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  ABA LEAGUE  


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ante ZIZIC
  Cibona
  (210-F/C-97)
  Avg: 20
 1. Zizic, Cibona20.0 
 2. Marinkovic, Zadar17.7 
 3. Boatright, Cedevita17.5 
 4. Lukovic, Krka16.8 
 5. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija16.6 
 6. Jefferson, Un.Olimp.15.6 
 7. Labovic, Karpos S.15.6 
 8. Barac, Zadar15.6 
 9. Zagorac, Mega Leks15.0 
 10. Hatcher, Partizan14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante ZIZIC
  Cibona
  (210-F/C-97)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Zizic, Cibona9.2 
 2. Kaba, Mega Leks7.5 
 3. Lukovic, Krka7.4 
 4. Oliver, Un.Olimpija7.2 
 5. Bolden, FMP7.2 
 6. Jankovic, Un.Olimpija7.2 
 7. Bilan, Cedevita7.0 
 8. Scott, MZT Skopje6.9 
 9. Zagorac, Mega Leks6.5 
 10. James, Buducnost6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Scottie REYNOLDS
  Cibona
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Reynolds, Cibona6.9 
 2. Jackson, Cedevita6.6 
 3. Covic, FMP6.4 
 4. Williams, Buducnost6.3 
 5. Jovic, Crvena Z.6.1 
 6. Rebec, Krka5.9 
 7. Rebic, Mega Leks5.8 
 8. Vladovic, Zadar4.8 
 9. Babic, Cedevita4.7 
 10. Bakic, Mornar Bar4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Scottie REYNOLDS
  Cibona
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Reynolds, Cibona2.0 
 2. Hrovat, Un.Olimpija1.8 
 3. Vladovic, Zadar1.7 
 4. Labovic, Karpos S.1.7 
 5. Perry, Karpos S.1.6 
 6. Pavic, Mornar Bar1.6 
 7. Kaba, Mega Leks1.5 
 8. Oliver, Un.Olimpija1.5 
 9. Lazic, Crvena Z.1.5 
 10. Rozic, Cibona1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Partizan
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Lukovic, Partizan1.7 
 2. James, Buducnost1.6 
 3. Ellis, Mornar Bar1.6 
 4. Scott, MZT Skopje1.4 
 5. Begic, Cedevita1.2 
 6. Austin, FMP1.2 
 7. Zizic, Cibona1.2 
 8. Bolden, FMP1.0 
 9. Davidovac, FMP1.0 
 10. Trajkovski, Karpos S.1.0 


Round 26 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in ABA League just ended.

The most important game in the last round took place in Aleksandrovac between third ranked Serbian Partizan (19-7) and fifth ranked Bosnian Igokea (13-13) on Saturday night. Partizan was defeated by Igokea in a tough game on the road 64-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Partizan. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-17. But Partizan won second period 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Serbian guard Vuk Radivojevic (196-83) who scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Croatian-Bosnian center Robert Rikic (219-90) chipped in 9 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Novica Velickovic (205-86, agency: BeoBasket) produced 9 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending Bosnian champion maintains fifth position with 13-13 record. Partizan at the other side keeps the third place with seven games lost.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Beograd. First ranked Serbian Crvena Zvezda faced 4th ranked Montenegrin Buducnost. Host Crvena Zvezda (25-1) defeated guests from Podgorica (18-8) 82-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Buducnost. American-Serbian Charles Jenkins (191-89, college: Hofstra) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 5 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Luka Mitrovic contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American guard Marcus Williams (191-85, college: Connecticut) replied with 14 points and 5 assists for Buducnost. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Crvena Zvezda have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending Serbian champion maintains first position with 25-1 record. Defending Montenegrin champion Buducnost keeps the fourth place with eight games lost.
Bottom-ranked Slovenian Krka managed to get a eighth victory, breaking the five-game losing streak on Sunday night. This time they won against sixth-ranked Croatian Cibona in Novo Mesto 95-91. Marko Lukovic scored 24 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Marin Rozic responded with 24 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Krka (8-18) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with MZT Skopje. Cibona lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Mega Leks.
A very interesting game took place in Zadar. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Slovenian Un.Olimpija (10-16) to thirteenth ranked Croatian KK Zadar (9-17) 81-78 on Sunday evening. Ivan Ramljak notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort. KK Zadar's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. KK Zadar moved-up to twelfth place. Un.Olimpija lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 16 games lost.

Rest of the games of round 26 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Mornar Bar defeated MZT Skopje in a road game 69-63. Mega Leks beat Karpos Sokoli at home 82-69. FMP lost to Cedevita on the opponent's court 92-104.

Crvena Zvezda - Buducnost 82-66

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Beograd. First ranked Serbian Crvena Zvezda faced 4th ranked Montenegrin Buducnost. Host Crvena Zvezda (25-1) defeated guests from Podgorica (18-8) 82-66. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Buducnost. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Crvena Zvezda's pressure prevailed and they won that period 16-7 extending their advantage to 16 points. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Buducnost to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded Buducnost 31-20 including 22 on the defensive glass. Crvena Zvezda players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. American-Serbian Charles Jenkins (191-89, college: Hofstra) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 5 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Luka Mitrovic (204-93) contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American guard Marcus Williams (191-85, college: Connecticut) replied with 14 points and 5 assists and Serbian-Montenegrin forward Boris Savovic (208-87, agency: BeoBasket) added 9 points in the effort for Buducnost. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Crvena Zvezda have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending Serbian champion maintains first position with 25-1 record. Defending Montenegrin champion Buducnost keeps the fourth place with eight games lost.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: C.Jenkins 21+3reb+5ast, O.Kuzmic 14+8reb+3ast, L.Mitrovic 13+5reb+7ast, M.Guduric 9+3reb+2ast, S.Jovic 5+1reb+4ast, B.Lazic 5+2reb+1ast
Buducnost: M.Williams 14+1reb+5ast, N.Gordic 10+1reb, B.Savovic 9+2reb+2ast, P.Popovic 6+2reb+1ast, Z.Nikolic 6+1reb, S.Sehovic 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 476314


MZT Skopje - Mornar Bar 63-69

There was no surprise when 13th ranked FYR Macedonian MZT Skopje (8-18) was defeated at home by eleventh ranked Montenegrin Mornar Bar (10-16) 69-63. The guests were already 15 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 22-13 MZT Skopje's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 69-63 at the end of the game. Mornar Bar forced 19 MZT Skopje turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by MZT Skopje helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Lamont Jones (183-90, college: Iona, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) notched 20 points to lead the effort and the other American import guard Antabia Waller (191-88, college: Auburn) supported him with 12 points and 5 rebounds. Four Mornar Bar players scored in double figures. Mornar Bar's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 21 points by Serbian swingman Djordje Drenovac (201-92) did not help to save the game for MZT Skopje. Surinamese-Dutch guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) added 9 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Mornar Bar have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. MZT Skopje lost fourth consecutive game. Defending FYR Macedonian champion dropped to the bottom position with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
Mornar Bar: L.Jones 20+2reb, B.Bakic 15+1reb+3ast, A.Waller 12+5reb+3ast, B.Radunovic 10+5reb, M.Mugosa 4, R.Vujosevic 3+6reb
MZT Skopje: D.Drenovac 21+2reb+1ast, M.Simonovski 9+1reb+1ast, C.Kloof 9+7reb+3ast, X.Thames 9+7reb+2ast, J.Lalic 9+7reb, J.Scott 3+4reb
gschID: 476308


Zadar - Un.Olimpija 81-78

A very interesting game took place in Zadar. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Slovenian Un.Olimpija (10-16) to thirteenth ranked Croatian KK Zadar (9-17) 81-78 on Sunday evening. The hosts were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 19-13 run, which allowed them to win the game. KK Zadar forced 19 Un.Olimpija turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by Un.Olimpija helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Bosnian-Croatian Ivan Ramljak (203-90) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and point guard Jakov Vladovic (187-83) supported him with 16 points. Five KK Zadar players scored in double figures. KK Zadar's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 17 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) by Serbian Nikola Jankovic (207-94, agency: BeoBasket) did not help to save the game for Un.Olimpija. American point guard Brandon Jefferson (175-91, college: Metro St.) added 20 points for the guests. KK Zadar moved-up to twelfth place. Un.Olimpija lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Zadar: I.Ramljak 18+11reb+3ast, B.Barac 18+2reb+2ast, J.Vladovic 16+4reb+3ast, M.Kovacevic 11+1reb+1ast, I.Marinkovic 11+6reb, K.Krajina 5+2reb+1ast
Un.Olimpija: B.Jefferson 20+4reb+3ast, N.Jankovic 17+9reb+3ast, D.Oliver 15+4reb+1ast, G.Hrovat 8+4reb+3ast, J.Barbaric 6+3reb+2ast, J.Pelko 5+3reb+6ast
gschID: 476312


Krka - Cibona 95-91

Bottom-ranked Slovenian Krka managed to get a eighth victory, breaking the five-game losing streak on Sunday night. This time they won against sixth-ranked Croatian Cibona in Novo Mesto 95-91. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 29-21 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Krka made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Krka outrebounded Cibona 41-29 including 29 on the defensive glass. Serbian Marko Lukovic (207-92, agency: BeoBasket) scored 24 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Ron Curry (191-93, college: JMU, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 15 points during the contest. Four Krka players scored in double figures. Forward Marin Rozic (201-83, agency: Interperformances) responded with 24 points and 5 rebounds and forward Zeljko Sakic (204-88, agency: BeoBasket) scored 16 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Krka (8-18) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with MZT Skopje. Cibona lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 15 games lost. They share it with Mega Leks.
Top scorers:
Krka: M.Lukovic 24+6reb, R.Curry 15+4reb+2ast, M.Rebec 13+1reb+5ast, M.Rojc 12+3reb+3ast, E.Kastrati 8+5reb, D.Elliott 7+8reb
Cibona: M.Rozic 24+5reb+1ast, Z.Sakic 16+4reb+2ast, L.Zoric 16+2reb, P.Marinelli 9+4ast, S.Reynolds 8+4reb+8ast, N.Slavica 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 476310


Mega Leks - Karpos Sokoli 82-69

Everything could happen in Sremska Mitrovica at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Serbian Mega Leks and 8th ranked FYR Macedonian Karpos Sokoli had identical 10-15 record. This time Mega Leks used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Skopje 82-69. Karpos Sokoli was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 42-27 second half run of Mega Leks. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Karpos Sokoli's 24. They outrebounded Karpos Sokoli 46-33 including 32 on the defensive glass. Mega Leks players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Karpos Sokoli helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Swingman Rade Zagorac (205-95, agency: BeoBasket) notched 19 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and Montenegrin power forward Radosav Spasojevic (204-92, agency: BeoBasket) supported him with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Mega Leks' coach used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Even 14 points and 9 rebounds by Serbian power forward Dragan Labovic (207-87, agency: Alti Sport) did not help to save the game for Karpos Sokoli. Power forward Bojan Trajkovski (208-88, agency: Mansfield and Associates) added 17 points for the guests. Mega Leks (11-15) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Cibona. Karpos Sokoli at the other side keeps the eighth position with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Mega Leks: R.Spasojevic 20+8reb+1ast, R.Zagorac 19+9reb+3ast, J.Novak 13+4reb+3ast, A.Kaba 8+5reb, K.Mushidi 7+6reb+2ast, N.Rebic 4+1reb+6ast
Karpos Sokoli: B.Trajkovski 17+4reb+2ast, D.Labovic 14+9reb+1ast, F.Sepa 8+2reb+6ast, K.Perry 8+6reb+5ast, I.Penov 8+3reb, D.Sokolov 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 476311


Igokea - Partizan 70-64

The most important game in the last round took place in Aleksandrovac between third ranked Serbian Partizan (19-7) and fifth ranked Bosnian Igokea (13-13) on Saturday night. Partizan was defeated by Igokea in a tough game on the road 64-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Partizan. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-17. But Partizan won second period 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Serbian guard Vuk Radivojevic (196-83) who scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Croatian-Bosnian center Robert Rikic (219-90) chipped in 9 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Novica Velickovic (205-86, agency: BeoBasket) produced 9 points and 9 rebounds and guard Branislav Ratkovica (192-85, agency: BeoBasket) added 14 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending Bosnian champion maintains fifth position with 13-13 record. Partizan at the other side keeps the third place with seven games lost.
Top scorers:
Igokea: V.Radivojevic 20+5reb+2ast, J.Robinson 9+5reb+1ast, D.Sibalic 9+3reb, R.Rikic 9+7reb+1ast, B.Mahkovic 6+3reb+1ast, N.Pesakovic 6+2ast
Partizan: B.Ratkovica 14+2reb+2ast, W.Hatcher 12+2ast, N.Velickovic 9+9reb+3ast, F.Robinson 8+2ast, U.Lukovic 7+10reb, V.Marinkovic 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 476309


Cedevita - FMP 104-92

Very expected game in Zagreb where 7th ranked Serbian FMP (10-16) was defeated by second ranked Croatian Cedevita (20-6) 104-92. They made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Cedevita forced 19 FMP turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by FMP helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Center Miro Bilan (213-89, agency: BeoBasket) notched 23 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and American point guard Ryan Boatright (183-92, college: Connecticut) supported him with 20 points. Even 21 points and 7 assists by guard Marko Ljubicic (195-87) did not help to save the game for FMP. Australian forward Jonah Bolden (208-96, college: UCLA) added 23 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from downtown making all seven shots !!!) for the guests. Four FMP players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Cedevita have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending Croatian champion maintains second position with 20-6 record having just ten point less than leader Crvena Zvezda. FMP lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth place with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: M.Bilan 23+7reb+2ast, R.Boatright 20+2ast, M.Begic 13+7reb+1ast, T.Katic 10+2reb, J.Shurna 8+5reb+2ast, F.Kruslin 8+1ast
FMP: J.Bolden 23+5reb+2ast, M.Ljubicic 21+3reb+7ast, D.Davidovac 16+2reb+6ast, D.Apic 10+9reb+5ast, N.Zizic 9+3reb+1ast, I.Austin 6+2reb
gschID: 476313





Miro Bilan claims ABA League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Miro Bilan (213-C-89, agency: BeoBasket) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Cedevita and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 27-year old center had the game-high 23 points adding seven rebounds and two assists for Cedevita in his team's victory, helping them to beat FMP (#9, 10-16) 104-92. Cedevita maintains the 2nd position in ABA League . They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Cedevita will need more victories to improve their 20-6 record. Bilan has many years of experience at Cedevita, through which he has constantly improved. Bilan has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 7.0rpg) and averages solid 54.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 22-year old Serbian power forward Nikola Jankovic (207-PF-94, agency: BeoBasket) of Un.Olimpija. Jankovic impressed basketball fans with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Un.Olimpija was edged by slightly lower-ranked Zadar (#12, 9-17) 81-78. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Un.Olimpija dropped in the standings to 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-16 record. Jankovic is a newcomer at Un.Olimpija and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.6ppg (#5). He also registered 7.2 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Marin Rozic (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances) of Cibona (#7). Rozic scored 24 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Rozic's great performance Cibona lost 91-95 to the lower-ranked Krka (#13, 8-18). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Cibona ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Rozic could help Cibona to bring them higher in the standings. Rozic has a very solid season. In 25 games in ABA League he scored 9.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ivan Ramljak (203-SF-90) of Zadar - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Charles Jenkins (191-SG-89) of Crvena Zvezda - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Rade Zagorac (205-G/F-95) of Mega Leks - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Boris Barac (205-F-92) of Zadar - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Ognjen Kuzmic (213-C-90) of Crvena Zvezda - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Scottie Reynolds (188-PG-87) of Cibona - 8 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Radosav Spasojevic (204-F/C-92) of Mega Leks - 20 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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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  


Rwanda off to winning start at FIBA-Africa Zone V tourney - by Eurobasket News

The national basketball team has got off to a flying start at this year's FIBA-Africa Zone V championships in Cairo, Egypt. Rwanda, which is pooled in group A along with hosts and defending champions Egypt, Kenya and South Sudan, kicked off their campaign with a comfortable win against Kenya at Mondayat Cairo national stadium. Coach Moise Mutokambali 's side, who are seeking to qualify for this year's Afro-Basketball finals that will be held in the Republic of Congo, began the game in high gear winning the first quarter 14-7. However, things turned around for the national team in the second quarter as the Kenyans fought their way back into the game 12-25, hence going into the half time break with leading Rwanda 26-32. With a five-point lead, Rwanda had to dig deep in the third quarter to save their game which they consequently did taking it by 21-8, hence opening a seven-point gap (47-40) before the final fourth quarter. The national team maintained their pace in the final quarter which they comfortably took 29-20, thus wrapping up the game 76-60. Kenneth Gasana dropped the game's high 24 points. Rwanda will today evening face off Egypt in their second and most difficult game and a win would increase their chances to advance to the semi-finals.
Egypt won their first game against South Sudan on Sunday 87-76. In another game that took place on Monday, Uganda defeated Somalia 94 -72 in a group B encounter. The two teams that top the group will qualify for the semifinals and take on the top two from Group B that includes Uganda, Somalia and Burundi. The semifinals will be played on Friday before the tournament climaxes on Saturday.
Courtesy of: newtimes.co.rw



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  ALBANIA  


Superliga Round 16: Leader SK Tirana loses to Vllaznia Shkodra - by Eurobasket News

Top ranked SK Tirana (14-2) recorded its second loss on the court of second ranked Vllaznia Shkodra on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by Vllaznia Shkodra 96-93. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of SK Tirana. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 3 points. Vllaznia Shkodra (11-5) have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position having just three points less than leader SK Tirana, which they share with Teuta. SK Tirana at the other side still keeps top place with two games lost.
An exciting game was played in Kamza. Third ranked Teuta faced 4th ranked Kamza Basket. Guests from Durres (11-5) defeated host Kamza Basket (7-9) 72-59. Teuta moved-up to second place, which they share with Vllaznia. Kamza Basket lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with nine games lost.
Bottom-ranked Flamurtari (0-16) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 107-42 loss to fifth ranked Ardhmeria (5-11) in on Sunday evening. Newly promoted Ardhmeria maintains fifth position with 5-11 record. Loser Flamurtari still closes the standings.

Vllaznia - SK Tirana 96-93

Top ranked SK Tirana (14-2) recorded its second loss on the court of second ranked Vllaznia Shkodra on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by Vllaznia Shkodra 96-93. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of SK Tirana. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 3 points. Vllaznia Shkodra (11-5) have an impressive five-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position having just three points less than leader SK Tirana, which they share with Teuta. SK Tirana at the other side still keeps top place with two games lost.
gschID: 540251


Ardhmeria - Flamurtari 107-42

Bottom-ranked Flamurtari (0-16) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 107-42 loss to fifth ranked Ardhmeria (5-11) in on Sunday evening. The game without a history. Ardhmeria led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Flamurtari to just 7 points in second quarter. Newly promoted Ardhmeria maintains fifth position with 5-11 record. Loser Flamurtari still closes the standings.
gschID: 540249


Kamza Basket - Teuta 59-72

An exciting game was played in Kamza. Third ranked Teuta faced 4th ranked Kamza Basket. Guests from Durres (11-5) defeated host Kamza Basket (7-9) 72-59. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Teuta's pressure prevailed and they won that period 18-8 extending their advantage to 13 points. Teuta moved-up to second place, which they share with Vllaznia. Kamza Basket lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with nine games lost.
gschID: 540250





Klaudio Ndoja selected the top Albanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Klaudio Ndoja
Klaudio Ndoja
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Klaudio Ndoja (201-85, currently plays in Italy). He could not help Virtus Bologna (17-7) in their last game. Despite Ndoja's good performance the first-placed Virtus Bologna (17-7) lost 105-113 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) Verona in the East group. He scored 13 points in 36 minutes on the court. It was Virtus Bologna's first loss after three consecutive victories. It's Ndoja's first season with the team. This year Ndoja averages: 7.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 2FGP: 57.1%, 3FGP: 35.7% and FT: 77.8% in five games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Albanian and Italian. Ndoja played for the Albanian senior national team five years ago.

Elvisi Dusha
Elvisi Dusha
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Elvisi Dusha (188-94, currently plays in United Kingdom). Dusha was not able to help Plymouth Raiders (12-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance Plymouth Raiders was crushed 99-69 in Leeds by the one of league's weakest teams (#11) Force. Dusha was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 3 assists in a mere 17 minutes. It was Plymouth Raiders' fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Dusha's overall stats are: 2.9ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 37.5%, 3FGP: 31.3% and FT: 66.7% in eight games. He is another player who holds two passports: Albanian and British. Despite Dusha played previously for the British U20 national team, he is currently a member of the Albanian senior national team.

Franko Bushati
Franko Bushati
   #3. The Albanian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international shooting guard Franko Bushati (189-85, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Italy). Bushati was not able to secure a victory for Brescia (10-12) in their game against Enel Brindisi (11-11) in the Italian Serie A. His contribution was not very remarkable in Sunday's game. Bushati recorded only 3 points. Brescia was defeated 91-81 at home by the higher-ranked Enel Brindisi (#8). This season Bushati averages just 2.5ppg, 2FGP: 42.3%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 53.3%. He has both Albanian and Italian nationalities. Bushati played for the Albanian national team five years ago.

Vildan Mitku
Vildan Mitku
   #4. An experienced forward Vildan Mitku (200-83, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Tuebingen II (8-15) in their game against Mainz (8-15) in the German Regionalliga (fourth division), despite his very good performance last Saturday. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Mitku also added 6 rebounds in 35 minutes. But Tuebingen II (#11) lost 77-87 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#10) Mainz in the South-West group. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Mitku is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Tuebingen II's roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Mitku averages: 16.5ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.5apg and 1.4spg in 22 games. He used to play for the Albanian national team back in 2011.

Frenki Lilaj
Frenki Lilaj
   #5. U18 international center Frenki Lilaj (201-98, currently plays in Czech Republic) couldn't help GBA Sparta (5-16) in their game against Novy Jicin (7-14) in the Czech Republic 1Liga (second division). Lilaj did not beat the league record on Sunday evening. He scored only one point and grabbed 9 rebounds. GBA Sparta (#6) was crushed 100-77 on their home court in Praha by the higher-ranked Novy Jicin (#5) in the Places 13-20 group. It was GBA Sparta's ninth consecutive loss in a row. Lilaj's total stats this season are: 2.1ppg and 2.9rpg. He plays currently for the Albanian U18 national team.

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

   #1. Erjon Kastrati (198-SG-94, currently plays in ABA League) contributed to Krka's surprising victory against the seventh-ranked Cibona (11-15) 95-91 in the ABA League last Sunday. He scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Krka Novo Mesto (8-18) closes the standings in the ABA League. But the situation may improve as they ended a series of five consecutive loses. The Regular Season already ended in the ABA League. Kastrati has been at the team for five years. Kastrati's overall stats this season are: 3.6ppg and 2.3rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Kosovan and Albanian.

   #2. Klaudio Patani (197-F/C-96, currently plays in Italy) could not help Isernia (7-15) in their last game. Despite Patani's good performance Isernia (#12) was crushed 88-44 at home by the much higher-ranked (#3) San Severo in the Group D. He was the second best scorer with 12 points in 26 minutes. This year Patani's total stats are: 9.4ppg and 7.6rpg in 21 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Albanian and Italian.

Other top Albanian players, who play abroad:

Rashaun Broadus (183-PG-84) plays for SC Rasta Vechta in German BBL
Besnik Bekteshi (191-G-93) plays for SC Rasta Vechta in German BBL
Shkelzen Bekteshi (185-G-91) plays for Kirchheim Knights in German ProA
Celis Taflaj (201-SF-98) plays for Viola RC in Italian Serie A2
Ergys Rrapi (200-C-83) plays for Ermis Lagkada in Greek B
Bruno Zyka (184-SG-97) plays for Francavilla in Italian Serie C Silver
Nderim Pelaj (182-PG-88) plays for Halle USV in German 2.Regionalliga
Endri Roshi (201-F-94) plays for Humber College in CCAA
Eljon Harlicaj (193-F-93) plays for Lug.Tigers U23 in Swiss LNB

Notice: The list above includes only some of the Albanian playing currently abroad. Go to Albanian Abroad Page to see completed list.



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  ANTIGUA  


ABBA Round 20 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

The game in was quite interesting. 6th ranked Freetown T. (3-7) played at the court of seventh ranked Ottos (4-6). Ottos managed to secure a 4-point victory 64-60 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Freetown T. won third quarter 19-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ottos moved-up to fifth place. Freetown T. lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. Ottos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in to the arena .
9th ranked Yorks Crushers (1-9) were outscored at home by fourth ranked Flyers (7-2) with the biggest margin this round 97-54. Flyers have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Cutie Ovals Ojays and Stingerz. Yorks Crushers lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Flyers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Yorks Crushers will play against Freetown T. (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Ottos - Freetown T. 64-60

The game in was quite interesting. 6th ranked Freetown T. (3-7) played at the court of seventh ranked Ottos (4-6). Ottos managed to secure a 4-point victory 64-60 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Freetown T. won third quarter 19-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ottos moved-up to fifth place. Freetown T. lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. Ottos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in to the arena .
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Yorks Crushers - Flyers 54-97

9th ranked Yorks Crushers (1-9) were outscored at home by fourth ranked Flyers (7-2) with the biggest margin this round 97-54. It looked good early as Yorks Crushers took a 2-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Flyers had a 25-13 second period charge getting the lead and Yorks Crushers were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 54-97. Flyers have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Cutie Ovals Ojays and Stingerz. Yorks Crushers lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Flyers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Yorks Crushers will play against Freetown T. (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Tucker, Estudian.21.7 
 2. Green, Instituto20.4 
 3. Solano, Echague19.4 
 4. Quinteros, Regat.19.3 
 5. Sims, Regatas C.18.2 
 6. Baxley, Atenas17.7 
 7. Mickeal, Atenas16.7 
 8. Vildoza, Quilm.16.6 
 9. Horner, Obras B.16.5 
 10. Gadson, Argentino16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12
 1. Williams, Olimpico.12.0 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.6 
 3. Clancy, Instituto9.8 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.8 
 5. Wood, San M.8.9 
 6. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.7 
 7. Justiz, Estudian.8.5 
 8. Francis, La Union8.2 
 9. Horner, Obras B.8.2 
 10. Johnson, Atenas8.1 
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 Union5.4 
 5. Aguirre, San L.5.4 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.2 
 7. Hopson, Quimsa4.6 
 8. De-l., GECR I.4.5 
 9. Figueroa, Penarol4.5 
 10. Perez, Boca Jrs4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Reynaldo GARCIA
  San M.
  (187-G-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Garcia, San M.2.0 
 2. Basualdo, Quilm.2.0 
 3. Solano, Echague2.0 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.1.8 
 5. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 6. De-l., GECR I.1.7 
 7. Massey, Libertad.1.6 
 8. Vildoza, Quilm.1.6 
 9. Lescano, San M.1.5 
 10. Flor, Quilmes MP1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.1 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.0 
 3. Richard, Obras B.1.8 
 4. Crawford, Argen.1.6 
 5. Battle, Quimsa1.4 
 6. Marriaga, Estudian.1.3 
 7. Clancy, Instituto1.1 
 8. Calfani, San L.1.1 
 9. Meyinsse, San L.1.1 
 10. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Barovero, Union SF23.3 
 2. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista20.9 
 3. Brown, La Union20.0 
 4. Matthews, Salta B.19.8 
 5. Martin Jr., Alianza .19.6 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.19.1 
 7. Pais, Platense18.5 
 8. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.18.3 
 9. Cutley, Atenas C.18.1 
 10. Schoppler, Olimpo B.17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Santiago GONZALEZ
  San I.
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Gonzalez, San I.12.7 
 2. Matthews, Salta B.10.1 
 3. Graham, Temperley9.3 
 4. Cutley, Atenas C.8.9 
 5. Lockett, BHY T.8.6 
 6. Lauria, Comunica.8.6 
 7. Joseph, Obera TC8.4 
 8. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.3 
 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.5.1 
 5. Gandoy, Obera TC5.1 
 6. Paletta, Hindu4.9 
 7. Correa, BHY T.4.6 
 8. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.4.6 
 9. Franco, Alianza .4.4 
 10. Iglesias, Olimpo B.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Sebastian PUNET
  Salta Basket
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Punet, Salta Basket2.6 
 2. Pais, Platense2.5 
 3. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.2.1 
 4. Correa, BHY T.2.1 
 5. Cequeira, Villa A.2.0 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.1.9 
 7. Lopez, Independ.1.8 
 8. Eseverri, Salta B.1.8 
 9. Tabarez, Union SF1.8 
 10. Paletta, Hindu1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane HEYWARD
  Huracan
  (200-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Heyward, Huracan2.5 
 2. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.5 
 3. Okoye, Salta Basket1.3 
 4. Lockett, BHY T.1.3 
 5. Deck, Obera TC1.3 
 6. Tabarez, Union SF1.0 
 7. Stroud, Parque Sur0.9 
 8. Granado, Olimpo BB0.9 
 9. Moya, Hindu0.9 
 10. Nwogbo, Alianza .0.9 


LigaA Round 38: Argentino beat Ferrocarril by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 38 in the LigaA took place in Buenos Aires. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of second-ranked Ferrocarril (24-14) to seventh ranked Argentino (19-20) 66-64 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. American guard Novar Gadson (201-89, college: Rider, agency: DTMones) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. The other American import power forward Chaz Crawford (207-84, college: Drexel, agency: DTMones) contributed with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Arn Lucas (197-89) replied with 12 points for Ferrocarril. Ferrocarril's coach Alvaro Castineira tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Argentino moved-up to sixth place. Ferrocarril at the other side keeps the second position with 14 games lost. Argentino are looking forward to face higher ranked Regatas Corrientes (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Ferrocarril will play against Quilmes MP and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Corrientes. Eighth ranked Penarol (16-25) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging higher ranked Regatas Corrientes (23-14) 91-89 on Monday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Regatas Corrientes. American forward Steffphon Pettigrew (196-89, college: W.Kentucky, agency: HMS) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Alejandro Diez chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. The former international Paolo Quinteros (188-79) responded with 28 points and 6 assists. Regatas Corrientes' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Penarol maintains eighth position with 16-25 record. Regatas Corrientes at the other side keeps the third place with 14 games lost. Penarol will play against La Union (#8) in Formosa in the next round. Regatas Corrientes will play on the road against Obras Basket (#5) in Buenos Aires and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Buenos Aires between Obras Basket and Argentino. Sixth ranked Obras Basket (20-21) got a very close home victory over 7th ranked Argentino (19-20). Obras Basket managed to escape with a 3-point win 78-75 on Friday evening. Matias Bortolin notched 18 points and 4 assists to lead the effort. Obras Basket's coach Nicolas Casalanguida used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Even 27 points by Novar Gadson did not help to save the game for Argentino. Obras Basket moved-up to fourth place, which they share with GECR Indalo. Loser Argentino dropped to the sixth position with 20 games lost. Obras Basket will meet at home higher ranked Regatas Corrientes (#3) in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Argentino will play against Regatas Corrientes and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Weber Bahia (21-15) against sixth ranked Obras Basket (20-21) on Monday night. Visiting Weber Bahia was crushed by Obras Basket in Buenos Aires 94-71. The best player for the winners was Tomas Zanzottera who scored 32 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Obras Basket moved-up to fourth place, which they share with GECR Indalo. Weber Bahia at the other side keeps the third position with 15 games lost. Obras Basket's next round opponent will be higher ranked Regatas Corrientes (#3) at home and it may be the game of the week. Weber Bahia will play against the league's leader San Lorenzo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Weber Bahia (21-15) against sixth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (22-19) on Thursday night. Host Weber Bahia was defeated by Olimpico de La Banda in Bahia Blanca 80-69. Maximiliano Stanic orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points and 8 assists. Weber Bahia's coach Sebastian Ginobili gave the chance to play for eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Olimpico de La Banda maintains sixth position with 22-19 record. Loser Weber Bahia keeps the third place with 15 games lost. Olimpico de La Banda will face Atenas (#9) in Cordoba in the next round. Weber Bahia will play at home against the league's leader San Lorenzo (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 38: Atenas was beaten by Quimsa on the road 91-80. GECR Indalo won against La Union on its own court 99-95. Instituto unfortunately lost to Echague in Parana 100-109. San Lorenzo rolled over La Union at home 88-64. Instituto was defeated by Libertad S. on the opponent's court 77-86. Regatas C. beat Quimsa in a home game 94-82. La Union lost to Boca Jrs on the road 87-103. San Lorenzo managed to outperform Hispano Am. on its own court 91-80. Quimsa recorded a loss to San Martin C. in Corrientes 93-78.

Obras Basket - Weber Bahia 94-71

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Weber Bahia (21-15) against sixth ranked Obras Basket (20-21) on Monday night. Visiting Weber Bahia was crushed by Obras Basket in Buenos Aires 94-71. It looked good early as Weber Bahia took a 11-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Obras Basket took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 23 points. They made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Obras Basket outrebounded Weber Bahia 38-22 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The best player for the winners was Tomas Zanzottera (192-93) who scored 32 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). American forward Dennis Horner (205-88, college: N.Carolina St.) chipped in 17 points. Guard Maximo Fjellerup (195-97) produced 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Panamanian power forward Jamaal Levy (206-83, college: Wake Forest) added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Four Weber Bahia players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Obras Basket moved-up to fourth place, which they share with GECR Indalo. Weber Bahia at the other side keeps the third position with 15 games lost. Obras Basket's next round opponent will be higher ranked Regatas Corrientes (#3) at home and it may be the game of the week. Weber Bahia will play against the league's leader San Lorenzo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Obras Basket: T.Zanzottera 32+5reb, W.Herrmann 17+2reb+2ast, D.Horner 17+4reb+2ast, P.Barral 7+1reb+7ast, A.Barrett 5+5ast, J.Richard 4+4reb
Weber Bahia: F.Corvalan 14+1ast, A.Laveal Johnson 13+6reb+2ast, M.Fjellerup 12+5reb+5ast, J.Levy 11+6reb+4ast, H.Jasen 7+1ast, J.Pablo Vaulet 6+1reb
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Quimsa - Atenas 91-80

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Quimsa (22-18) beat 9th ranked Atenas (13-24) in Santiado Estero 91-80 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Quimsa. Atenas was better in third quarter 30-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. The other American import Aaron Harper (203-81, college: Mississippi) contributed with 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Quimsa players scored in double figures. American Pete Mickeal (199-78, college: Cincinnati) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds and forward Lisandro Rasio (198-90, agency: Pro Sports) added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Atenas. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Quimsa moved-up to fifth place. Loser Atenas keeps the ninth position with 24 games lost. Quimsa will face Boca Juniors (#9) in Buenos Aires in the next round. Atenas will play on the road against Olimpico de La Banda and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: A.Harper 23+5reb+2ast, C.Elliott 20+6reb+7ast, J.Cowan 14+6reb+2ast, L.Gonzalez 12+3reb+1ast, P.Hopson 10+5reb+6ast, R.Battle 8+5reb
Atenas: P.Mickeal 23+11reb+1ast, L.Lema 13, L.Rasio 9+8reb+1ast, G.Mikulas 9+1reb, D.Lo Grippo 7+6reb+3ast, D.Gerbaudo 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 523606


GECR Indalo - La Union 99-95

Rather expected game when 8th ranked La Union (18-22) lost to fifth ranked GECR Indalo (20-21) in Comodoro R. 95-99 on Monday. La Union was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. GECR Indalo made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. The former international Carlos Schattmann (193-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 5 assists. The former international point guard Nicolas De-los-Santos (180-88) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Four GECR Indalo players scored in double figures. Forward Facundo Pinero (200-88) replied with 24 points and the former international swingman Alexis Elsener (196-88) added 20 points, 5 assists and 4 steals in the effort for La Union. GECR Indalo moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Obras Basket. La Union lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 22 games lost. GECR Indalo will face higher ranked Weber Bahia (#3) in Bahia Blanca in the next round and it may be the game of the week. La Union will play at home against Penarol (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
GECR Indalo: N.De los Santos 22+1reb+3ast, M.Shaw 20+4reb+1ast, C.Schattmann 18+4reb+5ast, E.Vargas 13+11reb, J.Machuca 9, J.Manuel Rivero 8+4reb+2ast
La Union: F.Pinero 24+4reb+2ast, A.Elsener 20+3reb+5ast, T.Francis 17+9reb, E.Gamboa 9+3ast, J.Sandrini 8+1reb+3ast, D.Garcia 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 523604


Regatas C. - Penarol 89-91

Important game to mention about took place in Corrientes. Eighth ranked Penarol (16-25) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging higher ranked Regatas Corrientes (23-14) 91-89 on Monday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Regatas Corrientes. Penarol dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Regatas Corrientes' 42. Strangely Regatas Corrientes outrebounded Penarol 37-24 including 23 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. American forward Steffphon Pettigrew (196-89, college: W.Kentucky, agency: HMS) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Alejandro Diez (201-87) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. The former international Paolo Quinteros (188-79) responded with 28 points and 6 assists and American Chevon Troutman (202-81, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds. Five Penarol and four Regatas Corrientes players scored in double figures. Regatas Corrientes' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Penarol maintains eighth position with 16-25 record. Regatas Corrientes at the other side keeps the third place with 14 games lost. Penarol will play against La Union (#8) in Formosa in the next round. Regatas Corrientes will play on the road against Obras Basket (#5) in Buenos Aires and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Penarol: L.Dabney 18+2ast, S.Pettigrew 17+6reb+2ast, A.Diez 14+6reb+3ast, F.Giorgetti 11+3reb+2ast, R.Acuna 10+4reb+1ast, J.Manuel Torres 8+4reb
Regatas C.: P.Quinteros 28+2reb+6ast, D.Sims 18+2reb+2ast, F.Ramirez 12+3reb+2ast, C.Troutman 10+12reb+2ast, P.Espinoza 6+9reb+3ast, J.Saiz 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 523605


Echague - Instituto 109-100

There was a surprise result when tenth ranked Echague (7-32) won against higher ranked Instituto (23-17) in Parana 109-100 on Sunday. Echague made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Dominican guard Gelvis Solano (185-94, college: Merrimack, agency: Basket Management Solutions) orchestrated the victory by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 7 assists. American swingman Brandon Davis (198-88, college: Lamar, agency: Pro Sports) contributed with 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American John DeGroat (201-85, college: Pittsburgh) replied with 34 points (!!!) and his fellow American import swingman Rodney Green (196-88, college: La Salle) added 24 points in the effort for Instituto. Four Instituto players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Echague maintains tenth position with 7-32 record. Instituto lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 17 games lost. Echague will have a break next round. Instituto will play at home against the league's second-placed Estudiantes C. (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
ECHAGUE: G.Solano 35+4reb+7ast, B.Davis 19+1reb+2ast, C.Buemo 10+2reb, D.Caracter 10+3reb+1ast, S.Uranga 10+7reb+1ast, J.Millsap 9+6reb+3ast
INSTITUTO: J.DeGroat 34+1reb+1ast, R.Green 24+3reb+1ast, S.Clancy 18+6reb, P.Bertone 13+2reb+1ast, M.Gerlero 6+1reb+4ast, P.Bruna 3
gschID: 523603


Ferrocarril - Argentino 64-66

The most exciting game of round 38 in the LigaA took place in Buenos Aires. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of second-ranked Ferrocarril (24-14) to seventh ranked Argentino (19-20) 66-64 on Sunday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. American guard Novar Gadson (201-89, college: Rider, agency: DTMones) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. The other American import power forward Chaz Crawford (207-84, college: Drexel, agency: DTMones) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Argentino players scored in double figures. Arn Lucas (197-89) replied with 12 points and American center Andrew Feeley (206-83, college: UMBC) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Ferrocarril. Ferrocarril's coach Alvaro Castineira tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Argentino moved-up to sixth place. Ferrocarril at the other side keeps the second position with 14 games lost. Argentino are looking forward to face higher ranked Regatas Corrientes (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Ferrocarril will play against Quilmes MP and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Argentino: C.Crawford 14+10reb+1ast, N.Gadson 13+11reb+3ast, L.Cequeira 12+3reb+3ast, E.Basabe 11+6reb+4ast, J.Cangelosi 8+3reb+3ast, M.Bolivar 7+2reb+3ast
Ferrocarril: J.Ignacio Alessio 12+3reb, A.Lucas 12+4reb+2ast, A.Feeley 11+5reb+1ast, F.Balbi 8+2reb+6ast, J.Maldonado 5+1ast, K.Hernandez 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 523601


San Lorenzo - La Union 88-64

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked La Union (18-22) was outscored by first ranked San Lorenzo (27-11) in Almagra 88-64 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by San Lorenzo. La Union was better in third quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. San Lorenzo looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The former international Marcos Mata (201-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Billy McShepard (208-87, college: Valdosta St., agency: Blacktop Management) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four San Lorenzo players scored in double figures. San Lorenzo's coach Julio Cesar Lamas felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American-Jamaican center Torin Francis (210-83, college: Notre Dame) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and the former international Diego Garcia (190-79) added 14 points in the effort for La Union. Defending champion maintains first position with 27-11 record. La Union lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 22 games lost. San Lorenzo will face Weber Bahia (#3) in Bahia Blanca in the next round, which may be the game of the day. La Union will play at home against Penarol (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San Lorenzo: M.Mata 19+7reb+2ast, B.McShepard 17+6reb+1ast, G.Diaz 12+1reb+1ast, M.Calfani 12+6reb+3ast, J.Meyinsse 11+6reb, S.Scala 7+5reb+4ast
La Union: T.Francis 20+12reb, D.Garcia 14+2reb+1ast, E.Gamboa 10+3reb+1ast, F.Pinero 7+1reb, A.Elsener 6+4reb+2ast, J.Sandrini 4+1reb
gschID: 523600


