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  ABA  



ABA annouces Cinco de Mayo tournament - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association announced that four ABA teams will participate in a tournament to be held in Mexico during Cinco de Mayo which will also feature several Mexican and Latin American teams.
"We are very excited about this event which will be the first introduction of ABA Mexico," stated ABA co-founder Joe Newman. "Bobby Garcia, ABA Mexico CEO, has been doing a remarkable job putting ABA Mexico together and this should be a fun and exciting event. We will be announcing the participating US teams shortly."
"Things are coming together very well," added Garcia. "There is already a lot of excitement about the tournament. And we've created a new website, www.ligaABAmx.com which also links to the ABA website, www.abaliveaction.com and to www.americasportsnation.com. It will feature quality photos and videos and news about both the ABA and ABA Mexico. #OneFamily #LigaABAmx #The Bridge #USA/Mex #El PuenteDelFuturo"
For more information,m visit www.ligaABAmx.com or www.abaliveaction.com or email Bobby Garcia at info@tucanesbasketball.net or call 011-52-214-6647



ABA names new European VP of Marketing - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) announced last week that Tom Ellingsen has been named European VP of Marketing. "I could not be more delighted than to have Tom representing the ABA in Europe," stated ABA co-founder Joe Newman . "He has been a friend and a significant shareholder of the ABA since 2005 and has been very helpful to the league with his creativity and ideas. I have no doubt he will make an impact in Europe."
A native of Norway, Tom receive his MBA in Sweden and London. After several years in the finance department of Shell Oil and Mobil Oil in Scandinavia, he established his own business over 30 years ago, a business that included sales/trading and marketing of fish from Russian trawlers and export of Norwegian salmon to Europe. He has been involved in developing a number of projects within real estate, aquaculture/fisheries, nutrition, bio energy and the oil industry. "I've been following the growth of the ABA for over ten years," added Ellingsen, "and now I believe the time is right to bring this great brand to Europe - and to bring our great European companies to the US."
For more information, email tom@polar.no or visit www.abaliveaction.com



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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  


Kenya men routed 86-47 by Egypt - relegated to caliber of Somalia - by Eurobasket News

Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi now the countries challenging Egypt for top honours in Fiba Zone 5 African basketball. KENYA men were bundled out of the Zone 5 AfroBasket 2017 qualifiers in Cairo on Wednesday evening, their severe 86-47 rout by home team Egypt underlining the very low standards of the Kenyan sport. The team thus lost all their Group 'A' matches of the championships; earlier defeats being an emphatic 76-60 by Rwanda and a shocking 66-68 loss to South Sudan who were playing their first international tournament. Kenya have now been relegated to classification play-offs condemning them to the caliber of Somalia whom coach Carey Odhiambo 's men play next in the non-consequential 'rubber' on Friday. Meanwhile, semi-finalists include Uganda who were unbeaten in Group 'B', Rwanda who were runners-up to Egypt in Group 'A' and Burundi who were second in a three-team Group 'B'. The two teams in the final will earn places in the AfroBasket 2017 men's championship in Brazzaville, Congo (August 19-30). Being overtaken by Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda just questions the future of Kenya's men's basketball. After matches in the three-team round-robin event for women, Egypt beat both Uganda (86-56) and Kenya (87-62) to top the table and earn the single place to the AfroBasket 2017, Mali (September 15-24). Kenya's win for a second place was a 70-41 upset of Uganda. Fixtures indicate return matches but in any case, Egypt have already booked their place in the African championships.
Courtesy of: voiceofsports.net



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  ARGENTINA  

Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Dar TUCKER
  Estudian.
  (193-SG-88)
  Avg: 22
 1. Tucker, Estudian.22.0 
 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. Gadson, Argentino16.3 
 10. Mickeal, Atenas16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin WILLIAMS
  Olimpico.
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Williams, Olimpico.11.9 
 2. Crawford, Argen.10.6 
 3. Johnson, Weber B.9.8 
 4. Clancy, Instituto9.8 
 5. Wood, San M.8.9 
 6. Lampropoulos, Boca J.8.7 
 7. Justiz, Estudian.8.4 
 8. Francis, La Union8.3 
 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, Ferrocarril6.2 
 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. Solano, Echague2.0 
 3. Basualdo, Quilm.2.0 
 4. Johnson, Weber B.1.8 
 5. Elsener, Quimsa1.7 
 6. De-l., GECR I.1.7 
 7. 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. Calfani, San L.1.2 
 7. Clancy, Instituto1.1 
 8. Meyinsse, San L.1.1 
 9. Spurlock, Quimsa1.0 
 10. Acuna, Penarol0.9 


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. La-Bella, Gimnasia.1.7 
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 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)

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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)

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  BELARUS  

Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Sergej VABISCHEVICH
  BSEU-Gr.
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.21.1 
 2. Sugonyako, COR-Bori.18.8 
 3. Viaroukin, GO.18.6 
 4. Aladko, Vitebsk18.5 
 5. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.17.4 
 6. Suvorov, Prine.16.9 
 7. Shustov, Impuls B.16.7 
 8. Navoichyk, Prine.16.1 
 9. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.15.1 
 10. Stankevich, GOCOR-S.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dmitriy DMITRUK
  Brest
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Dmitruk, Brest12.1 
 2. Zahar, Impuls B.9.7 
 3. Kozlovets, COR-Bori.8.8 
 4. Liutych, Tsmoki II8.8 
 5. Vashkevich, Vitebsk8.5 
 6. Kopacev, GO.8.4 
 7. Chumakov, Prine.8.4 
 8. Ignatev, Impuls B.7.4 
 9. Malysh, COR-Bori.7.2 
 10. Chumakov, Grodn.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Maksim SHUSTOV
  Impuls B.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Shustov, Impuls B.5.9 
 2. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.5.6 
 3. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.4 
 4. Stavrovskiy, Tsmoki I.5.0 
 5. Nazarov, BSEU-Gr.4.8 
 6. Vabischevich, BSEU-Gr.4.7 
 7. Korzh, Grodno-934.6 
 8. Aladko, Vitebsk4.5 
 9. Volodkin, Impuls B.4.4 
 10. Kharkevich, COR-Bori.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Tsimafei VIAROUKIN
  GO.
  (186-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Viaroukin, GO.2.5 
 2. Lebedev, BSEU-Gr.2.4 
 3. Shustov, Impuls B.2.3 
 4. Suvorov, Prine.2.3 
 5. Ovsepyan, Vitebsk2.2 
 6. Kamarunas, COR-Bori.2.0 
 7. Malkov, COR-Bori.2.0 
 8. Chumakov, Grodn.1.9 
 9. Sazonau, BSEU-Gr.1.9 
 10. Stankevich, GOCOR-S.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Aleksandr KOPACEV
  GO.
  (203-F/C-95)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kopacev, GO.0.0 
 2. Adaskov, GO.0.0 
 3. Konovchuk, Brest0.0 
 4. Moroz, Brest0.0 
 5. Kisel, Brest0.0 
 6. Misevich, BSEU-Gr.0.0 
 7. Kirilyuk, Brest0.0 
 8. Miguro, Impuls B.0.0 
 9. Khoruziy, Prine.0.0 
 10. Matveev, Impuls B.0.0 



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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. Tofi, Aalstar15.8 
 4. Simpson, Liege15.8 
 5. Miller-M., Leuven15.5 
 6. Tuttle, Limburg .15.2 
 7. Ware, Antwerp14.4 
 8. Simmons, Brussels14.0 
 9. Troisfontain., Aalst.14.0 
 10. Channels, Kango.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan ANDERSON
  Antwerp
  (206-F-92)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Anderson, Antwerp7.7 
 2. Amis, Aalstar7.1 
 3. Ware, Antwerp6.7 
 4. Simmons, Brussels6.5 
 5. Samhan, Leuven6.5 
 6. Badji, Kangoeroes6.5 
 7. Ubel, Brussels6.5 
 8. Tuttle, Limburg .6.3 
 9. Fields, Liege6.3 
 10. Dowe, Brussels5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Dusan DJORDJEVIC
  Ooste.
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.8 
 2. Miller-M., Leuven5.4 
 3. Channels, Kango.5.3 
 4. Loubry, Brussels5.0 
 5. Marnegrave, Spirou4.4 
 6. Clark, Antwerp4.2 
 7. Bosco, Mons-Hai.4.0 
 8. Anderson, Limburg .3.9 
 9. Simpson, Liege3.8 
 10. Tuttle, Limburg .3.8 
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. Bowman, Spirou1.5 
 5. Hertay, Liege1.5 
 6. Simpson, Liege1.4 
 7. Channels, Kango.1.4 
 8. Tuttle, Limburg .1.4 
 9. Muya, Brussels1.4 
 10. Djordjevic, Ooste.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kevin TUMBA
  Spirou
  (205-C/F-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Tumba, Spirou2.5 
 2. Amis, Aalstar1.5 
 3. Gugino, Liege1.0 
 4. Boukichou, Oostende1.0 
 5. Fields, Liege0.9 
 6. Ware, Antwerp0.8 
 7. Fusek, Spirou0.8 
 8. Bako, Leuven0.8 
 9. Ubel, Brussels0.7 
 10. Blair, Aalstar0.6 


D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Francois LHOEST
  Ninane
  (196-F/C-85)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Lhoest, Ninane20.8 
 2. Celis, Oxaco19.8 
 3. Moris, Royal Brussels18.9 
 4. Lambrecht, Gistel O.17.5 
 5. Van-Hoey, Oxaco17.0 
 6. Baptista, Gistel O.16.6 
 7. Wachowiak, Gembo B.16.5 
 8. Hilliman, Melsele16.4 
 9. Gorremans, Soba16.3 
 10. Guillemyn, Waregem15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Francois LHOEST
  Ninane
  (196-F/C-85)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Lhoest, Ninane13.9 
 2. Dierickx, Ieper11.0 
 3. Hilliman, Melsele9.8 
 4. Lambrecht, Gistel O.9.3 
 5. Moris, Royal Brussels8.3 
 6. Celis, Oxaco7.3 
 7. Fall, Ieper7.3 
 8. Gorremans, Soba7.3 
 9. Vermeersch, Gembo B.7.3 
 10. De-Pooter, Gent H.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Sam HEMELEERS
  Gistel O.
  (180-G-95)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Hemeleers, Gistel O.4.7 
 2. Lhote, Gent Hawks4.5 
 3. Celis, Oxaco4.4 
 4. Goethaert, Gembo B.4.3 
 5. Mwendanga, Giants B.3.6 
 6. Kanda-K., Giants B3.3 
 7. Maesen, Houthalen3.3 
 8. Lhoest, Ninane3.3 
 9. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.2.9 
 10. Beaujean, Gembo B.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Rochdi BENZOUIEN
  Royal B.
  (184-PG-96)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Benzouien, Royal B.2.1 
 2. Goethaert, Gembo B.2.1 
 3. De-Lepeleire, Wareg.2.1 
 4. Celis, Oxaco1.5 
 5. Wachowiak, Gembo B.1.5 
 6. Van-Hoey, Oxaco1.5 
 7. Hall, Royal Brussels1.4 
 8. Lamot, Melsele1.4 
 9. Riahi, RPC A.1.4 
 10. Van-d., Ekeren1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Malick FALL
  Ieper
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 1
 1. Fall, Ieper1.0 
 2. Hilliman, Melsele1.0 
 3. Vermeersch, Gembo B.0.9 
 4. De-Pooter, Gent H.0.7 
 5. Argeerts, Ekeren0.7 
 6. Samaey, Waregem0.7 
 7. Dierickx, Ieper0.6 
 8. Lambrecht, Gistel O.0.6 
 9. Rogiers, Giants B0.6 
 10. Van-d., Gent Hawks0.6 


Pape Badji claims Belgian Euromillions League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Senegalese Pape Badji (208-F/C-92) had a great game in the last round for Kangoeroes and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 24-year old power forward had a double-double of 26 points and twelve rebounds, while his team crushed Liege (#10, 6-19) with 19-point margin 105-86. Kangoeroes maintains the 4th position in Belgian Euromillions League. Kangoeroes is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 13-11 record. Badji turned to be Kangoeroes' top player in his first season with the team. Badji has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 6.4rpg) and averages solid 57.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American power forward John Fields (205-F/C-88) of Liege. Fields impressed basketball fans with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as Liege lost that game 86-105 to the higher-ranked Kangoeroes (#4, 13-11). Liege are still at the very bottom. 19 lost games are too many comparing to just six victories Liege managed to get this year. Fields is a newcomer at Liege 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 Brandon Ubel (209-F/C-91, agency: Pensack Sports) of Brussels (#3). Ubel scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Brussels, leading his team to a 83-69 easy win against the lower-ranked Leuven (#9, 6-18). Brussels needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 10 lost games. Ubel has a great season in Belgium. After 24 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.5rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tre Demps (188-G-93) of Mons-Hainaut - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Domien Loubry (186-PG-85) of Brussels - 20 points and 7 assists
6. Alexandru Olah (213-C-93) of Mons-Hainaut - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Codi Miller-McIntyre (190-G-94) of Leuven - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
8. John Tofi (203-C/F-84) of Aalstar - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Yunio Barrueta (198-F/G-93) of Aalstar - 21 points and 4 rebounds
10. Wen Boss Mukubu (198-F-83) of Limburg United - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists

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



Coach Petit leaves Liege - by Eurobasket News

37-year old coach Thibaut Petit (agency: LBM Management) left betFIRST Liege Basket (Euromillions League). Part of last season Petit worked at VOO Verviers Pepinster (Scooore League). He also coached for Lugano Tigers (LNA) in Swiss league that season.
Among other achievements Petit won Belgian League championship title in 2014. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Coach of the Year award back in 2014. Petit used to coach Armenian U20 National Team (as & arrNT2(10,4) & ) back in 2016.
He has coached previously professionally also in France (Arras) and Belgium (Huy and Castors Braine).

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  BRAZIL  

Paulista Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Lucas VEZARO
  Joinville
  (188-G-96)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Vezaro, Joinville22.5 
 2. Maistro, Contagem17.8 
 3. Smith, Botafogo.15.3 
 4. De-Oliveira, Blumenau15.3 
 5. Filho, Botafogo.14.0 
 6. Lazzaris, Blumenau14.0 
 7. Moreira, Blumenau14.0 
 8. Lima, Santos/M.13.6 
 9. Nepomuceno, Santos/M.13.4 
 10. Alvim, Contagem12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durval PRADO
  Brusque
  (200-G/F-92)
  Avg: 9
 1. Prado, Brusque9.0 
 2. Silva, Blumenau8.0 
 3. Russell, Botafogo.7.8 
 4. Moreira, Botafogo.7.5 
 5. Alvim, Contagem7.3 
 6. Alves, Contagem7.0 
 7. Lazzaris, Blumenau7.0 
 8. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.6.4 
 9. Perez, Botafogo.6.3 
 10. Silva, Brusque6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal SMITH
  Botafogo.
  (175-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Smith, Botafogo.5.5 
 2. Semmke, Blumenau5.0 
 3. Perez, Contagem4.3 
 4. Romualdo, Contagem4.0 
 5. Prado, Brusque3.5 
 6. Russell, Botafogo.3.0 
 7. Froehlich, Joinville3.0 
 8. Lima, Santos/M.3.0 
 9. Vezaro, Joinville2.5 
 10. De-Gusmao, Conta.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Bruno LAZZARIS
  Blumenau
  (202-F-90)
  Avg: 4
 1. Lazzaris, Blumenau4.0 
 2. Maistro, Contagem2.8 
 3. Romualdo, Contagem2.3 
 4. Perez, Contagem2.3 
 5. Moreira, Blumenau2.3 
 6. Prado, Brusque1.8 
 7. da-Silva, Botafogo.1.8 
 8. Alves, Contagem1.7 
 9. de-Azevedo, Santos/M.1.4 
 10. Tiago, Brusque1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Rodrigo SILVA
  Brusque
  (207-C-87)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Silva, Brusque1.3 
 2. Perez, Botafogo.1.3 
 3. Silva, Blumenau1.0 
 4. Lima, Santos/M.1.0 
 5. De-Oliveira, Blumenau0.7 
 6. Souza, Santos/M.0.7 
 7. Maistro, Contagem0.5 
 8. Dias, Joinville0.5 
 9. Thawan, Contagem0.5 
 10. Henrique, Brusque0.5 


Brazilian NBB round 26 best performance: Wesley Alves - by Eurobasket News

Forward Wesley Alves (198-F-96) had an amazing evening in the last round for Paulistano, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 20-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, four rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass L.Sorocaba (#14, 5-19) with 35-point margin 92-57. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on top of the standings. Paulistano is placed at 9th position in Brazilian NBB. Paulistano 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 12-12 record. In the team's last game Alves had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Paulistano, through which he has constantly improved. Wesley Alves averages this season 6.2ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Kendall Anthony (173-PG-93) of Macae. Anthony had a very good evening with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. Bad luck as Macae was edged by the higher-ranked Flamengo (#1, 17-6) 82-80. This loss caused Macae to slide to the very bottom (15) position in the standings. 19 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Macae managed to get this year. Anthony is a newcomer at Macae, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.6ppg (#4). He also recorded 5.5 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Eduardo Sommer (204-F-94) of Franca (#5). Sommer scored 17 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Franca, leading his team to a 92-85 win against slightly higher-ranked Bauru (#4, 16-9). Franca needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 15 victories and 9 lost games. Sommer has a very solid season. In 23 games in Brazil he scored 5.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jefferson Andrade (207-PF-83) of Bauru - 26 points and 7 rebounds
5. Alex Garcia (191-G-80) of Bauru - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Marquinhos Vieira (207-SF-84) of Flamengo - 23 points and 5 rebounds
7. George Lucas (195-PG-96) of Paulistano - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Larry Taylor (185-PG-80) of Mogi - 8 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Isaac Thornton (190-G-91) of Campo Mourao - 19 points and 5 rebounds
10. Andre Stefanelli (196-SG-84) of Franca - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  CANADA  


KK ABS Primorje 1945 Herceg Novi inks Brandon Bilbija, ex Ryerson - by Darko Pekic

KK ABS Primorje 1945 Herceg Novi (Erste Liga) signed Canadian forward Brandon Bilbija (208-107kg, college: Mars Hill). He just graduated from Mars Hill College .
As mentioned above Bilbija is just out of college, and it is his first season as a professional player.

Primorje needs to beat Danilovgrad at home in the next round in order to avoid relegation.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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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  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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  CHINA  

Stats Leaders - CBA

Points Per Game
 Jimmer FREDETTE
  Shanghai.
  (188-PG-89)
  Avg: 37.6
 1. Fredette, Shanghai.37.6 
 2. McCollum, Beiko.37.5 
 3. Brooks, Jiangsu D.36.2 
 4. Cunningham, Jiangsu.34.0 
 5. Brown, Jilin NE T.33.9 
 6. Franklin, Shanxi BD33.6 
 7. Hudson, Liaoning FL31.7 
 8. Jones, Qingdao E.30.5 
 9. Adams, Xinjiang FT30.3 
 10. Warren, Zhejiang.29.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Malcolm THOMAS
  Jilin N.
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Thomas, Jilin N.16.4 
 2. Haddadi, Sichu.16.0 
 3. Thompson, Shandong.13.9 
 4. Hickson, Fujian S.13.4 
 5. Sakakini, Tianj.13.3 
 6. Batista, Beikong FD12.8 
 7. Lampe, Shenzhen L.12.7 
 8. Han, Liaoning FL12.2 
 9. Dalembert, Shanxi B.12.1 
 10. Wang, Fujian S.11.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jamaal FRANKLIN
  Shanxi BD
  (196-SG-91)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Franklin, Shanxi BD8.8 
 2. Fortson, Guangsha.8.5 
 3. Jeter, Tianjin GL7.9 
 4. Pargo, Shenzhen L.6.6 
 5. Sloan, Guangdong ST6.5 
 6. Buycks, Fujian S.6.4 
 7. Jones, Qingdao E.6.2 
 8. Adams, Xinjiang FT5.9 
 9. Warren, Zhejiang.5.8 
 10. Marbury, Beiji.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jamaal FRANKLIN
  Shanxi BD
  (196-SG-91)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Franklin, Shanxi BD3.3 
 2. Sui, Shandong GS2.8 
 3. Brown, Zhejiang GB2.7 
 4. Hudson, Liaoning FL2.6 
 5. Fortson, Guangsha.2.6 
 6. Kamrani, Jilin N.2.4 
 7. Blatche, Xinjiang.2.3 
 8. Kennedy, Guangzho.2.3 
 9. McCollum, Beiko.2.3 
 10. Zhong, Jilin NE T.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Yuchen ZOU
  Bayi R.
  (203-F-96)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Zou, Bayi R.2.6 
 2. Zhou, Xinjiang FT2.3 
 3. Smith, Sichuan BW2.0 
 4. Haddadi, Sichu.2.0 
 5. Dalembert, Shanxi B.1.9 
 6. Kirk, Guangzhou LL1.9 
 7. Sun, Beijing D.1.6 
 8. Thomas, Jilin N.1.6 
 9. Benimon, Qingd.1.5 
 10. Lalanne, Zhejiang.1.5 


CBA Round 4 of Semi-Finals. Guangdong and Liaoning victorious - by Eurobasket News

Shenzhen L. - Guangdong ST 81-90

Guangdong rallied past Shenzhen to take 3-1 lead in the series. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Guandong Tigers forced 20 Leopards turnovers. Leopards were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Donald Sloan (190-88, college: Texas A&M) who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import power forward Carlos Boozer (206-80, college: Duke) who added 27 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Guandong Tigers players scored in double figures. At the losing side American point guard Jeremy Pargo (188-86, college: Gonzaga) responded with 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Polish-Swedish power forward Maciej Lampe (211-85) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Shenzhen L.: P.Jeremy 23+6reb+4ast, L.Maciej 18+11reb+1ast, M.Duo 15+3reb+1ast, Z.Kai 9+8reb, G.QuAn 7+7reb+1ast, H.ZhongMian 6+5reb+3ast
Guangdong ST: B.Carlos 27+6reb+1ast, S.Donald 23+7reb+4ast, Z.Rui 13+2reb, Z.Peng 10+6reb+2ast, Y.Jianlian 8+8reb+1ast, C.Jianghua 3+3reb+3ast
gschID: 540519


Liaoning FL - Xinjiang FT 109-107

Liaoning escaped elimination as they narrowly beat Xinjiang for the vital first win in the series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 33-25. But Xinjiang Flying Tige won second period 32-29. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Flying Leopards forced 20 Xinjiang Flying Tige turnovers. Strangely Xinjiang Flying Tige outrebounded Flying Leopards 50-36 including a 43-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Ailun Guo (192-93) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 rebounds. American Lester Hudson (190-84, college: Tenn-Martin) contributed with 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. International center Qi Zhou (217-96) replied with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 13 rebounds and American-Filipino power forward Andray Blatche (211-86) added 15 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Xinjiang Flying Tige. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Xinjiang Flying Tige's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang FT: Z.Qi 28+13reb+1ast, A.Darius 21+9reb+6ast, B.Andray 15+14reb+7ast, L.Gen 13+3reb+3ast, M.Xirelijiang 12+2reb+4ast, K.Makan 10+4reb+1ast
Liaoning FL: L.Zhixuan 25+1reb+1ast, H.Lester 23+5reb+2ast, G.Ailun 22+5reb+3ast, H.Dejun 13+12reb+2ast, Z.JiWei 10+4reb+10ast, R.Shavlik 10+5reb+5ast
gschID: 540518





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  CUBA  

LSB Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Esteban MARTINEZ
  Santiago
  (192-F-87)
  Avg: 28.4
 1. Martinez, Santiago28.4 
 2. Boffil, Villa Clara24.3 
 3. Oliva, Pinar del Rio18.9 
 4. Pons, Guantanamo18.5 
 5. Guzman, Capitalinos18.3 
 6. Molina, Matanzas15.9 
 7. Granda, Ciego d.15.5 
 8. Rivero, Capitalinos15.2 
 9. Abreu, Villa Clara14.7 
 10. Guerra, Guantanamo14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yoel CUBILLAS
  Villa Clara
  (204-C-94)
  Avg: 9
 1. Cubillas, Villa Clara9.0 
 2. Reyes, Ciego de Avila9.0 
 3. Ochoa, Santiago7.1 
 4. Alorda, Capitalinos6.6 
 5. Tito, Guantanamo6.2 
 6. Perez, Villa Clara6.1 
 7. Pons, Guantanamo5.7 
 8. Siria, Santiago5.6 
 9. Font, Capitalinos4.9 
 10. Garcia, Matanzas4.8 
Assists Per Game
 Yosiel MONTERREY
  Pinar d.
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Monterrey, Pinar d.3.7 
 2. Abreu, Villa Clara3.7 
 3. Heredia, Santiago3.6 
 4. Oliva, Pinar del Rio2.8 
 5. Martinez, Ciego d.2.4 
 6. Soltero, Capitalinos2.3 
 7. Deschapelles, Matan.2.3 
 8. Boffil, Villa Clara2.1 
 9. Molina, Matanzas2.0 
 10. Sanchez, Capitalinos1.8 
Steals Per Game
 Yosiel MONTERREY
  Pinar d.
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Monterrey, Pinar d.5.3 
 2. Oliva, Pinar del Rio5.1 
 3. Deschapelles, Matan.4.6 
 4. Perez, Villa Clara4.6 
 5. Guerra, Guantanamo4.5 
 6. Boffil, Villa Clara4.2 
 7. Soria, Guantanamo4.1 
 8. Martinez, Ciego d.3.9 
 9. Heredia, Santiago3.8 
 10. Baldo, Camaguey3.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Yoel CUBILLAS
  Villa Clara
  (204-C-94)
  Avg: 2
 1. Cubillas, Villa Clara2.0 
 2. Font, Capitalinos1.8 
 3. Ochoa, Santiago1.4 
 4. Quintana, Pinar d.1.0 
 5. Garcia, Matanzas0.9 
 6. Castellanos, Ciego d.0.9 
 7. Perez, Villa Clara0.8 
 8. Soria, Guantanamo0.6 
 9. Romero, Villa Clara0.6 
 10. Clark, Ciego de Avila0.5 


Yoel Cubillas claims Cuban LSB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

International Center Yoel Cubillas (204-C-94) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Villa Clara and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 22-year old center had the game-high 22 points adding eight rebounds and three assists for Villa Clara in his team's victory, helping them to beat Matanzas (#4, 13-7) 85-72. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Villa Clara to consolidate first place in the Cuban LSB. Villa Clara have a solid 18-3 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Cubillas as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Cubillas has impressive league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 8.4rpg. Cubillas is in league's top in and averages solid 2.0bpg,4.1spg and 58.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 33-year old swingman Elvis Pons (194-G/F-83) of Guantanamo. Pons impressed basketball fans with 25 points and 3 rebounds. Bad luck as Guantanamo lost that game 64-73 to slightly higher-ranked Camaguey (#7, 2-18). Guantanamo are still at the very bottom. 20 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Pons is a newcomer at Guantanamo and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.6ppg (#6). He also registered 5.7 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Villa Clara's star - Jorge Romero (186-G-92). Romero scored 0 points. He was another key player of Villa Clara, helping his team with a 85-72 easy win against #4 ranked Matanzas in a game of the week. Villa Clara confirms their top position in the standings. Romero has a very solid season. In 12 games in Cuba he scored 0.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jasul Rivero (203-F/C-93) of Capitalinos - 25 points
5. Diagmani Vazquez (192-SG-87) of Pinar del Rio - 16 points and 5 rebounds
6. Yuniskel Molina (185-G-93) of Matanzas - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Vanier Reyes (193-G-83) of Ciego de Avila - 8 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Osmel Oliva (178-PG-87) of Pinar del Rio - 24 points and 3 rebounds
9. Yosiel Monterrey (185-PG-88) of Pinar del Rio - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Yoisel Jimenez (180-G-89) of Camaguey - 14 points and 2 rebounds

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



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  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 Opava6.0 
 4. Lawrence, CEZ N.5.3 
 5. Simmons, Prostejov5.2 
 6. Kouril, BK Opava5.0 
 7. Glover, Usti n.4.8 
 8. Sotnar, Usti n.4.4 
 9. Ware, MMCITE B.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin WARE
  MMCITE B.
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Ware, MMCITE B.2.6 
 2. Sirina, BK Opava2.3 
 3. Sant-Roos, CEZ N.2.2 
 4. Glover, Usti n.2.1 
 5. Canada, NH Ostrava2.1 
 6. Lipkins, J.Hradec2.0 
 7. Marko, Prostejov1.8 
 8. Pulpan, BK Pardu.1.7 
 9. Burnett, BK Pardu.1.7 
 10. Bannister, Svitavy1.6 
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 


1Liga Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Petr SLECHTA
  Sokol Pisek
  (192-G/F-95)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Slechta, Sokol Pisek24.7 
 2. Svoboda, Nymburk B24.1 
 3. Peterka, Nymburk B23.5 
 4. Potocek, Pardubice22.6 
 5. Novak, Olomouc SK21.8 
 6. Fait, Sokol Pisek20.3 
 7. Honomichl, Loko Plzen19.0 
 8. Skranc, Pardubice19.0 
 9. Sebela, Sokol S.18.9 
 10. Streba, USK P.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin PETERKA
  Nymburk B
  (205-C-95)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Peterka, Nymburk B12.1 
 2. Novak, Olomouc SK10.6 
 3. Kolonicny, Havirov10.1 
 4. Klimes, Slavoj Litom.9.4 
 5. Kvapil, Opava B9.3 
 6. Bubak, Vysocina9.1 
 7. Voslajer, Zlin9.0 
 8. Pelikan, Novy Jicin8.9 
 9. Streba, USK P.8.7 
 10. Bujnoch, Opava B8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jan SOTNAR
  Slavoj L.
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Sotnar, Slavoj L.8.2 
 2. Pulpan, Pardubice5.8 
 3. Jakubu, Novy Jicin5.0 
 4. Straznicky, Vysoc.4.7 
 5. Sehnal, USK P.4.7 
 6. Pumprla, Zlin4.7 
 7. Petric, Pardubice4.7 
 8. Dragoun, Opava B4.3 
 9. Kotasek, Nymburk B4.3 
 10. Honomichl, Loko Plzen4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jiri DEDEK
  Olomouc .
  (190-SG-95)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Dedek, Olomouc .3.8 
 2. Pulpan, Pardubice3.3 
 3. Potocek, Pardubice2.5 
 4. Kozina, Zlin2.4 
 5. Nehoda, Zlin2.2 
 6. Rotrekl, Sokol S.2.2 
 7. Pumprla, Zlin2.1 
 8. Svoboda, Nymburk B2.0 
 9. Choleva, Olomouc Bbal2.0 
 10. Branda, Opava B1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Pavel ENGLICKY
  Sokol Pisek
  (210-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Englicky, Sokol Pisek2.3 
 2. Blumbergs, GBA S.1.8 
 3. Skranc, Pardubice1.6 
 4. Kolonicny, Havirov1.6 
 5. Szabo, Prostejov B1.2 
 6. Kvapil, Opava B1.1 
 7. Kozak, GBA Sparta1.1 
 8. Goga, Prostejov B1.0 
 9. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.0 
 10. Soska, Novy Jicin0.9 



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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 


Ligaen Round 30: Bakken defeat Horsholm in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Ligaen just ended.

