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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  



Egypt and Uganda register wins in Zone V Qualifiers - by Eurobasket News

AfroBasket 2017 Zone V Qualifiers continued in Group A and B. Egypt grabbed a 2-0 record on top of Group A after a 83-71 win against Rwanda. Mohamed Abdelhalim (179-G-85) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Mohamed Oraby (186-G-89) netted 16 and added 13 boards. Olivier Shyaka (197-G/F-95) replied with 22 points in the losing effort.
Rwanda suffered their first loss and dropped at 2-1 record.
In Group B Uganda edged Burundi 99-54 for a 2-0 record. Jonah Otim (SG) top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Pegues posted 14. Jean Hakizimana ended up with 14 points in the losing effort and KABURA poured in 11.



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  ANGOLA  


Division I Round 4: Interclube defeat Petroleos in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 4 in the Division I took place in Luanda. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of much higher ranked Petroleos (15-5) to fourth ranked Interclube (9-11) 72-70 on Friday evening. Interclube maintains fourth position in I with 9-11 record. Petroleos at the other side keep the second place with five games lost. Interclube's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Luanda 1 De Agosto.
Important game to mention about took place in Clotilde. Eighth ranked Vila Clotilde (5-14) saved a 2-point derby victory at home edging 7th ranked ASA (5-13) 60-58 on Friday evening. Vila Clotilde maintains eighth position in I with 5-14 record. ASA at the other side keeps the seventh place with 13 games lost. Vila Clotilde will play against bottom-ranked Lusiada (#9) at home in the next round. ASA will have a break next round.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Luanda. 3rd ranked host 1 De Agosto (15-5) lost to top-ranked Libolo (20-0) 100-86. Libolo maintains first position in I with 20-0 record. Defending champion 1 De Agosto keeps the third place with five games lost. Libolo will meet league's second-placed Petroleos in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. 1 De Agosto's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Luanda to the arena Interclube.

Places 1-6
1 De Agosto - Libolo 86-100

The game between Top Four teams took place in Luanda. 3rd ranked host 1 De Agosto (15-5) lost to top-ranked Libolo (20-0) 100-86. Libolo maintains first position in I with 20-0 record. Defending champion 1 De Agosto keeps the third place with five games lost. Libolo will meet league's second-placed Petroleos in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. 1 De Agosto's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Luanda to the arena Interclube.
gschID: 539215


Interclube - Petroleos 72-70

The most exciting game of round 4 in the Division I took place in Luanda. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of much higher ranked Petroleos (15-5) to fourth ranked Interclube (9-11) 72-70 on Friday evening. Interclube maintains fourth position in I with 9-11 record. Petroleos at the other side keep the second place with five games lost. Interclube's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Luanda 1 De Agosto.
gschID: 539214


Places 7-9
Vila Clotilde - American Samoa 60-58

Important game to mention about took place in Clotilde. Eighth ranked Vila Clotilde (5-14) saved a 2-point derby victory at home edging 7th ranked ASA (5-13) 60-58 on Friday evening. Vila Clotilde maintains eighth position in I with 5-14 record. ASA at the other side keeps the seventh place with 13 games lost. Vila Clotilde will play against bottom-ranked Lusiada (#9) at home in the next round. ASA will have a break next round.
gschID: 539216





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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. Vildoza, Quilm.16.6 
 8. Horner, Obras B.16.5 
 9. Gadson, Argentino16.3 
 10. Mickeal, Atenas16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Williams, Olimpico.11.9 
 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
 Pedro BARRAL
  Obras B.
  (186-PG-94)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Barral, Obras B.6.2 
 2. Balbi, Ferrocarril6.1 
 3. Stanic, Olimpico.6.0 
 4. Konsztadt, La Union5.4 
 5. Aguirre, San L.5.3 
 6. Cantero, San M.5.1 
 7. Figueroa, Penarol4.6 
 8. Hopson, Quimsa4.6 
 9. De-l., GECR I.4.5 
 10. Perez, Boca Jrs4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Reynaldo GARCIA
  San M.
  (187-G-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Garcia, San M.2.1 
 2. Solano, Echague2.0 
 3. Basualdo, Quilm.2.0 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.1.8 
 5. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 6. De-l., GECR I.1.7 
 7. Massey, Libertad.1.6 
 8. Vildoza, Quilm.1.6 
 9. Tucker, Estudian.1.5 
 10. Flor, Quilmes MP1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Olimpico.3.1 
 2. Justiz, Estudian.2.1 
 3. Richard, Obras B.1.8 
 4. Crawford, Argen.1.6 
 5. Battle, Quimsa1.4 
 6. Marriaga, Estudian.1.3 
 7. Calfani, San L.1.2 
 8. Clancy, Instituto1.1 
 9. Meyinsse, San L.1.1 
 10. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bruno BAROVERO
  Union SF
  (194-G/F-90)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Barovero, Union SF22.9 
 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.8.5 
 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. Cequeira, Villa A.5.1 
 5. Gandoy, Obera TC5.1 
 6. Paletta, Hindu4.9 
 7. Correa, BHY T.4.6 
 8. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.4.6 
 9. Franco, Alianza .4.4 
 10. Iglesias, Olimpo B.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Sebastian PUNET
  Salta Basket
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Punet, Salta Basket2.6 
 2. Pais, Platense2.5 
 3. Correa, BHY T.2.2 
 4. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.2.1 
 5. Cequeira, Villa A.2.0 
 6. Brown, Mitre Tuc.1.9 
 7. Tabarez, Union SF1.8 
 8. Eseverri, Salta B.1.8 
 9. Paletta, Hindu1.8 
 10. Lopez, Independ.1.8 
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. Granado, Olimpo BB0.9 
 7. Nwogbo, Alianza .0.9 
 8. Lauria, Comunica.0.9 
 9. Moya, Hindu0.9 
 10. Tabarez, Union SF0.9 


Juan Luis Abeiro (ex Tinguiririca S.F.) joins Rocamora - by Eurobasket News

Tomas de Rocamora (TNA) agreed terms with 29-year old Argentinian power forward Juan Luis Abeiro (196-88). He started the season at CD Tinguiririca San Fernando in Chilean Liga Nacional. In 45 games he had very impressive stats: 25.6ppg, 10.6rpg, 3.3apg and 1.6spg this season. The last season Abeiro played at San Martin (TFB). He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league.
Abeiro won Argentinian Torneo Federal (Capital Bonaerense) championship title in 2014.
He has played previously for Estudiantes Olavarria.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



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

31-year old Jeremiah Wood (200-C/F-85, agency: Inception Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's best team San Martin C. and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 38.
He had a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Quimsa (#5, 22-18) 93-78. It allowed San Martin C. to consolidate first place in the Argentinian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. San Martin C. has a very solid 28-10 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Wood has many years of experience at San Martin C., through which he has constantly improved. Wood has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 8.9rpg) and averages solid 61.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Gelvis Solano (185-G-94, agency: Basket Management Solutions) of Echague. He is Dominican Rep. guard in his first season at Echague. In the last game Solano recorded impressive 35 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists. Of course Echague cruised to a 109-100 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Instituto (#4, 23-18). Echague's 10th position in Norte has not changed. 32 lost games are too many comparing to just seven victories Echague managed to get this year. Solano is a newcomer at Echague and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.4ppg (#3). He also recorded 4.1 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Tomas Zanzottera (192-SG-93) of Obras Basket (#5). Zanzottera got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for five rebounds . He was a key player of Obras Basket, leading his team to a 94-71 easy win against slightly higher-ranked Weber Bahia (#3, 21-15). The chances of Obras Basket ranking at the top of Sur, however are very questionable as they have already lost 21 games, recording just twenty victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Zanzottera could help Obras Basket to bring them higher in the standings. Zanzottera has a very solid season. In 39 games in Argentina he scored 14.6ppg. He also has FGP: 54.7% and 3PT: 41.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jerome Meyinsse (207-C-88) of San Lorenzo - 21 points and 5 rebounds
5. Pete Mickeal (199-SF-78) of Atenas - 23 points and 11 rebounds
6. John DeGroat (201-PF-85) of Instituto - 34 points
7. Novar Gadson (201-G-89) of Argentino - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Torin Francis (210-C-83) of La Union - 20 points and 12 rebounds
9. Anthony Laveal Johnson (203-C-88) of Weber Bahia - 18 points and 10 rebounds
10. Juan Pablo Cantero (184-PG-82) of San Martin C. - 19 points and 8 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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  ARMENIA  


Ventspils tab Todd O'Brien - by Eurobasket News

BK Ventspils (LBL) inked 28-year old American (has also Armenian passport) center Todd O'Brien (211-110kg-89, college: UAB). He played recently at Sagesse in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. In 6 games he averaged 10.2ppg, 12.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0bpg this season. O'Brien also played earlier that season for Urartu Yerevan (Superleague 1) in Russia where in 9 Pepsi LBL games he had 14.2ppg, 10.4rpg and 1.6spg.
His team made it to the Patriot League Tournament Semifinals in 2008.
O'Brien is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). O'Brien has played previously professionally in France (Nantes), Japan (Orange Vikings), Poland (MKS Dabrowa Gornicza), Qatar (Al Arabi) and Latvia (Jekabpils).
He attended University of Alabama at Birmingham until 2012 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Latvia



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  AUSTRALIA  


Obradoiro inks David Barlow, ex United - by Eurobasket News

Rio Natura Monbus Obradoiro CAB (Liga Endesa) signed experienced 34-year old Australian forward David Barlow (205-101kg-83, college: Metropolitan State of Denver). He started the season at United in Australian NBL league. Barlow has played there for the last three years. In 19 NBL games he had 5.1ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.3apg this season. The last season he was tested by United (also in NBL). Barlow 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 he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Gold Honorable Mention back in 2010.
Barlow also represented Australia at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) five years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 1.8ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.0apg.
Barlow has played on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America). He has played previously professionally also in Poland (Stelmet), Spain (UCAM Murcia and Zaragoza) and Australia (Kings, Sydney City Comets and Sabres).
Barlow attended Metropolitan State of Denver until 2003 and it is his 14th (!!!) season as a professional player.
He could be described: One of the "unsung heroes" of Team Australia, he's a deadly shooter from the perimeter. But he's also tough and hard-nosed, yet very skillful. Very effective at the defensive side too, he can guard both opposite centers and forwards.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Spain



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  AUSTRIA  


Austrian A Bundesliga round 28 best performance: Sebastian Koch - by Eurobasket News

International Forward Sebastian Koch (202-F-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Vienna, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 28.
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, six rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Klosterneuburg (#9, 4-22) with 32-point margin 87-55. Vienna is placed at 5th position in Austrian A Bundesliga. Vienna 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 13-13 record. In the team's last game Koch had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Vienna's top player in his first season with the team. Sebastian Koch averages this season 12.0ppg and 5.2rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old international center Jozo Rados (208-C-93) of Klosterneuburg. Rados had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Klosterneuburg lost that game 55-87 to the higher-ranked Vienna (#5, 13-13). Klosterneuburg are still at the very bottom. 22 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Klosterneuburg managed to get this year. Rados is one of the most experienced players at Klosterneuburg and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.5ppg (#7). He also registered 11.7 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Croatian center Marino Sarlija (207-C-89) of Furstenfeld (#7). Sarlija showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, ten rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Furstenfeld, leading his team to a 76-64 win against slightly lower-ranked UBSC Graz (#8, 6-20). The chances of Furstenfeld ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 14 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Sarlija could help Furstenfeld to bring them higher in the standings. Sarlija has a great season in Austria. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.2rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Predrag Miletic (193-SG-84) of Vienna - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Kareem Jamar (194-G-92) of Kapfenberg - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Anton Maresch (191-SG-91) of UBSC Graz - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Toni Blazan (195-F-92) of Gmunden - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Povilas Gaidys (208-C-91) of Gmunden - 16 points and 6 rebounds
9. Anthony Clemmons (186-PG-94) of Vienna - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Milovan Draskovic (211-C-95) of Arkadia - 14 points and 9 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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  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, Pirates12.1 
 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, Pirates4.8 
 6. Armaly, Shockers4.5 
 7. Miller, Legends4.0 
 8. Lewis, Shockers4.0 
 9. Bain, Regulators4.0 
 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. Morley, Rockets1.5 
 6. Sylvestre, Bahamas .1.5 
 7. Francis, Pros1.4 
 8. Culmer, Cleaners1.3 
 9. Munroe, Bahamas .1.1 
 10. Burrows, Pros1.0 



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  BALKAN LEAGUE  


Round 2 of Quarter-Finals. Peja and Teodo Tivat punch semifinal tickets - by Eurobasket News

Kozuv - Peja 77-67

Kozuv outgunned Peja at home court but were unable to overcome the deficit after the opening leg and got eliminated. The game was mostly controlled by Kozuv. Peja managed to win second period 23-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American point guard Kenyon McNeaill (185-91, college: Louisiana Tech) who scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Serbian-Bosnian forward Nikola Djurasovic (197-83) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Kozuv players scored in double figures. American forward Jamie Skeen (205-88, college: VCU) produced 22 points and 9 rebounds and Montenegrin forward Slobodan Miljanic (201-90, college: Lynn, agency: AproK Sports Group) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Kozuv: B.Krstevski 20+4reb+1ast, K.McNeaill 19+6reb+5ast, L.Hall 13+8reb+2ast, N.Djurasovic 11+10reb+4ast, M.Mijovic 11+6reb, A.Shterjov 2+2reb
Peja: J.Skeen 22+9reb+1ast, S.Miljanic 14+9reb+1ast, C.Rundles 14+3reb+2ast, R.Abramovic 9+3reb+2ast, A.Veseli 4+10reb, A.Hajdari 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 538147


Teodo Tivat - Feni Industries 81-68

Teodo Tivat rallied past visiting Feni Industries and sealed their Balkan League semifinal appearance. The game was mostly controlled by Teodo Tivat. Feni Industries managed to win second period 18-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Teodo Tivat dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Feni Industries' 30. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was Serbian guard Milan Stanojevic (183-86, college: E.Washington, agency: Mansfield and Associates) who scored 19 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Guard Milos Djurisic (194-88) chipped in 15 points. Four Teodo Tivat players scored in double figures. Point guard Jane Petrovski (181-87) produced 14 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists and Serbian power forward Branislav Djekic (209-91) added 11 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Teodo Tivat: M.Stanojevic 19+4reb+7ast, M.Djurisic 15+4reb+3ast, M.Popovic 13+5reb+3ast, P.Kusovac 11+3reb, S.Sajin 10+9reb+1ast, N.Vucurovic 7+5reb+3ast
Feni Industries: J.Petrovski 14+5reb+9ast, G.Sharabidze 14+5reb+1ast, B.Djekic 11+10reb, P.Pajic 9+4reb+2ast, K.Nikolovski 7+1reb+2ast, M.Ceskovic 5+2ast
gschID: 538146





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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 


Premier League Round 32: BSEU-GrandPrint beat Tsmoki II in a derby game - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Premier League is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 5 rounds.

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Minsk: BSEU-GrandPrint (#6) and Tsmoki II (#3). Tsmoki II was defeated at home 69-76 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Tsmoki II won third quarter 24-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BSEU-GrandPrint made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international Dmitri Paliashchuk (199-85, agency: Interperformances) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Maksim Sazonau (202-96) chipped in 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Maksim Liutych (200-97) produced 17 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Tsmoki II's coach Heorhi Kandrusevich rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BSEU-GrandPrint (12-18) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position. Tsmoki II at the other side keeps the third place with ten games lost. BSEU-GrandPrint will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tsmoki II will play on the road against the league's second-placed COR-Borisfen in Mogilev and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Minsk: BSEU-GrandPrint (#6) and Tsmoki II (#3). Tsmoki II was smashed at home by 20 points 61-81 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The former international Dmitri Paliashchuk (199-85, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 9 rebounds. Sergej Vabischevich contributed with 7 points and 10 assists for the winners. Forward Timofey Porolev (202-97) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds for Tsmoki II. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BSEU-GrandPrint (12-18) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position. Tsmoki II at the other side keeps the third place with ten games lost. BSEU-GrandPrint will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tsmoki II will play on the road against the league's second-placed COR-Borisfen in Mogilev and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Minsk. Local BSEU-GrandPrint (12-18) outscored 9th ranked GOCOR-Sozh (3-25) 102-44 on Friday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Sergej Vabischevich who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 8 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Evgeniy Rybkin responded with 12 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BSEU-GrandPrint have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 12-18 record. GOCOR-Sozh lost tenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 25 lost games. BSEU-GrandPrint will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. GOCOR-Sozh will play against Prinemanye (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 32 bottom-ranked GOCOR-Sozh was crushed by BSEU-GrandPrint in Minsk 108-55.

Tsmoki II - BSEU-GrandPrint 69-76

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Minsk: BSEU-GrandPrint (#6) and Tsmoki II (#3). Tsmoki II was defeated at home 69-76 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Tsmoki II won third quarter 24-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BSEU-GrandPrint made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international Dmitri Paliashchuk (199-85, agency: Interperformances) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Maksim Sazonau (202-96) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Maksim Liutych (200-97) produced 17 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Illia Palanevich (184-99) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Tsmoki II's coach Heorhi Kandrusevich rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BSEU-GrandPrint (12-18) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position. Tsmoki II at the other side keeps the third place with ten games lost. BSEU-GrandPrint will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tsmoki II will play on the road against the league's second-placed COR-Borisfen in Mogilev and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BSEU-GrandPrint: D.Paliashchuk 24+11reb+3ast, S.Vabischevich 18+3reb+1ast, M.Sazonau 16+10reb+4ast, N.Solgan 8+2reb+1ast, I.Salsanov 5+2reb, D.Roslikau 5+3reb
Tsmoki II: M.Liutych 17+8reb+1ast, I.Palanevich 12+6reb, A.Zaretski 10+2reb+1ast, A.Stavrovskiy 8+2reb+7ast, A.Rogozenko 8+4reb+2ast, V.Bliznyuk 6+1reb+4ast
gschID: 530042


BSEU-GrandPrint - GOCOR-Sozh 108-55

There was no surprise in Minsk where 9th ranked GOCOR-Sozh (3-25) was crushed by sixth ranked BSEU-GrandPrint (12-18) 108-55 on Saturday. The game without a history. BSEU-GrandPrint led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to GOCOR-Sozh's 26. BSEU-GrandPrint forced 27 GOCOR-Sozh turnovers and outrebounded them 40-27 including 31 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 37 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by GOCOR-Sozh's players. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Dmitri Paliashchuk (199-85, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists and guard Sergej Vabischevich (191-88) who added 23 points and 7 assists during the contest. Four BSEU-GrandPrint players scored in double figures. Power forward Aleksandr Kopacev (203-95) responded with 10 points and 9 rebounds and swingman Evgeniy Rybkin (195-96) scored 11 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BSEU-GrandPrint have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 12-18 record. GOCOR-Sozh lost tenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 25 lost games. BSEU-GrandPrint will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. GOCOR-Sozh will play against Prinemanye (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BSEU-GrandPrint: M.Sazonau 25+6reb+2ast, S.Vabischevich 23+4reb+7ast, D.Paliashchuk 17+14reb+7ast, D.Roslikau 14+3reb+7ast, I.Salsanov 9+1ast, M.Kuchkou 6+1reb+2ast
GOCOR-Sozh: E.Rybkin 11+4reb+2ast, A.Kopacev 10+9reb+1ast, A.Kovalev 9+5reb, T.Viaroukin 9+3reb+3ast, I.Lemeshev 6+4reb+1ast, A.Kharitonov 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 530041


BSEU-GrandPrint - GOCOR-Sozh 102-44

The game with biggest result difference took place in Minsk. Local BSEU-GrandPrint (12-18) outscored 9th ranked GOCOR-Sozh (3-25) 102-44 on Friday night. The game without a history. BSEU-GrandPrint led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding GOCOR-Sozh to just 4 points in second quarter. BSEU-GrandPrint dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to GOCOR-Sozh's 24. BSEU-GrandPrint forced 33 GOCOR-Sozh turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by GOCOR-Sozh's players. Worth to mention a quality performance of guard Sergej Vabischevich (191-88) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 8 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and power forward Vitaliy Lebedev (200-99) who added 14 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Swingman Evgeniy Rybkin (195-96) responded with 12 points and point guard Ilya Scherba (176-95) scored 7 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BSEU-GrandPrint have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 12-18 record. GOCOR-Sozh lost tenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 25 lost games. BSEU-GrandPrint will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. GOCOR-Sozh will play against Prinemanye (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BSEU-GrandPrint: S.Vabischevich 23+4reb+8ast, M.Sazonau 15+4reb+2ast, V.Lebedev 14+9reb+3ast, M.Kuchkou 11+2ast, I.Salsanov 9+5reb+2ast, S.Ulyanka 9+2reb
GOCOR-Sozh: E.Rybkin 12+4reb+1ast, E.Dudov 9+2reb, I.Scherba 7+4reb+1ast, A.Kopacev 5+2reb, R.Radkovsky 3+3reb, D.Adaskov 3+2reb
gschID: 530040


Tsmoki II - BSEU-GrandPrint 61-81

Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Minsk: BSEU-GrandPrint (#6) and Tsmoki II (#3). Tsmoki II was smashed at home by 20 points 61-81 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game without a history. BSEU-GrandPrint led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. BSEU-GrandPrint forced 21 Tsmoki II turnovers. Strangely Tsmoki II outrebounded BSEU-GrandPrint 42-30 including a 19-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The former international Dmitri Paliashchuk (199-85, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Sergej Vabischevich (191-88) contributed with 7 points and 10 assists for the winners. Four BSEU-GrandPrint players scored in double figures. Forward Timofey Porolev (202-97) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds and forward Denis Sivatskiy (198-98) added 9 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Tsmoki II. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BSEU-GrandPrint (12-18) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position. Tsmoki II at the other side keeps the third place with ten games lost. BSEU-GrandPrint will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Tsmoki II will play on the road against the league's second-placed COR-Borisfen in Mogilev and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BSEU-GrandPrint: D.Paliashchuk 17+9reb+1ast, M.Sazonau 15+4reb, D.Roslikau 11+1reb+5ast, V.Lebedev 10+5reb, S.Vabischevich 7+4reb+10ast, I.Salsanov 7+2reb+1ast
Tsmoki II: T.Porolev 11+13reb+1ast, I.Palanevich 9+5reb, A.Stavrovskiy 9+5reb, A.Zaretski 9+1reb+1ast, D.Sivatskiy 9+9reb, A.Rogozenko 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 530039





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  BELGIUM  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Jason CLARK
  Antwerp
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 18
 1. Clark, Antwerp18.0 
 2. Bowman, Spirou16.7 
 3. Simpson, Liege15.8 
 4. Tofi, Aalstar15.6 
 5. Miller-M., Leuven15.5 
 6. Tuttle, Limburg .15.0 
 7. Ware, Antwerp14.4 
 8. Troisfontain., Aalst.14.2 
 9. Simmons, Brussels14.0 
 10. Channels, Kango.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ANDERSON
  Antwerp
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Anderson, Antwerp7.7 
 2. Amis, Aalstar7.3 
 3. Ware, Antwerp6.7 
 4. Simmons, Brussels6.5 
 5. Ubel, Brussels6.5 
 6. Samhan, Leuven6.5 
 7. Badji, Kangoeroes6.4 
 8. Tuttle, Limburg .6.4 
 9. Fields, Liege6.3 
 10. Tofi, Aalstar5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dusan DJORDJEVIC
  Ooste.
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.7 
 2. Miller-M., Leuven5.4 
 3. Channels, Kango.5.1 
 4. Loubry, Brussels5.0 
 5. Marnegrave, Spirou4.4 
 6. Clark, Antwerp4.2 
 7. Anderson, Limburg .4.1 
 8. Bosco, Mons-Hai.4.0 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .3.9 
 10. Simpson, Liege3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Bryan DAVIS
  Spirou
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Davis, Spirou1.8 
 2. Miller-M., Leuven1.8 
 3. Billbury, Leuven1.5 
 4. Hertay, Liege1.5 
 5. Bowman, Spirou1.5 
 6. Muya, Brussels1.4 
 7. Channels, Kango.1.4 
 8. Simpson, Liege1.4 
 9. Tuttle, Limburg .1.4 
 10. Djordjevic, Ooste.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin TUMBA
  Spirou
  (205-C/F-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Tumba, Spirou2.5 
 2. Amis, Aalstar1.6 
 3. Boukichou, Oostende1.1 
 4. Gugino, Liege1.0 
 5. Fields, Liege0.9 
 6. Bako, Leuven0.8 
 7. Fusek, Spirou0.8 
 8. Ware, Antwerp0.8 
 9. Blair, Aalstar0.7 
 10. Ubel, Brussels0.7 


Telenet Oostende in Semifinal FIBA Europe Cup - by Patrick Ceulemans

Telenet Oostende needed overtime to overcome the 12-point deficit from the opening leg and advance into semifinal stage of the FIBA Europe Cup after a nice 95-79 win vs. Enisey Krasnoyarsk. In the club history it's the third qualification for a semifinal in a European competiion (1999 and 2011). The game was mostly controlled by Telenet Oostende. Enisey was better in third quarter 18-14. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Enisey used huge pressure and tie at the end of regular time: 84-72.. They lost eventually overtime period 11-7. Oostende dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Enisey's 42. American guard Corey Walden (188-92, college: E.Kentucky) notched 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Serbian guard Dusan Djordjevic (193-83, agency: BeoBasket) supported him with 16 points and 5 assists. Even a double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds by U.S. Virgin Islands-Guyanese center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel) did not help to save the game for Enisey. American swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) added 20 points for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Jean Salumu (injury feet) did not play with Telenet Oostende
Telenet Oostende-Enisey Krasnoyarsk 95-79
Telenet Oostende: Gillet 7, Katic 12, Djordjevic 16, Kesteloot 5, Newbill 4, Walden 24, Mwema 14, Keselj 4, Boukichou 6, Kuridza 2
Enisey Krasnoyarsk:Zavoruev 8, Elegar 17, Trushkin 6, Taylor 11, Pavlov 1, Hilliard 20, Koshcheev 2, Vrzdykhalkin 0, Lukashov 3, Braimoh 2
Quarters; 21-14, 30-22, 14-18, 19-18, 11-7



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  BELIZE  


NEBL All Star Game Exciting as Predicted!!! - by David Magana

Last Sunday night at the St. Catherine's Auditorium in Belize City the National Elite Basketball League (NEBL) hosted its third annual All Star game. This was the first time that an All Star game was scheduled to be played between Imports/ American-Belizeans against local talent. In the first quarter the Imports/ American-Belizeans were way superior to the locals as they displayed bigger size and skills (24-6) which lead them to finish the first half with a lead of 20 points. In the second half the local talent got energized and rallied a late comeback as Ashton Edwards jolted 4 three pointers getting his team closer to a draw. Nevertheless, the excitement was there as the locals were a little too short to give the victory to the country! It would have been the icing on the cake if the Import/ American-Belizean team would have been coached by an import as well!
The season will continue this week as San Pedro Tiger Sharks move into the Belmopan Bandits tuff (UB Gym) on Thursday, while Smart Belize Hurricanes storm into the Cayo Western Ballaz arena (SHC Auditorium) on Friday, they are eager for a win and Dangriga Dream Ballers descent on Orange Walk Running Rebels (OW Multi-Purpose Center) on Saturday.



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Big Blow to BC Radnicki Title Hopes Leo Svete Retires Due to Knee Injury! - by Chris Mathieu

Big Blow to BC Radnicki Title Hopes Leo Svete Retires Due to Knee Injury!

The American guard for Radnicki recently suffered a serious knee injury in a practice. It was his third serious injury to the same knee and Leo has decided to retire and to focus on coaching basketball back in the US.

It is a major loss for the team Radnicki and its coach Hasan Rikalo. The team was playing extremely well when this happened and was the favorites to get promoted to A2 league at the end of the season.

The team isn't giving up and recently brought in a new center as well as two player transfers from Vogosca including Amin Sijeric and a 198cm guard Belmin Dedovic. The team still has young prospect Adis Alikadic who recently scored 32 points against KK Burch in the A2 league and has been on fire all season long.
The team is deep, talented and well balanced to absorb such a tough loss and still reach their goals on the season.



