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  ABA LEAGUE  



Borisa Simanic on Nike Hoops summit in Portland - by Zoran Popovic

Serbian top prospect Borisa Simanic (209-PF-98, agency: BeoBasket) is invited on Nike Hoops summit in Portland. Borisa Simanic is Crvena Zvezda player last 5 seasons. Simanic played for Serbian U16, U 18 and U19 National teams.

Simanic will be in World selection team with:

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Canada
Lindell Wigginton, Canada
Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Canada
Angus Glover, Australia
Tadas Sedekerskis, Lithuania
R.J. Barrett, Canada
Kostja Mushidi, Germany
Borisa Simanic, Serbia
Isaiah Hartenstein, Germany
Felipe Dos Anjos, Brazil
Nick Richards, Jamaica
Ikechukwu Obiagu, Nigeria

Simanic will be in World selection team with Kosja Mushidi, German prospect from Mega Bemax.



Stefan Glogovac (ex Mega Leks) agreed terms with Igokea - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion BC Igokea Aleksandrovac (Division I) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old former Bosnian international forward Stefan Glogovac (205-94). He started the season at Mega Leks in Serbian KLS league. In 11 games he recorded just 2.5ppg and 1.4rpg this season. Glogovac also played 5 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 3.8ppg and 3.0rpg. The last season he played at Spars Sarajevo. In 24 Division I games he had 10.9ppg and 3.5rpg. Glogovac helped them to make it to the Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup Semifinals.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Bosnian Liga Herceg-Bosne Semifinals in 2015. Glogovac received also Eurobasket.com Bosnia and Herzegovina League All-Domestic Players Team award in 2015.
He was also a member of Bosnia and Herzegovina international program for some years. Glogovac played for Bosnia and Herzegovina Senior National Team between 2014 and 2015 and previously for U18 National Team between 2010 and 2012.
He also represented Bosnia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) three years ago. Glogovac's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 14.8ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 61.3%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 64.7%.
Glogovac has played previously for two other Bosnia and Herzegovina teams: Vitez and Leotar.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Bosnia



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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.16.4 
 9. Mickeal, Atenas16.3 
 10. Gadson, Argentino16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Williams, Olimpico.11.9 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.6 
 3. Clancy, Instituto9.8 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.9.8 
 5. Wood, San M.8.9 
 6. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.7 
 7. Justiz, Estudian.8.4 
 8. Francis, La Union8.2 
 9. Horner, Obras B.8.1 
 10. Johnson, Atenas8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Pedro BARRAL
  Obras B.
  (186-PG-94)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Barral, Obras B.6.3 
 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. Hopson, Quimsa4.6 
 8. Figueroa, Penarol4.6 
 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. Basualdo, Quilm.2.0 
 3. Solano, Echague2.0 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.1.8 
 5. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 6. De-l., GECR I.1.7 
 7. Vildoza, Quilm.1.6 
 8. Massey, Libertad.1.6 
 9. 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.1.7 
 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 Union19.8 
 4. Brown, Mitre Tuc.19.7 
 5. Pais, Platense18.1 
 6. Cutley, Atenas C.18.1 
 7. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.18.0 
 8. Schoppler, Olimpo B.17.8 
 9. Villa, Gimnasia LP17.5 
 10. Montes-C., Obera T.17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Santiago GONZALEZ
  San I.
  (203-C-83)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Gonzalez, San I.12.7 
 2. Matthews, Salta B.10.1 
 3. Graham, Temperley9.3 
 4. Cutley, Atenas C.8.9 
 5. Lockett, BHY T.8.5 
 6. Lauria, Comunica.8.5 
 7. Joseph, Obera TC8.4 
 8. Fahnbulleh, Ciclista8.3 
 9. Brown, Mitre Tuc.8.0 
 10. Granado, Olimpo BB8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Leonardo LA BELLA
  Gimnasia.
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. La-Bella, Gimnasia.8.1 
 2. Cajal, Independ.7.4 
 3. Merlo, Ciclista6.4 
 4. Cequeira, Villa A.5.1 
 5. Gandoy, Obera TC5.1 
 6. Paletta, Hindu5.0 
 7. Correa, BHY T.4.6 
 8. Rodriguez-S., SP Las P.4.5 
 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. Eseverri, Salta B.1.8 
 8. Tabarez, Union SF1.8 
 9. Lopez, Independ.1.8 
 10. Harrison, Ciclista1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Joe EFESE
  Gimnasia LP
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Efese, Gimnasia LP2.8 
 2. Heyward, Huracan2.5 
 3. Jeronimo, Gimnasia.1.5 
 4. Okoye, Salta Basket1.3 
 5. Deck, Obera TC1.3 
 6. Lockett, BHY T.1.3 
 7. Granado, Olimpo BB0.9 
 8. Nwogbo, Alianza .0.9 
 9. Stroud, Parque Sur0.9 
 10. Moya, Hindu0.9 


Instituto waives Zilli - by Eurobasket News

Instituto Atletico Central Cordoba (LigaA) waived experienced 35-year old power forward Alejandro Zilli (200-82). In 41 LigaA games he recorded 4.3ppg and 3.7rpg this season. Zilli played there last season where in 50 LigaA games he averaged 10.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.7apg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team made it to the LigaA Semifinals for two years in a row (2009 and 2010). Zilli was also voted Latinbasket.com Argentinian LigaA All-Domestic Players Team back in 2014.
He has spent his entire career in Argentina playing for four other teams: Echague, Libertad Sunchales, Sionista and Estudiantes Concordia.
On Zilli: A lion-heart battler under the boards, who excels in rebounding and inside scoring. His athletic skills make him a sure prospect at the PF position, even if he is a little undersized to play in the paint. Started playing soccer, willing to become a great goalkeeper, but switched to basketball at 17, turning quickly in a solid team player and a very hard worker, who can pass the ball well and can score if needed.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



Instituto adds Phillip to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Instituto Atletico Central Cordoba (LigaA) added to their roster experienced 39-year old American (has also British passport) power forward Darren Phillip (201-107kg-78, college: Fairfield, agency: DTMones). He started the season at CDU Concepcion in Chilean Liga Nacional. In 5 games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.4ppg, 11.4rpg, 2.0apg and 1.4spg this season. The last season Phillip played at Olimpico de La Banda where in 63 LigaA games he averaged 10.6ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.9apg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals.
In 2000 Phillip was drafted by Brooklyn Kings (USBL) as #4 pick overall.
The former Fairfield University staris in his 17th (!!!) season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team won Puerto Rican Manuel Zeno Gandia Cup in 2015. Phillip was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian LigaA Import Player of the Year back in 2013.
He is quite experienced player. Phillip's career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in four different countries. Phillip tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Latin America and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Spain (Unicaja Malaga, Sevilla and Zaragoza), Puerto Rico (Leones, Atleticos, Manati and Indios), Argentina (Sionista, Quimsa and Villa Angela) and ABA (S.Island S.).
It's very possible he may end his playing career at Instituto.
On Phillip: A very aggresive player, great rebounder and defender. Excellent team player and good guy, has a great playing experience against many NBA players at the Rucker Park Tournament in New York City.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @Web_Basketball)

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



Atenas split ways with El-Amin - by Eurobasket News

Atenas Cordoba (LigaA) waived 30-year old American swingman Muhammad El-Amin (196-95kg-87, college: Stony Brook, agency: Inception Sports). In 7 LigaA games he recorded 8.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.4apg this season. El-Amin also played earlier that season for GS Kymis in Greek A1 where in 15 LigaA games he averaged 11.6ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.9apg.
In 2013 (three years after he left the college) El-Amin was drafted by Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League) in fourth round (57th overall).
He attended State University of New York,Stony Brook until 2010 and it is his seventh season in pro basketball.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others El-Amin's team was regular season runner-up in Hungarian League in 2012. He was also voted All-AEC Player of the Year back in 2010 at his college time.
El-Amin is quite experienced player. His career allowed him to visit three different continents, while he played in six different countries. El-Amin tasted the life as pro basketball player in Europe, Asia and of course North America. He has played previously professionally in Israel (Maccabi Kiryat Gat), Italy (Juvecaserta and FCM Ferentino), Qatar (Al Sadd), Ukraine (Halychyna), Greece (Apollon Patras and Nea Kifisia) and Hungary (Kormend, Alba and PVSK Pannon).
On El-Amin: El-Amin is a highly athletic wing with an exceptional outside shot … has the size and ability to get to the rim while drawing contact … an explosive scorer who loves to have the ball in his hands … he is a strong defensive player who is very active at both ends of the floor.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



Argentino inks Percy Gibson, ex Burgos - by Eurobasket News

Atletico Argentino Junin (LigaA) agreed terms with 25-year old American center Percy Gibson (206-118kg-92, college: Oakland). He started the season at San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos in Spanish LEB Gold. In 15 games he had 6.3ppg and 3.0rpg this season.
Gibson played in the final of Vegas 16 Tournament in 2016.
He graduated from Oakland University in 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basquetplus)

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



Maciel re-signs at Quilmes Mar del Plata - by Eurobasket News

Quilmes Mar del Plata (LigaA) confirmed in their roster experienced 34-year old forward Maximiliano Maciel (195-83). He has played there for the last four seasons. In 43 LigaA games he had 8.3ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.6apg last season.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Maciel's team made it to the LigaA Semifinals in 2015. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA 2nd Team back in 2013.
Maciel was a member of Argentinian U20 National Team in 2000.
He has spent his entire career in Argentina playing for six other teams: Ferrocarril, GECR Indalo, Boca Juniors, Regatas Corrientes, Deportivo Puerto Madryn-Brown and San Martin Corrientes.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @infoliga)

Check also Complete Transfers List in Argentina



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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, Regulators25.9 
 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, Regulators5.5 
 5. Wright, Pirates4.8 
 6. Armaly, Shockers4.5 
 7. Bridgewater, Sting.4.1 
 8. Lewis, Shockers4.0 
 9. Miller, Legends4.0 
 10. Saunders, Cybots3.9 
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. Mackey, Regulators1.6 
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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  BALTIC LEAGUE  


Recap of Round 1 of Semi-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Kalev/Cramo - Vytautas 94-88

Kalev/Cramo outgunned Vytautas to gain a 6-point lead before the return leg of the semifinal series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Vytautas won third quarter 26-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kalev/Cramo shot 61.1 percent from the field. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Vytautas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian-Bulgarian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: 011 Sports) stepped up and scored 17 points and 7 assists for the winners and American-Bulgarian power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots). At the losing side guard Tomas Delininkaitis (190-82) responded with 24 points and forward Tadas Klimavicius (204-82) scored 18 points. Five Kalev/Cramo and four Vytautas players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Vytautas: T.Delininkaitis 24+1reb+3ast, T.Klimavicius 18+4reb+1ast, D.Gvezdauskas 11+1reb+3ast, R.Miniotas 11+7reb+3ast, V.Lipkevicius 8+5reb+3ast, A.Valeika 7+2reb+2ast
Kalev/Cramo: E.Keedus 17+3reb+3ast, B.Mirkovic 17+4reb+7ast, C.Simmons 16+5reb+5ast, V.Liutych 16+6reb+1ast, M.Tollefsen 13+2reb+1ast, M.Dorbek 7
gschID: 539771


Tartu Ulikool - P.Zvaigzdes 88-88

Tartu Ulikool and Pieno Zvaigzdes tied the opening leg clash. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Vytautas won third quarter 26-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kalev/Cramo shot 61.1 percent from the field. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Vytautas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian-Bulgarian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: 011 Sports) stepped up and scored 17 points and 7 assists for the hosts and American-Bulgarian power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots). At the visiting side guard Tomas Delininkaitis (190-82) responded with 24 points and forward Tadas Klimavicius (204-82) scored 18 points. Five Kalev/Cramo and four Vytautas players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Vytautas: T.Delininkaitis 24+1reb+3ast, T.Klimavicius 18+4reb+1ast, D.Gvezdauskas 11+1reb+3ast, R.Miniotas 11+7reb+3ast, V.Lipkevicius 8+5reb+3ast, A.Valeika 7+2reb+2ast
Kalev/Cramo: E.Keedus 17+3reb+3ast, B.Mirkovic 17+4reb+7ast, C.Simmons 16+5reb+5ast, V.Liutych 16+6reb+1ast, M.Tollefsen 13+2reb+1ast, M.Dorbek 7
gschID: 539771





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  BELARUS  


Dmitri Paliashchuk claims Belarusian Premier League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Naturalized Ukrainian Shooting guard Dmitri Paliashchuk (199-SG-85, agency: Interperformances) put on an amazing game in the last round for BSEU-GrandPrint and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 32.
The 31-year old shooting guard had a double-double of 17 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team outclassed GOCOR-Sozh (#9, 3-25) with 53-point margin 108-55. BSEU-GrandPrint maintains the 6th position in Belarusian Premier League. BSEU-GrandPrint is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-18 record. In the team's last game Paliashchuk had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at BSEU-GrandPrint, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Dmitri Paliashchuk averages this season 16.0ppg and 9.8rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another BSEU-GrandPrint's star - young forward Maksim Sazonau (202-F-96). Sazonau impressed basketball fans with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course together with Paliashchuk he helped BSEU-GrandPrint with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked GOCOR-Sozh (#9, 3-25) 108-55. BSEU-GrandPrint's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-18 record. Sazonau is one of the most experienced players at BSEU-GrandPrint and similarly like Dmitri Paliashchuk has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another BSEU-GrandPrint's star - Sergej Vabischevich (191-G-88). Vabischevich scored 23 points and passed eight assists. He was another key player of BSEU-GrandPrint, helping his team with a 102-44 easy win against the lower-ranked GOCOR-Sozh (#9, 3-25). The chances of BSEU-GrandPrint ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 18 games, recording just twelve victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Vabischevich could help BSEU-GrandPrint to bring them higher in the standings. Vabischevich has a great season in Belarus. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.1ppg (best scorer) and assists with 4.7apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vitaliy Lebedev (200-F/C-99) of BSEU-GrandPrint - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Dmitriy Roslikau (182-PG-95) of BSEU-GrandPrint - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Maksim Liutych (200-F-97) of Tsmoki II - 17 points and 8 rebounds
7. Andrey Stavrovskiy (185-PG-97) of Tsmoki II - 8 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Valentin Nazarov (185-G-97) of BSEU-GrandPrint - 2 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Evgeniy Rybkin (195-F/G-96) of GOCOR-Sozh - 12 points and 4 rebounds
10. Denis Sivatskiy (198-F-98) of Tsmoki II - 9 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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  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



Euromillions League Round 24: Antwerp Giants edge Limburg United by two points - by Eurobasket News

Fifth-ranked Limburg United (12-12) made lots of trouble for second ranked Antwerp Giants (17-7) on Wednesday. The visitors from Antwerp managed to secure only two-point victory 78-76. However their fans expected easier game. Antwerp Giants made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Limburg United turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Mike Smith (198-87, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Inception Sports) who scored 20 points. The other American import forward Demitrius Conger (196-90, college: St.Bonaventure) chipped in 7 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Antwerp Giants' coach Roel Moors used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Wen-Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB) who recorded 17 points and 5 assists. Antwerp Giants have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 17-7 record having just one point less than leader Oostende. Limburg United at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 12 games lost. Antwerp Giants are looking forward to face Basic-Fit Brussels (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Limburg United will play against Kangoeroes in Willebroek and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Eighth-ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (9-15) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Okapi Aalstar (13-12). Okapi Aalstar managed to secure only three-point victory 92-89. However their fans expected easier game. It was a good game for American swingman Yunio Barrueta (198-93, college: Barry) who led his team to a victory with 21 points. Senne Geukens contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American guard Tre Demps (188-93, college: Northwestern) replied with 24 points and 4 assists for Belfius Mons-Hainaut. Belfius Mons-Hainaut's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Okapi Aalstar moved-up to fifth place. Belfius Mons-Hainaut at the other side keeps the eighth position with 15 games lost. Okapi Aalstar will play against league's leader Oostende on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will play against Liege Basket (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Liege. Local Liege Basket (6-19) was outscored by fourth ranked Kangoeroes (13-11) 105-86 on Wednesday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Pape Badji who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds (on 13-of-14 shooting from the field). Kangoeroes' coach Daniel Goethals allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was Vincent Simpson with 22 points. Kangoeroes maintains fourth position with 13-11 record. Liege Basket lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 19 games lost. Kangoeroes will meet at home Limburg United (#6) in the next round. Liege Basket will play against Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#8) in Jemappes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 24 Leuven was defeated by Brussels in a road game 83-69.
The best stats of 24th round was 20 points and 7 assists by Domien Loubry of Brussels.

Brussels - Leuven 83-69

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Leuven Bears (6-18) were defeated on the road by third ranked Basic-Fit Brussels (14-10) 83-69 on Wednesday. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international point guard Domien Loubry (186-85) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 assists and American power forward Brandon Ubel (209-91, college: Nebraska, agency: Pensack Sports) who added 14 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Codi Miller-McIntyre (190-94, college: Wake Forest) with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and power forward Jonas Delalieux (202-92) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Four Leuven Bears players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Basic-Fit Brussels have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 14-10 record having four points less than leader Oostende. Leuven Bears lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 18 games lost. Basic-Fit Brussels will meet league's second-placed Antwerp Giants on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Leuven Bears will play against Spirou Charleroi (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Leuven: C.Steindl 16+2reb+1ast, T.Setty 13+3reb+1ast, C.Miller-McIntyre 13+6reb+8ast, J.Delalieux 11+8reb+2ast, I.Bako 6+7reb+1ast, L.Sissoko 4
Brussels: D.Loubry 20+1reb+7ast, B.Ubel 14+9reb+2ast, G.Muya 12+4reb+2ast, M.Depuydt 9+3reb+2ast, J.Simmons 9+9reb+1ast, C.Dowe 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 478810


Aalstar - Mons-Hainaut 92-89

Eighth-ranked Belfius Mons-Hainaut (9-15) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked Okapi Aalstar (13-12). Okapi Aalstar managed to secure only three-point victory 92-89. However their fans expected easier game. It was a good game for American swingman Yunio Barrueta (198-93, college: Barry) who led his team to a victory with 21 points. Senne Geukens (192-83) contributed with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American guard Tre Demps (188-93, college: Northwestern) replied with 24 points and 4 assists and Romanian center Alexandru Olah (213-93, college: Northwestern) added 21 points in the effort for Belfius Mons-Hainaut. Five Okapi Aalstar and four Belfius Mons-Hainaut players scored in double figures. Belfius Mons-Hainaut's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Okapi Aalstar moved-up to fifth place. Belfius Mons-Hainaut at the other side keeps the eighth position with 15 games lost. Okapi Aalstar will play against league's leader Oostende on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Belfius Mons-Hainaut will play against Liege Basket (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mons-Hainaut: T.Demps 24+2reb+4ast, A.Olah 21+4reb+2ast, I.Lasisi 14+4reb+4ast, G.Green 10+3reb+1ast, L.Bosco 8+1reb+2ast, J.Mann 6+1reb+1ast
Aalstar: Y.Barrueta 21+4reb, J.Tofi 19+3reb+2ast, S.Geukens 13+5reb+7ast, Q.Taylor 13+1reb+3ast, O.Troisfontaines 12+5reb+5ast, B.Amis 8+6reb
gschID: 478809


Limburg United - Antwerp 76-78

Fifth-ranked Limburg United (12-12) made lots of trouble for second ranked Antwerp Giants (17-7) on Wednesday. The visitors from Antwerp managed to secure only two-point victory 78-76. However their fans expected easier game. Antwerp Giants made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Limburg United turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Mike Smith (198-87, college: E.Tenn.St., agency: Inception Sports) who scored 20 points. The other American import forward Demitrius Conger (196-90, college: St.Bonaventure) chipped in 7 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Antwerp Giants' coach Roel Moors used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Wen-Boss Mukubu (198-83, college: UAB) who recorded 17 points and 5 assists and American forward Abe Lodwick (201-88, college: Washington St., agency: Interperformances) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Four Limburg United players scored in double figures. Antwerp Giants have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 17-7 record having just one point less than leader Oostende. Limburg United at the other side dropped to the sixth place with 12 games lost. Antwerp Giants are looking forward to face Basic-Fit Brussels (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Limburg United will play against Kangoeroes in Willebroek and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Limburg United: W.Boss Mukubu 17+3reb+5ast, A.Lodwick 15+6reb+1ast, H.Vanwijn 12+3reb+3ast, B.Simons 11+3reb, Y.Desiron 8+5reb, S.Tuttle 7+8reb+2ast
Antwerp: M.Smith 20+3reb+2ast, J.Clark 14+1ast, O.Kanda-Kanyinda 12+2ast, R.Anderson 9+6reb, D.Marchant 8+1reb+3ast, D.Conger 7+5reb+6ast
gschID: 478808


Liege - Kangoeroes 86-105

The game with biggest result difference took place in Liege. Local Liege Basket (6-19) was outscored by fourth ranked Kangoeroes (13-11) 105-86 on Wednesday night. Kangoeroes looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of Senegalese power forward Pape Badji (208-92) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds (on 13-of-14 shooting from the field) and American point guard Wesley Channels (190-88, college: Austin Peay St.) who added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. Kangoeroes' coach Daniel Goethals allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American point guard Vincent Simpson (185-88, college: Hampton, agency: Promotex) with 22 points and his fellow American import power forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Five Kangoeroes and four Liege Basket players scored in double figures. Kangoeroes maintains fourth position with 13-11 record. Liege Basket lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 19 games lost. Kangoeroes will meet at home Limburg United (#6) in the next round. Liege Basket will play against Belfius Mons-Hainaut (#8) in Jemappes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Liege: V.Simpson 22+3ast, J.Fields 15+8reb+1ast, L.Hazard 13+5reb+3ast, L.Giancaterino 12+3reb+2ast, D.Sweetney 9+3reb+4ast, S.Moris 7+3reb+1ast
Kangoeroes: P.Badji 26+12reb, D.Donkor 17+3reb+2ast, A.Chada 13+2reb, W.Channels 11+5reb+7ast, I.Williams 10+5reb+6ast, T.Deroover 10+2reb+5ast
gschID: 478807





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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 (SG-89) 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 turf (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 upon the Orange Walk Running Rebels (OW Multi-Purpose Center) on Saturday.



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Stefan Glogovac (ex Mega Leks) agreed terms with Igokea - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion BC Igokea Aleksandrovac (Division I) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old former Bosnian international forward Stefan Glogovac (205-94). He started the season at Mega Leks in Serbian KLS league. In 11 games he recorded just 2.5ppg and 1.4rpg this season. Glogovac also played 5 games in Basketball Champions League where he averaged 3.8ppg and 3.0rpg. The last season he played at Spars Sarajevo. In 24 Division I games he had 10.9ppg and 3.5rpg. Glogovac helped them to make it to the Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup Semifinals.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Bosnian Liga Herceg-Bosne Semifinals in 2015. Glogovac received also Eurobasket.com Bosnia and Herzegovina League All-Domestic Players Team award in 2015.
He was also a member of Bosnia and Herzegovina international program for some years. Glogovac played for Bosnia and Herzegovina Senior National Team between 2014 and 2015 and previously for U18 National Team between 2010 and 2012.
He also represented Bosnia at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) three years ago. Glogovac's team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 14.8ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 61.3%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 64.7%.
Glogovac has played previously for two other Bosnia and Herzegovina teams: Vitez and Leotar.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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. Moreira, Blumenau14.0 
 5. Lazzaris, Blumenau14.0 
 6. Lima, Santos/M.13.6 
 7. Nepomuceno, Santos/M.13.4 
 8. Filho, Botafogo.13.0 
 9. Smith, Botafogo.13.0 
 10. Perez, Contagem13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durval PRADO
  Brusque
  (200-G/F-92)
  Avg: 9
 1. Prado, Brusque9.0 
 2. Russell, Botafogo.8.7 
 3. Silva, Blumenau8.0 
 4. Lazzaris, Blumenau7.0 
 5. Alves, Contagem7.0 
 6. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.6.4 
 7. Silva, Brusque6.0 
 8. Pereira, Joinville6.0 
 9. De-Oliveira, Blumenau5.7 
 10. Alvim, Contagem5.3 
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. Prado, Brusque3.5 
 6. Lima, Santos/M.3.0 
 7. Froehlich, Joinville3.0 
 8. Russell, Botafogo.3.0 
 9. Vezaro, Joinville2.5 
 10. Maistro, Contagem2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Bruno LAZZARIS
  Blumenau
  (202-F-90)
  Avg: 4
 1. Lazzaris, Blumenau4.0 
 2. Romualdo, Contagem2.3 
 3. Moreira, Blumenau2.3 
 4. Perez, Contagem2.3 
 5. Maistro, Contagem2.0 
 6. Prado, Brusque1.8 
 7. Alves, Contagem1.7 
 8. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.7 
 9. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.1.4 
 10. Silva, Blumenau1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Feliciano PEREZ
  Botafogo.
  (210-C-90)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Perez, Botafogo.1.3 
 2. Silva, Brusque1.3 
 3. Silva, Blumenau1.0 
 4. Lima, Santos/M.1.0 
 5. De-Oliveira, Blumenau0.7 
 6. Souza, Santos/M.0.7 
 7. Maistro, Contagem0.7 
 8. Henrique, Brusque0.5 
 9. Dias, Joinville0.5 
 10. De-Gusmao, Conta.0.3 


NBB Round 26: Mogi top Campo Mourao in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The games are now more important than at the beginning of the Regular Season. We may still expect few shocking results in upcoming 4 rounds.

Eighth-ranked Campo Mourao (13-12) gave a tough game to third ranked Mogi (17-8) in Mogi das Cruzes on Monday. Mogi managed to secure only three-point victory 74-71. However their fans expected much easier game. Mogi made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The former international point guard Larry Taylor (185-80, college: Missouri Western) scored 8 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized American Shamell Stallworth (195-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 19 points during the contest. Guard Caue Freitas (192-88) responded with 15 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Mogi have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains third position with 17-8 record having just two point less than leader Flamengo. Campo Mourao at the other side keeps the eighth place with 12 games lost. Mogi will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Campo Mourao will play at home against Pinheiros (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Sao Paulo was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Paschoalotto/Bauru (16-9) played at the court of fifth ranked Vivo/Franca (15-9). Vivo/Franca managed to secure a 7-point victory 92-85. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Paschoalotto/Bauru. Forward Eduardo Sommer (204-94) notched a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and Andre Stefanelli supported him with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Even 26 points and 7 rebounds by the former international Jefferson Andrade (207-83) did not help to save the game for Paschoalotto/Bauru. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vivo/Franca maintains fifth position with 15-9 record, which they share with Vitoria. Paschoalotto/Bauru at the other side keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. Vivo/Franca will play against league's second-placed Brasilia on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Paschoalotto/Bauru will play against Minas in Belo Horizonte and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Thirteenth-ranked Macae (5-19) gave a tough game to third ranked Flamengo (17-6) on Tuesday. The visitors from Rio de Janeiro managed to secure only two-point victory 82-80. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Macae. The best player for the winners was Marquinhos Vieira who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. Kendall Anthony produced 22 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Loser Macae dropped to the bottom place with 19 games lost. They share the position with L.Sorocaba. Flamengo will meet SKY/Basquete (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Macae will play against SKY/Basquete (#11) in Aldeota and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Rio de Janeiro where higher ranked Vasco Da G. (12-13) was upset on its own court by fourteenth ranked Caxias do Sul (6-19) 76-57. Patrick Vieira orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Caxias do Sul moved-up to thirteenth place. Vasco Da G. at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. Caxias do Sul's next round opponent will be higher ranked Paulistano (#9) in Sao Paolo and it may be quite challenging game.
Tenth ranked Paulistano (12-12) crushed at home 14th ranked Liga Sorocaba (5-19) by 35 points 92-57, which is the biggest margin this round on Monday night. Wesley Alves scored 26 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Paulistano moved-up to ninth place. Loser Liga Sorocaba keeps the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. Paulistano will face Caxias do Sul (#13) on the road in the next round. Liga Sorocaba will play against Vasco Da G. in Rio de Janeiro and hope to win that game.

In the last game of round 26 B.Cearense lost to Vitoria on the opponent's court 68-82.

