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  ABA LEAGUE  



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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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Tucker, Estudian.21.8 
 2. Green, Instituto20.3 
 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. Johnson, Weber B.9.8 
 4. Clancy, Instituto9.8 
 5. Wood, San M.8.9 
 6. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.7 
 7. Justiz, Estudian.8.4 
 8. Horner, Obras B.8.2 
 9. Francis, La Union8.2 
 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. Vildoza, Quilm.1.6 
 8. Massey, Libertad.1.6 
 9. Flor, Quilmes MP1.5 
 10. Lescano, San M.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.1 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.1 
 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.19.3 
 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. Lauria, Comunica.8.6 
 6. Lockett, BHY T.8.6 
 7. Joseph, Obera TC8.4 
 8. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.3 
 9. Brown, Mitre Tuc.8.1 
 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.7.3 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.4 
 4. Gandoy, Obera TC5.1 
 5. Cequeira, Villa A.5.1 
 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. Eseverri, Salta B.1.8 
 8. Lopez, Independ.1.8 
 9. Tabarez, Union SF1.8 
 10. Paletta, Hindu1.8 
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 


Fitch is back at Quebradillas, ex San Lorenzo - by Eurobasket News

Piratas de Quebradillas (BSN) signed experienced 35-year old American guard Gerald Fitch (191-8kg-82, college: Kentucky). It is actually his comeback to Piratas as he has played here before. Fitch He just played at San Lorenzo in Argentinian LigaA. In 10 games he had 12.6ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.9apg this season. The last season Fitch played at Marinos in Venezuelan LPB where in 12 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 5.1rpg and 3.6apg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Fitch was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Honorable Mention back in 2010 and 2011.
He is quite experienced player. Fitch has played in nine different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). He has played previously professionally in China (Long Lions), Croatia, France (Strasbourg IG), Italy (AV Cantu), Turkey (Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi, Aliaga and Kepez Bld), Ukraine, NBA (Houston Rockets), Spain (Unicaja Malaga and Baloncesto Fuenlabrada) and D-League (Austin Spurs).
Fitch is close to retirement age as a player. It's very possible he may end his playing career at Quebradillas.
Fitch attended University of Kentucky until 2004 and it is his 13th (hopefully lucky) (!!!) season as a professional player.

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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)



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
gschID: 540402


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





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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





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  BELARUS  

Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Sergej VABISCHEVICH
  BSEU-Gr.
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.21.1 
 2. Viaroukin, GO.18.8 
 3. Sugonyako, COR-Bori.18.8 
 4. Aladko, Vitebsk18.5 
 5. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.17.3 
 6. Suvorov, Prine.17.3 
 7. Shustov, Impuls B.17.1 
 8. Navoichyk, Prine.16.5 
 9. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.15.3 
 10. Stankevich, GOCOR-S.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dmitriy DMITRUK
  Brest
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 12
 1. Dmitruk, Brest12.0 
 2. Zahar, Impuls B.9.7 
 3. Liutych, Tsmoki II9.0 
 4. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.8.9 
 5. Kopacev, GO.8.5 
 6. Vashkevich, Vitebsk8.5 
 7. Chumakov, Prine.8.3 
 8. Ignatev, Impuls B.7.4 
 9. Malysh, COR-Bori.7.2 
 10. Chumakov, Grodn.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Maksim SHUSTOV
  Impuls B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Shustov, Impuls B.6.0 
 2. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.5.5 
 3. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.4 
 4. Stavrovskiy, Tsmoki I.4.8 
 5. Nazarov, BSEU-Gr.4.8 
 6. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.4.7 
 7. Aladko, Vitebsk4.6 
 8. Korzh, Grodno-934.6 
 9. Kharkevich, COR-Bori.4.5 
 10. Volodkin, Impuls B.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Tsimafei VIAROUKIN
  GO.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Viaroukin, GO.2.5 
 2. Lebedev, BSEU-Gr.2.4 
 3. Shustov, Impuls B.2.3 
 4. Suvorov, Prine.2.3 
 5. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk2.0 
 6. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.2.0 
 7. Malkov, COR-Bori.2.0 
 8. Chumakov, Grodn.1.9 
 9. Sazonau, BSEU-Gr.1.9 
 10. Stankevich, GOCOR-S.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Evgeniy KOPYLOV
  COR-Bori.
  (199-F-91)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kopylov, COR-Bori.0.0 
 2. Adaskov, GO.0.0 
 3. Kopacev, GO.0.0 
 4. Navoichyk, Prine.0.0 
 5. Konovchuk, Brest0.0 
 6. Morozov, Brest0.0 
 7. Kisel, Brest0.0 
 8. Mishukov, Grodn.0.0 
 9. Kirilyuk, Brest0.0 
 10. Milashevskiy, BSEU-Gr.0.0 



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  BERMUDAS  


Tsunami Win 2017 IBL Play-offs - by Eurobasket News

Tsunami are the new one Island Basketball League Champions, after they defeated he Flyboys 81 - 54 to take Game 2 of the Best of 3 and raise the Ryan Brunson Trophy in their first year as an expansion team. Regular season MVP Dean Jones also captured the Finals MVP Award. Jones in Game Two scored 31 points as there was no answer in stopping him and putting him there right with Chris Crumpler (191-G/F-83) as the Island Best Basketball player. Akil Smith (89) who was last season finals MVP scored 19 points for the Flyboys.
Courtesy of: islandstats.com



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  BOSNIA  

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
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  BRAZIL  

Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Shamell STALLWORTH
  Mogi
  (195-SG-80)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Stallworth, Mogi19.9 
 2. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 3. Nardi-Duarte, Campo M.19.8 
 4. Anthony, Macae19.5 
 5. Vieira, Flamengo18.9 
 6. Garcia, Bauru18.4 
 7. Holloway, Pinheiros18.0 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia17.3 
 9. Andrade, Bauru17.0 
 10. Machado, Flamengo16.9 
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. Maynard, Minas7.8 
 5. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 6. Ansaloni, Pinheiros7.2 
 7. Lopez, Flamengo7.0 
 8. Klassmann, B.Cea.6.7 
 9. Curnell, Mogi6.6 
 10. Silveira, Mogi6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. de-Assis, Brasilia7.2 
 2. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.7 
 3. Garcia, Bauru5.5 
 4. Pecos, Paulistano5.5 
 5. Anthony, Macae5.4 
 6. Borges, Franca5.3 
 7. Dawkins, Vitoria5.1 
 8. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.5.1 
 9. Rodgers, Minas5.0 
 10. Taylor, Mogi4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Scott RODGERS
  Minas
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Rodgers, Minas1.8 
 2. Stallworth, Mogi1.7 
 3. Dawkins, Vitoria1.7 
 4. Taylor, Mogi1.7 
 5. Garcia, Bauru1.7 
 6. Toledo, B.Cearense1.6 
 7. Cafferata, L.Sor.1.6 
 8. Jackson, Vasco D.1.6 
 9. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.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. Rollins, Flamengo0.6 
 9. Camilo, Macae0.6 
 10. Gruber, B.Cearense0.6 


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
gschID: 495561


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
gschID: 495560


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





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.



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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.



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Jeremy Nzeulie selected the top Cameroonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Jeremy Nzeulie
Jeremy Nzeulie
   #1. This week's number one is former international shooting guard Jeremy Nzeulie (188-91, currently plays in France). He led Chalon/Saor to a victory against the eighth-ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (11-11) 77-68 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. Nzeulie recorded 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (16-6) is placed second in the ProA. It's Nzeulie's first season with the team. This year he averages: 7.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 49.3%, 3FGP: 27.2% and FT: 74.5% in 22 games he played so far. Nzeulie has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. He played for the Cameroonian senior national team two years ago.

Kenny Kadji
Kenny Kadji
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Kenny Kadji (211-88, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Turkey). Kadji could not help one of league's weakest teams Trabzonspor (7-14) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance Trabzonspor was badly defeated 96-78 on the road by the higher-ranked Istanbul BBSK (#11). Kadji was the top scorer with 18 points. He also added 4 rebounds. Kadji has relatively good stats this season: 14.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 58.6%(102-174), 3FGP: 26.9% and FT: 70.9%. He played for the Cameroonian national team in 2015.

Harding NaNa
Harding NaNa
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware, currently plays in Denmark). NaNa was not able to help Svendborg (13-15) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Svendborg was edged 59-58 at home by the league outsider (#8) Stevnsgade. NaNa had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 18 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 2 blocks in 33 minutes. It was Svendborg's third consecutive loss in a row. The Regular Season already ended. This year NaNa has relatively solid stats: 12.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 46.5%, 3FGP: 26.2% and FT: 61.8% in 25 games. He played for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Luc Mbah a Moute
Luc Mbah a Moute
   #4. Swingman Luc Mbah a Moute (200-86, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Los Angeles Clippers (40-27) in their game against the Utah Jazz (42-25) in the NBA. Mbah a Moute scored 6 points. The Los Angeles Clippers (40-27) were defeated 114-108 in Salt Lake City by the Utah Jazz. Mbah a Moute's overall stats this season are: 5.9ppg and 2.2rpg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2015.

Landry Nnoko
Landry Nnoko
   #5. Former international center Landry Nnoko (208-94, college: Clemson, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams VL Pesaro (7-15) in their game against Openjobmetis VA (8-14) in the Italian Serie A. Nnoko cannot count it as his best performance. He recorded only 3 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 16 minutes. VL Pesaro lost 78-93 in Varese to the higher-ranked (#14) Openjobmetis VA. This year Nnoko's overall stats are: 5.9ppg and 7.1rpg in 22 games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Gaston Essengue
Gaston Essengue
   #6. Power forward Gaston Essengue (203-83, college: UNLV, currently plays in Argentina) couldn't help Comunicaciones (23-9) in their last game on Monday. Despite Essengue's good performance the second-placed Comunicaciones (23-9) was defeated 76-61 on their home court in Mercedes by the lower-ranked Villa Angela (#3) in the North group. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Essengue has reliable stats this season: 13.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Cameroonian senior team two years ago.

Gedeon Pitard
Gedeon Pitard
   #7. Former international guard Gedeon Pitard (188-89, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Jeremy Nzeulie and both played together in the last French ProA game. Pitard managed to help ES Chalon-Sur-Saone in a victory against the eighth-ranked ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (11-11) 77-68. He recorded only one point in 9 minutes on the court. This year Pitard's total stats are: 1.7ppg and 1.2apg in 22 games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Arsene Towa
Arsene Towa
   #8. Forward Arsene Towa (191-81, currently plays in Finland) contributed to Jarvenpaa's victory against the fifth-ranked Oulun NMKY (13-12) 83-76 in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) in Friday night's game. Towa recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 3 assists. Jarvenpaan Koripalloseura (9-16) is placed eighth in Division A. Towa's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Towa averaged so far 13.3ppg, 11.7rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team back in 2011.

Junior MBida
Junior MBida
   #9. Former international center Junior MBida (204-90, currently plays in France) contributed to a 3-point Lille Metropole's victory against the 12th-ranked Denain Voltaire (10-12) 75-72 in the French ProB (second division) last Friday. MBida recorded 5 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks in 20 minutes. Lille Metropole Basket (13-9) is placed fourth in the ProB. MBida has averaged so far 6.2ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.1spg in nine games. He used to play for the Cameroonian national team two years ago.

Seidou Njoya
Seidou Njoya
   #10. Point guard Seidou Njoya (188-89, agency: Promotex, currently plays in France) couldn't help STB Le Havre (11-5) in their game against ALM Evreux (12-10) in the French ProB (second division). Njoya cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points. STB Le Havre was defeated 83-78 in Evreux by the lower-ranked ALM Evreux (#6). It was STB Le Havre's third consecutive loss in a row. Njoya has averaged so far 1.8ppg and 1.4apg. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Cameroonian senior national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Danny Gibson (177-PG-84, college: S.Indiana, currently plays in Bulgaria) led Lukoil Academic Sofia to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Cherno More (5-14) crushing them 107-60 in the Bulgarian NBL on Saturday night. Gibson scored 15 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 29 minutes. Lukoil Academic Sofia (16-3) is placed first in the NBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Gibson has relatively solid stats: 13.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.9apg and 1.5spg in 19 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and American.

   #2. Paul Biligha (200-C-90, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) could not help Vanoli Cremona (6-16) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Biligha's good performance the bottom-ranked Vanoli Cremona was defeated 86-82 on the road by the much higher-ranked Betaland Cdo (#4). He recorded 10 points and blocked 2 shots. This season Biligha has relatively solid stats: 11.1ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3bpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and Italian. Despite Biligha's Cameroonian nationality, he previously played for the Italian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Cameroonian team.

   #3. Ralph Temgoua (194-G-87, college: St.Lawrence, currently plays in France) was not able to help Quimper UJAP (20-8) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Temgoua's very good performance Quimper UJAP was edged 62-61 in Andrezieux by the lower-ranked ALS Basket (#7). He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Temgoua also added 5 rebounds. Temgoua has averaged so far 8.9ppg, 3.1rpg and 2.3apg. He has both Cameroonian and French nationalities.

   #4. Jean-Dieudonniz Biog (205-C-95, currently plays in France) contributed to a Saint Vallier's victory against the 16th-ranked Union Rennes (11-17) 83-77 in the French NM1 (third division) in Tuesday night's game. Biog scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 13 minutes. Saint Vallier Basket Drome (14-14) is placed 11th in the NM1. Biog has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 2.5rpg in 26 games. He also holds two passports: Cameroonian and French. Despite Biog's Cameroonian nationality, he previously played for the French U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Cameroonian team.

   #5. Franck Kouagnia (201-F-89, currently plays in Sweden) was the major contributor in Eskilstuna's victory against the fourth-ranked Lobas (7-8) crushing them 83-59 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) on Saturday night. Kouagnia had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 2 blocks in 34 minutes. Eskilstuna Basket (12-2) is placed second in BEHS forts group. There are only four games left until the end of the Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Kouagnia has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.8ppg, 13.1rpg, 3.3apg and 1.5spg in 19 games. Kouagnia has British and Cameroonian nationalities.

   #6. Roland Nyama (198-G/F-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the Stony Brook in their game against the University at Albany in the NCAA. He scored 6 points and added 3 passes. His team was defeated 63-56. Nyama averaged so far 10.6ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.5apg. He has dual citizenship: German and Cameroonian. Despite Nyama's Cameroonian passport, he previously played for the German U16 national team.

   #7. Johan Bitjaa (207-C-93, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Zamorano (5-19) in their last game. Despite Bitjaa's good performance the bottom-ranked Zamorano lost 79-84 at home to the second-ranked CB Granada. He was the second best scorer with 13 points in a mere 19 minutes. Bitjaa has averaged so far 7.6ppg and 5.9rpg in 20 games.

   #8. Maxime Djo Ebala (208-C-94, currently plays in France) couldn't help Angers BC in their game against Quimper UJAP in the French NM1 (third division). He scored 6 points. His team was defeated 91-78. Djo Ebala has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 1.8rpg. He has Cameroonian and French nationalities.

   #9. Bertrand Nkali (206-F-92, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Houston in their game against the University of Connecticut in the NCAA. Nkali cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. His team lost 65-74. Nkali has averaged so far 1.4ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.3bpg in 30 games.



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Khem Birch selected the top Canadian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Khem Birch
Khem Birch
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Khem Birch (208-92, college: UNLV, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Greek team Olympiacos to a victory over the ninth-ranked Darussafaka (12-13) 81-73 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. Birch was MVP of the game. He recorded 13 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks in a mere 18 minutes on the court. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (18-7) is placed third in the Euroleague. This year Birch averages: 8.1ppg, 6.6rpg, 2FGP: 65.0%(78-120) and FT: 62.7% in 25 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Canadian senior national team.

Anthony Bennett
Anthony Bennett
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Anthony Bennett (203-93, college: UNLV, currently plays in Euroleague). Bennett could not help Fenerbahce (16-9) to beat Baskonia (14-11). He recorded 9 points. But Fenerbahce was defeated 79-74 at home by the lower-ranked Baskonia (#7). Bennett's overall stats this season are: 2.4ppg, 1.2rpg, 3FGP: 25.0%. He is in the roster of the Canadian senior national team.

Andrew Wiggins
Andrew Wiggins
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Andrew Wiggins (203-95, college: Kansas, currently plays in NBA). Wiggins was the main contributor in a 1-point Minnesota Timberwolves' victory against the Golden State Warriors (52-14) 103-102 in the NBA on Friday night. He was the best player in that game. Wiggins scored 24 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 37 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. The Minnesota Timberwolves have 28-38 record this season. Wiggins has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 22.9ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 47.7%, 3FGP: 34.8% and FT: 76.4% in 66 games. Wiggins played for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Melvin Ejim
Melvin Ejim
   #4. Forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Basketball Champions League) was the major contributor in an Umana Venezia's victory against the closely-ranked Scandone AV (10-4) 72-68 in the Basketball Champions League in Wednesday night's game. He scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Umana Reyer Venezia (9-5) is placed third in group B. It's Ejim's first season with the team. Ejim has relatively good stats this year: 10.9ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.4apg and 1.3spg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Nigerian. Ejim is also Canadian national team player.

Jamal Murray
Jamal Murray
   #5. Former international swingman Jamal Murray (198-97, college: Kentucky, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Los Angeles Lakers (20-47) crushing them 129-101 in the NBA last Monday. He was the top player that evening. Murray scored 22 points and added 3 passes in 30 minutes; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. The Denver Nuggets have 32-35 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Murray has relatively solid stats: 9.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.9apg in 67 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Kelly Olynyk
Kelly Olynyk
   #6. Power forward Kelly Olynyk (213-91, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Boston Celtics' victory against the Golden State Warriors (52-14) 99-86 in the NBA on Wednesday night. Olynyk recorded 17 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. The Boston Celtics have a solid 42-25 record this season. Olynyk is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Celtics' roster. He has reliable stats this season: 8.9ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.0apg. Olynyk is a former international player as he played for the Canadian senior team two years ago.

Aaron Doornekamp
Aaron Doornekamp
   #7. Former international forward Aaron Doornekamp (201-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) helped CB Canarias win their game against the closely-ranked Movil Estudiantes (17-5) 82-63 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. He scored 8 points in 16 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias (18-5) is placed first in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Doornekamp's stats this year are: 12.3ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.2apg in 23 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team two years ago.

Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson
   #8. Forward Tristan Thompson (206-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA) helped Cleveland Cavaliers win their game against the Orlando Magic (24-44) 116-104 in the NBA last Saturday. Thompson recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. The Cleveland Cavaliers have a solid 43-22 record this season. Thompson has been at the team for six years. Thompson averaged so far 8.1ppg, 9.7rpg and 1.2bpg. He plays currently for the Canadian national team.

Cory Joseph
Cory Joseph
   #9. International point guard Cory Joseph (190-91, college: Texas, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Toronto Raptors (39-28) in their last game. Despite Joseph's very good performance the Toronto Raptors (39-28) lost 99-105 on the road to the Atlanta Hawks. He scored 15 points, made 8 passes and 4 steals in 35 minutes. Joseph averaged so far 9.0ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.0apg in 65 games. He is also in the roster of the Canadian national team.

Olu Ashaolu
Olu Ashaolu
   #10. Power forward Olu Ashaolu (200-88, college: Oregon, currently plays in Japan) was not able to secure a victory for Sanen Neophoenix (25-18) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Ashaolu's very good performance the second-placed Sanen Neophoenix (25-18) was edged 73-71 in Saporro by the lower-ranked Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo (#4) in the Central group. He recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 15 rebounds. Ashaolu's overall stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.2apg. He is a former U18 international player as eleven years ago he still played for the Canadian national team.

   #11. Former U18 international point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-88, currently plays in Baltic League) helped his Lithuanian team P.Zvaigzdes win their game against the fifth-ranked Liepaja/Triobet 109-93 in the Baltic League last Wednesday. Zabas scored 18 points and added 5 passes in 29 minutes. Zabas averaged so far 14.4ppg, 3.5rpg and 3.5apg in eight games. Despite he played previously for the Lithuanian U20 national team, Zabas is currently in the Canadian U18 national team roster.

   #12. Former international guard Carl English (195-81, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Germany) helped ALBA Berlin win their game against the closely-ranked s Oliver Baskets crushing them 99-75 in the German BBL on Saturday night. He recorded 13 points and added 3 assists. English's overall stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.3apg. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2015.

   #13. Former international swingman Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan, currently plays in Belgium) couldn't help Spirou Charleroi (11-12) in their last game. Despite Shepherd's very good performance Spirou Charleroi lost 76-83 in Antwerp to the second-ranked Giants. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Shepherd also added 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 26 minutes. Shepherd averaged so far 11.5ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.9apg in 19 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team three years ago.

   #14. Former international point guard Kevin Pangos (188-93, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in Euroleague) helped his Lithuanian team Zalgiris win their game against the sixth-ranked Panathinaikos 64-58 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Pangos recorded 6 points and added 9 assists. Pangos' overall stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.3apg. He used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2009.

   #15. Former international power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona, currently plays in VTB United League) helped his Russian team Zenit win their game against the closely-ranked Unics Kazan crushing them 109-84 in the VTB United League on Sunday night. Landry scored 9 points and added 3 passes in only 11 minutes. Landry averaged so far 11.5ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.6apg in 19 games. He used to play for the Canadian national team four years ago.

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

   #1. Maurice Walker (208-F/C-91, college: Minnesota, currently plays in United Kingdom) led Worcester Wolves to a victory over one of league's weakest teams Leeds Force (7-18) crushing them 112-62 in the British BBL in Friday night's game. Walker was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 12 rebounds. Walker also added 6 assists and 2 blocks in 31 minutes. Worcester Wolves (12-12) is placed sixth in the BBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Walker has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.6ppg, 9.6rpg and 1.9apg in 15 games he played so far. Walker has a dual citizenship: Canadian and British.

   #2. Yannick Anzuluni (205-F-87, college: Houghton, currently plays in Sweden) could not help BC Lulea (22-7) in their last game. Despite his good performance the league leader BC Lulea lost 90-99 on the road to the lower-ranked (#6) Boras Basket. Anzuluni scored 13 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 37 minutes. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Anzuluni averaged so far 14.7ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.7apg and 2.1spg in 28 games.

   #3. Experienced Michael Fraser (203-C-84, college: Oklah.Baptist, currently plays in Poland) was not able to help AZS Polfarmex in their game against PGE Turow (13-11) in the Polish PLK, despite his very good performance last Saturday. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 12 rebounds in 38 minutes. But AZS Polfarmex lost 98-109 in Zgorzelec to the much higher-ranked (#7) PGE Turow. It was AZS Polfarmex's fifth consecutive loss in a row. This year Fraser's overall stats are: 9.0ppg and 8.4rpg in 21 games.

   #4. Hernst Laroche (185-PG-89, agency: HMS, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams SO Maritime Boulogne (8-14) crushing them 81-56 in the French ProB (second division) on Saturday night. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and making the same number of passes. Laroche also added 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in 32 minutes. Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball (9-13) is placed 16th in the ProB. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. This year Laroche's overall stats are: 7.0ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.4apg and 1.2spg in 22 games.

   #5. Elijah Long (183-G, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Mt.St.Mary's' victory against the St.Francis University (PA) (13-5) 71-61 in the NCAA in Tuesday night's game. He recorded 24 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 37 minutes. The Mt.Saint Mary's University, MD has a very solid 14-4 conference record this season. It was Mt.St.Mary's' third consecutive victory in a row. Long's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Long has very impressive stats this year: 15.4ppg, 5.4rpg, 4.4apg and 1.6spg in 34 games.

   #6. Dylan Ennis (187-G-91, currently studies in the States) contributed to Oregon's victory against the University of California 73-65 in the NCAA last Friday. He recorded 16 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!). Ennis averaged so far 11.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.1apg and 1.1spg. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #7. Ali Kanaan (207-C/F-85, college: Mass.-Lowell, currently plays in Lebanon) was not able to secure a victory for Byblos in their game against Homenetmen in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL. Kanaan scored 6 points in 24 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 87-70. This year Kanaan's overall stats are: 5.6ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.3apg in 12 games. He has both Canadian and Lebanese nationalities.

   #8. Jermel Kennedy (201-F-89, college: Lander, currently plays in United Kingdom) is a teammate of previously mentioned Maurice Walker and both played together in the last British BBL game. Kennedy contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Leeds Force crushing them 112-62. He recorded 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks. Kennedy averaged so far 13.6ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.8apg and 1.4spg. He also holds two passports: Canadian and British.

   #9. Dallin Bachynski (213-C-91, college: Utah, currently plays in Poland) couldn't help Energa Czarni in their game against Stelmet in the Polish PLK. Bachynski recorded 6 points in only 13 minutes. His team was edged 81-79. This year Bachynski's overall stats are: 5.0ppg and 3.0rpg in two games. He holds both Canadian and Polish passports.

   #10. Joseph Chartouny (190-G-94, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Fordham in their game against the George Mason University in the NCAA, despite his very good performance in Thursday night's game. Chartouny scored 19 points and added 4 assists in 43 minutes. But his team lost 71-82. Chartouny averaged so far 12.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 5.0apg and 3.2spg in 29 games.



Orangeville A's let Tulloch go - by Eurobasket News

Orangeville A's (NBL Canada) cut forward Daniel Tulloch (196-100kg). In 11 NBL Canada games he averaged just 2.9ppg and 3.0rpg this season.
The last season Tulloch played at Lions where in 7 CIS games he had 6.7ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.0apg.
He was selected to OUA East Division All-Rookie Team in 2013.
Tulloch is described as: An extremely athletic player who has the ability to play the wing and forward positions.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in NBL Canada



KW Titans waive Anthony Ottley - by Eurobasket News

Kitchener-Waterloo Titans (NBL Canada) released 26-year old forward Anthony Ottley (198-91, college: Red Deer). In only one NBL Canada game he recorded just 2 points this season. Ottley also played earlier that season for River Lions. But in two NBL Canada games he did not score anything.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team was regular season runner-up in Canadian NBBL in 2015. Ottley was also voted All-ACAC South Division 2nd Team in 2016 at his college time.
Ottley has played previously for three other teams: Lancers, Spartans and BSN.
He attended Red Deer College until 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in NBL Canada



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Romain Sato selected the top Central African playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Romain Sato
Romain Sato
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international swingman Romain Sato (195-81, college: Xavier, currently plays in Spain). He led Valencia Basket to a victory over the tenth-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (10-13) 101-86 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Saturday night's game. Sato was MVP of the game. He scored 20 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 20 minutes on the court. Valencia Basket (16-6) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. It's Sato's fourth season with the team. This year Sato averages: 5.9ppg, 2.2rpg, 3FGP: 44.1% and FT: 81.5% in 20 games he played so far. He played for the Central African senior national team four years ago.

James Mays
James Mays
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward James Mays (206-86, college: Clemson, currently plays in South Korea). Mays was the main contributor in a LG Sakers' victory against the closely-ranked Mobis Phoebus (26-24) 87-82 in the South Korean KBL last Wednesday. He was the best player in that game. Mays recorded a double-double by scoring 38 points and getting 16 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals. Changwon LG Sakers (22-27) are placed seventh in the KBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Mays' first season with the team. Mays has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 22.3ppg, 11.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3FGP: 23.4% and FT: 61.7%. Mays is a naturalized American. He played for the Central African national team in 2013. Strangely Mays has never played in Central Africa.

Patrick O'Bryant
Patrick O'Bryant
   #3. The Central African player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Patrick O'Bryant (213-86, college: Bradley, currently plays in Taiwan). He could not help Fubon Braves (17-13) in their last game. Despite O'Bryant's very good performance Fubon Braves were edged 79-78 at home by the lower-ranked (#5) Pauian. He had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 14 rebounds. O'Bryant also added and 3 steals in 39 minutes. O'Bryant has relatively good stats this year: 14.5ppg, 11.9rpg, 2.3apg, 2.3bpg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 35.7%, 3FGP: 32.4% and FT: 79.2% in 11 games. He is a naturalized American. O'Bryant played for the Central African national team four years ago. Apparently he has never played in Central Africa.

Max Kouguere
Max Kouguere
   #4. Small forward Max Kouguere (198-87, currently plays in France) was not able to help Olympique Antibes in their game against Limoges CSP Elite (11-11) in the French ProA. Kouguere recorded 8 points. Olympique Antibes was crushed 95-66 on the road by the much higher-ranked Limoges CSP Elite (#9). Kouguere's overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.4apg. He has a dual citizenship: Congolese and Central African. Kouguere used to play for the Central African national team back in 2015.

Jimmy Djimrabaye
Jimmy Djimrabaye
   #5. Former international power forward Jimmy Djimrabaye (202-92, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Gravelines-Dunkerque (12-10) in their game against Limoges CSP Elite (11-11) in the French ProA. He did not have that impressive stats last Monday. Djimrabaye scored only 3 points in 15 minutes. Gravelines-Dunkerque lost 77-88 in Limoges to the lower-ranked (#9) CSP Elite. This year Djimrabaye's overall stats are: 2.0ppg and 1.3rpg in 13 games. He used to play for the Central African national team two years ago.

Maxime Zianveni
Maxime Zianveni
   #6. Power forward Maxime Zianveni (198-79, currently plays in France) couldn't help Boulazac Basket (11-11) in their game against Saint Chamond (9-13) in the French ProB (second division). Zianveni scored 8 points. Boulazac Basket was defeated 85-70 in Saint Chamond by the lower-ranked Saint Chamond (#14). Zianveni's total stats this season are: 7.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.7spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Central African senior team four years ago.