Knezevic's 34-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

23-year old point guard Drasko Knezevic (186-PG-93) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Zrinjski HT and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
He had the game-high 34 points adding nine assists for Zrinjski HT in his team's victory, helping them to beat Gradjanski (#8, 7-11) 97-82. Zrinjski HT is placed at 3rd position in Bosnia and Herzegovina league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Zrinjski HT will need more victories to improve their 11-7 record. In the team's last game Knezevic had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 10 attempts. He turned to be Zrinjski HT's top player in his first season with the team. Knezevic has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.9ppg. Knezevic is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 6.4apg) and averages solid 2.5spg and 61.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Ibrahim Durmo (201-F/C-97) of Spars Sarajevo. He is a forward in his first season at Spars Sarajevo. In the last game Durmo recorded impressive double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Spars Sarajevo lost that game 71-89 to slightly lower-ranked Kakanj (#5, 10-8). This loss caused Spars Sarajevo to drop to 4th position in the standings. His team's 11-7 record is not bad at all. Durmo is a newcomer at Spars Sarajevo and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Franko Kastropil (212-C-84) of Siroki Primorka (#6). Kastropil scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Siroki Primorka, leading his team to a 83-75 win against Leotar (7-11). The chances of Siroki Primorka not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 11 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Kastropil could try to bring Siroki Primorka's a little bit higher in the standings. Kastropil has individually a great season in Bosnia. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.9rpg (2nd best). He also has 1.5bpg and FGP: 62.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dragomir Marojevic (207-C-81) of Gradjanski - 18 points and 12 rebounds
5. Milos Markovic (201-G/F-84) of Gradjanski - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Bojan Pelkic (204-F-83) of Leotar - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Mujo Tuljkovic (202-F-79) of Bosnjak - 23 points and 6 rebounds
8. Haris Delalic (202-SF-94) of Bosna-Royal - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Maksim Sturanovic (209-C-88) of Bosna-Royal - 9 points and 11 rebounds
10. Vladimir Djordjevic (201-SF) of Bosna-Royal - 19 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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  BRAZIL  

Stats Leaders - BNL

Points Per Game
 Rafael HETTSHEIMER
  Bauru
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Hettsheimer, Bauru19.9 
 2. Stallworth, Mogi19.9 
 3. Nardi-Duarte, Campo M.19.8 
 4. Anthony, Macae19.6 
 5. Vieira, Flamengo19.1 
 6. Garcia, Bauru18.4 
 7. Holloway, Pinheiros18.0 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia17.3 
 9. Andrade, Bauru17.0 
 10. Machado, Flamengo16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olivinha RODRIGUEZ
  Flame.
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Rodriguez, Flame.10.7 
 2. de-Souza, L.Sor.8.0 
 3. Giovannoni, Brasilia7.9 
 4. Hettsheimer, Bauru7.8 
 5. Maynard, Minas7.8 
 6. Ansaloni, Pinheiros7.2 
 7. Lopez, Flamengo6.9 
 8. Klassmann, B.Cea.6.8 
 9. Silveira, Mogi6.6 
 10. Curnell, Mogi6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Fulvio DE ASSIS
  Brasilia
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. de-Assis, Brasilia7.2 
 2. Garcia, Bauru5.5 
 3. Anthony, Macae5.5 
 4. Pecos, Paulistano5.5 
 5. Rossetto, B.Cea.5.5 
 6. Borges, Franca5.3 
 7. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.5.1 
 8. Dawkins, Vitoria5.1 
 9. Rodgers, Minas5.0 
 10. Taylor, Mogi4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Kenny DAWKINS
  Vitoria
  (175-PG-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Dawkins, Vitoria1.8 
 2. Rodgers, Minas1.8 
 3. Stallworth, Mogi1.7 
 4. Taylor, Mogi1.7 
 5. Garcia, Bauru1.7 
 6. Toledo, B.Cearense1.6 
 7. Curnell, Mogi1.6 
 8. Cafferata, L.Sor.1.6 
 9. Dos-Santos, Vasco D.1.6 
 10. Jackson, Vasco D.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Douglas NUNES
  Campo M.
  (208-PF-87)
  Avg: 1
 1. Nunes, Campo M.1.0 
 2. Klassmann, B.Cea.0.9 
 3. Lenz, Pinheiros0.9 
 4. Castellar, Brasilia0.8 
 5. Rollins, Flamengo0.6 
 6. Camilo, Macae0.6 
 7. Dias-Silva, Pauli.0.6 
 8. Mariano, Brasilia0.6 
 9. Freitas, Campo M.0.6 
 10. Vinicius, Caxias d.0.6 


Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Lucas VEZARO
  Joinville
  (188-G-96)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Vezaro, Joinville22.5 
 2. Maistro, Contagem16.0 
 3. De-Oliveira, Blumenau15.3 
 4. Nepomuceno, Santos/M.14.8 
 5. Lazzaris, Blumenau14.0 
 6. Moreira, Blumenau14.0 
 7. Perez, Contagem13.0 
 8. Filho, Botafogo.13.0 
 9. Smith, Botafogo.13.0 
 10. Semmke, Blumenau12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Wesley RUSSELL
  Botafogo.
  (193-G-93)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Russell, Botafogo.8.7 
 2. Silva, Blumenau8.0 
 3. Prado, Brusque7.3 
 4. Alves, Contagem7.0 
 5. Lazzaris, Blumenau7.0 
 6. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.6.5 
 7. Pereira, Joinville6.0 
 8. Silva, Brusque5.7 
 9. De-Oliveira, Blumenau5.7 
 10. da-Silva, Brusque5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Luiz SEMMKE
  Blumenau
  (197-SF-92)
  Avg: 5
 1. Semmke, Blumenau5.0 
 2. Smith, Botafogo.4.3 
 3. Romualdo, Contagem4.0 
 4. Perez, Contagem3.7 
 5. Froehlich, Joinville3.0 
 6. Russell, Botafogo.3.0 
 7. Prado, Brusque2.7 
 8. Vezaro, Joinville2.5 
 9. Lima, Santos/M.2.5 
 10. Moreira, Blumenau2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Bruno LAZZARIS
  Blumenau
  (202-F-90)
  Avg: 4
 1. Lazzaris, Blumenau4.0 
 2. Romualdo, Contagem2.3 
 3. Perez, Contagem2.3 
 4. Moreira, Blumenau2.3 
 5. Tiago, Brusque2.0 
 6. Maistro, Contagem2.0 
 7. Alves, Contagem1.7 
 8. Prado, Brusque1.7 
 9. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.7 
 10. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Feliciano PEREZ
  Botafogo.
  (210-C-90)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Perez, Botafogo.1.3 
 2. Silva, Brusque1.0 
 3. Silva, Blumenau1.0 
 4. Lima, Santos/M.1.0 
 5. Henrique, Brusque0.7 
 6. De-Oliveira, Blumenau0.7 
 7. Maistro, Contagem0.7 
 8. Dias, Joinville0.5 
 9. Souza, Santos/M.0.5 
 10. Barbosa, Santos/M.0.3 


Vieira's 25 points and 7 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

32-year old Marquinhos Vieira (207-SF-84) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's best team Flamengo and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
He had the game-high 25 points adding six rebounds and seven assists for Flamengo in his team's victory, helping them to beat Vasco Da G. (#10, 12-13) 94-86. It allowed Flamengo to take over top position in the Brazilian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Flamengo has a very solid 17-6 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Vieira had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He has many years of experience at Flamengo, through which he has constantly improved. Vieira has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 18.9ppg) and averages solid 51.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Kendall Anthony (173-PG-93) of Macae. He is American guard in his first season at Macae. In the last game Anthony recorded impressive 33 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. It was enough for Macae to edge slightly higher-ranked Caxias do Sul (#13, 6-19) by 6 points 73-67. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Macae dropped in the standings to very bottom position. 19 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Macae managed to get this year. Anthony is a newcomer at Macae and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.5ppg (#4). He also recorded 5.4 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Guilherme Giovannoni (203-PF-80) of league's second-best Brasilia. Giovannoni showcased his all-around game by recording 28 points, five rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Brasilia, leading his team to a 90-80 win against the lower-ranked Campo Mourao (#8, 13-12). Brasilia needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 17 victories and 7 lost games. Giovannoni has a great season in Brazil. After 23 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.9rpg (3rd best). Guilherme Giovannoni has also Brazilian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alexey Borges (188-PG-95) of Franca - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Larry Taylor (185-PG-80) of Mogi - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
6. David Rossetto (180-PG-93) of B.Cearense - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
7. David Jackson (195-G-82) of Vasco Da G. - 26 points and 3 assists
8. Alex Garcia (191-G-80) of Bauru - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Caio Silveira (211-C-87) of Mogi - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Desmond Holloway (191-G-90) of Pinheiros - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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NBL CANADA LIFTS SUSPENSIONS FOR CAPERS AND BLACK - by John Gary

courtesy oursportscentral.com The National Basketball League of Canada announces that it has lifted the suspensions of Marcus Capers and Taylor Black of the London Lighting based on the fact that criminal charges brought against them have been dropped. The pair were involved in an altercation which led to them being formally charged December 2016, with assault. Black was additionally charged with resisting arrest. NBL CANADA immediately suspended both players from the league indefinitely. ' We are pleased for both young men that they no longer face any concerns with the law." ' Our hope is that this incident will serve as a lesson for all of our players to be aware of their surroundings and make apprioate judgements around the opportunities that celebrity brings with it". We welcome both young men back to the league." They are eligible to play as soon as they are activated by the London Lightning.


Riptide lands Alex Campbell - by Eurobasket News

Saint John Riptide (NBL Canada) tabbed 24-year old guard Alex Campbell (188-91kg-93, college: Windsor) from Windsor Express. In 8 NBL Canada games he averaged just 2.8ppg this season. Campbell also spent pre-season at Lancers earlier that year.
Among other achievements his team won OUA West Division Regular Season for two years in a row (2015 and 2016).
Campbell graduated from University of Windsor in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nblcanada)

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Riptide released Jabs Newby - by Eurobasket News

Saint John Riptide (NBL Canada) released 26-year old guard Jabs Newby (188-86kg-91, college: Gannon). In 25 NBL Canada games he had 6.1ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.9apg this season.
The last season Newby played at Windsor Express. But in 5 NBL Canada games he recorded just 1.6ppg.
His team made it to the NBL Canada Semifinals in 2016.
Newby has played previously professionally in D-League (Raptors 905 Missisauga).
He attended Gannon University until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.
Newby could be described: A guard with outstanding athletic ability, skills, and aggressiveness. He's a big, strong power guard with great leaping abilities.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nblcanada)

Check also Complete Transfers List in NBL Canada



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  CHINA  

Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Jimmer FREDETTE
  Shanghai.
  (188-PG-89)
  Avg: 37.6
 1. Fredette, Shanghai.37.6 
 2. McCollum, Beiko.37.5 
 3. Brooks, Jiangsu D.36.2 
 4. Cunningham, Jiangsu.34.0 
 5. Brown, Jilin NE T.33.9 
 6. Franklin, Shanxi BD33.6 
 7. Hudson, Liaoning FL31.9 
 8. Jones, Qingdao E.30.5 
 9. Adams, Xinjiang FT30.5 
 10. Warren, Zhejiang.29.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Malcolm THOMAS
  Jilin N.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Thomas, Jilin N.16.4 
 2. Haddadi, Sichu.16.0 
 3. Thompson, Shandong.13.9 
 4. Hickson, Fujian S.13.4 
 5. Sakakini, Tianj.13.3 
 6. Batista, Beikong FD12.8 
 7. Lampe, Shenzhen L.12.7 
 8. Han, Liaoning FL12.2 
 9. Dalembert, Shanxi B.12.1 
 10. Wang, Fujian S.11.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal FRANKLIN
  Shanxi BD
  (196-SG-91)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Franklin, Shanxi BD8.8 
 2. Fortson, Guangsha.8.5 
 3. Jeter, Tianjin GL7.9 
 4. Pargo, Shenzhen L.6.7 
 5. Sloan, Guangdong ST6.5 
 6. Buycks, Fujian S.6.4 
 7. Jones, Qingdao E.6.2 
 8. Adams, Xinjiang FT5.9 
 9. Warren, Zhejiang.5.8 
 10. Brown, Zhejiang GB5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jamaal FRANKLIN
  Shanxi BD
  (196-SG-91)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Franklin, Shanxi BD3.3 
 2. Sui, Shandong GS2.8 
 3. Brown, Zhejiang GB2.7 
 4. Fortson, Guangsha.2.6 
 5. Hudson, Liaoning FL2.5 
 6. Kamrani, Jilin N.2.4 
 7. Blatche, Xinjiang.2.3 
 8. McCollum, Beiko.2.3 
 9. Kennedy, Guangzho.2.3 
 10. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Yuchen ZOU
  Bayi R.
  (203-F-96)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Zou, Bayi R.2.6 
 2. Zhou, Xinjiang FT2.3 
 3. Smith, Sichuan BW2.0 
 4. Haddadi, Sichu.2.0 
 5. Kirk, Guangzhou LL1.9 
 6. Dalembert, Shanxi B.1.9 
 7. Thomas, Jilin N.1.6 
 8. Sun, Beijing D.1.6 
 9. Benimon, Qingd.1.5 
 10. Zhang, Shanghai S.1.5 


CBA Round 3 of Semi-Finals. Xinjiang and Shenzhen celebrate victories - by Eurobasket News

Liaoning FL - Xinjiang FT 108-116

Xinjiang stepped closer to CBA Finals after they handed the third straight defeat to Liaoning. The guests were already 16 points ahead at halftime and as many as 29 after three quarters before a 40-19 last quarter charge of Flying Leopards cut the lead to 116-108 at the end of the game. Xinjiang Flying Tige made 26-of-34 charity shots (76.5 percent) during the game. Xinjiang Flying Tige had a 37-24 advantage in offensive rebounds. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. Flying Leopards were plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American-Filipino power forward Andray Blatche (211-86) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). American-Bulgarian point guard Darius Adams (188-89, college: Indianapolis, agency: Stealth Sport) helped adding 34 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was the former international center Dejun Han (215-89) with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 22 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) and the former international Ailun Guo (192-93) scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Liaoning FL: H.Dejun 28+22reb+3ast, H.Lester 21+6reb+2ast, G.Ailun 20+5reb+6ast, Z.JiWei 14+2reb+7ast, R.Shavlik 9+10reb, L.Zhixuan 7+2reb+1ast
Xinjiang FT: A.Darius 34+8reb+6ast, B.Andray 30+14reb+5ast, Z.Qi 14+11reb+2ast, M.Xirelijiang 11+1reb+1ast, S.TongLin 10+5reb+2ast, L.Gen 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 538831


Shenzhen L. - Guangdong ST 109-90

Shenzhen snapped two-game losing skid and beat Guangdong to narrow the deficit. Leopards looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Leopards made 7 blocks. It was a good game for American point guard Jeremy Pargo (188-86, college: Gonzaga) who led his team to a victory with 33 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Polish-Swedish power forward Maciej Lampe (211-85) contributed with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Leopards players scored in double figures. American guard Donald Sloan (190-88, college: Texas A&M) answered with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists and the former international forward Peng Zhou (210-89) added 25 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Guandong Tigers. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Guangdong ST: S.Donald 27+11reb+8ast, Z.Peng 25+5reb+2ast, B.Carlos 13+6reb, Y.Jianlian 7+8reb+1ast, Z.Rui 6+4reb+1ast, R.JunFei 4+4reb+1ast
Shenzhen L.: P.Jeremy 33+8reb+7ast, G.QuAn 20+6reb+2ast, M.Duo 18+4reb+5ast, L.Maciej 17+8reb+4ast, H.ZhongMian 12+3reb+1ast, L.Muhao 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 538832





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  CROATIA  

Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Luka BOZIC
  KK Zagreb
  (199-PG-96)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Bozic, KK Zagreb22.6 
 2. Johnson, Alkar Sinj22.3 
 3. Smajlagic, Zabok21.2 
 4. Marcinkovic, KK Za.19.2 
 5. Novacic, Jolly JBS18.3 
 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. Bundovic, Cedevita5.7 
 9. Vucic, Alkar Sinj5.7 
 10. Arapovic, Cedevita5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Alkar Sinj
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Johnson, Alkar Sinj8.1 
 2. Reynolds, Cibona8.0 
 3. Bozic, KK Zagreb6.7 
 4. Scott, Jolly JBS6.4 
 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. Mustapic, Vrij.Osijek1.7 
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. Zrnic, Zabok0.7 
 7. Vucic, Kvarner 20100.7 
 8. McDonald, Gorica0.7 
 9. Vlaic, KK Zagreb0.7 
 10. Vitali, KK Zagreb0.7 



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  CYPRUS  


Akeem Wright (ex Apoel) is a newcomer at the Storm - by Eurobasket News

Island Storm (NBL Canada) added to their roster 33-year old American swingman Akeem Wright (200-98kg-84, college: Kansas State). He started the season at Apoel in Cypriot Division A. In 17 games he recorded 13.2ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.1apg and 1.2spg this season. Wright helped them to make it to the Supercup final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Cyprus League All-Star Game. Wright also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 14.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg.
The most of last season Wright spent at London Lightning. In 48 NBL Canada games he had 14.6ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.9apg and 1.2spg. He contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) (also twice). Great season indeed as he was voted to USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Honorable Mention. The other team Wright played that season for was Tampereen Pyrinto in Finnish Korisliiga. In 14 games he got 14.1ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.4apg.
Wright is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America) in nine different countries. Wright has played previously professionally in Argentina, Israel (Maccabi Kiryat Gat and Elitzur Ramla), Jordan, New Zealand (Pistons and Nuggets), Saudi Arabia, Spain (Blancos de Rueda), Sweden (Sundsvall Dragons), Ukraine (DniproAzot) and Canada (Halifax_Rainmen, Moncton Miracles and Power).
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.
Wright attended Kansas State until 2007 and it is his tenth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nblcanada)

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  DENMARK  


Devaughn Akoon-Purcell claims Danish Ligaen weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American-Trinidad and Tobago Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (196-G-93) had a great game in the last round for league's leader Bakken Bears and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 23-year old guard had a double-double of 27 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Naestved (#5, 12-15) 89-82. It allowed Bakken to consolidate first place in the Danish Ligaen. Bakken have a solid 23-4 record. In the team's last game Akoon-Purcell had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Bakken's top player in his first season with the team. Devaughn Akoon-Purcell averages this season 22.6ppg and 5.5rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American power forward Jyles Smith (209-PF-92) of Horsholm. Smith impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he led Horsholm to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Stevnsgade (#8, 2-26) 95-50. Horsholm's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 15-12 record is not bad at all. Smith is a newcomer at Horsholm and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Patrick Onwenu (198-F-93) of Naestved (#5). Onwenu got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. Despite Onwenu's great performance Naestved lost 82-89 to the higher-ranked Bakken (#1, 23-4). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Naestved ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 15 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Onwenu could help Naestved to bring them higher in the standings. Onwenu has a very solid season. In 26 games in Denmark he scored 13.8ppg. He also has 4.3rpg and FGP: 51.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Harding NaNa (203-F-81) of Svendborg - 15 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Davie Champagnie (206-F/C-90) of Stevnsgade - 10 points, 20 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Stefan Bonneau (177-PG-87) of Svendborg - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Mike Gesell (188-G-93) of Bakken - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Deon Mitchell (186-G-93) of Naestved - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Michel Diouf (208-C-89) of Bakken - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Adama Darboe (190-G-86) of Bakken - 13 points, 4 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)



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.



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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.10.6 
 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: 9.3
 1. Magette, Los A.9.3 
 2. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.9 
 3. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 4. Marshall, Reno B.8.0 
 5. Pressey, Santa C.8.0 
 6. VanVleet, Raptors .7.5 
 7. Jackson, Texas L.7.4 
 8. Weber, Sioux F.7.3 
 9. McCallum, Grand R.7.2 
 10. Cook, Canton C.6.7 
Steals Per Game
 Briante WEBER
  Sioux F.
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Weber, Sioux F.3.3 
 2. Tokoto, Rio G.2.5 
 3. McCallum, Grand R.2.3 
 4. Caruso, Oklahoma.2.3 
 5. Pressey, Santa C.2.1 
 6. Payton-II, Rio G.2.1 
 7. Harris, Texas L.2.0 
 8. Millsap, N.Arizon.2.0 
 9. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
 10. Price, Erie Bay H.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.2.9 
 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.2.0 


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 (5'11''-PG-91, college: Gonzaga) led the Bighorns with 30 points, three rebounds and five assists while Sacramento Kings Affiliate Player Isaiah Cousins (6'4''-G-94, college: Oklahoma) 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 (6'8''-F-93, college: Kentucky) 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 David Montero (6'8''-SG-93, college: South Plains JC) 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 (6'3''-PG-90, college: USC) 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 (6'4''-G-90, college: Georgia, agency: Three Eye Sports), Nick Zeisloft (6'4''-G-92, college: Indiana) 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



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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.



Edgar Sosa leaves JuveCaserta - by Eurobasket News

29-year old American (has also Dominican passport) point guard Edgar Sosa (190-80kg-88, college: Louisville) left Pasta Reggia JuveCaserta (Serie A). In 22 games in Italy he averaged impressive 19.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.9apg and 1.2spg this season.
The last season Sosa played at Hapoel Jerusalem (Winner League) in Israel where in four games he had 5.8ppg and 1.5apg. He also played that season for Petrochimi (Superleague) in Iran. In 28 games he recorded very remarkable stats: 16.8ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg. Sosa also spent pre-season at the Hawks in NBA that year.
Among other achievements he received Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague Guard of the Year award in 2016.
Sosa played at the WABA Club Championships last year.
He is a very experienced player. Sosa has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to seven different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Sosa has played previously professionally also in Dominican Rep., Germany (ratiopharm Ulm), Puerto Rico (Cangrejeros), Spain (Blancos de Rueda), Dominican Republic (Leones de Santo Domingo and Reales de La Vega), NBA (Atlanta Hawks) and Italy (Banco di Srd, Angelico Biella and Sutor Montegranaro).
He attended University of Louisville until 2010 and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.
Sosa's game is described as: A very promising combo guard, with an immense upside. Has yet the court vision and the passing skills of a proven PG, scores a lot of points and can defend well. After the Centrobasket for Juniors 2005, he has been invited at the Dominican NT Senior camp.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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PrimeTime Players Pull Away Late In Win Over Charlotte - by Scott Ludwig

PrimeTime Players traveled to Anson High School to take on the Charlotte Bulls who were hosting their first-ever ECBL home game this past Saturday.

Both teams came out slow in the first period before Charlotte was able to hit four straight three point baskets over the last two minutes of the first quarter to take a 22-18 lead at the end of the quarter. The second quarter the combination of Brian Mobley (6'6''-SF-87, college: Johnson C. Smith) and Chris Moore (6'2''-PG-86, college: Charleston So.) combined for 23 points as it looked as if PrimeTime were about to take control after a 21-5 run put PrimeTime up 51-37 with 50 seconds remaining in the half. Charlotte was able to storm back over the last five minutes going on a 8-0 run to cut the lead to 51-45 at the half.

The second half saw the Bulls came out strong defensively and building an eight point lead behind the outside shooting of AJ Barringer and Melo Hayes who combined for 17 points in the quarter. Chris Moore was able to score 13 points in the quarter to help PrimeTime close the gap to 76-78 going into the fouth quarter.

Victor Street (5'11''-PG-88, college: Erskine) opened the final frame scoring all seven of his points to begin the quarter and also picked up two nice assists to Chris Moore to help regain the lead for the visitors at 91-85. Back-to-back three pointers by Melo Hayes then tied the score at 91 with 6:38 to play. The next two minutes where all PrimeTime as they scored the next 10 points then were able to hold on from the free throw line down the stretch and escape with a 115-105 win.



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Liga MB Round 14: Cojute beat higher ranked Quezaltepeque - by Eurobasket News

Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The game with biggest difference of round 14 in Liga MB was host Cojute's (#7) victory at home over 4th ranked Quezaltepeque (6-3) 97-85 on Tuesday evening. Cojute dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Quezaltepeque's 48. They outrebounded Quezaltepeque 49-34 including 35 on the defensive glass. Cojute looked well-organized offensively handing out 36 assists comparing to just 20 passes made by Quezaltepeque's players. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was power forward Anthony Moe (206, college: Millersville) who had a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 19 rebounds. Forward Scott Sill (206-92, college: Delaware St.) chipped in 28 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Cojute's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) produced 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. Cojute have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 4-4 record, which they share with Canarios. Quezaltepeque at the other side keeps the fourth place with three games lost. They share the position with Halcones. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Chalchuapa. Local 11 Lobos (3-6) outscored 8th ranked Denver-FAS (4-5) 102-83. American center Marc Montavious (206-90, college: Georgetown, KY) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 23 rebounds and 5 blocks (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Joseph Antoine contributed with 27 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Puerto Rican forward Luis-Damian Morales (191-88) replied with 27 points and 9 rebounds for Denver-FAS. Denver-FAS's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Despite that victory 11 Lobos went down to eleventh position due to points difference. Denver-FAS at the other side dropped to the ninth place with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 14 Sonsonate was defeated by Isidro Metapan in a road game 65-60.
The best stats of 14th round was 6 points, 22 rebounds and 4 blocks by Michael Hinestroza-Javes of Isidro Metapan.

Cojute - Quezaltepeque 97-85

The game with biggest difference of round 14 in Liga MB was host Cojute's (#7) victory at home over 4th ranked Quezaltepeque (6-3) 97-85 on Tuesday evening. Cojute dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Quezaltepeque's 48. They outrebounded Quezaltepeque 49-34 including 35 on the defensive glass. Cojute looked well-organized offensively handing out 36 assists comparing to just 20 passes made by Quezaltepeque's players. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was power forward Anthony Moe (206, college: Millersville) who had a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 19 rebounds. Forward Scott Sill (206-92, college: Delaware St.) chipped in 28 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Cojute's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Quincy Scates (197-89, college: Tenn Wesleyan) produced 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Shahmel Brackett (183-91, college: UNC Pembroke) added 20 points respectively for the guests. Four Quezaltepeque players scored in double figures. Cojute have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 4-4 record, which they share with Canarios. Quezaltepeque at the other side keeps the fourth place with three games lost. They share the position with Halcones. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Cojute: A.Moe 37+19reb+2ast, S.Sill 28+9reb+4ast, B.Golden 16+5reb+18ast, R.Melendez 6+3reb+4ast, L.Quintanilla 4+1reb+1ast, H.Acevedo 3+2reb
Quezaltepeque: Q.Scates 27+8reb+4ast, S.Brackett 20+4reb+3ast, T.Hampton 13+10reb, D.Bairez 12+2reb+3ast, A.Martinez 5+1ast, L.Portal 5+6reb+2ast
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11 Lobos - Denver-FAS 102-83

The game with biggest result difference took place in Chalchuapa. Local 11 Lobos (3-6) outscored 8th ranked Denver-FAS (4-5) 102-83. 11 Lobos dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Denver-FAS's 40. They outrebounded Denver-FAS 46-31 including a 36-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. American center Marc Montavious (206-90, college: Georgetown, KY) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 23 rebounds and 5 blocks (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Haitian Joseph Antoine (203-84, college: Union, TN) contributed with 27 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Puerto Rican forward Luis-Damian Morales (191-88) replied with 27 points and 9 rebounds and American point guard Anthony Brown (193-89, college: Imperial Valley JC) added 29 points in the effort for Denver-FAS. Five 11 Lobos and four Denver-FAS players scored in double figures. Denver-FAS's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Despite that victory 11 Lobos went down to eleventh position due to points difference. Denver-FAS at the other side dropped to the ninth place with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
11 Lobos: J.Antoine 27+8reb+1ast, A.Ruano 22+1reb+4ast, S.Hampton 19+8reb+8ast, M.Montavious 19+23reb+1ast, M.Gonzalez 13+6reb+5ast, K.Campos 2
Denver-FAS: A.Brown 29+4reb+3ast, L.Damian Morales 27+9reb+2ast, E.Aguilar 15+4reb+2ast, J.Flores 10+3reb, N.Avalos 2+1reb, R.Iglesias 0+1reb
gschID: 536996


Isidro Metapan - Sonsonate 65-60

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Sonsonate (5-4) was defeated on the road by third ranked Isidro Metapan (7-2) 65-60. Spanish-American forward Duane James (196-83, college: Binghamton) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 7 rebounds. Venezuelan-Colombian forward Michael Hinestroza-Javes (208-90, college: UALR) contributed with 6 points, 22 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. James is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Panamanian forward Manuel Gudino (195-95) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds and Yoan Haiti added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Sonsonate. Isidro Metapan maintains third position with 7-2 record behind leader Santa Tecla. Sonsonate lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the sixth place with four games lost. Isidro Metapan will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sonsonate will play at home against Giants (#15) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Isidro Metapan: D.James 27+7reb+1ast, E.Mijares 11+3reb+9ast, J.Valdez 8+2reb+1ast, H.Navas 8+7reb, M.Hinestroza Javes 6+22reb+1ast, C.Gonzalez 5+3reb+2ast
Sonsonate: M.Gudino 16+13reb+2ast, Y.Haiti 14+9reb+1ast, M.Lahud 12+5reb+6ast, A.Rojas 8+10reb+1ast, L.Hernandez 7+5reb+4ast, C.Valle 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 536997





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  ESTONIA  


Kristjan Kitsing selected the top Estonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kristjan Kitsing
Kristjan Kitsing
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Kristjan Kitsing (205-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Denmark). He led Bakken to a victory over the closely-ranked Svendborg (13-15) crushing them 109-74 in the Danish Ligaen in Thursday night's game. Kitsing was MVP of the game. He scored 16 points and blocked 3 blocks in 20 minutes on the court. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Bakken Bears (23-4) is placed first in the Ligaen. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Kitsing has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 59.5%(69-116), 3FGP: 33.8% and FT: 88.5% in 22 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Estonian senior national team.

Siim-Sander Vene
Siim-Sander Vene
   #2. Second place goes to former international small forward Siim-Sander Vene (201-90, currently plays in VTB United League). Vene could not help BC Nizhny Novgorod (6-14) to beat Enisey (9-10). He scored 8 points and added 4 passes. BC Nizhny Novgorod was defeated 93-80 on the road by the higher-ranked Enisey (#7). There are only four games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Vene's first season with the team. This year Vene has relatively solid stats: 10.2ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 57.4%(54-94), 3FGP: 31.4% and FT: 76.3%. He played for the Estonian national team in 2015.

Erik Dorbek
Erik Dorbek
   #3. The Estonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international swingman Erik Dorbek (196-82, currently plays in Australia). Dorbek was the main contributor in a Norths Soul Sports Bears' victory against the 11th-ranked Sutherland Sharks (0-2) 77-71 in the Australian State League (second division) on Saturday night. He was the best player in that game. Dorbek scored 23 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 33 minutes. Norths Soul Sports Bearsare placed in WARATAH group. Dorbek has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 25.5ppg, 7.5rpg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 63.3%(19-30), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 83.3% in two games. Dorbek played for the Estonian national team eleven years ago.

Kristjan Kangur
Kristjan Kangur
   #4. Small forward Kristjan Kangur (201-82, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams VL Pesaro (7-15) 93-78 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. He recorded 7 points. Openjobmetis Varese (8-14) is placed 14th in the Serie A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Kangur's overall stats this season are: 4.8ppg and 3.3rpg. He used to play for the Estonian national team back in 2015.

Tanel Kurbas
Tanel Kurbas
   #5. International guard Tanel Kurbas (197-88, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Malbas (3-26) crushing them 103-73 in the Swedish Basketligan last Monday. Kurbas scored 11 points and had 3 steals in 28 minutes. Sodertalje Kings (20-8) is placed third in the Basketligan. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important. This year Kurbas' overall stats are: 9.7ppg, 2.8rpg and 1.3apg in 27 games. He plays currently for the Estonian national team.

Jaan Puidet
Jaan Puidet
   #6. Swingman Jaan Puidet (191-92, currently plays in Sweden) was not able to help KFUM Jamtland in their game against Umea (5-25) in the Swedish Basketligan. Puidet scored only 4 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists. KFUM Jamtland was defeated 87-83 on the opponent's court by the one of league's weakest teams Umea (#8). There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be extremely important. Puidet's total stats this season are: 7.5ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.5apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Estonian National Team roster.

Rain Veideman
Rain Veideman
   #7. International guard Rain Veideman (192-91, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Udine APU (10-14) in their last game. Despite Veideman's very good performance the 11th-placed Udine APU (10-14) lost 65-77 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#7) Imola in the East group. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Veideman also added 9 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) in 36 minutes. It was his first game for Udine APU this season. It was Udine APU's fourth consecutive loss in a row. Veideman is also Estonian national team player.

Rait-Riivo Laane
Rait-Riivo Laane
   #8. Point guard Rait-Riivo Laane (179-93, currently plays in Greece) contributed to Ethnikos' victory against the closely-ranked AE Larissas (10-11) 81-72 in the Greek A2 (second division) last Saturday. He scored 17 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Ethnikos Piraeus (11-10) is placed sixth in the A2. Laane's total stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.1apg and 1.6spg. He plays currently for the Estonian national team.

Maik-Kalev Kotsar
Maik-Kalev Kotsar
   #9. Former University international forward Maik-Kalev Kotsar (208-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the S.Carolina (12-6) in their game against the The University of Alabama (10-8) in the NCAA. Kotsar cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points in 31 minutes. The S.Carolina lost 53-64 in Tuscaloosa to the The University of Alabama. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This year Kotsar's total stats are: 5.9ppg and 5.0rpg in 33 games. He used to play for the Estonian university national team two years ago.