Libertad S. - Instituto 86-77

There was a small surprise when seventh ranked Libertad Sunchales (19-19) defeated at home 4th ranked Instituto (23-17) 86-77 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-77. Instituto was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. International point guard Juan Brussino (185-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. International point guard Jose Vildoza (190-96) contributed with 13 points for the winners. American swingman Rodney Green (196-88, college: La Salle) replied with 15 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import center Sam Clancy (202-80, college: USC, agency: DTMones) added 14 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for Instituto. Five Libertad Sunchales and four Instituto players scored in double figures. Libertad Sunchales maintains seventh position with 19-19 record. Instituto lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 17 games lost. Libertad Sunchales will face league's second-placed Estudiantes C. in Concordia in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Instituto will play at home against the league's second-placed Estudiantes C. and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: J.Brussino 22+5reb+4ast, J.Vildoza 13+4reb+3ast, M.Saglietti 13+2reb+2ast, L.Goldenberg 11+2reb+4ast, J.Massey 11+4reb+1ast, A.Alloatti 11+5reb
Instituto: P.Bertone 16+2reb+1ast, R.Green 15+5reb+2ast, S.Clancy 14+4reb+2ast, D.Ciorciari 11+1reb+3ast, G.Whelan 8+1reb, J.DeGroat 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 523597


Obras Basket - Argentino 78-75

A very close game took place in Buenos Aires between Obras Basket and Argentino. Sixth ranked Obras Basket (20-21) got a very close home victory over 7th ranked Argentino (19-20). Obras Basket managed to escape with a 3-point win 78-75 on Friday evening. Argentino trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 22-11 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 75-78 at the end of the game. Obras Basket looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. International center Matias Bortolin (207-93, agency: Interperformances) notched 18 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and forward Federico Mariani (190-92) supported him with 21 points. Obras Basket's coach Nicolas Casalanguida used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Even 27 points by American guard Novar Gadson (201-89, college: Rider, agency: DTMones) did not help to save the game for Argentino. The former international point guard Luis Cequeira (180-85) added 15 points and 6 assists for the guests. Four Argentino players scored in double figures. Obras Basket moved-up to fourth place, which they share with GECR Indalo. Loser Argentino dropped to the sixth position with 20 games lost. Obras Basket will meet at home higher ranked Regatas Corrientes (#3) in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Argentino will play against Regatas Corrientes and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Obras Basket: F.Mariani 21+1reb+2ast, M.Bortolin 18+3reb+4ast, W.Herrmann 11+12reb, M.Leiva 8+5reb+4ast, D.Horner 8+6reb+2ast, T.Zanzottera 8+3ast
Argentino: N.Gadson 27+4reb+2ast, L.Cequeira 15+3reb+6ast, J.Cangelosi 14+2reb+1ast, C.Crawford 11+11reb, M.Stibbins 4+3reb, E.Basabe 2+4reb+3ast
gschID: 523596


Regatas C. - Quimsa 94-82

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Quimsa (22-18) lost on the road to third ranked Regatas Corrientes (23-14) 94-82 on Friday. Regatas Corrientes looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. The former international Paolo Quinteros (188-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 5 assists. American Chevon Troutman (202-81, college: Pittsburgh, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington) replied with 13 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import Aaron Harper (203-81, college: Mississippi) added 15 points and 5 assists in the effort for Quimsa. Four Regatas Corrientes and five Quimsa players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Regatas Corrientes have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 23-14 record having six points less than leader San Lorenzo. Quimsa lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with 18 games lost. Regatas Corrientes will face Obras Basket (#5) in Buenos Aires in the next round. Quimsa will play on the road against Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: P.Quinteros 16+4reb+5ast, C.Troutman 14+8reb+2ast, S.Vidal 11+1reb+7ast, D.Sims 11+2reb+5ast, F.Martina 10+3reb, F.Ramirez 10+2reb+2ast
Quimsa: A.Harper 15+2reb+5ast, J.Cowan 15+6reb, C.Elliott 13+8reb+2ast, L.Gonzalez 11+2reb+3ast, R.Battle 11+7reb, P.Hopson 10+2reb+5ast
gschID: 523599


Boca Jrs - La Union 103-87

There was a small surprise when tenth ranked Boca Juniors (12-28) beat 8th ranked La Union (18-22) in Buenos Aires 103-87 on Thursday. The game without a history. Boca Juniors led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. Greek Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 9 rebounds. Point guard Lucas Perez (185-87) contributed with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international swingman Alexis Elsener (196-88) replied with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and American-Jamaican center Torin Francis (210-83, college: Notre Dame) added 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for La Union. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Boca Juniors moved-up to ninth place. La Union lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 22 games lost. Boca Juniors will face higher ranked Quimsa (#5) in Santiado Estero in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: L.Gargallo 20+2reb+2ast, F.Funes 17+1reb+4ast, F.Lampropoulos 17+9reb+1ast, L.Perez 16+5reb+4ast, G.Forbes 9+7reb+3ast, E.Vassirani 8+9reb+1ast
La Union: A.Elsener 20+7reb+4ast, T.Francis 17+7reb+1ast, P.Orlietti 13+6reb+1ast, E.Gamboa 10+2reb+5ast, F.Pinero 9+3reb+3ast, D.Garcia 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 523594


San Lorenzo - Hispano Am. 91-80

Very expected game when 9th ranked Hispano Am. (12-29) lost to first ranked San Lorenzo (27-11) in Almagra 80-91 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by San Lorenzo. Hispano Am. was better in third quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. American center Jerome Meyinsse (207-88, college: Virginia, agency: Stealth Sport) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). International Selem Safar (190-87) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Five San Lorenzo players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Mariano Byro (194-82) replied with 23 points and 4 assists and forward Mariano Fierro (200-86) added 20 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Hispano Am.Defending champion maintains first position with 27-11 record. Newly promoted Hispano Am. dropped to the tenth place with 29 games lost. San Lorenzo will face Weber Bahia (#3) in Bahia Blanca in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Hispano Am. will play at home against Quilmes MP (#7) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
San Lorenzo: J.Meyinsse 21+5reb+1ast, S.Safar 14+3reb+2ast, M.Mata 13+3reb+1ast, S.Scala 12+1reb+5ast, B.McShepard 10+9reb, M.Calfani 9+2reb+3ast
Hispano Am.: M.Byro 23+2reb+4ast, M.Fierro 20+5reb+2ast, J.Treise 14+2reb+7ast, K.Austin 9+3reb, R.Freeman 6+4reb, L.O'Bannon 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 523595


Weber Bahia - Olimpico LB 69-80

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Weber Bahia (21-15) against sixth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (22-19) on Thursday night. Host Weber Bahia was defeated by Olimpico de La Banda in Bahia Blanca 80-69. The game was mostly controlled by Olimpico de La Banda. Weber Bahia was better in fourth quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Olimpico de La Banda forced 19 Weber Bahia turnovers. The former international point guard Maximiliano Stanic (178-78, agency: Players Group) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points and 8 assists. The former international swingman Adrian Boccia (195-82) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Four Olimpico de La Banda players scored in double figures. American center Anthony-Laveal Johnson (203-88, college: Fairfield) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and international guard Lucio Redivo (183-94) added 23 points in the effort for Weber Bahia. Weber Bahia's coach Sebastian Ginobili gave the chance to play for eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Olimpico de La Banda maintains sixth position with 22-19 record. Loser Weber Bahia keeps the third place with 15 games lost. Olimpico de La Banda will face Atenas (#9) in Cordoba in the next round. Weber Bahia will play at home against the league's leader San Lorenzo (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: A.Boccia 15+2reb+3ast, K.Lamonte 14+1reb+2ast, M.Stanic 13+1reb+8ast, F.Van Lacke 12+4reb, D.Guaita 10+2reb+2ast, D.Nesbitt 10+9reb
Weber Bahia: L.Redivo 23+2reb+2ast, A.Laveal Johnson 18+10reb+1ast, J.Levy 10+12reb+2ast, J.Pablo Vaulet 8+3reb+2ast, M.Fjellerup 6+2reb+4ast, J.Blocker 2+1reb
gschID: 523602


San Martin C. - Quimsa 93-78

Very predictable result when first ranked San Martin Corrientes (28-10) won against at home 6th ranked Quimsa (22-18) 93-78 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by San Martin Corrientes. Quimsa was better in fourth quarter 26-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. San Martin Corrientes looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Quimsa's players. American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Inception Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international point guard Juan-Pablo Cantero (184-82) contributed with 19 points and 8 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. American Aaron Harper (203-81, college: Mississippi) replied with 23 points and his fellow American import guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington) added 20 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Quimsa. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Quimsa's coach Nestor Garcia gave the chance to play for ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. San Martin Corrientes maintains first position with 28-10 record. Quimsa lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with 18 games lost. San Martin Corrientes will face Penarol (#8) in Mar del Plata in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Quimsa will play on the road against Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
San Martin C.: J.Wood 27+10reb+4ast, J.Pablo Cantero 19+1reb+8ast, D.Tintorelli 14+6reb, R.Garcia 14+3reb+3ast, F.Aguerre 8+2reb+2ast, M.Lescano 6+2ast
Quimsa: A.Harper 23+2reb+3ast, C.Elliott 20+5reb+3ast, J.Cowan 12+5reb, N.Romano 10+2reb+1ast, P.Hopson 4+5reb+3ast, L.Gonzalez 4+1reb
gschID: 523593





Tirrell Brown claims Argentinian TNA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Tirrell Brown (198-F-93) had a great game in the last round for Mitre Tuc. and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com TNA Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 30 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team edged out Obera TC (#5, 10-20) 90-89. Thanks to this victory Mitre Tuc. moved-up to the 7th position in their group in Argentinian TNA. Mitre Tuc. is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-21 record. In the team's last game Brown had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Mitre Tuc.'s top player in his first season with the team. Ouachita Baptist University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Brown is in league's top in points (3rd best: 19.1ppg), rebounds (9th best: 7.9rpg) and averages solid 61.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American power forward Phillip Lockett (202-F/C-88, agency: DTMones) of BHY Tiro Federal. Lockett impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 30 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as BHY Tiro Federal was edged by slightly lower-ranked Mitre Tuc. (#7, 10-21) 84-80. This loss caused BHY Tiro Federal to drop to 5th position in Center North. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-20 record. Lockett is a newcomer at BHY Tiro Federal and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Christian Schoppler (185-G-86) of Olimpo BB (#4). Schoppler got into 30-points club by scoring 35 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds . Despite Schoppler's great performance Olimpo BB lost 79-82 to #3 ranked Temperley. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Olimpo BB needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in South. Their record is 16 victories and 12 lost games. Schoppler has a very solid season. In 27 games in Argentina he scored 17.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Leonardo La Bella (180-PG-86) of Gimnasia LP - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 12 assists
5. Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-C/F-85) of Ciclista - 22 points and 11 rebounds
6. Cedric Blossom (198-F) of Petr.Argentino - 26 points and 11 rebounds
7. Kenny Jones (198-PF-84) of Hindu - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Darnell Dodson (201-F-89) of Petr.Argentino - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Sebastian Chaine (201-C-86) of Temperley - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Ike Okoye (206-F/C-86) of Salta Basket - 18 points and 12 rebounds

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



TFB Round 19: C.Entrerriano lose to Gualeguay - by Eurobasket News

The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

There was a change at the TFB leadership position after last games. Round 19 most important game was a defeat of league's leader C.Entrerriano (13-6). They were defeated by second ranked Gualeguay (13-6) 96-82 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of C.Entrerriano. It was a key game for the top position in Mesopotamia. Gualeguay have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of Mesopotamia leader, which they share with defeated C.Entrerriano. C.Entrerriano will play next round against Ferrocarril trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Gualeguay will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Saladas on the road.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Perfora as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Oeste. Perfora edged leader C.Espanol P. in Plaza Huincul 75-74. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of C.Espanol P.. It was a key game for the top position in Oeste. Perfora (16-3) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Newly promoted C.Espanol P. dropped to the second place with four games lost. C.Espanol P. will play next round against Villa Mitre BB trying to get back on the winning streak. Perfora will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked U.Mar del Plata on the road.
Undefeated Talleres TV (18-1) recorded its first loss in La Rioja on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked San Martin LR (13-5) 74-67. It ended at the same time the 14-game winning streak of Talleres TV. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in Noa. San Martin LR moved-up to second place in Noa, which they share with Amancay LR. Talleres TV at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. San Martin LR will meet Hindu BBC (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Talleres TV will play against the league's second-placed Amancay LR (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Catamarca. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 5th ranked Olimpia Catam. (7-12) to fourth ranked N.Avellaneda Tuc. (11-9) 72-69 in the game for the fourth place. The victory was the third consecutive win for N.Avellaneda Tuc.. Newly promoted N.Avellaneda Tuc. maintains fourth place in Noa with 11-9 record. Olimpia Catam. lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. N.Avellaneda Tuc.'s next round opponent will be Rio Grande (#8) in La Mendieta. Olimpia Catam. will play on the road against UD Nueva Oran and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Union Goya (11-10) against ninth ranked Capuchinos (8-11) on Sunday night. Visiting Union Goya was edged by Capuchinos in a tough game in Concordia 79-81. Capuchinos moved-up to sixth place in Mesopotamia, which they share with Saladas. Loser Union Goya keeps the third position with ten games lost. Capuchinos will face Atletico TL (#8) in Rosario del Tala in the next round.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 19:
In Bonaerense Atletico Pilar lost to Sportivo E. on the opponent's court 63-70. Chivilcoy Racing outscored Sarmiento in a home game 101-68.
In Metropolitana H.San Justo recorded a loss to Ameghino on the road 72-59.
In Centro San Justino defeated Olimpico Ceres on its own court 97-83. Central SJ was beaten by Independ. Oliva in a road game 99-83. Deportivo Norte A. won against Atletico Tostado at home 92-88.
In Mesopotamia Penarol was outscored by Saladas on the opponent's court 72-51. C.Entrerriano rolled over Atletico Tala in a home game 82-57. Union Goya was defeated by Ferrocarril C. on the road 91-75.
In Metropolitana Estudiantes LP was beaten by U.Mar del Plata on its own court 54-63. Villa Mitre CF was destroyed by Estudiantil in a road game 91-63. Ramos Mejia outscored River Plate at home 91-58.
In Bonaerense U.Mar del Plata recorded a loss to Union Vecinal on the opponent's court 87-78.
In Metropolitana P.Echague was defeated by H.San Justo in a home game 72-77. RC Avellaneda was beaten by Lanus on the road 89-74.
In Noa Amancay LR destroyed Olimpia Catam. on its own court 111-71. San Martin LR unfortunately lost to N.Avellaneda Tuc. in a road game 81-92.
In Oeste Anzorena was rolled over Independ.N. at home 69-92. Independ.N. was defeated by M.Junin on the opponent's court 74-59.

Group Bonaerense
Sportivo E. - Atletico Pilar 70-63

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Atletico PL's (6-13) road loss to fifth ranked Sportivo E. (9-9) 63-70 on Friday. Sportivo E. moved-up to fourth place in Bonaerense. Loser Atletico PL keeps the sixth position with 13 games lost. Sportivo E. will face Argentino PRG (#6) on the road in the next round. Atletico PL will play against the league's leader Chivilcoy Racing and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511719


Chivilcoy Racing - Sarmiento 101-68

Rather predictable result when first ranked Chivilcoy Racing (15-5) smashed at home 3rd placed Sarmiento (11-8) 101-68 on Friday. Newly promoted Chivilcoy Racing maintains first place in Bonaerense with 15-5 record. Loser Sarmiento keeps the third position with eight games lost. Chivilcoy Racing will face Atletico PL (#7) in Buenos Aires in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Sarmiento will play at home against the league's second-placed Belgrano SN (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511717


Group Centro
Ameghino - H.San Justo 72-59

Not a big story in a game in Villa Maria where 4th placed H.San Justo (13-10) was defeated by first ranked Ameghino (16-5) 72-59 on Friday. Ameghino maintains first place in Metropolitana with 16-5 record. Loser H.San Justo keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. Ameghino will face Independ. Oliva (#5) in the next round. H.San Justo will play against Union Vecinal and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511895


San Justino - Olimpico Ceres 97-83

Everything could happen in San Justo at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked San Justino and 9th ranked Olimpico had identical 6-14 record. This time San Justino used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Ceres 97-83 on Friday night. San Justino (7-14) moved-up to seventh place in Centro. Loser Olimpico keeps the ninth position with 15 games lost. San Justino will face higher ranked Central SJ (#6) in San Javier in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Olimpico will play against Deportivo Norte A. and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511896


Independ. Oliva - Central SJ 99-83

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Central SJ's (8-12) road loss to fifth ranked Independ. Oliva (10-11) 83-99 on Friday. Newly promoted Independ. Oliva maintains fifth place in Centro with 10-11 record. Loser Central SJ keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Independ. Oliva will face league's leader Ameghino in Villa Maria in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Central SJ will play on the road against San Justino (#7) in San Justo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511893


Deportivo Norte A. - Atletico Tostado 92-88

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when third ranked Deportivo Norte A. (14-6) won against at home their biggest opponent Atletico Tostado (15-7) 92-88 on Friday. Newly promoted Deportivo Norte A. maintains third place in Centro with 14-6 record behind leader Ramos Mejia. Loser Atletico Tostado keeps the second position with seven games lost. Deportivo Norte A. will face Olimpico (#9) in Ceres in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Atletico Tostado will play on the road against Union de Sunchales (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511894


Group Mesopotamia
Capuchinos - Union Goya 81-79

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Union Goya (11-10) against ninth ranked Capuchinos (8-11) on Sunday night. Visiting Union Goya was edged by Capuchinos in a tough game in Concordia 79-81. Capuchinos moved-up to sixth place in Mesopotamia, which they share with Saladas. Loser Union Goya keeps the third position with ten games lost. Capuchinos will face Atletico TL (#8) in Rosario del Tala in the next round.
gschID: 511499


Gualeguay - C.Entrerriano 96-82

There was a change at the TFB leadership position after last games. Round 19 most important game was a defeat of league's leader C.Entrerriano (13-6). They were defeated by second ranked Gualeguay (13-6) 96-82 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of C.Entrerriano. It was a key game for the top position in Mesopotamia. Gualeguay have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of Mesopotamia leader, which they share with defeated C.Entrerriano. C.Entrerriano will play next round against Ferrocarril trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Gualeguay will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Saladas on the road.
gschID: 511500


Saladas - Penarol 72-51

There was a minor upset when 7th ranked Penarol (8-12) was crushed on the road by ninth ranked Saladas (8-11) 72-51 on Friday. Saladas moved-up to sixth place in Mesopotamia, which they share with Capuchinos. Loser Penarol dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. Saladas will face league's leader Gualeguay in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Penarol will play against Regatas CU (#4) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511498


C.Entrerriano - Atletico Tala 82-57

Very predictable result in Gualeguaychu where first ranked C.Entrerriano (13-6) smashed 6th ranked Atletico TL (8-12) 82-57 on Friday. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for C.Entrerriano. They maintain first place in Mesopotamia with 13-6 record, which they share with Gualeguay. Loser Atletico TL dropped to the eighth position with 12 games lost. C.Entrerriano will face Ferrocarril (#5) in Concordia in the next round. Atletico TL will play at home against Capuchinos and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511496


Ferrocarril C. - Union Goya 91-75

There was a minor upset in Concordia where 3rd placed Union Goya (11-10) was defeated by fifth ranked Ferrocarril (10-11) 91-75 on Friday. Ferrocarril maintains fifth place in Mesopotamia with 10-11 record. Loser Union Goya keeps the third position with ten games lost. Ferrocarril will face league's second-placed C.Entrerriano in Gualeguaychu in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 511497


Group Metropolitana
Estudiantes LP - U.Mar del Plata 54-63

Everything went according to plan in La Plata where eighth ranked U.Mar del Plata (6-14) beat 10th ranked Estudiantes LP (3-17) 63-54 on Sunday. Newly promoted U.Mar del Plata maintains eighth place in Metropolitana with 6-14 record. Loser Estudiantes LP keeps the tenth position with 17 games lost. U.Mar del Plata will face league's leader Perfora in Plaza Huincul in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 511622


Estudiantil - Villa Mitre CF 91-63

There was a minor upset when 7th ranked Villa Mitre CF (8-13) was outplayed on the road by ninth ranked Estudiantil (5-15) 91-63 on Friday. Estudiantil maintains ninth place in Metropolitana with 5-15 record. Loser Villa Mitre CF dropped to the eighth position with 13 games lost. Estudiantil will face league's second-placed Atletico Tostado on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 511620


Ramos Mejia - River Plate 91-58

The game between closely ranked teams ended with first ranked Ramos Mejia's (15-6) home victory over their biggest opponent River Plate (13-6) 91-58 on Friday. The victory was the third consecutive win for Ramos Mejia. Newly promoted Ramos Mejia maintains first place in Metropolitana with 15-6 record. Loser River Plate keeps the second position with six games lost. Ramos Mejia will have a break next round. River Plate's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Buenos Aires Villa Mitre CF.
gschID: 511621


Union Vecinal - U.Mar del Plata 87-78

Rather expected game in La Plata where 8th ranked U.Mar del Plata (6-14) was defeated by fifth ranked Union Vecinal (10-9) 87-78 on Friday. Union Vecinal maintains fifth place in Bonaerense with 10-9 record. Newly promoted U.Mar del Plata keeps the eighth position with 14 games lost. Union Vecinal will face higher ranked H.San Justo (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. U.Mar del Plata will play against the league's leader Perfora (#1) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511619


P.Echague - H.San Justo 72-77

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Buenos Aires where fourth ranked H.San Justo (13-10) defeated 3rd placed P.Echague (13-7) 77-72 on Friday. H.San Justo maintains fourth place in Metropolitana with 13-10 record. Loser P.Echague keeps the third position with seven games lost. H.San Justo will face Union Vecinal (#5) in La Plata in the next round. P.Echague will play against RC Avellaneda and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511617


Lanus - RC Avellaneda 89-74

There was a minor upset in Buenos Aires where 6th ranked RC Avellaneda (9-12) was defeated by eighth ranked Lanus (8-8) 89-74 on Friday. The victory was the third consecutive win for Lanus. They moved-up to seventh place in Metropolitana. RC Avellaneda lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Lanus will have a break next round.
gschID: 511618


Group Noa
Olimpia Catam. - N.Avellaneda Tuc. 69-72

A very interesting game took place in Catamarca. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 5th ranked Olimpia Catam. (7-12) to fourth ranked N.Avellaneda Tuc. (11-9) 72-69 in the game for the fourth place. The victory was the third consecutive win for N.Avellaneda Tuc.. Newly promoted N.Avellaneda Tuc. maintains fourth place in Noa with 11-9 record. Olimpia Catam. lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. N.Avellaneda Tuc.'s next round opponent will be Rio Grande (#8) in La Mendieta. Olimpia Catam. will play on the road against UD Nueva Oran and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511392


San Martin LR - Talleres TV 74-67

Undefeated Talleres TV (18-1) recorded its first loss in La Rioja on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked San Martin LR (13-5) 74-67. It ended at the same time the 14-game winning streak of Talleres TV. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in Noa. San Martin LR moved-up to second place in Noa, which they share with Amancay LR. Talleres TV at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. San Martin LR will meet Hindu BBC (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Talleres TV will play against the league's second-placed Amancay LR (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511391


Amancay LR - Olimpia Catam. 111-71

Everything went according to plan in La Rioja where third ranked Amancay LR (13-5) outscored 5th ranked Olimpia Catam. (7-12) 111-71 on Friday. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Amancay LR. They moved-up to second place in Noa, which they share with San Martin LR. Olimpia Catam. lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. Amancay LR will face league's leader Talleres TV in Tafi Viejo in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Olimpia Catam. will play on the road against UD Nueva Oran (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 511390


N.Avellaneda Tuc. - San Martin LR 92-81

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 3rd placed San Martin LR (13-5) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked N.Avellaneda Tuc. (11-9) 92-81 on Friday. The victory was the third consecutive win for N.Avellaneda Tuc.. Newly promoted N.Avellaneda Tuc. maintains fourth place in Noa with 11-9 record. Loser San Martin LR dropped to the second position with five games lost. N.Avellaneda Tuc. will face Rio Grande (#8) in La Mendieta in the next round. San Martin LR will play on the road against Hindu BBC (#7) in Catamarca and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511388


Group Oeste
Anzorena - Independ.N. 69-92

No shocking result in a game in Mendoza where fourth ranked Independ.N. (7-13) outleveled 6th ranked Anzorena (2-19) 92-69 on Sunday. Independ.N. maintains fourth place in Oeste with 7-13 record. Loser Anzorena keeps the sixth position with 19 games lost. Independ.N. will have a break next round. Anzorena will play on the road against Rivadavia M. (#3) and hope to win that game.
gschID: 511802


M.Junin - Independ.N. 74-59

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 4th placed Independ.N. (7-13) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked M.Junin (6-14) 74-59 on Friday. Newly promoted M.Junin maintains fifth place in Oeste with 6-14 record. Independ.N. lost their third game in a row. They keep the fourth position with 13 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 511800


Perfora - C.Espanol P. 75-74

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Perfora as it allowed them to take a leadership position in Oeste. Perfora edged leader C.Espanol P. in Plaza Huincul 75-74. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of C.Espanol P.. It was a key game for the top position in Oeste. Perfora (16-3) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Newly promoted C.Espanol P. dropped to the second place with four games lost. C.Espanol P. will play next round against Villa Mitre BB trying to get back on the winning streak. Perfora will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked U.Mar del Plata on the road.
gschID: 511801





TNA Round 29: Parque Sur keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in TNA is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 3 rounds. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Parque Sur as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Parque Sur edged 5th ranked Atenas in Concepcion de Urug. 74-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Atenas. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 1 point. The best player for the winners was power forward Sebastian Bernasconi (203-86) who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Pablo Alderete (196-93) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Scott Cutley (196-85, college: CS Fullerton) produced 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Atenas at the other side keeps the fifth place with 16 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top ranked Hindu (25-6) recorded its sixth loss in Las Parejas. Visitors were defeated by sixth ranked Sportivo (8-24) 97-88. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Hindu. Guard Augusto Rossi (192-88) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 assists. A Meinero contributed with 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: DTMones) answered with 27 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) for Hindu. Hindu's coach Jeronimo Trezza rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Sportivo maintains sixth place with 8-24 record. Hindu at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. Sportivo will play against league's second-placed Comunicaciones in Mercedes in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hindu will play against Independiente BBC and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Tucuman between Mitre Tuc. and Obera TC. Fifth ranked Mitre Tuc. (10-21) got a very close home victory over 6th ranked Obera TC (9-20). Mitre Tuc. managed to escape with a 1-point win 90-89 on Tuesday evening. Tirrell Brown stepped up with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. Arkeem Joseph responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds. Mitre Tuc. have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Mitre Tuc. maintains fifth place with 10-21 record, which they share with Villa San Martin. Obera TC lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with 20 games lost. Mitre Tuc. will again meet Obera TC (#7) on the road in the next round. Obera TC will have a break next round.
A very interesting game took place in Salta. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 4th placed BHY Tiro Federal (12-20) to fourth ranked Salta Basket (15-15) 82-79 on Saturday evening. Ike Okoye nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Salta Basket moved-up to third place, which they share with Temperley. BHY Tiro Federal at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 20 games lost. Salta Basket's next round opponent will be Villa San Martin (#5) in Resistencia. BHY Tiro Federal will play at home against the league's leader Union SF and hope to win that game.
Important game to mention about took place in Temperley. Fourth ranked CA Temperley (15-15) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 4th placed Olimpo (16-12) 82-79 in the game for the third place. The best player for the winners was Sebastian Chaine who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. CA Temperley's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. CA Temperley moved-up to third place, which they share with Salta Basket. Loser Olimpo keeps the fourth position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

Other games of round 29 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Alianza Viedma defeated Ciclista in Rio Negro 82-76. Villa Angela beat Mitre Tuc. at home 90-81. San Isidro was destroyed by Comunicaciones on the opponent's court 71-48. Petr.Argentino managed to outperform Gimnasia LP in a home game 100-96. Barrio Parque recorded a loss to Villa Angela on the road 79-67. Mitre Tuc. defeated BHY Tiro Federal on its own court 84-80. Obera TC was beaten by Salta Basket in a road game 84-73. Union SF lost to Hindu at home 73-89. Atenas Carmen managed to outperform La Union on the opponent's court 80-70. Villa San Martin was rolled over Barrio Parque in a home game 66-87. Olimpo BB was defeated by Gimnasia LP on the road 84-68. Temperley was beaten by Estudiantes O. on its own court 70-85. Rocamora lost to Alianza Viedma in Rio Negro 59-75.
The best stats of 29th round was 22 points and 11 rebounds by Darnell Dodson of Petr.Argentino.

Ciclista - Alianza Viedma 76-82

There was a minor upset in Juninense where second-ranked Ciclista (18-14) was defeated by second ranked Alianza Viedma (20-11) 82-76 on Sunday. Alianza Viedma made 20-of-23 free shots (87.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion, agency: DTMones) who scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Point guard Pedro Franco (187-81) chipped in 18 points and 5 assists. Five Alianza Viedma players scored in double figures. American power forward Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-85) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and the other American import guard Gerel Simmons (188-93, college: Lincoln Memorial) added 19 points respectively for the hosts. Alianza Viedma have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Loser Ciclista keeps the second place with 14 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Alianza Viedma: P.Franco 18+5ast, O.McCullough 14+7reb+2ast, M.Gaynor 13+6reb, A.Knecht 12+1reb, L.Nwogbo 11+9reb+2ast, F.Grun 9+1reb
Ciclista: J.Fahnbulleh 22+11reb, G.Simmons 19+3reb+1ast, P.Martinez 16+1ast, M.Araujo 6+2reb+2ast, N.Paciotti 5+1reb, A.Merlo 4+5reb+4ast
gschID: 523947


Villa Angela - Mitre Tuc. 90-81

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Villa Angela (20-12) defeated at home 5th ranked Mitre Tuc. (10-21) 90-81 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Cesar Avalle (189-85) who scored 22 points and 8 assists. American forward Nate Carter (200-83, college: Oklahoma) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. Four Villa Angela players scored in double figures. American forward Tirrell Brown (198-93, college: Ouachita Baptist) produced 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and guard Jose Muruaga (188-84) added 25 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Villa Angela have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 20-12 record having four points less than leader Parque Sur. Newly promoted Mitre Tuc. keeps the fifth position with 21 games lost. Villa Angela will have a break next round. Mitre Tuc. will play on the road against Obera TC (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Villa Angela: C.Avalle 22+1reb+8ast, A.Zago 20+6reb+2ast, N.Carter 19+8reb+2ast, M.Cequeira 13+5reb+2ast, A.Spalla 8+1reb+3ast, J.Federico Giarrafa 3+1reb
Mitre Tuc.: J.Muruaga 25+2reb+4ast, T.Brown 23+9reb+4ast, R.Banegas 14+7reb+1ast, P.Osores 8+4reb+2ast, L.Arganaraz 6+4reb+2ast, F.Toia 5+3ast
gschID: 523948


Comunicaciones - San Isidro 71-48

There was a minor upset in Mercedes where second-ranked San Isidro (20-13) was rolled over by second ranked Comunicaciones (23-9) 71-48 on Saturday. The game without a history. Comunicaciones led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding San Isidro to just 7 points in first quarter. The best player for the winners was forward Cristian Romero (190-79) who scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Jose De-Felippo chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. Center Santiago Gonzalez (203-83) produced 7 points and 12 rebounds and Andres Landoni (202-90) added 5 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Comunicaciones maintains second place with 23-9 record having just one point less than leader Parque Sur which they share with defeated San Isidro. Loser San Isidro keeps the second position with 13 games lost. Comunicaciones will face Sportivo (#6) in Las Parejas in the next round.
Top scorers:
Comunicaciones: C.Romero 15+6reb+1ast, A.Pau 14+2reb+2ast, J.De Felippo 12+5reb+3ast, F.Vietta Stechina 8+3reb+2ast, M.Aristu 5, N.Lauria 5+7reb+4ast
San Isidro: M.Muller 9+2reb, S.Gonzalez 7+12reb, H. Feder 6, G.Sciutto 5, A.Landoni 5+7reb+2ast, M.Corzo 5+2reb
gschID: 523943


SP Las Parejas - Hindu 97-88

Top ranked Hindu (25-6) recorded its sixth loss in Las Parejas. Visitors were defeated by sixth ranked Sportivo (8-24) 97-88. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Hindu. Hindu was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 34-21 charge of Sportivo, which allowed them to win the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Guard Augusto Rossi (192-88) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 assists. Forward A Meinero (198-96) contributed with 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: DTMones) answered with 27 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) and forward Pablo Fernandez (198-82) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Hindu. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Hindu's coach Jeronimo Trezza rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Sportivo maintains sixth place with 8-24 record. Hindu at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. Sportivo will play against league's second-placed Comunicaciones in Mercedes in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hindu will play against Independiente BBC and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
SP Las Parejas: A. Meinero 24+5reb, A.Rossi 19+1reb+11ast, D.McKoy 17+9reb+1ast, M.Luchi 16+3reb+2ast, J.Ignacio Rodriguez Suppi 10+2reb+6ast, A.Pautasso 4+1reb+2ast
Hindu: K.Jones 27+7reb+2ast, P.Fernandez 14+5reb+7ast, P.Moya 11+10reb+4ast, N.Paletta 10+4reb+3ast, F.Vieta Stechina 10+1reb, M.Coronel 7+2reb
gschID: 523945


Salta Basket - BHY Tiro Federal 82-79

A very interesting game took place in Salta. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 4th placed BHY Tiro Federal (12-20) to fourth ranked Salta Basket (15-15) 82-79 on Saturday evening. Salta Basket outrebounded BHY Tiro Federal 38-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. Nigerian-American power forward Ike Okoye (206-86, college: Boise St., agency: Aspire Sports) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winning side and swingman Gregorio Eseverri (194-87) accounted for 12 points and 8 rebounds. Four Salta Basket players scored in double figures. Naturalized American power forward Phillip Lockett (202-88, agency: DTMones) came up with 28 points and the former international swingman Mariano Ceruti (194-79) added 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for BHY Tiro Federal in the defeat. Salta Basket moved-up to third place, which they share with Temperley. BHY Tiro Federal at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 20 games lost. Salta Basket's next round opponent will be Villa San Martin (#5) in Resistencia. BHY Tiro Federal will play at home against the league's leader Union SF and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Salta Basket: I.Okoye 18+12reb, N.Copello 15+1reb+5ast, L.Prowell 14+7reb+1ast, G.Eseverri 12+8reb+3ast, R.Haag 9+2reb+2ast, M.Fioretti 6+3reb+1ast
BHY Tiro Federal: P.Lockett 28+4reb+2ast, M.Ceruti 17+5reb+4ast, E.Correa 10+9reb+5ast, L.Mare 9+2reb+1ast, L.Cecchi 9+4reb+1ast, M.Maximiliano 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 523946


Parque Sur - Atenas Carmen 74-73

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Parque Sur as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Parque Sur edged 5th ranked Atenas in Concepcion de Urug. 74-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Atenas. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 1 point. The best player for the winners was power forward Sebastian Bernasconi (203-86) who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Pablo Alderete (196-93) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four Parque Sur players scored in double figures. American forward Scott Cutley (196-85, college: CS Fullerton) produced 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Howard Wilkerson (198-84, college: Wofford) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Atenas at the other side keeps the fifth place with 16 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Parque Sur: S.Bernasconi 17+7reb, A.Jure 14+1reb, G.Mariani 14+5reb+3ast, P.Alderete 12+7reb+3ast, E.Bolling 6+3reb, A.Richard 4+3reb+5ast
Atenas Carmen: S.Cutley 24+5reb+4ast, H.Wilkerson 14+8reb+1ast, B.Oprandi 14+2reb+3ast, E.Agostino 8+1reb+2ast, G.Peralta 5+3reb, H.Etchepare 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 539887


Petr.Argentino - Gimnasia LP 100-96

There was a small surprise in Plaza Huincul where sixth ranked Petr.Argentino (10-18) beat 6th ranked Gimnasia LP (10-20) 100-96 on Friday. Petr.Argentino made 27-of-33 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Gimnasia LP turnovers and had a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American forward Cedric Blossom (198, college: Morgan St., agency: DTMones) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Darnell Dodson (201-89, college: S.Mississippi, agency: DTMones) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. Point guard Leonardo La-Bella (180-86) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 assists and forward Maximiliano Segon (200-91) added 28 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Petr.Argentino maintains sixth place with 10-18 record which they share with defeated Gimnasia LP. Loser Gimnasia LP keeps the sixth position with 20 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Petr.Argentino: C.Blossom 26+11reb, M.Castets 22+2reb+4ast, D.Dodson 22+11reb+2ast, F.Gago 10+3reb+2ast, D.Pineda 10+4reb+2ast, L.Diaz 5+1reb+1ast
Gimnasia LP: M.Segon 28+3reb+2ast, L.La Bella 21+4reb+12ast, J.Efese 14+7reb+1ast, R.Salvatierra 12+7reb+2ast, L.Villa 11+1reb+1ast, R.Rosende 4+4reb
gschID: 539888


Villa Angela - Barrio Parque 79-67

There was a minor upset when 3rd placed Barrio Parque (16-15) was defeated on the road by third ranked Villa Angela (20-12) 79-67 on Friday. Villa Angela made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Nate Carter (200-83, college: Oklahoma) who scored 24 points and 9 rebounds. Point guard Martin Cequeira (180-88) chipped in 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Andres Mariani (188-87) produced 19 points and power forward Emiliano Martina (200-83) added 10 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Villa Angela have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain third place with 20-12 record having four points less than leader Parque Sur which they share with defeated Barrio Parque. Loser Barrio Parque keeps the third position with 15 games lost. Villa Angela will have a break next round. Barrio Parque will play at home against the league's leader Union SF and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Villa Angela: N.Carter 24+9reb+1ast, M.Garcia 11+5reb+1ast, M.Cequeira 11+5reb+5ast, C.Avalle 11+3reb+2ast, A.Spalla 8+2reb+3ast, J.Roumec 7
Barrio Parque: A.Mariani 19+4reb+3ast, E.Martina 10+4reb+1ast, G.Marozzi 10+4reb, E.Rossi 10+3reb, S.Cabello 9+5reb, L.Guerra 5+2ast
gschID: 523944


Temperley - Olimpo BB 82-79

Important game to mention about took place in Temperley. Fourth ranked CA Temperley (15-15) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 4th placed Olimpo (16-12) 82-79 in the game for the third place. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-79. CA Temperley made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Olimpo was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was center Sebastian Chaine (201-86) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Leopoldo Ibanez-Paz (192-89) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Four CA Temperley players scored in double figures. CA Temperley's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Christian Schoppler (185-86) produced 35 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds and American center Thomas Granado (208-88, college: Concordia Irvine, agency: Interperformances) added 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. CA Temperley moved-up to third place, which they share with Salta Basket. Loser Olimpo keeps the fourth position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Temperley: S.Chaine 21+11reb+2ast, L.Ortiz 17+2reb+1ast, L.Ibanez Paz 17+5reb+3ast, A.Eiguren 10+4reb+7ast, S.Egas 8+2reb+1ast, M.Trimboli 7+8reb+2ast
Olimpo BB: C.Schoppler 35+9reb+2ast, F.Pennacchotti 10+2reb, R.Iglesias 9+1reb+6ast, T.Granado 9+8reb, D.Smith 6+3reb, J.Fabio 6+7reb+2ast
gschID: 539772


Mitre Tuc. - BHY Tiro Federal 84-80

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Tucuman where fifth ranked Mitre Tuc. (10-21) won against 4th placed BHY Tiro Federal (12-20) 84-80 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 25-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Mitre Tuc. made 23-of-25 free shots (92.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was guard Jose Muruaga (188-84) who scored 26 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Luis Arganaraz (199-85) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Four Mitre Tuc. players scored in double figures. Naturalized American power forward Phillip Lockett (202-88, agency: DTMones) produced a double-double by scoring 30 points and 15 rebounds and point guard Emiliano Correa (189-91) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Mitre Tuc. have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Mitre Tuc. maintains fifth place with 10-21 record, which they share with Villa San Martin. Loser BHY Tiro Federal dropped to the fifth position with 20 games lost. Mitre Tuc. will face Obera TC (#7) on the road in the next round. BHY Tiro Federal will play against the league's leader Union SF and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Mitre Tuc.: J.Muruaga 26+7reb+1ast, P.Osores 19+5reb+1ast, L.Arganaraz 17+10reb+2ast, R.Banegas 11+1reb+2ast, T.Brown 8+5reb+1ast, F.Toia 3+6reb+3ast
BHY Tiro Federal: P.Lockett 30+15reb+2ast, E.Correa 14+6reb+5ast, L.Cecchi 12+3reb, M.Maximiliano 9+3reb, M.Ceruti 7+3ast, L.Strack 5+2reb
gschID: 523942


