Long (6'0''-G) of Mt.St.Mary's
Player of the Year: Jerome Frink (6'7''-F-93) of LIU Brooklyn
Defensive Player of the Year: Josh Nebo (6'8''-F/C) of St.Francis, PA
Rookie of the Year: Keith Braxton (6'4''-G) of St.Francis, PA
Most Improved Player of the Year: Iverson Fleming (6'1''-G) of LIU Brooklyn
Coach of the Year: Jamion Christian of Mt.St.Mary's

1st Team
G: Michael Carey Jr. (6'5''-G-93) of Wagner
F: Jerome Frink (6'7''-F-93) of LIU Brooklyn
G: Elijah Long (6'0''-G) of Mt.St.Mary's
G: Quincy McKnight (6'3''-G) of Sacred Heart
G: Nisre Zouzoua (6'2''-G-96) of Bryant

2nd Team
G: Darian Anderson (6'1''-G) of Fair Dickinson
G: Keith Braxton (6'4''-G) of St.Francis, PA
G: Corey Henson (6'3''-G-96) of Wagner
G: Junior Robinson (5'5''-G-96) of Mt.St.Mary's
G: Isaiah Still (6'6''-G-96) of Robert Morris

3rd Team
G: Isaiah Blackmon (6'1''-G) of St.Francis, PA
G: Iverson Fleming (6'1''-G) of LIU Brooklyn
G: Stephan Jiggetts (6'1''-G-95) of Fair Dickinson
F: Joseph Lopez (6'7''-F-95) of Sacred Heart
F/C: Josh Nebo (6'8''-F/C) of St.Francis, PA

All-Tournament Team
G: Elijah Long (6'0''-G) of Mt.St.Mary's
G: Junior Robinson (5'5''-G-96) of Mt.St.Mary's
F/C: Josh Nebo (6'8''-F/C) of St.Francis, PA
G: Keith Braxton (6'4''-G) of St.Francis, PA
G: Michael Carey Jr. (6'5''-G-93) of Wagner

All-Rookie Team
PG: Jashaun Agosto (5'11''-PG) of LIU Brooklyn
G: Keith Braxton (6'4''-G) of St.Francis, PA
G: Rasheem Dunn (6'2''-G) of St.Francis, NY
G: Adam Grant (6'1''-G-97) of Bryant
G: Miles Wilson (6'5''-G) of Mt.St.Mary's



Oregon and Arizona Head To Pac-12 Tournament Finals - by Carl Berman

Las Vegas, NV - Oregon and Arizona, the top two seeds have advanced to the final of the Pac-12 Tournament which will be played tonight in a sold-out T-Mobile Arena. The Ducks, helped by a key three-point play by Dylan Ennis with 22 seconds remaining, turned back a gritty California team 73-65. Arizona handled UCLA behind 29 points and six rebounds by 7-0 Finnish freshman sensation Lauri Markkanen (7'0''-PF-97).

Tyler Dorsey led Oregon with 23 points, hitting 5-of-6 from long distance. 6-9 Jordan Bell grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked five shots. Ennis added 16 points. Grant Mullins kept Cal in the game, shooting 5-of-5 from distance on the way to 23 points. The Golden Bears played almost all of the game without key scorer Jabari Bird who suffered a head injury in the first minute of action and did not return. Oregon played much of the second half without Dillon Brooks who was whistled for back-to-back fouls two minutes into the half and sat with four fouls. Oregon was actually called for five fouls on one Cal possession. Brooks was ineffective in the first half shooting 1-of-9 and rushed some of his action. Oregon needed the contributions from the rest of their squad to pull this tough win out.

Arizona's perimeter defenders, Kadeem Allen, Rawle Alkins and Parker Jackson-Cartwright made the game miserable for UCLA's Lonzo Ball and Bryce Alford. At one point Ball and Alford were 0-of-11 on three-pointers and they finished the game 2-of-16 from deep. The Bruins in total were 4-of-25 on 3's. Meanwhile UCLA's defense couldn't keep up with Markkanen, continually losing him on pick-and-pop situations. Markkanen hit 4-of-10 from deep, all of them good looks. The Wildcats are a different team since Allonzo Trier returned. The 6-5 wing played with energy in contributing 20 points, hitting 3-of-4 three-pointers and added four assists and four rebounds.

Tonight's title game should be a high quality contest with two top teams playing at the top of their games. Ultimately it's just a battle for the conference tournament title. The game will have only a minor effect on both teams' NCAA tournament seeding. Oregon looks headed for a No. 2-seed while Arizona might get bumped up to a No. 2-seed if they win.

Several of the earlier games had notable performances. Colorado's 6-5 Derrick White was particularly impressive in his teams' two games and may have played himself into an invite to the Portsmouth Invitational. The D-2 transfer had 26 points, five rebounds and five assists in the Buffaloes first round win over Washington State. White then did his best in a 92-78 loss to Arizona, scoring 31 points with six rebounds and five assists. White has good size for a primary ball-handler and can score from all three levels.

Arizona State's 6-4 Torian Graham was in the zone against Oregon scoring 32 of his teams' 57 points. Graham had 17 points in the Sun Devils first game. He shot 10-of-20 on three-pointers and added 13 rebounds over his two games. Graham is an athletic scorer who will get looks for the next level.

Oregon's Ennis and Dorsey have both stepped up their games at the event. Ennis only scored seven points in the Ducks win over Arizona State but it was one of his best games of the year as he grabbed 12 rebounds and had five assists. Dorsey has been erratic this year but has shown much more aggressiveness this week. Dorsey brought down nine rebounds against the Sun Devils and has averaged 22 points in two games.

This article was written by Carl Berman, Managing Partner of NetScouts Basketball.



All-MEAC Awards 2017 - by Greg

All-MEAC 1st Team 2017
Patrick Cole
Cole
Jonathan Wade
Wade
Bakari Copeland
Copeland
Tiwian Kendley
Kendley
Phillip Carr
Carr

All-Tournament MVP: Patrick Cole (6'5''-G-93) of N.C.Central
Player of the Year: Patrick Cole (6'5''-G-93) of N.C.Central
Defensive Player of the Year: Phillip Carr (6'8''-F) of Morgan St.
Rookie of the Year: Charles Williams (6'4''-G/F) of Howard
Coach of the Year: LeVelle Moton of N.C.Central
All-Tournament Best Coach: LeVelle Moton of N.C.Central

1st Team
G: Patrick Cole (6'5''-G-93) of N.C.Central
G: Jonathan Wade (6'4''-G-93) of Norfolk St.
F: Bakari Copeland (6'6''-F-95) of Md-E Shore
G: Tiwian Kendley (6'5''-G) of Morgan St.
F: Phillip Carr (6'8''-F) of Morgan St.

2nd Team
G: Troyce Manassa (6'4''-G) of Savannah St.
G: Eric Eaves (6'3''-G) of S.Carolina St.
PG: Dajuan Graf (6'0''-PG-92) of N.C.Central
G: Brandon Tabb (6'5''-G-95) of Beth.-Cookman
PG: Zaynah Robinson (5'11''-PG-96) of Norfolk St.

3rd Team
G: Dexter McClanahan (6'5''-G) of Savannah St.
G: Devin Morgan (5'10''-G-97) of Delaware St.
F: Desmond Williams (6'6''-F) of Florida A&M
G: Jermaine Marrow (6'0''-G-97) of Hampton
G/F: Charles Williams (6'4''-G/F) of Howard

All-Tournament Team
PG: Dajuan Graf (6'0''-PG-92) of N.C.Central
G: Patrick Cole (6'5''-G-93) of N.C.Central
PG: Zaynah Robinson (5'11''-PG-96) of Norfolk St.
G: Jonathan Wade (6'4''-G-93) of Norfolk St.
G/F: Charles Williams (6'4''-G/F) of Howard

All-Rookie Team
G: Dejuan Clayton (6'2''-G-97) of Coppin St.
G/F: Charles Williams (6'4''-G/F) of Howard
G: Jermaine Marrow (6'0''-G-97) of Hampton
G: Zach Sellers (6'1''-G) of Savannah St.
F: Robert Kelly (6'7''-F) of Savannah St.



Illinois fires head coach John Groce after five seasons - by Eurobasket News

Illinois has fired head basketball coach John Groce, according to a press release from the university Saturday afternoon. The decision comes two days after Groce and the Illini lost what many believed to be a bubble elimination game in the second round of the Big Ten tournament against Michigan. The loss likely sent Illinois to the NIT. Groce spent five seasons at the helm in Champaign. After making the NCAA tournament in his first season, Groce missed the NCAA tournament four seasons in a row. He never once finished with a winning record in the Big Ten. Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman, who has been in the position for just over a year, made the decision to part ways with Groce. 'Under his leadership, regrettably, we were not able to sustain the level of competitive excellence that we expect at the University of Illinois,' Whitman said in the statement. 'But that should do nothing to detract from the many wonderful things John has done on behalf of Illinois Basketball during his tenure.' Groce came to Illinois in 2012 after four years at Ohio. Groce had taken the Bobcats to two NCAA tournaments in four years, and in 2012 took the MAC champions to the Sweet 16 with upsets of Michigan and South Florida. Groce took over for Bruce Weber, who was fired after a Big Ten tournament loss to Iowa in 2012. Weber had taken Illinois to six NCAA tournaments in nine years, and reached the national championship game in 2005. Weber amassed an overall record of 210-101. Groce's tenure will end with an overall mark of 95-75. He had plenty of success on the recruiting trail at Illinois, and had talented players like Malcolm Hill at his disposal, but never did enough with that talent to satisfy expectations. In fact, the argument for keeping Groce around for at least one more year was his incoming 2017 recruiting class, which ranks atop the Big Ten and 11th nationally, per 247 Sports. It includes two four-star recruits and one five-star. The five-star, 6-foot-10 center Jeremiah Tilmon, is widely considered the top player in the state of Illinois in the class. Quality recruits were nothing new for Groce at Illinois, however. Whitman clearly recognized that, and decided it was worth the risk of losing one or two of the class-of-2017 commitments to start off in a new direction. Assistant coach Jamall Walker will serve as interim coach for the Illini until a new head coach is hired. Walker will take charge of the team during the upcoming postseason, likely in the NIT.
Courtesy of: yahoo.com