Destin Damachoua
Destin Damachoua
   #7. Former international guard Destin Damachoua (184-86, college: New Orleans, 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) in Tuesday night's game. Damachoua scored 6 points in only 9 minutes. CEP Lorient (11-17) is placed 15th in the NM1. This year Damachoua has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg in 25 games. He used to play for the Central African national team two years ago.

Other top Central African players, who play abroad:

Johan Grebongo (204-F/C-94) plays for Pfastatt in French NM2
Michael Mokongo (180-PG-86) plays for Vitre in French NM1
Yannick Zachee (192-F-86) plays for Oullins in French NM2
Maixant Mombollet (203-F/C-81) plays for Tourcoing in French NM2
Clarence Juillet (198-C-83) plays for Brissac-Aubance in French NM2
Guy Joseph Kodjo-Sitchi (191-F-85) plays for Prisse Macon in French NM2
Sydney Pehoua (195-F-88) plays for Besancon in French NM2
Martial Gotagni (190-G/F-79) plays for Chateauroux in French NM2

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



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  COLOMBIA  


Juan Palacios selected the top Colombian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Juan Palacios
Juan Palacios
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Juan Palacios (206-85, currently plays in Turkey). He contributed to Tofas' victory against the fourth-ranked Banvit (15-6) 88-83 in the Turkish BSL in Saturday night's game. Palacios scored 6 points in 17 minutes on the court. Tofas Bursa (10-11) is placed ninth in the BSL. This year Palacios averages: 4.3ppg, 3.7rpg in three games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Colombian and Spanish. Ex-Guerreros de Bogota player is currently a member of the Colombian senior national team.

Braian Angola-Rodas
Braian Angola-Rodas
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Braian Angola-Rodas (198, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA. Angola-Rodas could not help the Florida St. (12-6) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance the Florida St. was defeated 77-73 on the road by the University of Notre Dame. Angola-Rodas recorded 17 points. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. It's Angola-Rodas' first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 4.7ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.2apg, 3FGP: 43.5% and FT: 77.8%. Angola-Rodas is in the roster of the Colombian senior national team.

Hanner Mosquera-Perea
Hanner Mosquera-Perea
   #3. The Colombian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea (206-93, currently studies in the States). Mosquera-Perea led E.Tenn.St. to a victory against the University of North Carolina, Greensboro (14-4) 79-74 in the NCAA in Monday night's game. He scored 12 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The East Tennessee State University has quite an impressive 14-4 conference record this season. It was E.Tenn.St.'s fourth consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Mosquera-Perea's overall stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 59.9%(103-172) and FT: 56.1%. He is also a member of the Colombian senior national team.

Thomas Diaz
Thomas Diaz
   #4. Swingman Thomas Diaz (193-93, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to help the Texas A&M University - Kingsville in their game against the West Texas A&M University (13-6) in the NCAA2. Diaz scored only 4 points. The Texas A&M University - Kingsville was defeated 76-64 in Canyon by the West Texas A&M University. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA2 National Tournament Round 2. And that game will be critical. Diaz has been at the team for five years. Diaz's overall stats this season are: 2.7ppg and 2.1rpg. He is also Colombian national team player.

Hansel Atencia
Hansel Atencia
   #5. International guard Hansel Atencia (180-97, currently plays in NAIA) contributed to a The Master's College, CA's victory against the Hope International University (13-3) 79-74 in the NAIA in Tuesday night's game. Atencia recorded 12 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals in 41 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. The The Master's College, CA has a solid 12-4 record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NAIA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Atencia has relatively good stats this year: 12.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 3.6apg and 1.2spg in 26 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Spanish and Colombian. Atencia plays currently for the Colombian national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Cesar Silva (190-G/F-81, currently plays in Venezuela) led Guaiqueries to a 1-point victory over the fourth-ranked Guaros (1-3) 90-89 in the Venezuelan LPB in Wednesday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Silva scored 27 points (!!!), had 7 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 33 minutes. Guaiqueries de Margarita (3-3) is placed third in Eastern Conference. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Silva has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg, 4.8rpg and 3.2apg in six games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Colombian and Venezuelan.

   #2. Cesar Cortes (200-F/C-81, currently plays in Mexico) led Fuerza Regia to a victory against the closely-ranked Toros (22-14) 87-76 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) last Monday. Cortes recorded 17 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Fuerza Regia Monterrey (32-4) is placed first in the LNBP. It's Cortes' first season with the team. This year he averages: 6.9ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.2apg.

   #3. Luis Julio (201-F/C-80, currently plays in Venezuela) could not help Panteras (1-5) in their last game. Despite Julio's very good performance the fifth-placed Panteras (1-5) was edged 80-79 in a derby game by the leading Cocodrilos in the Eastern Conference. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 12 rebounds in 29 minutes. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Julio has relatively good stats this year: 12.2ppg and 6.5rpg in six games. He is another player who holds two passports: Colombian and Venezuelan.

   #4. Fernando Lucena (185-PG-86, currently plays in Venezuela) was not able to help Gigantes (3-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Lucena's very good performance the second-placed Gigantes (3-1) was defeated 89-83 on the road by the leading Bucaneros in the Eastern Conference. He was the second best scorer with 17 points. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Lucena's first year with the team. This season Lucena averages: 8.3ppg. He has both Colombian and Venezuelan nationalities.

   #5. Douglas Chiquito (193-G-86, currently plays in Venezuela) contributed to Gaiteros' victory against the fifth-ranked Panteras (1-5) 84-74 in the Venezuelan LPB last Monday. Chiquito recorded 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 32 minutes. Gaiteros de Zulia (2-4) is placed third in Western Conference. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. This year Chiquito averages: 9.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.4apg and 1.8spg in five games. Similarly like Lucena and Julio above he also holds two passports: Colombian and Venezuelan.

   #6. Jesus Urbina (201-F-84, college: George Mason, currently plays in Venezuela) is a teammate of previously mentioned Cesar Silva. But that was another game of his team in Venezuelan LPB which we would like to mention. Urbina was the major contributor in Guaiqueries' victory against the fourth-ranked Marinos 72-65. He recorded 11 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. It was his first game for Guaiqueries this season. Similarly like three previous players above, Urbina has Colombian and Venezuelan nationalities.

   #7. Jackson Zapata (198-F-85, currently plays in Venezuela) is a teammate of previously mentioned Cesar Silva. He played also in the last Venezuelan LPB game facing Jesus Urbina (above) in the other team. Zapata contributed to Guaiqueries' victory against the fourth-ranked Marinos 72-65. He recorded 7 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes. This year Zapata's overall stats are: 4.7ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.5apg in six games. He has Colombian and Venezuelan nationalities. Despite Zapata's Colombian passport, he previously played for the Venezuelan U21 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Colombian team.

   #8. Jorge Leon (188-PG-79, currently plays in Venezuela) was not able to secure a victory for Toros in their game against Bucaneros in the Venezuelan LPB. Leon scored 5 points in 9 minutes. His team was crushed by 35 points 89-54. This year Leon averages only 2.5ppg in four games. Similarly like five previous players above, he holds both Colombian and Venezuelan passports.



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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 .17.1 
 8. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek16.9 
 9. Ivanov, GKK Sibenik16.6 
 10. Konjevic, Skrljevo16.0 
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. Mazalin, Zadar6.6 
 6. Smajlagic, Zabok6.6 
 7. Marcinkovic, KK Za.6.4 
 8. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek5.7 
 9. Vucic, Alkar Sinj5.7 
 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. Filipovic, KK Split5.6 
 6. Veljacic, Kvarner .5.5 
 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. Stemberger, Skrlj.1.9 
 7. Mazalin, Zadar1.8 
 8. Brzoja, Zadar1.8 
 9. Marcinkovic, KK Za.1.7 
 10. James, Cedevita1.7 
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. Vitali, KK Zagreb0.7 
 10. Zrnic, Zabok0.7 


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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Hrvoje Peric selected the top Croatian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Hrvoje Peric
Hrvoje Peric
   #1. This week's number one is former international forward Hrvoje Peric (203-85, currently plays in Italy). He was the major contributor in an Umana Venezia's victory against the 11th-ranked The Flexx PT (10-12) 78-71 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Peric recorded 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court. Umana Reyer Venezia (14-8) is placed second in the Serie A. It's Peric's fourth season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.8apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 51.5%, 3FGP: 17.1% and FT: 74.3% in 21 games he played so far. Peric played for the Croatian senior national team two years ago.

Dario Saric
Dario Saric
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Dario Saric (207-94, currently plays in NBA). He led Philadelphia 76ers to a 2-point victory over the Los Angeles Lakers (20-47) 118-116 in the NBA last Sunday. Saric was MVP of the game. He scored 29 points (!!!), grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists. The Philadelphia 76ers have not so impressive 23-43 record this season. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. Saric has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 12.2ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 46.3%, 3FGP: 32.1% and FT: 77.2%. Ex-KK Cibona VIP Zagreb player is in the roster of the Croatian senior national team.

Bojan Bogdanovic
Bojan Bogdanovic
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Bojan Bogdanovic (203-89, currently plays in NBA). Bogdanovic led Washington Wizards to a victory over the Phoenix Suns (22-45) 131-127 in the NBA on Tuesday night. He was the best player in that game. Bogdanovic scored 29 points (!!!) and grabbed 9 rebounds (went 16 for 16 at the free throw line !!!) in 29 minutes. The Washington Wizards have a solid 41-25 record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Bogdanovic has very impressive stats this year: 15.6ppg, 2.8rpg, 3FGP: 45.6%(26-57) and FT: 95.2%(40-42) in 11 games. Ex-KK Cibona VIP Zagreb player is also a member of the Croatian senior national team.

Ante Tomic
Ante Tomic
   #4. Center Ante Tomic (217-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Spain) could not help FC Barcelona (15-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance FC Barcelona was edged 76-75 on the road by the second-ranked Real Madrid. Tomic was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 8 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Tomic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in FC Barcelona's roster. This season Tomic has relatively solid stats: 13.2ppg, 7.3rpg and 2.2apg. He used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2015.

Ivica Zubac
Ivica Zubac
   #5. International center Ivica Zubac (216-97, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Los Angeles Lakers in their game against the Denver Nuggets (32-35) in the NBA, despite his very good performance last Monday. Zubac had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 11 rebounds in 30 minutes. But the Los Angeles Lakers (20-47) were crushed 129-101 in Denver by the Nuggets. It's Zubac's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 6.9ppg and 4.0rpg in 30 games. Zubac plays currently for the Croatian national team.

Leon Radosevic
Leon Radosevic
   #6. Power forward Leon Radosevic (207-90, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Anadolu Efes (13-12) 87-68 in the Euroleague on Friday night. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Brose Baskets Bamberg (9-16) is placed 12th in the Euroleague. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Radosevic's total stats this season are: 6.1ppg and 2.6rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

Ante Zizic
Ante Zizic
   #7. International power forward Ante Zizic (210-97, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to secure a victory for Darussafaka (14-7) in their game against Fenerbahce (19-2) in the Turkish BSL, despite his good performance in Monday night's game. Zizic scored 12 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 30 minutes. But Darussafaka was edged 79-76 in a derby game by the leading Fenerbahce. Zizic has reliable stats this year: 11.4ppg and 5.0rpg in eight games. He is also Croatian national team player.

Jure Skific
Jure Skific
   #8. Forward Jure Skific (202-88, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Poland) couldn't help Twarde Pierniki (16-8) in their game against AZS Koszalin (8-16) in the Polish PLK. Despite his very good performance last Wednesday Skific recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds. Skific averaged so far 10.7ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.6apg. He used to play for the Croatian U18 national team back in 2006.

Roko-Leni Ukic
Roko-Leni Ukic
   #9. International point guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84, another player represented by XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help AEK Athens (16-5) in their game against Olympiacos (18-0) in the Greek A1. Ukic scored 9 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 31 minutes. But AEK Athens lost 63-70 in a derby game to the leading Olympiacos. Ukic's stats this year are: 11.0ppg, 2.8rpg and 3.8apg in 21 games. He is also in the roster of the Croatian national team.

Rok Stipcevic
Rok Stipcevic
   #10. Point guard Rok Stipcevic (185-86, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Banco di Srd (12-10) in their game against Armani Milano (19-3) in the Italian Serie A. Despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game Stipcevic was the top scorer with 16 points. Stipcevic averaged so far 11.4ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.9apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Croatian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international point guard Marko Popovic (185-82, another player represented by Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in their game against Valencia Basket in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Despite his very good performance on Saturday night He was the top scorer with 18 points. Popovic averaged so far 11.7ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.8apg. He used to play for the Croatian national team six years ago.

   #12. International center Darko Planinic (211-90, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Sevilla 89-70 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He scored 10 points. Planinic's total stats this season are: 7.8ppg and 2.3rpg. He is also in the roster of the Croatian national team.

   #13. Former U20 international power forward Drazen Bubnic (207-86, another player represented by XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to Un.Olimpija's victory against the seventh-ranked KK Primorska 87-81 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM on Wednesday night. Bubnic scored 16 points in 22 minutes. This year his total stats are: 4.8ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.3apg in 19 games. Bubnic used to play for the Croatian U20 national team eleven years ago.

   #14. International center Josip Sobin (203-89, another player represented by Alti Sport, currently plays in Poland) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked AZS Koszalin 78-62 in the Polish PLK in Monday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 10 rebounds. Sobin averaged so far 11.3ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.9apg. He plays currently for the Croatian national team.

   #15. Former U20 international center Domagoj Bubalo (212-91, currently plays in Estonia) couldn't help Parnu in their game against TLU/Kalev in the Estonian Alexela KML. Despite his very good performance on Friday night Bubalo recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 10 rebounds. This season Bubalo has very high stats. He averages: 16.3ppg, 8.4rpg and 1.6apg. Bubalo used to play for the Croatian U20 national team six years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Matija Ceskovic (192-G-81, currently plays in Balkan League) led his FYR Macedonian team Feni Industries to a 3-point victory over the closely-ranked Teodo Tivat (3-3) 100-97 in the Balkan League last Tuesday. Ceskovic was the top player that evening. He recorded 39 points (!!!), 5 assists and 3 steals in 39 minutes. KK Feni Industries (2-4) is placed seventh in the Balkan League. Ceskovic averaged so far 13.2ppg and 2.1apg in 16 games he played so far.

   #2. Veljko Budimir (199-F-85, currently plays in Hungary) led PVSK Pannon to a victory over the league outsider MAFC (3-19) 84-69 in the Hungarian A Division in Wednesday night's game. Budimir was the top player that evening. He scored 27 points (!!!) and grabbed 5 rebounds in 31 minutes. PVSK Pannonpower Pecs (13-10) is placed seventh in the A Division. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Budimir has been at the team for four years. Budimir averaged so far 14.0ppg, 4.7rpg and 2.0apg in 23 games.

   #3. Pankracije Barac (196-G-81, agency: Court Side, currently plays in Switzerland) was the main contributor in Monthey's victory against the seventh-ranked Swiss Central (8-11) 100-94 in the Swiss LNA last Saturday. Barac was the top player that evening. He scored 25 points, had 7 boards, passed 4 assists and added 4 steals in 40 minutes. BBC Monthey (14-5) is placed second in the LNA. Barac's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Barac has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 5.0apg and 2.5spg in two games.

   #4. Marko Jagodic Kuridza (205-PF-87, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup). He could not help Oostende to beat Enisey. Jagodic Kuridza recorded 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The sixth-placed Oostende was defeated 84-72 on the road by the higher-ranked Enisey (#3) in the group Q of FIBA Europe Cup. Jagodic Kuridza has averaged so far 5.3ppg and 1.7rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Croatian.

   #5. Igor Maric (196-F-85, currently plays in Slovakia) was not able to help Prievidza (24-11) in their last game on Monday. Despite Maric's good performance Prievidza was defeated 93-86 at home by the lower-ranked Lucenec (#7). He recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 12 rebounds. Maric also added and 3 steals. Maric averaged so far 13.8ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg.

   #6. Marijan Cakarun (204-C-90, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an La ICL Manresa's surprising victory against the fourth-ranked Baskonia 87-82 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Cakarun has averaged so far 7.3ppg and 4.1rpg.

   #7. Toni Bizaca (202-F-82, agency: XL Basketball Agency, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Malbas crushing them 103-73 in the Swedish Basketligan in Monday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Bizaca scored 22 points and added 3 assists. This season Bizaca has very high stats. He averages: 18.2ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.7apg.

   #8. Sasa Jankovic (204-F-84, currently plays in Slovakia) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Handlova crushing them 108-68 in the Slovakian SBL last Wednesday. Jankovic scored 16 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 27 minutes. Jankovic averaged so far 11.5ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.7apg in 36 games.

   #9. Matija Poscic (206-C-85, college: De Paul, currently plays in Hungary) faced previously mentioned Veljko Budimir in the Hungarian A Division last game. Poscic was not able to secure a victory for MAFC (6-11) in their last game. Despite his very good performance MAFC lost 69-84 in Pecs to the lower-ranked (#7) PVSK Pannon. Poscic had a double-double by scoring 15 points and getting 11 rebounds in 36 minutes. Poscic averaged so far 12.5ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.5apg in 20 games. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

   #10. Mladen Primorac (210-C-90, currently plays in Czech Republic) couldn't help USK Praha in their game against CEZ Nymburk in the Czech Republic NBL. He scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was defeated 81-71. Primorac has averaged so far 8.9ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.6apg.



Alkar capture first road win of the win - by Zeljko Zule

Alkar earned their first road win of the season as they defeated Kvarner 2010 68-64 in the Croatian A1 League Round 20
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Kvarner 2010-Alkar 64-68: Alkar opened the game with an 11-4 run. Kvarner used an 11-3 to take the lead for the first time in the game, 37-33 late in the second quarter. The vistiors scored seven straight points early in the second half to re-take the lead 42-39. Kvarner took their last advantage of the game at 47-46. Alkar respodned with a 7-2 run and led until the home team tie the game at 63-63 with 1:29 left. Hrvoje Vucic (212-C-91, college: Walsh) made made a basket that gave Alkar a lead. Ivan Kucan (192-G/F-96) made just one of his two free throws on the opposite side of the floor to halve the deficit. Alkar then lost the ball and Mauro Veljacic (183-PG-93) had two consecutive shots to put Kvarner up, but he missed both. Alkar grabbed the ball and Nikola Gaurina (197-F-83) was fouled with 15 seconds to go. He made the first free throw to make the scored 66-64 and missed the second one. Kvarner had a final possessoon and Hrvoje Vucic stole the ball, drew the foul and made both free throws with two seconds left. Hrvoje Vucic finished with 21 points, Nikola Gaurina 14 and Roko Dominovic (189-PG-96) 11. Kvarner was led by Andrej Stimac (204-F/C-79) with 18 points, Mauro Veljacic and Ivan Kucan both scored 13 points and Ivan Milicevic (204-F-95) 11.

Skrljevo-GKK Sibenik 60-74:
The largest lead of either team in the first half was a five-point (36-31) lead by Sibenik with a half-minute before the break. After leading 44-41 early in the third quarter, the vistiors scored 16 straight points to ignite a 20-2 run and took control of the game. Ive Ivanov scored 20 points and was a rebound shy of a double-double, Domagoj Basic (193-G-86) added 11 points, Roko Badzim (197-G-97) and Miralem Halilovic (205-F-91) both posted 10 points. Skrljevo was led by Brian Williams (187-G-92, college: Jacksonville St.) with 16 points, Antonio Boban (205-PF-93) 14, Nick Cook (198-F-92, college: Jacksonville St.) had 11 points and 10 rebounds, Sinisa Stemberger (196-G-79) added 10 points.

Zagreb-Cedevita 68-91: The game featured 13 lead changes until midway through the third quarter. Cedevita used a 12-0 run to build a 20-14 run. Zagreb re-take the lead at 34-33 and extended their advantage to 50-43 late in the second half. At that point, Cedevita scored 15 straight points to ignite a 19-2 run for a 62-52 lead and never looked back from there. Filip Kruslin (198-SG-89), Toni Katic (188-PG-92) and John Shurna (204-F-90, college: Northwestern) all scored 14 points for Cedevita, Ra'shad James (188-G-90, college: Kaiser) added 13, Ryan Boatright (183-PG-92, college: Connecticut) 10 and Karlo Zganec (206-C/F-95) grabbed 11 rebounds. Zagreb was led by Pavle Marcinkovic (199-G/F-89) with 20 points, Toni Vitali (203-F-91) scored 18 and Luka Bozic (199-PG-96) 14.



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Reynaldo Garcia selected the top Cuban playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Reynaldo Garcia
Reynaldo Garcia
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Reynaldo Garcia (187-90, agency: DTMones, currently plays in Argentina). He led San Martin Corrientes to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Quimsa (22-18) 93-78 in the Argentinian LigaA last Wednesday. Garcia scored 14 points and added 3 passes. San Martin Corrientes (28-10) is placed first in Norte group. It's Garcia's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.5ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.1apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 51.2%, 3FGP: 28.8% and FT: 70.2%. Garcia played for the Cuban senior national team eight years ago.

Yorman Polas Bartolo
Yorman Polas Bartolo
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Yorman Polas Bartolo (192-85, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup). He led his German team Telekom Baskets to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Ironi Nahariya crushing them 89-68 in the FIBA Europe Cup on Wednesday night. Bartolo recorded 15 points in 29 minutes. Telekom Baskets Bonn (5-1) is placed first in group M. This year Bartolo averages: 6.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.9apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 47.4%(9-19) and FT: 63.6% in 13 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Cuban and German. Bartolo played for the Cuban national team in 2011.

Javier Justiz
Javier Justiz
   #3. The Cuban player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Javier Justiz (205-92, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Argentina). He led Estudiantes Concordia to a victory against the ninth-ranked Atenas (13-24) 77-71 in the Argentinian LigaA in Tuesday night's game. Justiz recorded 11 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks. Estudiantes Concordia (27-13) is placed second in Norte group. This season Justiz has relatively solid stats: 13.1ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.2apg, 2.0bpg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 60.8%. He is also a member of the Cuban senior national team.

Grismay Paumier
Grismay Paumier
   #4. Power forward Grismay Paumier (204-88, currently plays in France) could not help SO Maritime Boulogne (8-14) in their last game. Despite Paumier's very good performance SO Maritime Boulogne lost 80-86 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#5) ADA Blois. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Paumier also added 6 rebounds in 26 minutes. Paumier has reliable stats this year: 11.3ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.3bpg in 22 games. He used to play for the Cuban national team back in 2009.

Rangel Ramirez
Rangel Ramirez
   #5. An experienced former international center Rangel Ramirez (206-75, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help AEC Collblanc (10-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance the sixth-placed AEC Collblanc (10-9) was defeated 71-56 at home by the higher-ranked Menorca (#3) in the Group C-A. Ramirez was the second best scorer with 11 points. He also added 9 rebounds and made 3 blocks. Ramirez's overall stats this season are: 7.2ppg and 6.2rpg. He used to play for the Cuban national team eleven years ago.

Georffri Silvestre
Georffri Silvestre
   #6. Power forward Georffri Silvestre (202-79, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Nautico KIA Tenerife (13-8) in their game against Azuqueca (15-8) in the Spanish EBA (fourth division), despite his very good performance on Saturday night. Silvestre was the top scorer with 20 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 25 minutes. But Nautico KIA Tenerife (#6) lost 89-97 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#5) Azuqueca in the Group B. Silvestre's stats this year are: 14.5ppg and 5.5rpg in 21 games. He is a former international player as he played for the Cuban senior team seventeen years ago.

Georvys Elias
Georvys Elias
   #7. Former international forward Georvys Elias (199-81, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Arcos Albacete Basket in a 2-point victory against the closely-ranked Gandia (7-17) 89-87 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Sunday. Elias scored only 4 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 27 minutes. Arcos Albacete Basket (6-18) is placed second from the bottom (#15) in the LEB Silver. They ended the series of eight consecutive loses. This year Elias' overall stats are: 9.9ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg in 24 games. He used to play for the Cuban national team eight years ago.

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

   #1. Howard Sant-Roos (200-F-91, currently plays in Czech Republic) led CEZ Nymburk to a victory over the fourth-ranked USK Praha (14-12) 81-71 in the Czech Republic NBL in Saturday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Sant-Roos scored 15 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 3 blocks in 36 minutes. CEZ Basketball Nymburk (26-1) is placed first in Places 1-6 group. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Sant-Roos has relatively good stats this year: 13.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 3.3apg and 2.2spg in 24 games he played so far.

   #2. Juan Ferrales (188-G-91, college: Barry, currently plays in Norway) was the main contributor in Kongsberg's victory against the eighth-ranked Tromso (9-18) 76-61 in the Norwegian BLNO on Sunday night. Ferrales was MVP of the game. He recorded 25 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Ferrales' second season in pro basketball. Kongsberg Miners (23-4) is placed first in the BLNO. Ferrales has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 23.5ppg, 5.6rpg, 5.4apg and 1.8spg. Ferrales has a dual citizenship: Cuban and American. Strangely he has never played in Cuba.

   #3. Adrian Diaz (213-C-93, college: FIU, currently plays in Romania) could not help BC Timisoara (11-10) in their last game. Despite Diaz's good performance the fifth-placed BC Timisoara (11-10) was badly defeated 92-73 at home by the higher-ranked (#4) Oradea in the Places 1-6 group. He was the top scorer with 13 points. Diaz also added 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 23 minutes. It was BC Timisoara's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Diaz's overall stats are: 9.8ppg and 4.8rpg in 22 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Cuban and American. Strangely Diaz has never played in Cuba.

   #4. Yankiel Moreno (189-G-90, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Bondi Ferrara to win against the fifth-ranked F.Kontatto BO (14-10) 91-89 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) in Sunday night's game. Moreno scored 5 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 7 assists. Bondi Ferrara (10-14) is placed 12th in East group. Moreno's overall stats this season are: 7.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.9apg and 1.2spg. He has both Cuban and Italian nationalities.

   #5. Sigal Benitez (193-G-94, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Arenys in their game against Olivar (8-12) in the Spanish EBA (fourth division). Benitez cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. Arenys (#8) was defeated 76-68 on their home court in Arenys del Mar by the lower-ranked Olivar (#9) in the Group C-A. Benitez's total stats this season are: 5.4ppg and 2.1rpg.



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

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

Jan Vesely
Jan Vesely
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Jan Vesely (213-90, currently plays in Turkey). He contributed to a 3-point Fenerbahce's victory against the fifth-ranked Darussafaka (14-7) 79-76 in a derby game in the Turkish BSL in Monday night's game. Vesely scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes on the court. Fenerbahce Istanbul (19-2) is placed first in the BSL. It was his team's 12th consecutive victory in a row. Vesely has relatively good stats this year: 10.8ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 69.6%(78-112) and FT: 71.8% in 17 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Tomas Kyzlink
Tomas Kyzlink
   #2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Tomas Kyzlink (195-93, currently plays in Slovenia). Kyzlink led Helios to a victory over the league outsider Portoroz (1-20) crushing them 78-58 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM last Tuesday. He was MVP of the game. Kyzlink recorded 19 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Helios Suns Domzale (12-9) is placed sixth in the Liga Nova KBM. The Regular Season already ended. It's Kyzlink's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 11.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 55.0%, 3FGP: 32.4% and FT: 76.3%. Kyzlink is in the roster of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Patrik Auda
Patrik Auda
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Patrik Auda (206-89, agency: Octagon Europe, college: Seton Hall, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to an La ICL Manresa's surprising victory against the fourth-ranked Baskonia (16-7) 87-82 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Auda scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 26 minutes. ICL Manresa (4-19) is located at the very bottom in the Liga Endesa. But the situation may improve as they ended a series of five consecutive loses. This year Auda's overall stats are: 9.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 2FGP: 56.1%(46-82), 3FGP: 52.0%(13-25) and FT: 79.4% in 16 games. He is also a member of the Czech Republic senior national team.

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #4. Point guard Tomas Satoransky (201-91, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Washington Wizards to win against the Denver Nuggets (32-35) 123-113 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Satoransky recorded only 3 points. The Washington Wizards have a solid 41-25 record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This season Satoransky averages: 2.7ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.6apg. He is also Czech Republic national team player.

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #5. International swingman David Jelinek (195-90, another player represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Spain). Jelinek could not help Andorra (11-11) to beat UCAM Murcia (8-15). He did not have that impressive stats last Sunday. Jelinek scored only 2 points in 14 minutes. Andorra was crushed 77-53 on the road by the lower-ranked (#13) UCAM Murcia. Jelinek has reliable stats this year: 10.8ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.5apg in 22 games. He plays currently for the Czech Republic national team.

Filip Halada
Filip Halada
   #6. Forward Filip Halada (198-92, currently plays in Slovakia) was not able to help Rieker KN in their game against Kosice (29-6) in the Slovakian SBL. He scored 8 points in 22 minutes. Rieker KN lost 73-84 on the opponent's court to the leading Kosice. It was Rieker KN's third consecutive loss in a row. Halada's stats this year are: 11.1ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.5apg in 30 games. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Czech Republic team five years ago.

Tomas Hampl
Tomas Hampl
   #7. Former international center Tomas Hampl (215-88, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Mondragon (7-13) crushing them 86-57 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 11 points. Igualatorio Cantabria Estela Santander (19-1) is placed first in Group A-A. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Hampl's stats this season are: 14.2ppg and 5.9rpg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Jaroslav Tyrna (207-C-86, agency: Octagon Europe, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Germany) led Sixers to a victory against the third-ranked Stade (12-4) 70-66 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. Tyrna scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group North. BSW Sixers Sandersdorf (13-4) is placed second. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Tyrna's stats this season are: 10.9ppg, 7.1rpg and 2.6apg.