An interesting game for Bakken (24-4) which played road game in Horsholm against 3rd ranked Horsholm (15-13). First ranked Bakken had an easy win 113-70. The game without a history. Bakken led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Horsholm's 44 and made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game, while Horsholm only scored five points from the stripe. Bakken forced 27 Horsholm turnovers and outrebounded them 46-28 including a 31-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. It was a good game for the former international swingman Thomas Laerke (195-91, agency: Blacktop Management) who led his team to a victory with 20 points. The former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Bakken's coach Jakob Freil felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Andreas Meilby (198-92) replied with 26 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for Horsholm. Bakken have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 24-4 record. Horsholm at the other side keeps the third place with 13 games lost.
The game in Copenhagen supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Horsens IC (23-5) played at the court of 6th ranked SISU (12-16). Horsens IC smashed SISU 98-61. Bosnian swingman Vedran Borovcanin (200-85) scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Will Artino chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American point guard Derrick Wilson (185-92, college: Marquette) with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Horsens IC have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 23-5 record behind leader Bakken. SISU at the other side keeps the sixth place with 16 games lost.

In the last game of round 30 Randers was beaten by Naestved on the road 90-86.

Horsholm - Bakken 70-113

An interesting game for Bakken (24-4) which played road game in Horsholm against 3rd ranked Horsholm (15-13). First ranked Bakken had an easy win 113-70. The game without a history. Bakken led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Horsholm's 44 and made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game, while Horsholm only scored five points from the stripe. Bakken forced 27 Horsholm turnovers and outrebounded them 46-28 including a 31-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. It was a good game for the former international swingman Thomas Laerke (195-91, agency: Blacktop Management) who led his team to a victory with 20 points. The former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five Bakken players scored in double figures. Bakken's coach Jakob Freil felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Andreas Meilby (198-92) replied with 26 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and power forward Asbjorn Midtgaard (210-97) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Horsholm. Bakken have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 24-4 record. Horsholm at the other side keeps the third place with 13 games lost.
Top scorers:
Horsholm: A.Meilby 26+5reb+1ast, A.Midtgaard 12+7reb+2ast, M.Nielsen 11+2ast, E.Hjorth 6+5reb+1ast, L.Carlino 5+3reb+2ast, M.Santos 3+2reb
Bakken: T.Laerke 20+3reb+3ast, A.Darboe 14+9reb+2ast, M.Gesell 13+3reb+6ast, D.Akoon-Purcell 13+3reb+4ast, S.Berg 12+7reb, M.Sahlertz 11+3reb+1ast
gschID: 489114


Naestved - Randers 90-86

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Naestved (13-15) beat at home 7th ranked Randers (10-18) 90-86. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Randers were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Nigerian forward Patrick Onwenu (198-93, college: Alcorn St.) scored 29 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Guamanian-American guard Earnest Ross (196-91, college: Missouri) chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Four Naestved players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American-Belizean point guard Charles Burgess (186-84, college: Texas Tech) with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and the former international swingman Chris Nielsen (193-85) scored 21 points and 4 assists. Randers' coach Morten Hansen tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Naestved moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Svendborg. Randers at the other side keep the seventh position with 18 games lost.
Top scorers:
Randers: C.Burgess 24+10reb+3ast, C.Nielsen 21+4reb+4ast, B.Colas 16+8reb+2ast, S.Carter 8+6reb+2ast, E.Kibi 8+11reb, M.Mouboe 4+3reb
Naestved: P.Onwenu 29+7reb+1ast, M.Lanegger 14+4reb+2ast, E.Ross 12+10reb+2ast, P.Nolan 11+8reb+1ast, D.Mitchell 7+3reb+2ast, D.Daly 6+3reb
gschID: 489113


SISU - Horsens IC 61-98

The game in Copenhagen supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Horsens IC (23-5) played at the court of 6th ranked SISU (12-16). Horsens IC smashed SISU 98-61. Horsens IC dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to SISU's 40. Horsens IC had a 34-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. Bosnian swingman Vedran Borovcanin (200-85) scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American power forward Will Artino (211-92, college: Creighton) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Five Horsens IC players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American point guard Derrick Wilson (185-92, college: Marquette) with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international guard Anders Haas (185-92, college: Barry) 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. Horsens IC have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 23-5 record behind leader Bakken. SISU at the other side keeps the sixth place with 16 games lost.
Top scorers:
SISU: D.Wilson 18+5reb+5ast, A.Haas 13+3reb+1ast, A.Touray 9+1reb+4ast, T.McGrew 7+5reb+2ast, A.Baru 6+10reb, K.Dranginis 6+4reb+1ast
Horsens IC: V.Borovcanin 19+5reb+4ast, W.Artino 17+9reb+2ast, G.Lundberg 14+3reb+5ast, M.Mack 13+6reb+6ast, D.Trist 10+10reb, M.Mornar 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 489115





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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: 9.2
 1. Magette, Los A.9.2 
 2. Stone, Ft.Wayne MA8.9 
 3. McGrath, Long I.8.9 
 4. Pressey, Santa C.8.1 
 5. Marshall, Reno B.8.0 
 6. VanVleet, Raptors .7.5 
 7. Jackson, Texas L.7.5 
 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. Pressey, Santa C.2.1 
 6. Payton-II, Rio G.2.1 
 7. Harris, Texas L.2.0 
 8. Patterson, Reno B.2.0 
 9. Smith, Delaware.2.0 
 10. Fells, Westches.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Stephane LASME
  Texas L.
  (203-C-82)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Lasme, Texas L.4.1 
 2. Diallo, Greensboro S.2.9 
 3. Moreland, Canton C.2.6 
 4. Papagiannis, Reno B.2.6 
 5. Wood, Greensbo.2.6 
 6. Tavares, Raptors .2.5 
 7. Benson, Sioux F.2.4 
 8. Obekpa, Santa C.2.4 
 9. Davis, N.Arizona S.2.1 
 10. Hammons, Texas L.2.0 


RGV Vipers get rid of the Blues - by Eurobasket News

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers (27-16), NBA D-League affiliate of the Houston Rockets, were able to defeat Oklahoma City Blue (30-15) for the first time this season by a score of 125-110. RGV's Isaiah Taylor led both teams in scoring with 26 points. Gary Payton II had a double-double with 15 rebounds and 18 points. Dakari Johnson led Oklahoma City Blue with 23 points. The Rio Grande Valley Vipers shot at a 56.3 percent from the field. Isaiah Taylor, on assignment from the Houston Rockets, started the game with the hot hand. Taylor shot four from six for a total of 11 points. After six lead changes, the Vipers were able to finish the opening quarter on top of the Blue by a five-point margin, 29-24. Although Oklahoma City Blue weren't able to regain the lead, they were able to finish the first half behind by one point. Dez Wells scored 13 points in the second quarter coming out of the bench. Nine of those points came from beyond the three-point line. Heralded by Darius Morris and Isaiah Taylor, the Vipers started to find separation from their opponent. Taylor scored 13 points in the third while Morris added another 10 to extend the Vipers' lead to double-digits. After Xavier Henry's score, Oklahoma City Blue were able to cut down the Vipers' lead to just two points with 8:08 left in the game. Troy Williams was able to regain the Viper's double-digit lead after hitting three consecutive three-pointers. Williams' 17 points in the final quarter helped the Vipers seal the 125-110 win over the Blue. The Rio Grande Valley Vipers will have a quick turn around as they face Northern Arizona Suns on Friday and Sunday.
Courtesy of: oursportscentral.com



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  EGYPT  


Kenya men routed 86-47 by Egypt - relegated to caliber of Somalia - by Eurobasket News

Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi now the countries challenging Egypt for top honours in Fiba Zone 5 African basketball. KENYA men were bundled out of the Zone 5 AfroBasket 2017 qualifiers in Cairo on Wednesday evening, their severe 86-47 rout by home team Egypt underlining the very low standards of the Kenyan sport. The team thus lost all their Group 'A' matches of the championships; earlier defeats being an emphatic 76-60 by Rwanda and a shocking 66-68 loss to South Sudan who were playing their first international tournament. Kenya have now been relegated to classification play-offs condemning them to the caliber of Somalia whom coach Carey Odhiambo 's men play next in the non-consequential 'rubber' on Friday. Meanwhile, semi-finalists include Uganda who were unbeaten in Group 'B', Rwanda who were runners-up to Egypt in Group 'A' and Burundi who were second in a three-team Group 'B'. The two teams in the final will earn places in the AfroBasket 2017 men's championship in Brazzaville, Congo (August 19-30). Being overtaken by Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda just questions the future of Kenya's men's basketball. After matches in the three-team round-robin event for women, Egypt beat both Uganda (86-56) and Kenya (87-62) to top the table and earn the single place to the AfroBasket 2017, Mali (September 15-24). Kenya's win for a second place was a 70-41 upset of Uganda. Fixtures indicate return matches but in any case, Egypt have already booked their place in the African championships.
Courtesy of: voiceofsports.net



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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. Jarvelainen, TTU17.1 
 6. van-der-Mars, Rap.17.1 
 7. Bubalo, Parnu16.3 
 8. Strupovics, Valga15.7 
 9. Post, Tarvas15.5 
 10. Seskus, Parnu14.7 
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. Jois, Tartu Ulikool8.3 
 5. Jarvelainen, TTU8.3 
 6. Soodla, Noorteliiga7.8 
 7. Jurkatamm, Noorteli.7.6 
 8. Milka, Tartu Ulikool7.4 
 9. Lips, Tarvas7.3 
 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. Bratoz, Rapla3.9 
 7. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.9 
 8. Okereafor, Parnu3.8 
 9. Post, Tarvas3.7 
 10. Paiste, Tarvas3.7 
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, Tarvas1.8 
 5. Kabin, Parnu1.8 
 6. Sutt, Parnu1.7 
 7. Harper, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 8. Thomas, Tartu Ulikool1.6 
 9. Kaldre, Rapla1.6 
 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. Bubalo, Parnu0.8 
 6. Marshall, TL.0.8 
 7. Raadik, TTU0.8 
 8. Lips, Tarvas0.8 
 9. Tollefsen, Kalev/Cr.0.8 
 10. van-der-Mars, Rap.0.7 



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  EUROCUP  


Round 2 of Semi-Finals. Unicaja are the first finalists - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja - Lokomotiv 74-63

Unicaja overcame Lokomotiv at home court to sweep the semifinal series. The game was mostly controlled by Unicaja Malaga. Lokomotiv managed to win second period 13-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 27 personal fouls committed by Lokomotiv helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Serbian point guard Nemanja Nedovic (191-91, agency: BeoBasket) scored 21 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American point guard Kyle Fogg (190-90, college: Arizona) chipped in 16 points during the contest. American forward Kevin Jones (206-89, college: W.Virginia) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and guard Evgenii Baburin (190-87) scored 12 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Unicaja: N.Nedovic 21+1reb+4ast, K.Fogg 16+3reb+2ast, A.Omic 10+6reb, D.Diez 9+3reb, J.Brooks 7+6reb, C.Suarez 6+6reb+1ast
Lokomotiv: K.Jones 17+10reb, E.Baburin 12+2reb+1ast, M.Janning 9+2ast, T.Rochestie 7+1reb+5ast, I.Vougioukas 6+8reb, M.Collins 5+3reb+5ast
gschID: 539534


Hapoel J-M - Valencia 79-66

Hapoel Jerusalem outgunned Valencia to force the decisive third game in the series. The hosts were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 4-point deficit before their 26-9 run, which allowed them to win the game. Hapoel Jerusalem made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Hapoel Jerusalem especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American point guard Curtis Jerrells (185-87, college: Baylor, agency: Stealth Sport) notched 17 points and 5 assists to lead the effort and the other American import swingman Tarence Kinsey (202-84, college: S.Carolina) supported him with 18 points. Even 22 points and 5 rebounds by guard Rafael Martinez (190-82) did not help to save the game for Valencia Basket. Montenegrin Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket) added 5 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Valencia Basket's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: T.Kinsey 18+2reb+2ast, C.Jerrells 17+4reb+5ast, Y.Halperin 11+3reb+3ast, A.Stoudemire 9+8reb, B.Timor 8+2reb, T.Peterson 7+4reb+3ast
Valencia: R.Martinez 22+5reb+1ast, P.Oriola 12+2reb+1ast, W.Thomas 10+3reb, F.San Emeterio 7+3reb+1ast, B.Dubljevic 5+9reb+1ast, L.Sikma 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 539535





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  EUROLEAGUE  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith LANGFORD
  Unics
  (193-SG-83)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Langford, Unics22.5 
 2. De-Colo, CS.20.3 
 3. Goudelock, Maccabi .17.3 
 4. Llull, Real Madrid16.2 
 5. Teodosic, CSKA15.8 
 6. Wanamaker, Darussaf.15.4 
 7. Heurtel, Anadolu .13.8 
 8. Rice, FC Barcelona13.5 
 9. Jankunas, Zalgiris13.3 
 10. Brown, Anadolu .13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicolo MELLI
  Brose Bask.
  (205-PF-91)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Melli, Brose Bask.7.6 
 2. Zizic, Darussafaka7.6 
 3. Voigtmann, Basko.7.5 
 4. Udoh, Fenerbahce7.4 
 5. Kuzmic, Crvena Z.7.4 
 6. Honeycutt, Anadolu .7.1 
 7. Birch, Olympiacos6.5 
 8. Dunston, Anadolu .6.3 
 9. Dorsey, FC Barce.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, Olympiacos6.1 
 4. Heurtel, Anadolu .6.1 
 5. Jovic, Crvena Z.5.9 
 6. Larkin, Baskonia5.8 
 7. Colom, Unics5.8 
 8. Calathes, Panathin.5.7 
 9. Guler, Galatasaray5.5 
 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. Paul, Anadolu Efes1.4 
 6. Wilbekin, Darussafaka1.4 
 7. Guler, Galatasaray1.3 
 8. Lazic, Crvena Z.1.3 
 9. Hanga, Baskonia1.3 
 10. Larkin, Baskonia1.3 
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. Dunston, Anadolu .1.2 
 5. Pleiss, Galatasaray1.1 
 6. Singleton, Panathin.1.1 
 7. Randolph, Real Madrid1.0 
 8. Kirk, Anadolu Efes1.0 
 9. Birch, Olympiacos1.0 
 10. Honeycutt, Anadolu .1.0 


Recap of Round 26 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Baskonia - CSKA 79-78

Round 26 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Russian CSKA (19-7). They were edged by seventh ranked Spanish Baskonia (15-11) 79-78 on Friday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of CSKA. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-14. But CSKA won second period 19-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Baskonia dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to CSKA's 36. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Georgian forward Tornike Shengelia (206-91) scored 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Hungarian Adam Hanga (199-89, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 15 points and 4 blocks during the contest. Four Baskonia players scored in double figures. French Nando De Colo (196-87) responded with 22 points and 6 assists and Serbian point guard Milos Teodosic (195-87) scored 19 points and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Baskonia have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Panathinaikos and Crvena Zvezda. Defending Russian champion CSKA still keeps top position with seven games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Real Madrid who have the same record. CSKA will play next round against Darussafaka trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Baskonia will try to continue on its current victory against twelfth ranked Brose Baskets in Bamberg.
Top scorers:
Baskonia: A.Hanga 15+2reb+2ast, S.Larkin 12+2reb+3ast, K.Tillie 11+1reb+1ast, J.Voigtmann 10+7reb+1ast, C.Budinger 10+2reb, T.Shengelia 9+6reb+5ast
CSKA: N.De Colo 22+1reb+6ast, M.Teodosic 19+2reb+6ast, K.Hines 9+10reb, A.Vorontsevich 7+2reb, V.Khryapa 6+4reb+1ast, J.Augustine 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 473879


Unics - Zalgiris 80-82

Fifteenth-ranked Russian Unics Kazan (7-19) gave a tough game to tenth ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris (12-14). The visitors from Kaunas managed to secure only two-point victory 82-80. However their fans expected much easier game. Unics Kazan was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 22-17 third quarter run of Zalgiris. 25 personal fouls committed by Unics Kazan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Paulius Jankunas (205-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Point guard Lukas Lekavicius (180-94) contributed with 10 points and 5 assists for the winners. Zalgiris' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) replied with 27 points and Spanish point guard Joaquin Colom (188-88, college: Forca Lleida, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists in the effort for Unics Kazan. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending Lithuanian champion maintains tenth position with 12-14 record. Unics Kazan lost ninth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with 19 games lost. Zalgiris' next round opponent will be higher ranked Anadolu Efes (#8) in Istanbul and it may be quite challenging game. Unics Kazan will play on the road against Galatasaray (#13) in Istanbul and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: P.Jankunas 21+7reb+3ast, L.Westermann 12+2reb+3ast, L.Lekavicius 10+2reb+5ast, B.Motum 10+2reb+1ast, A.Kavaliauskas 10+3reb, A.Lima 9+3reb+1ast
Unics: K.Langford 27+1reb+2ast, A.Parakhouski 15+3reb+1ast, J.Colom 14+5reb+10ast, L.Williams 12+6reb, M.Banic 6+2reb, P.Antipov 3+1reb
gschID: 473881


Olympiacos - Galatasaray 71-80

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Greek Olympiacos (18-8) against fourteenth ranked Turkish Galatasaray (9-17) on Friday night. Host Olympiacos were defeated by Galatasaray in a tough game in Athens 71-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Olympiacos. The guests trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back getting tie in the second period and winning the second half and won the game by 9 points. It was a great shooting night for Galatasaray especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 62.5 percentage. The best player for the winners was Serbian forward Vladimir Micov (201-85, agency: BeoBasket) who scored 18 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Sinan Guler (192-83, college: Carroll, MT, agency: 1x1 Sports) chipped in 8 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Georgios Printezis (204-85, agency: Octagon Europe) produced 14 points and 8 rebounds and American point guard Erick Green (190-91, college: Virginia Tech) added 14 points respectively for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Galatasaray moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Brose Bask. and Maccabi T-A. Defending Greek champion Olympiacos keep the third position with eight games lost. Galatasaray will meet at home bottom-ranked Unics Kazan (#16) in the next round. Olympiacos will play against Crvena Zvezda (#5) in Beograd and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Galatasaray: V.Micov 18+5reb+5ast, A.Tyus 14+5reb+1ast, G.Koksal 13+2reb+2ast, S.Guler 8+5reb+8ast, A.Daye 8+3reb, T.Pleiss 6+2reb
Olympiacos: G.Printezis 14+8reb, E.Green 14+4reb+2ast, K.Papanikolaou 7+6reb+1ast, K.Birch 7+6reb+1ast, V.Spanoulis 7+1reb+3ast, N.Milutinov 6+7reb+2ast
gschID: 473880


Darussafaka - FC Barcelona 67-56

Ninth ranked Turkish Darussafaka (13-13) beat at home 11th ranked Spanish FC Barcelona (10-16) by 11 points 67-56, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 21-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 67-56. Croatian power forward Ante Zizic (210-97, agency: BeoBasket) had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Scottie Wilbekin (188-93, college: Florida) chipped in 11 points and 5 assists during the contest. Greek Stratos Perperoglou (203-84) responded with 16 points and 5 rebounds and Croatian center Ante Tomic (217-87, agency: XL Basketball Agency) scored 8 points and 9 rebounds. FC Barcelona's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Darussafaka maintains ninth position with 13-13 record. FC Barcelona at the other side keeps the eleventh place with 16 games lost. Darussafaka will face league's second-placed CSKA in Moscow in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. FC Barcelona will play on the road against the league's leader Real Madrid (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Darussafaka: W.Clyburn 15+5reb, S.Wilbekin 11+4reb+5ast, A.Zizic 10+13reb, B.Batuk 8+8reb+1ast, L.Harangody 7+1reb, B.Wanamaker 7+2reb+4ast
FC Barcelona: S.Perperoglou 16+5reb+2ast, A.Tomic 8+9reb+2ast, V.Claver 8+3reb+2ast, T.Rice 7+2reb+4ast, P.Koponen 4, A.Renfroe 3+1reb
gschID: 473878


EA7 Armani - Crvena Zvezda 71-78

Very expected game when 16th ranked Italian Armani Milano (7-19) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Serbian Crvena Zvezda (15-11) 78-71 on Thursday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-10. But Armani Milano won second period 21-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Crvena Zvezda made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Armani Milano was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Bosnian-Serbian center Ognjen Kuzmic (213-90) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Marko Guduric (196-95, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 12 points and 5 assists during the contest. Four Crvena Zvezda players scored in double figures. Crvena Zvezda's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Power forward Davide Pascolo (201-90) responded with 11 points and 7 rebounds and American-Georgian guard Richard Hickman (189-85, college: NC-Greensboro) scored 14 points. Defending Serbian champion moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Panathinaikos and Baskonia. Armani Milano lost fifth consecutive game. Defending Italian champion dropped to the fifteenth position with 19 games lost. Crvena Zvezda will face higher ranked Olympiacos (#3) in Athens in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Armani Milano will play on the road against Panathinaikos (#6) in Athens and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: O.Kuzmic 15+7reb, M.Simonovic 13+4reb, M.Guduric 12+3reb+5ast, C.Jenkins 11+2reb, M.Bjelica 9+3reb+1ast, N.Wolters 8+1reb+2ast
EA7 Armani: R.Hickman 14+1reb+3ast, R.Sanders 12+3reb, D.Pascolo 11+7reb+1ast, J.McLean 9+6reb+2ast, M.Macvan 8+2reb, A.Cinciarini 7+5reb+4ast
gschID: 473876


Brose Bask. - Fenerbahce 78-83

Very predictable result in Bamberg where fourth ranked Turkish Fenerbahce (17-9) defeated 12th ranked German Brose Baskets (9-17) 83-78 on Thursday. Brose Baskets trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 22-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 78-83 at the end of the game. Fenerbahce made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Fenerbahce made 8 blocks. Brose Baskets were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Turkish point guard Bobby Dixon (178-83, college: Troy, agency: BeoBasket) scored 26 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Italian forward Luigi Datome (203-87) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Greek guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 15 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and American guard Darius Miller (202-90, college: Kentucky) scored 14 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Defending Turkish champion maintains fourth position with 17-9 record. Defending German champion Brose Baskets keep the twelfth place with 17 games lost. Fenerbahce will face Maccabi T-A (#14) in Tel-Aviv in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Brose Baskets will play at home against Baskonia and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Fenerbahce: B.Dixon 26+6reb+1ast, L.Datome 16+5reb+1ast, E.Udoh 12+5reb+4ast, J.Vesely 9+6reb+3ast, J.Nunnally 8+1reb+4ast, N.Kalinic 7+1reb+1ast
Brose Bask.: N.Zisis 15+1reb+3ast, F.Causeur 15+2reb+1ast, D.Miller 14+2reb+3ast, J.McNeal 9+3reb+1ast, D.Theis 8+5reb+1ast, V.Veremeenko 5+2reb
gschID: 473875


Panathinaikos - Real Madrid 88-82

Leading Spanish Real Madrid (19-7) recorded its seventh loss in Athens. Visitors were defeated by sixth ranked Greek Panathinaikos (15-11) 88-82. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Strangely Real Madrid outrebounded Panathinaikos 38-26 including 24 on the defensive glass. American forward Chris Singleton (206-89, college: Florida St.) notched 21 points and 9 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) to lead the effort and the other American import point guard Mike James (185-90, college: Lamar) supported him with 14 points. Even 13 points and 9 rebounds by American power forward Anthony Randolph (211-89, college: LSU) did not help to save the game for Real Madrid. Liberian-American power forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee Services) added 10 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panathinaikos moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Baskonia and Crvena Zvezda. Defending Spanish champion Real Madrid still keeps top position with seven games lost. They share it with CSKA. Panathinaikos will play against Armani Milano (#15) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Real Madrid will play against FC Barcelona (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Panathinaikos: C.Singleton 21+9reb+1ast, J.Feldeine 14+1reb+1ast, M.James 14+3reb+3ast, K.Rivers 13+3reb, J.Gist 11+4reb, N.Calathes 5+2reb+5ast
Real Madrid: A.Randolph 13+9reb, G.Ayon 12+4reb+1ast, S.Llull 10+1reb+8ast, O.Hunter 10+8reb+1ast, L.Doncic 10+2reb+1ast, R.Fernandez 8+4ast
gschID: 473877


Anadolu Efes - Maccabi T-A 92-87

Not a big story in a game in Istanbul where 13th ranked Israeli Maccabi T-A (9-17) was defeated by eighth ranked Turkish Anadolu Efes (14-12) 92-87 on Thursday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 26-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Maccabi T-A was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Uruguayan-Italian guard Jayson Granger (189-89) scored 22 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and French guard Thomas Heurtel (189-89, agency: BeoBasket) chipped in 18 points and 8 assists during the contest. Granger is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Anadolu Efes players scored in double figures. American forward Victor Rudd (205-91, college: S.Florida) responded with 23 points and American-Israeli swingman Sylven Landesberg (198-90, college: Virginia) scored 20 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Anadolu Efes maintains eighth position with 14-12 record. Loser Maccabi T-A dropped to the twelfth place with 17 games lost. Anadolu Efes will face Zalgiris (#10) in Kaunas in the next round. Maccabi T-A will play on the road against Fenerbahce in Istanbul and hope to win that game.
Top scorers:
Anadolu Efes: J.Granger 22+4reb+4ast, T.Heurtel 18+3reb+8ast, B.Dunston 13+12reb+1ast, D.Brown 12+5reb+3ast, C.Osman 8+4reb, T.Honeycutt 6+4reb
Maccabi T-A: V.Rudd 23+4reb+1ast, S.Landesberg 20+2reb+2ast, D.Smith 10+2reb+1ast, G.Mekel 9+4reb+8ast, D.Seeley 7+3reb+3ast, C.Iverson 7+8reb
gschID: 473874