Henri Drell
Henri Drell
   #10. Small forward Henri Drell (198-0, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Baunach (8-19) in their game against Nuernberg (10-16) in the German ProA (second division). Drell cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. Baunach was edged 77-75 at home by the higher-ranked Nuernberg (#12). There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. This season Drell averages just 2.0ppg. He is U18 international player who is currently on the Estonian National Team roster.



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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. Jefferson, Gazia.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martynas ECHODAS
  Siauliai
  (204-C/F-97)
  Avg: 11
 1. Echodas, Siauliai11.0 
 2. Elegar, Enisey10.2 
 3. Jefferson, Gazia.9.9 
 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. Long, Steaua CSM5.5 
 10. Cobbs, Gravelines5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Torey THOMAS
  AEK
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Thomas, AEK3.0 
 2. Jackson, Oberwart2.6 
 3. Gajovic, Targu M.2.6 
 4. Lawrence, Sigal P.2.4 
 5. Bozov, Rilski2.2 
 6. Cumberbatch, Oberw.2.2 
 7. Petty, Kormend2.2 
 8. Hinds, Sigal P.2.2 
 9. Martinic, Targu M.2.1 
 10. Sabeckis, Siauliai2.0 
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. Lessort, Nanterre1.6 
 5. Fall, Chalon1.6 
 6. Elegar, Enisey1.5 
 7. Traylor, Oberwart1.4 
 8. Lazar, Targu Mures1.4 
 9. West, Siauliai1.2 
 10. Fieler, Groningen1.2 


Oostende, Telekom Baskets and Nanterre join semifinal stage - by Eurobasket News

Oostende - Enisey 95-79 OT

Oostende needed overtime to overcome the 12-point deficit from the opening leg and advance into semifinal stage. The game was mostly controlled by Oostende. Enisey was better in third quarter 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Enisey used huge pressure winning it 18-19 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 7-11. Oostende dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Enisey's 42. American guard Corey Walden (188-92, college: E.Kentucky) notched 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Serbian guard Dusan Djordjevic (193-83, agency: BeoBasket) supported him with 16 points and 5 assists. Even a double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds by U.S. Virgin Islands-Guyanese center Frank Elegar (208-86, college: Drexel) did not help to save the game for Enisey. American swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-86, college: Elizabeth City) added 20 points for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
Oostende: C.Walden 25+6reb+4ast, D.Djordjevic 16+4reb+5ast, J.Mwema 14+3reb+1ast, R.Katic 12+3reb+1ast, P.Gillet 7+1reb+1ast, K.Boukichou 6+4reb+1ast
Enisey: A.Hilliard 20+2reb+3ast, F.Elegar 17+15reb+1ast, T.Taylor 11+3reb+3ast, A.Pavlov 10+3reb, V.Zavoruev 8+1ast, V.Trushkin 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 537240


Ironi Nahariya - Telekom Bsk 90-80

Telekom Baskets reached the next stage of the playoffs despite losing by 10 points in Israel tonight. The game was mostly controlled by Ironi Nahariya. Telekom Baskets managed to win second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Ironi Nahariya won last quarter 26-17. Americans were the main players on the court. Swingman Scotty Hopson (200-89, college: Tennessee) scored 31 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Yancy Gates (206-89, college: Cincinnati) chipped in 25 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Power forward Julian Gamble (208-89, college: Miami, FL) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and point guard Josh Mayo (181-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) scored 14 points and 4 assists. Four Telekom Baskets players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: S.Hopson 31+5reb+1ast, Y.Gates 25+6reb, D.Kitchen 12+6reb+6ast, N.Faust 9+4reb+3ast, J.Skjoldebrand 4+4reb+2ast, T.Nash 4+3reb+3ast
Telekom Bsk: J.Gamble 22+14reb, K.Horton 15+2reb+1ast, J.Mayo 14+4reb+4ast, R.Thompson 11+2reb+7ast, Y.Polas Bartolo 9+1reb, F.Koch 5+1reb
gschID: 537242


Nanterre - Usak 110-82

Nanterre thumped visiting Usak to advance. The game was mostly controlled by JSF Nanterre. Usak Sportlif was better in third quarter 30-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. JSF Nanterre made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. JSF Nanterre outrebounded Usak Sportlif 39-24 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 19 long-distance shots on high 54.3 percentage. JSF Nanterre looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American swingman Spencer Butterfield (190-92, college: Utah St., agency: Three Eye Sports) scored 39 points (!!!) to lead the charge for the winners and Mathias Lessort (205-95) chipped in 21 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Greek-American center Zach Auguste (208-93, college: Notre Dame, agency: Pensack Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and American D'Angelo Harrison (193, college: St.John's, agency: Three Eye Sports) scored 14 points. Four Usak Sportlif 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:
Nanterre: S.Butterfield 39+2reb, M.Lessort 21+12reb, C.Warren 14+2reb+7ast, B.Conklin 9+5reb+1ast, J.Morency 7+6reb+1ast, H.Schaffartzik 6+3reb+10ast
Usak: S.McKissic 16+2reb+1ast, Z.Auguste 14+10reb+1ast, D.Harrison 14+3reb+3ast, S.Vasiliauskas 11+3ast, B.Candan 10+1reb+1ast, E.Ibekwe 9+4reb
gschID: 537241





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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jamal JONES
  Lapua
  (203-G-93)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Jones, Lapua22.4 
 2. Scott, KTP Basket21.0 
 3. Gay, KTP Basket20.1 
 4. Pledger, Kouvot19.8 
 5. Brown, Kataja B.18.8 
 6. Hollins, Kauhajoki18.0 
 7. Morris, Lapua17.3 
 8. Holsey, Kauhajoki16.4 
 9. Bullock, Pyrinto16.0 
 10. Cowels-III, Helsink.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Korihait
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Van, Korihait10.9 
 2. Buckles, Kouvot9.8 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto9.3 
 4. Pratt, KTP Basket8.8 
 5. Kaunisto, Kouvot8.7 
 6. Coleman, Salon Vilpas8.6 
 7. Williams, Lapua8.1 
 8. Bullock, Pyrinto7.8 
 9. Williams, Salon V.7.8 
 10. Morris, Lapua7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Teemu RANNIKKO
  Kataja B.
  (189-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Rannikko, Kataja B.7.3 
 2. Nikkarinen, Helsinki.7.3 
 3. Pratt, KTP Basket6.9 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.9 
 5. Edwards, Lapua4.5 
 6. Jalonen, Korihait4.5 
 7. Williams, Lapua4.4 
 8. Appleby, Kouvot4.4 
 9. Hirvonen, Kouvot4.3 
 10. Minard, Pyrinto4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel MULLINGS
  Kataja B.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Mullings, Kataja B.2.3 
 2. Pratt, KTP Basket2.2 
 3. Horne, Kouvot1.9 
 4. Hollins, Kauhajoki1.9 
 5. Minard, Pyrinto1.8 
 6. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki1.7 
 7. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.6 
 8. Sanders, BC Nokia1.6 
 9. Duren, BC Nokia1.6 
 10. Ware, Kauhajoki1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Kervin BRISTOL
  Kataja B.
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Bristol, Kataja B.1.9 
 2. Gay, KTP Basket1.9 
 3. Alexander, BC Nokia1.7 
 4. Johnson, Kataja B.1.3 
 5. Judge, Pyrinto1.1 
 6. Van, Korihait1.1 
 7. Bailey, KTP Basket1.0 
 8. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.0 
 9. Edwards, Salon Vilpas0.9 
 10. Barrett, BC Nokia0.8 


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 De''Andre UPCHURCH
  HyPo
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 33.6
 1. Upchurch, HyPo33.6 
 2. Moultrie, PuHu J.28.3 
 3. Bratton, Namika Lr27.9 
 4. Heinonen, Munkkini.24.6 
 5. Rasi, Raholan Pyrkiva24.5 
 6. Maxhuni, HBA-M.23.9 
 7. Vinson, Pyrinto II23.5 
 8. Cartharn, Espoo B.23.5 
 9. Daniels, PeU-Basket23.1 
 10. Laine, PeU-Basket22.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.16.7 
 2. Daniels, PeU-Basket13.7 
 3. Jallow, Jarvenpaa13.3 
 4. Harvey, Oulun N.12.9 
 5. Harris, Ura 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. Kilpinen, Pyrin.4.5 
 9. Ikavalko, Lahti4.4 
 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. Young, Pyrinto II1.5 
 4. Reed, FoKoPo1.5 
 5. Rainamaa, PuHu J.1.4 
 6. Ekimov, JyWe1.4 
 7. Fields, Lahti1.4 
 8. Harvey, Oulun N.1.3 
 9. Polla, HBA-Marsky1.2 
 10. Harris, Ura Basket1.1 


Petteri Koponen selected the top Finn playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Petteri Koponen
Petteri Koponen
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Petteri Koponen (194-88, currently plays in Euroleague). He contributed to a FC Barcelona's victory against one of league's weakest teams Unics Kazan (7-18) 70-62 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Koponen recorded 9 points and added 3 assists in 18 minutes on the court. FC Barcelona Lassa (10-15) is placed 11th in the Euroleague. Koponen has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 39.1%, 3FGP: 47.9%(46-96) and FT: 89.5% in 22 games he played so far. Ex-Honka Espoo Playboys player is currently a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Shawn Huff
Shawn Huff
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international small forward Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Germany). He led Deutsche Bank Skyliners to a victory over the 16th-ranked Braunschweig (4-19) crushing them 92-56 in the German BBL last Sunday. Huff was MVP of the game. He recorded 17 points. Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (10-14) is placed tenth in the BBL. This season Huff has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 2FGP: 60.9%(14-23), 3FGP: 46.4%(13-28) and FT: 71.4%. He is in the roster of the Finnish senior national team.

Sasu Salin
Sasu Salin
   #3. The Finnish player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Sasu Salin (191-91, currently plays in Spain). Salin helped Gran Canaria win their game against the 14th-ranked Sevilla (7-15) 89-70 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. He scored 7 points and added 3 passes in 15 minutes. Herbalife Gran Canaria (15-8) is placed seventh in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. This year Salin averages: 6.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 39.4%, 3FGP: 34.7% and FT: 82.8% in 22 games. He is also a member of the Finnish senior national team.

Erik Murphy
Erik Murphy
   #4. Power forward Erik Murphy (208-90, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Florida, currently plays in France) helped Strasbourg IG win their game against the closely-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (16-6) 67-58 in the French ProA in Sunday night's game. Murphy recorded 10 points. Strasbourg IG (13-9) is placed sixth in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Murphy's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 9.3ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.5apg. Murphy is a naturalized American. Despite he played previously for the USA U18 national team, Murphy is currently in the Finnish national team roster. Strangely he has never played in Finland.

Lauri Markkanen
Lauri Markkanen
   #5. International power forward Lauri Markkanen (213-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Arizona win their game against the Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles (15-3) 86-75 in the NCAA last Friday. Markkanen recorded 29 points (!!!) and grabbed 6 rebounds in 32 minutes. The University of Arizona has a very solid 16-2 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Markkanen has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg and 7.0rpg in 33 games. Markkanen plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Jamar Wilson
Jamar Wilson
   #6. Point guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany, currently plays in Spain). He could not help Movil Estudiantes (17-5) to beat CB Canarias (18-5). Wilson scored 9 points and added 4 passes (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). But Movil Estudiantes was badly defeated 82-63 on the road by the leading CB Canarias. Wilson's overall stats this season are: 8.3ppg and 1.6apg. He is a naturalized American. Wilson is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster. He used to play for Honka Espoo Playboys in Finnish league.

Roope Ahonen
Roope Ahonen
   #7. International guard Roope Ahonen (186-90, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Greece) was not able to help Kolossos HH in their game against Kymis (7-14) in the Greek A1. Ahonen scored 6 points in 24 minutes. Kolossos HH lost 64-74 on the opponent's court to the lower-ranked (#12) Kymis. This year Ahonen's overall stats are: 7.3ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.2apg in 21 games. He is also Finnish national team player.

Tuukka Kotti
Tuukka Kotti
   #8. Power forward Tuukka Kotti (205-81, college: Providence, currently plays in Germany) helped Crailsheim Merlins win their game against the eighth-ranked Uni Baskets (13-14) 91-72 in the German ProA (second division) last Sunday. Kotti scored 9 points, had 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Crailsheim Merlins (22-5) is placed second in the ProA. It was his team's sixth 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. Kotti's total stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.8apg. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.

Antti Kanervo
Antti Kanervo
   #9. International shooting guard Antti Kanervo (192-89, agency: Blacktop Management, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Chorale de Roanne (9-13) in their game against Charleville-Mezieres (13-9) in the French ProB (second division). Kanervo scored 7 points and added 3 assists in 20 minutes. Chorale de Roanne was crushed 96-70 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked (#3) Charleville-Mezieres. It was Chorale de Roanne's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Kanervo's total stats are: 9.3ppg, 1.2rpg and 1.4apg in 21 games. He is also in the roster of the Finnish national team.

Alexander Madsen
Alexander Madsen
   #10. Power forward Alexander Madsen (207-95, currently plays in Czech Republic) couldn't help USK Praha (22-0) in their game against CEZ Nymburk (26-1) in the Czech Republic NBL. Madsen scored 6 points. The first-placed USK Praha (22-0) was defeated 81-71 at home by the leading CEZ Nymburk in the Places 1-6 group. Madsen has reliable stats this season: 11.1ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.7apg and 1.4bpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Finnish National Team roster.

   #11. International forward Matti Nuutinen (202-90, also represented by Blacktop Management, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Antti Kanervo and both played together in the last French ProB game. Nuutinen couldn't help Chorale de Roanne in their game against Charleville-Mezieres. He cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. Nuutinen scored only 2 points in 23 minutes. His team was crushed by 26 points 96-70. Nuutinen has averaged so far 6.8ppg and 2.5rpg in 22 games. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.

   #12. Former University international forward Julius Rajala (206-94, currently plays in NCAA2) couldn't help the University of Southern Indiana in their game against the Findlay, OH in the NCAA2. Rajala recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was edged 70-69 in the NCAA2. Rajala has averaged so far 9.3ppg and 4.0rpg. He used to play for the Finnish university national team back in 2015.

   #13. U20 international forward Samuli Nieminen (201-96, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the SF Austin in their game against the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi in the NCAA. Nieminen recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 16 minutes. His team lost 69-77. Nieminen has averaged so far 4.0ppg and 1.8rpg in 13 games. He is also Finnish U20 national team player.

   #14. International forward Oskar Michelsen (206-95, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Davidson in their game against the Rhode Island University in the NCAA. Michelsen cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points. His team was crushed by 24 points 84-60. Michelsen has averaged so far 1.3ppg and 1.1rpg. He plays currently for the Finnish national team.

   #15. International forward Shawn Hopkins (196-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Troy University in a victory against the Georgia Southern University crushing them 90-70 in the NCAA on Friday night. Hopkins recorded only 2 points in 1 minutes on the court. Hopkins has averaged so far 2.8ppg and 1.7rpg in 18 games. He is also in the roster of the Finnish national team.



1st Division Round 4 of Semi-Finals. TuNMKY advance into Finals - by Eurobasket News

Division B
Ura Basket - TuNMKY 76-82

TuNMKY upset Ura Basket on the road to advance into Division B Finals. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 40-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Ura Basket outrebounded TuNMKY 50-35 including 19 on the offensive glass. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when TuNMKY made 7 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by Ura Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Eero Innamaa (186-98) fired 27 points and 9 assists for the winners. Swingman Timka Jaakkola (192-94) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds. Four TuNMKY players scored in double figures. Joona Forsstrom (196-95) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Sean Harris (201, college: Utah St.) added 12 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Ura Basket: J.Forsstrom 21+14reb+4ast, V.Hanninen 16+5reb+4ast, S.Harris 12+13reb+4ast, J.Watson 8+2reb+1ast, J.Kukkonen 6+1ast, S.Kaaresvirta 5+6reb+2ast
TuNMKY: E.Innamaa 27+2reb+9ast, T.Jaakkola 22+10reb+3ast, M.Sandberg 13+7reb+2ast, M.Laihonen 10+5reb+1ast, A.Talvitie 3+3reb, T.Lommi 3+6reb+3ast
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Le Mans add Shorter to their roster, ex TED Kolejliler - by Eurobasket News

Le Mans Sarthe Basket (ProA) added to their roster 28-year old American guard Shannon Shorter (193-96kg-89, college: N.Texas). He started the season at TED Kolejliler in Turkish BSL league. In 21 games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 4.0apg and 2.0spg this season. The last summer Shorter played at Hebei Xianglan in Chinese NBL where in 20 games he was fifth best scorer with remarkable 33.6ppg and had 11.2rpg, 5.9apg (top 2) and 3.1spg (in top 3). He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese NBL 2nd Team.
Shorter's team was regular season runner-up in Mexican CIBACOPA in 2013.
He is quite experienced player. Shorter's career allowed him to visit four different continents. He tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America. Shorter has played previously professionally in Argentina (La Union), Israel (Hapoel Kfar Saba and Hapoel Afula), Japan (Dragonflies) and Mexico (Ostioneros de Guaymas, Guerreros and Gansos).
He attended University of North Texas until 2012 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @DDPronos)

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Nando De Colo selected the top French playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nando De Colo
Nando De Colo
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Nando De Colo (196-87, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Russian team CSKA to a victory over the 14th-ranked Galatasaray (8-17) 85-69 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. De Colo was MVP of the game. He recorded 22 points and had 4 steals (made all of his eight free throws) in 26 minutes on the court. CSKA Moscow (19-6) is placed second in the Euroleague. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. De Colo has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 20.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.6apg, 2FGP: 57.8%(93-161), 3FGP: 40.9% and FT: 96.0%(97-101) in 18 games he played so far. De Colo is currently a member of the French senior national team.

Tariq Kirksay
Tariq Kirksay
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international forward Tariq Kirksay (199-79, agency: Octagon Europe, college: Iona, currently plays in Spain). He was the main contributor in an CB Canarias' victory against the closely-ranked Movil Estudiantes (17-5) 82-63 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Kirksay was the best player in that game. He scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. 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. Kirksay's overall stats this season are: 5.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 3FGP: 35.0%. He is a naturalized American. Kirksay played for the French national team in 2008. He used to play for Mulhouse in French league.

Fabien Causeur
Fabien Causeur
   #3. The French player who performed third best last week abroad was an international shooting guard Fabien Causeur (195-87, currently plays in Germany). Causeur contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked EWE Baskets (13-11) crushing them 83-62 in the German BBL on Sunday night. He was the top player that evening. Causeur recorded 18 points and added 5 assists in 26 minutes. Brose Baskets Bamberg (23-1) is placed second in the BBL. It was his team's 11th consecutive victory in a row. Causeur has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.4apg, 2FGP: 57.1%(48-84), 3FGP: 49.1%(27-55) and FT: 78.9% in 19 games. He is also a member of the French senior national team.

Nicolas Batum
Nicolas Batum
   #4. Small forward Nicolas Batum (203-88, currently plays in NBA) could not help the Charlotte Hornets (30-37) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Batum's very good performance the Charlotte Hornets (30-37) were edged 125-122 on the road by the New Orleans Pelicans. He recorded 24 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. This season Batum has very high stats. He averages: 15.4ppg, 6.8rpg, 5.9apg and 1.1spg. Batum is also French national team player.

Leo Westermann
Leo Westermann
   #5. Former international guard Leo Westermann (197-92, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to Zalgiris' victory against the sixth-ranked Panathinaikos (14-11) 64-58 in the Euroleague last Thursday. He was the top player that evening. Westermann recorded 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in 33 minutes. B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (11-14) is placed tenth in the Euroleague. This year Westermann's overall stats are: 8.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 5.2apg in 25 games. He used to play for the French national team two years ago.

Thomas Heurtel
Thomas Heurtel
   #6. Guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help Anadolu Efes (13-12) in their last game on Friday. Despite Heurtel's good performance Anadolu Efes was badly defeated 87-68 at home by the lower-ranked Brose Baskets (#12). He recorded 11 points and added 5 assists. This season Heurtel has relatively solid stats: 13.7ppg, 1.8rpg and 6.0apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior French National Team roster.

Rudy Gobert
Rudy Gobert
   #7. International center Rudy Gobert (216-92, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an Utah Jazz's victory against the Houston Rockets (46-21) 115-108 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Gobert was the top player that evening. He had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 10 rebounds in 36 minutes. The Utah Jazz has a solid 42-25 record this season. Gobert has very impressive stats this year: 13.1ppg, 12.7rpg, 1.1apg and 2.5bpg in 66 games. He is also French national team player.

Evan Fournier
Evan Fournier
   #8. Shooting guard Evan Fournier (198-92, currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in an Orlando Magic's victory against the Chicago Bulls (32-35) 98-91 in the NBA on Wednesday night. Fournier recorded 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 34 minutes. The Orlando Magic has 24-44 record this season. Fournier has very impressive stats this year: 16.9ppg, 3.3rpg and 3.2apg in 55 games. He used to play for the French national team back in 2015.

Rodrigue Beaubois
Rodrigue Beaubois
   #9. International guard Rodrigue Beaubois (185-88, currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to Baskonia's victory against the closely-ranked Fenerbahce (16-9) 79-74 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Beaubois recorded 7 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks in 19 minutes. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (14-11) is placed seventh in the Euroleague. Beaubois has reliable stats this year: 12.7ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.4apg in 22 games. He is also in the roster of the French national team.

Ian Mahinmi
Ian Mahinmi
   #10. Power forward Ian Mahinmi (211-86, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Washington Wizards' victory against the Phoenix Suns (22-45) 131-127 in the NBA on Tuesday night. Mahinmi scored 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. The Washington Wizards have a solid 41-25 record this season. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Mahinmi's first year with the team. His total stats this season are: 4.6ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.2spg. Mahinmi is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the French senior national team.

   #11. Former international small forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine, 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. Diawara was the top scorer with 24 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 33 minutes. Diawara's stats this year are: 11.4ppg, 5.1rpg and 1.4apg in seven games. He used to play for the French national team five years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international forward Amath M'Baye (206-89, college: Oklahoma, currently plays in Italy) helped Enel Brindisi win their game against the closely-ranked Brescia 91-81 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. M'Baye recorded 21 points. This season he has very high stats. M'Baye averages: 19.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1bpg. He used to play for the French U20 national team back in 2009.

   #13. Former U20 international swingman Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (201-95, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) helped Philadelphia 76ers edge the Los Angeles Lakers 118-116 in the NBA in Sunday night's game. Luwawu-Cabarrot scored 18 points and added 3 assists. Luwawu-Cabarrot's total stats this season are: 4.6ppg and 1.7rpg. He used to play for the French U20 national team two years ago.

   #14. International power forward Adrien Moerman (202-88, currently plays in Turkey) helped Darussafaka win their game against the closely-ranked Besiktas 71-68 in a derby game in the Turkish BSL last Monday. Moerman scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 18 minutes. Moerman averaged so far 11.9ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.9apg in 17 games. He plays currently for the French national team.

   #15. Former international shooting guard Edwin Jackson (190-89, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Tariq Kirksay in the Spanish Liga Endesa last game. Jackson couldn't help Movil Estudiantes (17-5) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Movil Estudiantes was badly defeated 82-63 in Tenerife by the leading CB Canarias. Jackson was the top scorer with 13 points. He also added 4 rebounds (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line). This season Jackson has very high stats. He averages: 22.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.0apg and 1.2spg. Jackson used to play for the French national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Jordan Semple (201-F-92, agency: Octagon Europe, college: Chico St., currently plays in Bulgaria) was the major contributor in a 3-point Academik Plovdiv's victory against the closely-ranked Balkan (9-10) 85-82 in the Bulgarian NBL last Friday. Semple recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 5 assists, 5 blocks and 3 steals; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Semple's second season in pro basketball. Akademik Bulteks 99 Plovdiv (12-6) is placed third in the NBL. Semple has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 21.2ppg, 12.2rpg, 3.8apg, 1.9bpg and 2.2spg. Semple is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in France.

   #2. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, college: Utah, currently plays in Spain). Tillie could not help Baskonia (16-7) to beat La ICL Manresa (4-19). He scored 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Baskonia was defeated 87-82 on the road by the league outsider La ICL Manresa (#17). It was Baskonia's first loss after four consecutive victories. Tillie's total stats this season are: 7.0ppg and 3.3rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and French.

   #3. Experienced Herve Toure (205-PF-82, currently plays in Argentina) led Estudiantes Concordia to a victory against the ninth-ranked Atenas (13-24) 77-71 in the Argentinian LigaA on Tuesday night. Toure had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes. Estudiantes Concordia (28-13) is placed second in Norte group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Toure's total stats are: 8.0ppg and 6.0rpg in two games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and French.

   #4. Mikael Maruotto (201-SF-91, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to Monthey's victory against the seventh-ranked Swiss Central (8-11) 100-94 in the Swiss LNA last Saturday. He scored 21 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line). BBC Monthey (14-5) is placed second in the LNA. Maruotto's team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Maruotto averaged so far 12.8ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.1apg. He has both French and Swiss nationalities.

   #5. Navid Niktash (203-G/F-91, currently plays in United Kingdom) led London Lions to a victory over the closely-ranked Plymouth Raiders (12-13) 99-88 in the British BBL on Friday night. Niktash was the top player that evening. He recorded 17 points in a mere 18 minutes. London Lions (13-11) is placed fifth in the BBL. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Niktash averaged so far 13.5ppg, 6.3rpg and 1.4apg in 14 games. He also holds two passports: French and Iranian.

   #6. Elishay Kadir (202-PF-87, currently plays in Israel) was not able to help Maccabi Rishon in their game against Maccabi T-A in the Israeli Winner League. Kadir recorded 6 points. His team was edged 83-81. Kadir's total stats this season are: 7.4ppg, 6.0rpg and 2.0apg. He has French and Israeli nationalities.

   #7. Herve Lamizana (208-F/C-81, agency: Basket Management Solutions, college: Rutgers, currently plays in Taiwan) was the main contributor in a Yulon Luxgen's victory against the closely-ranked Taiwan Beer 68-61 in the Taiwanese SBL in Saturday night's game. Lamizana was the top player that evening. He recorded 22 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and made 5 blocks in 39 minutes. Lamizana has very impressive stats this year: 19.6ppg, 9.5rpg, 2.8apg, 3.0bpg and 1.5spg in 34 games. He has dual citizenship: Ivorian and French.

   #8. Mattia Udom (200-F-93, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for Angelico Biella in their game against Legnano in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Udom scored 6 points. His team was defeated 90-85. Udom averaged so far 10.8ppg and 5.1rpg. He holds both French and Italian passports.

   #9. Afik Nissim (185-PG-81, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Hapoel Eilat in their game against Maccabi Haifa in the Israeli Winner League. Nissim recorded 6 points. His team was defeated 81-72. Nissim's total stats this season are: 8.7ppg and 1.6apg. He has dual citizenship: French and Israeli.

   #10. Roy Samaha (205-C-84, currently plays in Lebanon) managed to help Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut in a victory against one of league's weakest teams Hoops Club 91-75 in a derby game in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL last Wednesday. Samaha scored only 2 points in 18 minutes. This year Samaha's total stats are: 2.7ppg and 1.7rpg in three games. He holds both French and Lebanese passports.



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Richard Hickman selected the top Georgian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Richard Hickman
Richard Hickman
   #1. This week's number one is former international guard Richard Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro, currently plays in Italy). He was the major contributor in a Armani Milano's victory against the fifth-ranked Banco di Srd (12-10) 82-75 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Hickman recorded 17 points and added 4 passes in 27 minutes on the court. EA7 Emporio Armani Milano (19-3) is placed first in the Serie A. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. It's Hickman's first season with the team. This year he averages: 9.9ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.8apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 54.8%, 3FGP: 42.0% and FT: 68.5% in 17 games he played so far. Hickman is a naturalized American. He played for the Georgian senior national team three years ago. Strangely Hickman has never played in Georgia.

Marquez Haynes
Marquez Haynes
   #2. Second place goes to former international point guard Marquez Haynes (191-86, college: Texas Arlington, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He led his Italian team Umana Venezia to a victory over the closely-ranked Scandone AV (10-4) 72-68 in the Basketball Champions League last Wednesday. Haynes was MVP of the game. He scored 16 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Umana Reyer Venezia (9-5) is placed third in group B. Haynes' overall stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 2.0rpg, 4.2apg, 2FGP: 44.3%, 3FGP: 24.0% and FT: 84.6%. He is a naturalized American. Haynes played for the Georgian national team in 2011. Apparently he has never played in Georgia.

Michael Dixon
Michael Dixon
   #3. The Georgian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Michael Dixon (186-90, agency: Diamond Sports, college: Memphis, currently plays in Greece). Dixon could not help AEK Athens (16-5) in their last game. Despite his good performance AEK Athens lost 63-70 in a derby game to the leading Olympiacos. Dixon was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 4 rebounds in 25 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Dixon's third season in pro basketball. Dixon has relatively good stats this year: 12.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.3apg, 1.1spg, 3FGP: 31.6% and FT: 73.1% in 20 games. He is a naturalized American. Dixon is also a member of the Georgian senior national team. Interesting that he has never played in Georgia.

Tornike Shengelia
Tornike Shengelia
   #4. Forward Tornike Shengelia (206-91, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Baskonia in their game against La ICL Manresa (4-19) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Despite his good performance in Sunday night's game Shengelia was the top scorer with 12 points. This season Shengelia has relatively solid stats: 10.1ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2spg. He is also Georgian national team player.

Corey Fisher
Corey Fisher
   #5. Former international point guard Corey Fisher (186-88, college: Villanova, currently plays in Lithuania) was the main contributor in a Lietuvos rytas' victory against the eighth-ranked Dzukija (7-19) 76-72 in the Lithuanian LKL last Saturday. Fisher was the best player in that game. He scored 17 points, grabbed 4 boards, dished 4 assists and stole 4 balls in 29 minutes. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (18-8) is placed third in the LKL. This year Fisher's overall stats are: 8.7ppg, 2.2rpg and 3.5apg in 26 games. He is a naturalized American. Despite Fisher played previously for the USA university national team, he is currently in the Georgian national team roster. However Fisher has never played in Georgia.

Duda Sanadze
Duda Sanadze
   #6. Guard Duda Sanadze (196-92, college: San Diego, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to a KK Primorska's victory against the closely-ranked Terme Olimia (6-16) 83-75 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM in Wednesday night's game. He was the top player that evening. Sanadze recorded 22 points in 28 minutes; not bad, considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Sixt Primorska (12-10) is placed seventh in the Liga Nova KBM. The Regular Season already ended. Sanadze has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg in 21 games. Sanadze is an international player who is currently on the senior Georgian National Team roster.

Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia
   #7. An experienced international center Zaza Pachulia (211-84, currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Golden State Warriors (53-14) in their game against the San Antonio Spurs (52-14) in the NBA. Despite his good performance last Saturday He recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 12 rebounds. Pachulia's total stats this season are: 6.4ppg, 5.9rpg and 2.0apg. He is also Georgian national team player.

Giorgi Shermadini
Giorgi Shermadini
   #8. Center Giorgi Shermadini (217-89, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Andorra (11-11) in their game against UCAM Murcia (8-15) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Despite his good performance in Sunday night's game Shermadini was the top scorer with 12 points. He also added 4 rebounds. Shermadini has reliable stats this season: 14.9ppg and 7.6rpg. He plays currently for the Georgian national team.

Taurean Green
Taurean Green
   #9. Former international point guard Taurean Green (183-85, college: Florida, currently plays in Israel) couldn't help Bnei Hasharon (13-9) in their game against Maccabi Ashdod (8-14) in the Israeli Winner League. Green recorded 8 points and added 5 passes in 22 minutes. Bnei Hasharon was crushed 94-70 on the road by the one of league's weakest teams (#11) Maccabi Ashdod. The Regular Season already ended. Green's stats this year are: 13.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.2apg and 1.4spg in 22 games. He is a naturalized American. Green used to play for the Georgian national team seven years ago.

Jacob Pullen
Jacob Pullen
   #10. Point guard Jacob Pullen (184-89, college: Kansas St., currently plays in EuroCup) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Khimky (4-2) in their game against Valencia Basket (6-0) in the Eurocup. Pullen scored 7 points. Khimky was badly defeated 92-76 in Valencia by the leading Basket. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. Pullen averaged so far 10.3ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Pullen is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Georgian senior national team.

   #11. International power forward Beka Burjanadze (201-94, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Giorgi Shermadini and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Burjanadze couldn't help Andorra in their game against UCAM Murcia. He scored 9 points (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 18 minutes. His team was crushed by 24 points 77-53. Burjanadze averaged so far 10.2ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1apg in 22 games. He plays currently for the Georgian national team.

   #12. International center Giorgi Sharabidze (210-90, agency: Mansfield and Associates, currently plays in Balkan League) couldn't help Feni Industries in their game against Teodo Tivat in the Balkan League. Despite his very good performance last Tuesday Sharabidze was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 5 rebounds. Sharabidze averaged so far 11.5ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.3apg. He is also in the roster of the Georgian national team.

   #13. U18 international power forward Goga Bitadze (210-99, currently plays in Serbia) couldn't help Smederevo in their game against Beovuk 72 in the Serbian KLS. Bitadze scored 7 points and blocked 3 shots in 23 minutes. His team lost 67-71. Bitadze averaged so far 10.2ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.2bpg in 14 games. He is also Georgian U18 national team player.

   #14. Former U20 international center Shota Gelazonia (205-94, currently plays in Spain) helped Cambados win their game against the tenth-ranked Alcazar 94-77 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game. Gelazonia scored 8 points. Gelazonia's total stats this season are: 9.3ppg and 4.9rpg. He used to play for the Georgian U20 national team back in 2013.

   #15. Former international power forward Akaki Dvalishvili (207-91, currently plays in Russia) managed to help BC Novosybirsk in a victory against the eighth-ranked Kupol-Rodniki 69-64 in the Russian Superleague 1 (second division) last Tuesday. Dvalishvili scored only 4 points in 7 minutes on the court. This year Dvalishvili's total stats are: 5.9ppg and 3.0rpg in 23 games. He used to play for the Georgian national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Will Thomas (203-PF-86, agency: Two Points, currently plays in EuroCup) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Khimky (4-2) 92-76 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Valencia Basket (6-0) is placed first in the Eurocup. So far his team won all six games in the Quarter-Finals. Thomas' total stats this season are: 6.2ppg and 4.8rpg. He is a naturalized American. Thomas used to play for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi in Georgian league.

   #2. Guillermo Diaz (188-G-85, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Argentina) led San Lorenzo to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked La Union (9-22) crushing them 88-64 in the Argentinian LigaA on Saturday night. Diaz scored 12 points in 25 minutes. San Lorenzo de Almagra (27-11) is placed first in Sur group. Diaz has reliable stats this year: 10.8ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.0apg in 27 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Georgian and Puerto Rican.



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Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Jonathon WILLIAMS
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-90)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Williams, Kirchheim19.3 
 2. Alexander, ETB W.18.0 
 3. Pinkins, Hanau17.8 
 4. Nikolic, Baunach17.4 
 5. Watkins, Nuernberg17.1 
 6. Kerusch, MBC16.8 
 7. Warren, MBC16.6 
 8. Spearman, Trier16.3 
 9. Holt, Dresden16.0 
 10. Canty, Hamburg15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leon KRATZER
  Baunach
  (210-C-97)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Kratzer, Baunach12.6 
 2. Pinkins, Hanau9.5 
 3. Jahn, Ehingen8.9 
 4. Oppland, Nuernberg8.5 
 5. Thompson, ETB W.8.3 
 6. Sturner, Dresden7.1 
 7. Lawson, Chemnitz7.0 
 8. Wolf, Hamburg6.9 
 9. Williams, Kirchheim6.8 
 10. Kronhardt, Kirch.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksej NIKOLIC
  Baunach
  (191-PG-95)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Nikolic, Baunach6.7 
 2. Love, Kirchheim6.6 
 3. Adams, Uni Baskets5.5 
 4. Carter, Chemnitz5.5 
 5. Vest, Uni Baskets5.4 
 6. Moore, Ehingen5.4 
 7. Williams, Koeln R.5.2 
 8. Zazai, MBC5.1 
 9. Hatten, MBC5.1 
 10. Watkins, Nuernberg4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus HATTEN
  MBC
  (185-PG-80)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hatten, MBC2.6 
 2. Adams, Uni Baskets2.5 
 3. Love, Kirchheim2.4 
 4. White, Heidelberg2.3 
 5. Carter, Chemnitz2.2 
 6. Tiggs, Crailsheim2.0 
 7. Watkins, Nuernberg2.0 
 8. Robertson, Koeln R.1.7 
 9. Kovacevic, Heidelberg1.7 
 10. Gibbs, Oettinger R.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Oettinge.
  (206-PF-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Muldrow, Oettinge.2.8 
 2. Pressley, Dresden2.3 
 3. Kratzer, Baunach1.5 
 4. King, Koeln R.1.5 
 5. Keppeler, Baunach1.3 
 6. White, Heidelberg1.3 
 7. Grim, Uni Baskets1.2 
 8. van, Trier1.1 
 9. Pantelic, MBC1.1 
 10. Heinzmann, Koeln R.1.1 


Dennis Schroeder's 31 points make him top German player abroad of the week - by Eurobasket Center

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

Dennis Schroeder
Dennis Schroeder
   #1. This week's number one is former international point guard Dennis Schroeder (181-93, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA). He led Atlanta Hawks to a victory over the Brooklyn Nets (12-54) 110-105 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Schroeder was MVP of the game. He recorded 31 points (!!!), 5 assists and 3 steals (made all of his ten free throws !!!) in 36 minutes on the court. The Atlanta Hawks have 37-30 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Schroeder's fourth year with the team. Schroeder has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 6.3apg, 2FGP: 50.1%, 3FGP: 33.2% and FT: 84.4% in 66 games he played so far. Schroeder played for the German senior national team two years ago.

Dirk Nowitzki
Dirk Nowitzki
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international forward Dirk Nowitzki (213-78, currently plays in NBA). He was the main contributor in a Dallas Mavericks' victory against the Los Angeles Lakers (20-47) 122-111 in the NBA last Tuesday. Nowitzki was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 11 rebounds. The Dallas Mavericks have 28-38 record this season. Nowitzki is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his 19th year in Mavericks' roster. This season Nowitzki has very high stats. He averages: 14.2ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 45.7%, 3FGP: 38.1% and FT: 87.8%. Nowitzki played for the German national team in 2015.

Tibor Pleiss
Tibor Pleiss
   #3. The German player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Tibor Pleiss (217-89, currently plays in Turkey). He could not help Galatasaray (15-5) in their last game. Despite Pleiss' good performance Galatasaray lost 75-79 in a derby game to the leading Fenerbahce. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 14 rebounds. Pleiss also added 2 blocks in 32 minutes. Pleiss has relatively good stats this year: 10.4ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1bpg, 2FGP: 64.9%(74-114) and FT: 83.0% in 18 games. He is also a member of the German senior national team.

Heiko Schaffartzik
Heiko Schaffartzik
   #4. Point guard Heiko Schaffartzik (183-84, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) was not able to help JSF Nanterre (4-2) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Schaffartzik's very good performance the second-placed JSF Nanterre (4-2) was edged 85-82 on the road by the lower-ranked Usak Sportlif (#3) in the group N of FIBA Europe Cup. He was the top scorer with 20 points. This season Schaffartzik has relatively solid stats: 12.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 4.9apg. He used to play for the German national team back in 2015.

Johannes Voigtmann
Johannes Voigtmann
   #5. International center Johannes Voigtmann (211-92, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Baskonia (16-7) in their game against La ICL Manresa (4-19) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Voigtmann scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 16 minutes. Baskonia lost 82-87 in Manresa to the league outsider (#17) La ICL. They ended the series of four consecutive victories. It's Voigtmann's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 8.3ppg, 5.6rpg and 1.7apg in 23 games. Voigtmann plays currently for the German national team.

Robin Benzing
Robin Benzing
   #6. Forward Robin Benzing (208-89, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Blusens Monbus (6-16) crushing them 85-59 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Saturday night. He was the top player that evening. Benzing scored 22 points, had 5 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots. Tecnyconta Zaragoza (8-15) is placed 12th in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Benzing has reliable stats this season: 14.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.5apg and 1.1spg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior German National Team roster.

Kostja Mushidi
Kostja Mushidi
   #7. U20 international swingman Kostja Mushidi (195-98, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League) contributed to a Mega Leks' victory against the tenth-ranked Karpos Sokoli (10-16) 82-69 in the ABA League on Saturday night. He scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 27 minutes. BC Mega Leks (11-15) is placed sixth in the ABA League. The Regular Season already ended in the ABA League. This year Mushidi's total stats are: 9.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.6apg in 24 games. He is also German U20 national team player.

Paul Zipser
Paul Zipser
   #8. Swingman Paul Zipser (203-94, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in NBA) couldn't help the Chicago Bulls (32-35) in their game against the Houston Rockets (46-21) in the NBA. Zipser scored 8 points. The Chicago Bulls (32-35) were crushed 115-94 in Houston by the Rockets. It was Bulls' fifth consecutive loss in a row. Zipser has averaged so far 4.6ppg and 2.3rpg. He plays currently for the German national team.

Tilo Klette
Tilo Klette
   #9. Former U22 international power forward Tilo Klette (206-77, currently plays in Austria) was the major contributor in a Gmunden Swans' victory against one of league's weakest teams UBSC Graz (6-20) crushing them 93-51 in the Austrian A Bundesliga last Friday. Klette scored 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 22 minutes. Basket Swans Gmunden (19-7) is placed second in the A Bundesliga. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Klette's stats this year are: 12.6ppg, 4.8rpg and 2.6apg in 26 games. He used to play for the German U22 national team eighteen years ago.

Max Hoetzel
Max Hoetzel
   #10. Forward Max Hoetzel (206-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped San Diego St. win their game against the Boise State University (12-6) 87-68 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Hoetzel scored 21 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The San Diego State University has 9-9 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Hoetzel has averaged so far 7.7ppg and 3.8rpg. He is a naturalized American. Hoetzel is a former U18 international player as four years ago he still played for the German national team. Strangely he has never played in Germany.

   #11. U18 international power forward Isaiah Hartenstein (211-98, currently plays in Lithuania) managed to help B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas in a victory against the sixth-ranked Vytautas 81-70 in the Lithuanian LKL in Sunday night's game. Hartenstein scored only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. Hartenstein has averaged so far 4.9ppg and 4.2rpg in 15 games. He plays currently for the German U18 national team.

   #12. Former U18 international forward Moritz Wagner (208-97, currently studies in the States) helped Michigan win their game against the University of Minnesota 84-77 in the NCAA last Saturday. Wagner scored 17 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Wagner's stats this season are: 12.0ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the German U18 national team back in 2014.

   #13. Former U20 international forward Christian Sengfelder (201-95, is currently at the American university), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Fordham (7-11) in their last game. Despite Sengfelder's good performance the Fordham lost 71-82 at home to the George Mason University. He scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 41 minutes. Sengfelder averaged so far 12.1ppg and 5.1rpg in 32 games. He used to play for the German U20 national team two years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international guard Kenneth Ogbe (198-94, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Utah Valley (6-8) in their last game. Despite Ogbe's very good performance the Utah Valley was edged 81-80 on their home court in Orem by the Cal State - Bakersfield. He recorded 15 points in 33 minutes. Ogbe averaged so far 10.9ppg and 2.4rpg in 30 games. He used to play for the German U20 national team back in 2014.

   #15. Former U18 international center Kalidou Diouf (206-94, currently plays in NCAA2) helped California Baptist University win their game against the San Francisco State University crushing them 71-50 in the NCAA2 on Friday night. Diouf recorded 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. This season he has very high stats. Diouf averages: 15.4ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.4apg and 1.2bpg. He used to play for the German U18 national team five years ago.

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

   #1. Bar Timor (190-PG-92, currently plays in Israel) could not help Hapoel Jerusalem (12-10) in their last game. Despite Timor's good performance Hapoel Jerusalem lost 70-83 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) Hapoel Tel-Aviv. He was the second best scorer with 13 points in 27 minutes. The Regular Season already ended. This year Timor's total stats are: 9.9ppg, 2.3rpg and 3.6apg in 20 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: German and Israeli.

   #2. Experienced Kiril Wachsmann (203-C-84, college: Iona, currently plays in Uruguay) led Defensor to a 1-point victory against the second-ranked Atletico Welcome (12-3) 77-76 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB last Friday. Wachsmann scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Defensor Sporting Club Montevideo (6-8) is placed seventh in Promocional 1 group. Wachsmann's total stats this season are: 7.2ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.4apg.

   #3. Adam Ariel (192-F/G-94, currently plays in Israel) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Bnei Hasharon (13-9) crushing them 94-70 in the Israeli Winner League in Monday night's game. Ariel recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Maccabi Ashdod (17-3) is placed second in the Winner League. The Regular Season already ended. Ariel has averaged so far 6.7ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.3apg. He is another player who holds two passports: German and Israeli.

   #4. Robert Tomaszek (205-C-81, college: Texas Tech, currently plays in Poland) managed to help BM Slam Stal Ostrow Wlkp. to win against the eighth-ranked Krosno (13-11) 89-78 in the Polish PLK on Sunday night. Tomaszek recorded only one point. BM Slam Stal Ostrow Wlkp. (16-8) is placed third in the PLK. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Tomaszek has averaged so far 3.2ppg and 1.9rpg. He has both German and Polish nationalities.

   #5. Javon Baumann (203-F-92, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the one of league's weakest teams St.Joseph's in their game against the University of Massachusetts (4-14) in the NCAA. Baumann scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 11 minutes. The St.Joseph's lost 63-70 at home to the University of Massachusetts. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Baumann has been at the team for five years. He has averaged so far 2.8ppg and 3.6rpg in 30 games.

   #6. Tyree Chambers (188-G-94, currently plays in NCAA2) was not able to secure a victory for the Le Moyne College in their game against the Merrimack College in the NCAA2. Chambers recorded 9 points. His team was defeated 72-68 in the NCAA2. He has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.4apg.

   #7. Nils Lehmann (196-F-96, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to a Rollins College's surprising victory against the University of Alabama in Huntsville 72-68 in the NCAA2 on Tuesday night. Lehmann scored 7 points in only 11 minutes. He has averaged so far 3.5ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.1apg in 28 games.

   #8. Dimitris Cheilaris (206-F-90, currently plays in Greece) helped Iraklis edge the ninth-ranked Panionios 80-79 in the Greek A2 (second division) in Saturday night's game. Cheilaris scored 5 points. He has averaged so far 6.5ppg and 2.6rpg. Cheilaris also holds two passports: German and Greek.

   #9. Julian Holz (197-SF-96, currently plays in Latvia) couldn't help RSU in their game against Livani in the Latvian LBL2 (second division). He cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. Holz scored only 3 points in 27 minutes. His team lost 68-77. He has averaged so far 5.5ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.6apg in 17 games.



Frankfurt Skyliner Legend Chris Williams With The Heart Of Gold Passes Away At Age 36 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

It didn't really matter what you called Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) some called him big smooth or chris cross, but one could of came up with thousands of names for his amazing athletic game as he owned the paint area and was nearly unstopable, but today the former Frankfurt Skyliner passed away due to blood clotting to the heart at the age of 36. It didn't matter where he played in school or in the pro's, he was a winner putting up great stats everywhere he went and won titles in Australia, Germany and Korea in a 11 year professional career. In Germany, fans will remember him as not only one of the top power forwards in the BBL, but one of the best players in the league from 2003-2005. He was instrumental in the Opel Skyliners winning the 2004 BBL league title and reaching the final in 2005 as he formed the dangerous and very feared Bermuda triangle with American Tyrone Ellis and German national player Pascal Roller. One guy that remembers him still is current Colgate assistant coach Michael Jordan who had a standout career in Europe and battled Williams with the Artland Dragons from 2003-2005. "Chris was a good player but an even better person. We had some good battles and good times in Europe. He will be missed", stressed Michael Jordan. Williams wasn't only top on the court, but was a genuine great guy that always wanted to help the best way he could and had a heart of gold. Ex Licher Basket Baeren guard Jermale Jones was best friends with Chris William's brother, but remembers Chris in only the best way. "Chris was such a great guy. He was always willing to help people no matter what it was. He was a giver in all aspects. Chris is a guy you would want to be friends with because of his personality and the way he carried himself. Chris tried to help me in every way to help me sign my first deal overseas but it was hard for him to get me a job because I had no experience at the time and just last summer he was trying to get me signed in the China league. He always wanted to help", stressed Jermale Jones.


Williams was a southern boy from Alabama that went on to have an illustious career at Virginia (NCAA) from 1998-2002 where he played a total of 119 NCAA games and was top 10 in scoring in the ACC each season. Williams will be rememebred as one of the all-time greats at Virgina as he was eighth in scoring, ninth in rebounding and blocks and third in steals. He has the school record for most points by a freshman as he dropped 34 points against Liberty on December 8, 1998. Williams led the team in scoring during the 1999-2000 season and was elected to the ACC 3rd team in 1999 and 2001, and to the ACC 2nd team in 2000.

Williams started his professional career in 2002 with the Sydney Kings (Australia-NBL) playing 38 games averaging 23.6ppg, 12.1rrpg, 4.3apg showing that he was destined for greatness. He led Sydney to the NBL title and was crowned finals MVP. This amazing rookie season turned heads in Europe and Frankfurt head coach Gordon Herbert was quickest snaping up the American as he helped the Skyliners win the league title in 2004 and reach the final in 2005. His stats were great as in his title season he played 7 ULEB cup games averaging 14.4ppg, 6.4rpg, 2.1apg, 1.4spg and in the German Bundesliga played 24 games averaging 15.1ppg, 7.2rpg, 2.6apg, 1.7spg, 2.5bpg. In his second season with Frankfurt, he played 14 Euroleague games averaging 18.9ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.7apg, 2.7spg, 2FGP: 52.6%, 3FGP:13.0%; and in the German Bundesliga:played 44 games: Score-2 (19.2ppg), Reb-2 (9.8rpg), 3.9apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), 3.1bpg, 2FGP: 56.2%, 3FGP: 19.5%.

After his very productive stay with Frankfurt, he was impossible to be retained as his value rose and many thought he would make the next step to an Euroleague team which he rightfully deserved, but instead went to Mobis Phoebus (South Korea-KBL) and got an offer he couldn't refuse There he tore up the league and won the 2007 Korean KBL title. After two seasons in Asia, he came back to Europe and signed with Turk Telekom Ankara (Turkey-TBL) as in the Turkish League he played 36 games averaging 12.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 2.9apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP:57.5%, 3PT:25.0%, FT:69.0%;and in ULEB Cup played 12 games averaging 14.8ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.1apg, Steals-1 (2.7spg), FGP: 67.9%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 52.5%. He won the Turkish cup that season. Instead of staying in Europe, he went back to Asia where he got the most lucrative offers and played with Qingdao Double Star (China-CBA) putting up astronomical stats as in his first season averaged 27.7ppg, 11.3rpg, 5.5apg, Steals-2 (4.3spg), 1.3bpg, FGP: 60.6%, 3PT: 21.2%, FT: 68.3% and in his second season averaged 23.9ppg, 9.1rpg, 3.5apg, Steals-1 (3.8spg), FGP: 59.4%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 65.1%. In the 2010-2011 season he played for Mahram Tehran (Iran-Superleague) playing Asian Club Championships playing 7 games: Score-2 (24.4ppg), 6.9rpg, 3.3apg, Steals-3 (1.6spg), FGP: 70.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 80.8%. In the 2011-2012 season he signed with Goyang Orions (Korea-KBL) playing 53 games: Score-5 (23.7ppg), 10.0rpg, Assists-1 (6.0apg), Steals-1 (2.5spg), 1.3bpg, FGP-3 (62.1%), 3PT: 18.3%, FT: 75.2%. In his last professional season 2012-2013, he played with Foolad Mahan Esfahan (Iran-Superleague) Score-2 (18.6ppg), Reb-3 (7.6rpg), Assists-3 (3.3apg), Steals-2 (2.9spg), FGP: 52.5%, 3PT-3 (43.8%), FT: 65.8%. Williams will be remembered in every place he played in his career and in Germany fans will never forget him and he goes down as one of the three best Frankfurt Skyliners of all-time together with Pascal Roller and Jordan Theodore. One of his trade marks off the court in Frankfurt was wearing his New York Yankees cap side ways and he surely will be sporting it nicely in heaven.



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Youth beat Braves in stunning fashion in Accra League - by Yaw Mintah

Tema Youth has inflicted a painful loss on multiple time league champions Braves of Customs after beating the latter 84-78 in overtime in Week 2 of the Accra Basketball League Men's Division I fixtures.
Youth won the rematch of last year's league final that had Braves beat Tema 67-52 at the Lebanon House Court.

Despite, the familiar surroundings, Braves failed to earn another win over its bitter rival. Trailing 49-57 with under three minutes to play, 2013 Ghana Basketball Most Valuable Player Award winner Baniba Dodzie scored two three point shots before Mutaleeb Alhassan scored a layup to level the tie.

Shooting Guard Jonathan Walker did an impersonation of his own by draining consecutive baskets from the same distance to keep the score tied at 76. However, Braves scored just two more points in overtime as Tema 's recommitment to defense forced Braves players to attempt wild shots.

The win means neither Braves Male and Female has won a game so far in the league after the ladies got beaten 29-31 to Tudu Galaxy; Galaxy had just six players turn up for the game. The losses also represents a bad month with Director of Sports Benjamin Baafi's sudden demise.

The second game of the round, which pit Ghana Navy against league new boys Adenta Leopards was not played.



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Giannis Antetokounmpo's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Greeks playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Giannis Antetokounmpo
Giannis Antetokounmpo
   #1. This week's number one is an international swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo (211-94, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA). He led Milwaukee Bucks to a victory over the New York Knicks (27-41) 104-93 in the NBA in Wednesday night's game. Antetokounmpo was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 32 points and getting 13 rebounds. Antetokounmpo also added 7 assists, 2 blocks and 4 steals in 41 minutes on the court. The Milwaukee Bucks have 32-34 record this season. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. It's Antetokounmpo's fourth year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Antetokounmpo averages: 23.1ppg, 8.6rpg, 5.4apg, 1.9bpg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 57.3%(497-868), 3FGP: 27.6% and FT: 78.9% in 65 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Nigerian. Antetokounmpo is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.

Giorgos Bogris
Giorgos Bogris
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Giorgos Bogris (210-89, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Movil Estudiantes (17-5) 82-63 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Bogris scored 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. 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. It's Bogris' first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 7.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 56.9%(82-144) and FT: 55.6%. Bogris is in the roster of the Greek senior national team.

Stratos Perperoglou
Stratos Perperoglou
   #3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international small forward Stratos Perperoglou (203-84, currently plays in Spain). He could not help FC Barcelona (15-7) in their last game. Despite Perperoglou's very good performance FC Barcelona was edged 76-75 on the road by the second-ranked Real Madrid. He was the top scorer with 16 points in 20 minutes. This year Perperoglou's overall stats are: 7.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 2FGP: 57.6%(34-59), 3FGP: 24.5% and FT: 53.6% in 16 games. He is also a member of the Greek senior national team.

Michael Bramos
Michael Bramos
   #4. Swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH, currently plays in Italy) contributed to 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. Bramos recorded 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Umana Reyer Venezia (14-8) is placed second in the Serie A. Bramos' total stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.4apg. He is a naturalized American. Bramos used to play for the Greek national team back in 2013. Strangely he has never played in Greece.

Fotios Lampropoulos
Fotios Lampropoulos
   #5. Former U18 international power forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83, currently plays in Argentina) was not able to help Boca Juniors (12-28) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Lampropoulos' very good performance the ninth-placed Boca Juniors (12-28) was edged 71-70 in a derby game by the second-ranked Ferrocarril in the Sur group. He recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 13 rebounds. Lampropoulos also added 3 assists. This season Lampropoulos has very high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 8.7rpg and 1.9apg. Lampropoulos used to play for the Greek U18 national team fourteen years ago.

Kostas Koufos
Kostas Koufos
   #6. Center Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St., currently plays in NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Sacramento Kings (26-41) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Sacramento Kings (26-41) lost 104-114 in San Antonio to the Spurs. Koufos had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds in 25 minutes. It was Kings' eighth consecutive loss in a row. This year Koufos' total stats are: 6.5ppg and 5.8rpg in 66 games. He is a naturalized American. Koufos is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster. Apparently he has never played in Greece.

Nikolaos Zisis
Nikolaos Zisis
   #7. Former international guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help Brose Baskets Bamberg to win against the eighth-ranked Anadolu Efes (13-12) 87-68 in the Euroleague last Friday. Zisis recorded only 4 points and added 5 assists. Brose Baskets Bamberg (9-16) is placed 12th in the Euroleague. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Zisis has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 4.4apg. He used to play for the Greek national team two years ago.

Tyler Dorsey
Tyler Dorsey
   #8. Shooting guard Tyler Dorsey (193-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to an easy victory against the Arizona State University (7-11) crushing them 80-57 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Dorsey scored 21 points, had 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 32 minutes. The University of Oregon has quite an impressive 16-2 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Dorsey has relatively good stats this year: 13.3ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.8apg in 34 games. He is a naturalized American. Dorsey plays currently for the Greek national team. Interesting that he has never played in Greece.

Thanasis Antetokounmpo
Thanasis Antetokounmpo
   #9. International forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo (199-92, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Andorra (11-11) in their game against UCAM Murcia (8-15) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Antetokounmpo scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Andorra was crushed 77-53 in Murcia by the lower-ranked UCAM (#13). Antetokounmpo has averaged so far 6.8ppg and 3.4rpg. He is also in the roster of the Greek national team.

Ian Vougioukas
Ian Vougioukas
   #10. Power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in EuroCup) couldn't help Lokomotiv (5-1) in their game against Unicaja Malaga (3-3) in the Eurocup. Vougioukas cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only one point and grabbed 7 rebounds in 15 minutes. The league leader Lokomotiv was badly defeated 73-57 at home by the second-ranked Unicaja Malaga. Vougioukas has averaged so far 8.6ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.5apg in 17 games. He is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Greek senior national team.

   #11. Former U19 international forward Konstantinos Mitoglou (208-96, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Wake Forest in their game against the Virginia Tech in the NCAA. Despite his good performance on Wednesday night Mitoglou recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 13 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. Mitoglou has averaged so far 8.9ppg and 6.1rpg. He used to play for the Greek U19 national team two years ago.

   #12. U20 international center Georgios Papagiannis (217-97, currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Kostas Koufos. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention. Papagiannis contributed to a Sacramento Kings' victory against the Orlando Magic 120-115. He scored only 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Papagiannis has averaged so far 1.3ppg and 1.3rpg. He is also in the roster of the Greek U20 national team.

   #13. Former U18 international center Ioannis Dimakopoulos (218-94, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the one of league's weakest teams Cal-Irvine in their game against the University of California - Davis in the NCAA, despite his good performance in Saturday night's game. Dimakopoulos scored 10 points and blocked 2 blocks in 23 minutes. But his team was edged 50-47. This year he has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.2apg in 34 games. Dimakopoulos used to play for the Greek U18 national team five years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international swingman Anastasios Traianos (197-87, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help Manchester Giants in their game against Scorchers in the British BBL. He recorded 6 points. His team was defeated 90-76. Traianos has averaged so far 5.3ppg and 3.0rpg. He used to play for the Greek U20 national team back in 2006.

   #15. Former U18 international swingman Haris Plioukas (200-89, currently plays in Germany) helped Hagen BG win their game against the sixth-ranked Dorsten crushing them 100-74 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) last Friday. He scored 9 points and added 4 passes in 25 minutes. Plioukas has reliable stats this year: 11.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg in 23 games. He used to play for the Greek U18 national team ten years ago.

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

   #1. Zach Auguste (208-C-93, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) could not help Usak Sportlif in their last game. Despite Auguste's good performance the third-placed Usak Sportlif was crushed 110-82 on the road by the second-ranked JSF Nanterre in the group Q of FIBA Europe Cup. He had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. Auguste also added and 3 steals in 27 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Auguste has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 17.8ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.5spg in four games he played so far. Auguste is a naturalized American. Apparently he has never played in Greece.

   #2. Nazareth Mitrou-Long (193-G-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Iowa St. to a victory against the Oklahoma State University (9-9) 92-83 in the NCAA in Thursday night's game. Mitrou-Long scored 14 points and added 3 assists in 36 minutes. The Iowa State University has a solid 13-6 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Mitrou-Long is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Iowa St.'s roster. He has very impressive stats this season: 15.5ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.8apg and 1.2spg in 33 games. Mitrou-Long has a dual citizenship: Greek and Canadian. Despite his Greek passport, Mitrou-Long previously played for the Canadian U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.

   #3. Patrick Calathes (207-F-85, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Acqua Vitasnella Cantu in a victory against the closely-ranked Juvecaserta (9-13) 85-79 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. Calathes recorded only 3 points in 13 minutes. Acqua Vitasnella Cantu (9-13) is placed 12th in the Serie A. Calathes has averaged so far 9.8ppg and 6.3rpg in eight games. He is a naturalized American. Calathes used to play for Costa Cafe Marousi in Greek league.