Macae - Flamengo 80-82

Thirteenth-ranked Macae (5-19) gave a tough game to third ranked Flamengo (17-6) on Tuesday. The visitors from Rio de Janeiro managed to secure only two-point victory 82-80. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Macae. Flamengo made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international Marquinhos Vieira (207-84) who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. The former international Marcelo Machado (201-75, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. American point guard Kendall Anthony (173-93, college: Richmond) produced 22 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists and Erick Camilo (203-92) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Loser Macae dropped to the bottom place with 19 games lost. They share the position with L.Sorocaba. Flamengo will meet SKY/Basquete (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Macae will play against SKY/Basquete (#11) in Aldeota and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Flamengo: M.Vieira 23+5reb, M.Machado 13+5reb+6ast, R.de Souza 12+5reb+5ast, R.Ramon 11+2reb+7ast, O.Rodriguez 8+5reb+1ast, H.Rollins 7+3reb+1ast
Macae: K.Anthony 22+7reb+8ast, E.Camilo 13+8reb, B.Simmons 11+4reb+1ast, L.Paulo Dos Santos 11+8reb, M.de Mattos 7+1reb+2ast, I.Avelino 7+3reb
gschID: 495568


Vasco Da G. - Caxias do Sul 57-76

An interesting game took place in Rio de Janeiro where higher ranked Vasco Da G. (12-13) was upset on its own court by fourteenth ranked Caxias do Sul (6-19) 76-57. Caxias do Sul dominated down low during the game scoring 40 of its points in the paint compared to Vasco Da G.'s 20 and made 18-of-18 charity shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. Point guard Patrick Vieira (186-93) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Center Marcao Vinicius (205-84) contributed with 9 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The former international Marcio Dornelles (196-75) replied with 12 points and the former international point guard Helio-Vitor Lima (185-81) added 8 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Vasco Da G.Caxias do Sul moved-up to thirteenth place. Vasco Da G. at the other side dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. Caxias do Sul's next round opponent will be higher ranked Paulistano (#9) in Sao Paolo and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Caxias do Sul: P.Vieira 14+4reb+3ast, A.Bernardi 10+3reb+3ast, M.Vinicius 9+6reb+1ast, G.Vinicius 9+4reb+3ast, G.Pereira 8+1reb, F.Ferreira 7+2reb
Vasco Da G.: M.Dornelles 12+4reb+3ast, D.Jackson 11+3reb+2ast, M.Becker 10+3reb+1ast, H.Vitor Lima 8+5reb+3ast, D.Palacios 6+3reb+2ast, G.Zilmer 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 495566


Vitoria - B.Cearense 82-68

Very expected game in Salvador where 11th ranked SKY/Basquete (10-14) was defeated by sixth ranked Universo/Vitoria (15-9) 82-68 on Tuesday. Edu de-Oliveira (195-83, college: E.Oklahoma St. JC) scored 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Renato Scholz (197-88) chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Four Universo/Vitoria players scored in double figures. The former international Luis-Felipe Gruber (206-85) responded with 23 points and the former international center Leonardo Klassmann (208-89) scored 8 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Universo/Vitoria moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Franca. Loser SKY/Basquete keeps the eleventh position with 14 games lost. Universo/Vitoria will face bottom-ranked Macae (#15) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SKY/Basquete will play against Macae (#15) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Vitoria: A.Silva 15+5reb+2ast, E.de Oliveira 14+7reb+5ast, R.Scholz 13+10reb+1ast, A.Coimbra 12+4reb, A.Bresolin 11+5reb+1ast, K.Dawkins 8+2reb+6ast
B.Cearense: L.Felipe Gruber 23+4reb+1ast, D.Rossetto 9+4reb+3ast, L.Klassmann 8+8reb+1ast, E.Machado 7+1reb+1ast, R.McLemore 6+3reb+2ast, F.Ribeiro 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 495565


Franca - Bauru 92-85

The game in Sao Paulo was also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Paschoalotto/Bauru (16-9) played at the court of fifth ranked Vivo/Franca (15-9). Vivo/Franca managed to secure a 7-point victory 92-85. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Paschoalotto/Bauru. Vivo/Franca dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Paschoalotto/Bauru's 22 and made 24-of-31 charity shots (77.4 percent) during the game. Vivo/Franca players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Paschoalotto/Bauru was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Eduardo Sommer (204-94) notched a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international Andre Stefanelli (196-84) supported him with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Even 26 points and 7 rebounds by the former international Jefferson Andrade (207-83) did not help to save the game for Paschoalotto/Bauru. International guard Alex Garcia (191-80, agency: Interperformances) added 23 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the guests. Five Vivo/Franca and four Paschoalotto/Bauru players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vivo/Franca maintains fifth position with 15-9 record, which they share with Vitoria. Paschoalotto/Bauru at the other side keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. Vivo/Franca will play against league's second-placed Brasilia on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Paschoalotto/Bauru will play against Minas in Belo Horizonte and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Franca: E.Sommer 17+12reb+2ast, P.Lima 15+2reb+1ast, A.Stefanelli 13+11reb+2ast, L.Cipolini 11+7reb+3ast, H.Coelho 10+2reb+4ast, A.Borges 10+3reb+7ast
Bauru: J.Andrade 26+7reb+1ast, A.Garcia 23+4reb+3ast, L.Meindl 10+7reb, G.Yeye Torres 10+3reb+3ast, S.Santos 6+8reb+1ast, M.Uchendu 5+3reb
gschID: 495564


Mogi - Campo Mourao 74-71

Eighth-ranked Campo Mourao (13-12) gave a tough game to third ranked Mogi (17-8) in Mogi das Cruzes on Monday. Mogi managed to secure only three-point victory 74-71. However their fans expected much easier game. Mogi made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The former international point guard Larry Taylor (185-80, college: Missouri Western) scored 8 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized American Shamell Stallworth (195-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 19 points during the contest. Four Mogi players scored in double figures. Guard Caue Freitas (192-88) responded with 15 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals and American guard Isaac Thornton (190-91, college: Fairmont St.) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Mogi have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains third position with 17-8 record having just two point less than leader Flamengo. Campo Mourao at the other side keeps the eighth place with 12 games lost. Mogi will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Campo Mourao will play at home against Pinheiros (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mogi: S.Stallworth 19+2reb+2ast, J.de Oliveira 15+5reb+1ast, C.Silveira 12+8reb+2ast, T.Curnell 11+9reb+2ast, L.Taylor 8+8reb+7ast, V.Lersch 5+2reb
Campo Mourao: I.Thornton 19+5reb+1ast, C.Freitas 15+6reb+8ast, D.Nunes 14+5reb+2ast, G.Brown 9+4reb+1ast, V.Oliveira 8+1reb, R.Souza 4+1reb
gschID: 495563


Paulistano - L.Sorocaba 92-57

Tenth ranked Paulistano (12-12) crushed at home 14th ranked Liga Sorocaba (5-19) by 35 points 92-57, which is the biggest margin this round on Monday night. Paulistano looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Forward Wesley Alves (198-96) scored 26 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and point guard George Lucas (195-96) chipped in 13 points and 7 assists during the contest. Four Paulistano players scored in double figures. Guard Rafael Castellon (192-85) responded with 14 points and 4 steals and point guard Lucas Farina (185-95) scored 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. Paulistano moved-up to ninth place. Loser Liga Sorocaba keeps the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. Paulistano will face Caxias do Sul (#13) on the road in the next round. Liga Sorocaba will play against Vasco Da G. in Rio de Janeiro and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Paulistano: W.Alves 26+4reb+2ast, L.Dias Silva 15+3reb+1ast, G.Lucas 13+4reb+7ast, V.Camilo 13+4reb+4ast, G.Hubner 9+2reb+1ast, Y.Dos Santos 6+1reb+3ast
L.Sorocaba: R.Castellon 14+2reb+3ast, L.Farina 12+1reb+1ast, M.Tavares 8+2reb, A.de Souza 6+6reb+2ast, T.Bento 5+1reb, F.Cortes 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 495562





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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS  


Smith's 16 helps Bristol Flyers back into top 8 - by David Edole

Leslee Smith (203-F-90, college: Nebraska) and the Bristol Flyers inflicted a fourth straight league defeat on Glasgow Rocks on Saturday March 11, 2017 and moved back into the top eight of the British Basketball League, with a 68-76 road win.
Aaron Cosby led the way once again with a 20-point haul with Smith adding a further 16 points, with 6 rebounds and a steal, while Hameed Ali had 14 points and five assists.

The visitors capitalised on a slow start from the Rocks to lead by as many as 13 points in the opening quarter. Neil Watson fired in a trio of triples to start the second to help his side cut the gap to a single point at 27-28.

However, Cosby enjoyed a scoring streak of his own as the Flyers regained control to lead by ten at the half-time break.

Another rally saw Glasgow tie the game at 52 in the third, but a 9-2 close from the visitors gave them the upper-hand ahead of the final period.

Back-to-back triples saw the Rocks make it a four-point game at 66-70, though that was as close as they would get in the fourth as Bristol secured another important win in their quest for a top-eight finish.

Bristol Flyers host Surrey Scorchers on Saturday, March 25, 2017.




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  CANADA  


Ashton Smith (ex Durham) joins CLS Knights - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion CLS Knights Surabaya (IBL) agreed terms with 28-year old Canadian guard Ashton Smith (187-89, college: Indiana, PA). He just played at Durham in Canadian CBL league. Smith ended the last season at Bucaros in Colombia where in three Liga Sudamericana games he had 8.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg. But the most of that year he spent at Sabios in Colombian Liga DirecTV. In 11 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.5apg and 1.5spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Smith's team made it to the NBL Canada Semifinals in 2015. He was also voted USBasket.com NBL Canada All-Domestic Players Team in 2015.
Smith has played also professionally in Austria and D-League (Raptors 905 Missisauga).
He attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania until 2012 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.
On Smith: A very versatile and smooth player who exudes confidence on the floor.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  CBL  


Championship game scheduled for March 18th - by Eurobasket News

The inaugural season of the Canadian Basketball League will culminate on Saturday, March 18th when the Scarborough Basketball Club take on Durham United for the Canadian Basketball League Championship. The game will be played at the University of Guelph and will feature the top-2 ranked teams from the CBL's regular season. Scarborough (13-4) and Durham United (9-8) both have five players that average 10 points-per-game or more and feature a total of six Canadian-born players between their two rosters. Scarborough is coached by Garrett Kelly , a former NCAA Division-1 player and coach who has helped lead his team on a seven-game win streak heading into the final. While seven-year NBA veteran and former Spanish League Champion, Milton Palacio (6'4''-G-78, college: Colorado St.) coached Durham United to a second place finish in his first season as a professional Head Coach.
Courtesy of: canadianbasketball.com



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  CHILE  

Stats Leaders - DIMAYOR

Points Per Game
 Durrell SUMMERS
  CD Valdi.
  (193-SF-89)
  Avg: 29.7
 1. Summers, CD Valdi.29.7 
 2. Dickson, CDU C.26.6 
 3. Abeiro, Tinguiri.25.6 
 4. Taylor, Las Animas25.5 
 5. Robinson, Osorno22.6 
 6. McCombs, CDE T.21.3 
 7. Cheek, Las Animas21.2 
 8. Larry, AB Ancud21.1 
 9. Munks, Puerto M.20.3 
 10. Centeno, AB Ancud19.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Osorno
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Coleman, Osorno13.7 
 2. McCombs, CDE T.12.6 
 3. Okoye, CD Valdivia12.4 
 4. Crawford, CDU C.11.6 
 5. Taylor, Las Animas11.3 
 6. Thomas, CD Castro11.2 
 7. Harrison, CDU C.10.9 
 8. Bowdry, Los Leones10.8 
 9. Louis, CD Valdivia10.6 
 10. Abeiro, Tinguiri.10.6 
Assists Per Game
 Erik CARRASCO
  CD Valdi.
  (181-G-83)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Carrasco, CD Valdi.9.3 
 2. Morales, Las A.6.0 
 3. Bravo, CDE Talca5.7 
 4. Munoz, Osorno5.0 
 5. Thomas, CD Castro4.9 
 6. Figueroa, AB Ancud4.3 
 7. Saez, Tinguiri.4.2 
 8. Scott, CDU C.3.8 
 9. Marechal, Los L.3.6 
 10. Cruces, CD Castro3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Akeem SCOTT
  CDU C.
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Scott, CDU C.2.9 
 2. Carrasco, CD Valdi.1.9 
 3. Pavez, Tinguiri.1.9 
 4. Munks, Puerto M.1.7 
 5. Phillips, Puerto M.1.6 
 6. Soto, CDU Catolica1.6 
 7. Thomas, CD Castro1.6 
 8. Cheek, Las Animas1.6 
 9. Del-Solar, Las A.1.6 
 10. Abeiro, Tinguiri.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Damian SAUNDERS
  CDU C.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Saunders, CDU C.2.1 
 2. Louis, CD Valdivia1.4 
 3. Phillips, Puerto M.1.3 
 4. Lee, CD Castro1.2 
 5. McCombs, CDE T.1.2 
 6. Lopez, Puente Alto1.1 
 7. Harrison, CDU C.0.9 
 8. Centeno, AB Ancud0.9 
 9. Larry, AB Ancud0.8 
 10. Phillip, CDU C.0.8 


Liga Nacional Round 7 of Quarter-Finals. Osorno and AB Ancud enter semis - by Eurobasket News

Osorno - Las Animas 92-80

Osorno outgunned Las Animas to advance into the semifinal stage of Liga Nacional. The game was mostly controlled by Osorno Basquetbol. Las Animas managed to win third quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Osorno Basquetbol made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. 24 personal fouls committed by Las Animas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Brandon Robinson (198-89, college: Clayton St.) fired 26 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. International forward Juan Fontena (196-87) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Osorno Basquetbol's coach R Isbej used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international point guard Franco Morales (179-92) produced 26 points and 5 rebounds and American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Aspire Sports) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Las Animas: F.Morales 26+5reb+3ast, T.Taylor 16+7reb+1ast, J.Del Solar 13+6reb, D.Cheek 12+4reb+1ast, M.Sepulveda 9+3reb+1ast, C.Torres 4
Osorno: B.Robinson 26+8reb+3ast, R.Okosa 15+3reb+3ast, S.Salamanca 15, J.Fontena 15+7reb+1ast, R.Munoz 7+3reb+6ast, M.Sepulveda 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 539992


CD Valdivia - AB Ancud 89-95

AB Ancud upset CD Valdivia on the road to seal their semifinal appearance. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-19. But Deportivo Valdivia won second period 18-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. AB Ancud players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Deportivo Valdivia was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Reginald Larry (198-86, college: Boise St., agency: Pro Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Venezuelan swingman Francisco Centeno (201-85) contributed with 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five AB Ancud players scored in double figures. American forward Arnold Louis (201-90, college: Savannah St., agency: HMS) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import Durrell Summers (193-89, college: Michigan St.) added 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Deportivo Valdivia.
Top scorers:
CD Valdivia: A.Louis 25+12reb+1ast, D.Summers 25+9reb+4ast, E.Carrasco 20+3reb+11ast, C.Altaner 9+1reb, C.Rosenberg 6+1reb, F.Schuler 2+3reb
AB Ancud: R.Larry 27+11reb+5ast, F.Centeno 20+8reb+2ast, D.Osses 18+1reb+4ast, P.Sandoval 15+4reb+3ast, R.Armijo 13+1ast, R.Vera 2+4reb+2ast
gschID: 539993





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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 


Mateo Kedzo claims Croatian A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Mateo Kedzo (206-F/C-84) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's leader KK Split and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 32-year old power forward had the game-high 27 points adding five rebounds and three assists for KK Split in his team's victory, helping them to crush Gorica (#12, 3-16) with 19-point margin 79-60. It allowed KK Split to consolidate first place in the Croatian A1. KK Split have a solid 17-3 record. In the team's last game Kedzo had a remarkable 68.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be KK Split's top player in his first season with the team. Mateo Kedzo averages this season 15.7ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old former international center Luka Zoric (211-C-84) of Cibona. Zoric impressed basketball fans with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Cibona lost that game 75-80 to the higher-ranked Jolly JBS (#2, 16-4). Cibona managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 14-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Zoric is a newcomer at Cibona 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 Mike Scott (183-PG-93) of second-ranked Jolly JBS. Scott scored 29 points and passed four assists. He was a key player of Jolly JBS, leading his team to a 80-75 win against the lower-ranked Cibona (#5, 14-5). Jolly JBS is closer and closer to top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 16-4 record is not that bad... Scott has a great season in Croatia. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 6.4apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Toni Vitali (203-F-91) of KK Zagreb - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jakov Mustapic (193-G-94) of Vrij.Osijek - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Ive Ivanov (200-C-85) of GKK Sibenik - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Jalen Robinson (206-F/C-93) of Vrij.Osijek - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Miro Bilan (213-C-89) of Cedevita - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Nick Cook (198-F-92) of Skrljevo - 11 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Goran Filipovic (180-PG-96) of KK Split - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists

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



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  CUBA  

LSB Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Esteban MARTINEZ
  Santiago
  (192-F-87)
  Avg: 28.3
 1. Martinez, Santiago28.3 
 2. Boffil, Villa Clara26.8 
 3. Guzman, Capitalinos20.1 
 4. Oliva, Pinar del Rio19.6 
 5. Rodriguez, Ciego d.19.0 
 6. Pons, Guantanamo18.6 
 7. Granda, Ciego d.17.0 
 8. Molina, Matanzas16.2 
 9. Monterrey, Pinar d.15.9 
 10. Abreu, Villa Clara15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yoel CUBILLAS
  Villa Clara
  (204-C-94)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Cubillas, Villa Clara8.4 
 2. Reyes, Ciego de Avila8.4 
 3. Alorda, Capitalinos6.7 
 4. Ochoa, Santiago6.7 
 5. Tito, Guantanamo6.5 
 6. Siria, Santiago6.0 
 7. Perez, Villa Clara5.9 
 8. Pons, Guantanamo5.7 
 9. Moralez, Matanzas5.1 
 10. Font, Capitalinos5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Julio HEREDIA
  Santiago
  (183-PG-93)
  Avg: 4
 1. Heredia, Santiago4.0 
 2. Monterrey, Pinar d.3.7 
 3. Abreu, Villa Clara3.5 
 4. Oliva, Pinar del Rio2.9 
 5. Soltero, Capitalinos2.4 
 6. Deschapelles, Matan.2.3 
 7. Martinez, Ciego d.2.3 
 8. Boffil, Villa Clara2.1 
 9. Molina, Matanzas2.1 
 10. Francis, Camaguey2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Yosiel MONTERREY
  Pinar d.
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Monterrey, Pinar d.5.9 
 2. Oliva, Pinar del Rio5.8 
 3. Guerra, Guantanamo5.0 
 4. Deschapelles, Matan.4.9 
 5. Boffil, Villa Clara4.8 
 6. Perez, Villa Clara4.8 
 7. Abreu, Villa Clara4.2 
 8. Heredia, Santiago4.2 
 9. Baldo, Camaguey4.2 
 10. Martinez, Ciego d.4.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Yoel CUBILLAS
  Villa Clara
  (204-C-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Cubillas, Villa Clara2.0 
 2. Font, Capitalinos1.9 
 3. Ochoa, Santiago1.6 
 4. Quintana, Pinar d.1.1 
 5. Castellanos, Ciego d.1.0 
 6. Garcia, Matanzas0.9 
 7. Perez, Villa Clara0.7 
 8. Vazquez, Pinar d.0.6 
 9. Rivero, Capitalinos0.6 
 10. Romero, Villa Clara0.6 



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  CZECH REPUBLIC  

Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Lukas PALYZA
  Prostejov
  (202-F-89)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Palyza, Prostejov19.2 
 2. Burnett, BK Pardu.18.2 
 3. Bohacik, USK Praha18.1 
 4. Brooks, J.Hradec17.0 
 5. Ware, MMCITE B.16.9 
 6. Lipkins, J.Hradec16.2 
 7. Painter, NH Ostrava15.0 
 8. Pecka, Usti n.15.0 
 9. Bakic, BK Kolin14.9 
 10. Jacobs, Prostejov14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Deshawn PAINTER
  MMCITE B.
  (205-C-90)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Painter, MMCITE B.11.2 
 2. Kerr, BK Kolin9.7 
 3. Pecka, Usti n.9.2 
 4. Norwa, Prostejov7.3 
 5. Mickelson, Svitavy7.1 
 6. Ware, MMCITE B.7.0 
 7. Bohacik, USK Praha6.7 
 8. Simpson, MMCITE B.6.7 
 9. Fitzpatrick, Prost.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Roman MARKO
  Svitavy
  (194-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Marko, Svitavy7.8 
 2. Bannister, Svitavy6.5 
 3. Sirina, BK Opava5.9 
 4. Lawrence, CEZ N.5.3 
 5. Simmons, Prostejov5.2 
 6. Kouril, BK Opava5.0 
 7. Glover, Usti n.4.8 
 8. Ware, MMCITE B.4.4 
 9. Sotnar, Usti n.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin WARE
  MMCITE B.
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Ware, MMCITE B.2.6 
 2. Sirina, BK Opava2.3 
 3. Sant-Roos, CEZ N.2.2 
 4. Glover, Usti n.2.1 
 5. Canada, NH Ostrava2.1 
 6. Lipkins, J.Hradec2.0 
 7. Marko, Prostejov1.8 
 8. Burnett, BK Pardu.1.7 
 9. Pulpan, BK Pardu.1.7 
 10. Autrey, BK Pardu.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan CANTY
  J.Hradec
  (206-C-)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Canty, J.Hradec1.6 
 2. Simpson, MMCITE B.1.5 
 3. Mickelson, Svitavy1.5 
 4. Ibekwe, CEZ N.1.4 
 5. Madsen, USK Praha1.4 
 6. Simpson, CEZ N.1.1 
 7. Jelinek, Svitavy0.9 
 8. Dyck, Prostejov0.9 
 9. Ware, MMCITE B.0.8 
 10. Sevlie, NH Ostrava0.8 



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  DENMARK  

Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Devaughn AKOON-PURCELL
  Bakken
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Akoon-P., Bakken22.2 
 2. Bello, Randers19.2 
 3. Burgess, Randers18.8 
 4. Nielsen, Randers18.0 
 5. Mack, Horsens IC17.5 
 6. Dominique, Horsholm16.5 
 7. McGrew, SI.16.3 
 8. Champagnie, Stevn.16.0 
 9. Haas, SISU15.9 
 10. Sandager, Stevn.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanner MCGREW
  SI.
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. McGrew, SI.10.8 
 2. Champagnie, Stevn.10.4 
 3. Sane, Naestved9.7 
 4. Smith, Horsholm9.1 
 5. Baru, SISU8.5 
 6. NaNa, Svendborg8.0 
 7. Midtgaard, Horsh.6.8 
 8. Moten, Svendborg6.7 
 9. Carter, Randers6.6 
 10. Trist, Horsens IC6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Frederik NIELSEN
  Horsholm
  (178-PG-88)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Nielsen, Horsholm6.7 
 2. Burgess, Randers5.6 
 3. Wilson, SISU5.0 
 4. Gesell, Bakken4.5 
 5. Dranginis, SISU4.3 
 6. Lundberg, Horse.4.1 
 7. Mack, Horsens IC4.1 
 8. Lanegger, Naestved4.0 
 9. Nielsen, Randers4.0 
 10. Mitchell, Naestved3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Myles MACK
  Horsens IC
  (175-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Mack, Horsens IC2.2 
 2. Borovcanin, Horse.2.0 
 3. Burgess, Randers2.0 
 4. Gesell, Bakken1.9 
 5. Bello, Randers1.9 
 6. Akoon-P., Bakken1.8 
 7. Nielsen, Horsholm1.8 
 8. Smith, Horsholm1.7 
 9. Ross, Naestved1.6 
 10. Lundberg, Horse.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cheikh SANE
  Naestved
  (207-C/F-92)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Sane, Naestved1.2 
 2. Diouf, Bakken1.1 
 3. Smith, Horsholm1.1 
 4. Colas, Randers1.0 
 5. Aboubakar-Z., Svend.1.0 
 6. Christoffers., Bak.1.0 
 7. Adjehi, SISU1.0 
 8. Baru, SISU0.9 
 9. Moten, Svendborg0.9 
 10. Midtgaard, Horsh.0.8 



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  D-LEAGUE  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Manny HARRIS
  Texas L.
  (196-F/G-89)
  Avg: 26
 1. Harris, Texas L.26.0 
 2. Cook, Canton C.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.22.1 
 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.10.4 
 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.2.2 
 5. Payton-II, Rio G.2.2 
 6. Pressey, Santa C.2.1 
 7. Millsap, N.Arizon.2.0 
 8. Harris, Texas L.2.0 
 9. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
 10. Evans, Canton C.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. Obekpa, Santa C.2.4 
 8. Benson, Sioux F.2.4 
 9. Davis, N.Arizona S.2.1 
 10. Acy, Texas L.2.0 



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC  


Al Riyadi signs Edgar Sosa - by Eurobasket News

Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (Pepsi LBL) signed 29-year old American (has also Dominican passport) point guard Edgar Sosa (190-80kg-88, college: Louisville). He played recently at JuveCaserta in Italian Serie A, but left the team earlier this month. In 22 games he had very impressive stats: 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 recorded 5.8ppg and 1.5apg. He also played earlier that season for Petrochimi (Superleague) in Iran. In 28 games he averaged remarkable 16.8ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg. Sosa also spent pre-season at the Hawks in NBA earlier that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague Guard of the Year in 2016.
Sosa played at the WABA Club Championships last year.
He is quite experienced player. Sosa has played in seven different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). He 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) and NBA (Atlanta Hawks).
Sosa attended University of Louisville until 2010 and it is his seventh season as a professional player.
He could be described: 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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  EL SALVADOR  


Anthony Moe claims Salvadorean Liga MB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Anthony Moe (206-F/C) had a great game in the last round for Cojute and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Liga MB Player of the Week award for round 14.
The power forward had a double-double of 37 points and nineteen rebounds, while his team beat Quezaltepeque (#5, 6-3) 97-85. Thanks to this victory Cojute moved-up to the 8th position in Salvadorean Liga MB. Cojute is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-4 record. In the team's last game Moe had a remarkable 70.8% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Cojute, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Anthony Moe averages this season 23.6ppg and 13.4rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American center Marc Montavious (206-C-90) of 11 Lobos. Montavious impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 23 rebounds. Of course he led 11 Lobos to another comfortable win 102-83 over slightly higher-ranked Denver-FAS (#9, 4-5) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. 11 Lobos dropped in the standings to 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-6 record. Montavious is one of the most experienced players at 11 Lobos and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Cojute's star - American Scott Sill (206-F-92). Sill showcased his all-around game by recording 28 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was another key player of Cojute, helping his team with a 97-85 win against the higher-ranked Quezaltepeque (#5, 6-3). Cojute needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 4 lost games. Sill has a very solid season. In 4 games in El Salvador he scored 19.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Quincy Scates (197-SF-89) of Quezaltepeque - 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Michael Hinestroza Javes (208-F-90) of Isidro Metapan - 6 points and 22 rebounds
6. Shawn Hampton (187-PG) of 11 Lobos - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Anthony Brown (193-PG-89) of Denver-FAS - 29 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Mario Gonzalez (183-SG-94) of 11 Lobos - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Luis Damian Morales (191-F-88) of Denver-FAS - 27 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Brandon Golden (193-G) of Cojute - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 18 assists

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



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  ESTONIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Justin BAKER
  Tarvas
  (203-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Baker, Tarvas19.3 
 2. Dzeletovic, TL.18.8 
 3. Volkus, Parnu18.1 
 4. Olmre, TTU17.6 
 5. van-der-Mars, Rap.17.1 
 6. Jarvelainen, TTU17.1 
 7. Bubalo, Parnu16.3 
 8. Strupovics, Valga15.7 
 9. Post, Tarvas15.6 
 10. Lips, Tarvas15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas VAN DER MARS
  Rap.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 13
 1. van-der-Mars, Rap.13.0 
 2. Baker, Tarvas8.7 
 3. Bubalo, Parnu8.4 
 4. Jarvelainen, TTU8.3 
 5. Jois, Tartu Ulikool8.3 
 6. Soodla, Noorteliiga7.8 
 7. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.7.6 
 8. Milka, Tartu Ulikool7.4 
 9. Lips, Tarvas6.8 
 10. Dzeletovic, TL.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Norman KABIN
  Parnu
  (188-PG-97)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Kabin, Parnu4.6 
 2. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool4.5 
 3. Harper, Kalev/Cr.4.4 
 4. Olmre, TTU4.2 
 5. Jones, TL.4.0 
 6. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.9 
 7. Bratoz, Rapla3.9 
 8. Okereafor, Parnu3.8 
 9. Post, Tarvas3.7 
 10. Paiste, Tarvas3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Domen BRATOZ
  Rapla
  (189-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Bratoz, Rapla2.3 
 2. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.2.1 
 3. Okereafor, Parnu2.0 
 4. Paiste, Tarvas1.9 
 5. Kabin, Parnu1.8 
 6. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 7. Sutt, Parnu1.7 
 8. Lips, Tarvas1.6 
 9. Zvigurs, Valga1.6 
 10. Olmre, TTU1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kalev/Cr.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Simmons, Kalev/Cr.1.2 
 2. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.1.1 
 3. Gladness, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 4. Kok, Rapla0.9 
 5. Lips, Tarvas0.9 
 6. Bubalo, Parnu0.8 
 7. Marshall, TL.0.8 
 8. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 9. Raadik, TTU0.8 
 10. van-der-Mars, Rap.0.7 



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  EUROCUP  


Tony Parker wants ASVEL in Euroleague - by Luis Filipe Cristovao

Tony Parker (188-PG-82), owner of ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket announced his intentions of coming back to Eurocup.