Salta Basket - Obera TC 84-73

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Obera TC (9-20) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Salta Basket (15-15) 84-73 on Thursday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was swingman Gregorio Eseverri (194-87) who scored 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized Italian Matias Fioretti (199-84) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Martin Gandoy (194-91) produced 20 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Santiago Luduena (176-93) added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Salta Basket moved-up to third place, which they share with Temperley. Obera TC lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with 20 games lost. Salta Basket will face Villa San Martin (#5) in Resistencia in the next round. Obera TC will play at home against Mitre Tuc. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Salta Basket: M.Fioretti 18+6reb+1ast, G.Eseverri 17+7reb+4ast, L.Prowell 15+8reb, N.Copello 9+1ast, R.Haag 9+3reb+2ast, I.Okoye 6+7reb
Obera TC: M.Gandoy 20+8reb+2ast, J.Montero 14+2reb+1ast, S.Luduena 11+7reb+5ast, I.Luna 9+8reb+2ast, A.Joseph 9+3reb+1ast, L.Quinteros 8+2reb
gschID: 523941


Union SF - Hindu 73-89

There was a small surprise in Santa Fe where first ranked Hindu (25-6) defeated leader Union SF (23-8) 89-73 on Thursday. The game without a history. Hindu led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Hindu outrebounded Union SF 40-27 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Hindu especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. The best player for the winners was forward Pablo Fernandez (198-82) who scored 22 points and 7 rebounds. American Kenny Jones (198-84, college: Kentucky St., agency: DTMones) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Center Fernando Podesta (205-92) produced 14 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Miguel Isola (197-83) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five Hindu and four Union SF players scored in double figures. Union SF's coach Daniel Beltramo tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Hindu have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 25-6 record which they share with defeated Union SF. Loser Union SF still keeps top position with eight games lost. Hindu will face Independiente BBC (#4) in the next round. Union SF will play against Barrio Parque in Cordoba and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hindu: P.Fernandez 22+7reb, K.Jones 17+7reb+3ast, S.Picton 15+7reb, N.Paletta 12+7reb+4ast, P.Moya 10+6reb+1ast, M.Coronel 5+2reb+6ast
Union SF: F.Podesta 14+9reb+3ast, M.Isola 13+5reb, P.Tabarez 10+2reb+2ast, B.Barovero 10+1reb+1ast, T.Ligorria 9+1reb+2ast, T.Drye 5+4reb
gschID: 523940


La Union - Atenas Carmen 70-80

Rather expected game in Colon where 7th ranked La Union (8-22) was defeated by fifth ranked Atenas (16-16) 80-70 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Atenas. La Union was better in third quarter 22-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American forward Scott Cutley (196-85, college: CS Fullerton) who scored 23 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Howard Wilkerson (198-84, college: Wofford) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. Cutley is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Atenas players scored in double figures. Sergio Ravina (194-86) produced 24 points and American Rakim Brown (198-91, college: Humboldt St.) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Atenas maintains fifth place with 16-16 record. Loser La Union keeps the seventh position with 22 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Atenas Carmen: S.Cutley 23+6reb+1ast, E.Agostino 11+3reb, H.Etchepare 11+2reb+2ast, H.Wilkerson 10+6reb+3ast, G.Peralta 9+5reb, C.Lavoratornuovo 8+5reb+2ast
La Union: S.Ravina 24+3reb+1ast, R.Brown 16+5reb+3ast, C.Buendia 13+1reb+2ast, F.Mendoza 8+8reb+3ast, D.Cabezas 6+3reb+1ast, M.Solanas 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 539617


Villa San Martin - Barrio Parque 66-87

Rather predictable result in Resistencia where third ranked Barrio Parque (16-15) outscored 5th ranked Villa San Martin (10-21) 87-66 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Barrio Parque. Villa San Martin was better in fourth quarter 27-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Barrio Parque looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was Andres Mariani (188-87) who scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Luciano Guerra chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Barrio Parque players scored in double figures. Barrio Parque's coach Alejandro Lotterio felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Point guard Martin Cabrera (181-96) produced 22 points and 4 assists and center Guillermo Saavedra (200-86) added 10 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Barrio Parque maintains third place with 16-15 record having nine points less than leader Parque Sur. Villa San Martin lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fifth position with 21 games lost. Barrio Parque will face league's leader Union SF in Santa Fe in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Villa San Martin will play at home against Salta Basket (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Barrio Parque: A.Mariani 18+5reb+4ast, E.Martina 14+3reb+1ast, L.Guerra 14+5reb+4ast, E.Cantarutti 13+3reb+1ast, S.Cabello 8+3reb, L.Rivata 8+7reb+6ast
Villa San Martin: M.Cabrera 22+3reb+4ast, A.Toledo 11+3reb+1ast, G.Saavedra 10+11reb+1ast, E.Pellot 6+6reb, J.Morales 6+3reb+2ast, G.Mascaro 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 523939


Gimnasia LP - Olimpo BB 84-68

There was a minor upset in La Plata where 4th placed Olimpo (16-12) was defeated by sixth ranked Gimnasia LP (10-20) 84-68 on Tuesday. Gimnasia LP shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 63.2 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. The best player for the winners was forward Maximiliano Segon (200-91) who scored 27 points. American forward Joe Efese (198, college: Cent.Conn.St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Point guard Lucas Marin (180-93) produced 23 points and 4 assists and center Franco Pennacchotti (202-90) added 8 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Olimpo's coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Gimnasia LP have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 10-20 record. Loser Olimpo keeps the fourth position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Gimnasia LP: M.Segon 27+3reb+2ast, J.Efese 17+12reb+2ast, L.Villa 16+10reb+4ast, E.Rusconi 9+1reb+5ast, L.La Bella 7+3reb+11ast, R.Rosende 6+1ast
Olimpo BB: L.Marin 23+1reb+4ast, T.Granado 10+6reb, F.Pennacchotti 8+8reb+2ast, D.Smith 6+4reb, A.Sanchez 6+2reb+1ast, C.Schoppler 5
gschID: 539125


Temperley - Estudiantes O. 70-85

Everything went according to plan when first ranked Estudiantes O. (19-9) won against on the road 4th placed CA Temperley (15-15) 85-70 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-70. The best player for the winners was point guard Diego Figueredo (185-91) who scored 22 points and 8 rebounds. Italian center Emilio Dominguez (202-87) chipped in 17 points. Forward Leopoldo Ibanez-Paz (192-89) produced 14 points and 7 rebounds and center Sebastian Chaine (201-86) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Despite that victory Estudiantes O. went down to second position due to points difference. Newly promoted CA Temperley dropped to the third place with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Estudiantes O.: D.Figueredo 22+8reb+3ast, E.Dominguez 17+4reb, R.Sanchez 12+6reb+1ast, L.Reinaudi 7, A.Brocal 7+2reb+1ast, S.Arese 6+5reb+1ast
Temperley: L.Ortiz 14+2reb+2ast, L.Ibanez Paz 14+7reb+1ast, S.Chaine 12+7reb, R.Pelorosso 8+1ast, M.Trimboli 6+7reb+3ast, A.Eiguren 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 539126


Alianza Viedma - Rocamora 75-59

There was no surprise in Rio Negro where 5th ranked Rocamora (12-17) was defeated by second ranked Alianza Viedma (20-11) 75-59 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Alianza Viedma. Rocamora was better in fourth quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was power forward Maximiliano Tabieres (198-89) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Nigerian-American power forward Lotanna Nwogbo (203-93, college: Longwood) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. Four Alianza Viedma players scored in double figures. Swingman Matias Cuello (190-91) produced 18 points and 6 rebounds and center Matias Novello (198-85) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Alianza Viedma have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Rocamora lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 17 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Alianza Viedma: M.Tabieres 14+10reb, O.McCullough 14+4reb, P.Franco 11+4reb+3ast, L.Nwogbo 11+7reb+1ast, M.Gaynor 8+1reb+1ast, F.Grun 7+4reb+2ast
Rocamora: M.Cuello 18+6reb, F.Medina 16+4reb, M.Novello 10+8reb+2ast, F.Benitez 5+6reb, L.Podesta 4+7reb+1ast, I.Davico 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 539124


Mitre Tuc. - Obera TC 90-89

A very close game took place in Tucuman between Mitre Tuc. and Obera TC. Fifth ranked Mitre Tuc. (10-21) got a very close home victory over 6th ranked Obera TC (9-20). Mitre Tuc. managed to escape with a 1-point win 90-89 on Tuesday evening. Obera TC was trailing by 12 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 19-15 charge of Mitre Tuc., which allowed them to win the game. American forward Tirrell Brown (198-93, college: Ouachita Baptist) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 17 rebounds for the winners and guard Jose Muruaga (188-84) chipped in 13 points and 7 assists. American center Arkeem Joseph (206-94, college: Texas A&M Int.) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds and point guard Santiago Luduena (176-93) scored 15 points and 6 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Four Mitre Tuc. and five Obera TC players scored in double figures. Mitre Tuc. have a solid series of three victories in a row. Newly promoted Mitre Tuc. maintains fifth place with 10-21 record, which they share with Villa San Martin. Obera TC lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with 20 games lost. Mitre Tuc. will again meet Obera TC (#7) on the road in the next round. Obera TC will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Mitre Tuc.: T.Brown 30+17reb+2ast, P.Osores 16+5reb+2ast, J.Muruaga 13+4reb+7ast, F.Toia 11+2reb+5ast, L.Arganaraz 9+2reb, J.Carrizo 9
Obera TC: M.Gandoy 15+2reb+3ast, S.Luduena 15+2reb+6ast, L.Quinteros 14+3reb+1ast, J.Montero 13+4reb+1ast, J.Deck 12+3reb, A.Joseph 12+13reb+1ast
gschID: 523938





Manu Ginobili selected the top Argentinian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Manu Ginobili
Manu Ginobili
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international guard Manu Ginobili (198-77, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in NBA). He led San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the Sacramento Kings (25-41) 114-104 in the NBA on Wednesday night. Ginobili was MVP of the game. He recorded 19 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals in 25 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 51-14 record this season. It's Ginobili's 15th year with the team. Ginobili has relatively good stats this year: 7.8ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 38.9%, 3FGP: 39.0% and FT: 81.1% in 56 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Ginobili is currently a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Facundo Campazzo
Facundo Campazzo
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Facundo Campazzo (181-91, currently plays in Spain). He could not help UCAM Murcia (8-15) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Campazzo's very good performance UCAM Murcia was edged 73-70 on the road by the much higher-ranked FC Barcelona (#6). He was the top scorer with 20 points. Campazzo also added 4 assists. This season Campazzo has relatively solid stats: 15.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.9apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 50.8% and FT: 82.1%. He is in the roster of the Argentinian senior national team.

Nicolas Laprovittola
Nicolas Laprovittola
   #3. The Argentinian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Nicolas Laprovittola (193-90, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to Baskonia's victory against the 13th-ranked Valencia Basket (5-17) 71-63 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Laprovittola scored 6 points. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (16-7) is placed fourth in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Laprovittola's overall stats this season are: 5.7ppg, 1.2rpg, 4.2apg, 2FGP: 33.3%, 3FGP: 31.6% and FT: 90.9%. He is also a member of the Argentinian senior national team.

Nicolas Richotti
Nicolas Richotti
   #4. Point guard Nicolas Richotti (183-86, currently plays in Basketball Champions League) managed to help Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias to win against the fourth-ranked PAOK (7-7) crushing them 80-54 in the Basketball Champions League last Wednesday. He scored 5 points. Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (11-3) is placed first in group D. Richotti has been at the team for seven years. This season Richotti averages only 2.7ppg. He is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian. Richotti is also Argentinian national team player.

Marcos Delia
Marcos Delia
   #5. International center Marcos Delia (211-92, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Facundo Campazzo. But that was another game of his team in Spanish Liga Endesa which we would like to mention. Delia contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Andorra (11-11) crushing them 77-53. He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 18 minutes. Universidad Catolica de Murcia CB (8-15) is placed 13th in the Liga Endesa. It's Delia's first season with the team. This year Delia's overall stats are: 6.4ppg and 3.3rpg in 23 games. He has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities. Delia plays currently for the Argentinian national team.

Fabricio Vay
Fabricio Vay
   #6. Forward Fabricio Vay (207-86, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Austria) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams UBSC Graz (6-20) crushing them 108-51 in the Austrian A Bundesliga last Sunday. He scored 15 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 6 assists in 25 minutes. Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions (13-13) are placed sixth in the A Bundesliga. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Vay is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Arkadia Lions' roster. Vay has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.6ppg, 8.2rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg in 24 games. Vay is a former international player as he played for the Argentinian senior team eight years ago.

Luciano Tognon
Luciano Tognon
   #7. Former U18 international center Luciano Tognon (205-94, currently plays in Chile) was not able to help Universidad de Concepcion in their game against Espanol de Talca (17-13) in the Chilean Liga Nacional. Tognon recorded 7 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in 19 minutes. The second-placed Universidad de Concepcion (20-10) lost 74-86 in Talca to the lower-ranked (#3) Espanol de in the Conferencia Centro. This year Tognon's total stats are: 1.7ppg and 2.2rpg in 27 games. He used to play for the Argentinian U18 national team five years ago.

Juan Fernandez
Juan Fernandez
   #8. Guard Juan Fernandez (193-90, college: Temple, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Leche Rio Breogan (17-9) in their game against Gipuzkoa (19-8) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). He scored 6 points and added 4 assists. Leche Rio Breogan was defeated 92-86 in San Sebastian by the leading Gipuzkoa. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. Fernandez has averaged so far 9.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.1apg. He used to play for the Argentinian national team back in 2014.

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

   #1. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) led Umana Venezia to a victory over the 11th-ranked The Flexx PT (10-12) 78-71 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Filloy recorded 20 points and added 3 passes in 20 minutes. Umana Reyer Venezia (14-8) is placed second in the Serie A. It's Filloy's first season with the team. This year he averages: 7.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.6apg in 19 games he played so far. Filloy has a dual citizenship: Argentinian and Italian. Despite his Argentinian passport, Filloy previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Argentinian team.

   #2. Daniel Hure (200-PF-85, currently plays in Brazil) could not help Paulistano (11-7) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Paulistano was defeated 74-67 in a derby game by the lower-ranked Pinheiros (#7). Hure was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 3 steals. This season Hure averages: 9.8ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.4apg.

   #3. Andres Forray (187-PG-86, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Dolomiti En. TR's victory against the 13th-ranked Juvecaserta (9-13) 76-66 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. Forray scored 12 points and had 4 steals in 21 minutes. Dolomiti Energia Trento (12-9) is placed fifth in the Serie A. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Forray has been at the team for six years. This season his overall stats are: 5.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4spg in 21 games. Forray is another player who holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #4. Tulio Cobos (197-F-86, college: Northeastern St., currently plays in Venezuela) helped Bucaneros win their game against the second-ranked Gigantes (3-1) 89-83 in the Venezuelan LPB in Saturday night's game. Cobos recorded 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in Conference Eastern. Bucaneros de La Guaira (5-3) is placed first in Eastern Conference. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Cobos has reliable stats this year: 11.4ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.1apg in eight games.

   #5. Damian Palacios (177-PG-85, currently plays in Brazil) was not able to help CR Vasco Da Gama Rio de Janeiro in their game against Flamengo (16-6) in the Brazilian NBB. He recorded 8 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. CR Vasco Da Gama Rio de Janeiro was defeated 94-86 in a derby game by the leading Flamengo. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Palacios' total stats this season are: 4.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.7apg.

   #6. Bruno Cerella (194-G/F-86, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to secure a victory for Armani Milano in their game against Maccabi T-A in the Euroleague. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Cerella recorded only 3 points. His team was defeated 92-82. This season he averages just 2.0ppg. Cerella has both Argentinian and Italian nationalities.

   #7. Experienced Santiago Boffelli (197-G/F-83, currently plays in Italy) was the main contributor in Scauri's surprising victory against the leader Napoli Cuore 76-72 in the Italian Serie B (third division) in Sunday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Boffelli scored 22 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) in 37 minutes. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Boffelli averages: 18.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg in 21 games. He also holds two passports: Argentinian and Italian.

   #8. Dante Richotti (180-PG-85, currently plays in Italy) is a teammate of previously mentioned Santiago Boffelli and both played together in the last Italian Serie B game. Richotti was the major contributor in Scauri's shocking victory against the leader Napoli Cuore 76-72. He scored 20 points and added 6 assists. Richotti's total stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 4.6apg and 1.8spg. Similarly like Boffelli and Cerella above he holds both Argentinian and Italian passports.

   #9. Brian Savoy (189-SG-92, currently plays in Switzerland) helped Neuchatel win their game against the league outsider Winterthur 75-59 in the Swiss LNA in Saturday night's game. Savoy scored 11 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Savoy has reliable stats this season: 13.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 4.5apg and 1.1spg. He has dual citizenship: Argentinian and Swiss.

   #10. Erik Thomas (196-F-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped New Orleans win their game against the Sam Houston State University 75-63 in the NCAA last Friday. Thomas recorded 18 points and added 3 passes (made all of his ten free throws !!!) in 34 minutes. Thomas has very impressive stats this year: 19.5ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg in 29 games. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Thomas has never played in Argentina.



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Xavier Alexander's triple-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

28-year old guard Xavier Alexander (198-G-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Singapore S. and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
He recorded a triple-double of 12 points adding also 12 rebounds and 12 assists, while his team crushed Kaohsiung (#5, 5-12) with 24-point margin 76-52. Singapore S. maintains the 2nd position in ASEAN League . They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Singapore S. will need more victories to improve their 12-6 record. It's Alexander's second year at Singapore S. and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Southern Nazarene University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Alexander is in league's top in points (9th best: 19.4ppg), assists (3rd best: 5.3apg) and averages solid 1.4bpg and 2.1spg.

Second best performed player last round was Skylar Spencer (208-F/C-94) of KL Dragons. He is American forward in his first season at KL Dragons. In the last game Spencer recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he led KL Dragons to another comfortable win 94-81 over slightly higher-ranked Saigon H. (#4, 6-9) being unquestionably team leader. Despite this victory they still are the lowest ranked team. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories KL Dragons managed to get this year. Spencer is a newcomer at KL Dragons and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Josh Boone (208-F/C-84) of league's leader Hong Kong ELL. Boone scored 23 points and grabbed nineteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Hong Kong ELL, leading his team to a 83-61 easy win against #3 ranked Alab Pilipinas in a game of the week. Hong Kong ELL confirms their top position in the standings. Boone has a great season in ASEAN League. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.2ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 14.0rpg (4th best). He also has 2.2bpg and FGP: 59.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Justin Howard (209-C-81) of Singapore S. - 24 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Bobby Ray Parks (193-G-93) of Alab Pilipinas - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Kiwi Gardner (170-PG-93) of KL Dragons - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Marcus Elliott (191-G-84) of Hong Kong ELL - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Jordan Henriquez-Roberts (214-C-89) of Saigon H. - 21 points and 14 rebounds
9. Derek Hall (211-C/F-90) of Kaohsiung - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Lenny Daniel (203-PF-87) of Saigon H. - 16 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)



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Tadamon lands Deng Deng, Ex Al Shamal !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Tadamon Zouk (Pepsi LBL) landed 25-year old Australian-South Sudanese forward Deng Deng (203-98kg-92, college: Baylor). He played recently at Al Shamal in Qatari D1 league. In 5 games he averaged impressive 19.8ppg, 12.2rpg, 2.0apg, 2.8spg and 4.0bpg this season. Deng also played earlier that season for another team Texas Legends in U.S. semi-pro league D-League where in three D1 games he had 4.3ppg and 4.0rpg.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Big 12 Tournament Semifinals in 2015. Deng received also NJCAA All-Region XIV 2nd Team award back in 2014 at his college time.
Deng represented Australia at the World University Games in Gwangju (South Korea) two years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 4.6ppg, 2.1rpg.
Deng graduated from Baylor University in 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Patrick Mills selected the top Australian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Patrick Mills
Patrick Mills
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA). Mills led San Antonio Spurs to a victory over the Golden State Warriors (52-14) crushing them 107-85 in the NBA on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Mills recorded 21 points and added 4 passes in 21 minutes on the court. The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 51-14 record this season. It's Mills' fifth year with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 9.8ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.3apg, 2FGP: 47.8%, 3FGP: 42.1% and FT: 83.9% in 64 games he played so far. Mills is currently a member of the Australian senior national team.

Dante Exum
Dante Exum
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Dante Exum (198-95, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the Utah Jazz (41-25) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Exum's very good performance the Utah Jazz (41-25) was defeated 112-104 at home by the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was the top scorer with 22 points. This season Exum averages: 6.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 55.0%(93-169), 3FGP: 27.4% and FT: 82.3%. He is in the roster of the Australian senior national team.

Brock Motum
Brock Motum
   #3. The Australian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Brock Motum (208-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in Euroleague). Motum contributed to Zalgiris' victory against the sixth-ranked Panathinaikos (14-11) 64-58 in the Euroleague last Thursday. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (11-14) is placed tenth in the Euroleague. This year Motum has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 59.3%(80-135), 3FGP: 42.4% and FT: 71.1% in 25 games. He is also a member of the Australian senior national team.

Jonah Bolden
Jonah Bolden
   #4. Forward Jonah Bolden (208-96, college: UCLA, currently plays in ABA League) was not able to help FMP (10-16) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Bolden's very good performance FMP was defeated 104-92 on the road by the second-ranked Cedevita. He was the top scorer with 23 points. Bolden also added 5 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended in the ABA League. It's Bolden's first season with the team. He has reliable stats this year: 12.9ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.8apg. Bolden used to play for the Australian U19 national team back in 2013.

Jason Cadee
Jason Cadee
   #5. Former international guard Jason Cadee (186-91, currently plays in Greece) was the main contributor in Kymis' surprising victory against the sixth-ranked Kolossos HH (11-10) 74-64 in the Greek A1 in Saturday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Cadee scored 23 points and added 3 assists in 32 minutes. GS Kymis (7-14) is placed 12th in the A1. Cadee has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 3.0apg and 1.7spg in three games. Cadee used to play for the Australian national team eight years ago.

Ben Madgen
Ben Madgen
   #6. Swingman Ben Madgen (193-85, college: Augusta, currently plays in Lithuania) was not able to secure a victory for Lietkabelis (18-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Lietkabelis was defeated 89-80 in Alytus by the lower-ranked Dzukija (#8). Madgen was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 5 rebounds. Madgen's stats this season are: 11.3ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.1apg. He is a former international player as he played for the Australian senior team three years ago.

Matthew Dellavedova
Matthew Dellavedova
   #7. International guard Matthew Dellavedova (193-90, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Milwaukee Bucks' victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves (27-38) 102-95 in the NBA on Saturday night. Dellavedova recorded 16 points in 28 minutes. The Milwaukee Bucks have 32-33 record this season. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Dellavedova's stats this year are: 7.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 5.1apg in 60 games. He is also Australian national team player.

Aron Baynes
Aron Baynes
   #8. Center Aron Baynes (208-86, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA) helped Detroit Pistons win their game against the Chicago Bulls (31-35) 109-95 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Baynes scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Detroit Pistons have 32-33 record this season. Baynes' overall stats this year are: 4.6ppg and 4.0rpg. He plays currently for the Australian national team.

Joe Ingles
Joe Ingles
   #9. International small forward Joe Ingles (203-87, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Dante Exum. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Ingles helped Utah Jazz win their game against the New Orleans Pelicans (26-40) 88-83. He scored 12 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 32 minutes. The Utah Jazz has a solid 41-25 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Ingles' overall stats are: 6.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg and 1.2spg in 66 games. He is also in the roster of the Australian national team.

Daryl Corletto
Daryl Corletto
   #10. An experienced guard Daryl Corletto (193-81, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help Plymouth Raiders (12-13) in their game against Sheffield Sharks (15-10) in the British BBL. Despite his very good performance on Sunday night Corletto was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 3 passes. This season Corletto has very high stats. He averages: 16.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.6apg and 1.3spg. Corletto is a former U22 international player as seventeen years ago he still played for the Australian national team.

   #11. Former international guard Daniel Dillon (193-86, college: Arizona, currently plays in Japan) was the major contributor in Dragonflies' victory against the sixth-ranked Iwate Big Bulls crushing them 98-66 in the Japanese B League D2 in Sunday night's game. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds (made all of his five free throws) in 20 minutes. Dillon averaged so far 12.3ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.4apg in 44 games. He used to play for the Australian national team eight years ago.

   #12. Former U22 international forward Dan Trist (206-92, college: Lafayette, currently plays in Denmark) helped Horsens IC win their game against the closely-ranked Horsholm 96-78 in the Danish Ligaen last Tuesday. Trist recorded 19 points. Trist averaged so far 12.9ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Australian U22 national team back in 2015.

   #13. Former U19 international forward Lewis Thomas (203-92, college: W.Oregon, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help Glasgow Rocks in their game against Scorchers in the British BBL, despite his good performance on Sunday night. Thomas scored 12 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 36 minutes. But his team lost 75-89. This year Thomas' total stats are: 8.0ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.5apg in 25 games. He used to play for the Australian U19 national team six years ago.

   #14. Former U18 international center Jordan Vandenberg (216-90, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Japan) helped Nishinomiya Storks win their game against the leader Gunma 74-71 in the Japanese B League D2 on Saturday night. He scored 8 points, had 9 rebounds and made 5 blocks. Vandenberg has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.1apg and 1.6bpg. He used to play for the Australian U18 national team back in 2008.

   #15. Former international guard Rhys Carter (190-84, currently plays in United Kingdom) is a teammate of previously mentioned Daryl Corletto. However that was another game of his team in British BBL which brought him to that list. Carter couldn't help Plymouth Raiders in their game against London Lions. He recorded 8 points and added 7 assists in 21 minutes. His team lost 88-99. Carter averaged so far 10.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 5.6apg and 2.1spg in 25 games. He used to play for the Australian national team eight years ago.

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

   #1. Kyrie Irving (190-G-92, college: Duke, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Cleveland Cavaliers (43-22) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Cleveland Cavaliers (43-22) lost 98-106 on the road to the Miami Heat. Irving was the top scorer with 32 points. He also added 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 40 minutes. It's Irving's sixth season with the team. Irving has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 25.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 5.9apg and 1.2spg in 58 games he played so far. Irving is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Australia.

   #2. Nathan Sobey (190-G-90, college: Wyoming, currently plays in Greece) was not able to help PAOK (11-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Sobey's good performance PAOK was edged 73-70 in Rethymno by the lower-ranked AGOR (#7). He was the top scorer with 14 points. Sobey also added 8 rebounds (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). It was his first game for PAOK this season.

   #3. Thomas Ammar (199-G/F-87, college: Mars Hill, currently plays in Lebanon) was not able to secure a victory for Mayrouba (3-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Ammar's good performance the bottom-ranked Mayrouba was badly defeated 96-77 in Beirut by the leading Homenetmen. He recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 13 rebounds. Ammar also added 3 assists. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Ammar has averaged so far 7.1ppg, 6.5rpg and 2.0apg. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and Lebanese.

   #4. Xavier Cooks (203-G/F-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Winthrop to an easy victory against the Campbell University (13-5) 76-59 in the NCAA last Sunday. Cooks had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 14 rebounds. He also added 5 assists and 3 steals in 33 minutes. The Winthrop University has a very good 16-3 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Cooks has very impressive stats this year: 16.3ppg, 9.2rpg, 2.8apg and 1.8bpg in 32 games.

   #5. Thon Maker (216-C/F-97, college: High School, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Milwaukee Bucks' victory against the Philadelphia 76ers (23-43) 112-98 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Maker scored 7 points in 15 minutes. The Milwaukee Bucks have 32-33 record this season. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Maker has averaged so far 3.5ppg and 1.7rpg in 39 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Australian and South Sudanese.

   #6. Deng Adel (201-F-97, currently studies in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Louisville (12-6) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Adel's very good performance the Louisville was defeated 81-77 in Durham by the Duke University. He scored 21 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Adel averaged so far 11.9ppg, 4.5rpg and 2.2apg. He has both South Sudanese and Australian nationalities.

   #7. Jock Landale (211-C, is currently at the American university) led St.Mary's, CA to an easy victory against the Brigham Young University crushing them 81-50 in the NCAA on Monday night. Landale had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds in 32 minutes. Landale has very impressive stats this year: 16.8ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2bpg in 32 games.

   #8. Chima Moneke (198-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Cal-Davis to a 2-point victory against the California State University, Fullerton 66-64 in the NCAA in Friday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 14 rebounds. Moneke also added 4 blocks. Moneke averaged so far 14.5ppg, 9.5rpg and 1.5bpg.

   #9. Sam Alabakis (211-C-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) led La-Monroe to a victory against the Arkansas State University 73-70 in the NCAA last Wednesday. Alabakis scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Alabakis has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 2.7rpg.

   #10. Joseph Acuil (213-F-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Baylor in their game against the Kansas State University in the NCAA. He scored 8 points, had 11 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 31 minutes. His team lost 64-70. Acuil has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 7.0rpg and 2.6bpg in 32 games. He also holds two passports: Australian and Sudanese.



Trotamundos tab Josh Powell, ex Kings - by Eurobasket News

Trotamundos de Carabobo (LPB) inked experienced 34-year old American ex-international forward Josh Powell (206-109kg-83, college: North Carolina State). He started the season at Kings in Australian NBL league. In 27 games he recorded 9.4ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.0apg this season.
The most of last summer Powell spent at Luoyang (also in NBL) in where in 30 games he averaged impressive 27.5ppg, 17.4rpg and 1.5apg. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL 2nd Team. He also played earlier that season for Indios in Puerto Rican BSN. In 20 games he had very remarkable stats: 21.5ppg, 9.1rpg and 1.5apg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Honorable Mention.
Powell won Euroleague championship title in 2013. He was a member of USA Senior National Team back in 2012.
Powell is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to nine different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Powell has played previously professionally in Argentina (San Lorenzo), Greece, Italy, Philippines (B.Ginebra), Russia, Switzerland (Neuchatel), NBA (Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks and San Antonio Spurs), China (Guandong Tigers and Flying Leopards) and Puerto Rico (Brujos).
He attended North Carolina State until 2003 and it is his 14th (!!!) season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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The Cavaliers released Bogut - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers released 33-year old Australian international center Andrew Bogut (213-118kg-84, college: Utah). Bogut also played for the Mavericks where in 26 NBA games he had 3.0ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.9apg this season.
In 2005 he was drafted by Milwaukee Bucks as #1 pick overall. The former University of Utah standoutis in his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Olympic Games 2nd Team in 2016.
Bogut has been also a member of Australian international program for some years. He has regularly played for Australian senior team since 2004 and previously for U21 National Team between 2004 and 2005.
Bogut also represented Australia at the World Championships U18 in Greece fourteen years ago.
He has played previously professionally in other NBA team (Golden State Warriors) and Australia (Australian Institute Sport).
On Bogut: A hard worker with a strong commitment to improving his skills. An excellent passer, Andrew will focus on developing his body.
World Championships U18 '03 comments (by Yarone Arbel):
The MVP of the championship. His parents are from Croatia, which is some sort of explanation to how such talent grew up down under. If for some reason something will go wrong on his route to the NBA, the Croatian passport will surely help him find a good spot in one of the top European teams. Next season he will go to Utah University, in the championship itself he was simply unstoppable, posting double-double already after one half in both Semi Finals and Finals game.
He knows how to use his size in the PF. Very tall and athletic, and although there's no doubt he's the best player in the team, on court he fights like a bull, work with his teammates and make them look much much better. There's no doubt that Bogut was the difference between a nice Australian NT and a gold winning team that routed everyone on the way to the top. All teams focused and tried to stop Bogut. All failed and paid even more because of Bogut's unselfishness.
He got a great mobility in the low post, box him out and he can go out to the high post and the Swish will arrive in less than a second. His shot selection is very good, can hit the three pointer when there's a chance, but he doesn't force it. If you try to stop his outside shot, he can penetrate, on both sides, and mostly finish with 2 points. His rebounding skill is bigger than life, on both ends of the floor, and it's not only a matter of good position. His leap and struggle helps him a lot.
Let's try to impress with titles: 3rd best scorer, best rebounder with 3.7 more rebounds than the runner up, drawn more fouls and made free throws more than anyone else, 10th in blocks, 2nd in 2FG% and first, again by a big margin, in the TENDEX ranking. 22 pts, 18 rbs and 5 assists vs. the USA in the Semi Finals qualifying match, 39 pts & 25 (!!!) rbs in the Semi Finals vs. Croatia and 35 pts & 14 rbs in the finals. What do you say about that?
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Giants ink Jerrell Sanders - by Hugh McAuliffe

Goldfields Giants (SBL) signed American forward Jerrell Sanders (198-95kg, college: Ferris State). He played last summer at Darwin Uni Rebels in the DBA. In 13 games he had very impressive stats: 28.0ppg.
Three years ago (two years after his graduation) Sanders was drafted by Grand Rapids Drive (D-League) in sixth round (95th overall).
The former Ferris State (NCAA Div.II) staris in his fifth season in pro basketball.
Sanders played in the final of Nicaraguan ACB in 2015.
He has played previously professionally in Germany (Bonn Meckenheimer) and Nicaragua (Leones).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko CAR
  Furstenfeld
  (188-SG-85)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Car, Furstenfeld20.5 
 2. Vay, Arkadia18.6 
 3. Miletic, Vienna18.5 
 4. Clemmons, Vienna18.2 
 5. Lamesic, Wels17.5 
 6. McNealy, Oberwart17.0 
 7. Rados, Klostern.16.5 
 8. Stazic, Vienna16.3 
 9. Murati, Gmunden16.0 
 10. Jackson, Oberwart15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jozo RADOS
  Klostern.
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Rados, Klostern.11.7 
 2. Naylor, UBSC G.10.5 
 3. Draskovic, Arkadia8.5 
 4. Vay, Arkadia8.2 
 5. Lamesic, Wels7.8 
 6. Ferguson, Vienna7.5 
 7. Traylor, Oberwart7.4 
 8. Sarlija, Furstenfeld7.2 
 9. Baptiste, Kapfe.7.1 
 10. Gaidys, Gmunden6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Benedikt DANEK
  Arkadia
  (176-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Danek, Arkadia7.2 
 2. Car, Furstenfeld5.8 
 3. Vujosevic, Kapfe.5.4 
 4. Jackson, Oberwart5.4 
 5. Friedrich, Gmunden4.9 
 6. Stazic, Vienna4.6 
 7. Maresch, UBSC G.4.6 
 8. Clemmons, Vienna4.4 
 9. O''Neal, Wels4.1 
 10. Murati, Gmunden3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Derek JACKSON
  Oberwart
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Jackson, Oberwart2.7 
 2. Clemmons, Vienna1.8 
 3. Miletic, Vienna1.7 
 4. Cumberbatch, Oberw.1.7 
 5. Trmal, Arkadia1.6 
 6. Ferguson, Vienna1.5 
 7. Jandl, Furstenfeld1.5 
 8. Koch, Vienna1.4 
 9. McNealy, Oberwart1.4 
 10. Vujosevic, Kapfe.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Jamari TRAYLOR
  Oberwart
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Traylor, Oberwart1.6 
 2. Ferguson, Vienna1.5 
 3. Rados, Klostern.1.3 
 4. Draskovic, Arkadia1.3 
 5. Chan, Wels1.2 
 6. Baptiste, Kapfe.1.0 
 7. Kuakumensah, Oberw.1.0 
 8. Steed, Gmunden0.9 
 9. Koch, Vienna0.8 
 10. Naylor, UBSC G.0.8 


Benjamin Ortner selected the top Austrian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Benjamin Ortner
Benjamin Ortner
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international power forward Benjamin Ortner (206-83, college: Metro St., currently plays in Basketball Champions League). Ortner managed to help Umana Reyer Venezia to win against the closely-ranked Scandone AV (10-4) 72-68 in the Basketball Champions League last Wednesday. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Umana Reyer Venezia (9-5) is placed third in group B. This season Ortner averages: 4.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 45.2% and FT: 61.5%. He played for the Austrian senior national team four years ago.

Rasid Mahalbasic
Rasid Mahalbasic
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Rasid Mahalbasic (210-90, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain). Mahalbasic could not help Sevilla (7-15) in their last game. Despite his good performance Sevilla was badly defeated 89-70 at home by the much higher-ranked (#7) Gran Canaria. Mahalbasic scored 13 points and had 3 steals in 23 minutes. It was Sevilla's seventh consecutive loss in a row. It's Mahalbasic's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 64.8%(59-91) and FT: 76.9% in 12 games he played so far. Mahalbasic has a dual citizenship: Austrian and Slovenian. Ex-kelag Worthersee Piraten player is in the roster of the Austrian senior national team.

Jakob Poeltl
Jakob Poeltl
   #3. The Austrian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Jakob Poeltl (213-95, college: Utah, currently plays in NBA). He was not able to help the Toronto Raptors in their game against the Miami Heat (32-35) in the NBA. Poeltl recorded 6 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors (38-28) were defeated 104-89 on the road by the Heat. Poeltl's overall stats this season are: 2.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 2FGP: 49.3% and FT: 47.1%. He played for the Austrian national team two years ago.

Thomas Schreiner
Thomas Schreiner
   #4. Point guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Andorra's victory against the league outsider La ICL Manresa (4-19) 85-77 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Schreiner scored only 4 points in 15 minutes. MoraBanc Andorra (11-11) is placed eighth in the Liga Endesa. Schreiner has been at the team for five years. This season his overall stats are: 4.1ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.3apg in 22 games. Schreiner is also Austrian national team player.

Maximilian Hopfgartner
Maximilian Hopfgartner
   #5. International forward Maximilian Hopfgartner (206-92, also represented by Dynamics Global Management, college: John Brown, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Navarra's victory against the 13th-ranked CB Tarragona 2017 (7-17) 85-79 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Friday night. He scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Basket Navarra de Pamplona (13-11) is placed eighth in the LEB Silver. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Hopfgartner has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.5apg. He plays currently for the Austrian national team.

Thomas Klepeisz
Thomas Klepeisz
   #6. Point guard Thomas Klepeisz (186-91, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Braunschweig (4-17) in their game against Deutsche Bank Skyliners (10-14) in the German BBL. Klepeisz recorded 5 points in 17 minutes. Braunschweig was crushed 92-56 in Frankfurt by the higher-ranked (#10) Deutsche Bank Skyliners. It was Braunschweig's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Klepeisz's total stats are: 6.4ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.5apg in 20 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Austrian National Team roster.

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

   #1. Bryce Douvier (201-F-91, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Portugal) led Ovarense to a victory over the third-ranked Lusitania (6-18) crushing them 102-77 in the Portuguese LPB in Sunday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Douvier had a double-double by scoring 34 points and getting 17 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 3 steals in 37 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Douvier's third season in pro basketball. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 7-12. Ovarense Dolce Vita (13-11) is placed first. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Douvier has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 10.2rpg and 1.3apg in 24 games he played so far. Douvier is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Austria.

   #2. Luka Asceric (202-SG-97, currently plays in France) managed to help Lille Metropole Basket to win against the league leader JL Bourg (16-6) 68-59 in the French ProB (second division) last Tuesday. Asceric scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Lille Metropole Basket (13-9) is placed fourth in the ProB. Asceric has averaged so far 5.4ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.7apg.

   #3. Experienced Michael Kaiser (195-G/F-82, currently plays in Germany). He could not help Herzogenaurach (4-19) to beat Oberhaching (11-11). Kaiser cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points and added 3 passes in 26 minutes. The 13th-placed Herzogenaurach (4-19) lost 70-80 on the road to the higher-ranked (#7) Oberhaching in the South-East group. It was Herzogenaurach's fifth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Kaiser is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his ninth year in Herzogenaurach's roster. Kaiser has reliable stats this season: 14.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.9apg and 1.5spg in 23 games.



A Bundesliga Round 28: Kapfenberg Bulls defeat Arkadia Lions in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 28 in the A Bundesliga took place in Traiskirchen. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 5th ranked Arkadia Lions (13-13) to third ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (15-11) 89-86 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Arkadia Lions. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Arkadia Lions won third quarter 24-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by Arkadia Lions helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Kareem Jamar (194-92, college: Montana) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 steals and the other American import power forward Carl Baptiste (208-90, college: Delaware, agency: Diamond Sports) who added 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international point guard Benedikt Danek (176-86) responded with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Kapfenberg Bulls maintains third position with 15-11 record having five points less than leader Oberwart. Arkadia Lions at the other side keep the fifth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Vienna. Kapfenberg Bulls are looking forward to face league's second-placed Gmunden Swans in Gmunden in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Arkadia Lions will play on the road against Furstenfeld Panthers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Gmunden. Second ranked host Gmunden Swans (19-7) defeated 4th ranked Raiffeisen Wels (13-12) 84-66. The winners were led by international forward Enis Murati (194-88, agency: Octagon Europe) who scored that evening 15 points and 8 rebounds and Toni Blazan supported him with 18 points and 4 assists. Gmunden Swans' coach Bernd Wimmer allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 17 points by Slovenian forward Dejan Cigoja (205-88) did not help to save the game for Raiffeisen Wels. Gmunden Swans have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 19-7 record having just one point less than leader Oberwart. Raiffeisen Wels lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 12 games lost. Gmunden Swans will play against Kapfenberg Bulls (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Raiffeisen Wels will play against the league's leader Redwell Gunners Oberwart and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Graz was also quite interesting. Seventh ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (12-14) played at the court of 8th ranked UBSC Graz (6-20). Furstenfeld Panthers defeated UBSC Graz 76-64 on Sunday. Marino Sarlija fired a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Anton Maresch produced 23 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for lost side. Furstenfeld Panthers maintains seventh position with 12-14 record. UBSC Graz lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 20 games lost. Furstenfeld Panthers will meet at home higher ranked Arkadia Lions (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. UBSC Graz will play against Vienna in Wien and hope to secure a win.
9th ranked Dukes (4-22) were outscored at home by sixth ranked Vienna (13-13) with the biggest margin this round 87-55. It was a very good performance for Sebastian Koch who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 6 rebounds. Vienna moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Arkadia. Dukes lost fourteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. Vienna's next round opponent will be UBSC Graz (#8) at home.