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  FINLAND  

Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Jamal JONES
  Lapua
  (203-G-93)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Jones, Lapua22.4 
 2. Scott, KTP Basket21.6 
 3. Gay, KTP Basket20.1 
 4. Pledger, Kouvot19.8 
 5. Brown, Kataja B.18.8 
 6. Hollins, Kauhajoki18.0 
 7. Morris, Lapua17.3 
 8. Holsey, Kauhajoki16.4 
 9. Bullock, Pyrinto16.1 
 10. Cowels-III, Helsink.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Korihait
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 11
 1. Van, Korihait11.0 
 2. Buckles, Kouvot9.7 
 3. Judge, Pyrinto9.3 
 4. Pratt, KTP Basket8.8 
 5. Kaunisto, Kouvot8.7 
 6. Coleman, Salon Vilpas8.6 
 7. Williams, Lapua8.1 
 8. Bullock, Pyrinto7.9 
 9. Williams, Salon V.7.8 
 10. Johnson, Kataja B.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Antto NIKKARINEN
  Helsinki.
  (185-PG-91)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Nikkarinen, Helsinki.7.3 
 2. Rannikko, Kataja B.7.2 
 3. Pratt, KTP Basket6.8 
 4. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki5.9 
 5. Jalonen, Korihait4.5 
 6. Edwards, Lapua4.5 
 7. Williams, Lapua4.4 
 8. Appleby, Kouvot4.3 
 9. Hirvonen, Kouvot4.3 
 10. Minard, Pyrinto4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel MULLINGS
  Kataja B.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Mullings, Kataja B.2.4 
 2. Pratt, KTP Basket2.1 
 3. Hollins, Kauhajoki1.9 
 4. Horne, Kouvot1.9 
 5. Minard, Pyrinto1.8 
 6. Sarcevic, Kauhajoki1.7 
 7. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.6 
 8. Sanders, BC Nokia1.6 
 9. Duren, BC Nokia1.4 
 10. Rannikko, Kataja B.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Kervin BRISTOL
  Kataja B.
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Bristol, Kataja B.1.9 
 2. Gay, KTP Basket1.9 
 3. Alexander, BC Nokia1.7 
 4. Johnson, Kataja B.1.3 
 5. Van, Korihait1.1 
 6. Judge, Pyrinto1.1 
 7. Bailey, KTP Basket1.0 
 8. Coleman, Salon Vilpas1.0 
 9. Edwards, Salon Vilpas0.9 
 10. Barrett, BC Nokia0.9 


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.11.0 
 9. Knihtinen, Korikouvot10.4 
 10. Bratton, Namika Lr10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Janne KINNUNEN
  Karkkila
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Kinnunen, Karkkila6.7 
 2. Upchurch, HyPo5.3 
 3. Salonen, Porvoon .5.2 
 4. Innamaa, TuNM.5.2 
 5. Ivey, Espoo United5.1 
 6. Kantonen, Korik.4.6 
 7. Kilpinen, Pyrin.4.5 
 8. Ikavalko, Lahti4.4 
 9. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.4.4 
 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. Bratton, Namika Lr2.4 
 6. Nikkarinen, HBA-M.2.4 
 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. Reed, FoKoPo1.5 
 4. Young, Pyrinto II1.5 
 5. Harvey, Oulun N.1.4 
 6. Ekimov, JyWe1.4 
 7. Rainamaa, PuHu J.1.4 
 8. Fields, Lahti1.3 
 9. Polla, HBA-Marsky1.2 
 10. Harris, Ura Basket1.1 



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Romeo Travis' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among FYR Macedonians playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Romeo Travis
Romeo Travis
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced international power forward Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron, currently plays in France). Travis was the major contributor in a Strasbourg IG's victory against the closely-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (16-6) 67-58 in the French ProA last Sunday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Travis also added and 3 steals. Strasbourg IG (13-9) is placed sixth in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Travis' first season with the team. This year he averages: 8.3ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 45.3%, 3FGP: 16.7% and FT: 78.6%. Travis is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team. Strangely Travis has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Pero Antic
Pero Antic
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Pero Antic (211-82, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague). He could not help Fenerbahce (17-9) to beat Baskonia (14-11). Antic recorded 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 12 minutes. Fenerbahce lost 74-79 at home to the lower-ranked (#7) Baskonia. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Antic's overall stats are: 4.7ppg, 2.4rpg, 2FGP: 36.0%, 3FGP: 34.4% and FT: 82.1% in 23 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian. Antic played for the FYR Macedonian national team in 2015.

Marko Dujkovic
Marko Dujkovic
   #3. The FYR Macedonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Marko Dujkovic (226-90, currently plays in Serbia). He led Metalac to a victory over the closely-ranked Sloga (7-13) 95-83 in the Serbian KLS in Saturday night's game. Dujkovic was MVP of the game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 12 rebounds. Metalac Farmakom Valjevo (10-10) is placed ninth in the KLS. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Dujkovic's total stats this season are: 7.7ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.1bpg, 2FGP: 64.7%(55-85) and FT: 72.9%. He is another player who holds two passports: Bosnia and Herzegovina and FYR Macedonian. Dujkovic is also a member of the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

Bo McCalebb
Bo McCalebb
   #4. Point guard Bo McCalebb (178-85, college: New Orleans, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Sevilla (7-15) 89-70 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. He scored 8 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 17 minutes. Herbalife Gran Canaria (15-8) is placed seventh in the Liga Endesa. It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row. McCalebb has relatively good stats this year: 10.1ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.6apg in 23 games. He is a naturalized American. McCalebb used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team back in 2015. Apparently he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Marques Green
Marques Green
   #5. Former international point guard Marques Green (165-82, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in Italy) managed to help Scandone Avellino to win against the eighth-ranked Grissin Bon RE (11-11) 90-89 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. Green recorded only 2 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals. Scandone Avellino (14-8) is placed third in the Serie A. Green's total stats this season are: 6.7ppg, 2.5rpg, 4.5apg and 1.5spg. He is a naturalized American. Green used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team seven years ago. Interesting that he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Richard Hendrix
Richard Hendrix
   #6. Power forward Richard Hendrix (203-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: Alabama, currently plays in Spain) is a teammate of previously mentioned Bo McCalebb and both played together in the last Spanish Liga Endesa game. Hendrix contributed to an easy victory against the 14th-ranked Sevilla (7-15) 89-70. He scored only 4 points in 8 minutes on the court. This year Hendrix's total stats are: 7.1ppg, 4.5rpg and 1.2apg in 21 games. He is a naturalized American. Hendrix is a former international player as he played for the FYR Macedonian senior team two years ago. However he has never played in FYR Macedonia.

Jeremiah Massey
Jeremiah Massey
   #7. Former international forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, agency: Diamond Sports, college: Kansas St., currently plays in Argentina) contributed to a Libertad Sunchales' victory against the fourth-ranked Instituto (23-18) 86-77 in the Argentinian LigaA last Friday. Massey scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Libertad Sunchales (19-19) is placed seventh in Norte group. This season Massey has relatively solid stats: 12.4ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.6apg and 1.6spg. He is a naturalized American. Massey used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team eight years ago. He played also for KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom in FYR Macedonian league.

Aleksandar Kostoski
Aleksandar Kostoski
   #8. Point guard Aleksandar Kostoski (186-88, currently plays in Romania) was not able to help Pitesti (10-12) in their last game. Despite Kostoski's good performance the sixth-placed Pitesti (10-12) lost 76-86 on their home court in Pitesti to the higher-ranked (#4) Oradea in the Places 1-6 group. He recorded 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 27 minutes. It was Pitesti's third consecutive loss in a row. Kostoski has reliable stats this year: 13.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 5.4apg and 1.3spg in 14 games. He plays currently for the FYR Macedonian national team.

Vojdan Stojanovski
Vojdan Stojanovski
   #9. International guard Vojdan Stojanovski (194-87, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Bo McCalebb in the Spanish Liga Endesa last game. Stojanovski was not able to secure a victory for Sevilla (7-15) in their game against Gran Canaria (15-8). He scored 5 points. Sevilla was badly defeated 89-70 on their home court in Sevilla by the much higher-ranked Gran Canaria (#7). It was Sevilla's seventh consecutive loss in a row. Stojanovski averaged so far 12.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.3apg. He is also in the roster of the FYR Macedonian national team.

Predrag Samardziski
Predrag Samardziski
   #10. Center Predrag Samardziski (215-86, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League) helped his Serbian team Mega Leks win their game against the tenth-ranked Karpos Sokoli (10-16) 82-69 in the ABA League last Saturday. Samardziski scored only 3 points in 8 minutes on the court. BC Mega Leks (11-15) is placed sixth in the ABA League. The Regular Season already ended in the ABA League. Samardziski has averaged so far 2.5ppg and 2.0rpg in two games. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the FYR Macedonian senior national team.

   #11. Former international center Oliver Dvojakovski (204-97, currently plays in Spain) helped Betanzos win their game against the 13th-ranked Vigo VGO 79-66 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) in Sunday night's game. Dvojakovski scored 8 points and had 3 steals in 22 minutes. Dvojakovski has averaged so far 5.0ppg and 4.0rpg in 20 games. He used to play for the FYR Macedonian national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Cedi Osman (204-F-95, currently plays in Euroleague) could not help Anadolu Efes (14-12) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Anadolu Efes was badly defeated 87-68 at home by the lower-ranked (#12) Brose Baskets. Osman was the top scorer with 15 points. He also added 7 rebounds in 26 minutes. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Osman's fourth season with the team. This year Osman averages: 7.8ppg and 2.9rpg in 26 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Turkish.

   #2. Dino Radoncic (202-F-99, currently plays in Spain) led Real Madrid II to a victory over the eighth-ranked CBA Gran Canaria B (13-10) 70-51 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) on Saturday night. Radoncic was the best player in that game. He scored 19 points. Real Madrid II (18-5) is placed third in Group B. It was his team's ninth consecutive victory in a row. Radoncic averaged so far 15.0ppg, 5.5rpg and 2.3apg. He is another player who holds two passports: FYR Macedonian and Montenegrin.



Janevski's 29 points and 7 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

28-year old forward Marjan Janevski (203-F-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for second-ranked Kumanovo and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1 (Second Stage).
He had the game-high 29 points adding seven rebounds for Kumanovo in his team's victory, helping them to beat Kozuv (#4, 0-1), Second Stage bottom-ranked team 108-103. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Kumanovo is placed at 2nd position in FYR Macedonian league. But it's just the very beginning of the Second Stage and Kumanovo won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Janevski had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Kumanovo, through which he has constantly improved.

Second best performed player last round was Dime Tasovski (200-F-80) of Rabotnicki. He is former international forward in his first season at Rabotnicki. In the last game Tasovski recorded impressive 37 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Rabotnicki was edged by Karpos Sokoli (1-0) 94-90. The Second Stage is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Tasovski is a newcomer at Rabotnicki and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.3ppg (#5). He also registered 4.2 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Kenyon McNeaill (185-PG-91) of Kozuv (#4). McNeaill got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for nine assists. Despite McNeaill's great performance Kozuv lost 103-108 to #2 ranked Kumanovo. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. Kozuv can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. McNeaill has individually a great season in FYR Macedonia. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.7ppg (2nd best) and assists with 4.5apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Devin Brooks (186-G-92) of Ohrid AV - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Kendrick Perry (183-PG-92) of Karpos Sokoli - 12 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84) of Kumanovo - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) of Rabotnicki - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Vladimir Brckov (200-F-89) of Strumica - 18 points and 8 rebounds
9. Djordje Drenovac (201-G/F-92) of MZT Skopje - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Larry Hall (190-G-83) of Kozuv - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Christopher Anderson claims Georgian A League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Christopher Anderson (170-PG-92) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's second-best Hyundai-TSU and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com A League Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 24-year old playmaker had the game-high 24 points adding five rebounds and six assists for Hyundai-TSU in his team's victory, helping them to beat BC Titebi (#4, 4-4) 84-75. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Hyundai-TSU maintains the 2nd position in Georgian A League. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Hyundai-TSU will need more victories to improve their 5-2 record. In the team's last game Anderson had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Hyundai-TSU's top player in his first season with the team. University of San Diego graduate has very impressive stats this year. Anderson is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 7.9apg) and averages solid 3.1spg and 57.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American forward Travante Williams (197-F-93, agency: Duran International) of Tskaltubo. Williams impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 29 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Tskaltubo lost that game 67-75 to the higher-ranked DELTA (#1, 5-2). This loss caused Tskaltubo to drop to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Williams is a newcomer at Tskaltubo and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 32.3ppg (#1). He also registered 10.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Laron Griffin (205-C-89) of top-ranked DELTA. Griffin scored 15 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of DELTA, leading his team to a 75-67 win against the lower-ranked Tskaltubo (#5, 4-4). DELTA confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 2 lost games. Griffin has a great season in Georgia. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.4rpg (5th best). He also has 2.1bpg and FGP: 52.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. George Korsantia (203-F/C-98) of Hyundai-TSU - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Tato Chachibaia (201-F-90) of Arena-76 - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Armani Flannigan (203-F-92) of BC Titebi - 20 points and 12 rebounds
7. Rodnerius Lewis (193-G-93) of Arena-76 - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Deondre Ray (196-SF) of DELTA - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ryan Aaron (190-G-91) of BC Titebi - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Christopher Gabriel (210-C-88) of Hyundai-TSU - 22 points and 6 rebounds

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



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Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Raymar MORGAN
  Ratiopharm
  (203-F/C-88)
  Avg: 19
 1. Morgan, Ratiopharm19.0 
 2. Knight, Jena18.7 
 3. Kikanovic, ALBA16.5 
 4. Odum, Wuerzburg16.0 
 5. Thompson, Telekom .15.9 
 6. Qvale, EWE Baskets15.8 
 7. Babb, Ratiopharm15.7 
 8. Ruoff, Goettingen15.7 
 9. Paulding, EWE B.15.6 
 10. Lewis, Bayreuth15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Owen KLASSEN
  Phoenix .
  (208-C/F-91)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Klassen, Phoenix .7.8 
 2. Plaisted, Phoenix .7.3 
 3. Cooley, Ludwigsb.7.2 
 4. Eatherton, Goett.7.2 
 5. Pierre, Braunsch.7.1 
 6. McGhee, Walter T.6.9 
 7. Marei, Bayreuth6.7 
 8. Morgan, Ratiopharm6.7 
 9. Searcy, Vechta6.6 
 10. Knight, Jena6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Walter T.
  (187-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Jordan, Walter T.8.3 
 2. Machado, Vechta8.2 
 3. Kramer, EWE B.6.6 
 4. Bell, Phoenix Hagen6.1 
 5. Hobbs, Ratiopharm5.9 
 6. Odum, Wuerzburg5.8 
 7. Siva, ALBA5.4 
 8. Hammonds, Ludwigsb.5.0 
 9. Sanders, Goettingen4.8 
 10. Ruoff, Goettingen4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Quantez ROBERTSON
  Fraport .
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Robertson, Fraport .2.7 
 2. Kramer, EWE B.2.5 
 3. Machado, Vechta2.0 
 4. Ruoff, Goettingen1.8 
 5. Scrubb, Giessen .1.8 
 6. Diggs, Bremerhaven1.8 
 7. Hobbs, Ratiopharm1.7 
 8. Stewart, Walter T.1.7 
 9. Siva, ALBA1.7 
 10. Redding, B.Mue.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel THEIS
  Brose Bask.
  (204-PF-92)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Theis, Brose Bask.1.5 
 2. Kleber, B.Muenchen1.2 
 3. Groselle, Braunsch.1.2 
 4. Gamble, Telekom .1.1 
 5. Lane, Wuerzburg1.0 
 6. Qvale, EWE Baskets1.0 
 7. Plaisted, Phoenix .1.0 
 8. Southerland, Wuerz.0.9 
 9. Horton, Telekom .0.9 
 10. Ibekwe, Fraport .0.9 


Timajh Parker Rivera (Lok Bernau) We Are Capable Of Raising Our Game In Every New Playoff Game - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Timajh Parker-Rivera (202-F-94, college: Towson) is a 23 year old 203cm forward from Milford, Conneticut playing his professional basketball career with SSV Lok Bernau. He played four years at Towson (NCAA) playing a total of 128 NCAA games and as a senior played 33 games averaging 6.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 58.1%, FT: 50.4%. He spoke to eurobasket before game two of the playoffs against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors.

Thanks Timajh for talking to eurobasket.com. Congrats on the big 75-64 win against the Fraport Skyliners Juniors. How did it feel playing your first professional playoff game?

Thank you and it was a great experience looking forward to many more .


The Pro B playoff game between the Fraport Skyliners Juniors and Lok Bernau was played in the giant Mercedes arena in Berlin. What did you enjoy most about playing in this state of the art arena?

I've been to many Alba games this year so go play on the court was extremely exciting I had a good time .


You played in many nice arenas in the NCAA with Towson, but where did the Berlin arena rank with your all-time nicest?

I would say Mercedes Bens was top five .

Lok Bernau played a solid game winning every quarter and played consistent defense for 40 minutes. What do you feel was the biggest asset on defense in game one for keeping Frankfurt at bay?

That has been our game plan most of the season . You know what they say defense wins championships , so we have definitely been keying in on the defensive end


A big problem for the Fraport Skyliners Juniors was there 22 turnovers which allowed Lok Bernau to have 12 extra possessions. Frankfurt was especially careless with the ball in the second half as Lok Bernau raised their defense a little more. How key was the pressure from Lok Bernau in the second half?

It was a major key to our success being aggressive on defense is something we have emphasized throughout the season


In the last interview you said Lok Bernau hasn't peaked yet and will show that in the playoffs. Do you feel as this team is capable of raising it's game in each new game in the playoffs?

Yes I do think we are capable . Even in the last win it was not a perfect game on our part what so ever


Pierre Bland had a huge game, but that is expected, but also solid contribution form Germans like Ferdinand Zylka and Tim Schneider is also nothing new, but how proud are you of these two guys? Will the playoffs continue to enhance their development?

They're great young talents and have been helping the team all season


You were the second most effective player on your team as you picked your spots, had exceptional shot selection and played great defense. How do you feel as your overall basketball IQ grown in your rookie year?

The change in play has helped me with my decision making and all around IQ I try to make winning plays for my team


German Isaac Bonga was close to his second triple double in a row. What was your impression of the possible future NBA pick and to what NBA player would you compare him to?

He was solid tall guard good decision maker however I don't know if I could compare him to anyone in the league


Lok Bernau can wrap up the series Saturday in Frankfurt. The Fraport Skyliners should suit up with 2-3 BBL players more. How will Lok Bernau adjust to this possible situation?

We won't adjust we will play our game anyone who decides to step in those lines has to play against us and it won't be easy for them


Have you filled out your 2017 NCAA bracket? What dark horses do you see and who will make the NCAA final 4?

I have not but I have many friends in the tournament and wish them all the best of luck . I'm going to go with Duke winning it all final 4 Duke Villinova Kansas and Kentucky


What was the last movie that you saw?

Fifty shades darker

Thanks Timajh for the chat.



Ricky Easterling (BG Karlsruhe) I Came Here With Team Goals Not Personal Goals And Want To Play For The Championship - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Ricky Easterling (189-G-83, college: Bridgewater) is a 33 year old 190cm guard from Baltimore that is playing his 11th professional season in Germany and first with BG Karlsruhe (Pro B). Over the years, he has been crowned Mr Regionaliga as he averaged over 30 points three times with TV Saarlouis belonged to the the top 3 players in the Pro B the last two seasons. Before moving to Saarlouis in 2007 he played at Bridgewater (NCAA3) and then as a rookie played with TSG Reutlingen (Germany-Oberliga and Bergheim Bandits (Germany-Regionalliga). Last season with TV Saarlouis, he played 28 games: Score-1 (23.1ppg), 4.0rpg, 4.4apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 51.1%, 3PT: 18.2%, FT: 81.2%. He spoke to eurobasket before the start of the 2017 Pro B playoffs.

Rickey thanks for talking to eurobasket.com. 2017 has come and we are already into 2017. Did you set any new years resolutions and if you did have to stayed faithful to them in the first two months?

I didn't really have a new years resolution. I have the same mindset I did at the beginning of the season. Play my roll, be the good teammate and make a good run in the playoffs. Playoffs are here now so it is GO TIME!

How excited are you to be playing your first Pro B playoffs after having played the Playdowns two years in a row. With what kind of feelings are you going into these playoffs?

I am very excited to be a part of the playoffs for the first time. I feel my team has a good chance to make it deep into the playoffs. So I am going into the playoffs hungry and focused.


Two seasons ago you had a 4-2 record in the playdowns and last season were 1-5. How difficult was moving down with Saarlouis last season? You had huge games and gave all you had, but it wasn't enough? How difficult was it for not to take all the blame?

Being a part of the playdowns is already not a good situation to be in. But to keep losing and eventually drop out of the Pro B was a difficult thing to accept. For me it gave me the feeling of failure. Even if I played well, at the end of the day we still lost. So it was not enough! I'm the type of player that holds myself accountable. Meaning I know when I make mistakes and I look in the mirror and try to learn from these mistakes. So I do point the figure at myself and take the blame. I feel that is the way to make myself a better player and I carry this mentality everyday!


Did the bitter playdowns of last season leave a chip on your shoulder which in the long run taught you how important do or die games are?

Ummm, not really! I' have played a lot of basketball in my life. I been playing ball since I was 8 and I am now 33. I am aware of how important games and even possession can be in certain situations. I didn't need playdowns to teach me that. But on the other hand the playdowns have put that awareness to the test. Those that have played in the Playdowns know how intense the games can get. No one wants to lose and everyone is doing all they can to get the WIN!


BG Karlsruhe have had a season with three stories. You started the season with a 3 game losing streak, then played very well having a 9-1 record, but closed out the season 3-6. How would you summarize the season leading up to the playoffs?

This season has been a roller coaster ride! We have had our ups and we have had our downs. Within all of this we experienced many situations that can help us in the playoffs. We know how it feels to win, we know how it feels to lose. We have been down big and come back to win games. We have won close games and we have lost close games. We have beat #1 teams and then have lost to teams at the bottom of the league. We have been thru it all. So even though this season has been crazy, I think it has prepared us for any situation we might come across in the playoffs


How do you explain the up and down play of BG Karlsruhe in 2017. You had some big wins against playoff teams like the Bayer Giants Leverkusen and the ScanPlus Baskets, but then again lost games against Leipzig and Rhondorf?

To be honest I don't really know how to explain that. I guess that shows how competitive our league is. Any team can win on any given night. No matter if it is the first place team or the last place team.

The three close loses to Rhondorf, Frankfurt and Wurzburg cost you home court advantage. Is BG Karlsruhe still learning how to be a reliable and successful crunch-time team?

I would not say that we are still learning how to be successful in crunch time. We just did not get it done in these games. We know what it takes to win close games. Even though we lost some close games, we have also won a number of close games this season.

Shawn Gulley has found a home with BG Karlsruhe as he belongs to the most consistent players in the last months. What do you feel has been his biggest asset that has helped the club be successful?

I think Shawn versatility makes him a special player. He came to BGK and fit right in and made an immediate impact. He can play inside and outside and can be used in multiple ways. I think this is what he brings to the table that helps us be successful

Head coach Jibril Hodges definitely knows how to dress properly, but comes over as the all-around nice guy. Is he able to forget the basketball player friendship and get hard on players? How has he developed in his rookie coaching season?

I think Jibril is doing a great job. He is very professional and does a good job preparing us for every game. Even though some of us know him as a player. We respect his authority as the coach and he gives us players the same respect in return. He holds us accountable in our roles on the team and has no problem doing that. He is hard on us when he needs to be but he also knows when to change it up and maybe motivate us if that is what needs to be done.

You averaged 12 minutes less than last season and 11 less than two seasons ago. Your stats are obviously down, but you're your performing very well for the minutes that you have gotten. How content have you been with your season so far?

I have had a pretty decent season but definitely not up to my own expectations. I feel I could have done more. But my main concern is not my personal performance. I came here with team goals not personal goals. I want to play for the championship. If we make that happen. It would be better than any personal award for sure.

You played your first regular season in your life in Germany where you weren't necessarily the first scoring option and where not everything revolved around you? How were you able to get adjusted to this new role?

I came here understanding that from the beginning. So I mentally prepared myself for any situation or role. So the adjustment was not that hard. But it did take some getting used to.


How do you feel did your game benefit from your role this season. In what area's of your game do you feel could you focus more on that you necessarily couldn't the other years?

I was able also concentrate more on other parts of the game. Since I didn't have to do as much at times offensively with this team I could use more energy playing defense.

Your first opponent are the Basketball Akademie Weser-Ems that are the farm team of the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. What kind of series can we await?

I think you can expect a fast and physical series. They are a young team that can run the floor and plays very aggressive. We like to play fast and bang down low in the post so physicality is definitely going be on display in this series

The Basketball Akademie Weser-Ems are a team filled with young German talents and no Americans. They are a good rebounding team that can defend when they need to. What will be key to winning this series?

I think defense is going be the key to the series. Whoever can gain momentum with defense is going to control the game. Good defense often leads to easy offense. So if you can stop the other team from scoring and at the same time get easy baskets because of it. You have a good chance in winning the game.

How are you personally going to get prepared mentally for these playoffs? Do you do some extra scouting or do you just go in totally focused with coachs game plan?

I/We do both. We all watch film together and on our own free time. To see what we are going up against. It is always smart to scout other teams. Must be prepared for what they have and what they try to do as a team. Can't go into a game blind with no idea what to expect. But at the same time we have to do what we do as a team. So I watch film and commit to coaches game plan. The same thing I do every week for all the team we play against.

How excited are to play against 19 year old talented German Harris Hujic?

He runs their offense and slowing him down will be vital. To be honest to me he is just another player, on a team that is in our way of our goal.


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

I think he is a great player but definitely not the best player in the world. I think if he improved mentally as a player he could be considered one of the best. But until then I can only consider him a superstar, not one of the greats.

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

It takes a special type of player to do something like that. And these type of players are not found everyday! He is big, fast, strong, athletic, has good basketball IQ and sees the game in a unique way. This is why we don't see that type of stat line on a regular basis! Wow

What was the last movie that you saw?

Allied Starring Brad Pitt.

Thanks Ricky for the chat.




Jordan Talbert (PS Karlsruhe) Making Those Little Plays That Don't Show Up In the Box Score Is What I've Been Proud Of Most This Season - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jordan Talbert (198-F-91, college: Missouri So.) is a 26 year old 198cm forward from Little Rock, Arkansas that is playing his third professional season and first with the PS Karlsruhe Lions. He came to Germany as a rookie in 2014 and played with the Giants TSV 1861 Noerdlingen (Germany-Regionalliga) playing 26 games: 21.6ppg, 9.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, Blocks-4 (1.5bpg), FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 28.9%, FT: 78.4%. He played his college career at Missouri SO (NCAA2) from 2010-2014 and as a senior played 31 games averaging 11.7ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.9apg, 1.1spg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 70.1%. Last season with Nordlingen he tore up the Pro B averaging 17.5ppg, Reb-1 (11.0rpg), 2.4apg, 1.7spg, Blocks-5 (1.5bpg), FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 27.5%, FT: 73.4%. He spoke to eurobasket before the start of the 2017 playoff series against

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

No I didn't make any resolutions. I'm not big on those things. I think if there's any change that I feel is necessary then it should be made at the moment of realization. No reason to wait until the start of the year.

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

Not long at all. We locked up the number 1 seed for the playoffs which really took the motivation out of the team going into the game. We got caught looking forward to playoffs, it came back and punched us in the mouth.


Teams want to roll into the playoffs or playdowns with some force. Do you feel like PS Karlsruhe will be ready when game one with the Rostock SeaWolves comes around?

We've all been looking forward to the playoffs for a long time. I think we're hungrier right now than any other point in the season. Our goal was not to finish the regular season number 1 but to end the post season in that position.


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

Injuries and additions. We made some adjustments mid way through that we thought can help us in the long run. Now that we're settled in I think we're ready to make a playoff push.