During an interview in the French radio, Tony Parker stated that, last season, he agreed to respect FIBA and the French Federation agreement, but that he would do that only for one year. He waited for an agreement between FIBA and Euroleague, but stated, as clearly as possible, that he wants ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket playing in the Euroleague.

'So, next season, we would play Eurocup. I think an agreement would be the best way to support European Basketball, but without it, ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will play in Eurocup and, in two years, we want to try Euroleague'.

Tony Parker also stated that French Basketball needs to be represented in the Euroleague in the near future. "The competition will have two more places and France must be there".



Valencia inks Mike Tobey - by Fersu Yahyabeyoglu

Valencia Basket (Liga Endesa) agreed terms with 23-year old American power forward Mike Tobey (213-116kg-94, college: Virginia). He just played at Charlotte Hornets in the NBA. But in two games he had only 1.0ppg and 1.5rpg this season. Tobey also played earlier that season for another team Greensboro Swarm in NBA where in 35 games he recorded 12.0ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.0apg and 1.3bpg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he played in the final of ACC Tournament in 2016. Tobey was also voted All-ACC Sixth Man of the Year in 2015 at his college time.
Tobey represented USA at the World Championships U19 in Prague (Czech Republic) four years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 4.8ppg, 4.8rpg.
Tobey graduated from University of Virginia in 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  EUROLEAGUE  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Unics
  (193-SG-83)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Langford, Unics22.3 
 2. De-Colo, CS.20.2 
 3. Goudelock, Maccabi .17.3 
 4. Llull, Real Madrid16.2 
 5. Wanamaker, Darussaf.15.8 
 6. Teodosic, CSKA15.6 
 7. Heurtel, Anadolu .13.8 
 8. Rice, FC Barcelona13.7 
 9. Brown, Anadolu .13.2 
 10. Larkin, Baskonia13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicolo MELLI
  Brose Bask.
  (205-PF-91)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Melli, Brose Bask.7.6 
 2. Voigtmann, Basko.7.5 
 3. Udoh, Fenerbahce7.4 
 4. Kuzmic, Crvena Z.7.4 
 5. Zizic, Darussafaka7.1 
 6. Honeycutt, Anadolu .7.1 
 7. Birch, Olympiacos6.6 
 8. Dorsey, FC Barce.6.3 
 9. Dunston, Anadolu .6.3 
 10. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  CSKA
  (195-PG-87)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Teodosic, CSKA7.2 
 2. Llull, Real Madrid6.3 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympiacos6.3 
 4. Heurtel, Anadolu .6.1 
 5. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.9 
 6. Larkin, Baskonia5.9 
 7. Calathes, Panathin.5.7 
 8. Colom, Unics5.6 
 9. Guler, Galatasaray5.4 
 10. Westermann, Zalgiris5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Charles JENKINS
  Crvena Z.
  (191-SG-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jenkins, Crvena Z.2.0 
 2. Wanamaker, Darussaf.1.5 
 3. Calathes, Panathin.1.5 
 4. Fernandez, Real M.1.4 
 5. Wilbekin, Darussafaka1.4 
 6. Larkin, Baskonia1.4 
 7. Paul, Anadolu Efes1.4 
 8. Lazic, Crvena Z.1.3 
 9. Hanga, Baskonia1.3 
 10. Jovic, Crvena Z.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekpe UDOH
  Fenerbahce
  (208-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Udoh, Fenerbahce2.4 
 2. Tyus, Galatasaray1.5 
 3. Parakhouski, Unics1.3 
 4. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.2 
 5. Dunston, Anadolu .1.2 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.1.1 
 7. Kirk, Anadolu Efes1.0 
 8. Randolph, Real Madrid1.0 
 9. Honeycutt, Anadolu .1.0 
 10. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 


Tony Parker wants ASVEL in Euroleague - by Luis Filipe Cristovao

Tony Parker (188-PG-82), owner of ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket announced his intentions of coming back to Eurocup.

During an interview in the French radio, Tony Parker stated that, last season, he agreed to respect FIBA and the French Federation agreement, but that he would do that only for one year. He waited for an agreement between FIBA and Euroleague, but stated, as clearly as possible, that he wants ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket playing in the Euroleague.

'So, next season, we would play Eurocup. I think an agreement would be the best way to support European Basketball, but without it, ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket will play in Eurocup and, in two years, we want to try Euroleague'.

Tony Parker also stated that French Basketball needs to be represented in the Euroleague in the near future. "The competition will have two more places and France must be there".



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  FIBA EUROPE CUP  


Andell Cumberbatch is ready for the big leagues - by Thomas Jones

After shining as a college basketball player with St. Bonaventure, Andell Cumberbatch (196-G-93, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) is showing his potential in the FIBA Europe Cup where was the only one player able to score more than 15 points per game, grab more than 5 rebounds and steal more than 2 balls. Definitely, Andell Cumberbatch is ready for the big leagues.

Source: talkbasket.net

- At what point did you become interested in basketball and when did it become apparent you could possibly make a living out of it?

I became interested in basketball when I was about 9 years old. I never thought that I would make it this far playing this game.

- For those who have not had the chance to see you play yet, how do you describe your game?

My game is more of a slasher taking the ball to the basket putting pressure on the defense and crafty defensive player.

- How has your season gone so far this year?

Our season is going great so far, we're on the right track to have the longest winning streak in club history, as far as FIBA Europe Cup we played well but just could not make it into the next round. we made big strides within the club and learned a lot from playing in it.

- What aspects of your game are you currently working on most to improve?

I'm always working on my shooting, that is one part of my game that I love to work on and I believe is getting better every day.

- Is there anybody you model your game after?

I try to take things from everyone I see play including people older and younger than me but I usually just try to take things from everyone to add to my game.

- Who has been the most difficult opponent you have faced?

I never really faced someone where I knew I was in trouble for a game, but I'm definitely ready for anything.

- What can you tell us about your experience in Czech Republic?

My experience in Czech was good being there my first year out helped me being able to cope with a lot of things and living by myself.

- Where do you see yourself five years from now?

In 5 years I see myself being successful and reaching the goals that I am working for right now.

- So far, how has Austria been?

Austria has been great, I'm enjoying myself here and getting better. Only thing I don't like is the cold weather.

- What is your main goal in life?

My main goal is to help my mom have a better life by help providing for her and to help everyone else in my family.



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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 De''Andre UPCHURCH
  HyPo
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 33.6
 1. Upchurch, HyPo33.6 
 2. Moultrie, PuHu J.28.3 
 3. Bratton, Namika Lr27.9 
 4. Heinonen, Munkkini.24.6 
 5. Rasi, Raholan Pyrkiva24.5 
 6. Maxhuni, HBA-M.23.7 
 7. Vinson, Pyrinto II23.5 
 8. Cartharn, Espoo B.23.5 
 9. Daniels, PeU-Basket23.1 
 10. Jones, Oulun N.22.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.16.7 
 2. Daniels, PeU-Basket13.7 
 3. Jallow, Jarvenpaa13.3 
 4. Harvey, Oulun N.12.9 
 5. Harris, Ura Basket12.0 
 6. Towa, Jarvenpaa11.7 
 7. Flemings, FoKoPo11.3 
 8. Stahl, Oulun N.11.1 
 9. Knihtinen, Korikouvot10.4 
 10. Blomqvist, HyPo10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Janne KINNUNEN
  Karkkila
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Kinnunen, Karkkila6.7 
 2. Upchurch, HyPo5.3 
 3. Salonen, Porvoon .5.2 
 4. Innamaa, TuNM.5.2 
 5. Ivey, Espoo United5.2 
 6. Kantonen, Korik.4.6 
 7. Kilpinen, Pyrin.4.5 
 8. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.4.4 
 9. Ikavalko, Lahti4.4 
 10. Kantonen, JyWe4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Darian CARTHARN
  Espoo B.
  (183-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Cartharn, Espoo B.2.7 
 2. Gouch, Espoo Basket2.7 
 3. Juvonen, Jyvaskyl.2.6 
 4. Upchurch, HyPo2.5 
 5. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.2.4 
 6. Bratton, Namika Lr2.4 
 7. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.3 
 8. Moore, ToPo2.2 
 9. Heinonen, Munkkini.2.1 
 10. Marttinen, Munkkini.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  PuHu J.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Moultrie, PuHu J.2.0 
 2. 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 



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Stats Leaders - Superleague

Points Per Game
 Devin BROOKS
  Ohrid AV
  (186-G-92)
  Avg: 24
 1. Brooks, Ohrid AV24.0 
 2. McNeaill, Kozuv19.7 
 3. Mijatovic, Kuman.18.9 
 4. Yanev Georgi., Koz.16.3 
 5. Tasovski, Rabotnicki16.3 
 6. Hawkins, Pelister.15.6 
 7. Mijovic, Kozuv15.5 
 8. Ibitayo, Vardar15.2 
 9. Jokic, Strumica15.1 
 10. Hall, Kozuv15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milivoje MIJOVIC
  Kozuv
  (200-PF-91)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Mijovic, Kozuv10.6 
 2. Vasilic, Ohrid AV9.5 
 3. Brooks, Ohrid AV9.3 
 4. Andrejevic, Pelister.7.5 
 5. Cekovski, Rabotnicki6.7 
 6. Ibitayo, Vardar6.3 
 7. Nikolovski, Feni I.6.2 
 8. Djekic, Feni I.6.1 
 9. Misanovic, Rabotnicki6.1 
 10. Besovic, Strumica6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Devin BROOKS
  Ohrid AV
  (186-G-92)
  Avg: 7
 1. Brooks, Ohrid AV7.0 
 2. Ilievski, Rabotnicki6.7 
 3. Mirakovski, Rabot.4.9 
 4. Bogoev, Strumica4.8 
 5. McNeaill, Kozuv4.5 
 6. Karadzovski, Kuman.4.5 
 7. Kostovski, Kuman.4.2 
 8. Mladenovic, Ohrid A.4.0 
 9. Hall, Kozuv4.0 
 10. Magdevski, Feni I.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Deji IBITAYO
  Vardar
  (193-G-93)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Ibitayo, Vardar3.5 
 2. Brooks, Ohrid AV2.0 
 3. Brown, Kumanovo1.7 
 4. Mladenovic, Ohrid A.1.6 
 5. Hall, Kozuv1.5 
 6. Robev, Vardar1.5 
 7. Jokic, Strumica1.4 
 8. Makenadziev, Strum.1.4 
 9. Zivcevic, Strumica1.3 
 10. Dimcevski, Kozuv1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaylen SHANE
  Ohrid AV
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Shane, Ohrid AV2.7 
 2. Ibitayo, Vardar1.3 
 3. Misanovic, Rabotnicki1.3 
 4. Krstevski, Kozuv1.0 
 5. Besovic, Strumica0.8 
 6. Maslinko, Rabotnicki0.8 
 7. Djekic, Feni I.0.7 
 8. Zekjiri, Vardar0.7 
 9. Mijatovic, Kuman.0.6 
 10. Janevski, Kumanovo0.5 


Prva Liga Round 1: Karpos Sokoli outscore Rabotnicki - by Eurobasket News

The Second Stage in Prva Liga just started. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Karpos Sokoli defeated Rabotnicki in Skopje 94-90. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-90. Karpos Sokoli made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (208-88, agency: Mansfield and Associates) who helped to win the game recording 20 points. Serbian power forward Dragan Labovic (207-87, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Dime Tasovski (200-80) answered with 37 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds for Rabotnicki. Rabotnicki will play next round against strong Kumanovo trying to get back on the winning streak. Karpos Sokoli will try to continue on its current victory against Feni Industries in Kavadarci.
Feni Industries (0-1) recorded a loss on the court of MZT Skopje. Visitors were rolled over by MZT Skopje 86-59. Serbian swingman Djordje Drenovac (201-92) stepped up and scored 22 points for the winners and Charlon Kloof chipped in 14 points. MZT Skopje's coach Ante Nazor felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side point guard Boban Stajic (185-93) responded with 12 points and 6 rebounds. MZT Skopje will play against Kozuv (#4) in Gevgelija in the next round. Feni Industries will play at home against Karpos Sokoli to get more than just one victory in their record.
An interesting game was also a 17-point home loss of Pelister Bitola in a game versus undefeated Ohrid AV (#7) 83-66. Devin Brooks nailed 19 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists for the winning side. Ohrid AV's coach Petar Chochoroski used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Gjorgi Anakievski came up with 18 points for Pelister Bitola in the defeat. Ohrid AV will meet at home Strumica (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pelister Bitola will play against Vardar in Skopje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of Kozuv (0-1) against Kumanovo (1-0) on Saturday night. Visiting Kozuv was defeated by Kumanovo in a tough game in Kumanovo 103-108. Marjan Janevski fired 29 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Kumanovo's next round opponent will be Rabotnicki (#6) in Skopje. Kozuv will play at home against MZT Skopje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Strumica. Strumica (1-0) saved a 2-point victory at home edging Vardar (0-1) 63-61 on Saturday evening. It was a very good performance for Vladimir Brckov who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds. Vardar's coach Gjorgi Kocov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Strumica will face Ohrid AV (#8) on the road in the next round. Vardar will play against Pelister Bitola and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Places 1-6
MZT Skopje - Feni Industries 86-59

Feni Industries (0-1) recorded a loss on the court of MZT Skopje. Visitors were rolled over by MZT Skopje 86-59. The game without a history. MZT Skopje led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Serbian swingman Djordje Drenovac (201-92) stepped up and scored 22 points for the winners and Surinamese-Dutch guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, college: St.Bonaventure, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 14 points. Four MZT Skopje players scored in double figures. MZT Skopje's coach Ante Nazor felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side point guard Boban Stajic (185-93) responded with 12 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian center Mladen Pantic (209-82, agency: 011 Sports) scored 13 points. MZT Skopje will play against Kozuv (#4) in Gevgelija in the next round. Feni Industries will play at home against Karpos Sokoli to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
MZT Skopje: D.Drenovac 22+4reb+3ast, C.Kloof 14+4reb+3ast, J.Lalic 11+3reb+1ast, M.Simonovski 11+2reb+1ast, S.Gjuroski 9+7reb, A.Mekic 7+4reb+2ast
Feni Industries: M.Pantic 13+4reb+2ast, B.Stajic 12+6reb+2ast, K.Nikolovski 12+6reb, M.Ceskovic 9, B.Djekic 6+4reb+3ast, J.Petrovski 3+2reb+4ast
gschID: 539642


Karpos Sokoli - Rabotnicki 94-90

Karpos Sokoli defeated Rabotnicki in Skopje 94-90. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-90. Karpos Sokoli made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (208-88, agency: Mansfield and Associates) who helped to win the game recording 20 points. Serbian power forward Dragan Labovic (207-87, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Karpos Sokoli players scored in double figures. The former international forward Dime Tasovski (200-80) answered with 37 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds and Serbian center Nenad Misanovic (217-84) added 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) in the effort for Rabotnicki. Rabotnicki will play next round against strong Kumanovo trying to get back on the winning streak. Karpos Sokoli will try to continue on its current victory against Feni Industries in Kavadarci.
Top scorers:
Karpos Sokoli: B.Trajkovski 20+2reb+3ast, D.Zekovic 19+1reb, D.Labovic 13+9reb+2ast, D.Mavra 12, K.Perry 12+2reb+9ast, Z.Comagic 8+4reb
Rabotnicki: D.Tasovski 37+5reb+3ast, N.Misanovic 20+8reb+2ast, V.Ilievski 11+4reb+7ast, P.Nikolic 9+3reb+4ast, D.Mirakovski 8+6reb+8ast, V.Efremovski 3+2ast
gschID: 539643


Kumanovo - Kozuv 108-103

Very important is a road loss of Kozuv (0-1) against Kumanovo (1-0) on Saturday night. Visiting Kozuv was defeated by Kumanovo in a tough game in Kumanovo 103-108. Kumanovo dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Kozuv's 30 and made 25-of-32 charity shots (78.1 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Kozuv helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International forward Marjan Janevski (203-88) fired 29 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Dimitar Karadzovski (190-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 21 points and 7 assists. American point guard Kenyon McNeaill (185-91, college: Louisiana Tech) produced 31 points and 9 assists and the other American import guard Larry Hall (190-83, college: W.Oregon) added 23 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Kumanovo's next round opponent will be Rabotnicki (#6) in Skopje. Kozuv will play at home against MZT Skopje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kumanovo: M.Janevski 29+7reb+1ast, D.Karadzovski 21+4reb+7ast, M.Pekovic 15+5reb+4ast, S.Zivanovic 14+6reb+2ast, N.Karakolev 11+5reb, Y.Brown 9+1reb+2ast
Kozuv: K.McNeaill 31+3reb+9ast, L.Hall 23+4reb+3ast, M.Mijovic 17+7reb+2ast, B.Krstevski 15+2reb, N.Djurasovic 13+9reb+3ast, A.Shterjov 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 539644


Places 7-10
Pelister Bitola - Ohrid AV 66-83

An interesting game was also a 17-point home loss of Pelister Bitola in a game versus undefeated Ohrid AV (#7) 83-66. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-66. Ohrid AV dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Pelister Bitola's 24. They outrebounded Pelister Bitola 38-25 including 26 on the defensive glass. American guard Devin Brooks (186-92, college: Creighton) nailed 19 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists for the winning side and forward Branko Janevski (203-87) accounted for 19 points (perfect from the field making all six shots). Ohrid AV's coach Petar Chochoroski used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Point guard Gjorgi Anakievski (185-85) came up with 18 points and Serbian forward Milos Andrejevic (198-89) added 10 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Pelister Bitola in the defeat. Four Pelister Bitola players scored in double figures. Ohrid AV will meet at home Strumica (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pelister Bitola will play against Vardar in Skopje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ohrid AV: B.Janevski 19+1reb+1ast, D.Brooks 19+7reb+9ast, L.Milojevic 10+2reb+1ast, K.Shane 9+3reb, S.Gligorijevic 8+7reb+1ast, A.Doneski 5+4reb+4ast
Pelister Bitola: G.Anakievski 18+2reb+3ast, M.Andrejevic 10+9reb+2ast, M.Golubovic 10+3reb, B.Davkov 10+4reb+2ast, P.Hawkins 6+2reb+5ast, G.Trajkovski 5+1reb
gschID: 539673


Strumica - Vardar 63-61

Important game to mention about took place in Strumica. Strumica (1-0) saved a 2-point victory at home edging Vardar (0-1) 63-61 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 18-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Strumica forced 23 Vardar turnovers. It was a very good performance for the former international forward Vladimir Brckov (200-89, agency: BeoBasket) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds. Point guard Eftim Bogoev (185-80) contributed with 13 points and 7 assists for the winners. Jetmir Zekjiri (200-96) answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds and Vojce Levkoski (-91) added 20 points in the effort for Vardar. Vardar's coach Gjorgi Kocov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Strumica will face Ohrid AV (#8) on the road in the next round. Vardar will play against Pelister Bitola and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Strumica: V.Brckov 18+8reb+1ast, E.Bogoev 13+4reb+7ast, D.Delipetrov 10+2reb+1ast, D.Makenadziev 9+1reb+1ast, A.Stefanovski 8+2reb, P.Jokic 5+7reb+2ast
Vardar: V.Levkoski 20+2reb, J.Zekjiri 15+7reb+1ast, D.Srbinovski 9+6reb+3ast, D.Robev 8+7reb+2ast, B.Mitkov 5+2reb+1ast, D.Kalov 4+6reb
gschID: 539672





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A League Round 8: Hyundai-TSU beat BC Titebi in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News

An exciting game was played in Tbilisi. Second ranked Hyundai-TSU faced 4th ranked BC Titebi. Guests from Tbilisi (5-2) defeated host BC Titebi (4-4) 84-75. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-75. Hyundai-TSU looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American point guard Christopher Anderson (170-92, college: San Diego) who scored 24 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. South African center Christopher Gabriel (210-88, college: San Diego) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Armani Flannigan (203-92, college: N.Texas) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts. Hyundai-TSU keeps a position of league leader, which they share with DELTA. Newly promoted BC Titebi keeps the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with Tskaltubo. Hyundai-TSU is looking forward to face Arena-76 (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. BC Titebi will play against the league's leader DELTA and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
An exciting game was played in Tskaltubo. First ranked DELTA faced 3rd ranked Tskaltubo. Guests from (5-2) defeated host Tskaltubo (4-4) 75-67. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Tskaltubo. American center Laron Griffin (205-89, college: E.Washington) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks. Deondre Ray contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Travante Williams (197-93, college: Alaska-Fairb., agency: Duran International) replied with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 14 rebounds for Tskaltubo. Newly promoted DELTA maintains first position with 5-2 record, which they share with Hyundai-TSU. Tskaltubo at the other side dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with BC Titebi. DELTA will play against BC Titebi (#4) in the next round. Tskaltubo will play against SEU Tbilisi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked SEU Tbilisi (0-8) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 93-63 loss to fifth ranked Arena-76 (5-3) in on Wednesday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Tato Chachibaia who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Arena-76's coach Marco Minichi felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kakha Giorgadze responded with 26 points. Arena-76 moved-up to third place. Loser SEU Tbilisi still closes the standings with eight games lost. Arena-76 will meet league's second-placed Hyundai-TSU in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. SEU Tbilisi will play against Tskaltubo (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

Arena-76 - SEU Tbilisi 93-63

Bottom-ranked SEU Tbilisi (0-8) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 93-63 loss to fifth ranked Arena-76 (5-3) in on Wednesday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Arena-76. SEU Tbilisi managed to win fourth quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Arena-76 dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to SEU Tbilisi's 34. Arena-76 forced 21 SEU Tbilisi turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by SEU Tbilisi's players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Tato Chachibaia (201-90) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) and forward Konstantine Bitsadze (195-97) who added 15 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Five Arena-76 players scored in double figures. Arena-76's coach Marco Minichi felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Kakha Giorgadze (197-94) responded with 26 points and forward Bega Akhalaia (195-91) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Arena-76 moved-up to third place. Loser SEU Tbilisi still closes the standings with eight games lost. Arena-76 will meet league's second-placed Hyundai-TSU in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. SEU Tbilisi will play against Tskaltubo (#5) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Arena-76: K.Bitsadze 15+6reb+2ast, T.Chachibaia 15+10reb+2ast, R.Lewis 15+6reb+2ast, O.Rychlyuk 13+5reb+4ast, P.Alexis 12+3reb+1ast, G.Kvelashvili 8+1reb+2ast
SEU Tbilisi: K.Giorgadze 26+1reb+2ast, B.Akhalaia 13+6reb+1ast, D.Maisuradze 9+7reb+2ast, R.Tukvadze 4+4reb, V.Koguashvili 4+3reb, I.Jankhoteli 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 534757


BC Titebi - Hyundai-TSU 75-84

An exciting game was played in Tbilisi. Second ranked Hyundai-TSU faced 4th ranked BC Titebi. Guests from Tbilisi (5-2) defeated host BC Titebi (4-4) 84-75. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-75. Hyundai-TSU looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American point guard Christopher Anderson (170-92, college: San Diego) who scored 24 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. South African center Christopher Gabriel (210-88, college: San Diego) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds. Gabriel is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward Armani Flannigan (203-92, college: N.Texas) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and the former international point guard Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-86) added 10 points and 12 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hyundai-TSU keeps a position of league leader, which they share with DELTA. Newly promoted BC Titebi keeps the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with Tskaltubo. Hyundai-TSU is looking forward to face Arena-76 (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. BC Titebi will play against the league's leader DELTA and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Hyundai-TSU: C.Anderson 24+5reb+6ast, C.Gabriel 22+6reb+1ast, G.Korsantia 13+4reb+6ast, A.Pevadze 10+8reb+2ast, L.Giorgadze 6+6reb+1ast, S.Sanadze 6+3reb+5ast
BC Titebi: A.Flannigan 20+12reb, R.Aaron 15+5reb+3ast, R.Didia 12+4reb+4ast, G.Gamqrelidze 10+3reb+12ast, G.Dvali 8+5reb, G.Vakhania 5+2reb
gschID: 534756


Tskaltubo - DELTA 67-75

An exciting game was played in Tskaltubo. First ranked DELTA faced 3rd ranked Tskaltubo. Guests from (5-2) defeated host Tskaltubo (4-4) 75-67. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Tskaltubo. Tskaltubo was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 38-29 second half run of DELTA. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Tskaltubo's 22. They outrebounded Tskaltubo 63-36 including a 27-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. American center Laron Griffin (205-89, college: E.Washington) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks. The other American import Deondre Ray (196, college: Cameron) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American forward Travante Williams (197-93, college: Alaska-Fairb., agency: Duran International) replied with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 14 rebounds and forward Dimitri Dvalishvili (198-93) added 16 points in the effort for Tskaltubo. Newly promoted DELTA maintains first position with 5-2 record, which they share with Hyundai-TSU. Tskaltubo at the other side dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. They share the position with BC Titebi. DELTA will play against BC Titebi (#4) in the next round. Tskaltubo will play against SEU Tbilisi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
DELTA: D.Ray 21+5reb+2ast, L.Griffin 15+15reb+1ast, L.Eliadze 10+3reb, S.Lobjanidze 8+6reb+5ast, I.Alkhanaidze 7+12reb+2ast, Z.Antadze 5+7reb+1ast
Tskaltubo: T.Williams 29+14reb+2ast, D.Dvalishvili 16+2reb+1ast, B.Blackmon 9+4reb+5ast, G.Kutchava 8+1reb+3ast, D.Sviridov 5+12reb+1ast, G.Arutinov 0+1reb+1ast
gschID: 534755





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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 


ProA Round 27: Kirchheim Knights defeat Gladiators in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season.

The most exciting game of round 27 in the ProA took place in Trier. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 7th ranked Gladiators (15-12) to third ranked Kirchheim Knights (19-8) 74-72 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Gladiators. It was a great evening for center Andreas Kronhardt (205-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 8 rebounds. American Seth Hinrichs (201-93, college: Lafayette, agency: Duran International) helped adding 17 points. The best for the losing side was point guard Simon Schmitz (188-90) with 21 points. Gladiators' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kirchheim Knights maintains third place with 19-8 record having five points less than leader MBC. Gladiators at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Oettinger R.. Kirchheim Knights are looking forward to face league's leader Mitteldeutscher BC in Weissenfels in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gladiators will play on the road against ETB Wohnbau (#15) in Essen and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Weissenfels. First ranked host Mitteldeutscher BC (24-3) defeated 4th placed Chemnitz (17-9) 88-74. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for guard Andrew Warren (196-87, college: Bradley, agency: Interperformances) who led the winners and scored 27 points and 6 assists. Marcus Hatten accounted for 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Power forward Joe Lawson (201-92, college: Indianapolis, agency: Interperformances) came up with 20 points and 7 rebounds for Chemnitz in the defeat. Mitteldeutscher BC have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 24-3 record. Chemnitz at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against Kirchheim Knights (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Chemnitz will play against MLP Academics Heidelberg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Baunach between Nuernberg and Baunach. Twelfth ranked Nuernberg (10-16) got a very close victory on the road over 14th ranked Baunach (8-19). Nuernberg managed to escape with a 2-point win 77-75 on Sunday evening. The best player for the winners was Joshua Young who scored 17 points and 7 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Aleksej Nikolic who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Baunach's coach Fabian Villmeter tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Nuernberg maintains twelfth place with 10-16 record. Loser Baunach keeps the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. Nuernberg will meet at home higher ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Baunach will play against Ehingen/Urspringschule (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Gotha where higher ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (15-12) was upset on its own court by eleventh ranked Hamburg (12-15) 80-71. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Oettinger Rockets Gotha. It was a good game for Anthony Canty who led his team to a victory with 14 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hamburg maintains eleventh place with 12-15 record. Oettinger Rockets Gotha at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Hamburg's next round opponent will be higher ranked Koeln Rh.Stars (#9) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
An interesting game took place in Hanau where higher ranked White Wings (13-14) were upset on its own court by fifteenth ranked ETB Wohnbau (7-20) 77-55 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Jannik Lodders who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. ETB Wohnbau maintains fifteenth place with 7-20 record. Loser White Wings dropped to the eighth position with 14 games lost. ETB Wohnbau will face higher ranked Gladiators (#7) in Trier in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last two games of round 27 Uni Baskets was destroyed by Crailsheim on the opponent's court 91-72. Koeln Rh.Stars managed to outperform Ehingen in a home game 70-65.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 15 points and 8 rebounds by Dane Watts of Oettinger R..