Gmunden - Wels 84-66

The game between Top Four teams took place in Gmunden. Second ranked host Gmunden Swans (19-7) defeated 4th ranked Raiffeisen Wels (13-12) 84-66. The game was mostly controlled by Gmunden Swans. Raiffeisen Wels was better in fourth quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gmunden Swans made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. The winners were led by international forward Enis Murati (194-88, agency: Octagon Europe) who scored that evening 15 points and 8 rebounds and forward Toni Blazan (195-92, agency: Mansfield and Associates) supported him with 18 points and 4 assists. Four Gmunden Swans players scored in double figures. Gmunden Swans' coach Bernd Wimmer allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 17 points by Slovenian forward Dejan Cigoja (205-88) did not help to save the game for Raiffeisen Wels. The former international Davor Lamesic (205-83, agency: Interperformances) added 8 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Gmunden Swans have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 19-7 record having just one point less than leader Oberwart. Raiffeisen Wels lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with 12 games lost. Gmunden Swans will play against Kapfenberg Bulls (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Raiffeisen Wels will play against the league's leader Redwell Gunners Oberwart and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Wels: D.Cigoja 17+3reb+1ast, D.Wright 10+3reb, L.O'Neal 10+3reb+2ast, T.Csebits 10+1ast, D.Lamesic 8+9reb+1ast, K.Payton 5+5reb+5ast
Gmunden: T.Blazan 18+4reb+4ast, P.Gaidys 16+6reb, M.Ojo 16+3reb+3ast, E.Murati 15+8reb+3ast, D.Friedrich 6+1reb+2ast, A.Steed 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 495061


Klosterneuburg - Vienna 55-87

9th ranked Dukes (4-22) were outscored at home by sixth ranked Vienna (13-13) with the biggest margin this round 87-55. Vienna made 24-of-28 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game, while Dukes only scored eight points from the stripe. Vienna forced 19 Dukes turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by Dukes helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a very good performance for international forward Sebastian Koch (202-88) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 6 rebounds. Serbian Predrag Miletic (193-84) contributed with 22 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. Four Vienna players scored in double figures. International center Jozo Rados (208-93) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds and forward Jurica Blazevic (199-94, agency: Interperformances) added 15 points and 4 assists in the effort for Dukes. Vienna moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Arkadia. Dukes lost fourteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 22 lost games. Vienna's next round opponent will be UBSC Graz (#8) at home.
Top scorers:
Klosterneuburg: J.Rados 22+13reb+2ast, J.Blazevic 15+2reb+4ast, G.Bezhanishvili 6+2reb+1ast, C.Leydolf 6+3reb+4ast, C.Greimeister 4+5reb, P.Pettinger 2+4reb
Vienna: S.Koch 23+6reb+2ast, P.Miletic 22+5reb+2ast, S.Stazic 20+3reb+5ast, A.Clemmons 13+6reb+3ast, S.Ray 6+4reb+4ast, S.N'Diaye 3+5reb
gschID: 495062


UBSC Graz - Furstenfeld 64-76

The game in Graz was also quite interesting. Seventh ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (12-14) played at the court of 8th ranked UBSC Graz (6-20). Furstenfeld Panthers defeated UBSC Graz 76-64 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-64. Croatian center Marino Sarlija (207-89) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international point guard Hannes Ochsenhofer (185-85) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. International Anton Maresch (191-91) produced 23 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and Montenegrin point guard Milos Krivokapic (185-96) added 20 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Furstenfeld Panthers maintains seventh position with 12-14 record. UBSC Graz lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 20 games lost. Furstenfeld Panthers will meet at home higher ranked Arkadia Lions (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. UBSC Graz will play against Vienna in Wien and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
UBSC Graz: A.Maresch 23+8reb+6ast, M.Krivokapic 20+2reb+4ast, D.Hasenburger 7+5reb, D.Brcina 6+4reb+1ast, A.Domitner 6+3reb, M.Sliskovic 2+4reb+1ast
Furstenfeld: H.Ochsenhofer 21+2reb+4ast, S.Iliev 16+4reb+1ast, M.Sarlija 16+10reb+4ast, P.Radakovics 9+4reb+3ast, C.Astl 6+4reb+3ast, J.Ernst 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 495060


Arkadia - Kapfenberg 86-89

The most exciting game of round 28 in the A Bundesliga took place in Traiskirchen. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 5th ranked Arkadia Lions (13-13) to third ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (15-11) 89-86 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Arkadia Lions. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Arkadia Lions won third quarter 24-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by Arkadia Lions helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Kareem Jamar (194-92, college: Montana) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 steals and the other American import power forward Carl Baptiste (208-90, college: Delaware, agency: Diamond Sports) who added 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international point guard Benedikt Danek (176-86) responded with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and the former international Jason Detrick (195-80, college: Oklahoma, agency: Three Eye Sports) scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Kapfenberg Bulls maintains third position with 15-11 record having five points less than leader Oberwart. Arkadia Lions at the other side keep the fifth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Vienna. Kapfenberg Bulls are looking forward to face league's second-placed Gmunden Swans in Gmunden in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Arkadia Lions will play on the road against Furstenfeld Panthers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Arkadia: J.Detrick 21+5reb+2ast, B.Danek 16+5reb+7ast, B.Guettl 15+3reb+2ast, M.Draskovic 14+9reb+1ast, F.Trmal 11+8reb+2ast, F.Memcic 7+2reb
Kapfenberg: K.Jamar 20+4reb+3ast, C.Baptiste 18+7reb, N.Krstic 12+3reb+2ast, F.Kramer 10+8reb+2ast, B.Vujosevic 10+8reb+6ast, T.Schrittwieser 9
gschID: 495063





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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 .22.4 
 4. Farrington, Rockets21.3 
 5. Smith, Bahamas .21.1 
 6. Bain, Giants19.4 
 7. Dean, Shockers18.7 
 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. Fernander, Pirates12.2 
 3. Munnings, Cybots11.9 
 4. Francis, Pros11.4 
 5. Williams, Rebels11.3 
 6. Farrington, Rockets11.0 
 7. Sylvestre, Bahamas .10.6 
 8. Leadon, Pros10.4 
 9. Dean, Shockers10.1 
 10. Woodside, Cleaners9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rashard WILLIAMS
  Rebels
  (183-PG-)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Williams, Rebels6.4 
 2. Dames, Bahamas .6.0 
 3. Jones, Legends5.7 
 4. Mackey, Regulators5.2 
 5. Wright, Pirates4.9 
 6. Armaly, Shockers4.5 
 7. Miller, Legends4.0 
 8. Bain, Regulators4.0 
 9. Lewis, Shockers4.0 
 10. Mackey, Rockets3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Kemsy SYLVESTRE
  Bahamas .
  (--)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Sylvestre, Bahamas .3.4 
 2. Rolle, Rebels2.9 
 3. Rolle, Pros2.8 
 4. Smith, Bahamas .2.6 
 5. Dames, Bahamas .2.3 
 6. Williams, Rebels2.2 
 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, Shockers2.1 
 4. Williams, Rebels1.9 
 5. Sylvestre, Bahamas .1.5 
 6. Morley, Rockets1.5 
 7. Francis, Pros1.4 
 8. Culmer, Cleaners1.3 
 9. Munroe, Bahamas .1.1 
 10. Polidor, Legends1.0 


Review of NPBA Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Cybots - Bahamas Univ. 96-65

Cybots cruised past Bahas Uni in the opener. Cybots forced 25 the Bahamas turnovers and outrebounded them 57-44 including a 35-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by the Bahamas' players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Cybots made 7 blocks. Guard Ernest Saunders (188, college: Cleveland St. CC) fired 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. The former international center Jeremy Hutchinson (-80) chipped in 9 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Cybots' coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kemsy Sylvestre produced 21 points and 7 rebounds and guard Ramon Dames (-93, college: Carl Albert JC) added 9 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Cybots: E.Saunders 19+4reb+4ast, L.Munnings 14+4reb+2ast, D.Seymour 13+1ast, D.Beadle 11+6reb+1ast, J.Hutchinson 9+13reb+4ast, L.Arbrister 7+2reb+3ast
Bahamas Univ.: K.Sylvestre 21+7reb, R.Dames 9+8reb+5ast, D.Adderley 8+3reb+1ast, J.Munroe 8+8reb, J.Stubbs 7+3reb, J.Smith 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 539637


Shockers - Rockets 93-69

Shockers grabbed 1-0 lead in the series versus Rockets. Shockers forced 27 Rockets turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Rockets' players. Salathiel Dean fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. William Rigby chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Four Shockers players scored in double figures. Henderson Curry produced 15 points and 5 rebounds and forward Rashad Morley (198) added 8 points and 13 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Shockers: S.Dean 23+13reb+1ast, W.Rigby 17+13reb+1ast, C.Wilmore 14+6reb+4ast, F.Armbrister 13+6reb+2ast, L.Armaly 6+3reb+9ast, K.Murphy 4+5reb+3ast
Rockets: H.Curry 15+5reb+2ast, T.Moxey 13+4reb, R.Morley 8+13reb, D.Knowles 6+1ast, S.McKenzie 6+8reb+3ast, T.Forbes 6+4reb
gschID: 539636


Giants - Pirates 103-87

Giants toppled Pirates to spur ahead in the quarterfinal series. Giants forced 24 Pirates turnovers. 29 personal fouls committed by Pirates helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international Michael Bain fired a double-double by scoring 30 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. David Taylor chipped in 15 points. Five Giants players scored in double figures. American Domonique Fernander (, college: Hobart) produced a double-double by scoring 30 points and 14 rebounds and guard Kronoff Dean (173) added 27 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Giants: M.Bain 30+12reb+6ast, D.Taylor 15+4reb+3ast, J.Henfield 13+4reb+1ast, T.Cox 11+6reb, Q.Demeritte 11+7reb+3ast, G.Smith 8+5reb+3ast
Pirates: D.Fernander 30+14reb, K.Dean 27+5reb+2ast, T.Hudson 18+5reb+4ast, J.Johnson 5+5reb, A.Hanna 3+3reb, D.Darville 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 539634


Regulators - Stingers 108-86

Regulators outgunned Stingers in the opening game. Regulators forced 30 Stingers turnovers and outrebounded them 48-32 including a 35-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 32 personal fouls committed by Stingers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International power forward Eugene Bain (195-88, college: Bellevue) fired a double-double by scoring 31 points and 15 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. Gameliel Rose chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds. Rashad Ingraham produced 19 points and 6 rebounds and Domnick Bridgewater added 18 points respectively for lost side. Five Stingers players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Regulators: E.Bain 31+15reb, G.Rose 21+7reb+1ast, R.Baillou 17+4reb+1ast, P.Brice 9+3reb+1ast, T.Darville 6+1ast, S.Cruz 6
Stingers: R.Ingraham 19+6reb, D.Bridgewater 18+4reb+2ast, D.Ferguson 16+4reb+3ast, I.Curtis 11+6reb+1ast, R.Williams 10+1reb+2ast, A.Whylly 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 539635





David Nesbitt selected the top Bahamian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

David Nesbitt
David Nesbitt
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward David Nesbitt (200-91, college: St.Thomas, FL, currently plays in Argentina). He contributed to a Olimpico de La Banda's victory against the third-ranked Weber Bahia (21-14) 80-69 in the Argentinian LigaA last Thursday. Nesbitt scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda (22-19) is placed fifth in Norte group. Nesbitt has relatively good stats this season: 11.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 49.2%, 3FGP: 42.1% and FT: 85.0%. He is currently a member of the Bahamas senior national team.

Buddy Hield
Buddy Hield
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Buddy Hield (193-93, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in NBA). Hield could not help the Sacramento Kings (25-41) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Sacramento Kings (25-41) lost 92-105 on the road to the Denver Nuggets. Hield was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 30 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Hield's third season in pro basketball. It was Kings' eighth consecutive loss in a row. Hield has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 13.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 2FGP: 53.5%, 3FGP: 51.2%(22-43) and FT: 86.7% in nine games he played so far. Hield played for the Bahamas national team in 2014.

Christopher Turnquest
Christopher Turnquest
   #3. The Bahamas player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international power forward Christopher Turnquest (203-83, college: Miles CC, currently plays in Spain). He was not able to help Arenys (10-10) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Turnquest's very good performance the eighth-placed Arenys (10-10) was defeated 76-68 at home by the lower-ranked Olivar (#9) in the Group C-A. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Turnquest also added 9 rebounds. This season Turnquest has relatively solid stats: 11.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 2FGP: 51.2%, 3FGP: 42.9% and FT: 61.3%. He played for the Bahamas national team eleven years ago.

Travis Munnings
Travis Munnings
   #4. Forward Travis Munnings (198-94, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the La-Monroe (2-13) in their last game. Despite Munnings' very good performance the La-Monroe lost 51-63 on their home court in Monroe to the Texas State University at San Marcos. He had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 10 rebounds. Munnings also added 3 blocks in 40 minutes. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Munnings has reliable stats this year: 13.2ppg, 8.1rpg and 2.0apg in 33 games. He is also Bahamas national team player.

Bennet Davis
Bennet Davis
   #5. Former international forward Bennet Davis (206-84, agency: Inception Sports, college: Northeastern, currently plays in France) led SAP Vaucluse to a victory over the closely-ranked Lorient (11-17) 77-62 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Davis recorded 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds (made all of his five free throws). Sorgues-Avignon-Le Pontet Vaucluse (12-16) is placed 13th in the NM1. Davis' stats this season are: 12.5ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg. Worth to mention Davis played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. He used to play for the Bahamas national team three years ago.

Lourawls Nairn
Lourawls Nairn
   #6. Point guard Lourawls Nairn (179-94, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Michigan St. (10-8) in their game against the University of Minnesota (10-8) in the NCAA. Nairn recorded 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 29 minutes. The Michigan St. lost 58-63 on their home court in East Lansing to the University of Minnesota. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This year Nairn's overall stats are: 3.7ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.7apg in 33 games. He has a dual citizenship: Bahamas and American. Nairn is a former U17 international player as he played for the Bahamas team six years ago.

Dwight Coleby
Dwight Coleby
   #7. Former international forward Dwight Coleby (206-94, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Kansas (16-2) in their game against the Texas Christian University (6-12) in the NCAA. He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Coleby scored only 2 points and blocked 2 blocks in 6 minutes on the court. The Kansas were edged 85-82 in Fort Worth by the Texas Christian University. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This year Coleby's total stats are: 1.7ppg and 1.8rpg in 20 games. He used to play for the Bahamas national team three years ago.

J.R. Cadot
J.R. Cadot
   #8. Swingman J.R. Cadot (196-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: TCU, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Ametx Zornotza to win against the 14th-ranked Blancos de Rueda (4-18) crushing them 77-55 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. Cadot scored only 4 points. Ametx Zornotza (13-11) is placed seventh in the LEB Silver. It's Cadot's first season with the team. He has averaged so far 9.2ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.4apg. Cadot plays currently for the Bahamas national team.

Gjio Bain
Gjio Bain
   #9. Former international center Gjio Bain (211-85, college: S.Mississippi, currently plays in Indonesia) couldn't help Bima Perkasa (1-11) in their game against Pacific Caesar (7-5) in the Indonesian IBL. He scored 6 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 21 minutes. Bima Perkasa was crushed 83-59 on their home court in Sakti by the higher-ranked (#5) Pacific Caesar. It was Bima Perkasa's tenth consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Bain has averaged so far 5.4ppg and 6.6rpg in five games. He used to play for the Bahamas national team six years ago.

Jaraun Burrows
Jaraun Burrows
   #10. Forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW, currently plays in Israel) helped Hap.Haifa win their game against the fourth-ranked Hasharon (10-10) 87-78 in the Israeli National League (second division) on Tuesday night. Burrows recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. Hapoel Haifa (8-14) is placed 12th in the National League. They ended the series of nine consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This season Burrows has very high stats. He averages: 22.3ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.9spg. Burrows is an international player who is currently on the senior Bahamas National Team roster.

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

   #1. Klay Thompson (201-G-90, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA) could not help the Golden State Warriors (52-14) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the Golden State Warriors (52-14) were edged 103-102 on the road by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Thompson was the top scorer with 30 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 36 minutes. It was Golden State Warriors' third consecutive loss in a row. It's Thompson's sixth season with the team. Thompson has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 21.9ppg, 3.7rpg and 2.1apg in 63 games he played so far. Thompson has a dual citizenship: Bahamas and American.

   #2. Jonathan Fairell (201-F-93, agency: Duran International, college: Murray St., currently plays in France) led SPO Rouen to a victory over the league outsider JA Vichy (8-14) 76-66 in the French ProB (second division) in Tuesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Fairell scored 17 points, had 6 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 4 blocks; not bad, considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. SPO Rouen Basket (10-12) is placed 11th in the ProB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This season Fairell has relatively solid stats: 14.0ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bahamas and American.

   #3. Zane Knowles (208-C-92, college: Texas A&M-CC, currently plays in Poland) was not able to help Wilki Morskie in their game against Rosa (14-9) in the Polish PLK. Knowles scored 7 points in 17 minutes. Wilki Morskie lost 63-68 in Radom to the higher-ranked (#5) Rosa. This year Knowles' overall stats are: 5.0ppg and 3.3rpg in three games.

   #4. Dynile Forbes (190-G-87, college: La-Monroe, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Gandia (7-17) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Gandia was edged 89-87 on the opponent's court by the one of league's weakest teams Albacete (#15). Forbes was the top scorer with 14 points. Forbes averaged so far 14.3ppg and 2.5rpg.

   #5. Prince Cooper (193-G-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help University of Louisiana at Monroe in a victory against the Arkansas State University (4-14) 73-70 in the NCAA last Wednesday. He scored 5 points in 16 minutes. The University of Louisiana at Monroe has rather weak 2-13 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This year Cooper's total stats are: 3.9ppg and 1.5rpg in 19 games.

   #6. Shaquille Cleare (203-C-93, currently studies in the States) contributed to Texas' victory against the Texas Tech University 61-52 in the NCAA on Wednesday night. He scored only 2 points. Cleare's total stats this season are: 8.0ppg and 4.6rpg.

   #7. Shavanno Cooper (198-F-92, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Palm Beach Atlantic University in their game against the Rollins College in the NCAA2. Cooper scored only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. His team was edged 71-70 in the NCAA2. Cooper has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg.

   #8. Robert Nortmann (205-F, college: Dalhousie, currently plays in NBLCanada) couldn't help the Island Storm in their game against the Saint John Riptide in the NBL Canada. He scored 5 points in 12 minutes. His team was crushed by 26 points 125-99. Nortmann has averaged so far 7.9ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg in 21 games. He has both Bahamas and Canadian nationalities.



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Al Hidaya signs Ray Mitchell, ex Samaheej !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Al Hidaya (D1) signed 28-year old American guard Ray Mitchell (201-95kg-89, college: CS Stanislaus). He started the season at Samaheej in Bahrain Premier League. The last summer Mitchell played at Caboolture Suns (State League) in Australia.
He is quite experienced player. Mitchell has played on five different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in Germany (Westfalen Mustangs), Mexico (Soles), ABA (IE Invaders) and NEBA (Los Angeles R.).
Mitchell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league on the market.
He attended Cal.St.-Stanislaus until 2013 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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BABA Round 5: Sonics defeat leader PanAm I.I. - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of PanAm I.I. (1-1) on the court of sixth ranked Sonics on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by Sonics 92-58. Sonics (2-1) moved-up to third place, which they share with Bulls. PanAm I.I. at the other side dropped to the sixth position with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Important game to mention about took place in Bridgetown. Leader Pinelands (3-0) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 4th placed Cavaliers (2-2) 78-76 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cavaliers. Pinelands have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Lumber. Cavaliers at the other side dropped to the fifth place with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Hawks' fans can celebrate the first win of their team after three consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Tridents (0-3) 92-91 on Sunday. Hawks (1-3) left bottom position moving up to seventh place. It was Tridents' third loss in a row. They still close the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Warriors. Hawks will meet at home higher ranked Bulls (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tridents will play against the league's leader Lumber (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
BABA top team - Lumber (3-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Warriors (0-3) 82-53. Lumber have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record, which they share with Pinelands. Warriors at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Lumber's next round opponent will be Tridents (#8) and are hoping to win another game.

Cavaliers - Pinelands 76-78

Important game to mention about took place in Bridgetown. Leader Pinelands (3-0) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 4th placed Cavaliers (2-2) 78-76 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cavaliers. Pinelands have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Lumber. Cavaliers at the other side dropped to the fifth place with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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Warriors - Lumber 53-82

BABA top team - Lumber (3-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighth ranked Warriors (0-3) 82-53. Lumber have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record, which they share with Pinelands. Warriors at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Lumber's next round opponent will be Tridents (#8) and are hoping to win another game.
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Hawks - Tridents 92-91

Hawks' fans can celebrate the first win of their team after three consecutive losses. They used home court advantage to defeat Tridents (0-3) 92-91 on Sunday. Hawks (1-3) left bottom position moving up to seventh place. It was Tridents' third loss in a row. They still close the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Warriors. Hawks will meet at home higher ranked Bulls (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tridents will play against the league's leader Lumber (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
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Sonics - PanAm I.I. 92-58

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of PanAm I.I. (1-1) on the court of sixth ranked Sonics on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by Sonics 92-58. Sonics (2-1) moved-up to third place, which they share with Bulls. PanAm I.I. at the other side dropped to the sixth position with one game lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
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Artsiom Parakhouski selected the top Belarusian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Artsiom Parakhouski
Artsiom Parakhouski
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (210-87, college: Radford, currently plays in VTB United League). He led his Russian team Unics Kazan to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Kalev/Cramo (4-14) crushing them 110-86 in the VTB United League in Tuesday night's game. Parakhouski scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a mere 16 minutes on the court. Unics Kazan (12-8) is placed fifth in the VTB United League. There are only four games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Parakhouski has relatively good stats this year: 12.1ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 69.1%(94-136) and FT: 62.7% in 19 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Maalik Wayns
Maalik Wayns
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Maalik Wayns (185-91, college: Villanova, currently plays in Israel). Wayns could not help Maccabi Rishon (10-12) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Maccabi Rishon was edged 83-81 on the road by the leading Maccabi T-A. Wayns was the second best scorer with 18 points. He also added 5 rebounds and 7 assists. The Regular Season already ended. It's Wayns' first season with the team. This year Wayns has relatively solid stats: 14.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 4.1apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 48.1%, 3FGP: 40.5% and FT: 73.0%. He is a naturalized American. Despite Wayns played previously for the USA U18 national team, he is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team. Strangely Wayns has never played in Belarus.

Vitali Liutych
Vitali Liutych
   #3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Vitali Liutych (198-92, currently plays in Baltic League). He was not able to help Kalev/Cramo in their last game. Despite Liutych's very good performance the second-placed Kalev/Cramo lost 66-77 in Riga to the leading Barons in the group Q of Baltic League. He was the top scorer with 18 points. Liutych also added 5 rebounds in 31 minutes. Liutych has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 29.3ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 87.0%(20-23) and FT: 83.3% in three games. Ex-Tsmoki-Minsk player is also a member of the Belarusian senior national team.

Vladimir Veremeenko
Vladimir Veremeenko
   #4. An experienced forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a Brose Baskets' victory against the ninth-ranked Giessen 46ers (11-13) 82-68 in the German BBL in Monday night's game. Veremeenko scored 9 points. Brose Baskets Bamberg (23-1) is placed second in the BBL. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. Veremeenko's overall stats this season are: 5.4ppg and 2.7rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian. Veremeenko used to play for the Belarusian national team back in 2007.

Aliaksandr Pustahvar
Aliaksandr Pustahvar
   #5. International small forward Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-85, currently plays in Hungary) helped Falco KC win their game against the closely-ranked ZTE KK (13-9) 86-73 in the Hungarian A Division last Sunday. He recorded 8 points in 28 minutes. Falco KC Szombathely (16-7) is placed third in the A Division. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Pustahvar has reliable stats this year: 13.1ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.3apg in 23 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Russian. Pustahvar plays currently for the Belarusian national team.

Maksim Salash
Maksim Salash
   #6. Power forward Maksim Salash (206-96, currently plays in Poland) was not able to secure a victory for AZS Polfarmex (4-19) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance AZS Polfarmex was defeated 109-98 in Zgorzelec by the much higher-ranked PGE Turow (#7). Salash recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Salash's overall stats this season are: 4.5ppg and 3.1rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Belarusian National Team roster.

Roman Rubinshteyn
Roman Rubinshteyn
   #7. International guard Roman Rubinshteyn (195-96, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Slovenia) couldn't help Zlatorog (17-5) in their game against Krka (17-5) in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM. Rubinshteyn scored 5 points (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 9 minutes. Zlatorog lost 78-85 in Novo Mesto to the lower-ranked (#3) Krka. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. This year Rubinshteyn's overall stats are: 1.6ppg and 1.2rpg in 19 games. He is also Belarusian national team player.

Valery Gandlin
Valery Gandlin
   #8. Guard Valery Gandlin (192-86, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Ironi Ramat Gan (2-20) in their game against Hapoel B/S (15-7) in the Israeli National League (second division). Despite his very good performance last Tuesday Gandlin recorded 13 points. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Gandlin averaged so far 11.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.7apg. He used to play for the Belarusian national team back in 2014.

Yauhen Massalski
Yauhen Massalski
   #9. U18 international forward Yauhen Massalski (204-99, currently plays in Lithuania) managed to help Perlas-MRU Vilnius in a 3-point victory against the fifth-ranked KTU (13-25) 69-66 in the Lithuanian NKL (second division) last Tuesday. Massalski scored only one point and grabbed 5 rebounds in 12 minutes. Perlas-MRU Vilnius (21-17) is placed fifth in Places 1-7 group. This year Massalski's total stats are: 4.3ppg and 4.5rpg in 34 games. He is also in the roster of the Belarusian U18 national team.

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

   #1. Vladislav Solopa (202-PF-95, currently plays in Romania) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked CS Dinamo Bucuresti (5-15) crushing them 84-64 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Saturday night. Solopa scored 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 20 minutes. SCM CSU Craiova (5-15) is placed third in Places 7-10 group. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. This year Solopa's total stats are: 3.3ppg and 2.4rpg in 17 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Moldovan. Despite Solopa's Belarusian passport, he previously played for the Moldovan U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belarusian team.

   #2. Valentin Iurchik (210-C/F-87, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, currently plays in Russia). Iurchik could not help Ryazan (5-16) to beat Samara-SGEU (15-6). He recorded 5 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Ryazan was crushed 80-59 at home by the much higher-ranked Samara-SGEU (#3). There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. Iurchik's total stats this season are: 9.1ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.3apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Russian.

   #3. Aleksandr Bogatyrev (178-PG-91, currently plays in Kazakhstan) was not able to help Irtysh in their game against Okzetpes (9-6) in the Kazakhstan Higher League (second division). Bogatyrev cannot count Monday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. Irtysh (#2) was crushed 60-38 on their home court in Pavlodar by the lower-ranked Okzetpes (#3) in the Places 5-10 group. The Second Stage already ended. Bogatyrev has averaged so far 2.8ppg and 1.1rpg.



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Matt Lojeski selected the top Belgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Matt Lojeski
Matt Lojeski
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Greece). He led Olympiacos to a victory over the closely-ranked AEK Athens (16-5) 70-63 in a derby game in the Greek A1 in Monday night's game. Lojeski was MVP of the game. He scored 17 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 23 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (18-0) is placed first in the A1. So far his team won all eighteen games in the Regular Season. It's Lojeski's fourth season with the team. Lojeski has relatively good stats this year: 12.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 64.5%(49-76), 3FGP: 44.4% and FT: 88.5% in 20 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Lojeski is currently a member of the Belgian senior national team. He used to play for Okapi Aalstar in Belgian league.

Sam Van Rossom
Sam Van Rossom
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Sam Van Rossom (188-86, currently plays in Spain). Van Rossom was the major contributor in a Valencia Basket's victory against the tenth-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (10-13) 101-86 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Saturday. He scored 17 points and added 5 passes. Valencia Basket (16-6) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. Van Rossom has been at the team for four years. This season Van Rossom averages: 5.7ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.2apg, 3FGP: 37.0% and FT: 83.3%. He is in the roster of the Belgian senior national team.

Retin Obasohan
Retin Obasohan
   #3. The Belgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Retin Obasohan (185-93, college: Alabama, currently plays in Italy). Obasohan contributed to a 1-point Scandone AV's victory against the eighth-ranked Grissin Bon RE (11-11) 90-89 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. He recorded 8 points in only 11 minutes. Scandone Avellino (14-8) is placed third in the Serie A. It's Obasohan's first season with the team. This year Obasohan's overall stats are: 6.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 46.5%, 3FGP: 26.5% and FT: 67.9% in 20 games. He has a dual citizenship: Belgian and Nigerian. Obasohan is also a member of the Belgian senior national team.

Elias Lasisi
Elias Lasisi
   #4. Swingman Elias Lasisi (192-92, currently plays in France) contributed to a Le Portel's victory against the closely-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (9-13) 72-67 in the French ProA last Friday. Lasisi recorded 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale (10-12) is placed tenth in the ProA. This year Lasisi has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg and 2.3rpg in three games. He is also Belgian national team player.

Axel Hervelle
Axel Hervelle
   #5. An experienced international forward Axel Hervelle (205-83, currently plays in Spain). Hervelle could not help RETAbet BB (10-11) to beat Unicaja Malaga (15-7). He scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. RETAbet BB was defeated 74-63 at home by the higher-ranked Unicaja Malaga (#5). They ended the series of four consecutive victories. Hervelle plays seventh season for the team. Hervelle's total stats this year are: 6.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg. He plays currently for the Belgian national team.

Kevin Tumba
Kevin Tumba
   #6. Power forward Kevin Tumba (205-91, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help UCAM Murcia in their game against FC Barcelona (15-7) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Tumba cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 25 minutes. UCAM Murcia was edged 73-70 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#6) FC Barcelona. This year Tumba's total stats are: 2.9ppg and 4.6rpg in seven games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Belgian National Team roster.

Manu Lecomte
Manu Lecomte
   #7. International point guard Manu Lecomte (180-95, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA was not able to secure a victory for the Baylor (12-6) in their last game. Despite Lecomte's good performance the Baylor lost 64-70 in Manhattan to the Kansas State University. He scored 13 points in 24 minutes. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Lecomte has reliable stats this year: 12.4ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.9apg in 30 games. He is also Belgian national team player.

Dimitri Lauwers
Dimitri Lauwers
   #8. Point guard Dimitri Lauwers (187-79, currently plays in Italy) helped Bergamo win their game against the 14th-ranked Pallacanestro Alto Sebino Volpino (7-16) 67-58 in the Italian Serie B (third division) last Saturday. Lauwers scored 6 points and added 3 assists. Bergamo Basket 2014 (19-4) is placed second in Group B. Lauwers has averaged so far 3.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.5apg. He used to play for the Belgian national team back in 2012.

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

   #1. Ruphin Kayembe (200-F/C-92, currently plays in France) led Souffelweyersheim to a victory over the closely-ranked GET Vosges (16-12) 74-58 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Kayembe recorded 21 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. BC Souffelweyersheim (19-9) is placed third in the NM1. This season Kayembe has relatively solid stats: 12.2ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.6apg. He has a dual citizenship: DR Congolese and Belgian.

   #2. Jonathan Dubas (204-F/C-91, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to Monthey's victory against the seventh-ranked Swiss Central (8-11) 100-94 in the Swiss LNA on Saturday night. Dubas scored 16 points, had 7 rebounds, passed 4 assists and added 2 blocks. BBC Monthey (14-5) is placed second in the LNA. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Dubas' total stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Belgian and Swiss.

   #3. Leigh Enobakhare (206-C-86, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Holland) managed to help Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden in a victory against the league outsider Weert (3-20) 71-57 in the Dutch Eredivisie in Saturday night's game. Enobakhare scored only 4 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 16 minutes. Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden (15-8) is placed third in the Eredivisie. This year Enobakhare's total stats are: 4.2ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.3bpg and 1.2spg in nine games he played so far. He has both Nigerian and Belgian nationalities.

   #4. Andrija Coric (199-F/G-95, currently plays in ABA League). Coric could not help Cibona (11-15) to beat Krka (8-18). He cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. Coric scored only one point. Cibona was defeated 95-91 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams Krka (#13). It was Cibona's ninth consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the ABA League. Coric has averaged so far 2.9ppg and 1.8rpg. He also holds two passports: Belgian and Croatian.

   #5. Christopher Jones (186-G-90, currently plays in Luxembourg) was not able to help T71 (13-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Jones' good performance the fifth-placed T71 (13-10) was defeated 92-81 at home by the leading Amicale in the Places 1-6 group. He scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Jones has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.7ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.9apg and 2.6spg. Jones has Belgian and Luxembourg nationalities.

   #6. Charly Pontens (190-PG-95, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for ADA Blois (12-10) in their last game. Despite his good performance ADA Blois was badly defeated 88-70 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked (#3) Charleville-Mezieres. Pontens recorded 10 points in 15 minutes. Pontens has averaged so far 3.2ppg and 1.6apg in 19 games. He has dual citizenship: Belgian and French. Despite Pontens' Belgian passport, he previously played for the French U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belgian team.



CEP Fleurus of Coach Poppe wins the AWBB Cup Final; KGBO Duva Fruit of Coach Rotsaert wins the Beker van Vlaanderen - by Bert Larsimont

Prombas VBL Cup Final played in Boom on 2017-03-11

Gent Hawks vs. Kon BC Gistel Oostende Duva Fruit: 73-86

Kon. BC Gistel Oostende Duva Fruit won the the Beker van Vlaanderen 2017 (the VBL Cup organized by the Flemish Basketball League) last Saturday. The young team of Coach Sam Rotsaert defeated Gent Hawks in a very passionate and intense final game played at the Phantoms Basket Brax-Hall in Boom, Belgium. Both teams, involved in Top Division Men 1, played well and with much enthusiasm. The Duva boys of Coach Rotsaert showed much team spirit, especially in the second half. The Hawks had nevertheless been more precise in shooting in the first two quarters of the game (biggest lead by 10 points for the Gentenaars).

The Duva squad made the difference in the third quarter. The men of Coach Rotsaert had a 0-14 scoring run to came back in the race and eventually secure the win in the second half. Six Duva players reached double digits in scoring. Among them, Dutch forward Abel Baptista (190-F-96) had 21 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in the game. The Hawks, despite great performances by their point guard Laurent Lhote (182-G-84) who scored 37 points and their big man Tim Lambrecht (206-F/C-98, agency: Court Side) who had 15 points and 12 rebounds in this final, were outscored 20-32 in the paint. Only five players scored for the Hawks of Coach Erik Rogiers.

Score evolution: 23-19, 40-32, 52-59 and 73-86.
Best scorers:
Hawks: Joe. Vermoesen 12; R. Van Den Berghe 4; Jor. Vermoesen 13; L. Lhote 37; R. Spaens 7.
KGBO: S. Hemeleers 14; L. Kotrulja 12; A. Baptista 21; T. Lambrecht 15; M. Palinckx 14; S. Buysschaert 10.



Prombas AWBB Cup Final played in Libramont on 2017-03-12

Belfius Mons-Hainaut B vs. CEP Fleurus: 62-64

The Belfius Mons-Hainaut B players started rather well and were rather precise from long range in the first minutes of the game. The supporters and basketball fans who travelled to Libramont to attend the AWBB Cup Final did not see a very offensive game between two squads involved in Top Division Men 2. Intensity and athleticism were nevertheless on the menu of this thrilling final of the competition organized by the Wallonia-Brussels Basketball Association. Looking a bit more efficient in the first and second quarters, the young Foxes of Belfius Mons-Hainaut B were on top at the half: 25-21.

CEP Fleurus of Coach Tom Poppe came back from the locker rooms with even more fighting spirit than before and managed to dig a gap at the end of the third quarter: 42-51. Sander Van Caeneghem (209-PF-95) and Simon Buysse (188-G-97) connected well and allowed Belfius Mons-Hainaut B to get closer and closer in the last period. They managed to challenge the CEPmen led by Alex Tuluka-Mfumupembe (193-G/F-89, college: Missouri Western), Modou Pape Mbaye (201-F-94), Moussa Ouattara (202-C/F-88) and Jeremy Steinier (G-95) in the last minutes of the game. Despite the nice comeback, the Foxes had a hard time to block CEP scorer Alex Tuluka who made 62-64. Union Mons-Hainaut B had the last possession but missed the last attempt of the game. CEP Fleurus' key players and their young mates deserved this resounding 62-64 victory. CEP Fleurus wins its second AWBB Cup Final under Coach Tom Poppe .

To be mentioned: CEP player Alex Tuluka was elected MVP of the 2017 Prombas AWBB Cup Final.

Score evolution: 12-10, 25-21, 42-51 and 62-64.
Best scorers:
UMH B: J. Gevenois 8; M.-A. Kapinga Mulumba 2; M. Houdart 10; S. Buysse 19; S. Van Caeneghem 21; D. Sainsbury 2.
CEPF: A. Tuluka 20; M. Mbaye 14; M. Ouattara 12; J. Steinier 7; G. Piret 4; T. Mertens 7.




Belgian Euromillions League round 23 best performance: Codi Miller-McIntyre - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Codi Miller-McIntyre (190-G-94) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Leuven, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 22-year old player had a double-double of 33 points and 10 rebounds, while his team Leuven maintains the 9th position in Belgian Euromillions League. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 17 games and recorded just six victories. In the team's last game Miller-McIntyre had a remarkable 78.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Leuven's top player in his first season with the team. Codi Miller-McIntyre averages this season 15.6ppg and 5.3apg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Ryan Anderson (206-F-92) of league's second-best Antwerp. Anderson had a very good evening with a double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds. Of course Antwerp cruised to a 83-76 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Spirou (#7, 11-12). Antwerp's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 16-7 record is not bad at all. Anderson is a newcomer at Antwerp, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Chris Dowe (193-G/F-91) of Brussels (#3). Dowe scored 23 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Brussels, leading his team to a 79-67 win against #4 ranked Kangoeroes in a game of the week. Brussels needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 10 lost games. Dowe has a very solid season. In 23 games in Belgium he scored 13.4ppg. He also has 5.8rpg, FGP: 54.1% and 3PT: 40.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jordan Swing (198-F-90) of Limburg United - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Demitrius Conger (196-F-90) of Antwerp - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Quincy Taylor (194-G/F-82) of Aalstar - 26 points and 2 rebounds
7. Pape Badji (208-F/C-92) of Kangoeroes - 15 points and 7 rebounds
8. Gavin Ware (206-C/F-93) of Antwerp - 14 points and 8 rebounds
9. Khalid Boukichou (208-C-92) of Oostende - 16 points and 4 rebounds
10. Jevohn Shepherd (196-G/F-86) of Spirou - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists

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



Daniel Goethals new coach Belfius Mons-Hainaut - by Patrick Ceulemans

Daniel Goethals (47) is next season coach of Belfius Mons-Hainaut. The former Belgian Lion and player of Telenet Ostend and Spirou Proximus Charleroi is currently in his third campaign as coach at Kangoeroes Willebroek Kangoeroes is for the moment a handsome fourth in the EuroMillions League. Goethals signed for two seasons. Frank De Meulemeester is the next campaign again assistant at Bergen. De Meulemeester took a few weeks ago over from Yves Defraigne who retired after mutual consultation as head-coach with Mons. Goethals is also former coach of Namur and Waregem (first class women) and ex-coach Belgian Cats.




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D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.20.9 
 2. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak19.8 
 3. Jovanovic, Spars S.18.7 
 4. Kovacevic, Spars S.17.5 
 5. Negovanovic, Gradj.17.5 
 6. Vukovic, Mladost17.4 
 7. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.16.9 
 8. Hasandic, Sloboda .16.8 
 9. Pelkic, Leotar15.3 
 10. Demic, Zrinjski HT15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Obrad TOMIC
  Kakanj
  (206-C-93)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Tomic, Kakanj10.1 
 2. Kastropil, Siroki P.9.9 
 3. Zimic, Kakanj9.3 
 4. Stanojevic, Mlado.7.7 
 5. Durmo, Spars S.7.7 
 6. Pelkic, Leotar7.4 
 7. Markovic, Gradj.7.2 
 8. Marojevic, Gradj.7.2 
 9. Djurasovic, Zrinjski.7.0 
 10. Karacic, Siroki P.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Josip NALETILIC
  Siroki P.
  (185-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Naletilic, Siroki P.7.5 
 2. Mocnik, Siroki P.7.1 
 3. Knezevic, Zrinjski.6.4 
 4. Djurdjevic, Mlado.5.3 
 5. Princ, Zrinjski HT4.2 
 6. Zahiragic, Spars S.4.1 
 7. Svilar, Kakanj3.9 
 8. Luzajic, Leotar3.9 
 9. Aleksic, Mladost3.9 
 10. Kovacevic, Spars S.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Drasko KNEZEVIC
  Zrinjski.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Knezevic, Zrinjski.2.5 
 2. Tuljkovic, Bosnjak2.4 
 3. Brown, Sloboda .2.1 
 4. Mocnik, Siroki P.1.9 
 5. Samadan, Zrinjski.1.9 
 6. Hagins, Bosna-Royal1.8 
 7. Princ, Zrinjski HT1.7 
 8. Bocka, Gradjanski1.6 
 9. Zahiragic, Spars S.1.5 
 10. Sarajlic, Bosnjak1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Franko KASTROPIL
  Siroki P.
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Kastropil, Siroki P.1.5 
 2. Zimic, Kakanj1.4 
 3. Demic, Zrinjski HT1.2 
 4. Karacic, Siroki P.1.1 
 5. Bajramovic, Spars S.1.0 
 6. Brummitt, Zrinjski.0.9 
 7. Djurasovic, Leotar0.9 
 8. Sturanovic, Bosna-Ro.0.9 
 9. Djugum, Siroki P.0.7 
 10. Latifagic, Sloboda .0.7 


Division I Round 18: Spars Sarajevo lose to Kakanj - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Division I just ended.

The most important game in the last round took place in Kakanj between second ranked Spars Sarajevo (11-7) and fifth ranked Kakanj (10-8) on Saturday night. Spars Sarajevo was defeated by Kakanj on the road 71-89. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Spars Sarajevo. Kakanj forced 21 Spars Sarajevo turnovers and outrebounded them 40-29 including 25 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for center Emir Zimic (218-86) who led his team to a victory with 7 points and 15 rebounds. Serbian guard Vojin Svilar (187-86, college: W.Georgia, agency: BeoExcell) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. Kakanj's coach Josip Pandza used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Ibrahim Durmo (201-97) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for Spars Sarajevo. Kakanj maintains fifth position with 10-8 record. Spars Sarajevo at the other side dropped to the third place with seven games lost. They share the position with Zrinjski HT.
Division I top team - Bosna-Royal (14-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked Mladost (5-13) in Mrkonjic Grad 86-66. International Haris Delalic (202-94, agency: AproK Sports Group) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Vladimir Djordjevic chipped in 19 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Serbian point guard Nenad Djurdjevic (180-87) with 13 points and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Bosna-Royal have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted Bosna-Royal maintains first position with 14-4 record. Mladost lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost.
The game in Siroki Brijeg was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Leotar (7-11) played at the court of eighth ranked Siroki Primorka (7-11). Siroki Primorka managed to secure a 8-point victory 83-75 on Saturday. Dalibor Persic notched 20 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 16 points and 5 rebounds by Bojan Pelkic did not help to save the game for Leotar. Leotar's coach Radoslav Ivankovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Siroki Primorka moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Leotar and Gradjanski. Leotar lost third consecutive game.

In the last two games of round 18 Gradjanski was beaten by Zrinjski HT on the road 97-82. Bosnjak lost to Sloboda Tuzla on its own court 65-76.
The most impressive performance of 18th round was 23 points and 6 rebounds by Mujo Tuljkovic of Bosnjak.

Siroki Primorka - Leotar 83-75

The game in Siroki Brijeg was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Leotar (7-11) played at the court of eighth ranked Siroki Primorka (7-11). Siroki Primorka managed to secure a 8-point victory 83-75 on Saturday. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Siroki Primorka made 8 blocks. International Dalibor Persic (196-85, agency: Court Side) notched 20 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and Croatian center Franko Kastropil (212-84) supported him with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. Four Siroki Primorka players scored in double figures. Even 16 points and 5 rebounds by Montenegrin forward Bojan Pelkic (204-83) did not help to save the game for Leotar. Center Djordje Ninkovic (210-93) added 16 points and 5 rebounds. Leotar's coach Radoslav Ivankovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Siroki Primorka moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Leotar and Gradjanski. Leotar lost third consecutive game.
Top scorers:
Leotar: D.Ninkovic 16+5reb+1ast, B.Pelkic 16+5reb+3ast, V.Aleksic 12+3reb+3ast, M.Stevanovic 8+8reb, S.Fekete 8+3reb+6ast, S.Radovic 6+1reb+2ast
Siroki Primorka: D.Persic 20+5reb+3ast, F.Kastropil 15+7reb+1ast, M.Colak 13+4reb+3ast, M.Dreznjak 12+3reb+1ast, I.Karacic 9+6reb, J.Mocnik 6+3reb+8ast
gschID: 520933


Zrinjski HT - Gradjanski 97-82

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Zrinjski HT (11-7) beat 7th ranked Gradjanski (7-11) in Mostar 97-82 on Saturday. Zrinjski HT forced 19 Gradjanski turnovers. Strangely Gradjanski outrebounded Zrinjski HT 40-20 including a 20-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Gradjanski's players. The former international point guard Drasko Knezevic (186-93) notched 34 points (!!!) and 9 assists to lead the effort and the former international forward Bozo Djurasovic (200-87) supported him with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Zrinjski HT's coach Hrvoje Vlasic used entire bench saving starting five for next games. Even 22 points and 9 rebounds by Serbian swingman Milos Markovic (201-84, agency: 011 Sports) did not help to save the game for Gradjanski. Montenegrin center Dragomir Marojevic (207-81) added 18 points and 12 rebounds. Four Gradjanski players scored in double figures. Zrinjski HT moved-up to third place, which they share with Spars Sarajevo. Loser Gradjanski dropped to the sixth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Siroki Primorka and Leotar.
Top scorers:
Gradjanski: M.Markovic 22+9reb+2ast, D.Marojevic 18+12reb+1ast, N.Vukovic 15+6reb+3ast, D.Negovanovic 10+2reb, S.Svitlica 9+6reb+4ast, N.Milesic 5+2reb+1ast
Zrinjski HT: D.Knezevic 34+1reb+9ast, B.Djurasovic 17+5reb+2ast, T.Brummitt 13+3reb, L.Samadan 11+1reb, V.Princ 8+2reb+14ast, I.Begic 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 520935


Mladost - Bosna-Royal 66-86

Division I top team - Bosna-Royal (14-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked Mladost (5-13) in Mrkonjic Grad 86-66. Bosna-Royal dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Mladost's 18. International Haris Delalic (202-94, agency: AproK Sports Group) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Vladimir Djordjevic (201) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Serbian point guard Nenad Djurdjevic (180-87) with 13 points and 6 assists and guard Aleksandar Ivetic (196-94) scored 13 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Bosna-Royal have a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted Bosna-Royal maintains first position with 14-4 record. Mladost lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Mladost: A.Ivetic 13+4reb, N.Djurdjevic 13+2reb+6ast, L.Markovic 10+4reb, A.Vuckovic 9+6reb+1ast, O.Nisavic 8+2reb+4ast, M.Ljuboja 6+2reb+1ast
Bosna-Royal: V.Djordjevic 19+3reb+4ast, H.Delalic 17+8reb+2ast, G.Ikonic 13+2reb+1ast, M.Sturanovic 9+11reb+1ast, A.Durak 7+2ast, S.Dragicevic 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 520936


Kakanj - Spars Sarajevo 89-71

The most important game in the last round took place in Kakanj between second ranked Spars Sarajevo (11-7) and fifth ranked Kakanj (10-8) on Saturday night. Spars Sarajevo was defeated by Kakanj on the road 71-89. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Spars Sarajevo. Kakanj forced 21 Spars Sarajevo turnovers and outrebounded them 40-29 including 25 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for center Emir Zimic (218-86) who led his team to a victory with 7 points and 15 rebounds. Serbian guard Vojin Svilar (187-86, college: W.Georgia, agency: BeoExcell) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Kakanj players scored in double figures. Kakanj's coach Josip Pandza used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Ibrahim Durmo (201-97) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and Serbian swingman Maksim Kovacevic (196-87, agency: SPORTlab Agency) added 13 points in the effort for Spars Sarajevo. Kakanj maintains fifth position with 10-8 record. Spars Sarajevo at the other side dropped to the third place with seven games lost. They share the position with Zrinjski HT.
Top scorers:
Spars Sarajevo: I.Durmo 18+10reb+2ast, M.Kovacevic 13+4reb+2ast, R.Basic 12+5reb+2ast, A.Stepanovic 9+3reb, P.Reljic 7+1reb, S.Kocic 6+3reb+1ast
Kakanj: D.Sakotic 17+2reb, V.Svilar 15+3reb+4ast, E.Merdanovic 12+4reb, Z.Palavra 10+2reb+5ast, H.Curevac 9+1reb, A.Muflizovic 7+4reb
gschID: 520934


Bosnjak - Sloboda Tuzla 65-76

Very expected game when 9th ranked Bosnjak (6-12) lost to third ranked Sloboda Tuzla (12-6) in Hadzici 65-76 on Saturday. Sloboda Tuzla forced 19 Bosnjak turnovers. Point guard Marko Rikalo (187-94) notched 15 points to lead the effort and the former international Almir Hasandic (191-90) supported him with 12 points. Even 23 points and 6 rebounds by the former international forward Mujo Tuljkovic (202-79, agency: BeoBasket) did not help to save the game for Bosnjak. Bojan Lulic (196-95) added 11 points and 8 rebounds. Sloboda Tuzla have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Loser Bosnjak keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost.
Top scorers:
Bosnjak: M.Tuljkovic 23+6reb+1ast, E.Mujic 11+2reb, B.Lulic 11+8reb+1ast, A.Dovadzija 8+4reb+4ast, A.Sarajlic 7+2reb+2ast, S.Damjanovic 3+1reb
Sloboda Tuzla: M.Rikalo 15+3reb+2ast, E.Latifagic 13+2reb+1ast, A.Hasandic 12+4reb+2ast, M.Hrncic 11+3reb, N.Muratovic 9+6reb+1ast, D.Brown 7+3reb+5ast
gschID: 520937





Jusuf Nurkic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Bosnians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Bosnia and Herzegovina players, who play currently abroad.

Jusuf Nurkic
Jusuf Nurkic
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Jusuf Nurkic (213-94, currently plays in NBA). He led Portland Trail Blazers to a victory over the Philadelphia 76ers (23-43) 114-108 in the NBA in Thursday night's game. Nurkic was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 20 rebounds. Nurkic also added 8 assists and 6 blocks in 38 minutes on the court. The Portland Trail Blazers have 29-35 record this season. Nurkic has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 9.4rpg, 4.0apg, 2.1bpg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 53.3% and FT: 75.0% in 10 games he played so far. Nurkic has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian. Despite he played previously for the Slovenian U16 national team, Nurkic is currently a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Nihad Djedovic
Nihad Djedovic
   #2. Second place goes to an international small forward Nihad Djedovic (196-90, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany). He was the major contributor in a Bayern Muenchen's victory against the 14th-ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (6-17) crushing them 108-73 in the German BBL last Sunday. Djedovic scored 17 points and had 4 steals. FC Bayern Muenchen (20-3) is placed third in the BBL. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. It's Djedovic's fourth season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 9.6ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 58.6%(51-87), 3FGP: 45.5%(20-44) and FT: 84.1%. Djedovic is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and German. He is in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Elmedin Kikanovic
Elmedin Kikanovic
   #3. The Bosnia and Herzegovina player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Elmedin Kikanovic (211-88, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Germany). Kikanovic could not help ALBA Berlin (16-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance ALBA Berlin was defeated 81-76 on the road by the much lower-ranked BG Goettingen (#12). Kikanovic was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 3 passes. This season Kikanovic has very high stats. He averages: 16.5ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 59.1%(152-257) and FT: 80.7%. Kikanovic is also a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina senior national team.

Zack Wright
Zack Wright
   #4. Guard Zack Wright (191-85, college: Central Mo., currently plays in France) contributed to Monaco's victory against the closely-ranked Chalon/Saor (16-6) 82-72 in the French ProA last Sunday. He scored 11 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 9 assists in 26 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. AS Monaco Basket (19-3) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. This year Wright's overall stats are: 7.7ppg, 2.8rpg and 4.0apg in 21 games. He is a naturalized American. Wright is also Bosnia and Herzegovina national team player. Strangely he has never played in Bosnia.

Ognjen Kuzmic
Ognjen Kuzmic
   #5. Former international center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-90, currently plays in ABA League) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Buducnost (18-8) 82-66 in the ABA League on Monday night. Kuzmic scored 14 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Crvena Zvezda MTS Beograd (25-1) is placed first in the ABA League. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the ABA League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Kuzmic's first season with the team. His total stats this year are: 9.6ppg and 5.5rpg. Kuzmic has both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbian nationalities. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team five years ago.

Adin Vrabac
Adin Vrabac
   #6. Shooting guard Adin Vrabac (204-94, currently plays in ABA League) contributed to Partizan's victory against one of league's weakest teams Krka (8-18) 94-80 in the ABA League in Sunday night's game. Vrabac recorded 14 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists in 32 minutes. BC Partizan NiS Beograd (19-7) is placed third in the ABA League. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the ABA League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Vrabac's total stats are: 5.3ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.7apg in 26 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

Ivan Ramljak
Ivan Ramljak
   #7. Former U18 international small forward Ivan Ramljak (203-90, currently plays in ABA League) contributed to a 3-point KK Zadar's victory against the closely-ranked Un.Olimpija (10-16) 81-78 in the ABA League last Sunday. Ramljak had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 31 minutes. KK Zadar (9-17) is placed 12th in the ABA League. The Regular Season already ended in the ABA League. Ramljak has averaged so far 9.4ppg, 5.3rpg, 3.0apg and 1.4spg in 21 games. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 national team twelve years ago.

Aleksandar Lazic
Aleksandar Lazic
   #8. Swingman Aleksandar Lazic (201-96, currently plays in Serbia) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Dynamic BG (15-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance Dynamic BG was badly defeated 81-64 at home by the second-ranked Borac. Lazic was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 23 minutes. Lazic has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.3apg and 1.4spg in 17 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 national team.

Marko Josilo
Marko Josilo
   #9. Former international guard Marko Josilo (200-92, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to Metalac's victory against the closely-ranked Sloga (7-13) 95-83 in the Serbian KLS on Saturday night. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds. Josilo also added and 3 steals in 40 minutes. Metalac Farmakom Valjevo (10-10) is placed ninth in the KLS. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Josilo has relatively good stats this year: 14.2ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.8apg and 1.6spg in 12 games. Despite he played previously for the Serbian U19 national team, Josilo is currently in the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team roster.

Dzanan Musa
Dzanan Musa
   #10. Shooting guard Dzanan Musa (204-99, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Croatia) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Gorica (3-16) crushing them 92-70 in the Croatian A1 in Wednesday night's game. He scored 10 points. KK Cedevita Zagreb (14-5) is placed fifth in the A1. This season Musa has relatively solid stats: 14.3ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.4apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team roster.

   #11. Former international point guard Filip Adamovic (183-88, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Romania) was the main contributor in an UBT Cluj Napoca's victory against the sixth-ranked Pitesti 94-84 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Wednesday. Adamovic was the best player in that game. He scored 21 points, made 5 passes and 4 steals in 29 minutes. Adamovic has reliable stats this year: 12.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 6.4apg and 2.1spg in 19 games. He used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team three years ago.

   #12. International point guard Alex Renfroe (191-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, college: Belmont, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a 3-point FC Barcelona's victory against the 13th-ranked UCAM Murcia 73-70 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. He scored 6 points and added 3 assists in only 14 minutes. Renfroe has averaged so far 5.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.1apg in 10 games. He is a naturalized American. Renfroe is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team. Apparently he has never played in Bosnia.

   #13. Former international point guard Aleksej Nesovic (189-85, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Serbia) was not able to secure a victory for OKK Beograd in their game against Vrsac in the Serbian KLS. Despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game Nesovic recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and making 10 passes. He also added 4 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws). This season Nesovic has very high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.9apg and 1.8spg. Nesovic used to play for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team five years ago.

   #14. International swingman Nikola Gajic (195-91, college: SF Austin, currently plays in Slovenia) couldn't help KK Primorska in their game against Un.Olimpija in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM, despite his very good performance in Wednesday night's game. Gajic scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. But his team lost 81-87. Gajic has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.3apg and 1.5spg in 21 games. He plays currently for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team.

   #15. U20 international center Markus Loncar (211-96, currently plays in Croatia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Dzanan Musa and both played together in the last Croatian A1 game. Loncar managed to help KK Cedevita Zagreb in a victory against the 12th-ranked Gorica crushing them 92-70. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 17 minutes. Loncar has averaged so far 5.4ppg and 3.7rpg in 15 games. He is also in the roster of the Bosnia and Herzegovina U20 national team.

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

   #1. Aleksandar Todorovic (206-C/F-87, currently plays in Serbia) led Borac to a victory over the closely-ranked Dynamic BG (15-5) 81-64 in the Serbian KLS on Friday night. Todorovic was the best player in that game. He had a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 10 rebounds. Todorovic also added 2 blocks in 36 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. KK Borac Mozzart Cacak (15-5) is placed second in the KLS. It was his team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. It's Todorovic's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 14.1ppg and 6.7rpg in 20 games he played so far.

   #2. Marko Dujkovic (226-C-90, currently plays in Serbia) was the major contributor in Metalac's victory against the closely-ranked KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac (10-10) 100-97 in the Serbian KLS last Sunday. Dujkovic recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 17 rebounds. He also added 9 blocks. Metalac Farmakom Valjevo (10-10) is placed ninth in the KLS. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Dujkovic has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 5.8rpg and 2.1bpg. He has a dual citizenship: Bosnia and Herzegovina and FYR Macedonian.

   #3. Boris Barac (205-F-92, currently plays in ABA League) could not help KK Zadar (9-17) in their last game. Despite Barac's very good performance KK Zadar lost 79-85 on the road to the higher-ranked (#10) Karpos Sokoli. He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 10 rebounds in 36 minutes. The Regular Season already ended in the ABA League. Barac has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.9apg in 25 games.

   #4. Mirza Begic (216-C-85, currently plays in ABA League) contributed to Cedevita's victory against the ninth-ranked FMP (10-16) 104-92 in the ABA League in Saturday night's game. Begic scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. KK Cedevita Zagreb (20-6) is placed second in the ABA League. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the ABA League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Begic has averaged so far 5.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.2bpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian.

   #5. Experienced Dejan Cup (202-PF-83, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Slovenia) was the main contributor in a Hopsi Polzela's victory against the closely-ranked Helios (12-9) 87-70 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM on Friday night. Cup was the best player in that game. He scored 17 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Hopsi Polzela (15-6) is placed fourth in the Liga Nova KBM. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. This season Cup has very high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg. Cup has both Serbian and Bosnia and Herzegovina nationalities.

   #6. Dragan Djuranovic (203-C/F-88, currently plays in Slovenia) was not able to help Rogaska (12-9) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Djuranovic's good performance Rogaska was edged 84-82 at home by the lower-ranked Sencur Gorenjska gradbena druzba Kranj (#9). He scored 12 points, had 7 rebounds, passed 4 assists and added 4 blocks. Djuranovic has relatively good stats this season: 10.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg.

   #7. Goran Suton (208-C-85, college: Michigan St., currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Movil Estudiantes (17-5) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Suton's very good performance Movil Estudiantes was defeated 77-71 in Badalona by the much lower-ranked Joventut (#15). He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Suton also added 4 rebounds. Suton has averaged so far 7.9ppg and 5.8rpg. He also holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatian.

   #8. Ismet Sejfic (208-C-93, currently plays in Hungary) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider MAFC 84-69 in the Hungarian A Division in Wednesday night's game. Sejfic had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 12 rebounds in 26 minutes. Sejfic has very impressive stats this year: 16.9ppg and 7.9rpg in 21 games.

   #9. Stefan Matic (196-SG-91, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to Spartak's victory against the closely-ranked Tamis 74-60 in the Serbian KLS last Sunday. He recorded 13 points. Matic has averaged so far 4.8ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.2apg.

   #10. Hasan Rizvic (212-C-84, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to Gelisim's victory against one of league's weakest teams Mamak DSI 81-76 in the Turkish TBL (second division) last Friday. He was the top player that evening. Rizvic had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 12 rebounds in 24 minutes. Rizvic has very impressive stats this year: 15.9ppg, 7.8rpg, 2.4apg, 1.6bpg and 1.6spg in 28 games. He holds both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Slovenian passports.



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  BRAZIL  

Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Rafael HETTSHEIMER
  Bauru
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 2. Stallworth, Mogi19.9 
 3. Nardi-Duarte, Campo M.19.8 
 4. Anthony, Macae19.5 
 5. Vieira, Flamengo18.9 
 6. Garcia, Bauru18.1 
 7. Holloway, Pinheiros18.0 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia17.3 
 9. Machado, Flamengo16.9 
 10. Jackson, Vasco D.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.11.0 
 2. de-Souza, L.Sor.8.0 
 3. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.9 
 4. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 5. Maynard, Minas7.8 
 6. Ansaloni, Pinheiros7.2 
 7. Lopez, Flamengo7.0 
 8. Klassmann, B.Cea.6.7 
 9. Silveira, Mogi6.6 
 10. Curnell, Mogi6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. de-Assis, Brasilia7.2 
 2. Garcia, Bauru5.7 
 3. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.7 
 4. Pecos, Paulistano5.5 
 5. Anthony, Macae5.4 
 6. Borges, Franca5.2 
 7. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.5.1 
 8. Dawkins, Vitoria5.1 
 9. Rodgers, Minas5.0 
 10. Taylor, Mogi4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Alex GARCIA
  Bauru
  (191-G-80)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Garcia, Bauru1.8 
 2. Rodgers, Minas1.8 
 3. Stallworth, Mogi1.7 
 4. Taylor, Mogi1.7 
 5. Dawkins, Vitoria1.7 
 6. Toledo, B.Cearense1.6 
 7. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.1.6 
 8. Jackson, Vasco D.1.6 
 9. Cafferata, L.Sor.1.6 
 10. Curnell, Mogi1.6 
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. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.6 
 6. Dias-Silva, Pauli.0.6 
 7. Mariano, Brasilia0.6 
 8. Freitas, Campo M.0.6 
 9. Camilo, Macae0.6 
 10. Gruber, B.Cearense0.6 


Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Andre MENDES
  Joinville
  (192-SG-93)
  Avg: 16
 1. Mendes, Joinville16.0 
 2. De-Oliveira, Blumenau15.0 
 3. Perez, Contagem15.0 
 4. Maistro, Contagem15.0 
 5. Lazzaris, Blumenau14.5 
 6. Tiago, Brusque14.0 
 7. Semmke, Blumenau14.0 
 8. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.13.3 
 9. Nepomuceno, Santos/M.13.0 
 10. Smith, Botafogo.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Wesley RUSSELL
  Botafogo.
  (193-G-93)
  Avg: 9
 1. Russell, Botafogo.9.0 
 2. Silva, Blumenau8.0 
 3. Prado, Brusque8.0 
 4. Alves, Contagem7.5 
 5. Pereira, Joinville7.0 
 6. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.6.7 
 7. Silva, Brusque6.5 
 8. Maistro, Contagem6.5 
 9. Alvim, Contagem6.5 
 10. Froehlich, Joinville6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Luiz SEMMKE
  Blumenau
  (197-SF-92)
  Avg: 6
 1. Semmke, Blumenau6.0 
 2. Froehlich, Joinville5.0 
 3. Romualdo, Contagem4.5 
 4. Smith, Botafogo.4.0 
 5. Perez, Contagem4.0 
 6. Russell, Botafogo.3.0 
 7. Prado, Brusque3.0 
 8. Medeiros, Joinville3.0 
 9. da-Silva, Brusque2.0 
 10. Silva, Brusque2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Bruno LAZZARIS
  Blumenau
  (202-F-90)
  Avg: 5
 1. Lazzaris, Blumenau5.0 
 2. Silva, Joinville3.0 
 3. Moreira, Blumenau3.0 
 4. Romualdo, Contagem2.5 
 5. Maistro, Contagem2.5 
 6. Perez, Contagem2.5 
 7. Mendes, Joinville2.0 
 8. Russell, Botafogo.1.5 
 9. Semmke, Blumenau1.5 
 10. Silva, Blumenau1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Rodrigo SILVA
  Brusque
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Silva, Brusque1.5 
 2. Lima, Santos/M.1.3 
 3. Silva, Blumenau1.0 
 4. Souza, Santos/M.1.0 
 5. De-Oliveira, Blumenau1.0 
 6. Maistro, Contagem1.0 
 7. Lazzaris, Blumenau0.5 
 8. Perez, Botafogo.0.5 
 9. Perez, Contagem0.5 
 10. Henrique, Brusque0.5 


Rafael Freire Luz selected the top Brazilian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Rafael Freire Luz
Rafael Freire Luz
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Rafael Freire Luz (188-92, currently plays in Spain). He could not help Baskonia (16-7) in their last game. Despite Freire Luz's good performance Baskonia lost 82-87 on the road to the league outsider (#17) La ICL Manresa. He scored 11 points in only a mere 10 minutes on the court. It was Baskonia's first loss after four consecutive victories. It's Freire Luz's first season with the team. This year Freire Luz averages: 3.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 69.2%(18-26), 3FGP: 23.1% and FT: 71.4% in 19 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Spanish. Freire Luz is currently a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Nene Hilario
Nene Hilario
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international center Nene Hilario (211-82, currently plays in NBA). He led Houston Rockets to a victory against the Cleveland Cavaliers (43-22) 117-112 in the NBA last Sunday. Hilario scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. The Houston Rockets have a solid 46-21 record this season. Hilario has relatively good stats this year: 8.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 2FGP: 62.4%(186-298), 3FGP: 37.5% and FT: 59.3%. He is in the roster of the Brazilian senior national team.

Leandro Barbosa
Leandro Barbosa
   #3. The Brazilian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Leandro Barbosa (190-82, currently plays in NBA). Barbosa was not able to help the Phoenix Suns (22-45) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Phoenix Suns (22-45) lost 127-131 in Washington to the Wizards. Barbosa scored 12 points and added 3 passes in 23 minutes. This year Barbosa's overall stats are: 6.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 47.0%, 3FGP: 36.3% and FT: 89.2% in 63 games. He is also a member of the Brazilian senior national team.

Augusto Lima
Augusto Lima
   #4. Center Augusto Lima (207-91, currently plays in Lithuania) contributed to Zalgiris' victory against the sixth-ranked Vytautas (14-12) 81-70 in the Lithuanian LKL in Sunday night's game. Lima scored 8 points. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (23-3) is placed first in the LKL. Lima's total stats this season are: 6.4ppg and 4.5rpg. He is also Brazilian national team player.

Vitor Faverani
Vitor Faverani
   #5. Former international center Vitor Faverani (212-88, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help FC Barcelona Lassa in a victory against one of league's weakest teams Unics Kazan (7-18) 70-62 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Faverani recorded only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 15 minutes. FC Barcelona Lassa (10-15) is placed 11th in the Euroleague. This year Faverani's total stats are: 8.4ppg and 4.5rpg in eight games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team four years ago.

Cristiano Felicio
Cristiano Felicio
   #6. Power forward Cristiano Felicio (206-92, college: Oregon, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Chicago Bulls (32-35) in their game against the Boston Celtics (42-25) in the NBA. Despite his good performance on Sunday night Felicio scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Felicio has averaged so far 5.1ppg and 4.9rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Brazilian National Team roster.

Rafael Hettsheimer
Rafael Hettsheimer
   #7. International center Rafael Hettsheimer (206-86, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (10-13) in their game against Valencia Basket (5-17) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Hettsheimer scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 16 minutes. But Baloncesto Fuenlabrada lost 86-101 in Valencia to the lower-ranked (#13) Basket. Hettsheimer has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 2.3rpg in six games. He is also Brazilian national team player.

Scott Machado
Scott Machado
   #8. Point guard Scott Machado (186-90, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Rafael Freire Luz in the Spanish Liga Endesa last game. Machado contributed to an La ICL Manresa's surprising victory against the fourth-ranked Baskonia (16-7) 87-82. He scored 10 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Machado has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.3apg and 1.3spg. He is a naturalized American. Machado used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2013. Strangely he has never played in Brazil.

Raul Neto
Raul Neto
   #9. International point guard Raul Neto (185-92, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Utah Jazz (42-25) in their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder (37-29) in the NBA. Neto recorded 7 points in only 13 minutes. The Utah Jazz (42-25) lost 104-112 at home to the Thunder. This year Neto averages only 2.3ppg in 34 games. He is also in the roster of the Brazilian national team.

Tulio Da Silva
Tulio Da Silva
   #10. Forward Tulio Da Silva (201-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the S.Florida (1-17) in their game against the University of Connecticut (16-0) in the NCAA. Despite his good performance in Thursday night's game Da Silva scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Da Silva has averaged so far 9.8ppg and 6.8rpg. He is a former U18 international player as three years ago he still played for the Brazilian national team.

   #11. International shooting guard Vitor Benite (194-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Andorra crushing them 77-53 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Benite scored 5 points in 18 minutes. This year Benite has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg and 2.0rpg in 23 games. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

   #12. Former international small forward Jonathan Tavernari (197-87, college: BYU, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Mens Sana 1871 in their game against Agropoli in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Tavernari scored only 4 points. His team was edged 76-75. Tavernari has averaged so far 9.8ppg and 4.5rpg. He used to play for the Brazilian national team back in 2010.

   #13. Former international guard Carlos Cobos (193-88, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a CB Granada's victory against the league outsider Zamorano 84-79 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game. Cobos scored 14 points and added 3 passes in 26 minutes. Cobos has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.1apg and 1.2spg in 24 games. He used to play for the Brazilian national team seven years ago.

   #14. International forward Leonardo Demetrio (203-94, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an Lleida Basquet's victory against the closely-ranked Melilla Baloncesto 87-82 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) on Friday night. Demetrio scored 6 points in 30 minutes. Demetrio has reliable stats this year: 10.7ppg and 5.7rpg in 27 games. He plays currently for the Brazilian national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Kazuya Hatano (192-F-82, currently plays in Japan) managed to help Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa to win against the fifth-ranked Yokohama BC (14-29) 75-66 in the Japanese B League last Sunday. Hatano scored only 2 points. Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa (19-24) is placed fifth in West group. Hatano has averaged so far 3.1ppg and 3.0rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Japanese.

   #2. Felipe Dos Anjos (218-C-98, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an Oviedo CB's victory against the 13th-ranked Castello (11-16) 97-87 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Saturday night's game. Dos Anjos scored 6 points. Union Financiera Baloncesto Oviedo (18-9) is placed third in the LEB Gold. Dos Anjos has averaged so far 8.9ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.1bpg.

   #3. Rafael Barbosa (191-F-91, currently plays in Spain) contributed to Barbera's victory against the 12th-ranked Cerdanyola (6-14) 81-72 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Sunday. He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes. Barbera Team Values (13-7) is placed fourth in Group C-B. Barbosa has averaged so far 5.5ppg and 4.5rpg in 20 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Brazilian and Spanish.

   #4. Clement Faroux (188-G-93, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked UB Chartres (14-14) 97-80 in the French NM1 (third division) on Tuesday night. Faroux scored 10 points and added 5 assists. CEP Lorient (11-17) is placed 15th in the NM1. Faroux has averaged so far 7.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg. He has both Brazilian and French nationalities. Despite Faroux's Brazilian passport, he previously played for the French U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Brazilian team.

   #5. Joao Gallina (192-SF-94, currently plays in Portugal) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Illiabum (12-13) crushing them 85-53 in the Portuguese LPB in Sunday night's game. Gallina scored only 2 points in 8 minutes on the court. FC Porto (21-4) is placed first in Places 1-6 group. Gallina has averaged so far 1.6ppg and 1.6rpg in 18 games. He also holds two passports: Brazilian and Portuguese.

   #6. Renato Ribeiro (190-F-95, currently plays in Portugal). Ribeiro could not help Guifoes to beat Ginasio. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 80-74. Ribeiro has averaged so far 5.6ppg and 3.9rpg.

   #7. Leandro Miranda (205-C-91, currently plays in Spain) led Ponferrada CDP to a victory against the second-ranked Leon 89-77 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night. He scored 19 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, passed 4 assists and added 3 blocks in 23 minutes. Miranda has averaged so far 6.9ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.4bpg in nine games.



NBB Round 25: Bottom-ranked Macae wins against Caxias do Sul - by Eurobasket News

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

Bottom-ranked Macae managed to get the second consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they won against fourteenth-ranked Caxias do Sul 73-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Caxias do Sul. Macae made 26-of-30 free shots (86.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Caxias do Sul turnovers. 29 personal fouls committed by Caxias do Sul helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Kendall Anthony (173-93, college: Richmond) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Guilherme Schneider (193-86) contributed with 9 points for the winners. Macae's coach Leonardo Costa used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Marcao Vinicius (205-84) answered with 13 points for Caxias do Sul. Macae (5-18) moved-up to thirteenth place. Caxias do Sul at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. They share it with L.Sorocaba. Macae are looking forward to face higher ranked Flamengo (#3) in Rio de Janeiro in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Caxias do Sul will play on the road against Vasco Da G. (#9) in Rio de Janeiro and is hoping to win this game.
The game in Campo Mourao was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Brasilia (17-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Campo Mourao (13-12). Brasilia defeated Campo Mourao 90-80. International Guilherme Giovannoni (203-80) stepped up and scored 28 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Lucas Mariano chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Isaac Thornton (190-91, college: Fairmont St.) responded with 19 points and 4 assists. Campo Mourao's coach Emerson Souza rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Brasilia keeps a position of league leader. Campo Mourao at the other side keeps the eighth place with 12 games lost. Brasilia will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Campo Mourao will play on the road against the league's second-placed Mogi (#2) in Mogi das Cruzes and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between third ranked Mogi (17-8) and 12th ranked Minas (8-16) in Mogi das Cruzes on Thursday ended with biggest points difference. Mogi outscored guests from Belo Horizonte 87-64. Larry Taylor nailed 17 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals for the winning side. Scott Rodgers came up with 15 points for Minas in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Mogi have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Minas lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Mogi will meet at home Campo Mourao (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Minas will have a break next round.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Rio de Janeiro: Flamengo (#4) and Vasco Da G. (#9). Flamengo (16-6) won against visiting Vasco Da G. (12-12) 94-86. Marquinhos Vieira fired 25 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Flamengo's coach Jose Neto allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Vasco Da G. at the other side keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. Flamengo's next round opponent will be Macae (#13) at home and are hoping to win another game. Vasco Da G. will play against Caxias do Sul (#14) and hope to win that game.
Another exciting game was again a derby between two local teams from Sao Paolo: Pinheiros (#7) and Paulistano (#10). Paulistano was defeated at home 67-74 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It was a very good performance for Cordero Bennett who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Pinheiros maintains seventh place with 14-10 record. Loser Paulistano dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. Pinheiros will have a break next round. Paulistano will play at home against Liga Sorocaba (#15) and hope to win that game.

Other games in round 25 were not that significant. Brasilia beat Minas on the road 74-62. Franca won against Vitoria on its own court 81-74. B.Cearense unfortunately lost to Bauru in a road game 72-78.

Minas - Brasilia 62-74

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Brasilia (17-7) beat 12th ranked Minas (8-16) in Belo Horizonte 74-62 on Monday. Brasilia looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a very good performance for international Guilherme Giovannoni (203-80) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 9 rebounds. The former international point guard Fulvio de-Assis (188-81) contributed with 8 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. The former international guard Danilo Fuzaro (193-94) answered with 15 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Drew Maynard (200-89, college: Rochester, MI) added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Minas. Minas' coach Luiz Fernando Nery Leao tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Brasilia keeps a position of league leader. Minas lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the twelfth place with 16 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Brasilia: G.Giovannoni 22+9reb+2ast, P.Alves 12+3reb+2ast, D.Ramos 11+2reb+4ast, F.de Assis 8+10reb+9ast, L.Mariano 7+3reb+1ast, J.Campos 6+1reb+2ast
Minas: D.Fuzaro 15+9reb+2ast, W.Ferreira 12+2reb+1ast, A.Mosso 12+1reb+1ast, D.Maynard 9+7reb+2ast, P.Boracini 7+3reb+3ast, A.Alves 5+7reb
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Macae - Caxias do Sul 73-67

Bottom-ranked Macae managed to get the second consecutive victory on Saturday night. This time they won against fourteenth-ranked Caxias do Sul 73-67. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Caxias do Sul. Macae made 26-of-30 free shots (86.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Caxias do Sul turnovers. 29 personal fouls committed by Caxias do Sul helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Kendall Anthony (173-93, college: Richmond) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Guilherme Schneider (193-86) contributed with 9 points for the winners. Macae's coach Leonardo Costa used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Marcao Vinicius (205-84) answered with 13 points and forward Diego Conceicao (200-87) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Caxias do Sul. Macae (5-18) moved-up to thirteenth place. Caxias do Sul at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. They share it with L.Sorocaba. Macae are looking forward to face higher ranked Flamengo (#3) in Rio de Janeiro in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Caxias do Sul will play on the road against Vasco Da G. (#9) in Rio de Janeiro and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Macae: K.Anthony 33+5reb+5ast, G.Schneider 9+1reb+1ast, I.Avelino 7+1reb, B.Simmons 6, E.Camilo 5+1ast, W.Borges 4+6reb+1ast
Caxias do Sul: M.Vinicius 13+3reb+1ast, A.Bernardi 11+4reb+1ast, D.Conceicao 11+6reb, P.Vieira 8+1ast, G.Vinicius 8+3reb+1ast, F.Ferreira 7+1reb
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Flamengo - Vasco Da G. 94-86

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Rio de Janeiro: Flamengo (#4) and Vasco Da G. (#9). Flamengo (16-6) won against visiting Vasco Da G. (12-12) 94-86. Flamengo made 25-of-32 charity shots (78.1 percent) during the game. Flamengo outrebounded Vasco Da G. 43-23 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Vasco Da G. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international Marquinhos Vieira (207-84) fired 25 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. The former international forward Olivinha Rodriguez (203-83) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Flamengo players scored in double figures. Flamengo's coach Jose Neto allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard David Jackson (195-82, college: Penn St.) produced 26 points and the former international point guard Helio-Vitor Lima (185-81) added 19 points respectively for lost side. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Vasco Da G. at the other side keeps the ninth position with 12 games lost. Flamengo's next round opponent will be Macae (#13) at home and are hoping to win another game. Vasco Da G. will play against Caxias do Sul (#14) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Flamengo: M.Vieira 25+6reb+7ast, R.Fischer 18+3reb+2ast, O.Rodriguez 16+11reb+1ast, M.Machado 12+4reb+2ast, J.Paulo Lopez 6+8reb+2ast, R.Ramon 6+1reb+2ast
Vasco Da G.: D.Jackson 26+1reb+3ast, H.Vitor Lima 19+1reb+3ast, G.Zilmer 14+4reb, D.Palacios 8+4reb+6ast, W.Mattos 7+4reb, M.Dornelles 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 495559


Paulistano - Pinheiros 67-74

Another exciting game was again a derby between two local teams from Sao Paolo: Pinheiros (#7) and Paulistano (#10). Paulistano was defeated at home 67-74 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Pinheiros forced 22 Paulistano turnovers. Paulistano was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American guard Cordero Bennett (188-88) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Desmond Holloway (191-90, college: Co.Carolina) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Point guard George Lucas (195-96) answered with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Arthur Pecos (183-95) added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Paulistano. Four Paulistano players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Pinheiros maintains seventh place with 14-10 record. Loser Paulistano dropped to the ninth position with 12 games lost. Pinheiros will have a break next round. Paulistano will play at home against Liga Sorocaba (#15) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Pinheiros: C.Bennett 19+5reb+3ast, A.Neto 14+2ast, D.Holloway 13+6reb+3ast, R.Lenz 8+1ast, R.Ansaloni 6+6reb+1ast, L.Gustavo de Oliveira 4+1reb
Paulistano: D.Hure 15+3reb+1ast, G.Lucas 14+5reb+4ast, G.Hubner 10+8reb+2ast, A.Pecos 10+5reb+7ast, L.Dias Silva 9+6reb+1ast, J.Luz dos Santos 6+4reb
gschID: 495557


Campo Mourao - Brasilia 80-90

The game in Campo Mourao was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Brasilia (17-7) played at the court of 8th ranked Campo Mourao (13-12). Brasilia defeated Campo Mourao 90-80. Brasilia shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. International Guilherme Giovannoni (203-80) stepped up and scored 28 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and international power forward Lucas Mariano (208-93) chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Isaac Thornton (190-91, college: Fairmont St.) responded with 19 points and 4 assists and Vinicius Oliveira (200-90) scored 16 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!). Four Campo Mourao players scored in double figures. Campo Mourao's coach Emerson Souza rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Brasilia keeps a position of league leader. Campo Mourao at the other side keeps the eighth place with 12 games lost. Brasilia will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Campo Mourao will play on the road against the league's second-placed Mogi (#2) in Mogi das Cruzes and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Brasilia: G.Giovannoni 28+5reb+5ast, L.Mariano 21+7reb+1ast, D.Ramos 14+3reb, J.Campos 9, F.de Assis 7+4reb+16ast, J.Bernardi 5+1ast
Campo Mourao: I.Thornton 19+2reb+4ast, V.Oliveira 16+2reb+3ast, C.Freitas 13+2reb+2ast, R.Souza 10+4reb, G.Brown 9+4reb+1ast, J.Montgomery 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 495556


Franca - Vitoria 81-74

There was a minor upset when Universo/Vitoria (14-9) lost to fifth ranked Vivo/Franca (15-9) in Sao Paulo 74-81 on Thursday. Vivo/Franca made 27-of-35 free shots (77.1 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Universo/Vitoria turnovers. Universo/Vitoria was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for point guard Alexey Borges (188-95) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals. The former international Lucas Cipolini (206-86, college: BYU-Hawaii) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international Arthur Silva (196-82) answered with 15 points and 6 rebounds and forward Renato Scholz (197-88) added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Universo/Vitoria. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Vivo/Franca maintains fifth place with 15-9 record. Universo/Vitoria lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. Vivo/Franca will face higher ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Universo/Vitoria will play against SKY/Basquete and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Franca: L.Cipolini 17+6reb+2ast, A.Borges 16+5reb+8ast, A.Ferreira 15+2reb+2ast, P.Lima 14+2reb+1ast, C.Borges dos Santos 7+2reb, J.Pedro Demetrio 5+3reb
Vitoria: A.Silva 15+6reb+3ast, E.de Oliveira 13+3reb, K.Sheard 11+3reb+3ast, K.Dawkins 11+3reb+2ast, A.Bresolin 10+3reb+2ast, R.Scholz 9+5reb+4ast
gschID: 495555


Mogi - Minas 87-64

The game between third ranked Mogi (17-8) and 12th ranked Minas (8-16) in Mogi das Cruzes on Thursday ended with biggest points difference. Mogi outscored guests from Belo Horizonte 87-64. Mogi outrebounded Minas 41-28 including a 30-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The former international point guard Larry Taylor (185-80, college: Missouri Western) nailed 17 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals for the winning side and the former international center Caio Silveira (211-87, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 15 points and 13 rebounds. Five Mogi players scored in double figures. American guard Scott Rodgers (191-87, college: Drexel, agency: DTMones) came up with 15 points and center Adriano Alves (208-95) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Minas in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Mogi have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Minas lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 16 games lost. Mogi will meet at home Campo Mourao (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Minas will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Mogi: L.Taylor 17+6reb+9ast, C.Silveira 15+13reb+2ast, S.Stallworth 14+3reb, J.de Oliveira 14+2reb+1ast, T.Curnell 12+5reb+3ast, G.Lessa 7
Minas: S.Rodgers 15+4reb+2ast, D.Fuzaro 13+2reb, A.Alves 10+7reb+1ast, D.Maynard 8+6reb+1ast, P.Boracini 7+5reb, C.Mendonca Panunzio 5
gschID: 495554


Bauru - B.Cearense 78-72

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Paschoalotto/Bauru (16-9) won against at home 11th ranked SKY/Basquete (10-13) 78-72 on Thursday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Paschoalotto/Bauru looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Quite impressive performance for international guard Alex Garcia (191-80, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international power forward Shilton Santos (198-82) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Paschoalotto/Bauru players scored in double figures. The former international point guard David Rossetto (180-93) answered with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists and the former international guard Eduardo Machado (193-82) added 13 points in the effort for SKY/Basquete. Paschoalotto/Bauru maintains fourth place with 16-9 record. Loser SKY/Basquete keeps the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Paschoalotto/Bauru will face Vivo/Franca (#5) in Sao Paulo in the next round. SKY/Basquete will play on the road against Universo/Vitoria (#6) in Salvador and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bauru: A.Garcia 20+8reb+6ast, J.Andrade 14+4reb+1ast, S.Santos 13+7reb+1ast, V.Silva 10+5reb+5ast, G.Pereira 8+3reb+2ast, L.Meindl 7+3reb+5ast
B.Cearense: D.Rossetto 21+8reb+8ast, E.Machado 13+2reb+1ast, L.Felipe Gruber 9+2reb, F.Ribeiro 8+5reb, A.Parisotto 8+4reb, L.Klassmann 6+7reb
gschID: 495553





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Darius Adams' 43 points make him top Bulgarian player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Darius Adams
Darius Adams
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Darius Adams (188-89, agency: Stealth Sport, college: Indianapolis, currently plays in China). He led Xinjiang Flying Tige to a victory over the fifth-ranked Flying Leopards (29-9) crushing them 118-93 in the Chinese CBA in Friday night's game. Adams was MVP of the game. He recorded 43 points (!!!), 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals in 41 minutes on the court. Xinjiang Flying Tigers (32-6) are placed first in the CBA. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Adams has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 30.4ppg, 5.7rpg, 5.9apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 55.1%(291-528), 3FGP: 35.4% and FT: 87.6% in 43 games he played so far. Adams is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team. Strangely Adams has never played in Bulgaria.