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

It was huge losing him for the month that he was out. Everyone has their role on our team, each one just as important as the next. When we lose any player the team suffers as a whole.


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

Our focus is what needs to increase. Our effort and toughness is always there, just our focus on the details during key moments is what we plan on fixing during the playoffs.


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

No I don't think that. I don't think anyone has done more damage to us than we have done to ourselves. Our lack of effectiveness throughout the second part of the season is on us.


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

There's not one player I can single out. We've all put in a lot of work this season to get to this point. Now we're just focused on finishing the job.


Your playing a very solid and consistent season. You stated in our last interview that there is less focus on you and you don't need to score as much. What areas in your game have improved this season?

I've think my game without the ball has improved. Finding ways to have an effect on the game whether it's screening to get a teammate open, helping out on defense, or rebounds in traffic. Making those little plays that don't show up in the box score is what I've been proud of.


Except for a 3/5 shooting day from outside against Weissenhorn you have struggled from there as you are 2/21 in your previous six games. Will you focus more on your shooting during practices during the playoffs?

I'm just going to continue doing what I do and playing my game. I try not to overthink things. My confidence in my shot is still high despite the slump I always think the next game can be a breakout game.

You meet the Rostock SeaWolves in the first round of the playoffs. What kind of series can we await and what will be key to advancing?

I'm not sure what kind of series it will be. I don't know much about the team yet. Getting more familiar with them as game day approaches but I do expect that the Lions will come to the game ready to play.


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

I'm not sure. Maybe they have players that's been waiting for their opportunity and now they have it. It'll sure be a challenge for them.


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

I think it's incredible. Another amazing stat about the performance is that he only made around 10 dribbles during the game. In our generation it's very rare to find players that are effective without dominating the ball each play.

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

Yes stat wise him and Harden are on another level. But stats doesn't make them the best players in the league in my opinion. The team success also plays a huge role. Kwahi Leonard is just as much as an MVP candidate as the other two considering his teams success and what he does on both ends of the floor.


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

I think it's taken so long because it so easy to score 10 points in the NBA. Out of all the statistics there are to get double figures in, scoring is the easiest one to do.


What was the last movie that you saw?

The Wood.

Thanks Jordan for the chat,



The Walter Tigers Tuebingen Keep Head Coach Tyron Mccoy Until 2019 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The current BBL season hasn't even reached the critical playoff phase, but non playoff team Walter Tigers Tuebingen are already looking to the future and have decided to retain head coach Tyrone Mccoy until 2019. At the moment the club is in no mans land in 13th place with a 9-18 record, but the club is more than convinced that Mccoy is the right man to keep leading the team. "Mccoy is is very professional in his work. Even when times were tough, he stayed calm and held on to his way. We are convinced that it is the logical step to go together the next two years", stressed Walter tigers Tuebingen manager Robert Wintermantel. Mccoy had his first head coach experience with the Artland Dragons and is in Tuebingen since December 2015 coach of the TIgers. "I am very happy to remain coach of the Tigers. My thanks go to Robert Wintermanel, Dr Gunther Volck and the whole organization for giving me the faith. I look positive to the future and want to do my part so we can reach our goals", warned Tyron McCoy

Source.Walter Tigers Tuebingen



German ProA round 27 best performance: Andrew Warren - by Eurobasket News

American Guard Andrew Warren (196-G-87, agency: Interperformances) put on an amazing game in the last round for top-ranked MBC, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 27.
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (27 points and six assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Chemnitz (#4, 17-9) 88-74. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed MBC to consolidate first place in the German ProA. MBC have a solid 24-3 record. In the team's last game Warren had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be MBC's top player in his first season with the team. Former Bradley University star has very solid stats this year. Warren is in league's top in points (7th best: 16.6ppg) and averages impressive 56.8% FGP and 49.4% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old American Kevin Tiggs (196-G/F-84) of league's second-best Crailsheim. Tiggs had a very good evening with 24 points and 4 rebounds. Of course he led Crailsheim to another comfortable win 91-72 over the lower-ranked Uni Baskets (#8, 13-14) being unquestionably team leader. Crailsheim's second position in the standings has not changed. His team lost just five games this season, while they won 22 matches. Tiggs is a newcomer at Crailsheim, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Slovenian guard Aleksej Nikolic (191-PG-95) of Baunach (#14). Nikolic showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. Despite Nikolic's great performance Baunach lost 75-77 to slightly higher-ranked Nuernberg (#12, 10-16). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Baunach can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 8-19 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Nikolic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Nikolic has individually a great season in Germany. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.4ppg (4th best) and assists with 6.7apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andreas Kronhardt (205-C-89) of Kirchheim - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jannik Lodders (198-F-92) of ETB Wohnbau - 23 points and 7 rebounds
6. Marcus Hatten (185-PG-80) of MBC - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Devon Moore (193-PG-89) of Ehingen - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Richard Williams (178-PG-87) of Koeln Rh.Stars - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Seth Hinrichs (201-SF-93) of Kirchheim - 17 points and 4 rebounds
10. Hugh Robertson (195-G-89) of Koeln Rh.Stars - 20 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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Accra Technical University seals quarterfinal spot in UPAC Championship - by Yaw Mintah

Record winners of the Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championship, Accra Technical University (ATU) have qualified to the quarterfinals of the tournament following an unbeaten campaign in Zone E of this year's edition.

ATU beat Wisconsin International University College 39-21 in the opening game before dismantling Central University 42-25 and Pentecost University College 51-25 in subsequent games to claim the zone's top spot that sends them to the next stage of the competition.

Central University's two wins translated into a second place finish while Wisconsin finished third and the winless Pentecost ranked bottom in the standings. ATU joins All Nations University College, Marshalls University College, University of Cape-Coast and University of Ghana in the quarter finals.

The remaining spots will be filled by teams from Zones F and G on March 22. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) headline the respective groups.

Two time winners ATU lost out on a third title in Ghana's most prestigious tertiary basketball Championship following a 44-45 loss to University of Ghana in an intense final game.




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Thomas van der Mars' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Dutch players playing currently abroad: - by Eurobasket Center

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

Thomas van der Mars
Thomas van der Mars
   #1. This week's number one is an international center Thomas van der Mars (208-90, college: Portland, currently plays in Estonia). He led Rapla to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams BC Rakvere (7-17) crushing them 92-57 in the Estonian Alexela KML on Tuesday night. van der Mars had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds in 22 minutes on the court. AVIS Rapla (14-9) is placed third in the Alexela KML. There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's van der Mars' first season with the team. He has individually a very good year with high stats. van der Mars averages: 17.1ppg, 13.0rpg, 2FGP: 64.0%(155-242) and FT: 71.6% in 23 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Josh Duinker
Josh Duinker
   #2. Second place goes to former international power forward Josh Duinker (209-89, college: Richmond, currently plays in New Zealand). Duinker was the major contributor in Saints' victory against the league outsider Hawks (0-1) crushing them 107-84 in the New Zealand NBL in Friday night's game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds. Duinker also added 6 assists. It was his first game for Saints this season. His team are placed second in the NBL. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Duinker has a dual citizenship: Dutch and Australian. Former Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden starter played for the Dutch national team in 2013.

Charlon Kloof
Charlon Kloof
   #3. The Dutch player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Charlon Kloof (190-90, agency: Octagon Europe, college: St.Bonaventure, currently plays in FYR Macedonia). He led MZT Skopje to an easy victory against the fifth-ranked Feni Industries (0-1) crushing them 86-59 in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga last Thursday. Kloof recorded 14 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists in 31 minutes. It was his first game for MZT Skopje this season; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. His team is placed third in Places 1-6 group. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Kloof is another player who holds two passports: Surinamese and Dutch. He is also a member of the Dutch senior national team.

Jito Kok
Jito Kok
   #4. Center Jito Kok (206-94, agency: Court Side, college: San Diego, currently plays in Estonia) is a teammate of previously mentioned Thomas van der Mars and both played together in the last Estonian Alexela KML game. Kok contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams BC Rakvere (7-17) crushing them 92-57. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Kok's overall stats this season are: 5.3ppg and 3.1rpg. He used to play for the Dutch U20 national team back in 2014.

Yannick Franke
Yannick Franke
   #5. International guard Yannick Franke (194-96, currently plays in Croatia) contributed to a KK Zadar's victory against the closely-ranked KK Zabok (7-12) 95-81 in the Croatian A1 in Thursday night's game. Franke scored 7 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in only 12 minutes. KK Zadar (9-7) is placed sixth in the A1. This year Franke's overall stats are: 7.2ppg and 3.3rpg in six games. He plays currently for the Dutch national team.

Roeland Schaftenaar
Roeland Schaftenaar
   #6. Power forward Roeland Schaftenaar (211-88, college: Oregon St., currently plays in Greece) helped AGOR win their game against the closely-ranked PAOK (9-9) 73-70 in the Greek A1 last Saturday. Schaftenaar scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. A.G.O Rethymno Aegean (10-11) is placed seventh in the A1. Schaftenaar's total stats this season are: 5.9ppg and 4.5rpg. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Dutch National Team roster.

Henk Norel
Henk Norel
   #7. Former international center Henk Norel (213-87, currently plays in Spain) helped Zaragoza win their game against one of league's weakest teams Blusens Monbus (6-16) crushing them 85-59 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Saturday night. Norel scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes. Tecnyconta Zaragoza (8-15) is placed 12th in the Liga Endesa. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Norel is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Zaragoza's roster. This season his total stats are: 9.9ppg, 6.1rpg and 1.2apg in 20 games. Norel used to play for the Dutch national team two years ago.

Nicolas de Jong
Nicolas de Jong
   #8. Center Nicolas de Jong (210-88, currently plays in France) could not help one of league's weakest teams Chalons-Reims (8-14) in their last game. Despite de Jong's good performance Chalons-Reims lost 73-86 on the road to the higher-ranked (#13) JDA Dijon. He recorded 10 points in only 12 minutes. de Jong has relatively good stats this year: 12.0ppg and 2.7rpg in 20 games. He plays currently for the Dutch national team.

Worthy de Jong
Worthy de Jong
   #9. International shooting guard Worthy de Jong (194-88, currently plays in France) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams one of league's weakest teams SO Maritime Boulogne in their game against Saint-Quentin (9-13) in the French ProB (second division). de Jong recorded 6 points and had 4 steals. SO Maritime Boulogne was crushed 81-56 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Saint-Quentin (#16). de Jong has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.0apg and 1.8spg. He is also in the roster of the Dutch national team.

Leon Williams
Leon Williams
   #10. Point guard Leon Williams (189-91, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for BG Goettingen (18-3) in their game against BBC Bayreuth (17-6) in the German BBL. Williams recorded 6 points and added 3 assists in 24 minutes. BG Goettingen was crushed 101-66 in Bayreuth by the lower-ranked (#4) BBC Bayreuth. Williams has averaged so far 5.5ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.4apg in 23 games. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Dutch senior national team.

   #11. Former international center Kevin Bleeker (208-93, also represented by Court Side, college: Canisius, currently plays in Spain) helped Navarra win their game against the 13th-ranked CB Tarragona 2017 85-79 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Friday. Bleeker scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Bleeker has averaged so far 6.2ppg and 4.7rpg. He used to play for the Dutch national team three years ago.

   #12. Former U16 international forward Kevin van Wijk (203-89, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Melilla Baloncesto in their game against Lleida Basquet in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division). van Wijk scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 12 minutes. His team lost 82-87. van Wijk has averaged so far 6.3ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.2apg in 27 games. He used to play for the Dutch U16 national team back in 2005.

   #13. Former U20 international center Menno Dijkstra (213-97, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA couldn't help the Cal-Riverside (5-11) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Dijkstra's good performance the Cal-Riverside was defeated 76-67 at home by the University of California-Irvine. He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Dijkstra has averaged so far 6.2ppg and 2.8rpg. He used to play for the Dutch U20 national team two years ago.

   #14. Former U16 international guard Stefan Topalovic (193-95, currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Aschersleben in their game against ALBA Berlin II in the German Regionalliga (fourth division). He scored only 4 points in 11 minutes. His team lost 79-84. This year Topalovic averages just 1.8ppg in six games. He used to play for the Dutch U16 national team back in 2011.

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

   #1. Kim Tillie (210-PF-88, college: Utah, currently plays in Euroleague) led his Spanish team Baskonia to a 1-point victory against the second-ranked CSKA (19-7) 79-78 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. He scored 11 points in a mere 16 minutes. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz (15-11) is placed seventh in the Euroleague. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Tillie averages: 6.6ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.1apg in 25 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Dutch and French.

   #2. Aaron Doornekamp (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Movil Estudiantes (17-5) 82-63 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Sunday. Doornekamp scored 8 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. It's Doornekamp's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.2apg. Doornekamp is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Dutch.

   #3. Ryan Broekhoff (200-F-90, college: Valparaiso, currently plays in EuroCup). He could not help Lokomotiv (5-1) to beat Unicaja Malaga (3-3). Broekhoff cannot count Friday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points. The league leader Lokomotiv was defeated 74-63 on the road by the second-ranked Unicaja Malaga. Broekhoff has averaged so far 5.9ppg, 4.8rpg and 1.1apg. He has both Australian and Dutch nationalities.

   #4. Tom Slutsky (193-G-92, currently plays in Israel) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Hasharon (4-19) crushing them 87-64 in the Israeli National League (second division) last Tuesday. Slutsky scored 6 points and added 3 assists in 16 minutes. Hapoel Afula (11-12) is placed ninth in the National League. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. This year Slutsky averages only 3.8ppg in 23 games. He also holds two passports: Dutch and Israeli. Despite Slutsky's Dutch nationality, he previously played for the Israeli U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Dutch team.

   #5. Derrik Smits (218-C-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the one of league's weakest teams Valparaiso in their game against the University of Illinois (14-4) in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1. Smits recorded only 4 points. The Valparaiso was crushed 82-57 at home by the University of Illinois. The National Tournament Round 1 already ended in the NCAA. Smits has averaged so far 3.4ppg and 2.2rpg.

   #6. Morgan Stilma (199-F, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Unicaja B (5-6) in their last game. Despite his good performance the sixth-placed Unicaja B lost 68-81 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#3) Utrera in the Group D Perman. Stilma scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 16 minutes. Stilma has averaged so far 9.9ppg and 4.3rpg in 15 games.

   #7. Chrid Burger (185-G-89, currently plays in Norway) couldn't help Nidaros Jets in their game against Baerum Basket in the Norwegian BLNO. He recorded 8 points. His team was defeated 96-82. Burger has averaged so far 5.5ppg and 2.7rpg.

   #8. Tim Hilhorst (87, currently plays in Norway) managed to help Centrum Tigers Oslo in a victory against the closely-ranked Froya Basket crushing them 94-68 in the Norwegian BLNO on Sunday night. He recorded only 4 points in 14 minutes. Hilhorst has averaged so far 6.2ppg and 3.9rpg in 23 games.

   #9. Maikel-Bastiaan Post (207-C-85, currently plays in Germany) contributed to Ibbenbueren's victory against the fourth-ranked Grevenbroich 105-100 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Saturday night's game. He scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Post has averaged so far 9.0ppg and 5.0rpg.



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A Division Round 23: Falco KC are defeated by Kaposvari - 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 game between second ranked Falco KC (16-8) and fourth ranked Kaposvari (15-8) was the most important one in the last round on Thursday night. Falco KC was crushed by Kaposvari in Kaposvar 94-75. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Falco KC. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-75. Kaposvari made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Kaposvari outrebounded Falco KC 43-26 including a 29-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American swingman Winsome Frazier (193-82, college: Mississippi St., agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). The former international power forward Roland Hendlein (206-86) helped adding 12 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) responded with 17 points and 4 assists. Kaposvari maintains fourth place with 15-8 record, which they share with Szolnok. Falco KC at the other side dropped to the third position with eight games lost. Kaposvari is looking forward to face Szolnok (#5) in Szolnok in the next round. Falco KC will play on the road against MAFC in Budapest and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kormend (16-7) against twelfth ranked Atomeromu (8-15) on Tuesday night. Visiting Kormend was defeated by Atomeromu in Paks 95-84. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Kormend. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for power forward Ryan Watkins (206-91, college: Boise St., agency: Octagon Europe) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Talor Battle accounted for 5 points, 8 rebounds and 13 assists. Guard Lenzelle Smith-Jr (193-91, college: Ohio St.) came up with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for Kormend in the defeat. Atomeromu moved-up to eleventh place. Kormend at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. Atomeromu will play against higher ranked PVSK Pannon (#7) in Pecs in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kormend will play at home against the league's leader Alba (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
A Division top team - Alba (19-4) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Szedeak (11-12) in Szekesfehervar 94-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Szedeak. The best player for the winners was Alhaji Mohammed who scored 21 points. Marko Boltic produced a double-double by scoring 13 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals for the guests. Alba maintains first place with 19-4 record. Loser Szedeak keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Alba will meet league's second-placed Kormend on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Szedeak will play against Vasas (#13) and hope to secure a win.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 23: bottom-ranked MAFC lost to ZTE KK on the opponent's court 80-86. Vasas lost to defending champion Szolnok in a home game 88-96. Sopron KC recorded a loss to KTE-Duna on the road 84-90. PVSK Pannon defeated Jaszberenyi on its own court 80-76.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 23 points and 12 rebounds by Adomas Drungilas of ZTE KK.

ZTE KK - MAFC 86-80

Very expected game in Zalaegerszeg where 14th ranked MAFC (3-20) was defeated by sixth ranked ZTE KK (14-9) 86-80 on Thursday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. MAFC was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. ZTE KK made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was Lithuanian center Adomas Drungilas (203-90) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). American-Puerto Rican point guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Court Side) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists. American point guard Deville Smith (183-91, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Two Points) produced 18 points and 6 assists and Indian-Canadian forward Robbie Sihota (201-87) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five MAFC players scored in double figures. ZTE KK maintains sixth place with 14-9 record. MAFC lost tenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. ZTE KK will meet Sopron KC (#9) on the road in the next round. MAFC will play against Falco KC (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
ZTE KK: A.Drungilas 23+12reb+3ast, M.Mohacsi 18+3reb+1ast, E.Ubilla 16+5reb+11ast, Z.Szabo 8+3reb, S.Benke 7+4reb+2ast, J.Wright 5+1reb
MAFC: D.Smith 18+2reb+6ast, L.Misek 14+1reb+2ast, L.Polyak 12+2reb+1ast, A.Kovacs 11+3reb, R.Sihota 11+8reb, M.Poscic 8+3reb
gschID: 498100


Alba - Szedeak 94-70

A Division top team - Alba (19-4) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Szedeak (11-12) in Szekesfehervar 94-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Szedeak. The game without a history. Alba led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great shooting night for Alba especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was Ghanian guard Alhaji Mohammed (192-81, college: Louisville, agency: Three Eye Sports) who scored 21 points. The former international power forward Peter Lorant (206-85, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in 6 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Serbian guard Marko Boltic (193-87, agency: 011 Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals and Serbian center Nenad Sulovic (202-85, agency: BeoBasket) added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Alba maintains first place with 19-4 record. Loser Szedeak keeps the eighth position with 12 games lost. Alba will meet league's second-placed Kormend on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Szedeak will play against Vasas (#13) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Alba: A.Mohammed 21+3reb+2ast, B.Taylor 14+2reb+3ast, J.Farr 12+4reb+1ast, B.Burgess 11+5reb, L.Markovic 10+4reb+4ast, W.Shepard 10+4reb+2ast
Szedeak: A.Ciric 13+4reb+2ast, M.Boltic 13+6reb+10ast, I.Lilov 12+3reb+2ast, N.Sulovic 11+6reb+4ast, L.Juhos 9+4reb, T.Ban 7+2reb
gschID: 498099


Kaposvari - Falco KC 94-75

The game between second ranked Falco KC (16-8) and fourth ranked Kaposvari (15-8) was the most important one in the last round on Thursday night. Falco KC was crushed by Kaposvari in Kaposvar 94-75. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Falco KC. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-75. Kaposvari made 18-of-20 free shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Kaposvari outrebounded Falco KC 43-26 including a 29-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American swingman Winsome Frazier (193-82, college: Mississippi St., agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). The former international power forward Roland Hendlein (206-86) helped adding 12 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Kaposvari players scored in double figures. American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) responded with 17 points and 4 assists and Belarusian-Russian Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-85) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Kaposvari maintains fourth place with 15-8 record, which they share with Szolnok. Falco KC at the other side dropped to the third position with eight games lost. Kaposvari is looking forward to face Szolnok (#5) in Szolnok in the next round. Falco KC will play on the road against MAFC in Budapest and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Kaposvari: W.Frazier 28+7reb+1ast, K.Simms 14+4reb, J.Wisseh 13+3reb+10ast, R.Hendlein 12+15reb+5ast, M.Fodor 10+1ast, M.Cooke 10+9reb+3ast
Falco KC: D.Govens 17+4reb+4ast, A.Pustahvar 13+6reb+1ast, B.Varadi 10+5reb+2ast, L.Medford 9+2reb+4ast, D.Barham 8+2reb, N.Toth 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 498097


Vasas - Szolnok 88-96

Very predictable result in Budapest where fifth ranked Szolnok (15-8) defeated 13th ranked Vasas (4-19) 96-88 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-88. The best player for the winners was international swingman David Vojvoda (196-90) who scored 25 points. International power forward Janos Eilingsfeld (198-91) chipped in 8 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Ronnie Taylor (187-81, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Octagon Europe) produced 27 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) and the other American import forward Sam Thompson (201-92, college: Ohio St., agency: Pensack Sports) added 20 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Kaposvari. Vasas lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the thirteenth position with 19 games lost. Szolnok will meet at home Kaposvari (#4) in the next round. Vasas will play against Szedeak (#8) in Szeged and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: D.Vojvoda 25+2reb+2ast, K.Wittmann 16+3reb+2ast, T.Barnies 15+5reb+4ast, L.Andric 13+8reb+2ast, N.Pavlicevic 10+2reb+1ast, J.Eilingsfeld 8+12reb+4ast
Vasas: R.Taylor 27+6reb+7ast, S.Thompson 20+8reb+3ast, R.Wright 12+5reb, A.Horvath 10+3reb+1ast, R.Katona 9+2ast, A.Garamvolgyi 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 498096


KTE-Duna - Sopron KC 90-84

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Kecskemet where 9th ranked Sopron KC (11-13) was defeated by tenth ranked KTE-Duna (10-13) 90-84 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-84. KTE-Duna looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was naturalized Serbian forward Tomislav Ivosev (204-90, agency: 011 Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds. Serbian swingman Marko Djerasimovic (198-84, agency: BeoExcell) chipped in 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Anthony Myles (196-92, college: Rider) produced 20 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import guard Brandon Johnson (183-86, college: San Diego, agency: BeoBasket) added 13 points and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Five Sopron KC players scored in double figures. KTE-Duna maintains tenth place with 10-13 record. Loser Sopron KC keeps the ninth position with 13 games lost. KTE-Duna will meet Jaszberenyi (#12) on the road in the next round. Sopron KC will play against ZTE KK and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
KTE-Duna: T.Ivosev 26+10reb, M.Djerasimovic 21+6reb+4ast, M.Djukanovic 9+3reb+6ast, K.Karahodzic 9+4reb+3ast, M.Pongo 8+3reb+1ast, M.Meszaros 8+4ast
Sopron KC: A.Myles 20+5reb+2ast, J.Mills 13+5reb+1ast, B.Johnson 13+4reb+5ast, A.Rujak 12+5reb+2ast, M.Spica 10+3reb+2ast, A.Dufault 9+4reb
gschID: 498098


PVSK Pannon - Jaszberenyi 80-76

Everything went according to plan in Pecs where seventh ranked PVSK Pannon (13-10) beat 11th ranked Jaszberenyi (7-16) 80-76 on Tuesday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Jaszberenyi won third quarter 20-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when PVSK Pannon won last quarter 25-22. The best player for the winners was Bosnian center Ismet Sejfic (208-93, agency: XL Basketball Agency) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds. American guard Anthony Nelson (185-89, college: Niagara) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 assists. Five PVSK Pannon players scored in double figures. American swingman Brian Williams (196-92, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Haylett Sports) produced 32 points and 6 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) and naturalized Serbian forward Aleksa Brbaklic (195-95) added 5 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. PVSK Pannon maintains seventh place with 13-10 record. Jaszberenyi lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with 16 games lost. PVSK Pannon will meet at home Atomeromu (#11) in the next round. Jaszberenyi will play against KTE-Duna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
PVSK Pannon: I.Sejfic 23+14reb, C.Smith 14+5reb+4ast, V.Budimir 12+5reb, Z.Supola 12+4reb+2ast, A.Nelson 12+2reb+10ast, A.Halasz 7+1reb+2ast
Jaszberenyi: B.Williams 32+6reb, D.Saddler 16+2reb+4ast, J.Czirbus 10+7reb, B.Arrington 8+6reb, A.Brbaklic 5+13reb+5ast, T.Mandoki 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 498095


Atomeromu - Kormend 95-84

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kormend (16-7) against twelfth ranked Atomeromu (8-15) on Tuesday night. Visiting Kormend was defeated by Atomeromu in Paks 95-84. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Kormend. Kormend was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 54-36 second half run of Atomeromu. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for power forward Ryan Watkins (206-91, college: Boise St., agency: Octagon Europe) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Point guard Talor Battle (182-88, college: Penn St., agency: Two Points) accounted for 5 points, 8 rebounds and 13 assists for the winning side. Guard Lenzelle Smith-Jr (193-91, college: Ohio St.) came up with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Terry Allen (203-93, college: Richmond) added 26 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Kormend in the defeat. Four Kormend players scored in double figures. Atomeromu moved-up to eleventh place. Kormend at the other side keeps the second position with seven games lost. Atomeromu will play against higher ranked PVSK Pannon (#7) in Pecs in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kormend will play at home against the league's leader Alba (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Atomeromu: R.Watkins 23+12reb, L.Samenas 18+1reb+2ast, A.Kovacs 18+3reb+4ast, L.Gilbert 14+6reb+2ast, M.Tiby 9+11reb+3ast, T.Will 7+3reb+2ast
Kormend: T.Allen 26+5reb+1ast, L.Smith Jr. 18+9reb+5ast, P.Petty 14+5reb+5ast, L.Kromah 12+6reb+1ast, S.Gibbs 7+1reb, C.Ferencz 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 498094





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Standings - D1 League

Points Per Game
 Terrance MOTLEY
  FSU
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 31
 1. Motley, FSU31.0 
 2. Woods, Hamar27.3 
 3. Garland, Breidablik26.2 
 4. Shouse, IA25.4 
 5. Moss, Hottur23.5 
 6. King, Valur22.0 
 7. Pryor, Fjolnir20.4 
 8. Bracey, Valur19.6 
 9. Oliver, Fjolnir19.4 
 10. Stefansson, Hamar19.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris WOODS
  Hamar
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Woods, Hamar14.1 
 2. Motley, FSU12.6 
 3. Moss, Hottur12.3 
 4. King, Valur11.7 
 5. Pryor, Fjolnir11.5 
 6. Shouse, IA9.5 
 7. Kristjansson, IA9.1 
 8. Oliver, Fjolnir9.0 
 9. Virijevic, Hottur8.8 
 10. Petursson, Valur8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MOSS
  Hottur
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Moss, Hottur8.9 
 2. Sigurdsson, Fjolnir7.6 
 3. Garland, Breidablik5.6 
 4. Shouse, IA5.5 
 5. Blondal, Valur5.3 
 6. Olafsson, Hamar4.8 
 7. Bracey, Valur4.5 
 8. Jonasson, Armann4.0 
 9. Erlingsson, Hamar3.6 
 10. Hreinsson, FSU3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrone GARLAND
  Breidablik
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Garland, Breidablik3.6 
 2. Moss, Hottur3.3 
 3. Shouse, IA3.0 
 4. Jonsson, FSU2.7 
 5. Motley, FSU2.2 
 6. King, Valur2.0 
 7. Olafsson, Hamar2.0 
 8. Oliver, Fjolnir2.0 
 9. Hreinsson, FSU1.8 
 10. Pryor, Fjolnir1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Marques OLIVER
  Fjolnir
  (201-PF-91)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Oliver, Fjolnir2.6 
 2. King, Valur2.3 
 3. Woods, Hamar1.4 
 4. Motley, FSU1.1 
 5. Audunsson, Valur1.1 
 6. Virijevic, Hottur1.1 
 7. Sigurdarson, Breid.1.0 
 8. Karason, Fjolnir0.9 
 9. Fridriksson, Arm.0.9 
 10. Johannesson, Breid.0.9 