   #2. Lubos Novy (204-C-91, currently plays in Germany) led Vilsbiburg to a victory over the ninth-ranked Rosenheim (10-12) crushing them 96-75 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Saturday. Novy was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 10 rebounds. Novy also added 2 blocks. Baskets Vilsbiburg (15-7) is placed fourth in South-East group. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Novy is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Vilsbiburg's roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Novy averages: 17.3ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.3apg.

   #3. Jakub Kasa (203-F-92, currently plays in Slovakia) could not help Nitra (3-31) in their last game. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Nitra was crushed 87-65 at home by the much higher-ranked (#3) Prievidza. Kasa scored 10 points in 31 minutes. It was Nitra's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Kasa's total stats are: 8.9ppg and 3.0rpg in seven games he played so far.

   #4. John Boyer (185-PG-88, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Buffalo, currently plays in Germany) is a teammate of previously mentioned Lubos Novy and both played together in the last German Regionalliga game. Boyer contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Rosenheim (10-12) crushing them 96-75. He had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Boyer also added 8 assists and 3 steals in 37 minutes. Boyer has very impressive stats this year: 15.8ppg, 6.9rpg, 7.5apg and 4.8spg in 19 games. He is a naturalized American. Worth to mention Boyer played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Boyer used to play for BK Decin in Czech Republic league.

   #5. Adrian Melski (192-G/F-92, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Zwickau in their game against Treuchtlingen (16-6) in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). Despite his good performance on Saturday night He scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Melski's total stats this season are: 8.0ppg and 4.3rpg.

   #6. Filippo Meccoli Matejca (194-G-92, currently plays in Italy) was the main contributor in Valdiceppo's victory against the 11th-ranked Giulianova crushing them 81-44 in the Italian Serie B (third division) in Sunday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Meccoli Matejca scored 16 points in 30 minutes. This year Meccoli Matejca's total stats are: 9.2ppg, 2.5rpg and 1.9apg in 22 games. He has a dual citizenship: Czech Republic and Italian.



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

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

Shavon Shields
Shavon Shields
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Shavon Shields (201-94, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Germany). He was the major contributor in a Deutsche Bank Skyliners' victory against the 16th-ranked Braunschweig (4-19) crushing them 92-56 in the German BBL in Sunday night's game. Shields recorded 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 27 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (10-14) is placed tenth in the BBL. Shields has relatively good stats this year: 14.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 60.1%(92-153), 3FGP: 37.2% and FT: 76.8% in 23 games he played so far. He played for the Danish senior national team two years ago.

Chanan Colman
Chanan Colman
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola JC, currently plays in Israel). Colman could not help Hapoel Eilat (12-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Hapoel Eilat was defeated 81-72 on the road by the lower-ranked Maccabi Haifa (#6). Colman was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 5 rebounds and 3 assists. The Regular Season already ended. It's Colman's first season with the team. This year Colman averages: 7.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.7apg, 2FGP: 48.6%, 3FGP: 36.8% and FT: 79.3%. He has a dual citizenship: Danish and Israeli. Former Roskilde BC starter played for the Danish national team in 2008.

Darko Jukic
Darko Jukic
   #3. The Danish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Darko Jukic (199-90, currently plays in Slovenia). Jukic led Krka to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Sencur Gorenjska gradbena druzba Kranj (7-15) crushing them 86-62 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM on Tuesday night. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes. Krka Novo Mesto (18-5) is placed second in the Liga Nova KBM. The Regular Season already ended. This year Jukic's overall stats are: 8.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 64.3%(18-28) and FT: 61.5% in nine games. He is also a member of the Danish senior national team.

Lasse Elbaek
Lasse Elbaek
   #4. Center Lasse Elbaek (208-94, currently plays in Sweden) led Malbas to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Umea (5-25) 93-84 in the Swedish Basketligan last Tuesday. Elbaek scored 22 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 27 minutes. Malbas Oresund Malmo (1-10) is placed second from the bottom (#8) in the Basketligan. It was Malbas' third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Elbaek has relatively solid stats: 10.5ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.1apg in 28 games. He is also Danish national team player.

Mikkel Plannthin
Mikkel Plannthin
   #5. Former international guard Mikkel Plannthin (195-88, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Uppsala Basket (17-11) crushing them 91-66 in the Swedish Basketligan on Friday night. Plannthin scored 10 points. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Norrkoping Dolphins (20-8) is placed second in the Basketligan. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Plannthin's total stats this season are: 6.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Danish national team two years ago.

Alan Voskuil
Alan Voskuil
   #6. Guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Viola RC (0-0) in their game against FCM Ferentino (10-14) in the Italian Serie A2 (second division), despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game. Voskuil was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 30 minutes. But the tenth-placed Viola RC lost 76-81 in Ferentino to the lower-ranked (#13) FCM Ferentino in the West group. This year Voskuil's total stats are: 9.2ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg in six games. He is a naturalized American. Voskuil is an international player who is currently on the senior Danish National Team roster. He used to play for Horsens IC in Danish league.

Jonas Bergstedt
Jonas Bergstedt
   #7. International center Jonas Bergstedt (210-91, currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to secure a victory for Massagno (6-13) in their game against Fribourg (16-3) in the Swiss LNA. Despite his very good performance last Sunday Bergstedt was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 7 rebounds. Bergstedt's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And now that game is quite important. Bergstedt has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 9.5rpg and 1.5apg. Bergstedt is also Danish national team player.

Daniel Mortensen
Daniel Mortensen
   #8. Forward Daniel Mortensen (203-94, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the Barry University (13-5) in their game against the University of Alabama in Huntsville (18-5) in the NCAA2, despite his good performance on Sunday night. He scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 33 minutes. But the Barry University lost 82-96 in Huntsville to the University of Alabama in. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA2 National Tournament Round 2. So now every game will be important. Mortensen has reliable stats this year: 11.3ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.6apg in 25 games. He used to play for the Danish national team back in 2015.

Sebastian Petersen
Sebastian Petersen
   #9. Former U20 international guard Sebastian Petersen (188-95, agency: Dynamics Global Management, currently plays in Sweden) is a teammate of previously mentioned Lasse Elbaek and both played together in the last Swedish Basketligan game. Petersen contributed to Malbas' victory against one of league's weakest teams Umea (5-25) 93-84. He scored 9 points and added 5 passes. Petersen averaged so far 10.7ppg, 3.7rpg and 3.3apg. He used to play for the Danish U20 national team two years ago.

Jonathan Gilling
Jonathan Gilling
   #10. Forward Jonathan Gilling (203-91, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Leche Rio Breogan (17-9) in their game against Gipuzkoa (19-8) in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). Gilling scored 6 points in only 11 minutes. Leche Rio Breogan lost 86-92 in San Sebastian to the leading Gipuzkoa. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. Gilling's stats this year are: 10.3ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.4apg in 26 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Danish National Team roster.

   #11. Former international power forward Kevin Larsen (207-93, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Germany) managed to help Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels to win against the eighth-ranked Chemnitz 88-74 in the German ProA (second division) on Saturday night. Larsen scored only 2 points. Larsen has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 3.0rpg. He used to play for the Danish national team two years ago.

   #12. Former U18 international guard August Haas (185-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Wisc.-Milwaukee in their game against the Northern Kentucky University in the NCAA. Haas cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points and added 5 assists in 28 minutes. His team lost 53-59. Haas has averaged so far 5.1ppg, 2.8rpg and 3.8apg in 34 games. He used to play for the Danish U18 national team back in 2015.

   #13. Former U18 international guard Mikkel Andersen (194-95, currently plays in Norway) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Asker Aliens crushing them 93-69 in the Norwegian BLNO last Saturday. Andersen recorded 5 points. Andersen has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 1.6rpg. He used to play for the Danish U18 national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93, currently plays in Bulgaria) contributed to Beroe's victory against one of league's weakest teams Yambol (4-14) 82-72 in the Bulgarian NBL in Saturday night's game. Tenchev scored 9 points. BC Beroe (13-6) is placed second in the NBL. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Tenchev's total stats this season are: 7.1ppg and 1.6rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Danish and Bulgarian. Despite Tenchev's Danish passport, he previously played for the Bulgarian U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Danish team.



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
 Quinn COOK
  Canton C.
  (188-PG-93)
  Avg: 26
 1. Cook, Canton C.26.0 
 2. Harris, Texas L.26.0 
 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.11.8 
 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. Pressey, Santa C.2.1 
 6. Payton-II, Rio G.2.1 
 7. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
 8. Harris, Texas L.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 


Bighorns defeat the Mad Ants at home - by Eurobasket News

The Reno Bighorns (15-18) defeated to the Fort Wayne Mat Ants (24-18) 116-102 Monday Night at the Reno Events Center. David Stockton led the Bighorns with 30 points, three rebounds and five assists while Sacramento Kings Affiliate Player Isaiah Cousins tallied 19 points, five rebounds and two assists during the Monday night contest. Kendall Marshall recorded his sixth double-double of the season with 15 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds. Alex Poythress paced the Mad Ants with 23 points, eight rebounds and three assists while Marquis Teague notched 21 points and two rebounds. The teams kept the score within five points of each other during the opening minutes of the first frame with the Bighorns holding a three point advantage over the Mad Ants at the 6:00 mark. The Bighorns went on a 9-0 run triggered by a lay-up from Luis Montero to extend their lead to 11 with 3:13 to play in the first quarter. The Bighorns kept Fort Wayne at bay the remainder of the frame having a 34-27 lead going into the second frame. The second quarter saw Reno maintain a comfortable lead behind a 42.9% team shooting effort and leading by as many as 18. Pe'Shon Howard gave the Bighorns a boost with eight points behind a 3-3 shooting effort, enabling a 14-point cushion entering the break. Reno maintained their double-digit advantage coming out of the break holding a 13 point lead at the mid-way point of the third frame. The Mad Ants got within striking distance cutting their deficit to eight with 3:06 remaining in the quarter. Fort Wayne outscored the Bighorns 33-29 in the third frame. The Mad Ants opened the final frame with threes from Travis Leslie, Nick Zeisloft and Teague to make it a seven point game with 9:15 left in play. The teams remained scoreless for over two minutes before the Bighorns rallied going on a 17-8 run to opening their lead to 14 points with 2:33 in play. The Bighorns would not relinquish the lead the remainder of the game to secure a 116-102 victory over the Mad Ants. The Bighorns will next travel to Sioux Falls to face the Skyforce on Wednesday, Mar. 15 at 4:30 p.m.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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



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

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

Sammy Mejia
Sammy Mejia
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international swingman Sammy Mejia (198-83, college: De Paul, currently plays in Turkey). Mejia led Tofas to a victory over the fourth-ranked Banvit (15-6) 88-83 in the Turkish BSL last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Mejia scored 25 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Tofas Bursa (10-11) is placed ninth in the BSL. Mejia has relatively good stats this season: 14.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.0apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 61.7%(66-107), 3FGP: 44.7% and FT: 74.2%. He has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Mejia played for the Dominican Republic senior national team twelve years ago. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

Trevor Ariza
Trevor Ariza
   #2. Second place goes to former international forward Trevor Ariza (203-85, college: UCLA, currently plays in NBA). He contributed to an easy victory against the Chicago Bulls (32-35) crushing them 115-94 in the NBA last Friday. Ariza recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. The Houston Rockets have a solid 46-21 record this season. Ariza has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 11.5ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.2apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 53.6%, 3FGP: 34.8% and FT: 73.3%. Ariza is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. He played for the Dominican Republic national team in 2005. Apparently Ariza has never played in Dominican Republic.

Jeff Greer
Jeff Greer
   #3. The Dominican Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was former international shooting guard Jeff Greer (196-79, college: Rutgers, currently plays in France). Greer contributed to a 3-point Poitiers' victory against the closely-ranked Nantes (11-11) 78-75 in the French ProB (second division) last Tuesday. He scored 6 points in 16 minutes. Union Poitiers Basket 86 (11-11) is placed seventh in the ProB. It's Greer's fourth season with the team. This year Greer's overall stats are: 2.9ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 27.8%, 3FGP: 27.0% and FT: 66.7% in 16 games he played so far. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Greer played for the Dominican Republic national team eight years ago. He used to play for Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris in Dominican Republic league.

Jose Cabrera
Jose Cabrera
   #4. Power forward Jose Cabrera (206-84, currently plays in Spain). Cabrera could not help Mataro (7-13) to beat Castellbisbal (11-9). He scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. The 14th-placed Mataro (7-13) was badly defeated 108-88 on the road by the much higher-ranked Castellbisbal (#5) in the Group C-A. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. Cabrera's total stats this season are: 7.9ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Dominican Republic national team back in 2006.

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

   #1. Karl-Anthony Towns (213-F/C-95, college: Kentucky, currently plays in NBA) led Minnesota Timberwolves to a victory over the Washington Wizards (41-25) 119-104 in the NBA in Monday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Towns had a double-double by scoring 39 points and getting 13 rebounds in 35 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. The Minnesota Timberwolves have 28-38 record this season. Towns has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 24.5ppg, 12.2rpg, 2.8apg and 1.4bpg in 66 games he played so far. Towns has a dual citizenship: Dominican Republic and American. Strangely he has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #2. Eloy Vargas (211-C-88, agency: Duran International, college: Kentucky, currently plays in Argentina) contributed to a GECR Indalo's victory against the seventh-ranked La Union (9-22) 99-95 in the Argentinian LigaA on Monday night. Vargas had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds in 23 minutes. Gimnasia-Indalo Esgr.Comodoro Rivadavia (20-21) is placed fourth in Sur group. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. It's Vargas' first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 13.4ppg and 7.1rpg in 18 games.

   #3. Juan Miguel Suero (198-SG-93, currently plays in Venezuela) could not help Gaiteros (2-4) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Suero's very good performance the third-placed Gaiteros (2-4) was edged 107-106 at home by the lower-ranked Panteras (#5) in the Western Conference. He was the top scorer with 43 points. Suero also added 6 rebounds. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Suero has very high stats. He averages: 25.7ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.7apg and 1.7spg.

   #4. Gelvis Solano (185-G-94, agency: Basket Management Solutions, college: Merrimack, currently plays in Argentina) was the main contributor in Echague's surprising victory against the fourth-ranked Instituto (23-18) 109-100 in the Argentinian LigaA last Sunday. Solano was the best player in that game. He scored 35 points (!!!), grabbed 4 boards, handed out 7 passes and blocked 2 shots in 36 minutes; not bad, considering it's only Solano's third season in pro basketball. Atletico Echague Parana (7-32) is placed tenth in Norte group. It was his team's first victory after four consecutive loses. It's Solano's first year with the team. He has very impressive stats this season: 19.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.1apg and 2.0spg in 27 games.

   #5. James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help Panathinaikos in their game against Zalgiris (11-14) in the Euroleague. Feldeine recorded 7 points. Panathinaikos was defeated 64-58 on the road by the lower-ranked Zalgiris (#10). This season Feldeine averages: 7.1ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.3apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Apparently Feldeine has never played in Dominican Republic.

   #6. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida, currently plays in NBA) helped Boston Celtics win their game against the Chicago Bulls crushing them 100-80 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. He scored 12 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, passed 6 assists and added 2 blocks in 32 minutes. Horford has very impressive stats this year: 13.9ppg, 6.6rpg, 4.9apg and 1.4bpg in 53 games.

   #7. Edgar Sosa (190-PG-88, college: Louisville, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams Juvecaserta (9-13) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Juvecaserta lost 79-85 in Cantu to the higher-ranked (#12) AV Cantu. Sosa was the second best scorer with 20 points. He also added 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 34 minutes. Sosa has very impressive stats this year: 19.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.9apg and 1.2spg in 22 games. He has both American and Dominican Republic nationalities. Sosa used to play for Leones de Santo Domingo in Dominican Republic league.

   #8. O'Darien Bassett (189-G-86, college: Troy, currently plays in South Korea) was the major contributor in a Goyang Orions' victory against the closely-ranked Samsung Thunders 86-79 in the South Korean KBL in Sunday night's game. He scored 17 points and added 7 assists. This season Bassett has relatively solid stats: 13.9ppg, 3.6rpg and 4.3apg. He also holds two passports: Dominican Republic and American. Bassett used to play for Huracanes del Atlantico in Dominican Republic league.

   #9. Juan Guerrero (201-F-93, also represented by Basket Management Solutions, currently plays in Venezuela) couldn't help Toros (0-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the fifth-placed Toros lost 81-88 on their home court in Maracay to the leading Cocodrilos in the Western Conference. Guerrero had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks in 24 minutes. This year Guerrero has relatively solid stats: 14.8ppg, 9.3rpg and 1.8spg in four games.

   #10. Lewis Clinch (191-G-87, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Iceland) helped Grindavik win their game against one of league's weakest teams Skallagrimur 101-89 in the Icelandic Dominos League on Thursday night. He was the best player in that game. Clinch recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 8 assists. This season Clinch has very high stats. He averages: 21.1ppg, 6.9rpg, 5.1apg and 1.2spg. Clinch holds both American and Dominican Republic passports. Interesting that he has never played 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)



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  ESTONIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin BAKER
  Tarvas
  (203-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Baker, Tarvas19.3 
 2. Dzeletovic, TL.18.8 
 3. Volkus, Parnu18.1 
 4. Olmre, TTU18.1 
 5. Jarvelainen, TTU17.1 
 6. van-der-Mars, Rap.17.1 
 7. Bubalo, Parnu16.3 
 8. Strupovics, Valga15.7 
 9. Post, Tarvas15.6 
 10. Lips, Tarvas15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas VAN DER MARS
  Rap.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 13
 1. van-der-Mars, Rap.13.0 
 2. Baker, Tarvas8.7 
 3. Jarvelainen, TTU8.5 
 4. Bubalo, Parnu8.4 
 5. Jois, Tartu Ulikool8.3 
 6. Soodla, Noorteliiga7.8 
 7. Milka, Tartu Ulikool7.7 
 8. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.7.6 
 9. Lips, Tarvas6.8 
 10. Dzeletovic, TL.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Norman KABIN
  Parnu
  (188-PG-97)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Kabin, Parnu4.6 
 2. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool4.5 
 3. Harper, Kalev/Cr.4.4 
 4. Olmre, TTU4.1 
 5. Jones, TL.4.0 
 6. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.9 
 7. Bratoz, Rapla3.9 
 8. Okereafor, Parnu3.8 
 9. Post, Tarvas3.7 
 10. Paiste, Tarvas3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Domen BRATOZ
  Rapla
  (189-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Bratoz, Rapla2.3 
 2. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.2.1 
 3. Okereafor, Parnu2.0 
 4. Paiste, Tarvas1.9 
 5. Kabin, Parnu1.8 
 6. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool1.7 
 7. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 8. Sutt, Parnu1.7 
 9. Lips, Tarvas1.6 
 10. Olmre, TTU1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kalev/Cr.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.1.2 
 2. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.1.1 
 3. Raadik, TTU0.9 
 4. Lips, Tarvas0.9 
 5. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 6. Kok, Rapla0.9 
 7. Bubalo, Parnu0.8 
 8. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 9. Marshall, TL.0.8 
 10. van-der-Mars, Rap.0.7 



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  EUROCUP  


Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Valencia and Unicaja celebrate opening victories - by Eurobasket News

Valencia - Hapoel J-M 83-68

Valencia went on a strong run in the second half to secure a comfortable victory in the opening game of the semifinal series versus Hapoel Jerusalem. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Valencia Basket's pressure prevailed and they won that period 28-20 extending their advantage to 15 points. Swingman Fernando San-Emeterio (199-84) stepped up and scored 21 points for the winners and Montenegrin Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side American swingman Tarence Kinsey (202-84, college: S.Carolina) responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import point guard Curtis Jerrells (185-87, college: Baylor, agency: Stealth Sport) scored 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: T.Kinsey 22+7reb+3ast, C.Jerrells 13+5reb+5ast, A.Stoudemire 10+8reb, T.Peterson 8+7reb+1ast, S.Jones 6+1reb, Y.Halperin 5+2ast
Valencia: F.San Emeterio 21+4reb+3ast, J.Sastre Morro 11+2reb+2ast, B.Dubljevic 11+10reb+2ast, L.Sikma 9+8reb+1ast, S.Van Rossom 7+4reb+5ast, R.Martinez 7+3reb+6ast
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Lokomotiv - Unicaja 57-73

Unicaja stunned Lokomotiv in Krasnodar to step closer to EuroCup Final. It looked good early as Lokomotiv took a 4-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Unicaja Malaga had a 18-12 second period charge getting the lead and Lokomotiv was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 57-73. Lokomotiv was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Kyle Fogg (190-90, college: Arizona) nailed 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Jeffrey Brooks (203-89, college: Penn St.) accounted for 18 points and 5 rebounds. American-Montenegrin point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St.) came up with 14 points and 6 assists and American forward Kevin Jones (206-89, college: W.Virginia) added 17 points respectively for Lokomotiv in the defeat. Lokomotiv's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Lokomotiv: K.Jones 17+3reb, T.Rochestie 14+4reb+6ast, M.Janning 10+3reb+1ast, A.Zubkov 5+4reb, M.Collins 4+5reb+3ast, D.Khvostov 3+1reb
Unicaja: J.Brooks 18+5reb, K.Fogg 15+5reb+3ast, D.Diez 9+5reb, N.Nedovic 7+2reb, J.Smith 7+1reb+2ast, A.Waczynski 6+6reb
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  FIBA EUROPE CUP  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Toni BIZACA
  Sodertalje
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Bizaca, Sodertalje19.9 
 2. Allen, Kormend19.7 
 3. Jeter, Groningen19.4 
 4. Cobbs, Gravelines18.9 
 5. Burnett, BK Pardu.18.7 
 6. Clark, Chalon18.5 
 7. Roberson, Chalon18.4 
 8. Hollis, Benfica17.6 
 9. Denmon, Gaziantep17.1 
 10. Edwards, Alba16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martynas ECHODAS
  Siauliai
  (204-C/F-97)
  Avg: 11
 1. Echodas, Siauliai11.0 
 2. Jefferson, Gazia.9.9 
 3. Elegar, Enisey9.8 
 4. Zack, Lukoil Acad.9.1 
 5. Washburn, FC Porto9.0 
 6. Gagic, Tsmoki-Minsk8.2 
 7. Fall, Chalon8.0 
 8. Lipkevicius, Vytautas7.6 
 9. Adrien, Bnei H.7.4 
 10. Mobley, Apoel7.4 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. COOPER
  Pau-Lacq.
  (183-PG-90)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Cooper, Pau-Lacq.9.2 
 2. Martinic, Targu M.8.5 
 3. Joyce, Tsmoki-M.8.3 
 4. Petty, Kormend6.8 
 5. Roberson, Chalon6.7 
 6. Jeter, Groningen6.4 
 7. Hinds, Sigal P.6.0 
 8. Massamba, Soder.5.6 
 9. Cobbs, Gravelines5.5 
 10. Long, Steaua CSM5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Torey THOMAS
  AEK
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Thomas, AEK3.0 
 2. Gajovic, Targu M.2.6 
 3. Jackson, Oberwart2.6 
 4. Lawrence, Sigal P.2.4 
 5. Bozov, Rilski2.2 
 6. Hinds, Sigal P.2.2 
 7. Petty, Kormend2.2 
 8. Cumberbatch, Oberw.2.2 
 9. Martinic, Targu M.2.1 
 10. Parker, Rilski2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kervin BRISTOL
  Kataja B.
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Bristol, Kataja B.5.0 
 2. Mobley, Apoel1.7 
 3. Korniyenko, Lukoil A.1.6 
 4. Fall, Chalon1.6 
 5. Lessort, Nanterre1.6 
 6. Elegar, Enisey1.6 
 7. Lazar, Targu Mures1.4 
 8. Traylor, Oberwart1.4 
 9. West, Siauliai1.2 
 10. Fieler, Groningen1.2 



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Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 De''Andre UPCHURCH
  HyPo
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 33.6
 1. Upchurch, HyPo33.6 
 2. Moultrie, PuHu J.28.3 
 3. Bratton, Namika Lr27.9 
 4. Heinonen, Munkkini.24.6 
 5. Rasi, Raholan Pyrkiva24.5 
 6. Maxhuni, HBA-M.23.9 
 7. Vinson, Pyrinto II23.8 
 8. Cartharn, Espoo B.23.5 
 9. Daniels, PeU-Basket23.1 
 10. Jones, Oulun N.22.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.16.7 
 2. Daniels, PeU-Basket13.7 
 3. Jallow, Jarvenpaa13.3 
 4. Harvey, Oulun N.12.9 
 5. Harris, Ura Basket12.0 
 6. Towa, Jarvenpaa11.7 
 7. Flemings, FoKoPo11.3 
 8. Stahl, Oulun N.11.1 
 9. Knihtinen, Korikouvot10.4 
 10. Blomqvist, HyPo10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Janne KINNUNEN
  Karkkila
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Kinnunen, Karkkila6.7 
 2. Upchurch, HyPo5.3 
 3. Innamaa, TuNM.5.2 
 4. Ivey, Espoo United5.2 
 5. Salonen, Porvoon .5.2 
 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. Bratton, Namika Lr2.4 
 6. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.2.4 
 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.1.8 
 3. Reed, FoKoPo1.5 
 4. Fields, Lahti1.4 
 5. Rainamaa, PuHu J.1.4 
 6. Ekimov, JyWe1.4 
 7. Harvey, Oulun N.1.3 
 8. Young, Pyrinto II1.3 
 9. Polla, HBA-Marsky1.2 
 10. Harris, Ura Basket1.1 


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)



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Byblos land Ali Traore - by Eurobasket News

Byblos Sporting Club (Pepsi LBL) landed 32-year old French ex-international power forward Ali Traore (207-108kg-85, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: BeoBasket). He played recently at Estudiantes in Spanish Liga Endesa, but left the team two months ago. In 16 games he averaged 5.6ppg and 2.9rpg this season. The last season Traore played at Limoges CSP Elite in French ProA. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 30 ProA games he had 9.7ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.1apg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to French ProA All-Star Game. Traore also played 9 games in Euroleague where he recorded 10.4ppg and 5.0rpg. He also played 8 games in Eurocup where he got 11.5ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.3apg.
Among other achievements Traore won French ProA championship title in 2002 and 2009. He received also Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Domestic Player of the Year award back in 2010.
Traore was also a member of French international program for some years. He played for French Senior National Team between 2009 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team in 2005.
Traore represented France at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) five years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 4.5ppg, 2.7rpg.
Traore is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in five different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Traore has played previously professionally in Germany (ALBA Berlin), Italy (Roma Virtus), Russia (Lokomotiv), France (ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket, Chorale de Roanne, Strasbourg IG, STB Le Havre and JSF Nanterre) and Lebanon (Amchit).
He attended College of Southern Idaho until 2005 and it is his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Traore's outlook: A very athletic player, who can play in each of the front court positions. Has great inside game skills, he's tough and has good timing for the offensive rebounds. Also, he can hit a shot from outside. This is why he could spend time at the SF position too, but he should improve his defensive skills for first.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @pedjamateric)

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Jason Boone (TBV Start Lublin) I've Trusted John Patrick's Decisions For The Teams Success My Whole Career - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jason Boone (203-F/C-85, college: New York U., agency: Three Eye Sports) is a 31 year old 198cm power forward/center from Sugar Loaf, New York that is playing his tenth professional season and first with TBV Start Lublin (Poland-PLK). He started the season with the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg where he had been with since 2015 and this season averaged 1,3ppg and 1,0rpg in the EasyCredit BBL and 2,0ppg and 2,0rpg in the Champions League. He played three seasons with the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg and three seasons for BG Goettingen. He played at New York University (NCAA 3) from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 14.1ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.4bpg, 2.9apg, FG: 63.0%, FT: 64.3%. In 2007-2008, he turned professional and played played at Bernau (Regionalliga) before making the jump up three leagues to MEG Goettingen. In 2008-2009, he averaged 4.4ppg, 4.0rpg, FG: 53.7. In 2009-2010, he won the Eurochallenge for BG Goettingen playing EuroChallenge: 16 games: 10.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 53.8%; German League: 35 games: 9.1ppg, 6.1rpg, FGP: 60.3%, FT: 55.9%. He also played a season with Torku Konyaspor (Turkey-TBL): 14 games: 6.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 2FGP: 60.7%, FT: 46.2%, in Mar.'15 moved to SO Maritime Boulogne (France-ProA) playing 12 games: 9.7ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 63.6%, FT: 51.4%. He spoke to eurobasket giving his 75th interview this time talking about his departure from the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg leaving head coach John Patrick with whom he played for in Goettingen, Wurzburg and Ludwigsburg and the future.

Jason thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. Did you make any new years resolutions coming into 2017 or are you not the type of guy that does that?

I'm a big believer that if you want to make a change you shouldn't wait until January 1st to make it. I spend a lot of my free time in the fitness center and it was full the first two weeks of January, but around the middle of the month it was back down to the regulars. That sums up my relationship to the New Years Resolution.


I just finished reading your blog entry 'My real life can wait' and realized that you went through a lot in only half a season. Were the last 6-7 months the most difficult in your basketball career?