Dee Bost
Dee Bost
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Dee Bost (188-89, agency: BeoBasket, college: Mississippi St., currently plays in France). He could not help Monaco (19-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Bost's very good performance the league leader Monaco was defeated 99-88 on the road by the lower-ranked JSF Nanterre (#3). He was the top scorer with 25 points. Bost also added 3 steals. It's Bost's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 13.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.0apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 44.2%, 3FGP: 38.7% and FT: 79.7%. Bost is a naturalized American. He is in the roster of the Bulgarian senior national team. Apparently Bost has never played in Bulgaria.

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international point guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in EuroCup). He was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Khimky (4-2) in their last game. Despite Rowland's good performance Khimky was badly defeated 92-76 in Valencia by the leading Basket. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Rowland also added 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 30 minutes. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. This year Rowland has relatively solid stats: 10.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.9apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 61.9%(65-105), 3FGP: 14.3% and FT: 87.5% in 16 games. He is a naturalized American. Rowland played for the Bulgarian national team six years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Hristo Nikolov
Hristo Nikolov
   #4. Power forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Poland) was the main contributor in a Stal Ostrow Wlkp.'s victory against the eighth-ranked Krosno (13-11) 89-78 in the Polish PLK on Sunday night. He was the best player in that game. Nikolov recorded 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. BM Slam Stal Ostrow Wlkp. (16-8) is placed third in the PLK. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Nikolov's overall stats this season are: 10.0ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2014.

Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons
   #5. Former international power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Baltic League) was not able to secure a victory for Kalev/Cramo in their last game. Despite Simmons' very good performance the second-placed Kalev/Cramo lost 66-77 in Riga to the leading Barons in the group Q of Baltic League. He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Simmons also added 9 rebounds in 24 minutes. This year Simmons' overall stats are: 9.5ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5bpg in four games. He is a naturalized American. Simmons used to play for the Bulgarian national team five years ago. However he has never played in Bulgaria.

Dejan Ivanov
Dejan Ivanov
   #6. Power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to a Yesilgiresun Bld's victory against the closely-ranked Usak Sportlif (6-15) 109-100 in the Turkish BSL on Saturday night. Ivanov scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. Yesilgiresun Belediye (9-12) is placed tenth in the BSL. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Ivanov has reliable stats this year: 10.1ppg and 5.3rpg in nine games. He is a former international player as he played for the Bulgarian senior team four years ago.

Aleks Simeonov
Aleks Simeonov
   #7. International forward Aleks Simeonov (200-93, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in Gipuzkoa's victory against the fifth-ranked Leche Rio Breogan (17-9) 92-86 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Saturday night's game. Simeonov scored 14 points, had 5 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 2 blocks. RETAbet Gipuzkoa BC San Sebastian (19-8) is placed first in the LEB Gold. Simeonov's total stats this season are: 5.5ppg and 3.1rpg. He is also Bulgarian national team player.

Kaloyan Ivanov
Kaloyan Ivanov
   #8. Power forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Tofas (10-11) in their last game. Despite Ivanov's good performance Tofas was crushed 81-58 in Istanbul by the second-ranked Anadolu Efes. He was the top scorer with 14 points in 20 minutes. Ivanov's stats this year are: 11.7ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.6apg in 20 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2013.

Branko Mirkovic
Branko Mirkovic
   #9. Former international guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, another player represented by 011 Sports, currently plays in VTB United League) is a teammate of previously mentioned Cedric Simmons. But that was another game of his team in VTB United League which we would like to mention. Mirkovic couldn't help Kalev/Cramo (4-14) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance Kalev/Cramo was crushed 110-86 at home by the much higher-ranked Unics Kazan (#5). Mirkovic scored 10 points and added 9 assists. It was his first game for Kalev/Cramo this season. Mirkovic used to play for the Bulgarian national team four years ago.

Alexander Vezenkov
Alexander Vezenkov
   #10. Power forward Alexander Vezenkov (206-95, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help FC Barcelona (15-7) in their game against Real Madrid (16-6) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. He scored 6 points in only 13 minutes. FC Barcelona was edged 76-75 in Madrid by the second-ranked Real. This year Vezenkov's total stats are: 9.1ppg and 3.5rpg in 22 games. Despite he played previously for the Cypriot U16 national team, Vezenkov is also an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster.

   #11. International shooting guard Ivan Lilov (194-88, agency: Two Points, currently plays in Hungary) helped Szedeak win their game against the 12th-ranked Atomeromu 84-70 in the Hungarian A Division last Saturday. He recorded 22 points and added 5 passes. This season Lilov has very high stats. He averages: 20.7ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.9apg and 1.5spg. Lilov plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

   #12. Former international guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana, currently plays in Turkey) helped Istanbul BBSK win their game against the closely-ranked Trabzonspor 96-78 in the Turkish BSL on Sunday night. He scored 9 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 31 minutes. Calloway averaged so far 11.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.9apg and 1.7spg in 19 games. He is a naturalized American. Calloway used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2010.

   #13. International shooting guard Chavdar Kostov (195-88, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Greece) helped Kymis win their game against the sixth-ranked Kolossos HH 74-64 in the Greek A1 in Saturday night's game. Kostov scored 9 points. Kostov has averaged so far 7.6ppg and 3.2rpg. He is also Bulgarian national team player.

   #14. Former international small forward Pavel Marinov (199-88, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help Pitesti in their game against CSU Sibiu in the Romanian Liga Nationala, despite his good performance last Saturday. Marinov was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 33 minutes. But his team lost 76-84. Marinov averaged so far 13.8ppg, 4.8rpg and 3.9apg in 24 games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2014.

   #15. International forward Aleksandar Yanev Georgiev (203-90, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in ABA League) managed to help KK Zadar to win against the closely-ranked Un.Olimpija 81-78 in the ABA League on Sunday night. Yanev Georgiev scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Yanev Georgiev has averaged so far 2.2ppg and 2.4rpg. He is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Pero Antic (211-F/C-82, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague). Antic could not help Fenerbahce (16-9) to beat Baskonia (14-11). He recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Fenerbahce was defeated 79-74 at home by the lower-ranked Baskonia (#7). Antic's overall stats this season are: 4.7ppg and 2.4rpg. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian.

   #2. Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in Latvia) led Ventspils to a victory against the sixth-ranked Barons Riga (11-11) 100-91 in the Latvian LBL last Saturday. Deane recorded 11 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists in 35 minutes. BK Ventspils (22-2) is placed first in the LBL. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. This year Deane's overall stats are: 8.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.8apg and 1.3spg in 23 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Deane used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #3. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) was the major contributor in Kumanovo's victory against the sixth-ranked Kozuv (0-1) 108-103 in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga last Saturday. Karadzovski recorded 21 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals. KK Kumanovo 2009 (1-0) is placed first in Places 1-6 group. Karadzovski has reliable stats this season: 10.7ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.5apg and 1.2spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian.

   #4. Boris Matrakov (195-G-93, currently plays in United Kingdom) was not able to help Glasgow Rocks in their game against Bristol Acadamy Flyers (11-14) in the British BBL. Matrakov recorded only 4 points in 7 minutes on the court. Glasgow Rocks lost 68-76 on their home court in Glasgow to the lower-ranked (#8) Bristol Acadamy Flyers. It was Glasgow Rocks' fourth consecutive loss in a row. Matrakov has averaged so far 1.2ppg and 1.1rpg in 16 games.

   #5. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Cholet Basket (8-14) in their game against Sluc Nancy (5-17) in the French ProA. He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Evtimov recorded only 3 points. Cholet Basket was edged 85-82 on the road by the league outsider Sluc Nancy (#18). Evtimov averaged so far 11.0ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.8apg. He has both Bulgarian and French nationalities.

   #6. Milen Kostov (185-G-89, currently plays in Germany) contributed to Ibbenbueren's victory against the fourth-ranked Grevenbroich 105-100 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. Kostov scored 15 points in 24 minutes. Kostov has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.5apg in 17 games.

   #7. Boyan Tenev (204-F-88, college: Lincoln Memorial, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Aschersleben in their game against ALBA Berlin II in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). He scored 7 points. His team was defeated 84-79. Tenev has averaged so far 8.4ppg and 1.2rpg.

   #8. Juliy Arabadzhiyski (204-F-93, currently plays in Germany) managed to help TSVE Dolphins Bielefeld to win against the 13th-ranked Hagen-Haspe 82-77 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Saturday. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Arabadzhiyski has averaged so far 8.5ppg and 6.3rpg.

   #9. Petar Zagorov (202-F/C-86, currently plays in United Kingdom) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked London Lituanica crushing them 85-63 in the British NBL D1 (second division) on Saturday night. He scored only 3 points in 14 minutes. Zagorov has averaged so far 3.9ppg and 2.6rpg in seven games.



Division A Round 6: Levski 2014-2 beat UE Varna in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with games ending by tiny margin and even winless team recording their first victory.

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Sofia. Third ranked Levski 2014-2 faced second-best UE Varna. Host Levski 2014-2 (4-2) smashed guests from Varna (4-2) 105-75. It was a key game for the second position in A. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 105-75. Levski 2014-2 moved-up to second place in A. Levski 2014-2 are looking forward to face Rilski 2 (#4) in Samokov in the next round. UE Varna will play at home against the league's leader Akademik Sofia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
CSKA can celebrate finally their first win this season after five consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Varna, where they outplayed Akademik Varna (1-5) 90-63. Newly promoted CSKA maintains twelfth position in A with 1-5 record. CSKA will play against higher ranked Dunav 2016 (#10) in Ruse in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Akademik Varna will play on the road against Shumen to get more than just one victory in their record.
Undefeated leader Akademik Sofia delivered the sixth consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time they crushed bottom-ranked Vidabasket (0-6) 101-75. Akademik Sofia maintains first position in A with 6-0 record. Vidabasket at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Akademik Sofia will meet UE Varna (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Vidabasket will play against Chavdar and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Troyan was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Rilski 2 (2-4) played at the court of fifth ranked Chavdar (2-4). Chavdar defeated Rilski 2 86-75. Chavdar maintains fifth position in A with 2-4 record. Chavdar's next round opponent will be Vidabasket (#6) in Vidin. Rilski 2 will play at home against the league's second-placed Levski 2014-2 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Twelfth-ranked CSKA (1-5) made lots of trouble for top-ranked Cherno More 2 (6-0) in Varna on Sunday. Cherno More 2 managed to secure only three-point victory 80-77. However their fans expected much easier game. Newly promoted Cherno More 2 maintains seventh position in A with 6-0 record. CSKA at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay at the bottom place with five games lost. Cherno More 2 will face Dolphin (#9) on the road in the next round. CSKA will play against Dunav 2016 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 6 In A Dolphin defeated Akademik Varna in a road game 90-83. Dunav 2016 was beaten by Shumen at home 80-90.

Places 1-6
Levski 2014-2 - UE Varna 105-75

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Sofia. Third ranked Levski 2014-2 faced second-best UE Varna. Host Levski 2014-2 (4-2) smashed guests from Varna (4-2) 105-75. It was a key game for the second position in A. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 105-75. Levski 2014-2 moved-up to second place in A. Levski 2014-2 are looking forward to face Rilski 2 (#4) in Samokov in the next round. UE Varna will play at home against the league's leader Akademik Sofia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Chavdar - Rilski 2 86-75

The game in Troyan was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Rilski 2 (2-4) played at the court of fifth ranked Chavdar (2-4). Chavdar defeated Rilski 2 86-75. The game was mostly controlled by Chavdar. Rilski 2 was better in second period 27-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chavdar maintains fifth position in A with 2-4 record. Chavdar's next round opponent will be Vidabasket (#6) in Vidin. Rilski 2 will play at home against the league's second-placed Levski 2014-2 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Akademik Sofia - Vidabasket 101-75

Undefeated leader Akademik Sofia delivered the sixth consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time they crushed bottom-ranked Vidabasket (0-6) 101-75. The game without a history. Akademik Sofia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Akademik Sofia maintains first position in A with 6-0 record. Vidabasket at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Akademik Sofia will meet UE Varna (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Vidabasket will play against Chavdar and hopes to get finally their first victory.
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Places 7-12
Akademik Varna - CSKA 63-90

CSKA can celebrate finally their first win this season after five consecutive losses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Varna, where they outplayed Akademik Varna (1-5) 90-63. The game was mostly controlled by CSKA. Akademik Varna was better in second period 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Newly promoted CSKA maintains twelfth position in A with 1-5 record. CSKA will play against higher ranked Dunav 2016 (#10) in Ruse in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Akademik Varna will play on the road against Shumen to get more than just one victory in their record.
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Akademik Varna - Dolphin 83-90

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 11th ranked Akademik Varna's (1-5) home loss to tenth ranked Dolphin (3-3) 83-90 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 15-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Dolphin moved-up to ninth place in A. Loser Akademik Varna keeps the eleventh position with five games lost. Dolphin will face higher ranked Cherno More 2 (#7) in Varna in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Akademik Varna will play on the road against Shumen (#8) and hope to win that game.
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Cherno More 2 - CSKA 80-77

Twelfth-ranked CSKA (1-5) made lots of trouble for top-ranked Cherno More 2 (6-0) in Varna on Sunday. Cherno More 2 managed to secure only three-point victory 80-77. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 22-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Newly promoted Cherno More 2 maintains seventh position in A with 6-0 record. CSKA at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay at the bottom place with five games lost. Cherno More 2 will face Dolphin (#9) on the road in the next round. CSKA will play against Dunav 2016 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Dunav 2016 - Shumen 80-90

Everything could happen in Ruse at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Shumen and 9th ranked Dunav 2016 had identical 3-2 record. But Dunav 2016 was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Shumen 90-80 on Sunday night. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-80. Shumen maintains eighth position in A with 4-2 record. Loser Dunav 2016 dropped to the tenth place with three games lost. Shumen will face Akademik Varna (#11) at home in the next round. Dunav 2016 will play against CSKA and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Bulgarian NBL round 21 best performance: D.J. Shelton - by Eurobasket News

American Forward D.J. Shelton (208-F-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for Rilski, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 34 points and 17 rebounds, while his team crushed Levski (#9, 4-15) with 16-point margin 85-69. Rilski maintains the 4th position in Bulgarian NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Rilski will need more victories to improve their 12-7 record. In the team's last game Shelton had a remarkable 61.9% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Rilski, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Washington State University star has very solid stats this year. Shelton is league's best scorer averaging so far 25.1ppg. Shelton is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 11.1rpg) and averages impressive 53.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old French Jordan Semple (201-F-92, agency: Octagon Europe) of Akademik PL. Semple had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds. It was enough for Akademik PL to edge the lower-ranked Balkan (#6, 9-10) 85-82. Akademik PL's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 12-6 record is not bad at all. Semple is a newcomer at Akademik PL, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.2ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 12.2rpg and 3.8apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Aaron Jones (206-F-93, agency: Two Points) of league's second-best Beroe. Jones scored 13 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Beroe, leading his team to a 82-72 win against the lower-ranked Yambol (#8, 4-14). Beroe needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 6 lost games. Jones has a great season in Bulgaria. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.7rpg (9th best). He also has 1.4bpg and FGP: 64.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tsvetoslav Ostrev (175-PG-86) of Yambol - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Danny Gibson (177-PG-84) of Lukoil Acad. - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Travis Daniels (202-F-92) of Balkan - 15 points and 17 rebounds
7. Anthony Beane (188-G-94) of Lukoil Acad. - 21 points and 3 assists
8. Brandis Raley-Ross (191-G-87) of Beroe - 19 points and 7 rebounds
9. Shakir Smith (185-G-92) of Akademik PL - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Zlatin Georgiev (197-G-85) of Rilski - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists

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



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  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. Kokko, Laurier19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dut DUT
  UPEI
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Dut, UPEI11.9 
 2. Bercy, St.Franc.11.3 
 3. Pereira, Waterloo11.2 
 4. Osayande, Saskatch.11.0 
 5. Ross, Mount Royal9.8 
 6. Nissen, Acadia9.6 
 7. Iegorov, TRU9.6 
 8. Dinkins, Lakehead9.6 
 9. Elgadi, Brock9.4 
 10. Omoerah, Manitoba9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ritchie KANZA MATA
  Dalhousie
  (184-G-)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Mata, Dalhousie5.7 
 2. Masters, UNB5.7 
 3. Keane, Carleton5.7 
 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. Kapinga, Calgary2.5 
 5. Mata, Dalhousie2.4 
 6. Dulay, UFV2.3 
 7. Small, Ryerson2.3 
 8. Masters, UNB2.3 
 9. Moore, Saskatch.2.2 
 10. Bermillo, Bishop''s2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane OSAYANDE
  Saskatch.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Osayande, Saskatch.2.4 
 2. Graham, Queen''s2.3 
 3. Nissen, Acadia2.1 
 4. Oirbans, Winnipeg1.8 
 5. Paul, Brandon1.7 
 6. Layton, Mount R.1.7 
 7. Pierre-C., Ottawa1.6 
 8. Debache, UQAM1.6 
 9. Morgan, UBC1.5 
 10. James, MacEwan1.5 


CIS All-Canadian Awards 2017 - by Greg

CIS All-Canadian 1st Team 2017
Connor Wood
Wood
Conor Morgan
Morgan
Adika Peter-McNeilly
Peter-McNeilly
Kevin Bercy
Bercy
Thomas Cooper
Cooper

All-Tournament MVP: Kaza Keane (6'1''-PG-94) of Carleton
Player of the Year: Connor Wood (6'4''-G) of Carleton
Rookie of the Year: Kadre Gray (6'1''-G) of Laurentian
Defensive Player of the Year: Caleb Agada (6'4''-G-94) of Ottawa
Ken Shields Award: Kashrell Lawrence (6'2''-F) of Dalhousie
Coach of the Year: Dave Smart of Carleton

1st Team
G: Connor Wood (6'4''-G) of Carleton
G/F: Conor Morgan (6'8''-G/F-94) of UBC
G: Adika Peter-McNeilly (6'3''-G-93) of Ryerson
F: Kevin Bercy (6'7''-F) of St.Francis X.
G: Thomas Cooper (6'5''-G) of Calgary

2nd Team
PG: Kaza Keane (6'1''-PG-94) of Carleton
G: Dele Ogundokun (6'2''-G) of McGill
G: Javon Masters (6'0''-G) of UNB
G: Caleb Agada (6'4''-G-94) of Ottawa
F: Shane Osayande (6'6''-F) of Saskatchewan

All-Rookie Team
G: Kadre Gray (6'1''-G) of Laurentian
F: Eddie Ekiyor (6'9''-F-97) of Carleton
G: Scott Kellum (6'1''-G) of Victoria
F: Jamaal Potopsingh (6'4''-F) of UNB
PG: Kendrick Jolin (6'2''-PG) of McGill

All-Tournament Team
G: Connor Wood (6'4''-G) of Carleton
PG: Kaza Keane (6'1''-PG-94) of Carleton
G: Adika Peter-McNeilly (6'3''-G-93) of Ryerson
F: Kashrell Lawrence (6'2''-F) of Dalhousie
G: Jenning Leung (6'1''-G) of McGill



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  CHILE  

Stats Leaders - DIMAYOR

Points Per Game
 Durrell SUMMERS
  CD Valdi.
  (193-SF-89)
  Avg: 29.8
 1. Summers, CD Valdi.29.8 
 2. Dickson, CDU C.26.6 
 3. Taylor, Las Animas25.7 
 4. Abeiro, Tinguiri.25.6 
 5. Robinson, Osorno22.6 
 6. Cheek, Las Animas21.4 
 7. McCombs, CDE T.21.3 
 8. Larry, AB Ancud20.9 
 9. Munks, Puerto M.20.3 
 10. Phillips, Puerto M.19.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Osorno
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Coleman, Osorno13.7 
 2. McCombs, CDE T.12.6 
 3. Okoye, CD Valdivia12.4 
 4. Crawford, CDU C.11.6 
 5. Taylor, Las Animas11.4 
 6. Thomas, CD Castro11.2 
 7. Harrison, CDU C.10.9 
 8. Bowdry, Los Leones10.8 
 9. Abeiro, Tinguiri.10.6 
 10. Louis, CD Valdivia10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Erik CARRASCO
  CD Valdi.
  (181-G-83)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Carrasco, CD Valdi.9.2 
 2. Morales, Las A.6.1 
 3. Bravo, CDE Talca5.7 
 4. Munoz, Osorno5.0 
 5. Thomas, CD Castro4.9 
 6. Figueroa, AB Ancud4.3 
 7. Saez, Tinguiri.4.2 
 8. Scott, CDU C.3.8 
 9. Marechal, Los L.3.6 
 10. Cruces, CD Castro3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  CDU C.
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Scott, CDU C.2.9 
 2. Carrasco, CD Valdi.1.9 
 3. Pavez, Tinguiri.1.9 
 4. Munks, Puerto M.1.7 
 5. Soto, CDU Catolica1.6 
 6. Lopez, Puente Alto1.6 
 7. Thomas, CD Castro1.6 
 8. Del-Solar, Las A.1.6 
 9. Cheek, Las Animas1.6 
 10. Abeiro, Tinguiri.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Damian SAUNDERS
  CDU C.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Saunders, CDU C.2.1 
 2. Phillips, Puerto M.1.3 
 3. Louis, CD Valdivia1.2 
 4. Lee, CD Castro1.2 
 5. McCombs, CDE T.1.2 
 6. Lopez, Puente Alto1.1 
 7. Harrison, CDU C.0.9 
 8. Centeno, AB Ancud0.9 
 9. Coleman, Osorno0.8 
 10. Larry, AB Ancud0.8 



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  CHINA  

Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Jimmer FREDETTE
  Shanghai.
  (188-PG-89)
  Avg: 37.6
 1. Fredette, Shanghai.37.6 
 2. McCollum, Beiko.37.5 
 3. Brooks, Jiangsu D.36.2 
 4. Cunningham, Jiangsu.34.0 
 5. Brown, Jilin NE T.33.9 
 6. Franklin, Shanxi BD33.6 
 7. Hudson, Liaoning FL32.1 
 8. Jones, Qingdao E.30.5 
 9. Adams, Xinjiang FT30.4 
 10. Warren, Zhejiang.29.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Malcolm THOMAS
  Jilin N.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Thomas, Jilin N.16.4 
 2. Haddadi, Sichu.16.0 
 3. Thompson, Shandong.13.9 
 4. Hickson, Fujian S.13.4 
 5. Sakakini, Tianj.13.3 
 6. Lampe, Shenzhen L.12.8 
 7. Batista, Beikong FD12.8 
 8. Dalembert, Shanxi B.12.1 
 9. Han, Liaoning FL12.0 
 10. Wang, Fujian S.11.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal FRANKLIN
  Shanxi BD
  (196-SG-91)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Franklin, Shanxi BD8.8 
 2. Fortson, Guangsha.8.5 
 3. Jeter, Tianjin GL7.9 
 4. Pargo, Shenzhen L.6.7 
 5. Sloan, Guangdong ST6.5 
 6. Buycks, Fujian S.6.4 
 7. Jones, Qingdao E.6.2 
 8. Adams, Xinjiang FT5.9 
 9. Warren, Zhejiang.5.8 
 10. Brown, Zhejiang GB5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jamaal FRANKLIN
  Shanxi BD
  (196-SG-91)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Franklin, Shanxi BD3.3 
 2. Sui, Shandong GS2.8 
 3. Brown, Zhejiang GB2.7 
 4. Fortson, Guangsha.2.6 
 5. Hudson, Liaoning FL2.6 
 6. Kamrani, Jilin N.2.4 
 7. Blatche, Xinjiang.2.3 
 8. McCollum, Beiko.2.3 
 9. Kennedy, Guangzho.2.3 
 10. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Yuchen ZOU
  Bayi R.
  (203-F-96)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Zou, Bayi R.2.6 
 2. Zhou, Xinjiang FT2.2 
 3. Smith, Sichuan BW2.0 
 4. Haddadi, Sichu.2.0 
 5. Kirk, Guangzhou LL1.9 
 6. Dalembert, Shanxi B.1.9 
 7. Thomas, Jilin N.1.6 
 8. Sun, Beijing D.1.6 
 9. Benimon, Qingd.1.5 
 10. Blatche, Xinjiang.1.5 


CBA Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Xinjiang and Guangdong extend leads - by Eurobasket News

Xinjiang FT - Liaoning FL 102-90

Xinjiang rallied past Liaoning to take 2-0 lead in the semifinal series. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 62-45 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Xinjiang Flying Tige forced 20 Flying Leopards turnovers and outrebounded them 47-35 including 17 on the offensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Flying Leopards helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Filipino power forward Andray Blatche (211-86) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. International center Qi Zhou (217-96) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Xinjiang Flying Tige's coach Qiuping Liu used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American Lester Hudson (190-84, college: Tenn-Martin) replied with 21 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and the former international center Dejun Han (215-89) added 18 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Flying Leopards. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang FT: B.Andray 29+13reb+5ast, L.Gen 20+3reb+3ast, Z.Qi 19+13reb+1ast, M.Xirelijiang 17+6reb+2ast, A.Darius 8+6reb+6ast, K.Makan 5+1reb+1ast
Liaoning FL: H.Lester 21+7reb+5ast, G.Ailun 19+2reb+4ast, H.Dejun 18+8reb+1ast, Z.JiWei 12+5reb+2ast, R.Shavlik 8+9reb, L.Zhixuan 8+1reb+2ast
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Guangdong ST - Shenzhen L. 98-88

Guangdong held off Shenzhen for the second straight win in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Guandong Tigers. Leopards managed to win second period 26-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Donald Sloan (190-88, college: Texas A&M) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists. The other American import power forward Carlos Boozer (206-80, college: Duke) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. International center Muhao Li (218-92) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and Polish-Swedish power forward Maciej Lampe (211-85) added 19 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Leopards. Five Guandong Tigers and four Leopards players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Guangdong ST: S.Donald 28+12reb+9ast, Z.Peng 22+6reb+2ast, B.Carlos 16+14reb+1ast, Y.Jianlian 13+8reb, Z.FangYu 11+3reb+1ast, Z.Rui 8+1ast
Shenzhen L.: P.Jeremy 23+4reb+4ast, L.Muhao 20+11reb+1ast, L.Maciej 19+12reb+1ast, G.QuAn 12+6reb+2ast, D.Huaibo 6+1reb, Z.Jie 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 538830





Chinese Basketball Association: Xinjiang Flying Tigers versus Liaoning Flying Tigers Semifinal Round Game 3 Preview - by Ritzy Agranum

After two straight successful games, the league's regular season top-notch team of the Xinjiang Flying Tigers will be looking to finish off their best-of-five semifinal games series against the Liaoning Flying Leopards on Wednesday.
Xinjiang, which ended the regular season with an impressive 32-6 win-loss record, enjoys a commanding 2-0 lead after dominating the first two matches over Liaoning. The Flying Tigers crushed their opponent in the opener 118-93 and prevailed in the second game with a 102-90 on Sunday. Foreign reinforcements Andray Blatche (211-F/C-86) and Darius Adams (188-PG-89, college: Indianapolis, agency: Stealth Sport) will be expected to lead the squad in claiming their ticket for the championship round of the largest professional basketball in China.
Liaoning, which entered the finals last season, will be trying to get a win to extend the series. Another defeat would mean an end to their campaign for this season. American imports Lester Hudson (190-SG-84, college: Tenn-Martin) and Shavlik Randolph (208-F-83, college: Duke) will definitely be having a tougher task in avoiding a sweep.
If the Tigers were to be successful in Game 3, it will be the team's fifth CBA Finals appearance. Xinjiang has not yet won a CBA title after four trips to the championship round of the Chinese league.



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  CROATIA  

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Luka BOZIC
  KK Zagreb
  (199-PG-96)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Bozic, KK Zagreb22.6 
 2. Johnson, Alkar Sinj22.3 
 3. Smajlagic, Zabok21.2 
 4. Marcinkovic, KK Za.19.2 
 5. Novacic, Jolly JBS18.8 
 6. Hopson, Cedevita17.9 
 7. Veljacic, Kvarner .17.3 
 8. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek16.9 
 9. Konjevic, Skrljevo16.5 
 10. Ivanov, GKK Sibenik16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jalen ROBINSON
  Vrij.Osijek
  (206-F/C-93)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Robinson, Vrij.Osijek7.4 
 2. Novacic, Jolly JBS7.4 
 3. Bozic, KK Zagreb7.0 
 4. Halilovic, GKK S.6.9 
 5. Smajlagic, Zabok6.6 
 6. Mazalin, Zadar6.6 
 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 Zagreb6.7 
 4. Scott, Jolly JBS6.6 
 5. Veljacic, Kvarner .5.6 
 6. Filipovic, KK Split5.6 
 7. Kapusta, Zabok5.1 
 8. Palcic, Skrljevo4.8 
 9. Vrbica, Gorica4.7 
 10. Raic, H.Analitica4.6 
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. Mazalin, Zadar1.8 
 7. Brzoja, Zadar1.8 
 8. James, Cedevita1.7 
 9. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek1.7 
 10. Marcinkovic, KK Za.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Miralem HALILOVIC
  GKK S.
  (205-F-91)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Halilovic, GKK S.1.4 
 2. Turkyilmaz, GKK S.1.3 
 3. Bundovic, Cedevita1.1 
 4. Krolo, Zabok1.1 
 5. Vukovic, Vrij.Osijek1.0 
 6. Vucic, Kvarner 20100.7 
 7. McDonald, Gorica0.7 
 8. Vlaic, KK Zagreb0.7 
 9. Zrnic, Zabok0.7 
 10. Vitali, KK Zagreb0.7 


Imola adds Rogic to their roster, ex Cedevita - by Eurobasket News

Andrea Costa Imola (Serie A2) added to their roster 25-year old Croatian point guard Roko Rogic (185-92). He started the season at Cedevita in Croatian A1 league. In 17 games he recorded 10.8ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.9apg this season. Rogic also played 1 game in Eurocup where he averaged 4 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist. The last season he played at KK_Skrljevo (also in A1). In 29 games he had very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.6apg (top 5) and 1.4spg.
Rogic played in the final of Croatian Cup (Kresimir Cosic Cup) in 2014.
He represented Croatia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sofia (Bulgaria) five years ago. Rogic's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 6 games: 13.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.2apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 20.8%, FT: 73.3%.
Rogic has played also professionally for other Croatian teams like KK Zagreb, Alkar Sinj, Gorica and Krizevci.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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A2 Championship League - Round 3 - by Zeljko Zule

Ribola Kastela-Graficar 101-81: Graficar opened the game with eight consecutive points, but Kastela responded with a 12-3 run for their first lead of the night. After tying the game at 22-22, the home team went on a 16-2 run spanning the first and second quarter for a 38-24 lead which never dipped below double-digits for the rest of the game. Josip Glavinic (192-G-82) just missed a triple-double with 25 points, 13 assists and 9 rebounds, Aco Mandic (203-C/F-84) scored 17 points, Josip Matic (202-SF-92) 16, Dino Sipic (201-F-88) 12 and Nino Pruze 11. Kastela shot 60-percent (40-of-67) from the field including 10-of-22 behind the 3-point line and outrebounded Graficar 44-23. Zlatko Stefan (190-PG-90) led the visitors with 23 points, Mario Novak (185-G-85) added 14 and Jaksa Petrovic (88) 12.

Jazine Arbanasi-Sanac 109-67: Jazine made a 15-2 run to turn a three-point deficit into a 26-16 lead and later went on a 15-1 run to extend their advantage to 49-27 midway through the second quarter. Jazina outscored Sanac 54-28 in the second half. Jurica Drazovic (201-F-86) scored 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, Mate Mrva (198-F/C-83) added 20 points, Josip Gulam (188-PG-95) posted 19 points and was an assists shy of a double-double, Marko Atelj and Goran Fodor (195-G-90) both netted 12 points. Sanac was led by Tin Panjevic with 16 points, Darko Novosel (210-C-89) had 14 points and 12 rebounds, Vladimir Pozar (97) and Antonio Kraljic (193-G-93) scored 10 points apiece.

Pula 1981-AKK Vern 79-99: Vern opened the game with a 10-2 run and the home team took their lone lead of the night in the second quarter after a 12-0 run to go up 32-30. Vern responded with a 12-4 run and later went on a 10-3 run to close out the half with a 53-44 advantage. The visitors definitely took control of the game behin a 17-7 run spanning the third and fourh quarters to extend their lead to 97-75. Leon Abramovic came off the bench for 28 points on shooting 10-of-13 from the field, Marko Bakovic (202-PF-93) 16, Filip Kordic (196-SG-92) had 15 points and 10 rebounds, Ivan Penic (202-F-89) and Matej Kljajic both netted 12 points. Pula's bench players outscored the starters 49-30. Dino Rakic (200-F-94) scored 23 points, Nino Dasko addedd 18 points including five 3-pointers, both off the bench, and Ante Bozic (208-F/C-90, college: SW Oklahoma St.) posted 18 points.

Borovo-Rudes 63-73: After an opening basket by Borovo, the visitors went on a decisive 22-2 run. Borovo cut the deficit to 61-65 with three minutes left. At that point, Luka Ljubicic sank a 3-pointer to inspire Rudes for an 8-0 run. Ivan Radman came off the bench for 19 points, Mario Galic scored 14, Toimislav Cvitkovic 12 and Luka Ljubicic 11. Borovo shot just 16-percent (5-of-31) behind the 3-point line. Dario Pusic collected 18 points and 17 rebounds and Arian Jovanovic added 11 points.

Belisce-Podravac 80-70: Podravac opened the game with a 15-6 run. Belisce took their first lead since 2-0 late in the second quarter when made the score 39-38. The home team early in the thrid quarter went on a 14-0 run to turn a three-point deficit into a 56-49 lead and later made an 11-4 run to extend their advantage to 70-53. Kristijan Preglej (206-C/F-79) had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Goran Vidakovic (197-F-84) came off the bench for 16 points, Antonio Bicvic (196-F-82) added 13 points, Luka Saric (200-F-93) 11 and Juraj Boras (191-G-91) collected 11 points and 11 assists off the bench. Podravac was led by Ivan Siprak (200-F-77) with 20 points and 13 rebounds, Stefan Zadravec (186-PG-92) scored 15 points and Dean Krajinovic (76) 10.

Standings: AKK Vern 3-0, Jazine Arbanasi 2-1, Borovo 2-1, Ribola Kastela 2-1, Podravac 1-2, Rudes 1-2, Belisce 1-2, Graficar 1-2, Pula 1981 1-2, Sanac 1-2.



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Terell Parks claims Cypriot Division A weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Terell Parks (204-C/F-91) had a great game in the last round for league's leader Keravnos and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 25-year old had a double-double of 26 points and eighteen rebounds, while his team outclassed Apollon (#6, 3-16) with 54-point margin 96-42. It allowed Keravnos to consolidate first place in the Cypriot Division A. Keravnos have a solid 17-2 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Parks as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Western Illinois University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Parks is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 7.4rpg) and averages solid 59.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American guard Baden Jaxen (190-G-90) of Etha. Jaxen impressed basketball fans with 32 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Etha lost that game 80-86 to slightly higher-ranked Apoel (#3, 10-9). Etha managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. 15 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Etha managed to get this year. Jaxen is a newcomer at Etha and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.2ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 4.8rpg and 4.1apg.

The third best performed player last round was Montenegrin Vladimir Dasic (207-PF-88) of second-ranked AEK. Dasic scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of AEK, leading his team to a 68-57 win against #4 ranked Enosis in a game of the week. AEK needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 4 lost games. Dasic has a great season in Cyprus. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.9rpg (6th best). He also has 2.2spg and FGP: 62.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brandon Mobley (206-F-91) of Apoel - 20 points and 12 rebounds
5. Leron Barnes (196-G-93) of Etha - 22 points and 9 rebounds
6. Kevin Thomas (203-F-92) of Enosis - 6 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Grigoris Pantouris (190-G/F-82) of Apoel - 15 points and 3 rebounds
8. Jake O'Brien (206-F-89) of Keravnos - 15 points and 6 rebounds
9. Michael Simon (185-G-92) of Keravnos - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) of AEK - 12 points and 4 rebounds

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



Courtney Pigram (ex AEK) signs at Tadamon !! - by Ahmad Madwar

Tadamon Zouk (Pepsi LBL) landed 32-year old American guard Courtney Pigram (185-85, college: East Tennessee State). He started the season at Petrolina AEK Larnaca in Cypriot Division A. In 15 games he averaged 11.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.1apg and 1.0spg this season. Pigram also played 1 game in FIBA Europe Cup where he had just 2 points, 5 assists and 1 steal. The last season he played at Al Hilal (SBL) in Saudi Arabian league.
In 2011 (two years after he left the college) Pigram was drafted by Idaho Stampede (D-League) in fifth round (9th overall).
He attended East Tennessee State until 2009 and it is his eighth season in pro basketball.
Pigram's college team won A-Sun Tournament in 2009.
He is a very experienced player. Pigram has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to seven different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Pigram has played previously professionally in China (Heilongjiang), Germany (Braunschweig and s Oliver Baskets), Greece (Ilysiakos), Iran (Shahrdari Gorgan), Qatar (Al Arabi), Spain (Andorra) and D-League (Maine Red Claws).
His game is described as: 'Heart of a Champion' NBA Level scoring combo guard with unbelievable range and a great upside. Has been in several NBA camps and workouts since a (Jr.) in NCAA. Bobcats Head Coach Larry Brown invited him in. Was the A-Sun Player of the Yr. as a sophomore. Lead ETSU to the NCAA Tournament. Honored as Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Lukas PALYZA
  Prostejov
  (202-F-89)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Palyza, Prostejov19.2 
 2. Burnett, BK Pardu.18.2 
 3. Bohacik, USK Praha18.1 
 4. Ware, MMCITE B.16.9 
 5. Brooks, J.Hradec16.7 
 6. Lipkins, J.Hradec16.2 
 7. Pecka, Usti n.15.0 
 8. Painter, NH Ostrava15.0 
 9. Bakic, BK Kolin14.9 
 10. Jacobs, Prostejov14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Deshawn PAINTER
  MMCITE B.
  (205-C-90)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Painter, MMCITE B.11.2 
 2. Kerr, BK Kolin9.7 
 3. Pecka, Usti n.9.2 
 4. Norwa, Prostejov7.3 
 5. Mickelson, Svitavy7.1 
 6. Ware, MMCITE B.7.0 
 7. Simpson, MMCITE B.6.7 
 8. Smith, NH Ostrava6.7 
 9. Bohacik, USK Praha6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Roman MARKO
  Svitavy
  (194-SG-86)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Marko, Svitavy7.8 
 2. Bannister, Svitavy6.5 
 3. Sirina, BK Opava5.9 
 4. Lawrence, CEZ N.5.3 
 5. Simmons, Prostejov5.2 
 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. Pulpan, BK Pardu.1.7 
 10. Autrey, BK Pardu.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan CANTY
  J.Hradec
  (206-C-)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Canty, J.Hradec1.6 
 2. Simpson, MMCITE B.1.5 
 3. Mickelson, Svitavy1.5 
 4. Ibekwe, CEZ N.1.4 
 5. Madsen, USK Praha1.4 
 6. Simpson, CEZ N.1.1 
 7. Dyck, Prostejov0.9 
 8. Jelinek, Svitavy0.9 
 9. Ware, MMCITE B.0.8 
 10. Sevlie, NH Ostrava0.8 


1Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Petr SLECHTA
  Sokol Pisek
  (192-G/F-95)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Slechta, Sokol Pisek24.7 
 2. Svoboda, Nymburk B24.1 
 3. Peterka, Nymburk B23.5 
 4. Potocek, Pardubice22.6 
 5. Novak, Olomouc SK21.8 
 6. Fait, Sokol Pisek20.3 
 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: 12.1
 1. Peterka, Nymburk B12.1 
 2. Novak, Olomouc SK10.6 
 3. Kolonicny, Havirov10.1 
 4. Klimes, Slavoj Litom.9.5 
 5. Kvapil, Opava B9.3 
 6. Bubak, Vysocina9.1 
 7. Voslajer, Zlin9.0 
 8. Pelikan, Novy Jicin8.9 
 9. Streba, USK P.8.7 
 10. Bujnoch, Opava B8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jan SOTNAR
  Slavoj L.
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Sotnar, Slavoj L.8.4 
 2. Pulpan, Pardubice5.8 
 3. Petric, Pardubice5.1 
 4. Jakubu, Novy Jicin5.0 
 5. Pumprla, Zlin4.7 
 6. Sehnal, USK P.4.7 
 7. Straznicky, Vysoc.4.7 
 8. Kotasek, Nymburk B4.3 
 9. Dragoun, Opava B4.3 
 10. Honomichl, Loko Plzen4.3 
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. Nehoda, Zlin2.2 
 6. Rotrekl, Sokol S.2.2 
 7. Pumprla, Zlin2.1 
 8. Svoboda, Nymburk B2.0 
 9. Choleva, Olomouc Bbal2.0 
 10. Novak, Vysocina1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Pavel ENGLICKY
  Sokol Pisek
  (210-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Englicky, Sokol Pisek2.3 
 2. Blumbergs, GBA S.1.8 
 3. Kolonicny, Havirov1.6 
 4. Skranc, Pardubice1.6 
 5. Szabo, Prostejov B1.2 
 6. Kozak, GBA Sparta1.1 
 7. Kvapil, Opava B1.1 
 8. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.0 
 9. Goga, Prostejov B1.0 
 10. Soska, Novy Jicin0.9 


1Liga Round 3 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

The most interesting game of round 3 in the 1Liga was a home defeat of Basket Kosice (3-4) to Pardubice (4-3) 99-91. Strangely Basket Kosice outrebounded Pardubice 46-30 including a 18-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for point guard Viktor Pulpan (191-96) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Power forward David Skranc (206-96, agency: Octagon Europe) helped adding 23 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was swingman Jan Nekolny (192-91) with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pardubice are looking forward to face Sokol Prazky in Praha in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Basket Kosice will play on the road against Sokol Slapanice (#6) in Slapnice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Plzen. BK Loko Plzen (4-3) saved a 2-point victory at home edging Sokol Slapanice (2-5) 78-76 on Friday evening. It was an exceptional evening for point guard Vaclav Honomichl (186-92) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Martin Volf accounted for 14 points. Forward Martin Vyroubal (199-96) came up with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for Sokol Slapanice in the defeat. BK Loko Plzen will play against Olomouc Bbal (#4) on the road in the next round. Sokol Slapanice will play against Basket Kosice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Litomerice. host Slavoj BK Litomerice (5-2) smashed SKB Zlin (4-3) 95-54. The best player for the winners was Admir Alic who had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Slavoj BK Litomerice's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was Rostislav Stencl who recorded 13 points and 4 assists. Slavoj BK Litomerice will meet B&W Opava B (#5) on the road in the next round. SKB Zlin will play against Nymburk B and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Hradec Kralove. host Sokol Hradec Kralove (6-1) smashed B&W Opava B (2-5) 89-51. It was a good game for Libor Svandrlik who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Sokol Hradec Kralove's next round opponent will be Olomouc SK (#6) on the road which should be theoretically another easy game. B&W Opava B will play against Slavoj BK Litomerice and hope to win that game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Praha. host Sokol Prazky (5-2) smashed Olomouc Bbal (3-4) 107-63. It was a great evening for Jan Sop who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points. Coach 's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players saving starting five for next games. Sokol Prazky will face Pardubice on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Olomouc Bbal will play against BK Loko Plzen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 3:
In Places 1-6 Nymburk B destroyed Olomouc SK on the opponent's court 103-79.
In Places 13-20 GBA Sparta was outscored by Novy Jicin in a home game 77-100. Ostrava was rolled over Sokol Pisek on the road 81-53. Prostejov B was defeated by USK Praha B on its own court 69-70. Bottom-ranked Havirov was smashed by Vysocina in Jihlava 90-56.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 26 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists by Jiri Bubak of Vysocina.

Places 1-6
Slavoj Litom. - Zlin 95-54

The game between Top Four teams took place in Litomerice. host Slavoj BK Litomerice (5-2) smashed SKB Zlin (4-3) 95-54. Slavoj BK Litomerice dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to SKB Zlin's 22. Slavoj BK Litomerice forced 19 SKB Zlin turnovers and outrebounded them 48-21 including a 37-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Slavoj BK Litomerice looked well-organized offensively handing out 36 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by SKB Zlin's players. The best player for the winners was Bosnian forward Admir Alic (197-84) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Point guard Jan Sotnar (185-87) chipped in 8 points and 13 assists. Four Slavoj BK Litomerice players scored in double figures. Slavoj BK Litomerice's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Rostislav Stencl (178) who recorded 13 points and 4 assists and point guard Ondrej Chwaszcz (180-83) added 14 points respectively. Slavoj BK Litomerice will meet B&W Opava B (#5) on the road in the next round. SKB Zlin will play against Nymburk B and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Slavoj Litom.: A.Zampach 15+5reb+3ast, M.Klimes 14+4reb+3ast, A.Novak 13+3reb+2ast, A.Alic 11+15reb+5ast, M.Basta 9+1reb+1ast, J.Zbroj 8+5reb
Zlin: O.Chwaszcz 14+2reb+1ast, R.Stencl 13+2reb+4ast, J.Krutilek 10+3reb+3ast, J.Kadlcik 9+2reb+1ast, T.Voslajer 6+6reb+1ast, R.Derda 2+6reb+2ast
gschID: 536504


Olomouc SK - Nymburk B 79-103

The game between closely ranked teams ended with Olomouc SK's (1-6) home loss to Nymburk B (3-4) 79-103 on Sunday. Nymburk B forced 25 Olomouc SK turnovers. It was a great evening for international center Martin Peterka (205-95) who led his team to a victory scoring 33 points (!!!), 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Forward Matej Svoboda (200-96) helped adding 25 points and 6 rebounds. Four Nymburk B players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Martin Vanak (198-87) with 20 points and forward Kamil Sin (198-97) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Olomouc SK's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Nymburk B will face SKB Zlin (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Olomouc SK will play against Sokol Hradec Kralove and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Nymburk B: M.Peterka 33+9reb+4ast, M.Svoboda 25+6reb, T.Dlugos 19+4reb+4ast, M.Kolar 10+1reb, M.Stafl 6+2reb, L.Rovensky 6+3reb+1ast
Olomouc SK: M.Vanak 20+2reb, M.Sedlacek 13+2reb, K.Sin 12+5reb+1ast, J.Zlamal 9+3reb+2ast, R.Polasek 7+3reb+3ast, P.Langstein 6+3reb
gschID: 536503


Sokol H.K. - Opava B 89-51

The game between Top Four teams took place in Hradec Kralove. host Sokol Hradec Kralove (6-1) smashed B&W Opava B (2-5) 89-51. They outrebounded B&W Opava B 42-28 including 27 on the defensive glass. Sokol Hradec Kralove players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by B&W Opava B's players. It was a good game for center Libor Svandrlik (202-90) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Power forward Tomas Kirsbaum (205-82) contributed with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Sokol Hradec Kralove players scored in double figures. Center Tomas Micunek (200-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks and guard Ondrej Kukla (192-96) added 12 points in the effort for B&W Opava B. Sokol Hradec Kralove's next round opponent will be Olomouc SK (#6) on the road which should be theoretically another easy game. B&W Opava B will play against Slavoj BK Litomerice and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sokol H.K.: T.Kirsbaum 20+7reb+1ast, L.Maly 18+4reb+5ast, L.Svandrlik 17+9reb+2ast, F.Zaba 13+5reb+1ast, P.Andres 10+6reb+2ast, D.Sirek 6+6reb+6ast
Opava B: T.Micunek 20+12reb, O.Kukla 12+4reb+1ast, V.Bujnoch 6+2reb+1ast, P.Martikan 5+2reb+3ast, D.Kopf 2+1reb, D.Zidek 2+1reb
gschID: 536502


Places 7-12
Basket Kosice - Pardubice 91-99

The most interesting game of round 3 in the 1Liga was a home defeat of Basket Kosice (3-4) to Pardubice (4-3) 99-91. Strangely Basket Kosice outrebounded Pardubice 46-30 including a 18-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for point guard Viktor Pulpan (191-96) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Power forward David Skranc (206-96, agency: Octagon Europe) helped adding 23 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was swingman Jan Nekolny (192-91) with 14 points and 7 rebounds and forward Jan Kratochvil (199-82) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Pardubice and five Basket Kosice players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pardubice are looking forward to face Sokol Prazky in Praha in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Basket Kosice will play on the road against Sokol Slapanice (#6) in Slapnice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pardubice: J.Potocek 24+3reb+1ast, V.Pulpan 24+5reb+5ast, D.Skranc 23+5reb+3ast, F.Nimec 10+2reb+1ast, M.Roub 8+4reb, K.Formanek 3+5reb+1ast
Basket Kosice: D.Zach 16+3reb+1ast, J.Kratochvil 14+6reb+3ast, J.Nekolny 14+7reb+3ast, D.Adasek 12+6reb+2ast, D.Hlavacek 10+6reb+3ast, J.Zavadil 10+5reb
gschID: 536506


Loko Plzen - Sokol Slapanice 78-76

Important game to mention about took place in Plzen. BK Loko Plzen (4-3) saved a 2-point victory at home edging Sokol Slapanice (2-5) 78-76 on Friday evening. It was an exceptional evening for point guard Vaclav Honomichl (186-92) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Naturalized Uruguayan forward Martin Volf (198-80) accounted for 14 points for the winning side. Forward Martin Vyroubal (199-96) came up with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Zdenek Sebela (192-87) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Sokol Slapanice in the defeat. Four BK Loko Plzen and five Sokol Slapanice players scored in double figures. BK Loko Plzen will play against Olomouc Bbal (#4) on the road in the next round. Sokol Slapanice will play against Basket Kosice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Loko Plzen: V.Honomichl 25+10reb+2ast, M.Volf 14+3reb+1ast, M.David 10+3reb+2ast, K.Riha 10+2reb+1ast, J.Kovanda 6+3reb+1ast, P.Vondra 5+5reb
Sokol Slapanice: Z.Sebela 15+8reb, M.Vyroubal 13+5reb+6ast, K.Trunecek 11+1reb+1ast, J.Rotrekl 11+2reb+1ast, R.Hilser 10+4reb+2ast, I.Pavlicik 8+1ast
gschID: 536507


Sokol Prazky - Olomouc Bbal 107-63

The game between Top Four teams took place in Praha. host Sokol Prazky (5-2) smashed Olomouc Bbal (3-4) 107-63. Sokol Prazky dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Olomouc Bbal's 30. Sokol Prazky forced 21 Olomouc Bbal turnovers and outrebounded them 41-27 including a 30-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Sokol Prazky especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Olomouc Bbal's players. It was a great evening for guard Jan Sop (185-96) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points. Power forward Jakub Tomas (200-80) helped adding 16 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Five Sokol Prazky players scored in double figures. Coach 's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was Jiri Dedek (190-95) with 15 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals and forward Radek Jurka (192-95) scored 20 points and 4 assists. Sokol Prazky will face Pardubice on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Olomouc Bbal will play against BK Loko Plzen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sokol Prazky: J.Sop 23+2reb+2ast, J.Tomas 16+8reb, Y.Habily 13+1reb+4ast, T.Bruha 12+7reb+3ast, S.Brix 11+4reb+4ast, F.Cenek 9+1reb+6ast
Olomouc Bbal: R.Jurka 20+1reb+4ast, J.Dedek 15+7reb+6ast, F.Pekarek 7+3reb+1ast, V.Smerda 6+1reb, J.Sedmik 5+6reb+1ast, A.Choleva 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 536505


Places 13-20
GBA Sparta - Novy Jicin 77-100

The game between closely ranked teams ended with Novy Jicin's (7-14) road victory over GBA Sparta (5-16) 100-77 on Sunday. Novy Jicin dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to GBA Sparta's 42. GBA Sparta was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for point guard Jan Stehlik (185-86) who led his team to a victory scoring 31 points and 5 steals (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Slovakian center Ondrej Soska (208-78) helped adding 23 points. The best for the losing side was Y Sidibe with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and Ukrainian Illia Niemtsu (201-98) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Novy Jicin will face Vysocina (#19) in Jihlava in the next round. GBA Sparta will play on the road against Havirov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Novy Jicin: J.Stehlik 31+3reb+3ast, O.Soska 23+4reb, T.Janik 15+4reb, J.Omanik 10+3reb, D.Panak 8+5reb+3ast, R.Pelikan 8+3reb
GBA Sparta: Y. Sidibe 17+12reb, I.Niemtsu 15+9reb+2ast, M.Kainc 15+3reb+1ast, D. Randuska 14+2reb+1ast, K.Kulcak 5+4reb+1ast, M.Siler 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 536510


Sokol Pisek - Ostrava 81-53

The game between closely ranked teams ended with Ostrava's (8-13) road loss to Sokol Pisek (10-11) 53-81 on Sunday. Sokol Pisek forced 21 Ostrava turnovers and outrebounded them 41-30 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for swingman Petr Slechta (192-95) who led his team to a victory scoring 31 points and 8 rebounds. Center Dalibor Fait (203-93) helped adding 23 points and 7 rebounds. Sokol Pisek's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to get some rest. The best for the losing side was guard Michal Palat (194-90) with 13 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Marek Gerych (185-88) scored 18 points and 4 steals. Sokol Pisek will face BK Prostejov B (#14) on the road in the next round. Ostrava will play against USK Praha B and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Sokol Pisek: P.Slechta 31+8reb+2ast, D.Fait 23+7reb+2ast, R.Duda 9+1reb+1ast, P.Englicky 9+5reb+1ast, V.Novak 6+9reb+1ast, D.Hejda 2+1reb+1ast
Ostrava: M.Gerych 18+2reb+1ast, M.Palat 13+8reb+3ast, O.Siko 7+4reb, D.Smolka 6+5reb, M.Horkel 5+3reb, R.Marek 4+8reb
gschID: 536509


Prostejov B - USK Praha B 69-70

But BK Prostejov B was not able to use a home court advantage and was edged by the opponent from Praha 70-69 on Sunday night. It was a great evening for forward Vilem Svoboda (195-95) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. Swingman Jan Streba (195-95) helped adding 20 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was swingman Marek Sehnal (196-96) with 23 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Martin Nabelek (176-98) scored 11 points and 4 assists. Four BK Prostejov B players scored in double figures. BK Prostejov B's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. USK Praha B will face Ostrava (#16) on the road in the next round. BK Prostejov B will play against Sokol Pisek and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
USK Praha B: V.Svoboda 22+13reb+1ast, J.Streba 20+9reb+2ast, O.Sehnal 9+3reb+9ast, K.Chaloupka 8+2reb, F.Petruzela 6+5reb, M.Hajek 5+4reb+1ast
Prostejov B: M.Sehnal 23+8reb+2ast, F.Vana 12+4reb+1ast, M.Nabelek 11+4reb+4ast, V.Ruzek 10+3reb, J.Hlobil 6+4reb+1ast, P.Bartosik 3+1reb
gschID: 536508


Vysocina - Havirov 90-56

The game between closely ranked teams ended with Havirov's (2-19) road loss to Vysocina (5-16) 56-90 on Friday. Vysocina dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Havirov's 32. Vysocina forced 24 Havirov turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. It was a great evening for forward Jiri Bubak (194-84) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Ondrej Manak (198-86) helped adding 25 points. The best for the losing side was Jan Leczo (198-96) with 20 points and 7 rebounds and guard Jan Landor (189) scored 10 points and 8 rebounds. Four Havirov players scored in double figures. Vysocina will face Novy Jicin (#17) in Novy Jicin in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Havirov will play at home against GBA Sparta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vysocina: J.Bubak 26+10reb+6ast, O.Manak 25+4reb, T.Siroky 12+4reb, P.Knetl 8+3reb+3ast, M.Straznicky 8+5reb+9ast, J.Dokulil 5+6reb+3ast
Havirov: J. Hubacek 20+7reb+1ast, H.J 12+2reb+4ast, J.Vojtech 10+2reb+5ast, L.Jan 10+8reb+3ast, K.Petr 4+5reb+3ast,
gschID: 536511





Czech Republic NBL round 5 (Second Stage) best performance: Viktor Pulpan - by Eurobasket News

Point guard Viktor Pulpan (191-PG-96) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked BK Pardubice, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Second Stage).
The 20-year old player was the main contributor (17 points, six rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass BK Opava (#5, 14-13) with 28-point margin 96-68. BK Pardubice maintains the 2nd position in Czech Republic NBL. They are still close to the very top. BK Pardubice would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 21-5 record. Pulpan has many years of experience at BK Pardubice, through which he has constantly improved. Viktor Pulpan averages this season 6.4ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Hunter Mickelson (208-F-92) of Svitavy. Mickelson had a very good evening with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Svitavy was edged by the lower-ranked MMCITE Brno (#10, 10-17) 82-80. Svitavy managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-16 record. Mickelson is a newcomer at Svitavy, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Kevin Mays (193-F-92) of NH Ostrava (#3). Mays scored 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of NH Ostrava, leading his team to a 85-75 win against the lower-ranked Prostejov (#12, 8-19). The chances of NH Ostrava not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 17 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Mays could try to bring NH Ostrava's a little bit higher in the standings. Mays has a very solid season. In 14 games in Czech Republic he scored 8.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ladislav Pecka (197-F-91) of Usti n/Labem - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Svetozar Popovic (195-G-87) of NH Ostrava - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Michal Sotnar (187-PG-92) of Usti n/Labem - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Dominez Burnett (196-F-92) of BK Pardubice - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Lamb Autrey (191-G-89) of BK Pardubice - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Howard Sant-Roos (200-F-91) of CEZ Nymburk - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Michal Kremen (200-G/F-81) of MMCITE Brno - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists

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



Czech Republic 1Liga round 3 (Second Stage) best performance: Martin Peterka - by Eurobasket News

International Center Martin Peterka (205-C-95) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Nymburk B, receiving a Eurobasket.com 1Liga Player of the Week award for round 3 (Second Stage).
The 21-year old player was the main contributor (33 points, nine rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Olomouc SK (#6, 1-6) with 24-point margin 103-79. Nymburk B is placed at 4th position in Czech Republic 1Liga. Nymburk B is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 4th lost game this season out of 7 games. In the team's last game Peterka had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Nymburk B and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Martin Peterka has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 23.5ppg) and averages impressive 63.2% FGP and 47.4% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old Jiri Bubak (194-F-84) of Vysocina. Bubak had a very good evening with a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he led Vysocina to another comfortable win outscoring Havirov (2-19) 90-56. The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Bubak is a newcomer at Vysocina, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Vilem Svoboda (195-F-95) of Places 13-20 top team USK Praha B. Svoboda scored 22 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of USK Praha B, leading his team to a 70-69 win against Prostejov B (#14, 10-11). USK Praha B confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 10 lost games. Svoboda has a great season in Czech Republic. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.5ppg (2nd best). He also has FGP: 61.8% and 3PT: 44.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jan Stehlik (185-PG-86) of Novy Jicin - 31 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Vaclav Honomichl (186-PG-92) of Loko Plzen - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Dalibor Fait (203-C-93) of Sokol Pisek - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ondrej Soska (208-C-78) of Novy Jicin - 23 points and 4 rebounds
8. Petr Slechta (192-G/F-95) of Sokol Pisek - 31 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. David Skranc (206-C/F-96) of Pardubice - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Matej Svoboda (200-F-96) of Nymburk B - 25 points and 6 rebounds

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



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Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Devaughn AKOON-PURCELL
  Bakken
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Akoon-P., Bakken22.6 
 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. Haas, SISU16.0 
 9. Champagnie, Stevn.16.0 
 10. Dranginis, SISU15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanner MCGREW
  SI.
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 11
 1. McGrew, SI.11.0 
 2. Champagnie, Stevn.10.4 
 3. Sane, Naestved9.7 
 4. Smith, Horsholm9.1 
 5. Baru, SISU8.4 
 6. NaNa, Svendborg8.0 
 7. Midtgaard, Horsh.6.8 
 8. Carter, Randers6.7 
 9. Moten, Svendborg6.7 
 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. Gesell, Bakken4.4 
 5. Dranginis, SISU4.4 
 6. Lundberg, Horse.4.1 
 7. Lanegger, Naestved4.1 
 8. Nielsen, Randers4.0 
 9. Mack, Horsens IC4.0 
 10. Borovcanin, Horse.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Myles MACK
  Horsens IC
  (175-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Mack, Horsens IC2.3 
 2. Burgess, Randers2.0 
 3. Borovcanin, Horse.2.0 
 4. Bello, Randers1.9 
 5. Nielsen, Horsholm1.8 
 6. Akoon-P., Bakken1.8 
 7. Gesell, Bakken1.7 
 8. Smith, Horsholm1.7 
 9. Lundberg, Horse.1.7 
 10. Ross, Naestved1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cheikh SANE
  Naestved
  (207-C/F-92)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Sane, Naestved1.2 
 2. Smith, Horsholm1.1 
 3. Diouf, Bakken1.1 
 4. Adjehi, SISU1.0 
 5. Christoffers., Bak.1.0 
 6. Aboubakar-Z., Svend.1.0 
 7. Moten, Svendborg0.9 
 8. Colas, Randers0.9 
 9. Baru, SISU0.8 
 10. Carter, Randers0.8 


Ligaen Round 29: Stevnsgade edge Svendborg by one point - by Eurobasket News

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

The most exciting game of round 29 in the Ligaen took place in Svendborg. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 4th placed Svendborg (13-15) to eighth ranked Stevnsgade (2-26) 59-58 on Monday evening. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 59-58. The best player for the winners was American power forward Davie Champagnie (206-90, college: Martin Methodist, agency: SPORTlab Agency) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 20 rebounds. Spanish guard Jonel Visaq (195-88) chipped in 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Cameroonian forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists for the hosts. Stevnsgade maintains eighth place with 2-26 record. Svendborg lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 15 games lost.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Aarhus. First ranked Bakken faced 4th placed Svendborg. Host Bakken (23-4) smashed guests from Svendborg (13-15) 109-74. The former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points and 6 assists. Mike Gesell contributed with 14 points and 5 assists for the winners. American point guard Stefan Bonneau (177-87, college: LIU Post) answered with 27 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for Svendborg. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Bakken have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 23-4 record. Svendborg lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 15 games lost. Bakken will play against Horsholm (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Svendborg will have a break next round.
Leader Bakken delivered the twenty third victory on Monday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Naestved (12-15) 89-82 in Aarhus. Devaughn Akoon-Purcell stepped up with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Bakken's coach Jakob Freil used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Patrick Onwenu responded with 33 points (!!!) (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Bakken. They maintain first place with 23-4 record. Naestved at the other side keeps the fifth position with 15 games lost. They share it with SISU. Bakken will meet Horsholm (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Naestved will play against Randers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Horsholm. Local Horsholm (15-12) outscored 8th ranked Stevnsgade (2-26) 95-50. Jyles Smith nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Horsholm's coach Rafael Monclova felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Horsholm maintains third place with 15-12 record having eight points less than leader Bakken. Stevnsgade lost their fifth game in a row. They stay dead last with 26 lost games. Horsholm's next round opponent will be league's leader Bakken in Aarhus and it will be for sure the game of the week.

Bakken - Naestved 89-82

Leader Bakken delivered the twenty third victory on Monday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Naestved (12-15) 89-82 in Aarhus. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-12. But Naestved won second period 25-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bakken looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. American-Trinidad and Tobago guard Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-93, college: Illinois St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners and American guard Mike Gesell (188-93, college: Iowa) chipped in 11 points and 9 assists. Bakken's coach Jakob Freil used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American-Nigerian forward Patrick Onwenu (198-93, college: Alcorn St.) responded with 33 points (!!!) (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) and American guard Deon Mitchell (186-93, college: N.Iowa) scored 12 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Bakken. They maintain first place with 23-4 record. Naestved at the other side keeps the fifth position with 15 games lost. They share it with SISU. Bakken will meet Horsholm (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Naestved will play against Randers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bakken: D.Akoon-Purcell 27+12reb+4ast, M.Diouf 13+6reb+2ast, M.Gesell 11+2reb+9ast, N.Iversen 10+6reb+2ast, E.Palm 8+2reb+2ast, K.Kitsing 6+2reb+1ast
Naestved: P.Onwenu 33+2reb, P.Nolan 13+6reb+2ast, D.Mitchell 12+9reb+6ast, E.Ross 10+5reb+1ast, D.Daly 6+5reb, P.Hertz 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 540397


Svendborg - Stevnsgade 58-59

The most exciting game of round 29 in the Ligaen took place in Svendborg. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 4th placed Svendborg (13-15) to eighth ranked Stevnsgade (2-26) 59-58 on Monday evening. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 59-58. The best player for the winners was American power forward Davie Champagnie (206-90, college: Martin Methodist, agency: SPORTlab Agency) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 20 rebounds. Spanish guard Jonel Visaq (195-88) chipped in 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Cameroonian forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists and international swingman Alexander Bak (193-91, agency: Dynamics Global Management) added 8 points and 6 assists respectively for the hosts. Stevnsgade maintains eighth place with 2-26 record. Svendborg lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 15 games lost.
Top scorers:
Stevnsgade: J.Sandager 14+2reb, J.Visaq 10+7reb+4ast, D.Champagnie 10+20reb+3ast, F.Rajovic 9+6reb+3ast, N.Christensen 6+2reb+1ast, H.Nielsen 6+5reb+1ast
Svendborg: H.NaNa 15+18reb+4ast, S.Bonneau 10+4reb+1ast, A.Bak 8+3reb+6ast, D.Moten 8+6reb+3ast, C.Magaard 6, A.Aboubakar Zaki 5+6reb
gschID: 489112


Horsholm - Stevnsgade 95-50

The game with biggest result difference took place in Horsholm. Local Horsholm (15-12) outscored 8th ranked Stevnsgade (2-26) 95-50. The game without a history. Horsholm led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Stevnsgade's 30. Horsholm forced 28 Stevnsgade turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American Jyles Smith (209-92, college: Savannah St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winning side and American-Haitian Marvin Dominique (201-91, college: St.Peter's, agency: Duran International) accounted for 18 points and 5 rebounds. Five Horsholm players scored in double figures. Horsholm's coach Rafael Monclova felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American power forward Davie Champagnie (206-90, college: Martin Methodist, agency: SPORTlab Agency) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import Alonzo Brooks (201-84, college: Central Mo.) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Stevnsgade in the defeat. Horsholm maintains third place with 15-12 record having eight points less than leader Bakken. Stevnsgade lost their fifth game in a row. They stay dead last with 26 lost games. Horsholm's next round opponent will be league's leader Bakken in Aarhus and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Horsholm: J.Smith 20+13reb+1ast, M.Dominique 18+5reb, M.Nielsen 18+2reb+3ast, A.Midtgaard 12+8reb, E.Hjorth 11+6reb+2ast, M.Baek 6+1ast
Stevnsgade: A.Brooks 14+5reb+3ast, D.Champagnie 12+10reb+1ast, F.Rajovic 8+1reb, J.Sandager 7+2reb+2ast, J.Visaq 5+9reb+4ast, M.Osman 2+2reb
gschID: 489111


Bakken - Svendborg 109-74

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Aarhus. First ranked Bakken faced 4th placed Svendborg. Host Bakken (23-4) smashed guests from Svendborg (13-15) 109-74. The game was mostly controlled by Bakken. Svendborg was better in third quarter 25-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bakken dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Svendborg's 38. Bakken forced 19 Svendborg turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 32 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Svendborg's players. Bakken brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. The former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points and 6 assists. American guard Mike Gesell (188-93, college: Iowa) contributed with 14 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four Bakken players scored in double figures. American point guard Stefan Bonneau (177-87, college: LIU Post) answered with 27 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and Cameroonian forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Svendborg. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Bakken have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 23-4 record. Svendborg lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 15 games lost. Bakken will play against Horsholm (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Svendborg will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Bakken: K.Kitsing 16+3reb+2ast, M.Gesell 14+3reb+5ast, A.Darboe 13+4reb+6ast, D.Akoon-Purcell 12+1reb+3ast, T.Laerke 11+4reb+2ast, E.Palm 11+1reb+3ast
Svendborg: S.Bonneau 27+7reb+3ast, H.NaNa 15+6reb, C.Jones 9+4reb+3ast, A.Aboubakar Zaki 7+8reb+1ast, D.Moten 5, M.Seilund 5+4reb
gschID: 539820





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  D-LEAGUE  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Manny HARRIS
  Texas L.
  (196-F/G-89)
  Avg: 26
 1. Harris, Texas L.26.0 
 2. Cook, Canton C.25.9 
 3. Blue, Los A.24.9 
 4. Jackson, Texas L.24.6 
 5. Patterson, Reno B.24.0 
 6. Crawford, Grand R.23.5 
 7. Murphy, Grand R.22.7 
 8. Holland, Canton C.22.5 
 9. Jones, Maine RC21.7 
 10. Nader, Maine RC21.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joel BOLOMBOY
  Salt L.
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Bolomboy, Salt L.13.2 
 2. Moreland, Canton C.11.9 
 3. Long, Delaware.11.2 
 4. Benson, Sioux F.10.7 
 5. Onuaku, Rio G.10.5 
 6. Wood, Greensbo.10.0 
 7. McKinnie, Windy C.9.4 
 8. Webb-III, Delaware.9.3 
 9. Tobey, Greensbo.9.0 
 10. Zimmerman, Erie B.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAGETTE
  Los A.
  (185-G-89)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Magette, Los A.9.2 
 2. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 3. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.9 
 4. Pressey, Santa C.8.0 
 5. Marshall, Reno B.7.8 
 6. VanVleet, Raptors .7.5 
 7. Jackson, Texas L.7.4 
 8. Weber, Sioux F.7.3 
 9. McCallum, Grand R.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. McCallum, Grand R.2.3 
 4. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.3 
 5. Payton-II, Rio G.2.1 
 6. Pressey, Santa C.2.1 
 7. Harris, Texas L.2.0 
 8. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
 9. Evans, Canton C.1.9 
 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. Diallo, Greensboro S.3.0 
 3. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.6 
 4. Moreland, Canton C.2.6 
 5. Wood, Greensbo.2.6 
 6. Tavares, Raptors .2.5 
 7. Benson, Sioux F.2.4 
 8. Obekpa, Santa C.2.4 
 9. Davis, N.Arizona S.2.1 
 10. Brown, Windy C.2.1 


Silas leads NAZ Suns back from a 24-point deficit - by Eurobasket News

Northern Arizona Suns' guard Xavier Silas (6'5''-SG-88, college: N.Illinois) put on a clinic shooting the ball Sunday at the Prescott Valley Event Center in a game that was looking bleak for his team through the first three quarters. Trailing by 24 points towards the end of the first half and seeing a 99-83 deficit after the first three frames, the Suns (21-21) completed their largest comeback of the season. NAZ outscored the Sioux Falls Skyforce (26-18) 44-24 in the fourth quarter to win 127-123. Silas scored a career-high 37 points on 11-of-19 shooting, including 9-of-13 from the three-point line. His nine three-point makes were the most by a Suns player in team history, and he was just one short of tying the highest mark in a single game by any D-League player this season. His point-total also matched the most any Suns player has ever scored (37 by Johnny O'Bryant (6'9''-F-93, college: LSU) on Dec. 30 at Los Angeles). Silas tallied 16 points in the fourth quarter.
Courtesy of: dcourier.com



Warriors defeat Energy, extend win streak to six games - by Eurobasket News

The Santa Cruz Warriors (25-17) defeated the Iowa Energy (11-30) 111-108 on Sunday night at Wells Fargo Arena. Six players for the Warriors scored in double-figures, en route to notching a sixth straight victory. The Warriors were paced by Scott Wood (6'6''-F-90, college: N.Carolina St.) who scored 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting, including 4-of-6 from deep. Phil Pressey (5'11''-PG-91, college: Missouri) notched a double-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists. James Southerland (6'8''-F-90, college: Syracuse) added 18 points and 5 rebounds, while Cleanthony Early (6'8''-F-91, college: Wichita St.) scored 15 points off-the-bench for Santa Cruz. Terry Whisnant (6'3''-G-92, college: E.Carolina) came off the bench to lead the Energy with a double-double, scoring 22 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. Jarell Martin, Deyonta Davis, and JaKarr Sampson each scored 16 points for Iowa, while Wade Baldwin IV (6'3''-G-96, college: Vanderbilt) IV added 15 points. The Warriors got off to a hot start in the opening period, shooting 65% from the field, including an 11-point performance by James Southerland off 4-of-6 shooting. Santa Cruz led by as many as 14 points, though Iowa would go on a 12-3 run in the final 1:24 of the opening frame to come within 5 points of the visitors. The Energy limited their deficit to 1 point off of a layup from Quinton Chievous (6'6''-G-92, college: Hampton), but the Warriors would respond with a 15-2 run, to lead the hosts by as many as 16 points in the period. Santa Cruz's defense held Iowa to a 28.6% team shooting effort in the quarter and carried a 14-point cushion into the break. The third quarter would see the Energy chip away at the visitors' lead to come as close as 10 points, but the Warriors were able to secure a 90-78 lead to start the fourth. Iowa opened the final frame outscoring the Warriors 15-2 to take the lead at the 7:25 mark for the first time since the opening minutes of the game. Down four with 11.3 seconds remaining, Terry Whisnant knocked down three free throws to will a one-point deficit, with the score standing at 108-107. A quick dunk by the Warriors' Cleanthony Early gave the Energy one last possession, but a turnover sealed their fate as they were unable to get a shot off en route to a fifth straight home loss.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com




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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  


Mauricio Baez tabs Rick Jackson, ex Provence Basket - by Eurobasket News

Metropolitanos de Mauricio Baez (District National) inked 28-year old American forward Rick Jackson (206-107kg-89, college: Syracuse, agency: Basket Management Solutions). He played most recently at Provence Basket in French ProB. In 14 games he recorded 9.1ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3spg last season. Jackson helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played that season for another team Delaware 87ers in U.S. semi-pro league D-League where in 27 games he averaged 7.6ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.1bpg.
Two years ago (four years after he left the college) Jackson was drafted by Iowa Energy (D-League) in first round (9th overall).
He attended Syracuse University until 2011 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
Jackson has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Among other achievements his team won Balkan League Regular Season in 2014. Jackson received also Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention award back in 2014.
He is a very experienced player. Jackson has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to six different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Jackson has played previously professionally in Philippines (Rain or Shine), Russia (Krasny Oktyabr), Venezuela (Cocodrilos), Israel (Galil Gilboa) and D-League (Austin Spurs).
His game is described as: Tremendous rebounder. Does a great job of establishing his presence in the paint. Extremely active on the boards. Good arsenal of offensive moves on the block and passes well out of double-teams.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Dominican Republic



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  EL SALVADOR  


Salvadorean Liga MB round 13 best performance: Manuel Guevara - by Eurobasket News

Panamanian Shooting guard Manuel Guevara (186-SG-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for El Rapido, receiving a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 35-year old player was the main contributor (35 points, six rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out 11 Lobos (#10, 2-6) 68-64. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Thanks to this victory El Rapido moved-up to the 12th position in Salvadorean Liga MB. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 5 games and recorded just two victories. Guevara turned to be El Rapido's top player in his first season with the team. Manuel Guevara has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 28.4ppg) and averages impressive 2.3spg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Wali Hepburn (193-G-89) of Canarios. Hepburn had a very good evening with a double-double of 29 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Canarios was edged by Giants (#15, 0-7) 95-92. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Canarios dropped in the standings to 9th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Hepburn is one of the most experienced players at Canarios and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 27.0ppg (#5). His other stats are also decent: 11.6rpg and 4.2apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was Spanish forward Duane James (196-F-83) of Isidro Metapan (#3). James showcased his all-around game by recording 29 points, eight rebounds and six assists in the last round. Despite James' great performance Isidro Metapan lost 66-68 to the lower-ranked Cojute (#7, 3-4). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Isidro Metapan needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 6 victories and 2 lost games. James has a very solid season. In 8 games in El Salvador he scored 24.1ppg. He also has 10.4rpg, 4.4apg and FGP: 53.7%. James attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Joseph Antoine (203-PF-84) of 11 Lobos - 17 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Anthony Moe (206-F/C) of Cojute - 26 points, 17 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Marc Montavious (206-C-90) of 11 Lobos - 10 points and 18 rebounds
7. Maurice Williams) of Giants - 21 points and 10 rebounds
8. Macari Brooks (190-G-92) of Giants - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Luis Escoto (180-G-96) of Giants - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Jose Araujo (186-G-86) of Halcones - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists

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



Cojute lands Brandon Golden - by Eurobasket News

Club de Baloncesto Cojute (Liga MB) tabbed American guard Brandon Golden (193-93kg). He just graduated from Midwestern State University (NCAA2). In 22 games he averaged 7.6ppg and 2.6rpg last season. Golden helped them to win LSC Tournament and end the regular season at the top position.
So his pro career will start in El Salvador.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in El Salvador



Liga MB Round 13: Isidro Metapan are defeated by Cojute - by Eurobasket News

The game between third ranked Isidro Metapan (6-2) and ninth ranked Cojute (3-4) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Isidro Metapan was edged by Cojute in a tough game in Cojutepeque 66-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Isidro Metapan. Cojute forced 22 Isidro Metapan turnovers and outrebounded them 57-40 including a 25-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. American power forward Anthony Moe (206, college: Millersville) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners and his fellow American import guard Brandon Golden (193, college: Midwestern St.) chipped in 19 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 8 steals. At the losing side Spanish-American forward Duane James (196-83, college: Binghamton) responded with 29 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Cojute have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place. Isidro Metapan at the other side keeps the third position with two games lost. They share it with Quezaltepeque. Cojute are looking forward to face higher ranked Quezaltepeque (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Isidro Metapan will play against Sonsonate and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Giants managed to get a 0th victory, breaking the series of seven consecutive losses. They edged seventh-ranked Canarios in San Salvador 95-92. And what about a 0th win in a row after ...seven consecutive losses. Guard Luis Escoto (180-96) nailed 27 points, 9 assists and 6 steals for the winning side and Macari Brooks accounted for 18 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. American guard Wali Hepburn (193-89, college: Lock Haven) came up with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists for Canarios in the defeat. Giants maintains fifteenth place with 0-7 record. Canarios lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with four games lost. They share it with Denver-FAS. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
12th ranked 11 Lobos (2-6) were defeated at home by eleventh ranked El Rapido (2-5) with the biggest margin this round 68-64 on Sunday night. Manuel Guevara fired 35 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds for the winners. Joseph Antoine produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds for lost side. Despite that victory El Rapido went down to twelfth position due to points difference. 11 Lobos lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth place with six games lost. They share the position with Santa Ana. El Rapido will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. 11 Lobos will play against Denver-FAS (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 13 San Miguel lost to Halcones on the opponent's court 45-49.