   #4. Georgios Angelou (185-G-94, currently studies in the States) contributed to a 2-point St.Francis, PA's victory against the Jacksonville University (11-3) 78-76 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1 in Tuesday night's game. He recorded 10 points and added 5 assists. The St.Francis University (PA) has a solid 11-7 conference record this season. The National Tournament Round 1 already ended in the NCAA. Angelou is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in St.Francis, PA's roster. Angelou has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.1apg.

   #5. Experienced Vassilis Kounas (194-G-84, currently plays in Cyprus) contributed to Apoel's victory against one of league's weakest teams Etha (4-15) 86-80 in a derby game in the Cypriot Division A last Sunday. He recorded 8 points and added 3 assists in 20 minutes. Cytavision Apoel Nicosia (10-9) is placed third in the Division A. Kounas' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Kounas has been at the team for four years. He has averaged so far 6.3ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.5apg in 14 games. Kounas is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Cypriot.

   #6. Maximiliano Sole (198-F-88, agency: Duran International, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a Real Madrid II's victory against the eighth-ranked CBA Gran Canaria B 70-51 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night. He scored 12 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. This season Sole has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.6apg and 1.7spg. He has both Uruguayan and Greek nationalities.

   #7. Dimitris Agathangelidis (182-G-98, currently plays in Sweden) was not able to help Talje Knights (3-11) in their last game. Despite Agathangelidis' very good performance Talje Knights (#8) was badly defeated 95-78 in Lund by the higher-ranked (#5) IK Eos in the BEHS forts group. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Agathangelidis also added 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 24 minutes. He has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.5apg and 1.4spg in 16 games. Agathangelidis also holds two passports: Greek and Swedish.

   #8. Aristides Koronides (188-PG-82, currently plays in Cyprus) was not able to secure a victory for Apollon in their game against Keravnos in the Cypriot Division A. He cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. Koronides recorded only 3 points and added 4 assists. His team was crushed by 54 points 96-42. He has averaged so far 5.9ppg, 2.2rpg and 4.0apg. Koronides has dual citizenship: Greek and Cypriot.

   #9. Theodoros Ioannidis (198-F-88, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Dorsten crushing them 100-74 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Friday night. Ioannidis scored only one point. He has averaged so far 3.3ppg and 2.5rpg.



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Robert Jones leaves Piacenza - by Eurobasket News

33-year old American (has also Guinean passport) forward Robert Jones (201-98kg-84, college: Washington) left UCC Assigeco Piacenza (Serie A2). In 19 games in Italy he averaged 14.4ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg this season.
The last season Jones played at Juvecaserta (Serie A) where in 26 games he had 11.3ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.7spg (in top 4).
In 2006 he was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) in second round (37th overall). Jones attended University of Washington and it is his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Forward of the Year award back in 2012.
Jones is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Jones has played previously professionally in Dominican Rep., Puerto Rico (Brujos), D-League (Sioux Falls Skyforce), Italy (Roma Virtus, The Flexx Pistoia, Unieuro Forli, BancaTercas and Sutor Montegranaro), NBA (San Antonio Spurs) and Dominican Republic (Titanes Licey).
His game is described as: Good perimeter defender. He is a stellar defensive player, a good athlete and an unselfish team guy. He is the model of the type of player in terms of his unselfish team attitude and mental toughness.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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

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

Adam Hanga
Adam Hanga
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Adam Hanga (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Spain). He could not help Baskonia (16-7) in their last game. Despite Hanga's good performance Baskonia lost 82-87 on the road to the league outsider (#17) La ICL Manresa. He was the second best scorer with 11 points in 25 minutes on the court. It was Baskonia's first loss after four consecutive victories. Hanga has relatively good stats this year: 11.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.7apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 56.1%(60-107), 3FGP: 33.8% and FT: 74.2% in 21 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Hungarian senior national team.

Jarrod Jones
Jarrod Jones
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Jarrod Jones (205-90, college: Ball St., currently plays in Italy). Jones was not able to help one of league's weakest teams VL Pesaro (7-15) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance VL Pesaro was defeated 93-78 in Varese by the higher-ranked Openjobmetis VA (#14). Jones recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 10 rebounds. It's Jones' first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Jones averages: 19.4ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 53.1%, 3FGP: 26.4% and FT: 80.8%. He is a naturalized American. Jones is in the roster of the Hungarian senior national team. He used to play for Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar in Hungarian league.

Obadiah Trotter
Obadiah Trotter
   #3. The Hungarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced former international point guard Obadiah Trotter (188-84, college: Alabama A&M, currently plays in Poland). Trotter was not able to secure a victory for Twarde Pierniki (16-8) in their game against AZS Koszalin (8-16) in the Polish PLK. He recorded 9 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and made 2 blocks in 28 minutes. But Twarde Pierniki was edged 82-80 in Koszalin by the much lower-ranked (#14) AZS Koszalin. It was Twarde Pierniki's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Trotter has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.5apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 53.7%, 3FGP: 29.3% and FT: 86.4% in 24 games. He is a naturalized American. Trotter played for the Hungarian national team four years ago. He used to play for Szolnoki Olajbanyasz in Hungarian league.

Gyorgy Goloman
Gyorgy Goloman
   #4. Forward Gyorgy Goloman (211-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) managed to help Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles in a 2-point victory against the University of Southern California (10-8) 76-74 in a derby game in the NCAA last Thursday. Goloman scored only 2 points in 9 minutes on the court. The Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles have quite an impressive 15-3 conference record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This year Goloman's overall stats are: 3.9ppg and 2.5rpg in 30 games. He used to play for the Hungarian U18 national team back in 2013.

Zoltan Perl
Zoltan Perl
   #5. International swingman Zoltan Perl (195-95, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Chieti (9-15) crushing them 80-47 in the Italian Serie A2 (second division) on Sunday night. Perl scored 6 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. It was his first game for Treviso Basket this season. His team is placed second in East group. Perl plays currently for the Hungarian national team.

Gergely Hosszu
Gergely Hosszu
   #6. Guard Gergely Hosszu (190-86, currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in Kaiserslautern's victory against the sixth-ranked Speyer (14-9) 81-71 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Sunday night's game. He scored 14 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 29 minutes. 1. FC Kaiserslautern (10-13) is placed eighth in South-West group. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Hosszu has reliable stats this year: 13.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg in 21 games. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Hungarian team eleven years ago.

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

   #1. Nebojsa Dukic (206-C/F-88, agency: 011 Sports, currently plays in Portugal) could not help Vitoria SC (8-7) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Dukic's very good performance the fourth-placed Vitoria SC (8-7) was defeated 85-80 at home by the higher-ranked Benfica (#3) in the Places 1-6 group. He was the top scorer with 20 points. Dukic also added 3 assists. Dukic has reliable stats this season: 11.1ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.1apg. He has a dual citizenship: Serbian and Hungarian.

   #2. Nemanja Miscevic (200-F-94, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to Spartak's victory against the closely-ranked Dunav SB (11-9) 85-79 in the Serbian KLS last Saturday. Miscevic scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 10 minutes. KK Spartak Subotica (13-7) is placed fourth in the KLS. This year Miscevic's overall stats are: 5.5ppg and 2.3rpg in 20 games he played so far.

   #3. Damian Hollis (203-F-88, agency: Inception Sports, college: G.Washington, currently plays in Portugal) faced previously mentioned Nebojsa Dukic in the Portuguese LPB last game. Hollis led Benfica to a victory over the fourth-ranked Vitoria SC (18-7) 85-80. He was MVP of the game. Hollis scored 24 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Hollis has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.6ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.5apg. Hollis is a naturalized American. Despite his Hungarian passport, Hollis previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Hungarian team. He used to play for Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar in Hungarian league.

   #4. Roland Torok (203-F/C-90, agency: HMS, currently plays in Romania) contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked CSU Sibiu (14-8) 92-75 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Wednesday night's game. Torok recorded 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in only 14 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. U-Banca Transilvania Cluj Napoca (19-3) is placed first in Places 1-6 group. This year Torok's overall stats are: 8.9ppg and 4.4rpg in 23 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Hungarian and Romanian.

   #5. Srdjan Stojanovic (197-SG-91, currently plays in Serbia) was the major contributor in a Radnicki 1950's victory against the 12th-ranked Boljevac (4-17) 86-69 in the Serbian 2MLS (second division) last Saturday. Stojanovic scored 13 points. Radnicki 1950 Kragujevac (14-7) is placed fifth in the 2MLS. This season Stojanovic has very high stats. He averages: 18.5ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.7apg and 1.2spg. Stojanovic has both Hungarian and Serbian nationalities.

   #6. Stefan Fekete (190-PG-86, currently plays in Bosnia) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Leotar in their game against Siroki Primorka in the Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. He scored 8 points and added 6 passes in 22 minutes. His team lost 75-83. This year Fekete's overall stats are: 6.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 3.8apg in 11 games. He also holds two passports: Hungarian and Serbian.

   #7. Laszlo Lazar (210-C-87, also represented by 011 Sports, currently plays in Romania) was not able to secure a victory for Targu Mures in their game against Phoenix Galati in the Romanian Liga Nationala. Lazar scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was edged 94-91. Lazar's overall stats this season are: 6.9ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.8bpg. He has dual citizenship: Hungarian and Romanian.

   #8. Marko Popadic (189-G-89, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Holargos in their game against Amyntas Dafnis in the Greek A2 (second division). Popadic scored 5 points. His team was edged 73-71. Popadic's total stats this season are: 9.7ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.2apg. He holds both Serbian and Hungarian passports.

   #9. Nikola Fekete (192-SG-91, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a 2-point BV Villingen-Schwenningen's victory against the fourth-ranked Lich II 66-64 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. Fekete scored 6 points in 16 minutes. Fekete's stats this year are: 10.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.6apg in 22 games. He has Serbian and Hungarian nationalities.

   #10. Experienced Ivan Stefanovic (203-G/F-80, currently plays in Serbia) couldn't help Mladost SP in their game against Pirot in the Serbian 2MLS (second division). Stefanovic scored 8 points and blocked 2 blocks. His team was crushed by 47 points 106-59. Stefanovic's total stats this season are: 7.5ppg, 4.4rpg and 2.1apg. Similarly like Fekete and Popadic above he has dual citizenship: Hungarian and Serbian.



Mocsan Balint first year at NCAA - by Mate Jakab

Balint Mocsan (190-G-97) finished his first career year at USA. He played at NCAA Division I at Idaho State University. Last year Mocsan had an impressive statistics at MAFC Budapest (Hungarian DIV 1st), he managed to reach 8 points/game at his age of 19. What is more ha was the top players at U20 National Team, he showed up with 17,6 points/game at the European Championship.

In his Freshman year at collage he played his first career game against New Mexico and Mocsan made 3 points shot and finshed the game with 9 point. Summarizing he received average 17,5 minutes during 27 games and he managed to reach 5,6 point/game. In addition ha had a great shooting percentage- 42,2%- from the 3pt line.

Unfortunately Idaho finished the NCAA season pretty soon with 3-15 (5-25) and they did not mange to move on at the Big Sky conference Tournament.



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Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Amin STEVENS
  Keflavik
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 29.5
 1. Stevens, Keflavik29.5 
 2. Whitfield, Skallagr.29.4 
 3. Carberry, Thor T.27.3 
 4. Wright, Haukar27.1 
 5. Covile, Snaefell24.0 
 6. Hester, Tindastoll23.5 
 7. Beamon, Thor AK21.4 
 8. Clinch, Grindavik21.1 
 9. Barrett, Snaefell21.0 
 10. Gunnarsson, Njard.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amin STEVENS
  Keflavik
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Stevens, Keflavik15.3 
 2. Whitfield, Skallagr.14.6 
 3. Baeringsson, Stjar.12.8 
 4. Barrett, Snaefell11.3 
 5. Carberry, Thor T.11.0 
 6. Hester, Tindastoll10.7 
 7. Covile, Snaefell10.1 
 8. Hankins-Cole, IR9.8 
 9. Ermolinskij, KR9.6 
 10. Alawoya, KR9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Hordur VILHJALMSSON
  Kefla.
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.6.8 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR6.8 
 3. Birgisson, Tindastoll6.2 
 4. Barja, Haukar5.6 
 5. Bjornsson, Skallagr.5.3 
 6. Sigurdarson, IR5.2 
 7. Clinch, Grindavik5.1 
 8. Baeringsson, Stjar.5.0 
 9. Shouse, Stjarnan4.9 
 10. Stefansson, KR4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew HUNTER
  IR
  (196-G-90)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Hunter, IR3.1 
 2. Barrett, Snaefell3.1 
 3. Birgisson, Tindastoll2.8 
 4. Thomas, IR2.8 
 5. Covile, Snaefell2.3 
 6. Olafsson, Grindavik2.2 
 7. Stevens, Keflavik2.0 
 8. Rikhardsson, Tinda.2.0 
 9. Barja, Haukar1.8 
 10. Alawoya, KR1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Tryggvi HLINASON
  Thor AK
  (215-C-97)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Hlinason, Thor AK2.9 
 2. Dempsey, Njardvik1.7 
 3. Hankins-Cole, IR1.7 
 4. Austin, Stjarnan1.5 
 5. Barrett, Snaefell1.4 
 6. Magnusson, Haukar1.3 
 7. Alawoya, KR1.3 
 8. Whitfield, Skallagr.1.3 
 9. Samb, Tindastoll1.3 
 10. Jackson, Njardvik1.3 


Standings - D1 League

Points Per Game
 Terrance MOTLEY
  FSU
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 31
 1. Motley, FSU31.0 
 2. Woods, Hamar27.2 
 3. Garland, 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 


D1 Round 1 of Semi-Finals. Fjolnir and Valur record wins - by Eurobasket News

Fjolnir - Hamar 88-76

Fjolnir fired past Hamar in the semifinal series opener. The game was mostly controlled by Fjolnir. Hamar was better in third quarter 27-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Hamar's players. American Marques Oliver (201-91, college: Delaware St.) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 blocks (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and guard Robert Sigurdsson (187-94) chipped in 12 points and 6 assists. Five Fjolnir players scored in double figures. Fjolnir's coach Hjalti Vilhjalmsson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American forward Chris Woods (195-89, college: Pfeiffer) responded with 28 points and 6 rebounds and guard Runar Erlingsson (187-89) scored 12 points.
Top scorers:
Fjolnir: M.Oliver 17+13reb+5ast, E.Egilsson 13+7reb, H.Vilhjalmsson 12+1reb+4ast, R.Sigurdsson 12+2reb+6ast, C.Pryor 11+4reb+4ast, E.Sigurdsson 9+1reb+3ast
Hamar: C.Woods 28+6reb, R.Erlingsson 12+2reb+3ast, S.Thorvaldsson 8+2reb+1ast, O.Sigurdarson 7+8reb, H.Petursson 6+4reb+4ast, E.Stefansson 5+7reb
gschID: 539905


Valur - Breidablik 95-88

Valur rallied past Breidablik to take 1-0 lead in the series. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 17-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 95-88. Valur made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Valur outrebounded Breidablik 43-32 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Breidablik's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Valur made 7 blocks. 26 personal fouls committed by Breidablik helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Urald King (198-90, college: SE Oklahoma) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!), 14 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Naturalized American guard Austin Bracey (190-90) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American guard Tyrone Garland (185-92, college: La Salle) answered with 42 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds and swingman Snorri Vignisson (193-97) added 18 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Breidablik.
Top scorers:
Valur: U.King 33+14reb+3ast, A.Bracey 20+5reb+3ast, B.Blondal 11+5reb+10ast, I.Audunsson 9+6reb+1ast, B.Petursson 7+9reb, S.Sturluson 7+5ast
Breidablik: T.Garland 42+6reb+1ast, S.Vignisson 18+12reb+3ast, B.Vidisson 11+3reb+1ast, E.Vignisson 7+4reb, R.Ragnarsson 5+1reb, L.Arnason 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 539906





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  INDIA  


Mumbai Challengers emerge as UBA Season 4 champions after sweeping Bengaluru Beast in finals series - by Eurobasket News

Mumbai Challengers capped off a dominant season by emerging as the champions of UBA Season 4 by eliminating Bengaluru Beast in the second gameof the championship series finals with a 118-105 win.Mumbai arrived at the finals after finishing the league stages with a league-best 5-1 record and sweeping Punjab Steelers in semi-finals series.The best of three finals series was decided in two games as Mumbai swept Bengaluru behind their fiery firepower. The UBA Season 4 championship series is being played at the Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium in Goa from 10-16 March, 2017. The best players in the league will participate in the very first UBA All-Star game on 16th March at 7:00 PM as the top players from North Division take on the best from South Division. Bengaluru started with a lineup of Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (192-G-91), Palpreet Brar, Raghuram, Pratham Singh (189-G/F-91) and Visu Palani. They faced Mumbai's starting lineup of Jagdeep Bains, Alex Scales (192-G-78, college: Oregon), Inderbir Gill, Nikhil and Jimmy Scroggins, college: Regina). Solomon was 1 of 10 from three point range in the first game, and he started the second game by taking the ball inside with a sense of purpose for high percentage looks. Mumbai led 17-11 halfway into the first quarter and pushed it to 25-13 in a couple of minutes behind consecutive threes from Scales. Mumbai led Bengaluru 30-23 at the end of the first quarter. Mumbai were led by 10 points from Inderbir. The supporting cast stepped up for Bengaluru in the first as Visu led them with 8 points. Bengaluru came out strong in the second quarter as they charged into the paint hunting for good looks up close. Riding Palpreet's inside presence, Bengaluru cut Mumbai's lead to 39-33 forcing them to call a timeout after two minutes in the second quarter. Scales had a thunderous one-hand dunk to spark Mumbai into extending their lead to 50-38 about halfway into the second quarter. Bengaluru knew what was at stake and played like it by aggressively working hard for every point even though Mumbai maintained the lead as they were up 58-51 over Bengaluru at halftime. Mumbai had four players in double figures at halftime as Jagdeep, Alex, Inderbir and Jimmy combined for 56 points at halftime. Bengaluru had 14 turnovers off which Mumbai scored 17 points in the first half. Inderbir started the second half by getting right to the line on multiple possessions as Mumbai kept Bengaluru at bay in the opening minutes. Scroggins picked up his fourth foul and headed to the bench as Bengaluru looked to make a run. Scales wasn't to be denied as he continued his hot shooting from downtown. Bengaluru cut the lead to 76-68 halfway in the third quarter as they looked to force a third game in the series. Palpreet came alive in the third as he took it upon himself to score 17 points in the third quarter alone to keep Bengaluru alive. At the end of the third quarter, Mumbai led Bengaluru 90-81. Scales heated up in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter as he pushed Mumbai's lead to 100-83 with 7:40 left in the game. While Bengaluru battled valiantly to attempt to chip away at the lead, Mumbai's firepower engulfed everything Bengaluru threw at them. They jumped out to a double digit lead in the fourth and maintained their lead as the clock wound down. Mumbai were able to hold on for a 118-105 win over Bengaluru Beast in the second game of UBA Championship finals series to emerge as champions.
Courtesy of: ubaindia.com



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  IRELAND  

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Dillon STITH
  Belfast Star
  (200-F-92)
  Avg: 27.4
 1. Stith, Belfast Star27.4 
 2. Wilson, UL Eagles24.0 
 3. Pemberton, Tralee22.5 
 4. Provizors, DCU S.21.1 
 5. Turner, Killester20.7 
 6. Lawrence, Moycu.20.6 
 7. Bonaparte, Templ.18.8 
 8. Killeen, Templeogue18.3 
 9. Murphy, Templeogue17.6 
 10. Garrow, UCD Marian16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martins PROVIZORS
  DCU S.
  (202-C-87)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Provizors, DCU S.16.7 
 2. Garrow, UCD Marian16.4 
 3. Moreira, UCD M.13.5 
 4. Turner, Killester12.5 
 5. Freeman, Moycullen11.9 
 6. Pantovic, Tralee11.7 
 7. Killeen, Templeogue11.7 
 8. Lawson, UCC Demons10.9 
 9. Gil, Swords T.10.6 
 10. Jackson, KUBS10.4 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UCD M.
  (175-PG-87)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Kinevane, UCD M.9.8 
 2. Westbrooks, Swords T.9.1 
 3. Drumm, UCD Marian8.5 
 4. Meany, UCD Marian7.5 
 5. Bonaparte, Templ.6.3 
 6. Downey, UCC Demons6.2 
 7. Roe, Killester5.2 
 8. Hosford, UCC D.4.5 
 9. Donaghy, Tralee4.4 
 10. O''Hanlon, DCU S.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mike GARROW
  UCD Marian
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Garrow, UCD Marian5.5 
 2. Drumm, UCD Marian4.9 
 3. Westbrooks, Swords T.3.3 
 4. Donaghy, Tralee2.7 
 5. James, Templeogue2.6 
 6. Murphy, Templeogue2.4 
 7. O''Hanlon, DCU S.2.4 
 8. Calvo, Swords T.2.3 
 9. Darling, DCU Saints2.3 
 10. Dolenko, Swords T.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Jacob LAWSON
  UCC Demons
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Lawson, UCC Demons3.1 
 2. Killeen, Templeogue2.9 
 3. Jackson, KUBS2.6 
 4. Gil, Swords T.2.4 
 5. Freeman, Moycullen2.1 
 6. Goldsborough, Swords T.2.1 
 7. Pantovic, Tralee2.0 
 8. Garrow, UCD Marian1.8 
 9. Moreira, UCD M.1.7 
 10. Turner, Killester1.7 



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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. Treadwell, Hapoel A.1.3 
 9. Lee, Ironi R.1.3 
 10. Joyner, Ironi K-A1.2 


National League Round 23: Maccabi Rehovot top leader Maccabi Raanana - by Eurobasket News

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

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Maccabi Raanana (16-7) on the court of seventh ranked Maccabi Rehovot on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Maccabi Rehovot 88-77. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Maccabi Raanana. Maccabi Rehovot looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American guard Marquis Addison (195-91, college: Missouri So., agency: XL Basketball Agency) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 5 rebounds. Swingman Gur Porat (197-79) contributed with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Samme Givens (198-89, college: Drexel) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds for Maccabi Raanana. Maccabi Rehovot (14-9) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Ironi Nes-Ziona. Maccabi Raanana at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. Maccabi Rehovot is looking forward to face Hasharon (#13) in Ramat Hasharon in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maccabi Raanana will play at home against Hap.R/G Givat. (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Hapoel B/S (15-8) against fourth ranked Hap.R/G Givat. (15-8) on Tuesday night. Visiting Hapoel B/S was defeated by Hap.R/G Givat. in a tough game in Givataim 75-84. It was a great evening for American guard Rashad Madden (196-92, college: Arkansas) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Jamal Olasewere helped adding 26 points and 8 rebounds. American power forward Jeff Allen (201-87, college: Virginia Tech) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds. Hap.R/G Givat. moved-up to second place, which they share with Hapoel K/S and Hapoel B/S. Hap.R/G Givat. will play against league's leader Maccabi Raanana on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hapoel B/S will play against Hapoel Kfar Saba and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Haifa between Hap.Haifa and Ironi Kiryat Ata. Twelfth ranked Hap.Haifa (9-14) got a very close home victory over higher ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (13-10). Hap.Haifa managed to escape with a 2-point win 84-82 on Tuesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It was an exceptional evening for Jaraun Burrows who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Hap.Haifa's coach Shaked Shoham used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Dallis Joyner came up with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 16 rebounds for Ironi Kiryat Ata in the defeat. Newly promoted Hap.Haifa maintains twelfth place with 9-14 record. Loser Ironi Kiryat Ata dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Maccabi H/H. Hap.Haifa will meet higher ranked Galil Elion (#11) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ironi Kiryat Ata will play against Hapoel Afula (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between 11th ranked Hapoel Migd.H. (10-13) and fifth ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (14-9) in Tarshicha ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Nes Ziyona outscored Hapoel Migd.H. 93-69. The best player for the winners was Tal-Michael Dunne who had a triple-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ironi Nes-Ziona have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 14-9 record, which they share with Macc.Rehovot. Hapoel Migd.H. lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. Ironi Nes-Ziona's next round opponent will be Hasharon (#8) in Hod Hasharon. Hapoel Migd.H. will play on the road against Ironi Ramat Gan and hope to win that game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 23: Ramat Hasharon was smashed by Hapoel Afula on the road 87-64. Maccabi H/H won against Galil Elion on its own court 98-81. Bottom-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan unfortunately lost to Hapoel K/S in Kfar Saba 73-91.

Hapoel Afula - Ramat Hasharon 87-64

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Hapoel Afula (11-12) crushed at home 13th ranked Hasharon (4-19) 87-64. Hapoel Afula forced 19 Hasharon turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Demetrius Treadwell (201-91, college: Akron) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Omer Tal (188-92) chipped in 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). American forward Maxie Esho (206-91, college: Massachusetts) produced 11 points and 7 rebounds and Rom Cornelius (197-93) added 10 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hapoel Afula maintains ninth place with 11-12 record. Hasharon lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 19 games lost. Hapoel Afula's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (#7) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hasharon will play against Maccabi Rehovot (#6) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ramat Hasharon: M.Esho 11+7reb, R.Cornelius 10+3reb+2ast, L.Gordon 10+2reb+2ast, D.Mosindi 10+3reb, A.Navon 7+2ast, B.Ale 5+2reb
Hapoel Afula: O.Tal 16+2reb+3ast, O.Lev 15+3reb+1ast, D.Treadwell 11+10reb+5ast, O.Ben-Yaacov 10+1reb+1ast, R.Sabag 10+3reb+7ast, A.Gershon 9+1reb+1ast
gschID: 498516


Maccabi H/H - Galil Elion 98-81

Rather expected game when 10th ranked Galil Elion (10-13) lost to eighth ranked Hasharon (13-10) in Hod Hasharon 81-98. Hasharon outrebounded Galil Elion 38-26 including 16 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Galil Elion helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American guard Vernon Teel (193-87, college: Loyola Mary) who had a triple-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists. Point guard Oded Shaashoua (186-82) chipped in 25 points and 4 assists. Hasharon's coach Hanan Hershkovich used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Cinmeon Bowers (201-93, college: Auburn) produced 25 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Rom Geffen (190-94) added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hasharon have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Ironi K-A. Galil Elion at the other side keeps the tenth position with 13 games lost. Hasharon's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (#5) in Nes Ziyona and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Galil Elion will play at home against Hap.Haifa (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Galil Elion: C.Bowers 25+9reb+2ast, S.Salz 18+3reb+7ast, R.Geffen 17+6reb+6ast, G.Farber 14+1reb+4ast, Y.Strauss 3+2reb+3ast, S.Yerushalmi 2
Maccabi H/H: O.Shaashoua 25+3reb+4ast, S.Warren 22+8reb, V.Teel 19+11reb+14ast, I.Simin 14+3reb+2ast, C.Bouchman 9+10reb, O.Menskey 3
gschID: 498520


Macc.Rehovot - Maccabi Raanana 88-77

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Maccabi Raanana (16-7) on the court of seventh ranked Maccabi Rehovot on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Maccabi Rehovot 88-77. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Maccabi Raanana. Maccabi Rehovot looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American guard Marquis Addison (195-91, college: Missouri So., agency: XL Basketball Agency) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 5 rebounds. Swingman Gur Porat (197-79) contributed with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Samme Givens (198-89, college: Drexel) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds and point guard Guy Lavie (188-92) added 13 points and 8 assists in the effort for Maccabi Raanana. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Maccabi Rehovot (14-9) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Ironi Nes-Ziona. Maccabi Raanana at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. Maccabi Rehovot is looking forward to face Hasharon (#13) in Ramat Hasharon in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Maccabi Raanana will play at home against Hap.R/G Givat. (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Raanana: S.Givens 19+14reb+2ast, G.Karni 15+1reb+3ast, L.Moran 14+2reb+2ast, G.Lavie 13+3reb+8ast, J.Hairston 8+8reb+2ast, Y.Zoosman 6+3reb+1ast
Macc.Rehovot: M.Addison 25+5reb+3ast, E.Yates 14+3reb+2ast, G.Porat 14+6reb+4ast, G.Eitan 12+3reb+5ast, D.Drapic 8+3reb+1ast, H.Chachmon 5+1reb+7ast
gschID: 498519


Hapoel K/S - Ironi Ramat Gan 91-73

Very predictable result when third ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (15-8) won against at home bottom-ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (2-21) 91-73. Hapoel Kfar Saba forced 19 Ironi Ramat Gan turnovers and outrebounded them 41-28 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Hapoel Kfar Saba players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Denzel Livingston (193-93, college: Incarnate Word) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Terrence Watson (200-87, college: Ball St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Hapoel Kfar Saba players scored in double figures. Hapoel Kfar Saba's coach Barak Dmzian allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Anthony Lee (206-91, college: Ohio St.) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 13 rebounds and Belarusian guard Valery Gandlin (192-86) added 16 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Hapoel Kfar Saba moved-up to second place, which they share with Hap.R/G Givat. and Hapoel B/S. Ironi Ramat Gan lost thirteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 21 lost games. Hapoel Kfar Saba's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Hapoel B/S in Beer Sheva and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ironi Ramat Gan will play at home against Hapoel Migd.H. (#10) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ramat Gan: A.Lee 24+13reb+1ast, V.Gandlin 16+2reb+4ast, A.Harari 11+3reb+1ast, E.Co 8+2ast, O.El-Al 7+5reb+1ast, T.Zalmanson 7+1reb+4ast
Hapoel K/S: D.Livingston 25+11reb+2ast, T.Watson 20+10reb+6ast, E.Rotemberg 13+5reb+1ast, M.Ruina 12+7reb+4ast, A.Cohen 6+1reb+9ast, G.Rushkin 6+2ast
gschID: 498517


Hap.R/G Givat. - Hapoel B/S 84-75

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Hapoel B/S (15-8) against fourth ranked Hap.R/G Givat. (15-8) on Tuesday night. Visiting Hapoel B/S was defeated by Hap.R/G Givat. in a tough game in Givataim 75-84. Hap.R/G Givat. forced 19 Hapoel B/S turnovers. It was a great evening for American guard Rashad Madden (196-92, college: Arkansas) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. American-Nigerian Jamal Olasewere (201-91, college: LIU Brooklyn) helped adding 26 points and 8 rebounds. American power forward Jeff Allen (201-87, college: Virginia Tech) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds and the other American import swingman Jason Williams (198-83, college: UTEP) scored 24 points. Hap.R/G Givat. moved-up to second place, which they share with Hapoel K/S and Hapoel B/S. Hap.R/G Givat. will play against league's leader Maccabi Raanana on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hapoel B/S will play against Hapoel Kfar Saba and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel B/S: J.Williams 24+3reb+3ast, D.Shamriz 19+1reb, J.Allen 16+16reb+1ast, T.Ariely 6+2reb+7ast, Y.Bet-Yosef 3+8ast, A.Fisher 3+2reb+5ast
Hap.R/G Givat.: J.Olasewere 26+8reb+1ast, Y.Solomon 24+7reb+1ast, R.Madden 21+9reb+6ast, L.Shem-Tov 6+1reb+2ast, U.Kokia 5+7reb+2ast, L.Lifshitz 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 498515