#1 Nevada wins 2017 Championship 79-71 - by Greg

The Wolf Pack won its ninth consecutive game on Saturday, a 79-71 victory over Colorado State on Saturday in the Mountain West Conference Tournament championship.
Jordan Caroline (6'7''-F-96) scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Wolf Pack to its first automatic NCAA Tournament bid since winning the 2006 Western Athletic Conference tournament.
"It's a great feeling winning it anywhere, knowing we have an automatic bid to go to the Dance," said Caroline, when asked about winning the tournament inside the Thomas and Mack Center. "I wanted to help my team any way I could to get to the tournament, not just scoring, any way I could."
Caroline was named tournament MVP after scoring 55 points and grabbing 28 rebounds in three games.
After squandering a 16-point lead, and allowing the Rams to tie the game midway through the second half, Nevada used an 11-3 run to build an eight-point cushion during a five-minute stretch, while Colorado State missed eight consecutive attempts.
The Rams pulled within one, 66-65, when Jeremiah Paige (6'3''-G) hit a 3-pointer with 2:32 left in the game, but it would be the closest they would get the rest of the way.
Nevada got 25 of its 39 points in the second half from the free throw line.
Marcus Marshall (6'3''-G-94) added 21 points and was 12 of 15 from the free throw line down the stretch for top-seeded Nevada (28-6), which went to the line 35 times in the game, compared to 11 for Colorado State.
"At halftime, we talked to the team and we all discussed, we knew that they weren't going to go away, that they would compete and make a run, which all of (Colorado State) Coach (Larry) Eustachy's teams always do," Nevada coach Eric Musselman said. "They're tough-minded and can compete. I'm proud of the way we defended and rebounded, especially when we struggled to score at times and they went on their scoring run."
Nevada made its statement from the opening tip, scoring the game's first nine points en route to building a 16-point advantage with balanced scoring across the board.
The Wolf Pack, which shot 9 of 24 (79.2 percent) from the field in the second half of its semifinal win over Fresno State, carried the momentum into the championship game, hitting 57.6 percent (19 of 33) from the field) in the first half.
Caroline found his stroke early against the Rams, hitting his first four attempts. As a team, the Wolf Pack hit nine of its first 14 shots (64.2 percent) from the field, while building a 19-10 lead.
The Rams put together a mini-run of their own, and cut the deficit to four at the 8:02 mark. But Nevada's depth was too much, as it outscored Colorado State 25-17 to close the half and head into the locker room with a 44-32 lead.
Gian Clavell (6'4''-G-93) had 30 points for No. 2 seed Colorado State (23-11), which was seeking its first Mountain West title since 2003. Prentiss Nixon added 23 points, and Emmanuel Omogbo (6'8''-F-95) chipped in with 10.
"This is a special group that I will always remember," Colorado State coach Larry Eustachy said. "I can't speak for Gian or Emmanuel, but I don't think we want to stop playing. I think we want to keep this group together as long as we can. I would assume we're in the NIT, and we're anxious to see what happens there, and how far we can advance."
It marked the eighth time the top two seeds met for the Mountain West tournament title. The No. 2 seed was 7-0 the previous seven meetings.

BIG PICTURE
Nevada - After struggling through its worst first half of the season, scoring a mere 21 points on 23.3 percent shooting in a semifinal win over Fresno State, the Wolf Pack shot 42 of 79 (53.1 percent) from the field, including 15 of 47 (40.5 percent) from 3-point range in its last three halves of basketball.
Colorado State - Clavell came into the championship game with 989 career points. His 30 points eclipsed the 1,000-point plateau, as he now sits at 1,019.

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Joining Caroline on the all-tournament team were Marshall and Oliver, and from Colorado State, Clavell and Nixon.

THE CODE TO THE DANCE
Musselman said a security code for the door to the room team meetings are held has been the same since the first meeting of the season: 3-12-17. "Because that's the day of Selection Sunday," he said. "And it's been that way for 11 months, basically, where every time they walk in that locker room they had to put that code in. ... This was our goal from day one.

Courtesy of TheMW

MWC Tournament Final: Nevada - Colorado State 79-71
MWC Tournament Semifinals:
Colorado State - San Diego State 71-63
Nevada - Fresno State 83-72



Vermont Tops Albany to Complete Perfect Season, Wins 6th AEHoops Title - by Greg

Vermont's perfect America East basketball season is complete. Payton Henson (6'8''-F-94)'s three-point play with just 39 seconds remaining lifted the top-seeded Catamounts over third-seeded Albany, 56-53, in the America East men's basketball championship game Saturday in front of a sold out crowd on their home court to finish their season 19-0 against conference foes and win their sixth America East championship in school history.
Vermont (29-5), which has won its six titles since 2006, overcame a nine-point second half deficit to post its 21st-straight victory, the longest win streak in the country.
Anthony Lamb (6'6''-F) became the first freshman to ever earn Reggie Lewis Most Outstanding Player honors after posting a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. He averaged 19.7 points and 7.0 rebounds over the three games.
Lamb was joined on the All-Championship team by Henson, who scored a game-high 17 points Saturday, and teammate Dre Wills (6'1''-G), the league's Defensive Player of the Year, who contributed 10.7 points and 4.3 rebounds, in the tournament. Albany's David Nichols, who averaged 24.3 points per game in the playoffs, and Joe Cremo (6'4''-G-96) rounded out the selections.
Vermont, winner of two NCAA tournament games all-time, will learn its NCAA draw during the selection show Sunday at 5:30 p.m. on CBS.
Albany (21-13) is one of five America East teams that could play in the postseason next week.

Inside the Game
Vermont jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead on three-pointers by Anthony Lamb and Payton Henson, but Albany scored nine of the game's next 12 points to tie the game 9-9.
Albany took its first lead at 17-15 on a three-pointer by David Nichols with 10:23 left but Vermont went on a 7-0 run to take a 22-17 advantage.
The game was tied 27-27 at halftime.
Albany scored nine of the second half's first 11 points and took a 36-29 on Joe Cremo's three with 16:15 left in the half.
Nichols' layup with 8:46 gave Albany its largest lead, 47-38
Vermont countered with a 10-1 run capped by a Kurt Steidl three with 4:37 left that tied the game.
The game was still tied when Henson converted his three-point play with 39 seconds left that gave Vermont a lead it would not relinquish.

By the Numbers
Albany shot 39.6 percent from the floor while Vermont shot 33.3 percent, 16.7 percent below its season average.
Vermont committed just five turnovers, tied for the fourth fewest in an America East playoff game.
Vermont blocked nine shots, a championship game record.
Henson's 17 points came on 5-of-8 shooting.
Travis Charles led Albany with 16 points off the bench on 6-of-7 shooting.

Historical Perspective
Vermont's sixth conference championship ties Boston University for the second-most in conference history.
John Becker improved to 12-4 all-time in championship play and won his second title.
Albany's loss was its first-ever championship game defeat in its sixth game.

Courtesy of America East

AEC Tournament Final: Vermont - Albany 56-53
AEC Tournament Semifinals:
Albany - Stony Brook 63-56
Vermont - New Hampshire 74-41



All-MWC Awards 2017 - by Greg

All-MWC 1st Team 2017
Gian Clavell
Clavell
Marcus Marshall
Marshall
Emmanuel Omogbo
Omogbo
Brandon Clarke
Clarke
Cameron Oliver
Oliver

All-Tournament MVP: Jordan Caroline (6'7''-F-96) of Nevada
Player of the Year: Gian Clavell (6'4''-G-93) of Colorado St.
Defensive Player of the Year: Cameron Oliver (6'8''-F-96) of Nevada
Freshman of the Year: Koby McEwen (6'3''-G-97) of Utah St.
Newcomer of the Year: Marcus Marshall (6'3''-G-94) of Nevada
Sixth Man of the Year: Justin James (6'7''-G) of Wyoming
Coach of the Year: Larry Eustachy of Colorado St.

1st Team
G: Gian Clavell (6'4''-G-93) of Colorado St.
G: Marcus Marshall (6'3''-G-94) of Nevada
F: Emmanuel Omogbo (6'8''-F-95) of Colorado St.
G: Brandon Clarke (6'8''-G) of San Jose St.
F: Cameron Oliver (6'8''-F-96) of Nevada

2nd Team
G: Chandler Hutchison (6'7''-G) of Boise St.
G: Elijah Brown (6'4''-G-95) of N.Mexico
F: Jordan Caroline (6'7''-F-96) of Nevada
F: Jalen Moore (6'9''-F) of Utah St.
G: Deshon Taylor (6'1''-G-96) of Fresno St.

3rd Team
G: D.J. Fenner (6'6''-G) of Nevada
G: Koby McEwen (6'3''-G-97) of Utah St.
G: Trey Kell (6'4''-G) of San Diego St.
G: Jaron Hopkins (6'6''-G-94) of Fresno St.
G: Jovan Mooring (6'2''-G-94) of UNLV

Honorable Mention
Hayden Graham (6'5''-F) of Air Force
Prentiss Nixon (6'1''-G-97) of Colorado St.
Dakarai Allen (6'5''-G) of San Diego St.
Zylan Cheatham (6'9''-F) of San Diego St.
Paris Austin (6'0''-PG) of Boise St.
Hayden Dalton (6'8''-F) of Wyoming
Justin James (6'7''-G) of Wyoming
Tim Williams (6'8''-F-93) of N.Mexico

All-Tournament Team
F: Jordan Caroline (6'7''-F-96) of Nevada
G: Marcus Marshall (6'3''-G-94) of Nevada
F: Cameron Oliver (6'8''-F-96) of Nevada
G: Gian Clavell (6'4''-G-93) of Colorado St.
G: Prentiss Nixon (6'1''-G-97) of Colorado St.