Results and Stats of Dominos League Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Tindastoll - Keflavik 102-110

Keflavik outgunned Tindastoll to gain 1-0 lead in the series. Tindastoll was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 27-24 charge of Keflavik, which allowed them to win the game. They made 28-of-30 free shots (93.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Tindastoll helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Amin Stevens (203-90, college: Florida A&M) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 18 rebounds and 7 assists (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) for the winners and guard Magnus Traustason (190-96) chipped in 33 points (!!!) (made all of his eight free throws). At the losing side guard Petur Birgisson (185-96) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists and American forward Antonio Hester (198-90, college: Mobile, AL) produced a double-double by scoring 30 points and 12 rebounds. Five Keflavik and four Tindastoll players scored in double figures. Tindastoll's coach Israel Martin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Keflavik: M.Traustason 33+4reb, A.Stevens 25+18reb+7ast, H.Vilhjalmsson 19+10reb+8ast, G.Jonsson 16+2reb+1ast, R.Dupree 11+6reb+2ast, A.Orrason 6+1reb+2ast
Tindastoll: A.Hester 30+12reb+1ast, P.Birgisson 26+7reb+10ast, B.Rikhardsson 18+2reb+8ast, H.Viggosson 13+6reb+1ast, H.Margeirsson 9+1reb+2ast, S.Birgisson 6+3reb
gschID: 539895


Stjarnan - IR 75-68

Stjarnan rallied past IR to surge ahead in the series. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But IR won third quarter 16-7. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Stjarnan made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. The former international power forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-82) nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and Nigerian-American guard Anthony Odunsi (193-92, college: Houston Baptist, agency: SDJ Sports) accounted for 18 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Quincy Hankins-Cole (203-90) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 18 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks and point guard Matthias Sigurdarson (180-94, college: Columbus St.) added 16 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for IR in the defeat. Four IR players scored in double figures. IR's coach Borche Ilievski tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Stjarnan: H.Baeringsson 19+14reb+4ast, A.Odunsi 18+8reb, J.Shouse 17+8reb, T.Tomasson 9+3reb+4ast, E.Aevarsson 5+5reb+2ast, T.Hilmarsson 4+10reb+2ast
IR: M.Sigurdarson 16+9reb+6ast, D.Thomas 15+9reb+2ast, Q.Hankins-Cole 12+18reb+4ast, S.Claessen 11+3reb+2ast, S.Kristjansson 7+3reb+1ast, H.Hjalmarsson 5+2reb
gschID: 539894


Grindavik - Thor Thorl 99-85

Grindavik toppled Thor Thorl in the opener. The game was mostly controlled by Grindavik. Thor Thorl was better in second period 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Thor Thorl 43-28 including 34 on the defensive glass. The former international swingman Thorleifur Olafsson (192-84) nailed 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and American-Dominican guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) accounted for 23 points and 6 rebounds. Five Grindavik players scored in double figures. American guard Tobin Carberry (193-91, college: LIU Post, agency: HMS) came up with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and naturalized Polish Maciej Baginski (195-95) added 27 points (made all of his seven free throws) respectively for Thor Thorl in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Grindavik: L.Clinch 23+6reb+2ast, T.Olafsson 20+8reb+4ast, D.Jonsson 16+6reb+3ast, O.Saevarsson 14+7reb, O.Olafsson 13+9reb+6ast, I.Thor Gudmundsson 11+5reb+1ast
Thor Thorl: M.Baginski 27+1reb+2ast, T.Carberry 26+9reb+6ast, R.Bragason 12+3reb+1ast, O.Jonsson 6+5reb+1ast, E.Einarsson 5+4reb+1ast, H.Hermannsson 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 539893


KR - Thor AK 99-68

KR cruised past Thor AK to spur ahead in the quarterfinal series. The game without a history. KR led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Thor AK's 42. KR players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists comparing to just 18 passes made by Thor AK's players. The former international guard Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87) nailed 6 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists for the winning side and the former international guard Jon Stefansson (192-82) accounted for 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. International center Tryggvi Hlinason (215-97) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocks and American guard George Beamon (193-91, college: Manhattan) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Thor AK in the defeat. Four Thor AK players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
KR: B.Bjornsson 22+1ast, J.Stefansson 18+5reb+6ast, P.Alawoya 12+10reb+2ast, T.Thorbjarnarsson 12+1reb+4ast, S.Hrafnkelsson 8+5reb+1ast, D.Hilmarsson 8+7reb+4ast
Thor AK: G.Beamon 15+6reb+1ast, S.Davidsson 12+7reb+2ast, T.Hlinason 12+11reb, D.Lewis 12+6reb+1ast, I.Rafn Ingvarsson 7+7reb+5ast, R.Fridriksson 5+3reb+7ast
gschID: 539892





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  INDONESIA  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Falando JONES
  Hang Tuah
  (193-G-90)
  Avg: 29.8
 1. Jones, Hang Tuah29.8 
 2. Williams, Aspac28.5 
 3. Barfield, NSH G.27.2 
 4. Peterson, Bima P.25.7 
 5. Jacobs, NSH G.25.6 
 6. White, Pelita Jaya23.6 
 7. Corbin, Bima P.22.9 
 8. Crump, Satya W.22.7 
 9. Loiselle, Pacific .22.2 
 10. Smith, Hang Tuah21.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andre SMITH
  Hang Tuah
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 16.1
 1. Smith, Hang Tuah16.1 
 2. Barfield, NSH G.15.1 
 3. Maxey, Satya W.14.4 
 4. Brand, JNE B.13.5 
 5. White, Pelita Jaya13.5 
 6. Loiselle, Pacific .13.2 
 7. Henderson-N., Aspac11.1 
 8. Peterson, Bima P.10.7 
 9. Gunawan, Garuda10.7 
 10. McKinney, CLS K.10.6 
Assists Per Game
 David SEAGERS
  Pacific .
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Seagers, Pacific .6.3 
 2. Wuysang, CLS K.5.9 
 3. Jacobs, NSH G.5.8 
 4. Smith, Hang Tuah5.5 
 5. Loiselle, Pacific .5.0 
 6. Singleton, JNE B.5.0 
 7. Dhyaksa, Aspac4.4 
 8. Purwanto, Hang T.4.2 
 9. Grays, Pelita Jaya4.0 
 10. Williams, Aspac4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tyrell CORBIN
  Bima P.
  (184-PG-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Corbin, Bima P.2.8 
 2. Seagers, Pacific .2.6 
 3. Smith, Hang Tuah2.5 
 4. Wisnu, Satria Muda2.1 
 5. Hardianus, Satria M.2.1 
 6. Jewell, Satria Muda2.1 
 7. Grays, Pelita Jaya2.0 
 8. Barfield, NSH G.1.8 
 9. Saputra, Pacific .1.8 
 10. Joni, Hang Tuah1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Nate MAXEY
  Satya W.
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Maxey, Satya W.5.1 
 2. Brand, JNE B.3.4 
 3. Ware, Garuda2.2 
 4. Peterson, Bima P.2.0 
 5. Ruslan, NSH G.1.8 
 6. Loiselle, Pacific .1.5 
 7. White, Pelita Jaya1.2 
 8. Sitepu, Satria M.1.1 
 9. Kosasih, Aspac1.0 
 10. Smith, Satria Muda0.9 


IBL Round 18: Derby game ends with Satria Muda's defeat of NSH GMC - by Eurobasket News

There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in IBL.

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Jakarta: Satria Muda (#1) and NSH GMC (#8). NSH GMC was smashed at home by 24 points 57-81 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Satria Muda held NSH GMC to an opponent 25.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 39.7 percent accuracy of the winners. Satria Muda forced 20 NSH GMC turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for American guard Tyreek Jewell (185-93, college: St.Francis, NY) who led his team to a victory with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Mohammad Rizal (195-93) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Satria Muda's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Nate Barfield (206-88, college: Langston) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 17 rebounds for NSH GMC. Satria Muda maintains first position with 11-1 record. NSH GMC lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with nine games lost. Satria Muda are looking forward to face JNE BSC (#9) in Bandung in the next round and are hoping to win another game. NSH GMC will have a break next round.
Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Bandung: Garuda (#6) and JNE BSC (#9). JNE BSC was smashed at home by 21 points 54-75 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. American center Chris Ware (203-89, college: Indiana Tech) had a double-double by scoring 27 points, 12 rebounds and 7 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and Wendha Wijaya chipped in 9 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American point guard Raheem Singleton (182-89, college: Maine) with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Garuda maintains sixth position with 7-6 record. JNE BSC at the other side keeps the ninth place with nine games lost. Garuda's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Bandung .

In the last two games of round 18 bottom-ranked Satya Wacana was beaten by Pacific Caesar on the road 85-71. Bima Perkasa lost to Aspac on its own court 60-78.

JNE BSC - Garuda 54-75

Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Bandung: Garuda (#6) and JNE BSC (#9). JNE BSC was smashed at home by 21 points 54-75 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It looked good early as JNE BSC took a 1-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Garuda had a 20-14 second period charge getting the lead and JNE BSC was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 54-75. Garuda dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to JNE BSC's 30. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Garuda brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. American center Chris Ware (203-89, college: Indiana Tech) had a double-double by scoring 27 points, 12 rebounds and 7 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and the former international point guard Wendha Wijaya (181-82) chipped in 9 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American point guard Raheem Singleton (182-89, college: Maine) with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import forward Chris Brand (208-90, college: Lincoln, PA) scored 18 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. Garuda maintains sixth position with 7-6 record. JNE BSC at the other side keeps the ninth place with nine games lost. Garuda's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Bandung .
Top scorers:
JNE BSC: R.Singleton 18+7reb+5ast, C.Brand 18+7reb+3ast, V.Surawi 6+3reb, F.Damanik 5+11reb, A.Tiara 4, T.Apriyana 2+2reb
Garuda: C.Ware 27+12reb+1ast, D.Pratama 12+4reb, W.Wijaya 9+5reb+3ast, S.Harun Nurman 9+2reb+3ast, G.Gunawan 6+5reb+4ast, S.Brantley 5+5reb+5ast
gschID: 533923


Pacific Caesar - Satya Wacana 85-71

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Pacific Caesar (8-5) beat bottom-ranked Satya Wacana (1-13) in Surabaya 85-71. The game was mostly controlled by Pacific Caesar. Satya Wacana was better in fourth quarter 30-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pacific Caesar players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Satya Wacana's players. American guard David Seagers (188-88, college: Dowling) had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 9 rebounds, 10 assists and 5 steals to lead the charge for the winners and Canadian forward Kevin Loiselle (198-88) chipped in 13 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 blocks during the contest. The best for the losing side was American center Nate Maxey (211-92, college: N.C.Central) with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 18 rebounds and 6 blocks and his fellow American import point guard Jarron Crump (183-92, college: Pacific Union) scored 27 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Pacific Caesar have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 8-5 record. Satya Wacana at the other side stay at the bottom place with 13 games lost. Pacific Caesar will play against higher ranked Aspac (#3) in Jakarta in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Satya Wacana will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Satya Wacana: J.Crump 27+2reb+2ast, N.Maxey 15+18reb+1ast, R.Rahangmetan 8+3reb+4ast, D.Nuban 6+4reb, B.Sucipto 5+4reb+2ast, C.Manuputty 4+2reb
Pacific Caesar: D.Seagers 21+9reb+10ast, O.Arista 15+2reb, K.Loiselle 13+12reb+11ast, I.Muhammad 8+2reb, M.Hardian Wicaksono 8+5reb+1ast, N.Saputra 7+5reb
gschID: 533922


NSH GMC - Satria Muda 57-81

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Jakarta: Satria Muda (#1) and NSH GMC (#8). NSH GMC was smashed at home by 24 points 57-81 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Satria Muda held NSH GMC to an opponent 25.0 percent shooting from the field compared to 39.7 percent accuracy of the winners. Satria Muda forced 20 NSH GMC turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for American guard Tyreek Jewell (185-93, college: St.Francis, NY) who led his team to a victory with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Mohammad Rizal (195-93) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Satria Muda players scored in double figures. Satria Muda's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Nate Barfield (206-88, college: Langston) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 17 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Gary Jacobs (188-92, college: Cent.Washington) added 20 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for NSH GMC. Satria Muda maintains first position with 11-1 record. NSH GMC lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with nine games lost. Satria Muda are looking forward to face JNE BSC (#9) in Bandung in the next round and are hoping to win another game. NSH GMC will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
NSH GMC: N.Barfield 21+17reb+1ast, G.Jacobs 20+7reb+1ast, R.Pratama Putra 5+9reb+2ast, I.Husnuzan 5+1reb+2ast, R.Azzaryan Pradhitya 4+3reb+1ast, M.Mustohirin 2+4reb+2ast
Satria Muda: T.Jewell 16+8reb+7ast, C.Smith 14+4reb+1ast, M.Rizal 13+6reb+1ast, A.Wisnu 10+2reb+3ast, J.Kokodiputra 8+4reb, G.Gunawan 7+3reb
gschID: 533921


Bima Perkasa - Aspac 60-78

Very expected game when 10th ranked Bima Perkasa (1-12) lost to fourth ranked Aspac (10-4) in Sakti 60-78. Bima Perkasa was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Aspac brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. American point guard Dom Williams (180, college: Cent.Washington) scored 31 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Pierre Henderson-Niles (203-87, college: Memphis) chipped in 8 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American point guard Tyrell Corbin (184-92, college: CSU Bakersfield) with a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds and Tertius Poli scored 12 points. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Aspac have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Bima Perkasa lost eleventh consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 12 games lost. Aspac will play against Pacific Caesar (#5) in Surabaya in the next round. Bima Perkasa will play at home against the league's second-placed CLS Knights (#2) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Bima Perkasa: T.Corbin 39+11reb+2ast, T.Poli 12+3reb+1ast, G.Bain 2+8reb, O.Halim 2+3reb, A.Mustofa 2+4reb+2ast, A.Asadi 2+1reb+1ast
Aspac: D.Williams 31+8reb+3ast, O.Wira Sanjaya 12+1reb, A.Prastawa Dhyaksa 10+6ast, P.Regowo 9+4reb+1ast, P.Henderson-Niles 8+13reb+1ast, V.Wuwungan 5+12reb
gschID: 533920





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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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 



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EuroLeague: Crvena Zvezda upset Emporio Armani in Milan - by Eurobasket News

Emporio Armani - Crvena Zvezda 71:78

Crvena Zvezda gained an important victory in the playoff race as they upset Emporio Armani in Milan on Thursday. Ognjen Kuzmic (213-C-90) nailed 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds as the Serbian team improved at 15-11 record.
Crvena Zvezda got to a quick start. The visitors went on a 25:10 run to gain a 15-point lead. Emporio Armani narrowed the distance at 12-point mark at the interval. The Italian side stayed aggressive in the third term. Emporio Armani pulled as close as 10 points heading into the fourth frame. But Crvena Zvezda kept the hosts at bay throughout the final period and rallied to the key victory. Marko Simonovic (201-F-86, agency: BeoBasket) netted 13 points, while Marko Guduric (196-SG-95, agency: BeoBasket) added 12 points in the win. Richard Hickman (189-G-85, college: NC-Greensboro) responded with 14 points for Emporio Armani. Rakim Sanders (193-G/F-89, college: Fairfield) had 12 points in the loss.

Emporio Armani: Richard Hickman 14, Rakim Sanders 12
Crvena Zvezda: Ognjen Kuzmic 15, Marko Simonovic 13, Marko Guduric 12



Samardo Samuels (ex Jiangsu D.) is a newcomer at Enel Brindisi - by Eurobasket News

Enel Basket Brindisi (Serie A) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old Jamaican international power forward Samardo Samuels (206-122kg-89, college: Louisville). He started the season at Jiangsu Nangang Dragons Nanjing in Chinese CBA league. In 22 games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.2ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.4apg this season. The last season Samuels played at FC Barcelona in Spanish Liga Endesa where in 43 games he averaged 6.7ppg and 3.7rpg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. Samuels also played 26 games in Euroleague where he had 6.0ppg and 2.8rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
Samuels has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
He won Italian SerieA championship title in 2014.
Samuels also represented Jamaica at the Centrobasket in San Juan (Puerto Rico) five years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: Score-4 (17.0ppg), 7.3rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 54.8%, FT: 79.1%.
Samuels is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Israel (Hapoel Jerusalem), Italy (Armani Milano), NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers) and D-League (Erie Bay Hawks, Reno Bighorns and Canton Charge).
Samuels attended University of Louisville until 2010 and it is his seventh season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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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 ..
.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  JAMAICA  


Samardo Samuels (ex Jiangsu D.) is a newcomer at Enel Brindisi - by Eurobasket News

Enel Basket Brindisi (Serie A) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old Jamaican international power forward Samardo Samuels (206-122kg-89, college: Louisville). He started the season at Jiangsu Nangang Dragons Nanjing in Chinese CBA league. In 22 games he recorded very impressive stats: 20.2ppg, 7.5rpg and 1.4apg this season. The last season Samuels played at FC Barcelona in Spanish Liga Endesa where in 43 games he averaged 6.7ppg and 3.7rpg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. Samuels also played 26 games in Euroleague where he had 6.0ppg and 2.8rpg. He contributed to his team making it to the quarterfinals.
Samuels has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2013.
He won Italian SerieA championship title in 2014.
Samuels also represented Jamaica at the Centrobasket in San Juan (Puerto Rico) five years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 6 games: Score-4 (17.0ppg), 7.3rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 54.8%, FT: 79.1%.
Samuels is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Israel (Hapoel Jerusalem), Italy (Armani Milano), NBA (Cleveland Cavaliers) and D-League (Erie Bay Hawks, Reno Bighorns and Canton Charge).
Samuels attended University of Louisville until 2010 and it is his seventh season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  JUCO  


Brookdale Outplayed By Elgin Spartans In Quarterfinals At National Tournament - by Eurobasket News

The Brookdale men's basketball team was outplayed by the Spartans of Elgin Community College in the quarterfinals of the NJCAA national tournament, 82-53. The Jersey Blues started the game flat and were down at the half, 46-25. Brookdale cut the lead to nine points with about 10 minutes remaining in the game but could not get over the hump after that. Elgin kept swishing unanswered three-pointers. Sophomore center Jordan Little (6'9''-G/F) led the Blues offense with 18 points and eight rebounds. The team returns to action in the consolation bracket against Nassau Community College at noon on Friday, March 17th at UCR Regional Sports Center in Rochester, MN.
Courtesy of: brookdale.prestosports.com



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  KENYA  


Kenya men routed 86-47 by Egypt - relegated to caliber of Somalia - by Eurobasket News

Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi now the countries challenging Egypt for top honours in Fiba Zone 5 African basketball. KENYA men were bundled out of the Zone 5 AfroBasket 2017 qualifiers in Cairo on Wednesday evening, their severe 86-47 rout by home team Egypt underlining the very low standards of the Kenyan sport. The team thus lost all their Group 'A' matches of the championships; earlier defeats being an emphatic 76-60 by Rwanda and a shocking 66-68 loss to South Sudan who were playing their first international tournament. Kenya have now been relegated to classification play-offs condemning them to the caliber of Somalia whom coach Carey Odhiambo 's men play next in the non-consequential 'rubber' on Friday. Meanwhile, semi-finalists include Uganda who were unbeaten in Group 'B', Rwanda who were runners-up to Egypt in Group 'A' and Burundi who were second in a three-team Group 'B'. The two teams in the final will earn places in the AfroBasket 2017 men's championship in Brazzaville, Congo (August 19-30). Being overtaken by Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda just questions the future of Kenya's men's basketball. After matches in the three-team round-robin event for women, Egypt beat both Uganda (86-56) and Kenya (87-62) to top the table and earn the single place to the AfroBasket 2017, Mali (September 15-24). Kenya's win for a second place was a 70-41 upset of Uganda. Fixtures indicate return matches but in any case, Egypt have already booked their place in the African championships.
Courtesy of: voiceofsports.net



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  LATVIA  

LBL D2 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 28.9
 1. Barrett, Madona28.9 
 2. Miezis, Kekava23.3 
 3. Kaufmanis, Valmier.22.7 
 4. Krumins, Jelgava22.7 
 5. Ginters, RSU22.2 
 6. Saknitis, Kekava18.0 
 7. Stiebrins, Jekabpil.17.9 
 8. Skute, Madona17.7 
 9. Osins, Limbazi17.2 
 10. Zotovs, VEF skola16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Martin BARRETT
  Madona
  (196-F/G-)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Barrett, Madona12.2 
 2. Minajevs, LU/BS R.12.0 
 3. Cavars, Kekava11.1 
 4. Dubults, ViA11.0 
 5. Vikentsyeu, VeA10.5 
 6. Gertners, DSN/.9.8 
 7. Mednis, Gulbenes Buki9.8 
 8. Adins, Turiba9.0 
 9. Metnieks, Marupe8.9 
 10. Sapovalovs, RSU8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars BUIKIS
  Saldus
  (180-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Buikis, Saldus8.2 
 2. Justovics, Jelgava7.9 
 3. Endzels, Turiba6.7 
 4. Kohanovs, ViA5.8 
 5. Bikovs, RTU5.7 
 6. Kalnins, Valmier.5.7 
 7. Osins, Limbazi5.6 
 8. Ikstens, RSU5.3 
 9. Dulevskis, Gulbenes.5.3 
 10. Paze, Marupe5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Nauris MIEZIS
  Kekava
  (189-F-91)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Miezis, Kekava3.3 
 2. Dambis, BJBS R.3.3 
 3. Mikulskiy, VeA2.7 
 4. Barrett, Madona2.7 
 5. Kaufmanis, Valmier.2.6 
 6. Zotovs, VEF skola2.6 
 7. Bikovs, RTU2.6 
 8. Osins, Limbazi2.5 
 9. Brants, Madona2.4 
 10. Klegeris, LU/BS R.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Juris KALNINS
  Livani
  (200-F/C-93)
  Avg: 3
 1. Kalnins, Livani3.0 
 2. Avotins, Jekabpil.1.6 
 3. Dembskis, LU/BS R.1.4 
 4. Skute, Madona1.3 
 5. Metnieks, Marupe1.2 
 6. Engers, ViA1.2 
 7. Gertners, DSN/.1.1 
 8. Vikentsyeu, VeA1.0 
 9. Indrikovs, Ogre/Kum.1.0 
 10. Jurjans, RSU1.0 


Latvian LBL round 25 best performance: Karlis Apsitis - by Eurobasket News

Forward Karlis Apsitis (200-F-92) had a very impressive game in the last round for BK Ogre, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 25.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, eight rebounds and seven assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Valka/Valga (#10, 3-14) 98-89. BK Ogre is placed at 7th position in Latvian LBL. BK Ogre is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 11-15 record. In the team's last game Apsitis had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. It's his second year at BK Ogre and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Karlis Apsitis averages this season 9.9ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was another BK Ogre's star - 33-year old former international forward Janis Poznaks (203-F-83). Poznaks had a very good evening with 24 points and 4 rebounds. Of course BK Ogre cruised to a 98-89 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Valka/Valga (#10, 3-14). This victory allowed BK Ogre to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 11-15 record. Poznaks is a newcomer at BK Ogre, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Kristaps Mediss (188-G-89) of Barons Riga (#6). Mediss scored 24 points. Despite Mediss' great performance Barons Riga lost 91-100 to the higher-ranked Ventspils (#1, 22-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Barons Riga needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 11 victories and 11 lost games. Mediss has a very solid season. In 22 games in Latvia he scored 9.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Damier Pitts (177-PG-89) of Valmiera - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Malcolm Griffin (193-G-91) of Liepaja/Triobet - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Kristaps Plavnieks (183-PG-95) of BK Ogre - 11 points, 4 rebounds and 11 assists
7. Rain Raadik (208-C-89) of Valka/Valga - 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Andrejs Grazulis (202-C-93) of Ventspils - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Arnas Labuckas (206-F-87) of VEF Riga - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Lauris Blaus (208-C-90) of Valmiera - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists

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



Latvian LBL2 round 18 (Second Stage) best performance: Edgars Kaufmanis - by Eurobasket News

Shooting guard Edgars Kaufmanis (185-SG-99) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Valmiera/ORDO-2 (they play in Places 13-21), receiving a Eurobasket.com LBL2 Player of the Week award for round 18 (Second Stage).
The 17-year old player was the main contributor (39 points, five rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Riga/Ridzene (#21, 1-14) 95-88. Valmiera/ORDO-2 maintains the 6th position in Latvian LBL2. Valmiera/ORDO-2 is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 8th lost game this season out of 15 games. In the team's last game Kaufmanis had a remarkable nine three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He turned to be Valmiera/ORDO-2's top player in his first season with the team. Edgars Kaufmanis has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 22.7ppg) and averages impressive 2.6spg.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old Rihards Ginters (192-SF-93) of RSU. Ginters had a very good evening with a double-double of 29 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as RSU lost that game 68-77 to the lower-ranked Livani (#10, 5-14). RSU managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-11 record. Ginters is well-known at RSU and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.2ppg (#5). He also registered 8.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Daniels Minajevs (205-C/F-95) of LU/BS Riga (#3). Minajevs showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of LU/BS Riga, leading his team to a 103-60 easy win against the lower-ranked Riga/Ridzene (#21, 1-14). LU/BS Riga needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 3 lost games. Minajevs has a great season in Latvia. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 12.0rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Juris Kalnins (200-F/C-93) of Livani - 23 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Maris Riekstins) of ViA - 19 points and 15 rebounds
6. Andris Justovics (200-F-89) of Jelgava - 30 points and 4 rebounds
7. Rainers Kalnins (188-G-99) of Valmiera/ORDO-2 - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 16 assists
8. Matiss Caune (186-G-93) of Livani - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Janis Engers (200-F-95) of ViA - 21 points and 5 rebounds
10. Gatis Justovics (184-G-87) of Jelgava - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 10 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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  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 


Riyadi Crowned Champions After Downing Petrochimi - by Eurobasket News

Riyadi went into the game focused and eyeing the gold. Amir Saoud (186-G-91) was filling the shoes of Branko and was founding his way to the basket. Defensively, Riyadi were facing a big sized, tall team that kept pushing down low. They were trying to pound the basket time after time, trying to put Aminu and Haidar in foul trouble. Riyadi's zone defense caused Petrochimi a lot of trouble as they were able to force them to commit many TO and push on the break. The Lebanese finished the quarter leading 22-12. The second quarter started with both teams sharing buckets. Back to back three point shots from Jean Abdel Nour increased the lead to 16 as momentum shifted in Riyadi's favor. It's important to signal the defensive presence that Ali Haidar imposed under the rim although he faced a 2.10 m center. Riyadi continued the quarter with a slow tempo trying to kill the game and finish the quarter the way they want. A late Iranian surge reduced the lead as they finished the half trailing 28-43. Petrochimi came out focused and hit the ground running. They tried to close the gap with back to back buckets. But Jean AbdelNour and Amir Saoud had other ideas. Captain Jean was tremendous on both ends. He's known for his lock down defense and today he was on fire from behind the arc. As for Amir, he carried the load offensively and was able to penetrate the Iranian defense time after time. Riyadi built a demanding lead and finished the quarter up 70-51. In the fourth, Riyadi kept their zone defense as Petrochimi could not find their touch from downtown. On the contrary, Ali Haidar was taking his open shots and drilling them. Alade was finding his way under the basket, scoring and grabbing rebounds by the dozen. Tension built in the game as the Iranians felt the loss coming their way. They were trying to get the Lebanese out of their comfort zone. Riyadi kept their cool as they won the game and were crowned WABA champions after an 83-69 win.
Courtesy of: sports-961.com



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Recap of NKL Round 2 of Quarter-Finals - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris II - Suduva-Mantinga 58-78