Oettinger R. - Hamburg 71-80

An interesting game took place in Gotha where higher ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (15-12) was upset on its own court by eleventh ranked Hamburg (12-15) 80-71. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Oettinger Rockets Gotha. Hamburg made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Oettinger Rockets Gotha turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Oettinger Rockets Gotha helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for point guard Anthony Canty (183-91, agency: Octagon Europe) who led his team to a victory with 14 points. American guard Rod Camphor (191-92, college: SW Oklahoma St.) contributed with 10 points and 6 assists for the winners. Four Hamburg players scored in double figures. American point guard Darrel Mitchell (181-84, college: LSU, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 20 points and 5 assists and American-Ivorian forward Dane Watts (203-86) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Oettinger Rockets Gotha. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hamburg maintains eleventh place with 12-15 record. Oettinger Rockets Gotha at the other side keeps the sixth position with 12 games lost. Hamburg's next round opponent will be higher ranked Koeln Rh.Stars (#9) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Hamburg: D.Lansdowne 16+1reb+2ast, A.Canty 14+4reb+3ast, M.Liyanage 12+5reb+2ast, R.Camphor 10+4reb+6ast, E.Wolf 8+5reb+3ast, L.Kamp 7
Oettinger R.: D.Mitchell 20+1reb+5ast, D.Watts 15+8reb, D.Hicks 9+4reb, R.Oehle 9+3reb, J.Schmidkunz 9+1reb+1ast, G.Gibbs 4+5reb+3ast
gschID: 474223


Baunach - Nuernberg 75-77

A very close game took place in Baunach between Nuernberg and Baunach. Twelfth ranked Nuernberg (10-16) got a very close victory on the road over 14th ranked Baunach (8-19). Nuernberg managed to escape with a 2-point win 77-75 on Sunday evening. Nuernberg made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Joshua Young (185-88, college: Drake) who scored 17 points and 7 assists. His fellow American import forward Andre Calvin (201-85, college: Drake) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Slovenian point guard Aleksej Nikolic (191-95) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) and Lithuanian Arnoldas Kulboka (205-98) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Baunach's coach Fabian Villmeter tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Nuernberg maintains twelfth place with 10-16 record. Loser Baunach keeps the fourteenth position with 19 games lost. Nuernberg will meet at home higher ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Baunach will play against Ehingen/Urspringschule (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nuernberg: J.Young 17+2reb+7ast, M.Sanders 15+2reb, A.Calvin 14+12reb, D.Oppland 10+11reb+2ast, R.Zinn 9+3reb+1ast, S.Schroeder 8+7reb+1ast
Baunach: A.Nikolic 18+11reb+5ast, A.Kulboka 15+4reb+4ast, T.Taras 11+4reb+1ast, L.Olinde 11+8reb+1ast, M.Mueller 9+5reb+4ast, N.Wolf 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 474222


Crailsheim - Uni Baskets 91-72

Very expected game when 8th ranked Uni Baskets (13-14) were crushed on the road by second ranked Crailsheim Merlins (22-5) 91-72 on Sunday. Crailsheim Merlins dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Uni Baskets' 32. Crailsheim Merlins looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a great evening for American swingman Kevin Tiggs (196-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points. The former international forward Konrad Wysocki (202-82, college: Princeton) helped adding 10 points and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Matt Vest (195-92, college: Wright St.) with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Morgan Grim (203-88, college: Utah St.) scored 15 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Crailsheim Merlins have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 22-5 record having just two points less than leader MBC. Loser Uni Baskets keep the eighth position with 14 games lost. Crailsheim Merlins will face bottom-ranked Titans (#16) in Dresden in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Uni Baskets will play at home against White Wings (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Crailsheim: K.Tiggs 24+4reb, M.Jost 15+2reb+1ast, K.Wysocki 10+11reb+3ast, T.Kotti 9+7reb+3ast, C.Dunn 8+2reb+2ast, C.Griffin 8+1ast
Uni Baskets: M.Grim 15+2reb+2ast, M.Vest 11+9reb+4ast, T.Gloger 10+1reb, D.Wolf 7+6reb+1ast, C.Adams 7+4reb+8ast, P.Daubner 7+3reb
gschID: 474220


Trier - Kirchheim 72-74

The most exciting game of round 27 in the ProA took place in Trier. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 7th ranked Gladiators (15-12) to third ranked Kirchheim Knights (19-8) 74-72 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Gladiators. It was a great evening for center Andreas Kronhardt (205-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 8 rebounds. American Seth Hinrichs (201-93, college: Lafayette, agency: Duran International) helped adding 17 points. The best for the losing side was point guard Simon Schmitz (188-90) with 21 points and American swingman Brandon Spearman (196-91, college: Hawaii) scored 16 points. Gladiators' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kirchheim Knights maintains third place with 19-8 record having five points less than leader MBC. Gladiators at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Oettinger R.. Kirchheim Knights are looking forward to face league's leader Mitteldeutscher BC in Weissenfels in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gladiators will play on the road against ETB Wohnbau (#15) in Essen and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Kirchheim: A.Kronhardt 17+8reb+3ast, S.Hinrichs 17+4reb+1ast, T.Koch 10+1reb, J.Williams 9+5reb+1ast, C.Love 9+2reb+6ast, J.Maier 8+2reb
Trier: S.Schmitz 21+2reb+3ast, B.Spearman 16+3reb+1ast, T.Gruen 7+1reb+2ast, J.Joos 6+8reb, K.Smit 5+4reb+2ast, S.Herrera 4+4reb
gschID: 474217


MBC - Chemnitz 88-74

The game between Top Four teams took place in Weissenfels. First ranked host Mitteldeutscher BC (24-3) defeated 4th placed Chemnitz (17-9) 88-74. Mitteldeutscher BC shot 62.3 percent from the field. They also forced 19 Chemnitz turnovers. They shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. Mitteldeutscher BC players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for guard Andrew Warren (196-87, college: Bradley, agency: Interperformances) who led the winners and scored 27 points and 6 assists. Point guard Marcus Hatten (185-80, college: St.John's) accounted for 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side. Four Mitteldeutscher BC players scored in double figures. Power forward Joe Lawson (201-92, college: Indianapolis, agency: Interperformances) came up with 20 points and 7 rebounds and guard Chris Carter (195-92, college: Florida Tech, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Chemnitz in the defeat. Mitteldeutscher BC have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 24-3 record. Chemnitz at the other side keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against Kirchheim Knights (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Chemnitz will play against MLP Academics Heidelberg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
MBC: A.Warren 27+1reb+6ast, S.Kerusch 19+2reb+1ast, M.Hatten 15+5reb+7ast, D.Pantelic 14+3reb+3ast, D.Johnson 7+4reb+6ast, S.Fuelle 4+1reb+1ast
Chemnitz: J.Lawson 20+7reb+1ast, J.Richter 13+3reb+1ast, C.Carter 11+9reb+3ast, V.Matthews 9+1reb+6ast, M.Ziegenhagen 8+2reb+4ast, M.Fleischmann 7+1reb
gschID: 474219


Hanau - ETB Wohnbau 55-77

An interesting game took place in Hanau where higher ranked White Wings (13-14) were upset on its own court by fifteenth ranked ETB Wohnbau (7-20) 77-55 on Saturday. ETB Wohnbau outrebounded White Wings 38-23 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for forward Jannik Lodders (198-92) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 7 rebounds. American Maurice Creek (196-90, college: G.Washington) helped adding 18 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was American forward Kruize Pinkins (203-93, college: USF) with 12 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import point guard Eugene Harris (187-86, college: High Point) scored 13 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. ETB Wohnbau maintains fifteenth place with 7-20 record. Loser White Wings dropped to the eighth position with 14 games lost. ETB Wohnbau will face higher ranked Gladiators (#7) in Trier in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
ETB Wohnbau: J.Lodders 23+7reb, M.Creek 18+4reb+4ast, C.Alexander 13+6reb+2ast, E.Thompson 6+9reb, A.Moore 6+3reb+8ast, A.Carraway 6+3reb
Hanau: E.Harris 13+2ast, K.Pinkins 12+7reb, C.von Fintel 7+3reb+1ast, T.Joenke 6+2reb+3ast, P.Albrecht 5+1reb, I.Sykes 4+4reb
gschID: 474218


Koeln Rh.Stars - Ehingen 70-65

Rather predictable result when tenth ranked Koeln Rh.Stars (13-14) defeated at home 13th ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (9-19) 70-65 on Thursday. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was a great evening for point guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St., agency: HMS) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Guard Hugh Robertson (195-89, college: S.Florida) helped adding 20 points and 9 rebounds. Four Koeln Rh.Stars players scored in double figures. Koeln Rh.Stars' coach Arne Woltmann used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was point guard Devon Moore (193-89, college: JMU) with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Kameron Taylor (198-94, college: Seton Hill) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Koeln Rh.Stars moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Uni Baskets and Hanau. Ehingen/Urspringschule lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the thirteenth position with 19 games lost. Koeln Rh.Stars will face Hamburg (#11) on the road in the next round. Ehingen/Urspringschule will play against Baunach and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Koeln Rh.Stars: H.Robertson 20+9reb, R.Williams 17+5reb+7ast, A.Foster 13+3reb+2ast, R.Christen 12+2reb+2ast, A.King 6+12reb+1ast, J.Hewitt 2+3reb+1ast
Ehingen: D.Moore 18+5reb+5ast, K.Taylor 12+6reb+1ast, D.Berger 8+3reb, R.Tomasevic 7+2reb+1ast, J.Aminu 7+4reb, T.Jahn 7+10reb
gschID: 474216





The MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg Bring Back DJ Kennedy - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg have made a huge signing for their stretch run in hopes of reaching the playoffs by bringing back ex NBA player D.J. Kennedy (198-G/F-89, college: St.John's) giving him a contract until the end of the season. Kennedy is a 27 year old 198cm swing man from Pittsburgh that is playing his sixth professional season and started this season with the Guangzhou Securities (China-CBA) where he averaged 23,1ppg, 10,1rpg and 5,2apg. Two seasons ago he played with the Mhp Riesen Ludwigsburg playing 25 games: Score-1 (17.8ppg), 6.2rpg, 2.9apg, Steals-4 (1.6spg), FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 78.5%.

Kennedy started his basketball career at St Johns (NCAA) in 2007 and played a total of 129 games and as a senior played 32 games averaging 10.4ppg, 5.6rpg, 2.0apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 77.8%. He started his professional career in 2011 with the Erie Bay Hawks (D-League) playing 47 games averaging 15.6ppg, 7.4rpg, 4.4apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 82.5%, in Apr.'12 signed at Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA): 2 games: 6.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg. In the 20012-2013 season he played with the Memphis Grizzlies (NBA), only pre-season, in Nov.'12 signed at Erie Bay Hawks (D-League) playing 35 games averaging 18.8ppg, 8.3rpg, 5.5apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 83.8%, in Mar.'13 signed at Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League, starting five): 20 games: 14.3ppg, 7.1rpg, 4.8apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 35.9%, FT: 81.8%. In the 2013-2014 season he started with the Dallas Mavericks (NBA), released in Oct.'13, later that month signed at BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (France-ProA): Eurocup: 4 games: 11.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.3apg; French ProA: 4 games: 9.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.0spg, left in Dec.'13, in Jan.'14 moved to Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd (Russia-VTB), later that month agreed terms with Hapoel Holon (Israel-Winner League) playing 19 games averaging 12.1ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 30.6%, FT: 72.6%. Last season he played for Enisey Krasnoyarsk (Russia-VTB) playing 23 games averaging 15.3ppg, 7.0rpg, 3.5apg, FGP: 46.4%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 86.8%; FIBA Europe Cup: 17 games: 14.5ppg, 7.9rpg, 3.9apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 52.7%, 3PT: 27.1%, FT: 71.6%.

Awards and achievements in his basketball career have been HS: PIAA AAAA State championship -07, USBasket.com All-D-League Honorable Mention -12, Gatorade All-D-League Honorable Mention -12, D-League All-Star Game -13, USBasket.com All-D-League 3rd Team -13, D-League West Conference Runner-Up -13, D-League Champion -13, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Import Player of the Year -15, Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 1st Team -15, Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Imports Team -15, Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Defensive Team -15, Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Europe Cup Forward of the Year -16, Eurobasket.com All-FIBA Europe Cup 1st Team -16, Eurobasket.com FIBA Europe Cup All-Imports Team -16, and FIBA Europe Cup Final Four -16.

Source.MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg



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EuroLeague: Panathinaikos top Real Madrid in Athens - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos - Real Madrid 88:82

Panathinaikos celebrated the ninth straight home win in EuroLeague regular season. They rallied past Real Madrid to improve at 16-11 record. Chris Singleton (206-F-89, college: Florida St.) delivered 21 points and 9 boards to pace the hosts.
Panathinaikos eked out a 21:19 lead after the first term. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. The home side ensured a 43:41 halftime advantage. Real denied the deficit in the third term. The Madrid side entered the fourth term tied with the hosts at 58. But Panathinaikos unloaded 30 points in the fourth quarter and marched to the victory. Mike James (185-PG-90, college: Lamar) and James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac) provided 14 points apiece for the winners. Anthony Randolph (211-F/C-89, college: LSU) responded with 13 points and 9 boards for Real Madrid. Gustavo Ayon (207-C/F-85, college: San Jose St.) chipped in 12 points in the loss.

Panathinaikos: Chris Singleton 21, Mike James 14, James Feldeine 14
Real Madrid: Anthony Randolph 13, Gustavo Ayon 12



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A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ivan LILOV
  Szedeak
  (194-SG-88)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Lilov, Szedeak20.3 
 2. Govens, Falco KC20.2 
 3. Bojic, Jaszberenyi19.7 
 4. Pacher, Vasas18.8 
 5. Vojvoda, Szolnok18.2 
 6. Djerasimovic, KTE-D.17.6 
 7. Sejfic, PVSK P.17.1 
 8. Tiby, Atomeromu16.7 
 9. Johnson, Sopron KC16.7 
 10. Frazier, Kaposvari16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt TIBY
  Atomeromu
  (203-F/C-92)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Tiby, Atomeromu9.6 
 2. Hendlein, Kaposvari9.1 
 3. Pacher, Vasas8.2 
 4. Szabo, ZTE K.8.2 
 5. Sejfic, PVSK P.8.1 
 6. Sihota, MAFC7.8 
 7. Drungilas, ZTE K.7.5 
 8. Ivosev, KTE-Duna7.4 
 9. Bojic, Jaszberenyi7.3 
 10. Gilbert, Atomeromu7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel UBILLA
  ZTE K.
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Ubilla, ZTE K.8.2 
 2. Boltic, Szedeak7.6 
 3. Battle, Atomeromu7.5 
 4. Taylor, Vasas7.5 
 5. Petty, Kormend6.3 
 6. Nelson, PVSK P.6.3 
 7. Threatt, Sopron KC6.2 
 8. Johnson, Sopron KC6.1 
 9. Wisseh, Kaposvari6.1 
 10. Govens, Falco KC6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon JOHNSON
  Sopron KC
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Johnson, Sopron KC2.6 
 2. Arrington, Jaszbere.2.4 
 3. Stamenkovic, Jaszbere.2.2 
 4. Frazier, Kaposvari2.1 
 5. Smith, MAFC2.0 
 6. Petty, Kormend1.9 
 7. Smith-Jr, Kormend1.8 
 8. Boltic, Szedeak1.8 
 9. Pongo, KTE-Duna1.6 
 10. Nelson, PVSK P.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Malik COOKE
  Kaposvari
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 1
 1. Cooke, Kaposvari1.0 
 2. Keller, Alba0.9 
 3. Zigeranovic, Falco K.0.8 
 4. Andric, Szolnok0.8 
 5. Benke, ZTE K.0.8 
 6. Juhos, Szedeak0.8 
 7. Hendlein, Kaposvari0.8 
 8. Wright, Vasas0.8 
 9. Czinger, ZTE K.0.7 
 10. Simms, Kaposvari0.7 


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.



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Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Flenard WHITFIELD
  Skallagr.
  (200-F-90)
  Avg: 29.4
 1. Whitfield, Skallagr.29.4 
 2. Stevens, Keflavik29.3 
 3. Carberry, Thor T.27.3 
 4. Wright, Haukar27.1 
 5. Covile, Snaefell24.0 
 6. Hester, Tindastoll23.9 
 7. Beamon, Thor AK21.4 
 8. Clinch, Grindavik21.2 
 9. Barrett, Snaefell21.0 
 10. Gunnarsson, Njard.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amin STEVENS
  Keflavik
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 15.4
 1. Stevens, Keflavik15.4 
 2. Whitfield, Skallagr.14.6 
 3. Baeringsson, Stjar.12.8 
 4. Barrett, Snaefell11.3 
 5. Carberry, Thor T.11.0 
 6. Hester, Tindastoll10.8 
 7. Hankins-Cole, IR10.3 
 8. Covile, Snaefell10.1 
 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, Tindastoll6.4 
 4. Barja, Haukar5.6 
 5. Bjornsson, Skallagr.5.3 
 6. Sigurdarson, IR5.2 
 7. Clinch, Grindavik5.0 
 8. Baeringsson, Stjar.5.0 
 9. Stefansson, KR4.8 
 10. Shouse, Stjarnan4.6 
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, IR2.7 
 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. Hankins-Cole, IR1.9 
 3. Dempsey, Njardvik1.7 
 4. Austin, Stjarnan1.5 
 5. Barrett, Snaefell1.4 
 6. Baeringsson, Stjar.1.3 
 7. Magnusson, Haukar1.3 
 8. Jackson, Njardvik1.3 
 9. Alawoya, KR1.3 
 10. Whitfield, Skallagr.1.3 


Haukur Palsson's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Icelandic playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Haukur Palsson
Haukur Palsson
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Haukur Palsson (197-92, college: Maryland, currently plays in France). He could not help SPO Rouen (10-12) in their last game. Despite Palsson's very good performance SPO Rouen lost 75-87 on the road to the leading JL Bourg. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 11 rebounds in 37 minutes on the court. It was SPO Rouen's first loss after four consecutive victories. It's Palsson's first season with the team. Palsson has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.8apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 39.8%, 3FGP: 40.7% and FT: 75.7% in 19 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Icelandic senior national team.

Elvar Fridriksson
Elvar Fridriksson
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Elvar Fridriksson (183-94, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in NCAA2). Fridriksson led Barry University to a victory against the Eckerd College (13-5) 91-87 in the NCAA2 last Saturday. He recorded 29 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 8 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. The Barry University has a solid 13-5 record this season. There are only two games left until the end of the NCAA2 National Tournament Round 1. So now every game will be critical. Fridriksson has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 7.4apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 56.8%(96-169), 3FGP: 38.2% and FT: 87.0%. Ex-UMFN Njardvik player is in the roster of the Icelandic senior national team.

Jon Gudmundsson
Jon Gudmundsson
   #3. The Icelandic player who performed third best last week abroad was U20 international guard Jon Gudmundsson (193-96, currently plays college basketball in the States). Gudmundsson contributed to Davidson's victory against the La Salle University (9-9) 82-73 in the NCAA on Thursday night. He scored 16 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 34 minutes. The Davidson College has 8-10 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This year Gudmundsson's overall stats are: 8.2ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.5apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 52.4%, 3FGP: 32.7% and FT: 73.3% in 31 games. He is also a member of the Icelandic U20 national team.

Martin Hermannsson
Martin Hermannsson
   #4. Guard Martin Hermannsson (190-94, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in Charleville-Mezieres' victory against the closely-ranked ADA Blois (12-10) 88-70 in the French ProB (second division) in Saturday night's game. Hermannsson recorded 16 points and added 6 passes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Etoile Charleville-Mezieres (13-9) is placed third in the ProB. This season Hermannsson has very high stats. He averages: 17.6ppg, 3.9rpg and 5.8apg. Hermannsson is also Icelandic national team player.

Aegir Steinarsson
Aegir Steinarsson
   #5. International point guard Aegir Steinarsson (185-91, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Newberry, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Palma (14-13) 85-66 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Friday. He scored 9 points and added 4 assists in 22 minutes. San Pablo Inmobiliaria Miraflores Burgos (18-9) is placed second in the LEB Gold. This year Steinarsson's total stats are: 5.4ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.7apg in 27 games. He plays currently for the Icelandic national team.

Ragnar Nathanaelsson
Ragnar Nathanaelsson
   #6. Center Ragnar Nathanaelsson (218-91, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Arcos Albacete Basket to win against the closely-ranked Gandia (7-17) 89-87 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Sunday night. Nathanaelsson scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Arcos Albacete Basket (6-18) is placed second from the bottom (#15) in the LEB Silver. They ended the series of eight consecutive loses. Nathanaelsson has averaged so far 4.0ppg and 4.9rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Icelandic National Team roster.

Other top Icelandic players, who play abroad:

Jakob Sigurdarson (192-PG-82) plays for Boras Basket in Swedish Basketligan
Axel Karason (193-SF-83) plays for Svendborg in Danish Ligaen
Jovan Zdravevski (198-F-80) plays for IK Eos in Swedish Basketettan
Sigurdur Thorsteinsson (204-C-88) plays for AE Larissas in Greek A2



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UBA's first Slam Dunk Contest and 3-Point-Competitions come down to the wire - by Eurobasket News

It would have been a clean sweep for Hyderabad Sky during the UBA's very first Slam Dunk Contest and 3-Point Competition held on 15th March, 2017. The show was telecast on Ten Sports Network on 16th March at 6:30 PM. The 3-point shootout was won by Mahesh Padmanabhan of Hyderabad Sky as he outshot Jairam Jat and Agu, both of Chennai Slam, in the final round. He took home $1000 as his prize. His teammate Mak Boskailo (206-F, college: Harding) tied with Ronald March (196-G-93, college: Philander Smith) of Delhi Capitals in the final round of the Slam Dunk Contest as both Mak and Ronald won $1000 each as the prize.Each team wasn't represented by participants as the selection was based on choosing the best players in the league for the respective events. The three point shootout was a closely contested affair with the shooters playing string music on the net. Each player shot from five racks containing five balls each, with each make counting for one point and the last ball in each rack counting as a money ball for two points. The players had 60 seconds to go through the racks. Here's a look at how close the first round was:
Ram Kumar (Pune Peshwas head coach)- 10 points
Ady Biswas (Punjab Steelers head coach)- 6 points
Tommy Fisher (UBA India Chairman and CEO)- 8 points
Pierre Newton (196-G-93, college: Minn.-Duluth) (Pune Peshwas player)- 10 points
Mahesh Padmanabhan (Hyderabad Sky player)- 19 points
De'Sean Mattox (Haryana Gold player)- 12 points
Jairam Jat (Chennai Slam player)- 15 points
Ram Kumar (Chennai Slam player)- 9 points
Agu (Chennai Slam player)- 14 points
Mahesh, Jairam and Agu moved to the final round where Mahesh took home the honors with his remarkably consistent sharpshooting. Agu finished with
The Slam Dunk Contest was judged by Tommy Fisher, commentator Shaun Golden and Haryana Gold player Eban Hyams. Here's a look at the participants:
Dermaine Crockrell (185-G-89, college: Bemidji St.) (Punjab Steelers)
Mak Boskailo (Hyderabad Sky)
Tevin Kelly (Hyderabad Sky)
Ronald March (Delhi Capitals)
Kaif Zia (Bengaluru Beast)
Mak and Ronald moved on to the final round with some dominant dunks which brought the house down. They both had 53 points each in the first round. Mak had the some of the best dunks of the evening as he elevated from just a step inside the free throw line for a cradle dunk and slammed home another 180-double clutch dunk. Ronald put on a show as well with an impressive between-the-legs dunk and a 360-alley-oop to himself. But Mak nearly took home the prize with a jaw-dropping 180-between-the-legs dunk. They ended up finishing the competition tied at first place and won $1000 dollars each. The competition was held at Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee stadium which is playing host to the UBA Season 4 Championship Series from 10-16th March.
Courtesy of: ubaindia.com



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Ashton Smith (ex Durham) joins CLS Knights - by Eurobasket News

Defending champion CLS Knights Surabaya (IBL) agreed terms with 28-year old Canadian guard Ashton Smith (187-89, college: Indiana, PA). He just played at Durham in Canadian CBL league. Smith ended the last season at Bucaros in Colombia where in three Liga Sudamericana games he had 8.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.7apg and 1.0spg. But the most of that year he spent at Sabios in Colombian Liga DirecTV. In 11 games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.5apg and 1.5spg.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Smith's team made it to the NBL Canada Semifinals in 2015. He was also voted USBasket.com NBL Canada All-Domestic Players Team in 2015.
Smith has played also professionally in Austria and D-League (Raptors 905 Missisauga).
He attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania until 2012 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.
On Smith: A very versatile and smooth player who exudes confidence on the floor.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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Al Mina inks Bobby Brown - by Greg

Al Mina (Superleague) agreed terms with American swingman Bobby Brown (201-G/F, college: Alabama State). He was close to start his pro career at MAS Fes in Moroccan D1 league but eventually did not sign contract.
Brown graduated from Alabama State in 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team was regular season runner-up in SWAC in 2015. Brown was also voted All-SWAC 2nd Team back in 2014 at his college time.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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, Tralee22.7 
 4. Provizors, DCU S.21.1 
 5. Turner, Killester20.7 
 6. Lawrence, Moycu.20.6 
 7. Bonaparte, Templ.19.2 
 8. Murphy, Templeogue18.3 
 9. Killeen, Templeogue17.8 
 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. Killeen, Templeogue11.6 
 7. Pantovic, Tralee11.5 
 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. Downey, UCC Demons6.2 
 6. Bonaparte, Templ.6.1 
 7. Roe, Killester5.2 
 8. Hosford, UCC D.4.5 
 9. Donaghy, Tralee4.3 
 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, Tralee2.6 
 5. James, Templeogue2.5 
 6. O''Hanlon, DCU S.2.4 
 7. Murphy, Templeogue2.4 
 8. Darling, DCU Saints2.3 
 9. Calvo, Swords T.2.3 
 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, Templeogue2.8 
 3. Jackson, KUBS2.6 
 4. Gil, Swords T.2.4 
 5. Freeman, Moycullen2.1 
 6. Goldsborough, Swords T.2.1 
 7. Pantovic, Tralee1.9 
 8. Garrow, UCD Marian1.8 
 9. Moreira, UCD M.1.7 
 10. Turner, Killester1.7 



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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.21.4 
 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.11.0 
 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. Livingston, Hapoel K.2.0 
 8. Olasewere, Hap.R/G.2.0 
 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 


Alex Tyus selected the top Israeli playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Alex Tyus
Alex Tyus
   #1. This week's number one is former international center Alex Tyus (203-88, college: Florida, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help Galatasaray (8-17) in their last game. Despite Tyus' good performance Galatasaray was badly defeated 85-69 on the road by the second-ranked CSKA. He recorded 10 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks in 16 minutes on the court. This year Tyus averages: 10.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 67.9%(108-159) and FT: 54.7% in 25 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Tyus played for the Israeli senior national team four years ago. He used to play for Maccabi Ashdod in Israeli league.

Egor Koulechov
Egor Koulechov
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Egor Koulechov (196-94, currently plays college basketball in the States). Koulechov led Rice to a victory against the University of San Francisco (10-8) 85-76 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1 last Wednesday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 11 rebounds. The Rice University has a solid 11-7 conference record this season. The National Tournament Round 1 already ended in the NCAA. Koulechov has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.3ppg, 8.9rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 47.3%, 3FGP: 47.3%(79-167) and FT: 81.7%. Koulechov has a dual citizenship: Russian and Israeli. Ex-Wingate Academy Netanya player is in the roster of the Israeli senior national team.

Anton Shoutvin
Anton Shoutvin
   #3. The Israeli player who performed third best last week abroad was former U22 international center Anton Shoutvin (206-89, currently plays in Slovakia). He contributed to a Iskra Svit's victory against the closely-ranked Karlovka (9-27) 79-70 in the Slovakian SBL on Saturday night. Shoutvin scored 17 points and grabbed 9 rebounds (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 29 minutes. BK Iskra Svit (20-17) is placed sixth in the SBL. 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 will be critical. Shoutvin has very impressive stats this year: 15.9ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 63.9%(186-291), 3FGP: 34.4% and FT: 80.1% in 35 games. He played for the Israeli U22 national team six years ago.

Anton Kazarnovski
Anton Kazarnovski
   #4. Power forward Anton Kazarnovski (206-85, currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in a 1-point BG Karlsruhe's victory against the third-ranked Oldenburg (14-8) 67-66 in the German ProB (third division) last Saturday. He had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds. Kazarnovski also added 2 blocks and 3 steals in 36 minutes. BG Karlsruhe (11-11) is placed sixth in South group. Kazarnovski has very impressive stats this year: 15.4ppg, 7.2rpg and 2.5apg in 21 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Russian and Israeli. Kazarnovski used to play for the Israeli university national team back in 2007.