Hap.Haifa - Ironi K-A 84-82

A very close game took place in Haifa between Hap.Haifa and Ironi Kiryat Ata. Twelfth ranked Hap.Haifa (9-14) got a very close home victory over higher ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (13-10). Hap.Haifa managed to escape with a 2-point win 84-82 on Tuesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. It was an exceptional evening for Bahamas forward Jaraun Burrows (203-85, college: IPFW) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). American guard Jahmar Young (196-87, college: N.Mexico St.) accounted for 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Four Hap.Haifa players scored in double figures. Hap.Haifa's coach Shaked Shoham used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American power forward Dallis Joyner (203-90, college: Stony Brook) came up with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 16 rebounds and guard Noam Matalon (197-87) added 21 points and 7 assists respectively for Ironi Kiryat Ata in the defeat. Newly promoted Hap.Haifa maintains twelfth place with 9-14 record. Loser Ironi Kiryat Ata dropped to the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Maccabi H/H. Hap.Haifa will meet higher ranked Galil Elion (#11) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ironi Kiryat Ata will play against Hapoel Afula (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ironi K-A: D.Joyner 32+16reb+3ast, N.Matalon 21+1reb+7ast, R.Yehia 11+2reb+3ast, S.Pointer 8+6reb+3ast, S.David 5+1reb, Y.Ainhorn 3+7reb+3ast
Hap.Haifa: J.Burrows 25+11reb+2ast, J.Young 21+5reb+4ast, M.Niv 14+4reb+3ast, O.Zinderman 10+4reb, T.Parselani 6+4reb+5ast, O.Avital 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 498518


Hapoel Migd.H. - Ironi Nes-Ziona 69-93

The game between 11th ranked Hapoel Migd.H. (10-13) and fifth ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (14-9) in Tarshicha ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Nes Ziyona outscored Hapoel Migd.H. 93-69. Ironi Nes-Ziona made 29-of-34 charity shots (85.3 percent) during the game, while Hapoel Migd.H. only scored ten points from the stripe. They outrebounded Hapoel Migd.H. 49-30 including 34 on the defensive glass. Ironi Nes-Ziona players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Hapoel Migd.H. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was naturalized Welsh Tal-Michael Dunne (196-87) who had a triple-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists. American guard Jermaine Beal (191-87, college: Vanderbilt) chipped in 23 points and 7 rebounds. Eliav Ohanon (199-94) produced 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and American swingman Marcus Relphorde (198-88, college: Colorado) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ironi Nes-Ziona have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain fifth place with 14-9 record, which they share with Macc.Rehovot. Hapoel Migd.H. lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. Ironi Nes-Ziona's next round opponent will be Hasharon (#8) in Hod Hasharon. Hapoel Migd.H. will play on the road against Ironi Ramat Gan and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Migd.H.: M.Relphorde 18+5reb+1ast, L.Ariely 17+3ast, E.Ohanon 16+7reb+4ast, C.Rosenberg 12+1reb+1ast, C.Gaston 4+12reb+6ast, T.Aviram 2+2reb
Ironi Nes-Ziona: J.Beal 23+7reb+2ast, T.Michael Dunne 17+11reb+12ast, E.Hofman 17+5reb+6ast, L.Roberts 14+12reb+3ast, G.Amitay 7+4reb+1ast, R.Pitshon 6+4reb
gschID: 498521





Israeli Winner League round 22 best performance: Victor Rudd - by Eurobasket News

American Forward Victor Rudd (205-F-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for top-ranked Maccabi T-A, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, seven rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Maccabi Rishon (#9, 10-12) 83-81. It allowed Maccabi T-A to consolidate first place in the Israeli Winner League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Maccabi T-A has a very solid 16-6 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. In the team's last game Rudd had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 7 attempts. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Victor Rudd averages this season 11.8ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 22-year old international power forward Tomer Ginat (202-PF-94) of Hapoel T-A. Ginat had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he led Hapoel T-A to another comfortable win 83-70 over slightly higher-ranked Hapoel J-M (#5, 12-10) being unquestionably team leader. Despite this victory Hapoel T-A slide down in the standings to 7th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Ginat is a newcomer at Hapoel T-A and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Murphy Holloway (201-F-90) of Galil Gilboa (#10). Holloway scored 18 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Galil Gilboa, leading his team to a 73-72 win against Ironi Nahariya (10-12). The chances of Galil Gilboa ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 12 games, recording just ten victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Holloway could help Galil Gilboa to bring them higher in the standings. Holloway has a great season in Israel. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.1ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 9.4rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. James Bell (197-F/G-92) of Hapoel Holon - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Tu Holloway (182-G-89) of Hapoel Holon - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Colton Iverson (212-C-89) of Maccabi T-A - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Eric Griffin (203-F-90) of Galil Gilboa - 10 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Charles Thomas (203-F/C-86) of Maccabi Rishon - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Raviv Limonad (191-SG-84) of Hapoel T-A - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Chase Simon (201-SF-89) of Maccabi Ashdod - 29 points and 2 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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Smith's 31-point game gives him Serie A2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

24-year old point guard Adam Smith (185-PG-92) had a great game in the last round for Roseto and receives a Eurobasket.com Serie A2 Player of the Week award for round 24.
He had the game-high 31 points adding seven rebounds for Roseto in his team's victory, helping them to beat Mantova (#8, 13-11) 88-81. Roseto is placed at 6th position in their group in Italian Serie A2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Roseto will need more victories to improve their 14-10 record. In the team's last game Smith had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He turned to be Roseto's top player in his first season with the team. Georgia Tech graduate has very impressive stats this year. Smith is league's best scorer averaging so far 25.0ppg. Smith is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 3.1rpg) and averages solid 53.4% FGP and 42.0% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Laurence Bowers (203-F-90) of Bondi Ferrara. He is American forward in his first season at Bondi Ferrara. In the last game Bowers recorded impressive double-double of 30 points and 13 rebounds. It was enough for Bondi Ferrara to edge the higher-ranked F.Kontatto BO (#5, 14-10) by 2 points 91-89. This victory allowed Bondi Ferrara to move up to 12th position in East. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-14 record. Bowers is a newcomer at Bondi Ferrara and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.9ppg (#8). He also registered 8.9 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward John Brown (203-F-92) of Roma Virtus (#5). Brown scored 27 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Roma Virtus, leading his team to a 83-78 win against the lower-ranked Eurobasket Roma (#12, 11-13). Roma Virtus needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in West. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 10 lost games. Brown has a great season in Italy. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.3ppg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michael Deloach (185-PG-86) of Eurobasket Roma - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Taylor Smith (199-F/C-91) of Ravenna - 18 points and 14 rebounds
6. Marco Portannese (192-G-89) of Verona - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Benjamin Raymond (198-G/F-87) of FCM Ferentino - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Brandon Sherrod (198-F/C-92) of Roseto - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Riccardo Cortese (195-G/F-86) of Bondi Ferrara - 37 points and 2 assists
10. Michael Frazier (193-G-94) of Verona - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists

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



Robert Jones leaves Piacenza - by Eurobasket News

33-year old American (has also Guinean passport) forward Robert Jones (201-98kg-84, college: Washington) left UCC Assigeco Piacenza (Serie A2). In 19 games in Italy he averaged 14.4ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.1spg this season.
The last season Jones played at Juvecaserta (Serie A) where in 26 games he had 11.3ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.7spg (in top 4).
In 2006 he was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) in second round (37th overall). Jones attended University of Washington and it is his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
Among other achievements he received Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Forward of the Year award back in 2012.
Jones is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to six different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Jones has played previously professionally in Dominican Rep., Puerto Rico (Brujos), D-League (Sioux Falls Skyforce), Italy (Roma Virtus, The Flexx Pistoia, Unieuro Forli, BancaTercas and Sutor Montegranaro), NBA (San Antonio Spurs) and Dominican Republic (Titanes Licey).
His game is described as: Good perimeter defender. He is a stellar defensive player, a good athlete and an unselfish team guy. He is the model of the type of player in terms of his unselfish team attitude and mental toughness.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Edgar Sosa leaves JuveCaserta - by Eurobasket News

29-year old American (has also Dominican passport) point guard Edgar Sosa (190-80kg-88, college: Louisville) left Pasta Reggia JuveCaserta (Serie A). In 22 games in Italy he averaged impressive 19.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.9apg and 1.2spg this season.
The last season Sosa played at Hapoel Jerusalem (Winner League) in Israel where in four games he had 5.8ppg and 1.5apg. He also played that season for Petrochimi (Superleague) in Iran. In 28 games he recorded very remarkable stats: 16.8ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg. Sosa also spent pre-season at the Hawks in NBA that year.
Among other achievements he received Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague Guard of the Year award in 2016.
Sosa played at the WABA Club Championships last year.
He is a very experienced player. Sosa has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to seven different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). Sosa has played previously professionally also in Dominican Rep., Germany (ratiopharm Ulm), Puerto Rico (Cangrejeros), Spain (Blancos de Rueda), Dominican Republic (Leones de Santo Domingo and Reales de La Vega), NBA (Atlanta Hawks) and Italy (Banco di Srd, Angelico Biella and Sutor Montegranaro).
He attended University of Louisville until 2010 and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.
Sosa's game is described as: A very promising combo guard, with an immense upside. Has yet the court vision and the passing skills of a proven PG, scores a lot of points and can defend well. After the Centrobasket for Juniors 2005, he has been invited at the Dominican NT Senior camp.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LATVIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tyler LARSON
  Barons Riga
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 17.1
 1. Larson, Barons Riga17.1 
 2. Griffin, Liepaja/.16.3 
 3. Jogela, Barons Riga15.2 
 4. Pitts, Valmiera15.0 
 5. Blums, VEF Riga14.7 
 6. Laksa, Valmiera14.5 
 7. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.14.5 
 8. Kaufmanis, Valmiera14.1 
 9. Geks, Barons Riga14.1 
 10. Jeromanovs, Jurma.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Davis ROZITIS
  Barons Riga
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Rozitis, Barons Riga9.5 
 2. Krestinin, Barons R.8.2 
 3. Iljins, Jurmala8.1 
 4. Montgomery, Liepaja/.8.0 
 5. Selakovs, Jekabpils7.9 
 6. Aleksejevs, Jekabpils7.4 
 7. Butjankovs, Liepaja/.7.2 
 8. Jonats, Valmiera7.0 
 9. Strelnieks, Jurmala6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.7.7 
 2. Jeromanovs, Jurma.6.4 
 3. Sirsnins, Jekabpils6.0 
 4. Plavnieks, BK Ogre5.6 
 5. Gaddy, VEF Riga5.6 
 6. Pitts, Valmiera5.3 
 7. Vitols, BK Ogre4.7 
 8. Larson, Barons Riga4.7 
 9. Saage, Valka/Valga4.6 
 10. Birkans, LU4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Malcolm GRIFFIN
  Liepaja/.
  (193-G-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Griffin, Liepaja/.2.5 
 2. Richard, VEF Riga1.8 
 3. Skele, VEF Riga1.8 
 4. Jakovics, Ventspils1.7 
 5. Larson, Barons Riga1.6 
 6. Campbell, Ventspils1.6 
 7. Gaddy, VEF Riga1.6 
 8. Krestinin, Barons R.1.6 
 9. Pitts, Valmiera1.5 
 10. Jeromanovs, Jurma.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Devonta POLLARD
  Liepaja/.
  (203-F-94)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Pollard, Liepaja/.1.4 
 2. Grazulis, Ventspils1.3 
 3. Rozitis, Barons Riga1.2 
 4. Mbodj, Ventspils1.1 
 5. Krestinin, Barons R.1.0 
 6. Montgomery, Liepaja/.1.0 
 7. Mejeris, VEF Riga1.0 
 8. Iljins, Jurmala0.9 
 9. Zvigurs, Valka/Va.0.8 


LBL D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 28.9
 1. Barrett, Madona28.9 
 2. Miezis, Kekava23.3 
 3. Kaufmanis, Valmier.22.7 
 4. Krumins, Jelgava22.7 
 5. Ginters, RSU22.2 
 6. Saknitis, Kekava18.0 
 7. Stiebrins, Jekabpil.17.9 
 8. Skute, Madona17.7 
 9. Osins, Limbazi17.2 
 10. Zotovs, VEF skola16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Barrett, Madona12.2 
 2. Minajevs, LU/BS R.12.0 
 3. Cavars, Kekava11.1 
 4. Dubults, ViA11.0 
 5. Vikentsyeu, VeA10.5 
 6. Gertners, DSN/.9.8 
 7. Mednis, Gulbenes Buki9.8 
 8. Metnieks, Marupe8.9 
 9. Sapovalovs, RSU8.8 
 10. Adins, Turiba8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars BUIKIS
  Saldus
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Buikis, Saldus8.2 
 2. Justovics, Jelgava7.9 
 3. Endzels, Turiba6.7 
 4. Kohanovs, ViA5.8 
 5. Bikovs, RTU5.7 
 6. Kalnins, Valmier.5.7 
 7. Osins, Limbazi5.6 
 8. Dulevskis, Gulbenes.5.3 
 9. Ikstens, RSU5.3 
 10. Zotovs, VEF skola5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Aivars DAMBIS
  BJBS R.
  (183-G-0)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Dambis, BJBS R.3.3 
 2. Miezis, Kekava3.3 
 3. Mikulskiy, VeA2.7 
 4. Barrett, Madona2.7 
 5. Kaufmanis, Valmier.2.6 
 6. Zotovs, VEF skola2.6 
 7. Bikovs, RTU2.6 
 8. Osins, Limbazi2.5 
 9. Klegeris, LU/BS R.2.4 
 10. Brants, Madona2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Juris KALNINS
  Livani
  (200-F/C-93)
  Avg: 3
 1. Kalnins, Livani3.0 
 2. Avotins, Jekabpil.1.6 
 3. Dembskis, LU/BS R.1.4 
 4. Skute, Madona1.3 
 5. Metnieks, Marupe1.2 
 6. Engers, ViA1.2 
 7. Gertners, DSN/.1.1 
 8. Indrikovs, Ogre/Kum.1.0 
 9. Jurjans, RSU1.0 
 10. Vikentsyeu, VeA1.0 


Ventspils tab Todd O'Brien - by Eurobasket News

BK Ventspils (LBL) inked 28-year old American (has also Armenian passport) center Todd O'Brien (211-110kg-89, college: UAB). He played recently at Sagesse in Lebanese Pepsi LBL. In 6 games he averaged 10.2ppg, 12.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.0bpg this season. O'Brien also played earlier that season for Urartu Yerevan (Superleague 1) in Russia where in 9 Pepsi LBL games he had 14.2ppg, 10.4rpg and 1.6spg.
His team made it to the Patriot League Tournament Semifinals in 2008.
O'Brien is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). O'Brien has played previously professionally in France (Nantes), Japan (Orange Vikings), Poland (MKS Dabrowa Gornicza), Qatar (Al Arabi) and Latvia (Jekabpils).
He attended University of Alabama at Birmingham until 2012 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  LEBANON  

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Terrell STOGLIN
  Sagesse
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Stoglin, Sagesse33.7 
 2. Jackson, Homen.25.7 
 3. Jones, Mayrouba24.9 
 4. Khatib, Homenetmen24.5 
 5. Rembert, Champville24.3 
 6. Johnson, Louaize24.1 
 7. Spencer, Moutahed23.6 
 8. Morris, Tadamon23.2 
 9. Kemp, Tadamon23.2 
 10. Daniels, Moutahed22.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BOHANNON
  Mayrouba
  (210-F-91)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Bohannon, Mayrouba14.8 
 2. Townes, Champville13.1 
 3. Ebi, Byblos12.4 
 4. O''Brien, Sagesse12.3 
 5. Holton, Tadamon11.9 
 6. Garrett, Hoops11.9 
 7. Upshaw, Mayrouba11.8 
 8. Majok, Homenetmen11.3 
 9. Vukosavljevi., Hoo.11.3 
 10. Varda, Sagesse10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Kevin GALLOWAY
  Homen.
  (200-PG-88)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Galloway, Homen.8.1 
 2. Mezher, Hoops7.9 
 3. Khalil, Tadamon7.7 
 4. Johnson, Louaize6.4 
 5. Rembert, Champville5.9 
 6. Arakji, Al Riyadi5.4 
 7. Brown, Al Riyadi5.1 
 8. Spencer, Moutahed4.9 
 9. Cage, Mayrouba4.8 
 10. Umipig, Mayrouba4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Dewayne JACKSON
  Homen.
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Jackson, Homen.2.5 
 2. Johnson, Louaize2.5 
 3. Galloway, Homen.2.2 
 4. Youngblood, Byblos1.9 
 5. Tucker, Byblos1.9 
 6. Kemp, Tadamon1.9 
 7. Curry, Moutahed1.9 
 8. Thomas, Hoops1.8 
 9. Efevberha, Sagesse1.7 
 10. Ebi, Byblos1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert UPSHAW
  Mayrouba
  (213-C-94)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Upshaw, Mayrouba3.8 
 2. Townes, Champville2.7 
 3. Majok, Homenetmen2.6 
 4. Garrett, Hoops2.5 
 5. Bowles, Moutahed2.5 
 6. Godfrey, Sagesse2.3 
 7. Bohannon, Mayrouba2.3 
 8. Ebi, Byblos1.8 
 9. Haidar, Al Riyadi1.6 
 10. Byrd, Hoops1.4 



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  LIGA SUDAMERICANA  


Malvin classified to play Liga Sudamericana - by Eurobasket News

Malvin classified to play Liga Sudamericana 2017 after they defeated Urunday Universitario 80-76, to win the Uruguayan Super 4 tournament. Rian Pearson (193-F-90, college: Toledo) netted 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, Hatila Passos (211-C-85, college: N.Mexico St.) added 11 points and 12 rebounds, and Allen Durham (198-F/C-88, college: Grace Bible) finished with 7 points and 4 rebounds. For Urunday, Emilio Taboada (191-F-82, agency: Pro Sports) 18 points, Shaquille Johnson (190-F-90, college: Marshall) scored 14 points and added 7 rebounds and 6 assists. and Brian Williams (208-C-87, college: Tennessee) finished with 14 points and 5 rebounds, Hebraica finished third after beating Aguada 89-88. For Hebraica, Salvador Zanotta (183-G-95) netted 28 points and added 7 assists and Jimmy Boston (198-C-77, college: N.C.Central) netted 10 points. For Aguada, Dwayne Curtis (203-C-85, college: Mississippi) scored 13 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and Jeremis Smith (203-F-86, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro Sports) finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds.


Malvin classified to play Liga Sudamericana - by Eurobasket News

Malvin classified to play Liga Sudamericana 2017 after they defeated Urunday Universitario 80-76, to win the Uruguayan Super 4 tournament. Rian Pearson (193-F-90, college: Toledo) netted 20 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, Hatila Passos (211-C-85, college: N.Mexico St.) added 11 points and 12 rebounds, and Allen Durham (198-F/C-88, college: Grace Bible) finished with 7 points and 4 rebounds. For Urunday, Emilio Taboada (191-F-82, agency: Pro Sports) 18 points, Shaquille Johnson (190-F-90, college: Marshall) scored 14 points and added 7 rebounds and 6 assists. and Brian Williams (208-C-87, college: Tennessee) finished with 14 points and 5 rebounds, Hebraica finished third after beating Aguada 89-88. For Hebraica, Salvador Zanotta (183-G-95) netted 28 points and added 7 assists and Jimmy Boston (198-C-77, college: N.C.Central) netted 10 points. For Aguada, Dwayne Curtis (203-C-85, college: Mississippi) scored 13 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and Jeremis Smith (203-F-86, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro Sports) finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds.


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Recap of NKL Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Nafta-Uni. - Silute 83-86

Silute upset Nafta-Uni on the road to surge ahead in the series. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-83. Silute made 27-of-34 free shots (79.4 percent) during the game. Strangely Nafta-Uni. outrebounded Silute 45-28 including a 19-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. 28 personal fouls committed by Nafta-Uni. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Brian Wanamaker (185-89, college: Texas Wesleyan) stepped up and scored 18 points and 7 assists for the winners and center Aurelijus Pukelis (205-94) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). Wanamaker is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side point guard Mindaugas Stasys (179-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 assists and forward Viktoras Chodosovskis (200-89) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Five Silute and four Nafta-Uni. players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Silute: B.Wanamaker 18+3reb+7ast, S.Raupys 17+9reb+2ast, A.Pukelis 16+9reb+3ast, M.Zaunieriunas 13, U.Thomas 12+1reb+1ast, T.Zdanavicius 6+2reb+1ast
Nafta-Uni.: V.Chodosovskis 17+7reb+2ast, M.Stasys 17+3reb+11ast, D.Anuzis 15+5reb+2ast, D.Slavinskas 11+8reb+1ast, I.Ramasauskas 9+2reb, B.Bagdonavicius 8+10reb+1ast
gschID: 539998


Suduva-Mantinga - Zalgiris II 87-56

Suduva-Mantina fired past Zalgiris II in the opener. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 20-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-56. Suduva-Mantinga dominated on the defensive end, holding Zalgiris II to just 7 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Zalgiris II 41-28 including 29 on the defensive glass. Suduva-Mantinga looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Forward Antanas Udras (203-92, agency: Octagon Europe) fired 22 points and 5 rebounds (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) for the winners. Guard Evaldas Saulys (190-93) chipped in 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Suduva-Mantinga players scored in double figures. Suduva-Mantinga's coach Marius Kiltinavicius felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Power forward Gytis Masiulis (206-98) produced 14 points and 8 rebounds and power forward Laurynas Birutis (213-97) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Suduva-Mantinga: A.Udras 22+5reb, D.Griskenas 14+4reb+1ast, G.Matulis 14+2reb+1ast, E.Saulys 14+8reb+4ast, D.Domarkas 9+3reb+4ast, K.Rochford 8+3reb
Zalgiris II: G.Masiulis 14+8reb, K.Zemaitis 10+2reb+4ast, L.Birutis 10+7reb+3ast, M.Arlauskas 8+3reb+1ast, G.Vasiliauskas 8+5reb+1ast, L.Uleckas 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 539995


Telsiai - Vytis 55-64

Vytis silenced Telsiai on the road to take 1-0 lead. Telsiai was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 38-27 second half run of Vytis. Center Edvinas Jezukevicius (207-90) nailed 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and Gytis Radzevicius (195-95) accounted for 10 points and 4 assists. Four Vytis players scored in double figures. Power forward Mindaugas Norkus (200-85) came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Ignas Razutis (185-87) added 14 points and 4 assists respectively for Telsiai in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Vytis: E.Jezukevicius 17+9reb+3ast, P.Beliavicius 10+1reb+2ast, G.Radzevicius 10+4reb+4ast, G.Maceina 10+2reb+1ast, A.Jankaitis 7+5reb+1ast, S.Jackson 7+5reb
Telsiai: M.Norkus 14+10reb+2ast, I.Razutis 14+4reb+4ast, G.Kybartas 8+1reb, O.Kaminskis 8+5reb, L.Kaveckis 6+6reb+4ast, T.Domarkas 4+4reb
gschID: 539997


Rasai - Perlas-MRU 76-66

Rasai outgunned Perlas-MRU in the opener. The game without a history. Rasai led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Strangely Perlas-MRU outrebounded Rasai 37-25 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Sarunas Vingelis (191-89) fired 28 points for the winners. Point guard Tomas Galeckas (183-94) chipped in 14 points and 7 assists. Forward Arnas Berucka (195-97) produced 17 points and 5 rebounds and forward Domantas Pipiras (203-91) added 11 points respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Rasai: S.Vingelis 28+4reb+1ast, T.Galeckas 14+4reb+7ast, A.Aleksandrovas 10+2reb+1ast, R.Grinius 8+7reb+1ast, K.Okmanas 7+2reb+1ast, S.Beniusis 4+1reb+2ast
Perlas-MRU: A.Berucka 17+5reb+1ast, L.Kvedaravicius 11+3reb, D.Pipiras 11+4reb+1ast, K.Giedraitis 8+3reb, T.Pipiras 8+4reb+1ast, D.Sirvydis 6+8reb+1ast
gschID: 539996





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Total League Round 6 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News

An interesting game for Racing (21-2) which played road game in Larochette against 3rd ranked Arantia (6-18). First ranked Racing had an easy win 80-63. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Arantia. Newly promoted Racing maintains first position with 21-2 record, which they share with Amicale. Arantia at the other side keeps the third place with 18 games lost. Racing is looking forward to face league's second-placed Residence in Bereldange in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Arantia will play on the road against the league's second-placed Heffingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Residence (11-12) which hosted in Bereldange second-best Heffingen (16-7). Second ranked Residence managed to get a 5-point victory 92-87. Residence have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 11-12 record having ten points less than leader Racing which they share with defeated Heffingen. Heffingen lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the second place with seven games lost. Residence will play against league's leader Racing in Luxembourg in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Heffingen will play at home against Arantia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Kordall Steelers (15-8) which played road game in Kaerjeng against one of their biggest challengers Bascharage (1-21). Third ranked Kordall Steelers managed to get a 13-point victory 92-79. Newly promoted Kordall Steelers maintains third position with 15-8 record having six points less than leader Racing. Loser Bascharage keeps the fourth place with 21 games lost. Kordall Steelers will meet at home league's leader Basket Esch in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bascharage will play against BC Mess in Mondercange and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Basket Esch (12-11) which hosted in Esch one of their biggest challengers BC Mess (12-11). First ranked Basket Esch had an easy win 76-48. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Basket Esch have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-11 record, which they share with defeated BC Mess. BC Mess lost fifth consecutive game. Basket Esch's next round opponent will be Kordall Steelers (#3) in Rodange, which may be the game of the day. BC Mess will play at home against Bascharage and hope to win that game.

The most impressive performance of 6th round was 27 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists by Billy McDaniel of Amicale.

Playdowns
Arantia - Racing 63-80

An interesting game for Racing (21-2) which played road game in Larochette against 3rd ranked Arantia (6-18). First ranked Racing had an easy win 80-63. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Arantia. Newly promoted Racing maintains first position with 21-2 record, which they share with Amicale. Arantia at the other side keeps the third place with 18 games lost. Racing is looking forward to face league's second-placed Residence in Bereldange in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Arantia will play on the road against the league's second-placed Heffingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 534523


Residence - Heffingen 92-87

An interesting game for Residence (11-12) which hosted in Bereldange second-best Heffingen (16-7). Second ranked Residence managed to get a 5-point victory 92-87. Residence have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 11-12 record having ten points less than leader Racing which they share with defeated Heffingen. Heffingen lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the second place with seven games lost. Residence will play against league's leader Racing in Luxembourg in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Heffingen will play at home against Arantia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 534522


Bascharage - Kordall Steelers 79-92

An interesting game for Kordall Steelers (15-8) which played road game in Kaerjeng against one of their biggest challengers Bascharage (1-21). Third ranked Kordall Steelers managed to get a 13-point victory 92-79. Newly promoted Kordall Steelers maintains third position with 15-8 record having six points less than leader Racing. Loser Bascharage keeps the fourth place with 21 games lost. Kordall Steelers will meet at home league's leader Basket Esch in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bascharage will play against BC Mess in Mondercange and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 534521


Basket Esch - BC Mess 76-48

An interesting game for Basket Esch (12-11) which hosted in Esch one of their biggest challengers BC Mess (12-11). First ranked Basket Esch had an easy win 76-48. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Basket Esch have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-11 record, which they share with defeated BC Mess. BC Mess lost fifth consecutive game. Basket Esch's next round opponent will be Kordall Steelers (#3) in Rodange, which may be the game of the day. BC Mess will play at home against Bascharage and hope to win that game.
gschID: 534520





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  MOROCCO  


National Team safe arrived in Algeria. - by Marek Krala

After a historic victory of ASS in the tournament of Dubai,the national team has to be prepared for the imperative for a participation in Congo for the next AfroBasket.
Since Morocco clinch the second place of the Panarabs games in Egypt,
the coach Said Bouzidi is again on charge of the red ang green team for the qualification of the FIBA Zone 1.
3 games to qualificate against Algeria,Tunisia and Lybia.

The roster:

Khalfi,Lahrichi,Choua,Kourdou,Rhalimi,El Masbahi,Najah,Zouita,Nesba,WIlkins,Nadim,Makssoud,Ouahrig,Foulani,Abousallam.

Coach: Bouzidi (ASS)
Assistant: El Hamrani (FAR)

The first game will be again Tunisia,16 th March @ 4 Pm.






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  NAIA  

NAIA1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ron LEE
  Cent.Met.
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Lee, Cent.Met.21.8 
 2. Brackeen, Peru St.20.2 
 3. Jones, William Penn20.0 
 4. Haywood, William Penn19.6 
 5. Yates, Benedict.18.3 
 6. Bales, Avila18.0 
 7. Gronewold, Missouri.16.8 
 8. Iturria, Culver S.16.7 
 9. Hadnot, Grand View15.5 
 10. Mullen, Grand View15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Torren JONES
  William Penn
  (206-F-94)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Jones, William Penn12.1 
 2. Eboigbodin, Peru S.9.0 
 3. Hexom, Peru St.8.5 
 4. Randall, MidAmeri.7.8 
 5. Hadnot, Grand View7.6 
 6. Adair, Cent.Met.7.1 
 7. Deemer, Graceland7.1 
 8. Jamison, MidAmeri.6.9 
 9. Jordan, MidAmeri.6.6 
 10. Butler, Clarke6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Payne ANDRUS
  MidAmeri.
  (180-PG-)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Andrus, MidAmeri.5.8 
 2. Mullen, Grand View4.9 
 3. Ellison-III, William.4.6 
 4. Fields, Clarke4.3 
 5. Price, Missouri.4.1 
 6. Ford, Mt.Mercy3.5 
 7. Boone, Avila3.4 
 8. Gronewold, Missouri.3.3 
 9. Martin, Graceland3.3 
 10. Smith, William Penn3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Lionel ELLISON III
  William.
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Ellison-III, William.2.3 
 2. Hickey, Missouri.1.8 
 3. Goss, Benedict.1.7 
 4. Martin, Graceland1.7 
 5. Lee, Cent.Met.1.6 
 6. Price, Missouri.1.6 
 7. Acord, Evangel1.5 
 8. Iturria, Culver S.1.5 
 9. Washington, Missouri.1.4 
 10. Eboigbodin, Peru S.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin RANDALL
  MidAmeri.
  (201-F-95)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Randall, MidAmeri.2.6 
 2. Hexom, Peru St.2.5 
 3. Welsch, Grand View2.0 
 4. Gogg, Mt.Mercy1.5 
 5. Jamison, MidAmeri.1.4 
 6. Smith, Missouri.1.2 
 7. Hemsani, Culver S.1.1 
 8. Vasa, Peru St.1.1 
 9. Page, MidAmeri.1.0 
 10. Struss, Mt.Mercy0.8 


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 (6'5''-F) 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 (6'9''-C) 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.'