Everything seems difficult as you go through it but in hindsight is never as bad as it seems in the moment. This season definitely wasn't the easiest but at the end of the day I was able to be a part of a successful team and a great group of guys

Your basketball life in Ludwigsburg came to an end recently. Was this a good example that like in so many other facets of life, business is always king while everything else is far behind?

Didn't you watch the BBL Dunk Contest this year? Kelvin Martin is King. Point Blank. Period.


You were able to use a clause in your contract that allowed you to find a new team? Was the fact that you were parked behind an ex NBA player and best German center in the BBL the reason for making this step?

It never comes down to just one fact. I wish things could be that simple but that's never the case. Jack and JT are both phenomenal players that are a large reason for the success of that team to date but my decision came from many other factors.


I cringed every time I read the Ludwigsburg box scores on Sunday night and observed how little you played or didn't at all. How tough was having to swallow this for so many months?

Putting pride aside for the betterment of the team is something that a lot of players have a tough time doing. It often becomes detrimental and causes more harm than help. I was determined to show that if that was what the team needed from me, I would be able to do it. When you genuinely like the guys on your team it isn't as difficult as one may think.


One could carefully say head coach John Patrick was a very important figure for you bringing you to Gottingen in 2008 out of the Regionalliga and the rest is history including a Eurochallenge title in 2010. Could you understand why he had to do this having you as the third back up center. Would you have done the same thing if you had been in his position?

One of the most interesting dynamics in basketball is between the player and coach. It's rare that they see the same thing in the same way. What I do understand is that it's hard to play three guys at the same position. And JP has always been about winning. I've trusted his decisions for the teams success my whole career.


Did you have a talk with JP at the start of the season and everything was pretty much understood or was it just one of those things that was understood and went it's course as the season progressed?

JP doesn't decide anything before the season. It's always been performance based. The better you play, the more you play. Practices are competitive and you always have a chance to earn more minutes. As the average age of players and the amount of games/travel have increased, it's become more difficult to compete every day in practice. Therefore as this season progressed, things were understood.

Despite having ex NBA player Jack Cooley in front of him, do you feel like German Johannes Thiemann could profit from your game and experience on and off the court?

JT is a matchup nightmare. He's too quick for the traditional big man and strong enough to hold his own against anyone in Europe. I know that because there isn't a stronger front-court on this continent than Jack Cooley and myself. But more than his raw ability and potential, JT is a true professional and dedicated to being the best player he can be. That's going to take him extremely far through his career and I'm excited to see how much he can achieve.

You played one and a half seasons in Ludwigsburg. What was your fondest memory on the court?

There's a picture somewhere that sums up what I loved about Ludwigsburg all at once. Last season, Brad Loesing had just taken a charge during one of our four games against Berlin. All four players on the court are extending a hand to help him up. The fans in the background are all standing and cheering. Team unity, sacrifice and support. What more could you ask for?


It hasn't been the easiest of seasons for the MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg, but how confident are you that they will be one of the top 8 teams come May 2017?

It's not supposed to be easy. We were sitting around before the Giessen game evaluating the season to that point and realized we were one game out of playoff contention, advancing in the Champions League and going to Berlin for the Final Four. Pretty successful no? But not one person in the locker room was satisfied. And that is how I know that it wasn't enough. I'm very confident that they'll be playing into late May and June.

You played your last game with Rocky Trice who you had been teammates with at BG Goettingen. What one memory from Goettingen with him is something you would never shy away from telling?

Goettingen was a town where everything was in close proximity. So when the spring rolled around, a few of us decided to get bicycles. We didn't bother learning hand signals though...bad idea. One day we were riding to practice and Rocky made a right turn but the car behind him didn't know. Luckily it was not traveling so fast, but as the collision was about to take place, I saw him tap into those cat like reflexes, that have made him a terror on the court, to avoid serious injury.


You are starting a new adventure in Poland with TBV Start Lublin. What has been your early impressions of the club and country?

So far so good. I've been in Europe long enough to know how to transition but the team here has made it as smooth as it could be. I couldn't be more excited for this opportunity.


The club is near the bottom. Is your biggest goal to help keep the team in the league and help develop young center Jaroslaw Trojan?

They were clear on what they are looking for from me. And after the first week here I'm sure that this will be a great fit for me as a player and a person. I'm very eager to get these games underway.


Do you see this opportunity being one where you will see sufficient minutes again and help the name Jason Boone again on the market when the summer comes along?

The main reason I chose this team is because I had something to prove and because what they were looking for doesn't require me to do things out of my comfort zone. Play hard on offense and defense, bring a physical presence and push my teammates to improve on a daily basis. That's all I've been doing my entire career. This will be a great chance to show everyone I can still do it.


A lot has happened in the world in the last months including the election of Donald Trump. If someone had told you 5 years ago that he would be president soon and you might not be able to become a German citizenship what would you have thought?

I would have thought why that "someone" was so good at predicting the future and I would have asked way more questions than just those two.


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

George Washington would be replaced by George Mikan. He was the pioneer of the big man position and needs to be on there. Thomas Jefferson was one of the most storied politicians because of what he was able to accomplish so he would have to swapped out for Bill Russell, the epitome of success. Teddy Roosevelt, by far the youngest on the mountain would have to be LeBron. Politics were changing just like the league was. He became the new face of it. And definitely the most iconic but arguably the best President too, Lincoln would have to be replaced with Michael Jordan. No surprise there.

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


I know I just put him on my Mr. Rushmore but I don't think you can talk about best player of all time until his career is finished. He's definitely got the potential to be the greatest of all time but depending on what era NBA fan you ask, there will always be an argument.


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

There are maybe three or four players I could argue were better than him at that position. Duncan, Barkley, Petite, and maybe Malone. But he has to be in consideration for the best of all time at the PF position.

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

That's pretty ridiculous to be that efficient. Playing for JP I've been trained to keep an eye on that +/- though. So although offensively that has to be one of the most efficient performances of all time, was his man also scoring?

One always talks about Lebron and Curry, but one has to mention Russell Westbrook. He is averaging triple double stats at the moment. Is he stat wise the best player in the world right now?


The ability to fill up a stat sheet doesn't mean as much if your team is not winning. I think there are a number of NBA players that could average a triple double if winning was not the goal. Forget stats, I think Russell Westbrook is one of the best players in the world right now because he's always in attack mode. He doesn't take a play off.


What was the last movie that you saw?

I don't remember the last movie I've seen but I just finished a book by Bob Rotella entitled "How Champions Think: In Sports and Life" There were a lot of golf references but it's definitely one I would recommend.

Thanks Jason for the chat.




The RheinStars Give Coaching Job To Matt Dodson - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

German Pro A team RheinStars will finish the season with Matt Dodson who takes over for the departed Arne Woltmann. Dodson will get support on the sidelines from Johannes Strasser. Both guys led the team into the Pro A in 2015. Dodson hails from Australia and has gathered much coaching experience in Germany having coached teams like UBC Muenster (Germany-Regionalliga), DJK Koeln-Nord von 1960 e.V. (Germany-2.Bundesliga) women's team, TSV Quakenbrueck Dragons (Germany-2.Bundesliga) womena™s team, Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck junior team (NBBL) and the RheinStars NBBL team. It wasn't a difficult decision for the club to name Dodson as new head coach since he had been active in their organization since years. "We know his qualities and have full trust in his work", stressed 1993 European champion and CEO of the RheinStars Stephan Baeck. Dodson needs to win the last three games to possibily reach the Pro A playoffs and is ready. "I am challenged, but feel I can take the challenge and I like taking responsobility. We will work hard and stand together as a team in order to reach our goals. That is our most important goal, the rest is secondary", warned Matt Dodson .

Source:RheinStars



FC Bayern Munich Reel In Dru Joyce Until End Of Season - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Three time BBL champion FC Bayern Munich have added massive support at the point guard position with Dru Joyce (185-PG-85, college: Akron). Joyce is a 32 year old 185 cm guard from Akron, Ohio that is in his tenth professional season having played almost his whole time in Germany with teams like Ulm, Trier, Oldenburg and Wurzburg. The second all-time assist leader in the BBL started the season with Tsmoki-Minsk (Belarus-Premier League) where he played in 3 competitions with the VTB (14,2ppg,3,8rpg, 6,4apg), Champions League (13,0ppg, 2,8rpg, 6,8apg) and Fiba Europe Cup (15,1ppg,2,8rpg, 8,3apg). The ex Akron (NCAA) guard who was high school teammates with Lebron James is more than thrilled about the chance. "The chance came as a surprise, but since the call came, I am more than excited about this chance. They have a good team chemsitry and a strong organization. It is a late signing, but i will work hard and give 100% to learn the plays and help the team. A plus is that I know the league and country well. I don't have to get used to a new situation", warned Dru Joyce.

Source.FC Bayern Munich




Orlando Parker (PS Karlsruhe) Real Defense Doesn't Show Up On The Stat Sheet - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



Orlando Parker (203-F-91, college: Wagner) is a 25 year old 203cm forward from Orlando, Florida playing his third professional season and second in Germany and first with PS Karlsruhe. He started his basketball career with Wagner (NCAA) in 2010 playing a total of 118 NCAA games. As a senior he played 26 games averaging 6.7ppg, 6.7rpg, FGP: 44.7%, FT: 62.0%. In 2014 he turned professional with UL Eagles Limerick (Ireland-Premier League) playing 17 games averaging 19.9ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.1spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 42.4%, FT: 78.5%. Last season he played with Baskets Vilsbiburg (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 26 games: 22.6ppg, 9.4rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 79.3%. He spoke to eurobasket after the huge double OT win against Rostock in the playoffs.

Orlando thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. 2017 is now in it's third month. Did you make any news year resolutions or are you more the guy that doesn't believe in that?

"I sometimes just go with the flow and see where life takes me but I always set goals to accomplish"


How long did it take to digest the bitter 76-49 loss against the kids of FC Bayern Munich? How can a loss like that occur shortly before the playoffs?

"I don't consider anyone over 18 kids, and I definitely wouldn't say they play like kids either. Really talented group. Not taking anything away from them but we were working on tactics for the playoffs"


It was a tale of two seasons for PS Karlsruhe. After losing the first game to Frankfurt, you were unstoppable with a 10 game winning streak, but then up and down with a 6-6 record. What happened with this team from December until now?

"We let some games slip away and lost our identity as a defensive team."


How much of a factor was the injury to German Deon Mcduffie during the up and down play? Would the team have had a few more wins with him in the lineup?

"We are not a deep team so if any of us miss a game it hurts our teams chances of pulling out games. Deon is a key factor for us"


The defense was pretty solid except for two loses against Leverkusen and Wurzburg. What tweaks will the team have to make to play successful defense consistently in the playoffs?

"We know what we have to do in order to win games and our defense is why we stop teams from scoring there average"


Do you feel as though teams figured you out a bit better and began to scout better the second time around especially how to contain you, Parker and Borekambi better during certain phases of the game?

"No. Not even close"

Which PS Karlsruhe player are you most proud of that has worked very hard and been the most improved this season?

"We all work hard"

Your playing a very solid consistent season. It seems like you had a few more higher scoring games in the first half, but do you feel that overall you played better basketball in the second half?

"I'm always improving my game to get better each day"


You picked up your defense in the second half of the season. Was it more about getting a feel for the new league or did you work on areas of your game more frequently that helped you raise your game?


"Real Defense doesn't show up on the stat sheet, so I'm the type of player that doesn't need steals or blocks to look like I'm playing defense. I'm more of guy who is stoping penetration, hard close outs, rotating"


You meet the Rostock SeaWolves in the first round of the playoffs. What kind of series can we await and what will be key to advancing? After the double OT win in game one one could say a wild series?

"It was the first game of the playoffs so the energy was there from both teams. Now we know what we need to do to put ourselves in the position to win"


What a wild game one between PS Karlsruhe and the Rostock SeaWolves. What did you learn about your team tonight that you didn't know before?

"There was nothing to learn I believe in my team and the coaches to fight no matter the opponent for 40 plus minutes and that's what we did. So I'm not surprised by our effort at all it was expected"


How tough was it watching in the last OT as you were out with your fifth foul?

"It was tough because we lost Deon and Dima as well but I had confidence in the guys that stepped up when we needed them"


A shocking news story in that top Pro B player Aaron Nelson has left the Dragons Rhondorf leaving a huge 23/12 void in their playdown journey. With teams like Lich, Leipzig and Nordlingen fighting to stay in the league, has Rhondorf secured their ticket down to the Regionalliga?


"I honestly don't pay any attention to those teams so I have no idea whats going on with that situation"


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

"That maybe the 2nd greatest performance of all-time! The only performance that maybe wasbetter was TMac against the Spurs in the final seconds"


One always talks about Lebron and Curry, but one has to mention Russell Westbrook. He is averaging triple double stats at the moment. Is he stat wise the best player in the world right now?

"He's definitely worth the talk, not the best player in the world but he's definitely in the conversation"


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

"Players usually don't like to do the little things and Draymond does the little things that makes useful, when a player can be effective without scoring the basketball in my opinion that's the definition of an "key player"

What was the last movie that you saw?

"Zootopia"

Thanks Orlando for the chat.



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

24-year old forward Dwayne Evans (201-F-92) had a very impressive game in the last round for Giessen 46ers and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
He had a double-double of 23 points and 16 rebounds, while his team edged out Bremerhaven (#14, 6-17) 88-84. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Giessen 46ers maintains the 9th position in German league. Giessen 46ers is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 11-13 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Evans as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Dwayne Evans averages this season 11.1ppg and 6.5rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Jordan Hulls (180-PG-90) of Bremerhaven. He is American guard in his first season at Bremerhaven. In the last game Hulls recorded impressive 30 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Bremerhaven was edged by the higher-ranked Giessen 46ers (#9, 11-13) 88-84. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Bremerhaven keeps 14th position. 17 lost games are too many comparing to just six victories Bremerhaven managed to get this year. Hulls is a newcomer at Bremerhaven and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Marcos Knight (188-G-89, agency: BeoBasket) of Jena (#11). Knight showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, seven rebounds and nine assists in the last round. Despite Knight's great performance Jena lost 80-95 to the higher-ranked Ludwigsburg (#8, 12-12). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Jena ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Knight could help Jena to bring them higher in the standings. Knight has a great season in Germany. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.7ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Raymar Morgan (203-F/C-88) of Ratiopharm - 19 points and 9 rebounds
5. De'Mon Brooks (201-F-92) of Bayreuth - 23 points and 4 rebounds
6. Danilo Barthel (208-PF-91) of B.Muenchen - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Shavon Shields (201-G-94) of Fraport SKY - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Vincent Sanford (193-G-90) of Wuerzburg - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Nate Linhart (201-SF-86) of Bayreuth - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Bogdan Radosavljevic (213-C-93) of ALBA - 17 points and 3 rebounds

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



German Regionalliga round 24 best performance: Domonique Crawford - by Eurobasket News

American Swingman Domonique Crawford (196-G/F-84) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Hagen BG, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 32-year old player had a double-double of 39 points and 14 rebounds, while his team outclassed Dorsten (#6, 12-11) with 26-point margin 100-74. Hagen BG maintains the 2nd position in their group in German Regionalliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Hagen BG will need more victories to improve their 17-6 record. In the team's last game Crawford had a remarkable 84.6% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Hagen BG's top player in his first season with the team. Domonique Crawford averages this season 20.2ppg and 5.9rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Vincent Garrett (198-SF-91) of Jena II. Garrett had a very good evening with a double-double of 30 points and 17 rebounds. Of course he led Jena II to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Bayreuth II (#14, 3-19) 67-46. Jena II's 6th position in South-East has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Garrett is a newcomer at Jena II, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.8ppg (#8). He also registered 9.8 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Tim Eisenberger (197-G-91) of Treuchtlingen (#3). Eisenberger got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for thirteen rebounds and nine assists. He was a key player of Treuchtlingen, leading his team to a 101-88 easy win against the lower-ranked Zwickau (#12, 7-15). Treuchtlingen needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in South-East. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 6 lost games. Eisenberger has a great season in Germany. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 7.7apg (2nd best). He also has 2.5spg and FGP: 64.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gerrell Martin (190-G-93) of Muenster - 38 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Farid Sadek (188-G-83) of Grevenbroich - 24 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Chris Lee (201-F-89) of Bielefeld - 29 points and 17 rebounds
7. Oscar Da Silva (207-PF-98) of Schwabing - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Preston Ross (198-F) of Langen - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Stefan Schmoll (196-F-89) of Treuchtlingen - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Edward Seward (206-C-78) of Weser Bsk/BTS - 23 points and 14 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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  GREECE  


Kavvadas' 20 points and 7 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old center Vasileios Kavvadas (204-C-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for Aris and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
He had the game-high 20 points adding seven rebounds for Aris in his team's victory, helping them to beat Doxa Lefkadas (#14, 3-18) 78-70. Aris maintains the 4th position in Greek league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Aris will need more victories to improve their 12-9 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Kavvadas as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Vasileios Kavvadas averages this season 10.5ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Sean Evans (203-PF-88) of Lavrio. He is American forward in his first season at Lavrio. In the last game Evans recorded impressive 15 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he led Lavrio to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Koroivos (#11, 7-14) 93-63. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Lavrio managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 9th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-13 record. Evans is one of the most experienced players at Lavrio and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Ivan Maras (207-PF-86) of Doxa Lefkadas (#14). Maras scored 16 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Maras' great performance Doxa Lefkadas lost 70-78 to the higher-ranked Aris (#4, 12-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Doxa Lefkadas can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 3-18 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Maras he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Maras has a very solid season. In 5 games in Greece he scored 12.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alex Harris (196-G-86) of Doxa Lefkadas - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Lucky Jones (198-G-93) of Promitheas - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Trevor Releford (183-PG-91) of Kolossos HH - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Jason Cadee (186-G-91) of Kymis - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85) of Olympiacos - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Devonta Pollard (203-F-94) of Koroivos - 9 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Nathan Sobey (190-G-90) of PAOK - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  HOLLAND  


Best players of Dutch Eredivisie round 23 - by Eurobasket News

American Clayton Vette (202-C-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's second-best Zwolle and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23.
The 28-year old center had a double-double of 15 points and seventeen rebounds, while his team crushed Leeuwarden (#6, 7-16) with 18-point margin 81-63. Zwolle maintains the 2nd position in Dutch Eredivisie. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Zwolle will need more victories to improve their 17-6 record. Vette turned to be Zwolle's top player in his first season with the team. Winona State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Vette is in league's top in points (4th best: 17.9ppg), rebounds (4th best: 8.4rpg) and averages solid 57.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American guard Jordan Gregory (188-G-92) of Leeuwarden. Gregory impressed basketball fans with 24 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists. Bad luck as Leeuwarden lost that game 63-81 to the higher-ranked Zwolle (#2, 17-6). Leeuwarden is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-16 record. Gregory is a newcomer at Leeuwarden 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 18.5ppg (#3). He also recorded 3.1 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Jermaine Marshall (193-G-90) of Rotterdam (#5). Marshall showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, six rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Rotterdam, leading his team to a 76-72 win against slightly lower-ranked Amsterdam (#7, 7-16). The chances of Rotterdam ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Marshall could help Rotterdam to bring them higher in the standings. Marshall has a great season in Holland. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.8ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 8.1rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Daviyon Draper (201-F-94) of Leiden - 26 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Lance Jeter (191-PG-88) of Groningen - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Nick Oudendag (210-C-87) of Zwolle - 17 points and 11 rebounds
7. Chase Fieler (203-F-92) of Groningen - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Greg Mays (203-F-93) of Rotterdam - 15 points and 6 rebounds
9. Rogier Jansen (188-SG-84) of Leiden - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Maarten Bouwknecht (185-PG-94) of Den Bosch - 18 points and 5 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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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ivan LILOV
  Szedeak
  (194-SG-88)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Lilov, Szedeak20.7 
 2. Govens, Falco KC20.4 
 3. Bojic, Jaszberenyi19.7 
 4. Pacher, Vasas18.8 
 5. Vojvoda, Szolnok17.9 
 6. Djerasimovic, KTE-D.17.6 
 7. Sejfic, PVSK P.17.1 
 8. Tiby, Atomeromu16.7 
 9. Johnson, Sopron KC16.7 
 10. Ubilla, ZTE K.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Atomeromu
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Tiby, Atomeromu9.6 
 2. Hendlein, Kaposvari8.9 
 3. Szabo, ZTE K.8.5 
 4. Pacher, Vasas8.2 
 5. Sejfic, PVSK P.8.1 
 6. Sihota, MAFC7.8 
 7. Ivosev, KTE-Duna7.4 
 8. Poscic, MAFC7.4 
 9. Wright, Vasas7.3 
 10. Bojic, Jaszberenyi7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  ZTE K.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.1 
 2. Battle, Atomeromu7.5 
 3. Taylor, Vasas7.5 
 4. Boltic, Szedeak7.5 
 5. Petty, Kormend6.3 
 6. Nelson, PVSK P.6.3 
 7. Threatt, Sopron KC6.2 
 8. Johnson, Sopron KC6.1 
 9. Govens, Falco KC6.0 
 10. Smith, MAFC6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Sopron KC
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Johnson, Sopron KC2.6 
 2. Arrington, Jaszbere.2.4 
 3. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.2.2 
 4. Smith, MAFC2.0 
 5. Frazier, Kaposvari2.0 
 6. Petty, Kormend1.9 
 7. Smith-Jr, Kormend1.8 
 8. Boltic, Szedeak1.7 
 9. Pongo, KTE-Duna1.6 
 10. Edwards, Alba1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Malik COOKE
  Kaposvari
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Cooke, Kaposvari1.1 
 2. Wright, Vasas0.9 
 3. Keller, Alba0.9 
 4. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.9 
 5. Zigeranovic, Falco K.0.8 
 6. Benke, ZTE K.0.8 
 7. Juhos, Szedeak0.8 
 8. Simms, Kaposvari0.8 
 9. Czinger, ZTE K.0.7 
 10. Turner, Falco KC0.7 


Govens' 33-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

28-year old point guard Darrin Govens (185-PG-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for Falco KC and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
He had the game-high 33 points adding five rebounds and eight assists for Falco KC in his team's victory, helping them to beat ZTE KK (#6, 13-9) 86-73. Falco KC maintains the 3rd position in Hungarian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Falco KC will need more victories to improve their 16-7 record. In the team's last game Govens had a remarkable seven three-pointers out of 10 attempts. He turned to be Falco KC's top player in his first season with the team. Saint Joseph's University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Govens is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.4ppg).

Second best performed player last round was Marko Djerasimovic (198-F/G-84, agency: BeoExcell) of KTE-Duna. He is Serbian swingman in his 4th season at KTE-Duna. In the last game Djerasimovic recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds. Of course KTE-Duna cruised to a 92-81 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked MAFC (#14, 3-19). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. KTE-Duna keeps 10th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-13 record. Djerasimovic is one of the most experienced players at KTE-Duna and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.4ppg (#6). He also registered 4.8 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Lasan Kromah (198-G-91) of league's second-best Kormend. Kromah got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for five rebounds . He was a key player of Kormend, leading his team to a 98-66 easy win against the lower-ranked Jaszberenyi (#11, 7-15). Kormend needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 6 lost games. Kromah has a very solid season. In 4 games in Hungary he scored 22.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kemal Karahodzic (210-C-89) of KTE-Duna - 19 points and 11 rebounds
5. Andrija Bojic (207-PF-93) of Jaszberenyi - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. A.J. Pacher (208-F-92) of Vasas - 20 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Andrija Ciric (198-G-80) of Szedeak - 29 points and 2 assists
8. Justin Edwards (190-G-92) of Alba - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. David Vojvoda (196-G/F-90) of Szolnok - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Roland Hendlein (206-F/C-86) of Kaposvari - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Standings - D1 League

Points Per Game
 Terrance MOTLEY
  FSU
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 31
 1. Motley, FSU31.0 
 2. Woods, Hamar27.2 
 3. Garland, Breidablik26.5 
 4. Shouse, IA25.4 
 5. Moss, Hottur23.5 
 6. King, Valur21.7 
 7. Pryor, Fjolnir20.6 
 8. Oliver, Fjolnir19.6 
 9. Bracey, Valur19.3 
 10. Knezevic, Vestri18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris WOODS
  Hamar
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 14
 1. Woods, Hamar14.0 
 2. Motley, FSU12.6 
 3. Moss, Hottur12.3 
 4. Pryor, Fjolnir11.8 
 5. King, Valur11.6 
 6. Shouse, IA9.5 
 7. Kristjansson, IA9.1 
 8. Petursson, Valur9.0 
 9. Virijevic, Hottur8.8 
 10. Fridriksson, Arm.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MOSS
  Hottur
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Moss, Hottur8.9 
 2. Sigurdsson, Fjolnir7.5 
 3. Garland, Breidablik5.5 
 4. Shouse, IA5.5 
 5. Blondal, Valur5.3 
 6. Olafsson, Hamar4.7 
 7. Bracey, Valur4.5 
 8. Jonasson, Armann4.0 
 9. Erlingsson, Hamar3.8 
 10. Hreinsson, FSU3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone GARLAND
  Breidablik
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Garland, Breidablik3.5 
 2. Moss, Hottur3.3 
 3. Shouse, IA3.0 
 4. Jonsson, FSU2.7 
 5. Motley, FSU2.2 
 6. King, Valur2.1 
 7. Oliver, Fjolnir2.1 
 8. Olafsson, Hamar2.0 
 9. Pryor, Fjolnir1.8 
 10. Hreinsson, FSU1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Marques OLIVER
  Fjolnir
  (201-PF-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Oliver, Fjolnir3.0 
 2. King, Valur2.2 
 3. Woods, Hamar1.5 
 4. Audunsson, Valur1.2 
 5. Virijevic, Hottur1.1 
 6. Motley, FSU1.1 
 7. Sigurdarson, Breid.1.0 
 8. Johannesson, Breid.1.0 
 9. Karason, Fjolnir0.9 
 10. Fridriksson, Arm.0.9 



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Best players of Indonesian IBL round 17 - by Eurobasket News

Canadian Kevin Loiselle (198-F-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for Pacific Caesar and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 28-year old forward had a double-double of 23 points and ten rebounds, while his team crushed Bima Perkasa (#10, 1-11) with 24-point margin 83-59. Pacific Caesar maintains the 5th position in Indonesian IBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Pacific Caesar will need more victories to improve their 7-5 record. In the team's last game Loiselle had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Pacific Caesar, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Loiselle has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (7th best: 23.0ppg), rebounds (6th best: 13.3rpg), assists (6th best: 4.5apg) and averages solid 1.3bpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American guard Falando Jones (193-G-90) of Hang Tuah. Jones impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 32 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Hang Tuah lost that game 74-79 to the higher-ranked Aspac (#4, 9-4). This loss caused Hang Tuah to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-7 record. Jones is one of the most experienced players at Hang Tuah and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 29.8ppg (#1). He also registered 6.6 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Pacific Caesar's star - American David Seagers (188-G-88). Seagers showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and ten assists (!!!) in the last round. He was another key player of Pacific Caesar, helping his team with a 83-59 easy win against the lower-ranked Bima Perkasa (#10, 1-11). Pacific Caesar needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 5 lost games. Seagers has a great season in Indonesia. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.9ppg (9th best) and assists with 5.9apg (2nd best). He also has 2.4spg and FGP: 50.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Pierre Henderson-Niles (203-F-87) of Aspac - 10 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Kore White (205-F-89) of Pelita Jaya - 23 points and 12 rebounds
6. JaJuan Smith (188-G-85) of Hang Tuah - 20 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Raheem Singleton (182-PG-89) of JNE BSC - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Tyrell Corbin (184-PG-92) of Bima Perkasa - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Christian Ronaldo Sitepu (200-C-86) of Satria Muda - 9 points and 3 assists
10. Gjio Bain (211-C-85) of Bima Perkasa - 6 points, 9 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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  IRELAND  


Templeogue Crowened Superleague regular season Champions - by Patrick Maher

RESULTS & REACTION: March 11-12th
Mar 09,2017
Basketball Ireland Results

Basketball Ireland Men's Super League:
Griffith Swords Thunder 94-66 UCD Marian
Belfast Star 57-60 KUBS BC
Templeogue 96-93 Garvey's Tralee Warriors
Radisson Blu UL Eagles 70-80 SSE Airtricity Moycullen
Pyrobel Killester 89-75 Commercial.ie Eanna
UCC Demons 76-64 DCU Saints

Basketball Ireland Men's Division 1:
Team Kilkenny 68-58 Dublin Lions
Kestrels 83-80 Maree
ITC Basketball 80-102 Ulster University Elks
BFG Neptune 98-80 LYIT Donegal, Neptune Stadium, 19:00;
Keane's Supervalu Killorglin 94-92 EJ Sligo All-Stars
Fr Mathews 82-92 Titans

Basketball Ireland Detailed Results
Basketball Ireland Men's Super League
TEMPLEOGUE WILL be awash in a sea of red for the next few days as the men's Super League team stormed to a 96-93 point win over Garvey's Tralee Warriors at Oblate Hall this evening.
This win, coupled with their midweek win over Pyrobel Killester, was enough to see them safe at the top of the table and they were officially crowned Basketball Ireland Men's Super League Regular Season champions 2016/17.
'Absolutely thrilled - we had to really dig deep after a slow start, maybe the occasion, maybe a bit nervy, but once we got going the boys were amazing,' said Head Coach Mark Keenan. 'We pulled that out of the fire. Our defense wasn't up to scratch early on, so we knew that needed to step up and it did.
'You're there and thinking is this one getting away from me? And then we put in that effort and I'm just over the moon and a little bit speechless - it's hard to take it in now.'
While Tralee stormed into an early 17-31 point lead, Lorcan Murphy was the star of the second quarter for Templeogue, urging his team on with superb scores to close the gap to 48-54 by the half. It remained neck in neck throughout the third and fourth, with the real story of the game coming down to the last minute, which saw Mike Bonaparte soar through the air for a massive offensive rebound with 58 seconds on the clock and netted the ball home to send Templeogue into a three-point lead.
Trae Pemberton took to the free throw line at the other end, and with the battle of the free throws well underway, it soon was back to a one-point game (94-93). However, Bonaparte was on hand to keep a cool head in the last 20 seconds, as he went to the line to shoot two and netted them with panache to see Templeogue home to their first League title, 96-93.
Elsewhere, Mark Ingle's charges at KUBS are relishing the prospect of a showdown with Commercial.ie Eanna next Saturday evening, as they overcame Belfast Star in a cracking game up in Belfast on Saturday to put them on level pegging with Eanna on 15 points apiece. The KUBS win now ensures that next weekend's game will be an all-out battle as it's a must win for both teams in order to avoid relegation.
Eanna meanwhile suffered an 89-75 point defeat at the hands of Pyrobel Killester, while SSE Airtricity Moycullen won out over Radisson Blu UL Eagles and UCC Demons overcame DCU Saints, while Griffith Swords Thunder overcame UCD Marian in emphatic fashion.