Yuval Naimy
Yuval Naimy
   #5. Former international point guard Yuval Naimy (188-85, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Scafati (6-18) in their last game. Despite Naimy's good performance the 16th-placed Scafati (6-18) lost 75-82 on the opponent's court to the second-ranked Tortona in the West group. He scored 11 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 32 minutes. It was Scafati's third consecutive loss in a row. It's Naimy's first season with the team. Naimy has very impressive stats this year: 15.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 7.5apg and 1.2spg in 20 games. He used to play for the Israeli national team two years ago.

Roman Sorkin
Roman Sorkin
   #6. Power forward Roman Sorkin (205-96, currently studies in the States) managed to help University of Oregon to win against the Arizona State University (7-11) crushing them 80-57 in the NCAA last Thursday. Sorkin scored only 4 points. The University of Oregon has quite an impressive 16-2 conference record this season. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And now that game is very crucial. Sorkin's overall stats this season are: 3.3ppg and 1.9rpg. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Israeli team two years ago.

Ido Flaisher
Ido Flaisher
   #7. U20 international center Ido Flaisher (206-98, is currently at the American university) was not able to secure a victory for the Hawaii (8-8) in their game against the Long Beach State University (9-7) in the NCAA. Flaisher cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only one point in 6 minutes on the court. The Hawaii lost 62-73 at home to the State University. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This year Flaisher's overall stats are: 3.2ppg and 2.8rpg in 28 games. He is also Israeli U20 national team player.

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

   #1. TJ Leaf (208-F-97, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the UCLA (15-3) in their last game on Friday. Despite Leaf's very good performance the UCLA were defeated 86-75 at home by the University of Arizona. He recorded 15 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Leaf's team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. It's Leaf's first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Leaf averages: 16.0ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1bpg. He is a naturalized American. Despite Leaf's Israeli passport, he previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Israeli team. Strangely Leaf has never played in Israel.

   #2. Marios Matalon (186-G-89, college: Wyoming, currently plays in Greece) was not able to help Panionios in their game against Iraklis (18-3) in the Greek A2 (second division). He did not beat the league record on Saturday evening. Matalon scored only one point. The league leader Panionios was edged 80-79 on the road by the second-ranked Iraklis. It was Panionios' first loss after six consecutive victories. Matalon's overall stats this season are: 7.3ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.0apg. He has a dual citizenship: Israeli and Greek.



Joyner's double-double lands him National League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

26-year old power forward Dallis Joyner (203-F/C-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Ironi K-A and receives a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 23.
He had a double-double of 32 points and 16 rebounds, while his team was edged out by Hap.Haifa (#12, 9-14) 84-82. Ironi K-A moved-up to the 7th position in Israeli National League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Ironi K-A will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 13-10 record. Joyner has many years of experience at Ironi K-A, through which he has constantly improved. Dallis Joyner averages this season 15.2ppg and 8.9rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Vernon Teel (193-G-87) of Maccabi H/H. He is American guard in his first season at Maccabi H/H. In the last game Teel recorded impressive triple-double of 19 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists. Of course he led Maccabi H/H to another comfortable win 98-81 over the lower-ranked Galil Elion (#11, 10-13) being unquestionably team leader. Maccabi H/H's 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 13-10 record is not bad and everything may still change. Teel is a newcomer at Maccabi H/H and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.6ppg (#7). His other stats are also decent: 8.7rpg and 7.3apg.

Third place about best performers goes to Jamal Olasewere (201-SF-91) of Hap.R/G Givat. (#3). Olasewere scored 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Hap.R/G Givat., leading his team to a 84-75 win against #2 ranked Hapoel B/S in a game of the week. Hap.R/G Givat. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 8 lost games. Olasewere has a very solid season. In 22 games in Israel he scored 17.2ppg. He also has 8.4rpg and FGP: 50.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jaraun Burrows (203-F-85) of Hap.Haifa - 25 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Denzel Livingston (193-G-93) of Hapoel K/S - 25 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Oded Shaashoua (186-PG-82) of Maccabi H/H - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Marquis Addison (195-G-91) of Macc.Rehovot - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Anthony Lee (206-F/C-91) of Ironi Ramat Gan - 24 points and 13 rebounds
9. Terrence Watson (200-F-87) of Hapoel K/S - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Rashad Madden (196-G-92) of Hap.R/G Givat. - 21 points, 9 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)



EuroLeague: Anadolu Efes hold off Maccabi Tel Aviv - by Eurobasket News

Anadolu Efes - Maccabi Tel Aviv 92:87

Anadolu Efes claimed the fifth victory in the last six EuroLeague games as they edged visiting Maccabi Tel Aviv. Jayson Granger (189-G-89) posted 22 points to lead the winners.
Anadolu Efes and Maccabi exchanged baskets throughout the opening frame. The scoreboard read 17:17 ten minutes into the game. Maccabi pulled ahead in the second quarter. The Israeli team eked out a 42:41 halftime advantage. But Anadolu Efes shifted the gear in the third frame. They went to score 26 points and entered the final period up by 10 points 67:57. Maccabi dropped 30 points in the final stanza but could not avoid the loss. Thomas Heurtel (189-G-89, agency: BeoBasket) delivered 18 points, while Bryant Dunston (203-C-86) added 13 points and 12 boards in the win. Victor Rudd (205-F-91, college: S.Florida) responded with 23 points for Maccabi. Sylven Landesberg (198-F/G-90, college: Virginia) had 20 points in the loss.

Anadolu Efes: Jayson Granger 22, Thomas Heurtel 18, Bryant Dunston 13+12 boards
Maccabi Tel Aviv: Victor Rudd 23, Sylven Landesberg 20



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Nicolo Melli selected the top Italian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Nicolo Melli
Nicolo Melli
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Nicolo Melli (205-91, currently plays in Euroleague). Melli led his German team Brose Baskets to a victory over the eighth-ranked Anadolu Efes (13-12) 87-68 in the Euroleague last Friday. He was MVP of the game. Melli recorded 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Brose Baskets Bamberg (9-16) is placed 12th in the Euroleague. It was his team's first victory after three consecutive loses. Melli has relatively good stats this season: 12.2ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 55.5%(81-146), 3FGP: 45.8%(33-72) and FT: 72.9%. He is currently a member of the Italian senior national team.

Luigi Datome
Luigi Datome
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Luigi Datome (203-87, currently plays in Euroleague). Datome could not help Fenerbahce (16-9) in their last game on Thursday. Despite his good performance Fenerbahce was defeated 79-74 at home by the lower-ranked Baskonia (#7). Datome was the second best scorer with 10 points. This season Datome averages: 9.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 41.7%, 3FGP: 46.9%(38-81) and FT: 97.1%(34-35). He is in the roster of the Italian senior national team.

Danilo Gallinari
Danilo Gallinari
   #3. The Italian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Danilo Gallinari (208-88, currently plays in NBA). Gallinari contributed to an easy victory against the Boston Celtics (43-25) crushing them 119-99 in the NBA last Friday. He scored 20 points and grabbed 5 rebounds (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 34 minutes. The Denver Nuggets have 32-35 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Gallinari's sixth year with the team. Gallinari has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 17.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 48.6%, 3FGP: 39.1% and FT: 89.6% in 54 games he played so far. Gallinari is also a member of the Italian senior national team.

Marco Belinelli
Marco Belinelli
   #4. Guard Marco Belinelli (196-86, currently plays in NBA) was the major contributor in a Charlotte Hornets' victory against the Orlando Magic (24-44) crushing them 121-81 in the NBA on Friday night. He scored 18 points and added 3 assists in 22 minutes. The Charlotte Hornets have 30-38 record this season. This year Belinelli has relatively solid stats: 10.3ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.0apg in 63 games. He is also Italian national team player.

Giovanni De Nicolao
Giovanni De Nicolao
   #5. U20 international guard Giovanni De Nicolao (190-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the UTSA in their game against the Middle Tennessee State University (17-1) in the NCAA, despite his good performance last Thursday. He scored 10 points and added 7 assists in 30 minutes. But the UTSA was badly defeated 86-70 on their home court in San Antonio by the Middle Tennessee State University. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This year De Nicolao's overall stats are: 8.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.3apg and 1.7spg in 33 games. He plays currently for the Italian U20 national team.

Nicola Akele
Nicola Akele
   #6. Forward Nicola Akele (203-95, currently studies in the States) managed to help Rhode Island University to win against the Davidson College (8-10) crushing them 84-60 in the NCAA on Saturday night. Akele scored 5 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists. The Rhode Island University has a solid 13-5 conference record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. They will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Akele's total stats this season are: 3.1ppg and 2.5rpg. He is a former U20 international player as he played for the Italian team two years ago.

Scott Ulaneo
Scott Ulaneo
   #7. U18 international forward Scott Ulaneo (208-98, is currently at the American university) was not able to secure a victory for the Seattle (5-9) in their game against the Utah Valley University (6-8) in the NCAA. Ulaneo cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. The Seattle was defeated 65-53 on their home court in Seattle by the Utah Valley University. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Ulaneo's total stats this season are: 4.3ppg and 3.2rpg. He is also Italian U18 national team player.

Mattia Da Campo
Mattia Da Campo
   #8. Guard Mattia Da Campo (196-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Scott Ulaneo and both played together in the last NCAA game. Da Campo couldn't help the Seattle (5-9) in their game against the Utah Valley University (6-8). He cannot count Thursday's game as one of the best ones. Da Campo scored only 2 points in 5 minutes on the court. The Seattle lost 53-65 on their home court in Seattle to the Utah Valley University. This year Da Campo's total stats are: 1.5ppg and 1.1rpg in 16 games. He plays currently for the Italian U20 national team.

Federico Mussini
Federico Mussini
   #9. U20 international guard Federico Mussini (188-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the St.John's (7-11) in their game against the Villanova University (16-3) in the NCAA. Mussini scored 6 points. The St.John's was crushed 108-67 on their home court in Jamaica by the University. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Mussini has averaged so far 8.2ppg and 1.7rpg. He is also in the roster of the Italian U20 national team.

Amar Alibegovic
Amar Alibegovic
   #10. Forward Amar Alibegovic (206-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) is a teammate of previously mentioned Federico Mussini and both played together in the last NCAA game. Alibegovic couldn't help the St.John's (7-11) in their game against the Villanova University (16-3). He scored 9 points in only 13 minutes. But the St.John's was crushed 108-67 on their home court in Jamaica by the University. Alibegovic has averaged so far 2.1ppg and 1.7rpg in 26 games. He is a former U20 international player as three years ago he still played for the Italian national team.

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

   #1. Experienced Guilherme Giovannoni (203-PF-80, currently plays in Brazil) led Brasilia to a victory over the eighth-ranked Campo Mourao (13-12) 90-80 in the Brazilian NBB in Thursday night's game. He was MVP of the game. Giovannoni recorded 28 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 37 minutes. Uniceub/BRB/Brasilia (17-7) is placed second in the NBB. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Giovannoni's eighth season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Giovannoni averages: 15.3ppg, 7.9rpg and 3.1apg in 23 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Italian and Brazilian.

   #2. Fulvio de Assis (188-PG-81, currently plays in Brazil) is a teammate of previously mentioned Guilherme Giovannoni. But that was another game of his team in Brazilian NBB which we would like to mention. de Assis contributed to Brasilia's victory against the 12th-ranked Minas (8-16) 74-62. He recorded 8 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists in 32 minutes. Uniceub/BRB/Brasilia (17-7) is placed second in the NBB. This year de Assis has relatively solid stats: 11.2ppg, 3.4rpg and 7.2apg in 23 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Italian and Brazilian.

   #3. Luis Felipe Gruber (206-SF-85, currently plays in Brazil) could not help SKY/Basquete (10-14) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his very good performance SKY/Basquete was defeated 82-68 on the road by the higher-ranked Universo/Vitoria (#6). Gruber was the top scorer with 23 points. He also added 4 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's Gruber's first season with the team. This year Gruber has relatively solid stats: 10.2ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.5apg. Similarly like de Assis and Giovannoni above he has both Italian and Brazilian nationalities.

   #4. Jayson Granger (189-G-89, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Demir IBB (6-15) crushing them 79-52 in the Turkish BSL in Monday night's game. He scored 7 points and added 4 assists in 18 minutes. Anadolu Efes Istanbul (19-2) is placed second in the BSL. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. This year Granger's overall stats are: 8.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 5.8apg and 1.4spg in 18 games. He also holds two passports: Uruguayan and Italian. Worth to mention Granger played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

   #5. Angelo Caloiaro (205-F-89, agency: Pensack Sports, college: USF, currently plays in Turkey) faced previously mentioned Jayson Granger in the Turkish BSL last game. Caloiaro was not able to help Demir IBB (6-15) in their last game on Monday. Despite his good performance Demir IBB was crushed 79-52 at home by the second-ranked Anadolu Efes. Caloiaro was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 4 rebounds. This season Caloiaro has relatively solid stats: 11.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2spg. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Caloiaro has never played in Italy.

   #6. Mauricio Aguiar (199-F-83, agency: Pro Sports, currently plays in Uruguay) contributed to a 1-point Defensor's victory against the second-ranked Atletico Welcome 77-76 in a derby game in the Uruguayan LUB in Friday night's game. Aguiar scored 13 points and added 4 passes. This season Aguiar has very high stats. He averages: 17.0ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.6apg. Aguiar has dual citizenship: Italian and Uruguayan.

   #7. Mike DiNunno (180-PG-90, agency: Interperformances, college: E.Kentucky, currently plays in United Kingdom) was the main contributor in a Cheshire Phoenix's surprising victory against the fourth-ranked Sheffield Sharks 100-83 in the British BBL last Sunday. He was the best player in that game. DiNunno recorded 29 points (!!!), 9 assists and 5 steals in 38 minutes. DiNunno has very impressive stats this year: 21.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 5.2apg and 3.2spg in five games. He is a naturalized American.

   #8. Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Bulgaria) contributed to an easy victory against the seventh-ranked Cherno More crushing them 107-60 in the Bulgarian NBL on Saturday night. Avramov scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Avramov's overall stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.3apg and 1.5spg.

   #9. Marc Trasolini (206-F/C-90, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in a 3-point Sluc Nancy's victory against the closely-ranked Cholet Basket 85-82 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. He recorded 18 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 31 minutes. Trasolini has reliable stats this year: 12.9ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.1apg and 1.2spg in 22 games. He has dual citizenship: Canadian and Italian. Despite Trasolini's Italian passport, he previously played for the Canadian U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Italian team.

   #10. Gints Antrops (201-F-82, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in VTB United League) was not able to secure a victory for VEF Riga in their game against CSKA in the VTB United League. Antrops scored 7 points. It was his first game for VEF Riga this season. His team was badly defeated by 16 points 99-83. Antrops holds both Italian and Latvian passports.



Ryan Hollins (ex Gran Canaria) agreed terms with Auxilium Torino - by Eurobasket News

Auxilium Torino (Serie A) have reportedly agreed terms with 33-year old American ex-international center Ryan Hollins (213-102kg-84, college: UCLA). He played recently at Gran Canaria in Spanish Liga Endesa, but was released by the team earlier this month. In 6 Liga Endesa games he recorded 4.5ppg and 2.7rpg this season. Hollins also played 7 games in Eurocup where he averaged 3.4ppg and 1.3rpg.
The most of last season he spent at the Grizzlies in NBA. In 31 games he had 3.7ppg and 2.8rpg. The other team Hollins played shortly were the Wizards in NBA. But in 5 games he got just 1.6ppg and 2.2rpg.
In 2006 he was drafted by Charlotte Bobcats (NBA) in second round (50th overall). The former Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles standoutis in his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.
He also represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Toronto (Canada) two years ago. Hollins' team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 5 games: 3.4ppg, 2.2rpg.
Hollins has played previously professionally in NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Boston Celtics, LA Clippers and Sacramento Kings) and D-League (Ft.Worth F.).
His game is described as: (by Aran Smith for NBADraft.net in 2006)
Extremely explosive, loves to dunk ... Has a huge wingspan ... Runs the floor well ... His length and athleticism gives him an advantage inside ... An excellent shot blocker especially weak side ... Cleans the glass well with his length and leaping ability ...
Does not enjoy contact and struggles against stronger post players ... Struggles to hold position in the paint ..
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By Eurobasket Data Center

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Charles Abouo selected the top Ivorian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Charles Abouo
Charles Abouo
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Charles Abouo (196-89, college: BYU, currently plays in France). He could not help Denain Voltaire (10-12) in their last game on Friday. Despite Abouo's very good performance Denain Voltaire was edged 75-72 on the road by the much higher-ranked Lille Metropole (#4). He was the top scorer with 16 points. It's Abouo's first season with the team. This year Abouo averages: 9.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 46.7%, 3FGP: 44.8% and FT: 60.9%. He has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and American. Abouo played for the Ivorian senior national team four years ago.

Herve Lamizana
Herve Lamizana
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international power forward Herve Lamizana (208-81, agency: Basket Management Solutions, college: Rutgers, currently plays in Taiwan). He led Yulon Luxgen to a victory over the closely-ranked Taiwan Beer (18-12) 68-61 in the Taiwanese SBL on Saturday night. Lamizana was MVP of the game. He recorded 22 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and made 5 blocks in 39 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Yulon Luxgen (19-11) is placed second in the SBL. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Lamizana has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 19.6ppg, 9.5rpg, 2.8apg, 3.0bpg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 49.8%, 3FGP: 30.7% and FT: 70.4% in 34 games he played so far. Lamizana is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and French. He played for the Ivorian national team in 2013.

Remi Dibo
Remi Dibo
   #3. The Ivorian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Remi Dibo (201-91, agency: Octagon Europe, college: W.Virginia, currently plays in France). Dibo contributed to an ALM Evreux's victory against the 14th-ranked Saint Chamond (9-13) 90-81 in the French ProB (second division) in Friday night's game. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. ALM Evreux Basket (12-10) is placed sixth in the ProB. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. Dibo has relatively good stats this season: 11.6ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 47.9%, 3FGP: 35.2% and FT: 88.0%. He has both Ivorian and French nationalities. Despite Dibo played previously for the French U16 national team, he is currently a member of the Ivorian senior national team.

Louri Frejus Zerbo
Louri Frejus Zerbo
   #4. Center Louri Frejus Zerbo (209-89, currently plays in France) managed to help Limoges CSP Elite in a victory against the 16th-ranked Olympique Antibes (7-15) crushing them 95-66 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. Zerbo recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 19 minutes. Limoges CSP Elite (11-11) is placed ninth in the ProA. Zerbo has been at the team for six years. This season his overall stats are: 1.9ppg and 3.1rpg in 22 games. Zerbo also holds two passports: Burkinabe and Ivorian. He used to play for the Ivorian national team back in 2013.

Pape-Philippe Amagou
Pape-Philippe Amagou
   #5. Former international guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (186-85, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France) was not able to help Le Mans in their game against Paris-Levallois (13-9) in the French ProA. Amagou cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points. Le Mans was crushed 68-44 at home by the higher-ranked Paris-Levallois (#5). Amagou's total stats this season are: 6.3ppg and 2.1apg. He holds both Ivorian and French passports. Amagou used to play for the Ivorian national team four years ago.

Bryan Pamba-Juille
Bryan Pamba-Juille
   #6. Point guard Bryan Pamba-Juille (184-92, currently plays in France) faced previously mentioned Charles Abouo in the French ProB last game. Pamba-Juille contributed to a 3-point Lille Metropole's victory against the 12th-ranked Denain Voltaire (10-12) 75-72. He recorded 13 points and added 4 passes in 32 minutes. This year Pamba-Juille's total stats are: 5.2ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.5apg and 1.1spg in 22 games. Despite he played previously for the French U20 national team, Pamba-Juille is also an international player who is currently on the senior Ivorian National Team roster.

Mohamed Kone
Mohamed Kone
   #7. International center Mohamed Kone (211-81, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked ADA Blois (12-10) 88-70 in the French ProB (second division) in Saturday night's game. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Etoile Charleville-Mezieres (13-9) is placed third in the ProB. This season Kone has relatively solid stats: 13.3ppg, 9.7rpg, 1.1apg and 1.3spg. He is also Ivorian national team player.

Guy Landry Edi
Guy Landry Edi
   #8. Swingman Guy Landry Edi (202-88, agency: Promotex, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in France) faced previously mentioned Remi Dibo in the French ProB last game. Edi was not able to secure a victory for Saint Chamond (9-13) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Saint Chamond lost 81-90 in Evreux to the much higher-ranked (#6) ALM Evreux. Edi was the second best scorer with 16 points. He also added 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. They ended the series of five consecutive victories. Edi has reliable stats this year: 10.2ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.5apg in six games. He plays currently for the Ivorian national team.

Moussa Kone
Moussa Kone
   #9. Former international forward Moussa Kone (203-93, college: Hofstra, currently plays in Germany) was the main contributor in Iserlohn's victory against the fourth-ranked FC Bayern II (13-9) 77-73 in the German ProB (third division) in Saturday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Kone recorded 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 29 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Iserlohn Kangaroos (13-9) is placed fourth in North group. Kone's stats this year are: 14.8ppg, 11.3rpg and 1.5apg in 23 games. He holds both American and Ivorian passports. Kone used to play for the Ivorian national team two years ago.

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

   #1. Experienced Alain Koffi (207-C-83, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France). He could not help Pau-Lacq-Orthez (16-6) to beat Strasbourg IG (13-9). Koffi recorded 8 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in 23 minutes. Pau-Lacq-Orthez lost 58-67 on the road to the lower-ranked (#6) Strasbourg IG. It was Pau-Lacq-Orthez's first loss after seven consecutive victories. It's Koffi's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 10.9ppg and 6.4rpg in 22 games he played so far. Koffi has a dual citizenship: Ivorian and French.

   #2. Herve Toure (205-PF-82, currently plays in Argentina) managed to help Estudiantes Concordia in a victory against the fourth-ranked Instituto (23-18) 78-71 in the Argentinian LigaA last Tuesday. Toure scored only 3 points in 18 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 overall stats are: 8.0ppg and 6.0rpg in two games. He is another player who holds two passports: Ivorian and French.

   #3. Dane Watts (203-F-86, currently plays in Germany) was not able to help Oettinger Rockets Gotha (15-12) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Watts' very good performance Oettinger Rockets Gotha was defeated 80-71 on the opponent's court by the lower-ranked Hamburg (#11). He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Watts also added 8 rebounds. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Watts has relatively solid stats: 14.8ppg, 6.2rpg and 2.1apg. He has both American and Ivorian nationalities.

   #4. Adjehi Baru (206-F-91, college: Charleston, currently plays in Denmark) was not able to secure a victory for SISU (6-12) in their game against Horsens IC (22-5) in the Danish Ligaen. Baru scored 6 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. SISU was crushed 98-61 at home by the second-ranked Horsens IC. The Regular Season already ended. Baru averaged so far 13.8ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.3apg.

   #5. Mohamed Toure (190-G-92, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a Orzinuovi GaGa's victory against the fourth-ranked Piacenza (17-6) 83-70 in the Italian Serie B (third division) last Sunday. He scored only 2 points and added 6 assists. GaGa' Milano OrziBasket Orzinuovi (19-4) is placed first in Group B. Toure has averaged so far 6.3ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.9apg. He also holds two passports: Ivorian and Italian.

   #6. Ismael Sanogo (203-G-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) couldn't help the Seton Hall in their game against the Villanova University in the NCAA. Sanogo recorded only 4 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 27 minutes. His team was edged 55-53. Sanogo has averaged so far 3.1ppg and 5.7rpg in 27 games. He holds both American and Ivorian passports.



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Adrian Uter selected the top Jamaican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Adrian Uter
Adrian Uter
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international power forward Adrian Uter (200-84, agency: BeoBasket, college: Hofstra, currently plays in France). He could not help ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (11-11) in their last game. Despite Uter's good performance ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket lost 68-77 on the road to the second-ranked Chalon/Saor. He was the top scorer with 13 points. Uter also added 4 rebounds in 21 minutes on the court. It's Uter's first season with the team. This year he averages: 9.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3FGP: 26.1% and FT: 58.5% in 21 games he played so far. Uter is a naturalized American. He played for the Jamaican senior national team four years ago.

Kimani Ffriend
Kimani Ffriend
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Kimani Ffriend (211-77, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Serbia). Ffriend was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Dynamic BG (15-5) in their last game on Friday. Despite his very good performance Dynamic BG was badly defeated 81-64 at home by the second-ranked Borac. Ffriend was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 9 rebounds. Ffriend has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 16.1ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 57.0%(49-86) and FT: 66.2%. Ffriend played for the Jamaican national team in 2012.

Durand Scott
Durand Scott
   #3. The Jamaican player who performed third best last week abroad was former international swingman Durand Scott (196-90, college: Miami, FL, currently plays in Italy). He led Enel Brindisi to a victory against the closely-ranked Brescia (10-12) 91-81 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. Scott recorded 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 31 minutes. Enel Basket Brindisi (11-11) is placed ninth in the Serie A. Scott has very impressive stats this year: 16.1ppg, 5.6rpg, 3.0apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 46.2%, 3FGP: 39.4% and FT: 73.1% in 21 games. He is a naturalized American. Scott played for the Jamaican national team four years ago.

Akeem Scott
Akeem Scott
   #4. Guard Akeem Scott (185-83, college: High Point, currently plays in Chile) was the major contributor in a 1-point Universidad de Concepcion's victory against the third-ranked Espanol de Talca (17-13) 73-72 in the Chilean Liga Nacional in Wednesday night's game. He scored 21 points, grabbed 4 boards, passed 5 assists and added 3 steals in 32 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Conferencia Centro. CD Universidad de Concepcion (20-10) is placed second in Conferencia Centro. Scott has very impressive stats this year: 19.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 3.8apg and 2.9spg in 37 games. He is a naturalized American. Worth to mention Scott played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball. Scott used to play for the Jamaican national team back in 2014.

Jerome Jordan
Jerome Jordan
   #5. Former international center Jerome Jordan (215-86, college: Tulsa, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Joventut (7-16) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Joventut was edged 77-74 in Malaga by the much higher-ranked Unicaja (#5). Jordan scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Jordan has relatively good stats this season: 10.3ppg and 5.5rpg. He used to play for the Jamaican national team three years ago.

Dylan Ennis
Dylan Ennis
   #6. Guard Dylan Ennis (187-91, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Oregon's victory against the University of California (10-8) 73-65 in the NCAA in Friday night's game. He recorded 16 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!). The University of Oregon has a very solid 16-2 conference record this season. Ennis' team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. This season Ennis has relatively solid stats: 11.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.1apg and 1.1spg. He is a former international player as he played for the Jamaican senior team three years ago.

Ryan Reid
Ryan Reid
   #7. Former international power forward Ryan Reid (204-86, college: Florida St., currently plays in Japan) contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Shinshu BW (12-33) crushing them 93-59 in the Japanese B League D2 on Saturday night. Reid scored 6 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Shimane Susanoo Magic (37-6) is placed first in West group. It was his team's 19th consecutive victory in a row. Reid's overall stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.1apg. He is a naturalized American. Reid used to play for the Jamaican national team six years ago.

Adrian Forbes
Adrian Forbes
   #8. Power forward Adrian Forbes (211-88, agency: Haylett Sports, college: Auburn, currently plays in Japan) couldn't help Kagawa FA (13-31) in their game against Tokyo Excellence (16-27) in the Japanese B League D2. Despite his very good performance last Sunday Forbes was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 8 rebounds and 3 blocks. Forbes' overall stats this season are: 6.0ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.3bpg. He used to play for the Jamaican national team back in 2014.

Roy Hibbert
Roy Hibbert
   #9. Former international center Roy Hibbert (218-86, college: Georgetown, currently plays in NBA) managed to help Denver Nuggets in a victory against the Los Angeles Lakers (20-48) crushing them 129-101 in the NBA last Monday. He scored only 2 points in 3 minutes on the court. The Denver Nuggets have 32-35 record this season. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Hibbert averages just 1.0ppg in four games. He is a naturalized American. Hibbert used to play for the Jamaican national team seven years ago.

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

   #1. Sek Henry (193-G-87, college: Nebraska, currently plays in France) was the major contributor in Gravelines-Dunkerque's victory against one of league's weakest teams Entente Orleans 45 (6-16) 67-59 in the French ProA in Saturday night's game. He recorded 16 points, 6 assists and 3 steals. BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (12-10) is placed seventh in the ProA. Henry has relatively good stats this season: 12.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.5apg and 1.5spg. He is a naturalized American.

   #2. Experienced Torin Francis (210-C-83, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Argentina) could not help La Union (9-22) in their last game. Despite Francis' very good performance the seventh-placed La Union (9-22) was crushed 88-64 on the road by the leading San Lorenzo in the Norte group. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 12 rebounds in 36 minutes. Francis has relatively good stats this year: 14.8ppg and 8.2rpg in 40 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American.