North Carolina Central Wins MEAC Championship - by Greg

North Carolina Central parlayed the scoring of the trio of Patrick Cole (6'5''-G-93), Dajuan Graf (6'0''-PG-92) and Rashaun Madison (6'0''-PG-93) and some stifling second-half defense into a 67-59 win over Norfolk State in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tournament championship game at the Scope Arena.
As a result, the Eagles (25-8), the No. 1 seed, receive the automatic bid and await Sunday's pairings from the NCAA.
NCCU, which won its two previous tournament contests by large margins to get to the final, found itself in a battle in the first half as the Spartans (17-16), the No. 2 seed, led 38-35 at the half.
Zaynah Robinson (5'11''-PG-96) proved to be the catalyst for Norfolk State, scoring 10 first-half points and setting up teammates Kyle Williams (6'4''-G-95) (eight points) and Kerwing Okoro (6'4''-G-93) (nine points). Cole led NCCU with 11 points.
'We had won by large margins in the previous two games, so when Norfolk came out and hit us early, it woke us up,' said Cole, the MEAC Player of the Year.
The two teams continued to go back and forth early in the second half with there featuring four ties and three lead changes. Then the Eagles, who are rated one of the top defensive scoring teams in the country, made some adjustments and shut down the Spartans with a 17-0 run during a 10:33 span that opened a 62-46 lead with 3:15 remaining.
'That was a critical point in the game,' Norfolk State head coach Robert Jones said. 'We had four chances at one point to cut the deficit from eight to sox or less, but we failed to and on the fifth, they took the lead to 10.'
Cole, Madison and Graf combined for 22 points, among them with many of the points coming off fastbreak and transition baskets. After shooting a respectable 43 percent in the first half, the NCCU defense forced 24 missed shots by the Eagles.
'I thought that we did not play the kind of defense that we are accustomed to,' Eagles head coach LeVelle Moton , MEAC Coach of the Year, said. 'We made some adjustments and did a much better job in the second half. Defense is who we are.'
Another key to the win was the effective defense on Robinson and Wade. Robinson, who was directing traffic with precision in the first half and hitting shots, was limited 3-for-9 shooting while Wade, the team's leading scorer, was held to five points.
'We wanted to make things a little more difficult for Robinson and Wade,' said Moton. 'We pushed them out a little further and forced some bad shots.'
Robinson finished with 18, Okoro with 12 off the bench and Williams with eight points and 10 rebounds.
The Eagles were led by Cole with 18, Graf with 17 and Madison with 12.

Courtesy of MEAC Sports

MEAC Tournament Final: North Carolina Central - Norfolk State 67-58
MEAC Tournament Semifinals:
North Carolina Central - Maryland Eastern Shore 77-49
Norfolk State - Howard 68-53



All-AEC Awards 2017 - by Greg

All-AEC 1st Team 2017
David Nichols
Nichols
Jahad Thomas
Thomas
Tanner Leissner
Leissner
Lucas Woodhouse
Woodhouse
Trae Bell-Haynes
Bell-Haynes

All-Tournament MVP: Anthony Lamb (6'6''-F) of Vermont
Player of the Year: Trae Bell-Haynes (6'2''-G) of Vermont
Defensive Player of the Year: Dre Wills (6'1''-G) of Vermont
Rookie of the Year: Anthony Lamb (6'6''-F) of Vermont
Sixth Man of the Year: Darren Payen (6'8''-F) of Vermont
Coach of the Year: John Becker of Vermont

1st Team
PG: David Nichols (6'0''-PG-96) of Albany
G/F: Jahad Thomas (6'2''-G/F) of Mass.-Lowell
F: Tanner Leissner (6'7''-F-95) of New Hampshire
G: Lucas Woodhouse (6'3''-G) of Stony Brook
G: Trae Bell-Haynes (6'2''-G) of Vermont

2nd Team
G: Joe Cremo (6'4''-G-96) of Albany
G: Will Darley (6'8''-G-94) of UMBC
G: Jairus Lyles (6'2''-G-95) of UMBC
G: Jaleen Smith (6'4''-G-94) of New Hampshire
F: Anthony Lamb (6'6''-F) of Vermont

3rd Team
PG: Jalen Ross (6'0''-PG-93) of Hartford
PG: Daniel Dion (6'0''-PG-95) of New Hampshire
F: Tyrell Sturdivant (6'7''-F-95) of Stony Brook
G: Ernie Duncan (6'3''-G) of Vermont
F: Payton Henson (6'8''-F-94) of Vermont

All-Defensive Team
F: Devonte Campbell (6'6''-F) of Albany
F: Thomas Bruce (6'9''-F) of Binghamton
PG: Kevin Maura (5'8''-PG) of UMBC
G/F: Roland Nyama (6'6''-G/F-93) of Stony Brook
G: Dre Wills (6'1''-G) of Vermont

All-Tournament Team
F: Anthony Lamb (6'6''-F) of Vermont
F: Payton Henson (6'8''-F-94) of Vermont
G: Dre Wills (6'1''-G) of Vermont
G: Joe Cremo (6'4''-G-96) of Albany
PG: David Nichols (6'0''-PG-96) of Albany

All-Rookie Team
F: Andrew Fleming (6'7''-F) of Maine
G/F: Arkel Lamar (6'5''-G/F) of UMBC
G: Rinardo Perry (6'4''-G) of Mass.-Lowell
G/F: Akwasi Yeboah (6'6''-G/F-97) of Stony Brook
F: Anthony Lamb (6'6''-F) of Vermont

All-Academic Team
G: Joe Cremo (6'4''-G-96) of Albany
PG: David Nichols (6'0''-PG-96) of Albany
F: Mike Rowley (6'8''-F-94) of Albany
G: John Rinaldi (6'2''-G-94) of Binghamton
PG: Ryan Bernstein (6'0''-PG-96) of Maine
G: Joe Sherburne (6'6''-G) of UMBC
G/F: Bryan Sekunda (6'6''-G/F-95) of Stony Brook



All-Big Sky Conf. Awards 2017 - by Greg

All-Big Sky Conf. 1st Team 2017
Jacob Wiley
Wiley
Tyler Hall
Hall
Quinton Hooker
Hooker
Jeremy Senglin
Senglin
Victor Sanders
Sanders

All-Tournament MVP: Quinton Hooker (6'0''-PG) of N.Dakota
Player of the Year: Jacob Wiley (6'7''-F-94) of E.Washington
Defensive Player of the Year: Jonah Radebaugh (6'2''-G) of N.Colorado
Freshman of the Year: Harald Frey (6'1''-G-97) of Montana St.
Newcomer of the Year: Randy Onwuasor (6'3''-G-95) of S.Utah
Sixth Player of the Year: Cortez Seales (6'4''-G) of N.Dakota
Coach of the Year: Brian Jones of N.Dakota

1st Team
F: Jacob Wiley (6'7''-F-94) of E.Washington
G: Tyler Hall (6'4''-G-97) of Montana St.
PG: Quinton Hooker (6'0''-PG) of N.Dakota
G: Jeremy Senglin (6'2''-G-95) of Weber St.
G: Victor Sanders (6'5''-G-95) of Idaho

2nd Team
F: Bogdan Bliznyuk (6'6''-F-95) of E.Washington
G: Geno Crandall (6'3''-G) of N.Dakota
G: Ahmaad Rorie (6'1''-G) of Montana
G: Randy Onwuasor (6'3''-G-95) of S.Utah
F: Justin Strings (6'7''-F) of Sacramento St.

3rd Team
G: Jordan Davis (6'2''-G) of N.Colorado
G: Harald Frey (6'1''-G-97) of Montana St.
F: Jordyn Martin (6'7''-F-93) of N.Arizona
F: De'Sean Parsons (6'7''-F) of Portland St.
G: Michael Oguine (6'2''-G-96) of Montana

All-Tournament Team
PG: Quinton Hooker (6'0''-PG) of N.Dakota
G: Randy Onwuasor (6'3''-G-95) of S.Utah
G: Victor Sanders (6'5''-G-95) of Idaho
F: Jacob Wiley (6'7''-F-94) of E.Washington
PG: Jerrick Harding (6'0''-PG-98) of Weber St.
G: Jeremy Senglin (6'2''-G-95) of Weber St.
G: Corey Baldwin (6'4''-G) of N.Dakota



North Dakora captures BigSky title, earns first NCAA Tournament bid - by Greg

North Dakota's motto this season was 'finish the race.'
The Fighting Hawks did that, but the race lasted a little longer than they might have liked.
Regular-season champion North Dakota needed a 5-minute overtime to subdue Weber State 93-89 in the capper to an exciting Big Sky Conference men's tournament Saturday in front of 2,025 fans at the Reno Events Center. The Fighting Hawks (22-9) will find out Sunday who and where they'll play in the NCAA Tournament in their first trip to the Big Dance.
Tournament MVP Quinton Hooker (6'0''-PG), a senior guard, showed the Hawks the way to the finish line with 28 points. Sophomore guard Geno Crandall (6'3''-G) added 17 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
'I'm still in awe,' North Dakota coach Brian Jones said. 'Just a gutty, unbelievable performance by these guys. It's been a two-year journey. We went to Europe two summers ago and that's where this journey started. We put this team together for this very day. … I'm just so proud of them I don't know what to say.'
Weber State senior guard Jeremy Senglin (6'2''-G-95) caught fire in the second half, sparking a 13-0 run that put the Wildcats on top 61-52 with 12:35 to play. Senglin had five free throws, a 3-pointer and a drive to the rim for a deuce during the burst.
Weber's lead reached 11 at 72-61 on a dunk by Zach Braxton (6'9''-F/C-95) with 7:25 remaining. Four Hawks scored in an 8-0 burst to get the Hawks back in the game at 73-69 with 5:09 left in regulation.
'We've had close games, we've been down in games,' said Crandall. 'The confidence and toughness we have - we were never really in doubt. When we were down 10, in the huddle we were like, 'All right, we're going to win this game, we just have to figure out how.' It was just a matter of everybody locking in.'
The Wildcats were still on top 81-75 with 51 seconds left in regulation. But Crandall hit a pair of free throws, Hooker used the glass from close range and, after a Senglin miss, Crandall went coast-to-coast to score the tying bucket with 7.1 seconds to play. Cortez Seales (6'4''-G) blocked a last-second attempt by Weber's Jerrick Harding (6'0''-PG-98) to send the game to the extra session.
UND was able to take the lead for good on a pair of free throws by Hooker with 2:31 left in overtime. There were 40 fouls whistled in the second half and overtime, resulting in 70 free throws for the game.
Crandall scored on a pretty floater to put UND on top 89-86 and Weber was never able to draw even again.
Defending Big Sky champion Weber State (19-13) will likely receive a bid to a postseason tournament, coach Randy Rahe said. Senglin led the Wildcats with 26 points and Kyndahl added 21 and 12 rebounds.
Named to the all-tournament team were Randy Onwuasor (6'3''-G-95) of Southern Utah, Victor Sanders (6'5''-G-95) of Idaho, Jake Wiley (6'6''-F) of Eastern Washington, Harding and Senglin of Weber State, Corey Baldwin (6'4''-G) of North Dakota and MVP Hooker.