Griffith Swords Thunder 94-66 UCD Marian
Top scorers Griffith Swords Thunder: Justin Goldsborough 18, Jose Maria Gil Narbon 17, Charlie Coombes 12, Alex Calvo 12
Top scorers UCD Marian: Mike Garrow 23, Dustan Moreira 21, Anthony Silverstein 8
Half time score Griffith Swords Thunder 57-29 UCD Marian

Belfast Star 57-60 KUBS
Top scorers Belfast Star: Ryan Wilson 20, Paddy McGaharan 18, Sean Quinn 5
Top scorers KUBS: Corbin Jackson 16, Gary Barron 13, Kevin Foley 8
Half time score: Belfast Star 33-27 KUBS

Radisson Blu UL Eagles 70-80 SSE Airtricity Moycullen
Top scorers Radisson Blu UL Eagles: Eoin Quigley 18, Seamus Hickey 12, Patrick McCarthy 11
Top scorers SSE Airtricity Moycullen: Phillip Lawrence-Ricks 26, Paul Freeman 22, James Loughnane 11
Half time score: Radisson Blu UL Eagles 37-47 SSE Airtricity Moycullen

Templeogue 96-93 Garvey's Tralee Warriors
Top scorers Templeogue: Lorcan Murphy 31, Mike Bonaparte 25, Paul Cummins 11, Lawrence Summers 11
Top scorers Garvey's Tralee Warriors: Trae Pemberton 24, Kieran Donaghy 21, Dusan Bogdanovic 12
Half time score: Templeogue 48-54 Garvey's Tralee Warriors

Pyrobel Killester 89-75 Commercial.ie Eanna
Top scorers Pyrobel Killester: Jermaine Turner 27, Ciaran Roe 11, Niall Hegarty 10
Top scorers Commercial.ie Eanna: Neil Lynch 20, Nathaniel Musters 12, Aidan Dunne 12
Half times score: Pyrobel Killester 54-43 Commercial.ie Eanna

UCC Demons 76-64 DCU Saints
Top scorers UCC Demons: Ciaran O Sullivan 22, Adrian O Sullivan 17, Jacob Lawson 14
Top scorers DCU Saints: Martins Provizors 19, Graham Brannelly 11, Eoin Darling 8
Half time score: UCC Demons 48-39 DCU Saints

Basketball Ireland Men's Division One
It was a busy weekend in the Men's Division One, with Kestrels bagging a massive home win on Saturday evening when they overcame Maree by three points.
Elsewhere, Team Kilkenny edged Dublin Lions by ten, ITC Basketball had to settle for second best against Ulster University Elks, while it was a close one between Keane's SuperValu Killorglin and Ej Sligo All Stars, with the former managing to hold on to a two point lead to win out in the end. Meanwhile, Neptune overcame LYIT and Titans had the better of Fr Mathews.

Team Kilkenny 68-58 Dublin Lions
Top scorers Team Kilkenny: Jack Murphy 14, James Butler 14, Lughaidh O Neill 12, Lukasz Szulc 12
Top scorers Dublin Lions: Tomasz Swiatowy 18, Chris McNairney 14, Igor Markiewicz 13
Half time score: Team Kilkenny 33-31 Dublin Lions

Kestrels 83-80 Maree
Top scorers Kestrels: Christopher Teasley 40, Liam Guinan 13, Aaron Whelan 13
Top scorers Maree: Kenneth Hansberry 20, Paulius Peldzius 13, Eoin Rockall 12
Half time score: Kestrels 37-40 Maree

ITC Basketball 80-102 Ulster University Elks
Top scorers ITC Basketball: Jimmy Ward 27, Mike Klinger 21, Shane Maughan 18
Top scorers Ulster University Elks: Will Koppenhave 33, Darius Surginas 19, Eimantas Cernevicius 15
Half time score: ITC Basketball 47-49 Ulster University Elks

Keane's SuperValu Killorglin 94-92 EJ Sligo All Stars
Top scorers Keane's SuperValu Killorglin: Andrew Fitzgerald 23, Ignus Sujinas 19, Darragh Jones 16
Top scorers Ej Sligo All Stars: Luke McLoughlin 31, Kaylim Noel 30, Emmet Keogh 16
Half time score: Keane's SuperValu Killorglin 51-41 EJ Sligo All Stars

BFG Neptune 98-80 LYIT Donegal
Top scorers BFG Neptune: Gary Walsh 31, Tanner Brooks 22, Shane Duggan 16
Top scorers LYIT Donegal: Paul McHugh 20, Jordan McCelland 19, Jimmy Puha 15
Half time scorers BFG Neptune 39-30 LYIT Donegal

Fr Mathews 82-92 Titans
Top scorers Fr Mathews: Peter Mullane 17, Paul O Driscoll 14, Evan Barrett 13
Top scorers Titans: Eugene Williams 43, Toms Fabriciuss 18, Eoin Coughlan 13
Half time score: Fr Mathews 46-47 Titans

Players and Coaches of the Month for February announced


GARVEY'S TRALEE WARRIORS have secured a big double whammy of wins this week, as the club has been awarded both the Men's Super League Player of the Month and the Men's Super League Coach of the Month titles for the month of February.
Head Coach Mark Bernsen has scooped the title of Coach of the Month for February after he helped his side to continue an unbeaten run of wins during the month, dating back to the start of December. Shooting star Trae Pemberton meanwhile has secured the title of Men's Super League Player of the Month after he made a huge impression on games throughout the month top scoring throughout February, bagging 35 points against Pyrobel Killester and 37 against UCD Marian.
The Women's Super League awards meanwhile, sees the Coach of the Month award winging its way to Leixlip, with Courtyard Liffey Celtics Head Coach Mark Byrne scooping the title for this month after his side continues to enjoy a winning streak that has been firmly in place since their Cup final loss back in January to Ambassador UCC Glanmire.
Speaking of Glanmire, Claire Rockall has won her second Player of the Month award for the season as she has landed the title after good displays for the Cork side throughout the month.
Elsewhere, a phenomenal display from BFG Neptune star, Tanner Brooks, has ensured he has won the title of Player of the Month for the Men's Division One, with the Coach of the Month award making its way to Galway for the second time this season as John Finn of Maree has scooped the title once more.
It's a double win for ITC Basketball in the Women's Division One meanwhile as the side - who were crowned Regular Season Champions 2016/17 - have also been awarded both the Coach of the Month and Player of the Month awards, with Martin Conroy netting the coach award as his side are still unbeaten in the League since January 2016. Instrumental guard Jamiyah Bethune meanwhile has scooped the Player of the Month award after yet more fantastic displays throughout the month.

Basketball Ireland National League Monthly Awards - February

Men's Super League Coach of the Month:
Mark Bernsen (Garvey's Tralee Warriors)

Men's Super League Player of the Month:
Trae Pemberton (Garvey's Tralee Warriors)

Men's Division One Coach of the Month:
John Finn (Maree)

Men's Division One Player of the Month:
Tanner Brooks (BFG Neptune)

Registered Table Officials needed for FIBA European Championship
Mar 13,2017
Registered Table Officials needed for FIBA European Championships
A number of registered table officials are neededto officiate at the FIBA Under 18 Women's European Championships Division B, which will be hosted in two locations in Dublin this coming August 4-13th.

Officials who wish to be considered for the role must meet the following requirements:
Must be available for at least two of the playing days between August 4-13th.
Must be available to attend a FIBA upskilling workshop which will be delivered by FIBA and Basketball Ireland in Dublin in May/June 2017 and will include the use of Digital Scoresheets.
Appointments will be made later in the summer, with successful candidates notified in advance of the Championships and agreed fees for the Championships paid to those who are successful.

Applications should be made by email tontoc@basketballireland.ie.before March 31st. In your application, please state the current highest level of officiating that you have done to date (eg: National League).

From : www.basketballireland.ie
Tanner Brooks (185-G, college: St.Mary's, MD)



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  ISRAEL  

Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Storm WARREN
  Maccabi .
  (201-PF-88)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Warren, Maccabi .24.6 
 2. Aska, Ironi R.22.5 
 3. Burrows, Hap.Haifa22.4 
 4. Huertas, Hap.Haifa21.8 
 5. Livingston, Hapoel K.21.7 
 6. Pointer, Ironi K-A21.3 
 7. Teel, Maccabi H/H20.6 
 8. Relphorde, Hapoel M.20.5 
 9. Brown, Ironi R.20.2 
 10. Madden, Hap.R/G.19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Germain JORDAN
  Galil Elion
  (198-C/F-86)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Jordan, Galil Elion11.7 
 2. Watson, Hapoel K/S11.4 
 3. Livingston, Hapoel K.11.1 
 4. Warren, Maccabi .11.0 
 5. Lee, Ironi R.10.5 
 6. Pointer, Ironi K-A10.3 
 7. Burrows, Hap.Haifa10.2 
 8. Yates, Macc.Reh.10.1 
 9. McShepard, Ironi N.9.9 
 10. Treadwell, Hapoel A.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan NANIKASHVILI
  Hap.H.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Nanikashvili, Hap.H.7.7 
 2. Teel, Maccabi H/H7.3 
 3. Lavie, Maccabi .6.1 
 4. Cohen, Hapoel K/S6.0 
 5. Bet-Yosef, Ironi R.5.4 
 6. Dunne, Ironi N.4.9 
 7. Salz, Galil Elion4.8 
 8. Hofman, Ironi N.4.8 
 9. Ainhorn, Ironi K-A4.6 
 10. Honig, Ramat H.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Maccabi H/H
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Teel, Maccabi H/H2.9 
 2. Lavie, Maccabi .2.6 
 3. Relphorde, Hapoel M.2.5 
 4. Addison, Macc.Reh.2.4 
 5. Warren, Maccabi .2.3 
 6. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.1 
 7. Olasewere, Hap.R/G.2.0 
 8. Livingston, Hapoel K.1.9 
 9. Hofman, Ironi N.1.8 
 10. Burrows, Hap.Haifa1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sir''Dominic POINTER
  Ironi K-A
  (198-G/F-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Pointer, Ironi K-A2.3 
 2. Livingston, Hapoel K.2.0 
 3. Watson, Hapoel K/S1.7 
 4. Givens, Maccabi .1.6 
 5. Caracter, Ramat H.1.5 
 6. Warren, Maccabi .1.3 
 7. Gaston, Hapoel M.1.3 
 8. Lee, Ironi R.1.3 
 9. Treadwell, Hapoel A.1.3 
 10. Labanowski, Ironi R.1.2 


Winner League Round 22: Maccabi T-A outgun Maccabi Rishon in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Eighth-ranked Maccabi Rishon (10-12) gave a tough game to first ranked Maccabi T-A (16-6) in Tel-Aviv on Sunday. Maccabi T-A managed to secure only two-point victory 83-81. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 25-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Maccabi T-A made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game, while Maccabi Rishon only scored four points from the stripe. American forward Victor Rudd (205-91, college: S.Florida) scored 25 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Guinea-Bissau-American center Colton Iverson (212-89, college: Colorado St., agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 12 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Maccabi T-A's coach Ainars Bagatskis used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American-Belarusian point guard Maalik Wayns (185-91, college: Villanova) responded with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Maccabi T-A maintains first position with 16-6 record. Maccabi Rishon lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the eighth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Galil Gilboa and Ironi Nahariya.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Bnei Hasharon (13-9) against eleventh ranked Maccabi Ashdod (8-14) on Monday night. Visiting Bnei Hasharon was crushed by Maccabi Ashdod in Ashdod 94-70. American Chase Simon (201-89, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Three Eye Sports) notched 29 points to lead the effort and Preston Knowles supported him with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Even 11 points and 6 rebounds by American Stephen Dennis (198-87, college: Kutztown, agency: HMS) did not help to save the game for Bnei Hasharon. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Maccabi Ashdod have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eleventh position with 8-14 record. Bnei Hasharon at the other side keeps the third place with nine games lost.
Hapoel Eilat (#4) was upset in Haifa by seventh ranked Maccabi Haifa 81-72. Gregory Vargas fired 23 points and 4 assists for the winners. Maccabi Haifa's coach Ofer Rahimi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Landon Milbourne produced 23 points for lost side. Maccabi Haifa (11-11) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Hapoel T-A. Loser Hapoel Eilat keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. They share it with Hapoel J-M.
The game in Tel-Aviv was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (12-10) played at the court of sixth ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (11-11). Hapoel Tel-Aviv defeated Hapoel Jerusalem 83-70. Worth to mention a great performance of Tomer Ginat who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. Hapoel Tel-Aviv maintains sixth position with 11-11 record, which they share with Maccabi Haifa. Hapoel Jerusalem at the other side dropped to the fourth place with ten games lost.
Important game to mention about took place in Nahariya. Tenth ranked Galil Gilboa (10-12) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 9th ranked Ironi Nahariya (10-12) 73-72 in the fight for the eighth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ironi Nahariya. Americans were the main players on the court. Murphy Holloway had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Galil Gilboa moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Maccabi Rishon and Ironi Nahariya.

In the last game of round 22 bottom-ranked Maccabi K/G was destroyed by Hapoel Holon on the opponent's court 98-66.

Hapoel Holon - Maccabi K/G 98-66

Very expected game when 12th ranked Maccabi K/G (4-18) was crushed on the road by second ranked Hapoel Holon (15-7) 98-66 on Monday. Hapoel Holon looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Maccabi K/G's players. Americans were the main players on the court. Swingman James Bell (197-92, college: Villanova) scored 23 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Tu Holloway (182-89, college: Xavier) chipped in 22 points and 6 assists during the contest. Hapoel Holon's coach Dan Shamir felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side swingman Justin Carter (193-87, college: Creighton, agency: Pensack Sports) responded with 20 points and power forward Curtis Kelly (204-88, college: Kansas St., agency: HMS) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel Holon maintains second position with 15-7 record behind leader Maccabi T-A. Loser Maccabi K/G stay at the bottom place with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
Maccabi K/G: J.Carter 20+4reb, C.Kelly 14+7reb+2ast, J.Selby 13+2reb+5ast, B.Bowman 12+6reb+1ast, O.Solomon 4+7reb+1ast, A.Rosenberg 3+2reb+1ast
Hapoel Holon: J.Bell 23+4reb+4ast, T.Holloway 22+2reb+6ast, D.Atkins 10+12reb, T.Younger 10+4reb+1ast, S.Harush 8+3reb+3ast, A.Chubrevich 8+4reb
gschID: 493088


Maccabi Ashdod - Bnei Hertzeliyya 94-70

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Bnei Hasharon (13-9) against eleventh ranked Maccabi Ashdod (8-14) on Monday night. Visiting Bnei Hasharon was crushed by Maccabi Ashdod in Ashdod 94-70. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi Ashdod. Bnei Hasharon was better in third quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi Ashdod dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Bnei Hasharon's 30. American Chase Simon (201-89, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Three Eye Sports) notched 29 points to lead the effort and the other American import guard Preston Knowles (187-89, college: Louisville) supported him with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Five Maccabi Ashdod players scored in double figures. Even 11 points and 6 rebounds by American Stephen Dennis (198-87, college: Kutztown, agency: HMS) did not help to save the game for Bnei Hasharon. International forward Karam Mashour (198-91, college: Morehead St., agency: Three Eye Sports) added 11 points and 5 rebounds 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. Maccabi Ashdod have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain eleventh position with 8-14 record. Bnei Hasharon at the other side keeps the third place with nine games lost.
Top scorers:
Bnei Hertzeliyya: T.Maayan 12+4reb+1ast, S.Dennis 11+6reb+3ast, K.Mashour 11+5reb+2ast, O.Leumi 10+1ast, T.Green 8+3reb+5ast, H.Kanacevic 8+5reb+1ast
Maccabi Ashdod: C.Simon 29+2reb+1ast, I.Ziv 13+3reb+2ast, P.Knowles 12+9reb+3ast, K.Dillard 12+4reb+7ast, J.Cohen 10+7reb+1ast, B.Altit 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 493085


Maccabi T-A - Maccabi Rishon 83-81

Eighth-ranked Maccabi Rishon (10-12) gave a tough game to first ranked Maccabi T-A (16-6) in Tel-Aviv on Sunday. Maccabi T-A managed to secure only two-point victory 83-81. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 25-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Maccabi T-A made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game, while Maccabi Rishon only scored four points from the stripe. American forward Victor Rudd (205-91, college: S.Florida) scored 25 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Guinea-Bissau-American center Colton Iverson (212-89, college: Colorado St., agency: Pensack Sports) chipped in 12 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Maccabi T-A's coach Ainars Bagatskis used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American-Belarusian point guard Maalik Wayns (185-91, college: Villanova) responded with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and American power forward Charles Thomas (203-86, college: Arkansas) scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. Four Maccabi Rishon players scored in double figures. Maccabi T-A maintains first position with 16-6 record. Maccabi Rishon lost third consecutive game. Defending champion keeps the eighth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Galil Gilboa and Ironi Nahariya.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Rishon: C.Thomas 22+5reb+3ast, M.Wayns 18+5reb+7ast, S.Dawson 11+5reb+2ast, I.Zalmanson 10+5reb, J.McCrea 6+5reb+2ast, E.Kadir 6+3reb+1ast
Maccabi T-A: V.Rudd 25+7reb+1ast, D.Smith 13+1reb+1ast, C.Iverson 12+12reb+3ast, Y.Ohayon 9+2reb+6ast, G.Pnini 8+2reb+1ast, S.Landesberg 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 493090


Maccabi Haifa - Hapoel Eilat 81-72

Hapoel Eilat (#4) was upset in Haifa by seventh ranked Maccabi Haifa 81-72. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 45-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Maccabi Haifa forced 26 Hapoel Eilat turnovers. Venezuelan point guard Gregory Vargas (180-86, agency: Pro Sports) fired 23 points and 4 assists for the winners. International swingman Amit Simhon (198-89) chipped in 21 points. Five Maccabi Haifa players scored in double figures. Maccabi Haifa's coach Ofer Rahimi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Landon Milbourne (201-87, college: Maryland) produced 23 points and his fellow American import forward Will Daniels (202-86, college: Rhode Island) added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Maccabi Haifa (11-11) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Hapoel T-A. Loser Hapoel Eilat keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. They share it with Hapoel J-M.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Eilat: L.Milbourne 23+1reb+1ast, C.Colman 14+5reb+3ast, W.Daniels 13+9reb+1ast, R.Menco 8+5reb+3ast, A.Nissim 6+1reb+2ast, P.Henry 4+7reb+7ast
Maccabi Haifa: G.Vargas 23+3reb+4ast, A.Simhon 21+4reb+1ast, K.Pinkney 13+6reb+1ast, J.DiBartolomeo 12+6reb+7ast, W.Graves 11+4reb, O.Blayzer 1+2reb+2ast
gschID: 493089


Hapoel T-A - Hapoel J-M 83-70

The game in Tel-Aviv was also worth to mention about. 5th ranked Hapoel Jerusalem (12-10) played at the court of sixth ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (11-11). Hapoel Tel-Aviv defeated Hapoel Jerusalem 83-70. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Hapoel Jerusalem was better in second period 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Hapoel Jerusalem 42-27 including 29 on the defensive glass. Hapoel Tel-Aviv players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of international Tomer Ginat (202-94) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. The former international Raviv Limonad (191-84) contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Four Hapoel Tel-Aviv players scored in double figures. American Jerome Dyson (191-87, college: Connecticut) replied with 16 points and his fellow American import power forward Amare Stoudemire (208-82) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Hapoel Jerusalem. Hapoel Tel-Aviv maintains sixth position with 11-11 record, which they share with Maccabi Haifa. Hapoel Jerusalem at the other side dropped to the fourth place with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: J.Dyson 16+1reb+3ast, B.Timor 13+2ast, A.Stoudemire 11+8reb, L.Eliyahu 8+5reb+2ast, C.Jerrells 6+4reb+3ast, A.Zelkovits 5+1reb
Hapoel T-A: T.Ginat 23+12reb+1ast, M.Lyons 17+2reb+4ast, A.Banks 15+6reb+2ast, R.Limonad 15+5reb+7ast, R.Howell 9+11reb+2ast, R.Elias-Pour 4+1reb
gschID: 493087


Ironi Nahariya - Galil Gilboa 72-73

Important game to mention about took place in Nahariya. Tenth ranked Galil Gilboa (10-12) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 9th ranked Ironi Nahariya (10-12) 73-72 in the fight for the eighth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ironi Nahariya. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 21-9 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Galil Gilboa made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Galil Gilboa had a 37-26 advantage in offensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Murphy Holloway (201-90, college: Mississippi) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Eric Griffin (203-90, college: Campbell) chipped in 10 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Four Galil Gilboa players scored in double figures. At the losing side point guard Derwin Kitchen (194-86, college: Florida St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Scotty Hopson (200-89, college: Tennessee) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Galil Gilboa moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Maccabi Rishon and Ironi Nahariya.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: D.Kitchen 17+10reb+3ast, S.Hopson 14+7reb+2ast, N.Berkowitz 9+3reb+1ast, N.Faust 8+1reb, I.Nesterenko 6+2reb, Y.Gates 6+3reb+1ast
Galil Gilboa: M.Holloway 18+13reb+3ast, J.Siggers 11, J.Shuchman 11+4reb+2ast, E.Skverer 10+5reb+5ast, E.Griffin 10+12reb+2ast, M.Qualls 8+6reb+3ast
gschID: 493086





D'or Fischer (ex Arecibo) agreed terms with Valmiera - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Valmiera/ORDO (LBL) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 36-year old Israeli ex-international center D'or Fischer (211-116kg-81, college: W.Virginia). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Fischer played recently at Capitanes de Arecibo in Puerto Rican BSN league. In three games he recorded 7.0ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.3apg and 2.3bpg this season.
In 2005 Pennsylvania Valley Dawgs selected him as fifth overall pick in USBL draft.
He attended West Virginia University and it is his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Fischer has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Eurocup Semifinals in 2015. Fischer received also Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2014.
He represented Israel at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 7.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.3apg, Blocks-3 (1.8bpg), FGP: 48.5%, FT: 71.4%.
Fischer is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Bree), Poland, Russia (Unics Kazan), Spain (Real Madrid and RETAbet Bilbao Basket), Ukraine (BC Donetsk), NBA (Washington Wizards), Germany (Brose Baskets and EWE Baskets) and Israel (Hapoel Jerusalem).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Valmiera.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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Serie A2 Round 24: Verona defeat group leader Virtus Bologna - by Eurobasket News

The round was exceptionally exciting as four games ended with a tiny margin. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Virtus Bologna (17-7) on the court of eighth ranked Verona on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Verona 113-105. They made 33-of-42 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game, while Virtus Bologna only scored fourteen points from the stripe. Verona looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. 31 personal fouls committed by Virtus Bologna helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Michael Frazier (193-94, college: Florida) who led his team to a victory with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Guard Marco Portannese (192-89) contributed with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. American center Kenny Lawson (207-88, college: Creighton) replied with 28 points and 8 rebounds for Virtus Bologna. Verona (13-11) moved-up to seventh place in A2. Virtus Bologna at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. Verona are looking forward to face Unieuro Forli (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Virtus Bologna will play against Recanati (#16) and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Treviglio. Fifth ranked Treviglio (14-10) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 8th ranked Novipiu Casale (12-12) 83-81 on Sunday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Lithuanian Paulius Sorokas (202-92, agency: Players Group) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and Adam Sollazzo who added 17 points, 8 assists and 5 steals (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) during the contest. The best for the losing side was point guard Giovanni Tomassini (188-88) with 20 points. Despite that victory Treviglio went down to sixth position (A2) due to points difference. Novipiu Casale at the other side dropped to the tenth place with 12 games lost. Treviglio will play against higher ranked Roma Virtus (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Novipiu Casale will play against Rieti (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Alma Trieste (16-8) against eleventh ranked Piacenza (11-13) on Sunday night. Visiting Alma Trieste was defeated by Piacenza in a tough game in Casalpusterlengo 70-78. The winners were led by Kenny Hasbrouck who scored that evening 30 points. Even 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by Matteo Da-Ros did not help to save the game for Alma Trieste. Alma Trieste's coach Eugenio Dalmasson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Piacenza moved-up to tenth place in A2. Loser Alma Trieste dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Piacenza will meet higher ranked Mantova (#8) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Alma Trieste will play against Udine APU (#11) and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game for Legnano (15-9) which hosted in Castellanza top-ranked Angelico Biella (18-6). Third ranked Legnano managed to get a 5-point victory 90-85. The best player for the winners was Nikolas Raivio who had a triple-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists. Legnano maintains third position in A2 with 15-9 record having just three points less than leader Angelico Biella. Angelico Biella at the other side still keeps top place with six games lost. Legnano's next round opponent will be Agrigento (#7) on the road. Angelico Biella will play against Lighthouse TR (#9) and hope to win that game.
The game in Roseto was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Mantova (13-11) played at the court of seventh ranked Roseto (14-10). Roseto managed to secure a 7-point victory 88-81 on Sunday. It was a good game for Adam Smith who led his team to a victory with 31 points and 7 rebounds. Roseto moved-up to sixth place in A2. Loser Mantova dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. Roseto will face Chieti (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mantova will play against Piacenza (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 24:
In A2 Udine APU was beaten by Imola on the road 77-65. Treviso Basket destroyed Chieti on its own court 80-47. Unieuro Forli managed to outperform Recanati in a road game 89-74. F.Kontatto BO recorded a loss to Bondi Ferrara at home 89-91. Ravenna defeated Jesi on the opponent's court 88-85. Unieuro Forli beat Piacenza in a home game 91-77. Scafati lost to Tortona on the road 75-82. Agropoli managed to outperform Mens Sana 1871 on its own court 76-75. Agrigento recorded a loss to Rieti in a road game 71-64. Lighthouse TR was defeated by Latina Basket at home 72-73. Roma Virtus beat Eurobasket Roma on the opponent's court 83-78. FCM Ferentino won against Viola RC in a home game 81-76.
The most impressive performance of 24th round was 19 points and 13 rebounds by Robert Jones of Piacenza.