   #3. Jevohn Shepherd (196-G/F-86, college: Michigan, currently plays in Belgium) was not able to help Spirou Charleroi (11-12) in their last game on Friday. Despite Shepherd's very good performance Spirou Charleroi was defeated 83-76 in Antwerp by the second-ranked Giants. He was the top scorer with 17 points. Shepherd also added 9 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Shepherd has relatively good stats this season: 11.5ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.9apg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Jamaican.

   #4. Khalid Mutakabbir (193-G-91, agency: Duran International, college: Presbyterian, currently plays in Spain) led Zornotza to a victory over the 14th-ranked Blancos de Rueda (4-18) crushing them 77-55 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Saturday night. Mutakabbir was MVP of the game. He scored 26 points (!!!), made 7 passes and 6 steals in 28 minutes. Ametx Zornotza (13-11) is placed seventh in the LEB Silver. Mutakabbir has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.7apg and 2.7spg in three games. Mutakabbir is a naturalized American.

   #5. Phil Henry (203-PF-91, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: E.New Mexico, currently plays in Slovakia) was the main contributor in a Nova Ves' surprising victory against the league leader Kosice (30-6) 88-77 in the Slovakian SBL last Wednesday. Henry was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 16 rebounds. Henry also added 3 blocks in 28 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. BK 04 AC LB Spisska Nova Ves (8-29) is placed second from the bottom (#10) in the SBL. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Henry has very impressive stats this year: 16.7ppg, 8.9rpg and 1.1apg in 34 games. He is a naturalized American.

   #6. Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson (178-PG-91, currently plays in Portugal) was not able to secure a victory for Galitos-Barreiro (14-11) in their last game. Despite his good performance the fifth-placed Galitos-Barreiro lost 71-80 at home to the higher-ranked (#4) Vitoria SC in the Places 1-6 group. Ogungbemi-Jackson scored 11 points and added 4 passes in 36 minutes. Ogungbemi-Jackson has very impressive stats this year: 18.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.6apg and 1.1spg in 19 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Jamaican. Despite Ogungbemi-Jackson's Jamaican nationality, he previously played for the Canadian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Jamaican team.

   #7. T.J. Sapp (190-G-92, also represented by Duran International, college: Murray St., currently plays in France) contributed to a Boulazac Basket's victory against the league outsider JA Vichy 69-55 in the French ProB (second division) on Friday night. Sapp recorded 14 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 23 minutes. This year Sapp's overall stats are: 9.1ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg in 19 games. He is a naturalized American.

   #8. Kore White (205-F-89, college: S.Florida, currently plays in Indonesia) helped Pelita Jaya win their game against the closely-ranked Garuda 62-56 in the Indonesian IBL in Saturday night's game. White was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 11 rebounds. This season White has very high stats. He averages: 23.6ppg, 13.5rpg, 3.1apg, 1.2bpg and 1.7spg. White is a naturalized American.

   #9. Jermaine Bucknor (201-F-83, college: Richmond, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Gladiators in their game against Kirchheim Knights in the German ProA (second division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Bucknor scored only 3 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was edged 74-72. Bucknor's overall stats this season are: 8.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.8apg. He has both Jamaican and Canadian nationalities.

   #10. Tyran De Lattibeaudiere (201-F-91, college: Lamar, currently plays in Spain) helped CB Granada win their game against the league outsider Zamorano 84-79 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) in Saturday night's game. De Lattibeaudiere had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 10 rebounds in 25 minutes. De Lattibeaudiere has reliable stats this year: 12.1ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1bpg in 25 games.



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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 


Kristaps Porzingis' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Latvians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Kristaps Porzingis
Kristaps Porzingis
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Kristaps Porzingis (221-95, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the New York Knicks (27-41) in their last game. Despite Porzingis' very good performance the New York Knicks (27-41) lost 112-120 on the road to the Brooklyn Nets. He had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds. Porzingis also added 4 assists and 5 blocks in 34 minutes on the court. It was Knicks' third consecutive loss in a row. Porzingis has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.0ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.4apg, 2.0bpg, 2FGP: 47.8%, 3FGP: 37.0% and FT: 78.5% in 58 games he played so far. Porzingis is currently a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Zanis Peiners
Zanis Peiners
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Zanis Peiners (203-90, currently plays in Basketball Champions League). He was not able to help PAOK (7-7) in their last game on Wednesday. Despite Peiners' good performance the fourth-placed PAOK (7-7) was crushed 80-54 in Tenerife by the leading CB Canarias in the group C of Basketball Champions League. He was the top scorer with 14 points. Peiners also added 5 rebounds. It's Peiners' first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 9.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 2FGP: 48.6%, 3FGP: 22.0% and FT: 80.6%. Peiners is in the roster of the Latvian senior national team.

Anzejs Pasecniks
Anzejs Pasecniks
   #3. The Latvian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Anzejs Pasecniks (216-95, college: VEF skola, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Sevilla (7-15) 89-70 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night. Pasecniks scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 16 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 Pasecniks' overall stats are: 7.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 2FGP: 63.8%(67-105) and FT: 60.5% in 23 games. He is also a member of the Latvian senior national team.

Davis Bertans
Davis Bertans
   #4. Forward Davis Bertans (208-92, currently plays in NBA) led San Antonio Spurs to an easy victory against the Golden State Warriors (53-14) crushing them 107-85 in the NBA in Saturday night's game. Bertans recorded 13 points. The San Antonio Spurs have a very solid 52-15 record this season. Bertans' total stats this year are: 4.5ppg and 1.5rpg. He is also Latvian national team player.

Ivars Rihards Zvigurs
Ivars Rihards Zvigurs
   #5. Former U20 international small forward Ivars Rihards Zvigurs (198-95, currently plays in Estonia) led Valga to a victory over one of league's weakest teams BC Rakvere (6-17) crushing them 97-76 in the Estonian Alexela KML last Saturday. Zvigurs was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 10 rebounds. Zvigurs also added 4 assists and 4 steals in 28 minutes. BC Valga-Valka/Maks&Moorits (7-16) is placed seventh in the Alexela KML. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Zvigurs has relatively good stats this year: 14.4ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.8apg and 1.6spg in 23 games. He used to play for the Latvian U20 national team two years ago.

Rolands Freimanis
Rolands Freimanis
   #6. Power forward Rolands Freimanis (208-88, agency: Alti Sport, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to secure a victory for Usak Sportlif (6-15) in their game against Yesilgiresun Bld (9-12) in the Turkish BSL. Freimanis scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Usak Sportlif was defeated 109-100 in Giresun by the higher-ranked Yesilgiresun Bld (#10). This season Freimanis has relatively solid stats: 12.2ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.2apg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Latvian National Team roster.

Rolands Smits
Rolands Smits
   #7. International power forward Rolands Smits (207-95, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (10-13) in their game against Valencia Basket (5-17) in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Smits scored only 4 points in 20 minutes. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada lost 86-101 in Valencia to the lower-ranked (#13) Basket. This year Smits' total stats are: 8.0ppg and 3.7rpg in 23 games. He is also Latvian national team player.

Ojars Silins
Ojars Silins
   #8. Power forward Ojars Silins (203-93, currently plays in FIBA Europe Cup) couldn't help Telekom Baskets (5-1) in their game against Ironi Nahariya in the FIBA Europe Cup. Silins cannot count Wednesday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. Telekom Baskets was defeated 90-80 in Nahariya by the much lower-ranked Ironi (#8) in the group M of FIBA Europe Cup. Silins has reliable stats this season: 10.4ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.1apg. He plays currently for the Latvian national team.

Davis Lejasmeiers
Davis Lejasmeiers
   #9. International guard Davis Lejasmeiers (192-91, currently plays in Sweden) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Malbas (3-26) crushing them 103-73 in the Swedish Basketligan on Monday night. Lejasmeiers scored 8 points, had 5 boards, passed 7 assists and added 3 steals in 32 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 is very crucial. Lejasmeiers averaged so far 10.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.4apg and 1.1spg in 27 games. He is also in the roster of the Latvian national team.

Rodions Kurucs
Rodions Kurucs
   #10. Small forward Rodions Kurucs (206-98, currently plays in Spain) was the major contributor in a Barca II's surprising victory against the eighth-ranked Ourense (15-12) 71-69 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Friday night's game. Kurucs scored 11 points and had 3 steals. FC Barcelona Lassa II (8-19) is placed 16th in the LEB Gold. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. Kurucs has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.5apg. He is a former U16 international player as three years ago he still played for the Latvian national team.

   #11. Former U20 international guard Kristaps Kanbergs (189-88, currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ivars Rihards Zvigurs and both played together in the last Estonian Alexela KML game. Kanbergs contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams BC Rakvere crushing them 97-76. He scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes. Kanbergs has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg in 19 games. He used to play for the Latvian U20 national team nine years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international point guard Reno Silavs (180-91, currently plays in Norway) couldn't help Froya Basket (17-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Silavs' good performance Froya Basket was crushed 94-68 in Oslo by the lower-ranked Centrum (#5). He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Silavs' stats this season are: 12.0ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.9apg and 1.4spg. He used to play for the Latvian U20 national team back in 2011.

   #13. Former U20 international guard Sandis Silavs (194-88, currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Ivars Rihards Zvigurs. He played also in the last Estonian Alexela KML game facing Kristaps Kanbergs (above) in the other team. Silavs contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams BC Rakvere crushing them 97-76. He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 27 minutes. Silavs has averaged so far 9.9ppg, 2.7rpg and 3.0apg in 23 games. He used to play for the Latvian U20 national team nine years ago.

   #14. Former U20 international guard Andris Misters (196-92, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Jacksonville (5-9) in their last game. Despite Misters' good performance the Jacksonville was edged 78-76 in Loretto by the St.Francis University (PA). He recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. Misters has averaged so far 4.5ppg and 1.7rpg in 26 games. He used to play for the Latvian U20 national team back in 2012.

   #15. Former international forward Ernests Kalve (200-87, agency: HMS, currently plays in Romania) couldn't help Targu Mures in their game against Phoenix Galati in the Romanian Liga Nationala. Kalve scored only 4 points, had 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks. His team was edged 94-91. Kalve averaged so far 10.7ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Latvian national team seven years ago.

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

   #1. Martins Provizors (202-C-87, currently plays in Ireland) could not help DCU Saints (7-14) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Provizors' very good performance DCU Saints was defeated 76-64 on the road by the higher-ranked UCC Demons (#6). He recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 16 rebounds. Provizors also added 5 assists and 3 blocks. His team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Provizors has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 21.1ppg, 16.7rpg, 2.8apg and 1.5bpg.

   #2. Alvis Eglitis (195-F-85, currently plays in Norway) was not able to help Asker Aliens (13-14) in their last game. Despite Eglitis' good performance Asker Aliens was crushed 93-69 at home by the higher-ranked (#3) Gimle BBK. He recorded 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes. Eglitis is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Asker Aliens' roster. Eglitis has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 10.4rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg in 26 games he played so far.

   #3. Rihards Sulcs (191-F-87, currently plays in United Kingdom) was not able to secure a victory for Dragons (11-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Dragons was badly defeated 80-64 in Manchester by the higher-ranked Magic (#4). Sulcs was the top scorer with 13 points. He also added 6 rebounds. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Sulcs is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his sixth year in Dragons' roster. This season Sulcs has very high stats. He averages: 18.6ppg, 7.1rpg, 3.8apg and 2.4spg.

   #4. Aksels Skaistlauks (195-SG-97, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Tuebingen II (8-15) in their game against Mainz (8-15) in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). Skaistlauks cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 2 points. Tuebingen II (#11) was defeated 87-77 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Mainz (#10) in the South-West group. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Skaistlauks has averaged so far 5.1ppg, 1.5rpg and 1.1apg.



LBL2 Round 18 (Second Stage): Turiba are defeated by ViA - by Eurobasket News

There will be only one (last) round of the Second Stage in LBL2. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most important game in the last round took place in Valmiera between second ranked Turiba (18-3) and fourth ranked ViA (16-6) on Friday night. Turiba was defeated by ViA in a tough game on the road 62-67. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 25-19 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. ViA dominated on the defensive end, holding Turiba to just 6 points in third quarter. Forward Klavs Dubults (198-96) had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 16 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Toms Kohanovs (191-96) chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Elvijs Miculis (200-94) with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Turiba's coach Ziedonis Jansons rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. ViA maintains fourth position with 16-6 record. Turiba at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. ViA will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Turiba will play on the road against RTU in Riga and is hoping to win this game.
The game in Ogre supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked ViA (16-6) played at the court of 5th ranked Ogre/Kumho Tyre (10-11). ViA smashed Ogre/Kumho Tyre 89-48. Maris Riekstins notched a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds to lead the effort and Janis Engers supported him with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Even 17 points by guard Raimonds Pabrieza (189-88) did not help to save the game for Ogre/Kumho Tyre. ViA maintains fourth position with 16-6 record. Ogre/Kumho Tyre lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with RSU. ViA will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ogre/Kumho Tyre will play at home against Limbazi (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game took place in Livani where higher ranked RSU (10-11) was upset on the court of eleventh ranked Livani (5-14) 77-68 on Tuesday. The best player for the winners was Juris Kalnins who had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks. Livani's coach Edgars Cimars used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Rihards Ginters who recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!). Livani have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to tenth place. Loser RSU dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Ogre/Kumho Tyre. Livani will meet at home league's leader Kekava in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. RSU will have a break next round.
21th ranked Riga/Ridzene (1-14) was outscored at home by seventeenth ranked LU/BS Riga (10-3) with the biggest margin this round 103-60. It was a good game for Daniels Minajevs who led his team to a victory with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Riga/Ridzene's coach Aigars Brigmanis gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. LU/BS Riga have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifteenth place. Riga/Ridzene lost tenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. LU/BS Riga's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena BJBS Riga.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Riga: DSN/SB (#14) and BJBS Riga (#20). BJBS Riga was defeated at home 63-71 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Pauls-Tomass Berzins had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. DSN/SB maintains fourteenth position with 11-5 record. Loser BJBS Riga keeps the twentieth place with 12 games lost. DSN/SB's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena .

In the last two games of round 18 Valmiera/ORDO-2 won against Riga/Ridzene on the opponent's court 95-88. Jelgava managed to outperform Ogre/Kumho Tyre in a home game 85-71.

Ogre/Kumho Tyre - ViA 48-89

The game in Ogre supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked ViA (16-6) played at the court of 5th ranked Ogre/Kumho Tyre (10-11). ViA smashed Ogre/Kumho Tyre 89-48. The game without a history. ViA led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ogre/Kumho Tyre to just 7 points in third quarter. ViA dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Ogre/Kumho Tyre's 34. They outrebounded Ogre/Kumho Tyre 50-26 including a 42-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. ViA players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Maris Riekstins notched a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Janis Engers (200-95) supported him with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Four ViA players scored in double figures. Even 17 points by guard Raimonds Pabrieza (189-88) did not help to save the game for Ogre/Kumho Tyre. Guard Sandis Bets (194-92) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. ViA maintains fourth position with 16-6 record. Ogre/Kumho Tyre lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with RSU. ViA will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ogre/Kumho Tyre will play at home against Limbazi (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
ViA: J.Engers 21+5reb, M.Riekstins 19+15reb+1ast, E.Ivanovs 14+7reb+1ast, R.Ermansons 11+11reb+3ast, R.Apsitis 10+1reb+3ast, V.Veveris 5+2reb
Ogre/Kumho Tyre: R.Pabrieza 17+4reb+3ast, S.Bets 13+5reb+5ast, S.Jekabsons 12+1reb+1ast, A.Briedis 4+5reb, M.Steinbergs 2+1reb, M.Rocens 0+1reb
gschID: 530322


Riga/Ridzene - Valmiera/ORDO-2 88-95

Rather expected game when 21th ranked Riga/Ridzene (1-14) was defeated at home by eighteenth ranked Valmiera/ORDO-2 (7-8) 95-88 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 7 points. It was a great shooting night for Valmiera/ORDO-2 especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Edgars Kaufmanis (185-99) scored 39 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Rainers Kalnins (188-99) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 16 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was point guard Edgars Lacis (191-98) with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Karlis Ozolins (191-98) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Riga/Ridzene's coach Aigars Brigmanis tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Valmiera/ORDO-2 maintains eighteenth position with 7-8 record. Riga/Ridzene lost tenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost.
Top scorers:
Valmiera/ORDO-2: E.Kaufmanis 39+5reb+4ast, R.Kalnins 16+5reb+16ast, D.Gersons 16+6reb+2ast, D.Viksne 13+8reb+1ast, K.Strazdins 8+3reb, E.Brokans 3+2reb+3ast
Riga/Ridzene: E.Lacis 24+6reb+4ast, K.Ozolins 18+10reb+3ast, G.Karlis Kampuss 16+4reb+2ast, K.Vitolins 16+8reb+2ast, R.Tutans 7+4reb+4ast, V.Hugo Liepnieks 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 530323


ViA - Turiba 67-62

The most important game in the last round took place in Valmiera between second ranked Turiba (18-3) and fourth ranked ViA (16-6) on Friday night. Turiba was defeated by ViA in a tough game on the road 62-67. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 25-19 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. ViA dominated on the defensive end, holding Turiba to just 6 points in third quarter. Forward Klavs Dubults (198-96) had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 16 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Toms Kohanovs (191-96) chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Elvijs Miculis (200-94) with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Davids Muiznieks (196-94) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Turiba's coach Ziedonis Jansons rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. ViA maintains fourth position with 16-6 record. Turiba at the other side keeps the second place with three games lost. ViA will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Turiba will play on the road against RTU in Riga and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
ViA: O.Grinbergs 16+4reb+1ast, T.Kohanovs 13+6reb+4ast, K.Dubults 10+16reb, R.Eglitis 9+3reb, R.Apsitis 7+4reb+2ast, M.Riekstins 5+6reb+1ast
Turiba: D.Muiznieks 11+7reb+2ast, A.Ate 11+5reb+3ast, E.Miculis 11+7reb+4ast, A.Petersons 10+4reb, R.Adins 7+11reb+1ast, E.Endzels 7+5reb+4ast
gschID: 530321


Riga/Ridzene - LU/BS Riga 60-103

21th ranked Riga/Ridzene (1-14) was outscored at home by seventeenth ranked LU/BS Riga (10-3) with the biggest margin this round 103-60. The game without a history. LU/BS Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Riga/Ridzene's 34. They outrebounded Riga/Ridzene 54-33 including a 43-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for LU/BS Riga especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Riga/Ridzene's players. It was a good game for power forward Daniels Minajevs (205-95) who led his team to a victory with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Davis Klegeris (184-97) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Kristians Ostvalds (185-99) replied with 10 points and 5 rebounds and point guard Gustavs-Karlis Kampuss (180-99) added 11 points in the effort for Riga/Ridzene. Riga/Ridzene's coach Aigars Brigmanis gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. LU/BS Riga have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifteenth place. Riga/Ridzene lost tenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. LU/BS Riga's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena BJBS Riga.
Top scorers:
LU/BS Riga: D.Minajevs 24+9reb+5ast, D.Klegeris 20+6reb+3ast, D.Ozolins 15+10reb, A.Dambenieks 9+5reb+1ast, A.Lemanis 9+3reb+2ast, E.Mezulis 7+1reb+4ast
Riga/Ridzene: G.Karlis Kampuss 11+1reb+2ast, K.Ostvalds 10+5reb, K.Vitolins 8+1reb, K.Bremers 8+3reb+1ast, R.Kartenko 6+5reb, V.Hugo Liepnieks 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 530320


Livani - RSU 77-68

An interesting game took place in Livani where higher ranked RSU (10-11) was upset on the court of eleventh ranked Livani (5-14) 77-68 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-68. Livani had a 39-28 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was power forward Juris Kalnins (200-93) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks. Guard Matiss Caune (186-93) chipped in 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Livani's coach Edgars Cimars used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Rihards Ginters (192-93) who recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!) and guard Aleksis-Valts Putnins (190-94) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Livani have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to tenth place. Loser RSU dropped to the fifth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Ogre/Kumho Tyre. Livani will meet at home league's leader Kekava in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. RSU will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Livani: M.Caune 24+7reb+4ast, J.Kalnins 23+14reb+3ast, A.Strelis 15+11reb, M.Bremze 5+3reb+2ast, J.Zarans 4+1reb+1ast, E.Viksna 4+7reb+1ast
RSU: R.Ginters 29+12reb+1ast, A.Valts Putnins 14+8reb+2ast, J.Sapovalovs 8+11reb+1ast, T.Vegners 7+2ast, O.Vacietis 4, J.Holz 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 539128


BJBS Riga - DSN/SB 63-71

Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Riga: DSN/SB (#14) and BJBS Riga (#20). BJBS Riga was defeated at home 63-71 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 BJBS Riga won third quarter 19-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. DSN/SB forced 20 BJBS Riga turnovers and outrebounded them 58-44 including a 26-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. Pauls-Tomass Berzins (199-97) had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Kristaps Salmins (192-98) chipped in 13 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Five DSN/SB players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Davis Bigestans (179-99) with 21 points and 8 rebounds and forward Teodors Bergmanis (193-99) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. DSN/SB maintains fourteenth position with 11-5 record. Loser BJBS Riga keeps the twentieth place with 12 games lost. DSN/SB's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena .
Top scorers:
DSN/SB: P.Tomass Berzins 17+10reb, K.Salmins 13+12reb+1ast, N.Salenieks 11+6reb+3ast, E.Barbejs 10+7reb+5ast, V.Mikelsons 10+2reb+1ast, R.Ozolins 10+10reb+1ast
BJBS Riga: D.Bigestans 21+8reb+1ast, T.Bergmanis 11+11reb+1ast, I.Lapans 11+7reb+3ast, N.Rimsans 9+4reb+2ast, R.Blankveins 6+3reb+7ast, I.Dronka 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 539127


Jelgava - Ogre/Kumho Tyre 85-71

Rather predictable result when third ranked Jelgava (18-4) defeated at home 5th ranked Ogre/Kumho Tyre (10-11) 85-71 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 32-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Jelgava outrebounded Ogre/Kumho Tyre 41-28 including 28 on the defensive glass. Forward Andris Justovics (200-89) scored 30 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Gatis Justovics (184-87) chipped in 12 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Davids Atelbauers (182-99) with 17 points and guard Raimonds Pabrieza (189-88) scored 17 points and 4 assists. Four Ogre/Kumho Tyre players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Jelgava have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 18-4 record having just ten point less than leader Kekava. Ogre/Kumho Tyre lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifth place with 11 games lost. Jelgava will face Livani (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ogre/Kumho Tyre will play against Limbazi (#8) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Jelgava: A.Justovics 30+4reb+1ast, K.Krumins 13+9reb+1ast, G.Justovics 12+5reb+10ast, J.Atelbauers 8+5reb+1ast, J.Berzins 6+1reb+2ast, T.Bititis 5+8reb
Ogre/Kumho Tyre: D.Atelbauers 17+3reb+3ast, R.Pabrieza 17+2reb+4ast, S.Bets 13+5reb+1ast, S.Jekabsons 11+9reb+1ast, J.Lasmanis 6+2reb+5ast, M.Brencans 3+1reb
gschID: 530319





LBL Round 25: Liepaja/Triobet defeat Jurmala in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News

The teams have now bigger motivation at this stage of Regular Season. Every game can be crucial and decide about teams' position at the end of Regular Season.

The most exciting game of round 25 in the LBL took place in Liepaja. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Jurmala (11-16) to sixth ranked Liepaja/Triobet (12-13) 69-66 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 16-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Malcolm Griffin (193-91, college: Fresno Pacific, agency: Promotex) stepped up and scored 16 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and power forward Artjoms Butjankovs (205-91) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side Arturs Strelnieks (196-85) responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Jurmala's coach Arnis Vecvagars rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Liepaja/Triobet moved-up to fifth place. Jurmala at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 16 games lost. Liepaja/Triobet are looking forward to face league's second-placed Valmiera at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jurmala will have a break next round.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Jekabpils (13-12) against eighth ranked BK Ogre (11-15) on Saturday night. Visiting Jekabpils were defeated by BK Ogre in Ogre 94-84. Point guard Marcis Vitols (183-92) nailed 21 points and 7 assists for the winning side and Karlis Apsitis accounted for 18 points and 4 assists. The former international point guard Rinalds Sirsnins (186-85) came up with 16 points and 8 assists for Jekabpils in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BK Ogre moved-up to seventh place. Jekabpils at the other side keep the third position with 12 games lost. BK Ogre will play against league's leader Ventspils on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jekabpils will play against Latvijas Universitate and hope to get back on the winning track.
LBL top team - Ventspils (22-2) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat sixth ranked Barons Riga (11-11) 100-91. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Barons Riga. Andrejs Grazulis fired 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Ventspils' coach Karlis Muiznieks used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Kristaps Mediss produced 24 points for lost side. Ventspils have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 22-2 record. Loser Barons Riga keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. Ventspils will meet at home BK Ogre (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Barons Riga will play against the league's second-placed Valmiera and hope to secure a win.
Second ranked Valmiera (16-9) beat at home 9th ranked Latvijas Universitate (5-21) by 12 points 92-80, which is the biggest margin this round. Worth to mention a great performance of Damier Pitts who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 6 assists. Latvijas Universitate's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Defending champion maintains second place with 16-9 record having five points less than leader Ventspils. Latvijas Universitate lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 21 games lost. Valmiera's next round opponent will be Liepaja/Triobet (#5) on the road. Latvijas Universitate will play against Jekabpils (#3) and hope to win that game.

In the last two games of round 25 bottom-ranked Valka/Valga lost to BK Ogre on the opponent's court 89-98. VEF Riga managed to outperform BK Ogre in a home game 84-75.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 16 points and 5 rebounds by Arnas Labuckas of VEF Riga.

BK Ogre - Valka/Valga 98-89

Rather expected game when 10th ranked Valka/Valga (3-14) was defeated on the road by eighth ranked BK Ogre (11-15) 98-89. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 30-17. But Valka/Valga won second period 26-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BK Ogre made 17-of-19 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Karlis Apsitis (200-92) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international forward Janis Poznaks (203-83) contributed with 24 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners. Ivars-Rihards Zvigurs (198-95) answered with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds and guard Sandis Silavs (194-88) added 22 points in the effort for Valka/Valga. Five BK Ogre and four Valka/Valga players scored in double figures. BK Ogre moved-up to seventh place. Valka/Valga lost their tenth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. BK Ogre's next round opponent will be league's leader Ventspils on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
BK Ogre: J.Poznaks 24+4reb, K.Apsitis 23+8reb+7ast, K.Plavnieks 11+4reb+11ast, R.Magone 11+2reb+2ast, R.Zebergs 10+3reb+5ast, G.Sipolins 10+4reb+3ast
Valka/Valga: S.Silavs 22+3reb, R.Strupovics 17+3ast, K.Kanbergs 12+3ast, R.Raadik 11+9reb+4ast, I.Rihards Zvigurs 11+11reb+3ast, D.Mathieu 9+3reb+3ast
gschID: 533054


Valmiera - LU 92-80

Second ranked Valmiera (16-9) beat at home 9th ranked Latvijas Universitate (5-21) by 12 points 92-80, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Valmiera led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Latvijas Universitate's 26. Valmiera players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Damier Pitts (177-89, college: Marshall) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 6 assists. The former international Arturs Berzins (204-88) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Pitts is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Valmiera players scored in double figures. Forward Harijs Rubenis (201-91) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds and forward Janis Eiduks (200-93) added 17 points in the effort for Latvijas Universitate. Latvijas Universitate's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Defending champion maintains second place with 16-9 record having five points less than leader Ventspils. Latvijas Universitate lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 21 games lost. Valmiera's next round opponent will be Liepaja/Triobet (#5) on the road. Latvijas Universitate will play against Jekabpils (#3) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: D.Pitts 17+4reb+6ast, L.Blaus 17+2reb+2ast, M.Laksa 16+1reb+3ast, A.Berzins 16+4reb+2ast, H.Karlis 10+4reb+1ast, A.Mitchell 5+1reb+5ast
LU: H.Rubenis 19+5reb+2ast, J.Eiduks 17+2reb, A.Ginters 12+3reb+1ast, R.Birkans 11+3ast, E.Lasenbergs 9+3reb+5ast, R.Krumins 6+3reb+9ast
gschID: 533053


BK Ogre - Jekabpils 94-84

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Jekabpils (13-12) against eighth ranked BK Ogre (11-15) on Saturday night. Visiting Jekabpils were defeated by BK Ogre in Ogre 94-84. The game was mostly controlled by BK Ogre. Jekabpils was better in fourth quarter 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BK Ogre players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Point guard Marcis Vitols (183-92) nailed 21 points and 7 assists for the winning side and forward Karlis Apsitis (200-92) accounted for 18 points and 4 assists. The former international point guard Rinalds Sirsnins (186-85) came up with 16 points and 8 assists and Lithuanian guard Modestas Kumpys (194-91, agency: Players Group) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Jekabpils in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BK Ogre moved-up to seventh place. Jekabpils at the other side keep the third position with 12 games lost. BK Ogre will play against league's leader Ventspils on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jekabpils will play against Latvijas Universitate and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
BK Ogre: M.Vitols 21+1reb+7ast, J.Poznaks 19+6reb+1ast, K.Apsitis 18+4reb+4ast, G.Sipolins 14+4reb+1ast, R.Magone 7+6reb+2ast, R.Zebergs 5+5reb+2ast
Jekabpils: R.Sirsnins 16+4reb+8ast, K.Miglinieks 14+3reb+2ast, M.Kumpys 14+5reb+4ast, A.Vitins 11+4reb, P.Veselovs 10+5reb, E.Stelmahers 10+4ast
gschID: 533051


Barons Riga - Ventspils 91-100

LBL top team - Ventspils (22-2) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat sixth ranked Barons Riga (11-11) 100-91. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Barons Riga. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 24-23 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Ventspils shot 34 for 50 from the free-throw line, while Barons Riga only scored fourteen points from the stripe. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The former international center Andrejs Grazulis (202-93) fired 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The former international point guard Ingus Jakovics (186-93, college: Liepaja-2) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists. Ventspils' coach Karlis Muiznieks used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Kristaps Mediss (188-89) produced 24 points and Lithuanian forward Denis Krestinin (202-94, agency: BeoBasket) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Five Ventspils and four Barons Riga players scored in double figures. Ventspils have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 22-2 record. Loser Barons Riga keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. Ventspils will meet at home BK Ogre (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Barons Riga will play against the league's second-placed Valmiera and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: I.Jakovics 19+3reb+4ast, A.Grazulis 16+8reb+3ast, E.Zelionis 16+5reb+3ast, W.Deane 11+4reb+6ast, R.Zakis 11+9reb+1ast, F.Campbell 9+4reb+2ast
Barons Riga: K.Mediss 24+4reb+3ast, D.Krestinin 17+4reb+2ast, T.Larson 15+5reb+3ast, T.Jogela 13+4reb+2ast, D.Geks 8+4reb+2ast, D.Rozitis 5+6reb
gschID: 533050


Liepaja/Triobet - Jurmala 69-66

The most exciting game of round 25 in the LBL took place in Liepaja. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Jurmala (11-16) to sixth ranked Liepaja/Triobet (12-13) 69-66 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 16-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Malcolm Griffin (193-91, college: Fresno Pacific, agency: Promotex) stepped up and scored 16 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and power forward Artjoms Butjankovs (205-91) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side Arturs Strelnieks (196-85) responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds and guard Edmunds Elksnis (187-90) scored 16 points. Jurmala's coach Arnis Vecvagars rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Liepaja/Triobet moved-up to fifth place. Jurmala at the other side dropped to the eighth position with 16 games lost. Liepaja/Triobet are looking forward to face league's second-placed Valmiera at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jurmala will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Liepaja/Triobet: A.Butjankovs 17+9reb+2ast, A.Ausejs 17+6reb+2ast, M.Griffin 16+8reb+7ast, R.Krastins 9+1reb, K.Pauls Lasmanis 7+2reb, C.Montgomery 3+10reb
Jurmala: E.Elksnis 16+4reb+1ast, A.Strelnieks 15+5reb+1ast, K.Viksne 8+4reb, J.Rozitis 8+7reb, V.Iljins 8+11reb, E.Jeromanovs 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 533052


VEF Riga - BK Ogre 84-75

Rather predictable result when fourth ranked VEF Riga (12-3) defeated at home 8th ranked BK Ogre (11-15) 84-75. BK Ogre was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. They outrebounded BK Ogre 43-28 including 28 on the defensive glass. VEF Riga players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by BK Ogre's players. 26 personal fouls committed by BK Ogre helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a very good performance for American guard Abdul Gaddy (190-92, college: Washington) who helped to win the game recording 15 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Lithuanian forward Arnas Labuckas (206-87, agency: Octagon Europe) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four VEF Riga players scored in double figures. Forward Rihards Zebergs (193-92) answered with 16 points and forward Karlis Apsitis (200-92) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for BK Ogre. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. VEF Riga maintains fourth place with 12-3 record. BK Ogre at the other side dropped to the seventh position with 15 games lost. VEF Riga will have a break next round. BK Ogre will play on the road against the league's leader Ventspils (#1) and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: A.Labuckas 16+5reb+2ast, A.Gaddy 15+6reb+7ast, M.Meiers 12+8reb+2ast, K.Richard 10+5reb+6ast, A.Helmanis 6+2reb+1ast, A.Skele 6+4reb+3ast
BK Ogre: R.Zebergs 16+3reb+2ast, R.Magone 13+3reb, K.Apsitis 12+6reb+2ast, J.Poznaks 9+3reb+2ast, L.Mizis 8+5reb, K.Plavnieks 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 539620





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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. Kemp, Tadamon23.2 
 9. Morris, Tadamon23.2 
 10. Youngblood, Byblos22.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BOHANNON
  Mayrouba
  (210-F-91)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Bohannon, Mayrouba14.8 
 2. Townes, Champville13.0 
 3. Ebi, Byblos12.4 
 4. O''Brien, Sagesse12.3 
 5. Garrett, Hoops11.9 
 6. Holton, Tadamon11.9 
 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. Kemp, Tadamon1.9 
 5. Tucker, Byblos1.9 
 6. Curry, Moutahed1.9 
 7. Youngblood, Byblos1.8 
 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, Champville2.6 
 3. Majok, Homenetmen2.6 
 4. Bowles, Moutahed2.5 
 5. Garrett, Hoops2.5 
 6. Bohannon, Mayrouba2.3 
 7. Godfrey, Sagesse2.3 
 8. Ebi, Byblos1.8 
 9. Haidar, Al Riyadi1.6 
 10. Aminu, Al Riyadi1.4 


Al Riyadi signs Edgar Sosa - by Eurobasket News

Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (Pepsi LBL) signed 29-year old American (has also Dominican passport) point guard Edgar Sosa (190-80kg-88, college: Louisville). He played recently at JuveCaserta in Italian Serie A, but left the team earlier this month. In 22 games he had very impressive stats: 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 recorded 5.8ppg and 1.5apg. He also played earlier that season for Petrochimi (Superleague) in Iran. In 28 games he averaged remarkable 16.8ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.4apg and 1.3spg. Sosa also spent pre-season at the Hawks in NBA earlier that year.
The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he was voted Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague Guard of the Year in 2016.
Sosa played at the WABA Club Championships last year.
He is quite experienced player. Sosa has played in seven different countries on four different continents (Europe, Asia, Latin America and of course North America). He 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) and NBA (Atlanta Hawks).
Sosa attended University of Louisville until 2010 and it is his seventh season as a professional player.
He could be described: 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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  LITHUANIA  

Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Sarunas VINGELIS
  Rasai
  (191-G-89)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Vingelis, Rasai19.2 
 2. Hudson, Palanga18.7 
 3. Birutis, Zalgiris.17.3 
 4. Griskenas, Delikate.17.2 
 5. Masiulis, Zalgiris.16.3 
 6. Beliavicius, Vytis16.2 
 7. Normantas, Perla.15.3 
 8. Saulys, Suduva-M.15.2 
 9. Galeckas, Rasai15.0 
 10. Pukelis, Silute14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Laurynas BIRUTIS
  Zalgiris.
  (213-C/F-97)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Birutis, Zalgiris.8.9 
 2. Masiulis, Zalgiris.8.2 
 3. Pukelis, Silute7.6 
 4. Ambrulaitis, Ezerunas.7.5 
 5. Jankaitis, Vytis7.3 
 6. Pikalavicius, Petroche.7.0 
 7. Raupys, Silute7.0 
 8. Kieza, Suduva-M.6.9 
 9. Simonis, Palanga6.9 
 10. Chodosovskis, Nafta-Un.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GALECKAS
  Rasai
  (183-PG-94)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Galeckas, Rasai7.2 
 2. Sapiega, KTU6.0 
 3. Zemaitis, Zalgiris.5.9 
 4. Urbonas, Palanga5.4 
 5. Juknevicius, Suduva-M.5.2 
 6. Razutis, Telsiai5.2 
 7. Hudson, Palanga4.9 
 8. Kavaliauskas, KTU4.8 
 9. Giedraitis, Ezerunas.4.5 
 10. Wanamaker, Silute4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Arturs PELSS
  KTU
  (181-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Pelss, KTU2.5 
 2. Razutis, Telsiai2.5 
 3. Wanamaker, Silute2.3 
 4. Kavaliauskas, KTU2.3 
 5. Saulys, Suduva-M.2.3 
 6. Hudson, Palanga2.2 
 7. Normantas, Perla.2.1 
 8. Juknevicius, Suduva-M.1.9 
 9. Narusis, Ezerunas.1.8 
 10. Jonuska, Mazeikiai1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Laurynas BIRUTIS
  Zalgiris.
  (213-C/F-97)
  Avg: 2
 1. Birutis, Zalgiris.2.0 
 2. Davis, Palanga1.6 
 3. Labutis, KTU1.5 
 4. Green, Palanga1.1 
 5. Pukelis, Silute1.1 
 6. Massalski, Perla.0.9 
 7. Kubilius, Nafta-Uni.0.9 
 8. Udras, Suduva-M.0.9 
 9. Masiulis, Zalgiris.0.9 
 10. Pikalavicius, Petroche.0.8 


Gediminas Orelik selected the top Lithuanian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Gediminas Orelik
Gediminas Orelik
   #1. This week's number one is former international swingman Gediminas Orelik (199-90, currently plays in Turkey). He could not help Banvit (15-6) in their last game. Despite Orelik's very good performance Banvit lost 83-88 on the road to the lower-ranked (#9) Tofas. He was the top scorer with 23 points. Orelik also added 6 rebounds in 37 minutes on the court. It was Banvit's first loss after four consecutive victories. Orelik has relatively good stats this year: 14.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 58.7%(37-63), 3FGP: 43.1% in 21 games he played so far. He played for the Lithuanian senior national team two years ago.

Jonas Maciulis
Jonas Maciulis
   #2. Second place goes to an international swingman Jonas Maciulis (198-85, currently plays in Euroleague). Maciulis led his Spanish team Real Madrid to a victory over the sixth-ranked Crvena Zvezda (15-11) crushing them 98-68 in the Euroleague last Friday. He was MVP of the game. Maciulis recorded 12 points. Real Madrid (19-7) is placed second in the Euroleague. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This season Maciulis averages: 6.5ppg, 2.2rpg, 3FGP: 54.5%(30-55) and FT: 68.8%. Ex-KK Baltai Kaunas player is in the roster of the Lithuanian senior national team.

Edgaras Zelionis
Edgaras Zelionis
   #3. The Lithuanian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U20 international forward Edgaras Zelionis (207-89, currently plays in Latvia). He was the major contributor in Ventspils' victory against the sixth-ranked Barons Riga (11-11) 100-91 in the Latvian LBL on Saturday night. Zelionis recorded 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists (made all of his five free throws) in 23 minutes. BK Ventspils (22-2) is placed first in the LBL. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. This year Zelionis has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 60.2%(59-98), 3FGP: 32.3% and FT: 83.3% in 18 games. He played for the Lithuanian U20 national team eight years ago.

Sarunas Vasiliauskas
Sarunas Vasiliauskas
   #4. Point guard Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-89, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to help Usak Sportlif (6-15) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Vasiliauskas' very good performance Usak Sportlif was defeated 109-100 in Giresun by the higher-ranked Yesilgiresun Bld (#10). He was the top scorer with 24 points. Vasiliauskas also added 4 assists. Vasiliauskas has reliable stats this season: 13.2ppg, 2.2rpg and 4.3apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team back in 2014.

Adomas Drungilas
Adomas Drungilas
   #5. Former University international center Adomas Drungilas (203-90, currently plays in Hungary) was the main contributor in a ZTE KK's victory against the league outsider MAFC (3-20) 86-80 in the Hungarian A Division last Thursday. Drungilas was the best player in that game. He had a double-double by scoring 23 points and getting 12 rebounds. Drungilas also added 3 assists and 3 steals in 27 minutes. Zalakeramia-ZTE KK (14-9) is placed sixth in the A Division. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Drungilas' stats this year are: 14.6ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.3apg in 22 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian university national team four years ago.

Jonas Valanciunas
Jonas Valanciunas
   #6. Center Jonas Valanciunas (213-92, currently plays in NBA) contributed to an easy victory against the Dallas Mavericks (29-38) crushing them 100-78 in the NBA on Monday night. Valanciunas recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 12 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors have 39-28 record this season. It's Valanciunas' fifth year with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. Valanciunas averages: 12.1ppg and 9.6rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Lithuanian National Team roster.

Martynas Sajus
Martynas Sajus
   #7. U20 international center Martynas Sajus (208-96, currently plays in Poland) contributed to a 3-point Polpharma's victory against the closely-ranked Trefl (12-11) 88-85 in the Polish PLK last Saturday. Sajus recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. Polpharma Starogard Gdanski (13-12) is placed tenth in the PLK. It's Sajus' first season with the team. Sajus averaged so far 10.7ppg and 6.7rpg. He is also Lithuanian U20 national team player.

Denis Krestinin
Denis Krestinin
   #8. Forward Denis Krestinin (202-94, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Baltic League) contributed to a Barons Riga's victory against the closely-ranked Kalev/Cramo 77-66 in the Baltic League on Thursday night. Krestinin had a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added and 3 steals in 30 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group A. BK Barons Kvartals Riga (10-2) is placed first. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. Krestinin averaged so far 12.9ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.5spg in 15 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team back in 2014.

Marius Grigonis
Marius Grigonis
   #9. International forward Marius Grigonis (198-94, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias to win against the closely-ranked Movil Estudiantes (17-5) 82-63 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game. Grigonis scored 5 points. 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. Grigonis' overall stats this season are: 7.8ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.4apg. He is also in the roster of the Lithuanian national team.

Modestas Kumpys
Modestas Kumpys
   #10. Guard Modestas Kumpys (194-91, also represented by Players Group, currently plays in Latvia) was not able to secure a victory for Jekabpils (13-12) in their last game. Despite Kumpys' good performance Jekabpils lost 84-94 in Ogre to the lower-ranked (#7) BK Ogre. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Kumpys also added 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 29 minutes. Kumpys averaged so far 12.5ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.5apg in two games. He is a former U20 international player as six years ago he still played for the Lithuanian national team.

   #11. An experienced former international center Tautvydas Lydeka (208-83, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Banco di Srd in their game against Armani Milano in the Italian Serie A. Lydeka recorded 8 points. His team was defeated 82-75. Lydeka's overall stats this season are: 6.4ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.1apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team eleven years ago.

   #12. Former U22 international power forward Tauras Jogela (202-93, another player represented by Players Group, currently plays in Latvia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Denis Krestinin. He played also in the last Latvian LBL game facing Edgaras Zelionis (above) in the other team. Jogela couldn't help Barons Riga (11-11) in their last game. Despite his good performance Barons Riga lost 91-100 at home to the lower-ranked (#6) Ventspils. Jogela recorded 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 23 minutes. Jogela has very impressive stats this year: 15.2ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.9apg and 1.4spg in 19 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U22 national team back in 2015.

   #13. International power forward Domantas Sabonis (209-96, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in NBA) helped Oklahoma City Thunder win their game against the Toronto Raptors crushing them 123-102 in the NBA on Thursday night. Sabonis scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 19 minutes. This year Sabonis' overall stats are: 6.0ppg and 3.6rpg in 68 games. He is a naturalized American. Sabonis is also Lithuanian national team player. Strangely he has never played in Lithuania.

   #14. Former international swingman Deividas Dulkys (195-88, college: Florida St., currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Blusens Monbus in their game against Zaragoza in the Spanish Liga Endesa. Despite his good performance in Saturday night's game Dulkys was the second best scorer with 12 points. He also added 3 passes. Dulkys averaged so far 10.5ppg, 2.6rpg and 2.7apg. He used to play for the Lithuanian national team back in 2012.

   #15. Former U20 international power forward Gilvydas Biruta (203-91, college: Rhode Island, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Aiolos Trikallon in their game against Promitheas in the Greek A1, despite his good performance last Saturday. Biruta was the top scorer with 11 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 25 minutes. But his team lost 62-67. Biruta averaged so far 11.0ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.5apg in 21 games. He used to play for the Lithuanian U20 national team six years ago.

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

   #1. John Shurna (204-F-90, college: Northwestern, currently plays in ABA League) contributed to Cedevita's victory against the ninth-ranked FMP (10-16) 104-92 in the ABA League in Saturday night's game. Shurna scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. KK Cedevita Zagreb (20-6) is placed second in the ABA League. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the ABA League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Shurna's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 8.1ppg and 2.5rpg in 17 games he played so far. Shurna is a naturalized American. Despite his Lithuanian passport, Shurna previously played for the USA U19 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Lithuanian team. Strangely he has never played in Lithuania.

   #2. Nik Stauskas (198-SG-93, college: Michigan, currently plays in NBA). Stauskas could not help the Philadelphia 76ers (23-44) to beat the Los Angeles Clippers (40-28). He recorded 9 points and added 3 passes. But the Philadelphia 76ers (23-44) were defeated 112-100 on the road by the Clippers. Stauskas averaged so far 9.1ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.1apg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lithuanian.

   #3. Andrius Mikutis (194-G/F-88, college: John Brown, currently plays in Germany) led SG Schwelmer Baskets to a victory over the 11th-ranked Hertener Loewen (10-13) crushing them 95-70 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night. Mikutis was the top player that evening. He scored 26 points (!!!) and grabbed 6 rebounds. EN Baskets Schwelm (19-4) is placed first in West group. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Mikutis has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 18.4ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.9apg.

   #4. Povilas Gaidys (208-C-91, agency: SPORTlab Agency, college: Southeastern, currently plays in Austria) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Raiffeisen Wels (13-12) 84-66 in the Austrian A Bundesliga in Monday night's game. Gaidys recorded 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Basket Swans Gmunden (19-7) is placed second in the A Bundesliga. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Gaidys' total stats are: 8.8ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.2apg in 18 games.

   #5. Raimundas Danys (198-F-85, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in Switzerland) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Winterthur (2-17) 75-59 in the Swiss LNA last Saturday. He had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting 13 rebounds in 34 minutes. Union Neuchatel Basket (12-7) is placed fifth in the LNA. Danys' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. Danys averaged so far 10.5ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.1apg in 14 games.

   #6. Marius Runkauskas (189-G-86, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Romania) was the major contributor in a Steaua CSM's victory against the fifth-ranked BC Timisoara crushing them 95-67 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Wednesday. He recorded 17 points and added 8 passes in 29 minutes. Runkauskas averaged so far 15.0ppg, 2.5rpg and 3.3apg in 22 games.

   #7. Mantas Griskenas (200-F-85, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Wichita St., currently plays in Sweden) was not able to help Nassjo (13-17) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance Nassjo was crushed 82-60 in Lulea by the leading BC Lulea. Griskenas scored 10 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists. Griskenas' total stats this season are: 9.4ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.1apg.

   #8. Justas Furmanavicius (198-F-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to Mississippi's victory against the Monmouth University 91-83 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1 last Tuesday. He recorded 9 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 28 minutes. This year Furmanavicius' total stats are: 6.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.1apg and 1.1bpg in 34 games.

   #9. Dominykas Milka (203-C-92, college: St.Rose, NY, currently plays in Baltic League) was not able to secure a victory for Tartu Ulikool in their game against P.Zvaigzdes in the Baltic League. Despite his good performance on Tuesday night He recorded 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. This season Milka has very high stats. He averages: 16.6ppg, 8.0rpg and 1.6apg.

   #10. Mike Bedulskis (206-F-92, currently plays in NCAA2) contributed to a Rollins College's victory against the Valdosta State University 89-85 in the NCAA2 in Saturday night's game. Bedulskis recorded 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 23 minutes. This year Bedulskis' total stats are: 4.5ppg and 2.2rpg in 27 games.



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Erste Basketball League Round 24: Lovcen and Ibar upset favorites, another big win for Danilovgrad - by Darko Pekic

The final countdown in Montenegrin basketball league is getting interesting. The Round 24 was a teaser for a big game Primorje and Danilovgrad that is expected on Saturday. Now is clear that who wins that game will most likely play in elite basketball division next year too while the loser will return to 2nd division. Danilovgrad won tonight against Jedinstvo at home (84-71). Danilovgrad opened the game better and kept the lead until the halftime, then even increased it in the second half so last quarter was just a formality. Emir Hadzibegovic (204-PF-96) (25 points) and Petar Ivanovic (197-F-97) (23 points) led Danilovgrad again and are expected to give contribution even in Herceg Novi in two days, in the crucial game of the season. Serbian post Dejan Bjelic (209-C-90) had 22 points and 9 rebounds for the team from Bijelo Polje.

Ibar lost at home against Lovcen (72-85) and it was and one of the upsets of the round. Lovcen had the lead during the whole game and deserved the win. Vasilije Knezevic (202-C-96) led the winners with 26 points while Marko Ljujic (207-C-90) scored 21 for the home team.

In a low scoring game Sutjeska was defeated at home against Ulcinj (56-62). Milan Latkovic (184-G-86) played the whole game and led his team with 20 points. The only other player to score in double digits was Boris Jeknic (203-C-89) who scored 10 points and it was enough to get the win. Nikola Djokovic (190-SG-89) had 22 points for the home team that played without Americans and few other players from the starting five.



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Al Mina inks Bobby Brown - by Greg

Al Mina (Superleague) agreed terms with American swingman Bobby Brown (201-G/F, college: Alabama State). He was close to start his pro career at MAS Fes in Moroccan D1 league but eventually did not sign contract.
Brown graduated from Alabama State in 2016 and it is his first season as a professional player. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others his team was regular season runner-up in SWAC in 2015. Brown was also voted All-SWAC 2nd Team back in 2014 at his college time.

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Morocco won his first game against Algeria. - by Marek Krala

For the qualification of the CAN 2017,the moroccan team won 76-71 against Algeria.
Very difficult game in the beginning for the Lions of Atlas who took the lead during the second QT.
Then the game was tied and Morocco finally dominate the Algerian team to get a first win.
Next game is today against Tunisia at 4PM.


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NAIA1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Xavielle BROWN
  Park
  (190-F-)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Brown, Park21.1 
 2. Payne, Lindenwo.20.0 
 3. Rucker, Williams.17.5 
 4. Watson, Park15.6 
 5. Mitchell, William .15.5 
 6. Shepard, Lindenwo.14.4 
 7. Reynolds, Columbia.14.0 
 8. Garland, Hannibal.13.8 
 9. Fletcher, Harris-S.13.6 
 10. James, William Woods13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 David SHEPARD
  Lindenwo.
  (201-PF-94)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Shepard, Lindenwo.9.5 
 2. Jones, Lindenwo.7.8 
 3. Mitchell, Park7.0 
 4. Ray, Columbia, MO7.0 
 5. Brown, Park6.9 
 6. Evans, Cent.Baptist6.6 
 7. Yekeh, Williams.6.5 
 8. Vice, William Woods6.5 
 9. Wineglass, Harris-S.6.2 
 10. Frazer, St.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Will HARRINGTON
  Missouri.
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Harrington, Missouri.5.3 
 2. Rutland, Park4.3 
 3. Watson, Park4.2 
 4. Hopkins, Freed-Ha.4.1 
 5. James, William Woods4.1 
 6. Dubinski, Columbia.3.8 
 7. Deanes, Lindenwo.3.7 
 8. Davila, Harris-S.3.5 
 9. Terrell, Hannibal.3.3 
 10. Brown, Williams.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 De''Shawn TERRELL
  Hannibal.
  (175-PG-)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Terrell, Hannibal.1.9 
 2. Watson, Park1.9 
 3. James, William Woods1.8 
 4. Deanes, Lindenwo.1.6 
 5. Mitchell, Park1.6 
 6. Whitlock, St.Loui.1.4 
 7. Rutland, Park1.4 
 8. Alston, Harris-S.1.4 
 9. Mitchell, William .1.4 
 10. Dubinski, Columbia.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Rick HILL
  Missouri.
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Hill, Missouri.2.3 
 2. Ray, Columbia, MO2.0 
 3. Eriobuna, Park1.9 
 4. Williams, Freed-Ha.1.6 
 5. Nuolivirta, Freed-Ha.1.4 
 6. Wineglass, Harris-S.1.1 
 7. Manyawu, Park1.0 
 8. Brown, Park1.0 
 9. Pace, Hannibal-LG1.0 
 10. Springer, Williams.0.8 



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 31.7
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.31.7 
 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.27.1 
 7. Lillard, Portland.26.6 
 8. Leonard, San A.26.4 
 9. James, Clevelan.26.0 
 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. Gobert, Utah Jazz12.8 
 5. Howard, Atlanta H.12.8 
 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.10.4 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers9.3 
 5. Rubio, Minnesot.8.9 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.8 
 7. Teague, Indiana P.7.9 
 8. Holiday, N.Orlean.7.3 
 9. Green, Golden S.7.1 
 10. Lowry, Toronto R.6.9 
Steals Per Game
 Draymond GREEN
  Golden S.
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Green, Golden S.2.2 
 2. Paul, LA Clippers2.0 
 3. Wall, Washington W.2.0 
 4. Covington, Phi.7.1.9 
 5. Butler, Chicago B.1.9 
 6. Rubio, Minnesot.1.8 
 7. Curry, Golden S.1.8 
 8. Leonard, San A.1.8 
 9. Ariza, Houston R.1.8 
 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.1.7 
 9. Nogueira, Toron.1.7 
 10. Jordan, LA Clippers1.7 


Nemanja Bjelica Out For Rest Of Season - by Eurobasket News

The Timberwolves saw a key reserve go down on Wednesday night, as Nemanja Bjelica (6'10''-SF-88) left the team's game against Boston with a left foot injury. After Bjelica underwent an MRI today to determine the extent of the injury, the Wolves announced in a press release that the forward will miss the rest of the season. The exact nature of Bjelica's injury wasn't specified by the Wolves in their announcement today. However, the team did say that the 28-year-old will seek medical opinions from 'appropriate specialists' in order to determine his options for treatment. A second-round pick in 2010, Bjelica finally arrived stateside for the 2015/16 season, and has appeared in 125 games for the Wolves since making his NBA debut, coming off the bench in all but one of those games. The 6'10' Serbian has been a steady presence for Minnesota's second unit, averaging 5.7 PPG and 3.6 RPG in 18.1 minutes per contest over the course of his career. Bjelica had been playing even better as of late, with four double-doubles since the All-Star break. Bjelica remains under contract with the Wolves for at least one more season. He'll make just under $4MM in 2017/18, then will face a decision on a player option in the summer of '18.
Courtesy of: hoopsrumos.com



Dwyane Wade Out For Regular Season With Fracture In Elbow - by Eurobasket News

Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) will miss the remainder of the regular season with a small fracture in his elbow. Wade signed a two-year, $47.5 million contract with the Chicago Bulls in the 2016 offseason. Wade has a player option for 17-18. Wade averaged 18.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 30.2 minutes per game with the Bulls. Wade's PER of 19.1 was his lowest since his rookie season. "It took me awhile to really get comfortable in these new surroundings. But then I thought I played the way I wanted to," said Wade to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Hornets To Sign Johnny O'Bryant For Remainder Of Season - by Eurobasket News

The Charlotte Hornets will sign Johnny O'Bryant (6'9''-F-93, college: LSU) to a contract for the remainder of the season. O'Bryant had been with the Hornets for two 10-day deals. O'Bryant appeared in 25 games (all starts) for the D-League's Northern Arizona Suns this season, owning averages of 18.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists, and was selected as a 2017 NBA D-League All-Star‎.
Courtesy of: realgm.com