Courtesy of BigSkyConf

Big Sky Conf. Tournament Final: North Dakota - Weber State 93-89
Big Sky Conf. Tournament Semifinals:
Weber State - Eastern Washington 80-72
North Dakota - Idaho 69-64



All-ACC Awards 2017 - by Greg

All-ACC 1st Team 2017
Luke Kennard
Kennard
Justin Jackson
Jackson
John Collins
Collins
Bonzie Colson
Colson
Donovan Mitchell
Mitchell

All-Tournament MVP: Luke Kennard (6'5''-G-96) of Duke
Player of the Year: Justin Jackson (6'8''-F-95) of N.Carolina
Defensive Player of the Year: Ben Lammers (6'10''-C-95) of Georgia Tech
Freshman of the Year: Dennis Smith Jr. (6'3''-G-97) of N.Carolina St.
Most Improved Player of the Year: John Collins (6'10''-F-97) of Wake Forest
Sixth Man of the Year: Seth Allen (6'1''-G-94) of Virginia Tech
Coach of the Year: Josh Pastner of Georgia Tech

1st Team
G: Luke Kennard (6'5''-G-96) of Duke
F: Justin Jackson (6'8''-F-95) of N.Carolina
F: John Collins (6'10''-F-97) of Wake Forest
F: Bonzie Colson (6'5''-F) of Notre Dame
G: Donovan Mitchell (6'3''-G-96) of Louisville

2nd Team
G: Dwayne Bacon (6'7''-G-95) of Florida St.
G: Dennis Smith Jr. (6'3''-G-97) of N.Carolina St.
C: Ben Lammers (6'10''-C-95) of Georgia Tech
G: Joel Berry II (6'0''-G-95) of N.Carolina
G: London Perrantes (6'2''-G) of Virginia

3rd Team
F: Michael Young (6'9''-F-94) of Pittsburgh
F: Jaron Blossomgame (6'7''-F-93) of Clemson
G: Andrew White III (6'7''-G) of Syracuse
G: Davon Reed (6'6''-G-95) of Miami, FL
F: Jayson Tatum (6'8''-F-98) of Duke

Honorable Mention
Kennedy Meeks (6'10''-F-95) of N.Carolina
Matt Farrell (6'1''-PG) of Notre Dame
Zach LeDay (6'7''-F-94) of Virginia Tech
Jerome Robinson (6'5''-G) of Boston Coll.
Jonathan Isaac (6'10''-F-97) of Florida St.
Seth Allen (6'1''-G-94) of Virginia Tech
Jamel Artis (6'7''-F-93) of Pittsburgh
V.J. Beachem (6'8''-F-95) of Notre Dame
Steve Vasturia (6'5''-G) of Notre Dame
Tyler Lydon (6'8''-F-96) of Syracuse

All-Defensive Team
C: Ben Lammers (6'10''-C-95) of Georgia Tech
F: Isaiah Wilkins (6'7''-F) of Virginia
G: Donovan Mitchell (6'3''-G-96) of Louisville
G: Davon Reed (6'6''-G-95) of Miami, FL
G: Xavier Rathan-Mayes (6'4''-G-94) of Florida St.
G: Matt Jones (6'5''-G-94) of Duke

All-Tournament 1st Team
G: Luke Kennard (6'5''-G-96) of Duke
F: Jayson Tatum (6'8''-F-98) of Duke
F: Isaiah Hicks (6'9''-F-94) of N.Carolina
F: Bonzie Colson (6'5''-F) of Notre Dame
PG: Matt Farrell (6'1''-PG) of Notre Dame

All-Tournament 2nd Team
G: Grayson Allen (6'5''-G-95) of Duke
G: Frank Jackson (6'3''-G-98) of Duke
F: Amile Jefferson (6'9''-F-93) of Duke
G: Steve Vasturia (6'5''-G) of Notre Dame
F: Zach LeDay (6'7''-F-94) of Virginia Tech

All-Freshman Team
G: Dennis Smith Jr. (6'3''-G-97) of N.Carolina St.
F: Jonathan Isaac (6'10''-F-97) of Florida St.
F: Jayson Tatum (6'8''-F-98) of Duke
G: Josh Okogie (6'4''-G-98) of Georgia Tech
G: Ky Bowman (6'1''-G) of Boston Coll.



Blue Devils Duke out 2017 ACC Tournament title - by Greg

Duke wins four games en route to championship, capped off with 75-69 win over Notre Dame.
Jayson Tatum (6'8''-F-98) took over in the final three minutes, making key plays on both ends of the floor, and No. 14 Duke became the first team to win the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament with four wins in four days by rallying to beat No. 22 Notre Dame 75-69 on Saturday night.
The freshman forward finished a spectacular week in Brooklyn with 19 points and eight rebounds for the fifth-seeded Blue Devils (27-8). Duke won its first ACC Tournament championship since 2011 and its 20th overall, most in league history.
Bonzie Colson (6'5''-F) was a beast for third-seeded Notre Dame (25-9), with 29 points and nine rebounds.
The Blue Devils came from double digits down in the second half to beat both No. 10 Louisville and No. 6 North Carolina to get to the finals at Barclays Center and then came from eight back with 11:35 left to defeat the Irish.
Tatum made a running hook to give Duke a 65-62 lead, but Colson's 3-pointer with 2:25 left tied it.
Tatum hit one of two free throws to put Duke back in front, then came through with the play of the night. Or make that, the plays of the night.
He blocked Steve Vasturia (6'5''-G)'s drive to the hoop and then went coast to coast for a layup to make it 68-65 with 1:33 left. Matt Farrell pulled Notre Dame within two with a couple of free throws before Tatum showed off another skill, driving and dishing to Matt Jones for a 3 to make it 71-67 with 50 seconds remaining. It was Jones' only basket of the game.
Tatum then all but sealed it, getting behind the defense on in inbounds pass from Jones for a slam while being fouled. Tatum completed the three-point play for a 74-69 advantage with 25 seconds left.
Luke Kennard (6'5''-G-96) had 16 points for Duke and was selected tournament MVP, but it was really Tatum's time to shine. He scored 69 points in the first three games.

BIG PICTURE
Duke: The Blue Devils started the season No. 1 in the country for the eighth time and will head to the NCAA Tournament as ACC Tournament champions for the 20th time. What has transpired in between for the Blue Devils has been anything but routine.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski missed seven games early in the conference season to have back surgery. Soon after he left, the Blue Devils lost three of four to start 3-4 in ACC play. The nadir was the program's first loss to North Carolina State at Cameron Indoor Stadium since 1995.
Grayson Allen then hurt his ankle and the Blue Devils finished the regular season losing three of four. They came to Brooklyn as the fifth seed and a flawed team.
Now it all seems to be coming together.
Notre Dame: The Irish can look no further than their 6-for-25 performance from 3-point range to explain why they came up short. VJ Beachem and Farrell each went 1 for 6. That's a tough way for a team that usually shoots 39 percent from 3 to win.

UP NEXT
Duke: How far will the Blue Devils' late surge push them up the NCAA seed chart? A No. 1 seed has never had as many as eight losses.
Notre Dame: Another NCAA Tournament awaits the Irish. They have reached the round of eight the last two years.

Courtesy of TheACC

ACC Tournament Final: Duke - Notre Dame 75-69
ACC Tournament Semifinals:
Notre Dame - Florida State 77-73
Duke - North Carolina 93-83



Arizona Wildcats beat UCLA 86-75 to reach Pac-12 Tournament final - by Eurobasket News

Earlier this season, when UCLA was riding its high-powered offense to 19 wins in 20 games, Arizona coach Sean Miller marveled that the Bruins could win it all this season. Arizona has since beaten them twice in three games. And, in their 86-75 Pac-12 Tournament semifinal win over the Bruins, the Wildcats had virtually all of their weapons on full display just in time for a Pac-12 Tournament final against Oregon and a possible chance to gain a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament's West region. Lauri Markkanen (7'0''-PF-97) led the Wildcats on Friday with 29 points and continued to find the 3-pointer that was noticeably absent last month, making 4 of 9 from long range, while Allonzo Trier (6'4''-F-96) had 20 points on a typical mix of drives to the basket, free throws and 3 of 4 3-pointers. Also working for UA: Kadeem Allen (6'3''-G) drives to the bucket, and some all-around aggressiveness from Rawle Alkins (6'6''-SG-97). Allen had nine points while Alkins had eight points and five rebounds. The win moved second-seeded Arizona to 29-4 and into the Pac-12 Tournament final Saturday at 8 p.m. UCLA dropped to 29-4 and will likely become the third priority out of the Pac-12 for the NCAA Tournament selection committee. A win over the Ducks might earn the Wildcats the best NCAA Tournament placement out of the Pac-12, most likely a No. 2 seed in the West Region. UA lost by 27 points on Feb. 4 in Eugene and, because of that loss, Arizona was rated behind Oregon in the NCAA selection committee's Feb. 11 early bracket reveal. The Ducks have not lost a game since then, but Saturday's game might give the Wildcats a chance to make up for it, and give them another opportunity against a Top 25 RPI team. As of now, UA has only two such wins, both of them over UCLA. Of course, beating the Ducks doesn't figure to be an easy accomplishment for Arizona. The Wildcats have lost three straight games to Oregon, including an 85-58 drubbing on Feb. 4 in Eugene, a loss in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals last season and a homecourt loss in January 2016 that snapped UA's 49-game homecourt winning streak. UA is 1-3 in Pac-12 Tournament final games under coach Sean Miller , but beat Oregon in the 2015 Pac-12 Tournament final. Arizona's win also snapped UCLA's 10-game win streak and dropped the Bruins to 29-4, where they will likely now be the third highest-seeded team out of the Pac-12. After leading by six points at halftime, Arizona pushed it to 11 early in the second half while keeping the Bruins without a field goal for nearly four minutes. UCLA's shooting woes were typified by a missed 3-pointer in the right corner by Bryce Drew (6'3''-G-74, college: Valparaiso), his seventh miss without a single make. As a team UCLA had made just 2 of 17 3s through the first 27 minutes of the game. While Alford finally hit a 3 with 10:04 remaining, cutting UA's lead to 66-57, the Bruins trailed by double digits from there until Isaac Hamiton scored to make it 84-75. Arizona wound up holding UCLA to about 40 percent shooting from the field, while the Bruins made just 4 of 22 (18.2 percent) from 3-point range. Alford finished 1 for 9 from beyond the arc. In the first half, Arizona sank 7 of 13 3-pointers and held UCLA to just 2 of 12 3-pointers while taking a 41-35 halftime lead. Trier led UA in the half with 13 points while Markkanen had 12 points, with each of them making two 3-pointers. UA also held UCLA to 42.3 percent shooting overall from the field and just 2 of 12 from 3-point range. With UCLA trailing by just a point with 3:20 to go in the first half, Kadeem Allen twice went coast-to-coast for layups. He made the first and, when he missed the second, Markkanen trailed behind, picked up the miss and dunked it in for a 34-29 lead. The Wildcats used an 8-0 run to take a 27-20 lead into the final six minutes of the half, getting 3-pointers from Allen and Markkanen. However, Trier missed an open 3-pointer and Keanu Pinder (6'9''-F/G-95, college: Hutchinson CC) missed a pair of free throws that might have expanded UA's lead even further. After UCLA took early leads of up to six points while making five of its first six shots, Arizona held the Bruins scoreless for the next 5:28 and took a 14-13 lead when Trier hit a pair of free throws with 12:52 left in the half. Aaron Holiday finally broke the UCLA drought with a 3-pointer that gave the Bruins a 17-14 lead with 10:32 left, but the Bruins were never really the same after that point. As a result, UCLA will go home for rest before Selection Sunday while Arizona will be playing the team it tied with for first place in the regular season. Both Oregon and UA went 16-2 throughout the regular season and have each won two games in the tournament. There will be some separation between the Ducks and Wildcats on Saturday night.
Courtesy of: tucson.com