East
Roseto - Mantova 88-81

The game in Roseto was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Mantova (13-11) played at the court of seventh ranked Roseto (14-10). Roseto managed to secure a 7-point victory 88-81 on Sunday. Roseto dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Mantova's 32 and made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American point guard Adam Smith (185-92, college: Georgia Tech) who led his team to a victory with 31 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import power forward Brandon Sherrod (198-92, college: Yale) contributed with 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Alessandro Amici (200-91) replied with 23 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Lorenzo Gergati (188-84) added 16 points in the effort for Mantova. Roseto moved-up to sixth place in A2. Loser Mantova dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. Roseto will face Chieti (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Mantova will play against Piacenza (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Roseto: A.Smith 31+7reb+1ast, B.Sherrod 21+9reb+2ast, R.Casagrande 11+4reb, N.Mei 7+1reb+3ast, V.Amoroso 7+4reb+1ast, A.Piazza 5+1reb
Mantova: A.Amici 23+8reb+3ast, L.Gergati 16+1reb, J.Giachetti 10+3reb+4ast, L.Corbett 9, A.Casella 7+1reb+2ast, L.Vencato 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 485732


Imola - Udine APU 77-65

There was a surprise result when fourteenth ranked Imola (9-15) beat at home higher ranked Udine APU (10-14) 77-65 on Sunday. Strangely Udine APU outrebounded Imola 43-29 including a 18-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for the former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. American point guard Travis Cohn (188-89, college: Jacksonville, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Imola's coach Giampiero Ticchi used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Estonian guard Rain Veideman (192-91) replied with 24 points and 9 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and Nigerian-American swingman Stan Okoye (198-91, college: VMI) added 15 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Udine APU. Imola moved-up to thirteenth place in A2. Newly promoted Udine APU dropped to the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Imola will face higher ranked F.Kontatto BO (#5) in Bologna in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Imola: T.Cohn 20+3reb, M.Maggioli 19+10reb+2ast, A.Tassinari 12+3reb+3ast, B.Norfleet 8+1reb+1ast, A.Ranuzzi 8+3reb+5ast, N.Hassan 8+6reb+2ast
Udine APU: R.Veideman 24+9reb+1ast, S.Okoye 15+9reb, M.Ferrari 9+7reb+1ast, A.Fall 8+7reb, M.Vanuzzo 3+1reb, D.Mastrangelo 2+2reb
gschID: 485729


Treviso Basket - Chieti 80-47

Very expected game when 12th ranked Chieti (9-15) was smashed on the road by second ranked Treviso Basket (17-7) 80-47 on Sunday. Treviso Basket dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Chieti's 18. They outrebounded Chieti 51-26 including a 19-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Treviso Basket looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for the former international guard Matteo Fantinelli (195-93, agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists. American forward Jesse Perry (200-89, college: Arizona) contributed with 9 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized American power forward Cristopher Mortellaro (207-82, college: Drury) replied with 7 points and 12 rebounds and Matteo Fallucca (196-93) added 11 points in the effort for Chieti. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Treviso Basket maintains second position in A2 with 17-7 record behind leader Angelico Biella. Loser Chieti dropped to the fourteenth place with 15 games lost. Treviso Basket will face Ravenna (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Chieti will play against Roseto (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Treviso Basket: A.Ancellotti 14+8reb+2ast, A.La Torre 13+4reb+1ast, T.Rinaldi 11+6reb+2ast, D.Moretti 10+4reb+1ast, M.Fantinelli 9+7reb+10ast, J.Perry 9+14reb+1ast
Chieti: M.Fallucca 11+1reb+1ast, T.Golden 7+2reb+1ast, C.Mortellaro 7+12reb+1ast, M.Allegretti 5+3reb+2ast, M.Venucci 4+2reb+1ast, M.Turel 3
gschID: 485733


Recanati - Unieuro Forli 74-89

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when sixteenth ranked Unieuro Forli (6-18) won against on the road 15th ranked Recanati (6-18) 89-74 on Sunday. Unieuro Forli made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Recanati was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for British point guard Ogooluwa Adegboye (182-87, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 4 assists. American guard Melvin Johnson (193-93, college: VCU) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Five Unieuro Forli players scored in double figures. American guard Travis Bader (196-91, college: Oakland) replied with 22 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Francesco Infante (202-92) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Recanati. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Unieuro Forli moved-up to fifteenth place in A2. Unieuro Forli will face higher ranked Verona (#7) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Recanati will play against the league's leader Virtus Bologna (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Unieuro Forli: M.Johnson 22+3reb+1ast, O.Adegboye 18+4reb+4ast, D.Bonacini 11+1reb+2ast, S.Pierich 10+2reb+2ast, R.Amoroso 10+8reb+2ast, M.Ferri 10+1reb+2ast
Recanati: T.Bader 22+5reb+1ast, F.Infante 11+9reb+1ast, F.Loschi 10+1ast, A.Pierini 9+6reb, E.Rush 9+6reb+4ast, S.Spizzichini 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 485731


Piacenza - Alma Trieste 78-70

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Alma Trieste (16-8) against eleventh ranked Piacenza (11-13) on Sunday night. Visiting Alma Trieste was defeated by Piacenza in a tough game in Casalpusterlengo 70-78. Piacenza forced 20 Alma Trieste turnovers. The winners were led by American guard Kenny Hasbrouck (191-86, college: Siena) who scored that evening 30 points and guard Tommaso Raspino (200-89, agency: Players Group) supported him with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Even 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by forward Matteo Da-Ros (204-89) did not help to save the game for Alma Trieste. American forward Javonte Green (193-93, college: Radford, agency: Duran International) added 16 points and 9 rebounds. Alma Trieste's coach Eugenio Dalmasson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Piacenza moved-up to tenth place in A2. Loser Alma Trieste dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Piacenza will meet higher ranked Mantova (#8) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Alma Trieste will play against Udine APU (#11) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Piacenza: K.Hasbrouck 30+3reb+3ast, T.Raspino 18+8reb+3ast, R.Jones 15+10reb+2ast, L.Infante 9+2reb, M.Formenti 4+1reb+2ast, S.Borsato 2+1ast
Alma Trieste: M.Da Ros 18+8reb+4ast, J.Green 16+9reb+1ast, A.Cittadini 8+4reb+1ast, R.Prandin 7+2reb, L.Baldasso 7+3reb+2ast, S.Bossi 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 485727


F.Kontatto BO - Bondi Ferrara 89-91

There was an upset when higher ranked F.Kontatto BO (14-10) was edged by thirteenth ranked Bondi Ferrara (10-14) in Bologna 91-89 on Sunday. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Bondi Ferrara made 7 blocks. F.Kontatto BO was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American forward Laurence Bowers (203-90, college: Missouri) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 13 rebounds. Swingman Riccardo Cortese (195-86) contributed with 37 points (!!!) for the winners. American-Jordanian guard Alex Legion (195-88, college: FIU, agency: Octagon Europe) replied with 24 points and power forward Nazzareno Italiano (198-91) added 19 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for F.Kontatto BO. Four F.Kontatto BO players scored in double figures. F.Kontatto BO's coach Matteo Boniciolli tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Bondi Ferrara moved-up to twelfth place in A2. Loser F.Kontatto BO keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Bondi Ferrara will face higher ranked Jesi (#9) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. F.Kontatto BO will play against Imola (#13) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Bondi Ferrara: R.Cortese 37+2ast, L.Bowers 30+13reb+2ast, T.Roderick 15+4reb+6ast, Y.Moreno 5+5reb+7ast, F.Pellegrino 2+13reb, L.Molinaro 1+3reb
F.Kontatto BO: A.Legion 24+3reb+2ast, N.Italiano 19+8reb+1ast, J.Knox 12+7reb, S.Mancinelli 11+5reb+3ast, M.Montano 10+1reb+2ast, L.Campogrande 7+1reb
gschID: 485728


Jesi - Ravenna 85-88

Everything went according to plan when fourth ranked Ravenna (16-8) edged on the road 9th ranked Jesi (11-13) 88-85 on Sunday. It was a good game for American power forward Taylor Smith (199-91, college: SF Austin) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks. Point guard Gherardo Sabatini (181-94) contributed with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American point guard Timothy Bowers (188-82, college: Mississippi St.) replied with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists and his fellow American import forward Dwayne Davis (196-89, college: S.Mississippi) added 29 points and 4 assists in the effort for Jesi. Five Ravenna and four Jesi players scored in double figures. Ravenna moved-up to third place in A2. Loser Jesi keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. Ravenna will face league's second-placed Treviso Basket at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Jesi will play against Bondi Ferrara (#12) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ravenna: T.Smith 18+14reb, G.Sabatini 17+8reb+4ast, D.Marks 14+3reb+3ast, A.Chiumenti 13+5reb+4ast, M.Tambone 12+6reb+1ast, S.Masciadri 7+3reb+1ast
Jesi: D.Davis 29+2reb+4ast, T.Bowers 20+8reb+9ast, A.Benevelli 15+10reb, M.Maganza 10+15reb, G.Janelidze 5+2reb, F.Alessandri 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 485730


Verona - Virtus Bologna 113-105

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Virtus Bologna (17-7) on the court of eighth ranked Verona on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Verona 113-105. They made 33-of-42 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game, while Virtus Bologna only scored fourteen points from the stripe. Verona looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. 31 personal fouls committed by Virtus Bologna helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Michael Frazier (193-94, college: Florida) who led his team to a victory with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Guard Marco Portannese (192-89) contributed with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. American center Kenny Lawson (207-88, college: Creighton) replied with 28 points and 8 rebounds and the former international swingman Guido Rosselli (198-83) added 18 points and 8 assists in the effort for Virtus Bologna. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Verona (13-11) moved-up to seventh place in A2. Virtus Bologna at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. Verona are looking forward to face Unieuro Forli (#15) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Virtus Bologna will play against Recanati (#16) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Verona: M.Frazier 25+7reb+7ast, M.Portannese 22+7reb+9ast, D.Brkic 21+3reb+1ast, D.Diliegro 12+5reb+1ast, D.Robinson 11+3reb+6ast, L.Tote 8+3reb+2ast
Virtus Bologna: K.Lawson 28+8reb+2ast, M.Spissu 22+3reb+3ast, G.Rosselli 18+4reb+8ast, M.Umeh 17+1reb, K.Ndoja 13+2reb+1ast, G.Spizzichini 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 485734


Round 20
Unieuro Forli - Piacenza 91-77

There was an upset when higher ranked Piacenza (11-13) lost on the road to sixteenth ranked Unieuro Forli (6-18) 91-77 on Saturday. Unieuro Forli made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Piacenza was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American guard Melvin Johnson (193-93, college: VCU) who led his team to a victory with 24 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). British point guard Ogooluwa Adegboye (182-87, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 15 points and 6 assists for the winners. Five Unieuro Forli players scored in double figures. American-Guinean forward Robert Jones (201-84, college: Washington) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and American guard Kenny Hasbrouck (191-86, college: Siena) added 15 points and 4 assists in the effort for Piacenza. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Unieuro Forli moved-up to fifteenth place in A2. Loser Piacenza dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. Unieuro Forli will face higher ranked Verona (#7) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Unieuro Forli: M.Johnson 24+2reb+1ast, O.Adegboye 15+4reb+6ast, R.Amoroso 14+5reb+2ast, D.Bonacini 13+3reb+1ast, S.Pierich 12+4reb, R.Castelli 7+3reb+3ast
Piacenza: R.Jones 19+13reb+1ast, K.Hasbrouck 15+2reb+4ast, S.Borsato 14+1ast, L.Infante 8+5reb, T.Raspino 8+3reb+3ast, M.Formenti 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 535249


West
Tortona - Scafati 82-75

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Tortona (16-8) beat at home 15th ranked Scafati (6-18) 82-75 on Sunday. Tortona dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Scafati's 28 and made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American point guard Glenn Cosey (183-92, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Three Eye Sports) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 4 assists. The former international power forward Luca Garri (207-82) contributed with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Naturalized American swingman Anthony Dobbins (192-81, college: Richmond) replied with 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Maltese-American Darryl Jackson (190-85, college: Warner Pacific, agency: Diamond Sports) added 17 points in the effort for Scafati. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tortona maintains second position in A2 with 16-8 record having just two points less than leader Angelico Biella. Loser Scafati dropped to the sixteenth place with 18 games lost. Tortona will face Viola RC (#14) in Reggio Calabria in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Scafati will play at home against Eurobasket Roma and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Tortona: G.Cosey 24+2reb+4ast, L.Garri 14+6reb+4ast, P.Greene IV 12+4reb+2ast, M.Sanna 10+3reb+1ast, V.Cucci 8+1reb, G.Mascherpa 6+3reb+1ast
Scafati: A.Dobbins 18+4reb+2ast, D.Jackson 17+4reb, N.Crow 12+1reb+1ast, Y.Naimy 11+5reb+5ast, I.Lupusor 8+2reb, M.Ammannato 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 485972


Agropoli - Mens Sana 1871 76-75

There was an upset when higher ranked Mens Sana 1871 (12-12) was edged on the road by sixteenth ranked Agropoli (6-18) 76-75 on Sunday. Mens Sana 1871 was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American power forward Kevin Langford (204-85, college: TCU) who saved his team from a defeat with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Giovanni Carenza (202-88, college: St.Anselm, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 10 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Agropoli players scored in double figures. American forward Mike Myers (206-92, college: Md-E Shore) replied with 20 points and 9 rebounds and the former international swingman Simone Flamini (203-82) added 23 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) in the effort for Mens Sana 1871. Agropoli moved-up to fifteenth place in A2. Loser Mens Sana 1871 dropped to the eleventh position with 12 games lost. Agropoli will face higher ranked Latina Basket (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Agropoli: K.Langford 19+7reb+2ast, A.Delas 13+3reb+2ast, R.Santolamazza 12+2reb+4ast, G.Carenza 10+8reb, M.Soloperto 8+8reb, M.Contento 6+3reb+6ast
Mens Sana 1871: S.Flamini 23+4reb, K.Harrell 22+2reb+1ast, M.Myers 20+9reb, D.Masciarelli 4+1reb, J.Tavernari 4+2reb, L.Saccaggi 2+3reb+3ast
gschID: 485967


Rieti - Agrigento 71-64

There was a surprise result when eleventh ranked Rieti (12-12) won against at home higher ranked Agrigento (13-11) 71-64 on Sunday. It was a good game for American forward DeShawn Sims (203-88, college: Michigan) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. The other American import Dalton Pepper (196-90, college: Temple) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Rieti's coach Luciano Nunzi used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Perrin Buford (198-94, college: Middle Tenn.St.) replied with 9 points and 12 rebounds and naturalized Argentinian forward Albano Chiarastella (199-85, agency: Octagon Europe) added 15 points in the effort for Agrigento. Rieti moved-up to eighth place in A2. Loser Agrigento keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. Rieti will face Novipiu Casale (#10) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Rieti: D.Sims 25+10reb+3ast, D.Pepper 16+9reb+2ast, G.Della Rosa 6+1reb, V.Pipitone 6+5reb+1ast, M.Casini 6+7reb+4ast, A.Zanelli 6+3reb+6ast
Agrigento: M.Evangelisti 17+2reb, A.Chiarastella 15+3reb+2ast, P.Buford 9+12reb+3ast, A.Piazza 8+3reb+8ast, Q.De Laurentiis 6+6reb, R.Bucci 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 485971


Treviglio - Novipiu Casale 83-81

Important game to mention about took place in Treviglio. Fifth ranked Treviglio (14-10) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 8th ranked Novipiu Casale (12-12) 83-81 on Sunday evening. Treviglio made 23-of-27 charity shots (85.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Lithuanian Paulius Sorokas (202-92, agency: Players Group) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 12 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists and naturalized American guard Adam Sollazzo (198-90, college: E.Tenn.St.) who added 17 points, 8 assists and 5 steals (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) during the contest. The best for the losing side was point guard Giovanni Tomassini (188-88) with 20 points and the former international guard Brett Blizzard (191-80, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Interperformances) scored 15 points and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Despite that victory Treviglio went down to sixth position (A2) due to points difference. Novipiu Casale at the other side dropped to the tenth place with 12 games lost. Treviglio will play against higher ranked Roma Virtus (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Novipiu Casale will play against Rieti (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Treviglio: A.Sollazzo 17+4reb+8ast, E.Rossi 16+5reb+1ast, T.Marino 14+2ast, L.Cesana 12, P.Sorokas 12+13reb+5ast, P.Marini 9+2reb+4ast
Novipiu Casale: G.Tomassini 20+1reb+3ast, N.Martinoni 16+5reb+1ast, B.Blizzard 15+3reb+5ast, F.Di Bella 12+2reb+7ast, J.Tolbert 8+8reb, L.Severini 8+5reb
gschID: 485974


Legnano - Angelico Biella 90-85

An interesting game for Legnano (15-9) which hosted in Castellanza top-ranked Angelico Biella (18-6). Third ranked Legnano managed to get a 5-point victory 90-85. Legnano players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Angelico Biella's players. The best player for the winners was American Nikolas Raivio (192-86, college: Portland, agency: Pensack Sports) who had a triple-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists. The other American import center William Mosley (203-89, college: Northwestern St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks (perfect from the field making all six shots). Five Legnano players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Jazzmarr Ferguson (185-89, college: IU Southeast) who recorded 38 points (!!!) and American-Irish forward Mike Hall (203-84, college: G.Washington, agency: Interperformances) added 19 points and 16 rebounds respectively. Legnano maintains third position in A2 with 15-9 record having just three points less than leader Angelico Biella. Angelico Biella at the other side still keeps top place with six games lost. Legnano's next round opponent will be Agrigento (#7) on the road. Angelico Biella will play against Lighthouse TR (#9) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Legnano: N.Raivio 19+14reb+10ast, W.Mosley 15+12reb, M.Palermo 15+1reb+2ast, M.Martini 14+1reb+2ast, F.Ihedioha 14+9reb+2ast, A.Navarini 5+1reb+3ast
Angelico Biella: J.Ferguson 38+1reb+2ast, M.Hall 19+16reb+2ast, M.Venuto 9+5reb+2ast, M.Udom 6, A.Tessitori 6+4reb, L.Pollone 4+3reb
gschID: 485970


Lighthouse TR - Latina Basket 72-73

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Lighthouse TR (12-12) was edged by fourth ranked Latina Basket (14-10) in Trapani 73-72 on Sunday. It was a good game for American point guard Keron DeShields (190-92, college: Tennessee St.) who saved his team from a defeat with 23 points. Point guard Lorenzo Uglietti (190-94) contributed with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American forward Jeffrey Crockett (201-91, college: Texas Tech) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds and point guard Riccardo Tavernelli (190-91, agency: Octagon Europe) added 8 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Lighthouse TR. Latina Basket maintains fourth position in A2 with 14-10 record. Loser Lighthouse TR keeps the ninth place with 12 games lost. Latina Basket will face Agropoli (#15) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Lighthouse TR will play against the league's leader Angelico Biella (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Latina Basket: K.DeShields 23+4reb+3ast, A.Pastore 17+7reb+1ast, L.Uglietti 17+5reb+5ast, M.Passera 9+1reb+3ast, J.Arledge 5+8reb, S.Giotto 2+4reb+1ast
Lighthouse TR: J.Crockett 24+14reb, K.Mays 13+2reb+1ast, A.Renzi 11+5reb+3ast, R.Tavernelli 8+7reb+5ast, D.Filloy 7+7reb+3ast, K.Viglianisi 5+4reb+4ast
gschID: 485973


Eurobasket Roma - Roma Virtus 78-83

Everything went according to plan when sixth ranked Roma Virtus (14-10) defeated on the road 12th ranked Eurobasket Roma (11-13) 83-78 on Sunday. Roma Virtus forced 20 Eurobasket Roma turnovers. It was a good game for American forward John Brown (203-92, college: High Point) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 13 rebounds. The former international swingman Daniele Sandri (197-90) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Michael Deloach (185-86, college: Norfolk St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals and his fellow American import center Tony Easley (206-87, college: Murray St.) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Eurobasket Roma. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Roma Virtus moved-up to fifth place in A2. Newly promoted Eurobasket Roma keeps the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Roma Virtus will face Treviglio (#6) at home in the next round. Eurobasket Roma will play against Scafati (#16) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Roma Virtus: J.Brown 27+13reb+2ast, M.Chessa 17+2reb, D.Sandri 13+7reb+3ast, A.Raffa 10+4reb+1ast, A.Landi 7+2reb+1ast, G.Maresca 4+1reb
Eurobasket Roma: M.Deloach 24+10reb+6ast, T.Easley 16+8reb, E.Fanti 15+4reb+1ast, A.Righetti 14+1reb+1ast, N.Stanic 5+2ast, A.Iannilli 4+3reb
gschID: 485968


FCM Ferentino - Viola RC 81-76

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 14th ranked Viola RC's (7-17) road loss to thirteenth ranked FCM Ferentino (10-14) 76-81 on Sunday. FCM Ferentino made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Viola RC was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American swingman Benjamin Raymond (198-87, college: Xavier) who led his team to a victory with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international power forward Angelo Gigli (209-83) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Five FCM Ferentino players scored in double figures. American forward Marcus Gilbert (198-93, college: Fairfield) replied with 18 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Patrick Baldassarre (200-86, agency: Players Group) added 10 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Viola RC. FCM Ferentino maintains thirteenth position in A2 with 10-14 record. Loser Viola RC keeps the fourteenth place with 17 games lost. FCM Ferentino will face higher ranked Mens Sana 1871 (#11) in Siena in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Viola RC will play at home against the league's second-placed Tortona where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
FCM Ferentino: B.Raymond 18+9reb+6ast, A.Gigli 13+11reb+1ast, F.Guarino 12+3reb+5ast, M.Imbro 11+7reb, B.Musso 10+3reb+2ast, I.Radic 10+7reb
Viola RC: M.Gilbert 18+6reb+2ast, A.Voskuil 14+5reb, P.Baldassarre 10+10reb+6ast, A.Fabi 9+3reb+1ast, R.Rossato 7+2reb+1ast, L.Caroti 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 485969





Best players of Italian Serie A round 22 - by Eurobasket News

American JaJuan Johnson (208-F/C-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for AV Cantu and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 27-year old power forward had the game-high 35 points adding five rebounds for AV Cantu in his team's victory, helping them to beat JuveCaserta (9-13) 85-79. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on top of the standings. AV Cantu is placed at 12th position in Italian Serie A. AV Cantu 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. In the team's last game Johnson had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. It's his second year at AV Cantu and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Purdue University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Johnson is in league's top in points (2nd best: 19.5ppg), rebounds (6th best: 7.9rpg) and averages solid 1.4bpg,56.1% FGP and 43.4% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American Jarrod Jones (205-C/F-90) of VL Pesaro. Jones impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as VL Pesaro lost that game 78-93 to slightly higher-ranked Openjobmetis V. (#14, 8-14). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. VL Pesaro keeps 15th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-15 record. Jones is a newcomer at VL Pesaro 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 19.4ppg (#3). He also registered 10.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was former international guard Pietro Aradori (194-SG-88) of Grissin Bon RE (#8). Aradori got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for nine rebounds . Despite Aradori's great performance Grissin Bon RE lost 89-90 to the higher-ranked Scandone AV (#3, 14-8). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Grissin Bon RE 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. Aradori has a great season in Italy. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.3ppg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Deron Washington (201-F/G-85) of Auxilium TO - 15 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Darius Johnson-Odom (187-PG-89) of Vanoli CR - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Dominique Archie (200-F-87) of Betaland Cdo - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. O.D. Anosike (203-F/C-91) of Openjobmetis V. - 18 points and 11 rebounds
8. Kyrylo Fesenko (216-C-86) of Scandone AV - 21 points and 8 rebounds
9. Riccardo Cervi (214-C-91) of Grissin Bon RE - 20 points and 6 rebounds
10. Richard Hickman (189-G-85) of EA7 Armani - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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  JAPAN  


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

27-year old center Isaac Butts (208-C-89) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's best team SeaHorses and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 45.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 24 rebounds, while his team outclassed Sendai 89ers (#6, 11-32) with 32-point margin 107-75. It allowed SeaHorses to consolidate first place in the Japanese league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. SeaHorses has a very solid 33-10 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. It's Butts' second year at SeaHorses and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Appalachian State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Butts is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 12.0rpg) and averages solid 67.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Olu Ashaolu (200-PF-88) of league's second-best Sanen. He is Nigerian-Canadian forward in his first season at Sanen. In the last game Ashaolu recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Sanen was edged by slightly lower-ranked Hokkaido L. (#4, 16-27) 73-71. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in East. Sanen still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 25-18 record is not bad at all. Ashaolu is a newcomer at Sanen 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 forward Ryan Rossiter (204-F/C-89) of league's leader Tochigi Brex. Rossiter showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, twenty one rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Tochigi Brex, leading his team to a 100-62 easy win against #4 ranked Niigata Albirex. Tochigi Brex confirms their top position in Central. Their record at this point is 34 victories and 9 lost games. Rossiter has a great season in Japan. After 43 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 13.6rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84) of Ryukyu GK - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Daniel Miller (211-C-91) of Hokkaido L. - 23 points, 18 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Jerome Tillman (201-F-87) of Nagoya DD - 26 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jeffrey Gibbs (188-F-80) of Tochigi Brex - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ira Brown (193-F-82) of Hitachi SR - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Drew Viney (204-PF-88) of Toyama Grouses - 19 points and 12 rebounds
10. Makoto Hiejima (190-G/F-90) of SeaHorses - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 5 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)



Japanese B League D2 round 46 best performance: Ryan Stephan - by Eurobasket News

American Center Ryan Stephan (208-C-94) had an amazing evening in the last round for Tokyo Excel., receiving a Asia-basket.com B League D2 Player of the Week award for round 46.
The 22-year old player had a double-double of 31 points and 14 rebounds, while his team outclassed Kagawa FA (#5, 13-31) with 38-point margin 114-76. Tokyo Excel. maintains the 4th position in their group in Japanese B League D2. Tokyo Excel. is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 16-27 record. In the team's last game Stephan had a remarkable 78.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Tokyo Excel.'s top player in his first season with the team. Former Mesa State University star has very solid stats this year. Stephan is in league's top in points (4th best: 17.6ppg), rebounds (6th best: 10.9rpg) and averages impressive 56.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old Ryota Nakanishi (199-F/C-88) of Kumamoto V.. Nakanishi had a very good evening with a double-double of 28 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he led Kumamoto V. to another comfortable win 92-74 over slightly higher-ranked Fukushima (#2, 25-19) being unquestionably team leader. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in East. Kumamoto V. consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team's 34-10 record is not bad at all. Nakanishi is one of the most experienced players at Kumamoto V. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Nigerian center Solomon Alabi (216-C-88) of league's top team Toyotsu FE. Alabi showcased his all-around game by recording 14 points, nineteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Toyotsu FE, leading his team to a 74-71 win against #3 ranked Yamagata. Toyotsu FE confirms their top position in East. Their record at this point is 33 victories and 11 lost games. Alabi has a great season in Japan. After 42 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.6ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 13.1rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.4bpg and FGP: 54.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Larry Owens (201-F-83) of Nishinomiya S. - 27 points and 11 rebounds
5. Dzaflo Larkai (203-F/C-81) of Cyberdyne IR - 18 points and 10 rebounds
6. Craig Williams (206-C-89) of Ehime OV - 22 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Adrian Forbes (211-F/C-88) of Kagawa FA - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Kyle Barone (208-C-89) of Aomori Watts - 19 points and 10 rebounds
9. Wayne Marshall (211-C-86) of Shimane SM - 17 points and 15 rebounds
10. Josh Davis (203-F-91) of Shimane SM - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Best players of Japanese B League D3 round 17 - by Eurobasket News

American Andrew Fitzgerald (202-C/F-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's leader Kanazawa Sam. and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com B League D3 Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 26-year old had a double-double of 24 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team crushed Tokyo Cinq R. (#6, 13-19) with 24-point margin 101-77. It allowed Kanazawa Sam. to consolidate first place in the Japanese B League D3. Kanazawa Sam. has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 27-3. It's Fitzgerald's second year at Kanazawa Sam. and it's hard to imagine this team without him. The University of Oklahoma graduate has very impressive stats this year. Fitzgerald is in league's top in points (2nd best: 17.6ppg) and averages solid 57.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 35-year old American forward Tiras Wade (200-F-81) of Saitama Bron.. Wade impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 16 rebounds. Of course he led Saitama Bron. to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Tokyo Big Blue (#9, 3-27) 90-55. Saitama Bron.'s 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-18 record. Wade is a newcomer at Saitama Bron. 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 15.4ppg (#6). He also registered 7.9 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Brian Harper (208-F-85) of Tokyo HT (#3). Harper scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Tokyo HT, leading his team to a 76-48 easy win against the lower-ranked Toyoda Gosei (#8, 5-25). Tokyo HT needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 19 victories and 11 lost games. Harper has a great season in Japan. After 36 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.1ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 8.7rpg (8th best). He also has 1.2bpg and FGP: 58.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tony Bishop (201-F-89) of Kanazawa Sam. - 22 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Gyno Pomare (203-F-86) of Kanazawa Sam. - 18 points and 7 rebounds
6. Brent Jennings (193-G-88) of Saitama Bron. - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Alex Jones (206-F/C-87) of Tokyo HT - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Ray Raymond (203-F-84) of Otsuka A. - 29 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Brian Butch (211-C-84) of Fukuoka Rizing - 15 points and 13 rebounds
10. Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-F-88) of Fukuoka Rizing - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin BLACK
  Bashkimi
  (188-G-92)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Black, Bashkimi26.7 
 2. Olivier, Ylli23.5 
 3. Canada, Ylli22.8 
 4. Johnson, Bashkimi22.3 
 5. Zenelaj, Ylli21.3 
 6. Brown, Ylli20.3 
 7. Kovaqi, Vellaznimi19.3 
 8. Qallaku, Vellaznimi18.8 
 9. Anderson, Ylli17.5 
 10. Hasani, Rahoveci16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Urim ZENELAJ
  Ylli
  (213-C-91)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Zenelaj, Ylli14.5 
 2. Olivier, Ylli14.0 
 3. Farmer-B., Rahov.10.3 
 4. Black, Bashkimi10.0 
 5. Rhett, Sigal P.9.6 
 6. Skeen, Peja9.5 
 7. Turpin, Trepca8.7 
 8. Anderson, Ylli7.8 
 9. Dahlman, Peja7.7 
 10. Nuhanovic, Peja7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Bashkimi
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Johnson, Bashkimi8.8 
 2. Juniku, Vellaznimi7.7 
 3. Morina, Ylli6.0 
 4. Hasani, Rahoveci5.9 
 5. Anderson, Ylli5.8 
 6. Brown, Ylli5.6 
 7. Lawrence, Sigal P.5.0 
 8. Kemp, Sigal Prishtina4.8 
 9. Black, Bashkimi4.7 
 10. Lewis, Bashkimi4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Malcolm CANADA
  Ylli
  (191-PG-)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Canada, Ylli2.8 
 2. Johnson, Bashkimi2.7 
 3. Morina, Ylli2.0 
 4. Lewis, Bashkimi2.0 
 5. Deihl, Rahoveci1.9 
 6. Anderson, Ylli1.8 
 7. Kovaqi, Vellaznimi1.8 
 8. Matthews, Ylli1.7 
 9. Juniku, Vellaznimi1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Kiel TURPIN
  Trepca
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Turpin, Trepca2.0 
 2. Kapiti, Kerasan1.7 
 3. Zenelaj, Ylli1.6 
 4. Nuhanovic, Peja1.3 
 5. Olivier, Ylli1.3 
 6. Jakob, Ylli1.0 
 7. Anderson, Ylli1.0 
 8. Dickerson, Bashkimi1.0 
 9. Shima, Sigal P.1.0 
 10. Rhett, Sigal P.0.9 