2017 NAIA D2 All-Tournament Team:
Tyrone Sherman (6'0''-PG) of Union
Mike Martin (6'4''-F) of Union
Sam Vander Sluis (6'9''-C) of Cornerstone
Cory Cox (6'5''-F) of Cornerstone
Kyle Steigenga (6'6''-F) of Cornerstone
Lane Mahurin (6'7''-F) of Indiana Wesleyan
Bob Peters (6'3''-G) of Indiana Wesleyan
Mike Cardenas (6'1''-G) of Bellevue
Nick Hilton (6'1''-G) of Bellevue
Bryan McGriff (6'7''-F) of Eastern Oregon
Paul Stone (6'6''-F) of Union

NAIA D2 Most Outstanding Player: Paul Stone (6'6''-F) of Union
NAIA D2 Championship Hustle Award: Mike Martin (6'4''-F) of Union
NABC/NAIA D2 Coach of the Year: Kim Elders of Cornerstone
NAIA D2 National Coach of the Year: Kevin Burton of Union

Courtesy of NAIA



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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.28.9 
 4. Davis, N.Orleans P.27.9 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.27.8 
 6. DeRozan, Toronto R.27.2 
 7. Lillard, Portland.26.6 
 8. Leonard, San A.26.4 
 9. James, Clevelan.25.9 
 10. Durant, Golden S.25.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hassan WHITESIDE
  Miami Heat
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Whiteside, Miami Heat14.3 
 2. Drummond, Detro.13.8 
 3. Jordan, LA Clippers13.5 
 4. Howard, Atlanta H.12.9 
 5. Gobert, Utah Jazz12.7 
 6. Towns, Minnesot.12.3 
 7. Davis, N.Orleans P.11.9 
 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: 11.3
 1. Harden, Houston R.11.3 
 2. Wall, Washington W.10.7 
 3. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.3 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers9.2 
 5. Rubio, Minnesot.8.9 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.9 
 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. Butler, Chicago B.1.9 
 5. Covington, Phi.7.1.9 
 6. Ariza, Houston R.1.8 
 7. Leonard, San A.1.8 
 8. Rubio, Minnesot.1.8 
 9. Curry, Golden S.1.7 
 10. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.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. Nogueira, Toron.1.7 
 10. Jordan, LA Clippers1.7 


Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe to sit remainder of season - by Eurobasket News

With the Suns well out of the playoff picture and long-term health the main concern, Phoenix has decided to sit point guard Eric Bledsoe (6'1''-PG-89, college: Kentucky) for the remainder of the season according to AZCentral reporter Doug Haller. The 27-year-old sat out last night's game against Sacramento despite being in uniform and available to play. Immediately after Phoenix's 107-101 defeat, reports started surfacing that Bledsoe would not play again in 2016-17. Combined with the continued absence of veteran guard Brandon Knight, it would appear that Tyler Ulis will be the starting point guard for the Suns moving forward. The rookie out of Kentucky posted 13 points and 13 assists in 39 minutes of action against Sacramento. Bledsoe, meanwhile, will miss the final month of what was a career year. In his fourth season with Phoenix, the former first-round pick was averaging 21.1 points, 6.3 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals per contest.
Courtesy of: nba.com



Leonard's 34 not enough in Spurs' 110-106 loss to Blazers - by Eurobasket News

Damian Lillard (6'3''-PG-90, college: Weber St.) scored 36 points and the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the San Antonio Spurs 110-106 on Wednesday night, spoiling LaMarcus Aldridge's return from a health scare. C.J. McCollum (6'4''-G-91, college: Lehigh) added 26 points for the Trail Blazers, who were coming off a 23-point loss in New Orleans on Tuesday. Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.) had 34 points to lead San Antonio (52-15), which had won 11 of 12 entering the game but fell one game behind Golden State for the league's best record. Aldridge had 19 points and seven rebounds after missing two games with a minor heart arrhythmia. He was cleared Wednesday morning and does not have any playing restrictions. Trailing 104-97 with 1:45 remaining, San Antonio closed within two as Aldridge scored five consecutive points on a layup and a powerful dunk that led to a three-point play. After Leonard missed a short runner, McCollum made a pair of free throws to end the Spurs' streak and give Portland a 106-102 lead. Patty Mills then hit a 3-pointer from the right corner off a feed from Leonard, but Lillard made four straight free throws to seal the victory for the Trail Blazers. Aldridge finished 9-for-24 from the field and played 32 minutes. He made his first two attempts, a 17-foot jumper and a 21-footer drawing loud cheers from the sold-out crowd. San Antonio raced to a 14-7 lead, but Portland went on an 11-2 run to quiet the crowd and keep the game within seven points throughout. Leonard finished 12-for-21 from the field, including consecutive dunks, in scoring 30-plus points for the 25th time this season. The 6-foot-7 forward first sprinted in from the free-throw line for a one-handed stuff against Noah Vonleh (6'10''-PF-95, college: Indiana) and then spun under the basket for a dunk against the 7-foot Jusuf Nurkic (7'0''-C-94). Portland closed the third quarter on a 9-3 run in taking an 82-80 lead to set up their fourth-quarter heroics. Lillard has scored 30 points in six of 11 games since returning from the All-Star break. Aldridge has scored 1,000 points for a 10th straight season, joining LeBron James and Dwyane Wade as the only active players with that streak. The Trail Blazers are at Atlanta on Saturday night. The Spurs are at Memphis on Saturday night.
Courtesy of: tdtnews.com



Bucks hold off Clippers 97-96 when Griffin misses late - by Eurobasket News

For a team fighting to make the playoffs, the absence of its second-leading scorer could have presented a huge problem. Milwaukee was 22-29 when it lost Jabari Parker and his 20.1 points per game to a season-ending knee injury last month. Yet after escaping with a 97-96 victory Wednesday night over the Los Angeles Clippers, the Bucks are a surprising 11-5 since Parker got hurt and they sit in seventh place in the Eastern Conference. "It's that group," Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd said. "It's their chemistry. They're just pros. They've worked extra hard and they're a team. They don't rely on one person and that was evident tonight." Six players scored in double figures for the Bucks, led by 16 points apiece from Khris Middleton (6'8''-F-91, college: Texas A&M) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (6'11''-G/F-94, agency: Octagon Europe). Perhaps the biggest basket of the night was a 3-pointer by Matthew Dellavedova (6'4''-G-90, college: St.Mary's, CA) that gave them a 97-91 lead with 1:17 to play. Milwaukee didn't score again, and the Clippers got five points from DeAndre Jordan (6'11''-C-88, college: Texas A&M) (22 points, 17 rebounds) down the stretch. After a timeout with 5.2 seconds left, Blake Griffin drove the lane and put up a short shot that rolled around the rim and out. "Decent look," Griffin said. "Wish we had two more seconds to let it develop a little bit, but got it up on the rim, which is what I was hoping for, but it didn't fall." Griffin finished with 18 points and seven rebounds, but star teammate Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) had an off night. He shot just 2 of 10 while scoring six points and turning the ball over six times. He had seven assists. "He is human," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "He had one of those games, but I don't think it was anything more than that." Joining Middleton and Antetokounmpo in double figures for the Bucks were Greg Monroe and Dellavedova with 12 points apiece. Malcom Brogdon and Mirza Teletovic each scored 11.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The Nets ink Archie Goodwin - by Eurobasket News

Brooklyn Nets agreed terms with 23-year old guard Archie Goodwin (196-90kg-94, college: Kentucky). He started the season at Greensboro Swarm. In 34 D-League games he had very impressive stats: 17.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg this season.
In 2013 Goodwin was drafted by Oklahoma City Thunder in first round (29th overall). He attended University of Kentucky and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Goodwin's team won D-League Showcase Cup in 2015. He was also voted SEC All-Freshman Team back in 2013 at his college time.
Goodwin has played previously professionally in NBA (New Orleans Pelicans and Phoenix Suns) and D-League (Northern Arizona Suns).

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Akeem Wright (ex Apoel) is a newcomer at the Storm - by Eurobasket News

Island Storm (NBL Canada) added to their roster 33-year old American swingman Akeem Wright (200-98kg-84, college: Kansas State). He started the season at Apoel in Cypriot Division A. In 17 games he recorded 13.2ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.1apg and 1.2spg this season. Wright helped them to make it to the Supercup final. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Cyprus League All-Star Game. Wright also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 14.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5spg.
The most of last season Wright spent at London Lightning. In 48 NBL Canada games he had 14.6ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.9apg and 1.2spg. He contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) (also twice). Great season indeed as he was voted to USBasket.com All-NBL Canada Honorable Mention. The other team Wright played that season for was Tampereen Pyrinto in Finnish Korisliiga. In 14 games he got 14.1ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.4apg.
Wright is quite experienced player. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Australia and of course North America) in nine different countries. Wright has played previously professionally in Argentina, Israel (Maccabi Kiryat Gat and Elitzur Ramla), Jordan, New Zealand (Pistons and Nuggets), Saudi Arabia, Spain (Blancos de Rueda), Sweden (Sundsvall Dragons), Ukraine (DniproAzot) and Canada (Halifax_Rainmen, Moncton Miracles and Power).
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.
Wright attended Kansas State until 2007 and it is his tenth season as a professional player.

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The Storm let Trapp go - by Eurobasket News

Island Storm (NBL Canada) cut 25-year old American guard Jackson Trapp (193-91kg-92, college: Florida Atlantic). But in two NBL Canada games he averaged just 1.0ppg this season.
The last summer Trapp played at Miami in U.S. semi-pro league Eurobasket Summer League in Orlando.
He graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

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Riptide lands Alex Campbell - by Eurobasket News

Saint John Riptide (NBL Canada) tabbed 24-year old guard Alex Campbell (188-91kg-93, college: Windsor) from Windsor Express. In 8 NBL Canada games he averaged just 2.8ppg this season. Campbell also spent pre-season at Lancers earlier that year.
Among other achievements his team won OUA West Division Regular Season for two years in a row (2015 and 2016).
Campbell graduated from University of Windsor in 2016 and it is his first season in pro basketball.

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Riptide released Jabs Newby - by Eurobasket News

Saint John Riptide (NBL Canada) released 26-year old guard Jabs Newby (188-86kg-91, college: Gannon). In 25 NBL Canada games he had 6.1ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.9apg this season.
The last season Newby played at Windsor Express. But in 5 NBL Canada games he recorded just 1.6ppg.
His team made it to the NBL Canada Semifinals in 2016.
Newby has played previously professionally in D-League (Raptors 905 Missisauga).
He attended Gannon University until 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player.
Newby could be described: A guard with outstanding athletic ability, skills, and aggressiveness. He's a big, strong power guard with great leaping abilities.

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Wonge is back at Moncton Miracles, ex Uhud - by Eurobasket News

Moncton Miracles (NBL Canada) agreed terms with 31-year old American forward Darrell Wonge (199-86, college: Winston Salem, agency: Interperformances). It is actually his comeback to Moncton Miracles as he has played here before. Wonge played last season at Uhud in Saudi Arabian SBL league.
The previous (14-15) season he played at Al Wehda (Premier League) in Saudi Arabia.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Wonge's team made it to the NBL Canada Semifinals in 2013. He was also voted Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese JBL2 2nd Team back in 2009.
Wonge is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in four different countries. Wonge tasted the life as pro basketball player in Asia, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Argentina (Sionista), Japan (Toyotsu Fighting Eagles Nagoya), EBA (N.Y. Wizards) and Ecuador (Haro and ComuniKT).
Wonge attended Winston Salem State University until 2008 and it will be his ninth season as a professional player.
On Wonge: Considered one of the best shooters in the 2010-11 EBA season. A natural 2-guard, Darrell is long enough and strong enough to match up against larger players if needed. At 6'7' with a high release point on his jump shot Darrell' s outside shot is almost impossible to block or change! His length might be his biggest advantage for the position he plays!.

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Moncton Miracles waive Sutton - by Eurobasket News

Moncton Miracles (NBL Canada) waived 29-year old American point guard Leon Sutton (185-88, college: Great Falls). In 16 NBL Canada games he had 3.4ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.3apg this season. Sutton also spent pre-season at Apollon in Cypriot Division A earlier that year where in only one NBL Canada game he recorded 5 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals.
He has played previously professionally in Brazil (Metodista/Sao Bernardo do Campo, Campo Mourao and Lins) and D-League (Salt Lake City Stars).
Sutton is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.
He attended University of Great Falls until 2012 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.

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Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Frank MASON
  Kansas
  (180-PG-94)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Mason, Kansas20.7 
 2. Evans, Oklahoma.19.0 
 3. Carroll, Oklahoma St.17.4 
 4. Motley, Baylor17.3 
 5. Jackson, Kansas16.8 
 6. Morris, Iowa St.16.3 
 7. Mitrou-Long, Iowa S.15.5 
 8. Evans, Texas Tech14.9 
 9. Burton, Iowa St.14.8 
 10. Mack, Texas14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Johnathan MOTLEY
  Baylor
  (206-F-95)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Motley, Baylor9.9 
 2. Williams, TCU9.3 
 3. Allen, Texas8.4 
 4. Lucas, Kansas8.1 
 5. Jackson, Kansas7.4 
 6. Smith, Texas Tech7.3 
 7. Acuil, Baylor7.0 
 8. Carroll, Oklahoma St.6.6 
 9. Iwundu, Kansas St.6.4 
 10. Lattin, Oklahoma6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jawun EVANS
  Oklahoma.
  (185-PG-96)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Evans, Oklahoma.6.2 
 2. Morris, Iowa St.6.1 
 3. Robinson, TCU5.6 
 4. Mason, Kansas5.0 
 5. Stokes, Kansas St.4.2 
 6. Graham, Kansas4.2 
 7. Carter, W.Virginia3.9 
 8. Fisher, TCU3.9 
 9. Lecomte, Baylor3.9 
 10. Roach, Texas3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jevon CARTER
  W.Virginia
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Carter, W.Virginia2.6 
 2. Brown, Kansas St.2.3 
 3. Woodard, Oklahoma1.9 
 4. Wainright, Baylor1.8 
 5. Phillip, W.Virginia1.8 
 6. Burton, Iowa St.1.8 
 7. Evans, Oklahoma.1.8 
 8. Jackson, Kansas1.7 
 9. Roach, Texas1.6 
 10. Morris, Iowa St.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Joseph ACUIL
  Baylor
  (213-F-94)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Acuil, Baylor2.6 
 2. Brodziansky, TCU2.2 
 3. Lattin, Oklahoma2.1 
 4. Johnson, Kansas St.1.6 
 5. Azubuike, Kansas1.6 
 6. Allen, Texas1.5 
 7. Konate, W.Virginia1.5 
 8. Burton, Iowa St.1.4 
 9. Smith, Texas Tech1.3 
 10. Solomon, Oklahoma.1.2 


USC wipes out 17-point deficit to defeat Providence, 75-71 - by Eurobasket News

March is a good time to make an introduction, and 30 minutes into an improbable USC comeback victory on Wednesday, 75-71 over Providence, the college basketball world met Nick Rakocevic (6'11''-F-97). The best way to watch Rakocevic is to watch his teammates. Halfway through the second half of the NCAA tournament 'First Four,' two of his best teammates, forwards Chimezie Metu (6'11''-F-97) and Bennie Boatwright (6'10''-F-96), were on the bench, watching with visibly surging enthusiasm. Rakocevic, a 6-foot-11 double shot of espresso from Chicago, had been trying to perfect a specific move against the pair countless times in practice. It had never worked in a game. As they looked on against Providence, Rakocevic jabbed, pumped up, scooped under and then shot. 'He finally did it,' a grinning Boatwright said after. Metu jumped up. The whole bench erupted. Boatwright waved a towel, 'like I was the last player on the bench,' he said. In an unlikely win from 17 points down, which avenged USC's crushing loss to Providence in last season's tournament opener and sent the Trojans to Tulsa, Okla., to play Southern Methodist, there were players who scored more points than Rakocevic. There were players - most of them, in fact - who played more minutes. But all anybody wanted to talk about in a relieved USC locker room was Rakocevic, his energy and his 13 minutes of ecstasy that saved USC's season. When he entered, USC was down 12. When he exited, USC was up five. He scored only nine points and had just one rebound but recorded the best plus-minus in the game: plus-10. There was energy, like a puppy after a nap. 'This win's probably his,' guard Elijah Stewart (6'5''-G-95) said. 'Honestly, we should be at the crib right now.' Statistically, Rakocevic has been a rather quiet presence for USC this season. Otherwise, Rakocevic has been anything but. 'A big 12-year-old,' said walk-on Kurt Karis, who played basketball against Rakocevic during a childhood in Illinois. 'He always wants to play around.' 'Fearless, man,' point guard Jordan McLaughlin said. 'He's from Chicago.' Often, USC needs the jolt. USC's other regulars are laid back, mirroring Coach Andy Enfield 's relaxed demeanor off the court. Rakocevic sticks out. 'We're a very chill team,' guard Jonah Mathews (6'3''-G-98) said. 'He's the picker-upper.' USC was too chill early against the Friars, which was nothing new. USC has now come back to win from 10 points down or more 12 times this season. But the margin was alarming. The Friars used a 15-0 run and led at halftime, 44-29. They flummoxed USC with a zone. They found space in USC's on the perimeter, where they made eight of 15 first-half attempts. At the half, the coaching staff performed a familiar ritual: lighting into a team that lacked fire. 'I think it's just - give Coach a heart attack or something,' Rakocevic said. 'I don't really know why we do it.' Enfield asked his players, 'What are you scared of?' Stewart recalled. Then he set a goal: Get to single digits by the 12-minute mark of the second half. The Trojans met that goal with about 12 minutes left on a Boatwright three-pointer. 'We were just getting more and more hope,' Mathews said. A pair of Rakocevic free throws made cut the deficit to three. A steal set up a go-ahead jumper from Metu. When a Metu block lead to another score, Providence called timeout. The game, Metu said, had swung dramatically. 'The other team, they kind of got a little shook,' Metu said. 'And we saw that. Smelled blood in the water. And we just pounced on it.' To emphasize the swing, Metu strolled, unintentionally, he said after, through Providence's huddle. Providence took offense. Metu said he was shoved. Then he flexed and yelled. 'From there, it was game on,' Metu said. 'They're on the East Coast, they think we're just some preppy beach boys because we're in Southern California. We just toughened up.' Metu finished with 15 points. Boatwright led USC with 24, and McLaughlin scored 18 with 10 rebounds. But the king of the evening strolled through the locker room, sheathed in an NCAA-branded towel instead of a robe, cracking jokes and taking grief. Rakocevic had not exhausted his energy. 'And thank God,' Metu said, 'because we really needed that.'
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Mizzou names Cuonzo Martin basketball coach - by Eurobasket News

Cuonzo Martin is the new men's basketball head coach at Missouri, the university announced Wednesday. Martin, a native of East St. Louis, has been a head coach at three Division I programs, spending the last three seasons at the University of California-Berkeley. Official terms of his contract were not released, though it's expected to be a seven-year deal worth a reported $21 million, which would make him the highest-paid basketball coach in team history. Martin will be officially introduced as Missouri's 19th men's basketball coach at a press conference at 4 p.m. Monday at Mizzou Arena. Martin, whose first name is pronounced KAHN-zo, had a 62-39 record at Cal. The Bears were 21-13 this season, ending with Tuesday's first-round loss in the NIT to Cal-Bakersfield. Cal announced Martin's resignation earlier Wednesday. 'We are thrilled that Cuonzo is returning to the Midwest and that his family will now call Columbia home,' Mizzou athletics director Jim Sterk said. 'From the outset of our search, our goal was to find a coach who had demonstrated success, academically and on the court, while also sharing our values and who can help to reignite interest in Mizzou Men's Basketball among our fan base. I believe we found all of that and more with Cuonzo and I look forward to watching him compete for championships and postseason appearances for many years to come.' Martin, 45, has been high on Sterk's list since the start of the search process, multiple sources said, and had the backing of several prominent donors. Once Illinois fired Jon Groce, Martin's Big Ten ties and Illinois roots led some within the coaching industry to believe Illinois was the more natural fit for Martin. SEC Network's Paul Finebaum tweeted Wednesday that Martin turned down an $18-million offer from Illinois before accepting the Missouri job. Sterk was in California on Sunday visiting with Martin, a source confirmed. Sterk flew from Jefferson City to Oakland to conduct the meeting. Martin's hiring could pay off immediately in recruiting. Washington will fire longtime coach Lorenzo Romar, ESPN reported Thursday, which means prized recruit Michael Porter Jr. will be allowed to ask out of his national letter of intent. Michael Porter Sr., the player's father, is an assistant coach at Washington. A source close to the situation said Martin will consider hiring Porter Sr. as an assistant coach at Mizzou and Porter Jr. could follow him to Columbia. The Porters lived in Columbia from 2010-2016 when Porter Sr. worked on the Mizzou women's basketball staff under coach Robin Pingeton, his sister-in-law. Mizzou was among Porter Jr.'s final five college choices when he committed to Washington last year, along with Indiana, Virginia and Oklahoma. Former Mizzou men's coach Kim Anderson offered Porter Sr. a job on his staff last summer but he instead moved to Seattle to join Washington's staff. The Porters' younger son, Jontay Porter, a four-star recruit for the 2018 class, is committed to Washington. The Porters' sisters, Cierra and Bri play on the Mizzou women's team. Martin's best season at Cal came last year when the Bears finished third in the Pac-12 and earned a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the highest NCAA seed in team history. At Cal, he's recruited two four-star prospects and two five-stars, including Jaylen Brown, the No. 3 pick in last year's NBA draft to the Boston Celtics, and current standout Ivan Rabb. Martin was under contract through 2018-19 and owes Cal a reported buyout of at least $1.1 million. "Cuonzo Martin informed me this morning that he is resigning to accept a position at another school," Cal athletics director Mike Williams said. "We put forth our best effort to retain him, but he told me it wasn't about Cal, rather a strong desire to move closer to home. We appreciate all that Cuonzo has done with our men's basketball program over the past three seasons, creating excitement inside Haas Pavilion, guiding our team to a pair of postseason appearances and improving the academic performance of our student-athletes." Before coming to Cal, Martin, was 63-41 in three seasons at Tennessee, highlighted by a run to the Sweet 16 in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. Martin left Knoxville for Cal after more than 36,000 fans signed a petition to replace Martin with former Vols coach Bruce Pearl, who was fired for committing NCAA violations. Mizzou would have pursued Martin three years ago, sources said at the time, but he accepted the Cal job just two days before Mizzou coach Frank Haith left for the head-coaching job at Tulsa. Martin's first college head-coaching job was at Missouri State, where he was 61-41 from 2008-11, including a Missouri Valley Conference championship in 2011. Martin played for Gene Keady at Purdue and later spent eight seasons at Purdue as an assistant coach. Known as a defensive-minded coach who learned under his college coach Gene Keady, Martin has produced three teams that ranked in the top 20 for adjusted defensive efficiency by kenpom.com, including each of his last two teams at Cal. In recent weeks Missouri has also explored Indiana coach Tom Crean as a candidate, though it's unclear how serious Sterk was about the Hoosiers coach. Butler's Chris Holtmann and Baylor's Scott Drew, both coaching in the NCAA Tournament, have also been on Sterk's radar since Kim Anderson was fired last month, sources said. Martin replaces Anderson, who was 27-68 in three seasons on the job. Martin comes to Missouri with more Division I head-coaching wins than any previous new hire at the school for the position, edging Frank Haith (129), Norm Stewart (97) and Mike Anderson (89). Former coaches Quin Snyder and Kim Anderson had never been Division I head coaches before landing the job at Mizzou.
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Cal's Cuonzo Martin resigns to look at other opportunities - by Eurobasket News

California coach Cuonzo Martin has stepped down amid reports he is headed to Missouri. Athletic director Mike Williams says Martin informed him he was pursuing "other opportunities." Cal announced Martin's resignation Wednesday, a day after the Golden Bears' season ended in the first round of the NIT with a loss to Cal State Bakersfield. Martin completed his third year as head coach in Berkeley. Cal went 21-13 this season and tied for fifth place in the Pac-12. Martin was 62-39 overall, 29-25 in conference. Williams says Cal "put forth our best effort to retain him, but he told me it wasn't about Cal, rather a strong desire to move closer to home." Former Mizzou coach Kim Anderson stepped down earlier this month.
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Tyler Geving fired after 8 seasons as coach at Portland State - by Eurobasket News

Portland State has fired coach Tyler Geving after eight seasons, the school announced on Wednesday. Geving, 43, was 97-117 overall entering the season. The Vikings were 15-16 overall and 7-11 in Big Sky play this past year. Geving signed a contract extension in 2015 that went through the 2018 season. "I want to thank Coach Geving and his staff for their contributions to the development of our men's basketball program, the department, and university throughout the years," athletic director Valerie Cleary said in a statement. "Coach Geving did outstanding work in recruiting great student-athletes and changing the culture of academic success amongst the team. These decisions are always difficult, and especially in this case due to the outstanding character of Coach Geving." Geving took over in 2009 after spending four seasons as an assistant under Ken Bone, who left to coach Washington State.
Courtesy of: espn.com



Balanced K-State beats Wake Forest 95-88 in First Four - by Eurobasket News

After finally making it into the NCAA Tournament with its offensive balance, Kansas State showcased its array of scorers in the First Four. Kamau Stokes (6'0''-G-95) scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half of a wide-open game on Tuesday night, and the Wildcats' versatility was the difference as they pulled away to a 95-88 victory over Wake Forest. Eleventh-seeded K-State (21-13) got its first NCAA Tournament win in five years and a trip to play No. 6 Cincinnati on Friday in Sacramento as part of the South Regional. The Bearcats are known for their tight defense. "It's a good matchup for us," said Wesley Iwundu (6'7''-F-94) , who had 24 points. "You know they're a tough team, but we're down for any challenge. We're the underdogs now but we like being the underdogs." In a matchup of two versatile offenses, the Wildcats had the most options and hot shooters. Four players finished in double figures - their season norm - as the Wildcats shot a season-high 66 percent from the field against a team they had never faced. "Now you're playing somebody new and maybe you can get some of the little looks that you haven't gotten in probably like the last six weeks," coach Bruce Weber said. Stokes missed three of his four shots in the first half, but found his touch right away after the break, hitting a pair of quick 3s. "I think he just needed to shake off his jitters in the first NCAA Tournament game," Iwundu said. "But in the second half, he got back to doing what he does best, hitting some big shots." Wake Forest (19-14 ) couldn't keep up during its first NCAA Tournament game in seven years. The Demon Deacons scored 90 points nine times during the season, but couldn't match the Wildcats. "We came close and then we let them build another lead," said John Collins (6'10''-F-97), who had 26 points and nine rebounds. "So I think it was kind of a trend." It was a breakthrough season for the Demon Deacons in coach Danny Manning 's third season. He led Kansas to the 1988 national championship - Danny and The Miracles, as they're known - by beating K-State along the way. And now he had the Demon Deacons back in the tournament for the first time in seven years. "For us, it's been a long, eventful season," Manning said.
Courtesy of: abcnews.com



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  NCAA2  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ethan ALVANO
  CS San M.
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Alvano, CS San M.18.3 
 2. Dunhour, CS East .17.6 
 3. Golson, CS Domin.17.4 
 4. Jackson, San F.16.9 
 5. Hammonds, CS Los A.16.8 
 6. Wilson, CS Los A.15.4 
 7. Richard, CS East .14.6 
 8. Klie, Cal-San Diego14.5 
 9. Sadler, CS Domin.14.2 
 10. Boyd, CS San M.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joe BOYD
  CS San M.
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 10
 1. Boyd, CS San M.10.0 
 2. Young-II, Humboldt.8.9 
 3. Faniel, CS Stani.8.3 
 4. Kahlon, San F.8.1 
 5. Ducree, CS Monte.7.5 
 6. Ellis, Chico St.6.9 
 7. Dunhour, CS East .6.9 
 8. Hammonds, CS Los A.6.7 
 9. Sadler, CS Domin.6.4 
 10. Nichols, CS Domin.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ethan ALVANO
  CS San M.
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Alvano, CS San M.5.7 
 2. Anderson, CS East .4.6 
 3. Klie, Cal-San Diego4.6 
 4. Golson, CS Domin.4.4 
 5. Morgan, Humboldt.3.6 
 6. Jackson, San F.3.4 
 7. Wilson, CS Los A.3.3 
 8. Turner, CS San B.3.3 
 9. Medina, CS Stani.3.2 
 10. Duncan, Chico St.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Ethan ALVANO
  CS San M.
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Alvano, CS San M.2.2 
 2. Apsay, San F.2.1 
 3. Turner, CS San B.1.9 
 4. Duncan, Chico St.1.9 
 5. Ugbaja, San F.1.8 
 6. Ogundiran, Cal P.1.7 
 7. Medina, CS Stani.1.6 
 8. Jackson, San F.1.6 
 9. Calcaterra, San F.1.5 
 10. Wilson, CS Los A.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Calvin YOUNG II
  Humboldt.
  (193-F-)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Young-II, Humboldt.2.6 
 2. Briggs, Chico St.1.9 
 3. Kahlon, San F.1.7 
 4. Molony-B., Sonoma S.1.5 
 5. Frid, CS Los A.1.3 
 6. Gouveia, CS Stani.1.2 
 7. Ducree, CS Monte.1.1 
 8. Callum, CS Stani.1.0 
 9. Ellis, Chico St.0.9 
 10. Polosky, CS Monte.0.9 


FSU Wins Atlantic Region, Heads to Sioux Falls for Elite 8 - by Eurobasket News

Top-seeded and No. 3-ranked Fairmont State held off a second half surge by sixth-seeded Wheeling Jesuit to punch its ticket to the 2017 NCAA Division II Elite Eight in Sioux Falls, S.D. from March 22-25. With the win, FSU has also tied a program record for wins in a single season, with a 32-2 mark heading into the Elite Eight. Thomas Wimbush (6'7''-F) scored a team-high 26 points and pulled down six rebounds in the win. Wimbush went 8-of-15 from the field and 6-of-12 from three. Matt Bingaya (6'4''-G-94) was the only other Falcons to reach double-figures with 23 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Bingaya went 8-of-12 from the field. Point guards Shammgod Wells (5'9''-PG) (6) and Jason Jolly (4) combined for 10 assists and no turnovers in the victory. Wheeling Jesuit outshot Fairmont State, 46.9-43.9, but the Falcons drained 11 threes compared to just five for the Cardinals. After WJU cut what was a 17-point Fairmont State lead (54-37) at the 17:07 mark of the second half, to just five points (65-60) at 5:43 mark, Bingaya went 3-for-4 from the line on back-to-back possessions and Vonte Montgomery and Wimbush nailed triples to lead a 9-0 run that helped Fairmont State fend off Wheeling's comeback bid. Late in the second half, Wheeling closed Fairmont's lead to just four with seven seconds to play but time ran out and the Falcons wrapped up the 86-80 win in the closing seconds. The Cardinals placed four players in double-figures, led by Pat Moseh (6'6''-F) with 18 points, four rebounds and five assists. Kyle Ritz also recorded a double-double for Wheeling Jesuit with 15 points and 10 boards. Preston Boswell (6'2''-G) (13) and Jarin Hilson (12) rounded out the Cardinals in double figures. In addition to outshooting the Falcons, the Cards also held a double-digit rebounding margin (43-33). However, Wheeling turned the ball over 13 times, which turned into 19 points on the opposite end. Fairmont State will find out its Elite Eight matchup on Wednesday evening, following the completion of the East Regional final, which was delayed this evening due to snow in Syracuse, N.Y. The final eight times will be reseeded to make up the 2017 Elite Eight bracket. Seven teams have already punched their ticket to Sioux Falls, including Fairmont State, Northwest Missouri State, Bellarmine, Rollins, Lincoln Memorial, Colorado Mines and Chico State.
Courtesy of: fightingfalcons.com



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  NIGERIA  


Hoopers gear up for new season, sign experience league stars - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Rivers Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt has intensified their preparations for the upcoming 2016/2017 Nigeria Basketball League season by making key additions to their playing staff.