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  NCAA2  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Will VORHEES
  Notre D.
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 26.9
 1. Vorhees, Notre D.26.9 
 2. Badmus, Virginia-Wise22.3 
 3. Taylor, Notre D.20.9 
 4. Bingaya, Fairmont.19.3 
 5. Cole, Charleston19.0 
 6. Morris, Glenville St.18.8 
 7. Monteroso, W.Libert.18.7 
 8. Miller, Concord18.6 
 9. Hoehn, W.Libert.17.5 
 10. Berchie, W.Virg.W.17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Haywood HIGHSMITH
  Wheeling.
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Highsmith, Wheeling.11.1 
 2. Coleman, Charl.11.1 
 3. Vorhees, Notre D.10.6 
 4. Badmus, Virginia-Wise10.0 
 5. Lewis, Notre D.9.7 
 6. Morris, Glenville St.8.8 
 7. Grossenbache., W.Libert.8.3 
 8. Ritz, Wheeling Jesuit7.9 
 9. Carr, Shepherd7.7 
 10. Bingaya, Fairmont.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 David DENNIS
  W.Libert.
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Dennis, W.Libert.6.1 
 2. Seals, Virginia-Wise5.8 
 3. Wells, Fairmont St.5.7 
 4. Lewis, Notre D.5.3 
 5. Berchie, W.Virg.W.4.4 
 6. Muhammad, Shepherd4.2 
 7. Nunn, Glenville St.3.9 
 8. Jenkins, W.Virgin.3.7 
 9. Sanchez, Concord3.7 
 10. Vorhees, Notre D.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Shammgod WELLS
  Fairmont St.
  (175-PG-)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Wells, Fairmont St.2.5 
 2. Dennis, W.Libert.2.1 
 3. Bingaya, Fairmont.2.0 
 4. Badmus, Virginia-Wise1.8 
 5. Seals, Virginia-Wise1.7 
 6. Muhammad, Shepherd1.5 
 7. Petrovic, W.Virg.W.1.5 
 8. Taylor, Notre D.1.4 
 9. Carr, Shepherd1.3 
 10. Howze, Urbana1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Brett MORRIS
  Glenville St.
  (193-G/F-)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Morris, Glenville St.2.7 
 2. Lewis, Notre D.2.1 
 3. Grossenbache., W.Libert.2.0 
 4. Andrews-E., Fairmont.1.9 
 5. Morris, W.Virgin.1.3 
 6. Jenkins, W.Virgin.1.1 
 7. Highsmith, Wheeling.1.1 
 8. Layhew, W.Virg.W.1.1 
 9. Washington, Urbana1.0 
 10. Vorhees, Notre D.1.0 



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  NIGERIA  


Ben Uzoh is a newcomer at Aalstar - by Eurobasket News

Crelan Okapi Aalstar (Euromillions League) strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old Nigerian international point guard Ben Uzoh (191-93kg-88, college: Tulsa). He played recently at Canton Charge (D-League) in the U.S.
Uzoh has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Among other achievements his team made it to the C- Tournament Semifinals in 2010. Uzoh received also Afrobasket.com All-African Championships 2nd Team award back in 2013.
He represented Nigeria at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 7.4ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 46.4%, FT: 68.8%.
Uzoh is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Sutor Montegranaro), Russia (Lokomotiv), NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors) and D-League (Oklahoma City Blue, Springfield A. and Rio Grande Valley Vipers).
Uzoh attended University of Tulsa until 2010 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  NORWAY  

BLNO Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Evan ROQUEMORE
  Nidaros .
  (190-G-92)
  Avg: 25.6
 1. Roquemore, Nidaros .25.6 
 2. Mjos, Baerum B.25.4 
 3. McDonald, Nidaros .25.4 
 4. Weatherspoon, Baerum B.25.0 
 5. Ferrales, Kongsberg23.4 
 6. Yele, Asker Aliens22.0 
 7. Garth, Asker Aliens21.8 
 8. Stien, Asker Aliens19.6 
 9. Sommerfeldt, Centr.19.4 
 10. Harris, Froya B.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Earl SIMBA
  Nidaros .
  (204-PF-92)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Simba, Nidaros .15.8 
 2. Yele, Asker Aliens13.0 
 3. Fivelstad, Gimle B.11.6 
 4. Weatherspoon, Baerum B.11.2 
 5. Harris, Froya B.10.7 
 6. Bolinz, Centrum10.6 
 7. Eglitis, Asker Aliens10.4 
 8. Issalhi, Tromso10.3 
 9. Victor, Gimle BBK9.8 
 10. Oldham, Kongsberg9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Eric GILCHRESE
  Baerum B.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Gilchrese, Baerum B.6.8 
 2. Garth, Asker Aliens6.3 
 3. Ferrales, Kongsberg5.5 
 4. Espe, Gimle BBK4.9 
 5. Roquemore, Nidaros .4.8 
 6. Mjos, Baerum B.4.4 
 7. Stien, Centrum4.2 
 8. Gabrans, Froya B.4.2 
 9. Victor, Gimle BBK4.2 
 10. Silavs, Froya B.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Eric GILCHRESE
  Baerum B.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Gilchrese, Baerum B.3.9 
 2. Issalhi, Tromso3.0 
 3. Roquemore, Nidaros .2.5 
 4. Lange, Tromso2.4 
 5. Mjos, Baerum B.2.4 
 6. Gabric, Kongsberg2.2 
 7. Victor, Gimle BBK2.1 
 8. Espe, Gimle BBK2.0 
 9. Simba, Nidaros .1.9 
 10. Bolinz, Centrum1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Earl SIMBA
  Nidaros .
  (204-PF-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Simba, Nidaros .2.6 
 2. Harris, Froya B.2.2 
 3. Yele, Asker Aliens1.8 
 4. Bolinz, Centrum1.1 
 5. Victor, Gimle BBK1.1 
 6. Oldham, Kongsberg1.0 
 7. Weatherspoon, Baerum B.0.9 
 8. Bryn, Ammerud Bskt0.9 
 9. Lamo, Gimle BBK0.7 
 10. Rolls-Tyson, Kongs.0.7 



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  PANAMA  


Jaime Lloreda's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Panamanians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jaime Lloreda
Jaime Lloreda
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international center Jaime Lloreda (204-80, college: LSU, currently plays in Liga Americas). He could not help Hebraica (1-2) in their last game. Despite Lloreda's very good performance the first-placed Hebraica (1-2) was badly defeated 100-84 on the road by the lower-ranked (#4) San Lorenzo in the group F of Liga Americas. He had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 12 rebounds in 30 minutes on the court. The Second Stage already ended in the Liga Americas. It's Lloreda's first season with the team. Lloreda has relatively good stats this year: 14.3ppg, 13.5rpg, 2FGP: 63.2%(36-57) and FT: 63.6% in six games he played so far. Ex-Magnates de Calidonia player is currently a member of the Panamanian senior national team.

Jamaal Levy
Jamaal Levy
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Jamaal Levy (206-83, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in Argentina). He was not able to help Weber Bahia (21-14) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Levy's good performance Weber Bahia (#3) was defeated 80-69 at home by the lower-ranked Olimpico de La Banda (#5) in the Sur group. He recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 12 rebounds. Levy also added and 5 steals. This season Levy averages: 7.1ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 59.2%(74-125), 3FGP: 30.8% and FT: 56.4%. He is in the roster of the Panamanian senior national team.

Michael Hicks
Michael Hicks
   #3. The Panamanian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Michael Hicks (196-76, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Liga Americas) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jaime Lloreda and both played together in the last Liga Americas game. Hicks. He was not able to secure a victory for Hebraica (1-2) in their last game. Despite Hicks' very good performance Hebraica was badly defeated 100-84 in Almagra by the lower-ranked (#4) San Lorenzo in the group F of Liga Americas. He was the second best scorer with 20 points. Hicks also added 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 36 minutes. Hicks has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.3apg, 2FGP: 48.3%, 3FGP: 48.0%(12-25) and FT: 71.0% in six games. Ex-Toros del Chiriqui David player is also a member of the Panamanian senior national team.

Ernesto Oglivie
Ernesto Oglivie
   #4. Forward Ernesto Oglivie (203-89, currently plays in Uruguay) led Trouville to a surprising victory over the leader Goes (12-3) 74-68 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB in Monday night's game. Oglivie was MVP of the game. He recorded 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Club Trouville Montevideo (2-12) is placed eighth in Promocional 1 group. This season Oglivie has very high stats. He averages: 22.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.5bpg and 1.5spg. Oglivie is also Panamanian national team player.

Gary Forbes
Gary Forbes
   #5. Former international swingman Gary Forbes (201-85, college: Virginia, currently plays in Argentina) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked La Union (8-22) 103-87 in the Argentinian LigaA on Thursday night. He scored 9 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Aerochaco Boca Juniors Capital Feder (12-28) is placed ninth in Sur group. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. Forbes' overall stats this season are: 8.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.4apg and 1.4spg. He is a naturalized American. Forbes used to play for the Panamanian national team six years ago. Strangely he has never played in Panama.

Geno Luzcando
Geno Luzcando
   #6. Guard Geno Luzcando (190-95, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Idaho St. (3-10) in their last game. Despite Luzcando's good performance the Idaho St. lost 76-91 on their home court in Pocatello to the Sacramento State University. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 38 minutes. Luzcando's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Luzcando has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.0spg in 30 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Panamanian National Team roster.