Kosovan SuperLeague round 21 best performance: Chris Olivier - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Chris Olivier (203-F-92) had an amazing evening in the last round for Ylli, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 30 points and 19 rebounds, while his team crushed Vellaznimi (#7, 2-19) with 25-point margin 96-71. Ylli maintains the 5th position in Kosovan SuperLeague. Ylli is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 10-10 record. Olivier just recently signed at Ylli, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Former Oklahoma State University star has very solid stats this year. Olivier is in league's top in points (2nd best: 23.5ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 14.0rpg) and averages impressive 1.3bpg and 67.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Jeremy Wise (191-G-86) of Trepca. Wise had a very good evening with 21 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists. Of course he led Trepca to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Kerasan (#8, 1-20) 95-68. Trepca's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 14-7 record is not bad at all. Wise is a newcomer at Trepca, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Trepca's star - Montenegrin forward Nikola Ljujic (202-F-91). Ljujic showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was another key player of Trepca, helping his team with a 95-68 easy win against the lower-ranked Kerasan (#8, 1-20). Trepca needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 7 lost games. Ljujic has a very solid season. In 18 games in Kosovo he scored 7.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kevin Brown (190-G-92) of Ylli - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Trae Anderson (196-SF) of Ylli - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Samir Zekiqi (202-F-95) of Trepca - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Artin Gashi (203-F-93) of Rahoveci - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Kiel Turpin (213-C-89) of Trepca - 12 points and 11 rebounds
9. Besnik Sharku (203-C-89) of Rahoveci - 4 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Gent Shala (197-F-98) of Kerasan - 12 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)



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  LATVIA  


D'or Fischer (ex Arecibo) agreed terms with Valmiera - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Valmiera/ORDO (LBL) strengthened their roster with addition of experienced 36-year old Israeli ex-international center D'or Fischer (211-116kg-81, college: W.Virginia). He has a double citizenship as he also holds American passport. Fischer played recently at Capitanes de Arecibo in Puerto Rican BSN league. In three games he recorded 7.0ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.3apg and 2.3bpg this season.
In 2005 Pennsylvania Valley Dawgs selected him as fifth overall pick in USBL draft.
He attended West Virginia University and it is his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Fischer has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Eurocup Semifinals in 2015. Fischer received also Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2014.
He represented Israel at the European Championships two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 7.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.3apg, Blocks-3 (1.8bpg), FGP: 48.5%, FT: 71.4%.
Fischer is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Belgium (Bree), Poland, Russia (Unics Kazan), Spain (Real Madrid and RETAbet Bilbao Basket), Ukraine (BC Donetsk), NBA (Washington Wizards), Germany (Brose Baskets and EWE Baskets) and Israel (Hapoel Jerusalem).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Valmiera.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Latvia



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  LEBANON  


Byblos land Ali Traore - by Eurobasket News

Byblos Sporting Club (Pepsi LBL) landed 32-year old French ex-international power forward Ali Traore (207-108kg-85, college: S.Idaho JC, agency: BeoBasket). He played recently at Estudiantes in Spanish Liga Endesa, but left the team two months ago. In 16 games he averaged 5.6ppg and 2.9rpg this season. The last season Traore played at Limoges CSP Elite in French ProA. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and he was exposed to basketball on different levels. In 30 ProA games he had 9.7ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.1apg. It was a very successful season in his career as he was selected to French ProA All-Star Game. Traore also played 9 games in Euroleague where he recorded 10.4ppg and 5.0rpg. He also played 8 games in Eurocup where he got 11.5ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.3apg.
Among other achievements Traore won French ProA championship title in 2002 and 2009. He received also Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Domestic Player of the Year award back in 2010.
Traore was also a member of French international program for some years. He played for French Senior National Team between 2009 and 2015 and previously for U20 National Team in 2005.
Traore represented France at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) five years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 4.5ppg, 2.7rpg.
Traore is a very experienced player. And here thanks to pro basketball he experienced life in five different countries playing on three different continents. He is familiar with European, Asian and of course North American leagues. Traore has played previously professionally in Germany (ALBA Berlin), Italy (Roma Virtus), Russia (Lokomotiv), France (ASVEL Lyon Villeurbanne Basket, Chorale de Roanne, Strasbourg IG, STB Le Havre and JSF Nanterre) and Lebanon (Amchit).
He attended College of Southern Idaho until 2005 and it is his twelfth (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Let's have closer look into Traore's outlook: A very athletic player, who can play in each of the front court positions. Has great inside game skills, he's tough and has good timing for the offensive rebounds. Also, he can hit a shot from outside. This is why he could spend time at the SF position too, but he should improve his defensive skills for first.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @pedjamateric)

Check also Complete Transfers List in Lebanon



KW Titans land Isiah Umipig, ex Mayrouba - by Eurobasket News

NBL Canada newcomer Kitchener-Waterloo Titans (NBL Canada) tabbed 25-year old American point guard Isiah Umipig (183-88kg-92, college: Seattle). He played recently at Mayrouba in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. In three games he averaged 12.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.7apg and 2.0spg this season. Umipig also spent pre-season at Limburg United in Belgian Euromillions League earlier that year.
Last year (a year after he left the college) Umipig was drafted by Maine Red Claws (D-League) in third round (46th overall).
The former Seattle University standoutis in his second season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Umipig played in the final of WAC Tournament in 2015. He received also All-WAC 1st Team award in 2015 at his college time.
Umipig has played also professionally in Slovakia (MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno and Iskra Svit).

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in NBL Canada



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  LITHUANIA  

Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Sarunas VINGELIS
  Rasai
  (191-G-89)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Vingelis, Rasai19.2 
 2. Hudson, Palanga18.7 
 3. Birutis, Zalgiris.17.3 
 4. Griskenas, Delikate.17.2 
 5. Masiulis, Zalgiris.16.5 
 6. Beliavicius, Vytis16.3 
 7. Saulys, Suduva-M.15.4 
 8. Normantas, Perla.15.3 
 9. Galeckas, Rasai15.0 
 10. Matulis, Suduva-M.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Laurynas BIRUTIS
  Zalgiris.
  (213-C/F-97)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Birutis, Zalgiris.9.1 
 2. Masiulis, Zalgiris.8.3 
 3. Pukelis, Silute7.7 
 4. Ambrulaitis, Ezerunas.7.5 
 5. Jankaitis, Vytis7.2 
 6. Chodosovskis, Nafta-Un.7.0 
 7. Raupys, Silute7.0 
 8. Kieza, Suduva-M.7.0 
 9. Pikalavicius, Petroche.7.0 
 10. Simonis, Palanga6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GALECKAS
  Rasai
  (183-PG-94)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Galeckas, Rasai7.2 
 2. Sapiega, KTU6.0 
 3. Zemaitis, Zalgiris.5.8 
 4. Urbonas, Palanga5.4 
 5. Juknevicius, Suduva-M.5.2 
 6. Razutis, Telsiai5.2 
 7. Hudson, Palanga4.9 
 8. Kavaliauskas, KTU4.8 
 9. Giedraitis, Ezerunas.4.5 
 10. Wanamaker, Silute4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Arturs PELSS
  KTU
  (181-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Pelss, KTU2.5 
 2. Razutis, Telsiai2.5 
 3. Kavaliauskas, KTU2.3 
 4. Wanamaker, Silute2.3 
 5. Saulys, Suduva-M.2.2 
 6. Hudson, Palanga2.2 
 7. Normantas, Perla.2.1 
 8. Matulis, Suduva-M.1.9 
 9. Juknevicius, Suduva-M.1.9 
 10. Jonuska, Mazeikiai1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Laurynas BIRUTIS
  Zalgiris.
  (213-C/F-97)
  Avg: 2
 1. Birutis, Zalgiris.2.0 
 2. Davis, Palanga1.6 
 3. Labutis, KTU1.5 
 4. Pukelis, Silute1.1 
 5. Green, Palanga1.1 
 6. Udras, Suduva-M.0.9 
 7. Masiulis, Zalgiris.0.9 
 8. Kubilius, Nafta-Uni.0.9 
 9. Massalski, Perla.0.9 
 10. Pikalavicius, Petroche.0.8 


Lithuanian LKL round 26 best performance: Jerai Grant - by Eurobasket News

American Power forward Jerai Grant (203-F/C-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for Neptunas, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out Nevezis (#9, 6-20) 72-70. Neptunas maintains the 4th position in Lithuanian LKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Neptunas will need more victories to improve their 15-11 record. It's Grant's second year at Neptunas and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former Clemson University star has very solid stats this year. Grant is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 5.8rpg) and averages impressive 56.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Vytenis Lipkevicius (196-F-89) of Vytautas. Lipkevicius had a very good evening with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Vytautas lost that game 70-81 to the higher-ranked Zalgiris (#1, 23-3). This loss caused Vytautas to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-12 record is not bad and everything may still change. Lipkevicius is a newcomer at Vytautas, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Ukrainian center Vladislav Korenyuk (210-C-94, agency: Octagon Europe) of Siauliai (#10). Korenyuk scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Korenyuk's great performance Siauliai lost 74-85 to the higher-ranked P.Zvaigzdes (#7, 11-15). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Siauliai can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 3-23 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Korenyuk he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Korenyuk has individually a great season in Lithuania. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.4ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 5.8rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Regimantas Miniotas (206-C/F-96) of Vytautas - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Martynas Echodas (204-C/F-97) of Siauliai - 15 points and 7 rebounds
6. Arturas Gudaitis (211-C/F-93) of Lietuvos rytas - 16 points and 7 rebounds
7. Corey Fisher (186-PG-88) of Lietuvos rytas - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Evaldas Zabas (188-PG-88) of P.Zvaigzdes - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Derrick Low (191-PG-86) of P.Zvaigzdes - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-G-89) of Neptunas - 21 points, 2 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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  MALTA  


All set for the start of the 2017 Play-Off Series - by Bernard Vassallo

BOV Division 1 Men

Top four spots remain unchanged


The play-off spots were determined after the last day of the regular season, although nothing really changed in the league standings from last week as the top three remained joint leaders after they all won their games in the weekend.

As a result, Cynergi Depiro ended in the top spot on the basis of superiority in the direct encounters between the top three and now will face fourth placed Floriana MCP Car Parks in the best of five semi-final series whilst neighbour rivals Gzira Athleta and BUPA Luxol will cross swords in the other semi final series commencing in two weeks time.

Gzira Athleta 98 Starlites Naxxar 87
(27-21, 26-19, 27-20, 18-27)


Gzira Athleta: M. Naudi 28, R. Vella 8, D. Camilleri 8, M. Williams 15, P. Shoults 11, F. Mifsud Bonnici, B. Zammit 6, L. Stefanovic, S. Vincic, M. Gauci Montaldo, J. Whitehead 22
Starlites: I. Mitrovic 22, R. Carabott 15, A. Schembri, M. Falzon 4, A. Felice Pace 3, N. Stankovic 10, J. Formosa 30, I. Felice Pace 3, I. Pace
Referees: B. Vassallo, Z. Dobrosavljevic, I. Simic

Gzira Athleta were the first team from the leading pack to play in the weekend and they prevailed comfortably over Starlites in a high scoring encounter, the latter making their last official showing for the season.

Starlites were ably led by Jacob Formosa (188-G-97) and Ivana Mitrovic (96) as this duo shared 52 points between them with Formosa now surely eagerly eyeing his return to Australia next week after signing a contract to immediately play with the Sunbury Jets in the State of Victoria Division One, the tier below the Victoria State Championship.

On the other hand, Gzira Athleta looked always in command and early three point shots from Josiah Whitehead (198-F-86, college: Robert Morris) and then David Camilleri (SG) and Roderick Vella (180-PG-85) gave them an early lead.
Their skipper Michael Naudi came more into the offensive picture in the second quarter on his way to a team high of 28 personal points whilst the latest import addition, British centre Morakinyo Williams (213-C-88, college: Citadel, agency: Interperformances), used his height advantage under the opponents' boards to further help his side to clearly win the rebounds game, a total of 53 to 20, including 23 offensive rebounds.

The margin between the two sides extended to over 20 points as Gzira Athleta set off the second half with a 8-0 run and then play became more open on the court, with points, including a number of treys, raining in consistently at both ends with Starlites closing with a very good 54% in 24 attempts from the long distance.

The last minutes of the game had a number of bench players having the opportunity to get in some playing time.

Hibernians 58 BUPA Luxol 118
(18-35, 9-27, 15-32, 16-24)


Hibs: P. Attard, M. Hampton, L. Farrugia 10, S. Attard, I. Bonett 2, A. Micallef 15, M. Matijevic 13, S. Vella, F. Mariani 9, A. Lizaur 6
Luxol: M. Mercieca 4, D. Meli, J. Maistre Melillo 2, JP Schembri 11, K. Dimech, W. Ahlberg 27, P. Cumpstone 23, S. Deguara 43, S. Cappello 8
Referees: B. Vassallo, E. Mangani, I. Simic

BUPA Luxol closed off the regular season with an easy win over Hibernians who were making their last showing for the season.

Samuel Deguara (223-C-91)'s towering presence was again the main determinant as Luxol did not waste much time to take the lead, helped also with the return on Swede William Ahlberg (91) who had a good shooting had on the day netting six treys.

Hibs did have an encouraging start with a couple of early hoops but Deguara soon started making his presence felt after guard Jean Paul Schembri had embarked with nine consecutive personal points.

Luxol extended clearly their lead in the second quarter with import player Pierce Cumpstone (203-F-94, college: Stonehill) netting a series of baskets and there was a hefty 35 point margin between the sides at the interval, 62-27.

The third quarter was again dominated by Luxol with Deguara clearing the boards at both ends and then a number of bench players were utilised in the last quarter by both teams. Hibs bowed out from their first season, after many years, in the top division with a significant honour, the BOV KO, whilst Luxol managed to surpass the century mark in this game.

Floriana MCP Car Parks 61 Cynergi Depiro 73
(17-24, 10-23, 12-14, 22-12)


Floriana: C. Patus, S. Pace 10, S. Borg 2, N. Vasovic 25, C. Calleja 2, A. Axiaq 13, N. Andrejevic 9
Depiro: D. Bugeja 9, R. Bonnici 4, D. Schembri, A. Aquilina 5, D.J. Mason (198-F-94, college: Campbell), T. Zammit, M. Mallia 4, A. Quiros 8, K. Xuereb 5, M. Borg, D. Scafidi 38
Referees: E. Mangani, S. Micallef, C. Farrugia

These two play-off sides tipped off already knowing the outcome from Gzira Athleta's and Luxol's games. The end result, a win for Cynergi Depiro who were also 20 points up at half time, meant that the standings remain unchanged and the same two sides will meet in one of the semi-final series in a few days time.

Both sides opted to rest an import player but Depiro still had an extra import to rely on and he did somewhat make a significant difference in the game. In fact, Floriana played without their Canadian Chad Patus (203-F-87, college: Belm.Abbey) whilst Depiro also rested their American centre D.J. Mason but had fellow American Dominic Scafidi (196-F) playing his best match this season and netting a high 38 personal points.

The first minutes were balanced with Floriana having a momentary lead after treys from Nikola Vasovic and Shaun Pace but gradually Depiro took command of the game and a 16-2 run, early in the second quarter, put them clearly on the driving seat.

Buoyed by a large lead, Depiro controlled the tempo in the second half although Floriana did manage to decrease the margin to a more respectable score line.

Play-Offs
Semi-finals series (best of 5)
Cynergi Depiro vs Floriana MCP Car Parks
Gzira Athleta vs BUPA Luxol




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  NAIA  

NAIA1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Donnell MINTON
  Presenta.
  (183-G-93)
  Avg: 27.1
 1. Minton, Presenta.27.1 
 2. Ferguson, Valley C.20.8 
 3. Prowell, Waldorf19.3 
 4. Satahoo, Valley C.18.5 
 5. Kilgore, Dakota St.17.4 
 6. Valdez, Presenta.16.7 
 7. White, Dickinson St.16.5 
 8. Hagler, Jamestown15.4 
 9. Bamke, Viterbo15.2 
 10. Heiser, Dakota St.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Austin DUNBAR
  Valley C.
  (196-F-)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Dunbar, Valley C.8.9 
 2. Morgan, Waldorf8.4 
 3. Kilgore, Dakota St.8.3 
 4. Stillman, Bellevue8.0 
 5. White, Dickinson St.7.9 
 6. Havron, Jamestown7.7 
 7. Verdin, Waldorf6.8 
 8. Minton, Presenta.6.6 
 9. Engelstad, Viterbo5.9 
 10. Henderson, James.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Tanner HEISER
  Dakota St.
  (183-PG-)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Heiser, Dakota St.4.3 
 2. Fleischmann, Viterbo4.0 
 3. Prowell, Waldorf4.0 
 4. Minton, Presenta.3.8 
 5. Hagler, Jamestown3.8 
 6. Poehls, Viterbo3.4 
 7. Hall, Bellevue3.4 
 8. Ralph, Valley C.3.3 
 9. Danielson, Dakota S.2.9 
 10. Shevlin, Dickinso.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Donnell MINTON
  Presenta.
  (183-G-93)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Minton, Presenta.1.9 
 2. Heiser, Dakota St.1.8 
 3. Prowell, Waldorf1.3 
 4. Bamke, Viterbo1.3 
 5. Brown, Jamestown1.2 
 6. Clark, Dickinson St.1.2 
 7. Fleischmann, Viterbo1.1 
 8. Tula, Waldorf1.1 
 9. Dunbar, Valley C.1.0 
 10. Canty, Presentation1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Gilberto SHOJGREEN
  Dickinso.
  (203-F/C-)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Shojgreen, Dickinso.2.1 
 2. Ellenson, Valley C.1.3 
 3. Verdin, Waldorf1.1 
 4. Munoz, Waldorf1.0 
 5. Johnson, Bellevue1.0 
 6. Henderson, James.0.9 
 7. Droog, Mayville St.0.9 
 8. Dunbar, Valley C.0.8 
 9. White, Dickinson St.0.7 
 10. Jamar, Dickinso.0.7 


Union Wins First Ever National Championship - by Eurobasket News

Union's wait for its first ever national title is over as the No.1 Bulldogs defeated No. Cornerstone (Mich.) 72-69 in the 2017 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championship game played tonight at the Keeter Gymnasium on the campus of College of the Ozarks. Union closes the season with a school record 35-3 mark, the most wins among NAIA Division schools, winning its 33rd straight game. Paul Stone (6'6''-F), the championship's most valuable player, led Union with 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds, despite playing most of the final 10 minutes with four fouls. Mike Martin (6'4''-F), who earned the championship hustle award, added 17 points and five boards while Gerrard Newby tallied a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. With the score knotted at 45 at the 14-minute mark, the ninth and final tie of the game, Union went on a decisive 14-2 run. The Bulldogs clamped down defensively, holding Cornerstone without a field goal for over six minutes. Cory Cox (6'5''-F) knocked down a jumper to end the Golden Eagles' scoring drought, cutting the lead to 61-52. Cornerstone stayed within contact, thanks in large part to the play of junior Kyle Steigenga (6'6''-F), whose two free throws put his team down just six, 66-60 with three minutes left. A Cox three-pointer made it a one possession game (66-63) but Union answered with consecutive baskets by Lance Blakely (6'5''-F) and Martin, giving the Bulldogs a seven-point lead with just over a minute left. Cornerstone guard Michael McLaughlin (5'10''-PG) drained a long three from the top of the key to make the score 70-66 and Union failed to convert on a 1-and-1, giving the Golden Eagles' hope with under 20 seconds left. Cornerstone missed a three-pointer and Newby was fouled after controlling the rebound. The senior calmly made two free throws to put the game out of reach, despite a last-second three-pointer by McLaughlin that made the final margin three points. 'This was a very hard game to play…hard to find offensive things to go to, but we persevered,' said Union head coach Kevin Burton . 'Cornerstone is a class act. They have great talent and great coaching. For us to come up on top in a game against a team that's so storied in the NAIA, it's a pretty good accomplishment.' The top two overall seeds played a very tight first half with neither team able to pull away with an extended scoring run. Cornerstone shot nearly 50% over the first 20 minutes, going to its strong inside game coupled with the strong play-making of McLaughlin. Union relied on its three-point shooting, going 7/14 from beyond the arc, in a first half that ultimately ended with a 36-35 Bulldogs lead. Steigenga carried Cornerstone on both ends of the floor behind a 30-point, 10 rebound effort in a full 40-minutes of court time. It was his fourth double-double of the championship. Playmaking senior guard McLaughlin finished with 16 points and Cox, another senior, closed with 12 points. Sam Vander Sluis grabbed 14 rebounds, finishing the championship with 69 boards, second most all-time at the D-II Championship. Cornerstone shot 41% for the game and was limited to 33% over the final 20 minutes. They finish the season with a 34-4 overall record. 'It was a tough end to a great season,' said Cornerstone head coach Kim Elders . 'Union was so tough defensively and took us out of some things we do well. They also created pressure that transitioned into turnovers and points.'
Courtesy of: naia.org



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  NBA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 31.8
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.31.8 
 2. Thomas, Boston C.29.2 
 3. Harden, Houston R.29.1 
 4. Davis, N.Orleans P.27.9 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.27.8 
 6. DeRozan, Toronto R.27.2 
 7. Lillard, Portland.26.4 
 8. Leonard, San A.26.3 
 9. James, Clevelan.26.1 
 10. Durant, Golden S.25.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hassan WHITESIDE
  Miami Heat
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Whiteside, Miami Heat14.2 
 2. Drummond, Detro.13.9 
 3. Jordan, LA Clippers13.5 
 4. Howard, Atlanta H.12.9 
 5. Gobert, Utah Jazz12.7 
 6. Towns, Minnesot.12.2 
 7. Davis, N.Orleans P.12.0 
 8. Chandler, Phoenix .11.4 
 9. Love, Cleveland C.11.1 
 10. Gortat, Washingt.11.0 
Assists Per Game
 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Harden, Houston R.11.2 
 2. Wall, Washington W.10.7 
 3. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.3 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers9.3 
 5. Rubio, Minnesot.8.9 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.8 
 7. Teague, Indiana P.7.9 
 8. Holiday, N.Orlean.7.3 
 9. Green, Golden S.7.1 
 10. Lowry, Toronto R.6.9 
Steals Per Game
 Draymond GREEN
  Golden S.
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Green, Golden S.2.2 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.1 
 3. Wall, Washington W.2.0 
 4. Covington, Phi.7.1.9 
 5. Butler, Chicago B.1.9 
 6. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.8 
 7. Rubio, Minnesot.1.8 
 8. Leonard, San A.1.8 
 9. Ariza, Houston R.1.8 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Utah Jazz
  (216-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Gobert, Utah Jazz2.5 
 2. Embiid, Phi.76ers2.4 
 3. Davis, N.Orleans P.2.3 
 4. Whiteside, Miami Heat2.1 
 5. Turner, Indiana P.2.1 
 6. Porzingis, New Y.2.0 
 7. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.9 
 8. Lopez, Brooklyn N.1.8 
 9. Jordan, LA Clippers1.7 
 10. Nogueira, Toron.1.7 


Omer Yurtseven Declares For Draft, Won't Hire Agent - by Eurobasket News

Omer Yurtseven (7'0''-C-98) told Scout.com on Tuesday that he will declare for the draft but left open the possibility of returning to N.C. State next season. Yurtseven, a 7-footer from Turkey, had a difficult freshman season. He missed the first nine games of the season after the NCAA reviewed his amateur eligibility. He had played the previous three seasons for a pro club in Turkey before committing to the Wolfpack last May. Yurtseven was projected by some NBA draft sites as a first-round pick before the season started.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Towns, Rubio lead Wolves over Wizards, 119-104 - by Eurobasket News

Karl-Anthony Towns (7'0''-F/C-95, college: Kentucky) ran back onto the court after the final horn, almost tackling Ricky Rubio (6'4''-G-90) as he did a postgame interview with the local Fox Sports affiliate. Towns put up another enormous stat line, scoring 17 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter as the Minnesota Timberwolves kept rolling against another heavyweight opponent. But he said he played second fiddle on this night. Rubio scored 22 points and broke his own franchise record with 19 assists, and the Timberwolves beat the Washington Wizards 119-104 on Monday night. 'He almost single-handedly won us this game tonight,' Towns said of his point guard. 'So, we just picked up with any pieces he could give us.' Nemanja Bjelica (6'10''-SF-88) added 16 points and 10 boards off the bench for the Timberwolves, who entered the game 3 1/2 games behind Denver for the eighth seed in the Western Conference. Minnesota shot 52 percent and Rubio topped 20 points in back-to-back games for the second time in his six-year career. John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) scored 27 points for the Wizards, who fell 2 1/2 games back of Cleveland for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Bradley Beal (6'5''-SG-93, college: Florida) added 20 points, but Washington lost for the first time in six games. They finished a tough, five-game road trip at 4-1. 'We were ready to go 5-0. No excuses,' Wall said. 'We just didn't come out and play great defensively.' Rubio has been playing the best basketball of his life over the last two months, and it has culminated with a brilliant week against some of the best point guards in the league. He outplayed Chris Paul and Stephen Curry in home victories over the Clippers and Warriors last week, then put up 22 points and eight assists in a loss at Milwaukee on Saturday. But he's never been better than in the first quarter against Wall and the Wizards. Threading bounce passes through windows that weren't even open, Rubio doled out 10 assists in the first quarter. Bjelica was a primary beneficiary, catching a 40-foot outlet pass for a layup and a bounce pass that squeezed between two defenders and onto his fingertips for a layup that put the Wolves up 35-14. 'Some nights you see things a little different and it gets easier,' Rubio said. 'Tonight in the first quarter I really saw different things out there. I was trying to set the tempo from the beginning and being aggressive.' The Wizards were undaunted, having come back from a 21-point deficit in the first half to beat Portland on Saturday night. Wall got off to a slow start shooting, but he attacked the rim relentlessly to help Washington climb back into the game. Wall made 14 of 19 free throws, Beal converted a four-point play and Wall's two freebies made it 102-97 with 4:21 to play. But Towns hit a 3 and two free throws, and the Wizards couldn't find the energy to finish another furious comeback in their fifth game in seven nights. 'I don't make excuses, but I'm not going to sit here and act like we're not tired,' Beal said. 'It is what it is. We take this loss like a man and we move on from it.'
Courtesy of: foxsports.com



Kawhi Leonard returns with 31, Spurs top Hawks, tie for No. 1 seed - by Eurobasket News

Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.) scored 31 points in his return from a concussion and the San Antonio Spurs tied Golden State for the NBA's best record with a 107-99 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night. San Antonio made a season-high 16 3-pointers in its 19th straight home victory over Atlanta. The Spurs and Warriors are 52-14 with 16 games remaining, including the final regular-season matchup between them on March 29. Atlanta point guard Dennis Schroeder (5'11''-PG-93, agency: Octagon Europe) had 22 points and 10 assists, shooting 10 for 22 from the field. Tim Hardaway Jr. (6'6''-G-92, college: Michigan) Jr. added 17 points, but the Hawks had their three-game winning streak snapped. San Antonio's Patty Mills had 15 points and Danny Green (6'6''-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) added 14. The starting guards combined to shoot 7 for 12 on 3-pointers and the team finished 16 for 34 on 3s. Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points in his return from a concussion and the San Antonio Spurs tied Golden State for the NBA's best record with a 107-99 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night. San Antonio made a season-high 16 3-pointers in its 19th straight home victory over Atlanta. The Spurs and Warriors are 52-14 with 16 games remaining, including the final regular-season matchup between them on March 29. Atlanta point guard Dennis Schroder had 22 points and 10 assists, shooting 10 for 22 from the field. Tim Hardaway Jr. Jr. added 17 points, but the Hawks had their three-game winning streak snapped. San Antonio's Patty Mills had 15 points and Danny Green added 14. The starting guards combined to shoot 7 for 12 on 3-pointers and the team finished 16 for 34 on 3s.
Courtesy of: denverpost.com