The former champions who made a quick return to top flight League last season after missing out of the 2014/2015 season will head into the new season after finishing third on their return to the top flight last term.

The Port Harcourt-based Hoopers retained 10 players out of the 14 that featured for them last season and added five new players to the fold, with Lagos Warriors guard, Anyebe Ujoh prominent among them.

Ujoh makes a return to the team he won the League double with in the 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 season. He however left for Kano Pillars the following year winning two straight titles in 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 season. Ujoh then moved to Abuja to win his 5th League title with Mark Mentors in the 2014/2015 season.

Meanwhile, training sessions have commenced for the 2016/2017 Nigeria Basketball League season. There will be one or two more additions before the commencement of the 2016/2017 season.

Other key players the Coach ogoh Odaudu tutored side added to its roster includes, Emmanuel Balogun - Shooting guard (Nigeria Customs), Solomon Ajagbeyi- Center (Nigeria Customs), Oghenetano Emuhowo - Center (Delta Force) and Buchi Nwaiwu- Power Forward (Plateau Peaks).

Rivers Hoopers full roster for the comming season expected to dunk-off in the first week of April are , Victor James (point guard), Victor Atisele (point guard), Anyebe Ujoh (point guard), Ronald Alalibo (shooting guard), Emmanuel Balogun (shooting guard), Victor Dakoru (shooting guard), Id Ogan (swingman) , Zidougha Bodisowei (swingman), Somto Managor (power forward), Belema Alamina (power forward, Buchi Nwaiwu (power forward), Ngowari Bobmanuel (centre), Oba Tonye (centre), Solomon Ajegbeyi (centre) and Oghenetano Emuhowo (centre).

The former champion will be up against the likes of Delta Force (Asaba), Kwara Falcons (Ilorin), Oluyole Warriors (Ibadan), Nigeria Customs (Lagos), Police Baton (Lagos), NAF Rockets (Lagos) and Hoops & Read (Lagos) in the Atlantic conference of the Premier league.




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  PARAGUAY  


LAST 20 Champ coaches at METRO PRO- - by Santiago Maciel

We have been working at different statistics levels these past months to re enforce and better
help our CPB develop the official basketball files.

Today we bring the list of last 17 coaches of Paraguayan Metro Asuncion League Champions.

It is very notable that from 2000 only 3 paraguayans have won the trophy. The rest have been
argentinians and spanish. The influence of foreingners in our basketball is very obvious
and posistive.

We believe we are very lucky to be very close to Argentina and Brazil, two of the best
basketball practicing countries in the world.

Here is the list of champ coaches and their teams:

2016- Juan Pablo Feliu (agency: DTMones )
2015- Eduardo Pfleger
2014- Juan Pablo Feliu (agency: DTMones )
2013- Jorge Elorduy
2012- Luis Orono

2011- Luis Orono
2010- Luis Orono
2009- Luis Alrberto Orono
2008- Valentin Sanchez
2007- Juan Pablo Feliu (agency: DTMones )

2006- Horacio Juan Segui
2005- Santiago Ochipinti
2004- Juan Pablo Feliu (agency: DTMones )
2003- Juan Pablo Feliu (agency: DTMones )
2002- Juan Pablo Feliu (agency: DTMones )
2001- Juan Pablo Feliu (agency: DTMones )
2000- Victor Papo Ljubetich

Latinbasket.co will enlarge this list as time goes on so that readers can have a better file of our
basketball history and stars-.

It is good to mention the the Paraguayan Coaches Association is working very strongly
to develop new coaches with an international profile.

The PCA will soon organize a Basketball clinic with the presence of Juan Hernandez
and Mario Mouche.

For example it is very notable that Juan Pablo Feliu (agency: DTMones ) won 7 titles and Lius Alberto Orono won 4 Metro titles.



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  PHILIPPINES  


PBA Commissioner's Cup opens on March 17 - by Aris Ignacio

Two weeks after the conclusion of the Philippine Basketball Association's (PBA) maiden conference, the Philippine Cup with the San Miguel Beermen capping a historic perpetual championship, the first play-for-play loop in Asia returns with the 2017 Commissioner's Cup.

The conference will be featuring reinforcements with a 6-foot-10 height limit as teams signed up familiar and new imports to boost their respective lineups.

Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings' Justin Brownlee (197-F-88, college: St.John's), who led the team in achieving the franchises' first title after eight long years, will be returning for a second tour of duty, but he will be facing much taller imports as he will be the smallest among the current batch.

Other returnees are Eugene Phelps (198-F-90, college: Long Beach St.) for the Phoenix Fuel Masters, James White (203-F-93, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Aspire Sports) for the Mahindra Floodbuster, and Wayne Chism (206-PF-87, college: Tennessee), formerly from the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, will be suiting up for the NLEX Road Warriors.

Also returning will be ex-GlobalPort Batang Pier reinforcement Shawn Taggart (207-F-85, college: Memphis) who will be donning the colors of the Elasto Painters.

A more familiar returnee will be former PBA Best Import Denzel Bowles (208-F/C-89, college: JMU, agency: Stealth Sport), who will be suiting up with the TNT KaTropa.

Blackwater Elite enlisted the services of former National Basketball Association (NBA) veteran Greg Smith (208-C-91, college: Fresno St.) and GlobalPort will be parading Sean Williams (208-F-86, college: Boston Coll.).

The Star Hotshots tapped ex-Detroit Piston Tony Mitchell with the Meralco Bolts will parade Alex Stepheson (208-F/C-87, college: USC).

Finally, the Beermen signed up Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85, college: Mississippi St.).

The 2017 Commissioner's Cup will formally open on March 17 (Manila Time) at the Smart Araneta Coliseum with the Bolts goes up against Mahindra in the first game before the main event that features the matchup between NLEX and Rain or Shine.

Aris Ignacio is from the Philippines and has always been a big fan of Philippine basketball. Aris' follows the Philippine Basketball Association since the late 80's and has learned the history and personalities of the PBA. He also has interest with other basketball tournaments in the Philippines and beyond most specifically college basketball (UAAP, NCAA), the Asian Basketball League (ABL), FIBA Asia and World Cup tournaments. Follow Aris Ignacio on Twitter at aris_ignacio.



Alaska Aces sign Cory Jefferson - by Eurobasket News

Alaska Aces (PBA) signed 27-year old American forward Cory Jefferson (206-100kg-90, college: Baylor). He just played at Austin Spurs (D-League) in the U.S. In 42 games he had very impressive stats: 15.8ppg and 8.4rpg this season. Great year as he was named to D-League All-Star Game. Jefferson was called during the season by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Three years ago he was drafted by San Antonio Spurs (NBA) in second round (60th overall). Jefferson attended Baylor University until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of Big 12 Tournament in 2012 and 2014.
Jefferson represented USA at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) four years ago.
He has played previously professionally in NBA (Brooklyn Nets and Phoenix Suns) and D-League (Northern Arizona Suns and Maine Red Claws).

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Philippines



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  POLAND  

DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Travis RELEFORD
  Siarka
  (198-SG-90)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Releford, Siarka18.1 
 2. Ireland, Trefl S.17.7 
 3. Czerapowicz, Kro.17.7 
 4. Szubarga, Asseco17.4 
 5. Brown, Szczecin16.4 
 6. Berisha, Polfarme.15.9 
 7. Miles, Polpharma15.5 
 8. Brown, Siarka14.9 
 9. Balmazovic, Start L.14.8 
 10. Matczak, Asseco14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn KING
  Stal Ostrow
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. King, Stal Ostrow10.9 
 2. Knowles, Siarka10.9 
 3. Markovic, Trefl S.9.0 
 4. Peterson, Start L.8.7 
 5. Fraser, Polfarme.8.4 
 6. Harris, AZS K.8.2 
 7. Bartosz, Polfarme.8.2 
 8. Kravish, Energa C.7.4 
 9. Czerapowicz, Kro.6.9 
 10. Archibeque, PGE T.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Energa C.
  (175-PG-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Blassingame, Energa C.7.0 
 2. Johnson, Stal O.6.5 
 3. Robinson, Szczecin5.8 
 4. Laczynski, Anwil5.7 
 5. Grzelinski, Siarka5.6 
 6. Brown, Siarka5.6 
 7. Wiggins, Start Lublin5.4 
 8. Szubarga, Asseco5.2 
 9. Brazelton, Rosa R.5.1 
 10. Koszarek, Stelm.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron JOHNSON
  Stal O.
  (173-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Johnson, Stal O.2.2 
 2. Robinson, Szczecin2.2 
 3. Lewis, Energa C.2.1 
 4. Markovic, Trefl S.2.0 
 5. Laczynski, Anwil1.9 
 6. Brown, Siarka1.9 
 7. Wiggins, Start Lublin1.8 
 8. Grochowski, Polfarme.1.7 
 9. Johnson, MKS D.1.6 
 10. Woloszyn, MKS D.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Justin JACKSON
  Energa C.
  (204-C/F-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Jackson, Energa C.1.8 
 2. Knowles, Siarka1.6 
 3. King, Stal Ostrow1.3 
 4. Robbins, Szczecin1.3 
 5. Gabinski, Polfarme.1.2 
 6. Mirkovic, Polpharma1.1 
 7. Wyka, Krosno1.1 
 8. Maddox, Krosno1.0 
 9. Brown, AZS K.1.0 
 10. Harris, AZS K.1.0 


Johnson number one in Poland for round 22 - by Eurobasket News

American Point guard Aaron Johnson (173-PG-88, agency: Two Points) put on an amazing game in the last round for Stal Ostrow, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 22.
The 28-year old player got a double-double of 11 points and 17 assists, while his team beat Krosno (#8, 13-11) 89-78. Stal Ostrow is placed at 3rd position in Polish PLK. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Stal Ostrow will need more victories to improve their 16-8 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Johnson as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Former University of Alabama at Birmingham star has very solid stats this year. Johnson is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 6.5apg) and averages impressive 2.2spg and 55.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old international swingman Michal Michalak (197-G/F-93) of PGE Turow. Michalak had a very good evening with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course PGE Turow cruised to a 109-98 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Polfarmex Kutno (#16, 4-19). This victory allowed PGE Turow to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-11 record is not bad and everything may still change. Michalak is a newcomer at PGE Turow, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another PGE Turow's star - Ukrainian forward Denis Ikovlev (200-F-86). Ikovlev showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was another key player of PGE Turow, helping his team with a 109-98 win against the lower-ranked Polfarmex Kutno (#16, 4-19). PGE Turow needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 11 lost games. Ikovlev has a very solid season. In 23 games in Poland he scored 11.5ppg. He also has 3.3apg and FGP: 56.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcus Ginyard (196-F/G-87) of Energa Czarni - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Tweety Carter (180-PG-86) of PGE Turow - 26 points and 9 assists
6. Michael Fraser (203-C-84) of Polfarmex Kutno - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jure Skific (202-F-88) of Torun - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Kerron Johnson (183-PG-90) of MKS DG - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Nemanja Jaramaz (200-G-91) of Anwil - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Anthony Ireland (175-PG-91) of Trefl Sopot - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Matczak joins Stelmet ZG - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion Stelmet Zielona Gora (PLK) added to their roster 24-year old international guard Filip Matczak (187-93). It is actually his comeback to Stelmet as he has played here before. He started the season at Asseco (PLK). Matczak has played there for the last four years. In 23 PLK games he recorded 14.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.2apg and 1.4spg this season. The last season Matczak played also at Asseco (TBL) where in 35 games he averaged 12.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.6apg and 1.1spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Honorable Mention.
Matczak won Polish League championship title in 2013.
He has been also a member of Polish international program for some years. Matczak has regularly played for Polish senior team since 2016 and previously for U18 National Team in 2011.
He represented Poland at the European Championships U20 Division B in Pitesti (Romania) four years ago. Matczak's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 6.5ppg, 1.9rpg, 2.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 18.2%, FT: 66.7%.
Matczak has played previously for three other teams: Stal Ostrow Wlkp., SMS PZKosz and GTK Gdynia.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Poland



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  PORTUGAL  


WABC and FIBA launch Coaches Educational Platform - by Hugo Carvalho

MIES - The World Association of Basketball Coaches (WABC), in collaboration with FIBA, have unveiled a new Coaches Educational Platform, available free of charge to basketball coaches of all levels around the world.

The WABC Coaches Platform replaces the interface formerly known as FIBA Coaching Library and centralises all coaches' resources and information. It includes the full content - Mini Basketball, Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 - that makes up the WABC Coaches Manual, as well provide new functionalities such as a Video Library and a map registering all upcoming coaches' courses and clinics.

As with the WABC Coaches Manual, the WABC Coaches Platform will be translated into different languages - including French, Spanish and Chinese, with Russian and Portuguese also targeted - over the course of 2017-2018.

WABC President Patrick Hunt said: "The WABC Coaches Platform provides continuity from the WABC Coaches Manual released in November 2016. It offers a central point of information for all coaches around the world and serves their knowledge development. FIBA and the WABC remain committed to supporting the education and development of coaches. To that end, the new platform is another step towards a high-standard service for basketball coaches worldwide."

FIBA Secretary General and International Olympic Committee (IOC) Member Patrick Baumann said: "The World Association of Basketball Coaches and FIBA have worked together to create a platform that is essential in the development and growth of basketball coaches across the world. Having highly-skilled coaches is vital in order for players and teams alike to reach their full potential. I wish to thank WABC President Patrick Hunt for seeing this project through and for his commitment and contribution to developing our wonderful global game."

www.fiba.com




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  ROMANIA  

Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Milos BOJOVIC
  Phoenix .
  (198-G/F-81)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Bojovic, Phoenix .19.8 
 2. Jeremic, BC Timis.18.7 
 3. Hargrove, Craiova18.6 
 4. Martinic, Targu M.18.3 
 5. Dykes, UBT C.16.9 
 6. Moldoveanu, UBT C.16.7 
 7. Mohammed, Targu M.16.2 
 8. Abrams, Craiova16.1 
 9. Sutalo, Dinamo B.15.7 
 10. Runkauskas, Steaua C.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris COOPER
  CSU Sibiu
  (205-C/F-90)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Cooper, CSU Sibiu7.8 
 2. Falker, Steaua CSM7.6 
 3. Lee, Craiova7.4 
 4. Tasic, Dinamo B.7.3 
 5. Barro, UBT C.7.1 
 6. Hardy, CSU Sibiu6.8 
 7. Dudzinski, Steaua C.6.5 
 8. Flowers, BC Timis.6.3 
 9. Macura, Olimpic6.1 
 10. Moldoveanu, UBT C.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Goran MARTINIC
  Targu M.
  (187-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Martinic, Targu M.7.2 
 2. Dundjerski, Dinamo B.7.2 
 3. Adamovic, UBT C.6.5 
 4. Thomasson, Dinamo B.5.8 
 5. Kostoski, Pitesti5.4 
 6. Long, Steaua CSM5.4 
 7. Franklin, Oradea5.2 
 8. Kabongo, Pitesti5.1 
 9. Marinovic, Craiova4.8 
 10. Mirkovic, Oradea4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HARDY
  CSU Sibiu
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Hardy, CSU Sibiu2.7 
 2. Gugino, Phoenix .2.3 
 3. Dundjerski, Dinamo B.2.2 
 4. Adamovic, UBT C.2.2 
 5. Bojovic, Phoenix .2.2 
 6. Otasevic, BC Timis.2.1 
 7. Martinic, Targu M.2.1 
 8. Long, Steaua CSM1.9 
 9. Waters, Phoenix .1.9 
 10. Graham, Dinamo B.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Laszlo LAZAR
  Targu Mures
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Lazar, Targu Mures1.8 
 2. Hunter, Pitesti1.2 
 3. Cooper, CSU Sibiu1.0 
 4. Gregory, Craiova1.0 
 5. Dragusin, BC Timis.1.0 
 6. Falker, Steaua CSM0.9 
 7. Pavlovic, Olimpic0.9 
 8. Denison, Oradea0.9 
 9. Barro, UBT C.0.9 
 10. Bureau, Craiova0.8 



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  RUSSIA  

Higher League stats leaders

Points Per Game
 Andrey SEMENOV
  Runa B.
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Semenov, Runa B.20.6 
 2. Ageev, Stroitie.17.1 
 3. Pisarchuk, Burevest.15.0 
 4. Zhukanenko, Cheb.Yas.14.4 
 5. Zuev, Spartak SP14.2 
 6. Hloponin, Spart.14.1 
 7. Tkachenko, Cheb.Yas.14.1 
 8. Kaytukov, Dynam.13.7 
 9. Babushkin, Spart.13.6 
 10. Gladyshev, Dyn-Magn.13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nikita GRESEV
  Tambov
  (204-F-88)
  Avg: 9
 1. Gresev, Tambov9.0 
 2. Zaykin, Stroitie.8.1 
 3. Semenov, Runa B.7.2 
 4. Pisarchuk, Burevest.7.0 
 5. Dubinin, Dyn-Magn.6.6 
 6. Tarasov, Runa B.6.5 
 7. Voron, Tambov6.3 
 8. Babushkin, Spart.6.1 
 9. Gafarov, Dynam.6.1 
 10. Vertelov, Dyn-Magn.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Vasiliy GLADYSHEV
  Dyn-Magn.
  (189-PG-83)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Gladyshev, Dyn-Magn.4.5 
 2. Osokin, Dyn-Magn.4.5 
 3. Getmanov, Cheb.Yas.4.2 
 4. Ageev, Stroitie.4.0 
 5. Ilmenkov, Burevest.3.9 
 6. Metreveli, Runa B.3.8 
 7. Zhukanenko, Cheb.Yas.3.6 
 8. Zuev, Spartak SP3.5 
 9. Tumanov, Tambov3.5 
 10. Zagnoyko, Tambov3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Vasiliy GLADYSHEV
  Dyn-Magn.
  (189-PG-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Gladyshev, Dyn-Magn.2.7 
 2. Metreveli, Runa B.2.3 
 3. Getmanov, Cheb.Yas.2.2 
 4. Bartunov, Spart.2.0 
 5. Osokin, Dyn-Magn.1.8 
 6. Sokolov, Runa B.1.7 
 7. Ageev, Stroitie.1.6 
 8. Ilmenkov, Burevest.1.6 
 9. Semenov, Runa B.1.6 
 10. Tumanov, Tambov1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Illya MARCHENKO
  Cheb.Yas.
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Marchenko, Cheb.Yas.1.4 
 2. Babushkin, Spart.1.1 
 3. Sazonov, Burevest.1.0 
 4. Epanov, Dyn-Magn.1.0 
 5. Voronchikhin, Stroitie.1.0 
 6. Gresev, Tambov1.0 
 7. Magan, Cheb.Yas.0.9 
 8. Semenov, Runa B.0.8 
 9. Voron, Tambov0.8 
 10. Pershin, Tambov0.8 


Tambov inks Tamirlan Bekkiev - by Eurobasket News

BK Tambov (Superleague 2) agreed terms with 25-year old power forward Tamirlan Bekkiev (204-90kg-92) from Dynamo-CBK Stavropol. In 30 Superleague 2 games he had 9.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.2apg and 1.0spg this season. The last season Bekkiev played at Avtodor. But in 11 Eurocup games he recorded just 0.9ppg. He also played 18 games in VTB United League where he averaged only 1.5ppg.
Bekkiev's team made it to the U23 League Semifinals in 2015.
He represented Russia at the World Championships U19 in Latvia six years ago. Bekkiev's team got to the Semifinals and his stats at that event were 6 games: 1.3ppg, 1.2rpg.
Bekkiev has played previously for three other teams: Severstal, Ryazan and Ataman.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Superleague 1 Round 27: Spartak-Prim. defeat Samara-SGEU in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Superleague 1.

The most exciting game of round 27 in the Superleague 1 took place in Vladivostok. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Samara-SGEU (15-7) to sixth ranked Spartak-Prim. (13-9) 72-69 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Samara-SGEU. 30 personal fouls committed by Samara-SGEU helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for power forward Maxim Krivosheev (207-88) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Fedor Klyuchnikov (192-90) helped adding 13 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Alexey Zhukanenko (210-86, agency: Alti Sport) with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Samara-SGEU's coach Sergei Zozulin tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Spartak-Prim. maintains sixth place with 13-9 record. Samara-SGEU at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Spartak-Prim. are looking forward to face Ryazan (#11) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Samara-SGEU will play against Sakhalin (#4) in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Superleague 1 top team - Novosybirsk (17-6) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eighth ranked Kupol-Rodniki (10-11) 69-64. It was a quality performance for swingman Gleb Goldyrev (200-93) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Sergey Tokarev accounted for 14 points and 5 rebounds. Center Vladimir Lidyaev (203-87) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for Kupol-Rodniki in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Novosybirsk maintains first place with 17-6 record. Kupol-Rodniki at the other side keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Novosybirsk will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kupol-Rodniki will play on the road against Irkut Irkutsk (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Fifth ranked Sakhalin (14-8) crushed at home 11th ranked Ryazan (5-17) by 31 points 95-64, which is the biggest margin this round on Tuesday night. The best player for the winners was Artem Yakovenko who scored 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Sakhalin's coach Eduard Raud felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Mikhail Karpachev who recorded 25 points and 8 rebounds. Sakhalin moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Irkut. Ryazan lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 17 games lost. Sakhalin will meet at home higher ranked Samara-SGEU (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ryazan will play against Spartak-Prim. (#6) in Vladivostok and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 27 MBA Moscow lost to Khimky-Podmos. on the opponent's court 63-71. Ural Ekaterinb. unfortunately lost to Irkut in a home game 79-85.

Sakhalin - Ryazan 95-64

Fifth ranked Sakhalin (14-8) crushed at home 11th ranked Ryazan (5-17) by 31 points 95-64, which is the biggest margin this round on Tuesday night. Sakhalin forced 24 Ryazan turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Artem Yakovenko (205-88, agency: Alti Sport) who scored 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Alexey Nesterov (204-88) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four Sakhalin players scored in double figures. Sakhalin's coach Eduard Raud felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Mikhail Karpachev (198-92) who recorded 25 points and 8 rebounds and forward Evgeny Karpeko (204-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Sakhalin moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Irkut. Ryazan lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 17 games lost. Sakhalin will meet at home higher ranked Samara-SGEU (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ryazan will play against Spartak-Prim. (#6) in Vladivostok and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ryazan: M.Karpachev 25+8reb+2ast, I.Rusetskiy 12+1reb, V.Staratelev 11+2reb+2ast, E.Karpeko 9+6reb+4ast, A.Bychkov 7+3reb+2ast, E.Gontarev 0
Sakhalin: A.Yakovenko 25+7reb+4ast, M.Sheleketo 18+4reb, A.Nesterov 14+7reb+2ast, D.Zibirov 11+2reb+2ast, I.Smygin 10+4reb+2ast, A.Golyahov 8+2reb+7ast
gschID: 496364


Spartak-Prim. - Samara-SGEU 72-69

The most exciting game of round 27 in the Superleague 1 took place in Vladivostok. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 3rd placed Samara-SGEU (15-7) to sixth ranked Spartak-Prim. (13-9) 72-69 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Samara-SGEU. 30 personal fouls committed by Samara-SGEU helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for power forward Maxim Krivosheev (207-88) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Fedor Klyuchnikov (192-90) helped adding 13 points and 5 rebounds. Four Spartak-Prim. players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Alexey Zhukanenko (210-86, agency: Alti Sport) with 17 points and 5 rebounds and the former international forward Aleksei Zozulin (198-83) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Samara-SGEU's coach Sergei Zozulin tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Spartak-Prim. maintains sixth place with 13-9 record. Samara-SGEU at the other side keeps the third position with seven games lost. Spartak-Prim. are looking forward to face Ryazan (#11) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Samara-SGEU will play against Sakhalin (#4) in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Samara-SGEU: A.Zhukanenko 17+5reb+1ast, A.Zozulin 11+5reb+2ast, A.Korchagin 8+3reb+1ast, D.Golovin 6+1reb+2ast, N.Ivanov 6+1reb, D.Sinegubov 6+2reb
Spartak-Prim.: M.Krivosheev 14+12reb+2ast, F.Klyuchnikov 13+5reb+3ast, A.Mateyunas 12+1reb+5ast, A.Gankevich 10+6reb+1ast, V.Belov 7+2reb, I.Savelyev 7+1reb
gschID: 496365


Novosybirsk - Kupol-Rodniki 69-64

Superleague 1 top team - Novosybirsk (17-6) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eighth ranked Kupol-Rodniki (10-11) 69-64. Novosybirsk made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game, while Kupol-Rodniki only scored three points from the stripe. Kupol-Rodniki was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a quality performance for swingman Gleb Goldyrev (200-93) who led the winners and scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Sergey Tokarev (189-85) accounted for 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Center Vladimir Lidyaev (203-87) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and forward Maksim Zakharov (198-89, college: E.Utah JC) added 13 points respectively for Kupol-Rodniki in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Novosybirsk maintains first place with 17-6 record. Kupol-Rodniki at the other side keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Novosybirsk will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kupol-Rodniki will play on the road against Irkut Irkutsk (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kupol-Rodniki: V.Lidyaev 13+10reb+1ast, M.Zakharov 13+3reb+1ast, M.Kiryanov 10+4reb+2ast, V.Kashin 9+1reb+1ast, I.Podobedov 8+5reb+2ast, R.Khamitov 7+4reb+2ast
Novosybirsk: G.Goldyrev 16+8reb+1ast, S.Tokarev 14+5reb+2ast, A.Kurtsevich 10+3reb, A.Lavnikov 9+9reb+1ast, D.Korshakov 7+8reb+2ast, D.Makeev 5+2reb
gschID: 496363


Khimky-Podmos. - MBA Moscow 71-63

There was a minor upset when 10th ranked MBA Moscow (7-14) was defeated on the road by twelfth ranked Khimky-Podmoskoye (4-18) 71-63 on Sunday. Khimky-Podmoskoye had a 27-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was point guard Timofey Yakushin (194-97) who scored 24 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). Forward Stanislav Zinchenko (203-87) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Sergey Toporov (197-81, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) who recorded a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Andrey Sopin (180-97) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Khimky-Podmoskoye maintains twelfth place with 4-18 record. Loser MBA Moscow keeps the tenth position with 14 games lost. Khimky-Podmoskoye will meet at home league's second-placed Universitet-Yugra in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. MBA Moscow will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
MBA Moscow: S.Toporov 23+12reb+1ast, A.Sopin 13+8reb+1ast, K.Babynin 9+2reb+3ast, A.Kuznetsov 8+3reb+3ast, P.Afanasiev 6+5reb+1ast, A.Gavrilov 2
Khimky-Podmos.: T.Yakushin 24+4reb+1ast, S.Zinchenko 13+8reb+3ast, P.Lobarev 12+2reb+2ast, I.Karpenkov 8+2reb+1ast, V.Martynov 7+5reb+5ast, R.Pateev 4+7reb
gschID: 496362


Ural Ekaterinb. - Irkut 79-85

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Irkut Irkutsk (14-8) defeated on the road 9th ranked Ural Ekaterinburg (9-13) 85-79 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Aleksandr Zakharov (203-93) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 16 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Point guard Alexandr Varnakov (185-92) chipped in 23 points. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Maxim Tkachenko (185-92, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) who recorded 15 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Dmitriy Nezvankin (186-93) added 19 points respectively. Ural Ekaterinburg's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Irkut Irkutsk moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Sakhalin. Loser Ural Ekaterinburg keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. Irkut Irkutsk will meet at home Kupol-Rodniki (#8) in the next round. Ural Ekaterinburg will play against TEMP-SUMZ Revda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ural Ekaterinb.: D.Nezvankin 19+1reb+1ast, M.Tkachenko 15+5reb+2ast, A.Kuzemkin 13+3reb, A.Zverkov 9+1reb+2ast, G.Motovilov 8, A.Komissarov 7+8reb+1ast
Irkut: A.Zakharov 26+16reb+1ast, A.Varnakov 23+3reb+3ast, A.Sayapin 12+4reb+2ast, D.Zlobin 9+1reb+1ast, G.Gerasimenko 9+1reb, K.Novikov 4+4reb
gschID: 496361





Superleague 2 Round 32: #1 Tambov are defeated by Spartak St.Petersburg - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Superleague 2.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Tambov (24-9) on the court of sixth ranked Spartak St.Petersburg on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Spartak St.Petersburg 76-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Tambov. Spartak St.Petersburg made 27-of-30 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Tambov helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Alexey Babushkin (196-94) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and point guard Vitaliy Zuev (186-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) who added 14 points and 4 assists during the contest. Swingman Ruslan Tumanov (195-91, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) responded with 18 points and 5 assists. Spartak St.Petersburg maintains sixth position with 16-18 record. Tambov at the other side still keeps top place with nine games lost. Spartak St.Petersburg are looking forward to face higher ranked Stroitiel Engels (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Tambov will play against Burevestnik (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Cheboksari. Second-ranked host Cheb.Yastreby (23-11) lost to third ranked Dyn-Magn.ChL (20-14) 84-71. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Cheb.Yastreby. The winners were led by point guard Aleksey Osokin (178-89) who scored that evening 20 points, 5 assists and 5 steals and Pavel Moshkovskiy supported him with 15 points. Even 19 points and 5 rebounds by power forward Nikita Tkachenko (205-94