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

   #1. Javier Carter (203-C-91, college: S.Alabama, currently plays in Mexico) led Soles to a victory against the closely-ranked Garzas (22-14) 100-92 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) last Monday. He recorded 15 points and blocked 2 shots in a mere 19 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Soles de Mexicali (23-13) is placed second in the LNBP. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Carter's overall stats are: 7.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg in 10 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Carter used to play for Caballos de Cocle Aguadulce in Panamanian league.

   #2. Gabriel Giron (190-G-88, currently plays in Mexico) managed to help Fuerza Regia Monterrey to win against the closely-ranked Toros (22-14) 84-72 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) last Sunday. Giron scored only 2 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Fuerza Regia Monterrey (32-4) is placed first in the LNBP. Giron's overall stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.2apg. He has a dual citizenship: Panamanian and Mexican.

   #3. Tymell Murphy (196-F-90, college: FIU, currently plays in Japan). Murphy could not help Kagoshima (5-37) to beat Nishinomiya Storks (29-13). He recorded only 4 points in 7 minutes on the court. Kagoshima (#6) was crushed 92-71 on the road by the second-ranked Nishinomiya Storks in the West group. It was Kagoshima's sixth consecutive loss in a row. Murphy has reliable stats this year: 11.6ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.6apg in 39 games. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Murphy has never played in Panama.

   #4. Pablo Rivas (198-F-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Bethune-Cookman College (15-1) crushing them 95-60 in the NCAA in Wednesday night's game. He scored only 2 points. The N.Carolina Central has a very good 10-2 conference record this season. Rivas' team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Rivas' overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg and 4.3rpg.

   #5. Jordan Henriquez-Roberts (214-C-89, college: Kansas St., currently plays in ASEAN League) contributed to a 2-point Saigon Heat's victory against the closely-ranked Singapore Slingers (11-6) 75-73 in the ASEAN League last Sunday. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Henriquez-Roberts also added 6 blocks in 39 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Saigon Heat (6-8) is placed fourth in the ASEAN League. Henriquez-Roberts has reliable stats this year: 13.8ppg, 14.4rpg and 3.2bpg in five games. He is a naturalized American. Henriquez-Roberts used to play for Correcaminos de Colon in Panamanian league.



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  PBL  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tom GARRICK
  Providen.
  (196-G-)
  Avg: 31
 1. Garrick, Providen.31.0 
 2. Phillips, Washingt.27.2 
 3. Jackson, Dubois D.22.3 
 4. Ballard, Ohio B.20.9 
 5. Bowling, Jamestow.20.5 
 6. McKnight, Ohio B.20.2 
 7. Ubiles, Chautauq.18.6 
 8. Edwards, Ohio B.18.3 
 9. Allmond, Rocheste.18.1 
 10. Moore, Dubois D.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julius FRANCIS
  Dubois D.
  (211-C-)
  Avg: 15.7
 1. Francis, Dubois D.15.7 
 2. Bowling, Jamestow.12.0 
 3. Feagan, Chautauq.11.0 
 4. Greene, Chautauq.8.5 
 5. Waddell, Kentucky.8.3 
 6. Jackson, Dubois D.8.3 
 7. Pilarte, Providen.8.0 
 8. Hill, Jamestown J.8.0 
 9. Strothers, Providen.8.0 
 10. Osei, Washingt.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic PHILLIPS
  Washingt.
  (180-PG-)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Phillips, Washingt.6.2 
 2. Jackson, Dubois D.5.7 
 3. Fillyaw, Kentucky M.5.1 
 4. Davenport, Jamestow.4.9 
 5. Simmons, Providen.4.7 
 6. Crescenzi, Jamestow.4.6 
 7. Lyons, Jamestow.4.4 
 8. Ubiles, Chautauq.4.2 
 9. Crouch, Rocheste.4.2 
 10. Davis, Jamestow.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Deverell BIGGS
  Rochester R.
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Biggs, Rochester R.2.9 
 2. Phillips, Washingt.2.8 
 3. Simmons, Providen.2.7 
 4. Brown, Chautauq.2.7 
 5. Hodge, Chautauq.2.7 
 6. Feagan, Chautauq.2.0 
 7. Echols, Chautauq.2.0 
 8. Jackson, Dubois D.2.0 
 9. Dawson, Chautauq.1.9 
 10. Crescenzi, Jamestow.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jordan RAILEY
  Rocheste.
  (213-C-92)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Railey, Rocheste.2.9 
 2. Allen, Jamestow.2.5 
 3. Wells, Washington W.1.6 
 4. Christian, Jamestow.1.4 
 5. Baker, Jamestow.1.4 
 6. Woodson, Rocheste.1.2 
 7. Chichester, Rocheste.1.1 
 8. Coker, Rochester R.1.1 
 9. Jackson, Dubois D.1.0 
 10. White, Jamestow.1.0 



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  POLAND  

DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis RELEFORD
  Siarka
  (198-SG-90)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Releford, Siarka18.1 
 2. Czerapowicz, Kro.17.7 
 3. Szubarga, Asseco17.3 
 4. Ireland, Trefl S.17.2 
 5. Brown, Szczecin16.4 
 6. Miles, Polpharma15.9 
 7. Berisha, Polfarme.15.9 
 8. Balmazovic, Start L.15.6 
 9. Brown, Siarka14.9 
 10. Matczak, Asseco14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Stal Ostrow
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. King, Stal Ostrow11.2 
 2. Knowles, Siarka10.9 
 3. Markovic, Trefl S.8.9 
 4. Peterson, Start L.8.7 
 5. Fraser, Polfarme.8.4 
 6. Bartosz, Polfarme.8.2 
 7. Harris, AZS K.8.0 
 8. Kravish, Energa C.7.4 
 9. Czerapowicz, Kro.6.9 
 10. Archibeque, PGE T.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Energa C.
  (175-PG-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Blassingame, Energa C.7.0 
 2. Johnson, Stal O.6.0 
 3. Robinson, Szczecin5.9 
 4. Grzelinski, Siarka5.6 
 5. Brown, Siarka5.6 
 6. Laczynski, Anwil5.6 
 7. Wiggins, Start Lublin5.4 
 8. Szubarga, Asseco5.2 
 9. Brazelton, Rosa R.5.1 
 10. Goods, Energa C.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Russell ROBINSON
  Szczecin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Robinson, Szczecin2.3 
 2. Lewis, Energa C.2.1 
 3. Markovic, Trefl S.2.0 
 4. Johnson, Stal O.2.0 
 5. Brown, Siarka1.9 
 6. Laczynski, Anwil1.9 
 7. Millage, AZS K.1.8 
 8. Wiggins, Start Lublin1.8 
 9. Grochowski, Polfarme.1.7 
 10. Woloszyn, MKS D.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin JACKSON
  Energa C.
  (204-C/F-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Jackson, Energa C.1.8 
 2. Knowles, Siarka1.6 
 3. King, Stal Ostrow1.3 
 4. Robbins, Szczecin1.3 
 5. Wyka, Krosno1.2 
 6. Gabinski, Polfarme.1.2 
 7. Mirkovic, Polpharma1.1 
 8. Sajus, Polpharma1.0 
 9. Harris, AZS K.1.0 
 10. Brown, AZS K.1.0 


Rosa Radom could add Anthony Ireland - by Eurobasket News

Rosa Radom (PLK) is targeting 26-year old American point guard Anthony Ireland (175-79kg-91, college: Loyola Mary) who currently plays at Trefl Sopot. In 22 PLK games in Poland he had very impressive stats: 17.2ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.6apg this season. The last season Ireland played at Arkadikos in Greek A1 where in 8 games he recorded 7.0ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.6apg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Ireland's team made it to the WCC Tournament Semifinals in 2013. He was also voted All-WCC 1st Team back in 2012, 2013 and 2014 at his college time.
Ireland has played also professionally in France (Chalon/Saor).
He attended Loyola Marymount University until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Maciej Lampe's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Poles playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Maciej Lampe
Maciej Lampe
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Maciej Lampe (211-85, currently plays in China). He led Leopards to an overtime victory over the closely-ranked Sharks (30-8) 102-95 in the Chinese CBA in Sunday night's game. Lampe was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 15 rebounds. Lampe also added 5 assists in 38 minutes on the court. Shenzhen Leopards (26-12) are placed sixth in the CBA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Lampe has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 23.7ppg, 12.9rpg, 2.1apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 59.2%(369-623), 3FGP: 36.2% and FT: 74.4% in 44 games he played so far. Lampe has a dual citizenship: Polish and Swedish. He is currently a member of the Polish senior national team.

Mateusz Ponitka
Mateusz Ponitka
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Mateusz Ponitka (196-93, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Ponitka was the major contributor in a Pinar Karsiyaka's victory against the leader Besiktas (12-2) 90-83 in the Basketball Champions League last Wednesday. He scored 18 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group B. Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (9-5) is placed second. It's Ponitka's first season with the team. Ponitka has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.8apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 49.5%, 3FGP: 35.6% and FT: 72.9%. He is in the roster of the Polish senior national team.

David Logan
David Logan
   #3. The Polish player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international guard David Logan (185-82, college: Indianapolis, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Logan could not help Scandone AV (10-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the second-placed Scandone AV (10-4) lost 68-72 at home to the lower-ranked (#3) Umana Venezia in the group D of Basketball Champions League. Logan was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 3 passes in 26 minutes. This year Logan's overall stats are: 8.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.5apg, 3FGP: 16.7% and FT: 66.7% in two games. He is a naturalized American. Logan played for the Polish national team eight years ago. He used to play for WTK Anwil Wloclawek in Polish league.

Damian Kulig
Damian Kulig
   #4. Power forward Damian Kulig (205-87, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to Banvit's victory against one of league's weakest teams Balikesir (3-17) 79-73 in a derby game in the Turkish BSL in Saturday night's game. Kulig scored 9 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and made 3 blocks. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (15-5) is placed fourth in the BSL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Kulig's total stats this season are: 8.7ppg and 4.8rpg. He used to play for the Polish national team back in 2015.

Adam Waczynski
Adam Waczynski
   #5. International swingman Adam Waczynski (199-89, currently plays in EuroCup) contributed to an Unicaja Malaga's victory against the league leader Bayern Muenchen (6-0) 74-69 in the Eurocup last Wednesday. Waczynski scored 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 29 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Unicaja Malaga (3-3) is placed second in the Eurocup. This year Waczynski's total stats are: 8.7ppg and 2.4rpg in 17 games. He plays currently for the Polish national team.