Cojute - Isidro Metapan 68-66

The game between third ranked Isidro Metapan (6-2) and ninth ranked Cojute (3-4) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Isidro Metapan was edged by Cojute in a tough game in Cojutepeque 66-68. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Isidro Metapan. Cojute forced 22 Isidro Metapan turnovers and outrebounded them 57-40 including a 25-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. American power forward Anthony Moe (206, college: Millersville) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 17 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners and his fellow American import guard Brandon Golden (193, college: Midwestern St.) chipped in 19 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 8 steals. At the losing side Spanish-American forward Duane James (196-83, college: Binghamton) responded with 29 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and Venezuelan guard Edwin Mijares (186-94) scored 18 points and 4 assists. Cojute have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place. Isidro Metapan at the other side keeps the third position with two games lost. They share it with Quezaltepeque. Cojute are looking forward to face higher ranked Quezaltepeque (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Isidro Metapan will play against Sonsonate and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Cojute: A.Moe 26+17reb+3ast, B.Golden 19+9reb+5ast, S.Sill 8+10reb+4ast, B.Garcia 6+8reb+1ast, L.Quintanilla 5+5reb+3ast, B.Reyes 4+4reb+2ast
Isidro Metapan: D.James 29+8reb+6ast, E.Mijares 18+4ast, H.Navas 9+5reb, M.Hinestroza Javes 4+15reb+2ast, C.Gonzalez 4+5reb+4ast, A.Regalado 2+5reb
gschID: 536991


11 Lobos - El Rapido 64-68

12th ranked 11 Lobos (2-6) were defeated at home by eleventh ranked El Rapido (2-5) with the biggest margin this round 68-64 on Sunday night. El Rapido forced 24 11 Lobos turnovers. Panamanian Manuel Guevara (186-81) fired 35 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Eddie Ishman (196-86, college: Miles) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. Haitian Joseph Antoine (203-84, college: Union, TN) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds and American center Marc Montavious (206-90, college: Georgetown, KY) added 10 points, 18 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively for lost side. Four 11 Lobos players scored in double figures. Despite that victory El Rapido went down to twelfth position due to points difference. 11 Lobos lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth place with six games lost. They share the position with Santa Ana. El Rapido will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. 11 Lobos will play against Denver-FAS (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
El Rapido: M.Guevara 35+6reb+2ast, E.Ishman 19+12reb, D.King 9+10reb+4ast, M.Lopez 3+3reb, O.Coreas 2+4reb, F.Martinez 0+1reb
11 Lobos: J.Antoine 17+16reb+2ast, S.Hampton 17+8reb+1ast, A.Ruano 16+2reb, M.Montavious 10+18reb, K.Campos 2, M.Gonzalez 2+5reb+2ast
gschID: 536989


Halcones - San Miguel 49-45

Very expected game in Sonzacate where 10th ranked San Miguel (3-5) was defeated by sixth ranked Halcones (6-3) 49-45 on Sunday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. American Jeffery Moss (193-93, college: Murray St.) fired 22 points for the winners. Naturalized Canadian guard Jose Araujo (186-86, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 17 points and 6 assists. American forward Nduka Ezeamii (203, college: Avila) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds and center Marco Aguilar (199-94) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Halcones have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place. Loser San Miguel dropped to the eleventh position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Halcones: J.Moss 22+4reb+2ast, J.Araujo 17+3reb+6ast, J.Davis 4+3reb+2ast, J.Angulo 2+1reb+2ast, R.Miller 2+9reb+2ast, M.Ramos 2+2ast
San Miguel: N.Ezeamii 16+6reb, M.Aguilar 10+6reb+3ast, J.Johnson 8+3reb+4ast, H.Jaimes 5, B.De Leon 4+2reb+2ast, C.Hernandez 2+1reb
gschID: 536988


Giants - Canarios 95-92

Bottom-ranked Giants managed to get a 0th victory, breaking the series of seven consecutive losses. They edged seventh-ranked Canarios in San Salvador 95-92. And what about a 0th win in a row after ...seven consecutive losses. Giants forced 20 Canarios turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. Guard Luis Escoto (180-96) nailed 27 points, 9 assists and 6 steals for the winning side and American guard Macari Brooks (190-92, college: Pikeville) accounted for 18 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Giants players scored in double figures. American guard Wali Hepburn (193-89, college: Lock Haven) came up with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import point guard David Lawson (185-89, college: Reinhardt) added 34 points (!!!) respectively for Canarios in the defeat. Giants maintains fifteenth place with 0-7 record. Canarios lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with four games lost. They share it with Denver-FAS. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Giants: L.Escoto 27+2reb+9ast, M.Williams 21+10reb, M.Brooks 18+11reb+7ast, C.Duran 11+3reb+3ast, C.Flores 8+4reb+1ast, A.Parras 5+3reb+2ast
Canarios: D.Lawson 34+1reb+3ast, W.Hepburn 29+13reb+5ast, R.Brown 19+14reb+1ast, W.Quijano 6+4reb+2ast, I.Sandoval 3+6reb+6ast, J.Lima 1+5reb+3ast
gschID: 536992





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  ESTONIA  


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

21-year old swingman Edvinas Seskus (196-G/F-95, agency: Players Group) had an amazing evening in the last round for Parnu and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had a double-double of 34 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Noorteliiga (#9, 0-15), the league's bottom-ranked team 83-69. Parnu maintains the 4th position in Estonian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Parnu will need more victories to improve their 13-10 record. In the team's last game Seskus had a remarkable 92.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be Parnu's top player in his first season with the team. Edvinas Seskus averages this season 14.7ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Ivars Rihards Zvigurs (198-SF-95) of Valga. He is Latvian in his first season at Valga. In the last game Zvigurs recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he led Valga to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Tarvas (#8, 6-16) 97-76. This victory allowed Valga to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-16 record. Zvigurs is a newcomer at Valga and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Thomas van der Mars (208-C-90) of Rapla (#3). van der Mars scored 11 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Rapla, leading his team to a 72-70 win against the lower-ranked Valga (#7, 7-16). Rapla needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 9 lost games. van der Mars has a very solid season. In 22 games in Estonia he scored 17.3ppg. He also has 13.1rpg and FGP: 63.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Saimon Sutt (200-F/G-95) of Parnu - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Janis Vahter (196-F-86) of TLU/Kalev - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Stefan Knezevic (204-C-89) of TLU/Kalev - 17 points and 9 rebounds
7. Siim-Markus Post (183-PG-97) of Tarvas - 32 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Sander Viilup (190-SG-97) of TTU - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Toomas Raadik (202-PF-90) of TTU - 12 points and 12 rebounds
10. Domen Bratoz (189-PG-93) of Rapla - 26 points and 6 rebounds

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



Zenit signs Demonte Harper, ex Kalev/Cramo - by Eurobasket News

Zenit Saint Petersburg (VTB) signed 28-year old American guard Demonte Harper (193-88kg-89, college: Morehead State). He started the season at Kalev/Cramo in Estonian Alexela KML. Harper managed to play in three leagues this year. In 12 Alexela KML games he had 12.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.4apg and 1.7spg. Harper helped them to win the cup. A very impressive season as he was named to Estonian All-Star Game. Harper also played 1 game in Baltic League where he recorded 9 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 1 block. He contributed to his team making it to the Baltic League Cup Semifinals. And finally Harper contributed to 17 games in VTB United League where he averaged remarkable 16.2ppg, 4.8rpg, 5.7apg and 1.4spg. The last season Harper played at Energa Czarni in Polish TBL. In 34 games he got 12.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.3apg and 1.4spg. He contributed to his team making it to the semifinals.
In 2012 (a year after he left the college) Harper was drafted by Reno Bighorns (D-League) in second round (21st overall).
The former Morehead State standoutis in his sixth season in pro basketball.
Harper has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2014.
He was voted NABC Division I All-District 19 1st Team back in 2011 at his college time.
Harper is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belarus (Tsmoki-Minsk), Croatia (Cibona), Italy (Enel Brindisi) and D-League (Erie Bay Hawks).

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  FINLAND  

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. Maxhuni, HBA-M.23.9 
 7. Vinson, Pyrinto II23.8 
 8. Cartharn, Espoo B.23.5 
 9. Daniels, PeU-Basket23.1 
 10. Laine, PeU-Basket22.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.16.7 
 2. Daniels, PeU-Basket13.7 
 3. Jallow, Jarvenpaa13.3 
 4. Harvey, Oulun N.12.9 
 5. Harris, Ura Basket11.9 
 6. Towa, Jarvenpaa11.7 
 7. Flemings, FoKoPo11.3 
 8. Stahl, Oulun N.11.1 
 9. Knihtinen, Korikouvot10.4 
 10. Bratton, Namika Lr10.2 
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.5.0 
 6. Kantonen, Korik.4.6 
 7. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.4.5 
 8. Ikavalko, Lahti4.4 
 9. Kilpinen, Pyrin.4.3 
 10. Kantonen, JyWe4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Joshua GOUCH
  Espoo Basket
  (196-G-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Gouch, Espoo Basket2.7 
 2. Cartharn, Espoo B.2.7 
 3. Juvonen, Jyvaskyl.2.6 
 4. Upchurch, HyPo2.5 
 5. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.2.4 
 6. Bratton, Namika Lr2.4 
 7. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.3 
 8. Moore, ToPo2.2 
 9. Marttinen, Munkkini.2.1 
 10. Heinonen, Munkkini.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.0 
 2. Sandberg, TuNM.1.7 
 3. Reed, FoKoPo1.5 
 4. Rainamaa, PuHu J.1.4 
 5. Ekimov, JyWe1.4 
 6. Fields, Lahti1.4 
 7. Young, Pyrinto II1.3 
 8. Harvey, Oulun N.1.3 
 9. Harris, Ura Basket1.2 
 10. Polla, HBA-Marsky1.2 


Finnish 1st Division round 22 best performance: Omar Calhoun - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Omar Calhoun (198-G-93) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Espoo United, receiving a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (33 points, six rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass FoKoPo (#9, 8-17) with 54-point margin 121-67. Espoo United maintains the 2nd position in their group in Finnish 1st Division. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Espoo United will need more victories to improve their 18-6 record. In the team's last game Calhoun had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Espoo United's top player in his first season with the team. Omar Calhoun averages this season 21.7ppg and 8.0rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old American Zach Stahl (196-G, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) of Oulun NMKY. Stahl had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Oulun NMKY lost that game 76-83 to the lower-ranked Jarvenpaa (#8, 9-16). Oulun NMKY managed to keep the same 5th spot in Division A. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Stahl is a newcomer at Oulun NMKY, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Edon Maxhuni (186-PG-98) of HBA-Marsky (#6). Maxhuni got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for seven rebounds . He was a key player of HBA-Marsky, leading his team to a 92-81 win against the higher-ranked Lahti (#1, 19-6). The chances of HBA-Marsky ranking at the top of Division A, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Maxhuni could help HBA-Marsky to bring them higher in the standings. Maxhuni has a great season in Finland. After 25 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.9ppg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Pierre Jallow (203-F/C-79) of ToPo - 21 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Timka Jaakkola (192-G/F-94) of TuNMKY - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Levi Giese (206-F-90) of Porvoon Tarmo - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Pyry Rainamaa (194-G-90) of PuHu Juniorit - 23 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Terrell Vinson (201-F-90) of Pyrinto II - 27 points and 16 rebounds
9. Joakim Jousisto (175-PG-95) of Jarvenpaa - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Sakari Salminen (200-F-87) of PuHu Juniorit - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Bryant's 27 points and 6 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old point guard Darryl Bryant (185-PG-90) had a very impressive game in the last round for Kataja Basket and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 35.
He had the game-high 27 points adding six rebounds and four assists for Kataja Basket in his team's victory, helping them to crush Kouvot (#7, 13-18) with 16-point margin 93-77. Kataja Basket maintains the 3rd position in Finnish league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kataja Basket will need more victories to improve their 21-9 record. In the team's last game Bryant had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Kataja Basket, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Darryl Bryant averages just after three games 18.3ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Kammeon Holsey (203-F-90) of Kauhajoki. He is American forward in his first season at Kauhajoki. In the last game Holsey recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Kauhajoki was edged by slightly higher-ranked Salon Vilpas (#2, 23-8) 103-101. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Kauhajoki still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 20-13 record is not bad at all. Holsey is a newcomer at Kauhajoki and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.4ppg (#8). He also registered 6.2 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Kataja Basket's star - guard Rion Brown (198-SG-91). Brown scored 25 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was another key player of Kataja Basket, helping his team with a 93-77 easy win against the lower-ranked Kouvot (#7, 13-18). Kataja Basket needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 21 victories and 9 lost games. Brown has a great season in Finland. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.8ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Javier Duren (193-G-93) of BC Nokia - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Steven Pledger (193-G-90) of Kouvot - 29 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Juwan Staten (185-PG-92) of Salon Vilpas - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Jamal Jones (203-G-93) of Lapua - 27 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Jarekious Bradley (196-G/F-90) of Kataja Basket - 19 points and 5 rebounds
9. Juho-Matti Lehtoranta (195-SF-89) of Kauhajoki - 22 points and 6 rebounds
10. Desmond Williams (199-G-91) of Salon Vilpas - 27 points and 7 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)



1st Division Round 22: #1 Lahti are defeated by HBA-Marsky - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in 1st Division. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Lahti (19-6) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by seventh ranked HBA-Marsky (10-15) 92-81. The game was mostly controlled by HBA-Marsky. Lahti managed to win third quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. 29 personal fouls committed by Lahti helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Point guard Edon Maxhuni (186-98) scored 32 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Hannes Polla (212-98) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American guard Rashad Smith (201-93, college: Tulsa, agency: Diamond Sports) responded with 16 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks. Lahti's coach Arttu Mannelin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. HBA-Marsky moved-up to sixth place. Lahti at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. HBA-Marsky are looking forward to face Jarvenpaa (#8) on the road in the next round. Lahti will play against Forssan Koripojat (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Helsinki. Fourth ranked Jyvaskyla BA (14-11) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging one of their biggest challengers ToPo (16-9) 84-82 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of ToPo. Point guard Robert Juvonen (185-91) notched 22 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals to lead the effort and Jeretapio Luoma supported him with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds by Gambian power forward Pierre Jallow (203-79, college: William Jewell) did not help to save the game for ToPo. ToPo's coach Pekka Konttinen tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Newly promoted Jyvaskyla BA maintains fourth position with 14-11 record. ToPo at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the third place with nine games lost. Jyvaskyla BA will play against Pyrinto II (#10) in Tampere in the next round where they are favorite. ToPo will play at home against Oulun NMKY (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Kouvola. 4th ranked host Korikouvot (16-10) lost to first ranked PuHu Juniorit (22-4) 89-84. Sakari Salminen fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Teemu Knihtinen produced 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. PuHu Juniorit have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 22-4 record. Loser Korikouvot keeps the fourth place with ten games lost.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Kaarina. Third ranked host Ura Basket (19-7) defeated their biggest opponent TuNMKY (21-5) 90-85. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of TuNMKY. Worth to mention a great performance of Jermaine Watson who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Ura Basket maintains third position with 19-7 record having just three points less than leader Lahti. TuNMKY at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Turun. Second ranked host TuNMKY (21-5) defeated one of their biggest challengers Ura Basket (19-7) 91-78. Timka Jaakkola scored 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Ura Basket's coach Jukka Valpola let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. TuNMKY have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 21-5 record behind leader Lahti. Loser Ura Basket keeps the third place with seven games lost.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 22: Pyrinto II won against Porvoon Tarmo on the opponent's court 73-64. Pyrinto II unfortunately lost to Oulun NMKY in a home game 75-83. Oulun NMKY recorded a loss to Jarvenpaa on the road 76-83. HBA-Marsky crushed Porvoon Tarmo on its own court 103-67. Korikouvot was smashed by PuHu Juniorit in Vantaa 87-45. FoKoPo was destroyed by Espoo United at home 67-121.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 25 points and 7 rebounds by Mikael Sandberg of TuNMKY.

Division A
Porvoon Tarmo - Pyrinto II 64-73

There was an upset when higher ranked Porvoon Tarmo (10-16) was defeated at home by tenth ranked Pyrinto II (8-17) 73-64 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 26-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Pyrinto II outrebounded Porvoon Tarmo 45-23 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Terrell Vinson (201-90, college: Massachusetts, agency: HMS) scored 23 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Justus Kilpinen (193-93) chipped in 9 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Levi Giese (206-90, college: Lafayette) responded with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and his fellow American import forward BJ Cardarelli (203, college: S.New Hampshire, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) scored 20 points. Pyrinto II moved-up to ninth place, which they share with FoKoPo. Porvoon Tarmo lost fifth consecutive game. Loser Porvoon Tarmo dropped to the seventh position with 16 games lost. Pyrinto II will face higher ranked Jyvaskyla BA (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Porvoon Tarmo: L.Giese 20+9reb+6ast, B.Cardarelli 20+3reb+2ast, C.Clark 15+5reb+2ast, E.Salonen 5+2reb+5ast, A.Haikonen 4+1reb, K.Straih 0
Pyrinto II: T.Vinson 23+9reb+1ast, K.Rasinaho 14+5reb, J.Pentti 9+5reb+5ast, J.Kilpinen 9+10reb+2ast, J.Young 7+8reb+3ast, L.Kilpinen 4+4reb+6ast
gschID: 487725


Lahti - HBA-Marsky 81-92

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Lahti (19-6) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by seventh ranked HBA-Marsky (10-15) 92-81. The game was mostly controlled by HBA-Marsky. Lahti managed to win third quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. 29 personal fouls committed by Lahti helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Point guard Edon Maxhuni (186-98) scored 32 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Hannes Polla (212-98) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American guard Rashad Smith (201-93, college: Tulsa, agency: Diamond Sports) responded with 16 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks and swingman Aleksi Alanen (194-91) scored 22 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Lahti's coach Arttu Mannelin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. HBA-Marsky moved-up to sixth place. Lahti at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. HBA-Marsky are looking forward to face Jarvenpaa (#8) on the road in the next round. Lahti will play against Forssan Koripojat (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Lahti: A.Alanen 22+1reb+3ast, R.Smith 16+9reb+6ast, J.Fields 14+8reb+1ast, M.Jamsa 12+3reb+1ast, R.Byman 6+2reb, O.Aalto 5+6reb
HBA-Marsky: E.Maxhuni 32+7reb+3ast, H.Polla 20+7reb, M.Suvanto 16+3reb, L.Nikkarinen 11+2reb+4ast, E.Villa 5+4reb+1ast, T.Pihlajamaki 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 487726


Korikouvot - PuHu Juniorit 84-89

The game between Top Four teams took place in Kouvola. 4th ranked host Korikouvot (16-10) lost to first ranked PuHu Juniorit (22-4) 89-84. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-84. PuHu Juniorit made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Forward Sakari Salminen (200-87) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Eero Lehtinen (194-85) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds. Five PuHu Juniorit players scored in double figures. Swingman Teemu Knihtinen (195-98) produced 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Danish center Nicolai Andersen (203-96) added 20 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. PuHu Juniorit have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 22-4 record. Loser Korikouvot keeps the fourth place with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
Korikouvot: T.Knihtinen 21+9reb+4ast, N.Andersen 20+12reb+1ast, H.Kantonen 18+9reb+5ast, V.Leino 9+4reb, J.Maenpaa 7+4reb, E.Mombilo 6
PuHu Juniorit: S.Salminen 22+10reb+2ast, E.Lehtinen 19+8reb+1ast, E.Sahlberg 14+4reb, O.Markkanen 14+3reb, P.Rainamaa 10+4reb, S.Laakso 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 487727


Pyrinto II - Oulun NMKY 75-83

Very predictable result in Tampere where fifth ranked Oulun NMKY (13-12) defeated 10th ranked Pyrinto II (8-17) 83-75 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 31-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Pyrinto II was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Demondre Harvey (201-93, college: La-Monroe) had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Ilmari Kallio (191-92) chipped in 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Oulun NMKY players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Terrell Vinson (201-90, college: Massachusetts, agency: HMS) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 16 rebounds and guard Justus Kilpinen (193-93) scored 13 points. Pyrinto II's coach Juri Heinamaki let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Oulun NMKY maintains fifth position with 13-12 record. Loser Pyrinto II dropped to the ninth place with 17 games lost. Oulun NMKY will face higher ranked ToPo (#3) in Helsinki in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Pyrinto II will play on the road against Jyvaskyla BA (#4) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto II: T.Vinson 27+16reb+1ast, J.Kilpinen 13+2reb+3ast, L.Kilpinen 9+2reb+3ast, J.Young 7+3reb+2ast, J.Pentti 5+1reb+1ast, T.Sukanen 5+2reb
Oulun NMKY: D.Harvey 21+14reb+3ast, O.Virolainen 21+2reb, Z.Stahl 17+7reb, I.Kallio 16+8reb+4ast, D.Holmes Jr 4+1reb+1ast, K.Clement 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 487724


Ura Basket - TuNMKY 90-85

The game between Top Four teams took place in Kaarina. Third ranked host Ura Basket (19-7) defeated their biggest opponent TuNMKY (21-5) 90-85. It ended at the same time the seven-game winning streak of TuNMKY. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But TuNMKY won fourth quarter 23-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jermaine Watson (193-81, college: Boston Coll.) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Eero Aaltonen (194-90) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Watson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Center Mikael Sandberg (210-91) replied with 25 points and 7 rebounds and guard Eero Innamaa (186-98) added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists in the effort for TuNMKY. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ura Basket maintains third position with 19-7 record having just three points less than leader Lahti. TuNMKY at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost.
Top scorers:
TuNMKY: M.Sandberg 25+7reb+3ast, T.Lommi 16+5reb+4ast, E.Innamaa 15+6reb+9ast, M.Laihonen 12+7reb+1ast, A.Talvitie 11+1ast, T.Jaakkola 5+8reb+4ast
Ura Basket: J.Watson 22+5reb+4ast, E.Aaltonen 16+5reb+1ast, V.Hanninen 16+2reb+4ast, S.Harris 11+8reb+2ast, T.Ritanotko 8+4reb+1ast, S.Kaaresvirta 8+3reb+4ast
gschID: 539889


ToPo - Jyvaskyla BA 82-84

Important game to mention about took place in Helsinki. Fourth ranked Jyvaskyla BA (14-11) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging one of their biggest challengers ToPo (16-9) 84-82 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of ToPo. Point guard Robert Juvonen (185-91) notched 22 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals to lead the effort and power forward Jeretapio Luoma (202-93) supported him with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Jyvaskyla BA players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds by Gambian power forward Pierre Jallow (203-79, college: William Jewell) did not help to save the game for ToPo. Swingman Juuso Kauppinen (188-94) added 19 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. ToPo's coach Pekka Konttinen tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Newly promoted Jyvaskyla BA maintains fourth position with 14-11 record. ToPo at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the third place with nine games lost. Jyvaskyla BA will play against Pyrinto II (#10) in Tampere in the next round where they are favorite. ToPo will play at home against Oulun NMKY (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ToPo: P.Jallow 21+14reb+2ast, J.Kauppinen 19+5reb+2ast, E.Djeen 15+7reb+1ast, N.Moore 9+2reb+4ast, J.Hietanen 8+4reb, R.Marttinen 5+3reb+2ast
Jyvaskyla BA: R.Juvonen 22+5reb+8ast, V.Leppanen 14+2reb, C.Chukwuma 13+5reb+1ast, J.Luoma 11+5reb+4ast, T.Puittinen 8+5reb+4ast, S.Oja 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 487723


Jarvenpaa - Oulun NMKY 83-76

There was a minor upset when 5th ranked Oulun NMKY (13-12) was defeated on the road by eighth ranked Jarvenpaa (9-16) 83-76 on Friday. Oulun NMKY was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 31-23 charge of Jarvenpaa, which allowed them to win the game. Point guard Leo Tarjanne (189-95) scored 27 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Cameroonian forward Arsene Towa (191-81) chipped in 15 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American guard Zach Stahl (196, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Demondre Harvey (201-93, college: La-Monroe) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 17 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Jarvenpaa maintains eighth position with 9-16 record. Loser Oulun NMKY keeps the fifth place with 12 games lost. Jarvenpaa will face higher ranked HBA-Marsky (#6) in Helsinki in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Oulun NMKY will play on the road against ToPo in Helsinki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oulun NMKY: Z.Stahl 24+14reb+1ast, D.Harvey 15+17reb+3ast, I.Kallio 13+5reb+2ast, O.Virolainen 13+3reb+2ast, V.Taskinen 4+2reb, K.Clement 4+3reb
Jarvenpaa: L.Tarjanne 27+1reb+4ast, J.Jousisto 16+5reb+8ast, A.Towa 15+13reb+3ast, J.Mantyla 10+2ast, T.Rista 8+6reb+1ast, J.Pehkonen 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 487722


HBA-Marsky - Porvoon Tarmo 103-67

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Helsinki where seventh ranked HBA-Marsky (10-15) outscored 6th ranked Porvoon Tarmo (10-16) 103-67 on Thursday. The game without a history. HBA-Marsky led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Porvoon Tarmo's 22. HBA-Marsky forced 21 Porvoon Tarmo turnovers and outrebounded Porvoon Tarmo 42-28 including a 32-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. HBA-Marsky looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Porvoon Tarmo's players. Point guard Lassi Nikkarinen (184-97) scored 21 points, 7 assists and 5 steals to lead the charge for the winners and center Hannes Polla (212-98) chipped in 13 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward BJ Cardarelli (203, college: S.New Hampshire, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Levi Giese (206-90, college: Lafayette) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four HBA-Marsky and five Porvoon Tarmo players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. HBA-Marsky moved-up to sixth place. Porvoon Tarmo lost fifth consecutive game. Loser Porvoon Tarmo dropped to the seventh position with 16 games lost. HBA-Marsky will face Jarvenpaa (#8) on the road in the next round. Porvoon Tarmo will play against the league's second-placed Espoo United and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Porvoon Tarmo: B.Cardarelli 17+5reb+1ast, L.Giese 14+5reb+1ast, E.Salonen 11+6reb+3ast, C.Clark 10+3reb, M.Eriksson 10+1reb+1ast, R.Halikko 5
HBA-Marsky: L.Nikkarinen 21+3reb+7ast, E.Maxhuni 16+6reb+4ast, A.Gustavson 16+3reb+5ast, H.Polla 13+12reb+3ast, T.Jaakkola 6+1reb, J.Lammi 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 487721


TuNMKY - Ura Basket 91-78

The game between Top Four teams took place in Turun. Second ranked host TuNMKY (21-5) defeated one of their biggest challengers Ura Basket (19-7) 91-78. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-78. Swingman Timka Jaakkola (192-94) scored 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Eero Innamaa (186-98) chipped in 23 points and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side American guard Jermaine Watson (193-81, college: Boston Coll.) responded with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Sean Harris (201, college: Utah St.) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ura Basket's coach Jukka Valpola let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. TuNMKY have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 21-5 record behind leader Lahti. Loser Ura Basket keeps the third place with seven games lost.
Top scorers:
Ura Basket: S.Kaaresvirta 21+1reb+2ast, J.Watson 17+9reb+4ast, S.Harris 13+12reb+2ast, V.Hanninen 12+3reb+1ast, J.Forsstrom 4+3reb, J.Airenne 4+5reb
TuNMKY: T.Jaakkola 24+7reb+4ast, E.Innamaa 23+4reb+5ast, M.Sandberg 19+11reb+2ast, M.Laihonen 10+8reb+2ast, T.Lommi 7+6reb+3ast, A.Talvitie 4+5reb
gschID: 539619


PuHu Juniorit - Korikouvot 87-45

There was no surprise in Vantaa where 4th ranked Korikouvot (16-10) was outplayed by first ranked PuHu Juniorit (22-4) 87-45 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by PuHu Juniorit. Korikouvot was better in second period 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Korikouvot to just 7 points in fourth quarter. PuHu Juniorit held Korikouvot to an opponent 23.9 percent shooting from the field compared to 45.7 percent accuracy of the winners. Guard Pyry Rainamaa (194-90) had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Eero Lehtinen (194-85) chipped in 8 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Danish center Nicolai Andersen (203-96) responded with 7 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Teemu Knihtinen (195-98) scored 8 points and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. PuHu Juniorit have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 22-4 record. Loser Korikouvot keeps the fourth place with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
Korikouvot: V.Leino 10+2reb, H.Kantonen 9+6reb+1ast, T.Knihtinen 8+8reb+1ast, N.Andersen 7+8reb+2ast, J.Maenpaa 5+5reb+2ast, K.Shiwan 3+2ast
PuHu Juniorit: P.Rainamaa 23+12reb+2ast, J.Kyllonen 11+2reb+1ast, S.Laakso 10+5reb+3ast, S.Salminen 9+4reb+1ast, E.Lehtinen 8+7reb+3ast, A.Michelsen 8+2reb
gschID: 539618


FoKoPo - Espoo United 67-121

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Espoo United (18-6) outleveled on the road 9th ranked Forssan Koripojat (8-17) 121-67 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Espoo United led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Forssan Koripojat's 32. Espoo United forced 20 Forssan Koripojat turnovers and outrebounded Forssan Koripojat 43-26 including a 33-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Espoo United looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Forssan Koripojat's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Espoo United made 8 blocks. American guard Omar Calhoun (198-93, college: Connecticut) scored 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (on 13-of-15 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import point guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists during the contest. Five Espoo United players scored in double figures. Espoo United's coach Ville Neva felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American forward Bruce Reed (202-90, college: Pikeville) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Teemu Sulonen (188-94) scored 22 points. Espoo United have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Espoo United maintains second position with 18-6 record having six points less than leader Lahti. Forssan Koripojat lost sixth consecutive game. Loser Forssan Koripojat keeps the ninth place with 17 games lost. Espoo United will face Porvoon Tarmo (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Forssan Koripojat will play against the league's leader Lahti and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
FoKoPo: B.Reed 22+9reb+1ast, T.Sulonen 22+3reb+2ast, J.Henttonen 9+4reb+2ast, C.Altunel 7+2reb, J.Kotavuo 4+1reb+7ast, H.Kotavuo 3+5reb+1ast
Espoo United: O.Calhoun 33+6reb+3ast, J.Ivey 15+6reb+10ast, J.Gummerus 14+7reb, T.Halme 13+2reb+4ast, L.Gummerus 13+6reb+1ast, J.Jarvinen 11+3reb+5ast
gschID: 487720





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  FRANCE  

Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Steffon BRADFORD
  St Vallier
  (198-F/C-77)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Bradford, St Vallier18.2 
 2. Brooks, ALS Basket18.0 
 3. Craion, Lorient17.2 
 4. Vaty, Lourdes16.7 
 5. Newson, Lorient16.6 
 6. Smith, Orchies16.2 
 7. Geiger, SAP V.16.2 
 8. Mitchell, Chartres16.1 
 9. Doumbia, Gries/Ob.16.0 
 10. Thondique, Gries/Ob.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gregg THONDIQUE
  Gries/Ob.
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Thondique, Gries/Ob.10.2 
 2. Kovanusic, ALS B.9.0 
 3. Staniulis, Souffel8.6 
 4. Blackwell, ALS B.7.9 
 5. Gourari, RAC Basket7.9 
 6. Craion, Lorient7.6 
 7. Alliman, SAP V.7.5 
 8. Cox, Challans7.5 
 9. Vaty, Lourdes7.2 
 10. Anderson, RAC B.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Nikola KORAC
  Vitre
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Korac, Vitre7.9 
 2. Dalmeida, Lourdes7.3 
 3. Romain, Chartres7.0 
 4. Rathieuville, Rennes5.4 
 5. Varanauskas, Gries/Ob.5.3 
 6. Delhomme, St Vallier5.2 
 7. Bichard, RAC Basket5.1 
 8. Suhard, Angers BC4.8 
 9. Smith, Orchies4.7 
 10. Siegwarth, Vitre4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Michael CRAION
  Lorient
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Craion, Lorient3.0 
 2. Davis, Rennes2.3 
 3. Neri, ALS Basket2.1 
 4. Newson, Lorient2.0 
 5. Cornely, Caen2.0 
 6. Demuynck, Lourdes1.9 
 7. Monceau, Challans1.8 
 8. Dalmeida, Lourdes1.7 
 9. Gourari, RAC Basket1.6 
 10. Uzas, Angers BC1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Demond WATT
  Angers BC
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Watt, Angers BC1.3 
 2. Negrobar, Rennes1.2 
 3. Jakstas, Gries/Ob.1.1 
 4. Monteiro, Caen1.0 
 5. Rakocevic, Orchies0.9 
 6. Kayembe, Souffel0.9 
 7. Bobrov, Quimper0.9 
 8. Diarra, Caen0.9 
 9. Soumaoro, SAP V.0.8 
 10. Tresnak, GET Vosges0.8 


Cameron Clark claims French ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Cameron Clark (201-G/F-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's second-best Chalon and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 25-year old swingman had the game-high 26 points adding four rebounds and three assists for Chalon in his team's victory, helping them to beat ASVEL (#8, 11-11) 77-68. Chalon is placed at 2nd position in French ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Chalon will need more victories to improve their 16-6 record. In the team's last game Clark had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Chalon's top player in his first season with the team. The University of Oklahoma graduate has very impressive stats this year. Clark is league's best scorer averaging so far 18.5ppg. Clark is in league's top in and averages solid 55.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old Slovenian guard Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) of Limoges. Prepelic impressed basketball fans with 25 points and 5 assists. Of course he led Limoges to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Antibes (#16, 7-15) 95-66. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Limoges keeps 9th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Prepelic is a newcomer at Limoges and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.0ppg (#5). He also recorded 3.5 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Darrin Dorsey (188-PG-87) of Le Portel (#10). Dorsey scored 25 points and passed six assists. He was a key player of Le Portel, leading his team to a 72-67 win against slightly lower-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (#12, 9-13). The chances of Le Portel ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 12 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Dorsey could help Le Portel to bring them higher in the standings. Dorsey has a very solid season. In 21 games in France he scored 14.4ppg. He also has 3.8apg, FGP: 50.9% and 3PT: 43.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mathias Lessort (205-PF-95) of Nanterre - 20 points and 5 rebounds
5. Jason Rich (191-G-86) of Paris-Levallois - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Spencer Butterfield (190-G/F-92) of Nanterre - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Paul Lacombe (195-G-90) of Strasbourg - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Brion Rush (186-PG-84) of Nancy - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Dee Bost (188-PG-89) of Monaco - 25 points and 3 rebounds
10. Aaron Cel (203-PF-87) of Gravelines - 16 points and 6 rebounds

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



Ryan Rhoomes claims French ProB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Ryan Rhoomes (203-C-92) put on an amazing game in the last round for St Quentin and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 24-year old center had a double-double of 22 points and nineteen rebounds, while his team crushed Boulogne (#17, 8-14) with 25-point margin 81-56. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on top of the standings. St Quentin maintains the 16th position in French ProB. St Quentin is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-13 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Rhoomes as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Fordham University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Rhoomes is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 7.5rpg) and averages solid 61.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American forward Joe Burton (201-F-90) of Roanne. Burton impressed basketball fans with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Roanne was edged by the higher-ranked Nantes (#9, 11-11) 77-73. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Roanne managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 13th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-13 record. Burton is a newcomer at Roanne and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.5ppg (#4). He also registered 9.2 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Nigerian Dinma Odiakosa (203-C/F-85, agency: Inception Sports) of Le Havre (#10). Odiakosa scored 29 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Odiakosa's great performance Le Havre lost 70-77 to the higher-ranked Provence Basket (#2, 16-6). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Le Havre needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 11 victories and 11 lost games. Odiakosa has a great season in France. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.7rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Corin Henry (178-PG-88) of Evreux - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
5. Haukur Palsson (197-SF-92) of Rouen - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Wilbert Brown (200-PF-84) of Charleville - 27 points and 7 rebounds
7. Zachery Peacock (203-C-87) of Bourg - 23 points and 6 rebounds
8. Jean-Victor Traore (204-PF-85) of Lille - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Aaron Broussard (195-F/G-90) of Provence Basket - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Deonte Burton (183-PG-91) of Lille - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists

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



B.J. Monteiro claims French NM1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American-Cape Verdean B.J. Monteiro (196-F/G-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader Caen and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 26-year old swingman had a double-double of 20 points and eleven rebounds, while his team outclassed Gries/Oberhoffen (#12, 13-15) with 27-point margin 95-68. It allowed Caen to consolidate first place in the French NM1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Caen has a very solid 22-6 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Monteiro turned to be Caen's top player in his first season with the team. B.J. Monteiro averages this season 15.1ppg, 6.6rpg and 4.3apg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 39-year old American power forward Steffon Bradford (198-F/C-77) of St Vallier. Bradford impressed basketball fans with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for St Vallier to edge the higher-ranked Orchies (#8, 15-13) by 4 points 90-86. St Vallier's 11th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-14 record is not bad and everything may still change. Bradford is a newcomer at St Vallier and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.2ppg (#1). He also registered 5.4 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Gregg Thondique (201-F-87, agency: Octagon Europe) of Gries/Oberhoffen (#12). Thondique showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, sixteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Thondique's great performance Gries/Oberhoffen lost 68-95 to the higher-ranked Caen (#1, 22-6). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Gries/Oberhoffen ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Thondique could help Gries/Oberhoffen to bring them higher in the standings. Thondique has a great season in France. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.2rpg (#1 in league). He also has FGP: 54.7% and 3PT: 40.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Will Carter (200-F-88) of Angers BC - 21 points and 9 rebounds
5. Richie Gordon (203-F/C-89) of Caen - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Xane d'Almeida (181-PG-83) of Lourdes - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists
7. Daviin Davis (193-G/F-85) of Rennes - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Ludovic Negrobar (207-C-91) of Rennes - 18 points and 9 rebounds
9. Ruphin Kayembe (200-F/C-92) of Souffel - 21 points and 6 rebounds
10. Sade Aded Hussein (208-F/C-93) of St Vallier - 21 points, 4 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)



Mauricio Baez tabs Rick Jackson, ex Provence Basket - by Eurobasket News

Metropolitanos de Mauricio Baez (District National) inked 28-year old American forward Rick Jackson (206-107kg-89, college: Syracuse, agency: Basket Management Solutions). He played most recently at Provence Basket in French ProB. In 14 games he recorded 9.1ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3spg last season. Jackson helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also played that season for another team Delaware 87ers in U.S. semi-pro league D-League where in 27 games he averaged 7.6ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.1bpg.
Two years ago (four years after he left the college) Jackson was drafted by Iowa Energy (D-League) in first round (9th overall).
He attended Syracuse University until 2011 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
Jackson has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Among other achievements his team won Balkan League Regular Season in 2014. Jackson received also Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention award back in 2014.
He is a very experienced player. Jackson has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to six different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Jackson has played previously professionally in Philippines (Rain or Shine), Russia (Krasny Oktyabr), Venezuela (Cocodrilos), Israel (Galil Gilboa) and D-League (Austin Spurs).
His game is described as: Tremendous rebounder. Does a great job of establishing his presence in the paint. Extremely active on the boards. Good arsenal of offensive moves on the block and passes well out of double-teams.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  GEORGIA  


Burnette's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

Guard Tre Burnette (196-G) had an amazing evening in the last round for Olimpi and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had a double-double of 28 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Batumi (#7, 7-14) 83-74. Olimpi is placed at 6th position in Georgian league. Olimpi is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-13 record. In the team's last game Burnette had a remarkable 61.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be Olimpi's top player in his first season with the team. University of South Dakota graduate has very impressive stats this year. Burnette is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 9.1rpg) and averages solid 2.6spg and 52.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Levan Patsatsia (198-SF-88) of top-ranked Dinamo Tbilisi. He is former international in his first season at Dinamo Tbilisi. In the last game Patsatsia recorded impressive 19 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course Dinamo Tbilisi cruised to a 90-78 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Kutaisi (#2, 14-6). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Dinamo Tbilisi consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team belongs to top of the standings with 20-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Patsatsia is a newcomer at Dinamo Tbilisi and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Corey Allen (185-PG-92) of Mgzavrebi (#8). Allen scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Mgzavrebi, leading his team to a 77-65 win against the higher-ranked Sokhumi (#4, 9-12). Mgzavrebi can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 6-15 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Allen he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Allen has individually a great season in Georgia. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.9ppg (best scorer). He also has 3.5spg and FGP: 63.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dwayne Lathan (190-G-89) of Sokhumi - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Kaheem Ransom (185-PG) of Mgzavrebi - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Terik Bridgeman (198-G) of Cactus Tbilisi - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Nikola Maravic (212-C-89) of Dinamo Tbilisi - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Igor Krivtsov (201-F-86) of Batumi - 19 points and 9 rebounds
9. Deonta Vaughn (185-G-86) of Dinamo Tbilisi - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Thomas Spagnolo (201-F-91) of Rustavi - 18 points and 6 rebounds

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



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  GERMANY  

Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Raymar MORGAN
  Ratiopharm
  (203-F/C-88)
  Avg: 19
 1. Morgan, Ratiopharm19.0 
 2. Knight, Jena18.7 
 3. Kikanovic, ALBA16.5 
 4. Odum, Wuerzburg16.0 
 5. Thompson, Telekom .15.9 
 6. Qvale, EWE Baskets15.8 
 7. Ruoff, Goettingen15.7 
 8. Babb, Ratiopharm15.7 
 9. Paulding, EWE B.15.6 
 10. Lewis, Bayreuth15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Owen KLASSEN
  Phoenix .
  (208-C/F-91)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Klassen, Phoenix .7.8 
 2. Plaisted, Phoenix .7.3 
 3. Eatherton, Goett.7.2 
 4. Cooley, Ludwigsb.7.2