Suduva-Mantinga upset Zalgiris II in Kaunas to take 2-0 lead. The game without a history. Suduva-Mantinga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Suduva-Mantinga outrebounded Zalgiris II 42-21 including a 33-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Suduva-Mantinga especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was forward Darius Griskenas (194-84) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. American forward Kinu Rochford (195-90, college: Fair Dickinson) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Kristupas Zemaitis (192-96) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 assists and power forward Gytis Masiulis (206-98) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Zalgiris II's coach Tomas Masiulis let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris II: K.Zemaitis 13+4reb+10ast, L.Birutis 13+1reb+1ast, G.Masiulis 11+6reb, L.Uleckas 7+3reb+5ast, M.Arlauskas 6+1reb+2ast, G.Vasiliauskas 5+3reb+1ast
Suduva-Mantinga: K.Rochford 17+8reb+1ast, D.Griskenas 13+10reb+6ast, E.Ezerskis 10+6reb+8ast, A.Kieza 9+5reb+1ast, G.Matulis 9+2reb+1ast, E.Saulys 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 540002


Silute - Nafta-Uni. 66-69

Nafta-Uni beat Silute on the road to even the series at 1-1. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Guard Erikas Kubilius (194-95) scored 20 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Deividas Anuzis (182-92) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists during the contest. Center Aurelijus Pukelis (205-94) responded with 18 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Ulysses Thomas (190-92, college: Kentucky St.) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Silute's coach Robertas Kuncaitis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Silute: A.Pukelis 18+6reb+2ast, U.Thomas 16+6reb+2ast, S.Raupys 10+6reb+1ast, A.Eitutavicius 7+3reb+5ast, M.Zaunieriunas 6+3reb, T.Zdanavicius 6+6reb
Nafta-Uni.: E.Kubilius 20+8reb+2ast, D.Anuzis 19+4reb+4ast, D.Slavinskas 13+7reb+5ast, B.Bagdonavicius 7+5reb, M.Stasys 5+4reb+2ast, E.Alunderis 3+8reb+1ast
gschID: 540001


Vytis - Telsiai 64-69

Telsiai rolled past Vytis to draw things level at 1-1. Vytis was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 21-10 charge of Telsiai, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 20 Vytis turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Vytis helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Ovidijus Kaminskis (195-91) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Laurynas Kaveckis (190-90) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Center Edvinas Jezukevicius (207-90) replied with 18 points and 9 rebounds and American point guard Shelton Jackson (191-89, college: Mercyhurst) added 12 points in the effort for Vytis.
Top scorers:
Vytis: E.Jezukevicius 18+9reb+3ast, S.Jackson 12+2reb+2ast, P.Beliavicius 9+3reb+1ast, G.Radzevicius 8+5reb+3ast, A.Jankaitis 6+8reb+1ast, G.Maceina 6+1reb+4ast
Telsiai: O.Kaminskis 22+8reb, L.Kaveckis 14+5reb, M.Norkus 10+7reb, G.Kybartas 8+6reb+1ast, A.Maneikis 6+2reb, I.Razutis 6+6reb+5ast
gschID: 539999


Perlas-MRU - Rasai 83-85

Rasai nipped Perlas-MRU away from home to gain 2-0 lead. It looked good early as Perlas-MRU took a 4-point small lead at the end of first quarter. But then Rasai had a 23-15 second period charge getting the lead and Perlas-MRU was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 83-85. Rasai forced 23 Perlas-MRU turnovers. Strangely Perlas-MRU outrebounded Rasai 36-20 including a 25-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. Power forward Sarunas Beniusis (206-93) notched 21 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and point guard Tomas Galeckas (183-94) supported him with 16 points and 7 assists. Four Rasai players scored in double figures. Even 32 points and 5 rebounds by forward Arnas Berucka (195-97) did not help to save the game for Perlas-MRU. Swingman Tautvydas Pipiras (197-93) added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the hosts. Perlas-MRU's coach Arvydas Gronskis tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Perlas-MRU: A.Berucka 32+5reb+3ast, L.Kvedaravicius 10+2reb+2ast, T.Pipiras 10+6reb+4ast, D.Pipiras 9+5reb, K.Giedraitis 8+4reb+1ast, D.Sirvydis 7+6reb+1ast
Rasai: S.Beniusis 21+8reb, S.Vingelis 18+1reb+2ast, T.Galeckas 16+7ast, A.Aleksandrovas 10+3reb+4ast, K.Okmanas 7+1reb+2ast, E.Aniulis 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 540000





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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Amara Sy selected the top Malian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Amara Sy
Amara Sy
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Amara Sy (202-81, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in France). He could not help Monaco (19-3) to beat JSF Nanterre (16-6). Sy recorded 8 points in 19 minutes on the court. The league leader Monaco lost 88-99 on the road to the lower-ranked (#3) JSF Nanterre. It was Monaco's first loss after ten consecutive victories. This year Sy averages: 7.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 57.3%(63-110), 3FGP: 15.8% and FT: 72.3% in 22 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Mali and French. Sy played for the Mali senior national team six years ago.

Sourata Cisse
Sourata Cisse
   #2. Second place goes to former international swingman Sourata Cisse (196-86, currently plays in France). Cisse was not able to help Orchesien BC (15-13) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Orchesien BC was defeated 90-86 in Saint Vallier by the lower-ranked Saint Vallier (#11). Cisse recorded 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It's Cisse's first season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 12.9ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 52.7%, 3FGP: 41.0% and FT: 77.5%. Cisse is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French. Despite he played previously for the French U20 national team, Cisse played also for the Mali national team in 2015.

Boubacar Sidibe
Boubacar Sidibe
   #3. The Mali player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Boubacar Sidibe (205-94, currently plays in Spain). He was not able to secure a victory for Blancos de Rueda (13-11) in their game against Zornotza (13-11) in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division). Sidibe scored 5 points in 18 minutes. Blancos de Rueda was crushed 77-55 in Amorebieta-Echano by the higher-ranked (#7) Zornotza. They ended the series of three consecutive victories. This year Sidibe's overall stats are: 5.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 47.5%, 3FGP: 23.1% and FT: 39.1% in 20 games. He played for the Mali national team two years ago.

Sagaba Konate
Sagaba Konate
   #4. Forward Sagaba Konate (203-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to W.Virginia's victory against the The University of Texas (15-3) 63-53 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Konate scored 6 points, had 4 rebounds and made 2 blocks. The West Virginia University has a solid 12-7 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Konate's total stats this year are: 4.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.5bpg. He used to play for the Mali U18 national team back in 2014.

Sambou Traore
Sambou Traore
   #5. Former international power forward Sambou Traore (198-79, currently plays in France) couldn't help Chorale de Roanne (9-13) in their game against Nantes (11-11) in the French ProB (second division). Traore cannot count it as his best performance. He recorded only 2 points in 7 minutes on the court. Chorale de Roanne lost 73-77 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#9) Nantes. It was Chorale de Roanne's fourth consecutive loss in a row. This year Traore's total stats are: 1.8ppg and 1.5rpg in six games. He has both Mali and French nationalities. Traore used to play for the Mali national team two years ago.

Drissa Ballo
Drissa Ballo
   #6. Center Drissa Ballo (208-95, currently plays in France) couldn't help Aix-Maurienne (9-13) in their game against Poitiers (11-11) in the French ProB (second division). He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Aix-Maurienne was edged 85-82 on the opponent's court by the much higher-ranked Poitiers (#7). Ballo has averaged so far 5.5ppg and 4.3rpg. He is a former international player as he played for the Mali senior team two years ago.

Cheick Soumaoro
Cheick Soumaoro
   #7. Former international power forward Cheick Soumaoro (204-90, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Lorient (11-17) 77-62 in the French NM1 (third division) on Saturday night. Soumaoro recorded 6 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks in 17 minutes. Sorgues-Avignon-Le Pontet Vaucluse (12-16) is placed 13th in the NM1. Soumaoro has averaged so far 9.1ppg and 6.2rpg in 26 games. He used to play for the Mali national team six years ago.

Ibrahim Saounera
Ibrahim Saounera
   #8. Point guard Ibrahim Saounera (179-87, currently plays in France) led Vendee Challans to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Angers BC (11-17) 90-81 in the French NM1 (third division) in Saturday night's game. Saounera recorded 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Vendee Challans Basket (14-14) is placed ninth in the NM1. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Saounera has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.5apg and 1.3spg. He used to play for the Mali national team back in 2015.

Ludovic Chelle
Ludovic Chelle
   #9. Former international point guard Ludovic Chelle (183-83, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Gries/Oberhoffen (13-15) crushing them 95-68 in the French NM1 (third division) last Saturday. Chelle recorded 10 points and added 4 passes in 25 minutes. Caen Basket Calvados (22-6) is placed first in the NM1. It was his team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. Chelle has averaged so far 8.9ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.2apg in 27 games. Despite he played previously for the French U20 national team, Chelle is currently in the Mali national team roster.

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

   #1. Bandja Sy (204-F-90, agency: BeoBasket, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in France). He could not help ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (11-11) to beat Chalon/Saor (16-6). Sy recorded 7 points. ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket was defeated 77-68 on the road by the second-ranked Chalon/Saor. It's Sy's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 7.1ppg and 3.6rpg. Sy has a dual citizenship: Mali and French.

   #2. Nianta Diarra (205-F/C-93, currently plays in France) was not able to help Olympique Antibes in their game against Limoges CSP Elite (11-11) in the French ProA. He recorded 8 points in 19 minutes. Olympique Antibes was crushed 95-66 in Limoges by the much higher-ranked (#9) CSP Elite. It's Diarra's first season with the team. This year Diarra's overall stats are: 2.8ppg and 3.0rpg in 22 games he played so far. He is another player who holds two passports: Mali and French.

   #3. Kassoum Yakwe (201-F, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to secure a victory for the St.John's (7-11) in their game against the Villanova University (16-3) in the NCAA. He scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The St.John's was crushed 108-67 at home by the University. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Yakwe has averaged so far 4.2ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.9bpg.



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  MEXICO  


Gustavo Ayon selected the top Mexican playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Gustavo Ayon
Gustavo Ayon
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Gustavo Ayon (207-85, college: San Jose St., currently plays in Euroleague). He was the major contributor in a Real Madrid's victory against the sixth-ranked Crvena Zvezda (15-11) crushing them 98-68 in the Euroleague in Friday night's game. Ayon recorded 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in a mere 18 minutes on the court. 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 year Ayon averages: 9.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 71.6%(116-162) and FT: 46.7% in 26 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Mexican senior national team.

Francisco Cruz
Francisco Cruz
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Francisco Cruz (190-89, college: Wyoming, currently plays in Spain). Cruz could not help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (10-13) to beat Valencia Basket (5-17). He scored 9 points. But Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was defeated 101-86 on the road by the lower-ranked Valencia Basket (#13). It's Cruz's first season with the team. Cruz's overall stats this year are: 9.1ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 54.4%, 3FGP: 30.2% and FT: 82.6%. Ex-Fuerza Guinda Nogales player is in the roster of the Mexican senior national team.

Jorge Gutierrez
Jorge Gutierrez
   #3. The Mexican player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Jorge Gutierrez (190-88, college: California, currently plays in Turkey). He was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Trabzonspor (7-14) in their last game. Despite Gutierrez's good performance Trabzonspor was badly defeated 96-78 in Istanbul by the higher-ranked (#11) BBSK. He scored 10 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 33 minutes. It was Trabzonspor's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Gutierrez's overall stats are: 9.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 4.3apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 54.3% and FT: 63.6% in 11 games. Ex-Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun player is also a member of the Mexican senior national team.

Mauricio Cheda
Mauricio Cheda
   #4. Forward Mauricio Cheda (198-90, college: UTEP, currently plays in Spain) managed to help Xuven Cambados in a victory against the tenth-ranked Alcazar (12-12) 94-77 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) last Saturday. He scored only 4 points in 13 minutes. Xuven Cambados (17-7) is placed third in the LEB Silver. It was his team's seventh consecutive victory in a row. This year Cheda's total stats are: 3.9ppg and 1.2rpg in 14 games. He used to play for the Mexican university national team back in 2013.

Ivan Venegas
Ivan Venegas
   #5. Former U18 international forward Ivan Venegas (203-97, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to UTEP's victory against the Rice University (11-7) 86-76 in the NCAA on Thursday night. Venegas scored only 2 points. The The Univ.of Texas at El Paso has a solid 12-6 conference record this season. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This year Venegas averages just 0.6ppg. He used to play for the Mexican U18 national team three years ago.

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

   #1. Kelvin Jones (211-C-97, currently plays college basketball in the States), who plays in the NCAA could not help the UTEP (12-6) to beat the Middle Tennessee State University (17-1). He recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The UTEP was crushed 82-56 at home by the Middle Tennessee State University. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. Jones' total stats this season are: 3.4ppg and 3.7rpg.

Other top Mexican players, who play abroad:

Paul Stoll (180-PG-85) plays for Unics Kazan in Russian VTB
Orlando Mendez-Valdez (183-PG-86) plays for Maccabi Haifa in Israeli Winner League
Edgar Garibay (208-F-90) plays for Guaiqueries in Venezuelan LPB
James Anacreon (201-F-90) plays for Albacete in Spanish LEB Silver
Joseph Hutchingson Mejia (196-G/F-87) plays for Georgia Vipers in the UBA
Ivan Alvarez (189-F-82) plays for Independ. Oliva in Argentinian TFB
Diego Willis (192-PG-99) plays for Canarias Basketball Academy in Spanish 1 Div.
Johnatan Reyes (179-PG) plays for Clark in the
John Garcia (G) plays for Laredo Swarm in the ABA



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  MONGOLIA  


Arhangai Altan clinch 2016/17 title, Turner gets MVP of the Finals - by Eurobasket News

Arhangai Altan clinch 2016/17 title as they won the Final series against Alianz Tech 4-1. In the fifth game Arhangai Altan posted a 96-92 win to triumph in the country. Robert Turner (190-G-93, college: Texas Tech) was named MV of the Finals as he collected 15 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Enhbaaatar top-scored with 22 points and Marcus Hammonds (196-F/G-87, college: Texas A&M-CC) notched 17. Carl Blair (188-PG, college: Prairie View A&M) replied with 24 points in the losing effort, whilst Delgeen added 20.


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  MONTENEGRO  


Bojan Dubljevic selected the top Montenegrin playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Bojan Dubljevic
Bojan Dubljevic
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket, currently plays in Spain). He led Valencia Basket to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (10-13) 101-86 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Saturday night's game. Dubljevic scored 17 points, had 7 boards, handed out 3 passes and blocked 2 shots in 20 minutes on the court. Valencia Basket (16-6) is placed third in the Liga Endesa. It's Dubljevic's fourth season with the team. He has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 52.3%, 3FGP: 24.1% and FT: 89.5% in 18 games he played so far. Dubljevic is currently a member of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Nikola Vucevic
Nikola Vucevic
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Nikola Vucevic (213-90, college: USC, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the Orlando Magic (24-45) in their last game on Monday. Despite Vucevic's very good performance the Orlando Magic (24-45) was defeated 120-115 on the road by the Sacramento Kings. He was the top scorer with 23 points. Vucevic also added 9 boards, handed out 4 passes and blocked 2 shots. Vucevic is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Magic's roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Vucevic averages: 14.5ppg, 10.1rpg, 2.7apg, 2FGP: 48.6%, 3FGP: 30.6% and FT: 64.5%. He is in the roster of the Montenegrin senior national team.

Vladimir Dragicevic
Vladimir Dragicevic
   #3. The Montenegrin player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86, currently plays in Poland). Dragicevic led Stelmet to a 2-point victory over the 11th-ranked Energa Czarni (12-11) 81-79 in the Polish PLK on Sunday night. He was MVP of the game. Dragicevic recorded 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in 29 minutes. Stelmet Zielona Gora (18-6) is placed first in the PLK. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. It's Dragicevic's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 62.8%(59-94) and FT: 63.2% in 12 games. Former BC Buducnost Podgorica starter played for the Montenegrin national team three years ago.

Milko Bjelica
Milko Bjelica
   #4. Power forward Milko Bjelica (207-84, also represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in Euroleague) was not able to help Crvena Zvezda in their game against Real Madrid (19-7) in the Euroleague. Bjelica recorded 9 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 27 minutes. But Crvena Zvezda was crushed 98-68 in Madrid by the second-ranked Real. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. This year Bjelica's overall stats are: 7.6ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg in 26 games. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Serbian. Bjelica used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2014.

Marko Todorovic
Marko Todorovic
   #5. International forward Marko Todorovic (209-92, currently plays in VTB United League) was the major contributor in Khimky's victory against the league outsider Parma (0-17) 87-83 in the VTB United League on Saturday night. He scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. BC Khimky Moscow Region (16-3) is placed third in the VTB United League. It was his team's eighth consecutive victory in a row. Todorovic has reliable stats this season: 10.4ppg, 6.9rpg and 2.0apg. He plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

Nemanja Djurisic
Nemanja Djurisic
   #6. Power forward Nemanja Djurisic (203-92, college: Georgia, currently plays in Poland) is a teammate of previously mentioned Vladimir Dragicevic. But that was another game of his team in Polish PLK which we would like to mention. Djurisic led Stelmet to a victory over the tenth-ranked Polpharma (13-12) 85-72. He was the best player in that game. Djurisic scored 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 25 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his second season in pro basketball. Stelmet Zielona Gora (18-6) is placed first in the PLK. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Djurisic's stats this year are: 10.8ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.1apg in 20 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Montenegrin National Team roster.

Taylor Rochestie
Taylor Rochestie
   #7. Former international point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St., currently plays in EuroCup) was not able to secure a victory for Lokomotiv (5-1) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Rochestie's good performance the league leader Lokomotiv was badly defeated 73-57 at home by the second-ranked Unicaja Malaga. He was the second best scorer with 14 points. Rochestie also added 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Rochestie's stats this season are: 11.7ppg, 1.8rpg and 3.1apg. He is a naturalized American. Rochestie used to play for the Montenegrin national team three years ago. Strangely he has never played in Montenegro.

Radosav Spasojevic
Radosav Spasojevic
   #8. Power forward Radosav Spasojevic (204-92, another player represented by BeoBasket, currently plays in ABA League) was the main contributor in a Mega Leks' victory against the tenth-ranked Karpos Sokoli (10-16) 82-69 in the ABA League on Saturday night. Spasojevic was the top player that evening. He scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 29 minutes. BC Mega Leks (11-15) is placed sixth in the ABA League. The Regular Season already ended in the ABA League. This year Spasojevic's total stats are: 9.9ppg and 3.6rpg in 19 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2015.

Milos Savovic
Milos Savovic
   #9. Former U20 international swingman Milos Savovic (200-89, currently plays in Serbia) contributed to Vrsac's victory against the eighth-ranked KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac (10-10) 75-65 in the Serbian KLS in Saturday night's game. Savovic was the top player that evening. He scored 15 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 2 blocks. KK Vrsac Swisslion (16-4) is placed first in the KLS. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Savovic has been at the team for four years. Savovic has averaged so far 8.5ppg and 3.5rpg. He used to play for the Montenegrin U20 national team eight years ago.

Tyrese Rice
Tyrese Rice
   #10. Point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., currently plays in Euroleague) contributed to a FC Barcelona's victory against one of league's weakest teams Unics Kazan (7-18) 70-62 in the Euroleague last Thursday. Rice recorded 9 points and added 4 assists in 18 minutes. FC Barcelona Lassa (10-15) is placed 11th in the Euroleague. Rice averaged so far 13.7ppg, 1.7rpg, 5.2apg and 1.2spg in 25 games. He is a naturalized American. Rice is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Montenegrin senior national team. Apparently he has never played in Montenegro.

   #11. International point guard Nikola Ivanovic (190-94, currently plays in Italy) helped Betaland Cdo win their game against the league outsider Vanoli Cremona 86-82 in the Italian Serie A in Sunday night's game. Ivanovic recorded 14 points in 31 minutes. Ivanovic averaged so far 13.3ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.6apg and 1.4spg in seven games. He plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

   #12. Former international center Blagota Sekulic (210-82, currently plays in Spain) faced previously mentioned Bojan Dubljevic in the Spanish Liga Endesa last game. Sekulic couldn't help Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (10-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance Baloncesto Fuenlabrada lost 86-101 in Valencia to the lower-ranked (#13) Basket. Sekulic scored 10 points, had 7 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 23 minutes. Sekulic has averaged so far 7.4ppg and 4.5rpg in 17 games. He used to play for the Montenegrin national team back in 2015.

   #13. International shooting guard Nikola Pavlicevic (192-88, currently plays in Hungary) helped Szolnok win their game against the league leader Alba 90-76 in the Hungarian A Division in Saturday night's game. Pavlicevic recorded 16 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Pavlicevic averaged so far 14.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.0apg and 1.5spg. He is also Montenegrin national team player.

   #14. International power forward Ivan Maras (207-86, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help Doxa Lefkadas in their game against Aris in the Greek A1, despite his very good performance last Saturday. Maras had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 13 rebounds in 29 minutes. But his team lost 70-78. Maras averaged so far 12.8ppg and 6.8rpg in five games. He plays currently for the Montenegrin national team.

   #15. Former U17 international guard Nikola Vujicic (185-89, currently plays in Serbia) couldn't help KK Jagodina in their game against Proleter Naftagas in the Serbian 2MLS (second division). Despite his very good performance on Saturday night Vujicic recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and making 10 passes. He also added 5 rebounds and 3 steals. This season Vujicic has very high stats. He averages: 16.8ppg, 6.5rpg, 3.6apg and 1.2spg. Vujicic used to play for the Montenegrin U17 national team eleven years ago.

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

   #1. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91, currently plays in NBA) led Chicago Bulls to a victory over the Charlotte Hornets (30-38) 115-109 in the NBA in Monday night's game. Mirotic was the best player in that game. He recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 11 rebounds. The Chicago Bulls have 32-36 record this season. Mirotic has reliable stats this year: 9.4ppg and 5.2rpg. He has a dual citizenship: Montenegrin and Spanish.

   #2. Nikola Dragovic (206-F-87, agency: BeoBasket, college: UCLA, currently plays in France) could not help ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (11-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Dragovic's good performance ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket was defeated 77-68 on the road by the second-ranked Chalon/Saor. He was the second best scorer with 12 points. Dragovic has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 4.9rpg and 1.2apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Serbian and Montenegrin. Despite Dragovic's Montenegrin nationality, he previously played for the Serbian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Montenegrin team.

   #3. Experienced Brion Rush (186-PG-84, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Grambling St., currently plays in France) was the main contributor in a 3-point Sluc Nancy's victory against the closely-ranked Cholet Basket (8-14) 85-82 in the French ProA last Saturday. Rush was the top player that evening. He recorded 20 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!). Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (5-17) closes the standings in the ProA. But the situation may improve as they ended a series of three consecutive loses. Rush has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.1ppg, 3.1rpg and 3.9apg. Rush is a naturalized American. He used to play for KK Sutjeska Niksic in Montenegrin league.

   #4. Boris Lalovic (207-C-81, currently plays in Romania) was not able to help CSU Sibiu (14-8) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the third-placed CSU Sibiu (14-8) was badly defeated 92-75 in Cluj Napoca by the leading UBT Cluj Napoca in the Places 1-6 group. Lalovic was the top scorer with 20 points in 29 minutes. Lalovic averaged so far 11.7ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.1apg in 23 games he played so far.

   #5. Nikola Vukovic (202-F/C-90, currently plays in Serbia) was not able to secure a victory for Dunav SB (11-9) in their game against Spartak (13-7) in the Serbian KLS. He scored 9 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 19 minutes. But Dunav SB lost 79-85 at home to the higher-ranked (#4) Spartak. Vukovic has averaged so far 8.8ppg and 5.5rpg in 20 games.

   #6. Milos Komatina (206-F/C-84, currently plays in Romania) was the major contributor in a BC Timisoara's victory against the leader UBT Cluj Napoca 78-69 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Sunday. He scored 18 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line) in 38 minutes. Komatina averaged so far 12.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.5apg and 1.5spg in 23 games.

   #7. Mensud Julevic (200-PF-85, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to a Terme Olimia's victory against one of league's weakest teams LTH Castings 74-64 in the Slovenian Liga Nova KBM in Saturday night's game. He had a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 11 rebounds in 35 minutes. Julevic averaged so far 11.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.2spg in 22 games. He has both Montenegrin and Slovenian nationalities. Despite Julevic's Montenegrin passport, he previously played for the Slovenian U21 national team and probably cannot be called to the Montenegrin team.

   #8. Stefan Ljubenkovic (197-F-95, agency: Mansfield and Associates, currently plays in Serbia) faced previously mentioned Nikola Vukovic in the Serbian KLS last game. Ljubenkovic helped Spartak win their game against the closely-ranked Dunav SB 85-79. He scored 8 points and added 4 passes in only 13 minutes. Ljubenkovic has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.3apg and 1.4spg in 20 games. He also holds two passports: Montenegrin and Serbian. Despite Ljubenkovic's Montenegrin nationality, he previously played for the Serbian U18 national team.

   #9. Dragomir Marojevic (207-C-81, currently plays in Bosnia) couldn't help Gradjanski (7-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Marojevic's very good performance Gradjanski was defeated 97-82 in Mostar by the higher-ranked Zrinjski HT (#3). He recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 12 rebounds. Marojevic averaged so far 13.0ppg, 7.2rpg and 1.5apg.

   #10. Bojan Pelkic (204-F-83, currently plays in Bosnia) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Leotar (7-11) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Leotar was defeated 83-75 in Siroki Brijeg by the higher-ranked Siroki Primorka (#6). Pelkic was the top scorer with 16 points. He also added 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists. This season Pelkic has very high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.2apg and 1.2spg.



KK ABS Primorje 1945 Herceg Novi inks Brandon Bilbija, ex Ryerson - by Darko Pekic

KK ABS Primorje 1945 Herceg Novi (Erste Liga) signed Canadian forward Brandon Bilbija (208-107kg, college: Mars Hill). He just graduated from Mars Hill College .
As mentioned above Bilbija is just out of college, and it is his first season as a professional player.

Primorje needs to beat Danilovgrad at home in the next round in order to avoid relegation.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Check also Complete Transfers List in Montenegro



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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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Web: www.frmbb.ma



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  NAIA  

NAIA1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Taran BUIE
  Oklahoma S&A
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 27
 1. Buie, Oklahoma S&A27.0 
 2. Rogers, Texas W.19.5 
 3. Watkins, SAGU19.4 
 4. Tucker, St.Gregory18.7 
 5. White, SW Chris.18.6 
 6. Smith, St.Gregory18.3 
 7. Edwards, Oklahoma.17.5 
 8. Rutherford, St.Gr.17.2 
 9. Simmons, SW Chris.17.2 
 10. Bonhomme, Oklahoma.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joshua SIMMONS
  SW Chris.
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Simmons, SW Chris.10.5 
 2. Smith, Oklahoma City9.4 
 3. Jeffery, Texas W.8.9 
 4. Seaton, MidAmeri.8.8 
 5. Young, Texas W.8.2 
 6. Timms, Wayland .8.1 
 7. Smith, Oklahoma.7.6 
 8. Williams, SAGU7.0 
 9. Rutherford, St.Gr.6.5 
 10. Chapman, Oklahoma.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Naiel SMITH
  Texas W.
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Smith, Texas W.7.6 
 2. Mann, MidAmeri.4.6 
 3. Edwards, Oklahoma.4.3 
 4. Smith, St.Gregory4.1 
 5. Scott, SW Chris.4.1 
 6. Reed, Oklahoma.3.8 
 7. Rogers, Texas W.3.8 
 8. Perkins, MidAmeri.3.3 
 9. McDonald, Oklahoma.3.3 
 10. Buie, Oklahoma S&A3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Naiel SMITH
  Texas W.
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Smith, Texas W.2.3 
 2. Scott, SW Chris.2.1 
 3. Williams, SAGU1.9 
 4. Buie, Oklahoma S&A1.8 
 5. Harris, Texas W.1.8 
 6. Reed, Oklahoma.1.8 
 7. Tucker, St.Gregory1.7 
 8. Culver, Wayland .1.7 
 9. Watkins, SAGU1.6 
 10. Simmons, SW Chris.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Louis TIMMS
  Wayland .
  (206-F/C-91)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Timms, Wayland .2.8 
 2. Smith, Oklahoma City2.7 
 3. Chapman, Oklahoma.1.1 
 4. Alderman, Oklahoma.1.1 
 5. Young, Texas W.0.8 
 6. Lemusu, St.Gregory0.8 
 7. Ray, SW Christian0.7 
 8. Martinez, John B.0.7 
 9. Sullivan, SW Chris.0.6 
 10. Rutherford, St.Gr.0.6 



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  NBA  

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.29.1 
 4. Davis, N.Orleans P.27.8 
 5. Cousins, Sacramen.27.8 
 6. DeRozan, Toronto R.26.9 
 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.13.9 
 3. Jordan, LA Clippers13.5 
 4. Howard, Atlanta H.12.8 
 5. Gobert, Utah Jazz12.8 
 6. Towns, Minnesot.12.3 
 7. Davis, N.Orleans P.12.0 
 8. Chandler, Phoenix .11.4 
 9. Love, Cleveland C.11.1 
 10. Gortat, Washingt.10.9 
Assists Per Game
 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Harden, Houston R.11.2 
 2. Wall, Washington W.10.8 
 3. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.4 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers9.3 
 5. Rubio, Minnesot.8.8 
 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. Wall, Washington W.2.0 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers2.0 
 4. Butler, Chicago B.1.9 
 5. Covington, Phi.7.1.9 
 6. Curry, Golden S.1.8 
 7. Rubio, Minnesot.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. Jordan, LA Clippers1.7 
 10. Nogueira, Toron.1.7 


Bucks hold off Lakers 107-103 after 3 ejections for shoves - by Eurobasket News

Malcolm Brogdon (6'5''-G-92, college: Virginia) delivered a hard foul to Nick Young, who shoved back. Greg Monroe (6'11''-C-90, college: Georgetown) then staggered Young with another shove, which got D'Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram (6'9''-SF-97, college: Duke) involved - along with a Milwaukee Bucks security guard. The third-quarter fracas ended with three ejections, and it left Los Angeles coach Luke Walton furious. The drama also motivated the Lakers to make a surge, but the Bucks held on for a bumpy victory in their increasingly smooth playoff push. Khris Middleton (6'8''-F-91, college: Texas A&M) scored 14 of his season-high 30 points in the fourth quarter and the Bucks beat the Lakers 107-103 on Friday night for their eighth victory in nine games. Monroe, Russell and Young were ejected after the scuffle with 36 seconds left in the third quarter. While Walton praised his players' response and saw problems with nearly every decision made by the officials in the aftermath, Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd also was pleased by his team's resilience. ''After things like that, there's always a momentum swing, and it swung their way,'' Kidd said. ''The guys stayed the course. They kept playing, and we found a way to keep the lead and finish the game.'' Jordan Clarkson (6'5''-G-92, college: Missouri) scored 21 points for the Lakers, who appeared to be inspired by the brouhaha. They trimmed Milwaukee's lead from 18 points to 103-100 with 7.9 seconds left before the Bucks hit four late free throws to seal it. ''I love the way the young guys stepped up for me,'' Young said. ''As a team, the whole coaching staff, players, we've got each other's backs. That's unity. That's a team.''
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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.''
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Beal scores 24, Wizards hold off Bulls for 112-107 win - by Eurobasket News

Playing their first game without Dwyane Wade, the Chicago Bulls almost pulled off an improbable comeback against the Washington Wizards. That's small consolation for a struggling team fighting for a playoff spot. Bradley Beal (6'5''-SG-93, college: Florida) scored nine of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) dished out a career-high 20 assists to go with 14 points, and the Wizards held on to defeat the Bulls 112-107 on Friday night. Minus Wade, whose fractured elbow will keep him out for the rest of the regular season, the Bulls were down 19 points at halftime before getting as close as one. "I hate this word, 'soft.' I hate it, but that's exactly what we were," Butler said of his team's start. "They beat us to every 50-50 ball, worked our tail in transition, we turned the ball over. Those things that we've talked about all year long replayed in that first half." Chicago rallied and eventually had a chance to tie it, but a well-guarded Butler missed a 3-pointer from the wing with 3.9 seconds left. "I'll take that shot," Butler said. "Maybe I should've side-stepped a little bit. You can say all this stuff now, but I had a great look at it." Butler finished with 28 points and Robin Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford) added a season-high 25 points and 12 rebounds for the Bulls, who began the night in 10th place in the Eastern Conference, and have lost seven of eight. Wall, playing despite spraining his left foot in Wednesday's loss to Dallas, sank four free throws in the final minute, including two with 1.8 seconds left. Washington's Jason Smith (7'0''-F-86, college: Colorado St.), starting in place of Markieff Morris (6'10''-F-89, college: Kansas) who was a late scratch due to illness, tied his season high with 17 points and Ian Mahinmi had a season-high 16. "It was solely attributed to John," Smith said of his output. "He was distributing the ball to everybody." Washington, 21-4 in its last 25 games, had lost two straight, allowing 119 and 112 points. "We got back to defending the right way, guarding our guy individually," Beal said. "They made some tough shots and some big 3's here and there, but for the most part I thought we did a solid job. The Wizards led 49-40 late in the first half when Smith's jumper started a 10-0 run that was capped by Wall's 3-pointer that circled the rim and dropped as the half ended. Those were Wall's only points of the half, but he had 12 assists. "There's only a few guys in the league that can dominate a game with passing, and he's one of them," Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. The Bulls rally began in the third quarter and Nikola Mirotic's 3-pointer with 1:24 left pulled the Bulls within two at 104-102. Wall's 20th assist then produced Marcin Gortat (7'0''-C-84)'s layup. Butler hit a 3 to pull Chicago to within one with 39.7 seconds left before Otto Porter's two free throws put Washington up 110-107 with 18.4 seconds to go.
Courtesy of: bostonherald.com



Hill's career-high 30 lead Pelicans past Rockets 128-112 - by Eurobasket News

Solomon Hill (6'7''-F-91, college: Arizona) hadn't been on the court for two minutes when he received a pass from Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (6'4''-PG-90, college: UCLA) on the perimeter and decisively drained a 3-pointer. There were five more long-range baskets to come from Hill, who scored a career-high 30 points to help the New Orleans Pelicans overcome the absence of All-Star DeMarcus Cousins in a 128-112 upset over the Houston Rockets on Friday night. Hill was averaging just 6.5 points per game coming in, spending most of this season focused on defense. Against Houston, he helped the Pelicans beat the Rockets at their own, up-tempo game. "When you get that shot, you've got to take it," Hill said. "That's what I'm just getting comfortable with, just my teammates finding me and making the most of the opportunity." Hill made six of his eight field goals from beyond the 3-point line and drew fouls by attacking the hoop, hitting 8 of 9 free throws. "He looked great," Pelicans All-Star forward Anthony Davis (6'10''-C-93, college: Kentucky) said. "He was talking and being aggressive -- a guy who's just been doing what the team asks of him, what the coach asks of him, and to go out there and have a night like this was huge for him, huge for us." Davis had 24 points and 15 rebounds and Jrue Holiday added 19 points for New Orleans, which has won three of four. James Harden (6'5''-SG-89, college: Arizona St.) had 41 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists, but that was not enough to prevent Houston's first loss in four games. He was the only Houston starter to reach 10 points. Lou Williams added 14 points and Montrezl Harrell 13 in reserve roles. "James had a phenomenal game, but we were lethargic starting and they got every ball, every rebound, and every fast break and we never broke out of that," Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said. "We have to write that one off and get to the next one."
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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.
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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.
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  NCAA1  

Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Frank MASON
  Kansas
  (180-PG-94)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Mason, Kansas20.7 
 2. Evans, Oklahoma.19.0 
 3. Carroll, Oklahoma St.17.4 
 4. Motley, Baylor17.3 
 5. Jackson, Kansas16.8 
 6. Morris, Iowa St.16.4 
 7. Mitrou-Long, Iowa S.15.4 
 8. Evans, Texas Tech14.9 
 9. Burton, Iowa St.14.8 
 10. Mack, Texas14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Johnathan MOTLEY
  Baylor
  (206-F-95)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Motley, Baylor9.9 
 2. Williams, TCU9.3 
 3. Allen, Texas8.4 
 4. Lucas, Kansas8.1 
 5. Jackson, Kansas7.4 
 6. Smith, Texas Tech7.3 
 7. Acuil, Baylor6.9 
 8. Carroll, Oklahoma St.6.6 
 9. Iwundu, Kansas St.6.4 
 10. Lattin, Oklahoma6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jawun EVANS
  Oklahoma.
  (185-PG-96)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Evans, Oklahoma.6.2 
 2. Morris, Iowa St.6.1 
 3. Robinson, TCU5.6 
 4. Mason, Kansas5.0 
 5. Stokes, Kansas St.4.2 
 6. Graham, Kansas4.2 
 7. Carter, W.Virginia3.9 
 8. Fisher, TCU3.9 
 9. Lecomte, Baylor3.8 
 10. Roach, Texas3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jevon CARTER
  W.Virginia
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Carter, W.Virginia2.6 
 2. Brown, Kansas St.2.3 
 3. Woodard, Oklahoma1.9 
 4. Evans, Oklahoma.1.8 
 5. Phillip, W.Virginia1.8 
 6. Burton, Iowa St.1.7 
 7. Wainright, Baylor1.7 
 8. Jackson, Kansas1.7 
 9. Roach, Texas1.6 
 10. Graham, Kansas1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Joseph ACUIL
  Baylor
  (213-F-94)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Acuil, Baylor2.6 
 2. Brodziansky, TCU2.2 
 3. Lattin, Oklahoma2.1 
 4. Azubuike, Kansas1.6 
 5. Johnson, Kansas St.1.6 
 6. Konate, W.Virginia1.5 
 7. Allen, Texas1.5 
 8. Burton, Iowa St.1.4 
 9. Smith, Texas Tech1.3 
 10. Solomon, Oklahoma.1.2 


Oregon and Rhode Island Will Battle For Sweet Sixteen Spot - by Carl Berman

Sacramento, CA - Oregon and Rhode Island won their NCAA Tournament opening round games easily and will face off on Sunday at the new Golden 1 Center for a spot in the Sweet Sixteen. Oregon started off the activities here with a 93-77 win over Iona. Rhode Island then took care of Creighton 84-72 in front of 15,883 fans in the second game of the afternoon session.

In the opener Oregon went on a 28-9 run in the final 8:12 of the first half to turn a 29-28 lead into a 55-37 halftime advantage. The Ducks, playing without 6-10 senior Chris Boucher who suffered a knee injury in the Pac-12 Tournament, relied on aggressive play from their guards and a strong game from 6-9 Jordan Bell. Tyler Dorsey (6'4''-SG-96), who started aggressively taking the ball to the hoop at the Pac-12 Tournament, continued his strong play, leading the Ducks with 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting. Bell had a very efficient game, shooting 7-of-8 from the field in scoring 17 points to go along with 12 rebounds.

Dillon Brooks added 18 points and freshman point guard Peyton Pritchard contributed 16 points on 4-of-7 from long distance. Iona's Deyshonee Much got hot in the second half, nailing five three-pointers after starting the game 0-of-6 from the field. Much's last three pulled the Gaels to within 86-73 but that was as close as they would get. 6-7 Jordan Washington was impressive in leading Iona with 22 points and 12 rebounds. Washington had 11 of Iona's first 14 points. Oregon easily won the battle of the boards ending the game with a 41-27 advantage and a 48-24 advantage in points in the paint. The Ducks shot 64 percent in the first half and 56 percent for the game.

Freshman point guard Jeff Dowtin lead the Rams to their win over Creighton with 23 points, five rebounds and zero turnovers. Dowtin connected on 10-of-10 from the foul line as did E.C. Matthews (16 points). The Rams were 28-of-31 from the charity stripe and at one point were 28-of-29. It was their best free throw shooting of the season. They only shot 4-of-21 from distance but 6-9 Kuran Iverson (17 points) hit three big ones to keep Creighton at bay. Creighton had a poor shooting game hounded by Rhode Island's tenacious defense. The Rams held the Bluejays to 30 percent first half shooting.

Creighton's leading scorer Marcus Foster had 15 points on an inefficient 6-of-19 shooting including 1-of-7 from long distance. 7-0 NBA prospect Justin Patton didn't look particularly good, having a difficult time finishing inside and fouling out on a silly reach with 3:49 remaining. Patton ended the contest with eight points on 3-of-12 shooting and seven rebounds. Patton has not been as efficient since point guard Maurice Watson Jr. went down for the year. This was Rhode Island's first NCAA tournament appearance since 1999 and their first NCAA tournament win since their Elite Eight run in 1998.

The match-up between Rhode Island and Oregon may depend on the Rams ability to defend Oregon's guards and Dillon Brooks off the dribble. The Rams perimeter defense is excellent but Oregon's guards are physically strong. Other than Jared Terrell the Rams may not have the strength to hold off the Ducks penetration. The battle between the Rams 6-7 Hassan Martin and Oregon's Bell will be an interesting one to watch with two of the top shot blockers in the nation facing each other. The winner of the game heads to Kansas City to potentially face Louisville, barring a second round upset.

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



Kevin Keatts hired as NC State's next head coach, per report - by Eurobasket News

Kevin Keatts won't have to go too far from UNC Wilmington for his new job, as he's been hired as the head coach of NC State, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman. UNC Wilmington gave Virginia a run for its money in the NCAA tournament before falling, 76-71. Keatts spent three years as the Seahawks' coach, making the NCAA tournament in two of his three seasons. Prior to his tenure there, he was an assistant under Rick Pitino at Louisville. He replaces Mark Gottfried , whom the Wolfpack fired just before the end of this season and then had coach out the final stretch of the year as a lame duck. Gottfried made NCAA tournaments in his first four years in Raleigh, after Sidney Lowe had gone 0-for-5 before Gottfried's arrival. Things were going pretty well, even though Gottfried's teams didn't get any farther than the Sweet Sixteen. Things broke bad in the last two seasons, though. NC State finished a hair under .500 both last year and this year. The team's offense went from really good to only pretty good, and the defense progressively fell off a cliff over the two seasons. This year's team ranked 226th in the country in adjusted defensive efficiency, which is a remarkably horrible spot for a team from the ACC. Gottfried has a reputation as a capable recruiter, and he brought some good players to NC State. The most recent blue-chip was five-star guard Dennis Smith Jr., who joined the team this season and played well in a bad season for the team. This is still a pretty good coaching job to get. The Wolfpack aren't going to regularly recruit like in-state neighbors Duke and North Carolina, but they can get enough good players to win tournament games regularly. This year's terrible team only had two senior rotation players, so a lot of talent should be back. Keatts' quick success and turnaround at UNCW should be a promising sign for Wolfpack fans. Coaching at NC State is undoubtedly a challenge with Duke and UNC as competitors in recording and on the hardwood, but Keatts may just be the man to help bring the Wolfpack back to prominence.
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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



Wichita State shakes off Dayton, 64-58 - by Eurobasket News

NCAA tournament flash: Wichita State can play a little defense, too. Just ask the stunned Flyers. The Shockers' powerful offense stalled out until the closing minutes, but their defense carried them through to a 64-58 victory over Dayton on Friday night in the South Regional. Make it 16 consecutive wins for the Shockers (31-4), who brought their reputation for piling up the points on the way to Indianapolis, along with the feeling that they'd been slighted by their No. 10 seed. They made the gritty plays in a game lacking style points. 'It was definitely something a little brand new to us from what we've seen in the Missouri Valley,' said Zach Brown (6'6''-F-95), who had 12 points, including a late three-pointer. 'But I don't know - we've just grinded it out. It was a tough game.' And they were the tougher team. Dayton (24-8) came in with a wealth of experience, playing in its school-record fourth consecutive NCAA tournament. The Flyers start three seniors and have five overall, with a lot of shared tournament moments. This one ranks at the bottom. The seventh-seeded Flyers were held to a season low in points and shot a season-low 31% from the field. They also got rebounded, 48-29, and had eight shots swatted away. 'Of course you've got to give them credit because they're the ones defending, but I think it's more about us,' said point guard Scoochie Smith (6'2''-G-94), who had 25 points. 'We just had to step up and make shots, and a lot of people on our team couldn't get their shots to fall, couldn't get a flow.' Brown's 3-pointer put Wichita State up 51-45 with 5:38 left, the biggest lead by either team up to that point, and Dayton never threatened again. Landry Shamet (6'4''-G-97) led the Shockers with 13 points. The Shockers haven't lost a game since Jan. 14, going two months with nothing but postgame high-fives. They have relied on their offense to carry them, averaging 82.1 points a game. Feeling slighted by their tournament seed, they showed they're more than a one-trick team. 'All in all, it was a big grind,' Brown said. 'And I'm proud, proud of everybody.'
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Thornwell leads Gamecocks to 93-73 NCAA win over Marquette - by Eurobasket News

South Carolina coach Frank Martin had a message for long-suffering fans: It won't take the Gamecocks 44 years to win another NCAA Tournament game. Sindarius Thornwell (6'5''-G-94) had 29 points and 11 rebounds to lead seventh-seeded South Carolina to a 93-73 victory over Marquette to close first-round play in the East Region on Friday night. When Martin took the job five years ago, you could hear about every instruction he called out, the cavernous, 18,000-seat home arena was so empty. This time, the host arena about 2 hours north of campus was filled with boisterous Gamecock fans. "We're not there yet," Martin said after the cheers died down. "But it's fun right now." It might get less fun come Sunday. If the Gamecocks (23-10) want an NCAA winning streak, they will have to beat No. 2 seed Duke, which blew past Troy 87-65 in an earlier game. South Carolina last won a game in the NCAAs when it topped Southwestern Louisiana 90-85 in a regional consolation game on March 17, 1973. Exactly 44 years later, the drought - the Gamecocks were one-and-done in their next five appearances - finally came to end in front of a boisterous, South Carolina crowd who traveled the 2 hours north from Columbia to witness the end of an ugly run they couldn't have imagined would last this long. "This is a great day for Gamecock basketball," said Alex English, the Denver Nuggets great who scored 22 points in that long-ago South Carolina win. Marquette (19-13) gave fans some serious worries in the opening half, going up by 10 points. But the Gamecocks used an 11-0 run midway through the second half to take control. When Thornwell, voted Southeastern Conference player of the year by league coaches, nailed his third 3-pointer with 6:37 to play, South Carolina was up 76-67 and pulling away. PJ Dozier (6'6''-F/G) had 21 points, 13 in the South Carolina's second-half rally. Jujuan Johnson had 16 points to lead Marquette. South Carolina's win spoiled a made-for-TV second-rounder between Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and his former Blue Devils point guard and longtime assistant, Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski . Wojciechowski said his team could not match the Gamecocks' physicality in the second half. "We couldn't sustain that as long as we needed to and they created separation," he said. The Golden Eagles could not keep up with the Gamecocks defensive pressure or high-tempo play in the second half. Marquette came out firing - Rowsey opened the game with a four-point play - and moved in front 26-16. South Carolina, though, cut things to 40-39 at the half on Maik-Kalev Kotsar (6'10''-F-96)'s layup with 42 seconds left.
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Xavier knocks off sixth-seeded Maryland, 76-65 - by Eurobasket News

Trevon Bluiett (6'6''-G-94) 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 (6'7''-G-98) 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 (6'3''-G-97) 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 (6'10''-F/C-95),, 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.
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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



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  NEW ZEALAND  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Corey WEBSTER
  Wellingt.
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 29
 1. Webster, Wellingt.29.0 
 2. Pledger, Southlan.19.0 
 3. Raukawa, Southlan.19.0 
 4. Bartlett, Taylor H.19.0 
 5. Delany, Nelson G.19.0 
 6. Tolovae, Taylor H.18.0 
 7. Duinker, Wellingt.18.0 
 8. Wesley, Wellington S.17.0 
 9. Te Rangi, Southlan.17.0 
 10. Henry, Wellington S.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Josh DUINKER
  Wellingt.
  (209-F/C-89)
  Avg: 11
 1. Duinker, Wellingt.11.0 
 2. Hunter, Southlan.11.0 
 3. Pledger, Southlan.9.0 
 4. Norton, Southlan.9.0 
 5. Roberson, Taylor H.8.0 
 6. Bartlett, Taylor H.8.0 
 7. Kay, Southland S.6.0 
 8. Henry, Wellington S.6.0 
 9. Dempster, Nelson G.5.0 
 10. Delany, Nelson G.5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Luke ASTON
  Southland S.
  (200-G-90)
  Avg: 6
 1. Aston, Southland S.6.0 
 2. Duinker, Wellingt.6.0 
 3. Ili, Wellington S.5.0 
 4. Allen, Southland S.5.0 
 5. Webster, Wellingt.4.0 
 6. Mcgovan, Taylor H.4.0 
 7. Wesley, Wellington S.3.0 
 8. Prewster, Nelson G.3.0 
 9. Bartlett, Taylor H.3.0 
 10. Dempster, Nelson G.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 James HUNTER
  Southlan.
  (208-C-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Hunter, Southlan.3.0 
 2. Ili, Wellington S.2.0 
 3. Ingham, Nelson G.2.0 
 4. Bartlett, Taylor H.2.0 
 5. Bailey, Southland S.2.0 
 6. Beri, Nelson G.2.0 
 7. Marsh, Taylor H.1.0 
 8. Raukawa, Southlan.1.0 
 9. Coll, Southland S.1.0 
 10. Te Rangi, Southlan.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Leon HENRY
  Wellington S.
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Henry, Wellington S.4.0 
 2. Roberson, Taylor H.2.0 
 3. Ngatai, Wellington S.1.0 
 4. Washington, Nelson G.1.0 
 5. Bailey, Southland S.1.0 
 6. Webster, Wellingt.1.0 
 7. Allen, Southland S.1.0 
 8. Kay, Southland S.1.0 
 9. Pledger, Southlan.1.0 
 10. Fox, Taylor Hawks0.0 


Steven Adams selected the top New Zealander playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Steven Adams
Steven Adams
   #1. This week's number one is former international power forward Steven Adams (213-93, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in NBA). Adams led Oklahoma City Thunder to a victory against the Utah Jazz (43-26) 112-104 in the NBA last Saturday. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder has 39-29 record this season. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. It's Adams' fourth year with the team. Adams has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 11.8ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 57.9%(322-556) and FT: 63.1%. Adams played for the New Zealand senior national team six years ago.

Isaac Fotu
Isaac Fotu
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Isaac Fotu (203-93, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Blusens Monbus (6-16) crushing them 85-59 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Saturday night. Fotu scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 25 minutes. Tecnyconta Zaragoza (8-15) is placed 12th in the Liga Endesa. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Fotu has relatively good stats this year: 10.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 2FGP: 69.7%(99-142), 3FGP: 9.1% and FT: 60.9% in 23 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Tongan and New Zealand. Fotu is in the roster of the New Zealand senior national team.

Jack Salt
Jack Salt
   #3. The New Zealand player who performed third best last week abroad was former international center Jack Salt (211-96, currently plays college basketball in the States). He managed to help The University of Virginia to win against the University of N.Carolina-Wilmington (5-13) 76-71 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1 in Thursday night's game. Salt scored only 3 points. The The University of Virginia has a solid 11-7 conference record this season. The National Tournament Round 1 already ended in the NCAA. Salt's overall stats this season are: 3.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 2FGP: 54.5% and FT: 48.9%. He played for the New Zealand national team three years ago.

   #4. Forward Alex Talma (203-94, currently plays in NAIA). He could not help the Biola University (12-4) to beat the Langston University, OK (13-7). Talma recorded only 4 points. The Biola University was edged 78-76 on the road by the University, OK. The National Tournament Round 1 already ended in the NAIA. It's Talma's first season with the team. His overall stats this year are: 8.2ppg and 4.9rpg. Talma used to play for the New Zealand U18 national team back in 2012.

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

   #1. Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St., currently plays in NBA) could not help the Detroit Pistons (32-35) in their last game. Despite his good performance the Detroit Pistons (32-35) lost 83-97 on the road to the Utah Jazz. Baynes had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 23 minutes. This year Baynes averages: 4.7ppg and 4.2rpg in 64 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Australian and New Zealand.

   #2. Izayah Mauriohooho-Le'afa (188-G-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the Sacramento St. in their game against the Eastern Washington University (12-6) in the NCAA. Mauriohooho-Le'afa scored 5 points in 27 minutes. The Sacramento St. was badly defeated 89-70 at home by the Eastern Washington University. The Regular Season already ended in the NCAA. This year Mauriohooho-Le'afa's overall stats are: 4.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.0apg in 29 games. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Mauriohooho-Le'afa has never played in New Zealand.

Other top New Zealand players, who play abroad:

Thomas Abercrombie (198-F-87) plays for Demir IBB in Turkish BSL
Marcel Jones (203-F-85) plays for Helios in Slovenian Liga Nova KBM
Mika Vukona (197-C-82) plays for New Zealand Breakers in Australian NBL
Robert Loe (211-F-91) plays for New Zealand Breakers in Australian NBL
Kirk Penney (196-G/F-80) plays for New Zealand Breakers in Australian NBL
Samuel Waardenburg (207-PF-99) plays for New Zealand Breakers in Australian NBL
Thomas Giles (180-G-88) plays for Norths Soul Sports Bears in Australian State League
Simon Bennett (188-G-85) plays for Grevenbroich in German Regionalliga
Bridge Lavey (201-G) plays for Hawaii HammerHeads in the ABA



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  NIGERIA  


Ekpe Udoh selected the top Nigerian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

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

Ekpe Udoh
Ekpe Udoh
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Ekpe Udoh (208-87, college: Baylor, currently plays in Euroleague). He led his Turkish team Fenerbahce to a victory against the 12th-ranked Brose Baskets (9-17) 83-78 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Udoh scored 12 points, grabbed 5 boards, handed out 4 passes and blocked 4 shots in 38 minutes on the court. Fenerbahce Istanbul (17-9) is placed fourth in the Euroleague. There are only four games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Udoh has relatively good stats this year: 12.3ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.9apg, 2.4bpg, 2FGP: 59.9%(109-182) and FT: 63.9% in 22 games he played so far. He is currently a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Jeleel Akindele
Jeleel Akindele
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced former international center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, agency: BeoBasket, college: Chicago St., currently plays in Mexico). Akindele led Fuerza Regia to a victory over the closely-ranked Toros (22-14) 73-58 in the Mexican LNBP (second division) last Saturday. He was MVP of the game. Akindele recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and getting 10 rebounds. He also added 5 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Fuerza Regia Monterrey (32-4) is placed first in the LNBP. It's Akindele's first season with the team. This year Akindele has relatively solid stats: 14.6ppg, 8.4rpg, 2.5apg, 2FGP: 60.7%(205-338) and FT: 70.5%. He played for the Nigerian national team in 2009.

Alade Aminu
Alade Aminu
   #3. The Nigerian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Alade Aminu (210-87, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Lebanon). Aminu was the major contributor in a Al Riyadi's victory against the closely-ranked Al Moutahed (9-7) 86-77 in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL on Friday night. He recorded 19 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and made 2 blocks in 34 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (6-0) is placed first in the Pepsi LBL. So far his team won all six games in the Regular Season. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Aminu has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.9ppg, 9.7rpg, 2.3apg, 1.4bpg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 60.2%(109-181), 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 63.8% in 16 games. Aminu is also a member of the Nigerian senior national team.

Dinma Odiakosa
Dinma Odiakosa
   #4. Power forward Dinma Odiakosa (203-85, agency: Inception Sports, college: Illinois St., currently plays in France) could not help one of league's weakest teams STB Le Havre (11-7) in their last game. Despite Odiakosa's very good performance STB Le Havre lost 70-77 on the road to the second-ranked Provence Basket. He had a double-double by scoring 29 points and getting 11 rebounds in 34 minutes. It was STB Le Havre's third consecutive loss in a row. Odiakosa has reliable stats this year: 14.3ppg and 9.7rpg in 22 games. He used to play for the Nigerian U22 national team back in 2004.

Gani Lawal
Gani Lawal
   #5. Former international power forward Gani Lawal (205-88, college: Georgia Tech, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help Banco di Srd (12-10) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Lawal's good performance Banco di Srd was defeated 82-75 at home by the leading Armani Milano. He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Lawal also added 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. Lawal's stats this season are: 10.7ppg, 7.6rpg and 1.5bpg. He has a dual citizenship: Nigerian and American. Lawal used to play for the Nigerian national team four years ago.

Trevor Mbakwe
Trevor Mbakwe
   #6. Power forward Trevor Mbakwe (207-89, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Minnesota, currently plays in VTB United League) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Unics Kazan (12-8) crushing them 109-84 in the VTB United League last Sunday. He scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Zenit Saint Petersburg (16-3) is placed second in the VTB United League. It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row. There are only four games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Mbakwe's overall stats this season are: 5.5ppg and 3.9rpg. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Despite Mbakwe played previously for the USA university national team, he is also an international player who is currently on the senior Nigerian National Team roster.

Solomon Alabi
Solomon Alabi
   #7. Former international center Solomon Alabi (216-88, college: Florida St., currently plays in Japan) contributed to a 3-point Toyotsu FE's victory against the third-ranked Yamagata (23-21) 74-71 in the Japanese B League D2 on Sunday night. Alabi recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 19 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 3 blocks. It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Central. Toyotsu Fighting Eagles Nagoya (33-11) is placed first. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This season Alabi has very high stats. He averages: 17.6ppg, 13.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.4bpg. Alabi used to play for the Nigerian national team four years ago.

Al-Farouq Aminu
Al-Farouq Aminu
   #8. Forward Al-Farouq Aminu (206-90, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in NBA) contributed to a Portland Trail Blazers' victory against the Phoenix Suns (22-46) 110-101 in the NBA on Sunday night. Aminu scored 9 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in 30 minutes. The Portland Trail Blazers have 30-36 record this season. Aminu's stats this year are: 8.3ppg, 7.4rpg and 1.8apg in 46 games. He has both American and Nigerian nationalities. Despite Aminu played previously for the USA U19 national team, he is currently in the Nigerian national team roster.

Ike Ofoegbu
Ike Ofoegbu
   #9. International power forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-84, college: SMU, currently plays in Turkey) helped Balikesir win their game against the eighth-ranked Gaziantep (10-11) 78-71 in the Turkish BSL last Saturday. Ofoegbu had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 10 rebounds in 27 minutes. Best Balikesir Basketbol Kulubu (4-17) is placed second from the bottom (#15) in the BSL. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. Ofoegbu averaged so far 12.6ppg and 4.2rpg in 21 games. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American. Ofoegbu is also in the roster of the Nigerian national team.

Michael Efevberha
Michael Efevberha
   #10. Guard Michael Efevberha (193-84, college: CS Northridge, currently plays in Lebanon) was not able to secure a victory for Sagesse (4-11) in their last game. Despite his good performance Sagesse lost 71-85 on their home court in Beirut to the higher-ranked (#5) Louaize. Efevberha had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added 4 assists and 2 blocks in 37 minutes. It was Sagesse's fifth consecutive loss in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. Efevberha has very impressive stats this year: 21.7ppg, 8.3rpg, 4.5apg and 1.7spg in six games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Efevberha is a former international player as eight years ago he still played for the Nigerian senior national team.

   #11. International point guard Michael Umeh (188-84, college: UNLV, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Virtus Bologna in their game against Verona in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Despite his very good performance last Sunday He scored 17 points. This season Umeh has very high stats. He averages: 17.8ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.1apg. Umeh holds both American and Nigerian passports. He plays currently for the Nigerian national team.

   #12. Former international forward Melvin Ejim (200-91, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Italy) managed to help Umana Reyer Venezia in a victory against the 11th-ranked The Flexx PT 78-71 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. Ejim recorded only 4 points in 21 minutes. Ejim averaged so far 10.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg in 22 games. He used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2012.

   #13. International power forward Suleiman Braimoh (203-89, college: Rice, currently plays in VTB United League) helped his Russian team Enisey win their game against the closely-ranked BC Nizhny Novgorod 93-80 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game. Braimoh scored 14 points, had 5 rebounds and made 2 blocks. Braimoh averaged so far 12.2ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.8apg and 1.2spg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Braimoh is also Nigerian national team player.

   #14. Former international forward Abdullahi Kuso (206-84, college: Tallahassee CC, currently plays in Japan) helped Gunma win their game against the second-ranked Nishinomiya Storks 92-81 in the Japanese B League D2 on Sunday night. He recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting the same number of rebounds. Kuso also added 3 assists. Kuso averaged so far 13.5ppg, 8.8rpg, 1.2apg and 1.7bpg. He used to play for the Nigerian national team back in 2007.

   #15. International small forward Derrick Obasohan (198-81, also represented by BeoBasket, college: Texas Arlington, currently plays in France) faced previously mentioned Dinma Odiakosa in the French ProB last game. Obasohan helped Provence Basket win their game against the closely-ranked STB Le Havre 77-70. He recorded 16 points in 23 minutes. Obasohan has very impressive stats this year: 15.1ppg, 3.9rpg and 2.4apg in 22 games. He holds both American and Nigerian passports. Obasohan is also in the roster of the Nigerian national team.

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

   #1. Giannis Antetokounmpo (211-G/F-94, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA) led Milwaukee Bucks to a victory over the Indiana Pacers (35-33) 99-85 in the NBA in Friday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Antetokounmpo scored 21 points, had 8 boards, passed 5 assists and added 5 steals (went 6 for 6 at the free throw line). The Milwaukee Bucks have 33-34 record this season. Antetokounmpo is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Bucks' roster. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Antetokounmpo averages: 23.0ppg, 8.5rpg, 5.4apg, 1.9bpg and 1.7spg. He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Nigerian.

   #2. Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87, college: Texas A&M, currently plays in Greece). He could not help AEK Athens (16-5) to beat Olympiacos (18-0). Elonu scored 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 16 minutes. AEK Athens lost 63-70 in a derby game to the leading Olympiacos. This year Elonu's overall stats are: 7.6ppg and 6.0rpg in nine games he played so far.

   #3. O.D. Anosike (203-F/C-91, college: Siena, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in an Openjobmetis VA's victory against one of league's weakest teams VL Pesaro (7-15) 93-78 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night. Anosike had a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 11 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) in 26 minutes. Openjobmetis Varese (8-14) is placed 14th in the Serie A. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Anosike's stats this year are: 10.3ppg and 11.6rpg in 20 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Nigerian and American.

   #4. Olu Ashaolu (200-PF-88, college: Oregon, currently plays in Japan) was not able to help Sanen Neophoenix (25-18) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Ashaolu's very good performance the second-placed Sanen Neophoenix (25-18) was edged 73-71 on the road by the lower-ranked Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo (#4) in the Central group. He recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 15 rebounds. Ashaolu's overall stats this season are: 9.8ppg, 5.5rpg and 1.2apg. He has both Nigerian and Canadian nationalities. Despite Ashaolu's Nigerian passport, he previously played for the Canadian U18 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Nigerian team.

   #5. Semi Ojeleye (201-F-94, currently plays college basketball in the States) contributed to SMU's victory against the East Carolina University (6-12) 81-77 in the NCAA last Friday. Ojeleye had a double-double by scoring 36 points and getting 12 rebounds in 38 minutes. The Southern Methodist University has a very solid 17-1 conference record this season. It was SMU's third consecutive victory in a row. His team will play only one more game in the NCAA Regular Season. And that game will be critical. Ojeleye has very impressive stats this year: 18.9ppg, 6.8rpg and 1.6apg in 34 games. He also holds two passports: Nigerian and American.

   #6. Experienced Kieron Achara (208-F/C-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne, currently plays in United Kingdom) was not able to secure a victory for Glasgow Rocks (16-9) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Glasgow Rocks lost 68-76 at home to the lower-ranked (#8) Bristol Acadamy Flyers. Achara had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 3 assists in 36 minutes. Achara's stats this year are: 14.6ppg, 7.6rpg, 2.7apg, 1.6bpg and 1.2spg in 25 games. He has dual citizenship: Scottish and Nigerian.

   #7. Retin Obasohan (185-G-93, college: Alabama, currently plays in Italy) contributed to a 1-point Scandone AV's victory against the eighth-ranked Grissin Bon RE 90-89 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday. Obasohan recorded 8 points. Obasohan's overall stats this season are: 6.6ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.6apg. He holds both Belgian and Nigerian passports.

   #8. Alex Owumi (196-G-84, college: Alcorn St., currently plays in United Kingdom) contributed to a London Lions' victory against the closely-ranked Plymouth Raiders 99-88 in the British BBL in Friday night's game. Owumi recorded a triple-double by scoring 15 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and passing 10 assists. Owumi averaged so far 13.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 3.3apg and 1.3spg. He holds both American and Nigerian passports.

   #9. Talib Zanna (206-F-90, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in France) helped JSF Nanterre win their game against the league leader Monaco 99-88 in the French ProA on Saturday night. He recorded 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Zanna's overall stats this season are: 9.0ppg and 4.0rpg.

   #10. Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84, currently plays in Lebanon) couldn't help Byblos in their game against Homenetmen in the Lebanese Pepsi LBL. He scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 32 minutes. His team was badly defeated by 17 points 87-70. Ebi has very impressive stats this year: 22.2ppg, 12.4rpg, 1.5apg, 1.8bpg and 1.7spg in 15 games.



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  NORWAY  

BLNO Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Evan ROQUEMORE
  Nidaros .
  (190-G-92)
  Avg: 25.6
 1. Roquemore, Nidaros .25.6 
 2. Mjos, Baerum B.25.5 
 3. Weatherspoon, Baerum B.25.3 
 4. McDonald, Nidaros .23.7 
 5. Ferrales, Kongsberg23.5 
 6. Yele, Asker Aliens22.0 
 7. Garth, Asker Aliens21.8 
 8. Stien, Asker Aliens19.6 
 9. Sommerfeldt, Centr.19.6 
 10. Harris, Froya B.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Earl SIMBA
  Nidaros .
  (204-PF-92)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Simba, Nidaros .15.8 
 2. Yele, Asker Aliens13.0 
 3. Fivelstad, Gimle B.11.6 
 4. Weatherspoon, Baerum B.11.1 
 5. Bolinz, Centrum10.8 
 6. Harris, Froya B.10.7 
 7. Eglitis, Asker Aliens10.4 
 8. Issalhi, Tromso10.3 
 9. Victor, Gimle BBK9.8 
 10. Oldham, Kongsberg9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Eric GILCHRESE
  Baerum B.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Gilchrese, Baerum B.6.9 
 2. Garth, Asker Aliens6.3 
 3. Ferrales, Kongsberg5.3 
 4. Espe, Gimle BBK4.9 
 5. Roquemore, Nidaros .4.8 
 6. Mjos, Baerum B.4.4 
 7. Gabrans, Froya B.4.2 
 8. Victor, Gimle BBK4.2 
 9. Stien, Centrum4.2 
 10. Issalhi, Tromso4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Eric GILCHRESE
  Baerum B.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Gilchrese, Baerum B.3.8 
 2. Issalhi, Tromso3.1 
 3. Roquemore, Nidaros .2.5 
 4. Mjos, Baerum B.2.4 
 5. Lange, Tromso2.4 
 6. Victor, Gimle BBK2.1 
 7. Gabric, Kongsberg2.1 
 8. Espe, Gimle BBK2.0 
 9. Simba, Nidaros .1.9 
 10. Bolinz, Centrum1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Earl SIMBA
  Nidaros .
  (204-PF-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Simba, Nidaros .2.6 
 2. Harris, Froya B.2.2 
 3. Yele, Asker Aliens1.8 
 4. Bolinz, Centrum1.2 
 5. Victor, Gimle BBK1.1 
 6. Oldham, Kongsberg1.1 
 7. Bryn, Ammerud Bskt0.9 
 8. Weatherspoon, Baerum B.0.9 
 9. Frantzvaag, Baerum B.0.7 
 10. Rolls-Tyson, Kongs.0.7 



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  PBL  

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Tom GARRICK
  Providen.
  (196-G-)
  Avg: 31
 1. Garrick, Providen.31.0 
 2. Phillips, Washingt.27.2 
 3. Jackson, Dubois D.22.3 
 4. Ballard, Ohio B.21.3 
 5. McKnight, Ohio B.20.1 
 6. Edwards, Ohio B.19.2 
 7. Ubiles, Chautauq.18.6 
 8. Bowling, Jamestow.18.3 
 9. Moore, Dubois D.18.1 
 10. Allmond, Rocheste.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julius FRANCIS
  Dubois D.
  (211-C-)
  Avg: 15.7
 1. Francis, Dubois D.15.7 
 2. Feagan, Chautauq.11.0 
 3. Bowling, Jamestow.9.3 
 4. Greene, Chautauq.8.5 
 5. Jackson, Dubois D.8.3 
 6. Waddell, Kentucky.8.2 
 7. Pilarte, Providen.8.0 
 8. Strothers, Providen.8.0 
 9. Osei, Washingt.7.7 
 10. Hill, Jamestown J.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic PHILLIPS
  Washingt.
  (180-PG-)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Phillips, Washingt.6.2 
 2. Jackson, Dubois D.5.7 
 3. Davenport, Jamestow.5.3 
 4. Fillyaw, Kentucky M.5.1 
 5. Simmons, Providen.4.7 
 6. Crescenzi, Jamestow.4.7 
 7. Lyons, Jamestow.4.4 
 8. Ubiles, Chautauq.4.2 
 9. Crouch, Rocheste.4.2 
 10. Ballard, Ohio B.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Deverell BIGGS
  Rochester R.
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Biggs, Rochester R.2.9 
 2. Phillips, Washingt.2.8 
 3. Hodge, Chautauq.2.7 
 4. Simmons, Providen.2.7 
 5. Brown, Chautauq.2.7 
 6. Bowling, Jamestow.2.0 
 7. Feagan, Chautauq.2.0 
 8. Echols, Chautauq.2.0 
 9. Jackson, Dubois D.2.0 
 10. Dawson, Chautauq.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jordan RAILEY
  Rocheste.
  (213-C-92)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Railey, Rocheste.2.9 
 2. Allen, Jamestow.2.0 
 3. Wells, Washington W.1.5 
 4. Christian, Jamestow.1.4 
 5. Baker, Jamestow.1.3 
 6. Woodson, Rocheste.1.2 
 7. Coker, Rochester R.1.1 
 8. Chichester, Rocheste.1.1 
 9. DeVaughn, Kentucky.1.0 
 10. Jackson, Dubois D.1.0 


Railey number one in PBL for round 10 - by Eurobasket News

Center Jordan Railey (213-C-92) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Rochester R., receiving a Usbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (15 points, eight rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Jamestown J. (#4, 8-6) 109-96. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Rochester R. maintains the 2nd position in PBL PBL. They are still close to the very top. Rochester R. would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 11-2 record. Railey just recently signed at Rochester R., being already a very valuable addition to the team. Jordan Railey averages this season 8.6ppg and 6.4rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old Dominic Trawick (192-G-88) of Washington W.. Trawick had a very good evening with 30 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Bad luck as Washington W. lost that game 95-115 to the higher-ranked Jamestown J. (#4, 8-6). Washington W. managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. 7 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Washington W. managed to get this year. Trawick is a newcomer at Washington W., but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Jordan Bowling (198-F) of Jamestown J. (#4). Bowling showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. Despite Bowling's great performance Jamestown J. lost 96-109 to #2 ranked Rochester R.. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Jamestown J. needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 8 victories and 6 lost games. Bowling has a great season in PBL. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.3ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 9.3rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anthony Jackson (196-G-89) of Dubois D. - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Brandon McGee (198-G-89) of Kentucky M. - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Nathanial Hill (F) of Jamestown J. - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Nicholas Waddell (200-C-90) of Kentucky M. - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Deverell Biggs (185-G-92) of Rochester R. - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Julius Francis (211-C) of Dubois D. - 16 points and 14 rebounds
10. Corey Allmond (188-G-88) of Rochester R. - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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  POLAND  


PGE Turow lands Brandon Brown - by Eurobasket News

PGE Turow Zgorzelec (PLK) tabbed 28-year old American guard Brandon Brown (180-89, college: Montana-West) from Siarka. In 14 PLK games in Poland he averaged 14.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 5.6apg and 1.9spg this season.
The most of last season Brown spent at Wilki Morskie (TBL) where in 23 games he had 6.3ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.3apg and 1.3spg. He also played earlier that season for Omonia in Cypriot Division A. In four games he recorded very impressive stats: 16.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 6.5apg and 1.8spg.
Among other achievements Brown's team made it to the Brazilian Supercup Final Four in 2013. He received also All-NAIA D1 1st Team award back in 2011 and 2012 at his college time.
Brown has played previously professionally in Australia (Mount Gambier Pioneers) and Brazil (Rio Claro and SKY/Basquete).
He attended University of Western Montana until 2012 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center

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  ROMANIA  


Adamovic number one in Romania for round 4 - by Eurobasket News

Serbian-Bosnia and Herzegovina Point guard Filip Adamovic (183-PG-88, agency: 011 Sports) had a great game in the last round for top-ranked UBT Cluj Napoca, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4 (Second Stage).
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (21 points, four rebounds and nine assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush CSU Sibiu (#3, 14-8) with 17-point margin 92-75. It allowed UBT Cluj Napoca to consolidate first place in the Romanian Liga Nationala. UBT Cluj Napoca have a solid 19-3 record. In the team's last game Adamovic had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. It's his second year at UBT Cluj Napoca and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Filip Adamovic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 6.5apg) and averages impressive 2.2spg,59.8% FGP and 42.4% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Kevin Hardy (188-G-93) of CSU Sibiu. Hardy had a very good evening with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as CSU Sibiu lost that game 75-92 to slightly higher-ranked UBT Cluj Napoca (#1, 19-3). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in Places 1-6. CSU Sibiu still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 14-8 record is not bad at all. Hardy is well-known at CSU Sibiu and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was another UBT Cluj Napoca's star - former international forward Vlad Moldoveanu (206-PF-88). Moldoveanu scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was another key player of UBT Cluj Napoca, helping his team with a 92-75 easy win against #3 ranked CSU Sibiu. UBT Cluj Napoca confirms their top position in Places 1-6. Moldoveanu has a great season in Romania. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.7ppg (6th best). He also has FGP: 59.6% and 3PT: 43.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Titus Nicoara (203-PF-88) of Oradea - 19 points and 5 rebounds
5. Boris Lalovic (207-C-81) of CSU Sibiu - 20 points and 3 rebounds
6. Kyndall Dykes (192-SG-87) of UBT Cluj Napoca - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Randal Falker (201-F/C-85) of Steaua CSM - 12 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Igor Mijajlovic (192-PG-84) of CSU Sibiu - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Nikola Malesevic (202-F-89) of Steaua CSM - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Dave Dudzinski (206-F/C-92) of Steaua CSM - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  RUSSIA  

Stats Leaders - Superleague B

Points Per Game
 Fedor KLYUCHNIKOV
  Spartak-.
  (192-G-90)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Klyuchnikov, Spartak-.23.3 
 2. Lepojevic, Univ.Sur.22.2 
 3. Reid, Urartu Y.20.0 
 4. Smith, Urartu Y.15.9 
 5. Sheleketo, Sakhalin15.5 
 6. Zaryazhko, Ryazan15.2 
 7. Krivosheev, Spartak-.15.0 
 8. Zakharov, Irkut14.5 
 9. Kuznetsov, MBA M.14.2 
 10. Mateyunas, Spartak-.13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Todd O''BRIEN
  Urartu Y.
  (211-C-89)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. O''Brien, Urartu Y.10.4 
 2. Krivosheev, Spartak-.9.6 
 3. Reid, Urartu Y.9.1 
 4. Karaulov, TE.7.8 
 5. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.7.4 
 6. Kurtsevich, Novosybi.7.4 
 7. Korshakov, Ryazan7.2 
 8. Karpeko, Kupol-Ro.7.0 
 9. Pateev, Khimky-P.7.0 
 10. Gankevich, Spartak-.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Andrey MATEYUNAS
  Spartak-.
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Mateyunas, Spartak-.8.8 
 2. Glazunov, TE.6.5 
 3. Tokarev, Novosybi.6.3 
 4. Tkachenko, Ural E.4.0 
 5. Golyahov, Sakhalin3.7 
 6. Varnakov, Irkut3.7 
 7. Zaryazhko, Ryazan3.7 
 8. Klyuchnikov, Spartak-.3.7 
 9. Korchagin, Samara-.3.6 
 10. Sopin, MBA Moscow3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Anton GLAZUNOV
  TE.
  (182-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Glazunov, TE.2.8 
 2. Sopin, MBA Moscow2.1 
 3. Mateyunas, Spartak-.2.1 
 4. Zibirov, Sakhalin2.1 
 5. Zlobin, Irkut2.0 
 6. Lekavicius, Univ.Sur.1.7 
 7. Kiryanov, Kupol-Ro.1.6 
 8. Makeev, Novosybi.1.6 
 9. O''Brien, Urartu Y.1.6 
 10. Ivanov, Univ.Surgut1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Alexey KURTSEVICH
  Novosybi.
  (210-C-89)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Kurtsevich, Novosybi.1.6 
 2. Fomin, Ryazan0.9 
 3. Pateev, Khimky-P.0.9 
 4. Gontarev, Ryazan0.8 
 5. Karaulov, TE.0.8 
 6. O''Brien, Urartu Y.0.8 
 7. Savenkov, Univ.Sur.0.8 
 8. Likhodey, Khimky-P.0.8 
 9. Zozulin, Sa.0.7 
 10. Yakovenko, Sakhalin0.7 


Andrey Semenov gets MVP of the Week award for Russian Superleague 2 - by Eurobasket News

Andrey Semenov (201-F-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Runa Basket and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Superleague 2 Player of the Week award for round 33.
The 26-year old forward had the game-high 37 points adding nine rebounds and three assists for Runa Basket in his team's victory, helping them to beat Cheb.Yastreby (#2, 23-12) 98-89. Runa Basket maintains the 8th position in Russian Superleague 2. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Runa Basket have already lost 30 games and recorded just five victories. In the team's last game Semenov had a remarkable 53.8% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Runa Basket's top player in his first season with the team. James Madison University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Semenov is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.6ppg. Semenov is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 7.2rpg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 22-year old power forward Nikita Tkachenko (205-F/C-94) of second-ranked Cheb.Yastreby. Tkachenko impressed basketball fans with 28 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Cheb.Yastreby lost that game 89-98 to the lower-ranked Runa Basket (#8, 5-30). Cheb.Yastreby managed to keep the same second spot in the standings. His team's 23-12 record is not bad at all. Tkachenko is a newcomer at Cheb.Yastreby and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.1ppg (#7).

The third best performed player last round was Mikhail Yudov (198-F-89) of Burevestnik (#7). Yudov scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Yudov's great performance Burevestnik lost 72-77 to the higher-ranked Tambov (#1, 26-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Burevestnik ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 21 games, recording just fourteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Yudov could help Burevestnik to bring them higher in the standings. Yudov has a very solid season. In 34 games in Russia he scored 7.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Denis Hloponin (206-F-81) of Spartak SP - 19 points and 5 rebounds
5. Igor Kaytukov (195-G/F-90) of Dynamo-CBK - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Alexey Babushkin (196-F-94) of Spartak SP - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Andrey Voron (208-C-87) of Tambov - 16 points and 11 rebounds
8. Vitaliy Zuev (186-PG-89) of Spartak SP - 10 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Pavel Gromyko (197-SF-89) of Burevestnik - 15 points and 8 rebounds
10. Aleksandr Vertelov (205-C-91) of Dyn-Magn.ChL - 9 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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  SERBIA  


EuroLeague: Crvena Zvezda upset Emporio Armani in Milan - by Eurobasket News

Emporio Armani - Crvena Zvezda 71:78

Crvena Zvezda gained an important victory in the playoff race as they upset Emporio Armani in Milan on Thursday. Ognjen Kuzmic (213-C-90) nailed 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds as the Serbian team improved at 15-11 record.
Crvena Zvezda got to a quick start. The visitors went on a 25:10 run to gain a 15-point lead. Emporio Armani narrowed the distance at 12-point mark at the interval. The Italian side stayed aggressive in the third term. Emporio Armani pulled as close as 10 points heading into the fourth frame. But Crvena Zvezda kept the hosts at bay throughout the final period and rallied to the key victory. Marko Simonovic (201-F-86, agency: BeoBasket) netted 13 points, while Marko Guduric (196-SG-95, agency: BeoBasket) added 12 points in the win. Richard Hickman (189-G-85, college: NC-Greensboro) responded with 14 points for Emporio Armani. Rakim Sanders (193-G/F-89, college: Fairfield) had 12 points in the loss.

Emporio Armani: Richard Hickman 14, Rakim Sanders 12
Crvena Zvezda: Ognjen Kuzmic 15, Marko Simonovic 13, Marko Guduric 12



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  SLOVAKIA  


Reggie Keely gets MVP of the Week award for Slovakian SBL - by Eurobasket News

American Reggie Keely (202-F/C-91, agency: Mansfield and Associates) had a very impressive game in the last round for Levice and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 40.
The 25-year old power forward had the game-high 19 points adding eight rebounds and three assists for Levice in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Karlovka (#9, 9-27) 76-74. Levice maintains the 4th position in Slovakian SBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Levice will need more victories to improve their 24-12 record. Keely turned to be Levice's top player in his first season with the team. Ohio University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Keely is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 6.5rpg) and averages solid 60.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 22-year old American point guard Evan Singletary (185-PG-94) of Iskra Svit. Singletary impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course Iskra Svit cruised to a 90-78 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Nova Ves (#10, 8-29). Iskra Svit's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 20-17 record is not bad and everything may still change. Singletary is a newcomer at Iskra Svit and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.3ppg (#4). He also recorded 4.0 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Andre Jones (191-G-90) of Prievidza (#3). Jones scored 24 points. He was a key player of Prievidza, leading his team to a 100-70 easy win against the lower-ranked Lucenec (#7, 17-19). Prievidza needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 25 victories and 11 lost games. Jones has a great season in Slovakia. After 36 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.8ppg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Phil Henry (203-PF-91) of Nova Ves - 22 points and 12 rebounds
5. Sinisa Bilic (201-F-89) of Rieker KN - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Stefan Matovic (203-G-91) of Kosice - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Josh Nofflet (194-G/F-88) of Levice - 17 points and 9 rebounds
8. Jervon Pressley (203-F/C-95) of Lucenec - 19 points and 11 rebounds
9. Jarvis Summers (190-G-93) of Levice - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Sasa Avramovic (193-PG-93) of Iskra Svit - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Stats Leaders - 1B

Points Per Game
 Zeljko ZAGORAC
  Parklji
  (204-F-81)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Zagorac, Parklji21.8 
 2. Rizman, Elektra21.3 
 3. Jagodnik, Ilirija18.6 
 4. Jereb, Konjice18.5 
 5. Cej, Branik18.1 
 6. Butala, Crnomelj18.1 
 7. Srebovt, Plama Pur17.9 
 8. Sisko, Ilirija17.0 
 9. Spesic, Branik16.3 
 10. Doljak, Parklji16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milan KOVACEVIC
  Sezana
  (200-SF-96)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Kovacevic, Sezana11.1 
 2. Jagodnik, Ilirija9.9 
 3. Zagorac, Parklji8.8 
 4. Lozar, Crnomelj8.7 
 5. Cvetinovic, Elektra8.5 
 6. Spesic, Branik8.4 
 7. Doljak, Parklji7.9 
 8. Srebovt, Plama Pur7.8 
 9. Zolotic, Celje7.8 
 10. Modric, Ilirija7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Zan Mark SISKO
  Ilirija
  (189-PG-97)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Sisko, Ilirija7.4 
 2. Kostomaj, Celje7.0 
 3. Jereb, Konjice6.5 
 4. Kobal, Parklji5.7 
 5. Zalar, Plama Pur5.5 
 6. Mlakar, Parklji5.4 
 7. Zagorc, Elektra4.4 
 8. Modric, Ilirija4.3 
 9. Lozar, Crnomelj4.3 
 10. Milasinovic, Grosu.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Tomaz JEREB
  Konjice
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Jereb, Konjice2.9 
 2. Gabrovsek, Pingvini2.7 
 3. Habat, Pingvini2.3 
 4. Udrih, Celje2.2 
 5. Zalar, Plama Pur2.2 
 6. Vranjkovic, Parklji2.1 
 7. Ruzic, Ilirija1.8 
 8. Kostomaj, Celje1.8 
 9. Germ, Ilirija1.7 
 10. Pungartnik, Konjice1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Pavle CVETINOVIC
  Elektra
  (215-C-97)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Cvetinovic, Elektra1.8 
 2. Pirc, Pingvini1.5 
 3. Jakobcic, Triglav1.3 
 4. Zolotic, Celje1.1 
 5. Skrbinsek, Konjice0.9 
 6. Doljak, Parklji0.8 
 7. Rojko, Sezana0.8 
 8. Vranjkovic, Parklji0.8 
 9. Furlan, Sezana0.8 
 10. Kostrevc, Pingvini0.8 



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