A.J. Slaughter
A.J. Slaughter
   #6. Point guard A.J. Slaughter (191-87, also represented by BeoBasket, college: W.Kentucky, 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 on Saturday night. Slaughter scored 8 points and added 7 assists. Strasbourg IG (12-9) is placed sixth in the ProA. This season Slaughter has relatively solid stats: 13.4ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.2apg. He is a naturalized American. Slaughter is an international player who is currently on the senior Polish National Team roster. Strangely he has never played in Poland.

Marcin Gortat
Marcin Gortat
   #7. Former international center Marcin Gortat (214-84, currently plays in NBA) led Washington Wizards to a victory against the Denver Nuggets (30-35) 123-113 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Gortat had a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 15 rebounds in 33 minutes. The Washington Wizards have a solid 40-24 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Gortat is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Wizards' roster. He has very impressive stats this season: 11.4ppg, 11.0rpg and 1.5apg in 64 games. Gortat used to play for the Polish national team two years ago.

Aaron Cel
Aaron Cel
   #8. Power forward Aaron Cel (203-87, currently plays in France) was not able to help Gravelines-Dunkerque in their game against Limoges CSP Elite (10-11) in the French ProA. He scored 7 points and added 3 assists. Gravelines-Dunkerque was defeated 88-77 on the road by the lower-ranked Limoges CSP Elite (#9). Cel has averaged so far 7.3ppg and 4.0rpg. Despite he played previously for the French U20 national team, Cel is currently in the Polish national team roster.

Tomasz Gielo
Tomasz Gielo
   #9. International forward Tomasz Gielo (205-93, college: Mississippi, currently plays in Spain) helped Joventut win their game against the third-ranked Movil Estudiantes (16-5) 77-71 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. He scored 10 points in 15 minutes. Divina Seguros Juventut Badalona (7-15) is placed 14th in the Liga Endesa. Gielo has averaged so far 4.0ppg and 1.7rpg in 22 games. He is also in the roster of the Polish national team.

Przemyslaw Karnowski
Przemyslaw Karnowski
   #10. Center Przemyslaw Karnowski (216-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Gonzaga win their game against the Saint Mary's College of California (14-3) 74-56 in the NCAA on Tuesday night. Karnowski recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 4 blocks. The Gonzaga University has a very solid 17-0 conference record this season. So far his team won all seventeen games in the conference. They will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Karnowski has been at the team for five years. Karnowski has reliable stats this season: 12.6ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.0apg. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Polish senior national team.

   #11. Former international shooting guard Dardan Berisha (191-88, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Juvecaserta in their game against Dolomiti En. TR in the Italian Serie A. Berisha cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points, made 5 passes and 3 steals. His team was defeated 76-66. Berisha has averaged so far 3.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.5apg and 2.0spg. He used to play for the Polish national team two years ago.

   #12. International center Adam Lapeta (217-87, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Lithuania) managed to help Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius in a 2-point victory against the closely-ranked Juventus 87-85 in the Lithuanian LKL last Sunday. He recorded only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. Lapeta has averaged so far 4.4ppg and 3.3rpg in 24 games. He is also in the roster of the Polish national team.

   #13. Former international forward Konrad Tota (196-80, college: Dickinson St., currently plays in Germany) helped SG Schwelmer Baskets win their game 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 11 points and getting 10 rebounds. Tota also added 4 assists in a mere 19 minutes. Tota has averaged so far 8.1ppg, 4.6rpg and 2.0apg in eight games. Despite he played previously for the Canadian university national team, Tota is currently in the Polish national team roster.

   #14. U18 international power forward Bartlomiej Pietras (206-98, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Estudiantes B in their game against Villarrobledo in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Pietras recorded only 3 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 14 minutes. His team was crushed by 24 points 65-41. Pietras has averaged so far 5.2ppg and 4.7rpg in 20 games. He plays currently for the Polish U18 national team.

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

   #1. Oded Brandwein (179-PG-88, currently plays in Israel). Brandwein could not help one of league's weakest teams Maccabi Rishon (10-11) to beat Maccabi Haifa (10-11). He scored 7 points. It was his first game for Maccabi Rishon this season. Maccabi Rishon was defeated 83-79 at home by the higher-ranked Maccabi Haifa (#7). Brandwein's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Brandwein has a dual citizenship: Polish and Israeli. Despite his Polish passport, Brandwein previously played for the Israeli U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Polish team.

   #2. Experienced Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82, college: Princeton, currently plays in Germany) led Crailsheim Merlins to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams ETB Wohnbau (6-20) crushing them 93-72 in the German ProA (second division) last Saturday. He scored 12 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 21 minutes. Crailsheim Merlins (21-5) is placed second in the ProA. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Wysocki has reliable stats this year: 10.2ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.8apg in 26 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Polish and German.

   #3. Maciej Baginski (195-SF-95, currently plays in Iceland) led Thor Thorl to a victory against the ninth-ranked Njardvik (10-12) 83-70 in the Icelandic Dominos League in Thursday night's game. Baginski recorded 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 33 minutes. Thor Thorl (12-10) is placed fifth in the Dominos League. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Baginski's stats this year are: 14.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg in 22 games. He has both Polish and Icelandic nationalities. Despite Baginski's Polish passport, he previously played for the Icelandic U18 national team and probably cannot be called to the Polish team.

   #4. Aleksander Lichodzijewski (204-PF-84, currently plays in Belgium) contributed to a 2-point Basic-Fit Brussels' victory against the eighth-ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (8-14) 83-81 in the Belgian Euromillions League on Sunday night. Lichodzijewski recorded 12 points and added 3 passes in 20 minutes. Basic-Fit Brussels (12-10) is placed fourth in the Euromillions League. Lichodzijewski plays fourth season for the team. He has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.9apg in 22 games. Lichodzijewski also holds two passports: Polish and Belgian.

   #5. Stefan Blaszczynski (196-G/F-84, college: Nicholls St., currently plays in Australia) was not able to help Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (1-1) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (#3) were edged 72-70 on the road by the lower-ranked Newcastle Hunters (#4) in the WARATAH group. Blaszczynski was the top scorer with 22 points. He also added 8 rebounds. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Blaszczynski has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg. Blaszczynski has dual citizenship: Polish and Australian. Despite his Polish passport, Blaszczynski previously played for the Australian university national team.

   #6. Andy Mazurczak (188-G, agency: Duran International, college: Wisc.-Parkside, currently plays in Greece) was not able to secure a victory for Kavala in their game against Amyntas Dafnis in the Greek A2 (second division). Mazurczak scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was edged 61-59. Mazurczak averaged so far 12.2ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.2apg and 1.4spg. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Mazurczak has never played in Poland.

   #7. David Brembly (197-G/F-93, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in their game against Bayern Muenchen in the German BBL. He scored only 4 points. His team was crushed by 35 points 108-73. This season Brembly averages just 1.8ppg. He holds both Polish and German passports.

   #8. Gal Gilinski (195-G-95, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Hapoel Kfar Saba in their game against Ironi Nes-Ziona in the Israeli National League (second division). Gilinski recorded 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 14 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 77-60. Gilinski has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.6apg and 1.1spg in 22 games. He has Israeli and Polish nationalities.

   #9. Maciej Klimaszewski (203-C-95, currently plays in Iceland) couldn't help Snaefell (20-5) in their last game on Friday. Despite Klimaszewski's good performance the league leader Snaefell was badly defeated 102-83 in Hafnarfjordur by the much lower-ranked Haukar (#10). He was the second best scorer with 10 points. Klimaszewski also added 7 rebounds. Klimaszewski has averaged so far 4.2ppg and 2.7rpg. He has dual citizenship: Polish and Icelandic. Despite Klimaszewski's Polish passport, he previously played for the Icelandic U18 national team.

   #10. Daniel Motyka (180-PG-92, college: Wisc.-Superior, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to a 3-point IK Eos' victory against the second-ranked Eskilstuna 112-109 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) last Saturday. Motyka recorded 9 points and blocked 2 blocks in 22 minutes. Motyka has averaged so far 8.2ppg and 2.8rpg in 16 games.



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Stats Leaders - UZO Liga

Points Per Game
 Nuno MARCAL
  Maia B.
  (205-F-75)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Marcal, Maia B.21.4 
 2. Novak, Ovarense20.8 
 3. Ogungbemi-J., Galitos-.18.8 
 4. Pavlovic, Sampa.18.1 
 5. Matagrano, Lusit.17.7 
 6. Marzette, CAB M.16.9 
 7. Lima, CAB Madeira16.7 
 8. Hollis, Benfica16.5 
 9. Bishop, Illiabum16.3 
 10. Douvier, Ovarense16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bryce DOUVIER
  Ovarense
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Douvier, Ovarense10.2 
 2. Monteiro, Lusitania9.7 
 3. Washburn, FC Porto8.2 
 4. Marcal, Maia B.8.2 
 5. Torrie, Electric.8.0 
 6. Fernandes, Ovarense7.9 
 7. Grosey, Galitos-.7.9 
 8. Lima, CAB Madeira7.8 
 9. Tadic, Illiabum6.9 
 10. Robinson, Maia B.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Nick NOVAK
  Ovarense
  (182-PG-90)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Novak, Ovarense6.1 
 2. Gameiro, CAB M.5.0 
 3. Ogungbemi-J., Galitos-.4.7 
 4. Pinto, Vitoria SC4.6 
 5. Guillory, Sampaense4.5 
 6. Simic, Lusitania4.3 
 7. Figueiredo, Illiabum4.3 
 8. Robinson, Maia B.4.2 
 9. Tinsley, FC Porto4.1 
 10. Ventura, Electric.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Frederick GENTRY
  CAB M.
  (201-F-77)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gentry, CAB M.2.0 
 2. Guillory, Sampaense2.0 
 3. Bropleh, FC Porto2.0 
 4. Carvalho, Sampa.1.8 
 5. Hallman, Oliveirense1.8 
 6. Marcal, Maia B.1.8 
 7. Robinson, Maia B.1.7 
 8. Novak, Ovarense1.7 
 9. Lanzinha, Electric.1.6 
 10. Barbosa, Oliveirense1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Angelo CHOL
  Illiabum
  (206-F-93)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Chol, Illiabum1.5 
 2. Moses, Vitoria SC1.5 
 3. Gomes, Maia Basket1.2 
 4. Gentry, CAB M.1.0 
 5. Mendes, Sampaense0.9 
 6. Lee, Galitos-Barreiro0.9 
 7. Washburn, FC Porto0.7 
 8. Hollis, Benfica0.7 
 9. Coronel, Electric.0.7 
 10. Marzette, CAB M.0.6 


Joao Gomes selected the top Portuguese players playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Joao Gomes
Joao Gomes
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Joao Gomes (201-85, currently plays in Italy). He led Dolomiti En. TR to a victory against the 12th-ranked Juvecaserta (9-12) 76-66 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Gomes scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 31 minutes on the court. Dolomiti Energia Trento (12-9) is placed fourth in the Serie A. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. This year Gomes averages: 8.2ppg, 5.1rpg, 2FGP: 35.9%, 3FGP: 32.7% and FT: 79.4% in 21 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Cape Verdean and Portuguese. Ex-Barreirense player is currently a member of the Portuguese senior national team.

Miguel Cardoso
Miguel Cardoso
   #2. Second place goes to former U20 international point guard Miguel Cardoso (188-93, currently plays in Germany). Cardoso led Karlsruhe SC to a victory over the eighth-ranked Kaiserslautern (9-13) 104-87 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Cardoso had a triple-double by scoring 23 points, grabbing 13 rebounds and passing 13 assists in 39 minutes. KIT SC Karlsruhe (15-7) is placed second in South-West group. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Cardoso has relatively good stats this year: 14.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 9.0apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 58.0%(47-81), 3FGP: 32.7% and FT: 89.4% in 19 games. He played for the Portuguese U20 national team in 2013.

Candido Sa
Candido Sa
   #3. The Portuguese player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international forward Candido Sa (206-92, currently plays college basketball in the States). Sa managed to help Rutgers, The State University to win against the Ohio State University (15-1) 66-57 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. He scored only 4 points. The Rutgers, The State University has rather weak 3-13 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. It's Sa's first year with the team. Sa's overall stats this season are: 3.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 2FGP: 43.4%, 3FGP: 21.1% and FT: 45.7%. He played for the Portuguese U20 national team five years ago.

Diogo Brito
Diogo Brito
   #4. Guard Diogo Brito (196-97, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the Utah St. (6-9) to beat the The University of Nevada (5-13). Brito cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. The Utah St. was defeated 83-69 at home by the The University of Nevada. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This season Brito averages just 0.8ppg. He is also Portuguese U20 national team player.

Jose Miranda
Jose Miranda
   #5. Former U18 international small forward Jose Miranda (189-94, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Santfeliuenc in their game against Cornella (10-9) in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). Miranda cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 14 minutes. It was his first game for Santfeliuenc this season. The tenth-placed Santfeliuenc (7-12) lost 59-64 on the road to the higher-ranked (#6) Cornella in the Group C-A. It was Santfeliuenc's fifth consecutive loss in a row. Miranda used to play for the Portuguese U18 national team five years ago.

Henrique Onofre
Henrique Onofre
   #6. Small forward Henrique Onofre (189-94, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked AEC Collblanc (10-8) crushing them 89-59 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Sunday night's game. Onofre recorded 10 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists in 26 minutes. B.C. Martorell Solvay (14-5) is placed second in Group C-A. It's Onofre's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.1apg in 19 games. Onofre is a former U20 international player as he played for the Portuguese team three years ago.

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

   #1. Ivan Almeida (198-SF-89, college: Stonehill, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Olympique Antibes (7-14) 73-57 in the French ProA last Friday. Almeida scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Cholet Basket (8-13) is placed 14th in the ProA. Almeida's overall stats this season are: 5.5ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.5apg. He has a dual citizenship: Cape Verdean and Portuguese.

   #2. Venelin Hristov (198-G/F-95, currently plays in Bulgaria). Hristov could not help Cherno More (5-13) to beat Rilski (12-7). He scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. Cherno More was edged 97-94 on the road by the higher-ranked (#4) Rilski. It was Cherno More's third consecutive loss in a row. It's Hristov's fifth season with the team. This year Hristov's overall stats are: 5.1ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.4apg in 14 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Portuguese and Bulgarian. Despite Hristov's Portuguese nationality, he previously played for the Bulgarian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Portuguese team.

   #3. Joel Almeida (195-F-85, college: Brockport St., currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a CB Granada's victory against the 11th-ranked Agustinos-Leclerc (11-13) crushing them 92-66 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game. Almeida scored 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Coviran Granada (17-7) is placed second in the LEB Silver. Almeida's overall stats this season are: 8.6ppg and 4.0rpg. He has both Cape Verdean and Portuguese nationalities.

   #4. Kevin Monteiro (196-F-94, currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to help Winterthur in their game against Fribourg (15-3) in the Swiss LNA. Monteiro scored 7 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 33 minutes. Winterthur was crushed 103-53 on the opponent's court by the leading Fribourg. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Monteiro's overall stats are: 8.2ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.8apg, 1.2bpg and 1.3spg in six games. He also holds two passports: Portuguese and Swiss.

   #5. Daniel Relvao (206-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the George Mason (9-6) in their game against the Virginia Commonwealth University (8-8) in the NCAA. Relvao recorded only 4 points. The George Mason was defeated 71-60 at home by the Virginia Commonwealth University. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. It's Relvao's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 0.7ppg and 1.7rpg.

   #6. Joao Pedro Nunes (182-PG-88, currently plays in Luxembourg) contributed to Arantia's victory against the fourth-ranked BC Mess 94-85 in the Luxembourg Total League on Saturday night. Nunes scored 10 points and added 6 assists in 26 minutes. This year his overall stats are: 4.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.5spg in 22 games.

   #7. Experienced Arnaldinho Filho (187-G-78, currently plays in Brazil) led Botafogo F.R. to a victory over the league outsider Santos/Macapa 81-67 in the Brazilian Liga Ouro (second division) on Sunday night. He was the best player in that game. Filho recorded 22 points. This season Filho has relatively solid stats: 13.0ppg and 1.5rpg. He has Portuguese and Brazilian nationalities.



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  PUERTO RICO  


Alex Franklin selected the top Puerto Rican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Alex Franklin
Alex Franklin
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Alex Franklin (198-88, college: Siena, currently plays in Mexico). He led Toros to a victory over the league leader Fuerza Regia (32-4) 81-71 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) last Wednesday. Franklin was MVP of the game. He scored 25 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Toros de Nuevo Laredo (22-14) is placed third in the LNBP. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Franklin has relatively good stats this season: 10.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 58.3%(28-48), 3FGP: 27.6% and FT: 57.7%. He has a dual citizenship: Puerto Rican and American. Franklin is currently a member of the Puerto Rican senior national team. He used to play for Indios de Mayaguez in Puerto Rican league.

Maurice Harkless
Maurice Harkless
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Maurice Harkless (203-93, college: St.John's, currently plays in NBA). Harkless contributed to a Portland Trail Blazers' victory against the Brooklyn Nets (11-53) 130-116 in the NBA on Saturday night. He scored 18 points and added 3 assists in 30 minutes. The Portland Trail Blazers have 28-34 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Harkless has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 55.5%(193-348), 3FGP: 35.9% and FT: 63.2% in 58 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Puerto Rican and American. Harkless is in the roster of the Puerto Rican senior national team. Strangely he has never played in Puerto Rico.

Ramon Clemente
Ramon Clemente
   #3. The Puerto Rican player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., currently plays in Argentina). Clemente was the major contributor in Ferrocarril's victory against the ninth-ranked Boca Juniors (12-28) 71-70 in a derby game in the Argentinian LigaA in Tuesday night's game. He recorded 17 points. Ferrocarril Oeste Capital Federal (24-13) is placed second in Sur group. Clemente has reliable stats this season: 13.8ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 63.9%(145-227), 3FGP: 40.7% and FT: 79.8%. He has both American and Puerto Rican nationalities. Clemente is also a member of the Puerto Rican senior national team. He used to play for Indios de Mayaguez in Puerto Rican league.

Carlos Rivera
Carlos Rivera
   #4. An experienced point guard Carlos Rivera (187-83, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Mexico) helped Fuerza Regia win their game against the closely-ranked Toros (22-14) 84-72 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) last Sunday. Rivera scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 23 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Fuerza Regia Monterrey (32-4) is placed first in the LNBP. Rivera's stats this year are: 12.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.9apg and 1.1spg in 36 games. He used to play for the Puerto Rican national team back in 2015.

Wilfredo Pagan
Wilfredo Pagan
   #5. Former international point guard Wilfredo Pagan (184-76, currently plays in Mexico) is a teammate of previously mentioned Alex Franklin and both played together in the last Mexican LNBP game. Pagan helped Toros win their game against the league leader Fuerza Regia (32-4) 81-71. He scored 16 points and added 6 assists. This season Pagan averages: 8.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 3.3apg. He also holds two passports: Puerto Rican and American. Pagan used to play for the Puerto Rican national team fifteen years ago. He played also for Brujos de Guayama in Puerto Rican league.

Alex Abreu
Alex Abreu
   #6. Point guard Alex Abreu (180-91, college: W.Georgia, currently plays in Venezuela) could not help Guaros (0-2) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Abreu's good performance the fourth-placed Guaros (0-2) was edged 90-89 on the road by the higher-ranked Guaiqueries (#3) in the Western Conference. He scored 10 points and added 3 assists. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Abreu's overall stats this year are: 6.5ppg and 2.0apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Puerto Rican National Team roster.

Guillermo Diaz
Guillermo Diaz
   #7. International guard Guillermo Diaz (188-85, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Liga Americas) helped his Argentinian team San Lorenzo win their game against the leader Hebraica (1-2) 100-84 in the Liga Americas last Friday. Diaz recorded 9 points and added 6 passes in 20 minutes. San Lorenzo de Almagra (1-2) is placed fourth in group F. The Second Stage already ended in the Liga Americas. It's Diaz's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 6.8ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.8apg in six games. Diaz is also Puerto Rican national team player.

Kevin Young
Kevin Young
   #8. Forward Kevin Young (203-90, college: Kansas, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to help CA Platense (14-14) in their last game. Despite Young's very good performance CA Platense (#4) lost 85-91 in Trelew to the higher-ranked (#3) Huracan in the Center South group. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 13 rebounds. Young also added 4 assists in 27 minutes. The Regular Season already ended. Young has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.4ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg in five games. Young used to play for the Puerto Rican national team back in 2015.

Jose Juan Barea
Jose Juan Barea
   #9. International point guard Jose Juan Barea (183-84, college: Northeastern, currently plays in NBA) helped Dallas Mavericks win their game against the Brooklyn Nets (11-53) 105-96 in the NBA last Friday. He scored 9 points and added 3 assists. The Dallas Mavericks have 28-36 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Barea has very high stats. He averages: 12.0ppg, 2.8rpg and 4.8apg. Barea is also in the roster of the Puerto Rican national team.

Rasham Suarez
Rasham Suarez
   #10. Guard Rasham Suarez (190-92, college: S