Barton scores 35 points, lead Nuggets over Clippers 129-114 - by Eurobasket News

Will Barton (6'6''-SG-91, college: Memphis) grew up playing pick-up basketball in Baltimore until he couldn't see because of darkness. He brought that mentality to the NBA, and his indefatigable style has helped him break out of a slump and keep the Denver Nuggets in the playoff mix. Barton scored a career-high 35 points, Nikola Jokic (6'10''-C-95, agency: BeoBasket) recorded his fifth triple-double of the season and the Nuggets beat the Los Angeles Clippers 129-114 on Thursday night to win their fourth straight. Jokic finished with 17 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists to help lead Denver to a win in a matchup of short-handed teams. The Clippers played without Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, who were left back in Los Angeles for the one-game trip. Denver forwards Wilson Chandler (right groin) and Danilo Gallinari (left knee bone bruise) also sat, but Kenneth Faried (6'8''-F-89, college: Morehead St.) returned after missing nine games with lower back spasms. Faried had 12 points in 18 minutes. Without Gallinari and Chandler, Barton stepped in with his second straight strong game after an extended slump. He played 17 straight minutes in the first half and nearly 19 consecutive minutes in the second half and still hit 12 of 18 shots. ''I'm a baller,'' he said. ''I'm one of those guys who will play 5-on-5 in the gym all day until someone quits. That's who I've been my whole life. This can go on forever if it's up to me.'' Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) had 18 points and 14 assists, J.J. Redick (6'4''-G-84, college: Duke) scored a team-high 22 points and Austin Rivers had 17 for the Clippers, who have lost three straight. Paul criticized the Clippers' subpar defense during their tough stretch. ''That's on us,'' he said. ''We've got to give more effort, be better all around.'' The Nuggets led by as many as 15 in the first half and 13 at the break, but the Clippers quickly cut it to six in the third quarter. Barton, who scored 13 points in the second quarter, ended the third with nine points in the final 56 seconds to give Denver a 103-80 lead heading into the fourth. The advantage grew to as much as 25 and the Clippers never threatened. Barton's seventh 3-pointer, which tied a career high, capped a 20-point half for the guard. ''The team needed me to step up and that's all I wanted to do,'' Barton said. ''We know what we're trying to get to, trying to make that push, so all I'm focused on is doing whatever I've got to do to win games.''
Courtesy of: yahoo.com



Sixers sign rookie forward Shawn Long to contract - by Eurobasket News

Shawn Long (6'11''-F-93, college: La-Lafayette) is sticking around with the Sixers for at least a little while longer. The Sixers announced Thursday they have signed Long, whose 10-day contract was set to expire Thursday, to a contract. Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports Long's deal is guaranteed for the remainder of this season and partially guaranteed for the next two seasons. Long, a rookie out of Louisiana-Lafayette, where he was the Sun Belt Conference player of the year last season as a senior, has appeared in four NBA games this season. He's averaged five points and three rebounds in eight minutes per night. The 6-foot-9 Long played 39 games with the Sixers' D-League affiliate in Delaware before his call-up to the NBA. In 39 games with the Sevens, Long averaged 20 points and 11 boards en route to earning a D-League All-Star Game nod. With the Sixers' sudden shortage of big men, Long could get an extended look over the team's final 16 games.
Courtesy of: csnphilly.com



New Orleans Pelicans extend guard Jordan Crawford through season's end - by Eurobasket News

The New Orleans Pelicans have signed reserve guard Jordan Crawford (6'4''-G-88, college: Xavier) to an extension through the rest of this season. The Pelicans, who announced the move Thursday, have not disclosed contract terms. The 6-foot-5 Crawford, who joined New Orleans on a 10-day contract on March 6, has averaged 14.2 points through five games. He is shooting 51 percent, including 52 percent from 3-point range, while playing around 23 minutes per game. Crawford has played in 262 career regular-season NBA games with Atlanta, Washington, Boston, Golden State and New Orleans since being drafted 27th overall by New Jersey out of Xavier in 2010. He holds career averages of 12.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists in nearly 25 minutes per game. New Orleans hosts Houston on Friday night.
Courtesy of: nba.com



Nets beat Knicks again, get 121-110 win at MSG - by Eurobasket News

Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard) wasn't doing much on the court, until he made a big impact in the locker room. Lin urged the Nets to stay positive at halftime despite their shooting struggles, and a few minutes later he helped guide them through a blistering stretch as Brooklyn blew by the Knicks. Brook Lopez (7'0''-C-88, college: Stanford) scored 24 points and the Nets dominated the second half for a 121-110 victory on Thursday night, their second over their New York rivals in five days. The Nets made five straight 3-pointers during a 38-point third quarter, turning around the game after they were just 2 for 16 behind the arc in the first half. "We were just trying to play with more force, more pace, more energy," Lin said. "We were just flat all-around, first unit, second unit in the first half." Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (6'7''-F-95, college: Arizona) added 20 points and 10 rebounds for Brooklyn, which beat New York 120-112 at home on Sunday and earned a split of the city series after the Knicks won the first two meetings. Lin, a former Knicks star, had 15 points and eight assists in his first game at Madison Square Garden this season. He hit two of the 3-pointers during the third-quarter surge after he was 0 for 5 behind the arc in the first half. But he wasn't down and wouldn't let his teammates be, either. "I just think Jeremy is like the spokesperson for that when it comes to just positivity and light, just trying to make everything feel at ease," Hollis-Jefferson said. "I feel like it's phenomenal what he does. He just kind of rubs off on everybody." Kyle O'Quinn (6'10''-F-90, college: Norfolk St.) came off the bench to a tie a career high with 23 points for the Knicks, who still haven't won consecutive games in 2017. Derrick Rose (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis) added 22 and Carmelo Anthony had 17. Playing without Kristaps Porzingis because of a bruised left thigh, the Knicks fell to 27-42, their fourth straight losing season since winning the Atlantic Division in 2013. New York shot 50 percent in the first half and led by as much as 11, but the Nets blew by them with their sizzling stretch behind the arc. They made a season-high 19 3s in the victory over the Knicks on Sunday and were 31 of 62 in their previous two games before finishing 10 for 31 on Thursday - though 6 for 9 during the third quarter.
Courtesy of: usatoday.com



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



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.
Courtesy of: bostonherald.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



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  NBLCANADA  


Halifax Hurricanes add Bowen to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Halifax Hurricanes (NBL Canada) added to their roster 26-year old American forward Aaron Bowen (198-94kg-91, college: Georgetown) from Windsor Express. In only one NBL Canada game in Canada he recorded 4 points and 5 rebounds this season. The last season Bowen played at another team Erie Bay Hawks in U.S. semi-pro league D-League where in 35 games he averaged 5.5ppg and 2.8rpg.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Bowen's team was regular season runner-up in Big East in 2015.
He graduated from Georgetown University in 2015 and it is his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nblcanada)

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Halifax Hurricanes waived Anthony Cox - by Eurobasket News

Halifax Hurricanes (NBL Canada) waived experienced 34-year old American center Anthony Cox (206-83, college: Farmingdale State). In 27 NBL Canada games he recorded 5.3ppg and 3.5rpg this season.
Cox played in the final of APBL in 2016.
He has played also professionally in ACPBL (New York L.), EBA (N.Y. Wizards) and APBL (Long Island Utd.).
Cox attended Farmingdale State until 2006 and it is his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.
The scouts decsribe him following way: A center who takes a lot of pressure off our perimeter players with his ability to defend down low and score in the paint.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nblcanada)

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Orangeville A's land Larry Anderson - by Eurobasket News

Orangeville A's (NBL Canada) tabbed 28-year old American guard Larry Anderson (195-95kg-89, college: Long Beach State). He played most recently at Grand Rapids Drive (D-League) in the U.S.
Anderson has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2012.
Among other achievements his team made it to the Belgian Cup final in 2013. Anderson received also All-Big West Defensive Player of the Year award back in 2012 at his college time.
Anderson has played previously professionally in Belgium (Okapi Aalstar) and D-League (Springfield A.).
He attended Long Beach State until 2012 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @nblcanada)

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Windsor Express add Smart to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Windsor Express (NBL Canada) added to their roster 26-year old Vincentian international center Akeme Smart (221-104kg-91, college: McCook CC). He just played at Santfeliuenc in Spanish EBA league. In four games he recorded 5.8ppg and 5.3rpg this season. Smart also played earlier that season for AEC Collblanc (also in EBA) where in 5 games he averaged only 2.4ppg and 2.8rpg. The other team he played shortly was Olimpic in Romanian Liga Nationala. In two EBA games he had 7.0ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.0apg.
Smart has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
He also represented Saint Vincent at the CBC Championships in Tortola (British Virgin Islands) two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 1.3ppg, 1.3rpg.
Smart has played also professionally in Spain for Benidorm.
He attended McCook CC until 2013 and it is his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  NCAA1  

Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Dallas MOORE
  N.Florida
  (185-G-94)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. Moore, N.Florida23.9 
 2. Ray, Kennesaw St.21.2 
 3. Lynn, NJIT20.6 
 4. Mathews, Lipscomb20.4 
 5. Goodwin, FGCU18.2 
 6. Newton, Stetson17.8 
 7. Holder, Jacksonville17.7 
 8. Myles, Stetson16.5 
 9. Buchanan, USC U.16.0 
 10. White, Jacksonville13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aubrey WILLIAMS
  Kennesaw.
  (201-F-95)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Williams, Kennesaw.10.8 
 2. Buchanan, USC U.9.6 
 3. Lewis, NJIT8.5 
 4. Morant, FGCU8.0 
 5. Pepper, Lipscomb7.4 
 6. Coleman, NJIT6.9 
 7. Davenport, N.Flo.6.6 
 8. Aminu, N.Florida6.5 
 9. Whittington, USC U.6.2 
 10. Banks, N.Florida6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Angel RIVERA
  Stetson
  (173-G-95)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Rivera, Stetson5.4 
 2. Moran, Lipscomb4.2 
 3. Goodwin, FGCU4.0 
 4. Moore, N.Florida4.0 
 5. Myles, Stetson3.9 
 6. Fernandez, Jacksonv.3.7 
 7. Davenport, N.Flo.3.5 
 8. Lynn, NJIT3.4 
 9. Cunningham, USC U.3.2 
 10. Ray, Kennesaw St.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Darien FERNANDEZ
  Jacksonv.
  (173-PG-)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Fernandez, Jacksonv.2.4 
 2. Lynn, NJIT1.9 
 3. Cooper, Lipscomb1.5 
 4. Cunningham, USC U.1.4 
 5. Harris, Jacksonville1.3 
 6. Johnson, FGCU1.3 
 7. Coleman, NJIT1.2 
 8. Goodwin, FGCU1.2 
 9. Moore, N.Florida1.1 
 10. Tarke, NJIT1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Demetris MORANT
  FGCU
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Morant, FGCU1.5 
 2. Davenport, N.Flo.1.3 
 3. Banks, N.Florida1.3 
 4. Whittington, USC U.1.1 
 5. Aminu, N.Florida1.1 
 6. Coleman, NJIT1.0 
 7. Marberry, Lipscomb0.9 
 8. Dennis, Stetson0.8 
 9. Williams, Kennesaw.0.7 
 10. Jones, Kennesaw.0.7 


Indiana has fired head coach Tom Crean - by Eurobasket News

Tom Crean has been fired by Indiana after nine seasons as head coach. 'After deliberative thought and evaluation, including multiple meetings with Tom about the future, I have decided to make a change in the leadership of our men's basketball program,' athletic director Fred Glass said in a statement released at the exact moment that the NCAA tournament kicked off on Thursday afternoon. Crean was coming off of a Big Ten regular season title and a Sweet 16 appearance in 2016, but the Hoosiers took a step back this season. After knocking off Kansas and North Carolina in November, Indiana missed the NCAA tournament and lost in the first round of the NIT. That was a road game despite the fact that the Hoosiers were a higher seed, a decision that was made to hide the fact that Assembly Hall would have been empty. The Hoosiers went 18-16 this season and just 7-11 in the Big Ten.
Courtesy of: nbcsports.com



Purdue beats Vermont 80-70 to advance - by Eurobasket News

Purdue point guard P.J. Thompson (5'10''-PG-96) dribbled across half court, smiling, and stood in a casual dribble while chatting with teammate Carsen Edwards (6'0''-PG-98). This was a new NCAA Tournament experience for the Boilermakers - the stress-free final seconds when victory is assured and March Madness extends through the weekend. Which isn't to say 4 seed Purdue's 80-70 victory over 13 seed Vermont in Thursday's Midwest Region first round at Bradley Center came easy. The Catamounts led by eight points in the first half, trailed by one at halftime and kept their upset-minded claws within reach of the Boilermakers' hearts until the final four minutes. But Vincent Edwards came alive in the second half, Caleb Swanigan (6'9''-F-97) unleashed his fury and Purdue hit timely daggers to seal their first NCAA Tournament victory since 2012. "This year we had some guys step up big time when we needed it most, and we finally got the monkey off our back," Thompson said. Purdue advances to face 5 seed Iowa State, which defeated 12 seed Nevada 84-73, in Saturday's Round of 32. Ironically, the Boilermakers could have played the Cyclones in last year's second round in Denver. They led Little Rock by 13 with three-and-a-half minutes to play before falling in double overtime. The year before, a seven-point lead in the final minute against Cincinnati vanished in an eventual overtime loss. So even after Thompson's 3-pointer with 1:48 to play provided a 76-65 lead, the Boilermakers couldn't get comfortable. Not until Swanigan rejected Trae Bell-Haynes for his third block of the final 3:05 and Dakota Mathias (6'4''-G-95) grabbed the clinching rebound did smiles begin to pop up on the faces of Purdue players. They'd waited 364 days to put those painful memories to bed. "I've been sitting in front of you all ready to cry the last two years," Edwards said. "It feels great to finally get past the first round. It's something that's been haunting us the last two years." Another block, this one by Edwards, started a fast break in the final seconds of the first half. Thompson finished it with a pull-up jumper to give Purdue a 37-36 halftime lead. Those first 20 minutes, however, were a back-and-forth struggle. Vermont, which had no bodies with which to challenge Swanigan and Isaac Haas one-on-one, clogged interior passing lanes. Purdue too often tried to force passes through that front, or made careless passes over and around it. Eight first-half turnovers negated the Boilermakers' rebounding advantage. Three of those turnovers came from Edwards. Thompson challenged him to be more assertive in the second half and attack those same situations with another approach. Edwards scored on the Boilermakers' first three possessions after halftime, setting a tone that would follow throughout the next 20 minutes. He scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half and didn't commit a turnover after halftime after committing three before. Swanigan finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds, setting a Big Ten Conference record with his 27th double-double of the season. With about 5:40 left he grabbed an offensive rebound, started to forced up a shot through a double-team, then turned and tossed to Dakota Mathias for a 3-pointer, giving Purdue a 66-60 lead. Later he also kicked out to Thompson for a 3 with 1:57 left that put the Boilermakers up 76-65. Purdue made 5 of 10 from 3-point range and shot 45 percent overall behind the arc. "They had a decision to make, especially after we were making some, what they were going to do and where they were going to double from," Purdue coach Matt Painter said. "They started coming on those doubles and those guys started kicking it out." Vermont, which came into the game with a nation-best 21-game winning streak, would not fold. The Catamounts shot 63.2 percent from the field in the second half, thwarting every Purdue attempt to separate. The early edge from the perimeter went to Vermont forwards Anthony Lamb (6'6''-F) and Payton Henson (6'8''-F-94), who hit 5 of 10 from deep in the first half. Purdue switched larger bodies onto those shooters in the second half, and Lamb and Henson score only eight points after halftime. Lamb finished with 20 points and nine rebounds. A certain relief was evident in the Boilermakers' voices following the game. However, a certain conviction was evident in their words. "It's obviously exciting, but we don't want just one win in the NCAA Tournament," Mathias said. "We've got the tools and the personnel to make a run here. We're not satisfied with one win."
Courtesy of: jconline.com



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.
Courtesy of: stltoday.com



Xavier knocks off sixth-seeded Maryland, 76-65 - by Eurobasket News

Trevon Bluiett doesn't spend a lot of time worrying about missed shots because knows makes will eventually come. After missing his first seven shots and contributing only three points in the first half, Bluiett found his rhythm Thursday night to lead No.11-sedeed Xavier to a 76-65 upset of sixth-seeded Maryland in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Bluiett made six of seven shots from the field during the final 20 minutes to finish with 21 points. 'Once I get a couple to go in and get a rhythm going then everything starts to fall,' said Bluiett, the Musketeers' leading scorer. 'Everything you shoot just feels good.' Bluiett made four three-pointers in the second half to help Xavier come back from a six-point deficit. The Musketeers move on in the West Region, marking the third straight year they have advanced to the second round. Maryland, which started three freshmen for much the season, lost in the first round for the first time since 1997. Maryland came in favored after finishing second in the Big Ten during the regular season but the Terps seemed to be one of the more vulnerable No. 6 seeds in the tournament, primarily because of their youth. Maryland's young players struggled at times as Xavier shifted from zone to man-to-man. Kevin Huerter finished with 19 points but was just five of 13 from the field and star junior Melo Trimble couldn't find a rhythm against the Musketeers zone, going one for nine from three-point range to finish with 13 points, three assists and three turnovers. 'I just believe in my players,' said Xavier Coach Chris Mack. 'Maryland is really good against man-to-man offensively. We don't want Quentin Goodin to be chasing Melo Trimble all over the floor so zone is fairly effective at times.' Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon said his players had difficulty trying to beat Xavier's defense. The Terps went long stretches without making baskets and shot just 26% from three-point range, worse in the second half as Xavier played mostly zone. 'The changing defenses gave us more problems than anything tonight,' Turgeon said. 'I think they got hot and we kind of got rushed a little bit.' The Terps also had no answer for Xavier big man Sean O'Mara, who had a career night off the bench, forcing his way in the paint. O'Mara, who finished with 18 points on five-of-six shooting from the field while making eight of nine free throws, dominated as Bluiett struggled and kept the pressure on the Terps' two big men. 'My teammates got me the ball in great positions and pretty much all I had to do was throw up five foot hook shots and make a couple of back-to-the-basket moves to score,' O'Mara said. The Musketeers also got a huge contribution from Kaiser Gates off bench with 11 points. Xavier's bench outscored the Terprapins, 30-13, and outrebounded them 11-4 in a game that was fairly close throughout. 'When you get production like that with those two it just makes us that much tougher to defend,' Mack said.
Courtesy of: latimes.com



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.'
Courtesy of: latimes.com



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  NCAA3  


Reese's NCAA D3 All-Star Game 2017 - by Greg

East Team
0 Juwan Henry (5'10''-PG) of North Park University
1 Shaquan Turk (6'4''-F) of Eastern University
2 Tahron Harvey (6'3''-G) of Benedictine University
4 Frankie Schettino (5'11''-PG) of College of Staten Island
5 Aldin Medunjanin (6'4''-G) of Skidmore College
11 Samuel Borst-Smith (6'3''-G) of University of Rochester
12 Ty Sabin (6'2''-G) of Ripon College
24 Hugh Lindo (6'4''-F-94) of Eastern Connecticut State University
42 Derek Hart (6'7''-F) of Clarkson University
52 Edward Ogundeko (6'5''-C/F) of Trinity College
Head Coach: Page Moir of Roanoke

West Team
1 Johnathan Belton (6'0''-PG-95) of Medaille College
2 Sterling Holmes (6'0''-PG) of Texas Lutheran University
3 Zack Burnett (6'2''-G) of Lynchburg College
4 Grant Shaeffer (6'0''-PG) of University of Saint Thomas
5 Kenny Love (6'1''-G) of Whitworth University
13 Khory Moore (6'0''-PG) of Virginia Wesleyan University
24 Steven Weidlich (6'1''-G) of Susquehanna University
31 DeAllen Jackson (6'2''-PG-94) of University of Mount Union
33 Jett Speelman (6'7''-F) of Denison University
44 Tim Daly (6'6''-F-94) of Christopher Newport University
Head Coach: Jim Smith of St.John's, MN



NABC NCAA D3 All-District Teams 2016-17 - by Greg

ATLANTIC

Player of the Year:
Thomas Bonacum (6'6''-F) of Ramapo College
Coach of the Year: Chuck McBreen of Ramapo

All-Atlantic 1st Team
Thomas Bonacum
Bonacum
DeShawn Lowman
Lowman
Tyheim Monroe
Monroe
Frankie Schettino
Schettino
Jamail Stanley
Stanley
Shaquan Turk
Turk

1st Team
Thomas Bonacum of Ramapo
DeShawn Lowman (6'1''-G) of Neumann University
Tyheim Monroe (6'6''-F) of Cabrini College
Frankie Schettino (5'11''-PG) of College of Staten Island
Jamail Stanley (6'3''-G) of SUNY-Old Westbury
Shaquan Turk (6'4''-F) of Eastern University

2nd Team
Darian Barnes (6'9''-F) of Neumann
Bobby Brackett (6'6''-F) of The College of New Jersey
Chimaechi Ekekeugbor (6'5''-F) of Baruch
Jalen Harris (6'2''-SG) of New Jersey City University
Shawn Wilson (6'3''-F) of Rowan

CENTRAL

Player of the Year:
Ty Sabin (6'2''-G) of Ripon
Coach of the Year: Jeff Berkhof of UW River Falls

All-Central 1st Team
Tahron Harvey
Harvey
Alex Herink
Herink
Chris Jones
Jones
Jordan Robinson
Robinson
Ty Sabin
Sabin
Steven Soukup
Soukup

1st Team

Tahron Harvey (6'3''-G) of Benedictine University
Alex Herink (6'7''-F) of University of Wisconsin at River Falls
Chris Jones (6'0''-PG) of University of Wisconsin at Whitewater
Jordan Robinson (6'3''-F) of North Park University
Ty Sabin of Ripon
Steven Soukup (6'4''-G-94) of Iowa Wesleyan College

2nd Team
D.J. Devalk (5'10''-PG) of St. Norbert
Aston Francis (6'1''-G) of Wheaton
Chrishawn Orange (6'2''-G) of Augustana
Andrew Sanders (6'5''-F) of Washington in St. Louis
Alex Sorenson (6'8''-F) of North Central

EAST

Player of the Year:
Brian Sortino (6'3''-G) of Oswego State
Coach of the Year: Luke Flockerzi of University of Rochester

All-East 1st Team
Samuel Borst-Smith
Borst-Smith
Deshon Burgess
Burgess
Kyle Edwards
Edwards
Aldin Medunjanin
Medunjanin
Keegan Ryan
Ryan
Brian Sortino
Sortino

1st Team
Samuel Borst-Smith (6'3''-G) of University of Rochester
Deshon Burgess (6'4''-C) of Union College, NY
Kyle Edwards (6'4''-G) of St.Lawrence University
Aldin Medunjanin (6'4''-G) of Skidmore College
Keegan Ryan (6'8''-F/C-94) of St.John Fisher College
Brian Sortino of Oswego State

2nd Team
Derek Hart (6'7''-F) of Clarkson
Mikey McElroy (6'3''-F) of Oneonta State
Mack Montague (6'3''-G) of Rochester
Rich Ross (6'3''-G) of Wells
Edvinas Rupkus (6'4''-G-96) of Skidmore

GREAT LAKES

Player of the Year:
Harrison Blackledge (6'6''-F) of Hope College, MI
Coach of the Year: Jon Miller of Hanover

All-Great Leaks 1st Team
Nate Axelrod
Axelrod
Johnathan Belton
Belton
Harrison Blackledge
Blackledge
A.J. Edwards
Edwards
DeAllen Jackson
Jackson
Wesley McKinney
McKinney

1st Team
Nate Axelrod (5'7''-PG) of Ohio Wesleyan University
Johnathan Belton (6'0''-PG-95) of Medaille College
Harrison Blackledge of Hope
A.J. Edwards (6'5''-F) of Marietta College
DeAllen Jackson (6'2''-PG-94) of Mount Union College
Wesley McKinney (6'4''-F) of Hanover College

2nd Team
Tyreik Burton (5'8''-PG) of Thiel
Will Dixon (6'0''-PG) of Trine
Luke Lattner (6'1''-G) of DePauw
Jack Serbin (6'9''-F) of Carnegie Mellon
Jett Speelman (6'7''-F) of Denison

MIDDLE ATLANTIC

Player of the Year:
Tim Daly (6'6''-F-94) of Christopher Newport University
Coach of the Year: John Krikorian of Christopher Newport

All-Middle Atlantic 1st Team
Tim Daly
Daly
Marcus Carter
Carter
Marquis Marshall
Marshall
John Vitkus
Vitkus
Steven Weidlich
Weidlich
Cam Wiley
Wiley

1st Team
Tim Daly of Christopher Newport
Marcus Carter (6'2''-G) of Christopher Newport University
Marquis Marshall (6'5''-F) of Alvernia University
John Vitkus (6'9''-C-95) of University of Scranton
Steven Weidlich (6'1''-G) of Susquehanna University
Cam Wiley (6'0''-PG) of Swarthmore College

2nd Team
Brandon Federici (6'4''-G) of Franklin & Marshall
Jay Howard (6'3''-F) of Catholic
Sam Light (6'0''-PG) of Lebanon Valley
Andy Orr (6'7''-F) of Lebanon Valley
Wyatt Smith (6'6''-F) of Salisbury

NORTHEAST

Player of the Year:
Joey Flannery (6'5''-G) of Babson College
Coach of the Year: Stephen Brennan of Babson

All-Northeast 1st Team
Raheem Anderson
Anderson
Marcos Echevarria
Echevarria
Joey Flannery
Flannery
Hugh Lindo
Lindo
Johnny McCarthy
McCarthy
Matt St.Amour
St.Amour

1st Team
Raheem Anderson (6'1''-G) of Husson University
Marcos Echevarria (5'10''-PG) of Nichols College
Joey Flannery of Babson
Hugh Lindo (6'4''-F-94) of Eastern Connecticut State University
Johnny McCarthy (6'5''-G/F) of Amherst College
Matt St.Amour (6'3''-G) of Middlebury College

2nd Team
Daniel Aronowitz (6'5''-G) of Williams
Jaleel Bell (6'2''-G) of Fitchburg State
Edward Ogundeko (6'5''-C/F) of Trinity
Kamahl Walker (5'11''-PG) of Endicott
Jaqhawn Walters (6'6''-F) of Albertus Magnus

SOUTH

Player of the Year:
Nathaniel Jack (6'3''-F) of Hardin-Simmons University
Coach of the Year: Tom Palombo of Guilford

All-South 1st Team
Hank Aldous
Aldous
Charles Bryant
Bryant
Zack Burnett
Burnett
Nathaniel Jack
Jack
Jeff Martin
Martin
James Sapp
Sapp

1st Team
Hank Aldous (6'5''-G) of Hendrix College
Charles Bryant (6'2''-G) of Averett University
Zack Burnett (6'2''-G) of Lynchburg College
Nathaniel Jack of Hardin-Simmons
Jeff Martin (5'11''-PG-95) of LeTourneau University
James Sapp (6'4''-F-94) of Centenary College, LA

2nd Team
Sterling Holmes (6'0''-PG) of Texas Lutheran
Adam Gigax (6'7''-F) of Emory
Carson Long (6'4''-F) of Guilford
Khory Moore (6'0''-PG) of Virginia Wesleyan
Joe Neal (6'3''-G/F) of Concordia (TX)

WEST

Player of the Year:
Tim Howell (6'1''-G) of Whitman College
Coach of the Year: Eric Bridgeland of Whitman

All-West 1st Team
Cooper Cook
Cook
Brandyn Frelix
Frelix
Tim Howell
Howell
Kenny Love
Love
Michael Scarlett
Scarlett
Grant Shaeffer
Shaeffer

1st Team
Cooper Cook (6'5''-F-97) of Nebraska Wesleyan University
Brandyn Frelix (6'4''-F) of Bethany Lutheran College
Tim Howell of Whitman
Kenny Love (6'1''-G) of Whitworth College
Michael Scarlett (6'4''-G) of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Grant Shaeffer (6'0''-PG) of University of St.Thomas

2nd Team
Kennedy Drey (6'6''-F) of Buena Vista
Kevin Grow (6'8''-F) of Carleton
Trevor Hall (6'0''-PG) of Bethel
Andrew Johnson (6'6''-F-95) of Occidental
Colby Taylor (6'6''-F) of Central



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Derone RAUKAWA
  Southlan.
  (181-G-94)
  Avg: 19
 1. Raukawa, Southlan.19.0 
 2. Pledger, Southlan.19.0 
 3. Delany, Nelson G.19.0 
 4. Te Rangi, Southlan.17.0 
 5. Hunter, Southlan.13.0 
 6. Washington, Nelson G.12.0 
 7. Norton, Southlan.9.0 
 8. Ingham, Nelson G.9.0 
 9. Granger, Nelson G.9.0 
 10. Kay, Southland S.8.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 James HUNTER
  Southlan.
  (208-C-92)
  Avg: 11
 1. Hunter, Southlan.11.0 
 2. Pledger, Southlan.9.0 
 3. Norton, Southlan.9.0 
 4. Kay, Southland S.6.0 
 5. Delany, Nelson G.5.0 
 6. Dempster, Nelson G.5.0 
 7. Washington, Nelson G.4.0 
 8. Bailey, Southland S.4.0 
 9. Te Rangi, Southlan.4.0 
 10. Ingham, Nelson G.4.0 
Assists Per Game
 Luke ASTON
  Southland S.
  (200-G-90)
  Avg: 6
 1. Aston, Southland S.6.0 
 2. Allen, Southland S.5.0 
 3. Prewster, Nelson G.3.0 
 4. Norton, Southlan.2.0 
 5. Te Rangi, Southlan.2.0 
 6. Hunter, Southlan.2.0 
 7. Slocum, Nelson G.2.0 
 8. Dempster, Nelson G.2.0 
 9. Kay, Southland S.1.0 
 10.