Clippers fail to cover Utah marksmen in 114-108 loss - by Eurobasket News

In a tense, taut and trash-talking game with playoff consequences, the Clippers got blitzed by an avalanche of Utah three-pointers Monday night, essentially dooming them in a 114-108 loss to the Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Two skirmishes in this game, between Clippers guard J.J. Redick and Jazz center Rudy Gobert (7'1''-C-92) and then between Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) and Gobert, could be the genesis of a contentious playoff series if both teams continue on course toward an increasingly likely first-round matchup. The Clippers, fifth in the Western Conference, had won nine consecutive games in Salt Lake City, and the ending of that streak on Monday dropped them two games behind the fourth-place Jazz. When the teams meet for the last time in the regular season on March 25 at Staples Center, it'll be another significant encounter. The Clippers lead the season series, 2-1. 'We play them again,' said Paul, who had 33 points, seven assists and six rebounds. 'So we both got a lot more games. We could drop, they could drop. We could go up. I'm sure ya'll [will] probably ask that question again when we play them. I don't know what this means. It means they beat us tonight. They played a good game. They got us, and we'll see.' The game began to unravel for the Clippers in the third quarter, when they gave up 40 points after leading at the half, 56-49. They were done in when the Jazz made 10 consecutive three-point shots spanning the third and fourth quarters. The Jazz, who got 27 points from All-Star forward Gordon Hayward (6'8''-G/F-90, college: Butler) and 19 from guard George Hill (6'3''-PG-86, college: IUPUI), made 11 of 12 three-point attempts in the second half, putting the Clippers in a 13-point hole. For the game, Utah shot 52.6% from the field and 14 for 21 from three-point range. 'They didn't feel us,' Paul said of Utah's open three-point looks. 'They were just coming off naked. They were putting us in rotations. They were getting whatever they wanted.' As the Jazz's lead began to reach a level the Clippers couldn't quite get to in the fourth, that's when scuffles broke out. First Redick and Gobert got entangled, leading to the 7-foot-1 Jazz center getting hit with a technical foul. Then with 22.7 seconds left, Paul and Gobert got into it. Replays showed Paul shoving Gobert in the back. The two jostled, ending with Paul getting a technical foul. Gobert pointed at the scoreboard, which showed the Jazz up by nine points. 'It was a tech on me. Just a little tussle,' Paul said. 'I ain't worried about him. He just talks a lot. He can play, but he just talk a lot.' Both teams have 15 regular-season games left, making a postseason encounter that much more likely. For the Clippers, that means assigning a scout to shadow the Jazz soon. 'I know statistically there's a great chance we're going to play them so you start watching them more,' Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said. 'They're watching us more. In about five games, we'll send someone to just travel with them. . . . He's going to go to every game, that's what they'll do back, and you try to pick up stuff.'
Courtesy of: latimes.com



Anthony, Knicks rally from 13 down to beat Pacers 87-81 - by Eurobasket News

Jeff Hornacek basically conceded his team's chances of making the postseason Tuesday, and with the New York Knicks six games back of the final Eastern Conference playoff spot, All-Star Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) understands his coach's stance. ''It's rough. I think you already know how rough that is for me,'' Anthony said. ''But we got to play it out.'' So that's what they did Tuesday night. Anthony scored 15 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, Derrick Rose (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis) added 16 points and the Knicks overcame a 13-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Indiana Pacers 87-81. New York is trying to chase down Milwaukee for the eighth spot in the East but is also just a loss away from clinching its fourth straight losing season. The Knicks haven't made the playoffs since the 2012-13 season, when they lost in the conference semifinal. Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (7'3''-C/F-95) exited in the third quarter with a left thigh contusion after colliding with Indiana's Monta Ellis (6'3''-G-85) while trying to catch a lob pass for a dunk. Rookie Willie Hernangomez entered in his place and had 13 points and 16 rebounds. Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.) scored 22 points for the Pacers, who failed to build on their sixth-place lead in the East. Myles Turner (6'11''-C/F-96, college: Texas) had 17 points and 12 rebounds. New York had lost its last three games. Anthony also had 13 rebounds in what was perhaps the Knicks' best defensive showing of the season. ''Until you're mathematically done, you're always going for it. But sometimes it's realistic, are you going to be able to make up seven games in 14?'' Hornacek said before the game. ''Many, many things will have to happen for that to happen.'' The Knicks trailed 59-46 with 9:07 left in the third after Turner's basket but closed out the quarter on an 18-3 run, capped by Anthony's 3-pointer that gave New York a 64-62 lead with 52 seconds left. Anthony, who shot 1 for 7 in the first half, made a nifty play on George's failed drive and hit a 3-point shot on the other end, increasing the lead to 77-70 with 4:13 remaining in the fourth quarter. ''I thought his tandem with Derrick obviously created space which gave him rhythm, and I thought guys off the dribble were able to penetrate and create, which made the game easy for Melo,'' George said. ''That's Melo. Melo gets hot any point in the game. Unfortunately, tonight he got hot late.'' The Pacers closed within 84-79 on a jumper by Jeff Teague (6'2''-PG-88, college: Wake Forest), but Anthony made three free throws after being fouled by George to increase the lead to 87-79 with 18 seconds left. Indiana led 52-42 at halftime and made 20 of 41 from the field but was limited to 12 of 46 from the floor over the last two quarters.
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Warriors hold off Sixers 106-104 to snap three-game skid - by Eurobasket News

Even after a series of misses from deep where he makes his money, Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) kept letting it fly from long range. Then, at last, the ball started falling. Curry scored 29 points on his 29th birthday, Klay Thompson (6'7''-G-90, college: Washington St.) added 28 and the Golden State Warriors used a frenetic fourth-quarter rally to snap a three-game skid and beat the Philadelphia 76ers 106-104 on Tuesday night. 'It's frustrating only because in the moment, everything feels good. You want to make shots, as a competitor and a gamer, that's what you expect to happen,' Curry said. 'It's one of those things you just will yourself through.' Dario Saric (6'10''-PF-94, agency: BeoBasket) intentionally missed his second free throw with 2.6 seconds remaining to try to give the Sixers one last shot, but Curry secured the ball. Curry struggled to knock down open 3-pointers again but came through from deep with 5:38 left and again with a key baseline 3 at 3:42. Matt Barnes hit one a minute later from the opposite corner for a 104-99 lead. 'He found it at the right time and he came through for us when we needed it the most,' Draymond Green (6'7''-F-90, college: Michigan St.) said of Curry. Curry's jumper with 9:55 to play pulled the Warriors within 90-86 after Golden State trailed 90-78 to begin the final quarter. Green's 3 at 8:04 made it a one-point game, and Shaun Livingston (6'7''-G-85) gave Golden State the lead the next time down. Green had 20 points with 11 free throws, eight assists, eight rebounds and six blocks for the Warriors, who trailed by as many as 16 in the third. Saric had 25 points in the Sixers' eighth straight loss to Golden State. The Warriors' winning streak in the series matches their longest ever, along with a stretch from Dec. 16, 1971, to March 11, '73. 'It should hurt,' 76ers coach Brett Brown said. 'We put in the time, we were in a position on the road to try to get a great win.' Curry shot just 8 for 23 and 5 of 13 from 3-point range, making him 26 for 89 from deep in his past eight games. The Warriors aren't worried. Thompson and others remind him of all his incredible feats. 'He'll have a huge breakout game coming soon,' Thompson said. 'He's better missing now than come May or June.' Earlier in the day, Curry refused to call his shooting of late a slump, and coach Steve Kerr insists nobody can expect the two-time reigning MVP to match his NBA-record 402 3s last season. 'That's what I love about Steph is that he's never going to stop shooting and he never loses confidence,' Kerr said. 'That's the mark of a star, when it's not your night and you still hit big shots to help your team win.' The Warriors returned to the Bay Area following a brutal road stretch - which included losing Kevin Durant to a sprained left knee - and barely bounced back to avoid their first four-game losing streak since Feb. 26, 2013, to March 2, '13. Golden State moved a half-game ahead of the idle Spurs for the top spot in the Western Conference.
Courtesy of: foxsports.com



Dwyane Wade May Opt Out Of $23.8M 17-18 Contract With Bulls - by Eurobasket News

Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) has a player option for the 17-18 season with the Chicago Bulls worth $23.8 million. Rival executives, however, "believe it's reasonable to expect Wade may want out" due to the Bulls' struggles and dysfunction this season. Wade and Jimmy Butler have been critical of their teammates this season. Wade, Butler and Rajon Rondo have all ignored play calls from Fred Hoiberg this season.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



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Orangeville A's let Tulloch go - by Eurobasket News

Orangeville A's (NBL Canada) cut forward Daniel Tulloch (196-100kg). In 11 NBL Canada games he averaged just 2.9ppg and 3.0rpg this season.
The last season Tulloch played at Lions where in 7 CIS games he had 6.7ppg, 4.3rpg and 1.0apg.
He was selected to OUA East Division All-Rookie Team in 2013.
Tulloch is described as: An extremely athletic player who has the ability to play the wing and forward positions.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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KW Titans waive Anthony Ottley - by Eurobasket News

Kitchener-Waterloo Titans (NBL Canada) released 26-year old forward Anthony Ottley (198-91, college: Red Deer). In only one NBL Canada game he recorded just 2 points this season. Ottley also played earlier that season for River Lions. But in two NBL Canada games he did not score anything.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team was regular season runner-up in Canadian NBBL in 2015. Ottley was also voted All-ACAC South Division 2nd Team in 2016 at his college time.
Ottley has played previously for three other teams: Lancers, Spartans and BSN.
He attended Red Deer College until 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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KW Titans land Isiah Umipig, ex Mayrouba - by Eurobasket News

NBL Canada newcomer Kitchener-Waterloo Titans (NBL Canada) tabbed 25-year old American point guard Isiah Umipig (183-88kg-92, college: Seattle). He played recently at Mayrouba in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. In three games he averaged 12.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.7apg and 2.0spg this season. Umipig also spent pre-season at Limburg United in Belgian Euromillions League earlier that year.
Last year (a year after he left the college) Umipig was drafted by Maine Red Claws (D-League) in third round (46th overall).
The former Seattle University standoutis in his second season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements Umipig played in the final of WAC Tournament in 2015. He received also All-WAC 1st Team award in 2015 at his college time.
Umipig has played also professionally in Slovakia (MBK Rieker Com Therm Komarno and Iskra Svit).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Moncton Miracles let Pinckney go - by Eurobasket News

Moncton Miracles (NBL Canada) cut American guard Ian Pinckney (190, college: Davis & Elkins).
Pinckney won MAC East Division Regular Season in 2010.
He has played previously professionally in ABA (Chicago Steam) and IBL (Venice Beach W.).
Pinckney graduated from Davis & Elkins College in 2012 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Peter JOK
  Iowa
  (198-G-94)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Jok, Iowa19.8 
 2. Swanigan, Purdue18.5 
 3. Webster, Nebraska17.0 
 4. Hill, Illinois17.0 
 5. Blackmon, Indiana17.0 
 6. Trimble, Maryland17.0 
 7. Bridges, Michigan St.16.7 
 8. Mason, Minnesota15.5 
 9. Walton, Michigan15.2 
 10. McIntosh, Northwes.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Caleb SWANIGAN
  Purdue
  (206-F-97)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Swanigan, Purdue12.6 
 2. Thompson, Ohio St.9.2 
 3. Happ, Wisconsin9.1 
 4. Murphy, Minnesota8.8 
 5. Bridges, Michigan St.8.3 
 6. Watkins, Penn St.8.1 
 7. Pardon, Northwes.8.0 
 8. Freeman, Rutgers7.8 
 9. Morrow, Nebraska7.5 
 10. Bryant, Indiana6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Bryant MCINTOSH
  Northwes.
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. McIntosh, Northwes.5.2 
 2. Winston, Michigan St.5.1 
 3. Mason, Minnesota5.0 
 4. Bohannon, Iowa4.7 
 5. Walton, Michigan4.7 
 6. Lyle, Ohio St.4.6 
 7. Carr, Penn St.4.2 
 8. Webster, Nebraska4.0 
 9. Trimble, Maryland3.7 
 10. Cowan, Maryland3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Josh REAVES
  Penn St.
  (193-G-94)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Reaves, Penn St.2.1 
 2. Happ, Wisconsin1.8 
 3. Watson-Jr, Nebra.1.6 
 4. Showalter, Wisconsin1.5 
 5. Webster, Nebraska1.4 
 6. Baer, Iowa1.4 
 7. Anunoby, Indiana1.3 
 8. Mason, Minnesota1.3 
 9. Sanders, Rutgers1.3 
 10. Cowan, Maryland1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Reggie LYNCH
  Minnesota
  (206-C-94)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Lynch, Minnesota3.5 
 2. Watkins, Penn St.2.7 
 3. Dodd, Maryland2.0 
 4. Pardon, Northwes.1.9 
 5. Bridges, Michigan St.1.6 
 6. Ward, Michigan St.1.6 
 7. Thompson, Ohio St.1.5 
 8. Bryant, Indiana1.5 
 9. Wilson, Michigan1.4 
 10. Anunoby, Indiana1.3 


All-Southland Conf. Awards 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

All-Southland Conf. 1st Team 2017
Erik Thomas
Thomas
Rashawn Thomas
Thomas
Jordan Howard
Howard
Colton Weisbrod
Weisbrod
Ehab Amin
Amin

All-Tournament MVP: Erik Thomas (6'5''-F-95) of New Orleans
Player of the Year: Erik Thomas (6'5''-F-95) of New Orleans
Defensive Player of the Year: Liam Thomas (7'0''-F) of Nicholls St.
Freshman of the Year: Jalone Friday (6'9''-C-96) of Abil.Christian
Newcomer of the Year: Jalin Hart (6'0''-G-95) of Incarnate Word
Coach of the Year: Mark Slessinger of New Orleans

1st Team
F: Erik Thomas (6'5''-F-95) of New Orleans
F: Rashawn Thomas (6'8''-F-94) of Texas A&M-CC
PG: Jordan Howard (5'11''-PG) of Cent.Arkansas
F: Colton Weisbrod (6'5''-F-95) of Lamar
G: Ehab Amin (6'3''-G-95) of Texas A&M-CC

2nd Team
F: TJ Holyfield (6'8''-F) of SF Austin
G: Jalin Hart (6'0''-G-95) of Incarnate Word
F: Colter Lasher (6'7''-F-94) of Houston Baptist
C: Josh Ibarra (6'11''-C-95) of Houston Baptist
G/F: Reveal Chukwujekwu (6'3''-G/F-94) of Houston Baptist

3rd Team
PG: Marlain Veal (5'9''-PG) of SE Louisiana
F: Liam Thomas (7'0''-F) of Nicholls St.
F/C: Aurimas Majauskas (6'8''-F/C-93) of Sam Houston St.
PG: John Dewey (6'0''-PG) of Sam Houston St.
C: Jalone Friday (6'9''-C-96) of Abil.Christian

Honorable Mention
Derreck Brooks (6'6''-G) of Cent.Arkansas
Ja'Dante Frye (6'4''-F) of Nicholls St.
Christavious Gill (5'8''-PG-94) of New Orleans
Simi Socks (6'6''-F-96) of Incarnate Word
Sabri Thompson (6'3''-G-95) of Northwestern St.

All-Defensive Team
F: Liam Thomas (7'0''-F) of Nicholls St.
G: Ehab Amin (6'3''-G-95) of Texas A&M-CC
F: Rashawn Thomas (6'8''-F-94) of Texas A&M-CC
G: Paul Baxter (6'2''-G) of Sam Houston St.
F: Travin Thibodeaux (6'9''-F-96) of New Orleans

All-Tournament Team
F: Erik Thomas (6'5''-F-95) of New Orleans
PG: Christavious Gill (5'8''-PG-94) of New Orleans
F: Leon Gilmore (6'7''-F) of SF Austin
G: Cole Martinez (6'2''-G-93) of Texas A&M-CC
F: Rashawn Thomas (6'8''-F-94) of Texas A&M-CC



New Orleans edges Islanders in OT 68-65, punches ticket to Big Dance - by Igor Obradovic

A dream 21 years in the making was finally realized on Saturday night, and while it took an extra five minutes to accomplish it, New Orleans' men's basketball team made the wait worthwhile for their school and city.
Timely free throw shooting and a dominating edge on the offensive glass propelled the Privateers to a 68-65 overtime victory over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at the Merrell Center, giving the program its first Southland Conference Men's Basketball Tournament title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, the first for top-seed New Orleans since 1996.
'I told these guys at halftime that this has been an amazing story,' said New Orleans coach Mark Slessinger .
'It's a story about rebirth, renaissance and it's a story of commitment of when guys come together playing for a purpose and love of the game, our love for each other, our university and the city that we absolutely adore and love that some magic stuff can happen.'
The Privateers (20-11) trailed by 10 points in the first half and were down nine early in the second half before forging their way back into the contest. Neither team led by more than four points after Michael Zeno (6'6''-G/F-95)'s layup drew New Orleans into a 42-42 tie with 12:22 left in regulation as the thriller became the first Southland Conference Men's Tournament final to go into overtime since Sam Houston State outlasted rival Stephen F. Austin to capture the 2003 title.
Rebounding, especially on the offensive end, proved to be a golden ticket for New Orleans. The Privateers owned a 40-25 edge on the glass, but it was their 19 offensive rebounds that helped keep them in the contest. The ability to control the paint resulted in a decisive 21-2 in second chance points for the Privateers.
'That's what they do,' said Islanders head coach Willis Wilson , whose team fell short in the tournament final for a second straight season. 'They pound the glass.'
Said Slessinger, 'We made a change of course in the off season to where we said we were going to make a concerted effort to play big. We put all our money into that race, and that's what we went with.'
Nate Frye (6'0''-PG-94), who hit a three-pointer at the end of the first half to help rally the Privateers, forced the extra session by knocking home a pair of free throws with 33 seconds left to tie the score at 60-each, yet New Orleans had to survive another white-knuckle moment when Cole Martinez (6'2''-G-93) narrowly missed a potential title-clinching three-pointer with five seconds left in regulation.
'I just thanked God he missed it,' said Privateers guard Christavious Gill (5'8''-PG-94), who scored 10 points and provided just enough of a distraction for Martinez to miss his only three-pointer in six attempts from beyond the arc.
Frye's jumper just 15 minutes into the extra session gave New Orleans the lead that was short lived as Martinez hit a triple that allowed the Islanders to seize a 63-62 advantage. The basket was the high-water mark for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, as it proved to be the last field goal they would score in the final 4:23.
After Travin Thibodeaux (6'9''-F-96) hit one of two free throws to tie the score for the 11th and final time, Tevin Broyles (6'4''-G-95) gave New Orleans the lead for good with a jumper with 3:01 left. The Islanders stayed close and had a chance to force a second overtime, but Rashawn Thomas (6'8''-F-94) missed a three-pointer with eight seconds left that set the stage for the Privateers to return to the NCAA Tournament.
For New Orleans, the moment was one the team, university and city will have frozen in time for years to come.
'It was unreal,' said Gill. 'I would watch it on TV and see other teams win tournaments, and I was like, 'I want to be there one day.' I just felt like it was a dream come true.'
'All our hard work and dedication just turned out for us,' said Tournament Most Valuable Player Erik Thomas (6'5''-F-95), who scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
After an initial stretch of ebbs and flow for both teams, it was the shooting of Kilgore that began to give the Islanders an offensive groove. Playing in front of friends and family, the former Dekaney High School standout hit five of his eight attempts in the first half, including consecutive jumpers down the stretch that gave Texas A&M-Corpus Christi a 33-23 lead.
The lead, and momentum, started favoring the Privateers when Frye sank a deep three as the horn sounded for intermission, cutting New Orleans' deficit to 33-26 at the half.
Thomas was joined on the All-Tourney team by Gill, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's Thomas and Martinez and Leon Gilmore (6'7''-F) III of Stephen F. Austin.
For Slessinger, a longtime coach in the Southland Conference, the chance to carry the banner of the league is a task he'd long dreamed of doing as a head coach.
'It's a big banner for our program,' he said. 'I take a lot of pride in this.'

Southland Conf. Tournament Final:
New Orleans - A&M-Corpus Christi 68-65, OT
Southland Conf. Tournament Semifinals:
New Orleans - Sam Houston State 75-63
A&M-Corpus Christi - Stephen F. Austin 77-69

Courtesy of Southland



All-Pac-12 Awards 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

All-Pac-12 1st Team 2017
Bryce Alford
Alford
Lonzo Ball
Ball
Dillon Brooks
Brooks
Markelle Fultz
Fultz
Kyle Kuzma
Kuzma

All-Tournament MVP: Allonzo Trier (6'4''-F-96) of Arizona
Co-Player of the Year: Dillon Brooks (6'6''-F-96) of Oregon
Co-Player of the Year: Lonzo Ball (6'6''-G-97) of UCLA
Defensive Player of the Year: Jordan Bell (6'9''-F-95) of Oregon
Freshman of the Year: Lonzo Ball (6'6''-G-97) of UCLA
Newcomer of the Year: Lonzo Ball (6'6''-G-97) of UCLA
Most Improved Player of the Year: Chimezie Metu (6'11''-F-97) of USC
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Josh Hawkinson (6'10''-F-95) of Washington St.
Coach of the Year: Sean Miller of Arizona

1st Team
G: Bryce Alford (6'3''-G-94) of UCLA
G: Lonzo Ball (6'6''-G-97) of UCLA
F: Dillon Brooks (6'6''-F-96) of Oregon
G/F: Markelle Fultz (6'5''-G/F-98) of Washington
F: Kyle Kuzma (6'9''-F-95) of Utah
F: TJ Leaf (6'10''-F-97) of UCLA
PF: Lauri Markkanen (7'0''-PF-97) of Arizona
F: Ivan Rabb (6'11''-F-97) of California
F: Reid Travis (6'8''-F-95) of Stanford
G: Derrick White (6'5''-G-94) of Colorado

2nd Team
G: Kadeem Allen (6'3''-G) of Arizona
F: Jordan Bell (6'9''-F-95) of Oregon
F: Josh Hawkinson (6'10''-F-95) of Washington St.
F: Chimezie Metu (6'11''-F-97) of USC
F: Allonzo Trier (6'4''-F-96) of Arizona

Honorable Mention
Jabari Bird (6'6''-G-94) of California
Chris Boucher (6'10''-C/F-93) of Oregon
Tyler Dorsey (6'4''-SG-96) of Oregon
Drew Eubanks (6'10''-F-97) of Oregon St.
Torian Graham (6'4''-G-93) of Arizona St.
Jordan McLaughlin (6'1''-G-96) of USC
Thomas Welsh (7'0''-C-96) of UCLA

All-Defensive Team
G: Kadeem Allen (6'3''-G) of Arizona
G: Marcus Allen (6'3''-G) of Stanford
F: Jordan Bell (6'9''-F-95) of Oregon
C/F: Chris Boucher (6'10''-C/F-93) of Oregon
G: Derrick White (6'5''-G-94) of Colorado

All-Defensive Honorable Mention
G: Lonzo Ball (6'6''-G-97) of UCLA
G: Aaron Holiday (6'1''-G-96) of UCLA
F: Kyle Kuzma (6'9''-F-95) of Utah
G: De'Anthony Melton (6'4''-G-98) of USC
C: Kingsley Okoroh (7'1''-C-95) of California

All-Tournament Team
F: Allonzo Trier (6'4''-F-96) of Arizona
PF: Lauri Markkanen (7'0''-PF-97) of Arizona
SG: Tyler Dorsey (6'4''-SG-96) of Oregon
F: Dillon Brooks (6'6''-F-96) of Oregon
G: Torian Graham (6'4''-G-93) of Arizona St.
G: Derrick White (6'5''-G-94) of Colorado

All-Freshman Team
SG: Rawle Alkins (6'6''-SG-97) of Arizona
G: Lonzo Ball (6'6''-G-97) of UCLA
G/F: Markelle Fultz (6'5''-G/F-98) of Washington
F: TJ Leaf (6'10''-F-97) of UCLA
PF: Lauri Markkanen (7'0''-PF-97) of Arizona

All-Academic 1st Team
F: Josh Hawkinson (6'10''-F-95) of Washington St.
G: Daine Muller (6'4''-G-94) of Oregon St.
G/F: Dorian Pickens (6'5''-G/F) of Stanford
C: Gligorije Rakocevic (6'11''-C-95) of Oregon St.
G: Stephen Thompson (6'4''-G-97) of Oregon St.

All-Academic 2nd Team
PG: Casey Benson (6'3''-PG) of Oregon
F: David Collette (6'8''-F-93) of Utah
F: Tres Tinkle (6'8''-F-96) of Oregon St.
G: Parker Van Dyke (6'3''-G-94) of Utah
C: Thomas Welsh (7'0''-C-96) of UCLA

All-Academic Honorable Mention
G: Marcus Allen (6'3''-G) of Stanford
G: Jake Connor (6'3''-G-96) of Utah
F: Matt Dahlen (6'6''-F-95) of Oregon St.
G: Stephen Domingo (6'7''-G-95) of California
G: Dylan Ennis (6'2''-G-91) of Oregon
F: Drew Eubanks (6'10''-F-97) of Oregon St.
F: Chimezie Metu (6'11''-F-97) of USC
F: Roger Moute a Bidias (6'7''-F-95) of California
G: Charlie Noebel (6'2''-G) of Oregon
G: Tanner Sanders (6'5''-G-95) of Oregon St.
G: Sam Singer (6'4''-G-95) of California
F: Cameron Walker (6'7''-F) of Stanford
G: Derrick White (6'5''-G-94) of Colorado



2017 Pac-12 Tournament: Arizona outlasts Oregon to claim tourney crown - by Igor Obradovic

Allonzo Trier (6'4''-F-96) scored 23 points and hit four free throws in the final 17 seconds, helping No. 7 Arizona outlast No. 5 Oregon 83-80 on Saturday night in the Pac-12 Tournament championship game.
Arizona (30-4) lost a lopsided game at Oregon earlier this season on a barrage of 3-pointers by the Ducks. The Wildcats were better defensively while building a 14-point lead and shot 58 percent to hold off Oregon's second-half charge.
Next up for Arizona: A possible No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Oregon (29-5) got bad news before tipoff, learning senior forward Chris Boucher (6'10''-C/F-93) is out for the season with a torn ACL sustained in the semifinals against California.
The Ducks struggled in the first half before rallying in a dazzling second half by both teams.
Dillon Brooks (6'6''-F-96) carried Oregon through the early struggles and finished with 25 points. Tyler Dorsey (6'4''-SG-96) added 23.
Oregon ran over Arizona in the team's only meeting during the regular season, hitting 16 3-pointers in an 85-58 victory that was never close.
The Wildcats got one dose of payback in the Pac-12 semifinals by avenging an emotional regular-season loss to No. 3 UCLA and were hoping to do it again against the Ducks.
Oregon had a setback before the game even started with the loss of Boucher, the versatile 6-foot-10 forward who was the team's third-leading scorer and the Pac-12's leading shot blocker.
Arizona took advantage of Boucher's absence by attacking the rim, hitting 13 of 26 shots to lead 35-29 at halftime.
Brooks carried the Ducks almost by himself, scoring 17 first-half points. Unlike the game in Eugene, the Ducks struggled from the perimeter, going 1 of 8 from 3-point range.
Arizona continued to hit shots and disrupt Oregon's offense, pushing the lead to 14 in the opening 4 minutes of the second half.
The Ducks finally started to hit shots and disrupted Arizona's offensive with full-court pressure, cutting the lead to 60-56 midway through.
Oregon kept hitting shots, but so did Arizona to keep its slim lead. The Wildcats missed four free throws in the final minute to allow Oregon to pull within two, but Trier sealed it with his free throws.

Pac-12 Tournament Final: Arizona - Oregon 83-80
Pac-12 Tournament Semifinals:
Oregon - California 73-65
Arizona - UCLA 86-75

Courtesy of Pac-12



All-Atlantic 10 Awards 2017 - by Igor Obradovic

All-Atlantic 10 1st Team 2017
Jack Gibbs
Gibbs
Scoochie Smith
Smith
T.J. Cline
Cline
Jaylen Adams
Adams
Jequan Lewis
Lewis

All-Tournament MVP: E.C. Matthews (6'5''-G-95) of Rhode Island
Player of the Year: T.J. Cline (6'9''-F-94) of Richmond
Defensive Player of the Year: Hassan Martin (6'7''-F-95) of Rhode Island
Rookie of the Year: De'Monte Buckingham (6'4''-G) of Richmond
Most Improved Player of the Year: Marquise Moore (6'2''-G) of George Mason
Sixth Man of the Year: Kyle Davis (6'0''-PG-95) of Dayton
Coach of the Year: Archie Miller of Dayton

1st Team
G: Jack Gibbs (6'0''-G-95) of Davidson
G: Scoochie Smith (6'2''-G-94) of Dayton
F: T.J. Cline (6'9''-F-94) of Richmond
G: Jaylen Adams (6'2''-G-96) of St.Bonaventure
G: Jequan Lewis (6'1''-G-95) of VCU

2nd Team
F: Peyton Aldridge (6'8''-F-95) of Davidson
G: Charles Cooke (6'5''-G-94) of Dayton
G: Marquise Moore (6'2''-G) of George Mason
F: Tyler Cavanaugh (6'9''-F-94) of G.Washington
F: Hassan Martin (6'7''-F-95) of Rhode Island

3rd Team
F: Kendall Pollard (6'6''-F-95) of Dayton
PG: Shawndre' Jones (5'11''-PG) of Richmond
G: E.C. Matthews (6'5''-G-95) of Rhode Island
G: Matt Mobley (6'3''-G) of St.Bonaventure
F: Justin Tillman (6'7''-F-96) of VCU

All-Defensive Team
G: Charles Cooke (6'5''-G-94) of Dayton
PG: Kyle Davis (6'0''-PG-95) of Dayton
G: Yuta Watanabe (6'8''-G-94) of G.Washington
F: Hassan Martin (6'7''-F-95) of Rhode Island
F: Mo Alie-Cox (6'7''-F-93) of VCU

All-Tournament Team
G: E.C. Matthews (6'5''-G-95) of Rhode Island
F: Hassan Martin (6'7''-F-95) of Rhode Island
G: Jack Gibbs (6'0''-G-95) of Davidson
G: Marquise Moore (6'2''-G) of George Mason
G: Jequan Lewis (6'1''-G-95) of VCU

All-Rookie Team
G: Mike Lewis II (6'1''-G-98) of Duquesne
F: